The Irony of Eating, Big Bad Wolf BBQ, and George’s Birthday

Oatmeal and Chocolate – Fighting the Stress

There’s such irony in our eating decisions. Mine especially. I go to great ends to find oatmeal that has no sugar content, only to throw chocolate in my cart as well. What can we do with ourselves? We just have to keep trying and recognize we WILL have inconsistency and splurges and urges, especially prompted by stress. Lets just call it a “delta variant” purchase and also blame it on George’s birthday week????

It’s so hard to find just plain oatmeal to take to work without it having loads of sugar in it or various “bad” ingredients. The regular oatmeal I guess I could put it a baggie, and take but it doesn’t do as well as the instant does. I’ve NOT tried this yet, but was happy to find it at the DOLLAR STORE amidst their bare shelves. I usually try to find the Organic Oatmeal by Quaker, but it’s hard to find. And I end up paying a lot for Bob’s Red Mill on Amazon. Have to order an entire box of it but it’ll last a long time as I don’t really eat it but about once a week. I like a variety of things for breakfast.

So I add my wellness programs stress formula which if in hot water by itself tastes like hot apple cider (to me anyway). Often I just have that. But I’ve found it quite pleasing to add to oatmeal and it gives it a sweet taste. But it has adaptogens in it and other things that calm me down. The stress formula is called “Ionix”. I no longer use the name of the wellness company on my blog b/c they had asked me to remove their name when I typed a paragraph with the “illness” that has been going around. As you know there has been an attack on our free speech lately. It made me mad so I vowed no more free advertisement for them. If they want it out of a paragraph, it comes out of the blog entirely. I spent hours removing their name from my blog of several years. I still love the products and I know they were being pressured by those in society that throw their weight around, but still. Stand your ground or lose it. They lost their grounding on my blog by letting fear get to them. But yeah, I still love the products and although pricey – it is pricey anywhere to get your hands on true nutrition. I get enough to alter whatever has gone on with my body from a auto-immune situation. (Always tired, random pains, random low grade fever). And now with pre-diabetes and high blood pressure it has been wonderful to offset those with good quality supplements and nutritional food types). I’ve just worn it out during the years on the snacks, shakes and breakfast bars but I still use the supplements and in a big way and the shakes occasionally.

All that to say…..I found some oatmeal for on the go! 😉 I’m a wordy sort, ya know? Gotta tell you EVERYTHING I know about a subject and then some. Which is usually not much but I can dredge it out. lol

And also all that said…..there is this side of me when stressed:

Mom and I went to the Dollar Store again as she needed some things. The first time I went by myself and passed over the candy. The 2nd time I was not as strong. I love a bit of something sweet after lunch – or around 3 p.m. but I really don’t need it. And those M&M’s are tricky. there are 120 calories on the bag but there are about 3 servings in that bag alone right there. And I almost ate the whole bag yesterday. I just cannot quit eating them. Then I had to drink butt loads of water so I didn’t have some kind of sugar attack. And then at dinner time I was not very hungry. Don’t worry. I was able to eat. lol Now I feel bad for eating that many this morning and vowing to have my “greens” for breakfast.

Don’t overlook that chocolate wafter in the right corner. I LOVE THOSE! I allowed myself to get them. I had that for breakfast yesterday. Yesterday was a bad sweet tooth day. Now I have to detox myself. lol Someone HELP!

George’s Birthday Week, Day 1, The Actual Birthday

We were so excited to get to go to The Big Bad Wolf yesterday for George’s Birthday meal. We have tried off and on for years to get here, usually with friends. And they are only open at night on certain occasions. They do a BIG catering business. So usually when we are wanting to eat out they are closed. And sometimes they don’t even follow their hours very well. If they get a big catering event, they will close the restaurant. So it’s spotty. But it’s so good.

It was great. I got the ribs. And I kinda wish I had known they had salad. I didn’t see it on the menu but Mom’s salad looked good. I got beans and potato salad as that seemed to go with ribs but I realized later – more starches that turn to sugar. I had a really bad day yesterday and I need to do better than this. Let’s chalk it off to George’s birthday. I’ve blamed his birthday before, lol. But seriously need to do better. I really need to try and detox today and have my greens and get this sugar out of my body.

We posted this yesterday on social media. It was very popular, lol.

On the way home we saw two Bambi’s in our neighborhood. We had about 5 deer in our yard. They just come and hang out and stroll through. Sometimes we have days where we don’t see them, but I think that is just a timing thing. But they are all around us every day. We love seeing them.

