July

July 14, 20/20

I unwrapped the skinny foam, this morning, cut nine 20mm sections with a bit extra remaining, ripped the copious amounts of fake wool stuffing out of my arm of the chair and with great difficulty inserted put those nine layers of foam into the arm. Fortunately for me, the arm was zippered, so I didn't have to split or re-sew any seams. It now holds my Remote Controllers caddy, which has 3 remote-sized pockets, two Kindle-sized pockets and one tablet-sized pocket, plus a tray on top in which I could foolishly place a full cup of coffee without it spilling immediately ("I am not a great fool, so I clearly cannot [place my cup] in front of me!" - Vazzini, The Princess Bride). Instead, I do trust a ramekin half-filled with nuts or dried fruit to remain relatively still. As it turns out, though it still is not out of Becky's reach.

Then in the afternoon, I went to the hardware store and purchased a can of Elmer's Spray Adhesive. No, I didn't rip the foam from the arm, spray each foam layer and reinsert them and glue them in place. Even I know I had no chance in completing that task. No, I had one panel of foam left over, which I cut to size, cut the tail out of a defunct T-Shirt, sprayed adhesive on the fabric, stuck some foam to, wrapped it up (gluing it as I went), then stuck it to the back of my lap table so that my knees would not be sore after half an hour of computing. I had to repeat the process with a smaller board so I could use my Toshiba NetBook without its footprints in my knees, too. Now I just need to make a lip at the near edge of the smaller lap table so the NetBook doesn't slide off of it when I have it at an angle.

July 13, 20/20

Friday the 13th came on a Monday this month!

The foam I had ordered arrived today. It had been predicted to arrive between the 25th and 29th. Then, too, it had been listed as 2" x 24" x 72". It turned out to be 1cm thick, not 2"! Thus, Instead of having enough foam to rebuild both arms, I had only enough for one, but since I had other things to do today, I left it for tomorrow.

I spent the afternoon working with my computer and Facebook Live, seeing what combination of processes would yield a successful launch the first time. I thought I had found the secret, but I was wrong. When it came time (8pm) to go live with the Ancient Order of Compline (Bill & Becky, Officiants), I typed in the title and subtitle, selected the corect microphone to use and clicked on Go Live, and found Unable to Start Live. Which meant I needed to repeat the process before the session was live. But, once online, I was assured that it was working correctly instead of making me sound like a squeeky mouse, and so we proceeded with the Order and didn't make any mistakes gross enough to stop the world from turning.

July 12, 20/20

This morning's Church service was a little bitter-sweet. Our Interim Priest, or Liturgical Disruptor as he termed his position, will be leaving us after next Sunday. While we are excited to be getting a new priest, Mother Milly, we will be sorry that Fr. Gary will not be with us any longer. There are two Sundays between Gary's last and Milly's first, which will be conducted by supply priests, which can also be exciting. I liken it to a sip of wine between courses of a meal to clear the palate. I've heard recordings of Milly's sermons, and in each one, she brings a fresh look at the scriptures, a view that I had never thought of before. Now, of course, I'm eager to hear her preaching in our own church.

Gary's sermon, today, brought a fresh look on the Parable of the Sowers. He said that it is more usually seen as the parable of the different fields. But the parable, as billed in scriptures as "...of the Sowers," might lead one to think of it as the sowers scattering their seed without concern for which soil it was falling onto. Were they wasting seed? Were they giving each variety of soil to yield whatever yield it could? Were they indiscriminate, or were they just so joyful that they wanted everyone to receive the good seed? He didn't answer his questions, just gave them to us to process as only we could.

July 11, 20/20

Saturday started out like any normal day, a bit cool in the morning, with bright blue sky. It stayed that way until about 3pm, when the temperature rose to about 84 degrees, and somehow stayed about there. There wasn't much humidity, so there was no reason to complain.

I spent a few minutes (more like an hour) working with my computer, trying to find out how was the best way to get onto Facebook Live. After 8 attempts, I finally had a decent picture *and* sound, three times in a row. I alwo got the backdrop to look right, so the next time we use it (Monday) to officiate Compline, it will likely work well. That's my hope, anyway.

July 10, 20/20

We had a terrific rain storm this afternoon, with just a little bit of distant thunder. I only saw one flash of lightning, and the thunder was maybe five seconds after, so not very close.

