Fall Decor is Out, Pazole, and iMac Storage Files

2021 Fall Decor

Although I have two full “tubs” of fall decor not including the wreath, it seems like I have very few decorations out. And it’s nothing special. But it’s enough to get us excited about fall and enjoy the season of “harvest” and of the chilly evenings and mornings to come, of soups and stews and corn bread, and all that comes with fall and winter evenings. So here are the touches I have set out. And much of it is the same year after year. I added a couple of things last year. I really like to make the fireplace mantel special with what is going on with the season.

Cody and Katy here in their engagement pic.

I need to get River in a frame, but he looks different every month. ;-). George’s parents are to the left. My Dad to the right.

And of course Dad and Mom.

Susan and Kevin (SIL and BIL) and Uncle Ken and Aunt Martha.

I was sitting in my chair over in the corner and noticed that Snuggie had its feet crossed like Maisy used to, LOL LOL LOL. It made me smile since I call Snuggie my “fake dog”. Never have to feed it. It never poops or pees and it’s always there on the bed. I told Snuggie if it ever moves for real, I’m leaving the room and never coming back. I guess Snuggie is having a gender crises. I’m not sure whether to call it a he or a she. If I get another dog I want it to be a girl dog, so I guess it’ll be a she. But I think of stuffed animals as “he” for some reason. Snuggie is a good and perfect pet – and just what I need for now. My pretend pet, til the real one comes into my world.

Not a very good pic – kinda blurry but here are our grandparents – not all of them. We have one of George’s set of grandparents on the wall in the hallway (too big to set here).

I don’t really think I’m happy with the “white” angel there with the fall decor, but I felt guilty taking it down. I know it’s not a real angel looking over us though, and God is the main one that we have watching over us – or with angels he has said to charge over us that we either can or can not see, as the Bible says some are angels we are unaware of. So likely I will talk myself into swapping the angel for a scarecrow or something – but you see my dilemma! lol lol lol

Welcome scarecrow in the foyer.

A little cluttered here, but George’s big iPod player! lol. Notice I tucked the Thanksgiving Pilgrims back out of the way for now. Tis not time for their presence! I really do not love how clunky this has become. The cabinet is a liquor cabinets and the things you see here are too tall to fit in the cabinet (rolling eyes). I used to like to see the actual mirror back there but you can barely see it now.

The bird sitting on the lazy susan.

The tea center, which half of it likely needs to be tossed (of the tea). We just don’t drink a lot of hot tea much anymore. I like having Sleepy Time tea, peppermint teas, and herbal teas around, but I don’t drink a lot of it. I will in the winter but this is overkill and has been for some time. I don’t want to put it in my kitchen cabinets as the space is too tight and I don’t want to throw it away. I mean does tea last forever? So it sits there for a while longer.

The essential oil corner. I have been having to use essential oils in my bedroom. When I come home from work it smells musty in there. I told Mom it smells “like an old man has been sleeping in my room”. It’s not always like that, and I don’t know why it does it sometime. I wondered if an old man was in the house and died in here. The things your mind wonders some time. It’s a peaceful room though, my office and bedroom. Mom asked me how I knew what an old man smelled like. lol lol. I don’t know it just smells like old stale air. Yuk. So I try to use the diffuser in there some. But I don’t have that kind of time normally. I need to find an air freshener that is not too pungent but will do the trick. Something linen or lemony or fresh scent. I’ll have to check. Any ideas? It might be that the air is circulating up from the basement or something. I have no idea – it just started doing it really. Just a little touch in the sunroom.

I added a fall apples table cloth and the plant seems to look good there as is.

Last night we had Pazole, a Mexican stew with pork and hominy and tomatoes. George made his own tortilla strips to go over it.

We had a burrito on the side.

I fixed an awesome sandwich for lunch. We are having hamburgers later. I probably didn’t need to sets of breads today but a sandwich really sounded good. This was breakfast and lunch including 4 strawberries.

