A Day of Fresh Air Spent with Friends and a Small Rant

Here she is…that new simple but sleek Coffee Pot that I love – from Amazon. We have enjoyed the brew yesterday and this morning.

We had a nice morning yesterday just lounging a bit. Was happy not to have to go do the errand running we were planning at first. George had wanted to go to McKayes Bookstore. But due to Covid-19 and not wanting to put too much into the day, George decided we’d enjoy our morning at home. It was his day so he got to decide.

He made his veggie pizza and got the filet mignon beef bobs ready and I made dressed eggs for our friends get together at Paul and Judy’s. Cheryl and Joe also. It was rainy off and on and instead of pool time we sat around and talked on the patio. Fans and frequent breezes from nearby rain brought comfortable temps.

We had a lot of appetizers and munched. And we had an amazing dinner with all of our compilations. Kabobs (both beef and chicken) and burgers, pasta salad (yum), dressed eggs (or deviled eggs however you prefer – I switch the terms), potatoes. Key lime pie, brownies, ice cream, strawberry toppings for dessert.

Here was my view. Believe it or not other people were there, lol. I think this was before everyone else arrived. We were all headed to the table and I got there first. I never know if people mind my taking pics so I usually don’t. Sometimes I do but usually not.

We enjoyed chatting and telling stories and having people to talk to. We laughed. That felt good. I needed it. Last week I had a tough time just with everything. For some reason just being tired and a bit tired – no a LOT tired of the times along with so many things I was trying to do – it was just a bad week. But yesterday was like a breath of fresh air. Just taking a deep breath, enjoying ourselves with friends, and not thinking about anything else at that moment. No to do lists, no demands, not even the hobbies. Well ok we did make fun of some of the stupidity that is going on out there without feeling judged by the Facebook masses. That was awesome. To be able to share your views and not get smack talk in return.

Well OK I did shoot some B roll scenery while there which for me is kinda A roll in the videos as it is set to music and turns out usually nice to watch. I took videos of the flag blowing in the wind, flowers being gently rocked by the breeze, and a pool scan. So that will be so pretty in a 4th of July video don’t you think?

So I guess you can say I’ve started on the next video then, lol. My goal is to make them no longer than 13 minutes. Someone said the last one was too long. I agree. I had a lot more material than I thought and when weeding it down I only got it down to 20 or so – it might have been 17. I can’t remember. But anyway it did get long for SOME attention spans. I think the click through rate was about 50% or something like that. So I think that means about half skipped through it or parts of it. (No it doesn’t tell me who skipped thru so no worries, lol).

I enjoyed the scenery around the pool area. It was such a nice little getaway for a few hours.

It’ll be our turn to host. We have no pool or nice patio (ours has lawn mower equipment and tools and wheel barrows). I tried to have a nice place on our patio but all that kept taking it over and when things start taking over an area, I get disgusted and just quit cleaning it. I’m not going to bust my chops to keep up a patio area (or any area) when it just keeps getting messed up with tools and yard barrels and such. It is a never ending battle I don’t have time for so I gave up. I even quit cleaning it off once a year. There was no reason to. I’d clean it and it would just get junked right up and I can’t sit and enjoy and junky spot. So no more.

I brought the patio furniture to the front porch instead for looks. No…we just hang out inside when company comes. Sometimes the sun room but usually it’s too hot or too cold to enjoy. So not very exciting in the summer but it is what it is. We get to enjoy that FINE blue linoleum we have, that I call my ocean so that I can “get over that” since I have to live with it every day. But not much longer b/c I will eventually “put the foot down again”.

George should be so glad he married me because some women – and I’m going to say MOST – would not have been so patient with a lot of these things. He lucked out. lol. I just go get lost in my computer or a hobby and try to forget it.

He probably wouldn’t agree that I’m patient over that, but I have known a lot of women in my lifetime and most of them call the shots when it comes to things like that – the kitchens and house decor. When I call the shots I have to put my foot down to do it. lol. Oh well. There have been many foot drops over the years. Most of them about led to divorce, but I work too, and I live here too, so…..I do get to have a say even if I have to make a splash sometimes. (I’m remembering a bathroom redo at the old house, a table I wanted to buy but was $100 short but it matched our new dining room and I didn’t want it to get away, and my car after mine had turned into a Flinstone mobile and I had to drive in high crime areas to work, and can’t forget that time I wanted to spend my Credit Union money for Christmas gifts). None of those were pretty moments, but the time came when it was necessary and the foot went down. I do develop some stubborn against stubborn when needed. Ha!

He is usually good to ask me also before spending money, and he’s pretty good to let me pick what we give each other for Christmas as a big item so I’ve been happy that we have bought TV and leather sofa and recliner, and a nice new fridge. That has been very nice so I gave up the floor replacement and kitchen redo’s for that. That was a lot cheaper. But it is time for some upgrades and I don’t want to be in a situation that we have to do them when we move out and have to spend the money but not get to enjoy it. If we have to spend the money to do the upgrades to sell the house one day, I’d much rather enjoy it too. Right? So it needs to be done soon. I was not popular for holding that opinion when we sold the last house. I was considered ungrateful by a few. My guess is that some didn’t understand the whole picture. But anyway, yeah I guess it’s best not to get me started on these things huh? I have a few sore spots. I like for things to be kept up and look nice. I was raised that way. But when you marry, you often take on the views/ways of that person. George has never been that way. If it works you don’t upgrade to make it look nice. So that has been a sort of issue at times -if my wishes don’t fit his model of our finances.

