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March 2020 (2)

3/15/2020 Sunday 3:00 AM

Another reason I'm not surprised I only lost a few pounds is due to the fact that if we could just low carb away our extra weight, there would be many more thin people in the world. There is no magic diet. Just healthier ones and ones that make gaining less likely. But what the hell is my body burning, though? The body's got to burn something just to move. So if you're not giving it enough carbs to burn and it's not burning fat, what is it burning then?

Since Blitz had the last of those flimsy paper liners, I pulled them out of his cage and put one of the puppy liners down. Rockefeller, I'm not changing yet because he has regular bedding. I realize these guys are going to be a lot of work no matter where I put them. haven't decided yet if I want to stick with this setup or put them back in the kitchen. I kept the pen set up in case I want to move them back. I've got it sitting in the corner of the living room where it's out of the way. The kitchen seemed enormous once I got them off the floor, even though it's still way too tiny for us. Not enough cabinet space, no adjustable shelves, not enough plugs.

Anyway, a lot of work and money goes into these guys and sometimes it gets old. I don't mind hard work, but this is not one of the ways I would prefer to work hard. The liners alone aren't always enough. Meaning, it's not as simple as pulling them out of the cages and dumping them. Stuff slips around the edges and into the base of the cage so I have to clean that out as well just like I had to sweep and mop the kitchen floors when changing the liner there. So if it's going to come out to be the same amount of work, I may consider throwing them back on the kitchen floor. The hay is what makes the biggest mess but that's their favorite cuisine. I may bitch about the work and expense, but I'm not about to deny them anything they need or like! We just ordered them some more food and hay, as well as tongue scrapers for me and a combination base/topcoat nail polish.

Although I've strayed a little bit, this diet is proving to be awesome! Any other time I've lost the few pounds I can lose, they came right back. Not with this one. Don't want to get my hopes up just yet but it looks like I will be able to remain the same weight after all. Yes! This is just as acceptable to me as losing would have been. Gaining is not, though, and it never will be.

Made my first mushroom spinach casserole yesterday and it came out well. Could have used more mushrooms and less cheese, though. I also forgot to remove the stems of the spinach leaves, LOL.

We went to Sam’s yesterday and it was a fucking zoo. The thing people don't realize is that that's what's going to help spread the virus. Too many people out in public at once like that isn't a good thing. From what I heard, though, just about everyone is going to get it but most people won't know they have it. What they're hoping to do is to stop it from spreading so fast that people overwhelm the hospitals.

Decided not to go out in the crowds again to get the stuff we normally get from Walmart, so we made an online order for Safeway. The only problem is they can't deliver until Tuesday which means we probably will grab a few things this morning.

I told Tom, who agreed, that if he had to be out of work, now is a great time. But what I'm more worried about than actually getting the virus is what it may do to the economy. He's not retired yet, so the economy still matters to us.

The weather has been cold and rainy, but the thirsty California ground is definitely grateful for it. I'm not, though. It makes sleeping easier, but I haven't been able to go out walking.

I realized that Aly may have seen my tweets before I deleted them before I deactivated. I made a couple of tweets about liars that she would have known was made with her in mind. Pretty sure she gets tweets sent to her phone, so even if the person deletes the tweets, she'll still see them anyway. So there is a chance that she may not have seen that journal entry, hacked my account or is able to track Twitter. It still wouldn't surprise me if she's done some tracking and hacking, though.

3/16/2020 Monday 4:44 AM

Still cold and rainy. Definitely unexpected and unusual for here.

So L.A. is on lockdown unless that was fake news I read. If not, I'm guessing we're next up in the Sacramento area since there are so many damn people here.

I just wonder how much longer this is going to go on before they find a vaccine or enough people that are going to get it have gotten it and it begins to fizzle out. I also wonder what it may do to the economy and his job search, but as we were saying the other day, if he has to be laid off, now is an ideal time.

They promised to extend unemployment to those who are delayed new jobs due to this crisis, but we learned the hard way 9 years ago that you can always count on the government and trust what they say. I'm still not the least bit worried. Even if the worst-case scenario ended up happening, we won't be homeless and starving. Just without extra money, but as long as we can pay for what we need, that's okay.

He got 3 new pairs of pants and 3 shirts. Tan cargo pants, black cargo pants, and black jeans. His polo shirts are blue, teal, and coral.

I was watching Silent Witness but can't really get into it.

I'm on my 16th book so far this year. I love how I can make Alexa read faster so I can get through books quicker yet still take in what I'm hearing. She’s been reading at 1.5 speed.

3/17/2020 Tuesday 5:10 AM

We're still managing to escape the coronavirus, only going out when necessary. Well, the KFC we went to yesterday wasn't necessary but it was nice. Had to go through the drive-thru, though. The restaurant was closed. That was no problem as we intended to take the food home anyway. He tried their new donut chicken sandwich which he thought was weird. I had fish and fries which was okay. The fish was so-so but the fries were excellent.

Couldn't get into Silent Witness so I began watching Nightwatch Nation.

The dentist’s office, who I'm going to in a few hours, called yesterday to make sure I wasn't sick. I was wondering if they would be open. They are, but they're not doing as much, whatever that means.

