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  2. Good morning! Stars, glad your appointment went well and I hope the medication helps. My mother has inner ear problems that causes vertigo as well. My drug addict sister claimed she had it and that nothing worked but valium. Eye roll. But now she's off drugs I haven't heard much about her vertigo. J22, good luck in the 10K. Hard to believe it's actually getting cool somewhere when it's still so hot here. Actually it seems to be a bit cooler here and won't even get to 90, but that's just a tease. Bowling was fun. We lost all the games and got sent to last place, 16th place out of 16 teams and the team that did this to us catapulted themselves up to first place. Covid restrictions that we had last season when cases were much lower are dropped now. It seemed crowded, but it's the usual way of bowling. I and one of my teammates kept their masks on the whole time and I saw one other person a ways down with a mask. Otherwise no one was wearing a mask and there was zero social distancing. Like I said before I'm presuming they are vaccinated and know from reading surveys that gay men have a higher rate of vaccination than the rest of Floridians (we tend to be liberal overall) so I have to let that go if I want to bowl. To me it even though this is normal, it seems too weird in these times. Funny how normal doesn't seem right any more. But this is Florida. I'm glad I got the booster though. I'm up early to take best friend to his colonoscopy appointment. This is just routine and probably will be his last since he's 70 if this one is clean as I suspect it might. They will let me in the ground floor cafeteria but not the upstairs waiting area and they will call when he's done. Some places still have some covid rules. It's in a part of town that I can't go home easily and pick him up timely when he's done so I just might hang around or find a nearby Starbucks or do something.
  3. No Stars In My Eyes

    Game of Groans

    "I have mixed drinks about feelings."
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  5. No Stars In My Eyes

    Monday September 20 2021

    Rest easy, my friends, and sing hallelujah! I only have Vestibular Dysfunction!πŸ‘‚<(this is a poor rendition of an ear, isn't it?) They faxed in a script for Meclizine, and now that I am home, I took one to see if it gives me cotton-mouth. I don't expect to be taking it as ordered, 3x/d 'cause it's PRN, but, it's nice to know I have something for the dizzies, just in case. My mother had this same thing but her vertigo was severe enough it caused vomiting. I really liked the doc's PA a whole lot. He's a good listener, and even though the office was packed full and busy with usual scheduled patients, and they had many "I-gotta-see- the-doctor-TODAY!" patients, he was in no rush once he got to me. He ordered an EKG, then came back and told me I had good rhythms (cha-cha-cha!), so I show no heart problems. They drew blood, and I will be able to check my results on line now that my gmail is functioning again. But, nobody thought MRI-ing my brain was necessary. πŸ€ͺ And, y'know what? They didn't even give me a COVID test; which I guess is ok, as I haven't ever had any symptoms, and I was vac'd w/ the J&J in April. I think we will find out in a few more weeks if J&J comes out with a booster. Nannie and my hubby had been waiting in the car for a good hour and a half for my appt to be over, and hubby wanted to get her a Subway Sub for lunch, so I said get the sandwich, take us home, and I'D go drive to the drugstore. It's only 5 miles from the house, and I've been cleared to drive as long as my symptoms aren't as bad as they were last week, and they aren't. I had some OTC things I needed to get and I am only interested in what *I* want, as in: accept no substitutes! Hubby hasn't the patience or discernment to check the particulars, because of dyslexia; and the poor dear was enclosed in the car with Nanny for SO long, he was a'dyin' to be free and clear of that car! Who could blame him?!?! So, while I was waiting at the pharmacy... this one is a nice, small, personable place which also has gift section with stuff for the tourists...I went to the gift section to see if they had a t-shirt with the store's name on it (MOOSE PHARMACY) which I wanted because of my very favorite long-deceased dog, Moosie. Sadly, all they had was baby and kid sizes. meh. BUT! I did find a cross-body wallet-size purse similar to the one I have been searching for for YEARS, since my last one died from extreme over-use. It wasn't cheap, but is closest to exactly what I want, so I figured WTH, I am worth it! Every purse I've seen in the stores up until today just weren't as well-made, well-designed or as classy looking. I hope none of y'all are planning a trip to the Canary Islands near Spain, because I just read that after a week's-worth of little earth-quakes, a volcano has erupted, spewing rivers of lava, which caused an evacuation of a town and some houses were already completely lost to the lava and consequent fires. They said the last time they had volcanic activity there-abouts, it took between 5 months and I-don't-know-how-much-longer, before Mother Nature to put a cork in it. A safari sounds exciting, BCg. I would go if I was 25 years younger but I think that now, all the heat and the dust would affect me adversely ... bein' as how I am such a delicate flower these days. Lions and Tigers and Bears (oh my!) I have only seen 'in- person' at Lion Country Safari, in Florida, back in 1974. We didn't open the car windows like I see a lot of idiots doing. The lions were all napping after their lunch. And, sadly, if you can believe it, my dad wouldn't stop long enough for me to take a photo of a zebra's enormously long penis as it was getting ready to mount a lady zebra! Gosh, parents! Go figure. // It was also there at their petting-zoo area, where an elephant was washing himself off with a garden hose (!) under the supervision of his trainer/handler. When we walked up to where we were allowed to stand for this 'show', the elephant looked over, saw my straw hat, dropped the hose, and made a bee-line for me, extending it's trunk toward my hat! A tad disconcerting to say the least. But it's handler would not let it take my hat, so all was well. Joe, you aren't in a choir, you are in a TRIO! Glad you got set up and signed in for the new job. I guess this was your first day on that job? Hope it went well! As usual, I have chatted on and on....and on. Hubby will be bringing our take-out supper in shortly. Salmon patties for me. YUM. Anyway, it's time to post so I can be ready to eat.
  6. Joe NightingMale

