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Saturday - July 18th, 2020 - Good Morning!

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Good Morning, Folks! ūüôā

It's a quiet 3:49 AM (EST) in this part of the world. Been up a good portion of the night as I have been during the couple of days.

A couple of days ago, I received my new Apple iMac Pro computer. (Interestingly, it was shipped directly from Shanghai, China!) It took a few weeks for this computer to travel from China to my home. (It was shipped via UPS. UPS gives the opportunity to track a package as it makes its journey. A good portion of the computer's journey was spent sitting in Shanghai while it waits to pass export/import protocols, apparently.) The computer is GREAT! It certainly was an "investment" that I hope will last me for several years! Anyway, I spent the past couple of days preparing, configuring and upgrading (software) for audio & video editing. What has been taking so freakin' long is the downloading and re-downloading of all the programs and "Virtual Instruments" (VIs) that I own. Downloading the VIs, especially, takes a looooooong time, despite our fairly fast internet connection. Especially during the past few days, I've been off the internet most of the time to help allow the downloading process go as quickly as possible (which was very slooooooooow!). Happily, all of the programs, and most of the VI libraries are on the new computer, and ready to go!

These past few days have been hot, humid and rainy. This makes for staying indoors, and preparing my new computer, a reasonable thing to do. 

Today. . . we're having family over (my sister-in-law, niece, nephew and one of their friends) for a combined Birthday-Lunch celebration. My niece, nephew and one of their friends all had their birthdays within the past several days. Today was the only day everyone could get together. It'll hot-dog, hamburger and ice-cream cake kind of Birthday-Lunch celebration! But because of the weather, today, it'll be held indoors, unfortunately. Should be fun, though. (We'll be practicing social distancing, of course.)

I'm off from the work the next several days, which is nice. I return to work Thursday night. It's just the way the work schedule work out. But open returning to work, I'm face with working 4 nights in a row. (Moan!!)

Last week, we actually had a few days of nice weather. So, I took the opportunity to take my happy drone out and fly it around the area where we live. I captured some nice shots of the area, wrote some music, and made a nice simple video. Below is that video. It's only 2 minutes and 50 seconds long, if you decide to watch it. As shared here before, we live in the woods. . . with lots and lots and lots of trees. We do love where we live. 

In the meanwhile. . . I hope all is well with everyone. I'll be back later to read your posts, now that I'm back surfin' the 'net.  My warm thoughts and (((hugs))) to you all, especially to those who continue on with healing.

Peace! ūüôā

Ted

Oh yea. . . here's the video! ūüôā

 

 

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Morning Ted, thanks for sharing the video

Productive day at work yesterday, but I did not need to rush which was good.  Now I can enjoy my 3 day weekend without having to worry about productivity or a really crazy week when I go back

After work was quiet, did some embroidery, exercised, and watched Yes Minister.  Was talking with J, the husband of a friend of his is in the hospital once again.  This couple has had a lot of health issues in recent years, hoping this gets resolved quickly.

Today I'm going birdwatching before the excessive heat watch begins.  Might stop at the farmer's market, the oranges I got from Trader Joe's were not that great.  The environmental group has a Zoom meeting today too

Skipping Svengoolie as I'm not a fan of The Wolf Man.  Some of the Three Stooges episodes before then look good

Very hot today, almost the same tomorrow, but at least the rain is holding off

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Morning, all-

There's brilliant sunshine today, and it's already hot and humid.  I did some housecleaning, and then a quick 6 mile bike ride.  The rest of the day is mine to do as I please.  I think I will float in the  pool and read.  I'm on staycation, after all.  Tonight we are meeting friends at a farm for an outdoor, socially distanced dinner.  Maybe I'll be able to see the comet if it stays clear.

Cool video, Ted.  It seems like you are enjoying your new computer.  Enjoy the birthday lunch today!

Joe-I hope you get to see some birds before it gets too hot.  Have you been able to see J yet?  

Stars-You and DH owe no explanation, justification, rationalization, or any other -ation to anyone!  You have been saints and have been so good to Nannie.  She will be in a place where she is safe, can socialize, and will have the level of care she needs.  You and DH deserve to enjoy your retirement.

Hope everyone is well.  Enjoy your Saturday and stay safe.

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Good early afternoon!

