Turtle Speed but Finding Ourselves

Good morning! Sipping coffee here and trying to get the day going. Here is the little turtle with the “bobble head” that I had lost in the office move. It was in the basement in the lost box with the plants. He’s happy bobbing his head again. Bless his heart. It’s amazing he was found. He’s been with me a lot of years. I don’t even remember where he came from. But I really missed him when he was gone.

And here is the new hairstyle after I washed it and basically DID NOTHING to it but put a little mouse in it and scrunch it – after it was already dry. This works for me. I tried to get this scrunchy bob look in my thirties and forties and my hair would not do it. I can’t believe it is doing it now. If I try to grow my hair long again, ya’ll remind me – it ain’t for me! I just can’t tame it and deal with it long. I look more groomed and less of a wild woman with it short and tamed, lol.

This is picking up and going after working to get some voiceovers done in my videos and then rushing off to work. Minimal time for make up and beauty efforts. Plus I have no one to impress. I’m in an office by myself most all day working with numbers, spreadsheets, and an old DOS based kind of program, and email. So not a bad “do” for darting out the door. Today is day 2 and it’s much straighter and I will use a hair dryer brush to put some style and body into it. Anxious to see how that works. But I like the curl when it dries by itself.

I have to put the little clip in though because that one “curtain bang” on that side gets in my eyes/face and drives me NUTS! And I’m already there at the NUT stage so it wasn’t doing me any favors. Let me say again how much I’m enjoying just the lightweightness of it, having gotten rid of what seemed like two pounds of hair, lol.

I’ve been able to make some progress yesterday morning, as mentioned, with the next movie. This one is in line with a lot of others I’ve done. It gets into us having some fun and getting out into the community. I’ll work on it more this weekend. But I doubt I’ll be able to upload this weekend since we will be gone some of Sunday. We’ll see though!

I’ve also spent some time thinking on my niche and goals with the blog and videos. I have been wanting to do that for a while and my head has been in other places. I’m starting to think about 2023 goals and aligning myself with whatever I decide to work on. As you know it’s all a slow go, turtle speed because of working FT and now, also, the part time (almost full time) job of taking care of Mom, as that involves several hours during the week.

Speaking of Mom, we had dinner at her house last night. I’m not sure what is going on with the HOA, but she sent the next check in and they cashed it. So at least she is showing she is paying it. No one will talk to her on the phone. I’ve asked if she wanted me to handle it and she said no. So hopefully they have not place a lien on her house as they said they were going to. (She was sending payments in and they would send them back and then call and say she owed money.) I don’t know if she was sending it to the wrong place and got it figured out. She says a different place is cashing them now – a different company. All I know is she asked for the filing cabinet so she could keep it all straight and that made me wonder if she might have sent it to the wrong place. She didn’t seem upset about it anymore so I wondered if it all got straight and maybe she had just sent to the wrong people. I can’t imaging the right people sending money back, lol. We’ll never know I guess.

We took her the filing cabinet. I’ve been trying to find a new one for here to replace that one that was going to go in here. I was going to be setting it up this weekend as we had moved the bed out. I’m so glad she asked for it when she did and I didn’t have to “RE – Move all my files”. That would have made me angry. So I’ve picked out one I really like but it’s in the three hundreds. I’m trying to decide if I really want it or just stick with plastic. The plastic sticks and is hard to open and close. I find I just don’t want to even file with it. So I think it would be worth having in here and I would use it often. I’m trying to decide if I want to save up or just bite the bullet and order it. I’ll likely do the 2nd option since George told me to. I am going to use it for storing notes and ideas too. Instead of keeping them all in notebooks and folders and across all my desk. I think it’ll be worth it. I have had a little windfall come to me and also we’ll have a tax return. George bought a ukulele, lol. So…..yeah, I think I’ll decide today and have the order placed by weekend and get my office back like I want it.

