Blue skies, observations and inspiration

I will eventually head out for a bike ride, but this morning I decided to enjoy my backyard peace and quiet first, and of course my email. (it was quiet too until my neighbor fired up his lawnmower, oy vey, he’ll eventually finish)

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Skaha Lake, early before the rush

Skies are blue, and it will be in mid 30’s again today, which is an encouragement to take a dip in Skaha lake.

Yesterday my son was sitting back here and he observed a visitor we rarely catch sight of – racoons! A Momma and four young’uns had climbed our plum tree and he got video! The Momma rose up on her hind legs probably to warn him not to get close, and he wisely stayed back. Fairly quickly she decided it was time to go (they’ll be back) and she called the kids down. They zipped down and they exited with style, single file along the top of the backyard fence, Momma and three little ones, and one tardy one finally sidling along to follow his Momma.

I have observed now several days in a row, a deer slurping through my neighbor’s apricots, she took the low ones she could get by standing on her hind legs and now she is eating the ground falls. The juice squirts out her mouth but I am sure she enjoys the extra fluids in the heat. (sorry no pics as I have observed her on my bike rides)

This morning’s inspiration came from another blogger, the homeplaceweb.com click here. She had on her blog – a song of the day by Nat King Cole- Roll Out Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer.

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Red Velvet Sunflowers in front of my garage

I suppose as I listened,I was inspired to enjoy the waning days of summer, sure it is hot now but we get all seasons here so I best enjoy this one while I still can.

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer
Just fill your basket full of sandwiches and weenies
Then lock the house up, now you’re set
And on the beach you’ll see the girls in their bikinis
As cute as ever but they never get ’em wet
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
You’ll wish that summer could always be here

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Lastly, for anyone interested, here is the blog post about my first date, now 40 years ago! – Love at First Bite or Falling off a Dock in the bay.

Thank you everyone for all the comments recently, I am really feeling the joy. I am feeling better now than I have for more than ten years, thanks to my amazing donor and my kidney transplant four months ago on April 24. Big change from being on dialysissee my hospital video about dialysis here.

Wishes of lemonade and ice cream to you! – David

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About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and say thank you for their encouragement and suggestions.
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22 Responses to Blue skies, observations and inspiration

  1. I love watching the deer eat the fruit. And I like raccoons too but they can get pesky. 🙂

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      The deer are tame and here year round, but mostly I like seeing them. Yesterday a young fawn with spots looked adorable on a bike ride.
      Raccoons can be dangerous, you don’t want to accidentally get in their space.

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  2. Claudette says:

    Thanks for reminding me that I have ice cream. Or, I think I do…better check to see if the kids ate it all. 🙂

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  3. Glad your feeling like your old self David!
    both racoons and deer “can” be trouble. If you have a dog off leash and it harasses a Doe with her fawn,she will stomp the dog! Talk to the folks in Oak bay (Victoria). They’ve shot all the predators causing the deer population to explode! Many dogs have gotten stomped. Now they want a cull on the deer to protect their poor dogs.
    Racoons are rarely solely and hey can injure a dog/person very quickly when threatened. Deceptively cute and the main reason why they are dangerous! “How could something so cute be dangerous”….

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  4. Joni says:

    Thanks for the shout-out David! And here I thought no one ever looked at my blog’s homepage. I am a big fan of the oldies but goodies, and last summer I posted A Summer Playlist, with some more oldies you might enjoy. Because summer should have a soundtrack! https://thehomeplaceweb.com/2018/08/02/summer-playlist/

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  5. Joni says:

    PS. I watched your dialysis video….how wonderful you got a new kidney and are feeling great again!

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      Better than i have for a decade, it was a slow slide losing my previous and a miracle of friendship that made a new transplant available.
      Thank you for watching and sharing!

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      • Joni says:

        As a retired health professional I wish more people would sign donor cards….it’s such a waste when there are so many people waiting when it could make such a big difference in someone’s life.

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      • dfolstad58 says:

        Absolutely. I visit the dialysis ward on my checkup days, some of the younger ones are missing out on family and work time, gradually being ground down by dialysis three times per week

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      • Joni says:

        The part of your video that I felt was so moving and important was your statement that the transplant allowed you to have a career, and a family, and a life. Most people don’t stop to think about that affecting a younger person. The dialysis patients always said they were totally wiped out/tired on dialysis days, and needed to conserve their energy the other days.

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      • dfolstad58 says:

        You are a strong listener. Sadly almost no one understands that dialysis is life support only, without it patients die quickly.

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  6. I remember hearing that song on the radio many years ago. It’s still memorable! Thanks for sharing.

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