Fall Days

I absolutely love the fall season, and it may very well be my favorite time. There is just something so beautiful watching the colors change, the wind blowing a cool breath and the cold nights.

It is the beginning of winter soups and chili’s, and I’ve already got a list of planned stews for the upcoming months. Granted, I tend to cook soups and stews through the summer months, but I usually don’t make chili unless it’s winter time. I don’t know if that’s planned as much as it is trained from childhood. It would get so hot in Texas that no matter how cold the a/c was, no one wanted a hot stew or any kind.

For chili I primarily use ground beef, but I also mix it up with brisket if MtnMan has smoked one recently. This winter I might even mix up the ground beef with some sausage, but I’m not sure. I really hate to ruin a dish by experimenting like that. There was no doubt about brisket chili being delicious because it is safe to say that it is my 2nd favorite cut of meat. The first being a bone-in ribeye. I am definitely a meat eater; I have no plans over ever changing that. lol.

What season is your favorite? What dish reminds you of that season the most? For me, fall is my favorite, until winter comes around and then that trumps them all, and chili reminds me of both..

VNALive – August

I know I say this often, but I don’t think I can say it enough, I have the most amazing group of members. You guys continue to support me, no matter what network or the amount of frustrations that new software causes. You all remain loyal to me, even when I cancel a member show at the last minute.

Last month I had 5 Monday’s on the VNALive network, cancelling 1 and only doing 40 minutes of another one, and you all still showed up to vote and it is only because of you that I placed second.

I truly cannot thank you all enough; it is only because of you, that I continue to offer the twice a week member shows on VNA and through my LIVE cam link.

VNA Show on Friday

Thank you to everyone that joined me last night, especially with my absence over the last couple weeks. Actually, close to three weeks, but who is counting?

I pride myself in saying I never cancel a VNA show, and now that I am feeling better I’d like to schedule the makeup for this Friday. Let’s meet at the usual time – 11p EST. I hope that you all can make it, but if not, I do understand. I hope by then I’ll be feeling more myself and have more energy to play.

VNA – Friday at 11p EST

Below is a picture of Abby the golden, more for an attention grabber, but also because she is cute, loveable and I love her. So you should, too. lol.

COVID: Our Story

Okay, so this is a post that I have contemplated for awhile, but each time I consider typing it out, I take a nap instead. But, here it goes.

Before I give you our experience, I feel that I should disclose everything, or else it’s all just half truths. We have always socially distanced, so nothing much changed for us, except we no longer have family dinners as often as we used to. We cancelled our big wedding celebration which had 100 guests, and was going to be a 4-day event. We have had dinner with the family twice, our neighbors once, friends three times and even had our wedding, just a scaled down back yard gathering with 12 people total. I stand behind each one of those gatherings. To me it is important to stay connected to those closest to you, and it’s not healthy to completely cancel 2020, although, it is needed to an extent. We have not been behind the “you must wear a mask” and do it for everyone else, if not for yourself. Here is why: every day the experts have changed their opinions, and given half truths and whole lies. They have skewed the COVID numbers so much that it’s hard to really know what the virus is and what it’s doing. We have been controlled and businesses have been forced to close with very little support from our state. I realize each state is different, but here in Nevada the small businesses were left to fend for themselves and self employed people were denied the unemployment benefits promised to them in the beginning. So, when they decided we all had to wear a mask, we chose not to. We were not going to events, festivals or stores with large crowds and we did not stop to converse with anyone at grocery stores. Hell, the clerks wear them down at their chins or just below their noses. At any rate, with the exception of the masks, we were more careful than anyone in our circle. We took it serious to keep MtnMan healthy with his 1 lung. We will not leave the house without a mask from now on, and this is 100% right for us, but I am not of the opinion that if you choose not to, you are wrong. Our experience is the reason we will wear a mask. We know he came into contact while working, and that cannot be avoided, but one more defense might insure we will not catch it a second time, and if we do, it hopefully will not be as bad as what we went through. I hope none of you experience what we did. *hugs*

Now our experience:

Day 1: MtnMan felt his allergies were getting the best of him, so Doc gave him a shot and treated a sinus infection.

