Archive for May 20th, 2019

Lazy Weekend

Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019 at 8:42 am

It was a lazy weekend. I got a lot less done than I expected. Didn’t work on the truck, didn’t cook, not much of anything except feed and care for critters. Blame it on the dew point. It is 78°F this morning. The grocery stores no doubt have misted windows, but I can’t verify that, as I haven’t driven anywhere since Thursday.


Been hanging out in the air conditioned office, watching a number of Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns, doing stuff online, getting into summer routine. Highs have been in the low 90s, right about on schedule for this part of Texas.


The valsartan is giving me edema, though not yet as bad as the irbesartan. And the rest of the side effects are gone, so it’s an improvement. Been looking at compression socks. I’ll need more than the two pair I have on hand if this is going to continue. But I will need something to stimulate my kidneys to counter the effects of the med.


Spaghetti sauce on the schedule this morning, once the temperature gets above dew point, but before it gets close to 90°F. Went through the loaf of bread pretty quickly the last few days. Thinking of getting a trimmed brisket tomorrow, last day of the sale.


Made the grocery run, pretty much nominal, though there were a couple of odd moments, like kids racing around with junior grocery carts. And I spent several minutes looking at the briskets and their price tags. And the self checkout had a bad calibration on weight. Night shopping is always a little different. But the big moment was after I paid and walked out to the truck.


The headlights were glowing, however dimly and yellow. Then the glow went out to ambient nighttime parking. I panicked big time, thinking that my battery had died in the parking lot because I left the lights on. I popped the hood jiggled the terminal, no response. I put the groceries in the front seat instead of in the bed. I checked the light switch, and it was off. I put the key in the ignition and it started. BIG RELIEF!


I figured that what I saw was headlights from another vehicle shining into my headlights, and they vanished when the other headlights were extinguished. I didn’t see it because my vision was locked on my headlights. The illusion was completely aligned with my fears. I was thinking about push starting downhill and other such nightmares. (Spread your arms, hold your breath, and always trust your cape.)


Anyway, I got the trimmed brisket and everything else on my list. I’m back home with nothing on the shopping list.