Ten Simple Things That Make Life Worth Living

Recently, I jotted down some simple things that brought glee to my life and I decided to share for a blog post. These are aside from the obvious such as family, God, and of course any money laying around to spend, lol! I have to admit that money can bring temporary happiness and I’ll explain more about that later. There’s so much more that can make me happy other than these things listed below but these were things first things that came out of my head when I thought of “simple things that bring me joy”. Your list may be quite different. I’d love to know what your list is. What’s your top 3?

  • Coffee. Just that warm brew that gets my day going and completes the wake up process. The heat of it, the earthiness of it. The thought of it even brings me joy. Around 1:30 to 3:30 another cup of it revives me for the remainder of the day. The second cup is not as joyful as the first, but can definitely give me a boost.
  • Wine. Growing up a Church of Christ gal, it was one of many forbidden fruits. However, having studied the Bible own my own for myself and figuring out my own salvation based on everything I’ve read, I’ve learned that wine is not necessarily inherently evil. Much like Eve picking the fruit from the wrong tree where the apple was not what was evil but the intent behind it. I love to have a glass of “wine down/wind down” every night to transition between work and evening. It’s my treasure for having worked all day. I don’t believe it is appropriate to get drunk. I do believe it binds people together in positive ways if the intent is appropriate. I think meeting for coffee is the same way, lol. The fact that there are so many kinds of wine and various tastes is exciting for me.
  • Streaming. YouTube, Netflix. Especially YouTube where I can travel with those that sail or RV and see what they see, or I can go to Svalbard at the North Pole and hear about the polar nights, see the cobalt blue days, or dancing northern lights. This thrills my soul and feeds my travel thirst.
  • Restaurants. There is some kind of thrill within me to try new restaurants. It is the thrill of the hunt to find new and different cuisine. And when we find it we recommend it or take friends or family back to it again and again. The pandemic and recent changes have kept us away from Nashville more and closer in to the Mount Juliet and Lebanon domains, but this is still one of my favorite things to do.
  • Travel/Nature. I’m putting these together because I really had eleven simple things and it seemed better to just have ten for the sake of rounding. Nature and travel, in my world often come together but not always. I think when we are traveling I notice nature more. I love the woods, the oceans, animals, trees, flowers, birds, the sky, space, mountains, fields, farmland, ranches, terrains of all kind. I love capturing nature in photography/videography as well as our travels. I love sharing what we see with others. This makes me happy.
  • Time. I think a chunk of my life, I was always afraid of being bored. So I always had a line up of things “to do someday”. As I have grown older, I’ve collected a lot of hobbies and lists of possible things to do. Time has become a precious element. It is one of my favorite things now and there is absolutely NO chance of boredom at this stage of my life anyway. The world tries to not only grab at your money, but if you have time or even if you don’t – the world wants a piece of you. I have had to protect my time. Others will fill it full if you let them. The working world would have you ignore your family and friends if given the chance for ownership of your week leaving you with barely a meal and a short night’s sleep for their cause. Support of vacation time is minimal as requirements for still getting it done are there even with you being gone. The world does not respect an individuals time and sanity in having some. I guard time with my life and if I don’t get some time to myself to re-energize, the world will absolutely know it. I fret with everyone until I get some time to reclaim my world, my space, my life. I am happy when I can find solitude and then recharge my introverted self. Oh the glee of getting up on a Saturday morning with a clean slate of what I can do for the day. It usually involves chores but a mixture of just “time to do whatever and in whatever order, and not having to go anywhere” brings ultimate joy to my soul. I can “nest in”!
  • Music. Sometimes music can move me. I am not a huge “go crazy gotta have music” kinda person but sometimes music can be consoling, invigorating, and mood altering”. So it is a go to for me when I need just a little something added to my environment. If I’m doing something tedious at work it adds a layer of interest to the moment, or while driving, or while cleaning, or even sleeping at times. It just adds a layer of contentment.
  • Books. Sometimes when the world is too much and I cannot make sense of it, or if I’m just tired and wanting to escape, is usually when I will read. Sometimes it is simply out of curiosity or the fact that I need to sit for a few minutes after being on my feet in the house. Books can really put me in a different place when I finally sit down to read or listen. It allows you to live another life, see or imagine different places, and go so far beyond your own world. You can go in so many directions. Fact or fiction. I like a little of both. Some of my best reading has been by the pool or on the beach or on a deck overlooking the beach, while sipping a beer or glass of wine, or at home with a cup of coffee – even popcorn, lol. The glee of just escaping and finding out what is happening next in the book gives me satisfaction.
  • Blogging/Vlogging. It’s an outlet. It allows my creativity to emerge, flow, and develop. It’s been the single most important contentment/therapy/solution that I have found. The ability to communicate my feelings, myself, convey my thoughts, concerns, fears and to be understood. To have an avenue to learn and grow and share with others.
  • Shopping. Although this is listed last, shopping is truly one of my favorite past times. I love clothes, shoes, socks, accessories, make up, bath stuff, household stuff, fake plants, pictures/prints, decor, pillows, throws, baskets, containers, quilts, organizing products. I love to come home and play with the clothes, change items up to redecorate in the house. I love going out and finding new things to bring in to the mix. I don’t spend a lot doing so. I usually stick with basics and find a few flairs to make things pop. Then you can change things around from time to time. I don’t have opportunity to get out as much and shop. I spend time on Amazon though and when I do go out to shop I get really excited. It’s the thrill of the hunt. I’ve always loved a good bargain. You go find what you need and sometimes you find things you didn’t know you wanted, lol! I’m so glad George likes to shop some too. Especially when traveling and at Christmas. He’s very patient.