    Monday September 20 2021

    Hi Tweety. It sure can be anxiety producing Dianah sounds like a good memorial service NJ22 hoping it will be that quick for me to upgrade Stars I'm certainly tempted to do something like that πŸ™‚ BC a safari would be interesting Quieter day yesterday. Got to church early for choir practice, there were only 3 of us but we did pretty good. After work came home and then met J for lunch at one of our usual places. Did some laundry when I got home and exercised. Listened to some folk music Spend some time making sure all of my work at home stuff was connected correctly. Managed to figure out how to get signed in, which is a major step which hopefully will make the 1st day easier Going to be a bit humid today, and rainy, but cooler than yesterday. The rest of the week should be cooler still
  7. No Stars In My Eyes

    Sunday September 19th 2021

    I have fragrance-free products that don't contain any menthol or camphor. I only use fragrance-free lidocaine roll-on as well. Fortunately, they quiet down the gypsies considerably. Hey! Braves won 3-0 tonight. It was a boring pitcher's duel until the 7th inning or so, and then they started getting in play, like an actual baseball game! They had a two-run homer and later another home-run, and San Francisco had a big fat goose-egg= 0 ! I loved it! The Braves are going to play in Arizona next. Hubby's happy...he was complaining that he hadn't been keeping track of receipts in Nannie's checkbook. I said I'd help, and called the bank's auto-teller (phone) to get a run down of the checks, when they cleared and for how much. I guess I will be taking that job over because, truly, hubby's handwriting has gotten worse. His hands tremble a lot. Not sure why, if it is 'essential tremors' or what. But maybe my not-always-reliable math skills are better than no math at all. He was calling a teller at our banking branch to find out the balance without entering any transactions into the checking-log for the entire month of August! ...And no, Tweety, I still don't want to do it all on-line, even though my g-mail has been miraculously restored! πŸ˜‹ See the imprints of my dragging heels?========================================= (I'm pitiful, or as my niece used to say when she was 2 years old, "Piffle") Welp, believe it or not I am going to turn out my light now....at 11 PM, which is early for me. I became quite tired earlier this evening because I got a case of the "what-if's", over my appt tomorrow. I don't usually get that way, but here I am anyway. Got my *fingers crossed* for tomorrow.
  8. dianah

    Sunday September 19th 2021

    Hello, we're baaaaaaaaaaaaack! We arrived around 1230 (it started at 10), only to realize it was not a jam at all, but the deceased's son and band members were holding remembrances interspersed with music. All bluegrass instruments, yes, and all WONDERFUL players/singers. Several times they extended the invitation, "we know there are other players out there, come on up and join us" at the microphones! Well, we declined to, as we did not know anyone there well, and were just comfortable signing the guest book and watching/listening. Around 2pm they stopped playing to get something to eat, and we got a chance to chat a little with the band members and the deceased's son, and some other folks we recognized. Most ppl, though, we didn't know. But it was pleasant. We left around 230 and stopped about 30 min away, at a diner in Temecula, and had a late lunch. Then drove home. I helped dh unload the instruments (they had a lovely outing!!), and then I drove to get fuel in the car and go to the grocery store. All the groceries are put away now, and I refilled my pill containers for the week. All that needs to be done is litter box cleaning, and then I will plop myself down to relax. Not that I've done much today, but want to wind down before bedtime. BCgrad, a SAFARI!! How exciting! Half the fun is in the planning, I'm sure! I look forward to your hints about things you find out and things you plan to do!! No Stars, I tried one of the patches once (can't recall just what kind it was), and it BURNED me! Was just too hot! I had to rip it off! I have used the stinky roll-on at times (when close to desperate). Other aches and pains are helped by movement/exercise/stretching. Still others respond well to Ibuprofen (used sparingly). Well, I better get going to finish my Sunday chores. It was a nice outing, -- nice to get out and drive, and see some countryside and hear some live music. Have a nice evening!
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  10. BCgradnurse

