Monday, November 28, 2022

I Hope All Is Well

 


Believe In You!

 Hello,

 I am hoping that everyone in the U.S, had a wonderful Thanksgiving and if you don't celebrate our Thanksgiving, I hope that you had a wonderful meal shared with friends or a loved one and had your own style of Thanksgiving, and celebrated just being with those that you love and thankful for a full heart and our many Blessings.

 I went to my daughter Laurie's house and Karyn came after dinner with her boyfriend's family then spent a few hours with us. Her boyfriend's mom sent me a huge plate with Ham and all of the trimmings along with a slice of pumpkin pie that I had last night.

 They took Jonathan a plate as well and visited him and Foxy for a while. He didn't eat his pie and ate my slice of Pumpkin. I saved the pecan pie for Jonathan but warned him that if he didn't eat it today then I would have it for dessert tonight lol.

 We had a nice bit of food, but not overly much. We didn't have that many leftovers and clean up was easier that way. It did seem that the dishwasher was going nonstop but I am sure that was to be expected with everything being cooked. 

 Laurie used a different kind of recipe for her sweet potato casserole. It turned out really good, but she said that she was sticking to our original for Christmas and not use as many nuts. It did have a lot of pecans but overall, it was really a good dish.

 I made the English Pea salad and green bean casserole. No one touched the green beans lol. Not that I blamed them. I didn't eat any of it either lol. No way was the younger two going to touch it if they didn't have to! I couldn't get Laurie to let me help with hardly anything. She only let me do the salad and green beans because I was already sitting at the table talking to Karyn and she finally agreed to let me do something. It was nice to eat someone else's cooking for a change!

 The next day was Cathy's birthday. My girl turned 14. She chose her cake and gold and black for her colors. I didn't get to take the pictures that I wanted because I left my phone charger at home and the one that I was using was slow as Christmas. It was on the charge all night and only charged to 37% the next morning. Something was not right with it so I barely turned my phone on while I was there.

 Cathy doesn't read my blog so I don't have to worry about her seeing my post so because she is so very artistic and loves arts and crafts of all kinds, I ordered her a Calligraphy set of pens and a workbook along with a drawing pad.

 She received a lot of charcoal, chalks, pens and pencils along with some cute moveable erasers and books to draw in as well as some crafts to paint and a really nice set of Fairies to paint and I gave her jewelry, but she didn't seem very interested except for sterling silver necklace that had beads on it holding small sterling silver feathers. She snapped that with the earrings right up and put it on. But the bracelets and other necklace sets just received a "Thank You NaNa" and on to the next gift to unwrap.

 I had planned to come home Friday night, but the weather was so bad that I stayed until around noon on Saturday. I was missing my routine and home by then and I am glad to be home. I don't think that I want to stay as long when I go for Christmas. I might get there Christmas Eve and go home the day after. Any longer makes it hard on me.

 My grandson's Dante 8 and Damien 9 were a joy to be around. Other than those two fighting we had a good time together. Damien likes to initiate and pick arguments with his older brothers. At one point I told Adrian, the oldest 15 not to argue with him. He wants to stall you by arguing and you arguing back is taking time away from what he is supposed to be doing. That is why he is arguing with you. Not because he doesn't want to do what he is told to do, but to delay it for as long as possible.  Don't argue with him, just go get your dad who will handle it. I have that boy figured out lol.

 Adrian and I are playing a game called Cue The Universe and Everything Else. It is a card game, but it is educational as well and he has taught me a lot so far. I received 2 very good cards called Mythic cards and they are pretty rare. Adrien was like... "No Way!" but yeah, I chose a deck and I had the card in one of the decks I had bought with my gems. It is pretty fun, but I need to learn a whole lot more.

  So that is how I mostly spent time with my oldest and then Dante and I just talked. He and I had some really in-depth conversations. All of my grandkids are super smart. Sometimes I have trouble keeping up with them. Even the youngest will surprise me with the topics he chooses to talk about. 

 Cathy is enjoying her room and she likes to read or spend time doing her drawings or painting. She loves Bumble Bees and so she has several art projects going of Bees in different stages and her mom found her the cutest desk lamp. The shade is shaped like a honeycomb and the pull chain is a cute little bumble bee. She has some wooden bees to paint, and one is a night light. Some hang on the wall and others will sit on her bookshelf.

 I have some laundry to do tomorrow. I don't have quiet enough for a full load today, but I should have a full load tomorrow. One thing is for sure, I am in no hurry to do any of it lol.

 Well, I guess this is about it for me so I am going to close and go lay down and watch a movie or read. Maybe I can get in a small nap! That sounds like a great idea as I didn't sleep well last night. 

