|Sunday, June 14th, 2015|
|A good yard sale
Alas the house across the street was put up as collateral for a number of home loans and the bank has called in the note. The owner is selling it and the families that are there are moving out. They have been holding a series of tag sales and a pair of items that they were selling were a band saw and a coping saw. Even better they loaded both into a pickup truck and delivered them across the street.
They look nice in the basement...
So after my initial visit to the cardiologist was cancelled due to another patient's emergency, I arrived on The next day for my rescheduled appointment to discover my doctor was again late due to an emergency. Once he finally showed up, he told me that all the tests showed that as far as he could determine from the nuclear stress test, and the angiogram that there were no blockages and my heart looked fine. He at this point is thinking that all my symptoms were caused by a virus and that they should pass with time.
On the off chance it turn out not to be a virus, he did give me a prescription for nitroglycerin... I still feel it if I carry too much or exercise too hard, so we will see.
This morning I woke up and with my housemates drove south to the funeral of a friend's father, to support our friend. It was strange to attend a funeral for someone you do not know... I found I did not care for the priest's choice of readings. There are passages that would better soothe a grieving family... He came across as political and belittling those that did not have the one true faith, again, not at a funeral.... So instead I found myself studying the soaring poured concrete arches that held up the church roof, and the small stress fracture in every one of them...
Afterwards, we headed to the family cottage where I liberated a pair of old and worn but pretty oriental carpets from the attic. We enjoyed just watching the calm sound and walking on the beach briefly collecting shells.
Then it was back home to meet up with my former students Jacqui to have a day of sewing. Despite the heat we got a lot done, with one table set up for sewing and another for cutting.
|Friday, May 29th, 2015|
I have read good and poor reviews for this film.
If you are on of the geeks who look back and wonder why we abandoned space and the promise of all the future could hold, then you will likely be in the former group. This movie touches on that dream of the future and for a brief while brings hope.
Go see it.
Then start looking for the easter eggs. There are many of them!
|Thursday, May 28th, 2015|
|Arrival of the mattress
So this tall package arrived with the rolled up mattress. I stripped the bed and we pulled off the old mattress. Opening the package unfurled the mattress. It is two to three inches taller than my old one. Quite the climb...
There was a faint chemical smell. Not all that bad and it slowly grew fainter overnight
It was softer than my old mattress, moderately firm although the sides could be firmer...
Still I woke up with much less back pain. It was a win.
|Saturday, May 23rd, 2015|
|I went mattress shopping today
I hate car shopping. Bad suits, manipulative staff, bending the truth in any way possible to seperate you from your cash. All the while drsperately trying to oversell their product. Walking into a mattress shop is the same feeling just with a bit less haggling. So many pricing games and deals that end that day. If they hide the price I immediately do not trust them.
I finally gave up and bought one online.
|Monday, May 18th, 2015|
|Lego Mini Festival Redux
Normally Lego holds a Lego Kidsfest in Hartford every two years. I get tickets to the show as birthday presents for a former apprentices kids Rocky and Dots. Alas this year it was not to be, the show is not in Hartford. Instead Jacqui suggested that we hold a small gathering at my place...
Well it grew... We eventually had twelve kids show up and play with Legos. Some of the challenges were quite fun...
Every child was given the same small lego builder kit. The kits were opened and put in quart bags that were then sealed. Then I told them that they had to build the kits without opeing the bag... The looks of terror and frustration were rampant. Most of them got a start but some of the small piecces were too much for most of them. In the end all but one of Albreda's daughters opened the bags. She however succeeded!
There was a relay race where I distributed for identical creative build sets and a creation from a fifth that the kids were told to relicate on brick at a time relay race style. This had some problems... One little girl ran diagonally across comming back with legos from another team. Another team had multiple runners going at one time. Another had a team member run over and forget what block they were supposed to get and just sit there in frustration. A member of the other team was tagged off by mistake... All three teams built succcessfully though.
We also built bridges that were tested to destruction, by putting heavier and heavier weights on them. We evetually had full two liter bottles of soda perched on top. Most of them survived!
There was a tower build, where the test was a combination of height and to place the tower in front of a fan on high to see if it was stable. Both towers withstood the gale although the shorter one did lean a bit...
We also had bubble wands, nerf pistols, a large yard to romp in and a bbq.
It seems to have been a success.
|Wednesday, May 6th, 2015|
|Spring in New England
This is the mature magnolia just outside the dining room. The fence is five feet tall...
It is lovely but is already losing petals. They last so short a time... The leaves on the other hand come in luscious and thick and it becomes a wonderful climbing spot with nooks to read in and dappled sunlight throughout.
|Friday, April 10th, 2015|
|The joy of the discharge
So, since it was not my heart and thus hopefully would not kill me immediately, the cardiac ward discharged me to go home. Still worried and have lots of tests in my future but the chest pains are not suddenly going to cause a heart attack.
Sean had arrived with my go bag. But on Friday when they checked me in, my shoes, wallet, carkeys and long pants went in a plastic bag that was still in the car.
So there I was dressed in khaki shorts, a longsleeve shirt, black socks and fuzzy slippers. The height of fashion, but my shorts kept falling down.
A two meter mini usb cable works well as a belt with a bow tied in the front... Two geeks noticed on the way out and smiled...
|Good news, Weird news
So after performing the cat scan with imaging chemicals, it took them eight hours to tell me that they found nothing. I had not eaten for nineteen hours at that point and all I had the day before was a small sandwich and a muffin...
