Spring Planting, Front Porch Decor, and a Steak Dinner

Happy Mother’s Day out there! What a fun weekend always. Yesterday we went to Needham’s Nursery to get plants for the porch and mail box planter. Also George got a pepper plant and a couple of other herbs.

I love the old dogs that laze around the place. Last year we didn’t visit Needham’s and I think it was the first year in many that we hadn’t. You can thank this past year’s situation for that one.

Such a friendly but sleepy little fella! His tail wagged just a little when I petted him.

We also went to Lowe’s to get some picture hanger hooks for a brick wall and a couple of planters for the front porch. While there we got to meet this cutie pie below, Sadie I think was her name. Anyway she is a “party yorkie” because of all her colors. Sweet doggie! Love, love, love the furry face!

We also went to a yard sale and I got some good cookbooks.

And we went to three grocery stores: Kroger, Aldi, and then Houston’s our butcher shop.

Once home, we were a little hungry and had a snack of smoked salmon on cream cheese with horseradish on toasted rye. George added capers to his.

That was a slice of heaven on toast!

We then set about to plant. George was so helpful. He drilled drainage holes in the planters I bought. I didn’t buy expensive ones. I bought plastic that look like terra cotta ones. He also put the dirt in there for me with a shovel so I didn’t have to haul the big bag up there. That was sweet of him to do for me.

So I could see Little Bit, the cat, eyeing this and thinking to himself, “hmmmm Momma’s making me a new bed”. So I put skewers in there to keep the cat out. I think once they get full I can pull them out. lol. I just wanted Mom to have some nice little hearty zincas to look at while on the porch.

George also used the brick holder and hung the “welcome to our HOME” sign. However, this morning it was banging in the wind against the brick so I had to bring it in so it wouldn’t blow down the street in today’s storms. LOL. So he is going to have to screw it into the brick the hard way. Oh well. It looks really good, but the third time is a charm I hope. The first time I leaned it against the wall and it doesn’t look good that way. Go figure. Everyone else bought the more expensive one and that is why theirs works. I bought the cheap one and we have to go to the worlds end to get it to work. I should have paid $25 dollars more and just bought the heavy one that leans against the wall and was easy. But in the end, honestly, I like the looks of this much better than the ones that lean! Once it’s hung permanently.

I also added the stool there for Mom to put her drink. Or me my wine! lol. George said he reserved the right to come borrow that stool as he uses it a lot. I was just trying to keep from buying a little table.

George also cut some rosemary for drying. There is so much of it.

The rhododendrons are blooming and so pretty. I rested for a few minutes after we got back and put groceries up and after planting the zinca. It was nice to sit there for a few minutes and rest and enjoy their beauty.

Somehow I managed a couple of loads of laundry. But the neighbor that just moved in next to us let us know he was finished with the boxes and was letting us have them to move Mom. He had bought some of them so we asked if we could pay him for it but he would not allow it. That was really kind. He also let us borrow two big tubs that he said they used to move cookware as it was sturdy. And we will give those back to them when we are finished.

Then Katy faced timed us and we got to talk to Little Roo. They were smoking some chicken wings outside and hanging out and had Little Roo at the edge of the garage to avoid the heat and wind. He’s a cutie pie.

George fixed us a great dinner last night. Steak, salad, and rice, and mushrooms. I don’t like mushrooms but I like the juice he cooks it in and I ate one!

And that’s A1 on the side. I either like A1 or Heinz 57.

And that’s it for yesterday’s activities. I’ve managed to get some laundry done but I still need to do some ironing. I have some more things to order on Amazon for some upcoming things but I did get my Vit B ordered and a swim suit. Life is just a little crazy right now. Just trying to keep my head above the water.

We have some Mother’s Day activities today. My gift from Katy arrives on Tuesday she said. So we’ll call it Mother’s Day week. 😉 The week ahead will be busy for sure: Mom’s offer deadline and decisions, a hair cut, my 2nd Covid shot, George visits with his friends Jack and Ron, and then probably a big weekend of packing/moving as long as there is a contract on the house because at that point we can start packing the things that are visible as the house will no longer be showing.

And now for rant time:

I have some pain aching above my right breast, almost to the side near my underarm- but I think it’s more like muscle pain, likely from all the lifting yesterday of the groceries. When I flex my arm as if I’m lifting it hurts, like a muscle does. So I don’t think it is heart issue. But I couldn’t find my acetaminophen. I keep buying it and it keeps disappearing! I know I have some at work but I’m at home. I thought we had two bottles of it and now neither are here. Things like this drive me bananas! Nothing stays put ever except what you want something to be moved – then there it sits for a lifetime decaying. :-O I took aspirin, it was the only thing I could find. I put Acetaminophen on the list for the 3rd time in about as many months. I rarely take it so I don’t know where it goes. I have one bottle at work. I thought I had one in my work bag – not there. For someone that is so organized when things go missing it drives me bananas. Also this morning we had to find a cook book I wanted and neither of us could find it. Finally George checked a shelf for the 5th time between us and there it was.

