Home from Mom’s

Well, I was looking to add photos from my visit with Mom and realized —shoot —I didn’t snap any. OH well. Our time went very quickly and we had a good time.

I actually got off early Friday and took a half day of PTO. It was just a good time to do it. Since I’d not planned on doing this, I was unable to reach Mom to let her know I’d be in town early. She was out running some errands. So I used the opportunity to grab lunch at Moe’s Southwest Grill and also head to Kohl’s and a few other shops that were in the strip mall there at Spring Hill, TN.

I ended up buying a couple of tops. One was on sale and a winter top and the other I didn’t even try on as I saw on the way out of the dressing room, lol. It’s a summer top and was more $ but by looking at it, it looked like it would work. I have receipt and will return it up here if needed. But I think it’ll work.

Then I headed on to Mom’s. We hung out for a while and then went to Ruby Tuesday’s. We had the salad bar and one of the best ever 6 oz sirloins. It was cooked to perfection and the first steak I’ve had since having the diverticulitis and coming out of that. Oh my word it was so good. I think all we ever need is just a small one. We had all the goodness from their salad bar and also a baked potato. I loved every morsel.

I was teasing Mom and threatening to get the $2 mini margarita. But I know she doesn’t like it when we drink. When on our turf we do, on hers we don’t. But she said “if you want it get it – just remember you are driving”. I said “well then if you don’t care, I’ll get the $5 house wine”. So she was fine with it. And I thoroughly enjoyed that glass of wine and our conversation. We talked a lot about my great uncle, Uncle Carl Voss, and his being a captain on a yacht, where he took Roosevelt out once on it and several other famous folks. I was like….what???? He did??? She said Howard Hughes tried to buy the boat but wanted Uncle Carl to be the captain if he bought it and Uncle Carl said No he would stay with the Davis family that owned the boat. This was a long long time ago. Uncle Carl no longer living. But with my love of the ocean – this just intrigues me so. Apparently the Davis family was really good to my great uncle Carl. They knew him from a gas station he worked at and they thought he was a good honest guy and they sent him through the schooling it required to be a captain. The provided housing for his home base and for his wife while he traveled with them. It’s amazing how you find out this stuff as you get older that you never knew. I always knew he was a captain but didn’t know all the good details! I wish I knew more. Mom should let me order wine more often so we can sit and talk. I wish she would have some, lol.

So overnight apparently Mom had a breathing spell. She had forgotten to take her fluid pill the day before but she said overnight she got up and did a breathing treatment – she has an inhaler and that helped. She said she almost came and asked me to take her to ER. But I knew none of this until morning. Mom had coffee ready for me when I got up. Bless her. She hardly has any herself. She knows how much I love it. As we checked our phones and iPads, we talked about her breathing issue. But she was good she said. We fixed breakfast. And then I got up and helped clean in some hard to get to spots with the vacuum on all the floors both carpet and linoleum. She has a device that does a good job on both and really lite weight. I cleaned the bathrooms surfaces and toilets. And I put together a lamp she bought that was still in the box. I tried to figure out her “Hey Google” grocery list so it would record her list on the phone, but she had so many google accounts – maybe three of them set up with various emails – plus she has android phone and tablets. I have iPhone. I felt bad but I couldn’t get it figured out. And I didn’t want to mess anything up. But I think she has different things on different accounts. She was going to play with it. But I truly believe that might be the culprit. It was time for me to head home so next time we will try again. I hate we have two different softwares. But we do.

Anyway, on the way home I stopped at Chic Filet and got a bit for the road, took my BP meds, found a way to charge my phone without the car charger (where the heck is my car charger?). I guess I need to order another one b/c I need it. It might be in George’s car or it could have been taken during a valet park or something. I just never remove it from my car, but I might have taken it in George’s car recently. Since I had a charger (iPhone) in my suitcase, I was able to plug it in from there to my auto Alexa as it had an extra slot. I guess that is what I need to do – just keep an extra iPhone charger in the car since I can’t use the auto plug anyway as the Alexa is already plugged into it. Anyway, finally on the road it took about an hour and 15 to get home. Not too bad. It’s horrible most of the time trying to get through traffic.

So I discovered we had a raccoon getting on the front porch. I kept seeing the shadow and was convinced it was a ground hog. Several who saw it said it was a raccoon and I refused to believe it but he came on the porch when the light was on. Here’s that masked bandit! lol

We just have all kinds of things going on in our front yard overnight. Deer, raccoon, fox, groundhogs – I smell skunks – and of course the possum. I guess the word is….we have some good stuff! Little Bit got after the raccoon and chased it away.

