Wet End to September

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark
Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

Woke this last day in September, 2016 to another wet morning. The grayness mirrors that inside Mark’s Den on this Friday.

Not sure exactly why, but I had to endure some major dizzy spells yesterday. So far, this a.m. no dizziness. Then again, it is still early.

Mom wonders if it may be the antibiotic. But I have had amoxicillin before and never this reaction.

I have been suffering dizzy spells for more than 20 years as a result of the cluster headaches. But this is different from those spells.

Such is life. I can’t believe no one has tried out the longevity test I posted about in Kernels From the Cornfield a week ago this past Wednesday.

I also posted about it on Facebook.

No response.

Longevity Test – If this simple sitting test is any indication, my chances of being alive six years from now are better than good.

I scored a 10 on the test.

Try it yourself and share your results with me.

Read all about it: http://www.today.com/health/how-long-will-i-live-simple-sitting-test-predicts-longevity-t102943

That’s the way it is in Mark’s Den.

And how is your Friday going?

Back on Antibiotic

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark
Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

Wednesday morning I was on the phone to my pulmonologist. My mucus plugs were turning decidedly yellow, indicating another infection. This morning I am back on an antibiotic.

This time it is 500 milligrams of amoxicillin three times a day for seven days. My Prednisone dosage has been doubled to 20 mg for the next seven days as well.

At least I am staying out of the hospital. Looks like my television set may be going out. The picture is showing flickering, a sign a new set may be in my future. How that will happen with my situation is anyone’s guess.

Such is life.

With his nails growing back out, Chooey is getting back to normal. He is back lying around and playing on the floor rather than staying on the couch all the time. The nail growth also means the risk of getting cut and scraped is increased again as well.

It is a wet, chilly morning in the Cornfield. The rainy weather is expected to last until Saturday morning.

That’s the way it is in Mark’s Den.

And how is your Thursday going?

#ThrowBackThursday photo:

Dad's sister, Aunt Doris, with Beverly, her youngest child, my cousin and a kitty.
Dad’s sister, Aunt Doris, with Beverly, her youngest child, my cousin and a kitty. Unsure when this was taken or by whom.

Sliding Down the Hump

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark
Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

A wet start to Hump Day in the Cornfield with much cooler temperature. A typical fall day is in store. This has me sliding down the hump toward the end of September and looking toward October.

Managed to sleep in this morning to the late hour of 7 o’clock. Surprised that Chooey did not try to wake me earlier.

I tabulated a poll I took of members of the Powell Family on Facebook on the upcoming election. You can check out the results: Family Divided on Election.

I also put out my take on the first Presidential Debate: Debate Changes Little.

Shaking my head to displace the cobwebs of disbelief that Saturday is the first day of October.

Saturday also marks 28 years ago when Cathie and I tied the knot. The marriage only lasted a year and a half, but that union did produce our bundle of joy, our own little Bubba, Kev.

That day in 1988 was stormy and rainy, which should have given us a hint of what would portend.

That’s the way it is in Mark’s Den.

And how is your Wednesday going?

Struggling this Tuesday

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Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

This brisk, fall Tuesday morning I am struggling with my own body, my own mind.

From mid morning to early evening, I tend to do fine over all, but the early morning and the night are when the physical ailments and limitations combine with the mental darkness to cause consternation and trepidation.

The pressure intensifies on the airways. The ability to function lessens.

The depression deepens. The light is shut out.

Such is life.

There is a lot to get to on this Tuesday following last night’s first Presidential Debate. The hype was real, but uninspiring in real time.

Did it make any real difference?

I think not.

I will be sharing my analysis later today once I can pull myself together. At the moment my thoughts are more jumbled than a 10,000-piece jigsaw puzzle.

The debate aside, get caught up on the happenings on the campaign trail last week with my weekly wrap-up, Political Circus.

That’s the way it is in Mark’s Den.

And how is your second day of this last week in September going?

Monday Ushers in Fall at Last

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Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

Yes, I know autumn officially began on Thursday of this past week. But the weather has been more like summer than fall.

This morning, rain has been falling across the Cornfield. The mercury will not rise to the hot levels, but stay in the 70s. Tomorrow and through the rest of the week will be even cooler.

There is even that feel in the air that has one pining for cider, pumpkin pie and sweaters.

Autumn has always been my favorite season of the year. At the same time, fall has also been the season when the depression is deeper and darker than almost any other time of the year.

Not sure why, but when the clock stuck 5 a.m., I was wide awake, ready to face the day. A difficult start presented itself as I moved from bedroom to living room.

The airway pressure was intense. My nose was stuffy, not helping my breathing situation. 

Two cups of coffee down the gullet. I am slowly getting it all together.

Early on I put together this week’s Political Circus. You need to check it out.

Catch up on the headlines and current events: The Sunday Paper.

In the national presidential poll I conducted for Cornfield Polls, Donald Trump was the big winner with 70%. Hillary Clinton received 20% and Gary Johnson received 10% support.

