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  • A Hidden Perk

    10/22/2020 9:36:59 PM, by JILLIAN0216

    I found out about a "hidden" perk today. I guess one to the gals where I work has a therapy dog. During non-covid times, she takes him to a nursing home once a week. On that day, she brings him into the office. About once a week a therapy dog will be in the office since no one is allergic or sca... Read more

  • Good Bye Protein Powder!

    10/22/2020 4:21:42 PM, by PASTA3

    I used to drink protein powder shakes all the time. Throughout the years I have used vegan protein, Pea Protein, whey protein, soy protein, rice, organic and mixtures of these and others. When I went off the protein powders and then would go back on them for several days in a row, I would exp... Read more

  • Pumpkins

    10/21/2020 9:59:43 PM, by JILLIAN0216

    I arrived home from work today to find my daughter and her friend carving pumpkins. They got me one too. I had the joy of carving a paw print in "my" pumpkin. It is actually Thor's. My daughter found a white pumpkin for him. We keep the seeds in my house and roast them. I will do that tomorrow... Read more

  • Relearning to Drive

    10/20/2020 8:10:05 PM, by JILLIAN0216

    Well, it happened today. The 1st real snow fall hit today. We have had some flurries leading up to today. Mother Nature let us have it today. It started about 10am. By the time I left work at 4:30pm, there was probably a good 6 inches of wet snow on the ground. I put my jeep in 4x4 just to hel... Read more

  • 1st Day Back

    10/19/2020 9:12:53 PM, by JILLIAN0216

    I survived my 1st day back to work. My dogs also survived. I wasn't too sure about my GSD. Since I have been home since mid-March, Thor got very connected to me. I knew my 2 old girls would be fine since they sleep all day anyway. My daughter did well too. She even had supper ready when I got ... Read more

  • Back to Work

    10/18/2020 9:18:47 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    Tomorrow is back to work for me. I have been off since May 2. That is nearly 5 months of having the freedom to do what I want when I want. I worked from home some before my position was cut. I have been home since mid-March. My poor daughter and dogs. They have all gotten used to me being aroun... Read more

  • "Be Okay With Weeds In Your Garden"

    10/17/2020 5:57:15 PM, by JILLIAN0216

    I am reading "Guide to Stress-free Living" by Amit Sood, MD. I am on the chapter of practicing acceptance when I say this heading for a section. This resonated with me. Unlike what I like to think, I tend to be a perfectionist. If I could grow a garden (serious black thumb) I would want it to be... Read more

  • "Clouds"

    10/16/2020 10:02:48 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    Today is the release of the movie "Clouds". This movie is about a local MN teen who battled cancer. Zach Sobiech fought Osteosarcoma. During his battle he turned to music to say good-bye to friends and family. One song he wrote is titled "Clouds". This song has taken off. Every Dec a local radi... Read more

  • Workplace Eating

    10/15/2020 11:04:48 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    I was reading an article about workplace eating and bacteria. It got me thinking (this could be scary). I follow the guidelines the article talked about. The 2 that really stood out to me were cleaning up after oneself and the fridge. I just don't get how someone doesn't clean up after one... Read more

  • Happy Windsday

    10/14/2020 12:01:37 PM, by JILLIAN0216

    I am channeling my inner Winnie the Pooh today and wishing you a "Happy Windsday". Here in SE MN it is a bit gusty. Pooh's friend Owl would say a "light fall zephyr". Granted it could be much windier. When Thor and I walked, the gusts were up to 28 mph and nearly constant. Yet we went about our... Read more

  • Yesterday

    10/13/2020 10:31:37 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    Sounds like yesterday was a Monday for everyone. A small nap and reminding myself of my blessing helped me get through. Also, realizing I am nervous about starting my new job on the 19th helped too. I can deal with those things.Finally going to bed and waking to a new morning was the most help. I... Read more

  • Tough Morning

    10/12/2020 7:58:41 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    It is a tough morning to get moving today. I have been having some wicked vivid dreams lately. I think it is the new medication I am on for my depression. Before my alarm went off, I was running to catch a bus. I swear my heart rate was up during this time. Uff, not cool. It also stormed duri... Read more

  • Subject

    10/11/2020 12:57:09 PM, by JILLIAN0216

    Normally when I am walking I come up with my blog post subject and what I will put in the post. This morning I was too busy enjoying the quiet and the beauty of nature. Of course my ever faithful GSD, Thor, was with me. He loves his "walkies" and looks forward to them more than I do. This mornin... Read more

  • Donating Blood

    10/10/2020 10:56:05 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    Yesterday I donated blood for the first time in almost a year and a half. Not sure why it took me so long to donate again. I am not fan of blood or needles but this is something that does not bother me. It took me over 40 years before I decided to donate in the first place. Years ago it was the ... Read more

