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June 14, 2024 @ 21:40 Typing is difficult tonight, this will be short – I pushed myself too far today with my hand…anyway I did get a lot done so it may have been worth it? Loads of laundry – shopping at 2 places on my own – dishes – cooking – etc. Now I’m done and ready to turn in so I will see you in the morning, have a good night friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Family Follies ~ Myrtle Garden Update Video ~ What I Ate Today

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June 14, 2024 @ 09:11 Up before my alarm, which I actually only set to be sure I didn’t sleep in since we have things to do. Maisie has a grooming appointment at 11:00, Pete has an appointment later in the afternoon, and I have no plans other than the usual stuff. For some reason Maisie has been eating one of my marigolds, there is one plant that she was chewing on so I put it outside of the fence and now she’s working on a marigold! That means just opening the door for them to spend time in the yard is likely not going to be happening much unless I’m sitting outside with her. On another topic, they were talking on one of Pete’s nets today about the weather, and saying we are supposed to have temps of 100-110Β°F next week. I don’t think I’ve ever been in that kind of heat before. Pete will make sure that the generators are in good working order in case there’s a power outage, and we won’t be going outside for anything, anytime. (Good thing the dogs are paper trained, for situations such as this!) But that is a next week, and a lot can happen between now and then, so I won’t worry about it now. In fact, I won’t worry about it at all, no point. Anyway, already got Friday Follies up and my 3 dailies updated so here we are, I’ll finish my coffee and then see what’s next. Happy Friday, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽ΅πŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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June 13 @ 21:41 (!) Very laid-back day today. Unable to do much. Slept much of the afternoon. It was hot so the air-conditioning was on, so it was comfortable in here. I didn’t do laundry but it is going to be back in the 70s the next couple of days, much better for being outside and hanging laundry. Easy supper tonight, 10 minutes and done. I was looking at videos online a few weeks ago, people were making pictures with tiny beads and they were gorgeous! I don’t have a visually creative bone in my body but these fascinated me, and today I spent probably an hour at Paint With Diamonds dreaming. Such beautiful patterns they have! I saw plenty that I would love make…if my dominant hand worked and my hands didn’t shake and I had space for a table and spine that doesn’t prohibit me from certain seated positions and what would I do with them after…and…and…but they sure are gorgeous! I think I will watch more videos when I go to bed, that site has me thinking about it a lot now! Anyway, time for me to shut down for the day and I will see you in the morning, good night friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Don’s Guest Post ~ Thursday Thrilliance ~ What I Ate Today

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June 13, 2024 @ 11:19 First, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DON! I hope you have a great day today, you are definitely worth celebrating to us!
Today will be another hot one, in the mid 80’s. We did get rain this morning – right after Pete went out and watered the garden of course! I have no plans, but I did play my keyboard briefly this morning…when I woke up and used the shark-toothed-can thingy to puncture the top of my evaporated milk my fingers actually wrapped around the handle! Not with a whole lot of strength, but they “heard me” so I dropped everything and went to my keyboard, and was able to get through a few songs (though my fingers weren’t in a good position, hitting the keys willy-nilly, they did move to hit the right keys) before totally losing strength. Those few minutes may seem minor but to me they were a massive breakthrough and I am praising God for them! My fingers CAN still do that much and that is HUGE! πŸ™ŒβœοΈπŸ‘‘βœοΈπŸ™Œ And that is what I have to report today – praise, and hope!

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June 12, 2024 @ 20:35 Short update tonight, I’ve been trying to force my hand to work today and my whole arm is sore…I type only minimally, mostly just here on my sites because it is so difficult I haven’t been doing emails or social media but I’m really trying to make my fingers move by sheer force of will. It isn’t working. But that won’t stop me from trying! J&E came today and did their usual fantastic work, other than that I haven’t done much, but I did get my bread made at least, it is a keto loaf this time and though I only had a couple of bites it is quite good for a change from the carnivore loaves! Tomorrow I will have toast – I love toast! It was very hot out so I stayed in today but in the morning, unless we get rain tonight, I will get out and water the garden before it gets too warm. Maybe do a load of laundry yet tonight to hang outside early in the morning too…anyway, not a whole lot to report, so I will see you tomorrow. Sleep well, friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Wednesday Wags ~ Wowee Wednesday ~ What I Ate Today

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June 12, 2024 @ 10:23 πŸ₯³πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽŠπŸͺ©πŸŽŠπŸŽπŸŽ‚πŸ₯³ HAPPY BIRTHDAY GWEN πŸ₯³πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽŠπŸͺ©πŸŽŠπŸŽπŸŽ‚πŸ₯³ My amazing sister and bestest friend EVER, I can’t imagine how different life would have been without you, had our mother not eaten that gingerbread on the 11th! I LOVE YOU and hopEe your day is WONDERFUL in EVERY WAY❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️
Well it will be a good day! J&E are coming, that is always a highlight of our week, and the sun is shining…the PoiBoiz will get to try out their new cages today so that their homes can get a good cleaning outside, and I need Emma’s special talents since I haven’t been able to do much of anything around here this week, or at least not well! I half expect her to say, “Golly” when she comes in today hahaha! (She never would!) I would like to make a quick run to one of the Amish stores that we didn’t get to yesterday for a couple of things but we will see if I can do it or not…I will try. I don’t know what else will be on the schedule, I have some pork belly out of the freezer for my meal, and am pretty determined to get my bread made today. Other than that, who knows? But it will be a good one, if I have anything to say about itβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽ΅πŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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June 11, 2024 @ 20:59 Today was a busy day as I expected it would be, Pete had his two appointments, and we stopped to refill our water jugs and had lunch in between. Pete was doing pretty well until after his 2nd appointment, then the pain in his knee was, in his words, “excruciating”. He said if we had to go just a few more miles he would have gotten out of the car and walked. Riding is terrible for him, there isn’t even a tiny bit of comfort to be had. Anyway, we got home and laid down so that he could elevate his leg with ice on the knee, and his sister called to say she wanted to come over; he said that would be fine, and went outside to sit and wait for her (and a friend of hers). I fell asleep – of course – and when I woke up he was coming in. They had never showed up, and he sat out in a lawn chair for 3 hours watching TV on his phone waiting. She didn’t call or text until he told her he couldn’t sit up anymore and had to lay down with his drugs, elevation, and ice. She said she’d run across an accident, and had gotten to our town but then got lost, then turned around and went to their sister’s house (over an hour away)…needless to say he is absolutely miserable but I think he finally fell asleep now. I hope so…not sure why she didn’t let him know before he asked but it’s history now, can’t do anything about it, she must have no idea what he’s going through…anyway, I tried to play my keyboard again tonight, stupid to even try, and played with the PoiBoiz for a while before sitting down to finish out my day with you. And I will see you in the morning, sleep well friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Tuesday Titters ~ Tuesday Truths ~ What I Ate Today

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UPDATED my Health page! [JesusIsLord]

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Sitting in the parking lot while Pete is in his appointment…just wondering how this woman didn’t see that she’s only halfway in that parking spot? 🫣

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June 11, 2024 @ 08:29 Beautiful sunshine this morning, high going to be 70Β°F and we’ll be out and about. Probably will go out for lunch, though Pete really has a lot of pain when he has to sit in a booth or at a table, he only seems comfortable in his recliner or on the bed; he can manage in the car with the seat half-reclined but only just. When we get HoWie back I think he will travel more easily with the furniture that Bill is installing, but then again by then hopefully Pete will be managing more easily and comfortably…anyway, we can always pick up something to eat and then eat in the car, one of his appointments is mid-morning and the other is mid-afternoon. I’d like to go to a thrift store while we’re down in the city but we’ll see how we feel, I have my scwalker of course but it will be up to how Pete feels. Either way, we will be together and it is a beautiful day so it will be a good one, right? Got my 3 daily updates done, will go work on at least one of the meme-based posts and if I have time will get them both (Titters and Truths) done; otherwise one will wait until later. Have a great day friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽ΅πŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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June 10, 2024 @ 22:20 Did a lot today, wiped out tonight! But it was a good day, beautiful weather too. I never really got hungry today so I kind of nibbled, didn’t have to cook either. Going to get into the low 40s tonight, will be happy to leave the heat pump on (we just set it at 64Β°F to keep the chill out of the air). Pete has a couple of appointments tomorrow so I will probably go with him since I didn’t make it to the stores today, we might be able to go to a thrift store or two, too! It will be a good day! I guess that’s about it for me tonight, no nap and I’m tired so I will see you in the morning, friends…good night❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Monday Media ~ Myrtle ~ What I Ate Today

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June 10, 2024 @ 04:29 Thought I’d do a quick afternoon update, it is such a gorgeous day outside! I’ve accomplished a little today, did all of the blog stuff I’d planned to do, then a short video of Myrtle’s garden which is up on her page, a couple loads of laundry, and am about to do the dishes after a short break with a cup of ginger-turmeric tea with cinnamon. Pete is sleeping in his chair with ice on his knee. About to do the dishes. Haven’t figured out supper yet. Guess I should go do that, eh???

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June 10, 2024 @ 11:13 I’ve actually already been up for a couple of hours! Had my coffee while I added a new trial Monday Media feature to the blog; let me know if you think I should continue it? Also got my “daily 3” (new Bible verse above, updated the “today is…” and the daily video sections) done, checked new comments, visited my happy placestill more to do but will likely do some other things until I need a break again. Supposed to be a beautiful day today, weather-wise, with a high of 68Β°F and lots of sunshine; the entire week is supposed to be beautiful in fact, though it will be rising up into the 80s. We had plenty of rain over the weekend, now will get plenty of sunshine, so Myrtle’s Garden should be quite happy! Maybe I should grab some new pics this morning and again on Friday… Anyway, planning to get out today, also do some laundry, also the dishes and making my bread – which I STILL haven’t gotten to – πŸ™„ – oh, who am I kidding? I will just see what I can do and the rest will have to wait! πŸ˜‰ I’d better get started though, or everything will have to wait! 😁 So I’ll get on with my day, and will see you later friends…have a great oneβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽ΅πŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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June 9, 2024 @ 21:15 Today was a pretty good day, I worked on my sites and my files, made a pasta salad, watched some videos, and fell asleep on my daybed (surprise!). As a result, not a lot to report…although I found it interesting that I had just seen – and saved – a little video of a critter that Don mentioned in tonight’s guest post, so I will be using that clip for tomorrow’s daily video. Coincidence? (I don’t really believe in coincidences.) Tempted to put it up tonight but will make myself wait. It got super-windy today so I didn’t get out much, but Pete did, in fact he drove his lawn tractor down to the river to take a photo so I could see it, which was nice of him. But he’s always nice πŸ˜‰. Tomorrow has nothing on the books that I know of but I could be wrong, hoping to be more productive tomorrow, as always we shall see but for tonight, a good night’s sleep is in order for sure! I hope that same for you, whatever your Monday will hold…good night, friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Supernal Sunday ~ Don’s Guest Post ~ ChiaChow Chat ~ What I Ate Today

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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June 9, 2024 @ 11:31 It is a sunny windy day outside so far, with an expected high of 70Β°F. Didn’t make any plans, other than the usual stuff, but will just do what I’m able. Would love to spend time outside, though, after our rainy day yesterday! Lots of things I COULD do, if I CAN do, we’ll see! The sun is out, the wildlife in the yard is thriving, I have love in my life and music in my heart, and God is on His throne though…what more could I ask for? Psalm 73:26 is on my mind todayAnyway, it will be a good day, as good as I can make it! And I hope the same for you, my friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽ΅πŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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June 8, 2024 @ 21:27 Today passed fairly quickly! Got a much-needed nap this afternoon, lovely to sleep when it’s raining! But also accomplished some things. Spent time with my Enya ukulele and that was fun (no sub for my keyboard but it is always good to make music), made Pete’s supper with his help – I did manage to slice the vegetables but he had to cut the rabbit in half, then I seasoned and roasted it; worked with my files a lot, put up a couple of posts AND got Supernal Sunday done as the Spirit led, it will go live in the morning; I am working on files for a trial “Monday Media” post and did quite a bit of that today…and other bits and bobs. Pete’s been watching TV or sleeping today but also did have some productive times. It was a nice day together. I didn’t get my bread made but did get some laundry done, so there’s that. Anyway I will see you tomorrow, have a good night, friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Caturday ~ Senior Saturday ~ What I Ate Today

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June 8, 2024 @ 10:23 I got up early today (07:23) and listened to Pete’s net with him, and played with the PoiBoiz, and had my coffee. We have nothing planned today so will see what happens. It started out sunny but supposed to rain later this afternoon. Expected high in the upper 60s but it is already 65Β°F. I plan to make a simple keto bread if I can, Pete said he will knead for me. Also have a lot of veggies to chop for his supper that I may or may not need him to chop; still adjusting to this whole doing-everything-with-my-left-hand situation. Had a nice phone call with Casey this morning, we don’t have enough of those…might do a little laundry. Not sure what else the day will hold but you will hear about it here tonight no doubt! Happy Saturday, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽ΅πŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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June 7, 2024 @ 22:39 I slept a lot today but am really whipped so this will be short. It turned out to be a beautiful day though, so we could have the door open and Chuy spent a lot of time in his yard. I was able to get out and do a new video of Myrtle’s Garden since there have been so many changes. And that is about it, just very fatiqued so I want a good night’s sleep to have energy for whatever tomorrow holds. I will see you in the morning❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Friday Funnies ~ Myrtle’s Garden Update ~ What I Ate Today

