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Good morning!

I'm glad that our California friends here are safe.  I hope that everyone had a good day yesterday, celebrating or not.  We had a lovely day at the beach.  We met some friends there and enjoyed the beautiful weather.  The water was warm by New England standards.  My sister and BIL came by after dinner with their dog and we went out for ice cream.  It's back to low carb today.

We'll head south to CT in a bit to see Fiance's family and go to the beach down there.  By now you've probably figured out I'm a beach bum in the summer. I like to look at and listen to to waves, and be in the water as much as possible.  Fiance would like us to consider Arizona for retirement, but I won't be happy that far from the ocean.

I hope all have a good day today, whether working or not.

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Good Morning!

BC, glad you had a good time.  You might notice, I'm a beach bum more in different seasons around here.  Just too damned hot this time of year and the water this year is nearly 90 degrees.  I think you would like retiring to the West Coast of Florida.  When I think about where I want to retire, I always say "I'll just stay put".   An ideal situation would be "snow bird" where you could be there at those nice beaches in the summer and here in the other seasons.  If I could do it, I would.

I had a good day at work.  The OR was closed, so we only got ER admissions and one ICU transfer.  Had one Rapid Response on a poor old guy, at shift change.  Likely CHF with low BP that we couldn't handle.  But otherwise a good day for me.  I was in charge of two wings, but had no patients which made it doable.  

Today, just going to relax and exercise some.  I ate donuts and chips that coworkers brought in.  I really need to stop that.  I'm not a low carb eater, but work is my downfall in eating junk food.  

Have a great day!

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Morning BC and Tweety

Was largely a quiet day for me yesterday.  Went out for a hike in the morning then came home and did some laundry.  Also had time to work on cross stitch some more

In the evening J went out for dinner and saw the fireworks, our 3rd year in a row doing that.  Was glad that one of our favorite restaurants was open, as it's only a few blocks from the fireworks.  And the rain held off

Have today off.  Need to get my fingerprints done so I can get my Michigan RN license, will stop at the local police station to do that.  My employer doesn't require it but I'm thinking it's likely to be mandatory at some point

Might try and get outside this morning if I can get going in time.  Also might do cooking, the lentil soup/stew is pretty easy.  And I believe there is bowling tonight

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Good morning.

I am back to work today.  I see the patients, which isn't that hard as there are three right now.  

I mowed the lawn after we got back from taking the makings of root beer floats out to my mother-in-law.  My husband insists on making her a large float but she looked at me in a sort of pleading way to make her the kind of float she wanted.  Small.  So I did.  I totally get what hubby is trying to do as she is such a tiny little thing.  But my nurse-brain is on all the time so I went into the kitchen and made both of us a small float.  She was grateful.  As the sun was going down, we sat out on her lovely screened porch and they talked memories and made me laugh. 

I'm a beach person as well.  We live about 4 to 5 hours from Northern CA beaches which means you wade in but don't swim most of the time due to the water is darn cold.  I grew up in So. Cal near beaches.  We do have a lot of water here; lakes, rivers, waterfalls.  So that helps. 

I couldn't live where is it humid.

Speaking of which, the Good Samaritan Medical and Dental mission folks flew out last night for Vietnam.  Largest group I've ever seen.  I'll be following their journey online.  And wishing I could go - I can deal with humidity for 2.5 weeks if I could go to Vietnam again.   

After seeing patients, I'll swing by the ranch to see if there is anything last minute my MIL needs from me before our Cousins' Picnic tomorrow.  She has a cleaning lady coming at 08.  

Gotta get busy.  And back on the low-carb wagon.  Eating so many carbs yesterday really made me remember how it feels to be bloated and sluggish.  I also felt like I'd gained all my weight back.  The scale says otherwise but . . . 🙄🤨

Enjoy your Friday.

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Morning.

We had a good day.

A nephew came from the Army base in Nebraska, where he is stationed. He was an obese guy working part time at a fast food place and going from Mom's to Dad's. He mostly played video games while snacking. 

THEN he joined a gym near home and learned to work out. He met a friend who belonged to the same gym chain and went to the Korea Town gym. After almost a year he lost weight and learned a workout based on mixed marshall arts moves.

He was a good student in high school, but unmotivated. Thin and full of confidence he registered for community college where he met an Army recruiter. He finished the semester and joined the army at age 28. He is 30 now and plans to finish school on the GI Bill. His mother did that and is a radiology technician.

Husband and I ate and gossiped until the rest of the family began playing cards.

Later at home we  had three loud professional fireworks displays for almost two hours. 

Duke sat in his bed while Pearl ran and barked.

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Good Afternoon -

It's a warm but sunny day here, this fine afternoon. Recently woke up. Currently drinking Second Coffee.

Hope all are safe, who might have felt that earth quake in California. That "shake, rattle and roll" must not have been fun. "Scary", seems the most appropriate word. Hope any damage that might have occurred was "only" minimal. Gosh, I hope that earth quake isn't a precursor of more horrible quakes to come.

Hope all had a nice 4th of July evening. Apparently, it was a nice night around this part of the world. (I was at work, last night.) The near-by evening fireworks frightened our beloved "Psycho Dog", though. Amy had to stay with him for a good portion of the night to help calm him down.

