Video UP: Crab Boil for Two, Fall Decor, and an Anniversary Weekend

The next video is up! Other than the very first video I did, I think I struggled with this one the most. Improvements are needed and will happen over time once I get time to learn how to video myself and get comfortable with it. Just need time to do the lessons. But, I also had over 2 hours worth of footage and had to get it down to 18 minutes. Was shooting for 17 but by the time you add the ending it went into 18. So it’s a little choppy as I cut nearly every breath and pause that I took out of it. All in all though, I think I did an ok job with the effects and music to try and make it presentable. I have laboured over this one for HOURS! I pushed it to finish yesterday, ignoring my household responsibilities.

So if you want to give me some love and support, go to Youtube and subscribe and give it a like. You do have to sign up but it’s free. They will ask you to do the paid one and just ignore that and do the free one. I have 31 subscribers and hoping for 100. I never dreamed how hard it would be to get to 100 subscribers. It really messed with your psyche. But in doing my research, I see that it is never easy to get the first 100 and it gets easier after that. But I have highs and lows after I publish a video. I get excited and then deflated. This time I’m not as excited. I’ve kinda detached my feelings from this one. Well sort of. Let’s just say I’m not getting my hopes up and then maybe I’ll be surprised.

I’ve been in a funk the last few days. Probably several reasons for it. But I’m working my way out of it. Lots to be thankful for, lots to trust God with, and a restful 4 day Thanksgiving weekend ahead that we are looking forward to. The Bible study above was great and it’s finished now. So I’ll be looking for another one of his. I needed a break from the normal study ones that I do. Which is usually Beth Moore.

Yesterday was spent mainly on the video. George gave Roger a bath as he has the walk in shower. I dried him off and gave him a trim. I was surprised that he let me do it. He was very patient for a very long time. I think he knew what I was doing and trusted me. He looks a bit choppy as I don’t have the proper tools and my scissors need sharpening. But this is the way we are going to have to do it. He struggles with his balance. I even had to watch him after the shower as he does his nose and side body along the floor but he runs himself under the bed and gets stuck, nearly knocks over guitars on the guitar stand, and he’s just not safe. Regardless of me being the trimmer, he seemed happy, much cleaner, and looked better. He snoozed.

Grandson News

Katy called us and sent us pics and videos of River’s 3D ultrasound. You can see his face. He’s a cute one. They caught a pout when they kept poking him to move around some. lol. His little cheeks are cute. He looks like a combination of both of them but I can’t tell about whose features are whose. I had decided he had Katy’s cheeks. He looks a lot like Cody but still a lot like Katy. Of course it is hard to tell with the 3D images.

I’m not sure what I can post and can’t. I was told not to post their faces and home in video but I think I can probably post the nursery on my blog. There shouldn’t be any reason that would be a problem. Plus I want to brag on my girl! Look how pretty. She has done a great job with it. And the floor is open for play time!

That dresser was mine growing up and then eventually Katy’s.

I got on line and ordered some vitamins I needed and a few more Christmas items. We blew it out of the water for Christmas shopping already. Our Amazon bill was incredible. There was more than Christmas on there too I think. So we’ll be shrinking back a bit on the things we do. And with COVID rearing it’s ugly head again, we have another reason to hang low. It’s ok. While I’m sad that we can’t have the hustle and bustle, there is a part of me that is totally ok with less hustle. I mean really is that not what the blog is all about? LOL And of course I just went and filled my coffee up again.

Thanksgiving Update

We downgraded our menu for Thanksgiving since Mom is not coming. We are not going to have the broccoli salad, not going to have dessert, having plain cranberry instead of the gussied up cranberry salad, and no longer having rolls – we are eating those this morning for breakfast with the leftover ham. George is buying stovetop stuffing instead of making the real thing. I’m considering making dressed eggs though. Mom was going to bring those, but I think I may make those now. So we’ll have turkey, dressing, pea and asparagus casserole, dressed eggs and we’ll have the special Japanese sweet potatoes that George got from Demeter’s Common.

