Prices of Getting Nails Done, Moringa Supplement, and Packing Begins at Mom’s

Good morning! Several have wondered how I fared after the COVID vaccine. Everything was fine. I did have stomach pain but that could have been unrelated. I’ve had the diverticulitis type pain going on some this week. While the pain started off differently this time, it has settled into the same pain and same area as always. It seems to come and go these days as it pleases. I’m not even sure it’s diverticulitis that is happening. I need to get a colonoscopy but man this year is already filling up my PTO days so I keep putting it off. Likely I will need to stop and take time for this. I figure after Mom’s house sells and we get MOVE#1 done and get her in with us will be a good time to do it and before the MOVE#2 in late fall when her house is finished being built. Between moves is the best time. I’ve just had too much pain this year.

Nails for the Endurance

With the time situation we have been having, I made the decision to go for getting my nails done again with the pink/white French look. I did this Friday after work as a treat to myself. And with the higher blood pressure thing going on, it’s one thing to not stress about trying to fit in my home time schedule. I was not getting the time to do them once a week – usually need about an hours time – to get everything done. If we were going to be ultra busy the rest of the year, then that is not something I’ll have time to do well or often. This will give me two to three hours a month back to me. Because the nails don’t have to be retouched until 3 weeks. However, I had sticker shock when I went in.

It seems like we have New York prices now, lol. I know they are having to make up for last year and business lost, plus they are having to buy new pedicure chairs as they are wearing out. But it’s leaving me to have to go price some other salons. I may or may not be able to get better prices. I hate to leave my salon I’ve gone to for ages with my nails, but I may have too. So with the pink and white here’s my pricing:

The first time $55 to set up the pink and white.

Three weeks later I go for a refill on the pink as my nail grows out and they’ll trim the white down – $35.

Three weeks after that I got for a refill on the pink and a redo of the white – $45

And the cycle continues to the $35 and $45 alternatively

(Update: The cost used to be $45 initially, then $32, and $22. It was already high.)

About once every blue moon – maybe about every year or so – sometimes the thing has to be completely redone over – it’s usually if I’ve been really rough on them and have damaged them. Or just sometimes they need a complete take off and redo and that is $55 again.

If any of you get your nails done – what kind do you do and how much do you pay and how often? Geez.

Weekend Packing Has Started at Mom’s

So we got up yesterday, had coffee, and immediately set in to go to Mom’s. She was fixing breakfast and we called her as we were leaving Mount Juliet. It’s an hour and half time to get there. We had to stop a couple of places – three actually. I dropped off my Thred UP bag (consignment clothing app) at the post office and the shower gift I FINALLY got wrapped early yesterday morning. So glad to get those things done. We went to Walmart to get Mom some Potassium pills she wanted and then to Academy Sports for George to see if they have ammo for some guns he has. He has a hard time getting the ammo. It’s on our “bucket list” for me to shoot a gun. George is going to give me another gun safety class himself and then take me to the range place and teach me how. It scares me but in today’s world I’m going to have to learn I guess so I can protect myself. I need to get up on the gun laws but I know now we can carry w/o a permit – I think?

So we got to Mom’s and we WERE ALL SHOCKED that we were able to pack up things so quickly. George started in the office area and packed books. I started in the guest bathroom and brought things out to Mom which she placed in the boxes. It took next to NO TIME before we had the car loaded and we could not load any more. We threw some stuff away. So next weekend we will take two cars. And be able to do twice the loads. We are only packing up things that won’t impact people looking at the house. Next weekend though I think I’ll help clean some for the viewing. The house looks good but there are a few places that needed dusting and or little dust webs or corners that needed sweeping. These are mainly hard to reach places or things Mom can’t see too well.

By 12:30 we were saying our good byes to get back home.

I guess we were back home by 2:00 or 2:30 and we unloaded Mom’s stuff. I have identified on the boxes with sharpies on florescent stickers as to what is in each box. And it is going into our basement. As we were working in the basement I reloaded the car with stuff to go to Good Will. I had some clothes, baskets, and decor that I was no longer going to use. That cleared out almost a car load of our own stuff from the basement to make room for Mom’s.

I showed George the prices for the storage areas and how many there were in our area. And the prices were not too bad. That is where Mom’s furniture will go til her house is ready. Mom keeps asking about availability. I didn’t call yet on that b/c we were not ready for it and don’t know exactly when. If it’s available today it’s not going to matter. What will matter is if it is available when we need it. We will be needing it soon though (late May, June, July) depending on house sale. So once the house goes up for sale I will do a Pre-check on general availability so we’ll know what we are dealing with. Are they usually full, hard to get? Or plentiful? Then when we get a contract and I know the terms and approximate dates we can think about going ahead and renting the space if it is hard to get any. I know they are more popular in the summer months.

