coming next….

Philip’s next sketching assignment is a tough one… 4 people in a photo… not sure how long it will take me to do or how well I can sketch such happy smiling people… pray for the old fella as he works his way thru this… very special folks here….  🙂

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Probably will have some things to say about the importance of  relationships  of every kind…   🙂

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here ’tis….. :)

This the sketch I promised… I had no clue how to draw “white hair” with a pencil… I just looked bald till I put some hair on….  hmmm… then the dark mustache turned my “smile” into a “snarl” and I became a tough guy…. hmmmmm… maybe this is how I really really see myself… IMG_2891.JPG

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reporting in…. :)

I am still alive!    🙂  🙂

Starting to feel human again… got in my full 10 lap (1 mile) walk at Gordon this morning…  good things continue to happen on every front… I will try to fill everything in as we work our way thru another busy week.

I am posting a new picture of a much healthier looking Philip, than the last one I posted.  My goal is to try and do a sketch of myself tonight or tomorrow…  🙂Photo on 2-19-18 at 5.17 PM.jpg

We shall see what we shall see….  🙂

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hmmmm…

ya think I should try to sketch myself?????

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not sure I have the courage….  🙂

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another great report…

Cardio doctor’s visit Monday was beyond anything I had been hoping for…  I was lobbying for  3 things...

1) – I take 2 different pills to lower my blood pressure… had lobbied my regular doctor on my B/P being too low… he cut the dosage of one pill in half… but… it was still very low… so… I kept daily records for over a month, made my case and cardio lady agreed… she cut the dosage of that same pill in half once again… as I continue to record my daily readings… for next time… since I continue to still be running  “low”…  🙂

2) – Next was my diuretics… I was taking 2 different pills (3 of one of them (Torsemide) and one other pill) for eliminating water…   my regular doctor was concerned about my kidneys so he had cut me back to two Torsemide… then I got a bad kidney report from blood tests, so he dropped the Torsemide to just 1 dose)… I kept lobbying on Monday since my legs are looking normal most of the time and my weight seems to have stabilized around 195…   cardio lady then eliminated the one other pill entirely and the Torsemide  got cut in half …. yessssss!!!!!

3) – My biggest issue though was my INR readings (blood thinning test) that determines the amount of Warfarin (Coumadin) I have to take… I was having WWIII with the  “clinic”  that cardio lady had sent us to… up till Monday I had been self-medicating for over a month since my trying to  reason   with the  Clinic Nurse  who finally said ok to what I proposed… then basically  “had to get off the phone”….but never plugged the dosage into their system… she hadn’t returned Ellen’s calls until yesterday (no comment on the silly conversation)… I think cardio doctor must have said something… since the doctor had agreed with what I was saying… and officially put me down for the dosage I had been self-medicating for the past month…  🙂

They are happy with the sugar testing every 3 months… but I still check it myself maybe once a week…. helps me keep an eye on it so I don’t do anything stupid…  who?  me?  do something stupid?   🙂   🙂

My balance continues to get better with each trip to the  Balance and Wellness Center…

Cardio lady was thrilled with my walking progress… I am working on a Mon/Tues – Thurs/Fri  walk schedule at Gordon College… now able to do all 10 laps each time, to get in the full mile… yesterday was the first time I broke 3 min laps… 29.5 min pace…

Sleeping has become what I do best… 2 to 4 hrs at a clip these days… 8 or 9 hrs at night… then one or two naps during the day.. for an hour or two…  it’s a hard-knock life…  🙂

I never expected the Lord to let me get back to this kind of health… I had talked it all out with Him… if He had His reasons why I was not to be another  Caleb,  that was fine…  Your Will Be Done, Lord…  Needless to say… I am beyond thankful…

It fits very well with my understanding of  “insofar as it depends on me… I will_________”  My understanding of that is to continue to give everything (that I can still sorta-kinda do) …. my very best shot…  some say I  “overdo”  everything…  🙂  sorry… I’m gonna push myself till their ain’t no push left…  🙂

May send a sketch up later on if I can get it done… wanted to get this health update out… busy around here with both Jen and Dano away again until Sunday…  🙂

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meet another friend…. JT….

Not only are we all unique… and see things differently for the all the reasons already mentioned… but…  we are all at  different places on our journeys… one of my best friends,  John Turner,  that I met several years ago… we are as different as two people can be… he loves guns… works part time in a gun store… goes to gun shows… even runs an annual machine gun shoot up in Vermont…. I will never own a gun again… had two a long, long time ago… got rid of both of them.

and… while  JT  loves all the exotic  specialty beers  they make these days in Vermont… I drink  Genesee... sometimes even  PBR, if it’s on sale and cheaper than Genesee … then… I went and switched to plain seltzer down here in Wenham.   🙂  He has long hair and a very   full beard…. I have a goatee, very short hair and tease him constantly that I will be happy to give him a haircut and shave for nada…. he has no interest in getting married…. I have been more than happily married for 50 years… and on and on…

What we do have in common is that we are both following the Lord with all that we are… to discover  more and more of His Life,  as He works that Life into us by His Spirit… and neither of us will ever stop seeking more…  regardless where we are in our individual journeys….. just going on in our lives… being who we are… where we are… each day…

Meet John Turner....

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meet Ramish…

Not only do we all interpret everything differently… but we do that from our own uniqueness… different experiences… different cultures… different everything… here is an example… it’s a story of course…. 🙂

Several months back, I wrote about meeting a young man on Facebook…. 22 year old Ramish Thomas… from Pakistan… very similar to my meeting of Shahzad a couple years back… who was also from the same area of Pakistan as Ramish… but they did not know each other.  The militant Islamics were trying to kill Shahzad…. it got so bad he finally had to  “disappear”  from public.  I have heard that he is still alive.  As an American christian, I have no understanding of living as a christian in a country like Pakistan.

Yet… God has chosen… sovereignly… that we have this  one on one  relationship by messaging back and forth to each other on Facebook.  He calls me  “Grandpa”… not sure why of course, since there is only 60 years difference in our ages…  🙂  He tells me his stories… I tell him my stories.  He serves the Lord the way  he has learned… I serve the Lord the way  I have learned.  We will both continue to learn and grow to see what that will look like in the years we have left to live our lives in Him.

He is very busy, openly serving God, in Pakistan… where it is very dangerous to do that. Check out his  Gallery Page Link   and you can see pictures of all the things he is doing… bible distribution, serving the poor in every conceivable way….

I send him no money…

Meet Ramish Thomas!

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