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Friday, June 19, 2020 4:30 PM

BRENDA


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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
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Originally posted by Brenda:
Okay, where you would plug in an internet cable is covered over and I said that there is a hole in it where an "internet or video card" should be.



Well... I'll be damned. It does sound like somebody removed that card. I just can't figure out why. They're not worth anything. Motherboards have had them on the board for two decades now. Most motherboards in the last 5 to 10 years even had wireless internet capabilities built in. I can't even remember how long ago I had to purchase an internet card.

Did you, personally, ever get online with this thing? How long ago was that?

I know that you use your laptop to get on the internet, but I thought you also used this thing for internet too. Now I'm thinking that was a miscommunication on my part and you never did.

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He was using a modem with this thing but I doubt he ever used and it does have USB ports on the back of it. He had another large external drive that he used for his work files.


Well... if we're going to make this thing work at all for you, we're going to have to make the best possible use of those USB ports. That means that we cannot use those USB ports for your mouse and keyboard.

If we can't find you a keyboard/mouse with the pink/green PS2 connectors at the end, they do make these...

https://www.amazon.com/Oxsubor-PS2-USB-Female-Converter/dp/B01N5MYE72/
ref=pd_lpo_147_t_2/138-7030405-2277526?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01N5MYE72&pd_rd_r=d8baafb1-747b-411a-9244-b90033a6174d&pd_rd_w=pO8hL&pd_rd_wg=t68J6&pf_rd_p=7b36d496-f366-4631-94d3-61b87b52511b&pf_rd_r=AJFGM840RM28CHPNCE8R&psc=1&refRID=AJFGM840RM28CHPNCE8R


I'm not sure where you'd get them if not online, and I think they'll cost quite a bit more than $6 for the set of them though, I'm afraid.


I think we're going to want to use one USB for a wireless internet stick and one for your regular USB storage thumb drive. But since we're talking about a PC this old, chances are it uses a very, very old version of Windows that wouldn't have the drivers for them and we'd have to make sure they even worked with the PC.



Honestly, I'm hoping that your keyboard and mouse do work now, because I think your best bet is just to get this thing up and running so you can get your information off of it before you buy a new desktop PC where you won't have any of these issues. A new one will have wireless internet built in and have more USB ports than you'd know what to do with.




I hope you feel better. Take your time. I'm not going anywhere.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



As I said my IT friend did the work and then forgot to replace the card. He wanted to redo it then but I said no. Looking back that was a mistake but that place I was living in was crap and I was on my landlady's wifi. So I told him not to bother and I would get him to do it when I moved to a better place. 3 years later and I am in a better place but no one could really forsee the shite show that came down the end of last year into this. Guess I should have gotten the work done after I moved.

The keyboard and mouse have their own separate holes that they plug into. The USB drives are free.

I think I am stuck until my IT guy can help me because I think when this thing dies I will be buying another ^&%^&%^&& laptop which is what I don't want.

So hard to get help.

I'm feeling a little better today.

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Friday, June 19, 2020 5:30 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Well the problem is that if you need to buy a new keyboard and/or mouse, you might not be able to get ones that use the old PS2 ports... or at least not easily. It's old tech. Even the ones I find at Goodwill haven't had the pink/green connections years.

So if you have to buy new ones, they're eating up your only 2 USB ports, leaving you with nowhere to plug in the other two important bits.

And the ports from 1994 are super low powered and you're not just going to be able to plug in a hub to split them because then you're splitting that power output too.



And without the internet, it might be next to impossible to find a correct internet card for your computer at this point, so the only hope of getting that thing on the internet is crossing your fingers and hoping that a USB wireless stick will work on whatever old version of Windows you have installed and that the drivers work.




Like I said before, I think your best best is powering that thing up long enough to pull all of your work off of it and just throwing it in the trash and getting a new desktop. Hopefully you don't have to replace the keyboard in that case since you're probably just going to get another mouse and keyboard when you buy a new desktop and have an extra one lying around.



