nigh Christmas

Too many months since I’ve posted, so rather than give up totally, here I am at it again.  Also trying to get a meditation practice started, too!

Not feeling well, not feeling badly, just no “force” behind my moves, having to “push” everything.

Did get to VA today for lab tests for A1C (diabetes check) and am at new weight low (255lbs), down from high of 315…another years-long low.  Encouraging.


a change is gonna come

Was watching West Wing TV series and the episode was “A Change Is Gonna Come”.  That’s the theme for me this weekend.

Monday I meet with employee of Long Construction (China Grove/Kannapolis) to do something about swapping out all the old AC window units for new LGs!  Guess instead of me doing it, it will help to have pro taking note of windows condition, so that I have the option of reinforcement or replacing window to best serve new unit installation.  Looking forward to your expertise, Tony Long (Gene Long, Long Construction)!

got musical keyboard on its way to Freedom

Saturday morning early, got Meg to stop by on her area yard sale assault and get the keyboard, Casio WK-6600, for my great-nephew Free (Freedom), along with sustain pedal, music stand and keyboard stand.  She’s in charge of getting it to them halfway from SC/NC or driving it all the way down there, according to COVID-19 restrictions currently being observed.

As I wrote a few minutes ago, I’m trying to make it over Monday morning to Spencer house to remove old living room AC unit.  Maybe even take look at attic stairs wiring problem.

July 25th, shorter days, cooler temps 2020

I wrote this as an outside user would, in an effort to be more prolific, and am pasting into the blog as admin.  Last comment was a month ago and before that, three months! lol  So, I’m improving.  Not daily, but monthly, and soon maybe weekly and who knows, one day, daily!  Well, I can dream, can’t I? 🙂

It’s July 25th and the days start to get cooler, bit by bit, since the days are getting shorter, now that we’ve passed the longest days time of the year. Sunsets are earlier and sunrises later.

I think so, that is. LOL

I finally installed a new digital recording program/app on my main laptop (1Tb PCIe; 32Gb RAM), Presonus Studio One 4, which I bought several months ago. I also learned that I can’t use VST plug-ins until I upgrade to the Professional (I have the Artist version) for another $300. Won’t do that until Christmas time, probably, when I have the full infrastructure set up (recording desk, etc.).

Before the recording desk, here at Mary’s, I’ll set up a 32″ external monitor.  This 14″ laptop screen is NOT sufficient. 🙂

As far as the pandemic goes (COVID-19), we have no federal plan to help organize and manage the pandemic well, thanks to a lack of leadership from the Trump administration, and SO, we are faced with reversing some of the “loosening” of restrictions and are going backwards, so to say.  More and more people are becoming amenable to wearing face masks, as they discover the reality of the situation.  Lots of disenchanted folks around.

I’m trying to organize a jam session August 9th, at a musician’s home on Mt. Hope Church Rd near Faith, NC.  3 guitarists, me on keyboards, bassist, drummer, two singers (guitarist and me).  We’ll see how that goes, or IF it goes.  The home where we’ll jam has a full basement and not crowded, so we consider it adequate space.

Since I do better with deadlines, and I need to install a window AC in the living room, I’m shooting for tomorrow, Sunday, July 26th.  It will be the easiest to do since there is a front porch outside the front living room window.  We’ll see if I make it over early in the morning, 7am-ish.  At least, I should be able to get the old unit OUT, if nothing more, and that will make it easier to install one of the four new units that are sitting in one of the bedrooms.

Well, didn’t make it over Sunday morning to “mess” with AC living room unit, so trying again Monday…..we’ll see.  (a little after midnight Sunday)

if at first you don’t succeed….

STILL trying to make a daily blog post;  only way to fail is to give up trying.  It’s been 3 months since my last blog post.  Oh, my. 🙁

Headed to Spencer house to cover up extra vehicle (Dodge Stratus) per city of Spencer request.  Could park it in back yard and see if that works, even adding car cover.

Grass was cut last Friday, June 26 (hired Dustin Boger, North Rowan High School student, fine young fella.  Had him cut front and side yard, back to fence area in backyard.

Still haven’t swapped out old window AC units for new LG units.  Arrrgh.



the days of COVID-19….

Well, these are historic times in which we live today.  Every day is breaking new ground.  The world is fighting the coronavirus and so are we in the US, here in North Carolina.

