Sunday, April 5, 2020

Sunday, April 4, 2020

Well, it’s been another week of COVID-19 social distancing and observing the governor’s STAY AT HOME order.  The only times I have left the house were to walk Frisco and on Tuesday, I ordered a Papa Murphy’s pizza and went there to pick it up - no contact with humans at all. On Friday, the government started suggesting that people use a mask (homemade is fine) when going out in public, although our dipshit president said he wouldn’t be doing it. And then the next day there were pictures going around social media of him playing golf. In my eyes, he is failing miserably at leading the country in a manner that will protect and help the citizens get through this ordeal. The numbers keep climbing, although we are starting to see some evidence of recovery. Here in Minnesota, almost half of the 1,000 people confirmed have now recovered.

I am keeping my spirits up, communicating regularly with Tom, my sons, siblings, and friends. In fact, I don’t think I’ve talked this much on the phone since the last tragedy in our family - when Rick died two years ago. I FaceTime with the granddaughters most afternoons and Tom and I have been doing video chats too - it’s so much better than just a phone call, but it does remind me of how much better it would be if we were together going through this.

Another indoor activity...this one was a real challenge and it took me a long time.

Walks are getting to be more pleasant, as our days have been steadily warming except for a cold spell every now and then.  I have been walking through city streets and neighborhoods rather than taking the trails, especially on the weekends when everyone is wanting to be out and about. People are respectful of the distancing and allowing plenty of space when passing.  As I walk the nearby streets, I have been finding little sayings embedded in the sidewalks. Here are 2 examples.

This morning’s project was to make face masks. I promised Ben that I would wear them whenever I take the elevator or go out in public. He is very concerned and worried about my safety.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

The weekend was rainy and gray so I sure didn’t get much walking in, and when I did, they were short works with the sole purpose of letting Frisco relieve himself. He doesn’t like it either, so he takes care of business quickly.

The highlight of the weekend was a video conversation with Tom after getting setup with Google Duo. It sure was nice to see his smiling face again. We never have a problem finding things to talk about and before long, we have been yapping for an hour.

Today has been beautiful! Frisco and I took a nice, long walk and I only wore a fleece hoody - no hat or gloves. It was sunny without much breeze and it felt so good to be outdoors.  There were a lot of folks thinking the same thing, although people were respectful of social distancing, although still being friendly.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The numbers of COVID-19 cases in the US is still climbing, 103,000 cases and 1,668 deaths. Many states are on orders of lockdown including Wisconsin and Minnesota. The worst case scenarios are in 
New York City and Los Angeles where there aren’t enough hospital beds to contain all of the wick people. Testimonials from people who have suffered through it sound horrible and I don’t think my body could survive the severe symptoms, mostly with extreme breathing issues and pneumonia. Respirators, masks, and gowns are in short supply but factories are starting to produce them in large numbers. People are rallying to help where they can, although any non-essential activities are banned, and told to wash hands frequently and thoroughly and keep a distance of 6-feet. Self-quarantine and social distancing are terms that are heard frequently.

I walked past the airport parking lot the other day and this is what it looked like - during normal times, the lot is full and the shuttles are frequent.

Thursday and Friday this week were beautiful spring days with temperatures in the upper 40s and I was able to walk without hat and gloves. I found a nice route that gives me almost a 2-mile walk to the river and through nearby neighborhoods. Today is a gray, gloomy day and we are getting heavy rain and possible some snow overnight,

This week was the anniversary of the losses of several loved ones: the 25th marked the 18th year of Rocco’s passing, the 26th marked 2 years since we lost Rick and the 27th was 7 years since Jill’s brother, Casey died. Dang!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020

It is 52 years today that Mike and I tied the knot in San Bernardino, CA. It’s too bad that we still aren’t going strong, but it made for a good life for us and brought us our two wonderful sons. I am just so thankful that we made the decision to retire early and were able to have ten good years of retirement living - exploring the US, a trip to Europe, and just going wherever we wanted to go.

I just had to get out of the house on Sunday, so Frisco and I went for a drive - making a loop to the east through Cottage Grove and Hastings, then back home. At Hastings, we drove along the river walk, parked the car and took a walk. Lots of folks had the same idea, but there was plenty of space between us.

