Friday, August 28, 2020

a virtual walk through the woods...

This is me virtually walking through pristine wooded forest full of huge trees and giant fern...  Actually I'm walking around the circle that goes from my kitchen to my dining room to front room to game room and back to kitchen. I do it 10 times and then up and down the stairs about half a dozen times. That's my daily exercise since we can't walk outside. Think it's 101 F today... possibly 103 by this evening.

Next Tuesday we will be in September. Hard to believe that this pandemic has gone on this long and may go on even longer. Even harder to believe is that some still aren't convinced of it's danger. I guess the only way they will be convinced is if and when it hits home with someone they love.  

My oldest son told me back in the early days of the virus that it wasn't a matter of 'if but when'. I've thought of this a lot.  And lately it's gotten closer... our SIL (83) was in the hospital with Covid, and both my grandson (21)  and grand daughter (18) have young friends that have tested positive. Not 'if but when'...

And the sad thing is that we know so little about the virus. The young ones may not have to be hospitalized, but there are studies showing dangerous long term effects of the virus on the body of both the young and the old. Our 2 DIL's  are nurses and work with Covid patients - so we hear a lot. But if you google 'after effects of Covid 19', you can read how even after recovery there can be devastating long term effects.

And with the schools and colleges opening... well, the spread is not going to be contained.

November is fast approaching. God help us. This year I'm not looking forward to either Thanksgiving nor Christmas... all because we have to endure the 2020 Election first. And no matter how it turns out, there will be chaos. How did we get to this??  

Well, I had no idea what I was going to write about when I started this post...  possibly laugh a bit at my walking through the virtual forest... but I ended up talking about Covid again. Sorry.

Those of you that can get out and enjoy nature, please do it and share it with the rest of us... through pics and posts. Those of you that are able to take car trips to the beach, etc. and continue to maintain social distancing, etc., please continue to share. 

One thing I would like to address here is how important it is not to have personal beliefs referring to either Covid or Politics disrupt your family. Don't go there if it's a hot spot... which it can be to some. Almost all of us have family members who don't share the same beliefs. Agree to disagree. I personally believe that most of us want the same things, but just don't agree on how to get there.

Enough. It's Friday! Happy TGIF! Even though every day seems the same, I still look forward to the weekends - habit I guess. 

I thank God that no family nor friends (neither in Texas nor Louisiana) were affected too badly by Hurricane Laura. And I pray for those whose homes were in the path of that storm...  


Saturday, August 22, 2020

just random thoughts...

Sometimes I think we're living through a Steven Spielberg novel. Some day (if we survive this pandemic, if there aren't other waves, if this is not the beginning of the end), someone will (if not doing so already) write a novel called "2020".  How it will play out is still up in the air. 

I know most of our minds are sashaying back and forth between dwelling on this unprecedented happening as well as not wanting to think, write, or talk about it anymore. 

Well, I happen to run out of books to read last night and picked up one out of a box that used to belong to  my oldest grand daughter. It's called "The Fifth Wave" - an apocalyptic novel to be sure written by Rick Yancey. 

An excerp from the back:

"After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd wave, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd wave, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one." 

OK... definitely not one of my 'feel good' reads. But as I started it out of desperation to read something it did a fairly good job of 'grabbing' me. It seems to be written from the prospective of a young girl trying to survive... and it gives her thoughts (which are kind of funny and very human).

An example: as she's slipping through the gas station at dusk in search of supplies and water...

"Why people grabbed the beer and soda, the cash from the registers, and safe, the rolls of lottery tickets, but left two pallets of drinking water was beyond me. What were they thinking? It's an alien apocalypse! Quick, grab the beer?"

Sound vaguely familiar? "It's a global pandemic! Quick, grab the TP!"

Anyway, I didn't get too far into it before I fell asleep. But it did make me think. 

Concerning this pandemic, there seems to a few possible outcomes:

1. This will eventually end and all will return to normal.
2. This will eventually end and all will not return to normal.
3. This will not end, and new waves will continue to come.
4. This will not end, but we will. 

(I tend to go for the 2nd possibility - but perhaps that's only 'hope' springing eternal)

Forgive me if I ventured into territory most of you are trying to avoid this  morning. It was just all on my mind and I tend to have to get it out.

Our oldest grand daughter just moved into the dorms at college... and it's weighing heavy on my mind. I worry about her safety - heath-wise and otherwise. But for the moment, she is happy. I guess that's a good thing. And she has her masks, knows the dangers, etc. 

Here is a pic she sent:

I hope and pray that the colleges stay virus-free, but it seems almost unavoidable. I am afraid that they will open (as safe as they can make it), then become contaminated due to off campus parties or just young negligence, and then close again. But we are in unprecedented times, we can only hope for the best...

Happy Saturday to all of you. Please don't let my post depress you. I'm determined to make the most of each day that I'm given... if only by writing a few lines, making a few more masks, cooking something wonderful for DH, or even catching another hammerhead shark (on Animal Crossing game!). Stay well and stay safe!


...and just a simple question concerning the disappearance of lysol spray from the face of the earth... shouldn't the company be making tons of it since the consumer demand is such? And if they are, where is it going? Certainly not to the shelves of stores (or not any stores we know).  If you try to order it online, it always says 'out of stock'.  Just another unanswered question.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Living virtually...

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Laptop was in the shop. 

