A View From the Field








September, 2020

September 30

Well, there is is - the end of September. I wonder where the year has gone, but I sure hope the rest of it goes as fast. This is one for the history books.


I had to laugh at myself. I completely inverted last night, doing nothing, and once I got up, I went right back to it. I did take a bath, which was nice. My head was itching and my bottom was sore.


One of the reasons I was so late is that I took the charger for the phone up to the north end with me, so I didn't run down the battery. I did that because it said it wanted to update the software, but it didn't do that until I realized I had to tell it to, which was late. The update didn't take long, surprisingly enough, but then I had to get logged in and log in to Apple. Fortunately, I could remember my password. And I got a message that something had turned on two-factor authentication at around 11:30 last night. I don't see how that could have been me, so I had to fix that and change my password, then log in on the phone all over again. This security stuff is exhausting.


The weather was miserable. It started raining lightly after 2:00 AM and it continued off and on all day. It was windy, with gusts up to 32 mph from the north, and the high temperature was 55.  The humidity was over 80% most of the time and it was dark and dismal. Yuck.


The guys mostly slept. Grayson was on the tub surround, and Louie was around until I got in the shower, and I found him lying very comfortably on my dirty clothes in the closet. Grayson has a hidey-hole under the shelves there, but I don't think he'd go there when Louie was in the closet. Louie was funny. After I'd sat for quite q while, He started wandering around meowing at me, as if to say, "Aren't you ever going to move?"  My answer was mostly, no.


So that was it and I'll be going back to bed shortly. It's a cold, dark, miserable night in the field.


September 29

Oh, i got caught in the game trap last night and I was so late! I slept well and got up a bit after noon, but I knitted six rows on the shawl. They were easy ones, but it took a while. That was all I did, again. Sigh.


The weather was not inspirational. It was dark and cloudy and there was a bit of rain during the night and some more between 8:00 and 9:00 AM, so it was humid. The high temperature was only 56 and the lowest the humidity got was 74%. Yuck. 


The guys felt that way, too, and they slept, although Grayson has been acting sort of strange and I don't know why. I was able to cut part of a couple of knots out of Louie's back, but they bother him enough that he doesn't like me to fiddle with them. I don't want to risk cutting too close to his skin, because I can't really feel where the skin ends and the fur begins and I don't want to cut him. The scissors I have in the bathroom are very sharp.


So it was another very quiet day and now it's a cold, dark night in the field.


September 28

I don't remember when I went to bed, but I think it was late and I got up late. I knitted, and it went fairly well until the end. Four rows when the pattern is busy is about all I can handle before my attention starts to waver. Then I fell into the game trap, so I was late doing everything else. 


The weather was hard on my joints. The high temperature was only 58 and there was a north wind around 14mph. It was very humid and very cloudy and dark. It rained a bit between 9:00 and 11:00 AM, but otherwise it was just dark and humid. Yuck. The weather station was down from 2:00 AM until 9:00 AM for some reason, but I don't think anything interesting happened then anyway.


The guys were sleepy. Grayson slept on my lap, and when I got up to get something - or try to get something I couldn't find - there was Louie in the ugly chair. I forgot to mention that a day or so ago, I was looking at the washbasket I have in the closet with some jeans in it and there was a huge knot of white fur. I got two of those mostly out last week, but he must have pulled this one out himself. It's much nicer to pet him now, although there are several huge knots in the brown patch on his left hip. One of these days, I'll have to try to cut at least part of them out. Ever since I've known him, Louie has paid attention to his white fur and just about ignored the brown, I suppose because it doesn't look dirty to him. Buster always surprised me; most gray and black cats I've known aren't very clean. The only place Louie doesn't do a very good job on is his chin, which frequently looks a little gray. 


So that was a quiet day, and of course it's a dark, cloudy night because there may be northern lights tonight. It always happens. So it's a dark night in the field and I can go to bed sometime.


September 27

Oh, I did it again. Some nights I just do not want to go to bed. I don't know why. I slept well and I got up around noon. I knitted, with some difficulty. Otherwise, i did nothing. 


The weather was a bit nicer today. It rained pretty much all night, but there was only about a quarter inch of measurable precip, so it wasn't a hard rain. It cleared up during the day, although there were still some clouds. I saw the moon for a bit tonight. The high temperature was 68. For a while the humidity got down around 40%, but not for long, and it's back up again.


The guys slept. Last night, when I hung up my vest on the doorknob in the bathroom, I knocked the rope I keep there onto the floor. Since I can't bend over, I pushed it down the floor to the toilet so I could pick it up when I sat down. Louie was lying there, so I twiddled the rope at him and we had a nice playtime for five minutes or so. I will have to see if he will play again tonight. This morning, Grayson was asleep in bed, and it was a while after I got to the kitchen that he finally woke up. Louie followed me there, though, because he knows he usually gets canned food on Sunday. They know when to expect canned food.


