Sunday, April 11, 2021

Sunday, April 11, 2021

We managed to get a decent walk in Thursday morning before the rain started and the rain continued all through until Sunday.

I stopped to visit with my cousin Jo in Montello, as she is recovering from some serious surgery to remove cancer in her jawbone and reconstruct it.  All is going well with their recovery but it is going to be a long road for her including six weeks of radiation therapy.  We had a nice visit but I didn’t stay too long and she needs her rest.

From there, I went to Dawn’s and had a couple of hours to chat with her before I went to see Pat and Tracey for a bit. We had short visits on Thursday and Friday evenings and I spent all day with them on Saturday. It was a rainy day, so we mostly just sat and talked, had some dinner, and watched the movie Jumanji.  

Dawn invited Jonnie to join us for dinner on Friday night and made chicken pot pie and wedge salad. She is such a great cook. We had some great conversation with lots of childhood memories and catching up on our families.

I had coffee with Pat this morning before starting my trip back home. I stopped in Portage and visited with my sister-in-law Sharon for a while before the long stretch back to St Paul.  It was a very nice trip and I’m glad that I shortened the number of days as I’m not used to the drive nor the activity. It was a good break-in for an active summer.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

I had originally planned to head to Wisconsin on Monday, but after having so much activity the previous four days, I decided to leave on Tuesday instead. I had several errands to run, laundry to do, and just wanted some down time on Monday.  After vacuuming and cleaning up after the girl’s sleepovers, Mavis and I walked to Thompson County Park and got a bit over two miles in - not a bad way to start a nice, warm, spring day! I then ran my errands.

She and I had talked about having an adult beverage on the patio in the afternoon, so we joined a few other folks about 4:00 and had some good conversation. It felt good to socialize a bit!

I got on the road and headed for Pat and Roger’s house at about 7:30, wanting to make it by 11:00 because Pat had a surprise lunch arranged. Well, my GPS was telling me that my ETA was more like 11:30 so I called to get more information and learned that lunch was in Monona. There was no way I could get to her house in time for us both to make it to Monona. So I headed straight there and was the first to arrive at Red Robin and learned that it was closed for lunch. Pat arrived and then the surprise - classmates Judy and Linda and their friend Carol. Our next choice was Buck n Honey’s but they were closed too. Nick’s family diner was open so we had a nice lunch and lots of good conversation.

Back to Hoovey’s house, it was a nice evening full of walking, taking, drinking, and eating. It is so darned nice to be able to be together again, now that we are fully vaccinated.

This morning, Pat had some painting to do, so I split and replanted several of her houseplants. One of them, a jade plant that I had given Pat years ago is coming home with me. The old saying “what goes around comes around” came into play today.

We went to Cimaroli’s tonight and met with some of Roger’s siblings to celebrate Bobby’s birthday and Susie’s and mine too.  Of course I had a couple of their $3 Old Fashions that just can’t be beat.  I opted for Broiled Walleye and salad for my dinner - it was great!

Patty and I, Best of Friends

The Hooverson Clan

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Easter Sunday. And what a beautiful day it was, spent at Lois and Dennis’ house. The predictions were for 75° and sunshine but I think we actually hit 80.  

The girls were coloring eggs when I got there and when they finished that, it was time for the Easter Egg hunt - with a bit more of a challenge this year since they are all getting older.  Jill hid 12 pieces to a puzzle along with the eggs and they had to find all 12 pieces, put the puzzle together and then answer the 4 riddles that were written on the puzzle.  Then, they had to take the first letter of each of the answers, unscramble those letters, and that gave them the location of the golden egg was.  Inside the golden egg was a $5 bill for each, a bracelet, a fancy eraser, and a pack of gum.

