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.

Weekend Turnround

Saturday night I soaked my foot in Epsom Salt. All day Saturday I had tried to either walk on my heel or the side of my foot which mainly resulting in me deciding just not to walk much at all. I had sat and watched my shows on YouTube most of the day.

Overnight, my right foot hit up against my left foot and it felt really sharp. I decided then to check more closely when I got up. George has a really good flash light. And when I took the flash light to it, I could see the glimmer and sparkle of a piece of that crystal glass. I knew my foot wouldn’t shine like that. So George brought me tweezers and asked for alcohol, cotton balls, and a towel and he brought me back Tito’s hand made vodka (to make me laugh, and it did, for a second). I cleaned the tweezers with the other alcohol and began trying to extract it. It hurt really bad. I was pulling at skin instead of the glass. George wanted to do it but I told him it was something I had to do myself. And I stopped trying as I said, “what am I doing? I need a cup of coffee first”.

I drank about a half of a cup to get my eyes open and George suggested I take acetaminophen to knock the edge off and try again in 30 min. This time I was able to focus and I just happened to get the tweezers in the exact spot, I had a good hold of the glass and pulled. Sorry for the graphic explanation. It was a hefty chunk left in there. I’m trying to figure out how to explain the size. It was not quite as big as a bacon bit, lol. But maybe a 1/3 of a bacon bit. This may be like a fish tale, it may grow every time the story is told? George bandaged me up proper with gauze and tape. Once that chunk of glass was out of my foot I could immediately apply my weight and walk normal. I was so excited. I had thought that I was going to be hobbling around all week. The morale boost that gave was enormous.

We sat in the sun room for a while and I finished my coffee and had some more. We have been noticing a red fox come through in the mornings. It’s pretty exciting to sit in the sun room and listen and watch nature. The birds new the fox was around, you could hear their warnings. Neighborhood dogs were also giving warning. And somewhere in a distance you can hear a rooster crow.

Oh – We took the dogs for their trim Saturday. And sad to find out our groomer has breast cancer. I know she is not going to want to keep up the Saturday schedule but knowing we work outside of Mount Juliet, she said she didn’t want to lose our business and kept us on a Saturday. But I fear we’ll end up having to find another eventually depending on how she feels. I’ll be praying for her and all goes well. She has been a good groomer for the doggies. But she really seems stressed a lot. Here are the doggies. I’m sure I’ll have better pics over the next week or so.

I was so happy to be walking, and began doing laundry yesterday. I picked out my clothes the week, and decided for some reason to come and work a bit on the iMovie. Well there went the day. ha. I was back in my bliss. A thousand things calling me and so many things I needed to be doing instead. But I kept saying to myself “let me just do this one thing.

And well, I kinda finished the whole thing up – this next iMovie. It’s ready to go! All done. I worked on what they call an “Outro” (opposite of an Intro), lol. I’m not sure I like the term but I’ll go with it. I did it all real quick and even my hair is a mess, but I was mainly doing a test and decided to go with it. So I’ll be uploading the video here in a day or so. It takes a while to upload into YouTube. I have to check the quality of it also and come up with my tags. And I will also post it here in a blog post as well as updating the side bar with the latest. I took a few moments to kind of outline the steps to making the imovie on my office board. This is my process anyway, and the process of clearing out and I include the deleting of photos on my phone, moving them out of the cloud, deleting the ones I don’t want and so forth. I also take a lot of pics to remind myself of things.

So it’s quite the list.

Did I get anything done I should have been working on? Not much. Before I knew it, it was time to go to Cracker Barrel.

We had a nice time just chatting and waiting and chatting and waiting. Many people were outside for pick up. The waitress kept apologizing. I noticed they also were seating people on the front porch. They really did have the business yesterday but could only serve half capacity of course.

They brought our bread first. I was starving as I forget to eat much when I’m working on these imovie things. I had quiche for breakfast – the kind you buy which was really good. But then only a bag of THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT CO I USE chips for lunch. They have plant protein and they kept me well.

At Cracker Barrel I had the beef pot roast and it was excellent. It was so cold in there, that it was welcome. They finally had to turn the air down. I’m sure several complained.

