When I was walking with Olga to Wormwood Scrubs on Sunday, I noticed that the paint job on the green house has been finished. I'm still not sure about that color, but hey, it's good to have some variety, right?
Yesterday was pretty quiet. Again, lots of reading for me. I took Olga to the cemetery for a romp, and then when we got home, Dave surprised me with the news that Olga's dog walker had shown up. I distinctly remembered that he wasn't going to return until Jan. 4, so I looked back at my e-mail and that's definitely what the company told me. I texted with the walker, though, and he said he'd come today and Thursday too -- so Olga will be off my hands, and I can be even more of an inert slug.
I notice that more and more people are wearing masks when out and about -- the UK reported more than 53,000 new coronavirus infections yesterday (more than 47,000 in England alone). Those are astonishing numbers. Maybe people are finally getting a little freaked out. I see in the news today that scientists are saying our Tier 4 restrictions aren't enough and we need a full lockdown like we had last spring.
The infection rate in our part of London isn't as high as in some areas, but still. I'll stay hunkered down on the couch!
I'm even wondering whether I should delay my planned endoscopy on Jan. 7. My stomach is feeling much better now than it was a few weeks ago -- I took Nexium and that seemed to help. I'm not crazy about reporting for a medical procedure in the middle of all this.
Here's an unusual headstone from the cemetery. C. Maxwell Cade was apparently an interesting guy -- trained in Zen Buddhist meditation, he became a scientist who studied brain waves and biofeedback patterns, and tried to integrate his observations with what he knew of Eastern meditative techniques. He helped invent a device called the Mind Mirror EEG to measure brain waves.
This is perhaps the most peculiar feature of his grave. What is that thing? At first I thought it was a Mind Mirror EEG, but no -- those don't look anything like this. On closer inspection, I believe it's just a piece of unusual sculpture. It doesn't seem to be functional. Maybe Max Cade was a sculptor on the side? Or perhaps one of his friends made it for him.
As I always say, every time I go to the cemetery I see something new!