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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Sunday Stealing-From Facebook

Hi! Your host is Bev Funny the World". . 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. Cheers to all of us thieves!

From Facebook
1. The best story your parents or grandparents tell about the good ole days. 
The only thing I can think of is ‘you kids have it too good with your bus rides to/from school. When I was a kid we had to walk 5 miles in the snow, freezing, uphill.’  My parents really didn’t tell stories about the good ole days. I think the school thing was true for them. They both came from large families, lots of kids, lots of mouths to feed. My Mom was fortunate to have been adopted, while her 3 biological siblings were sent to orphanages because their dad remarried and his new wife couldn’t be bothered with them. That new wife was known to me as grandmother. I didn’t find out until my teens about that situation. Not only could she not be bothered with her new husband’s instant family, she couldn’t be bothered to learn to speak English. She spoke broken English, mostly Italian, with a little English. When she spoke to me I couldn’t understand her. My Mom’s 3 step siblings spoke fluent Italian and just yelled at her to talk to my sister and I in English. So, no stories.

2. The best things in life are...
FREE! Coco Chanel said it and The Beatles sang it, so it’s fine by me.

3. Things that drive me batty
...drivers who tailgate you because you have the audacity to drive the speed limit, or only a couple mph above it and they’re in a damn hurry to get to Starbucks or wherever.
...drivers at a 3way or 4way intersection who think that a full stop doesn’t apply to them and then honk, scream and make gestures because you attempted to cross the intersection after a complete stop, like you were the one who did something wrong.

4. A place I'd like to live and why
In a big single level house with at least 3 garages, a huge deck with comfortable patio furniture overlooking a beautiful backyard with fragrant flowers and a manicured lawn. A place where I could have my morning coffee and enjoy the scent of those fragrant flowers. Sometimes I think I would like it to be where I grew up, because so many of the kids from my neighborhood bought the house they grew up in. Other times I think I would like it to be in a more rural area. 

5. The best thing I've ever found
My wife. 😉 

6. The best thing that happened recently is.
Can’t think of anything.

7. I admire people who...
Take the time to spend their time with others.

8. What makes me special
You tell me. Or ask my wife because I don’t have a clue.

9. I am looking forward to...
Getting things back on track.
Being able to have people over. Even if they aren’t ‘my people’.

10. Things that scare me
My daughter being off her most important medication for almost 2 weeks. She CANNOT have another break, she’s lost so much from the previous ones.
My daughter moving into the new apartment complex 2 miles from my house. She is not prepared to make a budget, or even list of things she will be responsible for, like meal planning and shopping. She’s got champagne taste and won’t have the luxury of buying the foods that she’s been getting at the group home. I can’t believe the group home agency hasn’t prepared her for budgeting and meal planning. She’s been told move-in day is May 1st. The last we heard was the apartment is not furnished. When I first heard she was on the list before they were built I started collecting things. Loveseat, coffee tables, my old dining room set, Corningware baking dishes (from thrift stores). She still needs a bedroom set, a set of dishes and glasses, flatware, cookware, bakeware, utensils, microwave oven, kitchen towels, bathroom towels. It’s still a lot and friends of my wife’s had promised some things and now that move-in day is 2 weeks away...crickets.

11. Complaints I have
There are just too many right now. I’m overwhelmed because every obstacle I come across I have to deal with rude, lazy, incompetent people.

12. I could never live without...
My 2 kids and my wife.

13. Things that make me laugh 
Used to be a lot. I used to be funny, but this pandemic, the restrictions, all the health things, the pain, the car accident, tearing up my knee getting off an MRI table and 4 months later I’m still going to PT.

14. What is a new skill that you would like to learn?
I’ve always wanted to learn to paint.

15. What brightened your day today?  
My kids. Mostly my son lately. My daughter isn’t doing well because she skipped her most important medication for almost 2 weeks before telling me, and I can tell she’s “off”. Way off, and it’s scaring me, I thought all that was behind us. The bad symptoms, the hospitalizations. My son knows when I need a hug.
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Day 389-390 of Sheltering In-Waiting

Thursday-Friday. Thursday and Friday were PT. Thursday my right arm that I got the shot in was swollen and hurt just to move it, so the only PT thing that was a problem was the step bike. I just kept my right hand in my lap and let my left arm and legs do all the work. I had a headache and really wanted a nap, but that never happened. After PT I went to pick up my daughter’s medication. Of course it didn’t go smoothly. I was assured on Wednesday night that the insurance rep called the pharmacy to confirm it went through. It didn’t, so I had to get out of the drive thru line, park, and spend an hour on the phone with a jerk from the insurance company. My daughter wasn’t with me so I added her to the call, he told me to take her off the call. Then he had a hissy fit because I was using the speaker through the radio. (Wednesday night the entire call was on After putting me on hold 5 times, he finally told me it now went through and I got off the phone and got back in line. I eventually got the medication.

