Wenders

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The windows are open in the first day of a long string of open window days. Aaaaahh. Hello March, hello spring.


Got paid this morning, $3 under cap, still need to pay the internet bill, which was posted today. No hurry, I have two weeks and change.


I might go rinse down the truck today, get the winter grunge off of it. Or I might just wash the windows today, of which I’m most of the way through, and wait for a warmer day to spray water, like Sunday or Monday. Windshield and ‘tween glass is what is left to do on the windows, and they are squeegee work. All the rag work is done.


Nice to have nothing pending for a week. At least at this point. Free time and agreeable weather inspire.




Okay, truck glass is clean. Ready for the self-wash. But not today. Then again, maybe today.




Yes, the truck got washed today.

Surance

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Paid the insurance bill in person today. That $235 drop in premiums definitely helps, though it would have been nice to know sooner, to avoid the song and dance of adjusting the bank account accordingly. 34 hours to pay the internet bill to get under cap. Even as a leap February, the missing days mess up the payment schedule.


Jambalaya to be made in the next hour or so, as soon as the shrimp and bay scallops thaw. Every entre’ in the fridge has been consumed, no more leftovers. Going to thaw a beef tenderloin steak too.


Not a whole lot else happening. Blood pressure rose back to where it was before the switch. It may be a fluke, maybe not. I need to message the doctor and see about the next adjustment, after I give things a bit more time to be sure of the trend. In the meantime, nothing foolish.


Weather is cool and blustery. Tonight a mild freeze is forecast, but after that, spring, windows open every day, blossoms popping out everywhere. I am ready to put the sleeves away for the summer.


Having a slow day, other than the jaunt to the insurance office. I may make a store run this evening if the internet bill doesn’t show online, grab three things and get out cash to cover the cap so I can forget about it.

Meh

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Blood pressure is showing some improvement, emphasis on “some”. Not enough. But still, some in the right direction. An indicator is better than nothing. It is a flood of angiotensin II in my bloodstream. Hey, I’m still alive.


Had the windows open today for a few hours. It was nice. A string in the long range forecast, starting on Feb 29th, shows at least 11 days in a row with highs in the 70s. YEAH!!!!! But a very light freeze on Thursday morning before that happens.


Ate up all the leftovers. Going through chili-dog adventures at the moment. Jambalaya coming up. Dishes washed, ice bin full, floor moped, on top of the kitchen. Garbage in the morning.


Got my insurance bill and ID slips in the mail. It’s not online yet, but it’s something that I can pay on the spot in the office. I will make cap, one way or another.

Sitting the horde this weekend, Friday through Sunday. Two beddings and two feedings.


Filling my days as usual. Wrote an essay on SAA. Movies, news, games, puzzles, email. Taking it easy, monitoring the transition.

Poked and played

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Got my blood test results back. Glucose was a little on the high side, everything else was on target. Lungs, heart, kidneys, liver, etc, all good. Minerals, blood composition, cholesterol, et al, on the money.


Switched from valsartan to lisinopril. Not an instant check on blood pressure, but I wasn’t expecting it on the first dose. A few more days should have my system with the proper levels. So far, a considerable drop in the average, moving in the right direction. So I am hopeful that it is the right solution.


The jam on Thursday was fun. It started out being just me as leader, mainly due to the messy weather. After 90 minutes, the rest of the musicians showed up and took over for me. I was between medication, to avoid a conflict with valsartan and lisinopril, and I played it safe. It was as fun listening as it was playing. It was an in between show, not like the first or second jam extremes, but there in between where I had been expecting it to be. Everyone there was present for the second jam, so it was familiar. The jam lasted a couple of hours past the usual time.


I got word that my truck insurance was being shifted from state level underwriters to preferred national level, which means that I save $235 twice annually ($470 a year). Not fussing, but it did change my budget plans to stay under cap for the bank account. I’m $3 from cap, if I get the insurance and internet paid by the 27th. I may need to go visit the store fronts if the bills don’t show online in time. February was a frugal month, though there was no suffering for it. March will be easy, thanks to planning ahead and adjusting to windfalls.


Made cheese risotto, broccoli/rice with white cheddar sauce, and tuna mac. The milk was used up. The broccoli rice is the only survivor and going fast. Chicken, pork tenderloin, bay scallop, and shrimp jambalaya is next. Split pea and steak coming up, and eggs ackley tacos are finally scheduled.


I have the next couple of weeks off, except paying bills in person, if needed. Next few days will be warm enough to open windows, but not any warmer than threshold. I’ll take what I can get.


