Good news and other things

Good news! Amazingly – praise the Lord! – not one other child or staff or other person in the day care virus episode has become sick! The grandkids are well, John and Elissa are well…. and yes, we are well. That whole thing could have easily turned out very bad for a lot of people. Thank you for your prayers throughout this time!
I know Elissa will be glad to get back to work, although she greatly enjoyed the undivided time with Nova and Aero . . . but their income took a huge hit since she had to stay home with them. It had to be unpaid leave because neither of the kids were actually sick. And even though she was only off the one week, that counted as her whole 80 hours off for COVID leave regardless. They told her it was all or none. So, if any of them do get the virus at any time in the future, tough luck. It wouldn’t have been so bad, but they couldn’t allow me to watch the kids because they were concerned with keeping me and Jerry safe and well.
(By the way, if you’re asking why it was only one week, it’s because the whole thing with the other day care had already been going on unbeknownst to everyone for a week anyway, so that counted as the first week. Hard to understand but I’m sure you get the drift.)
We had a few sprinkles today, not enough to make any difference, but the cooler air was so nice that we’ve had the windows open all day. We’re both so claustrophobic that we just about climb the walls during winter when we’re stuck indoors. So every opportunity we get, the two windows in our apartment are open, even sometimes in hot weather. We just turn on the box fans we have for air movement and we’re happy. Of course, with the highest heat and humidity days, we do turn on the air-conditioning.

This past Monday, we opened a new Monopoly game (the 2008 copyright version) that was still wrapped in the plastic. My [step]mom had bought it in 2009 and gave it to us thinking we could use it, but at the time we were still using the one my parents had bought when I was in elementary school so I put the new one away. Well, at some point, mine disappeared, probably in a move, and we didn’t play Monopoly for several years. Until Jerry asked about this one on Monday. I had avoided opening it for whatever reason, but decided it wasn’t doing any good just sitting in the bottom of the china hutch and pulled it out.

The first thing in the box was the game board. There was this big square of something right there on top that confused me. I had no idea they’d made it bigger and designed it to fold into fourths.

That makes it a much bigger playing board. And the printing was more readable. Better for older eyes!

The token pieces for this version are the same as we’d always used. (Yes, I know they have all new versions and types nowadays.) Jerry has always used the car and I’ve used either the Scottie or the wheelbarrow.
We played for nearly two hours. It was so much fun to play again. Growing up, my brother and I were always so evenly matched, but he usually won. Jerry and I are pretty close-matched, too, but this time, something new happened for me.
I was able to buy both Boardwalk and Park Place! I’ve never been able to do that before . . . ever! 

And then I bought houses . . .

And hotels. No photo of the hotels because I was so excited and we were really into the game. In the end, Jerry had mortgaged everything he had to try to keep up and to pay me, but alas, he lost. He added up all my money and property. Not bad for a couple hours. Ha!

Lastly, I wanted to show you this photo of a recent sunset – well, July 28 to be exact. I was lying in bed reading a book and for some reason glanced toward the window. I saw this sunet of beautiful colors . . . and from my view, the electrical poles crossed like that sort of reminded me of the cross that Jesus hung on. I just thought it was kinda cool and the sky was so interesting.
Everyone stay well and have a blessed weekend!

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  • Jerry and I actually love playing Scrabble a lot, mostly during the winter for some reason lol. We just suddenly got back into UNO the past couple months. I have to be in the right mood for Monopoly, but you're welcome to come over anytime, we'll play it with ya! πŸ˜€

  • Thank you, Elizabeth! We are truly thankful it turned out so well. Blessings to you and the Mr! (P.S. I understood what you meant in the one sentence even though it came out opposite.πŸ˜‰)

  • Thank you, Betsy! Your brother sounds like mine, playing "for blood." Two years younger than me, and even as a child he took games so seriously. I bet once dennis made it to Nebraska everyone was overjoyed to see each other! Continued prayers for everyone!

  • Diana, you're right about the cross in your sunset photo. I noticed that right away. Glad everyone in your family is healthy. Your parents were a beautiful couple. I love those photos. I'm so sorry about the loss of your son. I can't imagine the pain you've gone through. God bless you.

  • beautiful last picture!!! Oh that is so fun about the game!!! I've not played that in ages!! I am SO VERY glad that no one else got COVID! I understand what a scare that was for you all and I am so glad for the loss of time off/$$$ for Elissa! God bless you all and keep you in His loving care!

  • I'm so glad no-one tested positive for Covid and things can go back to "Normal" again.
    I have never been a big fan of Monopoly. Like Debi pointed out, the game takes SOOO long. But I'm happy that you and Jerry enjoy playing.

  • Thank God all turned out fine. I was worried for you and all the families involved. I haven't played Monopoly in years, I was always the dog too. I'm impressed that you got Park Place and Boardwalk, I don't think I've ever done that either! Love the beautiful sunset. Have a blessed weekend!

  • Oh what a relief for everyone at the daycares. I'm so glad for your little family too although it's too bad how the post office handles it all.
    I used to play Monopoly with my big brother. He was in his 20's and I was in my early-teens. He played "for blood." No mercy on his baby sister at all. He would start talking really fast and I would get confused and then he had me in tears by the end. But I always played with him. I love that guy. He's retired now. He was an paramedic until his back gave out from lifting patients. Then he worked for 911 until he retired. Now he is a volunteer police chaplain which suits him perfectly.
    I appreciate your prayers for Dennis and I. He made it just past Rapid City today. That's about 1000 miles in one day! He was planning to stop at a truck stop and sleep in the backseat of the truck but actually found a small campground. I feel much better about that.
    Take care my friend.
    Blessings and hugs,
    Betsy

  • So glad that everything turned out well for your family. As you said, it could have been so much worse. I never liked playing Monopoly because it took so darned long to play a game! We did play with the kids but it was not my favorite game to play. I always picked the shoe. Beautiful sunset.

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