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  2. Catrionasmith04

    Reintroduction, Covid & Anxiety

    Thank you for the advice and clearing that up for me!
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  4. I'm so glad to read your news -- It sounds like you are crushing it, and I'm so proud of you. Also, wishing I could mail you some produce - I guess that's a bad idea. Can you have someone deliver some to your doorstep? I've been doing that with drug store things for customers and friends who are vulnerable and can't go out. Is it all so surreal? That is how it feels from here, to know you are home sick. When this is all over, bragging rights forever. Any chest tightness? What is your energy level like? So many questions, I know, but I wonder what simple deliciousness you or your husband might rustle up for you for comfort and nutrition? Oh dear lady, I am with you in spirit. The rest of what I want to post here on a normal day seems so silly and insignificant because it's not a normal day, and you are home living with this horrible virus. I still can't believe it. Maybe just a little normalcy for my next paragraph before dashing out the door. Yesterday I decided to get another cauli crust pizza from next door, and feeling clever about ways to make it more flavorful, I ordered chicken and Canadian bacon, and every green thing they had on the menu except for jalapeno. I mentioned it was a small pizza? With a medium unsweetened iced tea, and after my 20% local discount, it was $31.99. Yep, that much. I almost choked. If they weren't my neighbor in the shopping center I would have just walked away. Instead I went back to get more cash, and paid that ridiculous sum. It was good. I ate half of it and had the other half for dinner with a little of the pasta I made for hubs. Today's lunch, salmon and cucumber salad. Goodbye to March. Foolishness for tomorrow. Take care Holly, keep the news coming when you can. xxxooo
  5. ShannonM816

    Reintroduction, Covid & Anxiety

    Yes, you can do multiple reintro days of a particular type of food to help determine if you had a reaction to the food or if it was anxiety. I think as far as how much of each thing to eat during reintroductions, eat whatever amount you would normally eat. For some things, that probably means just a small amount, but if you'd eat a whole bowl of quinoa or oatmeal or whatever, it makes sense to eat that much during reintros. You might have no problem with a few bites of something, but a noticeable reaction to a bowl full of the same thing. The gf pasta is ok, as long as all the non-whole30 stuff was all from the same group. Some people do break reintros down even more, for instance a separate day for peanuts or soy, then other legumes. That would be fine if you want to do that, but you don't have to.
  6. I hope so. My temp has dropped to just under 100. It's been hanging there and I'm coughing less so I'm taking those as good signs. I'm trying to get plenty of sleep, even if it is broken up and trying not to do much. Thankfully, I have some good books, both real and Kindle. Gabby Bernstein did a workshop on Sunday about anxiety relief and it has some guided meditations. I wasn't up for it then but I think I might listen to that today and I think Brene Brown has something out there too. TN just jumped on the 14-day lockdown- better late than never. It was a "recommendation" prior to this. I'm having mild produce panic! I have plenty of meat, eggs and some canned things like tuna but probably only have about a weeks worth of produce and no fruit- my husband has a major sweet tooth and can really plow through some fruit. I was planning on restocking on my way home from work yesterday but, you know, the best laid plans... Take care!
  7. Catrionasmith04

