French Weekend with Friends

With doggies in tow, we took to the road and made our way into Franklin, TN to visit with friends for the overnight. And for our “French Cuisine” focused weekend.

It didn’t take long for us all to settle in, although I think Don and Lisa thought we might be moving in for a month or two! It looked like we were set for an expedition with our cooler, boxes of food, pans to cook fondue with, our overnight bags, the dog’s needs.

The wine began to flow. And this one above was my favorite.

Roger stuck close by in the kitchen – not sure if it was to be near his Daddy or to be close to the smelling good French cuisine, or because the mat was just comfy there.

We snarfed down some cheese fondue.

Ate French pastry filled with escargot and oysters. This was my first time to have escargot. They are on the same order of mushrooms and oysters – the texture and taste are not going to be my go to foods, for sure. lol

Maisy had the right idea and found her comfy spot on the sofa while everyone was in the kitchen.

With about 6 of us sipping wine, it didn’t take long for the 2nd bottle to be cracked.

When the humans fondue and feast, the doggies get the good seats. 😉

And then came the French Onion soup – oh so heavenly. George did a great job of it and the fondue.

Hours later, as it turned into evening, Don fixed us a French martini and then we did our Christmas!

And you know that was all just the beginning! Don and Lisa fixed an awesome dinner! A lamb roast, lima beans, and then I had made the potatoes – a French type of scalloped potatoes with Gruyere cheese.

Lisa had made a gluten free bread shown above, and I loved loved loved the taste of it. I want to make some.

Then we set into coffee, French roast of course! Caffeine could not keep me awake. It was not long after before I headed to bed and the doggies joined. Everyone else stayed up later. I’m always the first to go to bed with my early to rise and early to be routines.

We had a comfy bedroom suite with our own private bath and a back door to take the doggies out. While I did have to take the dogs out around 4 a.m., the did allow us to sleep in until about 8 I think. RARE! They were patient. Once we did get up Maisy began barking until she was fed. I was scrambling to get it done, trying to find their bowls, their food etc.

We sat around this morning talking about how full we were and drank two pots of coffee. One regular French roast and the other chicory flavor. And then guess what!

We ate again!

These above were quail eggs. We had regular eggs too. And some good bacon. mmmmm. And Lisa whisking up the eggs!

French loaf of bread – yes!

And I’m just a fan of some good looking decor! Fruit and chocolate and roses! Need to throw that in there! So pretty.

Lisa had slaved away the day before making some crepe’s. The strawberries and creme and chocolate was great drizzled on it.

The husbands were serious about their portion of the morning feast. (They would make someone a good wife, we teased.) lol

We were supposed to have the chocolate fondue after dinner the night before but we were too stuffed so we had it after breakfast.

Let’s just say the chocolate fondue was really good. A shot glass of chocolate had both Lisa and I heading for bucket fulls of water a few minutes later. The sugar and the caffeine – might have sent us a bit overboard.

The girls then did the hot tub after cleaning the kitchen and had a long talk out there with Lisa and Amber and me. We came in and I took a shower and made the bed. Maisy wouldn’t let me finish.

While the guys (Don, George, and Dillon) did their hot tubbing us girls went for a neighborhood walk as it was sunny and 66!

Yes, I was facing the sun, but it captured what I was seeing!

Not long after, we packed up and headed home. The doggies have been tapped out and resting.

Our time with Don and Lisa and Amber and Dillon goes by so fast. We had a lot of fun, shared a lot of laughs and said “oui oui” way too often. We are still pondering our next theme, but we are considering a 4th of July weekend extravaganza! 😉 The date pretty much set and while it was our turn to host the next one, Lisa said let them do it so we can swim in the pool since it’ll be summer, and then we’ll host the fall one.

It doesn’t really matter where we are, we’ll have a good time. As always!

I was pretty tired when we got home. George said “are you really tired from relaxing all weekend?” Yep, I am. lol.

So, as far as everything on the personal front – I’ve been trying to work on some projects as I get time. I have been working on getting my photos from the phone drug over into my iMac files which I’m doing by year.

And then I realized I still had most of my videos from our November vacation last year. And I temporarily (or permanently) got side tracked and began doing an iMovie video. Clearly I need more skill. And for the life of me I cannot remember to turn my phone sideways to video. So I need to finish dragging all the photos and videos over to my files and will need to watch some iMovie videos on YouTube to learn some more. I have done the iPhone version but the desktop one is quite different. I kinda have a goal to do some periodic “Vlogging” – and do our vacations and other than that do some videos seasonally as we have enough built up. I want to integrate that into the Blog and create a channel to go along with it, just for fun. I’m quite taken with the video creations I see and I love what I’m learning and I’m just evolving in that direction. I’ll also be able to put those on the blog itself as well.

So, it should be pretty fun and will likely end up being a new hobby. It takes HOURS to put these videos together. But I have enjoyed the ones I’ve done in the past and I’m looking forward to trying to learn how to do them where they look professional in quality.

