Archive for November, 2013

Organized spices

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013


Here are LRN4 and LRN17 admiring LRN17’s handiwork. LRN17 is a well-known cabinet organizer we brought in from California to take care of a few things for us. Great Art courtesy of the exclusive iPhone-cam, taken in our kitchen a few weeks ago, and part of my famous Food and Las Vegas series.

Had a pretty good day. LRN4 is still feeling well, so I’m still feeling well. No health news today. That’s a really good thing.

I pretty much got done what I set out to do today, work-wise. I guess you could say I’m back in my comfort zone. I’m writing technical documentation. After 27.5 years of writing technical documentation at Lockheed, I think we can all agree I know how to do this.

Anyway. I set up a bit of a document format and started adding content. I have about eleven pages so far. I suspect it will end up at 200-300 pages, so there’s still a long way to go. But I’m making progress! And I’m in my comfort zone. So it was a good day.

LRN4 and I have started watching a show called Longmire. Our brother-in-law Ken suggested it to us. It’s about a sheriff in Wyoming who solves a murder or two a week. I hadn’t really been excited about watching it – it sounded a bit too much like an updated version of McCloud. But I was definitely wrong. It’s a good show. There’s suspense, intrigue, and mystery. Also wide-open spaces and beautiful, bleak landscapes. Also an old Ford Bronco. Highly recommended.

And that’s about it for today. I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this exciting Morrowlife Employment Agency job opportunity: urban cattle!
See you tomorrow.

Conservatory organ

Monday, November 11th, 2013


Here’s one of the organs in the conservatory at Longwood Gardens. That’s a really big console. I would love to have heard that organ being played. Great Art courtesy of the exclusive iPhone-cam, taken last year at Longwood Gardens, and part of my famous Garden and Machinery series.

Yeah, I know you can’t see the garden in this picture, but it was there. Trust me.

Pretty good weekend. LRN4’s feeling pretty well and her white cell count is back down to 0.5. The doc says there are just variations. If it had gone up again today, he might have been worried, but the chemo seems to have been working fine. We go back to Los Angeles a week from today to see where we stand. Until then, we relax and enjoy life.

LRN4 has had to cut back down to a single Nexavar pill a day. She had tried to up it to two (our doctor in LA wants her to be taking four a day!), but she had such pain in her feet that she just can’t do it. We’ll have to hope that a single daily pill does the trick. Quality of life issues took precedence this time. She cut down a few days ago and reports that her feet are feeling a lot better by this evening.

Happy Veteran’s Day, by the way. Especially to my numerous Loyal Readers who are also veterans.  Loyal Reader veterans I know of are: LRN20 and . . . umm . . . that’s about it. Sorry if I missed anybody, but many thanks to LRN20, who is actively serving even as we speak.

Does the Coast Guard Auxiliary count? If so, also many thanks to LRN3, who volunteers with those good folks.

Didn’t get much work done today. I love being retired. Wait! No! I’m not retired. I’m self-employed. Guess I was a lousy employee today. Tomorrow’s task – getting at least a few draft chapters done on the user’s manual for the medical app.

Had an interesting discussion last night at the in-laws’ house. Our non-loyal-reader friend Grace asked me if I am in business writing iOS apps. I responded in the affirmative. She said she was approached by a friend to find out whether she knew any developers and wondered if she could give them my name. I asked if they have any money. She responded in the affirmative. I gave her one of my business cards and invited her to invited the friend to contact me. We’ll see if it happens. It would be great to get a paying gig, wouldn’t it? I’m ready for that now. Although I might actually have to work hard. Shiver me timbers.

Not a lot else going on today, so I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this combination shocking food violence news and exciting Morrowlife Employment Agency job opportunity: breaking-and-entering, Chinese-food-eating bear!

See you tomorrow.


Friday, November 8th, 2013


Here’s a fairly dreary landscape, yet I find it somehow beautiful. I especially like the ray of sunlight over there on the right. Should have followed it and found the pot of gold. Great Art courtesy of the exclusive iPhone-cam, taken in early September … umm … somewhere in the desert around here, and part of my famous Las Vegas series.

