Thank you Followers, Spare Time, and other Mid Week Updates

Apparently I have 50 followers. The blog is growing these days for some reason. I’m not pushing it or advertising it other than posting on my group page on FB. But I think Word Press may push it some as a recent blog or people see it in the recent blog sections. The new follows come recently after a post. I’m not sure what is happening but I do appreciate it. Also at times I get a lot of traffic from India. Especially on a day if I mention various retail stores or social media sites. Something triggers it. Unless there are just people from India reading and sharing, which I doubt. If you are from India please leave a comment! lol Or some type of intelligence service or group trying to seek information on America – which I doubt but we know is entirely possible.

It feels good to be sitting here with waffle robe on sipping hot coffee. I was really sleeping good when George woke me up. My alarm had gone off and I slapped it off. My finger hit in the middle of “turn off” and “snooze” and I wasn’t sure which one took. However at 4:30 when I slapped it, I could care less. At 5 a.m. I could care less either. I should not be blogging today if I got up that late. But when you are 57, tired, have given 140% toward efforts then you need about 5 to 10% of those efforts back at times. I’m not sure if my body is trying to ward off something, but I feel weak, tired, stuffy, and want to go back to bed. So I’m compromising. I will push forward and go to work, but slowly, and I will blog if I want to -darn it. The world can pause for 30 minutes and wait on me for a change while I sit here and try to feel better. Otherwise, I’d be calling in. I’m struggling here lately trying to get through this winter without being sick. This morning is questionable.

Katy sent a picture of the Texas sunset the other night. Sunsets are beautiful out there in that landscape. She can even view it out the back window from her sun room.

God paints a lovely canvas, just after many days of gloom. I saw a magnificent scene unexpectedly on a web cam last night. It was in the ocean around Japan. It was a “ball of light and rainbow) mixed within a cloud. I think it was probably the sun low in the sky protruding through the clouds/rain mix. It only lasted a few seconds and faded slowly. I love looking at the weather in various landscapes across the globes. It’s one way to relax. Someone asked me how I had time to sit around and look at webcams. I was surprised. No one ever asks anyone how they have time to read or blog or watch TV or sports or shop, lol. I guess because it is something different. We all have 24 hours a day and fill it different ways. I have lots of hobbies and choose for me which one fits the moment. At the end of the day, sometimes my mind is not in the open mood to learn something new from reading, but just needs something mindless. Looking at webcams across the earth, watching travel videos on You Tube, scrolling social media, watching TV – any of that can be mindless activity. Something to relax to. So it intrigued me to be asked that b/c just about every person every day has free time to watch sports, Netflix or scroll social media. So I look at webcams and watch people ski out west, watch people stroll the beach amidst the palms in Hawaii, watch them bottle liquor in Louisiana, fly out the end of the water slide in Spain, watch them do hair in France, watch a family in New Jersey and their 3 dogs as they eat and watch TV and play with the dogs at night, watch a polar bear at the zoo, zoom in to Sydney Harbor and watch the cruise ships come in. And this week I saw what looked to be a homeless guy hang out/sleep/do drugs in a laundry room in France. That was disturbing. Anyway, I love to see these Canadian spots as it seems to always be snowing. There’s pretty shots in CA and also in Exeter across the pond. I can’t visit them all but I have my “likes” saved on there and visit til my heart is content. It’s reality TV in a different form with no sound, lol. Oh and there are airports amid these mountains – I forget where but it’s always beautiful and if you are lucky you will see a plane taking off or landing.

I took my mule mug to work this week. I guess I have a “mug of the week” now. Since we have apparently used too much dollars of office supplies for “no good reason” I’m trying to do my part to save $. (Don’t get me started on office supplies though). 😉 We can control only what we can. The rest is on someone else. Lord help us through the surprises.

I fixed the beefy Mac casserole this week. George had thirds so I take that as a compliment. We had just enough left for a small bowl to take to work. Recipe is a keeper. Next time I’ll add a bit of a sweetener and vinegar to it to add more layers of flavor. We drizzled cherry balsamic vinegar atop it and it really came alive. Sporting the Pioneer woman casserole dish! 😉 Available at your favorite Walmart. Two sizes come together for a pretty low price.

