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Poetry (?)

When frost is on the car
Don’t leave the door ajar
As winter isn’t far.

Close the windows, too,
And, plan for life anew
In what you hope to do.

Author: me, and, well, it has to be posted somewhere beside the place where it was first posted (and immediately lost in the turnover), namely, facebook.  It was so published November 11.  At least now it’s not completely lost in the gale winds of existence.  And, since it’s here, here’s another:

Only a strong man dares to be gentle.
Only a wise man dare to be still.
Only a great man dares to be humble.
Only a good man dares, and he will.

Likewise author, me.  The second one has some age on it as (if memory serves reasonably well) it was written somewhere around 1958; but, it was not put out for publication until June 6 last year (2016) in a sort of private little message board (“Our Pages” in a hosting site called ProBoards).  The inspiration was my father who’s birthday was November 13.  He would have been 113 or 114 this year.  And, no, this is not the kind of stuff that is usually posted here.  The doctor came totally unexpectedly on Friday and upset the equilibrium.  The Lunch Lady also came Friday, off schedule, and also upset existence as room had to be made for the food. She did bring some eggs.

Young Friend was in the apartment building on Tuesday to see someone else and paused for a moment at the place underfoot — one bright spot in the week.  Another bright spot was Saturday afternoon when it became more evident that the new “Lone Ones” club may indeed be established among the residents (two members).  And, the brightest spot of all was also Friday as the aide from nursing services did a tremendous job of getting yours truly cleaned up.  The standing aide service person was an annoying pain Wednesday, to the point where a request was turned in to cut her time to one hour (in the hope she would quit soon). Older Friend came by three times with his usual helpfulness.

At times it’s time to be different.
Thanksgiving blessings to all. 🙂



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Day’s List

Yes, day’s list….  Check scooter.  If the scooter battery runs out of energy neither it nor the rider goes anywhere.  Recharge phone.  If the phone has no energy at 3:00 a.m. there is no calling 911 for help at 3:00 a.m.  Eat.  It’s one element of staying alive.  Etc.  Well, So-And-So or Such-And-Such expects to call (or even drop in) and get an answer or something or needs to be called (or visited).  Sorry, but So-And-So is not top priority, and some kind of contact at someone else’s convenience isn’t the best of arrangements.  Something like getting the mail isn’t top priority, either, but it’s priority quite often over the convenience of others.

Check scooter.  Run the thing over an established area for judging the energy left in the battery to see the exact energy level showing.  An incline or a smooth, easy area won’t do.  If it’s not too low, adjudge how long before the battery needs to be replaced.  If it’s low enough, scoot over to where the exchange battery is, plug that in for a minute or so to bring it up to the “fully charged” indication.  Fiddle around to get the battery being used out, then fiddle around to get the proposed one connected.  Then plug in the one removed to charge it and look at it hours later to unplug after it shows “fully charged,” which may take a couple of looks.

It seems many don’t care (or grasp) that top priority is not them.  Credit to the current nurse who clearly understands that she’s present to help the patient.  Young Friend, who did come Tuesday and may come again this month, also clearly understands this, as do people like Lunch Lady who came Friday with another gift of a dozen already boiled eggs (she’s worth any return gift).  The nurse sent a personal care aide who understands it.  Someone who doesn’t understand it disrupted Thursday evening enough to upset many days ahead, starting with Friday.  At least Older Friend is around in a real bad situation.

Life goes on regardless…. 🙂

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And, Still More Brief

So, the world descended more and essays must still be brief, in fact obviously more so than before.  There is, however, this little bit.

Young Friend is due to visit tomorrow to go get the rent money orders.  Older Friend got supplies Saturday and got out the trash yesterday.  There were no food deliveries today or Friday as those are this coming week.  On Thursday nursing services came bringing an occupational therapist (which did little good).  Homemaking came and got the mail, swept the carpet and more.  The rents are paid.  Telephone stuff’s still not in proper working order.  Current Helping Lady and Friendly Visitor can be forgotten, but good personal care showed up today.

The proposed organization (set for Saturday) may indeed be activated, and there isn’t time to write anything more.

Sometimes things just aren’t possible.  😦

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Another Brief Essay

Today was food truck day again.  Making out the order and making room in the freezer as usual took time from recording stuff better here.  So did several other things during the past week, especially a badly upset stomach and chasing after the subsequent clean up.  Fortunately nursing service this week was good, and a new aide that might stay for a while is now on the scene; but, the latter’s just for two hours a week and the nursing service is about finished for this time around.  Physical and occupational therapy may be in the works.

Both the Friendly Visitor and the Helping Lady business seem to have died.  The new aide might manage to cover the latter and a new idea is going into the works that might manage to cover the former.  The cell phone still does not work right and there’s been no chance to do a thing about it, but the Security Check Lady is still managing to get through and there is now a working community telephone in the lobby.  Computer stuff also has had little attention, but getting online still happens.  The Diary’s Blog and the projects aren’t doing well.

