Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Senior Care and Assisted Living

 


Watching a parent decline so much that they need assisted living, or in my case, memory care, is difficult enough without having to worry about which place would be best.  You can benefit from my four years' experience and countless hours of research by using a checklist checklist for phone calls and visits.  This may help you make a critical decision in the life of your loved one and will help take at least one item off your caregiver to-do list. I hope you find the best place for your family member.


And if you like this, you might also like the medical information plannermedical information planner were you can keep track of yours or your family member's needs such as doctors, conditions, blood pressure, blood sugar, surgeries, medications, and more.

I hope these will help in your journey.


Saturday, June 08, 2024

Sunday Synopsis - Shogun

 

Shōgun (Asian Saga, #1)Shōgun by James Clavell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My husband has been trying to get me to read this for a while. Well, we started watching the mini-series, and I was hooked! I HAD to read it, all 1152 pages of it. To my surprise, this is one of the best books I have ever read! And while the mini-series follows the book closely, it's not exact, and the book, as usual, is better.

The premise: Set in the 1700's, Englishman John Blackthorne is lost at sea with the very few remaining members of his crew. They finally spot land, and it's a place most Europeans have never seen: Japan. He has to become accustommed to a new language, new customs, and the internal political situation he has found himself in, The Japanese refer to him as the barbarian and Anjin-san (ship pilot).

The first 80% of the book had me on the edge of my seat dying to know what would happen next. The last part seemed to drag on. But focusing on the better parts, the reader becomes enamored with Blackthorne and his interpreter, Mariko, who you will fall in love with just as Blackthorne does. The reader will root for Toronaga in his quest to win control of Japan from Ishido. It is jam-packed with action, adventure, emotion, and the most fascinating historical information.

There were a few things that did annoy me. First, the book uses the word karma at least once on every page. That may be a slight exaggeration, but very slight. They also mention committing seppuku (suicide) almost as much as it mentions karma. One other thing that may have been exaggerated is the many many times they apologize, so sorry, neh? And last, sometimes it was difficult to know whose thinking I was reading. The point of view shifted frequently. It's a truly omniscient point of view.

Despite some things that bothered me, I highly recommend this book.

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Monday, June 03, 2024

What Towel?

In a preview for Grey's Anatomy, which I haven't watched in at least two years, Meredith said, " I've come too far to throw the towel in."

I've always said throw in the towel (not throw the towel in).

Which is correct?  Does it really matter?  And what towel?

I'm going to break it down.

As I suspected, according the the Internet, the correct phrasing is "throw in the towel." Besides, you're not supposed to end a sentence with a preposition as in "throw the towel in."

From context clues, we can determine that it means to quit or give up.  But did you know that the expression began with boxing?  When a boxer is getting beaten and sure to suffer defeat, he/she or someone in his/her team will literally throw a towel into the ring as a means of surrender.  As my mamaw used to say, "Doesn't that beat all?!" (translation, imagine that)







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