The New Normal

I recently noticed the subtle changes around my home because of the New Normal.

When I come home this is where I put my keys and Masks I use during the week.  I have other masks for around the house.

I went outside to try and see the Blue Angels safely.  Alas, I wasn’t in the flight path so sadness.  Gloves and masks rule the day.  Someone please explain this to VP Mike Pence who hates Americans and only cares that he can get a Covid19 test when ever he wants.  American citizen do not have such luxuries.  Insert eye roll here!

 

 

Sheltering-in-Place Activities

I thought I would have so much more time to read during Shelter-in-Place.  It turns out not so much.  All those projects I was ignoring (like the crap piled on the Dining room table) apparently were taunting me to finished them.  So I’ve been doing those things.

Really, I would prefer to read instead!

I was also doing photo shoots with my action figures, HA HA HA!

COVID-19 and the New Normal

Life will never be the same again.  Anyone who thinks that is a fool.  It was through our own arrogance that the pandemic we saw coming seemingly, to some, has obliterated our lives.  We thought America was too strong and noble to be a victim of this deadly plague sweeping across the globe.  We are foolish and now pay the price for being so.

Stay home as much as you can.  Protect yourselves with upgraded hygiene, masks and other protective measures.  If you have to work or better put,  are allowed to work then take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones.  For all those morons listening to their wealthy pastors telling them they need to come to church.  God….is everywhere.  One does not need to go to a structure for worship.  That little concept was made to ensure God became a business model.

Be safe people.  Don’t be stupid.  If you are stupid then your tombstone should reflect that stupidity when you die.  Only by being less selfish and more responsible can Americans survive this pandemic.  But alas, that has always been a character flaw with Americans and especially our sitting President.  Selflessness is a weakness and responsibility means finding someone to blame 😦  We are all responsible for the health and well being of our community.  My point is…don’t be a dick!

 

Summer Is Back

OMG…the weird weather is ratcheting up lately.  First it’s colder (53 degrees on Mother’s Day) then it’s as hot as July yesterday (88 degrees) what happens next, who knows?

I broke down and put the air conditioning on last night because it was 88 degrees inside the house and 77 degrees outside, WTH!?!

Then of course, I felt guilty for putting the AC on so early that I turned it off at 2 am.  We woke up to a warm house.  The masses did not like that very much.  So the AC goes back on.

Because of my disease (and my temperament) I don’t do well when it is hot.  In the winter coldness it’s easy to correct feeling the freeze with a blanket and a sweater.  In the heat months I can’t just strip down and not sweat.  That’s not how things work.  The only alternative is sitting in a cold shower for 4 hours.  So much for conserving water.

Also, I was breathing so much better with the AC on than with it off where I coughed with my allergies for 2 hours.

While at the Garden Festival yesterday I found this guy came way more prepared than me.  You rock it awesome Umbrella Dude!

I had a great time at the festival but eventually the heat was too much and I was red faced and lethargic, lol.  I went and sat in the air conditioned car while waited for the others.  Yup, 100% lightweight and proud of it, HA HA HA!

It’s going to be a long summer.

And Just Like That It’s Thursday…

It’s been a beautiful couple of days in the neighborhood.  I said to a colleague, “Of course it is beautiful, we are trapped at work”, lol.  Yesterday I was able to enjoy the rest of the evening outdoors.  I had to mow the lawn first as the grass was incredibly high and I lost one of my dogs in the back forty, lol.  Let’s just say the Chihuahua was thrilled she could see beyond the grass.

My plants are coming in nicely.  The cucumbers finally sprouted and next week I will till the plot for my small victory garden.  I’m just hoping it goes better than last year.  I think it will always be a battle for me.  I love to garden but I’m exceptionally bad at it, lol.

I find the sanctuary of our deck and back lawn almost religious in a way.  It’s quiet and the air smells so sweet after the lawn is mowed.  I like to read on the deck.  Grilling is also another wonderful thing I do on the deck.  It is where life makes sense and no one wants something from me.  This is the golden time of year to just relax on it.  It’s not cold and not too hot, just perfection!

