Saturday November 4, 2017

Well, it’s been a couple of rough days. Bob had his follow up appointment with Dr. Ambler on Friday. Between the results of the chest x-ray taken on Thursday and his physical appearance he sent him straight to the ER here in Sparta. They ran the usual blood tests, chest x-rays, etc. and determined he may either have a very bad infection and/or a heart problem. Our hospital does not have an echo cardiogram machine on site. It would be Monday before they could get one here.

The ER doctor called several hospitals to see if they could take him and finally got him a bed at Forsyth in Winston. This was around 9pm Friday night and it would be four hours before they could get an ambulance for transport. I came on home to take care of Colin. The hospital called me at 2:50 am to let me know he was leaving to go down. I dozed for an hour then got up at 4. After a shower, breakfast, and feeding and taking out Colin I headed down to Winston.

They showed up around 10am to do the echo. The results showed some kind of heart damage but we will not know more until Monday when they do the heart cath. Fortunately I found someone last minute to house/dog sit for us today while I was at the hospital.

I left to come back home around 2:30 since there was not much more I could there and Colin needed me here.

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Thursday November 2, 2017

Bob took two Benadryl last night before bedtime. While he slept all night and was still sleeping when I got up at 7:45 the Benadryl made him shaky and groggy when he got up.

I took Colin out first time and to get the paper and for his second time after his breakfast. I spent the rest of the morning working on various house keeping tasks until Laurie came to pick up the kit order.

We then headed over to the hospital for Bob to get his second chest x-ray. That did not take very long but he was exhausted when we got back. He finally ate some lunch and managed getting a load of laundry in to wash. I am working on sorting pictures and other stuff this afternoon while helping Bob with the laundry.

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Wednesday November 1, 2017

Back to the home front. Gym both Monday and this morning. Good to be back in the exercise routine though between the three hikes and working out at the hotel gym twice, I still managed to get plenty of exercise last week which I needed to work off all that great food we ate.

I made a stop at the drug store on the way home from the gym to make 3 sets of prints from the trip; one for myself, Frances, and Marcy. I ended up printing 87 for each of us. That’s out of almost 200, many of which were duplicates or I decided not to print for various reasons.

I’ve spent the afternoon in the yard. I pulled up the remaining annuals the cold spell did in and spent a good amount of time picking up sticks and limbs from last Monday’s storm. I now have a pretty good sized brush pile for James to haul off to the dump. It’s nice today with temperatures in upper 50’s with partly cloudy skies and a light breeze.

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Tuesday October 31, 2017

It was hard to choose which pictures to post from the trip. I took close to 200, many of them of the falls, the Corning exhibits, and the houses we toured.

This is Chimney Bluffs State Park that runs along Lake Ontario. This is the drumlin peaks.

Sonnenberg House and Gardens in Canadaigua

Sodas Bay Lighthouse Museum in Sodus Point

Taughanoch Falls

Top of Ithica Falls



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Monday October 30, 2017

Finger Lakes, NY October 21 – 28. Driver Al Johnson, escort Frances Johnson. Passengers Barbara and Marcy.

We started off the trip with an overnight stop in Lancaster, PA. The highlight of the evening was Al’s scenic drive through the Amish country and eating at Good ‘N Plenty restaurant.

Sunday we drove to Corning, NY to tour the Corning Museum. What a spectacular place to visit. After spending the afternoon touring the museum and the nearby village we drove on to our destination for the next five nights, Geneva, NY. For dinner that night we ate at the best Italian restaurant, Cosentino’s Ristorante which was across the street from the hotel.

Geneva sits at the top of lake Seneca about in the middle of the Finger Lakes Region. From there we did day trips out leaving in the morning around 9 and getting back to the hotel around 8pm.

Monday we toured the Sonnenberg House and Gardens in Canandaigua then ate lunch at Eric’s Office. A quaint local restaurant. From there we took a lovely drive through the countryside stopping in Naples to purchase a local delicacy; grape pie. Dinner that night was at Uncle Joe’s in Geneva,owned by the brother of Cosentino’s.

Tuesday we headed north to Lake Ontario to Sodus Point to visit the Light House Museum. Lunch at another local favorite Captain Jacks then drove over to Chimney Bluffs State Park. The feature of the park are the glacier-created peaks called drumlin. Marcy and hiked through the woods to get to the actual peaks. Beautiful scenery. On the way back we left the wooded trail and walked along a very stony beach along the lake. Dinner that night was at Connie’s Dinner in Waterloo.

