Blog Growth, A Clarification, and Sleep

The Blog is Growing, Thank You

Wow. We are about to hit a milestone marker here! Soon to be 50,000 hits on the blog stats. Thank you ALL for being a part of that. Even the ones who come to SPY on me have helped, so I thank you too. (Giggles) LOL.

And we have 196 people following on WordPress which shows in your “Reader” on WordPress. And there are 289 people who have subscribed for the emails.

Some are friends, some are stalkers, some are advertisers and just looking for follow backs, and many are friend that are here because you knew me from AOL Journals, and Blogger, but still, I thank you all as well! And for the many online friendships of caring and sharing through the years. We won’t talk about the troublemakers anymore, but they are always there peeking through the bushes hoping to catch a word sideways or to find out something insightful they didn’t already know. Why am I thinking about Arte Johnson on Laugh-In? We SEE YOU Arte! ;-). Thanks to ALL of you including the Arte’s for being there and joining in on the numbers!

Clarifying Yesterday’s Post

Yesterday I mentioned the plans from Thanksgiving, Christmas, and then went on to mention January and spoke of my concerns again of traveling with the dogs. Someone mentioned that perhaps my words my be misread and hoped my blog wasn’t public as it might hurt my family’s feelings. It is public. The words bothered me though so I went back to make sure I hadn’t said mistyped my words. But I hadn’t. I said what I meant to say and but if someone else thought that then I realized maybe I need to clarify what my points were yesterday. So EVERYONE understands and there is no confusion. I think as long as no one twists my words and tries to add anything that is not there, we are good.

  1. We are ELATED to be grandparents soon.
  2. WE look forward to meeting him.
  3. We CAN’T WAIT to meet him.
  4. We are LOOKING FORWARD to this precious time with family.
  5. I am a perfectionist when it comes to certain things like planning a trip.
  6. I love to plan and know what/where we are going to be.
  7. We love our dogs like humans.
  8. My dogs are rescue dogs that have been mistreated, pinned up, caged up and not cared for. Roger is terrified of crates. Both Roger and Maisy’s teeth are messed up b/c of crates.
  9. We love family so much to be with them, that I am even willing to sleep in a car if I have to on the property so we’ll be available.
  10. I would not look forward to sleeping in the car however, it would put a downer on the trip of course.
  11. I am used to staying in safe and let’s be honest, nicer hotels where the room is on the inside and not the door to the outside.
  12. I can stay in a small strip motel if I have to, and likely that is what it will be.
  13. Since we have the dogs we will not need to leave them in the hotel room all day as they will bark and Roger will cry and howl. We might be able to leave them for short spurts.
  14. Roger is very old and wobbly and increasingly unstable and confused. We think he may be in his last few months – or weeks – who knows.
  15. We could switch off going to see baby alternatively however I WILL NOT STAY IN THAT HOTEL ROOM AT NIGHT BY MYSELF in the event that one of us needs to stay with the kids so they can sleep. I will sleep in the car with the dogs before that happens if it is George’s turn.
  16. The House Sitter is not an option for reasons I won’t go into but mainly a logistical and time standpoint.
  17. Mom has offered to keep Maisy but I don’t want to do that to her. It is an option though, but if we have Roger, we may as well have her too right? They comfort one another.
  18. We are going. We will go and figure it out.
  19. But a person like me who likes the security of knowing and having a plan? Yeah it’s NOT THERE!
  20. Just because we love our DOGS does not mean we don’t love our PEEPS! We have enough love in our hearts for both.
  21. Just because we want to have a plan, doesn’t mean we don’t want to go!

Hope that helps in case anyone misread anything that wasn’t there yesterday. But I think I was pretty clear even then.

Sleep

So it was Monday night last night and as usual, I did not sleep well. I am not sure what it is about Monday nights. I used to think it was payroll but sometimes it is not just Monday nights. I was just uncomfortable and tossed and turned. And tossed and turned. It wasn’t George’s snoring I don’t think. Unless that woke me up but my sleep was not solid after midnight. I was up several times. Some nights are better than others. I don’t know why. I don’t know if we need a softer bed, a harder bed, but it’ll be along time before getting another mattress so I try to put pillows all around. My arm bothered me. Anyway, it is what it is and we’ll try again to sleep tonight.

