What Excites You about Spring

It is now April 7th and many are already planting thier gardens and flowers. I continue to wait for mine as we always have a late freeze around Easter. when asked my wife stated “The grass turns green and makes the earth look new again. Rain cleans the air. The sun shines to light our days. In a few weeks is Easter. It is the time of year for reflecting and giving thanks to God for giving his only son that died on the cross for our sins.” I respect her point of view and add to it that Spring is the renewal of life, WInter is that period of the life cycle where death occurs, the freeze and snow helps life by killing the weeds and many of the active pesty insects but not completely. The seeds of the weeds and the eggs of the insects survive just as the seeds of the grass and the trees survive as do the healthy plants, trees, and animals. Then just as God raised Jesus to show the world that there is renewal of life, spring comes. God looks down and smiles, sends the rains and warms the temperature so that life can begin anew. For those that chose to not believe in God, they do believe in Spring and the renewal of life. So again I ask , What excites you about spring?

Welcome To Spring

April Showers bring May Flowers… This is the rhyme we learned in grade school. Yes it is that time of year. Here in Oklahoma we love to see the spring except for the Pollen, Severe Weather, Hail Tornadoes… Wait, this is a positive post! Nature sometimes brings us a surprise in the weather patterns. This year we watched several systems come in lined up one after the other bringing artic air and freezing temperatures and a very cold winter. The positive take from this is we had a very hard freeze that will helped in the reduction of insects and pest. It also will help with the weeds. When March roared in with a snow storm, again weather systems lined up this time a mix of winter weather and rain. We had a very wet March. Was this bad? In Oklahoma, No. We really needed the moisture. We are heading into April and as I type this post we have a line of heavy thunderstorms heading into the state. Some may have severe weather with strong winds, Hail and maybe tornadoes. Still not a bad thing as western Oklahoma is going to receive much needed moisture. I have learned over the years that I will not put out my tender plants until Easter has past as in Oklahoma at least we have one last freeze around easter. It goes along with what the famous Oklahoma Humorist Will Rogers said. “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma just wait a minute, It will change.” Thank you Will Rogers, a truer statement could not have been made.

A Charge to Keep I Have

A Charge to keep I have,

A God to glorify,

A never-dying soul to save,

And fit it for the sky.

TO serve the present age,

My calling to fulfill:

Oh, may it all my pow’rs engage

To do my Masters will!

Arm me with jealous care,

As in Thy Sight to live;

And O Thy servant, Lord, prepare

A strict account to give!

Help me to watch and pray,

And on Thyself rely,

Assured, if I my trust betray,

I shall forever die.

Charles Wesley – 1762

When The Phone Rings….

Everyday  a patient on the active transplant List waits for “The Phone To Ring” calling them to the hospital to receive the “Gift  of Life” in the form of an organ transplant.  For patients with Chronic Kidney Disease that do not have an identified living donor must continue to wait.  Depending upon their blood type, it can be a minimum of four to five years.  To even be considered to receive a transplant, a patient must meet several different criteria. for a kidney patient they must have reached CKD Stage 4 and thier GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate) must be below 30. It is sad that They could not be worked up when they were Stage 3. maybe not active on the list but at least have all the testing completed. When your kidneys start declining from Stage 3 down, depending on the cause of your disease, it can continue on for a few years, a few months, or not even a month. So much depends on the overall health of the individual. I have monitored a patient with Renal failure from birth to date (21 Years) I watch them do well up until they turned 16, Then the decline started a little more quickly. In February of 2015 the patient dropped suddenly to a GFR of 15 down from 30. They were then worked up to be placed on the active list. The GFR rebounded above 15 for a few months which caused the patient to be placed on Hold till after thier 18th birthday. This caused a major issue as the patient was being seen as a Pediatric patient, and would still be able to until they were 21. The on problem was if they went down suddenly again and need to be put on Dialysis the Only Pediatric clinic was Full. The Nephrologist decided that with this problem in mind the Patient should be transferred to adult from Pediatric Nephrology. Working with the family the Doctor referred the patient to a Nephrologist at another Facility. The patient stayed listed at the Transplant center for Pediatrics. After many issues with the patients commercial insurance company the Patients listing was transferred to the Facility that the Adult Nephrologists worked with. The patient did receive thier accrued time form the when they were made active.  The family hoped and prayed to  hear the Phone Ring with the call for them to go to the hospital. When the patient had thier 21st Birthday Their GFR was still hovering around 15. Then 5 days later they ended up in the ER acutely Uremic and had to be started on Hemodialysis. Not what the patient wanted… They had prefered to do Peritoneal dialysis but thier lab was not “Bad Enough ” to justify placement of a catheter per the insurance and the Guidelines… They are now converted to PD (Peritoneal Dialysis) and doing their therapy at home. Still they wait for the “Phone to Ring”.  

Do you know of some one that is on the “list”? are you and organ donor? Is it on your Drivers License? Being a donor is not a piece of cake. You are going to have a major surgery to give  the “gift of Life” to another. Many times the Donor has more Post-op issues in the hospital than the recipient. But that is easily managed. While I have focused on Kidney Transplantation, There are other types of transplants that a living donor can offer. Liver, they remove a portion of the donors liver and graft it to the patients. The Donors liver will regenerate it self. Stem Cells, Can be a life saving gift for some patients, Bone Marrow can help Hemophiliacs. Both do not require a hospital stay for the donor. Unfortunately the Heart and Lungs come from a Cadaver. Unless you make it known that if something were to happen to you your organs would be available to be donated, It would come down to a family member to choose. Please make it know  on your position for organ donations. Help those on the list ‘ know that  they are blessed “When The Phone Rings” and it is for them to receive the Gift of Life.

