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Saturday September 7, 2019

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Good Morning!

Joe, can understand that choir is taking a lot out of you when you're otherwise busy.  Should be more fun than that.

BC, sounds like a good productive day.  

Amolucia, that cake does sound good.  Lucky that you have a good home health aid.  We have a nurse that's been here over the at mom-baby place for over 50 years now.  She works night shift, has cut back to part time and is in her 70's.  Amazing.  I don't always go to the yellow side on a daily basis, but I'm not finding the complaints of today are any more different than what we were saying when I joined way back when.

Herring, hope you don't get more migraines and that you're feeling well.

J22, guess I didn't know that you made home visits, but sounds challenging lately.

I was semi-productive on my one day off yesterday.  Working today and tomorrow.

Hope everyone has a great day.

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Morning Tweety

Less anxiety yesterday, although it was busy

Was concerned as I hadn't heard from J by the afternoon.  Turns out he texted me after I went to bed but somehow I never received it.  We connected via email and confirmed our dinner plans, had a nice time last night

Woke up early, fell back to sleep, had a dream that I had gone back to college and was late for class.  Probably related to the recent anxiety

Today supposed to meet dad for lunch but haven't heard from him.  Will email him and see if he's free, this might be one of the weekends he's not free

Plan to get outside today too as the weather is fairly nice.  Have to exercise and do some cooking too

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Morning Tweety and Joe!

Not so hot yet. 

I enjoyed "American Master's about Charlie Pride on PBS. Really enjoyed it. One summer my uncle played and/or sang Charlie Pride singing Hank Williams songs and "Cotton Fields", Johnny Cash's "Because Your mine, I walk the Line", and Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill". 

My Mom and Aunt had a record of Harry Belafonte then. They really liked him. I did, and still do, but being a kid I didn't pay attention to the grown women saying he was "hot". If you feel like it listen to Harry, who grew up in Jamaica sing the Southern American song. I always thought he was awkward sounding on this song. He sand Calypso SO WELL! (in my opinion)

Then if you listen to Charlie Pride, who actually picked cotton as the child of Mississippi share croppers. He sang as well as Harry (Still sings well)

For Cotton Fields he sounds good and not awkward like Harry.

 

 I was 14, and my sister's younger when our Dad was on a local live TV show called "International Party Time". The excellent band played the music of one country. If they had no children for one segment our Daddy brought us to be on the show. We stood in front of a "Green Screen" and sang one song, like "Sakura" for Japan with Mount Fuji on the screen, or "Alouette" in front of the Eiffel Tower for France. Wearing ill fitting clothes of the country I'm sure we sounded awkward with an American accent.  

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Tweety, Hope your weekend workdays are "Q" and easy-peasy. 

Joe, Even I was concerned you hadn't heard from J! Glad y'all caught up together.

herring, Awkward is a good word for Harry Belafonte singing that song. I wasn't much into his music/singing, and only saw him if he was on a variety show. I also remember how peculiar everyone seemed to think it was that Charlie Pride was into Country music, but he has a good voice, alright! / Wish you had a tape of you and your sister doing your International songfest. It kind of makes me giggle to think about it. I was never on TV as a child; I was so self-conscious and it would have terrified me. I preferred NOT to be noticed!

Supposed to be hot and sunny today, but the only correct part of the weather report is the "hot" part. There are a LOT of BIG clouds with grey underbellies, and if they join forces we'll have a shower, I'm thinkin'.

Nannie is sitting on the edge of her recliner looking out the glass door and talking in a soft mutter. When she faces away from you and talks you just can't hear her. Hubby will say "Speak up, Mama!" But if she is looking away from me and isn't audible, most of the time I've quit saying, "What???" and I just ignore her. She doesn't seem to notice I'm not responding, though.

It's a possibility that I may go on my searching excursion for the Oct 3rd Dr's appt. tomorrow; but I haven't made up my mind yet. Traffic may be awful going East if folks who evacuated from the storm are going back home. I'm just wanting to avoid rush-hour traffic jams. Maybe I'll head out around 9:30 AM on Monday. WHO KNOWS! If it's not too terrible, I'll check out the area for ethnic restaurants, which are sadly lacking where I am living.

Hello to one and all, arriving to post, or just read! Have a lovely or tolerable weekend!

 

Edited by No Stars In My Eyes

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No Stars: Three of us Jr. High girls discovered the Library of Congress recordings at a local library. The resource librarian was so helpful as she was a music lover too. Our family had listened to the Grand Ole Oprey on the radio so we heard the greats. But we found my favorite county musician at the library. His 1927 recording by John and Alan Lomax are literally "Music to my Ears.". After recording many great songs Mississippi John Hurt turned down the invitation to go on stage because he didn't want to leave his job at the Avalon, Mississippi hardware store. He had married a woman he met on a trip to New Orleans. She was his "Creole Belle".

