Dinner in Donelson, Baby Faces, Police Visit, and My To Do List

McNamara’s, Donelson, TN

Yesterday had a bit of fun when I got to meet a friend/neighbor for meal in Donelson at an Irish restaurant, McNamara’s. A fun little place. I wish there were more healthy things on the menu! I had Fish and Chips. Very good. Very good, I say! But not low in calories or fat I’m afraid. Still, the restaurant is a favorite.

Are you ready for some cuteness? We love the different faces of my Grandson as his Mom captures them and sends. His Mom sent those to me yesterday. Here’s Little Roo! He has gained 4 lbs since birth and is wore his LAST newborn diaper yesterday! I especially love the last pic as I love seeing a baby kick and play with their arms!

Neighborhood Suspicions

When I got home last night the police was at our house! I had gotten a notification that someone was at my doorbell when I got into the car leaving the restaurant. I listened to the conversation when George went to the door. It was the next door neighbor. I heard him saying someone had stopped in front of our houses and took pictures toward the neighbor’s house. The neighborhood house is for sale. I figure it was someone that is looking at houses for sale and stopped to take a pic. But our neighborhood teen was at home by himself and came over as it scared him. George looked back on our security cam and was able to show the car and you can see the flashes of lights while taking pics. So George told him if he was concerned, he could call the authorities so they could do periodic drive bys. The car had not done anything wrong as far as I know. George said it was odd to be doing that at night instead of daytime. I told him, “not really, most people work all day and someone looking at houses would most certainly ride around after work looking on their own before involving a realtor if they decided to do so”. I would do that! lol The police was leaving as I arrived. But I was glad to know what was sort of going on before just showing up and the police is there. I woke up at 1:30 in the morning and thought about it. Of course I laid there for an hour. But I figure it is someone looking at houses. It seems like any time mentions anything in our neighborhood that is suspicious it always involves a black car or a black truck. lol. And this was a black car.

Anyway, this week is surely moving on! Tonight I have free. After being gone the last two nights I’m glad to be coming home tonight.

Upcoming To Do List: Am I Busy? LOL

So the upcoming to do list is to begin looking/learning about elder care and looking at options for Mom for a move to Mount Juliet so we can aid her in her needs and spend more time with her.

I will be looking at my subscriptions and seeing which to cancel. Evernote is one I’ve decided to cancel to the free version and will move the file storage over. I will keep the free version and move files over to my cloud drive if needed. I needed it for my side hustle business with the health company I use but since I’m no longer doing the business, it’s not needed.

I need to sew up by navy blue pants as the hem fell out and I miss wearing them!

I have to figure out how to install the Nest device – an extra sensor in the house. If we cannot figure it out we may need to return it if it is not too late. It probably is. I’ve not had time to do anything with it.

I want to work on the new Intro and excited about that. Probably won’t be til after I get back from Mom’s. I’m going to see her this weekend. Spending the night with her Fri night.

I need to catch up on all my shows which is going to be hard b/c I won’t be home much. I also haven’t seen the latest Sister Wives show.

I need to order Ring Light and Rode Microphone and wind muff sometime in the next month. I think the microphone will help in the house but need the muff for outdoor shooting. My new lens arrived for zooming. So we need to set up an excursion so I can play with the new lens.

I want to set up a “Health Tracker” so I can force myself to look at “markers” as to how I’m progressing. It helps hold oneself accountable and lets you know your trend before you step into those tight jeans all of a sudden. I talked about doing this last year and in true fashion I begin to get so detailed and fancy with it that I begin to give up as it is too much. So I’m going to keep it simple – weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and a couple of measurements – waist, bust, arm? I have a goal size I want to go to. And don’t want to solely depend on the health and wellness company I’m doing, to be able to sustain this. I will definitely use the products but I want to be able to do this when I retire also, so I need to figure out a diet and regimen that is sustainable now!

That said, I have a Cracker Barrel and Culvers cards to use up! lol

I want to study some Vlogging YouTubes and do my Canon lessons.

I want to learn how to do more things with Canva for use in my videos.

We need to look at flooring and do our research there.

And I need to do the next video.

It’s Our Last Day in Texas!

This has been my bed and even though it’s a sofa, it’s been comfortable. We leave tomorrow to head toward home via Hot Springs.

George came and got me yesterday and we went out for Breakfast at Adrianas Taqueria. We got the bacon and egg burrito which is my favorite over the kolaches that George prefers.

Then we went to swap out my dirty clothes for clean clothes from my big suitcase at his lodge. I’ve just had an overnight bag packed for two days. But I got enough for the remaining time here and our overnight in Hot Springs. Also did some of our laundry here.

Then we went to some boutique shops. I bought a couple of things. The hunt is always fun. We headed back to Katy’s house. They had been to the Pediatrician in Abilene. Our Little Roo (I am shortening his name as Buckaroo is too long to type on here on the phone- but I kinda like it!- our Little Roo’s numbers are going in the right direction on the bilirubin. They told her to keep doing what she was doing.

We bought a few more grocery items for the kids and replacement coffee as we’ve lived on coffee-all but Katy who tries not to have caffeine.

We brought home lunch from the Pit Stop!

Chopped beef, sausages, and my request was for some potato salad. And it hit the spot! Here’s The Pit Stop.

