Sneak Peeks of Our New Flooring Giving a Farmhouse Feel

I was on pins and needles all day. I watched them arrive after getting an alert on my phone from the camera that someone was at the front door. They unloaded supplies and worked fast. They got way more done than I expected. They still have to do the foyer, part of the den, and do the quarter round and the transitions. I’m over the moon thrilled. I was so afraid when I got home and pulled in. I was very nervous “what did it look like and would I like it, would the grey just not work with the other colors”. I was fairly confident in my decision but what if they had laid it sideways or something, lol. You know me and my worries! So I walked in and was just absolutely FLOORED! Sorry, had to say that. I absolutely LOVE IT.

Of course I’ll do before and after pics (I took some before pics even though they were messy, lol). But once we get things back in place I will do proper shots but just wanted to share what we have so far. All the furniture still moved to the middle til they get the edges done.

So carpets will be put down next Wed in the bedrooms. So we will have to move some things (Nic Nacs and other items that are on top of the furniture) this weekend. It’s going to be a VERY busy weekend. But we also have Mon night and Tues night too for final things to be moved.

All in all it’s been an easier process than I thought. That said we DID work hard to get a lot of things moved, but spread out over a few days, we managed it.

I’m super excited to start putting our house back together once it is finished.

Blog Milestones and “VLOGGING Plans”

Well, the blogging milestones are happening! I had a notice I had a lot more traffic than usual and I have also had a lot of new followers. The blog is growing. I appreciate all of you who come and read this daily or every few days. Several of you engage with me with your comments and I really like that most of all. It makes the blog worth doing. I really started blogging to park my feelings, to document our life, and to meet the need that I have to write. I begun to learn to share my life and open up to the world all the details of my day. And in sharing the things I experience and do. Some things we struggle with. Some things we excel at. Some things we experiment with but all the while learning and growing – and if not – accepting, LOL! So once again thanks for reading, and I wonder how many blog posts I’ve done in my life as a whole? I have had several blogs in the past. Blogging has been a consistent activity in my life.

And now we are VLOGGING and that is a whole ‘nother animal that I’m loving even though I don’t have time for it. And with Mom here I’ve not done any filming in the house. There’s just too much happening, not much time, too much trouble to set up the lighting, but…..I can still do some videos of this summer because we have had some excursions and lots of photos even if I just do some voice overs. It’s all gonna be fine. But I am looking forward to being able to film in the house again around October and will order my ring lighting soon and plan to ask for a lighting ensemble for Christmas (umbrella diffuser and such – a kit I found on Amazon that is phbbbbth – very inexpensive.) So once things get a little more settled I’ll begin using the camera again and setting up some scenes. I just figure Momma doesn’t want to be in the videos – it’s kind of a George and Sonya thing. So excited and looking forward to that once “the coast is clear”! lol But….no worries, I’ll still be doing videos of some sort just none with me in the house much. Can’t wait to get cranking on the next one once we get the house settled. That is first priority now so we can LIFE FUNCTION in the house!

Books I’m Reading

This one I’m almost finished. It is going to be a movie! I have 3 hours left in my audio book. I love a good audio book where you can’t wait to get in the car and drive to work, lol.

I started reading this one. I read the first couple of chapters a few weeks ago. My friend Judy gave me the book so I was wanting to get a feel for it. It sounded intriguing. Last night after eating pizza I had an hour before bedtime and we sat in the living room and read since the den sofa was not available for sitting and TV watching. I read quite a few chapters. The chapters are short and I like that. I end up reading more and even reading more often when I know there is a quick break. It pulls me in b/c I think “oh I’ll just read a quick chapter”.

It’s different, and I think it’ll be really good. It is so far.

I’m also still reading the Bible. And it’s amazing how every time I read it through, I get different things from it or learn something new. I think the most important thing is that when YOU read it through YOURSELF as a book, YOU LEARN the NATURE of GOD. A lot of the questions you have about life, are answered here within these pages, not only with the words that are written but with God’s spirit that guides. The words speak to you. His Word is ACTIVE and ALIVE. “The Word was God and the Word was With God” comes to mind as I said that!

