New Year, New Habits

The new chair is calling! Starting some new habits. I had decided to read the Bible backwards this year. Meaning that I will start with Revelations and work backwards. So the first thing each morning is setting in the chair, in my spa robe, after my shower, writing a prayer in my journal and reading a couple of chapters. Seems to set the direction proper for the day. Then from there I will do a blog if I have chosen it is to be a blog day.

Another new habit is going to the grocery store on Monday nights for the weekly grocery needs and bringing Monday night’s dinner home. I told George last week when we went it was really nice to do it that way. We didn’t have to interrupt our weekend and we would meet at home and head out and get what we needed together and we would pick up rotisserie chicken, already cooked for our dinner that night, a salad kit, and some sort of quick side – maybe a microwavable veggie or a quick can a beans on the stove. Both Publix and Kroger have roasted chickens. Not sure about Walmart, but we will throw Walmart into our rotations. I look forward to the rotisserie chicken. It’s so tender and good for us.

The next new habit is our eating better and making healthier choices. Having George on board really makes a difference. It’s hard to eat healthy if your spouse is not interested. So when I was mentioning possible potato salad at the deli last night, he was silent except to say “you can get what you want”. Sometimes that is our way of saying no not for me but you get whatever. So I quickly realized my mistake and said we could eat something else healthier. So perhaps we can help each other make better decisions. Will I stay away from potato salad forever? No way, but healthy food can be just as appetizing if we find a meal we like and create new habits and apply an 80/20 rule of eating healthy versus splurging.

I also tried to pick dressings that were not filled with canola oil. I picked avacado oil types and we will try that. I’m not sure what the healthier dressings are other than olive oil ones homemade. What types do you buy that taste good? I bought a bottle for work and home. They are pricier but if it keeps you from gaining weight, it’s worth it.

I’m also back on the morning shakes again with the company I use. Just really trying to get back in the habit of that. Not only did they help me lose weight before, but they put the nutrients into my body. I’ve had quite a bit of inflammation and pain this week from weeks of overeating, eating bad things, eating fast food and being spotty with the vitamins as we have been so busy and off our routines. The impact of the shakes are pretty immediate. The thing is they are good. I just have a problem having a cold breakfast in the winter! But on those mornings I just have to have eggs I will have that. But everyday may not be good to have eggs due to the cholesterol factor. Peoples bodies are different.

Here’s one of my daily calendar pics this week. I think I do pretty good at creating my own paradise. lol Always looking for ways to “make my world better”.

Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Pain

This week I’ve had extreme heel and ankle pain. It started coming back from Texas. I think it’s also because I had over a week of not wearing my crocs. I have to have crocs when I’m running around the house on my feet. They support my plantar fasciitis. I had completely recovered wearing the crocs and have kept it up thru the years. But just a week of not wearing them has completely ruined that. In reading up on it, it can take 6 to 18 months to get it back right where it’s not hurting every time you get up in the morning or get up from sitting. This time the ache has been so bad that it radiates inward to the bone. So I’m having to make sure I have on my crocs and I guess it’s just going to hurt for a while. Then my right arm hurts too when we have to much sugar and I don’t get enough nutrients. It’s like a warning bell!

So I think the shake and eating right will help all that too.

I really want to start having some more tea. I may invest in a kettle again. Our microwave is well – just stupid. It doesn’t work appropriately. We need a new one. I suppose it would be silly to get a kettle though if we need a new microwave anyway. It only takes 1.5 to 2 minutes to heat up a cup of water to throw a tea bag in. Our microwave buttons don’t do what they are supposed to. You have to keep hitting random buttons to make it work. And it won’t quit beeping once it starts until you go over and hit random buttons. For now we are dealing with it. George bought it. Not sure if it has a warranty. Not sure he has the receipt or whatever. I’m sure it’s probably just expired. But I think it’s about time for another one. If not though, I’ll be getting a kettle for tea so I can avoid having to “fight” with the microwave when I need a cup of hot water. Yeah I could boil water on the stove, but the kettle would be cuter. lol. No worries. This is not important right now. But the thought of putting a kettle on brings a cozy thought.

