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

Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad Recipe, Messy House Pics, and Moods

Healthy Taco Salad aka “Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad”

Oh ya’ll. I was looking for a taco salad – you know the traditional kind. And I said aloud “oh cilantro lime chicken” and both Mom and George said “yeah yeah yeah”. So I saved the recipe to Pinterest. (Mental note to go back and look at all those recipes I saved so long ago!). Well I fixed this last night. And let me tell ya. It was so good.

I had forgotten how good the George Foreman grill worked. Six minutes ya’ll to get the chicken done. I had marinated it and let it sit out for a few minutes NOT to room temp but just to let it warm and let the COLD COLD get off of it. Note: I would NOT make a good recipe writer. lol

It looks simple and well it kinda is, but it takes longer than it looks. The chicken was easy marinated for a bit but only 6 minutes as it cooks both sides at once. I washed and cut up a head of lettuce (you could use spring mix to save time), and I made the homemade vinaigrette that went with it (Fresh cilantro, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and lime – maybe a spice or two, but I’ll share link here in a sec). So yeah – that had fresh cilantro which meant using a food processor – which I had to find as we’d moved it into the sun room when we did the flooring. Everything is an Easter egg hunt these days! I also had to chop tomatoes, and well – that avocado that was supposed to go with it? Yeah it was too hard. George fought with it – no one – I repeat no one eats white avocado. Mom was in the background going “a white avocado? What’s wrong with it?” lol Oh well. Walmart was out of the “just right” and either had “gone too far past it’s prime” avocados or “not ripe enough yet”. So we wasted the money on that one. In the trash it went. The rest was just popping tops of cans. The yellow corn was great with it as it added a sweet flavor. We sat down and George said “where’s the tortilla chips”. I said “oh I don’t remember the recipe calling for it – go get ’em if you want ’em”. But we ate with out it. It was awesome!

So, it was really good and the link to this fine wonderful recipe is here. I hope to visit this site some more:

Cilantro Lime Chicken

It’s “The Stay at Home Chef” and looks like you can subscribe to have recipes to sent to your email. I will refrain for NOW though until I can get my email in order. I already have to many emails and not enough time to enjoy the fun ones. But I’ve pinned her site to Pinterest and I’ll be back.

Morning hazy sunrise on the way to work

Long Day at Work

I need a car wash. Not even on the “to do list” but I guess it oughta be at some point. This morning the sunrise was bright orange. Of course this did NOT do it justice. It was a BIG orange ball when I left my neighborhood. I had to do a triple take.

Today was one of those days where I really needed to sleep longer. But it was “go in early day” (Tuesday) to kind of make up for time that I’m having to spend taking Mom to appointments. And I just felt kinda off all day. I was sleeping so good when my alarm went off. And of course I didn’t get to do my blog nor work on the video and I always feel mistreated (lol) when I don’t get that time. I “lol” but it’s true. At least I also got in a bunch of extra hours due to quarter end when I got the reports late and had to rush to get things done. But it’ll all work out in the wash and I’ll have to use some of that time – we even out usually. I don’t keep close track but I try to make sure I get my hours in and my job finished. If I do that I know I’m heads above water.

Finally when I was near the end of my 10th hour today I said “enough”. My “to do” list is so long and we had to finish moving things out of the bedrooms tonight. Here I sit blogging getting my blog time back. Mom has fixed spaghetti for us and we’ll eat soon.

Reality Blog at its Finest (or not)

Often people say that blogs are not real. They only show you how perfect things are. Well here ya go. You can see this REALITY blog for what it is. I also did some video shots (finally) for an upcoming video segment.

I still don’t have everything back in place from the luxury vinyl flooring that looks like the barn wood below. But we had to move the bedroom stuff out from atop furniture and clothes that hung down in the closets and such. So here is how messy my house is right now!

I’m considering a day off, but I have so many things “begging” for my PTO days but in the end we will have seen who/what gets it. Trips, putting my house in order, moving Mom again, my doc appts, Mom’s doc appts, those three or four or five trips we have been wanting to take the last 2 to 3 years but keep having to put off, the holidays, long weekends, what? Who knows. It makes my head spin to think about it so I keep saying “no PTO now, hold off”.

I’ve cried, stomped, and plotted over how to use the PTO this year and I finally just kinda gave up and prayed and hung on for dear life. It’s like this year is three times on steroids. But God has not given us more than we can handle. We only have so much time and we get the most important things done and then when we are totally exhausted we end up some how getting a few minutes of down time just enough to keep us spinning and hoping.

