Quick Cleaning Spree, Little Roo Arrives from Airport, and the Week Ahead

Katy and Little Roo on the Airplane

Morning Cleaning Spree

My day started off at 4:30 ish. I got up and made coffee and began trying to catch up at the house. My house is in NO SHAPE for company as we have been home next to ZERO time in recent weeks. Even the evenings have been filled with running errands, urgent care, and taking care of necessities. So it was pleasant to have several hours straight in which to put a small dent in caretaking of our needs here and to once again try to bless our nest.

I began laundry and started working on the kitchen. I hauled things down to the basement. “Things” are a big thing of clothing storage for those things that are “too small” and another of “extra clothes” that I don’t wear often that I don’t have room for right now. I’m moving into my office, LOL! So I have the closet, a shelf, and a plastic set of drawers (normally for office supplies or kids toys) and a few baskets that fit under the bed for socks. Everything else is in that bag and I made a note to bring it back up after Mom moves into her new house. I just kept my favorite stuff out.

I vacuumed up around the vent using the vacuum brush attachment, vacuumed the kitchen floor, and mopped the kitchen floor. I sprayed the counters and stove with a concoction I had mixed up around the time everything closed down last year of Dawn, vinegar, and water. It cuts the grease well and cleans! I took the burner pans off and scrubbed those. I put my vitamins together for the next week. I emptied my work bag of all the masks and soaked those as I was running out of fresh ones. I also restocked my work bag with things for work I was out of: Kleenex, hearth healthy nut packs, individual vanilla almond milks, Bob’s Red Mill Flax and Chia seed cups, and vitamin packets.

And I began at some point just trying to put things up. George vacuumed the den and living room. I only made a one room dent at good old fashioned cleaning. But I’ll keep going from “left to right” through the house until I get things eventually all clean. Really didn’t get through with the kitchen as I need to clean out the fridge inside and shine up the outside. The problem with me is I try to do things right and get all involved so a cleaning day may only mean one room gets done. I get lost in the details of trying to get as much of it done “right” as I can. Problem is – there’s no time to do it proper when you work FT and gone most weekends too. Evenings your pooped out. So….A while back I began the “connect the dot” method of cleaning. I had to do some of that yesterday. It’s where you take something to one room, get something out of that room that goes into another room and so forth- you just keep going until everything is put up all over the house going from room to room. It has its flaws but can make putting the house in order more fun. You can also clean by category. LOL. Go get all the trash out of all rooms, cups out of all rooms, dust all rooms, vacuum all rooms.

Did you need a cleaning strategy blog post this morning? Apparently I did. Why? I was thrilled to get to clean on my house yesterday! It needed it so bad. I didn’t get far but apparently it made a big hit with me.

REMOVING THE BANDAGE

I had been warned that removing the bandage and packing (see yesterday’s post) might be a bit uncomfortable and that it would be best to have someone else do it and to do it quickly. So before the shower, I braced myself by hugging/clutching a towel in one hand and pushing against a wall with the other. It was uncomfortable but mainly stung “after” he quickly pulled it out as the air hit it. I took Ibuprofen. I had forgotten to take it half hour before as planned, but I sure took it then. Still after about a minute it quit stinging. George rebandaged it. I hope we are on the road to recovery. I did notice another cyst building though in another area where it has previously been removed. It almost seems like a solar system of cysts – one goes and so another is built in an alternate place. I don’t get it. The lab results will be back in sometime this week I think to see if it’s ok, but this gets so annoying. I will make the appt with the dermatologist and take it from there. No one has time for this crap.

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO SEE US!

So about 11:30 we headed out early for the airport. Little Roo and his Mom and Dad was on the flight headed our way.

Nashville BNA Airport
Construction at Nashville BNA Airport

The parking was next to NONE. We went into a “FULL” lot in hopes that something would “turnover” and it did. We found a spot pretty quickly but there were few to be had. We decided it best to go in and help them with River while they got baggage and help them get out of the airport.

