Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Fine motor skill

4am - My sleep pattern is to wake twice every nite. About 4-hours after taking sleep help medication. Then, another dose of sleep med, and 15± minutes later, I'm asleep again.

A lithium battery arrived. While waiting for sleep to come, I attempted to install the replacement for the battery powering the LogiTech Wireless Headset.

My fine motor skill has suffered mightily in recent months. And, while attempting to attach the battery's male connector to the female connector of the LogiTech, one tiny wire busted!

I just ordered (2) more batteries from EBay. When these arrive, the connecting will go to a nearby jeweler!😂



8am - Breakfast
Have I mentioned to what my Mom told my sister and myself about eating during WW2?

"Eat all your food. Remember the poor starving children in Europe."

I never really thought about that eating law! But it was holed up someplace in my brain all my life. Recently, I stopped obeying Mom. I don't know why? All I know is, that when I don't eat all the food on my plate, I feel much better.

And, guess what happened? I lost weight and my waistline is smaller. I weigh now, 172 lbs. That's what I weighed when I went into the US Army in 1960!


9am - Not moving into Twayler
That's right! I've decided to remain at Guava Gardens until I become a Jojoba Hills member and am able to move Twayler on to my own Jojoba site.

I'm curious what you think about this decision?


4pm - Express Car Wash
While eating a frozen ice cream cone, the crispy cone fell apart. Cone flakes fell all over Honda FIT's driver seat and floor. FIT goes to the Express Car Wash in Santee. There is a free vacuum at Express. So, we headed out there.

On the way, a stop was made at the Davis YMCA for a one-hour workout. Then we continued to the car wash and vacuumed up the cone flakes.

Across the parking lot from Express, is a Mexican food joint. I bought 3-taquitos with guacamole. While eating the taquitos, this 4pm Blog post was published.

It's a great time to go to a restaurant and publish a Blog post while eating. I have no clue why? Do you?

George at Mexican Joint in The City of Santee

10:30pm - Bruised egos
Have I mentioned to you that I soak in the Guava Gardens spa every nite between 7pm and 9pm? Larry the assistant manger here takes care of the pool and spa. Sees that the water is cleared of leaves, sweeps up when necessary.

Larry also is responsible for water temperature. There are two heaters. One for the pool and the other for the spa. The controller for the temperature has an LED readout. When the temperature needs changing, pressing the up button increases the temperature. Pressing the down button [well, you get the idea].

I've asked Larry to increase the spa's temperature, and he is very compliant with my requests. The spa controller now reads, 98℉. But it does not feel like 98℉ to me.

So, I bought a pool/spa thermometer over at Howe's in Santee this evening. On returning to Guava Gardens, I took the spa's water temperature. 90℉. Right on the button. NOT 98℉ as the heater controller reports!

Now, here comes the sensitive part. How do I inform Larry that there is a discrepancy between the heater's controller readout, and the new thermometer?

The answer, in my opinion, is tough to know. When egos are involved, they may bruise easily! Hmmmmm?

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31 comments:

  1. Hi George,
    It is sad when we find our fine motor skills declining. Like vision getting bad, we must adjust to this situation and live with it. There are ways to work around it and like you are doing, they typically involve asking for help. But enough of that stuff. As I continue to work on my RV and think about you George, I want to thank you again for everything I learned about campers from your blog. From the discussion of those lousey aluminum roof corner molding failures to the discussions of automatic leveling jacks and everything in between. I learned so much from you. Thank you. I am sure you will work out the best way to deal with your delay in moving in to the campground. Enjoy you adventures.

    Jack

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    1. Hi Jack,

      * My fine motor skill declined. But, my golf game has improved a lot since returning to playing this week! I am buying a little pocket counter in order to know my score. I'll post my score in the blog, when I know it.

      * Thank you sooooo much for letting me know how you feel about learning from my Blog writing.

      * All ready made a decision about moving. Staying at Guava Gardens until I'm able to move Twayler to Jojoba Hills.

      Tioga George


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    2. George, fine motor skills decline earlier in age for some rather than later. My husband of 73 years of age was having problems helping me secure a small necklace clasp when we were getting dressed to take our neighbor out to lunch for her birthday. She is 85 years young and was the only one who could get the darn clasp secured on my necklace.

      You have so many tasks ahead of you. I also read that you have great carpentry skills. I bet Twayler has a lot of room behind those cabinet doors. Our's did too, but we found very little shelving in the cabinets. Do your cabinets have all the shelves you need? If not, with your skills you could take measurements and put in shelves while you are waiting for Jojoba lot site. We also took out that dumb shower head which came with our RV and put in a nice shower head which allows you to select a massage shower. You might like one of those; boy, does it make me feel good!!

      Dee

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    3. Hi Dee,

      * Thank you for your insight into Fine Motor Skills.

      * And thank you again for writing ideas where I may use my carpentry skills.

      PS: I got a kick of your writing about Twayler. And you spelled Twayler's name correctly too! [Did you know that Twayler is a girl?]

      Tioga George

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  2. Good luck with you twailer decision. And good news on the wight loss, amazing how much better we feel when its gone.

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    1. Hi OAT,

      Thank you sooooo much for your comment about Twayler and my weight loss! 😀

      Tioga George

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  3. I think you made the right decision, better to be comfortable in your apartment for now. I always enjoy your posts, don't often comment as typing on an ipad is a pain! Getting old is no fun physically but you don't have to go to work!

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    1. Hi Sandra,

      Thank you for your "right decision" and "enjoy"comment! 😀

      Last week I purchased an iPad Mini 2. A small model which features a large computer screen keyboard. Very easy to type almost anything. Close to the same as my MacBook.

      I got sold on this iPad when I tested it at an Apple Store.


