A View From the Field








June, 2020

June 30

Wow, half the year is gone and I don't have anything to show for it. Time flies, and having fun has nothing to do with it.


I was in bed by 10:30 last night, but I didn't have a very good night. I was afraid I wouldn't; it's one effect of napping. Eventually I did get to sleep and I didn't get up until after 10;30. I knitted and I finally finished the seventh repeat. Only two more to go and then I can start the ends. Of course, I've been working on this thing since the middle of November...


The tasks of the day were the bulletin and to pay some bills. The bulletin came together so fast I'm suspicious that I missed something. Some good hymns this Sunday. I hope I can go. I got the bills paid, too, but not all of them, because I decided that it wouldn't be good to pay a bill before i received it, since it would undoubtedly confuse them more than they are already. For an apparently large company, FerrrellGas is very much out of control.


The weather was warm - I would say hot. The high was 82 and it was 80 or more for the whole afternoon. There was a south wind with gusts up to 28 mph, which are beginning to cool things down. There was a lot of sunshine, but there were high clouds all day. The humidity was relatively high and the barometer is still low. I must add that one reason it took me a long time to get to sleep is that we had some rain that started around 11:00 PM last night - 0.28" in one hour - and some thunder, although most of that was out over the lake. We ended up with 0.52' in 5 hours. Once that was over, I slept better, but I hurt.


The guys don't like this weather. I wouldn't either, if i was wearing a fur coat. I don't and I'm not, so I can relate.

Grayson did finally sit on my lap for a while, but it was too warm for him, too. Poor kitty, he needs his loving. So does Louie, but he gets his while he's sitting at my feet in the bathroom.


So that was my day. Even though I should have gotten enough sleep, I felt headachy and tired all day and achy in spots. My back was bothering me in a place that's a little too high for my hips, so I don't know what that's about. Anyway, the bedtime reminder just went off, so I will be on my way to the north end shortly. I don't like to go to bed quite so soon after dinner, but if I'm not going to start cooking it until 8:00, I have to expect things like that.


It's a warm, partly cloudy night in the field.


June 29

So I was in bed by 10:30 last night and I slept well. I got up not long after 8:00, which should have been enough sleep. I knitted and I only have two rows to go on the seventh repeat. There is a long way to go in the whole shawl, but I'll be so glad to be done with this center section!


I did my surfing and along about 1:30 I almost fell asleep, so after I visited the bathroom, I decided to see if I could nap. i didn't ever get really asleep, but over an hour and a half passed. When I laid down, Louie jumped in bed and went to sleep with is back against mine, but not long before I got up, he moved, and when I tried to get up, I discovered he was between my legs. I had a terrible time getting out of bed.


So it was another lost day. I still don't feel good, and I'm aiming for 10:30 again tonight, but at least I could get through the rest of the afternoon without falling asleep. 1doubt I'll have any trouble sleeping tonight. I'm not sure what's gong on now, but it's weird.


While I was dozing, I framed the next episode of the story, which isn't very long - at least so far - so I just finished writing that.


The weather was summery. It was partly to mostly cloudy, and the high temperature was 81, briefly. There wasn't a lot of wind, but it's from the southwest, which is a good indication that something is blowing up. It may thunder tonight. The humidity was high and the barometer is still low, so I hurt. I'm sorry I forgot to check the camera before I went to bed last night, and it hung up, apparently right after I restarted it yesterday. It seems to be all right now.


The guys were their sleepy selves. Grayson slept on my lap while I was doing my surfing. Louie was lying around, although as I mentioned, he got in bed with me when I napped. There is a little magenta mouse that has been on the floor forever, with a green one. I noticed the other day that the magenta one has lost its tail, and this morning, when I moved my eating cart, it was on the floor in front of the sink in the kitchen. I guess when they can't get a real one (which they did last week - I forgot to mention that) they'll play with the fake ones. I'm pretty sure a lot goes on around here when I'm asleep that I never know about.


So that was my day. I have the bulletin information, so that will be the task for tomorrow. And I must get at the taxes! After this long an extension, I'd hate to have to file for another one.


Now it's a warm, cloudy night in the field and it might thunder.


June 28

Well, that was a ridiculous weekend. After I wrote the journal, I wrote another 1000 words of the story and finished the episode and then I don't remember what I did, but I was stupidly late getting to bed. I slept, except on my left side, but I didn't get a lot of sleep. I got up around 11:30, I think, and I knitted my two rows, but then I fell into the game hole again. After I pulled myself out of that, I took a bath, but I was too late to eat breakfast, so I had a glass of orange juice and half a slice of old toast before I came down to the studio and did my surfing and began to read. I just finished adding a few words to the story.


The only good thing about my fasting is that my tummy seems to be back in order again, and now I wonder if maybe I ate something bad, although I have no idea what it could be. I'm still running off at the bottom, but it doesn't seem to be quite as bad or frequent. That, plus a good scrub, has cleared up most of my diaper rash. It never ceases to amaze me how fast skin repairs itself. OH, and I lost 3 pounds, but I suppose I'll put them back on. Things like yesterday are the reason I've lost weight.


The only new ache is in my right wrist. I have to be very careful how i move my hand or I get excruciating pain that starts at the outside edge of my wrist and goes throughout my hand. This thing has even caused some swelling on that edge. I think I've had this before, but it was a while ago. It's partly arthritis and partly how much I overuse my right hand, especially these days, with the mouse and my pointer finger on the phone. Well, it will go away eventually and I have to try to be careful how much I use it.


The weather was summer, for once. The high temperature was 83 and there was very little wind. The humidity is under 50%, which I appreciate, but the barometer is still low, It was clear and beautiful. I'm sorry to say the camera hung up around 3:00 PM and I didn't notice it for sure until 7:30 PM. Fortunately it was a pretty picture, but I enjoy seeing how the picture changes as the sun moves.


The guys slept. They were very patient with me, but they had eaten pretty much everything by the time I got to the kitchen to fill all the kibble bowls. I gave them their favorite canned food, although that didn't go over as well as usual. Grayson got to sleep on my lap for a while, but it was warm. Louie has been sleeping around in odd places, I suppose to find someplace cool. He should try the bathroom again; I have the window open.


So it ws the second truncated day in a row, and I am very tired, so I think I will totter up to the north end and crash again. Maybe tomorrow I can begin to get back on a schedule.


Now it's a clear, warm evening in the field.


June 27

So I crashed last night. It was 10:30 before I got to bed, but only because of the things i do. I went right to sleep, but I was up sometime later - I don't remember exactly when - and I spent the next three hours  or more having hot flashes before I finally got back to sleep. So even though I didn't get up until 10:30, I actually didn't get that much sleep 


I knitted on the shawl - I have only a few rows left on the current repeat - but then I went into the game hole and it was very late before I got dressed and almost 4:00 before I ate what turned out to be a big breakfast. I must remember that avocado toast is extremely filling.


