Dinner in Donelson, Baby Faces, Police Visit, and My To Do List

McNamara’s, Donelson, TN

Yesterday had a bit of fun when I got to meet a friend/neighbor for meal in Donelson at an Irish restaurant, McNamara’s. A fun little place. I wish there were more healthy things on the menu! I had Fish and Chips. Very good. Very good, I say! But not low in calories or fat I’m afraid. Still, the restaurant is a favorite.

Are you ready for some cuteness? We love the different faces of my Grandson as his Mom captures them and sends. His Mom sent those to me yesterday. Here’s Little Roo! He has gained 4 lbs since birth and is wore his LAST newborn diaper yesterday! I especially love the last pic as I love seeing a baby kick and play with their arms!

Neighborhood Suspicions

When I got home last night the police was at our house! I had gotten a notification that someone was at my doorbell when I got into the car leaving the restaurant. I listened to the conversation when George went to the door. It was the next door neighbor. I heard him saying someone had stopped in front of our houses and took pictures toward the neighbor’s house. The neighborhood house is for sale. I figure it was someone that is looking at houses for sale and stopped to take a pic. But our neighborhood teen was at home by himself and came over as it scared him. George looked back on our security cam and was able to show the car and you can see the flashes of lights while taking pics. So George told him if he was concerned, he could call the authorities so they could do periodic drive bys. The car had not done anything wrong as far as I know. George said it was odd to be doing that at night instead of daytime. I told him, “not really, most people work all day and someone looking at houses would most certainly ride around after work looking on their own before involving a realtor if they decided to do so”. I would do that! lol The police was leaving as I arrived. But I was glad to know what was sort of going on before just showing up and the police is there. I woke up at 1:30 in the morning and thought about it. Of course I laid there for an hour. But I figure it is someone looking at houses. It seems like any time mentions anything in our neighborhood that is suspicious it always involves a black car or a black truck. lol. And this was a black car.

Anyway, this week is surely moving on! Tonight I have free. After being gone the last two nights I’m glad to be coming home tonight.

Upcoming To Do List: Am I Busy? LOL

So the upcoming to do list is to begin looking/learning about elder care and looking at options for Mom for a move to Mount Juliet so we can aid her in her needs and spend more time with her.

I will be looking at my subscriptions and seeing which to cancel. Evernote is one I’ve decided to cancel to the free version and will move the file storage over. I will keep the free version and move files over to my cloud drive if needed. I needed it for my side hustle business with the health company I use but since I’m no longer doing the business, it’s not needed.

I need to sew up by navy blue pants as the hem fell out and I miss wearing them!

I have to figure out how to install the Nest device – an extra sensor in the house. If we cannot figure it out we may need to return it if it is not too late. It probably is. I’ve not had time to do anything with it.

I want to work on the new Intro and excited about that. Probably won’t be til after I get back from Mom’s. I’m going to see her this weekend. Spending the night with her Fri night.

I need to catch up on all my shows which is going to be hard b/c I won’t be home much. I also haven’t seen the latest Sister Wives show.

I need to order Ring Light and Rode Microphone and wind muff sometime in the next month. I think the microphone will help in the house but need the muff for outdoor shooting. My new lens arrived for zooming. So we need to set up an excursion so I can play with the new lens.

I want to set up a “Health Tracker” so I can force myself to look at “markers” as to how I’m progressing. It helps hold oneself accountable and lets you know your trend before you step into those tight jeans all of a sudden. I talked about doing this last year and in true fashion I begin to get so detailed and fancy with it that I begin to give up as it is too much. So I’m going to keep it simple – weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and a couple of measurements – waist, bust, arm? I have a goal size I want to go to. And don’t want to solely depend on the health and wellness company I’m doing, to be able to sustain this. I will definitely use the products but I want to be able to do this when I retire also, so I need to figure out a diet and regimen that is sustainable now!

That said, I have a Cracker Barrel and Culvers cards to use up! lol

I want to study some Vlogging YouTubes and do my Canon lessons.

I want to learn how to do more things with Canva for use in my videos.

We need to look at flooring and do our research there.

And I need to do the next video.

Why are We so Busy?

Morning! The coffee sure is good as I sit here and sip and type. It feels busy around here! We keep ourselves busy even when we are NOT busy, so it’s just always busy. I think perhaps it has been so busy at work and personally with so much going on and not enough brain time to soak everything in. I end up waking up at 1:30 and not able to go back to sleep because my body and brain is using that time as “think time”. So the last two nights I’ve woken up at 1:30 and not gone back until 3 or 3:30. Alarm goes off around 4:20 – I hit snooze – go back to deep sleep and it goes off again and again until I’m finally so irritated I get up. LOL! I also have a tendency to do this around a full moon.

