Year in Review and the New Year Arrives

Arrived home from work on New Year’s Eve and George had a surprise of shrimp and sushi. We were so excited to begin our three day weekend. He fixed a lamb roast and we’ve enjoyed that for a couple of days now. Here it came out of the stove and the temp was not hot enough, you can see the blood dripping, so it had to go back in.

I think we may have just started a new New Year’s tradition. It cracks me up lately that while dinner is being served, Roger lines himself up like he gets a plate too. Yeah he gets a bite later, but he thinks he’s getting his own plate, I promise you.

Yikes. don’t look at my kitchen floor, but now that I called your attention to it. It needs mopping again since Christmas, but I have better things to do – like blog and do videos! I know I know. I’ll get to it – eventually. I can tell you, George cares not what the floor looks like – I can assure you. lol. Do we still have blue linoleum? Point made. But not for long!

Here was our New Year’s Eve meal and of course there was enough to go for two nights.

I loved it. George really went to a lot of trouble with this one. Twice baked potatoes and he creamed the spinach and also had a special glaze for the carrots. It was all so good. I may want this exact meal next New Year’s Eve!

We have gotten into the Flight Attendant! And also watching Virgin River and from way back, Northern Exposure. George doesn’t like Virgin River for some reason as he says it’s too Hallmarkey! But he loves Northern Exposure. To me that one is just as Hallmarkey, lol.

So we went to bed around 10:30 and I don’t remember feeling as good on New Year’s Day getting up. I really liked that. I always felt obligated to stay up. No more! We had our champagne when I got home from work.

I guess this pic was from about 10:00. I think we watched a bit of the news before hitting the bed. Here is George mid yawn, and Roger was pretty much out and did pretty good the last couple of nights.

Yes, I was over there yawning and nodding off long before I took this pic. I texted Katy before bed and asked her if she was getting snow. It sure looked like it. I often check their radar when I check ours, just to see what is going on down there. She texted back that YES it was snowing.

Much to my surprise, George mad me TWO egg and Bacon McMuffin Biscuits with cheese. They were really good, made with real country bacon. The he had the cruelty to ask me to weigh in with him! ha.

So we weighed in and it was probably the most we have both weighed ever. The pandemic sent all rules out the window. So we’ve really got to start eating better. I try but my efforts are thwarted as we end up eating fattening foods at night. ::sigh:: It’s a good sigh though, b/c it’s been some good eating. Which honestly is one of the things we love about living! Good cuisine. We just have to find the goodness in healthier foods and less of it.

Here is my new Winter background on the phone. The trees are blurry but you can’t tell behind all those apps. Feel free to snag it if you want.

Here’s the pic I’m using for the lock screen if you want to snag it.

Next YouTube Video is Live

So I spent some time in my office getting the video done. This one is the longest one. It goes by fast though. But I had to wrap up fall and Maisy getting us up to Christmas. I just needed to wrap up and bring closure with Maisy. I couldn’t split it up in two. It took that much to tell the whole story. I wanted to bring everyone up to date. Not that there are that many watching yet! ha. But this was something I needed to do, to wrap it all up. I’ve already had a complaint that it was too long. But I did what I needed to do. It will be rare when they are this long. I realize no one has 30 minutes of their life to donate to me. lol. So if only my family watches, then I’m fine with it. But I was happy with this video and it was uplifting in many parts. I did not want a sobbing messy video, so I left out all that. It has truly been an adjustment without her. I boohoo’d through some of this video though. It was tough and as I say I needed to get this one done or I might would never do another one. I’d be dreading it.

That said, if you like my videos I’d love to get some likes and please subscribe. I’m trying to reach 100 subscribers. Things start to get better and easy from there and there are some perks as far as reaching my goals. YouTube, the free version. I’m searchable under Less Hustle More Coffee. Then you will be notified when the next one comes out. I appreciate your support always. The link is in the previous blog post.

I was able to do some vlogging with the new wide angle lens.

If you noticed the paper clip – I put that there to add my notes to it for my filming. That way I don’t have to look down for the next point and it “helps” my rambling so I don’t have to edit so much. Good gosh I can ramble! Getting further down the curve here.

It’s Snowing in Texas!

Stealing Katebugs photos. It’s just gorgeous out there on the ranch.

GrandDog Findlay

Pretty card also from my Sister in Law, that I came across again while cleaning and organizing my desk yesterday. My office was a complete mess by the time New Year’s arrived. I spent a LOT of time in my office this weekend.

