Signs of Fall, Fall Bucket List, and Anticipation of the Move

A Fall Walk. Happy Sunday here. The rain fell over night and the dark clouds remained so the sun did not wake us up this morning. The result was a nice 10.5 hour and much needed sleep versus the 6.5 I normally get. Sleep is good for the psyche. And so is walking.

I did the twenty minute walking early in the day, before the rain threatened and before my day took me on other paths. I enjoyed the walk. I paused to get a picture of a lonely red leaf that caught my attention, stuck between a tree and a fence post. A sure sign of fall. Subtle changes of color can be seen in some trees but middle TN is mostly green at this point.

Halloween Decor marks one of neighbor’s yards.

A bright idea! Back home I fixed scrambled eggs using frozen onions, and three types of bell peppers. I’m not sure why I never considered this before. But while watching Traveling Robert on YouTube when he fixes his “one pot meals” he often will put either frozen veggies in things or frozen onions and bell peppers. Duhhhh why didn’t I think of that. So I bought some this past week and it was great in the eggs. I let the onions and bell peppers sauté a while in olive oil before adding the eggs so they would cook some of the water out and not be frumpy but closer to caramelized.

Right away yesterday I worked on the Fall Bucket List. I kept waiting thinking I’d have time to add a few more things. I left space at the bottom for any George had. He added things into January like celebrating my birthday. Which that is ok, b/c likely I will not have time to do the winter bucket list. It’ll probably be “Winter into Spring”. It’s looking like not a lot of free fluff time until Feb or March of 22. (Sonster, dear, don’t get started!)

Getting things done and update on the challenge. I was able to get laundry done yesterday and work on my grocery list as it has a lot of things on there for helping to meet my goals for the KYD55 challenge. I need to go to the store today and I’m looking forward to that. I met all my goals yesterday for the challenge, moving and doing all my 80 movements, including the 1 push up at days end. Surprisingly my arms was slightly stronger but not by much. I’ll keep trying. My right arm is the weakest one and I will have to be careful to do a slow strengthening so I don’t tear the muscle. I hurt it pulling a suitcase while traveling several years ago. But yes, so far success. After two days of the slightest changes with the increased water, getting in greens and fruits, and moving more, it feels good. It just feels good to be able to do this and I’m so glad I ran upon this method of improvement. I feel like God led me to it. It’s not just about weightloss or nutrition but a whole life experience, all encompassing. I’m most impressed with the method or the pillars. The focus of 5 things. I realize now you could make these 5 things ANY THING you wanted it to be. I love the structure of it.

So my breakfast was pretty filling and it was more like brunch as it might have been around 9:30 or 10. So about 1:30 or so I was getting a little hungry. I didn’t want bread or sandwich or a small frozen pizza. The goal is to embrace as much whole food as I can for the 55 day spread and try to develop new habits, find new foods, and new ways of doing things. So this was lunch. A few walnuts, carrots, string cheese and applesauce. Might not have been low carb but most of it was real foods. The applesauce is the no sugar type. The collagen elixir also was included. I have decided not to cut out cheese. But for the most part I’m doing the doctor recommended string cheese. I just don’t think I can give up cheese but I’ve dramatically reduced my intake of it through the years. Some has been added back (shredded cheese) since Mom has been here. I’ll probably not keep it in the fridge after she is gone. I didn’t really miss it honestly.

So I did get a few things done this past week. I will be updating this list today for the new list and giving a week’s outlook for what all is coming next week b/c ya’ll like watching a 58 year old woman squirm and wrestle with her schedule and her life right? lol I keep saying I’m 59 but that’s not til January. I guess I feel every year of that and then some, lol.

Afternoon out with friends. Last night we went to Catch 22 and sat outside with about 10 other friends. It was great to get to see them. Great to have laughter again. And we enjoyed it so much. I followed my rules perfectly. I had two beers but only if I had a glass of water in between. We were there for 3 hours! I had some wing appetizers and that is whole, lol. I did a two bites of a reuben egg roll which was out of this world. Two bites was ok. They were mini sized and sliced in half. And I ordered a salad. I don’t have any rules on the dressings but plan to generally stick to vinaigrettes during this 55 day period. This one was a mustard vinaigrette – bacon was on it – and that’s ok. I can have bacon! Tomatoes and blue cheese was on it. It was so good. Got my greens in! Got my fruit in! Of course applesauce was my fruit anyway earlier.

Plans today and anticipation of the move. So today I will go to the store and the plan is to go to Cracker Barrel with Mom for car side pick up of lunch. I didn’t really want to be gone all afternoon but I know she needs to get out of the house. It has to be depressing just sitting here all week. I know she is probably tired of us, tired of our ways, not having things set up like she would have it, and she can’t see and we move everything around all the time in the fridge, freezer, and pantry.

