Rain and Storms, Shopping and Eating, and Life’s Updates

Rainy Week for Greater Nashville, TN Area

Wow, it’s true! I’m really sitting here getting to blog. I’ve wanted to do it for a couple of days but life has kept me truly busy.

Sunday. I was under the weather with something I ate and I did not feel like doing anything so ALL of Sunday’s plans ending up getting pushed off until every day after work and spread out across the week.

Monday. After work I went to Belk and Target, looking for capri jeans for me and casual jogger type pants for Mom in capri style or pant style. I found some crop pants that folded over above the ankle for me that were lightweight and good for hot weather. (I only have one pair that fits that is good for summer and I need 3 pair to get me through the week for Fri Sat and Sun). I will have to buy another pair in spring when they come out again. I did find a pair of jean shorts that fit me that came to the knees and that was nice and surprising. They looked good and that will be useful. I’ll try to get a pic of those two things (jeans and shorts) along with the two tops I bought. I have not even had time to take them out of the sack.

I found Mom two pairs of Men’s pants b/c the women’s all were slim fit type of leggings and such. So I’ll see if those will fit. I’d wear the mens if they fit. I thought they were kinda cute. But, sometimes they are cut different. I made sure they didn’t have the demoflitcher male opening section since she did not have any male parts to whip out of it on a whim. I giggled in the mens department while perusing various mens jogger pants picking them out for Mom. I thought she’d get me if I bought home some with “demoflitchers” in the front. I think I just made up a word.

After shopping, there was just enough time to call Mom, eat and go to bed. Dexter slept with me ALL night. 🙂

Items in my Target Haul.

While at Target I enjoyed a brief look around. I found these items (and bought them) in the little bins up front where they have the $1 to $5 items. I love to have decorative items to sit about on the mantle and a few other spots. And these will be great. Many of these items were $1, some $3 and the frame might have been $5. I plan to put Little Roo (grandson) in the frame and use another frame that Little Roo is in for Dexter’s pic. This one below looks a little too “angelic” for Dexter. Oh, and I looked up a pic of the Dexter in the movies or TV shows, and my Dexter’s eyes and smile looks like him. No wonder they named him Dexter. It’s the squared off smile that does it.

Being in the shops sort of put me in the mood for the holidays – fall, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. If you count the weekends til Christmas it’s not enough! lol We’ve got to start now!

Tuesday. I had my hair cut. I had her chop it pretty good. I’ve not been very good at styling it. And I need to be better at it. I protected my front with no bangs added and nothing cut above my ears in the front and she gave me soft layers in the back to ease the heaviness of the back. I did not let her texturize it since my hair is doing some weird curly q things lately. I will know what it really looks like tomorrow after I wash it. I’ll probably try to style it with my heating brush tomorrow. I see how she styled it to get it straight. George said it looked good.

When I got home I had to wrap George’s birthday presents as his Birthday is Friday. He mainly has plans to eat all weekend! LOL. I’ll let you know how it goes and what I got him for his birthday.

I also drove home in a pretty bad storm that got my heart rate up but I prayed and God whispered to just trust Him. So I did. But the wind got up and it hailed and very heavy downpours. I was in the middle of nowhere on this highway.

It was the Blue Dot below – that red cell blew up out of no where.

Tuesday I also decided to change my schedule – kindof on a whim. I have been blogging and vlogging in the mornings and only going in early on Tuesday’s (to make up for mom’s eye appt day once a month). Well with school starting back and people seemingly going back to work – my drive is starting to take almost an hour instead of the 35 min it used to be. It keeps getting worse and worse. I’ve been having to wait in long lines at stop lights, stop signs, and finally Tuesday morning I’d had enough. I don’t have the time to give. So I noticed on Tuesday mornings when I go in early the traffic is so light and it’s such an easier drive. So going in early I’ll also leave early and make the drive home easier. Well 30 min to work and 30 min home. Bam I have an hour back in each day. I’ll still have to work til my normal time on Tuesday’s though b/c of Mom’s doc appt. So this helps with everything! It helps with 1) My time for commute 2) Dexter left alone an hour less in the day. 3) It’ll help me with mom’s afternoon/evening appointments and getting to her after work on the evenings we have plans or places to be 4) Safety factor in traffic because it was kinda becoming unsafe with so many cars and everyone trying to pull out in front of you and so forth. There have been so many snafu’s in traffic lately. I’ve seen some bad things. This makes me happy. I still get my exercise time in though b/w feeding Dexter and shower time. Then I just get ready and go to work and blog/vlog when I get home.

