Heat Stroke Scare, a Picnic Lunch with Friends, and Happy Dog Pics

Friday came and went. It was a short day. I had a pretty good week last week being able to get my weekly, monthly, and quarter end taxes paid. Now I’m all ready to move forward with the quarter end processing in the coming week. I only worked half day on Friday since it was Mom’s eye injection day. So I left at Noon. (This is the reason I go in early every Tuesday so I don’t have to burn half day of PTO.)

So off to Lebanon to get Mom, and to Hendersonville to the doc appointment. For the first time ever they were very behind. We figured the docs must have had a heck of a lunch that day, lol. Who knows? Anyway her appointment still only took a little over an hour. I went through all of my emails. I think I was up to 500 or so. I try to stay on top of it. I have my normal email through AOL plus my blog email and sometimes just the gmail account that I had to have to go along with the blogging before LessHustleMoreCoffee was in existence. (Side note: It got confusing after the AOL blogs transferred to Blogspot, and then at some point I started with WordPress, and then when I started the YouTube I had a special email for that. Sometimes I wonder as I age if I’ll be able to keep up with it all. Probably not, lol! ha. I also use google to host my website domain. But for the most part I think I only have 4 active emails if you include work. I still go in and log in to the bookncoffee emails on aol -which also has the gmail version- again confusing but was necessary with the blog switcher-ooos and sign ons). I have to remind myself to log in to bookncoffee once every quarter. I don’t want to lose my old blogs. I can entertain myself for hours anywhere if I have my phone.

Mom and I ate lunch at Jonathan’s Grille in Hendersonville after her eye appointment. I had chicken tenders and Mom had quesadillas. It was all really good. I only ate a portion of mine. George ate my left overs with my permission. We also went to the store at Kroger. I had to do both mine and Mom’s groceries. While I didn’t even have a whole buggy full, it still took a while to get it done. Mom sat in the car with the a/c going. I was really feeling rushed and tried to go the fastest I could. It was one of those mega Kroger with clothes, shoes, linens, and everything else. I could have shopped all day but had to ignore any fun to check anything out. It took me forever as nothing was where I anticipated it to be and I had to look for items. I think I was in there for 45 min to an hour at least. I kept seeing $$$ in my head for Mom sitting out there with the a/c going. Half way through the shopping I began to get really anxious, like I knew I needed to rush rush rush. Well I ended up forgetting the Buddig meat for Fancy. ::sigh:: But George got it yesterday while he was out, so I’m taking that to her this morning.

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However, when I got checked out and went to the car, Mom was sitting in the car with no a/c, windows down, and an umbrella out the window blocking the sun. OMGosh. She said the a/c quit and she was afraid we had burned it up as it took so long.

I got the groceries in the car and got in the car. It was 96 outside and I have no idea how hot it was in the car, but if it was too hot for me I know it was too hot for Mom. So I drove off and the wind was not giving any relief. I told Mom we would have to stop and have George come get us that we couldn’t drive home in this. She said she didn’t want to leave her car. Ok then we can go by ambulance and have twin heat strokes. Anyway, I was trying to drive and figure out what to do and it occurred to me to check the a/c. I mean Mom is so good at fixing things and if she said the a/c was out, I assumed it to be true. But I realized then “oh she can’t see” – especially after her shot because they have clouded up her one good eye. I said “Mom, did you mess with the controls over here or did the a/c just go off”. She said it got cold and she cut it down and it quit after that. I pushed the A/C button and cold air started coming out. LOL LOL LOL. Thank the Lord!

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That was a horrible experience that could have led to Mom having a heat stroke if I hadn’t gotten to the car when I did and finally figured all this out. Of course I’d have taken us to a/c and we’d have stayed inside somewhere, but I never dreamed that she had hit the a/c button. I figured she would have known to try that. But I don’t think it even occurred to her that she could have turned it off. So this is sending me all kinds of signs, bells, and warnings. Geez. A scary moment. Such a simple thing could have been a catastrophe. I told her I wasn’t going to leave her in the car again even with the a/c going. Unless of course it’s reasonable temp outside or we just have an item or two. I should have taken her home and then gone back out for the groceries. I just didn’t really think it would be a long drawn out grocery run. But with two of us and a huge grocery I never go in- yep it was forever!