Glad you're feeling better.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, June 19, 2020 6:16 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Hi Brenda!

I'm glad to see you're out and about!

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Friday, June 19, 2020 11:24 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Sweet...

The A/C is going to be MUCH cheaper to run than I thought it would.

I just verified a few facts here.

Not including today, I had the A/C running roughly 45 hours since I got it.

Last June was 3 degrees cooler on average. I spent 10% more on Electric this June than I did last June.


But...

I spent the exact same per-day amount this month that I did last billing cycle before the A/C was installed.

Not only does that mean that I used around 45 hours of A/C and broke even from last month, but that also includes having two florescent fixtures in my garage as well as a 300 watt bulb lighting it up in there quite frequently for a few weeks while I was working on the car and cleaning out the garage before that.


The only habit's that have changed from last month otherwise to break even that I can think of? Well... not using the box fan since I don't need it now.

Other than that, it's got to be energy savings from fixing the water heater and turning it down to non-scalding levels. I literally never notice that thing going off anymore when it used to go off all the time.





I also took a look at my history from last summer. I installed that blower fan in the middle of July, shortly around when my August bill would have begun. My August and September statements show an increase of 25 to 30% in electrical usage for those two billing cycles from last June. And as nice as it was to have, it wasn't nearly as hot last summer as it will be this summer, the blower did nothing to remove any of the humidity, and since I was still never able to even get close to equilibrium with the outside temp at night it made things more "comfortable" but nothing like the lower temps and less humid air in here now with the A/C.




This is thrilling news.

I was thinking about turning the A/C off now even though it was a scorcher and I wouldn't mind having it on longer. But now that I see the bill I think I'm going to leave it on a few more hours since the sun is down and it won't get cool enough tonight to justify opening the windows.

It's pretty much that way for the next 4 or 5 weeks at least in the forecast. I think I'll figure out how to program it to go on about 20 minutes every hour and just forget about it. That would probably do a better job maintaining a good level of humidity throughout the house than keeping it on 8 straight hours everyday.



I was fully expecting my bill to be at least $30 more than what it was.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, June 19, 2020 11:25 PM

BRENDA


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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Well the problem is that if you need to buy a new keyboard and/or mouse, you might not be able to get ones that use the old PS2 ports... or at least not easily. It's old tech. Even the ones I find at Goodwill haven't had the pink/green connections years.

So if you have to buy new ones, they're eating up your only 2 USB ports, leaving you with nowhere to plug in the other two important bits.

And the ports from 1994 are super low powered and you're not just going to be able to plug in a hub to split them because then you're splitting that power output too.



And without the internet, it might be next to impossible to find a correct internet card for your computer at this point, so the only hope of getting that thing on the internet is crossing your fingers and hoping that a USB wireless stick will work on whatever old version of Windows you have installed and that the drivers work.




Like I said before, I think your best best is powering that thing up long enough to pull all of your work off of it and just throwing it in the trash and getting a new desktop. Hopefully you don't have to replace the keyboard in that case since you're probably just going to get another mouse and keyboard when you buy a new desktop and have an extra one lying around.



Glad you're feeling better.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



Thanks for the info Jack.

Yeah, I am. Still some pain but nothing as compared to yesterday night. Least I'm not cussing tonight.

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Friday, June 19, 2020 11:27 PM

BRENDA


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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Hi Brenda!

I'm glad to see you're out and about!



Hi Kiki.

Yeah, I was. Didn't really need to do anything but I thought the exercise would help my hip and I think it did. Least I haven't been cussing tonight like I was last night.

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Friday, June 19, 2020 11:31 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


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Originally posted by Brenda:

Thanks for the info Jack.

Yeah, I am. Still some pain but nothing as compared to yesterday night. Least I'm not cussing tonight.





No worries.

I'm glad you're feeling better.




It occurred to me that it might not be the worst thing in the world if you have to buy a new keyboard and mouse for the old computer, even if it's just to temporarily get the data off of it.

