Maternity Looks Good, iPhone Aesthetic, Deadlines, and Encouragement

Good morning! I just wanted to share some of Katy’s maternity pics. They turned out so pretty.

The dress is pretty too. She is getting big with baby! And can you believe it is about 6 to 7 weeks til term? She could go early as well. So we will be grandparents soon. The due date is January 19th. I have an idea. Now that you all have seen the pics and know the due date. Give me your best guess as to the date our little grandson will be born? Put the date below in the comment section. We will see who gets the closest.

I just love this dress. I love that color. I love greens, blues, turquoise. But that is the prettiest color. She wears a hat well. Love these and just had to share.

Our Christmas Tree

Snapped a pic of our main Christmas Tree for you. It went up fairly quickly this weekend. I loved having George put ornaments on the tree with me. There are a lot of ornaments and it’s always special to have someone helping to put them on the tree. Mostly it’s been me as decorating was more my forte, but Christmas trees were meant to be decorated together. More fun that way.

Maisy Update

She continues to improve. She continues to eat, drink water, and yesterday’s perk was that she was more alert. This morning when I put her on the floor, her tail perked up and she ran to the front door. That was new. She’s normally moving slowly and often in a medicated “stare”. She had to go! Our nights we have been getting more sleep with her on the meds as she is tapped out. That has been nice as we’ve needed the rest. I’ve thanked and praised God for her turn around and continued improvement. I knew I loved her. I didn’t realize how much I guess. But her near loss has torn me up. And the last few days I have gained hope that she will be on the mend or at least with us a bit longer. Don’t stop praying. God hears our prayers. There are so many of us pulling for her and he saw my tears. He is the Great Physician and the Great Vet too! I give Him the praise. I’m also proud of Maisy for being tough and determined. I’m proud of George and I for being determined to get the pills down her. One person would not have been able to do it. I also am proud of you all for your kind words of comfort as you know I have been just terrorized watching her be so sick.

She ate a lot more this morning too when we got up, so her quantity of eating is increasing.

My iPhone Wallpaper/Background

Here’s what the background looks like. I posted some free backgrounds on yesterday’s post if you want to download. I love the pine trees. I have my most used apps on the front page.

Here is my 2nd page.

The third or fourth pages don’t matter so much. I hardly ever need anything from there. lol

My phone has been slow yesterday. I don’t know if it is APPLE or if it’s just that I have too much on there. I probably need to go through and do a cleaning out. Audible for example probably needs to be deleted of some books.

Diary of Yesterday

It was a payroll day. The day was good for the most part. I was rushing a bit because I knew that I had to pack up and take a lot to my car for working from home today. As well I had a lot more added to my day to get stuff done I couldn’t do at home. And to prepare and gather the work that I would be working on today such as tax files and such.

Well usually payroll days are quiet. I had more interruptions yesterday I think that I normally would have in a week. I usually don’t get any calls anymore so I’m not complaining really. Most people e-mail. But I had a lot of things to rise up end of Monday and early yesterday that took away from the payroll time. Just people waiting til the 11th— or 14th hour in some cases telling me things that are needed or involving the payroll that I’m currently doing. A bit later and the train would have pulled from the station, but it delayed things. So I did w/o taking a proper lunch and of course the work day spilled into me staying past the time most everyone else had left. I ate at my desk for lunch though and kept chugging down the track and that saved a few minutes.

I try to train people to get me things on time and I ALWAYS let them know when they are late because people need to be told that – otherwise you’ll be getting payroll things after payroll is done for the prior week payroll. And what am I saying – that still happens every week. Still………..I keep reminding. Some don’t like it when you ask for things on time, but I guess that is on them. We have a right to try and get things done on time right?

I think I’m turning into George. He turns everything into a song! And well so did I yesterday.

OK so you know Chicago’s song – “Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?” I keep humming that line in my head, LOL LOL LOL

Does anybody really know what time it is
Does anybody really care (care about time)
If so I can’t imagine why (no, no)
We’ve all got time enough to cry And I was walking down the street one day (people runnin’ everywhere)
Being pushed and shoved by people (don’t know where to go)
Trying to beat the clock, oh, no I just don’t know (don’t know where I am)
I don’t know, I don’t know, oh (don’t have time to think past the last mile)
(Have no time to look around) And I said, yes I said (run around and think why)

Well it’s not the proper lyrics to match the exact situation but that one line is. I keep singing it like this?

