Mother’s Day Update, Contract on Mom’s House, and Upcoming Hair Cut

We had a nice Mom’s day. A few more errands to run and George had booked us a Mother’s Day Buffet at MoCara’s in Lebanon which used to be one of our favorite restaurants until they shut down in Covid. Now they do catering and events only. It’s an event venue now. Hoping the restaurant comes back, especially as we will be spending more time in Lebanon. We were already spending time in Lebanon anyway before Mom picked a house to be built there. We are on the edge of Mount Juliet and Mom is on the edge of Lebanon so we are going to be 15 min away once the house is built. I’ve grown to love that area more and more.

Here was a pic I took inside MoCara’s. There were people all around but there was this one spot I felt comfortable taking a pic of.

In true Tennessee fashion, we had a build up of storms that came across in 3 waves across the day. Our radar has been lit up like this off an on all spring. I’ve mentioned before that I’m just “over it”. We have paid our dues! We managed to avoid having to drive in the big storms but here was a snapshot at the radar Sunday evening. Gotta love the Macy’s underwear ad at the bottom, LOL. Go figure.

Spring Storms Continued on Mother’s Day

My gift from Katy came in yesterday. A coffee “tea towel” and a shower spritzer tablet which I used this morning and it made my shower smell so good.

Are You Ready for the News? Contract on Mom’s House!

Mom got 6, maybe 7 offers on the house – I think one came in at the last minute. All or most of them I believe were over asking price. And two of them were SIGNIFICANTLY OVER the asking price, one was cash and one was not – one was with home inspection and one was not. Mom decided which she would take. It was a different choice than George and I would have taken, but she had to pick as it was her decision and she has a good argument for the one she picked. So we were all pleased.

I had tears in my eyes when I saw the offers. The Lord answered our prayers. He is taking care of Mom and seeing that she has what she needs to make this move and to be able to meet her needs. I shed a few tears at the numbers and that God was seeing Mom through. I also shed tears as I know it was a hard day for Mom. While she keeps saying she knows she has to do this and it was her choice, it’s still the place she shared with Dad and had many memories. So a bitter sweet day for sure.

So we are ON to the next steps of planning as we have an idea of closing date and date to be out of the house. We will be reserving a cargo van – if we can get one to increase our load capacity. The packing can now get serious as the house doesn’t have to show anymore so long as this contract sticks. And we can schedule the storage unit now. And begin to see how big of a U-Haul we will need.

We also have to schedule the “Plan Review” on Mom’s new house. We think it will be Monday and this one can be on Zoom. I’ve told them any time and we’ll just let that be our lunch hour. I’ll have to see what time they give us but it needs to be Monday or Tuesday and Tuesday is my payroll closing day so that is not good for me. I mean I could stay later by an hour or come in early – I could make it work if I had to, but it makes it harder of a day as Monday is so much better. I just don’t want the headache of having to deal with it Tuesday. It’s best to just focus on payrolls on Tuesday.

Misc Updates

I bought this sign – the “home sweet home” sign. It comes with 4 different messages. The slip in and out of the side. I was so happy with this find at Tractor Supply for $16.99. I used the ship to store method and didn’t have to pay shipping on it. I wanted it to make Mom feel more special as she stays with us while waiting for her house to be built. I want her to feel welcome here for the time she is here with us and I want it to be a special time for her. I want us to have fun, eat well, laugh often, and be worry free, anxiety free, and we get to enjoy having another dog in the house. Fancy is up there in years. But not in as bad of shape as Roger.

Roger has intensely been sleeping a lot more lately. For two days he has hardly walked, but slept. 😦

He had a little bit of energy when we got home last night. He ate and then crawled back in the bed. I need to wash his blankets again and refresh them for him. I will focus on that tonight.

George fixed little pizzas last night using Naan bread crusts. Oh my gosh they were so incredibly good. They were pepperoni and green pepper.

We have continued to watch “Designated Survivor” and will continue until it is finished. Just a few more shows. Then we will find another to get caught up in. What do you like watching on Netflix?

