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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 20 Mar 12 - 07:14 PM

And I just talked to him -- he had a great afternoon using the walker to get to the chair, etc. Baby steps, but he's getting somewhere. He sounded great...better than any time since Wednesday night. And there's a rumor of a bed outside of the ICU.

So...we'll see what tomorrow brings.

Had planned to transcribe today's notes on "The Charles Street Chronicles", gather up the bills that need to be paid, and find the tax stuff in the piles on the side of the table, but, quite honestly, I think I'm too tired. Mañana.

I'll retire to my bedchamber and make phone calls.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 20 Mar 12 - 09:28 PM

He sounded good when I called to say "Goodnight", too.

Thanks, everybody!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 20 Mar 12 - 10:36 PM

Goodness, you and Tom have been going through so much! I am glad Tom is doing better. Monday must have been just awful. Somehow I missed this thread completely that day.

So, Linn, what bedtime beverage are you using to unwind tonight (Tuesday)? Whatever it is, I hope it is effective. ; )

Prayers!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: gnu
Date: 20 Mar 12 - 10:42 PM

Sounding better, bit by bit. I hope it continues.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Mar 12 - 05:27 AM

me, too


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 21 Mar 12 - 07:59 AM

ChanteyLass, last night (Tuesday night) it was a margarita -- I keep a bottle mixed up in the fridge and I'd just bought a fresh lime on...Saturday? (I lose track...) It was in the 80s F here in New Hampshire with glorious sunshine. NOT typical March New Hampshuh weather.

Anyway the margarita was good throat lubrication for the phone calls I needed to make -- finally reached Tom's 90-year-old cousin. He has very few relatives.

By the way, margaritas are easy as 1-2-3 -- 1 part triple sec (the stickiest of the ingredients), 2 parts lime juice (I buy Jamaica Gold preserved lime juice by the case from a food service former client of mine), and 3 parts ta-kill-ya, I mean, tequila (which sort of cleans out the measuring device). Fruit juice, in other words. Practically health food.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it...

Linn (gotta go call Tom back; he should be done with his breathing treatment)


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 21 Mar 12 - 09:09 AM

Talked to Tom -- he's having some foot pain mostly from his toenails, but that may get alleviated soon. (Neither he nor I can cut them.)

I'd been sipping Earl Grey and typing up Tom's notes from yesterday for "The Charles Street Chronicles" -- Tom's folkie adventures in Boston in the '60s, when I googled David Omar White for some more details (he hung out in some of the same places Tom did -- Haskell's, the Sevens, the Turk's Head where Tom was general manager/cook and performer, of course). Really got sidetracked there -- the artist died in 2009. Sounds like a fascinating guy.

Not sure when I'm going to get to the hospital. Hope they get him in another room today and maybe we can find out when (and where) he'll be going into rehab.

Life is still pretty much up in the air.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 21 Mar 12 - 02:04 PM

EVERYTHING takes longer than you expect.

And, no matter how long or short amount of time I'm at the hospital, I'm absolutely exhausted when I get home.

I have so much to do, and so little energy with which to do it.

Anyway, Tom may be getting into another room tomorrow. And he may be going to either St. Ann's or Clipper Harbor Home on Friday. Or maybe it will take longer.

Who knows?

I need to get some stuff done. Or maybe I'll take a nap.

Ach!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: gnu
Date: 21 Mar 12 - 02:46 PM

Nap. That other stuff will be there later. Try to rest.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 21 Mar 12 - 07:27 PM

I vote for a nap, too, and hope you've taken it by now. Can the hospital have a podiatrist cut Tom's toenails if that will be covered by insurance? The margarita sounds luscious, especially because you didn't mention salt. I don't make them at home and have stopped ordering them out because I forget to say, "Skip the salt" when I order! I don't like that taste and don't need the sodium!

I look forward to reading more and hope that he does get another room tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 21 Mar 12 - 09:37 PM

Just called Tom to find out if he was still awake and to say "Goodnight" (again) and found out he is IN TRANSIT to a room on the cardiac floor...out of the ICU!!! Yeehah!!!