Friday night I slept well and Saturday George got up with Dexter dog, letting me sleep. I was thankful. I got Dex a new toy at Kroger. Here’s a 40 second video. George is goofing with Alexa in the back ground! He told her to add “grocery list” to the grocery list. lol. I’m gonna mess with George and change it to the man voice. Yes, there is a new voice available. Unsure if we should call him Alex.

Dogs crack me up the way they lay sometimes, but this says he is beginning to be really comfy around us I guess. lol

So Saturday we had a lazy morning – well I did laundry – some of it! George ran some errands. We had to drop off his car to get tires rotated and shopped at Target while it there as Target was next door. Then we set out to meet Don and Lisa and Amber and Dillon at Monday Night Brewing in Nashville. Lisa packed us some sandwiches and George and I brought some sides to go with it. We had a spread and a half and of course we had couple of beers as well. I had one and a half. I can’t do two anymore.

I’m special. I had the crown, lol. And water!

Making our Own Fun at Monday Night Brewing with Picnic Lunches

We didn’t ask if we could bring food, but being that we were picnicking on the outside, and each had our own little bag – no one said anything. If they had we’d have gone and ate in the car and come back in I guess. lol

Monday Night Brewing, Nashville, TN

Cumberland River, Nashville, TN

Above just random pics around the brewing company and also in Nashville.

When we got home, George and I spent the evening reading, much of the time with Dexter Doodle in between us. He learned to jump on the couch yesterday all by himself. He missed the first time but managed to try again and made it and surprised us all!

So today, I’m taking Mom to church and out to eat and then I have to do a couple of things for her. Then we have to go get my car which is in the shop, but getting spark plugs and a new headlight so I can hopefully more safely drive it to work.

I have to come back also and do the ironing (my ironing is mostly just pressing to get the few wrinkles out for the work week), and I’m making enchiladas tonight, as the Hello Fresh taught me to do. I’m making them on my own. Looking forward to it.

Anyway, hoping church is ok today and the weird man doesn’t come back. Mom and I are going to sit somewhere else. I think it is supposed to rain/storm sometime today too. Anyway it’s horribly hot in these parts. Summer is definitely here and June about to come to an end.

Will be planning the July 4th meal next week. I have not looked yet to see what all we have planned for next week. I’ll be doing my reconciliation report next week at work. But not sure what appointments we have yet. I’ll look at the calendar Monday morning. I don’t usually have appts on Mondays.

Anyway, I’m glad ya’ll enjoyed the video. If you missed it – see yesterday’s post. I actually gained 4 subscribers. Wow, lol. I’m so happy. I am already working on the next one of course. I think you will like it even better. We are closing in on the rest of 2021 and make it through Thanksgiving in this one. It’ll be a little longer than some. Then the following one is our Asheville trip – so stay tuned.

I better go so I’m not late.

Moroccan Charcuterie Board and Moroccan Tagine Dinner, Bloody Mary Bar, and Today’s Goals

Moroccan Charcuterie Board

We had a splendid time yesterday with friends. George had cooked up a fabulous Moroccan meal. The idea was mainly to give our guests the experience of eating food cooked in the moroccan tagine. George did the meal himself except that Lisa made a tabbouleh salad and brought dessert. I arranged the board above, but George had already picked the elements and drawn a design – I just followed his plan. I asked to contribute to the dinner but I think he knew I’ve been in such a time crunch lately so he said he had it all planned out and was taking care of it. ;-). So I took care of getting the house cleaned and setting the table.

