A Bottle-Necked Brain, Blank Screen, and Curbing the Spending

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I’m sitting here this morning with my cup of coffee staring at a blank screen! Hmmmm! Yes, I can always just start typing and something comes out. My mind is both boggled and yet blank. It’s just a bottleneck-like effect. So many things going on in my mind and so it’s all stuck and nothing comes out. If it does it’ll all come out at once in a cluster fest and not understandable. lol So here goes……

So, George sent me a LONG email yesterday outlining the weekends of the rest of May and June! And I thought I was the planner! He makes an excellent project manager. He has this one down on handling Mom’s move. I don’t know what I would do without him. He grounds me, he keeps it real, and he is keeping Mom and I focused on things. He is definitely a step ahead of us in getting the move done step by step. I keep saying we are eating an elephant. And we keep eating more and more on this “Move Mom Project”. In addition we have family coming from Florida and Texas. So excited! And we have a few events of our own we are working in.

So the closing on Mom’s house is Tuesday June 1. I don’t know if it is officially that date but that is a Tuesday. I hadn’t not ascertained that would actually be the real closing date and I hope it can move or be adjusted by a day or two or three. Tuesday’s I do payroll and I don’t wish to thwart that off on someone else. It’s just so easy for me to do it and more difficult for someone else to do it that doesn’t do it every week. It’s different when you are gone on vacation for a whole week but just to be gone on the exact payroll day makes no sense and it becomes difficult for all. George understands and has agreed to take Mom to closing for this day if he needs to. Thank goodness. I’m so glad that George is so kind to do this for me and for Mom. I want to be there so bad, but geez, really – a Tuesday? So we’ll see what happens.

The gas thing could cause a twerk in our weekend plans. We are still “hoping” to drive to Columbia and we have full tanks in our vehicles right now. We need enough to get down there and back and then have enough to get us back and forth to work all week too. I have a station near my work that not many know about and it still had gas yesterday where I could fill up, no lines. As people discover it, it too will dwindle.

This weekend’s plans are to go ahead and rent the storage building and also the cargo van for Memorial Day weekend. And hopefully to get lots of boxes to Mom in Columbia and bring some loads back as well if we think we can with the gas shortage going on.

I also need to be starting my projects here which involve moving some things around in anticipation of Mom coming so she has a place for her clothes and bathroom related items. It’s about to get serious. So I need to move some closets around, move my office things around also to make room for a bed (cot) in there. I just have to maintain a separate sleeping area of my own so that I can work and drive without falling asleep. I can’t sleep with George and Roger anymore. It was becoming a health issue b/c of the interruptions to my sleep. It’s dramatically improved since I sleep on my own. Gosh I can’t tell you how good the sleep is now to get hours of solid sleep in a row. I don’t want to lose that. I hate to spend the money on the bed, but I think I will be miserable and difficult to live with if I am not able to get my sleep/rest. So it’s a really big deal for me. Even Mom wants to use her mattress from her house on the guest bed, so we’ll have to move that around and store that downstairs. I wondered if it would fit in my office but I don’t think there will be room for that really. I probably will just go ahead and order the cot today.

Ha ha! NO pic of my hair yet. Except what is on the floor here. I’ll try to get you a pic. But my hair/head feels so much better after getting several inches cut off. My stylist did a great job. Someone came in right after I did though and wanted a hair washing. It was an older lady. A walk in. One of my favorite parts is the shampoo and the styling. But my salon stylist was rushing to try to get to them and hardly had time to do the style. ::sigh:: I didn’t say anything, but I also understand their business has been slow and she needed the extra $ for the walk-in. It was unfortunate the other folks had to wait. I offered for her to go ahead and do the walk-in’s hair wash but she said “no, it’ll take 45 min as I have to style it too and you were first and she did not have an appt”. Anyway it was a bit rushed. Much to my surprise it was only $20 for the cut. I gave her a good tip and then realized when I got home just how little she charged me. I honestly had not paid attention really to the amount other than figuring my percent of tip and doing the math. But I texted her telling her she undercharged me. A cut like this should be at least $40 in these parts. She worked on my hair for over an hour. She is so good. I will do something for her one of these days. She didn’t want me to bring more money by. But yes, I will have to think of something to do for her – I will pay her back in some way. I think Mom will like her too for her hair. We’ll see if she likes my style.

So….we are also having to think of the upcoming appointments we will need. I told Mom I would need to schedule some time to get Fancy trimmed way ahead and Mom is going to go ahead and get Fancy’s rabies shot so we’ll have the papers. I have to get a Saturday appointment and I’ll make it for late June when I know Mom will be here. She will get Fancy trimmed another time there. I’m excited to have Mom and Fancy come stay with us for a while.

