Friday, May 27, 2011

Recent news

Yesterday, I went to an eye surgery center to have my cataracts evaluated. I went to the place recommended by my optomitrist. It is on Harvard Avenue in Tulsa.

The center did a thorough test of my vision. They concluded that I did not need to have surgery at this time. I was told that if I noticed any degeneration in my vision, I should come back. So I will bide my time until I notice some vision impairment.

Today was Ayla's eighth birthday party. Her party was held at a roller skating rink in Sand Springs. Her parents had reserved the rink from 5 to 7. She had presents and a cake.

Back on Tuesday, we had more storms roll through. Our neighbor on the south side of us has a storm shelter in his back yard. We went over there and rode out the storm underground. The storm missed Sand Springs. I hope that was the last storm for this season.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Silent Night (new lyrics with an evolutionary perspective)

Click on the link below. Then click on "Music Videos for contemporary church services" in the lower right corner. Click on Connie Barlow. Then select "Silent Night." Have the sound on and click to enlarge the image. Read the new lyrics as you listen to the music and enjoy the visuals.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Weather worries

Again tonight we had some rough weather passing through. I figure it is only a matter of time before a tornado hits Sand Springs. How many times can you dodge the bullet before you lose? There were 116 people in nearby Joplin (100 miles from here) who lost their lives yesterday. We had storms in the area tonight, but fortunately we dodged the bullet again. I heard on the news this evening that we have had more than 1,000 tornadoes in the U.S. so far this year. I suspect global climate change is the source for all the weird weather we have been having.

Our next door neighbor has a storm shelter in his back yard. It might be worth looking into having something like that in our back yard.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Volkswalking in Owasso

Today when I woke up I headed out for Owasso, a suburb of Tulsa about 20 miles away. It had been a while since my last volkswalk. The walk today was only my second of this year. We had walked in Owasso before, but it was probably five years (a guess) since I last walked in Owasso. J did not go with me today.

The walk started in Elm Creek Park and then went around a lake. From it I returned to the park. Although the weatherman said rain showers were likely, we saw not a drop of rain.

This is good

A friend sent me a link to something on the Internet. There is a lot of truth in what this man says.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


I've got a few minutes before it is time to pick up Luke and Ayla from school.

Here's a quick update on things since my last posting. On Saturday, we had seven members of HAT meeting at the church for a discussion led by Herb. We are now meeting at Church of the Restoration, except for our main meeting which is still held at the Genealogy Center (for the time being).

The service last Sunday at Church of the Restoration was led by Mary Rounds, Rosemary Powell, and Vanessa Adams-Harris, all from the church. The title of the talk was "Freedom Riders, Justice Bound: Are We There Yet."

Monday morning Gail came over for our weekly piano duet practice. Our next performance piece will be "Plymouth Pride" by Melody Bober. We should be playing again at Restoration on Sunday, June 5. I will probably be the speaker for that service.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The last few days

What has happened in the last few days? Last Wednesday I went to my eye doctor, Dr. Riggins. She checked my eyes for cataracts. She said the cataracts had progressed to the point where I should think about having something done about them. We talked about surgery and that appears to be the option I will take. I never realized I had a problem with cataracts and wouldn't know anything about having cataracts had not Dr. Riggins brought it to my attention. I thought my vision was fine.

It is about time for another doctor's appointment -- a follow-up to having pneumonia. I will finish this later.

Try again

The last time I tried to post to this blog, I got a message saying that Blogger was down. That was a couple of days ago. I tried again last night and got a similar message. So instead of writing a lot and not getting it posted, I am going to stop here and see if this will post.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Death of co-worker

Last week, I learned of the death of a woman with whom I had worked at the railroad. She, like me, was a clerk. She was about my age, being born in January of 1948. The last I knew of her, she was in good health. She left the railroad in the mid 90s for other pursuits.

I had intended to go to her funeral, but someting came up and we were needed to take care of our grandchildren. So I am left to wonder what happened to her. I recall that she was something of a free spirit and would on occasion put the pedal to the metal while driving the messager van. May she R.I.P.

Friday, May 06, 2011


Last Friday, I saw a doctor for a cough I had been having. She took a couple of chest x-rays of me and then told me I have pneumonia. Since then I have been taking it easy. I skipped church last Sunday and let my meetings go. Tomorrow night we will skip Movie Night. The doctor told me to stay away from people as I am susceptible to catching something from somebody else.

The schola (chant) practice at the cathedral is tomorrow from 10 to 1. I will let that activity go by the wayside. This is my third time to miss. I think I will give up on that. A three-hour rehearsal seems rather lengthy to me.

I need to focus more on getting well at this time.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Just checkin' in

It has been a few days since I last posted on this blog. All I have to say at this time is that last Friday I had a visit with my doctor, and she told me I had pneumonia. I knew I was sick, but did not realize how serious it was. Since that time, I have been perfecting the art of lounging. It is not quite 10 am, but I am already thinking about taking a nap.

Good night.