I'm going to share with you how I've been living virtually through the magic of technology.  And believe me, in this day and times - living virtually is the way to go.  Reality at the moment is not much fun. 

Nintendo Switch "Animal Crossing"

my avatar and her wardrobe

Yes, I've got an avatar.  Next is a picture of her in her garden - (something I can't actually have here due to the shade in our back by the creek and the wildlife in the front and back). But in my virtual reality I can garden as much as I want, water my plants, grow flowers, plants, and trees, etc.  I can even share my flowers and fruit with neighbors. We get apples, pears, and coconuts on the island.

beach front property

I can also swim in the ocean (since I don't swim in real life - I love this!), walk the beach at night, fish, catch butterflies, take trips to other islands, play games with other residents, watch the fireworks at night, etc.  

And Joanne, I can also weave! Just got myself a working loom (not saying it's anything like the real thing,  but still the closest I'll ever come to weaving - it works too). The neat thing is that all of these things work. The lamps light, the sewing machine sews, the loom weaves, the espresso machine makes coffee, etc. 

Normally I'm not a gamer. Don't even play cards - and until this was given to me by my grandson (who is an active gamer), I would never have even considered it.  

And for those of you who don't want to play with strangers online, let me tell you that you don't have to do this. I only play with the computer AI's (or whatever they're calledbut you can set it up to play just with the specific friend or friends you want (no one else) - and if you do this, you can visit each other on their personal islands. This could be fun?

Anyway, this is how I've spent the week (without my laptop). Oh, I also did some cooking (made meatballs and spaghetti, and sour cream hatch pepper chicken enchiladas - enough to eat some and freeze some). And finally received the yarn I'd ordered - so started on a blue and white crochet afghan... 

That's been my week... nothing exciting, but OK. The feral kittens are adorable . The 5 of them keep us entertained as they tumble and play with each other.  So far they have stayed close to here - although we know eventually they will wander off. We will miss them.

Hope I didn't bore you overmuch with this game, and perhaps it's my age showing, but I'm impressed with the details and motion involved. I've never played anything like this and find it fascinating.

Anyhow thanks for reading. Please stay well and stay safe. 


Saturday, August 8, 2020

more to deal with...

The school situation is the 'current worry'... do you send your child off into a possibly dangerous situation?  My thought is that if there is a possibility of keeping them at home, do it - to be safe. They can do online classes and even if they get behind for a year - they can always catch up at a later date - whereas if they contact Covid-19, they may never catch up... and your family may never recover. 

I realize that this is just my own opinion. And everyone must make their own choices. Some have little choice - especially if they have to work and have no one to care for their kids. I understand that.

But as important as education is, it's not more important than a child's life (or his parents if he should bring home the virus)

This is where I stand... and if you don't agree, that's fine. I'm happy to agree to disagree.


For those interested, our sister-in-law  (83) who broke her leg and contacted the virus while in the hospital is doing well. She is back home in Houston and seems to be recovering from both situations.


On a sad note, our youngest grand daughter's cat just passed away. Cossette (cat)  was old and it wasn't too unexpected... but still our grand daughter is taking it hard... since the cat has always been there throughout her life. (grand daughter is 7, cat was 15)


And have you sent out any letters or packages lately? Letters and/or packages sent by the USPS seem to be taking a very long time to get to their destinations. I'm guessing it's due to the fact that people are using delivery service more since they aren't getting out and about... and/or there are a shortage of postal workers due to the corona virus? 

A small manila envelope with masks inside took 3 weeks to get to my daughter who lives about 5 hours away but still in Texas. And a package that I mailed a week ago yesterday and paid postage for it to be delivered on Monday still hasn't reached it's destination. Tracking keeps saying "in transit" but it looks like it's stuck in a P.O. in New Orleans and just sitting there since Monday??? I'm not complaining as these are strange times and none of these things were urgent - just noticing and wondering....

Another online grocery order blunder :

dried parsley

I needed a little dried parsley as I use it a lot in cooking - this time I was making some oven roasted garlic new potatoes. Since I use to pick up small quantities (maybe 2 Tablespoons) when we used to shop at Central Market, I didn't know the quantity to ask for online. So I said .2 lbs.... THAT was a mistake! We laughed when we saw the quantity we got. This would last me several years - guess we will share with our neighbors again.

my new philosophy

...and I had to share this next pic with you... as it is too funny:

TP ear-rings !!

As always, thanks for reading.  I hope you all have a wonderful safe healthy weekend!


Saturday, August 1, 2020

White Rabbits! Rabbit! Rabbits!

White Rabbits! White Rabbits! Rabbit! Rabbits!

It's the first of the month and we need all the help we can get with this pandemic. I googled what this actually means and it said:

This is a "superstition found in Britain and North America wherein a person says or repeats the words, "rabbit", "rabbits" and/or "white rabbits" aloud upon waking on the first day of a month, to ensure good luck for the rest of it."

This next one is more to my liking:


Nothing else going on...  so I sent some funnies:

I liked this one!

I do get nervous going to the Senior hours at the grocery store these days...

And lastly for those of us that are not minding the stay at home part, there are many that are having a hard time of it... especially if they're alone. Text them, Skype them, call them, etc. 


(Oh, just for those who may be familiar with the Nintendo Switch game "Animal Crossing" - I now can swim in the ocean!! What fun!)