Making Hopeful Plans and Keeping High Spirits

We received this by text this week. I scratched out the last name for privacy and cropped the dates and info. I am hoping that we get to go. The nation is blowing up with COVID and particularly in TN and in TX and if they shut borders, shut restrooms and such it will be very hard to get there and when we do will we have anything to do for a week while Katy works? Maybe she won’t be working, but then again she may also be working from home and we’d be a distraction. I’m hoping we can go. Every time I say I’m excited George says “if we get to go”. I’m usually the one considered the “Debbie Downer” due to my training of looking for things to go wrong in advance and trying to pre-empt them for years and years in my career and being brought up under Mom that liked to be prepared for anything. Normally George says “it’s all gonna work out just fine” but with this every time he says “if we get to go”. So……I’m just not sure. I hope we can. But one thing is for sure, we are excited to know what the baby will be!

I’ve tried hard to take my vitamins, drink my greens, and get in as much nutrition as I can. With all of this COVID going on and how it has DULLED our life, any plans we ever try to make, along with retreating in doors due to the heat and less VIT D – it has really made me SAD. I think I mentioned recently that much like winter there is a period of summer that we retreat indoors when it gets so HOT as it is right now in the 90’s and earlier in the week near 100.

God provides the summer thundershowers although this week they have missed our area. So I think I’ll try taking an extra D until we get out more. But I’ve been sad on some days and some days not even wanting to do anything. And that is not me. I like to make lists, and do things on the lists, and check off boxes on the list, and feel good about getting things done. That has been the essence of most of my life is checking off boxes. It’s what excites me and motivates me usually. But when I don’t get enough nutrients and sunlight I start to think less, do less, and quite frankly just feel like a deflated squash! lol

Do you all ever do that? But I notice I can usually control that with nutrients. Particularly for me needing greens, orange and yellow veggies, making sure I take my vitamin pack and supplements, and exercise helps even inside with toe touches, sky reaches, windmills, leg lifts, side swipes – lol lol – all those things you did growing up in school when they tried to wake you up or had you stretch in gym class. Sometimes I have Alexa play disco or dance music and then dance like no one is watching and get a bit of cardio in. All of these things help when the “blues, stagnancy of winter, and muggy indoor dog days of summer”. It helps keep the spirits high it seems and the mind active. It also might help one’s immune system to fight better.

On the flip side of that, you can allow yourself a treat every now and then. When your coworker wins ice cream for the office, you get to enjoy a Nutty Buddy! And take a moment and view the cool air of the snowy mountain tops on your computer screen.

That reminds me…I should change my entire desktop theme to a winter themed pic. lol

Yesterday George and I went to the store. As we went in our county was getting weather alerts but it was to our east. God provided us with a pretty rainbow on our end.

We filled our buggy full yesterday, having been out of a lot. I will say that Kroger disappointed. Still we filled the cart full of other things we needed and wanted. I figured they would have most everything we needed, but now I’m going to have to go somewhere else to get the rest. While there is enough for survival, it’s still kinda unsettling to not be able to get cleaning supplies, rubbing alcohol, my organic oatmeal that has no sugar additives, and they never have my Stouffers spinach souffle!

There are less cleaning supplies than there were the last time we went. There are more sanitizers and toilet paper though. And meat is going way up in cost. And 9% of employees at meat factories getting the COVID according to an article George sent yesterday. Why are the people in meat factories getting it? I don’t get the connection but isn’t that kinda where it started in China – the meat factories? Is it being planted? It’s all suspicious to me. I know people are getting the disease everywhere. But in particular there are certain places where it’s been more prevalent.

