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Friday, May 17, 2013

Chapter 09 of "Scribe"

Hey Y'all!

Well, the old warhorse had to take a bit of time off to recover from a bad cough and a bit of skin cancer surgery. That's why things have been delayed.

Anyway, here's Chapter 09 of "Scribe" for your reading enjoyment.

Take care! 73's to all of you!

Kilo Echo Lima Lima Alpha November 8)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A General Health Rant

Sorry for this rant but I must get this off my chest.

Recently, I was having trouble with high blood pressure and a high pulse rate after waking up at night for no apparent reason. At one point, my heart rate was over 100 (!) and my blood pressure at that time was 180 over 91 (!!). I had my tigress take me to the hospital emergency room, since my numbers were not coming down very fast.

While we were there, my better half offered up that I would stop breathing at night. Well, to make a long story short, I was diagnosed with moderate obstructive sleep apnea. This is when your muscles in your throat and tongue relax, allowing the tongue to slip back into the throat, blocking the airway. Your body then wakes you up enough to begin breathing again. I had one-hundred and forty seven such event in seven point two hours of sleep on my test night.

I have Kaiser for health insurance so they supplied me with a CPAP machine to try for a few days, one week, to be exact. This machine works by increasing pressure to your airway, opening that blocked area to keep you breathing. After the first night, the effect was dramatic. I finally felt rested for a change.

I started using the loaner CPAP machine on a Monday night and by Saturday morning, I was out of bed and ready to go by 7:30 am! Normally, I didn't get out of bed before the crack of noon on a Saturday.

Anyway, I had to give back the Kaiser loaner and that night, I tried to sleep normally. No go. I woke up this morning feeling like crap. I was tired, achy and grumpy. Just like before.

I was told by Kaiser that it would be five to ten working days before my personal machine arrives via FedEx or UPS. That means all of the good that the CPAP machine did for me will be undone. In talking to a fellow worker that has been diagnosed, he informed me that he had been waiting two weeks so far, but the machine was on its way, according to a message from Kaiser Sleep Lab.

Did I mention this machine is being fulfilled by a company in my city? I can't just go pick it up, because it's not done that way. The order has to go from my city, to a city four cities away that has FedEx and UPS terminals, then back to me. I can't rent one, since that would need a prescription. Said script could be obtained, in a week for a Doctor to write it out, then mailed to me, another week. Can't just go get the script, either, according to the Lab.

Oh Well, maybe I'll get lucky and my machine will arrive in three days, like I was told in the first place, not the five to ten working days that my co-worker has waited (so far).

Sorry for the rant.

A disgusted old warhorse

Monday, November 28, 2011

When It Rains . . .

Well, I guess this was coming . . .

The good;

I had taken a bit of advice from The Silver Coyote and started on a Chondroitin and Glucosamine regimen. Well, It actually did help things! My paws don't ache on a cold morning and my knees don't sound like Rice Crispies when I stand up. Thanks for the tip, SC!

The bad;

I am losing either the display inverter or the back light bulb for my trusty Dell Inspiron 1501. It's okay for a bit, then it just blacks out. I'm running it right now with a monitor backup, waiting until the screen blanks again. If I can shine a light on the screen and see images on it, the back light is bad. If it's entirely black, that would be the inverter. Just waiting now.

Anyway, still plugging away at chapter 15, some fun stuff happens in this one so maybe I'll have it hammered out soon. On a sour note, I've been called for jury duty again. No surprise, it's been thirteen months. Summons was right on time. Random selection my @$$!

Sorry for the rant.

Kellan, the disgusted old warhorse.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Health Update

So, here's an update on things;

right now, my Tigress and I should be at a Burns Supper, enjoying good company, haggis, neeps, tatties and a wee bit 'o single malt whiskey. But no, here we are at home because the old warhorse is sick.

I have now made three trips to the emergency room with this kidney stone and I am no closer to having the stone broken up than I was at the first. Let me elaborate while I'm still lucid enough to do so.

After the first trip to the emergency room eight days ago on 1/21, I was left with the impression that I would be seen by a Urologist by the following Monday or Tuesday. What did transpire was a call on Monday, informing me of an appointment on 2/1(!) to be evaluated. Insane, huh?

After much complaining, I was granted an appointment for 1/27. Yeah, six days after the fact. In the meantime, I had to make a second trip to the emergency room due to unmanageable pain. I went to the appointment on 1/27, only to be left with more false hope. Made another trip to the emergency room that afternoon, too. That marks the third trip that I have endured. The arms are getting beat up by the numerous attempts as putting IV's in my body.

Okay, so I thought this urologist was on the up and up, so I took his statement at face value that they would get me into Oakland's facilities to get this stone broke up fairly quickly. Friday came and no call with an appointment. I called up to Oakland only to find out that my urologist had not contacted them and at any rate, it would be weeks before I am given an appointment. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?!?