We had a delicious dinner of ham, cheesy potatoes, fruits salad (my contribution), an asparagus tart, and lemon bars for dessert (Jill’s contribution).  It was so nice to sit around outdoors and have some great conversation, play some bocce ball, and just enjoy being together and being outdoors.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Saturday, April 3, 2021

We did the switcheroo yesterday afternoon and Charlotte was packed and ready to come to my house. We had pizza for dinner and watched Spy Kids 3 on her request, although she told me after we started it that she had already seen it twice. I’m a bit surprised that she didn’t have the entire script in her memory.

When we went to bed, she was non-stop talking for quite a while and when I reminded her of one of our tickle torture events on a former camping trip, that whole episode was repeated.  It makes me giggle as I write this.

I was happy when she walked out wearing the sweater that I made her this morning.  Her major interests right now is anything related to video or iPad and it was a challenge to keep her interested in one on one activities. We went for a walk this morning after breakfast but there was an Easter egg hunt going on in the park and she didn’t feel comfortable being around that many people - very concerned with distancing, so we went back home. We filled the day with games, nail polishing, modeling clay, the fitness room, a trip to Culver’s for ice cream, and plenty of snacks.

                                    Charlotte’s Bat 

Have I mentioned how exhausted I am?  And how good a glass of wine is tasting right now?  In spite of that, it was soooo worth it to be around those girls again.  The last year of restrictions has been very difficult and I was feeling out of touch as far as their learning and development. I now feel kind of like I was able to catch up and reconnect a bit these last few days.  Their personalities are all so different, but yet there is a lot of a likeness too.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Friday, April 2, 2021

It has been quite a week of activity, starting on Wednesday when I spent the first full day, post-COVID vaccine, maskless, with my granddaughters.  The morning started with quite a bit of conflict between the three of them but improved greatly as the day went on.  We worked out, played games, did some Easter crafts, had lunch, and it was fun, yet exhausting.  The Easter craft was to make stained glass eggs with tissue paper sandwiched between layers of clear Contact paper and some that were fluffy. I thought they turned out nice!

I had finished the summer sweater that I was making for Charlotte (on her request) and was able to bring it to her.  She loved it!

Now, Norah and Camille have out in requests too.

Since we can be together again and I and all of them were excited to do sleepovers again, I have had one of them with me for the last three nights, starting with Camille on Wednesday night.  We watched a movie, had popcorn, played games, did Legos, played at the playground, applied makeup to each other and then it was time for the switchers. Norah was next and Grandma is getting more tired.

When I took Norah home this afternoon and Charlotte was ready and raring to go.  Before we got back to my apartment, we stopped at the battery store to get new batteries for the watches that I gave them - ones that I had in my stuff that I won’t ever wear again.

Did I say that Grandma is tired?

Monday, March 29, 2021

Monday, March 29, 2021

It has been another whole week and I’ve not written, so now I try to reconstruct the events of the last week.  On top of the list is that Tom got airline tickets to come her for a visit from April 15 to 29th.  I’m looking forward to our enjoyable walks together and maybe even having a couple of dinners out again.

Everyone I talk to these days have come up with ‘after COVID vaccine plans’. I have made arrangements to take a road trip to Wisconsin the first week in April and will spend a few days with Pat and Roger and then a few days in Stoughton to visit Pat and Tracey and Dawn.  My last visit there was last July. I miss them all.

My new friend and neighbor, Mavis and I have been getting some good walks in together. We try to do at least 2 miles each time and have been pretty successful at it.  One of our walks is on the trail to Thompson County Park and at that point you can either walk around the small lake in that park or head east to Kaposia Park along the Mississippi River.  It’s nice that we are learning the options for walks only a short distance from The Winslow (our apartments).

