Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday - Last Monday of August!

 

I'm linking up with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday! 

I have been abundantly blessed and have spent the past 10 days visiting my best friend in New Hampshire.  I spent time with my GRAND-Goddaughter and was able to attend my Goddaughter's wedding to the love of her life.  It helped my depression to get away, keep busy, talk and laugh with my friends, go new places, meet new people, and drive through several states.  I was able to see the Adirondack mountains, marshland, beaches and of course the ocean.  I always feel God most strongly in nature and this trip I could see Him in many places. 

Some family trouble awaits me at home, but I am more ready to deal with it.  My sister is an alcoholic.  Some of you may remember she almost died 3 years ago.  She got on the liver transplant list and turned her life around.  She gained her health back through diet and became so healthy that she no longer needed a new liver.  We she started drinking again quite some time ago and it's worse than ever.  She's passed out and fell on her face twice now - one of those times being today.  It's a mess.  That's all I'm going to say.  


The weather::: 

Monday will be close to 90 and sunny, but then we will stick in the upper 70s with sun most of the week.  Sounds pretty perfect after the HOT HUMID or rainy weather in New England while I was there! 
 
 
On my reading pile::: 

 Still haven't been doing much reading at all.  I keep BUYING books - but not reading them.  I hope once the cooler weather hits I will get back into the swing of things. 
 
On my TV:::  

 New K-Drama with Heather: Back Street Rookie
Days of Our Lives
You Tubers 

During my stay with Heather, we watched "Last Train to Busan" and the 2nd one but can't remember the name.  Great Korean Zombie flicks! 
 
On the menu for this week::: 

 
Monday -   Out for Chinese food - Pepper steak and rice
Tuesday -   Something quick and easy since we will be going grocery shopping after I'm out of work.
Wednesday -  Bulgur with veggies and Soyaki tofu
Thursday -   Whole wheat pasta with veggies and tomato sauce with green salad
Friday -  Buddha Bowl 
Saturday - Mujadara with green salad and homemade dressing 
Sunday - Spaghetti with lentil Bolognese 


 Breakfasts:  Overnight oats.  This week will be dark cherry cookie dough flavor. 
Lunches: Chickpea salad on toasted whole wheat with fruit 
 
On my to do list::: 

 Monday:  Stopping in Niagara Falls with Emily for a bit & then finish up our drive home 
Tuesday:  Work 8-4 and then grocery shop and run errands, paying rent
Wednesday: Work 8-4, picking up my prescriptions and the rest of groceries then K-drama with Heather using our Alexa Dots, video call with my sweetie
Thursday:  Same as Wednesday
Friday:  Work 8-4 Getting my 2nd COVID shot 
Saturday:  If I do not get a reaction again (I had a bad reaction with first shot, only lasted 6 hours though) then I will visit with my Dad and bring him tuna pasta salad 
Sunday:  Meal prep day! 
 
Looking around the house::: 

In a hotel room right now!  But I am sure I will have plenty to do since Jennah has been home alone for the past 10 days! 
 
From the camera::: 
Day of the hurricane - Surfers were everywhere! 

Atlantic Ocean

Niagara Falls - American Side

Niagara Falls 

Sunflower in Niagara

Emily at a rest stop in New York




On my prayer list::: 

 Louisiana as they get pummeled by a hurricane right now.  I know that the entire city of New Orleans is without power.  We won't know the extent of damage caused until tomorrow. 
Afghanistan -  all the families of the fallen.  The Christians who will be executed for their faith.  The innocent women and children.  
My family and friends
 


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday - Late As Usual

 

I'm linking up with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday! 

I've been really depressed for the past couple of months.  I'm trying to work through it and I am doing what I think is right, but I can't seem to shake it.  There is so much GOOD in my life right now.  So many blessings.  I see them and I am grateful for them.  I am not taking anything for granted.  But I still feel empty and sad in my heart and soul. 


My youngest and I (Emily, 21) are currently vacationing in New Hampshire.  We are staying with my best friend for 9 days.  My Goddaughter is getting married on the 28th.  I'm so happy for her.  I am very excited to see everyone and be able to spend time with my bestie.  I'm hopeful that it will bring me to a brighter place. 