So that was it, and now it's time to go to bed again. I hope I can avoid the game trap tonight. It's a dark night in the field.


September 26

There is something about Friday night: I have a hard time going to bed. I don't know why, but it happens more often than not, even when the rest of my schedule is more or less normal. Of course, it's not now, so I was very late again.


I was late getting up, too. I knitted, with some difficulty. i toyed with the idea of doing six rows, but I had so much trouble with the four I did and it was getting so late that I didn't. 


The weather was not very good. The high temperature was 64, but it was nearly steady around 62, and the dew point was around 57, so it was very humid, and my joints were telling me that. There was almost no wind. After about 8:00 PM, there was some light rain, evidently, but it was dark then, so I'm relying on the NWS.


Speaking of dark, we passed over 12 hour days on the 25th and we are losing light at a rate of 3m23s a day. Sigh. It wasn't the best summer, weather-wise, but it sure was nice to have all that daylight.


The guys were sleepy, of course. Grayson slept on me for a while. I had to fill the kibble bowls, and while I was doing it, Grayson was sitting close by, purring at me. Louie wouldn't do that. Grayson has a much sweeter disposition than Louie does.


So that was my day, and now it's time to totter up to the north end and sleep. The weather has left me with a sinus headache, so I need to put it down on my pillow.


September 25

Oops. Almost did it again.


I was earlier again last night and it was around 1:00 AM when I got to bed. i didn't sleep especially well. I had several hot flashes and sort of twitchy legs. The hot flashes were probably in part because I had some trouble getting my temperature in bed right, but it was partly the tamoxifen, too. The curious thing about it is that even though tamoxifen is supposed to shut down female hormones, my problems with things like hot flashes is still cyclic. Strange.


Anyway, I think I got up around 11:00 and for the first time in several days, I had time to knit. But then of course I got caught in the game trap and I had to rush off to the post office before I had anything to eat. I stopped at the store, but they didn't get any JD, so I was stuck with their last fifth. That will last about a week, I think, and all i can hope is that they get some next week. There is still an awful lot of activity in Copper Harbor, so I was glad to get home.


I have been embroidering for the past couple of days, too, and I am working on the lower right hand corner of the sampler, finally. After struggling with patterns that lapped over a couple of charts, I gave in and copied the last two pages and taped them together, which is working very well. I probably should have been doing that with the whole pattern. Anyway, I made some progress, although I had to wait until Grayson woke up and went away.


The weather was unsettled. The high temperature was 68 and it was very humid. There wasn't much wind. There was a little sunshine between 1:30 and 3:00 PM, but then it clouded up and the rain moved in around 7:00. The thunder didn't start for a couple of hours, but it was sort of noisy for a while and we had 0.87" of rain between 9:00 and 10:00 and 1.15" total so far. I think that's the end of it, though. It was just a line of cells that swept by the peninsula. 


The guys slept. I'm sure Louie is downstairs, and there was one crack of thunder that  made Grayson run away, too, but he came back. He slept on my lap for a while after I ate my first meal.


So that was another quiet day and now it's a dark, cloudy night in the field and I'm off to bed.


September 24

I was a lot earlier last night and I didn't get up until after noon, so I got enough sleep and I feel much better today. I washed my hair, and I thought i was going to go to the store and the post office without anything to eat, but the store didn't have any JD, so I stayed home. By that time, I wasn't hungry, but I had a little breakfast anyway. Maybe I can begin to haul myself back on schedule. but I have to wait until the Mozart is done.


So I didn't do anything except call my insurance agent. My homeowners' insurance went up around $200 this year and I don't know of any reason why it should have. They will get back to me. 


The weather was much cooler than yesterday. The temperature was nearly steady at 58 and it was very humid, but there was very little wind. It was cloudy and dull for most of the day, but it cleared up around sunset and there was a nice half moon shining in the south windows when it got dark. It's gone now, but I don't know whether it's clouded up, which it is supposed to, or the moon is just behind the pine tree.


The guys slept. Grayson has gotten all lovey again, and he sat on my lap three different times, including one when he went to sleep. I don't know what is in his little mind. He will be stand-offish for several days and then clingy for several days. Louie slept, although he did come down to the great room.


So it was another quiet day and now it's a dark night in the field and the rain is coming.


September 23

Well, it was a dumb thing to do, but I pulled an all-nighter. I've noticed that a couple of the games I play are easier to win after about 2:00 AM. It must have something to do with their random number generator. So I got sucked into the game hole.


I didn't get a lot of sleep, but I decided maybe I would be tired enough to get to bed a lot earlier tonight, and it may even work. The task of the day was the bulletin, and I got it out, although I sent out three versions and Sue sent out another one. And there may be another version if I hear from St. John's tomorrow. Sometimes things work out and sometimes they don't.


