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Sunday February 3, 2019

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Good Morning!  

My heat came on just now (have it set for 74) so it's a bit chilly but promises to be another lovely warm day.  

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Was editing my post and evidently took too long.  Here's my contribution to the thread.

Stars, glad things with Nannie are going okay without a lot of drama, but the usual.  Glad you husband is enjoying the respite and hopefully you guys can arrange things yourself.

Had a fitful night of sleep but having coffee and clearing my head a bit.  Want to get some exercise today and snap myself out of a funk I've been in for a few days.  Want to cook something as well and hopefully go to yoga.

The play I saw last night was good.  It was called "Perfect Arrangement" and had the serious topic of gay people in 1951 who had marriages of convenience during the times when they could go to jail, lose jobs, etc.  It also had some comic relief thrown in so it wasn't completely depressing.  Very well done.  Makes me glad to be in these current times and thankful for those who came before.  

My heat came on just now (have it set for 74) so it's a bit chilly but promises to be another lovely warm day.  

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Morning Tweety.  Hope you feel better

Yesterday was very productive, got cooking and laundry and exercise done.  Met with dad for lunch.  In April he's going to take me, my sister, BIL, and nephew to see Hamilton.  Should be interesting

Was tired this morning for some reason even though I woke up later than usual

No choir practice today, so I can go to church an hour later than usual.  Meeting J for brunch afterwards

In the 40s today and yesterday, so quite wet with all of the snow melting

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Hi Tweety and Joe.

Truly we have improved regarding bigotry, but need to continue getting better.

When I was a kid strangers could yell racial slurs and children and adults with no one disagreeing.

Step-Mom lived with a woman for MANY years. After they broke up and sold their house step-Mom bought a condo where my Dad still lived after our Mom died. Those ladies had executive jobs and wore dresses and lipstick to avoid suspicion. I answered the phone when she called while I was caring for my Daddy before he died. When she found out I was staying there 24/7 she described step-Mom's most annoying behaviors exactly. I'm pretty sure she was the only person who understood what I was going through. (Example: She told be not to sit near my Dad and read, but to do something useful. Step-Mom told me to address Christmas cards and put stamps on the envelopes. Then she firmly told me to stop because my handwriting was awful and some of the stamps were a bit crooked. Step-Mom was 46 and I was 46 when they married. Dad died 18 years later.

She had wonderful kind friends who lived as sisters. (Example of kindness: they made sure to visit my grandmother in the nursing home on days my Dad and step-Mom, my sisters, or I could not visit. One tweezed my grandmother's facial hair.) They lived near one's mother, who cared for her developmentally disabled sister. The mother called them her daughters, but only had pictures and memories of one. Beginning at age 18, when they met in college and stayed together into their seventies the pictures and memories were of three daughters, not two.  They were out with our family.  They were also conservative Republicans and both looked butch. Them, the mother, and sister chain-smokes. All died in their seventies of lung cancer. The sister died younger, maybe because she never worked and could light on cigarette after the other. She couldn't dress herself, but could smoke. Step-Mom never smoked and made them go outside to smoke.

ANYWAY, There have been good changes, with a long was still to go. (Remember Virginia Slims commercials?) 

Another rainy day today. We need it. I plan to go to the gym. I like how there are so few people there during the Super Bowl. Husband told the other old men at the lodge he is for the Patriots just for the teasing.

 

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Good morning all!

No Stars, hopefully your dh will make good on his observation that time away from Nannie is DA BOMB, and help arrange for same for you!  Good he has some respite.  I hope today is tolerable for you.

Ted, congrats on getting the coffee into the coffee pot, and from there into your mug to sip! 😄

Good the Heart Healthy program went well!  (I had no doubt it would)

Tweety, the play sounds good.  I like most programs/plays that contain an element of comic relief.  It is currently 53 degrees out (yes our heater is ON!) and cloudy.

