Accomplishments, Mask Wearing, and How I Chose to Get the Vaccine

The last few days have been pretty as I’ve mentioned in the previous blog. It’s been chilly in the mornings though. There have been lots of red birds flitting about.

All that said, there has not been anything really special to report! It’s life as usual, work all day and then come home and try to knock something off the list. Every day that happens is more crossed off and more coming our way to do.

Accomplished this Week:

*I finalized the cancellation of my old dentist and filled out new dentist paperwork on line for the new one and verified my appointment for cleaning in the fall.

*Emailed the Mom to be and let her know her gift was on the way and apologized for not being able to go to the shower

*Got Mom’s contract printed out so we have a copy.

*Posted the city wide “Hip Mount Juliet” asking for good salons with good pricing. I figure I’ll use word of mouth rather than spend time calling around. That is time I don’t have.

*Ordered a Bride to Be’s gift online from Target

*Got Mom’s Low Voltage meeting set up for next Friday. Where she sets cable, internet, security system wiring and all that. (George is going with us for that!)

*Got Mom’s Design Studio appointment set where she picks out everything for the house – the colors, the cabinets, the surfaces, the fixtures, the flooring and such. Big day!

*Got my vitamins fixed up for the next week. Thurs nights are just the best night for that.

*Started laundry. I’ve learned that if I start laundry on Thurs nights instead of Friday, I’ll be able to get the ironing done for the work week on Sunday and remain ahead of the game, while we spend weekend time in Columbia.

*Picked the date for a dinner with our financial advisor for the fall and booked that in the planner.

*Mom had a conf call with me and her bank to set up a debit card so I can pick up things when she needs me to stop and pick things up for her. She doesn’t plan to drive a whole lot when she gets up here unless she feels comfortable going short distances.

*Worked on editing the next video by alternating video editing and blogging time. I snuck in some time in the evenings the last two days after getting some things done on the to do list.

Ok so maybe it’s NOT life as usual, lol.

New Wellness Products and Healthy Eating

So the new (to me) shake came in this week. I like them in the individual packages. This one has a taste I love. I normally don’t like Chai anything but my friend Lisa had let me try one of hers and it was really good. This one is plant based. It has a slight chalky at times texture but the flavor totally overpowers that. I really liked it. I use both plant based and whey based shakes from the wellness company I use. I find the plant based I would be more likely to use as a lunch or dinner meal. But mainly I have these for breakfast.

I also ordered more of these. It has peanut butter in it. They knock an afternoon 3 p.m. craving. I had gotten tired of them a couple of years ago but was craving them so I ordered them again. It’s like having a peanut butter cookie ball, lol!

This is what lunch looked like one day this week. A little can of chicken with chopped pickles and I had a pack of mayo/cilantro sauce from something that I ate out and didn’t use. Then I had bought these little packs of mozzarella balls – snack size. And we bought a cantaloupe this week. It made a great lunch but then I was hungry two hours later. lol

Love/Hate Relationship with Mask Wearing

So, we are still wearing masks at work. I have a love/hate relationship with them. I’m kinda looking forward to being able to wear make up again to look better, but then again I had said our bosses could take their sweet time to cut the mask mandate, because secretly I’m enjoying and quite spoiled to the free time in the mornings and having a good reason not to wear makeup. It’s been wonderful to just go bpppppthhhh -not wearing makeup.

So if we wear masks for longer periods of time, I’m ok with it, lol. However, I guess it’ll come to an end soon as people have had opportunity now to get their vaccines if they wanted to get it. Anyone else that don’t want to get the shot will have to take their chances I guess and can still wear their masks if they want. Anyway, most of the masks are going away in our area little by little. I’m seeing more of people’s faces now – and with some big smiles too at the freedom of it all.

Why I Chose to Get the Vaccine

There is some resistance and reluctance of about 50% of the population here not wanting to get the shots. I get it. I wasn’t hyped up over it myself. I’m not an anti vaccine person, but I just don’t like putting weird things in my body. That said, I ocassionally eat french fries and that has even worse stuff for your body, lol.

I did some pretty heavy research on it. There’s so much out there all over the spectrum. It’s hard to know who or what to believe. I finally tossed it all to God and did some heavy praying over it. And God’s answer to me was to get the shot out of love for others. I read in the Bible how we were to follow the leaders that God had set before us. And so I’ve chosen to trust that the shot was for our protection and not to “control us” in some fashion or “change our DNA” or “cause us to be robots” – there’s so much out there ya’ll.

Some people say to get the shot is making a decision to follow the devil because of one of the patents having 666’s in the number and that one day you won’t be able to shop in the market place if you don’t have it. Well that may be true about the market place one day, but I can tell you right now that was an easy one to dispel for me, b/c I know the meaning of worship and by getting this shot, it was not a choice to worship or be marked by the Devil. I am happy to say that God is the one I believe in and by getting this shot was not an act of worshipping the devil for me, LOL! Yes I’m laughing because that is absurd.

