Hot Temps, Frantic Hair Cut, and Dog’s Black Poop

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I thought maybe some of you could use a “cool down” out there. It has been a scorcher of a couple of days which is record breaking for some of us as we have reached near 100 degree temps already for June. Usually those types of numbers hit us in late July and August and even into the early days of September. Some of us are wishing for winter already, lol. Our winters here can be pretty mild. I love and enjoy warmer weather but it seems like in TN we go from cool to hot too quickly.

So what is going on? Well, it’s been a busy work week but all going well. I got my hair cut and it turned out different but ok. The lady that cut it, cut it so quickly and seemed so impersonal. I’m used to an hour long experience and it was 20 minutes. I guess I shouldn’t complain as she did a pretty good job but I felt like I was on a merry go round at 55 miles and hour and spit out on the other end in a hurry. The shampoo was nice but also quick. I guess she has learned to hurry so she gets more people in and gets more money. Her kids were also there and I think she might have been in a huge hurry. I made an appointment again though and we will see how the hairdo goes. I really enjoy the slow cutting and someone playing with my hair. Do you? But as much as I complain about not having time these days I guess I will still stay with her for a while. I like the salon itself. It’s not badly priced but I could do better. I’m still in decision mode. To change to a different person within the salon would not be something I would do. So we’ll see how the hair cut does. It seemed like an expensive cut but for a walk in experience. How would you feel? She hardly even wanted to talk and was not very friendly. She didn’t even greet me now that I think of it. Just called my name and took me to shampoo and didn’t really seem interested in how I wanted it cut. I don’t know, it was just so impersonal and I felt like a number. I may just do something different next time. Like I say if I love the cut I may stick with the schedule. The one that cut my hair last time was so good and she left the salon. Ok enough ranting. Here’s a clip I did on Instagram. I’m @lesshustlemorecoffee if you want to follow on IG. I do periodic stories if something is on my mind or something interesting is happening. I try to put a few things on there but it’s hard to do it all day long like some do. ;-O. Here’s is story 1 of 3. Just a few seconds of a clip.

So Dexter goes to the vet today and gets his next round of shots. He has done well in the last few days. Monday though, I got on to him and I think it scared him and he started barking at me. I think we were both confused. I thought he was trying to establish rank over me so the more he barked the louder and madder I got. And we ended up being mad at one another. We both had to apologize. I remember doing this with Maisy. And then we were big buds. So I held him and rubbed his tummy and said it’s ok and he rolled over and submitted and wanted me to pet his tummy. I think he was just scared and defending himself. But I have since learned you try to redirect them. That said it seems to set him off if I stare at him and point my finger. I just don’t want any aggression. Matter of fact I won’t have it in the household. But I think we are all just trying to get used to one another. I will say that he is learning the rules but he’s very much a puppy and will be for a while.

He came running through the house with a roll of toilet paper – twice! We have to remember to shut the door! He gets into the smaller trash cans and has been found chewing on cotton balls and make up wipes, laundry wipes, sticky note pad, bath mat, puppy pads, shoes, and so forth. He is learning “no no” and doing much better with that in recent days. He minds more and is understanding more. He knows “Daddy” and “Momma” now. He has done extremely well at night still.

He has learned to break through to the living room while we are gone so we have to try and reinforce that door. He doesn’t seem to bother cords and is leaving the furniture alone for the most part. He hasn’t tried to puppy bite me much. If he does I will yelp like a sibbling puppy would and he quits. He is more manageable this week than last week. Last week he was a hurricane at times or a very unpredictable problem, we needed to figure out. This week he is more like just a thunderstorm. I guess each week will get easier. George has been working with him training using a clicker. Once I know more I’ll let you know how that works. Right now I think he is mainly associating the clicker with treats. It’s progression training you take them through. He does pretty well with “sit” unless he is in hyper active mode. lol.

I was concerned going to bed last night as he had a very black poo. There was no question it was black. But this morning his poo was normal. So I will mention it to the vet today as we will be there anyway but the internet scared me to death – black poo is not good! So I hope it was just a fluke. Has your dogs every had black poo and then go back to normal?