I worked on more laundry and ironing after cleaning on the basement a bit. Worked on the house some picking up things.

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Blood Pressure Update

So I’m sure my blood pressure is probably up and that my machine is somewhat accurate, but I’m thinking it is not entirely accurate. For example I get readings that are twenty points off with in the same 5 minutes. It seems to do best against my arm with no clothing. I get a lower reading. But once it kept tightening and tightening and I had to stop it – it was going up to 265 when I stopped it and was squeezing my arm so hard it was hurting. Your machine is supposed to take your BP not cause the BP to go higher! lol

So I do feel a little bit better knowing that *maybe* some of my readings were not accurate.

Moringa for Lowering Blood Pressure- A Wonder Pill

So I ordered Moringa <—-click on the link to open a new tab to read about it. It seems safe as long as you don’t take more than the recommended amounts and it seems to cure all! So I’m thinking of dropping some of my other supplements. It says it’ll take about a month. I’d rather try and lower BP on my own naturally than to up the meds. So before calling the doc, I’m going to try this. I will still be monitoring my BP. I may have to order a more reliable BP machine though if this one keeps acting up.

It does say to be careful taking it with your current BP in case it gets it too low. Well if it is that good – all right! WE have found an alternative to modern medicine! If mine is high I don’t think it’ll bring it down too low. But I am going to experiment with this. I never order any thing that says it has known side effects. My research has shown this to be safe. It’s a natural thing so I’m going to take it.

It takes about a month to work. I will hold off on calling the doc. I will monitor and if it goes up and spikes though I’ll call the doc. But I’d like to give this a chance.

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My Overall Plan for Health/Wellness and Reducing Blood Pressure

  • Trusting God
  • Breathing Exercises
  • Mindfulness Practices of Staying in the Moment
  • Exercising 20 minutes – gotta start somewhere
  • Eating Better – Nutritious Choices
  • “Findy Happy”
  • Looking into my Grandson’s face
  • Planning without worrying
  • Enjoying my friends
  • Looking forward to my next dog which will make things RIGHT!
  • Pretending I get to go RVing – even if I won’t.
  • Looking forward to the new flooring – even if I still have to wait
  • Living today – even if I’m gone tomorrow

I have been a bit depressed and scared the last couple of days, just shocked over the blood pressure thing. I do this after every medical report too. Til I get my mind on something else. But I can’t stop living and enjoying life. I just have to try and resolve this. And I’d like to do it naturally if I can.

Today’s Agenda

Well, because I needed to “find some happy” today, I started working on the next video! I was thinking Texas was next but there’s one in between. I’ve added the video and photos in the timeline and it’s over an hour’s worth of footage. So I have my editing to do. I was considering giving up the videos because I was fretting so over not having time to work on them. I prayed about it and lo and behold I had time this morning. It makes me happy. So I think it’s better to keep doing them as I have time than to fret over not getting to do them. There is no time pressure. I just have no consistent way of creating a time schedule for myself while working and two pending “moves”. I mean even if I get a year behind – it’s still in chronological order and I’m recording our life and having fun. So what? I’ve not been videoing much lately so I’ll probably catch up a bit. Not a lot has really happened worthy of video. And I’ve not have enough time to create topics, which is something I’d like to do if given the time, aka retirement.

So the agenda today:

  1. Start the Video (Check)
  2. Cut George’s hair
  3. Good Will Run
  4. Oil Change
  5. Grocery Run
  6. Change George’s Sheets

Any time left is good gravy!

Receiving My First Covid Shot and My Gluten Free Chicken Sandwich Fiasco

The vaccine went well. I went to Walmart for my appointment. Registering on line had been easy – except for maybe getting a convenient appointment time. But my appointment was set for lunch time and although longer than a normal lunch, it was a good cause that will protect my coworkers, so hopefully no one minded my long lunch. If so, then “bless their hearts”.

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Chic Filet Fiasco

I went thru Chic Filet Drive thru, after my shot, which is quite popular in the noon o’clock hour. Determined as we all were to get our chicken, we all endured the line. I got a grilled chicken on a gluten free bun and it was horrible. I’m trying to be good, but that does not work for me, lol. I’ve been other places where the gluten free bun was good. I guess next time I’ll try the whole grain – you can ask for either one.