The nap was good -- I was awakened after two hours by my sophisticated black lady cat, Sabine, sticking her cold nose in my face and insisting that it's been waaaaaay too long since she's been petted.

Computerized, made myself some supper, talked to Tom, then called a friend in Ontario whose birthday I sort of missed the other day and we yakked for over an hour, getting caught up on life, the universe, everything.

Going to wrap up things here, shut down the downstairs, and call Tom again, as he'll probably be situated in the new room and still awake.

I think I'm doing a bit better than I was earlier.

I just did something I've never done before -- I watered my brandy. What's this world coming to?!?

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: gnu
Date: 21 Mar 12 - 09:40 PM

Keep giving us good news.. and keep resting up. Good vibes for you and Tom.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 21 Mar 12 - 09:55 PM

Merde! Just got a call from Tom. He's been moved, but he was confused. I think I calmed his fears: the move is good, he should be able to get a better night's sleep, I'll call him first thing in the morning and come see him again tomorrow. And that I called the ICU and found he was in transit and was going to call him just as soon as I got back upstairs in a few minutes.

And I love him. So much. And goodnight.

This doesn't sound quite like Monday, but is a bit disconcerting.

I think he's now less confused after I explained everything and reassured him I'll call first thing in the morning.

I think my next snifter of brandy will NOT be watered...

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 21 Mar 12 - 11:33 PM

It's close to midnight and I'm having trouble (despite a bendryl) working up the energy to turn out the light and try to fall asleep. I'm a bit concerned about Tom's confusion. I was hoping to find some more encouragement here. But it's late...

No more reading (in a book, a little more, perhaps, at Facebook) tonight.

Good thoughts, please. I really need them right now.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: maeve
Date: 21 Mar 12 - 11:49 PM

Linn, I suspect any of us would also be confused in Tom's position. The move is what you wanted for Tom, but in the hospital nothing happens at the comfortable time for patients ; they happen when it's easiest for staff. That's a statement, not a criticism. He'll likely feel much better tomorrow.

Sleep. You have all the wisdom you need. (((Linn & Tom)))
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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 12:47 AM

{{{{{{LINN}}}}}}

Hospitals are confusing even to able-bodied folk who try to find their way around them, let alone being on a gurney being shoved down a hall by strangers in white coats!**bg** Lights flickering overhead,too cold air rushing on your face sending a chill down your neck. I remember! He will sleep tonight, more easily, I am sure. Your love is strong, so strong and a part of him is aware of that and of what is going on even if it doesn't always seem like it. When you get there, your touch will mean even more.

How about this: imagine your heart full of beautiful soft light, then see a ribbon of that light travelling straight to Tom's heart, connecting you both and bathing you in a light of peace and healing with calm loving emanations. And, most of all, allow yourself to sleep, Linn. You are no good to anyone without proper sleep and nourishment. Listen to your kitties...they know what you need, too!:-)

Much love,

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 06:06 AM

& from me, too

may your cats prrrrrr you to sleep

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 07:39 AM

Well, I think I know why I had a bit of a confrontation with a flying squirrel in the kitchen last night...Rufus was locked in the cellar.

I talked at the flying squirrel. He ignored me. Only Tom knows the trick of setting the Hav-A-Heart and this guy didn't seem to be interested in the apple slice a friend assured us would work the last few times it was set. (For raccoons, it's jelly donuts and that DOES work -- but, alas, the raccoon tries to get it from OUTSIDE the trap.) I suspect Rufus is keeping this flying squirrel as a pet. And Sabine has evidently retired from her job as Queen of the Jungle and Scourge of Flying Squirrels.

The good news is now all of the ceramic book spice jars have been knocked from the beam so I can wash them. The bad news is a ceramic flamingo toothpick holder (ah! so essential, these flamingo doohickies!) is headless and in the trash.