 Please take care of yourself and be kind to others and keep safe! Hugs to all... xxx BB


Friday, November 18, 2022

Concerned Friends

 


 It's beginning to look a lot like winter in this final Autumn month. A friend of mine, actually two of them are in Buffalo New York and one emailed me to say that she has at least 6 feet of snow on top of her car and her roof may have to be cleaned off and that is a scary job! I am keeping all of my friends in snowy weather in my prayers.

 For those asking about Miss Edna, I spoke with her not quite a week ago and she was fine at the moment but having problems with her breathing and had to spend a night or two in the hospital. She has assured me that she is fine, just resting as much as possible.

 I am keeping this short, as I am not feeling well. I have been running some wicked temps and my doctor says that if I have another overnight temp, she wants me to go into Urgent Care tomorrow. I hope that the fevers stay broken, because tossing and turning in night sweats is not fun! And I just thought that I was over the Hot Flashes!! ha-ha... Jokes on me! 

 My lungs hurt, I honestly feel like I have Covid again, and if I do have to go into Urgent Care, I am going to have them do a Covid Test. We have used all of ours that we had here at home. I sure hope not, it was hard getting thru it, and I don't want it again.

 I will be back as soon as I can and I will send a note to Kyra and Angelica Star... Speaking of which, Angelica Star I do not have an email address for you. I am not sure how to reach you except thru my blog, and also, I am sorry about your eyes. I am having glaucoma problems and my retinas are detaching so my eyesight is not so good either. xx

 Please Be Safe and Take care of yourselves... BB

 

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Been Locked Out!





 My Little Goblins, Dante, Damien, Adrian and Cathy

 Hi,

 I was locked out of my blog and so I started a new one and then I found a way back into my original blog, how about that? Crazy isn't it how things can be?

 So, I know that this post is as old as dirt, but it was so frustrating to be locked out. Every time I tried to get back in, it kept asking for my password. I kept putting it in, but it would not accept it, especially when I signed out and then signed back in. 

 I honestly do not know what I did differently this time but when I signed in, it took it and here I am. Finally!

 So, I planned to spend Halloween with my grandkids, but their dad had a stomach bug, and I just didn't want to chance it. 

 I had an alright Halloween. I went to my doctor and had some specialty labs done for my kidney specialist and while I was there, I got my jab! I got my flu shot and didn't have any kind of reaction. 

 It is always iffy with me when getting my flu shot. One year my injection site swelled up the size of a baseball and I could barely lift my arm and I was working in a hunting lodge and had to use my arm to scrub the walls of the showers/tubs. 

 Then the next year, I went home feeling fine and a few hours later I felt as if I had been hit by a train. Everyone swore that it was the flu shot, but I knew better.

 I was exposed to the flu before I had the shot, and it was just a coincidence. Well, that is my theory, and I am sticking to it. I know that the flu shot isn't live anymore, but I really got tired of trying to explain that, so I did what I do best and that is just shut up and nod my head yes or no. UGH!

 On the way home, my Uber driver did his best to educate me on politics. One thing for sure is he should be on the next campaign trail. He was adamant about why our country is the way our country is and why we are all idiots. I wisely did not enter into this conversation and tried several times to change the subject but was thankful when we reached our apartment complex and directed him to my apartment and then wished him a great day and escaped!

 I do not like engaging in politics, religion or other controversial topics.  It is better not to do so in my opinion, it can keep from having an argument and worse. I don't want to trigger a very serious argument that could escalate. Isn't that how stabbings and shootings happen? It happens for things less than politics, so I just think that not engaging is best.

 It's cold here today. We have had a cold spell and have even had a few nights below freezing. The days have been sunny with temps up into the 50's and it has been nice. 

 It was funny watching the kids, (I call them kids, teens and 20 something's) come to play volleyball. We have a sand volleyball court, and we had some really nice Indian Summer days in the 70 and 80's and no one played volleyball. Then it rained for 2 days straight and as soon as the rain stopped, that afternoon they came to play. Wearing shorts and hoodies! A couple of girls did have leggings on, but for the most part just shorts. 

 Yesterday was in the 50's and they all were wearing shorts and t-shirts and it was cold out. I guess they were staying warm, but they didn't hang out long at the court. They left within the hour. Some were huddled together and then they grabbed their volleyballs and left! Gee I wonder if they got cold? LOL.

 Right now, it is 43F and our high is 54F with the low dipping down to 38F. So, it is nippy and around 3pm it will be nice until the sun starts going down. It would be a great time to play ball, but school is still in session, so the kids don't usually start showing up around our complex until around 4 or so in the afternoon. But when the others show up to play or practice volleyball, it is usually around 5pm. We have lights so they can see. 

 Jonathan turned on our heat last night. I took Foxy out this morning, and she didn't linger. She went out and ran back to the door to be let in. It took me longer to put my robe on and let her out than it did for her to be out Haha. 