Moroccan Menu
Our Moroccan Table Setting

I set the table as “Moroccan” looking as I could -but used what we had. You can see the tagine in the middle. George put the bowls on the table as I set the table to let me know that I could not have centerpieces. ::sigh:: So I managed to get a little jug of roses squeezed in for festiveness – because one at least has to have a side piece if not a centerpiece. George’s tagine meal was the centerpiece so I set my roses aside.

So George set up a Bloody Mary Bar. So you can see how much trouble George went to for this meal. He planned it and worked on it so hard over several weeks time. He bought ingredients early on and then the last three days he began cooking and prepping so that the day of our dinner party he could spend time visiting and not cooking. But he did save the tagine meals (a personal cooking show with Chef George – lol) for Don and Lisa to show them how it was done.

Quick Time Out Here for a Few Special Details on How This All Got Started

I have to explain a little something of our foodie events with our friends. When we get together with Don and Lisa it is a food festival of an event. We started out with appetizers that were different than the norm – maybe even a little upscale with various cheeses, jams, hot spreads. Don has an amazing salsa that includes pineapple that has been a favorite of mine through the years. Lisa makes some awesome side dish wonders and beautiful salads and delightful desserts that are usually delicate and just right – not too sweet and sometimes gluten free. George always like to bring various marinated shrimps. I usually pop in with a salad or pasta salad of some sort. Don always has been the “master chef” with a variety of meat, fish, sausages. Then Don and Lisa went to Italy. They came back and put on a proper Italian course meal for us. And we enjoyed it so much that we have come together to do various culture themed parties. We did a German one at our house. We did Spain at Don and Lisa’s. We did Hawaiian luau by their pool. We’ve done a Mexican dinner. And of course we have done Irish meals.

We have so many good memories with our friends and have gone on a few travels together as well – which of course means we get several days of foodie fun. And once we both planned trips to “The Big South Fork” and rented cabins unaware that the other couple and their family had done the same. One night we ate at a German restaurant in the middle of the country side and looked up and they were sitting right there! Can you believe it. We were about 3 hours from home. We hiked and played and ate the rest of the weekend together. We went to Tybee Island together and have many many fun memories including a very strange tornado event, finding secret beaches, a special restaurant in Savannah by mistake while dodging a bad Thunderstorm, the very strong Manhattan’s I made that took the men all night to sip (I didn’t know how to make one, lol).

Mostly our fun has been doing day long events (sometimes two days as we sometimes do sleepovers when situations allow so that no one is on the road and no one has to be a designated driver). Because where there is fun food involved, we usually have some fun and different drinks to share. So we always have loved our cuisine. We love to find new cuisine – and then we share what we have found that is different. It’s been so much fun over the years.

OK…Back to the Originally Scheduled Blog Post

Here were some of the other dishes. The tabbouleh salad, lemon chicken, bread, beet salad.

Here was one of the tagine dishes while it was cooking. He fixed this Friday night I believe. It’s the lamb meatballs, which were very spicy.

Here was my plate. You can see the beef, sweet potato, tomatoes and green peas – this was cooked in the tagine. My buttered bread pieces are covering up the lemon chicken, which was divine. And on the right you can see the lamb meatballs.

Oh and it’s not over yet!

Don and Lisa brought canoli and cheesecake baklava! My word! Do you understand how big each of those cheese cakes are? Now this is a full “to go plate” like you would put a whole meal in to go. We were amazed when they brought that out.

How on Earth Can we Eat this Much?

I feel like I also need to explain that in order to consume a meal like this – you have to start early in the day! They arrived around 12:30 and we ate off an on all day starting with the Bloody Mary bar which was brunch pretty much as it included bacon, shrimp, and various things along with the charcuterie board.

Oh I forgot to mention I don’t like bloody Mary’s. So after George helped everyone fix their personal bloody Mary with their preference of infused vodka and skewers of her deuvres embedded within, he fixed me an herbal drink which he had also planned in advance and I was very happy with it. Lisa had brought extra bacon for the event also and I was able to consume my share of the bacon without the Bloody Mary. :-). Happy Me. My drink was a vodka drink with cucumber, lemon, and rosemary and club soda I think for the bubbles. And lots of ice.

