Truth.

A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.

Ariel Durant

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hot even in the shade.


 I had it in mind to take the ferrets out and let them play in the meadow. They had a really good time yesterday,and it's good for them to get outside. But the heat today is up in the nineties. They wouldn't last long in that.  So they're staying inside , with the air turned up high. So am I, for the rest of the day.


I went out this morning and worked on the porch. The hardest part is getting the old boards up.  They were nailed on with massive nails, but when I try to pull them out with a crow bar, half the time the nail head tears off.  These deck planks are 29 years old, so this should come as no surprise. It does make replacing the older planks a lot harder though. Even with a crow bar getting the old boards up is exhausting.




I had a list of things I meant to get done.  As the day got hotter, working out in the heat and humidity became more difficult. I was determined not to quit til the list was finished.  I ran into trouble with my Ryobi power screwdriver/drill.  For some reason, the new boards I am using are so dense, I can't get the deck screws to go through them. I wound up having to drill a small hole through the deck plank , and a small hole in the underlying structure, to get the deck screws through. This took a lot of time.



 After I finished the part of the deck I'd planned on doing, I went down the Jeep trail to cut back the tree limbs and the undergrowth.

  It was hotter than Hades under there. The trees have closed in over the trail so that you can't see the sky at all.  The air is heavy and thick, and never a breath of breeze gets in there.

In some places, I had to use a hand saw because the mountain laurel was so thick and tangled I was afraid to try to use the chain saw.

Still, I went all the way down on one side, and all the way back up on the other, and got it finished.

Unfortunately, I got sick after doing this. Too much heat, I guess. So after cleaning up I'm staying inside in the cool for the rest of the day, at least until twilight cools the mountains off some.  I know I overdid it today, but I get so aggravated when I have a list of things I planned to do and then can't finish it.

I can never remember whether or not I've taken all my pills.  So my wife got me a pill box exactly like this one. Last night I was refilling it.  I take 7 pills a day, so that's 49 pills for a week.  I had it all loaded up and my hand slipped. The whole thing fell on the floor and emptied out.  I tried to put all the pills back in the right place but a lot of them look alike, same size and color.

I did the best I could.  I'm not throwing them away, they cost too much.

Time for me to go nap on the couch.  I'm used up for today.

A Sign of the Times: Seniors arming up.






28 comments:

  1. You should take a video of your ferrets playing in the meadow. I'd like to see that.

    We have pill boxes, but we don't use them. We only take vitamins now. Sometimes I'll take allergy pills, but only if needed.

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    1. I have an ancient cell phone, and it has a camera, but I have no idea how to use it to take a picture, or a video. And even if I did, alas, I don't have the cable to move the file to the computer. I have been considering buying a digital video camera now that they are more affordable thought. I do have an old Walmart digital camera, about 9 years old ,but it won't do videos.

      I have to take all these pills, or at least the doctors tell me I do. I wouldn't if I could get away with it.

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  2. I am finding, much to my chagrin, that it takes me much longer these days to accomplish half of what I used to be able to do in a day. And although it is hot and humid here, it is nothing compared to your climate. I completely sympathize with your frustration. Old age really ain't for sissies!

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    1. I'm slowing down. There's no doubt of it. I try to keep a positive attitude. It's a little unnerving to realize that it's been more than 30 years since I was 30!

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  3. Harry - first i have to act like a goddess and yell at you - listen you human! you have to understand that with age comes some slowing down!!! you are not 30 anymore!!! and even if you were 30 - there's still the heat and humidity to learn from!!! don't make me have to come down there with the *ss-kicking boots on because you know i will! (i have several pairs of high-heeled *ss-kicking boots but i also still have my jump boots that were special made for me while i was in the forces. i would use my high heels on everyone else - but i would use my jump boots on YOU!). also - stop eating un-heated dinty more stew from the can! i mean it, mister!

