Early Saturday Morning

It’s a little after seven o’clock, and the dogs are not yet awake. Neither is Al. Al’s snoring, but the Scampers are still sound asleep. I don’t think the sun is up, yet.

We have decided tentatively on the new location for my wildflower garden that will put it into the sun a little more and remove it from the area where Al plans to build his workshop.

On the 27th we will be gathering for the care-planning conference for my mother. Most of us, by telephone. Speaking of which, I may be using a smartphone for the rest of my life; the others do not have a “Find My Phone” feature, and I’ve been using that almost daily for perhaps a year, now.

A photograph of the Scampers from July:

cocker spaniels holding onto the same stick
Scampers with Stick

Time, now, to rejoin the world. Puppies soon to wake up. I should put on coffee for Al, whose alarm clock should ring in about half an hour. I want to get out to the gazebo to put in miles on the exercise bike before the workmen get here…whenever that may be. The Toddy coffee must be decanted an hour from now.

I got caught up on the washing of dishes, last night! Totally!

blue wild flax flower, altered colors, textures

One down, one to go

Al’s eye surgery was moved up a week, and so his first cataract surgery was performed this morning. The other will be on the eighth. He’s got a plastic shield over his right eye that he is not to have off until the doctor removes it tomorrow morning.

This week, so far, the piano playing has been sporadic, but I’ve gotten in a fair number of miles on the exercise bike, since the weather has not been quite so hot. I look forward to the weekend and the new week, with its rain and promise of cool weather and cleaner air.

The puppies and I have gotten up early on several days, and so I’ve gotten photographs of the blue wild flax flowers, scant as they now are, before the sun and shadows intrude. That leaves the colors within easier to work with for the photo art. I have discovered why the edges of some of my flowers have been so ragged. There are multitudes of tiny grasshoppers throughout the grass, and so The Scampers have been hunting both those and the crickets.

The mosquitoes have been plentiful, and so I have pretty much limited my “outside” time to the gazebo with the floor fan at my back, maintaining a strong breeze flowing through the open door. Seems that the mosquitoes are too lazy to fly upstream.

I have been adding more (but still not a lot of) tension to the resistance of the exercise bike. At the beginning, more tension for 0.2 miles, and then lighter for the next 0.3., alternating for each half mile. On Wednesday, five miles, but today only two.

There were several fun incidents with The Scampers, today. The first came when my towel disappeared from the bathroom, this morning. I went hunting it with the camera.

The second has to do with a CD (Play Fiddle Play) that I received from a poet/musician (John Reinhart) that I began supporting at Patreon, this month. Rather carried away by “Boil the Cabbage”, I danced a little jig in the living room. Charlie and Thaddeus jumped up onto the love seat and danced with me, bouncing off me to keep their balance (which they did not always manage). I was out of breath by the end of the song, but the three of us had a lot of fun! No picture of that, though.

Puppy time! Must flee!

Best wishes for your weekend,




End of the weekend | #WeekendCoffeeShare

If we were having coffee together, today, I would welcome you to a very quiet house. The puppies are sound asleep, now. Al took a day trip to Hutchinson, Minnesota, on Saturday, leaving in a caravan of relatives to visit the home of relatives on their father’s side of the family. This being mosquito and allergy season, I opted to stay home and puppy sit.

After his camping trip of last week, I would have thought that The Scampers would be accustomed to his absence, but such was not the case. They hung around the front door, listening for the car to pull into the driveway (several false alarms, since there was a rummage sale three or four houses away, with people parking in front of our house).

I opened up the curtains on the front window, with has not happened, I think, since we brought The Scampers home at the beginning of March. They spent a lot of time looking out the window and napping on the couch.


Al didn’t arrive home until close to 11 o’clock, By 10 o’clock, The Scampers were exhausted, and I had put them and myself to bed. So we all got up and had beef treats (Scampers) and some ice cream (the other two of us).

This afternoon, after everyone recovered and caught up on sleep, Al and I went out for lunch.

My accomplishments for the weekend were taking care of the puppies, the laundry, and the dish washing. And getting a couple good nights of sleep. I am looking forward to a less eventful week.

You can find links to other weekend coffee share posts at Diana’s Part Time Monster Blog.

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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Midmorning Coffee Break / #WeekendCoffeeShare


photo 2016-07-14, The Scampers (cocker spaniels)
A Scamper in the flowerbed?
I saw nothing!

Welcome! If we were having coffee together, I would invite you to share some Toddy Coffee (from home-brewed concentrate), this morning. The morning started out nicely at a little before seven o’clock, when I awoke before the Scampers. When we went outside together, I put in three miles on the exercise bike while they chased each other around the yard. I am happy that we are getting together to visit this morning. My brother and his wife are driving from the Twin Cities to our parents’ home, tomorrow morning, and they plan to stop by later in the day. They’ll be staying the night (at a hotel) before driving home, again, on Sunday afternoon. He is the other “retired” sibling (among the six of us), and so is taking the lead in trying to coordinate the folks’ cares and services.

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you about my trip to see the eye doctor (MD). A new-to-me doctor that my husband has been going to for some years, now. I do have (I think he said) the beginning of a cataract, but nothing need be done about it, and my new prescription for glasses is, he did say, almost identical to the (six years ago) prescription of the glasses that I took with me to the appointment. Since losing my “good” pair of eyeglasses within the past few years, I needed the new prescription in order to purchase new ones. My husband, on the other hand, is scheduled for cataract surgery for both eyes, this fall. Because I never learned to drive a car, he will have to arrange transportation within the family or take a cab. I worry somewhat about that, but the doctor is an expert in the field.

I would tell you that I have been enjoying a good week, aside from getting to the kitchen work (surfaces, dish washing, general mayhem). I must at least get dishes washed before sibling and spouse arrive., tomorrow. We are in the midst of floor refinishing and moving furniture around, which generally will excuse the rest of the mess. At least we have a two-person sofa that’s clear of boxes and a clear path from the front door through the living room to the piano.

That has been a good thing, this week. I have gotten back into playing the piano, now that the muscle spasms in my back have vanished. (I still don’t know what that was about!) Practice went well, and I got beyond the two 12-step warm-up exercise assignments to a Minuet by J.S. Bach that I used to be able to play. It went well, everything considered. I am encouraged! I also took another shot at Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. Not so good in spots, but it’s coming along. It is my hope to get back into, eventually, my sheet music of pieces for piano by Rachmaninoff. But I don’t know if I ever will manage Scott Joplin’s rags, again. If I make enough progress with Bach, I will try them, however. Or at least find simpler arrangements.

Also, I would share my enjoyment of going out to supper, last night. An impromptu outing initiated by my husband, we went to a nearby restaurant where one of our friends has worked for some time and is being trained in restaurant management (including, now, cooking). Al ordered the chicken-fried steak, which is off limits for me because of the gluten, and I ordered a salmon steak on spinach with other vegetables and a gluten-free English muffin. We were able to spend much time visiting together, and I brought home some of the salmon to have for breakfast, this morning.

Also this week, I finally got out to the motor vehicle department to get a new non-driver identification card. Because I do not get out much, there’s really been no need for it, but I no longer look like the picture on the old one, and I will need the updated card to vote in the November elections.

Speaking of breakfast, as I was, I believe that I will go to the kitchen, now, to scramble eggs and steam a zucchini to go with the leftover salmon. Strawberries and blackberries for afters.

Thank you for joining me, this morning. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity, and I look forward to finding out what’s been happening in your world, wherever you are.


Please visit Diana’s Part Time Monster blog to enjoy her Weekend Coffee Share and also to find links to other Weekend Coffee Share participants. –LB