And then we sat and talked. The guys watched a music video from a long time ago – Dixie Dregs – I think also George had some old Dick Clark videos and American Bandstand. We came in and laughed at their hair and outfits!

I took pics of our Christmas gifts for Don, Lisa, Dillon, Amber, and Julianna (who didn’t get to come as she lives in CA and we miss her).

So we did our Christmas swap mid afternoon and everyone glazed off an on – with the charcuterie board – we did a refill on a few things. We shared the charcuterie recipe book with them. Lisa and Amber loved looking at that and getting ideas.

Around 5 or 5:30 George began getting everything heated up for dinner and began doing the tagine meal and we watched that. We ate and then after dinner we watched a YouTube video I wanted to share of the girl that lives in Svalbard. So I showed them that and they were intrigued at the weather there and how people could live that close to the North Pole. Then we watched Saturday night live – the very first shows from long ago as we ate dessert, devoured coffee, and George fixed Cacao for Lisa and anyone else that wanted to try that. She loved it.

After they left, I caught up with things on my phone – texts and such and then went to bed and slept for 10 hours.

Update from Friday.

So I left work at Noon and went to take Mom for her eye appt and she was woozy at the eye appointment and especially so after we got to Olive Garden and I was taking her in to the restaurant. I was scared to death she was going to fall. She kept saying it was like she was drunk. But she insisted she wanted to stay and eat that she was fine when she sat down. I think she had inner ear messed up or something. So we ate our spaghetti with meat sauce and it was very good.

I got her back home. And she said yesterday she was much better. She did an inner ear exercise to get her back into “orientation”. It’s very scary to me because she has to be able to get around her place without falling – if she can’t bathe, fix a meal, and take care of herself – we will have to go ahead and get her in assisted living. I just feel that it is coming sooner rather than later. So I’m worried about her because we haven’t even gotten pics on the wall yet. But that is next. She said she has kinda decided where she wants things now and asked if we would come hang pictures one day. So we are going to go do that. I’ve talked with George and we have a tentative date to do that. A lot of her pictures are heavy and big so I can’t do it by myself. I don’t even know how to drill anything. I’m just not a maintenance type of person. lol. I can hammer a nail into a wall and use those hanging strips, lol.

So anyway she got her eye injection Friday and we did our little outing at Olive Garden and she stayed in the car while I picked up some groceries she needed. And she gave me her tax receipts which I will copy today and get in the mail to Aunt Martha (who does her taxes).

Today’s Goals

I have some pretty big to do’s for today to get the week rolling right.

  • Laundry
  • Clean the kitchen and all the wine and tea glasses (we didn’t wash them last night as they are delicate and require room temp before sticking down in hot water).
  • Change George’s sheets
  • Copy Mom’s tax receipts
  • Store run for some fresh items for work this week
  • Car wash and Vacuum – I’ve put it off too long
  • Restock my vitamins and BP meds in the weekly container
  • Repack my back pack with things for work this week
  • Coffee date with myself to plan on Less Hustle More Coffee blog/vlog growth and changes
  • Plan the week – (Look at my calendar and see what is coming and plan any to do’s for the week).

Well I guess I’ll go back for another cup of coffee and get started on laundry and getting the kitchen clean, copy Mom’s taxes, and then I’ll figure things out from there. I probably need to do the store run fairly quickly so I don’t wimp out and not go at all, lol, which is totally possible. I sort of need to plan my work meals though so I don’t buy too much. I end up going and buying too much fresh stuff and then I don’t eat it and have to throw it away. It’s usually salad mix. I think we will eat it at night some and then at work I don’t eat it b/c I don’t have time to gather all the stuff and chop to put the salad together. Anyway, I find if I buy the iceberg lettuce George will eat that and we’ll have more salads at home. I don’t think he likes the spring mix like I do. He does most of the cooking so the spring mix sits in the fridge and I discover on the weekends that I’ve/We’ve let it expire. ::sigh::

Ok I’m off of here. It’s been a long entry. But it was an exciting day for us yesterday. I know I talked a lot about the food and we DO love it. But most of all we just love seeing our friends again. It had been far too long.

