Celebrating Friday with my Beloved Coffee

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Oh yeah! It’s Friday. Here I sit with a beloved cup of coffee and a few minutes at my hands to blog. Could it be any more wonderful? Well yeah, being in a forest in a RV with a day’s adventure ahead. Only maybe not right now – too many fires out west! Prayers for all impacted. Our world is just becoming something hard to survive these days. Is it me or is it getting more turbulent out there? Has it always been so eventful? Wow, I went down a rabbit hole fast there. I guess it only takes a few sips to wake up and see present reality across the globe. And good to consider all that everyone is going through to appreciate the mountains and valleys of life.

So back to how wonderful that it is Friday! Yes it is. It has been a tough week like some of them are, in the realm of sleep. It’s almost to the point of non-function at times, exhaustion, and just the need to sleep – especially between 1 and 3 p.m. Am I just getting old? I need a nap now after lunch! I struggle and pour coffee, e+shots, blow cold air from the fan in my face, until I come alive about 3:30 or 4:00.

Yesterday after work I went to Belk and got credit for the pants I bought online that did not fit. They were slimming jeans I guess so they were supposed to be tight, but I DO NOT LIKE tight fitting clothes. And of course we can’t try them on. I got so tired of holding them up in the store. That does not work! I can’t tell what will fit or not. I need to try them on. I gave up. Please give us our dressing rooms back!! We have our masks! I mean – now the jeans I brought back have been in my home and laid around for a week before taking it back to the store to be hung on the rack. How is that helping anyone? No I don’t have COVID. Well, I could have and not know it – as they always say. So give us our dressing rooms back please and boost the clothing economy – or at least the pants economy! We need our breeches bottoms! And our bottoms need their breeches! LOL We can’t just go bottomless or show our rears throughout life! Belk has so many returns right now they have assigned a complete return booth at the entrance to keep everyone from walking around the store with their bags. I was met at the door and immediately pointed to returns, LOL.

At this point it’s easier to just lose the weight and keep the jeans I have than to keep buying and returning. But I’ll try one more time I guess as I have to have some jeans that fit as fall comes on. I’m really only 1/2 size away from losing enough though where the current ones will be comfy. A few tuna meals and shakes and maybe I can get there!

I am between sizes thanks to all the comfort foods we’ve eaten on top of vacay. I’m trying to eat right but get side tracked. Like yesterday I didn’t want fast food and I thought fajitas would be good and healthy but when I got to Santa Fe I ended up ordering Quesadillas b/c they looked so good to be dipped in sour cream and salsa. Nothing else looked or sounded good to me. So I got it. It wasn’t going to be too bad except for the cheese and sour cream and I needed my dairy, LOL, I rationalized. But then the basket of rolls came…..HOT fresh from the oven….WITH the cinnamon butter.

Yeah, there’s THAT. And THAT has to STOP. I forget to say NO BREAD!

Coming home last night after the Belk run, I put up the clean dishes in the dishwasher and put the dirty in – aka “rebooting the dishwasher”. And George came home. I was about to start dinner but I was just absolutely flattened. Tired enough that I was almost sick at my stomach. So I told George I just didn’t feel like cooking. I needed sleep. So I laid down for about 20 minutes. Just total silence with me and my Maisy. I had to calm her down first and give her tummy rubs. LOL. But then we just laid there and rested for about 20 minutes and then I had my stamina back -well sortof. But we ended up having corn dogs. Yeah I know, THAT’s at the TOP of the health/wellness list of nutritional things to eat—-NOT!

Got a fairly good nights sleep. Tossed and turned between 2:30 and 4:00 and slapped alarms b/w 4 and 4:30. But at least enough hours of sleep to feel somewhat refreshed. Hoping to catch up on the sleep this weekend. It’s bad enough to have to get up early to shower and dress for work but when you also can’t sleep for 2 – 3 hours every night it adds up. And it HAS added up. So much so that by week’s end I cannot function. This happens a lot.

I don’t know what the problem is with the sleep so therefore it’s hard to fix. Am I comfortable – yes and no. Sometimes the bed we bought from work gets a little too firm. It’s firmer than it first was. But I don’t want to mention getting another bed right now. George worked so hard getting that King Size mattress in.

