Additional Tests

Additional Tests

The doctor has ordered additional tests.  Everything was within the normal range, and now she’s ordering tests for more serious conditions.  I come back on Wednesday morning to be tested for 6 things.

While these tests can come back negative, a negative result doesn’t mean I don’t have what is being tested for.  For example, a negative RA factor doesn’t mean you don’t have rheumatoid arthritis.

During the Visit

During the visit the doctor mentioned myasthemia gravis.  After the visit, I looked up all the symptoms, and it matches, but so does ALS and Sjogren’s.  All three, plus Parkinson’s, are being tested for.

Mowing the Lawn

I came home, rested, and then mowed the lawn.  It really did me in for the rest of the day.  It is frustrating to save all my energy to mow the lawn, and then have no energy to do anything else.  And, like the last time, that feeling can last for days.

Oh, I asked the doctor, “So, if I get up in the morning feeling tired, should I go for a walk anyway in hopes that it will perk me up?”

Her answer was a resounding, “NO!”

She explained that if it is MG, going for a walk will only make things worse.  The best thing to do is if I’m tired, rest.

Mealthy Pot Enchilada

Mealthy Pot Enchilada

I’m really enjoying my Mealthy Pot.  Today I made Mealthy Pot Enchilada.  Basically, I layered ingredients divided by corn chips.  Layer 1 – meat, layer 2 was chili rellenos, and layer 3, cheese and onion.

The biggest mistake, however, was cooking it too long.  I put it on for 45 minutes.  I think 20 minutes would have been just right.  45 minutes over cooked the meat.

Next time I make Mealthy Pot Enchilada I won’t cook it as long, and I’m going to put the chili rellenos at the bottom, then cheese and finally meat at the top.  I will also use more enchilada sauce on the meat.


The strawberries we picked yesterday were used in the dessert I made.  I baked a thin poppyseed cake (about 1″ thick), sliced it in to 5×5 squares.  I then put a layer of heavy whipped cream with diced strawberries between two squares of cake. Next came mashed strawberries over the top and that was topped with whipped cream.

We’re talking a serious strawberry shortcake (but made with my poppyseed cake, and not dry, tasteless shortcake.)


I see the doctor tomorrow, and I plan to mow the lawn after my appointment.  We’ll see how I do after mowing the lawn.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever

Elizabethe and I took a field trip today to a strawberry hydroponics farm in Auburn.  The entire time I’m singing in my mind, “Strawberry Fields Forever.”  It’s a pretty small, but impressive operation.

We had a $5 off coupon so we purchased some strawberries and a few other items there.  We’ll be back the next time grandchildren visit in the summer.  It’s a fun place.

On our trip we stopped at a Mennonite store on SR 318, and we had lunch at the little Mexican restaurant in downtown Waterloo.  Their food is about the best Mexican food you’ll find in these parts.

It was a fun date.

Veggie Chips

We also stopped at Real Deals where they had Terra chips for $1 a bag.  I bought 10 bags.  They are normally over $3 a bag.  We also stocked up on a few other items.

One item worth mentioning was Hershey’s chocolate chips (many varieties) for $1/bag.  We bought a few of those because you can never make to many chocolate chip cookies.


In spite of all that, my fatigue level is not bad.  I’ve decided instead of mowing the lawn tomorrow morning, I am going to go for an early morning walk at the Sacred Grove.  I can mow the lawn on Monday.  Today, it’s strawberry fields forever.

Black Masks

Black Masks

As a kid I’d watch Zoro and the Lone Ranger and wondered, “Why are the good guys wearing the masks?”

Of course, they authors of these stories have the heros wearing masks so they don’t bring attention to themselves in real life.  However, in real life, it’s usually the criminals wearing the masks.  They hide their faces to avoid getting caught.

The wearing of masks should be an indication to us that someone is up to no good.  My bank has a sign at the entrance stating you must remove any facial covering before entering the building.  (Failure to do so will result in the police descending and the place and arresting you!)

Anonymity is seldom a good thing.


A terrorist group that calls themselves ANTIFA (which is short for Anti-fascists) .  They claim they are for less government control, however, a couple of days ago they attacked a group that was holding a peaceful rally in Portland, Oregon.  They group they attacked was for smaller government.  However, because they are also Trump supporters, ANTIFA exercised their fascist style calling  Patriot Prayer a fascist group.  Wearing black masks, ANTIFA violently attacked members of Patriot Prayer.

What a bunch of hypocrites!

Patriot Prayer is for less government, and they are attacked by a group that claims they are for less government.  I don’t think ANTIFA was prepared for the response from Patriot Prayer.   The members of the former didn’t take it.  One cell phone video shows a big burly man cold-cocking a person wearing a black mask making a full-on assault.

