Old Folks’ Home Hunt Notes 1

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Scattered around in this literary masterpiece of deathless prose, more or less as it came to mind, there are assorted items about what someone in the market for “senior” living (or maybe disabled) might want to keep in mind during that looking.  It seems reasonable to create a list of stuff to consider.  (It will take more essays.)  The first items: 

1.  Community telephone.  This might be a pay telephone of some sort, office extension or even independent landline a residents’ association maintains.  Regardless it’s a phone anyone in the building can use if one is needed by someone who has none to use.  That might be as one moves in or out and/or permanent to save money if the income isn’t much. 

2.  HVAC units.  HVAC stands for “heating, ventilation and air conditioning.”  They’re glorified space heaters and in place they take care of small apartments at temperatures a resident wants.  If a place has central heat (and possibly air conditioning) that runs if/when property management is inclined to turn it on or off.  A person may need other. 

3.  Public bathroom.  Some places do have them, some don’t and they can be a good thing to have around.  Service from nurses, caseworkers, etc., do get needed and they can have restroom needs while present.  If an apartment complex has one, the worker can less embarrassingly for him/her choose that, rather than what is in the apartment one occupies. 

Tips can be lifesavers.Coffee cup 

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Thanksgiving – An American Holiday

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Harvest festivals are not rare.  In fact they are a rather common thing as human events go.  In the United States the powers that be made it a legal holiday and it is usually a major event covering two business days as well as the days right after.  People use this holiday as a time for visits with family, and they can be hundreds of miles apart.

While technically the government supports no religion, the very nature of the holiday suggests a power beyond mankind since it’s not just a harvest festival, but pause to offer gratitude to whatever one holds as fitting, be that nature itself or something else.  One can say, “I do not know how this all came to be or why, but I’m grateful it did.” 

It does happen that in a mad rush for Christmas doings, it isn’t unheard of that as November swings into the holiday, people forget that the holiday is Thanksgiving and not the big thing of December, i.e., Christmas.  It is most likely truest for those with extensive Christmas decorations or a lot of gifts in mind to wish folks “Merry Christmas.” 

While an absent-minded Christmas wish at Thanksgiving time can be good for a laugh, it is to be noted that nationally Thanksgiving and also days like the Fourth of July is more important than Christmas, which technically is a religious holiday.  It can happen more often in the likes of the old folks’ home underfoot, where forgetfulness is common. 

Patience can be a necessity.Plate 

First Frost — Big Matter Of The Year….

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While it’s not likely to happen everywhere in the world, a big event for much of the world and expected around now in northlands is the first hard frost.  That first hard frost doesn’t happen on the same day every year, as is known and understood at this desk (very limited knowledge), but that marks the end of the growing season and thus the year. 

It is a sad time.  The more fragile elements of the living will die.  “End of the growing season” is just a nicer way for saying some of what was created and encouraged to live will be outright flatly killed off by the very nature that created it.  While that may encourage development of other lives, it is still depressing to know things will die. 

It doesn’t stop there, of course.  It continues until only the hardiest and the safest survive.  And, it really isn’t that different in some respects from the excessive heat of some summer days.  Nonetheless, it is a sad time and a sad thought for all that’s good that will be gone.  For what’s left there is promise as the bad times do usually end. 

Many things happen during a year that change the course of the living.  Sometimes it is natural or “earthly” activity (as in earthquake), sometimes it seems to be a choosing by those with the power to do so.  In either case, it’s never certain like the year’s end and finality for some life is, with seemingly no faults for it.  Only some are saved. 

At times hope is essential.Fingers crossed 

Glorious! Standard Time And Supermoon!

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Just a note here about the “supermoon.”  That should be an interesting night for skywatchers.  The moon’s supposed to appear bigger November 13/14 due to it being closer to the earth.  Reportedly the last time it looked as big was 1948 and it will be decades before it happens again.  A few may be around to see and study it close-up a second time. 

The moon note’s for anyone who might be interested but who for some reason didn’t know about it.  The main topic here today is the return to, as it’s known in the USA, Standard Time.  The day is 24 hours (sort of) regardless of how the clocks are set.  But, someone said it’s a good thing to be changing the hours to which clocks are set sometimes. 

Well, the messing around with the hours did change life in one important way:  business hours.  Maybe not every place but certainly many important places now start the day 9:00 a.m. rather 8:00 a.m.  The invention of flex time may have contributed to that, admittedly, as well as other notions, but an additional upset of time change surely helped. 

One (cumbersome) but effective way to get around the deal, apart from the rest of the world, is to maintain a sort of personal life clock year ‘round.  It’s easier to change an identifying appointment time on paper than to change stuff like bedtime.  The ideal, of course, would be to eliminate the whole idea, but that would be expecting miracles.

Going against nature is never a good idea.Thumbs down