Hello Monday, we meet again

Here we are at Monday morning again. The weekends just seem to fly by. I can’t believe it’s already the second full week of July. It doesn’t seem like that long ago, that I had just moved into this condo. And now it’s been almost four months. That’s insane. The summer is flying by too quickly and I haven’t done anything I said I would back in May.

I woke up at 9:30 am and have just sat down with my first cup of coffee. I’m back to fasting and am trying to keep busy until I can eat at noon. This weekend was a lot of fun and felt good to get back to some sort of normalcy after nearly two years at home and in isolation. But the introvert in me is a little burned out and I’m having a quiet day today.

We’re also in another heat wave. It’s nice and comfortable right now in my condo but Saturday was gross. Saturday reached to 34C!! And I made the wrong choice of clothes with jeans and a blouse. The weather was so up and down – it was a really weird day.

I actually wound up going to my brother’s party at the very last minute. My sister convinced me to go. And I’m glad I did. I think part of it is my weight right now and none of my good clothes are fitting. I know I look awful in pictures. It seems no matter what I do, I can’t take the weight off. I am going to ask my new doctor for some lab work in two weeks and see what we can come up with. I think my hormones are off and that makes it hard to do anything. My hair is also dry and lifeless. That’s a weight problem too. I need to step up my game.

The party was fun though. My entire family minus my dad was there. I got to see most of the kids. They hired a musical entertainer who got everyone dancing and singing along. My nephew played the guitar with his band and made me proud.

Mostly I just love seeing my sister’s kids. They’re such good kids now. I chat with them every now and then via text or instagram. I randomly tell them “I love them” and send them an embarrassingly amount of “auntie is proud of you” and “I love you” messages. Because it’s fun. Nothing makes me happier than to receive a message back from Katie saying “Love you more auntie!” They’re the best. The perks of being an aunt!

And my nephew (my brother’s kid), the musician, I call him Ry Ry, is a mini version of me. Full of personality, and a weird kid. But he’s got so much talent when it comes to music. So, that’s usually what we chat about. He’s making plans to go to college and asked where he should study music.

Yesterday, we had our first full service at the church I volunteer for. We had something really strange happen. We had opened the door in the supply room behind me to get a breeze going through the building. About ten minutes before the service started, the wind blew the main door shut. Like slammed it so hard, that it stuck. Our main sound system is in that room – so we needed to get into it. In my sixteen years as a volunteer, that had never happened before. We didn’t even know the door could lock.

Three volunteers tried getting the door open. Nothing. Then one of the long time volunteers comes around and jiggles the handle – and boom. It opened. I called it The Power of Gunnar and he laughed. The noise startled me though. I’m jumpy lately. And then that feeling came – like I wasn’t alone. It’s not the first time bizarre things like that have happened there. The building is nearly 100 years old with a lot of history.

I saw my dad on Friday and we had a good visit. We sat outside in the garden and watched the birds. He starts to fade after 20 minutes so at least being outside gives us something to watch and talk about. We talked about the weather, the birds around us and watched a butterfly float around. I spent a couple of hours Friday evening on my balcony too. So yup, I’m making the most of summer weather while it lasts. I even tanned a bit yesterday – and went out again last night for a bit. The dementia is really bad. But I’m glad for days when he knows who I am.

I’m writing this morning to help pass the time. I’m back on my intermittent fasting plan and it’s so hard to get back into. I’ve been eating breakfast when I get up in the morning. I’m trying to get back to eating between 12 and 8:00 pm. It’s hard as sometimes I get late night cravings. So, I’m working on eating healthier foods that leave me feeling fuller longer. If I do snack, it will be on nut mixes or popcorn, yogurt or something easy on the stomach and low carb.

I really want to get back into long walks but find it hard on hot days. My ankles swell up and they hurt. It’s cool right now – about 22C. So maybe this evening will be a good time to go. I’m really hoping we get rain soon too. The grass all over the city is bone dry and turning brown. That’s not normal. We usually have so much rain in June that everything is lush. Everything was beautiful in May. And now – it’s just scary. All my indoor plants died except for the aloe vera. My herbs outside even burned. And the flowers are struggling.

I gave them all a good soak last night and will do that again tonight.

The weather this summer seems to be extreme all over the world right now. With flash flooding in the NYC subways, rains all over the west coast and extreme heat waves and raging fires in the west. It’s just weird right now. It has me a little on edge. All I know, is that I’m spending a little money and time – stocking up on basic supplies. Emergency supplies, dried food and canned goods. If anything did happen, I’d be okay for a while. I’m trying to clean out my freezer and use up the meat that’s in there. If the power goes out for an extended amount of time – I’m not sure what I would do. So, I’m looking for camping gear that I could use outside or in my condo.

I’m trying to be resourceful and plant things I can eat. I’ve made use of the herbs already – made a really good cilantro salad yesterday. I have mint that I have no idea what to do with. And I’m trying to grow some green onions in dirt. I’m also looking for other foods that can be grown easily indoors. I wanted to try tomatoes but I think it’s just been too hot. Not only does this help save money, but it gives me something to do. It also helps me eat healthier. The cilantro salad I made yesterday was delicious and I finished the day off with smart pasta, home made tomato and cilantro sauce.

Anyway, I think that’s good enough for a Monday mood post. I’ll get back to article writing this week. Just been focusing on healthy eating and getting back into cooking. I may even have some recipes for you soon to enjoy.

I’m starving already — think I’ll slowly get some lunch ready.

Enjoy the day!

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