The Heat is On, Exhaustion, and Prayers for Family and Tennessee Flood Victims

We are so lucky, well most of the time, to have deer roaming freely in our neighborhoods. They are so used to people and even vehicles. This one, simply looks up, and goes on about eating the neighbors lilies, lol. You can barely seem him in the picture. He’s right in the middle. I actually Thank God in the mornings for the wildlife he puts in our midst. It makes me feel good knowing that if I can’t be out exploring God’s beauty at least he will bring it to me in some fashion.

The Heat is On

Summer is trying to squeeze out as much heat upon us as it can. Although areas to our Southwest seem to have had more heat warnings. We’ve had temps around 95-97. The maintenance crew was in our office -not from our company but I guess who ever owns the buildings send in someone to monitor the “new fangled” system they put in back in spring. They have had issue with it since. The old one seemed to work fine and only had to be adjusted when a frontal boundary came through but this one has kept nearly NO ONE happy. lol. Everyone is either blasted to the Arctic cold or melting in a pool of humid and extremely warm air. Eventually the break room and my office took the brunt of the arctic air while the rest became somewhat comfortable. I vowed to endure it with my heater going and a wool cape that resembles a wool throw one would have upon them in the coldest of winter days.

So the maintenance guys were in again testing the “whatever it is they test” throughout the building – air holes, I don’t know. And I told them how cold it was in my office. So now I guess they turned the vent off and so this week this has been the story.

Once again, I vowed to put up with it. I was the one that said I was cold. One can only laugh. I hate to complain. Fall is coming and then I guess it will be cold in there. lol lol lol. I don’t know what the answer is, other than to turn my fan on HIGH. I moved it closer to me and let it blow directly on my face and yesterday I make sure I drink lots of ice water. I also can put cold paper towels on my neck.

Life and “the universe” as they call it, just seems to play together sometimes. And so this was Monday’s calendar.

Well, heck yeah I’m hot! lol But bless their hearts, they just can’t figure this system out. I guess the owners were trying some new fangled system to save money but it’s just not working.


So I’m not sure if the heat played a part in this or not. All I know is that around Noon on Monday I began feeling extremely tired. It was hard to get through the day. I didn’t feel bad or sick as much as I just felt lifeless. And maybe I was just dehydrated. But when I went home, I went straight to bed. I got up and ate dinner which is how I knew I wasn’t sickly. Dinner was good and I went back to bed.

Sleep was…….well……good but in the middle of the night I guess I had a weird nightmare. My body was so tired that whenever I was trying to wake up, I couldn’t. I couldn’t move. I tried to move my arms and legs but they wouldn’t move. I had to pray to wake up as it felt some force was over me not allowing me to wake up or move. I was determined to overcome whatever was overpowering me. I guess it was a weird dream. I woke up when I prayed Lord get rid of whatever is overpowering me. I woke up from the dream at that point. It freaked me out. It kinda bothered me all day when I thought of it. I think my body was just so tired it really didn’t want to move as I was waking up, because it kinda felt that way also when I was awake. I just wanted to be!

I still felt exhausted when I got up yesterday morning (Tuesday morning) still. But I was hungry and determined to get payroll done and then come home and go to bed again.

At work, I closed the blinds, and then kept icy cold water and drinks in front of me. I have no idea if it was the heat or not – but it certainly wasn’t helping any – but I was determined to make the situation better. The blinds down brought the temp down to 78 and I made sure to drink a lot of fluids. See I have blood pressure meds that have a water pill in them and so that can make things worse from a dehydration stand point.

Anyway by Noon I began to feel like I was coming back to life. During the exhaustion period, I couldn’t not do anything other than “get through the moment” – no planning, no thinking about the next thing. So by Noon I actually began to feel better in the way that I was less tired but also able to think about my to do list and what I would do when I got home. So I knew I was on the mend. The idea crossed my mind that perhaps I was getting “the dreaded” but no other signs. I considered even staying home as the tiredness was so debilitating but then who calls in b/c they are tired? I’m tired a lot, I’d have to be off A LOT if that was a reason to call in. And I’m not going to get a test for being tired. Not even sure they would give one.

So I’m much better. Not quite to perfection but feeling better anyway. Much more normal!