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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June 7, 2024 @ 08:45 I am up early today, woke up smelling the coffee and had to have some. Pete is on his nets of course, and I enjoy listening to those. Want to spend time making music today so will be pulling out all the stops to make that happen, I think I’ll be using my pink ukulele – the Enya – because it is easiest to play. My resonator uke, which has such a lovely sound, is having a hard time staying in tune for some reason so I will need to get out my tiny screwdriver and do some peg tightening there; I love playing my baritone but have played it so much that my other ukes are feeling left out hahaha! Also Emma put together the PoiBoiz’ travel cages that they’ll use in HoWie so they’re here in the living room for “da boids” to get used to, we’ll work a bit with that, let them sit on them or whatever, and that’s about it. Don’t have to cook today but would like to make some more bread, this will be a keto, seed-based loaf rather than carnivore, of the sort that I always made back in the early days of my healthy eating (2004 and onward) so I’m looking forward to that, with my cottage bacon, rotisserie chicken, and greens from Myrtle’s garden will be my main meal. It is supposed to be nice and cool, in the 60s, and rain later, a good day for a good sandwich! And I will see you later, friends…happy Fridayβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽ΅πŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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UPDATED my Health page! [JesusIsLord]

(video update)

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June 6, 2024 @ 23:32 (!) Today was a very busy day! To pick up where I left off, J&E were here a long time today. Soon after they left one of Pete’s friends came by and visited for a couple of hours…by that time we were starving and I absolutely wasn’t up for cooking so we ran down to Clare for a bite. When we got home I fired up my laptop to start working on getting Don’s guest post up, and 3 hours later when I opened my eyes it was dark out and Pete was in bed! So I took care of the PoiBois and fixed some issues on this site (that I had unwittingly caused earlier) and finished getting Don’s post up while I had a cup of (decaf chocolate hazelnut) tea. Made the video I’d promised earlier and got that posted too…and that’s been my day. How was yours? I guess I will shut down now and chill, and will see you in the morning, good night❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Don’s Guest Post ~ Health ~ What I Eat

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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June 6,2024 @ 12:53 It has been a beautiful day until now when the clouds are starting to roll in, there’s a chance of rain and thunderstorms this afternoon. J&E are here, Jared is working on a big project outside and Emma has some extra things to do inside that I can’t do but usually handle myself. (I will make a video for my health page to share some of the things that are going on later.) So they will be here a long time today. Pete had his PT today and is exhausted, laying on the bed with his knee iced. I’m going to make a loaf of bread, though it will be keto but not carnivore, to replace the one that the dogs ate yesterday; I’d made a fresh loaf on Tuesday, planned to eat a sandwich when I got home yesterday but while I was gone Chuy got on the counter, dragged it down to the floor, and all I had when I was ready to eat was some plastic with tooth holes in it! So aggravating, we thought we had everything put up in the microwave before we left…anyway, besides my daily updates (video, inspiration, day of the month) and Don’s guest post and my health video; no other plans today, waiting for callbacks from doctors for appointments, so don’t want to get involved with anything even if I could. Did some laundry though, and the dishes, so the day isn’t totally wasted! And maybe I’ll pick up a uke for a while too! Anyway, it will be a good day nonetheless, and I will see you laterβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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June 5, 2024 @ 21:42 (!) I did some laundry during the first half of the day, and the “usual stuff” I do when I can’t move around…then when I went out for my haircut – oh WAIT, can I please interrupt myself here? Oh of course I can, it’s MY site…anyway I have been looking for several years for someone to cut my hair according to my preferences. I have ALWAYS gotten, “Are you SURE? ” followed by all the reasons I shouldn’t get my hair cut as I want it, or, “OK I can do that” followed by something that isn’t anything like I requested, or, “OK, but I’m sure you won’t like it!” and so forth. Even with the ONE person that actually claimed she was doing what I wanted, I got a terrible cut! Meanwhile, I have driven past one small place, in a home, hundreds of times and thought about calling there, but didn’t for some reason, until Monday. And got an appointment for today. And Darrell did a PERFECT job!! Better than anyone else EVER! He was friendly and very nice but also quite focused on what he was doing, and showed me multiple times so that I could let him know if he was doing what I wanted…I AM THRILLED!!! I can’t even find single long straggler, and he got the entire head of hair even and soft, and EXACTLY what I’ve been wanting. I can’t tell you how happy I am with this haircut. I’ve needed this too…depression has been dragging me down as my health has been worsening (I have 3 appointments with new specialists coming up) – new things as well as what I’ve been dealing with for years getting more severe – so this is a shot in the arm to my mental and emotional status that has given me some sense of positivity in this body and this world! You should be able to tell by my face in the update below what this has done for me! So I am happy to come here tonight with my heart lighter than it has been in a long time (I’m good at pretending, especially in writing!) and to share something happy with you! After that we went to TKOE for some food items and then to The Nest for supper, and I’ve been back to work on “stuff” since we got home. So that was my day and it was a GOOD ONE and I will go to sleep happy tonight! Tomorrow J&E are coming, so it will be a good day too…and I will see you in the morning. Good night, friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Wednesday Wags ~ Wednesday Wisdom ~ What I Eat

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Then and now… what a difference 2 weeks – and a haircut! – makes, eh??

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When I first saw that, I thought, “OH HOW CRUEL! What kind of sick people are out there that would freeze chicken beaks in water with corn?!?!?”
Then I saw what it was, and realized that I must be the sickie… πŸ™„

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June 5, 2024 @ 11:54
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUNA❣️🎊πŸ₯°πŸŽ‚πŸ₯˜πŸ€πŸ—πŸŽ‡πŸŽ‰ Silly, goofy, sensitive, smart, funny, adorable, helpful, loving Luna is 5 years old today! Now you’re officially a BIG girl, a kindergartener…still a beautiful little girl full of sunshine, and we love you so much❣️πŸ₯°πŸ’—
It is still morning! I slept until after 10:00 today after a fitful night. The sun is shining brightly outside though the clouds are moving in to bring the rain that is expected to start this afternoon and continue through the rest of the week. (So they don’t drown I am wonderful if I should bring my plants under the awning for part of that time…) I have an appointment this afternoon so will have to go out and will likely make a couple of other stops if I’m able. Pete said he will go with me. Not sure what else the day will hold yet but I hope it is a LOT! It will be great to sit outside and watch the rain though, that’s always been something I enjoy. Very conducive to peaceful feelings, calm thoughts, and prayer. Have a wonderful Wednesday, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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June 4, 2024 @ 21:17 Turning in early tonight. Played a couple of my ukuleles today, I guess I will play them more now until (if) I can play my keyboard again. Made some carnivore bread (but didn’t have any yet). It was very hot out today, “they” said it was going to rain so Myrtle’s garden didn’t get watered, though I couldn’t have gotten back outside anyway…maybe the rain will come tonight. Spent much of the afternoon back upstairs. Pete said that his first PT down in Clare went well, mostly laying the ground work for his future sessions. It is in the same place – same room actually – where I did my cardiac rehab. Not a lot to write about because I didn’t do a lot. I will see you tomorrow, goood night friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Tuesday Titters ~ What I Eat

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UPDATED my Health page! [JesusIsLord]

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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June 4, 2024 @ 11:38 I’ve been up for a couple of hours, Pete was gone to his first PT down in Clare, so I took the opportunity to do some picking up and cleaning up around the house until he got home. Maisie has been eating one of Myrtle’s plants and threw up a bunch of it on the carpet, so I took the trash out, and moved that plant to the outside of the fence and cleaned the carpet. The only other plant she’s eaten is the pot of bird seed I’m growing experimentally, and that doesn’t bother her…anyway, that’s done and I found out how hot it is out there already so came in and turned on the air. Did a partial clean out of the pantry, and made myself some creamer for my coffee; I had a partial package of heavy cream powder and one of coconut creamer powder (that I’ve had forever) so I mixed those up with water and put it in the fridge for my coffee and tea; cheaper that way! I’d like to play my keyboard but we’ll see (there will be a health update), and maybe some laundry depending on when the rain is supposed to start…then we’ll see how things are going! The day is my oyster! Er…or something like that…but next I’ll do my daily updates…anyway, have a terrific Tuesdayβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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June 3 @ 21:40 Another beautiful day, sunny all day, high in the low 80s, quite nice! I didn’t get to spend much time outside but I did enjoy it anyway! Played my keyboard a couple of times for a short while, caught up on things around the house. Supposed to rain most of the rest of the week which is a bummer but Myrtle’s garden will be happy. I don’t recall what else I did today but it was probably all good! I have seen techniques where people tenderize beef by rubbing baking soda into it, I had some chuck roast in the freezer, the last piece was hard to chew (arthritis in my jaw) so I tried it and it worked! Very easy to cut, very easy to eat – WOOHOO!!! Another trick in the books that I will try to remember, I still have a few more chunks from that roast in the freezer and I now know they will be delicious! I guess that’s about it for tonight, I will see you in the morning and hope you have a great restful sleep – good night, friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Don’s Guest Post ~ Supernal Sunday ~ Memes’N’Such ~ What I Eat

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June 3 UPDATE @ 10:46I have posted yesterday’s Supernal Sunday and also Don’s Guest Post; the daily updates (National Days, Video, Bible/Inspiration header) have also been updated. I am not sure if I will be posting anything else before tonight’s evening update or not. Have a good day.

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June 3, 2024 @ 09:25 Apologies for yesterday and last night; not going to bother updating my health page, more of the same, plus a couple of new twists, blahblahblah. I will try to get caught up today. I have no plans, not sure what I will be able to do. It is supposed to go up to 81Β°F today but for right now it feels damp and chilly; I am wrapped in a comforter but at least I am downstairs on my daybed so that’s a good thing! Would love to get a shower and get dressed; after that, we’ll see! But for this morning I will get Don’s guest post up and a Supernal Sunday post, and do my updates (Video of the Day, daily holiday, Bible verse above, etc.). Then I’ll see what the rest of the day holds.

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I won,t be doing any updates tonight, as I am not well I plan to see you in the morning God willing. Good night.

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June 2, 2024 @ 09:21
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LYRAπŸ₯³πŸ§πŸŽπŸŽ€πŸŽ‰πŸͺ©πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆBeautiful, smart, precious, sweet, funny, creative Lyra is 10 today! Double digits! Growing up so fast and so perfectly...she is my very special, very-much-loved, girl❣️πŸ₯°πŸ’–

Golly, it sure is wet outside! Just looking out through the window most of my plants are still standing, at least. I will go out after I get dressed and check them all. At least I know I won’t be watering them today. IDK what I will do today, other than play my keyboard, get Don’s guest post up, do the dishes, check my plants, play my keyboard, do a Supernal Sunday post, “the usual stuff”, play my keyboard…and keep my feet up. I hope the sun comes out; today’s high is supposed to be 76Β°F. I think it will be a pizza day. I’m a little addled this morning so keeping this short but will see you later, have a great day, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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June 1, 2024 @ 22:37 Good evening friends! It was a beautiful day today and I was able to spend some of it outside. In the afternoon I went out to check on and water all the plants…as I was finishing up it started to rain so I brought today’s laundry in. It is still raining, about 6 hours later. I hope that my plants don’t all drown, I’m rather worried about that. I don’t recall much of my day other than that, because it left an impression. I know that I had to keep my legs elevated so was on my day bed most of the time, not sure what all I was doing besides working on my blogs, moderating, replying to emails, meme hunting, etc…the things that I need to do often. I did have a short nap but it didn’t last long. I had some baby gel – like baby oil but in a gel form – and added some of my essential oils to it (lavender, lemon-something, and eucalyptus I think – which kept the mosquitoes at bay when I was outside, even when I was sitting under the awning watching the rain. That gel doesn’t soak in so the bug repellent lasted for HOURS! Pretty happy with that. I think that’s all I did today? Tomorrow I will see how things go and if I can do a little more, but even if not I have plenty to do with my projects and sites and other things online that give me some purpose! I hope you are having a good weekend too, friends, and I will see you tomorrow❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Caturday ~ What I Eat

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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June 1, 2024 @ 13:06 I slept long and late today! Probably 10 hours, and woke up at 11:00ish. So far I made up some bug repellent with my essential oils, and was able to spend some time outside without mosquito bombardment. Wasn’t out long but will go back out later. Got yesterday’s video posted last night (link below). Have had a busy morning but not even dressed yet – and may not. Today may end up a totally chill day, doing my “usual stuff” and not much else. We’ll see! First day of June already! This is a month when the world celebrates one of the so-called 7 Deadly Sins. As far as I know it is the only month dedicated to one. We ALL suffer from pride in one way or another, so I’m going to do something different with the weekly Bible verse/inspiration that I share at the top of this page: I will be putting up a different verse that shares God’s words on the topic. Throughout social media I see pride celebrated and honored; here I will honor God’s view of pride. (I also, in case you hadn’t noticed, incorporated a new daily graphic to entertain and inform about one of each day’s “National Day of…” celebrations. It is in the upper right corner, you can click on it to learn more.) So that’s that for this morning, new month, fresh daily content, and new opportunities! Happy June, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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May 31, 2024 @ 23:18 I managed to get a lot done today. I don’t remember everything I did but I know I went out and got a few things for the garden, and I picked up the ribeyes that I had ordered earlier this month (which I wrote about on ChiaChow, link below)…I don’t think I got a nap or played my keyboard. I roasted a couple of rabbits for Pete, he’s eating a portion of meat daily now, and having some collagen to aid in his healing. Speaking of which he is still doing very well! I made a video earlier in the evening, and it is still optimizing; by the time it gets done and I get it uploaded it will be past midnight, so I’ll link to it in my morning update…but it will be ready to see later if you’re interested, following the usual link on my main page (chia.owly.net). I am thankful that we don’t have anybody to see or anywhere to go tomorrow, I might not even get dressed! I am looking forward to it. And I will see you in the morning, good night friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Friday Funnies ~ Chia Chow Chat ~ What I Eat

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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May 31, 2024 @ 11:01 And just like that, the last day of May! It is ok to plant in our zone now – though we have planted the garden already and am harvesting greens and herbs. Emma tells me that we can plant some later too! This will be a fantastic year for gardening! Today’s coffee is delicious. I slept in until after 10:00 today after a rough night, but in the end I think I got enough sleep. Pete was already up and outside and accomplishing things, as he always does in the mornings, and he found one of the neighbor’s hens sitting on eggs in the shelter (big tent back by Junior), I wonder if she will hatch them or if she goes home at night? I have some plans for today but not much. I had ordered some beef from The Cut a few weeks ago and hadn’t heard back from them so I want to stop by and see what’s going on with that (and maybe Fern will be there?)…have prescriptions to pick up…have to get some suet blocks for the feeders outside…want to go look at yard decorations at one of the discount stores while I’m out…I think that’s it. Just gotta take it easy for the most part. Happy to have a beautiful yard to spend time, too! Maybe do some outdoor ukulele playing. I’ll let you know tonight how the day turned out, k? Happy Friday, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ
P.S. Why do I use that long string of emoji in the mornings? micro.blog which doesn’t use hashtags, they use emoji. Hoping that one of these self-descriptive little pictures will help me get found and followed there!