No blockages, no clots and no damage. All great news.
They however cannot tell me why I have an odd heartbeat, chest pain that responds to nitro and elevated blood pressure. The weird news...
They are setting up a followup visit with the cardiologist
|Nitroglycerin headache bonus
Nitro gives you an instant massive headache. An unexpected bonus is it completely masks the caffeine withdrawl symptoms.
I have been off since last friday...
|Sunday, April 5th, 2015|
|Discharged at last
The lab tech came in early an had me injected and imaged at 8:30 to 9.
The cardiologist was in and had found no problems by 11.
At 1:30 after multiple messages from my nurse the Doctor on call finally took a look at my file to realize the cardiologist had actually already signed off...
I was out by 2.
|Saturday, April 4th, 2015|
|Premature Ventricular Contractions
So this weekend I was supposed to be painting trim and hanging a 3D frieze... some chest pain and a racing oddly beating heart on Thursday worried me. But laying down seemed to help... Until I got up on Friday...
The good news is I live less than a block from the hospital. Several nitroglycerine pills calmed things and I was scheduled for a stress test and chest images today. That went fine but they also want a resting set tomorrow.
So another night in the hospital. I finished one book and am about to start on another...
I was supposed to be baking.... As it is I may or may not make Easter tomorrow. Restrictions if and and release time will tell.
|Thursday, March 26th, 2015|
|Now that is interesting policing...
So on the way home on Tuesday, I am going up 84N when I see flashing lights ahead of me. As I get closer traffic slows and it is evident there are multiple cruisers. As I get still closer I notice that there is a car askew in the center lane, a cop car in the left lane and a cop car in the right lane blocking all three lanes of traffic. One cop has a suspect draped over the hood and another is standing back watching and in the usual they can draw in an instant pose.
Cars are slowly going around them in the breakdown lanes...
Bothersome, annoying, but hey, it is Connecticut. There were no bodies...
|Wednesday, March 25th, 2015|
I have three bird feeders and four suet cakes hanging under the porch roof. Every morning when I walk out of the house there is a lovely cacophony of birdsong.
So far no blubirds but the woodpeckers just showed up a week ago.
|Tuesday, March 17th, 2015|
|LED lightbulb sale
The Connecticut Home Depots are offering 40 and 60 watt equivalent LED bulbs for 97 cents each, with up to 20 per run past the checkout counter.
I bought a few...
|Thursday, March 12th, 2015|
Somewhere Death is helping Terry Pratchett up onto Binky's back and giving him a tour of the Discworld.
Goodbye we will sorely miss you.
|Wednesday, March 11th, 2015|
|A study in the human response to extreme audio stimulation during waste elimination
So, I am standing the the bathroom when the falling rain loosened an entire sheet of snow and ice on my very steep roof. One house sized sheet slid down impacting and loosening another and both funneled down the V of the roof, raining down on top of the bathroom with a massive pounding and grinding noise. It was a bit like standing directly beneath a long car crash.
My flow stopped.
The Roaring continued.
|Tuesday, March 10th, 2015|
|Isle du Dragon Dormant Baronial investiture
I picked up Edith and headed back to the house to finish the machine sewing on the natural/white tunic for use in the planned knighting. The Red tunic was already done except for hand work.
Once finished we hopped in the car and drove until we hit St Albans. Looking for a restaurant we were heading down a dark are when I suddenly spot a grille height berm in front of us. The lane we were in suddenly became a right turn only towards the highway with no notice and the berm was just to the right of center. I reacted and jinxed left putting my right wheel up on the edge of the berm but avoiding an impact. I ran forward in the breakdown lane and prepared to stop or pull over when the car behind me put on the blue and white lights.
Sure enough it was a state trooper. Once he was certain we were just clueless visitors who had not seen the darkened berm he got friendlier and asked us what we were doing. When we told him we were looking for a restaurant he turned us around and suggested what was a fabulous Thai restaurant. Edith's honey duck was amazing. My masaman beef was good, but hers was an amazing winner.
After that we drove to Jeanne's place and kept sewing by hand to finish the tunics. I finally finished around 3 and dropped.
The event was wonderful! Jeanne and her fellow Baroness had both worked with the same bolts of cloth to make the same style outfit only one used the front and the other the back of a shot fabric. It looked similar but different. I had the honor of bearing Jeanne's banner into court and then scurried off to a seat.
Now the other high point of first court was a surprise knighting of one of Thorson's squires. Thorson had convinced him he was at Pax and supported that with facebook posts. He was lurking in the soon to be vigil room when he heard his squire and his squire's friends on the other side of the wall decide to send Thorson a photo. With a large glass window and horizontal blinds being all that seperated them he waited till he heard "Smile" and pulled open the blinds and grinned in the opening, photobombing the picture being sent to himself. Later when he popped out as the knights were called in the look on his squire's face was priceless.
Dinner was lovely and afterwards we headed back and all collapsed. The next morning we woke up to discover it was daylight savings and suddenly had to prepare breakfast for thirty an hour sooner than planned. I made the gingerbread molasses waffles that are so wonderful and seemed to go over well.
Odd fact: I mentioned a medieval reenactment group to both the Canadian and US customs guard. They seemed to understand, or were so confused it stopped the line of questioning both times.
Despite some snow, the ride home through Boston was uneventful. I do however seem to have picked up a touch of bronchitis...