So, here I am, in a drug-induced haze, just hoping for a quick end to this. It is apparent that Kaiser-Permanente does not care one bit just how bad I'm suffering. The did offer to do surgery to install a shunt to bypass things. Hey, if you're already in there, why not just go for the stone? Am I missing something here? My wife seems to think that the shunt (stent) would hold things open so I could urinate until the stone is broken up but that makes no sense. I mean, come on, it's blocked for fuck's sake! How is holding things open below it gonna help things? The fucking stone is the blockage!!

I'm in pain again, as you might guess. Actually, I'm thinking I might need yet another trip to the emergency room for a round of stiff pain meds.

Gah, I'm so fucking sick right now . . .

Kellan, the sick old warhorse

Monday, January 24, 2011

Redemption Chapter 05 and a health update

Well, here it is

"Redemption" chapter 05 

It's not the best chapter I have ever hacked out but I think it serves well for the needed story progression.

Enjoy!

By the way, I've been diagnosed with an 8 millimeter kidney stone that will have to be broken up to be able to pass it out of my system. This one's too large to pass by itself, according to the doctor that treated me in the emergency room last Friday night. The problem is, I don't know if I can work with this, since I need to take pain meds (oxycodone) every 4 hours. Well, I'll try going to work tomorrow and see how it works out. I won't be seen by the Urologist until the first of February. I know, insane, isn't it?

Kellan, the very sick old warhorse.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Not Having Fun

The last few days were not fun.

First, I had a problem with my laptop, losing four days worth of work. Missed a backup, had a 'hiccup' and ended up having to re-build my 'puter. I had discovered another issue during all of this. After finding out some e-mail never made its destination, I figured out Threatfire was blocking all outbound email with attachments.

Yesterday proved to be the culmination.

Spent the day in the hospital, being checked out to make sure I wasn't having a heart attack. Did the enzyme test, the treadmill stress test only to be told the old ticker is okay. Apparently a pinched nerve in my shoulder triggered a muscle spasm in my chest, scaring the hell out of me.

Going back to work this morning, still kind of sore from my ordeal. I have a nasty headache, my shoulder is still achy and I have a headache.

It's going to be a long day.

Hopefully I can get back to proofing some stories this evening.

Kellan

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Chapter 17 of "End Game"

Well, here it is, in all of its glory; Chapter 17 of "End Game" 

My one remaining proofreader has had some sort of a setback in RL, so this had not been past him for scrutiny. In all honesty, I cannot ask him for help at this time. It would seem that it should be me that is asking how I can help him out.

If you read this, my friend, contact me if you need an ear to bend or a shoulder to lean on.

I hope y'all enjoy this chapter, since the showdown that many of you have anticipated, finally happens.

Kellan

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Chapter 16

I have felt better today so I managed to salvage Chapter 16 of "End Game" to some degree. Here it is.

Enjoy (I hope)

Kellan, the old warhorse

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Saturday's Tidbits

Well, I finally decided to post this. It's official now; our cat has cancer. And it's inoperable. And it's teminal.

The sad part is she's still her old self at this point, albeit a bit slower than before. Her eyes are still bright and sparkly and she still craves attention. I guess we'll just make sure she's comfortable and do the humane thing when it's time.

Now that I got that off my chest, you can see why I'm not very upbeat at the moment. I've been trying to write but I guess my depression over not being able to help the furry member of our family out is geting to me. Maybe I will get myself out of this funk soon, before it consumes me.

As a side note, have you ever received an email telling you that you have an e-card from Hallmark? Well, some person in our school district opened one of those emails, propogating a trojan of sorts. Before IT tried to put the brakes on it, the disaster had spread to 34 schools and hundreds of computers. Not good. They were still in clean-up mode two days later. Oh Well . . .

To SC; I hope the Sharks get their behinds in gear or they will miss another chance at the Stanley Cup.

Anyway, have a nice weekend,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Computer Cart!

Well, I'm typing this while sitting at a real computer cart! Yay!

I had been looking for a hutch or cart for some time now for my laptop and just by a conicidence, a co-worker gave me a cart, a chair and a set of speakers! The cart is of the type I was looking for and the chair was immediately claimed by my tigress.

It took a bit to fit it into our 820 Sq. Ft. of living space but it is nice to actually not hurt while typing! I think this was the best deal in a while.

Still working on chapter 4 while chapter 3 or "End Game" is still being edited/proofed.

Slainte M'hath!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Saturday's Blog

I had made some plans to do some things today but I'm sick with a cold. Yay me.

I decided to try to salvage the day by posting Chapter 1 of "End Game"  for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Have You Ever ...

Have you ever found things that didn't belong there?

I had to assist with some troubleshooting of a piece of equipment that was malfunctioning. The equipment in question is an older Rawland Telecenter communications head end unit. It has an issue when going off-hook to page. The unit 'feeds back' but not like you would think; it is a somewhat single pitched sound that disappears as you speak into a handset, then returns when you aren't speaking. Odd to say the least.

Once we tore into the beast, we found signs of an unwanted houseguest; droppings.

Sitting on the PCB's ...

Doing damage ...

First picture is Curtis, trying to clean the damage.

 

Second is some of the worst damage. Doesn't look good to either of us.

 

Some more damage. The affected area extends under the chip.

