Easter Fun, New Homes, Good Food, and a New Wellness Checklist

We have really had the fun this weekend. It’s been a blast having Mom here. We have done our toes professionally, did our OWN nails the next day, have eaten like there is no tomorrow, fixed fancy green teas, and have visited models of open homes, and watched movies. It’s like having a new best friend around. Of course George has been here too for a lot of it. Maybe not the pedis. lol. But today I take her home. Here are some pics of our adventures and meals.

I went with a color that was between a really dark pink and a light red. It seemed to say “summer is coming”.

George fixed a heavenly BBQ meal Friday night. YUMMERS!

George took a slice of cornbread before I could get back to get a pic. lol And it was good! Here was the board for our weekend of meals.

The above is our board for upcoming meals we are wanting. We had avocado toast and eggs Saturday morning. We also had Sister Schubert rolls with those little weinies inside.

I made the green matcha pineapple tea like Starbucks. Boy that was an adventure. The emulsifier did not work well – well I used it in the wrong way I guess – green powder blew up everywhere. Then green liquid flew up everywhere. It was kinda like when you make cake batter in a small bowl and flower and icing goes everywhere? There were green dots everywhere! LOL LOL LOL. You can see a green dot on my thumb. The picture is deceiving! Ha! I also did not know that I needed to shake the can of coconut milk so we had a very creamy drink. I made a 2nd one as I had matcha mixture left over. And the rest of the coconut milk was not as thick on the 2nd one. However, the little cans of pineapple juice have a LOT of sugar in it. So I’m going to have to find a different recipe I think. But it was very good. I will keep tweaking, but I’m going to have to order the bamboo whisk to mix the match up. Either that or just pour in the green powder and mix the whole drink with the emulsifier instead of just mixing the match up with hot water. I should have seen that coming! Just call me Green Freckles!

Fancy enjoyed her time here too. And I think Roger liked having the extra company.

Looking at a Model Home for Mom

We were having a relaxing Saturday at home and Mom’s realtor (Cody’s Momma, Julie) called and said she found another property for us to tour. It’s the same company of builders building a community up but it is in Lebanon and only 15 minutes away. Of course Lebanon is in our county and honestly it’s easier to get there than the one that is 15 minutes away in Mount Juliet. It’s just less traffic and less red lights! I think it was about 7 miles away from us. A very easy time getting there and back quickly. A very nice neighborhood. It’s an HOA and so she would not have to do a lot of yard and maintenance work etc.

This is the model below. Mom loved it. It had the nice patio. And enough grass for Fancy to safely run out and pee out back. What? That is important for the dog to be able to pee w/o fear of a car on the street being a 1 or w feet away! We came back and talked about it and I think Mom is going to do it. She said she was awake all night moving her furniture in. LOL It’s a sweet deal. It’s a new build, she can pick her preferences and upgrades, they will take her contingency on selling her house for up to six months. She has to have a contract though before they start the build. And if it doesn’t sell in 6 months the deal is off. But we think her house will sell. It’s going to be very busy for ALL of us until the move is complete. But it’ll be a fun buzz of busy. And it will take a lot of our time but we will help her do this! Then we get to see her and can be together when she is up here! And we can help her. The move in time would be around November/December if all goes to plan. I’m so glad this looks like it will work out because there are not a lot of deals right now that would work with a contingency. And quite frankly not a lot of affordability. This one is a stretch as it is, especially with the upgrades that are really non-negotiable like the flooring. Mom can’t have carpet with the dog and she can’t live with dark cabinets. ;-). Blue flooring comes to mind but we won’t go there. lol. Anyway hopefully Mom will have her new house soon and hopefully I’ll GET MY FLOORING and rid of my ugly blue linoleum and this nasty carpet! We will all be straining the monthly budgets so as to not tamper with investments. But we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully EVERYONE can be happy this year! If not, we will have given it our best shot. And I’ll move in with Mom if we don’t get this floor done. HA! I’ve been patient for this for a long time and it’s time.

