The Heat is On, Exhaustion, and Prayers for Family and Tennessee Flood Victims

We are so lucky, well most of the time, to have deer roaming freely in our neighborhoods. They are so used to people and even vehicles. This one, simply looks up, and goes on about eating the neighbors lilies, lol. You can barely seem him in the picture. He’s right in the middle. I actually Thank God in the mornings for the wildlife he puts in our midst. It makes me feel good knowing that if I can’t be out exploring God’s beauty at least he will bring it to me in some fashion.

The Heat is On

Summer is trying to squeeze out as much heat upon us as it can. Although areas to our Southwest seem to have had more heat warnings. We’ve had temps around 95-97. The maintenance crew was in our office -not from our company but I guess who ever owns the buildings send in someone to monitor the “new fangled” system they put in back in spring. They have had issue with it since. The old one seemed to work fine and only had to be adjusted when a frontal boundary came through but this one has kept nearly NO ONE happy. lol. Everyone is either blasted to the Arctic cold or melting in a pool of humid and extremely warm air. Eventually the break room and my office took the brunt of the arctic air while the rest became somewhat comfortable. I vowed to endure it with my heater going and a wool cape that resembles a wool throw one would have upon them in the coldest of winter days.

So the maintenance guys were in again testing the “whatever it is they test” throughout the building – air holes, I don’t know. And I told them how cold it was in my office. So now I guess they turned the vent off and so this week this has been the story.

Once again, I vowed to put up with it. I was the one that said I was cold. One can only laugh. I hate to complain. Fall is coming and then I guess it will be cold in there. lol lol lol. I don’t know what the answer is, other than to turn my fan on HIGH. I moved it closer to me and let it blow directly on my face and yesterday I make sure I drink lots of ice water. I also can put cold paper towels on my neck.

Life and “the universe” as they call it, just seems to play together sometimes. And so this was Monday’s calendar.

Well, heck yeah I’m hot! lol But bless their hearts, they just can’t figure this system out. I guess the owners were trying some new fangled system to save money but it’s just not working.

Exhaustion

So I’m not sure if the heat played a part in this or not. All I know is that around Noon on Monday I began feeling extremely tired. It was hard to get through the day. I didn’t feel bad or sick as much as I just felt lifeless. And maybe I was just dehydrated. But when I went home, I went straight to bed. I got up and ate dinner which is how I knew I wasn’t sickly. Dinner was good and I went back to bed.

Sleep was…….well……good but in the middle of the night I guess I had a weird nightmare. My body was so tired that whenever I was trying to wake up, I couldn’t. I couldn’t move. I tried to move my arms and legs but they wouldn’t move. I had to pray to wake up as it felt some force was over me not allowing me to wake up or move. I was determined to overcome whatever was overpowering me. I guess it was a weird dream. I woke up when I prayed Lord get rid of whatever is overpowering me. I woke up from the dream at that point. It freaked me out. It kinda bothered me all day when I thought of it. I think my body was just so tired it really didn’t want to move as I was waking up, because it kinda felt that way also when I was awake. I just wanted to be!

I still felt exhausted when I got up yesterday morning (Tuesday morning) still. But I was hungry and determined to get payroll done and then come home and go to bed again.

At work, I closed the blinds, and then kept icy cold water and drinks in front of me. I have no idea if it was the heat or not – but it certainly wasn’t helping any – but I was determined to make the situation better. The blinds down brought the temp down to 78 and I made sure to drink a lot of fluids. See I have blood pressure meds that have a water pill in them and so that can make things worse from a dehydration stand point.

Anyway by Noon I began to feel like I was coming back to life. During the exhaustion period, I couldn’t not do anything other than “get through the moment” – no planning, no thinking about the next thing. So by Noon I actually began to feel better in the way that I was less tired but also able to think about my to do list and what I would do when I got home. So I knew I was on the mend. The idea crossed my mind that perhaps I was getting “the dreaded” but no other signs. I considered even staying home as the tiredness was so debilitating but then who calls in b/c they are tired? I’m tired a lot, I’d have to be off A LOT if that was a reason to call in. And I’m not going to get a test for being tired. Not even sure they would give one.

