Thanksgiving Aftermath: Christmas Decor, Winter Clothes, and Even Some Rest

Good morning here! Sipping coffee! I am partially decorated – mostly decorated. Not all of our white lights worked on the pre-lit tree and Walmart didn’t have any of the white lights that were not LED, so we bought the colored lights and just did not plug the tree in, but the lights themselves. I ran out of the colored lights (::sigh::) but George was running an errand with Mom and just stopped at Walmart again and bought more. I had him buy extra in case we run into the lighting situation with the den tree – odds are good since things don’t want to work around here it seems.

Speaking of that. We had to go to Lowe’s to talk to them about the dishwasher. The lady that helped us that night failed to flag it for the install and so they never called (or came) but we fixed that. The installer is flagged to pick it up now and George has the installer number and will call and set a time if they have not called George by noon today. Nothing is ever simple in this world we live in, but at least we don’t have to wait months for the dishwasher. I picked an average Joe of a model – well George did – just because we were told to pick one with the most reviews and not an expensive model because they make parts for the main ones. So we did that.

As for the tree, all the lights are on and the trim – we just have to add the ornaments but the hard part is done. I still have to put up the den tree. And I have a few more things to set about but mostly the Christmas decor is done.

I finally found a tub to put the remaining fall things in, once I emptied out my winter pajamas and scarves and purses, from storage downstairs. So I made that switcheroo. Now the scarves are available and warmer PJ’s for hanging out in.

George finally had fresh laundried sheets. He had to go an extra week or so. But I got that done. And I got everything packed but cosmetics and jewelry and last minute items for our trip.

I added a scarf to the chair in the bedroom since it was the same colors as my bedroom, lol. I won’t sit there much as it’s not a comfy chair, but it it looked cute I thought for now.

I’ll take a pic of all the Christmas decor and the trees once they are finished. We will leisurely enjoy our evenings finishing everything up this week.

George made up pot pies with the remaining turkey. Those are in the freezer and will be eaten later. I finished up the laundry, washed dishes – which we do about two to three times a day to keep up with it when we are here, til dishwasher arrives. I swapped over the seasonal clothes back to my office closet and out of the coat closet and slowly will start to bring the coats back up from the downstairs closet and back into the coat closet (good timing now that the cooler weather is here).

We took George’s car to get the brakes fixed and new tires put on his Honda. So there’s that. We did that yesterday. It’s ready for the trip and the safest car to take.

I had periods of rest when I ate, or sometimes when my back hurt from standing and I would check messages on my phone etc. You can see some of River’s Christmas loot there. Sorry if it spoils any surprises. But he won’t know. lol I found a doggie stocking we could use for him this year. Might have one made with his name on it at some point.

I watched YouTube shows when I had breakfast and again when I had a snack later. And then George and I finished off Lilyhammer the last two nights watching two shows each while eating dinner. Our routine back to normal of eating dinner in the living room. Lilyhammer was a little rough for Mom b/c it was a bit rough for me.

I also took some time away from Christmas decor and giving my back a break to do a few voice overs on the next video. Not much left to edit on this one just need another hour or two and it’ll be ready to go.

I’m just so glad this transition weekend went well. Not really much was completely finished, but having my bedroom back has been a big morale booster for me. My bedroom is pretty much all set, but my office is a wreck, lol. It’ll come together as I tear down the bed there and we bring the filing cabinet up that Mom gave me and I rearrange the room a bit. I might wait though and use the bed as a wrapping station, lol.

We will continue putting up the Christmas ornaments and decorating this week and also will be getting anything for Mom for what she may need for the weekend while we are gone. She said she would come stay here while we wait for the dishwasher repair guy to come.

So anyway, I need to get ready and head to work. My goals there are to get time sheets done today and work on month end. I also have boxes in the car to bring some more personal things home. Trying to do that little by little. I have a fridge there which I don’t know how I’m getting to the new place. I also have art work on the walls that need to come home, and also a little plastic set of drawers that I kept food in – like oatmeal, tea bags, nuts, wellness shakes, and snacks. Some fake plants and other stuff sitting around.

