Life Without Internet

 This was an entry from my Journal dated 02-19-2010. Since I was not using the Internet I had to find something else to do to occupy my time. Every few days I’ll insert some of these “missing” entries.

Earlier this week I vowed to remain off the internet for one month. Four days later I’m having withdrawals…although not as badly as I anticipated. I’ve played more games with Evelyn, walked more with Jolie and done a few more “crafty” things.

About two weeks ago, shortly after the storms, we went for a ride with Paul and Ginny up the coast to see what was left of the Elephant Seals. Along the way we stopped for lunch. The little park at San Simeon had several trees that had blown down and mostly cut up for firewood. Spotting a likely piece for carving, I asked at the info desk if I could have it. The gal gladly gave it up and I loaded it into the car. As I carried it to the car I was impressed by the aroma. It smelled much like a cedar, but the pitch smelled pine. I thought perhaps I had a piece of Sequoia or Redwood, but the wood didn’t seem to be red enough.

I was stumped for more than a week as to what I had to work with. Then, I identified it by the needles, at  botanical garden… It is a Coastal Cyprus!

I started by slabbing off a 2 1/4” thick piece for doing a relief carving. Since this was fresh wood, I started curing it in the oven. Each morning I turn the oven on the lowest setting for about an hour. It also takes the morning chill out of the coach.

With the remaining piece, I started carving “camp host head.”

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Limited Return

I back in a limited way. I never dreamed I could NOT use a computer for so long!For the last couple of weeks I’ve sneaked in to delete my emails and screen for life-or-death must-reads, do my banking, and to post a few photos. That’s it!

What awesome willpower, or is that won’t power? I’ve read 4 books and started a 5th. I’ve discovered rock carving.

I was scheduled last week to have a herniated disk repaired. But during the routine pre-op screening, they discovered several “large areas of concern” on my left lung, and a lot of smaller areas on my right lung. So, the surgery was postponed until a Pulmanologist could give his opinion. The soonest that I can see one of those guys is April 12.
My first question was, “Are you just checking to see if I’m worth salvaging, before you do this repair? I mean, if I’m going to die in 6 months or so, there’s no point in fixing my back… right?”
Seems he’s just worried about me being sick or having TB, and not be able to recover.

Well, you and I know both know that for a person to have been hospitalized for pneomonia 5 times, have heavy exposure to plaster dust and asbestos, I’m bound to have some crazy stuff in my lungs. But I’M NOT SICK. Haven’t even had a cold for more than 5 years.
Well, as it turns out, my neurosurgeon goes to the same church I do, so I asked him Saturday, “Are you trying to kill me with pain, or just make it hard for me to go home?”
I explained more of my background in construction. He was sympathetic to my reasoning, and asked me to call his office first thing Monday morning. I did, and they are in the process of re-scheduling my surgery.

“In His time”… be patient, Don