Boojum Brewing, An Upgrade to Business Plan, and Other Updates

In Waynesville, NC, after a morning of shopping, we had lunch and a flight at Boojum Brewing. And then we continued on shopping until we were finished with all the shops we wanted to do there, and we headed on to Asheville.

This post is being brought to you by an upgrade to WordPress using their Business Plan. lol I maxed out on the $8 per month plan and have now have the $25 per month plan! Only problem is you have to pay all at once. Which is never good for this time of year. I’m all set for the next year and get a few more perks and lots of storage! I had already wanted George this would happen. But I was not going to NOT blog or NOT post pics anymore, and certainly wasn’t time to start a new blog when I’ve decided to grow this one. So – paying up is what I did today. Then went and told George it finally happened. All those pics yesterday sent me over the edge and today it would not allow any more media til I upgraded. So here I am, all upgraded and my hobbies are starting to be more expensive! If I wasn’t here though I’d be perusing Amazon ha! – so….better off here. Now back to the regular blog post. Merry Christmas to me! Another year of blogging.

Well the beer flight tasting was really good. I tasted the IPA’s mainly in my flight. Probably best for me to have a mix and not all IPA’s as they were all very mighty in presence. While it was fantastic, I really had my fix and drank wine or herbal drinks the rest of the weekend. ;-0

The food was incredible! These fish tacos were amazing. They were crunchy, served right out of the oven hot, and the sauce was zesty and wonderful in flavor. My new iPhone cam did a pretty good job here!

Highly recommend this brewery and this place as a stop off of I-40 in Waynesville in Western North Carolina and about an hour away from Asheville!

And since I had to spend blog time renewing my plan, I won’t post as many trip pictures today to save time. I do have to work today, of course, lol. But I’ll catch you up to speed over the last day.

Other Updates

The Enneagram Book

So I’ve been listening to this Enneagram book and it’s a real eye opener. I had already taken the test and determined my number. I’m going to take it again though after listening to this (and when I can find time). But I am definitely seeing myself and understanding myself a little more and how others react. Wow, it is such an eye opener. For so long, you think something is wrong with you – because others don’t understand you or misread you – and it’s sooooooo eye opening to realize that you are just being you and how you were wired, and that even though you have a person(s) criticizing it, it’s ok because it’s how you are wired and there is nothing actually wrong with you – the person just doesn’t understand how to deal with your persona – you are not crazy. Sure we all have flaws and this book helps you to understand how to deal with that. Before I reveal my number though, I want to 1) Take the test again, which I think you can find online for free 2) Study up on my number again. This is a spiritual and Christian centered thing, and while I’m still learning about it, it is to guide you so you can use the information to better yourself as a person, by simply understanding yourself better, how you work, how you relate to others, why you say and do things a certain way, and how to know and fix your flaws, and how to boost your persona for God’s glory and channel the energy properly. Whew! That was hard to put into a description but I think I did ok.

Mom’s Security System was installed yesterday! I’m sure she feels much better!

It’s the last day today at this office near Opryland Hotel. Our packing has been going on for the last week and today is IT! This office has served us well. I was so excited to move here. It was so much closer to home and so much safer than the other location we came from. I was sad to hear that we were leaving this site. However, now that my office is 60 degrees every morning, after they (whoever that is) screwed up the a/c and heating system – I’m ok with leaving. I had to use little appliances to offset their erroneous system at hand, and have to leave my jacket on til my little office heater hits closer to 70. lol. So I hoping the other place is more comfortable since this one has become less so. But it served us well. I will never forget standing in this parking lot and watching the eclipse. I also had been in this location when Katy was a baby as we loved the Outlet Mall. We came here to Christmas shop a couple of times. Now it’s office space.

Today I will go in and work on a few critical things and then will pack up as we have to be out today! I brought home things from my fridge and the rest of the items that are not going to work – or at least yet. I will assess what I need as far as decor and storage and such and start over from scratch. So what I leave with today will be heading back in with me to work on Monday. And we have to be ready to rock b/c it’ll be time for another payroll.

