Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Crabby - Tired and Crabby

The Dude's test came back positive.  He has whooping cough.  Now the entire family is on antibiotics.  Neither Shana, Maria, nor I have any symptoms - but they gave us all prescriptions. 

They haven't officially quarantined us - but seem to advise staying away from too many people.  That's helpful.  If everyone possibly exposed to whooping cough should stay home popping antibiotics for 5 days, the state will soon come to a stand-still.

But I'm just crabby - didn't sleep well at all last night.  Lots of cramping in legs - NOT a symptom of whooping cough.  Maybe it's my new running routine - I ran both Friday and Sunday.  Or maybe it's the damn Statin drug I'm on for cholesterol. 

Who knows - just crabby - tired and crabby.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Little Mr. 401

The Star Tribune reports this morning that there were 400 new cases of Whooping Cough reported last month.  Is the Dude #401 ?

Yes, it's likely as he was exposed about 2 weeks ago and exhibits all the classic symptoms.

The official test comes back Monday, but he is on antibiotics and under doctor's orders not to go out - "quarantined" to use a loaded word. 

In the meantime we try to entertain him.  He's not super sick - though he has a wonderful, barking cough - he just should not go out and expose the general populace to his germs for a few days.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Into the Woods

The day dawned cloudy and cool. Unlike yesterday when everyone was up and out of the cabin early, most slept in today.  Duke and I were left alone to enjoy the quiet.  It probably goes without saying that it's quiet up here - unlike our home in Roseville, where the hum of Highway 36 is ever-present.  The quiet here is overwhelming.  Standing outside with Duke, the lack of noise overwhelms me.  All that remains is the ringing in my ears (tinnitus).

Yesterday's run/walk of the Looney Daze race went well, with the Dude and finishing 40:02 and 40:03 - he beat me at the end with a sprint.

Today, rather than running, we went for a walk in the woods behind the farm.  We had not ventured out back for several years - the Dude remembers the last time and thinks he was 5 years old.  Sounds right. 

After walking across the alfalfa fields, and beside the corn field, we came to the spot where we thought the trail into the woods should be.  The trail was overgrown and hard to locate, but we we eventually found our way and spent some time alongside the swamps located back in the woods.

There's lots of water this year, though you could tell it had been higher.  The shoreline was walkable but damp where the water had recently receded.

Here we see the Dude and Grandma-ma oberving the shoreline.  There were a variety of waterfowl - not the usual ones (Canada Geese and Mallards).  I did not bring my binoculars but I believe there were a number of blue winged teal, along with some wood ducks.  We also saw phoebes who perched in trees near the swamp and flew out to gather insects hovering over the water.

On the walk back to the farm we took the scenic route so Grandma-ma could show us the deer stand.  Both the Dude and I climbed up (and I took the picture below).  There were a number of bees circling around us in the stand.  Recalling Winnie-the-Pooh (and my bee sting allergies), we thought it best to climb down before they attacked.

Soon I'm off for home.  The Dude remains at the cabin.  Shana is driving up later today.  Maria was stuck at at home all weekend.  Her busy schedule did not allow her to make this weekend's cabin trip.  Everyone will be together at home by Tuesday night.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Looney Daze

Come 9:00 AM Saturday morning, the three John's will be running the back-roads of Vergas, MN.  We are running/walking the Looney Daze 5K.  Now that I'm on the young end of an age group (50 - 59), maybe I should "go for gold".  Perhaps Jake will win something in the 70 and up group?

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Thanks - I Needed That

Rough Start:  Overslept so I was "late" to my 6:30 AM conference call.  Was "bumped off" my 7:00 AM daily Breakfast with Bangalore Webex.  Didn't have the mental energy to log back in.  Missed my normal shower time - so had to rush through that later than usual. 

Gets Better:  Made almost every traffic light - so arrived at work on time. 

Best News of All:  Ignoring two fruit options, I went straight for the cafeteria.  There were plenty of donuts still available! 

Some days you need a donut.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012


Please note the sad face.  The beard has been gone only two days and I already miss it. 

Having never grown a beard and then shaved it off I wasn't fully prepared for the sense of loss.  I was also surprised by my baby-soft face.  Even the stubble seems different.  I don't think my face has looked/felt like this since I was 14 years old.  I suspect after some sun exposure, it will be back to normal - I hope.