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Old 05-15-2020, 11:52 PM   #101 (permalink)
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Not to me but to my family.
My sister had an infection that went bad, and had her leg amputated on Wednesday. Today she was up using a walker and working with the rehab people in the hospital. I'll take any good news.

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Old 05-15-2020, 11:54 PM   #102 (permalink)
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I successfully cut my hair the other day. It looks fine, but considering how terribly it could have gone, I was thrilled.

I did not attempt to trim the back, though, so we will se what kind of a mullet I have when all is said and done. Hopefully not too bad because as important as it is to me to look professional, I still see some clients in-person, and one always grabs my hair.

My brother started asking for a hair cut and we had thought that he dearly needed one. I said that I could do it and I was surprised that my family went along with it. I would feel upset if a professional did the job that I did, but for an amateur, I am pleased with myself!

Amputation is never good! I hope that everything goes as well as possible!

California Civic, I am glad that nobody in your story got amputated!
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Old 05-21-2020, 04:02 AM   #103 (permalink)
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I finally got Mom's old bed and my brother’s box spring out of my office. I got the solid wooden door that I bought for my bedroom, but never installed, out of my bedroom, and Mom’s old recliner out of the garage. The giant cardboard box for her new recliner was also in the garage. I spent the entire evening removing packaging tape and staples.

I piled everything on Mom's car yesterday, but I lost too much time discovering that she does not have a tow hook. I had my brother help me move her mattress onto my car, but I didn't have time to load up her old recliner and take everything to the dump before my last appointment yesterday. We watched a clip from "Big Bang Theory," I read my client a section from "A Series of Unfortunate Events," and I made money!

Why don't they give me more clients?

My brother carried the box back to my office, I helped him carry the mattress back, and he put everything else back, including big, heavy, and awkward stuff.

We carried the mattress on 2x4s and it was amazing how light and manageable it seemed as long as my brother kept it balanced—until we got to the gate.

Are you guys familiar with the forearm forklift? I bought a kit for an old roommate that frequently helped people move:

I didn't buy it for myself, but I had cargo straps. I tried to improvise, but my brother was more interested in shoving the mattress than following instructions.

My client did not cooperate and I was afraid that I would need to drop him because he wasn't making progress. The mom suggested that I got him to use his iPad like the last therapist did. Hopefully that is more productive than trying to get him to play with me.

His siblings are adults and do not help much; eventually she will probably need to put my client in a group home.

I wish that his siblings cared more.

I rushed home and had my brother help me load everything. I just hoped to get to the dump before it closed.

When I pulled onto the main street the giant cargo strap broke and everything fell into the street. I pulled into the first driveway and tried to park, but my car inexplicably stopped.

I got everything out of the road and back on my car. I tied the two pieces back together and spent half an hour getting the mechanism unstuck.

I just drove everything to storage, but I grabbed Jenga and the last set of stainless steel wire rack shelves that I bought. Mom prohibited me from putting them in her room, but my brother didn't...

I was looking forward to finally getting something to eat and drink, but they were leaving, so I went to set up the shelves in his room.

His room is full of toys and more than enough crayons for an entire company of Marines.

I could only open the door about halfway. I filled two plastic tubs and piled the rest on his bed until I had enough room.

The set of shelves barely fit between his bed and the door and now there is a clear path from the door to his bed. I thought that both of them would throw a tantrum, but Mom said “That is probably a good idea” and my brother just obsessed over picking up all of the debris on his carpet.

My office, my bedroom, my brother’s room, and the garage are slightly less cluttered. There were many other things that I wanted to accomplish today. Hopefully I do all of them tomorrow.
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Old 05-21-2020, 11:59 AM   #104 (permalink)
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My sister had an infection that went bad, and had her leg amputated on Wednesday. Today she was up using a walker and working with the rehab people in the hospital. I'll take any good news.
I missed this note the other day. I am sorry to hear about your sister. Good that she is recovering. I have had two close relatives down with COVID-19, but they are looking to make a complete recovery after weeks when we thought neither would make it.
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Old 05-21-2020, 12:01 PM   #105 (permalink)
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My sister and her husband had something, but couldn't get tested. They got better, but she still cannot taste or smell anything.
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Old 05-21-2020, 01:28 PM   #106 (permalink)
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^ I've read that's one of the potentially weird symptoms. ("Diagnose COVID-19 with this one weird trick!?")

These days, the best things are the many little "firsts" of the changing seasons I've been noticing: like I saw my first snake of the year yesterday. First oriole. Last night I glimpsed Mercury for the first time since I don't know when (easy to spot close to Venus about 15 min. after sunset for the next few days).

A popular local trend seems to be kids decorating pathways and parks with arts & crafts - a lot of painted stones placed on big rocks. I'm noticing more every day. I saw a funny decorated half-clamshell propped on a rock this AM.
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Old 05-21-2020, 01:31 PM   #107 (permalink)
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How do I find Venus?
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Old 05-21-2020, 02:20 PM   #108 (permalink)
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Ay, that's the problem isn't it?


Oh, you mean the planet!


It's the brightest celestial thing you'll be able to spot about 30 mins after sunset, not far above the horizon (you'll need an unobstructed view), pretty closely following the sun's path.


Also, there's an app for that. (Hundreds of 'em, probably.)

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