So we have blue linoleum and ugly counters. And again, I will say, he is so lucky I’ve not put the foot down over it – yet. Most women need their kitchen and he does most of the cooking. Ask any woman and they would have said “oh no that would have been gone a long time ago”. I really honestly don’t cook much now because I no longer like our kitchen. I just like for things to look good and feel good. So that is why I personally don’t like to entertain here because I’m embarrassed over it compared to what most have in their homes. Oh should I get started on the carpet? It’s about to go as well! ;-O

One day…I’ll be rid of the damn blue linoleum and pet infested carpet. At least we have friends that still enjoy being our friends regardless, lol. But yeah – there has to be a major carpet reclean before we have anyone over! The pets have not done us any favors.

I love flowers with rain drops on them. And that is my vent for the day.

And Paul and Judy’s “Albert”. He is such a sweetie. An older dog. And so is our Roger and Maisy getting there. There was talk of new puppies at their house yesterday!

Oh I did get a pic of George’s veggie pizza:

It’s crescent dough (baked first) and then spread on the cream cheese. I think he mixes the cream cheese with the powdered ranch dressing mix, but I’m not sure. That’s what I’d do if I were making it. And then chop up whatever veggies you want and put cheese on it. Makes a great appetizer. Very filling though.

And I need to get dressed and get out the door.

I have the coffee pot to return to UPS today. If it is raining I may have to wait until Wednesday. I think I had 14 days to return it. It’s supposed to storm today. I’ve not taped it up anyway, so I think I’ll wait and do it later and not rush today.

Alright. Ya’ll have a superb Monday! Over and out!

New Coffee Pot, and an Oopsie!

Well, I ended up with a bit of time to blog this morning. I had to order a coffee maker during my normal blog time, but then I got ready really fast!

Our coffee pot began leaking and it has for a bit, but nothing really significant. But now it’s starting to leak a lot this week so I just ordered another. I kept an open mind, but I also knew that Mr. Coffee pots have always out held any other we’ve had as far as durability. Having known people with Bunn, Cuisinart, and some of the others, I knew they had not been as happy as they’d have hoped. But I did have an open mind to look at new brands with high ratings.

I knew I wanted something that was stainless or had a stainless look. I wanted glass for the pot (I like to see what’s in the pot). I wanted the normal coffee filters, (what I call normal, lol) and not the cone ones. And it had to have 12 cups. It has an auto shut off and it has a longer time span warmer for it up to 4 hours instead of 2 like our current one.

And it had good ratings. It also comes with a filter system too to help the taste. And so we’ll be in business here soon. Til then we will be shorted on our coffee in the mornings, lol.

Copyright Claims on YouTube

So, last night I had a small surprise. I uploaded the wrong YouTube account to Epidemic Sound apparently. I guess somehow I had switched over to my personal one, and so my protection from Epidemic Sound was protecting the wrong account. So I got a notice that I could never monetize one of my videos. For now, that is ok. I’m not monetizing anything. But one day after retirement and I get to travel some (?) —(and get better) I might want to, to supplement retirement. Anyway, my efforts at paying for a subscription and having it protect me, failed me – it was my fault for grabbing the wrong link and not realizing it. I’m doing so much of this on the fly. But no worries. At least when I saw the notice, I was able to go in and cancel the old subscription and start a new one. And surprise it comes with another trial period, lol. I can’t go back and “cover” the 1st video, but I noticed this morning that YouTube had “fixed” the one I posted yesterday as my subscription was fixed with Epidemic Sound yesterday.

A stupid mistake that I had studied on and thought I was on the right track. But at least I noticed it now and not after some successful video with a lot of followers. But it DID hurt my feelings! I was mad at myself!!!

I’ve been mad at myself twice lately. I get mad when I forget my mask also. I had to make myself a sign.

Monday I sure did enjoy my cereal at work. I had Rice Chex with Cinnamon and sliced a banana on top.

I downloaded a new theme on my computer. I really enjoy the outdoors scenes. This one was pretty yesterday.

And I have to brag on George’s dinner the other night:

He fixed Cornish Hens, broccoli, and wild rice. It was so good!

I better get off to work now but leaving you with Maisy Girl and Roger. She looks funny in the face with the trim and not having her butterfly ears.

Much like children, Daddy George comes and tells them goodnight. Often they both go to sleep with me while he sits up and reads or watches a show.

They love bed time. I do too. Especially lately where you can forget about what goes on. I have really had a rough time the last two days with just being blue with all of it.

Ya’ll have a great day.

Thanks for supporting me on the videos. I think most everyone was kind with their comments. I do have some improvement. I’m learning. My first goal is to enjoy the journey of doing it. The rest of the goals are milestones. Yes I obviously want people to enjoy it. So I will continue to work toward things that matter the most and also things that are creative and different, and also content. A lot of elements. Keep in mind we have not been out a whole lot and I mainly shared things I had taken a pic or video of for myself. I will be doing more of the intentional videoing and photos and that will make a world of difference.

Thanks again for the kind comments yesterday. And for your continued support in all my shenanigans! 😉