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Day 201: Chicken & Baked Potatoes

For lunch I had a piece of the leftover chicken and some bread. Matt had noodles and cottage cheese.

For dinner we had pork country ribs I made in the slow cooker with apples, onion and spices. I had broccoli and a baked potato and Matt had a baked sweet potato because he still wasn’t feeling 100%.

We watched the premiere of the new Fargo and another episode of World on Fire. I had a migraine most of the day and didn’t feel like doing much.

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Day 197: Hot Dogs &Chicken Sandwiches

Yesterday I went to help my dad order some clothes and picked up some estate paperwork I needed. He made me cookies while I was there! I brought them home to eat.

We ran into the neighbors with their new Boston Terrier puppies. I can’t imagine having two puppies! I think they were unmasked but I stayed far away and of course was wearing my mask. I did pet a puppy at the end of her long leash though! We were outside.

After than I swung by Costco and picked up a chicken and a few other things like more andouille while that was on still sale and some salted pollack. I also got some toilet paper, they are only allowing one per customer and their supplies were really low.

I hate going out so much but I worry things are going to get worse in the colder weather and we are really going to wish that we had stocked up more. Right now the positivity rate is under 3%.

I came home and Matt made us sandwiches with the chicken.

For dinner we had hot dogs and bagged salad from Lidl. I had planned to make something more exciting but I was a little burnt out.

We watched more Kingdom on Netflix.

I finished the new Vendela Vida book. I watched a little bit of Sister Sister on Netflix. How do I remember all those plots?? Seeing a 14 year old Brittany Murphy is always sad.

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Day 193: Country Ham Sandwiches and Roasted Chicken

Nice but chilly weather today! We finally were able to pay a game outside. I don’t know how time gets away from us so much when we don’t really go anywhere.

The neighbors were having a get together which still seems wrong. They were mostly masked but also eating off and on.

For breakfast we had country ham—that I’ve had from pre-pandemic (!) from a job I did. Country ham keeps forever! Anyway Matt made breakfast sandwiches with it on English muffins with smoked Gouda and a fried egg.

I guess that was actually lunch.

For dinner he spatchcocked a chicken we bought at Lidl yesterday and roasted it with some baby eggplant. He also made pearl couscous with Lima beans. And chopped liver with the liver from the innards bag. So good!

We finished Counterpart. It’s a shame it doesn’t seem like there is going to be a third season.

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Day 187: Sandwiches & Chili

This morning I went to the farm stand in Kingsville, dropped off a package, bought some Coke Zero at Giant and dropped off my library books.

Then I came home and made a tomato-leftover pork chop sandwich for my lunch.

I made beef chili in the slow cooker with beans and tomatoes my dad insisted we take with us last week. Matt made cornbread with this weird buttermilk self rising cornmeal mix I bought with our Amazon Fresh delivery to bump us up to free delivery. It was good! He didn’t quite follow the suggested recipe but it turned out well.

We watched the new PBS show Van der Valk. It was pretty good.

I’m really getting through some You’re Wrong About episodes lately. Today was acid rain. I miss the days when both republicans and democrats were concerned about the environment.

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Day 181: Noodles & Costco Chicken

Today was exhausting. I kept getting calls and texts the state organization that my mom kept applying for help from and didn’t get approved for (after nearly a year with brain cancer) until this month asking about her death. Then I got a call from somewhere tonight asking about her death again that I thought was them but maybe it was the crematorium? I was upset (annoyed) and tired of the calls and she said she was sorry they took so long to help with her care but then they asked what my mom’s mother’s maiden name was which seemed odd? I don’t know who it was. I guess if they need anything else they will call my dad or call back? Or the hospice if it was the crematorium? People need to identify themselves more clearly on the phone and it use acronyms. I was in the middle of dinner and starving and it was from a area I get a lot of spam calls from some and a number that had never called me before so I thought it was spam and was going to answer and then hang up on them.

Anyway! Sorry if it was the crematorium people but I filled out the form completely and gave it to them. If it was them, wouldn’t she just say I must be confusing them with someone else? If it wasn’t, why are they asking about her mom’s maiden name?