I guess Ben and his family had enough of being cooped up too, they went to the sculpture garden.

I’ve been having lots of long conversations on the phone with friends and family the last week or so. I guess everyone is missing the social contact and also getting in touch to make sure everyone is staying healthy. I’m also keeping myself busy with Frisco walks, working on a puzzle, and I’ve started a crochet project.

The only business that are still in operation are grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, gas stations, and hospitals. The economy has taken a huge dive with so many out of work and the government is looking at ways to stimulate and to help folks get by. Of course, the Republicans want to boost the economy by helping big business and the Democrats want the money to go to the people. There is talk of a stimulus package where everyone will get a check from the government - we shall see how that pans out. 

Last week when I was going through some papers, I came across the letter from 2008 where  Mike and I got a check for $1200. We really took a beating on our investments that year and never fully recovered. Fortunately, I still have some of it but not enough to last me until my 90s as we had originally planned, so I withdraw and little as possible to make it last.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Saturday, March 21, 2020

It has been a long week of being cooped up indoors, with the exception of several short walks during the day with Frisco. Now, if I didn’t have him as my companion, I may never have left the house. I’ve been keeping myself busy with rearranging the living room, giving the apartment a deep cleaning, talking on the phone with family and friends, having FaceTime conversations with my granddaughters, and I even started another puzzle. Next week, the crochet projects or some other craft may come out but for now, I am uninspired to do that.

My afternoon reading session with Norah on FaceTime, Camille looking over her shoulder.

This morning, Frisco was awake at 6:15 and I scrambled to get dressed and get him outdoors. By the time we got back, I was wide awake so my idea of going back to bed wasn’t going to happen. I got myself ready and headed to Hy-Vee for some groceries. They have made accommodations for seniors to do their shopping between 7 and 8 am so they don’t have to be in a crowded store and they have good access to the items that are stocked overnight. There were plenty of people shopping but there was room to distance yourself, cart wipes were available, and I was able to get everything on my list, including toilet tissue. The paper product and cleaning product aisles have been empty this last week - people are hoarding.

The coronavirus cases keep on climbing but I believe there would be so many more if people weren’t staying at home. It also may have not gotten this far if our government had acted sooner. Now, it turns out that they knew weeks before we were notified and many used the information to sell off and reduce their losses on the stock market.  New York has the most cases and they are locking down the city and bringing in National Guard troops to build additional hospitals.  It has been declared a national emergency and it is pretty darned scary. With so many public offices and businesses (all that are unnecessary) are closed, the stock market is at an all-time low and they are now saying that we are in a recession. Many of the older folks are saying that the times remind them of what it was like during World War II.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happy St Patrick’s Day! There won’t be a lot of celebrating as far as parades, large groups of people, or hanging out at bars or restaurants this year.  It has gotten crazy around the entire world as the COVID-19 virus is spreading like crazy and businesses are closing right and left. The tp/paper towels/tissue sections, prepared food, eggs, meats, sanitizers, cough and cold medications are sold out and empty. Yesterday, the governor closed all schools, libraries, restaurants and bars and people are being encouraged to stay at home and self quarantine to keep the virus from spreading.

I canceled my tickets to Florida in April and let Rudy and Sonja know that I wouldn’t be coming to visit them. They were totally understanding and are going through the same restrictions as what we’re having here. They are also getting word from Switzerland that things are closing down there too. In fact, Sonja said in her latest e-mail, that it is reminding her of all of the shutdowns during World War II.

Our weather has been decent, so I have gotten some good walks in with Frisco, taken naps, and have gone through a few boxes of old family stuff - mostly from Mike’s family - that Pat and Ben will have to go through and decide what they want to keep or let go. Today, I reduced a tote full of photos by at least half - getting rid of duplicates, out of focus, and unidentifiable pictures.  There were a few decorative items and picture frames that I could donate at a thrift store, but instead, I just took them out to the lobby and they disappeared within a very short time.