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May 30, 2024 @ 21:28 It was a long and busy day and I’m sure paying for it tonight! But probably nothing some good drugs, a good night’s sleep, and a day of rest won’t put to right! Before J&E got here I did all of the things below plus cleaned the toilet – call me strange but I don’t like someone else doing that. The laundromat about did me in after everything else so I was happy to see J&E who do such wonderful work for us! Between the two of them the lawn is mowed, the fenced area trimmed, the flowers switched around so some could get more sun, the laundry rack is up and the laundry I’d done is hung, bed changed, furniture put back in the living room to where it was before Pete’s knee surgery, all the dusting and vacuuming and washing down in the house, Maisie’s crate for HoWie put together (she loves it!), outside seating area tidied up, pile of boxes cut and flattened and ready to burn, and I’m sure there’s more I’m forgetting…but it is wonderful as always when they’ve been here! Tomorrow no plans except to go to one or two of our local Amish stores for a couple of things but our weekend will (hopefully!) be quiet and restful as the week has been so busy. I’m ready for an early bedtime tonight so I will see you in the morning, sleep well friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Don’s Guest Post ~ ChiaChow Chat ~ What I Eat

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May 30, 2024 @ 07:37 I’ve been up for about an hour, worked on laundry (J&E will be here today and will set up my drying rack outside, I’m so excited for that – unreasonably so, even, maybe…), started the dishes, tidied up around my area a little bit – but it needs a lot more! – and will be going to the laundromat when I finish up here. All 4 sets of sheets need to be done, and Emma can “dress the bed”. IDK if I will be able to do so but am hoping I can pick up all of my pots in the yard to make it easier for Jared to trim around the fence; also am thinking of rearranging them for a while as the plants along the wooded side don’t get as much sun as the plants along the front and Myrtle’s side, so I’m thinking I might switch them up a bit every so often anyway. I plan to finish up the laundry later, once my drying rack is up; I am thankful I can dry a load each day inside but it will be nice to just Git ‘Er Done all at once from now on! Pete’s PTist will be here shortly, and Pete also has an appointment down in Clare at 1:00…it will have to be his first time driving since his (left) knee replacement, I’ll be here with J&E. It will be another busy day, at least until later this afternoon. So very thankful for the ability to do what needs to be done, which I can’t always, so I will be making hay while the sun shines. Happy Thursday, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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May 29, 2024 @ 22:20 And just like that, another month is almost over! Hard to believe! Bill has been working on HoWie today, and the pictures he has sent have me so happy!! Basically I told him what we wanted in basic terms, and also told him that if he had ideas or thoughts that he wanted to implement, that he should do so. (Yes, I have that much trust in our son-in-law!) And I am absolutely thrilled with what I am seeing, and so is Pete! Bill thought of things I wouldn’t have, and is making things better than I would have…which is kind of what I expected – he doesn’t do a halfway job of anything :). Today Pete’s oncology appointment involved two treatments, blood work, and an appointment, and started about 4 hours later than usual, so we were gone a long time, and pretty late. Came home, ate, and crashed. And tomorrow will be another busy one, I have a lot to get done before J&E get here, while I’m gone Pete’s PTist will be coming, I never even got the dishes done or cages cleaned today yet…oy – so much to do, so little time! Anyway, I guess I should get to bed even though it’s early, and I will see you in the morning. Good night, friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Wednesday Wags ~ What I Eat

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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May 29, 2024 @ 09:34 GORGEOUS cool sunny morning outside, absolutely beautiful! Pete thinks one of his nurses will be here today but hasn’t heard what time or anything. I’m sitting here in my nightgown sipping coffee, having just worked on Maisie’s tick bite. Chuy doesn’t get the “ring” reactions but Maisie apparently does (it isn’t a sign of disease in dogs as it is in people), and from what I’ve read cleaning it with H2O2 and applying CortAid is the thing to do to help with the itching as it heals. Anyway, Pete has his monthly oncology appointment today so we’ll be going to West Branch later. Yesterday some of my orders came in – (a) dog crate(s) for HoWie, my laundry drying rack for outside, a spare power supply for my laptop (so I can keep one in the living room and one in the bedroom), and another box of hangers for drying laundry that I can use in the shower to give me more space for drying…but once the rack goes up outside tomorrow (J&E are coming) I shouldn’t have to dry clothes in the house much anyway. Of course will do the usual stuff also…and that’s my day. OTOH I might just shove everything else aside and plant myself at my keyboard…Yeah, that sounds good! Check the garden and my 3 precious delicata squash babies, and play music…I’ve got a plan! OK, see you later friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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May 28, 2024 @ 09:54 (!) Long day but a good one! Pete’s PTist came this morning and worked with him, told him he’s doing very well. Early afternoon Pete had an appointment with his surgeon down in Mt. Pleasant, had radiographs and his knee examined, the surgeon was quite pleased. (I waited in the car this time, and did some meme hunting.) After that we drove to Saginaw where were going to meet Casey & Bill and the grands for Casey’s birthday dinner at Texas Roadhouse (her choice). While we were waiting for them we went into Big Lots and picked up a few things including some CortAid for Maisie; she had a tick the other day on her right shoulder and it is bothering her. We had a great time with the family, as always, Pete was uncomfortable in the restaurant seating so he got up and took a couple of walks around the restaurant (Leelan went with him) for relief. It was a good time overall! Bill has some GREAT plans for HoWie and I’m excited to see what he will be doing! It will be a little while but that’s fine, the anticipation will be building! While we were gone we got a few boxes of things that we’d ordered last week and of course it rained hard while we were gone and the boxes fell apart…ugh…we will deal with that tomorrow, Pete moved them out of the weather for tonight. So that was our day! I will see you in the morning, friends, sleep well in Jesus❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Myrtle Update ~ Tuesday Titters ~ Tuesday Truths ~ What I Eat

May 28 @ 11:28Well I’m running out of time here but I did get some new pictures of the garden and flowers, and got those posted on Myrtle’s page!

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UPDATED my Health page! [JesusIsLord]

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May 28 @ 09:40 It sure is nice to have internet again! I have no idea what time we lost it but I am guessing our little tower got overwhelmed with the holiday up-north traffic returning downstate through the afternoon and evening. It has happened before. Anyway it did come back on late last night but too late to do anything. I am WAY far behind now on things here (and elsewhwere), with a couple of very busy days coming up, but if I can get through until Friday I may be able to do some stuff then. Anyway whatever is new will be written in a health update. I slept much of yesterday because I had to take a benedryl and that’s what it does to me! I’m happy to be awake today now. Did another load of laundry this morning. Pete’s PTist is here with him right now, I just got some new photos of the gardens and am excited to get those posted – though I don’t know when! Hopefully today…between other stuff. Meanwhile I’ll go update ChiaChow from yesterday and get a health update posted, go on a meme hunt for Tuesday Titters, and work on the pictures – at least until I run out of time :). Have a terrific Tuesday, friends!

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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May 27 @ 18:59 – Our internet is all-but-non-existent today. If you don’t see any posts from me today or tonight, that is why. I will see you – God willing – in the morning.

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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May 27, 2024 @ 11:43 Good morning friends! I slept in until nearly 10:00 this morning, then did a little laundry before I came downstairs. Pete’s nurse is going to come by today but she hasn’t called yet to tell us what time. Not that it matters, we’re not going anywhere anyway! I made no plans except (besides the usual stuff) to play my keyboard today, maybe do some recording…will see how it all goes. Had to take benedryl this morning so I’m having a hard time keeping my eyes open but at least I’m not sneezing and blowing my nose continually, and my eustachian tubes aren’t itching! I might just doze off for a few minutes here before I move on with my day. We’ve had some rain overnight and it is overcast and supposed to rain some more today so I probably won’t be going out. The mosquitoes this year are horrific – clouds of them, literally – so I won’t be going outside. Pete is doing great and is walking around here without so much as a limp, though he’s being careful of course. And everyone else is fine too. See you later friendsβ£οΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ«‘

May 26, 2024 @ 22:18 Today turned out pretty much as I expected, for a change! After I got home, made the haul video, and got everything put away, I ate and took a nap. Also did some laundry throughout the day, on and off. We were supposed to get rain today so I didn’t water the garden, but the rain didn’t happen until late evening and then only a light sprinkle. Seeds will never germinate at this rate! But it is supposed to rain overnight, I hope it does. Played my keyboard as long as I was able, hoping to do some more tomorrow, I don’t have any other plans although Pete’s nurse will be checking in on him at some point. Will be chipping away at the laundry, and the other usual stuff that I always do and mention here. And that’s that for my day, I hope that yours was a good one too and I will see you in the morningβ£οΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ«‘

Supernal Sunday ~ Don’s Guest PostCostco Haul Video ~ Memes & Such Updates ~ What I Eat

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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May 26, 2024 @ 07:37 I’ve been up since 06:00, went to sleep too early last night I guess, got my 6 hours and was done? Anyway, I’m excited about shopping with my girl this morning, we don’t get enough time together so it will be a great time! Other than that I have no plans – will likely get a nap, but keeping my schedule open so that I can get a Supernal Sunday done, and then there’s Don’s Guest Post of course…and my keyboard! The living room no longer has a potty chair in it, and is down to a single walker, so I will be able to get to my keyboard without much angst! It is supposed to be a beautiful day again before the rain starts this week, cloudy, but warm. Pete had to turn the heat pump on this morning because it got so chilly. I’ve got a load of laundry in the rinse and will hang that up when I get back. And that SHOULD be my day, I will have my private worship time in the car and also at my keyboard, and with my time in the Word…I so much miss church, but SOON! The church we’ve been taking the grands to moved and they’re much further now, and we think we may have found another to try, but I don’t want to go to a new church without Pete of course…maybe next week? Anyway, we will see how the day works out in the end! I hope that you have a blessed day and I will see you later, friendsβ£οΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ«‘

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May 25, 2024 @ 22:18 Good evening friends! It was a lovely sunny day in the 70’s today, and Pete got out of the house! I did some laundry in the early part of the day, then we went to a Thai restaurant down in Clare for dinner, it was delicious but Pete was extremely uncomfortable in the chair and so he went to the car and they packaged his to eat at home; I continued my meal until I was full. Then we went to the market to fill our water bottles, he was able to ride one of the little electric carts so that was good, and through the county cemetery where we got some pictures of all the flags and decorations, and talked about this solemn weekend. When we got home we both went to sleep; I slept a couple of hours and he is still sleeping. When I got up I did more laundry (I can do a load and hang it in the shower with the fan blowing on it, and it dries in a day – or overnight; I can do 2 loads a day when I don’t have someone to take it out to the line for me.) and then got Caturday done, and now I’m just going to finish up here for the night. I’m meeting Casey down at Costco early in the morning so she can help me shop, I don’t need a lot but I do need a few things…I can get it to the table next to my ramp on my rolling wheelchair’s seat, then get it the few feet from there to the kitchen, and Pete can probably help with that part if it isn’t too heavy. So that’s the plan. Bill has been working on HoWie and I’m excited to get him done…sounds like he’s making lots of progress. Anyway, I’d better get the birds taken care of and try to get back to sleep, I probably won’t see you until I get home tomorrow, I hope you are having a good weekend. Good night, friendsβ£οΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ«‘

Just Some Pics ~ Caturday ~ What I Eat

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May 25, 2024 @ 11:15 LOTS to get done today, and I’ve been busy since I got up at 08:00ish. Waiting for water to heat up for dishes and shower and a load of laundry. Been shopping, got dog crates and bird cages for HoWie, should be here Tuesday, also got an outdoor laundry rack to replace the paracord we currently have strung between trees. It will be set up near the shed, and close enough to the ramp that hoping I can hang my own laundry on good days and not depend on Pete or Emma to do so – that’s the plan. Bill needed the dimensions for cages/crates so he could build the table to contain them – dogs under, PoiBoiz on top – and I went online to get the dimensions and figured I might as well just order them rather than wait for HoWie to come home – I will find a place to keep them…somewhere… We have some errands to run today down in Clare, and we had already decided to try out the “new” (probably a year ago!) Thai restaurant there when he was able to get out and about again…so today will be that day. IDK what else the day will hold, I did get some pictures up this morning but still have to do Caturday at some point, the water heater just shut off so my water is ready, Caturday will have to wait! Have a great day, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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May 24, 2024 @ 22:14 Today felt like a strange day. I don’t remember a lot of the details once I woke up from my nap but I just have a sense of it. Tomorrow we may go do something, though the area will be crowded with people who come up from downstate to party; but Pete’s PTist told him that he can go out and even drive short distances, and since Pete hasn’t been away from the house in nearly 2 weeks. It would be nice to get out and do something – anything – together after all of this time. Maybe a trip to a local cemetery to honor those who are interred after giving their lives for our country (and others)as a veteran, he may want to do that…we’ll see how he feels tomorrow I guess. Meanwhile I’m ready for an early bedtime so I will see you in the morning, good night my friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Friday Funnies ~ What I Eat

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

(I keep forgetting to announce when I upload these…sorry!)