The problem with that was that I wasn't ready to eat when it was time. I had planned to go up to the north end at 7:30 and take my bath so I could get to bed by 9:00. Well, that never happened. It was clear that I wasn't going to be hungry in time to eat, but I needed to eat before I went to bed.


Oh, and I was writing. I've been chewing on an episode for several weeks and it finally had to be written down. Before I was through, I'd written 6,000 words and it was after midnight. And yes, I did save it = several times. I think I've learned that lesson. I'm not quite through with it, but the ending isn't the hard part. Then I can go back into thinking mode.


Before I started writing, though, I filled the pill dispensers at both ends of the house, except for one kind I ran out of and should get in a week or so. So that's done for another four weeks.


The weather was very nice. It was clear and blue all day, although the MODIS imagery showed a very thin cloud over the Keweenaw for part of the afternoon. The high temperature was 71 and there wasn't much wind, if any. It was humid, which is a good reason why I hurt.


The guys slept. Grayson got to sleep on me until he wanted to leave and Louie has been sleeping in some strange places, probably to find someplace cool.


Oh, and I had two serious accidents. One reason I decided to abort church tomorrow is that I just don't trust my gut. I have full-blown, runny diarrhea and it's very difficult. I wasn't sure I could get through church and back home. What I finally ate for dinner won't help, either. i didn't eat much. After the second accident, I had a cramp in an odd place in my gut. I knew it was because I needed to eat, but it made me nauseated and I wasn't sure I could eat at all. I didn't eat much. This is beginning to get to me. i will try to have things with lots of fiber tomorrow and hope that helps. 


Trouble is, I like a salad with my dinner, but it fills me up so much I don't have room for the things I really need. So I will have to plan a bit more and hope I can get this under control. It's really bugging me.


So now it's the middle of the night. Since I was exhausted at 6:00 last evening, I'm even more exhausted now and i need to sleep long and hard. When I went to get my dinner - before the second accident - the crescent moon was setting over the harbor. I'm sorry I didn't get to take a picture of it, because it was beautiful, with a lovely glitter path, but oh, well. 


It's a clear, cool night in the field.


June 26

It's early, but I have to go to bed. I was ridiculously late last night and I didn't get enough sleep for several reasons, including one of the nastiest accidents I've had in a long time. Fortunately, not in bed. 


I got up around 11:30 and i moved rather fast for me, especially considering that I was creaky. I needed to go to the post office and the store and get back here before the Schwan's guy came, which I did. Staci even has avocados at the store!! They're not very ripe, but that's not a problem. I'm not sure how other people feel about it, but I've been amazed by how much stuff I use she carries. Of course, it's expensive, but just trucking it up here to the end of the world would cause that. Yay, Staci!


I forgot to mention that yesterday morning when I got to the kitchen, one of my cereal bowls had spontaneously cracked into two pieces. I know it was whole when I went to bed, and there was nothing in it that should have put any stress on it, so I don't know how it happened. And I'm shy one cereal bowl. I know I can get another one, but I think I also have a fork (or maybe a soup spoon?) that dropped in the disposer, and I want to find that before I go running to Replacements, Inc. They have just about anything I might want, but their shipping charges are high, especially for something like one fork. Anyway, it was weird.


There was something else that happened yesterday, but I don't remember what. My hall rack is sitting in the breezeway (in pieces, of course), but I didn't bring it in. I want to get that in place, so I can hang all my coats near where I use them.


Today all I did was put away the frozen stuff and chip the ice out of the bottom of the freezer. I've turned the thermostat down a bit because my milk is frozen. Contrary to what I read about freezing things, it's fine. It pours into my tea in a chunk, but it doesn't separate or anything.


Oh, and the fiber network is down or up and down, so I'm not sure I'll get this posted tonight.


The weather was sort of yucky. The temperature got up to 80 - no wonder I'm hot - and there was very littlie wind. It was quite humid and the barometer is low, so I was very creaky. It was mostly cloudy, with just a few peeks of sunshine.


The guys slept in various places. It was hot enough that Grayson didn't try to sit on me, but he did scoot out when the Schwan's guy was here. Louie slept in the greart room, but of course he was on the other side of the basement door when the Schwan's guy came. 


So that was my day, and now it's a warm, partly cloudy evening in the field.


June 25

So I was late and tonight I'm going to be later, but they're playing Beethoven (thanks, Garrett) and I want to hear the whole thing - the Violin Concerto with Zukerman. 


I knitted on the shawl and played games for a while, and i ate earlier than sometimes lately, but too late to go to the post office.


i found a letter from the bank that holds my IRA saying I should call them to discuss some changes, so I did that, and it turns out I can save at least $70 a year and maybe $100, although I haven't figured that out yet. Anyway, it required a signature sheet, so the guy said he would email it to me, but I could tell he was having a hard time with my email address. When I hadn't received the email in a couple of hours, I called them back and got a nice woman who took the time to verify the email and send me a couple of tests as well as the papers. Of course, that means I have to print the form, fill it out, scan it back in and then send it back, but I managed that, even though I am finally running out of ink. I will never understand how email works on the internet. I got two emails from her very close to when she sent them and then a couple of hours later, I got the other one, I think the first one she sent. I never did get anything from the other guy. And then I tried to set up an online account and it won't let me, but I decided to wait on that until tomorrow. Most of this happened during the talking, so I didn't get to hear most of that.


It wasn't exactly what I was contemplating doing, but I needed to get it done before tomorrow and the important things are done.


The weather was rather nice. I should have at least opened a window. It was clear to partly cloudy. The high temperature was 80, for a couple of hours. No wonder I was in a sweat while i was on the phone. The humidity was very low, so I feel better. there were light north to northwest winds. Nice.


The guys slept, of course. Grayson did get to sleep on me for a while, but he wanted to lie on my right arm and it hurt so he had to move. Louie is probably in my bed.


So that was another day and now it's late, but I need to hear this thing. It's a clear (I think) dark night in the field.


June 24

I got up late and I was going to get going fast, because I had things to do today, but of course, I didn't. However, eventually, I made it to the studio.


The first thing I did was to pay a bill that's do Friday and two others, so that's taken care of. The next order of business was to finally - finally! - get the hospital bill straightened out. It turns out that the company that has my Medicare Supplemental policy has a very nice website and I was able to view what would have been hard copy of the transaction. They said they paid. Aspirus said they didn't.


