~~~Hi M.J. It is nice to meet you (this way). And thank your friend for her compliment. I have to tell you I don’t know how much longer I will be posting. Due to end in August – there is some “talk” of extending it but it is not at the moment a reality. I am contending with a complete knee replacement and my rehab has not gone well, due to no one’s fault but mine So, enough. I will use this post to help you if I can. And please, if you find things on it that you want to remember, make a hard copy – I keep no copies of my work.
I agree. The journey you are on can be terrifying at times. So many “what-do-I-do” events. Let’s grab a few and take a look and try the ones that might “fit”.
Groceries. You are “fixing” for one now. I do not like left overs. You may not either. Get some meats from the Deli. Maybe two slices. NO MORE. Have them cut the meat with the #3 slicer. This will be thick but you can cut the slice in half and make two sandwiches out of it BEAUSE of the thickness of the meat. Also have some “nice” cheese. I am thinking of a creamy cheese. Harvarti. Their slicer will cut differently so ask them to slice it accordingly for the sandwich you are going to do. You find a pie you like? Get it. Cut into 6 slices and freeze them. Enjoy whenever you wish. Ice cream? Don’t buy quarts or bigger. Get the small size and purchase several different ones and enjoy. I like to purchase Boars Head Fully Cooked Bacon. Toast a good slice of bread, butter it, and put a couple of slices of cold bacon on it and it is a wonderful sandwich. Add ice tea and a flavor of ice cream and I have a nice snack. if I want to make it supper, I simply double the bread and bacon amounts.
Don’t purchase big bottles/packages. Get the little peanut butter in on-the-go snacks. Get the little potato chip variety of 6 to a pkg. I like Coke but not a whole bottle or can. So I get a 20oz. bottle which gives me five 4 oz. servings, or 5 nights of a small drink that I like Now. Don’t say I never drink coke and throw the thought away. Whatever you may like to drink, you can apply the principle. THAT is what we are after for you.
When purchasing some items be sure you always have one on hand. Let’s take Printers Ink for example. When you start, purchase two. Put one in your machine and one in your drawer. When it is 2am and you are in need of material printed and ready to go at 7am, you will have your copies ready. Then when you take the last pkg. out of your drawer, purchase the next IMMEDIATELY. Rule of thumb? Don’t wait until you have used the last pkg to get the next. Purchase the new pkg. as soon as you begin to use your last one that is on hand.
I pay all my bills online. Don’t let others talk you out of it by telling you everyone will know your personal information. They already do. No stamps or envelopes needed at 2am when you are on your MacBook Pro.
Purchase your heavy or big items online. Walmart is wonderful. Be sure you keep a bottle of cough medicine and your favorite pain medicine on hand. Order one pkg. of 3 containers of Wipes. Order several pkgs. of Kleenex, napkins and dish soap, toothpaste, coffee, a couple of pkgs. of toilet tissue, 6 rolls each. and sooooooooo much else. It ships free to you.
Go to a dollar store and purchase 4 long handled net brushes and as many net “balls”. I change mine once a quarter. You will need liquid bath soaps so be sure you have the soap and shampoo on hand. Get a couple of bottles at a time. What do these have to do with any thing? When you have back trouble as I do, I don’t want to twist and turn to try to get myself clean in “places”. You are the same, just haven’t thought about it or in finding a way to do it easier.
In the trial section you will find Qtips in little blue containers. Purchase a couple of them and a large pkg. of WalMart’s Qtips. Then you do the replacing in your little containers as needed. Your medicine cabinet will thank you for thinking of not over piling on it’s shelves.
“Don’t Forgets” Pick up a small bouquet of flowers just for you. Any time of year. Enjoy candle melts in your bathroom or living room. Right now I am enjoying Balsam and Cedar. I love the holiday season and they are my favorites. I know it ain’t Christmas time, but did you know we are just 5 months away from Christmas week? Thought you would like to know that!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Me too.
MJ. Enjoy. That is not a correct word. I know. But in your state with the tsunami hitting so hard from every side, do whatever you can, however you can, whenever you can to keep a float. It is your only way.
I assume you are a Christian by your email. Our Lord is right there with you as you scream, cry and yell. He holds your tear bottle that has your name on it. As it fills He will take care of it and prepare it for “keeps”. The Word says so. He knows where you have been, how you are and what you are going to do along this road and best of all, He will enter the brighter side of the journey with you when all the entanglement is over and then you will take a deep breath and thank Him for staying so close while you fell apart. God loves you. Always did. Does now. Always will. Mega Blessings on you, dear one.
In His Hands as I have slipped and tripped and yet, He never let go of me. You will have people in your life that will shun you. Stay away from them. You do not need that kind in your life right now. In fact, you never will. God has loved you with an unconditional love.That is how much He has cared for you and IS caring for you and will…………the rest of the way Home.