Here’s the new dishwasher that was installed. Basic and plain, but you know, I love it. It seems sturdier than the other one and it fits better and is installed more evenly. So good job to all involved. It’s just a basic dishwasher ordered with the one that had the most reviews as that means that more bought it and parts will be made for it – a recommendation from our maintenance person that tried to fix it but the parts and labor would have been $1200. Twice what the dishwasher would cost as new. I need to mop my floors but when would we have had time? Yeah at 8:30 at night maybe instead of watching a show, but not gonna happen then! And neither at blog time at 5:30 in the morning! ha. Maybe sometime before Christmas I’ll get them mopped as we’ll have a little one about the floor!

Little Bit is enjoying having a Fancy free bed (Mom’s dog is “Fancy”) – now that my smell is back on the bed, he has taken his nap spot back for the winter while we are here. At night he goes into the basement where we have a haven for him and litter box and food and water.

Tree is up – with it’s colorful lights and George wrapped two gifts last night. Still no word on where George’s stocking is (that is so strange) – it has to show up. But I went to Target after work and bought him another one and also bought the things Mom needed so we can take them to her tonight as we take her (or go for her) to do her grocery shopping again. She will need a lot as Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken are coming this weekend.

I will put sheets on the bed and put her bath rod up. Not sure if her shower curtains have arrived. I’m also taking her some Christmas cards and also bringing things to wrap River’s gift. I don’t guess she will have a tree. I am not sure if we could get to it. lol. I know where two small trees are but I think the ornaments are packed. What the problem is – is that we have a lot of perfectionists involved here – me being one of them – that sees the flaws of “what is not done yet” and our jobs are never done (thank you Enneagram for your insight). I don’t know that I have ever identified as a perfectionist so much but darn and gosh – I must be. I will always see that one thing that isn’t done yet. I’m learning that about me. It’s looked upon as a complaint. I’m so glad to learn that “I’m actually ok” that there is not something wrong with me. lol It’s very freeing. I just have to learn to deal with myself and be a better me so I don’t drive others crazy, but it’s good to know I’m not crazy myself. And that is what is going on with Mom’s house. A couple of perfectionists see all that has not been done versus what has!

And oh my gosh, I’m hoping to make sense of this mess in my office. Everyone’s Christmas is sitting right there! I’ll be working on that very very soon! I need to update my list so I know what I am missing and can kamikaze shop next week after work. Geez will we ever pull everything together?

Ok gotta go do this last day at work!

Have you ever done the Enneagram? Oh it’s so enlightening. Soon I’ll give you my number! ha.

Sadness, Moving Things Around, and Decorating for Christmas

My bedroom is back together and the cat is back in his weekend winter spot. I had been missing Maisy and Roger yesterday as they would lay and watch us decorate and flit about the house. It just especially hit me yesterday. My shoe rack is back together and no longer in two baskets of piles where I couldn’t find anything. Now I need to locate my other winter things downstairs that includes my scarves so I can put them out in the basket on top of the shoes. I’ve missed them last week. I could have used them on those 20 degree mornings we had.

I now have two drawers of pajamas! I can fit them all in. Not shown is the 1st drawer. I have more winter PJ’s coming – likely in the same tub as the scarves. I have to locate them in the basement storage unless George brought them up already. They may be in the kitchen. There’s a tub of clothes in there. But I had to stop working on clothes to get the Christmas done. I’m only about half way through considering the tree is not done yet. It seems we are always having to buy a string of lights. The middle section of the tree never wants to work on any prelit tree we seem to have. So we have to buy more and it’ll have to be today because I need to get the tree done today. We go back to work tomorrow.

My sock drawer is back, complete with section of Christmas socks and one bathing suit in case we go to a heated pool or hot tub in the winter time. It’s rare but possible.

I listened to Christmas Cafe Jazz on YouTube- just a pretty scene filled with beautiful Christmas music. I listened while decorating and moving stuff around.

Mid-day we took Mom some Turkey and Dressing and other leftovers and the rest of her clothes. George had to check a fuse. A fuse had “tripped” or whatever that meant on one side of her cabinets. I don’t know what would make that happen. But I guess it was an easy reset.

