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Morning

Work was fine, until some stuff from the laid off employees came up and had to be done quickly.   The rest of the day was a mad dash, but it got done

Rest of the day was fairly ordinary.  Went for a walk, exercised, worked on embroidery 

J decided to cancel his trip to CA, he was fortunate to get a full refund of his airfare. I will be cancelling my Madison trip shortly

J and I won't be getting together tonight most likely.  I suspect for now we'll only meet on weekends 

Weather is warmer today and the next few days, rain expected as well

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Good morning!

Sorry that things need to be canceled for you a J Joe.

Best friend and I are having a conversation about our get togethers, with me being a nurse and might decide to shelter in apart.  Nurses following precautions are having to go home to husbands and children, so it's a dilemma.   Being single, living alone it's not an idea I relish.

There are reports here of, mostly young adults,  not social distancing, having private parties, gathering in parks and what not.  Soon they may not have that choice.  Was also a bit bothered that there were people walking past the "beaches closed" signs and hanging out at the beach.  They were few and far between but many had children.  What kind of message are young parents sending to their children that it's okay to break the law like this?  Mind you I did go up to the part where it said "beach closed" but that's where I stayed. 

Anyway, I do have to mop the floors, dust, do laundry and will get a nice walk in and will stay solo today.

 

 

Edited by Tweety

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Good morning-

The gloomy weather is back and will be here for a few more days.  I'm trying to stay busy between my telemedicine appointments.  I've got a sourdough starter bubbling away on my kitchen counter, my seeds are sprouting in my greenhouse box, yet my closets and cabinets remain unorganized, 😂. I am reading a lot.  Thank goodness for my Kindle.

Joe-I'm glad J was able to get a full refund.  I hope everyone will be able to travel again soon.  

Tweety-I'll have to look for the yoga on Amazon Prime.  Lord knows I need to relax!

Dianah-that toilet paper you got was criminal!  Please tell me that at least it was 2 ply!

J22-I think of you often, and your work on the front lines swabbing people.  I hope you have adequate PPE.

Herring, NSIME, Ted, Amo, and everyone else out there-hope you are doing well and staying healthy.  

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Good Morning!

It's a cold, wet, cloudy day outside, this morning. It snowed yesterday. Got about 3" of the yucky white stuff. Although it's cold outside, the temperature is above freezing which is melting the snow on the ground. I'm happy to have the snow melt, but id does make things muddy and messy for walks.

I spent most of the day, yesterday sequencing (recording) a composition that I wrote earlier this year. I was having problems composing a new composition. Instead, I decided to re-orchestra/re-arrange an already existing composition. For this particular version, I explored "fusing" together the sound of a light orchestra with the sound of a larger-sized jazz-band ensemble. The titled of this piece is, "Cautious Determination - Version 2". L O L! 😄 

Today?? Amy and I plan on going for a power walk. Where we go will be determined by how wet things are with all of the melting snow. Overall, we're coping well with the whole "Social Distancing" thing. Amy, especially, is enjoying it! (She's more of a loner than I am. L O L! 😄 ) Like everyone else, we're concerned for the world. We were supposed to be in Italy now. Amy has been in communication with the travel-agency people in Italy. They're doing the best that they can, given the situation their country is facing. (They're located more in the southern part of Italy, which, apparently, is experiencing less deaths than the northern part of Italy is experiencing.) It's just so sad. . .

Anyway. . . 

Amy and I plan on doing one creative project together during our time sequestered in our home. If/when we finish this project, I'll happily share here for your entertainment. In the meanwhile, below is a link to the 2nd version of "Cautious Determination". Just click on the link for a listen. . . 

Peace, folks! Be safe . . . 🙂

Ted
 

 

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We are doing fine. Husband's friends are calling each other daily. Not long conversations. I now know which old man took prune juice, which took MOM, and which pooped twice yesterday. 😉

Ted: I enjoyed your composition. It really sounds like horns and other instruments!

I hope we all stay well.

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All I can do right now is VENT:

NANNIE WILL NOT STOP TALKING AND TALKING AND TALKING (times 1,001.3378259) 

She doesn't understand WHY "everybody" says they can't understand her speech. Hubby believes that a lot of times she is muttering and murmuring on purpose. Of course, covering her mouth with her fingers and looking away, out the glass door doesn't help one bit. If she would enunciate and project her voice it would help a lot. But she doesn't do either one.

She is 'trying to remember' this that and the other thing, all of it OUT LOUD, like a medication for her husband that they changed 14 years ago, stuff for no reason other than she is trying to remember. NONE of it is pertinent BUT she HAS TO tell me ALL of it.

 "The paper has changed." (Yuh, cause it is today, not yesterday.) And she had to read to me about The Teacher of the Year, and how old some stranger was when he died, and that along with other restrictions regarding "COVID dash one nine"

Then she adds: "It's pretty bad when you can't eat or drink what you want to eat or drink." ---which is actually a hint that she is hungry. 

Why are these old-time Southerners unable to ask or say something DIRECTLY? And if you ask her, "Do you want________? she says, "Well, I don't want to bother you....." or "I hate for you to have to do that for me..." I told Nannie that if I asked her something all she has to say "Yes" or "No".

Now she is telling me 'they' have "replanted" all of the woods next to the house. Okay, whatEVER!

Hubby went to a follow-up appt w/ his PCP, and under instructions to go NOWHERE ELSE, PERIOD.

THEN, *I* can 'escape' to go to the pharmacy to pick up refills for all of us. Pretty darn exciting! 

I took Ozzie outside to pee, then I came inside and went up to my own bathroom to pee. I came back downstairs and sat on the sofa again, and Nannie said, "Well, what did you find out?" So, I did NOT say:

I give up. What's your best guess?

