Thursday, June 11, 2020


On the health front, perseverance has perhaps been at least partially rewarded. My nerve pain evaluation by a neurosurgeon went on hold with the onset of the phantom menace and it was looking grim for a couple of months. However, it's beginning to look like things are moving again.

I did have to visit the emergency department on Monday because the pain had spiked to pretty much unmanageable levels. A big shot of steroids and another of a long-acting NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) brought the pain down nicely, and some pushy investigation on the part of the ER crew figured out how to break up the logjam which was holding back approval for to see a neurosurgeon.

As of this moment I'm scheduled for a fresh MRI and x-rays Tuesday, a pain management consultation on the 29th, and the new images and follow-up new neurosurgery consult are projected to be the magic logjam eraser.

We'll see how it goes, but it looks like progress from this seat.

On the ranching front, I had a couple of forced days off but I'm going to get back to it today.

On the annual climate and cattle front, things are progressing nicely as they always do. Which is different than progressing exactly as I'd like. Stepping back and thinking about what would happen if I were truly in charge I can clearly see that it's better that nature actually be in charge. She knows what she's doing. I just think I know.

Couple of snapshot videos...

Be well and embrace the blessings of liberty.


  1. Love the garden.

    You are close to paradise out there, really close. What a glorious day!

    Prayers up that you get that nerve issue sorted.

    1. I think I had the camera on my phone zoomed a little bit. I couldn't tell in the bright sunlight which makes it hard to see the screen. I think I'll try to do a better one if I remember to take the time.

      Thanks for the prayers Sarge, I can tell they are helping. As for being close to paradise, yes, we are very blessed out here. And I still find things to whine and complain about! SMH. What a hoser I am. ;-)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  2. Dittos on the garden.
    Dittos on the progress, such as it is, on getting a long term fix on the back pain. Humping ties for fence work has got to be high on the list of stuff to avoid, so pay attention.
    Stay healthy- all y'all.

    1. Thanks John. Humping the RR ties is tricky business for me just now and the cost is slightly different than its been in the past. Ah, life as a mortal being on a dynamic planet!

      As for healthy -- with the exception of my back I'm more healthier than I've been in years. What a deal!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  3. We had a day that looked much like yours, with fluffy white clouds and blue sky. Happy to read that there is progress on the pain issue. I enjoyed seeing your/your Mom's gardens and trees.

    Thanks for the post.
    Paul L. Quandt

    1. Fluffy white clouds and blue sky in Oregon? Awesome!

      Glad you enjoyed a glimpse of our part of the world. Mom puts in a lot of time on those gardens. It's her version of fixing fence -- building something to enhance her existence while working with nature and her dynamism.

      Pain is weakness leaving the soul. It's not fun but it is life, and life is better than not-life.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Paul!