Dexter Dog Tales, Summer Bucket List, and Success at the Winter Bucket List

We are spending time getting to know Dexter, and him getting to know us. We have been back to Pet Smart (Sunday) to get the rest of the supplies that we didn’t have time to get on Saturday. And also got new tires on my car, but we have to drop my car off to get new sparkplugs soon. It’s starting to act funny again.

So, night one, he ended up sleeping with me all night. And slept great! But last night, he got sick and then had a couple of runny poo’s unfortunately on the new carpet – he did the latter while I was stripping the bed from the throw up. (Sorry, gross I know but it happened and this is a reality blog, lol). Trust me I am leaving out some parts. I had to have help – I had to wake George up and ask him to hold the dog while I got up the messes. He wanted to get in the way of it and do what dogs do and also wasn’t sure if he wouldn’t mess again and I couldn’t keep him out in the hallway as he darted back in the bedroom every time I opened the door. I think this was at 12:30 in the morning. I did not have another sheet protector so I couldn’t remake the bed and didn’t want a repeat to soak the mattress. So I put him in his bed in the living room and slept in the recliner beside him. (Insert arms held in air emoji!) We had to do what worked.

I really didn’t sleep much at all and when it was about 4:30 I actually snoozed a bit. George got up around 6:30 this morning and at 7 a.m. my video went live so I put it on social media to get the word out.

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So, yeah, we have a little intestinal issue, but one that is often in puppies and should be easy to control with treatment plan. We are going to see the vet tomorrow, we hope so he can go ahed and be treated.

I am so tired right now I can hardly think. I knew what all I wanted to say on the blog earlier but now all I can think of is how I need a nap.

This doggie is going to get bigger. Look at his long legs. e’s like sleeping with a baby deer, lol. I’m not sure if I told you we found out he was not just a beagle mix but a beagle golden retriever mix.

So the week is busy ahead. Vet Tues after work and then on Wednesday I told Mom I’d take her out and George will stay home with dog dog. We decided if we both went it would be too long for the dog to be by himself. There is still a lot of adjusting to do and I’m really nervous about what he will do tomorrow in the hallway. Will he scratch the finish off the doors? Maybe. It’s just going to be what it’s going to be and we’ll have to deal with it all once he gets acclimated.

So he is more used to his surroundings now and no longer feels the need to follow our every move but tomorrow he is going to be so sad and lonely with us gone all day. It will be a shock to him. But he will have to be used to his new routine. It’s going to be hard on me too.

Amazingly beside the intestine issue that we have, he is pretty much house trained. He prefers to use the paper or go outside. What a shock. He has not started to mark anything but I’ve heard that can come later.

So we have a series of new to do’s. Training tid-bits like learning to sit, come when called, and getting a chip, getting all our shots, getting neutered, and then getting a 2nd dog.

Here’s the bed I bought for my office or bedroom. He likes his beds.

But the cute comforter from the bedroom is not going to be kept on the bed anymore. It’ll be for company only. I just have a blanket on there for now, towels under that and sheets and a mattress protector. The room won’t be fancy anymore for a while. There is so much to figure out. And to make room for. My house is a mess right now so that will be part of the process I guess.

So, other news:

Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken are not coming up. They are under the weather. We are disappointed and hate we cannot see them. And Mom also was not feeling too good either since the graduation last Saturday. She said that wore her out that day. I knew it would be hard on her. It was a long day too as she also needed things from the store. Plus we stopped for 20 minutes to look for a dog (she stayed in the car). But yeah, she’s not felt great since then. She says she is only out of bread but I’ll go get her Wed night and we’ll head out to dinner and then get some groceries.

Big day tomorrow with payroll as I’m doing two days into one since we had the holiday. I don’t think we have any doc appts this week for Mom or myself. Our hairstylist left and we had to reschedule for the following next two weeks. But Fancy gets a trim next Saturday so that will get Mom out of the house for a while then. I think she also wants to go to Belk and Lowe’s.

Bucket List:

I did our Summer Bucket list. I know just how geeky we are when you read it through. I put some goals on there just so it keeps us focused but we also put things we want to do on there as well.

Here is the summer list:

You may notice repeat things on there. Some I do every time – like reading 3 books, or doing Canon photography lessons. And one thing we have tried to do for like 4 or 5 years and it never happens.

I put “—–” dashes where I can insert check marks. So I want to use Canva more since I pay for it. And I have put a lot of dashes for # of times to get in the habit of using it more for blog purposes. The photos are really nice on there. I am also putting some blog goals on there.

I am proud of us for all we did from Winter into Spring (until now) considering how busy we are. Much of these things actually kept us busy I suppose, but considering we are busy with Mom a couple of days a week, we really did do a good job of knocking it out of the park.

Let’s just take a review. These are things I’m so happy about. Not in order of importance, but just as it caught my eye.

  1. Downloaded and learned to do videos with Final Cut Pro.
  2. Decorated my new office at Work
  3. Went to Hot Springs with Katy, Cody, and Little Roo
  4. Got the colonoscopy out of the way.
  5. Did the Hermitage and Wine Tasting
  6. Went to Knoxville to celebrate Kevin’s birthday
  7. We had dinner/brunch with a couple of sets of neighbors
  8. We went to Texas to celebrate River’s Birthday. Yay!
  9. We watched a lot of good Netflix shows
  10. We ate at some new places
  11. I almost did 3 Canon lessons, didn’t practice much, but I did get some focus in.
  12. We had a foodie day with the Irelands twice!
  13. I read three books.
  14. I had some planning time to write down some goals.
  15. I worked that dang Christmas puzzle finally! Finished it yesterday
  16. I did a few videos! ;-). Wasn’t on there but I’ll claim it.

So for someone that doesn’t have much time, I did pretty good – we both did.

Here’s the next puzzle I’ll work:

So I guess it’ll be Wed or Thurs before I’ll be back. Gotta take care of little doggie, Mom, clean up after the video I just did and get the next one started, clean my house, take some time to breathe, get things done at work, and do a bit of reading, or personal goals. Just seems pretty busy.

It’s seems crazy to take on a dog right now but at the same time it felt so right. There was a huge gaping hole missing after having the fur babies for 20 years. It’s something George and I did together was love them and care for them and hang out with them. Dogs bring such joy – a lot of hard work and dedication, but so much joy.

I will enjoy sharing him with you in the days to come. Our Dexter. We are trying not to call him “Little Buddy” but he looks so much like Roger sometimes. We have to make a point of calling him Dexter before he quickly becomes Buddy instead.

George’s roast beef burritos are ready, so I need to go. I think we are watching Jumanji but I may fall asleep and secretly that’s quite alright, lol.

More later. What does the week hold in store for you? I love hearing about your lives out there. I wish more of you would comment and let me hear about you and think about you!

Take care.

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.


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!