The baked beans are ready to go. They are good. I tasted them and about the best recipe of baked beans I’ve ever tasted. I made them but yet it was someone else’s recipe. I will share it later in the week if you all think you would want it? It’s the perfect blend of tastes and made from scratch with navy beans. You can’t go wrong with bacon on top either! These have sautéed onions, garlic, and green peppers as well and also has a sauce of brown sugar, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, bean water that the beans cooked in, salt, pepper, chili sauce, and BBQ sauce all mixed together. The beans cooked about 1.5 hours on the stove after soaking overnight. And then the casserole itself baked for 2 hours. Anything that takes six hours to cook, better taste good right? I have a feeling this will become a classic though for summer parties, guests and even for us when we fix homemade pulled pork.

Video and Files: Behind the Scenes Here

So I was able to go through from May up until September with my iPhone photos – putting them into the upcoming video themed folders or into my pics by year of family photos. I am so thrilled with this. This helps a lot. Now I can simply just edit!

After I get the videos made I then delete those off my phone. I am afraid to delete them until the video is made though. I’m afraid it’ll goof up like it did one time when I did that. I’m not sure what happened. So I always wait! So after every video I delete delete delete of the iPhone, off of iMove timeline and off of iMovie media. The files are in my video files and remain there for both family photo files and video photo files so I’ll always have them in there. The video files are on a external drive. And the family photos are on my computer which is backed up. I may have to buy a separate external drive for my photos though as I have been putting a lot in them. If the Mac seems to get really slow I’ll do that next year some time.

Here’s a diagram for what is going on with my files. I ended up buying more cloud space to cover my needs. It was a whole lot of space for not a lot of extra money per month. I really struggled and had to learn (probably 2 or 3 times) as every time I’d learn I’d forget – the best way to store my files and organize them for what I am doing. I had to understand what the Mac was doing and what was on the cloud and just on my computer. It was a learning process for sure.

The family photos by year are about the only thing on my Mac and it’s backed up on the back up drive along with my system set up. Oh and there’s not much in the Movies file there other than my system drive information and probably whatever is in the iMovie program right now.

The “documents” folder is what shows up in “the cloud” and on all devices too if needed. I created several “LHMC files “Less Hustle More Coffee” for things I use often on the videos for a quick find if needed. And this screen shot shows you the upcoming videos I’ll be doing under “LHMC Projects”. There are two “summers” on there – you can’t see the entire title on the 2nd one – it’s “Late Summer”. I am not sure what the exact titles will be but that is what I’m calling that particular folder and I have to use the year and month and a title so they will be in order. lol

Anyway all that to say, things are in much better shape – although I still do have 1607 photos in my iPhone alone, lol. But so far so good.

Week Ahead

Well, we have a lot going on this week. It’s a 4 day week so that is good. But that means tomorrow will be a long payroll day as I have to do Monday and Tuesday all in one day. So I’ll go in early. Wednesday I will also go in early as I have to leave early to get Mom and get her to her Primary Care doctor so we can get her blood pressure meds renewed up here. Her doc has renewed all she can without seeing her. We’ve had a time finding a primary doc so I hope this one works out. We shall see. My reality side says “ain’t nothing gonna work out the first time” but I’ll put on my rosy glasses and hope for the best. We shall see if Mom is happy with this doctor.

Thursday I’ll probably be back for a blog post and catching up with you guys. It’s also the day George gets his 2nd shot. We have a weekend excursion planned to show Mom around Lebanon if all goes well – I guess it’ll mostly be by car. We are keeping a low profile with her during the “dreaded illness comeback”. Oh and tomorrow George is off and is taking her to get a new set of tires on her car. He noticed the tread was worn and one had a split. They researched the tires this morning. Soon we may need to take Fancy to the Vet also – she’s decided no longer to sit with Mom in her chair. We are unsure if it is because she feels bad or just that she fell off of it a couple of times and is afraid of it. She is coughing a lot though and may need more meds. She has acted a little off this week. So we may make her an appt for Saturday. I’m not sure I’ll have time to though until Wed maybe when I’m in the waiting room or car. We’ll see. Will be busy but I’ll see you guys back here on Thursday, Lord Willing!

