PTO Time, Mini Basement Flood, and Pushing to Get My Agenda Accomplished

Funny this was one of my calendar pics this week, reminding me that I can do it, just not all at once. lol. Life seems to be getting busy now that the seasons are starting to turn. I always laugh at me “Hustling Less”. The blog is my reminder to slow down and enjoy life. But the world around us seems to keep us in a whirl as we try to “fit in” our own agendas, somehow. Oh well, I don’t want this blog to turn into another “ain’t got time for dis or dat” kind of blog entry. I’ll save that for another day. lol. Haven’t you heard that song and dance enough from me?

Since there is nothing hot and juicy to tell I’ll just speak from the heart. So…forgive me if I DO complain about not having time to do what I want. I’m sure I will.

I’m most worried this morning about my Katebug, who says she has her “sinus infection” going into her lungs and it feels like she is breathing in dust. I have told her this is NOTHING to play with to get to the doctor as it can come on fast. She has parent teacher conferences today and can’t go to the doc. I’m really worried about her. She has also been prone to having pneumonia. I need that girl back up here with me! They are having a tough time down there I think with being sick and trying to parent. They have a good support team but — I miss them and worry about them.

The week is going by fast. I have been a bit tired lately but rest seems to help. I am having one of those weeks though where I feel like a robot – just going from work’s list, to my list, to sleep and then start all over again. Rinse (shower time, lol) and Repeat. In my “free time” –if you want to really call it that –I’ve done the following in the evenings after work:

I have followed up with the police report and ordered it via email. At least I think I have. Government websites are weird. It sent me a copy of my request (the form I completed on line asking for the report) but did not say, “we’ll send you a copy”, how long it would take, or even that they received it. lol. I just got simply a screen shot of the form where I asked for it, no words, nothing. Weird. I guess we’ll see what happens, if not I’ll call and get their office business hours and go down there – meaning more time off work I guess. ::sigh::

I also refigured my PTO with the current amount plus what will accrue til the first of the year. Since I’m salary and paid bi-weekly my accrual is 4.896 per pay and there are 7 more pays after this last pay day. I have 48.126 hours and with the upcoming accruals will add 34.272 more for a total of 82.398 – if I did the math right. I’ll be rolling about 32 to 40 hours into the new year for our trip to Texas of 3 PTO days plus one or two more if needed. I’ll be taking 1/2 day for Mom’s walk through where she sees the house for the first time and only time before closing to make sure all is well. Then she closes 4 days later so I’ll take the whole day for that.

I want to take 2 days at Christmas – one for shopping, one for wrapping. If Katy and Cody come I have that extra floater day that I was rolling into January that I could take a day for if needed, if the schedule works out.

And that leaves me with two days to take off to help move or help Mom set up her new household. The rest will have to be done on the weekends or maybe some in the evenings if we want. I think life is busy NOW, just wait a few weeks. lol

Also I was thrilled to just be able to get the coffee beans ground for the next 7 days. Geez! lol

I finished folding the laundry and got the ironing done Monday night – it’s mainly just pressing because I hang dry my work clothes. They last years longer that way. I ran out of time on the weekend trying to get other stuff done and we were gone much of Saturday and then was busy videoing the Beef Bourguignon on Sunday. So not much time to do housework and laundry over the weekend but I did get the vacuuming done in the main rooms. Need to do bedrooms this weekend.

I ordered some things for Mom and put some things on the grocery list for her. Some of the personal items she wanted you can only order by the case on Amazon unless you do the “fresh” order. But it’s non emergency and so we’ll just get those things this weekend at the store.

Oh I can’t believe I didn’t tell you since this is big – the basement flooded a bit. Somehow. It has to do with the pipes that connect out back. George knows. I don’t understand what happened, but he switched the switch to septic tank and said the problem will resolve itself as it was an overflow. So he’s been doing the wet vac and fans downstairs. I don’t think it got into Mom’s boxes or anything but mainly rose up through the downstairs toilet and overflowed from there and into the garage. ::sigh:: IF life can’t be busy enough.

