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Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
10:15 am
Itching, Itching, Itching...
The two yellowjacket stings I got Thursday evening (one on the inside of the middle of my left thigh - yes, I got stung through my long pants - and the other behind my right ear, which I couldn't even see to examine) quickly stopped stinging and began itching. The sting sites turned deep red and the areas around them a lighter red. I put non-prescription generic hydrocortisone ointment on them and took some generic Benadryl. (Hey, that combination works great for mosquito bites...) I still didn't sleep well that night.

Note that I''m not actually sick from this; I was able to mow the back yard Friday morning and get out in the afternoon and run errands. One of which was to get an allergy shot. While at the doctor's office I asked the nurse who shot me about the bites. She said that both places were red and swollen, for a broad area around the actual sting site. She asked another nurse, who confirmed the evaluation and suggested I see someone about the stings.

I told the receptionist to put me in the next available slot, which was the nurse practitioner about half an hour after my shot. She confirmed what the nurses said and gave me prescriptions for a much stronger steroid ointment and Prednisone tablets. By bedtime last night not only was there no improvement, but the itching and redness might have been worse. I lightly bandaged my leg to keep the ointment from rubbing off and managed to get some sleep.

This morning there's still itchingitchingitching but the sites look distinctly better. However, I'm so short on sleep that unless I can manage a two hour nap this afternoon I'm skipping gaming tonight. :-(


Current Mood: Itching
Sunday, August 28th, 2016
5:15 pm
MidAmeriCon II Photos
MidAmeriCon II photos posted on Flicker album at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/116299515@N07/albums/72157672912728166


Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, May 13th, 2016
11:28 am
Wow...
I came back from last weekend's MarCon with a cold. Now, when I get sick all I want to do is sleep. I've been doing a lot of that, going to bed early, sleeping in and also napping after lunch for an hour or two. Last night, however, I went to be a bit before eleven. I got up two or three times during the night, the last a little after 6:00. I finally got out of bed - waking gradually from a deep sleep - just before 11:00 this morning.

I feel great. Not loggy or sluggish. Wide awake and healthy.

Time to catch up on things.


Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
3:00 pm
MarCon 2016 Photos
This year's MarCon photos have been published to Flickr at:
Enjoy!


Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
10:59 pm
ConGlomeration 2016
The ConGlomeration photos have been posted at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/116299515@N07/albums/72157667018068976

Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, December 14th, 2015
12:56 pm
One Unplanned Good Deed

I opened the back door to put some bread out for the birds and there was Jasper. A very dark - and quite friendly - Australian Shepherd. Read his tag (he knew his name when I said it) and got the phone number. Called, and someone came in a few minutes to get him.

I just sat on the front porch petting Jasper until the son of the owner drove up.


Current Mood: accomplished
Sunday, December 13th, 2015
10:01 am
Putting a Little Light on the Subject

Been meaning to install a new light in my basement where shadows made it difficult to see. There was an outlet nearby (part of existing fixture) so I bought a fluorescent light with a built-in plug. Due to the spacing of the floor joists I had to put a mounting board across them and then mount the new light on the board.

Securing the board was the physically hardest part, because even with a short step ladder I was working over my head. I finally got two good screws in one end, two in the middle and one on the other end (where there's a duct in the way of installing a second screw). So, now to mount the light.

Ironically, the most time-consuming part of installing this light was getting the plug to reach the socket.

First try I measured by eye and drilled the holes for the mounting screws. The cord came out three inches short. No real problem and not unexpected. Because of the geometry of the situation (I had to feed the cord over another duct) I couldn't easily measure the distance and couldn't try the fit until the new fixture was attached to the board.

For the second time I moved the screw holes three inches toward the socket. The plug came out two inches short.

Third time I moved the screws three more inches to the left. Came out just an inch short.

Fourth time I moved four inches to the left and the plug just reached.

Well, I now have light where there was deep shadow in my basement. The cats are slowly coming out of hiding. Did I mention that much of this was right over their dry food bowl?
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Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
1:51 pm
Online Comic Strip With 'Taurs

Only just found this so don't know yet how prevalent they are:

Appears to be worksafe from the limited sample I've seen.


Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
10:18 am
Last Dream Before Waking
Last dream before waking this morning:

Hogan's Heroes: The Musical!

Hogan and crew attempt to scam the Germans by convincing them some mysterious agency is trying to break into an important industrial complex from below.

Features the hit song "It's the Simple Things in Life Really Do."

(A duet between Schultz and LeBeau, with the Sergeant expressing his appreciation for the Frenchman's cooking.)

Current Mood: amused
Saturday, September 5th, 2015
9:56 am
"Oog..." Yet Again...
Ugh. I think I have a case of Late Onset Con Crud. Been feeling under the weather starting a couple of days after I got back from Sasquan. Scratchy throat, coughing stuff up, lack of energy, difficulty in handling the hot weather...

Not sleeping well, either. I get to sleep okay and sleep well for a few hours, then wake up and have trouble getting back to sleep. Got less than seven hours last night. Normally that wouldn't be bad, but I was already yawning all day yesterday. If I don't get a good nap after lunch I'm skipping gaming tonight. Not only do I not want to spread this around, I don't want to risk driving home late while already sleepy.

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
10:54 am
Sasquan Photo Update
My Flickr album for Sasquan, the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/116299515@N07/albums/72157658023108241

There are a few more images and they're all of higher resolution than those at the previous link posted.

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, August 28th, 2015
1:04 pm
Sasquan Preliminary Photos Posted
Preliminary Sasquan (2015 Worlds Science Fiction Convention) photos posted at:

http://www.rodsmith.onthisnet.com/images/Sasquan2015/

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
7:23 am
WorldCon!
Heading to the airport in a few. Will try to post while there. 

Current Mood: Eager
Monday, August 10th, 2015
9:54 am
MagiCon Photos
I finally finished uploading the MagiCon photos:


Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
11:05 am
Saturday, July 18th, 2015
11:52 am
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
10:25 am
MarCon 34 Photos

Corrected link:

I found some of the negatives for the 1999 MarCon:
Hopefully there are more lurking unlabeled in that box.


Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
11:36 am
Failure of the Pluto Defense Force
Something just occurred to me. We currently have a much higher success rate sending probes to Pluto than to Mars. :-^)

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
10:36 pm
Heavy Snowstorm of January, 1994
Photos of the blizzard which hit Frankfort, Kentucky in January, 1994:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/116299515@N07/sets/72157652303192689

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
12:36 pm
Catterwaul


I'm curious whether anyone else has noted how feline personalities relate to coat colors. These are my personal observations. What are yours?

I actually used the phrase "big, friendly, yellow cat" in a story. My yellow cats have, indeed, seemed to be the most affectionate, though they have also been a bit more demonstrative of their affection. Sometimes painfully so. :-) On reflection, all my yellow cats have been neutered toms.

Black and white cats are also affectionate, but more reserved. Also, my first black and white cat was the most intelligent I've ever had. They also seem to have long, thin bodies and very long tails.

Calicos are the most playful, and are usually also quite affectionate.

I've had several solid black cats (long story involving getting adopted by a pregnant cat who got pregnant again before the first litter was weaned) and their personalities were pretty varied.

So, any confirmations? Rebuttals? Expansions?


Current Mood: curious
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