Blood borne flower
Harbinger of death
Arrives with Spring breezes
Cool as his breath
Blood borne flower
Blood borne flower
Harbinger of death
Arrives with Spring breezes
Cool as his breath
We were originally supposed to be going to a concert last year featuring Five Finger Death Punch, I Prevail, Ice Nine Kills, and two other bands. It was cancelled due to COVID, so we had to pick a new concert so Staind and Korn fit the bill!!
The lights were sparkling in Dallas last night for the show, along with laser lights pulsing, spotlights swirling, and ended with streamers shot into the audience with a cannon! What a show, and what seats we had!! We were stage left, second row, which unfortunately, or fortunately, however you look at it, was right in front of the massive stack of speakers!!! I was sure we would be deaf today, but I’m simply tired. The show was great, I liked Korn better than Staind this time because the sound system was better and while still loud, it wasn’t constant reverb blasting into our ears like with Staind’s show. I got some sound bites and pretty good pictures, but found myself wishing we were center stage because we had no view of the drummer or the stage set up unless we looked at the big screens. When I go to a concert, I prefer to see the band, I can watch a video at home, know what I mean? So my eyes were on the two stars- Aaron Lewis of Staind and Jonathan Davis of Korn.
They sang all of our favorites, and rocked the house down! Freak on a Leash, Adidas, Some from the album Issues and more. Staind sang Been A While, Something to Remind You, Mudshovel, and more. We never left our seats or sat down the entire night, which my back is feeling today. Knowing my body’s limits, however, I did not do the kind of dancing around or jumping that I did just a few short years ago, fearing I would blow my knee out. I do not need that right now. So I was a well-behaved concert attendee.
The aroma of marijuana was strong enough to get a contact high, but I had my CBD pipe, so I was nice and mellowed out. We pre-gamed at the house with a couple of Truly’s apiece and drank water at the concert. Since we were there to see Korn (our 3rd or 4th time) I partook of a delicious chilidog topped with Mexican street corn they called a Tijuana Street Fight. It was muy delicioso. My throat is kind of raw today from screaming and trying to sing loudly, as if you could over the massive throng of rockers! Thank God we are too old to be in the pit with everyone jumping and pushing around, although I have to say, I didn’t notice but one individual acting very crazy at all. Even the pit seemed calmer than normal. Maybe they are getting old too, I mean, the band members are even gray now! 🙂 So at first I was kind of feeling my age, but I relaxed after a while and simply enjoyed the show, the music, the experience, and getting out of the house for a night!!
Dad was in David’s capable hands, although, it was probably very quiet around here last night with neither of them talking. I normally do enough talking for all three of us. Maybe they enjoyed the break from me too!
I included some concert shots but the sound bites would not show up in the photo gallery.for those who care to see and listen. I know, my music isn’t for everyone! We were just lucky to see them, because a few weeks ago, Jonathan had COVID and we feared the concert would be cancelled. No, he was there in all his glory, rocking that stage like a boss and looking mighty fine doing it. He has lost a significant amount of weight, lost the kilt, which I missed, but put on one hell of a show. I really enjoyed myself, and we also got lucky getting out of there quickly but traffic on the way to HW30 was packed and slow. We managed to get home before turning into pumpkins but I was back up at 5am with Dad.
Se la vi. 😉
My dad continues to improve daily, and to my surprise, is getting more independent. This morning we woke to find him dressed and asleep in his chair! That means not only did he get up and dressed by himself, he walked unassisted from his room to his chair and was content to sit and wait until someone got up. David said he turned on the light and didn’t even wake him, but I knew not to go back to sleep, or he would be up again, or ring the bell. I’d rather get up on my own, than feel resentful that I couldn’t sleep longer.
I told him he did real well, and went and got him coffee, his watch, and his hearing aids. We split some yogurt and read a while (I did anyway) before I went and made his breakfast. After making Dave’s egg cups and feeding myself, I went and got myself dressed and ready, started the laundry and went into the office. Dad got out of his chair by himself, and was halfway to the bathroom before I got into the living room. So his strength and balance is much improved! He got up again a little later and made another bathroom trip., but I always come out and stay near in case he needs any help.
I’m so proud and the therapists are going to be too! I just hope he stays content to let things be as they are, at least until our meeting with the VA, and then we will have a clearer picture of how we are going to proceed. As well as he is doing, I’m still not sure he should go home, unless one of the options the VA will help cover is an aid or a full-time nurse in his home. Maybe something like Visiting Angels would be able to help him with his morning routine and Sean would be there for him at night. I just won’t know until we are forced to make the next decision or talk to him and see what he is comfortable doing. I think he can still make choices for himself, but we all need to think it all through. Yes, he is stronger, but his disease is progressive and things will change eventually. I would rather have him in a place with other people that can help around the clock, a community of people he can visit with and do activities, and know his meals and meds are taken care of for him.