So the rest of the week will be hard to get ANYTHING done on the list, as I get nails done tonight, we are going to a dinner Thursday night for a fundraiser banquet for a group we support, and then Friday night Mom and George have plans for us. I’m interested to see how that goes. Anyway, “no rest for the weary” as they say.

I have a push to get next week’s meal plans done (so I buy the right stuff at the grocery since the challenge starts for me 10/1), do the fall bucket list (it starts 10/1), work on my “community serve” list (it’ll be more like serving family and friends – also starts 10/1) and then I have a few emails to make that I should have already made (yikes) and then I can begin working on the other list – the one I showed Monday in the previous post.

Ok I’m going to say it “I never have enough time to do what I want to do” and it’s so frustrating! I have looked longingly at my Fall Bucket List poster board and constantly saying “soon”, “soon”!

I’m trying, I really am. I’m set and determined to get a few things done. Looks like I’ll be penciling these things in for 10/2 Saturday morning though, lol. Unless I can get to some of these tonight after getting my nails done.

I’ll be working on the video in the morning so will see you guys Friday morning for another post! Friday posts are always cheerful because it’s Friday. 😉

Is there something on your list that you get frustrated you can’t or won’t get done? My list changes weeks to week and I guess I put too much on there to begin with!

Scotch Eggs, Bare Grocery Shelves, and Setting My KYD55 Self Improvement Plan

Sunday we ate in the Sun Room. The temps are moderating where we can eat out there in the evenings too. George fixed “Scotch Eggs”. They were so good.

I have mine broken up here on my plate so you can see inside. It’s boiled eggs coated in sausage and then air fried in the air fryer. It has several steps though. It’s not quite that simple. I think he had to add flour and corn meal and spices, etc.

There’s a mustard sauce that goes over the Scotch Eggs. They were so good.

The grocery shelves had some bare spots in the produce section. The sacks of potatoes and onions were dwindling. George said it could be the lack of help to stock it. It makes you feel so bad for these businesses and it’s just so weird that no one is working suddenly. Well some of us are keeping the world afloat. I’m not sure why people can feel like they don’t have to work. I guess they have enough support they don’t have to. There are signs everywhere with places begging for help. I have bagged my own groceries the last 3 times I’ve been there. I enjoy it. Good for them that I do, lol. I’m not very fast at it. I stand there trying to get the bags open, lol.

The eggs were skimpy too. And where there were any Kroger coupons on items – it was gone. I guess those not working are really having to coupon. lol. We were able to use a few coupons but not many. This is kinda scary.

The grocery clerks told George that turkeys would be harder to get this year. So when Mom and I were at Aldi, we bought a turkey breast and put in the freezer so we at least have that. We will keep watching though in the next few weeks for the Smoked Turkeys.

George and I fixed the Beef Bourguignon dish yesterday. Actually he fixed it. I gathered ingredients and filmed it. So expect a video at some point. Right now I’m in May 2021 with the videos. I was almost about to catch up and then fall happened, lol. I’m sure I’ll get behind again with all that will happen with Mom’s move, getting her settled, Thanksgiving, shopping, Christmas, and Texas, and then the New Year catch up and the New Year start up. Ahhhhhhhhh!

So the bread goes in first and you pour the beef bourguignon on top.

If you want to try the recipe, it’s in one of my old blogs below:

BEEF BOURGUIGNON Recipe

Getting Ready for the KYD55 Challenge: Reading, Eating More Nutritious Food, Moving More, and Drinking Water

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So, I have been working some yesterday on the upcoming KYD55, redefining that. I really had to push to get that done yesterday. I stayed in my bedroom and worked on it after dinner. Here’s the plan for this 55 day push with focus. I can keep doing 55 pushes as I need to I guess. It’s nice because you can set varying focuses as needed. So here’s mine.