Anyway, off to get going with today and our plans. It’s supposed to storm today – yeee ha. I’m so blue in the face tired of the storms this season. We have had so many. I think we have paid our dues for all the good weather we have had already. I’ve asked God to please weaken them. Let us please enjoy Mother’s Day without being tossed about by the wind and rain! And Lord please help the pain go away! I don’t need this right now. Ok Rant over.

Cleaning and Organizing the Kitchen

I used to follow a blog and website called “Fly Lady”. She gave you flying lessons on cleaning your house. She said for success and to get you motivated you “clean the kitchen sink”. She is right. I usually start with the laundry though because it seems an efficient use of time to go ahead and get the loads started while you are home. So I start there and move on into the kitchen.

I did some deep cleaning in the kitchen and it needed it too. I bleached the counters with Clorox Clean up – I have old counters and not granite. And I was so happy with the counters. I was able to make room for Mom’s toaster oven. lol. I have a hole where I think it will work as long as it does not stick out and take up too much counter space in width as we need that area for chopping. If so we’ll have to move it to the corner. I put a recipe book in it’s place for now. lol.

The recipe is a chicken salad that looks really good. I’ll have to try it. Once Mom gets here and gets settled we can have a good time fixing up some recipes. I also got down the cactus green tea pitcher I bought at Publix. So I would remember to keep tea made for Mom! I also rearranged the cookbooks along the ledges and changed some about for the summer months to provide inspiration. And I got rid of the farmhouse baskets and pulled out the cactus green fondue pots to put the potatoes and onions in.

At lunch I needed some inspiration and encouragement. I wanted a beer until I could find time and stop to eat. So I called it “beerunch”. It hit the spot. I kinda liked it in the wine glass! This lo cal IPA does NOT taste lo cal. I don’t drink beer much these days. We haven’t been to a brewery in a long while. And I usually have a glass a wine after work. But this hit the spot and gave me some inspiration and creative time.

I also moved the bread to the snack basket and found a cute square dish to put all the vinegars and oils in. When I first started keeping olive oil and vinegar on the counter there was just two containers. I think this has gotten out of hand, lol!

Meanwhile, George mowed, but I took liberty to attack all the things that was “bothering me”. I cannot stand when all the Tupperware bowls get thrown in without their tops and strewn every which way. So about every quarter I have to stop and fix it. I moved some big bowls up and moved some of the Tupperware to the 2nd shelf. Part of the problem was the third shelf was hard to reach. We really don’t need that many Tupperware bowls anyway! They are not really Tupperware – that is just the term I use. lol

We over do on everything I guess. We have a collection of onesie twosie glasses over the years. And I intend on buying a set of four tea glasses for us. I don’t really have tea glasses other than mason jars, lol. There are two glasses with those houses on it you see there. They are good for tea. But I probably need a set of casual tea glasses. I have formal ones in the china cabinet but they are too fine to use every day, we’d break them.

I think I need tea glasses and and a set of two more white towels from Target. I am putting that on next weekend’s agenda.

I ordered a Welcome sign for the front porch from Tractor supply and I’m also hoping to get some planters and plant some flowers for the front porch as well. Mainly for Mom to enjoy. We may or may not get that done. I also need some for the mail box area. But, in another month it’ll be too hot to sit out there and the sun faces the porch area but we’ll at least make it inviting. George also did some measuring for the front steps to add a railing. Honestly, I am getting to where I would enjoy that myself. Especially if I’m carrying something.

Meanwhile in TX…..

This little guy likes his little blanket animal we got him. It’s a lion. He can hold on to it. We got to face time him yesterday. He was playing and jogging. He really likes to jog in place. And his little legs are chunky. She had to go up a bottle size because he was not satisfied and wanting more. It’s almost time for cereal to be added. Look at those legs below. I like his duck outfit.

Roger is napping good while I cleaned yesterday. I played jazz in the background – a YouTube channel. It makes for good cleaning music and just a nice cozy atmosphere.

Thank you Terri for my Mother’s Day card that is so sweet. And for the Target card you sent to River (Little Roo). That was so kind! She’ll have to buy an outfit! He is gonna be growing out of this size if he keeps eating, lol.

It is raining heavily today on this Monday morning. A busy week this week. Haven’t had time to work on the video again but maybe this weekend I can finish it. Getting close!

So it may be late in the week when I get to post again. Payroll tomorrow and I have to go in early. Wednesday Mom and I go to her design studio. Thursday a long day for me and will have to go in early as well. Friday is looking good for a blog post update. Unless I can pop in other wise, I’ll be back Friday morning! Ya’ll be good!

