I Hate My Lawn

Really. I do.

There was a time when I found mowing the lawn to be a relaxing pastime. One that allowed me to get something accomplished while still being able to think about things while I was doing it. It also gave em some much needed exercise while walking back and forth across the yard.

Things have changed a lot since then.

Now when I mow the lawn I have to use a weed eater for the entire job because my lawn mower stopped working several years ago. What makes this even more special is that this year I have not been able to get the weed eater started no matter what I try.

A few oh so helpful people have suggested all kinds of things to try that might get it started. So far none have worked. I’ve removed and cleaned everything that I can, made sure that the threaded inserts where the fuel lines attach are clear of obstructions and yeah, it’s got fuel in it.

Still no matter what I do the thing simply refuses to start. Meanwhile my grass is now almost three feet tall and it’s only a matter of time before either the city or my landlord start getting after me to get it cut.

How I’m going to do that remains a mystery. The weed eater won’t start and I cannot afford to pay somebody else to do it.

In short. I’m screwed.

My Mystery Itch

I’ve got an itch.

In fact, I think I’ve got the great grandfather of itches.

Last week I broke out in hives. The best theory I’ve heard was that it was caused by either heat, stress, or both and the doctors I saw while at the hospital early this week agreed that was probably the case. I mean, unless you live under an air conditioned rock you know the temps around here have been over 100 for most of the last three weeks or so. As for stress, I can name so many sources of that you’d think I was just trying to be difficult.

While I was in the hospital they fixed my dehydration problem and when I was feeling good, NOT itching anymore, and keeping solid food down again they let me go home.

The hives are still gone. Food is not a problem, I’m eating fine. I’m making it an extra point to stay hydrated and I’m keeping cool at all costs. I almost never go outside unless I have to.

In the last day and a half the itching started again. I’m itching everywhere. Yes. Even there. I’ve done everything I can think of to deal with it. Starting with trying hard NOT to scratch because I know that only makes the problem worse. I’ve taken extra showers, both hot and cold. I’ve tried every kind of soap and body wash I can afford to lay hands on. I have even spent hard to come by cash money for topical anti-itch medications.

The best results I’ve had so far was to get it down to a level I can deal with without going totally “itchpostal” (yes, that’s a word, I just now coined it.)

In truth though I’m no closer to a solution than I was at the beginning. I have not been exposed to anything different. I have never had any kind of skin or contact allergy. The only thing I’ve *ever* turned out to be allergic to is the dye that was used when I had a Heart-Cath a few years ago.

All I know for sure is that the problem is maddening. Sometimes even my fingers itch.

No ‘Extra’ Weight Loss For Me

Somebody told me recently that while being sick is miserable I could at least expect to lose a few extra pounds during that time.

Well, sadly it’s not to be. Apparently they were thinking that by ‘sick’ I was doing a lot of throwing up and not much eating. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. I’m not throwing up at all and my appetite, while dulled a little, is fairly normal. So when, just for grins, I got on my scale and checked my weight it had actually gone UP a few pounds. The reason of course for that is that due to being sick I’m not being nearly as active as normally. (Think lots of sleep)

So no, being sick does NOT automatically mean you’re going to lose weight… unless you’re hardly eating and doing a bunch of throwing up.

Even when he’s gone he’s expensive

It’s amazing just how much Bob manages to be an expensive person.. oh, excuse me, the polite term is “high maintenance”.

The thing is that this polite term hardly describes Bob. Not only are his tastes expensive, his buying habits sometimes operate with no reason at all For example last month he bought no less than three different document imaging software packages in spite of the fact that he has absolutely no use for something like that. He doesn’t do very much with documents on the computer and the bit that he does do is limited to printing pictures of his favorite “Babes of Star Trek Gone Wild”

As it is, when he gets back I’m going to insist that he remove at least three layers of those pictures from his walls.

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Joey’s Christmas List

As the Christmas holidays draw closer more and more people are getting their Christmas “I want” lists in order. Joey B is no different in that respect. He’s made his list. Not only that he’s printed it out and sent copies of it to anyone that he thinks might give him a gift for Christmas.

I got a copy of that list in the mail and It’s an interesting list because the only thing on it is a list of samsung lcd tvs. A the top of the page is a brief paragraph in which he explains that he’s wanted a flat screen High Definition TV since they first came out. He goes on to say that he’s done a lot of research and has decided that the samsung models that he has listed are the best choices.

He also says that another reason he likes them is because the linkstick device that samsung sells will allow him to use the flat screen hi def tv as a computer monitor that will make browsing the interenet a stunning visual experience.

This may sound like an expensive Christmas list but believe me, around here that one is mild. I can’t wait to see Chucky’s list. Now there’s a guy with expensive tastes!

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