I am keeping this in my iphone photos to use as a lock screen photo soon. I had so much to share today. I know it’s a long post. Life happens so fast before I can get it posted. Well it was that last video I spent probably more than 30 hours on. It’s about 1 hour per minute and that was over 30 minutes. But here is the Year in Review….

Year in Review

The year started off fairly normal and went weird and wacky past March but lots of wonderful things happened in the year anyway.

  • Went to a wonderful Giovanni’s Italian dinner for my birthday and also went to Bar Taco with Kevin and Susan for my Birthday (BIL and SIL)
  • Went to see Little Women with my neighbor Christy. I guess that was the last time I was in a movie theatre.
  • Went to dinner with Kevin and Susan at Nicky’s Coal Fired pizza and a brewery before that. I think this might have been Kevin’s birthday.
  • Went to spend the night with Mom in February and spent time with her.
  • Scheduled a trip to see my Aunt and Uncle in Amelia Island but had to cancel it by May due to the virus.
  • In March we had a wonderful get together with Don and Lisa. I think this was the last time I’ve seen them this year. I’ve actually shed tears over missing them. They are family to us.
  • Also in March Katy and I went to Tulsa for a girls weekend, right as the nation began shutting down with the virus. It was a strange, sad, scary, but yet fun as we could make it weekend.
  • In May we went to see Mom for Mother’s Day and kept our distance. It was a beautiful day.
  • Also attended the first of many virtual showers over the year including some of Katy’s.
  • In May Katy and Cody came home and made their wonderful announcement about our grandchild coming soon.
  • I gave a virtual shower myself in June for my niece and nephew.
  • Went to some private pool parties with friends in mid May and also in the summer.
  • Rescheduled our vacation to Texas to attend the Gender Reveal party.
  • Spent Father’s Day with friends who also did not get to see their family on Father’s Day.
  • Celebrated with Mom on her birthday in July.
  • August came and we went to the Gender Reveal party in Texas and stopped in Hot Springs, Arkansas on the way back.
  • George and I went out quite a few times to eat and shop during August up until Halloween. Virus cases began to build and it was more risky to go out.
  • We celebrated Thanksgiving alone at home as the virus had spread to the families of coworkers and we didn’t want to chance it.
  • We lost our Maisy early in December. It was tough to get ready for Christmas but in a way it was best we had so much to do. Because this was hard. It still hurts so much and I miss her.
  • We celebrated Christmas by having Mom and Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken over. They decided to chance it and we had a lovely time.
  • Nashville’s 2nd Ave was bombed on Christmas day.

Books in Review

I’m cheating a bit to do this. I’m tired of typing and you are probably LONG PAST reading. So I’ve taken photos of the books I’ve read this year. The lighting was not very good on this so I apologize.

Goals and Bucket Lists Have To Wait

I was going to share my bucket list and Goals for the new year, but….I’ve typed way too much already. So I’ll save something for tomorrow.

I need to get some lunch and work on things in the house some. But I’m pleased the new video is up and I’m pleased as punch to have today and tomorrow left to get Christmas stuff up. I’ve already started but just stopped to do video once I had George’s segment filmed.

Ya’ll take care and let me know what you think of the video. Link on the previous post’s entry!

Take care and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Tales on Christmas EVE EVE

Top of the Morning to ya! We opened a wine I liked that we sipped on over the last couple of days. It had a good taste. I took a pic to remember it.

It’s “Christmas Eve Eve”. George and I have always loved Christmas Eve Eve. Once it was his father’s birthday (also named George) and we always went out to celebrate. Sometimes Olive Garden, with the whole family. Bless Him. He made life fun and interesting. If you had a problem, it was his problem and he would try to solve anything. A very giving and kind heart and a humorous side to him. Just don’t ask him if he wants to buy a chicken. LOL

Why do you ask? He, “Granda” would tell a certain joke only in a loud restaurant, or crowd. He casually asks you “Hey what do you say to a deaf man when you want to sell him a chicken?” And then he yells at the top of his voice “DO YOU WANT TO BUY A CHICKEN?” I mean AT. THE. TOP. OF. HIS. VOICE. It’s a showstopper folks. I’ve been there. The entire restaurant stops talking and looks over.

The fun of course, is later when you go out to eat again and he says “Hey what do you say to a deaf man when you want to sell him a chicken?” And the whole table would go “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO” in unison, also causing everyone to look. lol. He was a mess. And we are thinking of him this morning.

