Good Food, Good Finds, and No Worries

It was nice coming back from Mom’s and good to be home Saturday night so that Sunday I could get numerous loads of laundry done and prep for the week. I actually got up early – for a weekend. I think around 4:30 and was able to get things done, get unpacked, do my devo and prayer time, and work in the house some. I knew we would be going to run errands, get groceries and that we would be out a few hours, so I started early so I would not end the weekend in frustration and being behind.

George fixed us an egg and avocado toast. I love the avocado now. It’s supposed to be a healing food and so good for you. Also George has found some tomatoes that taste almost homemade. We’ve been using them a lot to top off foods lately.

So I bought a rug at the Dollar Store for $18. And I really like it. Oh the increased moral it brings – good chii – when something looks aesthetically pleasing! Little Bit likes it, he says.

I took a pic to use as phone wallpaper. Feel free to snag it if you want!

If you follow me on Instagram (@lesshustlemorecoffee) you probably saw some of this already. I enjoy doing stories on there when I have time. I also enjoy watching others stories. If you are on instagram, let me know. I think it’s fun to get to see tidbits of people’s day. I really really enjoy watching for my daughter’s stories!

But that said, my zoom lens came in. It came in about a week (or two) ago. I just hadn’t had any time to even open the package. But I did that Sunday. I wanted to make sure it would fit and work. I pointed it at a few things and zoomed in. But there was nothing to really take photos of much. I will play around with it some. We have talked about going walking on some of the new trails around here. I could take it then and try to get wild life or “whatever”. I want to zoom at a full moon and see if it will take a better pic of the moon. I guess getting a moon shot is on my bucket list in life. ha. But I am excited to expand my lens collection. I think I’m set for a while. Now I need to learn to use what I have and when to use each and get the best performance from my camera. Sadly, most of what you see on here is with the iPhone. That is what I always have on me when life happens!

This one is blurry. But I snapped a pic of Roger hanging out in the beach bedroom. And I love snagging photos to share from Instagram or Facebook. My precious little grandson. I want to scoop him up and love on him. He is missing out on his GrandMom’s love!

I hear he is fast growing out of newborn clothes and needs some daycare clothes. His Momma is going back to work soon. Their home time is almost over. It’s a precious time, a hard time of adjustment, but a very precious time to look back on. He is so sweet. He’s been on a growth spurt and also having a time sleeping but Katy and Cody are adjusting and able to get “enough” sleep to get by.

George and I ran our errands Sunday as he had an Amazon return to take to Kohl’s. Amazon is getting creative in their collaborations. I tried to find something for me and can you believe I didn’t? lol. Just nothing sung to me. I even gave someone our 25% off coupon we had. We tried to buy coffee with it and of course you couldn’t use the coupon on coffee. Really? Really. So fine, lost a sale.

This showed up in my memories on Facebook. I said a lot had changed. I will say the whiteness of the kitchen appliances along with the white curtains were refreshing, but I changed to stainless as things wore out and have different curtains. I do like our stainless. We no longer have wall paper as that changed to a coffee color and I no longer try to do plants either. I see a plant on the counter. I gave those up long ago. I just forget to water them. I prefer real looking fake ones. Low maintenance. George no longer wears his Hawaiian shirts much. We both are heavier now, but one thing remained the same beside the cabinets – that darn blue linoleum. lol

So we headed out for a beer stop after some errands but before our grocery run. It is a joy to get out and do brewery stops. Actually this one is just a taproom but has a lot of our local Nashville favorites and then some. It seems pretty safe. There is hardly anyone there at the places we have been. We like Homegrown Taproom in Donelson.

We were pretty hungry as it was about 2:00 or so. It had been a while since that early morning egg and avocado toast. So we split a sandwich. Turkey, bacon, avocado on sourdough and also with their green tomato jam, which was awesome.

I put up the pig pic I bought while I was in Columbia. I went in to Bleu 32 Vintage Marketplace to get a quilt ladder, but didn’t find what I wanted. I did find this pig though below for our kitchen and it reminds me of several things: 1) Being on the ranch in TX 2) that we love BBQ 3) We are pigs ourselves, LOL.

It fits in nicely right behind the stove.

After we got back from grocery shopping and put the groceries up, I was so tired. I grabbed a blanket and a glass of red and began watching some of my YouTube shows. A nice end to the day. George fixed hamburger steak and also fixed fresh green beans in the Instant Pot, and they tasted like they cooked all day. They were so good.

