Just a quick weee word this morning as I am giving myself the gift of sipping a full cup – maybe two – of coffee before we set into the day. George had announced he is going “yard sailing” first this morning. So that buys me more time. I went to bed at 8 and woke up around 2:30 and was awake for an hour. Then back to sleep until 7. Seems to be a habit sometimes. I played with widgets on the iPhone checking to see if there were new ones and rearranged my apps so I could get to my “tasks” on the first Home Screen much easier and played around with my watch face and settings so it shows up there. Eventually my eyes got heavy and I laid down again. I was cold. The front moved through so I reached for the extra throws at the bottom of my bed and went into a warm cocoon and sleep found me again until almost 7.
Yesterday, when I woke up, I think I mentioned that Mom was on overdrive. She must have been up in the wee morning hours herself planning and thinking and released loads of her plans and ideas upon us before we could hardly even wake up. There’s no problem with having plans and ideas. I have a few of my own as does George. I had lists upon lists to try not to forget anything.
I put a few items we needed for the day in the car. I was told to get the vacuum. I did. I got the Swiffer mop so we could get the dust off Mom’s floors from last weekend when we moved things in and had construction dust from the road on our feet with no welcome mat to rub feet on. And a few other things I tossed in the car for the day at Mom’s.
So we went to Chic Filet first b/c it was bout 9:30 and I needed food. Mom was game. The line was long but went by pretty fast. We had to back track to Lowe’s. I knew it was going to take a while because 1) We had a return 2) We had to see the appliance department for a 4 prong plug. 3) Lowe’s is a huge place and we had a few items we needed 4) Mom can’t walk fast nor far so it would be a slow go with her using a buggy as a walker.
And a long time it took and we bought two outside welcome mats and 3 inside rugs by the doors. So that is two layers of mats before entrance. The “wipe your paws” is cute and she immediately found rugs that she liked for the inside ones so that was a success. We had to wave someone down for a price. Not one anywhere.
The appliance guy was always busy or gone whenever we came through each time. About out of patience I called Lowe’s on my phone and told them we needed help in appliances. lol. They guy came pretty quickly. Mom asked for the plug and then we checked into what seemed like a line at Walmart on a Black Friday, complete with idiots who come in from the front and sneak in front of others to pay. One cashier and a line forming down through the store.
We get in the car to go, storms threatening, and begin to head to Mom’s. We didn’t get very far when Mom announced she got the wrong plug. She said she had asked for three prong instead. So I turned around and waited at some red light that seemed to be about 8 minutes long. I’m sure it was more like 4 or 5. I got back to Lowe’s and Mom locked the car before I could open the back. lol. I had to dig my keys back out and unlock – I’m not even sure what all she was rattling off about locking the car back or something in the front but I ignored it til I could check the prongs. I checked and it was correct. She got the right thing. So that delayed us about 15 minutes but we got back in the car and then I had gooooooooo! You know. We were supposed to stop at the model house to pick up her mail box keys. But knowing that NOTHING is quick these days I told Mom we’d have to go back to the model house after I went potty! lol So we went to Mom’s and then went back to the model house to pick up the mail box keys and then to her mail box and YES the keys worked. We can get her mail now.
Then back to her house where Mom did the Swiffer Mop across the floors and I put down all her rugs we bought. I finished putting up the utensils and washed the silverware. Mom had decided she wanted the shelving spacing changed in the kitchen cabinets so everything I did the other day had to come back out. But it will help her to be able to reach another shelf – we think. So I redid all that. George arrived and helped with the corner cabinet as it was deep and even on the ladder, I could not reach the peg with enough force to be able to pull and push on it. Got that done and dishes back in.
So we cannot find Mom’s white every day dishes. There are still some boxes we have not been able to get to. So all we can find are boxes and boxes that say “china”, lol. Anyway. George set up her bedroom areas with furniture in them and it works. Mom was excited it would fit. But she has to do some fancy footwork figuring to get queen beds on reg frames, by extenders or something like that. I may work for a mattress company but that is not my forte. And I don’t want to be blamed if something goes wrong so I’m staying out of it. And George bless his heart, has just tried to follow her orders and ends up right in the middle of it. She told him to give away her good mattress not realizing it. Somehow things got switched or she couldn’t see. He reminded her that he had asked her every time and followed her directions when she tried to place blame on him. Soon this will all be over.
We have most of her dishes set for every day but the plates themselves. George devised a plan to put all the bubble wrapped pics in the guest room and we could move boxes against the wall for retrieval as we went through each one. We found the dessert plates and a few coffee cups but there should be another box in there somewhere of white plates.
Mid day I had stopped to eat the fruit that came with my chicken mini’s. It was lunch. We got there around 10 or so and pushed through lunch. The cooler air felt good. The rain had arrived just as we got in there. Mom said God was watching over us as it rained REALLY hard at times. I said “yeah I can hear the rain” and she said “no that’s the fan”, lol. You couldn’t hear the rain at all from the inside. The rain had gone by the time I ate the fruit.
You can see the beginnings of construction to the houses behind her. We met a couple named Mark and Lisa from Indiana I think or was it Illinois? Not sure. They are one of the houses or villas to the left. We’ve met several neighbors and have heard of some we haven’t met yet – like the two sisters that live one in one villa and one on the other villa next to each other. Everyone is really nice and most are around Mom’s age. I think the people next to Mom are younger. But not sure. So far so good.
Eventually I suggested that we go and eat an early Cracker Barrel. It was less crowded than usual but still pretty busy. We had to wait in line but not long for a table and it took a while for the food to come out, but it was so good. We must have looked like we’d not eaten in months. lol I ordered the “steak and 3”. I’ve never ordered steak at Cracker Barrel. But it sounded good and it was. I had pintos, potatoes, and fried okra for my veggie sides. It came with muffin and a biscuit. I was so hungry I ate every bite except I gave Mom a couple of bites of steak for Fancy dog.
Anyway, we came home and watched what I keep calling as the North Pole Girl. I’ve shared an embed before, but I’ve decided to watch her YouTube’s from start to current. So it was fun to grab a blanket and sit on the sofa all cozy and watch what life is like at the North Pole. A perfect end to a very busy move set up day.
Today George and I are dropping Mom off to work in the new house – she has clothes to work on. And he and I are going to get my new iPhone ordered (one of my Christmas gifts) and the police report (finally). And I told him we could have sushi for lunch if he wanted since Mom is taking her lunch today to the house. So his eyes got big at that. And then we will head over and help Mom some and then head home. At some point this weekend I’ll need to be here long enough to get some laundry done. But anyway we will see what we get done today.
I decided to blog instead of work on vlogging. The vlog sucks me in – the blogs do too but I think the blogging takes less time. My family may argue that point but wouldn’t dare, lol.
Ya’ll have a good day today. Hope your Friday is a good one.