Wednesday. Well. So I began the new schedule today and Dexter was happy to see me. My boss said she didn’t blame me for making the switch. I’m basically working her schedule. I didn’t quite get out in time which is always the risk. But if I work any over the allotted time then I’ll just “bucket” the time to make sure doc appts are covered. My goal is to make sure work time is at least a full schedule. I’ve worked so many hours in the past on the HR job and sometimes in this job that no one really needs to count up the bucket hours – lol – there’s infinity amounts in there, but I figured in case anyone says anything I’ll have my records to prove.

Mom. Her foot is better. We haven’t had crises this week. I’m always thrown off in emergencies and don’t feel like I do a very good job juggling during them. I tend to panic at having to juggle so much. Since everything is on a tight schedule. But God whispered to just take things one day at a time. Because my payroll job has to be done and I worry about that and getting my time in. She had a couple of Amazon orders for me to do and of course trying to find her pants after work. I’ll try Walmart tomorrow after work to see what they have as far as loose fitting jogger type pants. I imagine next week I’ll have to return the Target ones. I’m not getting my hopes up that they will work.

Show’s. We are watching Virgin River’s new season, and also The Bear.

Video Update. Next one is done. I just need to finish the Thumbnail in Canva. And then get it scheduled for Saturday morning at 7:00. As always I’ll come back and give you the link. It’s already uploaded. I am doing all that tonight hopefully. I’ve started it but didn’t get finished. Story of my life. I can never finish anything before I have to be on to something else. The stress of that factor alone disgusts me, makes me mad, and also messes with my nerves b/c I am the type of person to push and push til I make whatever I want to happen, happen. I don’t give up until I am forced to. And I keep lists until forever is finished and until I get done what I need to get done and things have really been stacking up in my days. I just keep rolling over the todo’s and trying and trying again.

Hello Fresh. See for yourself. We did some “upgrades” this week and next for George’s birthday. I picked this week and he picked next week’s. We had Ramen one night and it was very filling with chicken and spinach and the onion crisps on top. I think that is very much worth the upgrade. Actually after so many meals you get some free upgrades anyway so we will take advantage of those.

Here was the steak with smothered onions and baked Brussel sprouts and potatoes with rosemary. This was also an upgrade. Of course steak is an upgrade. It was very good.

Reconstructing Less Hustle More Coffee’s Structure and Set-Up, Improving the Game, Learning Sessions. I’ve been pondering having a day off to work on some things – kind of like a seminar day or just a work zone day, but I’m afraid I’ll be sorry and need it later during the holiday time. But I’m considering having a day off to do all things Less Hustle More Coffee. If I did I would do the following:

  • Work on plans to take the Vlog to the next level – the intentional vlogging – not just about our lifestyle (what is in my photos and videos) but intentionally filmed content. I still want to include the other around it though, lol. It’s just people need to see helpful and meaningful content that will help them. I plan to start this in the 2023 year. But I have to be ready to go! And I want to catch up to more current time. I’m trying! And we are coming into the busy time of the year and it’s very hard.
  • Planning content and filming ideas and setting up a log plan.
  • Finally get the training done on YouTube and Tube Buddy. I have access to so much that I’m not utilizing. I love learning and growing and can’t wait to get to this. Right now it keeps sitting in my to do lists because I cannot get the time w/o a day off.
  • Working and redefining my “niche”. I know what I want to do but I don’t know what to call it. I don’t want to narrow down my niche. I like doing a lot of things but I just need to word my descriptions better and work on the branding of LHMC and how to deliver that to people in social media. People have no idea what I do and what LHMC is. lol
  • Updating photos and descriptions on all platforms for an updated fresher look along with the description: YouTube, Blog, Insta, FB, etc.
  • Work on the new intro including Dexter. I need to go ahead and be collecting the info for this: music, clips, et. I want a new song.
  • Need to carve out some specific schedule time for filming things each week. Maybe in the afternoons now.
  • Future plans.

If I can just get a day to do all this without actually working on a video – I could accomplish so much.

Work. It’s just been crazy busy. On top of already being busy. I’ve not had much time to work on Month End this week but here’s to hoping that tomorrow and Friday are good days to finish it up. If not there is Monday but I don’t like being that close. I will have to ignore everything else until I finish at this point. We’ve just been having to pull a lot of records and print records until we are blue in the face and just have just about not been able to do our regular jobs, lol. So that will have to stop for a couple of days until I finish. Tribe has spoken. lol

Here’s looking out of the parking lot from work as the rain clouds moved in. We had some big rains today.

