March 18th, 2021


Props to Trop

As planned, drove to Trop-Aqua tropical fish store up Tropicana Ave a couple of miles. Impressive place. Huge, well laid out, clean, staff checking all the tanks all the time. After a full walk-through I asked the desk folks for help finding a 20 gallon tank & accessories and they had a full kit on sale for $99, which I'd seen on Amazon for much more. They helped me find the right kind of sand, bacteria and conditioner. Very happy with the purchase and the place.

Home, ordered a 4' long table to put the tank on (stands are way too expensive and usually only have room for the tank, with a shelf below for other stuff). That is due Friday. Will fill the tank when it's on the table, and go back for plants and fish next week. Bettas and maybe gouramis.

Stimulus $$ is in my bank account being processed. So is my SS $. Credit cards will be paid off real soon now.
Delivered was the replacement for the exercise bike left pedal. It did not go in smoothly, but it went in all the way and the nut holding it in place needed me to hold the pedal with the wrench. But now the bike is good to ride. I gave it a short test, the pulse rate sensor is off by a lot. It feels good, though. The seat is pretty wide. I may need to take off my cutoffs to ride it.

Goldie has found the kibble on the porch but so have the pigeons.

Took a nap around 4, Spook joined me but soon jumped off the bed and disappeared.  Later found her asleep under the bed. She stayed there all evening.

Text from the office saying they may have to shut off the water tomorrow morning. Followed by a text from my cardiologist reminding me of tomorrow morning's appointment.

Desert Radiology called, we made an appointment for noon on the 31st. No food for 4 hours prior.

Angry that the media did their rush to judgment thing again, going all ballistic about anti-Asian hate crimes when the guy was shooting up massage parlors because of the sex aspect, not because they were Asian. Two of the fatalities were not Asian.  I'm also seeing terrorist conspiracy theories when it was just one insane guy with a gun.

Tivo pranked me, said Below Deck Med was recorded but what I got was a rerun of the sailing yacht show.

Lots of tornadoes, but not lots of storm chasers on Twitch finding any.

Streamed for an hour but nobody showed up till the last minute.

Went through all the big framed family photos at a cousin's request. He has a great one of my parents and his at a local Hungarian restaurant. I found a photo at the same venue but a different time, and my parents with a couple I don't recognize. Also was reminded I have my mother's high school diploma and all my dad's diplomas. And a photo of my dad with what I assume is a famous physicist. O. G. Haywood. 

Plans for tomorrow:
Cardiology. Find out about the echocardiogram
Do some time on the exercycle
Pay some bills

Two hours later...

After breakfast, went to my cardiology appointment. The appointment was at 10:40, I was there 20 minutes early. It was supposed to be a quick review of last week's echocardiogram. Long story short, I didn't get to see the doctor till 12:40.

She said my heart was at 55%, the function lass was typical of old age, the heart doesn't pull blood back into it very well. Those muscles are not relaxing enough.

Also she did not like my low BP readings. After I left she phoned my urologist and they are having me stop using the strongest of my vascular dilator drugs and substituting something different which was originally for hair loss prevention.

Home, watched the camera clips and two strays are eating the kibble on the front porch and going under the house, but so is a raccoon. And I had to chase pigeons away from the food. Spook was enjoying watching them through the screen door.

Finished my last fruit bowl.

Ma'am spent most of the day curled up on the floor behind the home theater. And making rude noises whenever Spook was line of sight. Spook reclaimed the livingroom cat tree for a while, but Ma'am did not rise to the bait except to make rude noises.

I did 2 loads of laundry including all my Hawaiian shirts. Spook got on the bed to protect them.

I streamed for an hour. A few lurkers, no chatters.

Delivered was a set of bungee cords so I tied down the porch rocking chairs. Also in the box was long plastic drink straws. Kind of too long but better than the too short ones.

Ordered 4 meals worth of Chinese food. Had wor won ton soup for dinner. Excellent broth but the won tons were mostly wrapper and there was less than the usual amount of meats & veggies. $70 for $40 worth of food. Gotta stop doing that.

The Texas sage is greening up a little, and a pair of finches has been in there plucking nesting material. I put the lint from the dryer on the bush to help out.

Did 5 minutes on the exercise bike. Need to move the step stool over there. And not wear pants. Even cutoffs get in the way.

OCD set in, I straightened the quilt on the wall.

Plans for tomorrow:
Depends on when the table for the fish tank arrives
Lots of ironing
Chinese food for lunch
Smith's groc delivery early afternoon - bananas and watermelon & lots of frozen meals