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innerpeace - Friday May 22, 2020

Weight: 328.9

I don't know what it is about chicken. But sometimes I get a good piece and sometimes I don't. Last night's chicken was rubbery and tough and just yuck to eat. Must have been an old bird or something. I have encountered this more and more lately...or mentioned in another post, maybe this is my taste buds changing who knows.

DH worked really hard with his salad and chicken this week...now he says he wants to smoke ribs for Memorial Day.

Came into work today...but leaving at noon - we get 2 hours early release for the holiday and I am added two hours of leave to that.

No big plans over the weekend. DH and I did yard work yesterday because it is supposed to rain most of the weekend, at least the temperature is more spring/summer like.

We planted a lot of flowers.

I am working on the Thomas Kincaid puzzle, it is about 1/4 of the way complete. I am not racing to get this one done, I work on it an hour here or there. I also started playing a computer game - Seeker's Notes - it is relaxing.

Still needed to get my dogs' nails clipped. Will look more this weekend.

I actually got dressed for the office today - and the good news is I can still wear my capri pants from last summer, so that is a big, big plus for me.

UPDATE FROM WORK - also heard that DOC is in no hurry to return to full-time office work - it will be a very slow process bringing everyone back on board - they are talking August and then it will be sporatic work weeks- and they are writing mask wearing policies - so I guess that will be the norm.

DIFFEREN GEL - one week on differen gel - helping with redness and healing - maybe two more little new pimples arose this last week - not the ugly big cystic stuff.


Have a great weekend! IP

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/22/2020:
We have run into some tough birds too....and we found it very unappealing as well. I'd rather not have chicken if it comes to that.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2020:
Would you ever clip your own doggie’s nails maybe with the help of your Hubby ??

Lately I’m getting a lot of pimples on my chin area :/ it’s a mix of hormones and possibly the mask

innerpeace on 05/26/2020:
I have tried. This dog is crazy and I've made him bleed a more than a few times, so it is better someone else do it. He has an appointment today.

Donkey on 05/23/2020:
Lately I've had some issues with the texture of chicken as well. It's not pleasant. Wonder if it's somehow connected with the processing plants and COVID.

Maria7 on 05/24/2020:
I bet your flowers look beautiful!

innerpeace - Wednesday May 20, 2020

Weight: 328.9

Tuesday - rain.

I worked some - telework - I never really realized how much extra stuff I can actually do at the office. Not just my stuff but stuff for other people and just busy work. Here i do my job and I am busy maybe 4-5 hours a day. The Governor lifted the stay at home order so I may be able to go back to work after Memorial Day. Maybe. Just when I started liking working from home....

DH picked up the girl and took her to the orthodontists. She hasn't been sense February and now is not a happy campter. She knows her mouth will be sore at least a week after...

We've had salad and chicken breast for dinner the last two nights. Tonight the same. DH is trying to get his blood surgar down and he can go to bed at 120 and wake up at it is 154. He is concerned and says he will start walking in the morning again. He didn't want to have to start taking insulin shots.

B: cereal - Crunch Berries - Yes, this cereal is not tasting like I remember so it will go home with the girl for her Mom's family to eat. YUCK they have just ruined most things.

L: TBD I had Bugles yesterday (I haven't had these in a long time - and these too do not taste like I remember. They are too thick and hard - not light and crispy like I remember them to be.

D: salad and chicken breast.

No snacking today.

Have a great day!

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/20/2020:
Good for husband for taking steps to address his diabetes!

I suppose you will be returning to the office soon.

bearcountrygg on 05/20/2020:
Blood sugar is a difficult one...D also is trying to stay away from the insulin shots.......his sister is on 5 a day....no fun.....I agree...they drew us in with great flavor and food textures....and then the cheapened everything and ruined it all.....and bugles......they used to be so good......and who has never put them on their fingers...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 05/20/2020:
Lol sorry your bugles and cereal wasn’t as you remember! I have been having similar issues actually with some of the things I was craving for which now I am losing the taste for! Also our tastes change as we get older

Donkey on 05/21/2020:
^ Horn is right, that our tastes change as we grow older, but I can attest that the Bugels are made differently now and taste completely different. Different texture altogether.