Little Roo called me today. I miss him so much it hurts. He’s talking up a storm but won’t talk too much when we are on the phone. He gets shy. But he did all the animal noises for me. He is starting to make brief short sentences she says. But you can’t understand him too well.

Upcoming. Well, we have George’s birthday weekend and will be eating out a lot. We also will take Fancy to get her shots. And then Mom wants to take George out for lunch and then I think she wants to go to Aldi. We’ll have to see what she wants to do as she said she can only do one thing at a time. With all her wants and needs and desires, it’ll take us the rest of the year to accomplish them one at a time. Or not. We just can’t go out and do things every day to get them done like I have this week. It’s driven me crazy not having any time the last couple of weeks as I’ve had so much to do after work. But like I said I panic and just need to take one day at a time.

Shingles Shot. I think I’ve decided to get one. I’m afraid my nerves are going to send me into having these and then also I read an article that the shot could help offset Alzheimer’s as it blocks the proteins that create the problems in the brain. At least they think it is. So I’m going to get scheduled for this in our already busy fall schedule. What about you? Did you get the shot series? It’s a series of two.

Well sorry for the long post but if I don’t blog daily anymore it takes longer to catch up and post. I’ll try to post again Friday afternoon. I’m switching my time to blog to the afternoon’s instead of mornings because of the schedule change.

Ya’ll take care and have a great rest of the week.

A Study You Will Be Blessed For Doing that Also Could Save Your Life

You Won’t Be Able to Quit Listening

A blog follower has requested this video. So there are NUMEROUS videos in this study. I’m on 13 or 14 as I do them on the way home from work. God says we will be BLESSED for studying/reading Revelation. Here’s what I know:

  1. As mentioned we will be blessed for reading.
  2. The way it (Revelation) is understood is to refer to other parts of the Bible where it is mentioned and explained in more detail.
  3. The speaker has a very nice accent that I could listen to all day, even if it wasn’t on revelations.
  4. Even if you do not agree with everything he describes, you will still learn so much.
  5. I would recommend taking notes which I can’t do while I’m driving but I so….wish I had.
  6. The person doing this video shares a lot of Greek and Hebrew from the original scriptures before translation, giving meaning to Greek and Hebrew words and roots of words.
  7. You will be amazed.
  8. the Bible says NO MAN will know the day or the hour when Jesus will come – but the Bible didn’t say you couldn’t know the season. There are patterns of time in which God operates as he has throughout history. And well we are living in the times based on past patterns in which it is likely for him to return.
  9. You may have to take a break from this periodically. At is it all very heavy to take in.
  10. You will understand some symbolisms of things you see every day, and there are just a lot of things that will be like “connecting the dots” for you.
  11. It is TIME for you to know, accept, and understand these things.
  12. There will be things that you will notice about scripture that you never noticed before.
  13. This will make you want to reach out and let others know, the urgency is at hand, even though most won’t believe or will deny it.
  14. There are signs that are showing so much of the required things have happened before the end of time on earth and the birth pains have already begun. Everything is speedily heading in this direction.
  15. Soon the Groom will come for his bride, let’s be ready. The Anti Christ will appear and will deceive many.

That is all I will say. I listen to it about 3 to 4 days out of my 5 work days. It’s just very humbling, sad, and yet you are aware and blessed for knowing and understanding. It’s better to know and understand now than much later, when everyone WILL understand whether they want to or not. I want to be part of the rapture (or go before hand) and be saved from the events that come after that. We don’t want to be here when that happens. And yet so much of it is already happening on a much lighter scale.

Errand Running for Mom, Signs in the Universe, and Dexter Learned a Bed is for Sleeping

Friday went well at work. I was finally left alone enough to be able to make some progress toward Month-End. And also finished the one return that was left for Quarter End. Friday night we had lobster ravioli in a homemade butter, lemon, wine sauce that George made. It was 5-star quality.

Saturday Morning Errands

Saturday morning I made the breakfast above. You can’t see the fried eggs but I made fried eggs, bacon and biscuits – which I had butter and cinnamon honey on mine. I have not made breakfast in a long time and decided we should use these ingredients up. I was up at 4:30 as Dexter was whining and hungry. He slept with me from 2:30 to 4:30 and was really wanting me to get up at my normal weekly time. So I didn’t get to sleep in. George let me sleep a lot the last few weekends so I let him sleep this time. Getting up so early I get a LOT done, and more time to play later.

