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21 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: Can't Stop the Feeling! (2016)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This is an upbeat, positive song. Are you feeling upbeat and positive right now?

Well, I was because I'd had three good visits with my mother who seemed so much better than she has been in months and even more mentally clear (though still clearly with dementia).  Then I got a call from her assisted living facility saying she's feeling bad today and feels nauseated and doesn't want to eat.  I'm headed over there when I finish this to see what is wrong.

2) Justin Timberlake is a good dancer. And why not? In this song, he sings he has "good soul in my feet." Consider your own dancing talent and compose your own lyric: I have ____lead____ in my feet.

3) In the video, there's dancing in the laundromat. Do you have dirty clothes in the hamper, or are you all caught up with your laundry?

I am never all caught up on my laundry.  If I have no dirties to wash, there is a huge pile to be folded, and on the rare occasion that I feel caught up, it's time to pick up my mother's dirties.

4) There's also dancing in the supermarket. What do you need to pick up at the store?

I actually went to the store the other day and I'm all caught up right now.  But I usually can think of a couple of things that we are running low on.

5) This song will appear in the upcoming Dreamworks Trolls movie. Some people believe Troll dolls are good luck. Do you have a good luck charm?

Nope.  I never have had a good luck charm.

6) Justin Timberlake loves to dunk Oreos in milk. Crazy Sam thinks this is all wrong -- the way to eat an Oreo is to twist the two halves apart and lick the cream first. Which method do you prefer, Justin's or Sam's?

Well, there is a fine art to cookie eating and cooking dunking.  Sam is right about the Oreos, but cookie dunking is a good thing...only it should be oatmeal in milk or coffee.  Chocolate chip and Snickerdoodles should be eaten unscathed.

7) Justin admits to some fashion fails. He and Britney Spears wore matching denim outfits that he regrets, and he's sorry he ever tried cornrows. What about you? Can you think of a look you thought was cool at the time, but now it makes you shudder?

High heels.  It makes me shudder because of the pain!  The platform heels were especially cringe-worthy.  Letting my hair grow long was also a huge was big and bushy and unruly and looked ghastly.

8) He is a very good golfer. When were you last on the golf course?

We usually go to the golf course when we go to Santa Barbara, not to play, but to watch our son and Walt's brother-in-law (and usually Walt's brother) play the last hole.  We sit and have a drink while waiting for them to get to the hole and by the time they have all finished, we have finished our drinks.  Nice, cheap way to visit the golf course!

9) Random question: Think about your romantic involvements. Were you in love with one of them, some of them, or all of them?

Throughout my life I have fallen in love too easily, and out of love too painfully.  Fortunately I have been married for 51 years so that's not an issue any more!

I went to Atria to check on my mother.  I expected to find her lying down on the couch moaning about how bad she felt, but she was sitting up in her chair reading the newspaper, the walker, which for three years she has sworn she will never use, sitting by her chair.

She was in good spirits and never once mentioned any nausea.

Not only that, but there was a tray next to her, which seemed to show that someone brought her a meal and she ate it.

I never mentioned how she felt and she was happy to see me and once again se had a great conversation.  I'm learning that if I can get her into the subject of her family, she will take off on memories from her childhood, and that is always fun.  I am sad, though, because the story she used to tell over and over and over and over again, about one of her older sisters sitting on a toilet their father was going to install in the house, "drunk as a skunk" (she always said). In the days before her dementia became more pronounced, we could kind of figure out how good or bad a day she was having by how many times she told us that story, each time as if she had never told it before.  We always laughed as if we had never heard it before.

Today I asked her which sister it was and she said "I don't remember that happening at all."

Sad that it's gone.

But in its place is this new, perhaps temporary, version of my mother which is so much more pleasant that she has been for months.  My friend, who suffered from constant pain, told me that when he took narcotics it didn't take away the pain, but he just didn't care about it any more.  I think that is what is happening with her.  The narcotics have finally kicked in and there are still parts of her body that hurt, but they don't seem to bother her any more (at least for now).  She said that the weather looked so nice today that it made her want to go out walking.  When I suggested we could drive somewhere and we could walk a bit and she said that her leg was still hurt too much.  But she no longer grimaces, rubs her leg, or moans about how much she hurts.  So that's a good thing, I hope.



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