Category Archives: Holidays

Time To Sort Things Out

Nothing like fate, confusion or maybe people re-arranging someone’s life….  The foot doctor was scheduled to visit the apartment building.  Such does not come often and there be a dire need here.  First, the wrong day was what was kept in mind.  He was scheduled for Friday and what was planned for was Thursday.  Nursing service was notified and instead of scheduling for later in the day Thursday, the nursing visit was moved to this week.  At the hour in mind, it was learned he was due Friday.  Nursing service was notified aide service would be best late.  The message got lost.  The aide arrived early, which was okay as the doctor’s appointment had to be moved up two hours….  There was a presentation of services on Thursday, none of which was needed, but a plate of cookies was given away and gained.

A new housekeeping aide was sent for Wednesday, a young man.  This is for nothing but errands and cleaning and the like, and in the hour on duty the only thing he got done was the errands (par for the course).  The mail at the post office (including the small check coming) did get picked up.  He’s okay, however, a problem is foreseen if personal care starts being sent through that agency in a couple of weeks when nursing services is likely to end.  It would take two aides, one for each service, to do it right, which seems unlikely.  Tuesday as well as Wednesday is recalled as pretty good for a change.  Saturday from some unfathomable cause began like hanging onto a rope for dear life, in this case the scooter.  The instability was substantial but was survived.  The day’s scheduled “event” was the loners’ meeting.

Yesterday a new friend went to get money and a couple of other things needed.  He gets gas money for sure and the stuff was pretty essential.  Bank accounts still aren’t in the best of order, but at least there’s a little cash in hand.  Rent payments and internet service be matters for this week.  The nurse’s aide for getting cleaned up was scheduled for today.  Lunch Lady helpfully promised some stuff again beyond the call of duty.  Trying to replace Older Friend has been so time consuming that the Christmas decorations still haven’t been taken off the fir tree.  To make things worse, the air bed needs replacing and there’s no way at the moment to do it.  There’s only a substitution at hand which is only a “possible.”  Money comes Thursday, but the post office box rent is due in March.

January can be a time to just survive.  🙂


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Out Went The Old Year

Tuesday was eventful.  A neighbor got a few groceries to last a couple of days until more of “Life Without Older Friend” is figured out, which is always being figured out now.  The nurse’s aide, badly needed by about 1:00 p.m Tuesday came very late.  As Mondays are her regular day, while it is understandable, it wasn’t very comfortable.  Friday was a regularly scheduled day, but, of course, she was off again today.  A check was made with the drug store regarding their current delivery schedule (it was disrupted for a while) and their merchandise (some things weren’t available for a while).  Real panic started Wednesday when a burning cigarette was found on the floor, but there was no fire.

Somehow with the help of the nurse’s aide, the trash of nine days did get hauled out on Tuesday, but how that can be handled in the future hasn’t been figured out.  Neither is the plant care figured out.  In addition to the other concerns, both the air bed and the scooter battery re-charger reached the end of life expectancy.  A new air bed has to be found, and they haven’t been too available.  Outside it snowed a noticeable amount.  The temperatures were near zero, and it’s a bit surprising people got around.  Lunch Lady was apparently heaven sent on Friday as she came with an air filter and clean-up alcohol even though she had no lunch delivery.  The clean-up alcohol from the drug store is another kind.

There was a “Lone Ones” meeting on Saturday that ran over-time.  There was also some confusion with a subsequent and unexpected visitor which knocked the “breathing treatment” capsule business three hours off schedule.  While that didn’t seem to have a major effect, it is best to have something like that at a more or less regular time.  Yesterday morning had another “middle of the night wake-up” and something different was tried, which didn’t work.  The apartment rent is paid and the food truck did come all right on Saturday.  The big thing looming in the week ahead is whether the internet and storage payments have been made,  and, if not, getting them paid as well as getting ordinary stuff.

May it be a good year for all. 🙂

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Christmas Is Mostly Over

Some Christmas wishes didn’t get sent as planned.  Too many things interfered.  Indeed, if last week was turmoil, there’s no knowing what to call this week.  Early in the week it was learned that a very special (and often helpful) person was in surgery and is sick.  Wednesday someone left a mysterious package at the door.  At first it looked like it was actually meant for a neighbor, and there was a to-do about exploring the matter.  And, now what to do with the stuff has to be figured out.  The nurse’s aide was needed early on Friday, and she had to come late.  At least someone can come to help get cleaned up (at least for a while yet) when things are worse than usual.