Not safe to be in crowds, but I have a lot of stuff to move by myself, from storage to my home in Spencer, near North Rowan High School.  All I need is some motivation.  Got any? LOL

Great weather, almost too hot today, near 82 degrees, it’s predicted.  Headed out around 2pm to my storage units to get some stuff, shelving units, etc.  If it’s too hot, I can always fill the van and wait until this evening to take it over to Spencer house.

Today is Friday, March 20th, 2020.

Soon, I’ll be staying over at house to arrange all the stuff that I’ve taken over there.  Stuff everywhere!  Getting crowded ’cause nothing’s arranged.  Going to need to assemble several metal shelving units.  Tedious work.  And these days, I have to wear glasses to see up close.  That’s a recent development, but I’m approaching 70, so I shouldn’t complain, though I could. LOL

Been putting off a few things, as I’m not relishing the possible confrontation of them.  There may be NO confrontation, but there is the reasonable possibility so that adds to my procrastination.

I did get in touch with old musical acquaintance, Jimm Mosher of Hit Music, Inc., a Spencer, NC recording studio and music conservatory (his wife Katie).  They’re a great addition to the area.  I believe Jimm came to Spencer in the early 1990s.  Friendly fella, talented musician, primarily drums, but plays keyboards, too and who knows what else.  World-class producer, audio engineer, et cetera.

Always On Sunday

Well, I got away from posting, so here I am giving it another try.

Going over to Spencer house in morning (Monday, March 9th) with a van full of stuff from storage 10x20s.
Plan on taking lots of pictures for my solar contractors (south and southwest roof) and am going into attic for pics of supports and see how much insulation is up there.

Must not be much since last year’s gas heating bill was $350+! Wow, I’m not paying that (got that info from my last month’s gas bill – it was $58). Thinking of switching to ductless mini-split or micathermic space heaters. Either way, going to have to ramp up insulation situation in house.

Also, going to swap out new AC (LG) wall/window units, beginning in living room, in a few weeks. Tomorrow, if I feel ambitious, may remove one in living room and close window, to help with gas bill until spring arrives. Lots of cold overnight temps ahead, though, ’til spring/warmer weather.

On another vein of interest, I’m going to VA for eye exam March 16th, 2020, to get some prescription reading glasses. To better explain, I’m laying in front of laptop and have to use the bifocal part of glasses to read and that means that I have to tilt my head up quite a bit. A pair of glasses with only one prescription should make this “tilting” experience better! Hmmm….wonder if that is helping get rid of my turkey neck. LOL I’m referring to what happens to your neck when you grow old. If I want to guess someone’s age, I pay attention to their neck. Sometimes, some one has a younger looking face but their neck gives them away. 🙂

Back to my previous train of discussion, I just read in Sunday Salisbury Post edition that the VA is screening for COVID-19/coronavirus. That ought to be an interesting experience getting on the compound. Think that I’ll call ahead and ask some questions before I go over.

Sunday morning comin’ down?

Homage to Kris Kristofferson’s country tune. Haven’t had one of those in about 26 years, this April 18th (1994).

Got a text in the past 24 hours from my realtor agent that “did” my house closing in Spencer, Mechelle Kuld, to see how it was going. Moving in slowly, I responded. None better than Mechelle in the realtor world. I have had others with which to compare and she’s as good as it gets. Brought me cupcakes to first house showing!

(the cupcakes were from Sugar Fairy in Spencer, Jacqui Watson’s place – Jacqui’s a computer client of mine – put an SSD hard drive in her laptop – highly recommend those with little patience to upgrade to SSD – solid state drive – WORLD of difference).

Saturday Yawn; 22FEB2020

Rested and up at 2am to head over to house and check mail/delivery at Spencer house. Was over there at 12:45pm Friday to accept UPS delivery of four window AC LG units to replace all, old current window units. Will install one or more over weekend, or at the very least, remove the old one from front living room (easiest access from front porch) and shut up that polar hole. Previous occupants had some exorbitant gas bills the previous year.

Not sure if I’ll keep making this blog so personal in the future, but I can always DELETE, huh? 🙂

Greetings, Earthlings!

Assuming y’all ARE from this planet – if not, may I compliment you on your clever disguises!

This is my first blog entry, 21FEB2020, 7am ET, FRIDAY morning;

Receiving shipment of wall AC units for house in Spencer today. Any one want the older ones, email me – or call 980-643-00-FOUR-THREE

It appears that a lot of snow fell yesterday, but not cold enough to remain. Clear roads, should be.