She despises Little Bit the cat, as he gets in her way when Fancy goes out. (This week he got sprayed by a skunk – he’s an out side cat- and then rubbed up against Mom on the porch). I hear her constant sighs of frustration. I also hear her “whewing” after any movement at all. She is quiet and depressed it seems. And doesn’t talk to us much anymore. I asked her if there is anything she wanted to do or any places to go or places to eat or take out for the bucket list? She said “no just get me moved into my house”. I said, “wellll – ohhh kay”. The way I took it was that she was “past ready”, lol.

I get it. We also have things we will look forward to after she goes. It’s no offense to anyone on either party. I mean after all, I get my bed back, my chair back, my fridge freezer back, my closet back, 1/2 my office back, my shoe rack back, my jewelry box back, my big chest of drawers back, my TV time back and mine and George’s dinner time shows (we used to eat while watching a show), my bathroom drawer space back, my towel rack back and my robe rack back, my kitchen counter space back, more space in the kitchen back, more room in the fridge back, can do laundry mid week if I wanna, can listen my news briefings from Alexa in the mornings in the bathroom while getting ready and not waking anyone up, or run the vacuum at 2 pm on a Saturday when it’s during her nap time and she’s asleep in the chair. So I get it. I know she is ready to move on and we’ll equally be ready to enjoy having our routines and space back. But we’ve been fine with doing this for her on a temporary basis. We want her to be comfortable and by all means HAPPY.

On her end I can only imagine the inconvenience of living with us. The temps are colder here than she would like and at night George’s movies are really loud on the surround sound forcing her to bed early. George’s finances and computer and office is in her bedroom and often he is in there when she wants to change or get a shower or go to bed or do her church service on line on Sunday’s. Often I’m in the shower when she gets up in the mornings so I know she tries to wait until I leave for the bathroom. She tries so hard to stay out of our way. We can tell. So I know she’ll be glad to let her guard down and do as she pleases. I mean this is a woman that likes to do what she wants when she wants so I’m sure this has been hard.

So I know the days will be minimal here – just a few short and busy weeks to go. We are in the last stretch! Then she will be on her own again and can have fun setting up and unpacking. Since we will have minimal PTO days left after the move – she’ll have plenty to do – one box at a time. We can donate a few hours a week to help her get it set up, run errands, and her groceries and stuff. But I only have two full days to donate to the move or set up then we will be left with weekends during the busiest time of our year. But we will do what we can when we can.

Thinking about the days to come. We may have to get hired help to clean because I won’t have a lot of time to keep up two households and that my friend is a fact of life. I pretty much have issues keeping our own clean. But I will do what I can, when I can, as I can. I just can’t live there once she moves in as we have to work Full Time. But we will do our best to sustain her there as long as she can shower, make meals, and get up and get dressed. She cannot see well enough to see when things are dirty, dusty, crumbs on counter or floor. But I won’t be there to put her clean hand towel out twice a week, throw away trash, clean her toilets, refill her toilet paper- she will have to do those daily things now that she’s had done for her here. She’ll probably miss that hotel vibe, lol. I will only have time to spot clean here and there. I only have time to do that here as it is —really.

As for the driving. It’s her decision but it’s not going to be any different over there than it is over here. Traffic is heavy, busy, and very aggressive. I often have to slam on the breaks because people pull in front of me. And some people tail you. You really have to watch. She often cannot even tell or see me if I’m in the room so how could she see a child on the street or a person on the road? Would she be able to live with herself if she ran over a child in that neighborhood, or someone’s pet? It scares me. But she’s Momma, and you are not going to tell her what to do. So it’s her decision. If she gets out and kills herself or someone else –it’s on her. She can’t read the road signs because she can’t read a menu on the board and her font on the computer is 148 – I’m just kidding. I’m just worried for her that she can’t see well enough to drive and be safe for her or others. Oh well. I guess we’ll see what happens.

Ya’ll have a good Saturday. What ya doing today?

Making a Bucket List for Summer

So we are “back in business”! Now that things are getting back to normal – whatever normal was, we are getting our plans on and bucket listing again. Our bucket list looks quite a bit different than someone in their 30’s or 40’s but these are 1)Things we want to do by end of summer. 2) Ideas for places we would really like to eat 3) Places we would like to go if given the chance. 3) Meals out with a few friends. 4) Need to do items (not very many) 5) Dishes we really want to cook 6) Sometimes personal to do items are on there. 7) Sometimes cleaning/chores get put on there esp if they are big ones.