Installed Grammarly for Office Word yesterday and it's great. :-)

Had a horrible nightmare about the termites in Florida. I was summoned to court for what I believed was to sign some kind of document. It wasn't supposed to be any big deal at all but just a simple legal routine. We sat in a courtroom waiting to be given the papers to sign and then to hand over to either a judge or someone working in the court. We sat on one side of the room and when I looked at the rows of people sitting on the other side of the room, I spotted Tammy and Sarah and realized a lot more was going on than I first thought. Something bad. I knew they somehow had to have manufactured some kind of “evidence” that I wouldn't be able to dispute, deny or defend for broke and unhealthy people to have traveled all the way across the country.

I told Tom I had to get out of there before it was too late, so I got up and left the courtroom fully expecting him to follow me. I was frustrated and worried and then pissed when he remained in the courtroom, supposedly determined to do the right thing and follow the so-called law despite how fucked-up we both knew it could be and what happened to me in the past.

As I moved toward the door, I realized my pants were suddenly way too big. There was no way I could walk without them falling off. I pulled a claw clip out of my hair and clamped them tighter around my waist. I'm not sure how the dream ended, but I'm guessing I left the courthouse on my own to save myself from whatever fictitious bullshit I might go down for.

3/18/2020 Wednesday 10:40 AM

Saw my new dentist yesterday and she was great! She and her team weren't quite as friendly as the old team, but they were still very nice and seem quite competent.

The only thing that annoys me is that my old dental records haven’t been forwarded yet. She said something about calling (more than once) and being told they sent an email, but they never got it. I emailed them but have been blown off. What, are they spiting me for leaving or something?

First, I was checked in by Rachel who is the youngest on the team that I know of. The place is in an old but nice building. From the outside, it looks like it's a solid building but there's actually open space in the center like a courtyard. There are wild roosters you can hear in the area as well. This is in Fair Oaks rather than Roseville.

There was no TV playing in the waiting room, which was nice, and we didn't have to wait long at all. They did have music playing but it wasn't overwhelming in any way. The waiting room was very small and the place, in general, was small but clean. They could really use some new carpet and paint, though.

Once brought into the exam room by Dana, a middle-aged woman, I had a pretty good view from the dental chair. Because the office is perched on a hill, I could see a lot of nature and some buildings around us.

Due to the virus, California dentists have been asked to hold off for a couple of weeks on non-emergency procedures because of the shortage of masks and other medical gear. They took x-rays and did a visual check of my teeth but no cleaning.

The dentist was younger than I thought. She looked to be around 40. She talks louder than loud. Even louder than me and I usually talk pretty loud. At least she's easy to understand.

I have two cavities but not where I thought they were. They're both up top. I have a minor one and then one right on the root system with no enamel covering it. Surprisingly, though, it's the minor one that’s irritating me.

I might have avoided these cavities had my old dentist, as great as she was, told me that the only crown I had to worry about popping off with regular flossing was the one I already popped off that had to be re-cemented. This dentist said that's the only one that's cemented on. I forgot how she said the others were applied but they can't pop off. They could shatter, though, just like regular teeth. Now I'm back to regular flossing but I'll stay away from that one area. She says that if I could hit it two or three times a week that would be great, but I would rather not.

Love the rubber toothpicks she recommended way better than the plastic ones because the plastic bristles on the ends would poke my gums. The rubber ones are much gentler, though.

She did the gum probe and checked my pallet, jaw, and that sort of thing. She had to scrape my back upper molar just to see there was a filling there. That's another thing I learned... The reason that tooth is always getting covered with shit is that it doesn't have one below it to grind down on. The teeth grinding together actually helps keep them cleaner. But this one has nothing swiping against it to wipe food off, so I'm going to have to give that tooth extra attention.

On my way out, an older woman named Vicki scheduled me to do both fillings on April 6th, and we've already gone over my medical history so she knows about my ear, TMJ, that heart disease runs in my family and I would prefer numbing agents without epinephrine so it doesn't make my heart race and me jittery. You don't want to be shaky when someone's working in your mouth.

She's going to do the larger filling with a laser instead of a drill, so I'm hoping that will make it easier for me. I hate that fucking drill!

I've got a homecare routine going where I brush with Enamelon when I get up and use a tongue scraper as well as the sticks. At the end of the day I’ll brush with Sensodyne and use the regular floss and mouthwash. She gave me a sample for dry mouths which I have due to my age.

Safeway delivered groceries for us yesterday. We didn't get half the stuff, yet we were charged for it. So after spending an eternity on the phone, Tom managed to get $39 worth of food we never received refunded. Not surprisingly, they were out of a lot of stuff. Tom went to get some stuff they didn't have from Walmart this morning and said there were tons of empty shelves. He's never seen anything like it.

This is the second worldwide crisis that I can think of that I’ve experienced. First the recession and now this. I just worry and wonder how long it may go on, but I wonder a lot more than I worry since he's now 62. If he were younger, then I would be worried, not that anything would be in a hurry to get us out of a flight path. Worst-case scenario is we take early retirement and buy a dump on an acre or two in a cheaper state. Our equity is still the same no matter what.

The other thing that frustrates the fuck out of me is that they're canceling all kinds of flights all over the place but Sac International is still going strong, of course. We've got the usual 6-8 planes tearing overhead every hour. It’s worse in the early mornings.

Tom got a message yesterday saying that the clubhouse, pool and spa are closed.

When are they going to do something about the rise in boom stereos going through here?

