This weekend ought to bring out spirits of all types. So get in your costume, don your mask, and hide from the bad guys.
Sunday night I participated again in the music for the Taizé service at the Episcopal church in town. This week we had different musicians: a pianist, two violins, and a flute to play the background instrumentals for people to sing along. Afterwards we were served Lasagna and bread.
The past couple of days I have worked on the order for a “musical notes bracelet” with a Medic Alert on it for me. It has a 1-800 number with contact to a data base with all my medical information. It only costs $20 for the bracelet and $39.95 plus handling to get established in the data base. The continuing cost will be $30/year. That’s not bad for the purpose it serves, and I will be able to get rid of the red plastic band Allergy warning to Heparin that I have had on my wrist for the past 10 months.
Monday I went back to the dental hygienist for a teeth cleaning after 1.5 years. I was concerned because that’s what started all this medical stuff April of 2009. I took a high dose of antibiotics, and still was on the tail end of the 5-day antibiotic for my sinus infection. The plaque build-up was not as bad as everyone feared.
I wrote a letter to my infectious disease specialist and my family physician to ask when I should go for a culture again after this to be sure no bacteria were introduced to my blood stream. It seems I’m susceptible more so than others to endocarditis and we want to catch it sooner than the last two times.
While I was going to town, John helped more with chores around the farm of our neighbors across the street. Today he is cutting wood again in the upper part of the neighbor’s land.
It’s a rest day for me to catch up more on thank you notes and emails, filing receipts, and paying bills. John is going to a meeting tonight on the use of State lands. With a push from the Feds, the State fish and wildlife folks have to respond to any use that might directly or “incidentally” harm/take/kill plants or animals deemed threatened or endangered. This meeting is intended to explain the process. Being dog and horse owners and belonging to clubs that might be impacted, John and some others from the Trail Riders club are going as a team.
Wednesday was the start of a busy day to get us ready for an even busier day the next. I took care of email and some stuff in the morning and then went to my SAIL (Stay Active and Independent for Life) exercise class again… this time paying my quarterly fee of 3 bucks. Heck of a price for an hour’s exercise MWF each week, with a knowledgeable leader. I wasn’t able to participate in the time several weeks after August’s event, but now I’m back to okay… and everyone was happy to see me back. I’m not quite 100%, but really am better than I was the last time they saw me. That evening John and I attended a Washington geology talk — The topic was the potential for massive earthquakes just off of Washington’s coastline. It is well attended from the community and well done.
Thursday brought all sorts of activities. I actually slept in a little more than usual, and then we got to Kittitas to Curley’s in time for Taco Thursday specials and to meet 8 people who rode their horses down the John Wayne Pioneer Trail from the Fairgrounds at Ellensburg. It’s about 6 miles. There were at least 8 others from the club who met there and had lunch. From there John took me to Hearthstone Cottages, where we entertained a good group of people who appreciate our music and will sing along. John and I left a few minutes early to go to a great lecture at CWU Geography, on field work in Mexico and Peru. Then we picked up my Subaru we had left last night to be worked on today; just an oil change and lube.
There are no close yard sales Friday, so we will stay home in the morning and hope to install the unit to send my ICD readings up at 2:00 a.m. in the morning from beside my bed. Perhaps I can make some more inroads into cleaning out spaces to hang the new clothes, and get down to more of the old to take to friends who can use them. I am down enough on my weight that I can fit into some Medium shirts; however, I’m still better with L. Nowhere near the previous 2XL and some 22W sizes. Not the way to lose weight, but it’s very nice to be able to exercise with less weight to move around. I’m sure my horse will appreciate having me aboard once I get there too.
Noon Friday was a scholarship luncheon at CWU in the CWU Theatre department. After that was my exercise class at the Senior Center (oops, more properly called the Adult Activity Center for political correctness). There was a Halloween Bingo party there in the evening, and I went with my neighbor. Neither one of us won a single game. They had some good prizes too, so that was disappointing.
It rained most of the night and started again Saturday morning. We thought about not going but decided to go to a garage sale 6 miles away from us. It was a nice trip through the countryside, in the rain, but nothing grabbed our fancy there. We have empty boxes in the back of the car for use tomorrow at our friend’s house who has offered us some garden vegetables and to pick some apples. Could be Halloween evening I will go to town to visit the family with the puppy Rhu we kept for so long. They are fixing chili and invited us in to share in the Halloween fun with their kids (2 and 4 yr old boys).
We’ll be back next week on the blog with any news. It’s probably going to be a lighter week but who knows?