Time will tell and things are fine here for the time being. I’m thankful he is here and we are perfectly capable of helping as long as we need to.
Yesterday, we had family dinner and the football games and said goodbye to Becky as she was to leave for Spain. In fact, she should be there now, but she may not have wifi to let us know for a while. I actually took a few pictures, but then got involved with dinner and the Cowboys and forgot to get everyone in a picture. I literally had to make Becky leave, she was sleepy and starting to change her mind about going. We got her up and out and Chris and her parents drove her to the airport. She texted me when the plane started moving. I can’t wait to hear from her once she gets settled. I know when she sees the kids she will be caring for, the trip will have been worth it!! One of the children has Downs Syndrome and the other does not. What a great learning experience this will be for her. I know Chris is emotional, but he is so busy with work, the time will fly by.
Not pictured, Chris, Josh, Shari, Bubba, Stephen, and Kacee.
We enjoyed smoked chicken, home made jalapeno and cheddar sausage, mac and cheese, and home made beans flavored with beer, jalapeños, tomatoes, and spices. Some had strawberry and blueberry shortcakes for dessert.
Have a great Monday and get ready for the change over to fall come Wednesday!
As I walked out onto the gallery
The ship did sway and I was set free
Over the side into the yawning sea
By the time I caught my breath, you see
The ship had sailed quite aways from me
I could not believe I was stranded asea
No life raft or buoy for support-just me
I tried not to panic or thrash about
So sharks and monsters stayed away
No land in sight, nor was I devout
Yet I began to pray
“Dear Lord please save me,” I said aloud
As sea birds swooped around me
“I’ll devote my life to you,” I cried
Then I stilled myself and prayed silently
At once a tug I felt below, but a hand it was
Not a bite.
A mermaid pulled me beneath the waves
What a beautiful, gorgeous sight!
Her hair was flowing, coppery and long
Her lips were rosy and beautiful
She put a finger to them softly
And bade me to be dutiful
Alarmed I was, yet I obeyed
Hoping my breath was plenty
As she pulled me further into the depths
I began to feel somewhat panicky
Soon, we came to an underwater cave
Set in a forgotten mountain ridge
We swam until I thought I might burst
Til her lips on mine made a bridge
Into the cave we swam and then
Still further to her destination
The cave went on forever it seemed
Leading to an underwater space station
It was there I could finally take a breath
As wondrous sights beheld me
My savior lightly touched my face
As glowing lights surrounded me
And then I saw the face of God
Standing in his shining robes
A peace I’d never felt enveloped me
As through the clouds we rose
The colors of Heaven cannot be described
And angels flew by streaming
And then the voice of God was heard
Wake up now, you are dreaming
So there was no ship
No fall, no savior
But still my life was changed
He awoke in me the will to live
And forever altered my behavior
I now devote my life to God
I pray every single day
To make me worthy of his Heavenly kingdom
So faithful shall I stay
Everyone that knows me knows this. So, by Tuesday night we will be cruising into fall with our first ”cold front” that will have our temps on Wednesday only in the 80’s and the lows in the 40’s.
Today, as is our Sunday tradition, we are having dinner for whomever comes to eat it, and saying goodbye to Becky as she is leaving for Spain today. Dave’s brother, Bubba, is in town, so he will also be here, my brother, and I think two of my boys. I was hoping to sneak a last dip in the pool, but unless others will be getting in, I don’t think we will have time.
Instead, we will be inside, waiting on everyone, visiting, eating and probably getting teary-eyed as we bid farewell and safe travels to our free-spirited future daughter-in-law. I will keep calling her that because I have faith she will come back to us and that she and Chris will marry some day! They are just too good a fit, they love each other, and love growing and learning with each other. they will be fine, and I’ll be praying that it all works out that way.
The main irritant of moving into fall is the pumpkin flavored everything. 😤
I mean, I like pumpkin spice and pumpkin pie as well as the next person, but does every damn thing have to taste like it now???
The next thing I’m not crazy about is having to wear clothes…I mean, more clothes. 😛 I am not a cold weather person. But, I know it’s coming, so surrender I must. Cause winter comes next. Please, God, don’t let this winter suck as bad as last. 🙏🙏
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