Not sure if I mentioned this before but we got a way better internet deal. We're now paying $55 a month for faster speed. Before we were paying $105 a month.

3/19/2020 Thursday 12:28 PM

A loud car stereo has been coming in nearly every day, though I haven't heard it today. I only saw it once. It's a white car that goes around to the back of the circle. Why is my first thought that it's connected to the Becker peckers? Like maybe the kid is driving that instead of his precious muscle car and feels this is an alternative way to get attention.

We were talking about the whole situation going on now with the coronavirus and a part of us is hoping circumstances will force him into early retirement so we can get out of here sooner. Maybe we'll spend a few years out in the country somewhere with him working part-time and then head to Florida if we don't go straight there. I want to live in a tropical climate still, but I miss having breathing space around me. Country living isn't much of an option in Florida. Don't know if we'll end up in New Mexico, Nevada or somewhere else but I'm definitely ready to go. I've been ready. But life isn't usually what we plan it, so I still think we've got a long way to go before we get out of here.

If things keep going the way they have with the virus, we're probably looking at about 50k people dying from it by the end of the year. We're still not worried we're going to get it, though, and are making a point to self-quarantine except for when we absolutely need to go out for something.

We went to Rite Aid yesterday with pictures of young black men on their doors that have ripped them off. We saw a couple of them steal some booze one time, but I think one of them was a girl.

I went out for a walk this morning and while it was cold, it wasn't as cold as you might think when out in the bright sunlight. There were tons of people out walking and I'm guessing it's because they too are stuck at home. Plus, we had some rainy days. Still quite a bit of traffic. Maybe just a little less than usual. And of course the fucking planes and helicopters. The commercials are quiet today. It's just little planes and helicopters buzzing around.

Tom still has to at least try to get a job, so he's doing some video interviews right now. We just don't know if many people want to do any hiring with the virus going on.

Started the third book in the Savant of Chelsea series, and I was wrong when I said Alexa was reading at one-and-a-half speed. She's actually reading at one-and-a-quarter speed.

Other than occasional boredom since there isn't much we can do right now other than the usual, I've been feeling great emotionally. It's such a wonderful feeling after all the years I suffered anxiety on a regular basis. :-)

3/20/2020 Friday 5:20 PM

Again with the fatigue which I'm guessing is my low-carb diet, but I highly doubt I have the virus, and if either of us had or does have it, we wouldn’t know it. No symptoms. We've been checking our temperatures every day. He's usually 98 and I'm usually 97. I've been a degree lower than normal for centuries. Maybe because I'm hypo. One is still hypo whether they’re on treatment or not.

Lost another pound which is a bit surprising. I just had some OJ to help give me energy and so I'm not too low on carbs. The vitamin C in it will do me good and help keep me healthy.

Except for the two days I cut my dose, I've taken my meds consistently for 5 weeks now. One more week and it's hello anxiety again. :-(

I agree with Tom in that this shit with the virus is going to determine whether or not Trump is going to get reelected. It’s just gonna depend on how things play out. For us, it doesn't matter who's President so much as who's in the House and Senate. Democrats are always preferable.

Not surprisingly, California has been placed on lockdown as of today. This is nothing new for me, though. I got the social distancing down a long time ago. It's easy to do when you’ve never been all that social to begin with, something I make no apologies for. Tom has tons and tons of things he's looking forward to doing during his time off, and while I would have loved being out of school as a kid, I still find myself bored at times. When you do the same things decade after decade with very little variety mixed in, one can get bored after a while. It isn't that there's nothing to do. It's just that I don't always feel like doing what's available to me.

Published my book yesterday and it's already gotten borrowed. I was really thrown for a loop when I saw pages read from Renting Ginny when that book is no longer for sale anymore. Then it hit me that even though it's no longer for sale or borrow, people do still have it on their device and can always read it later on as some people choose to. Not everyone reads the books they borrow the instant they borrow them. I know I don't always.

Now that my book is edited and published, I will have to decide whether or not I want to edit additional older books of mine or write some fresh stuff.

I went out walking earlier. The air was cool, but the sun was warm, and I realized that had I still been in the worst of peri, I would have had the hot flashes and racing heart from hell and quite possibly even a panic attack. It felt nice when there was a breeze or I was in the shade, but in the direct sunlight with no breeze, it was warm.

I've been making some personal changes and I'm proud of myself for the progress I've made, too. Life has taught me that just because someone doesn't complain directly to you about something you may say, it doesn't mean they're not complaining somewhere else. This used to bother me and I would always be paranoid that anything I might say might upset someone, but then I realized that hey, if they can't tell me directly, that's on them. Not me. Meanwhile, I'm just going to use my best judgment and be myself. :-) I think that's all anyone can do.

Also, I thought to myself that I would reach out to Holly and Doc Hall on Facebook and say goodbye and that I hoped we could keep in touch now and then but then I said to myself, no way! They would never contact me first. Why does it always have to be me to reach out, especially when most of the time no one gives a shit and never replies? Let someone reach out to me first for once, not that I expect they ever will unless it's someone I would rather not hear from. Like the termites. Oh, yeah, I heard from mama termite in my dreams.

I somehow managed to get into her house which didn't look like her house and was snooping around. Just as I heard her enter the side door, I dashed out her front door, around the side of her house and off to wherever, certain that she had seen me.

