General Update

It has been a while since my last blog entry. Today I started my new round of RFA (radio frequency ablations). I started on my right side since that is the side that gives me the most pain. The next procedure will be for my left side and that procedure is scheduled for the 1st week in December.
These procedures should allow me to live my life with diminished pain until I can re-schedule to have my in depth back surgery, hopefully in March. I have to wait until after the 1st of the new year to schedule it. The surgeons office does not schedule this far in advance.
This round of procedures will also cover me while Veronica and I are on our next adventure...Rome, Italy this upcoming February.
My surgery will hopefully be done shortly after we return from our Rome adventure.
Since I will be recuperating from my surgery during most of the Spring season I have got all of my pots on the deck filled with potting soil and mulch. Trying to do everything possible to make it as easy as I can for myself so that I can actually have a garden next year, even after my surgery. I also fenced in the garden area that last year had those huge tomato plants in it...the tomatoes that I  used to make sauce for the Winter season.
I laid out some heavy duty but breathable landscape tarp on the ground, staked the tarp down and then put up some fencing like I did with my original garden. I plan on expanding my corn crop so that I wont feel the need to cram as many rows into a small space and crowd the corn too much. With this setup I will have more than enough room for a really nice amount of corn.
I don't think that I will grow many tomatoes if I grow any at all.
I am thinking about keeping it simple this year and focus on corn and sweet peppers on the back deck, that has 15 large pots out there.
The only other thing I might grow would be some Yukon Gold potatoes that Veronica likes.
This upcoming Spring i am also going to try my hand at starting all of the pepper plants indoors from seeds and hopefully this will keep down any disease issues. I might even try planting some corn indoors and transplant them outside when the time comes but it might be a little too taxing on my back doing it that way when i can just put the seeds in a hole outside in the fenced in garden. I will have to wait and see how I feel. The timing of my surgery will most likely dictate what i can actually do.
Another reason for getting my surgery completed as soon as I can after returning from our Rome trip is that I want to give my body plenty of time to heal and for me to get used to whatever limitations that i might have as far as my flexibility and movement well in advance of our biggest adventure ever, that we have planned in September - October of this upcoming year. More about that in the future. I just want to be fully healed and able to do almost all of the things that I want to be able to do during that adventure.
Since I can't do any more weightlifting, even after the surgery, I have decided to donate all of my lifting equipment and weights to the Salvation Army.
Walking out to the garage and seeing all of the equipment that I used on a daily basis for years and years just wasn't doing me any good so it is best to get it out of the garage. I sure do miss those workouts though.
The Salvation Army will come tomorrow to pick everything up.
At least I will have lots more room in the garage which is where I plan on re-doing a few pieces of furniture over the Winter months. I had to find something else to do to compensate for my lack of being able to do my workouts, so furniture restoration and some artwork during the Winter will have to do.
Have i mentioned that I have missed and will continue to miss my workouts...lol.
I will started one furniture project sometime after tomorrow when the garage is cleared out.
Tomorrow will be the official beginning of a new segment of my life.

Photos From Our Budapest And Prague Adventures Part #1

Man it took a while but I am finally getting around to posting some of my photos from our adventures in Budapest and Prague. Took a while to go through them all and edit them. Due to the number of photos I will break them down into part #s so that they will load up faster. I hope that you enjoy them.

For this trip we tried something different. Instead of making our own reservations for everything we decided to try Gate1 Travel. Gate1 had many itineraries to pick from and we decided on the Budapest/Prague independent travel itinerary which included very reasonable round trip flights, a choice of a couple of hotels in each city for 3 nights and a 1st class train trip from Budapest to Prague.  Our hotel in Budapest wasn't bad since we would not be in it except to sleep but the hotel in Prague was fantastic...more on that later.
For our flight we had the opportunity to upgrade to 1st class for a great price so we decided to splurge and try out 1st class for the very first time. Had the price not been so good we would have skipped it. It was well worth the money.
Here are a few photos from our 1st class seats along with meals and other perks. I sure wish the new Economy seats were now 1st class...it was sweet and we could get used to this level of pampering...if only it wasn't so expensive.
As soon as we boarded and got comfy we were served champagne...I opted for the orange juice
 We each received our own travel bag..airline equivalent to a "swag bag"

  
 we had duo seats in a pod or cubicle
 When you had the seat lower into a bed your feet would go in this little padded area
 I love those warmed up wash cloths with that lemon smell to them...so refreshing. I always grab Veronica's cloth when she is done and give myself a proper arm and face sponge bath
  Our menus to choose from




 They started us off with snacks and a drink. No little bags containing 9 peanuts for us.

 Below is what they consider appetizers

 We were flying KLM so these little dutch clogs were actually salt and pepper shakers
 Braised short ribs
 And desert...i was tired and forgot all about the breakfast photos
Upon landing we caught up with our transfer service to the K+K Hotel Opera in Budapest, Hungary.
The room was small but adequate for our needs since we spent most of the day and evening out and about. The rooms keys were a little different. It was rectangle in shape and had some type of chip built into it. You pressed it up against an area near the outside room door lock and it opened that way. We had to turn the keys in each time we left the hotel...probably because of the cost of replacing this type of security key system. 







 Below...one of the many ruin bars in Budapest. Romkocsma, as they are called locally, are massive abandoned buildings that have been converted into bars and eclectic hangouts. Like old factories, abandoned department stores and former apartment complexes all turned into bars or clubs. Each one has its own unique look and feel.



Building street art
Below are interior photos of the Kazinczy Street Synagogue





Below are views of St. Stephens Basilica














In this church you could walk up to the top where they have a walkway around the dome for a great view of the city. A window near the stairs leading up to the dome.
 The interior of the dome



Views from the walkway around the dome



Below is the Royal Palace
Buda Castle

  Dome on the Parliament Building











 Below is the Museum of Terror. It Is A museum dedicated to remembering the terrible things done first by the Nazis and then later by the Soviet backed Communist party. This museum is housed in a former headquarters of the Communist Secret Police.
Heroes Square in Budapest. They were preparing for the National Gallop event where horse riders dressed in Hungarian garb compete in a race. It is also a celebration of Hungarian traditions and is a large scaled cultural festival

Advertising for the event

This is the end to part #1
Stay tuned for part #2

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