This and This and That

Greetings, friends!  I know I’ve been waning on my blogging duties lately, and that disappoints me because I was just starting to get to all the art projects I’ve been working on that I wanted to share with you.  Buuuut… I’m still navigating the learning curve with this Lupus diagnosis, and just when I thought I’d be in and out of a quick flare, I got a bad sinus and upper respiratory infection, I injured my knee in an apparent sleeping accident (another fine benefit of Lupus), and then another flare followed.  So, this…

…is the second Medrol (steroid) pack I’ve had to take in the past four weeks.

…is the new (and grossly disgusting!) homeopathic turmeric milk drink I’ve started taking daily to attempt to help with inflammation.

…is the remnants of a cute little egg I found on my doorstep.  (Any ideas on what hatched from this would be greatly appreciated.  My first guess was a ringneck snake because we have a lot of those here, but after Googling it, this egg is too round and large.)

And then this…

…is when the shingles for my new roof were delivered this week.  (How cool is that conveyor belt truck?)

…is the roofing crew installing my new roof this morning.  (Actually, this is what my roof looks like naked!)

…is the color scheme that Sister Michelle, Son Jeremy, and I will be painting (or attempting to paint) the exterior of our house this weekend (though with my current state of health and the medical recommendation that I avoid the sun, I believe my contributions may be more in the nature of a supervisory role).  The house will be the Mined Coal grey, the trim will be Bakery Box white, and the accent trim will be Little Black Dress (to match the new charcoal roof).  And once that’s done, I’ll be building two gable pediments which will be white.  Since we are using an airless sprayer for the first time, we’ve all also been busy watching YouTube and See Jane Drill tutorials on how not to end up wasting 15+ gallons of paint.

So, since I’m not able to do the regular blog-thing again quite yet (but hopefully after the house is painted and things are a little more back to normal), I just wanted to pop in today and share some photos I took in Washington D.C. last year, and a couple from other places, and also say that…

…I hope each of you have a Happy, healthy, and SAFE Memorial Day weekend!

…I hope you all remember the purpose for Memorial Day is to honor America’s servicemen and servicewomen who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation’s values (and that whether you agree with each and every one of those values or not, you at least appreciate the sacrifice that was made when these lives were lost…I already know you do).

…you all (or at least all the Americans) remember that on Monday at 3:00 p.m. in whatever time zone you are in, that is the time for the one-minute moment of silence.  (In case you have never heard of this, in December of 2000, Congress passed the “National Moment of Remembrance Act” which asks Americans, wherever in the world they may be at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, to pause for a duration of one minute to remember those who have died in military service to the United States.)

Finally, thank you to all the amazing heroes that serve or have served in our nation’s military.  And thank you to all the front-line workers, essential workers, and to those who are helping keep us safe during this current Covid-19 crisis.

Let’s talk:  What are your plans this weekend?  Have you ever painted the outside of a house with a sprayer?  Do you think we’ll do a great job or have the biggest headache of our lives in this attempt?  (I’m sure it will be one extreme or the other, with no in between.)  Did you know about the 3:00 national moment of silence for Memorial Day?

23 thoughts on “This and This and That

  1. What a splendiferous multi-topic post, young Rachel. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. A question…where does one acquire ‘homeopathic turmeric milk drink’ it sounds interesting? I’ll catch up with you on Sunday providing you’re not issuing orders from the rooftops. Best wishes, The Old Fool

      • Always a pleasure, ‘Rachel the Treasure’. It’s been a chronic summer thus far, rain, gales, more rain and bleak clouds, plus no scope to get to La Belle France. Writing, writing, writing has been the only thing keeping me sane. ‘Mayday’ is taking longer to complete, in part a good thing as the more I work it the better the tale feels. At least IBS has not been too harsh. Vastly more important, how the devil are you?

  2. Glad to see you back, always, Rachel, no matter the frequency!
    Your house is going to look amazing, for sure. Great color choices.
    May you navigate this recent lupus flare successfully and get on with your many pursuits.
    Happy Memorial Day to you and your wonderful family.
    My dear wife Karen and I are going to make the very most of our time and space here. We’ve got our food planned for our backyard barbecue, all the rest of the weekend-plus-Monday meals and wine and beer for two, too. 🤓
    Yes, thank you to all who’ve served us in the military and essentially past, present and in the future.

  3. Thanks for sharing all those photos! I hope you’re feeling better from Lupus right now and that you’ve successfully (or currently are) painting the exterior of your house. I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day and Fourth of July. I look forward to your return 🙂

      • Hi Rachel, I’m glad to hear from you. I’ve been behind on blogging too, so I understand. Everything is well, but definitely busy. I look forward to when things settle down later in the year. I hope you’re doing well 🙂

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