The weather started out sunny but by about 3:00 PM it was cloudy, with those dull clouds with no structure. I think some of it was smoke. There was one small break in the clouds as the sun was setting, so I got to keep a picture of the sun setting right in the due-west notch. The high temperature was 77, but that was weird. It went from 67 tp 77 to 66 in the space of two hours. It was probably faster than that, but the NWS only reports every hour. Most of the day it was around 67. The wind was from the north, under 10 mph. The humidity never got under 70% except for that one anomalous hour. I guess it might rain.


The guys apparently slept. I didn't see them much after this morning. 


So that was my day and now it's a cloudy night in the field.


September 22 - Autumnal Equinox

So it's finally astronomical fall. We've had it for at least a month.


I was ridiculously late again, and I don't remember why. So I got up late and didn't do anything at all. The bulletin stuff just came in, so I'll have to do that tomorrow.


The weather was nice, I think. I didn't have time to stick my nose out. The high temperature was 70, but it was early in the day and it stood at around 68 for most of the day. The wind started out from the north and ended up from the south, but it wasn't very strong. The humidity was in the 65 - 70% range, not good for my joints. It was beautifully clear all day, and the sun set exactly due west. Sigh.


The guys slept. 


So that was all there was and it's a warmish, clear night in the field. I expect to see a star or two, but I missed the moon.


September 21

I was stupidly late last night, for no good reason, so it was a truncated day. I didn't knit, so I was able to eat fairly early in the afternoon, so dinner wasn't too late. The problem now is Mozart's Clarinet Quintet. Then maybe I can go to bed and get up at a semi-reasonable hour tomorrow.


I didn't do anything except call the clinic about my prescription. I haven't heard back from them yet, but I'm good for the the next four weeks anyway. The problem, besides the number of pills, is that the stuff I got isn't coated and I can't swallow it. Mostly my Sjogren's Disease means my mouth is dry, but as I get older, my throat gets dry, too, and that stuff soaks up water so fast that it bonds to my throat before I have a chance to drink enough water. Yuck.


The weather was nice. I forgot, or I would have stuck my nose outside. The high temperature was 71 and the southwest wind was still blowing, with gusts up to 33 mph, although it's died down some now. Southwest winds always sort of discombobulate me, because I can hear the wind in the trees but nothing hits the house. The humidity got down below 50% for a while, although it's rising now. There was a lot of sunshine, but we had those white skies that mean the smoke is coming through again.


The guys slept and I didn't see much of them, although Grayson was around a bit. 


So it was another quiet day and now it's a cloudy (I think) warmish night in the field.


September 20

I was some earlier last night, so I got up earlier. I knitted, played games, filled the pill dispensers at the north end, played games, and washed my hair. When I got to the office, I filled the pill dispensers here, too, so that chore is done for another four weeks.


The weather was nice, and I was sorry I was so late that I didn't get to stick my nose outside. The high temperature was 68 and the humidity was reasonable, There was a southwest wind, with gusts up to 32 mph. It was cloudy, and I guess some of it might have been smoke, but most was just clouds.


The guys did their thing. Louie was bothering me all the time I was in the bathroom, and I discovered that the reason was that they had eaten every crumb in their kibble bowls, plus a lot of what was on the floor. They've been eating a lot lately, for some reason. They are happy now, because not only are the kibble bowls full, they got something that is one of their favorites out of a can.


So that was my day and today really is Sunday, so tomorrow I can do some things that require other people. it's a warmish, cloudy night in the field.


September 19

Late night. Late getting up. Lost day. Nothing to report.


It was a very dark, dismal day, very cloudy, but it didn't rain. The high temperature was 58 and the humidity was over 70%. The wind was from the southwest, but it was under 10 mph. Blah.


The guys mostly slept, but Grayson did a no-no. He tried to sit on my lap when I was too close to the desk, hit the little lamp I use to light the keyboard when the lights are out, which hit my shot glass full of pills. The pills all spilled onto my lap, but the shot glass has disappeared into the black hole. I have other shot glasses, but this one was an heirloom and I think it was cut crystal, even though it was chipped. Grr.


Now it's a dark, cloudy night in the field and maybe I can go to be tonight?


September 18

It amazes me how much of a difference it makes to my body when the humidity is low. It was well under 50% all day and even though i didn't get nearly enough sleep - I was stupidly late - I felt good. It was a good thing. I had to rearrange the freezer to get the Schwan's order into it, and I had to chip the ice out of the bottom of the freezer. In the middle of that, I had an accident (sigh). I knew the overhead light in front of the pantry cupboard was out, and I wanted to change it, and when I looked up, there were two other lights out, too, including one right in front of the fridge and one in front of the cooktop (I'm sure I changed that one just a while ago, although I could be wrong). No wonder it was so dark in that corner! So  I changed three lights.