I have a corned beef on the stove and will add some potato, carrot, and cabbage in a couple of hours.  Any leftovers will go in the freezer for some yummy Reubens in the future.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Wednesday was a day off from work but I had two appointments. The first was an eye exam and I learned there was only a slight change in my prescription, my eyes are healthy, and the cataracts haven’t gotten much worse. She said it was totally up to me as to when I have the surgery - either get it over with sooner or let it wait until later. For now, I’m thinking later.

I saw my doctor after that because I have been having some shortness of breath with even minor exertion, like short walks and climbing a few stairs, although I haven’t been feeling ill at all. The conclusion was asthma and allergy (lots of pollens and molds in the air right now) and that is something I have dealt with all my life. A slight increase in my current medications should take care of it. 

Back to work on Friday with a couple of added hours beginning and end. We ere crazy busy and I spent most all of my time at pickup and checking people out. About 4:00 things really picked up and We got crazy busy with people filling carts and buying extras of everything - a lot of cold and cough medications were going out the door.

When I got back home, I talked with Pat and decided that my trip to Stoughton probably isn’t the best idea, although it has been 6 months since we have seen each other.  Due to the fast spreading COVID-19 virus, they are suggesting that folks avoid any non-essential travel right now. The numbers are increasing every day and they are saying that it will get a lot worse before it gets better. People in the 40-59 age range are getting hit the hardest right now but people 60+ are at the highest risk for getting sicker, especially those with heart and lung disease - me.

This morning, after much thought recently, discussions with my concerned sons, and throughout the night, I contacted my boss to tell him that I won’t be working for a while - mostly because of the close contact with so many sick people. I have until April 4 to decide if it is permanent. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

My day off on Monday was relaxing and enjoyable. I caught up on a few phone calls, took walks and a nap, and enjoyed the day.

Tuesday was back to work - and the pace was manageable and I really enjoyed it. I was actually able to chat a bit with the pharmacist and my co-worker,making for a more enjoyable experience. 

Getting back to the routine of crating Frisco at night and while I am gone has worked well. He appears much less anxious and goes in there when he doesn’t have to and goes willingly when he does. I am so relieved. 

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Sunday, March 7, 2020

The last 2 days have felt springlike, warming all the way up to 59 degrees today.  On my walk with Frisco, I saw a small group of flowers popping out of the ground - exciting!

Dealing with Frisco has been a challenge this week. I took him to see the vet on Monday and she checked his prostate and bladder and ran a urine test. Everything checked out, so I kind of feel that it is a behavioral thing and also the fact that he keeps going back to pee in the same place. I have cleaned and cleaned the carpet to get the odor out.  I also decided that it was time to retrain him, so I bought a crate off Marketplace, set it up and put his cushion and blanket in it and he went right in and laid down. So for 2 days while I was at work, I put the crate in the bathroom and left the door open, out pee pads in the shower, and closed him up for the day. When I got home, he showed no anxiety and managed to hold his pee all day.

At night, I put him in the crate right next to my bed and he slept all through the night. He has also been locked in the crate when I leave the apartment for any reason. He is fine with it and appears much less anxious over the last few days. So that’s our new regimen.

I worked a lot of hours this week when one of my coworkers was ill and my boss asked me to help out, so a full 9 hours more than usual. I was so exhausted on Friday night that I had a hot toddie and went to bed at 8:30 and slept right through to 7am.

Jill and Norah went to Iowa to visit her grandmother this weekend and Ben, Charlotte, and Camille came over for dinner on Saturday. We walked to a playground about 4 blocks away so the kids could get some outside playtime in. And then we made Olive Garden Minestrone soup for dinner - a recipe that I have been wanting to try and it turned out great.

Charlotte spent the night. We were going to have breakfast at the Neighborhood Cafe but there was a long line of folks waiting to get in, so went to the Rose Street Patisserie instead and had a croissant and a hot chocolate and a coffee. She had a birthday party at 1:00, so I dropped her off and then Ben picked her up.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Sunday, March 1, 2020

While doing my stretching the other morning, I found a wet spot on the floor and after feeling around a bit more, the circle was pretty big - it had to be Frisco peeing on the floor, although there wasn’t much odor.  When I got home from work, there was another spot. So, I scheduled an appointment to have him checked out and went out and bought enzyme cleaner for the carpet. Yesterday, while watching TV, he was staring at me and a bit later, he peed on the floor right in front of me - and that was only 2.5 hours after being out for a nice, long walk.  I covered he floor with pee pads for the night.

