Happy New Year

Hope everyone had a nice New Year!!!   We had a quiet one here but it was nice.    We stayed home and had no visitors.  We watched the Rose Parade and throughout the day watched football,especially the Georgia game (Rose Bowl).

For dinner, I had ordered from groceries, sliced oven roasted butterball Turkey Breast.  We had a nice dinner of Turkey, potatoes, corn and gravy.   I had ordered a pound and a half of the turkey so we had enough left to have my favorite turkey leftover, Hot Turkey Sandwiches!!   (TWICE)   🙂

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Kit Updates…

Ok, I finished off the Tomahawk…    drilled the smoke hole through the head and into the shaft.   I also antiqued and attached the cap plate (brass) and added the leather, beads & feathers.    Very pleased with how it turned out!


Next up is the Pedersoli Flintlock Pistol Kit.   I checked all the parts and relocated to the work area.   With Christmas and all, I will take a few days off before I really get started.

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My Ring is In!

Yes, it came in on Friday the 22nd…  They called around dinner time so we both took a ride up after dinner.   She wanted to put it on me and waited in the car.   I tried it on then had them put it back in the box.

She put it on my finger after we got home, and it made her day…


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New Rings…

When Lyn was hospitalized for that month, she asked one day if I would get her new rings for our Anniversary on Dec 13th, it would be our 40th…     I of course said Yes!

The week before our Anniversay, we looked online and she found a style she liked at Kay’s.   December 7th, we went to the store to look at it and a few others but that was the one she wanted.   We left with it that day!!!   She loves it and so do I.    We also selected a new band for me but they did not have it in my size so it had to be ordered.   I will post up something when it comes in.

Here is her’s…..   Happy Anniversary Lyn….


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Kit Building….

Since I am stuck at home most of the time caring for Lyn, I decided to get a kit or 2 to work on in my free time at the house.   What I really wanted was a flintlock pistol but i could not make up my mind on one so I settled for a couple knife kits, then added a tomahawk kit and before it was all done, found and added the pistol.

I started with the 2 knife kits, representative of late 1700 and early 1800 knives.  The first one was from James Townsend and sons.

The 2nd knife came from Carzycrow.com….


The Tomahawk came from Mike Hughes in Ohio…    It is almost finished, need to drill the smoke hole, attach the weathered brass cap and the beads and feathers…


Not started yet is the Pedersoli frontier pistol kit…   it is next after the Tomahawk.

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Catching Up!

Wow!!   Where has the time gone???   Seems like I just updated but it has actually been since September.    How the time has flown….     Been difficult keeping up here and I need to try and do a better job.   Now, we will catch up with a somewhat summary….

In October, we were trying to get her enough PT to prepare for going to Atlanta to see the surgeon on the 24th.   Progress was slow but good.   About the 18th, I noticed an elevated heart rate on ME.   I thought maybe just the stress from caring for her and could not go in anyway as I had to care for Lyn.   Then on the 21st (Saturday), while PT was with her, I went in and ended up in ICU for irregular heart rhythm. (AFIB).  They kept me through Monday, only releasing me so I could go with her to Atlanta.   Scott picked me up, then we went and got Lyn (and Leesa who came in Saturday) and headed on up.

The visit to Atlanta was a disaster.   She could not even stand as a result of everyone just rolling her around in a wheelchair.   (She had 24 hour home care while I was in the hospital)   The surgeon indicated that she was not a surgical candidate (which we knew at that time) but also offered little if any hope going forward. (which was a disappointment)

We then met with her doctor who suggested, we try to fatten her up and follow up with a scope and biopsy which we did.  The biopsy indicated the chemo had done it’s job which if we could fatten her up, would possibly allow us to present her again as a surgical candidate.   I started monitoring caloric intake and while he suggested 3000, she just could not consume that much but we were getting her 2100 per day.   We also contracted for Home Care in the mornings to assist me in caring for her.   That, while costly has turned out to be a blessing, especially with my heart. (to be discussed later)

Fast Forward to the end of November…   Met with Dr Taylor and she is continuing to lose weight, now down to 93 pounds.   In his opinion, she has worked hard but we are against a clock and need to add weight.   Proposed TPN (IV Feeding) through her port for rapid gain.   Not without some risk but nothing else is working…   We agree and he starts the process.

