Office Decor Finished, Revelations, Heaven, Tagine Cooking, Collagen, and the Weekend, Whew!

So the chair corner is complete! The table is in, the pillow is in, the throw added, the lamp in place, the books in the holder, and a drink on top! George had to help with the table. I couldn’t get the first screw in as the grooves were not very good and bolt would not screw on it. George was able to force it and gave me tips on how to do these things, such as Lefty Loosy and Righty Tighty. LOL LOL

I debated back and forth about keeping the White Board on the wall but the look just defeated me. So it had to change! The White Board was moved.

The white board ended up in the corner there by the desk. It looks better there. I use it a lot to keep me focused on things that are not really on a to do list but I want to remember. So I’m taking these with my camera and I’m just not good at the indoor lighting yet. I probably needed a flash to tell you the truth. I haven’t taken many lessons yet. They were even hard to fix with lighting effects. But I’ll get there one day when I have time to resume the lessons.

I am happy with the office changes. I think it meets my purposes now much better. The chair was an excellent addition for meeting my needs. Its much more enticing to do a devo and prayer now than it is at the desk which pulls you into the computer instead of writing and studying.

As mentioned before, I still wanted that side table there for projects. I needed the horizontal surface! And of course you see that Roger is there. We were putting the table together and he fell asleep there. Yes he is wearing a diaper!

I pulled some little signs from my “beachy” spare bedroom and added the sign board over the chair.

And the Thankful pillow…..warms my heart and reminds me to be thankful for all of our blessings and I will see it every morning when I approach the chair. Thankfulness is a part of my written prayers to God in my Prayer journal.

Revelations, How the Earth Ends

I finished the book of Revelation this week. Wow! What an ending. If you want to see how it all ends, go check it out. It’s quite the show. It will top every block buster you have ever seen. I once thought it was hard to understand Revelations. I had always approached it with much trepidation. And in reading it I think it was not so much hard to understand as just hard to imagine. Most of us in our lives are just not used to seeing such graphic scenes. We are told in this book, that you are blessed if you read it. You know me, I’m always wondering how or why we are blessed for reading it. I can think of several reasons:

  1. Gosh while all that was going on if you are present for it, at least you will know how it ends.
  2. And you will know what is coming.
  3. And you will know what things are represented and why – the 7 lampstands, for example, represent the 7 churches of Asia.
  4. You see the reward in descriptive beautiful detail (of heaven, the New Jerusalem) and to hold on to your faith regardless.
  5. You know not to accept “the mark of the beast” in which people accept it to worship the one who has 666 on his forehead.

I did a screenshot of this on the internet showing the jewels that are contained in heaven. Although two of these are different from what the Bible says (perhaps they have two names, but I’m not totally familiar with some of these gems).

However, for the most part we can expect these gems to be in heaven. I really had not “taken in” the description of heaven so much other than remembering that the streets were of gold, the gates were pearly, and there would be no night, no crying, no death, no pain. But I really “took in” the reading about heaven. If I understood correctly the actual gates are big huge pearls – not made of pearls but each gate made of one big pearl and have the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel inscribed. Wow. That’s big. There are twelve foundation stones in the wall surrounding heaven, representing the 12 apostles of the Lamb.

I did some research on how big heaven is based on the Biblical definitions of “stadia” and “cubits”, which you have no choice but to look up on the internet really and see how many feet are in them. And do the math. I had come up with at minimum 1379.54 miles and as big as 1431.81 miles. Somewhere I read on the internet where they calculated about 1500. I was not far off. My math is only as good as the definitions of stadia and cubits as found on the internet. I screenshot this giving us North Americans some perspective of the size of heaven. So approx 1500 in width, length, and height!

And this is what I wanted to do when I put this room together. A place to study, learn, grow, teach, share, be creative, and go from there. So I’ve put the new room to purpose!

Tagine Cooking

George cooked with the Tagine I bought him for Christmas. Tagines are a Moroccan style of cooking. You layer meats and veggies along with oils and herbs and spices. Part of it, is the steam that rises through it that helps it to cook. Our tagine is glazed which means that it doesn’t have to be seasoned before cooking.

