Wednesday, August 31, 2016

31 August 2016 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1954 (Tuesday):
Started back to school this morning. [Down] some work a mess of kids. Got my schedule changed around about the way I want it now. Also got my [locked] this morning. After school came home and slept until supper time. After supper dad brought my [back] home [here] and I walked around until about 9:00 and then got ready for bed. Got a letter from Louise today. Paid book fine $2.50. [unk uno uno]. Spent $2.50.
I really thought he would have graduated in the spring, but I guess not. His obit said he was in the class of 1955 though.

Tough night last night. Took a long time to get to sleep and then Jack woke me up at like 1:30 throwing up. I cleaned it up a bit but ran out of paper towels. Must go finish that after I'm done typing this. Otherwise I ended up sleeping until 5 when the alarm went off. Workout was only okay, although I probably worked reasonably hard; everything felt kind of heavy today. Maybe because it was cool, cloudy, and rained some today.

Bit about my usual schedule: Wake up at 5 (or as close as I can), swill one can of Diet Coke/Pepsi between getting up and shaving, eat a couple pieces of toast, and then bike or drive to the UW IMA around 5:55. I work out there until about 7:35 and then either drive/bike home or go to the UW Health Sciences Rotunda and then take the UW Shuttle to Harborview. I do whatever work during the day and then we eat dinner/supper around 5, then do the dishes, and go for a 30-60 minute walk at 6. I usually do this and any other little things up until around 8, when we watch some bit of TV, go read in bed at 9, turn out the lights at 9:30. I'll usually go to sleep, then wake up somewhere between 11 and 1:30 and go to the other room, where I hopefully go back to sleep until 5, when it starts over again. But, you know how I sleep. . . .

Went to Cascadia and worked pretty steadily on the excavation permit. I stopped at the Greenwood Slaveway for a mocha and the fat but pleasant chick was behind the counter (not Sara). She's very nice and talkative. Nice, but a typical 'young person today' since virtually every other word is 'like'. But she's a nice sort.

I went over to the QFC for soup for lunch and motor oil -- the Civic was sounding a little loud -- and put the oil in it when I got back. Left around 1:15. The oil made a difference. I'd checked it this morning and it was okay, but I guess not. Probably need to put some in at regular intervals.

Made a quick stop at home and then took my check down to UVil and then sat at the SBux for a bit. When I got home I played that stinkin' guitar for almost an hour. I dunno, I just felt like it today. Made dinner, walked, etc.

My sister texted me to say that Sara the Nurse had called her and said she thought mom may have had a small stroke. Apparently, her left side was a bit weak and she'd been more tired than normal the last couple of days, I don't know if that's true or not but that's what she said. Was thinking (for about the thousandth time) that I hadn't expected this from mom. I'd thought she'd be stubborn about trying to get back to normal, that good stout German woman thing, you know? Instead she just seems resigned to sitting around and not being able to do anything. Perhaps one's perspective changes when one is 80 and something like that happens, or maybe the damage is to blame. I don't know. I wish she'd snap out of it and start working at it more. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

30 August 2016 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1954 (Monday):
Got up early this morning and went down town and mailed Louise's letter. Did a lot of painting around the place today. Ate at Grandma's. Went down town with dad after dinner and got myself some school supplies $.25. About 7:30 this evening the boys picked me up and I went out and played a dance out at [Mochas]. Got in about 1:00 this morning. [iap] $.15. Spent $.40. 
I will start off by saying that I woke up this morning in the perfect frame of mind. I'd slept really well all night, for the most part, but at 3:40 both of us were awoken by Daisy throwing up and despite a quick search I could not find it. I figured I was up for good, so I got a soda, put on my robe, and turned on the TV. I took a slug of soda and then decided maybe I wasn't all super awake and laid back down again. . . .and went back to sleep! How great was that?! I woke up with the alarm and then just felt. . . .well, perfectly muftig. Hard to describe -- such as I've been trying to here for a while now -- but it was exactly how I wanted to be. I do so hope it sticks around.

Anyway, I had a different sort of workout. My knee hasn't been hurting since last week when I worked it out last, so I am going to lay off of it for a least a couple of weeks. I was going to just to upper body junk the whole time but decided there were still some things I could do that didn't involve knee bending. So I did my usual back workout and what leg stuff I felt I could do safely. Meh, it was okay.

Went downtown and mostly just worked steadily the whole time. I met with Sharon and we worked out some stuff for me to do over the next few weeks so we can perhaps get a paper or abstract or two out before my funding runs out (and even afterwards). Ride home was uneventful. Made dinner, walked, etc.

Transition day today, going to be much cooler and maybe rainy for the next few days.

UPDATE: By the way, I just checked again and Clarence's last entry is September 9. I already have the next diary which goes for 5 years, or rather about 4.75. Her name is Jean Clausen and she was born on September 7, 1921(probably) and lived at 600 N 44th St in Seattle. Seems like a really nice young lady. I am looking forward to hanging with her for a few years. Her entries start in March 1936 so I'm going to start then, too. She has a bunch of separate entries in the back of the book so I'll start posting those for the time being until March. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

29 August 2016 (Monday)

On this day in 1954 (Sunday):
Got up early this morning and [Tryons] came by about 8:30 and we went up in the hill and looked for our rocks. We got back in time to go to the [outs grass] $1.50. Just before church tonight I got to talk to [Hagens] for a little while. Called up Louise tonight $.75. Walked around a little tonight before I could get to bed and off to sleep. Spent $2.25. 
Well, I had a busy day. Slept badly last night. Could not get to sleep for some reason, woke up at 2:30 and was awake for a while, then woke up shortly before 4. Ugh. Well, I did okay today. I got out before 5 and consequently made the ferry at 5:30 so it only took 1.5 hours to get to Penn Cove. I took a magnificent sunrise photo if I do say so myself:

Got a good reception on Facebook as well.

They got to work right at 7 so we were mostly done by 8:30/9. The neighbor came over and we spent some time talking about his project, and then about 10 we went over there and dug some test holes. Found midden in two of them, both I think are disturbed. One was a thin layer sitting right on top of glacial junk. I really think it's all disturbed in there. I left there right at about 10:45. When I got to Clinton there was actually something of a backup, which I've never encountered there -- especially at like 11:20 on a weekday -- but I think maybe the fog was slowing up the boats. Wasn't too long of a wait though. I got on and out at noon. Stopped in Mukilteo for a small bit of lunch (meh) and then head back. I got gas at Spam's Club and then went to the UW for a new parking pass.

When I came home I unpacked and did some work-related tasks and then went out to wash the Honda. It had gotten all splattered with some little white spots, probably .... well, I dunno. Did that, got some other junk done, made dinner. Went to UVil to walk cuz I needed bagels.

I think this week I am going to do just upper body workouts, but split entirely between back and front/arms and then ride the cycle the rest of the time. Knee has been fine since not working it out so hmmmmm. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

28 August 2016 (Sunday)

On this day in 1954 (Saturday):
Got up about 11:00 this morning and went down town and bought myself a couple of pair of school pants and a shirt $12.00. Stayed around [had] and worked on my rocks this afternoon and after supper I went with the dance band down to [Akision]. [Say] and play for a [march] of [dino] dance. Saw Verin] Park's [Salon] missing tonight and I got a ride home with him. Got in and got to bed about 12:45. Spent $12.00. 
Ha. Early night.

I slept pretty well last night but woke up at 3:45 (AGAIN) and decided I was NOT going to ruin a Sunday, so I took a tiny piece of ambien and I guess I went back to sleep because the next thing I knew it was 5:13. The Spousal Unit was up and about around 4 though which I later found out was because Daisy had thrown up. I made scrambled eggs this morning and I went to Mass. It was okay although Julie didn't do the Mass. *sigh*

Came home and watched a bit of the race and did a few odd chores here and there and took a short nap around 11:20. Went to UVil for lunch etc., but came back a little earlier than usual to catch the end of the race (final 7 laps). Did some piddling around and minor chores the rest of the day. Walked. Managed to keep the muftig mood most of the day and most of the weekend as well. So that's good.

