Pandemic and Food

I have been on Weight Watchers this past year and a half and was doing so well. I love the program and am down 50 lbs already. But now that we are isolated and staying home I am finding myself in a bit of a jam. I love being outside and was splitting my day (I am retired) between home, working my business online and being out – either shopping or walking or being with family and friends.

But of course right now hubby and I have been in the house…..not quarantined but isolating ourselves like we should from being with people and family. I am thankful for face time and zoom and skype so I can at least see my grandbabies even though I cannot hug and kiss them.

But the problem really is my refrigerator. Being in the house has tempted me to eat more (what else is there to do?) but I find myself fighting to stay away from noshing. Three meals a day- lots of water – reading a lot, working my business, watching tv (not the news) and talking on the phone to my family.

I am thankful we are well, following the rules and trying to keep busy. And my last weight in on Tuesday, via Zoom, showed I lost a pound. How are you making sure you maintain your weight and are not gaining?

Pandemic and Books

As we are all stuck in our homes during this trying time, I often reach out to my friends (by phone) as to what they are doing to keep themselves busy. Of course we can always take this time to clean house, organize and shred all that paper that seems to accumulate on our tables….but

I would rather read. I have read a lot since retiring but between reading I managed to go out and do other things. Now that I am homebound (except for an occasional run to the store) I have been reading at least 6 books per month.

Need to find a book? Check out my other blog and scroll through many great reads. I would love to hear comments as well…..Stay safe and read……

Pandemic vs Business

We are all scared of what is going on out there. Yes, I say out there because I, like others, am stuck in the house. Even though I have been retired for a while now, it was still nice to get out and do things…like movies, shopping etc. But since we are at a high risk ( and movies etc are closed) hubby and I are basically in everyday except to a run to the store and back.

Even that is crazy, was there this morning for a few items. We went 7 am to avoid crowds (ha ha, everyone else did the same) and only picked up a few items because they were out of everything. Did manage a loaf of bread but no meat at all. Guess we are going vegan.

But meantime I am also having a problem making my Avon deliveries. People dont want to see me. I have suggested they leave the money in an envelope, or pay me via Venmo or credit card and I would drop off the tote bag with their order. But many of them are ghosting me….not answering my calls or texts.

And so I am sitting here with $300 worth of orders I cant deliver. We are also close to a lockdown which means I wont be able to make any deliveries. Meanwhile no one is ordering for the next campaign either. And so this morning I posted that anyone who orders $30+ online from me will receive a 10% rebate check. This will help cover the shipping fee for their order. I am hoping this will work so at least I can get some commission from my business. If anyone has any ideas on helping my business during this time, I would appreciate a comment or two. The above idea was given to me from a fellow rep and I am trying it. These are hard times for everyone and I understand if you are not working you sure wont be buying.

Let us hope and pray this terrible time will be done soon and we can all go back to our lives.

Hand Sanitizer

Now that all the hand sanitizer is literally swept off the shelves and everyone has germ-free hands, let’s talk about skin problems. Cleaning your hands, whether with sanitizer or soap, will not only leave it clean but will also dry out your hands.

The Mayo Clinic says: Dry skin is likely to cause one or more of the following:

  • A feeling of skin tightness, especially after showering, bathing or swimming
  • Skin that feels and looks rough
  • Itching (pruritus)
  • Slight to severe flaking, scaling or peeling
  • Fine lines or cracks
  • Gray, ashy skin
  • Redness
  • Deep cracks that may bleed

So before any of this happens, think of using a hand cream. I am constantly using them, going so far as having a tube in my purse, in my car, on my nightstand and especially in the kitchen where my hands are always in water.

The best hand cream I have found is Moisture Therapy Intensive Healing and Repair Cream.

Moisture Therapy

It is now on sale….before they are all gone…..

The Red Lotus

By Chris Bohjalian

The first time Alexis saw Austin, it was a Saturday night. Not in a bar, but in the emergency room where Alexis sutured a bullet wound in Austin’s arm. Six months later, on the brink of falling in love, they travel to Vietnam on a bike tour so that Austin can show her his passion for cycling and he can pay his respects to the place where his father and uncle fought in the war.

And so the book begins. But when Austin gets killed in Viet Nam it is not always what it seems. Alexis is bent on finding out if it was an accident or murder. Digging deeper she puts her own life in danger.

I loved this book and all its intrigue because you didnt really know who to trust. On the other hand I grew up during the war there and it brought back too many memories. Its a beautiful country now and Bohjalian describes it wonderfully. Place on your TBR list release date March 17, 2020. #fourstars #NetGalley

This entry was posted on March 12, 2020, in family.

The Dilemma

It’s Livia’s 40th birthday, and her husband Adam is throwing her the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding they never had. Everyone she loves will be there, except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad.

But what Livia doesnt know is that Marnie is flying in to surprise her……and the one who arranged it was Adam….but then Adam hears about a plane crash and tries to find out if Marnie was on that plane at the same time not wanting to spoil his wife’s party.

The anguish and feelings that go with this story hits you in the gut. I actually had tears in my eyes over certain parts of the book. Love how this author placed a family together to get through the trials of being a family. There is love and compassion in every page.

Being released June 30, 2020 – put it on your TBR list. #NetGalley #four stars

Would you do it?

I have been challenged to sell 100 shower gels in the month of March. I love challenges and have often tried them. I am in a challenge to read 70 books this year and so far have read 13 for this challenge.

But books costs way more than shower gels. Especially during this great sale. Would you buy a shower gel for only $2.00? I have already sold 45 of them because….well, you cant just buy one!