Voting, Texas Style Burrito, and Other Weekend Tales

Yay, the 50,000 hits were reached some time this week. I had posted that we were close. I wonder which one of you was the exact 50,000? Thanks again for visiting here these last few years. I’m enjoying the WordPress set up here.

Nothing will ever be like the AOL Journal set up we all had so many years ago. I think of that period of time often. I miss the AOL desktop world with it’s chat log on noises and the door shutting when someone would leave. Does anyone remember that?

I didn’t chat much on AOL as I was afraid of it, but it was fun that once you connected with people their Chat noise selection would come and go in the side bar and would echo out of your computer. Sometimes I’d forget and leave it on at night and you could hear people’s frogs, favorite song snippet, crickets, or whatever through the night. LOL Would drive George crazy if I forgot and left the computer on, lol. It was in the bedroom.

So Friday, I never found the $1700 some odd dollars and cents that are making the social security taxes off, but I did find two people whose last names had been changed to start with a P instead of what it was supposed to be. I did find that quite odd. When you are trying to find people alphabetically, it makes it harder to do because they are not there. Apparently they migrate to the “P” section. LOL. I tried to figure out how one would do that by accident, but if you go to enter one letter when you change someone’s name it empties the whole field so you can enter the whole name. So I will just say that is QUITE strange and leave it at that, but I hope there is no FOUL play going on. Weird things happen a bit. Things that make you go, hmmmmmmm. There are some people in the world that like to play with you a bit I’ve discovered. Alas, The day was not a bad one. It was a quiet one. But it would have been nice to see where the $1700 went. Maybe I should look in the “P’s” – buahahahahah! That is where the other losts things went.

At home, I made spaghetti. It felt good going home knowing there would be no time schedule for the next two days. AT this point in my life it really means so much. It always has but now it’s even more. I despise having to get up and leave something unfinished that I’m working on in the mornings. Again, always have. I have never liked to be interrupted. My focus is strong and it’s annoying. But being home felt good, with cooler air coming in and us being cozy on the inside. I made a couple of beds closer to the kitchen so the doggies would be close and not have to lay on the linoleum. It wasn’t cold inside or anything but they dogs, like people, like to have their perches! Beds, sofas, blankies!

Maisy picked her spot first. Then Roger, wanting to be where Maisy was began staring at her and then rooting at the bed. LOL LOL LOL

So then……

Maisy, has always been really good to Roger. She lets him have his way. They have really been very good to one another. Roger deserves the softer bed as he has more pain and likely a bit older. She was sweet to let him have it. She gave up on the whole area and just came and laid in the linoleum near by me.

Sleep was pretty good last night. Thankful for that. Got up at 1:30 for restroom break of course and have to have water, especially now with the heat on. And I have begun keeping a plastic cup by the bedside for the dogs too (the far reach so I don’t accidentally grab the wrong one, LOL). If they are awake and see me getting water, I figure they are thirsty too, and I give them a swig or at least put some on their lips/mouth. They love it. I get so thirsty sometimes it is hard to even swallow. So I figure they must be too. Roger was asleep so I only gave Maisy some at first. As I laid my head down Roger came over and put his mouth/tongue to my hand. Oh you want some too? OK.

At 4:00 a.m. Maisy was not having it, this laying in bed and not getting up like we do on the weekdays. I figured she must really need to go. So I took her. And of course she was wanting to eat after that. So I crawled in bed and then she came back and I put her up in the bed. You’d think I’d have been good and awake at that point. But no. I curled back up in bed with my Tugie blanket Katy gave me – it’s so warm and radiates back with heat. It is so comfy and warm and soft. Off to snooze land again. A tiny tongue hits my arm again. Momma I’m awake and want to go out and eat my breakfast too. Oh Roger! lol. I whispered, “Maisy must have told you she had her breakfast already”. They communicate. Those doggies. Maisy hovers nearby Roger breathing out with her hassles and Roger smells mmmmm that good fresh pet and he knows she’s eaten. Now he’s hungry.

George heard me whispering to Roger and said he would take him out. Bless him. So I fell back into a sweet snoozeland for another few minutes. However, Maisy cannot let her mother be. She wants me up and once I’m up she can snooze. LOL. What kind of a deal is that?