So after that we went to Kroger for our Store run. And we got back it was probably about 7:30. By the time we unloaded and took dogs out it was quickly 8:00. I had about an hour to get a list of things done.

I had to get a check addressed and in the mail to cover the cost of the cake for the virtual shower next Saturday. The Momma to be is picking up her own cake as she is in another city from the rest of us. But I ordered it. I do have to check on it b/c they said they would send an email and I never got one. But I do have the confirmation. Anyway, got that addressed and George will mail or give me a stamp to mail.

I had to do my vitamins and BP meds for the week and get those loaded into their compartments for the week.

I needed to reboot the laundry. I needed to put the clean sheets on the bed. And I realized I’d not washed my masks out. So I got those set up for washing. I have a little bowl and Dawn that I soak them in usually overnight. I had to keep one out to wear today though as was not sure they would be dry.

And I never got to do my nails. I should have done that Saturday while I was wallowing in my pity party of not being able to walk. I just went on strike completely I think at that point, lol.

So this morning I have nails that need some attention but I’ll work on those tonight. I will be having to do a lot of my weekend list this week at night. Including making sure that everything is in order for the shower. That will be the first order of business.

Next weekend will be a busy one. We have a grad party, the virtual baby shower, and Sunday if the virus is not all blown up, George is doing his “Father’s Day Excursion”. I began talking about my Mother’s Day Excursion at Cracker Barrel. When am I getting my day? lol. We went to Mom’s on Mother’s Day but I didn’t get a day to go and do what I wanted to do which is eat at Slim Chickens and go shopping! 😉

I did enjoy looking thru the gift shop in Cracker Barrel.

And I must go as the time is dwindling. Sleep was really good last night. Pretty solid.

Oh I’ll leave you with this….a spaghetti sauce we saw in Kroger. We didn’t get it as we have a lot of sauce and pasta. I’m fixing some kind of pasta this week, but trying to eliminate having a lot of pasta as once I eat it I want more and more. But look at this sauce. This is hilarious.

I guess it starts crying when you put it in the pot?

Oh well, more tomorrow and hopefully a video as well. It may be Wednesday as you know Payroll is tomorrow, so we’ll see how things go!

Off for more coffee and hope you all have a good Monday. But you have no idea how glad I am the weekend turned around and I’m not hobbling hardly at all now that the glass is out. Over and Out.

iMovie Problem Resolved, Blog Menu added, and Vlog Equipment Arrived

Wow what a day. I’ve been working hard trying to knock some things off the list so I can get on with the rest of the list and to what I enjoy doing the most. And this weekend is really important because the month of June is really getting busy and plans for July and August need to be made. And I had some problems to solve before I could move forward. I’m pleased with what I was able to do.

First of all iMovie. Apparently Apple had taken away the music files as they were – after iMovie was updated. It was not me at all. I ended up speaking with Apple after uninstalling and reinstalling with no efforts at bringing the music back. And I assumed I had messed it up and deleted it – but no the latest version did not have it as Apple removed the music selections from the iMovie app in the iMac version. However it does have it on the phone version. Oh well. It least that mystery is solved and I have my Epidemic Sound music to use but I’m pleased to know that I’m not operating with a defective iMovie app at least. I was determined to get this resolved and now it is.

Next was opening up my Yunteng tripod and seeing how that works.

It’s a glorified selfie stick and tripod that comes with the clicker. You can add iphone, go pro, or a camera to it. I wanted it to be versatile. Also important to me was the ease in which you could add the phone to it and be able to pivot it around. The previous tripod I had ordered was difficult to move around and very hard to get the brace open to put the iphone into. I dropped the phone several times trying to do that old one. So I went up a few levels to get a better one this time around and the selfie stick goes out a bit. I really like it. Now the bigger challenge is using this in public – if I do. I am sure I will have to if I keep this videoing up. I’ll be so embarrassed using it as people will stare.

I’ve not tried the microphone yet. But it’s arrived too and I’ll be using it eventually. I may do a video showing the difference between the iphone without the microphone and then with it.

