This is shaping up to be a busy week.
It started with the spinning group yesterday (although I was knitting rather than spinning since I had bummed a ride with another member and it was difficult to take Matilda). After the meeting, I bummed a ride with another member to Yreka where I met George at the VA Nurse Practitioner’s to have a spot on his left ear checked. He’s had what looked like a senile keritosis for quite some time, but it began to change, i.e. it got larger, darker, and bled a bit when he caught it on his pillow. I felt it needed to, at the very least, be checked and possibly (probably) removed.
Diagnosis … cancer … but not bad. The good news was that it is most likely a squamous cell sarcoma rather than a sun-induced melanoma. It has to be removed (we’re teasing about calling him Vincent the rest of his life), but so far we don’t know where or when. We go back today or tomorrow to have “definitive” pictures taken for use by the VA decision makers.
Tonight will be the monthly meeting of the radio club. The Secretary wants to resign. Finding a replacement could be fun.
Tomorrow is my day at the Family History Center (unless we’re in Yreka for photos). I’ll get to work with Marty (which is always good) and probably help Laura with getting her daughters and granddaughters into the DAR.
Friday we go to Medford to see the retinologist again, shop, and eat out.
Keep moving and don’t look back … they may be gaining on you (Thanks to Sachel Page for that quote).
My health situation encountered a glitch last week. I’ve told you I’m a staph carrier (but I’m not contagious like typhoid Mary was). My face broke out again last wednesday. It’s been more than six months since the last event. Hooray! That’s an improvement.
I need to rearrange my thinking however. The last two times this happened I have delayed starting the medications thinking it was only a herpes. At the next outbreak (which I’m affirming will be a minimum of eight months from now), I will start the meds as soon as I notice the first signs. I don’t like taking medications (antibiotics) too often, but I don’t like a red, weeping, swollen face either.
Big event !!!
My credit card got hacked (or whatever you call it). I used it at the WalMart in Yreka last wednesday to get the meds for my face. That was the 14th. Friday, the 16th, there were three charges on it of which I had no knowledge. I had not been away from the house and had not done any online shopping. Three charges were made within an hour for a total of $488.63. I called as soon as I saw the fraud alerts in the email and now that card has been cancelled. I’ll get a new one with new account number in three to five days.
I called WalMart to let them know what had happened. The assistant manager didn’t sound too impressed, but I told her I was just letting her know in case someone was using their store as a harvesting site, or some clerk had a sideline selling card info since the charges followed the purchases at their store and were in three different places … Tennessee, Washington, and Georgia … indicating the card info was most likely sold. She assured me it would be reported to their fraud department.
Guess I’m now officially part of the new paradigm.
Last saturday, Lehar’s “Merry Widow” (the German of which translates as the LUSTY widow) was great. Fleming is doing well in the translation from high opera to operetta. The dramaturge had done a bit of rearranging, and the Broadway director added some Broadway riffs, and the words were different from the previous English translation I was used to hearing (no “girls, girls, girls, girls girls”) and Velia was no longer a “nymph of the wood” …
Still, it was a great saturday morning. We will be waiting to see it (and what I’m guessing was a blow-out cancan) on PBS’s Great Performances.
I’m deep into seed catalogs … and having a bit of a problem. Growing season is changing around here (but there is no such thing as Climate Change) and I’m a bit confused as to which zone we are currently a part. That makes selecting seeds a bit iffy. I guess I need to sit down with a big sheet of paper and list comparisons after I sort out what I have leftover and what needs to be replaced.
My two sources this year will be SeedsNSuch (they have a non-GMO selection) and Siskiyou Seeds (which is relentlessly non-GMO and organic).
The Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness web site has been reactivated. I used to do research with them in the local college newspaper archives. I’ve tried twice to re-volunteer without luck. I’ll try again. Probably just me hitting a wrong key someplace.
That used to be fun … reading those old papers.
And I got involved in helping with a web site called Search Squad which aids birth parents find adoptees and vice versa. Seems records are being opened all over the place and there are a lot of family historians involved. Big push seemed to start with search for medical histories.
DNA is big. We did the original DNA program through National Geographic a few years ago. Maybe it’s time to expand it since they can now find out so much more.
And with all the genealogical television programs, interest is growing. Genealogy Roadshow on PBS is interesting. Less biased than Gates’ program and a bit broader in reach.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac says … Fog in January brings a wet Spring.
We’re having more soft rain (makes me think of the Ray Bradbury story and the Sara Teasdale poem) … but it is not the needed snow.
Oh well … grateful for any precipitation.
‘Til next week …