Sacred Saturdays and Productive Downtime

Good morning! I thought I’d jump in for a quick hello this morning. I’m excited to say I had another full day at home yesterday and that plus my day off Thursday has put my psyche in better shape, not to mention the house. It’s still not perfect and honestly I worked on other things yesterday. I mainly got my to do list for the day completed and that made me happy. I was even able to work on files and start the next video.

Saturday’s To Do List was Completed

I wore Alexa out yesterday giving her my grocery list. What started out as small has vastly increased. I wonder if she is able to carry on with the strain on her memory now, lol. Please note Mom’s medicine basket and vitamins, and Fancy’s meds in the plastic bag. And the treat basket for the dogs. I managed to store all the dog food underneath the table from Mom’s Chewey’s order. I was hoping we could eliminate the table as the kitchen looked great without it but it’s a quite useful table. You know how horizontal real estate space is. It’s in short supply and we are all itching to find some and cover it up.

I worked on my “wellness company” order which ships on the 12th. Added a couple of things for this week. And making a list of things I might add next month. I’m needing some “snacky” items so I’ll leave potato chips alone. I love a good crunch.

George has a birthday coming up, also on the 12th. I managed to get his birthday gifts wrapped. I have a few more things to add, but I’m not going to the store again until Tues night.

I also changed George’s sheets and got those washed. I ironed a few things. I have been putting off wearing my linen tops and they are so comfy in this hot weather. So I got those done and pressed some wrinkles out of some pants.

I tested the alarms in the house for their batteries for fire and carbon monoxide. I didn’t check the one downstairs though. We need to check that one too.

Restocked my vitamins for the week.

Made Brownies to take to Don & Lisa’s.

And gave George a hair cut.

And then……Yay……Got to work on my videos.

So, yeah, I’ve got the files pulled in for this video which includes St Patty’s, Mom’s Visit at Easter, and the finding of her house. So I’m feeling better about being behind. That covered a lot of the year right there. I have files for about two more videos after this one. I always want to be a little bit behind, lol. Do you know how happy this made me? Yes I’m very happy to be able to do this.

Why Do I Want to Do So Much with Such Little Time?

I guess my aspirations in life far outweigh the time I have. I was thinking about that yesterday and wondering why I have so much I want to do. What inspires me to want to do x, y, z, z1, z2, z3? lol My immediate conclusion was “because I don’t want to be bored!” I almost wanted to argue with myself. Really? That is why you put so much on the list? Well, that was my soul’s answer. I’m not sure it is a good answer. But I ALSO KNOW that I get deep satisfaction from accomplishing anything I set out to do. It gives me glee. And that’s all I really know without digging down into the surface. But there is definitely something that I enjoy about doing the videos, and creating something with the photos and video I’ve taken.

I’m looking forward to 2022 because I want to upgrade to Final Cut Pro! :-). I can do more with it and take it to the next level as far as what all I can do. iMovie is limited. But it has been great to learn from. And YouTube is great for teaching. I can have more layers within the video settings and various fonts and other things to add more special things to the videos. That said I’ve still not mastered iMovie to perfection nor done all the things with Canva that I could. But I’ve about tapped into what I wanted to do and I am finding myself wanting to do certain things now that iMovie won’t let me, so that to me is a sign I’m ready. But I know there is a bit of a learning curve. I’ve not even taken my camera lessons yet. I just keep going with the flow. I need to focus on that *somehow*. I’m going to have to push it to make it happen. I need to schedule it. But it’s like my health. I never find time to get the walking in.

BBQ Grilled Chicken by George! Love that Grilled Taste!

Much to my delight, George grilled yesterday. He has a sudden interest in grilling again and that is what delights my soul. I’ve missed grilled food. It used to be something one looked forward to as a child and a teen and other times in my life when the ingredients were gathered, the fire was started, the mouth watered. So grilled chicken and Brussel sprouts and it was so good.

He also had made homemade slaw and we had a corn salad he made. Yum yum. Dinner was excellent.

Saturday’s are Sacred

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Things are starting to feel a bit more normal now and falling into a routine with Mom and with the house now that flooring is down. The only problem I see really is that Mom is not getting out enough. And I think she has a time adjusting to our meal times.