So, up and had coffee, started the laundry, got a shower, stripped the bed covers, bleached the bathroom, cut my bangs. Went out to vote. Then it was my turn to beg for food before we went to vote.

Me: Can we stop at Sonic and get a Breakfast Burrito? It’s on the way.

George: Or we can go vote first and then go eat.

Me: No it might take too long. The blood sugar can’t wait that long.

George: Well let’s go see how the line is.

Me: I’m not going to do well having to wait at all as I’m hungry now it’s on the way so just stop at Sonic.

George: Well we’ll drive around and see what it looks like and then will go back and get a burrito.

(pull around and get into the voting traffic and then see the line is moderate and out the building and down the sidewalk)

George: Not too bad

Me: Bad enough. I need to get some protein in my body.

George: Ok we are going to Sonic.

(At Sonic)

George: We’ll have two breakfast burritos and one coffee

Speaker at Sonic: Sir, I’m sorry, our grill is out. We can only do fried food today.

Me: (From the passenger seat). NEVER MIND, THANK YOU!

Speaker at Sonic: Sorry.

Me: IT’s OK! YALL have a good day!

Me: (To George). Just go to that new chicken place – maybe they have a chicken biscuit for breakfast.

George: Silent and pulling out of Sonic

Me: You know that chicken pl—-

George: Yes, honey I know what chicken place you are talking about.

Me: Can I please say something?

George: No, you may not.

Me: Ok then you will forever wonder what it was I was going to say!

George: I’m just kidding. Yes you can say something.

Me: That chicken place may not be open for breakfast but if it’s not there’s other places down that way.

George: I was about to say, I don’t think they are open for breakfast. (Pulls in, and no they are not open for breakfast and pulls out to the main road for another place.)

George: Let’s do Hardee’s.

Me: Sounds good to me.

(Arrives at Hardees, cars around the building and lined up on the road)

George: This is going to take forever!

Me: No just go somewhere else, Starbucks is down the road.

George: (Steps on gas and gets in left lane away fro Starbucks, lol)

Me: (Quiet. Not sure what is happening.)

George: I have an idea.

Me: This is gonna be good, I usually like his ideas.

George: The Mexican place

Me: (Still confused.)

George: We have found our Texas breakfast burrito.

Me: Wow and they have a drive thru! Cool! And no one knows about this place yet.

George: We’ll see. (We order a steak burrito, and a bacon burrito).

Out comes breakfast thru the window. Coffee the size of Texas itself. And the burritos the width of a boa constrictor and as long as your forearm! lol And the burritos so hot I can’t even open the bag. So we drive over to the voting place again and park.

I get the burritos out and begin eating as George starts to get out of the car.

Me: What are you doing?

George: Going to go eat in line to vote?

Me: I can’t eat this burrito in line? It’s too hard to eat while standing. I don’t want to eat in front of everybody.

George: This is going to take forever.

Me: Look you go vote then and I’ll come back later if you are in such a hurry. I’m not eating this burrito in line in front of everyone.

George finishes burrito, grease going everywhere.

George: Can you tear this last napkin in half?

Me: Yeah.

Me: (Half way thru burrito). Ok I’ve got enough in me I won’t get shaky. So we can go in.

George: (No argument from him, gets out of the car).

We go in and vote. It takes about 20 min if that long. The closer to the building the faster it goes. It was fine. It was touchless if you wanted it to be. I touched the screen and then used hand sanitizer. That was probably the only extra thing they could have done was to have hand sanitizer available for those that didn’t have any but it was fine. Now we wait. This election will be interesting.

Bird House at Charlie Daniels park, while standing in line to vote.

So we got all that done. I hate that it was so much trouble to get to a burrito and then a lot of trouble to have time to eat it. I guess that was not part of George’s agenda. But I thanked him afterward for letting me get food and then for giving me the chance to eat it. I started to say eat half of it, but that was my choice. lol. I chose to make it go quicker for him since I was obviously putting a kink on his morning.

So we are back now at the house. I’m not sure what the hurry was. We had no where to be. But yet we went, did that, and are back home now.

