Taco Tuesday, Repairs Galore, and Could I Have Had Covid-19?

I can’t believe it is heading toward the midpoint of May already. A Pandemic sure does fly fast in my world. Mainly mine did not stop except for the weekends.

I am glad to be back on the premises for the most part. But being home for two days a week did have its perks and I miss that part.

I have been doing some video this week in preparation for VLOGGING. We will see how it goes. I told George you all wanted to see more of him and the cooking. He will always be photo bombing. You can count on that one. I have some ideas for the VLOG. I have a tendency to want to make something perfect before I start this as there is a lot to consider. YouTube has a lot of legal requirements and if for some reason my followership increased, I’d want to make sure the blog and vlog are in order. And I want a intro to the Vlog that will go in each video and and ending. But you know what? I have learned that sometimes to keep forward momentum you just “start where you are”. That is what I did when I began blogging. I didn’t have the blog all decorated. I just started typing. So this week – I just started videoing. lol. I’ll improve as I go. It will be quite a bit different from the trips videos. I will have to develop new habits and be of the mindset to capture more by video, but still get photos for the blog. I’m hoping these won’t take as long to do. And that I’ll be able to pump one out every week. But they will be behind the blog a week or two. But often I think that people either become VLOG followers or BLOG followers and very few will be both. But we will see. I’m exciting to give it a whirl.

I can see that on the weeknights, it will be fun to pick the music for each one. I enjoy listening to the tunes on Epidemic Sound. It takes a few samplings (kinda like iTunes as you can sample the song) to find one that is just right. Like for example this week has been harry and busy so I’m trying to find some “busy” music to match.

Wow, what a busy week though. I thought last night was going to be a hard one but George saved the day. He went ahead and baked the potatoes for our “potato skins” – which really still have most of the potato in them. I am fixing them like a restaurant that used to be in Nashville called “Darryl’s”. They had THE BEST potato skins. Only a little of the tater was scooped out and they put in sharp cheddar, REAL bacon crumbles, and chives and they would bring sour cream and BBQ sauce to dip them in. So we are having those tonight when Katy and Cody come in.

So I scooped out a bit of each of the potatoes after slicing them. And made some creamed potatoes with those. I’m taking that for lunch. 😉

I baked the meatballs last night and we’ll be crock potting those with BBQ Sauce and grape jelly. And then George has some little Corn Dog poppers he is fixing in the air fryer.

I told Katy that we were having appetizers and they were on the heavy side as opposed to the lighter side – not chips and salsa. So they will be filling. But they will be hungry after a days drive. We will have happy hour ready and waiting.

So we had Taco Tuesday last night. They were so good.

The avocado was a nice touch. It was so good. The shells were from Aldi and were not as fresh as I would have hoped but the insides made up for it.

George fixed the onion and red peppers – like fajita fillings. I had requested red pepper since the tomato seeds might bother me. I imagine one day I’ll eat tomatoes again soon. I’m kinda thinking that my situation might have been a little more than diverticulitis. I have weighed back and forth on this.

We finished off watching Frankie and Grace last night. And we have finished off Ozark this week so we are looking at other options. The Crown is done too. We have Dead to Me to watch and Outer Banks to finish and we will be picking up another show here or there. So last night was not as busy as I thought it would be.

I did vacuum before going to bed and set a 10 minute timer to just “pick up” the house. Well, quite frankly only the living room was picked up. That is about all I had time for. lol

So the washing machine died this week and George is calling another repair person as the one we use is not starting back until next week and he has a long line of folks waiting. So we have another place he is calling today.

Ok, so I’ve been seeing some articles on the COVID-19 and stomach distress. So I go back and read some of my blog posts since the first of the year. I began not feeling well- random aches, pains, tiredness. I remember having some headaches here and there that I usually didn’t have, I began having to clear my throat constantly and severely at times (gradually going away but nearly drove me crazy), I had blisters in my mouth, I have had random little chest pains here and there around Feb- nothing severe or pervasive but little pin pricks – almost nothing. Not even worth mentioning. I had a fever one weekend and then had the stomach issues. At first it was loose stools and then I had an infection in my stomach which I told my doc it was diverticulitis b/c my stomach was backed up like that. Only it was in infection making it happen. I remember thinking it was different than the last times I’d had it, as there had been warning but this just flared suddenly.

Then after I had the antibiotics – they helped but it wasn’t strong enough and it came back and I had a rash that broke out around on my skin right where the infection was. I’m really kinda wondering if it’s possible that I had a mild case of the COVID? They say some don’t even have many symptoms. And this time period of ailments this year has been so weird so it makes me wonder.

I remembering being really tired all around that time and dragging the weeks before the infection. I can’t remember having a sore throat but I may have as some time in the last few months I remember saying I had the makings of a cold but it felt better with coffee.

George also had a fever around that time and didn’t feel good. And had aches and pains a bit in his feet. I was complaining of aches and pains as well in my ankle and parts of my body here and there. One of my entries was called something like “Pains Here, Pains There”.

Anyway, I’m wondering. Is it possible I had the COVID and didn’t know it? I’m still struggling with my throat trying to get it cleared – it’s so annoying but getting better.

I wouldn’t have thought this though b/c so many have severe reactions. But is this possible???? I wish we could have that antibody test so we could know.

Found the doggies laying close together yesterday.

I love how they get along and will do this sometimes.

Maisy has been having some issues the last week with just peeing in the middle of the den floor. George said it started happening before we gave her the meds. He said he thought it was a behavioral thing.

