Mom’s House, Upcoming Schedule, Ring Light, and an Evening Out

Mom’s house is coming along. The brick arrived and they are working on that. It’s dry walled and I guess they will be bricking and putting in the cabinets next. I haven’t heard if they called her yesterday. The usually call every Tuesday with progress.

Mom has not felt her best the last couple of days. She said she just has her off days either due to the meds or the meds not working right. I don’t know. But prayers please. She refuses to get the shot. We got the shot so we could live our lives and protect others. It’s an individual preference. That said I hope we don’t take anything back to her. She has had a choice as we have. So based on her having made that choice we have chosen to do what we want to do and not stay home. But we have kept her away from crowds – as much as she wants to be anyway. I worry about passing things to her, but again, she could protect herself if she wanted and she does not. So….we still go to work and will go out to eat, and to the shops and are not being recluses. We are also not wearing masks since we got the shot so we wouldn’t have to. She is wearing one though. I’m not saying that we won’t ever – we do when it’s required. I can’t breathe in them and it makes me cough, so I don’t prefer to wear one. Anyway, I hope she stays strong and doesn’t get anything until this thing can calm down and we can get her in her house with minimum exposure to the rest of the world. Because we are in an out all the time.

Only the right side of the house and porch is Mom’s. It’s a “villa” so someone else is on the left side you see here. I’m excited for her. I have mixed feelings about the next move though. I’m excited to help her get it in shape and in order. Excited for us to fix and have meals there from time to time. Excited to help her shop for what she needs. But it’s coming at a very busy time of year, which getting ready for Christmas on top of working, already physically wear me out by end of year, plus we are trying to get to go to River’s first birthday in January. That is next to impossible also which will make me have a very busy January. We pulled it off last year by the skin of our teeth. So perhaps we can fly out. I also wanted to think about flying out for a long weekend in October too but just not sure we’ll have enough PTO – but it’s in the back of my mind to try and sneak a visit in before Mom’s house is ready. I guess it’ll give George and I something to discuss on our Anniversary Saturday.

So yeah, I’m looking forward to helping her set up and decorate. That is something that I enjoy. But I’m also wondering how we will get everything done. George is calming and says “we’ll figure it out….it’ll be ok” and it will. We just have to change all plans, lol. Not everything will happen for anyone as fast as they want it to. Just like the rest of the year. All plans cancelled. That creates more time. And Mom’s house may not come together as quickly as she wants but we’ll do the best we can to keep everyone happy on all fronts. Just pull us in 40 directions and we’ll go! I don’t know. One day at a time and one elephant bite at a time. Last I heard we can’t cancel Christmas so…somehow we’ll have to get the shopping and wrapping done and decor. Lord help us!

It’s gonna get exciting but we ALL have to realize that things may not happen on ANYONE’s timeline!

George fixed us a surprise breakfast on Sunday morning and delivered it to our locations in the house. I was working on the blog I think. Mom was probably in the recliner on her tablet.

Sunday George and I taped a video of us going through our freezer to see what all was in it. There were a few surprises. I had ordered the ring light knowing we’d be doing this.

Only the phone fits into the ring, but you can take the ring off and use it as a camera tripod. I don’t need it for that though as I have several already. Had to have George help me a bit to understand how it all fit together. Picture instructions but they were “iffy”. I was pleased it came with a carrying case though.

After getting it put together I realized it didn’t plug in, but has to be charged up via USB, LOL! So we ended up not using it as it was not charged well enough.

One part of videoing is getting the light right. It’s an aspect I hope you can see improvement on in my videos although I’ve not done much videoing from home lately. Most of it has been out and about and that is kinda – “it is what it is”. Videoing on the go!

I had to set up the camera though to look down in the freezer and we shot from two angles. It will be interesting and difficult and a new thing – for me to do that. I know how to do it, but it will take a lot of work to infuse them together. I will have to mute the audio on one of them I guess. But this will not be out until MONTHS from now. I’m working on May right now where we are packing and getting ready to move Mom. I made some significant strides with it last weekend and should be able to have some time this weekend to continue working on it. Once I retire, I can set a schedule of having videos weekly I hope. They will be shorter, less content, less editing, and over a shorter period of time but will come more often. That’s the plan anyway.

Tennfold Brewing, Donelson

We met BIL and SIL, Kevin and Susan, at Tennfold Brewing in Donelson and then went to their new place after in a 55+ apartment complex, which was very roomy and I liked how you went inside to your room, like a hotel. It was VERY nice and luxurious. Then we went to eat dinner at a place in Lebanon on the square. I was tired at that point and didn’t even take any pics.

It was nice to be able to sit outside this past weekend. The weather has been a little kinder.

However, today the remnants of Hurricane Nicholas is coming through and we have flood warnings out.

Here’s how Fancy sleeps. It’s no wonder she is preferring to take to Roger’s old bed. She has no room in the chair. However, I have to wash the blanket of the dog bed often. She will refuse to sit on it til it’s washed and then she will go back. So I’ve made a mental note – the weekend I change my own sheets, I will also do her bed blanket. lol. Doesn’t this look uncomfortable?

I follow this group on Instagram. I really like their messages. It’s very helpful to the acceptance of oneself into your environment. I have noticed there are certain people that can pull me out of my quietness. Certain situations can as well. Some people I have been talkative too around before and have learned not to be. Life trains us. Some people I’m just not comfortable talking to anymore. It’s nothing that I even notice or think about. Like I said, I think life just trains us to subconsciously protect ourselves. But I have noticed that I do or don’t. I guess we just have to “feel safe” in our sharing, knowing we are not going to be laughed at, argued with, shot down, judged, or our ideas poo poo’d, or being told why our thoughts or ways are “no good”. I….just….can’t.