Even if we have to eat up both USB ports with them, I could still walk you through the process of swapping the keyboard with the USB thumb drive and using the mouse to copy the data over.


Then, after you buy a new Desktop that comes with its own keyboard and mouse, you will have an extra set that you can plug into your laptop so you don't have to use that track pad anymore and if you bought a nice ergonomic keyboard that is comfortable to you, you can do more typing without your hands cramping to the tight fit and awkward angle of the laptop keyboard.

Just a thought.




And definitely look for keyboards at the local Goodwill or thrift store when you're there. I have bought 2 or 3 of them over the last 5 years for a few bucks that would have cost me over $50 or $60 new and they work flawlessly. I'd probably skip looking for a mouse at the thrift shop though unless you're willing to gamble a few bucks. They are much more likely to be broken when you get them home.


Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Saturday, June 20, 2020 1:37 PM

BRENDA


Off to do my laundry. At least I will be out of the rain which we got here today.

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Saturday, June 20, 2020 1:38 PM

BRENDA


Quebec now has a major forest fire in its Lac Saint Jean region which is a big tourist area of the province.

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Saturday, June 20, 2020 2:16 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Sigh.

I suppose it's true that there's rarely good news in 'the news', but I'm always unhappy to find out about forest fires.

Anyways - yes! you get to stay dry while doing your laundry.

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Saturday, June 20, 2020 6:17 PM

BRENDA


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Sigh.

I suppose it's true that there's rarely good news in 'the news', but I'm always unhappy to find out about forest fires.

Anyways - yes! you get to stay dry while doing your laundry.



Too true and really Quebec doesn't need anymore disasters.

It is soooo nice to be able to stay and dry and warm while getting the laundry done.

Though I did go out for a walk in the rain to stretch out my right leg after sitting and reading for an hour while doing the laundry. I always have a book with me even when I was doing it at the laundromat. Keeps the boredom away.

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Saturday, June 20, 2020 7:16 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


OH! btw - it was a video so I couldn't link the graphic, but Canada is doing EXCEPTIONALLY well with SARS-CoV-2 infections. After a sharp rise up to distressingly high levels, it achieved an nearly equally sharp drop down to less than 10% of the peak.

So CONGRATS! to Canada! In terms of rampant infection spread, the worst definitely does seem to be far behind you!




And may your reopening be equally well done!

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Saturday, June 20, 2020 10:59 PM

BRENDA


It seems like we are Kiki. There have been no health related disasters on the news for Covid and that is a very good thing.

Openings are going good in BC.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020 1:02 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Babysitting the front of my house ATM...

This was right around the time last night when I was on the phone with my brother and I just happened to peer out the kitchen window and see a bunch of small shadows bounding up to my house from the street lamp and they stopped dead in their tracks by the bottom of a tree when I opened up the front door and let my brother know I had to let him go. I looked like a scene out of Gremlins or one of the Gremlins clones out of the 80's.

I went back in and got clothed and got a flashlight, and when I went to the tree I heard them crawling up it. When I put on the flashlight, I saw that it was raccoons. It wasn't until a few hours later of harassing them in that tree with a flashlight miscellaneous things I could throw at them any time they went on the limb that went anywhere near my house that I was able to count the mom and 5 young.

I wasn't trying to hit them, but I was letting them know for damn sure they weren't welcome, especially when they went anywhere on that limb. I was trying to hit the tree though. It was hard to find the things I was throwing if I missed.


It wasn't until about 2 hours into this little game that we were playing and I was able to study their behavior for a while when I realized that they probably weren't actually trying to get on my roof in the first place. At this point, they started climing extremly high into the tree when I'd do my thing, and then it would be about a 10 minute waiting game before they even tried to move.

They'd repeat the same pattern... Climb down to the next highest limb, then one at a time walk toward the end of it and just stay put for a few minutes, then slowly go back to the tree and repeat the process with the next highest limb. The one that goes over the roof of my house just happens to be the lowest. It dawned on me that this was just the behavior they exhibited when any predator or potential danger forced them to take refuge in a tree. They had to scout the situation to make sure it was safe enough to have time to run away when they got down, but they were also on a ticking clock too because at the end of the experience they had just wasted two hours of foraging and burning up extra calories while up in that tree.

