Trying a New BBQ Place, Cooking Enchiladas, Finding My Ambiance, Watching Mr. Bean, and Making a Healthy Coke

New Moon BBQ, Lebanon, TN

Mom and I went to church Sunday and then afterwards went to try New Moon BBQ. It was pretty good. You get a plate full of food.

Afterwards we went back to her house and I threaded two needles for her for something she needed to repair, and then ordered her a magnifying glass you hang around your neck that has a light with it.

Once home, I was a bit tired. I’m not sure why. But when I came home George had cleaned off the “pub table” in the kitchen. And had moved his musical equipment to another area. He said it was impractical to have it there with the dog. lol

I looked at the schedule for the week to see what all we needed to work around. One of us needs to be here ASAP in the afternoons for Dexter because he is almost beside himself by the time we get home. I think he sleeps most of the day but he is both hungry and ready to play when we get home. If he doesn’t get a lot of exercise he really gets mischievous. What is hard for me is having to time to blog and work on videos uninterrupted. Right now he’s doing “zoomies” all around me.

Anyway, what I am trying to get to is that our schedule is free this week. No doc appointments, no nail appointments, no hair appointments, just come home. That is awesome! George and I both are having to coordinate which nights to work over. It’s quarter end for me and he has to work more during the week to get his half day off. He gets a half day Friday. So my days to work later were Monday, Tuesday and I work also Friday. Like I’m going to want to work late on Friday but I will work a bit later to make some room for quarter end activities. It’s a 4 day week next week so that doesn’t help me as far as quarter end goes. Since I have dog duty some of the week, it’ll be harder to get quarter end done. So I may have to go in on a Saturday and if I do it will make me madder and iller than a hornet on a hot day. But if I do, I’ll take that time off later. We already have short enough weekends as it is. Last night after leaving the house at 5:45 a.m. and getting back at about the same in the p.m. I was tired, worn out, didn’t want to think, didn’t want to talk, didn’t want to do anything but go to bed. I had zero patience for the dog also. I worked on video, called and checked on Mom, ate and went to my room. The day was exhausting.

There’s a few things cropping up on my “to do list” personally though. I just keep moving them forward as I end up blogging or editing videos instead. But this weekend perhaps I’ll have a 3 day weekend in which to work on a few things. I’m trying but I’m not sure I’ll make the video by this Saturday. There’s still a chance. I’ve gotten 50 minutes of footage down to 40 but I need to shave off and at least try to get it into the 20’s if I can. Thirty is just too long. The time period covers Mom’s move to her house through Thanksgiving weekend. I didn’t want to break it up into two. It just wouldn’t be interesting enough so I’m working through the weeds. I can probably get it edited but getting the upload done and thumbnail set and scheduled may be pushing it.

This pic is hilarious. If Dexter has run out all of his energy, he can tolerate some Mom lap time. I love to hug on him and when he gets older he’ll be a great snuggle buddy. But right now he is a live wire still for about two hours of day. Once in the morning and once in the evening and then he can settle “for a bit”.

So I fixed enchiladas on my own this time, using the similar recipe and instructions from Hello Fresh. I’m just so excited about being able to make enchiladas and the “crema” sauce. Now I can always just make enchiladas with whatever we have. I think I’ll make having tortilla’s a staple. I mean you can even open a can a beans and make bean quesadillas, or open a can of white chunk chicken and even throw in rice. So I’ll keep those little cans of salsa verde as stock also. And I’m thinking we’ll keep sour cream as a staple too b/c the crema is awesome. And you don’t have to have a lot.

Beef and Bean Enchiladas

I also make the bean paste to put on the tortilla (think pizza sauce for pizza – same concept). It’s really just mashed up black beans but you could use pintos also. Then put the filling on one side only and then roll them up and bake seam side down. I have mentioned this before, but I’m so taken with the process! I had to share my personal try at doing it. It was a success! Hello Fresh teaching me how to cook. It’s not only good food and recipes but it’s cooking lessons! ha!

So we began watching “Man vs Bee” with Mr. Bean. Oh my gosh we laughed so hard. Typical bean only he talks more. It’s an easy watch. If you haven’t seen it, watch it for some good deep down laughter. I think it was on Netflix.

So I have found some pretty awesome ambiance channels fro YouTube. At one point I got cold in my office yesterday so I looked for a fire place to play and found this. It’s set in Greece and even has “Little Bit” (black cat) on there. I can’t wait to put this on the big TV and read one night, lol.

I wanted to share this with you. The channel is called My Ambiance. However there are also some other channels that have beach cafes etc. and play jazz. I like to clean house and do my Saturday work and routines with those playing.

