Fortunately ours......

Fortunately ours......

Monday, June 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Annette...


strawberry short cake...


birthday flowers...
She wanted to stop by at the Carmel Mission for her birthday

 Marie took a pic of the foxglove

 good shots Marie!!!
We walked down at the lake until it started to rain.!!

Marie and i took a gazillion pictures...I'll put them up later.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sister Mary Constance. RIP

Died peacefully in the lord on June 14, 2011. Born in Philadelphia, PA, July 4, 1934. A Carmelite Nun for more than 50 years. Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m. Monday June 20th, at the Carmelite Monastery, 1000 Lincoln St., Santa Clara, CA with viewing from 1 - 4:30 p.m. Sunday June 19.

Sister Mary Constance taught me the prayer they say everyday at the Carmelites:
Mary, my Queen and my Mother
Remember I am Your own
Keep me and guard me
As Your property and possession.

Bless her heart. I for one will miss her sweetness and loving help in times of trouble.

Sign her guest book;
Bobby do you remember Greg being baptized there and the rainbow on a sunny day??? And all the painting she did in the church and chapel.

Jim Allen RIP

Jim had an enlarged heart (hypotrophic cardiomyopathy) and they placed and implanted defibrilator at Stanford back in 2000.  The devices need to be replaced every 6-7 years.  His was replaced a month ago.  In theory, should a cardiac arrest occur, the defibrilator fires and functions in much the same way as the paddLes they use to revive heart attack victims.   This was his third one.  We had just finished the Route 66 Motor on Sunday.  He was very up, happy and healthy.  Monday morning he and his dog  went out to get the paper.  I was fixing his coffee when I heard him scream.  He was unconscious  in the garage and his defibrillator went off and shocked him back.  I was calling 911 when he tried to get up and he had a second cardiac arrest and became unconscious the second time.  The defib fired and shocked him back but he hit his head on the  on the bike.   Because he was on so much blood thinner for his atrial fibrillation they transported him by ambulance to the ER.  We got there at 8 am and he was feeling good and we were just waiting for them to release him.  His cardiologist happened to be on duty at the time.  They did head and back X-rays and all seemed good.  Then I started to see him becoming more and more unresponsive as the hours went by.  Unfortunately they brought in a patient who had coded so he had to wait 3 hours before they could do a cardiac cath.  He had a 95% blockage in a major artery.  They put in a stent and gave him Plavix.  Within less than an hour he began to have seizures,his blood pressure bottomed out at 40 over 30.  They were afraid of bleeding in the brain so they started clotting factors to counteract the blood thinners.  They could reverse the effects of the Coumadin and heparin but there is no way to reverse the Plavix.  By the time they decided to fly him to MOBAC (a major neurosurgery hospital the effects had killed most of his brain.  He had a small amount of activity in the part of the brain that controls breathing.  They said because his blood was so thin, surgery would not help because his brain would be surrounded by blood immediately.  I had to make the decision to remove the ventilator.  I got in bed with him and held him until he died.  Probably more info than you wanted but I probably needed to get that off my chest.
Anyway, he loved you all so much and I know he can feel that love.
Thank you for you warm thoughts.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day...


And via Dan's videography...Dad's  speech at his 90th birthday party
click below:


Friday, June 17, 2011

Annette and Elizabeth brought lunch...

The kids went over to the pavilion to see if they had thongs for Martin and played pee wee golf again and some kind of racket ball game.

The girls got stuck in traffic but finally made it about a quarter to one...nice lunch...we ate outside.
Didn't have much a visit because they had to leave to take Marie to a party in Morgan Hill.

Dad and i stayed another night and left just before noon.

The guy next door is pretty interesting....he is new at the camping life and is parked nose to nose with us...couldn't figure out how to say nicely to move up a little, but will next time. He is a full timer and is trying to get a job locally...studying now.  He was so helpful when Tom was there working....lending us things, screws and washers etc.  In repay i let him use our MIFI....he didn't have anything hooked up yet.  (Like we borrow someones at the beach)

His name of all things is Tom Jones and has been married twice and has a son 27 years old.
Old navy man and at present works in electronics.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

to the trailer with Marie, Martin and Julie

We left before lunch on Wednesday and stopped at Trader Joes where everyone picked out their food and snacks.  Good lunch and then swimming....the water was so wonderful, very cold at first but then invigorating that lasted the rest of the day.

We watched a couple of movies and all of  us slept very well...except July crawled in bed with us until 1:30 a.m. until she began to  thrash around so we put her back in her bunk.

The next day, Thursday, Tom Lewis and his daughter Catherine came to fix the closet pole and the door latch. works easily now!!!  Catherine had to work with her Dad but the rest of them went to play pee wee golf. 

 they played cribbage at night and sometimes during the day

Martin sacked out.
He just barely fit on the new couch...

Monday, June 13, 2011