And that’s it! I will be back on Wednesday for a mid week update. Tomorrow is my early day unless I have to go get Mom and bring her to the house for the dishwasher guy – she offered to do this for us and that was really nice because I know she has a ton of stuff to do at her house.

Oh and Wednesday morning, she and I have our mammograms. So there is not any shortage of anything going on. lol

Many of you were decorating this past weekend! Did you get it done? OK over and out!

Happiness Audio Book, Christmas Phone Background, and Office Decor

Quick pop in today. I need to get to work for a long day today as I have to get a lot done at the office that I won’t be able to do tomorrow in my home office. It’s funny, we have 4 office areas set up in the house. George and I each have a personal office and each have a business office for our work.

I began this book as my worship series. I always keep a “worship” audio going. Lately it seems that my contentment easily slips away. It’s my constant need for perfection in all things around me I think that begins to seep in. I think I was brought up in a perfect world sortof – the house was clean, everything worked, everything was neat, new, and in order. Everything prepared for, all options weighed and decided.

I have to work hard at making my world to perfection and when it falls short, I wear myself out trying to figure out why! The world grows farther from perfection every day. I keep spinning my wheels trying to get there! So I think this book will do me some good. A lack of contentment simply means I’m not spending my time and thoughts and efforts in the right places. Already in the first chapter, this book is making things a bit clear for me. We constantly have to reground ourselves toward God and others and less of ourselves.

I was happy to go to work yesterday after being off the four days. It was nice to be off and we were able to get much done. But it was also four days of sadness watching Maisy struggle. Although, that said, I would not have wanted to be anywhere else.

But it was a relief after she ate. She continues to eat some twice a day. And to realize that she may have a chance to pull through this. It was a relief to focus on something else and keep my mind off of it for a few. Joy truly came yesterday morning, amidst the storm.

I brought in a few Christmas things for my work office AT WORK and packed up the few fall items I had. Yes I guess I have 3 offices now? lol

I really need a few more things to sit around. I have some other things in boxes I’m not using. Much of it is breakable though. So I will dig around and see what I can find that is not being used. I am not putting out all my breakable santas and things. I don’t like a lot of things setting around anyway. I will likely begin giving these things away.

I brought the Octopus in and laid it at the door. You press it’s button and it sings a song under water. I thought people would like that.

And a little bitty Santa that lights up in front of my computer and the three candles by my in/out boxes that I have a remote to, to light them up.

George sent me pics during the day to show me what Maisy was doing. Warmed my heart. He also sent pics of the snow. Mount Juliet and Nashville had a bit of snow yesterday but it didn’t stick to anything but the roofs in Mount Juliet, anyway.

At lunch time yesterday at my desk, I ate spaghetti and made phone backgrounds til I found one that worked for me. You can’t have a lot of “jazz” in the background of your phones. I have to be able to see the icons of your apps.

Here is the one I went with. I realized after it saved I didn’t get the lines right but you can’t tell on your phone. Feel free to download it if you want to try it. I use CANVA.

I also found these two “ready to go” on Canva. This one is cute too. I just wanted a pine background and then I’ll move to a snowy one for January.

I made this one but didn’t like it as a background. It was too busy behind my apps.

I’d like to spent more time being creative but it was time to go back to work. I did stop to have a Reece’s and realized how much they have shrunk. I mean didn’t they used to be bigger at one time.

Yeah they used to be a lot bigger. If these manufacturing companies keep shrinking things, we are going to have to use a magnifying glass to see how to open them. They are cutting everything down little by little but selling for the same price and hoping we won’t notice. I noticed.

My resolve? I ate two.

