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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Day 103 of Sheltering In

Wednesday. Multiple stressers goin on.

1. I applied for both kids to go off my record for their benefits. I got a letter today saying funds will no longer be sent to my son’s financial institution.
2. My daughter told me that the big laundry basket of craft supplies and snacks I brought for ALL clients at my daughter’s group home the day before Memorial Day, were used by staff for bingo prizes and several clients never got anything the I bought for ALL of them.
2. My daughter informed me that the team lead told the ladies she was not bringing over special food and activities for the 4th of July. Those ladies have been sheltering in for over 100 days. They can’t leave to go to a party, or anywhere for that matter and the team lead said she wasn’t doing anything.
3. My daughter told me there was no bottled water on the 2nd floor, no fresh vegetables and only apples for fruit. The freezer contains highly processed packaged frozen meals...Hot Pockets, Burritos, Encor and Stouffers meals. All the ladies can cook so why are the staff buying garbage food?

I emailed the Director and Asst Director about all 3 items above.

3rd PT day I’m a row. It’s like when I scheduled my appointments with a therapist I had been suddenly struck stupid. Why did I schedule 3 days in a row?

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Day 102 of Sheltering In

Tuesday. Talked to my daughter about what her group home is doing for 4th if July. She said no one has said anything. I told her to find out if parents can bring over homemade food. If allowed I have no idea what to make, but I’m waiting to get my question answered. Since it takes a committee for most questions, I thought I’d ask early.

PT has been hell. My right shoulder is screaming. I’ve iced twice. They are still trying to collect a copay from me, so I will have to call my insurance Wednesday. I’m not paying it, because I won’t get it refunded. They are not submitting the bills properly. This happened my first day of PT. Also, they have been calling my PCP asking for an order, when I already gave them the orders from my 2 orthopedic visits. They did this because the orthopedic doctor’s office is impossible to reach by phone, but why do they need different orders? These look like the same format and verbiage that was used for my previous stint in PT. It’s bad enough they cause so much pain, but then I also have to keep calling my insurance. Not kewl. My last resort is to call Anastasia because she works at the corporate office. I really don’t want to do that. She’s back to calling or texting my wife to arrange plans with my son. I swear I have not done anything to get cut out of that loop.

PT was MTW because of the holiday. I swear I will never do that again.

Apparently I’ve been nominated and won the prize of teaching my father in law how to use a tablet so he can have a doctor appointment on Zoom. But I may have found a way to have my wife offer to do it. Score!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Day 99, 100, 101 of Sheltering In

Saturday, Sunday, Monday. My daughter sounds very down. A housemate got to visit family for a few days a couple weeks ago, and is on a home visit now. The rule is you must go 14 days on a home visit, because of the coronavirus. This one housemate can go just a few days. It’s not right. 

In other news, waiting on approval of my daughter’s leave of absence extension. Also, my daughter is trying to straighten out her union dues. Her supervisor did a “card” for my daughter so billing/collection of union dues stops while she is on leave. She’s gotten 2 invoices, May and June and they are continuing to charge her and the charges are adding up.

A group home in J town has 6 clients and 6 staff testing positive for the coronavirus. Also, 2 people that live in apartments are positive, 1 of them is hospitalized. Not good news. I know my daughter has read about this because she was the one who turned me on to the page that gives information about the group homes. Maybe that’s why she’s down? I’m going to talk to her about it Tuesday.

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Sunday Stealing-From Thursday Thunks

Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first - Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!




Questions from Thursday Thunks

1. If you could be a Muppet, which would you be?
Either Waldorf or Statler.

2. Why is a chicken crossing the road in the first place??
Because it used to be a dirt road. The paved road is there now and therefore the road must be crossed.

3. What's your favorite muscle?
The heart. The heart is a muscle.

4. Cheerios or Rice Krispies?
Either. Mostly Cheerios. Honey nut, or the new one that tastes like Fruit Loops.

5. Is summer ever going to get here?
It's been here. Temperatures are 85-89 most every day. What difference will the season change bring? Just going to be doing more of the same when they have to close businesses and order shelter in place because the spread of the coronavirus is very high. United States on Wednesday had 45,500 new cases. In ONE day. 

