The first thing to report is that Ken seems to be A-okay. The infection that was likely in his lungs has lost its punch and his white blood cell count is normal ounce again. Lungs sounds clear. Heart rhythm is normal. Relief! He continues to be short of breath and fatigued, but all signs point to his cardiomyopathy. He has not been getting the exercise he needs for a stronger heart, and that is the only thing that will bring him back to healthier functioning. Now that his feet are getting the proper care the podiatrist has indicated that in another week he is free to walk.
Thank you all for your prayers and concern. These have been days lived in suspension while we didn't know what was going on.
The second thing to report is that we are telecommunicating on all fronts once again. I am not wireless at the moment, which is not the end of the world as long as I keep my computer in my office. We have a new router that we have not been able to connect adequately, and no matter how many times we "retry" and follow all the instructions, we are still batting zero. I will live "hardwired" for now and return to solving the wireless problem later.
The third thing is that we are now back on course for our departure Sunday to Melrose!!! See that door to the right? Imagine walking through that door to a porch running 30 feet or so across the front of the house with a view looking toward the west. That is pre-sunset light you see through the doorway. Take a seat on the glider, one of the porch chairs, or climb into the hammock and settle in for happy hour. It's a family tradition and when you're at Melrose, you're family! (For some reason I can't locate my pictures of the porch during HH, or I'd post those!).
I can post this picture of the view just after a late afternoon thunderstorm. I love the mist in the valleys between us and the Savannah River. Don't you just want to pull up a chair and stare? Well then, come on!!