Eating, Cleaning, Prepping, and Using Talents

One might say it was a good eating weekend! George made Fried chicken with rosemary. And I made Mac N Cheese.

I love having the panko crumb mix baked in on the top!

One dog is trimmed and the other is not. I will have to work on him this weekend. I DID however give George a hair cut and also gave myself one. Someone had asked if I would include cutting my hair on a video and I have it filmed so I think it’ll be about the 3rd video out from now.

Using the Talents

I was able to get in a little bit of a Bible reading time yesterday. I’ve been working on “what God wants me to do”. Our life is so busy and I guess I keep thinking that we need to be doing these Grandiose things – writing books, doing a church ministry, serving in some big capacity, hosting Bible studies, etc. We never get around to doing these big “someday” things and especially in a COVID world.

So God and I had a little chat as we do sometimes accompanied by a few audio books and prayers. I was beckoned to make a list of talents that I’m good at. And then brainstorm ideas off from that. Just off the top of my head I came up with these:

  • Prayer
  • Writing
  • Organizing
  • Problem Solving
  • Analytical Skills
  • Planning
  • Talking one on one
  • Passion for Older People
  • Office Skills
  • Social Media

I’ve not gotten very far into breaking these things down into actual tasks as far as brainstorming. That is the next level. I’ll be working on that! I guess the important thing was the message is that all those skills can be used to do things for people out of love and for His purpose and glory and that it doesn’t have to be BIG GRAND things. It can be small personal ones.

How hard is it to stop and pray for someone, or to get a card in the mail (sometimes that one is hard – has to get on a list so it’s not forgotten). Helping people solve issues or being there for a friend in need, and a big one soon will be taking care of Momma.

COVID is Moving In On the Circles

Mom called last night and the friend that is to take her to the doctor this week has been exposed to COVID and has gone for a test. She won’t know til Tuesday. Mom has two doc appointments back to back on different days that she was to have this week. One is the shot in her eye to keep the vision in the one eye that is not blind. So I’m “on call” for this Thursday doc appointment if her friend tests positive. Mom said she could cancel the heart doc appointment and could do it later so I’d not miss two days of work. If I do take her I’m hoping to get in at least part of a work day and work my hours on other days. I have one vacation day in December (Dec 11) that I really need to be able to pull Christmas together to get my wrapping done and house together, so I’ll do what I can to keep it. If I use it Thursday I won’t have it for the 12th. But I’m not going to fret over it.

I get stressed worrying about the future and trying to plan and to guess and it all can be just hogwash by end of day. So I’m throwing all plans out the window and just living day by day. It takes a lot of stress away. I still plan but have to have the spirit that it’s just all hog wash until the moment comes and whatever is going to happen is going to happen. I’ve lived my entire life trying to organize my world and coordinate it to the nth degree and it’s really all for naught! All it does is frustrate us all. lol Well not really. I shouldn’t say that. Things wouldn’t happen if you didn’t plan it. I guess it’s the flexibility part of planning that I’m not very good at. So I’m happy to report to you that I’m trying to be flexible. Even to the point of losing my cherished vacation day. We spend all of our PTO time in Texas and then I don’t have any or many to use back home. So I am having to learn how not to have my little catch up days. I mean what’s it gonna matter and to whom if I’m behind at the house? No one. But me. And George maybe but he’s flexible. So I’ll gladly give up my time to Mom and her needs. And may have to give up salary too if I’m out of PTO time. No work. No pay.

Yesterday I made myself a nice little breakfast. George had double the chicken the night before and was not hungry. I enjoyed my little breakfast.

My office has become Santa’s Workshop I think by default. It’s a mess in there. It kinda messes with my mind too. I like a nice neat office with no stuff piled around. But alas there it all is, piled around. It’s for a good cause though. There again, trying to be flexible! I had to cover up gifts to get the shot. lol

Little Bit got to come in for a few. Sorry the lighting was not good. But just capturing the moment on the fly.

Lots of things tossed about on my desk too.

All that said, I did get to clean quite a bit yesterday. More ironing, cleaned the kitchen, dusted the house all but my office, mopped the foyer floor which has been on my list for weeks, and tidied up the den and living areas.

I guess I did not realize how dingy/dirty it was. It looks much better now!

I guess this is where George has been getting some of his recipes lately!

And of course I’ll leave you with Mr. Roger who loves that bed in the office. He was hanging out with his Daddy while he played Mr. Claus.

And I need to get into work I guess. Need to get more coffee and figure out what’s for lunch! But oh! I forgot to say that I also got a walk in with my neighbor, and I was able to work on the iMovie for a couple of hours which made me happy. It’s amazing what we did this weekend!

Now we have to “regroup” on Christmas and to what is left. And need to get that wrapped up and done.

And life moves on. We do the best we can with what we have in the time we have.

Leaves Turning, Sunsets, and Holiday Planning

Good morning! It is Saturday morning as I type this with an excellent cup of hot coffee at my side in my favorite “Blue Lobster” mug from Maine! I have noticed the leaves changing this week. I vow every year to slow down and enjoy it. As I rushed out the door to work one morning, backing out of the driveway, I suddenly realized the “time is now”. I got out of the car and took pics and a video. It’s not as pretty here as it is at work. I’m not sure what makes the difference. So I also stopped there and took pics of the fire redness in the leaves.