We work all day and are ready to be home in the evenings and then on weekends I like to have at least one full day at home to get laundry, housework done, orders done, get ready for the next work week, take a glance and what all needs to be accomplished for the next week, and so forth. And then the other day is errands, grocery, going to church, or going other places. I can deal with a mix of the two if I get a “morning” time to get things done. If I’m going out in the mornings then I’m not near as productive when we come back. So Saturday morning is really critical and important for me in many ways. It’s the only day I can truly sleep until I wake up with no alarms. It’s the only day I can hang in PJ’s all morning and sip coffee.

Mom used to eat out every Saturday morning. So we are completely opposite. I cringe to think of giving up my Saturday mornings. But I can give up some. So I guess we just have to plan it. I also do not eat big meals at the beginning of the day anymore. So we have that difference. It’s not like I can’t periodically though as I love breakfast. I just like to wait til I’m hungry to eat it though. Mom likes to eat with a few minutes of getting up. I probably don’t eat until after I’ve been up 3 or 4 hours. I get up in the 4 a.m. hour and eat around 8 at my desk at work. And it’s never a huge deal.

So Mom on the other hand sits here all day and is ready to get out and go somewhere. She is not driving up here so she can’t get out safely by herself. She can’t see anyway so it’s really a blessing that she is not driving so she doesn’t hurt herself or anyone else.

She skipped church last week and we really didn’t have appointments this week so she likely is stir crazy. She laid down yesterday simply because “there was nothing else to do” she said.

Getting Mom Out of the House

So we have a lot of things going on this week that she will get out of the house for. Then she will likely be ready for a rest. Church, eating, and appointments seems all that she really wants to do. She doesn’t get anything out of shopping anymore – mainly cannot see I guess. She can’t walk very far either as it seems to hurt her to get up and move at all some times. I hear her saying “whew” over and over as if it has just taken all of her energy to get across the room.

So we have church today, George’s birthday outings this week, and her eye appointment on Friday. We will then plan an excursion one Saturday for breakfast out and a couple of other stops and take her on a tour of Lebanon. But she really doesn’t seem to want to be out for very long.

That is the only thing we need to work on I guess is making sure that she gets out some. This past week has been exceptional though being that we had the flooring put down and just really needed to be home more. The fact that she skipped church didn’t help. Anyway, like anything, we’ll keep trying to perfect to what she needs just like we do for what we need.

So we invited her to go with us today to D & L’s but the length of the day I think was going to be too much for her and she is not exactly a social butterfly. So I think she prefers to be home much of the time anyway. Like I said she mainly just wants to go out and eat and to church. I think this move and change has taken a lot out of her. I also think she is sad about the whole thing. I know she is looking forward to her house, but I’m sure she is worried over her heart and overall health and the ability to keep living on her own. And well, that is another story for another day and another venue.

Ok so over an out. Going for some pool time and friend time after taking Mom to church and through a drive through of her choice. Looking forward to seeing our friends!

4 responses to “Sacred Saturdays and Productive Downtime”

  1. Hi Sonya, I am just back from church, the afternoon farewell tea party to our minister it went very well lots of people seemed to turn up, as I was in the kitchen dishing out the teas and coffees I didn’t see just how many were there but all seemed to enjoy themselves. It was sad to see her go, she has been such a good minister but we pray that life in her new parish up in the north of England will be good for her , her husband comes from Macedonia and his Father is very ill he has had to go home to help care for him so she is left all alone with her two little ones 6/5 to do the move all on her own…..By now I hope you will be getting ready to get out for your afternoon BBQ…Have a lovely afternoon….God Bless

    • Oh I know it’s hard to say goodbye. Yes we are here visiting friends. Dad used to preach at a Macedonia- lol a totally different place obviously. But probably named after that place there near you.

  2. Getting mom out of the house. I can see where that would be an issue. It sounds like she is up to going out to eat & church once a week. That’s limited. I don’t have any answers or ideas. Sorry.
    You guys are super busy with work & just getting thru the week. Weekends can be a blur as it is. What all did she use to do before the move?
    I hope you are enjoying today & some pool time. It’s in the high 70’s today & sunny. I would LOVE a dip. 😎

    • She could drive around before to get lunch but doesn’t know our area and while she says she can drive – she can’t really see well at all according to what I’m finding out.

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