And no, it would not be politically correct for me to blog such a joke in public fashion, but I was telling a story of someone who told that joke to a group of friends/family. So in case anyone is confused, I’ve straightened that out for you. (There’s always a few judgers out there looking to pull the spec out of your eye while the big wooden beam rolls around in their own, rolls eyes. That came from the Bible. Not the eye rolling part. That part came from me. lol)

Here’s George’s Dad holding Katy – she was born on Christmas Day!

And here’s my Dad holding Katy. Only he became Pappaw.

Katy had me get out the pics of her as a baby so she could compare pics to River when he is born. She already has a 3D pic which is very realistic.

Here’s the moment of birth. Look at Mom’s face. It wasn’t planned for her to be in the delivery room. George was in there with me and when the time came they asked if she was planning to stay and I said, “sure” so Mom was thrilled to get to stay in there. I was also relieved to have Mom and George in the room.

I remember this feeling. The overwhelming feeling of “joy and protection” over this baby. I remember thinking immediately that I would do all I could to protect this wonderful being for the rest of her life as long as I am living. That is what was going through my head at the time, that I would eternally protect her and love her. I next remembered seeing her hands and how pretty and long they were. And how cute her feet were. I had no idea how to be a mother. I just new how much I loved her.

I saved this blanket and gave it back to Katy at one of her showers for River.

She was a cute baby. She didn’t look like this for very long. She thickened up. Her Daddy loved to give her an extra bottle just before bed. I would feed her what the doc suggested and he would throw that extra bottle in there.

She was already contemplating her future as a teacher, I think.

I look at this pic and think “why didn’t I comb my hair after delivery”? I had other things on my mind and that was a good thing though.

Our “package” came with a dinner for two in the room with grape juice for the wine. I had that turquoise house coat forever. I remember how that was a sweet dinner. But I also remember how tired I was. And I remember George was anxious to go home and us be released and it took forever. He was getting a bit agitated. All I wanted was rest. I think I was tired for a long while.

Katy was born on Christmas Day. I remember on Jan 3rd, Granny Jan, George’s Mom came to our house and fixed a birthday dinner of Spaghetti for me at our house. I was so tired still. I just wanted to sleep and rest. But of course I wouldn’t miss my own spaghetti dinner. I just remember it was all I could do to sit up and eat. I know young mothers are tired, but I seem unusually tired the first few weeks. I also didn’t want to sleep because I wanted to stay up and make sure she was breathing. I realized I had to sleep while she slept though but could always sleep best knowing someone was on watch or holding her.

Going back a bit. Here I was with Mom and my grandmother’s while pregnant.

So Christmas Eve Eve and Christmas has always been very special. It was also my “Nanny’s” birthday on the left. And of course Mam’ma’s (center) birthday was Dec 14th.

While I was typing this, George came in and said “Merry Christmas Eve Eve”! We have always said that to each other through the years.

George and I are looking for a bit more rest tonight. The last two nights have been rough with Roger. He is just unsettled. I’m grateful that George has been dealing with it. When I wake up I’m awake for the night if it’s after 1:30 unless I go right back to sleep immediately. Night before last I couldn’t go back to sleep until almost time for the alarm to go off. Last night Roger started early wanting off the bed. He gets thirsty we’ve figured out. So at 10:30 after an episode of wanting down, George took him for water and both Roger and George began snoring and I’m lying wide awake. Finally prayed for sleep and got it but Roger wanted down over and over again. I just remembered George getting up. And last night after that first encounter, I was able to sleep again after the others. I got more sleep than he did I think.

Now the little bugger will sleep ALL day! ::sigh:: I’m tempted to wake him up when he’s sleeping so he’ll sleep at night. But I just can’t do it.

So all is on track on the work front. Today is my last day to work for before the holidays. We went to the store last night. We stocked up on a “few things” and ended up with a $200 buggy full. lol.

Tonight I’ll make sausage balls. And Christmas Fire Crackers. I kept calling them Christmas Crack but that was wrong. I got that term from someone else and they were wrong. You have to watch what you repeat. It might be wrong. Christmas Crack is chocolate and peppermint I think. But this is Cheese it Crackers, canola oil, pepper flakes, and dry ranch dressing and you bake them. I’ve had it with oyster crackers too but the Cheese It’s are excellent.

Then tomorrow morning I’ll make casserole and clean up a bit and we’ll have a snack spread for Mom and Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken. And then we will have a prime rib dinner and Christmas morning we will munch on sausage balls until brunch.