Lunch Lady came Friday and brought a whole dozen ready to eat eggs.  There has been no word yet about Young Friend’s jury duty being finished.  Older Friend’s had to cut back on what he can do as personal needs are taking up his time.  He stopped by yesterday with supplies, but he wasn’t able to gather and haul out the trash yesterday.  He did come extra Saturday, since the grocery list wasn’t sent to him.  He also took home a huge plant to re-pot as that was falling over from too much weight on one side, and he watered the rest.

Sometimes one can only hope for the best. 🙂

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Sick Leave, Big Trouble

Today’s “essay” is brief for sure.  Regarding sick leave, things seem to be getting worse and there may be some sick leave.  And, screwed scheduling (Thursday’s nurse came Friday and supposed aide services never showed up on Wednesday among other things) does not help with possible recovery.  As for “big trouble,” in addition to the still present computer problems, the cell phone situation is a bit worse due to unwillingness to add money as well as opportunity to ask stuff.

The Diary’s Blog has a posting as that was started early.  It’s not done up neat or with pictures, but some words are there.  The cell phone does now seem to have some strange voice connection, but it does not work right.  The computer works with some jiggling around if the mouse stops abruptly, but that is far from easy to use.  A nursing visit scheduled for this coming week (plus physical therapist) is supposed to be the last of the post hospital stay home care and eliminates it.

Young Friend is reportedly tied up in jury duty, so he can’t help with anything at the moment.  Older Friend had some other requests for help and had to cut back some on what he could do.  The “Friendly Visitor” matter hasn’t been sorted out as of morning.  A Distant Friend is/was on a trip and not available.  However, it may be that the new Helping Lady can be called, and the Security Check Lady is still in contact.  Housekeeping and personal care is promised for Wednesday.

Things can’t always be good in River City. 😦

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Well, it’s new systems to learn, new people on the scene and newish events to consider. First, the people…. Young Friend is still around (as is known at this point) but a second Young Friend, this one dealing with computers, has entered the picture. And, at this point, how to identify him hasn’t been decided. Older Friend is still around, but his circumstances have changed somewhat and exactly how isn’t certain. Among other things, yesterday’s Sunday visit was mostly re-scheduled for today. And, due to an emergency room visit, a bunch of medically related stuff has been handed to him. At least he is still around to be lending a hand in the assorted emergencies that turn up.

In regard to some changes in regard to people…. At the top of the list, the Lunch Lady quit that job and a new Lunch Person is in the works, the revelation of who/what is expected in about two weeks. It’s likely the eggs will be a more difficult matter, but they’re promised. They made many a quick, nourishing meal. A new Helping Lady came Saturday, but she’s not an older woman. She’s a student, very good, but it might be better to identify her differently, which also has not been decided. There’s also a follow up to do on a lady in the building. At present, nursing service is scheduled for twice a week, to which things could be added. Bug inspection is due tomorrow as is a nurse.

There are now two computers at hand that are usable, but neither one is comfortable. The habit was to use the touchpad and button, but the button wasn’t fixed. It is a matter of revert to using a mouse, which is different. Since practically everything was wiped out except the latest version of Windows, stuff has to be copied from the old computer as well as found again. Some things won’t ever be found again. In addition there are newer versions of various things, including email that have to be learned. It’s going to be a very long process to become as functional as before. Ordinary changes, like the food truck being switched to this coming Saturday due to holiday does not help matters much.

Hopes are that everyone had a good holiday.

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Autumn Already?

The big, big matter of lease renewal starts tomorrow.  That’s first a bunch of paperwork in the office.  They set a time to show up and say what to bring in advance.  If this is not too convenient, one must go make other arrangements very soon.  A problem arose not that long ago on insurance matters.  Needed information was on record in the files, but the office didn’t find it until a new copy was obtained.  And that isn’t all of the matter.  There’s also an upkeep inspection (Wednesday). 

It promises to be a super busy week.  The leasing stuff isn’t the only big thing.  In addition, there are plans to call the likely scooter repair shop to come and check out that problem when Older Friend can also be around, and this coming weekend will be the time for the deliveries by the Lunch Lady and the food truck.  (There’s always need to do some adjusting in the freezer for those.)  The computer has an update which is said (on the notice) to take a long time now delayed for a week. 

Young Friend did come and got the rent money orders plus some cash.  He did a few odd bits around the place as well.  Older Friend came Sunday with some supplies and also did some stuff like he usually does.  A note was sent to the Avon Lady about being very busy, and a note went up on a bulletin board for a new Helping Lady.  The latter probably won’t unearth one, but it’s worth a try.  The happy little lobby decorators have put out some pumpkin and leaf decorations suitable for October. 

Days and nights are what people make of them. Work 

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