Wednesday we stopped at Taughanock Falls on the way to Ithica. Downtown Ithica features the stunning Ithica Fall which runs from downtown Ithica Commons up to Cornell University. Marcy and I hiked all the way to the top seeing the prettiest sets of waterfalls along the way to the grand finale at the top. After the climb we shopped in the Common’s area and ate lunch at The Ithica Ale House. We then drove over to nearby Buttermilk Falls and Lucifer Falls. Buttermilk is the lower and Lucifer the upper. Marcy and I again hiked down to the Lucifer falls on a nicely cemented and staired trail seeing beautiful falls and canyons along the way. We took another route back up to the parking area climbing about 200 stairs in switchback and platform sets back up the mountain. Al then drove us to Newfield to see a neat covered bridge. Dinner at Friendly’s in Geneva.

Thursday we toured Rose Hill Mansion, a lovely Victorian home. We spent the afternoon shopping downtown Geneva eating lunch at the Water St. Cafe. We spent Thursday afternoon getting the truck packed then had dinner again at Cosetino’s. If you are ever in or near Geneva you have to go there for a meal.

We left Geneva at 8am on Friday toward the Hudson Valley and Hudson, NY. Al took the very scenic and lovely route 20 to Albany. We spent the afternoon in Hudson shopping Warren Street. Lunch at a lovely bakery and sandwich shop, the Patissie Lenox. From Hudson we headed for the Pocono’s in PA for the night. Dinner at Twin Rock Diner by the hotel.

We left Saturday morning for home at 7am for home arriving back in Winston around 5:40. It was so early I decided to come on home instead of spending the night and waiting until Sunday arriving in Sparta a little after 7pm.

Great trip. I will post pictures later. If you have not toured the Finger Lakes you must go for the food, scenery, and waterfalls. Yes, it is known for being wine country but there is so much more to see and do. Frances planned a great trip and of course, we had the best driver in the world with Al.

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Sunday October 29, 2017

I am reading Death of a Fool by Ngaio Marsh.

Last night after I arrived home I just unloaded my toiletry kit and tote bags from the car leaving everything else for today. Since it was dark when arrived I couldn’t check the yard and plants to see if we had any damage from last Monday’s storm. An F1 tornado ripped up the counties east of us then came barreling through here knocking down trees and power lines. Fortunately we had no damage. There is a tree down in the back lot of  Grace’s house. Last night we had another 2.4 inches of rain. Today it is a high of 30 degrees with 30 to 40 mph winds and a chance of snow flurries.

I’ve spent the day unpacking, organizing laundry, and cleaning house. With Bob not feeling well while I was gone things were in somewhat of mess, especially the kitchen. I sorted the large stack of mail and cleaned off counters while Bob loaded the dish washer.

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Saturday October 28, 2017

I read on my trip Secrets of Death by Stephen Booth.

I’ve just returned from an absolutely wonderful trip with Al, Frances, and Marcy to the Finger Lakes of New York. We left Saturday October 21st and arrived back in Winston this evening around 5:30. Since we arrived back in Winston early I loaded up my stuff and came on home instead of waiting until Sunday morning.

Bob is still not doing very well. More about the trip later.

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Thursday October 19, 2017

Today is trip organization day. I am gathering the stuff that does not go in the suitcase and/or can go directly in the car; cameras, snacks, jackets, hats, umbrella, etc. I will wait to pack clothes and toiletries in the morning.

I also need to get the home front organized including doing the Sunday house cleaning; most likely tomorrow morning in between packing and last minute trip stuff.

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Wednesday October 18, 2017

I am reading Books of A Feather by Kate Carlisle.

Gym, bank, library, and grocery store this morning. We had some frost on the pumpkins this morning but nothing heavy enough to take out the lantana’s. Warm and sunny today with little or no breeze.

I gave the Trooper some exercise this afternoon by taking a large load of cardboard out to the dump since it had to be moved anyway to get to the attic for my suitcase.

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Tuesday October 17, 2017

No report back yet on Bob’s test and lab work but he is feeling a little better. The trip is still on. We’ve been planning this for a year now and it’s a place I have been wanting to visit for a long time. I want to go and I do not want to disappoint my friends.

I volunteer at the bookstore this afternoon.

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