Thursday, July 9, 2020

Bit of a Frustrating Day,

I phoned the pharmacist saying a) I was short a pill out of Matt's blister pack and b) I still had not received some pills for Matt that have to come apart from the blister pack. They told me they had faxed the doctor but had no response. So, I phoned the doctor's office and the receptionist assured me they had had a fax on June 25 (I think). I then phoned the pharmacy who said they hadn't received it so phoned the doctor's  back and asked them to send it again.

Meanwhile, I was washing sheets and a couple of shirts that Matt and I had splattered at supper. So I was running back and forth to the laundry room. I was expecting George, the Columbian at 10 and planned to be showered and dressed before he arrived. Joke with phone calls and laundry together.

The phone went and George just said "I'm here", just as well I knew it was him. I told him off for not saying "Estoy aqui". He took Matt off and I decided to jump in the shower whilst he was showering Matt. Of course they do Matt's exercises on my bed as it is higher, so I had to wait to get dressed didn't I? Eventually George left and by this time it was lunch making time. I got a call from the grocery saying my order was ready except for this and that. Sorted that out and got on with lunch..

After lunch, the phone went and it was the family doc. who was supposed to call me for a consult tomorrow. Threw me for a loop, thought I was on the wrong day. Had a long chat with him about a pill I wanted to change as I am having trouble swallowing pills lately (old age). Plus discussing the ops I am supposed to have. I mentioned the prescription for Matt too so we had a long chat about well, he is fairly new at the clinic and didn't know about Matt's TIAs some years ago.

I phoned Kathy at some point to tell her my groceries were ready and then had to leave a message so got a tad agitated but eventually got a message saying she was already at the store. Then there was a phone call from the pharmacy saying no fax yet. The phone rang and it was the delivery guy, I had ordered some booze to be delivered, partly my free delivery they owed and partly, it is too hot to line up outside the liquor store (34°C). They didn't have the size of Matt's gin, sorted that. Shortly after he phoned again, he couldn't find my bubbly, he did whilst we spoke.   Eventually it rang and it was Kathy so I opened the door. I put away the frozen stuff and then we sat down to have a coffee. The phone went, it was Charles who delivers our drugs, he was bringing me the one missing pill. Then the phone went and it was the delivery guy with the booze. Finally, we sat and chatted.

I don't remember if I have ever mentioned Matt's fixation on three pine trees outside our window which he watches to see if they are moving in the wind or not. Kathy is certainly aware of it. It ended up with the two of them discussing the movement of the damned trees and discussing it and figuring out the weather and then watching them some more. They were driving me bonkers the pair of them. I nearly had to ask her to leave!!! I am doing some proofing for her, I have done the first one although I want to check it again. She had remembered to bring the van so she took our Sjoelbak board that we had bought many years ago and never use any more. She had a small one and was delighted to get the full size board. I was almost sorry to see it go, but it is ridiculous just having it sit in the cupboard and never being used. It is a fun game, Google describe it as Dutch shuffleboard.

When Kathy left I began to put away the shopping. Guess what, I only have 8 bananas!!! Every week my order says I want 14 but I guess they don't read it or something.

We got one more phone call, the PSW for tomorrow telling me she was coming at 10.

I tried out a new chicken dish in my Instant Pot, it was pretty good. I have cans of all kinds of soup but not mushroom so I ended up using celery soup and it worked fine. I also cooked 8 chicken thighs and we had 2 each for supper.

Instant Pot 4-ingredient Chicken and Gravy

An almost embarrassingly easy recipe for a good old fashioned dinner. Serve the chicken and gravy
over mashed potatoes, rice, noodles, toast or biscuits.

1 cup chicken broth or water
6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds), trimmed of excess fat*
1 (1.25 oz) packet onion soup mix
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of mushroom soup

1. Add water or broth into the Instant Pot. Add in the chicken. Sprinkle the onion soup mix on top of chicken. Dump cream of mushroom soup on top of chicken. Do not stir.

2. Cover and make sure the valve is on “sealing.” Set the timer on manual (high pressure) for 15 minutes. When the timer beeps let the pressure release naturally for 5-10 minutes and then release the rest of the pressure by moving the valve to “venting.” Remove the lid.

3. Use a spoon to break up the chicken. Serve chicken and gravy over potatoes, noodles, toast, biscuits or rice

Yield: 4-6

*I used chicken thighs for this recipe because I prefer the dark meat. However, I believe you could make this recipe with boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I would cook for 12 minutes with chicken breasts.

Have a great day, stay well, stay safe.


  1. It does indeed sound like a totally frustrating day. Which would do my head in.
    You seem to cope better than I would, for which you have my admiration.

    1. I ended up not sleeping much last night Sue so now "my head is done in". Needs must.

  2. My word, it was one thing after another. It amuses me that you insist that an immigrant speaks to you in his native tongue, in total contrast to so many yahoos who insist they speak English! I think that one of the takes from all of this is that I am wholeheartedly glad that I do my own shopping. If I wanted fourteen bananas (never would) I would simply pick them up and place them in my cart. My daughter arrives today from Ottawa and will be staying until Monday so I picked up a bottle of her favourite wine, and there were only two people ahead of me in the lineup. It has been too hot to really do anything recently. Apparently parts of Kitchener had substantial rain yesterday and Toronto got really slammed, but we had no more than a few drops - and we need rain. The ground is getting baked. That's all for now. Have to go and obsess on some trees - see which way the wind is blowing! Perhaps the answer will be blowing in the wind!

    1. I am, after all, an immigrant myself David although I have lived here longer than I did in England. We eat a banana each every day, that makes 14 a week. I do it for the potassium, he does it 'cos he likes them. We had a couple of drops as far as I saw. We do need it. Don't you start!!!!

  3. All about drugs and alcohol. You sound like a couple of junkies, lol. Anyway, I am worn out just from reading your post. Interesting that were were 'running' back and forth to the laundry room. And speaking of pills, I had to stop taking one of mine cause it is just too large to swallow. Plus the coating on it is so thin it starts dissolving in your mouth. After nearly choking to death I said 'forget it'. It is just a supplement for my muscle aches.

    1. We are Denise, didn't you know? The laundry is along the corridor from us. At least it's not one of those buildings where all the machines are downstairs in one room. We have two washers and two dryers on every floor. I know what you mean about the pills dissolving in your mouth. Mine get stuck anyway, particularly one which tastes filthy when it does start dissolving. A lot of mine don't have an enteric coating anyway.

  4. Hi Jo - sorry about the hassles ... but it sounds like you're coping - I don't know if you can pre-empt things ... so some of those hassles fall away. Take care and all the best - thank goodness for the laundry room being 'down the corridor' ... HIlary

    1. It really was "one of those days" Hilary. Well none of those that I can think of, the doc was supposed to phone the next day too. And why do people phone right on lunchtime? Yes, it is better than downstairs.

    2. Because it's there lunchtime?! Probably ... when they're free ... take care - H

    3. Didn't think of that, but then it's mostly business calls so can't they call other times.