In recent days, I’ve set an appointment for Mom to get her hair cut. I got mine done so she wants to get hers done. And I’m setting an appointment soon for us to get our toes done. I was going to do mine next week but now taking her to get hair done, that might change to the following week. We’ll see – lots of things on the schedule so I’ll have to try to see how to spread things out.

Mom’s watch that syncs with her phone “died” and she has ordered a replacement so we’ll have to go pick that up at the AT&T store. And Fancy pants was having a tummy issue yesterday. She said that what we set up with her “google voice” on the remote control was no longer working but when we got there it worked fine.

I told Mom that maybe one day we would show up and something good will have happened. It seems like there is only bad news always when we see her. I pray for her to have good things happen to her though the day but I guess it is just life. Everything breaks and bad news comes more frequently than it used to. I ask God often to help us have some good days and he brings them. I’ll pray that for her too.

She told me I woke her up when I texted her the other day. I guess it was early in the morning and I returned a text she texted me when I was asleep. So I guess I should wait until after I get to work to text back. She told me ducks were quacking as it texted and it sounded like people babbling in her sleep. But I figured she told me that to remind me not to text that early. Since ducks flying overhead is not really newsworthy, lol. She said when she woke up she realized ducks were flying over made the people babbling noise in her sleep and not my text sound. She will often wrap details up inside other stories to make a point. So I figured it was the texting and waking her up was the message she was sending. Noted. Don’t text before 8. And George wonders why I analyze everything. lol. I’m always trying to catch the secret meanings of what’s behind door number 3. Wasn’t that a game show? I think my life has been some kind of game show in itself.

We are looking forward to tomorrow – a complete day of doing things we need to do here. So many things to do to stay afloat. I suppose I will do a blog entry at some point this weekend.

I’ll be focused on finishing the sun room, finding my summer clothes – mainly PJ’s. I have to make sure George didn’t send them to Mom’s so it’s worth finding them a week early as I”ll want them next week. My one consolation is that if these are missing – he’ll have to bite the bullet and I’ll get all new summer PJ’s, shoes, and purses, lol. So I am no longer dreading not finding them. If they are missing I shall shop! But there’s been too many times I go to find my stuff and it’s missing, only to have been sent to Mom’s. ::sigh::

We have a lot we want to do to be put on the schedule. So it happens. If you don’t get it scheduled it doesn’t happen. So time to plan. Also need to do some shopping for my filing cabinet in here, organize the office back, work on my video, do our laundry, set up the puzzle table, work on some goals, clean the house, plan our easter meal and next week. Try to see what patio table Mom wants to order and what cabinet she wants to order for her laundry room. I don’t have time to shop for myself other than Amazon so unless we do something on a Sunday now that we do church, or after work, then it will just have to be done online. There is no extra time to gallavort about everywhere shopping for things. I invented a new word, lol. I lost that luxury long before Mom joined the picture.

Anyway, I’m going to go style hair. It’s casual day today and I’m wearing jeans and a sweat shirt. I have a lot going on at work. Deep into quarter end. I was ahead but something happened in the system that caused us not to balance on the reconciliation. I’ve looked for it for over a week. Finally had to have help as I often do not know where to look or what reports to compare. My boss has been doing it so long she can walk in and know what reports to pull. I learn more every time. I got further this time than last time. But now I’m needing to work on withholding returns for each state and also unemployment returns. So just a lot to do and next week the month will be half over and it’s a shorter week and a holiday week so more to do there. I don’t want to have to work a Saturday so I’m going to have to figure out how to get everything done. I’m having to leave on so many days on time so I get to doc appointments, self care appts, and dinners at Mom’s or elsewhere, so it’s hard to stay late. I don’t want to give up my morning time either. I already give up Tuesdays, lol. ::sigh:: It’s always hard trying to fit everything into these windows of time we have.