So today’s goals?

  • Iron, finish laundry.
  • Pick my wardrobe out for tomorrow
  • Take care of doggies
  • Watch for the rain coming
  • Look at the forecast for this week
  • Clean my office
  • Vacuum
  • Clean the tub
  • Fan blades clean in the kitchen
  • Clear out the imovie and start the next one
  • Read a chapter in my book
  • Do a devo
  • Look at some cookbooks for things to fix to help George out

It has the potential to be a lovely day, despite the grey outside. I’m ok with a grey day.

I have plans to film our day on Thanksgiving from start to finish. We’ll see how that goes. My learning curve with the camera is not coming along too well as I don’t have time to sit and do the lessons. I keep doing videos on a whim w/o taking time to learn. Why? Because life doesn’t stop. However it seems like it is slowing down so I will take advantage of it and I plan to do that some next weekend – maybe I can sneak in a lesson today before Thursday when I’m supposed to video some. Much of the video I shot in the latest video in the house was out of focus. It didn’t look out of focus in the view finder. Anyway, I will make the most of the time we have and try to learn something. The lighting in the house is horrible also. I have not invested in the lighting equipment yet. That will have to come later. But it’ll be a big help when I am “learned” (lol) with the camera itself.

I’ve been working on my list of things to work on in 2021 and I’m very excited about that. Mainly has to do with the video and vlogging journey.

And with that I think I’ll end. I’ve not taken a lot of photos lately. Not much going on and it’s kinda been a tough week for me for a LOT of reasons. I will admit it has been a struggle. But I will not park all my feelings here. To do so will just wallow in it and make it worse than it is. I’m choosing to rise above it, LET GOD do HIS thing, and then I’ll do my things in peace.

Likely I will not be posting much this week unless I get some time from somewhere. I have 3 very long and busy days of trying to cram 5 days into 3 for payroll and taxes. It won’t get all done and I’ll play catch up the following week in a month end situation. But I will work longer hours to get the critical things done. And then we will have 4 blessed days off. And we are looking forward to that. We’ll also start decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. I’ll film some of that too. ha.

I better get cranking with all the footage I already have! Bless its heart. We’ll see! And I may do a private blog entry to just get a few things off my chest.

Next Video, Relaxing Weekend, Fall Decor, and Que Sera Sera

Surprise! The new video is published on my YouTube Channel. Here is the embed of it. Was fortunate to have time to get to work on it this weekend. It was good therapy for me. Even when I’m not in a good place, it seems like I can enjoy doing these videos. So that is a good thing. That is how much I enjoy working on them. If you go watch it, please give it a like and subscribe if you would like to see more. I appreciate your support and I’m still looking for a goal of 100 subscribers. I get some perks when I reach it. But don’t forget about coming back and reading the blog entry! I have a lot to share.

It’s been a really good quiet and much needed down time this weekend. I value that. And I have revived and recovered from the shenanigans of recent days and am ready to move on into holiday flair and shopping and of course eating that wonderful cuisine as we do and heading into the holidays with camera in hand.

I’m surprised that with the footage I have and photos, I was not able to cram it all into one video, so I think I actually have a couple more now I can make. Of course life is happening and I’ll have more videos and footage as we head into the holidays and then our mystery excursion in January when the baby is born.