After cleaning the kitchen and getting several loads of laundry done, I left to go to Publix to get the fruit Mom wanted and some peanut butter. She later texted and had me add bacon bits and pecans. I also bought my grocery needs – everything except the cold or freezer items. Those will have to wait as I wasn’t going directly home. Then I went to KFC to get a bucket of chicken. Mom had wanted us to eat lunch with her and I told her I wasn’t sure about our timing (mainly wasn’t sure as I had not talked to George and it depended on the weather and timing and his intentions for yard work). I didn’t want to box us in for plans and then have to change them or commit to them. Sometimes it is nice just to NOT have plans, you know. But as it turned out – we ended up eating some with her. I had a piece of chicken and a tablespoon of potatoes and tablespoon of slaw. I didn’t eat any biscuits. The more we could leave for Mom the better, for at least another meal.

George met me out there with Mom’s car so we could drop that off and I got her mail, we ate some KFC, took her trash out, cleaned her guest toilet. She is still hurting when she walks. But her foot is better. George brought Dexter with him and Dexter likes Fancy but Fancy being an older dog and not feeling too good is in NO mood for Dexter. She showed her teeth which only made Dexter want to toy and play with her. Before I got there, Dexter pounced on Mom’s sore foot. So George had to keep Dexter on a leash. Dexter would knock Mom over if she stood up- he is definitely a big strong doggie. Wouldn’t mean to but just loves to jump and love on you. Now that he is bigger, we are going to have to stop him from that. He ends up hitting you in all the wrong places. His paws reach up to my chest level which hurts when you are in PJ’s and also he has been known to “take George out” in a few places below, lol!

I also ordered Mom another 32 oz water cup. She has used it every day and night for years. It was thundering and lightning and about to storm when we came home. So I opted out of going shopping for my capri jeans and Mom’s lounging pants. My goal was to defer that to today. And unless something changes, I’ll not be able to do that today either. I will explain later.

Signs in the Universe

While leaving Mom’s I saw this incredible sphere of beautiful colors, like the rainbow. If you look closely it appears to have an eye in it. Maybe it was the eye of God or Jesus peeking down. Can you see it? It’s like a round rainbow.

More pretty clouds from earlier in the day below. Below, the clouds began building early in the day.

I could sit and watch them move around all day. But I was so glad to have caught this colorful rainbow sphere above. It was truly spectacular to behold.

Our earth and the universe is definitely showing signs of change and unusual behavior, intensifying in displeasure of all the evil that is occurring upon it. It is as if a taste of “the four horseman” have been delivered already too. (Revelations, end times, prophesy, what the Bible says, Daniel). This all has to do with the antiChrist, conquest, war, famine, sickness, death as a part of the “end times”. Most don’t understand Revelations – me neither but I’m doing the most excellent study right now by someone who has great knowledge of Hebrew and Greek and understanding of the original translations. Most choose to ignore it (Revelations) as it’s too scary. It’s too overly visual to even think of it. God allowed Daniel to see it. Even God told Daniel “seal it” (the scroll) until the end. He didn’t want all of it to be revealed or repeated yet. But in the end, ALL WILL understand whether they want to or not because this knowledge will be increased / revealed at that time. God says the earth will have birth pains of the end times. You can see it in the news daily. Not believe the news so much? Me neither. I’m witnessing with my own eyes.

No man knows the day nor the hour, but if you study God’s pattern of time with everything else he has done so far, we are definitely in the season. The time is near. IF anyone is interested in this YouTube study I’m doing, I’ll post it again for you. Just let me know in the comments. I don’t want to scare anyone or make you have nightmares. But it is something we all need to know and be aware of and be ready for. As it will happen like a thief in the night when the Lord comes again and takes His church, His bride, His body of believers. He will take them so that do not have to endure the roughest times to come.

These clouds remind me of all that the Bible has said.

Home Time

After Mom’s we came home and I began working on the next video. I’m close to being done. I had to do a lot of voice over work. I am VERY pleased with my last training session in which another vlogger made suggestions on settings to use. That has worked well. I think when you see the next video you will see that it did pretty good for my vlog session. I video’d in current time, taking you all back to January of 2022. Then George made an excellent dinner. It may not look very good here, but it was.

Dexter Finally Discovers the Bed is for Resting and Sleeping, Not Playing

Now that he has discovered he can jump on the bed, he will go and rest on it some. Yesterday I couldn’t find him in his usual spots – normally in the room with me. But I was moving all over and I guess he got tired of following and jumped on my bed for a nap all curled up.