This morning when I got up, I walked all around the apartment with bare feet and there were no wet spots. So he went 11 hours overnight. I’m puzzled but will hopefully learn more at his appointment tomorrow. I sure hope he is ok.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Oh Boy! Another week of catch-ups to do.  

I had a sleepover with the girls last Saturday so Ben and Jill could go out for a nice, quiet dinner They went to Colita, an upscale Mexican restaurant that is a semi-finalist for a James Beard Award for their Outstanding Bar Program. They had good things to say about it.

After dinner and the girls were all showered and in their pjs, they had the ice cream snack that I brought over and we watched the movie, “Stuart Little”. We all enjoyed it. We interrupted the movie half way through and they brushed their teeth so they would be ready for bed when the movie was over. We did read a few stories but they went straight to bed after that. Charlotte and I read in my room for a bit and then she slept with me - like an Octopus for half the night.

Norah was dressed so cute on Sunday morning that I just had to get her photo.

Ben fixed a delicious breakfast of bacon and waffles, then Jill gave me a haircut while everyone else was doing chores and getting the house cleaned up.

When I got back home, Frisco and I went for a nice walk - it was in the 40s.

So here is what I have been obsessed with this week - I started it after Tom left and finally finished it Wednesday night. It was fun!

I volunteered to drive Ben to 2 periodontal appointments this week, as he was heavily medicated and not able to drive himself.  All went well with that and I did some shopping during and after that.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020

I worked 15.5 hours this week that seemed like so much more than that. For some reason, on the night before a 9am shift, My brain won’t settle and let me get to sleep so I get a full 8 hours of rest. For 2 nights this week, I got less than 6 hours of sleep before a long shift at work. Grrrrrr! 

I actually felt productive and competent on Tuesday but Thursday and Friday were too busy to have that feeling. I also made a huge mistake when I handed off another persons prescription to the wrong person. Raphael rushed to find the guy but he was already out the door. This is the scenario: I was checking out Customer 1 who had 2 scripts stapled together, Raphael was helping Customer 2 and got the transaction to the point of ringing up, he passed the prescription to me and I grabbed both and handed them to Customer 1. When  Customer 2 moved to the register, his package was gone. The fortunate thing was that Customer 1 had someone else’s prescription but it was nothing that could harm him and we were able to look him up and contact him to ask that he return the mistaken prescription. Customer 2’s prescription had to be redone and Raphael had to account for it and lecture me. I learned that getting it right is more important than getting frustrated with all of the many tasks that we were getting behind on and to focus on the task at hand regardless of the many other things going on.

I binged on the last episodes of Grace and Frankie and now have to wait until the next season to see where it all goes. 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Happy 43rd Birthday to my son, Ben. We celebrated with his family, Jill’s parents, and me at Red Cow with beer and burgers followed by cake at their house. Their burgers are so good and I’ve been hungry for one for a while.

I got my photos to airplay on my new TV, so I spent a couple of hours looking at those that I had on my iPad. And then I got to thinking that I could connect a USB backup storage to the TV, so I started looking at photos dating back to 2003. Lots of memories!

I worked a couple of shifts last week and had a Drop Off class on Saturday. 

I booked flights to and from Gainesville, FL to visit Rudy and Sonja in early April. It will be so nice to see them once again - it has been 5 years since we have been together. It will be nice to be in a tropical climate for a few days. Tom will look for flights and join me there if the details work out for him.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

I worked a couple of shifts last week while Tom was still here. We went out to dinner Thursday evening to a place that I’ve been wanting to try - The Yankee Tavern, a place that I have spotted when going shopping in that area and it looks as if it’s been there for years.  They had a prime rib special that night and other than not getting the right kind of knife, we were both very satisfied. It’s been a long time since I have had prime rib and it was delicious! Tom made dinner for me on Friday night - spaghetti with meat sauce and a nice salad. What a treat to come home to a nice meal cooked by my guy!