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May 24, 2024 @ 15:30 The day is half over but has been a busy one! Got up early because my friend wanted to get an early start taking HoWie down to Bill & Casey’s…the trip was uneventful, but it was nice to have an hour-long drive to catch up with Deb on the drive back. After she dropped me off I talked with Pete for a while as his PTist had been here while I was gone, and given him good news, so that was great! Had something to eat, then fell asleep sitting here on my day bed. Just woke up a little while ago so here I am to say good “morning”! Don’t know what the rest of the day will hold yet, just having a cup of tea (I usually mix 2 flavors in the same cup – this one is peach-ginger with vanilla-caramel), trying to wake up (Pete is watching one of his shouting shows), and figure out what I need to get done today. Myrtle’s garden is growing more every day, it’s been a couple of days so maybe I should go out and take some pictures to post…maybe… OK, will see you guys later! Hope your Friday is FINEβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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May 23 @ 23:13 (!) The evening slipped right past me! I have to get to bed, early morning tomorrow, so I will say a quick good night. It was a beautiful sunny breezy day in the 70s. After I ran some errands this morning and did some stuff around the house J&E got here and did their typically excellent work. I have to praise God, I was able to walk nearly pain-free today with only my walker and even without it for short distances! When’s the last time THAT has happened??? I had ordered a different type of support for my right leg, and wore a brace and 2 supports on my worst leg…also threw all of my pain meds at it first thing this morning…also Pete slapped a lidocaine patch in my worst grinding and spasming area of my spine – all at once. I got several hours of near-normalcy and I have been thankful for that all day! It has been SO LONG since I was able to move like that, far from normal but WAY WAY WAY better than what I have become used to! It was such an exciting day because of that! So after J&E left Pete’s nurse came, then I made our supper…and fell asleep as I finished eating mine. Oy. I really did a lot today though. BECAUSE I COULD!!! So now it’s time for bed, I am delivering HoWie to Bill in the morning, a former neighbor/friend will come out with me to drive me back home. So I will see you in the morning, sleep well in Jesus friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

(I keep forgetting to announce when I upload these…sorry!)

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May 23, 2024 @ 08:07 First things first: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CASEY! I sure will miss seeing you on your special day, doesn’t seem right, does it! But we will get together soon and I can’t wait!
I’ve been up since about 05:00, having gone to bed so early last night (though I didn’t fall asleep until about 01:30!) because I have a TON of stuff to do this morning before J&E get here. Can I walk yet? Not without pretty intense pain – BUT today I am determined that I will not be deterred!!! It is going to be a gorgeous day – and is a perfect morning! – with sunshine and highs in the mid-70s so I also plan to spend a lot of time outside, even if I can only sit in a chair it will be worth it for the fresh air and sunshine, and enjoying God’s creation! I also got a post up for Casey’s birthday and made myself a cup of coffee and that’s about it…I’m going to get started with my day shortly, and I will see you later, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

The Year Was 1991…

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May 22, 2024 @ 20:44 It turned out to be a gorgeous day outside, and I was able to spend quite a bit of time out there. Warm but not hot, and breezy – perfect! Pete had his PT today. I picked around in the garden, cleaned up after the dogs, got the mail…ate leftovers so didn’t have to cook. Did a LOT on my sites (as you will see from the list below!) as well as file mgmt stuff and moderating, and also some researching about a few ideas I’m tossing around in my head, to see if any of them are feasible or not. And of course what little Pete needed, he is doing most things for himself now, his PTist told me not to baby him so I don’t…though I’d like to! So I’m going to end it here, and contemplate the meaning of life for the rest of the evening, and will see you in the morning. Tomorrow will be a busy day so I doubt that I will be as prolific as was today but we shall see – at least you’ll have Don’s guest post to look forward to :). Sleep well in Jesus, my friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Wed. Wags ~ Wed. Wisdom ~ Myrtle ~ Changes Coming Again! ~ What I Eat

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May 22 @ 11:15 It’s late…but it’s morning! A beautiful sunny morning! So far today I had my coffee, worked on some settings on my tablet – I love this tablet, my favorite ever! – as I have plans to use my laptop for working on the blogs and the tablet for everything else, inasmuch as I am able. Pete doesn’t have his PTist’s permission yet but he is getting around the house really well unassisted, he’s wearing the thigh-high TED hose and is stopping to elevate and ice his knee frequently, but otherwise he’s just going to town on this healing process! Oh yeah…what I’ve done today (interrupted myself)…also went out and checked on my plants and have some great news: 6 of the pots in which we planted seed on May 6th have little greenies poking through today! I don’t remember what’s in those pots but whatever it is, it’s something I wanted hahaha! AND my delicata plant, which we just bought and repotted on the 20th, has a blossom! IDK enough about planting yet to know if that means that it will get a squash but I would think it means the plant is happy here? Still resting my legs and spine which are still…well, nevermind…but I have plenty to do on my sites and in my file mgmt, as always! Supposed to be nice today too, temp is dropping and now in the upper 60s which is GREAT, I’m tired of the a/c on all the time, and the dogs want us to open the door for them to come and go in the yard! Except Maisie, maybe…she’s been staying on the ramp or the patio carpet almost 100% of the time…anyway, time to get busy and I will see you later, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ…πŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

When my fear becomes greater than my faith, I will forever drop to my knees and hand it all back over to the One Who is Greater than all. 1John 4:4 white font on dark blue background

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May 21, 2024 @ 23:39 Getting a late start tonight! I was good and rested my legs and spine today, moved around every hour or so, and did All The Right Things. Then I made our suppers tonight and did All The Wrong Things. Thankfully Pete was able to take care of the PoiBoiz, I’m back up here now to finish up for the night and then sleep. Watching Ryan Hall Y’all as Iowa is once again experiencing horrific weather. My friend Heidi lives near the middle of MO but I always watch her area, and Annette’s in WI, too. We had a hot but sunny and beautiful day today. And my wilty plant did perk up again, got a text from Gwen offering a suggestion to help it. Maisie has been pretty tick-resistant since I’ve had her (I give her a complete “rub-down” when we have our cuddle every evening) but tonight she had one. A blob of Vaseline on it, and that sucker backed right out and into the tweezers, then got flushed into our black tank – good riddance! OTOH, little Chuy gets several ticks every week. Do they like dark-colored dogs better maybe? I dunno. Made Pete another stupendous dinner tonight (organic chia/quinoa tortilla chips topped with organic vegetarian refried beans, onions/ground beef/corn/rotel/seasonings on top of that, then cheese, sour cream, and guacamole! He said it was better than Qdoba…and he LOVES Qdoba!!! My supper was completely different and is, as always, on my What I Eat page. I’m rambling because I’m tired, I will see you in the morning, friends, sleep tight❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Tuesday Titters ~ Tuesday Truths ~ What I Eat

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May 21 @ 11:43 To be esteemed by God…the thought brings me to my spiritual knees – what a thought! For those who are proud, and mock His word..that is heart-breaking to me… Anyway I got started on this in the morning again – WOOHOO!!! Was delighted to see all the nasty storms didn’t hurt my baby plants at all although one of them looks a tad wilty. I am hoping with this morning’s sunshine he will perk up quickly. Going to try to stay off my legs again today and rest my spine…I saw “try” again because that hasn’t worked out very well for me so far hahaha! I did go out with the dogs, and got photos of all of my baby plants, may put them together into a collage or something and post, but trying to only put up the bigger photos once a week or so, so that the changes will be more obvious. I might go out to weed a little if it isn’t too hot…no, no, no, nevermind that thought, I have to rest my legs and spine today… I have Pete’s soup ready in his soup maker so when he wakes up I just have to turn it on, and I have some vegetables to add to it in the bowl. Trying to make sure he has a good protein portion every day as he heals, and I do have some collagen “shakes” on order for his healing as well…I’ll look in his freezer and see what he has meat-wise as beans aren’t on the menu yet, not until he can get around more quickly. Those are my plans for the day, and the keyboard if I can, and bird cages if I can. Oh, and please say a prayer for Maisie, she’s pretty logy this morning and didn’t want her breakfast though she did eat it once I mixed it with a spoonful of canned food. (They love that Evanger food!) Anyway, I will see you later, friends, have a terrific Tuesday❣️🌱✝️

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May 20 @ 22:14 Interesting day! Pete’s nurse came…I stayed upstairs to work on the blog do some moderating. A little while after that J&E came, and they barely got started when the sky clouded over and the thunder came and the wind, the temp dropped dramatically, and the rain started. They went to town for us and by the time they got back the sun was out again! So they stayed a couple of more hours so that we could finish up with the plants and garden…meanwhile Pete PTist came and worked with him while I was outside. By the time I got in I was in no shape to do anything else, and didn’t. Other than work on files and this site and some moderating…did get my comments all answered, just didn’t have the time or the mind for it during the week. This evening brought those nasty storms, I don’t really mind storms, in fact they fascinate me – unless I have unprotected new baby plants out in the middle of them :(. I will see in the morning how they fared. Tonight Pete was having a lot of pain, hurts to see him like that, a pain pill and some ice helped him though. Now I’m upstairs and getting sleepy, so will say good night and I will see you in the morning❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Updates to Myrtle‘s and HoWie‘s pages~ National Rescue Dog Day ~ What I Eat

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Huge hard heavy dangerous storms starting to move through…I wish I could have gone out and gathered up my little plants…the trees are bending over, the noise is loud, the sky is dark…they are saying it will be a nasty one…

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UPDATE @ 16:00 I CAN’T WAIT until it cools off outside so I can go out and take photos! J&E and I got the rest of my flowers planted, and have just enough pots left to replant the little peat pots where I planted more seeds. I am astounded at the number of flowers I got, Myrtle’s yard is going to look like a funeral home hahahaha! I will have flowers both inside and outside of the fence, some peas and beans and squashes that will grow up the fence…a bunch of flowers that are scary (or whatever) to mosquitoes along the fence…still have 2 big pots to fill…and will have mounds for some squash when they outgrow their homes. I just came in from the sun and heat with sunburn on my arms with a t-shirt on so I will probably have a real farmer’s tan too! I have about 40 pots done now…probably a dozen more to go. We also got the tomatoes and herbs planted in the raised beds, where I already have lettuces, kale, cabbage, radishes, and other herbs. I plan to have a busy but beautiful season!

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HEY! I just found out that today is National Rescue Dog Day!!! AND yesterday was the 6-year anniversary of Maisie’s Gotcha Day! Guess what my topic will be for today’s post?? (Or one of them…being that I’m immobilized there may be more – woohoo!!!) Now THAT makes me happy, 2 favorite topics in one day!