We are well stocked. No one will go hungry. And we have 3 desserts we bought last night: Red Velvet cake, cheese cake, ice cream, and a chocolate silk pie. Wait – that’s 4 desserts. George wanted to have enough choices. And I think he wanted some leftovers. 😉 I picked the ice cream – it’s strawberry. That sounds so good right now.

So I better get ready and get to work for this final day. A lot to do today. But the mood is happy. A bit tired but content.

Maternity Looks Good, iPhone Aesthetic, Deadlines, and Encouragement

Good morning! I just wanted to share some of Katy’s maternity pics. They turned out so pretty.

The dress is pretty too. She is getting big with baby! And can you believe it is about 6 to 7 weeks til term? She could go early as well. So we will be grandparents soon. The due date is January 19th. I have an idea. Now that you all have seen the pics and know the due date. Give me your best guess as to the date our little grandson will be born? Put the date below in the comment section. We will see who gets the closest.

I just love this dress. I love that color. I love greens, blues, turquoise. But that is the prettiest color. She wears a hat well. Love these and just had to share.

Our Christmas Tree

Snapped a pic of our main Christmas Tree for you. It went up fairly quickly this weekend. I loved having George put ornaments on the tree with me. There are a lot of ornaments and it’s always special to have someone helping to put them on the tree. Mostly it’s been me as decorating was more my forte, but Christmas trees were meant to be decorated together. More fun that way.

Maisy Update

She continues to improve. She continues to eat, drink water, and yesterday’s perk was that she was more alert. This morning when I put her on the floor, her tail perked up and she ran to the front door. That was new. She’s normally moving slowly and often in a medicated “stare”. She had to go! Our nights we have been getting more sleep with her on the meds as she is tapped out. That has been nice as we’ve needed the rest. I’ve thanked and praised God for her turn around and continued improvement. I knew I loved her. I didn’t realize how much I guess. But her near loss has torn me up. And the last few days I have gained hope that she will be on the mend or at least with us a bit longer. Don’t stop praying. God hears our prayers. There are so many of us pulling for her and he saw my tears. He is the Great Physician and the Great Vet too! I give Him the praise. I’m also proud of Maisy for being tough and determined. I’m proud of George and I for being determined to get the pills down her. One person would not have been able to do it. I also am proud of you all for your kind words of comfort as you know I have been just terrorized watching her be so sick.

She ate a lot more this morning too when we got up, so her quantity of eating is increasing.

My iPhone Wallpaper/Background

Here’s what the background looks like. I posted some free backgrounds on yesterday’s post if you want to download. I love the pine trees. I have my most used apps on the front page.

Here is my 2nd page.

The third or fourth pages don’t matter so much. I hardly ever need anything from there. lol

My phone has been slow yesterday. I don’t know if it is APPLE or if it’s just that I have too much on there. I probably need to go through and do a cleaning out. Audible for example probably needs to be deleted of some books.

Diary of Yesterday

It was a payroll day. The day was good for the most part. I was rushing a bit because I knew that I had to pack up and take a lot to my car for working from home today. As well I had a lot more added to my day to get stuff done I couldn’t do at home. And to prepare and gather the work that I would be working on today such as tax files and such.

Well usually payroll days are quiet. I had more interruptions yesterday I think that I normally would have in a week. I usually don’t get any calls anymore so I’m not complaining really. Most people e-mail. But I had a lot of things to rise up end of Monday and early yesterday that took away from the payroll time. Just people waiting til the 11th— or 14th hour in some cases telling me things that are needed or involving the payroll that I’m currently doing. A bit later and the train would have pulled from the station, but it delayed things. So I did w/o taking a proper lunch and of course the work day spilled into me staying past the time most everyone else had left. I ate at my desk for lunch though and kept chugging down the track and that saved a few minutes.

I try to train people to get me things on time and I ALWAYS let them know when they are late because people need to be told that – otherwise you’ll be getting payroll things after payroll is done for the prior week payroll. And what am I saying – that still happens every week. Still………..I keep reminding. Some don’t like it when you ask for things on time, but I guess that is on them. We have a right to try and get things done on time right?

I think I’m turning into George. He turns everything into a song! And well so did I yesterday.

