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Morning

Good day yesterday.  Met with J for dinner for the  first time in nearly 2 weeks.  Went to one of our usual places

Choir practice ran long.  We're doing pretty good I think.  We rang long as we were practicing with our newly reconstituted bell choir...well, only 2 people actually.  They're having issues with the long disused handbells, which are in need of tuning and/or repair.  Will be interesting to see how we will manage this with a week a half until Easter

No grocery shopping today, did that Tues due to rain/storms today.  Just some exercise indoors.  Bunch of people out at work today for a conference, hope things don't get too busy.  

At least the weather will be warmer, in the 60s I think, up from the 40s yesterday

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Good morning!

Just got to work, as today is my late day.  Lowe's delivered my new front door this AM, which will be installed on Saturday.  It will be good to have a door that doesn't require Herculean strength to close properly.  Other than that, nothing going on.

I've been enjoying Tweety's pictures from Japan on FB.  It's cold there!

Hope all have a good day.

 

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Good MORNING!!!

I can't believe I am here so early in the day! Ozzie wouldn't let me hit the snooze button more than twice, so I HAD to get up. They are over at their new groomer and I will get a call to pick them up around noontime. I had to call the groomer and tell her, "No bandanas, and don't tighten their harnesses." They don't pull or lurch around much; they never wore even a collar, never mind a harness, before we moved here. "We" (dogs'n'me) like for me to be able to get my fingers underneath the harness straps to scratch them and when the harness is tight, it's difficult to do that and you end up scratching areas around the strap instead ... not at all satisfactory!

Hubby is up, outside drinking his coffee and watching the birds at the feeders. Nannie? Long may she sleep! Til noon if possible!

Yesterday I found a small rattan table to put beside her bed, and a table lamp to go on it; she was 'thrilled' by the way it looked, and that she won't have to creep around her room in the dark, trying to locate the string for the ceiling light. Later today I will be getting her those non-skid socks to wear, rather than her being in those dern slippery nylon-polyester things she wears to bed. That will help some, too, because 1.) she 'forgets' to put the slippers on, and 2.) the soles of the slippers she has, haven't retained their non-skid properties. Slight problem with that is she takes a size 5 shoe, so I'll have to scout out kid's footwear to replace the old slippers.

She's one of those that saves things far past their useful life ... like emery-boards with no more filing ability due to extreme overuse. I also tossed 4 pair of holey undies, and socks w/ holes in the toes, last week, and she doesn't even miss them.

One of these days we are going to take all her hung-up clothes off the closet rod, and go through them. She has beau-coup size 16's that no longer fit her due to weight gain from chowing down. I doubt she'll ever see size 16 again, as some of her 18's are pretty tight as well. She has a pair of white capri's that truly the essence of the word 'threadbare', and another pair with the crotch seam split about 8", which I have re-sewn twice already. 

In prep for more consistent use of the walker, hubby and I will be clearing space in her room ... like all the 8 or so good-sized bags and boxes stuffed with 'nice' romance novels, and the huge rubbermaid tubs that contain craft things, photos, and a bunch of etc that is probably not worth saving, BUT! They will be stored elsewhere.

I have to go talk w/ hubby, as he is tapping on the window for me to come outside...

Later!

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Good morning!

40% chance of rain today. 

I'll be attending a presentation by our social worker, "Advance Directive Workshop", today at 3 p.m.  

I'm not working today (our census is still zero).  Might get out this morning and walk the fall's loop.  I need some exercise. 

Spent some time with my mother-in-law late yesterday.  She's having a terrible time with tremors.  She woke up at 04 yesterday with her tremors so much worse.  Her appt with the neuro isn't until the 4/22.  I wish we could push it up.  They have her on a list in case of cancellations. 

I need a 2nd cup of coffee to clear the cobwebs and then I'll see how the weather is holding and take that walk. Enjoy your day!

 I've linked y'all there before but there are newbies here at times so:  

 

https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=455

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PS: Among other un-necessarily 'saved' items? Yes, bread twist-ties, dried out rubber bands, faded and ugly old Christmas decorations that will never be put up again. And then there were things we ditched without permission, like the 73 used plastic trays for microwaved foods, the kind that says on the box to NOT re-use those plastic trays! Soon will be scraping out all the out-dated and/or almost used-up but not used at all now, of various tubes and bottles of ointments and creams and OTC meds from the medicine cabinet and on shelves in the linen closet. There are top shelves in kitchen cabinets which contain stacks of paper needing to be shredded. A set of 24 glasses she never uses take up one whole shelf; pots and pans, some w/o handles, some w/o lids, and food storage containers that are warped and stained and have that nasty greasy feel of age-old tupperware. 

If we don't get the new shed soon, I will be secretly winnowing out much of Nannie's STUFF that even Fred Sanford couldn't sell. I am in a mood to get'r'done right now, and THAT'S a rare day in April, so I will use up that energy inside the house. If the weather would stay dry long enough for the shed-delivery truck to NOT sink into or tear up the lawn, we could go ahead and get moving with that, but Mother Nature has her own ideas.

