Tuesday
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neyronrose
I went to bed around 9:30 p.m.  I got up briefly during the night, but went right back to bed.  I got up for the day a little before 9:00 a.m.

It took a while for me to get ready, and there was construction on the route, but I got to B. and R.'s place on time.

B. had intestinal issues, and it took quite a while to get him cleaned up.  It was a relatively long day.

After my shift, I spoke to my home health aide coordinator, I.P.  I took a shower and then followed up with the coordinator by writing a lengthy e-mail documenting what we had discussed.

I had gotten the two scrub tops and two pairs of scrub pants I had ordered through Walmart.  Unfortunately, the scrub pants were too small, but the tops fit well.  I need to get more scrub pants, as the two pairs of khaki pants I have worn in the past two days have gotten wrecked.

I may go to bed early tonight.  I am very tired.

Monday so far
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I went to bed around 11:00 p.m.  I got up briefly at 4:30 a.m. and went back to bed.  I dozed again, I think, and got up at 6:30 a.m.

I made it to B. and R.'s in good time.  B. was somewhat calmer.  A nurse came to visit after I'd finished helping B. and was cleaning the kitchen.  I gave her an update.

It's very nice out, so I'll work in the yard some and go for a walk with Mom.

Later: Mom and I went for a walk in the local park.  I was glad I'd gotten out of the house and gotten some sun on a nice day.  Several of the tulips on the hillside have buds.

Sunday so far
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neyronrose
I went to bed a little after 11:00 p.m.  I got up briefly at 5:00 a.m.  I lay down again, but didn't get back to sleep.  I got up for the day at 6:00 a.m.

Today is my first day working with R. and B. as a home health aide, so I want to be ready to go in good time.

Later: B. was very anxious about having a new person helping him, but I'm used to dealing with anxious elderly people, so I stayed calm, and we got through his routine for the day.  I remembered the routine for the light cleaning in the kitchen and bathroom, and R. told me where things were.  Miss Daisy the poodle was very excited about having a new person in the place.

It was a nice day out.  I planted a lot of the hardy plants I had gotten the other day.

Saturday
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neyronrose
I went to bed at 1:00 a.m. and woke at 5:00 a.m.  That wasn't good.

Dad and I went to pick up the plants from the youth group plant sale at the church S.M. attends.  We dropped the plants off at home and then went to the Christmas Tree Shop and Home Depot.

Friday
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neyronrose
I went to bed at 11:00 p.m., I think, and got up at 9:00 a.m.

Mom and I went shopping.

Thursday
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neyronrose
I went to bed a little before 1:00 a.m., I think.  I got up a little before 9:30 a.m.  I've got to get into the habit of going to bed earlier.

The weather today was dreary, cold and rainy, then getting colder yet and windy.

Mom and I stopped at Whole Foods.  One of the satsuma mandarins I had gotten had gotten moldy quickly.  They refunded me for it.

We went to a Goodwill that has a good amount of women's clothes.  Unfortunately, the scrub tops were mostly too small for me, but we found a pair of scrub pants that fit well.  We went to the local Walmart and found a top that fit decently.  I ordered more scrub tops and pants from Walmart, and they should get here by the middle of next week.  I also looked at their hardy plants.  It's supposed to be freezing tonight, so I kept the ones I got inside for the night.  There is a pack of blue pansies, a couple of blue and white columbines, a purple stock, and two white/cream-colored stock.

Wednesday so far
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neyronrose
I went to bed a little after 1:00 a.m., after finishing the last in TJ Klune's Dragon quadrilogy.  I got up for the day a little before 8:30 a.m.

I got fingerprinted for a job in the early afternoon, and made it to a regular appointment after that.

I dug around in the straw mulch on the side of the hill and located daffodils, tulips, and what I think are hyacinths.  Dad said that I should rake the mulch upward, not push it downward.  "You'll mess up the crocuses if you rake over them," I said.  'Flower Record' and 'Jeanne d'Arc' are the crocuses blooming on the side of the hill now.  There were a couple of appearances from 'Mammoth Yellow' crocuses, but they're subsiding now.

It looks like the hyacinth blooming by the front porch is 'Lady Derby.'  It's putting on quite a show.

Tuesday
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neyronrose
I conked out before midnight.  I woke up briefly at 6:00 a.m., but quickly went back to bed.  I got up for the day at 10:30 a.m.

I made it to my appointment with Dr. L. in plenty of time.  I went home and picked up Mom, and we went to the grocery store.  That was a fairly productive trip.  Mom said as we headed to the car to leave for the grocery store that it felt like it could snow.  When we came out of the grocery store, it was snowing.  Mom has a good instinct for this sort of thing, having lived in states where it snows, New York and Pennsylvania, for much of her life.

Monday
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neyronrose
I went to bed before 11:00 p.m., and woke up a bit before 7:00 a.m.  I felt like I'd gotten enough sleep.

It was a rainy and dreary day, but I got a lot done.  I dropped off our family's flower sale order at the church S.M. goes to.  I went to Whole Foods and got a free birthday cupcake and 15% off fresh fruits and vegetables.  I got Cara-Cara oranges on sale, and d'Anjou pears, though those turned out to be cheaper at our regular grocery store.  I got bananas, which were the same price as at our regular store.  I got the satsuma mandarins again.  I stopped to get gasoline, then headed home.

Mom went out to a store she likes for their "Cheap Chicken" Mondays and their rye bread.  She found out that the chicken is no longer cheap on Mondays, and they were out of rye bread.  That trip of hers was pretty much a bust.

M., B. and R.'s regular home health aide, called me and clarified the hours I'd be working daily during the month that he's in Africa.  At least the guys know I'll be able to work during that time.

Mom and I went to a small grocery store.  It had gladiolus and lily bulbs on sale for a small fraction of the cost that the specialty mail-order places have them.  I made a mental note of that.  We went home and had lunch, then went to the library.  Mom read Booklist and Christian Century to see what books might be good for the church library.  I tried to tutor A.N., but I don't think I'm providing what she wants.  We tried working on the computer for a while, but that didn't work out very well.  The circulation desk person who checked a CD set about English pronunciation out to me said that CDs wouldn't work on the library computers, that there was a CD player in the multi-media section to play CDs on.  I will let the reference librarians know.

After A.N. and I called it a day, Mom and I went to our regular grocery store.  That was a productive trip.

Sunday so far
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neyronrose
I went to bed at 11:00 p.m.  I got up a little after 8:00 a.m.

It's cold and nasty out today.  I tried to sort out what kinds of spring-blooming heirloom bulbs I had by writing it all down.

I made notes of what was blooming when of the plants in the yard:

Flowers in spring 2018

Snowdrops were in bud on February 20th.  Got back from vacation March 13th, some blooming then, bloomed through March.

Winter honeysuckle in bud in mid-March.  Bloomed late March into mid-April.

Mahonia blooming in mid-April.

Crocuses in “crocus garden” bloomed in March.  New crocuses on the side of the hill blooming: tommies, 'Flower Record,' 'Jeanne d’Arc' and ‘Mammoth Yellow.’

‘Ice Follies’ daffodils started blooming in late March.  Dad’s unidentified one blooming mid-April (white petals, small pure orange cup, yellow stamens).  A few ‘King Alfred’ and unidentified yellow daffodils blooming now.  ‘White Lion’ in bud.

Later Sunday: Mom and I watched "Call the Midwife."  I talked to A. for about half an hour.  He was trying to get over the flu.  There had been a blizzard in Green Bay.

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