Putting the House Back Together and Eating Good Southern Food

Fancy, Mom’s Dog

The weekend was fabulous. Getting up Saturday morning with a whole two days ahead of us. My sights had been set for Saturday to be a “home day” getting the house put back together. We have it somewhat back together, but not quite. I will take my time to move Nic Naks and china and glassware back in. But it was NOT gonna be THIS weekend. But the furniture is back and place and some of the things are where they go. I think I managed to knock all the essentials off the list anyway, except for getting George’s hair cut in and I’m hoping we can squeeze that in o the back porch tonight before I set into cooking our taco salad. Mom and I are doing some cooking this week, giving George a break.

You can see from the menu board that we have quite the “good eatin'” going on this week. I’m doing cilantro lime chicken taco salad and Mom is doing spaghetti. I’ll pick up another night of doing chili. I’m going out to eat with a friend on Friday night. Wednesday is up for grabs as that is carpet install day. Since they won’t be in the kitchen but in the back bedrooms, George said if he gets to work from home we will fix something good. “Something good” usually means something that we can fix for a couple of hours, instead of quick.

“100 Year Old Meatloaf”

George found an old cookbook and fixed meatloaf “the old fashion way”. Its pretty good. I need to fix my meatloaf one night. Haven’t fixed it in a long while. It’s on the summer bucket list.

George fixed shrimp and grits last night and it was really good. It’s a shame that only family and good friends get to eat George’s cooking. He could easily have a restaurant and be swarming with folks.

I think most of Saturday I spent doing laundry – I washed not only our clothes, but Rogers blankets and some of his pillow beds that we had around the house. Fancy has taken to one of his beds so we placed it in the den. She sits with Mom but when Mom is cooking or in the kitchen she likes to lay in it where she can see Mom.

So you can see that we have furniture back in place, but I wouldn’t say that our house is clean yet, lol. The floors are for sure! But we are very “lived in” right now but let’s just say “functional”. And “functional” is what it always has to be right? Still lots of “stuff” laying about.

I mean until October we will likely have food in containers in our living room, lol. So see what I mean. Oh, I told Mom. “Don’t Tell George but the new floor is making me want white “farmhouse” curtains, LOL Wouldn’t they look good in here? But I’m not gonna think about that for a long while. At least not until after we have Mom all set up. The Burgundy served its purpose since 2008 but I think a textured white – off white – would look good! See all the food containers on the left side here. All lined up on the sofa. Might be hard to tell but you can make out a couple.

I noticed a couple of guitars took up residence in the dining room.

And one hid itself, lol, behind the wine rack.

Ohhhhhh ya’ll, guess what??? The flooring guys DID NOT DO THE FOYER! They were about to leave and “the boss” called and asked George how it was going and if we were satisfied. George said “all’s well but the foyer”. I think there was some confusion. You know how he teased me and said it was too expensive to do? I think the guy took that as a “no we are not doing the foyer”. So I’m not really sure if it was quoted or not but the boss made them stay and do the foyer instead of coming back. It only took 1.5 hours but I felt so bad for them. It was Friday and I know they wanted to go home. I brought water to them and said thank you and told them it looked “bueno”. They did not speak English – or not much anyway. Then boss came to check it out. I am so happy to get the Foyer done! I was a little worried. George had me confuses as I MYSELF did not think I was getting the foyer done. Mom told me I was one day and I said “no, he said it was too expensive”. Then George clarified and said “yes you are getting the foyer”. Then they didn’t put it in and I was thinking “what is going on? What planet are we on? Are we getting the foyer done or not?” LOL. Finally there it is. So happy with the new.

I CANNOT TELL YOU how “over the moon” excited I am about the flooring. It just makes me happy every time I walk across the floor.

Now talk about confusion. At dinner the other night George told me to order the vacuum I needed. I did the next day or two and then told him and he didn’t remember telling me I could order the vacuum. Geeeshhh. Oh well. It’s on the way and arrives today. I’ll let you see it. I ordered a canister and it has bags. If you have followed my blog, you know that I am a “bag” person when it comes to vacuums. I know you have to order them and keep them on hand and if it ever goes defunct you might not be able to get bags in, but the way things are manufacturing and as hard as we are on vacuums, it won’t last but 3 years anyway, lol. But I don’t like the bagless as that nasty stuff goes everywhere when you go to empty it. I DO NOT WANT TO SEE what all is in my floors and carpet after I vacuum. Let it stay and the bag and neatly be disposed of instead of flying around the kitchen area while you dump a bagless container. Yuk.

