And Another Fine Week Has Begun!

Had a witty statement to make here; and totally forgot it. Senior Moment! Seem to be having more of those lately.

b_shot0014aHad a “echocardiogram” last Tuesday. The Tech didn’t run screaming from the room or rush to drag someone else in to “take a look at THIS!” so I guess it went okay. Won’ t know until next Wednesday when I go back to see the Cardiologist.

Wednesday (last) I had the “chemical stress test” that involved nothing to eat after midnight the night before. That was fun! It’s highly unusual to have someone sit and look you in the eye and say “I’m going to be injecting you with radiation that will bind with certain muscles of your heart and then take some pictures of it.” (Tried to tell them that if they wanted to save their medicine they could stress me just by trying to convince me how good a Biden Presidency would be. They didn’t fall for  that though.)

Told him he needed to add another sentence to that: (Best/worst German accent) “And then you vill die, Mr. Bond!”

So, they did that and had me sit around for awhile. Then they hooked me up to a machine and injected me with a vasodilator; which instantly made me short of breath. But it only lasted 30 seconds or so. Got a small chest pain out of it though. But, ultimately, I returned to “normal” and we finished up. After another 40 minute wait we did another set of pictures and I got to go home. Via Burger b_shot0029aKing.

Just been “puttering” around the house getting things done. Scanning my Uncle’s old family pictures. Re-ripping our cd’s to ogg format. Getting this new mini-windows computer to do what I want it to do. Planning my Winter projects.

Still putting together my solar system to keep running my radio stuff on batteries. Going to Ace Hardware this afternoon to get some connectors and stuff so I can finish that.

Last Saturday I moved our RV to the lower driveway so the sun will hit a different part of it AND so I’ll have a bit more level ground for the scaffolding I’m getting to redo the silicone along the edge of the roof so there (hopefully) won’t be any leaks. (Did that make sense?)

Supposed to start raining this Wednesday and go for a few days. We need it. I’ve got trash that needs burning and can’t do it while the Burn Ban is in effect. But, I need to get out and work on the RV roof before all that starts. Rain lasts MONTHS around here sometimes!

Anywho, that’s about it. Don’t get a lot of excitement (don’t want any! Been there, done that).

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Ok. It’s About Damned Time I Posted Again.

acepcSo, I bought this ACEPC mini-computer. It’s about as square as a CD case and about 4 high in thickness. (Official name is: ACEPC Mini PC Intel Celeron J3455,4K HD Graphics Windows 10 Pro Mini Computer,4GB DDR3/64GB eMMC,Gigabit Ethernet,Dual Band Wi-Fi,Bluetooth 4.2) And even though it’s Windows 10, it’s working just fine. Can’t believe how good it works for being so small!

I got it hanging on the wall to unclutter my desktop some. It’s going to be my “radio” computer because it’ll run “Ham Radio Deluxe” (the free version cause the commercial version is shit). Already installed, hooked up to my yaesu 857d, and working just fine.

It’s also going to be the machine I post from since it runs Open Live Writer; which I haven’t been able to get working properly in Linux (any flavor). So, when I get back into my groove and back to posting more y’all will be able to blame Windows 10 on this mini-pc.

Haven’t posted cause, well, I just haven’t. COVID still has everyone in virtual lockdown (but a lot of us, except for masks, are just going about our lives). SWMBO and I still get out for our Friday date (Red Lobster today!). Trips to Walmart or WinCo and pretty much anywhere else we “need” to go. Even Home Depot! But I don’t post cause I just don’t feel like it. Could be the depression kicking in; or it could be, I don’t know.

2019-05-10 08.21.30And you don’t want to get me started on Masks! (You really don’t.)

Got a ladder rack for my truck and modified it to sit lower so I didn’t have to take a step stool along to put things on it. Nice looking but a bit noisy when driving. (Was noisy even before I “modified” it so that wasn’t the cause.) Now I’ll be able to carry my own stuff from Home Depot instead of paying the $100 delivery fee.

Finally had the colonoscopy a couple of weeks ago. My first. SWMBO was right when she said the prep was worse than the exam. That prep! Whew! Wasn’t sure it was going to work but everything cleared up about a half hour before we had to leave for my appointment. Guess it was okay cause they didn’t have me repeat it. They found and removed 7 polyps though, so I have to go back in 3 years. Bummer! (But better safe than sorry.) Whatever they used to knock me out worked good!

They also found my “roids” and referred me to a butt-Doc for that. He took one look and said “Oh, yeah. Those need to be removed.” But he’s having me see a Cardiologist first to be sure I’ll survive the surgery. (They’re bad enough for surgery instead of banding. Ugh.)

Everyone keeps asking me when I had my heart attack! I don’t remember having one. My regular Doc asked after a cardiogram. The Anesthesiologist for the colonoscopy asked before putting me under (something about E-Waves). And even the Butt-Doctor (senior moment. Oh, Proctologist!) asked about it. So, maybe going to the Cardiologist will be a good thing. (Or not.)

Otherwise, things are pretty much SSDD all around. Not accomplishing much around the house because of the twisted knee but it’s finally starting to get better. A Bit. Normal daily routine stuff takes up some time. Working on new computer’s, old computers, and playing on the radio eats us some other time. Taking care of SWMBO takes up a lot of time. (Sorta.)

Got kicked off Tumblr (hard to do, I know) so I’ve gone totally social media free. Haven’t used FB in a couple of months. Finally uninstalled Messenger (since it wouldn’t let me post anyway. Something about posting something against their rules; which is strange since I haven’t been of FB or Messenger in months) so I’m not spending hours a day dong that.

Reading more. Which is scary. Finished “Twilight Eyes” (again) and could NOT remember how it went. Rereading “Rendezvous With Rama” right now, which I’ve read at least 5 times since I was 15, and can NOT remember any specifics about it. That’s the scary part. The Good part is that all the books I have in my collection may be all “new” to me even though I grew up reading them.

Anywho, that’s probably more than anyone wanted to hear.

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