Sunday, February 05, 2023

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing

1. Three names you go by, other than your given name:

A. Sweetie pie, Sis, Daughter.

2. Three things you like about yourself:

A. I can think, I write well, and I am creative.

3. Three things you don't like about yourself:

A. I'm overweight, I'm too sedentary, and I have stubby little toes.

4. Three parts of your heritage:

A. English, Irish, and German

4. Three things you are wearing right now:

A. My watch, my glasses, my clothes.

5. Three favorite bands/musical artists:

A. Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, The Eagles

6. Three favorite songs:

A. I'm the Only One, by Melissa Etheridge, C'mon, C'mon, by Sheryl Crow, Desperado, by The Eagles.

7. Three things you want in a relationship:

A. Loyalty, brains, and empathy.

8. Three of your favorite hobbies:

A. Reading, writing, playing guitar.

9. Three things that scare you:

A. Running out of money, hospitals, and old white guys who think they own the world.

10. Three of your everyday essentials:

A. Honey Nut Cheerios, Extra Classic Bubble Gum, my desktop.

11. Three places you want to go on vacation:

A. Egypt, Ireland, Scotland

12. Three careers you have considered/are considering:

A. Archeology, geology, teaching

13. Three things you want to do before you die:

A. Eat a hot fudge sundae, write a book, get over myself.

14. Three things you want to do really badly right now: 

A. I need to go to the little girl's room because I've been sitting here too long; get a drink of water, and read a book.

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Saturday, February 04, 2023

Saturday 9: Beautiful


Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
 
1) In this song, Moby sings about a self-involved couple who believes others are fascinated by their glamorous lives. Tell us about the most interesting couple you know.

A. Brenda and Willie were very interesting. They traveled to all 50 states, and they went to craft shows all the time because Willie is a woodturner. They were always doing something. Brenda died in 2021, though.
 
2) This song was inspired by the proliferation of reality shows, where celebrities share their lives on camera. Does the idea of becoming rich and famous in exchange for letting a film crew into your home appeal to you?

A. It does not. For one thing, everyone would be asleep from boredom. They would better off following my husband around, filming him with cows and installing septic tanks.

3) "Beautiful" appears in the soundtrack of the movie The Devil Wears Prada, starring Meryl Streep. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance, which is no surprise because she has more Oscar nominations than any other actor or actress. Do you have a favorite Meryl Streep movie?

A. Mamma Mia! I know it was not the greatest movie, but I enjoyed Streep's performance in it. It's also the only movie of hers that I think I've seen. I have a movie deficit in my knowledge base.

4) Moby has openly discussed how Christ has influenced his life and art. Do you consider yourself religious or spiritual? If yes, how do your beliefs impact your daily life?

A. I don't consider myself to be either religious or spiritual, really. More spiritual than religious, if anything. My beliefs impact my daily life because I believe in being a good person, and that doesn't have anything to do with religion. That's just my morality.

5) His real name is Richard Melville Hall. His parents began calling him "Moby" almost immediately because they felt "Richard Melville Hall" sounded too big for a baby. When did you most recently hold a baby?

A. About three years ago, now. Pre-Covid.

6) He began shaving his head when he was in his 30s. It was at the request of a girlfriend, who said she liked bald men. Would you change your appearance to please your lover?

A. I have let my hair grow longer because my husband likes it long. But then I cut it again when it becomes burdensome.

7) Moby's house was once owned by Marlon Brando and was later rented to The Beatles. What do you know about the previous residents of your home?

A. We built our house, so there were no previous residents. However, the farm is part of my husband's legacy, dating back to 1859 in his family. At one point, the house closest to where we live was owned by a tanner.
 
8) In 2005, when "Beautiful" was released, actress Ruth Warrick died. She began her career in radio, made her film debut in Citizen Kane, and she was best known as matriarch Phoebe Tyler on All My Children, a role she played for 35 years. What's the longest you stayed at the same job?

A. I have been a freelance writer since 1985 and started doing it full time in 1994. So that one would be the longest.

9) Random question: Without looking, do you know how much money is in your checking account right now?

A. Not to the exact penny, but yes, I know how much is in there.

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I encourage you to visit the posts of other participants in Saturday 9 and leave a comment. Because there are no rules, it is your choice. Saturday 9 players hate rules. We love memes, however.  