And truly the last week, I’ve just been exhausted by nightfall. It seems about 8:30 at night I feel almost faint and washed out. The energy just completely falls and I’m so wiped out I have no choice but to fall into bed. And that I do.

Life is certainly full. Much like the bobble head turtle – we’ll get things done, and find ourselves, but it’s a slow go. We will sit and bobble our heads and figure it out. lol

What are you wanting to do this weekend?

Hair Cut Decisions, Nashville Predator Hockey Game, and Mid-Week Update

The Contest Winner – but NO PURPLE!

Good morning! I prompted a little voting situation on Facebook and asked everyone to let me know what style (I had them numbered) I should get, when I cut my hair next week. This one won. But I will not be getting the purple, lol.

I am just really undecided if I want to cut it like this yet. My hair has a bit of curl to it these days I’m not sure I can make mine look like that. But, even wavy, or curly I guess that cut could still work. Wish I could see the front! I imagine the front to look something like this below. I know I’m not going for bangs yet. But I’m ok with pieces that fall at my ear lob similar to this one.

Straight Bob Shaped to Head with Wispy layers at Bottom

These styles below also really appeal to me. One has long bangs and the other does not. Both are longer in the front and I wouldn’t want mine to be a LOT longer in the front but I’m ok with subtle.

Messy Bob with subtle layers.

I’m also really drawn to the look of this one below. With it’s long layers. Keeping in mind mine would have waves and would not be straight unless I did a lot of styling which I’m likely not to do more than a blow dryer and round brush or round air brush dryer.

Straight Shag Layered Cut

I also really like these below but I think I want more layers than just the bottom layer, but this looks really nice. II think the one on the right is better as far as that type of look goes and I think I actually like the one on the right quite a bit now that I think of it. I think I like it better than the one with purple above. This would still work fine with a little waveband the layers will look good straight or with waves or even a bit of curl. I think I may have made my decision by doing this blog entry. It’s really not far off from the top one except the top one (with purple) is more like a wedge in a way – instead of only having this cut on the back it comes on around to the sides a bit. I like mine longer in the front. I can straighten the front to come down like a long bob in one piece around my face (no layers unless they start at my ear lobe) and then the layers can start pretty immediately as you go around my face.

Bob Layered at bottom and/or subtle layers with tapering at the bottom. I’m not really sure what you call all these!

These below are the cuts that I had been getting all along and grew it out. Sometimes I miss it. But those bangs are so hard to grow back out. And I kinda like me without bangs now, but again, I’m a little undecided. I call this the “Meg Ryan” look – the way she used to look when she was in all the movies.

And one daring day, I’m liable to just go ahead and do a pixie cut! This one got several cuts. But wow my ears would stick out and it would be interesting. I think as long as the layers were long and it was cut lie this, it would be ok. I just don’t want to look like a man! lol. This is when big earrings would have to be worn all the time, lol! But I’m not that daring yet. It does seem to go good with turtle necks, which I don’t wear much of anymore.

So what do you think?

My appointment is next week. I will let you know for sure. I may just start with the long layered bob and after that go for the one that is a better shorter like the red head above. And then after that maybe go for the pixie and after that grow it all back out again and start over! lol. I really like having varying hair styles.

An Evening Out to the Predators Hockey Game

We drove in with our neighbors with us for a hockey game Tuesday night as George had been given tickets through his work. Since the photos are already on social media and shared, I figure it’s ok here as much of the same folks are on here.

Meet Chip and Anne and me and George.

And then we caught up with our other neighbor David as well centered.

We were laughing trying to get us all in the picture.

I had to laugh at this big hat but how annoying if you were seated directly behind him. I’m surprised such is allowed.

We went back into a special section of the building where there were some prehistoric bones found in Nashville and excavated while building things downtown. I guess that is where the Predators name came from.

There was a museum of Nashville sports back there in the “secret special location” of the building. lol

And of course there was a win! (Played against a Canadian team.)