    now, my softer human side is all - Harry - please don't overdo it. when jam goes out on a hot day and is working on something strenuous, i bring him a big drink of water every 20 minutes. it would never occur to him to get a drink! and i make him take a break every 20 minutes. and if i think it is too hot - i make him stop working! it all doesn't have to be done today or tomorrow! this is daily life and you do what you can when you can.

    i wish i was there while your wife was away to keep you in line! i worry about you and i worry about how you are eating! and i worry that you keep putting too many things on your list of things to do!

    arghghghghgh! you better start taking better care of yourself for yourself, your wife, your kids, and all of us here on the interwebs who truly care about you.

    my jump boots are regularly spit-shined and kept in a box. don't make me have to bust them out! email coming shortly.

    be good to yourself and take care of yourself - if not for yourself - then for others! sending much love to you, as always! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, I'm doing ok. I've never been much of a gourmand, I've been eating things cold out of cans since I was in college. Sometimes when I feel like it I make something on the stove, and when my wife is home she makes us meals, mostly crock pot things. But if I'm worn out or just don't feel like it, I don't usually cook. Maybe that's why I am envious of J, I see all those excellent, attractive meals you make for him!

      It's a psychological thing about not stopping til I finish. When I was in the service I always had a good 3 mile run time, almost always under 18 minutes and that's after pull ups and sit ups. Part of it was training but part of it was just not slowing down til I finished no matter how bad I felt. I do things the same way today. If I ever get to the point where I can't do what needs to be done because I can't hold up, then I know I'm not in control anymore and that would be tough to deal with. But I am trying to keep my goals within reasonable bounds. Today just didn't work out too well because I thought it would be cool and dry , and it turned out brutally hot and humid.

      Your schedule with J is a good one. I do stop and take breaks, and I should be more careful about periodic hydration. I'll keep that in mind.
      One reason my wife doesn't know I have a blog is because I don't want her catching me doing things like today. ;-)

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    2. i understand Harry...it's just that i worry about you overdoing it. i don't want you to get sick! and yes, please promise to stay hydrated - that is sooo important!

      much love to you!

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    3. I'll be careful. I really have plenty of time so if I have to knock off early because I'm running out of steam I'll just do so. Just had a lapse in judgement.

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  4. Like you I've gotten to the point where it takes me two hours longer to accomplish the same task (like yard work) than just a couple of years ago. I hate this weather....

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    1. The heat and humidity make everything so much harder. The last time I was in Palm Coast, it was so hot I got a headache and I seriously thought I was going to conk out. I think you guy have it worse down there than we do up here.

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  5. It's finally getting comfortably warm here. Started the day in the 60s but soon got to the low 80s. Supposed to be like that again tomorrow. We are watching my granddaugther and will just have to throw her in the lake.

    Watch that heat stroke. My father-in-law in TX spent too much time in the sun and it took him months to feel right again.

    Still not on any meds. If I had a regular docotor I'd probably be on some. They put you on pill these days just for being over 50. They hate to see a big fat guy like me with normal blood presssure and good colesterol numbers.

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    1. You're doing well if you can avoid cholesterol medicines and blood pressure medicines, and a few other things associated with getting older. Maybe it's because you do a lot of physical activity things, seems like you are always sailing or working on vehicles, or something. I do a lot of napping.

      I ought to think about going over to the lake and swimming some. This is perfect weather. There's a giant snapping turtle in there though, I saw him once by the boat dock, and that kind of creeps me out......

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  6. It's just been too hot here in Mid-Tenn. for anything. The "To Do" list is going to have to wait a little longer. It is disgusting not to be able to do what you used to do, but just roll with it. I can relate to the pill case dumping, no fun chasing them down, but better than making a mistake and doubling up, did that once, thought I was going to have to jump start the old ticker! Ain't getting older great!!

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    1. Good to hear from you, glad you're doing ok out there. I haven't been out your way in some time, but once the wife gets back we will be going to Chattanooga to the big mall there. Tennessee is a nice place, good people.