Cowards Hide

Cowards hide behind masks.  In spite of what comic book heroes want you to think, true heroes don’t hide behind masks.  The patriots who founded this country didn’t wear masks.  They stood up to the tyrannical Britts.

I’m not sure who the tyrants are behind ANTIFA.  They appear to be lawless and amoral cowards who hide behind their anonymity, exercising fascist like control while calling themselves anti-fascists.  They stand behind a smokescreen of words.  Being something everyone decent people appall, they think they can hide by calling others the very thing they are — fascists.

fascism (făshˈĭzˌəm)

  • n.
    A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.

ANTIFA, you have met the enemy, and it is ANTIFA.

Another Scorcher

Another Scorcher

Today is another scorcher.  It’s one of those days when you wish you could take a walk, but one step outside and you feel like the heat is going to kill you.  The high humidity and 92 degrees outside feel more like 110.  It’s miserable.  This heatwave continues.


I received an update for some software today.  I installed the update, but the personalized data that goes along with the software was all deleted.  Talk about frustrating.

So, I figured out what’s going on, but it requires I re-download and install all of the “assets” associated with it.  This is so inconsistent with how they have done things in the past.

I opened a trouble ticket, and received a response that reads, “We do not operate as a 24 hour help center. Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm, Mountain Standard Time. Please note, it can take up to 1-2 business days for a response, and up to 5 business days for a resolution. There are rare cases that take longer to resolve, should we need to conduct additional testing or other departments to step in.”

They must not care that some people use their software in their business.  At AT&T I used to negotiate “service level agreements” with vendors.  Known as SLAs, depending on the product, an SLA might require anywhere from 1 hour to 24 hours for a call back.  And, if it was customer impacting, resolution time was set at 1 hour!!!

So, these guys have a 48-hour call back and a 5 day resolution time.  Yikes.  If I were in the motion picture industry, I wouldn’t be buying their software.


Florida is Cooler

Florida is Cooler

Today the weather map for the USA shows Florida is cooler than most other places.  That’s a switch.  This heatwave has hit the entire lower 48 states.  It’s miserable.

I decided to do a salad for dinner with tuna sandwiches instead of cooking.  It’s just too hot.  I bet the sister missionaries were thankful we didn’t bake lasagna for dinner.  (Elizabethe is!)

Ice cream for dinner, again because it is too hot.

Not a Good Day

It’s not a good day health wise.  Yesterday I experienced a sudden loss of strength in my fingers.  Coupled with the other symptoms I searched for what it could be.  The first thing that popped up was ALS.  Oh, I hope it isn’t that.  Reading that just compounded my already existing stress.

Drug Trial

Elizabethe is in a drug trial program.  It’s an already existing drug that has a side effect of weight loss.  They are testing to see if it is effective as a weight loss.  So far, it has taken away her appetite.  I joked that she’ll lose weight, but I’ll gain what she loses because I’ll have to eat her leftovers too.

Actually, that’s not going to happen.  Whatever it is that I have is making me less hungry than before.

Pageant Rush

Pageant Rush

Pageant rush is upon us.  Elizabethe tells me a guy called in a frenzy asking if we had enough rooms for his group.  She says, he said, “I can’t believe practically every place is already booked.”

Yes, that’s what happens in Palmyra during Hill Cumorah Pageant season.  The Pageant rush hits and every one is frantically looking for lodging.


Because Palmyra is a tiny village near a very small city (Rochester).  That’s why I tell people to try to book 6 to 12 months in advance.  Expect to pay more.  It’s supply and demand.

Bond, James Bond

I’ve been learning how to do gobos (go betweens) in Poser and DAZ3d.  I created this James Bond inspired piece today as part of my studies.

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Bond, James Bond

I’ve finally got a handle on making and using gobos.  A gobo is a sheet that goes between your lighting and subject to create shadows.  In this case, a spiral pattern falls on the lady and the floor.

Taco Bell

We went for a cheap date today.  We drove to Victor and went to Taco Bell.  While I miss the good ol’ 5 item menu, their XXL grilled burrito is pretty good.  I gave it a try today and I’d give it a 5 out of 5.



Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow.  That is how I feel about the lawn today.  Procrastinate!  My feeling is because I feel rotten.

Weather permitting, I will do it tomorrow.


My temple shift went well.  I rested before going.  I also heard from my doctor’s office and all of my blood tests are normal.  The plan of action wasn’t going to help me tonight, so I got a good rest before going to the temple.

Blood Tests

Because the blood tests didn’t show any abnormalities, the doctor wants to change some of my medications.  We’ll see how that goes.  Tonight at bedtime will be the first adjusted dosage.

I also had a thought:  What if it is pain that is causing me to not rest well?

So, to test my theory, I’m going to put some pain lotion on my shoulder each night.  Again, tonight will the first night.  I know, changing 3 variables at the same time isn’t a good troubleshooting method, but I’m desperate at this point.

