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*wanders in, hands out enteman's rainbow cookies and more popcorn*

thanks for all the birthday wishes.  the popcorn was a gift from my niece and her husband, it  is a 6 pack variety pack.  i tried a couple of the flavors (the savory and the original) and they are good, but a bit salty for my taste.  the selection also includes smoky barbeque, kettle corn and pink lemonade.  checking out the website there are a couple of flavors i wish they had picked instead, and i might think of buying, since there are coupons included. 

i actually took TWO trips outside yesterday.  early afternoon trip to the grocery store for some liquid treats (soda and a hard lemonade) and picked up the rainbow cookies and then on to the greek bakery, since i wanted something cake like for my birthday.  got a slice of chocolate almond cake.  in the evening, i placed a take out order for hibachi and hiked (it's about a mile each way) to my favorite japanese place.  as happy as i was to get the food, i  have to admit that eating at home while texting friends is no replacement for actually eating with them and then hanging out at starbucks playing scrabble.....

i got a lot of food (hibachi steak which comes with vegetables and bean sprouts and salad and soup and white rice, an order of hibachi noodles and a quart of their fried rice).  normally when you dine in and order fried rice with your entree you don't get white rice, but in the take out, they still give the white rice.  i ate half my noodles and half of my entree last night, and figure i have 3 more meals from everything else. 

all in all, while it was not my best birthday ever (that goes to being on a cruise ship looking at glaciers) it was definitely not my worst. 

i'll be taking it easy today, as it's already 92 here and my legs and back are not happy with yesterday's excursions.  forecast is for thunderstorms, but hopefully i'll be able to go out tomorrow.
 

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Happy Birthday, Telracs! Sorry that I did not realize it on the day (the 21st?). I have 3 friends whose birthdays are July 22nd. One of them in NYC I called last night (Tuesday) although I was not feeling well. Felt better during first part of conversation. (I have trouble now with long phone calls because of my earaches). I had not called her for 2 months, because i cannot get off the phone with her until I say I HAVE TO GO!!! Decided to call to say happy birthday and limit to 15 minutes. Talked 3 hours. I had said I have to go a number of times during the time we were on the phone. Finally, my phone conked out, battery very low. Last year we went to a Broadway show after going through standing room line (Book of Mormon a week before I went to Salt Lake City for flute convention).

Cheers to Crebel for your son's negative covid test.

I stayed in two days in a row. Used the Lifecycle. We had a tremendous thunder storm Tuesday evening and it lasted a long time. It was so dark out at 6:45 and never got light again. I didn't even check mail downstairs. Played flute for 45 minutes tonight.

Napcat, I have a shop vac that I bought this year. I saw it online as a remedy for pulling something out of the sink. There was a moisturizer clear cap that fell down there and was still there after a year! It worked and came right out. It could use a longer electrical cord and extension wand (they have the wands on Amazon). Now I know how to handle a very small animal if necessary. In 2018 after a lot of May rain there was a mouse in my apartment and it didn't leave until months later. Now and then I would see it run across the room at 4am and then do the run along the wall. I used sticky traps but should have laid them flat. I made the boxes and then I heard that they just run over them. My super told me to make a tent of them, and that did not work. Later I put out snap mouse traps with peanut butter. An exterminator came and set his traps with bread but I never caught it. He told me the sticky traps only work flat. I put two out in corners and never saw it again after 10/18, so it must have left. I was a mess from that, very edgy and lost sleep (usually saw it before I went to bed). It was at the time I had a pulmonary embolism and I was nervous anyway. One thing good in this unpleasant time is that there have been no rodents or other creatures so far. I still keep two sticky traps out and change them now and then, just in case.

Monday early AM (before bed) my slow drain in the tub backed up when I used the bathroom sink. I was upset and had my ENT doctor appointment later that day. Had to bail out the tub after a shower. I called the super Monday. He came and fixed and I got him to change the shower head. I bought a new one in January and never put it in. Now I love my shower. These days supers are not doing anything in apartments except for emergencies. This was one.

It got up to at least 94 on Tuesday. Now 75 degrees, humidity 87%. Going up to 91 later today.  Have a good day, everyone.
 

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Good morning.  We have a very pleasant 68 degrees right now and dry skies.  Temperatures will reach low 80s and are expected to remain dry.  DH will be mowing today.

Napcat - I think we agree that the amount of wildlife we get to watch in our rural/remote areas is an advantage that far outweighs the occasional critter in the house!

mlewis - I'm glad you are getting some answers about your ears (TMJ sounds completely logical to me as a reason) and that maintenance problems are being taken care of.

Tonight - BASEBALL!!!!! The pessimist in me does not think the MLB will be able to complete even a short season, but the optimist in me is happy they are trying and I am very excited there will be 2 games on tv tonight.  I was reading the new rules and saw official scoring will be done remotely.  Well, duh ...  I've been doing it that way for years!  ::) ;D

Everyone stay safe, be well.
 

