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WiFi in my apartment
So glad to hear from some of you who have been waiting for me to re-connect with my blog.

Three weeks ago at the park, BB was attacked by an unknown dog, no collar, no leash, no owner present. BB is a small Shih Tzu, weighing in at 17.5#. The attacking dog was large, probably 60#, not a pit bull or a german shepherd. A mix breed, I assume. BB was damaged (tears/punctures in his skin over his left shoulder) pretty badly and one canine tooth was broken at the gum when the dog slammed him down on the walkway.

He is recovering after a trip to the vet, antibiotics & lots of hot compresses on the wounds, one which was draining for almost two weeks due to infection. I used epsom salts in the hot compresses but what worked best to drain out the infection was turmeric! I bought some organic turmeric some time back and after researching online, decided to try a hot compress with that organic herb. I tied some turmeric powder up in some gauze squares and steeped it in boiling water for 10 minutes. After the "tea" had cooled to a temperature that would be suitable for dogs' skin, I applied the tea on a clean microfiber cloth for about 20 minutes, changing the cloth back into the warm tea after the cloth had cooled. The results were truly amazing! On the tea soaked cloth was a lot of material that hadn't shown up with the epsom salt compress and within 24 hours, the wound had stopped draining and healed. Mind you, I had been using epsom salt compresses for ten days without much progress and NO material on the compress cloth. Two days after starting the turmeric "tea", the wound had closed and no more draining.

Last Wednesday, I worked out at my friend Syd's place, clearing and pruning. Syd's yard is infested with ticks, mostly black-legged ticks, these are known to carry Lyme disease. I removed a tick from under BB's ear. The next day, he had an abscess under the location of the removed tick. I began to use turmeric again, this time, I added the herb directly to the boiling water, gave it a stir ad allowed it to simmer for 10 minutes. 30 minutes of warm compress on the abscess and the swelling had reduced by 40-50%! Again last night, I put the "tea" compress on BB and he laid right down on the warm cloth and slept with his head on the cloth for several hours. I am continuing with this treatment.

Yesterday, I headed to Syd's again, this time to help her burn her pile of branches, twigs and storm branches. Syd lives in the middle of a pine forest, her house is in a clearing of about an acre and a half. The house is old, probably one of the older homes in that area, dating from the 1800's. She has many plantings, shrubs, Black Walnut and Chestnut trees. It is very peaceful and quiet, some would say remote.

For four days (weather permitting) prior to yesterday, Sam and I had been working in Syd's yard, clearing and pruning. Sam had made 4 other piles of these prunings (and pullings, mostly bittersweet & various briar canes) because the burn pile was so large.

I assembled the necessary incendiary devices, we have had a very rainy April (20 days of rain out of the month), breaking the record for rainy days since weather history began (1902?). The burn pile was a soggy pile, everything soaking wet. I bought some charcoal lighter fluid (2 containers), picked up my flame weeder and some fryolator oil (used cooking oil) and brought all to the burn pile.

Syd and I applied oil & lighter fluid to the burn pile and I used my Dragon flame weeder to ignite the pile. The ignition was disappointing...but we kept at it. By 3 pm we had burned the four extra piles on the original burn pile, altho much of what was on the bottom of the original pile was just too wet to burn. We rounded up all the equipment and put it away. Syd provided the pizza (from Matt's Blackboard in Rochester) and beer. The pizza was excellent, hand made, very thin & crunchy crust.

I headed home, the flame weeder went back to the garden shed, the remaining fryolator oil to Lenny (who generously provided it). I was really beat but had a good burning day with Syd.

Three weeks ago, I had a cyst removed from my right hand, ring finger. The bandage has been on since, the doctor's orders were: do not remove the bandage, don't get it damp or wet. I am an avid hand washer, so this has been a challenge! Add to that all the care for BB's wounds & abscess. One of the surgical attendants noted my obsession with hand-washing and gave me some large-size disposable gloves to wear on my right hand for protection of the bandage. They have been most helpful, but I do miss my good hand washing! Since I live in an apartment complex with 114 apartments, I have been most careful to wash my hands well each time I enter my apartment. Many people have been sick with some sort of cold that has turned into pneumonia. So far, I have managed to stay healthy and keep the bandage dry.

