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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 7:31:31 AM PDT
Grandma says:
Well now don't do that Emerald Coast. I will admit the good ones are harder to come by, but they are there for sure. Hidden in Paris -- The Cookbook is wonderful. Someone sent me The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes and Stories of My Life a few days ago and it is marvelous. There are others too. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 7:36:52 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 15, 2012 8:09:29 AM PDT
babel says:
@N. Podaci - Thanks for the heads-up that all the "How to Make English..." recipe books are free today. I already have 5 and picked up How To Make Liver & Onions Gourmet Style (Authentic English Recipes). These are cute little books; I doubt I'd pay $2.99 for them, but at free, I clicked. (Didn't pick up the Cornish Pasties or Fish and Chips 'cos I can't see myself going to that trouble making them at home.)

Here is the list of 8:
* How To Make Liver & Onions Gourmet Style (Authentic English Recipes)
* How To Make Sherry Trifle - A Traditional English Dessert (Authentic English Recipes)
* How To Make English Breakfast With Bubble & Squeak & Homemade Baked Beans (Authentic English Recipes)
* How To Make? Devonshire Tea With Scones, Strawberry Jam and Clotted Cream (Authentic English Recipes)
* How To Make An Authentic English Sunday Roast With Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes, Parsnips & Onion Sauce (Authentic English Recipes)
* How To Make Cornish Pasties The Official Recipe (Authentic English Recipes)
* How To Make Fish & Chips In A Beer Batter (Authentic English Recipes)
* How To Make Beef Stew With Dumplings (Authentic English Recipes)

ETA: Just noticed, Grandma gave the Cornish Pasties 5 stars.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 7:39:51 AM PDT
B.J. says:
Becky (beckygardens), I watched your youTube last night, and laughed my butt off. I can certainly relate, even though mine is worse than yours. You had better appreciate what you have before it gets worse. Your entire head could be like that! lol

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 7:41:14 AM PDT
D. Beck says:
Good morning everyone and thanks for doing all this work.

Nospin - I got your message from yesterday. On Shelfari is there some place I find to request you to request me? OMG, that doesn't make sense. thanks for your help tho. Dar

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 7:44:29 AM PDT
Grandma says:
@Lenora - I'm so sorry to hear about your mother and know what a trial caring for her must be for you and your sister. All I can say is to be very careful in selecting a care facility.

My Dad was living in Florida when he fell in an unfamiliar house and broke his pelvis. He was in the VA for a bit, then they sent him to a nursing home that specializes in rehab of soldiers, mostly younger. Dad, at nearly 90, found the regimen a little too strenuous, so the VA transferred him to a different facility in order to make room for someone who might benefit. I was not there and my step mother is a bit of a flake, so I am not sure whether she chose the nursing home or the VA did.

At any rate, my sister flew down, found Dad in a room where the person in the bed next to him was being left to die. Dad was sick and when my sister (a nurse) asked when he would be seen by a doctor she was told "when his condition changes" as in (and yes, she said this to them) when he is no longer conscious and is at death's door. She pitched a fit and insisted that he be taken to the ER at the VA, where the VA kept him for a couple of days to stabilize him. That was when we found that he had MRSA - the VA tests everyone. (They do not reimburse (neither does medicare) facilities where patients pick this up as it is due to unsanitary conditions so no wonder the nursing home didn't want to send Dad to the hospital.)

At that point, rather than return Dad to the h***-hole, one of my daughters flew down to fly home with Gramps while my sister drove his car and his stuff after getting a sympathetic doc to release him to her without the nursing home's knowledge. She literally had to kidnap him.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 7:44:55 AM PDT
Lenora says:
Thanks Readers Frenzy. My mom could never abide profanity or violence. She has days now where she swears like a sailor and visibly shakes with anger. It's especially hard because my father went through similar personality changes. His lymphoma spread to a fist-sized brain tumor in the part of your brain that affects emotions and behavior and we also discovered he'd had several mini strokes. He would yell and yell. He had no control over it. He lost a lot of his motor skills and by the time he passed away, 2 years later, was totally bedridden.

I'm sorry to hear about your father. It's difficult to see the changes, when you know it's totally not the person they once were. ((((((Readers Frenzy))))))

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 7:48:27 AM PDT
Lenora says:
I'm at the process of looking. I've heard good things about a facility near us. It's hard because my sister cares for mom during the day and is wavering on the decision. I care in the evenings when she's tireder. I see more of the anger as a result.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 7:49:51 AM PDT
SLF says:
Just put Nospin in the search box at the top (her handle is the same there) and choose to search members rather than books (at the right of the search box). Nospin is easier to find than me as her handle is unique, but I'm happy to help too (I'm Booklover on Shelfari) although I'm harder to find in a search. You then want to "follow" one or both of us so we can send you an invite to the group