So the canister type of vacuum has the longer wand pole and can reach under and behind. I’ve never had one. Mom tried to talk me out of it saying you’d beat your furniture up with it. George told me later they had one and it never beat their furniture up. lol Anyway, that is what I got b/c it seemed that is what we needed. It’ll do flooring and carpet. I still think we will have to steam mop or something? I have to find out what is good. But I tell you what. I do not and will not accept having sticky floors after a mopping. CANNOT STAND that.

Yesterday we went to church, grabbed a Wendy’s meal, went to get George’s oil changed, and went to Walmart which was very crazy busy and it was not pleasant shopping b/c everyone was in your way and you were in everyone else’s way. I like to coast along at my own speed, read labels, and not be having someone behind me waiting on me to move every two seconds. And then also having to wait in line to get what you need to grab. Very annoying. And they were out of a lot of my stuff and couldn’t find the other half. I’m not used to shopping at Walmart, but it’ll be a while before I go back, lol.

Then yesterday I had to iron A LOT! I did get a birthday gift and card sent out and took some time to “re do” the long term to do list updating it for the week and beyond. Life moves so fast. Need more time.

We were invited to go to East TN for the weekend, to our nieces birthday party – 1 year old! We have not even met her yet! But it’s 4 hours there and back. I think we are not able to do this. But we may FaceTime in or Zoom in or something. I would love to go but it’s just not good timing and too short notice. Of course if we’d had longer notice we’d have said no b/c we’d have had Roger or thought we would have and we wouldn’t have left him nor taken him. But anyway one day we’ll be able to do more, but these days are tough right now with a lot going on while we work FT.

Ok so I need to get my hair and make up done and head out the door. I’m behind, but it’ll just have to be what it is. I worked over a lot in the last two weeks trying to get quarter end done having been given the data at the very last minute. It’s risky doing that b/c if there had been an emergency – —- oh well, it wouldn’t have been done on time —- at least not by me.

Another busy week this week but another fun one. No doc appts and nothing to miss work over except if George can’t work from home ALL of WED when the carpet people come, I may have to go in late and fold/stuff checks from home that morning. One of us needs to be here I think. I mean Mom could handle it but one of needs to kind of monitor the moving of the furniture and watching our things and making sure they have the right carpet and such. Mom just can’t see all that well and someone needs to kind of keep an eye on things you know? Or at least get them started.

So we’ll see what happens. This week I’ll likely do my “every other day” blogging. I tried to blog more, but I’m missing being able to work on the videos. And I just don’t get much any other time as we are so dang busy with stuff going on. But, this week I’ll be having to move my Mac out so —–it may be later in the week before I will be back. If I can pop in a mobile entry from my phone I will though!

Ya’ll have a superb week! Over and Out.

Finished Puzzle, Flooring Costs, Stomach Issues, and Good Deed Failure

It is finished! I enjoyed working it. I’ve decided we shouldn’t try to work another until after flooring is done. One less thing to put up on a whim. I think Mom would enjoy it more if she a comfy place to sit. But it’s hard to work a puzzle from a recliner chair! Anyway I will get another puzzle after flooring is done.

Flooring Update

So the estimates came in. Whew! Had we done this a year ago or more I imagine it would have been a few thousand cheaper. The price of waiting definitely has its price. So a 14K upgrade it is! That is with labor and everything. It is not scheduled yet. George just got the email with the details. We will look at scheduling it next. We do have a lot of SQ FT in the house so I knew it would be bad. I was thinking 10K or more and George was thinking 12K.

George is thinking we need to go ahead and prep for “the moving of the rooms around” for the carpet. I’m thinking we need to buy some rubber tubs – one for each room – to set things in. All the Nic Nacs and such. So I don’t have to try to remember where it all goes. We can use the tubs later for moving Mom’s things that she is using now, and then we can keep them for our own storage items for the basement. We can use them. But I need to get a good deal on the tubs.

