Prepping for July 4th, Boycotting the High Grocery Prices, and Lower Blog Numbers Visiting the Site

Here’s a screen shot of the YouTube station (channel) I’ve been listening to at work. It’s “Candy Music Rooms”. Usually nice jazz or bossa nova type music. And in many of the scenes there is a cat and also a Roger looking dog (looks like my former doggie).

This Week’s Update:

So the week has sped by fast. I have made some progress at work. My boss and I got to go to out to eat today at O’Charlies as things will be picking up from here once we get back from the holidays.

I’ve been planning our little meal for the 4th. George is trying to keep it simple and I keep trying to make it more special. He’s doing the burgers and hot dogs. We are having beans and chips as he suggested. We have watermelon, and I am making a caprese pasta salad, dressed eggs, and a white cake with chocolate icing. I know it’s just the three of us (Mom included), but I’m ok if we have leftovers to split and enjoy the rest of the work week. Mom can take some home too. What all you having for the 4th?

George will be taking Mom to church this week. And I will cook up what I need to cook. It’s all really easy stuff though.

I’m looking so forward to this 3 day weekend as I have a lot of stuff that has built up. This will help. Plus I have the quarter end ahead. So it’ll be a pretty busy month. Also Mom’s birthday is ahead and then George’s is in August.

I’m happy to report that it is possible I may meet my 7:00 a.m. upload for this week’s video. I successfully was able to get 50 minutes down to about 30. It’s a longer video and people usually stick with you when it’s under 21. But I didn’t want to divide the footage in two and I felt to cut any more out would be to cut out part of the story I wanted to relay. It’s uploading now to the YouTube channel and I hope the upload goes well. I believe this video was during a time that was one of the busiest times of my life. We had some pretty busy times when Katy was with us though so back then some of our Sept-Dec time periods got pretty busy. But this was a taxing one. So I’m letting the entire 30 minutes stand. It goes by pretty fast and can be entertaining at times so we’ll see. But I’m happy I was able to work on it some this week in the evenings.

I went to Publix tonight to get the stuff for the weekend. I was afraid all the stuff would be gone – you know – hot dog and hamburger buns and the like. I also put into play my “new rules” to offset the economic downturn, lol. I am buying the cheaper items instead of the normal brands I love. I also bought some of Publix’s buy one get one deals – if I was needing to buy that item. I saved probably $20 to $40 tonight just by letting go of my favorites. In some cases that does not work – like the Halo ice cream I like – normally pretty expensive but tonight it was buy one and get one free. So yes I got two!

I almost grabbed some pita chips that were $8.99 a bag without thinking or even looking. I just love those pita chips sometimes when I need a salty crunch. But it was the big size – crazy. I went for the small bag. I won’t buy them again for a long time though. Once I have my fix I’ll be good for about 6 months. I usually keep tortilla chips on hand for those salt cravings.

But yes, I’m boycotting the higher prices and doing my part to force prices back down to competition. And in many cases that meant I was buying the store brand. I learned in economic class that your purchase is your vote. It’s so true. The lowest price wins, unless the product just stinks. lol

When I put together the grocery list, I noticed that George had left me some golden nuggets. See for yourself on Alexa’s list below.

The blog readership continues to be down by about 20%. I wonder if WordPress changed something. Or if countries are being blocked from reading or what. Others mentioned it too. I always had a certain number of views per day and was even doubling that for a while and it seems it’s all going backwards. The blog subscription keeps growing weekly but often people subscribe and then never come back. Or they are marketing and want you to follow them. I said a long time ago I was doing this blog for me. I pretty much write what I want. I do sometimes try to clean up the blog though and put ideas and thoughts in bullet format and give it a more professional polish. I kinda like a mix of the two. I have a lot of notes where I’ve written down my thoughts. Some will be random blog posts one day! lol. You all say you like it when I write like I’m doing now, like I am having a conversation with you. I enjoy that too.

Here’s the temps for the upcoming week. Lots of chances for rain and storms in the forecast.