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Good morning.

74 degrees heading to 90 with possible thunderstorms around 11 AM. As dark as it is outside, I would think it could rain at any time. It stayed cloudy all day yesterday so it was fairly pleasant most of the day.

A trip to the Post Office for stamps planned for today. I'm not sure how long the last book purchased lasted, but I'm sure it was well over a year. Most of the stamps I use are on greeting cards. And I don't send nearly as many of them as I once did.

II will probably spend some time out in his shop. The clouds do allow it to stay cooler for him and I am really glad to see him feel like going out there.

Hope you have a pleasant day. Stay safe.
 

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Good morning.  It's already 82 here and it was already steamy outside at 6am...
I sure hope they can get the AC units changed out quickly tomorrow - it's going to be uncomfortable without them.  Our next-door neighbor offered to let us come over and cool off if needed.  I thought that was really nice, especially since she's a new neighbor.  I think she moved in two weeks ago.
I tried to change my profile picture to Ginger's anniversary picture from yesterday, but it's been too long since I've changed it and I can't remember how to do it.  I finally found the place after about 10 minutes of clicking around, chose upload, and then got stuck.  I may try again later (or not).
We have a proof-of-concept test with AT&T this morning.  I hope it goes well since we are probably using their service for our August meeting.

Stay safe!
 

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Good Morning

The weather-guessers are saying we will stay under 100 today...we will see. Nothing much planned...I may run over to the Post Office later.

Keep well and happy, my Friends

 

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Good afternoon from southern Arizona. Woke up this morning to rain and thunder. D) Still overcast. :)

Now that I have cleared a space to sleep in the craft room in the unlikely event that I test positive, I suppose that I should now organize the rest of the room. Especially as DH dumped a bunch of stuff on my cutting table when he was "helping" me while I was shopping for necessities at Walmart. ;) I can't currently cut material for more masks.

Hope your day is wonderful. Be safe and be excellent to each other.
 

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Good morning.  Temperatures and humidity are rising again, heat warnings are out and expected to remain through the weekend.

For being excited that baseball has returned for now, I have to say the games last night were pretty boring.  I guess the "roar of the crowd" affects me more than I thought it did, even watching from home.  Topped off by a rain delay in the first game ... sigh.

Happy news for the day is that after 4 months of no freezers being available from anywhere in the state and being on multiple waiting lists, DH will be doing curbside pick-up of a 7 cubic foot freezer from a Best Buy in Des Moines.  We have half a beef coming around the 1st of September and I have been a little concerned about finding room for it.  No worries now!

Everyone stay safe and be well.
 

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Good morning from southern Arizona. We had a slow, gentle rain most of yesterday. The sunset last night was beautiful.  However, due to monsoon cloud cover, I have not yet been able to see the comet.

Last night, an hour or so after going to bed, I got up to go to the bathroom. I had an upset stomach but not too bad. I started feeling worse as I was washing my hands. I remember thinking that I shouldn't worry and should just go back to bed. The next thing I remember is DH asking me if I was OK. I told him that I was fine but then realized that I was laying on the floor. Apparently I had passed out.

Fortunately I knocked something off the counter, the sound of which woke up DH. He called to ask if I was OK but I didn't answer. He got up to check on me. After he got me to respond, I stayed laying on the floor while we tried to figure out what happened and if I was really OK. I asked DH to get my phone so that I could check my heart rate and O2 levels. The phone showed that I had a prolonged irregular heartbeat. The phone could only occasionally show my O2 as my heart rate was so irregular but when it did, it was OK. I have had arrhythmia before but usually only for short periods of time. It runs in the family with my mom having had issues with tachycardia and arrhythmia most of her life.

I stayed on the floor while DH cleared the space around me while I kept checking my heart rate. Our plastic wastebasket is cracked due to it doing a good job breaking my fall. I googled irregular heartbeat and one of the causes can be imbalance of electrolytes, especially potassium. I tested with low potassium levels early in the year but got it under control with occasional potassium supplements and taking a multi vitamin with minerals. After getting up, I took an electrolyte supplement but we couldn't find the potassium one. DH and I discussed if we should go to the emergency room but I decided that, since I felt OK and he didn't see any signs of concussion or abnormalities in my responses, it would be best to stay home. Also, the potassium level issue made sense to me, especially as I haven't been eating  properly this past week.

We both went back to sleep more than an hour after the incident. I woke up again about 4 hours later and my heartbeat and heart rate are back to normal. I will be emailing my health care provider later this morning before I head to Tucson for my COVID-19 test. I am sure that she will order blood tests for me again and probably an online appointment. The my neck, shoulders, and back of my head are a bit sore. Otherwise, I feel fine. Now back to sleep until it is time to wake up for the day.

Hope your day is wonderful. Be safe and be excellent to each other.
 