Then my phone rang with a text message from Walmart Pharmacy. "Who was that?" "What did they want?" Like it's any of her business?

 Then I called hubby to find out WHEN he was going to be back with his mother's take-out lunch. He's in the drive-through line and will be back ASAP.  

Hubby told me that they have rescheduled his cancelled C-Scan appt back to the original day and time, ie this Friday. Good. It was stupid of them to cancel it in the first place, given his recent health problem. I am hoping it was rescheduled because hubby squawked to the doctor about the cancellation, and NOT because of any other reason....

Hopefully when I come back my intense irritation will have deflated somewhat.

Vent over.

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2 hours ago, herring_RN said:

We are doing fine. Husband's friends are calling each other daily. Not long conversations. I now know which old man took prune juice, which took MOM, and which pooped twice yesterday. 😉

 

This is funny!  What I call is 'toilet talk'. My Dad was well-versed in it.

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NSIME - Have you ever thought of starting a collection/journal of your postings about Nans?? Seriously, like for a publication pamphlet of 'you living your life with a declining Alzheimer relative.

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 When hubby came back from the doctor he said the doc told him the C-Scan was NOT an elective procedure, and it should not have been cancelled, as It has to be done BEFORE the lung doc runs "the breathing test", because of the pressure that test exerts on the lung; they don't want him 'blowing any blebs' (my terminology )😄 So, now the appt is rescheduled for the same day and time as it was when they cancelled it: this Friday at 11:00 AM. Fortunately the same sitter we had lined up was still available at that day and time. His PCP also increased his Xanax, and renewed an inhaler prescription. 

So in addition to the scripts the doc was to fax in, I have 3 refills and Nannie has one. They will ALL be ready together! So, I am going over to Walmart tomorrow just after 9 AM (their new opening hour) instead of this afternoon.

I zipped out to the drive-thru at the credit union, so now we are set, moolah-wise.

I am in my room. Do you how hubby stays 'companionable' and stops Nannie's chatter? After sitting with her a few minutes, he says, "Nannie, my eyes are tired. I'm going to sit here in my recliner and take a little nap. Why don't you try to nap, too?" Hmmph!

Well, it is coffee time. Going to sit outside on the front porch. Nannie will probably come up and chase us down and insert herself. If so, I will come back upstairs to my room. I've had quite E-NUFF of her today!

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10 minutes ago, amoLucia said:

NSIME - Have you ever thought of starting a collection/journal of your postings about Nans?? Seriously, like for a publication pamphlet of 'you living your life with a declining Alzheimer relative.

Not a "How-To", but a string of anecdotes of all my other patient's, in addition to Nannie, too. I've had some WONDERFUL and long private duty cases and some REAL genuine dyed-in-the-wool DOOZIES! I actually did start a notebook. I ought to fish it out and start in on it again.

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Ah, I am home for my stretch of days off, but not really. Just as I was leaving I was presented with a preliminary schedule that starts tomorrow. What? They apparently couldn't be bothered with putting me on, just wrote in the crazy one's name (we have a shared position) so she is going to try to figure something out. So I have no idea what I am working for the foreseeable future, but no overtime and no longer than 8 hours a day. 

It was rainy and cool this morning, but the sun is shining now. I should try to go for a run or I may sit here and binge on Netflix. Dh had to leave to distribute the hand sanitizer that just arrived to his stores. 

Joe, that is nice that J was able to get a full refund, and not going to Madison  is probably a wise decision. 

Tweety, you are probably experienced enough to get a good work out from online yoga. I have tried a couple of online workouts, but I have to keep stopping to look at my computer screen to see what the heck they are doing. 

Thank you Ted, for sharing your revised composition. Very nice. 

Hi BC, yes, we have plenty of PPE for now. The last I heard, we were down to 3 swabs, so we may not be testing going forward. We send them to the state lab and getting results in 1 day. The big commercial lab in town has a 7 day turn around. The widow of one expired patient has been waiting 10 days in home isolation, with no results. 

Herring, as my dad got older and more demented, he seemed to think I really wanted to hear about his "struggles." Nope, nope, nope. 

NSIME, did you write that Walmart is bringing your prescriptions out to your car? I hope so. What would Nannie do if you only replied in a different language? Parlez vous francais? Sprechen sie Deutche? Hable espanol? I am evil that way. 

Hi amo! I am trying to use up some long forgotten items in the cupboard, but what the heck am I to do with all this rice? We must have 20 pounds! 

 

 

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nurseJ22 - you do have a mischievous streak re the suggestion of foreign languages for Nan's chattiness! 😜

Re rice - rice pudding!!! I like rice pudding with sprinkled nutmeg. I think I'll make some stock-pot stewed prunes/apricots with orange juice & will try rosemary. I've made applesauce that way, so I think the rosemary will work well.

Joe & Ted and others - so sad to think about your cancelled travel plans. So much effort spent in planning and then to have expectations deflated. But better to be safe in this crazy period. And then when you DO get there eventually, it will be soooo much more enjoyable.

To those with family/SOs with disrupted lifestyles -  good wishes & hope for their jobs & health.

You coffee folk finally did it to me. I made a real pot of coffee the other morning. Yes, it was good to drink coffee again, but my sense of taste is so off that it just wasn't the same coffee-drinking enjoyment (and I was a real coffee-holic!!!) My sense of taste has been off for over a year, so it's nothing new. I do fine with sweet, but not salt to improve flavor !?!? Smell is fine, So I'm not worried.

Smell and taste is A-OK tonite as I made a pan of choc fudgy brownies with mint choc chips and marshmallows. I put Cocoa Peebles in the batter - made them neatly chewy. Very good. And so ooey-gooey (not wearing the same tee tomorrow!).

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