So, at the end of the day, score was critters 1, technicians 0. We're hoping Curtis' boss has a stash of spares hidden somewhere.

On the way to help Curtis, I took a moment to take a nice shot of Mission Peak in the sun. This proves it is green here at least part of the year.

Anyway, that's all for now. I need to do some laundry and some grocery shopping, since my tigress is still contagious. I'm hoping to get some pictures of historic Niles this weekend for your viewing pleasure.

Slainte M'hath!

Kellan, the old warhorse 

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Tuesday's Update

Okay ... Stupid things.

Went to work today, thinking about my tigress being home sick. I was chatting with the secretary, letting her know what was going on and my boss overhears our conversation. He immediately sends me home with orders that I can't go back to work without being cleared by my doctor! Yeah!!

So, a call to my sister confirms all of us kids had chicken pox. Knowing that, my doctor said he would give me clearance to go back to work. Messed up, I will agree. You have to understand the fact that my supervisors have a knee jerk reaction to things like this.

On to the other item-chicken pox takes 12 to 14 days to incubate. Where were we slightly over two weeks ago? Further Confusion! Yup, Con Crud on a grand scale. I just hope none of our friends are affected by this.

Anyway, I will update this blog after my tigress is checked out by a doctor.

Kellan

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Further Confusion 2010 ... Comments on Saturday

So, here I am, 2200 hours at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, attending Further Confusion. We arrived on Friday and attended a few panels. I was tired so we gave up early and crashed out.

This morning we had breakfast with Teric and Xaqtly at CoCo's in Sunnyvale. This has been a tradition since FC2008 and we really enjoyed our meal but most importantly, their company.

Attended a few panels, gained a few tips about fur suit construction and made a trip through the Dealer's Den. That was interesting because Rule #34 was in effect. We had to cut off my tigress before she stopped to check out Bad Dragon's table. Just told her, "You don't want to check it out."

Had dinner at Johnny Rockets on First street, right by the Fairmont. The food was great but the $33 USD price tag before tip was steep.

We watched the performers show off their new suits for awards and then called it a night. My back is killing me from sitting in the chairs provided for the panels.

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Sunday, January 03, 2010

First Blog Of 2010

I'll start this first blog of the new year by wishing all of my friends a Happy New Year.

I'm sitting here, being a good hubby by helping to do the laundry. My tigress and I are both sick I have the flu and I hope her's is just a bad cold. I know I've been very ill, actually missing out on a number of get-togethers with family and friends.

My companions have been Sudafed, Mucinex, Afrin nasal spray and an occasional dose of Robitussin DM for my cough. I know my friend The Silver Coyote would possibly suggest I ingest something amber colored, at least 80 proof to go along with the other more traditional medication. It probably would have helped.

I'm still trying to wind up "A Loss Of Rights" and I would guess my illness has made it hard to keep a line of thought going. I start typing and the idea just disappears in my mind. Hopefully I will be able to get back on track with this.

The storyboard for the next "Immortal Warrior" saga is coming along nicely and I hope to start posting the first chapters in March. What I will need is a proofreader for this story. I have noticed that my typing, for some reason, has become very sloppy. A good proofer would be a great help to me. Let me know if you're interested.

Anyway, I have to help put the laundry into the dryer so I better cut this short.

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last Blog Of 2009

This is the last blog for the year 2009 so I thought I would share a few of my musings with all of you.

2009 has been a very challenging year for us here at Casa Del Meig'h. It started with the new year, finding us trying to cope with my being out on workman's compensation due to an injured back. I eventually recovered enough to return to work only to find myself the only tech on duty for several months.

We had made a few plans that were derailed by the need to help family members to get by until they found employment. Oh well, maybe next year.

Anyway, that brings us to today. Here I sit, sick with a nasty head cold. I'm going to cut this off and head out to get something to make me feel just a little better. After that, I'm going to set down and storyboard "End Game", the penultimate saga for Torvald and Victoria Svensen.

Wishing all of my family and friends a joyous New Year,

Kellan, the old warhorse.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice is here and I took a moment to celebrate (an impromptu Blöt) this time of the year when the days would begin to get longer. In proper fashion, I opened a drink and gave thanks for the little things in my life that brought me joy and happiness. I'm thankful for my family, my many friends, my health and a steady job.

The drink, strong like a Nordic Mead:

 

And a pic of our hills (Mission Peak Wiki ) the day after our recent storm:

 

Take care,

Kellan, the old warhorse.

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 7:17 AM
Edited on: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 7:33 AM
Categories: Computing, Family, Friends, General Blogging, Health

Thursday, October 01, 2009

A few days of silence

If you don't hear from me for the next few days, these are the reasons.

Getting my eyes examined today which means they will dilate them. That means I will be in a world of hurt for at least two days.

We are also going camping(?!?) this weekend. Yeah, I'll still be one of the walking wounded while we try to enjoy ourselves and have a good time with some friends.

Hope to be back in action soon.

Kellan, the old warhorse

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tuesday, under the weather

OK, so the old warhorse is home on a Tuesday, not feeling so well. Something I consumed in the past few days backfired on me.

