Teeth, Voting and Pictures

Thanks for your well wishes and prayers on Todd’s behalf. There’s good news and bad news. The good news is the anesthesia didn’t make him sick. This was a huge concern for him because he used to get retchedly ill on general anesthesia – not a pleasant thing when you’ve had oral surgery. But the medications have come so far that he didn’t even feel nauseous.

The bad news is they weren’t able to insert the implant yesterday. The root of the tooth was cracked and it fell apart as the surgeon attempted to extract it. Which means he had to dig around in there, resulting in: A) too much room for the implant; and B) a lot of pain and swelling.

What he did do is pack the socket with cadavar bone (Todd asked specifically for the bone of an elite athelete or musician) and cover it with a membrane. The bone will eventually fuse and in four months Todd goes back to have the implant inserted. Which leads me to more bad news – more money because only the extraction is covered by insurance and that was the cheapest part of the whole ordeal. But Taylor doesn’t really have to go to college in two years so it’s not such a big thing.

Todd’s left jaw is swollen like a chipmunk’s and he keeps doing his Don Corleon impression. He’s in quite a bit of pain, but he still managed to go vote this morning.

Which leads me to my next subject – VOTING! (I couldn’t have asked for a better segway!)

Yesterday on Good Morning America they showed early polling sites with waits as long as nine hours. We keep hearing the election is really up to Pennsylvania so I figured our lines would be terribly long. I told Todd we should pack a lunch, take lawn chairs and a cooler, maybe a small battery operated TV and coordinate with the neighbors for a Voting Line Party. Is there a law against voting after consuming margaritas?

We didn’t take chairs, lunch, a cooler or a TV and we never talked to the neighbors. We DID take beverages and our books, though, and headed over there a little before 10:00. There was hardly a line at all and I think we were in and out in less than 30 minutes. A little disappointing after my thoughts of a party.

All kidding aside – I’m glad that’s behind me. I’m tired of the phone calls, I’m tired of the ads, I’m tired of the arguments and the name calling and the half-truths and the ugliness of it all. I’m a little concerned about the outcome, but I will support whichever candidate wins wholeheartedly and pray for him and also his decisions for the next four years.

And for your viewing pleasure I leave you with a few pictures I took this morning from around the house and neighborhood…

Sookie (because how could I not post this picture?)

Looking down the winding street from our house.

Beautiful trees around the neighborhood.

A wasp nest on the ground.

Some blooms around the house.

The Bradford Pear is turning from the top down.

Our cherry tree. I can’t wait to show you how beautiful it is in the spring!

A flaming bush finally looking flamey.

Our house is firmly in the NAGFP – the North American Goose Flight Pattern. I wasn’t fast enough to get a picture of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of geese that flew over on Saturday. The noise was almost deafening. But I did manage to snap these this morning.


  1. Travis Erwin on November 4, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    You’re street seems idealistic and glad Todd is maintaining a sense of humor.

  2. Tina on November 4, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Seriously…the NAGFP???Did you make that up???Who knows that?

  3. Suzanne on November 4, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Ughh, I hate going to the dentist…so much so, that I haven’t been in way too long. Hope Todd feels better soon.Beautiful pictures! The one of Sookie is especially adorable.

  4. Gretchen on November 4, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Give Todd my regards. So bummer!Beeeyootiful pictures, too. Don’tcha just love those big chevrons in the sky? Too cool.And Sookie has won my heart.

  5. beans on November 4, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Poor Todd . . .yucky. Taylor doesn’t need no stinking college!I am with you about the long line hype. I was hoping for some drama, and DP got to go in right away due to her last name, and I had to wait. About a half hour–there was some minor drama about a guy who was registered in 6 states and was making a scene about voting NOW in PA! Some folks in Philly have been in line for hours. . . Cute pics of Sookie!

  6. Jen on November 5, 2008 at 11:58 am

    The pics are gorgeous Jen! Thanks for posting them. In my neck of the woods, the trees are mostly bare already!Poor Todd. That sounds like a horrible ordeal to go through. I will be keeping that in my prayers.And, let me wholeheartedly agree with you – Thank Goodness the elections are over! It was becoming unbearable. Hugs!!

  7. The Daily Bee on November 5, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Poor Todd! I guess it could have been worse. ack!No lines in my part of CA. We went in the morning too, I guess people wanted to delay their votes as long as possible?!Beautiful pictures, I love trees! Sookie is a beauty, makes me miss my doggie. =)

  8. Lainey-Paney on November 5, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Oh, Poor Todd.Poor bank account.Lucky dentist….voting: I didn’t have the lines either. Including drive time for a roundtrip—15 minutes yesterday. Whooohooo.

  9. Becky on November 5, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Loved Todd’s comment about the cadaver bone, lol. (I’ve heard that folks with new kidneys and stuff suddenly develop tastes for things they’ve never had before, lol…so if he decides to take up smoking or some odd thing you can blame it on the cadaver, lol.)Who needs college, anyway?I’m with you on being glad the election is finally over. Oy. As well as in praying for our new leader just as I did the old one.And those pictures are all LOVELY!~ Love the fall colors. Here in the desert, we just get a little browner and drier looking…no gorgeous Autumn leaves. But I DID get a picture of a flock of Pelicans, of all things…

  10. Lynilu on November 5, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    You didn’t say …. did Todd get the cadaver bone of the elite athlete or musician? I hope the rest of his work goes smoothly.The pictures are wonderful. Fall is such a gorgeous, colorful time! The geese pix are great, especially the lone goose. Very cool! I need to take a day trip with my camera. Yep.

  11. SweetAnnee on November 6, 2008 at 10:24 am

    I love it all..except your dear sonI’ll pray for himthe pics are GORGEOUStommorrow at the Canser Center I’ll be watching for geese etcthey have a large pond therethat the birds love to visitand get some fishieswish I could fish theredeena

  12. radioactive girl on November 6, 2008 at 10:44 am

    I think Todd and I have that “if something can go wrong it will” thing in common. I am so happy he is doing well, but sorry it will involve another procedure to finish!Your trees are beautiful! Ours are finally changing and are so pretty it makes me wish they could always look like this!

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