      Tioga George

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  4. I am curious what the monthly rent is for an RV space at Jojoba park? Also curious if your $33,000 is returned when you move out of the park.

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    1. Hi Rick,

      There is a monthly maintenance charge of ±$270. No rent.

      It's about $31,000 and it is refundable on leaving the Resort.

      Tioga George

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  5. I think it is wise to stay at Guava Gardens until you have everything in place for your move to Jojoba Park. Why look at second or third choice options when you know what you want as your first choice? It's not as though you are pressured by time to make a decision immediately. Best wishes in your planning.

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    1. Hi Scott,

      Agree completely with your comment.

      Thank you,
      Tioga George

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  6. You should stay (and do) whatever makes you happy. At the end, that's the only thing that counts. If now, staying in Guava waiting makes you happy, that's the best decision ever made.

    I personally think that staying in Guava is the best call, since you like the place and the people. It's a fine place to be! And you'll spare your self the hassle to move somewhere else with no clue if it's going to be a better place than Guava or not. You know for sure Jojoba is. I'm so happy for you George!

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    1. Hi Jose,

      Thank you sooooo much for this comment of agreement with me! Always good to receive one of those.

      Guava Garden is a nice place!

      Lately I have put about 30 more Impatien flowers on the balcony. Some were replacements that died. Looks gorgeous with the Little Waterfall which is working extremely well since its sealing [stop-leak] job.

      Tioga George

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  7. George
    Any guesstimate on how long before a site will be available?

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    1. Hi Nick,

      I don't know for sure. However, the old timers at Jojoba have told me about two months.

      Tioga George

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  8. If it were me I would stay but mentally move. That is put down on paper what your going to keep and what your going to get rid of. That way I wouldn't have as much pressure to making quick last minute decisions. But again, that's just me.
    Dave

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    1. Hi David,

      I agree with your suggestion! And that is why I did that early this week.

      You know something, David, Almost everything in my apartment is on the "get rid of list."

      I guess that you and I are "birds of a feather."

      Tioga George

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  9. Not all is lost in terms of motor skills. I work with handwriting, both manuscript and cursive, from kinder through secondary. Handwriting practice is a great way to go from gross to finer motor skills and are helpful for seniors as well. If you want some practice, let me know and I can send it to you.

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    1. Hi LBM,

      Maybe I overplayed my decline in motor skills a bit. Right now I am typing very well, and sort of fast too.

      Send me an email and I will return back my postal address.

      Tioga George

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  10. I was just curious about your decision to move to jojoba. We visited there overnight around mid December. It was nice, and we love the area but it just seemed like a very inconvenient location for shopping and other things we like. Everything seemed like 30 minutes away.

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    1. Hi David,

      You are correct on the time to drive to The City of Temecula to shop. It is about 30 minutes.

      My friend Pete and I drove to Temecula several times. I found this almost all country road trip to be beautiful. Passing farms, range, distant mountains.

      When I am living at Jojoba Hills, I'll likely make a weekly shopping trip. And incorporate into that trip a treat at a nice restaurant or maybe an ice cream store! 😎

      Tioga George

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  11. Mr. G I hope you don't mind me posting this but I think this sums it up so that others could understand how it works
    This was taken from another blog site and reposted
    He states
    Here at Jojoba Hills there is a waiting list of prospective SKP members interested in buying in. The time varies from months to years depending on availability. There is a $100 fee, plus a $1000 deposit to get on the list. If you choose to get off the list the deposit is refunded.

    The present buy-in price is $31,000. Once you buy in there is a $250 per month space fee, plus electricity. If you are not here, you still pay the space fee, and your lot goes into a rental pool adminstered by the office. All rents go to the park, not to the individual owners. This helps pay for maintenece and improvements.

    When the time comes that you want to sell your site, you cannot sell it on your own, but you can sell your improvements to the next owner, have them removed, or abandon them. The site is sold by the SKP park without realtor fees, and you get your buy-in price back. All of this is without property tax, a water bill, sewer bill, or property insurance other than what you choose to carry on your RV.

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    1. Hi Mr. Ed,

      Don't mind at all! And appreciate your work locating this info and sharing with Readers.

      Tioga George

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  12. George, if your took the pool temperature closer to the top of the water and the LED reading is closer to the bottom of the pool that might be the reason for the difference.

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    1. Hi Nancy & Joe,

      Yes, that might be so, as you wrote.

      However, I took my temperature readings when the spa's circulating pump was operating. So, the water was all stirred up. Likely the temp under this condition, is equal all thru the water.

      What do you think?

      Tioga George


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  13. How do you know if YOUR thermometer is accurate ? Did you calibrate it ?

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    1. Hi Moonfly,

      No, I did not calibrate the thermometer. But I did consult with my Guardian Angel about your suggestion!

      Would you like to what she replied to me? Hmmmm?

      My Guardian Angel replied with one loud word! It was: "Boooooooo!"

      Tioga George


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  14. I didn't know there was a question out there but on this national standards the average is between 100 and 104
    This was copied off the Internet
    The temperature you keep your spa water largely depends on personal preference. While the majority of users find 100° F - 102° F degrees comfortable, some folks prefer the maximum 104° F.

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    1. Hi Mr. ed,

      It's not clear to me what your comment is addressing? Your comment does not appear to be directed toward me?!?

      Tioga George

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    2. It was referring to the temperature of the spa water at you're apartment complex if you said the temperature was 88 that would appear Luke warm most people set their spa temperature at 100 to 104 but that also would depend on ones personal preference.
      Most commercial establishments will set it under 90° so as not to encourage you to stay longer. However you will probably find that most health clubs well actually set it at or about 100°
      And if you own one personally in your home you're probably Set it about 102 degrees

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