Scotties Toy Box

September 16, 2019

Scottiestoybox vid 9 16 2019

Filed under: My Life and Rants, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 15:52

I have to give them better titles.   Hugs

Milo’s favorite desk spot

Filed under: Animals, Funny Stuff, Love, My Life and Rants, News, Pictures — Scottie @ 07:48

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September 7, 2019

I may someday get back to the blogs I love

Filed under: Children, Family, Harm, Health, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 13:31

I have a cold.   On Wednesday I had two shots into my lower spine.   Hurt like hell and weaken me a bit.   Then on Thursday I went to the allergy doctors office in the early morning for my shots.   There I met a young girl, three or four years old.  I met her because she rushed up to me and wanted to talk, wanted to give me every magazine and booklet she could get her tiny hands on.   She also was coughing a lot.  I asked her mother who also had a teen age girl and boy with her if the little girl who wanted my attention had allergies.   “Oh no” replied the mother earnestly, “she has a cold”.   My heart sank.   I do not blame the little girl but I do blame the mother.   I have a depressed immune system normally and I had just gotten a bunch of steroids the day before.  So I knew I would get sick.   I guess the look on my face must have said how much I disapproved because the woman came and picked up her daughter and took her to the child sitting area where there was currently no other people.  I felt sorry for the next little kids to come in and go there to handle the crayons and papers for drawing that the sick girl did.  So sure enough.  I felt OK Thursday, some discomfort Friday.  Friday night was the start, full on start of a cold.  It was a bad night.  Today I am worse and feel like crap, my throat feels like someone is using sandpaper on it while throwing some salt on it at the same time.   I am stuffed up.  My body hurts more than normal.   Breathing is harder.  I have been choked to nearly vomiting a few times by the sinuses draining into my throat.  The worst part is Ron is making a turkey breast with the fixings and I wont be able to taste it or enjoy it.  So I will be back in a few days.  Love to all.   Hugs

August 26, 2019

Some new pictures

Filed under: My Life and Rants, Pictures — Scottie @ 14:16

So a few minutes ago I took some new pictures.   I hope you enjoy.  Click on them to enlarge.   Hugs

 

 

Add one, subtract several, lose two days in repairs

Filed under: My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 14:01

Hello All you wonderful people.  Grab some of that internet while we still have some and have a sit down.  I want to tell you about my yesterday and today.    

I had bought some new equipment for my main / blogging computer.   It was so I could do better videos.   I had to undo a bunch of my cable runs under the desk which has trays for the cables to lay in, then run the new cables and tie them up with velcro straps.   Love the new straps Ron got me, so easy to use.  I got the new stuff hooked up, the cables all nice and neat, I was ready to give a it a test run.  The computer was not quite right and I could see I was dropping frames.   So I decided to reset windows, a 20 to 30 minute job and I know the settings so well I could do them in my sleep.   

But things have a way of reminding us we are not in as much control as we think.  When windows reset and  I got the settings the way I like them, I found out some parts of windows had not loaded correctly and a third of the functions I use and need simply were not working correctly if at all.   I tried to get a windows update as I figured that would fix it, but I had the latest version and I couldn’t get the update to go in manually.  Well I finished out my day and went to bed figuring I would fix it in the morning.  

Oh boy did I have a bad night.  The damage to my spine causes the nerves that go to my leg / feet to send signals to the muscles that that cause them to contract, or the reverse is the signals go to the brain as intense pain.   Last night I had only slept an hour when one of my foot cramped.  I rolled around trying to change position enough to stop the pressure on the nerve which sometimes will stop the cramp or pain right away.  But after a few minutes one or the other foot would cramp.  I got up and took medications.  After they took effect I drifted off to sleep.  Two hours later  the same thing repeated it self.  So I got up at 3:30 and began working on the computer.

So this morning I did a factory image install.  Then doing the settings to get everything the way I like it.   Then I loaded up my favorite programs I use.  Then the pain in the butt stuff all the updates.  It is all done and I am ready to blog.  Hugs

 

 

August 21, 2019

I am home

Filed under: Food, Health, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 13:15

Hello Everyone. Pull up a chunk of that internet thing while we still have it.  I am home, holding my older cat Milo who is doing his best to hold my arm down and purring loudly, and I am beat.  