The weather::: 

The weather is typical Michigan August.  Mid 80's - 90's, humid, and afternoon thunderstorms.  We had a huge storm last week that blew out electricity in 900,000 homes.  I was fortunate enough to have electricity, but my Internet was down for 2 days and I had to miss work.  
 
 
On the Breakfast Plate::: 

Oatmeal with blueberries and a tablespoon of almond butter.  YUM! 

On my reading pile::: 

 I absolutely HATE to say that I haven't been reading much of anything this summer.  I hope to change that once the weather changes.  I've just been depressed and tired and just getting done what I have to do each day. 
 
On my TV:::  

 Just finished Monthly Home Magazine (K-Drama) 
Starting Backstreet Rookie tonight (K-Drama) 
Days of Our Lives
You-Tubers 
 
On the menu for this week::: 
 
Monday -   Went out with my boss and bestie. Had linguine with shrimp and scallops.  YUM! 
Tuesday -   Pizza and Soju 
Wednesday -  BBQ cauliflower "wings" with rice and veggies 
Thursday -   Probably out
Friday -  Also probably out 
 
 
I am thankful for:: 

Absolutely so many things.  
*Have a relationship with Jesus in a country where I am free to do so
*My wonderful sweet heart Jeff, finding the love of my life right when I stopped looking
*My family and friends are so supportive and wonderful
*All of my family recovered from COVID
*I was able to spend last weekend with Jeff
*I am  spending 9 days with my best friend in New Hampshire
*I have a job that keeps the bills paid and refrigerator full
*I have 3 awesome cats who keep me happy when nothing else can 

On my to do list::: 

WEDNESDAY:  Work 8-4.  Emily has a hair appt at 3. Run errands. 
THURSDAY:  Nail appointment for wedding nails. Errands. 
FRIDAY:  Wedding stuff!  
SATURDAY:  WEDDING DAY!  
SUNDAY/MONDAY:  Driving back to Detroit.
 
 
What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating::: 

Absolutely nothing.  HOWEVER - I do plan on learning to crochet in 2022!  Once I kick this depression I want to get another junk journal completely made.  I have everything I need to put it together.  Just not the will or patience I guess!  I'd really like to do them regularly once I'm settled and don't feel in flux.  
 
Looking around the house::: 

At my bestie's house.  She has a huge front window and she has squirrels. chipmunks, bunnies and so many different birds that visit.  It is SO NICE!  All types of finches, 2 types of woodpeckers, nuthatches, titmice, bluejays, and a couple other that I haven't identified. 
 
 
Something fun to share::: 

 Well I don't know if it is "fun" - but it was definitely fun to see.  NH didn't get touched by Hurricane Henri much, but the waves and wind were up for a couple of days.  It was surprising and fun to see how many surfers were out!  I was really shocked to see dozens and dozens of them out in the wind and rain - catching waves. 



 
On my prayer list::: 

Praying for Afghanistan.  I can't even imagine the terror they are feeling right now.  
Praying for Haiti.  Just total devastation. So heart breaking. 
For my Goddaughter's upcoming marriage on the 28th
For a safe road trip back home for Emily and myself 
For our country, my family and friends.  For this worldwide pandemic to finally get under control. 
 
Bible verse, Devotional::: 



Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday for 7/5/2021 (only 2 days late)

 

I'm linking up with Sandra for Happy Homemaker

It's been the strangest couple of weeks. I spent about 10 days Up North taking care of my sweetheart after his second hip surgery. Then came home to find out my dad had to have a heart procedure due to the atrial fibrillation that we both contracted after COVID. Then my sister ... Well let's just say that she really made a mess of things. Had to take her to urgent care after a fall.  Then last week I ended up in the hospital with chest pains.  But GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME.  





The weather::: 

It's been HOT and HUMID.  But a cool front is coming through.  I'm enjoying the sunshine - the humidity, not so much. 
 
On my reading pile::: 

 I finished the cutest homemaking book.  I really enjoyed it and would love to buy a hard copy for my library.  





I also have been going through a bunch of vegan and heart-healthy cookbooks.  I'm trying to be MOSTLY plant based.  Still chicken breast, lean turkey and fish for the time being a few times per week.  Have to take extra care of the ticker thanks go COVID.  