She wanted us to put her clothes we took over on her bed. She was going to put them up later in the day. It took us about 5 trips with the two of us to bring them all in. We had two complete car loads again. I think there are a few more things downstairs but mainly yard critters, some videos, and we’ll just have to go through and move things around as we straighten the basement and make sure we took everything over.

I had tears while putting up Christmas. Just so many emotions. First, I miss the love of my Maisy dog who loved me unconditionally. I am also upset that I couldn’t get Mom’s house put together more for her with the time we had the past few weeks. It was just the weirdest move ever. The boxes went in before the furniture making it very difficult to unpack. I had thought the last out items from the old house would be the first in. If we had done it that way it would have been easier on the unpackers (mainly me). But it was first out (all the unneeded items) and first in to the new house which meant we were accessing and unpacking a lot of boxes that were not needed. There are so many boxes and so many of the needed boxes have been on the bottom or where we can’t get to them and many of them heavy. George moved boxes around two or three times trying to find things. We still don’t have her TV hooked up and can’t find the remotes.

Since Mom can’t do much, everything totally falls upon us. I saw a Facebook post yesterday indicating she had made a mistake by moving. I think that is because so many things are still in boxes and she has downsized (well the space has) but her things have not much other than furniture. But with her statement on Facebook It makes those of us who have worked so hard to please her, feel bad. However, she didn’t have anyone to take care of her in Columbia as she and my sister quarreled and had a falling out and my sister has set a boundary with her to never see her again. So she gets no care from that side of the family. Mom would not hear of assisted living as an option, which I can see now would have been the best of options seeing that she is winded just getting up out of the chair and moving three feet. But it is what it is. There are just some facts that can’t change. And a big one is that it was her decision and we have all worked hard to make it come true. It’s a beautiful place and once we get the place together it’ll be recognized, one can hope. But there are only three of us trying to work on it and Mom can’t do much, and now I am paying for it with being out of line and I am having to quit lifting so much. Although I don’t seem to be doing a good job of it. Last night I was in so much pain with my rotator cuff and back that I had to take Tylenol and put a heating pad on my neck. Jaw still not right and will go to doc when we are back from our trip. I just don’t have time this week. I can open my mouth wide now but there is this one section of my jaw that is hung and will not open up.

There are a few facts that cannot be changed.

  1. We can’t and won’t be there 24/7. We are trying to accommodate the best we can. But we don’t and can’t give 100% of our time.The move details are going to take a while to sort out. We knew it wasn’t going to be overnight.
  2. It took several weeks to move out of her old house. It’s the same moving in and setting up.
  3. It takes patience and resolve – which are things both Mom and I – I get it honest – are not very good at. We want it and we want it fixed right now.
  4. She knows where she wants things. I don’t. When I try to ask where things go she doesn’t know yet. I get it. Somethings she just has to figure out.
  5. The most important thing to remember is that: This was her decision.

I think George is going over there for a few things today. After sleeping I can’t remember what for, but maybe something for the TV or the rails. Not even sure. My mind is all over the place. But she has some mail and a flash light and some things he is taking over today. He suggested I stay here at the house and do what I need to get done being that today is our last day to get Christmas up and my winter clothes out and finish our laundry.

We also have to pack for our trip that we go on later in the week. Also Lowe’s has not called about the dishwasher we just had to buy and paid for install. It’s been two days. But I understand it’s been a holiday weekend and all and things are not normal. I figure they will call on Monday.

Mom was nice to buy a tank of gas for me yesterday. I had to stop and get gas. It does not take long for the gas to go when I’m driving to Nashville every day and then several trips to Lebanon in the other direction. So I appreciated that. She has taken us out to eat numerous times too in the last month and I appreciate that.

So today’s agenda:

  • Finish Putting Christmas out
  • Obtain Christmas lights and get that figured out. (I hate having to add the lights. I hate that part with a passion. And it makes me in a horrible mood.). Mood gets better when putting the ornaments on.
  • Moving my summer clothes over from the coat closet to the office closet
  • Moving the coats back up to the coat closet
  • Looking at this week’s to do list
  • Redoing my vitamins for the week
  • Putting a few things on the iPhone to do list
  • Changing George’s sheets – bless his heart I think it’s been 3 weeks.
  • Find my winter clothes container
  • Begin packing for trip – no more off days til then
  • Wash dishes
  • Fix eggs for breakfast
  • Wash 2 to 3 more loads of clothes
  • Vacuum
  • Watch a show mid-day with pop corn when I get tired
  • Might stop for an hour late afternoon and work on the iMovie and drink coffee when my back starts to hurt and my energy wanes.
  • I’m sure there’s more stuff but I am not sure what it is.