Well, over and out! So glad the weekend is almost here and I hope you have a fabulous one. Don’t forget to let me know what you are having to eat for the 4th! Are you celebrating with family? I love to hear about you guys.

Realizing I’m Happy and Some Salads I Made this Week

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Good morning! Well, it is morning here anyway as I type. So glad to blog this morning if Dexter will let me without trying to tear up my office, lol. (He’s getting better at minding but he still tries to get his way and loves to chew on my baskets, my chair, my camera bag, and the trash.) I have noticed this week and maybe last, the numbers of readers plummeted on the blog. I wondered if I had said or done something wrong, as we all tend to do. Or if my blogging every other day instead of every day was making it dwindle. But then I saw a few other bloggers mention it in their post also. Often there are about three times of year when this happens. Spring, Fall, and the last part of the year as everyone gets ready for the holidays. Usually I notice it more in spring when the weather starts to warm up. Now I’m thinking there may be 4 times a year – add June to that list. A lot of people taking vacations, school is out, Father’s Day and a lot of family time going on. So I’ll take that. But at first I thought it was me.

I Noticed I was Happy the Other Day

What a weird thing to say huh? But I was driving along and I thought….I’m so happy. I made a list (once I was parked, lol) of what all I was enjoying about my life.

  • Getting a dog releases another side of me that is fun (also can be frustrating but mostly fun) but it creates a sense of family again and George and I are working together to give Mr. Dexter a good home and trained.
  • Job going well in the payroll position (it’s not as frustrating as the other one was) and I enjoy most all of it and it’s still a challenge at times for my brain.
  • Love doing my blog
  • Have a bit more time in the schedule and that is working so we get some fun in our lives
  • Cooking – learning to cook differently via the Hello Fresh and the meals are awesome
  • Going to enjoy doing a bit of cost cutting (already cut the cable bill)
  • Exercising is making me feel better and have more energy
  • Getting more sleep (well until last night b/c there was a criminal on the loose and the camera kept going off saying a person was on the front lawn – it was a spider, lol)
  • Bible Study – I’m enjoying may daily Revelations walk, although it is a bit frightening, but if we walk with Him we are ok
  • Keeping the house, well it’s gotten more interesting with dog dog but I’ll be making more of an effort since we are home a bit more to enjoy the results

I think the only things that changed really was: getting the dog, exercising, and doing Hello Fresh. But I also asked God for more contentment and His spirit also sends a peace to us that lends to contentment at times.

The only thing I’ve not been able to do is keep up with the reading. It was hard to come by before but now the dog has taken up that time. lol. That is the missing piece I need to figure out.

It also makes me happy to be able to work toward goals and see myself moving in forward directions. I enjoy the seasonal bucket lists and it gives me glee to check something off of it. I’ve also enjoyed the daily to do list breakdown, including all those goals and have been using the iPhone to do list to track it. I don’t let it stress me because if it comes to be too much I simply hit the information button and change the due date or reminder date for another day. That is really working well for reminders and tasks. All these things make me happy and keep me organized.

My Pants are Loose Again 😉 How’d that Happen?

So, I put on the new pants I ordered from Belk, the lower size that felt just right last week and they are too loose this week. I had to check to see that I had the right size on (the smaller size) and I did. I was shocked. How did this happen?

  1. My guess is the exercise is starting to help.
  2. We are eating more veggies with Hello Fresh
  3. We don’t have as many leftovers (but feel full) with Hello Fresh
  4. Running after the dog – getting up and down, bending down and looking under things for his toys, and changing his paper, and getting things out of his mouth, and taking him for a walk, giving him his food and water and toys. Lots of movement having a new dog! We get up and down out of our chair even during Netflix shows, lol.

Here’s some popcorn I’ve been enjoying: Black Jewell. You get it at Publix if you have one near you. I think you can order it on line too. It doesn’t have all the bad things in it. Very natural. I usually add popcorn salt or reg salt.