I looked at cameras yesterday and actually had one in my cart in Amazon, but I took it out. The more information I look at, the more confused I am. One person says this one is the best, another one the next one is the best. So I will wait til the weekend and see what I think. I remember that I have some stimulus money George set back and said you can use it or save it. I may have used some of it buying maternity clothes for Katy as a surprise, but I still have some left. I have enough to cover all but about $100 in blow money so I think I will go ahead and get it and be learning on it. I also think we can plan some mini hikes that are not too strenuous. Or take a drive to some lake front views and let me capture some photos. I can also go to some downtown areas and get some shots of buildings and things – not Nashville though – too much COVID in the air around there. But I can begin to learn how to use the camera and go out on excursions for that. It would give us something to do. And I’ll be good at using it by the time the baby is here. So someone commented on the last post saying “go ahead and get it!” That is all the push I needed. Well, also George said I could get it too that $100 wouldn’t break us. So I think I will do more research this weekend and make my decision from there.

I also have to order George’s bday gifts! And wrap Mom’s. We are going to get to go see Mom. She invited us to spend the night. I know it’s been lonely for her – just her and Fancy, her poodle. So we are going to spend the night so we have more time together. We will be celebrating her birthday too. I have her gifts but need to wrap them. So we have that to look forward to. As long as they don’t shut us down b/w counties, we should be good. That would be harder for them to do.

I have lots of ideas for the next video for my “providing value” section – if that is what you want to call it. It’ll be interesting using the new camera to film from my home set up and I think whatever I get I’m getting the wide angle lens camera. I can’t wait to get it and learn how to use it. I’ve always been intimidated by them but I realize now that you get so much info on YouTube, I’ll have the help I need to learn how to use it! I NOW have a lot of reasons to use it. The grand baby coming, the new vlog, and it will make me want to get out more and go walking and go on excursions where we can.

It takes about two weeks to have enough collected to do a video. I do have some cooking scenes done. But it’ll be a little bit before enough things happen to even try to slap a video together. I also have to be in the mood! lol

My coffee is good this morning. Time to get a 2nd cup, get ready for work and pack lunch. Strong storms coming today and a LOT of payroll related work and then need to work on Quarter End. It has been busy crazy. It went from quiet to chaos in a heartbeat it seemed. And now I have to step it up to even have time to work on Quarter End. Will likely have to work over some to get it done but maybe not. Maybe I’ll have more time Friday to work on it. Just crazy times.

Looking forward to the weekend. As always! Feeling a lot better today after working hard the last few days to get the right things (and a few treats – like ice cream) in my body. Ya’ll take care! How are you coping? Sources say this COVID thing will last about 2 years? Hang in there.

We’re Gonna Be Grandparents!

We are so excited! Do you know how hard it is to sit on top of THIS KINDA news? Our little grandbaby is due Jan 19th!

So we will be going to Texas quite often! We have a trip planned to TX before long for the gender reveal party. And again early next year for the birth. As far as after THAT? I guess anything goes and I’m not sure. I’ll be wanting to see my grandchild and THREE WEEKS of vacation is not quite gonna cut it. Eventually they say they will be moving back here. But…if not…we may have to move to Texas. :-O

We are incredibly excited. And it has been hard not to tell the world. But finally the day has arrived to share with everyone. George and I have a bottle of bubbly for today’s happy hour. Don’t you know we would celebrate it up right?

Katy picked out a name for me….Nonni or Noni. I’m not sure how you spell it yet. I’ll let her decide. I think it’s Nonni and Pops.

So Katy and Cody told us when they were here for a wedding a few weeks back. The timing worked where they could tell us in person but we have had to keep a lid on it til the formal announcement. We did pretty good I think. We had to slip it a bit at work to begin asking off for the gender reveal PTO (Paid Time Off) in plenty of notice. I’ve mentioned January (birth) already as well- was at first told no – and then was told it was ok. Although I’ve not formally requested the time, we have discussed verbally and I will ask for the due date off and the week after with a big asterisk “*” and “Depending on Birth”. I’ve promised to give it all I have in January to make it all work out. Jan is a horrible month to be off. The month with the most responsibilities.