Does anybody really know what a deadline is?

Does anybody really care?

Gotta add a little humor in one’s day to keep the humor buttons pushed and to smile instead of scowl. I’m the one trying to beat the clock here! Oh well, it’s just my self taught work ethics trying to come out. Standard work standard time every time. But we don’t live in a perfect world. I have to try and remember that. No one is perfect. But we all could do better. I think it’s wrong to just accept poor performance. If something needs to improve for next time – let’s do it. If something is wrong let’s fix it. I don’t really think that is asking too much. Personally or professionally in life. We’ll never get better if we accept that it is ok to sub perform. Then we’ll always sub perform.

So end of day I’m boxing, packing, and trying to figure out how the monitor is going to work as last time I think I had a different cord or maybe even another monitor. I can’t remember. But I asked a kind coworker how it would work. And he showed me which cord. He asked why I was having to box things up and why if it’s so much trouble wouldn’t I just stay in the office during remote week like other managers. I explained I had requested to do so but despite that request, I was on the schedule to be off. And so I would comply. I told him no one really knew what all it involved and probably didn’t mind that I would have to carry so much back and forth – after all it’s me doing the carrying – but I’d try to comply with their wishes even so.

Anyway George helped me get the monitor upstairs and then I brought my purse, work bag, laptop case, and box of work and supplies for today’s needs. I think I spouted off that my 58 year old self was a bit old for this much wagging stuff around every other days and something about that not being the norm or we’d have to do something else! But for a week I’m trying to comply. Lord willing and I don’t pull a muscle.

I will pack it all up today and take it back tomorrow. Probably even the monitor b/c I think I will really miss having the monitor Thurs. Then pack it up and back home Friday. It’s a LOT of trouble. But it is cool to get to work from home. Or is it? I think we are back on our normal schedule next week.

Once home I returned messages. One from my sister, one from my neighbor, and caught up on a few things here. George fixed Chinese tacos, we watched Below Deck, which to me is not very good this season. I was struggling to stay awake. We had to give Maisy meds in TWO sessions. The big liver pill is every evening and it’s a huge one. We had to break it up last night into little pieces as she fought us on it. And then before bed we had to give her the rest of the meds.

Cuddles and Snuggles

Maisy, Since she has been sick she cuddles more. Or is at least within reach. She used to be within reach for only the first few minutes of bedtime. I sing to her every night and tell her how pretty she is and how God gave her to me and that I love her. And when I begin to drift off she moves off into the middle of the bottom of the bed. But the last couple of nights in particular she has remained within my petting distance and even against my legs. It’s been good for both of us while she is so ill to be within touching distance. She licked my hand last night after I sang to her. She hadn’t been doing that while she’s been sick. So I cherished that even though I really can’t stand for a dog to lick! lol


So, all that said, we ALL need some encouragement. Life is hard. Each day has such a struggle it seems – whether it be within ourselves, with others, or both. Or whether it just be life’s circumstances – a pandemic, a sick fur baby, aging parents, estranged relatives, having to stay apart from people you love, missing your friends and family, and daily stresses. We are all struggling or fighting some battle. We are ALL on EDGE. Reach out and encourage someone today. This is the first lesson of my Happiness audio by Max Lucado “Happiness Happens”.

I chose this audio because I let everything frustrate me. I start the day with a smile and a pep in my step but by mid morning most days, I’ve been tested and tried. How does a persona like mine make it in the world? You have high expectations of trying to make the world better and people look at you like you have a third eye? LOL. I just shake my head and spout a few words and go on to the next frustration factor. As said, it’s NOT wrong to try and make things better. So we keep trying, we keep encouraging. I have to push through my frustrations and try to find the positive side. We have to hold our negative thoughts captive before they get air time. While carrying monitors and boxes out the door during a Pandemic it’s easy to spout off! I want to encourage others, but I will say that even the encourager needs encouragement some days.