Ted, I enjoyed your 'tour' and the accompanying music. When I got a few seconds from the end of it, my wifi decided to go kerplooey. Then I had to "shut-down" to update, and it wouldn't let me sign back in. Eventually I managed to get back on line; I don't know what the hiccup was about, but OH WELL!!!! Here I am again. Computers are not my favorite thing, though, as hubby said, this laptop was one of the best investments/presents he ever gave me, because I DO use it a lot.

Right now we have two emails from the woman at the nursing home, about admission and who knows what-all else, she sent them for us to read and sign. Haven't delved into them yet, as hubby and I have to do it together and he is otherwise occupied for a while.

Couldn't find ANY photos for a look-see or a tour of the nsg home; it is part of a large-ish group related to the VA in several states. It doesn't have the best marks for care, etc.... "below average" , but here I say...another "OH WELL!" We'll take what we can get when it is available. If I ever win PCH sweeps, we can transfer her else-where, if we feel the need. Won't be able to see her or visit, d/t the virus. There are what they call "Window visits" and "Face-time" visits, but she has to be admitted there before we can do that! 

 Hubby talked to her on the phone a couple of days ago and she contradicted, in her pitiful voice, every thing the nurses reported to us about her stay on the Senior Behavioral Unit. (I almost wrote "ward", revealing my age!) The nurses say she's a "social butterfly" and in a very pleasant good mood most all the time, sleeping well, really eating well, watching TV, doing well with PT, and NOT throwing any fits. But to hear her, oh no, she doesn't hardly get to talk to anyone, and the food is not so good, blah-dee-blah. Typical Nannie. Her doctor says she is exhibiting the last stages of the dementia/Alzheimers, so she is connected less and less with any reality. 

Thanks for the pep talk, BCg; I read it to hubby, and he said, "You know, I've had a lot of people tell me that.... the ones who know Nannie and the long downhill situation we've experienced with her." I told him that in my years of nursing, I've seen over and over that it is the relatives who bail out and do nothing who are so judgmental and do the most complaining. Walk 2 years and 2 months in our shoes, and then tell us again how awful we are to put her in a nursing home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The brother who cussed out Nannie, threw down her keys , and said "To hell with you; I won't be back!" is getting payback, as his wife moved her crazy mother out of the nursing home she was in (after being thrown out of two other nsg homes) into their house; I'll bet he is fit to be tied! Teeheehee, OH WELL! 

No big plans for today, only to stay cool. It's going to be a wicked hot week! 

Be well, all of you!

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Hello allnurses friends!

I am sad and full of memories after hearing John Lewis died. In 1963 three of us friends and one mother, who was attending college with her daughter, heard young John Lewis speak. He was the president of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). I dug out the button I got when I joined. Husband said, "I remember you showed that to me before we got married."

Anyway it is emotional, but not tragic. I plan to call the ladies who were there and reminisce. 

I wish for us all to stay safe, and have the best day we can. 

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Heh. The documents we had to sign were that 1.) we read the document ABOUT the documents, (every last boring word), and 2.) was a treatise about rules and regs regarding patients who smoke. Nannie doesn't smoke, but we signed it anyway. And downloaded it, just in case she DOES start to smoke...hahahaha!

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Afternoon all - I don't understand all the 'new' updating and reprogramming by Joe over on the yellow AN. But I don't want to have to type in a new address each time I want to switch between blue & yellow. All I want is one simple 'Breakroom' click to get here - that's all I ask.

Dianah - Tell Joe pffft and a Bronx cheer for the changes!!!!! You wouldn't believe how I get over here.

Stars - Prayers seems to be being answered as I continue to pray for Nans' placement. I keep holding my breath until she's 'SOMEWHERE'. With all this C19, the priority is just to get her in somewhere, and consider a transfer later if so desired. Good for Hubs to be better dealing with his decision for her placement. So hard to be moving on but in grief & grieving theory (Kubler-Ross or Engle?) resolution & acceptance are GOOD. And you're right, it's always the 'bailer-outers' that were the most vocal critics.  What's the saying - 'empty barrels making the most noise ... '? That and 'what goes around, ... '. Also thinking, 'karma's a ***' !

You 2 have sooo persevered for so long and having made that New England to No Carolina relocation would be so monumentally ABOVE & BEYOND for many. Just glad that Hubs is starting to adapt. Now maybe all the other health issues will begin to fall in place. For him and you. 