So I called Aspirus, and the first thing I discovered is that the selection on their answering machine that says "billing" isn't anymore. I swear it was, six weeks ago. Now it's for making financial arrangements. They were able to give me the proper phone number, which is a 715 area code. I don't know where that is, but their bills came from Chicago. So I called them and they insisted they had not gotten the payment. Sigh. They did tell me what I needed to find out from the insurance company - things I can't get on their website - so I called them. I am happy to say that conversation was much nicer. They found the check number - it was sent out last July 20 - and they verified that it had never been checked. AND the nice lady called Aspirus herself to get the proper billing address, which, of course, was different from the one they had sent the check to. So they are going to reissue the check and that should solve the problem 


I do have a couple of questions, however. If Aspirus changed their billing address, why did they not have forwarding orders on the old one? And how is it that every other bill the insurance paid, before and after that one, went through? None of it makes any sense, but if they will stop dunning me - the bill is for $14.46 - I won't make any more waves. Sheesh.


So those things are done and I'm back to the taxes again. I will try to get at that tomorrow. I only have about three weeks. Oh, and I got a message from the dentist saying the nice hygienist I like so well is retiring at the end of July, so I will have a new one. I liked Holly because she is very gentle. I hope the new one is.


The weather was a little better today. There was some sunshine and some clouds. The high temperature was 69, briefly, and there was a moderate north wind, around 15 mph. The humidity was mostly down to around 50%, but the barometer is still low. So I felt some better, but not a lot. I just happened to look at the camera and there is a nice crescent moon hanging in the west.


The guys slept. Grayson crawled onto my lap and curled up and went to sleep, so I didn't get picked as much today. Louie is up at the north end, I guess. Somebody ate a bunch of kibble overnight and it bounced, so I had to clean that up. They're fairly clean cats, so it's always surprised me a bit that I don't find more stuff around.


So that was my day and now I have to take a bath. It's a clear, moonlit night in the field.


June 23

Late again, of course, and I'm late now, too. I slept well and long enough, but I'm tired now. I knitted on the shawl and then I got sucked into the game hole again. I'm going to try leaving the games on the phone but not running and see if that works. The thing is, when I delete them, even though I can get the apps back, I lose my progress and I'm tired of doing the same things over and over. We'll see how it works.


I was so late that I didn't do anything again. I have a washbasket full of my summer tops in the closet now, and already I know some of them have spots, but at least I should have a few more things to wear. I have a tee on now that I've never worn before - it must be at least 15 years old - and it has such a small neck opening that it saws on my neck. I know I have more comfortable tops than that1


The weather was just about like yesterday. The high temperature was 59 and there was a little north wind. tt was cloudy and humid and the barometer is still low. I could have told you that without looking at the weather readings. I hurt.


I had one or both of the guys in bed with me for part of the night, or Louie was asleep on the rug. I wish he wouldn't do that. It makes it very hard for me to get into and out of bed. He got some loving and Grayson got to sit on my lap for a while, until he started picking me. I guess he doesn't know there is a me under my tee, but it probably wouldn't make any difference anyway. He likes to flex his claws when he's happy.


So that was my day and now it's late again. It's a cool, dark night in the field and I think maybe the lighthouse is out.


June 22

Of course, I was late getting to bed, and I thought it was going to be another one of those nights, but finally I turned over onto my left side and I was fine for about 4 hours. I did have about 45 minutes in the middle of the night that were interesting. I had to get up and run off at the bottom, and I thought everything was fine when I got back to bed, but then I got a cramp and I had to get up again and sit until I was sure everything was settled down SO I climbed back into bed and got myself situated - and some damn bug flew into my ear! I think that's the first time in my life that's ever happened, and it made me think that having my hair over my ears is a good thing. Anyway, it wouldn't come out, so I got up again, but when I sat down in the bathroom, it flew out. That was not a pleasant experience. After that, I slept fairly well. I don't remember exactly when I got up.


I had been very annoyed by something on my phone draining my battery when I wasn't doing anything, so last night I deleted all the new games I've been playing, and my battery was fine. I reloaded two of them, but one I won't play again. It gets boring after a while. I like the one called "Block! Triangle," so tonight I'm trying just stopping it to see if that solves my problem. It really annoys me when these people think they can drain my batteries for some reason they don't tell me, particularly since one of the disadvantages of the phone I have is that battery life is poor. Anyway, that's what I did this morning. The thing about deleting the apps and reloading them is that all my progress disappears, but that's all right, too. I can go back to the beginning. Now, if stopping the app solves the battery problem, I'll be able to save my progress. Triangle has a very large number of levels and a daily challenge, so I should be good until it bores me. I've always loved to play games on computers.


However, that all made me so late that I didn't do anything much. I just got an email that my "Entryway Bench" (oh, that's what they call it) will be delivered tomorrow (!) so now I don't feel quite as bad that they debited my credit card yesterday. I sure hope it does what I need!


Debbie called about the time I was going to get dressed, to tell me that she will be here on July 14 for about 4 days. Sigh. While I do like to see her, she wants to do something around the house, and I wish she wouldn't. She doesn't understand that having someone working around here tires me out more than it does her. But maybe she can help. I sure need some.


The weather is still miserable. The high temperature was  62 and there was just a little north wind. However, the humidity is still high and the barometer is still low so I still hurt. There was a little sunshine this afternoon, but mostly it was cloudy. No rain, though.


The guys slept. They both got some loving.


Oh, and I am beginning to get the wash under control. There is less stuff in the laundry than there has been for a long time. I discovered that all my clean (I think) summer tees were on the floor under the baskets, so I gathered them all up and I will kick the basket into the closet tonight. I got most of my jeans folded yesterday and put away today. There are still too many empty bottles, but there is more room in the laundry room than there has been for over a year. Tomorrow, I will get about folding the tees and make sure they are in fact clean. There's still a lot of stuff in there - all of my light-colored dress pants, for one thing - but it's getting better. I finished another load of clothes today. It was partly bottoms and partly that I am wearing my last pair of clean compression hose, so I needed to wash them. I'm getting down to the end of the clean panties, too, although there were some in the load I took out of the dryer and some more that I put in the dryer, but in a few days I'll have to wash a load of whites. 


I write science fiction and one of the things I write about are household robots. Wow, do I wish we had those! Not those silly little vacuums, but things that can do all the stuff one needs to do around a house that I can't do anymore. Well, dream on. I'm sure someday we'll have them, but I'll never see it.


So that was my day and now I must get to bed. They're playing Allegri's Miserere and when that's over with, I'll go. It's a cool, dark, humid night in the field and my head hurts.


June 21

Oh, now I know what Phil meant. Sorry for the wrong date last night, but I was in a hurry.


It didn't really matter much, actually. I managed to get to bed just after 9:00 and I slept well. Apparently I slept for nearly 5 hours from midnight to 5:00 AM, which is nearly  record. But i was up at 5:00 and I decided I didn't feel good enough to get up then, and I knew I'd be asleep at 6:00, so I turned off the alarm, and I didn't get up until 8:30. That's undoubtedly why I'm so late right now.


All the sleep didn't do a lot of good. I don't have a headache today, but it's still cool and damp and my joints have been telling me they don't like it one bit. 