The gluten free bun came in a plastic wrap and the rest of the sandwich came in a flat bowl with a top. It made it very difficult to eat on the way. I had to put the sandwich together at the red light. It had hoards of lettuce just howling off of every side. (Yes I know “howling” is not the appropriate word but I want to use it as that is what it felt like). And was I supposed to ask for a sauce? It had NO dressing on it whatsoever. But rest assured the juice from the tomato and the liquid they cooked the spicy grilled chicken in, had no problem finding places on my clothing to rest as it dripped and dripped. I quickly grabbed napkins and put it under the sandwich and then tried my best not to eat the napkin itself while driving as the bun and the napkin likely tasted about the same. Luckily my tunic top covered the greasy stained pants I was wearing, as I stood up. Later I found a little packet of dressing sauce thrown into my fruit cup bag. Now why didn’t they put that in my sandwich bag where it belonged? Anyway, lessons learned in trying to eat better. Gluten free ain’t always good.

It’s a maze of trying to figure things out – and the hardest part of all is figuring out what foods work that taste good ON THE GO! Let me know your tricks please? What do you order in the drive thrus across America when you have to eat on the go?

I went back to work and got the hardest return done – it’s an all in one for Oregon that includes withholding, unemployment taxes, as well as two or three other taxes that Oregon has. So that is done. Today at work I’ll work on all the unemployment returns for various states. Next week I’ll have to work on Transport company unemployment returns.

Later at Home

Once home and no plans I was able to work on the house a bit. I did two loads of laundry, started the dishwasher, and ironed up a few things for next week, and reloaded my vitamins for next week. I also made an appointment to have my nails done after work today (Friday). I took some things down to the basement for storage, and I cleaned off all of my stuff from the kitchen table.

I also created a bag to go for when we go to Mom’s Saturday – sharpies, florescent stickers, her jewelry she left here, her mail which I forgot to give her when I drove off last weekend (can you tell we are all stressed?, lol).

It felt so good to have a couple of hours to GET SOMETHING DONE!

Tonight when I get home I have to get this shower gift wrapped that I’ve been trying to wrap for ages. I wish they had given an address so we could just ship it once to the Momma to be -but they forgot to give an address so I have to wrap it and reship it to the Momma to Be now that I have the address. I didn’t go to the shower. It was in a different city an hour away and we had Mom and was involved in the house buying. So hopefully I can get that gift wrapping done. We will be going to the Post Office tomorrow to send that and also to drop off my now filled “Thred Up” bag which I have clothes in it I’m no longer wearing. That’ll be too big items out of my way that I’ve been tripping over the last few weeks!

George and I watched Designated Survivor and then I crashed. Bed felt so good.

Middle of the Night Stomach Ache

I had a mild tummy ache in the afternoon yesterday and then a more persistent one in the overnight. I wondered if I was getting appendicitis. It was different than the diverticulitis feelings. It was very sharp. I couldn’t tell if it was ovaries or stomach. I figure it was from the shot. But the pain was persistent so I got up and found the acetaminophen bottle. Try opening that at 1:00 a.m. in the dark. I was trying not to turn the light on, but I could not align those notches in the dark. lol. I needed a bit of light so I fiddled around and found my phone and finally found the flashlight on there and then the blind could see, and probably so could the neighbors. Anyway, got the top off. I was afraid I’d be too awake to go back to sleep but I slept with no problem. I did not want to get up this morning though. I wondered if it was the shot that made me hurt like that. I have no idea!

Blood Pressure Update

So it’s still a bit high. The worst today was 154/99 and then the best was 144/89. I’ve been taking it in the morning which is after I’ve slept, but after my shower. And also before I take my BP meds. So they have worn off a bit by then I guess. I will take some readings in the afternoon. Maybe even take it to work and take a reading. But my plan is that after a week of monitoring it, if I don’t see a decrease, I’ll call the doc and let him know. The meds had been working so well for me. This year is not going to get any less stressful so I need to figure it out. I will monitor it through the 20th and make my call to the doc around the 21st, whatever day that is. If it starts coming down though I won’t call. It’s at least a plan. So I’m not going to worry over it, I’ll just follow my plan! I will continue to try to thwart the stress though. I thought I left all the stress when I left HR but apparently moving/house buying and the time it takes to build a house for Mom is equally as stressful as an HR job as the BP is going up again! Oh well! I’ll figure it out. I always do.

I need to start walking some and trying to exercise, but I have no idea when the time would be for that! I don’t want to give up blogging, but I may have to on some days. Or give up doing housework but that will make my blood pressure rise just seeing the house messed up. I cannot stand a messy house. It’s mess now as I’ve not had time to even sneeze if I wanted to.