Still listening to piano music a lot. I may have described this before, but I first got into the whole new age music stuff when I moved out here and discovered the piano stuff -- George Winston and Michael Jones -- somewhere in there, too. When I lived at the end of 17th Ave (by Ravenna Gulch) I would come back from the UW around 9:30 at night, watch a bit of TV and drink probably three stiff whiskey and waters. At some point I'd switch off the TV and start reading poetry or some old book or other and play the piano music and I'd always finish it off with Winston's "Thanksgiving" which is kind of a sad piece and get super duper melancholy, sometimes even weeping. At the time it felt all romantic and stuff, which is about right for the age I was at (28). I think I needed that time more or less alone. The alcohol was mostly habit although it did add to the melancholy junk, and at the time I thought (and was probably correct) that it helped me sleep. It eventually started having the opposite effect and I eventually mostly gave up. I do miss it though. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

27 August 2016 (Saturday)

On this day in 1954 (Friday):
Got up early and went down to [Claras] place about 9:30 and him and I went to town. I bought a shirt and some [info brick] $5.00. Went to Louise this afternoon. Sure do miss her. After supper came home and slept some and then played for the [Tony] dance. Had a big fight at the dance tonight. The [logs] brought me home. Got in about 12:30 and did a little in the [bedroom] before going to bed. Spent $5.00. 
I guess you tend to think of these dances as being just simple good fun but then fights break out.

I slept well last night and without assistance, except I woke up at 4:30. Which wasn't really too bad. I desperately wanted scrambled eggs this morning but we only had one egg so I made pancakes instead, darn it. For posterity's sake, here is my most excellent pancake recipe:

1 C flour
1/2 C oatmeal
2 T sugar (I used Splenda)
3 t baking powder

Melt and then mix:
3 T butter
1 egg
ca. 1.75 C buttermilk

Mix it with the other stuff. Comes out delicious. I don;t order pancakes out because I make better ones. Except some at the Lake Quinault Lodge which were awesome once.


I watched the first college football game of the season last night (Cal vs. Hawaii in Sydney, AU) and then this morning a bit more college football junk. Took a short but welcome nap.

Why did I not decide to learn piano since I am constantly listening to piano music these days? Oh, because you can't carry a piano around.

We went to the U District to get the Spousal Unit's hair cut and I went to the used book store and bought a book on Washington archaeology. Not because I'm interested but I should learn some more anyway. Since I'm, you know, doing it. Didn't do much the rest of the afternoon except get some dinner stuff and then hit a cheapo estate sale. Didn't get anything there either. Played the gee-tar and drank a bit of my beer. I need to unload this last batch so I can make a new one, a lighter lager/pilsner with less alcohol but more hoppy than the old pilsners. Like a classic Schmitz recipe.

Walked at NGate. Down to 70 today from 91 yesterday. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

26 August 2016 (Friday)

On this day in 1954 (Thursday):
Got up about 10:00 this morning and started painting the screen doors on the house. Spent most of the morning at it. Ate at Grandma's and after dinner did a little more painting and slept some. After supper about 6:30 I practiced with the dance band. After practice I call up L and talked to her for a few minutes $1.00. Caught the bus home tonight. Went [saw] to L and talked a while to [Tanger] over the phone. Spent $1.00. 
That was a confusing one.

Anyway, quick entry because I have to go watch. . . .COLLEGE FOOTBALL. It's been a long 8 months.

Slept great last night. . . .until 3:45. Grrrr. So, not a great day, but I had a really great workout. Went to Cascadia right away and kinda piddled around, but I got a report done and another couple things. Also found a screw up in one for Gig Harbor that I described as being "on the south end of Orcas Island". JAYsus. I am simply an airhead and will never change.

Left there about 11:30. Went to McD's for lunch. Some reasonably attractive female (kind of a jutting lower jaw though) was wearing a really short skirt, but I mention because it looked really pretty on her, not skanky or anything. Like a mini sundress.

Came home, gave the cats some attention, then went to UVil for a while to cash a check. Came home and actually played guitar really strongly. I kind of gave up on the whole troubadour idea so perhaps just ripping on it like that will be more fun for me.

We went out to dinner at the thai place on 65th and 24th. Good stuff. I had a beef curry. Walked there and back. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

25 August 2016 (Thursday)

On this day in 1954 (Wednesday):
Got up early this morning and went to the church to work with dad. Went down town and got myself some [yarding] papers $.75. Slept a bit this afternoon. Did a bit of work on my rocks today. After supper at Grandma's I went down town to a show at the Liberty $.75. Walked home from the show and then walked around a little before going in. Got to bed about 11:15. Spent $1.50. 
I think he's gotten to bed before midnight every night since the injury. . . .

I slept okay last night. Workout was. . . .troublesome. I'd been stretching my knee out before and during leg workouts and it's been helping, but not today. Very sore for almost the whole thing. And it hurt a lot all day, too. I have been called back to the field next Monday so I think I'll perhaps forego legs workouts altogether next week and see what happens. There's really not much I can do that doesn't hurt it.

Anyway, came home, did a little work, and then went to Cascadia, first stopping at the church to drop off some donations. Talked to some other lady there about all the traffic junk. Didn't do much at Cascadia except insert some more photos in a report and then edit it up some. And prepared a cost estimate for this other Penn Cove thing. Hung out a bit, and then went to NGate for lunch. When I got home I went out back for about 45 minutes in the sun and red a book, and then took a quickie shower (hot today) and then went to UVil. I got a beverage at the SBux and then sat out in the middle at a table. Which was pleasant until some dork wad decided to sit at the same table. Some old guy with long gray hair in a ponytail and one of those multi-pocketed vests and a "Abolish the Death Penalty" t-shirt on. I ignored him. Went and got salad stuff for dinner and tried to buy a bagel (or two) but the place in the QFC's oven was broke and they were totally out.

Came home, did nothing very interesting or productive. Well, that's not true. I signed an agreement for the chimney and then researched new TV/Internet service. From CenturyLink this time. I think we can get our same basic bundle for about $150; sometime tomorrow perhaps I shall call up Comcast and say we're probably going to switch unless they can come up with something equivalent.

Walked to the Post Office and Slaveway this evening. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

24 August 2016 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1954 (Tuesday):
Got up and ate breakfast with dad this morning and then took a bath and then went back to bed and sept until 11:30. Got up and [shaved] and went to dinner. After dinner I bought some sand paper $.50 and some [abour] and worked on my rocks. [Pain the windsor fearsome] this evening. Ate supper home tonight. Walked around before going to bed tonight. Also [sand] a while before going to sleep. Got ready today about 12:00. Hair cut $1.25.
Well, I fought the law and the law won. Well, sorta. Stupid ass speed bumps went in today. When I got back from the gym I moved the flamingos to the terrace so they wouldn't miss 'em. And they didn't. Apparently they've been getting an earful all along the way so far, which is good; people need to let them know we didn't want the damn things. Norma and Sunny were talking to one of the workers and said they didn't like what they were doing to our street but weren't going to get angry at them. I did that, too. A couple of low-level workers were sitting across the street when I was leaving for lunch and I went over and talked to them. Nicely. I told them I wasn't going to bitch at them since I already bitched at the planners. Still discussed how nobody wanted them. But I wished them a good day and when I came back me and one of them exchanged friendly nods so I'm okay with that.