Fast Forward to Today : Dec, 21st.   Medicare has denied our claim for the TPM, Dr Taylor is responding to their concerns but I have already told him, if we have to, I will pay for the TPN to improve her chance of getting accepted for surgery.  Hopefully a final decision next week and we can proceed one way or the other.   On the plus side, she has started to gain some weight, 8.5 pounds in 2 weeks.  She now weighs 101.8, up from 93.

Regarding me and my heart, the meds are keeping the heart rate in check but the rhythm has not returned to normal.  I had an appointment with my cardiologist last week and we have scheduled a Cardioversion, which is where they go in and shock the heart back into normal rhythm.  It is done as an outpatient and scheduled for Friday Jan 12th.  It is done in the hospital as an outpatient and the Dr says it is over 90% successful in solving the issue.

That brings you all up to date on the medical side of things…   🙂

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Lyn Hospitalized…

Wow, it has been a rough end to the Month of September!   On Thursday the 7th, she had her last Chemo infusion.   She was really rough after the session and needed my assistance to walk out.  Each session seemed to hit a bit harder and earlier.  By Sunday, while we were preparing for the Hurricane, she was feeling slightly better (remember better is a relative term!) but still fighting me on eating.

By Monday the 11th, Lyn is feeling better, not good and gets tired real easy but so much better than a few days ago… chemo really knocks you for a loop, especially by round 3..  She stayed about the same the next couple days..

Thursday the 14th:  Well todays oncology visit showed that the chemo is really wearing her down. More weight loss, blood work compromised, blood pressure low… and an infection. They gave her fluids and an antibiotic for the infection. Dr. indicated that she is still doing good for her stage in the process… 2 more weeks and she off of these chemo drugs for this stage of the treatment.  She had a pump change for her 24/7 drug.

Saturday the 16th, I went in to Claire’s 1st Birthday at Scott & Morgan’s.  Lyn did not feel up to going and stayed home.   Sunday, she was rough all morning.  I came home from groceries and she was getting worse.  Not making sense, unable to stand/walk with out assistance.  At a point where she became totally incoherent I called 911 and had her taken to emergency.  They treated her for pneumonia and after running some tests decided to keep her and transfer her to ICU.

On Monday we learned she also had a very dangerous strain of bacteria in her blood.  Coupled with Pneumonia and her weakened immune system from the Chemo this was very serious.   They began treating her with antibiotics, fluids, electrolytes and shots to stimulate her white blood count.

Tuesday, the 19th, they ended her Chemo by removing the pump.  Lyn is doing OK, there is steady improvement, just seems slow to me. white blood count still improving but not there yet. Good sign is that she is starting to eat (and wanting too eat also).  Goal now is to get her health improved, get her home and keep her on track for the next step with is the cancer surgery.   She is not out of the woods yet but all is looking good.

Wed was a mixed day… disappointing in the morning as she was more disoriented than the day before, in spite of improving numbers. Later, I remembered my Dad who was hospitalized several times with infections of the blood and he was also the same. Once the infection was cleaned up, he was normal! On a good note, the Vertigo was gone.  Later in the day when I returned for the afternoon visit she was much less disoriented… Also, they had gotten her out of the bed (PT) and hopefully that will be a daily thing.

Thursday the 21st was mixed news… pneumonia is actually worse as she is too weak to expel it… and the bacteria in her blood is very aggressive so they are treating the same way!  They scheduled a procedure for later to clean out her lung.  The plus’s, Oxygen removed, zero vertigo, disorientation improved… she feels better but weak…

Saturday the 23rd, they moved her to a regular room which we are all pleased about.  Still having problems getting her to eat.   She has been getting shots to boost her white cell production and it finally jumped..   not there yet but much improved.

