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Morning 

Woke up tired after strange dreams.  Not my usual anxiety dreams though

Yesterday was sorta stressful at work.  Busier than expected, though I still got all the calls for the new project done.  Talked to the 911 guy, he's still having issues but at least they're on the way to being solved.  Was glad that workday was over

Stopped at the bike shop after work, they're going to try and put on the kickstand.  Got my usual takeout and watched some Yes Minister 

Going to get my usual coffee and go to the arboretum for the first time quite a few weeks.  Will also work on the needlepoint and watch Svengoolie as he has Bride of Frankenstein 

Cooler today, supposed to be in the 70s

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Good Morning -

Joe - Seems like you have a nice weekend planned for yourself after a stressful time at work. Enjoy and relax. . . 

Oh my gosh. . . The randy robin is hitting our windows as it seems determined to attack the "other robin" while guarding its territory. I'm surprised it hasn't knocked itself out yet!  Amy is on the warpath as she protects her territory. She taped pictures on the window in hopes to scare off this randy robin. She also put stuffed sweatshirts outside to act as "scarecrows" in hopes to frighten it away. It ain't working! Apparently, robins can become quite territorial. It is quite annoying. Hopefully this randy robin won't break any of our windows. THAT would not be cool at all. The next step is to purchase owl statues which can help scare away birds and other woodland creatures. 

In just 1 1/2 hours, the notary person with the mortgage refinancing papers will be coming to our home. It'll be nice to finalize this new financial venture. Saving $800/month is going to go a long way to quickly work down our debt.  The thought of this new mortgage ending in 30 years, when I'll be 90 years old, is a bit unnerving.

In the meanwhile, I'm still working on sequencing (recording) the new composition. I get really obsessed in ensuring that it sounds "just right" during this process, as I work to balance each instrument in levels and EQ with each other. I have about 32 more measures left of the composition to sequence (record) before it's finished. I say this to myself all of the time, but "I need to do this composition thing more often and more regularly". 

I have 5 more nights left of my vacation before I return to work. Hope to get one more good hike in during this time. My next vacation isn't schedule until the end of September into October. So far, the plan is to finally take our vacation-trip to Italy then! That travel plan will be directed by how the whole Covid-19 thing plays itself out this fall.

Nothing much else going on. Hope all have a pleasant day today! 🙂

Ted

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Good Morning!

Joe, hope you have a good day.  

Ted, that would be a bit unnerving about the Robin.  Sheesh.  I heard on BBC that Italy is opening up for tourism this week or next and is quite anxious to get tourism going again this summer.  They are one of the top most visited countries in the world and it's vital to their economy.  So I do hope you can go.

J22, hope you get the arm looked at to rule out some sort of stenosis or blood clot.  Good think you're not symptomatic.

BC, hope you get to the beach today or this weekend.

Stars, hope you're liking the new car.  That is a nice feature to let you know how many miles you can go before running out of gas.  I'm loving that gas is under $2.00 a gallon here.

Covid cases in Florida jumped in recent days, they are thinking it might be the Memorial Day effect but it's stubborn.  Apparently we have 18 Covid positive staff where I work, nine of which is in one of the critical care units that had to be closed thoroughly sanitized.  

Tropical Storm Cristobal is no where near us but is dropping some heavy rain on us this morning.  We can always use some good rain after our dry season.

 

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Early afternoon all. I find I have to post in intervals as my 'puter becomes temperamental and otherwise I'd lose my content. Had trouble again yesterday finding this thread.

Ted - you can also try some rubber snake critters with the owls. They're esp good if they 'bobble' or have 'glitter eyes'. But a bird 'dive bomber' is most def capable of smashing windows (been there, know that).

Re your mortgage - I'm pretty sure you can pay extra 'principal 'along with your monthly pay't. The last few year of my mtg, if I had the extra $, I'd just apply it to the 'principal' box on my pay't ticket. Worked down my mtg by 9 years early. Some months I had an extra $200, some months no extra, but the next month I could put an extra $1000. It varied. Like you, I couldn't see myself paying off a mtg 'til I was 70 yo. Check it out.

