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  1. dianah

    Tuesday January 14 2020

    Hello hello all! Good to catch up with you! Joe, we have been assigned to issue post-visit questionnaires, after patients visit the Stress Lab. It's certainly hard to get 100%, as some pts fill them out along with their pre-test Cardiac Questionnaire, and some wait till after their stress test to fill them out, and others escape after their stress test and forget to fill them out! So, good on YOU for getting the ones you do!! BC, Naples sounds very nice! I hope the weather is nice for you. Ted, good luck getting your sequencing done! How was Date Night? Hope food was delish and movie good! We were gone Wed to Bakersfield, to the Great 48 Bluegrass Festival, held at the Marriott (just steps away from the train station, which many jappl from Up North took to the festival). 9th floor's suites were all hosted by various bluegrass associations. Snacks abounded, and lots of chairs were available, in a circle, for the spontaneous jams. Some showcased various bluegrass bands. Officially they stayed open till midnight, but if the jamming was good, some closed down at 2am or 4 or whenever! There was 24/7 jamming on floors 9 and 2 (our floor). NO jamming on two other floors, and jamming till 10pm on four other floors. We were on 2nd floor, next to the Central California Chapter, and we enjoyed meeting them and jamming there. We did cruise around over the four+ days, and jammed in other areas too. We found a swing/jazz jam in the lobby and persuaded them to come jam in our room (lobby was quite noisy and echo-y). We also happened upon an Irish and Scottish jam, with two fiddles, a keyboard, a mandolin, and a bodhran (drum)! There were several workshops. We were in bed by midnight or one a.m. most nights. We just can't stay up and jam till 2 or 3, most of the time! Needless to say, it was a really good festival! We gave out a few band CDs. We always meet new ppl, and enjoy learning new songs. Some folks were in the lobby jamming on Sunday, waiting for their train (it departed at 2pm so they had a few hours, after checking out, to jam). These folks are serious!! I have some really good calluses on my left fingers, now! Dh got to play all three of the instruments he brought (mandolin, banjo, stand-up [dog-house or double] bass). We ate most of our meals in the room -- usually had leftovers for the one meal we allowed ourselves to eat in the restaurant! It is always sad to leave, though... hope to meet up with some of the folks again soon. Our next outing is mid-March: the bluegrass Cruise, Quilts of Valor. We and youngest and his wife went last year. This year they are flying out from Ohio to go again, but they will not be quilting, just cruising and eating. Oldest will arrange his schedule and go with us too! Should be fun! It leave from Long Beach on a Sunday afternoon, and Monday is spent at Catalina Island, Tuesday in Ensenada, Wednesday is Day at Sea, and we are back at Long Beach by Thursday 7am. Short but sweet. We will bring instruments, of course, and jam in the room while the ladies quilt. They bring their machines and equipment and fabric, while making quilts to give to local veterans in honor of their service. They are very skilled and dedicated, it's a very nice group of people! Last year they said they loved quilting while music was going on in the room! I hope we can keep them entertained this year as well. Today wasn't bad at work, it's always hard though to return and get back "in the groove." No Stars, I always told my mom I would vote for her over any of the candidates (I trusted her!). Perhaps, though, I wouldn't vote for Nannie... but don't tell her! How have your gypsies been lately? OK, better get going to do some chores. Have a good evening!
  2. dianah

    January 3, 2020

    I really enjoyed Little Women, was familiar with the book and with the other movie versions. It would have been hard to follow if I had not been so familiar w/the plot and chronological sequence of events. Yes, wasn't the acting wonderful? And I loved the costumes! Hope your eye exam goes well, nurseJ22!
  3. dianah

