Weekend Open Mic

Weather: Warm, humid and wet.  Typical mid-August weather in St. Louis.  It could certainly be worse.

My week: I’ve had ups and down, aches and pains but I’m still kicking, just not too high. I just never know what’s going to be hurting from one day to the next. No big plans for the coming week.

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Weather: After a hot and humid weekend it’s supposed to drop back into the mid-80s which isn’t bad for early August.

The eyes have it:  Well, I went to the eye doctor on Thursday for an eye exam concerning my new floater friends.  The good news is that I don’t have a retinal detachment. The bad news is that I have a vitreous detachment, which means a small piece of the vitreous which is a jello like substance that fills the eye separates from the retina, the light-sensing nerve layer at the back of the eye.  Also bad news is that there’s nothing they can do about it and it won’t go away.  She said It’s likely to happen to my other eye.  She said it usually happens to people about 50 or so and that I should feel lucky it happened to me at 70.  Lucky me!

The weekend: I’ll be gone all day Saturday and some of Sunday with this mud volleyball tournament.  Temps will be in the mid 90’s and humid. 

Binging:  Started watching Yellowstone with Kevin Costner (Paramount Network) We have two more episodes to be caught up.  I like this one.

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Weather: We’re having some really nice, if a little wet weather for the end of July here in St. Louis.  Highs in the 70s for several days is almost unheard of at this time of year and with low humidity to boot. 

Floatin’:  Last Sunday we had the kids over playing cards and in the middle of the card game a bug landed on my glasses, or so I thought.  I wiped it away but it was still there, fluttering around.  Another swipe at it and a close look at my glasses and I finally realized that it was an eye-floater and not a bug.  A pretty good sized one at that in my peripheral vision.  It is annoying as Hell, too.  It’s shaped like the figure to the right. I keep thinking I see something or someone moving to my left.  And the damn thing has a shadow, a very subtle light floater that seems to follow this one around by what seems like about an inch. It’s not nearly as annoying as the bigger, more prominent one. … I just can’t wait to see what happens next.  On a positive note, I’m feeling pretty good otherwise.

The week ahead: Next Saturday is our mud volleyball tournament.  This is the 34th year we’ve been doing it. I’ll be doing a bit of work for it this week but I don’t do near as much as I used to do.  

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Weather: We’ve finally had a week of normal temperatures in the St. Louis area.  The humidity is just as important as the temperature when finding your comfort level.   It looks like the weekend will be low in humidity and a tad below normal in high temperatures and the coming week looks to be about normal for this time of year.

My week: I spent several nights this past week helping work on a construction project at a club I belong to.  It was really nice being able to help.  Because of my joints and aches and pains I’ve done next to nothing besides riding my lawn tractor around to cut my grass for the last few months.  I started feeling better about 10 days ago.  So, I’m really sore from doing stuff I hadn’t been able to do for a while but it’s a good feeling to be able to help out.  I still have some aches and pains but they’re not too hard to live with for a guy turning 70 this coming week.

Likes: We just passed 50,000 Likes on B&P a day or two ago.  The Like button has been hit 50,200+ times in the last year.  Thanks for doing your part. I think I’m going to add the Like button to other sites.

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Weather: After a very hot few weeks, the weather broke on Friday. The humidity also dropped on Friday evening making for a perfect weekend.  Temps will bounce back into the 90s as the work week begins.  

My weekend:  I’m finally feeling better.  Not great but definitely much better than in the last few weeks. Spent this week preparing for a birthday party on Saturday. I made a couple of videos and have been fine-tuning them pretty much every day.  I think I’m done with them, but I can’t promise that. 

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Weather: Summertime is back. Hot and humid is the foreseeable future in the Midwest.

My week:  My cold is much better and if I could only get rid of a remaining cough and phlegm.  My foot is much better also.  I only took the anti-inflammatory drugs for 4 or 5 days. They mess with my innards and also were probably the cause of some kidney problems a while back. I really felt like I was coming out of this spell of sickness until Thursday night when all of a sudden my left wrist started hurting.  It’s done this before but never this bad.  It was difficult sleeping. I’m pretty sure it’s related to my DJD ( Degenerative Joint Disease). I picked up a wrist brace while out today.  I don’t know if it’s helping much or not. You don’t realize how much you depend on a left wrist especially when you’re left-handed. It’s hard to even pick up a pencil. Showering, shampooing, getting dressed and even typing are difficult.

