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Old 04-14-2016, 07:55 PM   #881
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2016 has not been a banner year for me . I got some bizarre flu that left me with eight weeks of bronchitis and extreme fatigue .My Mom was admitted to a nursing home and is going downhill fast and to top it off my Aunt goes to visit my Mom and falls in the parking lot and breaks her hip . Some years are just bad years !
I'm sorry to hear about all those problems, and I hope everyone recovers quickly and as completely as possible. I remember thinking that the decade of 2000 - 2010 was horrible in our family, with numerous deaths and illnesses and worry that DD was going to die of some stupid decision. I don't know why, but it seemed like as soon as 2011 rolled around things got better and we've had a very happy decade so far. It helps immensely that DD finally seems to have grown up (very late) and is making good decisions now. I hope your misfortune is confined to just this one year.
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2016 has not been a banner year for me . I got some bizarre flu that left me with eight weeks of bronchitis and extreme fatigue .My Mom was admitted to a nursing home and is going downhill fast and to top it off my Aunt goes to visit my Mom and falls in the parking lot and breaks her hip . Some years are just bad years !
I'm sorry to read about all of this happening to you and your family this year! Surely better times lie ahead for you soon, or at least I hope so. Take care.
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Old 04-15-2016, 02:21 AM   #883
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During the day we went to Blake Gardens in the Berkeley Hills. It has really pretty water views of the bay and San Francisco. In the evening we saw a musical, The Addams Family, at The Berkeley Playhouse. It was really well done - especially funny if you liked to old TV show.

Moemg - I hope the rest of 2016 turns out to be a better year for you.
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Now that I've retired, I feel "qualified" to contribute to this thread.

I help one of my friends maintain his rentals. He just purchased a new rental property and today I repaired the back door. The previous owner locked himself out and simply kicked in the door and then "repaired" the damaged door jamb with cardboard and drywall mud.
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2016 has not been a banner year for me . I got some bizarre flu that left me with eight weeks of bronchitis and extreme fatigue .My Mom was admitted to a nursing home and is going downhill fast and to top it off my Aunt goes to visit my Mom and falls in the parking lot and breaks her hip . Some years are just bad years !
It's weird when a string of things like this happen.
I get (or use to) bronchitis almost every year and end up at the doctor's office. Late last year, my doctor told me the next time I felt like bronchitis was hitting me to take Mucinex DM. Don't know if it was just a coincident but it kicked butt. I know you said you had the flu but you might want to keep this med in mind if you get bronchitis. Hope your Aunt heals fast and your Mom isn't suffering.
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Philliefan - I hope your dad's hand heels nicely.
Moemg - wow, no kidding you've had a stint of bad health mojo... (I can relate after last years issues with teenagers and sports injuries.)

I started my day tired after restless sleep... took the pooch to the beach after getting the kids off... but didn't feel great... I kept running out of breathe on a walk I do most mornings... was also sweating and had pressure behind my ribs.

I came home and googled... shouldn't have done that... these could be signs of a heart attack. After Walt's issues last year and my step brother's heat attack 1.5 weeks ago I was freaked out. Went to the ER with DH and it looks like it was gastritus. I got much better after I puked up my morning coffee. Thank goodness it was nothing but I'm not looking forward to the bill. (I'm on a high deductible.) I did save some money by ignoring Kaiser's advise to call 911 and get an ambulance ride in. Next time I'll drink some pepto bismal and see if that resolves it.
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This 2016 RV trek took us through the Idaho wine country again. Actually, I made a detour of a few hundred miles for that to happen. And I also went back to downtown Boise to visit the Basque Block that we did not know about, when we were in the area 5 years ago. Who would have known that there is a Basque community in Idaho?

Back about the Idaho wine country, I wanted to revisit Koenig Distillery to stock up on its wonderful huckleberry vodka. They also make whiskey now, so I picked up a bottle for my whiskey-drinking son.







Then, we revisited a favorite winery. It was a bit chilly, but we had a good time sitting on their deck, sipping some Chardonnay. It's springtime, and many fruit trees are in bloom.



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I came home and googled... shouldn't have done that... these could be signs of a heart attack. After Walt's issues last year and my step brother's heat attack 1.5 weeks ago I was freaked out. Went to the ER with DH and it looks like it was gastritus. I got much better after I puked up my morning coffee. Thank goodness it was nothing but I'm not looking forward to the bill. (I'm on a high deductible.) I did save some money by ignoring Kaiser's advise to call 911 and get an ambulance ride in. Next time I'll drink some pepto bismal and see if that resolves it.
It was good you had it checked out . Gastritis mimics heart attacks .
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We actually don't have a range. We have a gas cook-top and two electric wall ovens.
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We're on day 3 of what will be at least 7 days of fantastic weather in PA. We knew it was time to stain our hardwood deck installed last year so we picked today to tackle the project. On Tuesday we cleaned and brightened it. Let it dry x48+ hrs.