First of all it’s important to set the goals and/or realize and remember what they are and here’s mine, not in any particular order:

  • Lose Weight
  • Feel Better
  • Be Healthier
  • More Energy
  • Stronger Muscles
  • Be Happy
  • Enjoy Family and Friends
  • Be there for Family and Friends
  • Stay Spiritually Connected
  • Enjoy Hobbies
  • Live Longer

Water intake per day:

94 ounces and I downloaded the WATER Reminder App. Not sure if I will use it but we’ll see.

Reading 5 pages of any of the Below.

First of all, I chose things based on my goal. I normally read 2 chapters of the Bible and feel lucky if I get to read anything else. But when picking your subjects, since the reason for doing this is improvement, then it needs to be something to help toward your goals. the Bible of course is one, and I chose to do a study on forgiveness as I have realized that I’ve not quite been able to let go of a few things. I can improve my heart in that area. I also want to learn more about my camera, vlogging, creating video, SEO and growing a blog and growing a YouTube channel. And I’m also wanting to learn more about eating nutritional diet so any encouragement there will be good. I’m including “watching a video” or “listening to a podcast” as a part of this reading section – it’s just information gathering for your brain anyway it comes to improve your life. And because being happy is one of my goals, I get to read fiction! I can do this! It’s only 5 pages! The Bible I’m counting as two. IF YOU were to do this program which would you choose? What would your reading material be?

Act of Service Each Day

Well, I’ve not constructed a list yet. But I think each day will present its opportunities. Most days I’m doing something for Mom but I will take the opportunity to be more mindful to do things for my family and friends and check in with them more. I will also be looking more intently at serving others when I’m out and looking for those needs instead of being out for my own agenda. If some seem insignificant, I will do a “set of three”. 😉 You can never be too kind right?

Movement

Here is where I’m excited. Because I’ve set my goals up for success. It’s totally doable. Right now I basically am doing nothing, so any improvement is good.

  • Twenty minute walk (at once) – one time during the week. I have all week to do this!!!!
  • 80 Muscle Strengthening movements. I don’t know what to call this but it can be any of the following. I just have to do 80 a day. In sets of 20. Maybe I roll my neck 10 times around. Maybe I reach my arms to the sky 20 times. Maybe I do 20 side to side bends. Maybe I do 20 air punches forward. Maybe I do 20 windmills. Maybe I do 20 leg lifts. I can do 80 across the course of a day. Might do 10 sit ups.
  • I have to try to do a push up once a day. Just one. Just try. 😉
  • Ten Deep Breaths per day in a row

Embracing – Nutrition / Eating Plan

I chose to go with the “embrace method” or all encompassing. Some are just eliminating one thing. But I need to embrace! Here’s my plan:

  • Less starch, flour based foods, sugar
  • More fruit, veggies, greens
  • More water of course
  • Less alcohol. No more than 1 a day if any.
  • More whole foods
  • Less processed foods

I need to have healthy food available, plan ahead, and plan meals.

My rules?

  1. Have something green every day
  2. Have fruit every day
  3. Dessert once per week
  4. If I just have to have something – only 2 bites
  5. Remember that “emotions” lie when we’re talking emotional eating!

So if you were going to tackle such a plan, what would you do? What are your goals of improvement? How would you tackle this? It’s something to think about.

Busy Week Ahead

Better go. Will be a busy week ahead. Here’s my To Do List. I’ll be back Wednesday for a mid week update.

Have a great week ya’ll!

Fall Transitions, Outings with Family and Friends, and Canon Lessons

I love fall! The changes are slowly evident of our season’s turning from late summer into autumn’s arrival. Our mornings are foggy – especially around bodies of water or low lying areas as the night’s are cooling. I’ve already had opportunity to switch in some longer sleeves, a few thin sweatshirts, and take away some of the thinner and lighter summer clothes from the closet.

