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bearcountrygg - Friday Jun 05, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0


coffee, coconut yogurt, fruit cup = 142 cals

Lunch = Sloppy joe with cheese, carrots corn and crystal light = 803 cals

Evening snack = pomegranate tea, pop corn, mini kind bar, fruit nut bar, mini bag annies cookies = 540

Calories today = 1485

Goal 1,200 to 1,300 cals a day

Reading .......The Prophet by Kahlill Gibran....for the umpteenth time

Todays to do's

Mail bill DONE

File paperwork DONE

Make bed DONE

Plan menu and get food from freezer DONE

Check on orders DONE



Wash all bathroom and pet rugs DONE

Paperwork DONE

Clean kitchen DONE

Clean Bathrooms DONE

Take all things to basement that are at stairs

Get mail DONE

Ended up on the phone with family 2X today.....so will get to the other stuff this afternoon


Donkey on 06/05/2020:
Coconut yogurt sounds delicious!

bearcountrygg on 06/05/2020:
It was pretty good...came in a 6 pack with strawberry cheesecake...also good Light&Fit brand

Horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2020:
Lots tons to do today!

Do you reread many books? I’m from the club of only wanting to watch movies and read books 1x

bearcountrygg on 06/05/2020:
I have favorites that I do read over and over again.....the same with movies......and others that are a one time read...and I usually pass those along to the free library at the grocery store.....but when a book or movie really resonates with me.....I have it for life.....in the past I have passed along favorites and found myself buying it again...so now they have a permanent home with me...I do usually pick up a favorite at a time that it will have an impact with me automatically....The Prophet seems to call me in times of stress....I looked at the bookcase this morning...and even though it is a plain black book ( wore out it's dust cover long ago).....as I scanned all of the brightly colored books that you would think would attract me...nope......there sat the prophet...with it's worn black cover...off to the side...and I knew it was the one. I guess it picked me...I didn't pick it. It is a quick read....not always an easy read because I have to mull somethings in there over sometimes. But it's perfect today.

grannyannie on 06/05/2020:
Busy day!

bearcountrygg on 06/05/2020:
It's flying by.

legcramps on 06/05/2020:
Great list!

bearcountrygg on 06/05/2020:
Hard to get some of it done while D is sleeping...so break time for me.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2020:
That’s so nice about your favorites - books and movies :)

bearcountrygg on 06/06/2020:
They all call me for one reason or another...in the same way people catch me whistling a song and I didn't even realize I was whistling....there is always something in the song that relates to my feelings at the time.

Donkey on 06/06/2020:
For me, I have a few favorite series that I reread, some for enjoyment, some for comfort. Otherwise, books usually get a 1x read, if I manage to finish them at all. Lately, I struggle with finishing up a book.

bearcountrygg on 06/06/2020:
I used to make myself finish a book....and when I was done i really had daydreamed through the whole thing...so I don't bother with books that don't hold my attention anymore either. Basically...they are a waste of time and I am a lot more careful when I buy books now.

bearcountrygg - Thursday Jun 04, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Slept really well last night....and plan to have an active day.......no naps...no matter how much I want one...it would be out of habit only and none really needed today...on another note......I got my coffee and turned on the den room light to watch the news and a gigantic spider ran sideways across the wall......we never were able to find him......the subconscious is amazing...the clothes I picked today were pants with snug cuffs at the bottom, socks, a thick shirt....LOL...self preservation....I hope he shows himself soon....the vaccum and a kleenex are ready and waiting for him.

Working on master bedroom and bath today......and whatever else I have time to get to.

My goal daily is to stay busy......no napping, save my reading and TV for the evening......I have so many delay tactics that  I really want to stop doing.  Routines/structure has often fallen by the wayside.....and that doesn't serve me well.........I need to rebuild productive routines or I snap right back to lazy behaviour and sloppy eating. 

I watched some MY 600 POUND LIFE last night and it was a strong reminder of how excuses were made for unproductive behaviour....the Dr...repeatedly called her on them....( she insistred that she was eating 1,200 cals a day, she refused to walk except when the PT was there, she used oxygen even when the DR said she didn't need it, she insisted she was having a heart attack and was very dramatic in his office when she felt trapped...he sent her to the hospital and she was fine. Her friend lived with her to be her caretaker, BUT...the thing that jumped out at me the most was that all of her clothing looked like it was made from fabric made for babies and young children....in my opinion she was a 650 pound baby, dressed like it, threw tantrums like it, demanded that everything be done for her like it, laid there helpless like a baby while everyone else did all of the work.)..........Babies are cute......650 pound women wearing baby clothes are not cute at all.  

It pointed out to me in a different way how my subconscious mind pushes me to take the easy way out.......

Breakfast  - black coffee, oatmeal and premier protein shake = 322 cals

Lunch = large hamburger = 673 cals

Dinner = yogurt and a fruit cup = 140

days total = 1,135 cals

Just talked to sister in law who said her doctor was in the hospital with covid.....so her appointment will be cancelled......and she is in a Detroit suburb where we all grew up, lived and worked....I've only been out of there for 5 years...so high rates there.

