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Morning

Was a fairly busy day yesterday.  After birdwatching in the morning came home for a bit then went to dad's

Was there about 3 or 4 hours.  Drove him to the bank to do some paperwork, then took him and the caregiver grocery shopping.  Then helped him choose a new smartphone online.  Then went over medications with him.  Then helped solve a problem with his internet. All of it took a bit longer than anticipated

Rest of the day was quiet, stopped at the store on the way home, then watched Stooges and Svengoolie

Today will attend church virtually, and also our coffee hour virtually if we have that this Sunday.  Will also do a little cooking and exercise later.  Will run a few errands too.  Altogether a quieter day than yesterday

Quite windy today with rain expected, so a good day to stay indoors

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Morning, Joe and all who stop by later.

Just finished raking leaves.  I noticed that some irises and tulips are coming up.  They must think that winter is over, as we had snow one week and mid-70's temperatures the next.  I hope this doesn't affect their blooming in the spring.  We had a cold night with a hard frost.  Now it's in the mid 40s.  There'll be no more beach days for a while, lol.

I'm on call this weekend and got a call from one of my patients this morning.  She has COPD, and was diagnosed with COVID on Wed.  She could only get out one word at a time and had to stop and rest between each word, which is not her baseline.  She also has diabetes.  I told her to get to the hospital.  Her whole household has Covid.  It really drives home how awful this virus is.  

Joe-Sounds like your Dad is well situated.  I have to say, I kind of like virtual religious services.  I try to attend the Friday night service for my synagogue.  It's broadcast from both the rabbi's and cantor's homes, and is pretty laid back.  It's funny to see their pets walk by, or stick their faces in the camera.  What are you going to cook today?

Tweety-I hope you're feeling better from your shot.  I felt a little tired after my first one, but fiance felt the same way you did.  I'm due for my second soon.  

NSIME-It's nice that your neighbors are helping out.  I guess the good you do comes back to help you. 

J22-Sorry your ankle is still not 100%.  I think an ankle sprain is one of the most annoying injuries.  Glad your hip is better, though.  How did you make the rice pack?  Do you just microwave it when you need it?

Amo-What's in the Crockpot today?

Ted-Hope all is well with you and Amy, and Bumfooty.

Hi Herring-hope you and husband are having a nice weekend.

Dianah-Are you playing anywhere this weekend?

I hope I didn't miss anyone.  Take care all, and be well.

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G'day!

BC, that's too bad about your patient, but struggling just to talk is a sure sign she needs to be monitored in a hospital.  

Joe, hope you have a relaxing day.

Amo, the Shingles vaccine I think is more effective in younger folks 50 to 70 and lasts only four or five years.  But my mother had it and was miserable, and with the recommendations from the CDC I decided to get it.  But since I got sick with both shots I might not again.  But will cross that bridge when I get there.

I did indeed get sick again yesterday afternoon, with fever and aches, but it passed after a long nap.  The nap ruined my sleep last night.  Pitiful aren't I.

Got a nice 7 mile walk in this morning.  The weather is very pleasant these days.  

Speaking of covid, no report for yesterday's numbers but the state lawmakers will not address covid this next week, as are other states all across the country.  All 50 states have seen an uptick in cases now.

Saw on Instagram a pic of three of my millennial coworkers at a club, with a live band, maskless, close together indoors with other people around,  having a good time like nothing is going on.  I think covid fatigue has set in for sure..  One of them swears she already had covid even with a negative test.  That's possible, but the other two have been testing negative.    That they are nurses, disappoints me.  I'm not sure what to think, the governor is quite clear on his mission to keep businesses open and adamant that young people should live their lives, but on the other hand they could bring it to patients or their parents and grandparents.  One of them had three family members, including her father who was hospitalized on bipap.  Sigh.......just musing out loud....

Nothing much else going on.  Hope to go to the gym and lift some as I haven't done that in about a week.

 

Edited by Tweety

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Good morning all!

I made soup yesterday, a cauliflower-cheese soup.  It was OK, will probably not make it again.  Maybe next will be a cabbage-veggie soup. 

Oh, and I made gingerbread.  It would have made great gingerbread men, when rolled out!  But I pressed it into a 9X13 pan and baked it.  We are enjoying it today!  It didn't turn out real sweet, which was nice.  We miss the gingerbread men we got at Disneyland this time of year, so my taste buds were all ready for it!  Was an easy recipe too.

Dh wrenched his neck somehow, and it has been spasming.  We found his hard c-collar (from his neck surgery some 8 yr ago) and he wore that for a bit in the evening, after taking two Naproxen.  He says it is better today (took one Naproxen earlier).  Hopefully it will settle down.

Joe, you were quite busy with your dad, got a lot done!  How is he looking and feeling?

BC, hope your patient got to the hospital pronto.  Very worrisome. 

