Amish Pork Chop Dinner, To Do Lists, and Good Books by Diane Winger

Good morning! It’s Wednesday here at 5:38 as I type this. The mid week blog post is usually nothing exciting. The Monday’s and Tuesday’s of the world are usually “pretty serious stuff”. Pre payroll, and payroll processing days at work. Goals, plans, and to do lists are set in place on the personal front and home front. It’s the visionary part of the week. Wednesday is day where around Noon we start sliding into the weekend and the week takes on a less serious note, to do lists are beginning to play out, our thoughts gather for the coming down time.

I kinda like this process, over and over each week.

It has been a quiet time, a sweet time, yet also a sour time. I have felt a few moments of sadness this week, but also some of joy and contentment. A few moments of despair, but yet also of hope. I’m not sure what people do when they don’t have a real God to hold on to.

Much of our week’s happiness and joy is related to food. Kinda sad in a way. But we love to eat. George fixed the Amish Pork Chops this week. Let me warn you they look awful, but they are heavenly. Add George’s corn bread next to it and black eyed peas that have cooked all day in the crock pot – and you have heaven brought down to the earth.

The Amish pork chops are bone in for best flavor, have chopped onions (sweet Vidalia onions rock), ketchup, and cream of mushroom soup, and I believe a bit of Worcestershire sprinkled over. It’s been a while since I cooked them but they come from an Amish recipe book I bought. And George cooked them yesterday.

Today Mom is cooking breakfast for dinner. I suppose I should plan another meal to cook. Since I’m the one that cooks the least, it takes me a longer time to prep. Also it’s my personality to be methodical about it. Mom and George have recipes in their heads, ingredients already in the pantry while I am still stuck with my head in a recipe book going “maybe we will have that someday”. lol

So much in life going on, yet not so much. But I’m ok with this “season” of life we are in and just trying to be content with what is going on. The main thing I covet is simply “time” to do things. Ya’ll know that already. We do a lot but we have a lot we want to do.

So far this week I’ve done tidbits of things here and there like this:

*Ironed

*Restocked my vitamins in the days of the week boxes

*Restocked for work: Kleenex, oatmeal, tuna cans, isacups, isashake cups, crackers

*Found wrapping paper for a shower gift

*Followed up on Mom’s primary care doc (she wants to wait b/c of Covid)

*Downloaded the next audio book (1 free one every month) – I only do the free one, lol – not really free though as I pay a monthly fee, lol.

*Reset next month’s Isadelivery (autoship)

*Looked up some things I wanted to research

Next up on the to do list:

It’s almost like I’m afraid to be bored. I really am. lol. I will never be bored. I like to keep busy and keep going, but of course when it’s my agenda, I’m happy to get a sense of accomplishment and be able to check something off the list.

Notice “cleaning the Windows” or “windows” is far down the list. lol. I never have time to clean windows. Even Mom who cannot see very well, noticed the dirty windows. It takes two of us coming off our busy schedule to do them. Mom tried to clean them, bless her, but the inside is not usually the dirty part. We can clean the outside from the inside but it usually takes two of us to do it. And we are each usually off doing something else on our list.

So……

My hair cut is today at 5:00.

Mom’s Pre Dry Wall inspection is tomorrow.

We have a reception and dinner on an old Plantation property on Thursday evening.

And let me just say how thrilled I am that the weekend is FREE.

What do I want to do this weekend, other than the norm of laundry and getting ready for the next work week?

I want to spend some time working on the house and cleaning the sunroom and getting it ready for fall. There’s a lot of stuff still out of place from when the flooring was put down. And the obvious, work on my videos and also the to do list above.

I have loved this audio book.

I was thinking Diane Winger had more books out but for some reason only the first one is on audible. Maybe the others haven’t had it recorded yet. But I have enjoyed “Great Escape” so much that I just have to get the 2nd book. It’s just hard for me to read a book these days. Audible is the way. But maybe I can put it on Kindle and have it on my phone – sometimes I can find time at lunch or while waiting or even in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep sometimes.

You can see for obvious reasons why I chose this book out of the blue. Sometimes we feel like we want to escape, for sure! And so this book feeds that part of my soul. Now to find “The Big Mistake!”

Alright – over and out. Gotta get on with the week. Probably will be back on Friday. I plan to work on the video tomorrow morning – first time in over a week. Might sneak some time in this weekend also. I need a weekend with no plans but being at home and just really looking forward to it.

See ya’ll then. How’s your week going? I love to hear from you.