Bloody Valentine

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I had blood drawn at the lab at the hospital on Valentine’s Day. The nurse was very good, got the vein on the first try without pain. The pain was the fasting for 12 hours prior. I also got the occult hemo sample turned in.


But I’m on this side on the asperity, eating and drinking again. Spaghetti is the main course, about halfway through. Had a loaded baked potato before the fast to grease the digestion. I hope that didn’t flare the cholesterol and triglycerides on the blood test.


Blood pressure has still been hounding me, though at times it dips for a while, giving me hope that it will subside soon. I’m on valsartan 160 mg every 12 hours now.


Was not a day of roses and candy… I did see an off-white plastic flower bloom at the entrance to the hospital. That’s about as close as I got.


I’m hanging loose, waiting to open the windows on Sunday.

soaring

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My elevated blood pressure is resisting medication. Not the first time that I’ve seen it happen. “No matter what you put in me, I’m doing what I want.” It usually settles down after an unnerving period. Unfortunately, the doctor is in on this one now.


Rainy and cool. The rain should end today, in a few hours, but it will stay on the cool side until the weekend. It’s not as nice as the weekend was, windows open, mild nights. Some 30s due before that comes back around.


Got the spaghetti sauce made. Haven’t cooked any pasta yet. I have a couple of things that need cooking. Made a baked potato w/ pork loin last night. I discovered a new smoked boudin which I enjoy very much. I got seven packs while it was on sale. (The first one vanished.) Also got more ground chuck. So much for spare room in the freezer. Had a half pound gouda bacon burger on Monday.


Not a whole lot else going on. BP has muted a lot of activity.

Jammin’

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The second jam session at Pioneer was the opposite of the first. I had a rough count of 17 musicians, and I knew seven of them. Lynn McDaniels was there, I haven’t seen her in years. It was hard to find a spot in the circle and hard to find a spot on the floor for guitar cases. There was no end to the talent. It was quite a spectacle.


I only performed six leads, which I welcomed. I got several rounds of ovations from the full house. I even had the manager tap me on the shoulder and tell me how much she enjoyed my playing.


Afterwards, eight of us continued the playing next door. It ended up being quite a night. I was ready for it to end. I burned a lot of energy, and it took several hours to wind down.


I skipped out on the ophthalmologist appointment on Tuesday. I just wasn’t up to driving to College Station and back with dilated eyes. And my vision has been constant. So the cancelation was not something that I regretted. It gave me a chance to relax. But I still need to get a blood test and see the nurse next week.


I have the weekend off. I’m looking forward to it. Sunday should be warm enough to open the windows.

02/02/2020

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The palindromic super bowl probably won’t be remembered as the one where guys wore baggy pants during halftime. It was the first one I actually watched in at least a decade.


Thawing out a second pork loin segment. The first one went entirely for secondary purposes. Myka is not complaining.


Windows were open from 10 am to 6 pm today. Myka wore herself out watching the outdoors. I have been doing chores as they arise, but I haven’t gone looking for them.


I am not concerned that today was a slow one.

Leap month

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February 2020, a 29 day month. Sproing!


Been through another cheap big avocado atop eggs, pork loin, gold potato, and cheddar. Haven’t eaten a meal since. The hambone was a little off when I boiled it for split pea stock, so I trashed it. The split pea soup will be rescheduled. I have a rib eye ready for the broiler, and the thawed pork loin too, much to Myka’s delight. I may end up thawing another so I can make tacos.


Shifting into insurance payment month mode. 6 month bill posted at the end of the month. Keeping bank activity at a bare minimum after being paid. I am well stocked and poised for it.


Three more days off. Weather will be good starting tomorrow and through Tuesday (College Station, ophthalmologist appointment). Windows open for two days.


Doctor’s appointment went well, physical was good, except for blood pressure, but that was attributed to being in panic mode when the truck wouldn’t start. I read the bottom line on the eye exam, which stunned the nurse who later poked me with flu and pneumonia vaccines. I wasn’t expecting them. Doctor was hard sell and I gave in. I didn’t fast, using breakfast at 3 am to get to sleep so I wouldn’t sleep through a second appointment. I need to get a blood test in the near future.


I’m taking it easy until Tuesday’s turnaround. Two or three doctor visits (counting labs), plus a jam on a cold Thursday night. Charging my batteries for a busy week.

Crastination Pro

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Saturday night found me next door playing music for Glenn and Beckey. A midnight email beckoned me, and I played over an hour solo.


Haven’t progressed in the kitchen. I want to make a bigger dent in the chicken first. I did make a ham, egg, and cheddar sandwich. That may end up delaying the eggs ackley, as it used up more of the ham that was critical for the tacos. Now the question, ham, loin, or tenderloin for the tacos? The split pea may be made tomorrow.