I think after several hours of this, they realized from my behavior that I wasn't going out to "attack" them unless they went on that branch. So at the same time I decided that I wasn't going to make any movements unless any of them got dangerously close to my roof on that limb, they also seemed to learn from before too.

The last time they went down, once they got to that limb I only ever saw 2 of them go out on that limb, just a few feet. I couldn't really see the other ones and what they were doing in the darkness, but it was clear they were congregating where all the limbs at the bottom stemmed from.

Then they all got down and started making their way across the street. That's when I took my pipe and ran after them. The young all made it across the street, but the mother split off and stayed on my side and started climbing up the telephone pole. I said "I'm coming for you mama", bent down and hunched my shoulders up and banged the pipe on the driveway and started hissing, barking and growling at her while circling around the pole as she'd try to get out of my line of sight.

Eventually, when she realized that I wasn't getting closer than the length of the pole, she must have decided that rather than climb up a completely vertical pole and be stuck up there for a few more hours and separated from her young, she quickly made her way down and started running across the street. I chased her until she went over a hill and I couldn't see her anymore.


I'm probably worried over nothing at this point. It was actually quite an interesting experience we shared there. And really, they're a lot more clever than I think most people would give them credit for. I've probably got two generations of raccoons that aren't even going to come close to my property after last night. The female young might tell their own young to steer clear at some point too.



Oh... and if any of my neighbors saw me, they probably think I'm a freakin lunatic.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Sunday, June 21, 2020 2:06 PM

BRENDA


Well after a little more heat on lower back and right hip, I was able to stretch my back and legs this morning while lying in bed. Think I am on the mend from what I did to myself on Wednesday.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020 4:25 PM

BRENDA


Was listening to some Ray Stevens last Sunday and realized that some of his stuff would not be accepted today. Songs like "Ahab the Arab" and "It's Me Again Margaret", and possible "Mississippi Squirrel".

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Sunday, June 21, 2020 4:26 PM

BRENDA


More music this Sunday. Right now some Alan Jackson.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020 4:59 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


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Well after a little more heat on lower back and right hip, I was able to stretch my back and legs this morning while lying in bed. Think I am on the mend from what I did to myself on Wednesday.

Very nice.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020 7:56 PM

BRENDA


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Well after a little more heat on lower back and right hip, I was able to stretch my back and legs this morning while lying in bed. Think I am on the mend from what I did to myself on Wednesday.

Very nice.



It is and because of that and a nice hot shower, I am able to get and down from my computer chair without too much grunting and groaning. Also no cussing.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020 7:57 PM

SIGNYM

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Funny story, SIX! Just remember, when all else fails ... ammonia!

Apparently we have a growing population of skunks in the neighborhood. The one I've seen around looks like a juvenile. not quite as big as an adult, with a fair bit of white. I saw either it or one of its littermates squashed on the road, apparently not streetwise. But last night the dog was whining to go out on the backyard, so I let her out and she raised such a ruckus I had to go out with a flashlight and see what was going on. THIS skunk was quite a but larger, mostly black. I had to call the dog off. There are only three things I worry about: coyotes, raccoons, and skunks. (Not that I can smell them, but she'd be so unwelcome in the house!)

*****

So we picked up the four pieces of 3/4" 2'X8' Baltic birch plywood, and laminated them into two 2'X8' 1 1/2" countertops. The plywood wall patch and back wall looked so ugly I primered the lower half of the back wall. (I figured I wasn't going to smooth the wall but I may as well make them a consistent color even tho hubby said it was entirely unnecessary. But I think it looks way better this way.) We oiled both sides of the countertops with tung oil, now all we have to do is wait for the paint and oil to dry so we can install thebenchtop on the brackets, and hubby will have a 16' workbench and (at this point) ten 8' shelves. If he can't figure out where to put his stuff, he has too much stuff!