Right now I am reading Mary Kubica's "The Good Girl" 



 
 
On my TV:::  

  I am just finishing up the K-Drama "Mouse" with my bestie in NH.  It is very much an edge-of-your-seat thriller.  Really good if you like that kinda thing! 

Days of Our Lives
YouTube - Mostly vegan vloggers as I TRY to switch over to more plant-based eating
The Chosen - I still have several episodes of season 2 to finish up!  Amazing! 


 
On the menu for this week::: 

 



Monday -   BBQ chicken "KFC" bowl 
Tuesday -   Lentil chili w/ crackers
Wednesday -  Veggie chicken sandwich, corn on the cob and sweet potato fries
Thursday -   Burrito bowl with ground turkey 
Friday -  Whole wheat penne with fresh tomato and basil sauce w/ side of veggies
Saturday -  C.O.R.N soup (clean out refrigerator night)  Homemade veggie broth and lots of veggies that are getting sad looking, any beans, pasta, etc. from leftovers.  Always makes a good soup! 
Sunday - Peanut noodles w/ lots of veggies 

BREAKFASTS:  Mostly overnight oats this week 
LUNCHES:  Leftovers or chickpea salad sandwiches
 
 
On my to do list::: 

  1.  I have a grocery pick-up after work today
  2. Put away groceries from my Whole Foods delivery via Amazon Prime 
  3. Watch the finale of "Mouse" with my bestie 
  4. Do my Bible/Prayer studies this evening 
  5. Strengthening exercises for my arms and legs (again - darn COVID) 
  6. Pay bills
 
What I am creating::: 

 I have a very dear friend in Florida who sent me the SWEETEST package of goodies!  Inside was a bunch of lovely paper crafting supplies!  I plan to start a new junk journal soon.  Hopefully I'll have some pictures for you next week! 
 
 
Looking around the house::: 

  I feel like there are always dishes.  I despise dishes! I haven't had a dishwasher in years and years and dishes remain my nemesis! Floors need to be swept and mopped 

From the camera::: 

 
Two of my kitties.  Sammy (left) & Mr. Beatnik.

My gorgeous orchid Emily bought me for Mother's Day 2 years ago


 My peacock planter on my balcony
 


 
On my prayer list::: 

*My Dad.  He was supposed to have a catheterization yesterday but they found that he has no blockages!  Praise Jesus!  But in 2 weeks he will need a cardioversion - which is shocking his heart back into rhythm. 
*My sweetheart as he recovers from his hip replacement. 
*Dorcus, my sponsored child and her family and village. 
*Family and friends
 
 
Bible verse, Devotional::: 

I'm still reading in 2nd Kings.  I got a little bit behind with all that is going on.  


I'll be starting a new Bible Study tonight that I found for free on Kindle Unlimited, it's "Proverbs 31 Woman".  More on that next week! 

Monday, June 14, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday for June 14th, 2021

 

I am joining in with Sandra @ Diary of a SAHM


The weather::: 

I simply cannot complain.  The weather this last month has been beautiful.  Anywhere from mid-70's to low 90's.  Lots of sunshine.  I am blessed to have an amazing balcony that overlooks a park.  I sit out there nearly every day for 20-minutes to several hours.  It's my little piece of nature in the city.  
 
 
On my reading pile::: 

 I finished reading "The Blue Bistro" by Elin Hilderbrand - you can read my short review on Goodreads.

I'm currently reading "Gulf Coast Cottage" by Maggie Miller.  I'm feeling all the beach reads right now.  I'm almost done with this one.  It has really drawn me in and I'm glad there is an entire series! 



 
On my TV:::  

  •  Watching the K-Drama "Mouse" with my best friend in New Hampshire.  It's really an edge-of-your-seat thriller about serial killers.  It has a ton of twists and turns and is really amazing. 
  • Days of Our Lives
  • YouTube

On the menu for this week::: 

 From last week, Lemon Chicken and rice.  It was really yummy. 



