Archive for January, 2019

Planning committee of one

Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 4:03 am

Looking at my medical appointments for February and other upcoming events. Dental (6 month), ophthalmologist (12 month, College Station), and primary (6 month and blood work). And I’ll have a bank run to Bryan next week that coincides with a Music School. All sorts of stuff going on in the next three weeks. But not so much for the next week.

Sketti tomorrow. Today was a light grazing day between major dishes. It felt good to go light for a change.

Been doing computer house cleaning, made pretty good progress. One folder left to manage, 130 archives to trim of useless formats. It’s not taxing, but it does take time and rhythm. It’s good to see the gigs melt away from the internal drive.

It was a dull gray and cool day, and a chance of rain later today and tonight, though I don’t expect much. Not going anywhere anyway. I got all my errands run yesterday.


Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2019 at 12:54 am

Truggling / truggle isn’t a word in the Oxford English Dictionary. In slang circles, it derives primarily from “struggling”, a sense of losing badly on a regular basis. But there is another slant on it, a typo from “truly” > “trugly” which got upgraded to truggle, and carries a meaning of someone who is a total joy with whom to spend time. There is also the slant derived from “tree juggling”, which can be either juggling saplings or juggling while hugging a tree. And then of course, there is the truggling artist, one who is financially comfortable, but trying not to look like it.

Now far be it for me to say that I’m rich, but I have a small cushion. In the song Rich Man, Poor Man by Peter Yarrow and Peter Zimmel, there is the line: ‘A rich man eats when he wishes, a poor man whenever he can.’ In that case, I’m rich.

I haven’t been particularly productive recently. But part of that is the medical thing, a shift in focus to repair and maintain physical issues. And there is the shift from visual to audio. The Egee has made its mark on me. So I’m still technically an artist. But the spark is not at its brightest. So truggling does bear some merit, but again it’s January and Trump is president (in the legal sense).

I am extracting .max files from download archives before storing them away on the external. Doing what I can to keep it tidy.

And to note, I’m dropping the paragraph periods, which were required prior to the current version of WordPress. I can make the period, then delete it, and it will keep the spacing. That had gotten really old, glad to see it gone after all these years.


Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 8:51 pm

Wrapped up the shopping this week. Everything for music, the truck, travel, et al, has been acquired. The kitchen is stocked. I don’t need squat. Come March is truck insurance, but until then, day to day routine only. Feels good.


I’m ready to start calibrating for recording. I’ve got everything I need now. Time to play find that sound. I figure two weeks to try everything and make a judgement about a lot of standard options and get them documented for future reference.


Doing fairly well. Not complaining and not going out of my way to find complaints. Hanging around and doing the usual. Weather about to turn cooler for a few days, but it will perk back up on the rebound at the end of the week.

Tater soup

Posted on Monday, January 7th, 2019 at 10:26 pm

I just cooked the potatoes for baked potato soup. I still need to peel when they cool a bit. Pork loin to go in it, rather than bacon. I also thawed spare ribs.


The new ladder got its first duty today, stripping the grunge off of the cab roof and forward shell roof on the truck. I was impressed with how stable it is. Money well spent. Making progress on the spiffing up.


The weekend was pretty slothful, and my body appreciated it. Watched familiar movies for the most part.


The preamp/driver foot pedal for the Egee arrived today. I didn’t realize that it had a XLR output. So I ordered a couple more microphone cables, same as before. I didn’t get one for the instrument microphone either, so this gives me a cable for every device, 3 mikes and the preamp. I probably won’t use more than 2 at a time, but it makes ready for a duet and spares are always handy. I also ordered 3 bank deposit bags for the microphones. I think that’s it for purchases.


Got an increase for the hydrochlorothiazide to 25 mg. Edema is off and on with the irbesartan. Got a lecture about going to the emergency room if I experience a reaction, a reference to the reaction I had with the lisinapril in 2017. I imagine the script will be ready tomorrow.


Ellen hasn’t made it home yet. She is in a rehab facility to get her on her feet again. I’m glad that she is getting care during the recovery.