3/21/2020 Saturday 9:28 PM

I've been bored out of my mind today and have been wondering what the hell it was I did back in the 90s that I'm not doing now because I sure as hell don't remember being this bored back then.

I guess one thing I was doing was writing more by hand since computers had yet to become what they are today and social media didn't exist. I was more sociable too, but not something I miss with all the headaches it would bring. I wasn't kidding when I said I got the social distancing thing down long before the coronavirus hit.

This was also the second day that I've experienced that yucky fatigue I sometimes get. My low-carb diet? Yeah, probably. Or maybe it's because I've been slacking off on my ACV shots.

I know it's pointless since the past is the past and it's never coming back again which I’m mostly grateful for, but I can't help but find myself comparing certain aspects of my present life to my past life, comparing what's better and what's not. 99% of it is better except for the fact that when I was in my teens and twenties it seemed like the world was full of endless possibilities. Anything was possible, and I had so many more new and exciting things to look forward to that I’d never experienced before. The end wasn’t further than the beginning and I didn't worry about growing old and possibly suffering in the end and dying alone.

But now what do I have to look forward to other than the same things day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year? Getting new dolls and other collectibles isn't exciting like it once was. I have a million of them. Shopping for new clothes isn't a big deal. I have plenty of clothes. Gadgets, electronics, beauty supplies, kitchen stuff...I pretty much have it all. I could use a new bed but decided to wait until we move, so we're done with new furniture and home upgrades in this place.

Most of the things that would be new and exciting aren’t anything we could ever afford. I feel like all I have left to look forward to in life is our eventual move. But once we get set up wherever we end up, then what? The same old things? Yeah, probably. Thank God I don't have 50-60 more years to live!

I took a small plastic table and brought it into the bedroom where I have my little office and set up my coloring books and colored pencils in there where it's a little quieter. I hadn’t colored in ages, and this way it will be more convenient to do.

I suppose I could pick back up with the painting and sculpting, but I'm just not as artsy as I used to be. I'm not even as creative as I once was as far as stories go, but I decided I would give CampNaNo a try after all. He even signed up, determined to write something. I have been LMAO at that one.

I have been trying to get myself back into my writing and thinking of new things to do, but my mind keeps drawing a blank. I thought about doing the things I've been doing for longer periods at a time, but it simply doesn't take that long to do most of the things I do these days. So once I get toward the middle of my day, I'm bored shitless.

I totally love the griddle that came with our oven because I was easily able to make a pork chop and a couple of slices of bacon at once. My cholesterol must be through the roof by now!

3/22/2020 Sunday 4:48 PM

“Lydia’s” book is getting a borrow a day so far. No reviews yet but I’m sure they’ll be negative when there are. For some reason, people are much more apt to speak up and leave reviews on what they don’t like as opposed to what they do like.

Actually, I just got a review that’s average. OpenDiary let me sign up for another 30 days with a different email address, so I said what the hell? Someone on the front page was asking for reading recommendations, so I recommended my book. I'm okay with recommending it privately to whoever. I just don't want it in public where the wrong people may see it. They read it and gave it three stars because it's different than “normal.” I looked at their profile and found them to be Christian, so that's probably why they don't see it as “normal” with the way so many of them and other religious people hate gays and lesbians. “If it's different, hate it, pick on it, bully it, try to change it.” Like it or not, this is what most religions push for.

I started a story last night that involves a young straight couple dealing with a crazy landlord that came to mind and so I ran with it. This isn't anything I expect to take seriously or publish. More like a time filler is what it is than anything else.

We went to Rite Aid earlier and got a few things. Tom is going to try going on a low-carb diet and since he can't stand veggies, he's going to be getting a vitamin and mineral drink that you mix in water instead of milk. It's for those on keto diets. I'd like to try that too, and see if it helps with my fatigue. Plus, I shouldn't be having so much cholesterol.

I woke up tired because I slept shitty since I was stressing about sleeping too late. Later would be better for Doc A but not for my dentist. So I probably won't sleep well for the next couple of weeks. I did take a nap earlier but it didn't refresh me. They never do. I don't know what people get out of them but it still felt good to doze off for a little while, and if anything, it will help shorten my day since I've been getting bored shitless. Maybe more so than usual because when he was working we still went out regularly but now we can't do that.

When I was younger, I believed in God because that's what I was taught, and like many others, I wanted to believe there was a higher power that actually gave a shit about me. It was too scary to accept and believe the possibility that there was either nothing up there or something that didn't give a damn when you consider a lot of the shit I went through in the past. But the older I got, the more uncertain I became as to whether or not there really is a God. If there is, this may be the first time in our lives that it just may be our friend. We would be really worried if he was under 62 because we could end up totally screwed and then some on account of the coronavirus. I don't think it will go this far but some people are saying it could end up like the Great Depression. Interesting because Tom said that what happened in 2008 couldn't happen again. Ha! He should know by now that the past has a great way of returning to haunt us. I don't think it will come to that but the number of people applying for unemployment is mind-boggling! So yeah, we could end up really fucked if he was younger. I’m much more worried for those I’m close to that are younger.

I still look forward to getting out of here someday, but I would much rather be in a house full of planes than on the streets full of or devoid of whatever. Last night the planes were quiet but I've heard some today, so the peace I got last night was probably due to the direction of the wind and not because of cancellations.