So at the end of the blog, let me know some things that truly make you happy – just the little simple things that when life goes south, can bring you around? These are mine!

Real Time Update

So we are not sure if the weather is going to bring forth as much snow as originally intended. The original post called for 5-8 inches or more. Then it was 3 to 5, then 1-3, and now “about an inch”. It was a very complex system and I see why it was hard to predict. But I really wish I hadn’t bothered to pack that big box of stuff and bring it home. It’s all good. It bought me some extra time this weekend that my psyche needed.

So What all did we do yesterday?

We had brunch with our neighbors and had a fabulous time. They have helped us so much – with Mom’s move on Move #1 and also with Little Bit while gone to Asheville and Knoxville and then they checked on us while gone to TX. We wanted to thank them by buying brunch. It was so much fun hanging with them and talking to them. We want to get together more and they like wine tastings, so we will plan to check out some wineries sometime. Afterwards we walked to Houston’s a local butcher that has groceries as well. We bought potatoes and biscuits and carrots. We needed biscuits for this mornings breakfast (country sausage, grits, eggs) as George thought a “snow day” was fun day to cook ourselves some breakfast. Of course there is no snow yet. But here was my brunch plate yesterday for Catch22, not far from our house. Not many people know that it’s available for brunch. But on the weekends you can go at 10 a.m. an hour earlier than their sign says, or that their hours show on google or website, and you can get breakfast! They have a breakfast menu. A little known secret.

Little Bit has enjoyed our being home this weekend. He actually knocks on the door when he wants in.

He loves it at night after dinner when we are watching TV. He will find warmth and solace from my lap. I enjoy him too. As long as he doesn’t start “kneading” his sharp claws into my PJ’s. The flannels and a blanket help with that.

Back to Yesterday….

Our “piddling/tinkering” included:

