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Good morning!  It was 36 this morning and should freeze tonight.  We had a fire when we got home yesterday, and I suspect that might be the case this evening as well.

Anna, that sounds just like us.  I just turned off the ceiling fan (and the other three fans) in my office this morning.  I had a thicker comforter on the bed last night and had to go back to the thinner one after about an hour.  Of course, Ginger is a good bed warmer too and she tends to sleep right next to me.

Have a wonderful week.  Stay safe.
 

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My brother in Dahlonega, GA told me that he has his fireplace going because it is cold there. It was 63 this afternoon in NYC, but rainy. It was very cold (still is) in my apartment. I prefer for it to be colder out with the heat on in here!

I had a bad time with my right knee late Friday night. I couldn't walk. My knee was locked so that it would not straighten and it was painful to try to walk. I was sliding my feet and not lifting my left foot, it was so bad. I was reaching out to put my hands on anything for support (reminded myself of my mother years ago). When I got up Saturday it was fine and I could walk. Saturday night it went out again, but not as bad. I was walking but very slow and painful. I was good Sunday and Sunday night through now. I have an appointment this Wednesday with a knee doctor. I started looking for one Friday afternoon and got a list from Humana. Their list was 200 pages and many of the doctors were primary care, not orthopedic. I asked for and got some recommendations on NextDoor.com and a friend who is a runner. While I was at hand therapy today, I met another therapist who gave me a recommendation and called the doctor's office to get me in. They called me back and we made the appointment.

Told my brother about it and he said I should get a cane on Amazon for times when this happens. He has experienced the knee going out. He hasn't had a knee replacement, but he had a hip replacement this year.

So counting my hand therapist appointment Monday, I have 4 appointments this week -- one more for therapy, one for knee doctor and on Friday I go back to the wrist doctor.

A friend of my brother's (who I know) in Eatontown, NJ has Covid. Getting better but went into the hospital as a precaution and had the two drugs (Remdesivir? and the big steroid drug that Trump had). He is 73.  I hope he gets well. Prayers welcome. His name is Phil.

Hope you are all well and safe. Have a good Tuesday.
 

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Good morning.

21 here this morning. I am definitely not ready for temps that cold. We'll have sunny skies today and the high is supposed to be 55.

mlewis, sorry to hear you are having trouble with the knee. Having a cane to use seems like a good idea.

There was a screw in one of the tires on II's car. The machine damaged the tire when they were taking it off the rim so we ended up with a new tire at no cost to us. The battery was also showing it was weak when they did their 15-point checkup and since II was suspicious it was going to need to be replaced sometime in the near future, we had them go ahead and replace it. Once upon a time, he would never have paid someone to do that chore. We're either getting old or lazy, I guess. But it seemed worth it to pay someone this time.

More decorating in my plans for today. II works the next two nights so it will probably be Thursday before he gets the trees up. I have plenty to keep myself busy in the meantime, and once he gets them up, that is all I will have left to do.

Hope your day goes well. Stay safe.
 

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Good morning from southern Arizona.

mlewis, having a cane handy is definitely a good idea! DH has a cane handy for when he has his rare dizzy spells and I have had one since I got the minor tear in my meniscus back in 2016. I haven't needed it since then but it is good to have a cane the right height handy. (DH's cane is a bit too tall for me. Sending healing energy.

We have the usual items on the agenda today,  so another day doing crafty stuff around the house.

I hope your day is wonderful. Stay safe. Be excellent to each other.
 

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Good morning!  It's practically balmy at 45 this morning after yesterday's 31...  We have had a fire for the last few nights.  I just really enjoy sitting in front of the fire with my Kindle.

mlewis, prayers for your friend Phil.  And I'll add my two cents to the cane discussion - we have kept two canes in the house since the first time I really messed up my ankle about 10 years ago.  One is upstairs and one is downstairs.  I replaced one of them last year so I could get the more stable base instead of just the cane stick.  (of course, we also have walking boots, crutches, a knee scooter, etc)  They don't get used very often, but are good to have around just in case.

I am running dangerously low on tshirts - in other words, I haven't washed tshirts in at least a month.  I am down to my least favorite ones until I get my act together and do laundry.

Have a wonderful day and stay safe.
 

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Good morning.

We were at 30 this morning with an expected high of 54. May rain start around 4 PM and continue until about 10 AM tomorrow.

