Working Wednesday, June 27, 2018

This week I made the discovery that one of my meds was trying to kill me.  It was the least likely suspect, so it took me five days to figure it out.  What did you make this week?

73 thoughts on “Working Wednesday, June 27, 2018

  1. I was about to comment on the happiness post that I wasn’t entirely happy because we hadn’t heard anything from Jenny in quite a few days, so NOW I’m happy. Not making much of anything but trouble, though….

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  2. Yikes! It’s good that you figured it out, but yikes!

    I took a beginning weaving class. A super tiny loom. We had just enough time to learn the vet basics and we all made small pieces that looked somewhat like dresses.

    It was fun and kind of soothing. I love yarn, and knitting, and crochet. So it was a safe bet of a class. I’d like to lean on a larger loom.

    https://instagram.com/p/BkgyPWKnX6e/

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  3. Glad you’re okay! Both my kids are in camp this morning for the first time all summer and there’s a lot to do, but I might just work on a nap first. . .

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  4. Working on a cup of coffee at the moment. But mostly working on training a new employee so I can go to 3 days a week. Yay. Luckily she’s got some brains, unlike her predecessor who was the least trainable person I ever had the misfortune to hire. People come in so many versions!

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  5. I am still working on getting rid of nut sedge. I had no idea what it was last year so I only pulled it up without realizing I was leaving tiny little tuber “nuts” in the ground that would produce even more. This turned out to be a major effort to eradicate without killing off my plantings. I have -ahem (major fanfare here, thank you, Nancy and Jane)- posted two pictures of this corner of my garden, and one actually shows about 10 feet of the path that was the worse infected area. Every day I now go out with my hand fork looking for baby weeds and if I see them out they come. With any luck by the end of the summer it will finally be gone.

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    1. I’ve been fighting random nut sedge for years and just this spring discovered it’s completely killed off by an application of vinegar. I use the strong German vinegar (available on Amazon if you’re in the US) and apply it just to the leaves. Have had very little regrowth. Best of luck!

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      1. Thanks for the tip. I have learned to pay attention to hints from other gardeners. Two years ago I read a tip to control snails and slugs (add one cup ammonia to 1 gallon of water and spray plants they lunch on. Also pour it around those plants to kill eggs) and I have not seen a single snail this year and the slugs are few and far between.

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  6. I’ve been cooking vegan dishes for my daughter. She works so hard at the day job, takes classes, writes papers, sees clients in the evenings while working toward her doctorate. This week I made quinoa pilaf. It was really, really good.

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    1. I like quinoa but I’ve never thought about making a pilaf out of it. Something to ponder. Thanks!

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  7. I moved the kittens (and momcat) into my home office, which doesn’t have a door (no room in my house does) but is currently sort of blocked off with a three-foot-high screen, which is a really-more-of-a-guideline-than-a-barrier thing, and so far three of the four kittens have escaped only to find out they can’t get back in when they want to so they sit there and cry until I rescue them. So. Trying to actually do work in my office is a challenge, and my current manuscript is due on Sunday. Yikes!

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  8. Working at not despairing over the news from the Supreme Court this week.

    Justice Kennedy has submitted his resignation to the White House, effective 7/31/18.

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      1. Join the crowd. This is almost worse than November 2016. Will probably have even longer term horrible negative effects…

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    1. Me too. It really hit me hard, on top of all the bad SCOTUS decisions.

      I was already pretty angry. Someone I was with recently derided a banner calling for kindness and said it was such a liberal thing to do (and he didn’t mean it as a compliment), and I just lost it. Reminded him that kindness wasn’t liberal or conservative, but was just basic human decency, not something to be derided or ridiculed. I think I freaked him out a bit. At least perhaps made him think about using “liberal” as a pejorative. Or maybe about ridiculing kindness. Which is weird, because he’s actually a very kind person.

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  9. Last week we went to see our grandchildren and dropped off a sock monkey that I repaired for their new puppy. That stuffed critter is not going to last long. The puppy has very sharp teeth. As we drove down the street after leaving I noticed what I thought at first glance was a fox but it on second glance turned out to be a young coyote. There has got to be a den in the woods nearby. We called back to the house and gave everybody a heads up. I know they go out with the pup but they’ll have to be extra vigilant now.

    Today I made thumbprint cookies with caramel in the middle and put chocolate chips in some and butterscotch morsels in the rest.

    My husband sometimes complains that certain medications make him sluggish and tired and when he tells the doctor if he or she doesn’t make a change he will stop using them.

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    1. I also made banana bread and as usual I didn’t have enough banana to make a cup so I improvised with added chopped strawberries and a heaping scoop of cherry preserves. I’ve also used peach preserves at times. Comes out pretty good.

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  10. So I was wrong.
    I went to my asthma doc and said my asthma is really bad and he said this is not asthma, this is your heart, and it turns out I have an ef of 15 which is not good. so I’m in the hospital with people looking grave, but I’m not dead yet so nothing but good times ahead.
    Mollie is handling things and krissie is driving down from Vermont to take the dogs to board at the vet so I have lots of backup. All is well, and the week’s posts are all scheduled so talk amongst yourselves as you always do.
    Argh.

