Cave Dwellings: Yep...the Cave Dwellers are still here..
Cave Dwellings

Buckhorn Creek, Lake O' The Pines, Jefferson, TX

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Yep...the Cave Dwellers are still here..

To say this has been a "busy" summer is just the tip of the iceberg...and we all know what happened to the Titanic! After our trip to Destin, Dennis was due for his hopefully final colonoscopy August 7th. (which turned out OK, FINALLY!!)  At that time, he had an EKG and it was discovered that he has what is called issue with the Atrial chamber of his heart beating too fast...Bottom line is that could possibly cause a clot..and a stroke. This is not good news.
So, we made an appt with our Cardiologist and he put a heart monitor on Dennis, with a radio transmitter that sent EKG's regularly to ..someplace, maybe Oz....(it was like having a magic nurse watching your every move!) He had to wear this for one month...grrr.

We managed to fit in a trip to Zionsville to visit our Wolff Cub grand kids and watch them play some tackle and flag football while Dennis was bionic...

Our oldest Wolff Cub is #9..He is 8 years old and they play youth tackle football.

Above, the little blondie chewing on his flavored mouth piece is our younger grandson. He is in first grade, and they play flag football..As you can see, it's hard to hold the interest of first graders..
 In the meantime, back home, we were in the process of tearing off our 40 year old deck and having a new one built..Of course, Dennis Cave decided to begin tearing it off by himself without help...and....well, he made a misstep, fell.. and broke his left arm..Dennis took an ambulance ride to the ER, where our daughter-n-law works and we know most of the people up there.( ya just can't keep anything secret in a small town) That afternoon, Den came home with a sling and an appt with an Orthopedic Doc a few days later.

We were lucky to have such good friends to come and help get that old deck down and removed!

As it turned out, the Ortho Dr. decided Dennis should have a cast for 6 weeks...Allllll righty then..
You can see how excited he was to get this..Hey, the nurse matched his shirt at least!

So, after wearing the heart monitor for a month, it was determined Den has A-Flutter AND A-Fib..They set him up for a procedure called Ablation, where a Cardio doc and his team go through the femoral artery up into your heart and cauterize the bad spots..a 4 hour procedure that has a 70% success rate. Dennis had this done last Tuesday...No wonder we drink. He will have an EKG in one month, and another a month after that. They really won't know if it worked for about 6 months..In the meantime, Den is on blood thinner....and so,knowing how klutzy my hubby can be, I wanted to put him in a padded room to keep from cutting himself somehow..One of my ploys was to make sure he got an ELECTRIC razor..and he did!!

 After our deck was completed began the process of staining it..with a the sun..We are getting too old for this stuff....Here is the new deck before we stained it...

 It turned out pretty good. This is the second time in our married lives that Dennis Cave hasn't done the work himself..Just 6 weeks ago we had a new furnace and Central Air put in our house..PUT IN, buy professional heating and air guys!! Den has a hard time sitting still and letting others you can see....
...Well, he just had to do some nailing here and there..You cannot keep a good man down!!

Below is our deck after staining it all...
Turned out pretty nice...I did a good share of staining it, but MacGuyver helped me, albeit one handed, on all of those damn spindles...sheesh!!

In the middle of the hubbub, our granddaughter, Taylor, started college at Ball State University..
This is her dorm room...She and her mom decorated it. No dorm rooms I ever visited ever looked this great.

Above is our Taylor on the right, with a couple college friends..Too bad they aren't having any fun.

Also, our grandson, Peyton, began running Cross Country track. Pey is a Senior in high school this year.
Peyton is the second runner in black and white checked shirt..He really got tall this summer..Dennis and I finally got to go to a meet!!

Proud grandparents of this kid..He just had his Senior pictures taken:....

Peyton is "quite a catch" ..and of course I am not prejudice in the least..

Sooo, not to be giving lame excuses, but we have been a bit busy lately...However, I have to tell you that we are planning a Winter trip..hoping we can make it. We will be leaving end of November and traveling to Texas, staying at Texarkana, Jefferson , Canyon Lake, and possibly Bandera. Other spots are also in the works...I have made reservations through Jan 1st so far, but am still working on the rest. If there is any GOOD karma left , we could use some!!! But as we all know, plans are made in jello...


  1. Glad the Cave People have been accounted for ........ Talk about being busy !!! Sure hope the heart calms down and the arm heals !!! You two will be thrilled to hit the road ......
    new deck is terrific ! Your grandchildren all look like models and smart on top of it ❗️❗️❗️
    Talk about proud ....... really wonderful !

  2. Gonna miss you in Ortona this year ! Hope Dennis heals up soon.

  3. This getting more mature stuff is for the birds. Sure hope Dennis's procedure worked and that arm is out of the cast sooner rather than later. He just has to come to terms with the fact that it's okay to have some help once in awhile.

  4. I always have a bag of bandages and tape in the RV and home for my husband's thin skin. Blood thinners are a nuisance. Any bump and it gets black and blue. Any skin puncture or scratch and he bleeds like a stuck pig! It runs down his leg if he scratches himself. Of all his heart stuff he hates the bleeding the most. But it keeps him alive.

  5. The good news is that modern medicine can do amazing stuff! You already clearly have a sense of humor so all should be well:))

  6. We sure do get more breakable as we get older alright. That was a string of bad luck for Dennis. Deck looks great. Hope you guys can get away to Texas and find some rest and relaxation. A change of pace with new scenery is a good way to deal with those constant mood swings. Mood swings are something I understand. All the best to you two and I hope these turbulent times ease off and you are able to enjoy things again.

  7. If yo0r planning on staying at Potters Creek on Canyon Lake , you might check with them as part of the park was still closed this summer. There is another COE campground on the other side of the lake. Bastrop State Park (a small park) is a nice alternative and a good place for different day trips in that area.

    1. Thanks for the heads up..We will stay at Crane's Mill on the other side of the lake over Christmas and see if Potter's is open later more in Feb.

  8. I had a senior moment, I meant Blanco State Park (not Bastrop) which is only about 15-20 miles north of Canyon Lake.

  9. Time heals all wounds, just not the embarrassment! As you said it was hard for Dennis not doing the work himself. Now if he added Solar to the trailer you could join the rest of us "Off the Grid" around Quartzsite this winter.
    Hoping to hear about more of your adventures soon.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  10. Wow!! What a summer!! Glad it's all behind you and you guys can move forward!! Growing older sure ain't for sissies!! Haha!!
    The deck looks great!!!

  11. My goodness, all kinds of "happenings" and those grankids, I remember when they were just in grade school, heavens!!!!