Friday, November 6, 2020

Shout Outs Galore and Hello to You!

Hi there!! Just putting up a post so we can visit. I finally got a minute and was glad to sign in.

The only Christmas decoration in my room. He refuses to go into the living room until
after I put the pumpkins and cornucopia away. He's cute, but testy that way. :)

I see a lot of Christmas Trees going up in blogland... must resist the urge. Or must I?  I think like Alex said when I first got this urge a few weeks ago (you can find Alex's blog HERE), a lot of people are going to be decorating early. We are trying to make it at least one more week. I have been seeing some gorgeous home decorations online though. People are going all out and doing a great job with it. My decorative pumpkins are out, along with other Thanksgiving/Fall things and some Christmas items. One of my friends came by the other day and said she thought I must have be suffering from confusion, since I can't fully decide which holiday to decorate for, lolol. Speaking of Fall, check out Theresa's post on her lil' Fall invader. So cute!


Covid-19 was identified at my job, twice, but they still have us working. We're taking all of the precautions possible, wearing our masks for everything, sitting and walking as far apart as possible, not taking treats to work (masks come off for eating), and taking great care to wash our hands. I can't tell you how many cleaning supplies I have purchased out of pocket to try and keep surface areas and hands disinfected and/or clean.  Anitbacterial Wipes, Alcohol Wipes, and Hand Soap galore. The need is never-ending.


Oh! And the hand sanitizer... I truthfully didn't even like hand sanitizer prior to the pandemic. Now we just can't live without it. I've got big bottles for us at home, a HUGE bottle sitting right outside of my door at work (for people to use before they come in and after they leave) and I keep mini bottles on hand at home for when the grandkids come to visit. If the bottles are cute, the children are more prone to want to use what's inside, right? Although we've become socialized to use it as the norm, so they don't really kick up a fuss anyway. I'm putting pictures up of the Smart Care items we have because they were sent to me, but truthfully we use this brand anyway because their items are affordable (important when you're buying so many, with no end in sight) and effective (which at this point, is even more important that the price point). And not all cleaning products are created equal, and that is especially true for sanitizers. Here are some things you can check for prior to buying them, courtesy of Smart Care.

1.     Be Sure About Alcohol Percentage

The amount of alcohol in the hand sanitizer is critically important and the most effective hand sanitizers consist of 60-85% alcohol by volume, so be sure to check the alcohol percentage before purchasing.

2.     Check Alcohol Type

 Ethanol is proven to be more effective than isopropyl alcohol on its own against viruses. Be sure to check the type of alcohol to make sure you are purchasing the most effective hand sanitizer.

3.     Additional Ingredients

Check out the extra ingredients in the hand sanitizers as ingredients like Aloe, which is used in Smart Care hand sanitizers, help to smooth the skin upon application and reduce the dryness associated with alcohol.

4.     Proper Application is Important

In advance of application, make sure to clean all dirt and grease from your hands.  Apply a small dab of hand sanitizer to the palm of one hand, then rub your hands together. Make sure the sanitizer has dried before wiping your hands.

5.     Select a Brand with A Proven Reputation

Lastly, with the increasing number of brands on the market make sure to select a brand that has an established reputation for delivering performance and efficacy.

Truthfully, despite the germ scare (and there is always the germ scare), I love being at work this year (funny what a difference a year can make) and would rather not go back online (never thought I'd hear myself say that), but being home and able to work in your casual clothing, with zero commute time does have my attention too, so if we do, we do. One thing I am loving is that even though we are working in-person, we're still doing online meetings. That is great because in such a setting it becomes very clear, very quickly that time is just being wasted for the sake of saying 'you met' and people close the meetings out faster. Did I mention that I love that??? SO many meetings are just a big waste of time. 

In other news...and boy, is it news...the election is maddening. Just as everyone predicted, and I knew would be true. Still, I'll be glad when it's over and a final decision is made. If the final decision is made. I suspect it isn't going to be pretty, and true clarity could take some time (if true clarity is even possible at this point). What a weird year and this madness seems like the perfect way to end it. Like Pat says though (and you can visit his blog HERE), a mere date on a calendar doesn't make everything fall magically into place. Maybe next year will be just as messy as this one. I doubt everything we've gone through is going to be resolved just because the calendar hits January 1, 2021. 

I'm just rolling with the punches. What else can you do? The question is rhetorical (I already know the answer).

