Good Morning · Nattering

Time for Tetley’s Tea

I awoke around 3:30, this morning, having gotten to bed and to sleep around 22:00, last night. Exhausted, I think. Earlier in the week, we enjoyed (…but I slept through it) a massive wind (gusts to 43 mph) and lightning. A Code Red Alert was issued, but I had left my cell phone in the living room or kitchen.

Beverage of choice, since it seems I may be up for the day, is Tetley tea, which our grocery of choice is again stocking. Since I’m no longer taking any antihistamine tablets, the tea is helpful to my breathing.

The temperatures/humidity levels were too high at times during this last time span, and so I was not able to spend time on the exercise bike on some days during the past week. On the past four or five days, I was able to exercise on three: 10.0, 6.0, and 4.5 miles on the stationary bike.

According to the man who makes my eyeglasses, the vision in my right eye has changed dramatically since he made my last glasses, which was in 2011. I look forward to finding out what my vision will be like with the new glasses. I’ve ordered new photo gray bifocals for general use and single focus lens for playing the piano. We’re using my previous mid-distance frames. The trend toward skinny glasses  is annoying. Since I don’t do any close work wearing my sunglasses, I plan to use them “as is” until I can fit another set into my budget. Or, I may find out that I do not need to change them at all. Because I don’t drive, I can be more flexible.

My SpO2 and Pulse, this morning, are 92% and 67 bpm. I would check the BP also, but I don’t want the dogs to wake up until I’m ready to deal with them. Al took over supervision of them when he got home, yesterday afternoon, so I could fit in a two-hour nap, and again at 10:00 or so, when I ended up sleeping for five hours or more instead of just napping. Between the two, I’ve gotten more than seven hours of sleep in the last twelve hours. I did have to use the nebulizer on a particularly hot day, this week, when the blood oxygen percentage dropped below 88%.

The Scampers have been wired. And they always want to be outside, which means that within a few minutes of coming inside, Thaddeus rings the bell at the back door, indicating that he needs to Go Outside NOW! But they won’t go any farther than the back step without someone’s going outside with them…repeat indefinitely!  😀

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Good Morning · Nattering

Early morning

I awoke at a little after six o’clock, this morning and have been enjoying time for thinking, reading local news, and relaxing before the puppies wake on their own. Coffee will come later when I dare to make some noise.

We enjoyed marvelous rains, yesterday and last night. What fun! Thunder and lightning, winds and flooded streets in the southern end of town.

Yesterday’s sky started out to be thick with clouds, obscuring the sun, and quite hot. Last night, between thunderstorms, there was a nice, cool breeze. While the Scampers didn’t care for going out into the storms, they are not afraid of the thunderclaps, even when the house vibrates with the noise. We’re quite pleased with how comfortable they are with the loud noises.

I’ve been getting on the exercise bike quite regularly, although not every day, with 1.5 to 3.0 miles a day, depending on my muscle strength. Piano is waiting until I quit having muscle spasms. I would have thought that was from low oxygen levels, but yesterday’s SpO2 reading was 97% with pulse rate below 80 bpm.

On Monday we got a watermelon from the grocery, and Al and I and the Scampers ate half of it, yesterday. The rest of it fit into the refrigerator, and so today we will have it cold. For that I would have hoped the temperature would be higher, outside, but the forecast says 79 (F).

Tomorrow I go in for my first eye examination in years. It will be good to have eyeglasses, again. Al’s thinking cataract surgery.

And now it’s late enough that I should get up and do stuff. The last load of laundry, yesterday, is still sitting in the dryer…in a dry basement! And I’d like to get the coffee on before I feed the Scampers.

Best wishes for your day!