Anyway, I'm still working on chapter 30 of "A Loss Of Rights" and so far it's slow going. Still have a few pages to go.

To make up for that, here's some picture humor for you.

Poster by Scholastic News, a huge purveyor of academic textbooks and teaching aids.

 

Note the bicycle's fork is on backwards!

 

You communications techs will like this; the 'neat' workmanship by our contractors. They claim they're finished. What do you think?

 

Typical mess found in a custodian's closet

 

Sign on that panel in the picture above-

 

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 5:22 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Health, Humor, Work

Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday's Quiz and Blog

OK, let's start off with the quiz first.

Q. What does Barbara Caine's new pendant necklace contain?

As usual either use the Haloscan commenting system or leave your guess over on my forum on PlanetFurry.

So we left for our Furmeet this afternoon at about 1 o'clock and arrived in sunny West Covina 6.5 hours later. We quickly found our motel, got ourselves checked in and went to scout for food. Finally nourished, we're now hunkering down in our room, hoping for some rest. Amazingly, I think my back made it here in one piece. I think I may have helped the situation by using my lifting belt to support my back on the way down.

So, we need to find Galco's Soda Pop Stop in the morning for some Moxie Cola if we have time, locate a Chick's Sporting Goods, now part of Dick's Sporting Goods  then head over to Styx' place.

Apricot Pie!

The cake may be a lie but this is the real deal, straight from the old warhorse's kitchen! Apricot pie made from Sunkist dried California apricots. Can you smell that goodness?

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 10:02 PM
Edited on: Saturday, June 27, 2009 6:55 AM
Categories: Cooking, Family, Friends, General Blogging, Health, Writings

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wednesday's Quiz and Blog

Let's start out with the question for today.

Q. What manufacturer and caliber is Victoria's one full-sized '1911' pattern auto pistol she recently had in her possession?

Answers may be submitted either by the commenting system below or over at my forum on PlanetFurry.

On to the rest of the shtuff ...

My friend that has been ill has been moved by his niece to UCSF hospital. The bad part is the fact that he cannot accept visitors or calls. Oh Well ...

Take care,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Monday, June 22, 2009

Monday's Question (and blog)

Let's start today's blog with the quiz question.

Q. What does Willi Marie and Gytha Louise have in common?

Answers may be submitted either by the commenting system below or over on my forum at PlanetFurry. 

MY wayward friend that kept checking himself in and out of the hospital has finally been kept long enough by one facility to finally get his heart and diabetes under control. It's sad that he is still very delusional. The doctor in charge says he will be releasing him soon to be sent to a convalescent hospital to get his head straightened out. I'm not sure what caused this but it's sad to see him like this.

Anyway, have a great week.

Kellan, the old warhorse

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saturday' Blog

So, you might have noticed that I didn't post but one question this week. Well, things conspired to force a full reload of the blog.

Monday's question, "Q: Who is Walter and Michelle's middle kit named after?"

The answer is, He is named after his Great-grandfather Joseph Connell and Wally's late friend Franklin Hellyer.

My Tigress is recovering very nicely, having went back to work last Tuesday. She does have a multitude of scuffs and bruises to show for it.

Have a nice weekend,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday's Quiz (and blog)

OK, Monday didn't start off very well for the Meig'h family. My tigress began her quick trip to work this morning and managed to wipe out on her bicycle about a half-block away from home.

She called me on her cell phone in tears, letting me know what happened. I retrieved her from her resting spot on the ground and took her to the hospital. She's a little scuffed up, her left paw is swollen and she's sure to have at least one black eye. Her gloves and helmet did their part, preventing a concussion or major road rash. I'm staying at home from work to watch over her, just in case she needs to go back to the emergency room. When it rains, it pours.

Now back to our regularly scheduled blog in progress.

Today's Question;

Q: Who is Walter and Michelle's middle kit named after?

Hint: The answer can be found in chapter 29.

As usual, use the Haloscan commenting link below to leave an educated guess. The answer will be posted Saturday.

Last Monday's question was "Who the heck are Hrist, Gunhildr and Elin?" Anyone that's read my writings would know they are Valkyries. Hrist is a leopard appaloosa equine, Gunhildr is a red-headed equine (think Red Shetland) and Elin is a lioness.

Last Wednesday's question was "What significance does 'Cajon Pass' hold for the immortal couple and their family?" That was where Conrad and his biological father had a horrific crash in a diesel truck in an alternate time line they were forced into.

Friday's question was "What is Torvald's favorite dinner food that his tigress mate prepares for him?" The answer is Victoria's Special Spicy Meatloaf. It has a distinct middle eastern flavor to it, since her family came from Mumbai, India.

So, Y'all take care and have a safe week at work!

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday's Quiz (and short blog)

What's going on here? Nobody wants to hazard a guess? Hmm ...

Q. What is Torvald's favorite dinner food that his tigress mate prepares for him?

OK, since nobody guessed Monday or Wednesday's questions, I will wait until Monday to answer both of them for you. Starting next week, I will put up the questions but wait until Saturday to give out the answers.

