Thursday, October 21, 2021

October - Where Are You Going?!

 

October calendar picture.  I SO want a red truck!!!  : )


Well.......I have to say right off.......I am recovering from covid.  That's why my post title is what it is.  Because I feel like I have missed the majority of my favorite month and it makes me sad.  We've had some really splendid days and those days came and went so it does bum me out a bit.  The old adage of how we can't get those days back keeps coming to my mind.  BUT......now that I'm on the mend, I'm trying to make the most of what days October has left.  : )

I don't want to mention covid without expanding on it just a bit.  This is still such a divisive subject.  I think in the back of our minds we kind of know what makes this different from other flues - and we don't want to think about it, and we don't want to believe it, and we don't want to talk about it, so we just go for the first thing that might just take it all away.  You know how it is when you're sick and you just lay there and think (when you're not sleeping all the time)?  I was thinking about all the fear that is associated with this virus and how we always want something to alleviate that fear no matter what.  I kept coming back to the same thought - what about our faith?

There were a couple of nights where I ached so bad that I kept praying all night long for relief (I don't take pain meds).  But that's good, isn't it?  Going to the God who created my body in the first place?  He knows me inside and out and He knows my weakness and I prayed for strength.  I knew that He was the ONLY One who could heal this sick body of mine.  BUT.....I also knew that if He didn't and if I didn't recover that would have been okay too.  Don't get me wrong on this.  I want to live. I think that God has put into us a wanting to fight for the life He gave us.  I have a family that I want to be with for as long as I can.  But I think that we sometimes forget that we all have a certain number of days here on earth.  The Bible says "teach us to number our days" - I hope I have many more days/months/years left, but I'm not guaranteed that - covid or no covid. 

I have lost my taste and smell (although the taste is coming back little by little).  Last week when I felt good enough to cook again, I told my husband that the good part of no smell is that I can cut up a bunch of onions without crying!!!!  LOL  : )  I do want it back, however.  ; )

Speaking of cooking, when I was sick (for about a week) I, once again, realized where I go wrong with my food.  I'm good at stocking the pantry and the fridge and the freezer but all that food does no good unless there is someone in the house that knows what to do with it!!!!!!  My husband does not.  Yes, he did open a can or two of soup and he did fry up some eggs, but that was about the extent of it.  The majority of the meals came from take-out which is not very healthy and very expensive!!!  So, I could have kicked myself (again) for not taking the food that I do have and make it into freezer meals that he could have just taken out and put into the microwave or oven.  A HUGE lesson learned!!!!!!!

So, I am working on freezer meals now that I'm back to feeling good again.  It is, however, very strange to cook when you can't smell it.  For me, that's part of the pleasure of having something cooking away in the oven - that aroma that fills the house.  I miss that part.  Anyway.........I have cooked bags of rice that can be thawed and reheated.  I've been making double batches of things that I can tuck away in the freezer.  I want to make quick breads and muffins as good fillers for meals such as soup.  I'm on my way to getting these things prepared and I'm already feeling a bit better about it.  : )

And now the holidays are truly just right around the corner!  Are you starting to prepare for them yet?  I always find myself skipping over Thanksgiving and going right to Christmas.  But this year I want to make Thanksgiving as special as I can.  I truly believe we have a lot to be thankful for so I would love the day to reflect that.  I'm pretty much a traditionalist - I love all the old-time food so I don't vary it too much.  I do, however, want some input from my family as to what they would like as well (or, even what they don't like!).  It's hard to spend time and money on making something only to find that there was quite a bit leftover.  

I am also getting around to cleaning things - again, when I was laying around I saw all the things that needed to be done!  : )  So, I'm cleaning ceiling fans, cleaning out cupboards, dusting the high places, re-organizing rooms, washing windows, etc.

I know this is a short post, but up until last week I just didn't do much or cook much so there isn't a lot to report.  I will, however, continue to write things down as I go so that, hopefully, my next post is a bit better than this.

Thank you so much for dropping by.  Again........please don't let fear overtake you.  Live your days fully.  Love on your family and take care of yourself.  Pretty up your home and make it warm and cozy.  Get into God's Word and let Him speak to you instead of listening to everyone/everything else.  And pray.  Be thankful.  I love the quote I heard a long time ago - "what if God blessed you today with everything you thanked Him for yesterday?"  Think that over.  Do we take the time to thank God for the many blessings he provides on a daily basis?  Or do we just take it for granted?

Love to you all!!!!





4 comments:

  1. I love this post!! You have a knack of explaining things well and get to the heart of the matter. I'm so glad to hear you are on the mend, that you now have antibodies, and that you don't have to worry about it anymore! Yes, c19 or not, our days are limited and we must be thoughtful about them. Going to God first instead of the medicine cabinet! I agree... I rarely take med, but I think I would have tried an Advil. ☺️ Your not giving in shows how the joy of the Lord is truly our strength.

    I just ordered a few gifts from Lakeside for Christmas. Will get on the ball Nov 1 as we are still in birthday and vacation mode around here. Beginning the deep cleaning slowly though. 🤗

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    1. Hi Janine! Thank you so much for commenting. : ) I think that every time I go through a trial, the Lord strengthens my faith and I'm extremely grateful for that!!!! You are right about the Advil - I just don't think about it until after it's over and done! LOL

      I love Lakeside gifts! We're starting to get Christmas gift magazines in the mail and I love looking through them even if I don't order anything - it gives me ideas! And, it DOES get busy when you not only have holidays at this time of year but the birthdays too. We used to have that in my husband's family.

      Have a wonderful upcoming week, Janine. God bless.
      Mary : )

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  2. Hi Mary~ I'm so sorry you were so sick, and I'm so glad you didn't have to be hospitalized. I always keep a few freezer meals, not always meals I've made, but things like, Marie Callender's meat pies, frozen soups and even a few breakfast things like hash browns and sausage. Isn't it funny how we always see things that need to be done when we can't do them! I hope you take it easy and don't do too much too soon.

    I'm a Thanksgiving person, I love it! I also love Christmas but love to start the season off with turkey and dressing! I'm excited to play Christmas music and put up my tree and Nativity...so many things to love about Christmas.

    Have a beautiful Sunday.

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    1. Hi Barb! Thank you so much for your well wishes. Yes, I'm glad I'm on this side of it and doing well. : )

      I do get wrapped up in thinking that everything in the freezer has to be homemade - like you, I just need to get those items you listed. They ARE very good. Thank you for reminding me of that. : ) This is why I love comments - I always learn from others!

      I, too, am looking forward to the holidays. And....so true....nothing like turkey and dressing to start it all off! Yum. And then a whole month of decorating and listening to music and baking.........that's my idea of fun. : )

      Thank you, again, Barb for commenting. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday as well.
      Mary

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