I had video’d myself in a car chat yesterday and replayed it and I was just so tired looking, the lighting was awful and I just decided I was NOT going to put that out there. So I tried it again this morning with the new tripod set up and it was much better. I realized though I was in my shirt FROM THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I USE lol. I should have dressed up more for the video and not been in a t-shirt. So I know there are some things I have to improve about myself before doing these videos which will look better on video: darker lipstick, longer hair (like a bob), smiling more, brighter clothes – it’ll all be a work in progress if I expect anyone at all to watch. And I’m wondering if I should go back to contacts again? Maybe that is a bit too far. Well too far was me saying to myself – should I get a facelift? lol Neh, won’t do that. And my hair is going through a lot right now as it morphs from color to salt and pepper with a white streak in front. So I’ll just “bless my heart” myself and go on. I think I will order a round brush hair dryer on Amazon I’ve been looking at. That will help style it as it grows a bit longer. I still have to cut some of the brown out though. So it’s going to be a while. And I hope I can live with the styling of the longer layered bob when I get there. Having it short is easy but it doesn’t come across the camera very well. I wonder what those magnetic eyelashes would look like on me, haaaaaaaaaa!

I also added in the menus to the blog which includes an About Me section. I am sure I’ll be updating that one from time to time. But I just did it on the fly. And the “VIDEO” section which sends you to my YouTube Channel directly. I can add more MENU items but I think this is all I need for now. That was a learning process as well. It was a little confusing as there are so many bells and whistles but I think I have it down.

I’ve also added “behind the scenes” automatic posting to the facebook and twitter accounts. Where I don’t have to do that myself. It’ll automatically post for me. I don’t think it will for Instagram but not sure.

I also did laundry, vacuumed, cleaned kitchen and made us breakfast. So a busy day on the homefront. I knew better than to start in my office first so I did the laundry and housework first.

And I have tomorrow left.

OK so…..I have accomplished things that were standing in my way before I could get the next video done. And so I’m ready to start working on it. It’ll still be a while as we are insanely busy the next two weekends with grad parties, dog trims, baby showers, planning July and planning our trip to Texas.

I must say the week must have worn me out though. Yesterday by the time I got home, I was just mentally and physically DONE. I didn’t remember it being such a stressful week – but apparently it was. I believe that a lot that was on my mind really took a toll. And that is why I decided to do a little segment on 5 ways to de-stress when you are overwhelmed. I didn’t feel so overwhelmed at the time but I think my little head was on overdrive – with too many to dos, keeping with the news, all the discord on Facebook, and that little work issue which left me wondering if I would need to seek another job, but that works itself out too, for now anyway. I guess my head was stretched to the max. I ended up having to lay down and just not think of anything at all. I didn’t sleep, I just rested. And it worked wonders.

So yeah, we are off to “ready set GO” on the next video and I’ll be having to get into the mindset of trying to capture videos of things we have going on. It’s hard to tell a story when nothing is there to tell about. So I have to get crafty. lol

And that is really all I know. I’m just shocked that we are all getting back out there. I’m not sure what to expect. It’s like COVID is over. I know better. But we are ready to see family and friends. And I don’t know if we’ll all end up getting it or what. I’m still being careful but honestly with our friends/family we are not wearing masks. Just out places. And only me really. George hasn’t been wearing his for the most part.

Also George went back to work – he is partly at work and partly at home. They rotate on various days. I just don’t know what to expect. Shall we expect to get it then? I hope not but it’s entirely possible as we all end up going to see each other and getting out there and businesses open and all that. Lord help us all.

I’ve just not listened much to the news lately because of all the negativity, groupthink, judgment, politics, people dissing your religious thoughts, and all that going on. Sometimes you just need a little sanity. Sometimes you need to just have your own thoughts and let everyone else have theirs. lol

And after a couple of days of being out of touch with all that….I can say this…

And so we shall see what tomorrow’s day off brings.

George bottled some wine. Should have gotten that on video. See, I’m going to have to work on this videoing of our moments. I’ll get better. Don’t worry. There is so much to improve getting around this curve.

Ya’ll take care.