Am enjoying my AC - had emergency late yesterday evening. NO AIR - NO NOTHING!  Called my HTG/AC contractor - he installed my unit 10 yrs ago and has been doing reg periodic routine maint. Tech came out within the hour. Turns out a drng hose TOTALLY clogged up and water backed up; that shut down the AC unit by safety default. He did his magic thing. Emerg service charge - I don't care. With my oxygen tanks and CPAP - NOT an option to go without.

herring - I confess my not knowing John Lewis. Google time.

Joe - I gotta tell ya. I look forward to your advance Saturday Svengoolie review!!!

Ted - am seriously envious of your techno skills with your computer, photography, music, etc.

Tweety - prayers!

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amoLucia, I'm so glad you made it here!  And, I hope you have a dependable pathway to do it again and again and again...  etc. 

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dianah - not really sure of repeat-ability of getting back & forth.

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8 hours ago, BCgradnurse said:

Morning, all-

There's brilliant sunshine today, and it's already hot and humid.  I did some housecleaning, and then a quick 6 mile bike ride.  The rest of the day is mine to do as I please.  I think I will float in the  pool and read.  I'm on staycation, after all.  Tonight we are meeting friends at a farm for an outdoor, socially distanced dinner.  Maybe I'll be able to see the comet if it stays clear.

Cool video, Ted.  It seems like you are enjoying your new computer.  Enjoy the birthday lunch today!

Joe-I hope you get to see some birds before it gets too hot.  Have you been able to see J yet?  

Stars-You and DH owe no explanation, justification, rationalization, or any other -ation to anyone!  You have been saints and have been so good to Nannie.  She will be in a place where she is safe, can socialize, and will have the level of care she needs.  You and DH deserve to enjoy your retirement.

Hope everyone is well.  Enjoy your Saturday and stay safe.

J wants to wait a bit longer to see if our Covid case numbers are stable before we get together 

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WHEWEEEEEEEE! We just had a TREMENDOUS thunder-wind-lightening-and-rain storm that lasted about 90 minutes! It hung overhead with the booming/crashing and the flashing and wind blowing sideways rain, trying to push in the window over the kitchen sink (neither of which I went even remotely near!) Just as it seemed to be winding down there was one last huge BOOM and FLASH ... at which point I decided to turn on the TV to find out if we were going to get MORE storm... and as I clicked the TV on, the electricity went off! By the way, Ozzie has been hiding under the far corner of the kitchen table. He was 'dosed' so he's not shaking, but he is panting.

Well, the casserole in the oven was about 10 minutes shy of being officially 'done.' I peered in with the flashlight to see the biscuit-crust was brown, so I dished mine out and ate it. Hubby wants to have green beans with his portion of casserole, and since he couldn't microwave them, he opted to wait until the electricity came back on. It came back on after being off for 30+ minutes, maybe 15 minutes ago. Everything in the casserole was already cooked when it was put together, so there was no danger in me eating when I did.

Oh For Heaven's Sake! TWICE since the electricity was restored, we had a single LOUD BOOM of thunder, each separated by about 5 minutes of quiet. Then the TV came back on and reprogrammed itself. The words on the screen said, "Your television will be right with you." I still hear rolling thunder occasionally from the northwest.

The weather guy is saying that we will be having similar weather "events" tomorrow, with a heat index of "102+" again. We do need the rain, but the accompanying hullabaloo ... I could do without. I actually enjoy watching a good storm, but having to care for a frightened dog, and a STUPID spouse, who, when I told him to get his a$$ off the front porch, did so ... but went up to his bedroom and sat on a bench in the OPEN WINDOW. (Some people's children!!!) I'm not afraid of storms, but I AM very respectful of the power of Mother Nature. CRIPES!

_________________some time has passed____________________

So, with the quieting of the storm, I went out on the porch with Ozzie on the leash in case he had to pee. The leash not usually needed if he just goes out on the porch, but I know he thinks he can run away from a storm, so I kept him leashed. Just as he was thinking about peeing, here comes a vigorous roll of thunder which kind of convinced his ureters to squeeze shut....Back into the house, no question about it!

Several subsequent rolls of thunder really did R-r-r-o-l-l-l from South to East, and I actually clocked the next two of them, because I could still hear the tail end of the roll that sent Ozzie back inside. Got my watch out of my pocket, at-the-ready. One roll lasted 38 seconds, and the one after that was 67 seconds long, from start to when I could no longer hear it. 

Wuut 'n eggsiting evening!

 

 

 

 

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Hubby told me that if I would make him another meal as good as this one was, he'd even marry me. HA!

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