10 Things I Haven’t Done In Six Months

Like so many people, Dad and I have made staying at home our new normal. Since mid-March, we’ve been keeping a low profile, and it really wasn’t much different than our pre-pandemic lifestyle. We’ve always been homebodies, so we weren’t too concerned about staying home for a few weeks. We spent March 12th -15th getting appointments out of the way, getting medications refilled, picking up groceries and supplies, etc. We had lunch and drinks at our favorite Mexican restaurant. We didn’t think this would be our last time sitting in a restaurant or that this pandemic would still be going on 6 months later!

It’s been lonely, depressing, and boring. I can’t imagine another 6 months of this! Although we don’t live exciting and adventurous lives, we still miss those little things like going to the grocery store or Walmart when we need something, having lunch out, or seeing friends and family on occasion. It’s funny (not-so-funny) the things you miss when you no longer have them.

The following is a list of things I’ve not done since March.

  1. I’ve not been in a grocery store. We always kept our freezers and cupboards stocked even prior to the pandemic, so we didn’t have a lot to get the last time we were out. Mostly all we needed was a few canned goods and we were set for at least 2 months. Thankfully, we’ve been able to get just about everything we’ve needed online since then.
  2. I’ve not been to Walmart. It was always nice to be able to pop in and pick up my medications, try on a few pair of shoes or sweaters, etc., plus the occasional kitchen or bath item. Now, we either do without or find it online.
  3. I’ve not been inside any public establishment. We’ve only been to liquor store, bank, and pharmacy drive-thru windows. We’ve used only curb-side service at out favorite Mexican restaurant, twice. Oh, and we got gas twice in the car and once for the mower.
  4. I’ve not had a haircut. OMG! I need a haircut. I cut my bangs once myself and I’m about to do it again. My hair hasn’t been this long in years. I prefer it short.
  5. I’ve not been out with a friend. I used to meet up with this friend or that friend for lunch and/or a little shopping. Now, I see only one friend periodically while social distancing outside.
  6. I’ve not worn any make up. I never wore much make up before, but now I wear absolutely none! I stopped wearing eye make up several years ago because I can’t see well enough to put it on anymore. But I still wore a little foundation or BB Cream, and maybe some concealer when I planned on going out. If I was feeling exceptionally brave, I might attempt a little mascara with the use of my 10x magnification mirror, but that was rare!
  7. I’ve not had a doctor’s appointment. I saw my Nurse Practitioner on March 12 to have my medications renewed for another year, and had them transferred to a different pharmacy with a drive-thru window. Thankfully, I’ve not had any issues that need a doctor’s attention. Fingers crossed that neither one of us will have to worry about that for a while.
  8. We’ve not taken the car for a check up. Taking Ol’ Blue in for a check up, tune up, or other ‘procedure’ has been postponed indefinitely. We will be needing new tires very soon though, so I need to be thinking about that!
  9. I’ve not taken my furbabies to the vet. My furbabies were due for their vaccinations in May and I’ve put it off. I don’t think I should put it off much longer. I’m feeling very guilty about not doing it. It’s just so stressful thinking about coming into contact with COVID-19 and bringing it home to Dad.
  10. I’ve not been in anyone else’s home. Ugh. I hate not being able to stop in to see someone if I wanted to. I didn’t do a lot of that before for a few reasons: I can’t walk up/down stairs, I always feel like a bother, and with chronic pain being an issue, I just don’t have the energy. It was still nice to have that choice.

Since the above things are not part of my normal life – at least not for a while – I have to occupy my mind with other things. I try to keep my brain sharp (hahaha, if that’s possible!) by doing word puzzles, brain games, and the like. I’ve started another jigsaw puzzle. I’ve been writing more offline – as in personal self-exploration type, and legacy journaling. I’m considering another online class…just can’t decide which one yet! One thing I really need to do more of, is exercise. That’s a hard one for me because of the pain I’m in. It’s so easy to just say, “Not today, maybe tomorrow.” So, on that note, I will leave to go do some exercise on my Air Walker. I just hope I can walk afterwards.

Have a relaxing, SAFE, and fun Labor Day, my friends!

aunt-debbie

10 Things I’d Do If I Were Rich…

Have you ever thought of what you would do if you were suddenly rich? My lifestyle wouldn’t really change much except for the fact that I’d live more comfortably than I am now. I’d still live a simple life because I don’t need a lot to make me happy.

It was difficult to put things in order but I did it according to a) necessity, b) community service, and c) desire. What would your list look like?

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1. Necessity: I would have a new house built to my specifications and trust me, it is an absolute necessity because our current house has many problems, including a crumbling foundation! Our new house would be handicap accessible, spacious and functional. By spacious I don’t mean big. I mean room to get around comfortably and many cabinets, shelves, and closets. There would be ample counter top space in the kitchen and bathroom.

2. Necessity: I would have my knee surgery because I’d have the money to pay for the best surgeons! I’d have the money to pay for physical therapy before and after surgery, and I’d also be able to pay for in-home help while I’m recovering. The in-home help would also help with taking care of my Dad.

3. Necessity: I would definitely help my children and their families get ahead in life. I’d set up college funds for each of my 4 grandchildren, and future grandchildren, as well. I’d help my sisters and their families with whatever they’d need help with.