The only thing I can figure is that I’m not home as much. She loved to be with me on Wed and Friday and I moved out the desk and took things back to work and I’m gone most of the day. I wondered if she was upset at the change. As I was home 4 days a week. However she often has done it even when I’ve been here, so I don’t think that is it. Sometimes you take her out to pee and she comes right in and pees immediately on the floor. It’s almost like she is marking territory. George has been here and there have not been any issues between her and Roger. But it’s driving us crazy. She did not do this yesterday though. She was a good girl. We’ve been getting on to her and having some serious talks about it. I even tried Tugie’s old diapers but they are too small and it’s hard to get her tail in them, lol. I wish I had video’d that! But it took two of us to try to get it on her. FAIL and it left her scurrying behind the sofa to get away from our “cruelty”. lol. She didn’t come back out until she smelled food. Since then though she has been a tad better.

So Katy and Cody arrive today. I’ve not had a text or anything to see if they are on the road yet. So please pray for their safe travels. I need to get to work. I plan on leaving at 4 today as that will put me there about the same time as they get there. Thank goodness George is here today to prep and heat up between emails since he is working from home.

Oh yeah and the people came and laid the new water pipes from the street to our house. They do the rest today and the rest of the week. There is hay over the area now, but it looked like this earlier.

They will be installing the white toilet today. And hopefully we will have news on the washer repair man. If I can get an appointment time it’ll be great. That is half the battle. Til then we will begin to wear the old underwear – or buy more.

Also I had lost 5 lbs but I think I found them and maybe a few more with all we have eaten since I’ve been better. I think I’m going to have to go buy some big girl britches. I had sold them all or sent them away. I need to go up half a size as mine are getting uncomfortable this week all of a sudden.

I could try to lose it I guess and go back to cleansing. I’ve just not felt I could do it as I’ve not felt good this year. So not sure. I haven’t been up to the task of eating healthy the last month – it was more about what could I digest without pain. And I’ve been testing out various things and so far so good. The last couple of weeks have been good. Thank the Lord.

Anyway, got to run to work and get the day going. Ya’ll take care.

Tulsa Girls Weekend in Video, White Toilet, and Busy Week Ahead

Enjoy our Girls Weekend Video

Here is my labor of love regarding our girls trip in mid-March right as the COVID-19 began to unravel. I hope you enjoy. You have most likely seen all the photos before if you have read my blog about that time.

Well, this has been a wonderful weekend. I did a bit of cleaning yesterday and laundry. And then we headed out to Lowe’s to pick out a WHITE TOILET to replace the gold one in the bathroom. And yes, I still have a gold tub but it’s now behind a shower curtain. :=)

Let me tell you. EVERYONE WAS OUT YESTERDAY in Mount Juliet! Look at this! Traffic backed up all the way to the interstate. There were also some neighborhood family get togethers I saw in our neighborhood with 8 or so car loads around. And so I’m thinking that about 2 weeks from now the numbers of COVID are going to explode and we’ll all be back in lockdown again. People are going wild. It’s easy to think things are normal but they are really NOT.

And look at LOWE’s

Everyone lined up yesterday all the way around to the side of the building at Lowe’s. Of course doing their best to social distance, sort of.

So we get in there and when you first go up and look at the toilets – they just all look alike. LOL

Then I saw some were elongated seats and some were round. Elongated made them stick out a couple more inches and I didn’t want it to take up extra room. So I went with round. Most all of them had the potty seat that closes really slow and doesn’t slam! That is nice, lol. But mostly they still all looked the same. So we picked out this one.

And George says “Look it comes with a biscuit”. If you look at the label at the bottom of the photo it says “white” and “biscuit”.

So off we go to the car, toting a toilet on our cart bed. LOL. It’s kindof embarrassing toting a toilet through a store. But, I am not sure people noticed. Everyone was busy watching to see who had on masks or just going after their own agenda’d items.

Then we went to Aldi’s to get a few things for “Appetizer’s” for when Katy and Cody arrive. What a busy week ahead. Plumbers, roofers, and Katy and Cody all on top of working! And we get to see Mom today.

Katy and Cody are staying with his Mom and Dad but Findlay is staying with us. So George went ahead and planned all the work this week. It won’t impact the kitchen so we should be good.

Once home, I had worked up an appetite. I fixed a ham sandwich made in the pan with ham and Asagio cheese melted in and also spinach leaves.

And I added some chili fritos into the sandwich also.

The kitchen looked like a “terror” so I set into cleaning and rebooted dishwasher and washed the big pans up from the night before.

It’s always nice to get the kitchen clean.

Meanwhile, George was working on those final tree trunks from the big bad storm last week. He pulled the RAV4 around and loaded the backend of it with the logs and then drove them up to the front. Way to go!

I went to wrap Mom’s gifts and I guess I have used all of my nice big flowery gift sacks. I thought we had plenty so we’ll have to stop and get a bag. We had to stop for something else anyway so no biggie.

Also my nails look a bit better than yesterday.

Worked on laundry and took care of doggies and before I knew it, it was dinner time already. George had fixed beef stew.

We are VERY VERY close -like maybe 2 or 3 shows away from finishing Ozark. We will be anxiously awaiting the next season! So we’ll have to pick a new one. However, “Dead to Me” is also pretty good and it’s back out now.

As usual, I didn’t get too far on the To Do list this weekend. I’ll blame it on the video creation.

Just in looking at the all the details – there are some things I need to add to my list. I want to completely redo my YouTube – maybe even another channel and connect it to the blog but need to look at copyright content and things like that. I want to do everything right. But I want the YouTube to be my Blog’s YouTube it will be an extension of the blog – eventually.

I’m thinking of also redoing the blog’s logo to something a bit different. Similar but different. Before I do all that. We’ll see how it goes. I have a vision. I’m working toward it, as best as I can.