It seems I’m out the door at sunrise and home and sunset.

Cloudy morning on the way to work complete with bird splat on window view, lol. Gotta love a reality blog right? lol

A Triangle in the sky formed by planes going across the sky. Of course I took it as a sign of change. Triangle = Delta = Change. Ooops you can see the reflection of my white board through the window.

Sunset on the way home.

Leaving it behind as I travel East toward home.

Another glimpse looking West getting off my cloverleaf exit at Mount Juliet.

It has been a quick minute of a week this week. I could hardly grasp that it was really Friday. Much accomplished yesterday with cleaning up from quarter end – meaning neatly packing up the reporting materials and prepping for the next one with worksheets and getting them ready to go for the next one. I also began getting everything ready for the next payroll quarter that starts in January. What does that mean? Tracking excel sheets where I have to track the numbers of employees for each state on the 12 of the month for unemployment reporting, making labels for all the tax sheets and payroll records where I have the w/e dates and pay dates. Saves me from having to write it about 30 times – just pop a label on it, and makes it easier to read and find when doing returns. I also placed the request for the files for our 2021 withholding and unemployment tax files. I also made out my 2021 calendar already with all the Friday pay day requirements for each payroll – certain days of the month require commissions to be paid for sales folk, auto allowances to be paid another Friday. Some paydays require holidays to be entered, some we deal with the fuel expense once a quarter for the sales folks, and then we have every other week is a salaried payroll in which I need to make sure I include their withholdings and deductions as a part of my records for tax filing and 401k uploads. So the calendar is set for 2021. I use my down time (not a lot of it) when it’s not quarter end or month end, to do prep work to make the quarter end easier and to catch up on what got behind during the quarter end. It works out about right on the time line. So it felt good to get started on some things I needed to get done and get ready for. I had to box up some 2019 records to make room for the current records. All that will go to storage. And we are about half way to the next quarter end lol. Time is flying by. By the time you get through with one, caught up, it’s time for the next one.

Dinner has been good this week. We’ve been busy a lot at night. But George fixed a pork roast one night.

And beans and corn bread! YUM.

We love this skillet! It’s my bacon skillet. But it makes excellent corn bread.

George gives Roger some much needed loving. He’s just an old doggie now. We have decided not to even take him for the next grooming. Just not sure we want Roger nor the groomer to go through it. He’s so uncomfortable and moany and groany and whiney when he’s not happy. He is more and more intent about being where George is. He seems happy at home because he is used to it, but he gets lost, stares at walls, stares into space, looks for George in the wrong places, trips and gets hung on our shoes, table legs, falls and wobbles over. And his back legs splay out when he walks on linoleum with his back legs not strong enough to stand up on the linoleum at times. We know our time with him is limited.

I don’t like to think of it coming but sadly it is. He is just a very elderly dog.

All week we have worked hard, we have done chores, we’ve planned some, we’ve done health insurance webinars, made weekend plans, made Christmas plans, made plans with friends, made to do lists, ordered Christmas gifts online, and have really been moving forward with plans/life despite the rage in coronavirus.

None of us knows what tomorrow brings. We are making plans and sometimes plans have to change but for now WE ARE MAKING PLANS. And it’s just been a busy little week of doing all that plus keeping up with the house and the dogs and ourselves.

So Friday night, even though I needed to be doing a ton of other things, I grabbed a hot tea, a blanket, and caught up on a few of my YouTube shows. It’s just what my soul and psyche was needing. I love our little den with the BAT (Big A$$ TV). It’s perfect for our day’s end.

So Katy’s shower is today and we’ll be going to a virtual shower and spending it live with my SIL and BIL Susan and Kevin. We will be celebrating Susan’s birthday after the shower.

Here’s our peeps right here, a photo of the last time we were together:

This is an angle I rarely get to see, the sun coming in through the sun room. Saturday’s it is so pretty. The sunroom is usually closed off these days as the evenings have been too cool. You can see the leaves changing. I keep fresh quilts/throws on the love seat there – I really need those stair step kind of a quilt rack to put it on. Where you can put 4 or 5 on it. I will grab in there and get the next one when it’s time to wash the current one. As always there is system for everything with me. LOL.

So for the next week or so the focus will be on Thanksgiving – cleaning the house, getting guest bedroom ready for Mom, listing and obtaining ingredients needed, and when to cook what and who is cooking what. George is hoping to secure the smoked turkey soon from Aldi. Christmas gifts, ordering is important. I have asked off for a vacation day in December. I had one day to burn so I wouldn’t lose it. Will still have my 40 to use in January – it will be 40 by then. So that felt good knowing I would at least have a day to do “something” toward Christmas.

I also want to work on the next LessHustleMoreCoffee YouTube video in iMovie. I’ve started it but have to stop long enough to make some strides toward our holiday goals so I don’t get too stressed. I will get stressed, but trying not to. We already have almost booked up our Saturday’s. We are really looking forward to getting the days off after Christmas. lol. It’s b/c the weekend falls that way. So yeah, looking forward to that down time after all the rush.