We had 15 minutes to wait, which I was personally glad for because that meant we could get some coffee! 😉

Coffee, This Way…

Coffee Found, at Green Beans Coffee Co, BNA Airport

Thank goodness they have some type of refreshment while on THIS SIDE of the security gate. I was grateful for it. George got a chocolate croissant for us to share. It was great with the coffee. I only had a few bites but it would hold me til we got to our late lunch.

I put the camera up for our meeting with them until a few minutes later. Then I felt the pangs of needing to capture the moments. WE went to Target for diapers and formula and then on to lunch at a local sub shop, Jersey Mike’s. We at there a week or so ago while moving Mom. I love the Italian sub with all the Italian meats – with the “Jersey Mike’s Way” + Mayo but minus onion!

River took a little nap at our house and then the kids went to Cody’s parents. They had turned the nursery into a boy’s nursery. They have other grandchildren locally.

Today we are going to the zoo. George has tickets already. There is rain in the forecast sadly. But we will do the best we can I guess.

The Week Ahead

So, Tuesday night, I’ll change the sheets and bedroom over where Mom can have it. George has it on his list to get the bed foam cut for my twin bed in my office so I can get the sheets on it. Wednesday I get off work, go get Mom and Fancy, and we will throw in the car what we can. Mom is thinking “clothes”. I think I will bring in dinner. I told George we would just eat on our own that night.

Thursday we have time with River and Katy and Cody! And I think Kevin and Susan but George has all of this in his head. It could be today we see them (George’s sister and her hubby). I know we see them soon but forget when. I am living by my planner and didn’t write it down when he said. I just show up where I need to be! ha.

So a 4 day week for me. A busy one. And a HOLIDAY payroll. I will be working Friday but I think George will do errands and will run to Columbia to “reassess” everything so he can figure out the order and timing for the remaining loads on Father’s Day weekend. He will also take a car load back of things.

Then Saturday this next weekend we go to our annual “Christmas” get together (and birthdaying) with our good friends, the Irelands. And we take our beloved River and Katy and Cody back to the airport. Sunday back at Mom’s for a couple of loads before the final furniture U-Haul Father’s Day weekend.

Mom was able to get rid of all the furniture not being moved. Except that my sister wants my father’s desk. It’s the only thing left. We won’t have room to move it if she doesn’t take it. It will go to the road for the city to pick up if not gone by Father’s Day weekend. We are hoping all will be finalized then and we can leave. If she still has furniture to be moved if we run out of time Father’s Day weekend, we have the option of the 2nd weekend and can rent another truck then, but now it looks like we will be able to get it all Father’s Day Weekend. I think.

Video Update.

I was able to get the music done this weekend. I finished last night. Now I’m at the graphics stage. I was hoping to finish this weekend – and I still could if I get some time – but it’ll likely be next weekend before it uploads. I have decided to only release on the weekends and will now begin to set them up for a time to be released. So it’ll be ready to go I think by next weekend. The graphics won’t take long. I have to cover up River’s face in the video. And I have to cover up a butt crack scene where George sits and his plumber crack is showing. LOL LOL LOL And I have to cover up a license plate where it’s showing in Texas.

Anyway, I feel good today. I’m shying away from any negativity issues and keeping positive. Life is certainly more fun that way. I have to try and remember not to let things get me down or let other’s being negative and stirring things up, not get to me. It’s hard to do when you are tired. Life is what you make it PERIOD. We can all be miserable cows or pleasant pups! 😉 I don’t know where that came from but there it is.

I typed way too much. Off to shower and get ready for a day with River at the Zoo!

