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SoCS 03-27-21 Work, Work, Work

So Linda gives us a prompt every week and here is today’s:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “run.” Use it as a noun, a verb, use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

Well, I couldn’t run to save my life with these wonky knees of mine, yet somehow they have (so far) been holding up for a ton of yard work yesterday and today! I’m terribly sore and tired, but so happy because I have not been able to make a dent in yard projects for a long time without my knee swelling, or starting to hurt, which stops me in my tracks.

After the “snowmageddon” we were left with a bunch of dead bushes and other plants, and we wanted them gone anyway. So I proceeded to take matters into my own hands and get started on them. Actually, I started last weekend with the three bushes on the driveway side of our house. After exhausting myself on the first two, Dave came out and helped me finish the rest.

This weekend was the three on the opposite side of the house, and they were tougher because of all the ground cover the previous owners had planted. We want all of it gone so we can fill the beds with rock and maybe some potted plants. That way, they can be rescued from the weather once it gets cold again. Anyway, yesterday when I got done, I had overdone it and my back hurt something fierce. I made myself stop for the day and could hardly move last night but we played a few games of pool so we wouldn’t stiffen up from sitting too much. I had a few good runs but quickly ran out of gas! I got this much done yesterday:

Today, I tackled the leaves, but the vines made it hard work and the stumps were in my way. Dave came and used the chainsaw to chop them low to the ground but ran out of gas when it came to chopping and digging them out. I was worn out too, so we got this much done and called it quits. He was already tired from taking Down a humongous bush on the other corner of the house.

Looking better but still a long ways to go. 

Proof of all our hard work

The remainder of the giant red tipped bush that reached all the way to the roof!

All that and laundry too, plus errands and yesterday working my volunteer job. It’s been a pretty productive weekend! Ready for a rest and possibly probably an adult beverage later. 😉

Have a good weekend everyone, peace out! 

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SoCS 03-13-21 Reflections

Linda prompts us with “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “day/week/month/year.” Use one, use them all, use them any way you’d like. OEnjoy!” She also makes a suggestion to “Basically, talk about your last year is what I’m saying …”

I don’t need to go into how horrible last year was for everyone, how no family was unaffected by the pandemic in one way or another. What is different is the way we all handled it. For me, the first week was scary and confusing, until I realized what was going on. Once I knew I would not be a danger to my dad, which took about a week or two, life resumed as normal for me except that lots of places were closed and we were forced to wear a mask everywhere we went in public.
I think it was about this time last year when my husband came home with a few more groceries than usual, “in case we got holed up for several weeks.” I was still in disbelief that that would happen, but I had no idea the craziness that was about to ensue. People went nuts, hoarding toilet paper and hand sanitizer couldn’t be found with a search warrant. Now, it’s everywhere in every size and shape imaginable. I was pissed about the mask thing from day one, and still feel the same way. I won’t go into it again, I’ve covered all that before.
Of course the trickle down effect was awful, as stores dried up and businesses were forced to close. I feared more for the economy than my family’s safety. We have all stayed healthy (at least from COVID) except for a couple of times my brother was exposed and so he stayed home the recommended amount of time. I must have a fabulous immune system because finally, at the super bowl get together I attended this year, I was exposed to a couple that later announced they were positive for the virus. I remained well. As did my husband, thank God. I still didn’t go around my Dad for a few days, because through it all, he is the only one I’ve been scared to have anything happen to because of his age and his heart.

My husband never missed a day of work, because working for the City, he is considered essential. Especially as a leader. Not going to lie, as far as his workplace goes, it was a rough year. Several people were out off and on because of exposure or actually having the virus. One person with very bad underlying issues passed away, just as we thought he was making a comeback. People quit, people got fired, all normal occurrences, yet during this time, it caused much stress.
Through it all, we remained strong, I took my dad everywhere he needed to go, we just had to wear a mask. We never holed up in our house, afraid to come out, see our families, but most of our friends either did, or were busy with their own families, because I have seen very few friends since all of this started. People with new babies or aging parents like mine stayed isolated. We refused to be scared into that kind of behavior. My dad is in his 80’s with Parkinson’s and other issues, but that did not stop me from visiting him several times a week, except for the time I was exposed and the very beginning of the pandemic. He texted me that when he was in the Navy, the flu made its rounds through the ship he was on, but he never got sick. We are truly blessed!
Today, the mask order has been lifted and businesses have been allowed to operate at 100%. Lucky for me, on my birthday weekend, because we went to my favorite Mexican restaurant tonight and it was once again hopping with people. The Stockyards in Ft Worth is a busy place, but last year it looked like a ghost town. Tonight, the streets were packed to celebrate St Patrick’s Day early. Los Vaqueros was once again the party atmosphere it’s always been, and I for one, am thrilled. Our economy needs the boost, and people are happy to see a return to normalcy!

I was lucky enough to conduct life as mostly usual, and here are some highlights in pictures from 2020.