Monday 9/25 they moved her to the Rehab ward late that evening.  A good sign…

The month ends with her still in Rehab.   Seems like a week of ups and downs …  as soon as we get a good day we pop back with blood pressure or heart rate issues which causes more missed PT.  Plus side was the catheter and the O2 were both removed…


(as we go to press in October, she is getting stronger but still fighting BP issues..  Overrall, we can see her getting home soon)


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Flintlock Accessories

Last Month I mentioned I bought a Flintlock Rifle….   I had been hoping to get out and shoot it and was waiting on the gunpowder when Lyn got sick, so I still have not shot it.

After the Hurricane, I received a package that was just amazing.  James Castle from Tennessee had seen the post on a muzzle loader group about getting my rifle.   He has been in the “hobby” for years and hand makes his stuff…     When I opened the box it had the following…  (all made by James)

Possibles Bag – Hand made from buffalo hide, button is made with bone…
Powder Horn – Hand made from a cows horn with a handcarved acorn (his signature)
Knife  – Hand forged blade and bone handle
Priming Horn – hand made from a deer leg bone
Hand made bullet Bag
.490 lead bullets – round balls in my caliber that he hand poured.

These are priceless and this from a fellow I never met who just wanted me to have all the stuff I might need!

Thanks James Castle from TN


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Claire’s 1st Birthday!

On the 16th, Scott & Morgan had a party at the house for Claire’s 1st Birthday.   Lyn was not feeling well so did not go in but I did and it was a nice little gathering.  Claire seemed to enjoy all the attention.

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Hurricane Irma

That time of year again, another Hurricane!   Tis the season here in the S Atlantic Coast.  Irma was a Cat 4 Hurricane on the 4th of Sept coming into the Caribbean and the next day increased to a Cat 5.  I had been tracking it since the 3rd and as they adjusted the projected track on the 5th and 6th it was looking worse for GA and Savannah.  If it turned up the coast it could be a disaster for the coast of GA and Savannah.   By the 6th, looked it was looking like a direct track to Savannah but it was still too far away to accurately predict.

We began packing so we would be prepared to leave if needed.  We also began removing all Missiles (lawn chairs etc) from our yard.   On the 7th (Thursday) Lyn had her last Chemo infusion.  Chatham County also issued Mandatory Evac orders for the entire county.   Scott & Morgan were planning to leave to relatives in Alabama.  I was still unsure as the track projections were shifting West (to our advantage) but our plans called for being prepared to leave if it was not safe.  I had a place to stay offered by my friend Mike Brown in Charlotte.   It felt good having a place to go if we needed it.

By Friday the 8th, Lyn was shaky from the Chemo.  The track took a big jump West Thurday night and another smaller one in the morning.   I was beginning to have confidence in staying but we would be prepared either way.  Chatham, County EOC was having a radio problem so I pulled my HF rig out of line and ran it down to them.

On Saturday, we confirmed to all that we were staying (assuming no major change).   We buttoned up our house and yard and prepared to shelter in Place.  By Sunday, the rain started.  I was not going in to operate from the Hospital with Lyn home sick so I operated radio gear in support of CEMA and the Hospitals from Home.

Monday we got the worst that we were going to get, tropical storm winds and rain.  Flooding in Savannah and Hwy 80 to Tybee was closed due to rain and boats!  (Yes I said Boats!)  Two sailboats (large) ended up on the highway!

We had no damage here, just wind and rain, lots of both.


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Labor Day Weekend…

What a nice Labor Day Weekend…   Family Time!   Our Grandson mark and his girlfriend Laura arrived on Saturday the 2nd.   It had been years since we saw Mark and we had never met Lauren.   They were staying her at our place.  She is such a sweet girl, really happy to get to meet her and visit with them both.   They hung out with us a bit and then went out with Scott & Morgan for dinner and drinks in Savannah.

Sunday, they went into Savannah to take a tour and then later would meet us at Scott’s for a cookout!  In the meantime, my sister Linda arrived from Michigan Late Saturday night.  She was staying at a condo on Hilton Head and came in to visit us on Sunday.  She brought a nice gift of MI made products that brought back memories!!!   Later, we road together over to Scott’s for the cookout where we were joined by Mark & Lauren and some of Morgan’s family and friends.  What a great all around day and nice for Lyn to get out.