3/24/2020 Tuesday 12:20 AM

I was thinking back on how I've had a strong feeling of being on the verge of a major change. I've had this feeling for several months now. I'm seriously starting to wonder if the virus is connected to that major change. I've noticed that my life has been a series of one long-term problem after another. I wonder if this is the next one since I've beaten most of the anxiety. However, it might end up being a blessing for us personally rather than a crisis. It's looking more likely that he will put in for early retirement and we won't be here another 4 years after all. This is an exciting prospect but I don't want to get my hopes up too high because it's hard for me to believe anything up there would give us a break like that and let us out of such a noisy place earlier. The skies have been peaceful due to the virus, but it's not going to last forever. Sooner or later this thing is going to fizzle out and life is going to return to normal.

But for now, it's almost like something up there is being good to us for a change and timing things in our favor. He’s thinking about applying for early retirement right away, but he also doesn't want it to screw up the chance of us getting stimulus checks either. They don't give these things to retirees.

If we do get out of here in about a year instead of four more years, it will be the first time life wasn't what we planned it to be in a good way.

I'm hoping that we’ll ship what we want to take with us to a storage place in Florida (which is where I still think we’ll end up) so we can “sample” the place for a handful of months to make sure that climate isn't going to have any negative effects on either of us, and then get a place if it doesn’t. While there would be benefits to getting land out in the country somewhere, it really is more practical for us to stick with adult communities because we’re getting older. They're not all this noisy. Not every house is on busy streets in a large park and in a flight path. We also wouldn't hear loud mowers and blowers every single fucking day in that climate. So while it may not literally be “quiet,” it can definitely be quieter than this. After all, every other place I've ever lived was quieter than this.

I do sometimes miss having more alone time, but I would rather miss that than have him gone for 12 hours a day most days.

He's decided he's going to write some kind of sci-fi story for CampNaNo about rich people on a spaceship to Mars but he isn't sure if it's going to be more serious and suspenseful or funny. He's basically going to have the people act really weird and do all kinds of off-the-wall things, not that he expects to finish it, LOL.

He and I accepted Aly’s cabin invite, although now they call them writing groups. Kim hasn't joined us yet.

Speaking of Aly, she never denied it was me she was thinking of ghosting. If it wasn't me, why didn't she tell me who it was? Also, the other day I told her it was fun chatting with her and that I really valued our friendship. She said it was fun chatting with me as well but never said she valued our friendship in return. So, it makes me wonder at times, but she's going to do whatever she's going to do. Meanwhile, she's not judgmental of me and the way I live my life. She doesn't try to change me. She doesn't do anything toxic except lie at times, so I have no problem with sticking around and letting her be a part of my life until and if she decides she would rather not be.

They set aside a special time for older people to go to Walmart, so that's another reason to be glad he's older. He's going to get us some stuff tomorrow.

I'm going to be replacing my avocados. I'll miss them, but it's just too hard to find ripe avocados, and when I do, I can't eat them all before some of them start going bad. It's either that or wait days for them to ripen and that gets kind of old. So I'll replace them with other fruits.

I think that a few days before my appointment with Dr. A, I'm going to call and see if I can cancel and just have the doctor call in my refills since I'm healthy and not having any problems. If there's any place a person could catch this virus, it would be by going to a doctor's office, urgent care, emergency rooms or hospitals, and I don't want to expose myself when I've been feeling fine.

No nap today as I slept better and wasn't fatigued. I think my problem was that I was going too low on carbs. I'm going to add a cup of chicken broth for the extra sodium to my diet and see if that helps. I've been slacking off on going low-carb because of the fatigue, but if this helps and the keto shakes he's going to get, then I'll get back on track.

We went out walking as the sun was setting but only for 15 minutes as it was both cold and windy. This is unusual for this time of year.

Just removed my polish and my nails look much better. So using a base coat underneath the polish has definitely helped without a doubt. I'll never polish my fingernails without it again! My toenails have quite a bit of fungus. Really hope they don't get infected because I know oral medication would be the only way to get rid of it.

10:46 PM

Last night I was lying in bed listening to my audiobook, I picked up my phone and realized I had dozens of scam messages in my spam folder. So one by one, I replied by letting speech-to-text capture a few sentences of the book I was listening to. A few messages bounced and one replied asking what the hell I was talking about, LOL.

It pisses me off that they continue to bullshit us about the stimulus check they've been promising that we never get. If we were in another country, we would have gotten a generous amount of money days ago. Why is it so damn hard for this country to take care of its own, and why is it that only oversees tragedies matter and get prompt responses?

We definitely got the wrong neighbors across from Bob and Virginia. Yeah, they're already back to the sawing sprees again. I'm not going to listen to this shit every two to three weeks even if I only have another year here. I didn't sign on for that shit. This is a community, not a fucking workshop! I'm really sorry the guy that lived there died. His blasting TV was preferable to circular saws. Now, circular saws may be better than loud vehicles that could wake me up, but enough is enough! Just like with a million other things I hear around here, never before has this been a problem. Only in this place has it been a regular issue. No other place or community have I ever lived where I would hear power tools many times a year. Or get my water turned off. They turned it off for a few hours today.

I can't wait to get the fuck out of here someday and ditch the planes, daily landscaping, projects galore, loud vehicles, and water outages! I may end up moving into the same old shit but at least it should be further away from the house.