Ok off to work now. Probably no post tomorrow as we’ll be heading to Mom’s.

Take care ya’ll.

Dinner out with Family, Stress Levels, Blood Pressure, Time Shortage

We had a grand time with extended family last night at Margarita House in the Providence area of Mount Juliet. Left to right, Me, Aunt Felicia (back), Susan (front), George and cousin Mollie! NO it wasn’t George’s birthday but we had a photo app and took it! I called us the Fabulous Five for the evening. It was so much fun we vowed to do it again in another quarter or so! I loved hearing the stories and reminiscing on George’s side of the family. Lots of laughter. It’s been a good week for smiles and laughter.

The fajitas were good. The steak and shrimp was exceptionally good as were the peppers and onions with their chargrilled taste. The chicken was a bit mushy though. It wasn’t really very good. I’m not sure what happened there except maybe it was overcooked or something, so I ate all the shrimp and steak and left the chicken. lol

I Get the Moderna Vaccine Today

So I get my Moderna shot today around lunch time. And then I will get something through a drive thru for lunch on the way back. I might oughta eat first to tell you the truth. Not sure if there will be a wait or what. I’m a little nervous about it.

Stress and Blood Pressure

Also my blood pressure was worse this morning. It was 165/89 the first time and I took it three times. The longer I sat there, each time it got better. It was 149/88 at the lowest. I don’t know why the meds are not working anymore. However, it’s been almost 24 hours since I took it. I take it in the mornings when I get to work. That seems the best time to take it.

I really need some solitude and some down time. I would like to take the rest of the day off today, but it’s quarter end and I’m going to need all the vacation time I have to get Mom where she needs to be the rest of the year with this move and doc appointments and such. On the other hand, I’m no good to anyone if I stroke out. But I’m sure I’ll head back over to work like a good little girl. But I covet the thought of just being able to come home and get things done that have been nagging at me, getting laundry started, dinner started and chilling out. But I guess that won’t happen.

My to do list is stacking up as we have not had ANY free time at home to get anything done but just eat and sleep. And most of our weekends we will be gone to pack up Mom’s house. I’m trying to meditate some as I can find a few seconds (bathroom stall to be quite honest, TMI!!!) for just a moment of deep breathing and releasing and letting go and just letting the thoughts come in and go out.

There are some things I want to do in the house with housework, shower gift to wrap and get in the mail, moving things around a bit to make room for Mom’s stay here, and not to mention all the personal “to do’s” that I have.

Time Shortage

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Anyway, I just need some rest and rejuvy time but there is none to be had. We’ve pretty much gone about 3 weeks straight with no down time and it’s really starting to wear and tear and show in my mind and body. I’m trying to hold it together. My mind and body is also requiring a full 8 hours sleep and honestly that does not seem to be good enough. It’s so hard to get up in the mornings. One morning I slept through two alarm clocks and George had to wake me.

Self – Care

I’ve also decided I want to go shorter on my hair as I’m having to mess with it so much to get it to work. It’s hard for me to cut the back. So I think I will move up my appointment and that will help me to get a bit more time in the morning. If we can get rid of the masks soon I’ll start wearing makeup.

I’ve also decided that I’m going to start getting my nails done again as a treat to myself. I don’t ever have time to do them now as it takes a good hour or so with the filing, painting, and drying time and such so I don’t mess them up. I don’t have an hour every week to do it now. So I think I’m going to make an appointment and what they do will last 3 weeks. That will save 2 hours a month! lol Then when I retire I will go back to doing them on my own.

Life is Good

Life is good though. I just have to get settled and figured out and adjusted in this year’s new normal. We’ve been used to a slower pace. I’m happy and content and excited about getting Mom up here so we can be with her and help her. She is excited about the new place. But I do need to see what is going on with the BP. I am going to monitor it for about a week and see if this is just a fluke b/c of all the additional stress lately or if it’s truly the meds are not working anymore. It may be he needs to adjust the meds. So I’ll monitor for a few days and then make a doc appt I guess. Or call. Maybe he will just change the prescription.

In the mean time I’m also trying to figure out natural ways to reduce the BP levels and the stress! So Ya’ll take care and say a few prayers for me to get straightened out. I’m thankful for the weight loss tracker though – b/c I’d not known that my blood pressure was high. I knew I was stressed a bit, but didn’t know the meds were not working it’s magic.

Off to work…always off to somewhere…