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I'll be praying for your Father-in-law for his health and speedy recovery. And I like your approach towards spending money towards the smaller businesses to help them out. I think I'll try that, this way I can explore what I can of where I'm at as well as help others. But for now the first places that are opening are some casinos, and I think they won't need my money :P

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I'm sorry to hear your father-in-law is not doing so well... big hugs. Yea these things are always hard, luckily it not a long stay. Sending good vibes your way. <3

 

I think its so great you want to support small businesses, I have been trying to buy local too where I can too, it really creates a sense of community I think. 

 

Awesome job on the workouts and meal planning for the week and the L sit videos!!!! For the smoothie vs lunch, its likely the smoothie just gets digested faster case its in liquid form and takes less bulk and will leave you hungry soon. 

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We're having similar issues with my dad right now, Mom's had to have him go to the hospital a few times over the last couple of months - going to the hospital is hard even in the best of times, but when you can't even go into the hospital with the person it's extra rough. I'll be praying for your father in law, and your family. Hopefully he recovers quickly and can go back home

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such happiness and sadness in your posts.

 

along with lots of other people, I'm adding my hope that your father-in-law beats his serious illness.  

 

I can't stop without raving about your beautiful walk!  Did it sound wonderful.  I'm only seen pics of the Northwest.  was it near olympic national park??  I picture vibrant green trees drapped over with vines in the newly fallen rain. anyways, I"m not sure how close That park is to your location and what difference in climate there is between the "temperate rainforest" over their and your local climate.

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19 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

First the sad stuff; My father in law is in the hospital. He is 91 years old, dealing with heart failure. Actually, over the last three weeks, this is the third time he's been in the hospital, it's just been for a night or two each time. The most stressful part is that due to Covid , no visitors are allowed.

 

Oh no. The no visitors is super sad 😕 

 

19 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

But for a bit, I'm not going to be. I'm going to be much more of an impulse shopper. I went into the stores with the thought that I would buy something from each, because I want to support these small stores that are struggling. The one store had clothes, which I would have bought , but I was a bit awkward and unsure. The state says that if someone tries something on, and then doesn't buy it, that the clothes have to be set aside for a day , before they can be put out on the rack. So, I was not sure if I should try stuff on.If it didn't fit, then does that harm the owner? So I didn't buy clothes. I wished I would have just asked  the owner, she was super nice. But I felt awkward. But, I thought about it, and next time I will just ask the question.Anyway, my main point is, I am going to buy more things from small stores because they need the business. We are spending a bit more, but husband still  has a job, and so, we just kind of figure it is part of giving to others

 

Interesting. I bet if you'd asked the store owner would have said to go ahead and try it on. She won't sell anything otherwise, right? And if not many people are coming in... and not everyone will want to try the exact same style/size item as you... so setting aside something might not be too bad. Though obviously it would be better to only try things if you thought there was a good chance they might fit. Hmm. Anyway, supporting small local stores is a great idea. Very public spirited.

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The clothes thing is another in the list of "Is this helping or making it worse?"    People here are just trying things on, in the aisle, over their regular clothes.  Still gets their hands and stuff all over it - but now the stores have no way to know what's been handled overly or not.    I bought a shirt at Target today, and did just that.  I've lost too much weight and inches to just grab the size I *think* is right, because I've also heard rumors of 'no returns allowed'.     I realize stores and leaders are just trying to think as safe as possible, but I'm not sure how many steps they always think through.  Personally, the idea of allowing try ons, but then saying clothes not purchased need to have a time out, seems the much better option.

 

I am dying to know the answer to TGP's question, because Olympic NP is one of my favorites and I will definitely be back there!  

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21 hours ago, Red1263 said:

I'll be praying for your Father-in-law for his health and speedy recovery. And I like your approach towards spending money towards the smaller businesses to help them out. I think I'll try that, this way I can explore what I can of where I'm at as well as help others. But for now the first places that are opening are some casinos, and I think they won't need my money :P

Thanks, the prayers are appreciated. Our casinos are open here too, because they are on tribal land, but I  don't think they need my money.

12 hours ago, //Min said:

I'm sorry to hear your father-in-law is not doing so well... big hugs. Yea these things are always hard, luckily it not a long stay. Sending good vibes your way. ❤️

 

I think its so great you want to support small businesses, I have been trying to buy local too where I can too, it really creates a sense of community I think. 

 

Awesome job on the workouts and meal planning for the week and the L sit videos!!!! For the smoothie vs lunch, its likely the smoothie just gets digested faster case its in liquid form and takes less bulk and will leave you hungry soon. 