I think I’ll go make Brownies as we have some Vanilla Bean I can put on top!

You doing anything special this week?

Prepping for Fall / Tagine Cooking a Moroccan Dish with Chef George

Farmer’s Market Tomatoes, Mount Juliet, TN

What a productive Saturday! George got out and ran some errands – mainly yard sale, farmer’s market stop for tomatoes, and a store run. Then he washed his car, worked on finances and other things on his list. I enjoyed my day setting about the house, doing laundry, dusting and putting out the fall decor, cleaning out drawers in the kitchen and reorganizing a few things. It was a beautiful thing.

Do we have enough onions?

We were going to need some more onions for all the things we were making this weekend so George bought another (and probably the final) bag of Vidalia onions. We love them for their sweetness. Likely though we’ll be having to eat some baked in foil to eat before the spoil. And that is ok. They are good with butter salt and pepper and baked like that. I like them finally chopped though or at least in rings where they are thin when they come out of the oven.

I opened the drawer for something and was just appalled. I cannot stand disorganization. This was unacceptable. It’s like a hurricane went through the drawer. It’s probably been 3 years before it’s been cleaned out and organized. So yesterday, even though it was unplanned, I quickly just took everything out and reorganized. Some things did not go back in but went in other places.

Not Acceptable (BEFORE)
Ahhhh, much better (AFTER)

I counted NINE things of tape. I had bought more because I thought we were getting low. HELLOOOOOO, they were just hidden.

Ummmmm, really?

So yeah it’s nice to have the right size stopper for a wine bottle and a short one so it will go in the fridge. But, ummm, do we usually have this many open at once? I mean, really?

Saying Good-Bye to Summer Decor

I put away some of the springy items. I’ll put these back in January after Christmas for nice clean fresh look. With so much going on downstairs, I think I’ll just pop this box over in the sunroom out of the way until January. Probably no one will notice nor care. We are not in there much. But the sunroom is clean though for these fall days where we will temporarily get to enjoy some time in there.

I also picked out a few cookbooks to pick some fall/winter recipes for the next few months. My cooking is minimal but I like to find recipes to fix. Sometimes George will fix them or I will fix them. More often than not, it will go on the board or a list for months before I ever fix it – if I even do. But it gives me great fun to think about it. I just have a tendency to overplan my life and fleshing it out is harder to do, but I enjoy thinking about it and planning it anyway. But sometimes I really do end up cooking and a few things have become a classic or fixed again: BBQ meatloaf, Irish Stew, Spaghetti, Alfredo, Amish Pork Chops, Air Fried Hot Chicken, Soups, Salads, and Chocolate Fudge Pie. We’ll see what happens, but these are on the coffee table by my recliner – well Mom sits in my recliner and I have a sofa end recliner, temporarily. lol. I’ll look through and pick some meals. Maybe I’ll make a list like George. What am I saying? He has a whole excel spreadsheet!

George’s Tagine Cooking

His dish looked so pretty last night as he prepared and cooked a beef, leek, and onion dish with peppers and tomatoes.

It cooks in the cone shaped clay cookery called the “Tagine” (Moroccan type of cooking and also his Christmas present). You kinda stir fry the meat and veggies a bit with the “diffuser” so the clay doesn’t crack with the heat. You can see the handle of the diffuser coming out of the back. Then he puts the lighter veggies like tomatoes on top and it steams it when you put the cone on and the steam comes out the top. It looks like a volcano. It cooks pretty quickly. I think the main thing is like any other dish – the chopping and dicing has to happen first.