OK so you know Chicago’s song – “Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?” I keep humming that line in my head, LOL LOL LOL

Does anybody really know what time it is
Does anybody really care (care about time)
If so I can’t imagine why (no, no)
We’ve all got time enough to cry And I was walking down the street one day (people runnin’ everywhere)
Being pushed and shoved by people (don’t know where to go)
Trying to beat the clock, oh, no I just don’t know (don’t know where I am)
I don’t know, I don’t know, oh (don’t have time to think past the last mile)
(Have no time to look around) And I said, yes I said (run around and think why)

Well it’s not the proper lyrics to match the exact situation but that one line is. I keep singing it like this?

Does anybody really know what a deadline is?

Does anybody really care?

Gotta add a little humor in one’s day to keep the humor buttons pushed and to smile instead of scowl. I’m the one trying to beat the clock here! Oh well, it’s just my self taught work ethics trying to come out. Standard work standard time every time. But we don’t live in a perfect world. I have to try and remember that. No one is perfect. But we all could do better. I think it’s wrong to just accept poor performance. If something needs to improve for next time – let’s do it. If something is wrong let’s fix it. I don’t really think that is asking too much. Personally or professionally in life. We’ll never get better if we accept that it is ok to sub perform. Then we’ll always sub perform.

So end of day I’m boxing, packing, and trying to figure out how the monitor is going to work as last time I think I had a different cord or maybe even another monitor. I can’t remember. But I asked a kind coworker how it would work. And he showed me which cord. He asked why I was having to box things up and why if it’s so much trouble wouldn’t I just stay in the office during remote week like other managers. I explained I had requested to do so but despite that request, I was on the schedule to be off. And so I would comply. I told him no one really knew what all it involved and probably didn’t mind that I would have to carry so much back and forth – after all it’s me doing the carrying – but I’d try to comply with their wishes even so.

Anyway George helped me get the monitor upstairs and then I brought my purse, work bag, laptop case, and box of work and supplies for today’s needs. I think I spouted off that my 58 year old self was a bit old for this much wagging stuff around every other days and something about that not being the norm or we’d have to do something else! But for a week I’m trying to comply. Lord willing and I don’t pull a muscle.

I will pack it all up today and take it back tomorrow. Probably even the monitor b/c I think I will really miss having the monitor Thurs. Then pack it up and back home Friday. It’s a LOT of trouble. But it is cool to get to work from home. Or is it? I think we are back on our normal schedule next week.

Once home I returned messages. One from my sister, one from my neighbor, and caught up on a few things here. George fixed Chinese tacos, we watched Below Deck, which to me is not very good this season. I was struggling to stay awake. We had to give Maisy meds in TWO sessions. The big liver pill is every evening and it’s a huge one. We had to break it up last night into little pieces as she fought us on it. And then before bed we had to give her the rest of the meds.

Cuddles and Snuggles

Maisy, Since she has been sick she cuddles more. Or is at least within reach. She used to be within reach for only the first few minutes of bedtime. I sing to her every night and tell her how pretty she is and how God gave her to me and that I love her. And when I begin to drift off she moves off into the middle of the bottom of the bed. But the last couple of nights in particular she has remained within my petting distance and even against my legs. It’s been good for both of us while she is so ill to be within touching distance. She licked my hand last night after I sang to her. She hadn’t been doing that while she’s been sick. So I cherished that even though I really can’t stand for a dog to lick! lol

Encouragement

So, all that said, we ALL need some encouragement. Life is hard. Each day has such a struggle it seems – whether it be within ourselves, with others, or both. Or whether it just be life’s circumstances – a pandemic, a sick fur baby, aging parents, estranged relatives, having to stay apart from people you love, missing your friends and family, and daily stresses. We are all struggling or fighting some battle. We are ALL on EDGE. Reach out and encourage someone today. This is the first lesson of my Happiness audio by Max Lucado “Happiness Happens”.

I chose this audio because I let everything frustrate me. I start the day with a smile and a pep in my step but by mid morning most days, I’ve been tested and tried. How does a persona like mine make it in the world? You have high expectations of trying to make the world better and people look at you like you have a third eye? LOL. I just shake my head and spout a few words and go on to the next frustration factor. As said, it’s NOT wrong to try and make things better. So we keep trying, we keep encouraging. I have to push through my frustrations and try to find the positive side. We have to hold our negative thoughts captive before they get air time. While carrying monitors and boxes out the door during a Pandemic it’s easy to spout off! I want to encourage others, but I will say that even the encourager needs encouragement some days.

One thing I love is that each day starts anew! Let’s try again! And here we go. Life is good this morning, let’s keep it going!