I got my shots and it seems to be OK.  The bad one they again slowed the dose and it looks like on the other ones in two weeks I can go to a maintenance dose, but on that one it will take about 6 more weeks.  Unlike others I will have to stay on maintenance doses for about ever.   If not I will have to start over every few years.  They adjusted two of my medications, a topical medication for if I get hives or something, and a nasal spray to help when I get all chocked up and feel like I can not breath.  When I told her sometimes it is so bad I vomit she was upset as she had not realized the reactions of the sinuses was that bad.  I thought she would give me a talking to on the cats being so close to me all the time, on my desk / pillows but she just reminded me  I am allergic to them.   I showed her the pictures of them on my desk, in my arms, and sleeping with me and she agreed that was a lot of love they gave me. 

I also lost 10 pounds since my last visit three months ago.  I know I am losing weight which I really don’t mind.   The problem is I am rarely hungry and I am not eating much.  I did not eat last night, have not eaten yet today and I still am not hungry yet.  I know I have to eat due to my medications and I am a diabetic.  Funny thing is my primary care doctor loves that I am losing weight as it helps all my blood work labs.  Yet I am not really that over weight.  I am slightly over 5 foot 7 inches tall and today weighted fully clothed at 184.  I remember when I first got put in a wheelchair I started only eating once a day and small amounts.  Ron got upset at that and talk to my doctor.  He told Ron not to worry, when I got hungry I would eat and it was not like I did not have food available,so when I was hungry I would eat.  

So now I will go to a few sites to catch up on the news and then to each of your blogs as fast as I can read them and maybe leave a semi coherent comment.  Hugs.  Scottie

Dang not again

Filed under: Health, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 08:02

Hello Everyone, all you wonderful people.  Pull up a bit of the internet while we still have it.  Posting will be lite this morning if at all.   I have another doctors appointment and will be getting my shots a day early.   It is a follow up with my allergist because I am reacting badly to one of the shots and also I am still having reactions the shots are not covering.  Time for a medication adjustment I think.   Well it is a great place for the most part.  Very friendly with the staff very engaging especially with the children there to get shots.  They keep an area for the kids to draw and watch kids animated movies.   I sometimes find my self watching the movies even though I prefer the news.  Shrek is rather funny.   They do have either a news show or food show on the other TV but in the middle of the waiting room against the windowed wall they have really comfortable chairs that fit me better.  As I have my tablet at all times when out I sit there and read.   Anyway everyone have a great morning and I will be back on in the afternoon.   Hugs.  Scottie

August 13, 2019

Let’s talk about socially conditioned responses to domestic violence….

I think most of the people who come here know I was abused and lived in constant fear of the huge ( to a little boy and most men ) brute that terrorized my life.   But while I took the brunt of his abuse he also made clear his position to even his own brood.  He was the alpha in charge of the house and he would back it up with violence.  I seen him rip a door of the hinges to his daughters room because she pissed him off.  He did so by punching his fist right through the door.  

I want to point out that the video has a really good message.  If you really want to help the victim, get them out of the situation.  Many people in my little cow town knew I was being abused, and many offered what comfort they could.  But none of them tried to take me out of the abuse.  

Which leads me to the point Beau makes.  When I was about 13 or 14 I was working for a local family who had a basket weaving shop.  It was a big business.  The man who ran it was a 6 foot something ex-marine.   They were friends with my adoptive parents and had even bought me clothing when I really need it.  I was happy to work in the shop and felt welcome if  awkward there.    One afternoon my adoptive father came into the shop angry, found me and started hitting me and beating me up.  I to this day do not know how he knew or who ran and told him but Dave the owner showed up and went into combat mode.  As his wife grabbed me and tried to take me out of there I seen most of the fight.  Francis was short but stock and hugely muscled and a brawler, Dave was an marine who had seen combat and younger.  For the first time in my life I felt so happy with joy, someone had stood up for me.  I was not alone, I was going to be safe.  Surely after that fight he wouldn’t hurt me any more!