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UPDATED my Health page! [JesusIsLord]

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May 20, 2024 @ 10:33 I actually am here in the morning – wow! Got the dogs fed, got the coffee pot and filter cleaned out and made coffee (Pete had made the regular stuff, I wanted to make my coconut coffee so made a pot of that); Pete’s nurse has been and gone already, he’s doing fine, she wasn’t too concerned with the swelling in his leg, though I am – need to get his TED hose on when I finish here. Have dishes to do, J&E will be here in a while (hopefully before the thunderstorms come!), and Pete’s PTist, so I will have plenty to keep me busy for a while. Also need to go BACK down to Clare to the same store I shopped at yesterday to refill water bottles, which I can’t do today (non-mobile – will update health page) so will have to ask J or E for help with that…hoping to get back to my keyboard later as well. Don’t have to cook today at least! And for now the sun is shining and the birds are singing and most importantly God is on His throne and has His hand firmly holding me, and that’s just where I want to be! Have a great Monday, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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May 19, 2024 @ 23:52 Another late night…didn’t even get Supernal Sunday up tonight. Was planning a musical one, by the time I had the songs almost ready I couldn’t sit up any longer and that was that. Anyway, at least Don’s post made it! It was a busy day anyway, worked on the garden, spent a lot of time at the keyboard, ran errands, made 2 suppers…maybe tomorrow will be a little less hectic (though not likely, with J&E coming and Pete having a visit from his nurse plus his PT…yeah, probably not) I need to find some peaceful time to do my stuff, though caring for my Petey is at the the top of my list and I make no apologies for that. He is doing so very well, tomorrow it will be a week with the new knee and he’s making a ton of progress! Looking forward to seeing what his nurse has to say too! Still have stuff to do before I sleep so I guess I’m outa here, have a good night my friends, see you tomorrow, Lord willing❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Don’s Guest Post ~ ChiaChow Chat Update ~ What I Eat

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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May 19, 2024 @ 13:09 I thought FOR SURE that I would get my morning update done before noon…but here we are. So far today I’ve fed the dogs, given Chuy his meds, helped Pete with his morning stuff which was pretty tough today; we’d left his TED hose off for the evening to let his sutures get some air, then of course it was off overnight, and this morning his leg was larger by several inches which made the already-tight stocking nearly impossible to get on…but just “nearly”…with all 4 hands we managed! Have myself some keto muffins in the AFO, just simple and basic. Pete had his leftover soup for breakfast before I got up, I’ll make him some salmon, butternut squash, and leftover veggies from last night for his supper. (Yes, Sunday is pizza day, but we don’t have any left at the moment.) It was already pretty hot when I got up so I didn’t make it to town while it was still cool, meaning I will go in the evening after the heat of the day. Maxwell was very cuddly during his morning time out and I got some video which I will try to get up today…of course Don’s Guest Post is coming, and Supernal Sunday. ALSO I did get Myrtle’s page updated in the wee hours of the morning (added a video to May 6 plus the photos from yesterday). And that’s about all I have to report for the moment, itching to get at my keyboard while Pete is napping! So I will see you later, friends❣️ πŸ™Œ ✝️ πŸ™ŒπŸ™

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May 18 @ 23:48 It is late. Pete and I watched a movie – Peace River, starring Chase Garland – WOW! They don’t make movies better than this… Today I worked on the garden, and planned to have Myrtle’s page updated by now. Then the movie. I plan to stay up to get the photos posted that I took today though. It will be a while until I’m “over” that movie anyway, enough to go to bed….and now over an hour has passed as I helped Pete get ready for bed, dressed his leg, etc…he’s all settled in on my day bed, the lights are all out, and I’m finishing up here so I can go upstairs. Today was another busy day, did some laundry and some gardening, hooked up the hose and dragged it around the house so it can reach all of my containers and beds, roasted a massive chicken (from BillHilly of course!) as well as fried up one of Pete’s organic ribeyes with some fries and fire-roasted vegetables that I topped with shredded parmesan. In addition I worked at some catching up here on this site; tomorrow will work on one of the other ones. Oh, and I made a video from clips I had recorded for my friend Heidi; I hope she enjoys that! So I guess that’s it, I’m ready to get this mirrored on the other sites, get Myrtle’s planned update finished, and go to bed! Hope you are having a great weekend, friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Caturday ~ What I Eat

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May 18 @ 13:51 I’m beginning to wonder if I will ever get my morning update actually done in the MORNING again hahaha! Just too much morning stuff needing to be done – most of which Pete always has done! But he is making the coffee now so that’s the main thing πŸ₯‡and I am everso thankful for every bit he can do as he is healing! Every day there is improvement…when I got up this morning he was sitting outside in the sun, enjoying the fresh air and soaking up the vitamin D! Coffee was made, he had already put on his TED hose and taken care of his other personal needs…and it’s only been 5 days since his surgery – praise God for His hand on him! πŸ™Œ ✝️ πŸ™Œ Chuy is acting fine, eating and happy, did have some nasty loose stool during the night but today is his last pill so we’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow. In the 80s today, we have the a/c on for the first time this year but I have to go down to Clare so I will be out in the heat anyway, wanted to get that all done before it got hot but too late! Going to pop a chicken in to roast, do the dishes, and then I’m out of here! I will try to get to the promised photos later today, and might try to get Caturday done before I move…it goes MUCH more quickly now that I don’t do alt-texts; did that for a while and got absolutely no feedback that it was helpful to anyone; stopped since I’m having these cognitive issues again and got absolutely no feedback that anyone even noticed. So my own brain care wins! OK, going to get busy again, will see you later, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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May 17, 2024 @ 21:37 What a great day! J&E did a ton of fantastic work around here, Jared mowed the entire lawn with our new push lawn mower and used the weed whacker within the fenced area as well as around the outside of the fence; the place looks fabulous! After they were done, and when I could pick up Maisie we left, arranging to meet at Elm Creek (OH YEAH, BABY!). Maisie got to ride in HoWie for the first time today and LOVED IT!! But I plan to write about that tomorrow… Anyway, I picked up a ton of flowers, veggies, and herbs, which are currently sitting in one of our utility wagons until we can get them planted next week. I couldn’t get to it today but have no plans for tomorrow so I plan to take more pictures, and get them up on Myrtle’s page tomorrow. I am VERY excited for this year’s garden, and all of the flowers!!! Meanwhile our well is fixed – WOOHOO!!! I haven’t used the water yet but Pete said we have much more pressure than we did before so that’s great! I’m really sleepy, but now that Pete is getting around better and I am not needed as much, I have so much I want to do tomorrow…sharing the garden updates is at the top of the list though! So I will see you in the morning, friends, happy weekendingβ£οΈβœοΈπŸ‘©β€πŸ¦³

Friday Funnies ~ What I Eat

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May 17, 2024 @ 12:40 Another busy day today! Pete made a pot of coffee before I got up; he’s working on doing more things for himself as well as the added instructions from his PTist. He also made his breakfast (reheated the lamb chops he made yesterday) , and had the door open for the dogs to go in and out in the yard. That was all before I even got up, so that felt great! Not only getting to sleep in until 8:30 but seeing him working to recover! Plus he was on his morning nets when I came downstairs, just like the good old days (last week)! Starting to see the end in sight… J&E are here and doing a wonderful job as always from mowing the lawn to washing windows…it is all getting done and with everything they accomplish I am mentally feeling better and better so I’m sure Pete is as well. Today I feel a lot less dragged down and out, and a lot more positive! Talked to our former neighbor Deb (she’s in photos from my pig roast last year) and she is willing to help me get HoWie to Bill & Casey’s; with everything to do around here now, Bill will be doing the work on the inside. He had actually offered before, but now that he’s working 2 jobs I didn’t want to overburden him…so I talked to him yesterday and he said he can still get do it so that’s great, it will free up J&E for the Big Plans I have around here! AND HoWie will get done sooner, most likely…when Pete’s ready to hit the road the job will be done! I went through my phone last night for pictures, and found some for Myrtle’s page that I gotta get up when I get a minute… Anyway, J&E are here, Len (landlord) is back working on the well, and Pete’s PTist will be here any minute…plus Maisie is at the groomer and the call will be coming in momentarily for me to go pick her up…so yeah…probably should get going…see you later, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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UPDATED my Health page! [JesusIsLord]

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May 16, 2024 @ 21:32 First, happy anniversary to my sister and brother-in-law, Gwen & Don! 43 years! Today was another busy day. So many little things happening and needing to be done, as I keep telling Pete, “It’s hard to be the man of the family!” Thankful that tomorrow J&E will be here! I’m still overwhelmed but it is starting to get better; for example tonight Pete made his own supper as I was unable to. It was difficult for him but he did it! His PTist told me that I have to have Pete do more things, giving me a few instructions, which is hard for me because I want to see him comfortable and relaxed, not working up a sweat and pushing himself into discomfort…but that, I’m told, is the healing process! I told Pete that the first day that he’s able to be on his own, I’m going to bed for a few days hahaha! But it was an absolutely gorgeous day outside so I did spend quite a bit of time out there, and the landlord from whom we lease our lot was here all day working on the well. He did get it working again but has a couple of things to finish up tomorrow, so our water is still turned off but it won’t be long now! So that’s it for my day and I will see you tomorrow, good night friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Don’s Guest Post ~ What I Eat

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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May 16, 2024 @ 13:33 (!) Life is sure different – at least, temporarily! Before I could even fire up my laptop – just now – Pete’s had his nurse visit which took an hour, after a short break his Physical Therapist came, during which I was weeding my raised beds (I need to get more pictures…in my spare time…hahaha) and a neighbor came over that I haven’t seen since before winter so it took time, of course, to catch up with her. Meanwhile last night our well quit working, so now our landlord has been working on it with his big front end loader/back end something else equipment right outside the bird windows…and in between I managed to get dressed, make Pete’s soup, get him his meds, and the other things he needed, pick up the house so these people could get through, take care of dogs and birds, Chuy’s medicine (Chuy is doing great, BTW, acting normal, no more bloody diarrhea or vomiting!), and blah blah blah. So yeah, life is different at the moment. That said – everything I wrote above is something good, something in God’s plan, something leading to something even better! I am thankful even if I constantly have to remind myself to “count it all joy” which is my go-to verse at the moment! Anyway, Pete is now napping, our landlord is still working, I still have to get the pharmacy for Pete, and stop at a grocery store, and make his supper. (I made a “pot o’ slop for myself yesterday, it will feed me for a couple of days.) And maybe I should get Don’s post up early, before I leave, so I’m sure it gets done…yeah, I think I’ll go do that…and I will see you here tonight. I hopeβ£οΈπŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸ˜„πŸ™πŸ‘‹

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May 15, 2024 @ 22:24 Pete had less pain than yesterday, he is getting around a bit, even going upstairs. He is supposed to get up and walk every hour, and he’s doing his exercises. Tomorrow morning a nurse will be coming to draw his blood and check on him, and his physical therapist starts tomorrow; not sure how often, but for 2 weeks, and then he will start going down to Clare for physical therapy (which is actually in the same room as where I had my cardiac therapy or whatever it was called). And that is for about 6 months I think. We will find out more as we go I suppose. He’s pretty tired tonight, we still have work to do but I will finish up here and take care of the PoiBoiz. So thankful that J&E came tonight, they had a hard and long day working but still came to help with a few things tonight. I’ve been in a mentally chaotic state since we got home, and just getting the things put away and as much back in order as possible, then working out a plan for the next few weeks. Helped me enormously! Yes this is all a struggle but it is one that will be worth it in the end, when Pete can walk and move about without pain again! OK, I will see you in the morning…good night friends…❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Wednesday Wags ~ What I Eat

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May 15, 2024 @ 13:25 This Bible verse is so appropriate today! Not only my heart…also my body, my emotions, my brain. It was darned tough before Chuy even got sick. I AM NOT COMPLAINING! Anybody who has been a caregiver understands, I’m sure! As a disabled caregiver with chronic pain I am just needing a little more help. I will ask J&E if they can come twice a week instead of once until Pete is back on his feet. This is their busy season, and they are working on a big project of their own, but I will ask today. The alternative would have been for Pete to go into rehab, and we decided that would have only been a last resort. Pete and Chuy are both sleeping right now, I’m eating my lunch as I work on finishing my coffee that I poured at 7:30 this morningand AHHHH it feels so good to have a sit-down with my feet up and listen to Pete snore HAHAHAHA! It is a truly gorgeous sunny day outside, with an expected high temp of 70Β°Fthe next time I have to get up anyway I will be opening all of the windows to bring in the fresh, healing air! But for now, I will go see if I can get some Wednesday Wags done and will see you laterβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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May 15 @ 12:59 – CHUY UPDATE: The vet initially thought pancreatis; then blood work ruled that out BUT did suggest “acute hemorrhagic diarrhea syndrome” so Chuy got a shot for nausea and tummy pain, and some subQ fluids; NPO for 12 hours, then the “special diet” that costs a fortune from Science Diet. (I have my own opinion of that but I am beyond overwhelmed right now and even boiling up rice is way past my abilities at the moment!) His shot did a great job for a couple of hours and Chuy was acting perfectly normal, now he’s painful again; I’ll follow the plan though, just as with Chuy’s “dad”! And I will update here if anything changes!

May 15 @ 08:45 – NEED PRAYER FOR CHUY! He didn’t want to eat yesterday morning – thought it was because he missed Pete…vomiting yellow foam in the evening…diarrhea overnight…won’t eat/hunched/bloated/continual stretching and shaking (signs of severe abdominal pain) this morning. On my way to the vet with him, Pete says he will be ok while I’m gone…very difficult 12 hours for us…will update when I get home.

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May 14, 2024 @ 22:53 I’m not gonna lie: it has been a very long, very difficult day. For both Pete and I. Lots of pain and lots of exhaustion, plenty of difficulty physically…he has been sleeping almost the entire time he’s been home, he can’t seem to stay awake. A little while ago he moved over to my day bed, and I’m now in his recliner. I will sleep out here with him in case he needs me tonight. Thank God, Emma can come tomorrow, it will be later in the day after another job but I am thankful that she can help with the many things I’m trying to figure out! Casey had the brilliant thought to put the vacuum outside in the shed, as it won’t be getting used except by Emma, who has no trouble bringing it in as she needs it. That saved us a bunch of space in here! Pete’s walker is wider than mine so he has a few struggles getting around corners and things but is managing. I’ve been keeping up with his pain meds and ice packs…I am praying that tomorrow will be a little easier, maybe he will be awake more, and I will be able to move better…that’s my prayer anyway! I will see you in the morning, my friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Tuesday Titters ~ What I Eat

May 14, 2024 @ 18:29 Casey and I got Pete packed up and got him home just in time for his next pain med dose. The drive was horrible for him, so painful over every bump, stop, or turn. Not only his new knee, but his broken rib from 2 weeks ago as well. He was in agony. Casey drove back down to Clare and got us some dinner; I can hardly walk or move at all – I think Pete is walking better than I am hahaha! We got Wendy’s which Pete really enjoys, he loves their Frosties. Casey also filled the window bird feeder outside Pete’s window and scattered bird seed around the yard as Pete does. What would I do without my girl??? Pete is sleeping in his recliner right now, which is what he’s been mostly doing since he got home. He needs it. He’s getting around fine, and has been upstairs to the bathroom a couple of times even…his knee isn’t even 36 hours old! So proud of him…

May 14, 2024 @ 13:49 Just a quick update on Pete today; lots of pain, he was told after the fact that this is common, the 2nd day is the worst. His rib is hurting too, maybe because of leaning heavily on a walker so much? Anyway, Casey will be here in a little while and then we can work on getting him home! I’m sure he will be more comfortable in his own recliner, and Chuy – who spent the entire evening yesterday sitting at the gate, staring at our car, waiting for Pete to get out – will be such a very happy little dog! (Still, not as happy as me!)

