LINDA - "Just watching Trump squirm as he tries to explain why he was unable to Save the World......." - Love it!
LINDA – pleased to see your Friend is in hospital which will take some of the strain off her OH, but it doesn’t sound good at this stage.
AQ – pleased it was an easy nanny-day – sounds as if they are growing up a bit now. Sorry about continuing hot temps.
ANNETTE and OTHERS – I wouldn’t be able to sit through all that legal and political TV, although I agree there will be ongoing rumblings for weeks/months to come!
DIANE – so so glad the cheque arrived! Are there any “proper” paid editing jobs around?
JANE – pleased to see that your injuries are healing; do take care. Good that the wee cat has come through the winter – how long before she turns up with kittens? That happened to us with one we fed soon after we married – she had relocated from the farm to have her babies, and once she had them weaned, she went home and left us with three kittens!
Another stage into old age: got onto Council's Telecare service yesterday - long assessment, and then the job was done. I am now wearing a call pendant - but had a choice and got a smart black one rather than the big red blob in the middle of a cream pendant (that made me look nearer 90 than 70!) and part of the package was a smoke alarm (so now we have a row of three down the corridor) and a CO detector (now we have two of those)!
OH finished cutting back perennials and hoed the bed yesterday morning, so that completes the deck area - apart from my plan to change the planting in the troughs along the edge. Today the cleaner is here now, and in the afternoon I have my rheumatology check-up at the hospital in Dumfries. should stay dry here today, and even tomorrow, but definitely cooler with white cloud all over.
Received this from GD-in-Law yesterday:
Heather: That's awful about your Welsh friend. Is her family involved at all, at least in making arrangements? Had to smile at the Dane's ER-on-a-bicycle program; it sounds so.....Danish. I wonder if the lady doesn't come with a bag of (what we call) Danish pastries. OG: Kiddie photo is a treasure! What a smile on that little cutie - and the baby too! (Sorry, have completely blanked on names.) Didn't realize they were making "smart" call pendants but good for you - definitely a smart decision. Re your question to Diane about editorial jobs. Just from my own experience, jobs in the print field are increasingly rare with most of them on the East Coast around NY, with much smaller pockets on the West Coast. Even big-city newspaper have cut back so much over the last decade or so that those staffs are stretched thin. We have a couple of local magazines here, but they're advertising-driven and very life-style-y. I worked for two nonprofit "association" magazines published by large organizations whose main business wasn't publishing, but which had the money to publish magazines that pushed their agendas and/or services. In my last job, the association was legally required to communicate monthly with each member (regardless of how many individual members lived under one roof!) and also had good employee benefits (a real rarity these days). That's the group I still produce frivolous blather for every month or so. So I was lucky. So much is done online these days and I doubt there's much in the way of job security there. I was recently offered a chance to freelance for a San Francisco lifestyle start up but don't fancy taking on more work for not much money. Diane is in a specialized area however, so have no idea what her options might be - and shouldn't be speaking for her!! :-) I swear we could be in England for all the gray and wet! :-)
In reply to Original Goldfinch and Eagle-eye:
bjane: That's distressing to read about the money you've spent for various items. We have a Loan Closet here, which is run by the Visiting Nurses Association, where you can borrow -indefinitely - items such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, etc., which helps just a little bit. Still, it leaves families paying for all the other stuff (don't get me started on drug costs, which are in the headlines right now). You have to spend down any assets to a pathetic level to qualify for federal/state aid. I don't see the new Medicare-for-all platform going far but do hope the Dems can get in in 2020 and make some meaningful changes. Nice that you can feed that cat without worrying about waking up to a kitty litter! California just passed a law saying that pet shops (not reputable breeders) can sell only dogs, cats and rabbits that come from local shelters/rescue groups as a way to get rid of puppy mills, etc. They're currently watching for loopholes and potential offenders...
Annette- yes, we have Lending Closets here. After my OH died, I donated many items to one of them. The Lending Closets are wonderful for people who have a somewhat temporary need for them, even years. People with major disabilities usually need equipment that is measured for them. My daughter needs a wheelchair that has specific pads and leg rests that help keep her sitting up and her legs on the footrests. Fortunately, I no longer have to pay for these, as she has Medicare and Medicaid for the disabled. Before the disabilities act there was nothing except institutional care for the severely disabled. My daughter's problems have progressively gotten worse as the years go by. but she is insistent on trying to live independently (with aides that come in to bathe and dress her). I am only a substitute aide for her now and I also manage her medications and her transportation to medical appointments.
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