Pray for Family

Speaking of the dreaded. I have some family near and dear to heart that likely have “the dreaded”. I’m calling it the “the dreaded” b/c I think if you mention it in some media forms the post is not broadcast or meeting the algorithms now. So I try not to mention it.

So they are not getting tested – or haven’t yet anyway – but I don’t want to mention who they are. For the “trolls” or the “stalkers” to ease your mind – NO I’ve not been around them to expose anyone so rest your fears. Anyway, I’m really worried about them, VERY worried. So please put up some prayers that God heals quickly, no long term issues, and no respiratory issues and no problems from this. One of them has had pneumonia before and once you get it, it can be easy to get again and I worry about that.

Flood Victims and Families of the Deceased

I was shocked to realize that one of the people that lost their lives in the flooding, was a lady I had worked with at the envelope plant, Jane Warfield. She retired some twenty years ago and moved to Waverly. She would have been 81 or so I think. Her husband also passed. This was sad. I don’t know the details of her particular story but it certainly made this more personal. And it’s sad to see the names listed. You realize where each name is, there is a family heavy with grief. And this is not the entire list. I also had a teacher once by the name of Linda Arnold. I think that was her name. I have no idea if that is her. I took this pic to send my friends at the envelope plant.

Hoping to find out more information. At least I understood this was the confirmed deaths, but there were some that were still missing. It’s tough to watch the news coverage on this. Even the law enforcement having a tough time keeping composure and breaking down on the news briefings. One said “Sorry guys you have to realize we grew up in this community and these were all people we knew”. There are numerous homes that just floated away.

So prayers for these folks. I want to do something! Perhaps make a donation or send supplies, but for right now I’m just praying.

One never knows what a day will bring. Certainly those folks didn’t know they would get 13-17 inches of rain and drown at their place of dwelling or their place of work, or be swept away by a surprise tidal flooding wave.

Have a Joyous Day and Enjoy it Whatever You Do

I have to leave you with encouragement after that. Here’s your “Meanwhile in Texas” section of the day. My little toot – my Little Roo. Don’t you just want to scoop him up and give him some loving? Gosh I miss him.

Well, not sure this is encouraging but I ran across this picture yesterday. I think it was in my Facebook memories. It made me cry. I miss them so much. I know though, that the Lord just knows what we can handle and what we can’t. I know that for this season while we moved Mom, are having Mom live with us, and will be moving her again – and for the time frame where we went to see our Grandson and will go again, God just knew we needed less responsibility. But my heart misses them both so much. Especially the love that Maisy gave me that just stole my heart. How she loved me at times when it seemed like no one else did. God used her to warm my heart.

I know in my heart there will be another special dog or two. But now is not the time. When I get sad I think about how good God was to send us Maisy and Roger and I know that in time and I trust – that God will again send us two more amazing doggies to love and care for and have them care for us! I’m so looking forward to it. But we need to get Mom settled and take a couple of trips. I’m thinking spring/summer/fall of 2022. Stay tuned.

You Know Fall is Coming When You See This

There seem to be spiders outside everywhere before fall gets here. Not sure why but I guess that is why you see so many spider decorations at Halloween.

Well, I need to go and get ready. I’m glad to be feeling better and glad I can work toward my to do list. Got the ironing done yesterday after work – pressing the wrinkles out of some work pants. I let them hang dry as my clothes last longer when I do that. Also got the sunroom sofa blankets put back on. I know ya’ll liked the sofa sunroom furniture pattern but I don’t. So I cover them with blankets/quilts. I had washed them and now all is ready for fall. It also makes them comfy too.

Now to move on to set my next hair appt – likely 10 to 12 weeks out and do my computer updates on the Mac, order vacuum bags for the new vacuum. Then I can do my To Do List that is hard to get to, lol. Dinner tomorrow night with neighbor and friend Christie! Can’t wait to catch up with her.

Ok – over and out! Probably will blog again on Friday morning. Whatcha got going on in your week?