I read TWO Chapters a Day. I actually do a prayer journal after my shower and along with my cup of coffee. I thank God for all the things the day before. Blessings and what He helped me with. I also let Him know my worries and concerns and ask for help for the day I’m in or upcoming big events that are warping my mind with worry. I pray for family. I ask for needs too. Then I close the prayer and begin reading my 2 chapters. This all usually takes 15 minutes maybe less. Two chapters is not much but it allows you to SCOOT through the Bible pretty quickly. I may not finish in a year’s time but it’s fairly quick considering that all the years of my life I’ve only read it through twice. Oh sure I’ve studied it here and there a LOT but just reading it as a book – only in my 2nd time. But this time I’m reading the chapters backwards. You know me and my silly ways. It’s actually been nice to do that.

I’m also still reading one of the Deadliest Catch people’s books. I’m just having a hard time with that one. They are bragging about how “bad” they are and all the stunts they pulled. I guess I had hoped for a more genuine book about the trade and not so much about all the wild personal things the guys did. Anyway, I am going to give it one more shot as I’m half way through.

I grabbed a hold of what I thought was my key chain yesterday and pulled out Roger’s collar. 😦 Things hit you at the strangest times. We had named him “Pumpkin” and then haphazardly after tossing names at him just for fun discovered his name was “Roger” or “Dodger” as he would answer to that. So we inscribed Roger above Pumpkin. Katy always got irritated that we changed the name after she would name a pet. lol. She originally named Tugie “Sandy” b/c she was the color of sand. But the little thing was so cute I kept calling it “Sugar in baby talk and it came out “Tugie”. And she began answering to that. I couldn’t quit calling her that. So we officially named her Katy’s Sandy Tugie on the poodle registration. But called her Tugie. I miss my little Tugie, and my Maisy and my Roger.

So now we have dog friendly flooring and don’t own a dog. But….you know me and my plans. Not this year…maybe not next year (or if so after a trip or two) but 2023 could be the year. We’ll see. I don’t think I have ever planned anything two years out except for graduating from college, ha!

Well better head in to work. It’s Friday and I’m so excited. I was able to get most of the quarter end stuff out of the way. Only two returns I’m working on – one of them is paid already but the information I was given was incorrect so I’m filing an adjusted return. The same state on the transport side of the business, the numbers are not working out either, so that one needs to be resolved today. I’m not sure what the deal is with that but suspect the numbers I’ve been given are wrong – maybe didn’t have the right allowable base or something – it’s unemployment taxes. So I’ve asked my boss to look at where the numbers are coming from in the transport system. Anyway, no work tomorrow. I don’t think I’d be able to anyway as we have to put our house back together this weekend so we can function. I was able to shower this morning but had to squeeze by closet doors that were leaning against the shower stall. lol

Ya’ll have a good weekend. Back later…..

The Mess Before the Beauty, Clay Pot Chicken, and Other Craziness

Ohhhhh ya’ll! I’m so glad I started moving things Sunday night. Not having any time off and trying to do all this after work has kept us busy. I thought I’d share the “mess”. We’ve moved everything into the sun room and the bedrooms so they can move furniture with ease when they put the flooring down. I’m very excited. Have waited for such a long time.

I have to laugh, this card table almost looks cute with it’s flowers, bird house and boat. What am I saying? lol.

And George moved a lot of stuff to his bedroom. I had decided to split Mom’s food b/w all the bedrooms. George is like “what ARE ya Doing?”. He already had plans for the space in his bedroom. lol. However, we managed to maneuver around. I have to remember the dirty clothes basket is in the sun room, LOL.

What a mess our bedrooms are.

