Happy Winter Solstice… Christmas is Almost Here!


Hi and welcome to the blog.  It’s been an interesting week… There are so many things going on with the holidays.  Work has been hectic, I’ve been in and out of doctor’s offices this week, and working feverishly on cleaning and crocheting a Christmas present.  But soon it will be time to rest a bit.



Some progress has been made and lessons learned with the breathing problems.  After speaking with a nurse I realized that the worst asthma issues were coming from home, often getting worse overnight.  I live across the street from a concrete company and farm fields – about the worst case scenario.  As a present to myself, the air filter above was ordered to keep the air in my room purified as it enters the CPAP intake.  Another is being added to the living room.


Nothing that crawls can escape that intense gaze. Jenny is the perfect exploring companion.


At a recent doctor visit, it was recommended I get some fresh air and regular exercise.  The tortie cat seems to have a say-so in that.  She got a new harness and leash for an early Christmas present.  Jenny had me out over a half hour yesterday, often walking as fast as I could as she was trying to “befriend” some terrified rabbits.


The new travel cup is getting some serious use!


  1. Another wonderful thing happened in recent days.  “D”, a friend from the southeast United States, made a blog donation after downloading the trout recipes.  I picked up several things that would help out both in the van and in the house.  This Contigo mug is perfect for traveling and camping when one wants to keep a beverage hot or cold for hours.  It will show up a lot on future trips!  The timing was perfect.  On Monday the doctor said that the sheer volume of Diet Coke I was drinking (over a gallon a day) was likely causing insulin resistance.  I promised to quit drinking it (but didn’t say when).  The fruit teas have helped greatly.  The diet soda consumption is down about 2/3 now and I’m feeling better.


3 hours of the movie IT — a fun way to pass the time!


Christmas is fast approaching.  Several nights this last week I’ve been inside the van working on the cat bed crochet project.  The chair is more comfortable than in the house and there’s lots of peace and quiet (no cats).    There were several more hours of needlework to do; thankfully, I’d recently unearthed a misplaced, brand new copy of the movie “IT”.  Last night I made about 2200 stiches in three hours of non-stop, marathon crocheting.  There will be a picture of the completed artifact soon!  I anticipate making some of these beds as gifts to the local cat rescue.

For now it’s back home, doing more house cleaning and finishing the cat bed.  After the work “git together”, the plan is to go camping later on Christmas eve and have a special meal, perhaps even letting Jenny come along.  Christmas day will be spent with friends here in town and Sis will be visiting toward the end of the year.

Take care and happy winter 2019!  For those traveling, stay safe!

Brad and Jenny and Mister Duke
Jones County, Iowa





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