Design Studio, Cinco De Mayo, Mom’s Day, and a Wedding Shower

Good morning! So Tuesday night I spent the night in Columbia with Mom, just beating the rain. I ordered us Uber Eats from O Charlies. We ended up getting it free due to a mix up on their end. The next morning we took off early for Nashville. Traffic was not as bad as we thought it would be. The red bird greeted us at the Goodall entrance on Wednesday for Mom’s Design Studio appointment. If you have followed my blog for long, you know that red birds to me are a sign “that everything will be alright”. It’s just a thing b/w me and God I guess. These are not ordinary red birds. I had two redbirds fly between me and Mom’s back door on the patio the day we arrived to pack. I was four or five feet from the door. It was a very close “fly by”. lol. And there that little bird was in an area of concrete with few trees around. “There’s your sign!”

The Design Studio was very organized and a nice lady was assigned to us and did a great job and was very helpful and cheerful. Here’s Mom’s colors:

The neat thing about the colors is that it is toned kindof in between beige and grey groups so her decor should be able to sway either way. We laughed at how Mom liked the beiges and I liked the grays. She eventually quit asking what I thought, b/c we were usually polar opposite in color choice. But usually in the end she decided on “the middle” color as the girl helping us would also offer her opinion, show pics and examples, and if Mom was making a mistake into a busy pattern she would say “you know this looks different on the floor – it’s very busy” and would show a pic and Mom would pic a different one. So it all worked and went very well. The pricing was not horrible for the upgrades and Mom left a happy woman! She got everything she wanted and then some. She was able to get the craftsman upgrades to her window and doors making them look extra special!

Afterwards we went to a tea room Mom was excited to go to in Brentwood called The Puffy Muffin.

I got a plate with tuna salad, chicken salad, and pimento salad, the cranberry salad, and poppy cake.

Mom got a creamy chicken casserole of some sort along with the cranberry salad and a roll.

I then took her back to Columbia, packed my stuff up and got out some cleaning supplies and began cleaning a bit on the house. It was not perfect but it was good enough I guess. Just a few more things needed dusting, cobweb removal, crumb removal and a few bathroom tinges, and swipes around toilet bases. All the usual things we miss when we clean the first time. But the biggest thing was making her sink sparkle white in the kitchen!

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Then I headed back to Nashville and Tractor Supply to pick up a couple of picture frames I ordered. I got a sign for the front porch. I wanted one to lean against the house but this one was cheaper and not exactly what I wanted and will have to be hung. I will show a pic when it is ready. I’m on a mission to “up the game” on the front porch. Since Mom likes it out there and we’ll probably be hanging out there more, I decided to spruce it up. It’s been on the back of my mind to do anyway. But it’s not been as important but now it is!

Then headed home and was ready to be back. George made us a wonderful cinco de mayo meal of tacos, refried beans, and tamales. This was NOT our meal, we devoured ours and I didn’t even think about a picture so I’m having to use the Pexels pic. lol

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He fixed us some Palomas for our cocktail. It was great. We overate. I will tell ya that right now!

Then yesterday back at work, I went in early so I could do a check run with no issues and finish folding checks for our TN plant. Turns out I’d not have had to come in early after all as the person taking the checks went later in the day, lol. But that is ok. It was done on time and I had given myself plenty of time to get it done by the normal time.

I hit a big wall about 3 since I’d come in earlier. I was so tired and ready to be home but we had a wedding shower after work at 4:45 for a coworker. I think everyone was “done” with work and just sitting around waiting for shower time and a storm was coming so someone suggested we start early.

It was a short and sweet shower. They did a great job putting it together. Work won’t let us “gather” yet unless it’s outside even though restaurants and venues are pretty much back in business all over. So the elements were braved, and we flirted with the storm. It wrapped up just before the storm hit. I made it east to my house with the storm following me. But when I left work in the Opryland area, there was a confused duck in the middle of the road.

When I got in the house Roger had “lost” his diaper and I had carpet spots to clean in two rooms. ::sigh:: But then I fed him and called Mom. She had 9 people tour the house yesterday and has several today. She spent the day with her friend Pauleen so she’d be away from the house. It’s going to be a few hard days of having to stay away and keep the house clean. They expect multiple offers. Someone said to Mom that Monday was the deadline for offers, but I don’t know how that works. That’s different from how it used to be. I imagine she will have offers before then. But we wait and see what happens. Prayers that she gets robust offers in this market.

I sat out on the front porch with Little Bit for a minute to get some video of the storm clouds rolling in. Wait for Little Bit on here. You can hear the neighbors yelling back at one another about what side of the road to leave the trash can on. We have a new neighbor. The low hanging clouds came through and some rain and then it was over quickly. The bark was worse than the bite. At least for my area but I think there were some folks without power in the county I came from that I work in.

Sleep was pretty good last night and now I need to get off of here to go to work! Today is Friday. A fast week. I get my nails done today and then we have a nice weekend planned. We have a LOT we want to do this weekend. And it’s Mom’s day weekend. My own Mom said she did not want to do anything this weekend with the house stuff going on and she was tired out. The Puffy Muffin was Mom’s meal as I bought her lunch and gave her a card and then her gift is getting her toes done again when she gets up here. That way no gift to have to pack! lol.