Is it quiet – definitely not quiet for the most part as George’s snores are increasingly loud and not consistent. Lots of varied noises and rhythms and gasps. It might be time for him to do that sleep study and get the sleep machine thing. But I don’t think he wants to do that. I think we’d both feel better the next day if he did. I’ve considered sleeping in the other room. That option keeps quickly moving further up the list of things to try. All I know is I can’t continue on with lack of sleep. But most of the time I can sleep eventually with his snoring. And that is why I’ve not given up trying. Or it could be the pillow. Sometimes just a different pillow can make a difference. Is it my shoulder? My right arm/shoulder has been hurting fiercely when the lack of sleep sets in. It’s better with vitamins, sleep, and nutrients from eating right but let any of those things slip and it’s aching. I don’t know what is wrong. It started about 2 years ago and it’s slowing increasingly worse. Rotater cuff? Cancer in my arm? Getting ALS? Arthritis? It’s anyone’s guess really. I brought it up to the doc a couple of times but since I could still move it I guess there is no cause for concern? lol I guess as long as it remains attached we are good! It’s increasingly bothering me at work too with typing and such.

Anyways thanks for listening to my laments of no sleep and the problems it spurs. I need to get ready and get on my way to the eye doc this morning. I noticed on vacay that I could not see the signs very well. So I’m hoping no changes. I need to have him check my sun glasses prescriptions b/c those are the ones I’m really having an issue with with driving. Maybe that is the problem.

And that is why I am intensely celebrating the fact that it is Friday, with my beloved coffee! The chance to sleep is coming and rest and rejoovy!

Friday Morning Thoughts on COVID-19 through Coffee and Music!

So it’s Friday and that brings a source of glee that the other days do not. Right now Friday’s and sleep are “where it’s at“. Oh, Friday’s and Sleep and Weekends, can’t forget those.

And the coffee sure is good this morning.

So Day 2 of the Social Media experiment. I didn’t miss it at all and really didn’t even think about it. The only time I thought about it was when I saw the red numbers on my phone building. I have 152 notifications and 3 Instant Messages all unread and unlooked at. No bother. Nothing I’m itching to get back to.

My mind is a little blank right now as I type this. My thoughts are on the next video which I have worked on this week filming some. I don’t want to really tell you what all I’m working on. I’m getting some B Roll shots, which as I was telling someone – the B Roll shots are actually my favorite parts. I guess that makes them A rollers huh?

My mind is also on the COVID-19 which we can’t get away from it seems. It was nice that people were starting to get out and economy back open. We all kinda new it would surge back up again, but being the hopeful spirits we try to have, we DID get our hopes up thinking that we would go back to somewhat of a normal even though inching there. With the numbers surging, it has a lot of us thinking we are all just going to get it and then most of society will have the antibodies and then we can go on. But no, just when your thoughts are turning positive again, a study comes out about how the antibodies only help for a little while. So what? You could get COVID-19 over and over again? That study was from China so not sure I buy in. And what? So all the ones who are anti vaccine will change their mind and get the vaccine and then we will have who knows what in our bodies and then there are those rumors about putting things in our bodies that make you obedient and all that. Whaaaaattttt? Can we just go dig a hole already?

I watched a YouTube sailing couple’s show yesterday. It showed up in my YouTube suggestions. And the lady had just lost her spouse to COVID and was trying to figure out where to go from here. She didn’t want to sail by herself and was not sure she could. But she didn’t want to sail her boat. So she is hoping for a crew to sail with. It’s just so sad. I felt so bad for her.

So I go from thinking the loss of life is a small percentage and we all have a good chance of survival and then you hear of something like that – that just makes it more real. If they could just figure out how to cure/fix it for sure. Once on ventilator they say the survival rate is low.

So these are unfortunately where my thoughts are today. Just discouraged that the COVID-19 will be here forever – or at least longer than we want – we have already surpassed that point. I DO however, KNOW that people are smart and will figure all this out. It’s just hard to know what to believe.

I was thinking yesterday – do I know anyone that has even had this? No I don’t. Just random things like yesterday’s videos here and there where people have talked about it. All these people getting sick and you hear more of the numbers than you do any data from those who are ill. Do you all personally know of anyone that has had it? I suppose soon we will as the numbers grow.

I’m struggling a bit still. And yesterday was VERY Long despite being busy at work. I watched the clock all day. I think about COVID-19 a chunk of the day while I’m working. I try to listen to music and it brings consolation.

I made a note to share this song with you all as this song meant a lot to me. It’s beautiful. It’s a video/song by Bruno Merz. I love the part where it says “Everything will be Alright”. I needed that! I feel sometimes as if God himself picks my music line up. I truly DO believe He has the power to do that.

I enjoy food and it brings consolation. Talking with friends brings joy. Working in my office at home brings complete happiness. 😉

I know that Everything Will Be Alright. I’ve never been one of patience. God is certainly teaching that. We just have to keep finding the positive sides to everything. Find the good parts of the day. And today the joy comes from the fact that it’s Friday and two whole days to bless our homes and work on things we love to work on.

God is in Control. We that love Him and Know Him are in His hands. So go on and enjoy the coffee, your meals today (yum), your music line up, and give each other a cheer and a prayer with your coffee cup held high!

