trials of a troll trying to get by in a world messed up by humankind [ I'M AT UTC -5]

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Back from a very hot bath…moist heat is really the only thing that will ever “knock down” the pain from my chronic tendinitis. (in case you are not familiar with preceding word…from Merriam-Webster online dictionary:


Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

tendinitis

One entry found for tendinitis.


Main Entry: ten·di·ni·tis
Variant(s): or ten·don·itis /"ten-d&-'nI-t&s/
Function: noun
Etymology: tendinitis from New Latin, from tendin-, tendo + -itis; tendonitis from tendon + -itis
: inflammation of a tendon

However M-W does nor describe the level of pain and frustration associated with the above…I’ve dealt with it for over 40 years now and tonight…I’m not dealing well…

Spent more time at work this AM then I had intended, figured I could pop in for an hour and get out of there but was there 1.7 hours…had to make a run to the warehouse to check 0092 count, and then had various other delays…including but not just a computer lockup…stop at the bread outlet and got something called bagel bread…not sure how to describe it’s a tad weird…some of the elements of bread and some of the characteristics of a bagel…not bad but not sure I’ll ever get it again…as with most compromises…it tries for the middle ground and although it might achieve the middle ground who the heck wants to stand there (hehe)
But the day, that is other then the very strange sandwiches I’ve had with the aforementioned bagel bread…has been gentle and kind to the trollie…a weird result from the passing of cat Lilly is that the two remaining seem to be working out a truce…Smoky was Lilly’s main “bud”, and Aggie was her main foil…and while there has been a great deal of animosity between the remaining two in the past they seem to be coming to a more cordial place…I am always blow away but the combination of dealing with a situation and just refusing to deal with it other then to attack and hiss and spit which is a cat…can't live with them…can't live without them…unlike the female of the human species…which at my age I can live without…
Need to think about bath and sleep, as I need to be at church by 8AM on the morrow, worship team is involved in both services and I teach adult Christian ed. between the two services…makes for a 3.5 hour commitment every Sunday which I both enjoy…and at times regret when I really would like to sleep in at least one day a week…but I will deal and get over it…I need to make an appearance at work every day the plant is open unless I can con my boss into taking one of the weekend days…right now we are working 24/6…but at times that’s 24/7…and that really gets to be a drag because I either have to get in to work by 6:30 or & AM or stop on my way home from church…either way a pain in the neck…
(Note: trollie just realizes he is on the second page of this post in “word” and had not intended to write a novella tonight…wonders if he got stop now or if he will continue to babble like a brook)…

Has turned cold the last week or so…actually what I should say is that it has turned seasonal…this has been the strangest winter I’ve ever seen up here in the northcountry…has been very uncharacteristically warm and rainy…if mid 30’s can be considered warm, but for a north country winter that’s absolutely steaming…was –16*F Thursday morning which is actually quite typical for this time of year here, but since it hasn’t been typical this year I’m struggling with the drop in temperature…knees are killing me tonight…had to resort to a very early application of heat rub on the bad knee…arthritis is killing me tonight…I have learned to deal with…even ignore a certain background level of pain that comes with the arthritis…but to night I can not ignore it and am having a great deal of problems dealing with it…
Nite all…

Friday, February 10, 2006

It was dang cold this AM…an actually –16*F…no idea what the wind chill was but there was a pretty heavy ice fog coming off the old black river which I must pass on my commute and which the plant I work at rests beside…I needed to unload the transfer at the barely heated warehouse and despite waiting a bit still frozen my arse off…in fact several hours later I’m still not truly warm and am headed for a very hot bath…
The old server is dead…whether by virus, worm or old age…proclaimed by MS themselves who tried to fix the problem for a day and a half and gave up…but the new online system while a tad slower is running fine…
Finally got permission to run orders late…got a fair amount done but didn’t have enough time to get caught back up…but should get it covered Monday…must put in a few tomorrow but as my boss is not going to be in…can get there when I want too…check that…I really don’t want too…anywho…can get there when I get there…
Was pretty well toast when I left so decided to stop at a subway that’s on the way home and get a sub…only one sub exists for the trollie…a roast beef sub…with the “works”…
Cats have been weird tonight…the two remaining have demanded quality time from me…(if you check done to the post for Sunday 2/5 you will discover the demise of cat #3…d*mn)…and I think the remaining two are still coming to grips with in one case their bud and in the other case their enemy…
Have spent the night playing a very passive…economic style game of stronghold crusader with one AI ally and 3 AI opponents…
A little Rachel Raye and $40 dollars a day…
A quiet, gentle night…
(A note to nephew Nate…I see by the sitemeter that you’ve been sneaking around here again…leaves a comment once in awhile even if it is insulting…give me your best shot)