    Reintroduction, Covid & Anxiety

    Hi everyone, I was doing a whole30 when the corona virus hit the West really hard. I live in the UK and have just finished our 2nd week of lock down. I am in the reintroduction phase at the moment, however when I get really anxious my stomach seizes up and usually my lower back will go back too. I've been trying to reintroduce foods however I can't tell if what I am eating is causing discomfort or the anxiety. Is it allowed in reintroduction to try say gluten free grains 3 times, with 2 days rest or however long needed in between? This is my first "correct" reintroduction and id really like to do it right to begin my FFF journey. Would you advise sticking to simple things. I had Gf pasta that contained rice, corn and quinoa and I thought maybe I should just try one of those at a time because it'd be better to simplify to spot issues with certain foods from each group? Also I had quinoa porridge, is that too much for a reintroduction meal, I read last night it should be a side so should I avoid doing that again? Apologies for the essay, I just really want to do the reintroduction correctly. Cat
  8. DAY 31 Weigh-in Lost 7 lbs. That exceeds my expectations, and puts me about in the target range. 5' 11" 173 lbs. I noticed that my muscle tone had returned--there was a layer of fat over the top before, and my pants are a bit looser. But not that much loss in inches. Watched Game Changers last night on Netflix. It makes a compelling case for plant-based eating. And demonstrates very clearly that meat fucks up your body in all kinds of ways. But I don't know what my optimal diet looks like. Carbs for me promote a craving for more carbs. I was up to 207 lbs 17 years ago, borderline Type 2 Diabetes, and batshit crazy--pretty much. Digging a grave with a fork as they say. I steered out of that skid with Carbohydrate Addicts diet, meat and vegetables and limiting eating to 3 meals and eating within one hour at night. Saved my ass. Stabilized my blood sugar problems, and my afternoon energy crash went away. Now, I'm wondering if there's a turn in the road again, a way to primarily eat plant based and supplement B12, which is not in most food because of the damage to the soil from pesticides and stuff. But I have a garden now, and I think the soil is healthy around here. Hmmmm. Healthy Cognitive Dissonance.
  9. ShannonM816

    I love Olivado, but is it allowed?

    Yes, avocado oil is allowed. You might find the Can I Have guide helpful: https://whole30.com/the-official-can-i-have-guide-to-the-whole30/ And the rules and other helpful downloads are here: https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/
  10. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    1 DAY of compliant food today ~ black coffee, sparkling water, and: GV frozen butter chicken meal, homemade "steak fries" in the air fryer w/ unsweetened ketchup (4) small chicken breasts w/ buffalo ranch, an apple tiny can of V8 --- What a crazy time to try to eat W30. Thankfully I already have several things in my house that are ok to eat, but ... this is interesting. Not like I have a stockpile of frozen meals ~ that would have been a pretty smart thing to do. But I stopped buying mass quantities of them when I sadly had to admit that they weren't doing fantastic things for my IBS. Hey, I'm happy to have one day done & already feel much more clear-headed. So much in life is a day at a time now. I'll take it.
  11. Hey Everyone Im super new to the Whole30 game, so just looking for a bit of guidance. I got put onto this diet by a bunch of team mates at my Dojo that swear it has kicked their engine into over- over-drive so I had to give it a go. I've always been very conscious of what I put into my body, and the effect said food is having on the environment. A few years ago another mate of mine put me onto Olivado Avocado oil, tastes great and works really well at high temps, which when combined with what I was reading about much of their supply chain and production being fuelled by bio-fuels they were making from the off-cuts/bi-products, it tickled all my fancies. I attached an image of the bottle also incase someone can decipher an answer to my question from the label. Anyway, Im really keen to give this diet a really good swing and make sure that I'm doing it properly. I saw that there were some oils on the approved items list, but would like to stick with what I know where possible and was hoping someone could let me know if I can stick with my Olivado or let me know exactly what I need to look for on the bottles to make sure I am compliant. Any guidance you can give me to soften my noob curve would be great.
  12. Sorry, we had some wine with dinner over puttanesca to celebrate our first day with the new technician - they did an almost record number of Rx's without hassle or drama -- and I fat-fingered my post - sorry, I was going to say may it STAY THAT WAY! ...your case, being mild, tame it, tame it, tame it with your HollySmokes ways....and I will do my part from afar. My husband said that when you've recovered you can touch your face again without worry. Please write to me every day so I don't worry so much about you, ok? Because I will worry. And I'm really interested in what you said about W30 being a boon to your immune system! I'm having a super hard time with my clunky Linux keyboard in my slightly intoxicated state, so I will try again when I'm not under the influence, so meanwhile, sleep with the angels, Holly, and I will write again soon. Love and light
  13. Holly! It sounds like you are in the midst of a mild case, and may it STAY
  14. emilyelowe