His wife died before he had his 65th birthday and retired with a Social Security check. Urged by Pete Seeger he agreed to go to New York. He played in coffee houses and folk festivals. In the 80s Tom Paxton and Dave Von Ronk wrote a song in tribute to him and his music. The chorus starts, "Did you hear John Hurt? Did You shake his hand?" 

WELL! Once I couldn't get my Rock loving friends to go to hear him and Grandma came with me. MY GRANDMA SHOOK HIS HAND!

When I told my cousin about Grandma shaking his hand he said, "She didn't go with you because she wanted to hear his music. She went because she loved you." Blinking back tears I answered, "I know"

I was so very pleasantly surprised that one of my husband's sisters, who last week hosted our Labor Day BBQ, was a fan of his when she lived in Mississippi with her first husbands parents while he served overseas in the Army.

PS: I first heard Jug Band music at that library too:

 

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A little bit cooler today, about 68 degrees, slo overcast, might rain tomorrow. Made a quick home visit this morning. I work with TB, and for patients with acute TB disease the standard of care is directly observed therapy. Larger jurisdictions use community health workers to watch pts take meds but it’s just us 3 nurses and our part time health officer to do the observing. After 2 weeks we usually switch to video calls, if they have a smart phone.

hubby and I are now out running errands and youngest ds is going to prepare dinner.

thank you for sharing music, herring. I feel like I have missed a lot, but love discovering what you share!

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long ago I was an LVN working for a registry called Medical Personnel Pool. No Stars worked for them too, and more years than I did.

I did staff relief in hospitals and nursing homes and private duty too. Once I did five days a week for two weeks for the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA). Mostly I did dressing changes, gave a blind woman her insulin, and other tasks. One client was a  retired man with TB. My assignment was to administer three tablets, watch him swallow them, and document.

I knocked on his apartment door. A neighbor told me I would find him at the corner bar. I was thirty years old and had never been in a bar. i walked into the dark smokey bar to find a row of old men and women mostly complaining about arthritis pains and discussing and describing their bowel movements. I asked who Mr. ***** was. He showed me his ID and offered to buy me a drink. 

I went to the pay phone and called the RN supervisor in the office. I was concerned because those meds were metabolized in the liver. She told me that he would be placed in jail if he didn't take his meds because he could become contagious. She told me it was OK to let him take it with beer. So that week and the next I went to the bar and gave him his meds and the old people talked about how young i and pretty I was.

 

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I've got an idea!

Let's make a mini-series of herring's life so far! She has enough stories to fill more than a standard movie's 2 hour running time, so, whaddya think? Five nights? Six? I, for one, would be glued to my TV set! (because I have no streaming devices.) I think it is a fascinating prospect! Second to that, I'd settle for a memoir/autobiography!

herring, Thanks for the audios/videos; I have to go outside to listen to them because hubby and Nannie are watching the Brave's playing baseball. And because other times I've played some of the music video's you have posted, the reaction I get is: "WHAT are you LISTENING to????" 😋 Well, *I* enjoy them a LOT!

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Yes, Herring does some great stories and I love the music.

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The Reason It Takes Nannie So Long To Get Dressed In The A.M., And Why Her Capri Pants Seemed Too Tight Today; Bless Her Heart:

One pair of cotton underpants with extra long #6 pad inside, One pair of pull-ups, two more pair of cotton underpants, one other pull-up, and another pair of cotton underpants.

And btw, all of them were dry.

 

Edited by No Stars In My Eyes

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I think all who post on the Daily Diary are interesting. You guys are better writers. No Stars has had me truly laughing out loud. She could write a book about caring for her "Tiny Nineties".

We all have interesting lives. I sometimes tell the same stories to different people and it truly bores my husband. He doesn't want to hear about our uncle pretending to pull a long hair out of his bald head. There are now a dozen old people who were there and love to tell it. None of the five adults who were there are still alive. My Grandma used to say, "I'm tired of hearing about your uncles foolishness."

I have enjoyed listening to countless old people tell their stories. Now I'm an old lady with stories. 

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Another Medical Personnel Pool alumna here also. Long time ago, just did some very infreq staffing and PD. Just little supplemental income.

Does anyone else have problems ripping open those bags that say 'for easy opening, tear here along the line'? And those individually cellophane wrapped bags. Like the cake mix/cereal boxes or indiv candies (like LifeSavers)?  And those bottles/cartons/jars that have an inner foil seal. I am having unbelievable problems opening things! I carry scissor shears, a pointy steak knife and hemostats in my walker caddy apron pocket just to open things!

NSIME - I think Nannie gives new meaning to 'double padded'. I do understand why she might be doing it. The #6 pad gave it away. She just keeps putting on more layers to absorb any leakage. Easier than freq stripping  down. Suggestion - maybe you could just hide some of her surplus undies & pullups/pads? Just ration them out.

Taking about music - have y'all seen that TV commercial where 2 young teens are playing drums & guitar while Dad sits there with headphones on. He's listening to Shubert's Ave Maria, one of my favs.

And it's official! I heard the first cricket tonite. I think it was a cricket that I saw in my bathroom earlier today. I HATE CRICKETS!

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