You start with butter and then keep adding the ingredients. And BTW, I video’d this for a future YouTube Vlog so it’ll be there. Here were the ingredients he used. Candle not included, and neither is the dog food over in the corner, LOL.

Other than the chopping it didn’t seem to take too long to cook. About like anything else – 40 minutes or so. The sweet potatoes almost did not get done, but they were done just enough. He added frozen peas and also you cannot see that there is preserved lemon on the table as well as onion and garlic. He used the spice in the blue can which is Ras El Hanout a Moroccan Spice. Neither can you see the Yogurt and cilantro we added to each plate at the end. See final result down below and you can see it there.

To describe what Ras El Hanout is I’ve copied a blurb from Google.

The mixture usually consists of over a dozen spices, in different proportions. Commonly used ingredients include cardamom, cumin, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, allspice, dry ginger, chili peppers, coriander seed, peppercorn, sweet and hot paprika, fenugreek, and dry turmeric.”

Since we plan to cook with this quite a bit (maybe some weight loss if didn’t add that french bread on the side which gathered the juices and was exquisite!) – anyway, since we plan to cook with this a bit, I decided it was a MUST for him to have this spice already blended as opposed to making our own.

What surprised me was:

  1. How good the tomatoes were.
  2. The preserved lemon added a lot of distinct flavor that did not taste like lemon juice.
  3. How good that the yogurt was to spread around on top, that added a lot of flavor and reminded me of greek food and their yogurt cucumber dressing.
  4. The couscous was really good underneath it all and
  5. The french bread (baguette sliced) was sooooo good to soak up the juices. Normally I don’t like any bread soggy but this was perfection as you still had the crusty structure to the french baguette slice.

This was a basic beef recipe, which George wanted to start out with. Next he is going for lamb. But this recipe here is a keeper. I think I could eat out of the Tagine every night and be happy. I’m posting this pic below for a 2nd time so you can notice the diffuser here underneath the Tagine – that was recommended to keep the heat source from cracking the pot with changes in temps. While you can only see its handle, it is a metal plate of sorts that diffuses the heat gradually. The Tagine can also go into an oven as well and be transferred back and forth for certain dishes.

Enjoying the Weekend

Gosh we enjoyed our day yesterday, both getting to do things we love and enjoy as well as doing some work too. Got some laundry done and worked on the office as you saw. Studied and organized my world a bit. I videod a lot of things yesterday which took considerable time. I videod the office additions and George’s cooking and also him making our drinks. He made a Paloma for me which was recommended to go with the meal. He made a bloody mary for him.

I fixed a big bowl of popcorn and watched a YouTube show or two. And I got the back up drive and the external hard drive ordered! Yay! That means next weekend I can back up and download Big Sur as I’ve been talking about forever!

I opened up my Collagen Elixer and will start taking it today. I’ll let you know how it works. Here’s what is in it. I’m interested to see how it tastes. Hold on – I’m gonna go get it now while I’m doing this blog entry. LOL

Ok, surprisingly it tastes like COMMUNION at church. It’s like a grape drink. So it has a marine collagen blend, biotin, zinc, vitamin C and acerola berry extract among other things. Oh I love this taste. I may not be able to give this up. lol I also like the glass bottles. Although I’m not sure what you could do with them. I look forward to THAT everyday – Wow! I am taking a pic every day to see if I notice a difference.

A quick google of what studies say:

Some studies show that taking collagen supplements for several months can improve skin elasticity, (i.e., wrinkles and roughness) as well as signs of aging. Others have shown that consuming collagen can increase density in bones weakened with age and can improve joint, back and knee pain.

I also have figured out that Saturday is just a great filming day! I get up and after coffee and blog, go take a shower and fix myself up with hair and makeup! Then I can “vlog” til my hearts content, LOL. I did a few videos without a lot of make up and hair, and I was not happy with it!

