Archive for August, 2017

Flame out

Posted on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at 12:03 am

Well, I’ve finished the first round of chores in getting the place livable in something resembling normalcy.

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The truck parking spot is trimmed.  I can pull in without scraping limbs and I don’t have to dodge vines to get to the house.  I left a sizable pile.

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The kitchen is functioning as a kitchen should, even though there is still more clean up and arranging to do on shelves and counters.  But it’s not a lot and it can wait until I feel inspired.  I am cooking again on home turf.

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The office has the basics, three screens, four external drives, quick access to the rest of the periphery.

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Washer works.  The drying rack is a little slow in the bathroom, would be faster in the fan generated breeze going through the house.  The bathroom is still usable.

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And I am tired, and my body is telling me to slow own.  So I’m staying home tomorrow instead of heading to Bryan.  I’ve been at it since last Tuesday, and I need a day off.  I held up to the rigors better than I expected.  But when the body hits the wall, there is no arguing with it.

Clean up

Posted on Sunday, August 13th, 2017 at 5:57 am

Been back almost three days, and I am pooped.  Loading and unloading the truck was definitely a major workout.  And getting things in order here is an bigger chore.  I am making progress in the kitchen, I can now cook on the stove top.  I’ll be able to bake and roast as soon as I get the oven working.  For some reason, it doesn’t want to light.  I have a couple of ideas to try.

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The dew point in the mornings is hanging around 80°F, which is not helping.  That makes for a lot of hit and go effort; work, then sit in the A/C for a while.  Progress is being made, but it’s not quick.  I hope to have everything tucked away in the newly lined cupboards and cabinets by the end of the day.

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Got a drying rack to augment the washer.  The drier isn’t connected yet, so the wash loads will have to be light and often, one or two changes of clothes per load.

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Myka has fallen into her routines pretty quickly, adapting to the chaos fairly well.  A gecko has returned to the window at nights, but it’s still a little skittish.  That will change soon enough.

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A trip to Bryan on Tuesday or Wednesday.  Then I’ll be back there to feed critters in a week while Doug undergoes first surgery on his left eye.  And I need to contact the doctors on Monday to get my appointments rescheduled.

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I’ll get around to socializing and music eventually.  I’m too nose down at the moment for much but getting the house in order.

Homeward bound

Posted on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Heading back to Brenham tomorrow morning.  I have almost half of my stuff (the stuff that can take the heat) already in the truck, easing the chore of packing the stuff that is heat sensitive.

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Not sure how long I will be there.  I will be there long enough to get the medical appointments behind me.  I will need to get the echocardiogram (ultrasound) and CAT Scan done first.

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Missed a picking party at Javier’s last night.  Heard it was a lot of fun and a lot of good music.  But I got started on packing and found out that I was heading back east, so staying here was advantageous.  I had already attended a picking party last Friday that allowed me to jam.

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I will miss the swimming pool, the food, the company, the music, and plenty other advantages of being at Grandma’s.  But I look forward to my internet connection, the LZB, a full kitchen, the office desk, and plenty of other things, like a short drive to anywhere.  And there won’t be any shortage of music.  I need to make a trip to Bryan pretty soon.

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Myka got to stay out all morning.  It was her last outdoor cat day for the foreseeable future.  I am not looking forward to her ride tomorrow (car sickness), but she will be fine once we get back home.

Sail away

Posted on Friday, August 4th, 2017 at 6:52 am

Finally got aboard Dolce Vitaville.  The day was overcast, in the 80’s, light intermittent rain, a great day for August to be out on the water.  Stephen, Eric, and Alicia were crew mates.  Good food, fun sailing.  Nice tan…

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Missed the imaging appointments in Brenham.  I don’t want to do another 150 mile turn around when I can wait until I’m a mile away.  There is no emergency.  I tried my best to cancel the appointments, but I don’t know if my messages got through.

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Hoping that I’ll be heading home in a week.  I need to call for verification.