My little slice of Eden 🙂

 

I’ve Been Outside Recently

So I have been working on our yard this year.  I’m doing a small Victory Garden.

Yes, I said Victory Garden.  I was raised with parents who grew up in the depression and survived WWII.  I use language like Victory Garden, Cat’s Meow and gams.  I also enjoy the styling of Benny Goodman, lol.

Last year we had a really bad mosquito problem.  It was our first year in the house so I had no idea what to expect until it happened. The mosquitoes were just awful and made it difficult to enjoy the deck and yard.  This year I’ve planted mosquito repelling plants like Citronella, Rosemary and Marigolds.  I’m also going to spray the yard with lemon juice.  This should kill off a bunch of those critters in a healthy way.  The dogs share the space with us so I have to stay away from things like pesticides.  Wish me luck!

Last night a very nasty and vivacious storm blew through our part of town.  The clouds were amazing and the subsequent rainbows (not caught on picture) were just incredible.

The rain was torrential and we missed getting any hail.  The thunder and lightning were just like the storms we sometimes get in July.  Very cool.

All in all, too bad.  The storms didn’t deter me from voting.  Got it done and the storm made it so I didn’t have to water the garden….Win Win!

On A Warm Day

I got outside at lunchtime today.  One of my favorite places to visit is Morris Arboretum.  There were quite a few people there today.  It is 50 degrees and that makes those who have been hibernating want to burst out of their caves.

The temps are going to continue to rise this weekend and I’m going to take full advantage of them!

I’m ready now for the warmer days.  Not to warm because I want it to be spring…not summer!

I’m just glad we aren’t getting that snow that is hitting the Midwest today and tomorrow!

Toby…Ya Got Me!

Yesterday a nor’easter named Toby hit our little burg.  He wasn’t too bad.  Enough for a snow day at home but not so evil as to be extremely heavy wet snow.

I was giving my dramatic reaction to Hurricane Schwartz’s SNOMAGEDDON!!

We shoveled out last night about 9 pm.  It was still snowing but we wanted a fighting chance for the morning commute.  The car wasn’t too covered this morning.  It was about another 3/4″ to clear off.

Puppy was wondering where is this elusive Spring she kept hearing about.  She is not much of a lover of precipitation in general, lol.

We have some really neat homes near us.  This is one of my favorite to take pictures of in the seasons.  It is like a Thomas Kincaid painting when it snows.  We survived our 4th nor’easter this winter/spring.  Yay us!

Cheesecake Factory of Mordor

We went to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch over the weekend.  I hadn’t been there since it first opened so this was different for me.  But when did the Eye of Sauron instill itself at the Cheesecake Factory?

The Eye of Sauron?

The Eye of Sauron?

The food was good but I’ve found that my tastes are changing once again.  I used to eat spicy food all the time but now it almost kills me.  I mean that figuratively not literally.  So getting the enchiladas was probably a bad idea.  They were  tasty but spicy.

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Seriously who would ever get low fat cheesecake?  What is the point?

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I got the Dulce de Leche cheesecake.  I’m not much for sweets but this was surprising light and fluffy for cheesecake.  The Eye of Sauron Cheesecake Factory has many magics in its kitchen apparently.  We had a great time chatting and eating.  It was a good day all around.

Hey Look I Went Outdoors ;)

This weekend was lovely.  Cool in the shade with a little heat in the sun.  I even got a bit of odd sunburn.  It was only on one side of my neck.  Weird but then again that’s how we roll in the Shire.

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Who doesn’t like dancing/singing men playing an accordion and wearing bells.  Ah May Day, you are FABULOUS!

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This poor Green lad just walked back and forth.  I think he was missing his home planet.

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This is Aunt Fanny…She was tired and decided to lay in the middle of the road.  I was cracking up.

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This fella is Guinness.  He’s from Brewerytown.  Very cleaver naming of your dog Mister!

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How come no one ever carries me around on their shoulder?  Oh right, I’m not a little dog, lol.

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It was nice seeing all the dogs…oh and the people watching was awesome this year!  Tomorrow I will share the food.  I also learned that the Eye of Sauron is housed at the Cheesecake Factory.  Who knew?