I Got It!!!!!

2016-02-26 14.07.04

 

A sneak peak of the new Aerogarden of Serendipity’s box…and my Kindle. Yes, I read a lot. Don’t judge. wlEmoticon-rollingonthefloorlaughing.png

 

I just got this today, 26 February. I’ll be setting it up on or before 13 March 2016. I’m waiting, not so patiently, for the tomatoes to ripen in the old Ultra LED garden before I can begin procedures to clean it out one last time. From there, it will go to its new home with a good local friend.

 

I have my heating vents closed (it’s Winter here) so the tomatoes will have the proper temperature to ripen in. I can only top off the reservoir with icy cold water to bring the ambient temperature in the vessel down to acceptable levels. Even so, two are already showing signs of ripening as I type this. The rest of the larger ones are beginning to turn whitish, while the smaller green ones grow bigger by the hour.

 

So, for now, I’m just twiddling my thumbs waiting for these fruit to turn red. It would be a real shame if, at the end of this, I had to cut these plants down without harvesting this fruit. There’s at least thirty fruit between the two vines. Regardless of my reticence, 12 March is the cut off day for these plants and this Ultra LED.

 

Thanks for reading. Please, enjoy your day.

 

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My First Mission

I’ve been playing Blogshares for a while now but today is the first time I’ve sponsored a mission of my own. I made one in regards to Blood Product donation, because simply, it’s something I happen to believe strongly in and I’m hoping that people will actually participate in this mission and donate blood product.

Although this mission is marked ‘Blogshares’, it’s open to anyone willing to participate. Just leave me a little note on the Blood Blog mission post explaining that you’re participating and from where you found out about the campaign.

Thanks and have a good one. Ta.

Blogshares Blood Product Donation Campaign

Greetings fellow Blogshares junkies!

Welcome to my Blood Product Donation blog. Chances are, the reason you’re here is because of the mission I founded and I sincerely hope that you participated to the best of your ability.

I would just like to say that I appreciate your interest in this mission and hope that your experience with donation and/or recruitment was pleasurable.

Thanks again for your wonderful gift and have a good one. 🙂

Blogshares Quandry

I have a blog called ‘Pressing Words‘ and it’s a sort of volunteerism blog. So, I don’t feel too good profiting from it in any way, including fictitiously via Blogshares. Apparently, they’ve now got some sort of cap on how many people one can gift shares in a blog out to and the cap is signifigantly lower than the number of shares I have.

So, if anyone should like to join the game and buy into my blog, I would be ever so grateful. I don’t care if you sell them on, I just don’t want to. This ends when I get down to one share left, which will be my maintaining control over my own page. Blogshares can in no way, shape, or form make you money. It is only a game. If I were really sitting on top of $2,662,650,548.49 in stocks, bonds, and money, do you think I’d be struggling with this damn PC? :p

Blooooooooooooood

I have the follow up appointment to find out definitively what’s going on with this edema issue on Friday and if I get the all clear, I go back to donating blood product on the twenty-third of May. I am seriously hoping that everything is alright. Aside from this issue, I feel better physically and I’ve been working on getting my iron levels back up as much as I can by even taking the dreaded iron pills.

In truth, I miss the Mount Hope donor center and it was strange but I felt a sense of loss briefly as I passed it on the Metro yesterday both in going down to my appointments and coming back home. I miss the jokes, the humor, the good natured phlebotomists, the friendly security guards, and watching movies while sitting at odd angles with needles and plastic tubing in my arms. I miss Oatmeal Raisin cookies, bottles of orange juice, pretzel wheels, and giving volunteers who are willing to take time out of their lives to make sure the arms of the donors don’t bleed by opening things for them. I cannot wait to go back…*sigh*

So, tonight as a furtherance of the campaign and as psychological compensation for not giving in so long, I passed the shares of The Blood Blog to a little under thirty people. My goal is to eventually only have one share in the blog and have people passing it around and hopefully reading it, donating themselves, or getting others to do so in their place if they can’t or won’t themselves. Personally, I’d rather be doing Apheresis right now but it’s not the responsible thing to do until I find out exactly what is going weird with me healthwise. The veins in my arms look like they’re trying to run to Mount Hope by themselves right now though, they’re so filled.

