Finding Ways to Deal with Pet Peeves

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As in inward look to myself, and in trying to understand some of my triggers that can make my world go south in a heartbeat, I made a list of my pet peeves. Pet Peeves will never permanently go away, so if we can find ways to deal with them and turn the negative thoughts away quickly, it can give us a better outlook and a happier day when they occur or present themselves. These are usually things outside of our control that we wish we could control that bring annoyance. Here’s mine. Can you identify with any of these? I’m sure there are more if I sat and thought a bit, but here’s the first few that came to mind. Some may overlap a bit.

  • When people do not return emails or texts. It’s not the little ones, but the big ones that bother me and usually in a work setting. It makes you feel ghosted and non important and eventually makes me angry. The fix? There are some that probably DO ignore you on purpose, and we must realize the ultimate failure is upon that person and not yourself. It is true that some people are genuinely busy and forget and we are all guilty of that sometimes. The usual turnaround on this one is just to find another way to get around the person for what you need, look to someone else for an answer, or even decide yourself and go on. Decide that for whatever reason you are not getting an answer, let your thoughts occur but let them pass and not dwell. We don’t always know for sure why people didn’t answer. Perhaps they are busy, lazy, and maybe they really don’t consider you to be important. They have a right to decide that even though they might not be correct. Add a little laugh at the end of your thinking and toss in a line of “their loss” or “they suck at communication” if it makes you feel better, LOL! It still may not fix what you needed from the person but people may not necessarily be ignoring you because you are you. It could be many other reasons. You can’t make them answer, so let it go and mark them off your list as being a helpful resource.
  • Interrupted. I have a tendency to focus hard on what I’m doing. I like to finish my thoughts, my thinking, my writing, my working. I really don’t like interruptions and because it breaks my concentration and throws off my timing, I find it annoying. The fix? There will always be interruptions. And depending on what or who it is and what the situation is, will depend on what the fix is. You can set boundaries. You can shut doors. The best solution is giving others a time frame or letting them know you need this marked off time. Sometimes interruptions are important and needed. So first you decide if it’s important. I Tell George, for example, “I’m shutting my door to do voiceovers” for the videos. Sometimes it is a welcome interruption! Sometimes you cannot give boundaries. I think for this one we just have to realize that they WILL occur and if we really need to we can set the boundaries or rules to create the uninterrupted time we need.
  • Being judged by others. Oh this is a big one. You know the ones. The ones in your life that talk about everyone you know. They are the ones that you know without fail are talking about you to others as well. You can almost just hear them. If you know someone well you kinda know or imagine what they are saying about YOU as you know what they are saying about others. The fix? Let it pass. You have to realize people are going to say or think what they will and you really have very little control over it. With those people that you likely don’t trust, the less information you feed them or that they know about your life, the better. That is really the only control you have. Just let your words be few with those people. These are the kinds of negative emotion creators that we need to remove from our lives as much as possible because of the way these emotions make us feel. Life is to hard for that.
  • When others sub perform, and it impacts me. Usually this has been a work situation in my career at times. It ends up making me so angry. When you do your part but others don’t, it makes everyone look bad – especially if a project fails or back fires or runs behind, or things never improve. The fix? Sure you can handle your reactions or fixes in numerous ways depending on the situation. You can resign, go around people, come up with alternate plans, etc. But the bottom line is that you can’t always make people do what they are supposed to do. But you can control how you react and respond, even to the point of changing projects, changing jobs, and doing whatever it is to make you feel healthy and valued as a person. I have changed positions before when there were so many brick walls around that I could no longer be impactful. I have to feel like what I do is helpful or it’s no use doing it. So the fix is to make sure you surround yourself with a successful team, people who appreciate you, or simply go find those who are and do and in an area in which you can thrive.
  • Gas lighting. Meaning mainly that others make you feel like the problem is you when it’s really them. I don’t go for that. I’ve experienced this in personal relationships, with family, and in the work zone. It’s never appropriate and it usually involves someone that is not able to accept responsibility, admit their own faults, usually cocky about themselves, and of course selfish. The fix? Boundaries, removing them from your life or your situation or communication on the issues, or simply ignoring them. In some cases communication can be a fix, at least in letting them know you are on to them. But if you have to have this person in your life, the fix is mainly not letting this type of person control you or have claim to you. Just ignore their comments especially if you know it not to be true. If it continues remove them from your situation as much as possible. You may be able to change someone’s way of communication but usually they will think what they want to think or blame because they want to protect themselves. I have called out others when they did this to me and every conversation was very explosive. So if you do bring it up, it won’t be pleasant. You get it to decide if it’s worth it or not. In two of the conversations I had that come to mind, it made things better, but it was very explosive.