Thursday, February 9, 2006

It was like the work day was really two different days…the day before noon and the day afternoon…the early day was a nightmare but it smoothed out and the end of the day wasn’t bad…normal Thursday routine…cashed check…got groceries…really only needed some food staples…a few errands and got take out fish for supper…and a gentle night…

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

I have had a very gentle, very stress free, very nice night…made a great “pot” tonight…see ingredients below…not a recipe…never use one…just put what I have in a “pot” to simmer and adjust spices as I go…not really a soup…or a stew or a boiled dinner…elements of all three but really can’t be called any of the three…a little tube, a little PC game(s)…a little blogshares…a little IRC channel…a restful night that I seriously needed…
Nite All
Work was work…some idiot at work opened the wrong attachment apparently and we have a very nasty virus in the servers…fortunately we are almost fully converted to net based system but still a pain…
As I write this cat smoky is snoring on my bed…dang that cat could snore the siding off the house…
Got 2 country pork ribs with bone in last week and thawed them and made a “pot” tonight…the aforementioned ribs…somewhere between a half and three quarters of a pound…potatoes, onions, garlic, cabbage, a bay leaf, a chicken bouillon cube, salt and pepper, and water. Simmered a tad over two hours…cut the meat from the bone and added a can of yellow wax beans and 3 hands full of extra wide egg noodles…pure comfort food joy…actually except for the flavor of those ribs that pervade the entire “pot”…the meat really takes a back seat in this one to the veggies…

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Work actually went okay…I got up an hour early to deal with the snow we got yesterday and the mess that was plowed into my drive…took about 30 minutes to clean out the drive…but work despite a bunch of problems (trollie refuses to call problems issues…)…and a few minor problems and one major one went…like I said okay…
Stopped at the bread outlet and got a loaf of white bread…I almost never buy just plain white bread…(although this was so called “Canadian white bread"…I really don’t know why or what the difference is…but that’s besides the point)…I had a hankering for grilled cheese sandwiches…or I guess to be perfectly correct considering my method of cooking…pan fried cheese sandwiches…coffee and a few assorted relishes…
Worship team rehearsal tonight went great…we’ve added a couple of vocalists in the last few weeks…S who was sick tonight…a decent melody singer and G tonight…despite her lack of years ( like 15 or 16 ) has got an off the wall soprano voice…she and her dad sing with northcountry choral along with me and about 140 other voices…she will be a great addition but has little experience singing with small ensembles and needs to learn the fine art of blending with just a few voices…but I think she will work it out…
We’ve been working on a new song the last few weeks and the N-lady and I have been really working hard on a very close interweaving harmony…I think we’ve got it pretty well done…had a great laugh with keyboardist/descant soprano K…we tend to hear harmonies pretty much the same and on one we were singing virtually the same harmony only an octave apart…felt sorry for M tonight…she’s hurting…her hubby is deployed to Iraq and she isn’t not handling it very well…actually K and Kr hubby’s are due to deploy in a couple of months…will keep them and their respective hubbies in our prayers…

Monday, February 6, 2006

Winter has returned with a vengeance…I’m not sure how much snow we got today but it was too much…plus the wind that drove the snow into drifts even in the city…there are spots in my yard with no snow at all, and spots where the drifts are over 3 feet…best estimate on snow fall is somewhere between 15 and 18 inches…both commutes this day where nightmares…poor visibility this AM…and poor visibility and nasty road conditions this PM…cat smoky has been very cuddly again tonight…she obviously misses her “bud” lilly…(see below posts)…but how do you explain to a cat that her best bud is gone…died of tumor induced seizure… RPI you sweet little cat but you can’t explain that to another cat…h*ll you can explain it to me…d*mn…Nite all