I get my hair cut tomorrow after work. I’m going shorter! Significantly shorter. I just don’t have the styling time and I need a cut I can just blow dry and go. I’m having to put mine in barrettes and it doesn’t work well. It’s so thick in the back. I’ve taken several screen shots of the ones I like but I’m thinking something like this:

Or like this

I just want to do away with the bob for now and then let it grow back again. I always enjoy the growing out stage from a cut like above to the bob again. And I will schedule the follow up cut for 12 weeks. lol. It seems that it does better when letting it grow out some and cutting it again rather than continuing to keep it shaped. I don’t know why. My only explanation I can think of is that it just gets too choppy with too many layers and as it grows it thickens and just looks better.

This one is nice too but not sure my hair will do exactly that. And honestly not sure I want that much stacking going on in the back. So I won’t show my hair stylist this one so she doesn’t get confused. But I like the sides and top. The stacking thing does not style as well on the sides when it grows out. So I nix this one but I do like body this has below. I’m ok with going back to 90’s hair styles. lol. I just want one that works. I don’t want a “birds nest” though and I don’t really want curls either. Nor frizz. But a cute short cut seems to be back in style some. I’ve been seeing people get them as they come out of Covid.

Here’s a pic of me as I grew out of a shorter cut but before it went into the bob stage.

Makes me want to color my hair again! But I likely will not.

Whatever cut I get, I figure it’ll end up being like the above. I always end up with a Laura Bush cut as that is just how my hair does. lol

Video update? Yep, it’s almost finished. I just have to go through it one more time and check audio levels and lighting levels, do the thumbnail and post. I think I’ll have it up and loaded by the weekend. Yippee Yay. Warning though. It’s about 22 minutes. That is about all I could cut for the video to make sense. So get your popcorn ready and your patience, lol.

Then I’ll need to go through and set up some more video files. I have lots of videos to do, but my iPhone photo/video file is getting full and I need to drag them over and get some off my phone!

Ya’ll have a good Tuesday. Be back in a couple of days. It works well to share video/blog time in the mornings – every other day. That way I get my video fix in.

Take care. Thanks for reading my updates!

Spring Planting, Front Porch Decor, and a Steak Dinner

Happy Mother’s Day out there! What a fun weekend always. Yesterday we went to Needham’s Nursery to get plants for the porch and mail box planter. Also George got a pepper plant and a couple of other herbs.

I love the old dogs that laze around the place. Last year we didn’t visit Needham’s and I think it was the first year in many that we hadn’t. You can thank this past year’s situation for that one.

Such a friendly but sleepy little fella! His tail wagged just a little when I petted him.

We also went to Lowe’s to get some picture hanger hooks for a brick wall and a couple of planters for the front porch. While there we got to meet this cutie pie below, Sadie I think was her name. Anyway she is a “party yorkie” because of all her colors. Sweet doggie! Love, love, love the furry face!

We also went to a yard sale and I got some good cookbooks.

And we went to three grocery stores: Kroger, Aldi, and then Houston’s our butcher shop.

Once home, we were a little hungry and had a snack of smoked salmon on cream cheese with horseradish on toasted rye. George added capers to his.

That was a slice of heaven on toast!

We then set about to plant. George was so helpful. He drilled drainage holes in the planters I bought. I didn’t buy expensive ones. I bought plastic that look like terra cotta ones. He also put the dirt in there for me with a shovel so I didn’t have to haul the big bag up there. That was sweet of him to do for me.

So I could see Little Bit, the cat, eyeing this and thinking to himself, “hmmmm Momma’s making me a new bed”. So I put skewers in there to keep the cat out. I think once they get full I can pull them out. lol. I just wanted Mom to have some nice little hearty zincas to look at while on the porch.

George also used the brick holder and hung the “welcome to our HOME” sign. However, this morning it was banging in the wind against the brick so I had to bring it in so it wouldn’t blow down the street in today’s storms. LOL. So he is going to have to screw it into the brick the hard way. Oh well. It looks really good, but the third time is a charm I hope. The first time I leaned it against the wall and it doesn’t look good that way. Go figure. Everyone else bought the more expensive one and that is why theirs works. I bought the cheap one and we have to go to the worlds end to get it to work. I should have paid $25 dollars more and just bought the heavy one that leans against the wall and was easy. But in the end, honestly, I like the looks of this much better than the ones that lean! Once it’s hung permanently.