Not sure about the Crunch berries. Shine research may be needed.

legcramps on 05/21/2020:
Never was a fan of bugles or crunch berries, but it's sad that they changed the product into something of less quality than it used to be.

Well, at least you won't crave it!

innerpeace - Monday May 18, 2020

Weight: 328.9

 Happy Monday!

Saturday it was a nice day. We did some yard work and planted some flowers. I planted some creeping Jenny in my pots on the porch rail, these are supposed to grow and hang down like curtains...I say supposed to, because they are my plants and well, things don't usually work out. We planted some hydrangea and hybiscus. DH talked to one of his high school friends that said he just cleaned up a hoarder house and we took a drive to go see a hoader clean up but people are so dramatic. There was like two bags of trash there. 

We drove by the Dairy Twist and there were tons of people there so we drove on. We found a Dairy Scoop in another town and we when arrived there wasn't much people. I stayed in the truck and DH and the girl got in line. The people came up behind them were not practicing social distancing. I kept telling DH to maintain the social distancing and he kept sayings...it's not me! Everytime I move up so does she! He knows what to do! He passed gas and she stepped back! The girl is mortified and comes back to the truck! The longer we stayed the more people showed up and the more crowed it got...acting like everything was back to normal. It was a very uncomfortable situation for me and solidified the reason why I don't go out. 

Saturday we had doritios taco salad which turned out way better than expected.

Sunday DH grilled us steak and we had grilled corn and salad, it was very good. He also grilled some chicken for salad tonight.


B: shredded wheat, iced coffee.

It rained most of Sunday, I got the laundry finished and cleaned the kitchen.

Monday telework and rain!

Day 5 of the differen gel...face is still inflammed but seems to be getting better - less red.

Have a great day!

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/18/2020:
Happy Monday! Your weekend weather sounds a lot like mine!

That's too funny about the ice cream line, or rather, your husband's solution to social distancing. What is wrong with people? Glad it worked! And I'm with you, not going to do large crowds any time soon.

Here's to a new week! Cheers!

bearcountrygg on 05/18/2020:
We are staying out of busy areas too....we have only had 5 cases in our small county...and when i do shop in the stores...it always early morning...with a mask and sanitizer when back in the car. Glad to hear that your facial treatment seems to be working....I'm sure you will be glad when you don't have to do that anymore if it's irritating.

Maria7 on 05/18/2020:
Very funny about the gas, ha!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/20/2020:
If you post photos of the plants you worked on I’d like to see !!!

innerpeace - Friday May 15, 2020

Weight: 328.9

Kept busy pretty much all day teleworking...if you can believe that!

 We decided to order out for dinner. I had bacon and eggs and 2 pancakes. For not knowing what I wanted, this was very good.

Worked on one of the puzzles last night.

The girl acted as DJ and played me some music and talked a little.

I am only teleworking until noon today...just because 

B: blueberry shredded wheat, iced coffee



DH is supposedly going shopping today for some things.

AND if finally was able to get in touch with unemployment...and one little thing was overlooked, however, it was fixed and 7 weeks of waiting, he will finally get a little money on Monday...so that is a relief...I can pay the mortgage now.

Day 2 of Differen gel treatment for my face....we will see how this goes - package even says it my get worse before it gets better. OMG how much worse could it posslbly get? My face is so bad right now.


Everyone have a great day! IP

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/15/2020:
OHHH...breakfast for dinner...love that. I have not had pancakes in forever.....that really sounds good. I'm glad the girl got involved.....sometimes rare in the teens...gotta relish those times when they happen. Glad to hear that you finally was able to get in touch with unemployment.......we still haven't even gotten the supplement check...and it sounds like it will not arrive until late june.... Hope that the face treatment sounds worse than it is.....

