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14 Oct 2016

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: If I Knew You Were Comin' (1950)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.


1) This song is performed by a woman who is positively tickled to have unexpected company. How do you feel when people  drop by unannounced?

Usually embarrassed because our house is never "ready for company," what with the mess and the obstreperous dogs. That's not to say that I'm not happy to see old friends.

2) She is clearly proud of her skills in the kitchen. Do you enjoy baking? Cooking?

I enjoy cooking and baking; I hate the preparation (my mis is never en place).  In my day I've made some really good food including my years learning how to cook Chinese food from Martin Yan (before he became famous) and the years I was a cake decorator.

3) Reference is made to hiring a band. Tell us the last time you were at an event with live music.

Hmmm....I can't remember, though since we are always around music and musicians, I'm sure it was this year, at least.

4) After making recordings in the early 1950s, Eileen Barton appeared on daytime TV in the early 1960s -- including a game show called Video Village. Let's say we're all headed to a TV game show taping this morning. Would you volunteer to appear as a contestant? Or would you rather just stay in the audience?

I would much rather be in the audience. (Video Village is a game show I never heard of!)

5) In 1961, Ms. Barton got married in Juarez, Mexico. What's the longest distance you've ever traveled to attend a wedding?

We flew across the country to attend Walt's cousin's daughter's wedding in Washington, DC

6) In 1950, when this song was popular, the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup. Are you looking forward to the upcoming NHL season?

I don't think I've ever watched a hockey game.

7) 1950 also marks the first time anyone in the United States paid by credit card. Do you pay with a credit card to get rewards? If yes, what rewards are you accumulating (points, cash back, airline miles)?

I don't get points, but I do take advantage of cash back after it has accumulated.

8) In 1950, an athlete named Florence Chadwick swam the English Channel. Are you a good swimmer?

I used to be a fairly good swimmer.  The last time I was in a pool was in 2009 in a hotel rooftop pool in Italy.  I was surprised that it didn't come as effortlessly as it used to, though I could swim.

9) Random question: Think about the last "white lie" you told. Was it to spare someone's feelings, or to make your day go more smoothly?

I tell white lies to my mother every day.  She doesn't know the difference and since she forgets what I have said right after I've said it, it's just easier to play into her fantasies.

There was no walker in my mother's apartment today, so I'm not sure what the status of the walker is.  I'm leaving he whole walker thing up to Atria.  I won't even mention the word "walker." She was wearing a blouse I have not seen her wear since she moved to Atria 3+ years ago. She has been living in three different blouses for the past 2 years at least, while her closet is filled with clothes she does not believe are hers.  So I'm not sure where this "new" blouse came from, but it was nice to see.

Her medication must be working because while she mentions pain, it's not nearly what it has been for the past month.  I think I'm going to cancel her physical therapy appointment for next week, depending on how it goes in the next few days.

It rained today and every time she looked out the window she wondered where the water on her patio came from, and each time she was surprised that it had rained.

Two of the aids came in to help her look for her keys which, apparently were lost again.  They were going to come back later, so I went in and checked her purse, which she keeps in a different drawer every time I look for it.  And they were there.  I really wonder if she takes her purse to meals or if she just puts the keys away in her purse.  It's a mystery.

I went through a big stack of mail that has been bothering her.  It's mostly junk mail but she doesn't want me to throw it away until she has "gone through it."  However, I did manage to let her let me throw away Xfinity ads for computer bundling (since she doesn't have a computer) and requests from a few charitable organizations for holiday donations.  The rest I told her I would take home to take care of, so we eliminate that stack that was bothering her.  That just left the rest of her house that is bothering her.

I'll tell ya, though, I'm sure glad we have health insurance.  Some of the things in the stack were notices from Kaiser about the bills they paid for her 2 hour trip to the Emergency Room last month. Kaiser has no ER in Davis and the nearest one is 20 miles away, so they OKd her treatment at the local hospital.  Her bill for the hospital portion came to more than $9,000 and there were 2 or 3 other bills, one for the doctor and probably one for the lab work so the total cost for 2 hours in the emergency room was about $10,000.  Her cost? a $50 co-pay.  It was a very graphic reminder that without health insurance, one trip to the emergency room could wipe you out completely.



A production of Pirates of Penzance we saw tonight.


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