6. Have you ever had a utility turned off by mistake or some other reason besides weather or nonpayment?
The power goes out during storm. Water mains break, which you would think would be rare. A couple weeks had 4 breaks. (I live in a small township, not a huge city like Chicago. Not anymore anyway.)

7. What was your "last day" of something?
I don’t want to give the exact date, but early 2017 I went on medical leave. The last day at my job!  🎉🎊 🎇 And the last day I had to deal with the ugly haters at that place. 

8. If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month, which one would you choose?
It got cancelled, but I really enjoyed it. “The Travelers”.

9. Did you have any type of class trip, band trip, etc in high school? Where did you go, what did you do?
No. I wasn’t in band, or any after school activities. 

10. Do your feet smell?
I have a bad back and shoulders, no way could I pretzel myself to sniff my own feet. Now my socks? They have no funk. 😂

11. Do you know how to French braid?
Heck no! I am not skilled in girlie things. I can barely do I ponytail, and then it’s not going to be centered. I don’t wear makeup. Back in my 20’s I went through a period where I used makeup. I was just not good at applying it and my skin didn’t like it.

12. Two guys are walking down the street. One drops his hat and reaches down to pick it up, the other kicks him in the ass. Do you laugh?
Well...they are either related, or good friends because it says 2 guys, so they are walking together. Would you walk that close to a stranger? To kick the hat guy you would need to be in close proximity. Yes I’m gonna laugh!

13. You wake up one morning and dogs are meowing and cats are barking - what are fish, elephants and crocodiles doing?
The fishes are ca cawing and flying overhead. The elephants are snapping, coming out of the water. The crocodiles are standing upright hopping across the field.

14. You are going to your high school reunion. What award are you going to win?
The last hs reunion I was the gayest one who was out and proud and went with my partner at the time. I felt like a celebrity! Just about everyone came over to say hi. Most of them probably didn’t know me in hs. I recognized them from the yearbook. I even had a classmate from my neighborhood sit on my lap and give me a huge hug saying I was brave and she was proud of me. (Back in hs I was shy, kept to myself, introverted and no one would ever have believed that I would “come out” at a class reunion.) They skipped our 40th reunion, so hoping they will have one for 45. They’ve never given awards at our reunions. The next reunion I will bring my wife. So I would imagine my classmates would HAVE TO come over to say hi to see my wife. (The partner I brought previously is my ex partner.) Ever since my daughter’s first sleepover in 2006 I use this phrase ‘all the girls had to come by and watch the lesbians in their home habitat.’ For the reunion I would say ‘all my classmates had to come over to say hi and watch the married lesbians away from their habitat in a bar hall.’

15. You find yourself stranded on a deserted island. Soon you find a laptop with a lifelong battery & internet connection, then you find a cave with an endless supply of food and a spring of fresh water. A cruise ship comes along to save you - do you get on it?
Nah. I’m good. cable or satellite tv included? On second thought, don’t need that, I can stream shows on the found laptop.

16. How many shortcuts do you have on your desktop?
Shortcuts for apps? I have 5 vertical rows. Maybe 60+. Don’t ask me how many apps I have on my iPhone.

17. I offer you a pie... the most delicious pie you have ever seen. You either have to eat the entire thing in one sitting or allow me to slam it into your face, which do you choose?
If it’s a pie I like (there are few that I dislike), I would have no problem eating 
it in one sitting.

18. Are you a pen stealer?
At businesses I think they want you to take their pen that they paid good money to have their business ad on. Always, hotel pens, but usually accidental. I don’t go to many places that have pens with ads on them. The last pen I got was from my attorney. After I wrote some notes, I handed it back and he insisted I keep it. 

19. A dude from China comes up and offers you German chocolate cake, French fries and a Boston cream pie... what color is your car?
Does this dude abide? Is this dude meeting me in Germany, France, and Boston? My Buick is Obsidian Blue with Choccochino interior. I guess GM was being really creative that year.

20. Sometimes you just have to tap your foot to your favorite song - which tv series season finale are you watching?
I’m mostly in between series. I finished Better Call Saul not too long ago. That’s one series I would admit to watching. Lol!  I do need to finish Manifest, but I need to see if it’s still streaming on a platform I already use. 

