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Again, Turmoil

The week was such a shambles it’s a miracle that anything at all is getting posted, most of the shambles being a result of the aide service business.  What has been happening (like on Friday) is not what advance notices said would be happening.  And, there’s no reason to use up all the space here going into the intricacies of that, especially since it isn’t too settled.  In addition to that, a real shocker came through from the doctor’s office — next appointment is scheduled to be covered by a nurse practitioner rather than the doctor.  What to do about that remains a question.

Young Friend came by and took care of some money matters.  Some money taken out of the checking account is now back in the checking account.  The Lunch Lady came Friday with a load of food as well as some of her gifts so there’s food, but the food truck due today didn’t come.  The post office box mail (not picked up since September 18) was finally picked up on Friday.  It even had a little money in it.  The weather has been nice.  There’s no problem about anything like the laundry yet, although that’s coming soon, possibly.  Things like toilet paper are present.

There is still some money (which is not straightened out at all) still owed, and it’s hoped that can be taken care of very soon or even the internet access may be lost.  A sad good-by was said to a couple of people, but on a more positive note in the realm of “The Project” and aviation stuff there’s a possible new contact, although the aide service “crap” is not allowing much time for any follow through at the moment.  Nice Jewish Lady has been very helpful again, and Buddhism has also come into the picture, but more about that some other time as that’s at a distance and may stay there.

Fortunately, tomorrow’s another day.  🙂


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What Day Is It?

Yesterday evening it was just accidentally learned that today is a legal holiday known as Columbus Day.  It used to be October 12, period.  However, be it today or the 12th, it was a forgotten legal holiday which, seemingly, has never happened before.  Business offices are closed on legal holidays and they stay high in mind because it’s not possible to do a lot of things.  There’s been so much upsetting stuff going on that if it weren’t for the little daily record in the lower right of the computer even the year might be forgotten.

New Friend seems to be a thing of the past.  There’s been no word from him for a week, however, there appears to be another New Person on the scene.  This is unknown at the moment.  There’s also been no word from Young Friend, and he’s usually in contact by now as to when he might come.  Beat up or not, Nice Jewish Lady did go get money and some “emergency supplies.”  There is cash in hand, but there is also money owed.  Lunch Lady also came to the rescue with gifts.  There’s, of course, no aide service yet.

On the whole, the past week was a case of “in a daze.”  A neighbor seemed interested in being helpful, so it was suggested he could take care of the plants.  He didn’t come.  That may still be done by someone else.  The telephone was too low on money until Saturday morning to be using it even for the Security Check calls.  The calendars may be changed to October by the end of the week.  The outside “sits” were skipped several times, and it’s not unusual for breakfast to be at noon or later and supper at midnight or later.

Getting back on track can be a job.



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Not Much Hopefulness….

The ceiling fell first thing Saturday morning, a fitting post script for the month of August.  It wasn’t the entire ceiling, just the paint over the HVAC unit.  Yes, paint.  The HAVC units leak water.  The water from the one in the apartment above drained through the floor.  When enough water accumulated under the paint, which has some kind of rubbery element, it let go as if there were an explosion there.  Paint chips scattered about the place and hunks of paint hung from the ceiling.  The morning started with a call for emergency maintenance.

While Saturday started with another “negative,” which was added to later with a visit from New Friend to say he couldn’t be sure of any future visits and a cancellation of the club meeting (together enough to lead to Sunday starting with a need to change clothes at 2:00 a.m.), Sunday afternoon was something to restore faith in humanity and life.  Someone new came to help, and perhaps they will come again.  In addition, Nice Jewish Lady unexpectedly came by with part of what she had prepared for Sunday’s eats.  Kosher food’s quite good.

Much of the week, of course, was spent chasing after possible ways to replace the aide service and trying to cover what the aide would have done had there been one.  Some of it (not all) did get done.  Lunch Lady did bring special stuff mid-week and is now owed money.  Nice Jewish Lady did go get money and some most essentials Friday.  Today being a holiday, nothing much could be done and there’s no expectation of anything positive for the rest of the week.  The food truck comes Saturday (another “adjustment” trouble), but the rent’s paid.

It can be hard to be hopeful.  😦

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Still Another Bad Week….

Well, two weeks without aide service and the aide has now quit.  If heaven can see the future, heaven knows when there will be any aide service again, if there will be any at all.  Nice Jewish Lady got a few essentials again include the mail at the post office.  Given the need to be personally handling stuff like plant care alone, today’s essay is minimal.

Given that next Monday is a legal holiday, food delivery was unceremoniously adjusted.  In a more thinking environment that might have been perceived ahead of time.  It was a surprising visit when Lunch Lady brought the coming Friday’s stuff this past Friday.  (It was learned last Monday that the food truck won’t be around again until September 8.)

New Friend did not make it this past weekend.  Money had to be taken out of savings to get by this coming week.  There was a near serious fall in the bathroom yesterday.  The phone was down to about $3, but Nice Jewish Lady got a $10 payment card.  It’s a hope that’ll last out this week.  And, it’s one of those times when it’s hard to remember things.

Something said can be better than nothing said.

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Troubles That Are Different!

