Take Nothing For Granted

I went to my sisters memorial service yesterday. I learned a couple of things.  First is life is fleetingly short.  We can look back at all that we’ve accomplished, all we have yet to do and there is just never enough time.  The second thing is that we tend to take our loved ones for granted.  I always just figured that my sisters would always be out there… somewhere.  Living and enjoying their life.  But I took them all for granted and their lives moved on and in some cases, ended.  No one calls me, I call no one, we all just go through life with tunnel vision, interested in our own little happenings.  We have no clue what’s going on in our extended family…

I’m breaking that cycle.

Cut It Out

Well the day I’ve been dreading has finally come… and gone.  Praise God!  Recently my dermatologist discovered and removed a questionable mole.  It was sent to the lab and the results returned… malignant melanoma.  Unfortunately the dermatologist did not remove all the cancerous tissue.  So I had to go to a surgeon to remove a wider section of skin to make sure they got everything.  Today was that day.

I was incredibly nervous the past few days.  I showed up thinking it would only take 15 minutes or so.  It ended up taking close to an hour.  The surgeon was VERY thorough, explaining everything that he was doing, and taking MUCH skin off. This to make sure that they had very clear margins around the affected area.  Much of the time was taken up by him closing up the area he had removed.

But I’m happy to say it’s over now.  Now I wait for the lab results to come in.  I’ll go back in two weeks to have some of the stitches removed and we’ll also review the lab results.  I’m praying for clear margins!  I’m also happy to say that God has held me up through all this.  I’ve talked to a lot of people have have had plenty of moles removed, including some with melanoma and they all say it’s no big deal.  But it was a big deal to me, and God held me up through the entire process.

Public Service Announcement:  If you’re a person with a lot of moles like me, please have them checked out.

Social Media Retreat

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Facebook for quite some time now.  But this latest round of disclosures that Facebook has been sharing user private data with advertisers has really chafed my hide.  I’ve deactivated my Facebook account and will leave it that way indefinitely.  I’d like to delete it altogether and may some time in the future.  I HAVE deleted my Tumblr, Twitter, Gab.ai, and Pinterest accounts.   I’m not sure what all other accounts I have out there but as I find them I’ll deactivate them.  If Facebook is selling my data, I’m sure the rest of them are too.

The one social media account I will be keeping is my YouTube account.  I do like to share videos of my exploits from time to time.

That all being said if you really want to know what I’m up to just check back right here!

Life Is Short

I was reminded this week how short life really is.  If you have a brother or sister, hug them because they may not always be there for you to hug.  Same goes for your mom or dad or friends or dogs or anyone special in your life.  And like life, this post will be short.

Life’s Little Joys

We can’t always travel the globe when we like.  I don’t have the money for one, and secondly I have no time.  Personally I love to hike.  I don’t have much time for hiking either.  So I try to grab little moments of joy when I can.  Like the field behind the hospital where I work.

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Besides the verdant green fields next to the dirt farm road there is a low drainage canal full of trees and rabbits.  There is also the San Joaquin County Jail on the far side of the field to keep me company as I walk.  Under the trees there is a lush growth of miner’s lettuce.

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There is also an abandoned bridge here and paved roads that lead nowhere and are slowly disintegrating.  It’s a really interesting place to walk.  And peaceful.  And many days, that’s just what I need.

OSH Gone B’Gosh!

Orchard Supply Hardware is closing it’s doors.  I find this incredibly sad.  It was purchased by Lowe’s some time back and Lowe’s has decided to shutter all the OSH stores.  I’ve been shopping at our local OSH for 30 years, ever since we moved to this dusty town.  I went to the store this morning to see what was left.  Everything is 40-60% off but there wasn’t much left.  I saw a few long-time employees slowly dismantling the shelving and one cashier surfing her iPhone.  It was a sad sight.  I turned around and walked out.  I’ll miss you OSH.  Say hello to Sears when you see it in the land of broken dreams.

40!

What’s the significance of 40?  That’s how may pounds I’ve lost!  I started changing my eating in December of 2017 and as of August 31, 2018 I’ve lost 40 lbs!  That’s about 2.9 stones for our British friends!  This isn’t a diet.  It’s a lifestyle change and has to be lifelong for me to keep the weight off.

So my rate of weight loss is 3 to 4 lbs per month.  So at the 1 year mark I expect to have lost 52 lbs!  Let’s hope!