Sat. Aug. 11, 2018 – another week….

80F at 9am, so the inferno is off to a slow start today, but the 80%RH makes up for it in misery.

Tons of stuff to do today. Fall garden to consider, a week of neglect to overcome in the yard and gardens, ongoing cleanup efforts at home and elsewhere, all need my attention today.

Add on sales and yard sale season and I’m a busy boy. So, those are the first two things to get cut today.

We’ll see how much of the rest gets addressed.

What did you do to prep/garden/learn/interact with people this week?


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23 Responses to Sat. Aug. 11, 2018 – another week….

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    Stopping at home for lunch.

    Dark cloud over my neighborhood, but surrounding areas are nice today. Currently 89F but the humidity dropped to 66%RH. Lots of thunder in the nearness…

    headed out again,


  2. lynn says:

    Rats have rights: Vermin should be allowed to roam in Paris say protesters opposed to a cull

    Words fail me.

    Something is wrong with the millennials, they have lost their survival instincts being raised in a “safe” world. Vaccinations, etc, etc, etc. These are indeed Heinlein’s crazy years.

    The world will not always be safe.

  3. SteveF says:

    re Paris and rats, -shrug- It’s not surprising. It’s just an extension of their attitude toward rapefugees.

    The article estimates 1.8 rats per human in Paris. I suspect that’s a woeful underestimate.

  4. mediumwave says:

    There’s even been an online petition, signed by 26,000 people, calling for a halt to the poisoning and trapping.

    26,000 Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong

  5. paul says:

    By my small experience with rats and mice, 1.8 rats per human is wrong. More like 30 rats per human. At least…..

  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    “26,000 Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong”

    Ummm, pretty sure they can in fact be wrong.


  7. Nick Flandrey says:

    So no one mentioned the guy in SeaTac that stole a PLANE and barrel rolled it before nosing down and saying goodnight?

    Or poked me about my chicongo trip????

    “Chicago gun gang violence erupted to start this weekend, leaving two people dead and at least 18 others severely wounded, including a woman killed in a brutal domestic dispute. It follows last weekend’s record for violent crime, when 12 people were killed and 74 shot.”

    Or Turkey watching their economy burn?

    Or more NATO provocation and Chinese brinksmanship?

    Man, I’ve been out of the news cycle for 8 days and WTF???


    added- from the comments on the chicongo shootings–“Ah, diversity. It smells like gunpowder.”

  8. mediumwave says:

    “Ah, diversity. It smells like gunpowder.”

    I love the smell of diversity in the morning? 😉

    It goes without saying that we are all relieved that you survived your Chicago vacation–but I’ll say it anyway.

  9. mediumwave says:

    If there’s anything positive to be said about the SeaTac suicide pilot, it’s that he offed only himself and not any passengers or anyone on the ground.

    Shame about the plane, though.

  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    I think he sounded like a decent guy who just got to the end of his rope.

    And I’m a bit surprised that it doesn’t happen more often.


  11. lynn says:

    Drove 300 miles from southwest of Houston to northwest of Dallas today. Rained most of the way with a huge thunderstorm from Centerville to Ennis.

    Visited the brother in law in his nursing home tonight. Will visit the father in law in his nursing home tomorrow after church. Weird.

    The BIL has his neck collar off now. His 18 titanium screws and straps are now holdiing his three collapsed vertebra together. He is now learning how to walk again. It is not easy as he is very weak.

  12. Jenny says:

    Mom had surgery today to fix her broken arm and shoulder. Falling at 76 when you have smoked and drunk most of your life is not a recipe for joy.

    Surgery took 4 hours instead of 2 and was complex due to the nature and severity of the breakage.

    Doctor had a come to Jesus conversation with middle sister regarding mortality, healing drinking and smoking. “She will die if she returns to an environment where there is _any_ smoking or drinking”. I was grateful for his blunt honesty and think he pierced my sisters alcoholics self denial too.

    Plan is for mom to enter a skilled nursing facility for recovery, rehab, and detox. Shockingly not only is mom on board with this, the rest of the family concurs.

    There are some silver linings in here. She hasn’t been this clean for decades. I’m seeing the cool woman who was my mom growing up.

    Prep to take out of this? Know that per dr smoking slows your healing by 80%. Even if the doctor is exaggerating by a factor of two, that’s a huge hit to healing.

    Put yourself on Life Alert if you are older and live alone.
    Have a plan. Get your stuff into trust so our loving government can’t seize it for your Medicare/Medicaid (sorry, get them mixed up). And make the plan before you think you’re going to need it. Your family will thank you.

  13. Jenny says:

    That poor bastard. I wonder if he was on medication. Listened to some of the recording. Sounds like his actions surprised him too.

    Poor bastard.