I saw this on FB last night and saved this. Mom and I laughed so hard. I think Donna a blog buddy shared it on FB. Good one Donna W!

Sorry no pics much. I feel bad. But I did have a grand time with Mom and I’m glad to be home to do some things here.

Already today since I’ve been home (3 hours) I’ve rebooted laundry, done my THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I DO’S order, did my Target order, and have done this blog entry.

I ended up cancelling George’s auto ship through THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I DO. When I logged in today to my THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I DO’S WEBSITE I saw that I had turned back into an Associate from Consultant, which is fine. I knew I’d go backwards as people drop off from being my customers. So it’s been the plan all along to cancel him from under me (people enroll their spouses to have an extra person, lol). So I cancelled it as I was ordering much under him anyway. Sometimes if I was a few points off and needing something, I’d order under him and then get paid as I’d met enough BV. I’ve ridden the wave longer than I thought. However, I did think I had one more payment coming as I was close, but it didn’t work out and I’m ok with that. Now I can concentrate all my orders just on my account since I have no reason to order under George anymore as I’m not selling it anymore unless someone just jumps me to have it, lol. It’s a great system and I love it and will continue to use everything I can. I believe in it. I just have to watch what I eat now and having to be picky based on my condition. No nut pieces. But I will continue to do the shakes and vitamins and hydrates and cleanses and energy drinks. When I don’t use it I can feel it. So I did my order to renew my vitamins today. I just wish they would release a new shake or two. But for now I’m good with the basics.

I forgot and had strawberries today with my Chic Filet fruit. Those little seeds are just so small, I can’t imagine them being a problem.

Anyway, I also cancelled my International selling license with THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I DO as I had never used it anyway. If someone underneath me had ever sold to anyone outside the US – in order to get commission I bought the membership. I had worked with someone from the UK for a while but it never came to fruition so I stopped it from auto renewing. I tried to cancel my Associate license (to sell) – it’s only $29 a year and if I cancelled it I’d have to set up another account and I didn’t want to do that. So I’ll stay on as an “Associate” and be able to see if I want to. And the pricing is no different to order though. So that was interesting to find out. I just didn’t want to pay the fee if I’m not going to sell it. But I do NOT want to set up another account. I’ll just keep as an Associate and pay the fee and be ready to serve if anyone is interested. It’s too good not to share but I’m not good at the convincing people so I’m not begging. People can contact me directly if they want it – otherwise I’m not wasting my precious time. Since George doesn’t want to RV much then there is no since in me going through all that. I would have to earn an RV if he would retire and tour out with me but he’s not game for that so….forget it.

So it is 6:10 and I’m going to go do something else for a while and relax. George is fixing pork chops for dinner.

Ya’ll take care!

Mindful of Food and an Overnight Trip

Good morning! Nothing really new and exciting to post about. It’s just been a busy little week – work, do errands, take care of doggies, watch a quick show with George while we eat dinner, sleep, and repeat.

The weeks they go by so fast. Just blink and the day is gone. We have some sun this week, enough to help morale, but then here comes another gray day.

I’ve really made efforts at eating fruits and veggies and I to take the Vitamin C. I remember most days to take the vitamins, and that does help you to see more of the sunny side of life and push through the grayness of winter.

I also started taking THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I DO’s Biotics and Digestive Enzymes, but I often forget to take them at the recommended times. I think of it after I eat and you are supposed to take it either on an empty stomach (Probiotics) or right before a meal (digestive enzymes).

I’ve had a lot of rice this week – mostly brown rice. George fixed stir fry last night with the remaining veggies and through in some spinach. My goal is to find dishes where you work with veggies into it. And I am trying to learn to like fruit for snack. I am keeping the baked whole grain gold fish on hand for when I need a crunch.