Forecast calls for 70s and sunny today, but it’s 57°F and overcast at the airport, 62°F outside the window at 3:30 pm. So much for opening the windows today.


I’ve still been sleeping mornings, which is not good for the doctor’s appointment Wednesday.

We be chick’n ya, mon.

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Five chicken leg quarters were skinned, deboned, and diced yesterday. Today, they went into recipes. Not a bit of mass of “the big greasy” was spared. Half went into the cornbread dressing, half into a chicken/veggie/rice soup. Neither are expected to last very long.


The good news is that there are eight new recipe chicken quarters in the freezer. Tomorrow, I may make the split pea soup. I’m tempted to wait a day or two, to give me a chance to put a bigger dent in the chicken dishes in the fridge. The eggs ackley breakfast tacos will use the ham as well, but those are destined for the freezer, if I can make room for them. I might turn them out first.


Backed up the current state of the 2000 USB drive, as it was acting up, and there was over 150 (200?) new gigs to protect. That took a couple of days, but I’m good if 2000 fails, for the nonce, at least. I may need to get a powered hub.


Expecting 70s tomorrow, it made it to 68°F today. Not quite warm enough to open up the house. But tomorrow should be. It was nice outside today, but I didn’t get further than the mail box. The kitchen and office kept me busy.


I haven’t popped the top on the Blue Bell yet, but the poundcake has been front and center with the strawberry puree. That it won’t be long before they go on sale again has made me aware of how much I need to eat in the next couple of months. Life is so hard…

Chic pack

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The second half of the stock chicken roast is in the oven. First batch of quarters is cooling for bagging. (6/6) Tomorrow, topological evaluation of freezer space.


Blue Bell is back in the freezer. Three tubs of strawberry puree (two still frozen) need to be used up by the time that strawberries go back on sale for the spring. A fresh poundcake and whipped cream too.


Split pea w/ hambone, cornbread dressing w/ chicken, eggs ackley breakfast tacos, and a steak or two. Plenty to tackle in the kitchen, some destined for the freezer (part of the evaluation).


Five more free days. Feeling good. Pads are stable and background, soreness abated. Caught up on chores. 60s/40s Sunny. Rain has moved east.

Oooops

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I was up bright and early yesterday morning, got ready for the doctor appointment with plenty of time to spare. I ate sausage gravy on whole wheat for breakfast, then sat down in the LZB. Big mistake. I blinked and it was two hours later. Doh! I messaged them and rescheduled for next Wednesday.


The risotto has vanished. The gravy and dirty rice have one more serving each. I’ll be cooking tomorrow. I bought a bag of cornbread dressing mix and chicken broth, and I’ll add that to the split pea and beef tenderloin. I think I need to get a bag of chicken leg quarters, now that a little room is showing in the freezer. Getting low.


Not a whole lot else going on. Made a store run yesterday. Paper products and cat treats was the bulk of the damage. Glancing at the Senate and decided it was easily more than revolting enough to avoid. Nothing dire for the next week, just a time for charging batteries.


Thinking of re-carpeting the bathroom (with a new plastic liner). Something to do in February after payday.

Reoriginate

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The shipment came from Fort Worth, not San Antonio. And the adaptor works, capable of transferring files to and from select applications. It doesn’t work with the old iPad because it doesn’t have a compatible structure. Good thing is that I can drop mp4 movies on the USB stick and play them on the new iPad while on the go, without transferring files to the pad’s memory. I can also draw straight off an external drive.


I went to the store and got gas about 10:30 am, thinking it would be a good time to avoid the crowd… NOT! Ugh.


Got the sausage gravy cooked, a very distinct flavor not attained with tube pan sausage. The risotto needs to be cooked in the next day or two to use up the milk. The dirty rice turned out quite well, very similar to a mild boudin from southern Louisiana (I-10). All in all, eating well.


Doctor appointment Tuesday morning for an annual physical. Filled out the questionnaires online. Doing well, so not much to worry about. Otherwise, nothing on the calendar for the next couple of weeks.

Headlining

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The jam downtown was fun, though sparse. There were just four of us, not too unusual for the first time, and I was the only leader. I played a few songs that weren’t 70s radio, but most were. I stayed mostly on the upbeat, and people were bopping and smiling. It was a fun audience. And the owner fed us, I had the brisket chili. All in all, a good time, and I headlined in downtown.


My pads and voice survived. I have the oils to thank for saving the pads. I have no desire to perform music today. The Egee is still packed.


