Happy Thanksgiving from us Turkeys here in Mount Juliet!

We are up today and relieved to have had a morning’s rest without alarms sounding. I slept 10 much needed hours myself. Not expected to have blogged today but we are doing a bit of a lot of things today. I’ve done my devo, have worked in the kitchen and made dressed eggs. Mom made her sweet potatoes. George made his pea and asparagus casserole from scratch last night. And the cornbread for the stuffing. I’m off to make some bacon for breakfast – we might have already snuck in a dressed egg. I’ve even worked on the video some. The table is set for a 4:00 p.m. meal today.

Last night we picked out a Whirlpool dishwasher. It was a very inexpensive but seemed to be packed with everything we needed. I picked out one I liked but it’s reviews were not too good so I let it go. The install will be some time between Friday and the 30th of November. It is in stock but we are scheduling an install and that includes a plumber if needed and also a haul off of the old, if I understood correctly. They will call us Friday to schedule. Til then we wash dishes. I’ve not fretted over it. We have all taken turns washing or putting them up and it’s worked fine.

I can’t tell you what a relief it is to have 4 days off with no alarms and a period of time in which to get a few things done. This weekend is a BIG transition weekend for us. Mom herself will be moved to her new locale tomorrow, I’ll take up fall decor and switch to Christmas, and we’ll begin thinking about our trip next week, and the office move the week after that, and my move into the guest bedroom and can bring the rest of my fall clothes up and scarves – I’ve missed my scarves this week.

It is a rainy cozy day today. I am so happy. Just to be here and no place we have to rush off to. Just be here, organize ourselves, rest, eat a wonderful meal and be happy for all God has provided and that we have each other as family – even if we drive each other crazy. Just the thought also that we have extra time in the day to read, work on a hobby, work a puzzle, or watch a show – makes me gleeful. The past few weeks have been so busy and on the go.

Here’s a BEFORE peek of our table – you have to laugh at George’s computer set up in the corner – even though he has not worked from home in a long time. I can never have my tables clean. I suppose he has been lucky I have not fussed over it as some wives would have done. Oh I’ve mentioned it, but I’ve not harped. I suppose that is why it is still there. I guess I hope that he would have heart to remove it on his own and see the need, but likely not. So I’ve chosen not to make a big deal but we’ll eat and take pictures of his stuff on the end of the table for all to see and that is my reality and this is a reality blog, lol.

Mom’s Sweet Potatoes with Pecan and Brown Sugar Topping

I have set an extra place setting for all the people that we wish would be there with us. So I’m headed off to go get a shower and make some bacon to hold us over til 4!

Still drinking coffee this morning! I’m looking forward to our meal.

What is YOUR favorite dish at Thanksgiving? I’m not sure what mine is.. I like it all. I wish we were having squash casserole! But there is only three of us. Our dinner is Turkey, dressing, dressed eggs, pea and asparagus casserole, cranberry, sweet potatoes, corn, Ms. Schubert rolls, and iced tea. For dessert: blueberry cobbler and pumpkin pie. I think I’m excited to have a turkey sandwich for leftovers too. And there’s cheesecake at some point over the next week or so.

Let me know what all you are making today or if you are traveling. I love hearing about YOUR life as well as sharing mine! Hope you have a fabulous day!

Meanwhile in TX. My grand dog had a spa day and came home with a big bow! lol

And I’m impressed at how well the new iPhone Pro Max 13 takes a night photo. Wow! Our neighbors have this up. Can’t wait to show River when he gets here.

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?

Dinner out with Family, Stress Levels, Blood Pressure, Time Shortage

We had a grand time with extended family last night at Margarita House in the Providence area of Mount Juliet. Left to right, Me, Aunt Felicia (back), Susan (front), George and cousin Mollie! NO it wasn’t George’s birthday but we had a photo app and took it! I called us the Fabulous Five for the evening. It was so much fun we vowed to do it again in another quarter or so! I loved hearing the stories and reminiscing on George’s side of the family. Lots of laughter. It’s been a good week for smiles and laughter.