As I said I was told no at first and my head was beginning to explode as I was trying to ponder whether I should just give my notice or be fired when the time came, because I knew when the time came, our car would be pointing SouthWestward once the baby came. I mean who would not take off for their grandchild’s birth? Especially when they have one child and it’s their first grand child. There is no stopping us. We would make all kinds of sacrifices. I was a little rattled at first for a few days after realizing I would probably lose my job if I went to see my grandchild. I asked family to pray for this because I love my job and didn’t really want to lose it, but I was prepared to as there is no way in hades I’d NOT go see my grandchild at birth. As my boss put it, “what kind of employer would we be, if we didn’t let you go?” Well, that was kinda what I was thinking, lol. But I’m glad it will work out. For once, I decided family was coming first. I’ve given my left toes to try to make employers happy all of my career. Not really, but it seems like it sometimes. lol So I was prepared for life changing events come January. And happy now that it’s one less thing to worry about. This doesn’t necessarily resolve the future of getting to see him/her. But I guess we’ll figure it all out. Besides as I always say, “The Lord Plants Our Feet”. I wasn’t sure how it would work out. I still don’t know for sure but I will trust Him!

So since we have been off work this weekend, I’ve just been pbbbbbthhhh!!!! That translates to I have not wanted to do anything but relax and do what I want. So you know what I did right? Yes, I finished the new video yesterday. I plan to post it tomorrow. Just finished with the Thumbnail and I’ll get it posted tomorrow morning!

I kinda feel bad that I have not been motivated to do much else. I just needed some mind rest, time to get lost in creativity and editing, and as usual “trying to make something of nothing” which without the music would not work. lol. I can’t carry it alone! It takes a LOT of creative magic, lol.

So Thursday night after work, George and I were going to go through the drive thru and bring Slim Chickens home with us. However, the drive thru was a longer line than to go in and get it and eat outside on their patio that had only one other table on it. So we did that.

Of course, masks come off when eating!

We were placed at this table because the others needed to be wiped off. But our dinner was fabulous. I had a combination of wings and chicken tenders. I love chicken tenders and don’t get them too often. I try to get grilled. But here, I’m not able to resist. I love this place! If not for Covid I’d be here continually!

Of course, we were happy to have a clean table, but I felt bad as it made us look like we were not following the rules when other people arrived. And they also sat people down at the table next to us. I’m not sure if we are at 50% or 75% in Mount Juliet now. It’s starting to get confusing. lol. But Nashville’s cases have sky rocketed. Of course with people making it politically and racially charged they keep saying it was the protesting. However, I don’t think that is what they are finding. I personally think that everyone relaxed a bit b/w Memorial Day and Father’s Day and everything in b/w. We ourselves went to a graduation party and have had dinners with friends.

Above is a screen shot of the news. Of that though over 7,000 cases are recovered and 111 have died.

I have not worried much about my To Do list. Maybe I should have. I think I missed a dentist appointment but I’m not sure they are even open. So I need to call Sunday. They may have charged me for it. I NEVER let that happen but we’ve not gone or done anything so my schedule hasn’t even been worth looking at. I thought it was in July. Well guess what! It was. It’s already July and it was supposed to be Thursday. lol

If they do charge me, what can you do? It’s my own fault. Although normally they call and send emails/vmails. I did get a call from someone I didn’t recognize but I’m pretty sure I have them in my Contacts so I guess maybe they are not open. I don’t have messages anywhere from them.

So, we are in relaxed mode this weekend. I’m ok with that. I am doing laundry and the house is fairly clean.

I plan on sitting back and reading, watching videos and netflix, and just enjoying the 4th holiday.

George is cooking Pheasant today. It’s soaking in the brine and we’ll see how that goes. Cody gave it to us from a hunt he’d been on. It’s been in the freezer.

So check in tomorrow and we’ll have video up! Ya’ll have a good 4th. Are you doing anything fun today?

Happy 4th to you! Here’s an old Graphic I made when I was first learning Paint Shop Pro.