Hello Weekend, Hello Fresh Notes, My Exercise Program, Alexa Pranks, Fish Oil, and Pet Search Notes

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Yay! It’s Friday and we are setting upon a 3 day weekend. I thought the picture above reminded me of relax time. I usually don’t hang out in bed with tea and reading but I do have coffee in my office and journaling or reading chair. Sometimes I read at night before bed if there is time to do so without getting too far off my schedule. If I read too late I cannot get up on time in the a.m.

Well, usually there is not much to share when I’ve been working for 5 days and not a lot of down time. But I’ll share what I know.

Hello Fresh, Flautas with crema and pica de Gallo. Beans with extra flauta mixture and Corn were added.

Hello Fresh. I really have enjoyed the meals. I think George has too – other than the not having many seconds and he is closely wanting to monitor the costs as compared to if we fixed it ourselves. My guess is if I like it he will find fault with it. He often will take the opposite stance, I have found. So it is to be expected. I want to continue doing it though and we can stop it the weeks that he wants to cook other things since we can suspend it. Therefore an immediate compromise can be made should he not want to do it every week. He is inserting hints of “we’ll see it how it goes” now that I have raved over it.

Sometimes I think men don’t like for women to make decisions. He is used to being in the kitchen so I get it. And it puts insult to him and infringes on his grounds so to speak if I have glorified Hello Fresh and raved about it. He is a good cook too but it’s nice to have some different flavors and different types of dishes. I cooked 2 of the 3 Hello Fresh meals this week. Just because I ordered it doesn’t mean that I want to do ALL the cooking of the Hello Fresh. But I think that may be what he has in mind. As he mentioned “Aren’t you going to cook your Hello Fresh?” as if it were just my thing. And yes I involved him in the ordering of it.

He cooked Hello Fresh last night instead of me as I was working on video editing, so he then made the comment of we will see how the cost goes. Maybe it is just a cost thing, and nothing more, but I figure if I like it he’ll take the opposite stance. Kinda how things have gone much of the last 30 years. If I say blue, he will say purple, just to be different, and claim stake to his own opinion. lol. At least it’s predictable, lol.

Good news is, I don’t mind sharing the cooking though but if I do I’ll not be able to watch as many shows on TV so there is a catch with all things. But yeah, I’m still loving the Hello Fresh and I plan to keep it. Also if I cook more, I can see a complete rearrange of the kitchen as it’s not set up the way I would want it exactly. I would also be getting rid of some dishes. I also don’t enjoy cooking on the becomingly very defunct stove and increasingly outdated kitchen counter tops. The more I am in it, the more I want the upgrades from 70’s and 80’s to today’s time. :-O One things leads to another and tit for tat, lol. So Hello Fresh could actually ignite a lot more than just good appetites, lol.

Hello Fresh panco chicken with diced potatoes and roasted green beans.

These meals have been excellent! And full of flavor. I loved the roasted green beans. Anyway for now it stays. I will stick my heels in the ground over it. I can be stubborn too. I learned from the best. 😉 and have lived with the next best. lol


So I ordered the Fish Oil to add to the supplements. I did some research first. George takes Salmon oil. But I read where the Fish Oil can be more effective as it can be better traced as to where it comes from and to use a reputable brand. I don’t eat enough fish so I think this may help some. I don’t plan to take but 1 pill a day instead of the two it recommends. I figure a boost will do me good anyway. I still eat tuna once a week. Now that we are not near Logan’s, I don’t get salmon very often. lol

My Exercise Videos

I promised I’d share about my exercise videos. Here is the channel I’m using:

YouTube Improved Health. <—–Link here to her You Tube channel

And here is an embed below of one that I recently did this week.

I’m doing the lower impact ones this week that are 10 to 15 minutes and I’ll increase as my stamina increases. But I can tell an improvement in my mobility in just a few days. She also has “seated” exercising for seniors if you need that. I don’t need that yet, but if I don’t do something now, I’ll be in that situation. A body in motion stays in motion. I heard that from a TV ad lol but I believe it to be true. A sedentary life will continue to be sedentary.


I wanted to share that I set up Alexa to tell you to get some water when you cough, as a routine. I also told her to play nature and birds singing when she hears the shower, lol. I think George finds it annoying. He is not fond of Alexa. As expected, they do not get along very well. Go figure. Perhaps if she were an Alex, they could bond? lol. I figure I’ll stop the routines or change them at some point. I really just wanted to surprise him. I think I did. This is my version of playing a prank I guess. Alexa and I will have to team up with her routines and see what else we can do, lol. There are suggested routines in her app. If you have an Alexa, check it out. They have made it easier to figure out.

Pet Search.

