Archive for April, 2022


Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2022 at 10:02 pm

Got my trip to the ophthalmologist behind me, finally. Pretty much the same as my last visit three years ago. Good results on the in-depth tests of retina, etc. Right eye is still 20/20. Doc said he’d give me a script if I fail my driver license eye test.

Got to see Doug and Ellen. A nice 90 minute visit.

Sixteen more pieces of Popeye’s spicy in the freezer.

Avocado spud (pork tenderloin) for dinner tonight.

Payday tonight.


Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2022 at 7:41 pm

2.5″ rain. A few boomers. Windows closed, mid 60s.

I took solace in beef stew and poundcake w/strawberry puree & whipped cream.



Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2022 at 9:08 am

I have been dragging tail this morning, finding it difficult to find interest in anything. Age, medication, delayed projects, the devil is in the details. It’s not depression, it’s numbness, fatigue, weariness, physical suppression, the body not wanting to get bouncy. I’m tired of being old and drugged. Not that I can’t cope, but it’s just getting old. And it makes the errant details annoying. Being an overcast Sunday morning doesn’t help.

On the other hand, things could be much worse. I have beef stew and strawberry puree in the fridge. I should boot Myka from the LGB2 and grab a few more winks.

How to make it linger

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2022 at 12:34 am

Moving toward May and the start of summer. Windows staying open, days getting longer. Bluebonnets have folded, now in the rainbow flower stage. The peruvian lilies are putting up stalks. It won’t be long until it’s the yellow stage. It won’t be long before the heat arrives. Ah, how to make spring linger.

It’s time to wash my everyday alpaca poncho.

The jam is this evening. It’s been seven weeks since I last attended one (but I had Spring Fling). My pads and voice are ready.

I’m doing better, but I’m not great. Keeping up with chores, slowly. But projects are a different story.


Posted on Sunday, April 17th, 2022 at 6:43 pm

I got some sleep and ate, skipped a dose of everything. My blood pressure has been dropping. Currently 96/66 @ 68. I must have had quite a build up of medication byproducts there. I am feeling considerably better about 24 hours after the onset, more my old self.

I managed to get the dishes washed and the stovetop cleaned. Sifted the litter box. Tended to Myka. Next is the kitchen floor, then laundry. I am feeling better.

It’s starting to rain, a quick forming thunderstorm. Myka is in the office with me. The thunder probably won’t last very long.

Had my first brisket sandwich from the bag I left in the fridge. Life is good with a brisket in the freezer. And ribs. And chicken. And Popeye’s. And… The top loader has never been so complete, and no vacancy. I am sitting pretty there. I have the summer covered.


Posted on Saturday, April 16th, 2022 at 11:51 pm

Had a prolonged and intense reaction to medication this afternoon/evening. Dizziness, head spinning, nausea, weakness, high blood pressure. I’m inclined to think spironolactone, but it could be the valsartan. I am skipping a dose of everything, just to be sure. I hope to get more sleep to flush the system. It’s receding, albeit slowly.

I had almost finished the chores of cleaning up after cooking. The stovetop and kitchen floor still need cleaning, litter box needs sifting. I need to do laundry when I change clothes. Myka has had to fend for herself, though I did fill her kibble bowl this morning. I ran out of steam last night and never got it back, and then POW. As much as I’d like to get it behind me, none of it needs to be done today.

At least I got to eat the avocado before it spoiled. Thanks to our governor, there might be a shortage of produce for a couple of weeks. The price on avocados has already jumped. At least I stocked up on produce on Wednesday.

I feel like I will recover, I just need patience. Not much else I can do to hurry it along.

Honk if you like BBQ

Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2022 at 4:51 pm

Here’s to Texas Easters…


Spare ribs

Add a dozen chicken leg quarters…


Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2022 at 7:48 pm

Hu-boy do I feel this one. Owwie.

Still sleeping like several logs.

I got the last of the unpacking done today. The old cooler was dry enough to pack away all the stuff in the tub, and I was finally able to wash away the party residue. I can finally go to the store.

Tomorrow, brisket and spare ribs go on sale for Easter. Add a bag of chicken quarters. Two chicken quarters and two Popeye’s legs (dinner) in the fridge after thawing in the sink.

Trash gathering night (not much). Laundry. Cooking (chicken penne alfredo). The chores aren’t piling up on me, but they aren’t going away either. The kitchen is ready for action, swept and washed. Ice bin is full. Myka needs dinner, otherwise she’s been tended. Could be worse.

Remnants of the party keep rolling around in my head. Being told by several that I don’t age. Being told how much I’ve been missed. The heartfelt smiles. Playing with others. Absence makes…


The Sunday morning circle that I spawned…


Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2022 at 2:28 am

Spring Fling was most enjoyable. The music was excellent, the food enjoyable, and seeing everyone was a much needed pleasure. As usual, I played on Friday and Sunday, and I enjoyed those with whom I played. And I passed out when I got home. I still haven’t unloaded the truck of anything not essential.


Posted on Monday, April 4th, 2022 at 9:37 pm

Made a bank run to Navasota today and grabbed a 16 piece box of Popeye’s mixed spicy, with 2 biscuits for the road. The truck ran well on its return to the yellow stripes. Crossed the three new bridges for the first and second time today. So much more relaxed in crossing. The wildflowers were hitting peak and looked very nice. It was an enjoyable return to the road, a good shakedown.

I made a store run this evening. I got Myka a 32 pack of poultry paté to fill in the gaps and a couple of pouches of salmon Temptations. Snickerdoodles, flautas, Reese’s white eggs… I am fully stocked in the kitchen, for the moment. The Popeye’s (14 of 16) is in the upright freezer. I was going to get gas, but the station had all the lanes blocked off. I need another bag of ice too. Tomorrow, no hurry. Wednesday or Thursday for party supplies.

Party logistics have begun.

I am still experiencing a reaction to exertion, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest mostly. Sitting and relaxing brings everything back to an even keel. I need to take things slowly.

A’ pril

Posted on Saturday, April 2nd, 2022 at 6:42 pm

There were no April fool’s jokes this year. However, there was a need to lay off the diuretic due to physical manifestations. So I did not sort and haul a load to storage. I stayed home and recovered instead. I’m improving, but it’s not quick in coming. I doubt that I will get to moving stuff until after the party. So I am considering a bank run to Navasota early this coming week.

I haven’t thawed anything in about a week, cooking has not been one of my strong points since I made the eggs ackley. Quick fix has been the rule, with my body complaining as it has been. I’ve thought about recipes, but I haven’t moved in that direction. Not that there is a need, there is plenty in the fridge and freezer for a quick fix.

It was in the mid 80s today, a warm one. No AC yet, I’m adapting to the warmth well, almost eagerly. Denim sleeves at 80°F. Honestly, despite the heralding of the return of the mosquitos, I am tired of the cold. I’m tired of covered arms and layers. I’m ready for t-shirts and cotton socks. And I don’t hear any ACs running, so my guess is that I’m not alone. Lots of blue skies the last couple of weeks.

I got free internet, a new offer from AT&T has me running 100 Mbps without a limit (never hit the 1T limit anyway). The only catch, autopay. Okay, I can live with $0.00 autopay. I have a credit on the account for $7.67, and I wonder if I’ll ever see it again. I could have gotten their FiOS for about what I was paying, 300 Mbps or more, but I was happy with 75 Mbps, and this is marginally better. (Tests at 93.4 Mbps, 11.6 M/s. Upload shows 20.1 Mbps, 2.4 M/s.) And it’s free.

Logistics for the party beginning.