George and I have thought of various angles for this trip. If you read the blog you know that. We really would like to take the dogs with us. There are dog friendly versions of RV’s and George had already looked at that option but the per mileage rate was horrible and would have been outrageously expensive. I was watching a video where the YouTubers were saying you could have a rig delivered to you at the RV park and set up for you (not having to drive it all the way down there). Ding ding ding! I looked at ones that you can drive (would be only a local drive to Katy’s house) so if we wanted we could boon dock for a night or two on their property but man it’s still very expensive. Anywhere from $199 to $299 per night. It’s like a luxury hotel. It will be in January and in Texas it can still be cold. There would have to be heat. I’m not sure if this will work to boondock some but I guess it’s something we can look into. We cannot rent or book in advance unless they are flexible with the dates. So not sure exactly if we can do this but it’s worth checking into more. Can you imagine how much this would help me in my worries about not having a plan? That would be so cool to rent an RV. I wish we could just buy one already and be done with that. But not to be. Not yet anyway. If we do rent one, I was looking at driveable ones so we could move back and forth. But I’m so unfamiliar with all this. But anyway, we will look into it further.

I found a good chip snack. However, they are very filling. They have sweet potato in them and also have brown rice in them. It’s a good snack to hold you over til dinner when working on payroll, ha!

I am not sure if Safflower Oil is good for you or not. But overall as “chips” go – not too bad. No long worded ingredients.

Over the next few days I’ll share some fall decor photos that I took this weekend. I probably already shared some with you but I’ve bought a few more things and moved some around. Who remembers anyway right? I live here and it’s my blog and I have no clue what I shared. I’d have to go back and look, lol.

Fall Decor on the Bookshelf

Dog Beds

I washed the dog bed linens this weekend. Mainly blankets. They love it when I do. I made Maisy a bed underneath the coffee center and bookshelf. I’m not sure why I never thought of it before. She liked it.

Roger was comfy in the clean blanket on his bed. Later Roger was missing and I found him curled up the new bed I made for Maisy, LOL. He likes to break them all in. Maisy doesn’t like laying where he has been so he is marking it just by laying on it and getting his scent on there. That little bugger. He knows. He likes to claim all the beds.

While George went to McKays bookstore today, Roger spent a lot of the time looking out the window for his Daddy. He is more clingy of him (and us) lately. But especially of him. He is not happy unless he is looking at his Daddy and by his side.

And claiming yet another bed with a new blankie. lol

A cool front came through and brought cooler temps and George made the most awesome Tortilla Soup or I guess it was really “Taco Soup”. So incredibly good.

We are well into our 2nd Season of Yellowstone! And I’m caught up on all my You Tuber shows.

What a great weekend!

Bizarre Week Ahead

Now this next week has potential to be a little bit crazy and bizarre. For the following reasons……

  1. It’s a Full Moon week so everyone will need everything all at once and everyone will be unsettled and there will be chaos, confusion, and short tempers. Isn’t that usually what a full moon brings?
  2. It is the final week to clear up any quarter end filings and guess what? I’ve basically had the last two weeks where I have filed ZERO nada of anything as I needed info from others and it either wasn’t available, everyone was too busy, or there were things not jiving up to the numbers. Regardless of the reason it was time lost that cannot be replaced and there is only so many hours to get it done and well….yeah…it’s NOT LOOKING GOOD to be on time.
  3. The normal weeks have been a little nutty in the past few weeks so….a full moon is going to cause some issues on top of the nuts! lol. And there are some nuts out there for sure. Trust me.

But we will offset that with some good meals at home each night and will end the week with some fun.

Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com

Friday I got my Mammogram done at 8 a.m. So in a few days or a couple of weeks, they didn’t say….I’ll get my results. Hopefully all well there. No signs otherwise.

I think that is about all to tell. I will probably not blog until about Wednesday when payroll is over unless there is something to blog about. It has the potential to be a rough week but there are only so many hours in the day and I don’t plan on working after dark by myself, so…..it’s just the way the cookie crumbled. I can’t get two or three weeks worth of stuff done in one week so it will be what it will be. Let’s sing Dorris Day’s popular hit all week, Que Sera Sera. Everytime I’m asked if I’ve done something yet….I’ll hum this in my head. I can’t worry over things out of my control. It truly will be a Que Sera Sera Situation. I feel the QSS situation going on in several corners of my world!!!!!!!

