Paintied the hinges and door hardware for the pool changing room

Posted By on September 19, 2020

PoolhousePaintedHingesIt has taken me most of the second half of the summer, but I’m finally finishing the poolhouse changing room … more work than I thought. The damage done by Katelyn’s “late” pet rabbit Pumpy Umpy was significant enough to require lower drywall (greenboard) and all new casing and baseboard trim. Part of my slowdown was the heat of the summer use … but most of it was me just moving from project to project.

This past week I worked on the rusted hinges and screws. Each brass-look hinge was taken off, wire brushed, then cleaned up on my Scotch-Brite wheel. After some Zine-Chromate priming, I added a couple thin coats of Rustoleum brand white gloss paint and did the same for all the once brass looking screw heads. This is a slow process and my wife asked me, “why didn’t you just buy new?” My answer, because they won’t fit the doors and frames.


Tech Friday: A new feature update for my Fitbit Versa

Posted By on September 18, 2020

FitbitSpO2200916_mAfter a recent update from Fitbit, my Versa watch is now tracking my SpO2 level when I sleep. Unsure what to make of it, I asked my doctor-daughter Katelyn what it means: “looks good, no sleep apnea.” (Fitbit devices measure this while sleeping, since they are usually the lowest)

After a little reading on SpO2 levels, it is not exactly what I was thinking. SpO2 is also known as oxygen saturation. It is a measure of the amount of oxygen-carrying hemoglobin in the blood relative to the amount of hemoglobin not carrying oxygen. If it  low, the blood will not function as efficiently which is know as “Hypoxemia.”

Hypoxemia is determined by measuring the oxygen level in a blood sample taken from an artery (arterial blood gas). It can also be estimated by measuring the oxygen saturation of your blood using a pulse oximeter — a small device that clips to your finger.

Normal arterial oxygen is approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). Values under 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent. Values under 90 percent are considered low.


Our granddaughter Ellerie has her first tooth … and big eyes!

Posted By on September 17, 2020

EllerieFirstTooth200916What kind of grandparent would I be to not include Ellerie’s first tooth on MyDesultoryBlog since I post on practically everything else?

Katelyn mentioned in a phone call that Ellerie was teething and could see her first tooth the other day … so I requested she send a photo. Little did I know just how cute those big eyes were going to be.

I texted back,“Ellerie is no longer a baby! Having teeth makes her a toddler” to which I know would make Katelyn think about just how fast her “babies” are growing up. Speaking of “babies and teeth” … it reminded me of Annalyn way back in 2017! (ani gif below) 


Filler post: Shade Sail Stick Insects and a couple idea photos

Posted By on September 16, 2020

StickInsect_mWhile brushing a few leaves off the new shade sails, this little guy caught my eye. It is amazing how different Stick Insects can change colors to fit their surroundings.

Actually this blog post is just a mid-week filler post and a collection of a few photos that I thought were interesting or at least somewhat creative ideas. I particularly like the sign for the classroom … bring back a little tough love discipline.


Top left: Stove top heat diffuser – Top right: Basket for power strip and cords

Bottom left: Power post pulling (go slow!) – Bottom right: Classroom Reality Check


Photos of a few new hardwood trees from my brother’s nursery

Posted By on September 15, 2020


It has been eleven years since we last purchased a few trees from my brother Ron’s retirement avocation – a nursery dedicated to NativeOhioPlants. He started planting trees years before so after he retired from the Air Force in 2018, it was a natural to make it a part time business. It’s not too big or lucrative and doesn’t stop him from traveling (like COVID19), but it is far better than watching TV and turning into grumpy old man (he’s younger than me!) I don’t think either of us will ever be bored.


Another Jimmy Buffett 2020 stay-at-home video memory

Posted By on September 14, 2020

In keeping up with archiving the Jimmy Buffett COVID19 “stay-at-home” series of recording during the summer of 2020, here’s another old one … although to me, I remember it like yesterday.

The Wino and I Know“ was the first song on side B of his 1974 Living and Dying in 3/4 Time album.

Apple iOS 13.7: Opt-in to COVID19 exposure notifications?

Posted By on September 13, 2020

Update_iOS13.7I downloaded and installed the new Apple iOS 13.7 update, but hesitated since I regularly prefer blocking location services information. Both Apple and Google announced the “tracking” in April 2020, but as expected, it was met with reservation.

Most users are naïve to the amount of personal data requested by apps and operation systems on devices, but enough users are hyperaware, especially after the attention being given to TikTok and China regarding online and device privacy. 

.. the OS-powered contact tracing system is designed to inform someone when they may have been in contact with another person later diagnosed with COVID-19, primarily through a complex BLE Beacon protocol. Support for the protocol was first added to iOS in May with the release of iOS 13.5. But at the time, any given state needed to have an app developed by a public health agency that used the API. Now, though, states can simply provide Apple and Google with the necessary information and the auto-generated software framework will take care of the rest.

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