Speaking of weather (and I will speak of yesterday as well!), yesterday we helped with music in the morning, went home to let the pup out and change clothes.  Then left at noon and drove an hour IN THE RAIN THE WHOLE WAY, to Yucca Valley.   We crossed many flooded areas, the desert dirt being washed in a mini-river across the asphalt, great sprays of brown water being thrown in the air by the wheels.

Had a good visit and jam session (practice, but we aren't calling it that) with our friend C.  All the while it RAINED! 

Left there at 4:30 and drove IN THE RAIN another hour to Indio, to the venue, 2 hr early.  Found a restaurant and had dinner, then headed back to the venue, in a clubhouse of a gated seniors community.

Met up with our friends to visit, bought some of the CDs for sale, and went in to enjoy the concert.

John Sebastian opened for Maria.  He is a singer-songwriter formerly of The Lovin' Spoonful.  He did a solo show (him and his guitar) and by golly, I  knew EVERY ONE of the songs from the Spoonful days!!  😂!  Dh did not know ONE of them.  Poor thing.  Turns out Sebastian also wrote theme songs, most notably for the Care Bears and for the Welcome Back Kotter series.  Yes, his voice is showing the effects of age (he is 74 now) but he did a good show.  And many of the seniors attending the show (about 400 there) sang along or moved to the rhythm in some way. 🙂

Maria Muldaur put on a good show with her (what she calls) Blues-iana band: Shawn on electric guitar, a drummer who also sang backup, and a keyboardist (who played bass part with his left hand -- had the instrument rigged so it would sound like an electric bass).  Dh  and I checked out the setup after the concert (they used Shure microphones, except one of the band used their own Audix.  A rental company provided the sound equipment.  I think I might have preferred a different microphone for Ms. Muldaur...) 

Her voice is still wide-ranging and she has a great sense of pitch.  Sings very blues-y, and some of it, I'm sure, was improv.  She did a little jazz but mostly blues.  Did Midnight in the Oasis, which while it stayed at the top of the charts the most, of all her songs (and she has done 41 Albums, through the years!!), the most-requested song is her Grammy-nominated (this year!!) Don't You Feel My Leg.   That one was her closing song for the concert. 🙂 

The concert was to be from 7-9, and she went over by 20 min or so.  At one point she said,

We drove an hour home, and it only sprinkled lightly. 

Slept in this morning!  I need to do some chores today, and get ready for the work week. 

Y'all have a good one!

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Good afternoon, Tweety, Joe, Herring and Dianah,

Tweety and Herring,  I'm glad you saw a show you enjoyed. You are so right about all homosexuals being stereotyped and ostracized, I too am glad things have improved for you.

 It has warmed up here in the east substantially too. My caregiver took me to church today. When we arrived, I was wearing a jacket, but when we left, I was wearing just my t-shirt and slacks. The roads are also wet from the warmth, and it felt very good after the deep freeze we were in.

Dianah, did you experience any of the muddy water that flowed down the mountains where you live? That looked like such a horrible experience for all of the people who went through it. 

I had no idea you were in a band. Have you been in it long? What type of instrument do you play? I'm just a curious type of person. 

I have lived alone since my youngest daughter left home. She was 21 years old then, and I now have 6 grandchildren and both of my daughters and sons-in-law with all 6 of my grandchildren now live in the same area, and I love it.

I hope each one of you has a great rest of the day.

Fran

 

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Dianah: How great! I've been a Loooong time fan of Maria, starting when she was Maria D'Mato, the Kweskin band, And John Sebastian with or without the Lovin' Spoonful. 

Because of you I found out that Jim Kweskin will be performing this coming weekend with a different Jug Band and I have a ticket. I plan to attend the 8:00 pm show next Friday. Husband does not want to. Since a sold out ten PM show follows I can get home before he worries. (When he was younger he was too busy to worry.) I intend to have a great time!

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An Evening of Jug Band Music:  JIM KWESKIN WITH CLINT DAVIS & HIS JUG BAND https://www.mccabes.com/concerts/ 

 

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Fran, nice to see you here!

