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59 degrees, and who knows what it's like outside? Except that the air quality is 151! Dammit!

I read in the Whidbey News-Times that we can't expect to have healthy air quality until noon tomorrow. That means no PT for me at 9:45 tomorrow.

Another article in WN-T assures us all that our votes in Island County will be counted if we get them in the mailbox during the last pickup on election day, or the drop box by close of the polls on election day. In Washington, mail-in ballots are postage-paid.
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Good morning, all. We have 57F with "widespread smoke" (NWS description) heading for 69F and continued smoke. The Air Quality Index is at 154 this morning. And while rain should arrive late Thursday and continue for a few days, the most recent forecast I heard says that it won't scrub out off of the smoke. Still, it should make it better.

Nothing on my agenda for today. I hope I can knit. Yesterday I couldn't do it for long before my hands protested.

I hope all you things have had a good sleep and are starting the day without too many aches and pains.

Coffee, please, Tanya.

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AQ here is down to 135 now, but it looks terrible outside, now that it's light enough to see outside. The trees on the other sides of the houses on the north and south are ghosts. The street is a little bit damp, so it must have rained some.
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Did you get to do and/or eat anything wonderful on your birthday, Cooter?



No, with DD being sick we're putting our lunch group off until later.
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Coffee, please, Tanya.

It's 70 and partly cloudy in the boondocks with 84 the predicted high. I can dig this. Air quality is a sultry twenty-four. We might get a shower. I don't believe that we will hear from Sally.

Not much going on today. DD has a DR appointment in Mempho today and I don't know if she's coming back or staying a night with Janet.

I had a terrible night. I was uncomfortable the entire time and my bed is a mess. Three sleeping pills, over time, did no good. It's a new moon so no full moon excuse. There will be a nap in order as soon as I can get DD out the door. That will obviously be a chore.
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Hello, all. Not much going on here. I have a clogged drain line which I hammered away at yesterday to the extent that I need a day to recuperate. Meanwhile I’m buying a small drain auger. I have a manual snake and auger but they are for young people. I’m wiped after a few hours with them yesterday. There is a cordless model that looks like it will do the trick. The drain that’s clogged is the one to the back shower. Everything else works fine. We’re not using that shower yet anyway. That all adds up to a do nothing day today. 🙂

I hope everyone is having a decent day. I feel a nap coming too, Cooter. I hope it improves your day.

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It's hot here this week, by most folks' standards. 107 today, but cooling down below 90 at night and the days are growing shorter. It's almost that time of year when I congratulate myself for surviving another summer.

Belated Happy Birthday, Cooter! Today would have been my mom's 88th birthday. My siblings and I are making charitable contributions in her honor this week, and I haven't decided where to throw the money just yet. I'm leaning towards Emily's List or maybe a fund to help hurricane victims.

Today I'm volunteering at the preschool, installing some of those hands-free faucets in the sinks in the bathrooms. The installation manuals are badly translated from the original Chinese, so it's going to be a little more challenging than usual.

I need to think of something evil to do this afternoon, to balance out all of this do-goodism. I'm open for suggestions.

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Thanks, chuck. I'll stand you some drinks in the RR to get over feeling good. You can feel good another way. *G*
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Today would have been my mom's 88th birthday. My siblings and I are making charitable contributions in her honor this week, and I haven't decided where to throw the money just yet. I'm leaning towards Emily's List or maybe a fund to help hurricane victims.




May I butt in with a suggestion? How about your local food bank. There are a lot of food-insecure people out there these days.

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Hi everyone, after a few days of lovely sunny weather with temperatures in the low 70s(F)today was quite cool and very grey. The good weather has tempted us out in spite of our covid caution but mostly on essential shopping etc. and of course a few very short drives into the countryside for a gentle walk and maybe a mini picnic. We are lucky in where we live is largely rural. In the recent past this rural landscape was pock marked with the spoil heaps of its principle industry of deep mined coal and with the ancillary industries like chemical works and iron founding.These now thirty years gone and following some major imaginative reclamation work the land is greener than at any time since the 18th century. One of these ex spoil heaps now sculpted and greened with traditional English meadowland and forest plus a few small natural ponds is about four mile from our home and is a favourite park of ours. What follows is a description of our last visit on last Sunday evening and was written for my local blog.
Mist and mellow fruitfulness is for me the most evocative line of poetry ever written as it embodies a whole range of responses to the changing year. It is not about either the actual vapour or fruit. It is about a whole range of primaeval feelings triggered by the shortening of the days. It was a warm soft September evening and we needed to exercise so I suggested that we gather Sloe berries to infuse gin for Christmas. We drove the four miles to Poulter park in Langwith and set about the scratchy business of harvesting the fruit. there is something basically satisfying in foraging. It feeds an inner need. Anyway the end result was rather more fruit than we needed so we now have two litres of gin being infused by the bitter fruit but hopefully being transformed into a true classic liqueur.

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A vodka and soda with a twist sounds pretty good, actually. Thanks, Cooter!

I've already been donating money to the food bank here, most recently out of my pandemic stimulus check. I decided for my mom that I'd give to Direct Relief in order to help the fire and hurricane victims. They're a Charity Navigator top ten organization and because their overhead costs are covered by a separate grant, they're 100% efficient with donated money.