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May 14, 2024 @ 11:26 I’m sitting with Pete at the hospital, got here a couple of hours ago. He had a very rough night, and the morning hasn’t been much better. But later today he will go home and he won’t have to worry about staff taking forever to answer the call button when he’s in trouble – if they come at all. He will have me at his beck and call – and happily too. It isn’t that I haven’t done this sort of thing before; I was a live-in home health aide for close to a decade (after working in nursing homes through college as an aide, then as an Activity Director for a number of years after that) – I know my way around patient care, though I don’t have they physical strength and abilities that I did in my 20s and 30s, I can certainly take care of his needs as he has them. It will be a joy to me in fact. I got a rack of lamb out for his supper today, he will love that, I’m sure! Neither of us has had it before but he does enjoy lamb! There’s enough for 2 days there but if he wants it all at once, more power to him. He needs his protein now to heal. Anyway, his doctor said he’s doing well – everybody is saying the same – and he was walking up and down the hall this morning with the physical therapist. It may be different walking on carpeting at home but he is determined and will do fine! I will get Tuesday Titters posted at some point, it won’t be soon, may be late, but will get ‘er done! SO THANKFUL for Casey…coming later to help…don’t know what I would do without my girl! OK, see you later…

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May 13, 2024 @ 22:39 It was a day to be sure. I am, of course, totally exhausted, brain-weary, and physically painful. As is to be expected. BUT Pete’s surgery went great and his day was one success after another! (Link to a post about it below) Once I got home and greeted the dogs and the PoiBoiz I crash – also to be expected by anyone who knows me :). After I woke up I spent more time with them, ate supper, talked with Pete via Marco Polo and texting, listened to his Monday night net, and that was about all I could manage. So I will finish this up and go to bed so as to be ready to see my beloved when I get back to the hospital in the morning! Good night friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Pete’s Surgery ~ ChiaChow ChatWhat I Eat

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These are my notes to update friends and family during Pete’s surgery this morning (May 13, 2024). I will just leave it here as-is; it is all I had posted here so far today.

Pete update #3 @ whatever time it was: A couple of hours after getting to his room he was up and walking with his walker. Freakin’ AMAZING!! This was just after lunch. And just like that, he was up and walking! His first trip was about 10 steps, from his bed to the recliner. I still can’t believe it, it’s like a miracle! Praise God!!!

Pete update #2 @ 09:42: He’s out of surgery and doing fine, I’ll get to see him in about an hour πŸ™Œ πŸ™Œ πŸ™Œ

Pete update #1 @ 07:45: He’s in surgery, Dr. said it would be a couple of hours so I came to a nearby restaurant for breakfast, they have my cell number there though. He was a little nerved up but in a good mood when they took him back.

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May 12, 2024 @ 20:55 Had a scatter-brained kind of day, a bit stressed about tomorrow (and the few days following). I worked on stuff but couldn’t concentrate on anything, played my keyboard for a bit, and I don’t remember what else…that was my day, forgetting everything hahaha! It feels like a wasted day. But the sun was out so there’s that! I think Pete is as ready as he’ll ever be to get this over with and have his new knee and get through the post op PT. He had a funny thought the other day, “I just realized that I won’t have my new knee in heaven!!!” I asked what made him think of that, he told me, “You know all of those movies where people get raptured and all that are left behind are their glasses and false teeth and wigs and stuff?” That’s my Petey, always thinking!! Of course we’ll have new bodies anyway so he’s right but that never would have crossed my mind hahaha! Anyway, we have to get up at 4:00 so will be going to bed early, I will be in touch tomorrow as I can and will leave any updates right here on my site [chia.owly.net] as always. I don’t plan to take my laptop to the hospital so my texts will be short; I don’t have speedy thumbs. Have a good night friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Don’s Guest Post ~ What I Eat

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UPDATED my Health page! [JesusIsLord]

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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May 12, 2024 @ 07:46 I’ve been awake since 06:00, but fell asleep early last night and had slept on and off all day yesterday so that is no surprise I guess. It is bright and sunny outside today though I haven’t checked the weather yet. I’m downstairs though so that’s a positive thing! Plans today are just to get things ready for Pete, he has to get his stuff packed up for the hospital, and we will make sure the house is prepared, as much as we know to do, for him to come home; however it is pretty much walker-ready with clear paths, no rugs or cords or other trip hazards – since I use a walker – so that is all good. There will probably be adjustments to be made once he gets home but we will deal with that then. Casey will be leaving work early on Tuesday to help us when he is discharged. Anyway, this is a Big Deal to us and I will be so glad to see Pete not suffering with that knee, it has caused him so much pain for so many years, and finally he will have his mobility back so he can enjoy doing the things he loves again! So it is an exciting time! As for today, I’m not sure what that will entail but we will see, if it is going to be warm I will work on getting outside, I keep my seated rolling walker out there, and I can sit and week my beds in the sun, maybe. And that’s it for this morning, I missed you all yesterday and am thankful for today, have a joyful Sunday in the Lord πŸ™ŒπŸ™πŸ™Œ

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May 11, 2024 @ 22:11 (!) I am just turning my laptop on to say goodnight. Maybe tomorrow I will update my health page. But for those who look for me twice a day I couldn’t do it today. I will see you tomorrow, good night.

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May 10, 2024 @ 22:06 It was a beautiful day today! Probably got up to 70Β°F, or close to it, sunny and bright with a deep blue sky – you will see this in today’s video, toward the end. Perfect day for a nice drive! Everything we did is in the video so I won’t bore you with it here too, but it was pretty great. And we got to see my girl Casey, and Bill, and the grands, which is always a good day! Bill also got to meet HoWie for the first time, I drove the bus so that Leelan could help me move some heavy things inside. What a great day! No plans tomorrow, Emma will stop by to help with a couple of quick things but other than that our weekend will be taken up with Pete packing and otherwise preparing for Monday morning. So I guess that’s it for now, and I will see you in the morning, happy Friday, friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Friday Funnies ~ Vlog #2176 ~ What I Eat

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May 10, 2024 @ 06:43 Have been awake since 04:00, and it will be a long day…but I get to drive HoWie – WOOHOO!!!! So much to do for Pete to be ready for Monday morning, he has it all on his mind, and has his list, and I haven’t been involved at all (too many cooks and all that) so not sure why it all had me awake! Anyway, we had a little chat and are on the same page so maybe I can settle down enough to get a short nap while he is on his nets this morning. But I thought I’d say good morning first! I don’t have any – as in NONE – funnies in my folder for today, so I guess my first order of business will be a meme hunt while I have my coffee, and then we’ll get on with things. So happy Friday to all and I will see you laterβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

P.S. I DID get today’s Video of the Day posted but you might want to watch it with the sound down a little, at least at the beginning!

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May 9 @ 20:34 Pete had his EKG up in Cadillac today and it went well. That is pretty much everything today, when we got home I did the dishes, cooked Pete’s dinner, then cooked my dinner, and went through some messages and emails from today, then decided I would finish up here tonight and go to bed really early (not going to update my health page but more – and more – of the same). The whole weekend and Monday are supposed to be really rainy so I want to be able to enjoy tomorrow if I can, going to go to Billhilly and get some meat, not sure what else we might do. So I will see you in the morning, have a good sleep friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Don’s Guest Post ~ HoWie Update ~ Myrtle Update ~ What I Eat

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May 9, 2024 @ 09:02 Good morning, friends, it is a beautiful sunny day to wake up to! Pete is outside fixing the bird feeder that hangs on the ladder right outside the window as some critter (gee, I wonder who…πŸ€”…) broke into it and made a mess of things! (I will post a picture of the suspect over on the right in my “glimpses”.) Anyway I canceled my appointment for today and Pete will be getting his EKG instead, it looks like a lovely day to be out and about! We do enjoy going to Cadillac, it is a beautiful drive up 115, mostly 2-lane road, hilly and wooded and very scenic! We won’t be eating out or shopping today though, just getting it done and coming home again, even though we love the thrift shopping there, and they have the best reStore I’ve ever seen! We just don’t need more STUFF! I’d love to drive the bus but we’ll take the car since the bus is full of what we bought yesterday – I’m really hoping to get all of these photos from the week gone through and edited and posted at some point today as well…I’ll do my best! Anyway – have a great day in the Lord and I will see you later, friendsβ£οΈπŸ˜πŸ’

P.S. I also just updated Howie’s page and Myrtle’s page!

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May 8, 2024 @ 23:11 I already shared most of my day in my last post and in the video, so I don’t have a whole lot to say…had a good evening playing with my PoiBoiz, and Maisie was particularly cuddly too. I didn’t get to play my keyboard or get my nap, rather I was watching the weather situations because a lot of that nasty stuff was too close to some of the people I love. It was great that I got to drive HoWie again today though, and used him to pick up the furniture we bought! I think I talked about what Pete’s surgeon said about his broken rib and his upcoming surgery? If I didn’t, let me know and I will talk about it tomorrow. But his surgery is still on for Monday (13th), to make a longer story short. And I guess that’s it, and I will see you in the morning❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Vlog #2175 ~ Wednesday Wags ~ What I Eat

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May 8, 2024 @ 18:29 What a day, set my alarm for 06:30 because Pete had an appointment at 8:30 down in Mt. Pleasant with his surgeon for Monday’s knee replacement. After that we did a bunch of other stuff, got some things for HoWie, etc…and I made a video about the day which is rendering as I type and will be uploaded shortly. I still have a ton of photos I need to get edited and organized online so I can post them here, I couldn’t do it yesterday but maybe later today if I can get a little nap, meanwhile I will get today’s video put up because everything else I do today will be late. I really need a nap so I can get my brain on track to do the other stuff! So that’s it for now, you’ll see some news from today in the video if you choose to watch it…and I will see you laterβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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May 7 @ 18:47 I don’t know much about today, I did get outside for a while though. It has been a struggle with extreme pain, fatigue, and confusion. It took multiple tries throughout the day just to get Tuesday Titters posted; I couldn’t get anything else up, I’m sorry. Just one of those days I guess! So that will be it for me today and I will see you in the morning, enjoy your evening.

Tuesday Titters ~ ChiaChow Chat ~ What I Eat

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UPDATED my Health page! [JesusIsLord]

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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May 7, 2024 @ 11:32 What. A. NIGHT! So here is the entire story: Yesterday when I got up, Pete told me he had tripped when he was outside earlier. I said ok and went on with things. A few hours later – just as J&E were arriving to start work – he said something about “when I fell” and I was like, “Wait…what…when did you fall????” and after further pulling teeth I finally got the story that he had not only tripped, he had fallen…and then he had laid there for “a few minutes” because he couldn’t get up! AND he thought he had broken a rib! Well THIS changes everything! We went ahead with our plans with J&E, Pete rested, and afterward called the VA nurse who told him to go to the hospital. (A main concern, apparently, was internal bleeding since he’s on blood thinners.) To make a long story short, we went down to Clare, he had multiple tests, and 6 hours later we came home with a diagnosis of rib fracture, a breathing-exercise-suck-the-hose thing, and pain patches and pills. Of further concern, of course, is that he is scheduled for his knee replacement on Monday. He sees his surgeon tomorrow, so we will find out if that effects anything or not. (At the new-body-parts class they said that any change in medical condition must be reported as that could mean postponement.) Anyway, that is how we spent our evening, that is why there was no evening update, etc…we were exhausted, hungry, and in pain when we got home so we took care of the critters, had a snack, and went to bed! I slept in quite late today. So far today he’s doing fine, so many people were praying for him, and the pain and inability to move or breathe without it are not nearly what he was told to expect! That’s God’s hand! I am going to go update my health page now and get to work, I have SO MUCH I want to share with you today that I’d intended to do last night! Have a terrific Tuesday, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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May 6, 2024 @ 10:36 Good morning, friendsβ£οΈπŸ€—πŸ’ Bright shiny new day ahead! I slept in today (last night at bedtime I prayed that I could have a good long sleep) and feel rested. Got up and went straight to my keyboard for a change, to play for a while, and now here I am to do my morning update while the water heats up. (Rather than waste propane we turn on the water heater in the morning for dishes, showers, etc. and leave it off the rest of the time.) I have a lot of stuff to post today, IF I can get to it all! J&E will be here and now that there is so much more to do outside they’re here longer – which is GREAT but leaves less time to sit at my laptop! But I do have some photos I put up on my private family site (mostly password protected unless I put up something I want to share) that I will post here as well…I want to do some recording IF I get time and am physically able after working on the garden/flowers/planting outside with Emma. And because I slacked off during my weekend celebrations I have extra things to do around the house (if able) as well…so it is a good thing that God gave me that great sleep last night! I do have my leftovers from that great meal yesterday so I don’t have to cook, but would like to make some carnivore bread and custard and some cheesy cauliflower for Pete for later. I seem to be planning my day as I write! But I will spare you all that and go get busy – have a marvelous Monday, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, β€œWhy do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, β€œThose who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