I’ve also decided I’m enjoying the longer version of my hair and I probably need to keep doing it myself. It’s actually how I’ve wanted my hair all along – or close to it. I’m still learning how to style it while it’s longer. Like the bangs, mmmm I’m not sure about having them roll under so much, but I like the curls on the side coming into my face. I found a hairspray that holds pretty good w/o being sticky. Probably not to days end though. Here’s the back. I’m due for another trim though – just slightly – but this length is good. I always wanted my hair to do this, even back in highschool but I had to get a perm back then to do it. Now I just use my curling/blowdryer – it’s a blow dryer with brush attachments and works better than anything I’ve ever owned. And quickly too.

The Rest of the Weekend

Here’s George’s to do list pad on the Fridge! Seemed like a good place to insert that pic as I talk about my to do list today.

Things I have to do today:

  • Put my Vitamins in the little daily holders, along with the BP Meds
  • Finish laundry
  • Iron
  • Fix Beef Stew for tonight
  • Check the Weather for this week
  • Plan my outfits (it helps so much each morning to have this all mapped out already)
  • Do my nails

Things I Really SHOULD do today:

  • Clean house a bit more (vacuum/dust/pick up/put up)
  • Put our normal nic nacs back out from where I took them up to put out Christmas
  • Decide where we are going for Valentines Dinner in case we need reservations
  • Set up my next autoshop on THAT SYSTEM I DO.
  • Do the software update for my phone and Apple Watch.
  • Continue to clear of emails
  • Look up the next recipe (I’ve cooked twice this week, and want to continue to help out in the kitchen)
  • Look into Elder Care/Senior Care (Basically how to care for aging parent period – I know NOTHING!)

Things I WANT TO DO today:

  • Start a Spring Check List
  • Do a camera lesson
  • Watch YouTube Shows
  • Read
  • Work on a New Intro for the Videos
  • Start working on getting the videos/photos I’ve taken into their respective “video files”
  • Plan future videos, although they do a good job of just happening

So ok quite the blog entry today! I need to go DO SOMETHING, AnYtHinG from these lists! ha.

New Camera on the Horizon and Enchilada Casserole

Good morning! Got my coffee here, getting me going. Nothing like the first few hot glorious sips of your morning coffee! The afternoon one not bad but…I look forward to this part of the morning every day! Drinking Starbuck’s this morning. Not sure which type – possibly the Colombian.

Photo by fotografierende on Pexels.com

Thanks to those that watched the video (see previous post) And I have 22 subscribers up from 17 I think. So I thank you all for that. The views, the likes, and the subscriptions help with the “algorithm” that brings it to the top or keeps it stuffed down to the bottom since there is a lot of competition out there. The fun part is to enjoy the journey. And I love every step of making the videos.

I’m already entertaining the thought of a new camera set up. Even have a certain one in mind. But I’ll wait til 1) I have enough blow money saved up and 2) til we can start getting out there and going on excursions. However, it did occur to me that while we are NOT going on excursions that I could be learning the camera settings. I am intimidated by camera settings. I am not one that enjoys reading instructions either. I don’t know why but when it comes to learning, I’d rather be shown and take notes. And now there’s YouTube. And a lot of people are using the nice digital Canon cameras. I would really like to be able to take quality pics and videos. It will really make a difference when we go on vacation. I briefly considered buying the camera before our trip to Texas and got really excited. But I think I am a little short on the cash as I’ll want accessories and stuff. And an expensive camera is not something you buy on a whim, and it’s not Christmas or my birthday. I think it’s important to work for something and save for it and it makes you appreciate it more. It’s a hobby – not flooring after all. I think we need flooring worse but we’d do 12 months same as cash for that. lol

I need to do a little more research on them to see which one is the exact one for me. But it is something that is getting closer! I might also add a little twist of making myself have a certain number of subscribers first, but having a better camera and better videos may bring more subscribers, so….maybe that is not something I should have as a stipulation.

So this past Sunday, I made an Enchilada Casserole. George and I decided it would be in our “keeper recipes” and something we immediately wanted to make for everyone! lol.

