Getting Ready for St. Patrick’s Day, Weekend Progress, and Planning

Ahhhh what a glorious weekend! George and I got out and ran some errands yesterday. We had planned on going to a restaurant that we thought was already open, but it was being built! LOL. No worries, we went to Burger Republic. I’d been itching to go there. Always a good time and a good vibe. We also had a spirit store run – liquor store. I hate saying liquor/beer store! Anyway we went there as there were a few items we can’t get at the store. We go to Providence Wine and Spirits. They had a nice St. Patty’s display.

We noticed that our favorite taco company is coming to Mount Juliet. We love Oscar’s tacos in Franklin. However, there’s so many places to eat in Franklin,TN that it doesn’t always “win” when we play our “games” to decide where to eat. Lots of top places to eat in Franklin and we are there so infrequently that it’s hard to eat at them all. But we’ll be eating here a lot when Oscar’s opens in Mount Juliet. We’ll be regulars for sure. We love our tacos.

We both did the Irish flight at Burger Republic. It was fun! And very good of course. We sat and planned all the restaurants we wanted to go to in Mount Juliet and also in Franklin. Since Nashville has been so crime ladened and the traffic and parking so bad too, we like to go more toward Franklin for our excursions. I’m going to doing a Bucket List for Spring/Summer which is really more of an idea/goal list I guess. I’ll be hanging that up in the kitchen in the Bucket List section. That wall has been blank for a while! It’s been pointless really to have it during the pandemic.

I got a gluten free bun and it was good. It had a homemade taste. And salad instead of fries. Don’t get too excited at my attempt to cut calories as I had the creamy jalapeño dressing, LOL. It was all very good and I was truly stuffed when we left. Then we went to the grocery store.

Harp made the best “beer lace”. I love to see the beer lace. I guess little things can amuse me.

Progress on the To Do List?

Well, of course, I have to remember that a lot of what I did this weekend was in the house and not on this list. This list is to help me remain focused! It’s a place to park all the things I think about. And I put household things on there that are out of the ordinary sometimes to force my doing it.

I cleaned out a section of our cabinet that houses the Tupperware. Oh my gosh that area was driving me crazy. I always put the top on the container after it dries and then you reach up and get it and it’s all there. George puts them up there separately and eventually you tear the whole section apart looking for matching tops and bottoms! Not to mention it is just the top of my reaching and I can’t even see all that is on the shelf. So in my reaching, things fall off and hit me in the head. So there is no point of raining curse words along with the falling Tupperware when you can just have a calm peaceful reach for a set – (well it’s not really Tupperware but rubbermaid and off brands). Anyway, I stopped to do that this weekend and was happy to have it on order again.

But the good news is that with the time I had at home, I was able to get caught up on laundry, ironing, and I GOT THE INTRO TO THE VIDEO DONE! It may not be the BEST intro but it was what I could “piece together” for now. It’s not BAD by any means. But as I have better clips to use in the future I can be more organized and save those clips for using in the intro. I really wanted videos of us instead of just photos. But I’m going with what I have for now so I can move on. I realized that getting this intro done was the FINAL “to do” keeping me from doing the videos.

So I began working on the Christmas video. No one is going to want to see our Christmas video in March. I think most everyone kinda keeps the holidays out of their videos so as to not “time stamp it” so much. But I want to capture what it’s like being it our house at Christmas on a video. It’s a special magical time of the year!

I like being a little bit behind now that I am organized as I can now begin to work on the videos and hopefully get them to a 3 week apart faithful commitment. If I can get them made ahead of time and can get them edited and ready to go by the 3 week date. I need to have them ready to upload at a certain date and time so those watching the channel know when it is coming and can depend on it. Right now I’ve not wanted to make a commitment I cannot keep. This hurts the ratings if you want to grow the channel. All I can commit to right now is “about once per month” which is what I said on a prior video. This is all a learning process and I didn’t want to set myself up for failure. Working FT, I don’t get a lot of opportunity to do these. Weekly is too much and for now even the 2 weeks is too much. But I’m learning so much at once and I’ll get better and faster as time goes by. I am having to learn how to use the camera, how to use the software and various ones – not just iMovie, but YouTube, TubeBuddy, Canva, and so forth, and the Mac itself was a learning curve as I came from windows. Plus there is learning accessories and devices and storage and back up, etc. 2020 and 2021 is certainly a learning curve time period and the foundation setting as well. But I can and still say that I love EVERY bit of this process! Even when we are not doing anything, I’ll find something to vlog about, and learn about. Still so much to learn! And I’m always planning up to new levels and improvements. But the INTRO is done and I can move forward! The hurdles are all cleared now!