I think after that it's all cleaning and organizing, then bring the bandsaw back into operation and he'll be all set.

So I'll be working on paperwork and legal stuff, and the pollinator garden again soon, I hope.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020 7:59 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them. SECOND: I am so very sorry I libelled you by labelling you a Russian Troll. I apologize for this. http://www.fireflyfans.net/mthread.aspx?bid=18&tid=64646&p=2


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Originally posted by Brenda:
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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
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Originally posted by Brenda:
Well after a little more heat on lower back and right hip, I was able to stretch my back and legs this morning while lying in bed. Think I am on the mend from what I did to myself on Wednesday.

Very nice.



It is and because of that and a nice hot shower, I am able to get and down from my computer chair without too much grunting and groaning. Also no cussing.

I know the feeling!!!!

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Sunday, June 21, 2020 8:11 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


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Funny story, SIX! Just remember, when all else fails ... ammonia!



Yup. Ammonia works. I wish I had used it much sooner than I did last year. There's obvious structural damage under that side of the roof where I let them live for too long. The attic was finished, and the drywall is cracking everywhere now. I think that was from a combination of the blower motor I had installed on the overhang and whatever nightmare lies behind that drywall. Fortunately, at least for now, it doesn't seem to be making anything below the attic level break,and the roof itself seems fine since I've never seen any evidence of water making it in anywhere. But it is sad because despite all the other work I've been doing this is just one more major project that I'm going to have to eventually get around to tackling.

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Apparently we have a growing population of skunks in the neighborhood. The one I've seen around looks like a juvenile. not quite as big as an adult, with a fair bit of white. I saw either it or one of its littermates squashed on the road, apparently not streetwise. But last night the dog was whining to go out on the backyard, so I let her out and she raised such a ruckus I had to go out with a flashlight and see what was going on. THIS skunk was quite a but larger, mostly black. I had to call the dog off. There are only three things I worry about: coyotes, raccoons, and skunks. (Not that I can smell them, but she'd be so unwelcome in the house!)


Skunks suck, but I'll trade you. You don't even want to know how paranoid I've been the last few days about my house after learning that raccoons have no problems climbing trees like that, and then learning on the internet that they can survive falls of 8 stories... so literally any one of the limbs on any of my trees that aren't pointing completely away from my house would be a way for them to get back on my roof if they wanted to. I'm also now certain that the hole in my roof that I repaired was from a raccoon and not from a squirrel. Maybe one of the babies from the last litter remembered what a nice place it was until I Ammonia bombed it and wanted back in there so bad that she ate a hole in the roof to get to it. I'm just lucky I caught it early and scared her out this time before she had time to make it her home and have the babies.


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So we picked up the four pieces of 3/4" 2'X8' Baltic birch plywood, and laminated them into two 2'X8' 1 1/2" countertops. The plywood wall patch and back wall looked so ugly I primered the lower half of the back wall. (I figured I wasn't going to smooth the wall but I may as well make them a consistent color even tho hubby said it was entirely unnecessary. But I think it looks way better this way.) We oiled both sides of the countertops with tung oil, now all we have to do is wait for the paint and oil to dry so we can install thebenchtop on the brackets, and hubby will have a 16' workbench and (at this point) ten 8' shelves. If he can't figure out where to put his stuff, he has too much stuff!


Sounds nice. Hope it gets rid of the overflow.

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I think after that it's all cleaning and organizing, then bring the bandsaw back into operation and he'll be all set.

So I'll be working on paperwork and legal stuff, and the pollinator garden again soon, I hope.



Good luck.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Sunday, June 21, 2020 11:33 PM

BRENDA


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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
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Originally posted by Brenda:
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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
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Originally posted by Brenda:
Well after a little more heat on lower back and right hip, I was able to stretch my back and legs this morning while lying in bed. Think I am on the mend from what I did to myself on Wednesday.

Very nice.



It is and because of that and a nice hot shower, I am able to get and down from my computer chair without too much grunting and groaning. Also no cussing.