I also added the stool there for Mom to put her drink. Or me my wine! lol. George said he reserved the right to come borrow that stool as he uses it a lot. I was just trying to keep from buying a little table.

George also cut some rosemary for drying. There is so much of it.

The rhododendrons are blooming and so pretty. I rested for a few minutes after we got back and put groceries up and after planting the zinca. It was nice to sit there for a few minutes and rest and enjoy their beauty.

Somehow I managed a couple of loads of laundry. But the neighbor that just moved in next to us let us know he was finished with the boxes and was letting us have them to move Mom. He had bought some of them so we asked if we could pay him for it but he would not allow it. That was really kind. He also let us borrow two big tubs that he said they used to move cookware as it was sturdy. And we will give those back to them when we are finished.

Then Katy faced timed us and we got to talk to Little Roo. They were smoking some chicken wings outside and hanging out and had Little Roo at the edge of the garage to avoid the heat and wind. He’s a cutie pie.

George fixed us a great dinner last night. Steak, salad, and rice, and mushrooms. I don’t like mushrooms but I like the juice he cooks it in and I ate one!

And that’s A1 on the side. I either like A1 or Heinz 57.

And that’s it for yesterday’s activities. I’ve managed to get some laundry done but I still need to do some ironing. I have some more things to order on Amazon for some upcoming things but I did get my Vit B ordered and a swim suit. Life is just a little crazy right now. Just trying to keep my head above the water.

We have some Mother’s Day activities today. My gift from Katy arrives on Tuesday she said. So we’ll call it Mother’s Day week. 😉 The week ahead will be busy for sure: Mom’s offer deadline and decisions, a hair cut, my 2nd Covid shot, George visits with his friends Jack and Ron, and then probably a big weekend of packing/moving as long as there is a contract on the house because at that point we can start packing the things that are visible as the house will no longer be showing.

And now for rant time:

I have some pain aching above my right breast, almost to the side near my underarm- but I think it’s more like muscle pain, likely from all the lifting yesterday of the groceries. When I flex my arm as if I’m lifting it hurts, like a muscle does. So I don’t think it is heart issue. But I couldn’t find my acetaminophen. I keep buying it and it keeps disappearing! I know I have some at work but I’m at home. I thought we had two bottles of it and now neither are here. Things like this drive me bananas! Nothing stays put ever except what you want something to be moved – then there it sits for a lifetime decaying. :-O I took aspirin, it was the only thing I could find. I put Acetaminophen on the list for the 3rd time in about as many months. I rarely take it so I don’t know where it goes. I have one bottle at work. I thought I had one in my work bag – not there. For someone that is so organized when things go missing it drives me bananas. Also this morning we had to find a cook book I wanted and neither of us could find it. Finally George checked a shelf for the 5th time between us and there it was.

Anyway, off to get going with today and our plans. It’s supposed to storm today – yeee ha. I’m so blue in the face tired of the storms this season. We have had so many. I think we have paid our dues for all the good weather we have had already. I’ve asked God to please weaken them. Let us please enjoy Mother’s Day without being tossed about by the wind and rain! And Lord please help the pain go away! I don’t need this right now. Ok Rant over.

Resetting and Focusing on the To Do List with Focus Matrix App

If you have been following my blog long, you know I use the Focus Matrix App for my To Do List. It has the 4 quadrant method for organizing your To Do’s and it’s easy to reprioritize them and check them off, delete them, and add new ones.