I knitted and then I went down the rabbit hole again, but I've deleted all the games, much as I like them. One or more of them has been draining my battery even when I'm not using them and I won't put up with that. So I guess my ploy will be to restore one of them when I want to play and then delete it again. All of them get too hard too fast anyway. I went back down the rabbit hole this afternoon, too, which is why I'm so late. 


The weather started out cloudy, got sunny for the afternoon and then clouded up again  before sunset. There was a little bit of rain a while ago. It apparently got up to 70 briefly, between 6:00 and 7:00 this evening, but it dropped back under 60 rather fast. The humidity was high and the barometer is low and my knees are telling me they do not like it.


The guys slept. Louie got his loving before I got dressed and Grayson got to sit on me a bit, but I was doing something where I needed to type, so he had to leave.


That was because I think I finally found the thing I need by the back door to hold my outdoor clothes. Unfortunately, it was from JoAnn's, and I had a terrible time getting checked out. Would you believe, they will not accept a zip code that isn't Zip+4. even though in my case, that's a made-up number? And they wanted me to reset my password, since it's been a long time since I've logged in with them, and it took a couple of hours for the email to get to me. It was an excruciating exercise, and I only hope the thing I bought is what I think it is. I had to drain another credit card account to get it, but one thing JoAnn's never tells you is how long their specials are going to last, and no way was I going to pay what they consider their usual price for this thing. Besides, not only was it 50% off - which is what the price should be anyway - there was an extra 10% coupon, which almost made up for the tax and shipping. JoAnn's hardly ever has free shipping on anything. Anyway, I wish I could get these things from someone else, but so far I haven't found another place. It will be a while coming, and that's another beef I have with them. It may be 10 days or more  before my package arrives, but they had charged my credit card before I even logged off! Sheesh. I haven't been impressed by any - if any - steps they've taken to protect people during the pandemic, either. All they offer is curb-side pickup - but not for what I bought - and they brag about how many masks they've made. Big deal. I wish there was someplace else I could shop.


So that was my day, and now i need to go to bed. It's turned into a cool, dark night in the field.


June 20 - Summer Solstice

This will be short. I'm late. I was ridiculously late last night - or this morning - and when i got up I went down the rabbit hole again, so it was a completely lost day.


The weather is miserable again. It was another day when the high temperature was at midnight and it slid down slowly all day, until now, when it's about 50. I finally closed the east window in the studio because I was so cold. There wasn't any wind, but we had some very light rain through the day, about 0.09". The humidity is around 90% and the barometer is low. It was cloudy and dreary all day. Yuck 


The guys mostly slept. Grayson was running around after or before me all day, for some reason I don't know,


So that was it. I will try to get to bed at a reasonable hour, so i can get up tomorrow, but I'm not promising, and if it's as cold and humid as it was today, I'm not going anywhere. It's a cold, cloudy night in the field.


June 19

Well, let's see how it goes tonight. I had a bad night last night. I started badly, but then i would sleep for two or three hours, then not sleep for a couple and start over again. I think the problem getting to sleep was that my pills hadn't kicked in yet, but what caused the second wakeful period I do not know. Anyway, I made up for it, and as a result I was in bed for nearly 12 hours. I was running off at the bottom, too, so badly that I have diaper rash, and I had a lot of gas, for no apparent reason, unless barley causes that. Oh, well.


Anyway, finally I got up and I knitted for a while, but that was all I did. I forgot that I was going to pursue the insurance thing, but I can do that tomorrow.


The weather today was not good, and as a result, I hurt. This time, it's mostly my knees and my right hand and wrist, although I've been having twinges in my neck and lower back. 


It was cool and humid. The high temperature was 69, but that was last night, and it went down slowly after that, to 57 at 5:00 PM. It was cloudy almost all day. We actually did have about an hour of sunshine between 9:30 and 10:30, but then the fog moved in and it clouded up. It was dull and gray for the rest of the day, although the fog did go away for good by 4:30 PM. Of course it was horribly humid, over 80% all day. Not my favorite kind of weather. The winds were light from the north. I closed the windows in the bathroom and the powder room, but I left the others open. It's so nice to air out the house. It gets smelling musty after a while.


The guys slept. When I went up to change my bottoms, Louie was socked out in my bed. For the past month or so, I don't think my bed has ever gotten cold; either Louie or I are always in it. I think maybe the reason he didn't sleep with me over the winter was that his arthritis didn't let him jump into the bed. My bed is very high, and in fact when I'm very tired, I have a problem getting into it, too. Grayson finally got some lap time this afternoon, but we had to try it a couple of times because he was wiggling around and sticking his claws in me. 


Oh, yes, and with the windows open, I got a couple of bug bites last night. I think they're black fly bites. Black flies are small enough that some of them can get through the screens, and one apparently did, since it was warmer and smelled like me in here. I can't say I'm surprised. It was so cold in May and early June that I was afraid the black flies would be late, but this warm weather we've been having would bring them out. Well, the bites itch, but I don't think I'm as allergic as I used to be. Hey, I never said it was paradise. Close, but not quite.


So that was my day, and I'm going to try to get to bed early tonight and hope that, with the cooler weather, I can cuddle under my blankets and sleep well. I would like to try to go to church on Sunday, but the weather is supposed to be rainy and I'm not sure how ambulatory I'll be.


Now it's a cool, cloudy night in the field.


June 18

Well, I was later than I wanted to be, but not all that late, and I slept well. Of course, I was up several times, and one time, I craned my neck out the window in the bathroom and Cassiopeia was rising over the trees. It was clear out. When the window is open, with four panes of glass and all the covered surfaces, I have a hard time seeing Polaris, but it was there. I think I was seeing Arcturus, too, and maybe I caught a glimpse of Vega almost overhead. I wished I could go out...or that I had installed a skylight over my bed. Dream on...


Anyway, I think I got up around 9:30, but I knitted on the shawl and fiddled around until the phone died, so I was late eating. 


I did something today. One day on and one day off, maybe? I was looking for a piece of mail that I thought I'd seen in the pile on the desk, which is where everything that needs "filing" ends up, and it was time to clear out all that stuff anyway, since it appears to go back to last year. A whole lot of stuff had been shoved down toward the front doors over the months, though. so I had to do something with all that. Now the piles have piles, but the mail is in the file box and I can, if I want, walk close enough to the sliding door to get out of it. I may just do that, although with the warm weather we've been having, I bet the bugs are out. Oh, and I didn't find what I was looking for, so I'll have to try a different way.


It was warm again. The high temperature was 83 and there was a light wind from the southwest. The humidity was low, though, but the barometer is down, so I was very creaky. It was clear this morning, but the clouds moved in later and it's cloudy now. I guess there is supposed to be some rain, as well as some lower temps tomorrow. I hope so. I hate this. I am wearing a tank and shorts again and I'm still sweating from my dinner. It's interesting, though, that when the temperature dropped from 83 to 78, the breeze felt cool. Now it just feels good.


