Sunday, July 12, 2020


Friday night Alaina and Ruby spent the night with us.  When we got to their house to pick them up, we noticed something different.

 They had pink and blue in their hair!  They said a new troll movie came out and Laura helped them put pink and blue in their hair to be like the trolls.  Alaina's is already washing out, but they thought it was great fun!

 They love to play in the driveway, riding bikes and the scooter.  They thought it was great fun to pull Grandpa around in the wagon.

 Here they were inspecting a caterpillar.

The evening was full of fun and they fell asleep as soon as they got in bed!

 On Saturday morning, we tried out something I had seen online.  It showed how to make a bunny and a teddy bear from a washcloth with no sewing.  It involved rolling the washcloth, twisting it and folding it, then putting rubber bands on.  The bunny also had eyes, nose and tail hot glued on.  It wasn't as easy the sites promised, but we got them done and the girls were happy.

 Here's the bunny...

 and the teddy bear.

Around noon we headed to my Dad's house so I could do a pill set up.  The girls like this, and we often pick up McDonalds to eat there. 

Here's my Dad with Alaina.  He loves those girls!
While they were eating their lunch, Dad was sitting between the two of them.  Ruby looks up and him and asks "Grandpa, why do old people get wrinkles?"   He thought that was hilarious and I know he'll be sharing that with his friends.    :)

 And Ann loves them too.  She was walking around the yard with them, showing them her flowers.  She had just finished weeding when we got there.  She's 91 years old!

Dad and Ann have this swing on their porch and the girls think it's the best.  They love to sit out there with them.

After our visit there, it was time to bring them home.  We had picked up some flowers at a roadside stand for Ann and for their mom, so they were anxious to give them to her.
We always have fun, and are so blessed to have them close and be able to spend time with them!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Cooking Thursday

I have a yummy recipe for you today! We went to my sister Cheri's house for supper on the 4th and she asked me to bring a salad.  They were grilling burgers so I thought a potato salad would be good.  I found this recipe that's a little different from the normal potato salad.  It's another recipe that is really easy, and it was so good!

Red skin Potato Salad

2 pounds small red-skinned potatoes, quartered
1 pound bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
3 large eggs, hard boiled and cooled, then chopped
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3/4 to 1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoons mustard
6 green onions, finely chopped
1 small red onion, diced
1 tablespoon sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste

Boil potatoes until fork tender.  Drain and let cool for about 10 minutes.
In a small bowl, stir together the vinegar, mayonnaise, mustard, green and red onions, sugar, salt and pepper.
Place the potatoes, eggs and bacon into a large bowl.
Stir mayo mix into potato mix and refrigerate.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Monday, July 6, 2020

Back Entry progress

You may remember earlier in the year that Bob was working on our back entry.  It's not a big spot, just a little section that leads from the garage into the kitchen, but it needed a little love.

The first thing he did was to replace the back door,  He also put up new trim to match what he's been doing in other areas of the house.

He then put up board and batten 3/4 of the way up one wall.
He's had this done for awhile and I was having a hard time decorating it.  I had found a cute little wreath I wanted to hang, but I was looking for a large sign of some type to hang above it.  Finding the right size was the first problem, but I also wanted one with a phrase that would be good to read as we left for the day.
Finally I found just the right one!  Bob was so good and got it hung right up and I love how it looks and what it says,

It's a print, mounted in an old window.  It says:

New Day
"This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will.
I can waste it or use it for good, but what I do today is important because
I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will
be gone forever, leaving in it's place something that I have traded for it.
I want it to be gain, and not loss; good, and not evil.  Success and not failure;
in order that I shall not regret the price I have paid for it."              Heartsill Wilson

Here's how it looks hanging up.  I love the new look!!

Sunday, July 5, 2020

A Day in my Life

July is here!  It's been an unusual year to say the least, but we're halfway through.
July 1 was a normal Wednesday at work for me.  Here's a few photos of my day.

7:10 - I'm on the way to work.  When it's nice out, I usually take the back roads in.  It's so much prettier!

The sun is up, it looks like it's going to be a beautiful day!

 I have a short drive in and arrive at 7:20.  Here's my desk, ready for the day.

I brought my refrigerator oatmeal with me for breakfast and ate it while I was doing my initial paperwork.  I have a few things I always do right away.  I check the pharmacy website where I get notifications on any medications that insurance is denying.  (This is quite frustrating and happens far too often.  And often they don't tell us what they will cover.  We need to order another med and then hope it's covered).   See that mask?  I have to wear one every time I step out of my office, but at least I can take it off when I'm in it.
Another thing I do is check skin assessments.  Every resident needs one done a week and is on a schedule.  I need to check all the ones that were done the day before to make sure there are no problems.
I then go to both units, check in with the nurses to see how everything is going and if there are any concerns.
On this day our PA was going to be doing a few admissions, so I got history's, labs, vitals, hospital records together and faxed them to him.  Because of Covid, they are still not allowed in the building, so all visits are done via Skype.  This means they can't look at the chart and it needs to be faxed.

At 9:30 we have a managers meeting which I won't bore you with because you've heard about it before.  It happens every day and takes about 45 minutes.  When that meeting is done, the director of nursing, the assistant director of nursing and myself stay and check scheduling and any nursing issues.

After this, I reviewed some things I need to order.  I'm in charge of making sure we have what we need for feeding tubes, catheters, tracheostomy supplies and other ostomy supplies.  I put in an order each week.

Shortly after 11 the PA called and said he was ready to see the admissions.