Friday was PT again, but the arm pain was gone so I could do the step bike and the other stuff. Afterwards I went to Meijer to get the stuff no one told me we needed, but there were no electric carts, not even the wheelchair. So no shopping. No way I could walk the entire store after PT.

I haven’t heard from my sister in over a month, but my daughter talked to her today. Isn’t that nice? You’re saying, ‘Lola, why don’t you call her?’ Nope. Not gonna happen because I don’t know when it’s ok to call. If my daughter calls and it’s not ok, everything is cool because she’s the niece. I’m just her sister and I’ve called at the wrong time and have gotten yelled at more times than I can count. I’m not in the mood to get yelled at. Therefore I’m not calling her. 

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Day 388 of Sheltering In-Waiting

Wednesday. I got my 2nd dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. I am wiped out. I don’t know if it’s:

The shot
The long drive to get the shot
The long to walk to the very back of Walmart because there were no electric carts (yes, I little old lady walked with my walker and my knee brace on)
The 1/2 hour I spend on hold with a provider’s billing service (no one ever came on the line)
The one hour I spent on the phone with my daughter’s insurance company trying to get them to authorize payment for her missing psychiatric medication. I finally got them to authorize 10 pills. The missing 1/2 month of doses better turn up when she goes back to the group home, because I couldn’t do better than 10 pills and I really tried. The group home should have been handling this, but not one single staff person would help my daughter. It’s closer to 2 hours because yesterday and today I coached my daughter on how to make the calls herself
I think I should send them a bill for my services. How much should I charge an hour?

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Day 383-387 of Sheltering In-Waiting

Friday-Tuesday. Friday. I am seriously losing track of time. It feels like Saturday. I had PT earlier and am chillaxing. Saturday was grocery shopping. Can I say how much I dislike going grocery shopping on the weekends? Sunday I stayed home all day and actually had alone time. I had alone time so long I thought the family had been kidnapped! I never get that much alone time in my own house. Monday migraine...canceled PT. Bad migraine.

My daughter found out move in day is May 1st, but her source isn’t necessarily reliable, so we will plan to have my daughter pack, but that’s it. I think I’ve mentioned before I did get some furniture and stored it away at my house. Still a lot of things to get, but they are all things that can be gotten after she gets the keys. My daughter also has a lot of people, friends and relatives of my wife, who want to help get her set up with smaller things. For furniture I’ve got everything but a bedroom set. We got a Sam’s Club membership last week (deal in the Val Pak, $45 membership and then you get a $45 gift card, so it’s basically free). Their towels looked like they were a good deal and really good quality, so we’ll probably make a trip back to get those. They looked so good I think my wife and I are gonna be jealous. I will be researching bedroom sets from both new and 2nd hand sources.

Tuesday was another didn’t leave the house day. I had an appointment but canceled it because they aren’t billing properly, so the insurance is denying payment. It’s always fun and games with insurance as it is, without the billing errors added in. 

Been freaking out since last week because my daughter was shorted 1/2 a month’s supply of her most vital medication. I had been having my daughter handle the situation, but she was being ignored. Today I emailed the director, stating that, AND naming names of everyone my daughter talked to in an effort to get the missing medication. You don’t mess around with Lola, especially when it comes to my kids. I made it very clear that she needs the missing medication Wednesday and if she runs out I guarantee she will be hospitalized, and it will not be good. I waited 20 minutes after I sent the email and then I called. The director was in a meeting. They are all ALWAYS in a meeting, that’s why I send emails first. I got an email reply 45 minutes after I sent my email. 🤞hoping everyone follows through and I can pick up the missing medication Wednesday. 

Wednesday I get my 2nd dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. Driving all the way to Hodgkins, because at the time I scheduled the 1st dose it was the only place I could get an appointment. My wife and son got appointments in J town and will get their 2nd dose at the end of the month. We are not in the “back to normal after vaccination camp”. We will continue to take the same precautions because my daughter has severe asthma and we can’t risk being a carrier and infecting her, even though they say when you get the virus after being vaccinated it’s mild. With these new, variations of the COVID-19 virus, it makes us err on the side of caution. You don’t mess with severe asthma. She was hospitalized about 2 months ago with a severe attack. I’m praying that once she moves into the brand new apartments her asthma will improve. I think that old house she’s been living in caused her asthma. She never had asthma before she moved to the 2nd floor of that house.