It is definitely a full moon. It amazes me how some full moon’s don’t pull the energy around as much as others. I don’t know about tidal flows and such. I wonder if different moons bring in varying tidal flows at sea. See….look at my brain go. I’m way too curious about things for my own good and I’ll probably google that by days end. If I can find time. In all my lists, I need a “google list” as my curiosities are outweighing my time to google. Also on that list would be “how do the French stay so slim when they have such good bread?” I heard a couple discussing that on a recent video I watch and it’s perplexed me since. More than one person has said to lose weight eat like the French. I’m not eating snails – I mean, no wonder!

So Today is technically my Thursday – even though it is Wednesday! I’m feeling it. Normally on Thursday’s I’m counting the days til my free day. My free day is not til Sunday! Well I’m going to Mom’s Friday night, and we will be doing girls time. It’ll be fun time but no “free” time until Sunday. When Sunday gets here, I’ll be doing my normal “weekend thang” and trying to gnaw down my list some. Lord please help me to make some progress! These things are keeping me from making more videos! The sooner I knock them out, the sooner I can get back at it.

Most of these things won’t take long but just finding the minute to do something, AnYtHiNg! It seems every minute of my day is filled with something else.

The less urgent things are here. Many have been on the list for some time. The last two lists have not changed much and I’m not going to post those as I have posted all of these not long ago. Only the first two lists change. I do not plan to do this 2nd list before getting back to making the videos. But the many things on the first list just need to happen before I set in to having personal creativity time.

Colorful Car Wash

So last night after work I went “grocerying” after taking the car through the car wash. It needed it so bad. The birds are finally migrated from our parking lot at work and then with all the salt and snow and ice I had to get it washed. Also yesterday my mirrors were so dirty I could hardly see traffic. When it’s a safety issue – it has to be done. So I stopped on the way to the grocery as it was still light out. The line was long but it moved fairly quickly. I paid for the big wash! Wheels and all!

I love our little car wash with the colors. I’m like a kid every time I go through. Here is a video. LOL

Grocery Run Fun

Going to the grocery was fun. It had been a while. I was out of all my favorite things! So I’m good for about another two weeks I think. George will likely go again and if I need something he can get the urgent needs. I won’t have time again for awhile. I loaded up on some frozen entries for work. But also bought some fresh items, fresh salsa and hummus too, for healthier snack options. I allow myself to eat the tortilla chips. I try to buy a healthier version if I can, but at the end of the day, I usually just grab and go. I forgot the avocado though! I wanted to have avocado toast with a bit of fresh salsa atop! Also the salsa is good on eggs. So at least I have that. Anyway I bought fresh strawberries and plant to slice a few fresh ones for my shake this morning.

Get out the Cameras, I’m cooking tomorrow night!

Tomorrow night I’m cooking in the Instant Pot for the first time ever! Can you believe it? I’ve had a mental block against it. I felt the directions were just too specific. But all in all, what could be better? I was thinking it was going to be complicated. But so many people use them and love it and say that they are so glad they have it and couldn’t do without it. So I am “making myself” try it Thurs night (tomorrow night). I’m making a red beans and rice recipe. It just sounds good. And looks easy. The meat (smoked sausage) I’m cooking separate in the air fryer. And will toss the sausage slices in on top of the red beans and rice! So I’m excited to cook tomorrow. Also will have to pack for Mom’s. I will have a “few minutes” to do some things tonight after I get off of work and before dinner. George is cooking tonight. I’ll have to see what is on the menu board.

And so I need to get going! Can you believe it’s in the 60’s here this week? Gotta love weather in Tennessee, going from a Polar Vortex to the tropics in just a couple of days!

Behind Everywhere, but Moving Forward in Life

It sure is. And we are dancing all over the place trying to accomplish all the goals we set out for ourselves and all the goals that everyone else has set for us, and then some!

It amazes me how much there is to packing and unpacking for a trip. Just the making sure you have everything you need. We are so dependent upon all our things and we don’t want to be without them. Mostly everything is unpacked, but I cannot say that everything is put up. I’m still not in the groove, but slowly getting there. Just have been limping by and getting only the critical things done. Laundry is well underway. Work pants have been washed and ironed. I never dry my work clothes in the dryer. So I have to touch them up usually. They last longer that way and have less static.

Monday night we had to go to the store for a few things buggy load of things needed. We bought baked chicken from the deli area and had lima beans and a salad with it. It was so good. And good for us. We watched last week’s Below Deck while we ate, then crashed after!

Tuesday night, George paid some bills and worked on the finances. While we were out something went on with one of our credit cards. We figured it was because we used it out of area. But now I believe it was because a bill that was mailed failed to make it in time. The post office has been two and three times slower. George still pays by paper – most things. He never has trusted paying on line. I told him it might be time to change if we can’t trust snail mail to move! We can’t have that. Our credit score is perfection and we have prided ourselves at that. The only time my score has been bad is when Mom paid a school loan late once that was in my name. When I tried to sign up for something as a young adult I discovered my financial power was basically screwed and worthless. I cried and cried over that because I had done nothing wrong, but it was in my name. Not long after that I was given the whole loan to pay off on my own and was able to pay it perfectly. Mom had good intentions, she wasn’t trying to ruin my financial start in life, she just delayed it to pay for our Christmas. I can’t say whether that is right or wrong. I’m not judging. I’m just stating what happened. And since then through the years we have built up our credit and I don’t want the old USPS to mess that up. They do NOT want to have to deal with ME! lol

This was one of the calendar “insights” from last week. I meant to tear off the days and take with me. I had “calendar” written on my pack list and when I got to it, for the life of me, I could not recall why I had written “calendar” on the list to pack. Later I realized what it was. My desk calendar. I love the little sayings.