I don’t know what I would do without this app. I believe it was a small fee to be able to have this cross over to another device and it’s been well worth it so that I have it on my Mac and also on my iPhone. This totally keeps me settled and true to the app’s title, it keeps me focused. I use the four quadrants a little differently than they suggest. They have categories based on the quadrant method of to do list from long ago back when you took a pen and a legal pad and made a cross on the page with the following categories: Important and Urgent, Important but Not Urgent, Not Important but Urgent, and Not Important and Not Urgent. I tend to get confused by the Not Important But Urgent field. If something is Urgent, to me it becomes important to get done so…….I ended up doing my own version.

My version is a little more simple. It’s just mainly in order by what needs to get done first including what I want to do first. The pink list IS my urgent “do first” list. The green, is sidelined but will slide over to the pink side once there is an opening! Ha! Skipping the Blue for now. The grey one is “next to never” – just things to do some day and as they become more important or doable in the near future time frame, I’ll move it up the list to the green or the pink.

The blue section? Well I decided to put dishes I wan’t to make here. Mainly so I don’t forget about them. They may stay there for months until I get the hankering to do it, lol! But I will move it into the list as time approaches and I’m ready to do it. For now my to list is so big that I don’t want cooking items taking up precious “to do” space! LOL LOL

The phone version gets all squashed up but you can scroll each section up and down so you can see the entire list. I mainly use it on my Mac as I’m at home when I do my planning for the most part. I also have just a regular planner I keep with me at all times. While I work I jot down things that pop into my brain, and I usually have it with me for appointments and other plans. I just CANNOT convert to a virtual calendar. I like looking at the week at a glance. I guess it’s just what I’m used to. And I use the planner to make “sub lists” for that day like “refill vitamins, stop at the store, bring Kleenex to work tomorrow” and so forth.

I usually “REFOCUS” the week ahead using my Focus List. I spent the weekends also DOING those things on the TO LIST and then resetting it for the following week. I usually don’t put housework on the list – but if I’m so “list intense” and having issues fitting housework in – I will put it on the list so I don’t over look it. Sometimes we get so busy I have to put it on the list to make sure it gets done! But we are home this weekend so I’m not going to forget to get the laundry done or vacuum. I’ll do my normal weekend routines.

So all that said. I refocused this morning! I know what I need to do and in what order.

It is nice to have two weekend days at home, and we are running around doing errands and having a Mom’s Day weekend here at home.

Mom’s House Update

Numerous people have toured in the last two days. More this weekend. The deadline for the house bids are Monday at 1:00. We were shocked that Mom has to have a decision made by Monday at 3:00. The realtor had not explained that to Mom. The receptionist or the assistant mentioned it in their conversation leaving Mom with all kinds of questions. George called the realtor back and he apologized for not explaining that to her. (Helloooooooo, is that not important?). We were all shocked that she only had 2 hours to make a decision on an offer! But that is the way the ball bounces.

So the realtor is going to include both of us in the emails. (Let’s see if he remembers!) As Mom wants George and I in the decision making process. So George and I are taking late lunches and will be discussing these offers with Mom. If Mom doesn’t answer by 3 the bids expire. A different real estate world for sure these days. It would have been nice if this had been explained before the house listed so one would know what to expect. I think the real estate agent needs a check list of things to go over with the seller. A big oopsie on that one on his part. But he has promised to call Mom today and explain to her the process. Anyway, the good news is people are interested. I’m praying that Mom has some good offers and that she will have enough to be able to get the new house and to be able to meet her needs. That is really all we ask and if the Lord wants to reward her over that, then He may. She is a widow and a Christian so I hope that He does!

Meanwhile in TX

River is 4 months old now! I think he is outgrowing his 3 to 6 months clothes now! Wow. And he ROLLED OVER! In this shot below I think you can get an idea of his “adult face” here. His face looks so grown up in this shot below.

It’s just a few weeks away from the day I can pick this little boogar up and love on him.

So……I am behind on the videos this year for sure, and haven’t had time to work on finishing this one. I’m going to try to get it done in the next few days? Why? So I can start on the next one. I’m truly sorry for being so behind. But it’s been an unexpected year. Last year we had all this TIME to sit around and do things like that. This year has been overload on steroids all of a sudden.

So on to getting things done. About to get a shower and head out with George for some our Saturday errands.

Take care!