Friday, November 10, 2023

What I'm Reading This Week #45

Happy Friday y'all!  The holidays are creeping ever closer or at least Thanksgiving is.  I've been adding things to the grocery cart over the past month so when the run on everything happens, we've got what we need for our now permanent celebration of two.  Wow...we got there waaaay sooner than we could've ever predicted.  Though I guess I should've listened to the Mr when we started going to Vermont that we didn't know how many family holidays we had left with everyone and he wasn't ready for that to end.  Sadly, caregiver burnout from all of Grandma's kids/spouses, husband, and the general suck of having her there but not there had killed all holiday cheer a few years earlier to the point I dreaded them.  We always knew this day was coming but assumed it would be adjusting to grandma, then we only got two holiday seasons before Covid hit.  As you can imagine, the first one was sad then there was the second one then nothing.  It was supposed to be at minimum a decade from now that we would have to even entertain the idea of Mom not being here.  So if you're lucky enough to be able to safely celebrate the holiday, be extra thankful for those sitting around the table with you.

Don't worry, I'm not gonna leave ya hanging in the abyss with me, watch this to level back up and pray he's not in a townhome because you know he practiced a LOT.

Now let's get into:

Everything You Need to Know About Cardio Zones and Heart Rate Training  (Good because that crap is confusing sometimes even with a good watch to attempt to explain it!)

8 Great Lower-Body Exercises for People With Knee Pain  (I can vouch for the first one as it's part of my physical therapy)

The 11 Best Natural Remedies for a Sore Throat and 2 to Skip  (Tis the season ๐Ÿ™„ Always use this bad boy after gatherings or traveling.)

11 Signs You May Have Lung Cancer  (Also that doesn't mean that's where it originated from and if you're told someone has lung cancer PLEASE don't ask "did they smoke?"  You wouldn't believe how many people asked me that like somehow if Mom had smoked it would've made sense or like smoking somehow means the person deserved it.  Over 20% of lung cancer cases are non-smokers and radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.  Do a quick test to find out if your home has it.)

Feel Like Someone Is in the Room When You're Sleeping? Here's What That Means  (It means stop watching Criminal Minds reruns before bed to lull you to sleep.  I know I'm not the only one.)

6 Key Signs You’re in a Toxic Relationship With Yourself  (Quite a few line up which should be no shocker but just in case anyone else needs a relationship check.)

How Bad Is It Really to Get Into Bed in Your 'Outside' Clothes?  (Never really thought about it but just another reason to rip off the bra and get your cozies on when you get home!  Just hang them on the coat rack and drop trou in the foyer.)

The Family Recipes That Live On in Cemeteries  (I absolutely love this!  I've seen where people will get the recipes off of them, bake them and come back and take a pic and leave it for the family.  It would be cool to create a specific hashtag for people to tag them when they make them for the family all over the world to see the joy their loved ones recipe brings.)

If you can believe it, still airing out those damn pantries so I'm hoping I can get some stuff in there over the weekend at some point.  Zero idea what's on the agenda for the weekend.  I suppose I should get Christmas shopping done but I still need lists. 

Anything planned for your weekend?

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  1. We all only get a finite amount of time with anyone in this life yet we never know how not to take it for granted. Memories are so important, not just to remember but also to make. I always knew that at some point in life you do more of the remembering but I never would have believed we'd be this close to that point this early. I know of course we have plenty of new memories we can make but somehow we have to find new ways to make them count the way they did when our loved ones were here to cheer us on.

    1. You are very right and I hope you are patient as I don't feel like new memories than cannot be shared with her doesn't feel like me going Mach 1 with my hair on fire. That is why even if I don't feel like celebrating the holidays/decorating or whatever, I will because I know you and I are not promised the holidays next year and I couldn't bear either of us looking back with regret even with all we're going through.

  2. We are having Thanksgiving on the 18th, due to everyone's schedules. Only going to be 7 of us, very small compared to even 5 years ago. I only have to make a pumpkin pie and trying that crock pot stuffing, I will take your advice about add more liquid so it doesn't dry out. Our christmas shopping is done, It's so hard to buy for adult children who can buy whatever they want, only 1 gift each, depending on how it goes this year this may be our last gift exchange, but it's always nice to see gifts under the tree, there is always the hubs and I so maybe that will be our new tradition. Have a great weekend!

    1. It's always so weird and sad as you watch the gatherings shrink especially if they've been the same for a long time. If you ever want to make a pumpkin pie for yourselves, the one I make has a ginger snap crust and holy moly...SO good! (Though I know some people prefer straight up pie crust!) It is always nice to see gifts under the tree. I really wish they did the Adopt a Senior program they did here about 10 years ago. I SO loved doing that but I can't find anything like that anymore. Seniors only ask for the most basic of things like soap, scarves, mittens, etc and it brings them so much joy. If you stop with the gift exchanges, consider seeing if your area does something like that.

  3. Hi from your west coast lurker! Not so much lurking anymore ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s my Mister’s and my sixteenth wedding anniversary today, and we woke up to no working bathrooms in the house because of a main line sewer clog *shakes fist at neighbor’s giant tree with pipe-cracking roots*. A cool $4,000 later, the fix is in. There’s no pleasure like being on your own working toilet, I’ll tell you that much. Now that the plumbers are finally gone, I was on the verge of cancelling our traditional steakhouse dinner because I am so not in the mood, until I saw this post. You in the post and your Mr. in his comment changed my mind: we have a finite number of celebrations, and lord knows we are lucky to still have each other after ten deaths in four years between our two families, so hey… pour me that glass of wine and let’s not let one get away. There’s always the chance that next year, we won’t be forced to weigh the pros and cons of peeing in the backyard ๐Ÿ˜‚

    1. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿพ I'm so sorry it started out in the sh*tter, literally, but so glad you can wee in peace. I hope you're considering asking the neighbor to pay at least for half especially if the plumber has any evidence from cameras that it was due to his tree roots. It would be covered under his homeowners insurance.

      I am so happy the post/response nudged you toward choosing to celebrate! I know that is probably the last dang thing you wanted to do but that is something to celebrate and sadly, we are not guaranteed the following year to do a make up session. Instead you can go out for dinner next year and say "boy, remember last year? At least we're not having to go through that!" and enjoy that book Yellow River by I.P. Freely!

    2. Omg I think that might be my favorite wee joke I’ve ever heard. You’re a genius!

      We are blessed with great neighbors. He stepped outside, chatted with the plumber, and made us a prompt offer to pony up half for the repair. He and his wife are retired on a fixed income and caring for a special needs adult child, so we declined as we couldn’t take money from that situation. Afterward, Neighbor (a retired construction foreman) haggled our plumber into a 25% discount for same-day payment. Sometimes being buds with the neighborhood busybody is a good thing ๐Ÿ˜‚

      We did go out to a somewhat quieter dinner and it was good after all. Good food, mostly acceptable table service and the people watching was top notch as usual. Example: Teenage grandson arm wrestling granddad at a nearby table. Mom tells them to cut it out and behave at the table. When she goes to the loo a few minutes later, they get in one more quick round, aided by their waiter who distracted mom somehow on her way back ๐Ÿ˜‚

    3. That is good he at least offered and I don't blame you for not taking it. (I'm used to having cretins for neighbors and I forget not everyone I was in insurance so... LOL) That's awesome your neighbor was able to get you a discount- can we move there? HA! That is some PRIME people watching right there! I bet that was a hoot!


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