Speaking of cozy. Roger was sleeping good. He sleeps good sometimes in the evenings when he realizes his pack is there. He really must miss us during the day if it is a day we are both gone.

Technology Woes and Updates

Well this morning my email with AOL is not wanting to send. It says my “server” is not working. I’m getting mail but can’t send. I’m rolling my eyes right now. I hate it when things start to go wrong and you don’t have time to deal with it. I’ll have to fight that battle when I get home I guess. Maybe it’s just a faulty email address but that is not the message I’m getting. The first thing to do is REBOOT and then see!

I’m waiting til the next weekend to order my back up drive. Then when it comes in I’ll download Big Sur and then see what else I need to do. A little nervous about all that but it’s been enough time that I think most everything I use will work. But that remains to be seen!

Itching to work on the next movie but I want to get the back up drive and update first. Then I will need to order another one just to house my iMovie and iMovie files on so they won’t be on my iMac and slow it down. This is a process and one I’ve been meaning to do for a while. When I asked Santa for it, I thought I’d be getting it for Christmas. George thought it wasn’t an exciting gift I think. But I feel bad spending the $$ for it all. We did reason with ourselves last night though. We normally are very active, going to concerts, out to eat constantly, shopping and such and we mostly are at home now and so naturally we channel that energy and $$ toward whatever we are doing here. So I’ll go ahead and get these things accomplished and get it OFF my very long list! That all starts this weekend. Gotta love progress. I sure do.

The Big Sur update takes more space/memory so I think it’s important to go ahead and make these changes. And apple provides security updates so I want the most secure. So I’ll be working on all that soon!

Ya’ll have a big day! It’s payroll day for me. And taxes and year end processing will be on the back burner for about a day and a half until I get the payroll and after payroll stuff done. Then I’ll have half of Wed, and two very long days out of Thurs and Friday to focus on getting it done. If I have to I can work Saturday but honestly I don’t think I’ll have to. I mean if anything had to be paid in on a Saturday it would post late anyway as banks are not open. I will be mean cuss if I have to work Saturday. So lets all hope not! I don’t prefer to be a mean cuss, but if I don’t get my rest and rejuvy, get my laundry done, my house in order, and work on personal things I need to work on then we ALL have to deal with the consequences! And it ain’t perty to deal with me when I’m off my schedule! lol It is what it is. That is something about me that is likely not to change!

Night Out and She-Haven Before and After Pics

We had the nicest time with my BIL and SIL going to their house for drinks and appetizers and then heading out to dinner at Chop House in Hendersonville, TN. We laughed at how our 6:30 reservations and the darkness made it seem sooooo late for us “old folks”. My BIL was turning 60 so we lived it up!

The fireplaces and ambiance made the place a wonderful spot for a 60th birthday celebration. We had a nice steak dinner, most of us getting Prime Rib.

As packed as the place was (after this pic was taken) one would not have been able to determine that we lived in a COVID world. Matter fact, I, myself, forgot to restock my purse with a mask. When we were back from TX I removed all of them from my purse for a wash, and totally zonked out at putting one back in my purse. The freshly washed ones all went back into my Work Bag since that is usually where I go these days. So….

When I exclaimed I’d forgotten my mask, my SIL said, “Oh I have lots”. I said, “well let me borrow one and I’ll give it back”. She handed me one with “Coffee” all over it and I teasingly said “wait, I may not WANT to give this one back”. She said “oh you can have it”. I said “I was only teasing – well not really! I love it.” She insisted I keep it. I absolutely love it! She made it and said she had made lots more. So cute. I cannot think of anything more appropriate for me to wear as a mask!

Yes I have on make up. It felt good to apply make up yesterday. Really I wore it to film in but knew we were going to dinner anyway.

We ordered dressed eggs with bacon. They accidentally placed two orders so they brought us another plate, lol. George said “I hope they do that to our drinks!” LOL

We had cocktails as the bottles of wine were pretty “up there”. Since my drink was so big – I didn’t need but one. It was a drink called “Reasoning with a Hurricane”. Leave it up to me to order a “weather” drink. The only reasoning I needed after that one was to find some sleep! After that drink and a steak I was ready for bed. LOL

The prime rib was excellent. This was a “medium” order. I think maybe it was medium rare, but I ate it and it was good.