The deer were hanging out with Sasquatch next door at our neighbors house when we took them home. We got home close to 11 p.m. So by the time I got in bed I was already 2.5 hours down on sleep.

Other Updates

So, I talked with Mom and her love sofa arrived. She likes it but says it is smaller and there is not much room for Fancy to sit and it is hard to nap in as it leans to far back for her liking. But she is “making it” she says. lol. I figured something would be wrong with it, but she picked it out over the others and liked it the best. So I hope she will come to enjoy it. She is like me (or is it I’m like her, lol) and we both notice what is not right about things. We are live critics of everything trying to make our world and our environments better places. At least that is MY story and I’m sticking with it.

She has also been having trouble paying her HOA. She pays it and they send the check back and then tell her she still owes money. I’m not sure what is amiss but thinking maybe she is sending to the wrong place or either they don’t have the right accounts set up or something. She is having a devil of the time getting someone on the phone.

We had storms to roll through – well it was more like very high winds with rain. It was windy all day long yesterday. I was afraid to go to sleep til they storms or line passed through b/c we were under a tornado watch and the energy within could pop up and rotate at any time so I stayed alert til the line passed. It was about 10:15 when I went to bed and slept. So I’m behind on the sleep this week. I’m feeling a little moody this morning and overslept by 45 minutes. George had to wake me up. I really don’t have time to blog but decided I’m doing it anyway as I had planned to. I’ll just have to work a bit later or do without much of a lunch break.

Ok so I’m over and out. This week has been a fast one. The next two days I will be heavily involved in quarter end. I’m making some progress, a little quicker than usual, so far. We’ve not had much time to get anything done this week with working all day and doing things in the evenings.

We talked with Mom and also FaceTimed with River last night for a long while. He is WALKING NOW! He has been taking like 8 to 11 steps at a time now. And he is suddenly talking more. And he will point to his face body parts when you ask where is your nose, eyes, ears. And he will say “Bye Bluey” and wave, and he and I made O faces at each other. He laughed when we did it back and forth. I love that he is communicating. He goes to the window and says “da da” b/c he knows his Daddy is out there (hunting).

So tonight I’m getting my nails done – I guess that means I won’t be working too late though. lol. I’ll just cut my lunch shorter then.

WE are looking forward to Saturday as we have a day at home and then Sunday is church day and we’ll take Mom to lunch and to AT&T. And before too long we’ll schedule another work day at her house to help more with her garage and haul off any Good Will items.

Well I better get out of here. My blogs are long when I miss a couple of days.

The depression is still on the way out. It’s been a good week. Thank goodness. And I’m hoping to get some things off of my list as we go into the next few days! Weekend approaching. Sleep is up there at the top. Getting more coffee and getting myself out the door. Take care! What is going on with YOU this week. Let me know!

Short Hair Cut, Paula Deen’s Nashville, and a Fever Side Effect

Ok so here’s the hair cut. I love it’s simplicity. And this is without a “filter”. I look better with a filter as I have on no make up here on my face. But I will show you the real me. I recently saw where a couple of people made fun of those who use filters and one of them was bragging about how she never had to use one because her natural beauty shone through. LOL.

My first thoughts were: “The fall is hard from a prideful haughty spirit” and the 2nd thought was “Beauty is sometimes only skin deep”. And the third thing I thought was “How unkind those words were to those like me that look better with a filter” as I had a lot of trouble with acne in my teen years. And the 4th thing I thought was “God seeks revenge on those that are unkind and make fun of others”. And my 5th thought was “Bless her heart!”. ha! And the 6th thought was “I’ll keep using filters if I wanna as it doesn’t matter what an ice queen thinks”! And my 7th thought was “I’m no better b/c I just called this person an Ice Queen” and then I had to repent.

The cut feels sooooo good. I should have done it sooner.