Jill called last night to see if they could drop the girls off while they get the COVID vaccines today, since they are in spring break from school. I’m happy that they were able to get appointments. Dang, I have a dentist appointment at the same time so can’t do it. I will be hanging out with them on Wednesday.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Sunday, March 21, 2021

We have had several days of beautiful, springlike weather, creeping up to almost 60°, sunny but with a bit of wind that makes it feel a bit cooler. I sit here looking out my east facing windows and they are just filthy and it drives me crazy.  Since they are sliding glass doors on the third floor, with no balcony, only a railing, I am unable to get to the outside to clean them.  I stopped by the office last week to see if window cleaning was on the calendar for the spring and got “I’ll have to check with Corporate” for an answer. In the meantime, I cringe whenever the sun shines on my nasty windows.

I walk around this building many times during the day and it amazes me that some people never even open their blinds or window shades. The shade is open just enough for kitty to lay there and see outside. It is the first thing that I do every morning. It helps me to feel like I’m not cooped up inside these walls. each his own, right?  There is one first floor apartment along the path where I walk Frisco, that I get to see a beautiful cat in the window every morning. 

I had an appointment with the Opthomologist on Friday for an assessment on my eyelids, as he said they were starting to obstruct my periferal vision. He will now submit to my health insurance to see if they will cover the surgery. 

I believe I was having some symptoms from the COVID vaccine on Friday also.  I felt quite stiff and sore when I woke up that morning and had planned to stop at my favorite consignment store after my appointment since I was in the area, but just felt like heading home. By the time I got home, I was ready for a nap and ended up taking several during the day and retiring early. I didn’t feel I’ll, just tired and kind of achy.  All was well on Saturday.

Frisco and I got a nice walk in yesterday along the River to River Trail. We walked out and back for almost two miles and he was really slowing down on the return trip.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Big news today! I got my second Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. Whoopie! I should have 95% immunity in 2 weeks.  I am feeling happy and relieved!  Here’s the proof!

Also, I finished the crochet blanket that I have been working on for Tracey for the last few weeks.  It measures 43” by 60” and consists of 178 rows of Tunisian Simple Stitch including 38 bobbles (3 stitches each) in every other row for a grand total of 37,914 stitches. I love it and I’m already contemplating the design and color for the next one - next time it will be for me. The color is a deep, dark purple.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Tuesday, March 16, 2020

Happy 36th Anniversary to my dear friends, Pat and Roger. Mike and I were married 10 years more than them and our anniversaries were one week apart. For many years, we did a spring anniversary trip together, visiting places like Memphis, New Orleans, Laughlin, and Chicago, we always managed to find somewhere to go for a long weekend getaway.  After Mike and I moved away from Stoughton, they would come to visit us and then we went to Key West, San Antonio, Austin, San Francisco, Sutter’s Mill, Calistoga, and Mesa. I have lots of great memories of those trips and we always had good times together.

I had a dental hygiene appointment last Friday but when I got there I learned that they are no longer in my insurance network, so I didn’t follow through and will have to find another in network dentist. Luckily, there is one right across the street from me that has lots of positive reviews and I was able to get an appointment there for later in the month.

I wasn’t able to get together with the family over the weekend as Norah had a fever, was tested negative for COVID, and the rest of them had sniffles.  

I always need some kind of project to keep busy with, so this week it was acquiring and recovering an ottoman/coffee table for my living room. Again, Facebook Marketplace is my go to resource for stuff that I can buy cheap.  I picked up an ottoman for free but when I got it home, it was way too big for my space, so I posted it on the board here and it went to Kathy. That turned out to be a good connection, as she and I had met briefly and I learned that she walks every day and we can do some walks together.  Then, I found another that I paid $15 for and it is just the right size, but is a glider. I removed the glider mechanism and replaced that with some wood feet that I got from Lowes ($12) and painted. I found fabric on sale at Hobby Lobby ($21) and proceeded to take apart and recover. I love how it turned out and it adds some pattern to my living room.  

I’m all about blue lately.  When I shop for clothing, I always find something that I like that is blue. Now, both my bedroom and living room are done in blues and grays.