Little Bit in for a nap.

Well, I need to get going. I overslept but wanted to get my mid week post in while trying to feel better with coffee this morning. Going for another cup and have to get ready. George told me that he had a fever over the weekend. I found the thermometer sitting out. He hadn’t told me. Or anyone I guess. He said he was a sinus infection. Now not knowing this I have eaten after him and drank after him and have not kept my distance. So now I’m starting to feel bad. Ugh.

Anyway better than the Japanese virus eh?

And Friday we are going to get the cow and pig in KY and have to hurry back for a Memorial at 1 p.m. for our next door neighbor. I’m not convinced that we can do it. But it will be what it will be.

Anyway hopefully the day will bring more energy. There is a lot to do at work. I needed to have had more of the data to do my reporting on last week but most of it coming in this week when I have payroll. There’s no way to do all the reports in the short amount of time given. I’m making a shot at it. But you can only do so much with the time you have. It’s just a busy time of the year. I hope we make deadlines. The deadline is tomorrow.

Yee ha. Hope I’m not coming down with something being that is the case. Things don’t often work out when you are down to the last minute to do things. I am a planner and prefer not to call it this close. But most of it beyond my control. It too, will be what it will.

I’ll just drink from my mule mug and go on.

Weekends go by too Fast for us Geeky Introverts

We had a wonderful game night with friends at Paul and Judy’s Saturday evening. I’m trying to enjoy it, our time with this group because Paul and Judy could be moving soon as they are already working on the progress of this process. It makes me sad for us but happy for them.

Judy made the most wonderful lasagna. One has to has to have seconds!

So good extra was made so Paul could have it while Judy goes out of town this week.

I made the Italian salad, which was quite simple but had a great taste, I thought.

I used the big shaved parmesan and it had pepperoni (chopped) in there. The dressing was a dijon vinaigrette that you pour over right before eating and then add the croutons.

And the bread was awesome. YUM!

And Mr. Albert is always awesome, the sweet baby! He’s getting older, but he’s a cutie. And the turtle caramel cream pie was divine after a couple of rounds of LCR.

No big gambling games here. We use quarters. I think we’ve all been passing around the same few quarters for about two years now. lol. Usually Joe and Cheryl end up with most of our quarters. They had to get bigger jars this year and they may have to go bigger next time, lol. You can play with pennies or even buttons if you choose, lol. The concept is fun. A true game of chance.

Came home, slept so good. And then could not believe that the dogs let us sleep until 7:30. I had to make sure they were alive. Had coffee, and a relaxing morning that flew faster than a Porche on an open road in California.

Before I knew it, it was past time for me to go and get my toes and nails done if I wanted to beat the crowds. Actually most of the crowds ended up getting there as they opened and then it all slowed down. There are some new places in town near by – plus it was a cold dreary day. So either no one was out or they are losing some business or both. I may try the new place myself sometime just to see what it’s like.

Kinda fun wearing flip flops when it’s in the 40’s outside, lol. I’m sure people at Subway and in the parking lot thought I was an idiot. But when you get your toes done, you have to wear them or they’ll smudge.

I did the dip with my nails. I decided to do something different. I like the way they feel better than the solar version. The dip is more expensive. So I may not do this always. But I can get more choices of colors. I took a pic and sent to George and let him know I was at Subway and then headed to the Home store b/c when you do both nails and toes you are in there forever. I like to get my toes done separate so I can sit there and be on my phone and do email and catch up on social media. But they put my nails in aluminum foil to soak to loosen the previous polish so I couldn’t move my hands. lol Oh well.

The wrap at Subway was really good and I’ll get that instead of the bread again. But I was really disappointed they did not have ice tea made. They were cleaning it and letting it soak. It was the only reason I got the combo and then all they had were drinks with either sugar or fake sugar. I got the Vitamin Water as it was the least sweet. I could be wrong there, but I made the best decision I could. I DID let the guy know I wouldn’t have gotten the combo if I had known they didn’t have ice tea. They need to do their cleaning/soaking after hours and not on customer time. This was the Mount Juliet location at Walmart if any Subway bots are reading, lol.

