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New Year’s Eve Thoughts December 31, 2018

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And so, here we are, once again. New Year’s Eve.

I haven’t planned to do much this New Year’s Eve, other than to relax and have a relatively quiet evening, and I don’t expect that to change. I’m in a heck of a lot of pain today due to my bad left shoulder, and truth be told am not really feeling all that sociable at the moment. I’m just looking forward to ringing in the new year as quietly as I can, and it seems fitting that I’ll be doing so on my own with a bottle (or two) of beer.

Not even sure that I’ll be awake at the stroke of midnight, depending on how I’m feeling and all.

In any event, I would like to wish all my friends a very safe, healthy, and Happy New Year. Be good to yourselves, be good to each other, and I’ll catch you here again in 2019. 🙂

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Final Day of 2018 December 31, 2018

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It’s the last day of 2018.

Thank Goddess this year is coming to an end. While there have been some good moments this past year, 2018 saw too many deaths of beloved figures in both music and entertainment, a U.S. government that continued to wreak all manner of changes and most not for the better in the world, and the senseless slaughter of too many people world-wide in acts of terrorism and sheer evil. Add to that the rough, at times miserable, periods I’ve had this year health-wise (especially during the last four months of the year), and in other regards that I’ve not discussed this year, and… Well, to reiterate, good riddance to 2018.

It’s a Monday morning, so I’m sitting here at home taking it relatively easy. The weather outside is somewhat cold, and snow was coming down when I woke up, and I feel as if I’ve not really slept all that well last night. Well, actually I didn’t. I don’t intend to do a lot of stuff today, and I’ll see how I feel later in the day.

Time to clean the dishes, and take a nice, hot shower. Hopefully the latter will make me feel somewhat better.

Start of December, A New Month December 1, 2018

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It’s December 1st. A new month.

And I’m glad that November is over, though I am dreading the true coming of winter this month, but given how last month went, just happy December has arrived.

Being Jewish and a singleton, December tends to be a depressing month for me, though I do have some family and a few friends that will try to lighten the mood. That said, there’s all kinds of other stuff that December brings, so we’ll see how the month goes.

Medically, I’m hoping that the month will be a quiet one, but I doubt it. I’m hoping that my two broken ribs heal sufficiently so that I don’t feel too much pain and that I can muster the money and energy to go back to physiotherapy on my bad shoulder (which is hurting a lot these days due to overuse). Can’t remember what appointments I have this month, to be honest, but I’m sure there are a couple here and there. Really hope there’s no “visits” to the hospital this month. ::knock on wood:: As for the rest of December, I’m hoping it passes quietly, there’s not a lot of snow ::knock on wood:: again, and that someone buys me a Christmas present of some sort! 🙂

The real trick for me in December (well, most of the winter, really) is to manage to keep warm. The arthritis that I have is one thing, but the neuropathy damage from the diabetes that I do have makes winter tough on my keeping the extremities warm.

November Is a New Month November 1, 2018

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It is a new month. November.

Or Movember, as it’s also known, since a lot of men grow moustaches for the month as a means of supporting prostate cancer research and the like. (Since I have a moustache already, I guess I can just let it grow a bit longer, right? 🙂 )

So far, I don’t have a lot of medical appointments for November so far ::knock on wood:: but that could change as the month goes on. I still have to get both the flu shot and the pneumonia shot this year, but need to wait until the weekend, as I’m finally feeling somewhat better from the bout of bronchitis I’ve had since the end of September. The bad news is that the broken ribs are healing slowly, and I’m still not very mobile and able to do too much stuff.

I’m also hoping that Old Man Winter decides to hold off somewhat in regards to the white stuff. I’d really appreciate that.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming October 26, 2018

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The weather outside is pretty chilly, though there’s no snow (as of yet). ::knock on wood:: I’m still not 100%, and to be honest, my ribs are not healed, but I decided that I wanted to game this evening, and the Friday night gamers are up for it, so…

Gaming for this evening is on! The Friday night gamers will be starting their Capharnaüm – The Tales of the Dragon-Marked RPG campaign of Arabian Nights, Argonauts and Adventure with character generation, and I’m rather looking forward to this.

In the meantime, I need to get upstairs (carefully) and make something relatively filling for supper.

