Day 18 of Isolation

6 years ago today I fell, fracturing my knee cap and tearing my meniscus.  Immobilized leg for 3 months, then the meniscus surgery with additional immobile time.  Another 6 months of physical therapy to be not quite back to normal.  Since that fated day, I gained 35 pounds!  Guess my activity levels dropped more than I thought.  In the last 17 weeks, I’ve lost 28 of those pounds!

Because we are watching more closely what we are eating, today I made homemade unsweetened applesauce to have with the BBQ pork loin and asparagus for dinner.  It was so easy!  Cut up, boil, and blend in food processor.  Start to finish was 20 minutes and then a few hours in the frig.  Didn’t even peel them.  Don’t want to lose those nutrients.

What foods have you experimented with during your self-isolation?

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Day 17 of Isolation

We ordered mulch and steer manure online and went to Home Depot to pick it up.  They even load it into the car.  Today was planter mulching day!  Grass seed and steer manure soon and then our yard will smell absolutely fabulous!

John also repaired the bench on the front porch.  Some of my honey-do list is getting done!!  Happy wife here!!

What projects have you worked on?

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Day 16 of Isolation

We had a very relaxing day after our Mai Tai party last night.  We might have had too many!

It has been so great having the Kiddo around!

Kiddo made a great lentil soup I have to rave about.  It was a Moroccan Lentil soup with lentils, garbanzo beans, diced tomato, cauliflower, celery, onion, and spices.

I only had dried garbanzo beans – they were so easy to make in the Instant Pot.  One cup of beans and 6 cups of water for 50 minutes.  Turned out wonderfully!

Day 15 of Isolation

Kiddo #2 is officially on vacation and coming home for the week.  She hasn’t been to the hospital in 9 days (not sure how that happened for her) so she feels confident she will not infect us.  She was supposed to leave this morning for spring break in Hawaii.  To celebrate, John made a batch of Mai Tai.  This picture isn’t ours – we didn’t have the fruit slices.

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And we also:

  • We debated where we can install the horseshoes game.  While weeding earlier in the week, we found a horseshoe.  Not sure how long it has been there since we have never played horseshoes at home (that’s a camping activity.)  We’ve lived here 30 years.  John’s hypothesis is that the previous owners had a horse in the yard and the shoe came off.  Barb’s hypothesis is that they played horseshoes on that side of the yard.  Who is correct? Barb, of course!  Why? Because I’m always right hahaha
  • Enjoyed the afternoon and evening talking with Kiddo and drinking Mai Tais.

Week 2 of Isolation Movies

Movies:

  1. Our Brand is Crisis

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  2. Secretariat
  3. The Martian
  4. Romancing the Stone
  5. The Jewel of the Nile
  6. Transformers: Age of Extinction
  7. The Holiday
  8. Ralph Breaks the Internet
  9. Gladiator
  10. Man From Snowy River

Non-Movie Watching:

  1. Jeff Dunham comedy shows
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    newest episode of “The Rookie

  3. newest episode of “Bless this Mess
  4. newest episode of “Survivor
  5. newest episode of “The Walking Dead
  6. started watching “The Kominsky Method” on Netflix
  7. CNN10 news
  8. Jimmy Fallon at Home
  9. miscellaneous YouTube dark hole!

 

Day 14 of Isolation

I can’t believe it has been 2 weeks!  On one hand it seems SO MUCH LONGER!  On the other hand, it has gone by relatively smoothly. 

We are trying to find ways to keep ourselves entertained without leaving our property.  Our 9000 square foot piece of land (.2 acres; 836 square meters) doesn’t give many places to hide with a house on it!  I think our biggest challenge is finding some time alone.

How are you finding time alone with this “Safer at Home” order?

 

Today we:

  • made extra YUMMY pancakes with some of the sourdough starter – didn’t think to take a picture until they were all gone!
  • worked on Sudoku puzzles
  • GUITAR HERO!  Amazed our guitar still works!  I think it’s been over 10 years since it was last used.
  • naps and a very restful day

Day 13 of Isolation

Is it just me or is this never going to end?  I have a weird feeling that we aren’t going on vacation this summer.  Looking at the number of cases this morning seems to confirm things are getting worse, not better.

My principal sent an email this morning (midway through our spring break that’s already ruined by the pandemic) that we must check our work email HOURLY starting Monday.  Like I have nothing else to do (oh wait, I guess I don’t) but still!

They also want us to “interact” with the students starting next week.  Granted, we can’t assign anything that results in a grade and we can’t force them to “interact”.  They want all of us to set up a Zoom or Google Meet time so students have access to us.  Not sure how comfortable I am with this.  They can already message through the district platform and email us.  Is it so they can see us?  Be reassured by us?

Today on the homefront:

  • a few more weeds pulled out of the side yard
  • facetime with the kiddos
  • patio is ready for spring, I even had lunch outside today!
  • Declutter a shelf in the back bedroom so we can put our Wii stuff there.

My LadyBug friends while out with the weeds!  My social life is devolving!

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