We tried to keep too much out of Mom’s room so she didn’t trip over it. George put this box there and she can’t get to her chest of drawers, LOL. SMH. (Shaking My Head for those that don’t know what SMH means!)

Anyway, despite all the moving stuff around on the final day of it yesterday for the flooring guys coming today to put the wood laminate down, George was determined to cook a full ON meal!

It wasn’t ready until 8:30 last night which actually is my bed time – or at least when I start to get ready for bed. It was really good. He cooked it with potatoes and celery. He thought we had carrots but none were to be found. We are in such disarray I think that we don’t know whether we are coming or going. I think we have enough to have leftovers for tonight, but not sure. I’m not sure we’ll even be able to get to the kitchen. I don’t know anything about this type of flooring and if we have to minimally stay off of it for a day or so or if we will be ready to move everything back.

Anyway, I’ve learned lately to just take one day at a time. I mean I definitely PLAN for the future on the important things – and try to sneak in some fun things – and some goals. But as far as trying to figure out the details of some things – my head will just explode, so some things just have to roll on by themselves and I have to let go. I think that my head tries to explore so many futuristic possibilities on every part of my life that I often exhaust myself trying to think of a master a plan. And George is already a step ahead of me most of the time. But sometimes I have TOO many thoughts and TOO many plans. It’s fun, but it’s frustrating when there is not enough time to finish a thought.

Awwwww….Fancy Lou (Mom’s dog). I call her “Fancy Lou” but her name is really Fancy…..she just came back to see me this morning and say “hello”. That means a lot when a dog comes and seeks you out lol.

Sweet friends sent cards to us on our loss of Mr. Roger. I appreciate that so much and so does George.

So now that Roger is gone, I have to remove him from the video intro. But I will not do it until I’m caught up with real time. My next video will be spring. I haven’t decided if I will do a real time update. But likely I will put a black screen with a picture of him saying Roger passed on July 24, 2021. We will do a special little tribute to him as well on one of the videos either in real time or at the point in time we catch up to now on the videos. I’ve not had time at all to work on the videos this week. I’m having to stop to work on files and I don’t like to be interrupted and have to go to work while I’m in the middle of it. It’s too hard to try to remember where I was and it breaks my stride. So I’ll have to have a chunk of time to work on it.

Quarter End is a little Tootie Fest! Some things happened that make it harder this time even though it was supposed to be easier. :::sigh::: Oh well. I’ve prayed that God helps. I hope I can get finished Friday. I think I will be with the important stuff. I am really going to need to be here this weekend at home if I can. There is one state however that I’m having to hand enter every employee that has worked for one state and it’s the state with the biggest turnover, so lots of people had wages and I’m having to hand enter everyone. Yes, see why it’s a Tootie Fest. <—–It’s better than saying a few choice words that OTHERS would and have used! But I will go to work, put my earbuds in, get it done and be the little robot that I can be. The problem is that my arm is hurting from moving and lifting all this stuff around, so the arm that bothers me sometimes is not really in condition to be having to do a lot of data entry. But I can wear a brace if I need. Right now it hurts at the top and radiates down to my elbow. I’ll be glad when this week is over. But it will take me through next week and maybe the next one since the upload didn’t take and I have to hand enter everyone’s wages. I’ve paid the tax already so no late charges, but that part I have to send in and it will be there in a couple of weeks, likely. (I was given the wrong info to upload and now I have to manually key it all but with the correct info). The problem is that I also have to go in and type in what we incorrectly sent too, ::::sigh:::: yes, it’s a Tootie Fest already. Welcome to my world. At least we can laugh and call it names! It makes one feel better. And certainly it could have been called worse. And probably has – but not on this blog. I won’t say for sure! lol

Oh and it’s Month End already now and I need to be working on that but at least I have til the 15th. It’s pretty easy to get through the monthly paid taxes. No crazy Tootie Fests for that! lol lol lol

And it is HOT as Hades on a Firecracker this week. We have heat warnings out. I do not like summer after July 4th, lol. I don’t much care for August either. But it’ll all go by fast.