    Sunday September 19th 2021

    Hi all- I just realized it's been a bit since I posted. The days just seem to fly by. We just got back from an overnight getaway. We went with another couple out to the Berkshires (western MA/eastern NY) to visit a beautiful botanical garden and see a band. I was probably somewhere in Ted's vicinity. The weather was perfect and we had a good time. My friend M and I were discussing that our husbands are not adventurous travelers, so we decided we are going to save to go on safari in 2023, if things are somewhat normalized by then. That's always been my dream, and it's hers, too. It's going to be fun doing the research and making plans. It won't be cheap, so I'm going to start putting away money now. Joe-I have to go Friday to get a new license. It's by appointment only in my state, too, which I hope alleviates the notoriously long lines. Wishing you the best of luck as you start your new job. Tweety-I loved your vacation pics on FB. Good that you have some time off before you go back to work. Dianah-I hope the memorial jam was a lovely tribute for your friend. J22-Glad you got a dress for the wedding. I hope DS has better luck with the weather than we did! Hi Stars and Amo....you, too, Ted!!
  11. No Stars In My Eyes

    Sunday September 19th 2021

    Good Afternoon! Joe, I definitely like making an appointment to get a driver's license renewed. Last time I had to renew was up in Asheville, and I did make an appt because they have a seating area that is so large, maybe 30+ chairs, it is daunting to walk in and realize you have to wait for everyone else to be seen. I did have to wait in line at the front desk, but once there, I zipped through in 10 minutes or so. And allll those eyes of the seated, waiting people followed me, wondering how I got through so fast. I guess a lot of people still don't realize making an appointment is an option. // As far as further documentation to prove your identity, I had this idea of holding a dowel with an arrow on the top of it, with this written on the arrow, which you hold so the arrow points at yourself: "YES! For cryin' out loud, THIS IS ME! Just like it was the last dozen times I got my license renewed!" You reckon that one day in the future one's DNA will be required as proof ? // I hope you sleep well tonight and your new-job anxiety melts away soon after you get all your new-job info. Maybe you'll think: "Oh! I already know a lot of this stuff! I can do it!" Will you still be working from home? j22- Oh how I hate shopping for clothes and shoes! I have something in mind, and if the walk around the section of the clothes I am seeking shows nothing promising, I'm OUTTA there! It would be especially difficult if more formal clothing is required than my usual jeans or chinos. I haven't 'dressed up' for so long, and it creeps me out to even THINK I might have to wear a skirt or dress, because I have neither in my closet. I stopped being 'dressy' about -OMG- 40 years ago! I did buy a three-season ivory-colored jersey dress for my wedding, and even had some 3" heels. I wore it one other time, at my in-law's 50th wedding anniversary. Then, 11 years after we married, I was so furious with hubby, I took a pair of sharp scissors to it and shredded it. It was quite satisfactory at the time. I donated the shoes to Goodwill because I didn't have a sledge-hammer with which to smash them with. (YIKES! That's something I have never told ANYONE!) Tweety, Not shilling for a certain company, but I find, for muscle soreness, that the Equate (walmart's brand) Capsaicin patches work magically well to soothe and quiet down aches and pains. They stay adhered better than any of the other brands I've tried, and have no odor. I do like Lidocaine patches, sometimes, but they don't seem to stay stuck as well, so for Lidocaine needs, aches as well as localized itchiness, I use the roll-ons. I dislike smearing creams or ointments on my skin, I don't know why, but I don't. Anyway, the patches are close to a buck ($) apiece, but to me are WELL worth it. I wear one all day long and the relief does last that long! I bought 20 of them last time! I really dislike those Icy-Hot patches, I don't care what Shaq says about them! //And I heartily approve of taking time off to recover from a vacation; even though I have had no vacation for too many years, I DO know from experience that going right back to work once you get home is very hard on a person! dianah, You count getting up at 8 AM as 'sleeping in'???? When you stay up until 'waaaaaay late', may I ask how late that is to you? To me, waking up at 8 AM is still much too early. Of course when I used to have to be at work at 6:45 AM, I did get up around 5 AM, but those days are loooong gone, and I can't believe I did it as just a matter of fact for a long time. Once I didn't have the 3-ll shift option and knew I wouldn't/couldn't work a 12 hr, 7p-7a shift, I had no choice but to adjust to early rising. Once I quit wearing make-up or having to 'do' my hair when I got up, I could wash my face, get dressed, comb my hair, grab a cup of coffee, and out the door I went, easy-peasy. Now, as one of us (but who? Her name is on the tip of my brain but won't reveal itself!) used to say, I can be "slothful" unless/until I have to be somewhere. Tomorrow, for instance, I have to set my alarm for 9:30 AM so I have enough time to wake up before we head out to my appt with my doc's PA at 11 AM; supposed to be there 15 minutes early so I can wait for 25 minutes to go back to an exam room. (now, Stars, quit being snide.) The only lentils I used to 'crave' was the green-pea soup I used to make back in 1977. Just sayin'. Hubby probably wouldn't eat anything like that, even at gun-point, which is why I haven't made it in a LONG time! I used to make a huge pot of it and serve it to a big crowd of friends and/or eat off it all week. // Speaking of the 1970's, has anyone noticed that "the 1970's are back in fashion" right now? I've read that in a few places lately. Of course I am certainly no fashionista these days, so I don't much care; I just think it's interesting to see fads come and go. One that I wish would GO AWAY permanently is the one of guys wearing one's waist-line barely clinging on to one's buttocks. I used to think the "ZOOT suit" was the stoopit-est fashion in history but the too-low-rider pants have beat out the zoot-suit by a long shot. Braves lost 2 to 0 last night. It was a very boring game. Right now we are in the 3rd inning with the score being 0-0. Another pitching competition, no 'game' to it. Plllrrrbb. Well, this-here Chatty-Cathy has gone on for long enough....unless I finally remember what it was I was going to tell you for the last 2-3 days but forget every time I get on line. Hmph.
  12. nursej22