I did some Christmas shopping at 1:30 a.m. night before last – it’s kinda the only time I have had. I have asked God to help me and I think he wakes me mid morning to shop. lol. Mom also needs some things to be ordered. Once the move started it has been hard for us to sit down together and do it. She said she would try to send me the link. Or at least a picture.

I got a full night’s sleep last night of 8.5 hours. That was nice. I am a little stiff this morning but at least not in pain. The icy hot also was a quick remedy.

The alerts seem to be working for some of you and I have one person saying theirs is not working via email. It’s the strangest thing. I wonder if it is sending to trash or junk? Maybe it’s a sign, lol! It will need to be on the safe list. I need to sign up for my own blog with another email address and see if that works for me, lol, so I know if I get it or if I don’t.

So I’m off to it this morning. This big long list. What all are you doing today?

Where are the White Plates? And Watching a Girl’s Vlog from the North Pole

Just a quick weee word this morning as I am giving myself the gift of sipping a full cup – maybe two – of coffee before we set into the day. George had announced he is going “yard sailing” first this morning. So that buys me more time. I went to bed at 8 and woke up around 2:30 and was awake for an hour. Then back to sleep until 7. Seems to be a habit sometimes. I played with widgets on the iPhone checking to see if there were new ones and rearranged my apps so I could get to my “tasks” on the first Home Screen much easier and played around with my watch face and settings so it shows up there. Eventually my eyes got heavy and I laid down again. I was cold. The front moved through so I reached for the extra throws at the bottom of my bed and went into a warm cocoon and sleep found me again until almost 7.

Yesterday, when I woke up, I think I mentioned that Mom was on overdrive. She must have been up in the wee morning hours herself planning and thinking and released loads of her plans and ideas upon us before we could hardly even wake up. There’s no problem with having plans and ideas. I have a few of my own as does George. I had lists upon lists to try not to forget anything.

I put a few items we needed for the day in the car. I was told to get the vacuum. I did. I got the Swiffer mop so we could get the dust off Mom’s floors from last weekend when we moved things in and had construction dust from the road on our feet with no welcome mat to rub feet on. And a few other things I tossed in the car for the day at Mom’s.

So we went to Chic Filet first b/c it was bout 9:30 and I needed food. Mom was game. The line was long but went by pretty fast. We had to back track to Lowe’s. I knew it was going to take a while because 1) We had a return 2) We had to see the appliance department for a 4 prong plug. 3) Lowe’s is a huge place and we had a few items we needed 4) Mom can’t walk fast nor far so it would be a slow go with her using a buggy as a walker.

And a long time it took and we bought two outside welcome mats and 3 inside rugs by the doors. So that is two layers of mats before entrance. The “wipe your paws” is cute and she immediately found rugs that she liked for the inside ones so that was a success. We had to wave someone down for a price. Not one anywhere.

The appliance guy was always busy or gone whenever we came through each time. About out of patience I called Lowe’s on my phone and told them we needed help in appliances. lol. They guy came pretty quickly. Mom asked for the plug and then we checked into what seemed like a line at Walmart on a Black Friday, complete with idiots who come in from the front and sneak in front of others to pay. One cashier and a line forming down through the store.

We get in the car to go, storms threatening, and begin to head to Mom’s. We didn’t get very far when Mom announced she got the wrong plug. She said she had asked for three prong instead. So I turned around and waited at some red light that seemed to be about 8 minutes long. I’m sure it was more like 4 or 5. I got back to Lowe’s and Mom locked the car before I could open the back. lol. I had to dig my keys back out and unlock – I’m not even sure what all she was rattling off about locking the car back or something in the front but I ignored it til I could check the prongs. I checked and it was correct. She got the right thing. So that delayed us about 15 minutes but we got back in the car and then I had gooooooooo! You know. We were supposed to stop at the model house to pick up her mail box keys. But knowing that NOTHING is quick these days I told Mom we’d have to go back to the model house after I went potty! lol So we went to Mom’s and then went back to the model house to pick up the mail box keys and then to her mail box and YES the keys worked. We can get her mail now.