  • Manipulation, Guilt Tripping. Just no. These are usually masterminds of people who will do anything and everything to get their way every time. These people are very hard to deal with. The fix? I’d love to say just eliminate them from your life but sometimes that is impossible to do and I think sometimes people don’t even know they are being that way, it’s so much a part of their life or their life’s training. The fix? Boundaries. I know, boundaries are a fix for a lot of things when it comes to spacing out from some of these pet peeves. The big problem is sometimes we don’t even know we are being manipulated or have been made to feel guilty. You basically are in charge of your own life and you get to decide what you will do, when you will do it. When others make you feel uncomfortable, ask yourself why and consider their intentions. Set boundaries accordingly. I can think of several instances in which a family member tried to make me feel guilty over when a certain thing would happen that was really petty in the big picture of things. In reality that person was being selfish and wanted their way to happen on their own time frame. They took no consideration over my life and what was going on and used tactics to try to make me feel guilty that “it hadn’t happened yet”. I faced this one head on when I realized it. You have to accept that people will often stomp feet, yell, cry (maybe even literally) when you catch them in their manipulative state. You don’t have to tell them you did, but when you don’t give them their way and try to be reasonable they will explode into child like behavior and give you a hard time. So expect that. Bottom line, people do not have access to control you. You get to be you. You call the shots on YOU! I’m not saying you don’t have to help people but YOU get to decide when and how. Let go of the guilty feeling. Be reasonable with yourself. What is really needed here and how can I help? Let go of the rest. Especially if you cannot cut the person out of your life.
  • When things don’t go as planned. This is a big one. And almost to big to address as the scenarios vary so much. But I love to plan and I love for it to come to fruition. The fix? I’m going with my 2022 motto of “Just Embrace Life as is and Forge Forward.” There are some things I cannot control – like weather, or life responsibilities, or the state we find our world in the last couple of years. All we can do is the best we can do. But the attitude when changes come, can impact ourselves and others. We just have to learn to be flexible. It’s harder when it’s someone’s fault that the changes happen. I struggle with that sometimes and want those to accept their responsibility or say they are sorry. But most of the time it is just plain circumstance. I’m trying to have patience but I don’t always. I try to forgive, and that is often hard for the big stuff. It’s a constant thing that has to be done over and over. I will always struggle with this, but my motto is helping me so much this year to shrug my shoulders, go on, and “figure it out from here”.
  • Technology Failures. Oh gosh, this will make me curse, stomp feet, throw things (not usually but I feel like it). I need for technology to work. It’s not a person. It has no thoughts but it sure can make me mad when it doesn’t work. I talk to it, beg it, get angry at it. The fix? Google. YouTube. Sometimes an IT guy if he is not too busy or has the knowledge. My biggest help has been Google and YouTube, lol. Sometimes it’s simply give it up for a few minutes, sleep on it, and try again later. Ask others for help. Or fix it yourself once you are through cursing and begging, lol
  • Time crunches. Might as well put this one on here huh? The fix? I already do a splendid job of scheduling things across my year. I try not to pack in too many things too tightly. I am of course married, have an extended family, have some extra responsibilities in caring for a parent, and so of course I allow my spouse, my family, and my Mom to make some claim on my time. I’m having an exceptionally hard time though through holidays and our work crunch time in being able to handle all of the responsibilities upon me and juggling them. I’m doing the best I can. We can’t skip Christmas or important family birthdays, or important doc appointments, we can’t skip quarter end or year end taxes and returns and w-2 reporting! The fix? Prayer. It’s the only way I’ve been sane. God has opened up windows of time for me as if he has been altering my world, my support, and has given me the tools and the time I need to stay sane and everyone else to be fed and well maybe not content but at least have their necessities til I can breathe again. I hate January. I really do now. It’s an impossible month. I don’t want to be negative. I’m just being flat honest. And again all one can do is try to schedule things apart but we have had so much of the necessary things happen and I find myself tremendously bottlenecked. So prayer. If I’ve done my best and it’s not good enough – then prayer!
  • Others Planning and Trying to Own my Time. Some of these things are interconnected for me. I like to be in charge of my own schedule. And should be. However, there are responsibilities to being married, having a family, and having accepted other extra responsibilities, and of course working for an employer. So naturally those things take time and others will have a big say as to how you fill the time when you are connected in a relationship whether it be spousal, parental, or work for an employer. The fix? Bottom line, YOU do still control your time but you do have responsibilities if you have accepted those relationships to do what you need to do or have agreed to do. You have to fulfill obligations but you do have power to negotiate, communicate and in many cases say “no” or “later” or “not right now” or “this time is better”. The fix is relative dependent on the situation. I say that speaking up, and not saying yes to everything probably makes sense. It’s important for George to know when I’m needing some time. He knows I need at least ONE day of my weekend particularly in the mornings so that I feel refreshed, get our laundry done, and have a bit of personal time to refresh. So I think communicating to people what your time needs are will help. It’s been particularly frustrating to try and work in everyone’s needs from me this year as my responsibilities have changed personally. I’ve agreed to do these additional responsibilities with the care of a parent but I need to be able to have some type of control over when things happen because I have so many pieces of the puzzle on the table that exist in my world. For example work is being crowded out a LOT. I’m having to be more creative about getting my work done and in getting the time in. I appreciate that most have been patient with me this year as I figure things out. I try to be loyal to all of those that I’ve agreed to give my time for. But it’s almost more than I have time for, so it’s more of a challenge to get it all planned and be sane. So communication to all who want a piece of you is the best bet. Not all of them may have the mindset to understand especially if they are selfish, but ultimately it is YOU that gets to decide w/o fear of manipulation or anger. Boundaries again! Self-respect. 😉