According to this I still have a little work to do.


grannyannie on 06/04/2020:
I think many of us stuck in lockdown are finding we've little ambition. It's a common theme I see online - eat, drink - lazy. I can't nap as I feel groggy the rest of the day.

bearcountrygg on 06/04/2020:
We are still in lockdown...although I think that might change here next monday....but really..but really...i don't see my habits changing much even then. I've gotten in the routine now of going out only when needed instead of to just get out of the house. We are so far from shopping ( 1 hour or more)...that amazon has become a decent substitute now.

legcramps on 06/04/2020:
I dislike looking and basing things on generalized charts like this. No one person is alike, and everyone takes a different route on their journey to better health. Yours looks a lot different than mine - that chart doesn't allow those variables to become a factor. Just my two cents!

Is My 600 Pound Life a weight loss show? Is there some kind of conclusion to it - like the lady lost some weight and is doing better now?

bearcountrygg on 06/04/2020:
Some of the shows end with the person doing well...but others like this one ended with her being angry and she dropped out of the Drs program......so this one was not very hopeful to watch....the last scene was her Mom and her Lady friend celebrating the fact that she sat outside in a wheelchair for the first time...after they celebrated that...she stated..."WEll...how did you guys like that!!"....she is an attention junky and I was sorry I had wasted 2 hours watching the show. I don't know anything about BMI's...just put this one here to remind me to lose those extra 5 pounds.

Donkey on 06/05/2020:
My daughter watches My 600 Pound Life, and sometimes I join her. Dr. Now takes no excuses!

bearcountrygg on 06/05/2020:
I love that he has heard it all before and doesn't fall for it.....he really doesn't have time for that.....Some of the shows are so encouraging when they walk the walk....others...frustrate me...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2020:
Nice rendition of the 600 pound life show. Good analogy of saying a baby is site cute but an adult baby is not!

I have the same issues with totally shrinking back to my mindsets as a youth / younger me.

Nice BMI chart - I had a look!

bearcountrygg on 06/05/2020:
Growing up is hard to do sometimes....life can be pretty scary out there but I guess just taking that leap of faith and going for it is what we all did....and sometimes still have to make ourselves do. I will say one thing...when we were kids we wanted to grow up so we could do anything we wanted....then when we grew up...childhood kind of looked like more fun sometimes....LOL....Now....I guess being MOSTLY adult...and a little bit of kid for fun....probably works best around here.

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Jun 03, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Another beautiful day here..........walked a bill to the mailbox and the temp is a perfect 70 degrees.

Spent some time online placing some orders for D.......I swear...that man is shopping more than I am now. 

4 phone calls by son B this morning before 7:30....LOL....of course we answer any time day or night and now they literally call any time day or night.......LOL....son T called D during that time too....LOL....shones going crazy today....but one has to go to work and the other will be out cutting wood and getting their garden ready......soit's the best time for them I guess.

Laundry started.........garbage ready to take to the road.......need to get on with everything else.

Breakfast, coffee, toasted bagel with butter and cream cheese....and crystal light lemon.

D went to store to get hangers to put up fans in the dogs kennels......they will appreciate that come july.

D got a very large picture hung over the bed that has been waiting for quite awhile.



grannyannie on 06/03/2020:
It's been lovely here too! We both do a lot of Amazon shopping.

bearcountrygg on 06/03/2020:
Amazon has the most unusual things....it seems like no matter what we look for...they have it. Today it was just 1 flannel bottom sheet and 1 king sized blanket, both navy blue and 2 bottles of tire cleaner...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 06/03/2020:
Hahah funny cat meme so true ! It’s like, if you want it but you are not willing to do the work, so be it then!

You and your family sound wonderful :-)

So glad your sons are calling and everyone is doing good even better to hear one is back to work and the other is active :-)

Enjoy your evening!

bearcountrygg on 06/04/2020:
Turned out to be a good day...Yhanks HOP!

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Jun 02, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Had to go pick up some perishables yesterday.........all emplyees and me in masks....the store was empty because it was 7:45.....but they were putting groceries out....still aisles with mostly bare shelves.  Limits on meat packages at 4 total.....so had to get some from frozen food area again....no TP...only tiny packages of kleenex.....no shower cleaner or antibacterial cleqaning wipes.  saw only 2 other shoppers.  Didn't buy a lot......

It is a beautiful day....bright and green....after an all night rain......and my summer quandry continues...ac inside...so need to drress warm ( hypothyroid)...warm outside...so need to dress in cooler clothes.....and so it goes.

D was taking dogs to vet yesterday for their shots....but decided last minute to just go to the farm store and buy them and give them himself....so we got all dogs done in a few minutes and a lot less cost......he wasn't happy about sitting in the waiting room and I don't blame him.

A house nearby that we had once been interested in,(back in 2013) we hear is going up for sale again.......more remote and off the road and the idea of moving is a bit overwhelming now...when we were younger...it was easy...now....really daunting.  We will have to wait and see how we feel when they actually put it on the market.  There would be no racing up and down the road by quad runners and motorcycles....no dust rolling over the house...and a lot more peace and quiet....not to mention no stairs or steps, flatter land, and a much nicer kitchen......will have to wait and see when the time comes....but...I'm not sure we are up to it.

