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The In-Laws

Monday, September 01, 2014

Today after dinner, we went to visit my in-laws. We walked in to a very strong smell of gas. MIL had put on the gas burner on the stove, hadn't noticed that the igniter was broken and just left it. FIL, who is the one who "takes care of" MIL who has dementia, was totally oblivious to the smell as well. I got a bad sore throat and a headache from the gas even though we had fans going and doors and windows open to air out the house. Dh taped off the defective burner so that (hopefully) they won't use it anymore until it gets fixed. They have repeatedly refused to go to an assisted living situation of some kind. Now we are hoping to get a Filipina home health care giver to come in at least a couple of times a week, if not daily, to help. The main reason they won't go to any kind of care facility is because they want only Filipino food. I know that MIL isn't taking any of her insulin or other meds. FIL has beginning Alzheimer's himself and while he can take care of himself, he really can't take care of her. Dh went back to the house to deliver a chair that was coming from his sisters and found MIL distraught, so he spent time getting her calmed down and into bed.

  
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1MORNINGWALKER 9/1/2014 12:50PM

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JENNEINAZ 9/1/2014 11:56AM

  That sounds scary. I hope you find a good solution soon.

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COMPCHIC52 9/1/2014 12:38AM

    It may be time where you have no choice. sorry its tough I know. emoticon

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My Friend Linda

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Today I had lunch with my friend Linda. I have known Linda now for 39 years. We went to a Japanese restaurant that neither of us had ever been to before but was truly lovely. It was quite reasonably priced and was neither the fast foody ubiquitous teriyaki nor the posh and expensive sushi. I had chicken chasu don - steamed chicken with spinach and green onions on a bed of rice. I was able to order a small, which was really nice because it was just the right amount and was cheaper to boot.

Linda and I talked for 3 hours. I think the waitress was a bit miffed because she kept coming to ask if we were "ok" but there were tables available and we didn't feel the need to move. I only see Linda about 3 or 4 times a year but every time we just pick up where we left off. It is nice because we both grew up overseas and share that unique perspective of a "third culture kid" (someone who shares neither the culture of their citizenship nor the culture of their adopted country, but has a third culture that is a blend).

  
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FRAN0426 8/31/2014 9:43PM

    So nice the two of you have remained in touch all these years. It must be wonderful to have someone who shares some the same experience of living elsewhere abroad growing up.

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JENNEINAZ 8/31/2014 10:56AM

  I'm glad you had a good time. The Japanese food sounds yummy!

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JIBBIE49 8/31/2014 1:21AM

    Glad u had a good time. I always found a restaurant expects customers to eat and leave, where a bar doesn't mind if you have a long stay.

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COMPCHIC52 8/31/2014 1:19AM

    My brother came in from out of town. me, my husband him and his wife, my sister all met for lunch and they kicked us out cause I guess we over stayed 2 hours was to long for them. I went to the top people on that. it was at a steak house we spent a lot of money there. never been so embarrassed in our lives. no we were not loud either just visiting.

so glade you had a good time.. good friends are wonderful to have. emoticon

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The Bill Paying/Filing/Shredding Extravaganza Day 4

Friday, August 29, 2014

Yesterday I took a break and drove over 2 hours south. My son took a hunting safety course. I'm sure they must offer them sometimes closer but we couldn't find any and he's a bit impatient to get his license so I was a patient mama and took him. My daughter came too and we made a day of it. We took sandwiches and stopped and ate them in a parking lot on the way. I wanted to get out of the car at the place we stopped but they required a $3 fee and some "squirrels" had been in my purse and I had no money. Oh well, the "squirrels" had to eat in the car with me too and couldn't get out either! We did stop later at a state park and walked down to a beach and did a bit of exploring. I stepped on a place that I thought was solid sand and my whole foot disappeared into a puddle of seawater. Oops! It dried out. We got to our destination a bit early and walked around at a very small mall. Then we went to Safeway so that my son could pick up some items from the deli for dinner. My daughter and I were meeting my internet friends for dinner so we didn't get dinner there. I did get a small pack of pretzels and hummus though because I was getting shakey from low blood sugar.

My meet up with my internet friends went very well. They were very nice ladies (not a single middle aged man in underwear around). We laughed and chatted for over two hours. One of the ladies brought her 13 year old daughter and she and my 12 year old daughter hit it off. I'm glad that I met them.

Today it's back to the old grind. I was so tired in the morning but got up for a dentist appointment. No cavities - yay! And this afternoon I made myself work on another old box of paperwork. I threw/recycled/shredded over half of it. The rest of it were things like old photographs that I want to keep. I saw a picture of my dad with my daughter and cried a bit.

  
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JENNEINAZ 8/30/2014 12:09PM

  A very good day!

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FRAN0426 8/30/2014 1:03AM

    Glad to hear your Thursday mini trip went so well for all of you. Looks like you my need a lock for your purse to keep the "squirrels" out, just kidding Jean.
Wonderful news from the dentist, love those kind of visits myself.
Have a great three day holiday weekend.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/29/2014 7:58PM

    Sounds like a good day all-in-all! HUGS

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The Bill Paying/Filing/Shredding Extravaganza Day 3

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Today is the first day I could really see progress. I have now gone through all three 3 file boxes and have filed every single piece of paper that goes into them. I've shredded three bags worth of papers and have recycled even more. But despite the shredding, the files are full to bursting again because of all the things filed. Sigh. I might need to get a fourth box but I'm not sure where to put it. Maybe where the loose papers were all stacked in a teetering pile!

Once I got done with those files I went through my in-box which had stuff at the bottom which went back two years. Most of that I was able to get rid of. I still have a very messy desk to deal with and a couple of other miscellaneous paper piles. And I have a file folder of business that actually needs phone calls or letters or visits to important offices. So I'm not done with the entire topic of paper clutter.

I won't be able to get to all of that though until Friday at the earliest because tomorrow I'm driving two hours plus south to take my son to a class. While there I'm going to meet some internet friends for the first time in person. I hope they don't end up being middle-aged men in their underwear!

  
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JENNEINAZ 8/28/2014 10:57AM

  Almost done with the paper! Enjoy the meet up!

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1MORNINGWALKER 8/27/2014 11:21PM

    Glad you are seeing progress, with all those silly papers and files.
I sure hope all goes well with your internet friends, LO.

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FRAN0426 8/27/2014 8:46PM

    You sound like you could use a change of pace, good thing you need to bring your son somewhere tomorrow. Have a nice time meeting internet friends, hope they are properly dressed.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/27/2014 7:43PM

    Yikes! I hope those internet friends you are meeting aren't of your description either!

Drive safely. Kudos on the progress you've made.

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The Bill Paying/Filing/Shredding Extravaganza Day 2

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I'm frustrated that there is a day two. Why don't these things all get done in the couple of hours I've alloted for them! (I know - unrealistic expectations to begin with). I'm tempted to do what I've done for years - stuff all the stuff back in it's holding box and ignore it until I can't stand it anymore or it becomes an absolute emergency if I don't find something. But I'm not going to do do that this time. I think my life will go so much smoother if I get a handle on this once and for all. (I did this recently with a couple of trouble spots in my kitchen and I'm finding it easy to keep those areas clean and organized now.)

  
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JENNEINAZ 8/27/2014 10:41AM

  You can do it! (We need to go through some old paperwork too, but I am not ready to deal yet so it continues to sit in its box.)

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    organization is not a strong point of mine. emoticon emoticon

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FRAN0426 8/26/2014 8:27PM

    You are so right and you can and will get to it.

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