It’s Always Complicated! But things are Looking Up!

Good morning all. Here’s a pic of us all at the zoo from Sunday. I get to see the little fella today again and then again on Saturday for a brief bit as they fly West. The time is quick and short and we don’t get to see much of them when they are here because they have so many to see. Life is always complicated.

I went and retrieved Mom and Fancy from Columbia last night. So they are here to meet Little Roo. Mom is going back to Columbia with George on Friday as he has taken the day off. He will be going to assess what is left of the furniture and likely do some measuring so he can plan the logistics of the U-Haul Move on Father’s Day weekend. And he’ll bring a load back of whatever is left in the house of smaller items. The move is a bit complicated as there are 5 (I think) china cabinets and 1 curio cabinet – made of glass that are going, two of which are coming here and I’ll be getting rid of one that I have. The freezer is coming here. Two bedroom furniture and mattress suites and a lot of other stuff goes to storage along with most of the china cabinets, including an extra large armoire and then a very huge wall size book shelf comes here that George is elated to get! There’s still some patio furniture. So very odd sized things, huge things and many many loads and to two different places. We can and DO see the light at the end of the tunnel. Mom was able to give away the really nice furniture she had that she won’t be able to take so we don’t have to pay storage for THOSE. There was no time to sell it properly or having a moving sale. Mom said looking back she wish she didn’t have to sell her house so quickly and could have held off til hers was built. But of course they would not build her house if she didn’t have a contract on hers since she had the contingency. If she had cash she could have done it that way. Not everyone has that luxury. Life has to be complicated!

What has made things more stressful is having to spend your beloved spare time in CareNow and urgent care center for 3 days in the past week for a cyst on my back that decided to act up and develop cellulitis. I have antibiotics that end in a day or two. I’ve been able to go without a bandage now as it is healing up. It itches like the dickens. (I guess that is a southern word? My grandmother used to say it. It refers to anything devilish). Itching is a good sign. I hope it is healing. But they did not get the entire sac so likely it will mean surgery at some point. I really want to just leave it alone for a long while. Nobody has time for surgery. I can’t even find time to do the colonoscopy. It’s ok I don’t really want to do that either. Life has to be so complicated!

WELL, HELLO there! One can only laugh at the things that happen in one’s busy day. A guy comes in with this thing on a pole and says excuse me I need to borrow your space for a minute. And puts this thing above on the vent. LOL LOL LOL Large amounts of very cold air comes down and he says “oh yeah that’s some cold air right there”.

Yeah it is. For a long time we had a system that was very comfortable. Except for maybe when a cold front came through and it had to be adjusted and whoever did the adjusting did a good job. At least the masses were happy for the most part.

Well now there is some fancy smart system in house that is supposed to be all elaborate and somehow just “knows” when to make the air come on and off. Only we can’t control it in house – I think there is a God of the Air Conditioning Unit somewhere up in the sky that determines what our temp is. Well it maybe a fancy system but it’s not working very well – well let me rephrase that, the air works great – it’s freezing all of us out of our office igloos. lol. It’s hot and humid in the office until about 10 when the air blows and it’s like the air has been captured from the arctic zone. Everyone reaches for sweaters and turns on office heaters. My guess is that this system was “supposed” to save money in the long run. My next guess is that we are burning more on electricity than ever before.

As they try to fix it – it’s getting worse b/c now instead of just adding a sweater or turning the heater on for the rest of the day – you go back and forth, LOL. Fan off, Sweater on, heater on, sweater off, heater off, fan on – all day long in a cycle. I blog this not to complain, but to share my amusement of how our techie world can sound so right but yet go so wrong. I’m not upset over it though, I’m amused and LOL’ing at the situation. I’m fine I just put on a sweater and adjust what I can around me. I’m adapting! And to have some guy come in with this above my head just sent me rolling! I laughed out loud! How can we make something so simple so complicated?

Lots of cloudy days this week and rain all around. We got a good shower at home the other night and I had a glass of wine on the porch as the rain storm approached. Monday night was the urgent care night. Tuesday night was the night I had to cut George’s hair and he cut the foam for my bed. Still was able to have a “wine sit” – I like that term don’t you? I had a wine sit in between chores.

I put fresh sheets on the bed for Mom’s bedroom which I’m officially moved out of now except for some jewelry from my armoire that I need – only getting a few main favorites for getting ready for work. I also had to get my sheets ready for my bed after George got the foam cut and we hauled the heavy thing upstairs.

I took a pic before putting the covers on it so you could see the foam. You should have seen the two of us trying to get this floppy thing up the stairs and through the house. In the stair well we had to change places (on the stairs) and pass each other which made for some interesting moments. It was hilarious. Too bad that was not on video!

I tried to do a panoramic view of my office and I’m sorry it was not a good photo as I left the lights blaring. Here was my next attempt after tweaking things a bit.