End to a Busy Week, Quick Eats, and a Cleaning Manual

Above shows the notes and reminders from another fairly busy week in my planner. We have just rolled on from one day to the next doing what we can. We are definitely moving along at “target” I think as far as Mom’s move #1 goes and in trying to keep up with life itself. It’s about to get a little crazy and a little fun now as the move climaxes about the same time company comes. Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken will be arriving this weekend sometime at Mom’s and Cody and Katy and River will be flying in the next weekend. We are taking the weekend off that Katy and Cody and River are here. We have plans with them. And also plans to see some of our best friends that we have not seen in over a year since the virus.

I just noticed there is a coffee stain on there and it’s in the shape of a heart. lol. Well at least my messes are creative!

Last week was a struggle in a way as I didn’t have much fresh food for the week in my office. I was out of unsweet tea, cheese, nuts, bananas, or other fruit, peanut butter, crackers. It left me on the search for afternoon chocolate! I did finally take some crackers to work from home. I love these flatbread crackers. And they are gluten free.

Friday I drove a different way – mainly because I missed an exit. I went to my old work stomping grounds around Elm Hill Pike and found a Jack in the Box. It seemed like an eternal wait in the drive through. No Jack’s I have ever been to has been quick, so not sure why that is. But their salads have always been worth the wait – most of the time. The lettuce was fresh, unlike other fast food places that put the old lettuce on the bottom and the fresh on top. They used to serve this salad with Southwest Dressing and also with little tortilla crisps. But “times is hard” I guess, lol. An old Southern sayin’ we often jest about, even though it is a serious matter. Running out of condiments is getting serious.

Speaking of condiments, Mom had an excellent “picnic” of sorts for a lunch for us yesterday. She said she was fixing sandwiches and I requested beef bologna as I’ve been craving a bologna sandwich with mayo! I used to eat these growing up.

Mom had fried chicken also and macaroni salad. I put a few chips on my sandwich because I like the crunch! Growing up we would have had cold pork and beens from a can with the meal and I would dip my Lay’s potato chips in the beans! But I was happy with the macaroni salad. It was Food Lion’s brand and it was all so good.

Also Mom treated us with a surprise, KEY LIME PIE! And when Mom slices the pie you get two pieces! lol lol lol

Last week I broke a tea glass hitting it with a box and knocking it to the floor so I was sure to put my glass up high where I wouldn’t do that again as we kept packing.

I got an entire china cabinet packed. Except for some Christmas dishes that I brought in for Mom to pack this week. We had packed all that would fit in the car and we were anxious to get back to Roger and to get some errands done so that today (Sunday) we would have mainly home time. George has to run to Lowe’s through to get a few things for a mulching project.

In the afternoon we got to FaceTime with River as he tried bananas for the first time. How fun that Katy will do this for us! I noticed that River noticed us more on the phone. He seemed to like his bananas. And seemed like he wanted more and more and was a little impatient between bites. He opens his mouth for more but closes it too quickly. He’s still learning this spoon thing!

While we were out running errands we stopped to get more wine and got to do a wine tasting and also we saw this. We did not buy it!!! But they had a cicada wine – label only – one can hope!

George fixed us an omelet with bacon for dinner. It was so good. Breakfast just sounded good last night. And we ate and watched the last show of Designated Survivor. Too bad it had to end there. But the last season had gotten weird anyway. A lot of the good characters had left, the remaining characters had changed their characters it seemed and there were too many new characters and the morality of the show went south. It seemed like the show was entirely produced by someone different that last season. There was a lot of unnecessary stuff in it this last season.

I’m a Christian so I’m not in support of homosexuality because God clearly states in the Bible this behavior is not in his plan. If this hurts anyone’s feelings, I can’t be sorry. It’s not my plan for how man lives his life- it’s God’s – so you will have to take up my words here with him. I just pass along what I read in the scripture. I will not judge those that have chosen this path – I’ll let God do that when the time comes. I don’t want to see a man and women having sex on TV through and therefore, I also don’t want to see homosexuals having sex on TV. So it turned raunchy there at the end of this show.