The fajitas were good. The steak and shrimp was exceptionally good as were the peppers and onions with their chargrilled taste. The chicken was a bit mushy though. It wasn’t really very good. I’m not sure what happened there except maybe it was overcooked or something, so I ate all the shrimp and steak and left the chicken. lol

I Get the Moderna Vaccine Today

So I get my Moderna shot today around lunch time. And then I will get something through a drive thru for lunch on the way back. I might oughta eat first to tell you the truth. Not sure if there will be a wait or what. I’m a little nervous about it.

Stress and Blood Pressure

Also my blood pressure was worse this morning. It was 165/89 the first time and I took it three times. The longer I sat there, each time it got better. It was 149/88 at the lowest. I don’t know why the meds are not working anymore. However, it’s been almost 24 hours since I took it. I take it in the mornings when I get to work. That seems the best time to take it.

I really need some solitude and some down time. I would like to take the rest of the day off today, but it’s quarter end and I’m going to need all the vacation time I have to get Mom where she needs to be the rest of the year with this move and doc appointments and such. On the other hand, I’m no good to anyone if I stroke out. But I’m sure I’ll head back over to work like a good little girl. But I covet the thought of just being able to come home and get things done that have been nagging at me, getting laundry started, dinner started and chilling out. But I guess that won’t happen.

My to do list is stacking up as we have not had ANY free time at home to get anything done but just eat and sleep. And most of our weekends we will be gone to pack up Mom’s house. I’m trying to meditate some as I can find a few seconds (bathroom stall to be quite honest, TMI!!!) for just a moment of deep breathing and releasing and letting go and just letting the thoughts come in and go out.

There are some things I want to do in the house with housework, shower gift to wrap and get in the mail, moving things around a bit to make room for Mom’s stay here, and not to mention all the personal “to do’s” that I have.

Time Shortage

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Anyway, I just need some rest and rejuvy time but there is none to be had. We’ve pretty much gone about 3 weeks straight with no down time and it’s really starting to wear and tear and show in my mind and body. I’m trying to hold it together. My mind and body is also requiring a full 8 hours sleep and honestly that does not seem to be good enough. It’s so hard to get up in the mornings. One morning I slept through two alarm clocks and George had to wake me.

Self – Care

I’ve also decided I want to go shorter on my hair as I’m having to mess with it so much to get it to work. It’s hard for me to cut the back. So I think I will move up my appointment and that will help me to get a bit more time in the morning. If we can get rid of the masks soon I’ll start wearing makeup.

I’ve also decided that I’m going to start getting my nails done again as a treat to myself. I don’t ever have time to do them now as it takes a good hour or so with the filing, painting, and drying time and such so I don’t mess them up. I don’t have an hour every week to do it now. So I think I’m going to make an appointment and what they do will last 3 weeks. That will save 2 hours a month! lol Then when I retire I will go back to doing them on my own.

Life is Good

Life is good though. I just have to get settled and figured out and adjusted in this year’s new normal. We’ve been used to a slower pace. I’m happy and content and excited about getting Mom up here so we can be with her and help her. She is excited about the new place. But I do need to see what is going on with the BP. I am going to monitor it for about a week and see if this is just a fluke b/c of all the additional stress lately or if it’s truly the meds are not working anymore. It may be he needs to adjust the meds. So I’ll monitor for a few days and then make a doc appt I guess. Or call. Maybe he will just change the prescription.

In the mean time I’m also trying to figure out natural ways to reduce the BP levels and the stress! So Ya’ll take care and say a few prayers for me to get straightened out. I’m thankful for the weight loss tracker though – b/c I’d not known that my blood pressure was high. I knew I was stressed a bit, but didn’t know the meds were not working it’s magic.

Off to work…always off to somewhere…