Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ending A Month

(Actual posting date 2/27/13 – no internet access 2/26) 

February 20, 2013. 

The place is cleaned up a bit.  The current homemaker aide is good.  It’s a rarity.  She said she would be back.  If she comes one more time, things can be in just a little better order, and it might even be in time for a peaceful adjustment to the changes coming in how social security payments are going to be made — a system radically different from what’s been done for more than a decade.  That will take some doing; it falls into play in less than two weeks.  two unexpected people came to the door, a lady from down the hall looking for  a telephone number and maintenance.  Maintenance had been re-scheduled and forgotten. 

February 21, 2013. 

It’s another case of waking up in the morning and finding that one is still alive, not with much of the motivation or energy of days long past, but still breathing and all that.  The directions from the doctoring person are time consuming.  The light bulb in the main lamp, a three-way that went out in one of it’s “ways” last night, needs replacing; but. it still works, so not right now.   The bulb needed is on a shelf that’s hard to reach.  There’s stuff to do, but none of it is desperately vital.  That’s wonderful as it provides an opportunity to be sick.  One doesn’t always have that chance even if one is sick.  Only children really have it. 

February 22, 2013. 

It was afternoon when it was remembered that February 22 was Washington’s birthday.  Some days stay with us well past their prime.  They kind of glow on the calendar.  And, that thought was followed by the realization that it wouldn’t have any such impact on anyone less than about 50 years old and American.  Such things cause people to be out of step with the drift of the rest of society.  It’s good that it’s Friday afternoon.  No one or no thing is expected to arrive for almost two days, which is time to find the real drift of society.  It is such times that it’s good to be near like-minded others even with nothing else in common. 

February 23, 2013. 

It’s Saturday night, which by popular acclaim is a “date night.”  Actually, any convenient time should be consider a time for socializing, but the point here is that not only are most of the old folks in the old folks’ home in bed already but any very remote approximation (like a bit of socializing online) is pretty much out of the question.  The computer arrangement is not functioning well enough.  At least it held together long enough for headlines, email and message boards.  Twice a day (morning and evening) is really enough.  It’s been another bad day otherwise as well — a noon wake up after being up most of the night, etc. 

February 24, 2013. 

It’s Sunday noontime.  The nose drips approximately every three minutes.  It takes time to blow it and clean the fingers used, so there are about two minutes to do something normal in between.  The computer hasn’t been connected to the internet at all for five hours as per the notation on the desktop weather gadget.  The only “work” possible is off-line.  There is the state of breathlessness in play.  So, what was accomplished in the five hours  since arising?  There was a cheese sandwich, three visits to the bathroom, needed change of clothing, a nap, email check on the mobile, and a note jotted down.  And, what happened to living life? 

Better late than never, they say. 


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Short Changed Week

February 13, 2013. 
The scooter batteries died dead yesterday morning near noon.  There was  a state of going nowhere at first since the brake didn’t unlock.  It was then near total “immobility” for several hours while operating only on pedal power.  Then, until tonight, it was minimal state using the old batteries saved for emergencies.  Maintenance was called on to unlock the brake.  It was a very annoying situation as the nurse practitioner had suggested some new stuff and it was impossible to try it properly.  Medically, things still are not arranged.  Neither is the scooter for that matter, although it does have new batteries. 

February 14, 2013. 

This horrible day began with an unseen computer update that shut the thing down for an automatic restart, which always crashes it setting off the alarm.  It was around 3:00 a.m.  The internet connection is always lost, usually for days.  Mid-morning the landlady left a note saying the request for another apartment was denied; the request wasn’t specific enough.  The form was made out a second time, then a third.  About 2:00 p.m. the email was finally checked on the cell phone where it said the representative from the agency that provides homemaker aide service was coming to assess things.  That wasn’t all. 

February 15, 2015. 

The mis-adventures continued today with a second staff visit at a most inopportune time (while figuring the money for a bank run).  And, the point of the visit was to say there had been some “investigating” in the medical services being provided, and it would be necessary to call in about it.  The lady arrived with cell phone in hand.  The food truck driver arrived a few moments later with a bag of stuff in hand, which helped a lot toward returning things to the businesses at hand.  The real things to be investigating (other services) did get an important knowledgeable measure of action.  A little something did get done. 

February 17, 2013. 

If much more happens, there might not be even four little messages per week.  Yesterday being Saturday, no one was due to stop by.  What did come by was another little wave of the flu, cold or whatever it is that’s hanging on so tenaciously to make things a lot worse.  So, it’s Sunday night.  The scooter needs a re-charge.  It’s not good to try to do that overnight even if it were not new batteries of unknown activity, and two people are coming tomorrow, one around noon and one around 6:00 p.m.  The nurse practitioner left directions a week ago and nothing has been done about the rash or exercise for the muscles. 

Fate can step in anywhere. 

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More Of February

February 5, 2013. 

It’s almost 5:00 p.m.  Somewhere around mid-morning the kitchen light bulb burned out again.  Given that there was plenty of time before lunch, there was the necessary trip to the office to get a new bulb in there.  (It is clearly time for things to be falling apart.)  Today’s scoots to the door included not only the lady with lunch and a lost soul at the wrong apartment, but maintenance to provide light.  It does not pay to try to be sick in bed as it’s necessary to get up.  More than usual is again in the computer.  So, things not done before still aren’t, and it’s almost nightfall.  But, the weblog entries did get published … a bit late.   

February 6, 2013. 

Today was a “government” day.  It seemed to go well.  Homemaker aide?  Even the aide service went well.  Positive notes are few and are appreciated.  There are follow ups to all of it.  If the card for social security doesn’t show up in two weeks, they have to be called.  If it does show up, there are directions to follow.  There’s an impression the aide will come again.  There was promise by someone that a microwave oven would again soon be “in house.”  And, there is one.  There also has to be a follow up call to the bank to see how the card might be used there as they don’t have an ATM system.  It’s that rare moment between big holidays. 