We are expanding our pet search. The online adoption services are proving to be too impersonal “out of sight – out of mind”, we are number or a statistic. Whether I’m right or wrong, bottom line says it all – as good of pet parents as we have been the last 20 years, we’ve only been told no so far and have not even a meeting of a pet to show for our many hours of searches and inquiries. We work, we don’t have a fence, and who knows what else is wrong with us, lol. So we are going out there “knocking on doors” of the shelters and adoption days at Pet Stores and see what that brings. We are still wanting to rescue instead of buy. But we’ll see where this expanded search leads. It seems that most of the shelters feed into the Pet Finder. I don’t fault the app or program but just find that it is not working well for us and breaks my heart when I fall in love with one and then be told “no b/c I work” or “don’t have a fence”. We’ve been at this for several weeks now and not much to show for our labor of love. Maybe I’m just impatient but most of the world operates in a “now” time frame and so do we. Our hearts have been broken twice now.

But I am touched at those who have reached out to share a shelter, or pet up for adoption. We want a lap dog, a little dog, and one not too far away.

Well, my time is 15 minutes past what it should be, so I will have to stop here. I suppose I’ll be back on Sunday. I want to get the video uploaded tomorrow if I can. It likely will not make the 7 a.m. deadline lol but I will try. I have mani/pedi tonight and it takes so long to upload to YouTube. So if not I’ll likely just post sometime tomorrow or wait til 7 a.m. next week and schedule it. Whenever it is live on line, I’ll post it here.

So what you doing this weekend?

What it’s Like to Order Hello Fresh Meals | Jif Peanut Butter Recall | Weekly Update

Ok, so the Hello Fresh came in! I know some of you were interested in what this was like. We ordered three meals a week for 2 people. I think it’s reasonably priced. I loved it! So George could have used some seconds and we could up the meal number if we wanted but I think we’ll just add a side and it will hopefully it will be enough for him. He said he would try to get by though.

It was wrapped well and with two large ice packs that we can use again and again.

The recipe cards are so easy and they are huge. You can save them and make the meal again on your own if you wish. Our first meal was a chili pork cabbage dish. It was a sweet and sour kind of dish and was atop rice. It was very good. I think I’ll be learning how to cook better with this.

The best part was that all your ingredients, just what you need, was right there. There are some items though that you need to have on hand and when you go in to your app or on-line account, you can see what items you need to have. Usually it’s things you would already have like sugar or vegetable oil, salt, pepper, etc. We really enjoyed our meal. And most meals are 30 to 45 min. It was a quick “come together” and it was fun!

The meat was packed right next to the ice packs and the ingredients for each meal were packed in a brown bag and labeled, so you don’t have to separate or figure out what goes with what meal.

I snapped a pic as I emptied out our meal for the evening.

Some Things to Remember About Hello Fresh

  • If you know someone with it, ask them for a code to get a discount on your first box.
  • Even after you start, you get rewards down the line here and there.
  • You can increase your meals if you want seconds or are having company
  • If you are busy or gone you can halt your meal a week or two – up to several weeks at a time if needed. (We stopped ours for next week as we have company coming to town. If they don’t come we’ll just eat out of the freezer.)
  • You can add on to your meals – like salad or deserts
  • You can change the style of eating if you want a lower fat version, vegetarian version or pescatarian version. I believe you can change it for each order.
  • Why waste food by buying a whole thing of cabbage or a whole thing of scallions if you only use a portion for one meal. Less waste and it’s all gathered together and ready to go.
  • A great option for busy people (or lazy or let’s say otherwise focused folks, lol, who don’t want to have to worry what to throw together for dinner)
  • There are other products you can add in like oatmeal cups, granola bars, chocolate, and a few breakfast and lunch options. I threw in some things on the next order (week after our company comes – if they do) just to keep from having to go to the store.
  • Your length of time in a grocery store will diminish. You’ll still have to go to the store periodically (or order it delivered) but probably pop in for your fresh produce – apples and berries and such for other meals, but your recipe search and ingredients list will diminish along with the boring repeats you end up cooking every week. (I take Mom grocery shopping and so I often don’t have time anymore to study and think and search for my own items and study labels and take my time, so this is going to help us.)
  • The more meals you choose for each week, the lower price per meal is. We opted for three as it seemed a better price and give us almost half of our meals for the week. The other half of the week we’ll still get to be normal cooks being creative and eating from our freezer.
  • Keep in mind what you normally spend at the grocery for your meals and you will see the price is fairly reasonable in comparison.
  • I use Target and Amazon for offsetting the household items and eliminating those from the grocery list. Keeping my store runs even quicker.
  • Get ready to enjoy cooking. 😉
  • You can download their app!
  • You can go in and modify and change, or suspend your order for the upcoming weeks
  • You can cancel at any time.