May 29, 2020 My friend Stephanie, her caregiver, Christina and I parasailing in Port Aransas

July 23, 2020 Dave, me, Becky and youngest son, Chris on summer vacation in Port Aransas

Oct. 25, 2020 Celebrating my dad and my youngest son, Chris’s birthdays. Unfortunately, Chris had to work.

Nov 10, 2020 Impromptu trip to Mississippi to visit my Uncle Tony who passed shortly after we left from PKD and heart failure. He is not pictured here. He was in the hospital and we were not allowed to visit.

We also celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas as usual. I’m happy to report that none of these gatherings resulted in any one of us contracting the virus, and there have been many more because my family is close and gets together often. Had we let fear rule, none of this would have been possible. Again, I recognize and thank God for all of our blessings. 🙏

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WOD Challenge & SoCS 02-20-21

I don’t claim to know much

Except I’m sick of the snow and slush!

Too much suffering is not so nice

People can’t drive in the weather and ice!

No water in some places

Or restrictions on it in others

Little food on the store shelves

Makes life difficult for our brothers

I do know this will eventually get better

Once we have some springtime weather!

Say a prayer for those in need

And curse those guilty of corporate greed!

Electric companies are on our last nerve!

May they get what they deserve!

Those who gouge prices may also be damned!

Taking advantage when we are slammed!

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SoCS & WOD Challenge 02-13-21

Time once again for #SoCS where the lovely Linda prompts us with the following:
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “above/below.” Use one, use both, use ’em however they inspire you. Bonus points if you use them both. Enjoy!

Well, it’s less than cheery here right now as we prepare for a rare winter blast. I have not seen my dad in several days, and NOBODY’S going to want to be out tomorrow, so I’m hoping for a visit today since we will have to get out for some much needed supplies.

The seen peeked out above the ⛅️ clouds, and no precipitation is falling yet, but the temps are way below freezing. 🥶

I do not like the idea of going out, but I like to see what I’m buying vs having things delivered. The cat 🐈‍⬛ needs food, I need vodka and groceries, before we get stuck in the house for several more days. How are all of you doing in the deep freeze? I feel bad for my son if he is having to work today, as well as anyone else out in the harsh elements today. The sun gives us a false sense of warmth, so if we’re going, it’s best to go now.
The doggies are wearing their sweaters, and I am sporting a velour track suit jacket and 🧥 as I prepare to venture out. No, the pups aren’t going, lol. They will get a treat before we walk out the door.j

Well, I’m back from errands and since I had not published yet, let me show off my Valentine’s gift Dave bought me while we were out.

My birthstone set in the way that the gemstone moves with the beat of your heart, surrounded by shimmering Diamond accents in an Infinity pendant. 🥰

I wish you could see the movement of the gemstone, but I’d need to take a video to show it. He took me to pick it out so he knew I’d get something I liked. Smart man, huh?! I told him it was not necessary but he wanted to buy me something, and I love it! (My birthstone is Aquamarine)

Once we got home, we barely had time to put the groceries up and Dad texted me to say he had a broken pipe and Sean was not at home, so off we went to help him. When we got there, water was shooting out of the pipe behind the washer in the garage. Ugh. Dave’s temporary fix was to cut and plug the pipe, turn on the faucets to dripping inside and out, until the weather warms up and he can properly fix the pipes. NOT the visit I was intending, but I feel good that we were able to help.

What a mess. Disaster averted, we are back home cuddled up with the doggies to wait for the snow. Peace out, y’all have a fabulous weekend 🤗😘 Oh, and Happy Valentines Day! 💕

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SoCS 02-06-21 Saturday Shenanigans

It’s a windy but sunny afternoon here and Linda has prompted us to talk about flags somewhere in our posts today, so here goes!

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “flag.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

First off, let me share a pic I stole from Facebook demonstrating how windy it is here today. This is a pretty picture my friend Brooke took from our City Hall here in North Richland Hills. The flags are practically standing at attention in the stiff breeze. At least the temps are mild and I was out and about with Dave wearing only a sweater.

Coming home, I snapped a shot of a house that always has their flags out. The were flapping in the gusty winds as well.

Completely off topic, we had lunch at Cafe Medi and I am still stuffed 4 hours later! All I ate was some delicious hummus with warm pita bread and some gyro meat; a mixture of beef 🥩 and lamb 🐑. Yummy 😋

Dave bought the supplies need to mend and repaint our broken patio chairs, but that project will have to wait for a less windy day. I got some new dabbers for doing my Diamond Art and my fingers are itching to get to it. I’m working on an underwater scene that should be pretty when complete! The dabbers have ergonomic grips, so it should make the work more comfortable.

I almost bought a garden chair/kneeler bench kind of thing, but decided to wait. I really want the garden rocker that’s at Home Depot, and this bench thingy was at Lowe’s, but it was cheaper. I need to think on the pros and cons of each first before I decide.


Garden rocker

The leaves are blowing, Dave and the animals are napping, and Josh has a couple of friends over and they are playing pool. Maybe I can sneak in an hour at the craft table (aka my dining table) and watch an episode of Dig on Netflix. Wish me luck and enjoy your weekend folks!

Peace out!