The news is just too terrible these days. Terrible for young and old. Terrible that when a person goes out in public they have to worry about a truck running into the crowd, or a gunman choosing to pick off whomever gets in his way. Babies being bombed with chemicals is almost too atrocious to believe but it happened. I quit reading the newspaper a long time ago and am getting to where maybe I don't want to watch the news on TV either. I'll maybe stick my head in the sand and ignore the world. Right. Unfortunately, I can't. We need to be aware of what is happening but whether or not we can do something about "it" is a different story. We went to the local casino tonight for dinner (thinking it was Senior Day and we would get our buffet meals half off-more about that after this rant) and I actually worried and wondered if a gunman would come in and shoot us. It could happen. After we went to the doctor's office today we went to Goodwill and another thrift shop. (I was looking for fabric.) Goodwill had a bin full of knives under lock and key. Kitchen knives.
Ok, about the casino. They just opened their 90 million dollar hotel and expanded the casino. It is not finished yet but will be soon. The hotel is finished, just the gaming areas are being worked on. So we go up to the desk and ask for a senior book, as we've done many times in the past on Tuesdays, and were told that Senior Day is now on Wednesdays and you have to earn points before you can get the book which includes coupons for gaming and the one we used to use frequently, the 50% off buffet dinner. So now they make you play before you can get the book. Apparently they want to make sure they can make the payments on their fancy new hotel. Meow. I wonder if they are going to have the business they expect to have. I am not a fan of this casino, never have been, but now I'm really not a fan. I haven't been there in quite some time, now that we spend most of our time at the coast. Hubby does go there to play in the KENO tournaments, however. So we didn't eat in the buffet, the menu didn't seem all that pleasing for the price. We did eat in the deli, and it was okay. But, it will be a long time before I visit there again. Let me say this about that: they are not friendly, the place used to be dirty, (parts of it still are) it smells, the food is ho-hum, etc., etc. Perhaps there will be changes for the better...?
We are on an extended visit home as I mentioned in a previous post. I saw the podiatrist today to review the x-rays of my feet. Both big toes have damage from arthritis and the left foot, the one that hurts the most, is bone on bone. Severe damage, apparently. Sooo. Surgery will be June 7th (after the peony harvest). I'll be laid up for quite awhile and not able to put any weight on that foot for about 6-8 weeks. Can you say "knee scooter?" Again...went through this last year, but last year I broke my ankle on that foot because of the big toe locking up and causing pain, hence the fall down the stairs. It is difficult for me to walk - or do stairs - because of the pain. Dr. Jeff told me it is going to hurt like heck before it heals up...that I'm not looking forward to, but I do want to be able to walk and I was fast approaching a wheelchair. Just to get around in a grocery store is difficult now. I will have the month of May to get all my ducks in a row before surgery. Maybe in another post I'll describe the procedure. It's rather extensive, much more so than the surgeries I had on my two thumbs. I thought it would be about the same procedure. Nope, not even close. (The right foot has arthritis, too, but is not as bad as the left foot.) Oh, and sorry, kids. Arthritis is hereditary. But you probably already knew that.