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Friday, September 23, 2016

NFL Picks Contest- Picks Due Tomorrow

Just a friendly reminder that your pick for the NFL Picks Contest is due by 6 pm CDT Saturday. I have most of them, but if you haven't sent yours yet, it's time to get with it!

Please e-mail me at nfl.picks@ymail com or leave a comment here with your pick.

Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

Good luck!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

NFL Picks Contest- Week 2 Results

Here are the Week 2 results and standings in the NFL Picks Contest.

A familiar name takes the lead.

lightning36- Seattle (L 3-9)
TwoMinuteWarning- Houston (W 19-12)
Grange95- Seattle (L 3-9)
Music City Momma- Carolina (W 46-27)
Coach- Baltimore (W 25-20)
Ace- Seattle (L 3-9)
MOJO-  Carolina (W 46-27)
Vegas Vic- Carolina (W 46-27)
Captain Crunch- Arizona (W 40-7)
Rob- Carolina (W 46-27)
4thAndLong- Carolina (W 46-27)
OneAndDone- Houston (W 19-12)
angerisagift- No Pick
mrben09- Carolina (W 46-27)

Here are the current standings;

Captain Crunch- 19+43= 62 pts.
Music City Momma 29+29= 58 pts.
Rob- 16+29= 45 pts.
mrben09- 12+29= 41 pts.
MOJO- 12+29= 41 pts.
OneAndDone- 19+17= 36 pts.
TwoMinuteWarning- 12+17= 29 pts.
4thAndLong- (-2 )+29= 27 pts.
Vegas Vic- (-2)+29= 27 pts.
Coach- (-2)+15= 13 pts.
lightning36- 12-(6)= 6 pts.
angerisagift- (-1 )+0= (-1)pts.
Grange95- (-2)-(6)=(-8) pts.
Ace (-2)-(6)= (-8) pts.

Thanks for playing.

Week 3 picks are due by Saturday at 6pm (CDT). Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Cancer Returns- Update

As you recall, Mom was moved into a hospice facility last Tuesday.

The staff took great care of her (and us), keeping her sedated and comfortable Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. The room in which she was placed was actually a mini-suite with a separate room that housed a couch and recliner. A large flat screen TV mounted of the wall was a plus. There was also a kitchen area down the hall where we could eat meals and choose from a variety of free snacks.

Tuesday evening was a continuous stream of friends and family coming to say their goodbyes as word got out how sick Mom had become. My two sisters, my daughter and I decided to stay with her through the night. Since we had done the same the previous two nights, our plan was to take naps on the couch and chair while the other two kept watch. By doing this I was able to get my first shuteye in almost 72 hours. Although it was only 2 1/2 hours, it was enough to keep me going.

I also had to put in some time at work. Having a small, family-owned business is great, but it's difficult to juggle responsibilities when there is a family crisis. Even though my two brother-in-laws don't know much about our business, they agreed to hold down the fort while I stayed with Mom. I have an awesome family.

My mother's vital signs remained stable through the day on Wednesday, but started to falter in the evening. My sisters each took a hand and sang some of her favorite hymns as we watched her start to fade away. I called our minister just before 11pm and told him the end was near.

Around a dozen family members gathered around her bed around 11:15, standing in silence as the minister prayed. He finished his prayer and the nurse came in at 11:20 and pronounced her dead.

However, she didn't realize what a fighter my mother is. Upon checking a second time, she picked up an ever slight heartbeat and explained that respiration and heartbeat doesn't always stop at the same time. It was another 25 minutes before her heart quivered for the last time.

We had prayed for a peaceful transition from this world to the next for her and our prayers were answered. There was no sign of struggling or pain during her stay under hospice care.

The visitation was Saturday evening at a local funeral home, with her service on Sunday afternoon at her church of 12 years. She had a large turnout for both which I found comforting. We said our final goodbyes at a brief graveside service.

I'm mostly numb at the moment. Lack of sleep and the enormity of losing someone so important in your life is overwhelming. Plus the change in your daily activities is disconcerting. No more Wednesday dinner and Sunday lunch with her. No more taking her to hair appointments and activities at church.