I know the feeling!!!!

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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

#WEARAMASK



Yeah, everything seems to be working again. Thank goodness. That hurt.

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Monday, June 22, 2020 4:21 AM

SIGNYM

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So KIKI, how's your back?



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Monday, June 22, 2020 5:24 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Oh, it's reverted to being merely stiff in the AM, like usual, so it takes a few hours for me to get doing anything physical, and stand up straight. And the arthritis in the SA joint is aching, which it hasn't done for a few years. But it's all WNL for me. So, all has gone to being pretty much like always.

I wish it was better b/c it really is an overall drag on me getting things done. But if wishes were horses, we'd all be eating steak!

HA HA!

It sounds like you're doing OK, which I'm glad to hear!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 3:32 AM

BRENDA


Rained out pretty well for June. Hopefully with Canada being next week, we will get some proper sun for July.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 3:35 AM

SIGNYM

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Oh, it's reverted to being merely stiff in the AM, like usual, so it takes a few hours for me to get doing anything physical, and stand up straight. And the arthritis in the SA joint is aching, which it hasn't done for a few years. But it's all WNL for me. So, all has gone to being pretty much like always.

I wish it was better b/c it really is an overall drag on me getting things done. But if wishes were horses, we'd all be eating steak!

HA HA!

It sounds like you're doing OK, which I'm glad to hear!

WNL???

I go thru days where "everything hurts" and days where NOT everything hurts, just a few things. I wish there was some fix for your back. Regular appliction of heat, maybe? Antiinflammatory like aspirin?

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 3:39 AM

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Oh, I get it!
WNL= within normal limits

Once upon a time I was communicating with dd's neurologist and she used the abbr "hx".
Hx?
Well, if Rx = meds and dx= diagnosis, then hx= history. I guess it's doctor shorthand.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 4:22 AM

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Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Sorry, yes, WNL = within normal limits

and along the
rx = prescription
lines, there's also

tx = therapy/ treatment
ddx = differential diagnosis

I had hoped you'd gotten past your 'everything hurts' episodes by getting off the statins. I'm truly sorry to hear that you haven't.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 4:46 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Hey Brenda - things seem like they're going OK up there, except for the rain of course!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 4:47 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Anyway ... good night all.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 1:32 PM

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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Hey Brenda - things seem like they're going OK up there, except for the rain of course!



Yup, they are. I just wish it would dry up. I can't remember a wetter June for where I am.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 1:32 PM

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Out for my walk in the dry for right now.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 2:55 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Hey Brenda - things seem like they're going OK up there, except for the rain of course!



Yup, they are. I just wish it would dry up. I can't remember a wetter June for where I am.

So, what happened to that long term forecast predicting a terrible fire season? Did they change it? Or is a very dry July and August still in the cards?

We have had terrible fire seasons because of late, wet springs (causing a lot of vegetative growth) followed by very hot dry late summers, so I can imagine a bad fire season, even with a very wet spring.

Just wondering!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 2:58 PM

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Hubby decided that he didn't like the gap between the plywood patch and the plaster wall, so hubby and I filled it in with plaster (where the gap was large) and silicone caulk (where the gap was small) and I reprimed the work.

That's where I stop for now with garage-work. DD will have to help him mount the workbench .... I have too many other things to do.

But it DOES look great, tho!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 5:48 PM

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Originally posted by Brenda:
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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Hey Brenda - things seem like they're going OK up there, except for the rain of course!



Yup, they are. I just wish it would dry up. I can't remember a wetter June for where I am.

So, what happened to that long term forecast predicting a terrible fire season? Did they change it? Or is a very dry July and August still in the cards?

We have had terrible fire seasons because of late, wet springs (causing a lot of vegetative growth) followed by very hot dry late summers, so I can imagine a bad fire season, even with a very wet spring.

Just wondering!

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There are fires burning up in the Interior inspite of lots of rain. Some of those fires are probably caused by lighting strikes. Been a lot of lighting up the Interior. So that is never good. I haven't heard of any evacuations due to fire. Flooding yes. But not fire so far. Will have to wait and see what July and August bring.

