Monday, August 20, 2018

On Ice for the moment...

My low back and hip are painful, as in 7/10, so I'm on ice for the moment. Wishing everyone a good week.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Thanks and More...

I've had a busy cycle of days since my recent birthday. Thanks to everyone who left birthday wishes, all are appreciated. More friends have taken me for belated birthday meals, and all of my recent dental issues have resolved. Lukas is doing well snd thus far, though we have had lots of rain, no tropical storms or hurricanes appear on the horizon. The season ends November 30, so while we still have the potential, I'm hopeful none will develop. Meteorologists claim the increased rains are helping keep the waters cooler which keeps storm creation down. I'll take the rain.

I spent yesterday buying a folding hospital chair which my friend of thirty-five years now claims is easier for him to deal with than my lighter titanium, solid frame chair that is better for my back, hips and shoulders. I've told him he can push when we venture out. That isn't often and had it been anyone else, I'd have told them to stop whining and chosen not to pursue additional social engagement. He, however, has always been and continues to be a good friend, and in getting older, has also gotten bigger, which complicates things.

Personally, I think a lot of able-bodied folk suffer from a combination of ignorance and laziness and take too much for granted, a line of thought I verbalize only in extreme circumstances. Friends who know me well have by now become familiar with some of the crap that is almost ever-present in the lives of wheelchair users and most of them have no problem with my daily use chair.

The extra chair is a back up. I have notified my vendor for the regular chair that maintenance, cleaning and some new parts are needed and await a response. It has been about three weeks, so they'll be hearing from me again before the month is out.

Life in this condominium community may be changing. A member of our board has been going about vetting the idea of approaching a developer who has permission to build a medical facility to buy us out, knock down these buildings and put up the desired facility. Nothing has been presented to the owners but real estate has gone up here, so they would need to give us each enough to purchase another property and with the shortage of available affordable housing here, that may not be as easy as it sounds, particularly for me. I have no job, so a mortgage is beyond question. Additionally, I need to live on a bus route to assure transportation and have the means to modify a dwelling as needed and any place I move must accept pets. I've sunk a pretty penny for the bathroom, kitchen, closets, doorways, threshold ramps, shelving and drawers into this place. According to our bylaws, if 3/4 agree, it will be a done deal, whatever my feelings on the matter.

Condominiums here are largely now viewed as investment properties, so most of the owners here have multiple units while having other primary residences elsewhere, so they would share neither my need for a new home nor any concern regarding location, proximity to friends or transport.

At this point, I'm not sure what if anything I should be doing.

Cheers!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Birthday...

I am fifty-nine today and have just returned from an early dinner with three favorite friends. Our venue was Greek and a good time was had. Replete with a Souvlaki plate, the only rice pudding I ever eat, and a candle lit Baklava, I can say that loved the live music, the birthday dancing and the napkins that reigned down around our table amid cheers and clapping. Even the baby at the next table joined in.

Funny cat cards ruled the day as did calls, and unexpected gifts. Lukas knew something was up, venturing into my lap for the first time. Though he lingered but a moment, it was a sweet one.

Wishing everyone a good week. Cheers!