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Tuesday - June 2nd, 2020 - Good Morning!

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Good Morning!

It's 3:39 AM (EST) in this part of the world. I thought I'd start today's "Good Morning/Daily Diary" thread before I forget to post here. Again.

These past couple of days have left muscles, especially leg muscles, aching!! Sunday, we took a trip to the Catskill Mountains and hiked the Windham Heights Peak Trail. This particular trail is about 6 1/2 miles long, round-trip. Parts of the trail, though, are steep, which seem to go on forever. It made for a really good work-out, for sure! BUT, it was worth the effort. The views on top were spectacular! Took pictures and some video, of course. On the way down, I experienced something new and a bit disturbing, unfortunately, My right leg cramped up, big time. It was really painful. I had to stop to work out the cramp. Gradually, it went away. But, it left my right leg a bit sore. I never experienced  this type of cramping, during a hike (or any kind of exercise), before. Apparently, dehydration and low levels of electrolytes commonly cause these type of cramps.  Anyway, we slowly made it down the mountain, safe and sound (with no further cramping). After our hike, we went to one of our favorite restaurants, and gorged on the delicious food. The restaurants in our state is take-out only, still. So, we "took out" our meals and ate in the car. It was a bit awkward, but well-worth the effort. (Yummy!) Got home later Sunday afternoon and just crashed. 

Yesterday, we did more hiking. But it wasn't as vigorous as Sunday's hike. We hiked on a more local trail. The hike, itself, was about 3/12 miles, round-trip. There were no leg cramps, thankfully! This time, I took my happy new drone (as well as my regular camera). Took more photos and video, of course. Got some great video using the drone. (Gosh, that thing is so cool!) The view on top of this particular small mountain was lovely. There were wild blue-berry bushes everywhere! It's too early to go blue-berry picking, But we do plan on hiking back up this local trail to pick wild blue-berry later next month. (Yum!)

As for today?!? I think we're just going to stay home and relax. It's supposed to be a bit on the colder side, cloudy, with possible rain. This seems like a nice opportunity to stay indoors and recuperate from two days of activity. It'll also give me a chance to work on the photos and video that we took these past couple of days.

I may or may not have shared this already, but we're re-financing our mortgage. If this goes through, we'll be saving about $800/month in payments. (The interest rate is 3.375% verses the 5.875% we've been paying these past 15 years.) This will go a long way in helping us work down our debt, and make retirement come sooner than later! Anyway, after corresponding with the loan-mortgage officer (or whatever they're called), it seems that the closing for the re-financed mortgage is becoming more "set in stone", which is good news for us. Of course, this whole pandemic thing is making the re-financing process both weird and frustrating (with long delays in communication from the bank's part). If all continues to go as planned, it seems that the closing of this mortgage will take as early as next week (while I'm still on vacation)! HOW it will take place, with the whole social-distancing thing, remains largely unknown. Apparently, it involves lots of faxed/emailed documents, back and forth with the bank, that require specially-witnessed signatures. (There's a term for that, which escapes me right now. L O L!)

Well. . . it's now 4:07 AM (EST) in the morning. Think I'll try to catch a few more ZZZZs.

Peace, folks! 🙂

Ted

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Morning Ted.  J refinanced recently, some documents were done via email but the closing was done in person but keeping social distance

Went to bed with a slight headache, woke up with a mild headache too.  Banished it with some acetaminophen.  Unusual as headaches have become quite rare for me

Work was fine, went at a good pace and wasn't stressful.  After work exercised and stopped at the bike shop to get a lock and a kickstand.  Could not figure out how to put the kickstand so I'll have to ask the bike shop for help.  Need to stop there again in a few days anyway

Made an appointment for a haircut in 2 weeks, first one since early March.  Also need to make a grooming appointment for the cat, will do that today

Will be in the 90s today, so I'll have to have the AC on.  Will be a bit cooler the rest of the week and down to the 70s by the weekend

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Good Morning!