The guys don't like this any more than I do. Louie actually came into the studio this afternoon and complained to me and I've run across both of them laid out on the floor. Well, if you had a fur coat and you were used to it being cold, would you be happy? I doubt it. Grayson had a hard time this morning. His siesta spot of choice, now that it's warmer, is on the end of the tub surround on a towel I keep there, but at this time of year, there are a couple of hours when the sun is shining right where he lays his little head, and he got hot. He did go back, but not until the sun was moving out of sight. And Louie was sleeping at my feet, almost on his back, so he got a nice tummy rub. He wasn't asking for it, but he did enjoy it. Grayson hasn't tried to sit on me for a couple of days, most likely because it's too hot. Not that I mind. 


So it was another fruitful day, even though I didn't find what I was looking for. At least I can walk across the floor again, which is a good thing. And I should be able to get to bed at a semi-reasonable hour tonight. 


Now it's a warm, cloudy night in the field.


June 17

Oh, that was ugly, and it got uglier.


I was in a hurry to do a journal entry because forgot about it until I was on my way to the north end  and I did something yesterday and I wanted to record it, but in the course of writing the entry, I accidentally clicked on the heading. I haven't done that in a very long time, but it always caused havoc. So I wrote my entry, with difficulty. My right and left hands were out of sync. And then, when I tried to close FrontPage, it went off into whatever cloud it does and I couldn't close it. And when I looked at the journal file, my nice entry that I'd slaved over was gone! So I tried again...and it was gone. I think I did it three times before I got it to save properly.


I was so tired all I wanted to do was go to bed. I'm not sure why - I should have gotten enough sleep - but in the middle of the afternoon, after I ate, I nearly fell asleep. So I got up, went out to the breezeway and got to work. I unboxed all the stuff I've gotten in the past two or three weeks - cat food, tea and TP - and moved a lot of it up onto the platform where it's easier to get to. Then I broke down all the boxes...and then I collapsed. The problem is my knees and my back just won't hold me for that length of time.


Oh, and I finally finished the load of clothes I'd been working on for several days.


It was after 11:00 when I got to bed, and tired as I was, I couldn't sleep. It was nearly 80 in the bedroom and I kept having hot flashes and it was 3:30 before I did more than doze. I did good after that, but I was late getting up. And after doing something yesterday, I didn't do anything today. Sigh.


The weather both days was about the same. The high temperature was 83 both days, and the humidity was relatively low. The winds were light and mostly from the southwest. Both days, it was clear and lovely in the morning and there were high clouds in the afternoon. The GOES imagery shows a light layer only over the water of Lake Superior, so I guess it's that cold water again.


I finally got most of the house opened up today, including the back windows in the great room. I haven't decided what to do about the bedroom yet, but I may open the back windows in the window seat. I did open the side window - at 3:30 - and that helped me get to sleep. I do not like this weather. I am not a hot weather person at all and my bod is still used to being cold. I even had iced tea for breakfast today, but it didn't do much good. Every time I rustle around, I get all sweaty. Tonight is bath night, though, and I need that.


The guys slept. I discovered, when I unboxed the cat food, that they have taken the cheese out of all the canned food they liked. They didn't do bad on the one today, but the fish now has scallops in it, and I'm not suer how they're going to react to that. i didn't know scallops were plentiful enough that they could make them into cat food - if they really are scallops! I wish Purina would realize that cat food isn't a fashion item, and cats do not take well to having their food fooled with. Sigh.


So that was the last two days and now I must take a bath and crash again. It's a warm night in the field.


June 16

So because I really, really need to go to bed, I screwed something up and I can't get this to load. I'll write tomrrow.


June 15

Ack! June is half over already. WHERE does the time go?


it was another lost day - well, that's where the time goes. I was late getting up and late eating and I didn't do anything except a few rows on sock #1 


The weather started out beautiful, bur a cloud started looming up in the west and by 4:30 it was cloudy. The high temperature was 70, briefly, there was almost no wind, the humidity was relatively low and the barometer is relatively high. So why am I so creaky?


The guys slept. Grayson got to sleep on me for a while, but we had a disagreement about claws and things, so he went away. When I came through with my dinner, Louie was sound asleep on the table. 


i was sort of late getting to bed last night, but I slept well and for sure, long enough, but I don't feel good and I'm tired again. I got another couple of new games that I want to work on, but maybe I can control myself until tomorrow. I need to go back to bed.


It's a warmish, cloudy night in the field.


June 14

Another big sigh. I didn't get enough sleep last night and I wanted to be in bed by now, but Windows decided to do a complete backup tonight. It's been going on for three hours, and It's not over yet. I hate that program, but none of the others I've looked at does what I want it to. I wish I was still programming, so that I could write my own.


I knew when I wrote last night that I wasn't going to make it to church today, so I went into the game trap. I'm at a point in all four games where it's very difficult - or impossible, in some cases - to win, but I keep pounding away at it and sometimes I actually win a board. I ran out of battery before I finally gave up.


I got up around 11:00, and since I couldn't use the phone, I knitted some rows on sock #1. That was about all I did. I don't feel good, mostly, I think, because of lack of sleep. I really wanted to go to bed. Sigh.


The weather was about as nice as it's been lately. It was sunny all day. The high temperature was 66 and there was a south wind with gusts up to 23 mph. Are you seeing a pattern here? When the wind is from the south, it's relatively warm, and when it's from any other direction, it isn't, because of that big heat sink we live in the middle of. Anyway, it was nice.


The guys slept. They were very patient with me this morning, but when I started to get ready, Grayson jumped up on the bathroom counter and Louie woke up. The reason was that their kibble bowls were close to empty, and besides, it's Sunday and they get canned food on Sunday. Then they went back to bed. Grayson slept partly on me and partly on the counter here and Louie slept in the middle of my bed, where he was in the sun for a while.


So that was all there was, and now I'm waiting impatiently for the backup to finish. It's a clear, warmish night in the field.


June 13

Oh, sigh. I was really late again, so I was really late getting up, without enough sleep, so I feel cruddy. I took my bath, though, because I wanted to get to bed by 9:00, but it ain't gonna happen. I'll be lucky if I lie down before 10:00, which means I won't be going to church tomorrow. The alarm is set, so we'll see how I feel when I get up...if I get up.


Anyway, I was so late that I had cheese for breakfast and I just finished dinner. 


