Thursday, August 28, 2014

AlphabeThursday - O is for Oval

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I’ve been looking at lots of 0000s recently.  Actually, I was afraid of being a victim of identity theft.  Someone broke into my house; didn’t steal much but I wasn’t sure if they got into my paperwork.  So, I was on the phone for hours, reading credit card numbers to “bank representatives.” 

I also wanted to make sure no one took any mail from the mailbox.   (FYI: I found out if you want to stop receiving those credit card checks that come in the mail, you can call them and request they stop sending them!)  I did decide to get a post office box.  I’ll be removing my mailbox from off the side of the house shortly (another suggestion) so only MY mail is delivered to my PO Box, not my ex-husband’s!  New habits to form…

The other thing I did was request my three online credit reports.  Another friend suggested this to me, and I’m glad he did.  It’s the first time I’ve done this.  If you can stomach looking at all the paperwork, I recommend you do it too.   It’s free, once a year.  The best place to go is Annual Credit Report.com.  They walk you through, step by step.  If you want to print the information off like I did, be sure to have a lot of printer paper handy!  I made a spread sheet to look at everything, because again, there were a lot of 0000s in a row!
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Come over to Ms. Jenny's site, ...off on my tangent... and see what other words people are writing about!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AlphabeThursday - N is for National Register for Historic Places


The purpose of the National Register for Historic Places (NRHP) is to recognize and preserve historic sites in the United States.  I wrote last week about the Mattie Beal Home; the Lawton Heritage Association worked on the application and the house was added to the Register in 1975 in recognition of its historical significance and architectural value (Colonial Revival.)  The home was built between 1907-1909 by Mattie and her husband Charles Payne.  Mattie, a telephone operator from Kansas, was the lucky second name to be drawn in the KCA Land Lottery in 1901.  She chose a 160-acre allotment south of the Lawton town site.  



The house doesn’t have a plaque on it, announcing it is a historic site.  I think we need to put one on the wrought iron gate, and a few other Board members think the same.  



The National Register for Historic Places is the US official list of cultural resources considered  worthy of preservation.  This includes properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture.  If you live in the states, do you have a historic home or other historic site in your town?  Here is the listing by state and county. 



Come visit Ms. Jenny’s site, …off on my tangent… 
and see what other words were chosen for AlphabeThursday’s Letter N.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

AlphabeThursday - Lawton and Mattie Beal

In June, I was nominated to join the Lawton Heritage Association Board.  With my accident and then vacation, I managed to miss July’s meeting.  But this evening is our next time together and I will be there to report on the Committee I chair, Records and Communications. 


The Association operates out of the Mattie Beal Home, a historic home on the National Register for Historic Places in my town.  Isn’t the house just beautiful? 


The organization’s records and Mattie’s personal papers and photographs are currently stored in the basement.  OH NO!  The worse place to keep them!  I’ve been down there once, some years ago, and will suggest to the Board to either bring them upstairs or donate them to the Museum, where I work.  It’s hard to imagine a historical association keeping original documents in such a climate!


If you’re in Southwest Oklahoma, come by the Mattie Beal Home between Noon and 3:00, Thursday - Sunday.  Take a self-guided tour, walk the grounds.  It’s really worth it: $4.00 for adults.  And come by Ms. Jenny site, …off on my tangent… and see what other words were chosen for the Letter M!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

K is for Kyphoplasty - AlphabeThursday

Balloon Kyphoplasty

It's still July and I was just getting things ready for my vacation.  Thinking about the "Letter K" I was going to miss.  But then I have a new word I wanted to share: kyphoplasty.  It's so new, Google doesn't know how to spell it.  I've been told the EU is familiar with this procedure.  It's just been approved in the US.  Lucky me, for that at least!


Here's one MRI view of the injured backbone.  Inside the purple lines is the cracked verebrae.  I believe the black mess is blood; the doctor had to wait until it dried up, or something like that.  Don't know what the circles are - some kind of digital marker.

Kyphoplasty is the surgery used to fix my broken vertebrae.  I think it was # T12.  I've told a few people what happened, but this is the medicine description (the first animated photo will make sense after this explanation):  An incision was made and they placed a narrow tube using fluoroscopy to guide the tube to the correct position.  Then using x-ray images, a special balloon was inserted.  They inflated the balloon, returning the pieces of my vertebrae back to its "normal" position.  When the balloon was removed, the doctor filled the cavity with a cement called polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA).  It hardened and stabilized the bone.

The procedure took 20-30 minutes, I was told, but was at the local Outpatient Surgery for the whole afternoon.  Thanks Doctor Schutz!

Come by AlphabeThursday for the Letter K

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