No one likes it when you speak the truth, but we all have to accept it whether spoken, hidden, or dancing right in front of you.

Have been trying to catch up at work. The ticking off of the boxes is hard to do while you are in payroll processing which doesn’t ever go away really. I came back from vacation into payroll processing mode. It took most of Monday to catch up on emails and make sure Tuesday was set to go, and to answer employee questions and needs and get organized again, but all is well and I’m now in the groove as far as work goes. I will need to work some extra hours to get caught up and get the quarter closed and the year closed. I can safely say that I think the withholding returns will be on time and if given the unemployment info soon, that too has a chance of being done on time. The w-2 reporting- I think we are usually behind on some of that mainly from a technical standpoint where you have to hand enter over a hundred w-2 information. That will NOT be on time! I can tell you that right now. But I will do my best to get as much done as I can. I plan to work this weekend. At least Saturday. Maybe some on Sunday. And then maybe some next Saturday. February is mine! Nobody touch it. It’s my hibernation month – as if we haven’t already hibernated all of 2020. lol.

I have so much I want to do though. And I will do it.

The first order of business for me was to order this chair and ottoman. I ordered it last night. It will go in my office. Now I need to order a little round side table that doesn’t take up a lot of space. I will make sure we don’t already have anything but I need something to put a drink on and a book on. Do you know how excited I am about setting up a corner chair in my office? I can watch my YouTube shows, my training (camera/YouTube), have a devo and prayer spot, reading spot, writing spot. It will be a project though as I have to move around what is currently there and it will make me have to “reset up” some things in my office but I have room to do so and it’ll work out. I plan to VIDEO all of this too! I can’t wait to get back into making videos but there is so much to do first.

Among other projects, Christmas items are still out. The trees are in the house still (artificial, but still). The ornaments and Christmas decor is packed, but the trees need to go down, wreaths taken down, Christmas dishes worked in the hatch, wrapping papers need to go down. A good dusting needs to happen and then I will set the house back up for a fresh start and put the normal decor back out.

I also need to upgrade my iMac to Big Sur and re do things for that. I need to order the back up drive and a external hard drive as well. And I need to order my coffee selection for the Coffee Club George gave me and oh, I need to pick a new security system for the mac for malware and such for Big Sur. I have a lot of things running out as far as household inventory and need to place a Target order most likely. Also George wants me to order my telephoto lens for my camera, but I need to research this one. I have to redo my Isa Order and need to do that probably today so I change what is in my autoship to something I need.

I want to do it all and do it all right now. But I’ll wait and get it done one thing at a time. There is just so much built up all at once. I think mainly it’s been building from about November and December and then after our trip – I had so many things to do “once January gets here”. Then January arrived and it was busy too. So looking like some of my projects will be done in February. This month is basically done! Well, toast as they say. There IS NOT much spare time left in it.

We have some fun planned for Saturday evening. And I look forward to that. We are going out with my BIL and SIL to celebrate BIL’s birthday! We get to go somewhere I’ve been wanting to go but never got to. Looking forward to our time with them and catching up!

This was another of the calendar days. There is a lot of **STUFF** in one’s life you have to let go of for sure. Katy even gave me a good book to read on the subject. I’m looking forward to it. When you get over 55 it helps b/c you can’t remember it anyway!

I liked this one too on my daily calendar page. Set your goals and reach for them – reach to the stars! At least you will get a good view if you don’t happen to grab a star!

And with that said, I need to go and get a few things done before setting off to work.

We are busy here, but happy! We have heard from our Little Roo. He’s doing pretty good on sleeping, still wanting to eat all the time instead of every 3 hours, and just had his newborn pics made yesterday. I’m looking forward to getting some pics and getting them in frames and setting them about.

Ok headed out and leaving you with this pic of Roger from a few years ago on our beloved Tybee Island trip. I loved our Tybee time. He was so young here. And Tugie was next to him. I miss her. And Roger is just very old now. He wobbles around like the old man that he is. He has slept fairly good since we’ve been home. Has to get up a time or two at night though. He is lonely without another dog around. But it is not time yet. George and I have mentioned we may wait a bit. And the flooring? We will be working on that soon. I think we will be doing research and doing this after Valentine’s day as the plumbing will be paid for soon. The date keeps rolling forward but we honestly have been too busy to even fool with it. But yeah that is a big one. Also my car payment is over in August! Woot Woot!

Have a good rest of the week ya’ll.