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VA assisted living program

My mother (97) and her husband (86) are both veterans. They live in their own house and he takes care of her, but both are in fragile health.

He just called me and said mom got a card from the VA in the mail on Monday and he called the number and a man came out yesterday and signed them up.

They will get money every month to hire household help, but since they both qualify, they will also get a check for the services he performs for my mother. He said the man told him the program has been around since the 60's.

I am shocked. We could have been benefitting from this for years? My siblings and I have researched nursing homes and debated different scenarios at every meeting. Keeping the old folks in their own home as long as possible is best.

It just sounds too good to be true. I hope people know about this and are using it.

Except for Covid and hurricanes, flying now is not bad.

Hurricane conjurer here, headed again to BR via Atlanta to help the nonagenarians. I made it last month; will I sleep in the Atlanta airport tonight? Brought food.

No crowds, everyone masked and distant, and this time the Dunkin' is open in my gate area at Logan.

Could be worse.

OMG. A Biden sign on Rt. 4 in Danbury, NH.

At the crossroads there is "Hippie Hill" where bikers rev their hogs across from Dick's store that now sports a huge Drumpf sign. No surprise there. But a mile down the road at a house that used to have the same sign, there is now a BIDEN/HARRIS sign.

I'm so excited I almost want to turn around and look at it again but hubby (driver) says no. 😁

I just made eggplant and black bean veggie burgers from scratch.

I am not a good cook; I just throw things together. These came out good.

Our eggplants this year turned out to be long and very thin. I half-peeled a dozen, threw them in the chopper, did same with an onion and a drained can of black beans and three jalapeños we grew. Drained it some through a sieve, added two eggs and a little brown sugar. It was too wet so added bread crumbs.

Just fried up a patty and it sure looks and tastes like a burger to me. 🙂

You, too, can make big bucks in a vaccine trial, says Facebook.

I just talked to a person in a two-month Covid trial. He saw it on FB and applied. He's getting $2,000. He gets two shots, a month apart, and has to give daily reports on his reactions or side effects etc.

After talking to him, I searched trials on FB and found a couple, and now they're popping up in my newsfeed. I am not interested in doing one, but I find it interesting that this is out there.

Midnight in Moscow (or... Things the grandkids don't know)

It was 1962, I was 17.
Pouring rain on Decatur Street,
Midnight in Moscow from a dark bar.
Me standing at Aunt Sally's window, Squinting over at Cafe du Monde,
Wishing I had a dime for a beignet.
Kid comes along, my age,
Says he has a room down Royal.

He buys muffelettas.
We do it. I walk an hour up St. Charles
To Carondelet Street
Where I got a third-floor room
By saying I was 18 and worked switchboard
At the telephone company.

It looks like I won't be killing my 97-year-old mother.

I flew from Boston to Baton Rouge on two Delta flights that made me feel safer than I expected. I was alone in my row. Everyone stayed masked. They handed out sanitizer twice. Snacks and bottle of water were all in one plastic bag I could sanitize. I wiped down the rental car.

No sign of damage from Laura in Baton Rouge (the parts I've seen).

I heard the orange doofus is coming down here. I hope he draws a tight crowd of maskless cult members.

I'm chortling over my witty FB comeback.

A Repug relative posted:

There’s no way God told Noah to put two roaches on that boat!

My reply:

No, Trump and Pence were young and strong then, so they swam alongside until a snake boosted them up.

(I can just picture her sputtering indignation as she wonders what came over me; I don't usually engage the crazies)

If I were REALLY brave, and wanted to explain how they reproduced, I'd remind her that Pence has been his ----- from day one.

Probably a bad idea, but I booked a flight to Louisiana.

For August 27. I'm 75 and shouldn't risk it, but my mother is 97 and I have missed several of my usual trips down from Boston to see her. She uses Facebook, so we do communicate, but since a stroke last year she can't really hold a phone conversation.

My husband needs to go see his 100-year-old mother in Alberta, too. Maybe soon.

HOARDERS, Season 11, Episode 2, bashes Idonka pretty good!

From within the fog of her serious hoarding disorder, the subject of the show grabs a beat-up purse and says, "Look at this thing! Ivanka Trump! Made in China! $15? I wouldn't pay $15!" (It wasn't clear if she meant there was a price tag on it.)

This show is heavily edited, and usually apolitical. The producers could easily have cut that bit, but they didn't. I wonder how many nasty tweets and emails the show got from the Drumpf bots and crazies!
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