Today started out like most others. I went to bed at a decent hour, but because I am a night chick, I woke about 0200. Not too bad, got about 4 hours of sleep. Did some more genealogy research, this time on my son-in-law’s family.
Husband has bronchitis. Yes, at one time I — we — thought it was Covid19, but then I considered his symptoms. I think he inhaled some food, I was there when it happened. His coughing started about three days afterwards. No fever. Typical bronchitis creeping crud that usually goes around this time of year. So treat the symptoms, drink water, take mucinex, nyquil, tylenol. Sleep sitting up in the recliner. Getting better, but bronchitis tends to take weeks to improve.
Then we went out to take a ride — alone — in our truck. Took the GoPro Hero3+ using my niftly little iSteady Pro2, but I still need to process the footage. Just experimenting on the back roads, while BadBird tries to get photos of ducks and other birds. The day before, I got footage using my SJCam as a dash cam. Worked out ok. Compressed the 40 minute stuff into 2.5 minutes of fast moving dizzying video.
Safeway is somewhat saddening. The flour is out. The yeast is out. There is brown sugar, and there is almond flour. Paper towels and toilet paper are out, still, for weeks, now. I try to pick up a package whenever I can, because you never know. I have some backup plans, as follows
- Swiffer wipes work, you just can’t flush them
- Paper Napkins also work, again you can’t flush them.
- Cut up old Tee-shirts also work. You treat them like you do baby diapers.
- Get a cloth bag to hang in the bathroom, so the rags are ready to use at the drop of … a hat.
- Get another container, perhaps with a plastic sack, for the used cloths.
- Then you wash with a touch of bleach, just like you do for baby’s cloth diapers.
I miss my grandbabies so much. Three boys and three girls. A full rainbow of kids. And I haven’t hugged them nor kissed them in ages. I am known as the Pizza Gramma, because we always bring Pizza to bake for them. This helps momma out because regardless of what she says, having Gramma and Grampa visit puts a great strain on her day. Those kids are severely deprived of Pizza!
We made a date for window kisses in two days. We have stuff we bought for them before all this shtuff hit the fan. So we are going to drop the pony rocking horse, the Princess costume, the books (for the kids) and the mead (for the grownups). They will sit on the porch while we visit the babies through the window. It won’t be the same. I already going through what is known in nurses parlance as “anticipatory grieving.” I hate this.
My hands are so rough from all this washing the hands every time I turn around. I don’t have nearly enough hand lotion. I also found that I have a shortage of dish liquid and of hand soap. Perhaps it is time to make tallow soap again. I have the lye, I just need the fats. It might be time.
Inventory of some of the skills I already have
- Spinning, dying, wool into yarn
- knitting and crocheting said yarn into hats, gloves, sweaters, socks, scarves.
- History of making soap in the past.
- History of both water bath canning and pressure canning. I have supplies for both.
- History of dehydrating, but that is a very short history, which I’ve just now picked up again.
- Story-telling in the form of family history, videos, written word.
- Do I have any other skills? IDK
- I can fly one particular type of drone, but that’s not really a skill
I noticed something. These three blogs in this series have no images. I don’t think any images will help. So I choose to use only my words. Pictures are happy little things, and I am not a happy Pizza Gramma.