Archive for July, 2012

Wet when dry

Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 9:38 am

It is a watering day today.  Started with the potted plants before the outdoor temp hit 90°F.  It’s another day destined to approach triple digits.  Fortunately, this summer hasn’t had many triple digit days thus far, a nice muggy and warm Gulf summer with dew points consistently in the 70’s.  Relatively green, and needing mower blades changed, hopefully early this week.  (Waiting for that to happen since my release from the hospital, but that is another story involving impact wrenches, which I don’t have.)

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The dogs get bathed today, another wet chore, but without shoes.  Midday will probably be uneventful, hiding indoors from the heat while a pair of mowing tractors (James and Carl) reduce the height of the property’s grass.

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Did my seasonal harvesting of Turbosquid yesterday.  Maybe it’s just me, but the offerings overall didn’t seem up to the usual standards.

Steamin’

Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Steam cleaned the carpet in my bedroom today.  Lots of getting stuff off the floor and temporarily in another room.  It’s been a while, and with the Pup stains, it needed it.  Nice to have clean underfoot.  Did some light dusting too.

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On light duty otherwise, doing things like mail sorting and other managerial duties that don’t require much physical stress on hot days.  I am glad it’s a mild summer.  But not a whole lot of reason to be out too much, watering plants, emptying garbage, etc.  Watching TV, surfing the net, things like that are eating sufficient time to keep me from endangering myself while my blood pressure is up from the temporarily ceasing the beta blockers.  This will be my first look at my natural unmedicated state since surgery.  I feel a strong need to know this before proceeding with a continually medicated state.  It will give me a reference for adjusting dosage, as will probably be done in the relatively near future.  I am monitoring regularly, not pretty, but not alarming.

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Jam tomorrow night.  Cajon intro…..

Bump-ditty-ditty-bump

Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 10:55 am

Got the cajon on Saturday.  I can tell already that it will take time to train the fingers, both in techniques and in establishing pads from playing it.  It does make the finger tingle a bit after playing for more than a few minutes.  Half an hour at a pop will be the starting rule until I grow even more calluses on my fingers.  But it is fun, except that simple rhythms are more difficult to play than complex ones.  A plain 3/4 waltz is dreadful.  Argh!

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Hard getting settled in the house.  Not difficult in general, but it just seems strange with Helen still gone.  Too many strange circumstances this month, especially with the animals: Spidey passing while I was gone, Pup urinating in the house as she pleases (banned from the house today for it), and other behavioral oddities.  Add things in general, like nursing a mild sunburn, no car while Bill is gone, reshuffling hard drives, intermittently bad internet bandwidth, odd phone calls on the answering machine, extra managerial duties, and little things my body is doing.  I’ll be glad when Helen is back.

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But things are not all bad.  I am getting back to my old self physically, though I am still in need of more stamina on my off days.  I’m sleeping well, capable of tackling most anything that comes along, and taking very few ibuprofen.  So I can’t complain.  I am going to suspend the mild blood pressure medicine for a few days to get a reference for natural state, since I  have been on blood pressure meds ever since I had my cardiovascular system surgically altered.  I want to see what my pressure range is with normal caffeine intake and without any.

Jammin’

Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Last night at the jam was definitely fun.  Letha brought a first time friend (not sure how to spell her name, so I won’t try), and she turned out to be a breath of fresh air that was very enjoyable.  All in all, six of us had fun playing together.  It was a delightful return to Thursday Jam.

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One of my checks arrived, more than I expected, but I’m in no hurry to deposit it.  Probably tomorrow.

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A day off from the blue sky sun was in order for me today.  I’m “busy” filling the new drive.  (On  it’s second folder transfer, 23 hours in, and it’s not half full.  Busy, busy, busy.  Would you believe lazy?)  All my 3D on one drive.  How long has it been since I could say that?  Room for photo and video and audio project files and folders!  So nice to have elbow room.

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Good news from Helen.  The marrow biopsy results looked very good.  We could have her back here as soon as early August.  At latest, mid-September, if further treatments should prove necessary.  That the next couple of weeks should tell.

Spend! Spend!

Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Watching data transfer from the 500G drive to my brand new 2T drive.  Only 16 hours to go.  I needed the extra space in the worst way.  And the two drives cost the same when I bought them new.  Ah, the difference a few years will make in digital hardware.  Well, that kicks me up to 3.87 T, which isn’t much by today’s standards.  But I started with 1.2 G in my first new Mac, a 6320.  Quite a difference.