People love to rebel, and I’m a little rebel myself at times because I believe in being my own person and not controlled by anyone. So I totally get it. But my getting the vaccine basically came down to it being a gift to those around me and doing it out of love. God helped me arrive at that decision based on my Bible reading and the information He chose to place in front of me at the time I was making my decisions and deciding who to trust. It basically came down to just trusting God. And that is how I decided. My 2nd one is next month.

Sorry I don’t like to talk about controversial things but I will let you know why I made the decisions I did and how I arrived at it. It was basically a God driven decision and mostly ignoring all the fluff and stuff surrounding me which didn’t seem to have much of a solid ground and mostly hearsay or groupthink. I’m so done with groupthink!

Anyway, TGIF and we are helping Mom pack some more this weekend! Her house goes up for sale Monday May 3rd!

Taste and Smell

Oh well, it’s ok. Everything is organized to go back to work since the laundry is done and everything ironed that needed it. The only thing I ignored was doing my vitamins up in the little days of the week thingie! But I just did Monday just now and will do the rest this evening. Everything was cleaned that I wanted to work on.

It was another good day yesterday. Two days of getting an extra hour or two of sleep does a body good. This getting up in the 4 a.m. hour wears me out now. I keep edging closer and closer to 5 now since the Pandemic as schools are out and so are some people, making my drive 25 to 30 minutes instead of the average of 45.

Yesterday we went to the store and I bought a few things that was on my list. George went Thurs night I believe to get what he needed for our weekend meals. But I just needed a few things for me and I told him I’d rather go because I can walk through and see my choices.

I’m not really sure why I have needed to have crunchy and salty things available. I snack on those things a lot. I’m trying to do healthier versions as opposed to buying fritos. I just needed those – first the chili ones and then the regular ones. Since then I’m trying to do healthier versions of corn chips – if that is such a thing. Sun Chips are not as bad and multi grain crackers which I use instead of bread. However, I manage to get some bread in a week. I wish you could buy bread with like 4 slices in it, lol. For the person that would like to eat one sandwich a week. lol. Frozen bread is just “not where it’s at!” But I need to eat some greens and I’m tired of frozen entrees as it’s hard to find anything under 600mg of salt. And I’m tired of the same ones that are. I could just about gag on those frozen square or rectangle chicken chunks they put in there. Ugh…Cardboard and no taste other than yukkie! And most of the frozen things have a lot of carbs.

Anyway after the store – George went to meet his long time buddies from Gibson at a sushi restaurant not far away for lunch. It was a guy pow wow. So it’s good for him to get out and see his old buddies and catch up. I was happy to remain home – watch my shows. I ate a sandwich, and sweet potato plantain crackers as a side, followed by sliced banana dipped in peanut butter and drizzled in honey. What can I say? I was hungry and am enjoying it when I have a craving for something like I did that sandwich and banana yesterday.

I think since the diverticulitis thing – or whatever that was – where I had a fever, abdominal pain, followed by a painful rash on my stomach in the same area – and so forth – I’ve just not had much of an appetite. Someone asked me recently if I’ve lost my sense of smell and can I taste things. I definitely have taste. But I’m trying to decide if it’s diminished. How can one tell? I cannot see a difference in the relativity of it. Some taste versus a lot of taste. They were (a nurse friend I know) wondering if I’d had the ‘Rona. As she said whenever people start describing odd symptoms – it usually is. I told her I could definitely taste. But I’m wondering if it is as strong so I’ve tried to pay attention. Everything is definitely more subdued which may be what is making me not have a hunger to eat certain foods anymore, but to go toward something salty and crunchy.

As for smell, I was stumped when she asked that question b/c I was trying to remember the last time I smelled anything and I couldn’t. It’s not anything I’ve noticed really other than someone at the office said “I can’t believe you can’t smell that odor”. I know in early January I could smell as the smoke exhaust fumes from the tow motor next door where they were doing construction was sending me over the edge. But since then even strong paint fumes, I couldn’t smell that others could from further away. I don’t think I can smell much of anything any more but I definitely can smell as since then I’ve tried to notice. And I can smell some but not as strong as I once could. Just things that make you go hmmmm.

So I think I have taste and smell but maybe not as strong as it was. I can eat b/c I like to eat and I can feel when I’m hungry. It’s hard to explain. I haven’t had the desires or callings you feel for certain foods really. It’s been more about what does my stomach want than what does Sonya want. It’s been potatoes and crackers and then expanded into other arenas just by memory of the fact that I should be eating those foods and making sure I can still eat them. Luckily with success I’ve been able to. I think taste has not been something that has driven me to want foods like it used to.

So yeah, that has been on my mind lately. And I’m trying to notice the taste/smell functions. Sometimes things change and you don’t notice if it is drastic. But the important thing is – is that yes I can taste and yes I can smell. I just don’t think it’s as strong and I think that may be why I’m not craving things if the tastes are not really there like they were. It may be why the salty crunch of food is important to me. And the texture. Like potatoes. And the salt.

