Lots of mixed thoughts these past few days:
Thinking of daughter and her hubby visiting B K and K in New Jersey. After hearing about the bombing in New York and New Jersey I was so pleased to know they arrived safely and they appear to be having a wonderful time. I miss them but with pics of them appearing on Facebook it still keeps them close. This is a picture K posted of where they had lunch at the Reading Terminal Market in Philly. Their meals sounded delicious: crab cakes for Karen and scallops on quinoa for her hubby. (one day I will find out what all these new 'wonder' foods are).
Yesterday was my son's 59th birthday. I sent him a nice birthday card but whether or not he will even bother opening it I have no idea. It's hard to believe that the last time I saw him he was only 44. I am ever grateful to his wife for keeping in touch via email and recently sending me a photo of the four of them taken on her birthday in July. Steve hasn't changed all that much over the years and still has his beard and moustache....they suit him. I put in the card "One day....perhaps....ever hoping." Who knows what goes on in that head of his.....certainly not me. Will we ever find out his reason for cutting all contact with everyone except his immediate family?
Also yesterday Phil paid an early visit to the dental clinic. A few days ago he discovered a small lump on his top gum. It didn't ache but was a little sore when he pressed on it. A couple of months back he had a part tooth removed in the same area and the remaining tooth sort of patched up...you know how they do that type of thing these days don't you? Thursday night I got on to him to make a decision to do something about the lump and so I set the alarm for 7.30am so he could arrive at the clinic at 8.15am and join the queue. They are good like that...if you need emergency dental treatment you arrive at 8.15am and as soon as a dentist in available then it's your turn. Cost him $200 all told with $150 of it being subsidised by our state government and the other $50 will be covered by private health insurance so no cost at all to Phil. This has been available in Western Australia for some years now and pensioners and others with health cards can take advantage of this service.
This time Phil had an older Chinese dentist attend to him who promptly decided to take out the patched up tooth as it had a crack in it. Reading in his notes that Phil does suffer mild osteoporosis the dentist stitched the hole in the gum, where the tooth had been. Apparently if you are inclined to osteoporosis the jawbone can become thin after a tooth is removed. I applaud that dentist for being so up to date on how to care for people, particularly the elderly. He also gave Phil a script for antibiotics which hopefully will cure 'the lump'. Hopefully, in a few days, his gum will heal nicely and he will have no further problems.
It is still unseasonably cool in Perth (not one day this week has been above 20C (68F) andI am still enjoying it so much, although it is doubtful if the poor old joints are. Problem is, once the hot weather arrives we will feel it so much more. They say August was the hottest ever on record...worldwide that is...but it certainly wasn't hot in Perth so it must have been very hot somewhere and I don't envy them one little bit.