I can say that the planes have been much better lately. I don't know if it's the direction of the wind or on account of the virus, but I have been totally loving these peaceful nights. Even the freeway is kind of dead. I treasure these quiet nights because I know they're not going to last forever. But this is the way the nighttime should sound everywhere...quiet!

My new silicone rainbow laces I got for my pale pink running sneakers were six bucks well spent! They’re way better than the stretchy elastics we got before. I'm going to get neon yellow ones for my neon yellow and orange-pink sneakers.

3/25/2020 Wednesday 11:36 PM

Yes, this is it. This is really it. The beginning of the end. He's applied for early retirement and our goal is to make 2021 the year we get out of here! We just can't count on the government to do the right thing and take care of their own. No way to know if unemployment will take care of us, if a stimulus check will take care of us, or what. He's still going to be looking for work, though. So I'm both nervous and excited like I always am whenever we make a long-distance move. Hopefully, Florida will work out and this will be our last one.

I sure was right when I told him a few months ago that I had a feeling we were on the verge of a major change. Definitely got that one right! I still have a feeling there will be a big change in September of 2022. Maybe that's when we will have sampled Florida enough to either be confident enough to get a place there or return to dryer ground somewhere in Texas or New Mexico. At least if it ever comes to that we won't have to go through Arizona.

I've also been saying that I couldn't see us returning to Hawaii, and I've had this feeling for a while now. Now I know why!

I decided that even though pretty much anyone can find out anything through a paid search, I'm going to keep our new location secret from most people. I'm not going to mention it in any public journals. I'm definitely not going to let Norma of all people know if we really do end up in Florida. For some reason, I just don't want those termites knowing it if we do. I honestly don't see what they could do with the info any more than knowing where we are right now, but I would still feel more comfortable if they were left in the dark. That would mean leaving Norma in the dark for sure. I'll only make my location visible to my other Facebook friends and of course, I'll tell Aly about it. Aly only uses Facebook for messaging so I can't see us ever being connected there, and I would never re-add Kim. I can't see her reacting the same way she did the last time should we ever have a falling out, but you never know. With people like her, it's better to play it safe.

I can't fucking wait to get out of here! Twice traffic woke me up. I can't wait to live in a place where I can go to bed without wondering if traffic is going to wake me up.

Tom says there was no sawing across the street today. Yeah, well, I'm sure they'll be at it again soon enough. That's obviously just what they do.

I don't know if she's just playing with me or what, but Aly is once again talking about visiting, saying she hopes the virus doesn't extend into the summer because she really needs to get away for a few days and says California would be a great place to go to.

I told her why not drive out in a rental car and drive back in a rental truck? That way she could not only take the doll, but she could take what furniture we don't want as well as the pigs.

Yeah, we're definitely going to have to re-home them because it would be way too cruel to the pigs and hard on us to move them with us whether we moved by ground or by air. It's not like we're going from home to home. We're going to have to play the motel game again until we find a place. Couldn’t hurt to ask Carolyn or Virginia if they have any grandkids that may want the pigs.

Fuck. The planes are back. Yeah, one more year, you fuckers!

It's going to be quite a trip down Memory Lane, all right, only this time it's going to mean a lot more to me because yes, we had money here, but we were here longer and one of us went through something far worse than poverty.

Oh, my fucking stomach! I’ll never touch sugarless candy again. Who needs laxatives when you can just eat sugarless candy and bring on a shitfest that way?

I might replace my bacon and eggs with shakes, but the only problem is that they’re processed. So it’s like going from TV dinners to TV drinks, LOL. It’s better than eggs every day, though.

So right now, our immediate plans are to generate some kind of revenue, save up, watch our spending and hope whatever I'm coming down with isn't the virus. I feel like I've got a cold setting in, but I read that this virus can start off feeling that way. My throat felt a little gritty, but I don't have a fever, so that's good. I just have fatigue and that off feeling you get when you get sick. Over 21,000 people have died from the virus so far. Really hope we stay safe! The only good thing is that we wouldn't have to pay the hospital bill if worse came to absolute worst.

Had a dream my ENT hired me to clean her luxury apartment in some kind of high-rise. I'm sure that in reality, she lives in a house, though.

3/26/2020 Thursday 10:26 PM

Traffic didn't wake me up today, but the horrible stench of a skunk sure did. They're absolutely horrible here! I swear this is the state of “never befores.” But is the projects/power tools obsession a California thing? Just something this park happens to be obsessed with? Or is it an old people thing no matter where you are? I never heard anything like this anytime I visited my parents and they never mentioned anything about it either. Goldie and Al said they didn’t hear a thing in Al’s sister’s adult community, but I think times have changed. We may never get a place that's literally quiet, but we can certainly do better than this place by getting on a cul-de-sac or some kind of dead-end rather than on such a busy street, and we can get out of a flight path as well.

There wasn't any sawing today, but the planes are getting to be a little annoying again.

I'm feeling better today than yesterday. I don't know if it's vitamin and mineral shakes I had or the quick walk we went on, but tomorrow I expect to be tired because I'm sure the trash and recyclable trucks will wake me up. I'll be crashing at the worst time one can crash on a Friday in this place. Especially being such a light sleeper.

Once we get close to putting the house up for sale, I contemplated messaging Ostrander on Facebook and seeing if she would like to get together for lunch because I wouldn't mind seeing her one more time. Just not as doctor-patient in an office setting. I'd love to tell her about the brand issues I discovered and all that, even though I know I won't get a response. Pretty sure she'll get the message, though.