February 7, 2013. 

It’s time for a technical problem.  The current “accepted” Eastern Standard Time is near 11:15 p.m.  The preferred operational time (Daylight Saving Time) used largely because it’s too hard to adjust to it so it’s in play all of the time, therefore, is 12:15 a.m. February 8, 2013.  So, what day is it, Thursday, the 7th, or Friday, the 8th?  By the sunset rule, no question it’s the 8th.  Actually, nothing much happened during the no question it’s the 7th time.  There were two trips to the lobby essentially uselessly and things like that.  A lot of time was wasted just trying to get the computer to work.   Maybe it’s time to see what happens next.   

February 8, 2013. 

So, okay, it’s after sunset again, but not near the witching hour.  The fire alarm went off not long ago, and this time it may really have been a fire as the thing was wailing for nearly a half of an hour.  Based on the time, someone’s supper caught fire.  The day was a time for important calls.  One was to the medical office to find out what time a visit was scheduled for on Monday.  One collection was to a senator’s office where nothing has been accomplished.  Writing to the elected doesn’t work well anymore, but it does serve notice that one is not going to just take things without reacting.  Otherwise, it was another nothing day. 

February 10, 2013. 

There was case of “too sick to post” yesterday and also much of today.  If the nurse  practitioner had not been scheduled to come early tomorrow, a trip to the emergency room would have been today’s event, and it still may be tomorrow’s.  There may be no messages for a while again.  The situation is getting worse — the rash is spreading.  Nothing was done yesterday but a round of changing clothes and a scooter re-charge.  Nothing was done, today, either, but talk about some details in the event of a hospital stay and some necessary purchases.  From the looks of things today, it will be quite some time before there’s an improvement. 

February 11, 2013. 

Morning has come, but at this point, about 11:30 a.m, medical help has not arrived, but lunch has.  The medical matters have continued to deteriorate.  It seems sensible to just jot down a few notes here and put the week’s messages in for an automatic publishing tomorrow.  Of course, that means there’s nothing much to add to what has already been written.  A nice, thoughtful neighbor down the hall seems to be gone, but maybe not for good as her decorations are still on the door.  She was a help at times.  One thing to do is find out what happened as she’s been gone for longer than a vacation trip.  …But that’s for another time.  

It’s good that the future is unknown.

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February Begins….

January 30, 2013. 

As stated, there was no internet connection Sunday night.  …Or Monday.  …Or most of Tuesday.  Indeed, what there was on Tuesday was an occasional instant-like grab so fast that not even the anti-virus connected.  Repeated poking is what got the messages posted.  No verification was presented on the computer.  It had to be checked on the cell phone.  And, it was very tiring.  Important U. S. mail got done like six this morning.  The scooter only got a partial re-charge (which is supposedly not a good idea) as homemaker aide service was due today.  For a change it went well.  A call to their office yesterday was anything but pleasant. 

January 31, 2013. 

A whole month is gone from the year 2013.  Email said a new homemaker aide would be coming Wednesday.  Once again time will be spent in explanations.  Meanwhile, hoped for email, like from a possible distant relative that might cast light on family history, has not arrived.  Of course, that’s rather as expected.  All ten fingers are still bandaged up.  The scooter still hasn’t been fully re-charged.  The food truck is due tomorrow.  The new man is not like the previous one.  At least there is internet connection for the moment, so the world is not limited to a big building full of people wondering if they will live another day. 

February 1, 2013. 

A new month has started.  The world is into 2013.  The rent is paid, which in this case includes utilities apart from telephone, stuff like property taxes and general maintenance costs.  If wise, one could walk out the door in a couple of days.  It’s not a solidly grounded existence (owning a house is much more substantial), but in today’s world it’s a toss up as to which is the better.  An empty, boarded up house next door has been experienced.  So has one next door burned beyond repair and other things not conducive to peaceful living.  A wealth of flowers in the backyard is an enlivening thing, but sometimes life had best be curtailed.   

February 2, 2013. 

The new microwave broke today.  So, how to heat things easily?  One possibility is to put a plastic oven-safe bowl in the oven of the stove (range) and let it sit.  Then, there’s always warm water coffee.  The stuff dissolves if it just sits long enough.  The real thing to be doing is finding out how the new social security payment system works.  It will be in place in March.  It’s no time to be without microwave capabilities.  The scooter is presently in re-charge mode.  There’s a problem with that.  The re-charger doesn’t ever show a full charge, and it was cut off at about three hours last time.  Maybe it’s silly to expect things to be okay.   

February 3, 2013. 

Well, the scooter evidently has a problem developing.  The little arrow-like indicator that gives some idea of how low the batteries are quit working for a while this morning.  So, there’s no microwave, a precarious scooter and a computer that works in an “adjusted” fashion, like the right arrow on the keyboard doesn’t work, but the calculator side works.  The cigarettes are going fast these days.  It could all just be the season.  Fearful of doing more damage with the microwave, there was a trip to the basement for a breakfast roll from the machine.  It wouldn’t take the dollar bill offered. 

February 4, 2013. 

Life without a microwave oven continues.  It’s been quite a number of years since there was life without a microwave.  The fact is, there isn’t a cooking pot in the place.  Something can be spread out on aluminum foil and put in the regular oven, but that’s about it.  Water is being heated for coffee in a borrowed drip coffee maker.  There are things like cold cuts, cheese and peanut butter around.  Even if there were a cooking pot in the place, cooking would be rather beyond the current capabilities of the designated cook.  At least the stove does work.  And, on a different note, it snowed today in Covington.  

They say tomorrow’s another day.

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