New Years Eve Plans?

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It’s New Year’s Eve! I hope each of you have a wonderful day and enjoy your celebrations whether at home or out. Please be careful, safe, and may your 2022 be blessed with much happiness.

I have worked on my “Year in Review” this morning, however, it is a work day for me. So I’m off to get ready and drive in. I will do the Year in Review post, either later today or in the morning, as time and mood allows. Just know it’s coming. I started to just say “Project Momma” and be done with it but we did have other things that happen that deserve it’s mention – like the fact that we gained a grandson in 2021. ;-). We may not get to see him much because they live so far away from us, but we were blessed to meet him and see him 3 times last year. So I will do a proper review of what was probably one of the most oddly but busier years of our lives. I can see now that we did not get a lot of personal time in but we did get in some travel and that was good.

George is off today. He is snoring as I type. I’m so jealous of his 3 day holiday week this week. I can’t get over the fact we are working a full week where I work. Most of you are off today so enjoy it and pray for us who haul our butts in on a would-be holiday for our employers. I’ll be happy Monday though when I don’t have to go in. But I really hate that George and I have different days to celebrate. I wasn’t quite prepared for this full work week during the holidays. Obviously it’s bothered me as I’ve mentioned it several times. I think it might be the first time in a long long time (if ever) I worked a full week b/w Christmas and New Years. I must be doing something wrong. lol

So I will hop off of here and head into work so I can head back earlier, rather than later. I want to leave before those who have partied all day to day, while we’ve worked, hit the road.

I’m looking forward to clearing the house of Christmas, starting tomorrow, putting up my Christmas gifts, and then packing for Texas. We are a bit worried about our flights with the cancellations of so much. I am learning to just not worry in this pandemic ladened world. You just really can’t trust anything, anyone, and just have to go with the flow. We really don’t have much control over anything anymore. We’ll have a flight or we won’t. We will have a rental car or we won’t. But George said we’d rent a U Haul truck if we had to, to get there, LOL. Life is sure an adventure, that is for sure. But we will do what we can when we get there. We don’t have a hotel room either. We have spent so much this year and we have decided to stay on the ranch wherever they can stick us. I really don’t want to have to sleep on a sofa but it looks like we may have to as Cody’s family gets the guest house as they have more family coming. I slept there last time I was there. Whatever we have to go through to get to see our Grandson, we are in.

And so off I go to work to work on getting payroll ready and work on month end taxes and quarter end taxes – whatever I can get done. Then next week is only a ONE day work week as we have our New Year holiday on the 3rd. I do payroll on the 4th and we fly out or drive out – or whatever we do on the 5th. Life will be on hold at work until my return. If the return flight is cancelled that will be the interesting one.

Anyway, over and out on this blog post and for 2020, until I can get the Year in Review accomplished. What are your plans for this New Years Eve?

The Gift that Made Me Cry and Other Christmas Gifts This Year

Each year on the blog, I open up and share with you the gifts that were given to me at Christmas. When we are preparing and shopping for Christmas, I really don’t think much about what I’m getting, as I’m focused on getting the right things for others. Sure, we give each other (George and I) ideas and as we shop if we see something we needed or seems perfect, we’ll go ahead and get it and have the other wrap it. I often forget about it but on Christmas Eve, it hits me “hey I get some gifts tomorrow” and while I’m excited to remember what I got everyone else (ha), I am always surprised at how gleeful I am – like a child on Christmas Eve- that we get to open presents tomorrow. It hits me at the last minute as there is always so much to making a Christmas special for everyone.

I know some families quit the gift giving and donate to charities and if you do that, that is fine. Some draw names in big families and that is fine too. We have always chosen special gifts for each special person that are in our lives and close to us. And that is ok too.

My daughter gave us this wonderful print above, that she had made. How thoughtful of a gift was that? She knows how precious our fur babies have been in our lives and this print keeps them alive in our memories and I will cherish it forever. It made me cry when I opened it. Roger is “spot on” and with his tongue out, Maisy is too with her crossed legs, and Tugie with her tilted head, always understanding and learning language of everything you said. How precious!

How about this “Less Hustle, More Coffee” Notebook huh? I loved it! My first “merch” ha!

Here is “Little Bit” the cat, that I gave George, lol. It was actually “Merlin” ordered at Halloween. But it made George laugh when he saw him sticking out of his stocking, lol. Also notice the Coppola Wine, and olive oils.

Speaking of Little Bit, I had the joy of coming home yesterday a bit early and folding/stuffing checks at home and I let Little Bit in to hang out. He surprised me by sitting behind me on top of the chair, lol.

My stocking, was actually several stockings that George had found and stuffed a group of them together, lol. Lots of Reese’s!