We have a lot of restaurants we want to take Mom to and Mom’s wishes were put on the list. There are a lot of new restaurants since COVID that we want to try.

I have been wanting to get this bucket list done since early May but two months later, here we are. It’s just been difficult to find the time as really – the bucket list is a non-essential item. It’s a fun thing. We have been nose the grindstone for two months with not much time for planning or even thinking about non-essential items. It took forever just to find time to do this list, so you know we’ve not had much time to even think about doing any of these things other than in conversation (“one day”).

Ahhhh, so this simple bucket list means the world to me. It’s an icon – a picture of normal, a picture of happy times, a picture of doing fun things together, or meeting goals, or getting things accomplished.

It’ll be fun to see what we get done. It’s not a list to make you hurry, unless you look at it like “let’s hurry up and have fun”. The list helps us remember when we are planning our weekends, of all the options we have. Or in spare time – what our goals are. It keeps it in the forefront of our minds.

There are so many restaurants we would like to go to we actually have a separate restaurant list, lol. In the pic above you can see the little short list. I think we made that back when we planned our anniversary.

Make Your Own Bucket List

It’s fun to sit back with a pen and a cup of coffee and write down all the things you would like to do, places you would like to go, books you wanna read, hikes you wanna do, places you wanna shop….whatever your hype is.

Then while sitting with the family – at a table or restaurant – have a pen and paper handy – or write on a napkin as we have, and ask what the family members would like to do, goals they have, things they want to do. Some things may surprise you!

Then just buy some poster board (the half cut ones work great). I created a little bucket list posting area of our kitchen. And I use a black sharpie.

It’s good to do them by season. I usually do about three per year as it seems to work out better than doing four.

Winter into Spring, Summer, Fall/Christmas. Mainly I’m too busy in the fall to do the winter one as we have more to do and are busier that time of year so I have to clump part of winter in the fall one and the last part of winter into the spring one, lol. It works.

BUCKET LIST FOR MEAL PLANNING

We also have a chalkboard that we use for meal planning. If you have followed my blog for long, you have seen it. We have a fairly large black board and we list all the meals we want to fix on one side (we also look in our freezer and see what we have already) and then we plan meals off of that board on the other side.

I went to the store last night after a VERY long 11 hour day at work yesterday. Always funny to see extra things on your menu. Was it something we told Alexa she didn’t understand? Or was it George playing tricks? I think it was the latter. But you never know! lol. One thing’s for sure – we don’t need any extra fat butts around here in these parts! lol I’m scared to think about what a camel pump is. :-O

Chicken in a Reynolds Oven Bag

Ok, so….buy those Reynold’s Oven bags, and then plan some chicken or steak dinners- or pork chops – I’m sure you could use just about any meat. The box had a chicken recipe on the back for an example. I followed it, sort of. Mom was fixing the vegetables as we’d been to the farmers market so I only added onion and green pepper.

I wanted my chicken to marinate first so I just used storage bags to let them marinate in the fridge for a while in Italian dressing.

Here’s what I used.

We keep a pretty full fridge going! And you can see our July 4 – other half – of the watermelon!

I just think the dinner in the bag thing is a great option for “what’s for dinner”. It really made the chicken tender cooked in an hour’s time. I had a lot of chicken in one bag. Very tender. For chicken – I had two types – bone in with the skin and no bone, skinless- the chicken with no bone/skinless turned out much better with better flavor. But they were both good.

I really like cooking the chicken with skin/bone in – in the air fryer with a little bit of Nashville hot seasonings. Oh it is so crispy and good. The key is adding olive oil rub on top of and under the skin, and putting your seasonings on and under the skin pocket. So flavorful! I am glad I learned to put rubs UNDER the skin pockets!

Well that is about all I know other than…..

We picked up my car from the shop after work yesterday too (yes we were really late eating dinner, but Mom was patient with us). I know it’s hard for her to eat so late and her eating schedule has changed a bit. It was hard for me too, to eat so late, but I learned to snack a little if I needed to because b/w 11 a.m. when I eat lunch and 7 or 8 p.m. is a long time. Anyway, oil was leaking so they had to fix a seal and do an oil change as well and that was $700 ish at Firestone. I think that is high, but we get our cars back very quickly when we leave them there. They have been very customer oriented. So there is that. Very friendly here.