I am doing my exercises in the mornings. And this morning I did a 20 minute walking and stretching video to the 50’s music – using Improved Health on YouTube. She does a style I really like. I have been doing mainly 10 to 15 minutes and am starting to do more 20 min ones. Thirty will be hard to do as it will cut into other times. I’ll have to get up earlier to do that. I’m already rushing to get this blog done today and fifteen minutes past my goal time.

Let’s see…Mom…I had an order I did for her and it was cancelled but today I think it will be delivered. The other one they Fed Ex driver said it was undeliverable. I guess there were too many construction vehicles and he couldn’t get by? There are a lot of homes being built near her. Anyway that was a pain. I had to call Amazon and ask what was going on.

I also had to call Publix as I am not getting my Rx alerts. But, got that sorted and my Rx is ready but I won’t have time to go get it until probably Friday night on the way home from work.

The next video is scheduled and will be live this Saturday at 7 a.m. on YouTube. The channel is the same name as the blog “Less Hustle More Coffee”. I will put an embed here Saturday after it goes live. It is the video of how we made it 30 years, our Anniversary evening, and also a pretty fun adventure and a bit of humor – going through our freezer and finding some surprises! George is a mess, lol. The upload was much less of a hassle with the upgrade to our internet recently. Yay! It was pretty easy and I didn’t have to come check on it multiple times.

Anyway, I need to finish getting ready and find something for this live wire of a dog to do! lol

Near Death Experience or Just a Dream? | Slim and Husky Pizza | My Hair Products

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Well, it’s my morning to do video work, but I felt the need to blog and I’ll reverse the roles tomorrow morning or do what I do best by robbing Peter to pay Paul with time, lol! But I had to come in and record my dream.

Around 2:00 a.m. I woke up and mistakenly (ok…on purpose) looked at my phone and when I do that, it wakes me up for at least an hour. Then I go back to sleep. But last night it was spotty sleep. Cat naps, I guess you’d call it. And then this happened. Was it a dream? I guess.

As I slept I was awoken by this bright light. It was shining at the top of my window and it lit my room and I remember the blues of the room being so pretty as the whiteness of the light touched it. As I looked toward the light, I remember smiling a big smile as the light and the warmth and the purity of it hit my face. My body was trying to sleep though and yet it was trying to be awake. There was a struggle between trying to wake up and trying to sleep. I remember longing to be awake and needing to be awake but I couldn’t wake up. During the struggle to be asleep versus awake, I felt a tugging upward and the covers I was under fell around me in a twirl and laid on the bed. As I sat up in bed and rose upward, the furniture around me looked smaller. And then there was an another struggle between sleep and being awake. Then I woke up for real. I sat up in bed. There was no light, the furniture was regular size and I was still under the covers. I was shocked that it was not daylight outside and that I had been asleep. I sat up and drank water, and tried to think about what had just happened as it felt so real.

I tried to find a picture of the purist light as best as I could on Pexels. Above, is the best I could do.

This dream, or experience, whatever it was reminded me of the “near death” experiences that people have described. I wondered if I had just had one. Did I quit breathing for a long while? I dunno! Maybe it was a just a dream. But the similarities are strikingly close.

I also remember Katy telling me “bye” in a dream just before this when I woke up the first time. But it was Katy, Cody and River gathering their things and heading out the door and she was letting it me know they were leaving. That was kindof a play back scene from Christmas when I had a fever and was in bed and she came back to say bye. It was not that I was the one leaving. But I did remember that dream and her saying “bye”. I did NOT see flashbacks of my life before the light though. Nothing mattered at that point but the bright light until I noticed the furniture was small and then woke up.

Weird. But if that is what death is like, I will not be afraid of it. The light was beautiful, calming, welcoming, and nothing like it except the sun is the closest thing to it but the sun pales in comparison to this light. I always have weird dreams. This one tops most. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. So I had to come write about it.