    Wednesday January 1, 2020

    Good morning and Happy New Year to all! We drove up to the high desert yesterday to have Vietnamese food lunch with our bass player, then spent time chatting in his studio. He is housing replicas of some of the Dead Sea Scrolls in his studio, as the humidity in winter averages 7% and that is ideal for storing the scrolls. They were purchased by his friend, who is working on preparing a tour (speaking) circuit. They are gorgeously displayed, all unwound and in a protective case. It was thrilling to see them and hear the discussion about them! The drive up and back was uneventful. We even drove past lingering snow on the Cajon Pass, from the day after Christmas. I'm sure folks were skiing at Big Bear resorts. We spent a quiet evening at home, ate dinner while watched a Murdoch Mysteries episode, then I turned on old movies and dh watched show of his choice. Didn't hear fireworks, was fast asleep by then! Today we will have an early dinner with dh, then I will prepare for work tomorrow. Next week I work Mon and Tues but am off Wed-Fri and Monday. We will drive to Bakersfield for the annual Great 48 bluegrass festival, held at the Marriott Hotel. Looking forward to seeing friends, hearing bands, and picking! It is sunny out, should reach 62 degrees today. No storms in immediate sight, although we might get one next weekend while at the festival. Have enjoyed reading of y'all's activities and thoughts. I can dream, can't I? = here's to a better year and to Peace on Earth. I appreciate you all!
  4. Hello all. Ted, did you take your power walk? Tweety, good you were staffed adequately, and kudos for not losing appetite control around the holidays! Hope you enjoyed your day off. herring, cupboards are clean now? Joe, did you decide to go open gifts at your sister's? Safe travels to J! nurseJ22, hope your stomach settles down. Did the tea help? I used to give the kids ginger tea when they had unexplained stomach upsets. So awful about the principal's family! No Stars, agree with beginning phone calls on Monday! The process is progressing/escalating. Can't be fun for anyone. And VERY stressful for you and your dh. One day at a time. It was cold today and the mountains looked so beautiful with their snow! We have no plans for the weekend. We are all done with our seasonal music! I will have Tues and Wed off next week, which will be nice. I had to cover in a couple areas the past two days, due to call-outs from those above the snow line who couldn't get to work. Our schedule was very reduced, which was the only saving grace. Hope you have a good evening!
  5. dianah

    Wednesday December 25, 2019

    Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! Took apple pies to ds's workplace last night. will meet up with him later today at a local restaurant. Will deliver more pies today. I may go see Little Women at the theatre, hopefully first show shouldn't be crowded. Will stop by friends' house before meeting ds for dinner. Hope you have a safe and wonderful day.
  6. For us insomniacs, an article I noticed (FWIW) : https://getpocket.com/explore/item/how-i-finally-learned-to-sleep?utm_source=pocket-newtab
  7. dianah

    Friday December 20th 2019

    Hello all! Tweety, sorry you are under the weather, hope you rest and feel better soon. Joe, what will your new cross-stitch look like? Hope you and J stay well. BC, stay warm. NurseBlaq, keep on keepin' on! My office mate is working on her NP too! Re: kale: I like it in salads or cooked. have made a baked kale -- like kale chips. They are crunchy and good, flavored however one likes them. Later!
  8. dianah

    Monday December 16 2019

    Happy Anniversary to NSIME and her dh!! Good evening! We got in around 11pm last night, after a wonderful Christmas program (Currier and Ives themed) and dinner, followed by dancing: square dancing and old-time dancing! We entered the decorated hall (the apple packing house, magically transformed into a Christmas visual delight: lots of lights on the ceiling, wreaths hung and garlands draped, and a large Christmas tree near the stage. An open carriage stood outside, ready to give rides. Carolers sang as we entered, and we were seated at a nicely decorated table with appetizers waiting. Coffee, tea, water, and hot apple cider were available, as were other beverages (for purchase). There was a short skit starring Mr. Currier and Mr. Ives (all in period costume!), then dinner was served: slices of ham and gravy, a chicken pot pie, green beans, roasted potatoes, and fresh rolls with cinnamon butter. After dinner the band played Christmas carols, and we all sang and helped decorate the area with holly freshly cut from the property. There came another part of the skit, and then we were dismissed outside (it was cold -- 37 degrees! -- but two fire pits were burning and warmed the waiting. Plus we were served dessert! Apple pie! When we re-entered, all the tables had been removed and the chairs pushed to the walls, ready for dancing! The band played and Pa Riley called the moves. Some who had never square-danced before did well, and there was lots of giggling amongst the dancers! They did around eight dances! Dh has a balance issue, so we didn't dance but we thoroughly enjoyed watching the dancers and listening to the music! The party broke up around 9:30, and as always, we stayed to chat with some friends. So we got home around 11pm (some at our table had driven two hours to get there, from Los Angeles!!). We both agreed it was VERY worth doing NEXT year too!! Dh and I in appropriate garb: Carolers (the apple ranch manager and three of his four children) The room all decorated, looking toward the stage Oh, and the band!
  9. dianah

