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Morning

Another sort of crazy day at work.  Not quite as bad as yesterday, but more stuff to do before the end of the month.  Going to make things tricky, will have to plan carefully and put off what can be put off in order to get everything done

Exercise and grocery shopping after work.  Annoyed that Trader Joes was out of red lentils.  It seems that they're having more issues recently with stuff being out of stock. Might check again after work today.

After work tonight have the first meeting of the church bell choir, will be interesting to see who is there and what the plans are.  And what condition the bells are in, I know they're fairly old and some are in need of repair.  Still have no idea when the choir will sing again

Temperatures will be down to the 50s today, and should stay there into the forseeable future

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Good Morning -

Hi Joe! I hope all goes well with the Bell Choir. During my "Boston Years", I was involved with a bell choir for a local church. We did this one piece titled, "Company at the Creche" (words by Benjamin Britten, music by Daniel Pinkham, sung by a woman's choir and harp. It's a gorgeous set of compositions! When you get the chance, you can look it up and hear it on YouTube.

Today. . . It's the last day of my 21-day vacation/stay-cation.  I'm looking outside my studio window and it looks to be another lovely fall day.

Yesterday, Amy and I ventured to the top of Mount Greylock. The weather was perfect for picture-taking and videography. (Below are a few of the photos that I took.) Amy faired well, but she was happy to return home and rest.

Not sure what I'm going to do today. Certainly will make some time to enjoy the lovely fall weather.

Hope all have a nice day. Enjoy the photos.

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herring_RN - Sad to read about your husband's driving restrictions. It's a big deal. I hope that your husband remains active. Those scooters help with getting around, for sure.

nursej22 - Hope work is kind to you today. I can appreciate your M-I-L being spooked. There's a small outbreak of Covid-19 associated with two area hospitals, involving staff and patients. (Ugh!)

amoLucia - Hope you're able to get your best red slippy-sock from the vacuum cleaner. (Ugh!) (I have my favorite pairs of socks, too. They're comfy, especially during the cold of winter.)

NSIME - It's nice to read that your hubby received encouraging words regarding his lungs from the MD. Hope your hubby can stop smoking someday. Seems like the day for Nanny, yesterday, was fairly uneventful. That's good. Regarding our dogs. . . they are our precious family members. Hope Ozzie continues to do well as can be.

dianah - Hope you're well. I enjoy the punning around we do on FB! 

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Sleepy Peepers this noon-time. I had the alarm set for 10:30 AM, but I don't know how long it was ringing before i 'noticed ' it. I say noticed, because I was on my right side, which has my 'good' ear in the pillow. When I rolled over onto my left side, I heard the alarm in the 'shriek' mode, and thought, like, "WTH is THAT??" (get-up-get-up-get-up-getupgetupgetupGETUPGETUPGETUP!)

Neighbor has finished the driveway cleaning, but Nannie said "I thought he cleaned the driveway?!" There were tire tracks where there had been mud in the tire treads; it had dried and was just a light sprinkling of dirt (but a forensic expert could've identified the make of the tire.) I told her if it bothered her, it could be SWEPT, but not by me! I guess she expects things to stay pristine. When he blew the leaves off the back patio, got through with that and left, then a big breeze came along and clouds of leaves leapt from the tree branches onto the patio....which, of course Nannie complained about. I said, "Nannie, in autumn, the leaves leaving the trees is why they call it FALL." (duh!) Last night when she griped about the leaves, I suggested to hubby (out of her hearing, of course) that we might get some butterfly nets and run around catching the leaves before they dared to hit the ground. Wouldn't THAT be a sight???

Hubby has gone for his cat-scan. He MIGHT be back before Nannie's hair appt. but I may have to make her some lunch before the appt which isn't until 2:30 PM. "Will we be leaving around 2 PM?" she asked. It takes LESS than 10 minutes to get there, and even if we were 5 minutes late we would still have to wait because she is always behind.

So, she's had her peanut-butter and banana sandwich, potato chips, choc. pudding, and diet Mtn Dew (blick-ick!) for lunch, per her request, and now she's gone out to walk the driveway ... ie: inspect the yardwork that's been done. She will come in and tell me what looks nice and what needs doing, as in: "The (whatever) hasn't been done, or is still (whatever)..."  I mean, yipes, Nannie ya can't have everything done simultaneously; he's just one man! No offense to people who do yard-work, flowers, planting, mowing, trimming, etc, but it seems soooooo boring (to me, here) to have such lengthy and detailed discussions about it. Now she is saying that the falling-down back deck needs to be taken down and a new one be put up. Yeah, well, talk to my hubby about it, and be prepared to PAY for it.

