Sunday, August 10th, 2003
11:01 pm - Off the Shelf  
Finished gluing up the last of the bottom shelves last night, so they were all ready to be trimmed up this morning. Cut them to the correct depth on the table saw, then trimmed the facing flush to the top of the shelf with the router. The bottom shelves are deeper than the rest of the shelves will be, because they extend out past the footer about half an inch. That means the front corner of each shelf need to be notched so that they fit around the face frame of the cases. I did the notches with a straight bit on the router table. Worked like a charm, and the router bit left the back end of the notch with a quarter circle that fit the quarter rounded back edge of the face-frame perfectly. After that it was just a matter of sanding them, and putting on the first application of stain. I'll do a second application to the visible surfaces tomorrow night, then put two or three coats of polyurethane on them to finish them. Next weekend I'll start in on the rest of the shelves.

The puddle in the basement is now just a slowly vanishing damp stain on the concrete. I did finally soak up most of the water last night with some towels, then rolled the dehumidifier into the center of what was left, and let it go. Worked like the proverbial charm. The heat from the compressor evaporated the water on the floor, and then all that water vapor condensed and was trapped. So the basement is mostly dry now. In other homeowner type news, I also did some repairs in the bathroom. The towel rack is now much more firmly attached to the wall.

On the health front, I still haven't ridden my bike, but otherwise I feel mostly human again. A lot of this has to do with reducing or dumping all together some of the medications. I started half doses of the beta blocker last Tuesday, and have a lot more energy now, and I'm not quite so depressed. Thursday I dumped both the Prevacid and the Flovent. I stopped the Prevacid because I'm pretty sure that whatever was wrong with me wasn't reflux. In fact, I had more digestion problems *after* I went on the Prevacid. Those seem to be clearing up now that I'm off. I stopped the Flovent because I had completely lost my voice because of it. This is known side-effect, but it had never caused me problems before, so I wonder if it was some sort of synergistic effect with the other meds. To be honest, I haven't noticed much of a difference in my breathing or coughing since I've been off.

I also had my first cup of coffee (okay, mocha) in a month yesterday morning, and I had a beer with dinner for the first time in a month. The doc had never specifically prohibited caffeine or alcohol, but I was avoiding them just to be sure. Turns out caffeine really doesn't do anywhere near as much to blood pressure as salt. I don't drink a lot of coffee anyway, but it was nice for a change.

I was going to ride this afternoon, but as I was getting ready it started raining again. Sigh. Stoopid weather.
Current Mood: human
Current Music: "Funeral for a Friend" - Elton John
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Jessejesseh on August 11th, 2003 - 11:26 am
Sounds like less medication is definitely working for you. I'm no doctor, but that sure sounds like A Good Thing.
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Perkinsla_perkins on August 16th, 2003 - 09:33 am
DX, I had a belated thought on this. If you make it up to Deer Isle, you should try and bring your bike. A lot of the nearby roads have bike paths, and there are some great trails.
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DXMachinadxmachina on August 16th, 2003 - 10:31 am
I'm pretty sure I'm coming, and I do plan on bringing my bike. My friends and I did the carriage trails in Acadia one time, and it was wonderful.
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Perkinsla_perkins on August 16th, 2003 - 10:47 am
Great, on both counts. I haven't ridden in years, and would likely slow you down, but maybe we can find a bike for Java.
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DXMachinadxmachina on August 16th, 2003 - 11:00 am
Don't worry about slowing anybody down. I feel the same way when I'm biking with some of my friends (the ones who do 100 mile rides for fun). I might be able to borrow a bike for Java, but if I can't, there are places that rent, at least there are over in Bar Harbor.
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Perkinsla_perkins on August 16th, 2003 - 11:16 am
I bet we can find places closer than Bar Harbor, and I can ask around for loaners. I'm really glad this is going to work out.
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DXMachinadxmachina on August 19th, 2003 - 04:21 am
Bring your helmet if you plan to wear it.

Kayaking is not my cup of tea, but I'll probably bring my golf clubs for that day.
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