      Yeah, it's getting a lot harder to to kee everything squared away, but I dread my place going to hell like so many of them do here when the owners get too old to take care of the buildings and keep everything cut back.

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  7. Maybe keep some Gatorade for that deck work next time! We need to stain ours badly. Always something that needs to be done.

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    1. I keep my porch planks well saturated with Thompson's Water Sealant, and they've lasted a long time. But wood exposed to the elements, even the old pressure treated wood, won't last forever. The new pressure treated wood isn't worth a damn.

      I do keep a jug of gatorade, mostly for the ferrets. They like to drink it out of an eye dropper. I drink a lot of diet coke. I guess I shouldn't, but I like it.

      You're right, Lisa. It's always something. One of my problems here is I go out to do a specific task, then I see something else that needs to be taken care of first, and never get around to what I went out for.

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  8. End nippers can be your friend with the broken nail heads. Or just pass the sawzall through 'em. Also, cheap teen labor, iff you keep 'em off the cell phones.

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    1. JC, I don't know any teenagers and mine are grown up and long gone, so that won't work for me I guess. I don't have a sawzall, I just have a skil saw and it won't cut metal, just wood. I have never heard of end nippers but I will look them up. Those nail heads are a real problem. So is this new so called "pressure treated" wood. I have always punched deck screws through planks with my Ryobi screwdriver/drill no problem, but this batch of boards, for some reason, just lug the thing down. I don't like using nails because they are so hard to get out again.

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  9. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    Real hot and humid here also.

    I did a little yard work today. I do things in stages in this heat.

    I think somehow you should get Kymber down their for awhile to keep you in
    check.

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    1. I would like to have Kymber down here to help me do a garden and for the good company and great food, but I am sure Jam would never be able to spare her even for a day. I think I might go up there to visit one day though, I sure would like to see their island, and their place. It's a whole different world to mine here.

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  10. one thing, you've got things that keep you moving.
    when you quit moving things start to seize up.

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    1. I know you're right about that. It was really hard to quit working, and I need to stay busy or I get cranky. But I have my radios, my books, my guns, my reloading gear. I am thinking of buying a small skiff with a little kicker so my dogs and I can go out to the islands in the big lake. That would be a lot of fun. And, I do have all the animals to take care of, the house to take care of, the barn, the shop, the apartment. It's enough.

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  11. Heads up, Adrian AKA Sara Miller is now back at his usual rude behavior as Mia More.

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  12. No problem. I am over my "Kumbaya" phase where I tried to be reasonable and let people speak their minds whatever their point of view. All that got me was insults and spam and attempts to shut down my blog through denial of service. Then along came the great "Purge the South of White Rural People" and now I don't give a tinkers damn who I offend, the gloves are off. Nor do I care to provide a platform for idiots to insult the people who come here. I delete any suspicious comment now. Lots of my most trusted friends on the net told me I was making a really big mistake, notably Michael and Kymber , and Troy, and a few others. But I've always been butt headed and had to learn for myself that you can't reason with, talk with, communicate with the left. You'd think I'd have known that after 40+ years of NRA membership, but I had a lapse of judgement.

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  13. I understand what you are saying about all those pills looking alike. I fill weekly pill containers for me, my husband and my 99 year old Mother. I couldn't do anything without a magnifying glass. Thank goodness for the numbers on the pills so that I can double check myself. And thank the Good Lord we are all reasonably healthy so that I don't have that many meds to cope with. Take care. Julia

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    1. Some of mine are OTC but they look exactly like some of my prescription medicine. So when I drop them it's a nightmare. Good to hear from you Julia. I got your nice letter, I'm writing a letter back.

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  14. The last picture in your post sums it up perfectly for me.

    I doubt if I'd be much good as a front-line fighter, but I can stay "in the rear with the gear" and reload, cook, clean, and provide all you communications needs!

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    1. Dr. Jim, guys like you and I can still be effective. The Germans, who had it together in fighting, put the old vets in "second line" divisions. They did the mundane chores to free up the young warriors for war fighting. So there's a place for us still.

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