Slept really badly last night. Couldn't get to sleep and then woke up all irate at 2:30, ugh. I felt pretty good when I went to bed, but, oh well. Still had a dandy workout though. I'm liking riding on 38th, even apart from the stupid speed bumps. It's a nice quiet street with sensible intersections and such. On the intersections: at big streets on 39th they put a bunch of stupid island in the middle of the cross street (e.g., 65th) and made all sorts of crosswalk junk and now nobody seems to know how bikes are supposed to work there, do they stop like regular vehicles (yes, duh) or are they supposed to have right of way or what? It's confusing. On 38th, it all makes sense: I stop until I can go, bing bang boom, done. Duh.

Oh well, no one ever went broke betting on the stupidity of government.

I worked most of the morning on Coptic stuff and then went to McD's for lunch and then worked a bit more and then walked to UVil. Chatted with Norma a bit on the way. Damn fine scenery at UVil, OMG. Walk home was okay. I messed with the guitar some; I may have decided to forget about singing along with it and may concentrate on just playing it for playing it's sake. Then I went and played my trumpet for a while; I do so love playing that thing. I just practiced an old Cat Stevens song, Morning Has Broken. Simple, but I improved quickly and that felt good.

Made dinner, walked, etc. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

23 August 2016 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1954 (Monday):
Got up early this morning and ate breakfast. After breakfast we went down to Grandma's and dad started to paint and I went to town. Got my watch fixed $.25. Left some pictures to get developed and bought myself a dress [majors] while[sic] $.85. Stayed down at Sander's all afternoon. Worked a while tonight on my rocks. Stayed up and did some reading until after midnight. Spent $1.15.
Can't decide if this was a good day or a bad day. I slept really well last night without any assistance and had a really good leg workout, too. Stretching my knee out really seems to help. Went downtown and got quite a bit done. One bad thing was that I have no funding after September. On the plus side, MC has decided to move all of his data management back here and said he would use me for that, but none of that funding will start until next April. Still, good day there for the most part.

Uneventful ride home.

Stupid miserable SDOT is busily making their )$*@$(@%*) speed humps though, and it looks like ours go in tomorrow. First thing tomorrow I'm going to put the flamingos and their GO AWAY SDOT sign right on the terrace where they'll be working. I won't rag on the workers, but if I see them I will let them know that no one around here wants the damn things.

Also said something online I regretted and went and deleted it. That was kind of a backslide from my new attitude so it made me feel bad. Still, removing it and realizing that fact -- and promoting never to do something like that again -- made me feel better. I mean, it wasn't a horrible awful evil terrible thing, but I still felt bad. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

22 August 2016 (Monday)

On this day in 1954 (Sunday):
Slept in until about 10:00 this morning. Went[sic] I did get up I went down in the basement and worked until dad came after me at dinner time. Ate at Grandma's and after dinner I [work Iont then home] more on my rocks. Slept some this afternoon and then went to the show at the Liberty tonight. $.75. Took the bus down and back. Wrote a letter when I got home. Got to bed about 11:30. Spent $.75. 
Sheesh. I spent 6 hours on Whidbey monitoring and ended up actually working for 1.5 hours. I got there at 10 and then sat until 3. Well, I made one trip to Coupeville. The guy's concrete pump truck had a problem and he spent all day fixing that. Before then, I slept pretty okay and had a really good workout. Came home, scarfed down bagel, and then left for Whidbey. Trip up was uneventful. Trip back was uneventful. I only saw one eagle and a se lion briefly. Otherwise, it was a boring day up there, despite the nice scenery. I did talk to the guy next door whose property I surveyed a while back and he wants us to the the excavation permit as well, so at least that was a productive use of a little bit of time.

The work up there wasn't very interesting. He just excavated out about 6 feet back from a seawall down to the base, about 4.5 feet. Almost all fill sitting on top of glacial, which we had found earlier in a survey. One end had some intact beach deposits and some peaty junk at the bottom, but otherwise a big nothing. It was at the head of Penn Cove and was reasonably pleasant weatherize, but I wish I'd brought my computer or a book or something because it was dull dull dull. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

21 August 2016 (Sunday)

On this day in 1954 (Saturday):
Got up about 7:00 this morning and had breakfast with dad. Went back to bed after breakfast until about 9:30. Went over and saw Lee a little while and did some work on my rocks. Went up to Windy Point with the church group about 1:00 this afternoon. Got back about 6:00. Worked until 9:00 tonight on my rocks. Walked around a little before going to bed [toomy]. Spent $.10. 
Sad anniversary: Mom had her stroke one year ago, really at about the time I am typing this. What a change in my life that made. Time at home. Michele. Other relatives. A whole new family! Swimming for the first time in years. I thought she would have made more progress though. When I called today I could barely understand 10 words. I think she had been napping and when she's tired she mumbles.

Stayed relatively muftig today. I slept pretty well, and went to Mass, which was fortunate because I got to hear Julie sing the Mass today; I really do like her voice and how she does the Mass. Half the pews are out being refinished which I think is a waste of money because they were in very good shape for the most part. Which is why I don't give them money anymore.

I did a few chores this morning, and took a short little nap, but that was about it. The NASCAR race was postponed from last night (after 48 laps) and was supposed to start at 10 this morning but it was raining again and so we didn't watch that either (started later this afternoon). We went to the Taco Slime for lunch up on Lake City Way and then did the usual shopping stuff. Got back here earlier than usual. I washed the Honda and then had to go drive a old lady friend of Norma's PT Cruiser around the block to check the brakes. What else. Not much. This evening I'll get my stuff ready for tomorrow. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

20 August 2016 (Saturday)

On this day in 1954 (Friday):
Stayed in bed until about noon at Grandma's this morning. Got up and dressed and stayed up the rest of the day. Had a rain storm today. [Trayor] came down this evening and we worked on the rocks from 7:00 until 10:00 tonight. After he left I walked around some and then got to bed about 11:00. Felt good to be able to sleep in my own bed again. 
Entering this bit earlier in the day because I forgot for the last couple of days. Had the coolest dream a couple of nights ago (probably Wednesday night): I was at my parents' home in Fond du Lac and was looking in the refrigerator for a beer to drink, and there were a couple of single cans of whatever, and then I found an old old can of Hamm's ("From the Land of Sky Blue Water"), one that used a church key to open it, and it was still full of beer! I thought that was the coolest thing.

-- Later --
I slept quite well last night, although had trouble getting to sleep and needed minor assistance. But I moved from the bedroom to the TV room and then slept there until the alarm went off at 5:30. That really felt good for a change. We went out for breakfast. The Spousal Unit slept downstairs while I was upstairs and apparently Daisy decided to get all playful sometime early this morning down there.

After breakfast I was piddling around when Norma across the street called and when she asked what I was doing I told her I Was hanging around the drug store smoking cigarettes. She invited us over for coffee and donuts. I thought that was a little strange, but whatever. That was around 10 maybe? So we went over and she and Marge and Sunny from down the street was there. So, us two and three old ladies. It was a nice visit. Apparently, her kids bought monthly donuts and coffee for her so we may be having a coffee klatsch once a month for the next 10 months. Her brother's son who is, well, wealthy, came over too. He was okay. We figured out how to turn on her furnace fan so she can have some cool air blowing around.

After that we went for lunch at the BBQ place and then hit two estate sales. Both were kind of meh. Mostly old ladies so not much stuff for me. Once we came home I piddled around while the Spousal Unit napped downstairs. I actually played guitar for an hour! Ive been knuckling down and attempting to do entire songs now all the way through and concentrate on not making mistakes. I even tried humming my way through one and it was awful. Think maybe I'll stick to the guitar part.

