“Busy is good because it shows you’re alive.”

The last two days have been busy. I need a vacation. Yesterday I spend two hours chatting with my neighbor. We usually get together on Mondays but she couldn’t this week. She just became an American citizen and wants to improve her English so we chat and I help her with her grammar and pronunciation. She and her husband call me Miss Kath. It makes me feel 85. They make me part of the family which is quite nice. We have a graduation dinner on Saturday. Their middle child is graduating from high school. I love the food Niecy serves as it is Brazilian. She always makes sure there is plantain as she knows it is a favorite of mine.

In the afternoon I went to the pain clinic for the next episode of the bad back. The doctor injected steroids between bones in my back. The pain was bad enough my body stiffened until the procedure was over, four shots one at a time. I came home and took a nap.

Today my morning was filled. First I chatted with three technicians at XFinity because my On Demand won’t connect and the called ID is gone from my TV. Each tech sent my call to a higher tech. The final tech gave me an appointment time for Monday. The next call was to the Global On-Line government office; of course, all their lines are busy.

Skip, my factotum, is coming tomorrow to open the deck so I needed to have everything bought. I went to the hardware store for spray paint and brushes. My window boxes need to be painted, that was the spray, and the side fence needs to be repainted, brushes. My next stop was Agway. I bought soil for potting and several plants for the window boxes and the clay pots I bought the other day. The flower colors are vivid and wonderful. I have a mixture of pinks, purples and blues for the big pots and red, white and yellow for the smaller pots. As usual I have no idea what I bought. I had a friend with me who works at Agway, and she made all the choices except for the basil and rosemary. My car smelled wonderful on the ride home. The only plant left to get is catnip. They were out of it. I use it in the pots near the table to keep the mosquitos away.

My last stop was Ring’s, an occasion of sin for me is what the nuns would call it. I go for one thing and end up buying many things. Today I wanted a treat for all my labors, a cinnamon bun, but then I also bought a leek and spinach hand pie, some flowers, dog biscuits and a package of dried vegetable chips. One thing always expands to become many when I shop at Ring’s.

Today is damp and humid and will be in the low 60’s. I’m thinking I have earned a nap and a vacation. My dance card is empty until Saturday.

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19 Comments on ““Busy is good because it shows you’re alive.””

  1. Richard Says:

    Well damn. The fun, sex, and excitement never ends, does it … ? First it’s the herniated disc bulging onto the sciatic nerve and makin’ life more fun than I ever thought it could be. Next thing I know, the MRI result shows I’m also the proud owner of a 4cm abdominal aortic aneurysm, or ‘AAA,’ which is not the same as the automobile club. My cardio doc’s nurse said doc wanted to see me before any back surgery ’cos I’d be under anesthesia for at least 1.5 hrs. She next said doc normally wants to operate when a AAA reaches 5cm, so I’m right in the ‘twilight zone’ of arterial excellence, yes?

    The decision’s an easy one: I can tolerate the pain in the leg caused by the pressure on the nerve. If the AAA decides to head south, I have about 10 or 15 minutes left to (as the old gospel tunes put it) ‘get right with God.’ Priorities rule, and I’ll schedule the AAA surgery first, ’cos if I don’t, I may not be here long enough to worry about the back surgery. And then there’s the expense of all this stuff … but as the ‘Wizard’ said in ‘Conan’ — “That is another story for another time” …

    Today’s for cooking. Already prepped the vegetables. Rough-cut some onion, jalapeños, garlic, shallot, bell pepper, and tomato purée in olive oil. Next the chicken gets cubed and marinated for an hour or so in lemon juice with (maybe) a bit of Italian salad dressing and some ‘mystery ingredients’ tossed in for extra flavor. After that, it’s a quick trip thru Hot Wok City for a hi-temp stir-fry treatment. Once that’s done, everything will be assembled together, seasoning adjusted, and put in the storage container. Life is good, yes?