It was a really windy day yesterday 25-30 sustained winds and gusts to 40. The lake by George’s lodge was like an angry ocean with white caps. We got a good video coverage of it. I had hoped for another walk but it was too windy for an enjoyable stroll. We did get to see Cody go over the house in a helicopter 🚁. They have to count deer and pigs once per quarter. He texted when he was close to the house. We waved.

Our Little Buckaroo is wearing his Little Buckaroo onesie. My phone is remembering and suggesting “Buckaroo” now.

He’s had a few spurts of alertness here and there which should continue as time goes on.

And I believe here he is telling George he is hungry. lol Meanwhile Findlay was in my lap! She’s not getting her normal attention from her Momma and Daddy right now but she knows her Nonni (MommaSoni) will take care of her. We’ve explained how much fun Little Buckaroo will be. But we have also talked about her sneaking and coming home with us! lol

I will miss them all when we leave. Even Ford, the cat, who is much bigger now and comes around at night and early morning for the most part.

I’ve been eyeing what I believe is our Christmas/Birthday gifts. Not sure “when” Christmas opening time is. Maybe next time when we come back when everyone is awake.

George has kept the humor going of course. Even Findlay is entertained! And Katy felt better yesterday and wanted to do a few things in the house, cleaning the nursery and such. She mostly slept as she should have when the baby slept. The baby doing quite nicely now in bassinet. Everyone is getting more sleep now that the routine is working out.

We ate a pizza casserole last night and I believe we will have to recreate this dish! It was great! A friend brought it over. Along with bread and salad kit, and iced tea. I made garlic toast out of it with butter, garlic salt and onion powder, and parsley flakes.

So today is our last full day here and we set out tomorrow. I’m sad to leave but I do miss our home, my bed, my routine, and will even be ok to go back to work and continue checking the boxes off for quarter end/year end. I am also looking forward to ordering some things online and working toward some goals, working on a study/reading/watching corner of my office, making more videos and doing some writing.

I know Katy and Cody were glad we were here. It was crucial times here until mid week when Little Roo finally took to the bassinet. Every thing has to be figured out. But now I think it’s time we go so they can take it from here. The dishes and laundry will pile up and quick meals eaten but it’s ok until strength and time lengthens themselves. They’ve got this. I’m happy we got to help for a short time. Not happy I can’t see him again until later in the year. But we will figure it out with FaceTime and photos. And will hold him again one day. We still have today and in the morning! I feel like our new year will start when we get home. Going to make hair and Pedi appointments too.

Better go eat my breakfast. Poppy arrived with a bacon egg croissant!

Newborn Adjustments and a Walk on the Ranch

Sneaking in a blog post while I can and while I feel like it!

It’s been a “tough go” all week of taking turns holding and watching the baby, figuring out if he’s getting enough milk, waiting for milk to come in and watching jaundice. And mostly lack of sleep between Katy and Cody and I. By morning we are comatose. lol

Little Buckaroo did not like his bassinet and preferred one of us hold him. I knew yesterday this needed to change. We leave Saturday and if we can’t get this figured out they will never survive without having extra people in the house.

So yesterday I was able to transition him from being held to the bassinet during one of his naps. It took! It was a big win for the household! Last night was the most sleep any of us have had. So a big relief and a big step towards routine.

Today they take him back to Abilene for Pediatric visit and his 1 week check. He’s still a little jaundiced but I think he’s much better. We let him get sun through the window yesterday.

I’ve also tried to keep the kitchen up while here and pick up some and fold laundry. I’ve been too wiped out to try to even think about a blog post. I have played mindless games to relax. Or have sat and just rested. I can’t do good naps during the day very easy as my bed is the sofa in the main room.

It was 64 here yesterday and I went out for a walk which revived my soul. It was quiet, peaceful, and I loved the warmth hitting my face. Katy’s friend Shelby came over and they went for a walk a took the baby who enjoyed the stroller.

Kate is looking good for having given birth a week ago. She is losing weight pretty fast with the breastfeeding. She’s had a tough time getting in enough calories. Has had weak spells, but says she is learning what her body is asking for. Rest, sleep, and more nutritious eating likely the answer there.

Testing out the swing below! He seemed to like this. So this is good and will be something to occupy him and hold him while they eat or do tasks, especially while one of them is alone at the house. Notice Findlay finally gets to sniff and check out the baby.

Findlay has been my little buddy this week! I’ve seen to it she has what she needs and take her potty outside. I keep asking her if she wants to go home with me. lol She let’s you know when she wants something by come up to you wagging her tail and going in a circle as to entice you to follow her by saying “come on”. She frequently sits with me when her Mom is nursing the baby and gets shewed away.

I’m going to close and get some more sleep before the household gets up. I hope to get some good baby pics before we head out. Surprisingly I hadn’t already. We have mainly just been surviving the moment with little sleep or rest.

George coming to get me and we are doing some things in town today, hitting some boutiques and general stores, and getting a breakfast burrito or lunch out. Not sure.

Only today and tomorrow left. Gonna be hard to say goodbye to my Little Buckaroo. Maybe I call him Little Roo! He and I have bonded to the point that he knows my voice and touch and I can calm him even when hungry. I noticed that yesterday. It’s gonna be hard leaving him and not being here. But what can you do? Pics and videos and FaceTime not the same as being able to hold him.

But it is what it is. And we will head towards Hot Springs Saturday.

I feel like George and I are dating lol. He leaves at 9 or so and we kiss goodbye and comes back the next day! lol

Anyway better go grab another hour of shuteye while the getting is good and before sunrise!