I ordered pumpkin spice from that wellness company I use as I’ve waited on this for two years. It is the most divine taste – not too sweet – just right. A better version even than the last, and I liked the last one. With the upcoming “challenge” I’ll be doing a bit more shakes and working them into my mornings and trying to overcome my constant need for a hot breakfast in the fall/winter months. Even in the summer I had not been doing the shakes. I began to associate it with “dieting” instead of the goodness they provide. I had forgotten just how good they make me feel. I’ve been struggling lately with tiredness, muscle issues, musculoskeletal issues, and I remember how these seemed to repair my body. So with challenge ahead and needing some extra help and nutrition, I’m going to be drinking more of these. They will help me toward my goals.

The 55 day challenge is coming up and it will be something I want to commit to as I try and develop habits that stick. I am creating some rules around how to be able to live my life, be healthy, less fat, and still be able to enjoy food like we do. I think one of my rules is going to be one that I’ve heard someone else use. They never say no if there is something they want really bad. They just have “TWO BITES”.

We went to Paula Deen’s last Friday – a group of us girls – in celebration of one of our coworker’s birthday. Look at the goodness of these rolls sat on the table. Slathered in ooooey gooey butter and herbs and cheese. Oh my. They were as heavenly as they looked.

The two bite rule could have been used here and under the 55 day challenge in which I hope to lose 5 lbs, before we go into Thanksgiving, I would have to keep my goals in mind and not eat the whole thing. I think that is doable with me. I would have to get over being wasteful and not eating the rest of the roll, but remember what the butter and fat does to my body.

I’m going to sit my 1 lb of fat around in my room to remind me what losing just 1 lb will bring off my body. Five lbs seems like a small goal. But five of these coming off my body – just imagine!

Here was our Paula Deen “family meal” choices. Catfish, broccoli casserole, Sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, creamed corn, beef roast and rice, and chicken and dumplings. The rolls have been attacked at this point. It was a great meal. I had a couple of bites of everything! TWICE, LOL. But keep in mind that my Challenge has not started.

Saturday, since George was going to play golf in Kentucky, I decided to make a plan for my own outing. Because when the guys go play, so do the girls, and usually it’s eating and shopping. (Insert evil grin here. And also please forget that I had just gone out the day before, lol.)

So Mom and I went to eat breakfast at Just Love Cafe in Mount Juliet, a place on my bucket list. The breakfast was wonderful. I had a burrito and Mom had a “Wammollete” or something like that – it was a ommellete wrapped in a waffle. My burrito was a think waffle also as the tortilla. Oh.My.Word. This was so good. I had forgotten my phone and left it in the car so I’m sorry to say that I do not have any pics. I was mad at myself for that. But it wasn’t convenient to go back to the car and get it. I’ll be back and I will take pics next time. I want to go for their lunch. I noticed they had a drive through too. Likely not a lot that would be healthy for breakfast though – but they did have avocado toast – so probably would do that sometime. But they do have nice looking salads for lunch. Once again, glad we did this before the challenge. After the challenge, I have to define – how often would I eat such a breakfast as this? A weekend splurge? Not during the week? Hmmmm. It’s these things that gets one in trouble. I’m sad to say, but I need rules I guess with my eating so I can learn to say “no” or “not now” instead of “yes, yes, yes, and more yes, and I’ll be better tomorrow I promise”. It’s a mindset and it’s a hard one for a lot of us, especially if you have a foodie family and foodie friends. I like being foodie and I like my foodie peeps! 😉

We didn’t do a LOT of shopping. Mom wanted to look for a comforter and some items that she would need for her new house. She wanted to go to Belk but they were not open yet. So we went to Home Goods, a part of TJ Maxx. She found one she liked but didn’t get it yet. She decided she really needed to wait until she saw the place to get a mental pic of the colors and understand what will match. I pulled up what was picked out on my phone but you need a mental pic of the space as well and the total look. So we’ll wait.

