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This is a rather popular thread title - for, it comes with with the possibility of being able to include discussion about anything and everything in one's daily life - on a few other sites, so, it occurred to me that it might not be a bad idea to start such a thread, here, as well.

Today, shortly before I headed out to the farmers' market, the carer (who had cared for my mother, wonderfully, with competence, kindness, and utter and devoted dedication, for six years before her death) called by for a flying visit, and is keeping well.

Then, the farmers' market beckoned, where I purchased fruit (lemons, grapefruit, oranges, cherries, and apricots), vegetables ("young, wet" garlic, French onions, onions, carrots, aubergines, spinach, salad greens, cucumber, tomatoes,), eggs (free range, organic), olives, olive oil, paid a visit to the cheesemonger's (for cheese), and to the French bakery (for French bread). And, in the olive oil stall, I also purchased feta salad, (and kalamata olives), plus small balls of mozzarella cheese (which also necessitated a purchase of some semi-dried tomatoes).

Just before grabbing a taxi for the trip home (laden with bags), I marvelled at the sight of a man, standing nearby, with a large, green, (rather relaxed looking) parrot on his shoulder, something I had never laid eyes on before.
 
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I'm glad you asked me that questionnn!!

Well, it was earlier this week, but the wife and I bought a new couch for one room, and a new reclining sofa & chair set for the other. Previously our place looked like one of those homes where visitors ask themselves, "Geez, why do old people hold onto their crappy furniture so long?"

I also took my mom to the store to buy a new mattress.

Luckily I have adult kids to help me lug these things around. All except for the recliner chair. That, we could still muscle into the house ourselves.

Today in particular I fixed a broken corner on Mrs. Veil's vegetable garden box, did a bunch of laundry and helped clean up a bit.
 
Looking at apartments in LA. Holy :poop: .

Studio's in Westwood are running $2500/mo.
 
Sunday. So gardening and the like. Watered this evening as its not rained for a few days. At least some of it came from the water butt.

Work tomorrow. In the office as I have an electrician coming to fit some EV charging points. Yay. More free miles for me.
 
We’ve got several grandkids over. Mrs. Veil is attempting to show them how to make chicken l’orange. This likely ends with the children wandering off in boredom leaving Mrs. Veil to finish making it herself.
 
We’ve got several grandkids over. Mrs. Veil is attempting to show them how to make chicken l’orange. This likely ends with the children wandering off in boredom leaving Mrs. Veil to finish making it herself.
How old are these kids? How interested are they n cooking? :)
 
How old are these kids? How interested are they n cooking? :)
Twelve, twelve and nine. I don’t think they’re that interested; it’s just something to do with their grandma. They’re more interested in rummaging through our closets, playing dress-up and then making videos of themselves.
 
After this weeks heat, naturally its rained and been much cooler all day. Oh well. At least I got a break from weeding etc.
 
After this weeks heat, naturally its rained and been much cooler all day. Oh well. At least I got a break from weeding etc.
I’m praying for rain. We have a dome of high pressure sitting over the region (Texas) for several weeks now blocking the usual thunderstorms we would get. I want to say the last time it happened here was 2011.
 
Was chatting with Decent Brother.

His news is that Covid hasn't gone away; both he and Other Brother (and German Sister-In-Law) all seem to have come down with it.

The carer (who now, obviously, works for another family), has also come down with Covid as have the elderly couple she cares for.
 
Was chatting with Decent Brother.

His news is that Covid hasn't gone away; both he and Other Brother (and German Sister-In-Law) all seem to have come down with it.

The carer (who now, obviously, works for another family), has also come down with Covid as have the elderly couple she cares for.
Oh no! Thats terrible. Hope they all get a mild dose. I was wondering how the carer was getting on. Glad you are still keeping in touch.
I go away Saturday and am really hoping I don't pick it up. Still reasonably sure I've not had it yet. But my worse fear would be bringing it home to Mrs AFB AFB who is unvaccinated.
 
Oh no! Thats terrible. Hope they all get a mild dose. I was wondering how the carer was getting on. Glad you are still keeping in touch.
I go away Saturday and am really hoping I don't pick it up. Still reasonably sure I've not had it yet. But my worse fear would be bringing it home to Mrs AFB AFB who is unvaccinated.
They are all fully vaccinated, so, obviously, it could have been considerably worse.

And these are people who have been sensible and who have taken almost every precaution over the past two years.

The problem is that a "mild" dose is still deeply unpleasant.

However, they all reported that it was like a fairly rotten (as opposed to a really rotten) flu: Feeling exhausted, - really wrecked for a few days, they all stressed how absolutely tired (and "off") they felt - and they have all experienced it as a nasty and fairly severe sore throat and a really unpleasant cough that makes it hard to go to sleep, plus feeling utterly exhausted.

Other Brother and German Sister-in-Law have had it for around ten days or so; she was wrecked for four days but is recovering faster than Other Brother. He said that several of his friends seem to have also come down with it, and none of them have had it before now.

Decent Brother went to a small outdoor concert the week-end before last; he was masked, observed protocols, and treated himself to a few beers, - his first such outing, the poor guy, in over two years - after all, it was high summer, - but was feeling rotten from Thursday (slight headache, feeling "off", sore throat, loss of taste and feeling tired), and realised (antigen test) that he had contracted it by Saturday night.

And, as is the way of such things, when you are down, you are down.

Decent Brother dropped his CTO MB (a gift from me for a birthday with a zero a few years ago) in his office on the day (Thursday) when he was already beginning to feel rather unwell (and I think was a lot less well than he realised); the screen is now problematic, uncomfortable to view, but, unfortunately, he is housebound and thus, unable to deal with it until his quarantine period draws to a close.

And, worse, the iPad I had given him years ago was stolen - I had forgotten that - so, obviously, cannot be used instead as a temporary measure.

Likewise, German sister-in-law emailed me apologetically to let me know that just when she was housebound with Covid, her computer also decided to die; what is infuriating is that when you are housebound (worse, in nice weather, too!!) is just exactly when you need the solace of a computer and the online world as there is little else that you can try to do.
 
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And yes, I'm still in touch with the carer - I will never forget how well (with kindness, much laughter, wit, compassion and competence) she cared for my mother for almost six years; and yes, she still has some stuff here in the house.
 
And yes, I'm still in touch with the carer - I will never forget how well (with kindness, much laughter, wit, compassion and competence) she cared for my mother for almost six years; and yes, she still has some stuff here in the house.

It is great when you have a good one. The lady who was with my mother was with her for 30+ years in some capacity. It started out as cleaning, then errand runner and then to companion. She was invaluable as we cleaned out mom's house.
 
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