My hideous inner silly is toying with the idea of taking Diary of a Serial Killer into the center as my movie but even I’m not that malicious. >:)

Instead, I think I might take in Treed Murray, Holy Grail, or The Mummy to watch. I keep toying with the idea of finishing looking at ‘Day After Tomorrow’ but I don’t want to laugh the needles out of my arms this time. I was laughing so hard at the movie the last time, I almost did. I barely made it past the ‘Do it for the Pink Parts’ bit Ian Holm pulled. I hope that was specific enough for those that saw it to give a chuckle without being a spoiler for anyone who hasn’t. 🙂

Ah well, I’ve got until Friday morning to know for sure whether I can give. I’m going to work on my iron levels to hopefully get them up by eating something. Ta.

Culture Shock

I was doing a google to see if I could find some reference to Beeli’s the old drug store (pharmacists, not…silly person) that used to be at the corner of Park Heights Avenue and West Belvedere Avenue just below Pimlico Racecourse. Instead, I found quite a shocker for myself.

Apparently, back in the day, Park Heights used to be a good deal nicer than it is now or was during my childhood. It even had its own movie theatre in a place I had only ever know in my earliest memories as ‘Goldenbergs Outlet Discount Store’. When I was a kid, it was the place that everyone (from recent Russian immigrant to po’ black working class) would go to buy cheap low cost items for the household. Let’s face it, not too many people really had money in the 1980s and despite those who lied and said otherwise, places like Goldenbergs existed as a means of keeping oneself just above the line where all civility was lost.

Now, this place that I used to get my toys, marbles, bathing suits (ha) from was at one time a movie theatre and the picture proof is here. I am still floored by this and it makes me even more curious about what other histories are lurking there beneath the ‘New York Fried Chicken’ lamp sign and all the other businesses there. I know one ‘Church’ used to be a bank simply because no one ever bothered to put a sign over the old sign for the bank. That’s at the corner of Park Heights and Spaulding. Cinderella’s Shoe Source, which is Paul Blinky’s place (cool guy, real cool) has a lot of older features and I now find myself wondering what it used to be. I remember before the renovation when there was a sizable vestibule before you entered the old stores entrance. Anyone catching the M3 where it used to stop right in front of the store would stand under that bit of shelter when it was either raining, windy, or too hot to be out in the sun. It was changed in the 1990s to make room for more shoes and eventually the store switched to all mens shoes.

I remember the old Luskins store which was next to my old school at the corner of Park Heights and Garrison Blvd. What was that before? Was it something built up or was there something even more interesting there prior to the building of both the school and the business?

It’s very strange to me. Now that I’ve left the neighborhood for going on two years running now, I’m suddenly interested in its history? All I ever wanted to do as a child was escape from the crime, violence, and repression I normally came across but now I want to learn more. I must be getting nostalgic in my old age. Even so, the only place there that still feels like ‘home’ is the old Branch 21 Library but that’s been closed for years and converted to something else.

I guess you really can’t go home again…

Blood Donor Eligibility

A little information. Sorry, but this is American specific. If you have or know any information about the donation proceedures in your own country, please either e-mail them to me or (even better) start your own Blood Blog so people can get localized information from you.

Blood Donor Eligibility:
Most People Can Be Blood Donors…

But, only 5% of the eligible population actually donates! Let’s work together to change that! You can give blood if you are 17 years of age or, in the state of Maryland only, 16 years of age with parental consent and weigh 110 pounds or more, are in general good health, have NOT received a tattoo within the past year, and have NOT donated in the last 56 days. There are some misperceptions about who can and cannot donate. Here are some guidelines. (More)

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BLOOD DONATION ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

Note to users: This list is not complete. Medical professionals are available at each blood collection center and details of each donor’s health and activities are discussed in a confidential setting prior to blood donation. The final determination of eligibility is made at that time. Some donor eligibility rules are specified by the Food and Drug Administration for every blood bank in the country. Other rules are determined by the particular blood bank and may differ between programs. Donor eligibility rules are intended to protect the health and safety of the donor as well as the patient who will receive the transfusion. The criteria listed below are provided as guidelines to assist you in determining whether you may be eligible to be a blood donor. The guidelines listed below were last revised on 3/21/05. There may have been some changes to these criteria since the last revision date. The most up to date eligibility information can be obtained by contacting the American Red Cross blood center nearest you.

GENERAL GUIDELINES
To give blood for transfusion to another person, you must be healthy, be at least 17 years old or 16 years old if allowed by state law, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not have donated blood in the last 8 weeks (56 days). “Healthy” means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, “healthy” also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control. (More)