Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Day in My Life

Thy shall not take thyself seriously ~ The 11th Commandment

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent,
intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.
Ursula K. LeGuin

Whatever it is, embrace it and remember it because it might just be these little things that make life worthwhile.
~ Enola Reverof

September 16, 2009

  • 03:20 AM Awake after 5 hours sleep; switch from C-PAP to nose hose; upper respiratory congestion/hard to breath
  • 03:35 AM Take meds; sit until able to breath; BBC World Service on radio
  • 03:50 AM Breathing OK; feed, water, groom, hug, pet Alex; open front door for the cat who owns me; BBC World Service on radio
  • 04:20 AM health measurements & breakfast; BBC World Service on radio
  • 04:40 AM Alex: snacks & hugs; BBC World Service on radio
  • 04:55 AM Online: news/bank account statement/emails/Facebook; BBC World Service on radio
  • 05:15 AM Morning prayers & mediation
  • 05:50 AM Join Alex in an early morning nap
  • 08:10 AM Coffee on the deck while playing with Alex
  • 08:35 AM Draft & post FaceBook comment: I don't believe that President Carter is speaking of those who disagree with the policies or philosophy of President Obama as they would if he were a "white man," but of the "... inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president."
  • 08:45 AM: Dudes here (much too early) to cut grass; Alex frightened by sound of gas-powered trimmer & blower. Hold/cuddle Alex until trimming ends.
  • 09:05 AM: Another FaceBook comment written & posted:"Theologians have found a similar relationship regarding the belief in angels: when times are changing or rough or frightening, angelology is prevalent only to almost disappear when times are more serene (whenever that is)."
  • 09:10 AM Various telephone calls. Unable to reach human beings at AT&T or Direct-TV. Talked with humans at bank & VA.
  • 09:20 AM Prep for visit by my physcian from MD2U.
  • 09:30 AM Use portable oxygen tank; walk down the street ro where my CR -V is parked; drive CR-V back to parking spot in fron of my house.
  • 09:45 AM After parking car, watched a well disciplined cat (not Alex, who doesn't meet the criteria) chase a squirrel across its lawn but stop at the curb when squirrel ran into the street. I was amazed that the cat didn't follow the squirrel into the street.
  • 09:55 AM Claudette, my doc from MD2U, arrived. Good examination; again she was pleased with my health. On Saturday Claudette is leaving for three weeks of hiking around Europe. She has promised to make me a CD of the pictures she takes in Europe so that I can go on the trip vicariously.
  • 10:30 AM I sent Naeema, my new care giver, to the drug store to pick up a prescription refill that Claudette called in.
  • 10:45 AM Posted another comment in response to Bill on Facebook: The Klu Klux Klowns article is accurate & more than a bit concerning. I've been a member of the Southern Poverty Law Center for years; their "Klan Watch" has reported stuff that is more than concerning. It is frightening.
  • 10:55 AM Printed a copy of Monday's T.I.B.M. post for Naeema.
  • 11:00 AM Read a few chapters of current mystery book
  • 11:40 AM Replied to note regarding this video: Cute cat, isn't it. Alex, of course, did not LOL when he saw it. I think that's why he used his blog to tell the world that that cat is weird.
  • 11:50 AM Alex and I went out on the deck; he sunned himself and I read.
  • 12:35 PM Lunch/watch end of CSI
  • 01:10 PM Can't find Alex
  • 01:50 PM Found Alex! Naeema had shut himl in the food pantry. Lots of snuggling of the silly furball, whose exploring keeps getting him into trouble. Why didn't the furball meow while I was searching for him for 40 minutes? Damn! He really scared me.
  • 02:20 PM Down for long afternon nap.
  • 06:05 PM Awake from nap;treats and snuggles for Alex.
  • 06:15 PM Get and read snail mail out of mailbox. Damn! A $70.00 water bill! (Only $18.00 is for water; the remainder are miscellaneous charges, such as sewer tax and rain water run-off charge, etc).
  • 06:20 PM Refresh Alex's food; put potato in microwave for me.
  • 06:35 PM Dinner/watch NCIS on TV
  • 07:05 PM Snuggle Alex and hand him some cat treats
  • 07:15 PM Telephone my mother: she told me in detail everything that she did today, including her 4 visitors and what each said.
  • 07:35 PM Out on the porch with Alex and a book, hoping to watch the sun set.
  • 08:05 PM It becoming too dark to read outside, I came in to play with the Farm Town game on FaceBook. Alex remains on the porch, looking for a buddy with whom to cat around. I left the door open so he can come in whenever he wants.
  • 08:20 PM Alex stampeded into house and leaped on my desk and demanded to use the computer to work on his blog, Alexicon.
  • 08:30 PM Gave up on using computer since Alex in now sleeping in front of it. So I went into the living room to watch TV.
  • 10:10 PM Saddened by the death of Mary Travers from leukemia.I posted this to FaceBook: I just learned of her death. I knew that her leukemia had her hospitalized and that her death was imminent. I miss her already. Did you know that she was from Louisville? I first met Mary when I was in high school. I spoke briefly with her again after I was discharged from the army and P,P,&M played a concert here.
  • 10:40 PM Alex clawed me to open the front door for him. He's sitting in the doorway, looking out. I am beginning to put together this blog post.

On line at 5:00 AM

Claudette, my MD2U physcian

Naeema, my 9-hours-per-week care giver

My latest mystery (in second library)

Flag Counter for Nick's Bytes

My Farm Town farm

Alex & the Pantry

Alex & Alexicon

I Miss You, Mary Travers


  1. Wow Nick, how do you fit all that in and have time for furball owner.
    Was funny to see Farm Town and know that I can see I am one of your neighbours, lol.I think my blue hair is very fetching.
    Have you ever heard of putting your feet up!!!!
    much love,
    Lia xx

  2. You know, I run the local chapter of the Direct Care Workers Association. I love that you put pictures of your home health aides up! They are really wonderful people, aren't they?

  3. I have been sitting here trying to figure out how much time you spent "serving" Alex. Wow! Nick, you really are the servant of your cat.

  4. i luv the pic of Alex on the desk!!!!!!

  5. Gosh Nick you do have a busy day!

    Love the pics.

  6. Hmmmm... this post has so much!

    I enjoyed "meeting" your physician and caregiver.

    I noticed that Alex really knows how to get his needs met - except when he's locked in the pantry. I think that he's a full-time job!

  7. I thought the 11th Commandment was: THOU SHALLT NOT GET CAUGHT ~~!

  8. Goodness, Nick -- that's quite a busy day you had!

    Yeah, losing Mary is sad. It also saddened me to hear of Patrick Swayze. I wonder who #3 is gonna be?

    Have a good weekend. Alex, too. =)

  9. I miss Mary, too. Crummy few months for losing good people. Teddy and Walter especially.

    Your care giver and MD look like such nice people!

  10. Gosh, Nick, I'm ashamed when I read how much you fit into your day! I was sad about Mary Travers too. I've still got the original 45rpm of "Blowing in the Wind".