Garbage day

Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2019 at 2:31 pm

The sanitation department for Brenham just performed residential pickup here for the first time in two weeks. Thanks to Christmas and New Year’s and the period between them being a holiday for the pickup crew, we went Friday Dec 21 to Friday Jan 4 without a pickup. Now the recycling center was open for those who were desperate enough to haul theirs to the bins.


I had two bags, neither that large. The house across the street had 11 bags. Now the normal twice weekly limit is 3 per, so today as make up, the limit would theoretically be 12. So that would leave the question of if a limit was enforced today. With all the family gatherings and parties, I could envision some pretty serious piles for those too lazy to truck theirs.


Feeling better, now that I’m getting a chance to rest a bit. That much is obvious with last night’s ladder purchase. I went to Lowe’s last night, expecting from their online store to find one of four available 300 pound test multi-ladder for $60, on sale, half price. Turns out an inventory error happened, and they had none. So I bought a ladder of the very same design, except 375 pound test. It cost me $100 plus tax, not half price, but with a larger discount. The ladder weighs 35 pounds, as solid a ladder as I’ve ever seen. The adjustments pieces are all very heavy steel and there are no quick releases or other whistles. It acts as both a two sided step ladder (4-7 ft) and an extension ladder (8-14 ft), thanks to the hinge in the middle. It fits easily inside the truck’s camper shell. It’s the last ladder I’ll ever buy. When I can no longer move it into position, I’ll have no reason to be on a ladder. Until then, I’m set.


Anyway, that was the last item purchase for a while. It was planned for well over week, though the extra $45 wasn’t. Not seeing anything impulsive ahead. Now I can sit tight, I’ve got everything I need for a while.

Idle hands

Posted on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 at 1:06 am

Just ordered a preamp foot petal and a 10 foot guitar cord from Musician’s Friend. Maybe it will allow the Egee commiserate with the Behringer mixer. The preamp is a Behringer, so it has a better than average chance of being compatible with both mixer and amp. It also has a driver with three emulator options for amp styles. I wonder how much time I’ll waste on that. Like I need a third layer of Behringer FX.


At least the price for the pair is less than the instrument microphone. They should arrive early week, if not Saturday.


No wah wahs, I promise.


It’s what happens after washing dishes. Get a modicum of energy and…

January procrastination

Posted on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 at 9:29 pm

I am deferring two chores, both in the kitchen: cooking and washing dishes. (One piece of microwaved cornbread is the total sum of the warm food for the day. It’s been Pringles and Reese’s Pieces otherwise, and not much of those.) I’ll probably get around to washing dishes when I run out of clean forks.


Reese’s and Temptations: Myka will jump up on the desk and stare me down whenever I eat Reese’s Pieces, expecting tit for tat with Temptations (salmon). This is because the containers are very similar. My snacks are in a plastic jar with a flip lid (originally holding onion bits), Myka’s are in a Pounce jar, slightly shorter and narrower, but essentially the same dispenser. We snack together is her new rule. “You snack, I snack.”


I am one pooped out volunteer. I don’t intend on doing anything that is not necessary, and not until it is necessary, for a few days to come. Been singing Madeline Kahn’s I’m Tired from Blazing Saddles.

back around

Posted on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 at 8:06 pm

LZB is waiting for my carcass. I’ve unloaded and mostly unpacked, made the store run, and with a couple of exceptions involving digestion, I am a lump.


Myka did not mess with the oat grass, but her eyes were very wide when she got a face full of the eight inch tall sprouts as I watered the trays. She will get her reward shortly.


Got bakery made cornbread, as I’m too tired to make my own. I have a little over four hours to eat my cornbread, black eyed peas, pastrami sandwich, and cheesecake. I’ll make it.


Good to be home. It was nice to be of service when needed, but my bones are quite glad to stay put with a very low maintenance schedule. Letting the air out of the tires.


Part of the turkey soup returned with me, but the jambalaya and risotto died in Bryan. I still won’t have to cook for a few days. Plenty in the fridge to occupy me without a thaw.




!! Got the blackeyed peas, cornbread, pastrami and swiss, and cheesecake down the hatch before midnight. Close to the wire, but got it. Cold dog soup and rainbow pie.