I think I shall call my newfound attitude muftig/muftigh. I don't think it's even a word (can't find it on the web anywhere) but Fr. Tony many years ago said he'd heard it from someone who would call herself feeling "muftig" if she were kind of melancholy/sad/whatever. So while I am not quite that, I shall still henceforth refer to this state of mind as being muftig. And I maintained muftig pretty well all day long. It was good. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

19 August 2016 (Friday)

On this day in 1954 (Thursday):
Still staying here at Grandma's. Feel a little better today. Slept in until about noon time. Got up after dinner and went down to the church with dad [got] up here a little while. After supper I went to a show at the Liberty tonight $.75. Dad took me down and brought me back here to Grandma's. Am a little tired. Had a lots[sic] to eat before going to bed. Am getting to bed about 10:30 tonight. Spent $.75.
Just got back from dinner out, which was pleasant. Went up to NGate to an Italian place and had. . . .nothing Italian. Walked the mall, got a couple more shorts, etc. Feel like I overate but I just had a salad.

Well, and three deep-friend Oreos with ice cream and a couple bites of cheesecake. Ergh.


Slept very well last night, stayed in the bed a long time and then slept until the alarm woke me up. Ride down to the IMA was okay, workout went really great. Came home, scared down bagel and then went to Cascadia. Had only planned on being there a few minutes but then had a project for Monday shoved on me, so I spent some time getting that together. Need to go to Whidbey Monday, but not until 11 so I can work out. Might be a late day though, but whatever.

Left there at 11 and then I rode my bike to the bike place by UVil and dropped it off and then the Spousal Unit picked me up and we went to McD's. Then I went back to UVil to wait for my bike to get done.

And wait.

And wait.

And wait.

I thought it would be like an hour but by 2 it still wasn't done. I sat outside, sat in the SBux, walked around, sat outside, walked around, finally called the Spousal Unit and we went to McD's again for an ice cream and then headed home to await the call. Well, that came on the way so I got the old beast. The wheels aren't all shiny like the old ones but they work much better. Not a whole lot lighter, but they look okay. Gears don't work right though, I can't get to 1st or 2nd, so I'll have to take it back in for an adjustment.

Hung out, I did a few things (like dishes), fiddled with guitar a little and then we went for dinner. 94 or 95 today, so quite warm.

Spousal Unit has the new Star Wars on DVD playing and I don't know if I want to bother watching it or not. I think it's probably just a dumb politically correct remake of the original. Lead actress is really cute though, Daisy Something-or-Other. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

18 August 2016 (Thursday)

On this day in 1954 (Wednesday):
Had a little better night last night than usual. Got up for dinner today. About 4:00 got up and went to the doctor. Also had dad take me out to the Ethel's place just long enough to talk to her for a little while. Was also up for some [rain] tonight. [Troyas] and [Wahine] came down to see me a little while tonight. Have stayed dressed since 4:00 but [and] just laying around. Lee was [too] down for a few minutes today. 
Well, he's feeling better. Last night's post may not have been posted. Hold on. . . .

Just published it. Dunno why it didn't go up last night. Well, I was tired. That is not the case tonight since I slept WELL last night! And without assistance. Jack slept next to me all night out on the couch, maybe that did it. He doesn't do that very often.

So, today went okay. Workout with the knee was. . . .well, okay. Tuesday it didn't hurt much at all, but today even with the stretching it was hurting. Not a whole lot but enough to be annoying. If I keep it stretched out by bending it, it seems to do okay the rest of the day.

So, came home and did some Coptic work including posting a video of baby goats in pajamas. Well, because, it was relevant to the discussion. Which was in a largely recreational area. So there. Didn't actually get a lot done, but I worked from 8 to 11 and put down 1.5 hours because I was messing around a lot. Also walked up to the SBux because I didn't want a tea latte but I ended up not drinking most of it because. . . well, I don't know.

So. Decided I should take the wood back to Dunn so I loaded it into the Honda and then went to UVil and had lunch at the Chipotle. Then went to Dunn and returned it. Drove home, slowly because one lane of Pacific was blocked. Changed to the Mustang and then went back to UVil to hang out with Fiona for a while. We critiqued many fashions. There was one tall blonde who was quite statuesque (again, but a different one) but we disagreed on her dress which was a shorts black leather thing. I thought it looked like a black leather burlap sack and did little for her figure. I was no doubt a non-gay fashion designer in a previous life.


Came home and mowed the lawn, by which I mean I mostly mowed the dead leaves and clover. Played geetar for a while and also again this evening after the walk. I played along with three songs, fairly well: Dreaming, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, and I Am Weary. That last one is really the first song I attempted and at least I can say that I have markedly improved on that one. Back then I couldn't even make the quick D-G-D change and now I can so there is progress however painfully slow.

Not much else to report. Warm today, 87 and supposedly 97 tomorrow.

I will say that I didn't quite have my morose mood going but I did okay, not terribly stressful. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

17 August 2016 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1954 (Tuesday):
Had a bad night last night but I feel a little better today I think. Got up for just a little while. Also [alsand] today.. Dad started to paint the house down here today. Am getting up a little while tonight. 
Tomorrow goes back to scrunchy handwriting and longer posts.

Feeling good and morose this evening. Kinda slept. . . .well. Hmmmm. I ended up needing some minor assistance, but ended up sleeping well. Had another flashback bad memory that kept coming back last night. That's the way these anxiety attacks (or whatever) often go, I'll think of one thing from the past that is a bad memory and it just gets exaggerated. Workout went pretty well, too. Oddly, although my knee didn't hurt yesterday all day, even when working out, it hurt kind of a lot today. I really need to stretch it, I think. After I'd sat in the SBux with my leg bent for about 45 minutes it felt much better.

I went to Cascadia for a while this morning and got a summary for the Fort Ebey thing done and did a couple other little things and then left and went to Home Depot, but they didn't have a post (they probably did, but I couldn't find them and the people I asked probably didn't make the connection). Found some at Lowe's that would work, but I want to look at Dunn lumber tomorrow as well. After that I went over to the Spam's Club and got paper products. I tried to pay with my card but it refused it (errored) twice and I kind of panicked thinking I'd somehow managed to zero the balance out so I drove home thinking the worst, but it hadn't actually done that, I had plenty in that account. I dunno, maybe it just couldn't read it for some reason.

I went for lunch at McD's, driving the Mustang, and then came home and then went to the UVil because I needed some batteries for the garage door remote and I really felt like sitting in SBux for a bit. I was happy because a tall, very attractive young female in a short skirt and high heels sat across from me. . . .and she knew how to sit! I mean, like a lady. I was very pleased at that, there are quite a lot these days who don't really know how to maneuver in a short skirt without flashing everyone. Good for her.

What else. . .came home, and actually played guitar for like 45 minutes, just doing chord switches. Made pasta for dinner. Went to UVil for milk and some other junk. Nice today, like 80. Supposedly 89, 94 and 92 over the next three days though.

Oh, I also talked with Carol who used to live in our house when I brought some stuff for the food pantry. She said they did the patio back in the late 1950s so those posts have probably been there for a good 60 years, give or take. Not bad, I guess. 

17 August 2016 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1954 (Tuesday):
Had a bad night last night but I feel a little better today I think. Got up for just a little while. Also [alsand] today.. Dad started to paint the house down here today. Am getting up a little while tonight. 
Tomorrow goes back to scrunchy handwriting and longer posts.

Feeling good and morose this evening. Kinda slept. . . .well. Hmmmm. I ended up needing some minor assistance, but ended up sleeping well. Had another flashback bad memory that kept coming back last night. That's the way these anxiety attacks (or whatever) often go, I'll think of one thing from the past that is a bad memory and it just gets exaggerated. Workout went pretty well, too. Oddly, although my knee didn't hurt yesterday all day, even when working out, it hurt kind of a lot today. I really need to stretch it, I think. After I'd sat in the SBux with my leg bent for about 45 minutes it felt much better.