I just heard Rufus's sad requests this morning and let him out. (I TOLD him when he ran down the stairs as I was closing the door yesterday afternoon that it would be awhile. Even longer because I forgot. Just don't know why my mind was elsewhere...and I don't think I heard him late last night when I was here at the computer in a quiet house...)

Have my tea and I'm going upstairs to call Tom.

Linn

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 08:35 AM

Hoping for better news in the morning reports.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: SINSULL
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 08:38 AM

The lack of privacy drove me nuts my one multi-day stay in hospital. Four women all minding my business - arghhhh!
Poor Tom.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 09:11 AM

Finally got through to him on the third try -- he's not in the bed they told me last night. And he had a doctor with him. And then in was something else (none of which they were sharing with me).

His voice is sooo quiet...and the room is noisy, with two other patients and assorted nurses, etc. Had trouble hearing him on the phone and he said, because of the ambient voices, etc., he was having trouble hearing me.

After I talked to him I tried to grab a bit more sleep, but Rufus, my empty stomach, and my over-active brain conspired to deny that to me. So, after I finish the leftover pizza, I'll get my body together and head over to the hospital to see him. Yeah, I'll probably need a nap again today when I get home, but maybe I can get some of the odds and ends around here accomplished afterwards.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 02:08 PM

Back from the hospital -- desparately need that nap. (Appointment to get long needed haircut at 4:30, too -- chance to check out my new alarm clock.)

I'm a bit concerned about Tom's lethargy and weakness. Thought, too, that the left side of his mouth was drooping, but his nurse checked that out and it was probably just gravity as he was listing to that side. He was in a chair when I got there, he'd had physical therapy earlier and the occupational therapist (who was a bit of a klutz, repeatedly running into Tom's good foot) was there when I arrived.

I'm also worried because his voice is so much quieter than it was, even the last few days. So low I had trouble understanding him on the phone and when just in front of him.

He didn't sleep well last night and so was dozing off. We got him a bit more comfortable in the chair so he could sleep -- I guess he was just enough unsteady on his feet that his nurse didn't want to risk getting him back into bed right now.

Spring has exploded -- not only is it again in the 80s(F), but crocuses, forsythia, daffodils snapped into bloom overnight and the willows are greening up and all the other trees budded out. Saw a guy on a motorcycle with his dog in the sidecar, and half naked muscular young men in Dover lolling in the sun as if it were mid-summer.

Had a lovely conversation with the gentleman in the bed next to Tom (whom I disturbed with phone calls this morning -- last night they told me the wrong bed position in the room for Tom) and his wife. They're in somewhat the same boat -- waiting for an available space in rehab.

Right now I really have to get a bit of sleep.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 05:40 PM

Had a nice nap and, just before my alarm went off (I had a 4:30 appointment to get my hair cut), I was awakened by a call from a woman at Clipper Harbor of Portsmouth, saying Tom will probably be move there tomorrow maybe late afternoon.

It's a little further away than St. Ann's, but definitely a nice location and they're a good outfit from everything I've heard.

BTW, the new alarm clock not only works fine, but has a pleasant alarm. I mention this because some of you know about my "Alarm Clock Chronicles" of January/February when I purchased a Westclox battery-operated repro of a 1949 model that initially woke me at 3:30 when the alarm was set for 6:00 and the next morning the stem to move the hands broke off. Later I found that it was impossible to remove (or, ultimately, change) the battery. Later I found that Westclox has been owned recently by several different companies and all of their products are made in China with less than optimal quality control. The customer service for www.alarmclocksonline.com is FANTASTIC. There was no argument, I didn't need to send the clock back, and my purchase price plus shipping and handling was immediately restored to my credit card account. And, in the course of a lovely conversation (I discovered there are only two people running the business, she recommended I would find a better product with a Seiko. So, I immediately turned around and ordered one from them.

Going to call Tom now.