Day 2: I was so fatigued I signed off of cam in the middle of the day and took a 3 hour nap. I do not take naps.

Day 3: MtnMan felt like his allergies was more like a mild summer cold. I woke up with a mild sore throat and signed off cam to take a 30 minute nap in the middle of my afternoon. I had chills.

Day 4: MtnMan was about the same and I woke up feeling like I was getting a chest cold and I had a migraine. We drove to Twin Falls to pick up packages and did not do our normal shopping, we turned around and went home. As soon as we got home, I went to bed. I had chills.

Day 5: MtnMan had a terrible headache and my migraine was worse, and not responding to my migraine scripts. We stayed home and did not do anything but sleep.

Day 6: We both still had what appeared to be a summer cold and both of us had headaches that would not go away. We slept.

Day 7: MtnMan could hardly breath and his o2 levels were dropping anytime he walked from the couch to the kitchen/bathroom. He had a fever and was sweating profusely and was cold. We slept. He called the COVID hotline and the gentleman was very concerned about his breathing and thought he should be in the hospital, and although he had ALL of the COVID symptoms, the jackass did not think it was enough to be tested for the virus. Thankfully our doc was pro-active and gave us a script for hydroxychloroquine because MtnMan started taking it and in 4 hours his breathing was better. I had intense body aches to the bone. Pain I have never felt and I could not get comfortable. I was up most of the night coughing and in intense pain. I thought I was going to die.

Day 8: MtnMan called the COVID hotline again and told them he came into contact with someone that tested positive the day before. That was enough to get in for a test, but he had to wait for a phone call back, which did not come for another 24 hours. His breathing was still labored, but manageable. His fever was off and on, and his headache lingered. My body aches were still intense, my cough was getting worse and I was tired. I decided to take hydroxychloroquine and within hours my body aches went away. I do believe that drug saved our lives.

Day 9: MtnMan got a phone call to be tested. It was positive, which we knew it would be by then. The doctor that tested him told him that I would need to be tested, so I called and had to wait for a call back. We were still pretty rough. Our coughs were terrible, we were tired, we had zero appetite but ate just to take meds. I couldn’t keep most of the food down. By this time we were both down 10 lbs and still losing weight.

Day 10: We both still felt rough, with no energy or ability to do anything. We were still getting sick after we ate, which consisted of toast or yogurt. I got a call to schedule a test. I vomited right before I had to drive into town, which honestly, I should not have been behind the wheel, but we had no other options. We could not ask someone to drive us and MtnMan was just as bad as I was, if not worse. I do have a 2 lung advantage over him. I tested positive. I went home and slept.

Day 11: About the same as the last 2 days

Day 12: Same.

Day 13: We still had a terrible cough, no appetite and slept most of the day. I decided to do VNA because I was the only one on schedule and I really needed to connect with you all. It was good, but I was exhausted after 30 minutes.

Day 14 – 17th: slowly feeling better, but not enough to know we were over it, but we knew we were beating it.

Day 18th: We both felt as though we were over it, but had zero energy. We napped and zoned out on the couch, which is what we did since day 5..

Day 19th: MtnMan received a call from the COVID people and they asked if he still had symptoms, he said no, they released him and said he can leave the house. We both napped. Although, I had big plans to edit vids today, I got my desktop powered up and opened the software, then took a nap. The Roomba ran for the first time in 20 days. Abby was not happy.

Day 20: Tomorrow- Monday, August 31st. We both plan to work, but I am not sure how much either of us will get done and I might need breaks throughout the day. But, we are over it, just need to ease back into a full schedule and hopefully our energy will return soon.

Thank you for reading, even if you didn’t make it to this paragraph. I am not trying to turn my blog into a political discussion, or cause angst and anger between members. We all have a difference of opinions on how 2020 has been handled, and we all have our own convictions and reasons behind our beliefs. That does not make anyone wrong, but it is how you handle it all that makes you who you are.

I am Back!