Kicken Chicken

Here was last night’s meal. As you can see there was no need for seconds, lol. I’m still full this morning. The chicken was panco crumbs and Frank’s red sauce. There was a sauce that went over it and then you drizzled honey over that. George made it so I’m not sure what all it had on the chicken but I want to make that on my own sometime. I’m going to order a recipe book holder for all these big recipe cards from Hello Fresh. I need to measure to make sure they will fit in the plastic holders.

Gotta try this:

I did a screen shot of Tic Tok of this lady making a healthy coke. It’s ice with a little bit of balsamic vinegar and then add a LaCroix or some kind of bubble water over it and it tastes like coke but it’s healthy for you. lol I have not tried it but probably will.

And there is this little piece of fun I’ll leave you with. Katy sent Dexter a toy from Texas. It was his first piece of mail! lol

So I’ll try to be back on Friday! Ya’ll have a good rest of the week.

Heat Stroke Scare, a Picnic Lunch with Friends, and Happy Dog Pics

Friday came and went. It was a short day. I had a pretty good week last week being able to get my weekly, monthly, and quarter end taxes paid. Now I’m all ready to move forward with the quarter end processing in the coming week. I only worked half day on Friday since it was Mom’s eye injection day. So I left at Noon. (This is the reason I go in early every Tuesday so I don’t have to burn half day of PTO.)

So off to Lebanon to get Mom, and to Hendersonville to the doc appointment. For the first time ever they were very behind. We figured the docs must have had a heck of a lunch that day, lol. Who knows? Anyway her appointment still only took a little over an hour. I went through all of my emails. I think I was up to 500 or so. I try to stay on top of it. I have my normal email through AOL plus my blog email and sometimes just the gmail account that I had to have to go along with the blogging before LessHustleMoreCoffee was in existence. (Side note: It got confusing after the AOL blogs transferred to Blogspot, and then at some point I started with WordPress, and then when I started the YouTube I had a special email for that. Sometimes I wonder as I age if I’ll be able to keep up with it all. Probably not, lol! ha. I also use google to host my website domain. But for the most part I think I only have 4 active emails if you include work. I still go in and log in to the bookncoffee emails on aol -which also has the gmail version- again confusing but was necessary with the blog switcher-ooos and sign ons). I have to remind myself to log in to bookncoffee once every quarter. I don’t want to lose my old blogs. I can entertain myself for hours anywhere if I have my phone.

Mom and I ate lunch at Jonathan’s Grille in Hendersonville after her eye appointment. I had chicken tenders and Mom had quesadillas. It was all really good. I only ate a portion of mine. George ate my left overs with my permission. We also went to the store at Kroger. I had to do both mine and Mom’s groceries. While I didn’t even have a whole buggy full, it still took a while to get it done. Mom sat in the car with the a/c going. I was really feeling rushed and tried to go the fastest I could. It was one of those mega Kroger with clothes, shoes, linens, and everything else. I could have shopped all day but had to ignore any fun to check anything out. It took me forever as nothing was where I anticipated it to be and I had to look for items. I think I was in there for 45 min to an hour at least. I kept seeing $$$ in my head for Mom sitting out there with the a/c going. Half way through the shopping I began to get really anxious, like I knew I needed to rush rush rush. Well I ended up forgetting the Buddig meat for Fancy. ::sigh:: But George got it yesterday while he was out, so I’m taking that to her this morning.

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However, when I got checked out and went to the car, Mom was sitting in the car with no a/c, windows down, and an umbrella out the window blocking the sun. OMGosh. She said the a/c quit and she was afraid we had burned it up as it took so long.

I got the groceries in the car and got in the car. It was 96 outside and I have no idea how hot it was in the car, but if it was too hot for me I know it was too hot for Mom. So I drove off and the wind was not giving any relief. I told Mom we would have to stop and have George come get us that we couldn’t drive home in this. She said she didn’t want to leave her car. Ok then we can go by ambulance and have twin heat strokes. Anyway, I was trying to drive and figure out what to do and it occurred to me to check the a/c. I mean Mom is so good at fixing things and if she said the a/c was out, I assumed it to be true. But I realized then “oh she can’t see” – especially after her shot because they have clouded up her one good eye. I said “Mom, did you mess with the controls over here or did the a/c just go off”. She said it got cold and she cut it down and it quit after that. I pushed the A/C button and cold air started coming out. LOL LOL LOL. Thank the Lord!

