How are you?
I’m fine, thanks for asking.
Yeah, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I even missed the August installment of “Changing Seasons.” My bad.
Oh, I dunno… this and that.
Well, the library, for one – I’m learning how to use the new scanner to digitize the collection of negatives, slides, and photos. Nothing like a learning curve to keep the brain engaged. And to keep the butt clenched firmly on the not-so-ergonomic office chair.
The search for Women’s Institutes records has been fun – but I didn’t anticipate the load of admin work – correspondence, databases, shipping labels, instruction sheets (one per each of the 150-ish books), receipts for pick-up, tracking hours and expenses. I’m not complaining – well, my shoulder and wrist are. I have to meter out the work in small batches.
Back at the library, I’ve been helping with data entry and backup of the web site files. Including separating the 1972 interviews from one long page into 200 separate files. After a while, I was chanting the keyboard shortcuts as I opened and closed and cut and pasted the files. I need a good “working on the chain-gang” song to help get through a task, don’t you?
I helped Vivian’s daughter stage the house in preparation for the real estate agent. Staging? Oh, you know, clearing counter tops, rearranging furniture. Some really cool (but awkwardly heavy) “mid-century modern” pieces. Good news: the house sold almost instantly. Which is astonishing for Cobalt.
Oh! And! Family has been visiting – which has been great – wall-to-wall rock collecting and poutine and s’mores and potato chips and beer.
On the health frontier, it delights me to report that the family celebrations did not interfere with the weight-loss regimen. I behaved myself (more or less – more chips and beer, no s’mores) and I’m still on a downward trend. Plus, my MD referred me for a stress test – strictly for baseline purposes since there is a family history of heart disease and stroke. Results: my heart is in excellent shape. AND, my BP is now a bit too low, so half doses of the meds!
In the “I hate when that happens” category, I broke a tooth. So, off to dentist. An hour and three-quarters later, happy new molar. Wow, what a marathon – at one point, the dentist asked if I wanted a break. I declined – getter done! – I indicated. But it occurred to me, he probably could have used a stretch after an hour hunched over, focused on re-building the tooth.
The common denominator in most of these activities has been physical tension. Somewhere along the line — I suspect it was while moving furniture — I tweaked an old whiplash injury. Which is frustrating in that I need to limit my time on the keyboard exactly when I am using it more than usual. My neck, shoulder, and right arm are numb-ish. Yes, I’m getting treatment for that, too. And we rearranged the office furniture so that I have a work station equipped with a proper ergonomic set-up.
Hence, little by way of blogging for me. Especially since summer has arrived! Which has been somewhat disorienting, talking about heat and humidity when the trees are brilliant scarlet and gold. So, yeah, I’ve been out-of-doors when I’m not working at my volunteer stuff.
Oh! Yes! The kitties! I’ll wrap up with the one-liner that I didn’t submit on Wednesday:
“… looks like we’ll be having house-guests for the winter,” he said.
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