I will print a list of things to remember when you move. We will have to cut off utilities and such. And Mom’s mail will need to be forwarded. So much to think of it makes your head swim.

The video is DONE! I found some video I had missed and I had to edit some more but it’s Done. Now I just have to export it, do the thumbnail, and upload into YouTube. So we are getting close. Expect it on the weekend! 😉

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So I’m little concerned over finances. George said we are spending way too much on Amazon. Well the problem is we are STILL paying for Christmas over our Amazon charges. We use the Amazon reward cards as we get $ back. But we went wild at Christmas. We are still planning on getting the flooring though once Mom gets in and gets settled here at the house and we are in between moves!

I had to order some more things recently on Amazon. The health and wellness company I use – my autoship is on that card, and I am about to order some outfits for River as he’s at the next size of clothing. I told Katy I’d help her as he advanced to each size. And then I’ve got to order this cot for my office. After that, I’m going to slow down and not order anything but vitamins and strictly things we need. I also need to buy a couple of white towels and also some tea glasses at Target. We also have to put a front railing on the front stairs so Mom can come and go more steady on the front steps. But I can soon cut my spending after that. I will probably pay for the $159 annual fee for year long free shipping with my wellness company. I just think that is worth it since I order so much. I will need to look at my monthly subscriptions again but honestly don’t really want to give those up. I think we can look at the cable bill and the cell bill though and maybe lower those in some capacity.

We have $$ in investments but just worried about the cash flow a bit with all that is going on as George wants to pay off the Amazon but we keep charging on it. LOL. We will figure it out but it’s on my mind to slow down my spending a bit. I was going to get a pedi this week. Should I? I may just do my own, but….yeah I’ll probably go get one, lol! I like the softer feet! I can’t get them that soft. We can always not eat out as much. I say that today as I’m going out to eat at Paula Deen’s. I’m buying my bosses lunch too as she bought mine last week.

Anyway, we’ll figure it out. It’s just a puzzle, and we are not hurting by any means but we do need to dial it back some. That said, I’ll be ordering some things tonight when I get home! Insert crazy face emoji here!

Oh and I get my 2nd vaccine today too. A little worried (ok a lot worried) about that. It’s the Moderna one. But I’ve prayed there are no side effects and I that I don’t grow a 2nd nose or 3rd ear or have blood clots or organ failure or paralyzation. Are you all vaccinated yet? I’m officially ready to be over the mask wearing too. I’m so over it. At this point just about everyone that desires to be vaccinated has been given an opportunity to do so and the rest have taken their chances not to be, so I think we should agree to let the masks go! Well maybe after the children but the adults with health issues and older adults were the biggest risk. Let’s drop the masks! It’s time now.

Mother’s Day Update, Contract on Mom’s House, and Upcoming Hair Cut

We had a nice Mom’s day. A few more errands to run and George had booked us a Mother’s Day Buffet at MoCara’s in Lebanon which used to be one of our favorite restaurants until they shut down in Covid. Now they do catering and events only. It’s an event venue now. Hoping the restaurant comes back, especially as we will be spending more time in Lebanon. We were already spending time in Lebanon anyway before Mom picked a house to be built there. We are on the edge of Mount Juliet and Mom is on the edge of Lebanon so we are going to be 15 min away once the house is built. I’ve grown to love that area more and more.

Here was a pic I took inside MoCara’s. There were people all around but there was this one spot I felt comfortable taking a pic of.

In true Tennessee fashion, we had a build up of storms that came across in 3 waves across the day. Our radar has been lit up like this off an on all spring. I’ve mentioned before that I’m just “over it”. We have paid our dues! We managed to avoid having to drive in the big storms but here was a snapshot at the radar Sunday evening. Gotta love the Macy’s underwear ad at the bottom, LOL. Go figure.

Spring Storms Continued on Mother’s Day

My gift from Katy came in yesterday. A coffee “tea towel” and a shower spritzer tablet which I used this morning and it made my shower smell so good.

Are You Ready for the News? Contract on Mom’s House!

Mom got 6, maybe 7 offers on the house – I think one came in at the last minute. All or most of them I believe were over asking price. And two of them were SIGNIFICANTLY OVER the asking price, one was cash and one was not – one was with home inspection and one was not. Mom decided which she would take. It was a different choice than George and I would have taken, but she had to pick as it was her decision and she has a good argument for the one she picked. So we were all pleased.

I had tears in my eyes when I saw the offers. The Lord answered our prayers. He is taking care of Mom and seeing that she has what she needs to make this move and to be able to meet her needs. I shed a few tears at the numbers and that God was seeing Mom through. I also shed tears as I know it was a hard day for Mom. While she keeps saying she knows she has to do this and it was her choice, it’s still the place she shared with Dad and had many memories. So a bitter sweet day for sure.