BIL got a half price birthday dessert and we split it 4 ways. (Gone are the days of a free one? You can’t argue with half price though during COVID days. Nice of them to offer THAT!)

The She-Haven Before and After

I worked really hard on the She-Haven the last two days. Are you ready for the before and after? It’s not TOTALLY finished but I will show you more pics as I add the “final touches” – which is a table, a throw, a colorful pillow, and I will add another floor lamp to the room b/c I moved the one by my desk to be able to have a reading light in the chair. I miss the light by my desk now, but no fret – those floor lamps are cheap at like $29.99 at Target. Yep it’s on order.

BEFORE / CORNER 1

AFTER / CORNER 1

So it will look better when the throw and the pillow are added and the side table and would honestly have taken a better pic if it were sunny out and not night. Since “functionality” played a part I tried not to hyperventilate over the “whiteboard” where it is. It’s a “thinking” corner too so I left it there. Started to move it but it would just start an avalanche of other moves. I decided to just be happy with it. The white board is easy to access there.

BEFORE / DESK and CORNER 2

AFTER / DESK and CORNER 2

Not a lot of change. The floor lamp is missing and the rug is scooted back. Area cleaned up a bit. And you can see a table on the left wall that I moved around.

BEFORE / CORNER 3

AFTER / CORNER 3

Not a huge noticeability here. Since I had functionality as a goal for the office, I decided that having camera equipment in the corner was totally OK. I can quickly grab it without a lot of fuss. I got rid of the plastic drawers. I put the “Choose Happy” in the den for now as it’s slightly off the colors of my office. It’s more the colors of my blog, lol. I decided I really needed to keep the plastic filing system as that is convenient for me and I can keep important papers as well as some “idea files”.

I left the 5 lbs of fat on the table to remind me that even losing 5 lbs is that much gone! I also decided that despite how the silver table kinda stands out – I really need it and it provides function so I am keeping it in the room. I think it worked better here than I thought it would. And the files fit underneath it and that made me really happy.

BEFORE CORNER 4

AFTER / CORNER 4

SO of course the Christmas stuff has been removed and the chair put in it’s spot. Roger’s bed had been improved, that plastic drawer as mentioned is gone. The last two pics overlap a bit. Notice I added a fisherman’s hook or whatever that thing is by the Cafe pic. I went shopping downstairs for that one.

Yes there is a guitar in the picture. We have more guitars than we do rooms with corners, LOL. I may ask if I can switch it to a different one though that will go with the room more!

I LEFT THE CLOSETS OPEN FOR A REASON.

I needed the shelves to be part of my office extension.

Ooops I forgot to get a before shot of the closet in a photo. I did in my video version for the vlog but anyway, here is the AFTER.

The top shelf remains George’s. I need to move his microphone up but hey, maybe I’ll use it sometime, LOL. I need to move some things around still on that middle shelf but it has my Canon box which is empty and not really needed but I keep the boxes to my equipment and devices most of the time. My letters for my message board – OH the sign is in the floor and I need to hang it up but decided to wait til floor lamp comes in so the floor lamp doesn’t block it. My weights I left in here b/c the rug in the middle of the floor can provide an exercise spot! I can do a YouTube video.

So….that lower shelf – on the left is my laptop – windows based. Sometimes if we travel or I want to just sit in a chair instead of a desk, I’ll use it instead of my iMac. It also has Paint Shop Pro on it. So I’m keeping it. And the little basket has greeting cards. The middle basket is just device accessories for phone, earbuds, my older camera, etc.

Here’s some pics.

The larger basket holds just some office supplies – sticky notes, push pins, clips, command strips and book marks. I don’t use a lot of office supplies for what I do in here but needed someplace to put a few things.

Don’t laugh at the mess. But I put the shopping bags from like Target, Walmart, etc in this “world bag” to use as trash bags for my little silver trash can in the office. This was supposed to be a laundry bag, but my goodness, it wouldn’t hold even a day’s worth of dirty clothes hardly. So I needed a different use. Wish I didn’t have to have my off season clothes in here but they have to go somewhere! And this is easy.

I’m pretty happy the way it all turned out.