Yesterday I had a doc appointment! Mainly just to refill Rx. My BP was perfect! He said “lose some weight girl”. I told him George cooked some amazing dinners! He gave me a no no list and a “good to eat” list. It’s on our fridge. We won’t go by all of it but we will try to do better.

Anyway, better get off of here and get to work. It’s payroll day! And at 5:30 I have a hair cut appointment. I am sure I’ll end up with the same cut as always – my hair never does what is in the pics. Oh well. We’ll see how it turns out. I’ll enjoy the stages of letting it grow again and styling it various ways. Right now the heaviness of the back is getting on my nerves. And my hair has never had electricity in it until this year. I guess it’s the new blow dry brush I use. I have to douse in hairspray to make my hair not fly away and stand up! So yeah, it’ll be interesting to see what I walk away with today from the salon. It’ll either be nice or I’ll be in tears with a goofball cut. Is it appropriate to pray for ones haircut? lol It’ll at least grown back!

Ya’ll have a good day! After today I’ll be trying to work on my “to do list” a bit. Getting closer every day to making some movies! Just had a list of stuff I needed to do this year before spending hours at the time doing them. But it feels good to be so close. I just had to have time out to fix my PC, go see my Grandson, and catch up on many things behind. Soon. Soon. Soon. Maybe this weekend I can get the new Intro done and get going! I cannot wait!

Working on my “She-Haven”!

I have some cute little photos I know you will want to see with our Little Roo’s eyes open and alert. I might have taken a screen shot of Katy’s Instagram, lol!

George has already given out all of his cigars. Bubble gum of course!

Our other baby is still hanging on. He needs grooming. We have not addressed that yet. He needs pretty immediate grooming on his nails and hair but an appointment around here is usually 30 to 60 days out unless you are off during the week. I keep hoping George will get to work from home some and be able to take him somewhere. They have to be gentle with him and be careful that he is scooped up from behind and not picked up from the middle like most tend to do. He is a long dog with some back issues when not picked up from a scoop up from behind. He gets anxiety when going to the groomer and having someone new pick him up. He shakes all the way when he realizes we are going (I guess he knows the routes). It’s sad to watch so we have not groomed him in a while. But we at least need to get his nails done and while we are at it, should let them cut his hair I guess. This is probably becoming urgent.

So my chair came in. Out of all the things I’ve wanted for several months, I think this tops the list. I’ve been so excited to be able to order and anxious to set up the office with this chair! I’m like a kid with a new toy. It may sound boring but this opens up the window for a lot of things – mainly study, reading, and learning time. For some reason I just wanted THIS SPOT and THIS SPOT ONLY in my little nest back here. I’ve looked forward to this for a long time and it will make my office complete. Well, one can hope, LOL!

So now the fun begins to figure out where all the other stuff is going to go! lol. I have already taken the before pics and I will show you the before and after pics once it’s all in place. I’m also going to do some video with it and do a vlog video for the YouTube on it. I’ve not stressed over vlogging and videos but I’m itching to get back into doing another iMovie. When you are over 50 you kinda forget what videos you took, lol. I’m going to have to start on the next one before long. But I need to get my workspace set up for it. I also need to get the update on the iMac done and get the back up drive in and do a back up first.

I feel so bad. I’ve spent a lot of money and I’m not through yet. But….I will do my best to be cheap the rest of the year! I’ll have enough to keep me busy for sure. I’ve bought the chair – most of it paid for with Christmas and Birthday money. I just bought the little table to go beside it – for $40.

How could I not. The wood is the same color as my desk and the fabric the same as the chair. It was meant to be. Maybe it will come with the cat? I need a little buddy! lol

George had me to order my Canon telephoto lens, which for now should complete my lens set for what I need! That took some research! If I become a professional I can upgrade, but that is a long way off if ever. I really just needed equipment for my blog and vlog and personal needs and I believe this will do it. I got the wide angle lens for Christmas and then the zoom lens for Birthday. I think I have all the avenues covered except maybe someday macro shooting might be fun. But hey let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Someday I will need a windmuff/Rode microphone – but not needed unless I’m going to be doing a lot of vlogging outside. I figured if we traveled more I would need it then. Til then, I’ve mainly been just muting sound on outside scenes and playing music and doing voiceovers and hoping for non-windy days. As I do more outside shots I’ll invest in this. It’s not expensive. I do need to get a light ring to provide some extra lighting though. I will start with that. They are pretty cheap, but I will wait a week or two or a month to get it since right now I’m catching up on life and not doing a lot of filming. I think those light rings are about $30 ish. So no biggie.