I got one faucet installed at the preschool, then discovered that most of the other water supply shutoffs won't shut off. The hard water out here corrodes those things like nobody's business. I'm rescheduled for the weekend when I can turn off the main water supply and replace all of those valves, too.
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DH had his first IVIG (intravenous immunoglobulin G) infusion today. Per protocol, it was done here at home under the intense supervision of a nurse, with periodic vital signs checks. The first time takes longer (about 4 hrs) to determine how fast an IVIG infusion rate the patient can tolerate. Since dosage is dependent on a patient’s body weight, and since apparently most patients can’t tolerate getting that IVIG in one infusion,, he has to endure 3 infusions, 3 days in a row. Then repeat a month from now.

While he was getting his infusion, I went to the gym for my weekly personal training, and asked my trainer if we could work on my poor sense of balance. She agreed to my request, Then I went to CVS and got my flu shot.

I hope all you things are safe from hurricanes and fires. We may get some rain from the outside fringes of the remnants of Sally, which hopefully will clear out the smoke from the western fires that’s making our skies hazy (but nowhere near as bad as you west coasters have it).
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I got an awful lot of emails and text messages from my friend and his wife, who decided to ride out the hurricane in Foley (right next to Gulf Shores). They took a direct hit. He said power went out at 12:15 am, and by 3:15 am, he heard the wind howling like he has NEVER heard before. He has a picture of a metal black-painted light pole with the paint scoured off on the east side. Worse, the people in the condo directly across the street had its aluminum siding peeled off, and the ceilings in the living room and master bedrooms collapsed in on them. My friend says his condo has lost several shingles, and now they have a number of leaks in the ceilings, but so far, everything else looks okay. Gracious....

I hope the air quality will improve for those of you in the west....

Good luck with your faucet project, Chuck. What a cool thing to do for the school.

Cooter, I hope you have a better sleep tonight.

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Joe, enjoy your sloe berries in the gin. For some reason just smelling gin gives me a headache and there is no way I can drink it and survive. It looks like you had a lovely day for foraging.

Chuck, I've been donating to our local food bank every month since March. I also donated to our local humane society during the six months or so they had to be closed and couldn't adopt out any animals. The pets kept coming in, they had to be fed, and no adoption fees were available to help cover the expenses.

Birdz, how well did DH tolerate four hours of infusion? And what would happen if he couldn't tolerate it? That is, what does "not tolerating it" look like?

Lis, I hope your friends end up without too much misfortune from the hit of the hurricane.

The forecasters keep pushing our likely chance of rain farther out. Now it's Friday night into Saturday. First, though, we may get a precursor starting tomorrow night with thunderstorms. Just what we need: lightning strikes.

I feel so sorry for my poor, bored little dog. I don't want him breathing hard in the smokey air so I'm not encouraging him to play catch -- or anything else -- in the yard. He'd really like to run around and I'm being a big meanie. Maybe by the weekend...

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Morning, Rumpions.

Joe, I'm so envious of you and Blanche, out in the pure air, amid all that green, doing scratchy work. It gives me hope that all of that green reclaimed land pock marked by the spoil heaps. Is that an allegory?

Birdz, I'm glad DH has started his IVIG and made it through his first one. I hope this one and the others are successful, and that they get easier to endure. Will the ones a month from now be the last, or is this a continuing thing?

Lis, I hope the hurricane was content with giving your friends a few leaks, and won't do them even more damage before it is finished.

This morning's New York Times gives me something to look forward to after the election. The first volume of Obama's memoirs, "A Promised Land," will be released on November 17. I posted the article about it in the Book Notes thread.

Meanwhile, air quality here is 91, which means that if it doesn't rise before 9:45, I'll have my delayed PT session for my left arm today. I woke up this morning with both arms aching, which won't do. I need my arms.
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Coffee, please, Tanya.

It's 68 with excellent air quality with the index at thirteen. It will be mostly cloudy during the day with 85 the high with some sun shining down on us.

DD has a big-time sinus infection and will go back up to meet Janet today for more medical stuff in Memphis. We put my bed back together and I did sleep well although I got to bed late.

Ward sent me a couple of birthday texts and said that we would talk soon. Janet said that she had a nice talk with Joanna, his wife. I've always figured that I would hear from him at some point, even though I haven't sounded positive about that. Our relationship has been too strong for her to be able to do away with it.

I had something else on my mind but I can't find either one.

It's good to hear from Joethree and I hope that they enjoy their sloe gin. Like Roberta, I'm not a fan of gin. I had a friend in undergraduate school that could put together a marvelous gin drink that anyone would like, and especially the coeds. *g*

Shadow came into my bedroom quietly, and just eased around for a bit before landing on the middle of my legs and yowling get your lazy ass out of bed! I recognized that yowl and promptly started the unenviable task of getting up and starting the day too damn early.

I hear blueberries calling me, so I am out of heah!

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Good morning, all. We have 58F with fog and smoke, heading for 72F and just the smoke. Air quality index here is at 154.

I don't seem to have any news or plans for the day to share.

Coffee, please, Tanya.

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We're expecting another record setting day with a high temperature of 109. Summer's last gasp is going on wayyyy too long, somebody please pull the plug on summer.

I don't know if I've told the story of my severely disabled cousin here, Robbie, but to make a long story short I used to travel across town to the food bank here to pick up food boxes for her and a few of the other people in her program. Waiting in the long line of cars of people who are dependent on this service really hammered home it's importance, and it's surely needed now more than ever. Good on you for helping your community.

I'm getting a haircut today. Everyone wears masks and Ramon has always been a germaphobe, and so I consider this to be a low-risk activity.
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Chuck, that's WAY too hot, no matter what you all say about "dry" heat.

And good on you for getting food for your cousin and others in her program. I've seen the lines outside our food bank and they break my heart.

Happy haircut!

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You're a good person, Chuck.
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