Cave Dwellings

Falcon Park, Falcon Lake, TX

Falcon Park, Falcon Lake, TX
Feb 14, 2009

Cave Dwellings

Sunday, October 11, 2015

“This too shall pass..”..and it did!

Happy to report that my stone/stones passed..I didn’t actually SEE them, but I went from writhing in pain Wednesday evening to waking on Thursday feeling like a human being again…It possibly was our trip to Chicago on the train, and the 3 mile walk to and from my new doc, that helped the “movement” downward and out of me.

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We boarded the Union Pacific West in a little farm town called Elburn. This is the West end of the line and we were almost alone on the train when we got on at 6:35AM..That was short lived once it began picking up commuters on their way to work.. There is no ticket station as of yet, only the shelter to wait for the train, you buy your fare onboard . We arrived at Ogilvie Transportation Center (train station , downtown Chicago) at 8AM sharp. Then we walked 1.7 miles to Northwestern IL University Hospital..

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It was a beautiful day for a walk along the Magnificent Mile….Right photo is the Galter Building, part of Northwestern University Medical and the building my doc was located in.


Upon arriving at the Galter Pavillion, MacGyver and moi rode one of the marked elevators up to the 14th floor, found the Endocrinology Dept. and went back to floor 1…After visiting many and various bathrooms, Den and I got a much needed cup of Joe at one of the kiosks in the building. We had 45 minutes to kill. Long story short, I loved my doc..Dr. Eve Bloomgarden. Of course she was very young, but extremely professional and thorough. I had gotten most of my records sent to  her, but a couple important ones were not there yet…including the OR record from my first “unsuccessful” surgery. I had signed a release in the doctor’s office, but no one told me I need to get THAT record from the hospital…HELLLOOOO! OK, I can take care of that. Dr. Bloomgarden spent about one hour with me, and also did an ultrasound of my neck in her office. After all the missing documentation is in her capable hands, I will most likely be seeing a parathyroid surgeon to discuss surgery.. Den and I left her office feeling like SOMEONE was finally going to get answers…YEA!!!!!!

We opted to take the scenic route back to the Ogilvie Transportation Center…It was about the same distance, but followed the Chicago River ..and went near the ORIGINAL Billy Goat Tavern..Ya gotta open that’s one of the mainstays of Chicago history.

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I would have loved to go in to the Billy Goat for the famous “cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger..chips no fries” Saturday Night Live Skit, but by now, I felt like crap and just wanted to get to the train and go home. However, the walk was really beautiful and showed just how lovely this city of Chicago can be…

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Arrived back at the Ogilvie Transportation Center and found out we had about an hour wait for the next Elburn bound train…There was a little bar just across from the train entrance, so we ducked in there and Dennis had a beer…Yep, only one…even though he wasn’t driving. I had a Coke, and our bill was about $8.00 tip.

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I never knew this, but you can get your drinks “to go” and take them on the train with you…And I thought all those people had coffee or soda…HA!!!  So that’s the reason for the bathrooms on those trains!! Food for thought, as I will in all likelihood have to make this trip again…

Of course I cannot let you out of this crazy blog without a family photo or two…right?  Our granddaughter, Taylor, had her Kaneland High School Homecoming game and dance last weekend…Here a couple pictures..

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Tay was a busy girl…performing with the Poms Friday night at the game, and Saturday night the Homecoming Dance..Above, right is her and her date..Her Dad, Tim, (a police sergeant) was cleaning his guns…

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Proud Mom and Dad…Taylor is a Junior this year…hard to believe she will be a Senior soon!

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Left, is a photo of Tay and her brother, Peyton..He went stag..Right …well…what can I say…THE END!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

It’s twins!!…kidney stones, that is..

Gotcha!! Long story short, I have been suffering the last few days with what I thought (key word, THOUGHT)  was a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection, for all you home science freaks). Well, after going through a series of antibiotics, and a much needed visit to my new Urologist, it turns out I have a complete set of matching kidney stones stuck in my left ureter..OK, I know..TMI!! I ended up in the Imaging Dept. at a clinic to get a Cat Scan of my abdomen…and that’s where they were discovered, lurking around and causing havoc..I have decided to name them Damien and Lucifer…those nasty little devils. Yep, got me some Flomax, Ibuprofen, gallons of water and a strainer…What a party I can have with all of that stuff, right???WRONG!..I will definitely be testing the Rum and Coke theory..My theory is that if water is required, Rum and Coke would be even better…We who imbibe do know how many times you need the bathroom while drinking adult beverages…FLUSH THEM OUT, I SAY!

Being that I am ill (not only mentally, but now it’s physically too), I am getting a lazy old blog of photos together to set my nostalgia mood..these are photos we took at Falcon Lake State Park , Roma TX in January of 2012…What a place for birders!!! These photos make me happy.