We got a nice walk in Saturday morning and then it was time for Tom to get ready to travel back to Arizona, not that either of us were looking forward to it. For now, we continue on as we have the last few months until something changes. We are both content with our living arrangements with the exception of not living together - some day we will figure it all out.  I took him to the airport around 3:00 and heard that he made it home ok by about 10 pm.

I finished the jigsaw puzzle that I was working on. When talking with my friend Carol a couple of weeks ago, I told that I was working on a puzzle of two old ladies and she said, “like us”. I had to agree. Today, I sent the photo to her and got a happy, heart-eyed emoji back from her.

I worked on Sunday, did nothing to speak of yesterday, and worked a 4-8pm shift today. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

And now to reconstruct once again. Our days have been busy, but at a comfortable pace. We have managed to get decent 2+ mile walks in each day and the weather has cooperated. We have had very little snow, a light dusting last Friday but none since then. Over the weekend, the temps got up to a bit above 40 degrees on Sunday.

On Saturday, we took a drive to Monticello to Swan Park where the Trumpeter Swans spend the winter on the Mississippi River in an area where the river doesn’t ice over because of a nearby power plant. The city made a little park and parking area where you can observe the many swans, Canada Geese, and some local ducks. Frisco made a friend and they wrestled and played while Tom and I had a nice conversation with his owner who is a novice photographer, there to get some good pictures of the swans. I was impressed, having seen these magestic birds only once before as a pair was migrating through the Stoughton area.

When we left there, we headed to Montissippi Regional Park where we had walked several times last summer and really enjoyed the circular trail through the woods. The temperature was comfortable and it was a very enjoyable walk.

Other than a nice walk along the Mississippi River Road trail on Sunday, we stuck around and then watched the SuperBowl in the evening with a $1 bet that that I won when the Kansas City Chiefs won the game. I’m not a big fan but was certainly cheering them on behalf of my Missouri family who are all big fans.

This afternoon, we walked a trail along the Minnesota River and got a good 3.2 mile walk in. Frisco was a trooper and made it the entire walk without tiring. He even got all frisky when we walked into the apartment and he ran to grab onto a toy, happy to be back home,

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Temps this week have been the average for here, 20-25 degrees and cloudy, so we have been able to get some decent walks in. It’s a good thing that Tom brought most of the warm clothes that he owns so he could layer up and stay warm. On Monday, we went to Minnehaha Falls and walked the paths around there. A light snow was falling, making for one of those quiet, calm wintry days.

We went to see the movie, “Doolittle” on Tuesday afternoon and found it to be fun and entertaining. After the movie, we had dinner at Applebee’s before heading back home. Again, a light snow was fallling but not sticking to the roads.

On Wednesday evening, we decided to walk to the nearby Agelgil Ethiopian Restaurant across the street from my apartment complex. Neither of us have ever eaten Ethiopian food, so we had an Ethiopian beer and Tom ordered a lamb dish and I ordered a vegetarian sampler.  The seasoning was delicious and the sampler included some grains, roasted carrot and cabbage, roasted plantains and beets, a spicy thick sauce, and collard greens - all were served on a spongy bread that you tore and used to scoop the food and eat it with your fingers. Everything we had was tasty and delicious. I can now say that I have tasted Ethiopian food and I wouldn’t hesitate to have it some time again.

After a nice walk yesterday, we went to Costco and Tom bought me a new 50” TV, he thought my little 32” was way too small. He had fun getting it setup and then we binge watched the last 4 episodes of the latest and last season of “The Ranch”. The TV fits well in the room and I like it a lot!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Friday night, I sat here in anticipation, waiting for Tom’s call that he was ready to be picked up at the airport. I watched the progress of his flight, watched a couple of Frankie and Grace episodes, read, took a shower, and tried to nap until his call came in about 11:15. The drive to the airport is about 10 minutes and it sure was exciting for us both.  Naturally, we were up until about 2am talking and unwinding.