Hello! It has been a rough 2 weeks plus a few days. Goodness. I might share my experience someday, but so far I really don’t have the energy to explain what it was like surviving COVID. I plan to take it easy for one more day and then will return to cam on Monday. It will mostly likely be 1-2 hour shifts with a break in between. I honestly have zero energy at this point, but I think some of that has to do with not being active for 17 days, and let’s face it, doing nothing does not come easy to me and it is exhausting! With that said, I really haven’t had the desire to do more than a couple loads of laundry and shower every few days. . *face palm*

So, tell me, how have you been? What is new in your world? Please leave no details untold because a small detail to you might be everything to me.. and plus, I just want to catch up and know what is going on.. GO!

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Abby’s Workout

I have decided I need to start be proactive with getting acclimated to the higher elevations. I mean, I’ve been here 3 years now and it is time. Granted, I really could not do much for the first 2 years without getting a migraine the next day, so I limited myself on activities and hiking with MtnMan. Usually I’d go a short distance and return to the truck with Abby, while he hiked on. Anyway, last week I went on my first real hike and pushed myself as far as I could before I started to feel the pressure in my lungs and head. I made .062 miles and that might not sound like an achievement, but I moved from 800 feet to 5600 and the hike started at 10,000 feet. So, .062 is a big achievement, and one I am very proud of!

I’ve also decided that to help with hiking, I need to start working out. When I say working out, I don’t mean hitting the gym for 2 hours, 3 times a week. That would be ridiculous. Absurd! (funny fact, I can’t say Absurd so I don’t use it in a verbal conversation. lol.) I am using a bowflex that MtnMan already had set up in another bedroom, doing squats and sit ups.

Now that you know the backstory, let me get to the point of this whole thread post.

Abby, my trusted golden retriever, watches from afar. She’s not too sure what is going on. Mom lifting weights? WHAAAA? I can’t decide if she sits in judgement or if it’s the noise of the clanking that she does not like. At any rate, I spent about 10 minutes on the bowflex, then did my squats and got on the floor to do my sit ups. I really wish I would have had a camera. Abby is a creeper when she is told to stay and all she wants to do is at least touch me. She went from 5 feet away to sitting on my feet in less than 2 seconds. I told her to stay because I figured if nothing else she’d help me keep my feet planted while I try to get through the sit ups. NOPE. That is a big NOPE. She stuck her head through my legs and when I laughed she leaped on top of me for hugs. After our hug fest, I had her sit next to me and stay (*eye roll*). As I lifted up, she licked my face (*face palm*) and as I went back to the ground, she laid across me. Her entire body, all 75 pounds of love, was sprawled out on top of me and then her tail smacked my face.

After the last couple of days with the Roomba, I let her hug and lick and just love, and when she was finally finished she laid next to me whacking her tail on the floor, looking as satisfied as can be. This made it all worth it and that was the end of my sit ups for today.

In the Rear View Mirror

Now that the week is coming to an end, tell me something positive that happened in the last few days.

I have a couple positives to share:

I went hiking Wednesday and made it .062 miles before I had to stop. That might not seem like a successful hike but for me, that’s progress. I should also share that the hike was straight up the side of a mountain, so it really felt like I was hiking my way to the clouds. I felt great, except for my lungs, they felt like they were on the verge of fire. Okay, that was an exaggeration, but they were definitely burning. I am also going to start exercising 3 times a week, hiking on Wednesday’s. I’m not sure how long that will last, but I have a goal to get to the top of the damn mountain!

I think my allergies are getting under control again; for the first time since April, my eyes are not red and swollen, with dry patches on my eyelids. It feels so good to not have puffy eyes that water constantly and look dry on top. It was the strangest thing, and I’m very happy that the latest round of scripts have helped because it was out of control.

So, all in all, a very good week! Now it’s your turn.

Hot August Nights: August 7th – August 17th

A month full of videos and bonus sets.

Longevity has its rewards. If you join my site during “Hot August Nights”, and rebill at least one month (without cancelling), each new member will be compensated.

I do not initiate contact, for obvious reasons, so you MUST EMAIL ME FIRST at angel@lonestarangel.com (you must contact me by October 31st to claim)

Each join that qualifies will have a choice of:

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I will Pay You Tuesday For a Hamburger Today

Unlike Wimpy, I have shown up on Tuesday to pay for yesterday’s transgression of ankle socks vs. knee highs.