So then when the spare time comes do you read, watch a show, do something non-essential on the To Do list, work on a video. It’s up for grabs. Usually it depends on how much brain power is left.

How Our Moods Work

It’s noticeable that how much I sleep and what all I eat – can give me a good outlook or a bad one. Yesterday I was content and happy and on top of the world. Today I was just trying to get through the day and had to try and force a good mood. I really think it was sleep and I am considering that when I drink my greens my outlook improves. ha. So maybe I need to drink those daily.

I was born a serious person and take everything to heart. And when you add all of the “other circumstances” up which I won’t go into – I end up being a kindof melancholy sort with bursts of energy here and there. I am just an introvert with extrovert tendencies. But I usually have to force the extrovert side. I can talk if I’m genuinely into something – then get me to be quiet is hard. But a realist is what I am and I have robotic tendencies if you have noticed to push through my to do lists. I guess somewhere along the way I was taught we were good people and not lazy if we did our list. So I keep trying. I keep hoping.

But the best thing lately about each day is that feeling when I lay flat in my bed with lights out and the bedroom fan (side fan -not ceiling) and sometimes the ocean sound machine on too – it’s the best reward. I fall asleep in gratitude for the day, for what God allowed me to accomplish, and to watch over us as we slumber. It’s a grand and glorious feeling to fall asleep in such peace. So no matter what kind of day I had – it ends the same way – peaceful and restful.

But yeah – the carpet people coming tomorrow! ;-). Soon I can begin the process of putting it all together.

Bavarian Pizza and Shopping Excursion

George’s Bavarian Pizza
Kielbasa and German Smoked Sausage

Saturday night George fixed an excellent German meal for us. Despite losing Roger, he continued on with his plans for this excellent meal.

The pizza was pumpernickel bread, pizza sauce, Swiss cheese, and thinly sliced kielbasa or sausage on top. It was really good. Lots of starches in this meal. I did not eat breakfast Sunday morning as it was still with me! lol I had one of my hydrate drinks instead.


Some of you wanted to see what I bought when I went shopping. I actually took *some* video in the dressing room after I put on each top for a vlog later on but I’ll likely have to do voiceovers instead of the audio b/c the music was so loud. I think the music is supposed to make you buy more but it was ruining my video time, lol! So I began just giving a thumbs up and thumbs down. Likely it will be Christmas time before it comes out b/c you know how behind I am.

So here is the shopping excursion. I had prayed before I went. I often do that now. I don’t want to spend too much, I want to buy what I need and will use. I want to find bargains. I want to find clothes that will last. My summer clothes had dwindled down. And some of my tops are too small now. But I did lose 9 lbs apparently from my LAST doc visit so it seems I’m going in the right direction despite all we have eaten. But we had really gained a lot during COVID. Maybe we have been so busy and on the move lately that we’ve kept some of the weight off. Moving helps with that. lol

Liz Claiborne White Skinny Capris but Stretchy! And a Green Top.

I was so happy to find this green top. When do you ever see this color? I loved the texture. It was lightweight. And I’ll have to iron it. I think it was completely rayon or something like that. But I have other linen tops I wear from time to time and don’t mind the ironing. I watch YouTube shows now while ironing, LOL!

I love stripes! And I bought a couple of striped shirts. I also found some cropped jeans. They were not capris but are very summer like and cute with the cuff at the bottom.

Bought a couple of flowery designed tops. I will also have to iron this one too, it’s rayon. But very lightweight for July and Aug months. All of these are work worthy and casual too and can wear to church so it fits nearly every occasion. And LOOK AT THOSE PRICES. You can do a clothing spree at places like Ross, TJ Max and Penny’s when prices are this good.

Flamingo Shirt

Look at this Flamingo Shirt! I absolutely loved it. I wore this to church yesterday with the white pants. It was so comfy and cute. Guess what! It was $6.99!

This one reminded me of the Pioneer Woman. The whole thing was cute. The back has pleats in it too if I remember correctly and the details n the sleeves were cutely made.

Well this little fringy thing is actually a kimono of sorts. I had the whole family trying to figure out what you call it. Cardigan, cloak, moo moo, duster… Everyone was throwing their ideas in the ring. But I’m not sure any of these are the word I was looking for. It’s open in the front and you wear over another blouse. Anyway, I’ll have to dry clean this b/c of the fringe, but I have another one too and I keep the home drying kits on hand. That way I’ll just wear these with a week or two of each other and dry clean them. Of course I think you can do a couple or three wearings of these as they are only overlays and not against your skin. Whew that was a brain workout this morning but I think we’ll call it a kimono. lol. Now I’ll be staring into the closet trying to figure if it’s black or blue on my striped tops and this kimono, but I think this kimono is blue.