I went to Cascadia for a while this morning and got a summary for the Fort Ebey thing done and did a couple other little things and then left and went to Home Depot, but they didn't have a post (they probably did, but I couldn't find them and the people I asked probably didn't make the connection). Found some at Lowe's that would work, but I want to look at Dunn lumber tomorrow as well. After that I went over to the Spam's Club and got paper products. I tried to pay with my card but it refused it (errored) twice and I kind of panicked thinking I'd somehow managed to zero the balance out so I drove home thinking the worst, but it hadn't actually done that, I had plenty in that account. I dunno, maybe it just couldn't read it for some reason.

I went for lunch at McD's, driving the Mustang, and then came home and then went to the UVil because I needed some batteries for the garage door remote and I really felt like sitting in SBux for a bit. I was happy because a tall, very attractive young female in a short skirt and high heels sat across from me. . . .and she knew how to sit! I mean, like a lady. I was very pleased at that, there are quite a lot these days who don't really know how to maneuver in a short skirt without flashing everyone. Good for her.

What else. . .came home, and actually played guitar for like 45 minutes, just doing chord switches. Made pasta for dinner. Went to UVil for milk and some other junk. Nice today, like 80. Supposedly 89, 94 and 92 over the next three days though.

Oh, I also talked with Carol who used to live in our house when I brought some stuff for the food pantry. She said they did the patio back in the late 1950s so those posts have probably been there for a good 60 years, give or take. Not bad, I guess. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

16 August 2016 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1954 (Monday):
Had a little better night last night but don't feel at all good this morning. Ray and Lola left for home about 11:00 this morning. Tryed[sic] to sit up a little this evening. 
At this moment my legs hurt. This morning I kinda said "F*** it" and did my usual old leg workout and did it with heavier weight than I had been, albeit stretching the knee out first. Seemed to work, the knee didn't really bother me much. So hmmm. My lower middle back started to seize up during the squats though. I admit part of the reason I did this was because I looked ay my profile in the mirror yesterday and my legs really looked kinda out of proportion. I've always had skinny legs but they looked worse now. At any rate, it's a good hurt although the knee was hurting when I got home so it may have something to do with the way I sit at work. Speaking of which, I had to take a roundabout way home because some dumb@ss demonstrators were blocking off 3rd or 4th or whatever. So I went back up that stupid hill to Harborview and took the shuttle back to the UW and then the 71 back home. Stupid new bus's front door and the stop-dinger didn't work.


Slept badly last night. It felt like I used to when I had a ton of stress, just couldn't get to sleep and then woke up at 2:30 and still couldn't get back to sleep then, except eventually and with assistance. Gads. Nothing really bothering me in particular.

Work went okay. I spent most of the day integrating the newest Lancet data and that was problematic. Mainly because I was probably tired and not functioning well, but also there's lots of weirdness in the data. Ferinstance, some dates would transfer easily and some others just wouldn't. Nothing unusual about them visually, they just wouldn't go. So I had to do those manually. And the majority didn't have the Visit marked in (e.g., 6 Months, 12 Months, etc.). So there's no way to tell which one they're supposed to be. Just a mess.

I did get a start on some other little project though, which may prove fruitful in the future.

Good mood today. The gym seems to bring that on and set it for the rest of the day, although it was kind of a struggle getting there this morning. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

15 August 2016 (Monday)

On this day in 1954 (Sunday):
Didn't get much sleep last night. I hurt most of the night. Ray and Lola were down most of the day. Wrote a letter to Louise today and tried[sic] to play a few minutes on my clarinet. Am not much better. 
I like it when he's injured; short, easy-to-read entries.

Kinda fell off the wagon today and wasn't my good non-morose morose self. Not sure why, maybe because I got adequate sleep last night, maybe because I was busy with non-work junk today. After working out (awesome, btw) I came home and did a little bit of workish work and then decided to box out the patio roof supports. So I went to the Dunn Lumber and got wood and supplies, and then came home and took the old ones off.

And promptly saw that the metal posts are quite rusty and need to be replaced. So that threw that project into a whole new realm. I spent some time doing some research on what we could use for that. Maybe metal ones again, maybe some nicer-looking vinyl ones, maybe just wood posts, I dunno. I put a 2x4 next to one just in case.

I went to McD's for lunch after wondering what to do for a while. Take the wood back? Go to the Spam's Club? Came back and sat out in the sun instead. Heh. After that I put the 2x4 up and then went to the UVil to get some dinner stuff. Then came home and piddled around some. I did do a little bit of Coptic work this morning.

So, I dunno. Not the best day I suppose, not in a sort of physical sense as I at least managed to get some things accomplished, but I don't feel good about how I did mentally. Kinda dropped the ball. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

14 August 2016 (Sunday)

On this day in 1954 (Saturday):
Am still in this joint. Lee Roy came up to see me to about noon. Lola and Ray came over this morning. They got me out of here about 1:00 this afternoon and took me down to grandma's to stay for a while. Don't feel a bit good. 
Another day, another day of struggling with TLOMTB. Actually, I did well today considering I got adequate sleep last night. Spent on the floor because Jack was taking up the whole couch. Why they love that room when it's hot out I don't know. But I slept well, until about 4:45. Spousal Unit again didn't get up until almost 7. I watched four episodes of South Park. Made breakfast. Decided not to go to Mass today although I slept well enough to. I dunno, just didn't feel like it. I started to read out on the front steps but it grew warm and my stomach felt awful so I walked up and got a mocha to settle it down and ended up nursing that all morning. I don't remember what I watched since I didn't do much of anything else.

We went up to NGate and the Panera for lunch for a change. Play has gotten really expensive, along with everything else really. Not too long ago I could have eaten lunch at McD's for about $2.50, now it's almost $5. All due to hiking the minimum wage and making everything else more expensive because, well, it's good for us.

Anyway, rant off. Went to the UVil for the usual stuff. Came home rather early. I tried to call Mom but it wouldn't connect for some reason. Will try again this week. Did a bunch of chores this afternoon, putting laundry away, getting stuff ready for tomorrow, etc. Made dinner. Walked.

Warm today, and this week it's probably going to be up in the 90s.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

13 August 2016 (Saturday)

On this day in 1954 (Friday):
Still in the hospital with this damn lung. Still getting shots and pills. DIdn't sleep very good last and[sic] and am sure getting stiff from laying in bed. 
One nice thing about this injury of his is that he doesn't write a lot in tiny little script.

Odd day today. Had trouble getting to sleep but, after minor assistance, I slept mostly through the night, until 4:15, darn it. So I took a nap around 9:30 or something like that and had a good one and that got me through the rest of the day in pretty good order. Spousal Unit didn't get up until almost 7 so I was tired and kinda of cranky by then but I managed to stay my now-usual non-morose morose self. Actually managed that pretty well all day. I listen to lots of solo piano music, that helps.

Did I do much this morning? I don't think so. Watched the last third of Dr. No. I had some vague notion of going up to Alderwood since I needed socks and wanted to do something different but we just went to NGate instead. Had lunch there, too.

Afterwards we went to the estate sale in Laurelhurst; the guitar was still there and I probably would have bought the dumb thing ($70) had the Spousal Unit not been there, but I demurred. I'd rather get one that I have some input from someone who knows what they're talking about. Speaking of which, I practiced mine for almost an hour today. I actually had fun. As slow as it's going I can tell the difference from when I first started. The trumpet still tempts me though. I could really get good at it. Sooner. That was between about 2:30 and 3:30. When we got back, I had a go at fixing the tent pole but failed. Turned out the measurements I made were wrong so they were too big, but I tried anyway, and just failed so I gave up. Not that big of a deal actually.

I spent a while cleaning and doing various little chores and junk and then made dinner, which wasn't a big deal. Walked at NGate just because I didn't feel like walking outside. 90 again today.

So, I dunno.