Food is already wonky today...so not even counting it or giving it any thought at all today.  allergies are wild...bloodshot itchy eyes are todays allergy gift.

Found this yesterday and thought it was interesting.


grannyannie on 06/02/2020:
I like shopping early now. I'm starting to see the same people at the same time every Tuesday morning.

bearcountrygg on 06/02/2020:
The later I wait....the bigger the crowd......but early I always run into shelf stockers....but for me...thats better than a crowd.

legcramps on 06/02/2020:
Have you ever tried dandelion tea? I'm interested, not too sure where I might find something like this.

bearcountrygg on 06/02/2020:
No...I haven't tried it...Amazon sells several different brands...and I know you can make it by removing the yellow petals, ( washing them)...and then pour over some boiling water and steep for about 3 minutes....(wouldn't do this though if the yard had been sprayed) of course........

bearcountrygg on 06/02/2020:
But just looked at the pic again and it's made fro the root...hmmm.

Donkey on 06/02/2020:
That's very interesting about the nearby house for sale. When my folks were in Wisconsin, they had a similar opportunity. Turns out that they were outbid, but the other house was so neat. It was decorated in a 1960's motif! The appliances, the furniture, and the decor. But I think the real reason they liked it was that it had a huge glass windows so that you could see the lake from the driveway.

Come to think of it, that doesn't sound real private. Also, no garage, just a carport. In the winter? Brrr!

bearcountrygg on 06/03/2020:
That house sounds interesting...I would love to be on a lake......I grew up in the 50's and 60's...I remember it well..

Donkey on 06/02/2020:
^ I guess my point is that it wasn't meant to be, and I guess that's just as well. Moving would have been very easy though!

bearcountrygg on 06/03/2020:
Moving would be hard for us now....I'm not sure we have the energy for that anymore....back when that place went up for sale...we were still trying to decide rather to buy another one or add onto this one...and ended up adding on......I LOVE THAT KITCHEN THERE THOUGH!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/03/2020:
Like you, I always need to dress on the warm side as I have a major tendency to be cold when I’m Not moving around !

The house that is up for sale sounds like a nice thing to look further into !!

bearcountrygg on 06/06/2020:
The thought of moving though weighs heavily on us......it isn't as easy as it used to be...so we will see.

bearcountrygg - Saturday May 30, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

A little bit of news went a long way this morning......turned that off and doing some things that are more productive. 

Coffee with sf skinny syrup and water with crystal light so far along with a multiple vitamin, extra c, extra D, extra omega, zinc, elderberry, turmeric and a baby aspirin.....

Not hungry so not eating yet......lately that has been an issue...old habits creep back in so easily........fighting that off again.......there is no way that I allow old bad habits to sabotage what I have done...............They say only 5% of people who lose weight can keep it off indefinately......with that in mind........I can't let my guard down.....so I wait...for hunger and won't eat just because it's breakfast time.


coffee = 4

skinny syrup = 0

crystal light drink mix = 10

instant cream of wheat = 260


274 cals


2 sizzle steaks =365

1/2 cup fried mashed potattoes/butter = 155

red/yellow peppers = 25


545 cals


chicken tenders sauteed with a few pepper strips in olive oil = 225

veggie straws = 130

spinach dip = 200 or less


555 cals





Total cals for the day was 1374


Donkey on 05/30/2020:
Still working on the SF Skinny Syrup for your coffee, or is this a different (better) flavor?

Oh the food pictures are back!!! I don't think you realize what a fan base you have here, for those food pictures. (lol) I noticed that you have a Blender Bottle - so do I and I love mine! Mine is 24 ounces, but I've seen them in smaller sizes, too. I had 2 and one of the lids cracked, so now I only have 1. I use the other one, sans cracked lid, to water plants and such.

bearcountrygg on 05/30/2020:
It is a different bottle but unfortunately the same flavor....mocha...not a fan for sure...no real flavor, just a artificial sweetener taste. I also love these bottles...mine are 20 ounce...I have black and pink and I'm mind of bummed when they are both in the dishwasher at the same time...LOL

Maria7 on 05/30/2020:
As a note of encouragement, if you look at my very first entry here at DD, you will see that I wrote that I lost 50 lbs. in 1998 and since my first entry which was December 2000, I have mostly held it off (I have been a little higher and a little lower but never had to start all over again from the highest of 205). So, it can be done. It really takes not giving up. Especially, when you feel you have really went overboard and gained a few pounds. My most important help has been the Lord. Prayer to Him has helped me tremendously.

bearcountrygg on 05/30/2020:
You have done great Maria........you are setting a good example. When I lost it in the the late 90's...I did put it back on.....I sure don't want that to happen this time. I noticed that being at home more seemed to mean snacking more....as much as I don't like to count ( it makes me think about food too much).....I see I really do need to.