May 5, 2024 @ 22:27 Had a lovely birthday today! In fact, a wonderful birthday weekend! Today I spent the morning dozing on my day bed and working on my sites, moderating, organizing files, and so forth, while watching the wildlife outside the windows and spending time with Pete. A relaxing time of contentment. We then met Casey and Bill and the grands for dinner and had a fantastic meal! I didn’t worry about tracking my food or my times or anything this weekend and it was so strange…for my dinner I ordered a 20 oz ribeye with grilled mushrooms, a sweet potato (birthday splurge) and some green beans. I brought home half the steak/mushrooms and the best part of the sweet potato: the skin! I’ll have that for my main meal tomorrow and enjoy it all again. Then on splurge #2 I got some low carb/lower cal ice cream which Pete and I thoroughly relished when we got home. I got some lovely cards, online and in the mail, and heard from a number of friends, and of course the family – AND I got great gifts. Truly I felt the love, and have read my cards many times…anyway, all of the excitement (and the extra carbs no doubt!) have made me soooo tired! I did play my keyboard for about an hour tonight, but now it’s time for bed. I hope you had a lovely weekend as well, and that your week gets off to a great start in the morning! Good night, my friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Don’s Guest Post ~ Michigan’s Spring Colors ~ Supernal Sunday

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May 5, 2024 @ 07:55 I’ve been awake since 5:30ish, having fallen asleep at 2:30ish – crazy! However, a morning nap will likely happen! Unable to even contemplate church today (could barely contemplate coming downstairs!) but will do my worship as always when I can’t get to church. Meeting with the Bill & Casey fam for my birthday dinner later, it is our family tradition, choosing a restaurant for our own special day…my choice should be no surprise, we’ll meet at Texas Roadhouse this afternoon to enjoy a meal together. Now that we have HoWie I have told the grands that I want a magnet from each of them for my birthday, like refrigerator magnets, something that makes them think of me – such as “The old hag” hahaha! (Then I found out that HoWie’s inside walls are plastic! But I’ll work it out!) Anyway, I am looking forward to a great day with my family, the sun is supposed to make an appearance later and temps go into the mid 70s – doesn’t get much better than that! Have a lovely day my friendsβ£οΈπŸ€—πŸ’

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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May 4, 2024 @ 21:48 A wonderful day! Drove to Cadillac where Pete enjoyed going to a ham radio swap, lots of his hamster friends were there, and he got a couple pieces of equipment. We came home, I had some soup (takeout soup that I’d brought home and frozen for my birthday weekend), then a nice nap. Pete and I had ordered new tablets last week as ours were both several years old and very slow – and they were on sale CHEAP! So those came today and I started messing with mine when Casey and Shylo Doggo and the grands got here. Shylo enjoyed the fenced in yard with her BFF Maisie, and grumpy old Chuy kept the 2 big girls in line while they were in HIS yard! Everyone loved seeing HoWie too and thought he was great! (He is!) After they left I made a little casserole for my supper with some smoked turkey, sausages, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese…delicious! Pete just went to bed and I will follow shortly, after I finish up here and do my bedtime bird chores. I did get some pictures, which I will post probably Monday as I don’t think we have other plans on Monday. So I will see you in the morning, hope you’re having a great weekend too❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Caturday ~ Saturday Social

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May 4, 2024 @ 06:25 Early start to the day, after a bit of a nap…and planning on another one – at least! – later! Will be fun times though and I never mind getting up for fun times! Supposed to be a nice day with a high of 74Β°F. Excited for Casey and the girls – including Shylo, who just had her first birthday 2 days ago – to come over for a while later; Shylo will get to try out the new fencing with Maisie, they are besties but haven’t really had the chance to play together much as there isn’t enough space in Myrtle, and Shylo hasn’t been able to be off-leash without containment yet. So today I am expecting some doggo fun times here! I will get video…I am planning to do a two-fer this weekend for Social Saturday and Supernal Sunday, 2 parts to the same topic from 2 points of view, as it has come to me since yesterday. So I will work on that this morning while Pete is enjoying his ham swap. I hope you have a great day and enjoy the start of your weekend, my friendsβ£οΈπŸ€—πŸ’

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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UPDATED Health Page [JesusIsLord]

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May 3, 2024 @ 22:25 I was glad that the sun came out this afternoon after our rainy morning! I did get most of the things done for the next couple of days, just have Supernal Sunday left to do and I’m still praying and contemplating it. Tomorrow Pete wants to go to a ham event and I will be waiting in the car so will take my laptop, maybe I’ll be able to work on it then. Supposed to be a beautiful weekend weather-wise so that will be great too! Plans all weekend so when Monday comes I will be glad to have a rest, but I’m excited and looking forward to it all! So I will see you in the morning, sleep well in Jesus tonight, friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

Family Follies ~ Chiachow Chat ~ What I Eat

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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May 3, 2024 @ 13:37 Good afternoon, my morning update is certainly late today! I was up earlier, started to drink my coffee, glanced at my emails and went to my morning happy place, and woke up several hours later, sitting here on my day bed! I am having some pretty severe pain levels today and I think that’s one of my body’s ways of coping, just knocking me out! Quite clever, but not very productive hahaha! Anyway, trying again with my coffee and restarting my day. Pete turned on the water heater, so I’ll take a very hot shower when the water is ready, and do up the few dishes that are in the kitchen sink. This will be a very very busy weekend so I am hoping to get a bit ahead on my posts here today, that is my priority, a close 2nd is spending time at my keyboard if I can manage it, and of course my usual stuff. BUT getting today’s Family Follies, tomorrow’s Caturday, and Sunday’s Supernal Sunday and Don’s guest post ready to go will be #1. And I’m going to eat some pizza today, and some soup I brought home from the Olive Garden last month and froze over the weekend…but more about that on my other siteanyway, time to get busy if I’m to get everything done, happy Friday, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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May 2, 2024 @ 23:59 (though it’s really May 3 @ 00:35) I want the date that shows up to be the day that I’m writing about here – is that what they mean by poetic license? Anyway, as is typical, the day didn’t go as planned! I worked on making HoWie’s new icon – or logo – or whatever it is called – for several hours because I was in way over my head with that project! But it will go on all of his stuff, Pete will be making new QSL cards with it on them, etc. So the day really got away from me with that project! Then we had to leave to get Pete to the club meeting for the Cadillac club, and made a stop on the way because I’m needing a manure fork that isn’t too heavy for me to lift repeatedly, with very close tines, and a long handle. I don’t think such a thing exists, we’ve looked at a few places. Anyway, his meeting was 2Β½ hours long during which time I sat in the car and chatted with Casey on Marco Polo, did some texting, played some games on my phone…had I known, I would have taken my laptop. Anyway, after that we made a quick stop at Walmart (I KNOW! We NEVER go to Walmart, haven’t been to one in years!) But it was all that was open in Cadillac) for a few things we had to have, and I picked up something I can use instead of a manure fork…we didn’t leave there until nearly 22:30 and got home over an hour later, and I still didn’t have Don’s Guest Post up…Pete put the Walmart stuff away while I did that, then decided I needed a quick snack – good thing I had a little bit of carnivore bread left! – and now here I am. And then the PoiBoiz will get taken care of, a couple of hours later than usual. SO GLAD I don’t have to get up early for anything in the morning! I have a lot of stuff to catch up on that didn’t get done today, BUT I don’t have to worry about that tonight…soon I will be asleep❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

HoWie’s First Adventure ~ Don’s Guest Post ~ What I Eat

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May 2, 2024 @ 11:16 WELL! Yesterday was GREAT! Until it wasn’t. By the time we got home last night just before 23:00 I was in so much pain and so exhausted and stressed I couldn’t think straight. And I will write a post about that today. HoWie is fine, don’t worry about him, all is well – mostly. Nothing that can’t be fixed… Anyway today is beautiful and sunny and a near-perfect spring day! The dogs are enjoying going in and out to their yard, especially Chuy, that little dog just cracks me up, how alive he’s become since he had his fenced yard, and how he goes in and out at will like such an important little man… Anyway, I have work to do here and will get Don’s post up and ready to go live this evening, and I will see you later, enjoy your day, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸ‘©β€πŸ¦³

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May 1, 2024 @ 08:37 Today my mom would have been 88 years old, so she is on my mind today for sure. It is supposed to be warm and partly sunny, and I’ll be driving HoWie for the first time – WOOHOO!! All the way to Pete’s infusion (about an hour) so that’s pretty exciting! I’ll have my laptop with me so that I can work on Wed Wags and all the other stuff I do on my laptop every day, moderating and a ridiculous amount of file mgmt and stuff like that…so that will be my day…anyway, have a great day friends, and I will see you later, from the busβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

P.S. I am working on the site – the changes you see aren’t necessarily going to stay the way they are at any given time!

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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April 30, 2024 @ 21:23 Good day today! Did a LOT of stuff, much of it you will see in the links below! Also ordered a bunch of vegetable and flower seeds (with Emma’s guidance), greeted Myrtle’s first flower this year, did the dishes and a bunch of other stuff. I also tried a recipe I’ve been wanting to try – but not without putting my own spin on it, as always! It was just a very productive and enjoyable day! Oh, and I moved back downstairs to my day bed again, having been upstairs the last few days due to mobility difficulties and high pain levels…so even though my pain levels are still up there, at least I was able to get around downstairs today. So yeah, a darned good day overall! And I will see you in the morning, friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

~ Tuesday Titters ~ HoWie ~ Myrtle ~
~ ChiaChowChat (with some big news!) ~
~ Recipe: Carnivore Rolls ~ What I Eat ~

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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April 30, 2024 @ 11:25 I slept in until 10:36 this morning – wow! Am already dressed and have no-rinse-but-I-rinse-it-anyway shampoo in my hair, waiting for the water to heat up so that I can rinse it and do the dishes before Emma gets here in a little while. (Jared will be here too but he usually works outside with Pete.) Pete is out to run a couple of errands, he took Howie since he hadn’t been driven in the 10 days since we brought him home. Today Pete & Jared will install a seat – of sorts, temporarily – so that Pete has a place to ride; tomorrow is Pete’s infusion and I’ll be driving Howie for the first time, that should be fun! Actually he isn’t that long but he IS quite wide; I’ll get used to it though. And I’ll have plenty of practice on country roads before we get to any towns; in fact, I can choose to take ALL 2-lane country roads, all the way there, if I want to. And I might. Nicer drive that way. Anyway, I have a few things to do before they get here, so I guess Tuesday Titters will get done after J&E are done; see you laterβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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April 29, 2024 @ 22:50 Worked on my sites this morning, and did some moderating, emails, and so forth. This afternoon Pete and I went to one of the local scratch’n’dent stores to see if they had any pet milk, and BINGO! they did, so we bought all they had (it’s what I use in my coffee and tea but is usually quite expensive). Then we went to the Secretary of State to do the title transfer and registration on Howie, turns out they don’t take walk-ins anymore, so Pete had to go to their website to make an appointment, which was for an hour later. πŸ™„ I worked on moderating after we got home, then decided to work on nothing for a while…ate my evening meal and now here I am. I’m anxious to get some flowers and vegetables planted, apparently in our zone we can do that at the end of May but I’m getting antsy about it so Emma says we’ll see what we can do tomorrow. I did buy some seeds, and some peat pots, and we have dirt, so hopefully we can start something growing. It’s supposed to be a nice day too! Looking forward to that and being outside. So that is about it for my day, I hope you had a good one as well, and I will see you in the morning❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

~ Myrtle Update ~ What I Eat ~

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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April 29, 2024 @ 10:40 Got to sleep in today, though I was up for a while earlier listening to Pete on his nets here in the bedroom, then fell asleep for a couple of hours. I seem to do my best sleeping in the mornings lately – and lots of dreaming too! Cloudy today, supposed to rain but be warm. Today I guess we’re going to get Howie registered, Pete wants to drive him somewhere this week, though we’d have to do that anyway. And I want to get a different clothesline for the yard, we can get that at one of the local Amish stores. Pretty tired today but it’s early yet, still sipping at my coffee which will help. Anyway that’s it today, Mondays I don’t really have a regular post for Mondays but I do have some photos and updates to Myrtle’s yard that I’ve been wanting to get posted so I’m going to try to get her page updated. Other than that, no real plans, will just do whatever comes along. Have a marvelous Monday, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸ‘©β€πŸ¦³

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April 28, 2024 @ 20:37 Sundays are long days. Not a bad thing. Just a thing. We picked up the kids for church this morning, and went to our last service at this church. It made me sad. I’ve grown to really love the people there. It has become familiar. They are moving, which will make our drive and our time much longer. We won’t be going for a while anyway, as Pete will be recovering from his surgery. I’ll get into all of the reasons – maybe – in a post. But for now, I’m just a bit sad about it. Anyway, Casey met us for lunch at our usual spot just down the road from their house. Then Pete and I came home and slept the rest of the afternoon. Since I woke up a few hours ago (about 3Β½) I’ve gotten Don’s Guest Post up and done Supernal Sunday. And now I will do some moderating and relaxing for a while until bedtime. It has been a good weekend, I hope that yours was too…and I will see you in the morning❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

~ GUEST POST from Don ~ Supernal Sunday ~ What I Eat ~

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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April 28, 2024 @ 08:43 This will be a short morning update, as we have to leave shortly to pick up the kids for church, I’m wearing another one of my new dresses. Haven’t seen the grands in a few weeks so excited to spend time with them again! Supposed to have rain and storms all day, fun times, but we will have a great day in spite of the weather. See you later, friendsβ£οΈπŸ€—πŸ’

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UPDATED my Health page! [JesusIsLord]