Christmas Day! (one of my substitutions* for a swear-word or expression) If Nannie was a "boss" at a real job, I'd quit! Fortunately, the neighbor doing the yard work deals w/ my hubby.

* other 'cussing' substitutions: "Chocolate-Fudge-Ripple!", and the good old standby, "For cryin' out loud!" and "God bless America!"...the last one being all in the tone, emphasis, and delivery. I guess it's not a swear word, but an exclamation of exasperation.

Well, Nannie's getting antsy. Time to leave for her hair appt.

See yez later!

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Hi. We are having one more nice day of cool, sunny weather and then the rain is supposed to move in. I stopped to see one of our very nice patients and she gave me a houseplant! And then I had another patient stop by the office to pick up her med refill. This is the part of my job I enjoy: seeing and interacting with real people. It seems to me that many of my coworkers almost resent seeing patients and would rather pour over data and discuss what we are going to do as a department to improve the communities health. I do get frustrated with so many work groups and coalitions and committees that do tons of planning that seldom seems to come to fruition. I guess I'm just not a big picture person. 

Cussing substitutions can be a lot of fun. A few years ago a TV commercial for insurance, I think, had a fellow go airborne in his vehicle and he shouted "Mother of Pearl", which I picked up for a while. Cheese and Crackers was another favorite. Since I'm not around people that much anymore, my language has admittedly gotten coarser. The term for a male mule seems to slip out rather frequently. 

Thank you for the music suggestion and the photos, Ted. I'll bet Amy did not attempt her schtick of crawling up over a ledge! 

Joe, we continue to have intermittent out of stock issues around here. I haven't tried to go into Trader Joe's lately because the lines to get in are quite long. I hope your day is smooth and not too hectic.  

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The pix you guys have been posting are just so gorgeous!

Stars - you do know that Mt Dew has more caffeine per can than Pepsi or Coke? And if you drink it fast (and with a straw), you can catch a nice buzz! Might Nan be sensitive to caffeine? And 'buzz' more after her soda? I've pretty much given up caffeine as it causes my rosacea to FLARE!

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Hubby was expecting to hear his scan results in 2 days, and after he'd gotten home, the P.A. called him and said his lung-doctor was VERY impressed with the results...just a few nodules that weren't worrisome, and he'd see hubby again in one year! Whaddya know!

I think, though, since hubby considers his 70 years to be a pretty advanced age, and the COPD and Emphysema will never improve, he isn't going to quit smoking altogether. I have urged him to at least cut back on the # per day he smokes, just to save a bit of money if nothing else. Quitting smoking is so hard, and he really enjoys smoking, and considers it to be a 'quality of life' issue, ie one he doesn't want to completely give up. (You can lead a horse to water...)  I don't think he's thought through the fact that if the lung diseases don't get any better, they CAN, quite conceivably, and DO  get WORSE. But, oh well. He's a big boy and I can't stand nagging at someone who I know has their mind set already... I do talk about things calmly and say what I want to say if I have to say it, but I let it go after that. Que' sera-sera.

At least the pulmonary doc is relatively sanguine about hubby's condition, so there ya have it.

Nanny got the haircut she wanted...no sideburns and really short in the back. The hairdresser didn't want to cut the little pixie-point sideburns off, but I said to just give her what she wants.

So, then when we get back, she's sitting in her recliner, touching her hair, and says, "Do you think it would hurt anything if I went out and walked?" (CHRISTMAS DAY! I sez to mahse'f:) "Nannie, you only got a haircut, you didn't have surgery! You can go out to walk any time you want to except after dark." Then when she came in, she said two different men had driven by when she was at the end of the driveway turning back, "And BOTH of them were looking at me and waved real big to me. I didn't know either of them, so I said to myself, 'Well, I must look pretty good with my new haircut because everybody is noticing me.' " (Be still, your ego, Nannie!) Hubby told her not to be making men swoon and drive off the road looking at her. She said SHE couldn't help it if men ogled her. OH BROTHER! 🙄 Hubby said that cars might lose traction and slide with all the male driver's slobber on the pavement and we'd have a six-car-pile-up before we knew it. As a friend used to say when the B-S gets piled up: "Hang onto your watch, 'cause it's too late for your shoes!"