Paula Deen’s / Nashville

So, Thursday, a coworker (my immediate boss) and I went to Paula Deen’s as it is in our area. We had never been. Normally this would be packed but in Covid times has left it a bit thin in numbers. Plus it is a bit pricey at $18.99 per plate, the least plate in the house. The menu is currently limited. The online version of the menu showed you could order by plate but that was not the case when we got there. All that said, the food was great. Of course it was no Buffett style like the one I went to years ago in Savannah. I’m sure the COVID times have squandered that. But they had Southern Family style serving which is to bring bowls and platters to the table for all to eat “family style”. Well ok. So that is what we did only we pretty much separated our food. There are no to go plates b/c of the fact that it is “all you can eat” of said items. So we wasted food and had to leave what we didn’t eat on the table to be thrown away. I really wish there was a system that if it’s your first and only serving you can take to go orders. But no.

So would we go back? You betcha. The catfish was awesome. I had the grilled chicken and that was awesome too. And you get a free dessert, but….even for that price the tea was not free and we had to pay for that. I got the unsweet peach tea and it was divine!

I made a mental note to go back and Christmas shop here as there were some nice things in the gift shop. We didn’t have a lot of time to peruse it as we were on the lunch hour but we did a little walk through.

Here was my view at lunch that day. Wide windows and a view of Opry Mills Mall in the distance. This Paula Deen Restaurant also sits beside the General Jackson Showboat, which gives you entertainment, dinner, cocktails as you wind the way down the Cumberland River. George and I did that several years ago on our anniversary.

The restaurant is a gorgeous place with lots of “chandelier” type lighting and big flower vases. We woofed our food down and I didn’t get pics, but I did get the bread. It was “out of this world”.

Normally, in cafeteria or “meat N 3” restaurants in the South, you do not see alcohol served. I was impressed that they included the local breweries. It was not on tap but in cans, etc. And the variety of teas was extra special. I can’t wait to take Mom and George here.

I saved my desert for later in the afternoon. It was just the right amount and they DID let us take the dessert to go. Thank goodness. I got the banana pudding, if you couldn’t tell.

We’ve had the sunroom open some this week. And I noticed just how pretty and green the yard is looking out the sunroom window. I took this photo b/c I like the colors, the spikey plant, the little rag doll, and the binoculars. This is just a cozy setting to me. I love it when I catch myself admiring a “spot” in the house that I have put together. There are so many eyesores it seems, so when you get good “chi” it’s always a good thing.

George brought in some lavender from outside. I’m not sure I know what to do with it. Make lavender bouquets? I’m not always very crafty in that way, nor do I have time, but we’ll see? Let me know any ideas you have.

So this little boy Roger, was just beside himself Thursday night as George had a guys night meet up with Ron and Jack that he used to work with at Ron’s house. He got home about 10:30 and I normally go to sleep at 9:00 or 9:30. Of course I couldn’t sleep til he got home and then Roger was howling b/c his Dad was not home yet. I would NOT put him in bed with me b/c I knew he would not stay there. I didn’t want him to break a leg.

Here is his howling in the video below. It’s at the beginning of the video so once he stops there’s nothing else on there. You can stop watching. I didn’t clip it. It’s such a sad howl. It was hard to capture as when I would video he would stop and I only barely got some of it. I felt sorry for him. Above you can see where he is looking for George but he is not finding him. At last they had a grand reunion once he did get home and then we could all sleep. When I do girls night, I’m home at 8:00 just saying! I did cook dinner for him though and it was waiting on him when he got home. Had I known it would have been soooo late, I’d have stopped and got something to eat for myself. Never dreamed he would be that late. But he said that they caught up, laughed, and had a big time.

My Reaction to the Shot

Well, I got my shot Thursday at 5:40 p.m. I was restless Thursday night overnight, with just random pains and aches in different spots. I didn’t sleep well at all.

