Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I have been totally miserable for the last couple of days. I started thinking about it, and I can recall once that I had a cold during all the time we were living in an RV, and never during the last seven years while we lived here. While we were in Mexico, during 1993, most people, including the BW, were miserable for a couple of weeks, but I had a flu shot and never got sick.
I am taking all sorts of home remedies and patent medicines, but nothing works for very long. The one thing that worries me is that I'm living with three other people now, and I'm trying hard not to spread it around. I had head a couple of times that something was going around, but didn't think much about it. This is like being a kid again, in Ohio during the winter, having a few miserable colds each year. It's really frustrating. The hot shower is best, but once you get out it fades away fairly quickly.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
I have been walking the dogs a couple of miles the last two days and woke up with a raw esophagus this morning. I didn't walk them today, and haven't left the house. I guess that makes it a good Sunday, but I wish I didn't feel misery coming on.
Friday, December 24, 2010
At my age I would have thought that I knew all about cleaning the outside of a car, but there was an article in today's paper on Detailing. The news (for me) was that there is a "clay bar" sold at auto supply stores, and the clay bar and a special lubricant (or car wash liquid) removes contaminants, such as tar or sap, which are stuck to the paint. That was news to me, and I feel the need to buy a clay bar before I wash a car again. I'm pretty lazy, and I only get around to actually washing every six months or so. When I do wash them, I wax them too.
The other bit of news was that there is a way to get the black deposits on the wheel covers. You use "liquid wheel cleaner" and an old toothbrush. The front wheel covers on the Dodge have been getting slowly blacker over 10 years, and I can't get it all off. There is a little more every year and they don't look so good close up. I plan to look for liquid wheel cleaner too.
I have touch-up paint for both cars, an air compressor with a blow nozzle on a quick disconnect, a shop vacuum, and everything else it takes to clean up a car (I think). Now I know that there's always something else cropping up while my back is turned.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The sun is shining (both yesterday and today) and Annie and Jerzy think it's warm, although I still think it's cold. I gave them my car and the BW and I are getting along with just one. They're out running the streets again - we only see them in the morning and at night because they're out for coffee in the morning, then shopping for food, etc., or at the beach. I think 70 degrees with a brisk wind is nasty, but they're happy.
We agreed that there's too much food and we will eat leftovers for dinner tonight. The cabbage and sausage soup the BW made is still here - more than a gallon of it, the fried pork quinoa that I made is still in the refrigerator, and there is leftover fish from last night.
Although Betty had said that tomorrow was an open day, Annie called and something was wrong. They decided that we would all go to Ocala on the 30th, which is fine by me.
We all did watch television last night - a British show called Doc Martin. It's a series that runs through four seasons, and the BW found it on one of the PBS stations here. I found all four seasons, and we started with season one. Each week you would get one 45 minute show on the air, but with Netflix we watched the first three shows last night, which was equivalent to a fairly long movie. I was surprised but Annie and Jerzy wanted to watch more shows too, and the BW commented that she is glad that we have a subscription now. I guess that's a good Christmas present - she told me not to do it three times, but had asked for four years (intermittently) about signing up for it. It's hard for me to understand what she wants because she won't just tell me.
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