A text from Ben on Saturday morning inquiring as to our plans for the weekend ended up in deciding that Tom and I would go out for dinner that evening and the family would come over and join us for lasagna on Sunday.  We went to Lucky’s 13 in Mendota, just across the River from my apartment complex. The parking lots and streets were full of vehicles, so we were not quite sure if we would have a long wait, but it turned out to be a wedding party in a different part of the building and we were seated immediately. I chose the Minnesota Bowl that was wild rice, jasmine rice, corn, carrots, mushrooms and onion topped with a nice sized piece of blackened walleye topped with hollandaise sauce - very tasty! Tom was a little disappointed in the fish and chips, he said they didn’t have much flavor and the fries were soggy. 

We planned to meet up with Ben and Jill and the girls at the St Paul winter festival this afternoon. Tom and I got there, found a parking spot and walked a couple of blocks to Rice Park where the ice sculpture competition was held. We were both a bit disappointed, expecting much bigger sculptures but those that we saw were pretty detailed.  Other than the sculptures, there were food and drink vendors, a huge warming house, and some live music, but we got cold and decided to leave, sending a text to Ben to tell him to meet us at the apartment instead of Rice Park. 

Ben and the family stayed long enough for the girls to pose for a photo and then they headed to my apartment to join us for dinner.

We had a nice dinner and a good visit with the family and then it was time for them to get home and prepare for school and work in the morning.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020

I’m sitting here watching Grace and Frankie waiting for Tom’s arrival. His flight lands in about 2 hours. I’m not usually awake at this time of night but a nap this afternoon should help.

I hope I’m not getting another sinus infection as I have had a pressure headache since yesterday morning when I bent over to pick something up off the floor. I had a conversation with Dawn, who has practiced homeopathic medicine her whole life, and she recommended the usual saline rinses and also suggested hot and cold pack treatments. I woke up feeling pretty good this morning but have kind of gotten worse as the day. We shall see.

I worked about 16.5 hours this week learning new things and continuing my module training in prep for a drop off class in a couple of weeks. I have no hours on the schedule next week and only a few the next week - so no talk of work for a while.

Our weather turned and we are predicted to be in the 20s and 30s for the next two weeks. We have had an inch or so of snow each day and it was so pretty as it stuck to all of the branches and glittered in the sunlight.  It was nice enough that I got a couple of nice walks in too.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Sunday, January 19, 2020

A big storm came through here yesterday with about 6 inches of snow, high winds, and a big drop in temps. It was -7 when I walked Frisco yesterday morning. The ground is covered with clean white snow once again. It was starting to look bad, with all of the dog pee and dirty snow. The ice, cold, or salt is starting to be problematic for his feet, so I have been washing his feet good every time we come in from outdoors. I need to pick up dog food on Monday, so will also get something to protect his feet.

I ended up working for 3 hours yesterday as one of the other techs got rear-ended in the storm and couldn’t make it in. So I met and worked with Raphael, the new Pharmacy Manager and that all went well. Sometimes they go through the training so quickly that I miss a lot or don’t get the complete picture. But I’m learning and feeling like it will be a fun job. I also worked my first 6-hour shift today.

Ben invited me to join them for chili this evening and that turned out to be very nice. I had an opportunity to have a nice talk with him and Jill while the twins played together nicely. Jill and I polished their fingernails and then we watched “The Little Prince” movie. But only until I was getting the glare from Frisco - his time to go out for his final potty break - and so I left before the movie was finished,

Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday, January 17, 2020

I had some on-the-job production (filling prescription) training at the store on Tuesday and got a good feeling about that activity and process. I also learned that I will have a new boss when I show up for my first scheduled shift on Sunday. The pharmacist who hired me will become a staff pharmacist, as a pharmacy manager has been hired. I hope I like him as much as I like the guy who hired me.

I always find things to keep me busy, although none of the activities are very physical, so I have been doing the Walking videos regularly. I read, work on puzzles, clean, watch TV, and read Facebook.

I scurried out to the grocery store this morning as I was completely out of produce as there is a big winter storm in the forecast for the next 2 days. We are expecting 6-9 inches of snow, high winds, and bitter cold on Sunday, then it looks like a decent warm up for Tom’s arrival next Friday - nothing like a heat wave, but 20s to 30s are pretty tolerable.