So – busy week ahead and headed to see Mom shortly. Be back soon! Should be an interesting week.

And today I leave you with a pic of Findlay’s Bed Head. Just got a text from Katy that said “Findlay gets BedHead too” (See blog entry from – I think two days ago). This little cutie gets to come see her Grandma!

And I wish all the Mother’s out there a very Happy Mother’s Day! Enjoy your day.

Cravings, Masks, and a “Little Katy”

Good morning! It is I here just popping on for a few minutes. Here’s a shot of me in my other mask before jetting into to Aldi’s for chicken. With the announcement of the meat shortage, I wanted to make sure we had some chicken in the freezer. Seems like my main go to has been chicken and we have had very little of it in the freezer. So I bought a couple of packs of ground turkey and a couple of packs of chicken and then George also hit up Houston’s for a couple of packs, so we are about 2 to 3 weeks out again. That is easier for me to eat over beef.

That said, I have been craving bologna! I think it was $8 pack at Publix. But George bought an off brand yesterday. At least it was beef, b/c he knew I had such a craving. Now I’m craving BBQ Fritos. I don’t know why. But I will be having some at some point!

It is a secret pleasure to go to the store. I mean yeah, you never know if COVID is lurking around the corner at you, but it pretty much is our source of entertainment outside the home.

A lot of our businesses were “back in business” yesterday and so there was a LOT more traffic on the road. Not near normal but you could tell a difference. It’s weird b/c we have the most cases yet and it’s 10X what it was. And this is expected to come back in the fall? Geez. So no one can really plan anything ever. So we will just all be exposed more I guess. I just don’t know what to think, but at least the phases of reopening made sense if they are going to reopen. So they may roll it back if needed. So I think that everything is probably going to be based on whether hospitals can handle it or not. That is how the whole decisions about staying home began, to flatten the curve so they could handle the numbers that needed care. Well the curve is flat right now but once we start going about as normal they’ll have to send us back home about two weeks to a month later as the numbers will explode. Unless the heat kills it. I don’t know what to believe anymore.

The masks won’t protect you…..wear the mask for your protection. You need the 95. Oh any mask will do now.

It’ll be gone when the heat hits it….it won’t be gone when the heat hits it.

We are going to flatten the curve….oh the number ill has doubled in the last week but we are reopening the country.

It doesn’t affect kids…oh wait kids are getting it.

It doesn’t affect pets…oh wait the pets are getting it.

I know it’s a learning curve….but the mask thing really? How can the same piece of cloth protect those around me but not protect me from others? “It’s mainly for those that have it” they said in regards to wearing masks. They is “the media”. It’s a piece of cloth – if it protects others it’ll protect me from them. It’s the same piece of cloth and we are both human – lol. Do they think we are stupid? This is the one that got me most. It’s mainly b/c they did not want us to be the masks and use the supply so they told little fibs. And I can’t blame the media so much as that they were reporting what they were told by the experts – so that we wouldn’t go out and buy up the mask supply. I’d rather just be told the truth and I’m fine with the medical industry having the best supplies and we buy the home made ones. But don’t tell me the mask doesn’t work so I won’t buy it. Just tell me the truth.

OK I’m off my rant. I guess that one is still with me.

A little bit of fun yesterday afternoon in the kitchen.

We got a “Little Katy” in the mail yesterday. How cute is that? I put her right next to Jesus. She’s welcoming you to love Jesus! I saw the little Jesus card in a Boys Town packet – where they send cards and stationery and labels and calendars and ask for donations in return. So I stuck the picture of Jesus up against the plant. I mean why wouldn’t we have a picture of Jesus around especially of Him taking care of His sheep with staff in hand. Sweet pic of them both!

My diverticulitis scare lasted a day. I snuck out of it. I ate soft foods. The culprit is just not being able to digest things like raw vegetables in this instance. I read some things about this when I googled it and it said that sometimes your nerves can be damaged where your body/intestines just can’t digest anymore due to muscle damage. I’m figuring if that is my case it was probably the Metformin I took or antibiotics or flu shot chemicals or something from an autoimmune thing that has probably been going on for years undiagnosed. However, I am able to digest most everything else so I don’t know what to think. But anyway at least I’m not having pain and I will have to be careful when eating salads so as to chew really good.

When I went to Aldi, George had said that if I wanted scallops to get them. Their scallops are really good. They are also $9.99 so we get a meal of them for $5 each plus the sides we had were rice and canned carrots. By the way LeSeur’s canned carrots rock! You can’t tell that they are not fresh steamed carrots. Great flavor. So we will get Scallops ever visit now. We only get an Aldi in about once every 4 to 8 weeks. So that’s fine.

The key to a good cooked scallop is to dry them good on a paper towel before putting them in the skillet. That way they crisp up.

I might have had a little bit of a dessert.

Creamed cookies with whip cream squirted on it. My version of Cookies and Cream!

Well, it looks like we’ll be seeing family in May. Katy and Cody are coming for his brother’s wedding. And we will be going to see Mom.

I can’t believe it is Wednesday already. It’s “Work from Home Wednesday”. It’s a nice little break from having to drive in, put make up on, pack lunch and all that.

Also it is supposed to storm today. It doesn’t look like a widespread thing when I look at the radar.

Well, I need to get up and at it! And will pop in again probably Friday morning!

Not a lot to tell. I am just keeping myself busy though. I’m loving staying at home on the weekends but I do miss getting out and about too. Can’t wait to get nails done, get a pedicure, and go out to eat again and get the dogs trimmed. However, it’ll have to wait a while. Some things are opening up but just not sure I’m wanting to be involved with the masses yet. Really not even at work but sometimes work seems like a safe place – it’s a false sense of security though.

