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Granddaughter Driving and Radiation Begins 
Aug. 21, 2010 7:39 pm 
Updated: Aug. 24, 2010 6:26 pm
This week, my 15 yoa granddaughter is with us. I think she is wanting to log some hours driving a car so that she can get her level 2 learners permit. I suspect I’ll be caving in for her. Her Nana has already caved in a few times. The little stinker pulled a good one on me, too. (Making jokes at each others expense has been a long standing tradition in my family. It took my wife a couple of years to get used to the thought that our biting humor was OK.) I was driving with her and some friends and the topic of new cars came up. I said I’m getting the itch to look at a new car. She jumped on that by saying to the friends, "If Grandpa gets a new car, I’ll get it as inheritance when he passes- in a few years." Now, I understand the humor of what she said except for the " a few years". I wonder if she knows something I don’t. Hmmmm.
She did get to log some hours and time driving when we went to see our son in Columbus, Ohio. After we encountered four traffic jams and stop and go traffic each time on US23, her nerves became frazzled and she wanted somebody else to drive. A good call! I’m proud of her for that!

Update:08/21/10. I began radiation, this week. Nothing remarkable about it. I get fastened to a table, I’m zapped a couple times and they send me home. I get to do that for six more weeks. I don’t have any special diet or regimen other than keeping my mouth very clean. I have to floss, brush and rinse with mouthwash after meals and after each snack of solid food. At bedtime, I must vigorously rinse with mouthwash- food or no food.
After each treatment I am weighed, blood pressure and pulse taken. They want to know if I lose weight rapidly so they can alter treatment. I mentioned I was 20 - 30 pounds overweight. The nurse looked at me, pinched the gut fat, pinched the fat on my back below the ribs and told me she thought my body fat seems less than normal for my age. I told her I had put the weight on quickly after I quit smoking last year and have been stable at this weight since February. She said something else might be going on and that I should have a discussion with the doctor at my next treatment. Sure hope the explanation is simple and doesn’t require medical treatment. I have been unable to do much of anything since May and need to get stuff done and some of it must be done before snow covers the ground. Hopefully, there is not a problem. (I’ll hold on to that thought.)
Aug. 22, 2010 4:25 am
Good luck with the granddaughter's driving! We just reminisced on this topic yesterday concerning when my now 21-yo son was learning. He learned to drive in winter, and one of the first times I let him drive was to go Christmas shopping about 40 minutes from home. When we left our house it was just slightly snowing. Within 15-20 minutes it was a blizzard with near zero-visibility! There was nowhere he could pull over so he had to continue driving. Mine and my daughter's nerves were shot. He was cool as a cucumber (in typical Steve fashion) and wanted to drive home as well. Best of luck with your radiation as well. My mother went thru this regimen, except for breast cancer, this past year. She really never had any side effects, except toward the end she said she started feeling somewhat tired more easily. Of course my dad says she just said that so he'd have to do more around the house! All is well at their household and I wish the same for you!
Aug. 22, 2010 7:23 am
Best wishes for your radiation. Sending good thoughts and prayers!
Mrs. C 
Aug. 22, 2010 7:46 am
My thirteen year old granddaughters are ALREADY hinting at driving for me! :D Glad treatments are going well, my six weeks was uneventful and the staff was great. Having the time to get things done, though, did not mean I did. Still working on the garage.... Continuing my prayers for you!
Aug. 22, 2010 9:46 am
Hi Mike, I was frazzled when my teen started driving. I'm sure he has other words for it! :) How are you feeling otherwise? Sending postive waves your way everyday along with Kira too!
Aug. 22, 2010 6:38 pm
I don't comment too often on blogs,Mike, but have been wanting to say "hi' to you for awhile. I think your blog is touching and important . I'm interested in your journey and your thoughts and really like the way you tell it. Thanks so much for sharing and I'm also sending positive thoughts to you and yours. Now, about the teen driving....yikes! I'll never forget being a passenger when my daughter had her permit. She made a left turn in front of a semi truck that left me with my fingers imbedded in the dashboard of a way too tiny car! I had no speech for a full three minutes and I don't think I cold blink my eyes for half an hour. I truly earned my hazard pay that day. Today she laughs when she remembers the day she gave me gray hair, but since she has two sons---what goes around comes around! LOL.
Aug. 23, 2010 8:53 am
my oldest DS goes for his licence soon, so glad he bought his own truck with his summer job money so my insurance does not sky rocket. My finger prints are planted in his dash board from a few close calls (not really close, but too close for me), he needs to drive with his father more:)
Aug. 24, 2010 8:43 am
Mike, I hope the radiation doesn't drain you, and continues to be rather uneventful. Praying for you - hang in there.
Aug. 24, 2010 2:56 pm
As always, prayers and positive thoughts are with you Mike! I just got used to my first son driving and now #2 is studying for his permit! My nerves are frazzled - there are 3 more kids behind him -one each year in succession! Yikes!
Aug. 24, 2010 6:26 pm
BYD, Mike (brightening your day). Glad to hear radiation has been OK so far. Do you know how to meditate, perhaps a little yoga? I hear that can relieve stress (the stress of a teenager at the wheel). Yikes! I love the idea of "in-family" jokes. Outsiders don't usually get them, so it's just between yourselves. Glad to hear GD has inherited your sense of humor. Let's hope she doesn't learn about cremating beef.
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At age 16, I began cooking when my mother was injured in an accident that kept her off her feet for five weeks. At first, my repertoire was fried hot dogs with pork and beans, boiled hot dogs with macaroni and cheese or pizza from a box. After a couple weeks of this, my younger brother was the first to protest and demand variety and my dad was quick to support him. That was my first cooking challenge, learning to plan a meal. About that time, mom returned from the hospital and from her bed, began teaching me things like roast beef, fried chicken, stews and all the sides and trimmings. In 1967, I married and my wife designated herself as the cook and this continued until 1999. It was then that I (voluntarily) began cooking again. At some point, I realized that I was having fun and began searching for recipes that were more challenging and interesting. I found AR and used it's recipes for a long time before registering and later becoming an active member.
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Soups. How can I go wrong? They are a great way to use up leftovers and those veggies that are approaching the end of their usefulness. They are always an original recipe. Roasts and steaks are favored, also. Getting the right "doneness" and choosing appropriate sides for a tastey and attractive meal is a continuing and always evolving menu.
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If creating impulsive menus and recipes is a tradition then, (I guess) we have a tradition. A new tradition is developing. I have a fruitcake recipe that, I believe, is near perfection. I make it just before Thanksgiving so it is aged enough for the Christmas/ New Year holidays.
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Without a doubt, my own recipe for a Reuben Sandwich. It has been a demanded item for many years and I shared it in my AR blog.
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Too many. I have been able to throw them out and have something new before my wife gets home. Most of the time, anyway.
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