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May

  • May 13, 2021

    Friday the 13th came on Thursday this month! I was expecting two things today. First I was expecting the second item I had ordered from United Healthcare's Health & Wellness Products Catalog, a sphygmomanometer. The second item I expected was an email from Kohl's to tell me that the clothing I had ordered, which was to have been delivered to the store, was ready for me to pick up. Neither of them was in evidence by 11:42 PM, so I guess I will have to wait until tomorrow. What I wasn't expecting was a series of four phone calls from India claiming to be from Apple saying that our iCloud account had been hacked and compromised. We don't have an iCloud account, so I hung up on the first call. 15 minutes later a second call came with the same dire warning. I listened to the end hoping to hear "press 2 to decline further calls," or some such thing. No, they gave me the option to press 1 to speak with their special agent or press to if I wished to have them call later. A third option was to call the number they gave me to speak with their agent. I hung up, then, not even noting the number down. The third call came in, and I almost immediately pressed 1. The "agent" answered and asked how he could help me, and I told him that I knew it was a scam and told him to STOP CALLING MY HOME! I looked up iCloud compromise on my search engine and found that it is, as I thought, a scam. It had a link to report the calls, which I did. Ten minutes after I filed the complaint, the fourth call came in, so I pressed 1 again and told the agent, "Your scamming calls have been reported to an agency of the United States Government. CEASE and DESIST! There were no further calls.

  • May 12, 2021

    Becky wasn't feeling well, this morning, so I drove to Fairview for my chiropractic appointment alone. Naturally, everyone in the office expressed concern for Becky and wished her well. Dr. Reilly treated my hips to ease the sciatica, then paid close attention to my spine, finding some very deep corrections and corrected them. Then he showed me some exercise that I can do to ease sciatica, which I should do ten times a day. As with all the exercises he recommends, it isn't difficult or painful. Unlike the others he has recommended for me, I can do this one sitting down whenever I feel the need - except when I'm driving, of course.

  • May 11, 2021

    After taking Becky to get her bi-weekly allergy shots, we were heading to Starbucks for a cup of coffee. As we approached the west side of the French Broad River, though, we saw a line of cars, eastbound, and realized they were lining up at the gas station. In doing so, they were cutting off access to two businesses. I wonder how those business owners felt about that, but I think I know. We got to Starbucks and learned that they were out of our new favorite, Oat Milk, so we had to make do with Coconut Milk. No matter. We were treated to a free joke, as advertised on their sign just before the drive-up ordering kiosk. "Pick a number from one to 15," she said, so I selected seven. I didn't tell her what the number was initially, so I asked her what I was supposed to do with the number. "Tell me what it is, and I'll read that joke to you," she instructed. When I told her, she read, "What word starts with E, ends with E, and has one letter in it?" I didn't get it right away, so she told me, "Envelope." That was, unfortunately, the highlight of our day until shortly before Compline started at eight. The six of us Lay, Leaders of Compline (L.L.of C., that is), have decided that we'd like to take the Summer off from reading Compline, with the stipulation that a resumption is contemplated in the Fall. Our Rector, Milly, has agreed, so the week before Pentecost Sunday, we will read our last Compline for the season, say our thanks and farewells to our faithful online congregations, and take a break for a time.

  • May 10, 2021

    The first thing I did was to write an email to Rev. Milly to offer apologies for missing Bible Study this morning so I could take Suzanne to her medical appointment. The next thing I did was to answer a phone call from Suzanne explaining that she had to cancel her appointment this morning. The last thing I did this morning was to attend Bible Study and explain to Rev. Milly there was a change of plans. That was all within about 15 minutes. After Bible Study, Becky and I drove down to the Biltmore Estate for lunch at Cedric's pub. The next thing we did was walk to the Antler Village Hotel and eat lunch at their restaurant because Cedric's was closed today. "Momma said there'd be days like this!"

  • May 09, 2021

    At the opening of our church service this morning, Rev. Milly commented that we are now permitted to be up to 50% capacity with the Bishop's blessing. Then she punctuated the announcement with a "WooHoo!" Naturally, since Melinda has been teasing me about the one time I had responded in that way to something she said, claiming that she never heard anyone else say that after the service was over, I found that clip and recorded it, sent it to my computer, copied and pasted it four times in the timeline, and sent it to Melinda and posted it on Facebook. Wouldn't you know it, at the end of the day she had neither checked her email nor visited Facebook.

