Weekend with Mom, Food Galore, and Updated To Do List

Normally not a “pink” girl but this color is “my pink”.

Friday, I had my mammogram and got that over with for another year. Have you had yours? Mom told me to ask for a “thyroid guard” as she said that there was a report the x-rays have been impacting women’s thyroids. Well, I asked for one and they said sure and slapped a thing (ok they really didn’t slap it, lol) on me that had velcro attachments – around my neck area. So no problem other than she had to work with it some as the strap wanted to hang down and get in her way.

Free socks getting my Mammogram.

And I should be getting a letter soon from my doc regarding my results.

New John Grisham book is out!

Well, I suppose we’ll be having this. We get all of them every year. George said to wait and get it at McKaye’s. I’m behind on the John Grisham’s books. I’ve been reading non-fiction and travel journey type of books mainly. I snapped a pic so I wouldn’t forget. Do you ever do that? I do that more and more. Matter of fact while at Mom’s I went through my phone and wrote down things I’d been wanting to remember – the dates of my maintenance photos for my weight loss challenge, books I want to read, shows I want to watch, information I need to remember and so forth.

So we DID go to Mom’s this weekend. George prepped up the seafood fest. I offered to help but he wanted the kitchen to himself.

George cooking in Mom’s Kitchen
Mom’s Dog “Fancy” chillin’!
Air Fried french fries
Lobster boil with Corn
Surf and Turf Dinner…My Plate

Mom had sausage balls and salsa and chips waiting for us to snack on til dinner. They were so good. I didn’t have much salsa and chips. I had a shake late morning and that was still with me.

We enjoyed our dinner which was early and then we watched Hallmark channel – Mom’s favorite channel, and played games and read on our ipads. I also, as I said, went through and worked on a few things – like making lists from my phone pics of things I wanted to remember. I guess it’s easier to take pics than to write it down in my app. As long as you remember later to go back through your pics.

I also started a new game (I had taken a screen pic of one I saw while scrolling for something else- lol). The game is called “TRAIL”. It was quite entertaining. And before I knew it – it was 11:30. I NEVER stay up that late.

Bed felt good and we all slept good. I used my new iTunes (the monthly paid version) to stream a relaxation sleep album since we didn’t have our sound machine. We slept so good.

Mom fixed a country ham and egg breakfast for us the next morning. I offered to help. I was thinking I had it made b/c no one would let me help – I DID OFFER! But I helped clean up both times. Does that mean people are afraid of my cooking skills? Maybe they should be. lol I am best at salads and soups and pastas and such.

Mom’s Country Ham breakfast

After Breakfast we went over some things that we didn’t want to have to talk about but it was time to talk about. Things we need to know in an emergency. Where things were, passwords, codes, and information. And we talked about some options for her care in the future. Most were general discussions, in a financial sense. And so she has some things to thing about and decide for her protection – some avenues to think on. It was a good discussion. I was glad to have George there b/c he is knowledgeable in those areas having gone through some things with his Mom.

Mom and I went through some of her old papers. George said he could hear us “bonding” back there with discoveries and laughter. lol We did see some very old things. We were looking at Grandaddy’s discharge papers and were hoping to find the name of his ship.

After this we headed back home. George had a stop to make for ingredients for this next foodie weekend – our Spain weekend. No we are not going to Spain but we are coming together for a “meal of the century” with foods from Spain – Paella is the big dish. My contribution is the dessert and I’ve printed the recipe and studied up on some You Tube videos. It seems fairly easy to make. I hope it is good. I have a vacation day on Friday. I wasn’t going to take it but I’m going to have to take it. George gets his car Friday, I need to make this dessert and have some other things I need to do. So I plan to work really stupid long hours this week leading up to it. As I’ve said before – when you take PTO time – you never really get the time off b/c you make up for it before you go and when you get back – coming in early, staying late and foregoing lunches. You don’t REALLY get it. I just have put off and put off many of my vacation days since I moved over and I really need this Friday off so I am keeping it. I am making progress on quarter end. I got as far as I could get on Friday and needed help. I don’t want to spend hours doing something the wrong way.

Maisy snoozes after coming back from Momma’s

Before we went to Mom’s I was able to get my winter clothes tubs up – mainly winter shoes, purses, scarves, PJ’s and such. I don’t have to move the hanging clothes – in this house at least – I had to in the last one. WE have more closet space here and I just move those around. But this week my toes were getting cold so I had to go down and get this started.

So when we got back I finished this up and did several loads of laundry and some ironing for the work week. I cleaned up the kitchen really good, unpacked from Mom’s, and vacuumed the den area. Worked on some carpet spots, and spent time in my office going through things that had piled up. I “remade” my to do list, wrote a check for two magazines for $16.97 Conde Nast Traveler and Bon Appetit. I thought that was cheap so I went for it. Not that I have time. I read a few pages at a time and then fold up the corner of anything interesting and then go through and tear out the pages later and put in piles – recipes to fix, places to consider traveling to and so forth.

The design that goes on top of the Tarte de Santiago Spanish cake dessert.