The old, heavy wood box that I have used for a coffee table is finding a new home at Ben’s house. It is a tool chest that belonged to Mike’s grandfather, Bert Bridge. I snagged it from their basement and have treated the wood to keep it in nice shape through the years,

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Thursday, March 11, 2021

It has sure felt spring-like this week with temps in the 60s, warmish winds, and lots of melting snow. The only snow remaining on the ground is on the north sides of buildings and the huge piles left behind from the snowplows.  Yesterday brought us the early rain that helped to rinse off the salty road surfaces and just gave everything a clean look. Last night, as I sat here talking with Dawn on the phone, I heard thunder and saw lightening in the sky - our first thunderstorm of the year.  

Speaking of Dawn, we ended up talking for almost four hours. Of course, there was wine involved and I had a little more of that than usual too, but various topics just kept coming up and off we would go again. What a nice night!

Monday was strange, as I felt like I couldn’t wake up, I felt foggy headed all morning, even after getting a good night’s sleep, having coffee, and doing my morning workout. I definitely had a strange senior moment when I went to the garage to get something from my car and on the way back up to my apartment on the elevator, I wasn’t paying attention and got off on first floor.  The hallways all look the same and I went to apartment 118 (mine is 318), went through the motions of unlocking the door and barged into another person’s apartment. I apologized and left there thinking that my key fob worked in her lock, but then realized that her door wasn’t locked, thus I was able to open it.  I kept thinking about that and realized that I certainly wasn’t being very mindful and I need to focus on that. 

I also had a great conversation with my friend, Susan, this week and learned that she plans to move back to Stoughton from Georgia. Her husband, Dean, passed away last October and she wants to be closer to her sons now. It was good news to me as I will probably see her more often now, as I keep hoping to make more frequent trips there, especially now that COVID is becoming more controlled as people are getting vaccinated.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Frisco’s strange behavior and anxiety continued over the last few days and I was able to get him in to see a vet on Thursday afternoon.  Fortunately, there is nothing serious going on with his physical health but he has hearing loss and age related issues such as dementia that can cause confusion, insecurity, anxiety, and  sun downing (increased confusion later in the day and through the night). He prescribed Melatonin and that has really mellowed him out after his last potty break of the day. He continues to be able to walk a good 2 miles at a good clip without any issues.

I had a nice lunch-time walk and talk with Ben on Thursday. It’s a good time to catch up with him. Frisco stayed at his house while I went to the Dermatologist for another steroid injection on my forehead where I have lost hair.  The previous treatments for the Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia have been successful is stopping the hair loss except for one small spot and he treated that one. Hopefully, it will respond in the same way.

Frisco and I have been able to get some good walks in this week, as the temps have been in the mid to upper 40s and it’s only going to improve over the weekend.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Well, March came in like a lamb - a beautiful sunny day yesterday, although a bit cooler than it has been, we didn’t reach 25°.

It was a rough day for both Frisco and I as he had a very rough night. He was unsettled, couldn’t find a comfortable position, sat upright and panting a good part of the night. We made 3 trips outdoors for potty, although it seemed like he was sending an ‘urgent’ message, all was normal there. I think I may have gotten 3 hours of very broken sleep, certain didn’t feel rested.

I took a couple of naps during the day and Frisco seemed to be back to normal as far as his sleeping, resting, eating and potty.  I gave him a half of a Benadryl at bedtime and he slept through the night. Boy, did he sleep through the night as it was 8 am when I woke this morning - 10 hours of sleep? I never do that! Guess I needed it and he sure did too!

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Two days after my hard fall, I was starting to feel the sore muscles and have had a dull headache ever since. Last night in bed, turning from back to left side, I really noticed some discomfort on that side of my hip and down the outside of my thigh. I ended up taking Advil in the middle of the night it was so bad. Not much improvement this morning, but I’m sure it is just bruising as I’m able to move freely and do my morning stretching routine and aerobic fitness walk. I’m thankful that I do some exercise as it probably saved me from more serious injuries in that fall.