I don’t listen to the news now but about twice a week. It really helps the psyche. And when I get on Facebook it’s like reading the news and listening to people argue about it. So I pretty much stay away from that too. Seems like Instagram is more positive. People gripe on FB but put their good sides on Instagram, lol.

Well off to it. You all have a great day. You doing ok out there?

Country Opening Up, Diverticulitis, and Other Mid Week Talk

Look what dear daughter did! She is a hunter for sure. I stole this from her social media. She is a woman of many talents.

Well the news is sounding better about the virus. I’m really just baffled by it all. The cases are going up which is what we see in the graphs – even during the shutdown and social distancing. Up 28.9% from last week, yet we are talking reopening the country. And I’m hearing we are flattening out – ummmm, but the graph is going up. So the argument there is that the testing has increased but the ratio of those testing positive to the number of tests done are going down so therefore we can reopen.

This is why numbers can be so confusing. You can twist anything around to “fit the need”. I’m not in either camp really. I am just about as ready as anyone else to get back to a normal life where can go and do and see people, despite the fact that I love love love being home more since I’m an introvert anyway! That part has been a dream. lol. And I do get the fact that business and the economy has been harmed. I also appreciate the fact that the government looked out for people or society as a whole. I get the fact they are in the middle of trying to keep people safe versus tanking the economy. They acted swiftly despite all the accusations that they didn’t. I mean considering the fact that the country was basically shut down – that anyone including our president – give pause at doing so – is understandable in my opinion. I’m not being political at all – I am just speaking from a human being’s standpoint and how I would have reacted if it was me. Shutting down a country is a scary thing to do but it was brave and necessary. I get that it is complicated. But I guess we cannot be “safer at home” forever or “stuck at home” or however you want to refer to it. I guess the fact that this has got people’s attention – maybe if we ease back into society with ‘rules’ it will be ok. That is my hope. However, we all know that people live to break rules because everyone has to be their own individual self with their own individual will according to how they would have it. So we all know how it will go. Unless this virus is killed off by the summer heat – then – it’s gonna get bad before it gets worse.

So people are showing signs of having antibodies in certain regions. I’ve not looked at this much and don’t know a lot about it but that is promising.

Well in case you have been wondering, I’ve been several days with NO pain now as far as the diverticulitis. I’ve not even started the new supplement routine, although they have started arriving. All were to have arrived today in one shipment but some arrived yesterday, some coming today and some tomorrow, lol – I tried to help the deliver guy, by scheduling it to come at once but it is all coming different times.

I definitely think the probiotics help that I began taking again that I already had from Isagenix, the mid day supplement I take for metabolism that has green tea, cinnamon, pepper – I forget what all. And I’ve taken a digestive enzyme with dinner, and then at night magnesium. I’ve also, much like my Dad used to, drink a couple of glasses of ice water with and after dinner – replacing an after dinner glass of wine or decaf coffee.

This is making me savor that happy hour beer or glass of wine as a really special treat. But I’ve also with the same fervor, told myself to enjoy the ice water. And it really is becoming something I’m looking forward to after dinner. I fill my Isagenix cup with ice, add the filtered water, put the top on and add a straw. I go through two of these.

So, it’s been a couple of work days AT WORK the last two days. Today I am at home. It’s easier to blog on those days as I don’t have to put on make up or have a commute. I enjoy each day whether it’s at home or work. It seems about perfect to have two days there, one here, one day there and then one here again, that way I can toss things back and forth, print every other day and so forth. It’s been easier to get things done having only one day at home in b/w the other days.

The parts that are challenging is wagging work files back and forth. And judging how much work you will be doing for the time at home. Bring it all? Or not? It’s hard to judge. But I’ve learned to overload myself so I have what I need. It’s frustrating to get into something and part of what you need is at work or vice versa. So that big white tote bag is what I use to go back and forth. The flowered bag I got at the Mercantile (Pioneer Woman’s shop) and love it. I actually use it as a carryover work bag – I put lunch in it, vitamins, snacks, water, drinks, anything I need for the day. My computer glasses also are in there. An umbrella is in one end and water bottle can be put in the other. Each end has a pouch. This bag is perfect for my carryover bag! But lugging purse, work bag and my lunch/carryover bag all three – is a bit much sometimes. I brought a lot of stuff home yesterday (files) in the big white bag for doing taxes and such and I like to have never made it up the stairs. It’s month end again, so more states to pay.

I had to laugh at Monday’s selfie. I was trying to smile for the camera but it ended up being a smirk. I guess my smiles are just smirks. lol.

I really intended on eating chili for lunch yesterday and testing the waters from a spicy standpoint. But after looking at the sodium content of 1700 mgs per can- I decided to go with something else.

I ordered Cracker Barrel. They had free delivery. And they have a limited menu right now but still the old favorites. I had grilled chicken, brocolli, and pintos. And I ate a biscuit and butter. And then later on mid afternoon I had the other one. I didn’t care. I just ate it.

George fixed shrimp and grits Monday night and then we had hamburger steaks and onion rings (cooked in the air fryer). I went back for 2nd’s on the onion rings and George had eaten all the 2nd’s. lol. He said “oh I thought you didn’t like them”. He said I made a face when he said we were having them for dinner. I don’t remember making a face. I could have wondered if they would be good for me but I didn’t say I didn’t like them. I tried to get over the fact that he ate the seconds – I didn’t care that he ate the seconds – it was just that my taste buds wanted them and I was so excited to go back and they were gone. So I ended up air frying some more. After all it was only 6 minutes at 360. So then life could go on! lol

Here was his shrimp and grits dish.