Tummy Issues

Mom and I both have had tummy issues. She has had upper issues and I’ve had lower issues. We cannot narrow it down really. We have all eaten so much lately. George is fine.

I have a box of Life cereal in my office and enjoy that with Vanilla Almond Milk about once a week. I love the Cinnamon flavored Life.

Despite not feeling too good, I ate quesadillas from Santa Fe. I forgot to say beef instead of chicken. And had memories of the chicken enchilada from Oscar’s the other night. I ended up picking the chicken out to inspect it, LOL. It was good but I wish I had gotten the steak or beef version, considering how Taco Tues turned out.

We did not go to the Trivia night as our neighbor had to work late. I was not feeling it anyway and neither was Mom so was relieved in a way. I just needed to relax and take it easy.

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So the beloved coffee pot would NOT work this morning. It almost seems like we have some kind of evil spirit after us, trying to bring us down. First my car, the kitchen sink clogged, the washer leaked and that pipe clogged, the new lights fell, the lamp fell, the shrimp bowl broke, and now the coffee pot. Really, taking away our beloved nectar? Don’t NOBODY touch the wine! lol

Remember how Maisy used to stare at me? Now Fancy is doing it. She is trying to read my face somehow. We finished watching Ten Commandments. She stared at me nearly the whole time. It was funny.

Good Intentions Quickly Goes South

Something happened yesterday that made me very sad and kinda ruined my day. We had a retirement party last week for a coworker and had sandwiches from Panera. We had a lot of leftover boxes. I put them in the fridge. That was a week ago. Yesterday I reached in the fridge to get water, the first time in over a week and I noticed boxes still in there. So I tossed them out so no one would get sick.

Then, about an hour or two later, I was told that those were not from last week but from yesterday at an event off site. I was told not to bother anything in the break room again unless I asked first.

I felt soooo bad.

I threw away 6 boxes. That is 6 lunches. I had saved the chips. Even the cookies were hard as rocks so I tossed them. Maybe I saved someone a tooth. lol Who’d have thought though?

So lessons learned. Leave the fridge cleaning to someone else and stay out of it. It’s unlikely that I will go and ask if I can clean the fridge, lol. I kept thinking yesterday I can’t win for losing. I mean what were the chances? It kinda ruined my day yesterday. I try so hard to do good things, to help, only to do the wrong thing. Naturally I offered to go buy more or to pay for them.

Of course it’s foolish to give up doing great things, even if there is a little humor in the cartoon there. God REALLY DOES see the good we TRY to do in the world. Even if others don’t or even if we misinterpret the scene. About 2:30 I kept thinking that if we had fresh sandwiches no one had sent a note about it so how would I have known. And then I felt better. And plenty of others might have thought the same about those boxes not knowing they were fresh so how would anyone have known they WERE fresher boxes and edible. About that time an email came as if I had spoken the thought out loud. Of course it was after lunch by then and most had eaten. I guess someone else thought the same thought about no one knowing, thus the email lol. So I guess there were more boxes that came from somewhere that were saved from my “good intentions”.

Still it kinda ruined my day. But again, lessons learned. I’ll clean my own fridge at home and keep out of everyone else’s. I’ll stick to cleaning the fridge front finger prints and perhaps cleaning the microwave – when I can find time.

I won’t give up on good deeds, but some days you want to.

Everything’s gonna be OK! We just have to focus on making it a good day, continuing to be good people and helping others, but yes, perhaps be a little more persnickety about what deeds we choose to do! OK? Ohhhhh Kayyyy!

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Now on with the day, and to seek more coffee. Because my outlook might not be as bright if I don’t find it. 😉

Oh – taking Mom for the eye injection today. Then will focus on laundry and this next video! I may have to ignore the world around here for a few moments. But I’m hip on getting it done so I can move on to a few other things!

Have a lovely Friday!