One thing I love is that each day starts anew! Let’s try again! And here we go. Life is good this morning, let’s keep it going!

14 responses to “Maternity Looks Good, iPhone Aesthetic, Deadlines, and Encouragement”

  1. Sure life is good Sonya, this mornings good news is that the UK has approved the first vaccine and from next week will have the first 400,000 shots ready. They are starting with the most vulnerable Old folks homes, and frontline workers in the hospitals it will be some time before it actually gets round to the general public but at least we can be thankful that it’s starting and there are a lot of other vaccines just waiting for their final trial to be accepted..I think I heard the head of the social care dept. saying overall 400 thousand million jabs would be needed before we could relax altogether…I would hope by this time next year we should be free of Coronavirus…hip hip hooray. I hope all is going well with work today, glad yesterday went good. The best bit of news however is that Masie is eating and drinking better and altogether is looking brighter…I keep praying that God let’s you have her for a while longer…….liked the photos of Kate, not long to go now. Have you decided when your going over ? Or are you waiting till the first sign of delivery comes ? Whichever it won’t be long now and I think he might even be a wee bit earlier on the 14 th..then he will be exactly 76 years younger than me. LOL
    Enjoy working at home…

  2. Wow! Maisy is giving it her best. She’s a tough little girl. She’ll love having mommy home today.
    Katy looks beautiful & so happy.
    My prediction date is January 8th. I know that’s early, but hey, why not?!
    It sounds like a drag, having to drag your monitor etc. back & forth. Get it?
    Oh well. It’s Wednesday & Maisy is improving. Yay yay yay!!
    Take care =)

  3. I love the pics of Katy and Cody. So can’t wait for to see pics of that sweet baby. Stay safe and healthy!!!!! Continued prayers for your sweet fur baby.

  4. Glad you are going to leave the monitor at home. It would seem more beneficial for you to work the first tree days of the week and the two days at home together. It would seem more productive. You need to do the packing of your car during your work hours and the return of the things to the office in the work hours.
    Glad that Maisy is doing so much better. they really cannot tell you how they feel so it is good to see she is perking up. Hope to see you soon.

    • I tried to do it during work hours but it didn’t work as payroll took longer due to some issues. I have to do a check run on Thursday as that’s what works with accounting. Otherwise yes that would be better.

      • I would get one of the canvas carts that you can put groceries or things in. I bought one so I won’t to make many trips to the car with heavy grocery bags. You could just load up office things. I know you said your shoulder bothers you and it might help. It is a shame you can’t just work from home all the time this winter.

  5. Wow! What a gorgeous daughter you have ! She is shining with love for the new baby boy! Its such a special time in life and she looks like she is going to be a natural mama. I think she will go after her due date! I’m going to say January 26th! Don’t tell her though because all new moms want to go early! lol I love the color of her dress, too. A dark/ hunter green has always been a fave.

    Nice to hear Miss Maisy is feeling a bit more herself, too! Can’t ask for to much more in life than a healthy family, new grand baby and a beloved pet or two! 🙂

    Take care,

  6. Katy looks radiant and Cody proud as a peacock. That is going to be one loved baby. I am glad she is doing so well. I am going to pick January 16th for Rivers birthdate.
    It has turned really cold at night here. 28 degrees last night. I was stiff and felt my age when I crawled out of my warm bed this morning. I never dreamed it would be this hard to stay alive and healthy when I got older. It takes a lot of work and thought, But I am very thankful for each day.
    I need to change my background on my phone to something Christmas. Thanks for the reminder.
    Sounds like your little Maisy is getting better with her medicine. That was so sweet you singing to her and her licking your hand. That was her way of showing you love. Plus she liked your singing.
    Something funny happened at our house last night. Our neighbor’s dog comes over to visit and we give him a biscuit or treat. They let him loose for a while at night and he barks at our door and we take him his treat. Last night husband was already in bed and I was cozy in my chair and we did not get up to get his treat and he threw himself against the door. He is spoiled something awful. But we love his visits.
    Have a good week..

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