It was also a recipe we did together. George fried the tortillas for me and sliced up the avocado I chopped, sautéd, and layered. For some reason it reminded us of George’s Dad (Granda) who so lovingly made his tacos for everyone.

You must start out with a pretty casserole dish from the Pioneer Woman! You get a set of 2 sizes at Walmart for practically not much. I think it was under 30 dollars for the set.

A layer of fried corn tortillas on the bottom – didn’t call for casserole to be greased since I guess this puts out enough oil, lol.

The grass-fed beef was amazing in this – 2 lbs. I used anaheim peppers (3 of them) and a medium onion and cooked it all together along with some garlic. And add your tomato sauce to it. Only I forgot to add the sauce so I did it in the next step. lol. It worked out.

You do a layer of tortillas (6 of them) and then put in half the meat mixture. Then you put another layer of tortillas (6 of them) and the rest of the meat.

Then you pour on the cream of chicken soup and if you forgot the tomato sauce add it here. And add a 1/2 soup can of milk and shredded Mexican Style cheese. I used the whole package and I believe it was 2 cups.

Then it baked at 350 for about 30 minutes until the cheese was all bubbly.

I recommend having a fresh sliced avocado available or fresh tomatoes and what I wished we had was some shredded lettuce and sour cream. We served with black beans, but it would also be good with refried beans or western style pintos.

We loved this! Although this dish is good anytime… I think this dish would be good at Christmas time or Thanksgiving when everyone is tired of ham and turkey and traditional holiday fair. It would also make a good “vacation” casserole if you have a condo or cabin with a kitchen. It didn’t take a lot of effort to make this. Even the tortillas fry up about 30 seconds on each side.

It’s a keeper recipe and will now be one of the favorites. We may try some variations just for fun – like using enchilada sauce instead of tomato sauce but as George said “it was really darn good with the plain tomato sauce”

And of course we are now in Season 2 of Bloodline. Only I fell asleep on the 2nd show. I guess I was tired and relaxed.

I had some other things I was going to blog about but I guess that will have to wait. It’s payroll day and I need to get going.

Hope you all have a good one and if you didn’t get to see the video, see the previous post.

Take care! More tomorrow.

New Video Uploaded and My Thoughts on Getting Rid of a Funky Mood

Here it is! My Social Media Experiment and Sharing Clay Pot Cooking. This one is shorter, has some good music, pretty scenery, our fur babes and a few fun clips.

If you like it, give it a thumbs up on You Tube and if you want to see more, please subscribe. My first goal is to get to 100 subscribers. I think I’m at 17 right now. And that is better than 4! I am enjoying learning how to create these videos and have a series of goals in mind as it progresses. I’m looking forward to being able to share more as we get to do more and travel more. For now most of these are simply shot at home. And while I will often have office shots, I long to get out and see some things and have some new experiences once this COVID thing is over!

Feeling a Little Sad and Lost

And I’m sitting here staring at the computer not sure what to say next! When does that EVER happen? I have just been at complete relax mode. And the result is that I am wanting to write in bullet points instead of complete paragraphs.

I’ve noticed, quite surprisingly, this weekend, if I’m honest, that I have been a little sad, a little lost, a little unsure, a little disconnected. My normal “drive” to work on things is just not there. I am pleased as punch that we are going to be grandparents so complete happiness there! But I have been a little lost with my time this weekend. I am disappointed when I don’t make the most of the time I have to “get things done”. But when I look at the list, there is just not much of anything that I need to be in a hurry to GET DONE! However, I’ve enjoyed doing what I wanted to do, which was “not much”.

Impromptu Evening with Family

But we did have a fun impromptu evening yesterday when Susan, my SIL called and said they were at the airport flying in from a trip. I asked if they wanted to come over for a happy hour cocktail on the way home. Yes they did. And we enticed them to eat dinner, which was Pheasant, home fries (potato wedges), salad, green beans, and pistachio pudding for dessert. And look at this, not even a photo of the food to show for it. As you can see that is quite unlike me. I’ve just let everything go by the wayside this weekend I suppose. But we had a great time hearing about their trip and talking. It totally made my day!

