Good mid-morning, Saturday

As expected, last night’s sleep was the best I’ve had in a long time. Taking the Zyrtec before climbing into bed did the trick.

Those allergy symptoms returned shortly after I woke this morning so I took one more Zyrtec. That seemed to moderate things somewhat, but didn’t roll them back enough to make me comfortable. So I took another after waiting for an hour or so. That appeared to do the trick. Thank God! And I have just returned from a 3/4 mile walk to the ice house and back and I’m still feeling fine. So… Now I know what to do.

Today will be light on chores. I will try to make the 17:00 Mass at STM, both to pick up the Lector’s schedule for September, and to check on the announcements to be read at the end of Mass. I’m scheduled to do the Readings at tomorrow morning’s 10:00, but may not have time to check the announcements before that Mass.

I hope we all have a good Saturday, folks. I’ll check back with you later.

Good night, Friday

I am SO HAPPY to note that as my day is closing I feel much, much better than I did at its beginning. The worst of those allergy symptoms are mostly gone – at least for now. I do expect sleep to come easily tonight; and I’m planning to dose with the allergy meds prior to putting head to pillow in the hopes that my sleep will be long and restful.

It is interesting that the disorientation and “zombiefied” condition that defined my morning left me in the early afternoon when I spent an hour with my Rosary and Auxilium Christianorum prayers. After this hour I had enough mental clarity that I was able to spend the next hour calmly working on my chess games. And honestly, I was able to “see” those games better than I’ve been seeing them for some time, looking more moves ahead in most of the games more confidently. That was a nice surprise because I felt so rotten earlier that I had considered avoiding the games today.

But I don’t feel rotten now. I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep tonight and a good day tomorrow. I’ll check back with you in the morning.

Good morning, Friday


After a much longer sleep than normal last night, I’m finding it very difficult to wake up this morning. Wake fully up, that is. I’m blaming the allergy season for that.

Every year for the past several years, at this time of year, late August and early September, the allergy monster invades my body and brings with it the usual nastiness. Vertigo, spotty loss of hearing, headaches, swollen joints and joint pain, general zombiefication, etc.: not things I like, but things I’ve come to accept. Every year. At about this time of year.

Early morning hours are usually the worst for the above mentioned symptoms, before the allergy meds kick in. So it’s important to schedule my projects and chores and the dosing with the meds accordingly. I look at this as just another form of time management. And I take my time management seriously. Got to.

Hope we all have a good day today, folks. I’ll get back to you later.

Good night, Thursday

Well, this is a nice change. The radio station I usually go to sleep with is playing College Football. Rather than the talk show they usually broadcast, tonight I’ve got Texas A&M vs. Texas State.

For this being a “nothing” day, coming as it is after yesterday’s “something” day, and designed to give me recuperative rest, I actually got some good work in. Nothing back-breaking, mind you, but some very noticeable organizing work back here in the home office. Bedtime finds me in a much neater room. And I really like that. Should make for a better sleep, don’t you think.

Think I’ll place a quick Amazon order before I hit the sack. Sylvia’s doctor wants her to start taking fish oil capsules, and he says it wouldn’t hurt me to start taking it too. Hope it’s not too expensive. I’ll find out in a few minutes.

And then I’ll be heading to bed. I’ll check back with you tomorrow. Goon night, folks.

Good morning, Thursday

It appears that an “old normal” sleep pattern has returned. For the last few nights my sleeps have been between four and six hours in length, and those sleeps have been segmented with insomnia breaks an hour or more in length dividing those segments. And the sleeps have generally been dream-heavy. Odd that. There’ve been no significant changes in my medication nor in my diet.

Last night’s dream was a doozy! In it I struggled to kill a small fox by smashing it under a rug with my body weight and punches and stomps. The fox had been attacking a little girl and the only way to stop the attacks was to kill it. I woke from that dream with arms and shoulders sore from all the punching. Huh!

Once again I’ll be working in the home office with blinds open. Hopefully this will act as a deterrent today, as it apparently did yesterday, to whatever miscreants had been messing around in my front yard. It may be that knowing I can see them is enough to keep them away. Whatever. If that’s all it takes I’ll gladly work back here with the blinds open from now on.

The day’s task list isn’t long and, unless life throws me a curve ball, the day should unfold nicely. I hope it does. And I hope you have a nice day, too. I’ll check back with you later.

Good night, Wednesday

Time to put the lid on another good day.

The big event of the day was tonight’s Assembly meeting. And it went very well, I’m happy to say. There were no points of contention that weren’t handled smoothly. A relaxed, friendly atmosphere permeated the whole affair from beginning to end.

Throughout the day before leaving for the meeting I kept the blinds open here in the home office. Usually they’re closed and the room is kept semi-dark so the computer screens can be more easily seen. Small lamps illuminate the keyboards and the desk areas where I need to read and write but, other than that, I try to keep the lighting sort of cave-like. The blinds were open today so I could keep an eye on the front yard. There was some suspicious activity out there yesterday and I wanted to see exactly who was doing what. Luckily nothing out of the ordinary happened today.

Bedtime tonight finds me relaxed and looking forward to a good sleep. I hope one comes. And I hope you have a good one, too. I’ll check back with you tomorrow.

Good morning, Wednesday

After a “normal” night’s sleep, (keeping in mind I’m a long time insomniac), I’m hoping for some substantial nap time today to help get me ready for this evening’s meeting. Getting that nap will be one of my top priorities today.

Meeting prep will be another priority today, assembling all the material I’ll need, then double-checking to make sure I’ve not forgotten anything.

Hopefully the setup for tonight’s meeting will go smoothly. The guy who usually gives me the most help told me on Sunday that he may have to be absent. Oh well, we’ll just do the best we can with what we have. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Happy Humpday, folks. Hope we all have a good one.

Good morning, Monday

Working through my third cup of coffee, I see a good day ahead.

Last night’s sleep was pretty good, by my standards. I woke with my first alarm, now set at 05:00, and by the second alarm, set at 06:00, I’d already set the day’s coffee working, had recorded my blood pressure and body weight, had checked my bank balances online, and had downloaded my morning newspaper.

Now as 08:00 approaches, I’m detailing the day’s task list. And that looks very manageable. So we’ll see how that works out. I’ll check back with you later.