The weather was a bit nicer than yesterday. Sorry that the camera hung up, but when I discovered it, I'd only had about 3 hours' sleep and I wasn't going to come down here and fix it. I need to get the laptop running and get a remote desktop app installed. Anyway, the high temperature was 62, briefly, and it was mostly clear. There wasn't much wind. The barometer is high and the humidity was quite low for a little while, although the temperature is down to 50 now, so the humidity is rather high again. It's really warm in here.


the guys slept. Grayson only got to sit on me a little bit because I was doing stuff, so he spent a lot of time under the east windows. He really likes it there, and I'm sorry it was such a mess for so long. When I started rustling around, he would move over onto the cart, but there's some stuff there now that makes it not so comfortable to sleep. I haven't seen Louie, but evidently he was rustling around because Grayson heard him. 


So that was a very truncated day and it's a clear, cool evening in the field.


June 12

I was really late last night, and I was really tired, so I slept well. I got up around 11:30, but I got caught in the game trap again, so I had just finished a fast breakfast when the Schwan's guy came. I had hoped to make a iittle order in the breezeway, but I didn't have time for that.


I didn't do much in the kitchen, either, except to put away the frozen stuff and chip out the ice from the bottom of the freezer. It appears that having it so cold doesn't do much except make it hard to get the ice out. However, I like it colder, so I guess I'll leave it.


The weather was so-so. The high temperature was only 51, and the wind was from the north, under t0 mph. It was extremely humid. The barometer is high, though, so I felt some better. 


The guys slept. They got one of their favorite canned foods, so they were happy about that. Grayson was a little put out because he didn't get to sit on me, but I was busy again.


So that's all there was. Now I'm listening to Brahms, and when that's over, maybe I will go to bed. I still don't feel very good. It's a cold, dark night in the field.


June 11

Of course, I was later than I wanted to be last night, but it wasn't bad, and I went to bed with clean hair. When I was awake around 8:30, the clock was blinking, so I reset it, but when I got up again, maybe around 10:30 or so - I don't remember - it was blinking again. Oh, dear.


So I knitted two more rows on the shawl and played games again, but I realized I had to get a check into the health department, so I got my breakfast and wrote my check - and had an accident that i ignored - and got to the post office, hopefully before the mail guy got there.


When I talked to Ron, I found out why we'd had so many power glitches here. Apparently a tree came down on the wires the other night. UPPCO did a temporary repair, but they came back today to make permanent fix. When I went out, I discovered that not only had the tree brought down the power line, it had stretched the phone line. I think all of us out here have land lines, just because cell service is either spotty or nonexistent. The wire was hanging down low enough that I could envision the UPS guy catching it on the top of his truck, just because of the way it is strung. I know when they were building my house, the same thing happened to the power line, and an empty cement truck brought it down. So when I got home, I called AT&T.


That was a trip. First off, their voice recognition couldn't understand what I was saying, and once we got that straight, I think I was shunted off to at least six different voice mails before i finally spent around 15 minutes on hold. AT&T doesn't have any hold music, which I guess is a good thing, except that it's really hard to tell the difference between call waiting and an open line. They do come on and talk a bit every minute or two, though. Anyway, then I had to try to explain to someone who assumed I was calling about my phone that no, I wasn't. I was calling about the wires. We did get that straight, and several hours later, a guy, whom I guess is local, called to check and be sure he didn't have to dispatch someone tonight. That part of it was fine. I've discovered that the local people are all nice and can understand you. It's the call centers that suck.


Anyway, the weather wasn't very nice. It was windy, with north winds gusting up to 40 mph this morning, but it was mostly sunny. The sun went away around 1;00 and so did the wind, and the afternoon was cloudy and dull, and between 3:00 and 7:00 it rained lightly. The high temperature was 56, and the humidity was fairly low until it began to rain. Since then, it's been damp. The barometer is way up, though, so maybe it will be nicer tomorrow. Right now I have some sore joints.


The guys slept, of course. I don't know where Louie is, but Grayson was somewhere near me all afternoon. He got to sit on me for a while, but I had to write my check and get it in an envelope, so he had to go away, and then I needed the piece of cardboard he was sitting on, so he had to go away from there, too.


I embroidered while the talking was going on, and that was nice. I have been working on half of a big flower tree for a long time and I finally finished it. i still have the other half to do, but it's under a big diamond that i want to work on first. I hold my fabric in my left hand, and i discovered a long time ago that if I scrunch it up after there are stitches in it, especially silk, the thread gets fuzzy, so I try to work top-down and left-right...or sometimes, right-left, depending. So I want to finish the diamond before I do the right half of the tree. I don't like that tree anyway, even though it has six or eight birds in it, including two peacocks. There are things in that sampler I don't think anyone would notice unless they actually stitched it.


So that was my day, and now I am going to try to go to bed at a semi-reasonable hour. It's a cool, damp night in the field.


June 10

Oh, I was stupidly late last night. I was reading something I like and listening to the nice music when all of a sudden my stream went away - and so did all my other internet connections. I had been hearing thunder south of us for some time, so I assume there was a power failure at PastyNet.  I verified that later on my phone, when I could get the weather but I couldn't get my home page, but of course, I had to use cellular data, which I normally keep turned off, and then that crapped out, too. Anyway, I sort of sat around and thought I might wait out the outage, but of course that didn't happen, so I finally went to bed. I was so tired that I slept well, of course, but I didn't get enough sleep, even though I got up late.


The internet came back sometime overnight, but sometime around 10:00 AM, we had a power glitch. I don't know if it just bounced or it was an outage, because I wasn't here then. All I know is that my clock was blinking when I woke up. And my UPS apparently works, because there was no reboot.


Sleeping was rather nice, until the second time I got up. Louie was plastered up against my back, which felt good, and Grayson was curled up in front of me. However, when I got back in bed the second time, Louie walked over my pillow and attacked Grayson, which made me shout. Grayson did come back, though, and I didn't stay in bed much longer. I need to go to bed now.


I was so late that I didn't do anything else except get the bulletin out. I didn't get the information from Pastor until after 3:00 PM, so I jumped right at it, and for once, I didn't read all my ad email - I just deleted it all.


The weather - oh, the weather!  It started raining after 2:00 AM, and it stopped (for a while) around noon. In that time we had 1.66" of rain, including 0.50" in one hour. I haven't heard it rain that hard in a long time. It came straight down, because there wasn't any wind. The wind started rising around 9:00 AM, and we had gusts as high as 46 mph from the north before it shifted to the west and started dying down a bit. The high temperature was 65, but that didn't last long. It was dark and cloudy all day and I just noticed we had a little bit more rain between 6:00 and 7:00 PM. Of course, the humidity was extremely high and the barometer was extremely low. And just now, as I type, there is a ray of sunshine from the setting sun. Weather is so interesting around here.


Other than my bed partners, the guys slept. They got some canned stuff today, which they seemed to like.


I got my 60 rolls of TP today, too, so now I can't get through the breezeway at all. It came in two boxes; I guess I didn't realize how big a package of 30 rolls would be, but now I'm good for the summer. I only have to do some moving and shaking in the breezeway.