We have plans to go eat with friends tonight in a new place and we are just elated to get to see them.

It’s really our turn to have people over, but I’m honestly so embarrassed at my floors that I really hate to have company. I can’t wait til we get the floors done. Everyone else has such nice kitchens and flooring and updated houses and ours is just old and outdated and tacky. I can deal with tacky but not really wanting to share and expose tacky, LOL. Everything has to break before it can be replaced. Anyone for a sledgehammer Sunday to tear up a countertop? LOL. Breaking it might get me a new one? I started to do that the old TV not long ago. That Mother Earth of a behemoth elephant style of a big screen we liked to never got in our house in it’s beginning and liked to never got out – oh wait – we didn’t get it out – well we did for about 5 minutes – it went out the front door and then got parked into the basement where it will remain likely until we both die. LOL. OK I’ll quit complaining and try to feel blessed with what we have, which is much. I’m sorry. I just speak the truth. And that is I’m done with the floors and I do want an updated kitchen. We are getting there little by little. The fridge and dishwasher and microwave are finally stainless. By the time it all gets done it’ll be time for us to move out somewhere. We always seem to leave things nice for the next people. I want to enjoy it though before we move on if we are going to be paying for it. It’s easier to sell a house that looks nice and we end up having to spend it in the end anyway.

Ok I’ve gone down a rabbit hole I didn’t intend to go down. And that rabbit is not there anyway. It’s off kaddadling (new word) about in another arena.

So the main thing is…we voted. I got to eat. We made it home to tell about it. LOL

Good Eating and Good Authors!

The Eating has been GOOD the last couple of days – not that it’s NOT when we are home, but you know how much I love to eat out. It was always a treat growing up and we’d go out a lot back then any time we went to church which was every time the door was open. When George and I first married we didn’t go out as much unless we met our families. It was a money thing. I had to get used to staying home a lot, no shopping and all that. But through the years, with promotions, and paying off things we began to eat out more and more especially for all the special occasions (if we didn’t have one, we’d invent one) and when meeting friends. We love to eat out and try new things and get inspirations for things to fix at home. 2020 has NOT been the year for experimental cuisine spots, but it has been a year of COMFORT FOOD. We had a $25 gift card to use up at Cracker Barrel. And I was so proud of our Cracker Barrel here. Not only was the landscaping lovely but they added a temporary outside seating area so they could accomodate more people (not lose money) during the social distancing requirements.

We had good conversation about our work and about politics and the election and the coronavirus. I mean what else would we talk about. There is one more subject I suppose, but we left that one under the table, LOL.

Well, GEEZ, what do you do when Blackberry Cobbler is in season? Ya go for it. Oh my a bowl of heaven right there. It was little. It was good. Not sorry.

The gift shop was enticing at Cracker Barrel as always. And look….it’s a Christmas SLOTH.

Of course you know this corner speaks to me with our little wildlife yard. Speaking of….I saw the SKUNK last night.

We smelled him the night before when he permeated all the way to the highway to our house. But last night I saw him out with the deer in our backyard. Neither were considering each other a threat. I’ve seen deer and skunk together before. Might have been in the cartoon Disney movie, with Bambi LOL. But I believe I saw them hanging out in a state park in the Land Between the Lakes area. Saw the deer first then the skunk. I remember thinking it was like a zoo area with a pet skunk and was running to it and my grandfather said “un uh nope nope – that’s not a pet”. Oops! It was at a visitor center and in a fenced but open area, so I had thought it must be a pet. I’m glad he saved me from my curiosity and subsequent hotel tomato bath during our travels.

So last night I met my friend Christy at Smiley Thai coming from work. They had THE BEST Halloween decor ever!! This was a lot of fun.

I ordered the noodle PHO last night with Chicken and also had ordered Sushi. I took this pic after I’d eaten most of the chicken. The noodles were a bit hard to eat with my spoon but I managed to eat a lot with my chopsticks. I still couldn’t eat all the noodles and bean sprouts. But it was good for a rainy night as the cold front began to come through.

We enjoyed chatting and vowed to go get our toes done next week. Yay! Someone to go with! I miss my Kate and our pedicure outings. And I’m happy to have a friend that will go.