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Ok over and out ya’ll. Gonna hop to the day and see what it brings. Oh and I’ve not even had time to look at my lab report and doc notes that were sent. I figure I’ll wait til the weekend when I can log in and download it to compare with past reports. I think he may have scheduled me for a hearing test which I cancelled as it was this week. I have to set my own appointments and frankly I really don’t have time for my own appointments unless they are just really necessary. Having to put some of those off til next year. We have too many irons in the fire this year with Mom and house sale, house moving, house building, and all her medical appointments. So maybe next year can be the year we re-align our own health. There is just no time to sneeze anymore. But we will figure it out and then later in life we’ll be like “remember that ONE year” —“yeah that was a big bad busy Bertha Butt year”. I’m not sure why I feel the need to name things: Tart Farts, Tootie Fests, and being Bertha Butt Busy. I guess I just really have no other words. lol

Ok over and out for real.

Flooring is Scheduled, Doc Appts, Tests, and the Battle for Time

The BIG NEWs is that the flooring will be put down this Thursday and Friday. George said “yes” to the dates because he will be working from home Thursday and also Mom will be here Friday. I was shocked, I was planning to take off for whatever day they were coming but needed to be able to help set the timing. I had asked George not to schedule it for this week, but it is done and under control and I really don’t have to be involved. So it may be my turn when they come put the carpet in. The carpet was not in yet. But that is a good thing. We will be able to put stuff in the bedrooms then while they put the flooring down in other rooms.

I have spent ALL week after work moving glassware and breakable items from my two china cabinets into the sun room. I started Sunday night I think and then Monday night and then last night George was already moving all the wine bottles from our three wine racks. Yes we have three b/c George makes wine. Although he hasn’t made a batch in a while as our year has been so freaking busy. But he does have a batch going now and another one to do after that one. Summer is the best time of course because it is warm enough in the basement for it to ferment properly.

We moved a lot of stuff last night, even Mom tried to help but she is just not able to walk around and do much. It wears her out quickly and she has to sit. So tonight we’ll have a last night of moving stuff. And really there is not that much left. Another hour with George and I moving things we’ll have it ready to go where they can move the furniture. (We just move the stuff off of the furniture but there was a lot of that when you think of china cabinets, wine racks, liquor cabinet, plus all Mom’s 8 containers of food from her pantry sitting in our living room.)

You realize how dusty and nasty things become when you start moving things completely off shelves and out of the corners! Oh my gosh. I have just about quit dusting and vacuuming b/c it was a constant battle and time I didn’t have this year. I told Mom, “when you have poop on your floor, why dust?” She laughed. With an old dog and carpets – it just doesn’t mix. We will still have carpets in the bedrooms but usually that was not where we would have the issues and we can shut the bedroom doors easily when leaving or when we are home if we get a new puppy and need to.

I woke up at 1:30 a.m. and looked at vacuums on Amazon Monday night. That also made Mom laugh! It is kinda funny. Except that at 3:00 p.m. the next day you drink coffee and it still doesn’t work. lol

So Monday I took Mom to the heart doctor at Summit. That was an experience. Everyone was nice but whoever worked at the front desk didn’t come in and so the office wasn’t open. So much for trying to get an early appointment so it won’t impact work. What have they been saying about this next generation’s work ethic. That our world is in trouble. I believe you don’t have to say much. Don’t even have to give an opinion. Just look around and see who is working, who is showing up, who cares and who does not. Where are there openings? Everywhere! Actions speak louder than words. So there that doc office was with elderly people barely able to stand, all waiting in the hallway for the doors to open. Finally someone opened up the office and began checking people in. Even the doctor himself was up front for a while. I’ve NEVER seen that! What is it they say? “I’m so glad I work hard all day to pay taxes so you can stay home and watch Netflix?” Don’t get me started, they also say. I’ll stop here. Not everyone has a bad work ethic. My daughter is the next generation and she has an excellent work ethic so they are out there, but I’m just saying – this doc office was having an issue and it became our issue.

