Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Power Restored...

 With both electricity and internet out, it has been a quiet morning here. Currently a balmy 72 degrees, it promises to warm up which is unfortunate. Natives to the north are enjoying sixties and sunshine while the rest of us continue to sweat. Happily, I had a hot breakfast about 7 AM and was washing up when the outage happened and had not anything in the washer or on the hob.

 The household laundry was all done yesterday so I had the small luxury of clean sheets and coverlet. Groceries came speedily last evening but I guess I will have to change the instructions and explicitly tell the delivery person to place the bags on the concrete to the side of the ramp. It is apparently insufficient to tell them to put the bags beside rather than on the ramp. Last night all were placed in a neat line at the bottom of the ramp rather than at the side. This meant that I had to open the door part way and back up into the hall with each bag so as to avoid hitting the groceries and possibly tearing the paper. All ended well.

The phone call to the vendor for a service appointment was less than satisfactory. Apparently they need to order parts and the representative is supposed to give me a write up, date unspecified and no appointment as yet with a technician. It has been three years since it was serviced. I asked about a new chair and this set off a whole barrage of questions and the whole "You need a prescription and a meeting with a seating specialist" BS that I have neither the time nor any desire to deal with. Especially since it would involve public transport which is unreliable at best and going into a hospital. Since my insurance did not cover this chair then or now, and we have nasty breakthrough infections from COVID still killing people, I will either wait or find another way to get what I need in the future. The systems in place to meet these needs are ridiculously cumbersome, particularly if there is no change of diagnoses or change of need and no letter of medical necessity is needed because it isn't covered and there is already one on file from my purchase in 2009.

Lukas is doing his best but truly doesn't understand my glee at his deposits in the litter box. His vet is unworried as long as he follows a regular pattern in going and continues to eat and drink and take his meds. 

On the lighter side of things, I've discovered an author who wrote a trilogy of historical fiction based on the life of a ten times great grandmother of mine and an eight times great grandmother of hers. I am midway through the first book and thus far, completely captivated.

What has your interest today?

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Should I have gotten out of bed today ?

 Yes indeed. Both screws in my troublesome front caster decided to fall out today, leaving me at an odd angle and going nowhere since the small wheel was on the floor. Fortunately, I was in bathroom which is tiny and able to scoot onto the toilet lid where I could then collect the screws and caster from the floor, tilt the chair up toward my lap and attempt to put everything back together. For the moment all is as well as it can be. It is Sunday so of course my original vendor for this chair is closed.

FBK offered me the opportunity for what turned out to be a rather useless chat with a nameless individual who suggested I call the office tomorrow. Really? When I pointed out that the company website contains various "How To" vids for an assortment of problems with vans but nothing for wheelchairs, the response of, "That is a good idea, I will pass that on," struck me as being a bit late in the game. This company started selling chairs in the eighties and we've had internet and social media for long enough that someone at that mobility company might have thought for more than two seconds about this. Perhaps, as with many things, this idea has been suggested and rejected from another source. Either way.  I am not getting my hopes up.

Strangely, because I almost never eat it, I wanted oatmeal today. That seems a funny thing to eat with temperatures still in the mid-eighties. However, I happily followed the microwave instructions, awaiting a comforting bowl topped with banana and a few berries. The resulting explosion took more time to clean up than the oatmeal did to eat and if I deign to make it ever again it will be in a pot on the stove. Slow cooking has its advantages. 

Thanks to those of you who shared links for recipes of vegetarian Pho. I look forward to further investigation. No tofu will be involved.

Happy Sunday...