Over and out. What you up to this weekend? Let me know if you made it to the end of the blog post. You are so special to me if you did! 😉

Fundraiser Banquet, Football Game, Reuniting with My Sister, and First Day Challenge Results

Supporting a Good Cause and Seeing Friends from the Past

Thursday night, as tired as I was, we went to the Pregnancy Care Center Banquet. We have supported this cause primarily because we have supported the Cathcart family in their mission work – when they were in Scotland and again when Lisa C took on this project of opening the center in Old Hickory, TN near us. The Pregnancy Care center serves those who are going through a “crises” pregnancy to hold their hands through the entire process, equip them to become parents, help with material supplies, pray with them and do devotionals. The work is marvelous. The hand of God is seen there. The goal of course is to choose life and to see the beauty of it. The relationship remains even after the baby is born. It’s not only for mothers but for fathers too. They also do pregnancy tests and very importantly, have begun to do ultrasounds so the baby can be seen and hear the heartbeat. They also do counseling and therapy and even with those who have had an abortion. We were surprised and elated to hear that another center will be established in Lebanon, TN, also near us.

We were privileged to be at the table with the Cathcarts and also my friend (Lisa’s Mom) Joni. We went to church together in Gallatin, TN and sat in the same section of worship, went to the same ladies class, worked together on projects, prayed together, did potlucks and fellowships and supported one another in our weekly walks. It was a very sweet time of my life. And some of the deepest Bible study I have every had and a very powerful prayer group that we were part of. Looking back, I miss those days and have not since had anything like this group of women. I will always hold this time period in my heart.

Life changes and evolves and when you are late 50’s you see it so clearly as you look back. Some of the changes are slow it seems – a person leaves here, enters here, jobs change, geographical locations change, and before long life looks completely different. So to go back and sit at the table with these strong influences of our past was something I enjoyed very much. I am never my best at the end of a long day at which I got up at 4:20 a.m. Not very talkative, and quite honestly, not very friendly – just wanting to go to my quiet spot and head to bed. But I did the best I could and enjoy supporting this effort, and seeing our friends.

Drama at the Dinner Table

So as if life wasn’t already busy and stressful, we had a bit of drama at the dinner table one night this week, over the attendance of a football game Friday night in which my nephew and his school would be playing our christian team here, where Katy graduated. (Pic above shows the parking lot and the long walk to the football stadium which you can hardly see through the trees.) We were all pretty adamant about what we wanted and how we wanted to do it.

Mom wanted to go to Kadon’s game as did George and go to Sonic beforehand. I’m not a football fan nor a sports fan but of course would love to see Kadon play and would always go with George if he wanted to go to a game. So I was “game” so to speak. But knowing Mom’s preferences and abilities at this point in her life, I just couldn’t see how she would be up to it. It was her decision but I didn’t want her to be miserable, didn’t want her to fall, didn’t want her to be in the crowds – as you know the dreaded virus is going to be there somewhere and it was their Homecoming. So I simply made her aware that the walk would be long and I did not know how the bleachers would be but of course there are no soft seats and certainly no recliners and often big steps are needed to ascend bleachers and her balance is not the greatest ever. So I told her these things.

She said “Oh we just have to stay only a few minutes”. To which George says “Oh I’m staying the whole game, but you all can take two cars”. To which I said “No I don’t want to drive in that ball game traffic”. I don’t like big crowds and I have a fear of parking in congested areas. (I’d be better if my car was smaller but in this car it’s harder for me to fit it in the spot.). To which Mom said “Forget it I’m not going!”.