Sometimes frozen shrimp can taste fishy and I thought these were fishy. That has no bearing on George as a cook. The grits were great, the dish was great. But I think we needed a better quality shrimp for the dish itself.

Well, I guess I need to go figure out breakfast and get plugged in and set up for work.

Oh, I did get the baby shower invitations bought yesterday thru Amazon. So I marked that off the list. And I had some time after work and before dinner to watch a show – I love to watch the YouTube shows but have to sneak them in when I can because they are not George’s favorites. It was a perk to get to do that yesterday.

Ya’ll have a great day and I’ll likely post again on Friday morning.

How do you feel about our country opening again? I’m not sure exact date around here but think it’s going to be around May 1 for some things. Our business is coming back at work also so that is a good thing. I am guessing that by mid May or end of May that we’ll be back FT at work and at our desks all week. But that is just me speculating. I really have no idea. All it takes is one of us getting that dang virus to mess all that up.

Well, ya’ll be good!

Store Run, Keeping in Touch, and To Do List

Well, I have wanted to blog most of the day but it’s been a bit busier than I thought. But that is ok. Much of my “to do” has gone out the window. It’s still been a fun and relaxed day – so that is ok. there’s always tomorrow right?

Here was yesterday’s confirmed COVID cases for our county which includes two cities: Lebanon and Mount Juliet. It’s a pretty big county. I’m sure today is a bit higher.

You can also get your COVID-19 report from The Weather Channel app.

George and I watched “Ringo at the Ryman” last night. It’s Ringo and the All-Star Band. The music was great. I think my favorite was Richard Page. I love his voice! He was in Mr. Mister. I’ll have to add in his music to my iPod now.

So I guess we have chosen Friday’s as “Concert Night”. We have several more to watch and need to pick it out so we can “think about it” all week.

In honor of the Seniors week for 2020 – everyone is posting on Facebook their Senior pic. Bless the hearts of those graduating. They do not get to experience it I guess. Here is my pic.

Sleep was grand last night and then this morning Maisy woke me up around…I’m not really sure what time it was – sometime around 5:30 or 6:00. I was really groggy. I was dreaming. So it took a while to wake up. Coffee was good and I played around on the iPad looking a Webcams and such. My favorites are either not there anymore or they are closed, lol. So no fun there.

Then after we had a cup or two of coffee, we decided we’d run on in for a quick store run at Publix and beat the later day crowd.

My masks came in a few days ago and I washed them in Dawn and let them dry overnight. So I was able to wear this in the store. I’m so glad they sent a cute turquoise design. That is perfect for me. They also sent another one that is off white and has watermelon or something on it. I really can’t remember. But I am so happy to have these. I also have two on my desk at work that I’ll bring home Monday and I will wash them as well.

I was shocked at how much we spent at the grocery. We keep going every weekend. I guess we are just eating more though and needing more. I was almost completely out of things to take to work. So of course my Target order came in last week and it had peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, and hand soap and laundry stuff. I was really thinking we wouldn’t go to the store much but….my RX meds were refilled for my blood pressure so I needed to run in and get that. And we were getting low on Fresh Pet. And we are completely out of fresh fruit and veggies. So we bought a few of those things.

George nudged me as they were ringing up the purchase. It was up in the 200’s – like high 200’s. We bought a few packs of chicken b/c we don’t have any in our freezer. We eat it up too quickly. We also bought some frozen beer battered fish and I’m looking forward to that as we put malt vinegar on it. We’ve not had that in a while. We bought a couple of frozen meals to have a few quick meals during the week. We like chicken cordon bleu, for example. It’s a frozen thing we get from time to time.

I bought watermelon which I’m looking forward to, some fresh apples, and now that my peanut butter is in, that’ll be a great snack. I did get yogurt. We also bought a couple of Cornish hens and a big fryer chicken. I bought some canned soups. And we have decided that we like the LeSeur Carrots – so we bought 4 cans of those b/c they are healthy and we like them. Wow they are really good. I never thought I’d like canned carrots.

So yeah, surprisingly the store was good for morale and we can add some fresh things to our meals at night. Still no toilet paper. I mean good grief.

George updated the “chalk board” in the kitchen.

As you can see we have eaten well last week! Looking forward to this week.

So several in our family tried out ZOOM today for a shower in the family. There are two having babies. Susan is hosting one and I’m hosting the other. I’m thinking that mine will still be social distancing – it’s in June. Just not sure this is all going to be over. I’ll be glad to host it here as long as I know a month in advance which way it will be. And I bet we won’t know by mid May. I will need to be able to get invites out and also need to get the house ready. I can throw it together quickly I think. I need my “Kate” in times like these. I’m scared to death b/c I’ve not solely ever done a shower before. But I’m excited to do this for our “Ellen and Justin”. It’ll be fine. However we do it. But it was fun to get on Zoom with the family for a test run for Susan’s shower she is doing for Hope. I spent nearly the entire time though trying to get the iMac to cooperate. The “App Store” for the Mac did not have zoom available. However, I was able to download it from Zoom itself for the Mac, which I did. So I think we are good now. But I didn’t have it figured out for the Mac while we were on the call. I had to use my iPhone.

Then later, during this process, I discovered an app called “Houseparty”. I downloaded it and invited Mom, my Sister in Law Susan, and Katy. I chatted with Mom while sitting on the front porch and then also chatted with my SIL while sitting on the floor, as my phone charged up again. Katy said she would join eventually after she cleared some stuff off her phone to add a new app. You can also play games on there with it. So it’s kinda cool.

So this is kinda cool.

