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    BW, yes I have done the pork in the crock pot before, and it is great that way, but with nicer weather coming --and a lot of branches in the back yard -- I will probably smoke this one. Cook dinner on free fuel and clean up the yard at the same time. Hope you get all your deals today!

    Rujerro, hugs for you and your family. Hope you guys stay virus free this season. Ask about getting a supply of steroids from your doctor. You know your symptoms, it's a repeat problem for your kids, and you could avoid the hospital if a crisis happens.

    I'm looking forward to having a clean basement that doesn't make me sneeze every time I go into it. It would be fun to compare progress if you guys decide to finish off yours too.

    Jettsmom, hope you're able to get what you need to be pain free and have your energy back. The nutrition class sounds interesting. I have always wanted DH to take one, but since I do the cooking I'm the one that ends up doing the learning. Let us know if you come across any good recipes.

    It was chilly here this morning but warming up nicely. Going to have a week of spring-like weather. Tornado drills tomorrow. I don't think winter is done yet, but I could be wrong. We often get late spring snow. Planning to tak advantage of the weather and do some yard clean up.

    Chicken and broccoli in black bean sauce, with rice, for dinner.
    Stop trying to organize all of your family’s crap. If organization worked for you, you’d have rocked it by now. It’s time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

    If you're not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You're not going to start using it more by shoving it into a closet.

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    Got everything done today. Got a ton of various kinds of lettuce from the soup kitchen. Shared with all my neighbors. Also got red potatoes, apples, eggplant dried beans, peppers, onions.

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    It was almost 80 here today......suppose to have a cold front coming in sometime this week.

    rujerro - it's scary out there....they say to wash your hands and keep from touching your face. I come in from being out and I wash my hands immediately. I am staying in as much as possible. People who don't know our health history think we are crazy but we just can't take chances. I am stocked up with clorex , wipes, and purell, and cleaning products....I just hope things don't get as bad as they are predicting..

    GB I am in Houston. I would give anything to move to the country. I grew up in the country in upstate NY.....my husband is a city boy and now, it's too late to move. Got to think of how far is the hospital, how far to doctors offices, how far to grocery stores, how fast can an ambulance get to us, etc. etc.

    Jettsmom has your doctor checked your thyroid? I had same problem and it was thyroid. Now, I'm just old and wearing down....no energy....

    CH I miss having a basement....it's great for extra room and for storage.....here we just have a garage....and it's full...
    Ran downtown today to pick up my auction win....got myself a taser flashlight. I am moving much slower these days and thought it might be good to have one when I am out....I got all the grandkid one for Christmas.

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    BookwormPeg, my son and daughter-in-law use to live in Pearland. They are in Austin now. I am in a rural area, but very close to Dallas and Ft. Worth.

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    Rain overnight but it has cleared out. May be able to get some more yard work done. Voting today and cleaning afterward. Dog food order came and had to clean/rearrange to store it all. Need to go through pantry and tidy/organize. Dog was bathed yesterday and trying to keep him clean for 24 more hours! Not sure about supper, still have leftovers if hubby is agreeable, otherwise I guess I will look for chicken in the freezer.

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    After working in the flower beds for two days, my muscles are screaming. Heavy rain is coming my way, so probably will wait a couple of days before I try and work on my big native bed. Going to get a much needed haircut. Probably will bake DH something today.Thats about it for me.

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    Chilly this morning but warming up. Going to be a nice spring day. Will open windows later for some fresh air. They are doing tornado drills today, in about an hour, severe weather season has started. I have started a new habit, using the hand held vacuum every day. It is good for about two minutes before the charge on it goes, so I get one corner or a piece of furniture cleaned up and don't feel like I'm spending all day cleaning. Going to work in the yard later, got bulbs to plant, weeds to spray, more branches to move.

    Want to go by the grocery store later and get a few things from the sale that I missed on the weekend. The news this morning said people were buying more bleach and cleaning wipes. I'm not panicking, but I need more wipes. Had two sick cats this morning and we use those to clean the floor after. We've been using a lot to clean mold off stuff in the basement, too.

    GB, what are you planting in your native bed? I'm always looking for species that grow in hot dry conditions. Even though my zone is different, that side of my house get the blistering afternoon sun and it's hard to find plants that do well there in summer.
    Stop trying to organize all of your family’s crap. If organization worked for you, you’d have rocked it by now. It’s time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

    If you're not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You're not going to start using it more by shoving it into a closet.

    Use it up, Wear it out,
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    Went to the doctor yesterday. My heart is good. They did an EKG. SOmetimes I think it is sympathy pains. I do have plantar fasciitis in my left foot. Some kind of muscle strain/ injury in my left arm. That could have beeen from falling 2 years ago. I hit both arms pretty hard when I fell. He gave me a couple of sheets of exercises to do. Also told me to go walk around the block 3-5 times a week. Yeah, with a sore foot. Okay. It doesn't hurt all the time. Maybe looking at some shoe inserts for the problem. A nurse, while dh was in the hospital, swears by the inserts. He said they were just cheap ones on amazon. I've been on thyroid meds for a while now. Didn't help with energy or weight loss. I'm just getting old too. I do think proper sleep and exercise will help.

    CH - The diabetes class tonight looks a bit boring, the second one is on healthy eating, and the third is recipe substitution, healthy options. Hopefully it won't be too bad. If you have a Hyvee store near you, they may have diabetes education there. I know that my store has a store tour that is free that helps you find healthy food for diabetes and heart. You can also pay to meet with a dietician for one on one.

