Surprise! Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving.

Greetings y’all! Since my last post, many things have happened. We found a kitten, I moved into the ‘cover design’ phase of publishing, and Thanksgiving came. It has been an interesting few weeks to say the least.

On Saturday, November 7th, my dad gave me a ride to Macon, to Kitty City Cat Rescue, so I could pick up ‘Maleficent’ and bring her home. The whole idea was to surprise my daughter with her very own kitten. She has had the name picked out for years, though not as long as my husband and I had the name ‘Merlyn’ picked out before we were finally able to establish a home where we could have her.

‘Maleficent’ is proving to be very energetic, with a feisty attitude, but she loves to play. She reminds us of ‘Merlyn’ when ‘Merlyn’ when her age.

The day I brought her home, we absolutely surprised our daughter. ‘Maleficent’ had spent the entire 45-minute car ride, from Macon to Thomaston, meowing, which is normal. Unfortunately, the long car ride mixed with my dad’s driving technique, gave ‘Maleficent’ a queasy stomach. Luckily, I decided to include the blanket you see in the photo, in her carrier, and she only got sick on it. Twice. The good news is she hasn’t gotten sick since.

Having ‘Maleficent’ around has been different. ‘Merlyn’ and ‘Carlee’ are 8 and 6-years old respectively, so it’s been quite some time since we had a kitten around. ‘Maleficent’ is feeling right at home though because she runs the halls with ‘Carlee’ at night and into the early morning, and she gets her roughhousing with ‘Merlyn’ during the day, when she isn’t sleeping. Her favorite early morning activity is to play in my bed, attacking different areas of my bedding, about half an hour before my alarm goes off for work. I admit, it was kind of annoying at first, but what do you do when it’s a kitten.

I mentioned earlier, my book has moved forward, and now I am in ‘cover design’ mode. As soon as my friend whose a retired hairdresser can trim my hair a little, I get to experience my own little homemade personal photoshoot. I’ve never had a personal photoshoot, unless you count glamour shots that sadly fell through due to cost. That’s a story for another time.

Now, Thanksgiving. That was a busy day. I took the day off, meaning I didn’t open any time slots for my student’s parents to book. Instead, I woke up at 4am to begin prepping and baking. A week before this, my husband and I created the menu we had been planning to cook for our family and friends.

As you can see, we offered several choices for Thanksgiving dinner.

Preparing everything was tiring, but fun and worth it. By the time my husband got up at 6am, both pumpkin pies were in the oven, and I was filling the deviled eggs. Afterward, I started in on mixing my no-bake cheesecakes together, then I took a break. All the prepping we did, it reminded me of my mornings when I worked as a prep cook for Applebee’s in Monroe, Georgia. My husband and I learned early on that we work better in the kitchen together than anyone else we know. There are some people who don’t understand how we work so well together.

Now, to say our Thanksgiving day went absolutely perfectly smooth, that would be a lie. We did reach a hiccup in the system plan. First, it rained all morning, off and on, from heavy downpour to light drizzles, back and forth. We might have gotten past the rain, but the hiccup that followed left us without further options. We hooked everything up correctly, the propane tank to the turkey deep fryer we purchased, but there was a hit/miss somewhere because we weren’t able to officially deep fry the turkey. It wasn’t raining when my husband hooked everything together. It wasn’t raining when we set it all up in the spot we designated specifically for it. It began raining as we were trying to ignite the purpose, and because it did, we had to shut it down. So, instead of deep fried turkey, we properly executed a last moment oven roasted turkey. It was delicious!

The hardest part was sending text messages to our family and friends; “Due to inclement weather, deep fried turkey is now oven roasted. We’re sorry for the switch.” I felt like Gordon Ramsey on “Uncharted” when he’s unable to deliver his original dish idea to his guests of their culture. I am so thankful everyone was understanding. Well, almost everyone.

I experienced an additional hiccup, but it was neither food nor Thanksgiving related. At least I don’t think it was, but I don’t honestly know. My husband and I decided to do Thanksgiving this way because, as I mentioned and we all already know, we all have to take caution against Covid-19. I spent Thanksgiving, planning, prepping, preparing, and cooking with so much care, love, devotion, and thanks. Every plate we made, everybody we fed, we did it because we are thankful to have each and everyone we included in our Thanksgiving feast, in our life.

Our delicious Thanksgiving dinner.