But would this constitute as me being the one to reach out to someone who would probably never think of me first? Well, I still have time to think about it.

Noticed I've been hearing less from Norma. Oh, I can imagine the earful she’s gotten from the termite. That's okay, though. I'm not concerned with what either one of them says or thinks. It's on them. My life goes on either way and I'm way happier without the termites in my life. Tom's right. I should have ended it decades ago. Even though I've seen a vivid display of just how some people are time after time, I was definitely way too forgiving. Well, never again will I take shit from anyone!

Getting close to 25,000 people killed by the virus, but I would still be surprised if as many people died from it as did in the 2004 tsunami.

I asked Aly how she felt about taking the guinea pigs back with her if she visits and she really likes the idea but doesn't know how her dog will take to them. She said something about seeing how the dog reacts to them and getting back to me, but I'm not sure what she means. She going to borrow someone's guinea pig to test on the dog? Anyway, I teased her about coming out in a rental car and going back in a rental truck with the stuff we’d have for her. First, though, I have to see her get out here in the first place to believe it. Things have come up to thwart her plans in the past and there's no telling what may come up in the future.

I just wish I could muster up more of an I-don't-give-a-shit attitude when it comes to blogging. I know I will sooner or later, but I would rather not have too much of an online presence until we're well settled and established wherever we're going to end up. The less people know, the better it may be for us. I don't see what I could possibly say that could be used against us, but you never do know. We could be interested in a particular place in a particular park, and if the manager gets curious and looks us up and finds that I'm liberal, maybe they won't want to give us a place if they're conservative. You just never know. For now I only display a few entries at a time on PB.

3/28/2020 Saturday 5:13 AM

After watching Nightwatch Nation, I began watching Nightwatch. This show isn't just about medical emergencies but police and fire as well. Not surprisingly, most of those involved in violence were black. Some people will never learn and the rest of them will never open their eyes to their shit either. Well, maybe their eyes were once open but political correctness came and shut them pretty fast. Seriously, how do you expect to escape stereotypes and labels when all you do is keep living up to them?

It's nice that traffic only woke me up once, but dreaming of Andy and Stacey wasn't exactly fun. The bad Stacey. The one in Arizona that inspired my book.

First I dreamed I was chatting at Andy's place with him and I think Tammy was in the room. Andy came out and accused me of something I didn't do. I stood up and I told him, “This is one of the many reasons I cut ties with you. I'm tired of you falsely accusing me of shit.” Then I walked out of his place.

In the next dream, we were living in Arizona again. We had a place there and at one end of the place was a small den of sorts. A couple of women were over visiting, and they were watching TV in there. They were around 40 and obese with short curly blonde hair.

It was summer and we had the evaporative cooler running, and therefore we had a window partially open in that room. I was in the adjacent kitchen when I overheard Stacey walk up to the outside of the window. I couldn't see her, but I recognized her voice. She told the women, “Jodi is wanted on 14…” something or another. I don't know if it was 14 warrants or 14 counts of one particular thing, but I knew it had to do with the law somehow.

Then I saw a couple of younger guys outside the front of the house and she was trying to badmouth me to them but they spread their hands out as if to say, “Hey, we don't know anything about it or want to get involved.”

I never went out and confronted her. Instead, I closed the window and switched to the AC.

I thought that while it seemed unlikely that Stacey would be the kind of person to announce this shit to people and try to get them to turn against me if it wasn't true, I knew deep down that I didn't do anything I had to worry about.

3/29/2020 Sunday 3:14 AM

My heart is thumping away right now even though I don't feel anxious. I'm just lying in bed enjoying the wonderfully peaceful wee hours of the night. Yeah, that's the only good in this horrible virus thing is that it's keeping things quieter. So is the unseasonably cool wet weather. By now we usually need the AC during the daytime.

I wish I could get myself to care about my weight for the sake of my health. Okay, so I'm not that big. I get that. I'm still smaller than your average American female. But just a 20-pound loss would certainly make me healthier and probably more flexible, too. I know I would look better but that's the last thing I care about. When it comes to my appearance, I do what's comfortable and what I like. I don't consider what others may like. I would care more weight about my appearance if I was young and single but I'm not. I only care about gaining more and as long as I cut back on carbs whenever I jump up a pound or two, that shouldn't be an issue. Now, why can’t I get myself to care about losing? Bad attitude or not, I'm fat and that's okay. I like and accept myself just the way I am, and to be honest, there's only so much weight my body will let itself drop and that ain't much.

I missed a call from my doctor's office on Friday, so I'll call Monday morning. I was going to call them at that time anyway to see if I could just get my refills and skip this visit since I'm not having any problems. I just don't want to risk getting sick by going to a place where sick people go.

It's been great climbing out of the writer's block I've been stuck in for so long and getting back into writing. I'm working on a story idea that came to me a while back but I'm not sure if I’ll submit it for publication or not. It's just a short story that will probably be somewhere between 10K-15K words.

The dream I had involving my ENT hiring me to clean her “luxury apartment” sort of gave me an idea I think I'll try out, but not for CampNaNo since I already decided on a different story for that about a paramedic that turns out to be a bit psycho. Maybe I'll have a “The” series. The Landlord, The Doctor, The Paramedic...

