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(Like so many pieces of laundry, morning thoughts aren’t usually organized.)

JUNE 24 – 30, 2019

Living with Parkinson’s

Phyllis & Sam Turner ©2019

APDA: American Parkinson Disease Association
BBC: Bisbee Breakfast Club
CH: Cynthia Holmes, Ph.D. Neurology
CPAP: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure mask (for Sleep Apnea).
DBS: Deep Brain Stimulation (much improved since Michael J. Fox!)
HEH: Happily Ever After!
HS: Harvey Stanbrough Pro-writer and mentor (
IBS: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (often associated with PD)
MJFF: Michael J. Fox Foundation
PSG: Parkinson’s Support Group(s)
PD: Parkinson’s Disease
PMD: PARKINSON & Movement Disorder Alliance
PJ: Phyllis – my wife: SWOMBO (She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed) A contributor and #1 editor.
PT: Personal trainer Tresha,  including daily in-home exercise assignments for PD
TC: Tai Chi Chuan for balance and body health once a week
TCF: The Compassionate Friends (For parents who have experienced the death of a child or sibling.)
WIP: Work in Progress (32º North)  I write every chance I get.  Writing is my vacation!
YISKA: Navajo for Darkness has passed.  (Also the name of a Navajo Sheepdog who barks in Navajo!)

There are families of quail that visit our back yard. PJ took these pictures. The variety of our feathered friends plus an occasional squirrel make for fascinating viewing in the mornings and evenings.

06.24.19: Archery: 147/300 Yes, we did other activities, today, but this was the main focus.  No league shooting next Friday or all of next week over July 4. (Most of the members are up north hunting deer, elk, or bear.) I’m not a hunter. Never was. Only with my camera.  I’ll practice at home. 2030: I’m working on my WIP for tomorrow’s Quail Run Writers meeting. 970 words.

06.25.19: 0500: finished 10 pages of WIP. The six minute challenge: Killer cows are facing me. (Write for six minutes.) We accomplished the challenge.

Stories shared:

PJ: First year learning and driving a 1936 Ford.

Flo: Secrets, searches, swindles and smiles.

Bev: Maggie vs. Marrissa continues to keep us hooked.

Pauletta: It didn’t work. Getting rid of a woodpecker.

Sam: Kennith and Ayasia (Main charactors in 32-Degrees North) find an antique table for their lodge.

1300: PJ attends PT at Body Central. Later:  I take her out to Greek restaurant for dinner (Now, we have leftovers).

06.26.19: 0740: Training with Tresha.  0945: Home for Ed to work on special projects. Replaced front door lock. Purchased material for laundry room, etc.

1500: Archery practice.  Shot 45 arrows in a little over an hour.  Working on my anchor point.  Got a lot of steps in as each end (of three arrows) requires walking 40 yards round trip to pull arrows, score and shoot again.

1800: Helped PJ with some lists on her computer.  Hard to do.

06.27.19: 0530: We have Tai Chi today at 1000. PJ can sleep late!  I put another coat of polymer on the Brett Bench.  Going to be HOT today. We watched the evening news (late) and read until 2100.

06.28.19: 0530: Practiced shot 18 arrows @ 20Yards before the Sun hits me in the eyes. I moved my anchor point back along my chin and my grouping seems to be better.  Supposed to be 106º today. Clouds drifting in.  Ed is due here this morning to replace the laundry room light with LED strips.  Later: Three hours of work and three items on our list (of 7) are completed. I see Al and Dexter Dog walking back home. We had to make a trip to (Ft. Lowell and Alvernon) the optometrist to have my glasses fixed. They are under warranty. On the way home, we stopped at a Cold Stone Creamery in Park Place Mall.  At 106º outside, this was a good choice. We spent the rest of the day inside running the A/C. Got my electric bill. Thanks to the solar panels, June’s bill is $23.31. Now, if it would just rain and fill my two tanks…Dream on, Sam. I spent two hours writing (!) on my WIP. Dragon isn’t as fast as when I used to type. I have to go back every page or so and edit what I said. I’m getting better at the dictation.

06.29.19: 0500: No shooting this morning.  I’m busy reading Harvey’s new novella.  As usual, I can’t put it down – well, I’m reading it off my computer. 0730: We’re going to walk the Mall (inside of course) and then have breakfast.

Had to take my little tablet into Verizon to find out why I couldn’t type on it. I’ve used it for the last couple of years for class. I seldom use it for the web. As it turns out, it lost its pairing. The Verizon tech found the Bluetooth pairing button held it down for two seconds and Bingo; I could type. It was worth the trip.

1700: We’ll have a light dinner this evening (PJ is going to make smoothies for us.)  She will continue reading her book.  I”ll work on my WIP for a few hours. And I’ll get this letter out to you tomorrow. The temp was up to 106º today. I’m drinking gallons of water.

06.30.19: Remember: Rabbit Day is Monday. Some of you are getting good at remembering the first day of the month.  It’s something to look forward to.

Some thoughts:

GREEK PROVERB “A society grows when old men plant trees whose shade they will never sit in, sharing their concern for generations to come.”


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