I could tell she was irritated. I’m not sure what she expected. But as George said “everyone got what they wanted so don’t worry about it”. She made the decision not to go (if she wanted to go she could have changed her mind). George got to stay for the entire game. And I didn’t have to drive in traffic. So he’s right.

But for some reason, Mom was thinking we were taking her for a hamburger anyway. I don’t know how she got this impression because George said we wouldn’t have time to go eat before hand, but would have to eat at the game. I was on my challenge so I just heated up a bowl of chili leftovers for me and he heated up gumbo. Mom said “what are ya’ll eating”. I said leftovers and she said “oh I wanted a hamburger”. I hated it but unless we hire someone and create a movie called “Driving Miss Billie”, or a miracle happened, Mom would NOT be getting her burger on this particular evening. She would have had to eat on her own two nights in a row as we were gone to the mission banquet – which I invited her to months ago when making reservations and she had no interest in going.

So while eating my chili I heard her loudly rustling around in the freezer trying to figure out what to eat. It wondered if she was angry as it sounded like she was throwing things around in there, but maybe that was my imagination. I hated it if we pissed her off in any way. But in my recollections of time across my life, I think that is fairly easy to do. And I have of course, just thrown my hands up in the air because I feel like I can never please anyone to their satisfaction as hard as I try so ultimately just have to go on and live my life and try to make hers as comfortable as I can in what ever misery she is going through. Which I know is a lot. She loves her independence, as we all do. She misses her home I’m sure and the new one she probably can’t wait for and she is probably worried about how long she will get to live there, as I am. But we don’t talk about these things. It’s just gonna be what it is. I can never anticipate quick enough what her needs are and all I can do is the best I can do while working full time, trying with great anticipation to go spend time with my grandson, and great disappointment of not being able to see much of him in his first year. I’m thankful for my daughter’s face time and her love for us and understanding of how much we miss them and want to be with them but are having to deal with responsibility here. I’m not sure that anyone ever thinks about what all WE go through trying to pull off what we have this year. It’s been a lot and it’s not over yet.

There’s a lot to look forward to though. I’m excited for Mom and I am willing to help her regardless of how ever angry we make her by just existing here in our own home. I’m sure there are many things she doesn’t like about temporarily staying with us. lol And we may have a few things of our own that we miss as far as rituals go. But it’s all good. Soon we’ll be back into our normal zones and rhythms.

Watching my Nephews Football Game and Seeing My Sister Again

So we went to the game without Mom. And I am glad because if the 1/2 mile walk had not worn her out, she never would have made it up all those bleacher stairs. So it was a good call. I appreciate her wanting to see Kadon play and I know it hurt her feelings she didn’t go – even though it WAS her choice, and I know she wanted a hamburger.

Kadon is #75! Columbia Academy.

We didn’t get to see Kadon in person but I did get a couple of pics and his parents will let him know we were there.

So surprise here- we sat ourselves down and I got a text from my sister that said “we are on the top row” so we turned around and she motioned for us to come up. So we went and sat with them. My sister and George and I and my niece Ella talked a long while. I am gracious that my sister was so nice to me. I have missed that. She seemed more like we were before when we were younger. I was happy to see that. Although there is a gaping hole of disappointment to be left alone on the island of “caring for Mom”, I am glad that I can swallow it down, in order to have and maintain a relationship with my sister. So that was good of me to be able to sort of separate the two, even though we were able to have conversations about Mom without controversy. So this was a big thing that happened last night – especially with my anger having been peaked again just days/hours before seeing her.

I understand the final scene that caused the issues to begin with and I get my sister having drawn a boundary – and she told me where she felt she went wrong was not setting boundaries ahead of time, but I think we both have been afraid of our Mom and her very strong persona. We have walked on egg shells for years. She said that I had drawn barriers earlier on. So we touched on some things and she was open and honest with me not judging of me and not the person in the text messages that I had received for so many years. She was more herself. This was good to see. This was a good start. I went to bed and slept very good having had that time with my sister and her family. It was heart warming.

