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Week 51: It seems almost impossible that it has been nearly a year since we started with the “Stay Safe. Stay in Place.” here. This past week kind of blew up for me in so I didn’t post much because Michigan opened up quite a bit and now everyone has decided everything is going back…

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Week 50: Well here in Michigan we are getting closer to getting the shot. Next week they are lowering the age to 50 for people to get Covid-19 shots. I am on the wait lists at several places so we will see if and when I can get one. My mother gets her second dose…

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Week 49: As we creep closer and closer to the one year mark things are starting to feel more “normal.” I think it is because we are starting to accept what “normal” will be like. We don’t think so much about Covid every day. I don’t know it is a good thing or not. The…

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Week 48: Every day feels like it is a bit closer to the “end” of Covid-19. I see more friends getting vaccinated. My mother had her first shot with no side effects. I know it is going to take time to get to where we can feel safe going out into large groups but at…

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Week 47: I have to say getting out of the house and away for a bit has really helped me. I feel productive again and that I can accomplish tasks. I needed to clear my head and it was wonderful. My mother is scheduled to get her first Covid shot today. I had to schedule…

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Week 41: This Christmas was the same, yet different. We are very fortunate in that the four of us can be together. We have plenty of food, shelter, and heat on these cold nights that moved to single digits on Christmas Eve. We are blessed. But, a Zoom or Facebook call for Christmas just made…

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Week 40: The guiding word I chose for 2020, well before Covid-19 was even thought of here, was breathe. Little did I know how important that word would become to us. I haven’t used it as much as I have as some of my other guiding words in the past but it was none the…

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Week 39: We are not completely decorated for Christmas yet. We had a bit of a set back in that my son’s room had a slow leak in his window and it softened the wall board and warped the baseboards. Having a son with autism means he cannot let it go so he picked a…

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Week 38: Wow! How much time has passed since this all started. As we are heading into the Christmas season I am beginning to wonder about all the traditions and things we do trying to figure out what we really want to do this holiday season. I think this is the perfect time to reassess…

Chocolate Chip Snowballs

Lots of cookies will be made over the next month. We have so many favorites which we make year after year but this year we are making a few favorites slightly differently. We love Snowballs, Mexican Wedding Cakes, or Russian Tea Cake cookies which are all basically shortbread with nuts rolled in confectionery sugar. Some…

7 Christmas Cookies for 2020

‘Tis the season for Christmas cookies! We love to bake and share all our goodies of the season with our friends and neighbors. Though the season may be different this year the love we have for our friends and family is still the same. Here are few cookies you may wish to try in finding…

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Week 37: I have been reading about Covid confinement burnout lately and I know I am there. In Michigan on October 12th we had 1,829 cases of Covid diagnosed that day. Six weeks, or so later, we are at 8,000 to 11,000 a day. What changed? A couple things. First the Supreme Court of Michigan…