Maria7 on 05/30/2020:
I count every day and also write down what I eat every day as well as what I drink if it has calories. I keep a pen and paper where it is easy for me to simply write it down each day and this also helps me stay on track. If I go overboard one day in calories, which I don't count them precisely but I round them off to 50 or 100 when I count them and let it go at that...like if something is 177 calories, it becomes 200 cals and if something is 30 cals, it becomes 50, like that, as it is easier to count that way....but if I go overboard one day, I try to put a limit the next day of how many calories I will allow, which I aim for them to be a little lower than the previous day. You are doing fantastic and I am happy for you.

bearcountrygg on 05/30/2020:
My metabolism is so slow that I always end up counting exactly...or as close as possible.....I have to stay around 1,200 or 1,300.......to maintain...sometimes I can go up to 1,500....but not daily.....I wish i could round the numbers...you are lucky that you can.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/30/2020:
Nice eats !

Lately one of my favorite things is chicken nuggets / fingers / tenders !!!!! I crave chicken all the time lately !

Nice job getting protein in!

I never have fried mashed potatoes sounds good like home fries a little bit !

bearcountrygg on 05/30/2020:
I use leftover mashed potatoes....and some butter....quite good.....I'm liking chicken too.

Maria7 on 06/01/2020:
Hope you're having a good day.

bearcountrygg on 06/02/2020:
Pretty good than you!

bearcountrygg on 06/02/2020:
that should have said Thank you!

bearcountrygg - Friday May 29, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Rained all night.........and will continue all day....so that will cool things off a bit.

Another day where quarantine is easy....we need for nothing so I'm staying in...although D will possibly take the pup to the vet for his shots.  It is time and I know he gets antsy........me...not so much....so I stay home.

The dentist called yesterday....and wanted to reset D's 2 appointments.......they set them up and then she proceeded to tell him of the mask on/mask off protocol.......I guess the idea of her with her hands in his mouth while she was in full protection.....and him with no mask at that time was a bit much....and he told her he changed his mind and wasn't going...of course he knew he couldn't wear a mask during the dental work....but the vulnerability became a little more obvious.....I'm glad he told her he would call her when this is all over with...........

Breakfast = coffee with sf syrup, yogurt, crystal light

Thinking that with all of the chaos that is going on maybe I need to just turn the TV and Computer off for awhile..........and accomplish some things that make me feel more in control......I always seem to revert to that when the world outside my door is losing it. 

Decide what I need to do and set my day up for success.

It won't hurt to be oblivious to what is going on for a few hours and do things that bring me peace. 

An hour after breakfast a leftover chicken patty was calling me...gave in and ate that.

Stripped the bed and got laundry going......on second load now.........mailed bill.

I had a pile of laundry to fold......and did part...and was tempted to quit.......but something kept popping into my head....the phrase...FOR THE GREATER GOOD.....it's

 old...and I find that my mind reminds me of it...when things are especially chaotic.....and I tend to listen...it's only there in bad times..........so...while I wanted to stop folding laundry.....I asked mysef...WOULD THAT BE FOR THE GREATER GOOD?  I kept folding until it was done.  I'm glad it's done for now......it was for the greater good.  My activity around here spurred D on to start doing things too........the laundry is folded, D is doing things that need to be done...it was for the greater good.  I usually find plenty of excuses to do or not do things.........FOR THE GREATER GOOD needs to occupy my mind more often.....maybe I will print that out and hang it on the wall!!!  When things are totally out of my control and it feels like the rest of the world is falling apart........I need to spend that time especially..........doing what is just and right and calms me.

Thinking about the greater good remined me that I had made some resolutionf for this year.......and one was to post pics of everything I ate daily....i did that for awhile and grew bored with it...but it truly was for the greater good.........too late to do that today....but...it's an idea to get back to tomorrow.

Back several months ago I ordered 2 of the 23 and me dna test kits for us.  The plan was to do them in April.....but with things the way they are now...we put it off......today I got them out and looked at the instructions....we will probably do that on Monday......The kids keep asking if we did them yet...I think they are more excited than we are.......should be interesting though.

And OH YEAH....when I was reorganizing food.......found several things I couldn't live a moment without.....UGH....got that out of the way BUT....while none were horrible...none were really needs....they were wants............call it a food fit.

Lunch was chicken peppers and mashed potatoes and I just realized that I ate lunch automatically and really wasn't hungry........that proves it....I'm definately off track......and my pants are tight today too.




Donkey on 05/29/2020:
I received an email from my dentist that his office is closed through June 15th. I'm ok with that, although in having some problems lately. Not a dental emergency - yet.

I usually like an errand or 2, but am still refraining as much as possible from shopping. Our Old Kitty needs dental attention. Husband was supposed to call about that this week. I don't think he did.

bearcountrygg on 05/29/2020:
The things that need to be done apparently haven't stopped because our normal lives have stopped......I'm wondering how long it will take for us all to go back to our old ways. I like errands too....but keep putting them off....D really does need to see the dentist....but for the first time ever......it seemed less important than going.

innerpeace on 05/29/2020:
The times are for sure more chaotic. I resort to the music channel - continuous music - no news!

I have often thought of taken the 23 & me kit - haven't yet.

Food pictures are always a good thing!