    Sunday September 19th 2021

    Regarding prescriptions, my old PCP used to write for a 3 months at a time, but the new one does not and I don't want to bug them just for that. I forgot to ask at my last tele-visit, so perhaps at the next one. The one med that the cardiologist orders is restricted to being filled monthly I think because of the cost. If I didn't have the discount card, it would $500/mo. With the card it is $10. How does that make any sense? It is raining today, so I did not ride my bike to the diner for breakfast, bah. No plans for today. I do need to shorten a pair of pants for dh for ds's wedding. And go to the grocery store. But for now, the dog is insisting on his walk! Joe, my youngest son needed an enhance license to travel to Canada, and the soonest appointment was in a town 50 miles away. And he lacked an official birth certificate because the passport office kept his. So we got him a new one and he just walked in the local dept. of licensing without an appointment and got processed in 10 minutes because there was a no-show. Lentils sound good! Perhaps I'll look for a recipe too. You are in the middle of your jam, Dianah, as I post this. Such a lovely way to remember others. Hi Amo, Stars, and BC. pffffft to Ted.
  13. Joe NightingMale

    Sunday September 19th 2021

    Stars I have noticed the same things, borders between open lands and more wooded lands seem to have more birds. Or maybe I read that somewhere NJ22 I hope you can find a good dress for the wedding Amo those mom and pop drug stores can offer services the larger ones don't. I get 90 days refills via Walgreens, have not had any issues Hi Tweety and Dianah Got up early yesterday to get my drivers license renewed. Used the new appointment system and the whole process took maybe 10 min. Was hoping to upgrade my license...in the next 2 years we're supposed to bring in additional documentation to prove identity make our license more secure...but one of the documents I brought was wrong so I'll have to do that at some point in the future Went for a brief hike afterwards, then met dad for lunch. Came home and watched some Stooges and Svengoolie Today have choir practice and church. Then going to meet J for lunch. His allergies have been improving so hopefully we can meet, if not we'll have to try for tomorrow night Feeling a bit anxious with the start date of the new job tomorrow. Noticed it has been taking me a bit longer to get to sleep, and I have more dreams when I sleep, the last few nights. Coudl be related Will be warm day today, up to 90, but it looks like the last warm day for the forseeable future
  14. No Stars In My Eyes

    Saturday September 18, 2021

    D'oh! I didn't even know (remember) it was a weekend day. By a bit of blind luck, I somehow stumbled across something on line that actually let ME, The Computer Dodo, retrieve and restore my g-mail account on Google! WOW!, and I mean a big fat w0000000t! So, for the past several hours I have been going through the gmail inbox and deleting (Mein Gott!) ONLY about 1,385+ emails which went all the way back to MAY of this year. Whew! It was something to keep me busy during this BLAH baseball game...ie: 7 innings of no runs since San Francisco* got two runs in the first inning. It is 11:30 PM and they still have 2 more innings to go. I'm surprised Ozzie hasn't put his head up and stretched....generally his indicator that it is TIME to go upstairs, go to bed and go to sleep. * Looking through some of the Mental Floss emails I subscribe to and haven't read...I mean MONTHS-worth of interesting, odd and funny pieces of info....Well, I found out there is, in San Francisco, a Museum of Antique Vibrators. HUH? Okay,then. Also I learned that octopi will 'throw' things at objects/critters that come too close, AND, zombies can NOT subsist on a steady diet of human brains. Just thought I'd leave you with those tantalizing bits of info. G'night!
  15. No Stars In My Eyes

    Saturday September 18, 2021

    Surprise! It wasn't j22 there, it was dianah. So, hi di!!! Enjoy your callous-building! Have to tell you Part II of the supper tale: After waiting at the restaurant another 1/2 hour, a guy came out from the back, said, "I've got your supper, Mr. 'Stars', here you go!" And so hubby said Thanks, and left. When he was walking in the door at home, his phone rang, and the girl who took his order told him he hadn't paid for his meal! He was so hungry and distracted by the extra waiting time, he didn't even think of anything but getting home and eating! After we were through, he went back down to pay for our meals, but he wanted to talk to the manager first. He told the manager that he wasn't trying to get anyone in trouble or raise a stink, because we get take-out from there several times a week, but...and he told about the trouble even placing the order, and then how the order hadn't been turned in, causing him to wait an add'l 30 or so minutes, and how he was so hungry, so when the guy gave him his food, he'd just left and came home to eat. Then he got the call from the girl at the desk, so he was back now, ready to pay for it. The manager said "No, you don't have to pay for anything. Just keep coming back!" And she said they'd had some good bit of trouble because a LOT of their staff were new to the job. So three free meals. My Pita-Stuffer was delicious and VERY stuffed, but it was like trying to eat an ice-cream cone where the bottom of the cone was gone ... had to eat it while hanging over the plate to catch the drips. Poor Nannie, she is so into the news story about that engaged couple who went on a van trip, and then the guy got back home without his fiance', and is not cooperating with the cops and won't say where she is. Well, we are watching one of the many real-crime shows we watch, and Nannie has gotten that other news story mixed up with this murder investigation, and keeps asking questions, "Did they find that girl dead? Was that guy the one they arrested? " and more of the same. Had to turn the TV volume down to explain to her that THIS program is not The News, it is the recounting of a murder investigation from 11 years ago. "Well, she wasn't gone THAT long, was she?" No, Nannie, these are two different incidents, separated by many years, and from different parts of the country. Then, "Who is that guy? Is that him?" No, it is an ad for another show. Poor thing, she is getting more scrambled; but at least she isn't being hateful and trying to get physically abusive to hubby like she did last year. Enuf fer naow. --> what? for meow? Hubby and I have been discussing, again, about getting a Maine Coon Cat after Ozzie is gone. But 'naow' is how some Southerners pronounce the word 'now'. (Hush up, Stars! Go back to what you were doing.) Okay, then! Later!
  16. No Stars In My Eyes

