Monday, October 9, 2017


About four weeks ago, I came down with a fever that lasted four or five days. I did my best to stay hydrated and took acetaminophen to reduce the fever. Additionally, I developed a respiratory problem. To make matters worse, a rash came up all over my body. I don't know if the rash was a part of the illness or an allergic reaction to the medication I was taking for the respiratory problem.

Anti-histamines helped with the rash.

Needless to say, I haven't been walking or doing a weight program while I was sick. Now after weeks of rest and quite a bit of hot calamansi tea, I'm feeling fine again.

Today, for the first time in weeks, I returned to walking and did a modified weight set.

I haven't been blogging regularly either. I won't put that down to the illness completely. Part of it was due to a bit of laziness. I'm hoping that I'm headed back to normal.

Friday, September 29, 2017


It's been more than a month since I last mentioned in this blog anything that I've been reading. At that time, I had just finished reading In the Mountains by Elizabeth von Arnim and had begun reading her novel, The Enchanted April. As I mentioned I would do at that time, when I completed The Enchanted April, I began to reread two books I had previously read in 2005 - Volumes One and Two of Sister Maria LĂșcia of Jesus' memoirs.

Next on my list was a biography of Hernando Cortez written in the early 19th century by historian, John S.C. Abbott. Abbott had made use of The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo in writing his book. I had downloaded both volumes of del Castillo's memoirs quite a long time ago and I began reading volume one after finishing Abbott.

While reading del Castillo, I found a LibriVox recording of Francisco Pizarro and the Conquest of Peru by Frederick A.Ober. I've listened to three chapters and have located an ebook copy of the book at Unfortunately, the ebook is a scanned copy of the hardbound copy of the book which doesn't read well on Kindle. If I end up listening to the entire book on LiberVox, I'll consider that the same as having read the book.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Few Photos Uploaded to Google+

A little more than one year ago, I began uploading photos onto Google Maps. I've made mention of these photos several times. Recently, I've been uploading additional photos to Google+, particularly to two different "communities" - Photography and Street Photographers.

A few of these photos have been +1'd more than once. Three of the more popular of my photos are a Drummer Boy, Bridge over the Okoy River and a Cyclist.

Further examples, I suppose, of how Google has taken over my spare time.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Piglets at 12 Weeks

The photos used in this post were taken last Friday when the piglets turned 12 weeks old.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we sold one of the piglets to my wife's sister and her husband. It has since been moved from the piggery. The remaining pink piglet has been moved to a pen by herself, while the two spotted piglets put into the second. The larger of the spotted piglets will be the next to go. Once it reaches a marketable size, we'll sell it.

The piglets' mama has been put into the larger pen. According to my wife's papa, the sow was bred on Sept. 16. If successful, she should give birth next Jan. 8.

As an aside, the sow managed to escape from the rope keeping her inside the pen. My wife's papa arrived at the property today to find her roaming around outside the piggery. Fortunately, she was unable to get outside the property fence.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Grace is no longer Slick

It doesn't bother me that Grace Slick doesn't care for Donald Trump, Madonna, or Kim Kardashian. She's not a fan of the current "younger generation" either. I suppose that's ok because they're probably not fans of her.

No, what did bother me about the recent article on Grace Slick is Variety's use of a photograph for the article that has to be at least fifty years old.

Grace Slick is a 'has-been' who hasn't been relevant musically for many, many years; not even as a nostalgia act. The only way Slick's opinion of the current POSTUS could be relevant to today's young radicals is for news about her to use her younger, more attractive, hipper photos.

Grace Slick will be 78 soon. Show her as she realy is.