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cobalt

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This is my Instance home for now - maybe a change soon.
Has rocks in my head. My house too. social action, #Progressive, #disability advocate, #caregiver, technology, humor, science, #photography, art, rock collector, #geology, history, reading, #SciFi, Terry Pratchett, #Discworld, #Pterry etc. #Phoenix #Arizona
Now featuring #TipOfDay so I might be a bit grandmothery at times except for enjoying Gogol Bordello and some metal.

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cobalt, to random
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Check out this article from AZCentral:

A 'heat dome' will boost temps in the Phoenix area this week. What to expect

Oh dear this is not ok ~
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-weather/2024/06/04/phoenix-heat-dome-raising-temperatures/73973028007/

cobalt, to Arizona
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This woman is a true Arizona Wonder! Reading through her essay today ranging from the terribly sad loss of her dog to her regular PUSD (Peoria Unified School District) board meeting reports - what a capsule of a public servant and all 'round great person. I hope you can read her article today without a paywall. I get weekly emails from her website. Secular Arizona
#Arizona #PublicEducation #PublicSchools
https://open.substack.com/pub/secularaz/p/all-dogs-are-the-best-dogs-humans?r=2263j&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email

globalmuseum, to random
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The Brothers Grimm Did Much More Than Tell Fairy Tales.

A recent discovery in a Polish library of 27 books that were thought to have been lost sheds light on the breadth of the German scholars’ work.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/polish-university-discovers-27-works-belonging-to-the-brothers-grimm-180984427/

cobalt,
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@globalmuseum @CStamp Wow this is awesome they survived so many wars! Hope @juergen_hubert has heard about this.

heidilifeldman, to random
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cobalt,
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@heidilifeldman I'm not so worried about HIM as I am about his followers. I'm expecting much fallout in the coming weeks, and hate crimes to increase.

realTuckFrumper, to random
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cobalt,
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@realTuckFrumper That is a truly bizarre exchange between them! Kelly must have been pre-selected to use those lame arguments we will hear ad nauseum by the Trumpers.

cobalt, to random
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The whole top front page of NYTimes is memorable.

Jury unanimous on each of 34 felony charges. That’s 12 jurists x 34 votes for 408 guilty votes.

cobalt, to random
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Dodged a “big one” dropping phone face down in the driveway and drove off, not realizing. Drove back in a hurry 20 minutes later to find it exactly between where my car is parked next to son’s. If I hadn’t been looking I could have run it over. Shattered glass screen protector but phone glass is fine! The high temperature warning was on cuz Arizona afternoon already over 105°.

I recommend this brand protector. Has 3 pack cheap AND a great covers for the 3 lenses camera. https://a.co/d/9WAZzhv

cobalt, to food
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New to our family, sandwich rolls: lavash, mayo, lettuce, prosciutto, havarti cheese. I am trying to find foods Drew can eat since he is not using his left hand very often. Regular sandwiches are a mess since he can’t tell the strength of his grip in his right hand. A firm hold means the sandwich filling falls out. Same for burgers now. Yay for Trader Joe’s lavash - only $2.49 for a large package. 2 pieces for 8 rolls. And it worked well.

cobalt,
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PS Anyone else having trouble finding food that a person with or can eat, feeding themselves? Since my son is losing more and more dexterity due to declining, he still wants his favorite foods in the way he has always had them yet he really can't deal with using his hands much at the same time he needs a special larger, round spoon to eat. About 1/2 of his meals the caregiver has to finish by feeding him.

cobalt,
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We had Neuro OT for him for almost 6 years until he started having too many hospitalizations. For insurance coverage he has to be “stable”. Neuro OT is specifically for those who have cognitive challenges as well as physical, so both brain and muscles are exercised. We don’t need adaptive dinnerware now but easy to eat and drink foods. As dementia progresses chewing and swallowing become more difficult. But he still is hungry like a hardworking man!