I came home to a sleeping Maisy who woke up and was very excited to see me. No she did not hop up and come wagging her tail, but she lifted her head up and slowly got up to come see me. And tried to follow me around until she just had to sleep. Bless her. I hugged her and loved on her when I got home. I think that is important for her healing. It’s certainly important for ME! This is where she sat while George worked all day.

This was a past year’s December calendar pic that popped up in memories on facebook. I thought it was pretty. Must have been the year I had the Porch Calendar.

And that is all for today. It’s 6:15 and I would have liked to have arrived at 6:30. But I could not get up at 4 this morning. And I really want to blog so here I am. I was up til 9:30 or 9:45 or so ordering Christmas gifts and finalizing a few things. We had a late dinner as we also had a meet up on where we were with Christmas. George buys some and so do I -so we needed to plan. We also had to decide what was for birthdays and what was for Christmas. And I always try to even things up between people as much as I can. For example, Katy and Cody. Does one have more to open than the other? If so more shopping is done. lol.

So I finished a lot of the orders last night. Katy and Cody’s are just being sent to their house. But we have some things we have to ship so I’ll finish the wrapping for those things tonight and Wed night. And then I’ll work on Christmas cards and then the rest of the wrapping.

But I’ll have a long day at work today as there will be a lot to wag home just for a day and wag back tomorrow and the wag more stuff home from work for Friday’s day at home. It IS truly a lot of trouble. I need a private sherpa. I already have a purse and a purse overflow bag. Now I’ll also have a laptop, monitor, calculator, and all my files to pay taxes for the states I’m working on, envelopes to stuff checks with, and so forth. It’s nice to work from home except for the hauling back and forth every day. Oh well.

Better go and get there so I can get through as quick as I can to start gathering and loading. lol

Starting the Christmas Decor and a Maisy Update

Yesterday, I got up and packed the fall stuff away in the two tubs I have for it. It’s always fun to see the “fall gang” all together. I also do this at Christmas, lol.

George took those down to the basement and brought up the Christmas tubs for decorating. I am fully decorated except for putting the ornaments on the big tree. We are doing that this afternoon.

Here it is so far. I always have a hole where there are no lights. I guess that is a tradition so why change it now? lol. I will put a big ornament in there and maybe people will think the ornament is blocking the twinkle.

I’m glad the decorating has gone quickly. I’ve moved some of it around in different places this year. Just to have a different feel. The decorating has helped to steer my mind off of Maisy a bit when she is sleeping. The meds are kicking her little butt. She sleeps for hours — about an hour after those meds are taken. It’s a struggle to get the meds in. It’s taking two of us but we manage to do it.

Sometimes she shakes like she is freezing. However she does not particularly feel warm like she has a fever. I wondered if she was going into shock or something. But I warm her up with a blanket when she does it. Then she’ll come out of it when she is ready to.

Bless her, when the meds wear off and after we go out, and she gets water, and denies any food I try to give her, she will still try to follow me, very slowly, but she wants to be where I am. I try to stay in one room to work as long as I can in that room so she’ll rest.

Many times I just sit and hold her. She is not one that likes to be held. She is not a lap dog. But she wants to be near with her eyes looking out for me. But I was the one that needed the cuddle hugs.

These pictures show how much I need to vacuum but I decided no vacuuming til the decor was up and trees decorated. So I will need to try to vacuum at least the den today. It’s looking desperate.

I got my Sweet Potatoes last night. They were so good. Japanese Sweet potatoes from a little grocery store in Lebanon called Demeter’s Common.

Just a little bit of butter and brown sugar.

Most of our leftovers are gone. We have enough turkey for the turkey pot pie which George will make and likely freeze for a cold winter’s night. I think we are on to some other things on the menu.

On the left there you can see our schedule. Tonight we are having steak!

All the items on the right are things we want to have and are up on the planning list to pick from. Much of that we have in the freezers, but not all. Yes, we do eat well. George loves for me to be involved in the planning. Sometimes I give him some good ideas. He enjoys doing the cooking. I think it motivates him to see how much I love eating his dishes. But some of these are mine that I will be cooking. Probably the beef stew, burger casserole, spaghetti dishes, Loon Pasta and Loon Chicken salad – but those last two we might wait for 2021 and closer to spring.

