PopMuse: Seniors http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2020 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ In the Garden http://gramerly.blogspot.com/2020/06/in-garden.html http://gramerly.blogspot.com/2020/06/in-garden.html Mon, 01 Jun 2020 20:51:20 UTC at Free Ranging Chickens and Grandchildren I find it a little challenging sometimes to find my joy. �I remember Pete commenting about a letter I sent them in California about riots in Louisville. �I looked back at the history of that time. �How is it that we're still doing the same things fifty two years later? I remember that it isn't exactly the same. �Folks of many colors live in my little town now. There are women and non-white people at every level of government. �There are cameras on police officers. �It isn't enough, but it is quite a change from fifty years ago.Thankfully, I find a great deal of peace just walking around my yard. �It is still early and that deer maze in the garden sho' ain't pretty, but I seem to not see the big picture because I so loving looking at all the little pictures.Oh my. So you may remember that I decided to round up every container I had and plant all my old seeds I'd squirreled away in mostly empty packages.Well, I guess the heirloom tomato packages weren't as empty as I thought. �They all came up and about every other day I pot them up in a bigger pot. I think I have about sixty? �Want one? Or ten?�In those pots, I have marigolds, tomatoes, thyme, sunflowers, zinnia, cilantro, basil, dill, �and I'm holding to hope, one of Tasha's poppies, as well as few things I'm not so sure about.�And to take care of this mess of plants I was gifted some beautiful Lee Valley garden tools. �Quite a bit more heft than the ones I get at Dollar Tree and Big Lots.Stepping off the side porch �you'll find this beauty. I don't know what it is, but I love it.Here is our little Playdate observatory, for our typical catch and release plan. �A place for our visiting critter to be observed safely during the duration of Playdate.�All these dead trees. Might as well use them for something.�Then, the garden in front of the porch. �Sadly, plants don't last here. �I don't know why, but hardly anything came back from last year, frustrating.��Next is Mom's garden that is a delight, even this early. �My girl's sold bulbs for their scouting program and the allium that I bought from them are huge and beautiful. �I added dahlias, cannas and butterfly weed to this bed. �Plants here love it.�I've been working in my shade garden that was doing wonderfully until the electric company cut down the shade.�I bought these clearances foxgloves and they had all kind of stems blooming.�Creeping Charlie is undeterred by two foot tall plants, just goes right over them. You can hardly take your eyes off that guy.�This was an amazing fern bed, but the tree removal has about wiped them out.�This little oak seedling wasn't growing in a good place, so I moved it to the shade garden, along with a few other seedlings and a viburnum. �I hope that helps.�Lenten roses just impress the heck out of me. �Those little nodding blooms that show up so early and just hang on and hang on.Here, still holding on to a few seeds.�And look how lovely when the seeds have flown.�A couple of big patches of monarda that will be blooming soon.�I love this geranium, gifted to me, like most the rest, from Gardener E.�This butterfly bush didn't make it, so I have a few other things planted there. �It will take a while.�Ahh, my raised beds. �We have enjoyed this lettuce so much.�Finally, a the little sage plants are showing themselves.�And a so teeny marigold, self sown.The sedum returned and a little dill plant.��Sweet Annie and balsam, also self seeders. �Deer don't care for Sweet Annie, so I just let it grow all over. If it gets in the way of something I like better, it is easy to pull out and throw in the chicken coop.�I believe I mentioned that my peonies looked fine after the frost. Well, I was mistaken. The plants are fine, but no bloom.�That was sure a disappointment. �About four plants out of thirty bloomed and only the pink ones.Then I have areas where I planted a butterfly mix. �Just watching to see what this will be.�Deer, go away!�I love, love this bed of daffodils in the spring, but it is sure ugly when all the greens flatten out. �I keep grouping them and removing them as they rot to give the four o'clocks being smothered a chance at some air and sun.I've always said my favorite thing about summer vacation is coming home and seeing all the changes in the garden. �I can't stay out of mine. I go stare at every little thing practically every day.I've planted corn and beans, more zinnias, mustard greens, snap dragons and tomatoes. �I hope I have a thousand. �I'll share.� http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ As the World Turns http://gramerly.blogspot.com/2020/05/as-world-turns.html http://gramerly.blogspot.com/2020/05/as-world-turns.html Sun, 31 May 2020 22:40:16 UTC at Free Ranging Chickens and Grandchildren What a strange and chaotic world today. �Once again Facebook, and I'm guessing all the other ways to communicate, is aflame with love and peace and anger. One person after another calling out everybody and his brother. �I always ponder the right or wrong of choosing not to enter that fray. �It isn't because I don't have a mountain's worth of empathy, curiosity, fear and the descriptors could go on and on. �I just don't believe I have single thing to say that hasn't been said. �Not only on Facebook, but throughout the history of the world where it seems, everywhere, at most all times there were those �who seemed to have an easier path. �It does not go beyond my notice that in this case, it is me.I do struggle with understanding the struggle. �The "Why cause?" Why can we all just be decent human beings?Always I question, in what ways am I part of the problem? I rather deliberately landed at a church where people are not all white. �Turns out I became friends with a lady who is black. �Why-because she's nice and why wouldn't I? �What she looks like didn't seem to play into the friendship.Then there's this guy-Who according to statistics doesn't have a lot going for him. �His sweet Mama is single, doesn't speak English fluently. His neighborhood is considered a bad one. �And if his current size is any indicator he will grow up to be what he is, big and black. �I do think about it, but it is hard, because to me, he's just a sweet, funny, three year old. �How you could feel differently about him is beyond my imagination.