I guess I will be working on my pickup truck this weekend but I hope we will be able to squeeze in the Livermore Rodeo somehow.

SC, I haven't heard from you in a while but I think I owe you an email. Take care, my friend.

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Sunday's Blog

Well, we're going over to Stanford University's grounds for a 'Try The Caber' day with our local athletes. I suppose I will lift no more than my video camera but it might give you an idea what Scottish Games are all about. I will post pics/vids.

Still working on Chapter 29 of "A Loss Of Rights"  and it seems to be slow going at the moment. I'm hoping a day out of the house will inspire me to write.

My friend The Silver Coyote has been busy so he hasn't been posting in a forum we haunt. I hope his Mom-in-law is doing well after having a pacemaker put in to help her aging heart. SC, we're still keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

As a side note, my wandering minstrel friend turned up at another hospital Saturday. They were wanting me to go retrieve his medications for safe keeping. I let his roomie know this because I'm almost at the point of washing my hands of this mess right now. Grrr ...

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Musings and Venting (advance apologies are in order)

I was just sitting here, attempting to work on one of my STORIES and the events of the past few days kept playing in my head.

OK, my friend that was in the hospital was trying to get himself released last Wednesday, I found out. His doctor recommended against it and his roommate finally had to go down to the hospital on Wednesday night to convince him to stay another day, at the very least.

He finally got himself released Thursday morning and took a taxi cab back to Hayward from Santa Clara. The taxi ride cost over $120 USD so he gave the cab driver everything he had in his pockets and told him that's all he had. Most likely not enough, if I know him.

Anyway, his room mate came home Thursday to find the house torn up and my sick friend standing in the doorway to the roommate's room, stark naked. The roomie tried to get him to get dressed so the sick one went into the kitchen, trying to use the refrigerator as an air conditioner. When the roomie suggested he go back to the hospital, since he wasn't acting rational, the sick one responded by pulling a kitchen knife on him and telling him to "Leave me the **** alone!" (you fill in the asterisks)

Anyway, roomie called the sick one's niece and between the two of them, got him headed for the hospital again via ambulance The EMT crew checked his vitals and found his blood sugar over 560! Maybe the extra large pizza he had consumed by himself had something to do with that?

So, he goes to the hospital, but checks himself out of the hospital Friday (yesterday) morning. He hasn't been seen or heard from since and this bothers me. He's obviously not thinking rationally so in a way, he's a danger unto himself. Nobody has seen him and his cell phone is out of minutes so he has no way to communicate with us.

I fear he has done this because he is just irrational/delusional.

Wish him some luck, will you?

Kellan, the old warhorse.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Friday's Quiz (and blog)

Friday has arrived so here's the quiz;

Q. What was Victoria's major complaint after being captured by the mage Terrance?

There were no guesses on Wednesday's quiz so I will wait until Monday to give out the answer. Please use the comment system below to make your guesses.

On another note ...

My friend that's been sick is out of the hospital now. (*edit* he didn't get released, like I thought) How he went from sick and on the ventilator on Tuesday to going home on Wednesday, I'll never know. He did wait until I had gotten home from work and taken some pain pills to call for a ride home. I was a little upset that he got all indignant when I told him I wouldn't drive in that condition. Grrr ... Just another example of his bad timing.

Anyway, my tigress hasn't decided what we will be doing this weekend for entertainment, so I will report later what transpired.

Slainte Mhath!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 7:07 AM
Edited on: Saturday, June 06, 2009 12:30 PM
Categories: Friends, General Blogging, Health, Humor, Work

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Wednesday's Quiz (and blog)

OK, here's Wednesday's question;

Q. What islands did Joan Elfsborg suspect Torvald was from by the sound of his accent and the language he used to speak to her?

And here's the answers to Friday and Monday's questions.

Kellan Meig'h is the author of the "Immortal Warriors" series and SRE65 got it right; Pamela Benelli is the culprit! Not that Torvald and Victoria didn't want to keep their 'extra' children ...

As a side note, there will be a new story coming coming down the pipe after the current one, "A Loss Of Rights", that will take a very dark tone. It will become apparent that you just can't be celestial troubleshooters without garnering the attention of the authorities that control the universe. The current working title is "Retribution". And you thought "Loss" was dark ...

My back is not in as much pain this morning so that's good. Y'all take care!

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saturday's Blog

Just an update for y'all-

Chapter 28  of "A Loss Of Rights" has been posted for your reading enjoyment.

I went to see my friend at the hospital last night and I can tell you this; he didn't look like he was going to make it. pulse was 100, blood pressure was 88/55, oxygen level was 96 despite being intubated. He also had a fever over 100 degrees. I'm still feeling very somber right now.

That's all for now, I will post the answer to Friday's quiz on Monday. Have a nice weekend!

Slainte Mhath!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday's Quiz

OK, here's the first question.

Q. Kellan Meig'h is the author of what series of writings?

If the answer is not found on my website, I will direct you to the proper site. Use the Haloscan comment function below to submit your answers. I will post a question on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

On a more somber note, my friend that sick is doing worse. I will be going to see him tonight after work and I hope he's still with us for his roommate's sake. His roomie is very distraught over this and it was him that suggested we go see him tonight.

