Thanksgiving Day, Relaxing, Restful, and Quiet

Wow, today has gone by fast! We’ve not even had our Thanksgiving feast yet. It’s set for 6:00 p.m. for just the two of us.

Yesterday when I came home from work, I was “spent” I suppose. Although around 2:30 I began to get weary at work and could feel it, but I kept plugging away until 4, getting the most critical things done that would put me in a good spot for Monday and the beginnings of the next payroll. Arriving anywhere from 6:15 to 6:45 and getting up at 3 or 4 most mornings this week, along with working 10 and 11 hour days plus drive time took a toll. We have been busy in the evenings as well. We had a beer before dinner while getting things in the house done. We had a late dinner of salad and pizza last night and watched Below Deck and then at 8:30 I headed for bed. I couldn’t even finish the second beer George handed me to go with the pizza. I wrapped up alongside the Tugie blanket Katy gave me for Christmas with Maisy at my feet. That blanket provides such warmth that radiates back from your own body heat. I feel like a kid with a favorite blankie! And I fell into a deep sleep while praying.

I slept until 1 a.m. when Maisy wanted up to go out. I knew I was awake at that point and didn’t try to go back to bed yet. I fixed SleepyTime Tea and played candy crush until about 2:00. It takes about an hour for the tea to set in. So we went to bed again. At 3:00 or 4:00 Roger wanted to go and George took both Roger and Maisy out this time and I slept and slept and slept and slept. I didn’t wake up until 8. Strange for me. But it’s made the day go by very quickly.

Me waking up with Coffee and Sailing YouTubes, a perfect relaxing morn!

It took 3 cups of coffee to get me awake while I watched a couple of YouTube sailing favorites. The grogginess was as if we had partied down all night. lol But no, there was no party, just me being exhausted. I sat down to blog this morning but couldn’t do it as my brain was so fuzzy and not awake. By the time the coffee set in, I had done laundry and few things around the house, and took a shower.

My body felt a bit nutrient deprived. I don’t think I took vitamins yesterday as we’d been busy and I did not get to repack the supplements. Amazing how a day will make a difference. So I packed in my greens, took my vitamins and supplements this morning. My bod said “thank you”. You can see our updated Thanksgiving menu in the pic below with the greens, lol. Although we had crossed off dessert, in a weak and excited moment of grocery shopping Tuesday night, our arm just happened to reach in the freezer and pull out a Key Lime Pie to put in the cart! 😉

Drinking my Greens, mixed with my stress formula, and reviewing the VERY revised T’Giving Menu!

I boiled some eggs for our dressed eggs, which was my part of Thanksgiving. I enjoyed the little time I had in the kitchen until the part of not being able to find the spices I needed.

Spice Cabinet #1
Overflow of spices in Spice Cabinet #2

George came to the rescue as he knows how to find a needle in a haystack as he does most of the cooking. In this pic above you can see my little “egg maker” in the middle shelf, left hand side. I used that to “steam” the eggs to make “boiled eggs”. It holds 7 eggs so I did two batches. And then put each batch into a bowl of ice water.

A Bowl of Boiled (Steamed actually) Eggs
Tarragon Deviled Eggs

This is a recipe I used to do the eggs with because I absolutely love Tarragon. I decided to try something a bit different and used yogurt instead of mayo. It was a success. I did however, go ahead and add pickle relish instead of just the juice and I added a bit of regular mustard as it was just needing a bit of something. I also doubled the batch plus some since I had 14 eggs and not 6.

George brought some “encouragement” up from the basement fridge which has always been where the beer is. I was happy the other night to find a really good tasting lo-cal IPA.

I guess it provided the encouragement needed to finish the job. We’ve snacked on a few (the plate not pictured) as we really are not eating lunch today. I had a piece of toast for breakfast spread with garden vegetable cream cheese and some shaved ham on top (deli meat). But nothing else yet but some dressed eggs or deviled as you may call it. I use the terms interchangeably but probably use “dressed eggs” the most.

Katy and Findlay out in Texas

We’ve talked with our girl a lot this week and have texted a lot back and forth. Here is a pic of Katy’s turkey. She fixed it I guess for the first time ever. It looks wonderful coming out of the oven. She called George for tips.

So I decided to put on makeup for George since it was Thanksgiving and he wouldn’t have to look at my pale tired face. And I did my hair. I trimmed it recently and cut about inch off I think.

Isn’t it weird how black my hair is considering how brown it used to be? I always thought it would go from brown to gray and not brown to black to grey. I’ve cut it recently. I’ve been surprised at how I’ve been able to cut my hair for most of the year and it look like the cut I’ve been trying to get for so long. Just amazing that I paid others trying to get my hair to do this and no one could do it but me it turns out. That is hilarious, well kinda sad really. I could have saved a load!

The below side pic is not as good as the above one. I still have an issue getting both sides the same. I think it’s mainly in the styling and the way I can curl one side with my right arm and it’s harder on the other side to do it the right way with the same arm. But here is end result.

Good thing I put make up on because we were invited to a 3:00 p.m. family zoom call with George’s side of the family. It was great to see everyone.