  • May 08, 2021

    We awoke to a temperature of 43 degrees this morning, so I enjoyed a morning cup of hot coffee and listened to the news on television as I read through my morning emails. I waited for 90 minutes until nine o'clock, then got into my yard-work attire, backed the cars down the drive, and fueled up the lawnmower to give the grass and bugles a decent trim. Normally I would have let the Common Bugles continue to blossom to feed the bees, but there had not been many bees visiting the purple flowers this Spring, so I mowed them. I suppose the lack of bees was due to the unusually cool spring weather we've been having. Unlike the last mowing, just 10 days ago, I was not nearly as tired and sweaty when I finished. The temperature was up to 56 when I started mowing, and likely in the 60s before I finished, and having mown in such temperatures before, I was amazed that I was not exhausted. I did experience some rather severe foot cramps while I was relaxing on the bad after my shower, though, so I got up just in time for lunch

  • May 07, 2021

    Since I was busy much of the day on Wednesday, I did not do laundry. Since I'm very forgetful, I didn't do it on Thursday either. This morning, then, I started the day by laundering a very large load of clothes. Once they were finished, I went shopping. I drove to Arden to visit the World Market to get some sugar-free Torani syrup for Becky's coffee, then I drove to Sams Club to stock up on potato chips, nuts, toothbrush heads, CoQ10, cough drops, and a few other things. it took a while to get out of the store because I made an error at the self-check register and had to correct it at the customer service desk. When that was done, though, I drove to Publix in Weaverville to load up on groceries. The remainder of the day was restful.

  • May 06, 2021

    After driving Becky to her allergy shot appointment, we stopped by Starbucks for our celebratory cuppa, then came back home and rested for the remainder of the day. (Excitement - not).

  • May 05, 2021

    This seemed, at first, like it would be a day of appointments, even though there were just two of them. At 8:30, I had a physical scheduled with our Primary Care Physician. Historically, his physicals lasted for four hours, but it took only one hour and amounted to little more than an interview since we are still in a pandemic. My second appointment was scheduled at 1:45, so I drove home for lunch when I left the PCP's office. Then I went to see the urologist. I made sure to drink enough water at lunch so that I would be able to leave a full sample for him. We discussed the results of the prostate procedure he did for me in February, and I gave it an A-plus! All done for the appointments, then, and it wasn't as much as I thought it might be.

  • May 04, 2021

    Back when Charlie's Angels was on TV, I had a huge crush on Kate Jackson, one of the three Angels. Well guess who came to our house today? That's right, Kate Jackson! Ok, she was the OTHER Kate Jackson, but still. She is a plummer who came to do an inspection of all the pipes and connections in the house. She had to replace one small section of pipe that had a pin-hole leak which apparently started after the furnace inspectors left yesterday, or they would have (or should have) told me about it. Other than that, she flushed the water heater, and pronounced the house in good condition.

  • May 03, 2021

    Bible Study was a little different, today. Rev. Milly was not there, but she had designated a substitute leader for the study who, with the able assistance from our Verger, Lorie, conducted the study with ease and effective facilitation. When that was finished, we had a visit from our HVAC maintenance person who checked everything over and pronounced it sound. I had to make another run to the grocery store to replenish our supply of gluten-free meals, tissues, and ice cream.

  • May 02, 2021

    After church this morning, I took a nap, then awoke for a while until Becky put on a recorded episode of Home Town Rescue, during which I resumed napping. When supper was served, I had so much discomfort in my belly that I could not eat. I opted to go to bed, but before I could lie down I had a massive bowel movement. Then when I did lie down, I was back up in a flash with the knowledge that I would vomit. I had dry heaves for a while, and when they stopped, I returned to the bed, staying there for three hours. I have no idea what could have caused my afternoon's malaise, but I'm glad it's over.

  • May 01, 2021

    May Day! May Day! May Day! Happy May Fools Day! It has been a restful day, for the most part. We have had nothing to do and did it quite well for the first half of the day, but then I had to spoil it by going to the grocery store. I needed to replenish my laundry supplies and our pickle and olive supplies, among other things. It was one of my more expensive shopping trips, but since I still haven't exhausted our Stimulus money, it doesn't really matter. I spent nothing from our bank account. 