Today is a cooking day, sausage gravy and dirty rice. I’ve been eating too much food that other people cooked. Laundry and garbage are the chores for today. Otherwise, it’s catching up on my dailies and resting.


I had to close the windows about 1 am as the temp went down into the 60s. They’ll be opened again when the sun warms things up. Enjoy it while I can.


I ordered a lightning to USB female adapter for the iPad from Amazon. I also got a 10 pack of cheap mouse pads to fill out the $25 for free shipping. It will be a while before I need to buy more. From what I see, it’s shipping from San Antonio, and the package could be here tomorrow.

They’re alive!

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The pads survived music school. YEAH!!! My voice gave out first. High praise to virgin coconut oil and virgin shea oil. I will be able to make the jam this evening.


Headlights went out temporarily on the way home. It was after using brights on 105 between Navasota and Washington, after crossing the Brazos. They went out three times, and were restored by turning the switch off and back on. After the third time, it had no further problems. But it is something that definitely needs an inspection, with lots of ideas about what may have caused it.


Looking at lightning to USB (female) adaptors. I’d enjoy using mouse, flash drive, iPad to iPad, etc. Amazon seems to be the place.


I need to cook. Don’t feel like it at the moment, but I need to cook. Sausage gravy and dirty rice.


Windows open. I forgot to shut the windows before heading out yesterday. Fortunately, Myka didn’t attempt an escape. But I am enjoying the short sleeve lifestyle while it lasts. Next week will be a cool one.

Change of menu

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The baked potato soup has been dropped from the plans. In its stead will be sausage gravy & spuds, and dirty rice w/ pork tenderloin and chicken liver. This accommodates the pan sausage and liver that I got at Brookshire Brothers with the prepped ingredients for the soup. The split pea soup and risotto will follow. Then steak.


Two evenings of music ahead. Tomorrow, heading to Bryan for music school. Doug promised many questions about the iPad. Thursday will be a 90 minute jam locally at Pioneer BBQ by the tracks downtown. I will find out if I saved my pads or merely postponed the inevitable.


Windows are open at 9pm. They’d be open all tomorrow if I wasn’t leaving town. But I have until Saturday to enjoy it. And I plan on enjoying it. I’m sure Myka will enjoy window gazing. Definite a mild winter, as predicted by NWS.


Myka just got a workout. She was ultra skootchie and needed to shed some energy, pestering me to no end. She’s hugging cool bare floor with eyes closed in satisfaction.


In a holding pattern for tomorrow, nothing major starting until I get back. Nothing needed in the next 30 hours that doesn’t pertain to the turnaround. I might make gravy tonight, or the dirty rice.

Preppin’

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I haven’t cooked yet, but I have been busy with the cutting board. Diced up a chicken quarter and half a pork tenderloin, broccoli and cauliflower. I decided I needed another leg quarter, so I thawed one, and it’s about to skinned, deboned, and diced like the first one. I expect to be cooking later today.


Just after midnight, and the office window is still open after 14 hours. Window thermometer shows 73°F. I shut the rest as the sun was setting, anticipating cooler temps. I never found a reason to shut it. Myka is grateful.


Tonight (after today), the front arrives, and the temp will drop for a couple of days, then pop back up again. Today is forecast to be a wet one, a serious dump coming after sunset.


Got the valsartan refill yesterday. It was back ordered, but it came through in time. I didn’t have to use an alternative. I also got a $3 16 oz. rubber mallet.


Music school next week is on the schedule.

Waveless

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Haven’t started cooking yet. In a zap and eat phase. Not starving. Picked up some boudin this morning.


Got a new watch. Wrist band broke on the old one. Replacing the band on the old one is a pain and never worth it. Closest I could find as a replacement turned out to be a Timex. One thing that bugs me is all the labeling of the obvious. But maybe the band will last, unlike the last three no-names.


Windows are open at 10 am today. Ahhhhh.


New chat is turning out well. People are returning.


Keeping things on the status quo, but not being ambitious. Facing what comes, but not pressing forward. R&R is starting to give way.


Sounds of power yard tools wafting through the house.

Kichin’

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I have determined the line up for the next projects in the kitchen.
First wave:
Baby back ribs. (Tacos w/ bbq sauce…)
Baked potato soup w/ pork tenderloin.
Chicken/broccoli/whole wheat penne alfredo.
Second wave:
Fried chicken.
Split pea soup w/ hambone.
Cheese risotto.
Steak (TBD), broiled.


We’ll be topping 70°F for the next two days, which means open windows in the afternoons.