Yeah the spoon is on the wrong side I think right? But we don’t pay any attention to those rules here! As long as there are utensils near by we are good! I had these other place mats underneath, already there as I wasn’t sure these would show up (delivered by Amazon) by dinner time. I just set them on top of the other placemats. I think I kinda like it that way! It also keeps them from sliding around so much and gives it more depth. What do you think? With the other place mat or by itself????

So the fall placemats came in yesterday mid-afternoon – just in time for the fall decor! The are reversible. I think there are poppy’s on the other side? I didn’t spend a lot of time looking at the other side, but I think it will be cute for February placemats with the red. Anyway, I loved the look of the placemats. I also added a can of silverware to the table since I had two sets. Now to make sure the correct set gets added back to the “can” on the table so it’s there when we need it. I’ll have to manage that one.

Of course this dining room table is big enough to house us on one end and George’s office on the other end. He is working one day a week from home. It was a “summer thing” and not a “dreaded illness avoidance” type thing. Anyway, we are graced with the back of a computer while we eat (rolling eyes) but what can you do? His other personal office is in Mom’s bedroom, LOL. Bless him, he gets to go in there when Mom’s in her recliner. I told him we could move out a china cabinet or move something around in the living room temporarily or even in his bedroom if he could let go of some stuff but he didn’t want to change anything around. We’d already moved a lot. But this table was about the only quick option for his work. I’ve worked there before too and it is a good set up for temporary time frame.

I’ve shared so many photos already in this blog post. So tomorrow I’ll share some of the fall decor pics.

I’m not sure what today’s plan is. I’ll see – we had talked about having a big breakfast today. But then Mom and I said we might grab lunch out before going to the store. I’m going to the store. Not sure if she is going with me or not. I am going to get a few things for the work week mainly. I don’t really want to go anywhere tomorrow on Labor Day. I guess a store will be open for a few hours but I’m not getting out tomorrow.

Today’s plan still a bit up in the air for the brunch or lunch but I’ll be doing these things today:

  • Ironing
  • Soaking the beans for tomorrow’s baked beans
  • Changing George’s sheets
  • Changing my watch band to the tan one instead of the white.
  • Work on some Christmas lists, shopping ideas – I might not have time later
  • Pick out my free audible book for September
  • Unset my alarm for tomorrow morning
  • Might start the puzzle
  • Work on photo/video files
  • Pick out 3 recipes for the future so I can be ready to go
  • Help plan the menu board
  • Work on the project list if any time left
  • Kinda like to make some homemade bread but thinking that is planning too much – depends on time. 😉

Coffee tastes better on a morning when you don’t have to rush out the door. I’ve already done my devo and reading for the day. It’s currently raining and will likely continue over the next few hours or so – I think. I’ve not really checked the weather. I just checked radar and it’s here!

What are you making for Labor Day? And When are YOU fall decorating?

Meanwhile in Texas

River goes to a college football game

I had to google which game it was. I think it was AT&T stadium – Stanford vs K-State. Look at this little booger! He is half a person already! I’m sure he is heavy! He is a big buckaroo for sure! ;-). Bless him. Those legs! I have to show you his football shirt! I guess he’s gonna love football!

And we’re off….Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday! This 3 day weekend has been such a blessing so far.

Getting the House Back in Shape for Fall

Yay, the sun room – she is back in order and it feels REAL GOOD! I worked hard on it yesterday. Also worked on laundry and the kitchen too. Was on my feet most all day except for eating and a little break to watch a show. Sipped on water, ice tea, more water, and then George fixed us a special cocktail and then a fine dinner! It was a great Saturday and a much needed day at home for a final push at getting the house back in order. There’s no A/C in the sunroom and it was pretty hot out there. I had a few windows open and fans going.

I had hoped for rain but the rain was west of us. I’m glad it DIDN’T rain here as it “trained” over the same areas. People west of here were in horrible floods with 10 inches of rain in a few short hours. Sadly there were lives lost. Ten as of now with 40 others missing. This is a terrible situation so please pray for these families. There is a pain in my heart as I talk about putting my house back together and realizing these folks lives and houses have fallen apart.