I am having to cut some of the THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I DO’s snacks out of my diet. The snack bars have nuts in them and I’m just having to cut out anything with nuts and seeds. The potato chip like snacks, are just really heavy on my stomach and they are very dense cracker wafers – packed with protein but they have always sat heavy on my stomach. I had them also the day I became inflamed and although they were not likely the culprit – I can’t get it out of my mind. So I will likely give those up. And I’m having to give up the Birthday Cake shake too b/c it has those little sprinkles in it that are really little veggie pieces. But it will act like a seed. I also had that the day of the attack. I had also had popcorn that week so it’s hard to say but I can’t see putting any of these back into my diet. The meal replacement breakfast bars are something I will hold on to because if they have nuts they are ground into it. They are kinda heavy but they are probably ok. But I’m having to rethink what I eat and also it’s very challenging to keep it all around me at the times I need it. It takes some effort and planning so I don’t end up eating bad things or the wrong things. So a lot of energy going into this.

Just when you think you have life figured out it throws you a curve ball. I love THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I DO but I’m having to watch anything that has morsels in it that could be a problem. There is controversy over the nut seed popcorn dilemma with diverticulitis as the more recent studies say it’s ok. But when it happens 3 times and popcorn was involved and numerous other things – it’s just hard to say. I just don’t want the problem again. But there is a definite gut issue going on with our society with all these processed foods that we cannot eat – refined sugars, flowers, oils, and processed meats and other foods. Doctor’s and society are bound to fix the symptoms but we need to focus on the problems.

It’s a struggle b/c we are addicted to these processed foods. But I’m doing the best I can to try to change my mindset to what is good and healthy. And that will solve all the issues.

Well I go to Mom’s today. So my goal is to try to get in a bit earlier and leave earlier before the afternoon traffic sets in. It is always nutzoid trying to get down there. We are going to have a girls nite.

I asked George what he was having while I was gone – with this freezer full of food. He wasn’t sure. I told him that was very unlike him b/c he ALWAYS has a meal planned. Often several nights out. He agreed it was unusual. Mom and I are going out to get a salad tonight and I think she has a coupon for a meal to go with it. And I’m not sure what we decided about tomorrow morning. I’ll eat breakfast and see if she needs me to do anything or clean anything or go get anything and then I’ll head home and get our laundry done, Target order done, Amazon order done, and plan next week’s eating some. I also need to wrap our gifts for “Christmas with the Irelands” which we are late this year planning. But that is the following weekend.

I also have my hair cut one night next week which I decided to keep.

My long weekend trip with Katy is coming up in about 3 weeks.

Well, I need to finish getting ready, finish up my final packing for my quick overnight stay with Mom, and then head to work. Going for another cup of coffee.

Here’s a pic of Maisy in my lap last night. She was unsettled last night and wanted in my lap which is rare. And not sure I shared this pic of both of them. If I did here it is again. It was taken this week.

So what you doing this weekend? Anything special?

Greyness, Winter Wardrobe, Orzo, and What to Eat!

Good morning! A mid week entry here. It amazes me how the weeks go by so fast, especially with my payroll job. I blink and the day is over. And having less frustrations and surprises in my day suits my soul. Dealing with numbers is black and white. There is a right answer. No more trying to make white or black out of grey matter.

The only grey right now is this weather. It has been the chilliest winter and the greyest one it seems. I notice that my wardrobe does not have many warm things in it. I think my office is a bit colder than the other one. Not by much but a little. I almost bought a little heater for my office, but…the lamps in there warm it up just enough I think. So I put off buying one. I know they prefer us not to have them, but some do because you have to keep warm. But next year I need to work on my winter wardrobe. I need some long sleeve shirts and something that is not just black or grey, but things with color. I bought some sweaters in Breckenridge, TX while we were there and thank goodness I did because they have been critical. I don’t wear a lot of sweaters as I get hot in them, but these are breathable ones and not quite as hot. I’ve needed them on the cold days. In 2018 – 2 years ago from yesterday we had a record high of 76 or so. I think that is what I heard the weather radio say – here in the Nashville area. Wow. Anyway, I’m struggling with my winter wardrobe. I’m not happy when I get dressed and think ughhhh I don’t want to wear that. I usually enjoy my wardrobe and getting dressed. I also am downgrading my clothes a bit. Not being in HR and now in the corner office where it’s quiet and no one sees me – I’m happy with non dressier clothes. I’ve actually sent to Thred Up some of my dressier pieces. I’m saving some for dressier occasions but really just don’t have the need to dress up anymore. My shoes have all been changed to comfortable solid tennis shoe like shoes – all black and all white for more comfort and that helps with the stand up desk when I stand. I just don’t ever go shop much unless we are on vacation or Christmas shopping. But I might sneak out for a shopping run at some point and see what is on sale.