Enjoy your rainy day.

bearcountrygg on 05/29/2020:
I'm kind of interested in finding out heritage especially since my Dads brother told him that my dad had a different father from the younger 6 kids.......we shall see...it should be quite obvious if his brother is right. My Dad passed away never knowing....I wish I had gotten a 23 and me kit for him....but then again...maybe he was better off not knowing.

horn_of_plenty on 05/29/2020:
Nice job cleaning up and finding more things in the pantry :)

Lately I’m eating lots of potato in my meals due to Dinnerly always sending them lol! They are fun to slice into thick fries !

bearcountrygg on 05/29/2020:
Nothing wrong with fries ;)

Donkey on 05/30/2020:
I had to smile when I read your update about finding food, while reorganizing, that you couldn't live without. Ha ha, I know EXACTLY what you mean!

bearcountrygg - Thursday May 28, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Found this in my FB feed today and found it interesting...I've always wondered about these things.

Just planning to keep busy today....nothing special.....

horn_of_plenty on 05/28/2020:
That’s why I like my carrots, apples and oranges :-)

bearcountrygg on 05/28/2020:
They do keep forever...we still have apples and carrots from several weeks ago too.

Maria7 on 05/28/2020:
That is very informative and good to know. Refrigerated eggs keep a long time, too. I know cause we raise chickens and keep fresh eggs at all times. I hope you have a wonderful day. Smile.

bearcountrygg on 05/28/2020:
Also good to know....thank you!

thinkpositive on 05/28/2020:
Good information- thanks!

bearcountrygg on 05/28/2020:
Wish I had this info years ago.

bearcountrygg - Wednesday May 27, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

The local station isn't working today.....it popped on just long enough to tell us that it would be in the 80's today.............so I could wear summer clothes for sure...YET......with the AC...it will be just like winter in here...so i need warm clothes....LOL....my summer quandry has once again started........layering......my only answer.

Poor cat.....his worm meds and his harness and leash both arrived yesterday.....my guess is that he must think yesterday was the worst ever.........fight to get him in the harness ( which he escaped from outside).....me yelling NO...when he finally found his chance to explore the yard for the first time ( lucky for me that he automatically stops whenever I say no)...then...getting back in his house prison.to get wrapped in a towel and .. to have worm meds forced into his mouth......poor guy....totally confused and suspecting that we aren't such nice people after all........

Of course......after making a trip to the bank yesterday...a check for 48 cents arrived in the afternoon!!!!!!    48 CENTS....the cost to mail it was more than the check.........this has been happening for the last year.......stock that splits off into small little companies must issue dividend checks...........and .........it's crazy.......I could toss it.......waiting for another ck to arrive would take too long........so.......I end up adding 4 dollars and 52 cents in cash....and depositing it.  This will be done the next time I go to town........I probably spend more gas money doing this than the 48 cents.  BUT...I will be darned if it stops me from cashing it...it's the principle of the thing!!!   They will not force me to rip it up!!!!     I'm getting that 48 cents if it costs me a couple of dollars to do it!  OKAY.....rant over.

Plenty aroung here to keep busy with. 

Going to follow Annies lead.....and make a list of things to do......and then pick one each time I get the urge to accomplish something.........that will get at least 1 thing done per day.....and likely more.

coffee with sf skinny syrup.......( note to self...don't buy that anymore....way to artificial to be enjoyable for me).....but i will use it up...because that is how I am.........( choke that stuff down...because i bought it...LOL)  Teach myself a lesson....be a lot more careful whart I buy...because I might just HAVE to eat it)

Breakfast ended up being chicken, a RX bar and a fiber one bar

Lunch was chili, brat and tater tots....using some odds and ends up

Donkey on 05/27/2020:
From yesterday's entry, I'd be interested in your impressions with MCT oil.

bearcountrygg on 05/27/2020:
Haven't opened it yet but will definately give some sort of report on it.

Donkey on 05/27/2020:
None of the 7 cats I've owned tolerated a harness. If it's a choice between moving with a harness or flopping on the ground in protest, they all chose to flop.

Poor kitty! We've been giving Baby Kityy, aka Sick Kitty oral squirts of medicine for months now. She hates it. We hate giving it to her.

And then last night, she was such a mess that I gave her lower end a bath, but not after clipping her nails, for my own survival. I think that checks off all the boxes of things she hates to do.

bearcountrygg on 05/27/2020:
This is the 2nd cat slipping out of a harness...not sure what to do now...i'm thinking adding some sort of straps under back legs? Don't know....this one pulled on the leash...then decided to walk...but slipped his front legs out and head...when he got tangled around a table leg.......UGH...poor things.

horn_of_plenty on 05/27/2020:
Ricky My friend is so great at fixing things - if we lived by you, he’d have that cat harness adjusted and working perfectly !

We also had nice weather today high 70s so nice !

I also am not a fan of many of the sf syrups out there bc of the same reason - too artificial tasting

bearcountrygg on 05/28/2020:
I'm thinking of adding some shoelaces strategically located on that harness....That would be nice to have a problem solvers help....I'm sure you appreciate his help. I'm using that syrup up....but never again.

legcramps on 05/28/2020:
Is your cat really yearning for outside time? That's hard when you need to make sure he sticks around and stays safe.