In the morning Matt took Mitzi to the vet and it was somehow $200 for shots, ear drops and to insert the microchip we gave them. Then he went to Rheb’s to pick up the candy I order for my parents and us before my mom died.

THEN we went to my dad’s house and picked up my mom’s beloved sewing machine. It was a 1941 home ec machine Grandpop bought her used when she was in high school. My dad also gave me a bunch of other things of hers like a quilt she made and some other small items. My parents are/were minimalists so she didn’t have much. My dad is really packing it all up and giving it away to women’s shelters.

I’m excited about the sewing machine because its one I’ve always been able to use successfully and have made a ton of things on it. The leg is a little wobbly now but I’m assuming it’s our old floors or a felt pad fell off? I can’t image it got injured surrounded by bread, pillows and blankets in the car.

We don’t live near Costco but my dad does so we went in and bought a bunch of stuff we needed. It’s still been hit or miss with toilet paper and dish soap so I wanted to get that. We got a rotisserie chicken and some bread for dinner. We barely made it all fit in the car. Matt insisted taking his car instead of my roomier Matrix for some unknown reason.

I actually put some pork country style ribs in the slow cooker in the morning with soy sauce, Korean pear, sesame oil, onion and gochugaru just in case we didn’t get to Costco so we can have that another day. It might even been better later!

For a super early lunch I had some leftover turkey breast from Saturday with a fried egg and mi goreng and Matt had leftover bison sloppy joe on rice when he got back from Rheb’s.

We watched the new McDonald & Dobbs on Britbox. The woman main character needs some work but it’s a cute show.

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Day 176: Noodles & Fried Chicken

I visited my mom this morning and then came home to make lunch.

I heated up the leftover pork chops, slaw mix and tossed it with some mi goreng (really the best pandemic purchase has been that case of noodles).

For dinner Matt made Maryland style fried chicken with my grandpop’s secret ingredient—a little bit of granulated chicken bouillon sprinkled into the flour—and cornbread and salad. We have so much chicken leftover! I didn’t eat too much of it since we had pork for lunch.

Then we watched The Invisible Man on Netflix DVD and the first bit of a new New Zealand/Canadian show on Acorn.

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Day 168: leftovers & quesadillas

Today I planned leftover red rice and squash for lunch and put up pork for quesadillas in the slow cooker before I went to Aldi for the big grocery shop.

Good thing I did because the hospital called while I was there and I was able to see my mom in the hospital today and we set up hospice. It looks like she might be home tomorrow!

I had a few bites of lunch and had to leave.

I spent the day setting everything up and Matt made quesadillas with portobello mushrooms and the pork. Then we finished Mr Robot.

I’m exhausted, just grocery shopping is a lot right now and then it was the hospital (the only one in the area that allows visitors!) and calls to get a hospital bed delivered and a long meeting at the hospital.

I’m not sure what we are doing for food tomorrow at all. There is a tiny bit of pork left and I’m going to my parents’ for her arrival so I don’t know when I’d be home.

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Day 166: Pizza & Steak, Red Rice and Squash

Today was exhausting. I started off trying to get replacement glasses for the funhouse mirror ones that I just bought and that was an ordeal. Now I’m waiting for the tech to order some different frames to try with new lens so that’s going to drag on.

Then I went to get a flu shot at Safeway and while there my contact went to the wrong part of my eye. I didn’t have any way to wash my hands so I had to check out and go home with one eye shut.

I came home and we had leftover pizza for lunch.

Then the rehab called and said my mom was breathing funny and they sent her to the hospital. They never called to tell me which hospital so Matt tracked her down. Then when I talked to the nurse they said she was breathing fine and that she didn’t seem to have pneumonia? I don’t know what is going on with the rehab at all. It’s a strange place filled with disorganized people.

For dinner, I made red rice and a patty pan squash casserole. They bake for about the same amount of time so that was nice! Matt made steak. Now we can have leftovers of the sides for lunch tomorrow if we want.