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Two pictures on left are Pyrrhuloxia…They do resemble Cardinals, right?..The little guy right, is a Black Crested Titmouse..

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Oriole, Armadillo, and Cactus Wren..


The Orioles loved oranges and jelly!

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Left is the stunning Green Jay…not sure what that guy is on the right…HEY!!! I need the Birdlady of Blogland to guide me here!! I am now going to savor even more of this trip with a few well placed other photos…all taken in January, 2012, at Falcon Lake..

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All spots are pull-through and they have some with W & E, and some full hook-up…OOPS! How did that old bird get in there?????

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The “caballeros” in the photo behind me were traveling Catholic missionaries who frequented Texas in the 1800’s..Right photo, well, that is the Rio Grande and Mexico just over our shoulder!

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Viva Zapata! is a 1952 biographical film starring Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn (won the Academy Award for that movie) and directed by Elia Kazan. The screenplay was written by John Steinbeck. Part of this famous movie was filmed in Roma, TX. The Roma National Historic Landmark District contains over 30 structures built before 1900.

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So, that is my lazy blog by re-posting some old photos of Falcon Lake State Park, TX. If you decide to go, go only in the Winter..It is too damn hot in the summer..Also, be very aware that the bridge to Mexico is just 2 miles from the park entrance …and be very aware of your surroundings…AND..if you want to go boating and fishing, check with the park …Unfortunately, a few years ago, an American couple went on a Skidoo across the lake to the Mexican side….he was murdered, she survived …

So now that I have probably scared the beJesus out of you from going to Falcon State Park…Seriously, it is a beautiful park and destination…Please, use your head, don’t be stupid.. and you will be just fine…

I sure do LOVE me some Roma, TX history!!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Another Sandwich Fair comes and goes…

This past weekend we had a mini Cave-A- Palooza here …Chris and John arrived with the boys Friday night to attend the tractor pulls on Saturday…Terrie and her 3 kids came over too..Kelly and Cindy are in NYC celebrating their anniversary. They were married on 9/11/2007 in Ireland. Their trip to the Big Apple included the 9/11 museum and a trip to the new memorial to observe the ceremony commemorating 14 years since that devastating day.

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It turns out they attended the Today Show at the Plaza on Monday morning..How fun!! One of our friends caught the following photo of them in the crowd, waving at the camera.


Yep…there they are, the couple in the middle!!

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They also managed to get some great pictures with the hosts, Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer…Kel and Cin said that everyone on staff was extremely cordial and nice!

Last weekend was also the Sandwich Fair…Den and I walked out with the Wolffs and a couple Heisers Saturday afternoon..


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This was on Saturday afternoon….The tractor pulls start Saturday evening at 6:30PM…I am NOT a fan of the loud “pulls”..Hearing them from our house is about as loud as I like it…So, I stay back here with the kids and we toast marshmallows…

20150912_192611 The crazy people who go to the tractor pulls park here in our driveway and walk out to the fairgrounds (only 1 block from here). Then about 9PM, when they are over, the loud and rowdy tractor pull fans (our family) walk back here for adult beverages and the wonderful campfire ….that I STARTED, I might add!!

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So, as usual, we had a wonderful and very busy weekend with our family. As you can see, everyone was in sweatshirts at the campfire Saturday night, but our wind switched Sunday and the past few days have been 80 degrees with a fabulous South wind..a little touch of summer!  I do feel Fall in the air though, and that means MacGyver will soon be in the combine, playing farmer in the corn and beans..This means I will soon be a farmer’s widow.  Trust me, I find things to occupy myself…like shopping, lunch with girlfriends, and maybe even a trip to visit the Wolff family in Zionsville, IN.

  I forgot to mention I did manage to get an appointment with an endocrinologist at Northwestern  University Medical Center in Chicago (shock of shocks!!) I am tired of wondering if this hyperparathyroidism is REAL, or just in my head…They must have seen something the docs didn’t like in my Nuclear Scan I had last May…THAT, after all,  is the reason I had that surgery on July 23rd of last year!!!!. So, on October 7th I see yet another doc…in Chicago. I’m not going to shut up until they decide if I DO have an adenoma ( tumor) on my parathyroid or DON’T!…It might take another Nuclear Scan…but WIT! (whatever it takes!!). Meanwhile, I am having all my scans, x-rays and records sent to the new doc…Let’s get to the crux of the problem and fix it, so we can head South after Thanksgiving, right?

Speaking of camping, (I cannot WAIT!), we are going to rent a rug shampooer and clean up the Hiker’s carpet before we jump in and get on the road. Actually, it isn’t too bad, but being a light color, I think there are some traffic spots we need to “brighten up”. I am soooo ready to get out of here, and I fear the older we get, the less chances we have…Life might get in the way of our plans one of these days…CARPE DIEM!!