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Also got three new pairs of jeans to augment the ones starting to show holes in the front of the thighs (where the guitar rests).  Add a dozen pair of socks.

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I could have spent more today, but I decided to wait for more money to arrive.  I still need a new battery for the laptop, and I plan of getting a cajon.  I have the money to get them now, but I decided to wait so I don’t go broke.

Back on the job

Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 12:21 am

Well, my arms and scalp are bright pink (tomorrow, brown) from hours of yard work.  Mowed front, back, side, and barn area.  Did minor repair on an electrical connection on the lawn tractor, the blade clutch (PTO).  Scrubbed the carpet, Pup stains (grrr).  Replaced the dislodged door frame and did evaluations on restoration.  Bought gas and spilled a small amount in the trunk, drying that out (evaporation).  Add half a dozen other things.  I think I’m back on the job.

The Jiggle Has Landed.

Posted on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 at 12:24 am

Back close to Austin, my stint fulfilled, my blood pressure stabilized, ready to start getting busy on the property.  In the news: Camp Creek sold, TRD will be here.  That was a bit of a shocker,  a true farewell to the original three decade party site.  We’ll be picking up the slack here with a slimmed down  invitation list.  That is what the barn  is for.

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The bed feels darn good.  Haven’t dropped yet, but I know I will appreciate it tonight.  Not that the firm bed was any problem, but the memory foam pillow top has spoiled me.

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Got into the oldie (2000)  O Brother, Where Art Thou? on TV while in Bryan.  I love the story and the humor.  And the music sounded good.  And Helen is fond of it.  AMC on which it aired was spewing lots of sour grapes at Dish for dropping them from the lineup.  I think they got a little too expensive for Dish with Breaking Bad.  I noticed the monthly bill was about $7 cheaper this last month without it.

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Glad to be back on the bottomland.  Lots of work waiting my efforts, but it will begin.  It’s been two months, four days since surgery, and I think I’m finally back and ready to roll.  The body is feeling “normal” again.  Not perfect, but very typical of past states.  Just need to put in some effort to build stamina.  I’d rather be lazy, but it’s time to get after things.

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Going to buy some new jeans tomorrow.  Part of the spoils…..  Big shopping day.

Wrapping up Bryan

Posted on Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at 9:17 am

Tomorrow evening, I will be relieved of duty here in Bryan, and I will return to Webberville thereafter and resume duties there.  And there is plenty to do.

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Bryan has been very quiet.  l have enjoyed the dead time for the sake of the final stage of recuperation from surgery.  My blood pressure has stabilized, albeit a tad higher than I’d like, but nothing over which I need to worry. But I will be glad to get back to the creature comforts of Bottomland.

Buzzzzz, snip snip…….

Posted on Saturday, July 7th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Cut my hair this morning.  Been meaning to for over a month, since right about the time that I had surgery.  But today was the first day that the strength, focus, and time came together.  So I am no longer a shaggy thing.

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Not much happening in Bryan.  A few things happened early on, but errands yesterday (mail box, bank, store) has been the highlight.  Another store run tomorrow (ice, etc) should wrap up my away adventures.  Music School was a no show, but that was on the 4th, lots of competition.  Watching TV when I can find something worth watching.  Getting plenty of sleep.  Blood pressure is starting to settle down to lower levels, but still a little ways to go.

Bryan doldrums, with flooding

Posted on Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 at 6:41 am

Five days have passed since arriving in Bryan.  Pretty dull, all told.  Picked up six months worth of mail, nothing that important.  Feeding birds, dogs, passing time.

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Made a quick turnaround to Houston to get my cell phone from Helen.  Had a minor problem with Doug’s truck, but I made it back without being strand.  Returned to find that the yard was flooded.  It seems that the neighbor turned on the hose and forgot to turn it off.  That’s going to be expensive for them, but Lake Turmoil is full, and a chunk of the yard is nice and muddy.

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Those are the most prominent events of the stay thus far.  Music School tonight.  At least I’ll get my weekly jamming in while I’m here.

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My blood pressure has been rather high.  The Metoprol is not doing the job of keeping it down.