March 14th, 2021


Mostly stay at home day

Interrupted a few times by some Humana foo. Wasted half an hour on the phone with three pharmacy clerks who did not understand that all I needed was a prescription xferred from CVS. 4th helper was a pharmacy tech, she got it right away and started the process.

But later another pharmacy person called, confused because what I was transferring was insulin pen tips but there are no insulin pens on my list. Explained that I came to Nevada with more than a year's supply of pens, but Humana won't support them so I had to switch to vials and syringes. But I still have 30 pens left and am running out of needles. To add to the confusion, the idiot doctor who prescribed the needles (my first Nevada PCP) wrote them for 1 needle a day. I use 3 a day.

And in the mail I got a notice from Humana that they won't pay for my ophthalmology appointment because it wasn't referred by my PCP. But it was. And some woman in Hawaii called to claim that my podiatrist doesn't accept my Humana HMO. But Humana referred me to him. Grrrr. She was calling because I have an appointment next week, she was unaware that he saw me last month.

Enough medical foo.

Most of the day I streamed my front window camera pointed at the sage bush. Unattended, except for occasional checks to see if it was still online. Watched a few storm chasers, but none of them found the tornadoes they were after.

Took a field trip in the afternoon to Duck Creek trail. Got lots of photos of the mountain, but also of the burned areas. Lots of arson-caused spot fires. Made for some artistic burned tree photos. Will process them and put them online tomorrow.

Here's one for starters.

Delivered to the mailbox storage unit was a battery checker. I had one, but cannot find it. Turns out the reason the pigeon repeller did not work is one of the batteries was dead. It still won't get rid of the pigeons but at least now it detects motion and sends out a tone between 15khz and 25khz.

Met my new next door neighbor. She is very needy. Says she has PTSD from her husband beating her. And COPD from when she used to smoke. I met her when she blocked the road in front of the mailboxes by parking her car at right angles to the mailboxes instead of using one of the many parking spaces or parking alongside.

Two of the stray cats are using the space under my house, but so is a raccoon. I have too many doctor appointments to mess with that this week.

Watched Summer House and am getting tired of them focusing on the drama queen, and the guy she keeps taunting for no reason. Shark Tank saw more deals with 2 sharks than usual.

Last night I watched the South Park pandemic special. It was gross.

Finally took the lamb chops out of the freezer and am marinating them overnight in rosé, sherry and a sprinkling of Thai basil, thyme, oregano and black pepper. Will fry them with minced garlic.

Ran the dishwasher.

Did not do a stream tonight, watched The First 48 instead.

Got a letter from the local Nissan dealer that if I want I can return my leased Leaf now, and get a new car for less. But they don't seem to have any electric cars on offer. I'll have to talk to them about that.

Made eggos in the toaster oven. Needed more time. Lunch was a fruit bowl. Yum, but expensive.
Plans for tomorrow:
Set all the non-internet clocks forward an hour. Nevada has a bill in place to remain on Standard Time but it's too late for this year.

Lamb chops, Gold Rush, Bush league

Up around 5 am, low blood sugar, downed two bowls of ice cream. Watched Gold Rush till I got tired, then back to bed till 9 or 9:30.  Not going anywhere so skipped the shower.

Last night around 1 am I set all the clocks in the house to DST. Oven, microwave, livingroom, bedroom, both bathrooms (two in the master). Put a note on the whiteboard to set the one in the car. Which also reminded me to set the one in the Nikon.

Morning I put kibble on the back porch and saw Goldie partake. But then my front porch cam showed Goldie up there checking things out, so I moved the kibble tower to the front porch. Good choice because the pigeons don't go there. Goldie found it this afternoon, I figure the other strays will too. I don't think the raccoon will.

Charged the spare camera battery and put it in the rear door cam,then charged that one and put it in the porch cam. When that's charged it will go into the carport cam.

Watched fishing and storm chaser streams. As usual the chasers failed to find any major storms.They keep listening to this one guy who always leads them near but not quite to the right sites.

Processed the Duck Creek trail photos. They are here.

Left email for Nissan sales, but they are closed Sundays. I really would like to ditch my Leaf and get a Tesla or Chevy Bolt. But the early lease release deal I think requires me to lease or buy a Nissan.

Set the car clock to DST, it has a button for that. All my internet devices auto-update. Google Home points out each time check that it's DST. Amazon does not.

IRS says my $1400 will be deposited 3/17. They are finally processing my tax return, much bigger payout from that. No ETA for my refund.

Pan fried the lamb chops. The sherry did not help the flavor. Steak sauce did. Second piece was kind of dried, will use it in stew. BBQ beans were good, pickles have gone bad somehow. Mint cookie crumble ice cream tasted fine.

Finished Gold Rush. Very long series of episodes. The white water teams have pulled the plug after each one nearly killing a diver. Strip miners are over-working and under-maintaining their equipment and wonder why it keeps breaking.

Penn & Teller is paused after the first act. 90 Day is recording.

Plans for tomorrow:
Call podiatrist and cancel this week's appointment
Call PCP and ask them to find a podiatrist who takes my insurance, and straighten out the ophthalmologist snafu
Urology appointment late afternoon

But wait, there's more

Finally called 1-800-got-junk and made an appointment for them to haul away the wooden computer desk. No takers on the neighborhood web site, 96 people saw the listing. Cost $175. Ouch. Will hang sister's quilt there, I think. And maybe put in an aquarium.

Anyhow, they called to ask if they could show up early, which was fine with me.

After they were done I got undressed and took a nap. Spook magically appeared on the bed next to me.

New neighbor banged on both front and back walls but somehow did not show up on the cameras. She wants so much to be co-dependent, but I'm not going there.

Later in the day Ma'am actually attacked Spook, but as usual she got beat up a little and Spook slunk away.