Posted by Big Papa | | Posted On Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Last night we spent the night at Luke & Tammy's so we could go with Emma to Grandparents day at school today.
Shel had fed Eliza and put her down for a nap just before her and Tammy ran into town to get pizza. Eliza wasn't ready for a nap and was back downstairs with us shortly after they left. Nana was holding her and she was fussing a little. The following conversation followed.
Nana: Are you getting hungry little girl?
Papa: Shel just fed her before she left.
Nana: Oh did she give her some cereal?
Evia: No she fed her from the boob!

An Old Car??? & Cockroaches???

Posted by Big Papa | | Posted On Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 8:42 AM

The other day when we were at the Oncologist’s office with Grandma Elser (I’ll refer to her as this, usually to me she is Verna but I don’t want to confuse people into thinking I am talking about my wife) he used several analogies to describe her condition and possible treatments and etc. to us. I thought these were quite unique and not usually what you would hear from a doctor and thought I would share what I can remember of them with you.
The first was when he was talking of her present conditions and the health aspects of her body. He said it is like a car. When it is new and you get into a little fender bender you will naturally take it and get it fixed. As the car ages and starts to get some miles on it and the water pump or something on the engine wears out if the miles are not excessive and the engine runs good without using a lot of oil and such you would replace the water pump. If the engine was getting a lot of miles on it and using a lot of oil but the rest of the car was in good condition you may consider replacing (transplanting) the engine with a good used or remanufactured engine. When your brakes are getting worn it is not unusual for them to be working fine when you pull up to a stoplight and maybe at the next light they start grinding and suddenly need to be replaced. (emergency medical care) As time goes on and the miles continue to pile up on your car it really begins to show it’s age and some of the dings and dents are overlooked, some of the repairs needed are overlooked as they are not critical to the operation of the car. The paint starts to fade, and often times rust starts creeping through. This is when it starts to become more difficult to make decisions as to if it is worth while spending anymore on this old car. It was at about this point in the discussion that he told Grandma Elser that she is like this old car. She has some dings dents, scrapes and bumps but more importantly her kidneys are only working at around 70% efficiency, she has had heart by-pass surgery several years ago, she has had a knee replaced, she had a broken hip a while back, her bones are getting weak, she cannot see well enough to read or drive, and now there are spots of cancer on her colon and her liver. He said the bottom line is your getting pretty rusty and I’m not just talking about your bumpers, it’s the whole car that’s rusting away.
He then proceeded to tell us about treatment procedures which led to his analogy of a room with 10 cockroaches in it. Referring to the cancer as the cockroaches he said that you can stomp on eight or nine of them and help the problem of the infestation but unless you can stomp on all ten of them they are likely to come back. With the different chemo or radiation treatments they could probably kill 8 or 9 of the cockroaches, maybe even all ten of them but to be certain that they were all gone the best thing would be to get entirely eliminate the environment that the cockroaches are living in. This would be the surgery needed to remove the affected area that the cancer has affected which is typically what they would do in a car with only rusty bumpers.
There were more analogies that he used in the hour or so that we were in his office but I can’t remember them all right now. If they come to me I will try to pass them on as it was quite entertaining but yet enlightening to listen to this professional bring things down to a level that we could really relate to.
Oh yeah, I must add that Grandma Elser related very well as she shared with the doctor that the car she just quit driving a few months ago had something like 230,000 miles on it, (she knows exactly how many) has had the engine replaced, has had many repairs and is in fact starting to show a lot of wear and tear and rust.

R Rated Stories

Posted by Big Papa | | Posted On Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 4:00 PM

After the blueberries for desert we start talking about how Dr. Oz talks about how good blueberries are which then leads to Verna E talking about his show yesterday that consisted mostly of talk about female parts and sexual matters. On a program in the middle of the day. I said well I guess that is no worse than the male enhancement ads that run all the time especially during prime time. So Verna E says did ever tell you the story of when Clayton the neighborhood boy wanted to show me where babies came from?  So she being a typical naive 11 year old girl says of course I would like to see this.  Clayton then leads her out into the field behind their house, drops his pants and as Verna shows the stroking motions that he proceeded with, she says Clayton responds with this is where babies come from.  Verna said she went home and proclaimed to her mother that she knows where babies come from and after describing what Clayton revealed to her they got to take a walk down to Clayton's house so Nanny could tell Clayton's mom what he was telling all the kids in the neighborhood.

I don't imagine Clayton demonstrated his knowledge of the birds and the bees to any other girls after that.


Posted by Big Papa | | Posted On at 3:23 PM

Spending the night with two Vernas @ Uncle Jim's.
Converstion around desert:
Verna E: I want something sweet and creamy.
Verna V: How about some blueberries with sugar on them.
Verna E: Sounds good to me.
So Verna V. brings out a small bowl of blueberries and starts to sprinkle sugar on them.
Verna E: Don't stop, put some more on them.
Verna V: Well I didn't think you needed that much.
Verna E: Well I've lived this long, so I don't think a little extra sugar will hurt me.
Mike V: She doesn't want you to get to fat.
Verna E: OK, I guess I don't want to work my grandsons to hard carrying my casket and as Macy walks by and gives her that begging look, she continues with, Oh and I want to tie a red flag onto Macy's collar and let her lead the parade.

Just For Fun

Posted by Big Papa | | Posted On Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 10:18 AM

This song came up on my I-tunes this morning so I thought I would share it.


I happen to know someone with a new guitar that by changing the lyrics some could have some fun with this. :) :)

Man he really had some good stuff.