And I will say that Prayer can also be a fix for all these things to be led down the path of saying or doing the right things. So if you are a believer, you have that advantage over others. 😉 It has sure helped me. I love my prayer journaling that I do every morning and Bible reading that sets the tone for me day and gives me hope that someone is with me as I venture onward about my day and my life.

What are your Pet Peeves? Fixes? You are welcome to leave me some advice too! Have a good day out there.

Winter Weather, Work Plans, and 2022 Bucket List Reveal

We ended up getting a couple of inches, but I took this once the snow started to cover the ground. I was really surprised that we got so much less. Then I thought for sure I’d be at work Monday. However, the reports from news was that roads were fine on main roads, not fine on secondary and overpasses and on ramps, etc. All of my route to work is on secondary routes. The interstates are dangerous on a regular day, lol. So since I had all my stuff at home and it was a good day to do so, I just worked from home. The only thing I couldn’t do was print, but I will do those this morning. It’s all ready to go. Now this morning fog has moved in and we are in the 20’s and black ice has formed so I’m just going in when the sun comes up and that gives other motorists that are more adventurous time to heat up those roads for me. And the sun will help. So therefore, it gives me blog time this morning. Going in early for Mom’s doc appointment (make up time) doesn’t really matter so much this month. I will be working around the clock from now til end of month to get QE/YE returns and w-2 reporting done. I have developed a plan in the last 24 hours, with the help of God’s leadership to get it done. And I can tell you that every force on earth (mostly non-intentional unless Satan is behind it nonchalantly) has been trying to usurp my time so that I cannot get it done. But I have a plan now.

So I set up a makeshift office in the bedroom. Here we are yesterday before the sun is even up good – around 6 or 6:30 – complete with sausage and egg biscuit leftover from the day before. I was amazed that I was able to get not only my daily list done and also do some tax returns, but was able to work longer hours from start to finish while including laundry, washing dishes, and being able to eat lunch at home and work on Roger’s tribute for an hour. It was great.