So in trying to notice more….The bologna with ham, mayo, and cheese and bread which chips on board tasted good to me yesterday – oh drats I forgot to add the spinach leaves to it. lol Oh well. I couldn’t really taste the banana much though and the peanut butter taste was slight. Definitely could taste the sweet potato plantain. And coffee. I can taste coffee but it’s more about the warmth now. But I can taste bad coffee really well, ha!

So yeah, kindof a weird side spin here, but this has been on my mind to try and notice if my taste and smell senses are off at all. So far I think they are off a bit since January and February’s issues, but not gone.

So after eating I came back here to my office, drank a couple of cups of coffee and began working on the iMovie. I guess I’m about a 1/4 of the way through. I should have it finished over the weekend for sure. George went to the beer store nearby and bought me this….

I like Kolsh, so this was kinda funny.

I didn’t drink it yet. But maybe tonight. He also brought me a fun cocktail which I’ve enjoyed the citrus cocktails lately. I must have needed some vitamin C. And I could taste it! And it was really good. I could also taste the mint sprig. So see. I do have taste! It was very refreshing. Oh wow, it’s time for me to get ready and go. Geez! Louise! Time goes so fast when I’m blogging and vlogging!

Friday Morning Thoughts on COVID-19 through Coffee and Music!

So it’s Friday and that brings a source of glee that the other days do not. Right now Friday’s and sleep are “where it’s at“. Oh, Friday’s and Sleep and Weekends, can’t forget those.

And the coffee sure is good this morning.

So Day 2 of the Social Media experiment. I didn’t miss it at all and really didn’t even think about it. The only time I thought about it was when I saw the red numbers on my phone building. I have 152 notifications and 3 Instant Messages all unread and unlooked at. No bother. Nothing I’m itching to get back to.

My mind is a little blank right now as I type this. My thoughts are on the next video which I have worked on this week filming some. I don’t want to really tell you what all I’m working on. I’m getting some B Roll shots, which as I was telling someone – the B Roll shots are actually my favorite parts. I guess that makes them A rollers huh?

My mind is also on the COVID-19 which we can’t get away from it seems. It was nice that people were starting to get out and economy back open. We all kinda new it would surge back up again, but being the hopeful spirits we try to have, we DID get our hopes up thinking that we would go back to somewhat of a normal even though inching there. With the numbers surging, it has a lot of us thinking we are all just going to get it and then most of society will have the antibodies and then we can go on. But no, just when your thoughts are turning positive again, a study comes out about how the antibodies only help for a little while. So what? You could get COVID-19 over and over again? That study was from China so not sure I buy in. And what? So all the ones who are anti vaccine will change their mind and get the vaccine and then we will have who knows what in our bodies and then there are those rumors about putting things in our bodies that make you obedient and all that. Whaaaaattttt? Can we just go dig a hole already?

I watched a YouTube sailing couple’s show yesterday. It showed up in my YouTube suggestions. And the lady had just lost her spouse to COVID and was trying to figure out where to go from here. She didn’t want to sail by herself and was not sure she could. But she didn’t want to sail her boat. So she is hoping for a crew to sail with. It’s just so sad. I felt so bad for her.

So I go from thinking the loss of life is a small percentage and we all have a good chance of survival and then you hear of something like that – that just makes it more real. If they could just figure out how to cure/fix it for sure. Once on ventilator they say the survival rate is low.

So these are unfortunately where my thoughts are today. Just discouraged that the COVID-19 will be here forever – or at least longer than we want – we have already surpassed that point. I DO however, KNOW that people are smart and will figure all this out. It’s just hard to know what to believe.

I was thinking yesterday – do I know anyone that has even had this? No I don’t. Just random things like yesterday’s videos here and there where people have talked about it. All these people getting sick and you hear more of the numbers than you do any data from those who are ill. Do you all personally know of anyone that has had it? I suppose soon we will as the numbers grow.

I’m struggling a bit still. And yesterday was VERY Long despite being busy at work. I watched the clock all day. I think about COVID-19 a chunk of the day while I’m working. I try to listen to music and it brings consolation.

I made a note to share this song with you all as this song meant a lot to me. It’s beautiful. It’s a video/song by Bruno Merz. I love the part where it says “Everything will be Alright”. I needed that! I feel sometimes as if God himself picks my music line up. I truly DO believe He has the power to do that.

I enjoy food and it brings consolation. Talking with friends brings joy. Working in my office at home brings complete happiness. 😉

I know that Everything Will Be Alright. I’ve never been one of patience. God is certainly teaching that. We just have to keep finding the positive sides to everything. Find the good parts of the day. And today the joy comes from the fact that it’s Friday and two whole days to bless our homes and work on things we love to work on.

God is in Control. We that love Him and Know Him are in His hands. So go on and enjoy the coffee, your meals today (yum), your music line up, and give each other a cheer and a prayer with your coffee cup held high!

We will get through all of this eventually! Under HIS wing!

Oh and….we have a Dust Plume coming! :-O. But the murder hornets have held off for now!