I went to the home store looking for something to put in the kitchen on the wall where there is a blank spot next to the new bulletin board. Nothing I was enthralled with so I didn’t settle. But I did come home with this plant for my office. I wasn’t sure where it would go at the time but this is where it landed.

Notice picture of Mom beside it.

When I got home George had made three meat pies for our Sun night dinner- well, They were made with mixture of deer meat, pork, and beef. Very good. We recently had meat pies that were bought from somewhere from a fundraiser and we really enjoyed them. Just plain meat pies. You can add veggies along side to go with. Makes a really good meal. Yes, we have leftovers.

I spent the afternoon in my office working on organizing my life. I spent more time organizing it than doing it. lol. Because I’m geeky like that. No really, I do think I get a lot done. If I didn’t do this on the weekends though I’d be in such a tailspin.

I finished our Winter Bucketlist finally now that one of the three months are gone. Oh well. The aftermath of the holidays and the business of the last quarter, took all month to recover.

Here was the fall Bucketlist for starters to revisit. We did pretty good.

There are more things that are sure than death and taxes. Apparently I keep eating good food and don’t meet my weight loss goals. lol. But I’ll keep tweaking at that. At least I am not gaining the 5 lbs every year like I was after the holidays. Amazingly I only gained 1 lb through the holidays but I had gained about 5-7 before the holidays began beginning in August when we celebrated George’s birthday and began a big long stretch of eating bad (good) things. But I keep this on the list and I will keep trying to tweak and get better. My system helps!

And here’s the Winter Bucket List. George threw a lot of restaurants on there. I think we won’t go to all the Asian restaurants but I think we will be going out on Friday nights a lot as we will hit several of them. Usually they are pretty reasonable at the Asian restaurants. I should throw Mexican on there but didn’t. I’ll put it on the summer list, I guess. I really love my Mexican meals – I can get fajitas and it won’t be too bad.

I like doing this b/c it keeps us focused when we “do” our weekends.

So I have really been having to do and redo my long list every weekend, refusing to put it in excel (I don’t have excel anyway on the iMac) but I found an app that does a listing system exactly the way I do it. And I paid for the option to have it on my iMac and my phone – crazy but you had to pay for EACH app to sync to the cloud version. And that was worth it to me. Also it downloads to PDF and I can print. I’m in heaven! Now I don’t have to do all that writing by hand on the weekends and can have a paper copy to mark off and add to and then on the weekends I just add it to the iMac and reshuffle some. But it even has a due date and reminder feature (and notes) so it’ll actually move itself into the urgent column as the timing nears. I LOVE THIS! WHERE HAS IT BEEN ALL MY LIFE? It’s called the Focus Matrix app.

Ha! You can see the beginning of my THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I DO’s Essay as my Evernote app is open in the background. lol I gained 1 lb from the beginning of my THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I DO’s Challenge (enter pics, weight, essay and get $200 in free product). But I don’t do the THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY’s products as I should – otherwise I’d be continuing to lose. It’s the struggle b/w being an ALL OUT FOODIE and married to one, and having my cake (literally) and eating it too. Somehow though doing really well at maintaining considering all we eat so there’s that. Also have to work at getting exercise in on the schedule.

One thing I love about the Mac is having the ability to multitask and having a lot of things open at once. Had never really thought about that when we got it but it’s very helpful.

I put an orange sticky over the camera b/c I came in one day to see the FaceTime app up and viewing myself on it. Weird. So now if it was really somewhere there, they only see orange. lol I did stick my tongue out at them. But I think it was just a glitch. But certainly weird as I’d not had that app open. They didn’t see much during that time if it was someone as I wasn’t in here.