All that said, I will be nice to someone that is homosexual just as I would be nice to someone that I knew was having an affair. There is no reason not to be nice to someone. Their sexual business is between themselves and God. So don’t shoot the messenger here. It won’t do you any good, it’s all a God thing. And you’ll have to take up his plan with Him.

I do believe in God and his son and the spirt and His plan and His kingdom. I believe we are all sinners too so it’s not fair for me to judge another and call them a sinner when I myself am a sinner. But I do believe and have been baptized with full water covering my body in the spirit to simulate a full burial of my old self and sin and to rise as a new person with a new life that has promise of eternal life because of my belief in him and has promised the Spirit as our help and comforter. His love is like a windshield wiper to continually wipe away and forgive the sin we have. We sin everyday somehow. But one must choose to turn back on sin and repent of it, as the Bible teaches.

Ok, I’m off my box there but just watching that last show made me go on that tangent.

Cleaning Book came In

Ok so one of you and I can’t remember who it was, told me about @gocleanco on Instagram. I started following them as you get some really good ideas for cleaning your house in their stories. I went to their website and ordered their “Cleaning Army Handbook”.

I don’t want to be giving away their secrets or plagiarizing here, but I will “tease you” with their pages so you can order your own.

They give you what tools you need, cleaning supplies, and even has a checklist for each room.

The book also is made with a plastic overlay so you can use an dry erase pen with it.

I’m so excited over this. I have often used the FlyLady’s techniques through the years, but found it to be overwhelming. I could never keep up because I worked FT and I don’t have time to keep up with them in their routines. I would have loved to have had the Fly Lady’s “list” though in a book like this. Maybe she has one too by now. I still use a lot of her concepts.

But I love the new concepts here. I like their theory of vacuum everything first to get the dirt out. Not just on carpet but everything. Brooms not allowed. They start with cleaning a room from left to right and top to bottom. And use powdered tide and water on a lot of things.

I had to wait about 3 weeks for this book to arrive as it came from Canada and had to go through customs I guess. I think it was about $21 or so maybe more with shipping. It’s only a little book, but I could just hug it right now I’m so thrilled!

Do I have time to clean though? Naw! But I can at least go at my own pace with this checklist!

New Porch Railing / Home Improvement

A big box sits in our living room as does a porch railing. George picked out a pretty one. There will only be a railing on one side. I wondered if that would be weird, but I remember Mom only having one on one side I think. George has to install it and I think he has to buy some special tools to do it with.

Also waiting for him to drill in my sign on the front porch as the wind kept trying to knock it off. Nothing is ever easy right? Also waiting for him to cut my foam for my bed. I might be able to do it myself but probably not. Trying to be patient as I wait for these projects. I’m also still waiting on flooring – just saying!

So I’ll get off of here. That is all I have for today. I will be doing laundry, cleaning, getting ready for the work week with my wardrobe and vitamin refills. Need to order some vitamins over Amazon. And I will work on wrapping those finals gifts that came in as we do Birthday and Christmas was our friends soon. I hear Roger will get a bath and we’ll trim him today. I will work on moving my clothes over today in anticipation of giving Mom the bedroom closet when she arrives. Have to also clear out shelf space and drawer space. I also ordered some baskets for the bathroom counter today so the bathroom we’ll share can have stuff on the counter without it looking bad when Mom arrives. Organized chaos! lol —OH! And I went to Target Friday night and bought a couple of more white towels and some tea glasses and a few other things! More organizing baskets to go under my “bed” in the office for storage and some poster board to a bucket list with. I had a great time shopping!

And happy to say that I’m now beginning to edit our Winter in Texas video when we went to see River. Excited about that and plan to get an hour or two into that today. Ya’ll be good! What are you doing this weekend?

Cleaning and Organizing the Kitchen

I used to follow a blog and website called “Fly Lady”. She gave you flying lessons on cleaning your house. She said for success and to get you motivated you “clean the kitchen sink”. She is right. I usually start with the laundry though because it seems an efficient use of time to go ahead and get the loads started while you are home. So I start there and move on into the kitchen.

