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  • Writer's picturePhyllis Rose

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day the movie, not February 2nd…we're living the same day over and over in Covid-land. More than you know, we appreciate you for trusting us safely into your homes to provide cleaning services during this time. Because of you we are happily entering our 25th year in business.

When Carl Rose started Rose Carpet Cleaning in 1997, the movie "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray and Andie Macdowell was already four years old. You know the rest…As a weatherman (Bill Murray) Phil, was trapped in a time warp on the worst day of his life, experiencing the same day over-and-over-and-over.

But what if Groundhog Day syndrome meant experiencing the best day of your life every day? In a way, that's how we feel about the past 25 years. Get up, walk the dogs, meet and talk with nice people, schedule cleaning jobs, make people happy—even amaze a few! Come home, walk the dogs. Watch TV. Read a book. Try a new recipe.

And while the past two years have meant a lot more stay-at-home time, we've managed to enjoy life in the following ways:

We discovered Keto Chicken Enchilada Soup, and it's become a family favorite.


2 tsp. Olive Oil

1 red Onion, peeled, finely chopped

2 tsp. Cumin Powder

1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper (or red pepper flakes)

2 Cloves Garlic, peeled, finely chopped

12-16 oz. Shredded Cooked Chicken Breast (or 4 chicken breast, cooked and shredded)

2 tsp. Dried Oregano

3 1/2 C. Chicken Broth

28 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes

1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

Salt and Pepper, to taste

2 Slices Tomato, halved to garnish (even better, green tomato, diced)

Cilantro, finely chopped to garnish

1/2 Red Chili Pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped to garnish


1. Chop the red onion and set aside 2 tablespoons to use as garnish.

2. Cook onions and peppers in pan with olive oil until soft and caramelized. Halfway through, add cumin, cayenne and garlic.

3. Meanwhile bring chicken broth and tomatoes to a slight boil. Reduce heat. Add in onions, peppers, plus chicken and oregano. Let simmer for 60 minutes.

4. Garnish with tomato, avocado, cilantro, red chili and red onions and serve.

We made our own Christmas ornaments with nail polish! There are several resources online for how to make these. We bought white ornaments filled a plastic container with warm water and poured in two shades of nail polish. Then used a toothpick to swirl the two colors and dipped the ornaments into the water and hung to dry. Here's the link we used (only we didn't have much luck with using a basecoat)…just mixed two colors of nail polish.

We binge watched "Anne with an E," "Schitt's Creek," "The Queen's Gambit," "Stranger Things," and we loved the documentary "Fantastic Fungi."

And while Phyllis has been reading (and re-reading some) classics, Carl has enjoyed a Christmas gift from a neighbor "Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit" by Lyanda Lynn Haupt and he now wants to become a forest bathing guide!

Anyone up for a safely distanced hike?

We saved 172 hours shopping with Instacart.

And, we did read an article recently predicting that Omicron may be the end of the pandemic. While the virus will never go away, we could see things more back to normal by spring of 2022. That is our hope and prayer for all. Let us hear from you!

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