II works again tonight so will sleep most of today. He managed to lose his glasses at work last night (at least he can see to drive without them). Fortunately I knew where to find his previous pair. He already had a vision exam scheduled for next Monday. Looks like new glasses as well as contacts (he is out of those also) will be part of that visit.

One of the trees is up so I'll try to spend some time decorating today. Maybe some laundry will make it's way to the washer also.

Have a good day. Stay safe.
 

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I went to the knee doctor this afternoon. He seems good and listens and he didn't push getting replacement knee surgery. I had an x-ray that only showed the space where bone should be (arthritis). I got a cortisone shot. Had two in 2010. He also gave me a cane for those moments. I had another moment a while after I got home. Then I started cooking dinner and realized that the longer I stood up, the better it seems to be. I have no follow-ups scheduled, but I could call if I have a problem. He gave me a sheet with home exercises.

He offered to prescribe physical therapy. I said I might go for it when I complete my wrist therapy. Also, my freeze on my membership at the pool ends in January, so if I start swimming it would help. I'm a bit wary because we have to schedule the lane in advance, limit of 30 minutes and they close the pool two hours earlier than pre-covid times. I am convinced that not swimming and gaining weight has caused this.

Did I mention that on Tuesday morning at 8am, workers started work on renovation of the apartment just below mine. Oh boy. It was so noisy. I was half asleep and wasn't even in a good enough state of mind to put in earplugs. I was ready today and put them in when they started in at 5 minutes to 8am. The super came by Tuesday to look at my radiator because I keep telling him we have no heat or little heat. It has been better (I think he also upped the heat for now). He came back later and changed the valve and the screw thing. Now I occasionally hear the sssshhhhhhh of the radiator and the click that tells me it's working.

I didn't know that the neighbor below me had left, but she wasn't there much even before covid. Now another neighbor tells me that she left in September. There are a few other empty apartments in here. People are either finding better deals in the city or moving away. I've even looked at some listings. I could find something in a better neigborhood for what my neighbors are paying, but I've been here 43 years and have a very low rent stabilization rate. They are all stabilized in this building, but other apartments have turned over so many times and been renovated as well (many times). They are starting to put dishwashers into newer renovations. I would rather have a washer/dryer. They knock out the closet in the hallway and extend the kitchen. Then they add a closet to the living room, I think.
 

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Good morning.

Foggy this morning but the rain did not last as long as expected. Not sure how much actually fell as I haven't traipsed out to the gauge yet.

Making a run to CVS this morning while II gets a couple hours of sleep. At least with an errand to run, I'll not go too many days without getting out. We both feel like we are better off if we drive somewhere on a regular basis.

Hope everyone has a good day. Stay safe.
 

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Good morning from southern Arizona.

I spent much of yesterday on the phone with my cell phone company trying to find out why our cell booster wasn't working only to find out that the problem is probably our internet supplier. I guess today I will be on the phone with that company.

While I was waiting on hold, I did some hand sewing on a extra small dog hoodie that I made from half of a blue polo shirt using a printable pattern. My hand sewing was to make the length and neck size even smaller. I used a tan thread to make it easy to remove as the puppy grows. I took photos, added yellow markings to indicate additional places to make the hoodie smaller. I texted those to my youngest sister and then went to the post office to mail the hoodie. Yesterday she received the last package and sent photos of the puppy wearing one of the used sweaters. It was too big but he kept it on.  :)

I heard that our local hospital (22 beds) is full and is now sending patients out of town. We will continue to wear masks and limit exposure.

I hope your day is wonderful. Stay safe. Be excellent to each other.
 

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Welcome, tomalexender. I worked 2nd shift (usually 4 or 5pm - 11:30 or 12:30) for several years before I retired. It suited my natural sleep patterns. I had worked days for 23 years before that.

When I got up today it was hard to walk, because my knee went out again. Now I never know when this will happen. It is good now. I took my new cane with me to walk to hand therapy, which is a half-mile walk from home. After I left hand therapy my knee was much better and hasn't gone out since. Tomorrow I go to see the wrist doctor for the first time in four weeks. If I leave early enough I could walk. It takes an hour to get there. Otherwise, I can take the train from 7th Avenue and get out at 3rd Avenue. It's 45 minutes altogether if I do that.

