Sunday, August 30, 2020

Heat Advisories and no rain

Holy cow! Can you believe it’s the end of August? We’ve been staying home because of Covid but the days just seem to fly by.  We’ve not been doing much. I do keep busy with those dreaded chores. Jim has done odd jobs like keeping the bird feeders topped up. We both enjoy watching the birds each morning.  Jim also washed a few outside windows, makes it easier to see the birds. 😊 He also defrosted the mini fridge.

We also eat out, every time we need groceries. It’s difficult to get excited about cooking when we’ve been having such high temperatures. Over 100 degrees the past few days. Our ac’s start running around ten o’clock in the morning!

Most everyone knows, but my surgery had to be canceled.  I needed a stress test that couldn’t be scheduled before the procedure.  Yes, they would have given me another date for the gallbladder to be removed but who knows when? I’ve waited since March for this date.  We have plans to go to Florida in October or November and I don’t want to be convalescing while traveling.  So I'll continue to watch my diet and stay away from fatty foods.  So far I've only been uncomfortable a few times but no stones!

          My goal again this year is to make 500 cards.  

                  30 August 2020...237 cards

                   Handmade Cards Because:

        No one displays an email on the mantle
           Or shows off a tweet on the fridge
  Or saves a Facebook post in a box of treasures

These four cards are for Luvin' Stampin', a monthly kit/challenge.  The colors are the new In Colors for Stampin' Up!  I hope you like them

My arm is still out of whack.  I just try not to use it.  I'm mindful of the range I have and seriously, I stay away from using it.  More and more I rely on my left hand and arm.  I take ibuprofen when I go to bed so I can get some sleep, but when it wears off I start tossing and turning.  Sleep evades me and sometimes I'm up as early as 0230. Every now and then I need a nap.  We have learned that we both cannot nap at the same time.  Boo thinks it's family time and we should play!

                              All is right in our world

Saturday, August 15, 2020

What do you miss?

 This staying at home has been necessary for a lot of reasons. For us, we’re old! And health issues aside why would you want to contract Covid?  Nasty virus.  Now the children are getting it.  Numbers are up

I miss going to the library. It’s a lovely building with lots of windows overlooking beautiful hills. We could check out books and DVD’s, sit and read magazines. They also offer all manner of classes on a wide variety of subjects. 

I miss going to various stores to look at things. True, in most cases we don't need anything but it’s fun to look. Stores like Tractor Supply, Harbor Freight, Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas, Bed Bath and Beyond.  What stores do you miss?  Shopping Malls! We have inside and outside malls. 

We often went to Barnes & Nobles just to check out the magazines. Sit and read with a coffee from Starbucks.  Maybe a sweet. We both like the magazines that we really can’t afford subscriptions to! For me crafting, Jim boats.  

I also miss just strolling the quaint towns around here. Yes, we can still do this but in most cases it requires a mask. Neither one of can tolerate them for very long. Breathing becomes labored and I’m forever steaming up my glasses. I suppose we could invest in some fancy masks that would aid in this.

I also miss human interactions! 

On Monday I have my pre op for gallbladder surgery.  I’m sure there will be labs involved before the 28th when the procedure will take place. I’m scheduled for a Covid test on the 26th, which means I’ll have to quarantine for two weeks.   I guess venturing out for the surgery is ok!  My right arm is still causing me pain.  I’ve stopped using it for many things and that has helped. T-shirts and sport bras were very difficult to put on and take off so I stopped wearing them. Problem is I have very few button up blouses. I’ve been looking for camp shirts. But apparently the brands I like don’t make them! So, I’m still searching.

Jim helps with my chores and some days that’s a blessing. If I use my right arm to much it takes days for a degree of comfort to return. I take ibuprofen throughout the day, two before bed. I get between 5-7 hours of sleep before the pain drives me out of bed.  Maybe I should try CBD oil!

Jim has been using CBD oil for a few weeks and he says he’s sleeping better. Even managed to get up before his 0800 alarm a few times! Most days he still takes a nap. So far no improvement noticed on his arthritic hands and knees.  He’s using the CBD oil from Young Living. If you’re interested let me know as I am a distributor.

I miss family.  Of course our children don't live here so this is ongoing.  But Sara Jane and Jerry are nearby and we haven't seen them in months...darn covid!

So, what do you miss?

All is right in our world

Monday, August 10, 2020

August update

So, how was your weekend? The month of July?  Getting out or doing much? Inquiring minds need to know.  We're dong our bit by staying home and I must say it's quite boring.  Not that I mind spending quality time with Jim. He's the love of my life and we just celebrated our 46th anniversary.  But watching each other read, play games and spend time on social media makes for a boring existence. So blogging doesn't fit into this equation.  It's to hot to spend time outdoors.  Good thing we go out to eat and buy groceries or we'd never leave the house!  Not much to write about.

We finished all of the Agatha Raisin TV seasons on Acorn.  Started a new show, Delicious with Dawn French, should be funny.  Yesterday Jim found a couple of movies to with Bruce Willis that I didn't watch. Also a repeat for us which was about the beginning of the Avengers.  Good special effects.  

Jim has been taking Young Living CBD oil for a couple of weeks and it seems to be helping him sleep.  And he says he's using his inhaler less.  It is a bit early to tell,  but this is promising.  Hopefully it will also help with the arthritis.  If you're interested in trying CBD shoot me an email.  

Overall we're doing OK on the health front.  I've strayed from my vegan diet just because it's so much easier to fix our meals.  This must stop!  😁  In the past week I've made tacos, fajitas and yesterday a pizza.  Favorites to be sure but loaded with to much fat for me.

My goal again this year is to make 500 cards.  
10 August 2020...233 cards

Handmade Cards Because:

No one displays an email on the mantle
Or shows off a tweet on the fridge
Or saves a Facebook post in a box of treasure

Using scraps that I cut into long triangles I made these two cards.  Stampin' Up! products except the sentiment

Using Echo Park papers I assembled these in no time Using a template from Crafty Al

Using another template from Crafty Al these three cards use 6 inch square papers, mixed and matched. The stamps are from Stampin' Up!

Jim got a new desktop!  His laptop has been dying for quite some time and he nursed it along without complaining .... much.  It was time to replace it!

                   As you can see our view is a blocked a wee bit.

                              All is right in our world