cobalt,
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@mycrowgirl Yes! Both! And also any tips on strategies to coax eating more food when his brain gets tired and stops eating because it’s too much work. We learned if he stops using his spoon, to load it for him. Then if he stops again we offer to feed him. It’s clear he’s hungry but frustrated at the work to eat. I think I’m asking what every caregiver thinks about when seeing declines with and .

cobalt,
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@mycrowgirl Ah, the bonus tip of “if they grip too hard” and “get thrown during a meltdown”!
😄😀😆🤣😂😳

cobalt, to random
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Can you help my friend? I’ve known Ant online maybe 15-16 years now. Thanks for years of great articles, podcasts and tech help. https://gofund.me/3262bca7

cobalt,
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Hey Y’all! We did it! Funds donated and Ant’s family moving now!!! UPDATE: “THANK YOU for helping us, beautiful people. Just got back from picking up the keys. The moving process will begin in the next 48hrs. Real talk, folks. THANK YOU for your patronage and kindness. A lot of changes coming as there's downsizing and more to figure out with getting our son moved into college, but that's a task for tomorrow.”

cobalt, to Phoenix
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Oh I just had to share. We are at the last of May in Phoenix and I know in just 2-3 weeks the heat wave may come so hot we can’t go swimming. But for now, even seeing the water rippling in the sunlight is a joy.

Backyard swimming pool just showing the water moving in ripples and small waves towards the camera. It’s all aqua tones with the sun bright and highlights from the moving water.

cobalt, to random
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Oh really. Friend I mentioned deep into conspiracy theories just tried to get me to read and take seriously Corey’s Digs. Yikes. Ever come across her site? Investigative journalism she calls it. Pseudoscience much? Vast global conspiracies and decades of human mind enslavement strategy assumed. Oh. Dear.

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cobalt, to random
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Yay, still May and arbors finished in time for a light roof over to shade the cactus and succulent plants against the wall. The large pots are for the star jasmine vines that are supposed to grow up into the arbors. Shade cloth is clamped to the arbor roof and draped over racks so it doesn’t lay on the plants. Lots of clamps for the shade cloth because we get wild wind gusts in Phoenix. I’m hoping for one more bloom of the flowers before the vines are in survival mode for the heat wave coming.

cobalt, to random
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Home Econ.
Anyone heard of this? And for bonus points, participated?
I’ve thought since I was a young adult that those experiences absolutely helped me out in running a household. And I am sure most young adults now have very little experience to help them out in even basic tasks.
Here’s an example: not one of the caregivers I’ve had under the age of 30 knew how to use a can opener.

cobalt,
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@quoidian yay for that much, at least! I had a young male caregiver this year that opened cans by repeatedly jamming a knife along the rim. I shrieked for him to stop. When I showed him how to use the can opener he was astonished and very excited. I have been teaching common home skills to most caregivers my son has had.

cobalt, to random
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Boosted and shared. One simply must know of My Lai, a horrific event of the US Vietnam War. Decades later it can’t be forgotten. Yet now in Gaza there have been so many similar horrors, also officially silenced. There will be no Lieutenant Thompson to bear witness. https://mastodon.me.uk/@garius/110033106139765776

cobalt, to random
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Halp! I realized yesterday that it’s now so hot and sunny in Phoenix that I have to complete my plan to get a light roof over the arbors where the jasmine vines are growing. Hoping tomorrow my son will help me a fix the fiberglass panels up top. Meanwhile, I’m trying 40% sun shade cloth clamped on. The supports in front of the 3 giant pots are cheap clothes racks. I need help to raise the other 2 up high like on the left. So my ? is: any other ideas on potted plants surviving heat waves.

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cobalt,
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@Vai @jadevol This guy! I never read up on his history, but Jimmy Page has one of the most interesting histories and has worked with an amazing number of artists as a session musician. The Wikipedia entry is well worth the read. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Page?wprov=sfti1#

cobalt, to chicago
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My oldest son is in Chicago for a trade show and just got this from his cellphone up in his hotel at the Marriott.

cobalt,
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Renaissance Chicago Downtown
Hotel on the Riverwalk

I imagine the weather is perfect there right now.

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