"On the plains of Oklahoma, with a windshield sunset in your eyes like a watercolor painted sky, you'd think heavens doors have opened."
Fly Over States

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Walk in the Woods

Court this morning followed by a meeting. Home by noon. I visited with a neighbor and decided to take a walk in the woods in my neighborhood.

The colors were gorgeous.

I didn't take the girls because I was in the mood for contemplation. If Jezebel was with me, she'd be yanking my arm out of socket and heading for Alaska to join a sled team. I'd be waving back at Governor Palin as Jezebel dragged me by.

This area is literally around the block from my house. Walking about 7 minutes gets me there. If I go through the woods behind my house, call it 30 seconds.

I was watched while I walked:

Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows how much I long to return home to Oklahoma. There IS no place like home. However, sometimes on days like these, it really hits me how fortunate I am to live in my current neighbohood. It is really just so beautiful and I know I don't appreciate it as much as I should.

I walked around for about 45 minutes. Once I got back home, I made phone calls all afternoon. All in all, an excellent day.

And here is my latest project:

Anyone who has ever worked that pattern can probably see where I am going with it.

Spoke to the doctor about the CT Scan. They aren't going to appeal. I'm to go talk to him, next week. I suspect he will tell me that we should just check it again in a couple of months and see how it goes. Ya think?

Last year, a friend had a suspicious lump and was sent in for a mammogram. It turned out to be nothing but her GYN wanted her to go back for a second mammogram, this year. Because she is under age 40, the insurance refused to pay for it, notwithstanding that her specialist recommended it be done. Maybe this goes on all the time and I wasn't aware of it, but I also have to wonder if the insurance companies are responding to the economic crunch by severely limiting diagnostic tests.


elsie123 said...

Oh, Penny...what a beautiful area to walk in. I can just hear and feel the crunching leaves under your feet. Thanks for the view.

And I have to say I have my suspicions when it comes to docs, insurance, and tests. How many times have all of us had to repeat a test, only, thankfully, to have it come out fine the 2nd time. The lab gets a 2nd fee, the doc gets an extra office visit fee, and insurance rates keep rising. Frustrating.

But regardless of that little rant, I love your countryside view.

Sherry said...

Absolutely beautiful photographs!

Insurance companies call the shots! It is so disgusting when an insurance company can usurp common medical sense and send a woman home the same day as a mastectomy with a drainage tube in her body!

Kathy said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. A great walk through the woods to contemplate life.

As for insurance, I am glad I have it for now. DH is losing his job in a few weeks so I don't know what will happen then. Anyway, after having breast cancer the diagnostic code changes when they do a mammogram. Even if it just the yearly annual paid by most insurances, is now no longer covered because you now have a history. They get you one way or another. Reform is certainly needed. Unlike the governments health care where I am sure everything is probably covered. They don't even know what the hard working everyday person has to deal with.

Ok, I am done ranting! Hope all is ok with whatever future tests you may have to endure.

Paula said...

How pretty! If Virginia was that pretty when I lived there, I may have stayed. Nah...nothing beats living in the country. And I love seeing the stars at night.