May

Friday the 13th came on Thursday this month! I was expecting two things today. First I was expecting the second item I had ordered from United Healthcare's Health & Wellness Products Catalog, a sphygmomanometer. The second item I expected was an email from Kohl's to tell me that the clothing I had ordered, which was to have been delivered to the store, was ready for me to pick up. Neither of them was in evidence by 11:42 PM, so I guess I will have to wait until tomorrow. What I wasn't expecting was a series of four phone calls from India claiming to be from Apple saying that our iCloud account had been hacked and compromised. We don't have an iCloud account, so I hung up on the first call. 15 minutes later a second call came with the same dire warning. I listened to the end hoping to hear "press 2 to decline further calls," or some such thing. No, they gave me the option to press 1 to speak with their special agent or press to if I wished to have them call later. A third option was to call the number they gave me to speak with their agent. I hung up, then, not even noting the number down. The third call came in, and I almost immediately pressed 1. The "agent" answered and asked how he could help me, and I told him that I knew it was a scam and told him to STOP CALLING MY HOME! I looked up iCloud compromise on my search engine and found that it is, as I thought, a scam. It had a link to report the calls, which I did. Ten minutes after I filed the complaint, the fourth call came in, so I pressed 1 again and told the agent, "Your scamming calls have been reported to an agency of the United States Government. CEASE and DESIST! There were no further calls.

Becky wasn't feeling well, this morning, so I drove to Fairview for my chiropractic appointment alone. Naturally, everyone in the office expressed concern for Becky and wished her well. Dr. Reilly treated my hips to ease the sciatica, then paid close attention to my spine, finding some very deep corrections and corrected them. Then he showed me some exercise that I can do to ease sciatica, which I should do ten times a day. As with all the exercises he recommends, it isn't difficult or painful. Unlike the others he has recommended for me, I can do this one sitting down whenever I feel the need - except when I'm driving, of course.

After taking Becky to get her bi-weekly allergy shots, we were heading to Starbucks for a cup of coffee. As we approached the west side of the French Broad River, though, we saw a line of cars, eastbound, and realized they were lining up at the gas station. In doing so, they were cutting off access to two businesses. I wonder how those business owners felt about that, but I think I know. We got to Starbucks and learned that they were out of our new favorite, Oat Milk, so we had to make do with Coconut Milk. No matter. We were treated to a free joke, as advertised on their sign just before the drive-up ordering kiosk. "Pick a number from one to 15," she said, so I selected seven. I didn't tell her what the number was initially, so I asked her what I was supposed to do with the number. "Tell me what it is, and I'll read that joke to you," she instructed. When I told her, she read, "What word starts with E, ends with E, and has one letter in it?" I didn't get it right away, so she told me, "Envelope." That was, unfortunately, the highlight of our day until shortly before Compline started at eight. The six of us Lay, Leaders of Compline (L.L.of C., that is), have decided that we'd like to take the Summer off from reading Compline, with the stipulation that a resumption is contemplated in the Fall. Our Rector, Milly, has agreed, so the week before Pentecost Sunday, we will read our last Compline for the season, say our thanks and farewells to our faithful online congregations, and take a break for a time.

The first thing I did was to write an email to Rev. Milly to offer apologies for missing Bible Study this morning so I could take Suzanne to her medical appointment. The next thing I did was to answer a phone call from Suzanne explaining that she had to cancel her appointment this morning. The last thing I did this morning was to attend Bible Study and explain to Rev. Milly there was a change of plans. That was all within about 15 minutes. After Bible Study, Becky and I drove down to the Biltmore Estate for lunch at Cedric's pub. The next thing we did was walk to the Antler Village Hotel and eat lunch at their restaurant because Cedric's was closed today. "Momma said there'd be days like this!"

At the opening of our church service this morning, Rev. Milly commented that we are now permitted to be up to 50% capacity with the Bishop's blessing. Then she punctuated the announcement with a "WooHoo!" Naturally, since Melinda has been teasing me about the one time I had responded in that way to something she said, claiming that she never heard anyone else say that after the service was over, I found that clip and recorded it, sent it to my computer, copied and pasted it four times in the timeline, and sent it to Melinda and posted it on Facebook. Wouldn't you know it, at the end of the day she had neither checked her email nor visited Facebook.