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    Jettsmom, sounds like you are achy all over. Yes, it does seem counterintuitive, but walking will help loosen up the tendons in your foot and help it heal. But like all tendon injuries, it can take weeks. Definitely get more sleep if you can, the body only generates growth hormones (for healing) while you sleep. I am trying to get to bed an hour early every night this week to get ready for the clock/time change this weekend. Hope you feel better soon.

    Got my new crocus bulbs planted. First time they haven't sat around for weeks waiting for a nice day. It's already up to 62 out, can you believe it? Pulled up a bunch of wandering honeysuckle, too.

    Egg salad sandwiches for dinner. Maybe a salad or some greens too.
    Stop trying to organize all of your family’s crap. If organization worked for you, you’d have rocked it by now. It’s time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

    If you're not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You're not going to start using it more by shoving it into a closet.

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    In the 70's again today. Ran out to FD and picked up some cleaning supplies....husband wasn't happy with what I had....picked up extra for my two grandsons who live on their own. This FD was clean, things were marked, and cashier was friendly. Usually the stores are a mess...

    Worked on my pencil packs last nite. Got ten done for the month. Got another 144 dental floss for my pencil packs.

    Got approval for my shots for my oa but not sure if I will go with this or note...it's very expensive....waiting for insurance to call me.

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    I had a planned stop at Costco today, it was near where I was working and I am almost out of toilet paper and dog food. I was worried it was going to be a zoo but it was fine, normal amount of people. I always pick up two packs of toilet paper when I am almost running out, this way it lasts us about 14 months or so and I don't have to go to that part of the store or drag it home again for awhile. I was telling my sister that I was getting some pretty funny looks, I think people thought I was really concerned about the corona virus, picking up two packs of toilet paper! I do this with other things like garbage bags, laundry detergent and dish washer detergent, as long as I'm dragging it home, I buy a years worth.
    I'm too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener.

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    Rabbit, I haven't been to Costco in a very long time, but we always loaded up on stuff from there. 25lb bags of rice, 3-pack of bread, multiple packs of TP and paper towels, giant frozen lasagna dinners, massive bags of cat litter, etc.

    Went grocery shopping this morning, wanted to get some fish on sale. Bought two giant bags of splenda -- if DH has to work from home he will drink a lot of tea-- and more wipes because both cats were sick this morning. Didn't see anyone else loading their cart, but the bleach and wipes shelves were noticeably light on products. Not a lot of people shopping in general, but it is mid-week and the new sale starts tomorrow. It was announced this morning that two more people are in home quarantine locally and ~20 are being monitored by local health officials.
    Stop trying to organize all of your family’s crap. If organization worked for you, you’d have rocked it by now. It’s time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

    If you're not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You're not going to start using it more by shoving it into a closet.

    Use it up, Wear it out,
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    Because we, the people, have the power to build a better future. KH

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    weird I keep having data base errors and then repeats of posts. ch wipes are great for cats aren't they! It doesn't get as hot as Texas for sure but we get lots of humidity which we can handle but heat on top of it... mid 80s just too much and our house gets the sun all day. When we went to Orlando in May a couple of years ago..they were it is a nice spring day..but our top heat...humidity no problem. but when we went to Vegas in Dec and they were you are in spring clothes, and even in feb last year spring weather for us. when we open our pools they close them lol so won't be used all the time but when we need it and not keeping it real low. Our house is great for retaining heat too. wonderful for winter not for summer. using money we got from mil. plus was a good deal from home show. 30% off which is why we needed to have it done within a certain time because that price doesn't stay.

    of course it happened today and cold damp and rain. house was pretty cold after hours of doors open and no heat. still allergies. we have to do more exercise too. have had enough physio to know you need to keep up the gentle exercise. took my mom to specialist appt , library and grocery store we hadn't been too for a while. good place cheap veggies etc deli farm market.. got goodies and some my exp dutch gouda cheese plus a bunch of meat ends etc. some treats. did a trip w scouts to animal shelter passed another place last night hadn't been for a while no frills. needed some things veggies etc. goodies $4 for 18 ice creams for kids. but though didn't need it they were bare of tp etc. but spent $150 between them and $100 on amazon $100 of that kcups for dh and me. cheapest place for mine is amazon.

    apparently our new thermostat is so fancy will contact you via cell, can sense when we are home and do special temp etc. all stuff we have no interest in ...just turn up and down is good enough for us. can you tell we are from a different generation lol

    too cold for gardening just cleaning up more suet blocks out for birds. housework etc. but made two pumpkin loaf mixes from costco for workers today and rest will be for family and moms group snack and meeting friends for lunch. plus other library. just finished watching Harriet , Terminator Dark fate and Takers from library today. plus got my holds at one for gardening , kids stuff, crafts and cozy mysteries.

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    DS2 is sick and coughing. Said people on the train are the same way. Sounds like he's getting better with not as much congestion. He wants his pillow washed, which I'll do later. I wiped his room and the house with disinfectant.

    I have chicken soup in the crockpot. Asked DH to bring home a piece of chicken. DS2 wants that for dinner and I hope it helps.

    DH got his license renewed and it was a madhouse. If you don't bring eye exam paperwork from the last 3 years, you'll be tested. I need an exam anyways but know one eye needs surgery. I had planned on getting surgery this year. We'll see what the eye doc says and bring the papers to the DMV when I need to renew my license.

    DS2 has holes in his clothing and asked for more. He doesn't ask for anything unless it's necessary. I went online and I ended up getting items for him and me- 4 hoodies, 2 pr jeans and 2 pr. underwear for $103 total. Shipping was free and tax was $5.

    I finally got my refund from the therapy. I'll pay bills with it.

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    We had one case of Covid here and the person was told to stay home. So what did they do, went to a party at a bar/restaurant. Now we have two cases. And the first person worked in a healthcare facility, should have known better.
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