So we have our “lists” going of things to do this weekend. And George made a Mom’s Day reservation for me – a brunch event put on by some of our favorite caterers. And we are going to run some errands and get things done here. Just a busy but yet probably laid back weekend at home. One can only hope! For now, we get a slow and steady weekend until we have to rush! We need to collect some boxes and stuff to wrap glassware in! Yikes.

More later! Ya’ll have a wonderful weekend!

House for Sale in Columbia, TN

Mom’s House Listing! It went live late last night.

If you would like to take a peek at Mom’s house or know someone interested in buying a home in Columbia, TN you can see the home here and get details on how to tour: MOM’s House for Sale

I will be back in the morning for a proper blog post, Lord Willing.

Busy times. Going into work a little early today to catch up to where I should be. You know when you take PTO you don’t really get all of the the time off – just a portion of it – it just gets squashed up into the other days to make it up, lol.

So back tomorrow. Let me know what you think of Mom’s house though! It’s been a great house for Mom and Dad. I’m sure it will be some work to paint it and remove wallpaper and such as folks will have their own decoration style but it has great bones and has been maintained and on a cul de sac – and THAT PORCH!

Cleaning and Organizing the Kitchen

I used to follow a blog and website called “Fly Lady”. She gave you flying lessons on cleaning your house. She said for success and to get you motivated you “clean the kitchen sink”. She is right. I usually start with the laundry though because it seems an efficient use of time to go ahead and get the loads started while you are home. So I start there and move on into the kitchen.

I did some deep cleaning in the kitchen and it needed it too. I bleached the counters with Clorox Clean up – I have old counters and not granite. And I was so happy with the counters. I was able to make room for Mom’s toaster oven. lol. I have a hole where I think it will work as long as it does not stick out and take up too much counter space in width as we need that area for chopping. If so we’ll have to move it to the corner. I put a recipe book in it’s place for now. lol.

The recipe is a chicken salad that looks really good. I’ll have to try it. Once Mom gets here and gets settled we can have a good time fixing up some recipes. I also got down the cactus green tea pitcher I bought at Publix. So I would remember to keep tea made for Mom! I also rearranged the cookbooks along the ledges and changed some about for the summer months to provide inspiration. And I got rid of the farmhouse baskets and pulled out the cactus green fondue pots to put the potatoes and onions in.

At lunch I needed some inspiration and encouragement. I wanted a beer until I could find time and stop to eat. So I called it “beerunch”. It hit the spot. I kinda liked it in the wine glass! This lo cal IPA does NOT taste lo cal. I don’t drink beer much these days. We haven’t been to a brewery in a long while. And I usually have a glass a wine after work. But this hit the spot and gave me some inspiration and creative time.

I also moved the bread to the snack basket and found a cute square dish to put all the vinegars and oils in. When I first started keeping olive oil and vinegar on the counter there was just two containers. I think this has gotten out of hand, lol!

Meanwhile, George mowed, but I took liberty to attack all the things that was “bothering me”. I cannot stand when all the Tupperware bowls get thrown in without their tops and strewn every which way. So about every quarter I have to stop and fix it. I moved some big bowls up and moved some of the Tupperware to the 2nd shelf. Part of the problem was the third shelf was hard to reach. We really don’t need that many Tupperware bowls anyway! They are not really Tupperware – that is just the term I use. lol

We over do on everything I guess. We have a collection of onesie twosie glasses over the years. And I intend on buying a set of four tea glasses for us. I don’t really have tea glasses other than mason jars, lol. There are two glasses with those houses on it you see there. They are good for tea. But I probably need a set of casual tea glasses. I have formal ones in the china cabinet but they are too fine to use every day, we’d break them.

I think I need tea glasses and and a set of two more white towels from Target. I am putting that on next weekend’s agenda.

I ordered a Welcome sign for the front porch from Tractor supply and I’m also hoping to get some planters and plant some flowers for the front porch as well. Mainly for Mom to enjoy. We may or may not get that done. I also need some for the mail box area. But, in another month it’ll be too hot to sit out there and the sun faces the porch area but we’ll at least make it inviting. George also did some measuring for the front steps to add a railing. Honestly, I am getting to where I would enjoy that myself. Especially if I’m carrying something.

Meanwhile in TX…..

This little guy likes his little blanket animal we got him. It’s a lion. He can hold on to it. We got to face time him yesterday. He was playing and jogging. He really likes to jog in place. And his little legs are chunky. She had to go up a bottle size because he was not satisfied and wanting more. It’s almost time for cereal to be added. Look at those legs below. I like his duck outfit.

Roger is napping good while I cleaned yesterday. I played jazz in the background – a YouTube channel. It makes for good cleaning music and just a nice cozy atmosphere.

Thank you Terri for my Mother’s Day card that is so sweet. And for the Target card you sent to River (Little Roo). That was so kind! She’ll have to buy an outfit! He is gonna be growing out of this size if he keeps eating, lol.

It is raining heavily today on this Monday morning. A busy week this week. Haven’t had time to work on the video again but maybe this weekend I can finish it. Getting close!

So it may be late in the week when I get to post again. Payroll tomorrow and I have to go in early. Wednesday Mom and I go to her design studio. Thursday a long day for me and will have to go in early as well. Friday is looking good for a blog post update. Unless I can pop in other wise, I’ll be back Friday morning! Ya’ll be good!