Monday, June 4, 2018



The Chiang Rai sky was a combination of blue and cloudy.  We’re getting rain every day now.  Usually an afternoon downpour and a late night rain.  The yards are draining and we’ve managed to stay dry.  

The ‘Old School Friday’ song was “Earth Angel” by The Penguins.  This ‘Easy Monday’ song should be familiar:
“See the curtains hangin’ in the window, in the evenin’ on Friday night.  A little light a-shinin’ through the window lets me know everything is alright.  __ __ makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind.  __ __ makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind.  Hint:  It’s by two guys and a gentle weather condition.

Saturday morning Gong, Natcha and Neechanon packed up the truck and drove up to Mae Sai to visit family and friends.  We got to babysit Chopper again.  Their plan was to leave Neechanon with her grandparents for a few days.  They returned today, and Neechanon is in Mae Sai with her grandparents, and probably being spoiled as only they can do.  

Last week I learned about a doctor in Mae Chan, 40 minutes north of us, who can help with back pain.  Considering the long plane ride coming up, and remembering how it felt last time, I decided to contact him.  Sunday morning we drove up to Mae Chan.  Dr. Mark aka Dr. Happy, is a young Thai doctor with very good English and a good ear for listening. It was the first time I have had someone explain the whole issue with my compressed disc and the accompanying pain.  He gave me eight injections at acupuncture points in my lower back and sent me home with a small supply of things to take for a week or so.  There was immediate relief.  This morning when I got out of bed, there was no pain.  I’m feeling very hopeful, but I still have to be careful.  As Dr. Happy said, it feels good and you want to do things.  

Sunday afternoon our house guests arrived.  Ariel and her son Max came to spend a few days with us.  She is a good friend of Joe’s and is an accomplished writer and teacher.  We’ve been showing them some of the cool stuff around town, and having some good conversations.  Max discovered some little transformer gadgets that look like a number, but turn into vehicles.  There a set of ten and he had five.  They’re only on sale at 7-11 so we started our search last night.  This evening, after watching the Clocktower show, he got another number, one he didn’t have.  With four more to go, the odds get tricky, but he’s happy with the ones he has.  Tomorrow is their last day here and it will be a full one.  They are going to Chiang Mai by bus, spend a night at the elephant sanctuary, and then Bangkok and home.  

Today’s photo happened when Neechanon was ‘testing’ all the colored pencils in the box.  She would hold each one up, Lisa would say the color, and then Neechanon would draw on the paper.  The cute never stops.

Have a Great week.


“You miss 100% of the shots
you don’t take.”
~Wayne Gretzky

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