  • Mom's Birthday

    10/9/2020 8:19:53 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    Many years ago today my mom was born. She looked it up and she has been on this earth for 26,298 days. I will take lunch for her and my dad today. I think I will grab something for myself too. We can eat on their front step since it is to be 80 degrees today. She is worried about covid so this ... Read more

  • Book of Challenges

    10/8/2020 7:04:28 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    While cleaning out my craft cabinet yesterday, I found a book I forgot I had. It is "The Big Book of 30-Day Challenges". Basically, it has 60 different 30 day challenges in it. The author did each one and it took her 3 years. They are habit forming programs to live a better life. Okay then. Th... Read more

  • Blessing of Failures

    10/7/2020 8:24:59 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    I am reading a book on stress free living. I am on the chapter of acceptance. One line stood out to me last night. It was along the lines of, "failures are blessings". While walking my dog this morning I thought about it. How true it is. With our failures, we tend to learn and become a better ... Read more

  • Getting Back on Schedule

    10/6/2020 9:03:12 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    Now that I have been offered and accepted a new job, I am trying to get back on a schedule. Being off of work for 5 months can sure mess one up. I have been able to sleep in as I want, climb back in bed after caring for the dogs, or just be lazy. My daughter being back in school has helped some. ... Read more

  • The Woods

    10/5/2020 1:22:32 PM, by JILLIAN0216

    Yesterday I took my German Shepherd for a walk in the local woods. I am not sure how many acres there is to these woods. I know they are a lot of trails through there. A walker can take many different ones once in there. A biker can also go through the trail. I guess it works better with the fa... Read more

  • The Challenger

    10/4/2020 8:50:20 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    Last night I watched a docuseries on Netflix. I chose the one about the Challenger explosion from years ago. I do remember it happening as I was in 4th grade. I remember my brother was home sick that day and watched it on live tv. Back in the early 80's the space shuttle was the greatest thin... Read more

  • New Job

    10/3/2020 10:39:53 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    After 3 months of being out of work, I was offered a job yesterday. I will be working in the call center for a credit union. I have worked in a credit union and a call center before and did very well with both. I am very much a people person in this sense. I enjoy helping others. I start on Oct. ... Read more

  • October

    10/1/2020 10:11:22 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    The month of October starts off the celebrating for my family. Between Oct. 9 and the 30th my mom, my niece, and my daughter have a birthday. Add in my aunt and 2 cousins in there as well (we don't get together with them anymore however). October means officially it is fall around these parts... Read more

  • Nature Reserve

    9/30/2020 1:08:11 PM, by JILLIAN0216

    This morning I talked my daughter into going with me to walk our dog at the nature reserve at our city limits. She normally doesn't walk with me being I walk the neighborhood. To a teen, that is boring! I get her point, I am getting bored with it too. Since our city is doing the Parks Passport t... Read more

  • Autumn

    9/29/2020 8:45:39 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    Autumn seems to be setting in for good this time. In early Sept. we had the "false" fall. It got pretty cool and it was tempting to turn the heat on in the house. I don't remember the last time kids started school with pictures having them in jean and long sleeves. Walkers were bundled up in coa... Read more

  • "Stealing"

    9/28/2020 9:10:00 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    Someone asked me if I would have a problem if they "stole" my terms for exercise. My answer, steal away! When I was in college and working on my elementary education degree, I was told to always steal good ideas (being careful of plagiarism, patents, and copy rights of course). Good ideas and help... Read more

  • Loving Movement

    9/27/2020 12:24:10 PM, by JILLIAN0216

    When I heard the word exercise, I think of some sweaty gym rat dripping all over the machines or weights. So many people think exercise needs to be this big and tough thing. The "no pain no gain" mentality. This is my opinion anyway. I saw the term "loving movement" on a website I frequen... Read more

  • Venting

    9/26/2020 11:39:55 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    I am tired and crabby today. I am sorry for this blog. I have been playing lazy and not walking my dog as early this past week. One day I did have to wait for rain to pass before walking. The earlier we walk, the fewer people who are out and about. Other people out also means more dogs. ... Read more

  • Gratitude

    9/25/2020 9:16:06 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    In the book I am reading, I am on the chapter about gratitude. It states the more gratitude you have, the more good things come to you. Being gracious will bring good things to your life like a magnet to metal. Okay, this has peaked my interest. I do have a gratitude journal by my bed. I haven'... Read more

  • Daughter's 1st Job

    9/24/2020 11:35:47 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    My daughter got her 1st job. She is working at the coffee shop in the local grocery store. This is a great fit for her since she loves coffee. Her first day of making drinks, she text me during her break to say I should come so she can make me a drink. Honestly her request did surprise me. I di... Read more

  • Are They Weird Already?

    9/23/2020 9:20:13 AM, by JILLIAN0216

    I often wonder about the dogs my family has. Are these dogs weird already or do we make them that way? I am starting to believe we form them to be weirdos. June 2019 we had to put our beloved golden retriever down. Gabby was 10 weeks away from being 13. We know she had a good life with us... Read more