I, on the other hand, have a neighborhood cat whose owner lets it just roam around, who spends all of it's time in my yard chasing birds and creating chaos. I used to like cats, but now i'm not so sure :( especially when it seems to be killing the baby birds simply for sport.

bearcountrygg on 05/28/2020:
We also have a cat that came around and killed the birds at our feeder....so we had to stop feeding the birds sadly. Our cat came from the shelter and had access to inside and outside and he loved both...now he sits in the windows a lot during the day...I thought he might like going outside on the deck only....but I can't chance that again until I remake his harness..The nice thing about cats is that you don't have to take them outside at all.....so they make good house pets.....and really do just do what they want inside......This is my second attempt with a cat in a harness outside...the other one got out of her harness too....so I can see....i need to add something to this one to make it escape proof.

bearcountrygg - Tuesday May 26, 2020
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Weight: 0.0

Beautiful day....have to head out to the bank and then back home........Stimulus check showed up on friday....so need to take care of that............Slept a good 7 hours last night and feel like I'm full of energy today...so taking advantage of that....got a lot done yesterday which spurs me on again today.............

Coffee....and multi vit, extra c, extra D, extra omegas, zinc, turmeric, baby aspirin, elderberry...not hungry yet...so waiting on that.

Big order of a lot of small things coming from Amazon today...( things we would have gone out to buy ourselves....Amazon sure comes in handy sometimes).....( cat harness and leash so I can take him out on the deck, wormer for cat and puppy, multiple car cleaning things that D wanted, D's glucosomine, can opener, MCT oil....to try out)......Amazon is quite amazing.....just not ordering magazine subscriptions form them anymore...that was a disaster....in fact no more magazine subscriptions for me anymore at all....D gets lots.....but I'm not renewingg anything...I need to read all of the books we have here...and then pass them on.........lots to work with there.  I like to finish a book and then if it isn't a keeper i put it in the free library at the grocery store...(in their foyer)....I see they have removed that for now understandably....but hopefully it comes back in the future......I will hold onto donations for that until it returns.........

Did the big overhaul in my clothes closet yesterday and love it......still working on the mess I created in the bedroom though....today I tackle that.......no need to keep suitcases in my closet if we aren't going anywhere.....to the basement with those now.

Dressed and ready to start the day.

banking done, bills sent, trips to town are short when i don't stop at any stores....and that could be a good thing. 

Yogurt for breakfast

Lunch = chicken, potatoes, granola bar, chocolate

Dinner = shaved beef with cheese, rice with kale and granola bar

Thought this was interesting...according to Dr Berry...any oil higher that 20%  is not conducive to a long healthy life.


Donkey on 05/26/2020:
Sounds like you have a busy, full day ahead! :-)

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
Got a lot done already just waiting for the bank to open at 9:30

Donkey on 05/26/2020:
I wish we could edit our comments. But I wanted to add that a nice day and good sleep are wonderful things!

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
Yes they are......I'm working on not napping during the day...some days i succeed......it really helps me to sleep better at night if I don't nap.

grannyannie on 05/26/2020:
Busy day! I feel better when I clean out a closet or something.

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
Me too...just spurs me on to do more.

horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
That’s adorable you can take the cat outside on a leash !!!

I’ve just renewed and received my gumMies order from amazon! Lol ! Soooooo many!

It’s good to feel comfortable with some things you need off amazon at this time.

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
The harness and leash arrived...took him out on the deck...and he escaped from it...he was standing at the steps and ready to run down...when i told him NO and luckily he stopped.....Ugh...I need to alter it somehow to make it work I guess.

grannyannie on 05/27/2020:
We use Amazon UK ALL the time! Especially now.

bearcountrygg on 05/27/2020:
It was great...everything appeared on the front porch in 3 packages yesterday..........It definately is keeping us out of the public and for that we are grateful.

bearcountrygg - Monday May 25, 2020
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Weight: 0.0

Bright and sunny today....birds chirping so that makes me happy

There has been a huge police presence around here since friday.......still plenty of non residents here....but very little racing on the roads.......they are now driving at the posted speeds..........so.....that is fine..........I've seen more police cars on our dirt road in the last 3 days....then I have seen in the entire town in many years.......we can deal with that.........even though we are still in lockdown......they are here....but I guess that isn't a crime?  At least they are not going 100 miles an hour anymore.

Still working on reorganizing my walk in closet....and I like it......but wow...the mess in the bedroom now.....LOL....today....I work on all of that.........will just be making a pile of donations and leaving them in the basement I guess,.......that stuff used to go in the car right away for dropoff....but no place to drop things off now....so no need to fill  the car up with that........I used to do the same thing with cans...also....no place to drop off now.......so they sit in the garage.