Who knows if it’ll be hurting tomorrow. My aches and pains are like Christmas morning… I never know what I’ll get next.  And I’m getting as tired of complaining about them as you probably are reading about them.

The week ahead:  Going to dinner with friends Saturday evening. We don’t have any plans for the 4th of July yet.  I’m finishing up a couple of videos for a birthday party and friend and I are throwing next Saturday. 30 years ago we had a 30-40 party and now we’re going to have a 60-70 party.  She’s playing the part of the 60-year-old so that leaves yours truly for the 70 part of the party.  Our birthdays aren’t until later in July but next Saturday was the best date we could come up with.

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Weather: Wouldn’t you know it that it’s been WAY above average all spring in the temperature department and on the first full day of summer (Friday) the high makes it to the mid 70’s.  It’s supposed to warm right up again into the 90s this week but at least a couple days of relief is nice.

My Week: The swelling of my left foot has pretty much gone away.  I had an ultrasound done on my left leg on Wednesday that showed no signs of a blood clot, so that was ruled out.  For two days this week, I was telling people that I felt better than I had in a couple of months. Then on Wednesday, I started getting a summer cold.  Stuffy, snotty, phlegmy, sneezy, chilly and all that comes with a cold. I’m on OTC meds for that and then Thursday evening my right foot starts hurting in the area of my toe joints. Friday it was worse but I managed to hobble through some grocery shopping.  If I’m sitting it doesn’t hurt too much but walking and bending at the toes is painful.  I called the doctor and asked if he thought I could get back on the anti-inflammatory drugs I was on for so long without any complications.  I was taken off of the anti-inflammatory meds when an ulcer was discovered in a colonoscopy. He said I could try them but to take as low of a dose as possible.  I seem to recall it taking several days for it to kick in.  If and when it does start helping I’ll try skipping a day here and there and see if that works.  Getting old sucks but it beats not getting old.

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Weather:  Summer is here with a vengeance.  Hot and humid with a chance of showers much of the week ahead.

My week: The swelling in my foot went down a bit last weekend but it’s still somewhat swollen and painful but I can walk around without a limp being noticeable.  I had an x-ray that showed some arthritis in my big toe joint and a small heel spur, neither of which is my problem, yet. I had bloodwork done and found out that my triglycerides were 392 which is still more than double what they should be but better than the 900+ I scored on my previous blood test. My uric acid was 7.8 and 8.0 is considered gout level, so the doctor thinks that might be the problem so I’m now on new gout and triglyceride meds.  I have an ultrasound test scheduled this coming Wednesday to look for blood clots or anything else.

Gus: His eating habits are changing.  He’s not eating nearly as much as he used to.  He’ll be 14 in August and Westies generally live from 12-16 years.  He’s pretty much deaf these days.  Every now and then he has these momentary spurts of energy where he’ll run around but they don’t last long. Most of the time he’s very slow and calm. I’m just beginning to think he’s not gonna be around forever.  🙁
Wild-child Trixie, on the other hand, is completely back to normal after losing 24 teeth from gum disease.  She pretty much eats anything except hard treats and bones.  She has all the energy Gus lacks.

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Weather: Hot and humid and lots of chances for thunderstorms. That pretty much sums it up.

Aches and pains…  Every day is a little bit like Christmas morning for me.  I go to bed at night not knowing what pain I’ll be having when I get up the next morning.  In the last week or two, I’ve been down in my back for a few days then my knee was giving me trouble for a couple of days and for several days this week my left foot has been swollen and hurting.  This same thing happened with my foot a few weeks ago.  After a few days it went away and felt better. It seemed worse this time so I called my doctor on Friday and went in to see him.  After examining me he sent me to get an x-ray and scheduled me for an ultrasound to rule out a blood clot.  The x-ray showed arthritis in my big toe joint and a small heel spur but nothing that might cause my current problems. I’m also getting blood workup done this weekend to see if it might be gout. They’ll also do my regular bloodwork to see if I’m eating better like I told him I was in order to get my triglyceride levels back to a more normal range.
Getting old is just so much fun.

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Weather: After a record high month of May it will cool off a few degrees to start June here in the St. Louis area.

The weekend: I discovered how out of shape I am on Thursday as I helped my son move into a new home.  I took Friday off to recuperate (and he had to work) but I’ll be helping again on Saturday Sunday with a few friends. Hopefully, we’ll get everything out of the trucks, trailers and storage containers and into the house so he can start going through all the boxes and try to resume a normal life in a new location.

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