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Sunday Stealing-Morning Meme

 Hi! Your host is Bev Sykes of the blog "Funny the World". . 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. Cheers to all of us thieves!  

Google is not playing nice today. Having a really hard time posting comments. Please don’t think I’m skipping out on commenting. I’m really trying, even cleared my cache and history in Google.


1. You have just been hired to clean your own home, what is your first complaint?
No can do.

2. Are you able to ignore a ringing telephone?
No. I look at the caller id. Most of my calls are spam/scam calls, so I silence the call so it stops.

3. How often do you allow a ringing phone to go to voice mail?
All the time. See #2. If it’s not someone I know, or a call I’m expecting, it gets silenced and sent to voicemail.

4. Do you answer your cell phone, out in public, every time it rings? Or do you silence it and get back to it when you’re in a more private area?
If it’s a member of my immediate family, or a call regarding a medical appointment, I answer no matter where I am.

5. How often would you say you’re on your home phone? Your cell phone?
I don’t have a home phone. Talking on my cell phone, not much. But I do use it to read my Kindle books, so it’s in my hand a lot.

6. Do you like talking on the phone or do you view it as a necessary communication tool?
I do like talking on the phone.

7. When did you last go for a bike ride?
Bicycle, probably 2002? I bought a fancy mountain bike that has front and rear shock absorbers. Motorcycle ride, probably 2004. I had a riding buddy and we’d ride to Boystown, or Andersonville. Sometimes we’d ride North, which was not my favorite because I was not an experienced rider and I didn’t like riding above 40mph.

8. Do you own a bike?
I still have my mountain bike and my motorcycle, but unfortunately I can no longer ride either due to my back problems. I doubt that I could get on the motorcycle and maintain it in an upright position. I have a Suzuki Intruder 800. Not a small bike. A previous owner had modified it to look and sound like a Harley Davidson, so I’d get asked about it at stoplights all the time.

9. Given the most popular New Year’s resolution of losing weight, would you consider putting bicycle riding as one of your exercise options? Why or why not?
I can no longer ride due to back problems, but when I have PT I do use a step bike.

10. If you had to name a smell that always makes you nostalgic, what would it be? What sorts of memories does the smell evoke?
Coty Airspun Face Powder. My Mom used it when she dressed up. I know that scent anywhere, even though she passed away, this June it will be 37 years ago. I smell it occasionally when I’m around senior citizens. 

11. What did you do over the weekend? No detail is too small. This is your journal, so tell us about the mundane tasks in your life.
Saturday we went grocery shopping at Meijer. It was a much shorter trip than usual because I didn’t have a list on paper. Since the pandemic began I’ve been writing out my list rather than using my iPhone Notes app. That way I’m not continually exposing my iPhone to potential germs, etc. Sunday is my stay in and chill day. Amazingly, my kids weren’t up in my grill wanting to go shopping or watch tv. I read and did this blog post.

12. If it weren’t for my blog, I’d _________. 
I’d go bat crap crazy. I used to do a lot of days of the week posts like Sunday Stealing, but when I returned to blogging after a long hiatus, many owners of the original blogs that created them stopped blogging. I even used to have what I thought was a fun Thursday feature called
“If I Could Blog Back Time Thursdays”. Here is one I found in my Drafts. Topics where all over the map, about growing up, school, holidays. The idea was to take the week’s topic and blog something personal related to it. I’d love to bring it back, but I usually have no readers outside of Sunday’s.

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12/17/19 topic is Christmas Present. What are your hopes/plans for this Christmas?
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13. When was the last time you replied “because I said so”? Do you find yourself saying that a lot? Or do you prefer to tell people WHY you want them to do something for you.
Multiple times a day. My daughter is on a home visit so both my daughter and son play the “I’m not doing it, I did it last time”, or other variations of avoiding ANYTHING.

14. What is the worst gift you’ve ever received?
Just about anything from exes who thought last minute shopping for a holiday or birthday at Walgreens was appropriate. For those not familiar, it’s a drug store (pharmacy) that has all kinds of crappy things last minute shoppers will think is the perfect gift. When you go there you can tell who those last minute shoppers are because they are like a deer in headlights. I only go there to pick up the stray prescription one of our doctors sent there in error, or I need one item and I don’t want to go to a regular store.

15.  Tell us the worst gift you’ve ever given. What was the reaction of the recipient?  
I don’t give bad gifts. Anytime my wife or one of my kids go ga ga over something on tv or when we’re out and about I add it to a list on my Notes App on my iPhone. When it’s time for a gift, I consult my list. It NEVER has failed me.
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