So tomorrow, I’m hoping to give you a list of all the Sailing folks that I follow on YouTube. I don’t want to include it on this blog entry. I want it to be its own entry, for the most part. This is my plan anyway. If today contains a lot of blogworthy content that needs blogging tomorrow morning I will delay the Sailing entry.

Today I get off early as I take Mom for her eye injection. We have a busy weekend ahead also it’s George’s “birthday weekend” and we are heading out with Kevin and Susan. We are also eating burritos tonight at a new place in town with just Mom, George and me. And then Sunday George wants to have an excursion out to a brewery. So we’ll have a lot of pics and then Monday I’ll be complaining that I need more time off b/c I won’t have been able to get my weekend things done. lol. But what is life if you don’t have fun and celebrate birthdays. We just celebrate several days in a row.

So this is what George wanted from me for his birthday. I also gave him some random extra things like flair pens that he likes, expensive beer that he won’t buy himself, and some gourmet food items. But this is “The Who” box set. lol lol

This photo pretty funny as Mom’s feet is in the upper left corner and my messy hearth in the background (top).

Random Thoughts Over Coffee

Well, I suppose I’ll head out soon. Need to get another cup of hot coffee which seems so good right now. But at least it’s Friday. I’m so glad to at least have a day to sleep in – in the morning. We still have church on Sunday. So as of right now it looks like it’ll be very hard to get anything done this weekend but maybe I’ll get some time at home to do *something* at least. I’ll just do the most important things first. And I’m hoping to at least have the morning tomorrow.

It’s kind of been a stressful week in some ways. I’m trying to shake a few things off as “not my own” worries – especially on the work scenario. So far so good.

George got his 1st shot yesterday and I’m proud of him for finally doing that. And he did it on his birthday! His 2nd one is Sept 9th. Mom was telling him to stay away from her because now he has germs in his system. She is anti-V I guess you’d call it. She is afraid of it. It’s a personal decision but she still went on the birthday outing and we can’t oust him out of the house, lol. (She has a way of making a person feel so special sometimes with her honest assessment. lol lol. I guess its her way of letting him know she is not happy with his decision to get the shot.) But it wasn’t her choice to make. None the less she made it very clear she is worried she’ll get the “illness” from him getting the shot. Some have said that has happened. Don’t know for sure what is fact of fiction. But we are doing the best we can and it appears we are soon going to have to show proof to be able to do things so…..

Meanwhile in Texas

Little Roo’s day care teacher is out with “the illness” – yes THE variant illness. And so my Texas family has been exposed. I also have been exposed where I have been. So there’s that. Also Katy went for a root canal yesterday and had to be stopped because it wouldn’t stop bleeding. I’m confused as I don’t know why that happened. Is that normal sometimes? She hadn’t taken an aspirin. Or did the dentist do something wrong? So she has to go back in a month after it heals. Has anyone heard of that before?

Anyway, I need to get out of here and get more coffee.

More tomorrow, Lord Willing!

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!

New Year, New Habits

The new chair is calling! Starting some new habits. I had decided to read the Bible backwards this year. Meaning that I will start with Revelations and work backwards. So the first thing each morning is setting in the chair, in my spa robe, after my shower, writing a prayer in my journal and reading a couple of chapters. Seems to set the direction proper for the day. Then from there I will do a blog if I have chosen it is to be a blog day.

Another new habit is going to the grocery store on Monday nights for the weekly grocery needs and bringing Monday night’s dinner home. I told George last week when we went it was really nice to do it that way. We didn’t have to interrupt our weekend and we would meet at home and head out and get what we needed together and we would pick up rotisserie chicken, already cooked for our dinner that night, a salad kit, and some sort of quick side – maybe a microwavable veggie or a quick can a beans on the stove. Both Publix and Kroger have roasted chickens. Not sure about Walmart, but we will throw Walmart into our rotations. I look forward to the rotisserie chicken. It’s so tender and good for us.

The next new habit is our eating better and making healthier choices. Having George on board really makes a difference. It’s hard to eat healthy if your spouse is not interested. So when I was mentioning possible potato salad at the deli last night, he was silent except to say “you can get what you want”. Sometimes that is our way of saying no not for me but you get whatever. So I quickly realized my mistake and said we could eat something else healthier. So perhaps we can help each other make better decisions. Will I stay away from potato salad forever? No way, but healthy food can be just as appetizing if we find a meal we like and create new habits and apply an 80/20 rule of eating healthy versus splurging.

I also tried to pick dressings that were not filled with canola oil. I picked avacado oil types and we will try that. I’m not sure what the healthier dressings are other than olive oil ones homemade. What types do you buy that taste good? I bought a bottle for work and home. They are pricier but if it keeps you from gaining weight, it’s worth it.