Well, I better go. I don’t have a lot of time before I have to leave. It will be a busy week this week. I have payroll of course and then was finally given Friday the things I needed to do the unemployment filings all due by the 31st. Of course I have to stop and do payroll so…it didn’t really give me a chance to get much of these done so we’ll be riding the line. Then I have all those year end reports to do. It’ll be a miracle if in on time. I will do my best, but really wasn’t given much of an opportunity to work on them. I needed to have been working on them all last week too but didn’t have the data. OH well. It will be what it will be. I will get done what I can with the time I have and that is all one can do.

Ya’ll have a great week. I will try to pop in about mid week. I think we will be going to get the cow this weekend in KY and we have our neighbor’s memorial at 1:00. I really do not see how we will have time to do both. The cow and pig is slaughtered and being smoked so we will have to go pick it up I think. But it’s a round trip of 5 hours. He said we’d have to get up early Saturday morning. Oh dear.

Ya’ll have a good one! What you up to this week? Anything on your to do list? I just wish I had another day. I have more I wanted to do this weekend.

Blogging my Saturday Away!

It’s here! Wonderful Saturday. One of two days of getting to do one’s own agenda. At least I love what I do on the other days now. But there is nothing like doing what you want!

The past couple of weeks I have not felt good at times. I think mostly it is not getting enough sleep and rest, and not getting the right nutrition. The days have been gloomy in January for the most part and no doubt my B’s and D’s are down as well. In January I’ve been poor at getting the vitamins in, too cold to drink shakes – but I did better this week and started to improve some. On the flip side, I ate a half pint of Jeni’s Savanah Butternut ice cream Thursday night and had lots of breads and pastas this week. On Friday I could hardly move. I had random pains throughout the day. It started with my right ankle. I limped into work – took vitamins, drank shake, and the hurt went away. But moved into my arm and into my wrist. Geez. I wanted to take something but didn’t. I wanted to sleep but couldn’t.

So I decided to go eat lunch. I was waiting on someone else to be able to do my part of the filings for the month (Kinda nervous about the timing as I don’t have much time to do it in now). So since nothing was ready I decided it was another good day to go out for lunch. They are so few and far between and this was two days in a row! I feel like a normal person now, lol.

I love to get away when I can and have a meal at Logan’s. Even if I am by myself. I get to sit and think and just take a few minutes. It’s a lot like meditation only you get to eat while you do it – MY KIND of MEDITATION! lol

Let me tell you, this MEDITATION of salmon was as good as it looks. That was only half of it. I was going to half it (and did) to save half for later. But I devoured the entire thing as if I’d not eaten in 3 weeks. And rightly so. When you look at the nutrition in your frozen lunches or canned soups, what all do you see? Yeah that is right. Not much in there. I can’t do shakes for lunch. But may have to go back to doing tuna or something just to get something good in me at lunch. I loved my salmon, broccoli and since I’d not felt good I really really wanted a baked potato with just butter. And yes I scooped all that big chunk of butter out as it was too much. But I enjoyed this little treat out yesterday and when I got back the information I’d been waiting on was there, as was a huge stack of checks to sign. I immediately began to feel better but it took about an hour or so for the arm and wrist to quit hurting. I also added our BEA energy drink with it’s naturalness and tons of vitamins and nutrition – and then despite all the writing and computer work – the aches and pains were gone. I don’t know what I’d do without my nutrition system. It comes to the rescue every time. That and helping me find my way to healthier food options for the knife and fork meals.

Speaking of…we have some new products out that are available today and I will be placing my order! 😉

There is a new drink, more harvest thins which I hear taste like croutons, and those peanut butter bites – oh heavens yes! And a new chocolate. And somehow when I placed an order last week, I got free chocolates. I think it was a mistake, but I’ll keep it! 😉

So yeah, last week was hard on the health front – a few aches and pains reminding me that when I eat bad I pay for it. And I’ve allowed sugar to enter my world also and I can get away with a little but I’ve had way too much sugar, bread, enriched flour – and that is not good for my body. It did my Dad the same way. He realized he had to eat healthier too. At least I had my nutrition. I bet my Dad would have loved my nutrition program. He was pretty good at enjoying network marketing too. We could have teamed up. But anyway, this is now and he’s not here anymore. I have to resist wanting to share and sell it again b/c it’s just wonderful stuff. But people think it’s a gimmick and it is expensive but it’s my meds and it’s hard to get good nutritionally packed food when you are on the go so much. When I eat that I spend less at the store. lol So it evens out. Except that George and I eat very well at home so we end up spending $ on good meals in the evening. (Cow, pig, seafood, chicken, turkey etc. with all the sides).