I am so very excited to have my little “space”. It is like a dorm room almost all to myself. It’s a triangle of sorts for sleep, creativity, and meditation/devotion. Roger’s bed of course is there as he likes that room too during the day time. I would leave the door open and let him sleep in there at night and come and go as he roams but I have to close the door as where my bed is, I can see the hallway lights if someone gets up and also a sensor light turns on – with the temperature control with Nest. So I will wake up all night if I leave the door open. I tried it last night and was awakened twice by people getting up. And the purpose of sleeping in here is to actually get sleep! Life has to be complicated.

Deer met me at the office entrance the other morning. It delights my soul!

So I’m hanging in there! And things are progressing along. Mom will officially be moved in with us- in a week from now. And then after Father’s Day weekend we can turn our sights to doing things around here and maybe enjoying ourselves a bit more.

We have been so crazy busy that we haven’t even had time to go to the grocery and get staples. I don’t even have eggs. George is gone to get us a biscuit, bless him. I was going to fix biscuits and peanut butter and jelly as Mom said she could eat that and be fine last night. This morning she says she’s tired of biscuits and peanut butter! LOL So biscuit out it is. She wanted to go out to eat breakfast but we are eating lunch out and dinner out with Cody and Katy. It gets complicated. Mom does not like sushi and we are going to go eat sushi so Mom will likely stay here and I’ll go get her a meal she will eat so she does not starve for lunch. Then we will all go out to eat dinner at a new restaurant tonight that Mom will like. Katy has been wanting to eat at the sushi place for almost two years and it has been planned for a long time so I’m not even asking to change the plans. Mom will have to adapt and either go or stay. But I’ll see she has food to eat. Life is always complicated. LOL

I realized as I typed this blog piece today that most everything I mentioned had its complications to it, so I went back and added the prase “life is complicated” to the end of nearly every topic. Seems fitting. Although life is complicated, I’m doing my best to bloom where I can. I’m sorry I don’t feel like much of a blossom – but more like a withered flower! LOL LOL

But some things never change. Even though life is complicated. Just try to be your best self. And while this may sound pessimistic, it IS very much realistic instead. I’m reporting it as it is. So if you only want the good rosy perspective, that would be amiss.

But I can say that yes, things are looking up, things are progressing. We are getting a tiny bit of time off for some fun. We are getting to see our Little Roo, the move will wrap up soon, and a different phase of Project Momma will be in session.

All is good and God’s in charge. Until Mom wakes up that is. ;-). Just kidding.

Family Day: Nashville Zoo, Hot Chicken, and Yee Haw Brewery

We had a fabulous time at the Zoo with Little Roo! George might have been teaching him the “pull my finger” trick. lol. You know it’ll happen! We loved getting to spend the day with him. And I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed the zoo. It has improved over the years.

It was going to be a late lunch and so I had been craving a soft serve ice cream cone for over a week. So it was mine to be had.

So I apologize for not having the official name of this particular type of gorilla monkey. And I’m too sleepy/lazy/busy to look it up right now. But walking into this zone has you thinking “what’s happening?”. The noise can be described as “exciting, a party atmosphere, inviting, intriguing and captivating”.

Here, I will post a video I took. Listen to this! It’s no sound like I’ve ever head before. It was intriguing and even a bit confusing. There were so many sounds at once. Can you imagine being in the wild and being around this? It’s only 16 seconds. There were short sounds and long sounds. lol

Why yes there IS a Roo with me! And he is cuter than your Roo! But we still enjoyed and loved your Roos.

I cannot believe that we got to walk among the Kangaroo’s. My heart leapt with excitement. They allowed us to pet them but only from behind on their back. Not on their heads. They can bite and scratch but apparently if you don’t bother them from the front, they are good as they let children go in and pet them. We could only stay on the path though.

This one was cleaning her pouch.

We met Molly (George’s cousin) and her two grandchildren at the zoo. They had zoo passes.

This one was being lazy.

Can you find the red bird? I didn’t have time to zoom in. I was afraid he would leave me. But a red bird flew in beside us. A few times yesterday. Usually there are two. This one lingered as I walked by.

Molly told us we had to go see the monkeys in the restroom. I just thought it was art or a statue or something. But no, there ARE REALLy Monkeys in the bathroom.

I love the bamboo forest. River Roo fell asleep during the bamboo forest as his Mom sang to him quietly. She is a good Mom.

I loved the flamingos too! And the landscaping at the zoo was so nice.

It was a great day to go to the zoo. The rain threatened and it sprinkled but never actually came a downpour. So it all worked.

Katy and George rode the zip line. This is only 9 seconds.

Then on to HattieB’s for Nashville Hot Chicken. Notice Little Roo has on his zoo shirt?

My sides were potato salad and grits with bacon. All carbs of course, lol.