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 7:51:37 AM PDT
Your story needs to be told I don't think most people know about this awfull infection.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 7:53:41 AM PDT
Lenora says:
So very sad, Grandma. I've heard good things about a facility that is near us. We would be able to visit often because it is close. A nurse I know said good things about it and had a family member there. A coworker has her father there. I will be talking to her and continue to closely investigate.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 7:56:56 AM PDT
Grandma says:
Yes, that absolutely does include the publisher - anyone with a financial interest. For those who have been following the Heavenly Treat's 100 Calorie Dessert Drama, both books have now apparently been removed.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 7:57:58 AM PDT
Grandma, I did pick up Hidden in Paris -- The Cookbook and have the Pat Conroy cookbook, but it seems that of late, 90% of the cookbook offerings are either unadulterated rubbish, or outright theft of other people's hard work.

Amazon seems not to care. Some of the authors are so brazen as to change their names 4 times in less than a weeks time.

Copyright infringement is running rampant. Numerous authours have the audacity to say that their work is protected under copyright laws when they have clearly stolen copywritten material.

I have been downloading and then purging cookbooks in record time of late.....sometimes not even a 5 minute time span between the one-click and the removal from the archives.

Regardless as to the books being free or not, I do not intend to further someone else's moral bankruptcy with my one-click, free or paid for.

Easier for me to draw the line at no-clicking, I think.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 7:59:44 AM PDT
Grandma says:
@Lenora - Just do the best you can to investigate first. One other thing you can do is contact your state agency that monitors/licenses hospitals and nursing facilities. The nursing home track record and any complaints that have been filed are public information. Might be worth checking. You may also be able to get some help with skilled nursing at home in some areas of the country.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 8:00:39 AM PDT
 nospin  says:
Post a message in the Joyce group, D. Beck, and I/we will assist you with anything you need.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 8:03:49 AM PDT
Emerald Coast,

I think a lot (not all) of the self-published authors of cookbooks have followed the easy way of cutting and pasting.

I would rather spend the money to get a book I know is legit, a lot of times there are good bargains. The 3.99 and under had two of Melissa Clark's this month, a few months ago I got a natalie dupree one. But, in the hopes of finding that occasional gem, like Jagi Egnell's two books on Indian cooking, I download. Once I see grandma or Lucy ditty provide links, or do the work myself and find out the book is just cut and paste I delete it.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 8:04:08 AM PDT
Good morning all. Here are my quick morning picks:
No Matter What - Contemporary Fiction
Dreams of Reality (The Dreams Trilogy) - Romance
Winter Affair - Contemporary Fiction
The Missing Daughter - Contemporary Fiction
Mmmmm, Starbucks treat this morning.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 8:05:06 AM PDT
Grandma says:
@Emerald Coast - I think that is why people keep encouraging me to do the reviews and sit on their downloads of the cookbooks until I do (or less frequently Lucy Ditty or Becky) so they won't contribute to moving the trash up the ratings enough to appear in "people also bought".

I really don't think it is that Amazon doesn't care. They simply do not have the manpower to monitor every book an indie publisher uploads and they are primarily book SELLERS, not publishers who might bear some responsibility.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 8:06:11 AM PDT
 nospin  says:
It is so hard to be the brunt of the aberrant behaviors that may occur with sundowning in dementia.

Is there a way you could set up a video recorder so your sister could see the difference in your mom at night vs. during the day?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 8:06:39 AM PDT
Grandma says:
I hope you don't delete the books just because I post a link Becky - I post good links as well as bad so people can make up their own minds.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 8:08:53 AM PDT
Lenora says:
I think she really knows, Nospin. Change is just a very difficult thing for her and she's a bit of a procrastinator.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 8:17:14 AM PDT
 nospin  says:
I understand how difficult change can be. The suggestion for recording the behavior is so she can no longer deny it to herself. Since it is reaching the stage where you could be injured I think she would feel terrible were something to happen.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 8:21:41 AM PDT
No, I meant when you link back to where the recipes originally came from.. I misspoke, I should have said, "when Grandma or Lucy post a review tracing back the origin of recipes from the 'net."

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 8:39:03 AM PDT
Patti (PBP) says:
Cinder, if you are lurking, I want to thank you for your thoughtfullness. I will certainly enjoy it!

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 8:42:55 AM PDT
Kayaksm says:
My dear BIL died from MRSA that he contracted from a hospital. He was 61. At first the hospital blamed it on a spider bite and later admitted he picked the infection from the hospital. We were so shocked to learn about this awful infection. Can the hospital be liable for a patient picking up MRSA at their hospital?

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 8:42:59 AM PDT
AuntOh says:
Hi, everyone! I need to run my errands & will check in later this afternoon to see if the OP needs updating. I hope you have a great day!

@WW, you are so very kind & thoughtful. Thank you!
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