I got an appointment for my first COVID-19 vaccination and will be driving to Walgreens in Menomonie, WI tomorrow. An appointment is also secured for the 2nd vaccine on March 26. Whoopie!

After picking up the shelf units on Monday, I stopped and had a board cut to size at Lowe’s and proceeded to stain it to match the shelves.  It didn’t turn out quite as dark as I had hoped, but I proceeded with the project anyway.  My idea was to make a stand for my tv and I think it turned out great! I’m very pleased and think that it gave some added height on that wall and also a place to display a few pretties.

After writing this morning, I got a call from Jill asking if I wanted to get a Covid vaccine today and I jumped at the chance. Her friend in the medical field told her that Hennepin Health Center had extra vaccines, they put me on the list and I headed right over there and got my vaccine. I cancelled my appointment in Menomonie when I got home so some other eager person can get that one. I’m feeling happy!

Monday, February 22, 2021

Monday, February 22, 2021

My weekend was pretty uneventful, there were a couple of ‘maybes’ that didn’t work out. Ben invited me to come to Maple Grove to watch the girls participate in a racing/skiing event in the annual Kidarod. I decided not to go, as my chances of actually picking them out in groups of other kids, all wearing green hats, was pretty slim.  I did get a chance to see them in a news clip later in the evening. I normally watch CBS news but there was no newscast on Saturday night, so I tuned into ABC and happened to catch the coverage of the event in Maple Grove. When the 3 little girls on a sled came into view, it sure looked like Norah and Camille and their friend Maren. Check it out: Norah and Camille at Kidarod They are pictured early in the clip and it is very short.

I really wanted to make sure before I shared the clip with anyone and I wasn’t able to access it until Sunday morning. I compared the girls to a picture that Ben sent me and it just had to be them. I sent it off to Ben and got confirmation from him. That was so cool!

We also considered a meet up with the family on Sunday, but they took an opportunity to ski and their day filled up.  

I picked up an Amarylis bulb at an after Christmas sale and have been watching it get taller and taller for the last few weeks.  And the flower bud opened up on Saturday morning and it is so stunning!  I love the brilliant red and I’m glad that a 3rd bud is taking its time to open and will prolong the beauty for a while.

Temps got to the mid 20s and Frisco and I got a nice walk in, to the sports complex and back home.

I found a couple of shelving units on Facebook Marketplace and headed out to pick them up this morning. As I walked to the house, I slipped on a patch of ice (looked like melted ice) and went right down on my ass, my head bouncing on the wet ice and I slipped and slid and finally got up - wet and a bit shook up but no injuries. Damn, I am fortunate!

Today’s news was about remembering the 500,000 lives that the United States has lost to COVID-19. What a sad, sad thing. Vaccinations are still difficult to get. I got a notification saying that they were offering appointments at Hy-Vee this week. I checked immediately after getting the email and again when I woke up during the night. I came soooooo close - I found an available appointment slot for the first and second vaccines, selected it and while the photo of my insurance card was uploading, I lost the opportunity. Dang! I’ll keep on trying.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Friday, February 19, 2021

Such a strange thing I am seeing out my window this morning. If I stand close to the window and look slightly to the left or right, I see no snow. But if I look straight toward the sun, I see millions of tiny, flickering snow flakes that can only be seen in the rays of the sun. Amazingly beautiful, but my camera doesn’t do justice.

My youngest son, Ben, celebrated his 44th birthday this week. Dang that makes me feel old. We did not get together, as he was working but I was able to give him his gift and a nice hug when they stopped by last Sunday.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Sunday, February 14, 2021

A Polar Vortex has caused minus zero temperatures for the last week, the lowest that I saw was -14 this morning when I took Frisco out. He takes care of business quickly and we head back inside. I haven’t left the apartment in four days, other than brief potty breaks with Frisco.