It rained only a tad bit while we were driving to Yee Haw Brewery. The kids requested Hattie B’s and the Brewery where Susan and Kevin (George’s sister and husband) joined us.

Lighting was not good from my angle. But here I got to hold him for a long long time. And you know what he did? He flirted with a table of girls next to us. He caught their attention and grinned and smiled at them! They could not finish their conversation because they just had to stop and smile back and have a conversation with him. lol

When he got too sleepy but would not go to sleep, we gave him to his Mom. She tried but he wouldn’t go to sleep there. He cried all the way to dropping us off at the house (they have George’s car for the week). There is nothing you can do for them when you are driving. They have to be in the car seat. Bless his heart he was so tired. So I guess he went home and got a long nap.

And I went home and laid down and snoozed. I was tired myself.

And now it is Monday morning and I’m really wanting a day off in a big way. I’m laughing because I just had two days off and another one coming Thursday. But I’m really needing a quiet day at home where I’m not doing anything but cleaning, organizing, and just relaxing. I got a partial one Saturday morning. And I’m right back where I started though Thursday night. We have been home just long enough to mess up. The laundry built back up again, the kitchen needs attention, dishwasher needs rebooting, the floors are messed up again and need vacuuming. And we have many chores and to do lists left unchecked. It’s so aggravating to hardly ever be home. So much I need to do and want to do and all I can do is put it on a list and park it there and watch it sit there from day to day. So one day at a time. Maybe things will calm down soon. George said it won’t, but we’ll see.

So anyway, today I have to go back to the urgent care center. The place is healing now and has made good progress. It’s still “oozing” — sorry, TMI, but it is. But it is not as red and irritated and is closing up and healing. This has been nightmare timing. I’m so over it.

Ok, so I’m going to get off of here and get ready for work. We are having steaks tonight. I’m so excited. I’ll pop in whenever I can this week. I have to go into work early tomorrow and likely as well on Wednesday as I leave to go get Mom after work and it’s best if I go down there early because traffic is a nightmare getting there that time of day. So that means it will be probably Thursday morning IF I get the opportunity then. We’ll see. I’ll be back when life allows me to.

Quick Cleaning Spree, Little Roo Arrives from Airport, and the Week Ahead

Katy and Little Roo on the Airplane

Morning Cleaning Spree

My day started off at 4:30 ish. I got up and made coffee and began trying to catch up at the house. My house is in NO SHAPE for company as we have been home next to ZERO time in recent weeks. Even the evenings have been filled with running errands, urgent care, and taking care of necessities. So it was pleasant to have several hours straight in which to put a small dent in caretaking of our needs here and to once again try to bless our nest.

I began laundry and started working on the kitchen. I hauled things down to the basement. “Things” are a big thing of clothing storage for those things that are “too small” and another of “extra clothes” that I don’t wear often that I don’t have room for right now. I’m moving into my office, LOL! So I have the closet, a shelf, and a plastic set of drawers (normally for office supplies or kids toys) and a few baskets that fit under the bed for socks. Everything else is in that bag and I made a note to bring it back up after Mom moves into her new house. I just kept my favorite stuff out.

I vacuumed up around the vent using the vacuum brush attachment, vacuumed the kitchen floor, and mopped the kitchen floor. I sprayed the counters and stove with a concoction I had mixed up around the time everything closed down last year of Dawn, vinegar, and water. It cuts the grease well and cleans! I took the burner pans off and scrubbed those. I put my vitamins together for the next week. I emptied my work bag of all the masks and soaked those as I was running out of fresh ones. I also restocked my work bag with things for work I was out of: Kleenex, hearth healthy nut packs, individual vanilla almond milks, Bob’s Red Mill Flax and Chia seed cups, and vitamin packets.

And I began at some point just trying to put things up. George vacuumed the den and living room. I only made a one room dent at good old fashioned cleaning. But I’ll keep going from “left to right” through the house until I get things eventually all clean. Really didn’t get through with the kitchen as I need to clean out the fridge inside and shine up the outside. The problem with me is I try to do things right and get all involved so a cleaning day may only mean one room gets done. I get lost in the details of trying to get as much of it done “right” as I can. Problem is – there’s no time to do it proper when you work FT and gone most weekends too. Evenings your pooped out. So….A while back I began the “connect the dot” method of cleaning. I had to do some of that yesterday. It’s where you take something to one room, get something out of that room that goes into another room and so forth- you just keep going until everything is put up all over the house going from room to room. It has its flaws but can make putting the house in order more fun. You can also clean by category. LOL. Go get all the trash out of all rooms, cups out of all rooms, dust all rooms, vacuum all rooms.

Did you need a cleaning strategy blog post this morning? Apparently I did. Why? I was thrilled to get to clean on my house yesterday! It needed it so bad. I didn’t get far but apparently it made a big hit with me.