�Have mercy, then there is one of my many hearts that call me Gramerly-How could I love him more, I can't.He is exactly the same color as the others, precious. I want to give everyone my eyes to see him with so I don't have to live in fear of him growing up to be, oh I don't know, a runner, who you know runs around his neighborhood.So why do we have these divisions? �I teach at a mostly white school, but we have always had several children who are not- Korean, Black, Chinese, Guatamalan, Philipino. �The only time it matters is when we have to check off boxes on state forms. �When I have to teach about people who have been mistreated through the years, my kids are devastated and never fail to ask why in the world you would think less of someone. �I have no good answer.And the violence, my heart is broken for those who are hurt and for the people who's property has been destroyed.Do I think that is the wrong way to address the problem? �Well the peacemaker part of me surely does, but the Mama in me can see how such anger can swell and find a release. It is hard to see injustice in any form and not feel anger. It is for me anyway. �Rage is ugly and has ugly consequences. �Don't we all know that? �Does raging on social media make it better. �I doubt it since people just keep right on doing what they do.I wish there was a good and easy answer. �I wish diatribes on social media could fix this situation. �Good luck with that.Another same type of situation in the world- drugs.I always read a good deal, but even �more in this current �Covid situation. �I just �finished Fentanyl, �Inc. by Ben Westoff. It was eye opening and terrifying. I think it should be required reading for everyone. �In the same way, we so often hear people spout about easy answers to these problems, when I cannot see any way easy through rampant drug addiction.Both situations beg an answer to why people can't just behave and do the right thing. �“But the fruit of the Spirit is�love,�joy,�peace,�forbearance,�kindness,�goodness,�faithfulness,�gentleness�and�self-control. Against such things there is no law” (�Galatians�5:22–23 ).Again, I have no idea how to make anyone want to respond in these ways. It is all so very heartbreaking. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Hear Well on Windy Days http://www.livingwellmag.com/hear-well-on-windy-days/ http://www.livingwellmag.com/hear-well-on-windy-days/ Fri, 29 May 2020 17:55:31 UTC LIVING WELL Magazine at Courtesy HearCare and Associates Imagine the benefits of wearing hearing aids on the windiest days so you enjoy conversations and other sounds no matter what the weather. Welcome the new technology! It enables your hearing [...] The post Hear Well on Windy Days appeared first on . http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Supporting Mental Health and Wellness with Enabling Technology https://www.simply-home.com/blog-overview/supporting-mental-health-and-wellness-with-enabling-technology https://www.simply-home.com/blog-overview/supporting-mental-health-and-wellness-with-enabling-technology Wed, 27 May 2020 19:50:09 UTC SimplyHome at Blog - SimplyHome Did you know remote supports through enabling technology can address a wide range of health concerns, including support for individuals with mental health conditions? May is Mental Health Awareness month and according to Mental Health America, 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime.Stress plays a significant role in our mental health and during COVD-19, individuals might experience a heightened state of stress. As a result of the pandemic, individuals might have:Changes in sleep or eating patterns.Limited access to community and social supports.Worsening of mental health and/or chronic health conditions.Concerns about their health or the health of loved ones.Due to the significant negative impact anxiety can have on our emotional state, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends finding ways to reduce stressors.Enabling technology via remote supports is a powerful tool for addressing health and safety concerns associated with mental health issues, especially when those issues are affecting a person’s ability to live an empowered, independent life.�Remote Supports Can Help: Individuals gain and maintain independence, even during times of crisis.Create a healthy routine for individuals needing assistance.�Individuals take care of themselves with audible prompts reminding them to “eat dinner” or “call mom to go for a walk.”Remind individuals to take medications.�Provide caregivers and individuals with insight into changes with sleep patterns, such as waking and wandering during the night.��Offer peace of mind to both caregivers and individuals.Create an opportunity for face-to-face check-in and support during a time of social distancing.�SimplyHome’s Remote Support SolutionsTaking care of our mental health is important year-round. And for some people, that might mean needing assistance. Our remote support technology redefines quality of life at any stage by addressing a wide variety of concerns. Our technology supports the interests, priorities, and strengths of the individual in order to promote that person’s quality of life, independence, and self-determination.�Our toolkit of products and services includes:The SimplyHome System: By communicating with multiple sensors to observe activities of daily living, the SimplyHome System prompts the completion of daily routines and proactively alerts caregivers if assistance is needed.