No posts yesterday. My sister-in-law came over for dinner and a movie last night, so I didn’t take the time. We enjoyed the evening, though. We saw Despicable Me. It was the first time either Melanie or I had seen it. Very cute! I didn’t know what to expect, but it wasn’t like that at all. Recommended.

LRN4’s white cell count was up a bit yesterday to 0.7. The doctor says it’s probably a result of all the blood she received the day before, so we shouldn’t worry about it. Doesn’t matter. We worry a bit anyway. The stakes are too high. But we’re doing our very best to remain calm. Tough times.

Otherwise, she feels pretty good and is very busy with projects and just general life. Things feel pretty normal right now. Good times.

Nothing else new, so I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this shocking food violence news: frozen meat beatdown!

See you on Monday.

Two surfers

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013


Here are two guys out surfing at Big Sur back in March. Of 2008. Great Art courtesy of my long-lost Olympus camera, taken during one of our memorable camping trips at Big Sur, and part of my famous Camping series.

Not a lot of camping going on in this picture, but I assure you that we were camping. By the way, that sea looks awfully calm and those guys look awfully close to the rocks. Doesn’t look like really good surfing to me.

Extreme short shrift tonight. It’s very late and I’ve been working on a new website to support my Common Core app by supporting teachers who want to learn how to implement Common Core standards. You can have a look at the website here. There’s next to no content as of now, but I’m working on it. The hope is that it will grow into a place that will help teachers stay up-to-date on developments in the Common Core world and maybe even provide some tips on working with it in the classroom, without getting involved in the politics that appear to really be raging right now. The other hope is that it will introduce a few people to my app and maybe drive a few sales. Wish me luck!

I also sent out about ten offers of a free copy of the app to education bloggers today. So far, I have one response, so I sent a free copy that person’s way. Let’s hope it gets a positive mention and maybe a few more people find it useful enough to buy.

Buy, teachers, buy!

LRN4 is doing very well today. She spent a lot of the day getting chemo and doing the type and cross-match for tomorrow’s transfusion. Tomorrow promises to be an exceptionally busy day for her. Good luck at the hospital for a few hours, LRN4!

And that’s it for today. Must hit the sack. I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this exciting Morrowlife Employment Agency job opportunity: fish-delivering dolphin!

See you tomorrow.

Birthday candles

Monday, November 4th, 2013


Here’s LRN2 blowing out his twentieth birthday candles. Them there are a lot of candles, LRN2. Great Art courtesy of the exclusive iPhone-cam, taken about two months after LRN2’s twentieth birthday (don’t ask), and part of my famous Event, Food, and Las Vegas series.

Okay, you can ask. LRN2 was still in Utah on his birthday this year. He got here about a month after that, but we didn’t get around to having some birthday cake until a few days ago. But it was worth it. Delicious! And lovingly crafted by LRN4.

Pretty nice day today. I went to LRN4’s doctor appointment with her this morning. Her white blood count is down to 0.5 today. Which is great additional progress! Numbers falling as they should. The other good news is that her red cell and platelet counts were still acceptable today. They have both gone down some, as expected, so she’ll need transfusions of both on Wednesday. We got that scheduled today.

Four more days of chemo!

Worked a little bit on learning how to do marketing today. It occurred to me this morning that it’s time to learn to sell my app. I don’t need to write another one until I’ve given this one a chance to sell. Well, I could always write another one too, but I definitely need to give this one a chance. So I actually have a few ideas. I’m doing a bit of reading on the subject, I’m directly contacting some teachers’ blogs and offering copies of the app for review, and I’m seriously considering getting involved in the Common Core blogging community. I think I could doing something like a junior Instapundit – write some original content but mainly post links to other content. The focus of the website wouldn’t be selling my app, although I would offer a download link in a sidebar. Thinking about the idea.

Any other good marketing thoughts, Loyal Readers?

LRN31 and I didn’t get to talk about her ideas for new apps on Sunday evening. She discussed it with LRN4, but I was watching a football game with my brother-in-law and had no idea they were talking about it. LRN4 gave me a briefing on the subject afterwards, though, and I think there are some possibilities there. Thinking about it.

Nothing much else new today. So I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this exciting Morrowlife Employment Agency job opportunity: swimming pig!

See you tomorrow.