Friday morning, I was moving slow, had to drink coffee BEFORE I could even get in the shower. I debated about going to work as I really wanted to go back to bed, but I didn’t have a fever and I needed to go and get some things done for payroll related matters to prep for next week. I also need my PTO time. And I never like to wake up and just call in. On Friday’s I also have to sign checks and it really messes things up if the alternate is not there. I didn’t know her schedule so I pushed forward.

I began to feel worse and worse. I was trying to push through but after I got the most important things done I just made the decision that I had no choice. I was miserable and at that point could think of nothing else. Our thermometer at work usually registers me at 95 lol, so it wouldn’t know a fever if you lit a candle under it. I figured if it showed normal I probably had one. My eyes began to get dizzy – well you know that feeling that you get when you start to get a fever? If you move your head too fast you feel dizzy and fuzzy. I get that way when it hits 100.

So I went home and on the way there I thought I could not stand it until I could get in bed. I listed the things I had to do before I could get there. Pull in garage, pull myself upstairs, change Roger’s diaper and give him a snack, go potty, take my temp, change into jammies, text George and let him know, then crash.

Crash I did. I woke up two hours later with 102! It got up to 103 and I got scared and took acetaminophen. At that point my knee caps were about aching off. That was weird. It was like my knee cap was about to give birth. It hurt. I’ve never had a fever hurt so much. The acetaminophen knocked the pain out and took the fever down to 100.

So this morning, I feel more normal. My fever is down to 100 now even after it’s been several hours with no acetaminophen. The last one was at 4:00 a.m. I was so tired of the bed! I kinda feel like the fever is breaking as I woke up in a sweat.

Anyway, I had been warned this could happen. Some of my coworkers experienced this and others did not. I was hoping it would not bother me so bad. But I’m glad that is over and I hope the fever does not return today. At least I feel 10 times better. I can sit and do this blog entry where as yesterday I would not have been able to sit here and type anything worth reading.

My little buddy slept in his bed beside my bed yesterday. At 4:00 he began his howling because he knows his Daddy comes home. Funny how they just know – I guess by the sun. George came home and mowed. Roger howled the entire time, even when I showed him I was here. He knew it was time for his Dad to be inside. Finally he felt the vibration of the garage door when George shut it down for the night and his Dad came through the door. Happy dog to have him here the rest of the night.

It’s a God Thing!

Oh my gosh, I forgot to tell you! You know the cot I need for my office so I can sleep in here when Mom comes? I was going to order that Thursday night. Well Thursday during the day, we got an email that there were cot bases they were going to give away at work – due to a plant move. Can you believe it? The exact day! Heck yeah! So my boss let me go over and get one before they were gone. While there they gave me some foam that had been constructed that was not the right size and unusable and they said they were giving that away too if I wanted it, but it would have to be cut. George thinks he can cut it to fit the cot. So I saved $300 ish. I was so excited. What timing. This only can be a God thing! So I’ll be working on the office “again”. lol

Much to do this weekend as normal. I’ll post my to do list tomorrow. Did pretty good this week though. Although I’m moving kinda slow today, as long as the fever is below 100, I can function. So I think this is passing.

Did any of you do this on your 2nd shot? I think it’s worth it though. So we can begin to live somewhat of a normal life. I requested a lifting of the mask mandate at work because most have had their shots that are going to get it. The rest are basically saying “I don’t want it and will take my chances”. And so we should not have to continue to wear the masks at work if we are fully vaccinated and beyond 2 weeks as CDC recommends. And certainly not have to continue to wear masks just because others don’t want to get it. Let them wear the masks. Just sayin’. I’m done with the masks after two weeks of this vaccine. I’ve paid my dues. I’ve complied. Now Let me free! I can hear them now though, the one that wants to not wear masks is the one that left with a fever! ha. Can’t you just hear ’em now? But it was a side effect of the shot, but you know how people love to talk and make issue of things. I’m no fool. I know how it goes down. But again, I’m done with the masks now that I’m fully vaccinated.