  • Laundry as always but getting into sheets, bathroom rugs, robe, and all the things that are not every weekend
  • Got my sheets changed after 3 to 4 weeks. That was nice.
  • Gave George my Christmas/Birthday checks to cash
  • Picked out things on Amazon for my office to decorate with or items that I need or wanted to decorate with (small bookshelf, chalkboard, chalk, map of the world, fake plants)
  • My lamp that George ordered came in. It’s this one below in the picture. We found one on Amazon. It’s $27 ish. And has a place to charge phone built in. This is perfect for my desk in my office at work.
  • I dusted the living areas and put back out most of the Nic Nacs that I use year round. (Still have a few more items to work back in place but most of it done.)
  • Spent time in my office at home which had become a dumping ground for everything personal that I needed to do or projects. (Consolidated notes, put passwords in my password app, wrote important dates on the calendar, scheduled tasks to do in my phone, threw away trash, put things up, opened up some Christmas gifts, put people’s new addresses from Christmas cards in my address book, made lists, wrote down blog ideas, etc). Just a very good hour or two of doing things I have wanted to do for six weeks. It didn’t take long, I just needed the goof off time to get a little organization back in my office, planner, lists, and head! This was probably the most important thing I did for myself yesterday as this is my space, my zone! When it’s messy my life and my head is messy.
  • George and I filmed the Roger tribute and it came out so good. I loved it. I’m so glad he agreed to participate. I will be able to work on it soon over the next week or so and get that out. That made me so happy. I was stuck in time til we got that done.
  • I opened my Rode microphone and wind muff and added that to the camera with the help of George. Mom had given me a camera tripod she had at her house and it ended up being perfect for what I needed. It’s very sturdy and well made. I guess they made them better back then. lol Very happy with that. I almost told her I didn’t need it but I’m glad I took it.
  • Went through and bought things on Amazon with Christmas and Birthday money from Mom and my sister along with my half of the Amazon point money as we buy almost everything on our Amazon card. I bought all those things I mentioned above for my work office, plus some clothes – a big flannel shirt and some v-neck tee shirts, vases of various shapes/sizes to put little flower or plant stems in for decor, some huge hair rollers with clips (lol), a purse, some hair accessories since it’s growing out, and a spring PJ set.
  • I watched Less Junk More Journey – a couple of their RV shows that I was behind on.
  • We watched The Woman in the Window on Netflix while eating dinner. Kinda dark but it gets your attention. I had been reading the book as Judy gave it to me. I wasn’t through reading it but once I know what happens, I don’t really want to finish reading it. I’m that way with any book I see the movie for. So I’ll probably just start another.

I think that was about it for our day. Just really a day to putter around and piddle around (for Sybil and Mary, lol) and move things around, organize, and get myself together. It was very nice. So it is kinda showing rain, snow, ice and everything in the map below. I don’t think we will get much.

So over and out ya’ll. Have a splendid Sunday. I’ll be continuing to get things organized here on the home front so I can be a better person and be able to freely clear my mind and get things done at work and for Mom and everyone else that needs me. Thanking the Lord for this quiet weekend after the burst of such a busy quarter of the year in which we accomplished much. The Lord provides. Time. We needed some time to chill in our nest.

What things make your life worth living? And are you getting snow? What are you all up to this weekend? Love to hear.

We Saw Sasquatch and Change of Plans Due to Next Weather System

There’s been a Sasquatch sighting in the woods behind our house near the graveyard! One day George and I will go out there on a Sasquatch hunt and video it. 😉 Looks like he has plans for Mardi Gras! Our neighbors put this up and it is so funny. You can see him when you drive by the neighborhood as there is light shining on him. As a kid my grandfather took me to see Sasquatch at the movie theaters. My Mom and Nanny really didn’t want him to take me but he convinced them it was just a fun nature show. And it was. I always envisioned him being up above the Washington state area and up among Canada. But now, according to the gift shops in Western North Carolina – apparently he has been seen in that area as the gift shops are full of Sasquatch products there: T-shirts, mugs, investigative kits, lol.

This is amusing. Apparently we are either collecting “pi’s” or we came home with River’s electrical outlet cover. Yes, the latter is true. We plugged our cell phones up and I remember Katy saying “where is the outlet cover”. She found another one I think. I guess it got caught up in George’s things. lol. But now we know where it went.

Changes of Plans

So……we have this big snow storm coming now. It’s arriving Saturday evening and lasting for a day into Sunday evening. I plan then, to work at home Monday. Tuesday it should be in the 40’s and hopefully can go in and get payroll done.

Susan and Kevin have decided not to come this weekend as they were traveling from Knoxville. The meteorologists and weather service warnings are saying 4-8 or 3 – 7 respectively. Some models showing up to a foot where snow banding occurs. So….ummmm…I guess we are going to get some unexpected free time this weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I was looking forward to our guests coming and even invited them to get snowed in with us. But for obvious safety travel reasons they decided not to come this way. So our weekend has opened up. I can truly say I NEED an open weekend “stuck at home” to be able to get some things done around here. I think God is looking out for me. I prayed for some down time, where my brain can catch up with life, where I don’t have to go anywhere and can just ENJOY a DAMN DAY at HOME! AMEN! Sorry for the curse word but I’ve not had time around here to do anything. I need a rest day – a piddle around day (Sybil & Mary —Sybil laughs b/c to “piddle” in UK is to pee). It probably means that here too but people use it loosely in the US (possibly mostly in the south) meaning that to “piddle around” is to “do what we want around the house”. Sorry to curse and use the word “damn” but I mean that is how strongly I need a day at home. I’m trying to be patient with January.