Horn_of_plenty on 05/15/2020:
Yayyyyyu I’m glad D Will get the money he’s entitled to!!!

innerpeace - Thursday May 14, 2020

Weight: 328.9

Telework yesterday...

The toilet fixing venture on Tuesday was a bust. DH went and purchased another part and after working all morning, it seems he has it fixed. YEAH!! no more running toilet.

DH picked the girl up and they stopped at Quaker Steak and Lube for dinner. I chose a salad with chicken strips. The chicken strips were rubbery and hard and just yuck, i gave them to my dogs. It was gross and I will never go there again.

After DH and I drove to Penfield, OH about 20 miles away and purchased 2 puzzles for the low price of $10.00. They are both Thomas Kincaid and well worth the trip and drive out there, it was a nice evening...Now just hoping I don't lose any pieces. They are brand new puzzles never opened.

Telework today.

Training classes to do today and a conference call.

B: frosted mini wheats, iced coffee



The girl is here until Sunday.

Not alot going on. Have a great day!

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/14/2020:
A little trick my Mom used to use with puzzles was to get out her ( saved disposable pie tins)...LOL...then we would separate the pieces into colors...they even stack well...and are easy to sort through...keeps them contained and prevented us from knocking them on the floor.

Maria7 on 05/14/2020:
I love Thomas Kinkade paintings. I am not good at putting puzzles together but have seen some that were very beautiful. I know you are happy your Hubby got the toilet fixed. We had to have ours, that had a crack in it and was leaking, replaced recently.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2020:
Toilets can be hard to fix did he watch a UTube video?

Sorry your chicken strips were bad !!!!!

Donkey on 05/15/2020:
While beautiful, the Kincaid puzzles look like they'd be difficult, at least to me. It must feel good to finish one up. Do you leave a finished puzzle out for a few days to admire?

innerpeace - Tuesday May 12, 2020

Weight: 328.9

Made the meatloaf and mashed potatoes for dinner.

Sleep last night was crap...weird dreams and I woke up twice thinking someone was in the house. DH snoring and not phased. Dogs not barking so I decide to go back to sleep. Again awaken by a loud noise...dogs still asleep husband still snoring...and then it hit me, the cold gust of air...who was in the house, how did they get in and why aren't my dogs barking? I laid as still as I could and thought about going into the bathroom and hiding so whoever was in the house would shoot DH first. I laid there long enough for my heart to calm down and then I crept out of bed. It was quiet and the street light shown brightly through the spare room window lighting the hallway. I didn't see anything in there. I got to the computer room and there it was...the window had flopped down, making the noise I heard. It sometimes does this. These are the windows that pull out to be cleaned easier and sometimes when this one as been raised it sometimes doesn't catch like it should and flops down occasionally. It hasn't happened in awhile and apparently this noise doesn't phase my dogs.

Song of the day...sign of the times:


B: bagel with cream cheese; iced coffee

L: left over meatloaf sandwich

D: left overs from the last three days - spinach chicken lasagna rolls, mushrooms and meatloaf, a combination or one or the other.

Spent the day teleworking and doing some work. Also tried to fix the toilet that has been leaking or running for the last week. It is better but don't think it is all the way fixed.

Bought the girl a Stitch light made out of a Crown Royal bottle with purple lights, it is cute.

Anyway, have a great day! IP

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2020:
I will be making a couple potato dishes this week as well, one of them also mashed !

I’m glad you found the culprit window !!!! I get woken up on this apt whenever it’s very windy outside ! So frustrating !

Donkey on 05/13/2020:
That's so funny about your dream! See, you knew something was up, and your brain wouldn't let it go until you figured it out. Smart idea to use the dogs as a cue that nothing was invading your home!

innerpeace - Monday May 11, 2020

Weight: 328.9

 had a long post about my sadness..but I closed the window and lost it all

the gist of it was...

The weather in Ohio sucks @ss!