Well, I'd hoped to get to bed early tonight, after a bath, but now they're playing Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, which I love, so I have to wait until that's over. It's a mostly cloudy, cool night in the field, but the storm is over.


June 9

It was another weird, upside-down day. I was reading, and while I went up to the north end around midnight, I think it was 2:30 before I finally made it to bed. I slept well, with the usual wakeups. I don't remember when I got up, but it was probably after 11:00. I knitted two more rows on the shawl and then I got sucked into the games. There's one I am really into now, where you have to fit tiles into a shape. 


I was about to get up and do something when Debbie called and we would probably still be talking now, except that around 4:30 my phone died. She called back, but I had to get firm, because I was getting hungry. i had a fairly light breakfast (!) and did my surfing while the talking was going on, which means i didn't pay much attention to either.


When I finally decided I'd better make dinner, I tried to cook another humungous beat (half the size of my head, I think) in the microwave, and while It would probably work well for smaller ones, it didn't work well for that one. However, when I put together a rather nice dinner, I didn't want any of it, so I have a bowl of beets and a bowl of rice for tomorrow. 


I feel better than I did yesterday, but I still don't feel good, and I don't have any appetite. I know, I was hungry for breakfast, but  you have to remember the last time I ate was 10:00 last night - and I didn't eat until close to 5:00 this afternoon. I should hope I was hungry!


Then I got a message that there were updates to Office, so I decided to install them right away. That was a trip. Whatever they were, I had to reboot to install them, and the reboot did not go well.  Norton wouldn't start. I tried one more reboot, but nothing happened. So I had to do a system restore, install the updates again and reboot again. Thankfully, that time it worked, Norton came up just fine and all seems well. I don't have any clue why updates to Office should have any influence on Norton at all, but oh, well. Computers. As far as I can tell now, everything is fine again. Sheesh.


The weather wasn't as nice as they were advertising. The temperature got up to 81, but it went up and down (down to 54 or so) depending upon the wind. It was clear and lovely this morning, but by 3:00 it was cloudy and dull and the rain is coming. The weather station wasn't reporting dewpoint for most of the day, but the humidity was under 60%, which was nice for me. My knees and my neck were still bad, but my hips weren't bothering me as much.


The guys slept. For a while, I had them both in bed with me. They got some loving, but Grayson didn't get to sit on me today. So he sat on the cart and grunted every time I moved. Louie has been going after him again, and I don't know why.


So now it's late and I'm tired again. I still don't feel very good. It's a dark, cloudy night in the field and the remnants of Cristobal are coming.


June 8

Since I wrote yesterday's entry at 10:00, I guess you can understand why I didn't get to bed until around 11:30. This time, I slept very well, with the usual wakeups, of course. It's getting light enough to see by 5:00 these days. I think I got up around 10:30, maybe? I felt just as lousy as I did when I went to bed, unfortunately, and it didn't get any better as the day wore on.


I knitted two rows on the shawl, with a certain amount of difficulty. It seems like I always screw up at least one repeat on every row.


That was all I did. I do not feel good.


The weather was a real dud. By the time I got up, they had changed the forecast, and it is not going to get very hot in the Copper Country. It did get up to 80 briefly, but then in the next hour or so, the temperature went down to 55. I guess that's because the wind, which had been strong and from the southwest, went calm and all that cold water that surrounds us took hold of the weather. I don't mind. It was partly to mostly cloudy but bright for most of the day. The only thing is, the humidity was high and the barometer is low, so I hurt. My hips are marginally better than yesterday, but my knees are very bad and the only thing that made my hands tolerable is that I didn't clutch the mouse or the phone very much.


The guys were sleepy. Grayson got to sit on my lap for a while, but I had to type, so he got up on the cart behind me and he was still sitting there when I went to get dinner. It was warm enough that Louie didn't get in the bed this morning, although I might find him there when I go to bed tonight. 


So that was my day and now it's a warmish, cloudish hight in the field.


June 7

Gosh, I didn't realize it was 10:00, but it's been a weird day. I closed my eyes at about 8:45 last night and I didn't wake up for the first time until after 1:00. However, then I had what amounted to a long, not very bad night sweat - just enough to keep me awake. After that passed, I don't think I got back to sleep until sometime after 3:30. Of course, I was asleep when the alarm went off, but I got up.


When I got into the bathroom, I realized I felt just about as lousy as I did last night and besides, I had a scratchy throat. Well, I got something to eat anyway and did my morning surfing, but when I got back to the bathroom, I realized I felt too bad to go out, so instead I went back to bed and didn't get up until 10:30 - feeling just as bad.


It hasn't gotten any better. All I can figure is that it's been cold enough that I've gotten my winter virus back. It's discouraging. I thought I was over that for a few months.


One reason I felt so bad - everything aches - is that the weather is miserable. The temperature has finally risen to 50, but it was in the middle 40s all day, with a bit of wind and rain. The humidity was over 80% all day. No wonder I hurt! It was gray and dreary, too. To top it off, the forecast for tomorrow is hot - 84 here and 90 at the airport. Oh, I hope they're wrong! To me, that's as bad as cold.


The guys slept. Grayson got to sleep on me and I think Louie spent most of the day in my bed. That bed hardly ever gets cold, between the two of us.


So that was an unpleasant day, and now it's a cold, damp night in the field. Yuck.


June 6

So of course I got sucked into the black hole last night, so I was late and I got up after about 8 hours in bed, which isn't enough. I've been tired and not feeling good all day.


So...I set a bunch of alarms on the phone. I decided I want to go back to washing my hair at night. I like the feeling of being clean and a bit damp when I get into bed, so I'm going to go up to the north end around 7:30 and see how that works. If I don't sit around, I should make it into bed by 9:00.


I felt so lousy that I didn't do anything.


The weather was cool or cold. It only got to 55 and it was a lot cooler than that for most of the day. It was cloudy in the morning, but along about noon the clouds went away and the afternoon has been mostly sunny. There hasn't been much wind. The humidity is quite high, though, in the 70 - 90% range. No wonder my knees ache!


The guys slept, mostly. Grayson wanted to sit on me, but he wanted to knead me with those sharp little claws of his, so I finally made him go away. He wouldn't sleep on my lap, but he did curl up under the east windows for a while. He thought he wanted some of my dinner, too, but he didn't get any. I think what he wanted was the alfredo sauce i put on my rice (after all this time, I think I've finally found the kind I like!) but he only tasted it.


So it was a very quiet day, and now I'll be off to the north end to get clean and get to bed. However, if I feel as lousy tomorrow as I do today, I'm not going.


It's a clear, cool evening in the field.


June 5

Of course I was later than I wanted to be last night, but it wasn't too late. I did have to get up after about an hour, but after that, I did fairly well. So I don't know why I'm so tired now. I didn't do anything.