Monday -   Armando's Detroit (best Mexican food!)
Tuesday -   Vegan stuffed shells 
Wednesday -  Roma's Italian Food for Jennah's birthday
Thursday -   Applebee's 
Friday -  Cooking out over bonfire - hotdogs and smores? 
 
 
On my to do list::: 

  • Water flowers
  • Dishes
  • Packing
  • WORK M-W
  • Pick up Jennah's bday cake
  • Wrap gifts
  •  Buy Father's Day card/bday card/card for Jeff's mom
 

Looking around the house::: 

 



From the camera::: 

  



 
Something fun to share::: 

Growing some veggies from scraps!  We've already trimmed the green onions once.  The romaine is so fun to watch! 
 



Also, my "harvest" of herbs from the balcony!  Lemon thyme, basil, cilantro, and oregano. 


 
On my prayer list::: 

  • My Sweetheart is having his 2nd hip surgery a week from today.  I'll be with him (he lives about 3 hours North of me currently - we went to high school together) for 11 days.  Last surgery he had a really tough time coming out of anesthesia.  It took 16 hours.  It was very scary.  I'll be praying that he comes out normally and naturally this time and won't need to be put on Bi-Pap. 
  • My Dad is still recovering from COVID.  (You can read all about our journey with COVID HERE
 
Bible verse, Devotional::: 

  • Jeff and I are still working out way through "The Battle Plan for Prayer" 
  • 100 Days to Brave
  • Reading the Book of Luke
  • Reading the Book of Kings 




Wednesday, June 9, 2021

My Time with COVID

 I want to keep a record of this for the future, so I don't forget and so that perhaps other people can be enlightened about the different ways that COVID can affect the body. 

Before I start, let me tell you that all of us have stayed home unless absolutely necessary.  We have always worn masks.  We missed several holidays and birthdays the first year with family.  We took precautions, washed hands, used sanitizers.  We did all of the things we were supposed to do.  But it still wasn't enough.

EASTER SUNDAY:  My two daughters and I went to my dad's house to cook a big Easter dinner.  We were probably there a little over an hour when my Dad mentioned that he wasn't feeling great.  No cough, no sore throat, nothing visible .... just sort of feeling run down.  He's a 77-year-old man, so this didn't really come as a huge surprise. 

Several days later my Dad said that he was feeling MUCH IMPROVED!  I was so happy because I had planned on going to visit my S.O. Up North for several days.  Still no outward signs of illness. Dad was up, eating normally, going to work (yes, he still works at his business at 77!) and playing pool after work!  I had absolutely NO SUSPISIONS that there could be COVID involved. 

I went Up North as planned and spent time with my sweetheart.  We were both completely healthy the entire time.  I got a call two days in that my Dad wasn't feeling great again.  Also, my youngest sister had a "sinus infection" and "ear infection".  Still no problems with upper respiratory/lungs - so no one was worried about COVID! 

The day I was leaving Up North I got a call that my sister had lost both her smell and taste!  We knew then that this was most likely COVID.  She and my Dad tested positive.  Driving home I heard that my oldest daughter had a cough and youngest daughter had a slight sore throat. 

The next morning we all got tested for COVID.  Both of my daughters were positive - thank GOD, I was negative.  I hadn't infected an entire family on my short vacation!  This brought up the issue that ANY TIME WE TRAVEL, EVEN WITHIN THE SAME STATE, WE SHOULD HAVE A COVID TEST FIRST!  

My dad went downhill fast.  The following day I went to his house (wearing a mask even though I'd already been exposed to my daughters) and his oxygen level was at an 89%.  I knew that meant he needed oxygen supplementation.  Our state was overrun with COVID at the moment and every hospital was at capacity.  He was so weak he could barely make it up the steps.  He fell into the kitchen chair. I was worried he had pneumonia, as he has already had it 3 times in the past.  I asked him if he could make it to my car to go to the emergency room and he said he wasn't sure.  I asked him if I could call him an ambulance and he said he couldn't make any decisions at the moment.  So I called 911. 

What still ANGERS ME BEYOND BELIEF is the EMT in his late 20s who went on to tell my dad that it was a waste of time to go to the emergency room.  He'd have a long wait and then be sent home with nothing.  I swear I wanted to punch that little puke in the mouth. I insisted they take him.  Once they assisted him onto a gurney I told that little jerk that my dad had been to an emergency room exactly TWO TIMES in my 51 years.  In an ambulance ZERO TIMES. So if he was going that way now. he better believe my dad needed help! 