I spent a few minutes on line to reset the PIN number of our prepaid MasterCard (our tax refund came on it), which was done successfully.

Other than that little bit of excitement, nothing much happened today.

July 09, 20/20

Becky went to get her annual mamogram (Ultrasound), and was given a clean bill of health once again.

On the way home, we stopped to get the car washed again, since the trees are still polinating. Anytime I have to run the wipers to wash off the green-stuff, I go to get it washed. That way, it remains a clean, green driving machine!

We had a good bit of rain again today. There was some distant thunder, but no lightning could be seen, so we were in no danger.

July 08, 20/20

I had my last visit with Dr. Reilly in connection with my left shoulder. He declared that my shoulder has been, officially, "fixed". I agree. It is pain free irrespective of how I move it. This evening, I even lifted my seven pound Toshiba Netbook with my left hand, at arms length, palm up, and I felt no discomfort of weakness in the shoulder. In the beginning of this round of therapy, a) I could not have lifted it at all in that manner, b) had I attempted to lift it, my shoulder would have felt a painful stabbing pain that would have continued for five-to-ten minutes thereafter. The test was completed successfully!

July 07, 20/20

Becky had an appointment to get her allergy shots today, and on the way home, I had a "Check Engine" light. After lunch, I went to the Toyota shop to have them check things over. Since I also had an alarm yesterday, "Low T-Battery" (the Traction Battery of the Hybrid system), I had them check that while they were at it. There is nothing wrong with the (expensive) T-Battery, so all of the expense was the engine (leaking valve cover gasket), and the brakes (rear were very thin, so they were replaced). Yup, it's an old car, and if I treat it right, it will get even older.

This evening, I ordered some high density, firm upholstery foam so I can finish the modification of the arms of our reclining loveseat. It's a sheet of 1" x 24" x 72" foam, which should be enough for six layers on each arm. This will eliminate the overstuffed arms that robs us of about eight inches of seat width! Whoever thought that was a neat feature should be punished! The foam will be here by the end of the month. I hope I remember what I was going to do with it by the time it arrives.

July 06, 20/20

This morning, I had another Trigenics session with Dr. Reilly. My left shoulder has improved remarkably under his care, and I have just one more session before he sets me free from this injury's treatment.

This evening, Becky and I officiated Compline for the first time. Murphy's Law was in full effect. I had tested my camera and microphone using Jitsi, but when it came time to try it on Facebook Live, the screen was violet! So I tried it on Becky's computer, and it was clear, so we thought we would use hers. That was about an hour before time to start the Office. I came back to my computer to see if I could find out what, if anything, I could do about the monochromatic screen. After rebooting, it looked normal, so we thought we would use my computer. Then when it came time to start the Office, I clicked Go Live, and my computer thumbed its nose at us. "Cannot start live video," it said. So we decided to use Becky's computer. Naturally, my prayer that I had typed up and the church's prayer list that I had transcribed were both on MY computer, so I had to omit them. I tried to wing the prayer, but drew a blank on one of the easier words and was very embarrassed. At the end, I blamed my poor preparation on the last-minute change of computers, and signed off. ACK!!!!

July 05, 20/20

This morning, instead of Elise (our Director of Music's wife) being Cantor, it was Cristen (one of our other Choristers). Also, our regular organist, Kathy, played, whereas our Director of Music has been playing in her stead. Other than that, it was worship-as-usual, and there's nothing wrong with that.

We watched Independence Day: Resurgence, which I had seen once before, and I found it quite stupid, like most sequels I've seen. It's the same story line, with different characters (for the most part), with the same outcome. I was very sorry we had watched it. We deleted it from our DVR.

July 04, 20/20

Happy Independence Day!

Though the Cities, for the most part, have cancelled their sponsored fireworks displays for this year, the neighbors have not. The television news has broadcast that any fireworks that explode or leave the ground are strictly forbidden, there are not enough police in the whole world to stop the fireworks I can see from my front steps! We hear them, we see them, and we hear police sirens in the distance. So far, though, we aren't hearing fire truck sirens. 

While I was out videoing some of the 'sposions, i was also treated to the occasional flash of fireflies in our yard. They weren't as plentiful as I remember them in my school days, but they were there to be seen, putting on their little light shows as they flitter about.

