Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hello From Redding, California

Welcome to Redding, CA - a big little city
right off I-5 in Northern California

Redding City Hall

Need I apologize for not posting?  If so, here it is - I'm sorry I've kind of gotten myself wrapped up with family and friends and haven't been keeping up on writing / reading posts.  I hope all my readers are well and happy this summer of 2014.

A sunrise shot taken earlier this year by a 
Redding resident - notice the Spring green and 
flowers - it's golden brown now!

Because of recovery from my knew surgery - it's 3 months ago this week - and family commitments and fun, I've not been spending much time on my computer for any reason at all.  I'd given myself lots of recovery time, which, thank you Lord, I haven't needed.  After having done lots of total knees during my many years working in the operating room, I thought I knew all there was to know.  Not!!!  Yes, I knew about the surgical procedure, but really very little about the recovery.  So, when I met with the surgeon and physical therapists before surgery I took  their advice and didn't plan anything for this [about] six-month post op period.  Well, what I've found is that this total knee surgery has been a piece of cake!  I cannot believe how easy (and pain-free to boot) this experience has been.  

Currently I'm in Redding house-sitting for my sister-in-law, Barb, and her partner, who are out on their first RV trip in their new (to them) RV.  It's a Class C, but a few feet longer than their previous rig.  They went from here to Santa Cruz for over a week; now they're in the Monterey area.  They asked if I'd stay in the house, so I left my RV at my son's house and am living in their stix and stone house with Lacy, Eleanor and their kitty, Mr. Tibbs.  

Floribunda parked at Jeff's house in Cottonwood, CA (about
25 miles south of Redding)
I started walking for exercise about a month ago and have not had a twinge of discomfort.  Since I'm going to be here for at least a few more weeks, I joined the Shasta Family YMCA and have made it there almost every single day for walking on the treadmill, riding a bike,rowing a little and swimming in one of their two pools - one is indoors and is great for summer in this heat!  As I've often repeated, I'd had such a bad time with my bum knee I'd completely stopped exercising for most of the past three years; and, once I started again, I am just loving it.  Barb made sure I met some of her exercise buddies, so we have coffee almost everyday after getting our aerobic work done for the day.  It's been lots of fun to meet new and interesting people and to get back on the path of some kind of healthy shape at the same time.

Barb and Fred have a great Sony flat screen TV I thought I'd really love after not having watched TV for more than a few minutes since I retired and started traveling three years ago.  Well, I've surfed through channels at several different times of the day and have decided that reading, cooking, exercising - even doing chores in the house - are all more beneficial than spending time watching TV.  Maybe it's just me but it seems like there are hunions of channels with no more selection than I had when there were three - ABC, NBC and CBS!  The bottom line is I'm not going to bother getting my solar up and running in Floribunda - unless I come across several programs I just can't live without, and that doesn't seem likely.  I did watch some of the  'Futból' World Cup from Brazil; I have to say it's nice to see that the US is catching up with the most popular sport in the World.  When I lived in Antigua, Guatemala it was impressive to see literally hundreds of people crowding the streets and sidewalks outside the local Sports Bar to watch futból.  Only the fans right outside the door (lots of folks can't afford to go into the bar) could see any action, but the play-by-play news rallied through the crowd - and everybody was happy to be a part of the excitement.

As the heat and dry conditions continue in this part of the country, we are, of course, having a rash of forest fires.  In this area the Bully fire (in Igo-Ono) was ignited on July 11th by a marajuana grower who was driving a pickup truck load of supplies to his remote growing patch and started large grass fire.  At this time it's about 95% contained - having had tons of equipment and over 2200 firefighters working constantly for 12 days now.  My nephew and his family live in Igo, fortunately not too close to the fire area, but the smoke-laden skies, high winds and thunder and lightening strikes have certainly worried them.  It's bad enough when weather and natural disasters start forest fires; but, when it's human error / carelessness it's even worse.  Many of my blog-writing and reading friends are so concerned with the natural wonders of our homeland.  

Let's all be extra careful this year - and always! 


  1. Nice to see you are back at it and raring to go!
    Speedy recovery, exercise, and like you said nothing to e=watch on tv anyway. Always something to do.
    Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks, George. It's great to be back in the land of the free-from-pain group! I can hardly believe that we're in the 21st century and (in my opinion) have gone backwards in TV programming!!!

  2. Glad that your recovery has gone so well and that you are enjoying the gym along with new friends. I am sure you are looking forward to getting back on to the road again. I must have missed a post because in this one you didn't mention Lincoln, what happened to him?

  3. Oh, Ruth, sadly Lincoln disappeared in Amarillo, TX last Fall. He accompanied Lacy and me on a walk around the RV park and when we returned to the rig he decided to stay out for a bit more. I stayed there for 9 days looking for him, advertising, visiting all the shelters (four of them) and even had a reader from Oklahoma drive to Amarillo and look for him with her sister who lived there.
    I really do suspect that somebody took him; he'd created quite a fan club - people were amazed that he walked with us everyday. If that was his fate I'm relieved because I've always thought that if an animal is stolen, it's hopefully by someone who really wants it. Maybe that's pollyanna-ish; but it makes losing him easier. He was one great cat.
    The other positive effect it's had on us is that Eleanor has blossomed as an 'only cat.' If you remember, I rescued both cats from a sanctuary; Lincoln was just a kitten when he came to live with us; but, Eleanor had been a feral cat for almost a year and then had been at the sanctuary for a year before I got her. They thought she was un-adoptable. It took her months and months before she'd even let me pick her up without panicking. Now she's a love and spends as much time as possible each day curled up right by my side.
    I have begun some exciting plans for the coming months and will blog about my planned adventures soon. Love hearing from you and Kevin, friend.

  4. Nice post MP - Super happy for all your excellent recovery progress and all the new and fun friends you have met! You go, girl!!!

  5. Welcome back! But as it is fact that life precedes blog, I know that when you do not blog you are busy with life. Nice to read about your recovery. Enjoy!

  6. Thanks Everybody! Yes, like it or not, life does precede blog - as it should. Stay tuned, I'm thinking of beginning some short stories and I'll need lots of critiques!

  7. Mary-Pat, so nice to see your posting again. Glad you are doing well and going to the gym, etc. I am looking forward to reading about your adventures on the road soon!

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