Sneak Peeks of Our New Flooring Giving a Farmhouse Feel

I was on pins and needles all day. I watched them arrive after getting an alert on my phone from the camera that someone was at the front door. They unloaded supplies and worked fast. They got way more done than I expected. They still have to do the foyer, part of the den, and do the quarter round and the transitions. I’m over the moon thrilled. I was so afraid when I got home and pulled in. I was very nervous “what did it look like and would I like it, would the grey just not work with the other colors”. I was fairly confident in my decision but what if they had laid it sideways or something, lol. You know me and my worries! So I walked in and was just absolutely FLOORED! Sorry, had to say that. I absolutely LOVE IT.

Of course I’ll do before and after pics (I took some before pics even though they were messy, lol). But once we get things back in place I will do proper shots but just wanted to share what we have so far. All the furniture still moved to the middle til they get the edges done.

So carpets will be put down next Wed in the bedrooms. So we will have to move some things (Nic Nacs and other items that are on top of the furniture) this weekend. It’s going to be a VERY busy weekend. But we also have Mon night and Tues night too for final things to be moved.

All in all it’s been an easier process than I thought. That said we DID work hard to get a lot of things moved, but spread out over a few days, we managed it.

I’m super excited to start putting our house back together once it is finished.

Blog Milestones and “VLOGGING Plans”

Well, the blogging milestones are happening! I had a notice I had a lot more traffic than usual and I have also had a lot of new followers. The blog is growing. I appreciate all of you who come and read this daily or every few days. Several of you engage with me with your comments and I really like that most of all. It makes the blog worth doing. I really started blogging to park my feelings, to document our life, and to meet the need that I have to write. I begun to learn to share my life and open up to the world all the details of my day. And in sharing the things I experience and do. Some things we struggle with. Some things we excel at. Some things we experiment with but all the while learning and growing – and if not – accepting, LOL! So once again thanks for reading, and I wonder how many blog posts I’ve done in my life as a whole? I have had several blogs in the past. Blogging has been a consistent activity in my life.

And now we are VLOGGING and that is a whole ‘nother animal that I’m loving even though I don’t have time for it. And with Mom here I’ve not done any filming in the house. There’s just too much happening, not much time, too much trouble to set up the lighting, but…..I can still do some videos of this summer because we have had some excursions and lots of photos even if I just do some voice overs. It’s all gonna be fine. But I am looking forward to being able to film in the house again around October and will order my ring lighting soon and plan to ask for a lighting ensemble for Christmas (umbrella diffuser and such – a kit I found on Amazon that is phbbbbth – very inexpensive.) So once things get a little more settled I’ll begin using the camera again and setting up some scenes. I just figure Momma doesn’t want to be in the videos – it’s kind of a George and Sonya thing. So excited and looking forward to that once “the coast is clear”! lol But….no worries, I’ll still be doing videos of some sort just none with me in the house much. Can’t wait to get cranking on the next one once we get the house settled. That is first priority now so we can LIFE FUNCTION in the house!

Books I’m Reading

This one I’m almost finished. It is going to be a movie! I have 3 hours left in my audio book. I love a good audio book where you can’t wait to get in the car and drive to work, lol.

I started reading this one. I read the first couple of chapters a few weeks ago. My friend Judy gave me the book so I was wanting to get a feel for it. It sounded intriguing. Last night after eating pizza I had an hour before bedtime and we sat in the living room and read since the den sofa was not available for sitting and TV watching. I read quite a few chapters. The chapters are short and I like that. I end up reading more and even reading more often when I know there is a quick break. It pulls me in b/c I think “oh I’ll just read a quick chapter”.

It’s different, and I think it’ll be really good. It is so far.

I’m also still reading the Bible. And it’s amazing how every time I read it through, I get different things from it or learn something new. I think the most important thing is that when YOU read it through YOURSELF as a book, YOU LEARN the NATURE of GOD. A lot of the questions you have about life, are answered here within these pages, not only with the words that are written but with God’s spirit that guides. The words speak to you. His Word is ACTIVE and ALIVE. “The Word was God and the Word was With God” comes to mind as I said that!

I read TWO Chapters a Day. I actually do a prayer journal after my shower and along with my cup of coffee. I thank God for all the things the day before. Blessings and what He helped me with. I also let Him know my worries and concerns and ask for help for the day I’m in or upcoming big events that are warping my mind with worry. I pray for family. I ask for needs too. Then I close the prayer and begin reading my 2 chapters. This all usually takes 15 minutes maybe less. Two chapters is not much but it allows you to SCOOT through the Bible pretty quickly. I may not finish in a year’s time but it’s fairly quick considering that all the years of my life I’ve only read it through twice. Oh sure I’ve studied it here and there a LOT but just reading it as a book – only in my 2nd time. But this time I’m reading the chapters backwards. You know me and my silly ways. It’s actually been nice to do that.

I’m also still reading one of the Deadliest Catch people’s books. I’m just having a hard time with that one. They are bragging about how “bad” they are and all the stunts they pulled. I guess I had hoped for a more genuine book about the trade and not so much about all the wild personal things the guys did. Anyway, I am going to give it one more shot as I’m half way through.