Later!
Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 07:11 PM

That's good news about the move to rehab. I always thought, if I needed and alarm clock (I don't, 'cause my internal one works well), I would like one like THIS only a prettier one I saw years ago.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 07:36 PM

Our 30-year-old wedding present brass analog (looked like an oversized pocket watch), ran on a AA battery alarm clock died in January. I wanted a traditional looking analog with an alarm not too annoying that would run on a single AA. Thought I'd found a decent replacement in that Westclox Big Ben -- a line of clocks that used to be well made and reliable. This Seiko seems to fit the bill. Probably won't last as long as as the old one, but at least it seems to work well and has already lasted longer than that Big Ben which self destructed less than a week after it was received.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 22 Mar 12 - 10:23 PM

Linn, I'm sorry I wasn't there for you last night. My laptop needed recharging, and I turned it off when I plugged it in. I'm also sorry Tom was distressed by the move. I hope the move to Clipper Harbor goes smoothly, but it will probably be more strenuous than the move to another room inside the hospital. Will you be able to ride along with him or at least be with him when he leaves the hospital and then drive to CH to be with him when he arrives?

I used to have a lovely alarm clock. It was about 6 inches tall and looked like the top one here. http://collectibles.rubylane.com/collectibles/,c=Vintage_China,,_Porcelain_Clocks,,_Timepieces,id=15.4.html
It sounded like a music box and played "Return to Sorrento." My college roommate was surprised that it could wake me up, especially after I slept through a fire alarm. (Well, I heard the alarm, but I didn't know what it was. I thought someone in the dorm was making an awful lot of noise. The reason I didn't know what the sound was because I had moved into the dorm during the second semester and had missed the practice fire drill which was only held at the beginning of the first semester. My roommate thought I had left the room before her and was amazed to find me asleep in bed when she returned to the room. Good thing it was only a drill!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 06:37 AM

Many years ago when the world was young and I was in high school, I got a wonderful red leather and brass folding travel alarm for Christmas. The alarm played "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning" in chimes. For years after the clock no longer worked, I kept it for the musical tune.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 07:55 AM

Just talked to Tom AND his nurse. Will head over there after my hair dries. The nurse said Tom will probably go to Clipper Harbor before 4 his afternoon, but I know how nothing is ever etched in stone.

I'll know more when I get there. Obviously, nothing is going to get done here at home today (besides the load of laundry I did around 6 a.m.) Don't know whether I can follow him over or what.

I WILL be at the session today at The Press Room. Meeting some concerned friends besides getting in a couple songs, I hope.

Not sure when I'll be checking back in here.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 09:05 AM

Linn-

Best of luck with the move, and raise a few for us at the Press Room.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 08:56 PM

After Tom's move, I hope you get some much deserved rest. While I look forward to your posts, you need to take care of yourselves.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 10:11 PM

It's been a long day...where do I start? How about with the peepers I heard on the way home? Peepers! The day sort of started out with turtles. Remember that basking rock in one of the ponds I pass on the scenic route between Rte. 4 and Rte. 9? It's way too early, but I've been watching anyway and this morning around 9 a.m. there were a bunch of, I think, musk turtles on the rock in the morning sun. It was cooler today -- only 74F.

When I got to the hospital, Tom was curmudging -- and that's a REALLY good sign. Actually, the day went pretty well despite a klutzy nurse and some annoying (for Tom) distractions, but I managed to grab his physical therapist and get him in a chair where he was a lot more comfortable. I think (and he thinks) the reason his voice has been so quiet lately is the fact he's been stuck in bed, maybe, but not necessarily with his head raised for way too long and seated upright in a chair too seldom. Today he was a lot more comfortable in the chair.

Of course, nothing goes too smoothly. First the ambulance which was supposed to transport him to Clipper Harbor Rehab didn't arrive at 3:30, but about a half hour later. And then, because the double room he was in is so small, they needed to get him first back into the bed and then onto the transport's gurney, so that took a lot of time. And then...oh, like I need this...Wentworth-Douglass Hospital has managed to lose his dentures, last seen in a drawer in his room in the ICU (in a pink plastic container with translucent top with HALL written on it). On my way to the car to follow him, I first stopped at the ICU (even though assured they were no longer there) to make sure the right drawer was checked. Then I went to find the Patient Advocate's office. Found it okay, but they'd left for the day.