    Saturday September 18, 2021

    So, you probably already know this, Joe, but when I took the 16 wk bird-watching course at college... LO these MANY years ago ... it was suggested to us that the best places to see a bigger variety of birds was if we chose a spot that was open (like fields) and bordered by a wooded (foresty-type) area. I chose a hillside spot on the edges of the campus, below which was a small farm with cattle, pigs, and a small saw-mill, and my spot was bordered by woods (uninhabited by people/buildings). We were also told to sit in our chosen spot, quietly, and in about 15-20 minutes the 'wildlife' (ie birds, squirrels and other small critters) would return, giving us more birds to see. I don't know if this info is helpful for you or redundant, but I thought I'd send it along. Part of our assignment, which you DON'T have to do 😊 because you aren't being graded (!) was to draw a picture/map of our chosen spot, showing what was where, and then noting the birds we saw in each of the maps areas. Somewhere down in the shed in our back yard, in all the boxes we've been unable to pack for the past 4-5 years, is my Birding Diary .... unless it is eaten by mice or covered with mildew by now .... Here is where I have to shrug and say "OH WELL!" But jeesh, I'd really like to be reunited with my "STUFF" soon. If I can't win a sweepstakes or lotto scratch card one of these days soon, I dunno. But I'm too much of a chicken to try to rob a bank, so it may be "lost and gone forever, dreadful sorry," No Stars. (--instead of 'Clementine' -- get it?) Tweety, I am feeling better, not nearly dizzy-ish as I was, but still feeling like a balloon...my body as well as my head. And I learned DON'T look up, because that's when my balance is found wanting. I discovered this when I took Ozzie out and looked up at the clouds, and later on when I reached up to a top shelf in a kitchen cupboard to get out a plate or something...and ...Whoooop-sie!!! Did not fall, but staggered a bit for a moment there! Whew. I want blood-work, a UA/C+S, an EEG, an MRI, and a partridge in a pear tree, to have a baseline or to discover WTH is going on inside! Much easier to deal with something if you KNOW what you are dealing with! Will have to wait and see, and just take it easy like I have been doing. Which involves no driving or errand running, so hubby is exclaiming that he realized just how much it is that I do around here, because he is the one doing all the Supply Sargent work for now! Hmmm, a movie titled "Dead Pigs"? I'll have to look it up on line. Since the cable channels have ALL started having their own PLUS networks (for mo'money) there are a lot of things I'd like to see, but each of those "+" channels ---though the ads say for $4.99, they really mean "starting at $4.99". AND they would have just as many program offerings (tho of a different kind) as cable, channels or programs to NOT watch and still pay for. Too bad ya can't pick and choose your programs and pay according to what you will actually watch. There's so much I'd like to see, but I feel like it could eat up my life looking at the tube. Baseball game was on late last night, of which I only watched 4 innings, was lost by one run. Tonight's game is on at 8:30 PM, which might mean that Nannie will stay rooted in her recliner for way too long to suit us! UGH. But I hope they don't keep losing by one run the way they have for some of the most frequent games. That'll mean we won't win the East title, but oh well, what will be will be. Once the season is over MAYBE Nannie will start turning in a bit earlier...I hope, I hope, I hope! Hubby called and placed our supper order, and when he got there, 15-20 minutes later, they hadn't even put the order in to start it! So he has to wait, and so do we. OH WELL. This particular place isn't the one we go to most often, and when he places an order over the phone, it seems like some of the girls don't even know what they have on the menu, as he has to repeat himself three times, and then when he asks them to read the order back to him, 59% of the time they don't have it correct. It's one of the bigger businesses in that little town so they do a lot of business, anyway. I learned never to order any fish or seafood (I know, BCg, but when you're living inland like we do, you don't have much choice if you want any kind of seafood), ...so, as I was saying, I never order their seafood because all the coating they apply to fry it ....falls OFF the minute you get it in your fork, and there is nothing crispy to it. Yech! I am wondering if, when I post this, will j22 have beat me to the punch again? Maybe not; she may not even be home from work yet, being as she is half the country away from here. All for now!
  17. Joe NightingMale