PTO Time, Helping Mom, Navy Uniform, and Vintage Market

Good morning! Found this in some old Facebook photos from Memories. It was on a daily calendar I had on my desk.

Apparently I am two days behind on blogging and it feels like an eternity. But we’ve had a big weekend.

Before I get into the weekend, I want to say thanks for the support on my Vacation/PTO worries/woes from the last blog post. I went in and deleted my entry. I don’t want to sound negative. I just want to try and get everything done and I want to have and enjoy my vacation too. And I don’t want any of it to be unreasonable. I want to do what a reasonable person would do in this situation. I make things harder on myself by trying to keep everyone happy including myself. George agreed and said to do what any other salaried person would do going on vacation so that is what I’ll do. Work a little over the week before and a little over the week after. It won’t all get done but it’ll the best you can do in a milestone moment and you do the best you can. I was thinking if I’d worked the entire hours and made them up I shouldn’t have to burn my PTO. While that sounds fair it’s not the way it works in an American salary situation. A company always wins as far as that goes. But George said just do what any other salaried person will do within reason and just do that. So that I will do. NO one said I had to work a certain amount of hours – I just know how many hours it takes to get the job done. But we agreed that I would do the best I can like a normal salary person and let that be that. Sounds fair to me – can’t argue with that. Still you know that I will try to get everything done. But reality speaking, it won’t be all done b/c being gone for a week – well you just are off enjoying your new grandchild. You will do the best you can, work over the weeks before and after and get it all done eventually. It might not make everyone’s time frame but you will have done what any other person would reasonably do in a situation. Sometimes I have to be coached back into reality as I will go to the grave trying to please everyone. And of course everyone is going to allow that. But all we want is for everything to be reasonable. That is all one can ask. And if that doesn’t work then the Lord places your Feet. So I’m trying not to worry. It’s just not an ideal situation and I like to be prepared with no surprises for anyone. That said, let’s dive into the weekend.

Friday night we went out to eat at Smiley Thai and the meal was so wonderful. We started out with Sushi. I had the California rolls so mine were done!

I always have to get the yellow curry dish. I’m going to have to branch out but it’s so hard to do. This is the best curry I’ve ever had.

So Saturday we woke up, had coffee and went to Mom’s in Columbia, TN, stopping at McDonald’s on the way for an Egg McMuffin. Our goal for the weekend was a working goal of getting the storage shed cleaned out and to get all of (and most of) the stuff out of the attic. We had one and a half car loads for Good Will. Mom wanted all the Christmas stuff down so she could go through it and put some of it in the storage for what she needs. Then we swept it out.

Mom had a pot of Spaghetti Sauce on. I thought it was for our dinner but it was for lunch. It was so good. And it was a HUGE plate.

Growing up Spaghetti was my favorite food. I guess it is still up there in the top 5 or 10. I have eaten such good food over the course of my life and in my quest for excellent cuisine with George – that somehow it fades to the background. I’m convinced my favorite food is the one that is making me happy at the moment at this point. It’s hard to decide the favorites anymore. But ohhhhh this was heavenly spaghetti. Mom makes a good one.

It was a beautiful and perfect weekend to do what we needed to do at Mom’s. I picked this weekend as I was hoping the temps would not be too harsh. It was perfect weather. And it was nice on Mom’s porch.

When George and I took the items to Good Will, and while Mom took her afternoon nap we went out to play. He wanted to run by Upside Down Teds. The sign is upside down.

This pic with the sign, I took LAST time I was in Columbia but it was open Saturday and we enjoyed looking around. We went in a few shops around there including a baby store.

My favorite store down there is Bleu 32 Vintage Marketplace. I could have gone wild with the photos but I just snapped a few. I didn’t do any serious looking or shopping. Maybe I should have. I wasn’t really in the mood to buy. But it was fun to go through and look at everything. Honestly, it’s like a museum of the past.

It seems like all the women in the family had these pics on the wall. Does anyone know the story behind these?

There were 3 floors to this store going up creaky old stairs to each level and filled with Goodness! The top floor had a cafe! It was like a secret cafe.

I absolutely loved the tables by the window. What an awesome space.

Look! An old Dan Fogelberg album.

I think I might want one of these ladders for the den to put our throws on them. They were $40. I didn’t get it. But liked them. I use a throw or quilt almost every night. I have several collected.