On Monday, Mark and Lauren headed out early as they had to back to Knoxville for work on Tuesday.  Linda did some sightseeing out on Hilton Head today and tomorrow, Tuesday, we are planning to drive out and visit her at the condo.

Tuesday, nice visit with Linda …  Great too for Lyn to get out.  The drive is barely an hour and she enjoyed sitting out on the deck overlooking the pool!!   Wednesday, Linda came out our way for a visit as she was hitting the road on Thursday to head back home.  We had another nice visit, so great to see and spend time with her, especially since we will not be able to go home for Thanksgiving.

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Round 2 was rough….

That is round 2 of Chemo…   Round 1, Lyn did not get sick for about 5 days and it was rough for 3, gradually improved and she had good days for the last 10 days..

The 2nd round was much worse…   She started getting sick the day after the treatment and through the end of the month (2 full weeks) really pretty bad.  Trouble eating, losing weight etc and not really able to eat much.  The only good park is that her vitals (BP especially) and blood work have all been good.  She is feeling better going into the last week but is very weak and tires so easily.

Concerned a bit as we fully expect the 3rd round (9/7) to hit her even harder..

She is a fighter…    🙂   we do have some tests and a meeting with the surgeon scheduled for Oct 11th.

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Flintlock Rifle

I have wanted a flintlock rifle for years!!!   30 plus years ago I built a .50 Hawken Replica from a kit by TC.   It is pretty cool but it is like a percussion mountain rifle…   and I wanted a flintlock.

I have looked at kits but the only affordable ones were 2 piece stocks and I wanted the traditional one piece in the KY/PA style.   I stumbled onto one on an auction site that was at a dealers in TX so I contacted them and discussed the weapon and it’s condition.  The price was good and I negotiated free shipping.  On August 25th, we closed the deal and the rifle arrived here August 31st!

Anxiously opening the box, I was enthused with the condition, it was exactly as described and looks like it has never been fired…    Time to pick up some black powder and head to the range!


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Finish of the Yard…

We finished up the fine tuning of our yard….    It was adding our personal touch.   We bought two new hummingbird feeders…  threw out one so now have 3.   We put the original in the corner near the patio and the other two went out in the beds centered on either side of the gate.


We also picked up two new sets of chimes (shells) and hung from one of the wood feature…

We added 3 new bird feeders (threw out 2 old ones…)   One each side of the yard near the house on hooks and the other 2 hanging from the wood feature by the gate…    It has now got our touch and we are both pleased, sitting out most mornings and enjoying all the activity from the wildlife..

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New Yard – Landscaping

In addition to the new fence, we decided to re-do the entire landscaping.  It was not “bad” but it was old, not well laid out and somewhat overgrown.   The brickwork that defined the bed area was old and sinking so it was uneven.  We wanted to expand the landscape down the side fence where we sit on the patio.  The other side we do not see for the screen room.

Now, we need to find a landscape designer/installer for a turnkey project!!   Did that ever turn out to be a challenge…   I could not get anyone hardly to respond.   I left messages and no one called back.  I got one who answered and said someone would call me back, nothing!   I had one scheduled for a visit and to prepare a quote and he no-showed.   Apparently with all the rain etc…  they were all so busy they did not need my work!

In searching on Angies List, I had past over a company that was new.   I decided to go back and re-visit them and sure enough, they welcomed the work.  They came out on Sunday July 30th and looked at what we wanted.  They seemed to have an understanding of what we wanted and assured us they would get back soon with a quote.  August 5th they sent a quote and then came out with a sketch and photos to discuss with us on the 6th.  We wiggled a bit with the price, agreed to a contract and they started the demo work the next day.

2 weeks later they finished up and we really like it.  I think the highlight for me was the 2 wood features!!

We are enjoying it each and every day!

Work in progress…

Finished Panorama….

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