Saturday, February 14, 2009

Saturday, more snow expected.

I think it was Wednesday, although, it could have been Thursday, anyway it was a mild day. I saw some movement out of the corner of my eye on the window. What a surprise I got, it was some kind of moth or flutter. Well...nothing for it but to get the camera and take a macro shot. Oh how I've missed using the macro setting for bugs and it will be a good time yet before I see anything in the garden. I have no idea what this is but it is quite pretty.

Thursday....I had an appointment with the Doctor. So here I am, a person with not so much as an aspirin in the house, okay..I think there's a bottle somewhere in the house. Rarely do I have anything wrong, no headaches, no stomach aches, etc. Well, I do have a bit of arthritis in the hips if I've been digging in the garden for too long, but never take medication for it as it usually passes after a while. As I've mentioned, I found out that I had a thyroid problem last month and am on medication for that. Now, the reason for Thursdays trip to the doctor is that I have been feeling faint and get breathless doing things normal for me ie: bringing in wood, shoveling, etc. It was starting to worry me so I made an appointment at the clinic. I find out that I have an irregular heart beat which is causing the faintness and shortness of breath so I'm on heart medication to regulate it and have to go to the hospital for an ECG. Not only that but he, the doctor, looked in my ears and said I had Meniere's disease, which I knew and it causes dizzyness but I haven't had an attack for a long time. So, he gives me medication for that. Here I am now with bottles of pills in front of me in the morning all lined up for the taking.

So, I come out of the clinic and go to the car where himself is waiting. The car won't start!!! Ah, I said, "I have my cell phone on me, we can call the garage." As I hadn't used the cell phone since I bought it, and had many dollars worth of minutes saved up, I was thinking this would be a great opportunity to use it. Made the phone call and a voice came on saying something to the effect that there were no more minutes left my account was empty. I couldn't believe it! When I got home I phoned the company and they said that I should have put the new minutes in on the 11th. not the 12th. as I thought. I'm dishing the bloody cell phone!!!!!!!!! Anyway, after several tries the car finally started so we headed off to the drug store so I could pick up my prescriptions. That done we got in the car, it wouldn't start once again. After many tries, Roger went back in the store and phoned the garage. The guy said he would try to make it in an hour or so. Fortunately a friend came by, saw us there, stopped, we told him the situation and he brought us back home. The problem with the needs a new alternater. This has to be brought in from the mainland so not knowing how long this may take, we are without a car for a while. It never rains but it pours.

We had a nice fall of snow over night recently so I took this picture of the storm door which I though looked pretty with the snow on it. They say we could get up to 25 cm. by tomorrow.

There have been quite a few birds around. Yesterday morning there were at least four woodpeckers near the back door and loads of pine siskins have been arriving with the evening grosbeaks.

That's it, I'm off to fill the feeders.


Jj Starwalker said...

I would have a cell "for emergency use" but feared just the situation that happened to you... I dunno why they can't make one where you buy the time and it SITS THERE UNTIL YOU NEED IT. ARGH! not everyone on the planet is a phone junkie (well the word I was thinking was even worse than junkie...) that feels the need to be in constant communication with half the planet!

Sorry about the car, though.

oldcrow61 said...

Jj, I have to agree with you about the cell phone. It seemed like a good idea at the time as this province is not very populated and on the road, in an emergency it certainly would come in handy.

Tricia said...

I must agree that does sound a silly system - I'm presuming there's no other "pay as you go" service? Sorry about your car - maddening when they break down and you have to wait!

Great pictures as usual and "hugs" for the medical annoyances OC.

Jan said...

Sorry to hear about all the health worries OC, hope all will be ok for you.

Like Tricia says, don't you have Pay As You Go over there or only contract phones? We can top up any amount from £5 on and its there in the phone till you use it all up, but I think there is some clause about you have to make or receive a call or text at least once every six months.

Wow, can't believe you don't have a garage that stocks car alternators???? I thought Wales was out in the sticks/living in the 1960s lol!

Cicero Sings said...

Bloody Cell phone companies ... I think they are EVIL with the way they work those plans. They BANK on us forgetting to top up etc. We rarely use our own cell.

Cars are also money grabbers! But it seems we can't live without THEM.

I'm sorry to hear you have to be on so many meds. We are no med people ourselves and don't want to start!

Stewart said...

Hi OC, Your insect is a moth. Over here its called a Magpie Moth, I'm not sure what the American name for it is?

Pete said...


IndianWildlifeClub said...

I love the photos of that woodpecker surveying the wood house (feeder?) with great interest.

oldcrow61 said...

Stewart, thanks for the information. I've never seen one here before and now it has a name.
Pete, yeah, it's a bitch!
Tricia, Jan and Cicero. This cell phone business is a nuisance. If you don't put new minutes in at the right time you lose all the minutes you've built up. The thing is, they keep changing the date by a day or two. I was told when I bought it that the 12th. of every month I was to put in more minutes....not so.

oldcrow61 said...

Hi Indian Wildlife. That's a Blue Jay. They are lovely looking birds and always in the garden.

Jo said...

Wow... I remember when I didn't have anything in my house that even resembled a pill. It has been so long ago now that I don't remember when it was... but I do remember there was a time. Seems like there for a while every time I went to the Dr. I came home with yet something else wrong with me.

Spring isn't far off now!! I am ready for it.

Andrew at Quicksilverbirds said...

Hey you look after yourself Oldcrow, don't want you having a few health scares, we need you out there photographing your wildlife. Take it easy and look forward to milder days and a bit more time spent with the macro lens.

Anonymous said...

Just popping in to look at your gorgeous bird photos. And to say, listen to the doc! And get him to review your meds in six months or so. There's a tendency, as we get older, to be on different things we may not need all the time.

Boy, all that snow! And the country grinds to a halt over here if its as much as toe-deep!

Ali @ A Cosy Life