I'm still coughing but not as much, nose is almost clear and the headache is gone. I'm certainly going for the flu jab as soon as possible. I know is doesn't stop the flu but it does calm it down a bit and it's worse than a cold virus.
Mother was glad to see me. She is going downhill slowly but surely and there's nothing we can do. She's quite cheerful and the mind is still okay. After the Saturday night when even she thought she was going to die, Doc Marvin has keep a close eye on her. Now every carer and nurse in the place knows if the paperwork for her is not up to date when he comes in, whatever time or day then they are going to get a mouthful.
I expect to get a mouthful myself after this weekend of being extremely rude about the running of the kitchen and the quality of the food. Mother's glucose and insulin is still not stable but it doesn't matter to the kitchen. Charcoal toast and cold lunches for the past three days and my sister witnessed this as did I.
So when I went to see her yesterday, I ordered a toasted ham and cheese sandwich for her lunch just in case she got another load of swill. I had coffee, walked through Mentone, walked through Coles then to the Home. The sandwich was still warm when I opened it and Mum shared hers with another resident and they both said the same thing, cold lunch. It would only be 5 minutes from the kitchen to mum's room so the plate is obviously not warm to start with. It was 10 minutes before I got a word out of either of them as they drooled their way through that damn sandwich. The tea boy was berated by all when he came to remove the dishes and since he's a little squealer, it'll be on my head. I have already threatened them with the Dept of Aged Care so now is the time to be very quiet and let them wait for the other boot to fall.
The Arfur Daley car yard is reducing its stock. The wheeler and dealer has sold the Kombi on ebay and it's going Tuesday. The buyer wanted to know if he could drive it home so it went round the block this morning, puffing smoke but otherwise going like a dream. I had to laugh though, he had his mate with him and all I could think of was Ratty and Mole from The Wind in the Willows. The nephew is 6'4" and the mate is about 4'6" and all I could see of him in the van were his eyes and a hat. So I still have a '64 no wheels Falcon, a VW soft top and a black Datsun which will be sold as soon as it's turbo tuned. This turn-around is all due to the fact that he has now bought an Audi, front in perfect condition, engine magnificent but no boot where it was rear ended. The owner, when told the fix-up price just said forget it, the wheeler and dealer offered him cash and it was his. He just happened to have the back end of an Audi in perfect condition on hand. I sat through 30 photos of the ins and outs of an Audi and I have to admit it's in beautiful condition inside. Cream leather and wood trim with all the bells and whistles and a very clean engine. When he finishes with it, it'll be perfect.
And a big thank you to Miss O'Dyne again who told me about the trick of putting a small pipe on the tap handle to make it turn easily. He's doing that for me next week in the usual barter for car rent space. I just cannot grasp the tap hard enough to turn it on or turn it off so I've always got the hoses wrapped around trees for the leaks I can't help. He came in last week and opened up all the jars I had lined along the bench. I'd already hacked off the lid of the vegemite jar.
And wonderful in the storm last night, Mick the tree lopper had cleaned the spouting so well, I only had half a bucket of water to put on the plants.