I had asked Mom if she wanted to come up for the weekend. I asked too late really. I knew we’d be going down there to see her in a couple of weeks. But at the last minute, once I knew due to the rise in COVID that we would be staying home all weekend with no outings, on a whim I asked if she would like to come. Mom has to have more notice though as she already had her own vision of enjoying the 4th at her house! I think she is like me and likes to plan and have a mindset sometimes before just taking off to go somewhere for a couple of days. Who wouldn’t?

Although impromptu is great sometimes, and it was fun and much needed when Susan and Kevin came over last night. We had a lot of fun. We also talked about camping. And you know I want to do some RV camping (no tent camping) but….I just don’t know where to start honestly b/c I don’t think George will want to just dive into this with me. Renting is a big deal usually requiring 3 nights and no dogs – at least the ones around here have not been easy for us to do. I have my heart set on something like a Leisure Van one day. George doesn’t want to pull anything but I’m still kinda thinking about a little mini something or other we could pull with my SUV as it would be less expensive. It would have to be small though. I just don’t know. There is also the thought that I might be able to trade mine in for something that would pull more. My wheels are turning on this and have been for a while. It would really set my heart in motion to be able to camp some of these COVID weekends. Take a book, cook our meal, go for a hike, or a walk, take a drive in the area. Meet some other folks in the process. Maybe one day.

Neighborhood Fireworks

Last night, once the fireworks on TV started from neighboring firework displays, we began hearing fireworks being shot in our neighborhood and decided to look. Never ever have I heard so many fireworks going off at once in a neighborhood area. And they were beautiful. People had the good kind. We stood in the middle of the front yard and twirled from side to side in a circle in awe as we saw the lights or heard the crackling sounds across the sky. It was amazing to hear so many going off at once and seeing them all around us in every direction. I started to take pics but it’s just never the same. And we have trees so sometimes it was hard to see many of them clearly.

Random Thoughts

OK, so we head back to work tomorrow. There will be plenty there to deal with. I also have to call my dentist and get rebooked and call my Physician and see if I need to do a virtual visit to get renewed for my BP Rx or if I have to go in. I really don’t want to go in with COVID all blown up as it is. But I have to have my blood pressure meds, so go figure.

I spent time yesterday getting my LessHustleMoreCoffee accounts (Instagram and Twitter) like I want them. I think I plan to just use those from now on but won’t remove my other one. It makes sense to have this one as my main one since it is a Blog/Vlog of my life anyway.

I’m making Enchilada Casserole tonight for dinner. I figured George could use a break. I also hear it thundering outside. We have some pop up storms coming I think. I guess we should take the dogs out before it gets bad. But they are sleeping good.

Getting rid of the Funky Mood:

I seem to remember that July and January always seems to bring a funk with it. That is totally what is going on. I’m in a funk! Do you ever get in a funk? I wonder what the key is to getting out of a funk? I think the key for me is to:

  1. Take a step back and look at everything and refocus on what is important.
  2. Make sure I’m taking vitamins and supplements because sometimes you just need a more balanced diet to be your best self.
  3. Plan something fun.
  4. Just get up and start moving.
  5. Set specific goals of what you need/want to do and then go do it.
  6. Talk with another human about any subject, lol.
  7. Journal like I’m doing now.
  8. Ask God what He needs you to do and are you Realigned. I guess that should be #1 huh?
  9. Hug your pet or your human?
  10. Drink coffee/wine depending what day it is and play a game, watch a show, read or create a diversion for yourself!
  11. Go shopping if it is not in the middle of a COVID pandemic! That always lifts my mood, lol.
  12. Change up the day somehow or try something new.

And I will leave it at that!

Hope you all had a great 4th of July Weekend! I’d love to hear what you enjoyed best about your weekend. I hope you all are not in a funky mood like I am! Ha! But I’ll be fine!