Big Honker of a Truck and Getting Mom Settled In at the House

The BIG moving weekend is HERE. All nerves have been pointed to this weekend. The truck was reserved a few weeks ago, but it was a much smaller one. Yesterday the smaller one was cancelled on us as it was not returned for whatever reason. So they “upgraded” George to this HUGE truck. It’s huge. George was very nervous about the big truck. I mean on the highways, they train guys for weeks to drive big tractor trailers and this was about half the size of one. He texted back that he was “terrified”. Bless him. I so love him for doing this for Mom.

We went to get Mom last night. I never really anticipated just how big of a night it would be. I thought we’d toss Mom, a suitcase or two, maybe a box or two and a few things sitting around and then head home. Like all the other times. But, I failed to consider that 1) I was not leaving early from work 2) I had to go home and get George 3) He got home later than I did 4) We had to take care of Roger Dog’s needs 5) Traffic during rush hour was just horrible 6) Interstates had multiple accidents/issues 7) We had to take a back route 8) We had to stop and get food for dinner for us and Mom so we would not be hangry 9) Mom had packed a lot, but we had hoped to get “remaining everything” out but the furniture so there was more to pack 10) After everything that would fit was packed in the car we discovered there was more that Mom needed immediately that needed to go so we had to unpack the car and then repack. 11) I thought we brought most of Mom’s clothes already but we brought home several more closets worth, LOL LOL LOL.

We brought Mom’s car back with us and it was packed fully too. It was 10:30 or after when we got back to Mount Juliet. It was midnight before we went to bed. We felt nasty and had to shower. Bed felt so good. And I’m so glad I took the whole day off instead of working half day.

Yesterday at work I was explaining all we were trying to do to my immediate boss and she said “oh my goodness you just need to take tomorrow off”. I was trying to do it all, be there for work to sign checks, and take care of Mom. I was already leaving early at 1 to get her to a doc appt and I was already going to have to be late to work to drop George off to get the Enterprise (I kept calling it a U-Haul, it’s like “coke” it’s just what you call that type of truck around these parts.) Anyway, my boss was totally right. I should have planned to be off the whole day. And I was glad last night that she suggested it. Mom needed me here to help find things and to get things set up, to be fed til she gets used to things and we get more groceries, and get her a bit organized. And most of all I needed me here to try to put a blessing on the house to get it livable with a LOT of Mom’s stuff coming into each of the rooms. We are making it work. Only her room is a mess, we have to figure out what to do with all the clothes.

The first thing I tackled was getting her little toaster oven in on the counter. George has hidden the box of pans that go in them. Have to ask him where those are. Mom can operate this little oven as she used it every day at her house. She was pleased that I worked it in on the counter. She will use this a lot while we are gone to work.

I also had eggs expiring so I boiled up nearly a whole large carton (we’ve not been here much to eat them) and we had boiled eggs and biscuits for breakfast. Then I took what was left and made dressed eggs/deviled eggs – pick your term.

I also brewed some tea for our iced tea. Mom likes her iced tea and so do I.

After organizing Fancy’s dog supplies and doing loads of laundry and cleaning the kitchen and rebooting dishwasher while Mom dealt with her clothes (lol) I fixed lunch. Knowing Mom was coming I bought some bologna. She and I would eat bologna sandwiches a lot on summer days.

George will be happy to have some dressed eggs when he comes in.

I bought a pillow last week at Target for my little corner of the couch. I gave Mom my recliner to sit in -in our den, which is the best seat in the house! I’m taking the seat at the end of the sofa and George remains in his seat at the right side of the sofa.

I can feel some of the anxiety roll off. However, I’m a little concerned still about the truck and the move and hope George doesn’t have any difficulty. We would be with him but —we have this doc appt.

Soon here I will take Mom to this appt to get an injection in her eye. She goes once a month. Afterwards we are going to Target. Mom needs some more tubs to put clothes in. I’m laughing so hard. George said “DO NOT get your Mom ANY MORE clothes for Christmas! She has enough!” LOL LOL LOL LOL.

Anyways, please pray for us in the final but biggest stage of the move where he has to move multiple difficult things – including 5 china cabinets.

I love him for doing this. Bless him and Lord be with him as he deals with this incredible move of all the furniture today in the incredible truck. Fancy is helping her Momma with her clothes! 😛

Ok I better go help with something! Just had to pop in and let you know how it’s going. Off to her doc appt soon. I hope it goes well.