Thanks. I think that is a lot of it with the smoothie. Plus, I can drink it super quick and my brain doesn't register it as food

9 hours ago, NightWatcher13 said:

We're having similar issues with my dad right now, Mom's had to have him go to the hospital a few times over the last couple of months - going to the hospital is hard even in the best of times, but when you can't even go into the hospital with the person it's extra rough. I'll be praying for your father in law, and your family. Hopefully he recovers quickly and can go back home

Sorry about your dad, and thanks for the prayers. Praying for your family too.

9 hours ago, TGP said:

such happiness and sadness in your posts.

 

along with lots of other people, I'm adding my hope that your father-in-law beats his serious illness.  

 

I can't stop without raving about your beautiful walk!  Did it sound wonderful.  I'm only seen pics of the Northwest.  was it near olympic national park??  I picture vibrant green trees drapped over with vines in the newly fallen rain. anyways, I"m not sure how close That park is to your location and what difference in climate there is between the "temperate rainforest" over their and your local climate.

Thanks.  No, Deception Pass is in the North. Map for explanation:

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Deception Pass is north of Seattle.  See the sign that says Whidbey/Camano Islands? That's it. The Olympic Rain Forest is west on the Peninsula Coast, where you see Forks. To get to it, we have to drive south, through Tacoma, then up North. Or we take a ferry from Seattle to Bremerton. It's a bit further, because there is more water in the way.  We have big beautiful cedar trees all over our state. The rain forest has thicker trees, and bigger,and moss, lots and lots of moss. There is more rain in the rain forest, but heh, we get lots of rain  around here too, so it's not that much of a difference

8 hours ago, Harriet said:

 

Oh no. The no visitors is super sad 😕 

 

 

Interesting. I bet if you'd asked the store owner would have said to go ahead and try it on. She won't sell anything otherwise, right? And if not many people are coming in... and not everyone will want to try the exact same style/size item as you... so setting aside something might not be too bad. Though obviously it would be better to only try things if you thought there was a good chance they might fit. Hmm. Anyway, supporting small local stores is a great idea. Very public spirited.

That's what I think too. It's interesting trying to figure out the new social etiquette rules.

4 hours ago, Starpuck said:

The clothes thing is another in the list of "Is this helping or making it worse?"    People here are just trying things on, in the aisle, over their regular clothes.  Still gets their hands and stuff all over it - but now the stores have no way to know what's been handled overly or not.    I bought a shirt at Target today, and did just that.  I've lost too much weight and inches to just grab the size I *think* is right, because I've also heard rumors of 'no returns allowed'.     I realize stores and leaders are just trying to think as safe as possible, but I'm not sure how many steps they always think through.  Personally, the idea of allowing try ons, but then saying clothes not purchased need to have a time out, seems the much better option.

 

I am dying to know the answer to TGP's question, because Olympic NP is one of my favorites and I will definitely be back there!  

Yes, that's the dilemma I was facing. I've seen stores that say no returns allowed, and while I get what their trying to do, I'm most likely just not going to buy it.

 

Here is a pic of Deception State Park and then of the Olympic Rain Forest

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Ooooh oooh yesssss.  Nice!  I mean, the whole state is just chok full of awesomeness!    The thing that blew my mind about Olympic National Park?   How many different biomes, one park held.   Here's a sampling of my pics from that trip in 2009. :)   All of these are from the SAME PARK! 

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I was there during that streak where you al had temps from 95-110!!!   And none of you all had AC because 'we're mild year round'.  Oh god what a memory!

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It is a super pretty area. Wow, I can't believe it was that hot. That's just crazy. That must have been the year we broke down and bought our bedroom airconditioner. Most of the time I've been in that area it's been cold and rainy.

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58 minutes ago, Elastigirl said:

It is a super pretty area. Wow, I can't believe it was that hot. That's just crazy. That must have been the year we broke down and bought our bedroom airconditioner. Most of the time I've been in that area it's been cold and rainy.

Yeah, we got super lucky.  We had zero cloudy days.    Though it came at the cost of having REALLY high temps.  But the weather was gorgeous.    We hit in a big loop;  Cascades National Park, Olympic, Mount St Helens and Mt Rainer Parks.   When I finally start making round two's, I'll have to try and meet you!

 

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9 hours ago, Starpuck said:

Yeah, we got super lucky.  We had zero cloudy days.    Though it came at the cost of having REALLY high temps.  But the weather was gorgeous.    We hit in a big loop;  Cascades National Park, Olympic, Mount St Helens and Mt Rainer Parks.   When I finally start making round two's, I'll have to try and meet you!

 

That would be super fun!

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Yesterday was good.