I have a pole with a tool on the end of it that I use to unscrew the canister lights and replace them. So now I have lots of light in my kitchen again.


Anyway, that was more activity than I thought I'd have, but I was good with it. Now I'm tired.


I got Ron to bring me my prescription that I need for Sunday when I refill the pill dispensers, and they screwed it up royally. I can use it - I'll have to - but they only sent me a 30 day supply, no refills, and I had requested that they write it a certain way, which they did not. The stuff I've been taking - and what I got - isn't coated and I have a terrible time swallowing it because it soaks up water and gets caught in my throat. So I will have to get on the phone on Monday and chew them out and try to find out why they did what they did and how to fix it. I hate this. I'm having all sorts of hassles with those people that I never had before. About the time my last doctor left, they apparently had a turnover of nursing staff and they have a real bunch of airheads there now.


Like I said, the humidity was lower than it's been since last spring, I think - as low as 40% for a while. The high temperature was 57 and for most of the day there was a north wind in the 10-15 mph range. As has been happening lately, it was clear until around 4:30 or 5:00 PM and then it started to cloud up.


The guys were sleepy, of course, but they both got some loving and Grayson slept on my lap for a while. Right now he's on the cart. He keeps putting his feet on the pile of magazines and books beside the cart, though, and pushing  some of it on the floor. I think it's to get my attention, even though he knows it annoys me.


So that was my day. The sunshine and the low humidity were very welcome. Now it's a cold, cloudy night in the field and I need to go to bed. Really.


September 17

I was a little off today and I almost forgot again. I had two accidents and I didn't do anything again. Sigh


The weather was pretty but cold. The high temperature was only 52 and there is a freeze warning out for the interior tonight. The wind was from the north in the 12-15 mph range until 7:00 PM or so, and then it shifted around to the west or something, but it's very light. The dewpoint was down in the mid 30s, so it was not humid, thankfully. My joints were thankful.


The guys were sleepy. After not sitting on me for a week, Grayson decided he wanted to sit on me twice today and he was the cause of my second accident, because he just would not move. When I went up to the north end, I found Louie asleep there, He did move down to the great room later, He was going to go after Grayson while I was in the bathroom, but I screeched at him and I guess he's getting the idea now, because he went away. Sheesh. I thought Buster was jealous.


So that was it. Now it's a cold, partly cloudy night in the field and I really must go to bed.


September 16

Almost forgot again.


Nothing happened. I was very late getting to bed and very late getting up and I didn't do anything. Lost another day. Retirement is wonderful.


The weather wasn't too bad, although it was a lot cooler than yesterday. The high temperature was 61 and it was just about steady for the whole afternoon. It's still quite humid, in the middle 60% range. The wind was from the north and it got rather rambunctious around noon, with gusts up to 26 mph, but after that, it settled down to10 mph or less and shifted to the northeast. Skies were cloudy this morning and cleared up after 2:00 PM, but the clouds moved back in by 5:00 PM and it was partly to mostly cloudy at sunset. The sun is setting behind the north end of the mountain now - it sure moved fast! - and days are getting shorter by 3 minutes 23 seconds a day. They are around 12 hours long now. Sigh.


The guys slept, of course, but they both got some loving. Grayson wanted me to pet him but he didn't want to sit on my lap for some reason. Louie did as Louie does.


So that's it and now it's very late on a dark, cloudy night in the field.


September 15

Late again, but this time I got enough sleep, at least. i knitted, but that was about all I did. I did get the underwear folded and put away, which is nice.


After looking at the satellite imagery, I realize that the nearly white skies and wan sunlight we've had lately are due to the smoke from the west coast. Those west and southwest winds blow it right over us. Today there were some real clouds, too. It was a nice, warm day. I should have at least stuck my head outside, but I didn't, the high temperature was 74, and for a while there was a strong northwest winds, with gusts up to 31 mph.


The guys wee sleepy. Louie was bothering me this morning, but not until I got to the kitchen did I realize why - all the kibble bowls were empty! They've been eating an awful lot lately, for some reason. Louie especially doesn't need that. Anyway, he was happy once I filled the bowls. Grayson spent most of the day on the cart, but he didn't want to sit on me.


So that was all there was. I think it may be partly cloudy now, but it's still sort of a warm night in the field.


September 14

So instead of being early last night, like I wanted, i was late - very late. I think it was because I just did not want to have to stand up. Of course I slept well, but not nearly long enough. i knitted four rows and played games until the phone died and then I took a shower, so I was almost as late eating as I was yesterday. Today, I had cheese for breakfast and a real dinner. That worked better. Otherwise, I did nothing.