I made it through the 8th anniversary of Mike’s passing and I can only describe it as being in mourning  - I am driven to look at photos and relive the events of his last 9 days. Some day, I will get past this and celebrate his life on his birthday instead of his dying.

I started out today by opening the two Valentines that I got from Tom and that started my day on a cheery note.  That was followed by a video from the girls, thanking me for the Valentines that I sent. Later in the afternoon, Tom and I had a duo chat and talked and talked and talked.  

During that conversation, I got a text from Ben asking if I was interested in a delivery of chili for my dinner. So the family saw my apartment for the first time and we had a nice visit followed by a tasty bowl of chili and 2 chocolate dipped strawberries that the girls helped to make.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

I have experienced true boredom these first ten days of February and have run out of projects and ideas for keeping busy. I continue to use up my stash of yarn making headbands, coasters, and dish. cloths - trying new patterns and stitches. I’ve brought out a puzzle that Lois gave me last winter but the box sits unopened on the table. I made some valentines to send to family, but didn’t feel like doing more once I had finished these, although I have lots of stitching card patterns.

The skies have been gray until yesterday and we are in the middle of an arctic blast of cold weather with temps around zero but hefty winds making for -15° at times.  It looks like this pattern will continue into next week. Brrrrrrr! Across the street from me is a building that has two wind socks on it, so I can get a good idea of the direction of the wind and go out the door of the building where I will be most protected.  Poor Frisco’s feet get cold and he starts to limp after just a few minutes, so our walks have been very limited. Most days I have done a fitness walk from a video that gives me at least a mile of walking and some upper body and aerobic exercise.

I made a huge pot of Cabbage Creole Soup and took half of it over to Ben’s family on Monday. It was a recipe from a gal that I met in Rockport, TX - she used to bring it to potluck dinners and I have always loved it, just haven’t made it in a while.  The girls are back in school in person, and I timed the delivery for when Ben and Jill could take a short break from their work. We had a short but nice visit without interruptions.

The girls have been taking cross country ski lessons and last week, Norah took first place in her class in a race (with almost a 3-minute delay between her and the rest of the group) and Charlotte came in third in her class of mostly boys. Camille was more interested in hanging with her friend, but she won a nice jacket in a drawing.




Sunday, January 31, 2021

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Wow! January is ending with a soft snow falling from the sky, it was really pretty when I took Frisco out at about 7:30. That was after a full 9-hour sleep.  I don’t think I even rolled over and looked at the clock during the night and that is a rarity for me.

I watched the last episodes of Schitt’s Creek last night and I’m kind of sad that there are no more. The characters are just so outlandish that I found it to be very entertaining and would watch several episodes in an evening. Talking with Tom about the series, he didn’t like it as much as I did and had  to stop watching after a couple of episodes, as the characters were too outlandish. Funny!

Friday, January 29, 2021

Friday, January 29, 2020

I really don’t have much to write about, the days around here have been cold (low 20’s) and gray. I haven’t gotten outdoors for a good walk in over a week. I do manage to do a fitness walk most days and a few short walks with Frisco and I think he is bored with this routine too. So my days are filled with indoor activities like reading, crochet, phone calls with friends and family, some cooking and cleaning, and a good nap on most days.

I watched a good movie the other night, Radium Girls, a story about female factory workers in the early 1900’s, whose job was to paint the faces of clocks with luminous paints and most were poisoned from the radioactive paints.  They were all told that the paint was harmless, instructed to lick the brush to form a point, and then to hand paint the numbers on the clock face - “Lip, Dip, and Paint”. It was used because it glowed in the dark. Many got sick and died from the exposure to radiation but were told by the company doctors that they had Syphilis.  A few conscientious gals found a lawyer to represent them, took on the company, and sued for damages due to labor abuse and helped to establish industrial safety guidelines in this country.  The case was settled in favor of the Radium Girls. Future dial painters were provided with protective gear and instructions in proper safety standards. Radium continued to be used in clock faces until the 1960s.  It is said that a Geiger counter placed over the grave of a Radium girl would continue to detect radiation forever. 