No worries. Like I said will have to wait and see.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 5:50 PM

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Been sleeping through my alarm the last couple of mornings. Can't do that tomorrow got a semi early appointment and need to be there on time.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 6:40 PM

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Ran into the lady who runs the mah jong group and I told her that some of the exercise classes are up and running at the senior centre. She didn't know but then she has a lot on her plate right now. Her husband has cancer.

So, I don't know if she will keep running it or turn it over to her second.

Wondering if I should call the centre and see what is happening about the cards and mah jong.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 10:48 PM

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Cancer?Yes, I imagine that culd occupy her thoughts.

I hope herhusband's treatment is successful and that he does well.

In the meantime, I hope that she DOES pass along her Mah Jong duties tothe next person in line.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 10:50 PM

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I knew there was a reason why I planted so much basil!

I made Thai red curry and stir-fry pork with shirataki noodles, and I was able to harvest a giant handful for the curry and another giant handful for the pork!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 11:46 PM

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Did you ever try that monitor yet, Brenda?




I've been mostly working on some finishing touches after getting a nice huge external hard drive to make double backups of everything that is important to me and work I've done in the past. It's kind of insane how cheap those things are getting for the amount of storage you these days. Still... more than I really care to spend right now, but a lot of my work is HUGE in file size and having at least two backups of everything with even 3 or 4 of the smaller mostly text based and coding/scripting work is going to be one less thing constantly nagging at the back of my noggin.

I managed to scrounge up an old 2GB SD card for an old defunct smart phone and it's now the best MP3 player I've ever had for when I'm doing work around the house. Even found a 2nd one to put more music on if I can find more of my old music or see if my brother still has copies of all of that. Another 16GB drive was repurposed for my tablet that I take all the photos and videos of my work with, doubling it's storage. I verified that my car radio will take up to 32GB on thumb drives, so now all I have to do is buy one of those new super low profile 1/4" nub drives so I can plug it in and not worry about accidentally smacking it while I'm driving. The radio is so cheap compared to my old one that I think the drive would survive and it would be the radio that broke if that happened.

I've still got to back up all of the notes I've written over the last few years that I feel are still important. I know that in two of those I have gutter lengths that I'll need and I'm hoping that my memory serves me right and that I got the same lengths when I measured with a friend a few years after I measured them alone the first time.



I also managed to get a distributor to mail us new parts on the scooter my brother got a few months back that broke. I had his back 100% on getting that and was ready to argue with my dad about it if he said no. It turned out he didn't, but he basically said he was washing his hands of any responsibility and didn't think it was a good idea. That first day he drove it to WalMart and back he called me up and said it was the first time in his life that he really felt independent and I knew I made the right decision.

Until it broke...

I know my dad wouldn't say it, but he felt a little bit of justification there. And, true to his word, he put the replacement duties on me. (This is very unlike him, since he is excellent getting things done for my brother otherwise).

So I was left with a 100% made in China unit with what I thought would be a dodgy retailer in the US selling through another online outfit that explicitly stated not to deal with them and to contact the distributor directly.

To my surprise and my delight, not only was the process of trying to explain which parts were broke without any catalog giving us any part numbers (using pictures I had my brother take), but the replacement parts are already in the mail.

Next time I'm going down with my dad to install it myself. My dad is still leery of The Coomph, so we won't be staying overnight (which would in any other case be a deal breaker for me because it means about 10 hours of driving in a car in one day), but this is important enough to me that I'm not going to put it off until an overnight visit happens again.



I found a leak in my roof last night. I caught it after the rain, and I don't think it was much because even though the wood below it was wet the pipe entry where it must have come in was dry as was the pipe itself. I've got a bucket under it now and I'm going to have to monitor it the next time we have a heavy rain to figure where it's coming from. That roof is scary and I want to know exactly where I'm going when I go up there to seal it in.