The truth was he never hurt me in front of Dave again.  But when I got home that afternoon Dave was not there.  There was no big former marine to defend me.  I was a small scrawny kid facing a brawler that had gotten the bad end of a fight.  Some one needed to pay for that, and I did.  I wont describe what happened, I think you all can guess. I will only say it was bad.  Really bad.  

Thinking you can play the hero and stand up for the abused is great, if you plan on being there day and night until the abuser is gone, never to come back.  But doing it once in a store or in the case of the video going and beating the bad guy up only leaves them free to take that anger out on the victim.  I know, I was the victim.  Anyway I am upset and tired and going to bed.  Please watch the video.  Be safe, be happy, and hugs

Yes, I am back

Filed under: My Life and Rants, Questions, Science — Scottie @ 16:35

I got up at 4 AM.  Ron had been up since midnight.  Ron and I shared some time with the cats and enjoyed coffee.  Then I did my morning cartoon round up.  Then before I went to take my shower I decided I was tired of the lagging in my browsers so set the computer to  reset the operating system.  That normally takes about 20 minutes.  When I got back to the computer I did the normal settings check, and started doing updates.  Normally no big deal.  However today everything seemed to go sideways.   I was complaining to Ron a whole day gone doing blogging stuff.  So I did a complete factory image install, it has taken this long to get most of the up to date stuff done.  I am about ready to answer comments and go read blogs!  YEA!!  Hugs

August 6, 2019

I just got home

Filed under: Health, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 16:05

Hello Everyone.  I am pretty beat.   I spent three and a half hours in a dental chair getting several fillings and the prep for a new crown.  Took three shots of one kind of pain killer and one shot of a longer lasting different kind.  Even with taking extra muscle relaxers my back is really hurting.   Oh well I think this will basically be the last major work this year.   I am pretty much desperate for a break.   Hugs

August 3, 2019

For those keeping count

Filed under: Health, My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 05:43

Hello Everyone.  Welcome and have a seat.   I got a total of 15 shots this week.  I got 3 shots for my allergies on Wednesday, and 12 shots in my back on Thursday.  The trigger point injections are really painful, done with a large strong needle.  They inject the muscles on both sides of the spine with a steroid and and an anesthetic.  The new MRI shows all my back problem got worse, and some of the vertebra are now out of alignment with the other ones.  So to make this short, I have all the things basically wrong that can go wrong including, disc material gone or bulging, narrowed nerve channels, deformed vertebra and growing spurs, and vertebra not in line, arthritis in the vertebra and joints, weakening bone strength / density,  and the nerve damage that goes with it all.  So the muscles in my back are trying to defend and act as my spine.   The muscles get so hard and tight ( spasm ) they refuse to relax and it gets worse.  The muscles can not get the proper things muscles need to keep clean and healthy.  So I got 12 of those shots, 6 to a side of the spine.   The side effect is I will feel super hungry for a week or so and will want to eat all the time.  In a month I will get some more shots in the spine joints, they did not want to do them Thursday as it would put a lot of steroids in my body.    Hugs

July 31, 2019

Avengers endgame

Filed under: My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 18:23

I am going off line now.  I wont be answering any more comments or stuff.  We pre-ordered on Amazon for Avengers End Game and it dropped yesterday.  So I will watch a bit of it as I have another doctors appointment at 10 AM in the morning.   Hugs and loves.  Scottie

What I do in the morning. A question asked by Ron

Filed under: My Life and Rants, News, Things I like — Scottie @ 13:50

Hello Everyone.  Nice to see you all today.  I had my shots this morning and stopped at the store and brought some stuff home, finally got my lunch and now want to answer a question Ron asked me this morning. 

On nights he doesn’t work Ron likes to sleep in until 8 or later.   He is not like me as when I open my eyes, when I come to,  I wake up.  I am alert and ready.  I guess it is from a childhood of abuse, you learn to sleep lightly,  wake up fast, and be ready.  Ron wakes slowly, fitfully, and takes time to kick into gear.    This morning when I woke him Ron asked me what I did when I get up so early?   Here is my normal morning. 

