The best news from this summer is we have a new granddaughter- an adorable 2 year old named Cora. She is healthy, happy, very smart, very busy, funny and loved by all of us.
She is fond of her cousins, especially Elizabeth who Cora calls “Beth”
Because she is adopted and that situation, I won’t be sharing much about her.
She has been spending her days with us, while her parents work, for about 2 months. But tomorrow, she starts full time at a child care center.
Our town has a number of day care centers but they all have waiting lists- there seems to be shortages of most everything anymore but an opening for her came up.
I’m a bit nervous about daycare - but Cora seems to be easily adaptable and very brave so I’m probably worried for nothing.
My mom has had a rough summer. She spent almost 2 weeks in a hospital and then 3 weeks in a skilled nursing home.
Now she is back at their retirement home in Respite Care, which I’m not sure of the definition but it’s a lot like assisted living with hopes that she will back to previous mobility and health.
It’s a very comfortable apartment. It has a living area, a bedroom, a bathroom all accessible for her needs and a small kitchenette.
Her meals are all provided so the the kitchen is used by her guests.
My dad still sleeps in the apartment down the hall where they have lived for 5 years but he spends his days with Mom in this respite apartment,
Mom still has a ways to go but she looks better now than she has since at least a month before her surgery.
The nursing shortage, because of Covid, is also affecting their retirement home. The nursing staff is short handed and the nurses there are working way more than 40 hours. Their Director of Nursing normally would be in a office doing paperwork and such but she working on the floor doing patient care.
Covid really has had a detrimental domino effect on so many things.
You all know I like to bulk cook. I did a big grocery pickup yesterday (yes, Covid is so concerning and I’m staying stocked up)
This morning, I made 2 salad and cooked 7 pounds of ground beef. And Yes, today is Sunday but I had it all cooked and the kitchen cleaned up in plenty of time to watch our local church service streaming on line.
Some of the beef was cooked with just onions and I will use it for things like soup, goulash and stuffed peppers.
The rest of the ground beef was cooked with taco seasoning.
That’s a green salad, a diced veggie salad and extra diced onions.
Taco meat and plain burger
All divided and in freezer containers
If you want to see inside our freezer——
The top 2 shelves are mostly things I cooked to freeze like today’s meat, chili, pasta sauce, chicken broth, etc.
also peaches and grated cheese
there are also some big containers of pecans and walnuts
Also on the 2nd shelf are bags of frozen vegetables.
The 3rd shelf is meat straight from the store- assorted chicken pieces, chicken sausage, more ground beef
On the 4th shelf are bags of blackberries and green beans from our garden and bags of grated cheese.
Then on the very bottom are whole chickens and more vegetables.
So, that’s what has been going on with my home and family. This week I plan to get some homekeeping things caught up, visit my parents everyday and my husband will be having an outpatient back procedure (as long as Covid doesn’t blow up so much that the VA hospital stops non-emergency procedures before his appointment)
Hope you all have a good week and hope you all stay safe