March 2, 2021

BITS AND PIECES


After two days of struggle, I started all over again.

Was the needle in correctly?  No.  Turn the machine upside down and see if you can tell in what direction the needle should go.  Find the book and see what it says.  Rediscover how many thumbs you really have.  G eventually puts the needle in the machine.

While I am on the needle page, I notice a paragraph about dropping the feet.  Have I done this?  No.  So I drop the feet.

Are you using the correct foot?  Yes, I am using the embroidery foot.

Thread?  I am very aware that I am using gold thread on the top and navy blue in the bobbin.  I was told at the shop that the gold thread breaks.  Often.  And it does.  The slower I go, the less it breaks.

The end result was that I finished one row of crows sitting on a branch.  Lots of leaves.  Several butterflies, and one or two worms.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victory_ship 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_ship

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  • <A HREF=http://geeeee-zer.blogspot.com/>Himself:</A>  Discovered that SONY hand controls won’t work with his game even with new drivers.
  • Myself:  Blocking out Two new branches this afternoon.  Went to dentist’s appointment only to discover it cancelled.
  • Reading:  Book two in Penney's Three Pines series.
  • Watching: I have no idea.
  • Photo:  Paul A Hawkins,  Air scoops from WWII Liberty or Victory ships being dismantled in 1963 at Long Beach..
  • Gratitude’s:  That I didn’t have to go to the dentist.

March 1, 2021


 One big thing, a total inability to quilt, and a thousand small things to fill the days.  No matter what I did, I couldn’t quilt.  The needle broke, the thread snapped, ad in finitum.

Small good things happened tho.  I post a picture every time I make an entry.  Down below the dotted line, I tell you about it.  Few must read my notes.  A lovely package arrived from my cousin Jerry with notes from my mother, a newspaper article about me with a very good photo, and a letter from my mother.  What a surprise to see her handwriting again.  A note from an old drinking buddy to tell me the time that the women’s meeting started each week.  At seven in the mornings on Tuesdays.  Seven.  I have little excuse not to attend.

Every meal I say, “Can I help?”

He responds, “No, I got it.”

He really creates nice meals.  And slowly they get smaller too.  I don’t have the appetite of yore now.  And mid pandemic, I can honestly say, I am fat.  2 weeks from now I can get back in the pool unless the doc changes his mind.

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  • <A HREF=http://geeeee-zer.blogspot.com/>Himself:</A>  Got a new hand control for his space game.
  • Myself:  Back to the sewing machine to figure out why I can’t make it work.
  • Reading:  Finished with the Montana mysteries and moving on to “Three Pines.”
  • Watching:  KPBS
  • Photo:  Taken by G.  Shore birds for Tabor.
  • Gratitude’s:  That I have the zip to tackle my big problem.


February 26, 2021

ZOOMING ALONG



It’s been a busy week.  The next few weeks maybe even busier.  If You don’t get a note from me, I’ve still read you. 

Tuesday G had an hour long Zoom with his new museum director.  Gosh I miss Poolie.  Tuesday at noonish, we drove to Mercy Hospital where I had a CT scan.  Afterword’s, we were an hour early to pick up our groceries, so I actually went into Target.  If I’d known all my short sleeved shirts had frontal holes, I would have shopped for white short sleeved shirts as well as a new shampoo.

Thursday both G and I rode downtown to the Petco Park shot site, and the kind ladies there gave me a shot too….so I didn’t have to go back today.  Oh, hurrah.  We are both protected.  Double hurrah.  Bobbie had told me that she had vomited for 12 hours after her last shot.  I was so concerned that I talked to the RN about it.  This was not a normal reaction, I was told.  I suggested to Bobbie that she tell her favorite doc about this. 

Today, tomorrow, and tomorrow, there’s nothing in the book.  I’m to drink lots of extra water to flush the radioactive stuff out of me.  Things start up again on Monday with doctor’s appointments, calls, zooms, et al.  I know I will be vanishing into the system when I am not quilting.   Bobbie will be here in two weeks, and I want to have her long neglected quilt finished by then. 

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  • <A HREF=http://geeeee-zer.blogspot.com/>Himself:</A>  Doing shot stuff.  Shampooing the truck carpet when a chocolate shake dripped all over it.  Stuff like that.
  • Myself:  Reading here.  Quilting.  Eating three meals a day.
  • Reading:  Not much.
  • Watching:  Antiques Roadshow today.
  • Photo:  Sebastian Condrea: Getty Images on   https://www.netdoctor.co.uk/procedures/examinations/a1161/mri-scan/
  • Gratitude’s:  For your forbearance. 

February 23, 2021

GRATITUDES


For the last two days, George has been handling the phones like the pro he is.  From the doctor’s office, to Scripps.com, to the specialty pharmacy, and finally to the drug manufacturer itself, he has shown endless patience with a smile.  Wrong phone numbers…he’s got this.  Incorrect birthdays….he has this too.  The end result is that my cancer drugs will be free.