I watched a show and had a small pizza at lunch sitting in my chair!

I read some too in Kate Chastain’s Lucky Charming book about being a stewardess in the yachting/boating industry. I think I’m watching Sailing Zatara on YouTube above. I didn’t realize what on earth was on my iMac screen when I took the pic! LOL They are so funny on that show but the recent one they were dodging a hurricane.

Today was productive otherwise. I had synergy in the day – meaning it all flowed together. Laundry, ironing, taking Christmas stuff downstairs, working on the office, got nails and toes done, Target order done, and got the telephoto lens ordered this weekend. Also opened my new filters George got me and made sure they fit the lens. They fit the one that came with the camera kit which is the main one that is good to shoot from – as far as a general lense is concerned for most uses – it doesn’t fit the wide angle but the wide angle I mainly use indoors anyway. I feel accomplished getting things done and in order and in control. We had just been away for two Saturdays and the ones before that were all Christmas related and just busy.

So it feels really good to be able get all this done!

And it’s not the most beautiful office in the world, but it’s my office. It’s my She-Haven and I’m happy with my Space. It’s set up to serve a purpose! My “corner” will look even better when the table, throw, and pillow arrives. They yellow pillow matches my yellow desk chair and will tie the room’s colors together.

Ahhhhh, now to download Big Sur, but have to get the back up drive first. Then after that I can start on the next video.

Ya’ll have a wonderful Monday ahead.

Working on my “She-Haven”!

I have some cute little photos I know you will want to see with our Little Roo’s eyes open and alert. I might have taken a screen shot of Katy’s Instagram, lol!

George has already given out all of his cigars. Bubble gum of course!

Our other baby is still hanging on. He needs grooming. We have not addressed that yet. He needs pretty immediate grooming on his nails and hair but an appointment around here is usually 30 to 60 days out unless you are off during the week. I keep hoping George will get to work from home some and be able to take him somewhere. They have to be gentle with him and be careful that he is scooped up from behind and not picked up from the middle like most tend to do. He is a long dog with some back issues when not picked up from a scoop up from behind. He gets anxiety when going to the groomer and having someone new pick him up. He shakes all the way when he realizes we are going (I guess he knows the routes). It’s sad to watch so we have not groomed him in a while. But we at least need to get his nails done and while we are at it, should let them cut his hair I guess. This is probably becoming urgent.

So my chair came in. Out of all the things I’ve wanted for several months, I think this tops the list. I’ve been so excited to be able to order and anxious to set up the office with this chair! I’m like a kid with a new toy. It may sound boring but this opens up the window for a lot of things – mainly study, reading, and learning time. For some reason I just wanted THIS SPOT and THIS SPOT ONLY in my little nest back here. I’ve looked forward to this for a long time and it will make my office complete. Well, one can hope, LOL!

So now the fun begins to figure out where all the other stuff is going to go! lol. I have already taken the before pics and I will show you the before and after pics once it’s all in place. I’m also going to do some video with it and do a vlog video for the YouTube on it. I’ve not stressed over vlogging and videos but I’m itching to get back into doing another iMovie. When you are over 50 you kinda forget what videos you took, lol. I’m going to have to start on the next one before long. But I need to get my workspace set up for it. I also need to get the update on the iMac done and get the back up drive in and do a back up first.

I feel so bad. I’ve spent a lot of money and I’m not through yet. But….I will do my best to be cheap the rest of the year! I’ll have enough to keep me busy for sure. I’ve bought the chair – most of it paid for with Christmas and Birthday money. I just bought the little table to go beside it – for $40.

How could I not. The wood is the same color as my desk and the fabric the same as the chair. It was meant to be. Maybe it will come with the cat? I need a little buddy! lol

George had me to order my Canon telephoto lens, which for now should complete my lens set for what I need! That took some research! If I become a professional I can upgrade, but that is a long way off if ever. I really just needed equipment for my blog and vlog and personal needs and I believe this will do it. I got the wide angle lens for Christmas and then the zoom lens for Birthday. I think I have all the avenues covered except maybe someday macro shooting might be fun. But hey let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Someday I will need a windmuff/Rode microphone – but not needed unless I’m going to be doing a lot of vlogging outside. I figured if we traveled more I would need it then. Til then, I’ve mainly been just muting sound on outside scenes and playing music and doing voiceovers and hoping for non-windy days. As I do more outside shots I’ll invest in this. It’s not expensive. I do need to get a light ring to provide some extra lighting though. I will start with that. They are pretty cheap, but I will wait a week or two or a month to get it since right now I’m catching up on life and not doing a lot of filming. I think those light rings are about $30 ish. So no biggie.