Then back to her house where Mom did the Swiffer Mop across the floors and I put down all her rugs we bought. I finished putting up the utensils and washed the silverware. Mom had decided she wanted the shelving spacing changed in the kitchen cabinets so everything I did the other day had to come back out. But it will help her to be able to reach another shelf – we think. So I redid all that. George arrived and helped with the corner cabinet as it was deep and even on the ladder, I could not reach the peg with enough force to be able to pull and push on it. Got that done and dishes back in.

So we cannot find Mom’s white every day dishes. There are still some boxes we have not been able to get to. So all we can find are boxes and boxes that say “china”, lol. Anyway. George set up her bedroom areas with furniture in them and it works. Mom was excited it would fit. But she has to do some fancy footwork figuring to get queen beds on reg frames, by extenders or something like that. I may work for a mattress company but that is not my forte. And I don’t want to be blamed if something goes wrong so I’m staying out of it. And George bless his heart, has just tried to follow her orders and ends up right in the middle of it. She told him to give away her good mattress not realizing it. Somehow things got switched or she couldn’t see. He reminded her that he had asked her every time and followed her directions when she tried to place blame on him. Soon this will all be over.

We have most of her dishes set for every day but the plates themselves. George devised a plan to put all the bubble wrapped pics in the guest room and we could move boxes against the wall for retrieval as we went through each one. We found the dessert plates and a few coffee cups but there should be another box in there somewhere of white plates.

Mid day I had stopped to eat the fruit that came with my chicken mini’s. It was lunch. We got there around 10 or so and pushed through lunch. The cooler air felt good. The rain had arrived just as we got in there. Mom said God was watching over us as it rained REALLY hard at times. I said “yeah I can hear the rain” and she said “no that’s the fan”, lol. You couldn’t hear the rain at all from the inside. The rain had gone by the time I ate the fruit.

You can see the beginnings of construction to the houses behind her. We met a couple named Mark and Lisa from Indiana I think or was it Illinois? Not sure. They are one of the houses or villas to the left. We’ve met several neighbors and have heard of some we haven’t met yet – like the two sisters that live one in one villa and one on the other villa next to each other. Everyone is really nice and most are around Mom’s age. I think the people next to Mom are younger. But not sure. So far so good.

Eventually I suggested that we go and eat an early Cracker Barrel. It was less crowded than usual but still pretty busy. We had to wait in line but not long for a table and it took a while for the food to come out, but it was so good. We must have looked like we’d not eaten in months. lol I ordered the “steak and 3”. I’ve never ordered steak at Cracker Barrel. But it sounded good and it was. I had pintos, potatoes, and fried okra for my veggie sides. It came with muffin and a biscuit. I was so hungry I ate every bite except I gave Mom a couple of bites of steak for Fancy dog.

Anyway, we came home and watched what I keep calling as the North Pole Girl. I’ve shared an embed before, but I’ve decided to watch her YouTube’s from start to current. So it was fun to grab a blanket and sit on the sofa all cozy and watch what life is like at the North Pole. A perfect end to a very busy move set up day.

Today George and I are dropping Mom off to work in the new house – she has clothes to work on. And he and I are going to get my new iPhone ordered (one of my Christmas gifts) and the police report (finally). And I told him we could have sushi for lunch if he wanted since Mom is taking her lunch today to the house. So his eyes got big at that. And then we will head over and help Mom some and then head home. At some point this weekend I’ll need to be here long enough to get some laundry done. But anyway we will see what we get done today.

I decided to blog instead of work on vlogging. The vlog sucks me in – the blogs do too but I think the blogging takes less time. My family may argue that point but wouldn’t dare, lol.

Ya’ll have a good day today. Hope your Friday is a good one.