Take care and have a safe weekend,

Slainte!

Kellan Meig'h

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wednesday's Blog-Viewpoint

Intense Pain is my new companion ...

This is my second work day, and I have to be honest; I may not make it to Friday afternoon. As some would be wont to say, "I'm in over my head".

I'm hoping a good night's sleep will make me feel better physically. Mentally, I'm not sure. A friend that I've known for 24+ years is dying. You have to understand, he's had a 'death wish' for some time now. He's diabetic and he also knows just how much extra insulin to take so he can eat a box of donuts. Pretty scary, huh?

Well, the doctors have been trying to save him but his heart is pretty much done. He's already had a quad bypass done and numerous stents put it. Last I heard, his heart rate was down as was his blood pressure and he was intubated to keep him oxygenated. Since I am not family, I cannot go see him. Kaiser Hospital, however saw fit to call me and ask me to authorize a procedure for him! He does have a niece that lives nearby, by the way. It was probably due to my being on his contact list.

So, that's my report for today, with this exception. My vehicle has a new addition since I last drove it. See if you can spot the addition.

WTF?!?  

This is despite the fact the guys at work 'Strip Mined' my truck while I was gone. They even took my personal jacket! Grrr!!!

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Monday, May 25, 2009

Update

Well, we went horseback riding Sunday and it was a great cleanser for my mental well being. How am I doing Physically? Not bad right now (after a few pain pills). Ask me later on, tho. I will update you all.

My mount, Dusty is a very gentle palomino filly that is colored just like Willi Marie Delancey, a character in my "Immortal Warriors" series of stories. We went up to Cerro Este, riding with the eagles. Speaking of eagles, we were very fortunate to observe a California Golden Eagle in flight! What a rush! I was so engrossed in watching that magnificent avian soar that I forgot to take a few pictures! Oops!

Anyway, the camera kind of let me down with the usual battery issues so it's time to junk the existing battery packs and pick up a half-dozen fresh ones. I've noticed these Kodak batteries aren't the longest for lifespan.

I'll post a few pics over in my Cerro Este Gallery  for you to enjoy.

Slainte Mhath!

Kellan, the old warhorse

*Note-edited gallery hyperlink

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 12:26 AM
Edited on: Monday, May 25, 2009 11:14 AM
Categories: Family, General Blogging, Health, Sheer Stoopidity

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday's Blog

Well, Sunday is here and I'm kind of on edge. The reason, you see, is I'm going back to work on Tuesday.

I guess I should be happy to go back to work but for some odd reason, I'm dreading it. I've been off work since last September 1st and I can tell you, I have cabin fever like you couldn't believe. It's just ... well, I'm apprehensive as to the real condition of my back. I'm in constant pain and a day out of the house with my family puts me in the bed the next day. I guess I'm worried, that all.

Anyway, Chapter 28 of "A Loss Of Rights" is still being worked on. I expect to finish it in the next few days. There will a few big surprises in store so stay tuned.

Slainte Mhath!

Kellan, the old warhorse.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Better Late Than Never ...

Well, here I sit, slightly melted around the edges from the heat, trying to put words to blog.

It's been hot here. So hot, I have been having trouble sleeping. It's not enough that my back has been keeping me awake and these 'tremors' waking me up but the heat has to get into the act too. Hopefully it will cool off the end of this week.

What I ask of my friends is this; if you see my muse, send her home so I can get just one of these 5 stories moving again. I dunno, maybe it's because I'm depressed, or I have cabin fever like you wouldn't believe, but I just can't get any of these stories going again.

Even more depressing is my Sharks had their behinds (fins?) handed to them by the Ducks! Gah, that's so depressing! Well, maybe not for SC, who might find some solace in seeing his hometown team give the Sharks what for.

Blog some more later,

Kellan, the tired old warhorse.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Thursday's Blog

A bit of rambling here-

I just wanted to start by saying that I have been very lax in my blogging ... well, that's not rue. I have flat @$$ ignored my blog for a while now and I really think it's because of the situation.

I've been working at getting the old body ready to go back to work but it seems that I may indeed not go back to my job. This is bad due to the economic situation right now. My work and the workman's compensation insurance has pretty much said 'You're not going to be retrained' if you can't come back to work. That would put me on State Disability that would not provide enough for us to get by on.

Don't get me wrong, my Tigress works a full time job so we wouldn't be out on the street but we would have to tighten our belts very tight.

I also have been ignoring good friends, too. SC, I owe you an email as well as my Danish friend, Aslaug.

Anyway, there was more I wanted to say but my depression, coupled with this physical thing that I'm experiencing besides the back, have been sapping my ability to write. What's been going on is this thing, for better word to call it, has been happening. Not constantly, but intermittently my muscles twitch 'slightly', like I'm being shocked by an AC current. Sometimes it's my legs, other times it my lower back or shoulders, sometimes it's my whole body, it seems. It happens mostly after I have been asleep for a few hours so it wakes me up and it takes hours to go back to sleep.