And I went for a walk mid day. I also have done laundry. I’ve swapped over the summer/winter clothes in the tubs. But I have a huge to do list for the weekend. At least it was part productive! So here’s what is on the list for tomorrow. There is no way I’ll actually get it all done.

Sunday’s To Do List

  • Finish laundry
  • Give myself a pedicure
  • Study up on Virtual Baby Showers
  • Start working on the plans for it
  • Watch a dog trimming video (Can I do this?)
  • Maybe order a dog trimming set?
  • Dog baths
  • Look up next week’s weather
  • Get next week’s shirts picked out and ironed according to the weather.
  • Make gluten free bread for me. (This has been on every weekend’s list, lol)
  • Vacuum
  • Reset my Isagenix Auto Ship to an item I can use next.
  • Fill my little medicine box with Rx – blood pressure meds – yes I’m old enough to forget if I’ve taken it or not – “was that today or yesterday?”
  • Pick a recipe to fix
  • Pack my work bag for next week (vitamins for 3 days, peanut butter, oatmeal packets, crackers, etc.)
  • Get on my old laptop and make a signature on PSP – maybe some other graphics.
  • Check on a friend
  • Save photos from my iPhone to file and delete. I don’t always want to keep them on my phone together. So for the last month I need to save the ones I’ve saving to file and then delete from my phone which also deletes them from my iCloud photos. If I have drug the ones I want to save to my computer file, I’ll still have a copy.
  • Watch my shows. I did watch one today but would love to have time to watch some others. YouTube and Sister Wives.
  • Magazine Project
  • Audible books
  • Read some books – my gosh we just need to declare one night a reading night!
  • Do a crossword
  • Play candy crush
  • Order a set or two of PJ’s for summer. Mine are getting all crummy.
  • Might order a summer purse eventually.
  • Might order some more flip flops for summer.
  • And I’ll stop there. But notice how fun the things are at the end.

Enhhhh, it’s kind of a cheesy little list there but it feels good and “normal” to make lists. I reserve the right to skip ahead to fun stuff if I so choose. But by doing so, that means that tomorrow I have to make another list and make sure I do the important stuff first.

So, we have some severe weather coming in tomorrow afternoon and evening and possibly into the overnight. They have been talking about it for days. So I kinda dread tomorrow but at least we have a basement and we don’t have to be anywhere.

You can see my gray coming through in my hair now and I’m considering giving myself a hair cut to cut some of the brown out. I might let it grow a bit longer. Not really sure what to do. My hair cut is due the end of April but I’m sure it’ll be cancelled. I think I can survive 1 hair cut by moi! However, two, and it’ll look even more homey!

Well, I’m going to get off of here and treat myself to a show. I understand I have an hour and a half to goof off before dinner. ;-). I’m so glad George loves to cook. How did I score that? I like to cook too but not all the time. He loves it! He’s good at it!

So how are you coping these days? I’m hoping that you all are doing ok. You can do this. I’m hearing better things in the news. But…we just gotta get through it the best we can. A few weeks longer I think.

The Last Two Days in Screen Shots

As seen on Instagram, LOL.

I thought I’d pop in and give an update. Just a busy week. Working most all week at work this week. I was asked to delay payroll and now our server is down. If I had been able to start on Monday I wouldn’t be having to worry about it – but there is one plant that is not done. Our server went down about 3. Everything we try to do these days takes about 25 to 50% longer to accomplish. It’s hard to get anything done. It’s hard going back and forth from work and home but I am managing it. I just have to make sure I have the right files, the computer, and everything I need. No ability to print or scan slows the process. I may have to work longer days at the office and shorter days at home to be more efficient. I have no idea. I’m just trying to make it work but I’m not getting time to work on taxes much and month end and quarter end because of the time everything else is taking. Something will have to give eventually.

George’s company is off Friday for Good Friday. I’m not sure why our company is not, being that so many of them are Christians and so were the original founders, and most manufacturing DO have the day. However, it is not a holiday for us so every year I have to decide if I’m working or taking off. I’d love to claim that Saturday back that I did payroll back a couple of weeks ago and have the day off. But being that I am behind in the month, I feel like I shouldn’t take the day. I’ll be home though and I suppose I’ll work on the tax returns. So, I believe I will not take off. That usually has happened where I feel guilty not to take off. And seems to happen always around any holiday where most people take vacation time. It ends up being hard to take. But it needs to be taken sometime and I’ll have to figure it out I suppose.

A minister I listened to Sunday had pointed out this in scripture in John 16. Depending on the version you use you may or may not see the word “Home”. This was in a sermon about finding and having Peace to go along with your faith. It meant a great deal to me to kind of “heal” me from the last couple of stressful weeks where I was kinda traumatized having let someone’s anger and rudeness hurt my soul and my psyche. Being that I analyze everything and try to figure out what it was I did wrong. It makes me cringe every day – feeling like I need to look at everything from every angle and walk on egg shells as not to cause anyone to stir over something I didn’t do, didn’t know to do, didn’t think about, didn’t know about. I’ve finally just turned it over to God of course and said you handle it, and started the forgiveness process as God says to do. And not to judge one another so, this message about “Peace” is not only about this COVID mess we are in but as a follow up to remember that if God is with you no one can be against you. And we always say, “Don’t let anyone rob you of your Joy”. Well, don’t let them rob you of your “Peace”.

As if my daughter reads my mind (most likely my blog, lol) she sent me this from her devo. I laid down last night and pondered it. It does make for peaceful sleep when you can talk out your feelings to God and take use of the messages He sends you during the day, whether it be directly from His word, or thru someone else. I appreciated my daughter looking out for me and the sending of scripture in a text was a “great gift” to me – like a little golden nugget and treasure and it gave me great joy as I went to sleep.