Storms, Floods, Matcha Drink, and Household Easter Decor

Well, Saturday was a rainy day and ended up being a stormy evening and also a stormy overnight. I only had 3 hours of solid sleep after 2 a.m. Sure I nodded off between 9:30 and 2:00 only to be woken up by the NOAA weather radio in conjunction with my phone, followed by a delayed notification on my iPad, LOL. All the same room. I decided that I was either going to stay up all night with the TV and phone. Or I would go to bed with the NOAA weather radio plugged in. That gave me the most comfort. But of course, there was just not much rest as when there was not a storm warning, there was a flood warning. I think I have it programed to also warn me the next county over coming from the west. It gives you more time to prepare, warn the family, get old dogs to the basement and so forth. Especially for George who is hard to wake up and get down there. He has to hem and haw and yawn and go peek outside, maybe watch the news and see for himself. And maybe he will finally mosey on down if he decides it looks and sounds threatening enough. So yeah- for him alone – we need extra notice. It gave me some peace of mind. I negotiated with myself though between fear and comfort. I would close my eyes and KNOW GOD was in control, drift off and REOR REOR REOR REOR – there it would go again. So about the time I would feel at peace there would be another reason to almost panic. I didn’t though. I was just ready to go to the basement should we need to. I felt it the responsible thing to do to keep tabs on the weather until the event was over. And that I did.

The power went out though. I had a battery ready to go that I found right before bed time. Was bad that I never put it in. I just laid it there in case I need it. Had I gone to sleep though when the power went out and a tornado came through it would have been bad. But I switched to cell power for my warnings. I NOW see what they mean about having battery back up and more than one way to get the warnings.

The big fear was the super cell development. My fears began to ease when I saw that there was a development of a line of storms. And while tornadoes can still embed the line – usually they are not the big long lasting tornadoes that keep going and going. We DID have a moment in a warned Severe Thunderstorm that got pretty rough. I went to the hallway and debated going to the basement. George doesn’t want to be awoken unless it is a tornado warning. About the time I got to the hallway it was calming down.

Despite my being awake and alert most of the night, I woke up about 5:30 and got up as my mind was racing with all I still needed to do today. I was also curious about the flooding. I knew we had a LOT of rain. It ended up being about 9 inches of rain in all and that is A LOT!

I took a screen shot of our Police Dept photo of the flooding in Mount Juliet. This is crazy. It looks like an ocean. The police department said merchandise from stores was floating down Mount Juliet Road.

Also a screen shot of Captain Chandler. I’m so proud of our police department. He was in mid sentence there, lol. But he and his department gives a weekly update. They keep us informed and safe. I’m loving their communication and their reach out to the public. This was long before election year by the way. They have always done Coffee with the Cop – pre-Covid, and they do random acts of kindness. I feel like we are lucky to be here. They are very informative. The Chamber of Commerce is the same way. They let us know what businesses are coming and going and so forth. It’s an active community and one I’m proud to be part of.

Spring Cleaning Clothes Reboot

I DID get quite a bit done yesterday before all the storms started hitting. It was mainly a RAIN event all day. Lots of household cleaning, laundry, and I decided to go through my clothes. I was going to wait until Mom left to do the winter/summer switcheroo of my clothes that are in tubs. But it seemed like it was the thing to do as I had so much of my clothes in piles in the room she’d be sleeping in. So I ended up going through each piece of clothing I own and making decisions and separating into piles or moving into the appropriate closet or container. I moved all the winter hanging clothes to my office closet where my off season clothes go. And I moved the spring/summer clothing to my current dressing closet. And I had ordered some storage bags for my clothes that are too small for me, sadly. But I’m not giving them away, I had just bought those clothes over the last two years. So I will store them. These storage bags ended up being not plastic but a breathable fabric. So I’m thinking I should put moth balls or cedar in them? Do you know? I’ll have to research. I didn’t know it wouldn’t be plastic (duh, I guess I didn’t read the description well enough on Amazon). But this will likely be stored in the basement so I don’t want any intrusions. What do you think????

I also filled up a complete THRED UP bag (a consignment place I mail my clothes to free of charge and then get pretty much yard sale prices for them – but it’s better than having my own yard sale I guess ) Anyway, I had enough items to fill up the bag of stuff I just don’t like or wear. A year or two not worn – is kinda my queue that it needs to go. I’ve prayed about this some, and God agrees, let someone else enjoy it instead of sitting unworn in your closet. Someone else can enjoy it at a discount price. I’m also thinking along the lines of “less stuff overall” and “more stuff I wear all the time and love”. My clothes last forever usually as I’m careful as to what I buy and I also take care of them. I hang dry a lot of my things. It does mean more pressing or ironing but they last forever when I do that. I spent a LOT of time on this yesterday. I also have some things for Goodwill too. The consignment place will not take certain things, that Goodwill will take.