The other big win was getting the hem back in my navy blue pants. Now I can wear blue matching tops again! LOL

I also got caught up on some shows. I’ll never get caught up on those though b/c I always have more selected than I can possibly watch. But I like to watch them while eating or when I get tired and need to rest my legs from working in the house.

Outlook for the Week Ahead?

So, what’s up for the rest of the week? George is making a corned beef meal for St. Patty’s day on Wednesday. And we bought some nice quality beer to go with it. I think we bought Scottish Ale. And you can see below my “make up” or DNA shows I’m “British/Irish” in origin.

This time last year St. Patty’s day was such an afterthought. We were all focused on the virus. I remember thinking in April I was looking forward to St. Pat’s and realized “oh wait, that already passed”. It was weird. Our brains were on overload and trying to figure out what was going on.

So I need to get off of here and get ready for work. But I’m going to leave you with Roger. He’s a sweet little boy. He sleeps most of the time now, gets up to get water and food and goes back to sleep. He follows you when he wants a treat and he’ll gallup to you if he thinks you have a treat in your hand. lol. He still has some energy left for Gallups but most of the time he wobbles when he walks and loses his balance.

In the week ahead I’m looking forward to St. Pats, but we are supposed to have severe storms that day. I’m looking forward to updating the to do list for the following weekend and I’ll try to work on a few things during the week here. I am still thinking of taking a PTO day Friday. It’s just a good day to do it as the next quarter starts soon and it’ll be harder to get off for a while! We do have Good Friday HOLIDAY coming too and this will give me a couple of good much needed catch up days.

I’m also looking forward to sun being out later. Of course it’s a rainy week this week but daylight savings has happened now. And I’m looking forward to planning some for the next quarter, personally! We have some things we want to put on the calendar! So ya’ll have a good week! What’s on YOUR agenda?

Good Food, Good Finds, and No Worries

It was nice coming back from Mom’s and good to be home Saturday night so that Sunday I could get numerous loads of laundry done and prep for the week. I actually got up early – for a weekend. I think around 4:30 and was able to get things done, get unpacked, do my devo and prayer time, and work in the house some. I knew we would be going to run errands, get groceries and that we would be out a few hours, so I started early so I would not end the weekend in frustration and being behind.

George fixed us an egg and avocado toast. I love the avocado now. It’s supposed to be a healing food and so good for you. Also George has found some tomatoes that taste almost homemade. We’ve been using them a lot to top off foods lately.

So I bought a rug at the Dollar Store for $18. And I really like it. Oh the increased moral it brings – good chii – when something looks aesthetically pleasing! Little Bit likes it, he says.

I took a pic to use as phone wallpaper. Feel free to snag it if you want!

If you follow me on Instagram (@lesshustlemorecoffee) you probably saw some of this already. I enjoy doing stories on there when I have time. I also enjoy watching others stories. If you are on instagram, let me know. I think it’s fun to get to see tidbits of people’s day. I really really enjoy watching for my daughter’s stories!

But that said, my zoom lens came in. It came in about a week (or two) ago. I just hadn’t had any time to even open the package. But I did that Sunday. I wanted to make sure it would fit and work. I pointed it at a few things and zoomed in. But there was nothing to really take photos of much. I will play around with it some. We have talked about going walking on some of the new trails around here. I could take it then and try to get wild life or “whatever”. I want to zoom at a full moon and see if it will take a better pic of the moon. I guess getting a moon shot is on my bucket list in life. ha. But I am excited to expand my lens collection. I think I’m set for a while. Now I need to learn to use what I have and when to use each and get the best performance from my camera. Sadly, most of what you see on here is with the iPhone. That is what I always have on me when life happens!

