Friday, June 26, 2020

Language,PSWs, Lunch, Supper, Eye,

I have heard it said that English is a difficult language. Boy is it ever. Talking the other day one of the spouses used the word gerontology - I wasn't 100 % sure what it meant or how it differed from geriatric. I just googled. There really isn't a whole heap of difference although technically gerontology is the study of old age and geriatric is basically old age itself. Seems to me hospitals don't need two different departments. I get a regular newsletter from the Alzheimer Society and this morning they gave tips for coping and they were straight out of the Chinese philosophy of mindfulness which I learned all about when I did T'ai Chi regularly. Wish I still did. I keep meaning to take it up again but things keep getting in the way.

So today they sent me a PSW at 11 a.m. when, of course, Matt was already dressed and, as I told them, would not undress for them. I felt a tad sorry for her, but... She tidied the beds and took down the bit of recycling I had. Tomorrow, the PSW is coming at 10 and said he would try and make it earlier. I have, in fact, agreed  to have a PSW at 7 a.m. after all. Better than 11 although we are not normally more than just falling out of bed at that time, particularly Matt. I guess we will see how it works.

ladydog picked up the lunch I had ordered. It was pretty good Thai/Viet food. Although I don't think Matt was unduly impressed. Not sure why. We two enjoyed ours. They were extremely generous with their rice mind you. There is enough food for my lunch tomorrow and I used the rice for our Devilled Kidneys tonight. I have decided that Devilled Kidneys are no longer hot/spicy enough for me, I guess we are so used to eating all these very spicy foods these days, a recipe which was, originally invented in Victorian days as far as I know, maybe even before that, is no longer spicy enough for our tastes. Not that most of you care anyway LOL. I have decided to order some sriracha seasoning to spice things up a tad in the future.

Just to add to my woes, I seem to be having trouble with my eye. I just gave it a rinse with eye wash, hopefully that will fix it. Where does one go for treatment for this these days? If necessary that is.

Asian Asparagus Salad

1 1/2 lb young fresh asparagus
4 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp Sugar
2 tsp sesame oil

1. Cut asparagus into 1 1/2 inch lengths of the tender portions only. Should be 3 cups. The recipe book suggests a method of cutting the stalks on a slant, then rolling the spear a quarter turn and slice it again on a slant and therefore you get interesting shapes of the cut ends. Have a large pot of water boiling and blanch boil the asparagus for 1 minute. Then either run them under cold water of plunge into ice bath. This will set the color. Then place them on a towel and dry them.

2. In a small bowl mix the dressing ingredients until the sugar is all dissolved. Then mix the asparagus with the dressing and chill in a refrigerator for 2 hours and serve as a vegetable part of a meal.

Servings: 4

Source: WW Recipes

Have a great day, stay well, stay safe.


  1. I do hope the 7am start works for both of you.
    Now your eye is giving you grief? It never rains but it pours. I hope the eyewash helps.
    I am needing my food spicier too. It seems my taste buds (like the rest of me) need a kick start.
    You can keep the kidneys though. Bleah.

    1. So do I but I am going to have to change my bedtimes Sue. Fingers crossed, my eye seems better this morning. I will give it another bath in a while though. Well, we are living longer than our predecessors, things are bound to wear out. Thanks, I will.

  2. An old fogey by any other name is still an old fogey! One of my sisters-in-law and her husband who has been diagnosed with the early stages of dementia, came for coffee in the patio yesterday, and we had a nice visit. I have never seen her with long hair. She looked like a Grecian muse!

    1. LOL David. My sympathies to your sister-in-law. Has she joined up with Alzheimer's yet. They are very helpful. There is also an Alzheimer's group on Facebook she might like. (It's for all dementia patients whatever the designation). A Grecian muse, that's an unusual description.

      If your sister-in-law is interested give her my email. We need to help each other.