Tricia Leach Cookbook Review and Updates from the Weekend

Many of you know that I faithfully follow Keep Your Day Dream each week. And I have always loved the segments where Tricia Leach invites us viewers in for dinner. She has mastered the art of cooking – on the go – and her recipes are not just for living the RV life, but for busy working people too. The recipes and cooking ideas in this book are practical and inviting. I was so impressed with the photos and the quality of experience with this cookbook. I have to say that out of ALL the cookbooks I’ve had, this one is the prettiest! No cookbook I have, has the beauty of the photos like this one. It’s very colorful. She also has spice blends on her website too. (This blog post is not sponsored and no affiliate marketing here, I’m just sharing with you what I like as always).

Remember when that movie came out where that blogger girl set out to cook all Julia Child recipes? lol. Yeah that could be me with my Tricia Leach, Small Space, Big Taste cookbook. ;-). I could never do the one recipe per day thing though. George wouldn’t let me in the kitchen that much, lol!

See a sample of the cookbook and order if you like here: Tricia Leach

Blog Growth

Amazing that the blog continues to grow. Some are probably people looking for followers on their monetized blogs/business accounts, but I’ll take them. Anyway, I’m honored that 501 people will allow my words into their feeds and emails several times a week. Thank you so much.

Even more, I love the ones that comment as it makes me feel like this is worth doing. Although I did say when I began that the blog is more for me than anything so I can vent, share my day, consolidate my goals, and go on to the next day. But I love all of you here. You have been so nice to me and I appreciate all the support.

Video Embed of My Latest YouTube Video

Here’s the video. I put the link in the last blog post, but here’s the actual embed. You can watch it from here or you can click on the “watch from YouTube link” in the bottom left hand corner. I recommend watching from YouTube so you can SUBSCRIBE, Comment, or give me the “Thumbs Up”. I appreciate your support in my video efforts. These are a joy to do. I love the entire process of doing the video version of the blog.

As you will see with this one, I covered a two month span. lol. Not having done a lot of videoing or vlogging in the last few months, the catch up is getting easier. ha! I will be working on May next and our “move”. As usual, I want to stop and do some “file work” before working on the next one.

George’s Roast Beef in the Instant Pot

It’s not always instant – it took a couple of hours or longer and it was almost my bedtime when it was ready, but dinner was wonderful with roast, potatoes and carrots. The YUM factor was an 11 on a scale of 10. The roast was tender also. Not pictured were the speckled butter beans which we devoured and are all gone. We do have leftovers for lunch.

The Week Ahead

Well not a LOT on the schedule this week. There is a tentative dinner with my neighbor and friend one night, which we have to set up. We briefly talked this weekend when she was rescuing a turtle from her yard. 😉 And she said “let’s go have dinner one night”.

We have Fancy’s dog trim on Saturday, a friend’s yard sale on Saturday, breakfast out – which may just simply be a donut shop to go order since the virus is making it’s rounds again. And Saturday I also have a bone density test. Has anyone ever had one? I need to look up what it’s like. It doesn’t hurt does it? lol I’m shocked the doc office does these tests on the weekends but they do. I’m not sure how we will manage to get all this done Saturday but we’ll give it a good try. It might be my last chance to see my friend’s doggie, Ozzie, that looks so much like Maisy.

The To Do List

I had to leave a few things check marked to show we actually DID SOMETHING this week. Then I’ll see how far I get this week on the upcoming things. Some of these are low hanging fruit and I still can’t get it done. lol

Ok off to get ready and head in to work. The traffic is building up again now that schools are back in session. Sometimes taking 45 minutes instead of the 20 or 30. Yuk. I’m used to any few minutes I can grab. And the loss of 15 to 30 min a day is not something I want to happen. Sometimes those 15 to 30 minutes are the only time you get to be productive.

Oh, I do have to iron, redo the vitamins for the week, and fold some laundry – not listed on the to do list. But we’ll take it from there and do what we can.

Prayers Continued for Flood Victims, Families of Lost Lives, Missing Lives in TN

I can’t close this blog without asking for prayers for our neighbors to the west of us here in middle TN. So many lives lost and missing in the recent floods, including babies that were swept away. This is unacceptable in my mind and it’s hard for any of us to imagine. Many just working at their work sites and floodwaters came and no chance to escape. Some barely did. Harrowing stories coming out. Prayers for all the families. My heart hurts for everyone there.

I’ll be back, Lord willing and the Creeks don’t rise – apparently they do and have – see you on Wednesday! Have to work early tomorrow! Payroll Day.