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shan2themax

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I got the tomatoes in the ground. I don't have a good picture, might add one in a bit. I had my MRI this morning. The machine kept turning off so it ended up being 3 hours instead of 30 minutes so my back hates me now.... lol
Now to wait on results, they gave me a CD and I see one place where there is a bulge but I can't figure out how to find it on other views.... so I am not sure. So, the waiting begins
 

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I hope the machine didn't mess stuff up because it kept shutting off. That must have been so annoying. I remember having to be in an MRI machine for 20 minutes straight while lying on my back with my arms above my head- really uncomfortable. Then several hours wait, more radio-isotope IV and then another 20 minutes in the MRI. Those same ones can now be done in about 2 minutes now.
I hope your back gets feeling better. Does heat help at all? I've found that I use the heated seats in my truck for back therapy rather than keeping warm. LOL.

Did mostly nothing today because I felt like garbage. My friend's fiance was asking for $ but I'm out & stores aren't doing cashback. Been exclusively using credit card. Always pay it off before it can accrue interest. Which reminds me, I saw a credit card "offer" my brother got where there was an annual $200 fee to keep the card plus monthly interest where the minimum payout (even if there was no interest accrued) was $10. What a crock!

Makes me cheer on the guy who re-wrote a contract sent to him by a credit card company. He printed out, signed it, made copies, mailed it in, & they signed off on it. His terms were no annual fees, no late fees, 0% interest permanently, unlimited spending, and if they tried to cancel his card they would have to pay him something like $250k. When they tried to charge him interest he called them & told him according to his contract their was no interest. They balked at first but then checked. So they tried to cancel. He told them they had to pay him to cancel as per the contract. They took him to court to fight it saying he scammed them. Judge was not sympathetic to them & told them they had to abide by the contract and that they should have read what the contract said before signing. I think they ended up paying up to cancel the card. The judge knew it was a bit dishonest on the guy's part, but companies hold people to contracts they don't read-- especially small print stuff-- all the time.

Anyway, I did actually get up and do a little bit of cleaning in the kitchen. Discovered there is some condensation reservoir on the pressure cooker that was filled with nasty gunk. It smelled horrible when I dumped it out. Scrubbed the hell out of the pressure cooker since I knew my brother wasn't going to do it. He actually pretty much told me he wasn't going to clean it and insisted that I clean it for him. He's 40 & still won't clean up after himself. I only did it because it needed to be done & it would start to stink and attract fire ants if I didn't.

Kittens are doing well. They keep throwing their poop emoji toys in the litterbox. I can't be mad about it because they *are* poop emojis. LOL. They have learned to drink from the rabbit waterer well & are starting to climb the side of their cage to get up. Namir rushed up to the top level & jumped on my shoulder when I opened the door. Temjin ran up the ramps and joined him. They climbed all over my shoulders and head for a bit, but jumped back into the cage on cue.

My oldest cat is missing but I hope it's just that he is in the barn or napping somewhere. I will check the workshop in the morning to make sure he didn't sneak in there when we unloaded the shower stuff.

I need to get some exterior paint & paint the outside of the workshop on a day when it's not raining. Paint is peeling & the wood is starting to look rough. I'll need a ladder to reach some of it.
 

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Cat turned up fine. Been busy still trying to help my friend & his pregnant fiance. She's due late August but she only weighs 107lbs (she weighed about 80lbs prior to getting pregnant) and she's got very small hips & doesn't have much room to expand, so she might have to deliver early. She consulted a lawyer about her upcoming case (Arraignment is early August) & was told not to worry. Said cops were idiots & never should have arrested her. She has texts & audio from the other girl saying she wants to drop charges.