And a cute little black floral top that I’m wearing today with some black pants. This one is polyester blend and these last forever. This one is very summery with short but flowy double layered sleeves. Covers the arm flab on top but tapers to almost no sleeve underneath but still very airy. LOL A unique top to me actually. I’ll have to wear my wool cape though at work lol, it’ll freeze me out wearing short sleeves in the office. I will try to remember to take my black sweater today. But I’ve discovered if I keep both my heater on one side and the fan on the other – it makes it quite comfy in my office. It seems like now it shuts off more so it goes from hot to cold to hot to cold and if I have both on it makes it consistent like it used to be before they hooked up this snazzy system that doesn’t work as well that everyone complained about. But I keep my wool cape there always in case I need it.

I bought two pair of black pants. Two sizes but both fit. One was just a little looser. But look at that. Wherever it used to be – it was $68. Now $14.99. Of course we all know these regular prices are usually not there for the long haul as companies run specials at 30% off and such. But one could typically pay $40 for these out somewhere when they are new in their shelf life. I pay thirties usually or twenties if I’m lucky at Belk. But on this day I chose to do the sale shopping first. So when I got to Belk I really did not buy anything. They had good sales, but maybe not this good. That is a good lesson. Always do Belk last. lol. I was hoping for another short jean capri but didn’t find. That’s ok. I might try to find the favorite kind I have now online somewhere as I know it fits. But I’ll give it a few weeks since I just did this spree. My car payment ends soon but we have flooring to pay for in it’s place for a while doing the 24 months same as cash.

C H U R C H / S U N D A Y

We went to church Sunday and all went well. There IS instrumental music – very lightly – before church starts but not during the worship service. I was surprised Mom went back after last week. There was no mention of church until Friday night when Mom asked if we were going. I told her we were planning on going. I wasn’t sure she would go or stay home and do her on line thing. She DID tell me yesterday she liked their preaching. And I think maybe she is ok with the Sunday school class. We have had some really good discussions in there. It’s really meant a lot to me these last few weeks to go to that class. It’s so good to be with and discuss issues of today’s time and it lifts us all up and also makes us think and ponder. It’s just really a good thing. I would hate to break away from that if Mom chooses another church. But I will keep my promise to take her where she wants (even if it is to drop her off and pick her up).

After church we went by Mom’s house. Her villa is on the left side. There was this truck there – huge truck – and a man and woman digging up stuff out of the dumpster. I took a pic of the materials laying about and also their truck and them, in case any materials were missing. They probably shouldn’t have been there. But I personally don’t have any problem with someone getting things out of a dumpster if they can use it. The man said they were throwing away perfectly good materials. I chose not to call the police but took a pic of materials, the truck and even the people. I called Good All and told them and also told Mom’s realtor.

In the afternoon I did MANY loads of laundry, cleaned on the kitchen some, changed George’s sheets, picked up and washed Roger’s blankets and watched a huge rain storm come in. I was so thankful for the rain and not having to water the flowers yesterday as it was a scorcher of a day. Very hot and humid.

And I started moving things around – emptying china cabinet and moving things we don’t use into the sunroom so it won’t be so much to move at the last minute. We are awaiting the call to see when they can do the flooring. I told George NOT THIS WEEK now, b/c they have waited to give me the transport side of the numbers to try to close month end (still don’t have them yet) and I am left to scramble this week to get that done and won’t be able to take off. Matter of fact, may have to work Saturday since I won’t get to work on it much until Thurs/Fri now that the data is coming so late. But still there is a LOT TO MOVE. So we’ll see what happens.

This morning Mom has a doc appt at 8:00 so gotta hurry and get out the door for that.

My focus for the week is to: 1) Get quarter end finished – working on unemployment returns for Transport side of the business and 2) Getting things moved into the sunroom. 3) Working on my photos/files for setting up for future videos and doing my photo storage to keep.

And I gotta go get ready!

Meanwhile in Texas, Little Roo outgrew his car seat and got another! He looks like the King of Breckenridge here in the new one, LOL LOL. I notice it has a place for his sippy cup!

Did you have a good weekend? I was thankful for mine even though it was busy.

What all did you do and what is YOUR focus for the week?