Dianah, give Bear a pet from me.  

Ted, enjoy the days off.  Sorry to hear about the cramping.  Who knows why those happen.  I've had a couple unrelated to exercise before.  One was after a long flight, and I was in bed, and it took my breath away.  I thought I might have had a DVT but no, just a cramp.  Haven't had one since. 

Congrats on the refinancing Ted.  Last two times I refinanced, it was all done by fax and email and I never once met in person with the mortgage guy.  The closing of course was done in person.  Thought that was just how it was done.    Same with getting a $10,0000 loan for my air conditioner/dental work a couple of years ago. I filled out an online application and then the money was put in my checking account.  Never saw a human being.

Joe, have a good day at work.  

We are still having protests here but they are peaceful.  It's nice to see they are both black and white people.  They pretty much mostly young which is also good to see.  I think older people are still not going into such crowds because of Corona Virus.  There are some pictures with people in masks and social distancing at the protests, but basically they are in close contact and not wearing masks.  Hope that doesn't cause problems.  Our rate here is relatively low and in LTC facilities mostly, so young people outdoors might be okay.  But still,  Florida's covid crises refuses to go away with another nearly 700 cases yesterday but deaths in single digits. 

First world problem is that I'm bummed my yoga studio isn't allowed to open.  They've hinted on their Facebook page they might not financially be able to hold out any longer.  They weren't a big studio as it was. 

Rain canceled my walk yesterday but I did lift some at the gym.  I was the only one in a mask and it was busy.  Still I felt comfortable because people stayed apart and lots of sanitizing going on. 

If asked I'll go into work for a bonus, but will lay low otherwise.

Have a great day.

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Good very late morning. Helicopters have been overhead all night and continue today. On TV news they are showing a peaceful protest less than ha half mile away. Some retired LAPD joined the marchers.

We are staying home. Husband feels good and is glad the catheter is out and he is peeing fine.

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I wish I could stay home today. I left for work without my wallet and had to go back and get it. And then I did a home visit because patient said I could come any time and I woke her up. Grr. I am making many phone calls and playing phone tag and just want this day to be over. Had an uncomfortable conversation with a provider related to information that the crazy one had given out, so I hope that is cleared up. 

So here is a weird a thing. Yougest ds noticed a few days ago that my arms are two different colors and one appears sl. larger than the other. My right arm is sort of ruddy and sl. swollen. It feels fine, but I keep comparing my arms. I asked a trusted co-worker if she saw a difference, and she sees it too. I have a video call with my PCP tomorrow for something unrelated, so I suppose I should mention it. As Tweety says, "its always something." 

Ted, I get an awful cramp in one foot from time to time. I can't say what triggers them, but my toes and forefoot  will contract and it hurts! And like many expectant mothers, I used to wake up with charlie horses in the middle of the night that would make me jump of bed trying to relieve them. I think at the time I was told it was a calcium thing. But you have my sympathies.  

Very few new COVID cases here as well. A fishing ship docked to take off one positive crew member and reportedly has 86 positive, asymptomatic folks. Thankfully no one else disembarked and they were on their way to Seattle. 

Take care, all. 

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Hello all.

I left work at 2pm to pick up ds and dh, and we took Bear to the vet for his euthanasia.  It's never easy, though we know it was the right thing to do, and the right time.  

Again, I know many of you have beloved pets and have been through this yourselves.  I appreciate your thoughts, and Tweety, I did give Bear a pet from you.  He is across the Rainbow Bridge now, playing with his brother Scar.

We will have a quiet evening, as usual. 

Have a good evening!

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dianah - (((hugs))) for you.

Ted - the word you seek, might it be 'notarized'?

nurseJ22 - I had similar left arm thing couple years ago. Was itching me due to the slight swelling, warmth & rednesss. Didn't see any bug bite, no known injury. I figured it was some type of soft tissue injury and PCP OK'd short dose advil. Resolved in 2.5 days.