Instead of my stretching work out, I did some prep for our garden shed. The shed is going on the side of the house, in our backyard. Right now the area around where it will be is just weedcloth. Tomorrow we are getting a load of rocks, and then we will spread them. The area used to have raised beds. The walls for the beds were just concrete blocks. So, we are making a short wall with the blocks to keep the rocks from falling into the backyard grassy (mossy ) area. I used a trowel and dug a tiny trench to put the blocks in and then moved the blocks over. Nice to be strong enough that it didn't really require much effort. I felt good when it was done. I wanted to do some more gardening, but my nose was driving me crazy. We have so much Cottonwood around here, the ground looks like it is covered in snow. And it always gets my allergies acting up

 

In the afternoon, I did a bit of staff training. I kind of, almost, sort of figured out the move I was struggling with. One of those where you can do it once, and then not again for 10 times, and then once more. Still I was encouraged to at least sort of get it

 

In the evening, was a Zoom meeting with our women's group for church. This is the time of year when we usually have our year end party. One of the gals from the church came by and dropped off a treat package of a can of sparkling wine, and cheese and crackers. That way we could all munch on our treats while we chatted.It was a nice meeting,  time to discuss the Bible study, and time to chat. I am very thankful for Zoom,  but I also really miss the actual get together with these women.

 

 

Today

DId my L-sit workout, with holds, and knee raises , and pull ups, and some other things. Went on walk with Mr. Incredible. DId some gardening. Weeded the area where there are some raised garden beds  for flowers near our garden shed. Also dug up some daffodil blubs and replanted them in another container. The spot where I had them before, they weren't blooming. Hopefully , I  can put them in a spot they like bett

Right now, part of me feels like it would be fun to go do some staff training, and part of me wants to sit and stare at TV/computer. Not sure which will win. Speaking of TV is anyone else watching the Titan Games? I love that show. And this year Steffie Graff is one of the Titans to beat, so I'm super pumped for that. 

At dinner tonight, I tried to remember to put my fork down between bites, and taste my food

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Oh, good news stuff I forgot to say:

My father in law is home from the hospital

 

And this Sunday at our drive through church service, we are bringing camp chairs to sit in outside! The weather is supposed to be rainy, but that won't deter me from being outside while we sing at least. This seems like a good  stepping stone. Some people can be in cars, where there is less exposure, and others can sit outside. I'm so excited for this!

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Such awesome updates Elastigirl!  So thankful your FiL is home from hospital! Yay.

Those small touches and gestures are so great aren't they?    The care package and stuff to keep us connected while we zoom meet.

Pretty neat about the lawn chair church service.  I hope our church manages one of those at some point!   

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I'm glad your father in law is doing better! 

 

That was so sweet of the woman to drop off the treats before your zoom get-together. It's not the same as in person but at least you are getting some social contact in!

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22 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

I am very thankful for Zoom,  but I also really miss the actual get together with these women.

I am going to hug SO MANY PEOPLE when I'm allowed.

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I am going to hug SO MANY PEOPLE when I'm allowed.

I’m going to keep not hugging people thank you very much - not because of Corona, just basic awkwardness.

I’m glad FIL is out of the hospital. That must have been scary and lonely for him.
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Yay I'm glad he's out of the hospital! 

 

Outdoor church services are nice (though right now I'd imagine it feels more like a drive in theater, which is also nice but not exactly the same)

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On 5/26/2020 at 9:49 PM, Elastigirl said:

First the sad stuff; My father in law is in the hospital. He is 91 years old, dealing with heart failure. Actually, over the last three weeks, this is the third time he's been in the hospital, it's just been for a night or two each time. The most stressful part is that due to Covid , no visitors are allowed. Which makes the hospitalizations super hard on him. My brother in law lives with him and my mother in law, so  that is good. Hospitals are always stressful, and throw a pandemic in there and it's even harder. Though I'm thankful it wasn't early on in the pandemic. The hospital has the PPC gear, so I don't worry about him  getting the virus too much, and the hospital is no longer overwhelmed so that is good. 

*hugs* and prayers for your family.

On 5/26/2020 at 9:49 PM, Elastigirl said:

I've always said I'm an introvert, but I do think I need a regular dose of people in my life. I enjoyed just seeing people out enjoying the day. 

Same here. Although my stress levels are picking up with the amount of people going out now.

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On 5/30/2020 at 1:57 AM, ElizeElvinFoxRyder said:

*hugs* and prayers for your family.

Same here. Although my stress levels are picking up with the amount of people going out now.

Thanks.He is home now .

 

On 5/29/2020 at 7:38 PM, Red1263 said:

I'm glad to hear that your FiL Is home and in good health!

Thanks.I wouldn't say good health, his heart is failing (he's 91) but for now, doing alright

On 5/29/2020 at 6:46 PM, Sloth the Enduring said:


I’m going to keep not hugging people thank you very much - not because of Corona, just basic awkwardness.