I will be going to a Kaiser Hospital, soon, I hope, for a sleep study. Like I will be able to sleep all wired for sound!

As a note, Chapter 26 is still not ready for prime time. Sorry, gang but that's how it goes. Hopefully my (few) loyal readers will hang in there and be patient.

Thanks for reading,

Kellan, the old warhorse.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tuesday the 24th of February

Just some nonsensical blogging-

AS I have stated before, it looked like my income while on Workman's Comp was being messed with by the powers that be. As I should have expected, our union contract (SEIU) allowed them to cut my pay after 180 days.

What this means to my Tigress and myself is we will have to figure out how to get by on a 60% reduction in my pay. This is a significant amount to be reduced by and I am well aware that it may make things very tight for a while.

I am thankful that my Tigress has a job so we won't be starving but it may mean I will have to revert back to dial-up. Gah, I hate that thought. I have always kept NetZero as a backup provider since Comcast doesn't provide a dial-up alternate when their system is down. This means we might have to get a new phone service because our phone is through Comcast too. Just another thing to have to deal with.

Since I will be on dial-up, this might mean I will have less time to hang out on forums and such. I will have continued access to my email so that doesn't change that aspect. Aslaug, if you read this, don't worry. I will still be able to communicate with you.


So, on to the other things-

Today I received an email that stated the Old Gray Raccoon was shutting down the PlanetFurry forum for the Bookshelf. For those that inhabit PlanetFurry, this was kind of a shock. Especially since he left no reason why. I went to the forum he indicated he would be inhabiting, signed up and then found out I couldn't read or post into any forum! Weird!

I just hope every thing's OK at his place.

...and now for my muse ... (grr!)

I have exactly 5 stories right now that have hit a stone wall. I hope this isn't a burnout but it may just be. I just can't find the motivation to keep writing at this point. I know where I want all of these stories to go but when I try to write, it looks like a three year old is in control of my hands. Just straight garbage. Not worthy of publishing. Just pure barf.

I have the sneaking suspicion that it's related to being cooped up in the house with a back that's too bad to enjoy anything that I find enjoyable. That means no horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking ... you get the idea. Even one hour in a car is enough to put me in bed the next day. You don't know how bad I want to just go out and do something, regardless to how bad I will be hurting the next day.

The back, the $$$ situation, the writer's block ... it's all conspiring to put the hurt on the old warhorse. I've already caught myself being snippy with my wife, which isn't right. I apologized to her and she said she understood but again, it's just not right. What I need is for something, anything to start going my way.

Hopefully, things will get better. If not, I'm not sure how I will cope. It's getting tough.

Sorry to unload on all of my readers,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Well, just sitting here, working on a few stories to try to get everything just so.

As most of you know, I have attended Further Confusion a few years in a row now. Since the last con, my daughter and I have decided to make fursuits! Yep, you heard it here, We're going suiting! We have even garnered the support of my Tigress in this endeavor. As a side note, I will be posting the progress as we go, showing the good, the bad and the ugly. I'll be adding a new category on my website to post the progress.

My daughter's first suit will be a canid, white with some minimal black markings. Not too hard, I suppose. My first suit will be a Pronghorn Antelope named Buck Hunter. He will be done complete with a fluorescent orange hunter's vest, a 'human tag' hanging from his vest and an 'obviously fake' double barreled 'Fudd Gun' over his shoulder. It should be interesting.

Lastly, I've finally recovered (for the most part) from that dratted flu/cough/chest congestion that I have been suffering from since the 20th of December. I hope that those of you that got stricken by this have recovered. That goes double for my friend Aslaug.

Y'all take care and be well,

Kellan, the (tired) old warhorse

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Sunday's Blog for February First

Just a short blog for Sunday

Chapter 21 of A Loss Of Rights has been posted for your reading pleasure.

On another note, a lot of you know I use a Dell Inspiron 1501 for my writing. Here recently, I took it to bed with me to do some writing before turning in. Because I was exhausted, I failed to plug it in to the wall, leaving me running on battery power only. That wouldn't be an issue if I had the high capacity battery except I don't.

Anyways, I wasn't paying attention to the power level so consequently my laptop ran out of juice. Not feeling up to plugging it in and rebooting to the carnage left behind, I waited until the next day to start it back up. I was welcomed by a new chunk of verbage on my screen;

"Warning: The Battery cannot be identified. This system will be unable to charge this battery."

Well, this really upset me at first, thinking my laptop was destined for an early grave. After much searching online, ti was suggested to flash the bios to a new level. I did so, finding it indeed fixed the problem.

Anyway, still trying to recover from this flu that went around. Hopefully I will be better in a week or so.

Be well and take care,

Kellan, the old warhorse

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tuesday's Blog

Just a short blog on Tuesday

Further Confusion 2009 came and went, leaving us chomping at the bit for next year.

For those of you that didn't go, here's some figures.

  • 2,587 Attendees
  • 530 fursuits in the parade (25 minutes worth!)
  • $43,541 USD raised for charity
  • Moves to the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, CA for 2010! We finally outgrew the Doubletree this year.