DH hasn't received his unemployment yet and I am draining our savings account to pay bills. The state of Ohio has put a delay on the payment because of his child support order. DH has paid the child support order and the state is waiting on a system sync!! WTF ever!!! STRESSFUL!

My son didn't call me or text yesterday. I did talk to him Thursday night, but NOT the point!

My mom and sister are fine...acting like there is NO pandemic, if they don't worry, why should I worry about them?

Went to the office today and got some things finished.

Heard this song and cried the whole way home:


B: bagel with cream cheese

L: ham and cheese sandwich

D: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, brocolli

Hoping tomorrow is a better day!


Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/11/2020:
Bad son! Sorry he didn’t call you! Maybe he’s lost in his own mind !

I’ll listen to the song later :)

I hope dh gets unemployment soon - then I guess you could put some money back into your savings ?

bearcountrygg on 05/11/2020:
Sorry that you lost your post......I know that feeling well. Things are just hard right now and you aren't alone in the weariness of it all. Love the song and loved the video as well.

Donkey on 05/12/2020:
I'm sorry you had a rough day. Hopefully today will be better.

I don't think we've received our stimulus check yet either...

legcramps on 05/12/2020:
I'm sorry you're having a bad week :(


innerpeace - Wednesday May 06, 2020

Weight: 328.9

Went to the office all day Tuesday. Not that anyone mentioned my name, but they had to recode the doors with a new combination because the UPS guy had the code! Yes it was me. I gave him the code. It is the same guy everyday and I was sitting there everyday so I didn't see the harm. When he went on vacation, he never gave the code to the fill-in guy. Anyway, we have to buzz them up from the downstairs door and the camera shows who it is...so again i didn't see the harm.  However, someone who was working on Monday apparently had a BIG issue with it.

I spoke to the UPS guy (Keith) and apologized. He said no worries. I opened the door and dropped the package off and someone comes around and asks...hey was the door open? and I replied...No I have the code. And then the person got all nervous and was like...I don't think you're supposed to have the code. Anyway, they changed the code!! IT WAS ME! I may get written up for a security violation. 

Not complaining, but been having very erotic dreams - enjoying them sometimes better than the real thing...but anyway I say this because I feel my body changing and I believe it is a sign of getting older...which annoys much! I think the texture of my hair is getting more course and stiff and not as sleek and shiny as it used to be.

I didn't expect to stay all day at the office and I didn't take a lunch. Last night DH made baked chicken with mixed vegetables. It was actually pretty good probably because I was hungry. I also ate a grape popsicle. DH also bought Healthy Choice fudesicles, but I don't care for those, it's a texture thing.

Up this morning and did telework, actually had work to do to stay busy.

Finished the hard puzzle last week and dang it if there weren't two pieces missing. One in the roof and one on the second chimney. I moved everything out of the dining room looking for those pieces. I beleive when we eat and push the pieces around they feel off the table or were thrown away. Just disappointing.

I went to open my next puzzle and I didn't get the one I ordered. I ordered a 1000 piece lighthouse by the ocean. I received a round dog puzzle 500 piece. It is just ok, nothing cute like you would think for dogs.

Making it the best day!

It is supposed to snow Friday & Saturday and yes, yes it is MAY!

Have a great day! IP

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/07/2020:
So I'm guessing you won't get the new code? I hope it works out OK for you, whatever happens.

That's a beautiful puzzle! Looks really tough!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/07/2020:
How many pieces was this puzzle you completed ?! NICE WORK! That takes so much patience !

I am on the side of thinking that the door code at work issue will blow over and you will be ok.

I’ve been hearing of this cold and wintery mix weather around the country !

Keep up the good work both from the office and from home ! I am scared to go back to work and not sleep so many hours per night again LOL it’s been like a vacation with all this sleep!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/07/2020:
Not trying to make you jealous :)

legcramps on 05/07/2020:
Nice job on the puzzle - I love doing puzzles :)

innerpeace - Monday May 04, 2020

Weight: 328.9

Had the girl from Wednesday to Sunday night. She is OK - entertained herself.