I hope you read that in it’s completion and not just the underlines. The words “Seek my Face” during turbulent times – really resinated with me. How beautiful is that? My daughter knows I have a “high will of my own”. And most days “my will” gets tangled up with someone elses sand sometimes against God’s I’m sure. And probably in the way that I get busy doing other things and not what He would prefer. So when things go sideways which in this world is nearly every 5 minutes, I will try to remember that He says to “Seek His face” for what is happening and where to go from here.

I went for a walk on Sunday and it was really nice. The weekend was truly beautiful and peaceful for us and joyous and happy. It’s been a while since I truly kicked back and relaxed w/o so much anxiety. And even with the diverticulitis thing going on (mild case) I was good. Here’s some pic from my walk in our neighborhood.

The grass is “spring green” and the leaves are popping out on the trees, things are blooming. And there is my house right there in the curve (garage open as George was working).

Some blooms at the house. George has done a great job making the winter yard transition into a beautifully groomed “spring yard”.

And looking back to the woods behind us. Love seeing the leaves come back!

And LOOK ya’ll the Corona Virus is dying out! I found lots of COVID-19 dead viruses in the back yard.

Want to see some interesting shots from the Nashville Web Cams. No one on the streets over the weekend. However, there has been a lot of traffic in the last couple of days. I’m thinking that lots more folks are going to work or finding other work or something. But I did a snapshot of these over the weekend on my camera. I didn’t crop so it’s got the black bars.

Mount Juliet webcam
Broadway web cam

And we have over a 100 cases in our county now. Here are the details. It really jumped up. By the way, this is on the Weather Channel app. They have a Corona update map for your area.

The graph really tells a story there.

And I was happy to see the queen’s message this week. It’s interesting having watched “The Crown”. We are on the last season now on Netflix. Oh my gosh it is so good. We are also watching Ozark. And it’s like Breaking Bad – maybe even better.

And I ave a screen shot of my daughter’s dog looking at the Long Horn cows. Cody and Katy took a drive out on the ranch. I hope she doesn’t mind my screen shots. I miss Fin Fin.

And here’s a little goody for you. It might need tweaking a bit. But George made this dip for us since I’m out of my hummus. I found some black beans in the cabinet. I like a good bean dip or hummus dip. I had a snack of this with some crackers (don’t have tortilla chips). Really good.

And I’ll leave you with a pic from our office complex at work. Love the tulips! And I’m off to try to get this last payroll closed. My boss says it’ll be interesting but he has a way he thinks we can get it done through a hot spot. Nothing is ever easy! Full moon, COVID-19, server down, and severe storms on the way! I suppose we should be looking for alligators and tigers in the parking lot and earthquakes and fires and what else? I guess we’ll see what happens. I am not quite sure any of us was be surprised at this point. I heard one guy say that he wouldn’t be surprised if a rhinoceros bursted out from the tree line back behind him. He believes anything now. lol True that!

How to Make a Mask in a Minute

Yesterday was a much needed “take care of home” and “take care of self” day. I actually was awake at 4:30 and got up and began the day. I guess because we are home more, we are running out of things like jeans, gym pants, and gym shorts, jogging pants – as we wear those a lot around the house. Also I have been lacking on being faithful at getting George’s work shirts done (a golf shirt with their company logo). But they have video conferencing so he has to wear it still as if he is at work this week. So back at doing a mid week load. They didn’t give them enough to get through a whole week. It’s not a problem – I just have to remember to be sure and wash up another load of darks midweek.

While catching up in the laundry room, I listened to iTunes, and just had a huge peace wash over me, and also began to have a sprig of hope that this will one day be over and our lives will be back to the normal normal. Although I did find that yesterday I was quite happy to be at home with no where I had to be. An introvert’s dream. Much to do here and I rarely ever get bored. I think we’ve prepared our whole lives for such a thing – so much to keep our minds occupied. My only fears now are being exposed at work and when we shop.

My sister texted me – thinking about Mom- that many of the stores are delivering now and Publix was even delivering free and will drop to your door step. This sounds appealing for when this thing begins to peak. I think we are slowing the curve so it’ll take a long time to get over this period. We do like to go to the store though as we like to see things and get ideas, catch sales and so forth. Anyway, in case we have to get out, I want something over my face. So I had seen how people can take a bandana and pony tail holders and make a mask. Well, I tried it with a linen dish cloth and rubber bands and it took less than a minute. So this will do. You can probably see here how I did it.

Just fold the towel lengthwise, and slip on some rubber bands about 1/3 of the way through on each side. Then tuck in one end of the towel into the other.

And then pull the rubber bands to the outer folds and it’s ready to tuck behind your ears. Yes it’s a little bulky but with linen it was several layers but I could still breathe.

I also realized that my masks I’ve ordered from Etsy has been shipped. They will arrive mid-week. I’ll let it sit in the foyer for several days when it gets here. I really don’t want to wear a mask to work but as the virus gets more prevalent I may wear it in the common areas.

I worked in the kitchen yesterday and cleaned the surfaces. Made the kitchen pretty again. I dusted the den area and gave our coffee center some attention, replenishing k-cups, emptying the little k-cup trash bin I have sitting on the counter. I have a cute stainless steel “mini trash” thing set up there with a coffee filter on the bottom to catch liquids. So that is ready for the week.

I played candy crush til my heart was content drinking coffee yesterday morning. And I caught a few of my shows (usually little 20 minute You Tube shows) while eating left over peas and potatoes. Probably should have been doing liquids but since it’s a lighter case, I think light foods are ok. I do have some pain this morning a bit and will try to mainly do liquids most of the day. I guess I should have kept at my cleansing and shaking, because when I did this I had very little diverticulitis trends.

