Category Archives: Social Commentary

The Gap Band: A Tulsa Heritage

Most People outside of RAP don’t know the connection.  The GAP Band members were born, raised and started their Music career in Tulsa. 

The band is an acronym based on the streets of Greenwood, Archer, and Pine in the historic Greenwood neighborhood of the Wilson brothers’ hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Celebrate the Music. Remember the loss and play some GAP Today.

Tree Carving: Frugal Film from January2021

My Posting from the Frugal Film Project:

I am finally getting started with the 2021 Project.   Two summers ago the City of Lafayette, CO was cutting down Cottonwood trees In a park near my home. The trees were nearly dead and a hazard to park patrons and passer’s by in bad weather.  But I had wondered why they left about half of the trunk still standing.  Well this past December an artist began sculpting one of the trunks. And here it is:

My husband had a chance to speak with him and he said eventually he would sculpt all four trunks with locally themed art.  The Rooster represents the Oatmeal Festival, held here in January during non-COVID years. The Rooster represents the winner of the Festival’s 5K walk/run.

Artist: Lueb Popoft, local tree carving artist.  Read more about hie Goals: https://www.hollowlogonline.com/biography.html

Agfo 6X9 Billy Clack No. 74.

I am finally getting started with the 2021 Project.   Two summers ago the City of Lafayette, CO was cutting down Cottonwood trees In a park near my home. The trees were nearly dead and a hazard to park patrons and passer’s by in bad weather.  But I had wondered why they left about half of the trunk still standing.  Well this past December an artist began sculpting one of the trunks. And here it is:

My husband had a chance to speak with him and he said eventually he would sculpt all four trunks with locally themed art.  The Rooster represents the Oatmeal Festival, held here in January during non-COVID years. The Rooster represents the winner of the Festival’s 5K walk/run.

Artist: Lueb Popoft, local tree carving artist.  Read more about hie Goals: https://www.hollowlogonline.com/biography.html

Agfo 6X9 Billy Clack No. 74.

Ektar 100 Film

Cottonwood

Front Door Gift from my Neighbors

While I was at the Mayo Clinic last Fall, some of my neighbors decided that I needed a more accessible Front Entrance:

At first I thought how wonderful my neighbors are! But I felt that perhaps my mom-in-law and my neighbor from across the street (whose husband designed and organized the Project) might need it more that me, But with recent snows that we had I learned to appreciate my hsnd rsils. Sometimes other people know what you need before you recognize what you need!

Christmas 2020

An interesting Experience……….Starting with a Rib Roast that was twice as large as we wanted. Ordered 6 pounds from Whole Foods and got 6-bones = 14 lbs.:

Never Fear….we cooked half and froze half for Valentine’s Day:

The rest if our Christmas was more normal, starting with our Table Setting:

And Our Christmas Tree:

Our 22nd Wedding Anniversary

With our Outback Dinner last night….We had our “Formal Steak Dinner” the night before our Anniversary.

Today, our actual 22nd Anniversary we will spend in the Superstition Mountains, and wrap up our Celebration with a Sushi Dinner tonight.

Saturday on our way home to Colorado…….

Como Doors

We made our annual trip over Boreas Pass. At the south end of the Pass is the town of Como. There are inhabited and restored buildings, such a the Train Station:

But I think many of the abandoned buildings are more interesting:

And them there are the somewhat restored and used buildings:

See More Pictures of Como and the Boreas Pass RailRoad here. Also a lot more doors!

Through the Glass: Prisms

Three weeks post surgery and now with the corrective prism in my left lens:

Still trying to get used to seeng quasi-stereo vision. I was told that it might take until December to finally resolve my vision problems.

I think either way I’m going to have a permanent disability to deal with.

Through the Glass: Eye Surgery and More………

I’ve been living like this for more than a year. I was told that 3rd Cranial Nerve damage was always allowed a year to see how much it might recover. Monday (August 24th) was my surgery day………….

The next two images show how much progress I had made. Here my eye closed without the glasses. Imagine wondering around for a year with your eye closed….no depth perception, for example:

Waiting the year (and having the Botox treatment) did make my left eye and eyelid a bit stronger. Before the surgery I could keep my eye open, but didn’t because the eyes were not aligned………

Since the eyes were not aligned it caused double vision. Below, my immediate post op photo:

The wound continued to drain overnight, ;eaving my eyelids stuck together by morning. I had to use several hot, wet face cloths to soak my eye (instructions say NO RUBBING), Finally the eye was open:

I will still need still need special glasses to restore near normal vision, but for now I have a ‘sweet spot’ in my current glasses that allow me to see stereo vision. Each day my vision and the coordination between my eyes is better,

Now moving on to the MORE…….That more being further complications from the original tumor. Or rather, complications from the Radiation Treatments. I had very high levels of radiation with the Proton Beam, resulting in Necrosis defined as:

The brain tissue necrosis is a delayed effect of radiation therapy and can occur several years after the radiation treatment, but it usually occurs within the first 1 to 2 years.[1]Jul 8, 2020

This Necrosis results in cysts growing in the Cranial Space and surrounding tissue. They started growing sometime after my 6 month check up, appearing in my May exam. The follow-up is every 8 weeks. I have that 8 week check in last week. Some cysts are smaller, some unchanged, and a few new ones have appear (but they are very small). So another MRI at the end of October and we’ll see where we are……