Lunch Out at Slim & Husky

I had lunch with a friend at work at Slim and Husky. It’s been on my bucket list. It was so good. I am looking forward to George trying it. This one has three types of pepperoni on it. I’m a pepperoni freak. But I had them add spinach and they laid it on too, so I got my greens, lol. They used olive oil on the crust – at least at looked like olive oil. I hope it was. It was brushed on before they added the sauce and ingredients. So good. It makes me want to make pizzas at home. The crust was thin and good. It had corn meal in it I think.

They also make their own cinnamon rolls and had about 6 different ones or maybe more. I got the regular ones.

So much for cutting back on the bread. I guess it was good the pizza had thin crust so you could use the rest of the bread for cinnamon rolls, which I’ll have for breakfast today.

Inexpensive Hair Products I Use

A friend was asking me to send a pic of the hair products I use. So I gathered them up and took some pics.

*The Herbal Essences Curl Boosting Mousse is used if I’m in a hurry and I usually use it on dry hair. This particular moose will aid the curls to stay in place and will take wavy to a curlier status and will calm any frizz. I mainly use it in the back and scrunch it. I use it 1) if I’ve let it dry by itself and I will style the front a bit and then just scrunch the back and 2) Sometimes on 2nd Day Hair (I love that phrase as opposed to 2nd Day Air) I will just style the front a bit and scrunch up the back.

*The Aussie Hair Spray is wonderful, but I don’t use much. I lightly spray on most days if I have light curls or waves I want to stay in place. Just know that adding a lot of product makes it feel dirtier on days you don’t wash it, so I go light on it if I use it at all.

*The HS Professional Argan Oil – honestly I found it in the cabinet last night and haven’t used it in a while, but I think I will use some when I’m going to be using a flat iron or curling iron.

The fun thing about having a layered bob and enjoying growing it out a bit, is getting to experiment with the styles and various products, including various hair clips. I’m having a grand time with that.

*Herbal Essence Dry Shampoo – is good for 2nd day Hair of course. It really just makes you feel shampoo’d. I use it on the roots for a quick lift me up and a clean feeling. Just in a few spots. Usually not the front.

*My favorite product though is this American Crew forming cream, b/c I’ve finally learned how to use it. Putting just a tiny bit in my hands and rubbing them together then using my fingers to piece apart in the front, put hairs into place, fix some little wisps or make my layers do what I want and then the rest I crunch the curl in the back. It’s just enough to shape without weighing it down.

And I’m throwing these in here b/c they are the newest addition to my hair styling – I have only used each of them once. I will have to use them again before giving a review. I mainly just wanted to experiment but really haven’t had time to think about it. I forget they are there as a choice and do my regular thing!

I don’t really straighten my hair much, but I really should experiment with that as the stylist made it look good that way. I have experimented with the curling iron some and making the curls at the root but not the bottom. My hair is a little short for it to work but I moderately got some effect from it yesterday. I want to try that with the flat iron too. Anyway it’s fun to play when you have time. Mostly I don’t have time and end up just using my curling hair dryer with the brush like wand – making it straight as I dry it and then crunching it up for waves.

Ok I need to head out. It’s been nice to get to go out for lunch. Rarely get to and I’m going out again today.

Here was my breakfast yesterday. It was Rice Chex cereal, Whole Grain Cherios, Alpine Muesli, a package of Heart Healthy nuts, a banana, and Vanilla Silk Almond milk. It was really good except the cereal gets mushy too quick for me. This morning I’ll be bad and eat the cinnamon rolls, lol.

I was also very happy to find Cucumber Perrier! It made my heart glad. I love cucumber water with citrus. We make it at home sometime in just regular water, and we call it Detox water. It’s so good for your body. I love mineral water anyway.

Ok I need to get out of here. So ya’ll have a grand day. It’s Thursday and Cinco de Mayo meal is tonight at home. And also it is supposed to storm today and tomorrow. And I hope it doesn’t storm while I’m out driving around. I’m going to pray it doesn’t. The storms where tornadic in Oklahoma. But I don’t think it is supposed to be that bad here – although there is still the possibility – it’s just not as great. Right now it looks like a lot of rain! But it’s the spin up cells in the dry sector than can build up in the sun that causes the most problems.