Oh, I had another chat with the doctor's office. The NP is fixated on my potassium problem being caused by the diuretic I take. After my conversation on Friday, i did a little research, and that diuretic is a potassium-sparing one, so it couldn't be that. However, I discovered that tamoxifen can screw up one's electrolytes, and I think that is what has happened. So I'll just have to live with low potassium. I have at least three more years of hormone therapy to go, and I don't want to stop that. Of course, at my age, I could be dead by then. I don't make plans that far in advance anymore, if I ever did. I'm sorry to have gotten into this wrangle with the NP. She is an adequate primary care person and I need one of those. I didn't hear back again today, so maybe I'll talk to them tomorrow. 


The weather was nondescript. It was sort of sunny, but there were high clouds. The high temperature was 58 and it was still quite humid. There were light breezes from the south, mostly.


The guys slept, of course. Nobody got very much loving. 


So that's all there is and now it's a sort of cloudy, cool night in the field.


September 13

Well, this was a weird day. i was late getting to bed, of course, and i didn't sleep very well, probably because I hurt. I didn't get up until around 11:00. I knitted six rows on the second end of the shawl, but after that, I just didn't want to get up, so I didn't. I had mislaid a package of stitch markers I wanted to use, so I went through everything in my knitting bag and on the shelf before I finally found it - in a place it should never have been, of course. 


It was late enough when I did get going that I knew I would be only eating one meal today, and then I had to go back in the bathroom for a bit, so it was really late when I finally got to the kitchen and gave the guys their dinner. So I just continued and made my dinner, although I had some debate with myself about what I should have. Strange day.


The weather was clearing. it rained all night and it was still very humid when I got up, but the humidity is falling slowly now as it clears up. The high temperature was 62 and there was a brisk north wind - 15 to 25 mph. The humidity is slowly falling, although it will take my joints a while to react. The skies were clearing by 1:00 PM, and they're still almost clear.


The guys were quite content to sleep in the bathroom. Louie was on the floor and Grayson was in his spot on the tub surround. Nothing else can relax quite like a cat. 


So that was my weird day and I'm tired again, so I don't think I will be so late tonight, or I hope not. It's a clear, cool night in the field.


September 12

I was stupidly late last night. I was trying to check on the status of a magazine subscription and I lost the password for the site. I have an ongoing problem getting that kind of email from practically every site I visit, and the "few minutes" turned into a couple of hours. I finally gave up before it came, but evidently they have that problem a lot, because the email was in my inbox this morning and the link was good for 72 hours. Thank goodness it didn't take that long. I was glad I checked my subscription, too. I got renewal notices in the mail for two magazines I subscribe to, and when I checked both of them, they don't come due until sometime in 2022! I hate it when magazines do stuff like that. These are magazines I don't want to have lapse, but if I responded to every renewal notice I get, I'd be subscribed for the next 10 years. 


Anyway, I didn't get enough sleep, but I got up around 10:00 and I finished the first end of the shawl! Now the next time I knit, I can start the other end. I'm getting tired of this project, especially since I've made so many mistakes in it, but I don't want to put it aside, because if I do, I know I'll never finish it and I don't want that.


that was about all I did, but it made me rather late.


The weather was another reason i didn't do anything. The high temperature was 60. It was cloudy and gray and there was a wind this morning, and it started raining about 5:00 AM. It rained lightly all day, so the humidity was horrible and my knees, my shoulder and my right hand have been telling me so. There was some wind from the southwest around noon, but it soon died down. Yuck. I and my joints hate this kind of weather.


So do the guys, I think. They slept, mostly. They had eaten all of the kinds of kibble they really like, and Grayson was telling me so, so I had to fill those bowls. As I was getting ready for the day, Louie stepped on the scale at a time when I could get to it before it turned off. It read 21 lb. I would have said more, and I'm not sure if he was standing in the right spot, so that may be a minimum. I'm not sure I could pick him up, even if he wasn't wiggling. He is one fat cat.


So that was my day and now I really must try to get to bed. It's a cool, moist night in the field.


September 11 - Remember

I was in bed before 10:00 last night, and oh, did I sleep! The trouble is, I didn't get up until 10:00 this morning, so I'm going to be late tonight because I just wasn't tired. I hope I won't be too late.


I ended up not doing anything except bring in the rest of my groceries. I was about to get going when Debbie called and while we only talked for about an hour and a half, that meant I didn't eat my first meal until after 3:00 PM. So I immediately got off-schedule again. That's how it goes.


The weather was quite nice. It was sunny until late in the day and the high temperature was 63. There wasn't much wind. The dew point was around 47, so it was reasonably dry.


The only problem I had (and have) is that schlepping the grocery bags messed up my shoulder big time and it has been going into spasms all day, which is extremely painful. I hope another day of resting it will help, except that it's supposed to rain tomorrow. We'll see how that goes.