So I’ll have to quit doing the iMovie work until I get these photos over to the iMac so I can delete a lot from my phone for my next trip – Why? So I can put more photos on the phone! The problem with doing the iMovies is that they will be put together as I have time and will be published much later – not as quick as the blog photos. But that is ok. I’ll be learning and doing them as I have time and I think it will be something I’ll enjoy but I have a LOT TO learn. And they won’t be perfect. I also have to find out where to get music from. Hopefully free at first. I don’t mind paying a little bit for a site to use loyalty free music (or rights to use it or whatever the term is) if it’s something I’m going to be doing ongoing.

I finally got my THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I USE’s 1099 downloaded for George. But I still have a lot of things I have had on the list that I’ve not done yet. George needs to get me my documents (they are locked up) for my updated drivers license. I need to send Mom Fancy’s ribbon for her hair since her hair dresser can’t find pink ribbon (I guess she doesn’t use Amazon). I need to make sure I still have my graphics files (tubes) and we need to start planning things for the Amelia Island trip. However, soon I will be meeting Katy in Tulsa – not this week but next week. And I have a lot of other projects around the house to do, and when I get back from Tulsa (Susan and I )- we need to plan the shower for June and I need to start getting the house in order also. So not really making a lot of progress on much. Slow and steady with these photos slowing me down. At least I’m almost to 2020!

I was so excited to have all my photos synced automatically. It’s great for when I blog! No downloading or uploading of photos. But, if you delete off your phone, it deletes off your photos on the iMac (on the cloud). So I’m having to drag over the ones I want to keep off the cloud so they permanently stay. I had a lot of things on my phone too. So there is quite the many photos to transfer. Then I get off on tangents as I said earlier of doing iMovies and such and – well, it was fun. I also have been known to get off task by playing video games as they are fun to me. I found one that mimics Sim City – the very old version I love it! So yeah, I get OFF task sometimes. Anyway, I love being able to do these kinds of things. I love being geeky. I love planning new things and working toward them. So the to do list still looks the same as it did last week, pretty much!

I’m thrilled that it is March! Spring will be popping soon! And I’m so glad to have my life back! No travels, no open enrollment time, I get to enjoy some time with my daughter soon and all this makes me happy. With warmer weather coming, I suppose that the Corona virus will rid of itself. I sure hope so. It’s a bit scary doing air travel in the next few days. That puts you in a higher risk zone for sure. But I’m not cancelling my life over it. I’ll take the risk to see my girl.

My food tracker journal arrived and I’ll be starting that up this week. I’ll take a pic and show you what it is like as the week progresses. But what a wonderful weekend we had. Now I need to do laundry and all that I normally do on the weekends during the week as best as I can. But tomorrow night I’m getting a pedi so I can wear sandals in the next week or so. And I’m so ready for a spring shopping spree. Might need some more sandals! 😉 Hope you all enjoy your first week of March and I’ll pop in for some short little blog posts this week!

Weekends go by too Fast for us Geeky Introverts

We had a wonderful game night with friends at Paul and Judy’s Saturday evening. I’m trying to enjoy it, our time with this group because Paul and Judy could be moving soon as they are already working on the progress of this process. It makes me sad for us but happy for them.

Judy made the most wonderful lasagna. One has to has to have seconds!

So good extra was made so Paul could have it while Judy goes out of town this week.

I made the Italian salad, which was quite simple but had a great taste, I thought.

I used the big shaved parmesan and it had pepperoni (chopped) in there. The dressing was a dijon vinaigrette that you pour over right before eating and then add the croutons.

And the bread was awesome. YUM!

And Mr. Albert is always awesome, the sweet baby! He’s getting older, but he’s a cutie. And the turtle caramel cream pie was divine after a couple of rounds of LCR.

No big gambling games here. We use quarters. I think we’ve all been passing around the same few quarters for about two years now. lol. Usually Joe and Cheryl end up with most of our quarters. They had to get bigger jars this year and they may have to go bigger next time, lol. You can play with pennies or even buttons if you choose, lol. The concept is fun. A true game of chance.

Came home, slept so good. And then could not believe that the dogs let us sleep until 7:30. I had to make sure they were alive. Had coffee, and a relaxing morning that flew faster than a Porche on an open road in California.

Before I knew it, it was past time for me to go and get my toes and nails done if I wanted to beat the crowds. Actually most of the crowds ended up getting there as they opened and then it all slowed down. There are some new places in town near by – plus it was a cold dreary day. So either no one was out or they are losing some business or both. I may try the new place myself sometime just to see what it’s like.

Kinda fun wearing flip flops when it’s in the 40’s outside, lol. I’m sure people at Subway and in the parking lot thought I was an idiot. But when you get your toes done, you have to wear them or they’ll smudge.

I did the dip with my nails. I decided to do something different. I like the way they feel better than the solar version. The dip is more expensive. So I may not do this always. But I can get more choices of colors. I took a pic and sent to George and let him know I was at Subway and then headed to the Home store b/c when you do both nails and toes you are in there forever. I like to get my toes done separate so I can sit there and be on my phone and do email and catch up on social media. But they put my nails in aluminum foil to soak to loosen the previous polish so I couldn’t move my hands. lol Oh well.