Today was staining day. I cannot recommend enough using a paint roller for the project. It speeded it up immensely. Then smoothed out the excess with brushes, then a quick wipe with rags. Brazilian hardwood (in our case cumaru) is really tricky but gorgeous and long lasting. It took about 6 hours to do it all, which is pretty good, considering we had to go around railings and the hot tub with care.

I'll try to remember to post a picture tomorrow. This is by far the biggest home project we plan this year.

In the middle of it all DS got word that his teaching license application is being forwarded by his college to the state, so soon he will be licensed and ready to go. He's been in limbo for so long that this is a huge boost for him.

Now I'm really tired but it is a good tired and I am looking forward to sleeping really well.



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We are currently RVing on a bluff overlooking the ocean in Malibu, and spent yesterday hiking high in the Santa Monica Mountains. It was a glorious day, with temps in the low 80's. After returning and cleaning up we enjoyed libations and appetizers with friends while gazing out at the sea in hopes of spotting whales. Dinner was grilled on the BBQ, and after more conversation we turned in and slept like the dead.
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I came home and googled... shouldn't have done that... these could be signs of a heart attack. After Walt's issues last year and my step brother's heat attack 1.5 weeks ago I was freaked out. Went to the ER with DH and it looks like it was gastritus. I got much better after I puked up my morning coffee. Thank goodness it was nothing but I'm not looking forward to the bill. (I'm on a high deductible.) I did save some money by ignoring Kaiser's advise to call 911 and get an ambulance ride in. Next time I'll drink some pepto bismal and see if that resolves it.
I dunno - Murphy's Law loves a chance like that. Peptol Bismol probably won't do much good for a heart attack so you're probably still better off erring on the side of caution and making the trip to the ER.

Yesterday I had the energy to pull out the camera and play around with the macro (close-up) lens just for something to do. Played around with strobe lighting and some coins but didn't come up with anything creative. Maybe next time.

Today for the first time in about a month I was able to go to the grocery store w/o assistance. DW was off with a group of girlfriends she meets with periodically, so I just decided to go and see how far I could go with it. Turned out not too bad, but my foot, ankle, and calf are still somewhat swollen and sore. The doc said if I pushed too hard I'd know it so I guess I'm okay at that level of activity.

Recovery continues at a slow and steady pace.

No Texas line dancing for me tonight though.
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We went to a luncheon today for SO to be inducted into SAR (Sons of the American Revolution). I actually put on a dress (the only one I have, I got married in).
Managed not to spill anything on myself.
If we go out more often I shall have to buy a few more clothes.

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We're on day 3 of what will be at least 7 days of fantastic weather in PA. We knew it was time to stain our hardwood deck installed last year so we picked today to tackle the project. On Tuesday we cleaned and brightened it. Let it dry x48+ hrs.

Today was staining day. I cannot recommend enough using a paint roller for the project. It speeded it up immensely. Then smoothed out the excess with brushes, then a quick wipe with rags. Brazilian hardwood (in our case cumaru) is really tricky but gorgeous and long lasting. It took about 6 hours to do it all, which is pretty good, considering we had to go around railings and the hot tub with care.

I'll try to remember to post a picture tomorrow. This is by far the biggest home project we plan this year.

In the middle of it all DS got word that his teaching license application is being forwarded by his college to the state, so soon he will be licensed and ready to go. He's been in limbo for so long that this is a huge boost for him.

Now I'm really tired but it is a good tired and I am looking forward to sleeping really well.



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That deck looks too nice to walk on!
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Here are the pics. It came out beautiful!
Very nice! Say, if you're interested I have another deck project for you....

During the fiasco over the last two weeks with my bleeding into my leg I had thought I'd lost one of the keys and fob for my pickup truck in one of the hospitals, but it turned out to be merely misplaced. Not knowing this I went to the dealer and got another key and fob, and since they're a small-town dealer they didn't charge for reprogramming the two fobs (one new and one existing) which made the cost close to what the DIY way would be and to me the extra $20 was worth it to not have to go different sources for the fob, key, and key grinding. Plus I was still in some pain and just didn't want to fool with it.

Lo and behold and I find the original fob and key, and of course now the fob doesn't work because the truck is looking for different codes from the fob. They all have to be programmed at the same time. The dealer guy had a hard time getting the new fob to work although the process looked fairly simple, finally having to use the plug-in computer thingy to read the settings. I figure if I go back they're not going to be quite so generous on not charging me the 2nd time for programming them myself so I decided to give it a go.

"While standing on your left leg, turn eastward and with your left hand rub your belly counterclockwise, with your right hand rub your head clockwise..." Oh, wait, wrong page.

Using these instructions I got all of them to work on the first try. Maybe it went easier for me because I did it in a residential area with less electronic interference around.

Oh, and cooked a chicken in the oven and we had chicken sandwiches for a late lunch.
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