I fixed a couple of boiled eggs for breakfast yesterday. The little egg steamer travels. It’s auto shut off safety feature is nice also. But I don’t leave it there. I brought it back home. There are some days when you want a hot breakfast of sorts and just don’t have time. So I grabbed the box and took it to work yesterday and it cooked up in just a few minutes while I worked on payroll. lol

I’ve had “fix Orzo” on the list for a while. You know I love my pasta and Orzo is just tiny pasta. But if you are going to eat pasta, it’s good to have some healthy stuff in there. It has cucumber and garbanzo beans, feta cheese, and instead of tomato – I put a red bell pepper which added wonderful flavor. It has scallions. It has garlic and oregano and salt and pepper. And for the dressing it is olive oil, red wine vinegar and dijon mustard. I didn’t add a layer of sweet, but just followed the recipe. The seasonings went into the dressings by the way and then you poured over and tossed it. I really like using dijon mustard in a dressing for my salads. I think this is my go to now, but I usually add honey to it and also add onion powder. I thought this turned out great. We ate a lot of it. There’s a little bowl left. lol

I am going to keep up with my recipes. I enjoy cooking some. I just let George know the weekend before so he doesn’t get his plans all in the works with meat thawing and such. I am also doing a spaghetti night this week. I am also looking at recipe books for trying some more upcoming things. I had lasagna on the list but took it off for now. I just don’t need to be eating big huge slabs of pasta layers. lol. But I tell ya, I’m about in the mood for tacos. lol

Red pepper is the new tomato for me. No seeds in the part you eat. I can totally see enjoying red pepper in a taco instead of tomato. Wish I had thought of it before. It certainly has more taste than the store bought tomatoes.

The pic above is blurry but I wanted you to see how Maisy had made herself a bed. She had her eyes buried in the covers a bit earlier. Roger probably taught her to do this. He fixes a bed where he can “turn the lights out” by sticking his eyeballs under the covers. She looked so cute in her little homemade bed she made for herself.

Those ears. lol. She is such a sweety.

Oh, I said something on a post that Beth Moore posted about her book. She had talked about an emotional chapter. It’s the one I’m on right now. I said so and she “liked it”. It thrilled me to death. Beth Moore has been the most influential in my Bible studies.

Like my lock screen pic? It was taken at Katy’s around Thanksgiving. I needed something with more color besides a snow pic. lol. We have snow in our forecast but probably going to be south and east of us. We are all so ready for Spring.

Well, I better get ready and find something I’m in the mood to wear and get on into work. I have been sipping coffee and sitting in my waffle robe. That is the best part of the morning for me….robe, coffee, and blog (if I get to).

Oh, one other thought. I have noticed that I started to become weary worrying about what I can eat, what I should eat, what I shouldn’t eat and so forth. I had to give up some of my THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I DO’s bars to a coworker yesterday b/c they have nuts in them. I’m pretty much not going to get to do many “trail bar” types of things. I can’t do shakes every day either. I just can’t do cold shakes on cold mornings much. I can do oatmeal but…I’m needing protein. I used to eat nuts afterward or throw nuts in them. So I can’t have nuts now and that really hampers the protein thing in the mornings. I need some ideas.

I’m also going to do some research on Stevia. THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I DO uses a lot of it. It’s supposedly safe and natural, but does it allow nutrients to absorb and metabolize properly as it relates to proper digestion and not causing sugar/diabetes issues. The other sugar substitutes tricks the body and causes problems b/c it thinks it’s getting sugar. I have like two cases of BEA in my storage room. I love the stuff but am slowing down drinking it b/c I have a feeling it not doing me any good. It’s filled with nutrition and vitamins though. If it’s getting absorbed. I guess I can eat a spoonful of peanut butter with the oatmeal. I can still have peanut butter. I have been eating hummus. And for my crunch needs I’ve used the whole grain gold fish – as a snack. I also have my THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I DO’s chip like snacks. I had one of those the day I came down with the diverticulitis – although I’m sure it’s not the cause – it had probably started happening days before – but these have very unique tastes anyway and are very heavy. They have a lot of protein but I don’t want these every day either. So I feel like a kid but I’m munching on gold fish some during the day. Or crackers and hummus. I’ll figure it out.

I always blog too long. Gotta hurry now but getting more coffee! Ahhh I just hate to slip out of the warm comfy robe. Can’t I just wear my waffle robe to work? lol