Wednesday, March 8, 2017

This, that and a stitch or three...

What's been going on Out Yonder? Well, I'll tell you.

I finally gave up Facebook. Actually, I kept the page open, just in case someone needed my expertise and all knowing brain power. Ha! Like that's happened or will ever...at any rate, I'll get an email notification and don't have to visit daily/hourly. What I did do is remove all my bookmarks so it's no longer visible to me.(out of sight, out of mind) I also removed my videos from You Tube and deleted my Twitter account. Why? I found myself getting pissed off every time I visited one of those places. So much bullshit. I don't need all the lies and drama coming from those sites. Can't do anything about the news, anyway. Didn't grow up with them, don't need them now. I feel better after several weeks have passed without them.Who knows, if I keep my head in the sand long enough, I may find a diamond.

The last 4 days of February I had been having consistent chest aches and some numbness. I've had them before but, they weren't too worrisome. I always thought of them as pings and pangs of old age. Until, the evening of the 28th. I had a hot flash from hell and my left forearm and hand went numb. I sat there for 15 minutes wondering if this was 'the big one'. It wasn't but, it convinced me to go to the VA and get checked out. Course, I had to wait until 4 AM the following morning so I wouldn't be bothered with traffic and possible wait times. I was seen immediately and hooked up to an EKG. Had blood drawn and a potassium IV. By 7AM I was admitted to the hospital and for the next 10 hours would undergo a deluge of tests. Liver ultrasound, chest xray and cavity echo. Also, a stress test with heart imaging. Plus, 3 more blood draws. All the while getting free wheel chair rides from my personal Uber driver, everywhere I went. They treated me very well. However, found zero, notta, nothing, zilch of a reason why. No solutions. No answers. My doctor admitted she was amazed at my health. A regular marvel of modern day medicine.

Hurricane Matthew left the Sr.Whoa-man's house with some damage. Her insurance took care of it and afterwards I was blessed with 10 pallets and a dozen 2 x 4 x 16s. The 2 x 4s were exactly what I needed for a rafter structure for my (temporary/no permit required) shop. Have a ways to go to enclose it yet but, it's dry and enough room where I don't trip over myself or bump into the walls of the metal shed. The metal shed will be Larry and Mr. Jones' house when I'm ready to move all my woodworking tools. I have $34 in this structure; the 2 tarps I bought from Harbor Freight.

This larger area is 11' by 15'. The smaller section, with the pallets across, 8' x 11', is Larry and Mr. Jones' hide out, for now. 

The end section, with pallet wood wall, is complete. I may or may not enclose the overhang. 

The back side is being worked on now. I take my time to keep the heat stroke away.

Here's a 'listen to yourself' story. This string is attached to the overlapping tarp above. It keeps the wind under control. Well, the other day we had a massive rainstorm. So much, the water couldn't run off fast enough. It gathered in the tarps and created huge 'ponds' or containment areas. Along with the rain was some pretty strong wind. Needless to say, the roof took an ass-beating. I didn't get a picture but, the screw and string held firm and left a ginormous water bubble. Now, I told myself not to do it but, who listens to me? I grabbed the string with my left hand and started unscrewing the screw. Again, I warned myself to go about it a different way...

Nope, not listening. I was very fortunate, after the screw embedded itself between the palm skin and hand that the water contained poured out as quickly as it did. I was left with the half inch hole and a good sized pocket within. I could only laugh as I thought about returning to the Urgent Care for stitches. However, I taped it up and it's doing fine without. 

The chickens are still out yonder. Goose has aggravated me so much this year (already), with her constant squawking/honking, I've threatened to put a pellet in her head. She doesn't listen to me either. 4 years old and still as goofy and flighty as she ever was. Lord, help me. (or her)
And, I am officially retired. Once again, I am on the governments' payroll. Do what I want when I want and get paid. Ahhhh....

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Keeping Busy

Built this microwave shelf/station out of pallet and wood received from the MIL's (Hurricane Matthew) repairs. We moved the fridge elsewhere in the kitchen.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Mr. Bluebird..

First time visitors for us.



The freeze is gone. How about some 40° temperature changes?

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

...from our place to yours. Hope you have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year, too.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Cell Phone

I reckon I'll never understand why folks pay an enormous price for a cell phone. $300 - $600 a month? I couldn't convince myself I ever needed one, in the first place. However, I must've been in my mid 40s when I purchased my first. I decided it would be a good idea to have one, if and when I was on a trip.
I didn't need or want a permanent one so, chose a Tracfone. 30 days would be ample time to get to and from my yearly destinations. Well, the years passed and I've grown fond of the texting feature. I still use a Tracfone, as does the whoa-man. Our combined bill is, right at, $200 a YEAR. Rarely, do I use the data or talking minutes. Suits us fine. I still shake my head, in disbelief, why others pay so much.
Once a year I renew my plan. Yes, my unused minutes roll over and are added to the new ones. But, the service days are not. Actually, all I'm doing is adding more texting units and 365 days of service. My kind of deal.
Renewal time is nearing and I noticed that last year I completed my renewal a day earlier than the due date. (used to lose your phone number if time ran out. I think it's changed now and a grace period is given but, I'm not taking any chances) My new due date was now a day earlier. That got me to thinking...
For each year I renew a day early, I lose a day of service. So, in 365 years I'll have paid for a year's service that I'll never get. 

That ain't right.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Matthew

15" of rain in 48 hours, plus last weeks 10",  has left the city and county under water. It's a mess. We fared well with only the back neighbor's tree uprooting. Hit nothing and caused no damage. 




Wednesday, September 28, 2016

One Small Stone


Monday morning I was sitting in front of the computer. All at once it felt as if I had a muscle spasm in my back. That's what I thought. Ate quite a few ibupropen, whimpered and whined throughout the day and the following night. At 0600, Tuesday I had had enough and made my way to the VA Urgent Care.

4 hours later, an IV, CT scan and a couple prescriptions I was on my way home. I was up and down Tuesday night with mild pain (popped a few meds). Finally passed this tiny kidney stone. I never would've thought this 2mm rock could have me down and out like it did.

The good side: because it passed so quickly, I have massive amounts of hydrocodone left for rainy days.