OK I’m running wayyyyy late today. Over and out.

Turtle Speed but Finding Ourselves

Good morning! Sipping coffee here and trying to get the day going. Here is the little turtle with the “bobble head” that I had lost in the office move. It was in the basement in the lost box with the plants. He’s happy bobbing his head again. Bless his heart. It’s amazing he was found. He’s been with me a lot of years. I don’t even remember where he came from. But I really missed him when he was gone.

And here is the new hairstyle after I washed it and basically DID NOTHING to it but put a little mouse in it and scrunch it – after it was already dry. This works for me. I tried to get this scrunchy bob look in my thirties and forties and my hair would not do it. I can’t believe it is doing it now. If I try to grow my hair long again, ya’ll remind me – it ain’t for me! I just can’t tame it and deal with it long. I look more groomed and less of a wild woman with it short and tamed, lol.

This is picking up and going after working to get some voiceovers done in my videos and then rushing off to work. Minimal time for make up and beauty efforts. Plus I have no one to impress. I’m in an office by myself most all day working with numbers, spreadsheets, and an old DOS based kind of program, and email. So not a bad “do” for darting out the door. Today is day 2 and it’s much straighter and I will use a hair dryer brush to put some style and body into it. Anxious to see how that works. But I like the curl when it dries by itself.

I have to put the little clip in though because that one “curtain bang” on that side gets in my eyes/face and drives me NUTS! And I’m already there at the NUT stage so it wasn’t doing me any favors. Let me say again how much I’m enjoying just the lightweightness of it, having gotten rid of what seemed like two pounds of hair, lol.

I’ve been able to make some progress yesterday morning, as mentioned, with the next movie. This one is in line with a lot of others I’ve done. It gets into us having some fun and getting out into the community. I’ll work on it more this weekend. But I doubt I’ll be able to upload this weekend since we will be gone some of Sunday. We’ll see though!

I’ve also spent some time thinking on my niche and goals with the blog and videos. I have been wanting to do that for a while and my head has been in other places. I’m starting to think about 2023 goals and aligning myself with whatever I decide to work on. As you know it’s all a slow go, turtle speed because of working FT and now, also, the part time (almost full time) job of taking care of Mom, as that involves several hours during the week.

Speaking of Mom, we had dinner at her house last night. I’m not sure what is going on with the HOA, but she sent the next check in and they cashed it. So at least she is showing she is paying it. No one will talk to her on the phone. I’ve asked if she wanted me to handle it and she said no. So hopefully they have not place a lien on her house as they said they were going to. (She was sending payments in and they would send them back and then call and say she owed money.) I don’t know if she was sending it to the wrong place and got it figured out. She says a different place is cashing them now – a different company. All I know is she asked for the filing cabinet so she could keep it all straight and that made me wonder if she might have sent it to the wrong place. She didn’t seem upset about it anymore so I wondered if it all got straight and maybe she had just sent to the wrong people. I can’t imaging the right people sending money back, lol. We’ll never know I guess.

We took her the filing cabinet. I’ve been trying to find a new one for here to replace that one that was going to go in here. I was going to be setting it up this weekend as we had moved the bed out. I’m so glad she asked for it when she did and I didn’t have to “RE – Move all my files”. That would have made me angry. So I’ve picked out one I really like but it’s in the three hundreds. I’m trying to decide if I really want it or just stick with plastic. The plastic sticks and is hard to open and close. I find I just don’t want to even file with it. So I think it would be worth having in here and I would use it often. I’m trying to decide if I want to save up or just bite the bullet and order it. I’ll likely do the 2nd option since George told me to. I am going to use it for storing notes and ideas too. Instead of keeping them all in notebooks and folders and across all my desk. I think it’ll be worth it. I have had a little windfall come to me and also we’ll have a tax return. George bought a ukulele, lol. So…..yeah, I think I’ll decide today and have the order placed by weekend and get my office back like I want it.

