2015 Challenge, Week 10: NUMBERS – 50mm

2015 Challenge, Week 10: NUMBERS – 50mm

This one is truly titled…

“I just unbuttoned”

Tonight I ventured out for kinda my first evening, with the fam. We had dinner with this lovely couple, whom I’m not sure I could share more deeply with these days. They’re a part of a larger group of wonderful people supporting and loving upon Deanna and I as we struggle through this slow part of my journey right now. They truly bless us.

On the tech side, my Fujifilm X-T1 with the wonderful 35mm lens, just fits the 50mm requirement. See the EXIF data on the image, and you should see that after my crop is calculated, this image is a 53mm image. I pray you’ll permit such closeness. :-)



Bamboo Gardening

I know many of you detest bamboo. I forgive you. I have a special place in my heart for it! It’s smells great, brings the best green colors to a California Central Coast sand garden, and can really make the windy areas more palatable. (And it also makes for a possible alternate resource in a wide variety of situations, oft referred to as SHTF scenarios.)

A lot of the time detesting the bamboo has stemmed from not understanding how to grow and cultivate it. I’m not super interested in reeducating, to be fair. I’d prefer to just give it a gentle try, and let the results speak for themselves. I’d prefer to trial and error, and share all the results. 

Bamboo is just grass. Some of it is invasive, and spreads like weeds. Tends to be less desirable. You have to protect from it, wall off, raised bed, etc.

In spite of the fact that I’m misrepresenting the facts, there are basically two kinds of bamboo; fast growing (you must control and be prepared to deal with), aka spreading.

Second is the slower growing, oft more decorative and uniform to enjoy. I think cultivation is more of this gardening.

Horrible descriptions, I know. 

One thing I love about the series of tubes we call the internets, is how much I can share, be wrong, yet still learn something, and grow nice bamboo! And Pinterest can get all the glory it deserves and doesn’t!

The racket!

Clearly I’m not new to this racket. My diabetic loved-ones have been dealing with it much longer than I. 

But what the heck!

Those dadgum test strips are a racket! I think I’m in the wrong business. 

For those who don’t know, one of my meds makes me temporarily diabetic. So I had to pick up a monitor, test strips, and a bunch of the insulin pens. Normally, it’d just be another med I gotta endure. But this crap I gotta check numerous times a day, so those strips add up!

Those little strips of paper/plastic are actually somewhat expensive. 

** This is mostly just a rant. **

Back to 6 East…

To my 6E nursing director,

I write this the early morning after getting my first rest on “our” floor.

I want to start with what a great confidence I have in your staff, and the rest of my teams, to work hard and diligently to provide me with comfort and hands-on-care.

I also know that my God has once again put me in your collective hands, to give me His most precious and gentle care.

I can say these things based upon my personal experiences with you all, and the hope my God continues to provide.

Just last night, as I entered the floor, I felt elements of Him…

“…makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” (‭Psalm‬ ‭23‬:‭2-3‬ ESV)

Arriving to 6E has an element of the calm of green pastures and the calm of still waters.

As I arrived I was greeted warmly by faces who added to the comfort. If I had a short list of preferred nurses, they were all from that list. I look forward to seeing the rest!

If I have to be so yucky right now, there’s no place I’d rather be, getting what I need. You folks will get me home the most comforting and efficient ways.

Love y’all!
Trevor Carpenter

Health update

So today’s follow up appt at UCLA was for last week’s GVHD scare. Today they found an elevated liver enzyme, so I had more blood drawn and an ultrasound of my liver.

It took a while, but finally they sent me home. No new precautions for now, other than giving beer a rest.

I’m not too worried, because all of my other labs were fine.

I’m back on Friday!

Yeah for our commute-to-UCLA-budget!

So the ultrasound results are normal. Nothing to worry about there. The extra blood labs will come back later this week or early next week.

I should blog more


I used to blog more. But then Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ came along. Now I write all my unnecessary opinions over there.

I still have plenty to say, I just loose the clarity of an idea, by summarizing it for a brief social media post.

So, I guess I’ll start blogging more.

Of what topics do you want me to write?