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Jun 11, 2006

Spring has kind of sprung here...today in the Connecticut River Valley the temperature is about 63, breezy and sunny but certainly not too warm...which is FINE with me...I dislike intense sun and humidity!

We have had quite a rainy cool spring...the way I think a spring should be...lately we have been leaping right into the 80's and 90's by May and I really don't like to miss the transition into warm weather.

How I miss my gardens! Apartment life restricts that, you know! But we do have a plethora of house plants and herbs that are all enjoying the milder-then-winter weather out on the balcony for the spring and summer...

Rick and I took a week-long trip over our Memorial Day to Omaha, Nebraska, which is where his father and his father's wife live. His dad is 75 but frail - emphysema, bad ticker, weak legs, etc. but mind as sharp as a tack. His wife is nearly 20 years younger but also not terribly healthy - obese, with bad joints but also a wonderful mind and sweet personality. We did the town and took them to dinner twice. There is actually a good deal to see and do out there in the middle of the prairie, and Omaha fronts the Missouri River so the landscape is actually quite varied.

Rick's heart has been a bit ticky lately too...elevated heart rate started the whole shebang. He did some stress tests and they showed a blockage in the left artery leading out of the heart as well as a "dead spot" at the bottom. The cardiologist sent him off to a cardiovascular surgeon at Hartford Hospital...so the Tuesday after we returned home off we went. The plan was to do an angiogram, locate the blockages with the dye and then do an angioplasty, placing a stent in the blocked artery.

Lo and behold, however, there was no blockage and no "dead spot." NOW we are back to the drawing board to discover why Rick's heart rate is faster than normal and also to figure out why the restricted blood flow in that artery.

My son is off to college in mid-August and I simply can't believe it. I will be glad when he is out there in Iowa and back to the world of academics...I really don't like some of the people he hangs around with out here but try getting a pig-headed 18-year-old to listen to reason about his friends!

My nephew in Iraq was injured when the Humvee he was driving rolled over. We still don't know why it rolled and he was unconscious afterward - but fortunately all of his unit got out safely and the guys were able to get him out safely too, as the diesel was leaking and things sparking. The Army called my brother at 7:30 AM to tell him that Brian was in critical condition. You can imagine how frightened he and my sister-in-law were! A bit later they called again and said he was being airlifted to Germany. After that they called and said he was NOT going to Germany, and then Brian himself called to say he was NOT in bad shape, just a concussion with a resulting headache and a sore back!

What a mess...we are all thankful he is going to be OK. He is now back at his base camp and not being sent out on any missions for a few weeks...This immoral war makes me sick...

Now I think you have ALL the latest news...enjoy the shine!

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