So I’m much better. Not quite to perfection but feeling better anyway. Much more normal!

Pray for Family

Speaking of the dreaded. I have some family near and dear to heart that likely have “the dreaded”. I’m calling it the “the dreaded” b/c I think if you mention it in some media forms the post is not broadcast or meeting the algorithms now. So I try not to mention it.

So they are not getting tested – or haven’t yet anyway – but I don’t want to mention who they are. For the “trolls” or the “stalkers” to ease your mind – NO I’ve not been around them to expose anyone so rest your fears. Anyway, I’m really worried about them, VERY worried. So please put up some prayers that God heals quickly, no long term issues, and no respiratory issues and no problems from this. One of them has had pneumonia before and once you get it, it can be easy to get again and I worry about that.

Flood Victims and Families of the Deceased

I was shocked to realize that one of the people that lost their lives in the flooding, was a lady I had worked with at the envelope plant, Jane Warfield. She retired some twenty years ago and moved to Waverly. She would have been 81 or so I think. Her husband also passed. This was sad. I don’t know the details of her particular story but it certainly made this more personal. And it’s sad to see the names listed. You realize where each name is, there is a family heavy with grief. And this is not the entire list. I also had a teacher once by the name of Linda Arnold. I think that was her name. I have no idea if that is her. I took this pic to send my friends at the envelope plant.

Hoping to find out more information. At least I understood this was the confirmed deaths, but there were some that were still missing. It’s tough to watch the news coverage on this. Even the law enforcement having a tough time keeping composure and breaking down on the news briefings. One said “Sorry guys you have to realize we grew up in this community and these were all people we knew”. There are numerous homes that just floated away.

So prayers for these folks. I want to do something! Perhaps make a donation or send supplies, but for right now I’m just praying.

One never knows what a day will bring. Certainly those folks didn’t know they would get 13-17 inches of rain and drown at their place of dwelling or their place of work, or be swept away by a surprise tidal flooding wave.

Have a Joyous Day and Enjoy it Whatever You Do

I have to leave you with encouragement after that. Here’s your “Meanwhile in Texas” section of the day. My little toot – my Little Roo. Don’t you just want to scoop him up and give him some loving? Gosh I miss him.

Well, not sure this is encouraging but I ran across this picture yesterday. I think it was in my Facebook memories. It made me cry. I miss them so much. I know though, that the Lord just knows what we can handle and what we can’t. I know that for this season while we moved Mom, are having Mom live with us, and will be moving her again – and for the time frame where we went to see our Grandson and will go again, God just knew we needed less responsibility. But my heart misses them both so much. Especially the love that Maisy gave me that just stole my heart. How she loved me at times when it seemed like no one else did. God used her to warm my heart.

I know in my heart there will be another special dog or two. But now is not the time. When I get sad I think about how good God was to send us Maisy and Roger and I know that in time and I trust – that God will again send us two more amazing doggies to love and care for and have them care for us! I’m so looking forward to it. But we need to get Mom settled and take a couple of trips. I’m thinking spring/summer/fall of 2022. Stay tuned.

You Know Fall is Coming When You See This

There seem to be spiders outside everywhere before fall gets here. Not sure why but I guess that is why you see so many spider decorations at Halloween.

Well, I need to go and get ready. I’m glad to be feeling better and glad I can work toward my to do list. Got the ironing done yesterday after work – pressing the wrinkles out of some work pants. I let them hang dry as my clothes last longer when I do that. Also got the sunroom sofa blankets put back on. I know ya’ll liked the sofa sunroom furniture pattern but I don’t. So I cover them with blankets/quilts. I had washed them and now all is ready for fall. It also makes them comfy too.

Now to move on to set my next hair appt – likely 10 to 12 weeks out and do my computer updates on the Mac, order vacuum bags for the new vacuum. Then I can do my To Do List that is hard to get to, lol. Dinner tomorrow night with neighbor and friend Christie! Can’t wait to catch up with her.

Ok – over and out! Probably will blog again on Friday morning. Whatcha got going on in your week?

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!