Some Doggie shirts.

A print of the Emerald Coast. How cool is that?

Columbia, TN is “the mule” capital of the World. Fitting since that is where I came from eh?

And of course we had to stop in for a brewski at the Taps on Main. Here is a pic I took from across the street.

I got the C’Zann’s Southern Witt.

And on the way home as the sun was headed downward, we stopped and got Barbecue for dinner – not that any of us was particularly hungry. But we ate again. We stopped a place we saw called JJ’s.

So cute. And the BBQ was good too. We took it home to Mom’s of course but it would have been a lovely place to sit outside and eat.

On our way home we went by my old house where I grew up on Alpine Drive. Before you judge me, just know that it looked a lot different back then. It was a well groomed and nicely kept house and landscaped nicely with blooming bushes and so much has changed. The trees have grown. It looks so different. Just so odd. And disappointing.

That front bedroom was mine – well Mom, Dad and I switched rooms a few times. As a child I was afraid of the tree out front. A neighborhood boy told me it was going to get me. lol. And I had seen the trees in Snow White bending down and swooping around so they moved me to the back room which I remember being there with twin beds and eventually got a desk in 2nd grade and a small little TV. I was so excited and always loved having a desk/office in my room back then.

At some point they moved me back to the front room. I remember being in there in my late teen years. I spent hours at my desk there, as I do now at home. I guess it’s my life’s fate to spend all my time behind a desk either working, writing, planning, or “trying” to be creative in some way. LOL

After all we ate, Mom had fixed a homemade Lemon Icebox pie. Oh my! It was so good.

Yeah, the doggies went. Their Nana gave them a bed in the floor. Roger was crying while we were away. Stood at the door and cried. Happy again once we were back.

Ms. Maisy girl on the couch napping.

Are they not the most spoiled babies ever?

So Sunday was the Attic clean out day. We got down all the Christmas stuff from up there. Mom had fixed an excellent breakfast. Then around 1 or so we ate again! I told ya the eatin’ is always good. She made her BBQ Weini dish.

I took pics of my Grandfather Voss’s Navy uniform.

After lunch we headed back. George wanted to mow and I needed to do some laundry. I washed a couple of loads, fixed popcorn, a glass of wine and caught up on my YouTube shows. George ran to the store and got Fresh Pet and a few items for this week.

I’m very behind not having the weekend but it’s ok. We got Mom’s things settled a bit. She has a lot of boxes to go through and decide to keep or not. She said it would give her something to do.

And I will work each night a little bit to get the house in order, a bit of cleaning, a bit of planning, a bit of ordering, and a grocery run for a few things I need to get. I guess we’ll see what the week brings. It was a short one. It seemed long if you look at what all we did, but it went by fast.

Oh and I should say that Maisy would not let us sleep. She wanted to go out several times. I made George go with me around one in the morning. Of course when I’m awake at that time it takes an hour or two to go back to sleep. And then she woke us up again to go out early morning around 5. I was dazed and half asleep but George got up and I could tell he was angry as he grabbed her from the bed quickly and swiftly in a manner that I usually do not see from him. He is normally very gentle. I was thinking “great, it’s going to be a gggreat day” of attic work with us on not much sleep. I ended up getting up because everyone was up at that point. We had to search for Mom’s coffee, LOL. And once the coffee settled in, we woke up a bit.

So…all that to say that I went to bed at 7 p.m. after changing the sheets and taking the polish off of my nails. I’d not had time to do them this weekend and wasn’t going to polish them only to be ruined during slumber. So off to bed I went at 7:00 p.m.

George came to bed at 10 p.m. and I woke up and indigestion from all we have been eating, I guess. I was up until after midnight playing candy crush and texting with my sister and then went to bed again. I was sleeping good when the alarm went off this morning.

That was a long blog entry for a work day. But there you have it. All caught up now. Today I’ll be getting ready for payroll closure and spending the rest of the time working on quarter end. It’s time for me to being working on my reconciliation spreadsheet. I’m further along in the month than normal.

So I’ll see ya’ll about mid week! Lord Willing.

Seeing Family and Fun Times on the Square in Columbia, TN

George fixed a fine meal Saturday night of pork chops, sauteed spinach with pine nuts and potatoes and corn. It was all so good.