I grabbed a hold of what I thought was my key chain yesterday and pulled out Roger’s collar. 😦 Things hit you at the strangest times. We had named him “Pumpkin” and then haphazardly after tossing names at him just for fun discovered his name was “Roger” or “Dodger” as he would answer to that. So we inscribed Roger above Pumpkin. Katy always got irritated that we changed the name after she would name a pet. lol. She originally named Tugie “Sandy” b/c she was the color of sand. But the little thing was so cute I kept calling it “Sugar in baby talk and it came out “Tugie”. And she began answering to that. I couldn’t quit calling her that. So we officially named her Katy’s Sandy Tugie on the poodle registration. But called her Tugie. I miss my little Tugie, and my Maisy and my Roger.

So now we have dog friendly flooring and don’t own a dog. But….you know me and my plans. Not this year…maybe not next year (or if so after a trip or two) but 2023 could be the year. We’ll see. I don’t think I have ever planned anything two years out except for graduating from college, ha!

Well better head in to work. It’s Friday and I’m so excited. I was able to get most of the quarter end stuff out of the way. Only two returns I’m working on – one of them is paid already but the information I was given was incorrect so I’m filing an adjusted return. The same state on the transport side of the business, the numbers are not working out either, so that one needs to be resolved today. I’m not sure what the deal is with that but suspect the numbers I’ve been given are wrong – maybe didn’t have the right allowable base or something – it’s unemployment taxes. So I’ve asked my boss to look at where the numbers are coming from in the transport system. Anyway, no work tomorrow. I don’t think I’d be able to anyway as we have to put our house back together this weekend so we can function. I was able to shower this morning but had to squeeze by closet doors that were leaning against the shower stall. lol

Ya’ll have a good weekend. Back later…..

Year in Review and the New Year Arrives

Arrived home from work on New Year’s Eve and George had a surprise of shrimp and sushi. We were so excited to begin our three day weekend. He fixed a lamb roast and we’ve enjoyed that for a couple of days now. Here it came out of the stove and the temp was not hot enough, you can see the blood dripping, so it had to go back in.

I think we may have just started a new New Year’s tradition. It cracks me up lately that while dinner is being served, Roger lines himself up like he gets a plate too. Yeah he gets a bite later, but he thinks he’s getting his own plate, I promise you.

Yikes. don’t look at my kitchen floor, but now that I called your attention to it. It needs mopping again since Christmas, but I have better things to do – like blog and do videos! I know I know. I’ll get to it – eventually. I can tell you, George cares not what the floor looks like – I can assure you. lol. Do we still have blue linoleum? Point made. But not for long!

Here was our New Year’s Eve meal and of course there was enough to go for two nights.

I loved it. George really went to a lot of trouble with this one. Twice baked potatoes and he creamed the spinach and also had a special glaze for the carrots. It was all so good. I may want this exact meal next New Year’s Eve!

We have gotten into the Flight Attendant! And also watching Virgin River and from way back, Northern Exposure. George doesn’t like Virgin River for some reason as he says it’s too Hallmarkey! But he loves Northern Exposure. To me that one is just as Hallmarkey, lol.

So we went to bed around 10:30 and I don’t remember feeling as good on New Year’s Day getting up. I really liked that. I always felt obligated to stay up. No more! We had our champagne when I got home from work.

I guess this pic was from about 10:00. I think we watched a bit of the news before hitting the bed. Here is George mid yawn, and Roger was pretty much out and did pretty good the last couple of nights.

Yes, I was over there yawning and nodding off long before I took this pic. I texted Katy before bed and asked her if she was getting snow. It sure looked like it. I often check their radar when I check ours, just to see what is going on down there. She texted back that YES it was snowing.

Much to my surprise, George mad me TWO egg and Bacon McMuffin Biscuits with cheese. They were really good, made with real country bacon. The he had the cruelty to ask me to weigh in with him! ha.

So we weighed in and it was probably the most we have both weighed ever. The pandemic sent all rules out the window. So we’ve really got to start eating better. I try but my efforts are thwarted as we end up eating fattening foods at night. ::sigh:: It’s a good sigh though, b/c it’s been some good eating. Which honestly is one of the things we love about living! Good cuisine. We just have to find the goodness in healthier foods and less of it.

Here is my new Winter background on the phone. The trees are blurry but you can’t tell behind all those apps. Feel free to snag it if you want.

Here’s the pic I’m using for the lock screen if you want to snag it.