Tomorrow, I have the bandage removed by the doctor. We shall see how things have healed. Four or five days after the surgery, I had an argument with an uncooperative shopping cart, the bandage was so fat, it got stuck in the cart and was bent closed probably more than should have been. I had no pain in the site till that argument and think maybe the incision was split open ;<(. I will say, there is no real pain of the kind I had before the cyst was removed. The surgeon said the cyst blew right through the tendon and that was what was causing the pain when my hand was at rest. She also said there was no cartilage in that joint and suspected most of my finger joints would show the same lack of cartilage. This is the result of using your hands as much as I have over my life.

Once the bandage is off, I can take a shower, wash my hair and hands! And give BB a bath.

Time to give BB another warm turmeric compress on his cyst...and I shall go back to binge watching Star Trek, Voyager.
Internet in my apartment!
For those of you who read my blog, I am back online! And in an apartment since mid-June! OMG! Running water, a private toilet (that I don't have to clean every time I use it), a galley kitchen which allows me to bake a whole chicken AND potatoes, squash or what have you in a full size oven & stove top with four burners. Even though it is electric, I cannot complain but did have to learn how to cook with electric rather than gas. This kitchen even has a DISHWASHER! I am in heaven or at least the Taj Mahal! The only drawback is it is in the city of New Bedford and not the best neighborhood. The building has 114 apartments, mostly single people but some married or partnered couples. The living room & eating area are combined, the measurements are 12' X 30' and looks out onto the courtyard. I really lucked out, many apartments overlook two busy streets or the parking lot. The courtyard is very quiet with trees and some flowering shrubs growing in it. The difference between a street or courtyard apartment is dramatic when it comes to noise. I am on the second level, which is actually on the main entrance floor, so taking BB the dog outside does not involve the elevator.

The building is called the Car Barn, it was built to house the trolley cars that once ran the streets of New Bedford. My apartment has a very large pillar supporting the ceiling (probably an I-beam covered with cement) and the ceilings are still the original shape for trolley cars (concave roughly covered with probably plaster). This gives the apartment a southwestern motif. After moving all my possessions out of one storage area (10x10', mostly my furniture, clothing and valued items), I moved the camper mattresses out of the camper and spent the first night in the apartment on June 24, a week after signing the lease.

One of the first things I did (after unpacking, washing and putting my kitchen away) was hang my sister Velorice's watercolor painting of a Canada Goose. I dug out my framed photographs from college and Vermont and hung them. I set up a lovely glass top end table and set the lamp my mother gave me, a scallop-shaped clear glass lamp filled with beautiful shells (my mom collected shells during her winters in Florida). This lamp had not seen the light of day for many years and was so happy to light up my sister's watercolor! I found the framed ink drawing my classmate Marianne drew for me of Merlin and hung him where he can watch all that goes on inside my apartment.

I unpacked all my skulls and bones, a deer with eight point rack, a cow skull, coyote, fox, goat and hung them over the large window in the living room. My conservation agent friend was cleaning out her office and I selected some posters, l hung them on the walls. I found all my old mirrors, they went well in the eating area (a table found by the side of the road by my ex-friend Ellen serves mostly as my office) and unpacked my mantle clock (a gift from my mom in the 1980's) and wound it. It chimes on the hour and half-hour, one of my great delights.

Unfortunately, I have lost my two steamer trunks (one form the mid-1800's, the other from early 1900) to termites, they came through the floor of the garage storage area and ate many papers stored in those trunks. Fortunately, I had all my winter clothes stored in SpaceSaver bags, so weren't invaded by the little bugs. I am still trying to empty out that garage storage space. I have sold my Old Town Pathfinder canoe, a 16' river canoe, my gas range but still have my gas dryer in the storage unit along with a lot of boxes that need to be re-packed and sorted. I am using my camper for storage. Between the two storage spaces (camper and garage storage), I am paying $150.00 a month.

At this time, I have many unfinished projects to get done over the warmer months. I did buy a replacement steamer trunk while on a trip to Vermont in mid-September when I went to Sheena's wedding (I met and knew her and her family when I lived in Vermont). I stayed next door to the house I lived in for nine years while I lived up in that green state. That was the first trip I had taken since my eventful trip out west in the summer of 2017.

There is more to write but not today. Thanks for reading!