I might start knee therapy but after I finish my wrist therapy. Too much work to do both and all those home exercises.

Did anyone watch the Rockefeller Center tree lighting last night? (Wednesday). I watched for a change. They light it at the very end of the 2-hour show (there was an extra our before that started on local NY tri-state TV). I walked over to see the tree last week, but I probably won't go back while it is lighted, since there are very strict rules, getting in line, etc. for a chance to see it for 5 minutes. But I would like to see the Saks windows. They are on youtube. Back in the 1970s-80s, they lit the tree at 6pm and had the songs afterwards, as well as some professional skaters. They don't have the skaters now. It was almost 10pm Eastern when it was lit last night.

There is a tree at Lincoln Center, but in my online search the lighting event was cancelled. I think there might be a tree there. They usually have a night the first Monday of December when they light the tree and have a lot of activities in the neighborhood, with lots of food trucks. It's called "Winter's Eve." All of the theaters at Lincoln Center have been closed. All the theaters in NYC.

It is 48 here now and will be between 46-48 on Friday with rain (80% chance of rain).

Hope everyone is well and that you have a good Friday.
 

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Good morning from southern Arizona. It is currently 28°F and headed to a sunny 59°F. I hope that it isn't as windy as yesterday.

Welcome tomalexender. I hope your internal clock adjusts as you need it to.

mlewis, I hope your knee and wrist recover well and quickly. Sending best wishes and healing energy.

Yesterday I moved our router to our bedroom as that is the phone outlet closest to where the line enters the house. I also set up my laptop on my bedside table with a cable connecting it directly to the router. Fortunately we had a cable long enough!  I then did the online troubleshooting checklist on the CenturyLink web page. It identified line problems so I opened the chat window and reached a service person quickly. Diagnostics were run by the service person that confirmed line problems. An on-site service call was arranged for today before the service person ran a reset procedure that might correct the problem but would cut our connection. If the problem was resolved, then I would cancel the service call. The problem was not resolved, so a technician will be arriving sometime today. While our service plan includes correcting problems on the house side of the line, COVID-19 restrictions at CenturyLink prevents their technicians from entering houses. Fortunately the phone outlet is near a window. The technician and I can talk through the open window while maintaining appropriate physical distance.  :) I might remove the screen if we need to exchange the router or cables.  ;) Hopefully this will result in a reliable data transfer speed closer to 10 Mbps than the current 0.7 Mbps! Maybe my Origami Zoom meeting tomorrow will not be plagued by low internet speeds and disconnections.  :D

My daughter's 11 year old Yorkie, a rescue dog named Ricky, has been having daily seizures for the past several days. She took him to the vet, tests were run, and a temporary anti seizure medication was provided. The tests results came back negative for diabetes and Valley Fever. That leaves neurological issues. Yesterday Ricky developed a tic which also points to a neurological problem. My daughter videoed both the tic and a seizure and sent that to the vet. The vet prescribed a new anti seizure medication since the first one wasn't working. Ricky started that last night. We are hoping that the new medication works. Ricky is an otherwise healthy and active dog with a very friendly disposition. My daughter's dog Lucy, her first rescue dog, passed away a couple months ago. Lucy was older, had become blind, and had other health issues. It would be very sad to lose Ricky as well so soon. Healing energy and best wishes appreciated.

I hope your day is full of wonder. Stay safe. Be excellent to each other.
 

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Good morning.  We had a chilly start to the day again at 32, but we are already up to 45 and it's sunny.  I am taking the afternoon off.  I may bundle up and sit in the yard with Ginger since she loves to be out in the sun.
I had virtual training session with my gym trainer yesterday.  My left knee decided to be stupid when I got up right before we started.  I pulled out the k-tape and taped it up.  Got through the session OK with the tape and being very deliberate in my movements.  I will probably leave the tape on until it starts pulling off itself.  I've been wearing my brace at night on my right foot to keep my right knee in order.  Guess I need to dig out the other brace and wear it on the left for a while.  I had purchased a set of kettlebells over Thanksgiving (5, 10, 15lb).  He had me do deadlifts with the 15 pound bell and it was way too light.  This afternoon I am going to Academy to see what weight I need to get instead.  He said that my chart from before Covid showed me lifting 15kg (a little over 30 pounds).  So I will try a 30 pound and see how it feels.  At least I can still use the lighter ones for different exercises.
mlewis - walking, standing, riding a bike - all things my PT person said were good for knees.  But you already know that.  I tend to use the bike or a seated elliptical when my knees are being stupid.  That way I can work them without the stress of all my weight on them...  I missed the entire swimming season here this year and I can really tell.