    Re-Intro Fail #facepalm

    Short Story: does anyone know what’s in Chipotle’s Barbacoa that makes it non-compliant? Their site has their ingredients listed in a general sense, not by dish and I’m not sure if it’s the rice bran oil (thinking - and hoping - it’s this) or potentially soy beans. Long Story: I was re-introducing GF grains today and thought I’d just get white rice and corn tortillas at Chipotle rather than buying a whole box or bag of those items, knowing I likely wouldn’t use them. Not only did I accidentally order Barbacoa instead of Carnitas (where is the carne asada when you need it, amirite!?!) but I realized halfway through my first tortilla they had given me FLOUR TORTILLAS. ACH. Obviously, I stopped eating the tortillas but I finished the bowl without even realizing about the Barbacoa. So now I’m just trying to figure out HOW badly I messed up. Overall, it was super disappointing and I am feeling very frustrated, but am planning to take at least three days before I reintroduce dairy and proceed with my reintroduction as planned. Based on what I find with gluten as part of that, I may decide to do GF grains alone on another day as well just to be certain. I do enjoy the occasional white rice. Any additional advice is welcome. Thanks for listening!
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  16. meli22

    Meli's log

    Day 29 B - coffee w/ nut milk; vegetable soup w/ chicken; 1/4 avocado; sauerkraut S - poached egg; mid-morning coffee w/ nut milk L - vegetable soup w/ seafood; garlic-sautéed greens; handful of green olives; cucumber; glass of kombucha D - broccoli soup w/ 1/4 avocado; oily smoked trout w/ mustard, capers, celery, cucumber, kalamata olives; sauerkraut
  17. MJ of Cayman

    Whole 30 for Lent

    Day 37. It’s much easier doing Whole 30 when the entire social calendar has been cleared and I’m in co trial in the kitchen. Only problem I’m having is my husband enjoying ice cream or corn chips. My daughter has Oreos in the pantry which smell soooo good. There is too much food in the refrigerator. It’s from too much cooking. A lot of fresh foods instead of processed foods, so there are more leftovers. Past few days I made a meatloaf, a balsamic chicken salad with strawberries and a kalhua pork with cabbage. I also made two pounds of the Whole 30 pork breakfast sausage that I freeze for quick protein in the skillet. Feeling like a few pounds have dropped. Wishing I felt more relief from aches and pains. We’ll see what happens over the next 12 days left.
  18. OK, last meal. Again, poor preparation. My wife was going to make a chicken soup but got tied up on a call. So, I stuck to my guns for the last meal. Sardines for protein. Half a squash with coconut oil. Beets with ghee. I'm so full right now, 2.5 hours after having eaten. Didn't really eat that much today but was full. Lunch, small head of broccoli with mayo.
  19. It sounds like you're on top of things! Yes, I start cleaning/cooking and then don't do other types of movement. I know, technically, I'm still moving but it's not the same for my body or my mind. Yoga with supervisors should be a new thing! Way to go on your closet. I have my grandmother's desk and I use it as a jewelry box. It's one of those small ladies desks where the front pulls out to make a writing surface. I had that special cloth to wrap silver pieces in for years so I can organize it and make it nice but Never get around to it. It's probably going to happen this week, though. Because... Right now I feel just sick enough not to want to do anything but just well enough to be bored. I've had fever for a couple of days along with a cough so I had to go in yesterday to get tested and, surprise! Positive! Thankfully they were expediting employee testing so I got my results last night and didn't have to wait a few days for results. We had started isolation procedures anyway then my husband decided it was silly because we've had close contact forever and stopped. When the results came back, we simultaneously decided that maybe it was not so silly. I stayed in our bedroom and bath since it probably has the most cooties and he's moved into my mom's bedroom and is using the downstairs bath. I washed everything that wasn't tied down and have been busily spraying and wiping down all of the handrails and doorknobs. My fever has already started going down and I'm not nearly as achy as I was so it appears that I'll have a pretty mild case unless thing suddenly go south. I think I have much to thank W30 for keeping me healthy and my immune system strong. I'm keeping up the fire cider, echinacea and vitamin D. Yesterday was beautiful so I sat outside for a long time in the sun soaking up some Vit D and reading. I figured being outside with the birds and the sun had to be better than staying cooped up in the house. Do you get Melissa's XO/MU newsletter? This morning she did a really good job talking about what her food freedom looks like right now and why. Makes me less tempted to do any hard off-roading right now even though I had a quesadilla for dinner last night. I wasn't very hungry and the only things that appealed to me were creamy, cheesy, wheaty things so I took one of my husbands flour tortillas and went for it. It wasn't as good as I thought it would be but that might be because I saw my test results as I took my first bite! Not sure why but I decided to weigh myself yesterday. I kept thinking that my weight felt pretty stable but I really wanted to confirm it since I totally fell off the movement wagon. It was exactly what it was before our Louisiana trip so it made me feel good that I was right. It was also motivating but right now my only job is to listen to my body and recover. I can't go back to work until Monday, at the earliest, so I hope I'll feel well enough in a couple of days to start some gentle movement. Send out some good vibes for John Prine: he's in ICU on a ventilator- it makes my heart hurt. Peace, love and wellness to you and your hubby.
  20. Sugar Dragon Tamer