Thursday, February 02, 2023

Thursday Thirteen

Since pain in the calf of my leg is something I'm currently dealing with, I thought I'd offer up some information on it. This comes from cleavelandclinic.org.

Calf muscle pain can have a variety of causes, including:

1. Claudication: Narrowed arteries can prevent your calf muscles from receiving enough blood, which deprives them of oxygen. Intermittent claudication can cause muscle pain when you exercise or walk. It’s especially common in people who smoke or who have diabetes or peripheral artery disease (PAD).

2. Contusions: A direct blow to a muscle, such as a kick in the calf, can damage your muscle tissue without breaking your skin. Calf contusions usually cause bruising and soreness. Severe contusions can lead to compartment syndrome, a dangerous condition that prevents blood from getting to your leg muscles.

3. Cramps: Leg cramps occur when the muscles suddenly contract (shorten), causing a painful muscle spasm. A calf cramp is often called a “charley horse.” Cramps can be the result of dehydration or overexertion. A cramp might last for just a few seconds, but your muscle can feel sore for hours afterward. Leg cramps and calf muscle pain at night are very common.

4. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): In rare cases, what seems like calf muscle pain can actually be DVT. This is a serious condition that causes a blood clot to form in your lower leg. It can lead to a pulmonary embolism, which is life-threatening.

5. Strains: A pulled calf muscle, or a calf muscle strain, occurs when you overstretch your calf muscles. Severe overstretching can cause a torn calf muscle.

6. Tendonitis: Tendons attach your calf muscles to bones in your leg. Tendonitis (tendon inflammation) can put pressure on your calf muscle or make it painful for the muscle to work.

7. This is my own addition: a superficial vein thrombosis (SVT), because I've had those.

CARE AND TREATMENT

You can usually treat mild calf muscle pain at home using the RICE method:

8. Rest: Avoid walking or running with calf muscle pain. Don’t push through pain, which can make the problem worse.

9. Ice: Put an ice pack or cold compress on your calf muscles for 20 minutes every two hours. Don’t apply ice directly to your skin.

10. Compression: Apply a compression bandage or wrap to your calf. Compression helps reduce blood flow to the painful area and minimize swelling.

11. Elevation: Lift your leg into an elevated position, preferably above the level of your heart. Support the entire length of your leg with pillows, blankets or cushions.

12. If you have sore calves from a muscle cramp or feel a painful knot in your calf muscle, it may help to gently stretch your calf.

13. Other things that may help: pain relievers, physical therapy, soft cast or boot to immobilize your lower leg in the case of a strain or tear.

Additional information:

If your healthcare provider determines your calf muscle pain is the result of claudication, treatments may include:

Diet modification to reduce your intake of sodium (salt), cholesterol, saturated fat and sugar.

Exercise.

Medications to manage high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.

Medication to prevent or treat blood clots.

Medications to improve blood flow in the legs.

Quitting smoking and using tobacco products.


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Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Health Update

The blood work came back as not showing any sign of a clot, so that's good news.

The bad news my calf is remains swollen and there is a tangible knot there. It's also painful. 

It most likely is a varicose vein.

It's nothing life-threatening, anyway. Just something else to deal with.

Thanks to everyone for the words of encouragement. You're a fine bunch of gentle readers!

Hunting the Green Comet

The green comet, formerly known as comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), comes closest to Earth today, moving in to 26 million miles of this ol' round ball we call home.

A comet is a celestial object consisting of a nucleus of ice and dust and, when near the sun, a “tail” of gas and dust particles pointing away from the sun. Halley's comet is probably the most famous one, as it makes a tour of our solar system every 75 years or so. It was last here in 1986, and I honestly don't remember seeing it although I'm sure I made an effort to do so. The one I remember best was Comet Hale-Bopp in 1997. It comes around about every 3,000 years.

The green comet last came through about 50,000 years ago. 

The comet is thought to look green because of the type of gases coming off of it, along with radiation from the Sun.
 
It if was as dim as it is today, I doubt the humanoids who were around 50,000 years ago even noticed. If one of them did, he or she had spectacular eyesight.

I have been trying to see this green comet on the few clear nights we've had but have been unsuccessful in finding it. Mostly, that is because we've only had two clear nights, and we have cloud cover today that is supposed to last all night.

I took this star trail photo whilst trying to find it. I actually left the camera outside and went inside; at some point, the tripod moved. Maybe a gust of wind? At any rate, the wiggle is visible.

But the comet isn't.






Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Cardinals