I’m not sure how many days the change in medications needs.  However, the pain in my shoulder theory will start to become evident tomorrow morning.

Jurassic Movie

Jurassic Movie

Elizabethe and I went to see the new Jurassic Movie this morning.  Before I talk about the movie, I want to present a scenario we were presented with when we purchased our tickets.  The seats were all sold out except for 4:  1 in the front row, 2 in the back row, separated by two wheelchair spots, and one near the center of the theatre.  We were told if we purchased the 2 seats in the back row, and someone with a wheelchair came in with others in their party, we would have to relinquish our seats to them.


The humanity in all of us says we are courteous and accommodating to those in wheelchairs.  But, how far should that go?

We purchased our tickets first.  Shouldn’t it be first-come/first-serve regardless of your mobility?

Of course, had we been bumped under those conditions I would have asked for refunds on our tickets, our refreshments AND two additional tickets to be used on a later date.  After all, we drove all the way to Victor to watch the movie.  I believe that to be a fair settlement given the theatre’s policy.

Or Is It?

Or is it the theatres policy?  Perhaps the employee misunderstands.  I bet the actual policy only applies if there are empty seats still available, and not on sold-out shows.





In the Summertime was one one of my favorite songs when it came out.  Well, it is summertime (officially).  It’s actually cooler today than it has been lately.

Without Volunteers

The Chamber of Commerce, FLPP, PPSNYS and my networking group all have had problems getting people to participate.  This got me thinking… what would the world be like without volunteers?

Talking to people in other volunteer organizations, it appears we’re heading that way.  Could you imagine what it would be like of those services went away completely, or if you had to pay for them.

A friend who is a volunteer fireman said they were supposed to have 5 firefighters show up to an alarm, and only two did.  Neither one of the two were qualified to drive the truck.  This is a scare preview on where the millenials are heading.

What’s in it for Me

The “What’s in it for me” attitude doesn’t end well.  Selfless people ask, “How can I help?  What can I do?”  Selfish people ask, “What’s in it for me?  What do I get out of this?”  As a result, a world full of selfish people becomes corrupt, evil, warmongering, avarice, to list a few of its attributes.

I hear people use the justification “what would Jesus do” when someone calls them out on their selfish behavior.  First, read the scriptures.  When confronted by a selfish man, Jesus told him, “Sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.”  The rich man wasn’t happy with that answer.

Personal Note

On a personal note, I sometimes think myself too selfish with my time and means.  Yet, when you show up to a group function, where several more people should be, you have to remind yourself, “at least I’m here.”

That’s not to say something hasn’t come up in other people’s lives.  But, when it is the same people volunteering again, and again, and the others are not, you have to think that they just don’t want to help.  Honestly, I don’t know if that’s the case, and I try to be charitable and non-judgemental, but repeated behaviors tend to solidify the assumption that they don’t care.

To Each Their Own

There’s also the other side of things.  People tend to volunteer for what they do best or enjoy doing — even it it is work.  I have no problem with that.  You’re not going to have me volunteering to repair someone’s car because I wouldn’t know where to start these days.  Likewise, someone might not volunteer to tear off someone’s roof because they feel unsteady on their feet.

Repeat Offenders

It’s the repeat offenders (and there seems to be more and more of them each day) wherein lies the problem.  It’s people who never do anything for anyone except themselves.  I worry about that.  The more people in the world who ask, “What’s in it for me?”, the more precarious the future.

No Clue

About 10 or 11 years ago, I was talking to a young adult.  She was telling me about her ambitions and goals.  I said to her, “That all sounds great, but don’t forget to take time everyday to serve someone else.”

She had a blank look in her face.  So I explained it can be organized, like volunteering for a local charity, or it can be a daily goal to find someone who looks like they need help and go offer help.  The sample I gave was a family who bought a bed at Goodwill and it wouldn’t fit through the door.  The Goodwill store didn’t have any tools to disassemble the bed.

I was close by and could hear the customer venting his frustration that they wouldn’t have a way for him to get the bed out of the store.  My thought was they needed help.  So, I approached the customer and said to him, “I’m sure my boss will understand if I’m late getting back to work.  I have some tools in my truck.  I’ll go get them and we’ll disassemble this bed.”

So, we did.  The clerk stood by watching.  Once the bed was disassembled, I looked at the clerk and said, “You are going to help carry this out, aren’t you?”

The three of us got the bed loaded in the man’s van.  I returned to work feeling like I had made a positive difference in that family’s life.

I think the story fell on the young lady’s deaf ears.  She had no clue.


I’m saddened how selfish the world is getting.  Thank goodness for the gospel that teaches people to be selfless.  Children being brought up in light and truth are the real future.