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That was a horrible experience that could have led to Mom having a heat stroke if I hadn’t gotten to the car when I did and finally figured all this out. Of course I’d have taken us to a/c and we’d have stayed inside somewhere, but I never dreamed that she had hit the a/c button. I figured she would have known to try that. But I don’t think it even occurred to her that she could have turned it off. So this is sending me all kinds of signs, bells, and warnings. Geez. A scary moment. Such a simple thing could have been a catastrophe. I told her I wasn’t going to leave her in the car again even with the a/c going. Unless of course it’s reasonable temp outside or we just have an item or two. I should have taken her home and then gone back out for the groceries. I just didn’t really think it would be a long drawn out grocery run. But with two of us and a huge grocery I never go in- yep it was forever!

Friday night I slept well and Saturday George got up with Dexter dog, letting me sleep. I was thankful. I got Dex a new toy at Kroger. Here’s a 40 second video. George is goofing with Alexa in the back ground! He told her to add “grocery list” to the grocery list. lol. I’m gonna mess with George and change it to the man voice. Yes, there is a new voice available. Unsure if we should call him Alex.

Dogs crack me up the way they lay sometimes, but this says he is beginning to be really comfy around us I guess. lol

So Saturday we had a lazy morning – well I did laundry – some of it! George ran some errands. We had to drop off his car to get tires rotated and shopped at Target while it there as Target was next door. Then we set out to meet Don and Lisa and Amber and Dillon at Monday Night Brewing in Nashville. Lisa packed us some sandwiches and George and I brought some sides to go with it. We had a spread and a half and of course we had couple of beers as well. I had one and a half. I can’t do two anymore.

I’m special. I had the crown, lol. And water!

Making our Own Fun at Monday Night Brewing with Picnic Lunches

We didn’t ask if we could bring food, but being that we were picnicking on the outside, and each had our own little bag – no one said anything. If they had we’d have gone and ate in the car and come back in I guess. lol

Monday Night Brewing, Nashville, TN

Cumberland River, Nashville, TN

Above just random pics around the brewing company and also in Nashville.

When we got home, George and I spent the evening reading, much of the time with Dexter Doodle in between us. He learned to jump on the couch yesterday all by himself. He missed the first time but managed to try again and made it and surprised us all!

So today, I’m taking Mom to church and out to eat and then I have to do a couple of things for her. Then we have to go get my car which is in the shop, but getting spark plugs and a new headlight so I can hopefully more safely drive it to work.

I have to come back also and do the ironing (my ironing is mostly just pressing to get the few wrinkles out for the work week), and I’m making enchiladas tonight, as the Hello Fresh taught me to do. I’m making them on my own. Looking forward to it.

Anyway, hoping church is ok today and the weird man doesn’t come back. Mom and I are going to sit somewhere else. I think it is supposed to rain/storm sometime today too. Anyway it’s horribly hot in these parts. Summer is definitely here and June about to come to an end.

Will be planning the July 4th meal next week. I have not looked yet to see what all we have planned for next week. I’ll be doing my reconciliation report next week at work. But not sure what appointments we have yet. I’ll look at the calendar Monday morning. I don’t usually have appts on Mondays.

Anyway, I’m glad ya’ll enjoyed the video. If you missed it – see yesterday’s post. I actually gained 4 subscribers. Wow, lol. I’m so happy. I am already working on the next one of course. I think you will like it even better. We are closing in on the rest of 2021 and make it through Thanksgiving in this one. It’ll be a little longer than some. Then the following one is our Asheville trip – so stay tuned.

I better go so I’m not late.

New House Walk Thru / Visiting the Christmas Shop

Walking through Mom’s New House for the First Time / Visiting the Christmas Shop

Here she is! She was so happy. She has a beautiful villa in which to reside. God is good. He made so much happen and so quickly. This is the one where we did a walk-through before the actual closing. She then closed on the house and we celebrated. It has pics of the deer that we have come strolling through in the mornings/evenings and also a stroll through our local Christmas shop. It’s almost July so get a cold blast of a feeling by watching. Of course you know, I’ve added some good music all through.

I’m happy to say that I gained 3 subscribers this week. And the last one had more views right away than I had anticipated. I’m happy to see that people are enjoying them. I know more would enjoy if they knew we were doing them. And more people are probably realizing it’s more of a channel than just a personal video or two. So give me a thumbs up if you liked it, and leave a comment if you did. If you haven’t subscribed, it’s free and if you would like to see more, it’ll let you know when they come out. The regular time is Saturday’s at 7:00 a.m. There won’t be one EVERY Saturday but when they go up that will be the date and time.

It’s better if you watch it on YouTube. Usually there is a link that says “Watch on YouTube” and then you like and comment there, which really helps the channel. Thanks so much in supporting the YouTube version of Less Hustle More Coffee which is the extension of the blog.

I’m already working on the next one!