I guess I better get to work. Busy week cramming five days into four, but most of that was yesterday. I’ve about caught up with the normal schedule, but it is quarter end and very busy. The real success of “how payroll went” will be determined on Friday when we see how many did/didn’t get paid properly. We’ll see how many calls I get. Just a lot going on that would make it easy for mistakes to be made. Someone added time on a termed employee yesterday that plugged up our payroll processing/balancing and then someone made a mistake while data entering something that messed up the banking deposits again, but those were easily found/fixed. Also someone entered a punch with a date of 2002! lol. All of these probably caused about an hour and half delay total. But I got through it. Now to get the “after payroll” stuff done and tomorrow and Friday will focus on quarter end and working on payroll errors where PTO’s were not turned in, time not turned in etc. Should be a fun Friday for that. Also have to work on HOL pay some this week. So it’ll be a busy one. OH did I mention it was quarter end? I won’t have a lot of time this week to work on it but I should get some. It’ll be dependent upon how many of the plants forgot to pay things as to how much time I have to work on it. I may be busy fixing errors and doing back pay, creating emergency checks and funding through pay cards. lol. Might as well expect it. That way if it doesn’t happen I will be pleasantly surprised. Yea haw!

So….what is on YOUR BUCKET LIST THIS SUMMER? I hope you do one, even if it’s just for yourself!

Meanwhile back in TEXAS! Little Roo in his Jammies!

Bucket List: Winter into Spring

I’m really not sure if I ever shared the bucket list for Winter and Spring. I didn’t see that I had, but…I could have missed it. I don’t remember sharing it. But here it is. It’s mainly trying a lot of restaurants! lol And we will not be eating out all that much. Soon it’ll be time to do the Spring/Summer one, which I guess we’ll go from April 1 thru August.

There are some important things on there though – like spending time with friends and family. Here it is:

And here was the Fall/Christmas bucket list of the past.

For some reason I can’t ever fly the drone, shoot the gun and we never play games so we never got the Sheep game off the list, lol. And the way we eat, I never make progress toward health goals. lol. I do but it’s back and forth. And we keep talking about having dinner with the Pryor’s but there’s not been time on the horizon and then there was diverticulitis when we got close to making plans. Even the plans with some other friends for Feb 29th, we’ve had planned since the first of the year. Jan and Feb up til Valentine’s is just a good time to hibernate.

Anyway, it’s fun to see what we did and didn’t do over the last few months. And it’s fun to see what we have on the list to see what we have coming up.

I finally had meat this weekend. We had Salmon Friday night and I forgot what we had Saturday night. lol. But last night we had stuffed red peppers with beef in it. I had to scrape the ketchup off the top. I had told George I couldn’t eat ketchup anymore as it burns my esophagus but I don’t think he understood. I am not sure why all of a sudden I can’t eat it anymore. But I have to dip our homemade fries in a aioli mayo sauce. Not too healthy but fries were made for dipping. The fries are made in the air fryer. We had fries with our peppers and he made me some aioli sauce for that. lol Anyway, it was all really good and I have a leftover one for lunch.

I woke up this morning dreaming that I was working on “annual benefits open enrollment” and was getting panicked and trying to hurry it along, while answering emails galore and then I sent an email out that wasn’t supposed to be sent and then I was trying to figure out how to get it back. And then I woke up and was thankful that I no longer have that on my plate. I never really got to EVER enjoy spring much for having to worry about all the benefit stuff happening on top of everything else. It’s the time of year that I would be getting ramped up for it and we’d soon be setting up the travel plans and such. And of course the hiring was on top of that, that never stopped. I remember sweating it b/c we’d always have to wait on the new rates before materials could be printed and everything was always so last minute and then everyone had to scramble to make it happen. I’m such a planner and I always hated that part of having to rush at the end. Then we had to get all the changes entered and ready for May 1. And this morning upon waking I realized…yes…I don’t have to go through all that this year! It’s such a relief to wake up from that dream. I honestly don’t know how I dealt with all the stress.

Now I have the new stresses, of which I also had to wait for data before I could do anything with it at points, making me rush and storm the last week of January, but at least that is over. All except for one state where you have to enter all the w-2’s manually and there are 208 of them. I am about 1/3 of the way through. Hopefully can get the rest of them entered this week. As my boss said, I did pretty good considering the amount of time I had to do all the states we had by the time the data was given to me to do it. So it looks like January will be my horror month where month end, quarter end, and year end all hit at once. I finally had to stop and do all my monthly tax payments for Jan last week and got that done. So now just catching up on that one state’s year end. That state takes uploads but apparently we don’t have the right software to upload so we enter by hand.

Anyway, better go get ready and get out the door. It’s raining cats and hippos out there. Yuk. WE have rain in our forecast for like 2 weeks with not many sunny days in between. Ya’ll take care. Probably will not post until about Thursday or so unless something happens that warrants some news. Otherwise it’s just me blabbering like I’m doing today.

Oh I did get quite a bit done with that focus app til I got tired of focusing and sat down and read! lol Almost finished with the John Denver book.