I normally wake up between 3:30 and 5:00.   Sometimes I wake earlier but stay in bed.   What will keep me from going back to sleep or staying in bed is my pain levels.  My hips, shoulders, and back become so sore I have to get up.  Should I manage to sleep until around 4:30 Milo will start to act up to wake me.  So normally I get up between 4 AM and 5 AM.   I get walked from the bedroom to the kitchen by the cats.  I stop long enough to start the coffee and then enter the office.  I turn on the lights, get some paper plates out and add treaties to them and serve the cats. Only then can I sit at the desk.  

I do my computer security and performance checks, then bring the video computer online.  Tuesday through Saturday mornings I start out with news.  Normally TYT’s prior nights shows.   Then after all them, about 3 hours, I switch to Hardball , then Rachael Meadow, then All In with Chris Hayes,  and finish with Lawrence O’Donnell.   After that I switch over to YouTube.  On YouTube I again have news sites, atheist sites, and science sites. ( including debunking sites of stupid stuff like the flat earth. )  On Saturday morning after TYT, I go to HBO  Now and watch Bill Maher, then go to the MSNBC news sites, then YouTube.  On Monday morning I first go to HBO Now and watch John Oliver’s news show, then the rest.    That is the normal programing of my video computer.

Once I get the video’s started I bring the main blogging computer online.  On the main computer I use for blogging I first start with with bringing up my blog and answering comments.   I take great joy in the comments both on my blog and on other peoples blogs.  After the comments are done I go get my first cup of coffee.  By the end of the morning I will have drank the entire 12 cup pot.  At this point I have two issues to deal with, starting my first post, and dealing with which ever cat that has jumped up on the desk to lay between me and the keyboard. 

First I do my favorite first post of the morning post, editorial cartoons /memes.  I have 51 sites I open up all at the same time.  I first do the ones that will let me directly copy them to a post, then do the ones that I have to first send to twitter and then grab back from twitter.   That takes time because I don’t just post every cartoon, I pick the ones that give a message or cause me to think.   Ones I want to share.  Then after that post I have to start going through the following websites looking for news.  I will post the links in order.  There are 24 now in this folder named “morning read”.

https://liberalsarecool.com/

https://youknowyougrow.tumblr.com/

https://truth-has-a-liberal-bias.tumblr.com/

https://cthulhulovesewe.tumblr.com/

https://reagan-was-a-horrible-president.tumblr.com/

https://saywhat-politics.tumblr.com/

https://www.liberal-memes.com/

https://makingdonalddrumpfagain.tumblr.com/

https://millennial-review.tumblr.com/

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/

https://religion-is-a-mental-illness.tumblr.com/

http://www.davegranlund.com/cartoons/

https://cat-memes-only.tumblr.com/

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/tippling/

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/foxyfolklorist/

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/nosacredcows/

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/crossexamined/

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thefreethinker/

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/godlessmom/

Home

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/

https://tumblr.tastefullyoffensive.com/

https://fuckyeahreligionpigeon.tumblr.com/

Now if Ron has worked that night I need to stop around 6:30 and go get my shower.   Ron gets home around 8 AM and I spend some time with him before he goes to bed.   If he has not worked that night I keep going until about 8 AM and then go wake him. 

By now my last news blog has began posting.  That is https://www.joemygod.com/ .  After I go through any thing I missed the day before I am ready to start on email.  I have to keep checking that site during the day as like me Joe posts all day long. 

On days I have medical appointments I try to make them for the mornings.  It is the time I am in the least pain.  So I am often late getting through the end of the morning stuff above.  However as soon as I finish the above I start going through Email.  I get notifications of new posts and comments on those post of people I follow ( and I follow a lot of blogs ) by my email.   I get far more emails than I can ever keep up with, but I start with the most recent and work my way back in time.  I go to the blog on the email, read the post, comment if I have something worth adding, read and like /respond to others comments, and move to the next email.  As most of you understand I never get to everyone.  If it is a bad pain day for me and I have had to go lay down several times I really don’t get many blogs read or answered.  I do value each blog I subscribe to and I have learned so much from each one, but there is never enough time.   By now it is normally late in my day.  If Ron works I make him a cup of coffee and get him up at 5 PM.   I am normally very tired and sore by 6 PM and I go to bed between 7 and 8 PM.  I try to stay up until 9 or 9:30 but it almost never happens. 