I know over time the sorrow will ease. I'm happy she is no long struggling, but there is a big hole in my heart as I write this.

I shall miss her the rest of my days.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

NFL Picks Contest- Week 2 Picks


Here are the picks for week 2 of NFL action. Looks like the Panthers and Seahawks are at the top of the list.

Good luck everyone!

lightning36- Seattle
TwoMinuteWarning- Houston
Grange95- Seattle
Music City Momma- Houston
Coach- Baltimore
MOJO- Carolina
Vegas Vic- Carolina
Captain Crunch- Arizona
Ace- Seattle
4th And Long- Carolina
Rob- Kansas City
OneAndDone- Houston
mrben09- Carolina
angerisagift- no pick

Friday, September 16, 2016

NFL Picks Contest- Picks Due

Just a friendly reminder that your pick for the NFL Picks Contest is due by 6 pm CDT Saturday. I have most of them, but if you haven't sent yours yet, it's time to get with it!

Please e-mail me at nfl.picks@ymail com or leave a comment here with your pick.

Good luck!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

NFL Picks Contest- Week 1 Results

Here are the Week 1 results and standings in the NFL Picks Contest.

Music City Momma is showing the boyz how it's done.

lightning36- Seattle (W 12-10)
TwoMinuteWarning- Seattle (W 12-10)
Grange95- Arizona (L 21-23)
Music City Momma- Philadelphia (W 29-10)
Coach- Arizona (L 21-23)
Ace- Arizona (L 21-23)
MOJO-  Seattle (W 12-10)
Vegas Vic- Arizona (L 21-23)
Captain Crunch- Houston (W 23-14)
Rob- Kansas City (W 33-27)
4thAndLong- Arizona (L 21-23)
OneAndDone- Houston (W 23-14)
angerisagift- NY Jets (L 22-23)
mrben09- Seattle (W 12-10)

Here are the current standings;

Music City Momma 29 pts.
Captain Crunch- 19 pts.
OneAndDone- 19 pts.
Rob- 16 pts.
lightning36- 12 pts.
mrben09- 12 pts.
MOJO- 12 pts.
TwoMinuteWarning- 12 pts.
angerisagift- (-1 pts.)
4thAndLong- (-2 pts.)
Grange95- (-2 pts.)
Coach- (-2 pts.)
Ace (-2 pts.)
Vegas Vic- (-2 pts.)

Thanks for playing.

Week 2 picks are due by Saturday at 6pm (CDT). Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Cancer Returns- Update

Mom, my two sisters, Ms. Duck, my uncle and myself.
Today, as a family, we chose to stop fighting a losing battle and start focusing on Mom's comfort level as her life on earth comes to an end.

Her blood gas levels got out of whack (not sure that's an official medical term) and the docs tried a couple things to bring her ph and co2 to normal levels. Neither was successful and the realization that she would not be able to survive this disease began to sink in.

So we had "the talk." The doctor led the discussion, explaining to my mother that they had done everything they could and he didn't think she would be able to beat back her illness this time.

She nodded her head and softly said, "I know."

"Our next option is to put you on a ventilator," the doctor said. "If we do that, I believe you will be on it the rest of your life. Do you want us to use a ventilator on you?"

"No" she said, shaking her head.

"Should your heart stop, do you want us to perform CPR, knowing that it will probably break all your ribs and your sternum?"


And that was it.

"I love all of you," she said to my two sisters and I.

"And we love you Mom."

Two registered nurses entered the room, one removing her pic line and the other administering drugs to ease her anxiety. In just a few minutes the pained expression on her face relaxed as she took a long nap.

Later this afternoon the hospice service had her transferred to their impressive facility.

The move roused her long enough for my sisters and I to say our goodbyes.

"I love you Mom," I said. "I am so fortunate to have had you as my mother all these years." She looked at my, nodded her head, and smiled.

I've had almost 59 years to think of something profound to say in this situation. Although my sentiments were simple and basic, I can't think of any words that describe my feelings for this wonderful woman who taught me so many things thru the years.

And this evening we wait for death. She is sleeping, in no pain, and has a peaceful, relaxed look on her face. Very different from what we've seen the last 11 days.

Please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers as we enter the valley this evening.