Late Spring Blooms, More Closet Moves, and Hand Rail added to Front Porch

The Asian Lilies bloomed and they are so pretty. The peonies have also been blooming and I almost missed getting a picture. The weather turned really hot and it just kills them off when that happens.

Moving over closets

I spent the day yesterday moving my things out of the guest bedroom closet and into the office closet. It was quite the task. But really made more sense than having Mom put her things in the office closet, lol. I had to move things around anyway. That way she has her own space for the months she is here. She has closet space, closet shelves, and chest of drawer space. In previous weekends I worked on the bathroom giving her half of the drawer space.

The process made me go through some things. I have a storage bag of “too small” clothes and also of “extra clothes”. I couldn’t fit all of the clothes into the office space I have. It was no big deal. I have a lot of tee shirts I have collected when we visited places and I have way more than I need. I also have way too many socks! So I pulled out the favorites and put the others back. Also had some shoes I put back. And some PJ’s. I have a note in my calendar to get out the “extra” clothes after Mom leaves when I move my stuff back into the 2nd bedroom.

I also cleared out my shoe bin. It’s a nice cubby hole of shelves behind the door in the 2nd bedroom. Mom will love that for her shoes. I placed mine in these two baskets so I can pull them out and they won’t get lost on the bottom. I’m in no mood to be crawling around on the closet floor looking for shoes! I go down I can’t get back up as these bones are feeling a bit older and helpless.

It’s a tight fit but I moved my personal files over to this spot. It had just enough room. I’m glad. I didn’t want this eye sore out anywhere else in the house. It’s fine for my office area though and now my records will be where I can file and retrieve. Mainly file. lol

So I brought these plastic “chest of drawers” from the basement. Previously I had used it for my office but had moved it out when I put the office journaling chair in. I’ve changed this office around so much it’s pitiful.

But this holds my undies and PJ’s. I didn’t want clothes showing through as sometimes I film in this room. So I took place mats and put in there and flipped up the place mat on the edges to cover it. It’s magic. I like it.

Sadly I will have to keep the little plastic drawer right here in front of the closet. And yes, I’ll be keeping my closet open. It’s just functional like that it seems. I always kept it open in the other room too as I am in and out of it so much.It’s not a permanent solution but I’ve made everything work. I have socks and office supplies in baskets under the twin bed frame. I waited to take pics of that for after George cuts the foam.

I also put back some of my least favorite pairs of jeans (also a bit snug) and some of my less favorite sweats/gym pants. It actually felt good “letting go” or “putting back” some of these things. I know when people are moving into their RV’s for the first time (I watch their You Tube shows), they go through a similar but more harrowing process. I was imagining what it would be like picking out your favorite clothes for the road! lol. I kept way more tee shirts out than I should have though and of course the hanging clothes were not scaled back I just moved those over. I even had extra space! Just enough room for my camera. And I’m enjoying the “blessed” sign. It just works.

Now Mom has her own closet. I left stuff in the very top shelf. I figure she wouldn’t be needing that one up that hight. It has overnight bags and all kinds of “bags”, purses, etc.

George’s Productive Day

George put in the railing for Mom and I will enjoy it too as I often need extra support for my right knee. He has studied on this for some time now. I think he had to buy a tool or two but he did it. He was pouring sweat. I felt so bad for him. It was near 90 yesterday I think. If not well into the upper eighties.

He also rehung my “Home” sign by drilling a nail into the brick so the wind wouldn’t take it off.

So I think we have pretty much got everything ready for Mom’s moving in with us for a few months. There’s not much else on the list as far as our house.

Are ya’ll tired of me talking about this move yet? It has been our life since the Easter visit from Mom where excitedly we found her a place! I still cannot believe all this. I am excited. We are a bit tired and looking forward to the summer months and into fall while we get a little break and get to enjoy life a bit.

I was thinking this morning that once Mom is here, I want to cook up some good meals. George does most of the cooking but I want to fix my meatloaf for her and a few other things. We can also plan her birthday which will include a trip to Paula Deen’s.

This Week’s To Do List

So I have some things I need to do that I didn’t get done on the weekend. I have to redo my vitamins for the week, Roger needs some care – we need to trim him and get him to the vet as he has a toenail that is too long and bothering him. We don’t get him groomed anymore as he just can’t endure it and it unsettles him so. Also have some ironing to do, order some vitamins, resetting my Isagenix auto ship, ordering another Thred Up bag. Marking up the new family calendar I bought for Mom, mainly. And I can work some on the iMovie.

I have added our Texas winter trip to the timeline now and it’s 41 minutes long so will edit it down to about 17 or so, if possible. Excited to work on this for you guys! I’ve already put in the intro! I want to squeal with excitement over getting to work on these.

Soon I hope we will be able to get out more and get something more interesting to blog about. We’ve all been at home for sooooo long now. George and I are ready to get out and do a few things. We want to explore and we are already talking up a “trip to Maine”. I think when Roger passes, we will find us another long weekend to fly up that way. Perhaps we could take a whole week and hit several spots. But at this point, I’d settle for a long weekend. I love George for saying he wanted to travel up that way again. He’s talking my language. It doesn’t have to be in an RV. Let’s just go travel anyway we can! I suggested we take a sail boat ride this time. I’ve never sailed.