Since I’ve spent so much I have decided to put off doing mani/pedi until March. That saves a bit. I also ordered a handbag and shoes from Marleylily. And with monograms! I thought it was cute. Katy has a purse like this I’ve ordered her for Christmas or Birthday (can’t remember since they are on the same day).

I hope these are comfortable, because after monogrammed if they don’t fit then…oh well.

I wanted these so bad – but decided I really didn’t need them.

I’m not sure I totally needed the other shoes either but I don’t really like the color of the beige casual tennis shoes I have. They are too light and more off white and don’t match a lot so I convinced myself that I needed those tennis shoes above. They are fancy enough to wear to work with business casual sweaters and tops.

I have hiking boots, some every day boots that are leather and durable and good in the rain, and I also have some rain shoes but they are not comfortable and I hardly wear them. The rain boots have been hard to fit and that was another deterrent. So I let these go. I am usually not in the rain/mud much anyway! But they are a cute fashion statement. Bought the time I’d buy them they’d go out of style right? lol.

So I need to get a lot done today. I need to shower and get ready for my photo shoot here putting the office together. I have NO IDEA how I’m going to move stuff around. But I’m an organizer by heart and I will figure it out. I need for this office to fit my needs and be functional so I’ll keep that in mind. I will try NOT to spend anymore $$ on it, but I can’t say that I might not need some storage bins/options. We’ll see. lol

I will keep you posted through my January projects! I wish I could get paid for just being me FULL TIME! I have a lot of fun just doing things I want to do. Don’t we all? How cool would that be to get paid to just fiddle around in your house all day. I need to work on that. Only 4 years left til Retirement. Unless I write a major book that is a best seller, or the YouTube channel is such a big hit I have to do it Full time, LOL LOL! Yeah probably need to keep the day job for another 4 years. We’ll see. lol

Speaking of that day job, I didn’t have to work today. EVERYONE has busted butt – sorry that is kinda our expression – but we have. The bosses said they are happy where we are. I could not have gotten done what I got done if I hadn’t had help and trained someone to do some of my job. That person had the time so it worked out. I’m grateful! Thankful to my bosses for letting me go meet my grandson. I keep saying that but truly I’m thankful to have been able to keep my job for needing to leave at a horrible time. That said there are very few good times, I must note, but this was great and we all worked hard and made it happen. I can’t speak too early though, we still have a busy week ahead. But things are progressing better than I’d hoped. I was given information I needed ahead of time that I normally get it I believe and that helps us to meet our goals. I am also grateful not to have to work today. It was really impacting my mood in a big way. I think mainly just because we’ve not had a lot of free time in several weeks. Certainly the last TWO Saturday’s we were gone on the trip itself. Before that we were getting ready for the trip and dealing with coming off of Christmas. We are still dealing with coming off of Christmas, lol!

So I’m excited about the New Year and the new grandson, and excited to work toward some of my goals! Major goals include bible study, writing projects, video projects, photography, YouTube channel growth, having some fun excursions, working on health goals, spiritual goals, and maybe a few financial goals to aid in some of the dreams I have! Anyway it’s all very exciting. But just getting the foundations into place. And if I die before my goals are met at least I’ll have enjoyed trying to meet them! Sometimes it is sad to know that our time here on earth passes so quickly. I have so many things I want to do. I need some more good years to add to the calendar to be able to do them all. But oh well. I figure what doesn’t get done on earth, will get to be done in heaven. You know if God has a world built for us that is better than this one – it’s going to be amazing the adventures we will have.

But for now, I’m gonna go climb that mountain – that mountain of getting my office fixed up so I can write, dream, play, learn, and be creative! My She Cave is coming together. Well Cave is not a good word. Let’s call the She Haven! 😉 yeah I like that!

Saturday Shopping and Eating and Starting Camera Lessons Online

It’s been an excellent weekend so far. After doing a private blog entry yesterday morning while sipping coffee, we headed out for a late breakfast and a shopping excursion. We had a pork roll bagel at “Pork Roll” Bagle shop. It was pretty darn good. Lots of fresh bagels to choose from.