So now that this desk is set up, my plan is to work on Sunday from home – who knows I might also be working from home Thursday as we have another system coming through if it messes up everything that morning. I have to leave in time to get Mom to her heart appointment anyway. We’ll see what happens. Anyway, I also have the following weekend also to work on returns so it makes me feel better to be able to do these at home where I can intermittently stop and do laundry or work on things I need to at home. It helps with the synergy of getting it ALL done instead of just compartmentalizing all of it. I also may bring a couple of returns home to work in the evenings of the last week of January if it appears that things are really not going to happen by the 31st. I have a copier box to wag my calculator and files in. A brief case is not big enough. But at least I don’t have to wag the monitor back and forth. I just told IT during COVID – just know that I have monitor, keyboard (actually I think the keyboard was George’s), mouse, and a blue ethernet cord. So I will keep this set up going I guess through the end of the month. I know it can snow in Feb and March but I’ll probably go ahead and put it up and just get it back out again if needed once QE/YE returns and reporting is done.

Sunday I made pork stew. It was a different recipe. Matter of fact I didn’t really go by a recipe 100% but I did peek at one for ingredients. I added tomato paste in it and made a roux of sorts with flour, tomato paste, olive oil, balsamic glaze, cinnamon honey, red wine, Worcestershire sauce. I can’t say that it started out well. I don’t think I seared the beef right and some of the saucy tomato paste mix kinda burnt in the pan a little (oops). It’s just different from the way I normally build up my soups and stews. I don’t usually include flour and tomato paste when searing the meat, just onions and salt and pepper and olive oil. So that was interesting. But anyway, I added chicken broth as that is what we had and let it cook for an hour or so. Then I added potatoes and carrots and let them cook for an hour or so. Then I added little green peas and let it cook for 30 min or so. We enjoyed the stew for a couple of days.

How Did We do on the Fall thru Christmas Bucket List?

We checked off quite a few things. It’s impossible to get all the restaurants and excursions checked off but we like to have them on the list in case we should find ourselves with free time and need to get out and do something or work a restaurant in here and there when we can with friends and family.

I didn’t get to spend time with camera lessons or do a fall photo shoot. Just no time for that. I know enough to get photos and videos taken so I have a tendency to ignore it and keep it on manual settings. When I do the lessons I forget what I have learned. But I’m not giving up. I’ll keep trying. It’s a hopefully one day kind of item, along with a lot of other things that I’ve not tried to force. We didn’t have time to shop local shops for Christmas but had to shop where we found ourselves and also on line as we had time. We did a lot of shopping in Waynesville, NC though and in Knoxville on our trip.

We got tires for George, tires for Mom, got mother/daughter mammograms, lol. We hosted a great family Christmas, had a pretty good Thanksgiving as well. I learned a new way of setting challenges. We celebrated birthdays. So it was a good and busy quarter, not to mention setting Mom up in a new household and taking her shopping numerous times for appliances, beds, etc. We accomplished a lot. So there’s how the bucket list turned out and here’s the new one.

2022 Winter into Spring Bucket List

I was able to get this done Sunday and was excited to get it done. I can see I need to check of “pork stew” as I did it already. I think we have a pretty good line up of fun stuff. I love having this list and being able to check things off of it. It’s fun to write down things you would like to do, accomplish, and watch it come to fruition.

Taking George on the Antioch excursion is “taking him to see where I work”. I think it’s important for a spouse to know where you are and envision you in your work space. There is a tea shop a friend told me about nearby and she thought I’d like it. Slim and Husky’s is a pizza place nearby as well. We’ll make a day out of it. And check the area out. Sounds like a good Saturday or Sunday excursion. Hopefully Yellowstone, Good Girls, Ozark, and Flight Attendant’s next seasons will be out. Currently we are watching Manifest and Imposters, both of which are very good and keeping our interest.