Joe - I appreciate your highlighting the upcoming TV Svengoolie program each week. I like 'Bride of Frankenstein'. Elsa Lanchester is superb when she 'hisses' in that one scene! Like you said, last week's 'Dinosaurus' was bad! And I'm actually 'thinking' of taking up some type of needlework. Just 'thinking', but I've never had an interest. I can crochet - would like to do doilies stuff. And to try tatting, too.

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Late morning, overcast and cool. I thought it was supposed to be sunny and warm, and yet here I sit under a fleece throw and a warm pup. I've been out for a short bike ride this morning. I noticed that my bike jersey is snugger on the affected arm than the other. Dh thought he wanted to go for a drive today, but he is dithering about where he wants to go. The mountain is all clouded in. There is a small island near here that perhaps we'll drive out there. 

I made an appointment for a pedicure for Monday 🤗. And I have an appointment for another scan, this time will include an arterial duplex. Unless, I get some results from yesterdays and then perhaps I won't need a second one.

Our county is opening up slowly, and of course people are complaining that it's not fast enough. They are grousing that playgrounds aren't open yet. And then they claim they can't build their immune systems if they go out. 

oh well, job security for me at the health department. Except I want a vacation! All vacations are on hold for the foreseeable  future. 

 

 

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Hello all!

Ted, I hope you can figure out a way to discourage randy robin from battering your window.  First, so he doesn't hurt himself!  Second, so your window isn't broken.  Third, so you don't endure the visual and auditory assaults.    Congrats on the refi!  Good it has been easy so far.  The hiking photos were beautiful!  Have you named the drone yet?

nurseJ22, hope you can get some answers about your arm.  Good it is not painful but until it is properly diagnosed and a plan is in place (if treatment is needed), it would bother me.  I'm sure you don't want to ignore it. 

It was cooler yesterday (even rained a little) and today, just in the 60's.  I think it's typical "June gloom."  By the time we are camping, in just over a week, it will be in the high 70's to low 80's in the mountains, which will be nice.  Down to 45 at night (so no jamming outside at night!).

Dh and I participated in a Zoom Sabbath School this morning.  One of our friends, who usually participates and is a musician as well, is in the hospital with renal failure after lymphoma treatment.  Well, we don't know if the renal failure is 2/2 the chemo, or is a result of the lymphoma itself.   He was diagnosed with the lymphoma about a year ago.  We all had special prayer for him.  His wife is not allowed to visit, which, I'm sure, is trying for them both. 

We have a quiet weekend planned.  Hope you have a good day and afternoon and evening.

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Good afternoon-

We made it to the beach today.  It was a lovely sunny day after a rainy early morning.  I immediately relax once I can hear the waves.  The water was sooo cold.  I like cold water, but this was too cold even for me. My feet immediately cramped up when I walked in.  We had some pretty heavy rain and thunderstorms on the way home.  They moved in very fast.  It was sunny when we left the beach, but within 20 minutes we had to pull over because we couldn't see through the rain.

We'll have a quiet evening indoors tonight.  We are still in Phase 1 of re-opening, and restaurants are only open for take out.  We're going to watch the last episode of Ozark tonight.

Joe-I hope you enjoyed the arboretum.

Ted-I've had birds do that "attack the bird in the window thing".  I hope Randy Robin figures it out soon.  

Tweety-I hope those storms stay away from Florida.  

Amo-I can knit, but can't do any other kind of needle work.  I don't have the patience.  What is tatting?

J22-When are you supposed to get the results from your scan?  I hope you don't have to have the arterial scan.  What color are you going to do your toes???

Dianah-I hope your friend's kidney function improves.  

Have a great evening and weekend.

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My retirement advisor told me not to worry about paying off my mortgage early.  I'll have it well into my 80's into my retirement.  He said I can afford to have a mortgage and that any extra money should be set aside for emergency use or investing.  I'm with him on that as I tend to have emergency spending needs that are constantly in need of replenishment.  

