Sunday, December 31, 2017

Desert View - Day 51 - The eve of the EVE

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6:21 am - Sunday - December 31st - Grand Canyon - New Year's Eve - 26º F, humidity 28%, wind 1 mph out of the east by northeast...partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 55º F.....BP 145/86....even better than Saturday morning!

You appreciate waking up in your own bed so much more when you wake up in a hospital bed even one time....much, much more!  And that was how I felt Saturday morning.....very appreciative to be in my own bed, in my own home with no wires attached, and no one poking and prodding me relentlessly.....no waking up every 45 minutes to an hour all night long.

Since our boss was so kind as to take us off the Saturday work schedule I had time to re-acclimate to life at Desert View before plunging back into the workaday life.  I had a few minor chores I wished to do, and a few delicious naps to take.  The day began with a light breeze, and ended with winds in the 10-12 mph range.....just enough to make being outside unpleasant, but outside I was.

First up was to organize all my paperwork from my hospital visit, get my pills organized.....I take three in the morning (BP pill, baby aspirin, and for 90 days only a blood thinner), and one in the evening just before I go to bed (statin....to reduce cholesterol.....I'm at 78, which is normal, but since I have had the stroke they recommend getting it down to 70.....I'm not sold on this as my cholesterol has never been an issue.  If I don't see a significant reduction after 30 days I think I will discontinue as I don't like the side effect issues).  Next I moved a few things back out to the trailer including the Christmas tree....had to make room for the blood pressure monitor......very, very important in my life now.

Next I cleaned out the car, and vacuumed it......haven't vacuumed it for at least a month and there were a lot of small pebbles, and large gravel pieces on the floor mats, and everything was dusty....looks a lot better now.

Finally, I had received the hose bibb heated tape to apply to the two connections on either end of the heated hose which is where I suspect the freezing issue has occurred. Right now it is not getting that cold at night (high teens to mid 20's), and freezing is an issue, but good to get ahead of the curve and not wait for it to become an issue.  I hope this additional heat tape does the trick.....only time will tell.  I have no doubt we will see, at some point, temps back in the single digits, and maybe even sub zero weather, and that will be the real test.

There were several college Bowl games on Saturday and I had them playing in the background most of the day.  My USC Trojans played Friday night against Ohio State, and played miserably losing 24-7....in fact there is only one PAC-12 team which has won a bowl game so far....not a good year for the PAC-12.

My last task of the day was to turn on the Sea-B-Que to grill a lean filet TLE had bought a few weeks ago when we were in Flagstaff. When it is breezy it makes it difficult to get the BBQ up to the temperature I prefer, but all I do is add a minute, or two the grill time to get it to the desired medium rare status.

By the end of the day I was feeling pleasantly tired....no doubt some of the tiredness was  the residual of my 30 hour hospital stay.  I was in bed by 9:30 pm and thinking how nice is was to be in MY bed once again!

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2 comments:

  1. Best of luck in the new year for you and Elaine. I hope you return to your "normal" routine and put this incident behind you.

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  2. So glad you are feeling better! It may be your body telling you it does not like the COLD weather! Your blood runs thicker when it is cold. Hope to see you two next month!

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