On the way to Portsmouth, I was first almost rear-ended by a tailgater when I had to brake for a car braking in front of me, then a car pulled out of a side road and almost turned into me instead of the lane she should have been aiming for. (And she wasn't even talking on a cell phone...)

So finally made it to rehab about an hour after I'd have liked to have been at The Press Room. But Tom was already somewhat settled in his room and then we got to talk to the concierge. I think his stay there is going to be just fine. She made a list of his food likes and especially dislikes (broccoli) so they can avoid them. If I bring beer in (and, I'd imagine, wine) he can have that with meals. As she said, it's not a prison. I have 24/7 access to him. She walked me out to the car to get the bag of clothes I'd had packed there since last week. (I have to find sweat pants or pajama pants that can fit over his cast and bring a lighter weight shirt than I packed last week.) When I told her about my job situation, she asked a few questions and said she'd check around for possible jobs.

I was late enough getting to The Press Room that I had to circle several times before finally landing a parking place at the end of the block. And the session was in full fling when I got there as well. Boy, did that porter hit the spot! I spent most of my time away from the session (after telling Tom's tale to several people just finding out about his hospitalization, etc.) having dinner with a friend whose birthday I'd neglected last week (except for a belated email). I also had her Christmas presents with me -- we've been trying to get together since December. Since I'd had a roast beef sandwich mid-afternoon, I didn't think I was hungry, but I ate most of half a haddock burrito anyway.

By 8-ish I'd consumed a pint and a half of porter, and felt myself fading. Never did actually sing anything. Took my leave and talked my way slowly out the door accompanied by another friend who offered useful stuff for when Tom comes home. We've got an incredible bunch of friends. Don't know what I'd do without everybody including everybody here.

Picked up the mail at the head of the driveway and my copy of "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down" by Eric Von Schmidt and Jim Rooney had arrived...but I think I'm too tired to start reading it. Maybe I'll go upstairs and page through it while winding down.

Did I mention I went to the first yard sale of the season yesterday? Spent a buck and got a nice pinking shears and some heavy (perhaps carpet) thread and some needles. Should swing by and get the box of keys they were holding for me -- they needed to find the key for a wardrobe that was possibly in the box before they sell it to me.

It's been a long day and night. G'night, all.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 23 Mar 12 - 10:29 PM

I hope you sleep (slept?) well, Linn. I rarely go back to Mudcat after I've gone through the threads once, but I came back to check this thread. Just in time, too, because my laptop's battery needs recharging in 6 seconds. Thinking of you and Tom, hoping all goes well in his new "home away from home," and hoping he gets back to your real home soon.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 24 Mar 12 - 08:07 AM

Am I tired? Well, I had to read my post from last night to remember everything from yesterday...

Despite the fact I lost the concierge's card with his room telephone number on it (I've even looked in the refrigerator! I took it out of my purse and the last time I saw it was on the kitchen counter on my way to the computer) I talked to his nurse this morning and then called him.

He sounds fantastic! In a lot of ways, including the fact that his voice is stronger again. He speculated yesterday (or maybe it was Thursday) that the lack of volume was due to lying in bed too much and being upright in a chair too little. This is such an improvement over the hospital.

I've got to get some stuff done around here and then gather up some stuff to take to him around mid-day. My problem right now is I've misplaced some stuff I brought home last Friday. I know it's here -- I just have to locate where I put it.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Mar 12 - 09:34 AM

Linn-

Nice to get this morning report.

The "spring" peppers are raising a raucous around here in Maine as well. Little do they know that we're due for a blizzard next week!

Our best to Tom.