NOTE: This, apparently, never got posted. Doing so today. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

12 August 2016 (Friday)

On this day in 1954 (Thursday):
This morning they took me down for a[sic] x ray about 10:00. They took me down again about 1:00. The doctor said I had a clapsed[sic] lung. They just gave me a bunch of shots and pills. 

I had a weird night last night. My routine lately has been to fall asleep and immediately start dreaming for about 20-30 minutes and then wake up; then I go to the other room and usually go right back to sleep. I think this time I used a tiny little bit of assistance and then slept through for the most part. Probably woke up around 3:30 although I didn't look at the clock, but went down to the floor and managed to get back to sleep. Got stuck counting up from 560 by 7 for a long time; that's what got me to sleep.

Dang good workout, too. I rode down 38th this morning and it was much nicer. I'm going to start going that way from now on because it's a better ride and I can avoid the -- pardon the French -- god damn fucking speed bumps they'll be putting in. I went to the shop this morning and did mostly nothing except for a couple of emails, and then the gas people (PSE) called and I left to go meet them. They got the gas turned on and we started the furnace for a bit and then it was done! We are officially off of oil and on gas. Won't matter for a few weeks, but it's nice to have it done. I drove to Laurelhurst to see an estate sale, nothing I wanted to pay for. I may go back Saturday and see if a guitar is 1/2 off and then it might be worth it. I went and bought a fan at the Bartell's and then went to McD's for lunch. The manager had to kick some broad out for trying to refill an old soda cup she had. Came home, futzed around a bit and then rode my bike down to UVil and stopped at the bike store down there and ordered new wheels. I'd been putting it off but the brakes are really sucky and it's starting to worry me. Hate to get rid of the original wheels, but, oh well. Then I went to the SBux for a bit, which was nice. Too damn many Birkenstocks though, God those things are ugly.

When I got back from lunch the stupid SDOT guy was changing the dates on the signs and I asked him if he was here to take the signs away again. He was not amused.

So let's see, what else. I got a few things at the QFC before coming home from there and then just prepared all that junk. Warm today, hit 90.

When I woke up I was in a good groove, I thought, but was worried because it had kind of an edge of the old anxiety/depression/whatever, but I finally decided it didn't and pretty much kept with it all day. This could really be working. That is good. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

11 August 2016 (Thursday)

On this day in 1954 (Wednesday):
Got up this morning about 8:30 and had breakfast with Grandpa and Grandma and then started scraping old paint off the house getting it ready to repaint. About 4:15 this afternoon I hurt my side. After supper dad took me to the hospital and they looked me over and to[sic] me in for the night. Had a hell of a night. My side [stould] and neck hurt all night. 
I'm assuming he meant 'shoulder'. Can't imagine what he did to it.

I had a. . . .hmmmm. Interesting day. The good news is that I slept through the night; the bad news is that it ended at 3:30. DAMN YOU 3:30 WHEN WILL YOU LET ME BE. I really woke up; had an exceedingly negative thought about something in the past and that just set my head off into going a hundred miles an hour. So I got up and said f*** it. Meh. I felt mostly okay all day. Workout was kind of, well, meh, as well. It was leg day and I tried some new things and old things to work around my knee but I'm not sure anything helped. Don't want to try PT again but I'm not sure what else I can try. I'll have to find something that will strengthen whatever it is that's weak and making it hurt.

I walked up to the HUB and had my bagel and Coke and then worked for an hour on Coptic stuff. Then I went to the library and got the book for TT -- The Company Town in the American West by James Allen -- and then went back to the SCHMUB to get a mocha and wait for Sharon which didn't take long. It was good to see her again. We got lots of stuff straightened out. That took until about 10:30ish and then I rode home.

Now, when I got home the stupid $)@)ing a**holes of SDOT had their stupid $)@)ing NO Parking signs up again and I immediately made some GO AWAY AGAIN signs and stuck them on those and went to lunch and fumed some, but upon reflection came back and dig my old GO AWAY WSDOT signs out of the box and then added an AGAIN to those and then stuck them back out with the flamingos. This time with their ASSES turned towards the street:
So there. Nyah.

Then I decided to do something about the posts in the back and that I was going to scrape and spackle them and paint them, so I went to Dunn and got a couple of post caps (for the rebars sticking up) and the spackle and some guy there had some ideas for other covers which I might try. Errrm, then I went to the UVil SBux because I was parched.

When I got back I put the flamingos out and then started scraping the posts, but then realized that one was in really bad shape and thought better of just painting them. Then I hit one of the rebar with my flip-flopped foot and swore and decided to cap them right then and there.

Oh, right after lunch, I did lay out in the sun for about 45 minutes.

So I got out my tools and junk and took one of the old posts and started cutting 4" sections for the two rebars. Plan is to cover them with the 4" stub posts and then cap those. I may need to put up some sort of decorative chain or something for them though since we may still keep running into them. But I took off my shirt and was just wearing the ol' wife beater t-shirt and I sawed and drilled and junk and felt all studly. Wish I'd had a Schlitz beer or something, that would have nailed it. But it worked! I drilled a hole in the center of each and it fits right over the rebar nicely.

Then I putzed around and made dinner and we walked down to the Metropolitan for milk, buttermilk and I got some PG Tips tea. I have bunches of old Red Rose but you can't even smell it anymore so I think it's dead.

Was 82 today and will be warmer the next couple of days.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

10 August 2016 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1954 (Tuesday):
Got up about 10:30 this morning. Called up L and then went out again this morning to the house. Stayed just a little while. Started back about 12:00. Gas $1.50. Had some eats on the way back $.25. Slept a little on the way back. Got in Yakima at about 5:30 this evening. Went to supper at Grandma's tonight. Stayed all night with them tonight. Got to bed about 9:50 and was a little tired. Spent $1.75. 
What? 9:50????? I don't believe it.

I managed my way back to calm last night, mostly. Had very minor assistance after moving to the other room. Cats had the couch so I went on the floor, which was okay, I sleep well on the floor. I eventually woke up a little after 4:30 and my hips hurt though. But all was well.

Rode to the gym and had a decent but sort of relaxed workout. Meaning I didn't rush through it or anything and rested probably a little more in between sets than usual. It was Wednesday so I had less stuff to do anyway. Rode home, had bagel, etc. Inspector came in around 10, just showed up, I thought he was going to call beforehand. They were scheduling the gas turn-on today but I decided I wasn't going to wait all day for that so I rearranged it for Friday and then went to McD's for lunch and then got my hair cut at Anne's place. I got her going on a 5-minute rant about bicycles. Heh. Rebecca cut it, very short, but it's okay this way.

I came back and then piddled around for the most part. Well, that's not true. I did some Internets research on various things, like post setting and post wraps and junk, and then cleaned up the grill which was filthy. Much nicer cooking on a clean grill. I think we shall leave the patio without a railing; it's easier access that way, as I found when I was pruning the roses. Tomorrow or Friday I will cap the rebar sticking up though. Think I'll just paint the posts for the time being.

Did kind of an intense guitar session this afternoon. I was really pressing the strings hard to get the chords correct, so my fingertips hurt right now. Really need more finger strength.

Still maintaining calm I guess. I'm calling it that. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

9 August 2016 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1954 (Monday):
Got up about 9:30 this morning. Eat and got ready to go on a trip to has L.[sic] Left at 12:00 with the Dodge. Gas and oil $5.00. Got there about 5:00. Had supper at the [Mesles] Cafe $1.05. Went out about 7:30 and parked until about 11:00. Bought some more gas $1.00. We ate at a drive-in on the way back to the[sic] home $.55. Got in about 1:30. I went down to my hotel room and turned in. [Room eat me] $2.00. [Capital A in a circle] Sure am worn out. Spent $9.60. 
I'm pretty certain this whole A in a circle thing means he, um, got some. What exactly I shall not speculate upon.