At some point in Spring, I’ll do a summer one. Or Spring/Summer. I will consider in April doing the next quarter or I can leave this going until Summer. I may just do that for the sake of time. Here’s where I post our bucket list. It’s on the edge of our kitchen in a blank spot by the basement door. George also has a list of restaurants that we made about a year ago when deciding where to go for Valentine’s Day.

We have decided we are doing Asian for Valentine’s Day – cheap and not as many crowds. We have our foodie friends booked for a Saturday in February! Katy is looking at places to stay for our March trip to Hot Springs (please Lord no spring snows on spring break).

I always include George in on the bucket list as he enjoys crossing things off. Mostly it is created by me and includes my goals. He throws in wineries, breweries, restaurants, etc.

Lots of things to look forward to.

So I’m going to finish getting ready and head to work. I am waiting for the sun to shine so I can see icy patches and other cars can kinda melt the ice off before me. I have to go over a pretty long bridge over the lake so that kinda scares me as this freezing fog settles in. The sun will burn it off but I don’t feel like I can wait til 9 to go in, so I’ll just wait on the sunrise at least. Maybe that will help. I’ve asked God for protection.

Do you have a bucket list? Whether you do or not, do you have a list of things you want to do, places you want to go, or things to accomplish within the next three months? I’d love to hear them! Even if they are in your head and thought about, you can still accomplish them. But for me writing it down helps make it happen. Since there are two of us, we can see what each other’s goals are and help each other to work it in our busy schedule. If you haven’t done this, it’s fun to do!

Ten Simple Things That Make Life Worth Living

Recently, I jotted down some simple things that brought glee to my life and I decided to share for a blog post. These are aside from the obvious such as family, God, and of course any money laying around to spend, lol! I have to admit that money can bring temporary happiness and I’ll explain more about that later. There’s so much more that can make me happy other than these things listed below but these were things first things that came out of my head when I thought of “simple things that bring me joy”. Your list may be quite different. I’d love to know what your list is. What’s your top 3?