DH went to pick her up Wednesday and on the way over stopped and picked up her BF -it was to surprise her. He took a video of it, it was cute but she didn't have the reaction we wanted.  Teenager thing I guess. She was upset at her mom and stepfather - another big crazy ordeal about her cell phone DH and I pay for and that has service. Apparently the step-dad had a virtual doctor's appointment and no phone of their's would download and connect to the app, so the girl's mom used hers. Well the step-dad didn't know she had service and raised all kind of stink threatening to take her phone away. This is tramatizing to the girl. Anyway, I told the girl that that is MY phone and I'm just letting her use it and for some reason if that HACK overthere takes it away, to let me know and I will report it stolen. I'm not going to let that guy bully her. A$$hat! Anyway, because of that, she couldn't enjoy seeing her BF for the short ride back home. He didn't come over, just a short car ride and DH dropped him back off at home.

The weather is so disappointing here and my office just said there could be snow over the weekend...really? who the hell has snow in May? Ugh...Ohio.

Saturday - we tried a food truck by our house  - Taco Mike - yeah...it was a good faith effort to support the local business, but we will never eat there again, because it was on the edge of disgusting.

Saturday night DH picked up Chinese food and we ate this Saturday and Sunday - and I had diarrhea most of the night. No bueno!

Sunday did house work and laundry. DH tried to get me outside, but after he who never burns came in with a sunburn...no thanks. 

Today teleworking and I do have things to keep me busy...but other people won't comply.

Anyway, have a great day and Happy Monday!


Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

legcramps on 05/04/2020:
On supporting local restaurants - I agree, I don't eat out much, but i've been trying to support local businesses more lately through the pandemic, and it's been tough deciding where to order from since I don't actually know what's good and what isn't!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2020:
Sounds to me like the right thing to do regarding a phone that you pay for and not them!

Why were the tacos so bad ?!

Chinese sounds good and sometimes the oil can so that to a person ! Lol it happens always to my dad !

Donkey on 05/05/2020:
I like your approach to the girl's phone, i.e. that it's yours and you're letting her use it.

That's too bad about the disappointing takeout meals. And then to have bathroom issues. :-(

innerpeace - Wednesday Apr 29, 2020

Weight: 328.9

 Work at home.

B: bagel with vegetable cream cheese

L: crackers and salmon cream cheese

DH made mac & cheese and chicken fingers for dinner. (this was home made mac & cheese and though DH raved about it - it was just so so. I think the cheese used has a lot to do with it - I thought his cheese was grainy and broken - if that's a thing) - I told it was good though.

tangerine popsickle

Working on puzzle - hardest thing I've ever done, but I may get it finished today.

Work in the office tomorrow to outprocess a retiree. Fix errors and do end of month reports - will probably stay most if not all the day.

Ordered four new tops and two pairs of sandals for spring to wear to work if I ever get to go back.

DH has been selling stuff on the market place and has made over $100 so far - I told him to sell everything. LOL

We also went to look at a new ranch housing edition - we would like to move and downsize eventually. We just stayed in the truck and looked- we didn't get out and talk to anyone. The dogs always went 'just to get out of the house' even though they go on a walk everyday. So spoiled.

B: bagel with cream cheese

L: turkey swiss sandwich, cheezits

S: pineapple popsickle

D: Left over mac & cheese with chicken

The girl comes over tonight and stays until Sunday.

Anyway, have a great day to all! IP






Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2020:
That’s nice of you to tell him his Mac and cheese was good not to upset him! Sometimes doing what you did is worth it!

I have also been thinking to see more or just give away on marketplace ! I realize I can even get hay for my guinea pigs there if I check frequently :)

Have a good day !

Donkey on 04/30/2020:
The cheese was grainy because it was added when the temperature was too hot. Too hot and too quickly. So it separated. I don't mind grainy cheese, but I can understand why other folks might not like that feeling in the mouth.

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