Despite not being on my best game this week, with side tracks from my nutrition and the subsequent pain from it, I have marked a few things off my to do list. And I’ve added quite a few more on it.

The jewelry was polished with the silver polish which has to be done every couple of years or so. I love sterling jewelry and some is better than others. But my favorites are nice and shiny now. I also looked up a few recipes to try for the upcoming weeks, and got a few plans made with dates on the calendar with friends.

I really like my to do lists now made with a cross. So that I put in the first column the immediate to do lists and the rest of the three sections go out in time. It keeps things on the horizon so I don’t forget but doesn’t crowd out the first section. So yeah about once a week I redo the to do list and reprioritize and add and take away. I probably should have it on excel so I don’t have to write so much, and could just move it over, but I really kind of like the handwritten approach.

And my to do list today is quite busy. So much so that I should not be sitting here at this almost 10 a.m. hour. But as always I have to have my blog time and I’ve spent about three hours blogging now b/w this blog and my private one. Sometimes I have to purge but since folks can’t handle truth in black and white very well, I have to use the private one. Things people say every day to one another can’t be used in writing b/c it makes you suddenly evil if you do. The truth has to be hidden so no one else sees it, lol. (Rolling eyes here so big they almost got stuck.) The to do lists are becoming a little more fun and less harried/hurried. I like that.

Today or this weekend?

  • Make an Italian salad for tonight’s dinner with friends
  • Post my “Book Challenge” on FB (Books that impacted me)
  • Write out the Winter Bucketlist
  • Take photos for the Isabody Challenge so I can get my $200 free product and tee shirt
  • Write the little mini essay that goes with it.
  • Look up that Orzo Recipe
  • Print out the Lasagna recipe I found
  • Order Reverse Osmosis Water for my eye glasses
  • Buy rest of Christmas gifts for our friend time in Feb
  • Still need to get George to go with me to neighbors to schedule time to take them to dinner or take their dinner to them one night. We have failed at this effort.
  • Get my nails/toes done at the salon tomorrow.
  • Clean house
  • Do laundry
  • Wrap a baby gift as the shower is next week

Stuff that is still on the list for some other rainy day:

  • Order kitchen wall decor for my empty spot or use the pic frame I have with Texas pics in them (I think I will go with this).
  • Fix the office decor at home (bulletin board in the wrong spot) – and I’ll have a blank wall to fill.
  • Plan Amelia Island trip
  • Update Netflix list
  • Drivers Lic update
  • Plan dinner with Richard and Kathy
  • Fill my calendar with 2020 birthday reminders (a month ahead)
  • Plan date to start back to church now that holidays are over, job has been learned, and hibernation month is over.
  • Add ELO to my iPod/Play on iTunes for fun
  • Get my car’s dent fixed
  • Go to the Home Store and shop for decor for the house (looking for good deals)
  • Magazine project
  • Have neighbors over (all of them for a meal sometime)
  • Do a Bible Study
  • Figure out how to save files/photos on my iMac w/o it being in the cloud.
  • Figure out how to make graphics or if I’ll use Parallel. Prob gonna use parallel.
  • Get some time with Mom in on the calendar for Feb, March, and also in April.
  • Let everyone know the dates in May for the trip – got busy and hadn’t done that yet.
  • Check out a book someone recommended
  • Check into a fall trip – cabin in the mountains getaway near Asheville NC
  • Find the AT trail journals to read that a friend recommended.

Much of that is stuff you have seen but I do that for me as much as anything! I like it when less critical things are showing up. Life is hard enough as it is w/o having too much to do in spare time.

I do want to focus on what I need to be focusing on – following God’s will too and still being able to enjoy some down time.

And I’m going to get started on this late day already by diving in.

What all is on your to do list?