I was waiting til this weekend was over to push the flooring issue. We were going to work on that after Mom left. Mom has asked for us to come get her next weekend so she can come back and go through the model house again. I told her we could do both. I DO want to go to the flooring place. But I think we can work both in. Picture me cross eyed and running around like a chicken. lol

Health and Wellness Tracker

I snuck away a bit of time this weekend to do this hobby of blogging and also to work on my personal to do list, one of which was to start at weight loss/wellness log. I did just that. It’s on the Mac and also I guess on all my devices as it’s in the cloud.

This is a work in progress. I took the “travel” template that was already a template in the Mac and converted it. I am sure I’ll change it a thousand times. I tried to think of how to best measure my progress and quickly. I needed a place to park ideas and so it’s a 3 pager. So much for simplicity. (It really is simple though, a tracker page and then some behind the scenes places to work in if I have time or need inspiration). So there are three tabs: Tracking, Notes, and a Bucket List. But this first tab is my accountability chart of sorts. I added some photos to make it fun. I intend on entering an entry every weekend!

Meanwhile Back in Texas

River was not a happy camber for his Easter pics! lol

But here in Tennessee we ended our day yesterday with our Easter Meal:

The broccoli salad I fixed turned out good. And of course George’s meals are always good! But the real bacon is a must in the broccoli salad and totally makes a difference. I garnished with a few pieces as well. Even the doggies were laid out afterwards. We watched a movie called “MUD” before heading to bed.

Roger though was up and walking around and is not pictured.

So all going well but then Mom fell this morning here in the house and gave us a scare. Luckily nothing broken. I teased her we may need to skip the new home and go straight into assisted living, that she can’t be falling or that’ll mess things up right away! So glad she is ok. If something had been broken that probably would have changed everything.

Pray for us as we go through this adventure. And I hope things will all work out.

I have to take Mom home today and luckily was able to get our laundry done throughout the weekend. I had cleaned house at night all through the last week so just have to refill vitamins and do some ironing when I get back from taking Mom home. It’s 3 hours + round trip so much of the day gone already. We are going to eat breakfast this morning, I’ll get a shower and then we’ll to take her home and back. I’m sure I’ll be worn out by the time I get home.

Anyway, that was our weekend in a nut shell. I’ll probably be back mid week or so. I’m anxious to work on the new movie! Looks like my time will be quite absorbed. But I’m trying to still hold on to some of my hobbies and keep *SOME TIME* for myself.

Ya’ll take care.

Over and Out until I can get back!

Starbucks, The Shower, a Squirrel, and Father’s Day

I treated myself Friday to Starbucks, using up the ends of two gift cards (Thank you Katy and and Wood Personnel – yup, I’ve had them a while.). I only owed 17 cents. I think one reason I hadn’t used the cards were that they had low balances – not enough to complete a transaction. But it was really nice. My favorite coffee at Starbucks is the Pike Place with Cinnamon powder on top. The Cinnamon kinda knocks down Starbuck’s overbold coffee. I think they always have superstrong coffee as many people put things in their coffee. I like mine black but from there I get Cinnamon. Of course me being who I am, a middle TN hillbilly as you all call us, asks:

Me: “Ya’ll still have that Pikes Peak coffee?”

Starbucks: “Yes – Pikes’ Place coffee, ma’am”.

Me: “Ok I’ll have that –just black with cinnamon on top”

Starbucks: “Is that the cinnamon syrup or powder?”

Me: “oh, powder please”.

Starbucks: “What else”

Me: (Having my order all ready to go having looked it up on line a few minutes ago forgets it) Ahhhm, I’ll have that ahhhh —(all I could get out was…). “Spinach”

Starbucks: “Oh the Spinach and Feta Wrap?”

Me: “Oh yes”. (I love this guy he finishes my sentences for me).