I’m also back on the morning shakes again with the company I use. Just really trying to get back in the habit of that. Not only did they help me lose weight before, but they put the nutrients into my body. I’ve had quite a bit of inflammation and pain this week from weeks of overeating, eating bad things, eating fast food and being spotty with the vitamins as we have been so busy and off our routines. The impact of the shakes are pretty immediate. The thing is they are good. I just have a problem having a cold breakfast in the winter! But on those mornings I just have to have eggs I will have that. But everyday may not be good to have eggs due to the cholesterol factor. Peoples bodies are different.

Here’s one of my daily calendar pics this week. I think I do pretty good at creating my own paradise. lol Always looking for ways to “make my world better”.

Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Pain

This week I’ve had extreme heel and ankle pain. It started coming back from Texas. I think it’s also because I had over a week of not wearing my crocs. I have to have crocs when I’m running around the house on my feet. They support my plantar fasciitis. I had completely recovered wearing the crocs and have kept it up thru the years. But just a week of not wearing them has completely ruined that. In reading up on it, it can take 6 to 18 months to get it back right where it’s not hurting every time you get up in the morning or get up from sitting. This time the ache has been so bad that it radiates inward to the bone. So I’m having to make sure I have on my crocs and I guess it’s just going to hurt for a while. Then my right arm hurts too when we have to much sugar and I don’t get enough nutrients. It’s like a warning bell!

So I think the shake and eating right will help all that too.

I really want to start having some more tea. I may invest in a kettle again. Our microwave is well – just stupid. It doesn’t work appropriately. We need a new one. I suppose it would be silly to get a kettle though if we need a new microwave anyway. It only takes 1.5 to 2 minutes to heat up a cup of water to throw a tea bag in. Our microwave buttons don’t do what they are supposed to. You have to keep hitting random buttons to make it work. And it won’t quit beeping once it starts until you go over and hit random buttons. For now we are dealing with it. George bought it. Not sure if it has a warranty. Not sure he has the receipt or whatever. I’m sure it’s probably just expired. But I think it’s about time for another one. If not though, I’ll be getting a kettle for tea so I can avoid having to “fight” with the microwave when I need a cup of hot water. Yeah I could boil water on the stove, but the kettle would be cuter. lol. No worries. This is not important right now. But the thought of putting a kettle on brings a cozy thought.

Speaking of cozy. Roger was sleeping good. He sleeps good sometimes in the evenings when he realizes his pack is there. He really must miss us during the day if it is a day we are both gone.

Technology Woes and Updates

Well this morning my email with AOL is not wanting to send. It says my “server” is not working. I’m getting mail but can’t send. I’m rolling my eyes right now. I hate it when things start to go wrong and you don’t have time to deal with it. I’ll have to fight that battle when I get home I guess. Maybe it’s just a faulty email address but that is not the message I’m getting. The first thing to do is REBOOT and then see!

I’m waiting til the next weekend to order my back up drive. Then when it comes in I’ll download Big Sur and then see what else I need to do. A little nervous about all that but it’s been enough time that I think most everything I use will work. But that remains to be seen!

Itching to work on the next movie but I want to get the back up drive and update first. Then I will need to order another one just to house my iMovie and iMovie files on so they won’t be on my iMac and slow it down. This is a process and one I’ve been meaning to do for a while. When I asked Santa for it, I thought I’d be getting it for Christmas. George thought it wasn’t an exciting gift I think. But I feel bad spending the $$ for it all. We did reason with ourselves last night though. We normally are very active, going to concerts, out to eat constantly, shopping and such and we mostly are at home now and so naturally we channel that energy and $$ toward whatever we are doing here. So I’ll go ahead and get these things accomplished and get it OFF my very long list! That all starts this weekend. Gotta love progress. I sure do.

The Big Sur update takes more space/memory so I think it’s important to go ahead and make these changes. And apple provides security updates so I want the most secure. So I’ll be working on all that soon!

Ya’ll have a big day! It’s payroll day for me. And taxes and year end processing will be on the back burner for about a day and a half until I get the payroll and after payroll stuff done. Then I’ll have half of Wed, and two very long days out of Thurs and Friday to focus on getting it done. If I have to I can work Saturday but honestly I don’t think I’ll have to. I mean if anything had to be paid in on a Saturday it would post late anyway as banks are not open. I will be mean cuss if I have to work Saturday. So lets all hope not! I don’t prefer to be a mean cuss, but if I don’t get my rest and rejuvy, get my laundry done, my house in order, and work on personal things I need to work on then we ALL have to deal with the consequences! And it ain’t perty to deal with me when I’m off my schedule! lol It is what it is. That is something about me that is likely not to change!