Christmas Decorations outdoors in Oklahoma – Continued

After Thanksgiving my Post about “Christmas Yard Decorations in Oklahoma” was mainly about how I loved to decorate for christmas each year and promised to bring pictures of my process back to you. What  a difference a few days make. After waiting for the weather to cooperate and then cleaning out the front yard of the leaves of a Neighboring Oak tree, the set up began. The thought process was to be creative yet not outrageously Luminous that would cause the ISS (International Space Station) take notice

Beginning with a Blank Canvas
Of course Santa and the gifts are the centerpiece
Off course we must add the Christmas Trees
Add the Snowman Solar globes and the Lighted garland with Net lighting behind large Tree and of course  Candy Canes  at its base. Setting the Projectors in the foreground.

Gives the final picture.

Now while it is not a  professional display, it is my way of saying “Merry Christmas” to all from our family

Christmas Decorating Outdoors

Yes, it is now after Thanksgiving. It is time to start decorating for Christmas. I will get to inside later, so for now it is dealing with outside.

It begins with deciding a theme. Last year it was two trees with lights and an LED light projecting on the front of the house with a Santa with packages. The Santa had lights and it was a fold up type. The only problem was with the south facing house and strong southern breezes (15 – 25 mph in Oklahoma) Santa and the two trees spent more time flat than upright.

This year my plan is to change the design a bit and add two trees, a different Santa with some LED lighted presents and a row of Candy Canes lighting the path to the presents. I will be changing out the LED lightshow but not too much. I will post before and After pictures. I will also take some shots of some of the decorations in the neighborhood.

Until then, to all of you from our family, Have a very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Prosperous New Year.

Christmas in Oklahoma

We are now in the beginning of Thanksgiving Week, Christmas decorations have been in the stores since before Halloween.

The commercialization of this holiday has increased, I have watched this creep earlier each year. I had some neighbors go from Halloween yard decorations to Christmas over night.

I used to leave my lights up Year Round, but when the needed replacement I haven’t climbed a ladder to put up new ones. I had removed the old ones when I painted the trim a few years ago. I have switched to yard decorations and wait to put them up until the weekend after Thanksgiving.

It was below freezing this past weekend but will be warmer this week.

In Oklahoma, we have neighborhoods that decorate with beautiful displays. It is wonderful to take a short drive to view. Now different cities do a Festival of Lights.

Here in Midwest City ours is done by the City but takes Donations to cover the expenses. No taxpayer dollars. The different displays are sponsored by companies, organizations and individuals. It has become quite a site. Gets bigger each year.

Oklahoma, the heartland, knows how to celebrate the Holidays. We may not have a big  Thanksgiving Day parade with Huge balloons, not a good Idea when ‘the wind comes sweeping down the plains. But we do have many Dinners to feed the Homeless. Many churches offer a meal to any and all for free. The same at Christmas, Shelters and different organizations attempt to make sure the homeless and the poor and needy have a Christmas both presents and dinner. We are a charitable state.

Ask yourself “how can I help those in need?” Then do it. Become a volunteer, Be a Bell Ringer for The Salvation Army, Work with your Church, Work with a Homeless shelter.  You will feel better and  those that you help will thank you. a true Win / Win.

from our family to yours, Happy Thanks giving and a very Merry Christmas!

How Facebook is Censoring Conservatives Points of View

Now before I upset everyone, let me explain what I am basing this on. I was replying to a friend’s Post and it is obvious that my friend and have a different political point of view. I am a Constitutional conservative and based from his posts I would say that he is not a republican and sides with the Democrats. It is just a guess as I have no verifiable proof.  In my Post I had stated that we are both entitled to our opinions and have the right to disagree. It is very interesting that when attempting to post my reply, three time, it said that they (The Facebook page) were unable to publish the post. Here are the attempts.

I know it is probably just a problem with the site, but it is one of those things that make you go Hmmmm!

The Mid-term Elections are Over

Good Morning America!

The Public has voted and the results are what they are. Now it is time to get to work. As one who exercised their right to vote, I can now say to those elected.”Remember what your duty is as an elected Public Servant

Your are the peoples voice that elected you. You Must Decide if your are going to represent all of them or just the party that elected you.

When the House of Representatives elects the new Speaker, I urge them to do so with that in mind. Lead by example!

If you are in it to seek revenge for 2016 you should resign.

If you are in the house to make America stronger, Safer, and a better place to live, work with the others to do so in a civil and honorable manner.

You have the right to disagree as do I. But find enough common ground to work for the country not your self or a particular party.Yes that goes to Democrats, Republicans and Independents.

You have a duty to the country so let’s be clear , all legislation should be “Read thoroughly before it is voted on“!

Backroom politics, and shutting out the debate is not how an Honorable Representation is done.

To those of you that have been newly elected to Congress for the First time, Congratulations!

Remember what you ran on and promised to all those that you represent.

It’s now time to heal the divide, and that can only be down through civility, and respect for others.

Stop the hate speech and decisiveness. Stop the squandering of our Tax dollars on on obstructive search and destroy tactics.

I have a phrase that sometimes is misconstrued as condescending and arrogant, but in reality it is about as truthful  as it gets.

“If you don’t like the past and feel rejected, GET OVER IT! Move on, get passed the hate and descension. The world will not come to a screeching halt because you lost.

Learn from it and try to see what is more important.

Many that read this may be offended by that, but as I say, they too will get over it, eventually.

I wish the entire country a great day and better life.