Drive thrus are hilarious with me. Anyway, I enjoyed the wrap although it was hard to eat while driving. And it totally hit the spot! I was so happy that Starbucks was so easy to get to in the morning traffic now. I may have to make it a Friday tradition now until school goes back into session.

Friday night George fixed us a Nashville HOT Catfish meal. Oh my it was good. We had salad and a cup of Red Beans and Rice with it.

I actually got up and made some tarter sauce for dipping. I’ve really had a lot of mayo lately and it’s going to soon be showing on my hips. But a bit of mayo and lime juice (we didn’t have lemon and I think I liked the lime better) and I chopped up some pickle. What a fine dinner. Lately we have been eating in the sunroom and just enjoying a slight breeze – but the last couple of nights the breeze has had to be instigated with the fan in the room. Probably getting a bit warm to be in there now as the cool evenings start to wane and the humidity begins to rise. We will have a few surprise evenings here and there to open it back up and read, eat, or sip wine and check cell phone messages is more like reality.

The dogs love the sun room. They hang out with me in there. Roger in his weakened state tried to jump up there and missed. Bless his heart. Momma came to the rescue.

So both George and I were extremely tired from the week Friday night. The warmth of the sun room and pollen and outside coming through did not do us any favors. Why is anything good that you like bad for you? Ice Cream and Outdoors and Pie? So I decided to go to bed and George was going to get in a movie. I threw Maisy on the bed at 8:00 p.m. telling George to come take Maisy out at 9:00 when he takes Roger. They go out about 9 for one last time. I am not sure why I didn’t just take her out. I think I was just THAT tired. But also if they go earlier than 9 they just wake us up earlier the next morning wanting to go out.

So I threw Maisy up on the bed (more like a light tossing, lol) Anyway, she was so excited that she started throwing herself against the pillows and rooting around and she pee’d all over everything. I was so mad. She has not done that in a long long time, like when we first got her. I think it’s a form of marking and I’ve read that it should be a compliment, lol – that it means she is happy and wanting to mark the spot as hers and our domain. But trust me I most certainly did not take it as a compliment. As tired as I was, I had to strip the sheets, the bedspread, pillows and go get them started in the wash and then I went to the Guest Bedroom. Meanwhile George heard the commotion and came back and worked on the mattress, as it went through.

So sleeping in the Queen bed Maisy and I got settled and I threatened her to “no pee…you better not” with my finger pointed in place. She tucked tail and went to bottom of the bed. I told her “I love you anyway, just don’t do it again.”

So about the time I got comfortable and my weary spirit and tired bones gave up and rested, here comes George and Roger. George had given up on the movie 10 minutes in as he was really tired too. Back to the Queen size and I felt every inch of it. And the snoring began in my ear. A triple whammy of oinnnnnnn, gnnnnnnnhhhh, fphewwwwwww. I stared at the ceiling and prayed Lord please let me sleep I am so tired. I was about to get up and go to the couch just feeling like there was no room but sleep came and it was quick.

Saturday morning we got up and had places to be and people to see – not something we have been able to say a lot lately.

We went to a graduation party for one of George’s cousins. It was outside. And come and go. I tried to stay on the outer fringes of the mall crowd.

The online shower was a lot of fun.

I had ordered Ellen a cake and it turned out cute for those at the shower at their house.

I bought Susan and Kevin and George and I a dessert for our end of the shower at Susan and Kevin’s. Susan and Kevin had bought a BBQ lunch for us.

Publix had this Strawberry Shortcake Tarte that we put on Susan’s beautiful platter. It was pretty.

I ordered flowers to be delivered for Friday for Ellen. So Ellen steamed from the nursery and opened gifts. It was great. I think it’s probably ok to show the Mom to be opening a couple of gifts and you can see the nursery which has mountains painted on the wall. Ellen loves the outdoors. And she had just been back from camping in Colorado.

I absolutely loved it (and so did everyone) when she put the baby towel on her head!

