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Not Like Christmas in the Old Days

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Yesterday we did a lot of things, but the big one was to make three forays into Home Depot to buy mulch, plants fertilizer, weed N feed, and a pressure sprayer. The clerk convinced me that the cheap one was a bad choice, so I got the best one with electric power. It is supposed to be 1800 PSI but I don't know if it would cut the toe off of steel tipped shoes. It could hurt you though. I had seen one at Costco, but it turns out that the one at Home Depot cost less, generated higher pressure, and had the same features.

I didn't get to open the sprayer last night - getting ready for the Kiwanis banquet tonight, then going around with how much money to give the Historical Society for Murray took a lot of time, and I finally wrote another check today. Having a decision doesn't seem to make things easy because there never is a final decision.

Today I planted 36 Sapphire St. Augustine grass plugs, and did another bunch of chores. I started the day seeing a podiatrist, and finally paid him $270 for three laser treatments for toenail fungus. I hope it works. Anyhow, now it's time to get ready for the banquet (the BW has been working on that for some time) and I still haven't opened the box of the pressure sprayer. It's not like being a kid at Christmas. I guess I'm getting old.

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MS.ELENI 3/16/2011 8:17PM

    Another man toy. emoticon I am sure you will get to try it out soon

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TWOTIMESS 3/16/2011 4:28PM

    LOL, that sprayer would be out of its box and blasting in two minutes flat! Good luck with your toe nails - try to get them in the sun - I undersand sunlight also kills off the fungus, which is really hard to kill.

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MRDPOLING 3/16/2011 4:08PM

    Oh I am so itching to get to the landscaping too. I hope to get to play in the dirt within the next week or two.

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Bad Eyes

Monday, March 14, 2011

One of the joys of lasting a long time is that various body parts start to work erratically. My latest problem is with the eyes. I seem to be allergic to oak pollen, and it affects my eyes more than the rest of my head. I was never allergic to anything except poison ivy and honeysuckle sap until about 10 years ago. We were living underneath big live oak trees, and the BW was bothered a lot. I hadn't noticed it for the first few years except when she pointed out the yellow dust all over the van. Then one year it seemed as if I had a cold, and I finally realized that maybe it was the oak pollen.

Since then it had gotten worse, and I started being affected two or three months ago. At first I assumed it was dry eyes, and just being an old fart was the cause. When I looked them up on Sparks, it said that age was a big factor, so I just accepted it. But it kept getting worse, and now it drives me up the wall. I tried a number of the BW's suggestions, but the thing that finally helped a lot was to take an antihistamine. It was like magic. Unfortunately, as time goes on, the magic doesn't seem to work as well as it did before. There was a little article in the paper that this is an unusually bad year for tree pollen - possibly a record - so maybe it will slack off in a month or so, but I suspect there will be something else to irritate me then.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 3/15/2011 8:34PM

    Use local honey as a sweetener in your tea (or whatever). It contains minuscule amounts of the local pollens and acts rather like a homeopathic remedy. My husband swears by it. I don't suffer from allergies (yet) so I cannot offer my personal endorsement. (Another affective treatment he tried, but WOULD NOT recommend, was a small piece of jalapeņo up the nose.)

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TWOTIMESS 3/15/2011 3:27AM

    That must be what's ailing me right now - allergies. I've always had dry eyes, but the last few days I've been tilting my head this way and that just to read with my vari-focals and it's not working too well! Sneezing and siffling all morning long and fine in the afternoon.

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MRDPOLING 3/14/2011 11:06PM

    I know Oak is supposed to be like everyone's favorate wood but frankly it isn't mine. There is really nothing I like about it from the way they look in the yard, the snell of the raw wood or the way it looks when stained and finished.

As for your allergy... I have never heard of anyone being allergic to an oak tree but then again, until about 10 years ago, I didn't really have much experiance with allergies myself.

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MS.ELENI 3/14/2011 10:57PM

    The pollen started bothering Bill about a year ago.So far I am good.But I am not out and about a lot.I wonder if you wore one of those dust masks if it would help/

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CAROLJEAN64 3/14/2011 10:15PM

    Luckily for me my eyes weren't affected by pollen. The spots I was seeing were cataracts and boy can the medical profession ever do a great job on that problem. Out go the bad lenses (which were very near sighted) and in come new lenses with perfect vision. I am almost 66 years old and need no glasses.

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Quiet Sunday

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Today I reset a whole lot of clocks, read the Sunday paper (especially the comics and Comp USA ad), and washed the inside of the refrigerator while waiting for the BW, who was going to do it. I just started, and by the time she came back it was done.

Then we went to Sweetbay and bought a cart full of groceries. After they were all put away, I spent nearly two hours spraying where the bees weren't thick, but saved some for the Meyer lemon and avacado tree because the bees were swarming there. After that I spend nearly two hours digging out nutsedge and sand burrs, with a few odd weeds thrown in. I kept going until the grocery bag was too full to tie fully closed.

And I didn't overeat, at least so far. Sounds like a miserable Sunday, right?