Thank goodness I’ve not developed a fever with it b/c I can’t work or be around others these days with a fever. I have to figure out what is happening but I just can’t fret over this right now. It’s just going to be what it’s going to be. It is too difficult to figure out what triggers it. It’s just a gut situation as a whole, probably with the muscles tightening triggered by stress and eating too much faster than digestion can keep up ad no doubt having too much sugar as we’ve increased our intake of bread and sugar. All those things I believe interconnect to make the perfect storm. I also sit intensely bent over peering into the computer screen in times of intense work with no breaks and this seems to kinda block my lower left intestinal quarters and shut it down. I also sleep on my left side as well. So all of these things play a part in my opinion. I’ve had exercise this week, but obviously many hours of sitting in a row without much movement is no good – even if you exercise at the end. I cannot just concentrate on my stomach 24-7. But apparently I am going to have to figure it out or this will be my life forever. The stand up desk worked at work. Since I’ve been home I’ve been sitting more for increased times.

At home, in order to be able to do this blog without pain this morning, I’ve had to create a standing desk. At least I could do this as the iMac will swivel. I think I remember the sales guy saying something about this when he sold it to us. I’m thankful for that.

I found the perfect basket to turn upside down and with the swivel on the iMac it’s perfect. I have to reach down for the mouse but it’s doable as it is totally within reach. I am also missing Tugie, our poodle of 17 years as she passed about a year ago. This little Sloth reminded me so much of her. I have found that I need to have this little Sloth around sometimes. So I set it over by my computer. She would have been by my side at this time if she was here. My Maisy girl is though, but nothing is a replacement for my beloved Tugie.

I found this posted in one of the Facebook groups I joined.

However, you have to be careful. Some of these folks are taking things like colloidal silver which has not had a lot of studies on it and its impact. It can permantly turn your skin tone blue/purple. I will refrain from that. It’s actually “silver” in liquid form, I read. I also wondered if that is where the term “blue blood” came from. hmmm. As it refers to wealthy people. Perhaps.

As I went through the house yesterday, I made a list of supplies we were getting low on, but made it in terms of what we would need after 2 weeks. I wanted to do a Target order and see if I could get it in. But I figured it may take 2 weeks to get it. So if I shop and give bigger lead times, I just have to really watch that when I open one household item, I need to go ahead and order the next one so it will be here by the time I need it again. I figured I wouldn’t have much luck on the Target order without having to sign up for Shipt but it let me order several things. At the end I had a message that I needed to edit my order as some items were not available. What? Had I wasted all that time as it let me put it in the cart. I was willing to wait for it – even if it took 3 weeks to a month. (I also have to wait several days before opening the box in case that darn virus is on it.) So I removed the items that were not available to the “save for later” feature and moved them back one by one watching to see if the “edit cart” notice came up again. It didn’t. So it let me place the order and said that it would come in three shipments as it was slow since supplies were in great demand. They did not have toilet paper. But I was able to get almost everything I needed, including canned tuna, canned chicken, applesauce cups, fruit cups and various things I can take to work. As a reward for them (Target) and me, I shopped for tops and bought 3 of them. I really usually don’t ever find anything at Target for me, especially on line, but there were 2 linen tops, very similar to tops I’ve had before and loved. And also a long sleeve cute top I can wear to work.

Then I got on Thred Up where I had some credit. Not much but a little. I ordered two more tops from there that were “New with Tags”. So I have some things coming in.

I also got to open boxes that came in – in the last week or two. We let things sit before we tear into them. We bring it in but leave it in the foyer for several days.

Took the dogs out and we walked around some. It was just an overall pleasant and much needed day. I also trimmed and filed my nails as this “dip” grows out. It’s not gonna be pretty. I had a similar color. Mine was darker, so I “did” my nails yesterday the best I could.

Today my plans include putting sheets on the bed, cleaning the bathroom, putting up my laundry from yesterday, checking on Mom, doing my magazine project, and watching some shows. I had said we might give dogs a bath. They did not get their grooming yesterday of course. So I may begin looking at pet trimmers and watching videos on how to do this. I don’t think we can wait til July. Also want to do some on line church today.

Plenty of things to do around here today. I’m a little upset that it is Sunday. Mainly b/c work is tomorrow. It’ll be ok though. I’m just needing more of a break from everything I think. Quite frankly, I’m just having a hard time wanting to have to go back into a COVID state of business and be reminded of it. But it is what it is and with God we can get through anything.

I will say this, during this time of ________________ (whatever it is you wanna call it) you really start to think about a few things. I imagine we’ll all be different, with different goals, different priorities, a boundary as to what we are willing to settle with or put up with, and just an overall sense of doing things differently when this is over. There are things that I have decided will definitely be different when this is done. There will be things most of us will rise up saying “oh no this will never happen again”. We’ll all be prepared for a long time as to how much toilet paper we stock, what kind of people we are around and how they handle stress or not, what resources we have, and on the flip side we’ll likely not take for granted things like gatherings, seeing friends, church worship, going out to eat, and so forth. And when you realize that there are only a few things in life that REALLY matter, when things get in your way that stand b/w you and what really matters – that means making some life size and life style changes. In big ways. Big enough ways to make a difference in meeting your expectations of life or not. So yeah, there is a LOT of thinking going on in our world right now. When we emerge, it’s gonna be a bit different. There are some things I’m thinking I’ll definitely not be going through again or putting up with again. And I have some goals now that I’ve decided no one or no entity is getting in my way of. I’ll mesh with life until I get it the way it needs to be. Family is most important – over everything else. That is just the way it is.