Lily Tomlin was one of the directors and I thought the movie was very well done and accurately depicted the era.  Just another example of corporate greed and it’s all about the money.

I signed up for a craft night on Wednesday and actually got to meet a few women. It was a ‘distanced and masked’ activity but we were certainly not 6 feet apart. We made a paper valentine that turned out to be rather cute. I sat at a table with Linda and we got to talking about our reasons for being here - our kids and grandkids - and learned that her family are neighbors to my family and know each other. They live about a block apart. What a small world it is - I love those stories.

There were rumors going around that management and maintenance staff may be in quarantine due to COVID exposure - I’m glad that I haven’t had any contact with them. I really wish that this information would be disclosed to residents - some felt that it would cause panic, but I would rather be informed than be ignorant.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Friday, January 22, 2021

The days run on and not much happens but night falls and I wonder where the day went. I’m usually able to stay busy, sometimes getting a nap in to fill a gap. I’ve spent quite a bit of time on the phone this week, catching up with family and friends and I managed to work out in the recently reopened fitness room one day. There was nobody else in there, masks are required, and there are sanitizing wipes to be used when you are finished with the equipment.  That is really a difficult thing for me to do, I would much rather turn on a fitness video and do a workout in my own apartment.

I watched the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and they pulled it off without riots and protests - there were 25,000 troops guarding the area, streets blocked off, and walls built to protect the White House. There were riots and protests in many other parts of the country. I got a little bit teary when Kamala Harris arrived, quite a big deal to me to have the first woman Vice President, the first person of color be the Vice President, and I look forward to seeing how that team does. President Biden started off on that same day by reversing several of the executive orders that Trump had signed.

I got a new couch with chaise this weeks - long story.  I was heading for the elevator when I saw a neighbor wrestling this couch out her door and into the hallway. I offered my help and that started a conversation. She had just bought this couch in November but has replaced it and was giving it away free. There was a catch though. There are two small burn holes in the seat, so I asked how that could be when this is strict a non-smoking facility and I was told that a friend who spent the night did it - who knows. It doesn’t smell like cigarettes, nor did her apartment, but she kind of did - you know how it is when you pass a smoker and you can smell the residue.  Anyway, I took the couch and started to research ways to repair the burn holes and I proceeded to set it up in my now crowded apartment, giving it a complete vacuum and wipe it down with a damp cloth.

So then it was necessary to get rid of the other furniture that I had, so I put a poster on the wall in the lobby and it was gone in two days. I like that!

I made a pot of Creamy Wild Rice with Chicken soup for myself and to share with the family, delivered it and spent the afternoon with the girls on Thursday.  Since the weather is expected to turn much colder, we started out by walking to Beard’s Plaisance where they played on the swings and playground. It didn’t matter that the ground was icy and slippery, they had lots of fun. It got a bit dramatic when they were all thirsty and we hadn’t taken and water with us. We made it back home and they all scrambled to get drinks of water. We then played a game of Spoons, ate snacks, they dressed up in Mommy’s fancy dresses, and we all built Lego beach houses - interesting to see the differences in interpretations. 

I rented and watched the movie “Yellow Rose” last night, a story about a Filipina teenager who has to decide whether to stay with her family (sent back to Manila by ICE) or to leave Texas to become a country music singer.  She is encouraged by Dale Watson who also acts, directs, and writes the song track.  I heard about it a couple of years ago, it was recently released, and I finally got around to watching it. I don’t think it is blockbuster material, but I enjoyed it, especially since I am such a big fan of Dale Watson.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Wednesday, January 13, 2020

Another ‘what a day’ to write about. The House of Representatives has voted to impeach Donald Trump for insurrection leading to the violence last week at the Capitol, for the second time during his term, it now goes to the senate.  Information is coming out that several of the extremists who stormed the Capitol last week have been arrested and we are now hearing rumors that it could have been an inside job - meaning that some congress members are suspected of aiding it. The National Capitol and state capitols are gearing up with troops in place, expecting possible violence next week for the inauguration on the 20th.  The Trumpers still believe that the election was fraudulent and was stolen from them - the numbers don’t say that at all, he lost by a sizable number of votes. 