  • Coffee. Just that warm brew that gets my day going and completes the wake up process. The heat of it, the earthiness of it. The thought of it even brings me joy. Around 1:30 to 3:30 another cup of it revives me for the remainder of the day. The second cup is not as joyful as the first, but can definitely give me a boost.
  • Wine. Growing up a Church of Christ gal, it was one of many forbidden fruits. However, having studied the Bible own my own for myself and figuring out my own salvation based on everything I’ve read, I’ve learned that wine is not necessarily inherently evil. Much like Eve picking the fruit from the wrong tree where the apple was not what was evil but the intent behind it. I love to have a glass of “wine down/wind down” every night to transition between work and evening. It’s my treasure for having worked all day. I don’t believe it is appropriate to get drunk. I do believe it binds people together in positive ways if the intent is appropriate. I think meeting for coffee is the same way, lol. The fact that there are so many kinds of wine and various tastes is exciting for me.
  • Streaming. YouTube, Netflix. Especially YouTube where I can travel with those that sail or RV and see what they see, or I can go to Svalbard at the North Pole and hear about the polar nights, see the cobalt blue days, or dancing northern lights. This thrills my soul and feeds my travel thirst.
  • Restaurants. There is some kind of thrill within me to try new restaurants. It is the thrill of the hunt to find new and different cuisine. And when we find it we recommend it or take friends or family back to it again and again. The pandemic and recent changes have kept us away from Nashville more and closer in to the Mount Juliet and Lebanon domains, but this is still one of my favorite things to do.
  • Travel/Nature. I’m putting these together because I really had eleven simple things and it seemed better to just have ten for the sake of rounding. Nature and travel, in my world often come together but not always. I think when we are traveling I notice nature more. I love the woods, the oceans, animals, trees, flowers, birds, the sky, space, mountains, fields, farmland, ranches, terrains of all kind. I love capturing nature in photography/videography as well as our travels. I love sharing what we see with others. This makes me happy.
  • Time. I think a chunk of my life, I was always afraid of being bored. So I always had a line up of things “to do someday”. As I have grown older, I’ve collected a lot of hobbies and lists of possible things to do. Time has become a precious element. It is one of my favorite things now and there is absolutely NO chance of boredom at this stage of my life anyway. The world tries to not only grab at your money, but if you have time or even if you don’t – the world wants a piece of you. I have had to protect my time. Others will fill it full if you let them. The working world would have you ignore your family and friends if given the chance for ownership of your week leaving you with barely a meal and a short night’s sleep for their cause. Support of vacation time is minimal as requirements for still getting it done are there even with you being gone. The world does not respect an individuals time and sanity in having some. I guard time with my life and if I don’t get some time to myself to re-energize, the world will absolutely know it. I fret with everyone until I get some time to reclaim my world, my space, my life. I am happy when I can find solitude and then recharge my introverted self. Oh the glee of getting up on a Saturday morning with a clean slate of what I can do for the day. It usually involves chores but a mixture of just “time to do whatever and in whatever order, and not having to go anywhere” brings ultimate joy to my soul. I can “nest in”!
  • Music. Sometimes music can move me. I am not a huge “go crazy gotta have music” kinda person but sometimes music can be consoling, invigorating, and mood altering”. So it is a go to for me when I need just a little something added to my environment. If I’m doing something tedious at work it adds a layer of interest to the moment, or while driving, or while cleaning, or even sleeping at times. It just adds a layer of contentment.
  • Books. Sometimes when the world is too much and I cannot make sense of it, or if I’m just tired and wanting to escape, is usually when I will read. Sometimes it is simply out of curiosity or the fact that I need to sit for a few minutes after being on my feet in the house. Books can really put me in a different place when I finally sit down to read or listen. It allows you to live another life, see or imagine different places, and go so far beyond your own world. You can go in so many directions. Fact or fiction. I like a little of both. Some of my best reading has been by the pool or on the beach or on a deck overlooking the beach, while sipping a beer or glass of wine, or at home with a cup of coffee – even popcorn, lol. The glee of just escaping and finding out what is happening next in the book gives me satisfaction.
  • Blogging/Vlogging. It’s an outlet. It allows my creativity to emerge, flow, and develop. It’s been the single most important contentment/therapy/solution that I have found. The ability to communicate my feelings, myself, convey my thoughts, concerns, fears and to be understood. To have an avenue to learn and grow and share with others.
  • Shopping. Although this is listed last, shopping is truly one of my favorite past times. I love clothes, shoes, socks, accessories, make up, bath stuff, household stuff, fake plants, pictures/prints, decor, pillows, throws, baskets, containers, quilts, organizing products. I love to come home and play with the clothes, change items up to redecorate in the house. I love going out and finding new things to bring in to the mix. I don’t spend a lot doing so. I usually stick with basics and find a few flairs to make things pop. Then you can change things around from time to time. I don’t have opportunity to get out as much and shop. I spend time on Amazon though and when I do go out to shop I get really excited. It’s the thrill of the hunt. I’ve always loved a good bargain. You go find what you need and sometimes you find things you didn’t know you wanted, lol! I’m so glad George likes to shop some too. Especially when traveling and at Christmas. He’s very patient.

So at the end of the blog, let me know some things that truly make you happy – just the little simple things that when life goes south, can bring you around? These are mine!

Real Time Update

So we are not sure if the weather is going to bring forth as much snow as originally intended. The original post called for 5-8 inches or more. Then it was 3 to 5, then 1-3, and now “about an inch”. It was a very complex system and I see why it was hard to predict. But I really wish I hadn’t bothered to pack that big box of stuff and bring it home. It’s all good. It bought me some extra time this weekend that my psyche needed.

So What all did we do yesterday?

We had brunch with our neighbors and had a fabulous time. They have helped us so much – with Mom’s move on Move #1 and also with Little Bit while gone to Asheville and Knoxville and then they checked on us while gone to TX. We wanted to thank them by buying brunch. It was so much fun hanging with them and talking to them. We want to get together more and they like wine tastings, so we will plan to check out some wineries sometime. Afterwards we walked to Houston’s a local butcher that has groceries as well. We bought potatoes and biscuits and carrots. We needed biscuits for this mornings breakfast (country sausage, grits, eggs) as George thought a “snow day” was fun day to cook ourselves some breakfast. Of course there is no snow yet. But here was my brunch plate yesterday for Catch22, not far from our house. Not many people know that it’s available for brunch. But on the weekends you can go at 10 a.m. an hour earlier than their sign says, or that their hours show on google or website, and you can get breakfast! They have a breakfast menu. A little known secret.