I sketched out the design that goes on top of the dessert. The dessert is called Tarte de Santiago. It is a religious cake – eaten after making one’s journey of the pilgrimage of St. James. “This simple cake hails from Galicia, specifically the town of Santiago de Compostela, where the pilgrimage of St. James ends. A powdered sugar cross of St. James usually adorns the top of the cake.” As quoted from Spanish Sabores blog and website. The cross of St. James is at the top.

No the cardboard will not be served on the cake, lol. I have to cut the design out, sprinkle confectioner sugar onto the cake and cardboard design and then lift off the cardboard design carefully, leaving the imprint of the cross on the cake.

Organizing trouser socks b/c Blue and Black

I also decided no more frustrations at 5 a.m. in the mornings holding socks up to the light. I wear trouser socks with my pants as they are dressier and lighter than socks with my flats. I’m tired of figuring out which is which. So I’m all organized this year. I had to round up some baskets of the right size.

So my to do list is getting a little better. Here’s what’s on it:

  • I removed ordering online Christmas cards from the list, but will buy them while out. It will be cheaper and less of a hassle and I can write personal messages inside.
  • Financial info. I need to copy some of my credit card information down so I have it if something happens to my purse ever. The girls were talking about this at work one day.
  • Pick out my audible credit (book).
  • Find out where my Thred Up bag is. I have some things piled up to go in it and send in for Conignment.
  • Pick out a Thred Up top with current Thred up credit. You can do this too – the pay out not big but better than nothing. It’s kinda fun. Download the THredUp app.
  • Order brown and tan trouser socks
  • Take hammer and nail to work to hang up a pic
  • Driver’s license update so we can fly
  • Ring cleaned and prongs checked.
  • Make dog trims for February
  • Look up breakfast casserole recipe for Halloween at work
  • Watch the Kate Plus 8 special – I saw something about there being a new one
  • Plan Halloween night – where we are going to Christmas shop and eat dinner
  • Writing projects

Extended to do’s remain about the same

  • Making plans to eat with SIL for her bday celebration
  • Making plans with the Pryor’s to eat out for retirement since we can’t go to Richard’s party but want to share with him to celebrate – and a good excuse to get to go out to eat with them.
  • Looking up Enneagrams b/c it’s supposed to be a Nashville thing?

Last night also – George fixed a Chinese dinner – it was yummy. We ate in the sun room. Eggs rolls were excellent cooked in the air fryer.

We slept so good, but…..Roger has had the big D all day yesterday and up twice in the night….and on the carpet…so up with him twice and cleaning carpets. Mostly George did the carpets. I had to clean the 2nd one – ughhhh. So I overslept this morning and George let me sleep and got his shower in. I was glad for that. I had my shower last night. But I am running behind schedule. I don’t mind that being that I have worked so many hours the end of the summer and will be working many many hours this week.

George seems a little unsure of the Carvana sale is going through for the delivery date part for this Friday and if they will be able to get this car in from California that he has bought. So we’ll see. He said he just hasn’t heard from them. And the sale is still pending for his “delivery schedule”. They have not confirmed it. So we may NOT be getting it Friday. I am worried that the van will hold up for him driving it all week. So please Lord help us get this new car and him in a good vehicle to travel back and forth in.

Ok I gotta go! Running way behind now. But I was determined to get this blog entry done. Work and going in earlier once the work week starts kinda keeps me from blogging. Well, I’ve let it interfere b/c I choose to go in earlier to get things done and then end up staying late too, so I am fine with being late on occassion to claim some of that very important me time – especially since I’ve not had much time off and it looks like I will have to make myself take the vacay days and push myself to take it. Otherwise, it’ll be expected for me just to not take vacay days and that is not acceptable. I don’t want to lose them just because there is too much work to do. The job should allow you to be able to have the time. If not Sonya will not be fit to work with or around. So that is the only downside I think to this job so far. Part of it is I don’t know what I’m doing yet for a lot of this quarter end. So it’s slow and still undone.

Anyway it is what it is. And I’m definitely running late this morning but yet taking the time because I know how busy the week is going to be trying to get through with the quarter end stuff and me learning what I am supposed to do.

Bye for now. More as I have new info and can find the time.

6 responses to “Weekend with Mom, Food Galore, and Updated To Do List”

  1. all the food looks delicious. glad you had a good time with your mom. the pups look cute. good luck with the car this week. fingers are crossed the new one comes in on time.

  2. That meal at your mom’ s looks wonderful so nice George likes to cook! Yes do take the vacation days you be all the better for it and you do deserve them!

  3. That meal at your mom’ s looks wonderful so nice George likes to cook! Yes do take the vacation days you be all the better for it and you do deserve them! Good to keep making your lists so you stay on track😊

  4. Your seafood feast looks great. I am glad you got to spend time with your Mom. Yes, I got the results of my mammogram they were good. I was relieved. I do have dense breast so the 3 D is a good idea. That is nice they give free footies. The place I went doesn’t do that. Your little doggies live a good life. Getting to ride in the car and go with you guys. They look very happy and content.

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