Now quit looking at Dorris Day and go watch my video! LOL LOL

Five Quick Ways to Reduce Stress in Today’s World

Well here she is. The 2nd video on the Less Hustle More Coffee YouTube Channel. Maybe one day we will actually get out and go on some excursions. Til then we capture what is going on around the house!

The video is in my side bar here as well and will stay here until the next video, if you can see the side bar. Usually on a computer you can see the whole blog and side bar. If you are on a phone and maybe on an ipad have more limited vision of the blog but you can see the videos in my menu section.

When you open it up it will look like this:

And you will see “About Me” and “Videos”.

Once you click on “Videos” it takes you directly to my Less Hustle More Coffee You Tube Channel.

There you can click on a video to watch it, give me a thumbs up if you like the video and subscribe if you want to see more. I’m just getting started. My goal is 100 subscribers. I have NINE at the moment! Thanks to those that have. Once you click on a video you will see at the bottom of it a chance to like, subscribe, etc.

It was a fun Sunday getting it all finished and ignoring all my responsibilities. lol.

So Sunday night and Monday night – and even lunchtime on Monday I was doing errands, making phone calls, checking over lists, catching up on laundry, ironing, doing my nails, checking up on Mom, checking in with friends.

I’m trying to make sure all the plans are in place for this Saturday’s virtual baby shower. I’ve talked about it for two months I think. It’s finally here.

George and I have plans Sunday also for his fathers day. And we have friends that invited us to come over in the afternoon for a cookout and swim. We are looking forward to that. I’m really looking forward to that.

I was feeling a little blue yesterday. I think it’s just that I want everything to go back to the way it was before COVID and before our nation began …..doing what it’s doing. I want us ALL to enjoy living a peaceful, safe, and happy life. I look at the TV and all the stupidity I see. Not going to apologize for saying that either. Because there are ways to protest and trying to take over the Nashville Capital (this mornings news silliness) is not the answer. It makes me so mad that I have to turn off the news or I’ll spend my whole day angry. It just makes me mad on so many levels what these instigators are trying to do. I believe they are instigated by someone outside of our country along with political agendas inside the country. It used to be other countries that you would see such unrest. Whoever it is orchestrating all of this is trying to oversee the downfall of our government and you see they are trying to take down the power of our police force, the power of speech, and yes, there is someone trying to take over our country I do believe. They are trying to weaken it. And are succeeding unless the government steps in and just forces all this mess to stop. I don’t believe it is all about race. I think they have stirred up the race thing as they knew it is a weak point to bring America to her knees. But if our government doesn’t watch it, we will lose America. No one needs to be mistreated, but the people who are supposedly protesting these things are doing bad things too. So it doesn’t make sense but to think they are being puppeteers from others outside. I have a feeling we are going to end up in a huge civil war. And then it’ll really get ugly.

God, when He makes His judgment on some people, is going to be furious. I’d hate to be those folks. They have a lot worse coming their way. I mean they want to burn things down? I have a feeling they will be seeing a lot of that on a future date, for a very long time. But I’ll let God decide that.

I just got myself started there. If I’ve offended anyone, I guess I have to say I can’t apologize. All I want is peace, love, happiness, and people to get along and love one another. I want us to be protected citizens from those who are trying to burn and tear up things and harm each other. Everyone should have the ability to be treated respectfully, but they have gone too far. I don’t agree with this violence. And now more than ever I believe our police and even our Army will need to show force to stop it to bring the peace. But this group is trying to tear down our country’s power to do that.

Anyway, I have payroll to close today. And I have a few things to share, but it’ll have to wait til tomorrow’s blog post.

I hope you check out my video. I added bloopers at the end! ha.

We will keep count, but today is:

9 You Tube Subscribers!

I know it’s not many. But…it’s better than 4. I thank you for helping me to grow the channel. When I get to 100 I get a link with my title in it instead of a number! lol. So it’s a goal and when we hit that one I’ll find out what the next goal is. Still so much to learn.

I better go. More tomorrow.