The weather was rather unsettled. It was very cloudy this morning and there were a few spritzes of rain, but then between 12:45 and 1:00 it cleared up. it was clear to partly cloudy all afternoon. but the wind was sort of weird. It would get breezy, then go calm and then get breezy from the opposite direction before it went calm again. The high temperature was 72, and the humidity was mostly high, except for a couple of hours this afternoon. I have to say I am thanking God again that I live here. Apparently it's already 95 in Washington and most of the east coast. I lived in Philadelphia for a while, and I don't see how anyone can stand the climate there.


The guys had just settled down in bed this morning when i got up, and I had to kick Louie out, because he was right behind my knees. He did get some loving and Grayson sat on my lap for quite a while. They got something they sort of like for breakfast today.


So that's all. I got roped into the games a couple of times today, but I deleted one of them and I'm going to be deleting a lot of them. Either they're boring or I get to a spot where I can't solve the puzzle or - and this is the most frustrating thing - the "X" that is supposed to let you go on or go past the ads refuses to work for 30 to  60 seconds, and in order to get it to work, you have to keep pounding on it. I don't have to put up with that, even in a free game. They aren't free anyway. You don't have to pay real money except for "power-ups" but you do have to let the ads run. I understand the problem - the game developers have to live, too - but at the very least they could make sure their games work right. There are a couple I'll keep, but most of them will go and the next time I get the ads for them, I will be writing reviews.


So now it's a mostly clear, coolish evening in the field. The moon should be nice tonight.


June 4

Oh, I was late last night. One of my favorite Schubert pieces was playing on the Chamber Music Stream and I wanted to hear the whole thing, but then I had to tear myself away because they began a Beethoven piece that I like, too. I slept pretty well until around 9:00, but even though I didn't want to get up, I couldn't get back to sleep. My joints were sore again. So I got up and knitted two rows on the shawl. I tried hard to avoid getting sucked down the black hole of the games, but I was only partly successful.


So I was late and I didn't do anything. My plan was to go to choir practice and Bible Study, but by the time I should have left, I felt lousy, so I didn't. Early to bed tonight, for sure.


The weather was OK. Thee was some cloudiness in the middle fo the day, but it's clear again now. Again, like yesterday, I know I saw a temperature of 71, but when I checked the history page, it never got nearly that warm until around 6:00 PM - 73. There was almost no wind and it was much less humid than yesterday,, mostly under 60%. The barometer is still low, though.


The guys did their thing. I didn't want him to, but Grayson did get to sleep on my lap for a while. Louie is someplace up at the north end.


So that was another lost day, and now it's a warmish, calm night in the field and tonight I am going to bed.


June 3

I wasn't as late last night, but I didn't get a lot of sleep. I woke up around 6:00 or so, I think, and when I got back to bed, my left leg - hip, thigh, knee, calf and toe - were so sore I couldn't go back to sleep. So eventually I got up  


I knitted two rows on the shawl and I finally finished the repeat I started three months ago. I'm finding this a very difficult project for any number of reasons. Then I played games for a while and then I took a bath so my afternoon was very truncated and I don't feel good. I'm headachy and I had indigestion for most of the afternoon. I must be more careful of what I eat for breakfast tomorrow, although I had the indigestion before I ate. And now it's late again. Sigh.


I finally opened the last package I got from Walmart, and instead of four boxes of tea, there was one box, so I just finished talking to them and getting that straight. Sheesh. I've had much more trouble with Walmart than I have with Amazon, but Amazon seems to have ceded a lot of household goods - like tea, TP and laundry products - to Walmart.


The weather was nice but sort of weird. Well, that's weird. I know I saw temperatures of 71 for a couple of hours this afternoon, but looking at the history, it says the high for the day was only 63. Whatever. There wasn't much wind, and it was clear all day. My problem, I think, is that the humidity is high and the barometer is low - not good for my joints.


The guys slept. They got canned food today but they didn't like it. Grayson got to sleep on my lap this afternoon because I forgot what I was supposed to be doing. Louie is up at the north end, I think, probably in my bed, which is where I found him last night.


So that was a lost day, and now it's a clear, cool night in the field and the moon is shining brightly in the south windows. And I can't go to bed now, because they're playing some of my favorite Schubert.


June 2

Oh, I was stupidly late last night. I downloaded a bunch of new games (well - new to me) and they are all addictive. And it felt like I didn't sleep all that deeply until after about 6:00 AM. So I'm tired and I will be in bed earlier tonight.


The task of the day was the bulletin, which I should have done yesterday, but oh, well. I got it out and there were only a few mistakes. It was difficult because we're using service #5, which is long anyway, and confessing the Athanasian Creed. which is very long, in three parts, but I used my shoehorn and changed type sizes and managed to get everything in. I think service #5 is thought to be closest to Martin Luther's German Mass, with hymns used for the sung parts of the service. I don't like "Isaiah, Mighty Seer" and that's the only hymn in the hymnal that replaces the Sanctus. It's also a very long service - I'm afraid we'll be there for a couple of hours, even if Pastor's sermon is short. But it's Trinity Sunday and we have to celebrate it. Then we'll hae umpteen Sundays after Pentecost and those are mostly easier to do. I will say, though, that the challenge of fitting everything into three pages (and not forgetting anything, which I did today) is part of the reason I like doing this exercise.


I also had a terrible accident, but I was expecting it, because I've been slacking off on my fiber for the past couple of days. Just eating more psyllium doesn't do it, I found.


The weather was rather  nice, and I have the south window open. The temperature went from about 58 at 2:00 PM to 81 at 6:00. It's dropped back to 70@ now, and it's supposed to get quite cool overnight. The humidity was mostly under 50% and there was only a light wind from the north. It was mostly cloudy for most of hte day, so the house didn't heat up too much.


The guys slept. Grayson was disappointed because he didn't get to sit on my lap, so he almost kicked one of the pill dispensers on the floor. I think he spent most of the afternoon under the east windows, although at one point he thought about moving onto the cart, where my travel bag was. I haven't seen Louie since this morning. I don't know where he's spending his time these days.


So it was another quiet, truncated day. I like this much better than last week Now it's a fairly warm, cloudy night in the field and it's bedtime.


June 1

This will be short, because I went into zombie mode again and it's late.


the weather wasn't bad. The high temperature was 71, but it was cloudy so it didn't get too warm in here and I didn't open the windows. I guess it's supposed to be warmer tomorrow.  There was a bit of a southwest wind, with gusts up to 21 mph. It was mostly cloudy but not very dark. The humidity was low until around 4:00 PM - under 50% - and then in the next hour it went up to 81%. No wonder I had such a hard time getting up.


The cats slept. Grayson did not get to monopolize my lap, and I think Louie spent the entire day in the bathroom.


So it's a cloudy warmish night in the field and I really must go to bed.


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