We downloaded the same book to do for a Bible Study. Hers is on line. Mine is audio. It’s a Max Lucado book. Anyway, I’m half way thru between these guys:

*Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire – by Jen Hatmaker (Like I need to read this one, LOL!) In this book she is basically giving you permission to be YOU and not worry about it. I knew I liked her when she said she argued with her publicist over which curse words they would allow to remain in the chapters (she is a religious speaker/writer, lol). Not that I like cursing, but if we are all being honest here – we all know that even elder’s wives say the S word – a LOT. Even I cursed when spilling the communion in the car before taking it to a shut in. It happens. I don’t like it, but I’m honest and I’ll ocassionally say S***, H***, or D*** to make a point. But I do not want to hear the GD word. That is a no no. Unfortunately though, this author has found a lot of criticism in her industry for not only her words but some of her beliefs. She is going through a divorce and her publisher dropped her like a hot potato for embracing some new open minded thoughts. I get it, or should I say I’m used to that. I think we all have to study to show ourselves approved and create our salvation through Jesus and with God and His plan. It’s our own responsibility to work this out so I’m no judge of that. But I draw strength from her character and spirit. And as a writer of a blog and of my own words, I can relate that when you say what you feel and what you know to be true and get called on the carpet for speaking the truth as if you were a devil served up on hot pancake. My motto is fix the problems people, don’t get mad at the writer for telling the truth. If you were ugly yesterday or caused a problem and didn’t want people to know it – then don’t be ugly, irresponsible, or causing problems and don’t be mad if it gets mentioned. Work on your issues and don’t attack the writer. Anyway I could go on but I won’t. I can relate to this writer’s spirit. And I believe I read somewhere that she will say everything you were afraid to. LOL. That’s me too! Don’t test me!

*Escape from the Ordinary – by Julie Bradley (Like I need that one either). This book is a couple who retire and sail and their adventures, some of which are pretty scary.

So once I finish with one of these I’ll start the Max Lucado book.

Anyway, it’s Friday and I’m so elated. This week has been a fast one. I’m working on quarter end and stuck on the Quarterly Reconciliation Sheet. It’s off about $1700 in the social security taxes. Neither me nor my boss have been able to find the answer for where it’s off yet. So she is having me go through every employee and do some calculations to see if it can be found. This will take forever, but here we go. As for the rest of the month, now I’ll be behind. Once I get information from others I can start doing some unemployment returns for the Transport side. And then when we get this reconciliation sheet balanced and I get info from others I can do the returns. So while I was ahead, this is the part that always gets behind but a lot if it is out of my control. I guess that is what worries me a lot about January is that I could get more of it done if I got the information earlier in the month. But likely it’ll all come to me when I’m gone and I won’t even get an opportunity to do the month on time. If the opportunity is not there then it’s hard to meet the goal. The train that couldn’t. It’s Engine was missing and so was the conductor. LOL LOL LOL

I better quit before I become a “Jen” and get dropped like a hot tater for my truth telling. As someone once told me The Truth is Hard. Yeah it is. Especially when put in black and white. But again, don’t attack the writer! Please. I just do the best I can with the world I’m given! I don’t get to write all the rules. I just write what happens. Or doesn’t happen.

So off to get this Friday done and put on the headphones I guess and listen to something as I try to find the missing $1700 some odd dollars and cents.

Ya’ll have a good weekend. Not a lot planned but laundry, cleaning, early voting, and maybe take a look to see if I can throw another movie together. Might record some more footage. Might need to do some more learning! lol But here is a good message for the day!

Saturday Shopping and Eating and Starting Camera Lessons Online

It’s been an excellent weekend so far. After doing a private blog entry yesterday morning while sipping coffee, we headed out for a late breakfast and a shopping excursion. We had a pork roll bagel at “Pork Roll” Bagle shop. It was pretty darn good. Lots of fresh bagels to choose from.

It was definitely a breakfast hot spot yesterday. Doors open to let public know to come on in!

A rainy day as the Tropical Storm/Low Pressure center was heading our way. But here we are heading to the Providence area from some Hobby Lobby shopping.