REMOVING THE BANDAGE

I had been warned that removing the bandage and packing (see yesterday’s post) might be a bit uncomfortable and that it would be best to have someone else do it and to do it quickly. So before the shower, I braced myself by hugging/clutching a towel in one hand and pushing against a wall with the other. It was uncomfortable but mainly stung “after” he quickly pulled it out as the air hit it. I took Ibuprofen. I had forgotten to take it half hour before as planned, but I sure took it then. Still after about a minute it quit stinging. George rebandaged it. I hope we are on the road to recovery. I did notice another cyst building though in another area where it has previously been removed. It almost seems like a solar system of cysts – one goes and so another is built in an alternate place. I don’t get it. The lab results will be back in sometime this week I think to see if it’s ok, but this gets so annoying. I will make the appt with the dermatologist and take it from there. No one has time for this crap.

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO SEE US!

So about 11:30 we headed out early for the airport. Little Roo and his Mom and Dad was on the flight headed our way.

Nashville BNA Airport
Construction at Nashville BNA Airport

The parking was next to NONE. We went into a “FULL” lot in hopes that something would “turnover” and it did. We found a spot pretty quickly but there were few to be had. We decided it best to go in and help them with River while they got baggage and help them get out of the airport.

We had 15 minutes to wait, which I was personally glad for because that meant we could get some coffee! 😉

Coffee, This Way…

Coffee Found, at Green Beans Coffee Co, BNA Airport

Thank goodness they have some type of refreshment while on THIS SIDE of the security gate. I was grateful for it. George got a chocolate croissant for us to share. It was great with the coffee. I only had a few bites but it would hold me til we got to our late lunch.

I put the camera up for our meeting with them until a few minutes later. Then I felt the pangs of needing to capture the moments. WE went to Target for diapers and formula and then on to lunch at a local sub shop, Jersey Mike’s. We at there a week or so ago while moving Mom. I love the Italian sub with all the Italian meats – with the “Jersey Mike’s Way” + Mayo but minus onion!

River took a little nap at our house and then the kids went to Cody’s parents. They had turned the nursery into a boy’s nursery. They have other grandchildren locally.

Today we are going to the zoo. George has tickets already. There is rain in the forecast sadly. But we will do the best we can I guess.

The Week Ahead

So, Tuesday night, I’ll change the sheets and bedroom over where Mom can have it. George has it on his list to get the bed foam cut for my twin bed in my office so I can get the sheets on it. Wednesday I get off work, go get Mom and Fancy, and we will throw in the car what we can. Mom is thinking “clothes”. I think I will bring in dinner. I told George we would just eat on our own that night.

Thursday we have time with River and Katy and Cody! And I think Kevin and Susan but George has all of this in his head. It could be today we see them (George’s sister and her hubby). I know we see them soon but forget when. I am living by my planner and didn’t write it down when he said. I just show up where I need to be! ha.

So a 4 day week for me. A busy one. And a HOLIDAY payroll. I will be working Friday but I think George will do errands and will run to Columbia to “reassess” everything so he can figure out the order and timing for the remaining loads on Father’s Day weekend. He will also take a car load back of things.

Then Saturday this next weekend we go to our annual “Christmas” get together (and birthdaying) with our good friends, the Irelands. And we take our beloved River and Katy and Cody back to the airport. Sunday back at Mom’s for a couple of loads before the final furniture U-Haul Father’s Day weekend.

Mom was able to get rid of all the furniture not being moved. Except that my sister wants my father’s desk. It’s the only thing left. We won’t have room to move it if she doesn’t take it. It will go to the road for the city to pick up if not gone by Father’s Day weekend. We are hoping all will be finalized then and we can leave. If she still has furniture to be moved if we run out of time Father’s Day weekend, we have the option of the 2nd weekend and can rent another truck then, but now it looks like we will be able to get it all Father’s Day Weekend. I think.

Video Update.

I was able to get the music done this weekend. I finished last night. Now I’m at the graphics stage. I was hoping to finish this weekend – and I still could if I get some time – but it’ll likely be next weekend before it uploads. I have decided to only release on the weekends and will now begin to set them up for a time to be released. So it’ll be ready to go I think by next weekend. The graphics won’t take long. I have to cover up River’s face in the video. And I have to cover up a butt crack scene where George sits and his plumber crack is showing. LOL LOL LOL And I have to cover up a license plate where it’s showing in Texas.

Anyway, I feel good today. I’m shying away from any negativity issues and keeping positive. Life is certainly more fun that way. I have to try and remember not to let things get me down or let other’s being negative and stirring things up, not get to me. It’s hard to do when you are tired. Life is what you make it PERIOD. We can all be miserable cows or pleasant pups! 😉 I don’t know where that came from but there it is.

I typed way too much. Off to shower and get ready for a day with River at the Zoo!