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Out of the Woodwork

Sorry to be out of touch. I’ve had my hands full taking care of Ed. And last week he had to make an emergency trip to the hospital. He’s still there. They drained his lungs, they did tests, he will need oxygen at home. He is impatient. I don’t know how he will pursue his guardian duties with portable oxygen. Knowing him, he’ll find a way. He will be released tomorrow, unless they find another reason to keep him. I’ve been traveling to the hospital every day to stay with him, getting home around 5:30. Sol isn’t living with us anymore, but made herself available. She made me stay home today and took over bedside duties at the hospital. Bless her.

Last time I wrote was in January. Laura and her guy, Robert, were here and they are coming again later this month, or in early May. I’m glad their schedule changed. The “season” will be over in a week or so and that means that the traffic jams won’t be an issue because the snowbirds will be going back to West Bumf’k as Ed likes to say.

I am slowly improving but still have fatigue when I do chores. Tomorrow is trash day, so at some point today I have to gather it all and put it at the curb. It’s a chore and wears me out. Laura wants me to make a list of things I need done. Well, I am not inclined to do that. But, knowing her, she’ll find something.

There’s a huge pottery place off of Burnt Store Road (don’t you love that name?) and I’ll take her there. Acres and acres of urns and pots. She’ll love it. Billy Bowlegs (Calusa tribe) burned the store down. He was pissed off about something. And ever since that event, the road the store was on has been known as Burnt Store Road.

There’s also a yearly contest called the mullet toss. The mullet is a fish. The competitors culled from the duh crowd, toss frozen fish. I am against disrespecting wild life for a stupid contest. I’d rather freeze the contestants and toss THEM.

Our local newspaper has acquired the Heloise column. I read it and may adopt some of her tips, but her recipes are major projects, so they go in the trash. Once I signed on for a meal service so that I wouldn’t have to cook. You got the meals, and each one required slicing and dicing, and cooking. I prepared them all because wasting food is not an option, but vowed to never, ever do that again.

That’s my story for now.

Love to you all,


posted on Apr 4, 2022 10:46 AM ()


Hi tealstar,
There is a small oxygen concentrator, about two pounds, made by Inogen, so he won’t have to worry about running out of oxygen. The name of that company again, in INOGEN. Cheers, Stella
comment by stella on June 18, 2022 8:08 AM ()
I know a few geezers who have used portable Os. The device is carried in a shoulder-type bag. I think it extracts the Os from the air. It makes a slight noise, but nothing really annoying.
comment by jjoohhnn on Apr 12, 2022 12:41 PM ()
I'll pass on your tip about a shoulder oxygen bag to Ed, but will omit the reference to geezers. You'll understand.
reply by tealstar on May 1, 2022 9:16 AM ()
I did a trial of one of those slice and dice meal services and decided it was meant to teach people new techniques and introduce them to creative spices and flavorings. And use a lot of packaging. As you say, it was a lot of work because I was trying to follow their recipes exactly so it wouldn't come out the like my usual cooking.

There's one where you buy their special toaster oven for $250 and then it scans a code on the prepared meal packages that cost extra, and cooks them for the exact amount of time required.
comment by traveltales on Apr 5, 2022 12:27 PM ()
I am now having to rethink everything I serve Ed because he has to be on a heart diet. I think I'll have to order prepared meals again.
reply by tealstar on Apr 8, 2022 8:12 PM ()
I see you are living life in the fast lane just like me.
comment by elderjane on Apr 5, 2022 7:10 AM ()
Ed's home and on oxygen. His heart doctor moved to Naples, FL (an hour away) and he is actually going to go to Naples to see him. Sol said she would drive him. By fast lane, I assume you are also taking care of your spouse. Ed doesn't walk well, and now that he has an oxygen tank things are really awkward. I am happy to have him home.
reply by tealstar on Apr 8, 2022 8:19 PM ()
So is Billy Bowlegs competing this year in the mullet toss, or is he in prison? Inquiring minds have nothing funnier to think about.
comment by drmaus on Apr 4, 2022 8:31 PM ()
Billy Bowlegs actually has a wikipedia page He died in 1864. He's not tossing any mullet.
reply by tealstar on Apr 8, 2022 8:10 PM ()

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