Easter Decor

I did manage to get my Easter decor out. It’s not much but I added a few touches here and there for Mom’s sake. Found this little green bunny which seemed appropriate for the bathroom.

This little plant seemed “springy”. A little $3.99 purchase at the Home Store. And here’s the whole mantle area.

I had bought a couple of dogwood flowers thinking it would be pretty on the mantle. But after all, just decided to plunk it down in this vase with the ones that were already there to make it fuller. I think it would have been a bit overkill on the mantle. Might pluck one out for the dining room table though, lol. We’ll see. I didn’t get a chance to work on the table yet. George’s things are all over it still plus I didn’t have time anyway.

I didn’t get done with everything I wanted. I never do. I have more pics to show as well of a few pics I took this weekend. But will have to put those in the blog later. Running out of time. All of these above of the decor were taken with the camera.

I’ve Met my Matcha

We went out yesterday to Starbucks (drive through so I could get my Matcha drink using Starbucks cards Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken gave us). Being that my cards will run out soon, I did some research on Matcha and found some recipes and have ordered some Matcha from Amazon as well as the little emersion blender – well it’s a frother actually. One with a stand I can keep on the counter. I figure I will make it on the way to work and instead of drinking an extra cup of coffee, I’ll fix my iced matcha tea drink. It makes me feel so good for like two hours after. You just feeeeeeel good. Like refreshed, relaxed, and it’s hard to explain. It is supposed to be good for you and it can help you lose weight and helps your metabolism and can help with blood pressure and I believe blood sugar but I’d have to check on that last one. I looked up recipes that were similar to the Starbuck’s recipe. So I will be using the little cans of pineapple juice, unsweetened coconut milk and the matcha puree, and will add honey as a sweetener if needed. I considered agave but after doing some research discovered that may not be the best option as a sweetener. I don’t like really sweet drinks anyway so if I add any, it’ll be just a little honey. It’ll be an experiment really to see how I like mine. I’ll start with their recipe and tweak from there. I’m very excited about it. Maybe I’ll film it, lol! It doesn’t look appealing, but I’m craving it now!

Little Roo Cuteness

Here he is with his Daddy as they all did a little fishing yesterday.

Love my little cuddle buttons and I cannot wait to get my hands on him! I just want to hug and squeeze him and tell him I love him.

So several things I’m working on and thinking about. But the house is in good shape for Mom’s visit. I worked on the sun room and dusted some. There are a few more areas that need dusting most likely if I looked real hard but if I can’t see it, Mom probably can’t LOL. I can’t clean every inch but it’s presentable anyway. I’ll change sheets Wed night. I think we have to go to the store also Wed night, or George may go on Thurs while I’m bringing her back. I also would like to have the table set for Easter as well this week if George will clean off his mess on the table, LOL.

I have a couple of blog entries I’m working on. One is a personal one – well my weight loss plans (my own version of what I plan to do) and the other one is really just a fun one. There is just never enough time to do all I want to do. The weekend is over and we are here on Monday and I’m left to take all my “undone” projects and list them all to be done another time. Some scattered across the week and then probably after Easter weekend. Probably won’t get to work on the Texas video any until after Easter.

Prayer Request

Well, please say a BIG prayer for me. I began having pain in my left abdomen last night. It feels kinda like the diverticulitis issue I have from time to time. So I’m having to go on a liquid diet today until I know for sure. I have prayed that God will spare me this. It’s Easter, and a time to celebrate with Mom and to eat good meals. I have been looking forward to this and I don’t want to be eating jello when the time comes. So I request your prayers. I want to lose weight but not like this. I’ve asked the Lord please not to make me lose weight like this! Anytime I ask for weight loss, this happens, lol. Not this time Lord! I’ve taken Acetaminophen (I don’t take Ibuprofen due to my BP meds). Sometimes Acetaminophen and a day or two of liquid or soft foods will kill the problem. If I can have success doing this, I will be able to squeak through. If not I’ll have to call the doc and be seen and get antibiotics and go through his week long regimen back to normal food again. I also will have to have another colonoscopy again. Ugh. I absolutely have been avoiding it. I wish I knew my triggers. I didn’t have popcorn but have had some tomatoes. I’m not sure what the deal is. I’ve not been able to pinpoint any one thing. So I quit trying to identify the cause. It’s so hard to tell. Stress? Maybe as I was stressed over the storms and loss some sleep. I forgot my Probiotic pill one day. Surely that wouldn’t do it. I was on my feet all weekend. That shouldn’t do it. I eat the same stuff all the time so nothing really changed. But about once every 2 to 3 years I’ll have a flair up. Dang it. I wonder if it is the same time of year? I kinda think it is. I’m just not sure. Like I said, it’ll drive you crazy trying to figure it out. So I just focus on getting better!

It’s taken me two days to get this blog entry done! Happy Monday!