My friend has been sick but it's not Covid, fortunately. He's doing a lot better now, but the day he was supposed to go back to work his tooth broke off & exposed a nerve. He went to the hospital Tuesday (I think) & wasn't able to drive himself home so he called me to come get him. I took him to the dentist on Wednesday & they weren't able to do anything until he took antibiotics. The dentist is right near a Lowes so I went in there while he was being seen. Ran in to a retired plumber who was in business for 40 years. He gave me some tips on installing a shower drain & showed me where to find the copper pipes & gave some good suggestions and such. Nice guy.

Today I got up at 6:20am so I could go pick my friend up for an early dental appointment to have the tooth removed. Required surgery & took an hour. I spent about 30 minutes in Lowes & ran in to a guy who claimed to be a contractor who was buying the P-trap kits with the accordion thing. He said he loves them and uses them in every home. I told him they weren't to code & he said they were & kept saying over and over that he was a contractor. In my head I was thinking "Must be a lousy contractor". I told him why it wasn't to code & that I would never use those things. I feel sorry for his customers if he puts those things in.

I found some cool new "patent pending" braces that fit between studs & have holes in them for different size water pipes to stabilize them. Pretty neat looking so I grabbed a couple. I'll use them to hold the pipe for my tub spouts. The plumber told me that I could use CPVC for the spout but that it broke more easily than copper & the type of spouts I got can't fit over galvanized steel. He said if I got the sharkbite fittings that slip on to copper there could still be some movement- hence the stabilizer.

There's a sickly kitten over at my friend's house. She has some crud in her eyes so I cleaned her up and put medicine in her eyes. She's a sweet little kitty. She actually enjoys being wiped down with a damp cloth.

I also delivered some packages that Samsclub left in my driveway (again) to a neighborhood woman. She wasn't home but I wrote a note on the packages saying they left them at my house again. I took pictures of the packages & the labels so next time I go to Sam's I'm going to CS to complain about it & say I don't want to keep delivering her packages to her. If they had been my nasty neighbor's packages, I would have dropped them back off at Sam's and told them to take them to him or have him come pick them up, but this lady is nice so I decided to bring them to her.

It was 97° outside and I'm still trying to cool off (I ran back in to grab mail bc the post office was closed when I dropped my friend off). There was some stuff I forgot to give him so I dropped it off for him. He seems to be doing OK. Bleeding from the tooth is almost stopped. His boss was very understanding- he was worried his boss would think it was too convenient of a time for his tooth to break, but he had the report from the dentist to confirm & I think the boss knows by now what bad luck this guy has.

I'm still thinking ahead to when we can work on replacing Mom's shower. Plumber said he's installed hundreds of the Oatey no-caulk shower drains & said the pipe should come up about 1-1/2" from the floor to fit properly. He also said the metal key for turning was junk & to use two screwdrivers crossed over to turn it instead. I mentioned the idea of using some low expansion foam in a few spots (inside front apron of the shower pan & front apron of the tub) to reinforce it & reduce noise-- with the tub it can reduce heat loss & he said it should work. I'll be using it inside the shelves on the wall panels too.

I looked at the Delta tubs & shower walls & compared them to the Sterling. Delta feels super flimsy. I'm still debating whether or not to replace the tub in my bathroom or to just find a universal surround to put up around it & try to fix the part where the porcelain got scraped off the cast iron.

Hope everyone else is doing well.
 

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I took my friend to look at a vehicle he was thinking of buying for parts. Took over an hour to get there & he was very disappointed. The two parts he needed most were broken (the motor & the computer). The motor would have been fine if the catch on the hood hadn't smashed the cover on the top & allowed dirt & water in to corrode the motor.
The rims were in better shape than the ones on his vehicle but he wasn't going to buy a whole car just for the rims & they wouldn't sell just the rims. They said they are going to take it to U-Pullit so my friend will keep checking to see when it's there so he can go get the rims & cheaper parts that weren't worth buying the whole car for. Front end is so smashed it has to be towed & having it towed would not have been worth it for him.
My stomach isn't agreeing with me this morning.
My cat Predicate apparently missed me while I was gone because he started following me around as soon as I got home, has been sleeping on me all night, and followed me to the bathroom, then followed me back to my room and is sitting on me. I helped deliver him when his mother was in labor so I held him before he was fully born, wiped the crud off his face, & held him a lot when he was a kitten so he's very attached to me and vice versa.
Looks like it's going to rain again today. At least my sinus headache seems to be gone for the first time in days.
Hope everyone else is doing well.
 

