For some reason it seemed like a very long weekend to both of us, and more than once we found ourselves checking our cell phones for the date or asking each other what day it was. I guess that’s one of the great things about being semi-retired. Except for the occasional doctor’s appointment, we don’t have to be anywhere at any special time.
The problem with that, of course, is that it’s really easy to fall into a rut and not get anything accomplished, because if you don’t do it today, you can do it tomorrow. In spite of it being such a long weekend for us, Terry and I both managed to avoid that, and did get quite a bit accomplished.
She got all of her paperwork caught up and then finished setting up a rug project on one of her big Glamakra looms. It’s taken her a while to get it accomplished because she had to reconfigure the loom. Being a self-taught weaver, relying on instructional CDs and online resources, sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error to get things right, but Terry always manages to do it somehow or another.
As for me, I spent a lot of time working on my new John Lee Quarrels book, knocking out about 2,500 words on Friday, 1,500 words on Saturday, and 5,100 more yesterday. That puts me at right about the halfway point, give or take 1,000 words or so. I’m trying to make up for lost time when my head was so foggy from the pain in my back and the meds I was taking. It’s hard to focus on a computer screen when you can hardly keep your eyes open.
Somebody said there was going to be a rocket launch at 11:30 Saturday night, so Terry and I went down to our fishing pier to see it. But either I got the wrong information or the launch got scrubbed, because nothing happened.
That’s okay, it was still nice to be down there near the water for a while. There was a gentle breeze keeping the mosquitoes away, it had cooled off very nicely, and there were a ton of fish jumping all over the place. I told Terry that if I had my cast net with me, and my back could have taken the strain of twisting as I threw it, it would probably be pretty easy to catch enough for Sunday’s dinner. We didn’t see any dolphins, but we did hear at least one huffing just out of the circles of light from the pier.
Speaking of my back, I was able to figure out how to look at the MRIs that were taken last week, and Terry and I and our friend Jim can all see what looks like very acute bulges in three of the discs in my lower back. I will confirm that with a visit to the doctor today. The suspicion all long has been that the bulging disc(s) are pinching some nerves back there. So if that’s what the problem is, the next step is to figure out how to deal with it and come up with a plan of action.
It may have been a slow weekend, but this week is going to be pretty busy. I’ve got an appointment with my doctor about my back today, and tomorrow morning someone from Davis Brothers is coming to do the semiannual service on our air conditioner. He is supposed to be here at 9 AM, which is the same time a crew from Tropical Garage Doors is supposed to arrive to install a new garage door.
Then I may have some more medical stuff going on later in the week, depending on what the interpretation of the MRI results tell us. That’s okay, after our long weekend at home, I’m looking forward to getting out for a while, no matter where I’m going.
Congratulations Dennis Neal, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Birdsongs, the first book in my friend Jason Deas’ excellent Benny James mystery series. We had 49 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – Once you have seen a woman take her bra off without removing her shirt, you’ll have a much better understanding of why they should be in charge.