Monday, August 01, 2011
When I walked the dogs this morning the thunder was rumbling and mumbling in the west, and it was really dark - no blue showing anywhere. The gates to the big parking lot at the school were open, and there were a few cars in the teacher's lot. The sky was so exciting that I turned around and came home early, and there was someone standing with their head in a car as we passed. We only covered 1.62 miles, but we didn't get wet. Right now the sun is shining (6:10 PM).
I picked up copies of my last two cat scans and the radiologist's reports this morning. Bill printed out extra copies of the reports for me to keep, which I didn't request. The one of the neck does indeed say there is a 99 per cent blockage in the left carotid artery, and I suspect that the surgeon is going to be pushing for immediate surgery - I'll find out Wednesday morning.
Other than that, I helped the BW change sheets, called 18 people for the class, made name tags, sorted and counted books and pass outs, and loaded everything in the car for tomorrow. Then I sat and finished a book that I started yesterday. I also ate too many dates, probably. In order to get rid of them I put them in my prune jar, and the BW doesn't like dates, which I just found out and which surprised me. I have loved them since the first time I tasted them (as a little kid) and had no idea that she didn't like them after 55 years together. It's always a surprise what you don't know about people.
Tomorrow I teach half of a seminar, make up the certificates, and then pass everything on to my fearless leader so he can do the second day.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
We had four tenths of a inch of rain last night and two tenths this afternoon, but in between I did get the grass cut. It was a little wet, and I had to clean the mower deck half way through, but it's done and looks better.
This evening I made the dark chocolate Sorbet - just water, chocolate, sugar, and vanilla, and the BW almost swooned. She thinks it would satisfy anyone's chocolate craving. We each had a bowl and there's a little less than a quart in the freezer. Next time I'll try the same recipe with Splenda instead of sugar and see what her reaction is - the batch is 162 calories per half cup, and most of that is from the sugar. Obviously I could make chocolate ice cream, or chocolate ice milk the same way with the same recipe, but the calorie content would be even higher - especially with heavy cream. The Sorbet is extremely chocolaty - like Hershey's special dark, but no fat.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
I need to cut the grass tomorrow - and it's hot and wet and miserable, so I'll get up early and sweat a lot. We walked past the Palm Harbor University High School the last couple of days, and they have four days set aside next week, one for each of the four high school grades, for doling out lockers and parking permits. It has been odd to look at those hugh parking lots with nothing in them, but I guess that will change soon. The summer break doesn't last nearly as long as it did when I was a kid, but I suppose not many of these kids work on their relatives' farms.
Friday, July 29, 2011
I walked the dogs two and a half miles this morning, almost all north and south, and got home not long after the sun came up. My thermometer read 65 degrees, and the paper's prediction was for a low of 75. I guess being close to the coast gives you your own microclimate, because often my measurement is either higher or lower than the extremes the paper predicts. We had a good start to the day.
Then I did some sparking, and picked up Jack and John B. for lunch at Tiffany's. We had a good discussion on a lot of things until Jack expressed a different opinion on the debt ceiling - and John and I disagreed fairly strongly. Years ago we had one strong rule in the bar after work - we never discuss politics or religion. We'll have to be more careful in future.
Dr. Falla called with the results of yesterday's tests - basically everything is OK except for the blocked carotid artery - and Dr. Zuzga will tell me if I'm in trouble Wednesday. Falla agreed that I might have built my own bypass for the blocked artery, but it's up to the surgeon to suggest treatment. I'm working on a list of questions to get answered - just in case. I want to understand what will be done, why it needs to be done, what other choices are available, and how things are going to go before I sign up to anything. I won't be doped up this time.
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