A lot going on in my office it seems. It doesn’t look as messy from a distance so that is good. I’ll be sitting here doing some orders and making some plans.

And “Christmas Corner” is expanding as gifts are starting to be purchased. It’s so exciting! And I guess I should get up and get started on the house and getting ready! I am going to wear makeup today. So excited! lol.

I’m leaving you with Mr. Turkey! George said he liked Mr. Turkey! Made my heart glad. That is what he is there for, to make us smile! I love a bit of holiday flair and so glad to find him.

Online Shopping for Holiday Prep and Vlogging Equipment Wish List

Yesterday was relaxing. It was cloudy all day for the most part and a bit misty as the tropical storm headed out. The winds were not what they said it would be and neither were the storms. It was mostly just rain.

After finishing my Canon EOS M50 lessons for the day I ironed and ordered the LTD Commodities order. Magazine above. You can order a magazine at www.ltdcommodities.com I ordered a couple of sets of Christmas sacks, some Christmas Socks, a couple of Christmas gifts, some ornaments, and a Thanksgiving plaque. I was disappointed that after ordering I got a reply that at least 3 of the items I ordered was on backorder and out of stock. What? This is a brand new catalog? My guess is —you guessed it —it’s probably on that slow boat from China and they don’t keep it in stock. Big EYE ROLL on that. I was thinking of not ordering from them anymore. I already have something on backorder I ordered a month ago from their fall catalog. If I don’t get these items in before they are needed, I’m going to 1) complain to the company 2) Quit buying from them. Even Amazon is getting bad about this.

We have quit buying from stores, so the stores are limiting items and then you go on line and you can’t get what you ordered. So it’s getting to where you can’t get what you want when you wanted it and that is not acceptable. I think we’ll go back to making our own things eventually, and back to trading my thing for your thing. LOL. Sounds good to me. I’ll take a grocery sack and stick and bow on it and say Merry Christmas. Draw my own design on those brown grocery bags. They are sturdier anyway, LOL. I know I’m being silly.

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For some reason, I’m more excited about the holidays this year. I have in the back of my mind that in the next few years we’ll be seeing a grandson in our living room. And we have Momma coming for Thanksgiving and then Momma and Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken will come for Christmas we think. Missing will be our Katy and Cody as Katy will be as pregnant as ever and too late in the pregnancy to travel. So we will miss them terribly. But I am elated with joy that we get to experience the holidays in our own home. YES! I’ve wanted this for years. I will miss Thanksgiving in Texas though as we had a lot of fun out there the last couple of years. Things are changing now.

I had in my head that we would be taking Christmas with us out there in January for them to open then but with the new baby no one will have time for that. I remember how tired I was that week. But George says we will mail their packages. So being that is the case, I guess we will have to consider size of what we are shopping for and it will need to be mailed early in December. So I need to get my game on.

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My vision of helping Katy with the baby in January is blurred by the fact that I can’t vision where we will be staying – hotel, car, some combination of both. The dogs will bark at the hotel and they will likely have to stay in the car while we are visiting or one of us stay outside with them but it will be winter. I’m just so confused over it all. We don’t want to leave them here and it’s no good to take them, but we will. We will just have to figure it out I guess as we go. I’d love to trade in my car for a truck and buy a micro minnie with the solar panel option and comfort package option and we could live off the grid including the cold weather. How cool would that be. Then we wouldn’t have to worry about that. But George won’t want that. It would be a solution. Anyway, my mind cannot get past how we are going to handle January. So I just try not to think about it. I can’t stand not being able to plan but there is not a stinking thing I can plan about this trip. Normally I would be looking forward to a trip/vacation. I’m looking forward to seeing my grandson though. But not the trip itself this time. It’s kind of sad. It’s just the way I’m wired. I like to know where I’ll be and what the plans are. Right now so far it’s the car and a dingy hotel and I’m not looking forward to that AT ALL!

But at least there is this:

God will provide. I’m hoping! I’m not even broken but I do know He can figure this out for us. I sure can’t!

Vlogging Equipment

This seems to be the wide angle lens I need for vlogging. They said this was the main one right here. That way you can see more than your face but part of the background. I guess that is what part of my problem has been. The other part is not knowing what I’m doing yet. So this little baby will be key. I am asking for that for Christmas. I think George will be getting it for me.

Then there will be a microphone need at some point. I have been able to control the sound with iMovie though for now. So we’ll see. They come with a wind muff thing on them and that is critical if you are outside. So this is a “at some point” thing. I can save up blow money for that pretty easy by just not eating out as much.

I need a RING light too for lighting in my office or wherever. I haven’t researched yet to see what kind. But I need to get that on my Wish List too. I might even go ahead and get that one. They aren’t much.

I guess I will start trying to put the next video together. I’m not as excited about it and that is not a good sign. LOL I will start to video more in the upcoming days. It will be a hodge podge of things we’ve done since Texas. Mainly eating, cleaning, and such. But we’ll see. It’s at least fun to work on.

I’m feeling down this morning a bit. I am sure it will pass. The coffee is helping! I think I’ll go back for more.

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