Archives for February 2021

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021 – Mostly Quiet Pool Day

Hi Darlin’,
Lola was restless all night last night, so my sleep schedule was intermittent at best. Don’t know what got into her, maybe not enough exercise, or it could have just been the full moon keeping all the critters out and about, but she was scratching at the bedroom partition and walking around all night. I let her out once at 12:30, but I wasn’t about to keep doing that all night. Anyway, I got up and did my chores, then after breakfast and some computer work I started checking all the fuses on the truck hoping to find the culprit that’s keeping my dash lights in the dark when I drive at night. I finally found one, generically called Body Control Module A (or was it B?), nothing about dash or illumination or anything in the description, but I changed it out. It was too bright outside to know if it worked or not, so I had to wait until it got dark. Did some reading, then finally decided to float in the pool for awhile, reading and chucking the ball for Lola to fetch, hoping to tire her out so we’ll both sleep better tonight. Jeff’s boarder and her friend came by and took her horse and Apollo out, and by the time they got back it was twilight. Instead of waiting around to feed them and getting bit by mosquitoes, I went back to the truck to see if the lights were working, and lo and behold, even with the old dimmer switch in, they worked just fine! Yay! I’ll send the new dimmer back since I don’t need it, and I didn’t really like the matte finish on it anyway, it looked a bit odd with the rest of the dashboard. I hope it’s just the fuse and not that the fuse blowing is indicative of another problem, but I guess I’ll wait and see. I can always get another dimmer. I love Amazon Prime, with their free shipping and return policy! I also ordered a new bathing suit online, I’ve never ordered clothes that way before, but I’ve been having the hardest time trying to find a style I like in the stores. The one I ordered isn’t exactly what I was looking for, but it was close enough to give it a try, and I needed something. I think I’ve been wearing the same two bathing suits for over thirty years, it’s high time I got a new one! Eventually we got the critters fed and I was able to settle down for the evening, later than usual but not too bad. Of course, the days are getting a lot longer, which is nice. Time for shower and bed now, though! So good night, sweetie! Love you!

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 – Busy Puttering Day

Hi Hon,
Had a good night sleep, felt a bit lazy this morning, almost decided to relax by the pool, but then I decided I had some things to do, and once I got started, there was no stopping me! First I made a big batch of chaney root tea, then I began outside by washing the small horse trailer, it was filthy and covered with algae in a lot of places. I figured if I wanted to fix the rust holes in it, it should at least be clean to start with. After that, I decided to fix the screen door. Lola did a great job of tearing up both the top and the bottom, and I bought some replacement screen the other day. The old screen was aluminum, which held up pretty well, but the new screen is apparently a tough nylon made especially for pets, so hopefully that will do even better. But before I could start, I had to find my screen roller tool, and it was nowhere to be found. Then I couldn’t get one of the drawers open in the tool box, so I had to work on that for a bit, finally discovering that somehow a screwdriver got stuck in a hole in the back of a drawer which prevented it from opening. I managed to hammer out the screwdriver, but couldn’t figure out how to take the whole drawer out to retrieve it, and some other things I could see that had fallen out the back of a drawer to the bottom. After working on that for a while, I finally got online and found a couple of videos on Youtube that offered a couple of choices, the most sensible was one that required a thin piece of metal about 8 or 10 inches long, so I stepped around to the back of the trailer and started walking, and within 15 yards I found the perfect thing laying right on the ground. I guess that’s one advantage to have a yard full of scrap metal! It worked great and I had the drawer out in short order, but not before having to empty all the other drawers. Well, no sense putting all that stuff away without doing some cleaning, so I spent some time wiping everything down and reorganizing, which was really overdue. It’s always amazing how much space you can gain just be rearranging things! Of course, once I got the drawer pulled out, I found several tools in the bottom, including the screen roller tool that set this whole thing in motion. So after finishing that and taking a quick break, I tackled the screen replacement job. I’ve done that so many times now it didn’t take me too long. By the time that job was finished, Amazon had delivered a couple of packages to me, one was a new dimmer switch for the truck, which, according to several different sources online, should hopefully solve my dash illumination problem, though I’m sorry to say that it didn’t once I installed it. Tomorrow’s job is going to be going through each and every fuse to see if I missed it last time I looked. You remember that cool jar opener we had, the one that squeezed together with several different size hole grips, that we think fell under the slide and eventually disappeared? Well, I’ve been looking for one in stores and haven’t found any, so I finally went online and found some exactly like we had. One was about $7, and then there was a package of two for $10, so I got that latter and gave Jeff the second one. Thought he might find it useful, if not now, maybe in the future. I know my hands aren’t always strong enough to open tight jars, and with arthritis in the family, he’s bound to have trouble at some point, too. Anyway, by then it was feeding time, and then I checked that dimmer switch again in the dark just to make sure it still wasn’t working (it wasn’t), had my shower early, watched a few Heartlands, now I’m ready for bed! Whew! Busy day! Good night, babe! Love you!

Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 – Up and Down Day

Hi Babe,
Woke up early this morning, just before the time I had set my alarm, because now that I have a letter from my doctor saying I should get the covid vaccine, I thought I’d try to get an appointment at Publix. What a chaotic mess that was! They open up the appointments just after 7:00, and it took over an hour to just to the point where I could book it, and the nearest was Broward County, and every time I signed up for a time, by the time I finished filling out all the questions, that time was gone. The worst part was I had to practically start from scratch every time one application timed out. I moved it to two or three different stores, getting further and further south until I finally nabbed one in N. Lauderdale. Unfortunately, by the end of the day, I got a call saying they wouldn’t honor it because I wasn’t 65 yet, even with a doctor’s letter. I tried to get it switched over the Jeff, but they wouldn’t even let me do that! What a system! I’ll try again on Monday to get one for him, but I guess I’m stuck until they open it up for a wider audience. This is getting really scary, I’m getting close to losing my health insurance just because I can’t get the dang covid vaccine, because the union where I get my insurance won’t let me just pay for it myself. It’s a crazy system. Anyway, I did a few odd chores during the day, applying some new rust inhibitor on the little horse trailer, and hunting chaney root along the neighbor’s fence line, collecting a nice bunch. Jeff swears that James’ cholesterol plummeted when he started drinking it, and since mine was a bit high on my last bloodwork, I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve dramatically changed my diet, so that will certainly help, but it would be great if this Jamaican root tea actually has some value. It tastes pretty good, too! I planted a few of the bulbs in an extra planter that I had, thought maybe it would keep me supplied after I leave here, though I do intend to stock up before I leave. I have enough for a few weeks now, at least. Hope it works! Die a load of laundry today, too, but now I’m settled down for the evening, heading to shower and bed shortly. Good night, sweetie! Love you!

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 – Another Day of Shoulder PT

Hey Sweetie,
Was woken up in the middle of the night with the sound of a horse munching outside my window, looked out to discover Frost was wandering around. A couple of times when someone else has put him away they’ve forgotten to put up the fence, but I’ve always caught it in time to pen him in, though Jeff did it yesterday and he doesn’t usually forget, but evidently he did last night. Rosie woke me up barking a couple of times, no doubt because Frost wasn’t supposed to be out there, but I left it until I got up in the morning before putting Frost away. No worries, he deserves to be out and about a bit more than he has been. Left around noon to pick up some rust neutralizing stuff at Ace Hardware in Tequesta that Karl had recommended, then stopped for fuel, a quick stop at Publix for some veggies to munch on, then another day of PT for my shoulder. I’m beginning to believe that it might just be possible to finally get it back where it belongs, my therapist, Allie, seems to know exactly what she’s doing, so fingers crossed, eventually it will get back to normal, after ten long years of not being right. We’ll see, it’s still early days, but I’m hopeful. Got home by 5:00, did the chores fairly early (Jeff’s been making a good effort lately to feed earlier, thank goodness), and then settled down for the evening. Guess that’s all the news that’s fit to print! Good night, darlin’! Love you!

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 – First Day of Shoulder PT

Hi Babe,
A good night sleep started the day off right, getting my chores done in short order. I made some phone calls, one of which was to the clinic where I’ll be getting my physical therapy, to see if I can start up my shoulder sessions while I wait for my knee surgery, the other to the auto repair place to set up an appointment for them to inspect the suspension on the truck just to see if I need new shocks (which I’m sure I do since we’ve never changed them), or maybe a new leaf under the bed, just to make sure I don’t have any problems on the road, considering how over-weighted I am (the trailer, that is!). I set both appointments for tomorrow, then I got a call back from the clinic to ask if I wanted to come in today, and since I figured the sooner the better, I said yes! When I got there in the afternoon, I was thrilled to get the sense that this girl really knew her stuff, she listened carefully, took copious notes, then physically seemed to pinpoint exactly where my problem is, so I’m hoping that by the end of this, my shoulder will FINALLY, after ten years, get back into place! She’s also the one I’ll be working with on my recovery from knee surgery, so I’m really glad for that, too. Afterwards, I stopped at Home Depot to pick up a few supplies for some upcoming repairs I want to make. There’s a rusty hole forming in the roof of the small trailer, and a few other rust spots starting to bleed through the paint, so I sprayed it this morning with some rust neutralizer, then bought some spray paint and sandpaper so I can finish off those sections. I’m going to find a piece of scrap metal and JB weld it over the hole to keep it from leaking any more. Fortunately it’s in the tack room section and not the back area where all the hay is being stored, but it will only get worse if I don’t fix it now. I also bought a new screen for the door to the trailer, Lola’s been running roughshod over it for the past few weeks and there are a lot of holes in the old one, so that’s another chore I’ll try to do this weekend or at least before my knee surgery. I’ve made three more appointments for physical therapy before then, I’m really optimistic that this is going to work, at last! I hope I won’t be disappointed again! Anyway, finally settled down for the evening, off to bed soon! Cheers, my love! Good night!