The guys slept. Grayson was interested when I went out into the breezeway, but he didn't try to get out. Sometimes I wish he would go, just so I don't have to be so careful with the door. When I went to get my dinner, Louie was sitting on his scratching pad. I think he prefers that because I have the lights on in here now, and I've noticed that neither of them likes it when I have the radio or the streaming music on. I don't know wny. I've had other cats who liked my music, except for one who was terrified of trumpets. Cats are funny.


So that was my very quiet day and now it's a cloudy night in the field.


September 10

So I was stupidly late last night, but I slept well. I got up around 10:00 and got right at what I had to do. I was able to do some of my surfing, and I left around 1:30. Ron had a bale of mail for me, most of it magazines. Yes, I'm still getting some of those. Sometimes I even read them.


It was a rather pleasant drive down. There wasn't a lot of traffic and while there were some signs, there was no road work. I got my blood test and went on my way. The results were disappointing, I discovered when I got home. I'm down to under low normal again, although not by much. Drat.


My next stop was Pats, where I was very modest. As usual, there were some things I wanted that they didn't have, but they had more of what I was looking for than they have for quite a while. I have enough salad fixings, eggs and bread for a couple of weeks and I have a good supply of all three kinds of potatoes - gold, red and sweet. Now if I can just get enough stuff from Schwan's so that I can have some meat, too...


I was exhausted by the time I got home, so I sat for a while and then put away those things that absolutely had to be in the fridge. The rest is out in the breezeway and I will get it tomorrow. It's cool out there now.


It's cool all over. It was a bright, mostly sunny day, but the high temperature was only 59 and there was a north wind in the 15 mph range. It was rather humid, though, mostly around 70%.


I'm sure the guys slept. Grayson came around when I was bringing in some of the bags, but he didn't try to go out. I haven't seen Louie. He probably heard me come in and said, "Oh, she's back." and went back to sleep.


So that was my day. Now it's a cool, clear night in the field and I'm going to bed.


September 9

Well, I was in bed by 11:30 last night, but it's going to be later tonight. I went into zombie mode and I couldn't decide what to have for dinner. The old story. I didn't sleep very well last night. I was up several times and I had hot flashes all night. I did lose 2 pounds, though. I have a fluid problem - well, really it's a circulation problem - and my weight can vary by 2 or 3 pounds overnight. Maybe I can do better tonight.


I didn't do anything useful today. Well, a little. My cat food order came and I unboxed it. When I brought the bag of kibble into the house and filled the bowls, you would have thought I hadn't fed them in days. They were both trying to eat out of the same bowl at the same time. I also broke down most of the boxes - including a couple that have been on the platform for quite a while - and got them out into the garage. That was about it.


The weather was nondescript again. It was cloudy and dull all day. The high temperature was 55 and there wasn't any wind. The dew point was around 45, which means it was humid, and my knees were telling me so. My shoulder is bad, but it only hurts when I haven't been moving it. Since that side is "carry," I had to use it to bring the kibble into the house, so it doesn't feel bad now. It will once I go to bed.


the guys were sleepy, but they were very happy when I filled the bowl with the new kibble and the one with the last buy. I am thinking of investigating whether I can set up a recurring shipment of small bags. I think once it's opened, it gets old, and then it isn't as tasty. Most things do. It might also mean I could put the bags in the pantry, where I used to store my cat food, and that would be very nice.


So that was my day. I did a lot of vacating today, but I realized when I came in from the breezeway, that I actually felt fairly good, which is a nice thing. Tomorrow I have to go to town and get another blood test and do some shopping - I'm running out of salad and I'm flat out of JD - so I hope I feel as good then. Now it's a cold, cloudy night in the field and I must go to bed soon.


September 8

I was a bit later last night - not a lot - but I was much more comfortable and I slept well, with the usual wakeups. It felt strange to get up at 9:00, but I had enough sleep. I knitted and I resolutely did not play any games beyond the nine I've been doing first every day. That came later.


I had several things on my to-do list and at least I got two of them done. The first was the bulletin. I got the information last night, so I got that out this afternoon. 


The other thing I absolutely had to do today was to look at my finances and see if I can, make it through to the end of the month. It looks like I might make it. It helps that Social Security day is almost as early as it ever is this month - the 23rd - but it's going to be tight. I won't worry about it. I paid the bills that come due next week and tomorrow i will write the check for my taxes and take it to the post office. There are the issues of my house and car insurance, but I think I can wrangle that. This happens every September. I'm just thankful for that stimulus check, which funded my tax bill. We'll see about the rest of it.


The weather was nondescript but cold. The high temperature was a whopping 52, and it was steady all day. The dew point was steady around 41, so it was humid. There wasn't any wind to speak of. It started out clear, I think, but it soon clouded over and most of the day was dull and gray. 