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April 27, 2024 @ 21:42 (!) Today didn’t turn out anything like I expected – but that’s how it usually goes! Worked on my site and did some moderating this morning, then after I ate I fell asleep where I sat (a common occurrence, for those who don’t know) for several hours. I woke up and did the dishes, then came upstairs and did some work on my projects, ate again, and that was pretty much my day! The sun did come out and it got very warm outside so I did spend some time out there with Maisie, not as much as I wanted to because it was so windy but it did feel great! Chatted with friends too, which I don’t have enough time to do usually, so that was great. Anyway, it was a pretty good day for the most part! I will see you tomorrow, friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

~ Caturday! ~ What I Eat ~

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April 27, 2024 @ 12:56 It is late for today but I’ve been busy! Slept in until 10:00, but already spent my morning time in my happy place (Good Morning Brigade on Gab), got Caturday done – including the meme hunting – and ate. We had lots of rain overnight but now the sun is bright and the temp is supposed to be 76Β°F! I will be getting dressed shortly so Maisie and I can spend a lot of time outside, I don’t have my tent up yet but Pete put the awning out yesterday – our outdoor living spaces are coming along! So many little things bringing me joy, both the rain and the sun, my new dresses from the VOA thrift store, watching our yard take shape (thank you J&E!), plans for the bus… One of Pete’s hamster friends wants Pete to take Howie over to his house, he has a shop for building/repairing electronics, so they can work on installing Pete’s radios together – what could be more fun than that for him?? The thought of that just delights me! Anyway, we know that God is always with us, in good times and tough times, and at times like these when He shows how He is taking delight in us❣️ πŸ™ŒβœοΈπŸ‘‘βœοΈπŸ™Œ

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April 26, 2024 @ 23:18 It is raining, and shall be for the next couple of days, with thunderstorms thrown in, according to the weather guessers. We had an unplanned busy – and fun – day today, I was going to write all about it here but decided to talk about it instead, that video (vlog #2174) is linked below. Other than that, not much to write, I haven’t been online, did very little moderating (though I will do a lot more after I finish this), did very little work on my sites (though I just finished doing some), and didn’t do any of my usual things around the house today! BUT Pete and I had a good time and a productive day! Anyway, I will see you in the morning, sleep well in Jesus, friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

~ Vlog #2174 ~ Friday Funnies ~ What I Eat ~

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April 26, 2024 @ 11:11 (!!!!) I think that’s a first, 11:11! It was 11:10 when I started typing the date, then I double-checked the time when I got to it and it had flipped, just like my old alarm clock in high school…remember those? Where the numbers were cut in half and flipped when the time changed? I still hear that in my head when the time changes… Anyway, I’ve been up for a couple of hours, got 2 more loads of laundry done but couldn’t do any more, I really crippled myself up yesterday…still, that’s 2 that weren’t done when I woke up WOOHOO!! Since it’s supposed to rain for the next few days that’s probably all the laundry I’ll do this week. Pete has it out on the line already, and I have piles of it he brought in from yesterday’s loads to put away after a break. Today I need to run to one of the Amish stores for a couple of things but other than that I will be laying low again – dishes to do that I didn’t get done yesterday, a keyboard begging for attention, and PoiBoiz wanting to be played – or is it the other way around…? I roasted a lot of meat yesterday so I would have leftovers, and I have some leftover “quick chicken wraps” from a couple of days ago too, so I don’t have to cook. Supposed to be sunny and in the mid-60s until evening when the rain moves in so I’m also planning to spend time outside with Maisie. A busy day, I hope! Enjoy your Friday, friendsβ£οΈβœοΈπŸŽΉπŸ•β€πŸ¦ΊπŸ¦œπŸ™ŒπŸ₯©πŸŒ±πŸ˜†πŸšŒβ€οΈ

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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April 25, 2024 (aka, “The perfect date”) @ 18:52 Yes, today, according to Cheryl Frasier, Miss Rhode Island in the 2000 movie Miss Congeniality, is The Perfect Date! See the corresponding photo to the right for an explanation. Anyway this is the first time today I’ve been online…as I’d mentioned last night I had a bit of an injury so I really wanted to lay low today. I didn’t go downstairs but decided since I couldn’t do anything else I would work on laundry. I have a portable washing machine in the shower, which is in our bedroom, just a couple of steps from my side of our bed. So I set up my shower stool and that’s where I spent the day, got 8 loads done! Pete ran errands, when he got home he put the clothes out on the line. So that was my entire day. I just came back to my bed and got Don’s guest post up, and will get something to eat shortly. (The kitchen, for those who don’t know the Myrtle’s layout, is just outside of the bedroom, maybe 10 feet from the bed; I can usually make it there and back even on my worst days, of which this is one.) I feel happy that I was so productive in spite of everything, it was a gorgeous day outside and I really enjoyed the sun and fresh air from the front door (directly next to the bedroom door which is directly next to the shower outside of which I was sitting – how wonderful is THAT?) So in the end it was a great day no matter, and I’m pleased and peaceful and ready to enjoy my evening. Or fall asleep – whatever – hahaha! I hope your day was beautiful and I will see you in the morningβ£οΈπŸ€—πŸ’

~ GUEST POST from Don ~ Recipe Index ~ Quick Chicken Wraps ~ What I Eat ~

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April 24, 2024 @ 22:37A long and busy day but a good one, most of it anyway. We went to Saginaw for Pete’s appointment, then to the huge VOA thrift store down there. I was able to find 4 summer dresses! 3 of them are more for wearing around the house, though I might run to the corner store in them rather than change, but since I’m at home most days anyway it they will be great! So I was pretty thrilled about that. Then we came home and I made supper, and ate. I started working on some moderating but them something happened, OA-related, and that wrecked the rest of my evening – oh well, I can do stuff tomorrow! Pete helped me get upstairs and brought my laptop, and now I’m just finishing up for the night, AND looking forward to tomorrow! A shiny new day for whatever I/we need – or want – to do! Like most nights I go to sleep making my plans, which may or may not change by the time I wake up hahaha! I DO know that I had something I wanted to go for a post here and was so excited I told Pete about it because it was such a great idea…but now neither of us can remember what it was. If it comes back to me that will be great; if not, maybe it will come back to me another day! Anyway, have a great sleep in Jesus and I will see you in the morning, friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

~ Wednesday Wags ~ What I Eat ~

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JUST DROPPED! Today’s Video of the Day!

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April 24, 2024 @ 10:30 So how do you like my new front page? Do you find it easier to navigate? Do you enjoy the pictures I can “hang on the wall” along the right side? Does this layout make more sense to you? I created my site nearly 4 years ago, and just decided it was time for an overhaul – a modernization, if you will. It is a Big Deal to me and I hope that you find it easier on the eyes, and nice to use! Speaking of nice, looking forward to a nice drive to Saginaw later for Pete’s appointment, we enjoy riding in the car together, and I always love a trip to the magnificent VOA down there! So in spite of the weather, it will be a very nice day! Plus with the yard that J&E fixed up for us to spend time, and all of the many blessings that we enjoy as we serve the Lord with gladness…we are so thankful!

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April 23, 2024 @ 21:27 AND now the chat box is gone, and you’ll be reading my news & updates right here! AND there is a new sidebar on the right where I can display photos. AND Howie’s new page has content, including a new video showing the work that J&E did on him today! Besides all of this – which would be enough on its own! – I went meme hunting, put up Tuesday Titters, wrote a post for my ChiaChow page, played my keyboard, had 2 scans done at a local hospital, and J&E worked here for 5 hours, I spent quite a bit of time with them as well. I don’t know how I did it all but wow, it was a busy one! I’m ready for bed early tonight for sure, I hope that you like the new format of this page, there is no place to leave a comment but the chat box was really only being used for me to talk to you, not the reverse (ie, no chatting was happening), so it shouldn’t be a big deal. Anyway, I hope that you like it. It is much more basic and clean. So have a good night and I will see you in the morning, friends❣️πŸ₯±πŸ™

~ Howie ~ Tuesday Titters ~ What Is An Animal-Based Way of Eating? ~ What I Eat ~

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24 thoughts on “ChiaChatter Lives Here

  1. Happy, Happy ‘Special-Day’ to you Sherry! Best wishes, thoughts, prayers, and love as you navigate this next year of life in this crazy world,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

    1. Thank you my dear wonderful friend!!! And THANK you for the card, it speaks to me and I will be saving and finding a way to display the gorgeous graphics on the front – it is so me! (But you knew that!) Your beautiful note…you have made my birthday that much more special just by being you, love to you, Annette πŸ€—πŸ˜πŸ’

  2. Oh Sherry! I was concerned about all your ‘planting-plans’ outside and your involvement in it all, but I can understand your wanting to be an active participant throughout the process, so as to know ‘what’s where’. So now you’re physically suffering from all the (uncomfortable) hours it took being outside. Rest dear one. Rest and just talk with God. I send my love…

    1. Yes, between the planting and then the 6 hours (mostly) sitting in a hard chair I was pretty done in. Emma and Jared make my planting as easy as possible on me, they fill the pots with the dirt and bring them to me on a wagon so I can do it from my seat, my body just isn’t used to those types of movements I guess? But the worst of it only lasted a day so I am thankful, and it was such a fun time that I’ve been looking forward to for so long! Thank you so much for your understanding comments, you always “get me” 😍 That is exactly how I spent the next day! I hope all is well with you and you haven’t been touched by the nasty weather that’s been going around this week – love to you dear Annette❣️

  3. From the video (Myrtle, May 6) it appears as if many of your plantings are INSIDE the fenced-in area. I’m hoping the dogs (especially little mischievous Chuy) will leave all the buckets & baskets alone, i.e. not dig in them, eat them, pee in them, etc. I get excited seeing and hearing YOUR excitement regarding all the different plantings. There certainly are a LOT of them! Best regards to you & Pete.

    1. Hi, Annette! Yes, that is intentional after having the wildlife eat so much of what I grew last year. I have been considering putting some of the pots on ornamental bricks for visual interest. As for Chuy, he’s pretty short LOL! He hasn’t used any of the pots for his potty yet, he seems to prefer naturally-growing spots :). I’ll tell you what, before last year I never would have believed I’d be so “into” gardening! Loving it though, glad my passion is coming across! Thanks for your input, it’s always welcome 😍

  4. I just read your health page and, under the circumstances, am astounded at what you have already accomplished so far today. My goodness! Yes you need help with filling those water bottles. I actually got ‘scared’ for you. I HOPE you don’t end-up losing your leg!?!?!? If only there was something I could do for you, but all I can think of is to PRAY…fervently PRAY. I love you guys so much and wish only the very best for you! Bless you!

    1. Well, to be honest, I am astounded that I can accomplish anything…it is only by the grace of God. I hope that losing my leg isn’t part of The Plan, and had just been expressing that recently to Pete. Just remember, the BEST thing you can do is to pray! I am resting it when I can, and when Pete is back to walking well and doing what he does, I will get it taken care of (whatever that may be)…meanwhile I’m using lotions and potions and pills and rest when I can. But knowing you, and others, are praying, I know that God is working and it will all be good, according to His perfect will. Thank you dear Annette…we love you too and so much appreciate our friendship 😍

  5. Lord please, Please, PLEASE keep Pete & Sherry and their possessions safe from harm through the storms You are sending through. In the name of Jesus we pray…Amen.

    1. Thank you, Annette, He did! We are well and, looking out the window, it seems our baby plants are too! I will go out later and look more closely but Pete and I did fine! God is faithful!

  6. Today’s ‘Wednesday-Wisdoms’ (05/22/24) are absolutely excellent, and many are applicable to my own situation at the moment. Thanks for sharing them Sherry!

  7. I absolutely LOVE you new ‘buzz’ haircut. I’d like to have one myself, but when I see pictures of me with a new short. Short, SHORT haircut, I look like a ‘little-old-MAN’! YOU don’t look that way. You look like a very, Very, VERY pretty WOMAN!

    1. Oh this haircut is SO comfortable! AND so easy…I have very much missed having my hair short and it is a blessing to have a good cut. I did laugh out loud at the though of you looking like a little old man hahaha! I can’t imagine that but definitely taking your word for it and that was good for a laugh! Thank you so much, I needed to hear your words this week😍

  8. I’m so sorry to learn of your latest health issue (right hand ). The videos are good to see and hear, so if it’s easier on you to make them, then that will save you from having to type-out so much. As always, best wishes, thoughts, prayers, and much love to you, Pete, and the furry & feathered friends.

    1. Thanks, Annette…we will see what happens with these new developments; just breaking my heart to sit and look at my keyboard and not be able to use it at the moment. The rest I am dealing with as always…but kicking and screaming sometimes :). You are loved and appreciated so much by Pete and I, always love your insights and thoughts😍

  9. Chop-up vegetables with my LEFT hand??? You’re kidding…right??? I guess we can be thankful that WE have TWO hands to use. (There are people who ‘don’t’!) I’m surely hoping this ‘situation’ is but a TEMPORARY one!

    1. Well I did manage, using both hands…sort of steadying the cleaver with my right hand and doing the actual cutting with my left – or maybe it was the other way around? My fingers don’t cooperate but my hand as a whole at least will go where I tell it to, even though it’s weak. If not for that I couldn’t have! If this situation ISN’T temporary I will need buckets of God’s grace! Not playing my keyboard, especially, is breaking my heart. I know your prayers are heard by God❣️

  10. I enjoyed going around Myrtle with you today. Now NEXT year, maybe you will label some slower-growing things so you remember what got planted where. The audio was PERFECT. Your voice came through loud and clear. I hope your hand is better today than yesterday, and better yesterday than the day before.

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