We will get through all of this eventually! Under HIS wing!

Oh and….we have a Dust Plume coming! :-O. But the murder hornets have held off for now!

Starbucks, The Shower, a Squirrel, and Father’s Day

I treated myself Friday to Starbucks, using up the ends of two gift cards (Thank you Katy and and Wood Personnel – yup, I’ve had them a while.). I only owed 17 cents. I think one reason I hadn’t used the cards were that they had low balances – not enough to complete a transaction. But it was really nice. My favorite coffee at Starbucks is the Pike Place with Cinnamon powder on top. The Cinnamon kinda knocks down Starbuck’s overbold coffee. I think they always have superstrong coffee as many people put things in their coffee. I like mine black but from there I get Cinnamon. Of course me being who I am, a middle TN hillbilly as you all call us, asks:

Me: “Ya’ll still have that Pikes Peak coffee?”

Starbucks: “Yes – Pikes’ Place coffee, ma’am”.

Me: “Ok I’ll have that –just black with cinnamon on top”

Starbucks: “Is that the cinnamon syrup or powder?”

Me: “oh, powder please”.

Starbucks: “What else”

Me: (Having my order all ready to go having looked it up on line a few minutes ago forgets it) Ahhhm, I’ll have that ahhhh —(all I could get out was…). “Spinach”

Starbucks: “Oh the Spinach and Feta Wrap?”

Me: “Oh yes”. (I love this guy he finishes my sentences for me).

Drive thrus are hilarious with me. Anyway, I enjoyed the wrap although it was hard to eat while driving. And it totally hit the spot! I was so happy that Starbucks was so easy to get to in the morning traffic now. I may have to make it a Friday tradition now until school goes back into session.

Friday night George fixed us a Nashville HOT Catfish meal. Oh my it was good. We had salad and a cup of Red Beans and Rice with it.

I actually got up and made some tarter sauce for dipping. I’ve really had a lot of mayo lately and it’s going to soon be showing on my hips. But a bit of mayo and lime juice (we didn’t have lemon and I think I liked the lime better) and I chopped up some pickle. What a fine dinner. Lately we have been eating in the sunroom and just enjoying a slight breeze – but the last couple of nights the breeze has had to be instigated with the fan in the room. Probably getting a bit warm to be in there now as the cool evenings start to wane and the humidity begins to rise. We will have a few surprise evenings here and there to open it back up and read, eat, or sip wine and check cell phone messages is more like reality.

The dogs love the sun room. They hang out with me in there. Roger in his weakened state tried to jump up there and missed. Bless his heart. Momma came to the rescue.

So both George and I were extremely tired from the week Friday night. The warmth of the sun room and pollen and outside coming through did not do us any favors. Why is anything good that you like bad for you? Ice Cream and Outdoors and Pie? So I decided to go to bed and George was going to get in a movie. I threw Maisy on the bed at 8:00 p.m. telling George to come take Maisy out at 9:00 when he takes Roger. They go out about 9 for one last time. I am not sure why I didn’t just take her out. I think I was just THAT tired. But also if they go earlier than 9 they just wake us up earlier the next morning wanting to go out.

So I threw Maisy up on the bed (more like a light tossing, lol) Anyway, she was so excited that she started throwing herself against the pillows and rooting around and she pee’d all over everything. I was so mad. She has not done that in a long long time, like when we first got her. I think it’s a form of marking and I’ve read that it should be a compliment, lol – that it means she is happy and wanting to mark the spot as hers and our domain. But trust me I most certainly did not take it as a compliment. As tired as I was, I had to strip the sheets, the bedspread, pillows and go get them started in the wash and then I went to the Guest Bedroom. Meanwhile George heard the commotion and came back and worked on the mattress, as it went through.

So sleeping in the Queen bed Maisy and I got settled and I threatened her to “no pee…you better not” with my finger pointed in place. She tucked tail and went to bottom of the bed. I told her “I love you anyway, just don’t do it again.”

So about the time I got comfortable and my weary spirit and tired bones gave up and rested, here comes George and Roger. George had given up on the movie 10 minutes in as he was really tired too. Back to the Queen size and I felt every inch of it. And the snoring began in my ear. A triple whammy of oinnnnnnn, gnnnnnnnhhhh, fphewwwwwww. I stared at the ceiling and prayed Lord please let me sleep I am so tired. I was about to get up and go to the couch just feeling like there was no room but sleep came and it was quick.

Saturday morning we got up and had places to be and people to see – not something we have been able to say a lot lately.

We went to a graduation party for one of George’s cousins. It was outside. And come and go. I tried to stay on the outer fringes of the mall crowd.

The online shower was a lot of fun.

I had ordered Ellen a cake and it turned out cute for those at the shower at their house.