    Day 51 - Advice Needed

    Hi! I'm also doing two rounds of Whole 30. I'm on day 56. This is my fourth whole 30 in two years. I decided to do two rounds this time because my sugar cravings never really seemed to subside after 30 days. I am also nervous about reintroduction because my sugar dragon is always lurking but as you said, it's not truly food freedom if we continue doing whole 30 forever. Doing 60 days has definitely made me stronger and more capable of resisting sweets. I finally feel like I'm experiencing the "Tiger Blood" stage! Are you feeling it too? To get through reintroduction, I just remember Melissa's trick of, if you're craving something, wait 5 mins to see if you really want something or if it will pass. Also, I try to remember that I'm in control. If I want a sweet and it's really worth it, I can have it. So, I'll take the time to really savor and enjoy it. Hope this helps!
  21. Emily127

    April Whole 30 2020

    I have been thinking about doing another round of Whole 30 and with all that is going on in the world right now I realized now is the perfect time to spend time working and rebuilding my relationship with food and myself. I hope others will join me on this journey!
  22. With the feeling of accomplishment of getting the garage clean and sorted, and getting the closet just the way I want it, I found the self-love and motivation to get out of bed when I woke up early today at 540 instead of turning over and snoozing. I went highway walking up to the park entrance. This is the first walk I've taken in weeks, and it felt so good. Flowers, river, mountains, birds, cold fresh air. Aah. I did some yoga in the driveway before coming in b/c I didn't want supervisors distracting me. So today is a new lease on life. Why is is that cleaning and/or organizing-type activities seem to clear the way to get moving? Is this your experience, too? This seems to be the way it works for me once I've lost my momentum. I'm just glad to feel good in my body.
  23. Day 30!!!!!!!! OK, skipped a couple days in this journal that nobody will read. Here we are. Last day. Rather dreading getting on the scales. A voice in my head is saying I'm going to be angry and disappointed as I stare in disbelief at 1.5 lbs weight loss. Could happen. Still not thin as a rail. But hey people I'm 65. I've struggled the last few days wanting something to brighten up my meals. Last night, post-dinner, an apple and a banana and a few hazelnuts. Felt like I was cheating royally. Dinner was difficult because both my wife and I were busy with other things and didn't cook and prep like normal. Scrounged by on some leftover mashed potatoes, nothing off plan in them, mixed with an egg and asparagus slices. Pan fried this. Cooked up some cauliflower. Gnawed on some chicken. Hungry later, and then the fruit--which I really didn't ever eat much of because of blood sugar spiking and insulin release which led to carb cravings. But it seemed OK, about an hour after dinner. I had a big slip the other night. First off, a big fuck you to the finger-wagging rule hounds. This is my experiment and not yours, so I'm calling the slip "early feedback." A problema that has added some challenge to this is my wife is not on board, and her diet includes various grains, chocolate, non-wheat pasta, and shit like baked crust made with almond flour and other alternative flours which she spreads jam on and stuff. So having that wagged in my face has been rough at times. She has a severe allergy to any form of authority, so I think just having rules in the room that I happened to be following triggered a rebellions middle finger in her, as if she needed to demonstrate that she by God was not going be held accountable, and not only that she was going to defy the thing. So the other night she made soup. Started out just potatoes and asparagus, leaks and onions and mushrooms. She tossed in a coffee creamer of unsweetened soy milk, very thick and concentrated. Didn't ask. So I'm fucking starving, it's about 8:15 at night, I had no alternative dishes to yank out of the refrigerator, so I took the soup and ate it. It was delicious. And, right after eating, my head felt stuffed up. I was exhausted. My thinking was muddled. I attribute this to the effect of the soy milk. So that shit is off my diet plan. Don't need that again. I did have a quarter tsp. of Tamari soy sauce twice this month (another big fuck you to the shaming rule hounds who would put me in stocks in the public square for ths), and it did not have any negative effect. Fermented is the difference I suspect plus the very small quantity. I am worried about re-entry. I don't want to jump right back on the train and start up with the chocolate, peanuts, etc. I've been so clear headed and felt so good. So perhaps I'll build a structure, like Tues. and Thurs. is open to allow a few things to be reintroduced. The soy was a good test--it wasn't mixed in with other off plan things so it was clear that my body didn't like it. Basta! Finito! Done. We're on quarantine or I'd take a 30 mile bike ride today, though it is rather damp and could rain.
  24. Birdie7117

    Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20

    Catching up on week 2 Roasted a turkey over the weekend DAY 8 / MONDAY 3-23 - INTO SECOND WEEK! YAY! ORANGE WATER / HALF SWEET POTATO / GHEE / COFFEE SLICE OF TURKEY WITH CELERY COLLAGEN SMOOTHIE - FRUIT / COCONUT WATER / SPINACH DINNER - TURKEY BROTH SOUP / CARROTS CELERY CUP OF CHILI / AVOCADO / CILANTRO / LIME AFTER DINNER CORDIAL - HALF COCONUT WATER & HALF GRAPE JUICE HAPPY,, FULL & SATISFIED * LAVENDER EPSOM SALT BATH * WONDERFUL! ___________________________________ DAY 9 / 3-24 - INTO SECOND WEEK! YAY! ORANGE WATER / HALF SWEET POTATO / GHEE / COFFEE WENT TO TOWN // 2 GRILL CF NUGGETS / CF FRIES (CANOLA OIL) / ON PLAN KETCHUP THIN HAMBURGER PATTY & FIXINS COLLAGEN SMOOTHIE W/ PEACH-MANGO COCONUT WATER - GOOD GRAPES & ORANGE SLICE SNACK THIN HAMBURGER PATTIE & FIXINS _________________________________________ DAY 10 / 3-25 - 1/3 OF WAY THERE! YAY! ORANGE WATER / HALF SWEET POTATO / GHEE / COFFEE FRESH MARKET UNCURED 0 SUGAR BACON - GOOD! 2 PIECES 1/4 ORANGE / GRAPES LUNCH CUP OF CHILI / HALF AVOCADO / CILANTRO / LIME / SPRING ONION COLLAGEN SMOOTHIE DINNER = GREEN BEANS/ POTATO / TOMATO / CUCUMBERS / TURKEY ____________________________________________________________________________________ DAY 11 / 3-26 - INTO SECOND WEEK! YAY! ORANGE WATER / HALF SWEET POTATO / GHEE / COFFEE FRESH MARKET UNCURED 0 SUGAR BACON - GOOD! LUNCH HALF APPLE / GRAPES CUP OF CHILI / HALF AVOCADO DINNER = GREEN BEANS/ POTATO / TOMATO / CUCUMBERS / TURKEY ___________________________________ DAY 12 / 3-27 - INTO SECOND WEEK! YAY! ORANGE WATER / HALF SWEET POTATO / POD MILK / COFFEE FRESH MARKET UNCURED 0 SUGAR BACON & DAB 0 SUGAR FIG JAM / SO GOOD! HAPPY BREAKFAST! / HAPPY MORNING! SPRING / MORNING LIGHT FULL & SATISFIED ALL MORNING LUNCH - 1/4 APPLE COLLAGEN SMOOTHIE DINNER - HAMBURGER PATTY / TOMATO / SPRING ONION / THYME-GARLIC MAYO HALF BAKED POTATO/ GHEE/ CHIVES ___________________________________________________________- DAY 13 / SAT / 3-28 - INTO SECOND WEEK! YAY! ORANGE WATER / HALF SWEET POTATO / POD MILK / COFFEE FRESH MARKET UNCURED 0 SUGAR BACON & DAB 0 SUGAR FIG JAM / SO GOOD! HAPPY BREAKFAST! / HAPPY MORNING! SPRING / MORNING LIGHT LUNCH - SAUTEED CHICKEN BREAST / GREEN BEANS / TOMATO // HALF CUP GRAPES 5 PM - RESTED - SNACK - ROMAINE LEAF BLT / THYME MAYO // COLLAGEN SMOOTHIE DINNER - 1 BEEF SHORT RIB / CUP MASHED POTATO / GREEN BEANS AFTER DINNER CORDIAL - HALF COCONUT MILK/HALF GRAPE JUICE * LAVENDER EPSOM SALT BATH * WONDERFUL! _____________________________________________________________________________ DAY 14 / 3-29 - SUNDAY / FINISHING SSECOND WEEK! YAY! ORANGE WATER / HALF SWEET POTATO / POD MILK / COFFEE FRESH MARKET UNCURED 0 SUGAR BACON & DAB 0 SUGAR FIG JAM / SO GOOD! HAPPY BREAKFAST! / HAPPY MORNING! SPRING / MORNING LIGHT FULL & SATISFIED ALL MORNING LUNCH - LEMONY CHICKEN SALAD W/ CELERY / TOASTED ALMONDS / GRAPES DRESSING - MAYO / LEMON JUICE / McCORMICK POULTRY SEASONING - thyme/sage/marjoram/rosemary/black pepper/nutmeg YUM! RESTED around 5pm // no smoothie today DINNER - BEEF SHORT RIB / MASHED POTATOES/GHEE/CHIVES/ PARSLEY // AFTER DINNER - FRESH GRAPES FULL & SATISFIED / AT PEACE ______________________________________ TOMORROW = HALF WAY POINT!! YES!
  25. Brewer5

    Amy's Log for 2020

    @Amy_Michigan ~ please check in when you can. Reading through your recent posts reminded me, I was sick for about 2 weeks of March, also. I'm finally over it, I guess ... I still have a feeling of fluid in one ear especially, sometimes both. That is a symptom that comes and goes even when I'm not sick, and is dependent on what I am eating. Anyway - I'd like to know how your family is doing, if you have a few minutes to post. Take care.
  26. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    So, I've gone back and looked ... and I've had 28 days that were not W30 compliant. 4 weeks of my life ~ gone. I can't think of any food I've had that was "worth" how I'm feeling right now: fat depressed fatigued angry disorganized ugly embarrassed The great news is: I know how to turn this around - and quickly. Monday seems like a good day to start journaling again. These past weeks, with everything going on in the world ... our lives completely changed ~ and in some ways, probably forever ... I have numbed myself to all of it with foods that wreak havoc on my body and mind. That time has passed for me. I am better than this, and I deserve better than this. Tomorrow is a new day. I'll be getting back to work (at home) after having over a week off for "spring break". My husband returns to work tomorrow, as well. The kids are still home, and don't start their e-learning plan for another week - but I have to get back to some sense of normalcy around here. Our new normal, I guess. It does not include diet Dr. Pepper (!) (WTF!) or corn chips, or candy bars. I hope anyone out there reading is doing okay ... doing well. This is certainly not the time to sit around and eat junk. If you, too, need a reset - let's do it together.
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  28. meli22