Sunday, February 5, 2006

Winter seems to be back, it’s been blowing and snow most of the afternoon into evening… it was starting south of us when I made the hurried yet too late trip to the vets around 4 PM (see below)…(note: yes I am totally aware that this is my 3rd post of the day…unusual as of late but a stressful day and I tend to post often on such days)
Watched almost the entire super bowl…I needed a mindless release after the events of the afternoon and what’s more mindless then watching the super bowl…(if I don’t get an irate comment on that one…)
Had a late supper of pea soup…dang this pot gets better with age
Nite all
In order to understand this post you need to see the one below, cat smoky has been very cuddly tonight…she obviously doesn’t understand…she wonders where her bud lilly is…how do you tell a cat that her bud (also a cat) had a tumor and died of a seizure at about 5 years old…they used to sleep together in a ball and if they hadn’t been different colors it would have been hard to tell where one cat started and the other cat ended…aggie on the other hand…she and lilly fought constantly…whether she misses her enemy or not it’s hard to tell…but smoky is as confused as I am tonight…and we but obviously miss the departed lilly…
I have had a really bad day…I woke up in a very bad place on every level…but particularly physically…cold was worse and knees hurt bad…went to church for Sunday school only…just taught my adult CE class and left…was feeling better and then just before 4 PM decided to watch the final round of the golf tournament…cat lilly was sitting on her fav pillow in the living room but was down and acting strangely…I picked her up and she was definitely in trouble…had a seizure and passed out…and although I got her to the vets within 25 minutes it was too late…she was gone…d*mn…she apparently had a tumor just below her eye that I just hadn’t seen…vet found it almost immediately…I missed it…d*man…I don’t know if it would have made a difference but apparently it impinged on her brain or a vital nerve and she was gone…lilly was a rescue at about 18months and only weigh 28 ozs. … Vet said given that and the fact that she had a tumor…cancer at only about 5 years old suggest that she might have had feline leukemia as a kitten and although it was cured…cats with that history tend to early tumors…but as an ASPCA rescue they didn’t know…if I had know I would have checked that sweet thing every day…d*mn…I know it’s really not my fault but…d*mn…so I’m down to 2 cats…called the daughter and she said…”well you’ll probably be heading to the ASPCA this week…” and I replied…maybe in a month or so but not right away…d*mn
I may actually watch the super bowl…not that I really care about it but it will be the hot topic Monday morning at work so I should probably at least figure out who won and why…one of my ex-clerks was a huge Seahawks fan and I always used to tease him that it would be a cold day in h*ll before Seattle was in a super bowl much less had a chance to win one…through a mutually friend he sent me the message that he was ice skating in h*ll…the T-man at work is a huge Steelers fan…when I was in briefly at work this AM he was wearing his Steelers “hardhat”…oy vey…and despite the fact that my long gone and not missed ex was a Steelers fan…assuming I actually watch the game I probably will root for the Steelers…although really not a fan of any particular team…I did grow up in an AFC city…
I did the absolute minimum necessary at work today, there were a few optionals that on a normal Saturday I would have done…but was in a very bad place on every level this AM and just wanted to get the snot out of there…
Came home and wrote checks for the bills that had arrived this week…just wasn’t in the mood Thursday or Friday but although nothing was really “due” needed to just get it done…
Went out to mail the checks and stopped at dollar general…got a bar of sulfur-based soap…I just like the grit and the slightly arid smell…a microwave able quick meal…turkey and dressing…and some very neat candies…fruit gels with nuts and coated with confectioner’s sugar…one of my fav candies but haven’t see them about town in years…
Have just hung out the rest of the day…a late lunch of homemade pea soup and a hard roll …supper was some barbecued smoked sausage over noodles with an egg and olive sandwich…and another sandwich of the same kind for a late snack…very little tube today…nothing really on…but a lot of stronghold crusader…
It’s approaching the witching hour and I must to bed…can sleep in a tad tomorrow as I missed worship team rehearsal this week and we have a rule that if you miss you don’t sing…and I agree with it…I rarely miss a rehearsal or a service but to sleep in an extra hour and a half tomorrow isn’t going to hurt my feelings…
Have really struggled physically today…especially this evening…knees have been absolutely killing me…took a hot bath and it helped a little but not very much…will resort to the “hot” rub tonight and hopefully that will allow me to get to sleep…