I'm sorry that the camera broke up early this morning. I had checked it about 8:00, and it was fine, but when i got up, it was messed up. I decided it wasn't important enough to change my habits, so I didn't fix it until I got here with my breakfast. It was only about an hour and a half anyway.


The guys slept. Now that it's cooled off, they're sleeping in the bathroom more often, even though it isn't very warm in there. Grayson got to sleep on my lap while I did my surfing, and he almost caused me to have an accident, because when I had to move, he didn't want to and I had to shout a bit.


So that was my day, and I'm going to try to continue to get to bed at a reasonable hour - I suppose 11:00 is a reasonable hour. The next task is to try to get my mealtimes under control, and I'm working on that.


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


September 7 - Labor Day

It was around 11:00 again, and I didn't sleep well again. I kept having hot flashes and my shoulder and knees were sore, but I think mostly I might have been cold. The window in the window seat was still cracked. I shut it this morning, and we'll see if that helps. It was another lost day.


The wind began rising just about the time I went to bed, and it peaked between 6:00 and 7:00 AM, with 35 mph sustained winds from the north and 55 mph gusts. It was noisy around here last night, but more when the wind was from the northwest. I'm somewhat sheltered on the north, but I could hear it hitting the upstairs. It was another cold day. The high temperature was 57 and it was just about steady for most of the day. There was some sunshine this morning, but the afternoon was cloudy and dull. The wind has died down again, so that blow is over. These fast moving windstorms are a feature of fall around here, and meteorological fall officially starts on September 1. I'd say August 15, but then, what do I know? It's kind of fun to see whitecaps on the harbor again, after the rather calm summer we had. The dew point was around 40, the humidity wasn't too bad, but my knees were almost too sore to walk on.


The guys slept. while I was in the bathroom this morning - and part of the afternoon, too, Louie was asleep on the rug and Grayson was back in his place at the end of the tub surround. I think there was some sunshine there for a while. They both got some loving and Grayson slept on my lap for a long time.


I think the wind stirred up the pollen. I've been sneezing. Oh, yes, and while I was washing my face, a deer ran through the backyard. It must have been a small one, because it wasn't much taller than the tansy. I think it went around the north side of the house, but I couldn't see where it went.


So that was my day and now it's a cold, cloudy night in the field.


September 6

I got to bed shortly after 11:00 last night, amazingly enough, but it took me a while to get to sleep and I didn't sleep very well. If i can keep doing this, it will take me a while to get back on a new schedule. We'll see how it goes.


I knitted for a long time and then I played games, so I didn't do anything today.


The weather was unsettled. It was cloudy and windy, but the high temperature was 71. Around 4:30 this afternoon I started hearing rumbling and when I checked radar, there was a huge area of thunderstorms out over the lake and up in Canada, with a tail that looked like it would sweep by the Keweenaw. Well, it did. We had 0.59" of rain in three hours, 0.34" between 5:00 and 6:00. Oh my, did it pour!  The humidity wasn't too bad this morning, but it's been awful since before the rain, so I hurt.


The guys were sleepy. There were a few grumbles of thunder not too far away - nothing serious - but I suppose Louie was downstairs. Grayson sat around and he sat on me for quite a while. He is so funny. He'll be lying on my lap, so comfy, and all of a sudden, it's like he says, "Well, that's enough!" and he jumps up and runs off. He usually comes back, but he sits on the cart or the desk. I guess he figures one lap-sit is enough for one day.


So that was another lost day, and now I'm going to try to get to bed at a reasonable hour again. It's a warmish, cloudy, humid night in the field.


September 5

Very late night. Not enough sleep. We'll see if I can break the cycle tonight.


The weather was pretty but cold. The high temperature was 66, late in the day, and there was a brisk wind from the north with gusts up to 25 mph. It's died down now. The dew point was under 50, so the humidity was rather low compared to lately. There were a few clouds, but mostly it was sunny. Sunset was one of those days where the whole house seemed to be filled with golden light.


The guys slept, of course. Grayson got some lap time, but i had to make him move so I could go pee, and when I went by the couch in the great room, Louie and he were laid out side by side. Grayson was asleep, but Louie didn't look quite pleased with the situation. They are so funny.


So now it's a partly clear, cold night in the field and I must go to bed.


September 4

Another late night and lost day. About all i did was to chip the ice out of the freezer, both in the bottom and the ice maker.


The weather was more or less sunny but cool. The high temperature was 65, briefly, and the wind was strong, with gusts up to 32 mph from the north until around 2:00, when they finally began to die down. It was much less humid than it has been lately, which was nice.


The guys were sleepy, of course. They both got some loving and some canned food, although that didn't go over so well. I don't know why sometimes they will eat something they turn their noses up at other times.


And that's all there was. I discovered that FedEx will come down the road, so I can go ahead and order the kibble I'm out of. That delivery is a long story, and I won't go into it now, but it did serve to find out I can at least get deliveries from Walmart and Chewy.