I did some deep cleaning in the kitchen and it needed it too. I bleached the counters with Clorox Clean up – I have old counters and not granite. And I was so happy with the counters. I was able to make room for Mom’s toaster oven. lol. I have a hole where I think it will work as long as it does not stick out and take up too much counter space in width as we need that area for chopping. If so we’ll have to move it to the corner. I put a recipe book in it’s place for now. lol.

The recipe is a chicken salad that looks really good. I’ll have to try it. Once Mom gets here and gets settled we can have a good time fixing up some recipes. I also got down the cactus green tea pitcher I bought at Publix. So I would remember to keep tea made for Mom! I also rearranged the cookbooks along the ledges and changed some about for the summer months to provide inspiration. And I got rid of the farmhouse baskets and pulled out the cactus green fondue pots to put the potatoes and onions in.

At lunch I needed some inspiration and encouragement. I wanted a beer until I could find time and stop to eat. So I called it “beerunch”. It hit the spot. I kinda liked it in the wine glass! This lo cal IPA does NOT taste lo cal. I don’t drink beer much these days. We haven’t been to a brewery in a long while. And I usually have a glass a wine after work. But this hit the spot and gave me some inspiration and creative time.

I also moved the bread to the snack basket and found a cute square dish to put all the vinegars and oils in. When I first started keeping olive oil and vinegar on the counter there was just two containers. I think this has gotten out of hand, lol!

Meanwhile, George mowed, but I took liberty to attack all the things that was “bothering me”. I cannot stand when all the Tupperware bowls get thrown in without their tops and strewn every which way. So about every quarter I have to stop and fix it. I moved some big bowls up and moved some of the Tupperware to the 2nd shelf. Part of the problem was the third shelf was hard to reach. We really don’t need that many Tupperware bowls anyway! They are not really Tupperware – that is just the term I use. lol

We over do on everything I guess. We have a collection of onesie twosie glasses over the years. And I intend on buying a set of four tea glasses for us. I don’t really have tea glasses other than mason jars, lol. There are two glasses with those houses on it you see there. They are good for tea. But I probably need a set of casual tea glasses. I have formal ones in the china cabinet but they are too fine to use every day, we’d break them.

I think I need tea glasses and and a set of two more white towels from Target. I am putting that on next weekend’s agenda.

I ordered a Welcome sign for the front porch from Tractor supply and I’m also hoping to get some planters and plant some flowers for the front porch as well. Mainly for Mom to enjoy. We may or may not get that done. I also need some for the mail box area. But, in another month it’ll be too hot to sit out there and the sun faces the porch area but we’ll at least make it inviting. George also did some measuring for the front steps to add a railing. Honestly, I am getting to where I would enjoy that myself. Especially if I’m carrying something.

Meanwhile in TX…..

This little guy likes his little blanket animal we got him. It’s a lion. He can hold on to it. We got to face time him yesterday. He was playing and jogging. He really likes to jog in place. And his little legs are chunky. She had to go up a bottle size because he was not satisfied and wanting more. It’s almost time for cereal to be added. Look at those legs below. I like his duck outfit.

Roger is napping good while I cleaned yesterday. I played jazz in the background – a YouTube channel. It makes for good cleaning music and just a nice cozy atmosphere.

Thank you Terri for my Mother’s Day card that is so sweet. And for the Target card you sent to River (Little Roo). That was so kind! She’ll have to buy an outfit! He is gonna be growing out of this size if he keeps eating, lol.

It is raining heavily today on this Monday morning. A busy week this week. Haven’t had time to work on the video again but maybe this weekend I can finish it. Getting close!

So it may be late in the week when I get to post again. Payroll tomorrow and I have to go in early. Wednesday Mom and I go to her design studio. Thursday a long day for me and will have to go in early as well. Friday is looking good for a blog post update. Unless I can pop in other wise, I’ll be back Friday morning! Ya’ll be good!