No one declared bingo until everyone began to try and use sentences with the phrases. Everyone had all but ONE. So that was fun. Once we determined who it was that said Bingo after we awarded the prize, the person said “But I kinda cheated”. We all laughed. It was fun anyway.

Katy did a cute game with fill in the blanks. Name that song! See if you can get it. I don’t have all the answers but I think you can google it.

Katy (daughter) and Susan my SIL, and I stayed on at the end to talk a bit.

We were laughing at there was one left with us but no one was there. It was an aunt that left the room but didn’t know how to turn it off. Fun times! And that’s almost us! ;-O

So I think the shower went well.

Then George and I headed to the store to get steaks for Sunday and headed home. He offered for us to go out to eat for dinner but I was tired and didn’t want to get back out.

I sat in the sun room and watched YouTube videos trying to get some ideas and also catch up on the travelers that I keep up with.

Here was the scene yesterday. Please ignore the vacuum cord. I usually keep the vacuum out there. There is not a good place upstairs to keep the vacuum so it really just gets tossed into the next room that needs it most, kindof like a manual roomba. lol I pulled up a chair to put my legs in. Had a glass of chardonnay and Maisy was making herself at home taking my blanket off the couch to suit herself. And Roger giving up and sleeping on the floor at my feet. Of course moi not pictured as I’m taking the pic, lol!

And that brings us to this morning.

No pics yet, but the new coffee pot arrived and the decanter was NOT broken. I’ll return the other one tomorrow at the UPS store with my label that I need to put on it today.

We are also going to a friends house for pool party cook out. Just six of us I think. It’s Father’s Day and none of us get to see or travel to be with kids so we are all hanging out. We are taking dressed eggs (I need to go make those here in a few). George is making steak kebobs for the grill and also veggie pizza for an appetizer.

I really need to get at it today though with the few hours we have at home. I have a lot of laundry, need to clean a bit, and need to kind of plan the next week or so and look at the to do list. It’s been a busy week for some reason. Just a lot going on, getting ready for the shower, making lists and trying to remember to do things, touching base with people, and just so many things went wrong also that just kinda taxed my brain a bit. I think I was pulled in so many directions this week. So I’m thinking we get a little bit of a break for the next week or two and try to catch up with life and what we need to do.

I’ve not focused on trying to capture life through video this week. Also events where there are people are really hard to do. And nothing really interesting going on at home. Trying to keep the videos positive and if I had video’d this week, I’d be venting and talking about how tired we are, lol. I’d rather wait til we have a better week! I mean I suppose I could video the ups and the downs, and I will SOME, but I mean how interesting is a broken coffee pot or the fact that I uploaded the wrong YouTube account the other day? lol lol But I will begin videoing again soon for the next now that the shower is over and we will have some time again on the weekends.

I may eventually put out a schedule for the channel once I get into a rhythm but I don’t want to do that to myself until I get a few videos ahead so I have wiggle room during busy times. So for now it’s just testing the waters and periodic. We will see how it goes. I’ll be itching soon to to do the next one.

It’s about to rain here I think. Alert came thru for lightning strikes 4 miles from here. We may just be eating and not having the pool part of the party. lol We mainly sit around anyway but usually enjoy getting in and floating around.

I was hearing some weird noises out the window just now and thought it was a squirrel. Can you see the “squirrel” through the window? It’s an industrious “squirrel” working on some bushes, for this early in the morning:

Ok hopefully more tomorrow. I think we feel much more rested today. We both took a Benedryl last night as we got stuffy from being in the sun room as allegies kick in. I’ve had to clear my throat since January. He’s been trying to get me to take a Benedryl since. I finally took one. I think it helped some. And I slept really well yesterday. Had weird dreams but slept really well.

It was so strange that I thought maybe I’d write a book about it – that dream of mine. Then I realized that book is already written by someone else. Mine could have a different twist though. I have to end this post here. If I remember maybe I’ll blog about the dream tomorrow.

What are you doing on this fine Sunday, Father’s Day? I’ll leave you with a pic of my father. He loved to play the fiddle.