4. Community Service: I would donate to local charities to help my community. I would seek out the neediest children in my community and provide what they need; clothing, coats, shoes, etc., and if their families had a hard time paying their electric bill, then I’d be able to help them with that, too.

5. Community Service: I would love to be in the position to feed the hungry, no matter where they are. No one should go hungry in this country, regardless of their employment status or anything else.

6. Desire: In my home, I’d have a library! One large room, with room for a few tables and chairs for the grandchildren to do homework, and for me to do my writing and research.

7. Desire: I’d have a nice yard with a crew to come in the do the landscaping and maintenance. Let’s not forget a nice space for a raised garden. If I got my knees fixed then I’d be doing most of the gardening myself! Except the weeding…I hate pulling weeds!

8. Desire & Community Service: I’d open a Pet Rescue for dogs and cats. They’d all be spayed and neutered and get medical treatment, and re-homed to caring families! I’d recruit volunteers to give the animals attention, and I would pay several veterinarians for their services.

9. Desire: I’d finally get my Mercury Cougar! It would be a beautiful shade of purple with black interior. It would be the most comfortable ride in the county!

10. Desire: This is last on my list because I really don’t have to go, but I’d take a trip to the UK. I’d spend the most time in Scotland, of course. I don’t know why Scotland has my heart but it’s been this way for many years. It calls to me, so I feel if I get the chance to go, I must. Perhaps it should be a necessity then? Hmm…

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Other than those things, my life would be about the same. I’m not very social anymore, so there won’t be any partying. My tastes aren’t too extravagant so furnishings won’t cost a fortune. I don’t want or need fancy clothes or expensive jewelry. I’m not looking to impress anyone, never have been that way. I just want to live my life in comfort, but not in the way rich people live. Just simple, down-to-earth comfort. I want to contribute to society and perhaps make someone else’s life a little easier, too. I just want it to be easier to be me.

7 Shows To Put On Your Watch List

If you’re like me, you’re looking for something to watch since you’re spending more time at home. Maybe you want crime-drama, something quirky, or something to tickle your funny bone. We could all use suggestions from time to time, don’t you think? I’ve put together a short list of some shows you may (or may not) enjoy. It just depends on your own personal tastes. I hope this list is helpful to someone!


Prodigal Son – This show is amazing! It stars Tom Payne (The Walking Dead’s Jesus) and Michael Sheen (Underworld, Good Omens). Payne’s character, Malcolm Bright, is the son of Martin Whitley, famous surgeon and serial killer dad (Sheen) who is in prison for his gruesome crimes. Malcolm is a forensic profiler, working with the NYPD. Could Malcolm be just like his father? Renewed for Season 2.

Fox Network

Threesome – A silly but hilarious show from the UK. Threesome had me in stitches! Three best friends (one girl, two guys – one is gay) end up in a drunken threesome while partying. Girl gets pregnant and craziness and laughter follow as they try to navigate through the situation. From 2011. Sadly, only 2 seasons.

Comedy.co.uk

The Neighborhood – I never cared much for Cedric the Entertainer but he’s hilarious in this show. With a wife, and 2 dumb as hell sons, they try to navigate the weirdness of having white neighbors in their black neighborhood. The thing is, the white neighbors are oblivious to how things are in the ‘hood and try way too hard at times to fit in. Renewed for Season 3.

CBS.com

Hunters – Outstanding! I didn’t think I’d like this show due to the subject matter. Hunters takes place in the 70’s and focuses on a group of Nazi Hunters; Jews who are ready to get their revenge and justice. The gang quickly discover a new conspiracy boiling. With a serious plot twist at the end of the first season, that I didn’t see coming, it will leave you wanting the next season NOW! Based on true events. Stars Al Pacino.

Amazon Video

Killing Eve – I never watched this show on tv but was desperate for something different to watch on Netflix. Well, I found it. Killing Eve is definitely different! And quirky as hell. An MI5 security officer chases a young, intelligent female assassin, which leads to some violent scenes and odd situations. Stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer. 3 seasons; I have yet to see Season 3.

Hulu.com

Six Feet Under – A friend of mine suggested this series. It’s quite a few years old (2001-2005) but I really enjoyed watching this show’s very screwed up family trying to run a funeral home after the patriarch of the family dies. Many comical situations, dysfunctional people at best, and very adult situations. 5 seasons. Stars Michael C. Hall. (Dexter)

HBO.com

Yellowstone – I’ve only just started this series; it’s a great story so far and is well acted. Kevin Costner plays the patriarch of a ranching family fighting with modern developers and the Native Americans wanting their land back. The family members all have a story of their own. Don’t let the sexually overt daughter put you off; there’s a story to be told. Currently airing Season 3.

Paramount Network

Have you seen any of these shows? What are your thoughts? It’s really hard for me to find shows to watch most of the time. I don’t like romance, romance-comedy, superhero/villains, anime, westerns (for the most part), or horror movies. It makes things a bit more complicated…not to mention time consuming! I spend way too much time trying to find shows to watch, so if you have suggestions for me, lay ’em on me!! Please and thank you!