It was definitely a breakfast hot spot yesterday. Doors open to let public know to come on in!

A rainy day as the Tropical Storm/Low Pressure center was heading our way. But here we are heading to the Providence area from some Hobby Lobby shopping.

Aren’t these little pics cute? Would be great if you owned one of these types or owned a dog grooming business or to put in a vet lobby or waiting room. So cute.

Lot’s of Christmassy going on there!

I really wanted one or two of these trees to set beside snowmen, etc. But I decided they would be too fragile and wouldn’t last long. I don’t want to have to buy special storage for them and I like things that will store easily and not be impacted. Things have to be easy these days.

At Hobby Lobby I bought some additional fall decor. I will show you some of the pieces if I get a chance to take a pic. Not a lot. I bought a few Christmas items also at the Dollar Tree which was close to our Bagel shop we went to.

I know a lot of my readers do not like Trump. But I had to laugh. I know that there was “someone” there that was bored while I shopped (uhum I won’t say who) but this “someone” — well, he showed me the fruits of his bored labor as we strolled through that section of the store. He said the letters were there, so why not. LOL LOL LOL. Don’t hold it against me please. I don’t get into politics, but I did think this was funny.

It’s begging to look a lot like fall!

We shopped at Aldi yesterday for a bit as it’s been a very long time. One of the reasons we go there is to get scallops, cheap but pretty good wine, chicken cordon bleu, and several other frozen items. I bought some kind of Keto ice cream that had a low amount of sugar and a lot of protein. It was mint chocolate chip and I’ll be getting another one of those! But a coworker told me about these wafer cookies. Does anyone really need it, of course not. The Knopper wafers. A wafer with chocolate and hazlenut cream.

I had one after dinner last night and they are a treat to behold. Sugars at 8g and 140 calories. Can’t eat a bunch but one here and there during a sweet craving might not be too bad. Has 2g of protein due to the nuts. Made in Germany and dist from Chicago. Will be a regular, and perhaps a stocking stuffer for a person or two or three.

What a cool way to store the wine while shopping, as taught to us by the lady that checked us out.

More of fall around our car. Yesterday was the most fall like day I think we’ve had so far as far as “looks” go. It was warm however, due to the tropical storm air that moved in from the South.

Heading home in our neighborhood. Storm clouds and rain moving on in for several hours of “off and on” moderate and sometimes heavy rain.

Late afternoon George provided us with an appetizer. This is using carrots, butter lettuce (or a soft lettuce – not as crunchy) and imitation crab meat, and rice wrappers.

For the evening meal George fixed shrimp and grits. And we finished watching the first season of Yellowstone. The next season is on it’s way!

So yesterday afternoon I started to download videos and go through footage I have. I can’t use most of it. So I’m normally pretty good at videoing myself when I’m staying in one spot. However, I did a segment yesterday and it was wayyyyyy blurry. I’m not sure what I did. I have a LOT of footage and a lot of it is unusable. Any iphone videos are fine. But, I decided to finally just stop yesterday and do an instructional video starting at the beginning for understanding my camera. I did learn a lot by watching a 2 hour video which helped me understand the buttons and getting around on the digital screens and menus and what each does. Of course there is a LOT to it. I’m not perfect – no where near. But at least there is some progress toward the learning curve. I need to watch the vlogging ones though and learn that specifically. I need to learn how to move around with it. And I need to learn how to grab it and go as far as vlogging. I vlogged my returning home with my goodies yesterday from the store and wanted to show you all what all I got and even with the camera still – it came out blurry and unusable. So I have to figure this thing out or I will shy away from it. It costs too much to shy away from it. This is why I’ve been afraid to use my drone. lol I’m sure the camera has more settings and more to learn on it, but I’ll get there. I’ll get there because I want to!

Anyway, I’m going to have to accomplish a few things in addition to my continued learning today. I need to iron and vacuum and do an order for LTD Commodities. Need to do a few things to make sure I’m ready for the work week – vitamins, food, drinks, etc.

Anything else I get done will be icing on the cake. Oh I will say that I do have some pretty good footage of Columbia and so I’ll still try to get another video done but oh my it will be choppy as I have such little good footage from all I thought I had. Still some segments are ok. So a lot to go through. Might be a while on the next one, but if I don’t learn how to properly VLOG with the camera, it will be a LONG while before the NEXT one. lol

It’s all a learning curve though and I’ve come a long way. Still a long way to go.