So my wonderful readers that is most of my days.  I take most of my meals at my desk as it is the place most comfortable for me.  I left out the few domestic chores I am capable of most of the time like cleaning the cat box, feeding and watering the cats. I do cook once in a while when I can and I make all our breads.  I help Ron with the laundry, which is really my chore but he hates to see me struggling with it and always manages to help me.  I am glad I get to share my day with all of you.  I welcome any thoughts you have on my daily routine.   Hugs

 

 

July 21, 2019

New world in the morning

Filed under: My Life and Rants, Song — Scottie @ 17:58

I am having a bad day.  I am battling my past ( those that read my blog understand ) I am also in a lot of pain ( again those that read my blog know my spine is a huge problem ) and to top it off my hubby gave me a bunch of files to shred for him.  To say I am having a problem is an understatement.   Who would have thought saying American is not the US would have such a virulent response.   It seems the US population doesn’t know about the continent of America.   Any way in an attempt ( a bit poorly ) to hold my sanity together, here is a song.  Hugs

July 20, 2019

Some days just don’t work out right

Filed under: My Life and Rants, Pictures — Scottie @ 12:56

Ron has done my hair for 30 years, but recently his hands hurt too much and he shakes a bit too much to do a good job.   He has started to dislike doing it and it has gotten shaggy and out of shape.  We agreed I would find a barbershop and have my hair cut there.   So I found one nearby and went to get a haircut.  

The place was neat and clean with a old time barbershop look.  I was the only customer and I told the barber I prefered my hair parted on the side, off my ears, and out of my eyes.   Please shape the beard also.   He wanted to know if I would like some of the thick mass off the back and I agreed.  Well he took to shearing and I was fleeced.   I did not mind the hair being so short but I like a beard with some length to it.  Not long and shaggy but enough on the chin to grab ahold of.  

I got home and ron was upset.  Told me to never go back there again.   Said it was way too short.  Said I looked like a 70 year old man.   I guess I can not win.   What do you guys think.   Hugs

July 13, 2019

Another day away from computer?

Filed under: My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 06:24

Hello Everyone.  Just an update.  If no one noticed I have had little computer time for three days.   I Have tried to do as much as I could with the time I could be at the computers.   I have one computer torn apart as I am installing new hardware, the other I reset because a couple tweaks I wanted to try out made a mess of my operating system.   Also I have had four appointments this week with an MRI scheduled for this morning at 7:30.   Yesterday afternoon I went to a local ladies home and fixed her computer.  It took 3 hours.  She had gotten a lot of malware and the pop up adverts were non-stop.   I reset her operating system and then went to load all her stuff.  She had no idea of her user names and passwords, even though she had a large thick book with passwords over decades with no way to tell which one was current.  After trying to recover three of them I simply started making her new accounts.   Yes I had her write them down with the date created.   OK going to answer as many comments as I can before we run out for my MRI.   Hugs

July 4, 2019

The 12:30 AM phone call

Filed under: Family, Health, Love, My Life and Rants, People I like — Scottie @ 05:37

My husband went to work last night as normal.  He left at 6 PM and texted me when he got to the hospital.   I went to bed early as I normally do.   Then I was awakened at 12:30 AM by my phone ringing with the ring tone I have set for my husband.  As it is not normal for him to call me in the middle of the night I answered very concerned.   “Scottie, this is Jeanette ( the night time supervisor for the ICU’s ) Ron has fallen, he passed out and fell hard”.  “We think it is his blood sugar and he is awake now but very confused and he is saying his hip and back is hurting really bad”.  “We are taking him to the ER now to have him checked out”.   

What do you say?  I was confused, startled, trying to process that Ron had fallen due to his blood sugar going to low and was hurt.   All I could think of was to thank her and ask her to have him call me when “…he was better”.   Ron said he was still on the floor listening to her talk to me on his phone and when she chuckled and told him my response was to have him call when he was better Ron said he just rolled his eyes.   

