I have been offline for more than three weeks due to 'technical difficulties beyond my control' - namely, that %*& groundhog who dens under our tool shed gnawed her way through our phone lines right at the junction where they enter the side of our house. Sigh! There used to be five phone jacks inside our farmhouse .... now there are only two. Neither of them is the one we had our computer set up to use ... and the one that we can get to is in my Mom's bedroom (now mine). Took ages to figure out why the phones were not working ... and eight days to get the phone company to send a repairman ... and then several more days to move the computer and get it set up to work again. Whew!
In the meantime, all kinds of things have been happening most of which I will likely forget to record here. My brother was moved from the Select Specialty area of Good Shepard Hospital in downtown Cincinnati to the Batavia Nursing Center and then immediately to Clarmont Mercy Hospital next door. The Select Specialty people basically sent Jeff to a lower/lesser care facility before he was physically ready to move. He had pneumonia in his right lung and needed to be on the ventilator again to breathe. I hope someone in the Medicaid establishment pays attention to that, hmmmm, hasty and inconsiderate care level!
I talked to Jeff's doctor yesterday and she said he has recovered from the lung infection (after almost two weeks of antibiotics) and that she will release him to the Nursing Center tomorrow or Monday. I am planning to drive to Batavia to see him tomorrow - I guess I'll find out where he is when I get there (the folks from Cincinnati never told me they were moving my brother until I showed up to the hospital to see him!).
Stephanie and I have been slaving away in the muck to get things set up for the movers to pack and take our stuff to Kansas. My Mom's brother, Buddy, and his son, Carl, and grandson, Josh, have been here to help us for the past three days, too. I know nothing about guns and we seriously needed help finding (recognizing!) my brother Jeff's collection. So far we have inventoried 36 long guns and I know there are at least six more to be rounded up. We haven't counted the handguns, yet, either. Life-long bachelor, collector .... big stash o' goodies. :P
Today we drove over to Farmer Frank's place to retrieve some of Jeff's guns that have been stored there since late December (when we went to KS for holidays). While we were there, Stephanie and I visited the farm's Harvest Shop to look at indian corn, pumpkins and fall flowers. We also got to play with the resident kitten - sooooo cute! :) The photo above shows her dashing around the pumpkins and hay bales (did you know there were green pumpkins? I did not - aren't they pretty?:).
Eventually Stephie chose three pumpkins (one pale green, one white, one orange), a nice bunch of Indian corn and a beautiful pot of velvety red mums. :)
Tomorrow I will take Steph home and visit Jeff. This coming week will be a round of having utility services turned off or reassigned to Farmer Frank ... and then I am going HOME! Mayflower is supposed to come to pack and load at the end of next week. Then Steph will drive Kevin to Kansas and I will drive to Maryland.
Skip and I have a vacation in the Smokey Mountains scheduled mid-October and I am looking forward to spending the time with him. I have not seen my beloved since May. (sigh) After vacation I will have to fly to Kansas to help my sister move bank accounts, apply for social support for Kevin and generally settle into the new house. I'm looking forward to that as I will get to visit with my nieces and nephews, too.