The Treasure Hunter

A blog by Joanne Yatvin

My Thanks to all of You

Of course not all of you knew that today is my birthday.  I recieved messages from several frends and family members,  but no gifts. I am sure they will all come tomorrow. And I did not mind eating my birthday cake alone today. It’s always  better to have your birthday alone than to die before the day. I have received many kind messages from friends and family members and  written down the names of everyone who ignored me. You can send me my presents later.

Strangely enough I don’t feel all that old. My son Alan told me that I should walk inside this building every day and I have ben doing  hat wearing a mask over my face and using a cane for ballance. That is actually a pleasant event. At least I am getting out of my bedroom and away from the cat who likes to sit in my lap all the time.

Being  this old doesn’t feel any different from the previous time. I am still wearing  the same clothes, eating the same food, and I haven’t gained any weight,  The only thing I’ve lost is the ability to spell words correctly.  Even the words that other people write  look wrong to me.

In addition Ive looked out my window many times today. And I plan to have a party next year.I am grateful for being able to send this message and remembering your faces.  May we all survive smart and healthy  for many years to come.



Have a Good Day Today!

I may have posted the song below before, but my memory is bad.  Because I like the song and like all of you, I will repeat it now.  (Every word I have written so far I spelled correctly. I must be getting smart again).


Oh I don’t have a barrel of money

Maybe we’re stupid and funny

But, we travel along

Singing a song

Side by side

Oh I don’t know what’s comming tomorrow

Maybe it’s trouble and sorrow

But I’ll travel along

Singing a song

Side by side

Nobody knows the weather

And we can’t be together

But we travel along

Singing a song’

Side by side


(I don’t like the way this machine groups words, but I can’t control it any other way.)





Good News Today

I am pleased to report that things are getting better at this place. For the first time we have received written messages, and a woman who works here came bye to help me  contact with others on this computer. Until know all we were getting was food, and there was too much of it.  I never expected to refuse to eat meat and vegetables.  I have always enjoyed them in the past.  But now they look and smell bad.  All I wan’t and need are juice, icecreame  and sandwiches.

But more than good food I realize that I need  contact with people, my family, friends, and even strangers. The world has gone upside down and –as you are well aware–I can’t even spell words correctly. It’s hard for me to explain what lonesumness dose to people.  Everything that was once easy to recognize is unfamiliar.  It is an upsetting event, but it enables people like me to understand how complicated living is, and how lucky we are to be able to do what we can do when we are healthy. I thank God for all the skills I was given.  Even though I often fell as a child–and now as an old  woman–I am grateful for all the things I have ben able to do and the rewards I have received.  All I want now is for someone to tell me how to spell ice-cream correctly.  (This machine finally did it!)

God bless you all.






My Complaint Today

The two things that bother me most are my inability to spell words correctly and the absence of human beings. I am getting more food than I can eat, but seeing no one and getting no information. Why can’t the people who manage this place talk to us with masks over there faces?  It is very hard to see and hear no one. I think that is why I can’t spell correctly anymore. I have ben cleaning up my apartment, feeding my cat and myself, taking a bath regularly, watching television that is awful, and replying to everyone who contacts me.  But there is no change in what is happening here. Nothing!

I hate the fact that I am complaining, but I can’t think of anything nice to say.  I do appreciate the many friends who have tried to contact me, even though I have not  ben able to reply every time.  Please forgive me. I just need to complain.




More Nonsense From Joanne

Dear friends,

I wan’t to continue communicating with you but I am still ashamed of my bad spelling.  Mostly I watch television because there is nothing else to see or hear.  You have ben very kind and helpful by suggesting things I could do, but unfortunately I am not smart enough to do most of them.  The best thing I have ben doing is a game with my sister Hellen every day. She wins or I win, but that doesn’t matter. Communication is important because I don’t see anyone in this building or even hear there voices.

What I have just written is complaining, which I don’t want to do. What I need most of all is another game with someone else. Dose anyone have a suggestion? I am still  physically healthy and I think you are too.  What we all need is more cumunication.

I think today is my birthday, but I’me not sure.  I will check that now……No. It’s next week.

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