Saturday, May 30, 2020

PSW, Phone Calls, Visitors, Asparagus, Celtic Thunder,

I ended up arising at 6 this morning, not really sure why, knew the PSW (Personal Service Worker) was coming at 9, plenty of time, however... So he arrived and I introduced him to Matt and asked Matt to go into the bathroom for a shower. He flatly refused. So the PSW suggested he could give Matt a sponge bath, that was a no as well. However, as requested I got a bowl, facecloth, soap, towel and he offered to wash Matt's face. That was another no, however I explained that the PSW was there to help him so he gave in and said he would have his face washed. I went into the computer room. The next suggestion was he should wash Matt's hands for him, I guess he accepted, then how about arm pits, that was OK and so on and so on. He ended up with a full sponge bath at least. Then we got him to the bedroom and the PSW helped him to dress, supervised his teeth and shave. I asked if he could take the recycling down and he said yes so did that whilst the shaving was going on. Oh, and he also helped me get down the pan from the storage closet that I want for canning. Turned out to be a successful visit after all. 

The phone has been ringing off the hook most of the day - why does it always happen at once. Of course one call was to tell me I had won a trip to Disney World, naturally I got all excited. We have one phone which doesn't show callers.  Mind you, some of the numbers from the assistance callers are not shown - often it says Private Caller. They should have a way to at least show who's calling, I wouldn't normally answer Private Caller or some of the cell phone numbers unless I knew who was calling which, at the moment, I mostly do. 

We had a quick visit from our bowling friend who brought us donuts, coffee for me, and a bag of Lindt truffles. Really much appreciated as I am not going to buy chocolate bars any more, I am fed up with cleaning chocolate off carpets and clothing. Also Kathy picked up some booze for me which was so very nice of her, I just hadn't had time other than yesterday when the line up was so very long. I was almost out of fizz. That will never do.

Managed to eat some asparagus today but haven't much left. Now I have my pan, I want to do some canning/pickling so need to go to the farm. I have my orders for other people so I might go on Sunday. I have Sarah coming tomorrow (Saturday) to do some cleaning for me.

Running late tonight as we watched Celtic Thunder on TV. It was an amalgam of  some of the shows over the years and they were offering concert tickets for Shea Stadium in Buffalo. I would love to have seen the original group, but there are only two of them left sadly, so even if I had been able to go etc. I wouldn't have gone. I'll continue to watch DVDs and TV.

Yesterday I got some chicken breasts out but was too damned tired to do much so I ended up doing frozen Potstickers for supper. So, tonight I decided to do the Air Fryer chicken recipe which came with the air fryer. I could not find the recipe anywhere, not even in my recipe programme. In the end I hunted for it in my blogs and found it so printed it and entered it in my recipe programme as well. I don't know what has happened to the air fryer book, I am usually very careful with them because of calling for service or something. Will have to do some more hunting. Anyway, this recipe is easy peasy and although I have posted it before, I thought you might like to see it again. This time I used butter. It is incredibly tasty for such a simple recipe.

Air Fryer Basic Chicken

2 - 4 chicken breasts
2 Tbs all purpose flour (I used that much for only 2 breasts)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
melted butter or cooking oil (I used olive oil) butter might have tasted pretty good, but no time to melt it)

Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Combine all dry ingredients in a small bowl (I used a plastic bag). Lightly brush the chicken with the melted butter or cooking oil and roll in the mixture of flour and spices. Cook for 8 - 10 minutes, turn them over and cook for an additional 8-10 minutes.

 Have a great day, stay well, stay safe.


  1. Love that the PSW was able to coax Matt into at least having s aponge bath - and helped you as well.
    Over time I hope he can do more for both of you.
    Your bowling friend bought some excellent gifts.
    And hooray for asparagus. I hope you can get more on the weekend.

    1. So was I, he obviously knew what he was doing. Hope we get him again although they can't guarantee that.

      I thought so but David doesn't apparently. Yum, I want to can/pickle some.

  2. Seems like your PSW has a persuasive side to him, and is an obliging, helpful fellow. Perhaps he will come again! I received a lovely surprise yesterday. I mentored a young girl (now morphing into a young lady), Eden, for three years in the science and practice of ornithology, with lots of hands-on experience, and she arrived at my door with her mom, a delightful woman if ever there was one, with a painting of a Barn Swallow Eden had created for me in way of appreciation. Now that's better then all the donuts and chocolates in the world! And it won't add to my girth either! Eden was up for another spring of bird monitoring but Covid-19 put an end to that, of course. Maybe during fall migration.......Enjoy your donuts, although I am quite sure you should not be eating this stuff!

    1. I hope he will come again, he was good. Nice to get the visit from your student. Much as I wouldn't mind a painting (of course I have lots of them anyway) I enjoyed my donuts and candies so shush David, I don't want to hear you - What was that you said, sorry hard of hearing.

  3. It sounds like that was a big step forward with Matt.

    I made Cajun coleslaw, cornbread, and chicken tonight. My husband said it was one of the best meals ever.

    1. I think so Diane. Fingers crossed.

      That sounds good, I haven't made cornbread in years as I made so much at one time I got sick of it LOL

  4. I'm so glad you're finally getting some help with Matt, Jo. Folk who work with Alzheimer patients do have ways of dealing with them. My brother was an occupational therapist specialising in geriatrics which was very helpful when we were dealing with our mother once she slipped into dementia.

    Good luck with getting the asparagus. I've finally got to cut mine back since as of tomorrow it's officially winter here. I will try to enjoy reading about your experiences while I wait for spring and mine to come back up.

    1. So am I Helen. He certainly was quite good at handling Matt. Not sure he is specific to Alzheimer's but no doubt use to patients that have dementia.

      I've been told to phone on Monday as it is freezing this weekend, not according to my forecast, but the farmer knows better. I miss having my own bed I must say.