The gave him an X-Ray and a C.A.T. scan, did blood work.  In the ICU they gave him some glucose type syrup to bring his sugar up.   So he was in terrible pain so they sent him home.   He had been texting me on and off during all the testing from the ER as there was no way I could go back to sleep.   I offered to come get him in the van but he felt he could drive.   They offered him a very mild pain reliever or Morphine.  He can not take morphine so he just took some Tylenol.   

When he got home I brought in his stuff from the car and helped him into the house.   I got him something to eat and helped him into bed.  His left hip is really sore and he is limping, but the scans showed no break.  His back is twisted and hurts bad and I can understand that.  He is in bed now and I am sitting here with a few hours of sleep thankful it was not worse.  When he wakes up he is going to really hurt.   It is a holiday so he can not call his doctor.  I maybe able to take him to a convenient care if he needs it.  

Be well everyone.  Have a grand holiday.  Be safe.   Hugs

June 3, 2019

Microsoft account demand and frustration.

Filed under: Fascism, My Life and Rants, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 14:15

I use Microsoft Office Outlook for my email.  I have all my email forwarded to my Gmail account and then I use Outlook to bring it to me and I like the way the program works.  I guess I am use to it and I like look of the program.  However starting Thursday I had a situation develop.   I did not even realize it until Saturday.  My Email stopped updating.   On Saturday I tried to fix it and it kept telling me I was not connected to the internet but it would also do the updates.  I reset the computer and started the windows environment fresh.  It worked for a day and on Sunday I noticed it had again stopped getting my mail claiming I was not connected to the internet.  Well as you know Sunday was taken up with another issue.  

I do not use my Microsoft account to sign on the computer.  I also restrict usage of that account on my computers as I feel they are too lose with the privacy and let far too many applications monitor / store / transmit to Microsoft for a data file on you.  Remember we are all commodities to these big companies, the data on our selves / likes / web sites we visit / and basically all they can glean from our lives.  

Well I had to go out early this morning and only got home about noon.  So I looked at the email problem closely.  I went to my Microsoft account, looking at the devices attached to it.   When I dump the computers to reset them, I tend to give them new names.  It helps me to keep track of when , what , and where.   I noticed that the names were wrong for both of my main computers.  I deleted them.  Then I opened opened the Outlook which again said I was not connected to the internet.  I then opened word and when it asked to sign in with my account I did so, and this time when it asked to use my account on everything on the computer I clicked OK.  Prior to this I either clicked no or Microsoft apps only.   I was able to sign in / active word / and when I checked my account on Microsoft web pages the new name of the computer I gave it Saturday was there.   I then started Outlook and surprise it worked!  I went into settings and had a bit of a fight to first shut off the Microsoft account and then to remove it but I won.   Once I had the account controlled again I checked Outlook and it is working fine and I am getting my email again.  Yea!  My unread email count is now up to 35,423.  I soon have to zero this out.  

On a separate note.  When Ron was rushing to get the last part of the old kitchen torn out so he could get the new appliances set in place and try to have a functioning kitchen he rushed the last 3 foot on the eastern wall and it was sloped rather badly to the wall.   I need to set up the rolling cart I had in my old office for making candles to now hold the two coffeemakers and my bread maker.  Right now the bread maker is in the cupboard and the two coffee makers are on the other counter.  On the cart is the deep fryer, and it is blocked to be flat.   So Ron is tearing out the floor in that area to level it all again.  He has had about 4 hours sleep.  I hope his eyes are not to crossed to read a level.  😂🤣😍 Hugs

 

June 2, 2019

Click ,power, then shutdown

Filed under: Family, Love, My Life and Rants, Ron — Scottie @ 18:54

Good evening everyone.  I have not been on much the last few days, and hardly at all today.  This morning I went to turn on the old TV in my office to ready it for watching the Sunday morning news shows.   Sitting here at my desk with both computers running for once, I was feeling rather smug.  Fate did not like that.  I turned on the TV, it displayed the lights and welcome screen and promptly shut down.  I tired again.  Same result.  Apparently not quick on the learning curve I tried again.  Then I got my self a good disappointed funk going.  When Ron got up I told him of the problem.   He came out to check the TV even though he is mechanically gifted, not in any way electronically savvy.   His learning curve is even worse than mine as he did the turn on and try again trick five times.  Then he told me that during the week he had been in the office and heard a loud pop from the TV.  Strange he waited to tell me until I needed to use the beast.  

