Sunday, February 18, 2018


I have had such a week- and not a good one!  I told you last week that we had Norovirus in our facility.  It is the worst outbreak I have dealt with in the 28 years I've worked there.  Almost all or our residents got it and most of the staff.  It hits fast, and people can be feeling fine, then sick in 15 minutes time.  Of course, you are passing the germ at that point, before you even know you are sick
I was at work from Thursday until the next Friday and was working about 12 hour days - sometimes a little longer, sometimes a little shorter.  Because so much staff was sick, everyone was doing a little of everything.  I worked as a floor nurse several days, helped in laundry, helped with housekeeping...  Everything has been getting bleached because that's the only thing that kills this bug.  We have to wash every item of our peoples clothing in hot water, and we have someone coming in to clean the carpet with steam that reaches a very high temperature.  In the meantime, we need to gown and glove to go into most every room.  On top of that, our business office manager was in a pretty bad accident, just got out of the hospital and can't come to work for another week, and one of the nurses lost her Dad rather unexpectedly.
I'm blessed to work with a lot of people that pitched in and helped.  We even had an administrator that came from another building to help clean!
On Monday, I got home around 8 in the evening, hadn't had supper yet and was really quite tired.  Bob was of course home already and had gotten the mail.  Sitting on the counter was a package for me.

This was stamped on it.

Inside was a sweet note and 3 crocheted dish cloths.  It came from my friend Diana, of Forgiven.  She said when she was making these she prayed about who might be blessed to receive them.  It was such a nice surprise, especially when I thought about her praying and God giving her my name, with her not knowing what would be going on in my life at that time.  It's a wonderful promise from God that we are inscribed on the palm of his hand, and he cares about our every day life.
Thanks Diana for listening to that prompt and for being so thoughtful!

The next day I had another surprise when looking at my friends blogs.  My friend Linda of Me, Myself and Mine, posted a song for me.  It was the song 'Give me Jesus'.  I had commented before to her that I really liked that song, so she posted someone singing it at her church.  She also didn't know what my week was like, and didn't know what a blessing that song was to me at that time!  Thanks to you too, Linda!

I'm sure it will be a busy week getting everyone out of isolation, but hopefully by the end of the week, we'll be a little more normal again!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Cooking Thursday

I've mentioned the Instantpot that I got for Christmas, and how much I'm enjoying it.  Several of you have told me you have one too and would like me to share recipes, so I have one for you today.
For those of you who haven't heard of them, an Instantpot is a pressure cooker that makes pressure cooking easy and safe.  It has other features as well - makes yogurt, rice cooking, slow cooking, sauteeing...   I've mostly used it to get a meal on the table quickly though, and that's what I have for you today.

Instantpot Spaghetti and Meatballs

1 bag frozen meatballs (I used Cooked Perfect brand, 26 meatballs)
16 ounces spaghetti
1 1/2 of a 24 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
1 jar (24 ounces) water
Parmesan cheese for garnish

Pour a little of the water into the Instantpot inner pot, then stir in the rest of the sauce and water.
Break the pasta into 4 pieces and stir into the sauce as best you can.
Add the frozen meatballs and stir.
Place lid on and lock, cook at high pressure for 3 minutes, followed by 5 minutes natural pressure release.  After the 5 minutes, release remainder of steam, stir and serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
This makes a large quantity and I think it took less than 20 minutes from start to finish!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018


Proud Grandma moment!

This is a picture that Alaina's teacher sent to our daughter Laura.  The principal at her school gives out this "Outstanding" award when she sees a child being nice, working hard and learning well.  It's not an award that is given out to everyone - so far there has only been 2 from Alaina's class this year, so it's a special one to get.
Of course, we've always thought she was pretty outstanding! We're pretty proud to see her recognized.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

It's time for Spring!

I know a lot of you have been having a snowy or at least a very cold winter.  That's certainly been the case here.  This past week our church was cancelled - which never happens - and school was closed Monday, Tuesday and Friday.  It just keeps snowing!

Here's Bob snow blowing again!  He clears it out and it fills back up...

It doesn't show too well here, but there was quite a bit of snow in the road as I went to work on this morning.  We had gotten another 7 inches of snow the afternoon and night before.

Another reason the schools have closed and why I am ready for Spring is the flu.  It's been a terrible flu season with the Type A influenza.  We've had several people admitted with it, needing to recover as they've gotten very ill.  
This past weekend I was called in to work because of a Norovirus outbreak, which is the GI flu.  This is a miserable one to deal with in our situation - trying to keep residents apart from each other so they don't pass it on and like anything else in the healthcare field it creates so much paper work!  We are currently closed to admissions because of this and are not supposed to have any visitors.  Of course with so many of our residents sick, the staff is now getting sick too.  I'm going in to work at 3 this morning to help cover shifts, and I'm pretty sure there will be more days like this coming up this week. This bug is no fun for anyone, but for our elderly people with little reserve it can be dangerous.

So - I'm thinking sunny thoughts, wishing for warmer temperatures and good health, and reminding all of you to wash your hands frequently!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Cooking Thursday

One of Bob's favorite cookies is no bake cookies. However, most recipes include coconut, which we don't care for. I found a version with no coconut, but it has peanut butter. It's easy and they are so good!