Aren’t these little pics cute? Would be great if you owned one of these types or owned a dog grooming business or to put in a vet lobby or waiting room. So cute.

Lot’s of Christmassy going on there!

I really wanted one or two of these trees to set beside snowmen, etc. But I decided they would be too fragile and wouldn’t last long. I don’t want to have to buy special storage for them and I like things that will store easily and not be impacted. Things have to be easy these days.

At Hobby Lobby I bought some additional fall decor. I will show you some of the pieces if I get a chance to take a pic. Not a lot. I bought a few Christmas items also at the Dollar Tree which was close to our Bagel shop we went to.

I know a lot of my readers do not like Trump. But I had to laugh. I know that there was “someone” there that was bored while I shopped (uhum I won’t say who) but this “someone” — well, he showed me the fruits of his bored labor as we strolled through that section of the store. He said the letters were there, so why not. LOL LOL LOL. Don’t hold it against me please. I don’t get into politics, but I did think this was funny.

It’s begging to look a lot like fall!

We shopped at Aldi yesterday for a bit as it’s been a very long time. One of the reasons we go there is to get scallops, cheap but pretty good wine, chicken cordon bleu, and several other frozen items. I bought some kind of Keto ice cream that had a low amount of sugar and a lot of protein. It was mint chocolate chip and I’ll be getting another one of those! But a coworker told me about these wafer cookies. Does anyone really need it, of course not. The Knopper wafers. A wafer with chocolate and hazlenut cream.

I had one after dinner last night and they are a treat to behold. Sugars at 8g and 140 calories. Can’t eat a bunch but one here and there during a sweet craving might not be too bad. Has 2g of protein due to the nuts. Made in Germany and dist from Chicago. Will be a regular, and perhaps a stocking stuffer for a person or two or three.

What a cool way to store the wine while shopping, as taught to us by the lady that checked us out.

More of fall around our car. Yesterday was the most fall like day I think we’ve had so far as far as “looks” go. It was warm however, due to the tropical storm air that moved in from the South.

Heading home in our neighborhood. Storm clouds and rain moving on in for several hours of “off and on” moderate and sometimes heavy rain.

Late afternoon George provided us with an appetizer. This is using carrots, butter lettuce (or a soft lettuce – not as crunchy) and imitation crab meat, and rice wrappers.

For the evening meal George fixed shrimp and grits. And we finished watching the first season of Yellowstone. The next season is on it’s way!

So yesterday afternoon I started to download videos and go through footage I have. I can’t use most of it. So I’m normally pretty good at videoing myself when I’m staying in one spot. However, I did a segment yesterday and it was wayyyyyy blurry. I’m not sure what I did. I have a LOT of footage and a lot of it is unusable. Any iphone videos are fine. But, I decided to finally just stop yesterday and do an instructional video starting at the beginning for understanding my camera. I did learn a lot by watching a 2 hour video which helped me understand the buttons and getting around on the digital screens and menus and what each does. Of course there is a LOT to it. I’m not perfect – no where near. But at least there is some progress toward the learning curve. I need to watch the vlogging ones though and learn that specifically. I need to learn how to move around with it. And I need to learn how to grab it and go as far as vlogging. I vlogged my returning home with my goodies yesterday from the store and wanted to show you all what all I got and even with the camera still – it came out blurry and unusable. So I have to figure this thing out or I will shy away from it. It costs too much to shy away from it. This is why I’ve been afraid to use my drone. lol I’m sure the camera has more settings and more to learn on it, but I’ll get there. I’ll get there because I want to!

Anyway, I’m going to have to accomplish a few things in addition to my continued learning today. I need to iron and vacuum and do an order for LTD Commodities. Need to do a few things to make sure I’m ready for the work week – vitamins, food, drinks, etc.

Anything else I get done will be icing on the cake. Oh I will say that I do have some pretty good footage of Columbia and so I’ll still try to get another video done but oh my it will be choppy as I have such little good footage from all I thought I had. Still some segments are ok. So a lot to go through. Might be a while on the next one, but if I don’t learn how to properly VLOG with the camera, it will be a LONG while before the NEXT one. lol

It’s all a learning curve though and I’ve come a long way. Still a long way to go.