Since I’ve spent so much I have decided to put off doing mani/pedi until March. That saves a bit. I also ordered a handbag and shoes from Marleylily. And with monograms! I thought it was cute. Katy has a purse like this I’ve ordered her for Christmas or Birthday (can’t remember since they are on the same day).

I hope these are comfortable, because after monogrammed if they don’t fit then…oh well.

I wanted these so bad – but decided I really didn’t need them.

I’m not sure I totally needed the other shoes either but I don’t really like the color of the beige casual tennis shoes I have. They are too light and more off white and don’t match a lot so I convinced myself that I needed those tennis shoes above. They are fancy enough to wear to work with business casual sweaters and tops.

I have hiking boots, some every day boots that are leather and durable and good in the rain, and I also have some rain shoes but they are not comfortable and I hardly wear them. The rain boots have been hard to fit and that was another deterrent. So I let these go. I am usually not in the rain/mud much anyway! But they are a cute fashion statement. Bought the time I’d buy them they’d go out of style right? lol.

So I need to get a lot done today. I need to shower and get ready for my photo shoot here putting the office together. I have NO IDEA how I’m going to move stuff around. But I’m an organizer by heart and I will figure it out. I need for this office to fit my needs and be functional so I’ll keep that in mind. I will try NOT to spend anymore $$ on it, but I can’t say that I might not need some storage bins/options. We’ll see. lol

I will keep you posted through my January projects! I wish I could get paid for just being me FULL TIME! I have a lot of fun just doing things I want to do. Don’t we all? How cool would that be to get paid to just fiddle around in your house all day. I need to work on that. Only 4 years left til Retirement. Unless I write a major book that is a best seller, or the YouTube channel is such a big hit I have to do it Full time, LOL LOL! Yeah probably need to keep the day job for another 4 years. We’ll see. lol

Speaking of that day job, I didn’t have to work today. EVERYONE has busted butt – sorry that is kinda our expression – but we have. The bosses said they are happy where we are. I could not have gotten done what I got done if I hadn’t had help and trained someone to do some of my job. That person had the time so it worked out. I’m grateful! Thankful to my bosses for letting me go meet my grandson. I keep saying that but truly I’m thankful to have been able to keep my job for needing to leave at a horrible time. That said there are very few good times, I must note, but this was great and we all worked hard and made it happen. I can’t speak too early though, we still have a busy week ahead. But things are progressing better than I’d hoped. I was given information I needed ahead of time that I normally get it I believe and that helps us to meet our goals. I am also grateful not to have to work today. It was really impacting my mood in a big way. I think mainly just because we’ve not had a lot of free time in several weeks. Certainly the last TWO Saturday’s we were gone on the trip itself. Before that we were getting ready for the trip and dealing with coming off of Christmas. We are still dealing with coming off of Christmas, lol!

So I’m excited about the New Year and the new grandson, and excited to work toward some of my goals! Major goals include bible study, writing projects, video projects, photography, YouTube channel growth, having some fun excursions, working on health goals, spiritual goals, and maybe a few financial goals to aid in some of the dreams I have! Anyway it’s all very exciting. But just getting the foundations into place. And if I die before my goals are met at least I’ll have enjoyed trying to meet them! Sometimes it is sad to know that our time here on earth passes so quickly. I have so many things I want to do. I need some more good years to add to the calendar to be able to do them all. But oh well. I figure what doesn’t get done on earth, will get to be done in heaven. You know if God has a world built for us that is better than this one – it’s going to be amazing the adventures we will have.

But for now, I’m gonna go climb that mountain – that mountain of getting my office fixed up so I can write, dream, play, learn, and be creative! My She Cave is coming together. Well Cave is not a good word. Let’s call the She Haven! 😉 yeah I like that!