So if you are THE RIGHT PEOPLE and you can get me to talk! You are special! 😉

Prayer Requests

Please pray for River, as he has “the croup” the doc said. Doc said he was on the healing end of it and gave him steroids. So…..please pray for him. He has almost figured out crawling. He can get across the floor but hasn’t figured out to bend his knee yet – he just uses his feet to lunge forward from all fours. lol

Getting the House Back in Shape for Fall

Yay, the sun room – she is back in order and it feels REAL GOOD! I worked hard on it yesterday. Also worked on laundry and the kitchen too. Was on my feet most all day except for eating and a little break to watch a show. Sipped on water, ice tea, more water, and then George fixed us a special cocktail and then a fine dinner! It was a great Saturday and a much needed day at home for a final push at getting the house back in order. There’s no A/C in the sunroom and it was pretty hot out there. I had a few windows open and fans going.

I had hoped for rain but the rain was west of us. I’m glad it DIDN’T rain here as it “trained” over the same areas. People west of here were in horrible floods with 10 inches of rain in a few short hours. Sadly there were lives lost. Ten as of now with 40 others missing. This is a terrible situation so please pray for these families. There is a pain in my heart as I talk about putting my house back together and realizing these folks lives and houses have fallen apart.

I changed George’s sheets and found Roger’s monkey that we washed was mixed in among the sheets. My guess is that George is sleeping with a stuffed animal too, lol. There is just something calming about being dogless when you have a substitute dog. We had slept with our dogs for so long. So when I made his bed, I put “monkey” on the pillow. Maybe it was a fluke, but I think not. I also took the pic of Roger that I’d had at the office and put it by his bedside. So he will see it every night and smile.

Part of putting up things meant I had to put all the dishes up that went in the bottom of the china cabinet. Most of these were on the couch in the sun room, lol. I moved them in the dining room/living room and put them in the floor along with pillows for me to sit on.

Got it done. Wasn’t as bad as I thought. I had to make numerous trips to carry things downstairs. So while the sunroom looked good, other parts of my house were now messy, lol. But as George said “you gotta start somewhere”. I have a method of doing things and it messed more up midstream but by day’s end it was all put up!

Before….and this was only 1/3 of what went downstairs!
After, and all cleaned up just before dinner time!

Not sure where the extra laundry basket came from. lol. But Roger’s dog beds are now downstairs. And I found some lamps in the process to experiment in new places. One is in the kitchen to give Mom some lights. The under counter lights that she bought don’t really work as well as she’d hoped. I have to work on the cord. lol. I don’t really like cords showing.

Not really fond of it there but we can remove it when she leaves. I like the light but not really liking the lamp there. It works though. And will help her a little bit. Mom seemed more excited about the puzzle table being added back. Yes, it’s amid musical instruments but what can you do? lol

This is the one I chose to work. It’s perfect for the “end of summer”.

Just when I went to sit down I realized the dining table had clutter and also I had put picture frames in my seat. So nope….work wasn’t over yet.

All of the above had to find homes too.

Most of it worked into here in this little cabinet. No – it’s not pretty. I’ll have to rearrange later. Despite my efforts at trying to make it look nice, it ended up being crammed in there. Another day. I mean, good grief who cares when it’s amid musical instruments and puzzle tables – at this point it’s just about function and that is really what matters to me. I’m not even a glassware person. But I do have some favorites. These I had to wash. They were greasy/funky. A bit of warm soapy water with a bit of vinegar in the water – a tip from Mom, and a tip from her Mom too I guess.

These two are my favorites of the little cordial glasses. We rarely use them. I told George we should use them sometime. Winter nights is a good time with a little Drambuie after dinner?

While in the basement, I found this lamp that I had put aside for some reason. I think Mom didn’t like it in her bedroom and wants her own lamp instead as it put out more light. It matches the decor here and gives the foyer a different feel. I hadn’t even realized there was a plug in the wall here. It covers up the painting a bit but it doesn’t look weird. It caught my eye all night as I passed it in the hallway. And this table also was cleared of clutter.

When I finally sat down yesterday it felt so good. I was very stiff this morning getting up out of bed too!

I will leave you with Fancy – I call her “Fancy Lou”. I always greet her with “Fancy Lou, How are You?” lol.

And I guess we need to work on the hearth next. I see I need to change some things there and I’ll work on that in a couple of weeks when I redecorate for fall. But it has been a blessing to be home with no plans this weekend. A chance to “bless the nest”.

I have a couple of other things to share, but I’ll save those for tomorrow. I need to go make coffee. I’ve been awake since 3:30 with an active mind. Best to just go ahead and get up when that happens. I got a lot of sleep Friday night so it’s all good. I was holding off making the coffee b/c it would be cold when everyone else got up.

We are going to church this morning and I think George will be working on the yard some – weed eating. Mom and I want to go out for lunch – she hasn’t been out much this week so that will be good for her even if it is a drive thru. I will let her choose. The virus on the uptick in these parts so we will likely need to hang low these days, but will see what she wants to do. Drive thru works.

So ya’ll have an excellent Sunday. Gotta get that coffee started! 😉 Up nearly two hours now and I’m ready for it!