So we are ON to the next steps of planning as we have an idea of closing date and date to be out of the house. We will be reserving a cargo van – if we can get one to increase our load capacity. The packing can now get serious as the house doesn’t have to show anymore so long as this contract sticks. And we can schedule the storage unit now. And begin to see how big of a U-Haul we will need.

We also have to schedule the “Plan Review” on Mom’s new house. We think it will be Monday and this one can be on Zoom. I’ve told them any time and we’ll just let that be our lunch hour. I’ll have to see what time they give us but it needs to be Monday or Tuesday and Tuesday is my payroll closing day so that is not good for me. I mean I could stay later by an hour or come in early – I could make it work if I had to, but it makes it harder of a day as Monday is so much better. I just don’t want the headache of having to deal with it Tuesday. It’s best to just focus on payrolls on Tuesday.

Misc Updates

I bought this sign – the “home sweet home” sign. It comes with 4 different messages. The slip in and out of the side. I was so happy with this find at Tractor Supply for $16.99. I used the ship to store method and didn’t have to pay shipping on it. I wanted it to make Mom feel more special as she stays with us while waiting for her house to be built. I want her to feel welcome here for the time she is here with us and I want it to be a special time for her. I want us to have fun, eat well, laugh often, and be worry free, anxiety free, and we get to enjoy having another dog in the house. Fancy is up there in years. But not in as bad of shape as Roger.

Roger has intensely been sleeping a lot more lately. For two days he has hardly walked, but slept. 😦

He had a little bit of energy when we got home last night. He ate and then crawled back in the bed. I need to wash his blankets again and refresh them for him. I will focus on that tonight.

George fixed little pizzas last night using Naan bread crusts. Oh my gosh they were so incredibly good. They were pepperoni and green pepper.

We have continued to watch “Designated Survivor” and will continue until it is finished. Just a few more shows. Then we will find another to get caught up in. What do you like watching on Netflix?

I get my hair cut tomorrow after work. I’m going shorter! Significantly shorter. I just don’t have the styling time and I need a cut I can just blow dry and go. I’m having to put mine in barrettes and it doesn’t work well. It’s so thick in the back. I’ve taken several screen shots of the ones I like but I’m thinking something like this:

Or like this

I just want to do away with the bob for now and then let it grow back again. I always enjoy the growing out stage from a cut like above to the bob again. And I will schedule the follow up cut for 12 weeks. lol. It seems that it does better when letting it grow out some and cutting it again rather than continuing to keep it shaped. I don’t know why. My only explanation I can think of is that it just gets too choppy with too many layers and as it grows it thickens and just looks better.

This one is nice too but not sure my hair will do exactly that. And honestly not sure I want that much stacking going on in the back. So I won’t show my hair stylist this one so she doesn’t get confused. But I like the sides and top. The stacking thing does not style as well on the sides when it grows out. So I nix this one but I do like body this has below. I’m ok with going back to 90’s hair styles. lol. I just want one that works. I don’t want a “birds nest” though and I don’t really want curls either. Nor frizz. But a cute short cut seems to be back in style some. I’ve been seeing people get them as they come out of Covid.

Here’s a pic of me as I grew out of a shorter cut but before it went into the bob stage.

Makes me want to color my hair again! But I likely will not.

Whatever cut I get, I figure it’ll end up being like the above. I always end up with a Laura Bush cut as that is just how my hair does. lol

Video update? Yep, it’s almost finished. I just have to go through it one more time and check audio levels and lighting levels, do the thumbnail and post. I think I’ll have it up and loaded by the weekend. Yippee Yay. Warning though. It’s about 22 minutes. That is about all I could cut for the video to make sense. So get your popcorn ready and your patience, lol.

Then I’ll need to go through and set up some more video files. I have lots of videos to do, but my iPhone photo/video file is getting full and I need to drag them over and get some off my phone!

Ya’ll have a good Tuesday. Be back in a couple of days. It works well to share video/blog time in the mornings – every other day. That way I get my video fix in.

Take care. Thanks for reading my updates!

Spring Planting, Front Porch Decor, and a Steak Dinner

Happy Mother’s Day out there! What a fun weekend always. Yesterday we went to Needham’s Nursery to get plants for the porch and mail box planter. Also George got a pepper plant and a couple of other herbs.

I love the old dogs that laze around the place. Last year we didn’t visit Needham’s and I think it was the first year in many that we hadn’t. You can thank this past year’s situation for that one.

Such a friendly but sleepy little fella! His tail wagged just a little when I petted him.

We also went to Lowe’s to get some picture hanger hooks for a brick wall and a couple of planters for the front porch. While there we got to meet this cutie pie below, Sadie I think was her name. Anyway she is a “party yorkie” because of all her colors. Sweet doggie! Love, love, love the furry face!