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Day 98 of Sheltering In

Friday. Got up late. Didn’t get to Meijer til 1:30ish. My wife came with. She rarely does, but she was looking for fishing supplies, doo dads, whateves. So it was the 3 of us. One would think since we talked about getting frozen dinners for dinner, you would think one of us would have remembered. Nope. We’re loading up the car and my wife yells “dinner! We forgot dinner.” So my son and I go back in Meijer and get “dinner” and a couple things that should have been on my list.

We did a porch drop at my daughter’s group home. We couldn’t stay because we had our groceries in the car and needed to get home. 

And...I didn’t eat lunch ahhgain! I think that’s 4 days in a row. PT, running errands, or icing after PT, the time just flies by and it’s dinner time.

How does jelly get on the sole plate of an iron that is stored upstairs, far, far away from the kitchen where the jelly resides? How does that happen? 🤷🏻‍♀️ And how is it my ironing board cover feels paper thin? I don’t think I’ve ironed since the day before our wedding. I touched up everyone’s shirts and ironed slacks.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Day 97 of Sheltering In

Thursday. Did the leave of absence paperwork and brought it to the group home for my daughter to sign. Went home, had dinner, then scanned the signed forms and attempted to email them. Spent over 2 hours. I don’t know why Yahoo was making the photos blank. I tried multiple times. I even tried on my iPad. Nope. I tried resetting my phone and using another email address. Nope. Must be my phone if it did the same thing when using Gmail. So I scanned the 2 documents while in Yahoo, in the email I typed. It worked! The problem is they are a bit blurry. Still readable so I think they will be fine.

Day 100 coming soon. 
How to mark the occasion? Something special for my daughter? Surprise masks and social distancing visit?

The wife haircut is a no go. This weekend we are going to her dad’s, his wife (who is a stylist. Isn’t that what you call someone who cuts hair?) offered to give us all haircuts. I’m going to pass. I don’t want to be owing that woman anything. She is my father in laws 2nd wife. She treats him horribly. I like the haircut I did myself with help from my wife for the back of my head. My son claims he’s going to pass. I don’t see that happening unless I do it before the visit.

Anyone else in Illinois freaking out over everything opening up Friday? Especially since how well it’s going for FL, TX, CA, NC. At least tomorrow the grocery stores will have very few customers because everyone will be going out for breakfast, going out for lunch, going to a movie. Emagine in Frankfort will be open. I remember reading an article about different start dates for AMC, and the other theaters.

Friday is grocery shopping. Woo hoo! Hoping they aren’t busy. My wife has consented to accompany my son and I. She never goes shopping with us. She’s going to get stuff for her tackle box. She went to Walmart today thinking they have a lot of fishing stuff. Nope. Meijer has much more. I told her to go there in the first place. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Day 96 of Sheltering In

Wednesday. I had PT at the same time my daughter was talking to the Asst Director about work and the lockdown, so I had my daughter conference call my wife in so we got an accurate description of what was said. Lockdown is continued until 07/31/20. Yes! It’s not that I don’t want my daughter to come on home visits, it’s just not safe for baggers at her job now. They have plexiglass booths for each cashier, but absolutely no protection for baggers. My daughter has 3 underlying conditions, one being asthma, and she needs to continue sheltering in place. Staff is now taking them to the park to walk (masks and social distancing) and having pizza parties and picking up take-out for all the clients, so it’s not so prison-like. If we want to visit, weather permitting, I can call ahead to arrange it and wear masks and social distance on the patio. Still can’t hug, but we can hang out for awhile. Prior to this I could only porch drop and go. We also got concrete answers on something my daughter was starting to ruminate on. Her place in line for the apartments is safe whether she is working or not when the time comes that the apartment complex build is finished and ready for occupancy. The Asst Director said they have clients now in other apartment complexes that have lost their jobs or are in between jobs. They handle finances differently in those situations and it is not a problem. Phew!

Thursday is paperwork day for my daughter. Friday is probably haircut day. My wife has agreed to let me cut her hair! Yup. Pray for me. Just kidding. She wants a different cut, in fact shorter than mine. I told her we’ll start with the scissors, then the largest spacer on the Flowbee, then the next size down and continue until she is happy with the length. If she still wants the sides cut with the electric clippers, we’ll start with the highest numbered guard and stop when it’s Goldilocks (just right, lol).

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