Boy am I grateful.

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  • <A HREF=http://geeeee-zer.blogspot.com/>Himself:</A>  Landing his spaceship before doing a Zoom call with his new museum boss.
  • Myself:  Watching wreck salvage videos and George.
  • Reading:  Another Linda Castillo.  The last one was so very sad.
  • Watching:  KPBS.
  • Photo:  Taken by me in 2009 on the way to Alaska.
  • Gratitude’s:  George.

 

February 22, 2021

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?



This pandemic has altered more than just our everyday habits; it’s changed our eating patterns as well as what we wear.

Having worked with a water focus for a great many years, I knew about sweats and bathing suits.   The security guard folks wore T-shirts and slacks as do custodians.  Anybody working from home wore sweats too.  Artists wear whatever is already ruined.  In my case, that means sweats and an old T-shirt or two.  Then again, I’ve been at this for a long time and have a goodly collection of old artist clothing.

What are you wearing in the midst of this pandemic?

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  • <A HREF=http://geeeee-zer.blogspot.com/>Himself:</A>  He doesn’t know.  Isn’t retirement heaven?  Meeting tonight.
  • Myself:  No shot today.  No vaccine available.  Meds: with insurance copay is $3000.00 a month.  Applying for a grant.
  • Reading:  Another Linda Castillo.  Out of order too.
  • Watching:  Antiques roadshow reruns.
  • Photo:  Comic Con 2012, They were advertising something.
  • Gratitude’s:  The sun is out.  I’m clean, the sheets are clean, and the books are good.
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February 21, 2021

RUNNING AWAY FROM HOME

 


Every two weeks we run away from home.  Marta, who hasn’t had her shot, comes and cleans.  We have a to-go breakfast at the bay, then come home.  This week we scheduled a Pilot boat ride ….an hour on the bay at one in the afternoon. 


A sea lion dozing in the warm sunshine with the USS Lincoln behind him.

We ate this week OUT on the Sunset Cliffs and enjoyed the crashing surf and dog walkers.  The multitudes of girls in a wide assortment to tights, the men in obvious muscles.  It was a great show.  The dogs were fun too, but for me having been in isolation for a year, all those jiggling behinds were eye catching.  The dogs were pretty too. 

From the cliffs we moved to the downtown bay front.  No passenger vessels in port this day, but hundreds more people to watch.  George put my scooter together, and we wandered down the embarcadero to the group of new restaurants from the Brigantine family.  Yes, the food was slightly different from the Brigantine near us, but we enjoyed the heck out of it all.  We wallowed in fish with George having a calamari taco plate, and I with a single taco.  What richness to be surrounded by crowds, ships, and sparkling water.


 

We had an hour out on the bay.  An old America’s Cup boat whipped by us, several craft were tied up at the 32nd street docks, and as usual, there were myriads of motor craft out on the water with us.  One or two too enthusiastic boat movements bothered George, and I felt old and weak at times as we hit high wakes.  We were both very glad we went out into the beauty of this day.

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  • <A HREF=http://geeeee-zer.blogspot.com/>Himself:</A>  Making a blog entry and creating dinner.
  • Myself:  Outlandish in purple velour sweats and a new purple and white striped tunic.
  • Reading:  Linda Castillo.
  • Watching:  A zoom meeting and 60 minutes.
  • Photos:  From our trip outside.
  • Gratitude’s:  My toenails got trimmed.

February 19, 2021

KEN

 


Life was on hold for such a long time.  Now I know what’s happening, and a little like my friend Carol, I just dived right in.  All sorts of appointments have been made.  I bought the small appointment book pages this time and am regretting it already.  George has lent me his White-out, and I have used it enthusiastically.  Now I need to write down the details so I don’t forget them.  I do that a lot these days.

Today, Friday, the Oncologist’s office is doing a blood draw from the year old port.  It’s bound to be clogged up, but they insist that they can make it work.  Yes, I’m afraid but writing it out helps.

Saturday we leave the house before 8 to avoid Marta, and at one we have our delayed boat tour.  That’s going to be fun.

Sunday I am going to stay home and read Burkholder # 3 or 4.

Monday I am scheduled for my second shot.  I don’t think it will happen tho.  Tuesday G has a Zoom with Lennie….the new museum director.  Wednesday I have a CT scan….show up at 1030.  Thursday G is to get his second Covid shot, and I am to get an MRI at 3:30 PM.

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<A HREF=http://geeeee-zer.blogspot.com/>Himself:</A>  Playing a new spaceship game.  Ordered Peter’s new video.

Myself:  Writing here, lunch, and a blood draw.

Reading:  Burkholder.

Watching:  I like documentaries.

Photo:  A drawing from the i Ching.