  14. Ray Thompson says:

    Get your stuff into trust so our loving government can’t seize it for your Medicaid

    Medicare is the health care system you are forced to accept when you reach 65. Even if you have private insurance Medicare is always the first payee. When you got on Medicare make absolutely certain you have private insurance to back it up such as a supplemental policy. Get the best plan available, generally about $150 a month in premiums.

    Medicaid is welfare. Pays medical for people who have no money. Went through this with my aunt. She was in a private pay facility for 6.5 years and ran out of money. Had to put her on medicare which required moving to a nursing home.

    At that time there was a three year look back for any funds that medicare could seize. I had known that at the time and had transferred all her money out of her name when she went into private care. However, I did spend all that money on her private care. I had a significant fight with medicare about that money as they wanted to know how I was paying before and now could not. I told them I transferred the money more than three years ago and she had no assets and thus the state had no right to any information beyond the three years. I did have to provide tax returns and bank account statements.

    Now the look back period is five years. The state will demand records from the prior five years to find any money that was transferred. Bank statements, tax records, etc. If the state finds a large sum taken from any bank account the state will want details as to where the money went. They will also look for large drops in account balances.

    A lady at work (when I was working) had a parent go into medicare. The state put a lien on the house and took all of her mother’s money leaving only $50.00 a month. Not enough to pay the utilities on the house or the property taxes. The daughter had to try and sell the house. But her mother died after about three months. The house sold and the first to get money from the sale, before taxes, before mortgage, before anything was the state. When the state files a lien they are first to be paid.

    Be very careful when setting up a trust. The state will take a very dim view of that action if medicaid is required within the five year look back period. The state may be able to revoke the trust to get their funds. The key is make certain the trust was done five years or more before medicaid. Even then there are ways for the state to grab money from the trust if not set up properly. The key is make absolutely certain that the adults in question (the parents for instance) name does not appear anywhere in the trust. If their name(s) appear the state will grab what they want out of the trust. It is a legal battle to get the money back.

  15. Ray Thompson says:

    That poor bastard.


    He made a decision. He got the results he wanted. Just good that he did not kill anyone on the ground. A shame it also destroyed a multi-million dollar plane. Also feel sorry for the air controllers who tried to talk him down and the money spent to clean up the plane wreckage. Also some empathy for the passengers that had their flights delayed.

    But as for the guy that flew the plane, nope, nothing, nada. He got what he wanted, I would say deserved.

  16. SteveF says:

    He made a decision.

    Probably, but Jenny made a good point in wondering if he was on medication. ref the amazing correlation between mass shootings and psychotropic medications.

    It’s certainly possible, even likely, that those who went on to shoot up a school or a nightclub were nutjobs with anger issues and poor self control and that the medication just wasn’t enough to keep them mostly sane. BUT there are also side effects with all psychotropic drugs, including such marvels as suicidal thoughts, disorientation, and hallucinations. I’d really like to see some honest research into whether the drugs make things worse on the whole and whether they did or might have made things worse in specific cases.

  17. Greg Norton says:

    “He made a decision.”

    Probably, but Jenny made a good point in wondering if he was on medication. ref the amazing correlation between mass shootings and psychotropic medications.

    Seattle also has legal weed to mix with the meds. The stuff is not as “harmless” as the pro-legalization crowd claims.

    29 years old? From Pierce County? Yeah, weed was in the mix.

  18. Jenny says:

    Psychotropics were precisely what I was thinking.

    Regrettably this article is on FaceBook. I couldn’t find it elsewhere so hope it is accessible. It’s a good read on medication and murderous / suicidal thoughts.

    There’s a fair amount of anecdotal evidence that coming off meds even as mild as citalopram, even carefully under a doctors supervision, can leave a person abruptly suicidal / murderous. I’m not convinced a person in such a situation (doctor monitored withdrawal) can be considered responsible for their actions.

    If it was unmedicated suicide then little sympathy for the plane thief and lots for the air controllers and his family / friends.

  19. Jenny says:

    Thank you for the excellent information. I learned yesterday my in laws don’t have a trust so I can work on that. I’ll see what my sister knows of mom’s trust. I don’t know that it was set up correctly. If it wasn’t it will be too late to protect the assets. I don’t see mom making old bones.

  20. Nick Flandrey says:

    Yep, after this trip home, I forwarded it to my sisters. Mom might be fine this year, but the changes show, and five years is both a long time, and an eye blink.

    Too late to do anything wrt dad, but it’s all tied up with mom anyway. My big strong father was nothing but skin (thin and bruised) and bones. I don’t know how he moves his arms with so little muscle. His hands looked like latex gloves filled with walnuts.


  21. Greg Norton says:

    Yep, after this trip home, I forwarded it to my sisters. Mom might be fine this year, but the changes show, and five years is both a long time, and an eye blink.

    Double check on the state Medicaid look back.

    Florida goes beyond five years under certain circumstances, such as when fraud can be proven.

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