    Saturday September 18, 2021

    Tweety hope the insomnia fades and that the BP stabilizes NJ22 a week is a long time to get a medications ordered Stars glad you're seeing the PA and that the symptoms have improved. Al Anon would probably be a good idea Yesterday was fairly quite. Got out in the morning to 2 forest preserves, saw birds but not as many as previously. Maybe it's the seasson. Got a lot of walking in Had time during the day so I took care of a few things. Got the car emisssions tested and got a new license sticker. Got the return box for my old work at home equipment, got that packed up and sent off. Box they sent was too big so I had to buy packing peanuts to fill the empty space J's allergies have really been acting up since getting home, so we didnt' get together last night. We'll try for either Sunday or Monday night Today going to get my driver's license renewed. Have an appointment which should avoid the long lines. Hope I have all the required documentation Might stop at a nearby forest preserve if I have time. Then I have lunch with my dad as usual Tonight Svengoolie has the original Dracula. An interesting early film but slow in places. Weather should be nice, I think it will be in the upper 70s. Think one more warm day after that, then it should be cooler
  18. Good morning! Stars, good that you got an appointment. Hope you feel better. J22, that's so aggravating about your meds. I don't seem to have any trouble with the one prescription. My issue is when I want a renewal he tends to ignore the pharmacy's request, but renews it when I call him directly. The insomnia bug really has me still. I've been up since around 4AM and I think I'm starting to relax and get sleepy. I'll just sleep the day away probably. Oh well, not much to do. I did schedule a hot yoga class this afternoon. BP is a better 124/79 which is surprising since I'm a bit sleep deprived. I have noticed before when I've come back from vacation and haven't exercised and eaten well that my BP creeps up. Hopefully will stabilize as I get back in my routine. Watched an interesting Chinese-American movie "Dead Pigs" which apparently was released in China a couple of years ago, and the festival circuit but just got a worldwide release. It came to my attention because of it's good ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. Pretty good movie that covers many angles.
  19. No Stars In My Eyes

    Friday September 17th 2021

    Yeh, got an appt w/ the PA for Monday at 11 AM ; my PCP wasn't available until the 29th. Dizziness is what, lighter? Like, a balloon-head, kinda buoyantly-airish, but not room-spinning-dizzy. Feel a bit peak'ed or weak-ish. But not nearly as pronounced as it was the first two days. I know, I know; my lingo is so medically technical it's hard to believe I was ever a 'civilian', isn't it? 🀣 As they say: Don't use it, you lose it, huh? But I still write almost everything (lists, letters, notes) with the old Latin abbreviations we were taught in the 1970's, which probably aren't even used anymore! Like for before is the letter 'a' with a line above it, and after is the letter 'p' with a line over it; and of course the word with is the letter 'c' with a line over it, and without is the letter 's' with a line over it. And the symbol for approximately is two of these '~' marks, only with one squiggle on top of the other. My mother (an RN) did the same when she wrote to me. She said when they (in her mid-1930's classes) learned them, they liked to say: "High, hot SSE, pc and hs" and then laugh like crazy. Eeeeps! Tweety, the other day when I was so upset with hubby, my BP was 145/99. It has come back down to more normal readings, but nothing dipping too low, as I was expecting it might. I thought a low BP might be the reason for me getting dizzy. But, like I said, it may also be related to me suppressing my p.o.'d feelings when hubby drinks and sounds so similar to my dad. Ick! I hated to hear it then and I really hate to hear it now! I have got to locate my Al-Anon pamphlets to help dissociate from the emotions it pulls up: a blow like *POW* in my gut, the sinking feeling of 'oh no, here we go again.' ...even when generally there is no argument accompanying it. Am I enabling by being quiet and acting like I don't notice when the *CLANG-CLANG* warning goes off in my head? I would prefer for it to be hubby's decision to STOP being an a-hole and drinking, or a drinking a-hole, so I choose not to start a losing hullabaloo. I know he carries a lot of burdens, but I do to, and we have talked about it being a process of learning to let go, because many of the things he worries about...he really has absolutely no control over at all. You can't heal the world, or even someone you love, if THEY have no real interest in working at making things better. Blech! Nannie is sort of tolerable most of the time, though we both can tell she's slipping a little every month. She can't help it, but there are certain people on TV that she ALWAYS says the EXACT same thing about, and usually I can say "hmmm' or "uh-huh" but, every once in a while I slip into irritation and say, "I know, I know, I know! You tell us that every single time they are on!" Not very cool, but when my exasperation comes to the surface on top of everything else going on, it's hard to keep my mouth shut. Anyone planning a trip want to pack me in a large, plaid, cloth, zip-suitcase and tow me along? I would pay the extra-weight fees, even though they'd probably be excessive. All you'd have to do is set the suitcase in a corner and unzip it so I can get some air....I'd have a flashlight and a pile of books to read, and I wouldn't be any trouble. I'd be easy-peasy and you'd hardly know I was there! You wouldn't even have to engage in conversation or ask any questions ... especially that, because being asked questions all the time makes me NUTS! I may have mentioned that when I worked in the museum in Nashville I made a rule that no one was allowed to ask me any questions after 3 PM. 'Course hardly anyone paid attention to me and they always laughed when I squawked. Ohhhhh well. So, even though it is officially Saturday morning ... 1:15 AM!... I am pretending it is still Friday night. Sleep well, and I'll tawk witchoo tomorrow.
  20. No Stars In My Eyes

