What I’ve Been Doing This Week

As I enter week 3 of self isolation I now see eating as viable form of entertainment as we all drop to the Internet speeds of 1982.

A new router might help those download speeds.

Netflix has put the brakes on their streaming speed. That mean we’re all sitting at home in front of our high tech, flatscreen, smart tvs watching shows that look like they might actually be in the form of a flipbook.

They stop, they start, they herk, they jerk – you finally give up to scroll through Instagram but realize you only have 2 hours before you should go to bed and that definitely isn’t going to be enough time for a photo to load.

So?  You eat.

Welcome to the new normal. It’s super fattening.

I have now officially accepted eating as a viable form of entertainment. Cooking too. When this whole situation degenerates to the point that I’m doing laundry on a regular basis you’ll know we’re all doomed.

This week I’m giving you a video recap of basically how my week went. 

A brief synopsis; this week I made garlic powder and onion powder – you can learn to grow your own garlic in this post and how to grow onions in this post.  I made chocolate chip cookies, went for morning walks, whipped up an absurdly large pot of macaroni and cheese for one person and helped my mother fix her television. I did this over the phone. 

Betty’s Samsung Frame tv was suddenly talking to her. It wasn’t closed captioning, it was the voice guide that she accidentally turned on in one of her jabbing at all the buttons fit. This is what she, and many of us do when anything computerized won’t do what we want.  Just repeatedly jab at buttons until the device either resolves itself or breaks down entirely in a puff of smoke. 

I also talked with people from a reasonable distance. Like my niece who surprised me in a Say Anything kind of way at the side of my house on Friday morning.


What I've Been Doing This Week

Back to that Internet speed problem. If you KNOW that you need a new router here are two options.  A TP- Link, which is a very good moderately priced router and the more expensive Nighthawk router from Netgear (which I own). 

Have a good remainder of your weekend and if you have any problems with your smart tv, check with Betty. She knows how to fix something like that now.


  1. Gretchen SExton says:

    BEST video of the 2nd week of covid quarantine!!! Just perfect.
    You. Rock.

  2. Teresa says:

    This is the best video you’ve EVER made.
    Thank you!!!

  3. Luanne Christensen says:

    Best ever video. 😊 Highs and lows.

    Stay healthy!

  4. Jenna Hill says:

    “Just click it!” LOL

  5. Here in northern MN, I am without power from a big dumping of heavy, tho beautiful, snow this morning. I keep thinking, “oh, I can use this” or “I can do that” and of course, I try it, wonder why in the heck it isn’t working, then realize I must be even stupider than I think, since….HELLO…the POWER is off. My husband who is a social butterfly, is like a dog trying to find a place to poop….going around and around in circles…he has no one to visit with since we are under a “stay at home” mandate. And his phone is dead. I better hide mine cause he will eventually ask me if I have any battery left and I will innocently say, “Gosh, I don’t even see it around”….oh mercy…he know wants me to come out to the garage and help him bleed the brakes on an old car….I am afraid there may be bleeding in our future but it won’t be the brakes……

  6. Jody says:

    Betty is the best….’nuff said

  7. Librarian Nancy says:

    Here in Chicago, one of the radio stations is talking about the “Quarantine Fifteen,” similar to the Freshman Fifteen. I just finished binge watching the first season of The French Chef on Amazon Prime (all 25 episodes) so now I think I need to order Julia Child’s cookbook. We are passing jigsaw puzzles among family and friends. Today I am making Alton Brown’s mac & cheese recipe from his Good Eats show on the Food Network. If you need a no-calorie pick-me-up, a UPS driver created a Facebook page called UPS Dogs that has great photos of dogs and other critters (a fawn, a goat, a lamb, a raccoon) that the UPS drivers see. Everybody stay healthy!

  8. Ang says:

    It was CRUEL to show us that absolutely perfect Mac & Cheese… all crunchy and cheesy. I guess I know what I’m having for breakfast!

  9. Darlene E Meyers says:

    In this time of uncertainty I cant tell you how VERY VERY happy I am to see your chickens!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Barb says:

    A huge thank for that video! Smiling and laughing is such good “at home” therapy when it is most needed. Make sure you do a video again the next time Betty calls for help! Stay well.

  11. Marilyn Meagher says:

    Betty is the covid cure. She is seriously funny. I’m afraid to make the Mac and cheese because I clearly do t have your metabolism or your will power.

    • Karen says:

      My metabolism is slowing! And I do not like it one bit. And thanks for continuing to work in the grocery store! I hope you’re all doing O.K. in there and people are behaving. ~ karen!

  12. Kat says:

    I wonder if there’s gonna big baby boom starting in about 8-9 months. ;) lol
    People really should remember, “children are living proof that sex is dangerous.”

    lmao!!! ;’)

  13. Karin says:

    Still too cold for any gardening in Minnesota so I’ll be painting the basement and hopefully decluttering. I also gave the boy a haircut. Which I will now have to completely buzz off because it came out a crooked bowl cut with ridiculously long sideburns. At least no one will see him for a few weeks!

  14. whitequeen96 says:

    I haven’t showered or even brushed my hair for days, but by God, I’ve tweezed every stray hair on my face!

  15. KimS says:

    Oh.My.Gosh. This is my like with my mother!!! I had tears rolling down my face! Thanks for the humor this morning!!

  16. Kirsten says:

    I checked out your{Martha’s} recipe for Mac n cheese. It is similar to my favourite which is Ina Garten”s. Both call for Gruyere cheese which is my fav in almost any baked cheese recipe. You should look up Ina’s it has the addition of sliced tomatoes on top and I know your always looking for ways to use up your tomatoes.

    • Karen says:

      I am! But I’m not sure I can get on board with sliced tomatoes on my macaroni and cheese. :/ My mother however would love it I think. She loves macaroni and tomatoes. ~ karen!

  17. Lynne says:

    Karen, we’re living the same life when it comes to mothers and technology. You’ve given me hope that I actually am NOT destined for hell for getting a little frustrated. “CLICK ON IT!” I’m dying.

  18. Gail says:

    I love the video showing glimpses of your week esp. the chat helping someone w computer assistance.
    I eat, nap, eat, watch virus task force, repeat

  19. Margaret Gove says:

    I started a 1/24 scale dolls house a while ago, so have been working on that. Years ago, when i was younger, and fitter (actually, when iwas 30, and pregnant with no. 2), we bought a large georgian house in Cornwall as a guest house, to do b & b. I am working on a scale model of that, as l can best remember it. I have just stuck on bedroom floor, and am now busy wall papering, and working out electric wires running under flooring. Very therape8, but my arthritic fingers don’t always want to co-operate! Also knitting.

  20. Jacquie Gariano says:

    I’ve been binge watching Netflex…Father Brown, etc and reading and cooking a lot. Desserts sound so good and look so tempting in the cookbook picts. Shameful to say I also keep ordering books on Amazon even though by bedside table (and floor) are loaded. Sad, sad case.

  21. Edith says:

    All I know is that when this is over there will be a run on hairdressers and nail salons. I’ll be first in line!

    • Jacquie Gariano says:

      Me too, I’m on speed dial with mine,,,,really “Just checking to see how you are doing” My daughter has e-mailed her’s to see how to cover her roots….LL

    • Kirsten says:

      God I hope so. I am a hairstylist and had to lay off all my staff and am now doing “Takehome” colour kits so my poor clients can at least do their roots.

  22. Addie says:

    So after being in my pajamas for 3 days, I decided to take a shower AND…get back into my pajamas. My life revolves around “what am I going to eat?” and “I guess I’ll take a nap”.

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