Mom sat in the car and I ran in Rack Room Shoes for their Buy 1 and Get 1 half off deals. I found the first pair right off. The next pair took a bit longer but out of site I saw them and tried them and loved them. I considered another set of two but just didn’t really see two other pair that would be basics. I’m really a basics person when it comes to shoes and pants. I like to have one pair that goes with everything in a color set. For shoes that is: black, navy, tan, and either silver, gold, or bronze to blend in with most things. I love my sandals in the summer and have pretty much converted to solid color tennis shoes/walking shoes for work (no stripes or colors so they don’t look sporty). I no longer enjoy wearing loafer type shoes in the winter. I’d rather wear the tennis shoes and same color socks and try to make it look uniform. It may not look dressy but it usually looks “uniform” as I said, and comfortable. I hesitate to call these tennis shoes, but they are most like tennis shoes as they tie or lace up anyway. This seems to do what I need for winter with my work clothes.

I am happy to be able to add these to the collection. I had bought some other black sandals that I wore the past two summers out of desperation as I was looking for these above and couldn’t find them anywhere. Of course last year was a bust at finding shoes in stores and online you can’t try them on. At last, I have them.

The left are my new metallic pair to dress up an outfit, dress up jeans, and just bring an uplift to the look. I haven’t had any like this, the past year or two and I’ve missed the metallic sandals. I often will wear the metallic look instead of white or beige and to go with outfits that are not calling for black or blue or brown. So I’m a happy girl!

I will find some blue sandals in spring. They are the only missing ones. I have some brown and blue croc sandals both, but they have a “gold” metal design on it that I’m not fond of. I bought them til I could find some I really liked. They have been “ok” as I bought them in a hurry a few years ago to wear at our new office when they ruled out the thong type of shoes, that we usually call a flip flop. However, I’ve since realized since then that apparently thongs are ok if they are dressy like the above and I even see and hear others wearing flip flops, so……I decided to go for these on the left as “if they can, I can” and will. ;-). I don’t want to flip and flop but I’m at least going to not rule out thong wearing shoes in the work place if I see others wearing them. And honestly, many of the women’s dressier sandals DO have the thong toe now days. Or it’s a pricier more expensive shoe.

In addition to doing some laundry, cleaning up the kitchen, and fixing spaghetti for dinner, I had made plans with myself to do a Canon lesson. So I watched three videos and also made some changes to the camera that should help me with vlogging. At 58, learning and remembering new skills can be a challenge. But with repetition it slowly sinks in. I’m able to find my way around the various functions. I mean that is half the battle. There are SO MANY setting screens. For now I’m mainly using automated settings on the videos that will help me. But am branching out on the photo side to do more manual settings to get better pics. I did NOT get to do my “photo shoot” this summer to practice that was on the bucket list. I had hoped to work that in yesterday but it didn’t happen. I suppose I can “check off the box though” with some photo shots around the house and call it a day. It’s better than nothing and I need the practice.

When I’m living my life though, I always have my phone available so mostly what you see are iPhone shots. The camera quality seems to be sinking though – is it just me or is the quality getting worse over time? I’m hoping for a newer phone in January. I’d really like to do the new every time upgrade but I think you have to pay so much per month from now on. I’m not sure what is best to do. I have to decide before my birthday but I also will look at it as an improvement to blogging and the videos as well, part of a hobby, and not to mention a HUGE part of our every day life. I’m also willing to give up cable but not sure George is. We seem to watch Netflix and YouTube most of the time. I watch weather sometime during a bad outbreak but I also have my phone and have been my own meteorologist for some time. 😉 I know how to read the radar and no how to tell what’s coming – for the most part. We are paying way too much for cable. But hey, if George wants to pay hundreds to keep cable for himself, then am I in a good position to argue for the “new every time” iPhone via ATT? ha!

This blog has been long enough. There is much to do today. George and I are going to the store to get stuff for beef Bourguignon and I’m probably going to film it. So it’ll be a busy afternoon.

I also have to finish watching a few KYD55 videos and doing some finally planning and defining for this challenge. What is ok and what is not and what my rules are and define my goals and such. Ahhhhhh I always do this to myself. I push and push but it’s worth it when I see and look back and see any growth, any happiness, and any goals met. Can we just retire already? lol Life is much! But the fun is in the journey. Just have to remember that when it gets stressful instead. My heart loves to see progress!