    Game of Groans

    Police/Military: Why do we say "head's up!" ... when what we really mean is "DUCK!"
  21. Joe NightingMale

    Friday September 17th 2021

    Tweety thanks for sharing the pics, they look great Stars hope that the PCP office gets things straightened out, and the dizziness fades Dianah I recovered pretty quick, as it was a pretty short trip Hi NJ22 and Amo Was a nice quiet day at work, for my last day. Was nice to finally say goodbye to that job, though I will miss the people I got my new work at home equipment, so I set that up after work and put away the old stuff. Took longer than I had expected After that I went to the vestry meeting, which ran long as there was a lot to discuss. Mostly with the rectory, the congretation seems to want to either build or buy a new one and sell or demolish the old. We're setting up a committee to look into those options. More work ahead there After the meeting some of the vestry met with the new minister to negotiate salary and benefits. Hopefully they were able to reach an agreement and we'll finally have a new minister very soon Today, going out birdwatching this morning. Not really anything else planned for today. Might meet J for dinner if he's up to it, although his allergies have been bad this week. Weather should be dry but kind of warm today, up to 90
  22. No Stars In My Eyes

    Thursday September 16, 2021

    Yo! I forgot BCg in my previous post. Sorry! dianah, Oddly, since I had to cancel the appointment to have my shoulders injected ... they quit hurting! My lower back aches every morning, but slapping a capsaicin patch on the area takes it waaaay down. My Gypsy's do their own thing, and always in different places. I've given up trying to figure them out. I may have to give in and make an appt w/the PCP about this vertigo. It really isn't as profound as it was the first day or two, but it is there surprising me at times. So far I've been very careful, but when I make an abrupt movement ~ szwooop!~ at least I am good about steadying myself just-in-case, y'know, with railings, chair-backs, walls and other things. Plus I am able to make a quick staggering move with a foot to steady myself. Today I was worrying that the vertigo would ramp up again and was freaking out that I'd end up having to go to the hospital: Nooooooo! To be "on-hold" endlessly in the emergency room, close to a bunch of COVID patients, and having to wait and wait for hours, since I'm not critical ... it would be a nightmare. So, I am going to track my BP's. I also am wondering if it has to do with the distress I 'sit on' when hubby drinks; it is just like I used to get (minus the vertigo) when my dad was drinking. When hubby has been tippling a bit too much (which is a couple of days a week) my antennae go *sproingggg*. I can instantly tell by his tone of voice that he has been to the bottle. The day hubby made some very un-characteristically cruel remarks to me ... I think it was shortly after that the vertigo started affecting me. Not exactly sure, but it was close to that time. Anyway, I think I should have a blood panel, and have my urine checked... (to rule out things) because I remember when any patient 'turned' somehow, that's the first thing the primary nurse would say..."Has she/he had a urine spec taken?" I don't feel any of the usual urinary-tract s/s, but who knows? Ozzie is pretty (but not totally) blind and nearly deaf, and he has always been kind of peculiar...it'swhy he was named after Ozzie Osbourne; and he sleeps a LOT, more like a cat, actually. We do sometimes carry him up and down stairs, but he also makes those trips on his own just as often. Still has a good appetite most of the time. Pees and poops, and asks to go out to do so. He still constantly watches the sky for clouds, and he knows the words "thunder-storm"...because if you say it, he runs to the door and peers up at the sky, sometimes shaking merely in worry of or anticipation of a storm. Nannie was disappointed in not seeing a ballgame tonight, but she stayed up late watching Forensic Files. Went to bed around 9:30, but last night it was 10:30! It drives us nuts when she stays up so late. I told hubby that at least she is napping a lot in the daytime! Okay, as I tell Ozzie, "It's TIME to go upstairs. TIME go to bed and go to sleep!" (he knows the word TIME.) Actually I stay up reading, and he sleeps! Blah-dee-blah-blah.That's all for now!
  23. No Stars In My Eyes