    Meli's log

    Day 28 B - coffee w/ nut milk; 3 scrambled eggs; 1/4 large avocado; broccoli soup; sauerkraut L - vegetable soup w/ chicken + fresh mint; roasted acorn squash w/ green dressing S - broccoli soup D - baked sweet potato; beef liver; handful of big green olives; sauerkraut; cucumber slices kombucha for dessert
  29. Thank you for this. I finally gave it the time and attention it deserves just now -- a peaceful, rainy Sunday morning, just me and the cats while Hubby sleeps in. And it filled my cup. It conjured up a treasure trove of feelings and memories, and admiration for those amazing musicians, and their amazing instruments. much-needed. Riding the psychic resonance, I sent a link over the ethers to my brother, also a musician who loves the Allman Brothers Band, who I know will love it, too. Looking over my shoulder, the last month has gone so quickly. Now that the outgoing tech has passed the torch to the new one, and Monday will be her first day flying solo, it feels like another layer of "new era" and a good one in this case, if I may say so. Hubs reassures me that it will be safe to take a mid-week day off for house-urgencies like getting the sprinklers fine-tuned before the warm weather comes -- 77 is a high this week, and I fear today may very well be the last of the rain. This - knowing it will be safe to take a day off- gives me some peace. We lost one of the redwood trees (the smallest of them all, it stood apart from the rest at the base of our driveway, and was taken down on Fri), and I am determined not to ever ever ever let that happen again. It is heartbreaking, but is strangely dwarfed by all the other concerns....still, never again...never. You asked about the barn cats...I thought of you because I will need straw to line the 2 homemade cat beds I'm going to make out of plastic storage tubs - the kind with a snapping lid. We are going to order thermal pads to go on top of the straw...and I have to figure out where I can buy a little - or maybe make a deal with a local rancher type...I think if I ask around that won't be too hard, but I'm guessing to buy some retail will be a much larger quantity than I need. So I think that by the time the thermal pads arrive I will have everything else we need, and we'll see what more will be revealed when I call the shelter...so, we're still in our process...for a while I was hearing mice in the walls, but not lately, strangely enough. Bit by bit I am getting home things done! Yesterday after work, we were lost without the Mexican place, and learned that the pizza place on the other side of us (which we have only patronized a handful of times in 7 yrs), has a decent sandwich menu for hubs, and for me, a cauli crust pizza. I ordered it with all the veg they had, marinara only, and chicken. It was pretty bland, but better than the alternatives. My off-roading with occasional bread is "party over" because my knees are very stiff. So it's back on the path for me. In parallel-reality closet-debacle news: After the left side bolted-in closet shelving collapsed a few months ago, we crammed everything into the other side, and the new stainless steel stand-alone unit, that matches the one we put in on the right a couple years ago, has been in its box leaning against a bedroom wall, leering at me for weeks. When we got home yesterday, I felt tired, angry at my husband, and the grief we are all feeling, and attacked the closet with all of that. I spackled the holes, assembled the new unit, and let the spackle dry over-night. As soon as I finish this post, I will sand the spackling, paint it, and let it dry for several hours while I go to clean the store. I am looking to finishing the day by vacuuming the upstairs, re-arranging our "new" closet, and then taking a bath before bed. That's my plan and I'm sticking to it! The pharmacy has been busy as ever, but since there are few visitors in town (some have come to shelter in vaca rentals and 2nd homes) I have comforted myself by sweeping and dust mopping a lot, and mopping for maintenance way more than I usually have time for, so it's tempting not to clean today, but at the very least it will be a good work out. Sending peace, love, and understanding to your end of our great continent - keep being awesome! And what are you cooking?
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