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Update From Home!

Well, I’ve been home for a week and a half now and I’m still in one piece!  I’m doing a lot of walking around the apartment and in the hall and hardly notice the leg was injured at all.   I think I’m fortunate that the MS seems to have taken care of the brain cell that let’s the pain thru.  Now if it would only do the same for my left shoulder, sore from using that walker!  I’ve considered self amputation but no one seems to want to help me with that.  I’m pretty sure it would require more than the one hand available to perform surgery on myself, not to mention the mess it would make!  Don’t worry, I still have half a brain cell working and that keeps me close to same on most days.

I’ve been keeping kinda busy sewing face masks.  My first plan was to donate them to the local hospital, nursing homes and emergency workers but then I discovered they aren’t accepting home made ones.  Now I’ll just take them down to the office to distribute to anyone who wants them.  Of course I’ll keep a couple myself, especially the UK ones.  And the ones that match my outfits.  A lady is almost always coordinated, you know!  Not that I would know that much about being a lady!  More like a diamond in the rough that will require several decades more to learn to sparkle.  Hey, I need something to do now that I’ve given up trying to bounce!

I went over to Kroger a few days ago, mostly to just get outside for a little while, but also to see if they had any alcohol in stock — the rubbing kind, not the drinking kind.  Although one of the nurses at Hillcrest mentioned something about 190 proof scotch would sanitize things also.  Frankly I didn’t know they made 190 proof anything, but I think I’ll just take her word on that.  Especially since Kroger had some in stock when I got there — with limited amounts, of course, but I got my limit so am still spraying myself and everything that comes into my apartment down with it.

I’m so lucky in many ways.  I decided to take the curtains down from the bathroom shelves and straighten them up as I looked at the supplies I have on hand.  I found so many partially used bottles of liquid soap, bath gel, lotions, and other items  that have been listed as “out of stock” or limited to one bottle, so I’m trying to combine them into fewer bottles and adding water to the empty ones.  That gives me some liquid soap for routine hand washing.  I can remember my mom doing that most of her life.  She grew up during the Great Depression and just never forgot what it was like to have to do without so many things that we all take for granted now.  I guess I absorbed a lot more from her than I ever thought.

I suppose I should shut down now and try to sleep again.  That was all I did for almost a week but now I think I’m all caught up, but I have to do laundry tomorrow and don’t want to fall asleep in public places ever again  Ya’ll take care of yourselves and check in on a neighbor once in a while to see if they are doing okay.    Most of all, please stay safe and well!


Looks Like I Did It Again

I’m beginning to think that computers and I are simply not compatible.  I’m not sure how I got to this place, but when I turned my laptop on today — several hours ago, actually, I got a black, blank screen.  Everything I had seems to have been deleted, including Windows 10!  The worst part is that they now want me to pay to download it again, pay again for updating the drivers that have been lost, pay another time for all other updates…well it just isn’t worth it for me.  If I could figure out how I keep doing this it would be one thing, but to log off one night and try to log on the next day only to find that all information is lost is becoming a bit depressing.  I can’t even get to my computer settings to attempt to find out what’s happening.  Huge sigh!  But ya know something? I’m just too darn stubborn to even think about giving up.  That means if you hear a big roar coming from Kentucky, it will be me blowing my top — again.  I’m really surprised to find any hair at all still attached to my top.  Arrrrgghhhh.  Loud screaming to follow.  Then maybe a phone call to a friend down the hall to see if he can find any of the information for me — again.  Many hours of searching ahead for me tonight!

101_5487Yes, my ice cream churn is getting another workout as I write this.  Funny thing is that you will never know when I go over to add ice and salt to the churn.  For a second hand item, it really works well and I can feed my ice cream cravings any time I feel the urge.  I discovered this will have to work for all cravings for now.  My feet are swelling lately from too much salt intake (sour cream and onion chips). I think if I read the label on the bag I would see that salt is the first ingredient listed, probably followed by a few other unwanted ingredients before I would come to potatoes.  I definitely need a change in diet here.

Okay,  no more stalling.  Have to get back to my computer problems, but only after I eat a quart of the ice cream that is finished now.  Yep, I can hear it calling my name and getting louder the longer I ignore it.  Later (I hope) if I can find my computer programs again and make it easier to find the places I want to go.  I’m getting sleepy just thinking about it.  Later.  A

Brain Freeze

101_5487How many of you know what this is?   I’m betting my cousins can identify it even though it is a poor imitation of the old bucket and crank ice cream freezer Papa used almost every Sunday during the summer while we were growing up.  Yes, here only three weeks before Christmas and I’m making ice cream.  Ya wouldn’t know it is December 4 by the weather we are having around here.  Went over to the grocery today to pick up a few things, and while the temperature was warm, we had a headwind outside the building.  I’m calling it a headwind because it blew the hat right off my head.  A potential disaster foiled by a handy concrete post located in our parking lot.  Disaster because it is one of my favorite hats, but some people out smoking near the dumpster saw it and gave chase, catching up to it only because of that post.  I made it to the grocery okay after that, with my right hand controlling the power chair and the left hand hanging onto my hat!




Look good?  It is good, home made vanilla ice cream using home made vanilla extract.  It just doesn’t get any better than this — unless it should be following some of my home made brown ‘n’ serve rolls.  Think I’ll wait til tomorrow to make the rolls, though.  I give those as Christmas gifts to almost everyone in the family.  I now have a couple dozen new “family” members who have asked to be added to the list of cousins that was already pretty long.  The recipe is at least 75 years old, passed down thru the generations.  I’ve been making them for more years than I want to remember.  Until I began using the bread machine to do the job of mixing and kneading the dough I had more losing battles wit  It is a definite improvement for the shoulders.  All I really have to do is let the dough set a few minutes to relax, then roll it out and use my pizza cutter to form the rolls, bake a few minutes on very low, again to set the rolls before cooling  and freezing.

Gonna head toward my nest right now, after I get the dishes put in the dishwasher.  Tomorrow I’ll have some rolls before my ice cream.  A.