Tuesday started with a toilet that didn’t work right — limited service there.  When that became clear, a trip to the office around 1:30 p.m. (with a hope that maintenance would show up before there was a serious need for the thing) was in order.  And, yes, maintenance came and couldn’t figure it out for a while.  It seemed fixed when he left near 4:00 p.m.  An hour or so, maybe a dozen vinyl gloves and a pile of paper towels were needed to clean up the area.  There was a need for the thing near 8:00 p.m.  It wouldn’t stop flushing; eventually emergency maintenance was called.  They wouldn’t come until mid-morning Wednesday, July 4 — Happy Holiday, clean up the toilet again, and come afternoon, a need to change clothes again.  The only good thing about the day was that Nice Jewish Lady unexpectedly brought a nice lunch and cupcakes.

The doctor was re-scheduled for Thursday.  He did show up, not that it amounted to anything, and he showed up early during a bathroom visit.  To make matters worse, the message that he was coming went to a lady that wasn’t supposed to be getting any such thing.  Well, the hunt is still on for a new doctor, but an appointment was made with a hospital based place for August.  And, there wasn’t much choice as, of the three known places, it was the only one with an opening in August.  Now the deal is going to be how to get there, it being in another town downstate.  Nice Jewish Lady went to get stuff both Thursday and again on Saturday (money, vinyl gloves, underwear on order).  Aide service Friday was canceled; the trash pile over the weekend was huge.  As housekeeping was not done Friday, the errands were skipped today (no post office mail).

Today was food truck day.  Tomorrow a nurse visit is expected.  The rest of the week is not known yet.  That post office box mail hasn’t been picked up for going on two weeks again, and there’s a shortage of toilet paper.  With the aide not showing up Friday and the trash, etc., of necessity switched to today, the only way to get errands done is figure them for Friday — the entire deal is thereby upset and thereby “re-arranged” again.  There’s nothing stable in the business.  Really disillusioning was Saturday which included another day of diarrhea as well as a “visitation” that didn’t accomplish much and, as expected, no people interested in a club meeting.  To end the entry on the positive side, however, yesterday Young Friend’s friends brought a Fourth of July picnic lunch.  It was a nice thought much appreciated as such extra visits usually are.

The future can look very fearful.  😦

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An Eventful Week

Tuesday was election day.  The place underfoot is a place to vote.  People ran around the place more excited than usual, which makes it difficult to get around and get something done.  Tuesday night a powerful storm come through.  It was enough to be frightening.  Interestingly, a couple of people came in at “point x” and paid no attention to something taped to a window in the entry area.  As a last resort of sorts for an “emergency contact,” a U.S. Senator’s office was called, which was a waste of time.

Homemaker came Wednesday and took care of a couple of important things.  Wednesday evening a City Commission candidate visited and took some notes about the problems.  A speech was presented by a representative of the fire department on Thursday, but he didn’t touch the telephone problem.  That still has to be looked into with higher ups.  Lunch Lady isn’t too well these days but she stopped Friday with one of her gifts.  Saturday was a club chat as usual between the instigators.

Another visitor was scheduled for yesterday — results are pending.  Today, Memorial Day, is discussed in The Diary’s Blog.  Nice Jewish Lady kindly got stuff at stores a couple of times.  Nursing service is due tomorrow and rent has to be paid one day this week.  The food truck is due Saturday.  The assigning agency (for the other service, personal care) has now spent two and a half months “arranging” things with no results yet — just supposedly they are coming now and not as needed these days.

It’s hoped everyone’s holiday was nice.  🙂

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Upset Week Again

Tuesday the doctor did come.  Wednesday the housekeeper/homemaker did not come.  And, the Lunch Lady did stop by with one of her gifts, but not an edible one — that was promised for Friday (in the meantime something had to be scrounged up for some lunches as the prior batch of gift eggs was all gone).  With no housekeeping service, the post office box mail did not get picked up, nor was the trash hauled out until it was managed on Thursday, etc.  Nice Jewish Lady was again kind enough to get some of the things the aide didn’t get, like a bottle of pills and some coffee on Thursday, and the plants did get watered.  Of course, trying to cover what the aide didn’t do put a crimp in the (endless?) hunt for an emergency contact.

Saturday there was a mess, but it did get cleaned up in time for the club meeting, which is still the two instigators.  The Security Check Lady has been getting through okay.  Yesterday there was a lot of back pain for some unknown reason.  It being Mother’s Day and there being quite a few mothers in the old folks’ home underfoot, there was some coming and going in the place with things like bouquets of flowers.  Visiting the cemetery, however, was, of course, pretty much out of the question, especially given the back pains.  At least as of today the food truck is now out of the way for a short while.  The most important event of the week was that the debit card was lost for a while, but it’s been found.  The account has money.

Nursing service (to help get cleaned up) is due tomorrow.  From the looks of things, the aide assigning agency isn’t going to provide anything in this regard in the foreseeable future even though it’s their job.  The Lunch Lady’s delivery for next Friday will come this Friday due to it being Memorial Day in two weeks, and the food truck is also rescheduled for next time.  Young Friend said he could come by for a while this Friday since his visit early in the month had to be cut short.  The weather, naturally, is getting warmer, and the HVAC settings, etc., have yet to be figured out.  As it is, things get a bit warmish in the afternoon, but nights are still cool enough to have the heat settings in operation.  Changing it daily is more to do.

Spring can be a nice time.  🙂

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