The spinach is one of my favorites that we took away from a show called “Spain….On the Road Again” that had Gweneth Paltrow in it. It calls for the spinach to be sauteed in a really good EVOO, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, pine nuts added and a bit of fresh lemon juice which along with the olive oil and pine nuts make a great taste! And the pork chops were pretty tasty too.

Saturday afternoon/evening I was able to get started on the next video. Being that I cleaned most of the week and finished it Saturday morning put me in an excellent position to play with that this weekend. So great progress made. I do need to film a little segment for the “value added” portion, sometime this week or weekend. But I should be able to finish the video by the end of the weekend.

Around 11:00 yesterday I quit working on the video as we were meeting my Aunt and Uncle and Mom in Columbia. George had to stop at a gun store on the way to get a gun repaired. So we gave ourselves an extra hour an a half but it did not take very long at all. So we headed on down to Columbia and hung out on the square until our reservation time after driving around a bit.

George was excited to see places he never sees. We are always sitting on the sofa on our devices, all of us, including Mom, so while he has been to Columbia numerous times, he’s never been shopping there. He saw a gun store, and outdoor store, a baby shop, and he said “we are going to have to come back here and shop some day”. So, it’s really nice to have a hubby that likes to cook and shop! 😀

We drove around one of the local parks near the shop. I remember this area mainly as a ball park in my days growing up. And I believe the ball parks are still around that area.

Here is the court house taken through the car window. I have a video shot of it but will save that for the 3rd video or so coming down the pike. (I actually have enough footage to be several videos out now with all the Texas trip and now this outing). I kinda like that. And hope to get in a regular rhythm soon but I have to stop and figure out a few things about storage and back ups and my security system is about to be outdated with the new updates coming to Mac – so will have a brief interruption to get all that figured out. But back to Columbia…..

I guess I failed to say that this is my hometown of Columbia, TN. I grew up here. It is a quaint little town for the most part. The square area was not really where any of us hung out though back then. It was mainly open Monday through Saturday and you went only if you had business there. It is much the same today but there are more restaurants and even tap rooms and breweries and ice cream shops all about the area now. Back then beer was only drank at places everyone called “honky tonks” and quite frankly it was looked down upon. Now the breweries are like coffee shops all across America and a place for gathering like coffee, not a night club.

Excuse me for saying it but isn’t “honky tonk” considered a racial term now? I mean if we choose to be politically correct? lol. I guess I can say that word as there is a restaurant in Nashville actually called that in name. George says that the term “honky tonk” collectively is not as it’s meaning is a beer joint, lol. I beg to differ. Because “honky” is what a black person has called a white person for years, among other names. And if we were to tack on certain titles to the word “tonk” it would not fly. So I think I will take offense then to the “honky tonk” term. I am just making a point. I really don’t care who calls what or what calls who. But anyway all that to say that it was quite different back then.

While I’m on the subject of race here and speaking of past history. And in doing some research on line, I verified that there was a business district that was a black business district on a hill in the offshoot streets from the square. It was known as the “Mink Slide”. Don’t worry, it’s NOT my term, so don’t get mad at me, but apparently an official term that is in the history pages of that area. I was told growing up not to use the term in case it offended someone but in the realm of history since it was actually called that, I will mention that here only.

I’ll continue sharing some pics from the square. Then I need to get ready and head to work!

We went to the Taps on Main while walking around and had a C’Zanne’s while waiting for time for reservations at Puckett’s. Here it is below.

George and Uncle Ken took interest in this cool old car parked on the square. Got a pic of Mom and Aunt Martha here as we walked in to Pucketts.

George may have forgotten how to wear his mask! It was sooooo good to see everyone and to be able to eat out again with everyone.

We were incredibly full but we still had some Hattie Jane’s ice cream after.

What a wonderful day! A wonderful time with family. It was good time to go at 2:30 as we missed lunch and evening crowds. We will have to keep that in mind!

OK I’ve got to get ready and get to work. I’m almost caught up but have a few things I need to do today before the next payroll run. And after work I’m fixing chili. I have been craving it for a while. I crave it in August and also again in October – every year. I’ve not had many cravings this year but I think now it is more of a habit. Anyway it’s spicy so it will have some flavor and taste good!