In recent days, I’ve set an appointment for Mom to get her hair cut. I got mine done so she wants to get hers done. And I’m setting an appointment soon for us to get our toes done. I was going to do mine next week but now taking her to get hair done, that might change to the following week. We’ll see – lots of things on the schedule so I’ll have to try to see how to spread things out.

Mom’s watch that syncs with her phone “died” and she has ordered a replacement so we’ll have to go pick that up at the AT&T store. And Fancy pants was having a tummy issue yesterday. She said that what we set up with her “google voice” on the remote control was no longer working but when we got there it worked fine.

I told Mom that maybe one day we would show up and something good will have happened. It seems like there is only bad news always when we see her. I pray for her to have good things happen to her though the day but I guess it is just life. Everything breaks and bad news comes more frequently than it used to. I ask God often to help us have some good days and he brings them. I’ll pray that for her too.

She told me I woke her up when I texted her the other day. I guess it was early in the morning and I returned a text she texted me when I was asleep. So I guess I should wait until after I get to work to text back. She told me ducks were quacking as it texted and it sounded like people babbling in her sleep. But I figured she told me that to remind me not to text that early. Since ducks flying overhead is not really newsworthy, lol. She said when she woke up she realized ducks were flying over made the people babbling noise in her sleep and not my text sound. She will often wrap details up inside other stories to make a point. So I figured it was the texting and waking her up was the message she was sending. Noted. Don’t text before 8. And George wonders why I analyze everything. lol. I’m always trying to catch the secret meanings of what’s behind door number 3. Wasn’t that a game show? I think my life has been some kind of game show in itself.

We are looking forward to tomorrow – a complete day of doing things we need to do here. So many things to do to stay afloat. I suppose I will do a blog entry at some point this weekend.

I’ll be focused on finishing the sun room, finding my summer clothes – mainly PJ’s. I have to make sure George didn’t send them to Mom’s so it’s worth finding them a week early as I”ll want them next week. My one consolation is that if these are missing – he’ll have to bite the bullet and I’ll get all new summer PJ’s, shoes, and purses, lol. So I am no longer dreading not finding them. If they are missing I shall shop! But there’s been too many times I go to find my stuff and it’s missing, only to have been sent to Mom’s. ::sigh::

We have a lot we want to do to be put on the schedule. So it happens. If you don’t get it scheduled it doesn’t happen. So time to plan. Also need to do some shopping for my filing cabinet in here, organize the office back, work on my video, do our laundry, set up the puzzle table, work on some goals, clean the house, plan our easter meal and next week. Try to see what patio table Mom wants to order and what cabinet she wants to order for her laundry room. I don’t have time to shop for myself other than Amazon so unless we do something on a Sunday now that we do church, or after work, then it will just have to be done online. There is no extra time to gallavort about everywhere shopping for things. I invented a new word, lol. I lost that luxury long before Mom joined the picture.

Anyway, I’m going to go style hair. It’s casual day today and I’m wearing jeans and a sweat shirt. I have a lot going on at work. Deep into quarter end. I was ahead but something happened in the system that caused us not to balance on the reconciliation. I’ve looked for it for over a week. Finally had to have help as I often do not know where to look or what reports to compare. My boss has been doing it so long she can walk in and know what reports to pull. I learn more every time. I got further this time than last time. But now I’m needing to work on withholding returns for each state and also unemployment returns. So just a lot to do and next week the month will be half over and it’s a shorter week and a holiday week so more to do there. I don’t want to have to work a Saturday so I’m going to have to figure out how to get everything done. I’m having to leave on so many days on time so I get to doc appointments, self care appts, and dinners at Mom’s or elsewhere, so it’s hard to stay late. I don’t want to give up my morning time either. I already give up Tuesdays, lol. ::sigh:: It’s always hard trying to fit everything into these windows of time we have.

And truly the last week, I’ve just been exhausted by nightfall. It seems about 8:30 at night I feel almost faint and washed out. The energy just completely falls and I’m so wiped out I have no choice but to fall into bed. And that I do.

Life is certainly full. Much like the bobble head turtle – we’ll get things done, and find ourselves, but it’s a slow go. We will sit and bobble our heads and figure it out. lol

What are you wanting to do this weekend?