I’m glad FIL is out of the hospital. That must have been scary and lonely for him.

LOL, yeah, I'm sort of awkward on hugging, but I think I'm going to work on being less awkward. Thanks, yeah right now is not the time you want to be in a hospital

On 5/29/2020 at 6:49 PM, NightWatcher13 said:

Yay I'm glad he's out of the hospital! 

 

Outdoor church services are nice (though right now I'd imagine it feels more like a drive in theater, which is also nice but not exactly the same)

Thanks Yeah, it was a bit more like the drive in theater, it's getting there.

On 5/29/2020 at 5:17 PM, Novaurora said:

I am going to hug SO MANY PEOPLE when I'm allowed.

Nice, though I think I'm going to do it before I'm allowed-

On 5/29/2020 at 12:45 PM, Fonzico said:

I'm glad your father in law is doing better! 

 

That was so sweet of the woman to drop off the treats before your zoom get-together. It's not the same as in person but at least you are getting some social contact in!

Thanks.Hi, I missed you! It was nice, our church has been so good at going the extra mile to make us feel loved, it is very encouraging.

On 5/29/2020 at 8:10 AM, Starpuck said:

Such awesome updates Elastigirl!  So thankful your FiL is home from hospital! Yay.

Those small touches and gestures are so great aren't they?    The care package and stuff to keep us connected while we zoom meet.

Pretty neat about the lawn chair church service.  I hope our church manages one of those at some point!   

Thank. Yes, those small touches mean so much. I am so thankful for our church. I hope you guys can do a lawn service soon

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Many good things happened this weekend. On Friday, we helped a friend from church move.She was moving into to here son's house. So it was my friend, the family, and another guy. Nice and refreshing to spend time with them. I enjoyed chatting with the kids too and watching them. I think I need a regular infusion of children in my life.They always make me smile. I  carried boxes. None of them were very heavy. But, still it feels good to be strong enough to carry boxes down stairs. On Friday afternoon, we had all our rocks delivered. We were going to move some on Saturday afternoon, but it rsined all morning, and rained even harder, so we decided to wait.

 

Saturday evening was Zoom game night with friends.

 

Sunday morning was drive through outdoor church. Unfortunately, it was raining. I, however, said that I was now free to sit outside my car, and I was going to do it. So, Mr Incredible and I sat outside during the songs and creed , but moved into our car during the sermon. It wasn't actually raining very hard, and I have a rain jacket, so I didn't get to wet.

 

Sunday is Pentocost .In the church, that celebrates when the Holy Spirit came down, and gave people the ability to speak and understand one another in different languages. Our church usually celebrates by having a big potluck with food from around the world.  I decided to  have some food from around the world. I bought some spring rolls and potstickers and we had those for appetizers. Then we went to a park, and had the main meal. Which was Indian chicken with apricots.It was a new recipe, and so good.And I made Algerian tea cookies for dessert. Coincidently😉, there were a few other families from our church at the park too, and we visited with them.

 

If you are ever confused when you read my posts, and think I thought she said she was  still under lockdown orders from the governor.Yep I still am. 

 

How did my week go

I did focus more on slowing down eating, and on paying attention to my fullness levels. I think I'm taming the snacking dragon a bit.

I did some weeding, and bonus worked on the wall for our gravel

Didn't do scrapbooking.I've been doing some on Sunday, and instead watched the news for hours, as people looted the city nearby, where people I know live. Didn't help me to watch that much of it. Would have been better off scrapbooking

I worked out twice, since I took MOnday off and went geocaching.Lots of movement happened though

 

 

This week goals

Big thing move the rocks

Also, planning to have friends over for prayer in my backyard, so I need to weed that  a bit, and set it up, and clean the downstairs bathroom

Maybe scrapbook will happen. Let's say 2 pages

 

 

In my life today, rumors are swirling that the looters and rioter are going to hit our town today.If you pray, please pray that this will be contained.My heart hurts for those businesses that are already struggling. We don't have a big town. If they destroy things, many of the shops won't be able to reopen. They are also saying that there may be protests, which I am fine with, but the rioting is scary. Though, I do find it ironic that while It is supposedly to dangerous for businesses to begin opening, or for me to see anyone, the governor and all the leaders say that it is fine for everyone to peaceable protest. Like I said, I always support peaceable protest , and am thankful our countries supports that right, I just find it odd how right now leaders are picking and choosing when it is  fine to trample our rights, and when they want to uphold them.

 

 

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I’m sorry Elastigirl. I hope you and your town stay safe.

Social distancing is effectively over. You might as well go back to church. Hopefully the curve was flattened enough that the hospitals don’t get crushed.

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