This one is blurry. But I snapped a pic of Roger hanging out in the beach bedroom. And I love snagging photos to share from Instagram or Facebook. My precious little grandson. I want to scoop him up and love on him. He is missing out on his GrandMom’s love!

I hear he is fast growing out of newborn clothes and needs some daycare clothes. His Momma is going back to work soon. Their home time is almost over. It’s a precious time, a hard time of adjustment, but a very precious time to look back on. He is so sweet. He’s been on a growth spurt and also having a time sleeping but Katy and Cody are adjusting and able to get “enough” sleep to get by.

George and I ran our errands Sunday as he had an Amazon return to take to Kohl’s. Amazon is getting creative in their collaborations. I tried to find something for me and can you believe I didn’t? lol. Just nothing sung to me. I even gave someone our 25% off coupon we had. We tried to buy coffee with it and of course you couldn’t use the coupon on coffee. Really? Really. So fine, lost a sale.

This showed up in my memories on Facebook. I said a lot had changed. I will say the whiteness of the kitchen appliances along with the white curtains were refreshing, but I changed to stainless as things wore out and have different curtains. I do like our stainless. We no longer have wall paper as that changed to a coffee color and I no longer try to do plants either. I see a plant on the counter. I gave those up long ago. I just forget to water them. I prefer real looking fake ones. Low maintenance. George no longer wears his Hawaiian shirts much. We both are heavier now, but one thing remained the same beside the cabinets – that darn blue linoleum. lol

So we headed out for a beer stop after some errands but before our grocery run. It is a joy to get out and do brewery stops. Actually this one is just a taproom but has a lot of our local Nashville favorites and then some. It seems pretty safe. There is hardly anyone there at the places we have been. We like Homegrown Taproom in Donelson.

We were pretty hungry as it was about 2:00 or so. It had been a while since that early morning egg and avocado toast. So we split a sandwich. Turkey, bacon, avocado on sourdough and also with their green tomato jam, which was awesome.

I put up the pig pic I bought while I was in Columbia. I went in to Bleu 32 Vintage Marketplace to get a quilt ladder, but didn’t find what I wanted. I did find this pig though below for our kitchen and it reminds me of several things: 1) Being on the ranch in TX 2) that we love BBQ 3) We are pigs ourselves, LOL.

It fits in nicely right behind the stove.

After we got back from grocery shopping and put the groceries up, I was so tired. I grabbed a blanket and a glass of red and began watching some of my YouTube shows. A nice end to the day. George fixed hamburger steak and also fixed fresh green beans in the Instant Pot, and they tasted like they cooked all day. They were so good.

Yesterday I had a doc appointment! Mainly just to refill Rx. My BP was perfect! He said “lose some weight girl”. I told him George cooked some amazing dinners! He gave me a no no list and a “good to eat” list. It’s on our fridge. We won’t go by all of it but we will try to do better.

Anyway, better get off of here and get to work. It’s payroll day! And at 5:30 I have a hair cut appointment. I am sure I’ll end up with the same cut as always – my hair never does what is in the pics. Oh well. We’ll see how it turns out. I’ll enjoy the stages of letting it grow again and styling it various ways. Right now the heaviness of the back is getting on my nerves. And my hair has never had electricity in it until this year. I guess it’s the new blow dry brush I use. I have to douse in hairspray to make my hair not fly away and stand up! So yeah, it’ll be interesting to see what I walk away with today from the salon. It’ll either be nice or I’ll be in tears with a goofball cut. Is it appropriate to pray for ones haircut? lol It’ll at least grown back!

Ya’ll have a good day! After today I’ll be trying to work on my “to do list” a bit. Getting closer every day to making some movies! Just had a list of stuff I needed to do this year before spending hours at the time doing them. But it feels good to be so close. I just had to have time out to fix my PC, go see my Grandson, and catch up on many things behind. Soon. Soon. Soon. Maybe this weekend I can get the new Intro done and get going! I cannot wait!