We also went to a yard sale and I got some good cookbooks.

And we went to three grocery stores: Kroger, Aldi, and then Houston’s our butcher shop.

Once home, we were a little hungry and had a snack of smoked salmon on cream cheese with horseradish on toasted rye. George added capers to his.

That was a slice of heaven on toast!

We then set about to plant. George was so helpful. He drilled drainage holes in the planters I bought. I didn’t buy expensive ones. I bought plastic that look like terra cotta ones. He also put the dirt in there for me with a shovel so I didn’t have to haul the big bag up there. That was sweet of him to do for me.

So I could see Little Bit, the cat, eyeing this and thinking to himself, “hmmmm Momma’s making me a new bed”. So I put skewers in there to keep the cat out. I think once they get full I can pull them out. lol. I just wanted Mom to have some nice little hearty zincas to look at while on the porch.

George also used the brick holder and hung the “welcome to our HOME” sign. However, this morning it was banging in the wind against the brick so I had to bring it in so it wouldn’t blow down the street in today’s storms. LOL. So he is going to have to screw it into the brick the hard way. Oh well. It looks really good, but the third time is a charm I hope. The first time I leaned it against the wall and it doesn’t look good that way. Go figure. Everyone else bought the more expensive one and that is why theirs works. I bought the cheap one and we have to go to the worlds end to get it to work. I should have paid $25 dollars more and just bought the heavy one that leans against the wall and was easy. But in the end, honestly, I like the looks of this much better than the ones that lean! Once it’s hung permanently.

I also added the stool there for Mom to put her drink. Or me my wine! lol. George said he reserved the right to come borrow that stool as he uses it a lot. I was just trying to keep from buying a little table.

George also cut some rosemary for drying. There is so much of it.

The rhododendrons are blooming and so pretty. I rested for a few minutes after we got back and put groceries up and after planting the zinca. It was nice to sit there for a few minutes and rest and enjoy their beauty.

Somehow I managed a couple of loads of laundry. But the neighbor that just moved in next to us let us know he was finished with the boxes and was letting us have them to move Mom. He had bought some of them so we asked if we could pay him for it but he would not allow it. That was really kind. He also let us borrow two big tubs that he said they used to move cookware as it was sturdy. And we will give those back to them when we are finished.

Then Katy faced timed us and we got to talk to Little Roo. They were smoking some chicken wings outside and hanging out and had Little Roo at the edge of the garage to avoid the heat and wind. He’s a cutie pie.

George fixed us a great dinner last night. Steak, salad, and rice, and mushrooms. I don’t like mushrooms but I like the juice he cooks it in and I ate one!

And that’s A1 on the side. I either like A1 or Heinz 57.

And that’s it for yesterday’s activities. I’ve managed to get some laundry done but I still need to do some ironing. I have some more things to order on Amazon for some upcoming things but I did get my Vit B ordered and a swim suit. Life is just a little crazy right now. Just trying to keep my head above the water.

We have some Mother’s Day activities today. My gift from Katy arrives on Tuesday she said. So we’ll call it Mother’s Day week. 😉 The week ahead will be busy for sure: Mom’s offer deadline and decisions, a hair cut, my 2nd Covid shot, George visits with his friends Jack and Ron, and then probably a big weekend of packing/moving as long as there is a contract on the house because at that point we can start packing the things that are visible as the house will no longer be showing.

And now for rant time:

I have some pain aching above my right breast, almost to the side near my underarm- but I think it’s more like muscle pain, likely from all the lifting yesterday of the groceries. When I flex my arm as if I’m lifting it hurts, like a muscle does. So I don’t think it is heart issue. But I couldn’t find my acetaminophen. I keep buying it and it keeps disappearing! I know I have some at work but I’m at home. I thought we had two bottles of it and now neither are here. Things like this drive me bananas! Nothing stays put ever except what you want something to be moved – then there it sits for a lifetime decaying. :-O I took aspirin, it was the only thing I could find. I put Acetaminophen on the list for the 3rd time in about as many months. I rarely take it so I don’t know where it goes. I have one bottle at work. I thought I had one in my work bag – not there. For someone that is so organized when things go missing it drives me bananas. Also this morning we had to find a cook book I wanted and neither of us could find it. Finally George checked a shelf for the 5th time between us and there it was.

Anyway, off to get going with today and our plans. It’s supposed to storm today – yeee ha. I’m so blue in the face tired of the storms this season. We have had so many. I think we have paid our dues for all the good weather we have had already. I’ve asked God to please weaken them. Let us please enjoy Mother’s Day without being tossed about by the wind and rain! And Lord please help the pain go away! I don’t need this right now. Ok Rant over.