That is all I can think of for now. I’m just thrilled over it honestly. And the menus change each week. And you can peek weeks ahead and modify several weeks at once. I love it! This is NOT a paid advertisement. It’s just me sharing and enjoying it.

Peanut Butter Recall

Well darn it, after talking about not having to go to the store again….there’s a peanut butter recall. I had just bought mine and eaten a 1/4 of it. The product code is on the back where the date is. Go to the JIF site. I’ve attached it here —> JIF RECALL INFO. If you need to get a coupon for another, they will send you a free one. You can file your “quick” claim here, but you have to provide the product code to prove along with your name and address. Both Mom and I had bad ones.

JIF CLAIM FORM. <——Here’s the online claim form. It is truly a quick process. I didn’t get sick or anything with mine. I started not to throw it away but I went ahead just in case salmonella appeared at the bottom, lol.


So Monday was Mom’s eye injection appointment, the one I go in early for on Tuesday’s every week to make the time up so I don’t have to use PTO time. That seems to work out well. I got to work and had to rush to get everything done because I had been off on Thursday and Friday for my colonoscopy. So it took a while to get it all under control and everything ready for Tuesday. I was prepared to work a bit over until about 6 p.m because I was really behind in non-payroll related duties but George called and said that he could not start his car. So at some point in the 4 p.m. hour I had to leave and go to Gordonsville, TN and get him. My journey on this day was this:

From Mount Juliet to Lebanon to get Mom, to Hendersonville for eye appt, to Lebanon to drop Mom back off, to Antioch to work, to Gordonsville to get George, to Mount Juliet to open the Hello Fresh Box and cook dinner while George went to buy a car battery.

Search for a Fur Baby

I was notified that Monkey was still available and they checked our references on Monday and I’ve not heard anything yesterday. ::sigh:: I emailed and thanked them for checking our references and considering us for Monkey and asked what the timeline might be for our meeting her. Maybe I’ll get a response today. It was late in the day when I sent the email. Monkey had several applicants. I’ve prayed for her. This way of trying to get a fur baby is breaking my heart each time. I want to do the right thing to adopt one from these shelters, but it is so hard to get through the system. I feel like an applicant looking for a job, or trying to adopt a child. I know it’s an important system but I feel like a number and it’s impersonal and there is not much control and we are at their mercy with not much choice. So I don’t know. I’m starting to question the routes we are taking to try and find our forever pet. I have a family member that circumvented all this –but paid a large sum– for a puppy. I never dreamed it would be this difficult or that my heart would break over and over. I’ve been told no because we work, no because we don’t have a fence. Everyone is shocked at our experience with this so far. I just thought if you wanted a dog you went and got one. I have asked God numerous times. I know He is in control but of all the things I get sentimental about – my fur babies are up there on the charts. I miss ours. We’ve always had one for the last 20 years or so and I miss having them. Who knows why God says no or allows our hearts to break over and over. I’m sure He has a reason.

So last I came back from Antioch to home in Mount Juliet and George wanted to go get his car so we headed out to Gordonsville. Then we ate Greek out at a new place in town. It was wonderful and also they “deliver”! It was really good. Sometime we are going to order the meal for 4 and eat for 2 to 3 days, lol.

Also here is an iPhone wallpaper if you want to save it for your own. I made it for a “pool background” for my iPhone backdrop. Also you can’t really notice the “seams” when it’s underneath all your apps. Just thought it would be fun for summer. I make these on Canva.

Puzzle. Did I show my puzzle the other day? If I did sorry. Here it is again. I made a lot of progress while taking it easy with the Colonoscopy prep and recovery. This is the Christmas puzzle I wanted to work at the end of the year last year. Yes, my whole life is behind it seems. But this has been fun and when it’s over I will set out another to work.

Exercise program.

Got up and did a 13 minute program of lite cardio this morning. Yay! So I’m working into it. And I still had time to do this blog! Woooooo Hooooo!

I’ll be back on Friday with updates. I’ll share the YouTube lady I’m using for free exercising and also will tell you some Alexa tricks I set up this week that are amusing. I have these written on an index card so I won’t forget. I’m out of time and need to head to work. A lot of extra things to do this week to make up for last week and also it’s “month end” which means I pay all the states that we pay payroll withholding taxes for monthly.

I am curious if you have ever tried Hello Fresh or any other meal prep delivery service? Do you think you would like something like this? Anyway, I’m over and out. Ya’ll have a good rest of the week. We are sliding into the weekend from here. And guess what! We don’t have any plans and want to keep it that way. It’s been many weekends ago since we have not had plans. So shhhhh don’t tell anyone!