What I am also doing, is wishing you a safe and happy November weekend, cuz yep, it's that time of year already. The rest of the year will probably go really fast. It usually does! Happy Fall y'all (sorry, I couldn't resist, and we are smack dab in the middle of that season). :)

26 comments:

  1. Nice to see a post from you.
    And that you are staying as safe as possible.
    Watching from afar I do hope that your election is resolved as soon as possible. Peacefully resolved.

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  2. I can agree to the statement of not caring for hand sanitizer but not being able to live without it haha

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  3. Hi Rosey - well that's a lot of labels to read and comprehend ... labelling is challenging enough as it is - but staying safe and secure is so important. Good luck with the copper-hair sort out - hope it's easy for her and you! Yup the election is taking its time ... but sounds like things are working through ... we have nightmares to come - Brexit ... and at some stage being released from the terrors of Covid - in the meantime take care - Christmas ... way too soon, right now - but you have Thanksgiving. Enjoy them though - Hilary

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  4. There you go - put up that tree next week!
    I'm still working at the office. Some people in the building got it, so far just the young ones with no symptoms. No one wears masks or distances though. As you said, just rolling with the punches.

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  5. Ugg hopefully the germs stay far away from you. I'd rather deal with snow. Lol at your holiday confusion. I told one about your spinning tree and she's afraid she'd get motion sickness lol

    Yeah, no magic day. 2021 will probably suck too.

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  6. It's such a scary time right now! I cannot imagine how difficult it must be for those returning to the office. Praying this ends soon...still keeping positive!

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  7. My mom put her tree up a week before Halloween. She was really on it this year LOL. I'll still put mine up the day after Thanksgiving. Mariah will be here and it's tradition for the girls to decorate the tree together.

    I had to get off of social media this week. I just can't take the election talk any more. I don't think it really matters who won. They were both horrible choices. All we can do is pray that we'll get through the next 4 years in tact. I read something that I wish everyone would understand. "Do not lose family or friendships over 2 candidates who wake up every day and don't even know your name." I'm so tired of the bickering and finger pointing over something none of us really have control over.

    Thanks for the shout out. That little bugger has eaten through almost ALL of my pumpkins now. He'll be fat and happy getting through the cold winter now LOL.

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  8. I hope you stay safe! It is such a crazy world right now. The snowman is super cute!

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  9. How scary! Please stay safe. So many are testing positive these days.

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  10. I am putting up my Christmas decorations this week! No time like the present!!

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  11. Even though I am busy making ornaments for Christmas I don't decorate until after Thanksgiving. I only have to go in to work for a few hours a week!

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  12. Wow I want Captain Marvel's hand gel! Is gorgeous!

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  13. I can relate to decorating for many holidays at once, this time of year they all kind of merge in my house.

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  14. I totally agree this is deffo a crazy time right now for sure. this is really handy and sound advice thank you so much for helping us and sharing this x

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  15. This looks like such a great product to have at home! I’ll definitely have to look more into it and see about buying it for myself. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. We're going our holiday decor this weekend! I just need some cheeriness in my life right now.

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  17. I hope you stay safe while working! I can't wait for all of this covid business to be a thing of the past.

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  18. Thank you for these tips, I tend not to check ingredient list but will do so in the future especially like making sure there is Aloe in the hand sanitisers

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  19. There were so many brands that just popped up during Covid offering sanitizers of all sorts. Important to know what ingredients are poisonous or don't have futile effect on the virus. I stick with the brands I can trust. And still read the labels!

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  20. I always wondered about what the alcohol percentage should be for hand sanitizer. Keep staying safe and positive!

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  21. These are some great tips when it comes to Hand Sanitizer, especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic! Thanks so much for sharing this information.

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  22. such products are very useful and yes there is a lot to keep in mind for proper usage. I work from home for a long time but I do miss the ability to spend some time 'in the field"

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  23. I try to use soap and water mostly. I do use hand sanitizer at work.

    I haven't put a tree up yet. I can't even get in the mood.

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  24. This pandemic has been crazy, for sure! I haven't started decorating for Christmas yet.

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  25. I've been washing my hands like crazy. I'm so happy to be moving on from retail. I got the non profit job! It pays well, has perks, and for now it's mostly remote.

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  26. I mainly use soap and water but keep sanitizer in the car for when I can't.

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