It’s been cooler than usual in April and May where I live. I’m going to plant tomatoes this weekend. The danger of frost is past, but the ground may still be a little cool for tomato plants to thrive.
I guess Mother’s Day was also breast-cancer awareness day for major league baseball. I’m against breast cancer and in favor of breast-cancer awareness. Still, the uniforms in the Mets-Padres game were ugly. They made me pine for the Padres’ old brown ones.
I don’t begrudge breast cancer research a dime. I have contributed myself from time to time, but from the publicity it gets you’d think breast cancer was the number one cause of death among women. It isn’t. Lung cancer and heart disease cause more deaths than breast cancer does.
I may need to get a new doctor. My test results came back and now this doctor is trying to tell me I’m completely normal.
Over the years, I’ve asked lots of questions here, some of them serious, and some meant as jokes. One of the serious ones came four years ago when I wondered whether noise-cancelling headphones would help with my tinnitus. Since the last time I looked into it, sound therapy has become helpful, but not a cure for tinnitus. Certain frequencies generated by special hearing aids help cancel out the annoying ringing of tinnitus. So, while noise-cancelling headphones won’t help, there are now hearing aids that supposedly will. I can hear without hearing aids, but because of the tinnitus, and because of some high-frequency hearing loss, I don’t hear people well if there’s a lot of background noise. I’ve ordered a pair of hearing aids designed to help with both. If they work well, I may review then here in the future.
Here’s an update on my Panasonic bathroom fan. I have replaced it, with another Panasonic fan. So, I’ve bought three of them in eight years. The one in my upstairs bathroom still works. I have mixed feelings about the fans. They’re high quality, very quiet, and Panasonic makes more than one fan that will fit in my existing opening which is a little over ten inches square. On the other hand, they’re very expensive, the light kit on mine (not the bulb, the fixture) failed after eight years. The ballast for the light isn’t easily replaceable and neither the ballast nor the light fixture is available from Panasonic anymore.
The light in my new fan is bright enough that I can probably grow tomatoes in there now. But, I won’t.
I have a compressed disc in my neck, and I tore both rotator cuffs for the second time after I’d already had surgery to repair each one. I guess what I’m saying is working over my head is painful. So, I didn’t replace the fan in the ceiling myself. It annoys me to pay someone else to do something for me that I know how to do. Still, the electrician did a bang-up job, took about half an hour and cleaned up after himself. Good job there.