See how Ms. Maisy keeps an eye on me. She was watching me wash dishes.

Do you know how many times the tears have fallen in the last two days over my Maisy. I would pull out some decor, put it up, then cry. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat. The sentimental Christmas Music did not help.

These above were my posts on Instagram.

I fixed an egg in the hole this morning. Three minutes on each side.

I put cream cheese on the “hole”, LOL! I also scrambled an extra egg and put on top of the egg in the hole and put a splash of Frank’s Hot Sauce on it.

Here are the things I took down to put Christmas related things up. George took a pic to send to Katy to tell her she was in a “Good Will pile” just to mess with her. HA. No I have a lot of pics of my girl still out but I needed to take that down as it is where I keep the Christmas Card hanger. All these things will go back after the first of the year. I have to get a tub to put them in. Probably one down stairs.

And finally George moved his music paraphernalia from the yellow desk so I could move it into the guest bedroom for use during my two days a week at home for WORK WORK for the payroll job. I have found that the ethernet cord works best when using the company laptop.

I am going to have to bring a monitor home b/c the laptop screen is so small I can barely see it. I think I can just use the one I have on my desk. I have two. The are both long. So I will still hopefully be able to sit two screens side by side. I’ll miss it at work but I think I can make it thru Covid. At work I have four things pulled up at once.

I like having the desk in front of the window this time. They gave me a longer cord this time so I could reach the other wall. Last time it was in the middle of the room and not convenient – other than having the bed for a side table. I will need to bring up a dinner tray table – probably two of them. To lay out my work. There will not be room on that small desk. Might even bring up a card table. That will take up a lot of room but can be folded and also used as a wrapping table upstairs during the holiday. So might be a good idea. Might even use it work a puzzle during the winter months.

Tomorrow when I get to work, I will have to work on the schedule and revise it some so that I do the tasks at home that do not require printing. I will do some reshuffling to make it work.

So, I’m happy to have made progress in getting things done this long weekend despite all the issues with Maisy. Here is what remains on the list for today or the upcoming week:

  • Refilling the vitamins for the week
  • Hanging a picture
  • Decorating the big tree
  • Fixing pop corn (current craving)
  • Christmas cards
  • Christmas list checking/comparing with George at Beer Thirty and at the In-House Kitchen Pub Table (or in my NORMAL “LessHustleMoreCoffee” office which is currently Santa’s workshop area).
  • Christmas Wrapping
  • Continue to Monitor Maisy and call vet Monday with discussion about not eating.
  • Vacuum
  • Restock Bathrooms with Toilet Paper!!! HA!
  • Then after all that I think I can work on the next iMovie

I moved my “Little Maisy” to the computer from the bookshelf, where I can see her always. My heart is just breaking watching her be so sick. I don’t know if she is going to pull through this. There’s too much wrong. She won’t eat. But we have to try. I’ll call the vet tomorrow and discuss. I know if she is not with us, it makes January easier, but losing a pet was not one of the options I wanted for that scenario.

Well, I’m going to get back at being busy.

Mr. Roger is not settled today. He’s wandering around and around. His Daddy went out for groceries. George loves a good grocery run! But Roger is missing him. Maisy is asleep behind the couch.

I will try to post again in the morning with a few Christmas pics or a Maisy update. I appreciate your prayers. I’m just so attached to this little angel. I trust God that He knows the timing on everything and I know that God is there for me too. I will lean on Him. I’m acting like she is gone. But on the course we are on, if something doesn’t change soon, she will be. It’s agony dragging this out. Because I sit and hug her and cry and hug her and cry. I try to forget she is so sick to get a few moments of peace. But she is my baby girl. I don’t like seeing her sick.