Catch 22, a Skunk, and My Maintenance Period

It’s not always easy to be me… and I seem to have more Grit than Grace but I got through Monday! It was Monday on Steroids for sure. Very glad to have come in Sunday. I think we all looked like one of those really fast old movies where everyone is running around really fast. We all had so much to do and I’m sure no one needed to be bothered, but yet there we were all needing things from one another, and bothering one another for what we needed. It was quite the day. I made it through knowing we’d be having dinner with Kevin and Susan later (BIL and SIL).

How appropriate to eat dinner at place called Catch 22 as that seemed to be a theme of the day, LOL. One I won’t go into here but it did strike a funny chord within me.

Catch 22, Mount Juliet, TN

That is not our car, by the way, but I took a pic of the restaurant for you. I ate lighter yesterday for breakfast and lunch so I could eat better for dinner. Catch 22 has a few salads for those low cal options but I wanted more than just a salad. I had been craving a burger, and they have one of the best burgers around!

The BA Burger with Bacon, Swiss, and Avocado, & Arugula with a side of Potato Salad

I got a flight, of course. You know I love to do the flights of little beers to see what different ones on tap taste like. I was thrilled that Czann’s had one on tap there. I’m so glad he’s in Mount Juliet now.

Calendar of Last Week’s Plans During Snow Week, LOL!

I opened my calendar yesterday to be able to make some plans in it and write things down as I thought of it. I didn’t have a lot of success (no time for planning, only doing). My mind was all over the place on the way to work and I could not wait to sit down and capture it all with pencil and paper, but when I unlocked and set up the work day, and transitioned to all I had to do there, everything left my mind before I could write it all down. Oh well. It will all come back to me in time. But, as I opened my calendar, I had to laugh at last week and how busy it was. Do you want to see for yourself? Here ya go!

Well yeah, I did more than that obviously, but I didn’t need to write anything down! There were no appointments, no grocery lists, and any to do lists were on my Focus Matrix app. Most of the to do lists were things at home anyway. Work has it’s own list on my PC. I don’t really use this calendar here for work – it’s my personal one. But I think we should thank the Lord for such a quiet week. No fuss, no pomp, no circumstances – well not many anyway.

Skunk Visit

On the way to the restaurant we saw a skunk. It was weird. I didn’t really see much of a stripe. I had the window rolled down but these things can spray 10 to 15 feet, so I didn’t want to make a splash or get his attention! In the video below you can hear us chatting about how close to get and how far he sprays. I rolled up the window!

When Will there Be another Video on the YouTube Channel?

Ok well I am going to wrap this up and get ready for work! It’s my 3rd day in the week to work. It’s payroll closing day. That’s all I know for today. But I’m very excited that soon it will be March. We will have more chances for spring weather. It’s supposed to be in the 60’s today I think. I’m also looking forward to having some more personal time to get things done. But…will not be until Sunday, or after work maybe. I kinda need to go to the store and get a few snack items. And of course, you know I have a whole list of things I want to do always. I really want to get this long list of things done so I can get back in the rhythm of making videos. So much has postponed it with Christmas, working and doing year end stuff, going to Texas, catching up from all that, upgrading Big Sur, getting the back up drive set up, setting up my video files on the external disc, and just trying to get critical things done around the house, etc.

It’s hard to have a consistent YouTube Channel when you work FT. But I’m slowly working through the maze of things blocking me from making progress. I know you are probably tired of me talking about it, but I have had to do some “must dos” before I can go any further. It’s kinda like sailing in a way. You are anxious to get back at it but you got to stop for repairs and then provisions and get ready for the long haul. For now the channel is a hobby, it’s not monetized, and I don’t want the pressure of having a set schedule yet. I can probably manage one every month, but that would have backfired coming out of the end of the year with all we’ve done and had to do in 2021, so it’s been longer. The longer I wait the harder it is to get back going. But I have made myself wait. I am determined to get some of these things done that I needed to stop and do before getting back to my creativity zones. Let’s just call it a “maintenance period”. That’s pretty much what it is!

Anyway ya’ll take care!