And our dinner will be ready before too awfully long. But I do have a prayer request from you. My Maisy girl has been very ill. Mainly Malaise and seemingly constipated, and not wanting to eat much. Tomorrow, if not better we will take her to the vet. She does not want to eat and does not even enjoy going outside. She just wants to sleep. She tries to follow me but often she is sleeping a lot. I feel so bad. Her tummy seems really full. I’ve prayed for her to have a BIG GO and to feel better. I’ve asked God to heal whatever woes her. I hope HE will. She is not a young dog. It may be more than her teeth now as evident with her tummy and bowel situation. Makes me very sad. I’m trying not to let it bother me but she’s my Maisy and I’m worried about her.

Even Roger has had way more energy than Maisy. But he still has some good sleeps too.

Cracks me up that he finds “shade” in the funniest ways. Like this box, in the above pic, blocking the sun.

We have fixed Little Bit up for the winter. Here is his “condo set up” on the front porch. Did I fail to mention that we are red necks? Yes this is on our front porch! The only people that ever visit are the UPS people, so…..

But while we are home, Little Bit gets to come in some so his preferred spot is below! lol

The box on the left is a styrofoam Omaha Steak Box with Katy’s old bathroom rug from when she had the bedroom bathroom here. lol I hope his claws don’t get hung. But I think he is hanging out in it – I’ve not seen him yet as he’s already out of the box when we leash up the dogs and head out. Maybe one cold morning we’ll catch him slowly arising from the box. To aid to his condo experience we’ve given him an open box with an old pillow and he loves that one right now when temps not too cold.

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So tomorrow, there are several things on the list but these will stretch into the rest of the weekend, if I dare plan anything as it’s still 2020, but here’s what is on the agenda:

  • Pulling up all the fall decor.
  • Setting up my Office Desk for home for two days a week (again)
  • Putting out the Christmas decor
  • Doing Christmas cards
  • Mani/Pedi – Self done
  • Vitamins/Supplement refill
  • Begin Wrapping (Prob won’t happen tomorrow, but what if it did?)
  • A few more orders on line (maybe)
  • Hang a picture I want to hang.
  • Watch some shows
  • Maybe work on iMovie
  • Read some
  • Do a devo, spend time with God
  • Clean on the house a bit
  • Continue to count our blessings
  • Continue to pray for Maisy/take to vet if not feeling well
  • Redoing my iphone background to something more Christmasy.

And I’ll end things there! Love you all my blog readers. Thank you for being here. Thank you for commenting or just showing up to read giving me reason to continue to blab about how I’m feeling or what is going on in my life. I’m blessed by your presence in the cyber world.

And I’m so thankful to have 3 more days off. I put so much stress on myself always and it’s nice being here in our home for 4 days in a retreating situation of sorts. The stress is rolling off. The world is falling away for a few moments. God is Good. He hears us and He listens. And He is also here with us in the retreat of a weekend! How cool is that! If my psyche was a picture right now it’d look like this! Just thankful for down time. We don’t normally get this 4 days in a row unless it’s a true-on vacation scenario. It’s almost like the calm holiday I’ve always wished for except I miss the family and our gatherings. But I talked to Mom today and we saw George’s famly at 3 p.m. over Zoom. However, my sister texted me today and I was overjoyed to hear from her. It made my day! Now if we can just get Maisy girl well. But God is in control. It’s His Will whatever happens.

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Grateful Sign, Tingling Finger, and a Bat

Good morning! Here is a “sign” I ordered for my bathroom. Really like it and it’s inspired by the one Katy has in her bathroom. I wish it was bigger. But I was afraid it wouldn’t fit so I got the little one. But it looks great and should be “grateful” to have it. ;-). I enjoyed seeing Katy’s sign every morning. I hung it on the nail already there, but it really needs to be repositioned. Not through with the walls in the bathroom yet anyway so I’ll wait til I figure it all out.

Surprise surprise surprise! The night before last, George told me to look at the frog in the corner while we took the dogs out the other night. I peered at it and said “that’s not a frog, it looks like a bat”. He got up on the porch and looked closer and said, “yep, you’re right, it’s a bat!” He’s gone now and wasn’t there last night.

Sorry I wish I’d had my good camera on me at the time but I grabbed my iphone and with the dim light and on zoom it didn’t come out to well.

So payroll is over and went well. As far as I know. I can’t believe it is Wednesday already.

I also have a tingling in my left ring finger. I believe it is a compressed nerve in my left arm. But I got up at 3:30 this morning and drank hot tea and it comes and goes. It’s a little concerning. But having discovered that it’s likely a compressed nerve and can fix itself makes me feel better. I am at the computer all the time so it’s hard to straighten out the elbow and I’m always leaning against it I guess. If it’s not one thing it’s another. But I hope it is fixed soon because “it gets on my nerves” LITERALLY! ha! There are some little exercises that helps. If it doesn’t go away permanently I’ll be going to the doc I guess. My muscles have been weird lately anyway and now the nerves are acting up it seems. The tingling started last night after leaning on my left arm for a long time to do my nails. It’s still that way this morning. So prayers please for healing for this. I do have moments when it is gone or at least it seems gone, or maybe I just don’t notice, but then it comes back.

Prayers for all impacted by the hurricanes and fires. Ya’ll have a good day. Lots of hurricanes out there it seems.

OK off to work. I wrote a lot more but erased it. I guess it’s just some thoughts I decided not to share here.

More later. Just feel like we are busy all the time. Work and home. Always a list of stuff to accomplish.