And Tweety, wow, can't even fathom ppl being without masks, let alone congregating as such!  I saw FB video posted yesterday of a memorial service, held in a neighboring state, for one of the bluegrass ppl (death due to cancer, not Covid).  The clip was of the memorial jam,* where half a dozen musicians were jamming, while other ppl visited at nearby tables set up for potluck.  Even THAT was off-putting, to me.  Only one person was wearing a mask, that I saw.  It really is concerning, especially with vast reported upticks. 

(* usually at a memorial service a jam is held, and ppl just play as per a 'regular' jam, but it's in memory of the deceased picker.  Some of the person's favorite jam songs may be done, and memories shared.)

I have a few things to do today, but mostly will relax at home, in preparation for next week's work. 

Ah, here's the recipe:

Gingerbread Cookie Bars                                       350 degrees, 15-20min

Cream together:

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup molasses

1/2 tsp vanilla

Then add one egg and stir it in well. 

Combine dry ingredients:

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

and add dry ingredients to creamed mixture.  Combine well.

Grease 9 X 13 inch pan, and press dough evenly into pan.  Bake as indicated: 350 degrees for 15-20 min.  Cut into bars to serve.

Optional frosting: (I didn't do this)

Cream 8 oz cream cheese (room temperature), 1/2 cup butter (room temperature), 2 cups powdered sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla, and spread on top of cooled gingerbread bars.

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BC it's a lentil soup that I've made before, this time with sweet potatoes instead of carrots.  Which came out a bit mushy

Dianah dad is doing well, currently he's looking at medical alert systems and trying to decide if the caregiver should stay another week

 

 

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Joe: Seems like you has a nice busy day. 

BCgradnurse: Husband and I talked all day. We sat in the sun in the back yard talking about when we were kids, and when we were raising kids. We argued too, but laughed at ourselves at the silly disagreements like my great aunt and uncle had.

Once he was telling husband about the day they decided to move to California. He said, "It was on a Wednesday when this old boy put his left knee on a stump, his left hand on his knee. and told us about Southern California."

She said, "You're wrong about that, Buster!" (not his name) It was Tuesday and it was his right knee!"

So when we began to argue about silly details we call out, "Aunt Lee and Uncle Euell!".

Dianah: Good Idea. I think I'll sauté shredded cabbage and onions in butter for husband and mage soup for myself. I like cubed zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, onions, and a can of stewed tomatoes and one of white kidney beans. He dislikes canned stewed tomatoes. 

I like "Aspercrème" on a stiff sore neck. Then take ibuprofen if needed.

Glad you feel better, Tweety. Very sorry those nurses did that.

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Hey-ho...

We've got a very overcast day without any rain; it is 72 degrees and very, VERY windy. That aggravates MiL because she keeps thinking there shouldn't be any more leaves falling, and every time an area gets cleaned off, by the next day it is overloaded with leaves again. Can't fight Mother Nature, Nannie.

I did more grocery shopping today. Nannie: "Why do we need so many groceries? Didn't she just go last week?" Hubby said, "Yes, and we ate all week, too. It's not like she bought a bunch of things we don't eat!" We'll be doing left-overs tonight, another day i can make meatloaf and roasted potatoes, then a few days after that a chicken casserole. Also got stuff for my "famous" mac and cheese with 4 kinds of cheeses, and for hubby, I add diced ham, instead of his bless'd bacon bits. He always asks, "Can you put bacon bits in it?" Or with other dishes, "What about adding cheese?" I tell him that AFTER I'm through cooking and it is on his plate, he can add anything to it that he wants to.

Anyway,  I am now NOT averse to alternating cooking suppers with him for some afternoons. It gives hubby a break from cooking all the time, and running through his menu items, which secretly I am quite tired of after these last 2 & 1/2 years. Casseroles are so easy-peasy and they can use a wide variety of just any ol' ingredients you want. There was a recipe I used to make, I know I mentioned it before. It's called Skid Row Stroganoff, from Peg Bracken's first "I Hate To Cook" book. It LOOKS ghastly, a lumpy grayish-brown concoction, but tastes good (if you are a meat-eater!). Anyway, enough about food! 

HUBBY gets to go to the pharmacy tomorrow!!!! There is no way we can all get all of our med refills and changes to coordinate, hence the frequent trips. I'd just rather he'd not go out too often because of all the spikes with COVID going on and his pre-existing not-the-very-best health conditions.

I emailed my PCP yesterday to ask him to call in a prescription for another 10 mg of my Paxil. Things are just so depressing here, but I don't want to change my antidepressant, and I DON'T want to increase my PRN Xanax. Emotionally and mentally I am sometimes teetering right on the edge. Paxil has worked really well for me, and under NORMAL circumstances I wouldn't ask to bump up the dose, but given that we are going to be faced with a  long winter with that oppressive COVID cramping everyone's options, I'd  just really like not to go berserk. So, I believe he will agree to that. He thinks I am very smart (tee-hee-hee). I told him my last PCP didn't think I was much of a diagnostician, but he said he didn't think I was diagnosing so much as merely speaking from experience. So I told him that I thought HE was very smart to discern that! 😊

Anyway, blah, blah, and blah, as usual. Glad to read y'all and hear that some things are improving. 