Finally got her in there and filled out her paperwork. She could not see to fill it out. And then they called me back to the back side of the office where they check out and make appointments. Mom had to have an Echocardiogram appointment and so they gave me the sheet to call to schedule that and then they scheduled a follow up in 2 months (only it’s more like 2.5 b/c we couldn’t get our schedules together) so they could go over the results. They said the most recent one looked like she had a leaky valve, where the valve was not closing properly. They may have to go back in and fix it (heart surgery). Mom says she is not having any surgery until after she moves in her house unless she just absolutely has an episode because she is not feeling any symptoms of it. They also have ordered two more prescriptions for her. I went and picked one up yesterday after work, after getting gas. I’m so glad I noticed I was almost on E (Empty).

So yesterday I made her Echo appt while on lunch break. I tried to get her primary care doctor set up but the one we picked is no longer taking Medicare patients and the one she wanted wasn’t taking on new patients anyway. That was the one close to our house which has been so nice for me and my own appointments. Of course Mom will be 15 min away so it won’t matter anyway – we’ll have to find her a doctor that takes her insurance and get an appointment. It’ll probably be the weekend at this point before I can get a chance to research it. Unless I can do it from work at lunch one day.

My schedule is unreal – there is almost no time for anything but work, make appointments, do home chores, do what everyone needs, eat, go to bed. I DID manage to watch two YouTube shows last night but had to stay up past my normal bedtime to do it.

Then again at 1:30 in the morning I woke up. I think my mind is just not getting time to process stuff so I wake up in the middle of the night so my mind can think. God pops stuff into it. Like we have a 30 year anniversary coming up! Or is it 29. Surely it’s not 30 yet I thought. But 30 it is! We’ve not planned anything special and likely won’t get to this year. I was thinking by year end, when I do the Year End Review, it is going to be unbelievable what all we have done this year. And I feel every bit of it whatever “it” is! lol

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So work….my other big concern was getting the quarter end returns all filed and was given the data to work on it- I think Friday afternoon about time to go home. I was hoping to have had it last Thurs or Friday to work on it on my lighter days as most of the week I do payroll related activities especially Mon – Thurs a.m. So now that it is the last week of the month I’m having to RUSH through payroll stuff, work longer hours and yadayada, which is fine, but I’m just hoping there is enough time to get it all done. So naturally worried about that. Sometimes those folks who don’t have a good work ethic – at least they must be worry free. I on the other hand fret over every little thing wanting to meet the goals of my department and company. Sometimes you have to take life as it gives it and do the best you can. I have just prayed this week and will do what it takes to get it done, despite not really having had a good opportunity (meaning “time”) to do it. But what else is it they say “it is what it is” — I actually hate that phrase as I’ve said it so much in my work career over things you can’t control.

But it’s all good. My life is just one crazy TARTFART – that is just what came out of my mouth. I don’t know why. It just sounds about right! LOL LOL LOL

I was thinking if you put your life into a pattern what would it look like? LOL Yes, I actually think of such things!!!!!

I want it to look like these:

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But my life is more like this:

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And I better get on with it and try to knock out a bunch of payroll stuff so I can get to the quarter end stuff and have half a chance. My challenges this week are finding time to make all these appointments, worried about work, worried about being off for all Mom’s appointments and finding time for mine, lol! And now getting the flooring but that is strawberries on the ice cream and we have about got that whooped until it’s time for the carpet. Just relieved they are not doing it all at once so we have places to put things from some of the rooms while they do the other rooms. TIME is just the biggest challenge. It always has been. I don’t mind helping Mom, don’t mind working, but I am looking forward to having some down time whenever we can figure out how to get that worked in. 🙂 Just genuinely concerned about getting it all on the calendar and having something – anything left!

So what are YOUR Challenges this week?