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    1. I hope you feel better really soon and that people don’t need to look grave. I’m thinking my very best thoughts for you.

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    2. Argh. That happened to my father. Poor ejection factor-> tests -> angiogram -> surgery and well now.

      Love and hugs. Best vibes.

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        1. I hear you. He made sure to go for biokineticist-supervised training after doc have the all-clear. He’s fitter than me now.

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    3. Best wishes, Jenny, If your friends are like my friends (and I think they probably are) you will want for nothing. I recently had a heart thing and am doing very well now. I’m hoping for the same for you and sending vibes.

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    4. It sounds like your support team is on top of all the necessary tasks to make sure you can concentrate on getting better. You kicked cancer’s butt – you can win this fight. Sending you best wishes and healing vibes.

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    5. Yikes! No bueno. Wishing you a speedy diagnosis and cure, and a heart pumping the way it’s supposed to be.

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    6. I’m so sorry to hear you’re unwell. Wishing you better soon, and in the meantime, enough energy to enjoy some audiobooks or crochet in your enforced downtime.

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    7. I’m so glad you went to the doctor and I’m hoping that there will be a good treatment plan for you soon!

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    8. A disturbing turn of events. May they get your heart fine-tuned fast.
      All thanks to your perceptive doctor.
      Keep a’chugging.

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    9. Holy crap! I’m so glad your doctor is smart. Heart things often masquerade as respiratory until it’s too late. So happy you went to the doctor.

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    10. I’ve been avoiding the news so hadn’t heard about the Supreme Court and that combined with your scary news is a double-whammy. So hope you are okay and all really is well.

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    11. Well, this is another fine mess you’ve gotten yourself into, young lady. A bouquet of well wishes for your speedy recovery, Jenny.

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    12. YOU ATEN’T DEAD YET!

      Many hugs, and I hope they can figure out some way to ease you back into your usual active lifestyle. You’ve got such a big heart, and you’ve given away so many lovely little pieces of it; I hope it comes back to you ten-fold.

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    13. I’m glad you’re being taken care of. Hope people stop looking grave. Sending, prayers, hugs, and good thoughts.

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    14. Hoping for a speedy recovery for you, Jenny! My mom had something like this, and she is now in better shape than any of her kids.

      Thanks for all the good you do….

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  11. I’m freaked out by the “ef 15” (thanks, Google!). Please take care of yourself; we can talk amongst ourselves only for so long. And best wishes for a speedy, painless, and complete recovery.

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  12. On work (though Jenny’s news is pretty distracting): I returned ‘Cromwell’ to Penguin today, and am happy to leave the C16 behind. I’m looking at hopeless houses, in case one of them turns out to be possible after all – there’s very little coming on the market. I have found one I quite like the look of – if only I had another £50,000. Maybe my premium bond will come up.

    I’m doing admin and hiding from the heat. Must chase Penguin for more work.

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  13. Healing wishes coming your way!

    I am contemplating making a batch of lemon/rose petal cookies. My roses will only be in bloom a week or maybe two longer and I sort of promised a friend a batch of cookies for later this summer. Now I have to get motivated enough to make them before the heat wave hits this weekend.

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  14. Wow. I’m so glad you went to the doctor. I hope changing your meds clears it right up.

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  15. Get well soon, Jenny. This has been a bad news day.
    This week’s work involves 20 7-8yo Girl Scouts, 3teenaged one’s, a state park, and a pirate theme. It’s daycamp week, baby! I swear, I come home grittier and grubbier from one day at day amp than a whole weekend camping. Yesterday we painted rocks- today we pounded on leather bracelets and met an amazingly cheeky squirrel. 20 little girls swinging wooden mallets on a picnic bench makes a very joyous sound, not to mention all the songs about Bazooka bubblegum, donuts, and Percy the Polar Bear.

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  16. I’m going to (sort of) pretend that Everything is OK, or, as Rebecca Solnit says (my paraphrase), “no, not everything will be OK, but it will be interesting.”

    And I do follow instructions (re talk amongst yourselvces), so, re what did I make today? I made myself and a couple of friends laugh! I was reading Bob Mankoff’s (the first and now retired New Yorker Cartoon Editor) “autobiography,” which is hilarious and enlightening. He tells the funniest stories and the book is full of cartoons. I read the former and showed the latter to friends and we laughed and laughed. (Forgot: the book is named “How about Never? Is Never Good for You?” after his famous cartoon.)

    I also re-read Jenny’s Manhunting – and reminded myself how very funny it was – and still is! Yes, it holds up, so many years later. It’s a lovely way to forget that Not Everything is OK, or maybe that lots of things actually are OK.

    So, here’s hoping you heal and thrive and return to Nita and us!

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  17. Hah! I literally made roti yesterday, think corn-flour tortillas that are soft not stiff. And pics will go up if I remember to take them.

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  18. Jenny- Wishing you a full and speedy recovery. Glad to hear you have a good doctor and an awesome support team. Plus all your ARGH family here sending you good health vibes/karma and love.

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  19. Wow, that sucks. But now good care will help you feel better, as it has for many people I know.
    I hope your room has good cable and maybe (your version of) cocktails?

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  20. Thank goodness you went to the doctor. As said above, may all the help and love and kindness that you’ve given come back to you.

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