I think I’m off the hook for horde sitting for a while. I had Annie in the house for a couple of minutes to see Myka. They don’t fight, but the magic they once had is gone. Annie just can’t handle a cat friend who is as large as she is.


Pads continue to shape up. I may wait until next week to play a session again, just to be on the safe side. Debating whether to put Dixie Chicken in the book, because it is so iconic with piano/lead guitar. It’s almost a two chorder.

Pads

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(Noting the strike on Qassem Soleimani as a benchmark. Don’t expect politics here.)


I think I might have saved my pads. They shine up a bit when I play, but they’re pliable and they don’t get sore after a few songs. The coconut oil and shea oil helped. I need a bit more therapy on the middle finger, being the largest pad, but it’s getting there. I’m starting to think that they’ll hang round and be pro-grade monsters. Would be nice. After all, I paid for them.


Working on the freezer contents, chipping away. Getting a hankering for pasta, say chicken/whole wheat penne alfredo. Split pea soup as well. Maybe a baby back rib or two.


50s and 60s, damp, lots of light rain here and there. Stay at home weather, but clearing for the weekend. Went over to Fuel Depot to top off before prices go up, 2.5 gallons.


House sitting for the horde again. Simple one nighter. Myka has to sniff my hands every time I come in the back door.

zzzzzz

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I slept about ten hours yesterday. I think I needed it.


I made a dent in the fridge as well. One more serving of dirty rice left. One more pastrami sandwich. One more serving of peas. Brats. And I’m slow thawing a bag of fried chicken to make some room in the freezer. Mostly light courses for grazing. I plan on eating sparsely for the next couple of days. Holidays are over.


I’m pretty much done with computer work for the nonce. Passing time is the name of the game. I’m up to it.

2020 blindsight

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I may miss partying for NYE, but my fingers and much of the rest of me won’t. I was spent. I got to sleep last night.


The Giant Spudocado did me in, but I woke for about ten minutes to see the new decade in. I promptly cocooned in poncho and blanket and Myka between my calves, I woke up toasty and radiating.


The horde is fed and outside. I’m off the hook for the rest of the day. My only chore is NYD food. Not a lot of effort in that. I have already done the 2020 reset on the laptops, emails archived and the biz records set. I am ready for the new decade.


I am in no hurry this morning, now that chores are done. I am getting better, recovering from virus and party season, but I’m not 100% yet. (I doubt if I am alone there this morning.) I can do everything I need to do, but I’m not volunteering for much else. Glad to be able to rest when I feel like it.


Not sure what I’ll do with the day.

Eve

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New Year’s Eve is just another night here. I’m home, because I don’t want to be somewhere with people expecting to see a guitar in my hands. My pads are not ready for it.


Dinner tonight is a monstrous baked gold potato with butter, bacon, cheese, and a jumbo avocado. I hope I have room tomorrow for the traditional fare. After that, free fall. I shouldn’t have much of an appetite, because I don’t have much of one now.


Pay day deposit is still pending, though funds are available. This is a strange system. 21 hour delay and counting? I guess I’ll get used to it. I’m never on the brink, so not something that matters that much. Just new clock work.


A few fireworks here and there, most are at a distance, barely discernible, but a few are loud. I expect a little, but not a lot. They’re pretty strict here.


No email coming in today, but I sort of expected that. But I mean no email, zip, nada, nil, nary a one.


The horde is in bed. Nothing much going on. Guess I better tackle that spud. The Giant Spudocado of New Year’s Eve. Not sure I’ll be awake at midnight.

Eve’s eve’s morning

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I have been treating my guitar pads with my Swiss Army knife’s file and virgin coconut oil. Trying not to spit out the core plugs. Playing a few songs a day to keep them active without stressing them. They’re still a little sore when playing, but not painful enough to make me stop. Just enough to remind me not to overdo it. No predictions yet.


Went shopping yesterday, getting all the NYD stuff. Got half a pound of Boar’s Head pastrami. Also a fresh jar of virgin coconut oil (old one is about 9 years old, though still good for external use). Still trying to make the jambalaya disappear. One more piece of unfrozen chicken. Fresh pound cake for the strawberry puree. Cheesecake sampler. Jumbo avocado, yikes.


24 hours to pay day. 48 hours to NYD computer housekeeping. Later today, take my new prescription insurance card to the pharmacy. Not a whole lot action for as many events that are taking place this week. Most are just note and remember. I’m just about there for the new year.


Feeling pretty good. Throat still a little tender, but it has been since solstice, and it is definitely improving. It’s just not quite 100% yet. Overall, in pretty good condition. A bit more R&R and I should be whole again.