Gratitude’s:  For the sunshine, both kids, A grandkid who wants to talk, amd the ability to just go ahead and do things.

 

February 18, 2021

JUST PILLS


Daughter Margot calls and says this is awful stuff.  George retaliates with, “Yes, this is chemo.”  And it is.  Just pills not intravenously.  The side effects seemed severe to her also.  He should have added that the side effects from regular chemo put me in two nursing homes.

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  •  The mutation Panel showed:
  •             ALK Rearrangement
  •             Better outcome with ALK Variant
  • Med: Alectinib
  •             Wait for insurance
  •             Cost?  $69.00 a pill, 220 pills total.
  •                       Will get grants or other financial assistance
    •             4 pills twice a day
    • Prognosis:  6 to 10 months without treatment.  With treatment the overall survival rate of patients living to 5 yrs with the new medication is 62.5%.

  • First two months CT Scan
  •             Blood work every two weeks for 3 months
  •                         Use the port if they can get it working
  •             Side Effects:
  •                         Liver irritation           
  • Lung irritation feel like pneumonia
  • Muscle aches
  • Lower heart rate
  • Nausea or upset stomach
  •             Not all or any of these may happen

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<A HREF=http://geeeee-zer.blogspot.com/>Himself:</A>  Feeling better now that they have a targeted pill rather than regular chemo.

Myself:  Here I am tackling a difficult situation.  No, I am not ever going in to get in that Russian Submarine again. 

Reading:  More Burkholder.

Watching:  Nova, Tough as Nails…G likes that.

Photo:  2007, SD Maritime Museum.

Gratitude’s:  Actually Glad to be here.  Aleve helps.

 


February 16, 2021

THERE IS SUNSHINE


·       We sang a gloriously out of tune duo to Margot this morning.  Happy Birthday a cappella.  She is 58 years old which makes me ancient.   She has made George a dad which he seems to enjoy.  He seems to be glorying in cooking these days.  I gained a pound while he has lost thirty.  He rarely lets me in the kitchen, and I’m having fun not cooking.  He does make superior cheese omelets.

·       I’m reading and wearing out my new eye.  I haven’t heard from the oncologist, nor have I heard from the PA (Physicians Assistant)…I now have three jars of one drug and none for another.

·       Reading Linda Castillo’s Amish thrillers.  Very well written stuff.  I vaguely remember reading them in the past.  This is the only advantage of having a stroke that hits you in the memory.  Yes, I remember G and the family.

·       Videos from Peter Knego the ship Historian: One on the MARDI GRAS, and the other a trailer on the RMS WINDSOR CASTLE.  Beautiful things those.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRfVBp_2KwU&t=42s&fbclid=IwAR1KZ67FE1e_jutSotonPx4rXJpXiom4ZTZ-JQNtxt4fjGhRy1OWthq-WYs

 

https://youtu.be/HKPzB3Q8R5w

 

·       On TV: Lots of stuff on Black history.  I am woefully ignorant.

·       Today’s illustration is a doodle of a favorite pair of old shoes.  1979.

·       I’m really grateful that I got through my list of things to do and saved co-pays at the same time.  I confess, I struggle with the telephone.

 

February 14, 2021

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY


 

There’s sort of a watery winter sunshine outside today.  Cold, and in the 40’s.  We had planned on a Pilot Boat Ride today, but the boat was full.  We have tickets for next Saturday.  Yes, we will dress warm.

I’m a sentimental fool…just a bit.  George and I got married in this month.  It’s Margot’s birthday too.  Nice things happen in February here. 

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  • <A HREF=http://geeeee-zer.blogspot.com/>Himself:</A>  30 pounds lost.
  • Myself:  A George-rich muffin, and a shower.
  • Reading:  "Sworn to Silence," The first book in The Castillo series.
  • Watching:  There’s nothing on Saturdays.
  • Photo:  2003, Mage and George at Disneyland.  Bottom one taken by George.
  • Gratitude’s:  Glad to have had these days with G.


February 12, 2021

THE UNEXPECTED


There we were, sitting back in comfort, watching the news, dinner was done then the room slowly filled with a faint music.  I thought it was coming from George’s cell.  When we turned the TV sound off, the music remained.  Outside the big sliding glass doors on the lawn stood a whole Mariachi band.  A pretty good one too.  No one was home next door, but everyone else came out to enjoy the music.

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  • <A HREF=http://geeeee-zer.blogspot.com/>Himself:</A>  Making meatloaf.
  • Myself:  Mending pants.
  • Reading:  The first of the Du Pre volumes.  And the last.  I shall miss these characters a lot.
  • Watching:  Local stuff on KPBS.
  • Photo:  George recorded it while enjoying the impromptu party.
  • Gratitude’s:  Because I am here for the unexpected.

  

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BITS AND PIECES

After two days of struggle, I started all over again. Was the needle in correctly?   No.   Turn the machine upside down and see if you can...