Good thoughts to Ricky Anna.  I hope they can get a medication that works well for him.

I forgot all about the tree lightings - going off to google.

Have an excellent day and a wonderful weekend.  Wash your hands, wear your mask, stay away from people, and stay safe!
 

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Thanks, Andra. We are certainly hoping the new medication helps. My daughter got it using an online coupon at a regular pharmacy. She looked for a good price after calling Walgreens and was told the prescription would be $1000. She found a coupon that would let her get it at another pharmacy for $18. (The coupon would make it $50 at Walgreens.)

The CenturyLink service man has been and gone already.  The school about a mile away is having problems as well. The service man said the main cable has bad spots. He disconnected both our lines to check them. They are both bad. (We stopped service on the second line when I got laid off about 10 years ago since I no longer needed a dedicated phone line.) He said that the main cable guy has been notified and can hopefully work on it today. Our service man said that he would reconnect the line for the phone. However, our phone still isn't working.

Update: As soon as I posted, a service truck pulled up. A guy carrying tool boxes walked to the junction box by the road. Maybe we will have phone service, at least, soon. :D

Second update: I now have speed of 1.25 Mbps which is apparently the fastest we can get on our rural 2-wire phone line. On our street, only 4 phone lines go to each junction box which is shared by two houses. Both of our lines were bad and one of lines for our neighbor was bad. Fortunately for us, our neighbor discontinued land line phone service so the service man gave us the only good line in the junction box. The call for the main cable line guy has been cancelled until there is a future problem.

The joys of the rural life. The service guy did say that if we were in town, then we could get 10 Mbps or faster service.  ;) ;D
 

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Good morning.

29 degrees and heading to 62 with sunny skies. Sure glad I do not need to be out early.

Yesterday I got the Corelle Christmas dishes out. They are stored in the cabinet above the refrigerator so a bonus to getting them down is the top of the refrigerator and the cabinet above it have been thoroughly cleaned. It has probably been at least 4 years since we used them. This seemed like a good year to change that. I also put a festive red table cloth on the table. Definitely looking like Christmas around here.

II still has to put one of the trees together today. Hanging the ornaments will then be all we have left to do. I'm planning on that happening today. I believe he will cooperate.

Hope you have plans for the weekend to make it slightly different from all the other days. Stay safe.
 

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Good evening from southern Arizona.

It has been two days since Ricky started on the new medication and he hasn't had a seizure since he started it. He has had a couple episodes of pre-seizure twitches but no seizure. My daughter said that the vet said that it takes about a week for the medication to be fully effective but that this is a great sign. Hopefully the pre-seizure twitches will stop happening as well.

I didn't get thrown out of my origami Zoom due to slow internet speeds today. :D Apparently racing turtle speeds are sufficient.

I hope your day is wonderful. Stay safe. Be excellent to each other.
 

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Good morning.

We'll be a little cooler than yesterday with an expected high of only 53. It is currently 36 with mostly sunny skies.

II works tonight, has tomorrow off, then works again Tuesday night. It may be a little crazy around here the next few days. We might finish getting the ornaments on the trees today. If we really work at it, anyway.

Hope you have a peaceful Sunday. Stay safe.
 

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Good morning(ish).
Yesterday was ugly here. It was cold and damp all day. But we kept a fire going so it was pretty nice to be a bum on the couch with the pup. This was the first fire from our new wood delivery. It is well-seasoned and it burned very clean. But wow! Post oak burns a lot faster than live oak. It felt like I was constantly adding wood. I think I went through three carriers full - even trying for larger pieces or ones that were not split. I guess new project is looking for somebody who delivers split, seasoned LIVE oak...
Ginger gets nails trimmed today.
When we get home I will dig out my Christmas dishes. I knew I was forgetting something.
Nothing much to report.

Glad to hear promising news for Ricky.

Stay safe.
 

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Good morning (3:30AM here). 34 degrees here now. It will be between 32-43 today (Monday). I wore my down coat for first time this season when I did some errands early in the evening. It was 36 then.