The wrap at Subway was really good and I’ll get that instead of the bread again. But I was really disappointed they did not have ice tea made. They were cleaning it and letting it soak. It was the only reason I got the combo and then all they had were drinks with either sugar or fake sugar. I got the Vitamin Water as it was the least sweet. I could be wrong there, but I made the best decision I could. I DID let the guy know I wouldn’t have gotten the combo if I had known they didn’t have ice tea. They need to do their cleaning/soaking after hours and not on customer time. This was the Mount Juliet location at Walmart if any Subway bots are reading, lol.

I went to the home store looking for something to put in the kitchen on the wall where there is a blank spot next to the new bulletin board. Nothing I was enthralled with so I didn’t settle. But I did come home with this plant for my office. I wasn’t sure where it would go at the time but this is where it landed.

Notice picture of Mom beside it.

When I got home George had made three meat pies for our Sun night dinner- well, They were made with mixture of deer meat, pork, and beef. Very good. We recently had meat pies that were bought from somewhere from a fundraiser and we really enjoyed them. Just plain meat pies. You can add veggies along side to go with. Makes a really good meal. Yes, we have leftovers.

I spent the afternoon in my office working on organizing my life. I spent more time organizing it than doing it. lol. Because I’m geeky like that. No really, I do think I get a lot done. If I didn’t do this on the weekends though I’d be in such a tailspin.

I finished our Winter Bucketlist finally now that one of the three months are gone. Oh well. The aftermath of the holidays and the business of the last quarter, took all month to recover.

Here was the fall Bucketlist for starters to revisit. We did pretty good.

There are more things that are sure than death and taxes. Apparently I keep eating good food and don’t meet my weight loss goals. lol. But I’ll keep tweaking at that. At least I am not gaining the 5 lbs every year like I was after the holidays. Amazingly I only gained 1 lb through the holidays but I had gained about 5-7 before the holidays began beginning in August when we celebrated George’s birthday and began a big long stretch of eating bad (good) things. But I keep this on the list and I will keep trying to tweak and get better. My system helps!

And here’s the Winter Bucket List. George threw a lot of restaurants on there. I think we won’t go to all the Asian restaurants but I think we will be going out on Friday nights a lot as we will hit several of them. Usually they are pretty reasonable at the Asian restaurants. I should throw Mexican on there but didn’t. I’ll put it on the summer list, I guess. I really love my Mexican meals – I can get fajitas and it won’t be too bad.

I like doing this b/c it keeps us focused when we “do” our weekends.

So I have really been having to do and redo my long list every weekend, refusing to put it in excel (I don’t have excel anyway on the iMac) but I found an app that does a listing system exactly the way I do it. And I paid for the option to have it on my iMac and my phone – crazy but you had to pay for EACH app to sync to the cloud version. And that was worth it to me. Also it downloads to PDF and I can print. I’m in heaven! Now I don’t have to do all that writing by hand on the weekends and can have a paper copy to mark off and add to and then on the weekends I just add it to the iMac and reshuffle some. But it even has a due date and reminder feature (and notes) so it’ll actually move itself into the urgent column as the timing nears. I LOVE THIS! WHERE HAS IT BEEN ALL MY LIFE? It’s called the Focus Matrix app.

Ha! You can see the beginning of my THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I DO’s Essay as my Evernote app is open in the background. lol I gained 1 lb from the beginning of my THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I DO’s Challenge (enter pics, weight, essay and get $200 in free product). But I don’t do the THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY’s products as I should – otherwise I’d be continuing to lose. It’s the struggle b/w being an ALL OUT FOODIE and married to one, and having my cake (literally) and eating it too. Somehow though doing really well at maintaining considering all we eat so there’s that. Also have to work at getting exercise in on the schedule.

One thing I love about the Mac is having the ability to multitask and having a lot of things open at once. Had never really thought about that when we got it but it’s very helpful.

I put an orange sticky over the camera b/c I came in one day to see the FaceTime app up and viewing myself on it. Weird. So now if it was really somewhere there, they only see orange. lol I did stick my tongue out at them. But I think it was just a glitch. But certainly weird as I’d not had that app open. They didn’t see much during that time if it was someone as I wasn’t in here.

Well, I better go. I don’t have a lot of time before I have to leave. It will be a busy week this week. I have payroll of course and then was finally given Friday the things I needed to do the unemployment filings all due by the 31st. Of course I have to stop and do payroll so…it didn’t really give me a chance to get much of these done so we’ll be riding the line. Then I have all those year end reports to do. It’ll be a miracle if in on time. I will do my best, but really wasn’t given much of an opportunity to work on them. I needed to have been working on them all last week too but didn’t have the data. OH well. It will be what it will be. I will get done what I can with the time I have and that is all one can do.

Ya’ll have a great week. I will try to pop in about mid week. I think we will be going to get the cow this weekend in KY and we have our neighbor’s memorial at 1:00. I really do not see how we will have time to do both. The cow and pig is slaughtered and being smoked so we will have to go pick it up I think. But it’s a round trip of 5 hours. He said we’d have to get up early Saturday morning. Oh dear.

Ya’ll have a good one! What you up to this week? Anything on your to do list? I just wish I had another day. I have more I wanted to do this weekend.