Amy took "Psycho Dog" to the vets, earlier this morning. He's a healthy dog. He's just old, most probably with a touch of doggie dementia.  At least he's still a happy dog (as long as there's no fireworks outside), with a good appetite, and still remembering (and capable) to do his doggie potty-stuff outside.  Mayson is a sweet dog. Although he has some age-related aches and pains, he doesn't seem to be suffering, which is reassuring to us. The vet prescribed gabapentin, which seems kind of weird. Never heard of such a thing, so I looked it up. Apparently it can be prescribed for dogs and cate for chronic arthritic pain, and to help calm down the anxious pet. We'll  give it a try, I guess. If it bothers him in any way, we'll stop it. 

Work was a nice-busy, last night. Had two patients in the ICU, one for each of us ICU nurses.

Happily, I'm off for the next six nights. I have nothing planned except relax and do yard work. 

Nothing much going on.

Hope all have a pleasant day. 🙂

Ted

 

 

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Hi, I am sitting here in the oral surgeon’s office, going on hour 3. They didn’t take dh back until 30 minutes after his appointment time. They insisted that a responsible adult had to stay for whole appointment. These chairs are not suited for my short legs and the country western Pandora channel is tiresome. Whine, whine. Last night was very noisy with big explosions going on all around our house, and a clingy dog in my lap.

its tough to post on my phone, so I will just everyone a good day.

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Ted, I think it is highly suspicious  🤔  that you keep getting stretches of 4, 5, 6 days off! If I was still working, I'd be jealous!  /  I will have to take my dogs to the vet at the end of the month. They both have arthritic pains, I believe from their knee-balls, and Pip has a hinky hip or hind leg on her left side. Hope Mayson does well on the gabapentin. Wonder if it'd do my dogs any good? I'll ask our vet.

herring, I haven't seen my nephew since his sister's wedding a number of years ago. Recently I saw a photo of him sitting on a sofa with some other folks.....my gosh, he has gained so much weight. He's always been tall and sturdily built, but in this photo he is gigantically FAT... rotund, and has an untrimmed, out-of-control beard. GADS! / Funny being in the 'flat' end on this state instead of in the mountains; we heard fireworks from 3 different places around us (East, North, and West) and could see part of one place's fireworks over a treetop. Lots of BOOMS! Poor Ozzie was restless and panting and would bark now and then. I would hate to see him if we had not dosed him with the Calm Down Drops. Eventually it was over, but this being Friday, there may be some tonight somewhere, too. Maybe even Saturday night. But I hope not!!!

Hey, you beach-bums! I spent every summer Sunday at the beach, and other summer days or evenings at a different beach or at a lake near our town-line. One beach, the one that BCg goes to sometimes, had THE coldest water, seriously cold. The other beach was on the riverside and water was warmer. The lake sometimes had problems with blood-suckers! But 90 degree water? Doesn't sound even remotely refreshing! Really, I don't care if I ever take a 'dip' in the ocean again, although I wouldn't mind wading.

I always wanted to live in the mountains, which is where we went (Western part of Mass., Florida was the name of the town;  and later, in New Hampshire) on vacations. Now I'm living half-way between the coast and the WNC mountains where I used to live. "Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!" I never expected to live in Nashville, TN either, but I did, so when it came time to decide about moving here, I figured what the heck, I've lived a LOT of places, I can do this, too. The only way I'd consider living elsewhere is if I was left in this house by myself; it is too big for one person.

Got myself good and lost today by taking a road I thought would lead me in the general direction of where I was originally headed. BZZZTTT! Wrong! I ended up in another county entirely, and then the next road I thought would get me closer to somewhere I'd recognize ... two miles down that road it was closed to thru traffic! I stopped at a convenience store and told the woman, "I'm lost!"...she said to me the exact same thing some woman in Virginia said to my mother when she got lost, maybe 35 years ago?...."No y'aren't honey, you're right HERE!"  [Inside myself I thought "WOW!"...  because it kind of blew my mind.]

"Nother Braves ball game goin' on. Nannie is her usual skippy-brained self, but not in an angry way, well, so far, anyway.

j22, hope you've been sprung from Waiting Room Hell by now!

Edited by No Stars In My Eyes

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PS: It was a very rural area where I got lost, wandering long, curvy roads between acres and acres of fields and some farms. It was quite a beautiful ride, and good to know that 'countryside' is not totally a thing of the past!

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Home, wine poured. . . mushrooms, onions, chicken, and asparagus sauteing in white wine and butter.  

It is warm here.  Think I'll ask dear husband to spray our house when he leaves tonight to join the other two mosquito killers.  Then I can sit outside. 

j22 - I have to accompany my husband to his retina specialist appointment next week.  He won't be able to drive afterwards.  So yeah, I know what you mean.  The office is in a very nice part of Medford though so I might go for a walk.  

Spidey and his friend worked all day together on the demolition behind us and now are heading over to the pizza parlor where they will gorge on pizza and play pool.  Then head over to the theater to see Spiderman.  Love small towns - my house is two doors down from the theater and the pizza parlor is across the street.  

Dinner is ready, for me. 

Enjoy your Friday!

 

 

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Another earthquake here, same area (11 mi from Ridgecrest).  6.9 this time.

The dog was barking and I heard little noises, thought someone might be delivering a package or (horrors!!) trying to get in.  So I crept to the front of the (small) house, and peeked through the curtain.  Saw nothing, and when I passed the living room I lost my balance a little and noticed the chandelier was swaying, and all the cats were acting a little freaked out.  Ah!  Earthquake!  I told them it was OK, it would be OK.  Stood in the doorway for a few seconds then went back to my room to read.  And to find out just how big THIS one was.  Never a dull moment.  

So glad it's Friday.  Dh is away at a band practice.  

Y'all have a nice evening!

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