We awoke to a temperature of 43 degrees this morning, so I enjoyed a morning cup of hot coffee and listened to the news on television as I read through my morning emails. I waited for 90 minutes until nine o'clock, then got into my yard-work attire, backed the cars down the drive, and fueled up the lawnmower to give the grass and bugles a decent trim. Normally I would have let the Common Bugles continue to blossom to feed the bees, but there had not been many bees visiting the purple flowers this Spring, so I mowed them. I suppose the lack of bees was due to the unusually cool spring weather we've been having. Unlike the last mowing, just 10 days ago, I was not nearly as tired and sweaty when I finished. The temperature was up to 56 when I started mowing, and likely in the 60s before I finished, and having mown in such temperatures before, I was amazed that I was not exhausted. I did experience some rather severe foot cramps while I was relaxing on the bad after my shower, though, so I got up just in time for lunch

Since I was busy much of the day on Wednesday, I did not do laundry. Since I'm very forgetful, I didn't do it on Thursday either. This morning, then, I started the day by laundering a very large load of clothes. Once they were finished, I went shopping. I drove to Arden to visit the World Market to get some sugar-free Torani syrup for Becky's coffee, then I drove to Sams Club to stock up on potato chips, nuts, toothbrush heads, CoQ10, cough drops, and a few other things. it took a while to get out of the store because I made an error at the self-check register and had to correct it at the customer service desk. When that was done, though, I drove to Publix in Weaverville to load up on groceries. The remainder of the day was restful.

After driving Becky to her allergy shot appointment, we stopped by Starbucks for our celebratory cuppa, then came back home and rested for the remainder of the day. (Excitement - not).

This seemed, at first, like it would be a day of appointments, even though there were just two of them. At 8:30, I had a physical scheduled with our Primary Care Physician. Historically, his physicals lasted for four hours, but it took only one hour and amounted to little more than an interview since we are still in a pandemic. My second appointment was scheduled at 1:45, so I drove home for lunch when I left the PCP's office. Then I went to see the urologist. I made sure to drink enough water at lunch so that I would be able to leave a full sample for him. We discussed the results of the prostate procedure he did for me in February, and I gave it an A-plus! All done for the appointments, then, and it wasn't as much as I thought it might be.

Back when Charlie's Angels was on TV, I had a huge crush on Kate Jackson, one of the three Angels. Well guess who came to our house today? That's right, Kate Jackson! Ok, she was the OTHER Kate Jackson, but still. She is a plummer who came to do an inspection of all the pipes and connections in the house. She had to replace one small section of pipe that had a pin-hole leak which apparently started after the furnace inspectors left yesterday, or they would have (or should have) told me about it. Other than that, she flushed the water heater, and pronounced the house in good condition.

Bible Study was a little different, today. Rev. Milly was not there, but she had designated a substitute leader for the study who, with the able assistance from our Verger, Lorie, conducted the study with ease and effective facilitation. When that was finished, we had a visit from our HVAC maintenance person who checked everything over and pronounced it sound. I had to make another run to the grocery store to replenish our supply of gluten-free meals, tissues, and ice cream.

After church this morning, I took a nap, then awoke for a while until Becky put on a recorded episode of Home Town Rescue, during which I resumed napping. When supper was served, I had so much discomfort in my belly that I could not eat. I opted to go to bed, but before I could lie down I had a massive bowel movement. Then when I did lie down, I was back up in a flash with the knowledge that I would vomit. I had dry heaves for a while, and when they stopped, I returned to the bed, staying there for three hours. I have no idea what could have caused my afternoon's malaise, but I'm glad it's over.

May Day! May Day! May Day! Happy May Fools Day! It has been a restful day, for the most part. We have had nothing to do and did it quite well for the first half of the day, but then I had to spoil it by going to the grocery store. I needed to replenish my laundry supplies and our pickle and olive supplies, among other things. It was one of my more expensive shopping trips, but since I still haven't exhausted our Stimulus money, it doesn't really matter. I spent nothing from our bank account.