We were right.  I waited outside in my car (it was a beautiful day by the way) for six hours while my dad waited in the emergency room.  He almost passed out sitting there so they put him in a bed in the hallway.  He was admitted after that and was put on oxygen.  NOT ONLY did he need oxygen.  He was diagnosed with COVID induced atrial fibrillation of the heart.  His organs were starting to shut down.  He was in the hospital for 3 days. He was started on heart medication, steroids, and a blood thinner as his blood was in a state that was just right for blood clots!  (That EMT getting the evil eye from me!) 

The day after the ambulance, I was retested and I tested positive for COVID.  I knew I had it because I could feel myself out of breath, very weak with body aches.  My doctor started me immediately on steroids, a strong antibiotic that had shown some promise with COVID and an experimental drug, a parasitic called Ivermectin that in lab tests had fought off the SARS2 virus. 

The steroids helped both my dad and myself feel really good for about 2-3 days lol.  It was just a fleeing moment though.  Here is the course of COVID through my family: 


DAD - 77 year old male in relatively good health - hypertension

*Felt run down

*Started feeling weak after a couple of days

*Needed extra sleep

*Lost taste and smell

*Quickly the shortness of breath started

*Weakness intensified

*After hospital felt better for a few days

*Started feeling weak again

*Brain fog

*Needing to sleep after exertion (even eating) during the day

*Trouble falling asleep even though exhausted

*Had second round of steroids with doctor

*Felt a little better, but still weak and tired

****NEARLY 2 MONTHS AFTER ONSET OF COVID: Still weak and tired nearly every day.  Needing naps.  Cannot get out of the house some days because feeling too weak. Still having heart tests to find out how much damage was done during COVID.  Even on medication he is still haven't an irregular heartbeat. Feeling discouraged. Loss of taste and smell not completely back. Loss a lot of muscle and remains physically weak.

SISTER 1 - 38 years old 

*Had sinus and ear issues

*Had about 10 days of being very run down

*Lower than normal oxygen levels

*Extra shortness of breath

*Fevers that kept her in bed for nearly a week 

*Bad stomach issues

*Loss of taste and smell 

TWO MONTHS AFTER COVID:  She is back to normal.  She was off work for 3 weeks and really sick for about 2.  The third week was mostly exhaustion and weakness.  She still cannot taste coffee and some other things. 

SISTER 2 - 43 years old - weakened immune system from Cirrhosis

*Lost taste and smell

*Very mild cold-line symptoms for less than a week

She recovered quickly and barely noticed she was sick. 

DAUGHTER 1 - 24-years old with PCOS 

*Upper respiratory infection similar to bronchitis

*Mildly more tired than usual 

She was mostly back to normal after 2 weeks.  Completely after 3. 

DAUGHTER 2 - 21 YEARS OLD AND HEALTHY

*Sore throat

*Slight cough

*Stomach issues

*Loss of taste and smell for about 10 days

*Full body itchy rash

*Dizziness

Mostly back to normal after 2 weeks.  Completely after 3. 

ME - 50/51 during COVID (yes, my bday I spent sick) 

*First symptoms were shortness of breath, weakness, body aches, exhaustion

*Horrible headaches

*Many low grade fevers - mostly in the evening

*Couldn't fall asleep even though exhausted

*Cough

*Runny nose

*Extreme exhaustion - napping at least once per day - sleeping 14-16 hours some days

* Brain fog

*Very weak

*One very high fever for 16 hours (almost went to ER) 

*Stomach issues

*Loss of taste and smell for 3 days (although still can't smell/taste a few things!) 