Meanwhile, we're listening to Classical Minnesota Public Radio as they broadcast some soothing arrangements of patriotic music.

July 03, 20/20

I started the day at 7:30, and almost immediately took a nap for 90 minutes. Then after half an hour, I realized that the lawn needed to be mown again. The Virginia Creepers were creeping up to the sky. I dressed in my mowing togs, backed the cars out of the way and set about mowing operations.20 minutes later, I realized I wasn't wearing my hat, so as not to burn my scalp, I got my hat in place and resumed mowing. Before I was halfway done with the slopes, I was dripping with sweat, but I managed to finish the slopes before taking a water break. At one point, I had squatted down to pick up a twig from the ground, and was afraid I wouldn't be able to stand up again. Of course, I could have shut the mower done, gotten onto all fours, walked my hands to my feet and then stood up, like they taught me in Yoga class, a few years ago, but then I'd have to start the engine again, so I geve it a Herculian effort and rose to the occasion, thus earning my water.

After a 10 minute rest and replenishment of moisture, I mowed the flat part of the front lawn, then called it done, for now. I'll mow the back yard tomorrow, with any luck at all.

Suzanne remains in the hospital. She is in isolation due to MRSA, and is on anti-biotics and strict bed rest. She has to ring for assistance before going to the bathroom, even. The bad part is that they have rescinded the surgeon's orders for pain medication. 

July 02, 20/20

Today we had a late awakening - 10am! I cannot remember the last time I had slept a full 8 hours, but having gotten into bed about 2am, that's exactly what happened. I got out of bed, found that my back wasn't as sore as I thought it would be after that long on the bed. The first thing I did was to exercise my shoulders, as prescribed as part of my therapy, and when that was done, I had almost no soreness left, but just a little in the lumbar region.

We didn't do much in the first half of the day, mostly because of our lie-in, but more because there was so little to be done. Then we got a call from Suzanne. She's still in the hospital after having an abscess opened, drained and packed with gauze. Her surgeon, having flown to Florida immediately after opening her up, was supposed to have left orders to admit her for a few days. The doctor who was left in charge, though, informed her that she was going home today.

The last time she had an abscess of this kind, she wound up staying in our house for a while until her abdomin had sealed itself. So, we got proactive and stripped the old, decrepit sheets off our guest beds, laundred the new sheets, tightened up the bolts on the headboard of the one that squeeked so badly (three of the four being not only loose, but the nuts were at least 1/4 inch from tight!) so that the headboard cannot possibly squeek, now. Then, after getting the beds back together and the new sheets on, I was dripping with sweat, so I decided it was time to stop. That's about when I realized that the last time Suzanne had this kind of problem, she was at Mission Hospital, 5 miles from out house (25 miles from her own house), so it made sense that she would stay as close to the hospital as possible. Now, though, she's in a hospital in Hendersonville, which is about 20 miles from our house (45 miles from hers), so while we would still be much closer should something untoward happen, but it would still be a considerable distance and if she has an alien suddenly erupting from her belly, we would all be eaten before we got to the city limit! 

At any rate, Suzanne called her surgeon's office, and she was told that she was not going home today, so she's still there. However, in apparent retribution for her having gone over the attending physician's amendment of the surgeon's orders, he has cancelled the pain medication that was keeping the pain at bay. Does he think she will not file a complaint with the hospital?

July 01, 20/20

Happy July Fools Day!

Suzanne was taken to the hospital, this morning, for a hernia repair. There was no hernia, but instead it was an abscess the size of a football just below her ribs. She had been scheduled for surgery on July 9th, but when the doctors saw the size of it, they decided to save her life and operate today, instead. The abscess was drained and the cavity packed with gauze, and she was pumped full of antibiotics and pain killers. We expect she will be there a few days.

I had my 4th treatment on my shoulder this morning, and I have to say it feels like a new shoulder. He did Graston on it again today, not nearly as extensive as the last time, and when he finished, it felt free-moving and painless. I still have two more visits to go, and I already feel like he's worked miracles with me, yet again!

This afternoon, I walked out to get the mail, and I noticed a cute little brown lizard beside my car. it was a little thicker in the body than my thumb and about four inches long with a three inch tail. Naturally, he scooted away pretty quickly before I even had a chance to ask who he was. After I got the mail and was climbing back up to the house, I told him I was going back home, now, and he he could run around in the yard without interferance.