Shopping Again, Easter Decor, and my Furry Friends

Just a quick pop in to say good morning before diving into the day. It’s a BUMPY little start to the day. Storms all around, mainly with lightning, but enough to get severe t’storm warnings.

Yesterday at work went pretty fast. Got a lot done there and went out for lunch at Logan’s for a salmon Caesar salad. It was heavenly. I like to get away for lunch as it gives me some thinking and planning time. Got my planning done for Mom’s visit with us on the Easter weekend. We are cooking part of the time and going out some too. I also made my list for the weekend of things I need to get done and wrote up my grocery list and all. That was productive. I hate going into a busy weekend knowing I have things to do but if I don’t have my list made I end up being a “feather in the wind”. BTW, I found a cute animated “feather in the wind” for the end of my videos. I don’t know if you noticed it in the last one. But I thought it was cute. I am often like a feather in the wind, but have to reign myself in! LOL.

It’s getting LOUD out there! And it is supposed to storm all day and all night, with some of the worst stuff this afternoon and in the overnight. I don’t like it when it storms at night. I don’t like anything messing with my sleep. LOL

Shopping at the Home Store

I got the idea at the end of the day, that I wanted to stop at the Dollar Store and also the Home Store to see if there were any inexpensive Easter decor I could set about. I HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME! Do you know how much I miss shopping and hopping about? Everyone else was out too.

Sometimes I take pics of things I like but didn’t buy. This vase would be cute to put flowers in.

I don’t have a need for any more beachy things but I LOVED THE SAYING! So often I’ve gone to the beach, left the world behind, and come back with a renewed spirit, and always always always wanting to do more of the same! How can I live at the beach? lol. How can I move here? And so forth. Love being around the water!

I came home and unpacked my goodies. I’m looking forward to setting them about today as I do some cleaning.

It’s not much but enough to set about to give a Spring and Eastery feel! Looking forward to setting it all out.

Personalized Coffee

The new coffee came in. It’s pretty good. It has the undertones listed. I think I can taste it sometimes but mostly it tastes just like really good dark bold coffee. There are no flavors as such. I was worried about that. I would not be a fan of flavored coffee as they call it. But the “undertones” have a hint of flavor. Think of it like wine. I love my wine but I can never identify the flavor notes, lol. We mostly just make fun of those that can by sticking our noses up in the air, sniffing, rolling it around and saying “mmmmm that tastes good”. LOL

Little Bit hung out with us this morning as the storms began rolling through. And it’s official. I’ve asked God to bring me another furry faced little lap dog to love me. I miss having a little follower. I know we probably really don’t need another one right now so I’ll try to hold off until after we get a few trips to see Grandson under our belt so we can fly. Either that or the next one we have to get used to boarding. I just can’t bare to break a little pets heart by boarding though. That is the problem.

I love my Saturday’s and immediately after my prayers for an animal to love me….I was joined by these two. I’m honored that Roger is seeking me out lately and that Little Bit does too.

Little Bit STANDS on the PROMISES of GOD!

And plants himself firmly in the Word!

Ok so that is all I have today. I am officially kicking in the BUSY time to get the following done:

Today’s Clean up:

  • Clean up bedroom
  • Surface clean (windexing, cleaning counters, dusting)
  • Vacuuming
  • Laundry
  • Iron/wardrobe for the Work week ready
  • Clean up my Office
  • Put out Easter Decor
  • Clean up Sunroom
  • Check for Grocery items (what we have/don’t have) of the recipes I’m making next weekend.

Hopefully I’ll be able to do some of my OTHER to do List too! We’ll see. I’ll try to share pics as fun things happen today. Yeah I know I’m cleaning. But I like to make things fun!

Have a blast of a day yourself! What are you doing today on this fine Saturday? And pray for our storms to subside as it could get bad later. Risk for tornadoes. ::Sigh::

Saturday Morning Coffee Talk: Valentine Planning, Free Hearing Tests, and the Best TV Series

Saturday Morning Coffee Talk

Good Saturday Morning to you! At least it is here. Only one cup is poured as George is still snoring away. How great it is to be sitting here typing away on a Saturday morning with the day before me to work on all the things I want to work on and “doing my thing” whatever that is.

This morning at 7:32 a.m. I can hear the Nashville Star coming through. It’s blowing its horn as if to say “hello and good morning”. I think it is probably a mile and a half or two away as a bird flies. From the road system probably 3 to 4. Usually it does not “bellow out” its horn, as a result of controversy within the community in a debate of quiet versus safety, and a safer intersection built to replace the need for the horn. But truth be, I like hearing it. I’m not living next to the railroad tracks though. But the morning train goes along good with the gourmet coffee in a china cup! Today’s version much better than yesterday’s. I added a few too many beans to it and it was along the bitter strong side. I’m talking probably about 10 to 12 beans less today and it’s made it perfect. So I know how to measure it now. The tasting kit before was already measured, but now that I have a whole bag, I had to experiment. Ahhhhh, it’s good. It’s enjoyed today on this wonderful start to a whole weekend off.