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Good morning.

73 heading to 92 with a slight possibility of thunderstorms. No storms yesterday, I hope it remains that way today also.

I didn't make it to the Post Office yesterday so will be going this morning while II sleeps in preparation for working 11-7 tonight. Also plan to see if the little pop-up farmer's stand is open in the normal place while I am out.

Anna, take care of yourself and fingers crossed here for a negative Covid-19 test.

Everyone, have a pleasant day. Take time for yourself. Stay safe.
 

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Good Morning

We had a delightful sunrise with cool temperatures (69), so I stayed outside longer than usual. Dishwasher and Laundry are running now.
So it is time to eat something bad for me and take a nap.

Keep Well All.

Anna: You run a pretty fast pace...maybe slow down a bit ?
 

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Happy News!

I have my COVID-19 test results back already: NEGATIVE ;D

I had a video appointment with my health care provider this morning and she has ordered lab work and gave detailed instructions as to what to do if this happens again: Go to ER if either a single episode over 10 minutes or multiple short episodes in a single day. DH to phone 911 if I pass out again. Since waking up this morning, I have been feeling fantastic!

My stiff neck has been loosening up all day. The back of my head doesn't hurt any more but I found a sore spot on my right elbow where I might have hit the floor first. That is the direction that I was planning on turning before I passed out.

NapCat (retired) said:
Anna: You run a pretty fast pace...maybe slow down a bit ?
The problem might be that I haven't been running for the past three weeks due to jury duty and extremely hot weather. I also haven't been eating properly and have gained a few pounds over that time frame as well. Back on the healthy wagon for me!! :D 8) ;D
 

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Good morning. 

Fantastic news, Anna!  Do take care of yourself, I'm so glad you are feeling better.

Everyone stay safe, be well.
 

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Good Morning and Yeah, Anna !

I have a giddy feeling like I am going to have a fun adventure today, but I will darned if I know what it is...

Hope everyone has fun and safe weekend plans

 

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Thanks, Crebel and NapCat!

Good morning from southern Arizona.  It is currently 68°F and headed to a high of 86°F. Thunderstorms are predicted throughout the day. This is the coolest day in a long time and higher temperatures are predicted for the next three weeks. We are expected to be back to triple digits by Thursday.

Since my fainting incident, I have been checking my heart rate and rhythm fairly frequently. I checked my blood pressure after I got home. All checks have been good. I emailed my COVID-19 test results and blood pressure numbers to my health care provider.

Since this will be the coolest day for a while, I will go for a training run/walk this morning before it gets too soggy. In addition to paying attention to my knees, I will be tracking my heart rate and rhythm.  I was thinking back to 2004 when I was much heavier and had a stress test to check on my heart health prior to a business trip to Sri Lanka. My reversed T waves on my EKG had looked worse to my doctor and he wanted that checked out by a specialist.  The specialist was surprised that the irregularities disappeared during the stress test. He said that rarely happens but that the electrical signals to my heart appear to get better with stress from exercise. I am hoping that is still the case and exercise will improve my electrical signals. I am grateful that my smartphone can provide the ability for me to see my heart rhythm in an easy to understand way. 😀 DH just looked out the window and said that I might get soggy if I delay for too long. 🤣 I will be careful and will stay in our neighborhood.

Everyone, have a pleasant day. Take time for yourself. Stay safe.
 

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Good morning.

Yay, Anna!

Slightly cooler today, maybe. Depends on how long the clouds stick around. Very slight possibility of a thunderstorm.

Not much planned. Even if II doesn't go to bed, he'll probably sack out on the couch for a while.

Hope your weekend is going  as planned. Stay safe.
 

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Yay! is how I feel as well, LL!

It started raining before I was ready so I waited until the rain was over for a bit. Since it was extra humid due to the rain, I decided to just walk and not run. That way I could easily play Wizards Unite and check my heart stuff at the same time. It was probably my slowest neighborhood loop time to date (about 38 minutes per mile) as I spent a lot of time collecting Hogwarts foundables for the weekend event. All my heart checks were normal!

I am preparing for another origami Zoom meeting this afternoon and then sometime this weekend I will be transferring my Google Play music account over to my daughter's Google Family Group account.

Enjoy the day and the weekend!
 

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Good morning.  Hot. Humid. Heat index warnings. Storms later. YUCK

Anna, just reading your schedule wears me out, but I'm so glad you're feeling better and keeping track.  Napcat, I hope your fun adventure panned out!

Everyone stay safe, be well.
 

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Good morning.

We're to be hot but supposedly no storms today. That may or may not happen later in the week.

Mowing might get done today. It didn't feel like the dew was very heavy so maybe I can get out early (at least early for me). Otherwise, we're planning on grilling chicken wings and legs. Eat some today, freeze the rest for heating in the air fryer another time.

Have a peaceful Sunday. Stay safe.
 
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