Besides putting together Kernels From the Cornfield today, most of my day will be getting psyched for tonight’s first Presidential Debate at 9 p.m.

That’s the way it is this cooler, rainy Monday in Mark’s Den.

And how is your start of the week going?

Sunday Gospel: Roll Away, Lord

In the 1980s and 1990s, my step-father, Reverend Jack L. Hollifield, founded and pastored a small church in Dugger, Indiana called The LightHouse Chapel.

Jack had to retire after he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, but to the end, he persevered.

Over the years we had a very active youth choir known as The LightHouse Beacons. The group was a member of the Greene County Gospel Music Association for awhile.

This Sunday’s Gospel comes from a cassette recording of a live performance at The LightHouse Chapel.

My Aunt Nancy Shipley served as the director. I was on the piano. Mom (Sharon Hollifield) was on the organ.

Most of the choir was made up of cousins: Leticia (my Sister), David and Joseph (Uncle Allen’s sons), Travis (Aunt Nancy’s son), Tonya and Anna (Aunt Donna’s daughters) along with several other children from both Sullivan and Greene counties.

I had to record it from the cassette onto a cell phone voice recorder then upload to my computer. Next I had to convert the file to be usable.

Chooey enjoyed it so much you can hear him chime in as the kids sang.

When the great Dottie Rambo penned this song, she titled it, “When I Lift Up My Head” with a sub-title of “Roll Away, Lord.”

Enjoy!

Making It Through the Weekend

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark
Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

Doing my best this Saturday morning to make it through the weekend.

Between the cluster headaches, the mucus plugs changing to a yellowish color to the difficulty in breathing to the growing depression session I am making it through the weekend.

Naturally before Monday morning that all could change.

Such is life.

Catch up on the week that was in what has been and continues to be a Political Circus. I will be doing this each of the seven weeks until Election Day, November 8.

A new article will be out on Monday.

Don’t forget tomorrow to check out The Sunday Paper!

In a little while look for this week’s Cornfield Standings!

My Cornfield Polls National Presidential Poll ended at midnight. I will have the results out later today. I will tell you that Donald Trump was by far the winner.

I also have a few other articles I am working on today.

That’s the way it is in Mark’s Den.

And how is your weekend going?

As the Week Ends…

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark
Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

My day got off to a very early start on this Friday. I rolled over and looked at the clock – 5:24.

I lay in bed for a moment, rolled to rise and make my way to the kitchen to turn on the coffee maker. Chooey was asleep in the living room.

Why I was awake so early and why I was ready to get on with the day eludes me. But here I am up and at them after drinking one cup of coffee and ready for my second.

Catch up on the week that was in what has been and continues to be a Political Circus. I will be doing this each of the seven weeks until Election Day, November 8.

Have you participated in my Cornfield Polls Presidential National poll yet?

By the way, today is the last day to make your voice heard.

Managed to make it to the pharmacy and get my refill of prednisone on Thursday. While I was there I went ahead and got my flu shot.

Another monotonous, boring, same-old-routine in store for me in the coming hours.

Such is life.

That’s the way it is this end of the week in Mark’s Den.

And how is your Friday going?

Autumn Is Here

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark
Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

The falling leaves drift by my window, the autumn leaves of red and gold.
I see your lips, the summer kisses, the sunburned hand, I used to hold.
But I’ll miss you most of all, my darling, when autumn leaves start to fall.

Yes, fall has arrived in the Cornfield. The leaves have yet begun to change, but that may not be the same in a week from now as cooler temperatures arrive.

Met Mom in Shelburn yesterday at Dollar General for a care package. The bundle included salads, meat, cookies and homemade apple pie. Yum. Yum.

Thanks, Mom!

While meteorologists say the past few days and today have been and will be beneficial for those with respiratory issues, you cannot convince me of that. I have had intense pressure on my airways and concerns all week long.

Catch up on the week that was in what has been and continues to be a Political Circus. I will be doing this each of the seven weeks until Election Day, November 8.

Have you participated in my Cornfield Polls Presidential National poll yet?

It may be a struggle, but have to travel north to Terre Haute today and pick-up a prescription refill. Hoping that it will be a trek without incident.

That’s the way it is in Mark’s Den this first day of autumn.

And how is your Thursday going?

#ThrowBackThursday photo and a bonus pic!:

Jackalee scored in corn hole, while Dylan celebrates. To think Jackalee is a freshman at Indiana State University and Dylan is in 4th grade.
Jackalee scored in corn hole, while Dylan celebrates. To think Jackalee is a freshman at Indiana State University and Dylan is in 5th grade.
Frankie and Tigger in Dugger a few years ago.
Frankie and Tigger in Dugger a few years ago. Tigger we lost one day, did not come home. Frankie is now living with a friend, Tiffanie, in West Terre Haute.

Happy Anniversary, Dave & Anna!

Happy Anniversary to my oldest son, Dave, and his beautiful wife, my daughter-in-law, Anna, parents of my three beautiful granddaughters, on their anniversary today!

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