You have to know that I have complained about scissors for like 2 years. None of them cut. So he bought me several, lol! And those stickers I picked out to decorate my planner with. Because the planner has become my Bible. I have since tried to convert to my phone but always come back to the planner b/c you can see the week laid out so much better.

So I bought George a charcuterie board – a very nice one and had bought him a “board” cookbook and he didn’t know that I had done that but he bought ME a board cookbook too, so that we could make some amazing boards when we have company. That was funny. Of course I already am using my iPhone but he wrapped the box up for me. I’d forgotten I picked a 2nd case. I will use the grey one and take it to Texas as the case is not as slick as the one I have now.

We had talked about more Nest cams the last two years. And he found these on sale and ran out to get them!

I’ve wanted the Rode microphone with fuzzy wind muff for a while. I’m anxious to see what it does for audio. We’ll do a test video soon.

Katy and I are big “Ree Drummond” Fans (Pioneer Woman) – you know she was/is a blogger too and that is how she got her start! She was among our circles of bloggers that everyone followed back in the day, telling tales of her days on the farm, her fur babes, kids, and what good meals she was cooking up that day for the cowboys (husband and kids and farm hands, cousins and crew). So her “easy cookbook” came out.

I also found this cute scarf of many colors and had George wrap it for me.

I have another desk calendar! This time it’s dogs! So we’ll have our daily dose of doggie. I usually post these on Facebook lol! Everyone looked forward to the daily calendar. And those packing cubes. I wanted those for our trips to separate out everything. I’m sure it’ll drive TSA crazy though and they’ll probably inspect my bag, lol – to which they will reward themselves by seeing big granny underwear and fuzzy socks.

I wanted Coppola Wines for Christmas. I love them. Or maybe I just love the fact that Nicolas Cage’s uncle owns the winery, lol. I’m a big Nick Cage fan! 😉 The wines, they have always been good.

Foodie gifts are always big in our family and George often will buy me special spaghetti sauces that we would not normally buy during the year. Little upgrades to the palate. We also got the “Illy” coffee which I’m anxious to try.

The gifts you see came from several people – not just George. But Aunt Martha, Katy and Cody, and so forth. Mom gave me $$.

I love hand soaps, and George will probably make us some crepes! Here is a Nonni mouse pad. 😉

So I gave George 3 timers knowing that we needed some more. Ours are old and broken and sad. But guess what. He also bought me 3 timers. Ha! So now we have 6 new ones.

WE also got some gift cards and cash! I didn’t take pics of those.

I am so grateful and blessed to be given thoughtful and personal gifts that mean so much. A lot of it is food and will be consumed. I guess I didn’t get a pic of all my scarves. Maybe I’ll go back and take a pic b/c I found these scarves in Asheville while shopping that were very pleasantly priced knitted scarves in solid colors. Very good quality and I bought them – oh wait – here’s the pic I just found it in the photos! I never see anything like this out. So I bought them and had George wrap them up. They are so basic but I thought they were also a little more elegant than what I normally see in the stores. I was shocked they were affordable!

Some of the gifts were for both George and I but if I was the one opening it – they ended up in my pile – some were food items like olive oil and aioli etc.

And if George opened any to the both of us, they are in his stack and I don’t usually take pics of his stack. So some could be missing from the pics. Sorry if I missed anything.

This is always a fun part of the year to me – putting up our gifts, and trying to work in all the food items, and rejuvenating our cooking impulses, giving us new ideas and writing upcoming meals on the board. I love putting up Christmas stuff and getting the house all clean and crisp for a nice January new year feel. I sometimes redecorate a little differently – moving things about the house and making it look a bit different. The cleaning out starts. We enjoy playing with and putting up our new presents and working them into our lives.

There is one gift not shown here and that is “Final Cut Pro”. When we get back from Texas and Quarter End processing is OVER (aka February) I will allow myself to download and upgrade! I’m a little nervous but very excited.

Also excited to do the new bucket list for 2022 Winter into Spring Season of “doing things”: things we want to do, places we want to visit, goals we want to achieve, etc.

So much fun and a favorite time of the year as reflect on the past one and begin the new one.

Ok so I better get out of here and head to work! Lots of fog out there today. I have not driven to work in the new location on a really foggy day – I go over a lake – so I’m a little nervous and hope it’s not too bad. I’m specifically going in a little later today. Maybe the sun will be up and less fog. Take care!

Working During a Holiday Week and the Quest for Good Nutrition at Non-MLM Prices

George’s company had the employees off Monday for their 2nd Christmas holiday and then their New Year Holiday is Friday, and I believe that is how many companies did it. We only had the one holiday at Christmas this year. And I really missed it. It feels like a holiday week for me though still – only that I’m having to work it, lol. Meanwhile George made his holiday time productive by making pot pies with the turkey and ham leftovers. These are somehow in our freezers. There’s not room for much else. But better than the leftovers go to waste.