And although the buildings have all changed, we believe we found “the rock” that Cody and Katy began going stead on, and then again later when he proposed. Katy is this the one?

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So how was the first day of challenge? Pretty successful on 4 of 5 fronts. The hardest will be the eating!

Movement: I did my 80 movements all throughout the day – half of them before bed. My push up? Oh I’m so glad that wasn’t on video! My arms are not strong enough to support me without having to do a very weird arms spread out wide like an eagle kind of push up. I just flat can’t do one. But I’m going to keep trying every day to do ONE push up. START SMALL, START NOW. I’m so excited to find this KYD55 program b/c it’s encouraging. Instead of diving in whole hog, just make tiny achievable improvements for 55 days. Anyone can do the 80 movements. It’s defined by YOU! Mine is mainly leg lifts, neck rolls, air punches, side bends, toe touches, windmills. YOU CAN DO THIS!

Water: Goal was 94 oz. I hit 90. I could have hit 94 but I was purposely saving the 4 oz for overnight. I chose to give myself a break there. I did have it gone before day break but technically the day was over at midnight, so I’ll be honest. I was 4 short. I will get to include those 4 oz in today’s total but I have to draw the line somewhere. Since I normally have had trouble getting 70 oz in – I will claim yesterday as success.

Reading: I did my 5 pages and then some – Bible reading, pleasure audio book, and pleasure reading before bed. I’m so glad that pleasure reading is one of my goals – because it makes me happy and being happier is a goal. I also have been reading my crab fisherman’s book for waaaaaay too long and it’s a goal to get it off my plate.

Service: I’m purposely trying to reach out to family/friends – mindfully as set by this challenge – to be a more loving, caring person and more attune to my family and friends. I want to be a better friend. And it’s not that I wasn’t before but I get caught up in the dailies of life and it becomes my world and shrinks and I’m just inside it. I want to go beyond and be there and be more connected. So I checked with friends Kathy P and Lisa I, b/c I love you girls sooooo much. You mean the world to me and I can’t tell you that enough. I want to be there for you as you have for me. And you know what. Thank you for reading this blog b/c that means so much. I know you both do when you can and I thank you both for being such a good friend to me for so many years. I treasure you both and I’m sorry I’ve not been there for you more. Both of you are examples of Christian women that I want to be like.

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Nutrition. I had greens yesterday, fruit, fish and ate whole all day. Until the guy gave me a free hamburger after the game to take home. YES, we got two and I took one home to Mom and she got her burger! I ate mine in celebration of having a nice chat with my sister and for doors being opened there. So I wasn’t perfect but that’s ok. I am embracing a mindset of wanting to eat more nutritious food. I realize I am the ONLY one that can make these decisions for myself that others will sabotage it – maybe not on purpose. I failed at the end of the day – a bit of emotional eating and having a thing for burgers and for “free food” being offered. It just seemed right – it was probably wrong but I don’t regret it. But this category will be my hardest part. It was a grilled hamburger like homemade. lol. I’m human people and I’m trying.

Weekend Ahead

Today I’m working on laundry, the house, and some goals here. We meet friends nearby at 3 this afternoon. So I will be drinking a beer today. And that is ok. My goal is one. I’m ok with two on the weekends if stretched apart, but have a requirement of one glass of water in between. At least if I’m going to set habits, I’d like to do it that way. Tomorrow I’m hoping to go to the store, might take Mom for lunch or something, and work on my To Do Lists. It’s always a game to get things done and I’m usually ok come Monday, but woah, if I don’t get some things done, I will be having another bad week this week ahead.

I’m about to go walk my 20 minute walk though! Ya’ll have a good day! What you got going on this weekend and let me know if you made it to the end. That was a lot of activity in the last two days and remember I worked a FT job in addition and started a new challenge!