Charley Noble and JudyB


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: SINSULL
Date: 24 Mar 12 - 09:37 AM

All good news, Linn. How long will Tom be in rehab or is it too soon to ask.
Address?
Phone Number?
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: gnu
Date: 24 Mar 12 - 12:02 PM

Good to hear the progress.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 24 Mar 12 - 03:33 PM

Found the stuff. (Whew!) Took stuff and other stuff to Tom. He was in a wheelchair and he had gotten himself there by himself. He'd already been wheeling all over the place. The windows open and he can not only SEE stuff outside but can smell Spring creeping up on us. He looks great. Such an improvement in less than one day! And on a weekend!

I took him a nip of Johnny Walker, but needed to find out more information before bringing him some beer.

His direct line is 603-431-7592.

I think I've been running on adrenalin for a week and a half. I have definitely crashed. Next up is a nap.

Oh, work gets more bizarre, but I've said enough already for a public forum. I'm working tomorrow, Sunday, noon to five -- I'll see Tom before I go to work and again on my way home.

That nap is calling me very, very loudly.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 24 Mar 12 - 06:19 PM

Nap accomplished. Just whipped up some creamed onions -- haven't had any in way too long. (Tonight is comfort food night.) Saving some to add to the mac & cheese I'm putting together. Not the real stuff; I'm cooking up some macaroni, will add butter and Cabot's Cheddar Shake (handy stuff, that) and maybe the rest of the creamed onions.

Then I'll call Tom and go upstairs and watch "Boston Legal". Almost done with Season 4. I really need to just veg out.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 24 Mar 12 - 10:21 PM

Veg away! Glad to hear Tom is doing well in his new place.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: gnu
Date: 24 Mar 12 - 10:45 PM

Even more good news! I love it.

Now... what the hell are creamed onions?


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 12:37 AM

Great news!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: maeve
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 12:55 AM

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Creamed-Onions-109220


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 04:26 AM

very good news


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 06:58 AM

Boy, is THAT a needlessly complex recipe for creamed onions!

Here's what I do (same as me sainted mither before me):

Melt enough butter in a frying pan (all the measurements are going to be like this). Slice up as many onions as you want and plop 'em into the melted butter. Sautée them (Mom didn't say say sautée) until nicely yellow and limp. Sprinkle a wee bit of flour over them. (What you're doing is making a roux, but Mom didn't say that, either.) Stir so flour gets mixed into the butter without lumps. (Easier done than said, actually...) And pour in a little cream/milk/half and half, etc. until it's the right degree of creamy -- not too thick, not too thin.

That's it! No casseroles, no bread crumbs, no other shit. Salt & pepper.

Fine all by itself as a side dish (or sort of my entrée last night). Mom usually puts hers over boiled or baked potatoes (she does that with her cucumber salad, too), I discovered some years ago that creamed onions mixed in with prepared packaged mac & cheese is a guilty pleasure.

It went very nicely last night. (Rich, though, since I didn't use packaged mac & cheese.) There are leftovers.

Talked to Tom before bed last night -- going to bring a few more things over today, but probably after work rather than both fore and aft.

Linn

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 09:49 AM

Talked to Tom earlier -- he hadn't had coffee yet. That appears to be a bit of a problem, not sure whether that's just a weekend problem or not.

I wish I lived in Portsmouth and could bring him coffee before the kitchen at rehab opens.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: gnu
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 09:50 AM

Thanks, m, but that's what I thought when I read the recipe. I can just fry six medium size onions in marg and scarf em down. Maybe a meal and snacks all evening... just onions. Good for ya.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 11:02 AM

I'll find out today what kind of "coffee cubes" to bring in for Tom -- then he can have coffee whenever he wants.

Gotta go label his beer with his name and the date, then head to work.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 11:27 AM

"Boy, is THAT a needlessly complex recipe for creamed onions!"
sure- It was simply the first hit, and it served the purpose.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: gnu
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 11:39 AM

m... reset yer cookie.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: maeve
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 11:48 AM

Sorry about that- dropped my cookie in the onions.


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