I cannot wait to have time to look at my Christmas gifts again, to get my nails done, to plan 2022, to do the next bucket list, to work on the Year in Review, to work on Roger’s tribute. But we are in full work mode – excuse me – I am in full work mode. Some of us actually have a 3 day week if you were lucky enough to have an employer that gave you the 2nd holiday and New Year’s Eve off. I’ll be singing the praises next week though on the 3rd when I’m off for our New Year HOL on my birthday. I only work ONE day next week to do payroll and then I’m off the rest of the week and we fly to Texas for grandson’s first birthday party.

I have been pretty much exhausted and a bit under the weather this week. As has George. Christmas does this every year to me. So I’ve gone in early and left early – not that much earlier though. I should have left by 3:30 every day but I think it’s been more like 4. So the company getting extra work out of me. lol Should make them very proud, lol lol. Today we have bad storms, possibly tornadic so I plan on coming home and folding checks from home so I’m not caught on the road. I’ll work part of the day from here to avoid that. There is NO WHERE to stop should there be any bad storms in b/w there and home. So it’s important on days like this to make sure I’m not on the road when it starts to happen.

I’ll probably go in early today anyway. So again, I’ll probably end up with a longer day rather than a shorter one. Usually how it turns out. lol.

The roofer guy came yesterday for a more proper inspection of our roof. They did a temporary fix to the obvious from the last storm til they could get out and do a proper full inspection. We were in a waiting line from the last storm.

So one of the things on my mind, with rising costs occurring, and also our need to sort of ween ourselves into a more of a retirement mode kind of lifestyle (so we don’t go cold Turkey in a couple of years) is to take myself off of any of the wellness products I’ve been using. It’s so good but it’s so expensive when you add shipping and tax. I get it. It’s MLM (multi level marketing), but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the products. I just need to make a list of all the things that I use and begin visiting some health food stores or on line places and see if I can’t get some of it more cheaply. Maybe there are some things at the grocery I’m just not aware of. That will be one of my projects this year. I’ve done the conversion with my vitamins already. For the most part.

This drink above is filled with nutrition and so are the shakes. So I just have to figure out how to do these on my own. I’m tired of shakes though, lol. So I will work on taking myself off completely. I will always remember the time of my life where I joined the team to do the MLM, it was one of the sweetest, happiest, times of my life, being part of this team and group and having the side hustle. But because of my personality, and my ability to dive wholly into something, it wore me out trying. I was consumed by it and didn’t really have time for it. I had to give it up before I lost family, friends, work. I didn’t look back. I did create this blog “Less Hustle, More Coffee” because I wanted to enjoy the rest of my days. God was telling me that I didn’t need to chase a dream or chase $ to enjoy the rest of my life. George was not on board with my dream anyway – to RV and travel full time for an extended period of time. He was not supportive of this and basically told me if I chased this dream and did this that I’d be leaving him so I guessed that meant he would file for divorce saying I left. So I was chasing something that would be taking us apart. I’m left with supporting “his dream” for retirement I guess instead of mine to stay married, lol. Maybe one day we’ll have “our dream” for retirement. My guess is that we won’t plan it, it’ll just be what it will be. And as of right now, looks like it is being planned for us. Mom has now moved here so it would be rude of us to move away, lol. But if we do I guess we have to take her with us somewhere and I don’t think ANY of us want to move anyone ever again! So yeah, looks like we are concreted here as of now. The kids haven’t said whether they intend to stay in TX or not, so I guess here is where we will be.

Anyway, my main point was that I’ll be on a nutrition journey this year to try and find good things to eat and drink that is not at the prices of MLM where you are supporting bonuses and commission fees. It’ll probably still be expensive though and if in my journey I can’t get what I need, I guess I’ll still do the wellness company b/c there are certain things I just need these days to feel better. We’ll see how it goes and I’ll share with you any things I find. One thing I DID like about the wellness company I do is that there is a lot of research that goes into it and resourcing to get good ingredients. It’s a product you know is good. So we’ll see what happens in the coming year!

Of course I get next to ZERO time lately to do anything I need or want to do. I’m patiently waiting for my weekend so I can even look at my Christmas gifts. I’ve been too tired at night to even go in the living room and piddle.

I really need rest ya’ll. I really, really need rest. I mean I’ve gone to bed as early as 5:30 one night, but usually around 7:30 to give me an edge up. Anyway, let’s get through this work week and then this weekend I’ll be washing and packing for Texas. Won’t have much time next week. It’ll be here quickly.

And that is my mid-week update. So mainly just working and waiting, working and waiting – for time off! As always!