This is another result of Covid.  This is a section of our rehab wing.  The whole section is in isolation because any new admissions have to be in isolation for 2 weeks.  We don't accept anyone who has it, and they have to test negative before coming, but there is always a chance that they were exposed in the hospital and could still develop it.  So far - we have had no cases!

 Here's a close up of the sign.  PPE is Personal Protective Equipment.  Before we can enter this area we have to put on a N95 mask, goggles, gown, gloves.  It's very time consuming and the sad side effect is that the people who are in this section don't get staff dropping in to see them, like they do in the regular rooms.
So I got all my PPE on and went in, then called the PA and we saw a few people.  Then it all needs to come off and hands get washed coming out.
I made notes on the visit, put in new orders, updated families and scanned all the PA notes into the chart.

Here's what my desk looks like in the middle of the day - lots of papers and notebooks on it!!

 Here's something that was happening in the afternoon.  Our state is now making us test each resident and staff member weekly.  I'll tell you we aren't real happy about it.  We are already screening people every 4 hours, including staff and have had no covid.  If anyone had it or even had symptoms, it would make more sense.  This is not a fun test, and for people with dementia it's very scary.  They don't understand why someone is putting something up their nose, and they are already having so many changes because of this  - no visitors, supposed to stay 6 feet apart from everyone if they come out of their rooms, wear a mask if they come out...  and they just don't understand it.
Anyway - I had to have my test, and help with some others.  Each test had 3 sheets of paperwork that needed to be filled out.  Covid is making a lot more work in many ways...

After that, I worked on ordering labs.  I had to enter all the lab orders for the next month.
I then worked on some staff evaluations.

 This is our enclosed patio.  There are usually some people sitting out there, but it was very warm on this day, about 90 degrees in the afternoon, so we were keeping everyone in.

 At 5:15 my day was done.  I like to make sure my desk is cleaned off when I leave.  I don't want to come back to a mess the next day!

Here's my ride home - down that same back road I took in the morning.  Look at that sky!

I got home around 5:30.  We had leftovers for supper so that was easy!
Bob had a men's group at church so he left about 6:15.
I took a walk around the yard and checked out the flowers.

Our climbing roses are full of blooms.

I made lunches for the next day and then relaxed.  Bob made it home shortly after 8 and we went to bed around 10:30.
It was another good day!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Friday Funny

"Pump vigorously if you feel 
a palpitation.  We're still
battling your insurance company
for a new pacemaker."

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Cooking Thursday

I tried a new recipe a few weeks ago.  If you like Nacho's you will like this!  This was quick to prepare and we both really like it.
This was supposed to be a freezer recipe, but the chips get soft when frozen, so we are sticking to just making it and eating it!

Oven Baked Nacho Hot Dish
1 pound lean ground beef
1 (15-oz) can Bush's chili beans
1 (10-12 oz) bag tortilla chips, crushed (I didn't use the whole bag)
1 (10-oz) can Rotel diced tomatoes & green chiles, undrained 
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 (1-oz) package taco seasoning
1 (10.75-oz) can cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup water
sour cream and salsa for serving

* I used the original style Rotel and it was pretty spicy, which we were ok with, but if you don't like hot food, you may want to try the mild version.

Preheat oven to 325°F. In a large skillet, brown meat and drain off fat. Stir in beans, tomatoes, onion, taco seasoning, soup and water. Simmer over medium-low heat until everything is well combined and heated through.
Grease a 9×13 casserole dish. Put down a layer of crushed tortilla chips, followed by a layer of the meat/bean mixture, then half of the cheddar cheese. Repeat layers. Cover with foil and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until bubbly.
Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. Top with sour cream and salsa.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Monday, June 29, 2020

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Field of flowers!

A little over a week ago, I got a message from my friend Jean from What's up at the Stauffers?  She wondered if I had seen a poppy field near me and included this news link.  Jean lives in Pennsylvania and I think it's interesting that she heard about this before I did, and I live about 40 minutes away.
This is a 4 acre field, planted full of poppies and wild flowers that bees love.  The owners of the field have a blueberry farm, but they set aside this field to fill with poppies in memory of their son who committed suicide after serving in Afghanistan and developing PTSD.  Their son was a bee keeper who also worked on the farm.
I was excited to see it, and took Heather along to enjoy the beauty!  There are pine trees surrounding the field, so when you walk up, you go through the trees and are treated to this amazing sight!

It's amazing to see this many flowers covering such a large area.

I don't know anything about the second person listed here, but I think their son Mateo would be very touched by this.  I know we were.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The weekend ends...

Saturday we went to a fun restaurant for supper and then headed back to the Lodge.  I snapped a few pics along the way, so you could see some of the homes in the area.  Petoskey is known for it's Victorian homes and there are many of them.

The hotel had a really nice pool and the girls were so anxious to get into it!  After we got back, they were quickly in their suits and ready to swim. We had the pool all to ourselves that night.

 Aaron and Ruby

 Aaron, Laura and Ruby

 Alaina and Bob taking a time out in the hot tub.

After swimming, we spent a little time in their room having snacks and watching a show.

 Sunday morning came with mist and drizzle.  This is the view from our room.  You can see the river in the background.  It's bigger than it looks here.  We saw some fairly large boats coming down it.

 Someone had told us about a hidden beach where there were lots of Petoskey stones, so we stopped there before heading out.

 They were right!  There were lots of stones there.  This is the one Ruby found - the biggest one we found during our time there.

 Here's Alaina with all the stones she found over the weekend.  She has a real eye and seems to find more than the rest of us.

As we drove, the skies cleared and soon the sun was out.  We got back in the mid afternoon.
It was a wonderful weekend - such a fun time with people we love!