20 years of prepping is paying off........if we want or need something specific....I go.....but if we can make do with what we have here....we can last a long long time..........there was one other time when the prepping paid off.......and again now.......I sometimes have asked myself if it was worth it.........( the room it takes up...the continual rotation, D's aggravation about just the numbers of supplies......being called a hoarder( although this stuff was bought before the pandemic).).......and just the aggrivation of having it in my face all of the time....and my final answer is...YES YES YES...it was worth it........do I get irritation with the quantity of it...ABSOLUTELY!!!  Yes...some things have gone bad...it's obvious when you open a package and it's rancid( that happens with drygoods that have oils and grains in the package)........you know immediatly.  I've only had one can actually leak....and it was in perfect condition otherwise....it was cranberry sauce......well....out it went......there are some dented cans....I'm using those myself...and so far..they have been fine.........could I end up getting botulism?????  I suppose...but I think I would sense something is wrong before eating it......I have thrown out some things that I just didn't want to take the chance on.......I'm fine with that.  The bottom line is in the US...our supply chain has been broken.........and it's not improving............it will only get worse from here........it's time to pick up a few things each time you shop...to just set aside in case.  My family is all doing that.........they aren't buying out the store...they are picking up some extras each trip and stashing it away......the fact is....unless you have a garden and can or freeze extras..., have chickens for eggs and meat.......or....you have some things that keep stored away....you could be very sorry at some point in the next few months or years.....besides......if for some reason....you will be able to purchase what you need....it sure is nice to have that stash set aside....if you just don't feel like cooking, or you have a loss of income....or you just don't want to go to the store..........it is up to all of us to plan for these things...........Even our government tells us to have up to a years supply of food........they mention a minimum of 3 days...(OMG)......suggest 6 months and a year even better.  We are not mormon....but mormons have been keeping a years worth of food for a very long time. 

We have been happy to share with family and friends when they were in need.....that makes us very happy that we could ease their burden a bit......that will continue. 

It makes me happy to be able to have a back up when D says.........do we have anymore almonds, olive oil etc.......so far...I have been able to hand him what he asked for within minutes.

My frustration comes with the fact that I need to have it organized better.........and that is a ongoing issue.....working on that again today also.

As soon as D's prescritions are able to be renewed...I do that.....I would rather have too much of that for him...than not enough.

I'm just so much more relaxed knowing that I can come up with a solution...at home ...I may have to open a few bins....but I usually find it......and if not...it goes on a list for the next shopping trip.

I never clear shelves....I've built this up over time....1 or 2 at a time......it's not hard.....but it sure comes in handy at times.

Currently...we have enough food for at least a year....will me miss some things...absolutely......but will it keep us alive?  ABSOLUTELY.  We have enough dog food for more than a year...and enough cat food for several months.......( need to get a little more of that each trip)

When people were in a panic over toilet paper.......while I noticed there was none here for sale......and so many were going without.....we had plenty, as well as kleenex, laundry soap, dish soap, hand soap........

Being prepared for everything is not necessarily being a hoarder........instead...I believe that that it is being prepared to take care of myself and family when needed.....without stressing about it.  When what you need to survive is right there in your home there is such a feeling of peace and contentment.

Ok....enough about me and my suggestions..........I was raised by parents and grandparents that lived through the great depression......I have had many times in my adult life when there was only a couple of days worth of food in the house....and I wasn't worried..........but....there has also been lots of time pass...lots of water over the dam and under the bridge...lots of unemployment, prosperous times and weeks when the bills took up all of our income so we just didn't buy food......we never missed a meal.....but lets just say...that sometimes...there was  an awful lot of pancakes and macaroni and cheese..............but we made do..........and that is what I aim for again..........survival.....and while I can pick up an extra can or soup or 2 to set aside...I'm doing it...because it adds up.....and gives me peace. 

I hope everyone has what they need...wants are one thing...needs are something else....and once I started to prep....it became fun and a new hobby that actually has had a calming side to my life.  Times are changing....and i'm not as worried as I could be..........

Breakfast = coffee, multi vit, extra c, extra omegas,, extra D, zinc, turmeric, elderberry.....not hungery yet.  Building up our immune systems...so that we hopefully stay as healthy as possible.

Breakfast ended up being toasted english muffin with peanutbutter

Lunch was philly cheese steak sandwiches, baked beans and brown rice with kale and chia seeds


Donkey on 05/25/2020:
I found your insights on prepping to be very interesting! For one thing, I've never heard of a can leaking! Good to know that can happen.

Also, I learned that boxed goods can go bad, myself, when my daughter tried to massage a cake with an expired box. It probably would have baked ok and been edible, but it smelled "off".

Finally, I never considered the amount of time and organization it requires to maintain a stockpile pantry, with rotations and such.

On a different note, I've seen elderberry gummies at the drugstore, and have considered perhaps starting a regime or at least having some on hand for allergies and other maladies.

bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
That leaking can surprised me too.. .so since...I always do wash the lid before opening...wait for the pop of air...look, smell...and make sure it seems normal. If it smells off...best not chance it...i agree totally. I think I can do better with the organization of it.....I have too many different things mixed together...but I lack shelves that would make it easier since it's in a walk in clothes closet.....I'm thinking maybe book cases? We are on our second bottle of the elderberry....and I'm not sure if it's helping or not but I don't think it's hurting anything......we are healthy so far.

Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
Exceptional, excellent post! I agree 100%. People call preppers hoarders, who didn't stock up a little here and a little there when they were able to do so, putting priority on getting their fingernails and toenails done at the salons in malls, instead, or other frivolous things they threw their money away on. Now, with our country at an employment rate just about the same as it was in the Great Depression, people still are not waking up and getting prepared, but instead are striving for the same lifestyle they have become accustomed to, and thinking that preppers are nuts. Anyone who has less that a month's supply of food and supplies put up, surely needs to take action quickly and get food and supplies while they are available. Stock up while you can. A hoarder is a person who is mentally ill and fills their homes with items they never use to the point of leaving themselves no space to live in inside their homes. A hoarder does not think about stashing food for the present and future, they think about stashing anything and everything they can get their hands on, whatever it may be, useful or not. People are not taking our economy seriously. They think it is just going to 'snap back' to how it was pre-pandemic, which was not good, even then but is greatly multiplied from that now. It is enough anxiety to deal with the pandemic and the lockdowns by themselves without adding worries about having not prepared for times when food acquisition might be very restricted. The grocery store that Hubby and I go to has entire areas of NOTHING...no toilet paper, forget rice, there have been times of not hardly any meat for sale, etc. You never know when you go in there what they will be out of but they are certainly out of a lot of items. In our town, bleach is not easy to find at all. Yes, we have some stored and thankful to the Lord we do. Very thankful to Him. I've tried over the past few years to add a little here and there when I could. For those who are beginners in prepping, I would advise to start working on a month's supply to being with, of basic foods like dry beans, canned foods, self-rising flour and oil or shortening to make bread (biscuits or fried bread, etc.), sugar, coffee, and creamer (forget expensive lattes), RICE, pasta, whatever you eat for breakfast (grits, cereal, oatmeal), canned meats you like, and don't forget to stock up on cleaning supplies, including bleach, as well as paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.) and a good first aid kit would be my recommendation. Finally, have an alternative source of heat for where you live and also battery powered lanterns with batteries. A good oil lamp and lamp oil is something good to acquire, too. These are just some of the things that come to my mind. This is what I would recommend to new preppers. I should have written it on my post but didn't know I was going to write this much. Smile. Have a blessed day and again, thank you for your very informative post today.

bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
Maria...you know I agree with you 100%........so much GREAT advise here.....it isn't difficult to prep....but when you need it...is worth a million $.....We also have areas in our local store that are totally empty......the meat department one day had only chicken.......and then the next week...only beef.......our food chain has already been broken...recovery could take many years.......plants are shut down and will not just be able to run as normal right away.........if they can't get the goods they need to run...they won't run. The damage has been done and it's mighty. Being able to take care of ourselves will be the best thing we can do...instead of wasting our resources on unnecessary things. People will say they were caught off guard...they didn't know....well....they weren't listening then...because when they are hungry and have nothing to eat....they will cry the loudest. Right now....along with the staples you mentioned...and you also mentioned canned meat......that is something ( canned meat) that we are focusing on right now...any canned good with meat or chicken in it...or a can of solid meat/fish/poultry...... I think that meat may just disappear all together. Very good advise...thank you for your input.

grannyannie on 05/25/2020:
We've got everything we need. It was sparse at first but fine now.

bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
That's great Annie......in the US...it varies greatly from week to week. The last time I shopped the cleaning supplies were bare as well as no TP....I didn't need those thankfully but anyone else that did still had to go without......Our Dollar General stores seem to be doing better at keeping things on the shelves...and I did pick up TP for a son there....but canned veggies were sparse........I hope the US can fix it...but not sure how long that takes......It's nice to see that Scotland is doing well though.

Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
People talk about buying silver and gold...well that all well and fine if a person has it to spare to do so, but you can't 'eat' silver and gold. I'd rather have extra food and supplies, myself and to me that is a good investment. People are buying things for entertainment with their stimulus checks...thinking the economy is going to go back to the way it was pre-pandemic, which was not in good standing even then...I thought we might be in for an economic collapse before the pandemic, the way the US economy was going...As for the meat being restricted/not available, I think that the elite are preparing us all to accept 'Fake Meat'...lab-grown meat...I guess they think that if people get hungry enough for meat they will eat almost anything. No thanks. Very smart to get canned foods with meat in them. Anything with protein (but not fake).

bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
I agree totally....they are already talking about the fake meat putting the meat industry out of business.....we will see....i bought a package of that fake hamburger several months ago...it's still in the freezer...D already has said he isn't eating it......I will at some point but haven't got there yet. I agree about the silver and gold...if you can't find someone to buy it from you...it's worthless. There is a new world order in progress and it's totally frightening....we can resist but I'm not sure how long we can hold it off....exposing the culprits has to happen.....but...in the meantime....we just need to be prepared and ready to survive on our own wits. We had the gold/silver discussion here.....not going with that......money may become worthless here as in Venezuela....but I'm willing to take that chance. I'm trusting banks for the moment.....and that may change at any moment. We are prepared to protect what is ours if you know what I mean....We give freely by OUR choice.....but will not fall prey to theft. Lets just say we are both good shots....and I will leave it there.

Donkey on 05/26/2020:
100% there with Maria. I just can't understand spending money - lots of it - on vanities like nails and such.

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
Me neither........I've never had my nails done....hair salon only once in my life.......I'm a do it yourselfer too...LOL....we try to put the finances in places that we will benefit longer from...it's become a habit......

horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
I wish I could see all your food storage ! You are very prepared !

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
It isn't very pretty right now...maybe sometime when I get it more organized I will be able to take pics.

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