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It's been too quiet here. I had a dental abscess that popped but I broke a tooth trying to get a piece of popcorn shell out of my gums (which is what caused the abscess). I also had a filling fall out so I have exposed nerves in two teeth-- both my top left molars. The pain has been radiating through my upper jaw, lower jaw, nose, left eye, to my left ear, and down my neck. It feels like being stabbed in the face from the inside. Went to the doctor & he prescribed some Tramadol but I have a high resistance to pain meds & they take awhile to actually kick in. Supposed to take them every 4 hours as needed but they don't even start working for 4 to 6 hours after I take them. I was given a week supply but the earliest dental appointment I could get is the 14th so I will have to stretch it out. I've been going 12 hours in between & swishing warm water around in my mouth to sooth things. I will get a root canal done on the 14th and then a week or two later they said I could get the back molar pulled (which might allow the wisdom tooth go grow down in it's place) and get a crown/cap on the tooth that gets the root canal. I hope they can burn the nerves to the last tooth while doing the root canal so I won't have to worry about the exposed nerve while I wait.

Haven't been able to focus since I've been having headaches related to the nerves in my mouth. Head has been throbbing. I managed to get a little bit of cleaning and cooking done but I have been sleeping more. I couldn't sleep for two days when the dental pain got really bad. I had to go outside and kick something to relieve some tension. My brother went to the ER over the same pain before.

I've been told the dentist I'm going to is very nice. I've talked to some of his patients who said that he was very reassuring and that he gave them soup to take home after treatment. I need to see if there is some sort of discount card I can find though, bc it's going to be expensive.

My best friend's fiance had her arraignment. Someone working for the DA's office talked to her before she went in & said they were reducing the charge from felony 2nd degree battery to misdemeanor simple battery. While waiting they called my friend's sister's name to appear before the judge for some charge (he thinks a traffic ticket) but she wasn't there so they issued a bench warrant for her arrest. My friend called his sister afterward to inform her & she said they never sent her notice to appear in court. With the mail slowed, she'll probably get it later if at all. The fiance is due to give birth this month. Her due date was the 30th but they said they would induce on the 25th if she hasn't gone into labor yet. She's gained a lot of weight (for her). Went from 80lbs to 110lbs but she doesn't have much room for expansion. The baby already has his head pointed downward and she says she can feel the head pushing on her cervix from time to time. She showed me the baby moving in her belly and it was creepy like the ghosts moving behind the walls in the movie The Frighteners. LOL. My friend stopped going to work bc customers kept coming in, taking their masks off, and refusing to put them back on then arguing with him when he told them to put them on or leave. He had to get security to remove a family that refused to wear their masks. He's worried that if he gets exposed he won't be able to be with his fiance when she gives birth.

Mom has been wanting my version of shepherd's pie almost every night. I mix velveeta with hamburger meat and add in potatoes and butter. She used to make something similar when I was a kid. I tried adding things like mushrooms and corn a few times but she didn't like it as much as just the meat, cheese, and potatoes. It's sort of like a deconstructed cheeseburger & fries. :p

Been having trouble with the jet pump. The pressure switch was chattering & cuts off the pump when we do laundry or run the water for extended periods of time. I had to go take a shower at my friend's house so the water wouldn't cut off on me. I'll have to get the pump guy out to look at it. If it's like last time, probably some fried wires going to the pump. I really need to find a way to get some kind of surge protector for the lines so they don't keep getting fried by storms. I hope it's not something to do with the pressure tank or the check valve that the pump guy installed incorrectly.
 
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