Meanwhile in Texas

Off to work and to get started on this week! Ya’ll have a good one! No one commented on yesterday’s post. Am I being blockaded my the social media hosts for some reason? It seems if I mention certain words, it is not picked up by the algorithms. It’s a good thing I like doing these blogs for myself. At least if no one is reading, I have enjoyed myself and recapping what we did. LOL Could be everyone is just busy for Memorial Day. I noticed though that I did have the same number of viewers as normal though. I guess no one commented. And that makes me wonder if it went live or not. Or if we are just losing our ability to say what we need to say and slanted the way the hosts want to slant it. It’s sad really.

But I still do what I want whether anyone reads it or not. As long as I’m having fun it really matters not. The blog and the videos are there for the taking, but certainly if I am the only one that ever sees them, I decided when I started all of it years ago – that would be just fine with me! 😉 I DID try to share my blog link on FB yesterday and I don’t think anyone saw it at ALL. lol. Links are just not in their algorithm. So I have no way to really share like we used to. It just sinks to the bottom when you do. So no bother. I’ll sit here all alone with my words. lol lol lol

House for Sale in Columbia, TN

Mom’s House Listing! It went live late last night.

If you would like to take a peek at Mom’s house or know someone interested in buying a home in Columbia, TN you can see the home here and get details on how to tour: MOM’s House for Sale

I will be back in the morning for a proper blog post, Lord Willing.

Busy times. Going into work a little early today to catch up to where I should be. You know when you take PTO you don’t really get all of the the time off – just a portion of it – it just gets squashed up into the other days to make it up, lol.

So back tomorrow. Let me know what you think of Mom’s house though! It’s been a great house for Mom and Dad. I’m sure it will be some work to paint it and remove wallpaper and such as folks will have their own decoration style but it has great bones and has been maintained and on a cul de sac – and THAT PORCH!

Mom’s Build Site Location and Back Patio Model

This is my payroll calendar. It’s a free one sent by “Boys Town”, after giving a donation to them. I’m not really so fond of the calendar, but it was there and free so I used it. But the April picture is just a cute one. The kids could be my niece and nephew. It kinda looks like them. And for a long time they had a place on the river. The dog patiently waits alongside the kids. I’m sure the parents have said they absolutely cannot get in the boat. There must be a bucket of worms or fish back there as the birds are delighting in whatever is in the bucket. The American flag is flying in the background. It seems like it would be early morning as the fog is in place, but would the kids be up early? Maybe it’s late afternoon and clouds are rolling in. And a sailboat is in the background. I love looking at a painting and seeing all the details and giving my own interpretation of what is going on in the scene. Looks like the artist is Terry Redlin. Good job on that Terry. It’s a good one.

Here is the “famous patio”! The first place did not have a nice patio and these do! It’s perfect. I’ve taken lots of video but the patio was the big deal. This is the model of course. Mom’s has not been built yet.

I went yesterday and put down a check to hold the property for the site that she wants. It’s in a culdesac but it will be facing the side of another home in the distance. At first we thought it would be the woods but it will be facing the next home over. Still the spot she has, has more grass and space around it than the others. The culdesac lots have more land – not much but a bit. There will be less traffic as she is in the back of the property though. She will get the afternoon sun. We said we may have to get shades. But the sun will retreat behind the other homes so I don’t think it will be too sunny there for long since it is a covered patio and homes on the other side.

Here is where her house will be built. This is her corner! Her back patio will be facing the sides of the houses that will be built along this street that runs parallel to the left there. She may have an opportunity to switch sites if she wants, but for now this has been held. She still has to sign the contracts and such. They only required a minimum amount to hold it. This site gives her pretty views out her side, front, and back windows. She will still be able to see the woods to the right. So I think this will work just fine. It’s just such a perfect deal for her.

We go back Saturday at Noon to go over details, pick out colors, see HOA documents, pick out the upgrades and possibly sign contract. I hope it can be signed by then to have minimal trips back and forth to Columbia and back. I know we’ll have a lot of trips to get things done, but I’m hoping we can be efficient with the trips and the time.

I drove around that area looking to see what all was there that would be easy for Mom to drive to. She thinks she may still be able to drive some still. I’m a little worried about her being up there driving around. She will have to see what she is comfortable with.

Can you believe the church we went to is on the same road – about 5 to 7 minutes away? I’d like to take Mom there. The people are very nice. We actually know people that go there and I would like to introduce Mom! I think she will like this church. And it’s so close. I’m just going to go ahead and load the video I took for Mom.

Meanwhile Back in Texas…

Here’s their Easter photo of my daughter and hubby and Little Roo taken at church I think. Take note that it appears Cody has a pacifier attached to his pocket. lol.

This all the news I have for today. Must go and close payroll!