I wanted to get myself a treat, so when I was in my local Longs Drug Store (sells way more than drugs) I ran across an inexpensive portable weather station. The weather station consists of two parts: a wireless thermometer that you leave outside, and an inside unit. The inside unit displays inside and outside temperature, the date and time, and min and max temperature. There is a backlight and an alarm feature, which I don’t use. The inside and outside pieces can be separated by a maximum of 100 feet, 30.48 meters.
Here is a picture of the weather station. As you can see, the inside and outside pieces don’t register exactly the same temperature.
I put the outside device outside, near my door, hidden by one of the containers of my container garden. The outside device will run a little warm because it’s next to a wall, protected from the elements. I get no end of pleasure looking at the inside and outside temperative!
You might wonder – why do I bother? I can open my door and see what the weather feels like. I’m in and out all the time. I know that, but I love looking at something that reinforces my addiction to the wonderful and magical weather where I live, the San Franciscso Bay area (not SF itself), northern coastal California. The temperature doesn’t vary all that much, which makes it so comfortable. I love seeing how it cools down at night, even during the warm season. The weather station doesn’t report humidity, but if it did, I’d see that the humidity is generally low. I love California.
amarez – mszv
I had knee surgery on Thursday, October 16. I thought it was arthroscopic knee surgery, but it turns out that the arthroscopic part was for diagnosis, and the rest was regular surgery, darn it! I’m not into medical terms, or medicine in general, so my translation of “arthroscopic” means “you heal faster”. OK – just to be thorough – here’s a link, from medline plus – http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002972.htm. I got squicked out just by reading the article!
I’m in the process of getting better. Even though it was “regular” surgery, this is not expected to be a long drawn out kind of recovery. Two things I really like are the following: artificial ice and my cane.
Artificial Ice. I decided to ice my knee myself, instead of renting the “keep it cool” medical device you plug in. The big breakthrough – the blue stuff you put in a cooler, when you are going on a picnic. At Walgreens I bought an artificial ice pack designed just for knees. The freezer part has the liguid suspended in little globes on a sturdy piece of plastic. Even after you freeze it, the sheet is bendable. It comes with a velcro cloth pack. You stuff the sheet of artificial ice into the cloth pack and attach it to your knee with the attached velcro strap. The “ice” pack is easy to use and really swell.
I like my cane even better. I got my cane at Walgreens, the same place I got the artificial ice for my knee. I’d give you the brand name of the cane, but I took off all the tags. My cane is a marvel of design – light aluminum, adjustable, sturdy tip, padded handle, a strap, and it’s a pretty bronze color. It’s so well designed that it fits over a door knob or the back of a chair, without falling off. This is not the type of cane that you see on television shows like House, a cane just for pretty – this is a cane you can use. I’m going to keep my cane in case I ever need knee surgery again.
Here’s a picture of my cane. I shot it from the door of my place. My cane is resting against the railing of the second floor walkway.
I love my cane!
amarez – mszv