Boring Blog Talk

I realize the blog has either been boring or not one at all this week. Nothing fun happened much. It was all work and very little play. When I say “little play” for me that means “little creativity time, little personal time”. I have been fairly content through it, but just boring, uninteresting, and nothing to tell about, and my days have been a bit robotish. I was thinking how awesome you guys are to come on here and read of me saying the same things over and over. Pretty much this:

*iMovie Talk

*Work Load Talk

*What I’m ordering this week

*What I’m “gonna order” next week

*Dog Talk/Some Cat Talk

*My Office Haven

*Books/Shows

*Now my Grandson

*Some camera talk

*What all my goals and intentions are

*Food/Coffee/Cocktails

*Restaurant Reviews

At least some of the places change but in a COVID world it’s few and far between! And I appreciate you all coming in and hanging out, especially during the robotish weeks when I feel zapped from work and all I can find time to do is show you my banana and peanut butter sandwich for breakfast and my salad for lunch, lol!

This Weekend Talk

I’m looking forward to putting “my table” together and “my floor lamp” for the office – also the extra floor lamp is lighting that can be moved from room to room for filming. Well, let me rephrase that. I’m looking forward to having those things set up. I’m hoping George will do it for me but it’s good for me I guess to try to do those things so that I can show myself that I can. I’m not much of one for constructing things – even with instructions. But I think that is really a “mind set”. Someone who owned a boat once said “you can do anything if you have a good instruction manual”. See I do learn something from watching the sailing shows. I learn I can do things and am not restricted by lack of knowledge. You just have to find the knowledge and use it.

So this weekend?

  • Yay! I can finally order that backup drive I’ve talked about
  • Clean and Bless the house
  • Do Laundry
  • Cooking a Pork Stew
  • Putting the table and lamp together
  • Working on the Food storage container set/pantry (if I have time)
  • A little bit of filming here and there
  • Putting back out all the normal nic nacs I took down for Christmas (a tub full)
  • A Canon lesson
  • Finishing getting my email done (from 1400 down to 471)
  • Eating popcorn and watching my shows
  • Working on the Spring Bucket List
  • Planning some vlogging ideas
  • Planning some excursions
  • Doing some reading

Ahhhhh so glad it is the weekend! Then NEXT weekend will be a big one as I will download BIG SUR on the Mac – well after doing the back up and switching my imovie files to the External drive.

Planning a Valentine Excursion

George and I are planning a Valentine Excursion. It’s not very far. We’ll be going to the Cool Springs, Franklin area and spending the day. It won’t be ON the 14th. Probably will be the 13th instead, but we are in the deciding mode and plan to make a day of it. So far we know we’ll be doing lunch somewhere and then we will be doing dinner somewhere. We will be shopping and doing things in between. In between definitely includes a favorite wine shop we like, Whole Foods (we’ll take a cooler), and the rest we have to figure out. We are hoping to steal away some time with a couple of friends but not sure they are ready to emerge in this COVID ladened world yet.

Free AARP Hearing Test

I realize that many people don’t like AARP b/c of their political/controversial beliefs or associations (honestly I don’t really know why or what it is) but I joined them for the articles and benefits. And if you ARE an AARP member you can do a free hearing test. It’s a number you call. I had slight hearing loss in both ears and it suggested I get a check up. I probably will not right away though. Maybe in a year or so or if I start feeling like I have difficulties. Sometimes I do have to ask people to say things twice. But sometimes it’s because they mumble or can’t enunciate properly where you can understand them. So I don’t take the credit for that. LOL

I really do need to start taking advantage of the benefits as that is what I signed up for. But we aren’t doing a whole lot anyway right now.

Here is the website information if you want to get a free online hearing test. No Cost and Don’t have to leave your chair except maybe to get your phone. ha.

FREE HEARING TEST

Netflix Shows

We have been watching some shows recently. We picked up another one.

INHUMAN RESOURCES

And VIRGIN RIVER

We also have been watching YELLOWSTONE and we are on Season 3. But George bought the DVD for it. We enjoy it so much we savor it and so we are watching all these other shows in between. lol

Well, I need to go and get started on all these “to do’s”. LOL

Have I said how much I’m glad it’s SATURDAY and the weekend is here? I did NOT get through with the Year End W-2 reporting. I still have 66 more actual w-2’s to enter online for Oregon, manually – yes the entire w-2. I have done 20 people already. It takes a few minutes to enter and check each one. I go to the trouble to check it over b/c if you do not it’s hard to find the errors later. So I think it takes about an hour to do about 20 – actually maybe less than that. I takes about an hour to do 20 with some interruption – sips of water, answer an email, answer someone’s question, etc. So we are looking at about a day’s worth of entering left with some interruptions. If I have help with time entry I will finish Monday. If not we’ll just be late with that one. Then I have a couple of states that are not due until end of Feb. And I’ll work on those next. I’m so ready to be through with Year End stuff though. Pretty good though considering I had a vacation week in January. But I had help on Monday’s and Friday’s as someone helped with time edits, stuffing checks, and coding PTO forms with info needed for payroll run day. About 5 or 6 hours of help I’d say a week and that really saved the day.