I had an interesting day. Sadly, I backslid a bit on the sleeping at the whole attitude thing. Didn't sleep very well last night and kinda lost my new mood. I did have a pretty decent workout and while doing that I managed to get the mood back again. But it's a bit more difficult to maintain with the usual routine of life. Which I knew it would be, but was hoping it would be easier and take care of itself.

I went downtown but when I got there my computer's plug wasn't working. Hmmm. It had kind of not worked last night but I jiggled it and then it charged. I looked closer and found it had broken and the wires were almost exposed and I couldn't get it to work. Meaning I had until the battery ran out to work. So I called up Apple and thought I could get one at the UVil store, but they couldn't get one for a week! WTF? Ended up ordering it and was going to pick it up at Alderwood. So I left around 11:30 and had lunch in the UDist when I realized the U Bookstore sells Apple junk and so I went there and they had one! So, yay. Took the bus home and spent the next couple of hours working. Dangitall, found a blunder in my code. So I had to fix that, and also do a couple of other things. I worked until about 3:30 and then fiddled with the guitar for a while. I don't know if I've got the moroseless mood back or not. I feel kinda stressed.

The oil tank was emptied and filled with sand today. We are officially off of heating oil. Thank God. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

8 August 2016 (Monday)

On this day in 1954 (Sunday):
Woke up on the boat about 6:30 this morning. Ate on the boat and then went out fishing. Caught myself the biggest fish I have ever caught. It was a nice big [salmon]. We fished until 12:00. We started back at [12:00]. When I got in Yakima I change clothes and took off for [Masin] Lake to play a dance up there. Played up there until 12:30. [Stopped for some eats on the way home.] Got in at 4:15 this morning. Eats $1.50. Spent $1.50. 
Wasn't sure what that one sentence was but that's what it looked like.

I'm listening to a Chris DeBurgh album as I type this because I was awake early this morning and it was running through my head. I know I listened to it this past weekend, but it was odd that it had popped into my sleeping head. Mostly one song, a very sad one about saying goodbye to someone who is going away to be with someone else. It does, however, tie in with my latest mood.

Slept well again last night. No assistance. Had a really good workout, too, Came home and did the usual bagel thang and then went to Cascadia, making a side trip to Assumption to drop off some donations. Also said Hi to Marge who was going in to Mass. I worked until around 11:15 this morning, mostly just piddling on one report. When I left there I hit the Home Depot to see if they had any ideas about prefab support beam covers (no) and then went to the Spam's Club for pasta things and almonds (for the squirrels and the Spousal Unit) and then hit NGate for lunch.

After giving the cats some attention at home, I took the primer back to the hardware store and then went to SBux for a bit. Busy place today. Kind of pleasant. When I got home I decided to rip out the patio railing thing. Didn't take too long, but at least I didn't need the soundtrack from Conan the Barbarian to do it. The support beams really need a new covering because the old ones are rotting out, too. Both of the middle posts were really rotted at the bottom, which is why I took it out in the first place. There are two rebars sticking up where the posts were so I'll need to cover those at least. I may make new covers for the beams and then see if we like it open like that.

Made dinner and then walked. Will probably retrieve the flamingos from Norma's in the morning. 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

7 August 2016 (Sunday)

On this day in 1954 (Saturday):
Got up before 6:00 this morning and I got started with John's folks to the [Gold] Cup [houses]. Got into Seattle about 9:00. Got breakfast on the way $.60. Sat all afternoon & [have] watching the cars. Sure was good. Afterwards we went over to Whidbey Island and met some of their friends. We spent all night sleeping on their sail boat. John and I slept out on the deck. [More funs]. Spent $.60. 
That's actually the SeaFair hydro boat races. I just watched some of the actual race that he watched here. Sounds nice.

I did great today. Slept very well, assistance-free again. Mostly still in the right frame of mind although it kinda was challenged later this afternoon, but I got it back. When I say 'challenged' I mean that something apparently good was happening which could actually send me off the rails, but I took it in stride and settled back in.

I went to Mass, too, since I was so well rested. It was kind of meh. Spent the rest of the morning sitting around, although I did do a few minor chores, including sweeping all of the floors. Went to UVil as usual. Nothing exciting there. Came back and did some more piddling around. Played guitar for a bit but not a lot since I played a lot (relatively speaking) the last couple of days and wanted to give my fingers a rest. Did the usual walk.

Was a cool day. High only in the upper 60s I think. Some showers but we haven't gotten much of anything yet. I dunno, not a lot to say about today. Oh, my brother seems to be in Seattle right now, but it's unclear if we will even get together or not. He's often busy busy busy and may not get time away. 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

6 August 2016 (Saturday)

On this day in 1954 (Friday):
Got up early this morning and started painting as usual. Ate dinner at Grandma's. Painted until time to go to supper. After supper got a little [slop] and then went and played a [Tacay] dance. After the dance I went home with John [Carol] to get a[sic] early start to the Gold Cap dance tomorrow morning. Got in and in bed about 2:00 this morning. Eats $.30. Spent $.30. 
Mostly A-OK again today. Generally maintaining non-morose moroseness.

I slept pretty well, without any assistance again, but woke up shortly before 4, although I laid there for a while, even moving to the floor and didn't think I would get back to sleep but I did, at least for a little while, because the next thing I knew it was 5:10. So I felt pretty okay all day.

Went out for breakfast. Was good. Came home and piddled around. I cleaned off my desk (again) and did some other straightening up. I did go downstairs and take a short nap at one point. I must have done some other stuff but don't remember what. Nothing terribly memorable I guess. Well, I did play three LPs from the early 1980s: Christopher Cross, Chris DeBurgh, and Wham! Just feeling that particular vibe this morning. And did a little editing on my first Car Lust post for the new blog (It Rolls).

We went for lunch at the Five Guys by NGate. Decent enough burgers. Then hit an estate sale, which had some interesting stuff but only one thing I wanted but they wouldn't sell me a single glass, had to be the whole set. It was one of the old beer glasses that was narrow at the bottom and then flared out into sort of a bowl shape. Also went for ice cream and the grocery store for dinner stuff and the hardware store for primer. I think we got home around 2. I piddled around some more and decided I am going to tear down the deck railing because one of the posts is all rotted out at the bottom. It's fairly ugly anyway and this was going to be the last time I painted it. So I'm just going to trip it out Monday (probably) and then decide what to do with it. Might not even really need anything, but I still need to re-do the posts.

Fed the two squirrels a bit, Heathecliff/Sheila still takes stuff out of my hands but Junior doesn't. Played the guitar some more. Am actually improving, albeit quite slowly. Especially the last few days with my newfound sense of TLOMTB I find it easier to just sit and practice chords over and over.

Went walking up in Laurelhurst. Cloudy most of the day and then partly sunny later on. 70ish. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

5 August 2016 (Friday)

On this day in 1954 (Thursday):
Went to work at the church with dad until noon this morning. Bought myself a couple pair of dress slaks[sic] which were on sale today $10.00. This afternoon I painted on the house. After supper I got cleaned up and I played a dance at the Y.M.C.A. Took the Dodge tonight. Had some eats on the way home $.15. Got home about 1:00 this morning. Spent $10.15.
Well, I slept unassisted all night and the first day of TLOMTB went well. Very well as a matter of fact. Much different outlook on things. Will not describe here.

Had a really good workout, although before I rode down I collected the flamingos and put them back in Norma's yard. Rode back, had bagel, and then left for Cascadia. I spent all morning there, getting some things filed away and archived and such. Apparently, we haven't gotten our checks yet because clients haven't been paying. Not that I had a lot, but that's a little unusual. What else. Started on the one report. Left there about 11:30.