So it's a cold, partly cloudy night in the field.


September 3

Bedtime keeps creeping forward. I hope to change that tonight. I slept well. When I woke up at 8:00 AM, the clock was blinking, but it had only been about 15 minutes since the power glitch. I went back to bed and when i was awake around 10:00, there had been another one about an hour before. Oh, the beeps. I finally got up around noon. I knitted and played games a bit, but I'm at a point in two of them where I just have to keep pounding away at them until I get a favorable board to win.


I was late enough that I didn't do much of anything again.


The story of the day is the weather. The power glitches are because we are having a fall windstorm. See? I said fall started on August 15. Anyway, there has been a little occasional rain and the wind has been awesome, with northwest winds gusting as high as 53 mph. They may even have been higher, but the weather station was down for a couple of hours after the second power glitch. The high temperature was only 63 and the dew point was at or below 50, so the humidity wasn't too bad. It was partly cloudy, but there was a lot of sunshine after the rain went away. The barometer was rising rather quickly, so I woke up with a sinus headache and I had it for most of the day. That's my response to the pressure changing - either up or down - quickly. So I don't feel very good, even though i had enough sleep.


The guys slept. i didn't see either of them very much. When I came through the great room with my breakfast, Louie was lying on one of the scratching pads in the sun and Grayson was on the floor near him with a bit of sunshine on him. I expect to see that a lot, now that it's cooling off.


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


September 2

I was much later than I wanted to be last night because I got trapped by FrontPage. I had done my monthly rollover and everything was fine when I realized that a couple of the past months had the title in blue rather than white, and I wanted to change it. Well, that's in a special file, along with another one for the sidebar and I should know by this time that when I change it, I seem to get caught in a loop. It may be because the program changes every page individually and there are a lot of files in my site, but after I fooled around for about 15 minutes I got impatient and stopped the program, not noticing that I hadn't saved either the "Prior Months" file or the August file. That wasn't a problem with the Prior Months - I just did it over - but not saving the August file completely wiped out everything I had written. Ouch.


After thinking about it for a while, I realized I had backed up the journal on Sunday, so I was able to get it back - and yes, I did all the renames so I didn't have to write the September 1 entry over again - but I lost Sunday and Monday. No great loss, I guess, since I didn't have much, if anything, to write about except the weather, which was miserable, but I hate it when things like that happen.


So I was late and I had a little trouble getting to sleep. Then, I woke up at what I thought was 11:30, but when I looked at the time on the phone, it was only 9:30, so I took off my glasses and crawled back into my nice warm bed and I didn't get up until it was really 11:30. I guess my clock/radio/phone is getting old, because I sometimes have a hard time reading the clock during the day. 


I knitted and I was a good girl. There are nine games I play every day, and I did those, but I didn't play any other games.


Today turned into washday. I have been postponing it, but I was running out of panties and nighties - I have had a couple of accidents at night lately - and it was time. I think that load is dry. I hope so, so that I have a nightie to wear tonight. And I almost have the dishwasher ready to run overnight. I have a few more things to put in it, including my dinner dishes, and then I can go to bed. Oh, and I did the bulletin.


The weather today was much nicer than it has been lately. Oh, since the journal for Monday didn't get saved, I should report that we had 0.73" of rain, including 0.47" in one hour. Oh, my, did it rain! Oh, my, was it humid! Today was much better. The high temperature was 69 and the dew point was right around 50, so for most of the day, the humidity was tolerable. It was windy, though. The highest wind was 22 mph with 39 mph gusts, from the northwest. That hits mostly the front corner of the bedroom, so it was a bit noisy up there today.


The guys slept, of course. They got canned food today, and something they both like, so they were happy. Grayson is asleep on the cart right now. Louie came down to the studio briefly, and I petted him, but he didn't stay. I think he just wants to be sure Grayson isn't getting something he isn't.


So that was my day and now my head hurts, so as soon as I finish my drink, I will be off to the north end. I think it's cloudy tonight, so we won't be able to see anything of the full moon except the light on the clouds.


September 1

I got to bed around the usual time last night and I slept well, although I hurt, at least until the Tylenol cut in. When I got up, I knitted and fell into the game trap for a while, so everything is late today, too.


I was so late that I didn't do anything.


the weather was better than yesterday, but it's still cold. The high temperature was 69, but that was this morning and it went down slowly all day. The dew point went down slowly, too, so the humidity was lower than it has been, although only while it was warm. It's up around 68% again now. There was a little sunshine this morning, but it was cloudy and dull in the afternoon.


The guys were their sleepy selves and I didn't see much of them until lately. Louie was muttering around and Grayson wanted some of my dinner, but he didn't get it.


So that's all there is. it's September again and fall is here. It's a cold, cloudy night in the field.


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