So yeah. Let’s get on with the weekend! What are YOU doing this weekend? Enjoy the sipping and the slurping and the projects and the downtime! May you all have a bliss filled weekend!

Photo by Rachel Claire on Pexels.com

Weary of Ticking Boxes but Pressing On

Well, I had to research who Og Mandino was. lol. Apparently he wrote a book called “The Greatest Salesman in the World”. And apparently it was a very successful book with reviews like “he captured it all right here”. So if anyone is in sales go back in time and give it a read, I guess? Anyway, as for me, I’ll take the quote in itself. Determination is a strong suit! And I’ve been determined this week to get caught up. I believe I have! I am now where I normally am when closing a quarter. I’m to the point of waiting on others information. All my withholding returns are done. I’m ready to do the unemployment returns but will do them when the information packets come my way. There are other reports I can skip ahead and do in the interim that I had said last time I would do. So I will do those. I have a lot of payroll related things to do today like process garnishment checks and upload 401k but this afternoon I will about be caught up to where I normally am in a quarter end. I will come in this weekend if I have things to do, but won’t if I don’t.

I WILL say, that I am “weary” though and losing my spunk. I’ve pressed hard this week both at work and at home. I’ve ticked off boxes like mad. I can say already I’m ready for a down day. A day to just do whatever. I thought about getting a pedicure, mainly just for the soak and the soft feet and the massage, but I think I’ll just do them on my own one more time or two and then go in the spring. I’m on the fence, but perhaps I should go just for the morale of it.

The coffee is good this morning. And speaking of coffee, I got my 6 month subscription started, so my first shipment is on the way. The sample packet was shipment one. So this is shipment two. I’m unsure if I have to schedule each one or if they just ship a month apart. They had a nice website but that part was a bit unclear and confusing. It’s Driftaway coffee. A bit pricey, but makes a great gift! I think the pricing is about $17 per 11 oz. Not something we would pay for during the year. But George loved giving the gift of food items this year. And we enjoyed the “test kit”. We make it fun and only drink THIS coffee out of a china cup! 😉

The To Do List is below. It’s kindof an expensive to do list too. Which is another reason I kinda want to put my nails and toes on the back burner! I had though I was getting the back up drive and external hard drive for Christmas, but didn’t. So….it is something I need to have. I think I’ll order the back up drive first and then maybe in a month get the external Lacie to house the movies. But George wants me to go ahead and order the lens for my camera as that is my birthday present. He keeps asking if I have ordered it but have hardly had time. I need to get going on the Big Sur download but need to make sure I have some time to deal with it all. I just need TIME! And time is something that is luxurious right now. This below is only one of 4 project lists. lol I will have probably 5 more projects added to the first one in a day or two. Once my chair arrives, that will take precedence and I’ll be setting up my office corner and moving things around. I look forward to this and I’m going to be royally pissed when it comes in if I don’t have time to work on it. lol.

So yeah, I’m weary of working as fast as I can to tick off boxes, but I still keep going. I will have to stop and insert some morale boosting activities. At home that would be a show or just doing what I want to do for a few minutes. At work, that might mean a lunch out. Or leaving on time one day instead of staying over. Or perhaps not coming in on a Saturday. I probably still will though if there is work to do so that next week is not so stressed. The last week of the month following a quarter end is always stressful. I’m slumped over my desk, shoulders hurt, don’t drink enough water, don’t take enough breaks, don’t eat right, stomach distressed, and working like a slave trying to get it all done. It is usually the week in which I either get diverticulitis or that fever thing I get from being tired. I usually end up in tears before the week is out as the data always comes at the last minute and then bam it is all on me to finish! I do love my job but I will say I hate those weeks like that. And I dread next week and I will need all the morale boosting things I can come up with next week.

So there you have it. The state of my current being. I’m still positive, just weary, and trying to prevent being overly tired or allowing the negativity to creep in. I’m kinda sitting on the fence right now. LOL I do start to get a little rattled when I cannot get done things I need to get done. I’ve been able to get a lot done this week despite how busy it’s been so I’ve tried to be patient with myself and understand it is not all going to get done at once.

Notice cleaning house is not on the list. It should be! As well as putting up Christmas related things and getting my house back to order. I have to have a weekend off for that. If I’m working, not much of that will happen this weekend. In a way that makes me mad. But like I say, I’m trying to be positive. Maybe it is ok if the tree stays up til Valentine’s. Yes, my soul shuttered as I typed that. That is NOT OK!

Well I’m off of here before I convince myself that I’m in a bad mood. I’m not. I’m going for more coffee and it’s all going to be ok and we’ll work on ALL AGENDAS. Mine, yours, everyone’s until it’s all done!