    Since we have now officially entered my absolute LEAST favorite time of year – namely, HOT – the occasion will be marked with the tune made famous by Mr Francis Albert Sinatra: ‘Summer Wind.’ There’s just somethin’ about that lush big band ‘Vegas’ sound today’s musicians will never be able to recreate … but that’s their problem. And now, to begin …

    • katry Says:

      I swear once they get started they dig around finding all sorts of things going bad. I’m thinking the aneurysm is the best first choice. I take a blood thinner just to avoid getting an aneurysm. There is little comfort in having 10 or 15 minutes to tidy things.

      Life is good but that dinner sounds even better. I never mind cooking dinner for friends, but I really don’t like cooking it for myself, but when I do, I usually cook chicken as well. I don’t mind eating it a few days in a row.

      We won’t get to hot on the Cape until August. I know all about the summer wind coming in from across the sea. I live it every year. The wind is usually from the south. It comes in my back door.

      You’re right about the “that lush big band ‘Vegas’ sound.”

      • Richard Says:

        If y’ want the recipe (such as it is) and a picture of it, I can send it to you.

      • katry Says:

        Send it on and thank you. It sounded perfect for my cook for myself sort of dinner!

        Do you have my e-mail?

  2. Richard Says:

    Don’t have that, but as soon as I do I can send it …

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  4. Bob Says:

    Another rainy day here in North Texas. The upper level low pressure is slowly moving east to bring heavy rain and flash flooding to Arkansas and Louisiana. Sunday is forecast to be the first day to be dry and sunny for the entire week.

    I hate going to the doctor. I just put up with the minor aches and pains of reaching the end of middle age. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Texas has had such rain this season. It has even made my news.

      We haven’t had rain for a couple of days, but the clouds have made it chilly and the dampness stayed when the rain left.

      My back has been horribly painful at times. Sometimes I have to stop in the middle of making my bed.I’ve had enough.

      I believe more in prevention rather than cure so I have my yearly physical and other tests that are recommended.

      • Bob Says:

        I would not make the bed. I don’t think that anyone is asked at the pearly gates if they made their bed. 🙂 I hope you feel better.

      • katry Says:

        I usually don’t make my bed, but my cleaning couple came today and I always make the bed when they come. The only times I make the bed is when I’m changing the sheets.

        My back actually feels pretty good today. Thanks!

    • Richard Says:

      Bob, if you think the aches and pains of middle age are something, wait until you get to be officially in the category of ‘Old People.’ I mean, I’m almost 72 and still unbearably cute ‘n stuff, but most people my age aren’t … must be good French & Irish genes … or is it ‘jeans’ … ? You still have loads of fun to look forward to …

      • Bob Says:

        Old people are those folks who are ten years older than I am now. I’m 69 which means I will be officially old this year when I reach 79 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I’d like to think 15 years rather than 10, but I’ll go with the 79 as I too will be 69 this year.

  5. olof1 Says:

    Even hotter today but since I’m not at work it’s quite ok. Still, I won’t be doing anything in the sunshine today 🙂

    Been to the optician and they couldn’t find anything wrong with me eyes, one eye needed a slightly less strong glass and the other a slightly stronger than before but not that much so I really needed new glasses but I ordered new ones anyway, I get two glasses for the price of one so one pair is sunglasses this time.

    You are a dream customer for anyone selling flowers 🙂 🙂 Too bad You didn’t live in the village where I had my garden center 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      It rained all afternoon but barely. It wasn’t raining hard enough to do much good. All it did was make the day damp and humid.

      I got a card from my optician reminding me I am due for an examination. I, however, have to pay for both pairs!

      My deck flowers look wonderful. They were all planted today. I would have been quite happy to shop at your garden center.

      Have a great day!!

      • olof1 Says:

        I’m so glad that this optician chain opened up here in Sweden, they are called Specsavers and I get two pair of glasses for the price of one pair and if I chose two different kinds it is the more expensive that decides how much I’ll pay. They also check my eyes for any problems in that price. This time I paid $ 327 US. Back in the days that was what I paid for one pair and no check of the eyes!

      • katry Says:

        That’s around what I pay for 2 pairs of glasses and an eye check. I guess I shouldn’t complain.

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