I've tended though to pay off cars early.

BC, glad you made it to the beach.  I'm just like that, something about hearing the waves settles my soul.

Dianah, sorry to hear about your friend.

J22, people here run the gamut of feelings about the reopening.  Mostly I get the feeling people here think we've opened too soon and too fast.  We've entered a new phase of opening up and the days after that announcement have seen a jump in testing and positive cases and people saying we're moving too fast.  Saw on the Mayor's social media they are having a meeting Monday to analyze should be go back to more lockdown since local data is mirroring the state in that it's risen the last couple of days.  

We've had quite a bit of steady rain today all day with a few breaks here and there.  No biggie since we need it after our dry season.  But we are under a tornado warning.

I accomplished little other than a nap and a trip to the gym and grocery store.

 

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3 hours ago, BCgradnurse said:

 

  I immediately relax once I can hear the waves.  The water was sooo cold.  I like cold water, but this was too cold even for me.

   What is tatting?

J22-When are you supposed to get the results from your scan?  I hope you don't have to have the arterial scan.  What color are you going to do your toes???

 

I like the sound of the waves too, but not cold water! Although when I did a Polar Bear Plunge on New Year's Day, it didn't seem too bad. 

Tatting is a form of lace-making. My aunt taught me some of the basics when I was in high school, but it takes a long time and I just didn't have the patience to stick with it. I used to like knitting, but now my hands and fingers get too achy to do more than a few minutes. 

I have no idea when I will get the US results. The sign on the wall at the vascular lab said to wait 5-7 days, but I got results the same day the last time I had a scan. I suppose no news is good news. And I usually get a shell pink polish, just so it doesn't show too bad as they grow out and I don't have time for a new pedi. 

Dianah, as you probably know, kidneys are remarkably resilient . Hopefully the issue is with the chemo, and your friend recovers function.

 

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Thank you all for your kind thoughts and words for my friend in the hospital.  Time will tell, but yes, we all hope his kidneys rally and recover.

Dh and I actually ATE OUT!  We went to one of our favorite steakhouses (they recognized us 🙂 ) and had a nice meal and have lots of leftovers.  We got something for ds but couldn't reach him by phone.  Turns out he was at a (peaceful) protest (which we passed as we went to his house to see if he was home).  I will drop off the food sometime tomorrow.

Tatting or knitting or crocheting all sound interesting to learn. 🙂  Have done some embroidery in the past.  It's always nice to see the finished product.

 

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Diana - holding good thoughts for your hospitalized friend. I know how tough it is to be hosp-isolated.

j22 - TY for defining tatting. My Mom used to do it as a child, but did crocheting as an adult. Like heirloom afghans. My grandmom crocheted well also. A neighbor used to babysit the neighborhood kids afterschool and she used to teach some home-ec like skills to us girls. I'm a leftie and I had soooo much difficulty crossing over to right-handed crocheting. It was Auntie's daughter that taught me left-handed.

Hope your wait for testing & results pass by quickly.  I know the pins & needles waiting. I'm still waiting for my post-hosp labs to be drawn. I get a home-visiting lab service to come out for home bound clients like myself. The demand for home service has SOARED with C19. Need to know my H&H as I've just begun megace. Am still fatigued post hosp.

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22 minutes ago, amoLucia said:

 

j22 - TY for defining tatting. My Mom used to do it as a child, but did crocheting as an adult. Like heirloom afghans. My grandmom crocheted well also. A neighbor used to babysit the neighborhood kids afterschool and she used to teach some home-ec like skills to us girls. I'm a leftie and I had soooo much difficulty crossing over to right-handed crocheting. It was Auntie's daughter that taught me left-handed.

 

I am a lefty  as well. I taught myself many needle skills from books as my mother always proclaimed she couldn't teach me. I do however, knit right-handed. I have knitted, crocheted, tatted, embroidered with floss and crewel yarn, dabbled in counted cross-stitch and needlepoint. And I used to be a decent seamstress. 

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