Have a good evening, folks. 🙂

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming October 12, 2018

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While the weather has cooled off nicely, I’ve still got a heck of mess in my life right now, both financially and health-wise. My mom is now in the Geriatric Unit at the Civic Hospital here in Ottawa (and no, I’m not talking about that), I’ve still got symptoms of the bronchitis that I’ve been fighting (and am on an antibiotic for) and my rib is still broken from my fall down the stairs here at the house on Sunday. Glad to see the back of this week, as it’s been kind of stressful, but the end of the week means I get to game this evening with the Friday night group. That said, there were two conditions to gaming this evening. The first was that they were buying supper. The second is that they’ll be doing all the (heavy) lifting around here for the night, since my chest and ribs are not up to it.

The Friday night gamers will be continuing their Living Land campaign of the Torg Eternity RPG this evening. I’m looking forward to the game, and can’t wait to game with Kathy and the Friday night gamers.

Have a good evening, folks. 🙂

October is a New Month October 1, 2018

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It’s the start of October. A new month.

To be honest, I’m really happy to see the rear end of September.

While there were a few good moments in the month, September was a month that I will remember because of the pain.

Most of the pain is in my left leg, my feet, my left shoulder, and my abdomen. (I’ve actually got a bad bruise from an insulin shot that is over a week old and going away very slowly. I expected this to take a while as being diabetic, the healing process is slowed down somewhat. What I wasn’t expecting was the pain that goes along with it, and there have been days where I’ve been in absolute agony trying to walk.

Anyway, here’s hoping that October is a comfortable month, and that winter doesn’t strike too early or too hard at all. ::knock on wood::

I’m currently down with my yearly infection during the late September/early October period, so that’s no different this year. I’m taking it as easy as I can, but I’ve lost my voice. Lots of fun ordering my insulin and other prescriptions.

In the meantime, let pumpkin madness strike. 🙂

Last Day of June June 30, 2018

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It’s the last day of June, 2018.

And in all honesty, I can’t wait for this month to be over.

I’m not going to go into details about everything that’s gone down in June and why I’ll be happy to see the month in the rear view mirror (all you have to do is read some of the blog entries of the past month to see what’s been going on health-wise with me), but it will be good to start looking forward to the month of July. I don’t have a lot of plans for July, to be honest, and it’s not going to start off with any gaming (as both the Friday and Sunday gaming groups will be taking the long weekend off), but to be honest, I’m looking forward to a quiet beginning to the month.

That said, Ottawa and the valley are starting a massive heatwave (which began yesterday), and today is no exception to this. The temperatures for the next week (!!) or so are in the low to mid-range 30+oC range, and with the humidity in the air it’s feeling like the 40s! Ickk! Just plan to keep as cool as I can. ‘Nuff said about that.

In the meantime, I plan to go out and buy a few groceries this afternoon, so just have to remember to make it quick. Otherwise, the perishables will melt in the heat outside. That, and stay hydrated and not take too many chances with my health this week.

Friday Evening Game Session Cancelled February 23, 2018

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Needless to say, tonight’s game session of gaming is cancelled.

Just can’t play tonight, in the aftermath of the death of DavidM last week.

Not sure when we’ll game again on Fridays, but for now need to mourn and heal somewhat.

A Death in the (Gaming) Family February 15, 2018

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It has been a very difficult day for me today, as well as for the Friday night gaming group.

When I woke up this morning, I learned from Stephanie, DavidM’s wife, that DavidM had died at 3:45 am this morning of congestive heart failure as a complication/consequence of his having a very severe case of the flu that’s going around. David had been ill for over two weeks now, and had progressively got worse to the point where he’d been admitted to the hospital a week ago today. I’m saddened by his loss, and can’t even begin to imagine or feel how his wife and family are right now.

I’ve been sort of dysfunctional for most of the day, in a state of shock for the most part (I guess), and haven’t really accomplished anything at all today other than a bit of banking and grocery shopping I needed to get done.

I’d been gaming with DavidM for several years now, and had come to really like him. His personality was sparkling, he loved his wife and two children, ages 14 and 19, fiercely, and enjoyed what he did for a living. His loss leaves a terrible void in the lives of both his family and his friends, and I still can’t believe he’s gone.

A tragedy. A horrible day for all concerned.