Made an Awesome Dinner List Night…Am I modest? lol

I ordered the pasta salad as an add on but ended up making it for last night on a non-Hello Fresh night. My menu was to have bacon and blue cheese salad with boiled egg on top, this cavatappi salad with basil pesto, pasta and green beans, and then I added something from the freezer – chicken cordon blue. It all went well together.

So I learned how to do this salad – I guess you can buy the basil pesto? But the green beans were put in the microwave for 2 minutes or so and steamed in a bit of water. I added the pesto and microwaved again for 20 seconds. It made them softer. They were still a bit crunchy but yet cooked. Not limp. Then you add parmesan cheese (the real kind).

The salad has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It is good with darker leafy greens (not iceberg) but spinach is good or other darker green salad mixes and you have crispy bacon pieces and blue cheese crumbles. I added the egg because it is so good in there. And then you put olive oil, lemon juice, and a light vinegar on it. We had a lemon olive oil and used it. It was all really good. I can say that as none of it was really my creation. lol. I just copied it. But it was good. I also fixed extra bacon and eggs so we can have that for breakfast and we have some pasta left for lunch.

Well today is Mom’s doc appointment where she gets her eye injection. And so I leave at half day. Anyway, we’ll go out to eat afterward and she needs some groceries and probably get her mail. It’s also my day to take her to church Sunday.

Speaking of that. Last Sunday there was someone weird at church that was suspicious. They wondered if he was scoping the lay out of the church for something later. This is because of all the shootings lately I’m sure. So I’m a little nervous about going to church Sunday. It’s also supposed to rain a lot this weekend. But anyway, I suppose we will still go but we may change where we sit. We are right in the line of fire if someone walks in the back door. Anywhere else though and Mom will have to walk some more but it might be worth it if it saves our lives. You have to think about these things. Of course if it is time to go and God says it is time, then it is time. What you gonna do?

Dexter is too busy to get his pic most of the time. Or if he is not busy, I am. But I will try to get more pics, lol. I did good getting the food pics I thought. Oh yeah, here is another one of our wonderful Hello Fresh meals. I guess ya’ll are going to get tired of me talking about it. I have just been majorly impressed. So the cost is more than buying it on your own, but less than going out to eat. But it’s fun to do, all put together for you, recipes are easy and fun, and you can keep them, and it’s delivered to you and you eat gourmet as well as if it were fine dining. And you have some portion control but are still full. And I’m loving picking out the menu selection each week. Sorry I’ll try to not mention it so much but it’s just been a joy. We are spending about $60 to $70 a week for the meals but I buy a few extras for other meals when they are on sale: salads, egg bites, so I add it up to about $90. Then at the store or Target or Amazon we buy our other household needs. We have a lot of stuff already in the freezer too for our other meals so we don’t need a lot extra other than maybe a few fresh veggies, drinks and snacks.

Anyway, gotta get dressed and ready for work. I’m running behind today.

Oh, there is a man on the loose in Mount Juliet somewhere and I hope they find him. It was hard to sleep last night knowing he was out there not too far away. He kidnapped someone and got stopped and then he ran. So yeee ha. I was awake in the night and used my Thred UP credit and ordered a shirt, lol. I was sleeping good when alarm went off.

Ok over and out. What all you got going for the weekend? Me? Mom but we get Saturday off and may meet friends for dinner. Supposed to rain a lot I think. Have a good one.

Video goes live in the morning at 7:00 a.m. and I’ll come on here and leave the link. Already started working on the next one, so it’s paying off to do them, get them scheduled and start the following one before it goes live. So that gives me some advance time. I am getting in a rhythm now. Can’t believe within 1 week there is already another.

Ok too quiet, where is that Dexter and what is he into now?

How we Managed to Stay Married for Thirty 30 Years / The Surprises We Found in Our Freezer

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How on earth did these two opposites manage to stay together? She is serious and focused, he’s all humor driven and laid back. I tackle a few ideas of how we managed to pull it off so far!

To top it off we decide to go through our freezer and well, there may be a few surprises in there. Take a few minutes this morning to be entertained or…amused – either one.

Ya’ll have a great Saturday.