Speaking of Tom, we had another nice, long phone conversation yesterday and I’m really looking forward to his visit. We don’t have a lot of plans but I’m sure we will find some fun things to do. I do miss having people around me, but I feel like I’m doing a good job of coping with being a loner.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Monday, January 13, 2020

My weekend was low key, especially Saturday when I didn’t leave home except for Frisco walks. I had planned to groom him, including a bath, but he was having intestinal problems again, having to go out more frequently, so I started feeding him chicken and rice and put off the bath until today. He seems to be doing much better today.

I went to a couple of estate sales yesterday morning and it was like going back in time. Both homes were probably built in the 1920s or so and neither had been upgraded to today’s standards.  One was the home of a local hockey star from the 1950s The flooring and wallpaper were dated and the objects for sale were too - clothing, kitchen items, and toys from the 1950s and older. My only purchase was a can of Liquid Gold and one of leather treatment, both were on my shopping list.

I wanted to see Ben and family this weekend, so it worked out that Sunday afternoon/evening was going to be best for them. Jill’s parents came over too and we all had a nice time hanging out. We had Jill’s Grandma Quinn’s Mulligan Stew and blueberry muffins for dinner and Ben made a delicious flourless chocolate cake and served it with Raspberry sauce - no complaints from me on the dinner or the company for that matter.

We drove back home in the snow - only a light dusting but I thought it was slick. The other drivers around me didn’t seem to be bothered as they cruised down the freeway at the speed limit. Not me - guess I’ll stick to the city streets in the future.

Guess what my project for today was - giving my wood furniture and leather seats on my dining room chairs a much needed cleaning, polishing, and treatment. The Liquid Gold just soaked in, I hardly had to be concerned with buffing off the excess.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Friday, January 10, 2020

I have spent about 12 hours this week on training, some of it was on-the-job training in my store. I worked the pickup counter, the register, and gathering stock bottles for filling scripts. Ism feeling good that this will be a positive thing for me. My boss got some points when he bought pizza for the technicians who were working that day - he seems like a good guy to work with.

Other than that, the weather has been pretty decent and I got some outdoor walks in, but not enough to even get me close to a mile, so I did my indoor workouts with Leslie Sansone videos in addition to that.

The curtains that I put up when I first moved in finally got hemmed the way they should be. So many  times, I looked at them and said that I have to get on that project - so it happened this week. I think I avoided it because it meant that I had to get out the sewing machine, ironing board, and the 6-foot ladder. Lazy? Guess so.

Lois texted me yesterday morning to see if I wanted to meet up with her to see “Little Women”. I had nothing else on the calendar and was glad that I went. The movie was excellent, just as you would imagine when reading the book. We were both wondering if it would be a good one for the girls and came to the conclusion that Charlotte, after reading the book, would be able to enjoy and understand the movie.

Yesterday would be Baby Owen’s 10th birthday and it brought sad, sad memories to me.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Monday, January 6, 2020

It has felt real good to just stay at home for the last 2 days and not leave the house except for walks with Frisco. I have done some rearranging, worked on a puzzle, house cleaning, and just enjoyed being at home.  Speaking of puzzles - I finished the one that I started just before Christmas and have another to get started on.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Saturday, January 4, 2020, MN

Happy New Year! This was my first year ever of spending New Year’s Eve alone - that is hard to imagine considering that it represents 71 years of celebrating in a variety of ways - many with family or friends but some quietly at home with Mike. I spent a good part of the evening on the phone with Tom and the calendar changed to 2020 while I slept soundly in bed.

Good news this week! Tom is coming for a 2-week visit at the end of the month. I only hope that the weather does not turn severe during that time.  It has been pretty mild so far - the last few weeks have been in the upper 30s and we have even seen some days in the 40s. Now, I hope it stays around.

The last week has been one of being at the store doing training modules for at least 4 hours every day. I was supposed to complete 24 hours worth and was about 98 percent finished (mostly due to some confusion and technical issues. Unfortunately, when I went to my class this morning, I learned that they have to be complete before I can move on - so, back to the store for a few hours this week and then to Coon Rapids next Saturday to take the class that I missed this morning. No problem since the deadline is still a week away.