On Friday my knee went out a bit about 10 minutes before I needed to leave for my appointment with the wrist doctor. I took the cane and used it part of the time. I started thinking that the cortisone shot I got Wednesday didn't do anything, but since around the time I left the wrist doctor my knee has been good. I wanted to visit the Saks Fifth Avenue windows and wasn't sure if I would make it on my legs (Friday after the doctor visit on E. 64th St.). I made it. There was one window in particularly that I loved that has a food truck and 5 characters. There is the man in the truck with a rotisserie shwarma. There is a woman sitting high up playing guitar or uke and the three main kids are a boy with a a hot dog, a girl (or woman) with a tray of drinks and a very cute kid on the right holding one of those drinks for himself. Here he is:

https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10224862104085888&set=pcb.10224862105685928

Here is a video that shows them all:

https://www.facebook.com/1412943647/videos/pcb.10224862105685928/10224862101565825

From there I could see across 5th Avenue the lighted tree in the distance. I walked across and was surprised there was room. Then the light show started on the front of Saks with music. This is most of it (didn't have a wide angle lens and used my phone):

https://www.facebook.com/marti.lewis/videos/10224860904935910

There are more videos of the Saks light show on youtube by ActionKid and Urbanist, among others.

They let us walk on the promenade off of 5th Avenue to see the tree closer. This is not the official line on (that's on 49th or 50th Streets that accommodate the lines to get up close to the tree with a 5- minute limit to watch it). I took a lot of pictures of the tree. It was raining, so after I got home I stayed in to warm up and rest.

Here is a video with the tree. The music is from Saks:

https://www.facebook.com/marti.lewis/videos/10224860873015112

More tree pictures:

https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10224862139966785&set=pcb.10224862144206891

I slept quite late on Saturday and stayed in. Used the bike inside. Today it was sunny. I used the bike and later made two trips out (without the cane), one to wine store and CVS and the other to Amish Market for spinach for salad and various chips and guacamole, tomatoes and potatoes. My eyeglasses got so steamed up while walking down 9th Avenue but they cleared up before I got to the store.

Hope everyone is well and has a good Monday. I'm going back for my hand therapy Monday afternoon.
 

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Good morning.

It was 33 when I arose this morning and we should warm up to the mid 50s today with sunny skies.

II has an appointment with the optometrist this afternoon. He'll get a few hours sleep this morning, then will probably take a nap after we get home. He is off tonight but works again tomorrow night. He is past due for an eye exam so was glad we could get it in this week. Someone did find his glasses after he lost them at the arena so all we should have to purchase today is contacts. Of course, if he had not run out of contacts, he probably wouldn't have been wearing his glasses the night he lost them.

I was awakened twice early this morning by more sirens than I have ever heard at one time in our community. The second time I heard them (and don't know how much time elapsed between the two occurrences) I did get up and look out the window. It appeared someone was being chased by at least 3 patrol cars with a fourth one coming toward them. After the non-emergency vehicle and the 3 chasing it passed, the fourth one made a u-turn and got in line. After I went back to bed, I heard another siren coming from the other side of town. As near as I could tell, that car made its way down what passes for the main street in town, and turned in the direction of the vehicles I had seen. I'll probably never know what happened as we aren't considered very newsworthy by the county-wide or state-wide newspapers. I assumed fire trucks when I heard the sirens the first time, so when I heard them again, I figured it was a bad fire, and they had called for assistance from one of the other fire departments around. Was a little surprised when I saw blue lights instead. As far as we can tell, we still live in a low crime area.

Not much else going on around here. I do kind of like it that way.

Hope your week is off to a good start. Stay safe.
 

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Good morning.  It's 49 and sunny here.  We should get up to the 60s this afternoon.
I got out my Corelle Christmas dishes yesterday and washed them.  They are the ones with the ivy trees and red birds.  We will probably use them for a few months for a change.  My regular dishes are the Shadow Iris pattern and I love them, but I like a change occasionally.
I keep reaching for my drink glass and it's still downstairs.  I need to just go get it.
My allergies are not happy with something that is blowing here.  I may have to resort to a decongestant to get some sleep tonight.  Too many nights of not good sleep makes a very grumpy Andra...

Have a great week and stay safe.
 
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