*Low oxygen levels 

*Heart pounding, beating fast, irregular beats

***ALMOST TWO MONTHS OUT: I missed an entire month of work.  I was very sick three of those weeks.  The last week I was still exhausted and was acclimating to the heart medication that they gave me to help with my irregular heart beat.  (Just a Band-Aid)  I still have evenings where my oxygen levels fall.  Still have some  heart pounding and irregular beats.  Still have days (just yesterday) where I am done from work and go straight to my bed and can't do anything else.  I was lying in bed for nearly 3 weeks and lost a lot of muscle mass. My body looks and feels different.  My legs are weak.  My knees are a MESS.  Still get some brain fog.  But it's the weakness and exhaustion lingering that is the most disturbing.  I wonder if I will EVER feel like I did prior.  I keep telling myself no one really knows about the long-term effects because it hasn't been around long enough.  

WE WERE LUCKY.  We had mild-medium cases of COVID!  My Dad's age complicated his.  But there were NO ventilators.  No hospitalizations other than my Dad.  We are all *mostly* recovered.  And I am sure that I am forgetting some of the symptoms too - and that is why I wanted to get this all down because as time goes on I know I will forget even more.  When I had my last tests at the hospital I had to use a walker to get through.  My legs were so weak.  Actually I had to use a walker even around the house.  I"m just now getting strong enough where I don't have to use it.  

I thank God it wasn't worse than it was.  And even more thankful that it didn't take my Dad with pneumonia.  Very grateful! 




Monday, June 7, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday for 06/07/21

 

I'm linking up with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday! 



The weather::: 

It has been really hot for most of the past week, at or close to 90 degrees!  Today it is mid-80s and muggy.  We are expecting thunderstorms for the rest of the week. 
 
On my reading pile::: 

 I finished reading "A Year of Biblical Womanhood" which was interesting, funny, and informative.  However I couldn't shake the feeling that some things she made light of. 

I also read "5 Things Successful People Do Before 8 A.M." by Terri Savelle Foy.  I'm always trying to get my morning routine to become a habit.  This book was very motivating and from a Christian perspective.  

I read Angie Thomas's "On the Come Up" - pretty good. 

Right now I am reading "Return to Me" by Lynn Austin
 
On my TV:::  

 Days of Our Lives
You Tube videos
The Chosen - This is WONDERFUL.  You can watch the entire first season for free on YouTube.  If you haven't watched it yet, definitely check it out! 

 
On the menu for this week::: 

 
Monday -   Leftover chickpea salad on toast, fruit salad with vanilla Greek yogurt for dessert
Tuesday -   Chicken sandwich and air fried "everything" potatoes, salad
Wednesday -  Red lentil chili (vegan for my youngest) 
Thursday -  Boca burger with potato salad 
Friday -  Black bean and corn tacos with avocado, cilantro lime sauce, Spanish rice
Saturday - Peanut chicken and veggies with noodles
 
 
On my to do list::: 

*Water the flowers
*Bible study
*Call my doctor to schedule a knee injection 
*Pay bills
*Budget 
*Call in refills 
 
What I am currently studying::: 

My SO and I are working our way through the Battle Plan for Prayer book by the Kendrick brothers. 
I'm also doing "Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be" as well.  It's a 90-day Proverbs 31 study

Looking around the house::: 
I am still completely enchanted with the abundance of windows in this house.  My office has 4, living room 3, and dining room 3.  All three rooms are open to one another so it makes for a lot of light.  My orchid is in bloom and starting a second stem (?) with buds on that one as well!  I've never kept an orchid for more than a few months and this one I've had for over 2 years!  I also have a 3-year-old cactus, a 5-year-old (I think) succulent, and a new edition of Emily's succulent she got at East but her room wasn't getting enough sun so now it is in my office! 

 
Something fun to share::: 

Not sure if it's really "fun" or not - but I'm finally trying to grow some veggies using scraps!  I have celery, romaine, green onions, and potatoes!  I'll let you know if we get anything!  


 
On my prayer list::: 
*My SO Jeff, as he is having his left hip replaced on the 21st.  He had trouble coming out of anesthesia with the last one, so I would appreciate all prayers! 
*My Dad as he is going through Post-COVID heart tests.  He is still very weak and fatigued.  
*My friend, Rose, who was just diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease
*My sister, who is drinking again with a failing liver (Cirrhosis) 
 
 
Bible verse, Devotional::: 



Happy Homemaker Monday - Last Monday of August!

  I'm linking up with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday!  I have been abundantly blessed and have spent the past 10 days visiting my bes...