Also have gout - have had issues with restless leg syndrome. Symptoms sound similar. That's how I found out about mega-serious intolerance to quinine. NO hydroxycholorquine for me!

Am back home post my new dr appt. Noted much activity during the medi-transport drive. LOTS outside folk noted NOT wearing masks as they should be. Also noted lots of businesses closed CLOSED, and many eateries' parking lots empty.  Just a sad commentary for one who has been housebound for a while. And concerning that while on the commute, saw a few SMALL clusters of protesters on corners.

The TV news continues to alarm & depresses me, but esp the news re Trump going into the White House bunkers ... for any history buffs, Adolf Hitler bunkered down just before the Allies captured  him & Eva Braun in the bunker. And it was in June. He has reminded me of a cross bet Hitler & Caligula. Creepy!!!

Does anybody else miss the keyboard key for the 1/2 sign???

Damn insurance necessity for authorization for new script for megace. Less invasive approach ... hmmm!

 

 

 

 

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Dh ordered mail-delivery meds almost a week ago.  They usually arrive much faster than this.  He will wait the requisite week and then call the pharmacy. 

When we got home I was famished.  We fixed some leftovers and watched a Poirot.  Then did some household chores.  I just gave the dog (chihuahua- pomeranian) a bath.  He is all excited now. 😄

I texted with ds, after dropping him off, that I was "so tired."  That was before dh and I had something to eat.  Somehow sitting and eating helped.  I am still tired, which feeling I recall whenever facing death in the family (furry or otherwise).  Just tired.

Brings to mind the following that I once saw: "This is your gentle reminder that one time in the Bible, Elijah was like, "God, I'm so mad!  I want to die!"  So God said, "Here's some food.  Why don't you have a nap?"  So Elijah ate, slept, and then decided things weren't so bad.  Never underestimate the spiritual power of a nap and a snack."  I texted that to oldest ds.  Hope it helped. 🙂

I think I am done with chores for the evening.  More need to be done, of course, but the most pressing ones are done.

It was 91 degrees today.  Oooo, I thought of Tweety yesterday, it was 90 degrees and 27% humidity!!  Yah, I know, yours can get MUCH higher.  But we are used to 9%, and 27% is high for us!!

I am lucky to have Bear's sister Midnight right next to me, requesting some attention.  This is our nightly ritual: me on the computer or watching TV, and her right next to me, getting a fur-rub. 🙂

Have a good evening!

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Sorry to read about Bear going over the Rainbow Bridge. I can't count the number of pets I have had to say so long to, many of them so very special to me. It never gets easier, but not enough reason to say "no more pets in the future." I get such comfort from my non-judgemental furry love-bugs, each with their own personalities.

Loooong day with you-know-who, who woke up argumentative and making hateful comments. She keeps jabbing and gouging, but the thing is now, her vocabulary and memory are worse. She told hubby he had me "blackmailed" when she meant "brainwashed". And everything she was accusing hubby and I of were actually things SHE has said and done. Lordie, Lord, Lord. And the nursing-homes are having more of their patients and staff testing positive for COVID-19. They still having too frequent summonings of the ambulance and/or the funeral home vehicles, so admissions are not exactly advised.

Anyway, I'm going up to bed now. Stay safe, everybody.

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17 hours ago, dianah said:

Hello all.

I left work at 2pm to pick up ds and dh, and we took Bear to the vet for his euthanasia.  It's never easy, though we know it was the right thing to do, and the right time.  

Again, I know many of you have beloved pets and have been through this yourselves.  I appreciate your thoughts, and Tweety, I did give Bear a pet from you.  He is across the Rainbow Bridge now, playing with his brother Scar.

We will have a quiet evening, as usual. 

Have a good evening!

It is indeed never easy, even when you know it's the right thing to do

I'm glad he's at peace now

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Thank you, all.

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