Category Archives: My Life

Bird watch…

Well…as I told you yesterday, I finally decided to get some bird food to fill the feeders in the front of the house yesterday and now I am on bird watch waiting for them to show up and eat some of it…I’ve even gone out and looked to see how long it can be before they find the food and found that there is a “rule of 2″ that you can go by…and that rule states: it can be two minutes, two hours, two days, or two months before you see birds at your feeder…yeah, I know, that’s a little tongue in cheek, essentially saying to have patience, that no one knows how long it takes for birds to find the food since it is basically by accident….but, that’s not good enough for me, dammit…I want to be entertained and if I went through the effort of buying the food and filling the feeders, the least the birds can do it get their butts here and eat it….oh, well…not sure if I’m going to make this a series yet but I am going to keep track of when they finally get here and that should be worth at least one more of these….

January 22nd

Well…that was a little better…slept okay last night and coughed much less that I have been but I wonder if it’s the amoxicillin or just naturally getting better…whatever it is, I’ll take it…my lungs are still wheezy and I could hear it all night but I was able to breathe much better which will put me on the bike here in a few minutes…still have the iron taste when I do cough, though but I can’t expect to be completely cured with only one day of treatment…I did get a few things done yesterday and need to run errands this morning to get the grocery run done for the week but I’m supposed to take it a little easy so that may be the only thing I do today…but, we’ll see how I feel later…I do need to cook today but I’m not sure what that will be yet…I do still have the cream cheese for pasta but I’m not sure I want to work that hard today…not sure why I’m getting more chicken after just freezing some yesterday but at 88 cents a pound, I can use the cheap protein…but I think I need to try some different recipes for it…I’m a little bored with what I have been making and want something a little spicier…maybe with some cayenne? Who knows? More later….

A good day so far…

Well…after getting a late start to the day, I finally got moving to get some things done I wanted to…went out to get my prescription and was pleasantly surprised that my new insurance covered it with no copay…and the PA I saw gave me 30 of them for three courses of treatment if the first on doesn’t do the trick…so that is pretty cool…and I had a couple of empty bird feeders hanging out front so I bought some bird food and filled them and now I’m waiting for the birds to discover them and get the word out there is food  here….even found one that suction cups to the window so I can watch them close up when they come in to feed…so, not a lot of work yet but just did some things I wanted to do, not that I had to do and that is making my life feel a little more normal…oh, and I found the force adjuster on the garage door opener and I think I have dialed in enough force so it will open the door even when it’s really cold…just some little things that are quite mundane but that made me smile so I’ll take that…life should have some little things that you can appreciate….

January 21st

Well…running really late today with not getting up til 7:06 but that includes getting up at 2:30 and staying up for a couple of hours before trying to go back to sleep…have had this damn cough for over a month now so I went to the doctor yesterday to have them check it out…with the iron taste that I get when I cough, I  was pretty sure I had pneumonia but the x-rays showed that I don’t…but that leaves the bad news that I still have the cough and they are not sure why that is…so I need to pick up a prescription of amoxicillin this morning to see if that will help…I may have bronchitis but that won’t show up on the chest x-rays…all I know is that it such a relief to have insurance…the doctor visit only cost 5 bucks but I’m sure that there will be extra costs for both the x-rays and the prescription but it’s worth it to know that I don’t have pneumonia…but, I still feel crappy like I have a cold or something that I know antibiotics won’t do anything for….back to the normal stuff…I did have weird dreams again last night about getting parking spots assigned at my old apartment…something that never happened and to dream about that now is pretty strange….didn’t get anything else done yesterday but the bike ride and having G come over for a visit and I think I may have to take a couple of days of rest to help heal up and get better…but, I am going to try to at least get on the bike today for an hour before I run errands but that is about it with how I feel…more later….

January 20th

Well… got all the way to 6:03 this morning! If that sounds a little sarcastic, it is…you know, being retired you might think I could sleep in just a little, just once but no, it hasn’t happened once that I can remember…but, I do remember sleeping in when I was younger…that wonderful feeling when you wake up, look at the clock and see that it’s 10 am and you feel so damn good that you just leap out of bed with all of the stored up energy….or just roll over and get another hour of sleep….but, maybe that’s just a dream…it feels that way anyway…I did have some of the weirdest dreams last night where someone took all of my stuff and no one knew where it was…and the strange part is that I really don’t have much stuff…for someone my age, you would think that I’d have lots of stuff but I don’t…I mean putting it all in a 10 foot U-Haul? Okay, that’s enough of that…I do feel a little slow this morning but the coffee hasn’t started it’s magical journey into my brain and I think it’s one of the things I anticipate most every day….didn’t get much done yesterday but shovel the snow…twice…and get a bike ride in…oh, and I paid all of the bills through mid Feb that need to go in the mail today…I am going to clean this place up some today and get an early ride in but I still don’t need to cook with all of the instant pot leftovers I’ve had but that ends today and I can make something fresh tomorrow…I still need to make that cream cheese pasta that I got the ingredients for last week so that will be tomorrow and that should last for three days or so….but, right now it’s back to the news and more coffee…more later….