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 – Heart “Condition” NOT!!

Hi Sweetie,
After a long drive to Weston just west of Ft. Lauderdale this morning, and hours of prepping and waiting, and what seemed like just two or three minutes into my cardiac cath procedure, the doctor declared the stress test was wrong and that there’s nothing wrong with my heart. No excessive plaque or buildup, nothing that impinges on my progress towards knee surgery. That’s especially good news, because I was told for the first time that if they HAD had to put in a stint, it would have delayed my knee surgery by SIX MONTH!! That would have been a disaster! Glad it was a good report, but sorry this has all delayed my knee surgery by almost three weeks. Sigh… Stopped at Turtle Tavern on the way back, as it was peirogi night, got back by 5:30 just as James was in the process of feeding the horses. Jeff and I finished it off, then I settled down for the night. Guess some progress was made, good to have a medical baseline for myself, now I only have my knee surgery to look forward to! Can’t wait! No shower tonight because of the wrist bandage, so now I’m off to bed. Good night, darlin’! Love you!

Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 – Finally A Busy Day, Even Got A Ride In!

Hey Darlin’,
Went to sleep last night with visions of having a busy day today, and fortunately, woke up in just the right mood to get it done! Did some housekeeping, a couple of loads of laundry, took a ride on Flash around the loop through Hungryland, installed my new license plate holder (the old one was plastic and broke when I was trying to change my old TN plate for my new FL plate), and FINALLY got the results of the latest covid test from CVS at 10:00 this evening. I was getting worried, because I needed it before my procedure tomorrow, and was very relieved when it finally arrived. The ride on Flash was nice, though last time I took that route there was a lot of undergrowth in the way, this time, someone had chewed up the trail with a tiller of some kind, so the undergrowth was gone but the trail was really chopped up. A couple of sections where there’s usually a lot of water were practically dry, it has been awhile since we’ve had any decent rain. So I feel like I’ve had a productive day, and am ready for bed, having already taken my shower. Last night I had to replace the screw in the shower drain, it completely rusted out and disintegrated, and when I started cleaning it out, I got gobs of slimy hair and rust out of it. I’ve never understood why they put regular screws in drain screen, don’t they know it’s going to get wet? Or maybe it’s stainless but even that can’t take the strain. Anyway, it’s fixed now, and the water is running down just fine. So now I’m off to bed, early morning drive tomorrow! Was relieved that I don’t have to be there until 10:15, was afraid it was going to be 6:00 or some ungodly hour, but still need to get out of here early, so here I go! Love you, babe! Good night!

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 – And Yet Another Lazy Day!

Hey Sweetie,
A pretty decent night sleep, another lazy, do-nothing day! Can’t wait until my knee is fixed, I feel like everything is on hold, and it’s hard to get up any energy to do anything in that state of mind. I thought I might ride today, but it was very breezy, and I’m not a big fan of that. Plus, I’m still worried it might exacerbate my knee problem, so I’ve been holding off. I probably should have gone, but just couldn’t get myself up for it. I’m just not used to all this laziness! Or all this time to even BE lazy! But next week is likely to be a bit busier, hopefully it will provide some stimulation to get me going. Finished a series of books that I was reading, watched a few Heartlands, now it’s time for shower and bed. Good night, my love!

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 – Another Lazy Day

Hi Babe,
Despite all the rest yesterday, I had another good night sleep last night. Other than going to Publix to pick up a few things and down to the CVS to get a quick covid test in anticipation of my heart procedure on Tuesday, I spent the day pretty much doing the same lazy things as yesterday. I considered going for a ride but there was a cool breeze after a cold front came through last night, so instead I read most of the day, took another afternoon nap, watched more Heartlands in the evening, now I’m ready for shower and bed. Not sure why I don’t have a lot of get up and go, but it’s not because I feel ill or anything, I just feel like taking a break or something. Anyway, it will be getting busy in the next few weeks, so I guess it won’t hurt to make a few deposits in the sleep bank! Good night, darlin’! Love you!

Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 – Lazy Day

Hey Darlin’,
Even after having a good night sleep, I felt tired today, and ended up doing virtually nothing but read all day. It was a bit too warm outside, then some storms came through, so I ended up staying in the trailer all day, even going back to bed in the afternoon because I kept falling asleep in my chair. Not sure what’s up with that, but I figured it was best to just go with it. Had an equally quiet evening, so it’s off to bed soon. Good night, sweetie! Love you!