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!

Weekend Turnround

Saturday night I soaked my foot in Epsom Salt. All day Saturday I had tried to either walk on my heel or the side of my foot which mainly resulting in me deciding just not to walk much at all. I had sat and watched my shows on YouTube most of the day.

Overnight, my right foot hit up against my left foot and it felt really sharp. I decided then to check more closely when I got up. George has a really good flash light. And when I took the flash light to it, I could see the glimmer and sparkle of a piece of that crystal glass. I knew my foot wouldn’t shine like that. So George brought me tweezers and asked for alcohol, cotton balls, and a towel and he brought me back Tito’s hand made vodka (to make me laugh, and it did, for a second). I cleaned the tweezers with the other alcohol and began trying to extract it. It hurt really bad. I was pulling at skin instead of the glass. George wanted to do it but I told him it was something I had to do myself. And I stopped trying as I said, “what am I doing? I need a cup of coffee first”.

I drank about a half of a cup to get my eyes open and George suggested I take acetaminophen to knock the edge off and try again in 30 min. This time I was able to focus and I just happened to get the tweezers in the exact spot, I had a good hold of the glass and pulled. Sorry for the graphic explanation. It was a hefty chunk left in there. I’m trying to figure out how to explain the size. It was not quite as big as a bacon bit, lol. But maybe a 1/3 of a bacon bit. This may be like a fish tale, it may grow every time the story is told? George bandaged me up proper with gauze and tape. Once that chunk of glass was out of my foot I could immediately apply my weight and walk normal. I was so excited. I had thought that I was going to be hobbling around all week. The morale boost that gave was enormous.

We sat in the sun room for a while and I finished my coffee and had some more. We have been noticing a red fox come through in the mornings. It’s pretty exciting to sit in the sun room and listen and watch nature. The birds new the fox was around, you could hear their warnings. Neighborhood dogs were also giving warning. And somewhere in a distance you can hear a rooster crow.

Oh – We took the dogs for their trim Saturday. And sad to find out our groomer has breast cancer. I know she is not going to want to keep up the Saturday schedule but knowing we work outside of Mount Juliet, she said she didn’t want to lose our business and kept us on a Saturday. But I fear we’ll end up having to find another eventually depending on how she feels. I’ll be praying for her and all goes well. She has been a good groomer for the doggies. But she really seems stressed a lot. Here are the doggies. I’m sure I’ll have better pics over the next week or so.

I was so happy to be walking, and began doing laundry yesterday. I picked out my clothes the week, and decided for some reason to come and work a bit on the iMovie. Well there went the day. ha. I was back in my bliss. A thousand things calling me and so many things I needed to be doing instead. But I kept saying to myself “let me just do this one thing.

And well, I kinda finished the whole thing up – this next iMovie. It’s ready to go! All done. I worked on what they call an “Outro” (opposite of an Intro), lol. I’m not sure I like the term but I’ll go with it. I did it all real quick and even my hair is a mess, but I was mainly doing a test and decided to go with it. So I’ll be uploading the video here in a day or so. It takes a while to upload into YouTube. I have to check the quality of it also and come up with my tags. And I will also post it here in a blog post as well as updating the side bar with the latest. I took a few moments to kind of outline the steps to making the imovie on my office board. This is my process anyway, and the process of clearing out and I include the deleting of photos on my phone, moving them out of the cloud, deleting the ones I don’t want and so forth. I also take a lot of pics to remind myself of things.

So it’s quite the list.

Did I get anything done I should have been working on? Not much. Before I knew it, it was time to go to Cracker Barrel.

We had a nice time just chatting and waiting and chatting and waiting. Many people were outside for pick up. The waitress kept apologizing. I noticed they also were seating people on the front porch. They really did have the business yesterday but could only serve half capacity of course.

They brought our bread first. I was starving as I forget to eat much when I’m working on these imovie things. I had quiche for breakfast – the kind you buy which was really good. But then only a bag of THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT CO I USE chips for lunch. They have plant protein and they kept me well.

At Cracker Barrel I had the beef pot roast and it was excellent. It was so cold in there, that it was welcome. They finally had to turn the air down. I’m sure several complained.

So after that we went to Kroger for our Store run. And we got back it was probably about 7:30. By the time we unloaded and took dogs out it was quickly 8:00. I had about an hour to get a list of things done.

I had to get a check addressed and in the mail to cover the cost of the cake for the virtual shower next Saturday. The Momma to be is picking up her own cake as she is in another city from the rest of us. But I ordered it. I do have to check on it b/c they said they would send an email and I never got one. But I do have the confirmation. Anyway, got that addressed and George will mail or give me a stamp to mail.

I had to do my vitamins and BP meds for the week and get those loaded into their compartments for the week.

I needed to reboot the laundry. I needed to put the clean sheets on the bed. And I realized I’d not washed my masks out. So I got those set up for washing. I have a little bowl and Dawn that I soak them in usually overnight. I had to keep one out to wear today though as was not sure they would be dry.

And I never got to do my nails. I should have done that Saturday while I was wallowing in my pity party of not being able to walk. I just went on strike completely I think at that point, lol.

So this morning I have nails that need some attention but I’ll work on those tonight. I will be having to do a lot of my weekend list this week at night. Including making sure that everything is in order for the shower. That will be the first order of business.

Next weekend will be a busy one. We have a grad party, the virtual baby shower, and Sunday if the virus is not all blown up, George is doing his “Father’s Day Excursion”. I began talking about my Mother’s Day Excursion at Cracker Barrel. When am I getting my day? lol. We went to Mom’s on Mother’s Day but I didn’t get a day to go and do what I wanted to do which is eat at Slim Chickens and go shopping! 😉

I did enjoy looking thru the gift shop in Cracker Barrel.

And I must go as the time is dwindling. Sleep was really good last night. Pretty solid.

Oh I’ll leave you with this….a spaghetti sauce we saw in Kroger. We didn’t get it as we have a lot of sauce and pasta. I’m fixing some kind of pasta this week, but trying to eliminate having a lot of pasta as once I eat it I want more and more. But look at this sauce. This is hilarious.

I guess it starts crying when you put it in the pot?

Oh well, more tomorrow and hopefully a video as well. It may be Wednesday as you know Payroll is tomorrow, so we’ll see how things go!

Off for more coffee and hope you all have a good Monday. But you have no idea how glad I am the weekend turned around and I’m not hobbling hardly at all now that the glass is out. Over and Out.