I’m already getting tired of snow…

Well…I know it’s just the start of winter but I’m already getting tired of snow since I have to shovel it this year…I mean having to do the driveway three times in two days? I haven’t yet developed my resignation to the fact that it is Michigan and it is winter but damn weather, give me a day or two to get rid of the soreness before you dump on me again. I am going to go out and buy a plastic shovel for the light work this week since the one I have been using is a pretty heavy aluminum one that was left here when I moved in and it is great for pushing snow but not too good for lifting it and clearing the snow off the porch…and I can get a nice one for 10 bucks at depot so that will be the one purchase that I can make this month until I get my next deposit on the 19 of Feb…just paid 700 bucks worth of bills that has a few hundred dollars that are not repeaters so Feb should be better and I’ll be able to build my checking account back to where I’ll be comfortable in any emergency…I even got 9 miles in on the bike today and I am working on making that a daily occurance since I do need to try to meet the 600 miles I got in indoors last year to make the 5K goal I have for this year…only have 144 miles so far so I need to make sure I don’t skip any days…it’s a little boring without a tv to watch but I’ll get used to it…no more later…

December 19th

Well…another 5:10 morning and that is three in a row with only about 5 hours of sleep which I will pay for later in the day…and I am worn out this morning and trying to get started without coffee since it hasn’t started yet with the timer set for 6…I guess I could reset it but I think I still have hope that I can sleep until 6 again at some point in the future…I am a little confused that I don’t hurt more than I do after shoveling snow for two hours yesterday…it hurt like crazy while I was doing it and my shoulder has a low level pain now but that is about it…we’ll see how it feels when I take care of last night’s snow…not sure if I’m going to shovel before I go out to get the paper or not since it is early and I don’t want to wake up the neighbors but I do have to do the entry since the plows piled up another 18 inches and I’m not sure if the Miata will bust through it….and if I shovel that, I might as well do the rest of it…but that will make it late getting the paper…decisions…didn’t get anything else done yesterday…even skipped the bike ride after the abuse of shoveling but I will get another 10 miles in today…need to get that done before Man U plays at 11:30 and I do need to remember to watch the Space X launch this morning at 8….and I do need to clean since I am going to have some visitors tomorrow…but, I have all day for that and tomorrow morning, too so I’m not going to work too hard today…more later…

That hurt….

Well….after all of the snow last night, I had almost 8 inches on my driveway that had to be shoveled before it warmed up and turned into the heavy stuff, so I went out around 9 or so to get started…an hour and a half later, I came in sweating through my clothes and pain damn near everywhere…okay, not everywhere but my back, right shoulder, and right thumb were howling at me by the time I finished and I know they are going to be bad tomorrow even with taking something for them…and to cap all that off, about an hour later the snowplow came through and piled snow thigh high in the end of the driveway and that was not the easy to push fluffy stuff from the morning but the semi melted hard snow with the consistency of wet concrete…okay…not quite that bad but it took me almost another half hour just to clean that out…but one good thing is that I piled a lot of it in front of the house so no one can park there until it melts…all of that work took a lot out of me and I am still trying to recover from it and the fact that I only slept about 5 hours last night….needless to say I won’t be getting on the bike today…just don’t have the energy for it and feel pretty lousy, too….so, I’m just going to veg a while and try to recover…I may come back for a political one later but that’s a little iffy…

January 18th

Well…running really early today with getting up around 5 for the final time and I am just trying to get started here with only a little luck…used the french press to make some coffee this morning since I didn’t have a lot left in the pot from yesterday and I knew I was going to need more than the 6 cups in there…it seems like I slept okay but I do feel a little worn out this morning with only getting about 5 hours last night and having a couple of cocktails….I am a little disappointed that Space X has postponed it test launch until tomorrow since I was really looking forward to that to start my day today…oh, well…I guess I’ll have to make do with soccer here in a little while…I did get more work done in the basement yesterday and even mopped part of the floor that looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in 20 years but it will need a wax to get it back to looking like it should…but that is going to wait until I can get the rest of it cleared and I can mop the whole thing again…I did get a 10 mile ride in yesterday and came away drenched again but it felt good to burn a few calories and I’ll do that again today after shoveling the snow but that is going to wait a while until the coffee starts to work…I did get some new speaker wire yesterday to replace the cobbled together ones for the back speakers in the living room and that is going to be a project for the day today so I can get them around the base of the wall instead of the center of the room….and then I need to clean the room, too….not too motivated right now so I am going to watch some tv for a few minutes and have more coffee….more later….

January 17th

Well…running a little late this morning and feel a little crappy after not being good last night and that may be the only time this week….just don’t enjoy it like I used to and I don’t need the calories…and my lungs are still trying to clear themselves and I wonder why it is taking so long for that to happen…the coughing is getting really annoying and tiring and I just realized that is why my upper back hurts….hmmm…slept okay last night but the lung problems are taking the energy out of me so I am going to take an easy morning…but I do have to run a couple of errands before it starts to snow and then I’m going to hibernate for the weekend since we’re supposed to get 7 inches of snow…it is kind of liberating to be able ride inside and not worry about the weather anymore…and I did get started on organizing the basement here…finally…and I think I’ve cleared enough of the tile floor to mop some of it over the weekend…don’t think that has been done for 20 years and it looks pretty bad…it’s nice to make some progress even though I don’t have the last room up here done yet….I do have to remember that Space X is going to do a launch tomorrow morning where they are testing the crew capsule escape rockets that will destroy the Falcon 9 in the process and is the last test before they can launch people to the ISS later in the year…and you know they will have cameras everywhere so it should be quite a show….more later…