3/30/2020 Monday 2:30 AM

Book sales have come to an abrupt halt and I'm not sure why. For 6 days straight I got 6 borrows and one buy yet there hasn't been anything since the 25th. What's up with that?

Had a dream an overseas friend accidentally sent me a message meant for some girl about getting their stories straight so that someone would believe whatever they were going to tell them. Only he sounded perfectly American, LOL.

Noticed I’ve been having more palpitations lately and found an article that said that alcohol can be hard on the heart. I don't know if there is a connection or not and while I feel calmer than I did last night, my chest is achy today. In the center of my chest is an ache that doesn't seem to be connected to my lungs or heartburn. Hopefully, I just strained a muscle somehow. Yesterday I felt like my heart was racing at times but when I checked, it wasn't. It was more like it was just beating hard.

When Tom was looking for an appropriate name for the schedule predictor program he’s working on to iron out a bug, he came across an interesting article on my type of sleep curse which I shared with Aly, figuring she’d find it interesting. I’m not interested in joining but apparently there’s even a Facebook group with about 500 members. Turns out that this sleep curse, as I call it, is rare in sited people but quite common in blind people. Also, just like mine does, your days are always longer. A typical day for me is about 25 hours and 15 minutes. Tom said he’d always been curious if anyone’s day was shorter, at around 23 hours or something like that, but nope. It always rolls ahead and not behind.

I guess they’re just now beginning to have experimental drugs, but they don’t work well yet. With my fear of medication, I’m not going to bother trying anything and Tom is totally OK with that. “We’ve got our routine down now,” as he says. Even if I was suddenly magically on a schedule, didn’t have a driving phobia, and could get a job until I was 67, that would really interfere with our retirement years, especially with the age difference. He’d spend most of his home alone. If I were under 40, I might be interested. I just hate the idea of taking medication unless it’s absolutely necessary.

3/31/2020 Tuesday 1:39 AM

I'm now thinking the coronavirus death toll is going to be a lot higher than I first guessed it would be. I didn't think it would get close to 1/4 mil, but if things keep going the way they have, it very well could.

Sometimes I feel like I've got something and other times I’m not sure. Tom had a sore throat and lung tightness for a couple of weeks, and I've been having that as well. I don't think we've had the virus, though. My throat was a little scratchy when I woke up, but I haven't had any lung tightness yet today. Yesterday I had tightness in my chest and back.

What's a little scary (assuming you can believe what you read) is the 42-year-old woman with no pre-existing health conditions that died in just two weeks after the onset of the virus. Well, I'm 54 and I do have some pre-existing conditions. It's definitely not just an old people’s disease.

Called my doctor's office yesterday, and as I suspected, they prefer to keep their healthy patients home. Therefore, instead of going to see my doctor on the 2nd at 9 a.m., we're going to have a video appointment at that time on Zoom. Then, if all goes well, I should only have two more appointments with her as we hope to get the house on the market around this time next year. I'm guessing we'll leave a few months later which means we’ll have been in Cali for 14 years.

I realized that this is the longest I've gone without leaving the state I'm living in. In the other states, I rarely went more than a few years without going to some other state or country. It's now been four years since we've gone anywhere.

Rockefeller screams every time I run the disposal, LOL.

Anyway, even though I'm not a social butterfly and I work at home, even I'm starting to get a touch of cabin fever. I'm definitely used to going out more often than I have been. The only good in this is the lack of traffic and the quiet. In the middle of the daytime, the streets have been nearly as dead as they are in the middle of the night and that doesn't happen in California. He ran out to Walmart yesterday and it was pretty dead. He only grabbed a few things. He'll get a week's worth of stuff for us at 9 this morning when only those over 60 can shop at Walmart. Sam’s is also starting to have set times for older people.

I haven't been hearing the planes at night, but I hear them faintly in the mornings. Just not for hours at a time, and they're not coming nearly as close as they usually do. One who didn't know any better might mistake them for the distant rumble of thunder or fierce winds.

Even the freeway is quiet and that’s not usually quiet unless it’s raining or the middle of summer. Where summer is noisier in most places, it’s our quietest season when it comes to most things…planes, landscaping, the freeway.

Norma is definitely ignoring me. I don't doubt for a minute that Tammy’s viciously and falsely slammed me to her, and I also get that Norma's always going to believe her over me. I don't care what she thinks of me, though. What I need to decide is whether or not I should delete her. If I delete her, there's less of a chance that things could get back to the termite. On the other hand, she isn't doing anything wrong other than giving me the silent treatment. I’ll give it the rest of the year to decide. If she blows off my birthday, I’ll blow her off my friend list. No point in remaining connected to “deadbeats.”

Despite Aly keeping in touch, I sometimes feel a bit underappreciated. I've been there for her in ways that I'm able to be yet sometimes I feel like she just doesn't value me. Maybe I'm being paranoid and perhaps a bit selfish but it’s seldom to never that I hear what a good friend I am and how she really appreciates this or that from me, etcetera. It seems that there are some people that no matter what you say or do, it's just never good enough. You can say or do what you think is the most innocent of things only to later learn they were hurt or offended. I know I shouldn't worry too much about that, though, because it's their fault if they don't speak up right away. Still, some people make me wonder. No, I don't feel like dumping her. I doubt I'd ever do that, but I can't say that she wouldn't.