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  1. Janelle, you have given me a dose of the most perfect medicine. I am still laughing. ๐Ÿ˜‚


    To update one thing well two.... I had a covid test on Tuesday (been sick for over a month) and they just called. It is negative!! ๐Ÿ˜Š Second, I DIY made my own tushy wipes and they work wonderfully. Paper towel is easier to find so I have enough to dry lol. Of course no flushing but I feel as clean as a whistle! ๐Ÿ˜


    Janelle, you are a gem. โค๏ธ you!ย 

  2. I've been doing the rain dance Janelle ๐Ÿ˜Š you're welcome. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It's nice to see the rain decided to visit. I too did a double take looking at the cars on the road. Geez, I would not allow me to drive over there! It would not be pretty... I bet I'd off on the side of the road in the floor board crying! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿคฃ

  3. Thanks for all the positive comments and comradery. I've made some short term goals: get this cold kicked and my asthma under control (I need to be as healthy as I can be if Covid ever knocks on my door)... Catch up on my housework as I feel better (I haven't been able to keep on top of it-trying to rest a lot too)... Continue clearing my chain link fence and the areas in front of it of brush, vines, trash, roof tiles?, and cutting all stumps to ground level with my loppers (just doing a bit at a time). Staying home is very agreeable with me. It is easier than dealing with people (weird but true). So I am trying to persist at what fills up my happy glass. I know this will be much easier once I'm all well. It's always good for me to create focus... Make goals/projects and to split these into steps. Feels good to check off a step. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sue things out of our hands so to say are a real anxiety monster. I have worked very hard for the past 5 years to rise above this. For the most part I have... Sometimes my frustration and fear comes from what other people are doing. I have to remind myself that I have 0 control over the actions or I actions of others too. Then I read something that wraps me up in a safe place... The Serenity Prayer. I'm going to do what I should be doing and the rest I'm giving to God. Thank you for listening and the appropriate distance hug. I needed that. โค๏ธ

  5. Kevin you amaze me with your determination and positive scheduling! That hoop house is a work of art and love! Please keep sharing your progress... I very much enjoy your pictures. You and Deb are a great team! Keep up the riding so happy to hear of your improvements. You may not have the issue I do but I keep a journal and have blogged here as well. It helps me to see my true progress. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Oh my goodness I love you Pam! ๐Ÿ˜ You never fail to bring me some cheer. Me and Kitty are completely binge watching Netflix, Amazon video, Hulu, Disney+ and a new streaming option CuriosityStream. I have been fighting a regular cold virus (was tested) that has flared my asthma so add breathing treatments every 4-6 hours. I have almost perfected the complete reversal of when I sleep (up all night/sleep all day) but haha that has been a ongoing struggle for a while. I am listening to a few audio books. I also have been watching YouTube tutorials for crafting. Oh yeah, I watched several yesterday on how to sew face masks for medical workers. These are not the ones that completely block virus but since their is such a shortage crisis my cousin (a nurse) said these are better than what the govt has recommended if they run out (a bandana around the mouth and nose) and I own a sewing machine. I may try to do this. I am also recipe scouting and adding to my "recipes to try" binder. My daughter Hailey has been staying with me. She likes to cook and I clean the dishes so that works out great. I'm playing catch up on anything around the house I may have put off at other times. This gives me encouragement to sanitize, sanitize, sanitize. I have got to download some hidden object games. I love those. Hailey and I spend most if our time doing our own thing. She is 23 so hanging with mom is not her priority right now. Trying to catch toilet paper available to place an order to be delivered. Yep 2 rolls left. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ OH I made my own hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes (cotton rounds) for disinfecting cart handles if I have to really get something or door handles and other highly touched areas. I can't find aloe Vera gel, so I use equal parts aloe Vera juice and 91% alcohol with a few drops of essential oils. I use a small spritzer bottle and a small ziploc plastic container for the cotton rounds. Aloe Vera keeps the alcohol from drying out skin. Works great! BTW the aloe Vera juice is actually used as a health thing to drink so it usually is in the health/diet/protein area and is a huge bottle! That's about it for lately. I love that you have a nice schedule Pam... I need to implement that!ย 

  7. Oh Janelle (((hugs))) I just read this. I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much our little furry friends mean to us. I know the comfort they bring. Ivy will always be a part of you. I know Ivy will be twitching her nose and grinding her teeth watching over you from bunny heaven. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

  8. Janelle I am so happy you have had a positive experience with counseling. I have been to my Psychiatrist every other month for 4 years and started weekly Cognitive Behavior therapy about 2.5 years ago. My Neurologist told me I may always need to go to both due to my CCAS from the stroke. I look forward to our session every week. Angela and Dr. Chalfant are a lifeline to me. I am challenged in many ways when it comes to processing what I experience everyday. When my anxxxiety gets intense I need help and can call Angela. I always feel like I am getting back on track after our sessions and feel so grateful and thankful for them both. You are very right... Sometimes just saying things out loud and now knowing I won't be judged but offered support - nothing can compare. Hugsss.ย 

  9. Kelli I'm so glad you had reactive medical staff. This helps to restore my faith in a medical team truly looking out for the life of another (I have unfortunately had times when I think that was not the case). I am so glad you are home and getting lots of kitty love. He missed his mama. Best of wishes in your coming Dr's visits and lots of love to you and your outstanding medical team! ๐Ÿฅผ๐Ÿ’•

  10. Wow Kevin you are killing it!!!!! Great job!!!!! Happy snowball to you as well... looks like a lot of work but probably good therapy as long as you are careful! I am quite jealous but only to a certain extent...seeing the snow makes me jolly...feeling the cold does not so a picture is wonderful!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Happy to see your blog Kevin! Looking forward to reading your positive goals and progress! This is defintely a great way to utilize the blog. Me...well I think I have leaned on getting any frustrations out of my head and then can type my way through to a better understanding. I'm not sure how helpful it is to others lol but its good for me. Your positive intentions may rub off on many!!! Kudos!!!ย :happy:

  12. Sue I do really relate to your humming. I have for a very long time been a whistler. I have always felt joy from doing so. I am sad to say that I had to have dental work done and have an upper denture...I can no longer whistleย โ˜น๏ธ. But I'm thinking I may take up humming (or hum singing)...worth a shot!ย ๐Ÿ˜Šย I have been praying for those in the midst of the wildfires there in Australia. The entire thing has been so upsetting. I hope this gets much better soon. Here's to the New Year!ย ๐Ÿฅ‚

  13. Pam I am so sorry to hear this. I can't imagine what you're going through. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. So grateful you have been able to update us... God says it is not time yet thank you Lord. I hope you start to feel much better soon and know you are very much loved.ย โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™

  14. I want you all to know regardless of emotional whatever... I am so proud to be in my own place. This has been a long hard battle and I did it! Nothing will take that victory from me. All of the "other stuff" is just coming from my particular disabilities after my stroke... Don't worry I have not forgotten that I am a fighter and can kick some stroke butt lol. Janelle Kitty is still my point of solise. She's on my chest right now making biscuits ๐Ÿ˜Š. Living by myself is opening the hidden doors I keep. There is a lot of quiet and my mind takes advantage. I think it is good. I realize so much that I have a lot of inner healing to do... Not just being a stroke survivor. It is exhausting, locking away emotional pain has only been a bad thing for me. I'm doing some spring cleaning...a very needed task. I just want to say I think so much of each of you. Positively an extension of my family. Haha see I'm a blubbering mess... I'm going through a very emotional sentimental time. I love you guys. โค๏ธ