I bought Susan and Kevin and George and I a dessert for our end of the shower at Susan and Kevin’s. Susan and Kevin had bought a BBQ lunch for us.

Publix had this Strawberry Shortcake Tarte that we put on Susan’s beautiful platter. It was pretty.

I ordered flowers to be delivered for Friday for Ellen. So Ellen steamed from the nursery and opened gifts. It was great. I think it’s probably ok to show the Mom to be opening a couple of gifts and you can see the nursery which has mountains painted on the wall. Ellen loves the outdoors. And she had just been back from camping in Colorado.

I absolutely loved it (and so did everyone) when she put the baby towel on her head!

No one declared bingo until everyone began to try and use sentences with the phrases. Everyone had all but ONE. So that was fun. Once we determined who it was that said Bingo after we awarded the prize, the person said “But I kinda cheated”. We all laughed. It was fun anyway.

Katy did a cute game with fill in the blanks. Name that song! See if you can get it. I don’t have all the answers but I think you can google it.

Katy (daughter) and Susan my SIL, and I stayed on at the end to talk a bit.

We were laughing at there was one left with us but no one was there. It was an aunt that left the room but didn’t know how to turn it off. Fun times! And that’s almost us! ;-O

So I think the shower went well.

Then George and I headed to the store to get steaks for Sunday and headed home. He offered for us to go out to eat for dinner but I was tired and didn’t want to get back out.

I sat in the sun room and watched YouTube videos trying to get some ideas and also catch up on the travelers that I keep up with.

Here was the scene yesterday. Please ignore the vacuum cord. I usually keep the vacuum out there. There is not a good place upstairs to keep the vacuum so it really just gets tossed into the next room that needs it most, kindof like a manual roomba. lol I pulled up a chair to put my legs in. Had a glass of chardonnay and Maisy was making herself at home taking my blanket off the couch to suit herself. And Roger giving up and sleeping on the floor at my feet. Of course moi not pictured as I’m taking the pic, lol!

And that brings us to this morning.

No pics yet, but the new coffee pot arrived and the decanter was NOT broken. I’ll return the other one tomorrow at the UPS store with my label that I need to put on it today.

We are also going to a friends house for pool party cook out. Just six of us I think. It’s Father’s Day and none of us get to see or travel to be with kids so we are all hanging out. We are taking dressed eggs (I need to go make those here in a few). George is making steak kebobs for the grill and also veggie pizza for an appetizer.

I really need to get at it today though with the few hours we have at home. I have a lot of laundry, need to clean a bit, and need to kind of plan the next week or so and look at the to do list. It’s been a busy week for some reason. Just a lot going on, getting ready for the shower, making lists and trying to remember to do things, touching base with people, and just so many things went wrong also that just kinda taxed my brain a bit. I think I was pulled in so many directions this week. So I’m thinking we get a little bit of a break for the next week or two and try to catch up with life and what we need to do.

I’ve not focused on trying to capture life through video this week. Also events where there are people are really hard to do. And nothing really interesting going on at home. Trying to keep the videos positive and if I had video’d this week, I’d be venting and talking about how tired we are, lol. I’d rather wait til we have a better week! I mean I suppose I could video the ups and the downs, and I will SOME, but I mean how interesting is a broken coffee pot or the fact that I uploaded the wrong YouTube account the other day? lol lol But I will begin videoing again soon for the next now that the shower is over and we will have some time again on the weekends.

I may eventually put out a schedule for the channel once I get into a rhythm but I don’t want to do that to myself until I get a few videos ahead so I have wiggle room during busy times. So for now it’s just testing the waters and periodic. We will see how it goes. I’ll be itching soon to to do the next one.

It’s about to rain here I think. Alert came thru for lightning strikes 4 miles from here. We may just be eating and not having the pool part of the party. lol We mainly sit around anyway but usually enjoy getting in and floating around.

I was hearing some weird noises out the window just now and thought it was a squirrel. Can you see the “squirrel” through the window? It’s an industrious “squirrel” working on some bushes, for this early in the morning:

Ok hopefully more tomorrow. I think we feel much more rested today. We both took a Benedryl last night as we got stuffy from being in the sun room as allegies kick in. I’ve had to clear my throat since January. He’s been trying to get me to take a Benedryl since. I finally took one. I think it helped some. And I slept really well yesterday. Had weird dreams but slept really well.

It was so strange that I thought maybe I’d write a book about it – that dream of mine. Then I realized that book is already written by someone else. Mine could have a different twist though. I have to end this post here. If I remember maybe I’ll blog about the dream tomorrow.

What are you doing on this fine Sunday, Father’s Day? I’ll leave you with a pic of my father. He loved to play the fiddle.