 Well Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It is going to be a time for many to gather and be Thankful for the Blessings in their lives. I hope that if you know someone who doesn't have a place to go, then offer them a place within your circle of family and friends. It doesn't take much to set an extra place. Even if that place is on the sofa or as in my large family, a place on the floor! The main thing is to include someone who may be alone.

  I hope that everyone has a Blessed Day! Be safe and Be Kind and remember if your cold, so is your pet, so bring them inside. BB

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Happy Birthday Jonathan (A really Belated Greeting).

 


My grandson Damien and I having a surprise visit! Well sort of a surprise. I knew Laurie was coming but not this little guy!

  Here we are taking selfies. Or at least he is. It is great to have a camera on my phone that sometimes turns out to be a great entertainment tool.

 

 Hello,

 Goodness, it has been ages since I posted. I started this one and never finished it. I don't know what interrupted me but something sure did and I never finished posting.

 June the 30th was Jonathan's birthday. He took off several days for his birthday. It is the closest to a vacation that he gets unless he gets lucky like this past Christmas and the office were closed because the holidays were on a day the offices were closed.

 Well Jonathan put in our 60-day notice to vacate. He has been house hunting. He is looking at apartments, houses and I am sure he would look at a barn if he found one. He doesn't want to get caught in the nothing to rent anywhere saga again. I can't blame him. 

 First of all, this place is very expensive. Our little town is like Mayberry, but you had better have the bucks of the Beverly Hillbillies to live here. It costs a arm and leg!

 The day that the photo above was taken, Laurie called me and she said that she would come and take me to the store for some medication that I was needing.

 Karyn had just got her walking papers and was free finally of the nasty bout of Covid that hit her. In fact, it hit everyone in her small family unit. Her boyfriend, his little boy and few days later her boyfriend's mom Pat got it. 

 Pat and Karyn both ended up in the hospital. They were so sick. Pat is still sick. She is out of the hospital now, but she said that the virus is just lingering on, and she has zero strength, bless her heart. I call or text her every day to see how she is doing.

 It has been bad here. Everyone I know is either sick with Covid or getting over Covid or has a family member or friend down with it. I remember it started with my next-door neighbor and just kept going! I have been lucky not to have caught it, but I wear my mask, keep my distance and wash my hands and bought 2 huge bottles of hand sanitizer with a pump just to be able to refill the bottles that I have in every room. 

 I just got home from going to Target with my daughter Laurie. This weekend is back to school Tax Free shopping, and it is going to be Crazy in the stores. Adrian missed out on the Tax-free weekend because he was given a lot of back-to-school clothes, but they were all too small, so we returned the items and he and Laurie and I went shopping for him today. He had $130.00 to spend so he got 6 nice shirts, a sweatshirt with Levi on the front and 6 pairs of pants, 2 shorts and a pair of shoes. Not bad for a kid shopping. Of course, Laurie helped him pick out things for him to try on. 

 I need to close for now so I can get some things done here in the house and then call it a early night. Take care and Be Safe... BB

Monday, May 30, 2022

Memorial Day 2022


 Have you ever seen a bowl like this? This bowl is sort of like a exercise bowl, it makes the kibble a little hard to get, but not impossible. It slows the dogs down so that they can digest their food and not just gulp it down all at once. They have to work for it and it is so fun to see them trying to get the kibble out.
 I think that I might get one for Bosley, one of the dogs I take care of because he gulps his food and then wants the other dog's food. They are not all that expensive and one site even offers if you buy 2 you get a third one free. I think that it was Chewey's but I am not sure because I looked at so many.
 Oh, and they come in such colorful designs and patterns. I would have trouble just choosing a pattern lol, but I bet that I would get hi m something like this but in orange. He likes the color orange. 
 Then I would feel guilty about not getting the other dogs something. I guess that I will find something because they love everything.

 This can be found at any pet store and of course you can order it online. There is so many different designs and they come in small, medium and large, The inserts come out so they can be washed and they are dishwasher safe!

 Wow I sound like an advertisement.

 Hello,

 I just posted on Miss Edna's blog that I have been having a hard time with my blog. I have started it several times but I just couldn't think of anything to say. My brain was just blank.

 The truth is that it is still really blank, but I do have a few things to say. My neighbor next door has Covid. I called my doctor because well I have been in the house, touching the counters, the dog dishes, the doors to let them in and out, touching the same surfaces she has touched before she found out she had Covid, so Jonathan and I are quarantining, and it has felt very lonely even though our routine has really stayed the same so I don't know why this feels different but it does.

 Jonathan made spaghetti for dinner last night, and my neighbor that has Covid, her mom, Pat dropped off some medicine for me and a large bowl of watermelon. 