Maybe I better just knock down all the drywall up there and finally figure out what is going on behind the scenes once and for all. It's probably better to know what the problem is than wonder and hope it's just going to go away on its own, because that's not going to happen.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 11:57 PM

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Cancer?Yes, I imagine that culd occupy her thoughts.

I hope herhusband's treatment is successful and that he does well.

In the meantime, I hope that she DOES pass along her Mah Jong duties tothe next person in line.

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Yes, she told me on the phone a week ago or so. She was checking on me then and I just happened to see her and her young granddaughter out today.

I don't know. On the phone she said it was in his spine and effected one leg. He's had surgery for it and radiation on his spine. Now, he is taking the chemo pills. So its a matter of wait and see. She said he's a little stronger now than he was. He has a walker with 2 wheels, I would imagine he is walking the halls of their apartment building which would be good for him. He's over the age of 70 that much I know also.

I hope so too. Which is why I am wondering about taking a wander over to the centre or emailing or phoning them.

Believe me looking after someone with cancer is not an easy thing. You have a lot to juggle with keeping all their appointments in line and meds.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 12:01 AM

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Did you ever try that monitor yet, Brenda?





Do Right, Be Right. :)



No, I haven't Jack. Wanted to wait till I was out of pain which I now am. So maybe over the rest of this week I will. I've been staring at it and thinking on it.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 12:11 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Glad you're feeling better.

No hurry. Whenever you get to it.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 3:19 AM

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Glad you're feeling better.

No hurry. Whenever you get to it.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



Me too. It's nice to be able to move and bend down without pain.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 3:20 AM

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Also my brother left a message on FB today. The lady that hit him last year is now getting to experience the BC justice system. His hit and run case in the courts.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 3:21 AM

BRENDA


Need sleep.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 4:50 PM

BRENDA


Well, while I was out I went to my local senior's centre to see what is happening. The lady at the desk said they are closed officially until October and then they will see.


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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 11:32 PM

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Oh the last few days have been busy busy busy!

I managed to get out my usual three bins of greenwaste out to the curb, altho this was an "easy" three bins because two of them were from the five lima bean towers that were so tangled that I took them down. I had let them run rampant for three years, they were SO overgrown that all of the leaves except outermost ones had died and gotten black mold for lack of sun, and they had rambled all over the climbing roses and the brick wall. Plus it was SO huge it was impossible to harvest. I never expected them to be so robust! I did leave one lima bean tower, severely cut back, with the idea that it will produce more beans for planting next year.

DD and I (mostly "I") have been steadily working on the pollinator garden; it has been spaded and raked smooth and is ready for planting. Once that is done, I REALLY need to turn my attention to the front yard!

We mounted the benchtop on the brackets, and dug ut all of the electrical supplies that had gotten scattered around because the next step is to wire outlets back in.

In the meantime, we've been inundated with zucchini. I think we'll be eating zucchini nearly every day of the week for the summer.

My first attempt at something other than plain zucchini was something like "zucchini parmesan" - we had a couple of really big zucchini that I cut into about 1/3" lengthwise slices, nuked 'em in the microwave until they got soft, them dipped them in eggwash (egg, flour, parmesan, salt, garlic powder) and dredged them in a flour/parmesan mix, pan sauteed until gold brown, then topped with cooked ground turkey and mozarella.

Now, you could go two ways with that: cooked ground turkey, tomato, basil, and oregano; or the alfredo way. I'm allergic to tomatoes and DD doesn't like them, so I just stirred a packet of commercial Alfredo sauce powder into the cooked ground turkey, and then topped that with mozarella.

I really can't taste anything, but I think it came out OK because the family liked it.

For the next few recipes I'm going to try zucchini "noodles": one day stir-fried with red pepper and basil and fish sauce; the other day stir-fried with Caesar dressing-marinated beef and onions, with a Greek-style salad on the side.

Family is certain they will "never" get tired of zucchini.

HA!

I can't taste them, but I'm already tired of them!

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 1:38 PM

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Out for a walk in the sunshine in a bit.

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