Figuring Things Out, Getting Things Done, or NOT

Good morning! A quick entry here as my alarm did not go off. Or I turned it off in my sleep. I kinda remember hitting my watch and wondering if I had turned it off completely. But I intended to blog this morning. So I shall!

The worst news of the day is that the diverticulitis is back. I began having twinges of pain in the lower left abdomen where my “diverticulae sac” is. (The pocket of the colon at the turn where things get stuck.) I am pretty sure it was tomato seeds. Since the whole stomach is not raw and upset, I know it’s not a colitis situation as it is only a certain section that is irritated. So likely something stuck. I had tomatoes also in my Mexican food the other night and had spaghetti twice. My guess is that there is a polyp or something that needs to be removed that is making things so difficult in there. I think it’s been five years – maybe 3 – since the last colonoscopy. But he’s (the doc) likely going to send me in for that. Our medical procedures are opening up now. However, I am first going to see if I can sneak through this one. I can’t live on antibiotics so if it gets worse, or I cannot pass, or I begin getting a fever (infection) – then I will call. It may get better on its own and heal if I do the liquids and soft foods and start over and we’ll see if I can buy some time during this pandemic. But the colonoscopy, polyp removal – or worst case scenario – surgery – some of it is inevitable. There is no sense in worrying about it. It is going to be what it is going to be. Hopefully it will turn out well.

I feel bad for George who has tried to eat with me and eat things that I have to eat. He’s a real trooper in that way. But he must be getting tired of this scenario that keeps happening. Back to the drawing board.

I got into all the vitamins this weekend and finally decided what I needed to take when. I decided to buy and AM and PM pack – so that some will be taken in the morning and some at lunch time with my meal. This is the one I picked out from Amazon. How cool is that. It’s nice as you take out the day and put in your purse if you don’t want the whole thing. This is perfect. I’ll probably be taking out the Saturday and Sunday ones as I won’t have my “work bag” with me when we are out running around. Hopefully the pills fit, lol. These are bigger than they look. I think they will hold 3 big vitamin E’s on each side (for example).

So, I did get a lot done yesterday. I was pretty happy. Although I did not do a lot of cleaning. It really didn’t need a lot of cleaning. Most things are in it’s space and we’ve not messed up too much. I did work on the laundry, hung the bulletin board, got the ironing done, nails and toes done, dog baths are done (even trimmed their front paws but not the back as they won’t be still). Bed sheets changed, pill box ordered, packages from the week opened and put up. Also checked out Zoom. It’s $14.99 for a month. So I did not upgrade to the paid version yet. But I had George get on and practice so I could see how it would work. Seems pretty easy. I also watched the online church in Graham Tx.

But the things I’m most excited about is that I watched a couple of YouTube videos on Movavi software and actually had the free version on my laptop which I’d forgotten about. I hopped on the laptop to do something else and that icon popped out and grabbed my attention.

It’s been a while since I’ve been on my windows laptop. I have it on the desk (table) on the other side of the office but may move it over to this long desk next to my iMac so I can still do PSP. Anyway it’s a lap top and moveable. But the important thing is that since that icon jumped out to me and I opened it up, it took me to their website and I could see the prices. It was reasonable. $79 for lifetime download for it. So that led me to watching the YouTubes just to see what it was like.

The videos showed the basics of starting and saving and several things in between. So I downloaded the software and gave George $100 bucks of my blow money which is all saved up as we’ve not been going anywhere (lol) – it was that much with tax and some extra fee that they had to protect your download. A fee they probably came up with instead of raising the price, lol.

So I got on the iMac and downloaded. It came in a package of downloads. It had a separate video recording program and some type of Media Player. So all that was a little bit confusing as each one had a key and I was trying to use the key for the wrong thing until I realized “oh I had three emails with different keys” on it. The other two came later after I had already grabbed the first one thinking it was for all three, lol. Geez.

So yeah, I bit the bullet and went with a much easier program to use. I actually made a little stupid video with a few clips just to try it really quickly. iMovie has more upgraded things to work with. Movavi is coming out with a newer version in June. But it looks like I already have the 2020 one – at least it says 2020 on it. So maybe I just got it early. iMovie has a better look to its transitions and titles and has a LOT of music to work with. Movavi’s tools were not as many but what good is iMovie if it corrupts my videos and doesn’t work.

So to appease my soul at having to give up a lot of really good sound effects and music with iMovie, I allowed myself to join Epidemic Sound (one month free) which is know to be THE BEST at being able to download songs (can search by mood, or music type, or emotion) for the video you need it for and with copyright protection when uploaded to YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram.

So….if I am going to pay a $15.99 per month fee for Epidemic sound, then I need to be making a lot of videos. lol I may not keep this around forever, but as I told George – “I found a new hobby”. It’s just something I would like to learn to do. I first want to be able to do our vacation videos. But at some point, I may just do some simple videos of our week to add to the blog. Much like blogging led to graphics, it’s also leading me to video now and want to integrate Vlogging into it, if I can and if it makes sense to do so and I can be artful and intent with it – and it is a useful thing. So we’ll see.

I also did the Magazine project which is for the past couple of years, I have folded magazine pages of things I want to go back and keep. Many were recipes, many were websites, some were products to check into. So I’ve torn them out, tossed the magazines, and separated out the recipes and the other is in a file “check out on the internet”. I will share with you as I look these things up. Some things were very interesting. Some were blogs. So I’ll share with you as I “make the magazines come to life” as I call it. lol

And I need to quit blogging and go get dressed, pack some liquids/lite foods for the day to give my colon a rest, and put makeup on and go to payroll related activities. Sadly the info I needed did not come Friday to begin starting on the unemployment taxes we have to pay for the many states we have employees in. There is no way it can all be done in two days along with everything else that has to be done once payroll is closed. So pretty good chance it’ll just have to be late. I’m only one person and also don’t know what will happen with this diverticulitis thing either. It’s a ticking time clock right now. But the phrase of the decade is: “It is what it is!” None of it really in my control so why worry about it.

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 THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I USE, 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 cup FROM THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I DO 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!

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.