So he has appreciated the bed for a nap. After George went to bed and lights out and I went to bed too and shut my door, he scratched on my door and whined. I thought to myself maybe he gets it. I opened the door, he jumped on the bed, scratched his spot, and curled up and snuggled beside me. Yay. He did not do zoomies in the bed, didn’t bark at me, didn’t paw at me to play. He just curled up beside me and I put my arms around him and pet him and told him “Good Boy”. After a few minutes he changed spots. I think it was hot. He moved around some on the bed but never got down. I woke up a lot conscious that he was there and being worried about it in the back of my mind. Would he wake up and be confused and pee on the carpeted floor? Can dogs see at night? Could he see the hall where his pee pads were? Would he get up and chew on my shoes from the shoe stand in the corner? He stayed in bed with me all night. At 3:30 he was ready to get up but I said “go back to seeeeepy” and he tried to. At 4:20 he stood up and jumped off the bed. I decided to go ahead and get up. I would not be able to sleep anyway wondering if he was going to get my shoes, lol.

Do I have a Stomach Bug? Or Was it Something I ate?

So when I got up this morning, I didn’t feel good – mainly just tired, cold, and as I drank coffee I began to get a little nauseated. But mainly I’ve had just really bad —let’s just say “issues”. So I have had to be near the girls room so to speak. I’m not sure if it was something I ate or I have a bug. I have no fever, and while I have been a little stopped up, at first this morning – even that is gone. I’m OFTEN like that though with sinuses. I feel cold but definitely no fever and not much of an appetite. But I’m trying to stay hydrated. Even though I don’t want much. I had a piece of cheese – always worked before, LOL LOL. And some baked Cheetos b/c that is the only thing that sounds good. Salty potato chips. I went back to bed for an hour or so when George got up – so someone would be with little Scuttlebutt (Dexter).

So needless to say. No church today. And likely NO SHOPPING today until I can get this figured out or it subsides. I have much to do this week.

The Week Ahead

Well today, I still need to fold some towels, put my meds and vitamins in the case, change George’s sheets, wrap his gifts. One hasn’t arrived yet. I need to finally take a shower, maybe finish this video up.

This week I need to get some baby gift wrap paper. Why do I continue to buy big things that won’t go in a sack and takes lot of paper, lol? I need to wrap the baby gifts for an upcoming shower.

I need to go in handle some personal but important email – insurance stuff. Need to go on line and print something out.

The dog needs a bath, but we’ve not done it yet. It has to be a coordinated effort. We are kinda scared, lol. But I think the walk in shower will be the best option. I need a combat bra though. Might wear a bathing suit for protection, LOL. I kinda hate to take for grooming until after he is neutered in case they put them all together, ya know? Or we can just take him for the big DIY bath thing. I need to do training on how to brush his teeth and how to do his ears. Also to work on training too.

I get my hair cut on Thursday.

I need to go to Belk and find my jeans and find Mom some casual pants to lounge in. This will probably end up being a weeklong or even monthlong quest. Since Mom’s not with me that means having to take it to her to try on for her part, but I know she’ll be glad to have something comfy to wear. That shopping was going to be today but not unless the issues improve. And I’m not sure it’s not a virus so kinda hate to go out in Public. But I suppose I’ll be in my office tomorrow. Someone needs to do payroll and I’m not wanting to burn any PTO time either yet. I feel good enough to do this blog entry. I just have to be close to a restroom. I’m sipping green tea and have been having luck with baked Cheeto’s to not be nauseated. I might have a piece of bread and peanut butter shortly.

And next Saturday is Fancy’s vet appointment (Mom’s Dog) and then George’s taco lunch out if Mom feels like it.

I will finish Month End (surely). lol

All the Things I Want to Do that I Can’t Get to Because I’d Rather be Videoing and Catching Those Up:

  • Doggie videos (mentioned above for training, ears, teeth)
  • Looking at and redefining my Blog, Instagram, YouTube
  • Learning Tube Buddy
  • Playing around and learning how to use Canva with the YouTube videos in Final Cut Pro
  • More Final Cut Pro lessons
  • More Canon Lessons
  • A study on SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • Jewelry Project
  • Working on the Basement to get rid of or organize things but a lot of it is George’s
  • There’s more but I’ll stop with that. It’s mainly all the things I’ve mentioned before.

We always end up getting done the things we either have to or want to do the most. I’ll be back mid-week unless I end up making an extra post along the way if time comes my way.

Is there anything you would like me to blog about specifically? Do you have any questions? Or curiosities? lol

So what are you guys up to this weekend?