    Thursday September 16, 2021

    WOW, Tweety, what FANTASTIC photos! I'm glad you finally went on the trip and now got the pix to post. What a fabulous trip it must have been...and such a welcome difference from being glued to work-work-work-work. Ahhh, a much deserved time off for you! Envy πŸ’š! COVID here is still clogging up to entire hospital situation. I read this morning that somewhere here in NC, 'they' are setting up clinics to give the monoclonal antibodies to patients to keep them out of the hospital. Four shots....one in each arm and two in the belly. Joe, happy you are going to leave behind your other job; nice of you to set up the spread-sheet for those who follow you in that job. I always wanted to make sure the ones taking over a job I had been working (usually private duty must-staff cases) were thoroughly informed of the patient's preferences and peculiarities. Some folks thought I was too....whatever....about it, but I just could not leave it all to chance. It's not that I didn't think the nurse taking over didn't know what she/he was doing, I just wanted the patient to have an easier time with the transition. There is an awful mess resulting from the personnel leaving PCP's office and the "umbrella" organization that runs it. We have continued to have problems about simple re-authorizations of routine meds. Hubby had to go down to the doc's office and speak with the office manager, to express our displeasure of the simple things being gommed up so badly. And even then, after all that was thought to have been taken care of, the meds at the pharmacy were wrong. We got 6 'emergency' pills of Seroquel instead of a full prescription! So, back to the Dr's office hubby went today and told them we HAVE to have the pills before Saturday or Nannie will have a downward spiral that NONE of us want to deal with. YIKES!!! Good to 'see' you, j22! Hi dianah! And where is our amoLu these days? And Ted, who we don't hear from since he is just playing on Facebook these days. Worried about not hearing from herring; hope she is okay. Who have I missed here? Anyway, I am feeling somewhat better. The homemade chicken and dumplings I had last night helped me feel better, but I only ate half of it; I wanted to go slowly with eating, since I had been having mild nausea. I HATE to throw up. I know that when I feel strongly as if I am going to puke, I should just do it and get it over with, but ... like when I was a child, I try to do anything and everything to avoid it. Kind of dumb to fight it, because it would've probably let me feel better then, but old habits die hard. My BP is returning to normal readings. Last night after I got up to pee, I decided that since it didn't make me dizzy to lay on my right side, I'd do just that. I fell back to sleep immediately, but OMG, when I got up later......very wooozie again. So I'll just sleep on my left side until this nonsense has passed. Hoping that I will continue to improve so I can drive over to the car dealership and have the new key programmed. The ballgame today has been cancelled due to the infield still being so soggy from the steady rain they have had for two days in Atlanta. Last night's game....I can't believe they continued to play...the infield had to be tended to at least five times during the game. I was convinced that one of the players would slip in the mud and break an ankle. Thankfully that did not happen. And, just like the game the night before, the Braves looked like they were going to get ahead and win in the ninth inning, but at the last second they lost. Pooey! πŸ‘Ž Okay, I guess that's all for now. Y'all be safe and have a good day! OH! THERE you are amoLu! Hope all is well.
  24. amoLucia

    Thursday September 16, 2021

    Tweety - ty for the gorgeous pix. What's the 5th one? With the desert & 3 rock formations? j22 - ty too for the pic.
  25. nursej22

    Thursday September 16, 2021

    Just testing photo upload from my phone. After I β€œclick to choose files” I select my photo. Then a lthumbnail of my photo appears. In the lower left corner is a + icon, and I press that to get the picture in my message. And hit submit.
  26. Joe NightingMale

    Thursday September 16, 2021

    Tweety they seem to still be showing up as boxes. I've found posting pictures here can be tricky Stars I hope the vertigo continues to fade NJ22 hope things stay calm at work. Understand your DH's concern about possible Covid exposure Was a fairly quiet day at work yesterday. Have gradually been winding down what things I do and preparing for this last day. Have a spreadsheet ready to let them know where various cases stand After work did some vacuuming in addition to exercise. Have been getting back into my diet, feeling better though sometimes struggling with hunger Have to fill out my I9 form online, and will be receiving my computer equipment today. Thinking setup shouldn't be too difficult Tonight have our vestry meeting. Hoping we get an update regarding the new minister's expectations, negotitations are supposed to start after our meeting. Hopefully this gets completed soon Weather has been nice, in the upper 70s, will be in the lower 80s today
  27. Good morning. I had my set my alarm to get myself up early to get the dogs and slept well. Went to bed past midnight. Ate dinner after 10pm which my body thought was 7pm. Will probably take a nap and use today as a rest and recovery day. Need to go to the grocery store. Going to try and post some of the pics I put up on Facebook of my trip. I have some a lot on my camera that I've yet to download. Hopefully they will show up. It was a much needed get away. I spent a boat load of money and have no regrets. I've been working hard and I deserved it and am worth it. J22, that seems to be the theme here in Florida as well, not only is there a labor shortage in some industries like the hospitality industry that is thriving, employees are coming up positive and complicating issues. Cases and hospitalizations are on the downswing here and the variant burns through us and moves on to other parts of the country. Although the issue is critical care beds, those that are sick are taking up the critical care beds and staying there for a long time. I will say that traveling, people were very compliant with wearing a mask, but the airport in Phoenix was very crowded and people really couldn't social distance six feet apart. I'm torn between wanting the economy to keep getting better and getting on with life, and the surge that's going on.
  28. Tweety

    Wednesday September 15 2021

    Joe, glad you tested negative. I'm thinking of being tested too. Stars, so sorry you're feeling bad. Hoe you get better soon. Coming home today and getting the dogs tomorrow since I'm arriving past 8;30. Shard a shuttle with the tour guide and he got me into the American Express lounge with free lunch and coffee. Nice place to rest for a couple of hours. Came early to fit his schedule. Have a great day.
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