 It was so sweet and juicy, and it was just delicious. Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits, and I could eat it every day. But with diabetes I have to watch my fruits because of the sugar content. It took a lot of willpower when I was first diagnosed because I usually had some sort of fruit in the mornings and late evenings. I miss fruit a lot more than I miss the sweet cakes and pies. I am a fruit person!

 I really need to clean the house. At least organize a few things and then Jon can sweep and mop, but I am super lazy today. It is hot and humid. At 9:00am. it was like 85F outside. I don't know what it is right now but it is hot inside our house. 

 I figured the volleyball court would be packed with the players but the court is free of anyone. I understand because that sand is probably really hot and they play barefoot. But I was prepared to sit outside and watch them for at least a little while, but they might have a game later today after it cools off.

 They had a game yesterday and I laughed my tail end off. It was so funny. One of the guys, a big muscular guy missed the ball over and over and over. After about the fourth or fifth time, he was like, "What is going on with me?" Everyone ribbed him and they all laughed With Him and thankfully Not At Him LoL.

 Well, I'll be, I did come up with a few things to talk about. Now I am going to go find something to snack on and maybe take a nap. Hugs everyone and have a great day/evening! BB

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Ugly Strep Throat Is Going Around

 

My sister's family, the girl in the dress is expecting a baby boy in the Fall. 

 Hello, I hope that this finds you doing well. I thought that I would try to post while it is nice and quiet. The volleyball court was filled with people today and I was really getting annoyed at the constant yelling and banging around, but they were at least having fun. 

 I took my walker and went out front for a walk. I realized after I sat down that I had left my phone at home. It will give me another reason to take another walk, because I want to take a picture of the gorgeous Wisteria that is in full bloom. That and the wheat grass. Everything else is just green bushes. I am not sure why the apartment complex doesn't plant some really nice flowers. It is easy maintenance I am guessing. But so many areas are just boring, not to mention that the birds could nest, and bees would love to pollenate!

 It is crazy but my sister called me and said when she got home from her cruise that everyone was sick with strep throat and guess what??? Nome of the sick were at their homes. I know that my sister loves her family, but strep throat is serious and now my sister had to go to the doctor because she now has strep throat. The family photo from above is missing several people! They all live on her property except the expecting parents. They live very close together and she loves that, but why they don't stay at their homes is just unbelievable to me. Especially when they are sick and have sick kids!

 So, I am calling it a night. It is almost midnight, and I am tired and have a busy day ahead of me tomorrow so I will say goodnight and take care... BB

 

Friday, April 29, 2022

Happy Cruising Linda and Kay

 


I made this scrap page for my sister Linda on her last cruise. I also made one for Kay but not sure if she was on this trip or not, but I think so. I will have to look further and I now will have more scrap pages to make as they take photos and send to me!

 Hello,

 I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. Jonathan and I just plan to stay in. He has to work tomorrow, so I have to plan a grocery list for our Sunday shopping trip. He will probably go alone as I am trying to stay away from crowds. A nasty stomach bug is going around and with my luck I am afraid of catching it. So staying home will be just fine with me.

 I had a eye injection yesterday so I didn't get to work on my blog. I felt like going out with Laurie yesterday evening while she paid some bills but I stayed in the car while she took care of her business. It wasn't a long outing as my eye was starting to hurt and she brought me home and I laid down. Today it felt much better but hard to see so excuse any errors please.

 Sunday my sister and Kay are boarding their ship to go to Mexico, Grand Caymen Islands and Honduras. I know that they will have a wonderful time. They want me to go on the next cruise but I just don't know because of my shellfish allergy. The ports have live seafood and I worry that Benadryl would not be enough to deter my allergy. I don't worry so much as I can stay away from seafood on the ship, but I don't think that I can get away with going off ship. Besides Benadryl knocks me out!

 Something bit me on the upper ear lobe. Laurie said yesterday that it looks like 3 tiny bites. They are sore, not itchy so I don't think that Foxy has any fleas. I check her often and Jonathan brushes her nearly every day and he checks her as well. A couple of weeks ago I killed 2 itty bitty spiders. I am wondering if maybe that is what bit me. 

 Well, the mystery box appeared! Apparently, they were delivered to the Parcel mail. The office notified Jonathan of a fee for the packages that were not collected. How they cannot notify you if you have a package, but they can sure notify you to tell you that you owe a fee is just wrong. I don't know what the fee will be until Jon gets our rent statement, but I will of course pay the fee, but I will not have anything else delivered here. Instead, I will just send it to Karyn's address and she can bring it to me when she comes down. 

 Karyn will be coming Sunday. Her work computer is having some issues and they are going to have to send it to the IT guys and hopefully will just issue her a new laptop. She has had problems with it several times so I am not sure what is going on with it. 

 News is in pretty short supply on this end. I think that I am going to call it a early night and get some sleep. Have a awesome weekend and stay safe. BB

I Hope All Is Well

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