I tried a new recipe today, Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchilada Casserole, doubled it up and took it to Ben and Jill for dinner. I think it was great, will be interesting to hear the family’s feedback. 

Frisco and I got a couple of good walks in this week, as temps have been back up above freezing and we have seen the sunshine a few days.  While walking a stretch of the River to River trail today, I stopped to chat with a man who gave me some information on the trails and also answered my question about what is going on a block away where I have seen some construction going on.  The good news is that the trail is going to connect right across the street behind the library and they are putting a tunnel under Robert Street which is a very busy 4-lane neighborhood street. Also, the construction is a new Hy-Vee going in on the property that was the Thousand Oaks Golf Course that was failing - the privately owned company sold the property recently.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Thursday, January 7, 2020

What a day yesterday was - most important in my life is my brother Randy’s birthday and I started the day by sending him birthday wishes.

As far as America - it is the day that the Congress meets in a joint session to formally count the Electoral College votes for the newly elected President. Biden won with 306 votes to Trump’s 232 votes and today, Congress tallies the votes as submitted by the states.  The problem is that Trump still believes that he won the election, that it was rigged in favor of the Democrats and several Republicans have said that they will challenge the tally of several states, which causes a lengthy delay in which both parties argue and then vote again.  While this was going on, large numbers of protesters were swarming the Capitol and some very violently, breaking windows and doors and forcing their way into the building.  The Congressmen and women were ushered off to a safe place while the violent looters had access to the building, waving confederate flags and looting.  Eventually, DC police, FBI, and the National Guard got control of the situation and a curfew was put in place to get control of the crowds. Later that night, Congress was able to meet and tallied the votes in favor of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.  Trump is accused of inciting the violence and for encouraging it.

What happens next will be interesting as many are calling to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office or to impeach him. The inauguration is scheduled for the 20th of January.

I have started a routine that might help me lose a few pounds. I am doing intermittent fasting where I eat normally for a day, then fasting until dinner time on the next day. We shall see how things work out.  I have also been good about doing the fitness walk videos and taking walks with Frisco.

We have had several days of freezing fog (I had never heard of that before) and it is just beautiful, especially when the sun comes out and the trees are just sparkling and beautiful.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year to ALL and let’s hope there is some success with regard to reducing COVID-19 - a drop in cases and deaths and vaccinations distributed to all who are willing to get them.

I usually take my Christmas decorations down on New Year’s Day but since I had plans to be with 
Ben and his family that day, I took them down on New Year’s Eve instead. I left the apartment to pick up some drapery panels and rods from someone on Marketplace and stopped at Applebee’s and picked up a BBQ rib dinner for my New Year’s Eve meal. And then I talked on the phone and connected with family and friends, basically for the rest of the day and night. I didn’t make it until midnight, headed for bed about 10:00 instead.

I learned this morning that Rene was released and was going back home this morning, she is quite tired but feeling much better and is going to be okay.

The ‘hang the drapes’ project took me all morning, as nothing ever goes smoothly. The first challenge was that the window is 94” wide and there wasn’t a good place to put the center supporting bracket. I ended up mounting it to the valence for the window shade with Command tape and then wiring it to the heating vent in the ceiling for extra reinforcement. I’ve had really good luck with Command tape in the past, so am hoping this will be sufficient. The next challenge was the drapes were a bit too short, so the fix was to take out the hem and restitch, making them just the right length.

I had a nice afternoon with Ben and the family, as we gathered in their back yard around a campfire. We managed to stay relatively warm for 2.5 hours and had some good conversation, a nice way to start the new year.