I've been nominated to go to the fish-house in a while to pick up supper. Nannie said she didn't want hubby to have to work cooking supper, "since you've been at the doctor's all day" (!!!) AND, SHE was at the hairdresser's "nearly three hours," (more like 40 minutes, tops). But, it's ok by me, it ain't coming from my wallet tonight! And a nice quiet drive in my cute li'l KIA Soul will be some welcome peace. 

Now hubby, Nannie, and the Oz-man are ALL napping! Think I'll sneak out and sit in the shade while the sun is starting to set. The ballgame's not on until 7:30 tonight. They were thoroughly WHOMPED last night --- Dodgers 15, Braves 3. It was pitiful.

Well, I'll quit chattering here. (at least when I talk on paper it ISN'T noisy!) and enjoy the hush.

PS: amo-Lu--Nannie's Mtn Dew is sugar AND caffeine-free, plus she doesn't hardly drink coffee anymore, but we have decaf for her if she ever wants some. I put the kibosh on her caffeine intake before she ever went to the nursing home.

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Stars - I'll have to check out the Mt Dew, but I don't think it's caff-free. Man, I'd be one Happy Camper if I could start drinking it again! Altho I do love my diet Pepsi. And you're right, Atlanta got drubbed BIG TIME!

We all have our vices. I used to smoke in the '60s/early '70s. So I am sympathetic to smokers - I know the attraction/addiction, and like I say, we all have our own vices. But my Medi-Trans driver was huffy-puffy the other day (YOUNG GUY) and he admitted he smoked. Just for a point of conversation, I asked the price of a pack of cigs. Here in NJ, it's almost $10! Now I know it's been a while, but I remember them as 25 cents/pack. And my Dad could get them at wholesale for the shop's cig machine. They cost wholesale $3.33/carton!!!

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I think the cigarettes are about $10 a pack here, cheaper if you buy them on the Indian reservation. My mother smoked almost to the day she died of throat cancer, at age 67. It wasn't pretty. She refused to have a laryngectomy. The radiation therapy burned the outside of her throat, and the chemo eradicated the epithelium inside her mouth and throat. It also wiped out her bone marrow. They surmised she died of sepsis with a WBC <1. 

Hubby thinks 70 is a ripe old age and yet his momma is in her 90s? Gad, nicotine is a terrible drug. 

Down off my soap box now. 

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So, I HAD to look it up.  There IS a caffeine-free, sugar-free Mtn Dew!  I personally don't care for it but for those who do, and who are watching dietary sugars and caffeine, well there ya have it! 

Every now and again I will order a diet coke.  Other than that, my daily drink is water or tea.

Busy day, both of us hammering out the Case Management today! 

Over the weekend I got an email from my MD office, saying I was due for routine labs. As I do take some heart failure meds, I thought nothing of it (thanks for reminding me! 🙂 )and, after work today, stopped by the office to donate the requisite amount.  Well, the receptionist didn't see any orders, so she had me go sit in the lobby while she checked.  Less than 10 min later, she called me up and told me it was an error on the office staff's part.  There are no labs due, no labs ordered.  So, I went home!

I, too, am enjoying all the pictures y'all post!  Thank you!  and Ted, I do enjoy all the punning too!! 

herring, hope you can locate a suitable runabout thingy (whatever works)!  I know how I would feel if I got that same driving restriction! 

Joe, hope you can find some red lentils.  Bummer to go and get everything else and they are out of that ONE thing. 😞

It's still 98 degrees when I get off, but the evenings and early mornings are cooler.

There is a new fire nearby, has burned 125 acres and is 30% contained.  Some have been evacuated, as a precaution.  There are some gusty breezes, which fire crews are watching, to be sure the fire doesn't quickly spread.  It is probably 10 miles from us.  Hope they contain it soon.  No structure damage as of now.

Have a good evening!

Have a good evening!

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Good evening.

Herring, sorry to hear about the the husbands driving restriction.  I'm sure that's disappointing for him.

Stars, glad that your husband got somewhat good news from the pulmonologist.  Too bad he won't quit smoking.  

Nice pictures guys.

We had to call security on a guy that was vaping in his room.  It's against rules.  He yelled that it wasn't against the law and he could prove it.  He said he smoked 58 years and vaping saved his life because it got him off of cigarettes.  He was in horrible health overall.  Ultimately security talked him out of his vape.  

Maybe it's covid, but patients are generally in a bad mood these days.  

Been quite busy at work with post ops coming in and discharges.  Nothing new but tiresome.  

Found out one of my coworkers on the floor below who had covid, unknowingly passed it on to her grandfather and he died.  He was only 72.  

Picture I took of the sunrise on my morning walk the other day.

 

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