Well y’all, I think that’s all for now. Christmas is right around the corner and with Christmas comes our Christmas menu. Yes, my husband and I are planning the same kind of theme for Christmas, but yes, a different menu. No turkey. We’re thinking about a spiral ham, prime rib, and colorful side dishes. Equally delicious.

Additionally, it’s not just Christmas we’re planning for, my husband and I were blessed to have a child born exactly 2 days after Christmas. This year, she turns 16, but because she’s a Descendant’s fan, it’s not ‘sweet sixteen’, she prefers her 16th birthday VK (villain kid) style; ‘sinister sixteenth’.

Thanks for reading y’all! I’ll post again soon!

Update: Quarantined to Protect, Writing To Distract

Hey y’all!  I don’t know how all of y’all are fairing, whether you’re required to work outside your home, or if you’ve been able to turn the tables and work from home, whether you have children home from school, or you’re children were already in online school, or whether you’ve chosen to follow the quarantine regulations, or not.  I wanted to touch base with y’all, and let you know I’m doing well, my family is doing well, and we’re taking every precautionary measure we can to keep well.

Sometimes I feel like I’m overreacting, cleaning too much.  Other times I feel like I’m not taking the Coronavirus serious enough though I know I am.  The last time I went shopping was last Friday, March 20th, and I took a pair of nitrile with me and put them on as I was walking into my local Walmart.  I took extra precautionary measures grabbing a few disinfectant wipes as I walked by one of Walmart’s many stations, and sanitized my cart the best I could before I began my shopping.  Not once did a I touch my face and I tried maintaining a certain distance from others while shopping.  I was not surprised by the limited stock on most of the food shelves.  Things went well, until I went to checkout.  The cashier who rang me up, she asked me about my gloves, and informed me I was now carrying germs with me on those gloves.  Just so you know, she was not wearing gloves at all.  She should have been.  To make matters more uncomfortable, I was buying a 12 pack of Pabst beer, and she needed to ID me.  I don’t mind showing my ID, but I specifically held my license so all she had to do was look at it to type my birth date in, but what did she do?  She took my license from me, using her ungloved hand, after saying something about my gloved hands.  My honest opinion, she should have been wearing gloves and a face-mask if she has no choice but to work in the public.  With the Coronavirus at large, no one should be questioning people wearing gloves right now.

This whole mess has me nervous, mainly because it scares me to death my husband could come down with it.  With his heart condition, which he is receiving disability for, I’m afraid of losing him.  I nearly lost him in 2015, when his heart condition occurred.  Granted, it happened because he had a mouth full of bad teeth and had them surgically removed all at once, causing the poison from his bad teeth to seep down into his body and attack his heart.  I know there are people recovering from this nasty virus, but I still don’t want him, or anyone in my family, to come down with it.

This is why we’re taking every precautionary measure we can.  I do any shopping solo.  Once I get home, we go into full disinfecting mode.  Shopping bags go on the floor until we unpack them.  I spray what I can spray, wash what needs washed, and we put away.  We throw all the plastic shopping bags out, I spray all surfaces down with cleaning spray and do a wipe down of the counters and kitchen table, and then I get into a shower.  I order everything I can online to maintain social distancing as I would rather deal with one person, the delivery person, than take the chance in public.  At least the delivery drives leaves the packages on the porch, then I take care and dispose of the packages from the porch.  Nothing comes in the house that doesn’t need to be in the house, and I spray the items once I bring them inside, then I wash my hands.  Like I said, I feel like I’m overreacting, but I know I’m not.

I have never been more thankful to work from home than I am now.  The same goes for my daughter in online school.  Believe it or not, this time of quarantine is actually quite nice.  It’s a lifestyle I’m all too familiar with and very comfortable.  With the quarantine in affect, I’m scooting right through finishing my manuscript.  I can’t believe how far I’m come since I began working on it back in December.  My goal deadline to finish it is April 25th, then I’m taking an entire day off, for myself, and on the 27th I’m going to begin work on putting the stories in the order I want them, and then my husband is going to help me convert my manuscript into a single word document so I can then email it to Page Publishing.  I can’t believe it’s finally coming together!

So anyway, what do y’all think about any of this?  Are you as worried as I feel about this Coronavirus pandemic?  Are you taking the measures needed to safeguard yourself and your family?  How are you feeling about quarantine?

As we continue through these trying times, stay safe, stay healthy, and most importantly, please stay home… if you can.

Thanks for reading y’all!  I’ll post again soon!