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Hi, sitting here watching my football team lose and working on the NY Times crossword puzzle. For the first time in a long time, I did not ride down to breakfast as it was raining and I dislike sitting in wet clothes. Perhaps I will go this afternoon, if the roads dry off a bit. I finished cleaning up the area just inside our front door, where I spilled dh's coke last night. We had gotten groceries, then picked up tacos for dinner. I foolishly tried to carry the food, his drink and a bag of groceries. Just as I got in the door, the drink slipped from my hand and sploosh, soda everywhere. I mopped it up with a bath towel at the time, but this morning I got a bucket of soapy water and washed down the walls and floor. Luckily, it's just slate on the floor. 

My S-I-L made my "rice sock". It's just a sock with a tight knit, filled with dry rice and knotted. I microwave it so that is comfortably warm  and lay it next to my hip. I have a smaller one that I made from muslim that I can wrap around my neck. You can re-nuke it over and over again. I learned  to do this from a PT or OT after one of my various overuse injuries. And I continue my hip stretching and glute strengthening that was recommended. 

Stars, if its not too expensive, can you order 3 months of meds at a time? My new doc has done that for most of mine, and dh's has as well and it really cuts down on pharm runs. 

 Our governor has called for restaurants to close for indoor dining, starting in 2 days. Our rates are lower than many states, but I think that is because we have had a mask mandate since April. 500 nurses in the Seattle area signed a public letter pleading for Washingtonians to do what they could to prevent the hospitals from being overrun. 

 

 

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Florida nurses enjoying a concert at an indoor bar and Washington nurses signing a petition for a lockdown.  Washington locking down, Florida deciding not to even bring the issue up for the next seven days.  Average rate of positivity according to John Hopkins for prior 7 days:  Washington 7.3%, Florida 8.3%.  Both rates of which require stricter measures.

Interesting.

For maintenance meds, of which I have none, we are required by our prescription plan from our new employer to get three months at a time, no choice.  But there is also the option to have them mailed to you, so no pharmacy runs necessary.

I had a generally dull day.  I cleaned up my dining room from stuff I had laid there months ago that started to pile up.  Threw most of it away.  I also the closet in my spare bedroom that I use for an "office" and rearranged some of my CD collection.  

I did make it to the gym.  I managed to not take a nap so hopefully sleep will be better tonight.  I'm in good spirits not having to work and happy to as Sabby would say "potter about".

 

 

 

 

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j22 - I've also known that dried beans can make a 'bean sock'. A 'rice sock' would be easier to lay on, but a 'bean sock' would work just as well to just plop on top/next to a spot.

I order most of my routine meds thru the 90 days mail order insurance program. It's fine unless you start to run low and then then service screws up your order. You start WAITING for the mailman for your meds.

I've been doing it for several years now with no problems. But past 3 months, I've had big delays with deliveries. I even had to get my oncologist to 'emergency order' a 7 day carry over supply.  I don't know if my CVS Caremark Service is just having an unusual fluke time or what.

stars - have you ever tried pork roll instead of bacon? Love it & it would be a nice sub for bacon. Is it avail in your area?

Joe - does your Dad have a home security system that a monitoring service could be a 'companion service' add-on, like mine thru ADT? For what this is worth, I am very satisfied with my ADT - it's done what it was supp to.

Am annoyed right now. TV cable went out. I always have TV on. It's like 'white noise' for me and I feel so 'lost' without it, esp as I go to bed. Comcast said it should back soon.

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Good Grief! I am 71 years old and I have never heard of "pork roll"? 

And it's not something on a Chinese restaurant menu? I don't even know if it's available, because, unless it's a pork roast, I've never seen any. This is a first for me! 

HUH!

Please be-splain it to me ... is there a Brand? Whatever I need to know, tell!

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9 hours ago, amoLucia said:

j22 - I've also known that dried beans can make a 'bean sock'. A 'rice sock' would be easier to lay on, but a 'bean sock' would work just as well to just plop on top/next to a spot.

I order most of my routine meds thru the 90 days mail order insurance program. It's fine unless you start to run low and then then service screws up your order. You start WAITING for the mailman for your meds.

I've been doing it for several years now with no problems. But past 3 months, I've had big delays with deliveries. I even had to get my oncologist to 'emergency order' a 7 day carry over supply.  I don't know if my CVS Caremark Service is just having an unusual fluke time or what.

stars - have you ever tried pork roll instead of bacon? Love it & it would be a nice sub for bacon. Is it avail in your area?

Joe - does your Dad have a home security system that a monitoring service could be a 'companion service' add-on, like mine thru ADT? For what this is worth, I am very satisfied with my ADT - it's done what it was supp to.

Am annoyed right now. TV cable went out. I always have TV on. It's like 'white noise' for me and I feel so 'lost' without it, esp as I go to bed. Comcast said it should back soon.

He currently doesn't have a security system, so he's looking at stand alone systems

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