National Night Out

11 Aug

Tonight was my neighborhood’s National Night Out celebration. I was asked to man a table for Homeforward’s Residents Advisory Committee. It’s time to recruit new people for the next couple of years.

I shared a table with Portland State University. Met some nice people. I gave out a couple of applications. Had hamburgers and hot dogs, chips, and Popsicles. They had bingo all night.

I’m glad I got out of my comfort zone and went. But I’m really glad to be home getting my anxiety under control. And some Tylenol because several hours sitting on a folding chair is not really a great time anymore.

Now to spend some time with some visiting friends for the rest of the evening. Maybe figure out how I can schedule everything so I can go to Siletz with them for the weekend?

  • I’m grateful I was able to volunteer and gave a good time meeting new people this evening. I’m grateful to have a fridge full of sparkly water. I’m grateful to get some sleep tonight. I hope.

Night all. LOVES

My to-do list today

10 Aug

My child is going to sleep-away camp at 8 am in the morning. So today was going to the store picking up all that last minute stuff that you always need to get. Plus, while we were at Goodwill, we got some stuff for school because it was awesome and cheap!

After Goodwill, we went to Freddy’s because I have been putting off grocery shopping and today I had access to a car. How is it that you can go into the store for almond milk, eggs, and butter and come out $150 poorer? I have no idea either. I just know I did.

I get to do some laundry tonight for camp to make sure he has enough socks because there is no such thing as too many socks! Plus, we both need other things washed and I want to do it while I have someone here to fetch and carry for me.

Lots of stuff on the list for today. And I’ve gotten most of it done. Not too shabby considering the ambulance was here late last night because my blood sugar was 50 and falling. Some honey, peanut butter, and pears helped it come up enough that the EMT’s said I didn’t need to go to the hospital if I ate something else before I went to bed. Every time I’ve checked my sugar today, it’s been in the high 100’s. Right were it’s supposed to be. But I think I’m sleeping well tonight!

  • I’m grateful to my youngest son for all the help he gave me last night and how calm he was. I’m grateful to my middle child and his friend for providing me a ride today for my errands. I don’t think I could have accomplished so much without it. I’m grateful to have nothing scheduled after 9 am tomorrow. I’m going on vacation to a very secret location. I’m not answering the door either.

Night all. LOVES

What are you eating?

9 Aug

I’m being lazy this month. The high temperatures haven’t helped. But here it is into the second week of the month and I haven’t gone grocery shopping yet. We’ve been eating and making do with what’s in the cupboards.

This morning for breakfast I made some baked oatmeal. I started with almost a cup of rolled oats. I added one grated pear, the juice from 2 small oranges (about 2/3 cup), some cinnamon (I didn’t measure because the lid was open and more than I wanted went into the bowl) some freshly grated nutmeg (didn’t measure that either), 1/4 cup brown sugar. Blend it all together and spread on a greased tray and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Until it’s brown and toasty.

For dinner I’m doing some chicken. I put 2 frozen, boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a pan of ¬†water. I added some pepper, garlic powder, sriracha, Italian seasoning, soy sauce and some fish sauce to the water. I also added a handful of frozen celery and a handful of frozen onion. Brought it to a boil, lowered to a simmer and let it hang out until the chicken isn’t pink in the middle. Then I have chicken I can chop up and use in some noodles, the child likes ramen. And I have about a quart of chicken broth. I might add some of the frozen brown rice I have in the freezer to made some chicken rice soup.

I’m hoping the chicken will help us both feel better. I have a scratchy, sore throat, a growly voice, and a runny nose. I’ve used most of a roll of tp just since last night. The child has a cough and sore throat. I had the windows and doors open late last night because I figured all the smoke had dissipated, but I guess not.

  • I’m grateful to have stuff stashed in the house for those moments when I just can’t get out to the store. I’m grateful to be able to make excellent Whatchagot stew. I’m grateful that the weather is cooling off. Haven’t even turn the air conditioning on yet today.

Night all. LOVES

Nothing much happened today

8 Aug

I was supposed to have a housing inspection today that I have been stressed about for over 2 months. I mean really, really stressed. Make myself sick with worry stressed. It was supposed to be the last Friday in July, but because of a scheduling error, they made it for today. Plus threw in a pre-inspection inspection last week.

So I was up early to do all those last minute things you do. Like pick up all the bigger pieces, by hand because the vacuum is broken, of shredded paper your child has dragged out into the room from who knows where.