La-dee-dah, La-dee-dah...

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Good morning.

Slept awful last night. I had terrible dreams, such as driving up a bridge ramp, only to find no bridge.

I would wake up, fall back to sleep, and have another bad dream.

No idea why.

The cleaning woman pulled her back, and called off. She only comes every two weeks, so I will need to do some cleaning.

Such a drag.

Yesterday, was the first time that I called Talli in the field and he walked over to me, and shooed another horse away.

It was the first time he acknowledged a link between us.

On the other hand, none of the horses in Biggie's field wanted to come in yesterday. 

Only Biggie came when called.

And he rubbed his head all over me!

Ah, my boy!

Dianah, isn't your friend concerned about how weak his bones are?

I had a patient a few weeks ago, Stars, the one with a big dressing change, who is a hoarder.

Her place was so stuffed with junk, that EMS couldn't bring in a stretcher. They had to DRAG her out of house, on the floor!

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Well step-Mom will only take a few sips of Boost or water. She won't get out of bed. She allowed us to clean her after a BM, but refused a full bath. She sleeps almost all the time. Her word is now, "No!". 

Sister and head caregiver cried a lot yesterday. Finally my sister, who is not a nurse, said, "It is what it is." 

I'm glad we agreed to hospice because she is probably comfortable. Sunday she had pain from a full bladder. They called the hospice and they sent an LVN to place a Foley catheter. She said, "Feels better."

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Good morning all!

Nel, I had wondered that about friend's bones too.  He is probably close to 40, very active (works as a painter/wallpaperer, renovating hotels, so hundreds of rooms at a time!)…  Will have to play Mama/nurse and question him and delve into this.

I guess I finally got to sleep, after 1:30 or so, and woke up to alarm at 7.  Slept a little more than that but woke up to the phone, and it was the company that does a mobile wash/gel coat of the RV.  They are able to fit us in this morning, now I need to get the cash together to pay them when they are done.  As I told dh, it's an investment in the RV, he agrees.  Just seems like lately we are shelling out cash right and left for various things...  but I suppose that is life!

Just had breaky, and have to finish a shopping list I started last night, and pack.  Leaving time is up in the air, which is OK with both of us, dh still recovering from his cold (he was coughing a lot last night).  He needs to put water in the RV, so we can have showers (VERY important!!).  We bring gallons of water for drinking, rather than using the motorhome plumbing, as it saves (in our opinion) wasting lots of water to sanitize the system each time (fill it up, add bleach, let it sit, drain it, fill it up, drain it, fill it up, drain it. etc)

Joe, I'm sure your church appreciates having well-rehearsed music for its services!  Especially "high" services, like Easter and Christmas.

BC, hope work goes well.  Cool, new door!!

Nel, good to read that Talli is starting to recognize you and respond. 🙂  Sorry your cleaning lady called off, bummer!  Also, sorry you had a restless sleep.  No fun.

Hiya Steph!

No Stars, agree: take advantage of that "gotta clean/sort!!" energy!

Better get to it!  Have a good day!

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18 minutes ago, herring_RN said:

Well step-Mom will only take a few sips of Boost or water. She won't get out of bed. She allowed us to clean her after a BM, but refused a full bath. She sleeps almost all the time. Her word is now, "No!". 

Sister and head caregiver cried a lot yesterday. Finally my sister, who is not a nurse, said, "It is what it is." 

I'm glad we agreed to hospice because she is probably comfortable. Sunday she had pain from a full bladder. They called the hospice and they sent an LVN to place a Foley catheter. She said, "Feels better."

I'm glad you have hospice too.  But I'm biased.  ❤️

Oh Stars . . . hoarders!  We have a family member who is a hoarder and I've had more than one hospice family who hoard as well.  Sometimes that makes it difficult to get a hospital bed in the home.  And let's not forget we have to assess for home safety.  Such a challenge. 

I'm still sitting here . . . 🤔

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I didn't realize that step-mom had entered hospice care, herring.

It seems as though she is at peace.

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herring, sounds like she has decided what she wants.  Yes, good she has hospice.

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Sisters and I decided after her birthday party when all she ate that day was one bite of birthday cheesecake. Her favorite.

She was polite, but didn't focus, and clearly was not enjoying herself. She had been saying, "I hate my life."

We hoped she would get help from the psychiatric social worker, but she refused to talk with her. She refused the activities lady. After her birthday she only walked, with help, to the bathroom Starting last Sunday she refused to get up and all. 

The power of attorney she typed almost 20 years ago stated, "If I am physically or mentally unable to enjoy life I want no life support, no feeding tubes or artificial ventilation, and no CPR." After a long discussion I accepted tht responsibility. I am glad she did that. It is sad, and we tried all we could  to help her. All she wants to do is sleep.

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