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
5 cups oatmeal
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix cocoa and sugar together. Stir in milk, and add butter. Heat in saucepan and bring to full boil. Add peanut butter and vanilla and stir in. Remove from heat, then add oatmeal.
Drop by tablespoon onto wax paper or cookie sheet. Let cool and enjoy!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

( It's been snowing again...)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Weekend with our girlies!

We haven't been able to have Alaina and Ruby over for several weeks because of training I was having to do at work on Saturdays, but this past weekend it finally worked out.

 They started the evening by playing Dr.  They had the flu at their house earlier in the week and it seems to have left an impression.
This is Ruby's baby, who they said was sick and seeing the Dr.  The wastebasket was left near her in case she had a problem!

 This is the note Alaina wrote for "the Dr."  It says "barf" and shows someone vomiting!  Thankfully Ruby said the baby was better after the visit to the Dr.   :)

Bob got a new chair for his workshop and was putting it together.   The girls were happy to find it spinned!

Bob showed them some strong magnets he picked up. They had fun playing with them.

Alaina had fun making this tile mosaic.  When I tried to take a picture she did what she usually does - makes a goofy face and crosses her eyes.

Ruby told her - "this is how you do it Laina", and made this face.

 I picked up some slime for them to play with.  They had great fun, but then we discovered the slime was very sticky and didn't want to come off their hands or the table!

As you can see, it was terrible to clean up!  We had a hard time getting it off hands and the table.  Once it was cleaned off, we threw it away!

The next day, Alaina spent some time drawing.

Ruby looked cute in this shirt we gave her for Christmas.  It says "fierce:.  Quite fitting!

 We had fun making shrinky dinks and watching them shrink in the oven.

They each made a necklace out of them.

 When I took them home, we stopped at my Dad and stepmoms house so I could get pills ready for the next few weeks,  After I was done, I went into the family room and found my 88 year old step mom on the floor, coloring with Alaina.  She's quite something!

In the meantime, Ruby was teasing my Dad, sneaking his chair and laughing when he tried to sit on her.

Then it was time to go home.  We had such fun!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

A Day in my life

February!  I'm thankful to be a little closer to Spring, another month of winter done - more sunshine and warmer temperatures are one month closer!

Here's what I did on the first day of the month.

February one fell on a Thursday which is always my longest day at work.  It's the day our Dr comes in and makes rounds.  He leaves sometime after 4, and it always takes a while to input orders, print med and treatment sheets and notify families of changes.  On this day, he was on vacation so I had hopes of leaving on time, but that didn't happen as another Dr came in to assist and didn't get there until 3pm...   Because I was at work, I don't have many pictures, but here is how the day went.

Leaving for work at 7:35.  It had been a little warmer, and we even had some rain so a lot of our snow melted.

 Here is the hall to my office shortly before 8am.  It was still quiet.  Later in the morning it gets busy with people coming and going to PT, plus the beauty shop is a busy place on Thursday.

This is the condition I found my desk in.  I had the day before off, so there were notes taped to my phone, my computer and laid on the desk.  Job security, right?   :)

There is a daily meeting at 9 for the management team, which I always think takes too long.  It usually lasts until 10 and we go over admissions, discharges, any issues our residents or families are having, and then review the nurses notes for the last 24 hours so we are aware of how everyone is doing.  It's important, but I am not a fan of meetings!

After that I gathered charts for the Dr, printed off recent vital signs and blood sugar reports for the diabetics, got all the labs that have been drawn that needed to be reviewed... and put them all together for him.

I have also been working on annual competency reviews for our nurses and nurse aids, so I did some of that.  I worked on entering lab requisitions for the February lab draws as well.

Here is the Dr's desk with some admission charts, and folders from different departments that have papers that need to be signed.

He came at 3 and stayed until 6.
I finished my part of it and left at 6:20pm.

 Here's that same hall I showed you at 8am.  Now it is dark and was closed when I left.

Here's our time clock - we punch in and out by using our hand which is recognized by the computer in it.

We have friends whose Mother passed away last week at the age of 91.  Bob was working late and unable to go to visitation, which was only happening that day.  I picked up another friend and we drove to the funeral home.  We got there about 7:15 and were able to spend a short time with our friends.

After coming back to our town and dropping my friend off, I stopped at Jimmy Johns and picked up a sub for Bob and I for supper.

While driving home, it had been snowing quite hard, and it was cold - only 9 degrees!  After picking up the subs, it quit snowing and the sky got clear, allowing me to see the moon which was just gorgeous!  This isn't a great photo but the moon was huge and kind of red.  I pulled into a parking lot to get this shot before returning home.

When I got home, I started up my Instant Pot, which I am greatly enjoying!  I used it to get some eggs boiled so I would have them ready for breakfast or lunches in the next several days.

Bob got home from work about 8:20.  We had our subs for a late supper, and then relaxed for the rest of the evening.

It was a busy day, and a long one - but a good one!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Friday Funny

I must admit that Bob would appreciate this occasionally!