Tuesday (Delayed)…. As the year endeth, homemaking services stopped all of a sudden. The aide didn’t show up. Eventually it was learned she quit. Chance is, by the end of the week they may get to contacting sources used to hire, etc. The trash, again, is piled high. A trip to the office to pay the rent ran into news about the coming construction. Delay is in the works. With no aide for errands to buy at least boiled ham and sauerkraut for New Year’s Eve night, not that it has been a long practiced tradition, there was a serious consideration of going to the New Year’s party. Pork and sauerkraut were promised. It was barbequed pork.
Wednesday (Delayed)…. The new year dawned. Friend was expected near noon based on what was said on Sunday. The day was to be treated like a Sunday. An opportunity existed then to get rid of the trash, get some cash and buy the listed things set out for the aide. There was piddling around with the computer during the wait for friend, which lasted until around 4:00 p.m. Assuming the delay was due to him being with another resident, he was called – several times. Turns out he had company coming over and was at home and would be staying home. But, of course, he would be stopping by on Sunday.
Thursday (Delayed)…. The visitor of the day was the nurse. Being much better in regard to her reason for being present, it’s expected she will be off the case in about a week. In a sort of surprise, friend evidently dropped off water, alcohol and cake on his way to work – they were outside of the door in the morning. As a matter of practice he is reimbursed for anything bought on his own. The year has started immediately with an unexpected bill. Tuesday’s discussion with the aide’s office turned a bit nasty, so discussion has to be had with the assignments office. The plants finally got watered this morning – a day late again.
Friday (Delayed)…. The day’s visitor was the food truck driver. As usual there was rapid fiddling with the order in the morning. There’s now plenty of food in the place. It being Friday, the discussion with the assignments office could not be avoided any longer. A dollar was spent on the telephone, and, of course the woman in charge of things wasn’t in the office. Email is it. Cigarettes got lower as the day progressed. They were on the aide’s list but they weren’t mentioned in friend’s telephone call. At least the food truck business went well. A note in the management’s newsletter caused a dash to the office, but all is okay.
Saturday (Delayed)…. The chore of the day was the email letter for the services of homemaker aide. It was one long, involved baby. In the midst of creating it friend sent a text message saying he wasn’t coming around on Sunday. He was in fact in Michigan having left for important business a day early to avoid road problems due to the coming bad weather. At that point there were only eleven cigarettes left. Well, it’s not the first some there’s been scrounging through an apartment building looking for someone with an extra pack of cigarettes. Late morning would be the time to get started on that.
Sunday (Delayed)…. Given the text message, friend wasn’t expected; so, there being no need to sit in the apartment, the scrounging for cigarettes could start fairly early, like near noon. First there was a trip to the community room as it was possible someone else had taken over some of friend’s activities. (No.) A little miracle happened then. The elevator was called to go upstairs, and when the door opened there, aiming for the first floor not the basement, was a “one likely bet” for having extra cigarettes. That business was done in ten minutes, and the day was spent with the computer.
Monday…. Several places were called, like a follow up on the email letter. The plants were watered, deemed okay since they were watered on Thursday. The lunch lady did not come due to the service organization being closed due to the weather. The trash continues to accumulate. Things like the email letter took precedence over even blog composing but clearly that got done yesterday and today. Cigarettes continue to dwindle. Whether or not the lunch lady cometh any day soon isn’t known. Friend may be stuck in Michigan. He didn’t talk like that, but it is reality.
The world unravels very easily.