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ALEXTHEHUNN 3/14/2011 8:26PM

    A colleague comments that most of his clocks reset themselves. It highlighted our age difference.

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MRDPOLING 3/13/2011 9:09PM

    Yeah I thought I had all of my clocks taken care of before I went to bed Saturday night but when I got in my truck today I realized I had missed too and they are the two that I always have to look up how to change them. The hard part was looking for the manuals and then looking up how to do it. The actual changing for both took like half a minute.

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MS.ELENI 3/13/2011 6:07PM

    That is not a quiet Sunday,That was another one of your busy busy days. emoticon

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TWOTIMESS 3/13/2011 5:43PM

    Sounds like a perfect Sunday!

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New Toilet Seat

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I rolled out at 6:00 this morning and made it to downtown Palm Harbor before anyone else, but Dan drove past me, looking for the trailer which wasn't there just as I got out of my car. I waved my arms in his rear view mirror to stop him.

We did more than $100 again today, and I made the pancake batter, loaded the dispenser, and after a while greased the grill and made pancakes, but only a dozen at a time. We normally turn out three dozen on each of the two grills, but it was so slow than I just wanted to keep the grill working while waiting for customers. It turned out OK, as we never did run out completely, and we only used up 10 pounds of pancake mix today. That still left us with excess pancakes, which we put in the trash yesterday. I brought some home today, even though they do have a lot of sodium in them.

Then I washed everything again, and how my car is completely packed full. I gave my key to the storage facility to Jim Angle, so he could drop off the frozen sausage, so I'll have to wait until Monday to put everything back in storage.

It's lucky we have two cars, because I took the BW to Ace Hardware to pick out a new toilet seat today. A hinge broke on one of our toilets this morning, and it was her favorite. The new seat made her happy.

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TWOTIMESS 3/13/2011 3:43AM

    Strange how a simple thing like having a good toilet seat can make us happy. I hate using those cheap plastic seats.

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MS.ELENI 3/12/2011 9:40PM

    Well at least A is easy to pleased. sounds like you are ready to do some relaxing

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S3XYDIVASMOM 3/12/2011 7:37PM

    May you always make the BW happy. Better than crappy.

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MRDPOLING 3/12/2011 7:14PM

    Sounds like a crappy job. hehe

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This and That

Friday, March 11, 2011

Wednesday I went down to the Chamber of Commerce to find out where and when the Citrus Festival signs would be ready for the Kiwanis to put up. The first thing I had to do was wait a half hour until someone could talk to me, then wait another 10 minutes while they tried to figure out where they wanted them. Then they gave me 16 signs and five large banners that they wanted up. I was having a hard time understanding their directions because I know the directions of the compass but not the directions they were giving me, so I waited while they figured out where, in compass directions, they wanted the things placed, and which direction they should face. By the time I finished the 16 signs it was 2PM (four hours after I started) and I took a lunch break at home before tackling the banners. Fortunately Dan called me there and asked me to wait for him - he had stopped by the Chamber but wasn't ready until after three, so I waited in a recliner, because I was shot.

Dan and I managed to get four and a half banners up, using all the line the Chamber gave me, and all the rope I had at home. By then it was nearly six and I was totally done for the day. I did go out after supper and buy another package of clothesline braided rope to finish the last banner.

Yesterday it was raining really hard in the early morning, but it quit, and I took the BW with me to finish the last banner. She held the middle up while I wrapped the line around a post twice before pulling the line as tight as I could. The clothesline stretches, so you need to get it tight, and then I wrapped the end over the line twice to get the knot tight for the first knot.

After that we went back to the fourth banner, which was a mess because we were running out of line and one corner had the grommet ripped out. I put four layers of duct tape on both sides of the bad corner, embedded a strand of rope in the corner for strength, and then cut a hole with my trusty Swiss Army knife. Then we moved it farther back from the intersection so there were places to tie the top corners and middle of the banner. It looks great now.

Today I went for a nuclear stress test, which took from 7:45 to 10:00, then rushed over to the Citrus Festival and helped make pancakes and clean up. Then I brought all the pans, bowls, and utensils home to wash for use tomorrow. I'll be back there at 7:15 tomorrow, and maybe again Sunday. It was a fairly long day and I found out that the Chamber expects us to recover all the signs and banners for them Sunday or Monday. I'm not sure about it - I guess I can, but the BW has a big shopping list and I promised to go shopping for house stuff Monday. I also got a call from a doctor who reads the before and after pictures who says I look worse this time than the last test, so I may have a fight with the cardiologist next week.

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TWOTIMESS 3/12/2011 1:01AM

    I'm not surprised that your stress levels were higher! Rushing about, dealing with confused people at Chamber of Commerce... And now you're gearing up for a fight with your cardiologist! LOL!

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MS.ELENI 3/11/2011 10:28PM

    Where is the Citrus Festival . You should be tired after all you have been doing.

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MRDPOLING 3/11/2011 9:58PM

    Oh man I must be tired, I was reading banners as bananas. Boy was I confused at first. LOL

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