Our youngest son married a year and a half ago (had moved out long before they got married), and our oldest son moved to his own place about a year ago.

So now it's just dh and I in the house, with the many felines and one little part-Chihuahua, part-Pomeranian pup (who is now 5 yr old).

We are in a gospel band whose current iteration is: Dh plays banjo, I play guitar and sing, a fiddler, K, who also sings, and a man who plays upright bass and also sings.  We do mainly old hymns, the classics from the hymnals as well as traditional gospel music.  Our bass player, E, owns his own recording studio (makes his living doing this).  He is often flown back to Nashville to work on different projects. 

We did drive through many "rivers" of water and mud flowing across the highway we drove to get to the "high desert," as it is called.  Was quite an adventure!

 

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Just now, herring_RN said:

Dianah: How great! I've been a Loooong time fan of Maria, starting when she was Maria D'Mato, the Kweskin band, And John Sebastian with or without the Lovin' Spoonful. 

Because of you I found out that Jim Kweskin will be performing this coming weekend with a different Jug Band and I have a ticket. I plan to attend the 8:00 pm show next Friday. Husband does not want to. Since a sold out ten PM show follows I can get home before he worries. (When he was younger he was too busy to worry.) I intend to have a great time!

 

Our friends, M and S, -- M used to work at McCabe's, THE music store in Los Angeles -- which is where your concert is!!   M heard Maria many years ago (probably 30+) there at McCabe's.   M brought a few vinyl albums to show us, and one was Maria with a Jug Band!

How exciting to look forward to that concert!!  Looking forward to hearing about it!

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Hello all.

I could not live in a space with the heat turned up to 74 degrees, Tweety.

Even during the recent Polar Vortex, the highest my heat was turned up to was 65 degrees.

It is 67 degrees in the Blue Grass.

The ground is mud, again.

It will rain tomorrow. Oh, yuck.

Work is okay this weekend.

I have one patient, who is just a sad situation. She is 55, with a lovely family, and breast cancer that has invaded her liver and spine.

Her husband is always at her bedside, helping with her care. 

I have another patient, who worked in the foreign service.

And another, who is kind of grumpy, but believes me to be an angel because we bonded over horses.

Turns out he loves horse racing, and he has wanted a pony, since he was a child.

He wanted to see pictures of Biggie and Talli, and asked a ton of questions about them.

He is no longer grumpy to ME!!!!

He told me I earned angel wings when I took in Talli.

I assured him I am as far from an angel as a human being can get!!!

Safe travels to all.

One more night!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hi Lil Nel!  Loved your description of your patients.  You may think your work is just hum-drum and routine, but you do touch ppl, whether you bond about horses or not.  Cool that the one formerly grumpy pt is excited about Talli and Biggie stories. 🙂 

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12 minutes ago, dianah said:

Hi Lil Nel!  Loved your description of your patients.  You may think your work is just hum-drum and routine, but you do touch ppl, whether you bond about horses or not.  Cool that the one formerly grumpy pt is excited about Talli and Biggie stories. 🙂 

Actually thought this gentleman was going to cry when he talked about wanting a pony since he was six.

He is now 61, and loves horses.

I felt guilty having two, since I didn't grow up wanting a horse, and mine literally fell into my lap.

As for my foreign service patient, he is sometimes pleasantly confused, but I can tell he is highly intelligent.

I asked him about work, and he told me about being stationed in Vietnam, the Philippines and Yemen.

His wife died 15 years ago. He told me he made financial plans for her because he assumed he would die first, but that didn't happen.

When my patient load isn't unbearable, I always like to talk to my patients and get to know them a bit.

But when you are assessing 11 patients, and set up with dressing changes that take 30 minutes or more, on multiple patients, it is impossible to engage people.

They are then nothing more than a task, and I identify them as such; abdominal wound, IV antibiotic, etc.

I really hate that aspect of nursing. And most nights, that is how it is.

It is unfortunate. 

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