Make all the beds. Including the one that said child is still sleeping in because he doesn’t sleep during the night.

Do the dishes because said child who doesn’t sleep at night and drags scattered pieces of confetti paper through the house decided that he was hungry at 3 am! He wanted mashed potatoes and gravy!

Cleaning the toilet because after the child had mashed potatoes and gravy at 3 am, he was in the bathroom forever! Do I really need to be specific here?

Plus I cancelled my appointment for today because an adult needed to be here.

So I’m sitting there on pins and needles worrying about if I’m going to pass because my child has been home for two weeks since they were supposed to be here. And after I paid someone to come clean my bathroom and front room.

And guess what? They decided NOT to come to MY apartment! They only did random ones! And mine wasn’t one they picked.

  • I’m grateful they didn’t come to my house today. But I’m still a bit annoyed. I’m grateful that I was able to take a nap this afternoon because I needed one. I’m grateful that my child is going to sleep-away camp this weekend and then his dad’s for 10 days. Because dad needs to get up at 3 am to make mashed potatoes and gravy.

Night all. LOVES



7 Aug

Weather seems to be the main topic of discussion everywhere. It’s too hot in the West. It’s raining too much in the East. There are fires and smoke up North. There are hurricanes and cyclones around the world.

Talking about the weather has always been one of the “safe” topics when making small talk when meeting others. Now it has the potential to cause mayhem and fighting. Is there such thing as Global Warming? Is it all just made up to cause an argument. Mostly about disagreeing about paying for the recovery or not.

I’m not offering MY opinion today because as soon as I hit send there will be someone telling me I’m wrong. And their opinion is right. I really miss The days when talking about the weather was a trivial pastime.

  • I’m grateful to be able to talk to my dad about the weather. I’m grateful that if you don’t like the current weather, wait five minutes, it’ll change. Or so the saying states. I’m grateful my sense of humor is peeking out today.

Night all. LOVES

Smoke or cold?

6 Aug

It cooled down enough early this morning to shut the a/c and the fans off. And I opened the doors for a while. But I forgot about the smoke in the air and I’ve been sick all day. And my throat hurts.

I’m hoping it’s just a late summer cold from going between the cool of the air conditioning and the heat of everywhere else. I’m drinking water but it tastes yucky. Which isn’t normal. I usually love drinking water. I’ve spent most of the day in the dark because I have a headache and my nose is running constantly. That’s why I hope it’s just a cold.

But to be on the safe side, I probably shouldn’t go outside until the wind blows the smoke away and the air quality alert is over.

  • I’m grateful to have opened the doors this morning even if that’s what made me sick. I’m grateful to have lots of tp in the house. I bought a case last month. I’m grateful that I have a little flavor enhancer for water left in the house. I know I need to keep drinking.

Night all. LOVES

When times are tough

5 Aug

The missionaries asked me today what advice I would give someone who is trying to quit smoking. And it reminded me of when I quit. What did I do? And they asked me to write something on several slips of paper to put in an inspiration jar.

The first thing that came to mind is the talk that Henry B. Erying gave called Mountains to Climb where he talks about “If we have faith in Heavenly Father, then he will help us through the hardest of times”. I wanted to get the passages right so I looked it up online. I found another talk by Dieter F. Uchtdorf about almost the same thing. He says, “If you want to get to the top of the mountain, never give up. ”

Another thing that I remember when I’m struggling with a craving or a trigger is if I can get through the first 15 minutes, I can get through the craving. Because the actual physical craving is only 10-15 minutes. When I was first starting this journey, I always called someone because it got my mind off the craving for a little while. And that support person usually had a good idea or two to help me over the hump.

The last thing I thought about is how music helps me when something is bothering me. Music helps me through good things and bad. Sometimes I’ll put whatever is in my mind in either Google or the YouTube search and see what comes up. Today The Beatles “Help” came up. It fits.

It was great for me to think of those things I did when I first started this journey because those things are now in the front of my mind where I can use them. It’s wonderful how my Heavenly Father gave me the task of helping someone else but it actually helped me with what I’m struggling with.

  • I’m so grateful to know that I can help myself by helping others. I’m grateful that the missionaries stopped by. They always help even when they don’t intend to. I’m grateful that my struggles don’t seem so bad as I get ready for bed. I can hopefully sleep better because I’m not stressing about stuff.

Night all. LOVES