�NucleusCare: Full of features that help you live independently and stay connected, NucleusCare uses a live, two-way video on a tablet-style device to keep individuals connected to their care team. Remote support team members can drop-in for video check-ins, schedule reminder messages, and perform wellness checks. The provider website makes setting up new staff and clients, managing alerts, and creating custom messages efficient and effective.�Medication Dispenser: Individuals can access prescribed medicine independently without the concern of overmedication. Caregivers can receive alerts about missed medication times via text, email, or phone.Personal Emergency Response System (PERS): For people who desire to live independently, being able to get help quickly is key to success. With the press of a button, the Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) notifies our 24/7 Response Center that assistance is needed.Ring Video Doorbell: Answer the door from anywhere with this wireless video doorbell. Receive instant alerts when someone rings the doorbell or when motion is detected, and see and speak with visitors from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet.Ready to find the solution that is right for you?Get Started http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Sun Youth and the spirit of giving during difficult times http://www.theseniortimes.com/sun-youth-and-the-spirit-of-giving-during-difficult-times/ http://www.theseniortimes.com/sun-youth-and-the-spirit-of-giving-during-difficult-times/ Wed, 27 May 2020 12:19:04 UTC Sun Youth at The Senior Times Since the beginning of the pandemic, Sun Youth has provided more than 10,000 people with food. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ How much dignity are we ready to offer CHSLD residents and staff, a union leader asks http://www.theseniortimes.com/how-much-dignity-are-we-ready-to-offer-chsld-residents-and-staff-a-union-leader-asks/ http://www.theseniortimes.com/how-much-dignity-are-we-ready-to-offer-chsld-residents-and-staff-a-union-leader-asks/ Tue, 26 May 2020 11:30:34 UTC Irwin Block at The Senior Times Chronic lack of staff has plagued Quebec’s long-term care facilities, or CHSLDs, for years, reaching crisis levels when the coronavirus pandemic struck. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Happy Memorial Day http://gramerly.blogspot.com/2020/05/happy-memorial-day.html http://gramerly.blogspot.com/2020/05/happy-memorial-day.html Mon, 25 May 2020 21:56:38 UTC at Free Ranging Chickens and Grandchildren So, I got an e-mail about one last school picture needed of me to submit for yet another video. �This made me really cranky. �I had planned to clean house all day and wasn't feeling the love for putting on make-up, blah, blah, blah. � Especially since I submitted one picture already, that �I actually liked, that somehow was forgotten in the "Play" video, and a good-bye video I was asked to make for our 8th grade graduates, that somehow didn't work for the big video. �Oh, and let's not forget the enrichment video I was asked to do, did and submitted and then was asked could I just do it again on my phone. �I'm not bitter.Yeah, I don't like pictures of myself, don't do selfies and certainly would only do a video under duress. So, make-up, and yeah, it is 88 degrees and as humid as all get out, so fixing this hair �was pointless.People always say that curly haired people want straight hair and straight want curly. �Actually I don't mind my curly hair, it is just that my head is already soooo big and then you add those wild curls, I mean look at how big that makes my whole head/hair. �Big. �I told the person requesting the picture that any kid I ever had would get this picture. �I either had glasses in my shirt, on my head and on my face, or I couldn't find a pair anywhere, sending second graders, scurrying like mice to try to find where I left them .Then all those devices, ugh.��So done and done. Do not be asking me for anything else that requires a device or a picture of me!��Handy Man and I have worked really hard the last week to get a couple of outside areas set up so we could have company. �Tomorrow is his birthday, so invited a few folks out today. �We had hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes and lots of space. We invited folks to move tables to wherever they were comfortable.My peonies and viburnum are in full bloom.It was so lovely to feel somewhat normal.Jimi is supposed to come home today, but they sure were taking their time. I surely hope he gets a break from the hospital for a while. �Thank you for your prayers. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Legally Speaking: Can individuals be held liable for spreading COVID-19? http://www.theseniortimes.com/legally-speaking-can-individuals-be-held-liable-for-spreading-covid-19/ http://www.theseniortimes.com/legally-speaking-can-individuals-be-held-liable-for-spreading-covid-19/ Mon, 25 May 2020 12:50:27 UTC The Senior Times at The Senior Times Causation would have to be proven through legal presumptions which is basically an exercise in convoluted logic. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Investing is Like a Birthday Cake http://www.livingwellmag.com/investing-is-like-a-birthday-cake/ http://www.livingwellmag.com/investing-is-like-a-birthday-cake/ Fri, 22 May 2020 17:52:20 UTC LIVING WELL Magazine at By Rick Ferri, CFA The anticipation rises as people gather around the table. You hear rustling in the kitchen, then footsteps approaching, and “Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you!” A cake is carefully [...] The post Investing is Like a Birthday Cake appeared first on . http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s will take place online http://www.theseniortimes.com/the-ig-wealth-management-walk-for-alzheimers-will-take-place-online/ http://www.theseniortimes.com/the-ig-wealth-management-walk-for-alzheimers-will-take-place-online/ Fri, 22 May 2020 12:52:21 UTC A word from our sponsors at The Senior Times The English stream will be hosted by Marcia MacMillan, CTV News anchor, and the French stream by �ve-Marie Lortie, presenter of the show Salut Bonjour! http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/