Next YouTube Video is Live

So I spent some time in my office getting the video done. This one is the longest one. It goes by fast though. But I had to wrap up fall and Maisy getting us up to Christmas. I just needed to wrap up and bring closure with Maisy. I couldn’t split it up in two. It took that much to tell the whole story. I wanted to bring everyone up to date. Not that there are that many watching yet! ha. But this was something I needed to do, to wrap it all up. I’ve already had a complaint that it was too long. But I did what I needed to do. It will be rare when they are this long. I realize no one has 30 minutes of their life to donate to me. lol. So if only my family watches, then I’m fine with it. But I was happy with this video and it was uplifting in many parts. I did not want a sobbing messy video, so I left out all that. It has truly been an adjustment without her. I boohoo’d through some of this video though. It was tough and as I say I needed to get this one done or I might would never do another one. I’d be dreading it.

That said, if you like my videos I’d love to get some likes and please subscribe. I’m trying to reach 100 subscribers. Things start to get better and easy from there and there are some perks as far as reaching my goals. YouTube, the free version. I’m searchable under Less Hustle More Coffee. Then you will be notified when the next one comes out. I appreciate your support always. The link is in the previous blog post.

I was able to do some vlogging with the new wide angle lens.

If you noticed the paper clip – I put that there to add my notes to it for my filming. That way I don’t have to look down for the next point and it “helps” my rambling so I don’t have to edit so much. Good gosh I can ramble! Getting further down the curve here.

It’s Snowing in Texas!

Stealing Katebugs photos. It’s just gorgeous out there on the ranch.

GrandDog Findlay

Pretty card also from my Sister in Law, that I came across again while cleaning and organizing my desk yesterday. My office was a complete mess by the time New Year’s arrived. I spent a LOT of time in my office this weekend.

I am keeping this in my iphone photos to use as a lock screen photo soon. I had so much to share today. I know it’s a long post. Life happens so fast before I can get it posted. Well it was that last video I spent probably more than 30 hours on. It’s about 1 hour per minute and that was over 30 minutes. But here is the Year in Review….

Year in Review

The year started off fairly normal and went weird and wacky past March but lots of wonderful things happened in the year anyway.

  • Went to a wonderful Giovanni’s Italian dinner for my birthday and also went to Bar Taco with Kevin and Susan for my Birthday (BIL and SIL)
  • Went to see Little Women with my neighbor Christy. I guess that was the last time I was in a movie theatre.
  • Went to dinner with Kevin and Susan at Nicky’s Coal Fired pizza and a brewery before that. I think this might have been Kevin’s birthday.
  • Went to spend the night with Mom in February and spent time with her.
  • Scheduled a trip to see my Aunt and Uncle in Amelia Island but had to cancel it by May due to the virus.
  • In March we had a wonderful get together with Don and Lisa. I think this was the last time I’ve seen them this year. I’ve actually shed tears over missing them. They are family to us.
  • Also in March Katy and I went to Tulsa for a girls weekend, right as the nation began shutting down with the virus. It was a strange, sad, scary, but yet fun as we could make it weekend.
  • In May we went to see Mom for Mother’s Day and kept our distance. It was a beautiful day.
  • Also attended the first of many virtual showers over the year including some of Katy’s.
  • In May Katy and Cody came home and made their wonderful announcement about our grandchild coming soon.
  • I gave a virtual shower myself in June for my niece and nephew.
  • Went to some private pool parties with friends in mid May and also in the summer.
  • Rescheduled our vacation to Texas to attend the Gender Reveal party.
  • Spent Father’s Day with friends who also did not get to see their family on Father’s Day.
  • Celebrated with Mom on her birthday in July.
  • August came and we went to the Gender Reveal party in Texas and stopped in Hot Springs, Arkansas on the way back.
  • George and I went out quite a few times to eat and shop during August up until Halloween. Virus cases began to build and it was more risky to go out.
  • We celebrated Thanksgiving alone at home as the virus had spread to the families of coworkers and we didn’t want to chance it.
  • We lost our Maisy early in December. It was tough to get ready for Christmas but in a way it was best we had so much to do. Because this was hard. It still hurts so much and I miss her.
  • We celebrated Christmas by having Mom and Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken over. They decided to chance it and we had a lovely time.
  • Nashville’s 2nd Ave was bombed on Christmas day.

Books in Review

I’m cheating a bit to do this. I’m tired of typing and you are probably LONG PAST reading. So I’ve taken photos of the books I’ve read this year. The lighting was not very good on this so I apologize.

Goals and Bucket Lists Have To Wait

I was going to share my bucket list and Goals for the new year, but….I’ve typed way too much already. So I’ll save something for tomorrow.

I need to get some lunch and work on things in the house some. But I’m pleased the new video is up and I’m pleased as punch to have today and tomorrow left to get Christmas stuff up. I’ve already started but just stopped to do video once I had George’s segment filmed.

Ya’ll take care and let me know what you think of the video. Link on the previous post’s entry!

Take care and HAPPY NEW YEAR!