We went out for lunch and then the Spousal Unit went and tried to retrieve Norma's screened part of her door and, as usual, had to get me to help (she does that; nearly every project she starts I end up helping with). May have bent it getting it out though, which didn't become apparent until we tried to put it back in. Not that bad though. I had tried sitting out in the sun reading for a while before that. We also pruned back the neighbor's bush that had grown over the fence and was hitting her house. I think she felt bad that she had to have us do it, and the neighbor lady said she'd offered twice to do it, but Norma had said no. We kind of just went ahead and did it. She's having a hard time with not being totally independent, I think.

Did that and then came back in and piddled around, did some chores, and then made dinner. Mostly leftovers. Went to NGate and looked for shorts -- $8! -- and got a college football magazine.

So, really a good new day. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

4 August 2016 (Thursday)

On this day in 1954 (Wednesday):
Got up about the usual time this morning and went and mowed the lawn. Drove out to [Myouhrs] with Lee Roy this morning. After dinner started painting on the house again. Also did some painting after supper. Read the paper for a while and then got to bed early. Sure turned cold tonight but was not bad today. 
I am embarking on something very difficult, probably the most difficult thing I've ever done. I won't really say what it is, but it largely goes against my nature for the last, oh, 50 years. Mark that today. For future reference the initials are TLOMTB.

I did, in fact, almost go dry last night. I had a tiny fraction of an ambien, and slept pretty okay, but again woke up around 3:45. So, tired again today, but it's worth it. Had a decent workout this morning and the stretching seems to be helping my knee. I came back and worked intermittently on my Coptic stuff all morning, adding up to about 2.5 hours. I went through the non-LEEP people and got all of their diagnoses for each period caught up. And did some marking in the data table so I know which ones have which periods missing. Was tough being tired, but I got through it.

I went to McD's for lunch and then messaged Fiona and we decided to meet up at NGate at 1:45. I sat out in the sun for about 40 minutes beforehand. Nice chatting with her. I'd broken yet another string on my workout shorts so I was two down this week. I decided NGate would be a good place to meet because I wanted to check in Penney's for new ones (no luck) and then she made me walk down to the Old Navy to look at theirs. There are some that would suffice but they're nylon and I'm not sure I want those. At any rate, I came back home and did my photo log and then piddled around with dinner. I made a couple of decent steaks, but nothing special. We went to UVil for a walk to get Alka-Seltzer (need that on hand in case of middle-of-the-night heart burn or whatever). Then back. I did some guitaring. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

3 August 2016 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1954 (Tuesday):
Got up early this morning and started painting again. Ate dinner at Grandma's and got a haircut between times today $1.00. After supper I went down to the church and [shout] out visiting with Jerry. Saw a movie at the church afterwards. We drove up and down the avenue and back [spec eats] afterwards. $.35. Got in about 11:00. Spent $1.35.
I take back yesterday's statement that his diary ends at the end of August; the last entry is Sep 9 which is the day before his wedding. Odd that.

Didn't sleep all that great last night and woke up at around 3:45-50. So was kind of tired all day. But I got up anyway. Had a decent workout but I shortened it up because I had to get home, eat, and drive down to Gig Harbor for the monitoring. Before I left for the gym I put my flamingos in Norma's yard. Heh. When I came back this afternoon they had put them in 4 other peoples' yards. I may put them back right under her window tomorrow morning.

Drive down was uneventful. I stopped at the SlaveWay in Gig Harbor and got some provisions and gas and then went down town. It was in Crescent Creek Park at the end of down town, where a creek enters the bay. We were down in the marsh area. I really didn't need to be there as they were just pushing a tube down and then would cut it open later. Hence, I was unable to see hardly any sediments at all. But I did a foot survey and took photos and saw what I could. Pleasant day really. Mushy but a nice little area. People were nice enough. I mostly stood around. Oh, I did ask them if they'd ever gotten one stuck and they said no. . . . .and then got one stuck. I'd left while they were working on it, but it ended up breaking off and they lost like 7 feet of it. On August 3, 2066 it will become a Historically Significant object, if it's still there then. Heh.

Left there at 2:30 and another mostly uneventful drive back. Got home around 3:45. Unloaded everything and then called in a salad and bread stick strike. We walked down to the Metropolitan Market.

Decided today that this moroseness I've been talking about is a Good Thing in that, however it does it, it has the effect of calming my mind downI need to try to get that same effect without, perhaps, all the moroseness. Moroseless moroseness, as it were. I dunno, I'm thinking now that many of my problems have been because I'm all ADD-ing out and desperately looking for. . . something. Activity. Something. The morose puts a cap on that, although I don't know how or why, but it does. A goal to strive for, I guess. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

2 August 2016 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1954 (Monday):
Got up early this morning and started to work painting the house. Ate dinner at Grandma's and then spent the rest of the afternoon painting. Went down and saw Carl after supper. I went to the show with him tonight. We went to the [Avenue] $.50. He drove my Plymouth. We got in about 12:30 tonight. Gas $1.00. Spent $1.50. 
Still needed some assistance last night but today I have gotten out the low-dose ambien. I think the 10mg ones are nasty.

Still ended up sleeping okay and had a decent workout. Knee was okay, but not good. Still working on stretching and junk to see if that works. I went downtown and tried to keep busy. I had lunch with Janet and made her happy telling her the nice things the Cascadia people said about her (she worked there for a year). She seemed very relieved and happy at that. Such a nice person.

Not much else there. I wandered down to see Rowena and then mentioned that a big ol' Navy ship was coming in and so we were looking and eventually about half a dozen people were standing around looking out at that and the police activity on the street below. Ha.

Bus ride home was uneventful. We had our Night Out (block party) and lots of people showed up. I mostly just talked to Norma and Sunny and whoever else walked up. Chatted a bit with Annie and Bethany on the way out. I like Annie, she's sweet. A bit flaky.

Anyway, short entry, must do some stuff. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

1 August 2016 (Monday)

On this day in 1954 (Sunday):
Got up early this morning and went down to the church with dad. Went to Sunday school at the [Mxxxxxxxx] church and church at the Baptist Church. Ate dinner at Grandma's today. Picked apricots for Grandma's today. Went to young people's service tonight and also church. Earl brought me home tonight. Got a bite to eat and got to bed about 11:00. Am not too tired today or tonight I should say. 
Thus beginith my last month with Clarence. The diary ends in September. I have another diary ready to go, but I may not start that one until January 1 of next year. Clarence has some other odds and ends in the back of the diary so this place won't be without his input even after the formal diary ends.

So, remember yesterday when I said the anxiety had disappeared. Yeah. . . no. Well, not really a big ol' deal but portions of last night and today were kind of hairy. One thing I realized last night was that I've been using the ambien more than usual. I've had stretches before where I needed it often and then others where not at all, but this latest phase has been going on for too long. Since I really don't want to lose that magic bullet status, I'm going to cut back and only use it on days before having to drive or when going downtown. Because it would suck otherwise.

Apart from that, I had an okay day and am back to melancholy status for the most part. Workout was pretty good although I didn't feel very much energy despite doing pretty well with it. Came home, etc., and then went to Cascadia. I mostly did some summaries and clerical junk. I found out our main field tech is probably not working with us anymore. He was the main guy for years, but I don't know what happened. The ladies have been kind of complaining about his work lately, but he's kind of dropped off the radar. I guess he and his wife are strapped financially since she wasn't working much anymore and he's been on unemployment. That's tough to live here without at least one full time income (yay socialism!). We suspect they're probably going to move back to Spokane fairly soon.

I did that in the morning and then went to lunch at NGate and then picked up some donuts for tomorrow. Came home and did some Coptic work, final (although not really) data manipulation, and then decided I should sit out in the sun for a while which I did. Only like 45 minutes. Should be enough to ease the farmer tan some more. Cleaned up some. Was kind of unproductive actually. Well, the anxiety junk was bumming me out. Harshing my mellow. I managed to bring the melancholy back with some carefully placed sad piano music.