Anyway, we went, we saw, we got hooked, attending four panels on fursuit construction. We learned a lot from the masters of the craft, such as don't go to Joanne's Fabrics to buy your fur! All four panels mentioned this!

We got the rare chance to see a few large wild cats that were brought this year and the Masquerade, Furmily Feud and Furry Night Live performances were great.

I did learn something, though. My Kodak Z1285 leaves much to be desired for the types of photos I was trying to get. I will need a better camera by next year. Maybe a Canon EOS Rebel Xsi 12.2 MP that uses my existing SD cards.

My Tigress even attended, stalking the Dealer's Den for bounty. She dropped about $100 USD in there, believe it or not!

Anyway, here's a pic of Zaqtly, Teric, myself and my little filly Champagne. Thanks to Teric and his other roomie behind the camera for the shot. That's his room, BTW. And yes, I'm wearing a kilt because I can! I was very comfortable the whole con in that respect. That was until Monday, when I mistakenly wore P@NTS to the con! 8(

We had fun and we can't wait to go back.

Speaking of backs, mine tortured me all weekend so I'm glad to be home to rest up. I still haven't unpacked, yet!

Take care,

Kellan

Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday's Update

Friday's Updates -

This weekend is the Nor-Cal Kilted Rabbles' Burns Supper!

It's all about Celebrating the life and times of Scotland's Greatest bard, Rabbie Burns.

There will be haggis, neeps and tatties, music, scotch and good company.

As such, there will no story posted this weekend. I will try to get something up the middle of next week for you.

Take care and be well,

Kellan, the old warhorse.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Well, I'm Still Sick ...

As of today, I'm officially sicker than all get-out.

I'm pretty confident I did crack a rib coughing. Can't touch it, lean against it or even touch it. The pain when I cough is just incredible.

I'm hoping this goes away soon because I'm just too sick to even care anymore. My writing is suffering greatly and I would just like to have one good night of sleep. I need it.

A bit of kilt humor for you: Going Scottish

Kellan

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 7:24 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Health

Saturday, December 27, 2008

News From Casa Del Meig'h

In case you've noticed my absence on the web lately, it's because I'm sicker than hell right now. It just happens to be my Tigress and my anniversary today, too. Nice anniversary present.

I came down with the flu on Christmas morning and I've been very sick since then. Fever, chills, stuffy head, watery eyes, achy joints, the whole enchilada.

I've coughed so much I've strained my diaphragm and I think I cracked a rib, too.

I ask my on-line friends for your prayers that I recover soon. I can't remember when I was this sick before.

Kellan

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 9:09 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Health

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve ...

Well, it's officially Christmas Eve, and with that I must still buy one more gift, for my brother no less.

I'm just glad the place I must purchase it from will be open at least part of the day. If it wasn't I was screwed over big time.

Anyways, off to catch a little sleep before starting all over again.

Y'all be careful out there shopping!

Kellan

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Winter Solstice and the pending Yuletide

I'm typing this late at night and the Winter Solstice almost over.

I would like to extend to my friends, both those in person and those on line a very warm wish for a happy Yuletide.

I know that some of you have had some rough times this year as I have had my own. To one of my friends in particular, a certain Aslaug, I sincerely hope the new year brings you a solution to your problems. To my friend SC down in SoCal, I hope for you an improved new year.

You all have a happy Yuletide season and I will try to firm up chapter 18 of "A Loss Of Rights" in the next two days of so for y'all as a present.

Take care,

Kellan

Friday, November 07, 2008

Friday's Blog

Friday's Update ...

Chapter 23 of "The Price Of Worship" and chapter 13 of "A Loss Of Rights" will be posted tomorrow. I hope to get writing again, as I have been kind of uninspired as of late.

To SC; Please feel free to use that soap box- that's what I left it there for. The same invitation extends to my favorite filly, Aslaug.

I'm still trying to recover from my back injury, a long uphill battle at this point. I have been given 11 exercises to do by my physical therapist twice a day so I feel like I'm still in basic training for the Air Force! They're strenuous enough that I break a sweat doing them!

I have some other pics of my hometown and a trip in 2000 to Carson City, NV's train museum that I will try to post for y'all.

SC, I'll send you an email with a more detailed report on my injury. Aslaug, I will get that file edited for you this weekend. I just want to look at it again so I'm sure of my edits.

Have a nice weekend-

Kellan

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Just a usual Wednesday

Well, as the title says, it's just a regular Wednesday around here. I've been working on "A Loss Of Rights", having started chapter 16. This chapter will be a very gripping chapter for our Immortal Couple and their family. I hope you are all enjoying the story so far and I hope you like the guest appearances that are occurring

Anyway, my new physical therapy is probably doing some good since I noticed that my hips and legs are becoming more flexible. Now if the back pain would just go away ...

SC, Aslaug, I put a shameless plug for your sites in the header of my latest story, starting with chapter 11. Hope you like that little tip of the hat. What are friends for, anyway?

I'll blog at you later,

Kellan