I changed George’s sheets and found Roger’s monkey that we washed was mixed in among the sheets. My guess is that George is sleeping with a stuffed animal too, lol. There is just something calming about being dogless when you have a substitute dog. We had slept with our dogs for so long. So when I made his bed, I put “monkey” on the pillow. Maybe it was a fluke, but I think not. I also took the pic of Roger that I’d had at the office and put it by his bedside. So he will see it every night and smile.

Part of putting up things meant I had to put all the dishes up that went in the bottom of the china cabinet. Most of these were on the couch in the sun room, lol. I moved them in the dining room/living room and put them in the floor along with pillows for me to sit on.

Got it done. Wasn’t as bad as I thought. I had to make numerous trips to carry things downstairs. So while the sunroom looked good, other parts of my house were now messy, lol. But as George said “you gotta start somewhere”. I have a method of doing things and it messed more up midstream but by day’s end it was all put up!

Before….and this was only 1/3 of what went downstairs!
After, and all cleaned up just before dinner time!

Not sure where the extra laundry basket came from. lol. But Roger’s dog beds are now downstairs. And I found some lamps in the process to experiment in new places. One is in the kitchen to give Mom some lights. The under counter lights that she bought don’t really work as well as she’d hoped. I have to work on the cord. lol. I don’t really like cords showing.

Not really fond of it there but we can remove it when she leaves. I like the light but not really liking the lamp there. It works though. And will help her a little bit. Mom seemed more excited about the puzzle table being added back. Yes, it’s amid musical instruments but what can you do? lol

This is the one I chose to work. It’s perfect for the “end of summer”.

Just when I went to sit down I realized the dining table had clutter and also I had put picture frames in my seat. So nope….work wasn’t over yet.

All of the above had to find homes too.

Most of it worked into here in this little cabinet. No – it’s not pretty. I’ll have to rearrange later. Despite my efforts at trying to make it look nice, it ended up being crammed in there. Another day. I mean, good grief who cares when it’s amid musical instruments and puzzle tables – at this point it’s just about function and that is really what matters to me. I’m not even a glassware person. But I do have some favorites. These I had to wash. They were greasy/funky. A bit of warm soapy water with a bit of vinegar in the water – a tip from Mom, and a tip from her Mom too I guess.

These two are my favorites of the little cordial glasses. We rarely use them. I told George we should use them sometime. Winter nights is a good time with a little Drambuie after dinner?

While in the basement, I found this lamp that I had put aside for some reason. I think Mom didn’t like it in her bedroom and wants her own lamp instead as it put out more light. It matches the decor here and gives the foyer a different feel. I hadn’t even realized there was a plug in the wall here. It covers up the painting a bit but it doesn’t look weird. It caught my eye all night as I passed it in the hallway. And this table also was cleared of clutter.

When I finally sat down yesterday it felt so good. I was very stiff this morning getting up out of bed too!

I will leave you with Fancy – I call her “Fancy Lou”. I always greet her with “Fancy Lou, How are You?” lol.

And I guess we need to work on the hearth next. I see I need to change some things there and I’ll work on that in a couple of weeks when I redecorate for fall. But it has been a blessing to be home with no plans this weekend. A chance to “bless the nest”.

I have a couple of other things to share, but I’ll save those for tomorrow. I need to go make coffee. I’ve been awake since 3:30 with an active mind. Best to just go ahead and get up when that happens. I got a lot of sleep Friday night so it’s all good. I was holding off making the coffee b/c it would be cold when everyone else got up.

We are going to church this morning and I think George will be working on the yard some – weed eating. Mom and I want to go out for lunch – she hasn’t been out much this week so that will be good for her even if it is a drive thru. I will let her choose. The virus on the uptick in these parts so we will likely need to hang low these days, but will see what she wants to do. Drive thru works.

So ya’ll have an excellent Sunday. Gotta get that coffee started! 😉 Up nearly two hours now and I’m ready for it!