So while I went to shower, shave , and scrape the funk off my teeth to be in a fit state to be seen by the public Ron moved our standby bedroom TV that we rarely use, a little 32 inch flat screen smart TV into my office and put it on a shelf.   I was rather depressed.   This was going to be the first month we did not start out with a large bill and would have extra money to “spurge”.  I know I should feel fortunate that we have enough money to pay our bills and have food security, but I really would like to be financially secure enough to be able to once and while “frivolously” spend instead of price checking things and worrying if we are not saving back enough for a later bill or need.  I have been saving for three months for an expensive gift for Ron’s birthday, and I refuse to tap into that money even if needed for other stuff.   Ron works hard and long hours at a job that causes him pain.  He has wanted this item for years and seen others with it, but never would buy one as it is expensive and we always had other needs.  He is 64 years old and struggled all his life.  He simply deserves one really nice gift.   

So when I returned to the office looking some what better and my hair combed for once, Ron asked me what I thought we needed for an office TV and to look at Amazon and the local stores online to price them.  I told him it was OK I could do with out.  He was not going to hear it, mentioning I have my game machines hooked to the TV and that he felt I need a bit of time in play.  He had worked a couple days OT and felt we could use that money to get a new TV.  So what do I need for a TV.  My old one was our first large flat TV we got way back about 2008 / 2009.  It was 46 inch and was expensive for us back then.  I need a large screen to be able to see it well.  So I was thinking the same size but the only similar ones were 50 inch.  OK I could deal with that.  I was looking at bottom tier sale TVs and Ron said no way.  He wanted a TV that would last and be worth the money and it needed the current features and be able to be clear for me to see.   So I redid my searching. 

I found a really good buy on Amazon for a 50 inch 4K smart TV with Bluetooth for what we could afford with out hurting us too much.   It would take all the disposable money for the month and Ron said he could get a few OT days.  The Bluetooth was the hard part.  We need that because Ron is going to move his desk into my office.  He doesn’t use it much but my news shows would drive him nuts so I will need to wear head phones.   Also he wouldn’t be able to think when I was playing my games.  

I did a search on the TV and it had great reviews and specs.  It also was available locally at Best Buy for only 4 dollars more.  Now I had not been in our local best buy in years, at least a decade, because every time we went they had the store music so loud I couldn’t think and couldn’t stand it.  Plus the sales people were hugely pushy on selling you things you did not want.   However Ron wanted to go look at it, so we went to see.  I was very pleasantly surprised as I expected the worst, the place had been redesigned and was much more usable, it was quiet, and the sales people not aggressive.   We really enjoyed shopping there.  One sales person asked us if they could helps u, we gave him the information on the TV we were there to look at, he called another guy and that guy was the TV expert who walked us through the TV we selected.  I asked if there was something he would recommend other than that one for what we wanted and he said no.  We decided to take it, the guy got it and rang us up, never pushing anything on us we did not want.  He took it out to the car and loaded it for us.  I was well happy.

But no project can ever be completed in our home with out one or more trips to the hardware store.  When we went to attach the bracket needed to hang the TV on the swivel rolling cart we have, the screws we had did not fit. The TV did not come with screws.  So Ron figured out the needed size and length and went off to Home Depot to get the right ones.  He figured correctly and they did work.  So the TV was on the stand, working, and yet another problem reared its ugly head.  The small locking thumb size brackets that go in the groves so the TV can not come forward and off the bracket, one of the screws was stripped while the other was OK.  So Tomorrow Ron will head out to the specialty hardware store to get the correct screw.   

So everything has gone well except on thing.  Well several.  In moving the two TVs and setting everything up, I hurt my back.  Again!  So I took a bunch of meds and stuck in my desk chair.   Plus here it is almost 7 PM and we did not make plans for supper.  Ron is making a quickly supper while I rest my back.  We will figure out what to do with that really heavy old TV tomorrow.   So how did you spend your Sunday?   Hugs

June 1, 2019

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