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Thursday, April 16

These are trying times

9:49am

Mike is on a phone meeting with the high school sports editor in the back office behind two doors across the room and down the hall from me and I can still hear every word he says. He has a big boomy resonant voice- not as deep as Darth Vader but in the team picture.

The landscape crew has been working away in our yard for a couple hours this morning. They removed this odd dirt hump berm that had held these skinny evergreen carrot-shaped trees we had removed when we moved in last March. They also got up on the roof and cleaned all the gutters, re-edged the flower beds, mulched and put sod down. We used Renee Alvarez’s Greenside Up company at the old house for years. They’re such nice guys and do great work for reasonable prices. Our old house yard was MUCH bigger than this current one. 

It’s supposed to snow again today.

I couldn’t go to sleep last night for a long time. I don’t know what the deal was. I’ve been sleeping so good. Maybe my sleep tank was full.

Tuesday, April 14

Knowing

11:16 am 

I have 3 Zoom meetings this afternoon with sixth grade band students: percussion, brass, Woodwinds.I sent them all reminder links yesterday. Tomorrow I’ll send out Zoom meeting reminder links for my fifth graders. Another teacher and I are managing 158 elementary band students from Elgin, South Elgin, Bartlett and Wayne with distance learning daily. We have a shared Google Classroom for each of the two grade levels, I am running the band blog and we’re both doing Zoom group and private lessons. I have six weeks until I retire and it’s dragging by given the situation we’re in. 



Mike is really stressed by everything and it’s becoming increasingly apparent. I don’t know what to do to help make it better. That across the board salary cut really punched him in the gut. That and the stock market. I just feel like I’ve been through so many disasters that this is just another one to get through. 
Hunker  down and grip  tight to the saddle horn an d hang on and it will eventually get better. 

It’s pretty cold and snowing heavily. I brought in the rest of my houseplants that we’re on the front porch and back patio. I’m sure they’re really pissed off and are going to die on me. It’s really to chilly and unpleasant to go out for a walk. I have more bread rising in the kitchen. 



I had a couple more kids request private Zoom lessons this morning so I scheduled them and sent them the links. That should help keep us occupied and out of trouble.

For some reason I’ve been dreaming a lot the past few weeks and I never dream. There’s something weird going on with me it seems. Perhaps some type of spiritual and / or sensory awakening? 

I bought some fresh sweet corn in the husk Saturday to have with Easter dinner Sunday but then forgot it. I’m going to cook it today otherwise it goes bad and starchy. 







11:49 I just cooked the corn on the cob. Really good yellow and white sweet corn. 






Tuesday, December 31

Good old country comfort

It’s a hazy, overcast morning. There’s snow on the ground but the wind isn’t blowing like it was last night. Mike is getting ready to leave for work. He wakes up slowly. I stay out of his way and don’t mess around with him. Any other time I tease him and mess with him but not in the morning. It’s just not productive.

Something is going on with my left eye. Yesterday afternoon it started watering and itching and feeling funny. I thought the was a hair or lash in my eye. It hurt a little and the lower lid looked swollen. That’s the one that had the detached retina. Both eyes are damaged from the lymphoma tumors. During the night I woke up twice with the left eye matted shut with goo. This morning I washed it out and used some steroid eye drops I had. It feels better now but it’s still not back to normal. It’s always something. It’s like my body is a used car with 300,000 miles on all original equipment. Stuff is going to break down and need fixed or duct taped to hold it together. A lot of people around my age have been having joint replacement surgeries. Amazing what they can do now!

We have an inch or two of snow on the ground. Not a big deal. Mike has announced several times he’s going out to shovel in a few minutes. Okay....

My head feels kind of weird. I guess it’s my sinuses and the dry air from the heat being on. Who know? It’s not always the boogey man. I’m on coffee number two. 

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I just went out and helped Mike shovel. He’s still out there because he’s OCD. The driveway is clear, it’s all melting and we both have 4WD vehicles. Good enough is good enough. I just walk away when he starts getting OCD cranked up like his mother. And she drives him nuts with it!










Sunday, December 29

Staying on the right path

As you already know, I love my still morning times. I love the peacefulness and the slow sunrise. I get my best ideas in the morning perhaps because there are fewer distractions. I indulge in my silent alone time. I have been sleeping very well lately on my comfie gel-infused memory foam therapedic super squishy mattress topper, my foam wedge pillow with my dog-bone-shaped neck pillow and my vaporizer going misting eucalyptus essential oil and my Bill Maher Real Time podcasts playing on low. Good sleeping in that big super dark bedroom.
My nightly routine includes a whirlpool tub bath or warm steamy shower, exfoliating with a nubby washcloth, retinol & vitamin C facial cream rubbed in really well, flushing my sinuses with warm salt water with the water pik on gentle, using my Flonase spray, flossing my teeth, brushing with whitening tooth paste, rinsing my teeth with minty fluoride rinse, putting dry skin cream on my neck, chest, arms, legs, feet, putting on fluffy socks and soft stretchy pajamas, pulling my hair back in a big thick soft hair crunchy and lastly putting on a spritz or two of lemon balm essential oil. I’m pretty high maintenance but that all helps me sleep better. I also will use my nebulizer before bed if I remember. 

Today Casey is coming over to watch the last Bears game with Mike. We’re going to the store in a while to buy stuff to make sub sandwiches. I don’t think I’m going to hang around and watch it with them. The Bears suck and I can’t stand it. I’m thinking I’ll go to the lodge and work out and swim. That sounds good. 






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