Little Bit has enjoyed our being home this weekend. He actually knocks on the door when he wants in.

He loves it at night after dinner when we are watching TV. He will find warmth and solace from my lap. I enjoy him too. As long as he doesn’t start “kneading” his sharp claws into my PJ’s. The flannels and a blanket help with that.

Back to Yesterday….

Our “piddling/tinkering” included:

  • Laundry as always but getting into sheets, bathroom rugs, robe, and all the things that are not every weekend
  • Got my sheets changed after 3 to 4 weeks. That was nice.
  • Gave George my Christmas/Birthday checks to cash
  • Picked out things on Amazon for my office to decorate with or items that I need or wanted to decorate with (small bookshelf, chalkboard, chalk, map of the world, fake plants)
  • My lamp that George ordered came in. It’s this one below in the picture. We found one on Amazon. It’s $27 ish. And has a place to charge phone built in. This is perfect for my desk in my office at work.
  • I dusted the living areas and put back out most of the Nic Nacs that I use year round. (Still have a few more items to work back in place but most of it done.)
  • Spent time in my office at home which had become a dumping ground for everything personal that I needed to do or projects. (Consolidated notes, put passwords in my password app, wrote important dates on the calendar, scheduled tasks to do in my phone, threw away trash, put things up, opened up some Christmas gifts, put people’s new addresses from Christmas cards in my address book, made lists, wrote down blog ideas, etc). Just a very good hour or two of doing things I have wanted to do for six weeks. It didn’t take long, I just needed the goof off time to get a little organization back in my office, planner, lists, and head! This was probably the most important thing I did for myself yesterday as this is my space, my zone! When it’s messy my life and my head is messy.
  • George and I filmed the Roger tribute and it came out so good. I loved it. I’m so glad he agreed to participate. I will be able to work on it soon over the next week or so and get that out. That made me so happy. I was stuck in time til we got that done.
  • I opened my Rode microphone and wind muff and added that to the camera with the help of George. Mom had given me a camera tripod she had at her house and it ended up being perfect for what I needed. It’s very sturdy and well made. I guess they made them better back then. lol Very happy with that. I almost told her I didn’t need it but I’m glad I took it.
  • Went through and bought things on Amazon with Christmas and Birthday money from Mom and my sister along with my half of the Amazon point money as we buy almost everything on our Amazon card. I bought all those things I mentioned above for my work office, plus some clothes – a big flannel shirt and some v-neck tee shirts, vases of various shapes/sizes to put little flower or plant stems in for decor, some huge hair rollers with clips (lol), a purse, some hair accessories since it’s growing out, and a spring PJ set.
  • I watched Less Junk More Journey – a couple of their RV shows that I was behind on.
  • We watched The Woman in the Window on Netflix while eating dinner. Kinda dark but it gets your attention. I had been reading the book as Judy gave it to me. I wasn’t through reading it but once I know what happens, I don’t really want to finish reading it. I’m that way with any book I see the movie for. So I’ll probably just start another.

I think that was about it for our day. Just really a day to putter around and piddle around (for Sybil and Mary, lol) and move things around, organize, and get myself together. It was very nice. So it is kinda showing rain, snow, ice and everything in the map below. I don’t think we will get much.

So over and out ya’ll. Have a splendid Sunday. I’ll be continuing to get things organized here on the home front so I can be a better person and be able to freely clear my mind and get things done at work and for Mom and everyone else that needs me. Thanking the Lord for this quiet weekend after the burst of such a busy quarter of the year in which we accomplished much. The Lord provides. Time. We needed some time to chill in our nest.

What things make your life worth living? And are you getting snow? What are you all up to this weekend? Love to hear.