    Saturday December 14, 2019

    Took a nap, and then went to the grocery store. Dh and I are having leftover soup for dinner. As tomorrow we have a luncheon date then the dinner program at 6 at the apple ranch, I wouldn't have much time to do the usual Sunday stuff (grocery store run, laundry). I have a load of laundry cogitating right now. Good to hear you had a good meal out, and that dh is coming out of his funk. I saw a post the other day that I liked: This is your gentle reminder that one time in the Bible Elijah was like "God, I'm so mad! I want to die!" So God said "Here's some food. Why don't you have a nap?" So Elijah slept, ate, and decided things weren't so bad. Never underestimate the spiritual power of a nap and a snack. Tweety, good to see you here. Hope the rest of the weekend is tolerable. It is tough any time, but moreso during the holidays, when ppl call off sick. Not that I would want ppl to come in sick, NO NO NO! I know one can't help question in one's mind, if the sick call is "real." This too shall pass. BC, hope your Grinchy self got a surprise enjoyment out of tonight's party. The things we do for our dh's... Ted, good on ya for all you do at your teeny-tiny hospital! I could never work OB, I too cry whenever a baby is born. Joe, too bad the steakhouse is so far but maybe that's a good thing. Keeps you from going there TOO often (they can be notoriously expensive!). No Stars, good you got your prescriptions, and yes the parking lots can get CRAZY! Especially this time of year, on a weekend! Are Nannie's meds helping her more now? I mean, at least taking the edge off the hostile, manic behaviour? Can't stop the babbling, sounds like. Again, have a good evening!
  10. dianah

    Thursday December 12 2019

    I am decompressing and processing after a hectic and frustrating day at work. Including no breaks or lunch. I need to make sure none of this happens again. i had a nice dinner with dh and we watched a Father Brown episode. Then I sewed a few finishing touches on my Dickensian costume. Now I am half reclining on the bed with one cat on my lap and another snuggled at my side, who nuzzles me every now and then, wanting to be petted. Watching Star Trek. and yay tomorrow is Friday. Have a good evening.
  11. dianah

    Monday December 2 2019

    Yay that Nannie's appointment is TOMORROW!! I hope tonight is quiet and that she sleeps all night. Yes it sounds as if the dementia is progressing. Wishing you a nice quiet evening
  12. dianah

    Monday December 2 2019

    Oh Ted, so sorry about your snowy driveway woes! Maybe need a garage at the bottom of the driveway, and a short walk up it? Probably isn't often a problem but is such a pain when it is. Too bad about the car damage...
  13. dianah

    Sunday December 1, 2019

    Happy Dec 1! Good work went OK, Tweety. I'm sure you are enjoying that new puter! Joe, rain AND snow?? Stay safe and warm. Hope the Furry Convention is as fun as in previous years. It is overcast but no rain is predicted. We and "the kids" are going to Disneyland. But not to leave till noon, as they want to sleep in. Fine with me, for I tossed and turned till at least 3am then finally fell asleep. Oh well. Will have a good day anyway! Gotta go reinforce buttons on dh's coat. Y'all have a good day!
  14. dianah

    Saturday November 30, 2019

    What nursej22 said, Stars. I feel for you, I really do. Hang in there. I hope Nannie finally went to sleep and you got some peace, and I hope tomorrow will be better.
  15. dianah

    Saturday November 30, 2019

    All I can say is: you are not alone!!