With the holiday today (a Monday) the church-goers had two days of it in a row and looking for someone to do an extra errand was something one could just forget.  It being a holiday as well as the normal day for the food truck, the holiday got preference and the food truck won’t be around until a very inconvenient this Saturday.  Lunch Lady had no delivery, however, she kindly made a special trip with eggs.  The nurse’s aide who would normally come on Monday is scheduled for tomorrow.  The little club meeting on Saturday turned out great as a new lady showed up.  That was the bright spot of the week as the anticipation was that this week there would be no one.

Young Friend’s group took on the matter of making sure Christmas was not a day to be alone, although that isn’t always a bad thing.  The feast dinners they bring several times a year are nice, and are like one would have at a family event.  The rent has to be paid this week.  Someone to get supplies still has to be found as Older Friend can’t manage it very well any longer.  Money, as seemingly always now, is still in disarray.  Essential matters such as the computer and telephone are not getting needed attention.  Obviously a posting did get done for each of the active weblogs (just a hoped for accomplishment these days).  …But, the bad is not so bad as it snowed Christmas Eve.

May everyone have a wonderful New Year.  🙂

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Onward To Christmas

It’s December and time to run madly toward 2018.  There’s nothing wrong with thinking of the future even if it’s likely there’s not much left; but, it seems more fitting for the outside world rather than in an old folks’ home.  Clever Christmas decorations started going up at the “traditional” time (right after Thanksgiving) and Christmas stuff is in full swing, except for some real snow.  Super moon was viewed.  There was a visit to a community activity.  These are usually skipped for various reasons.  It was attended due to confused existence and wasn’t worth the effort.

The confused existence became an upheaval after Saturday night.  Older Friend came to the rescue insofar as possible Sunday, in addition to giving his usual help with supplies, etc.  Young Friend is not expected until next week.  Home health care continued with a couple of great ladies, but that’s probably about over.  There’s a little sadness over the fact that both regular November trips to the cemetery were missed, but it’s assumed the “spirit world” understands why.  The standard aide service did come on Wednesday and is again expected on Wednesday.

No food truck today, which means Lunch Lady should be coming Friday, which is good since all the ready-to-eat eggs are gone.  The computer situation is still unchanged, meaning there’s been little progress in things like restoring those hundreds of lost and often much needed bookmarks.  There’s been a tiny bit of progress with sorting through the accumulated email (over 10,000 messages is unbelievable, but, of course, the account is nearly 20 years old.).  Bookmarks, email and “The Project” are not the only things computer that need much more attention.

The past can be easy to find.  🙂

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Thankful For Thanksgiving

A nurse was scheduled to come Wednesday (like the doctor, who, as mentioned last week, came rather unceremoniously on another day).  She also didn’t come, but in her case she didn’t come at all on the grounds that the patient would be all right until this coming Thursday.  She had too many patients who would not be all right, and to an extent that’s true.  The regular aide came for an hour, got the mail, swept the carpet and left yours truly with an interesting problem that does not need discussion at the moment.  The Thanksgiving week service that did take place okay was the medical services aide that did (great) personal care Friday.

A lovely dinner arrived Thanksgiving day thanks to Young Friend’s organization.  It was good to have it not just because of the holiday but because there was a case of not feeling well at all Thursday, which extended beyond Thursday.  Thoughts of nursing home loom heavily in mind.  The dinner was traditional Thanksgiving dinner good enough to remind someone what “real” food was like.  The proposed club for loners did have it’s fifteen minute meeting on Saturday amid a big todo about Christmas decorating in the lobby.  The other member’s a nice lady.  Older Friend came by as usual with supplies and did plant care and trash service.

Today was food truck day with the usual need to make room in the freezer.  That did get done, but the entire refrigerator is in dire need of a sorting and pitching things that are too old.  There’s a remote possibility (very remote at this point) that Young Friend can show up before the first of December.  The rent has to be paid this week and the wireless bill’s due for next month very soon.  Older Friend already has a money order for that.  Sadly, it seems some dear online friends are slipping from view and nothing can be done about it.  Between problems like the cell phone (unresolved) and dealing with the computer there’s little chance.

Holidays can be a very good thing.  🙂

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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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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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