May 12

My Mind Is Like A Steel Trap! Left Out In The Wx & Rusted All To Hell

Been meaning to post all the awesome things that have been happening around here; but forget when it’s time to actually sit down and do it. Then I’ll spend half my sleeping night (as rare as those are) mentally composing a post only to forget it by the time I finally get up in the morning.

Just getting old. Which beats the alternative.

Let’s see, awesome thing 1: Got to see some of the aurora Friday night/Saturday morning. Wasn’t like the video’s you can see on Youtube; just kinda sorta barely there shifting colors across the overhead sky. Hadn’t taken any new drugs and my blood O2 levels were at 97% so I’m assuming what SWMBO and I saw was real even if it was zero dark thirty. So, Cool!

Awesome thing 2: Got a bunch of bell peppers on sale at the local produce stand and while I was chopping them up to freeze dry I wasn’t paying attention to where my left little finger was and sliced the tip off. Of my finger. Ouch. Right through the nail too. Bled like the proverbial stuck pig and throbbed for two days.

But I do keep a sharp knife.

Awesome thing 3: My peas have sprouted! And most of everything else I’ve planted.

Leg is getting over shoveling that ton of dirt/compost mix the other week. Wx has been nice enough the past couple of days to get out on the tractor and do some work around the property. Scraped the driveways (I really need a land plane!).

SWMBO and I bought a couple of Adirondack type double benches at Home Depot to sit out around the property cause we’re getting to the point of needing a place to sit partway through our walks. Nothing like getting older. (They could use these types of benches at the end of every other aisle in Walmart and WinCo too. For the same reasons.)

Making progress on turning my garage into a small wood shop. Mostly meaning I’ve moved things around so it looks like I’ve made progress because there’s a clean spot where there wasn’t a clean spot before. Don’t tell SWMBO though.

And, of course, the most awesome thing of all is: not only do I continue to wake up every morning, but, I continue to wake up next to SWMBO every morning.

That will never not be awesome.

Apr 23

Well, Maybe Not…

Thinking I should go back on the chlorthalidone and Potassium pills. While I’m used to my left leg being swollen (almost all the time), now my right leg is doing it. And some cramping in my right thigh. AND this morning I weighed 250 lbs. That’s an 11 lb gain over less than a week. I haven’t changed anything diet wise.

My BP is back up to 140/70 fairly regularly. Also my right eardrum is making its own beats; not matching my pulse but pulsing none-the-less. Which is not good.

So, Old Guy Complaining!

Dipshit me decided to refill the garden planters the other day. Hooked up the utility trailer and went to the dirt place and got a yard (ton) of compost/dirt mix. $54. Even using the tractor to lift the mix out of the trailer (glad for the tilt) I still wound up shoveling the whole ton by hand. Got it all done, plus new planters in the ‘front’ yard, but, turns out, it was NOT good for the new knee.

Pulled something at the top of the tibia and now can barely walk when I first get up from sitting (too long) and in the morning.

It’ll get better, but, fuck. I’m getting too old for this shit.

On the plus side: Wx is getting way better and I got my peas planted. Some carrots and radish’s this year. My grape and the blueberry bushes are already leafing. SWMBO is talking about starting potato’s again this year.

SWMBO also bought a new door going out onto the deck. A new triple-pane slider with a built in cat-door. That’ll be $1250 down and $13k total thank you. We’ll pay on it for awhile then just pay it off like we always do. And she gets the door she wants. And since she’ll be living here a long time after I’m dead there’s no reason not to.

But, no box scraper this month.

So I went out and mowed the back yard today.

Chicken Pot Pies & the last two episodes of “Stargate Atlantis” for dinner. Think we’ll start “The Librarians” next. At least until it proves either too silly or too inane.

Apr 18

Short Post: Doc Says I’m Doing Well …

Since he took me off the Chlorasomethingdone (water pill), and had me take EXTRA Potassium for a few days, now he’s taken me off the potassium completely. AND since my blood pressure is hanging consistently around 110/70 (or less) he’s going to drop my bp meds levels and see how that goes. AND my PSA is smackly in the middle of the Normal range so I don’t have to worry about that particular cancer (for now).

So, Old but reasonably healthy. Still relearning to walk and doing my daily exercises (which hurts) but slowly getting back to “normal.” Whatever “Normal” is? My normal is pain. Still. So, SSDD but the prognosis is good. Doc says I’m doing pretty good.

SWMBO took me out looking for a box scraper and dinner tonight. Got KFC ($32 for two 3-piece chicken strip dinners and soda’s!!!!! so we won’t be stopping there again anytime soon (if ever)) which we ate on the Port Orchard waterfront. Was nice.

Box scrapers at the tractor store are $1099 and come in a shitty orange/yellow color I’d swear I’ve seen in way too many full diapers. I’m thinking that the $1100 box scraper at the place I bought my tractor at least comes in the same blue as my tractor is. That’s worth a buck!