What will I do with the time now that the weekend opened up?

  • Change our sheets
  • Put the Christmas Trees up
  • Dust
  • Vacuum
  • Fix breakfast
  • Watch a YouTube show
  • Put up some Christmas Gifts
  • Put back out the normal Nic Naks
  • Forget the outside world exists
  • Clean my office
  • Record Roger’s Video
  • Do a Target Order
  • Order some things on Amazon (spending birthday money, gift cards, and Amazon Reward dollars)
    • At the end of the year George and I split the Amazon point money and buy ourselves something, lol. 😉
  • Do the Winter into Spring Bucket List
  • Go through Mail
  • Empty Trash Cans in all the rooms (like my office etc.)
  • Cancel Isagenix Autoship
  • Order my next Audible book
  • Plan next week (find Mom a hair cut place after hours)
  • Dismantle the bed in the office
  • Put up the Christmas China back into the cabinet
  • I’m sure there are other things I’ve not thought of yet but on my list

Once I get those things done I can start the next wave of projects. But right now I look around and longingly want to do things, but have to stay on task to doing the most important things – like laundry, food for work, or getting ready for the next thing that is about to happen, or sleep, or trying to meet everyone’s needs.

Last night we watched a show while eating salad and soup. We are watching Imposter’s and it’s really good! Little Bit came and sat in my lap. But by end of show, I was starting to drift off.

Quarter end is coming along slowly. We are still trying to get it to balance. Most of the afternoon yesterday we worked on it. We found two issues. One where someone’s address was changed to their new state when they moved and the system didn’t have that state set up so the wages/taxes/insurance did not tabulate in the proper state and made the wages off. Typically they are supposed to wait til after there is no pay to change the address. I kinda new that would be an issue and even mentioned it, but people do what they want, so address was changed and it caused a problem. And the other is a coding or programming thing where insurance is making the gross number lower – but gross should just be gross. I think it’s programmed wrong. Bottom line, numbers didn’t match from one part of the system to another and it was the insurance amount. And there are still some things off balance but we ran out of day.

Today I will do my Friday things for payroll and then dive into QE. But I will also be packing a box of files and my calculator and taking a bunch of things home. It’s a haul to be able to work from home. I am in a lot of files and also I can’t print from home. So it’s a big mess to keep up with everything that needs to be printed when you go back. It’s not efficient. But technically I can’t afford to lose any more days from work. Next week is ALREADY shot down with a legal meeting and two days of doc appts back to back meaning I’ll have to leave at lunch both days. One day is already made up as I already go in early on Tuesday’s. And I’ve probably already made up the other day this month already by skipping lunch every day and staying 30 min to an hour later every day. But geez. Now this snow day for Monday. My life. Oh my gosh. But what can you do? Embrace it and go. lol

So I’m going to get off of here now and make sure I still have my keyboard, mouse, ethernet cord, and everything to hook up to the internet. Big sigh. But I’m plowing forward and trying to make the best of it. And I fully intend on embracing this suddenly free weekend and working on some things that have been howling out to me to do.

So, are you going to be impacted by this next weather system coming through?

Relaxing over New Year Weekend, Birthday Plans, and Updating my Planner

The last two days have been very relaxing, although we have worked in the house some. We both still sound VERY nasally, although neither of us have fever or feel bad. So we’ve stayed in all weekend.

Silly me, I thought George worked today, on my birthday. I remember now our discussing it but somehow my mind confused today with the Christmas holidays. Sadly, I woke him up this morning thinking he had overslept. It is sad we get so conditioned by our robotic schedules that when the holidays arrive we remain in a state of confusion. But he’s off today and now I remember him telling me he was off and I remember saying “wow, how nice it is to get both NYE and NY holidays”. So…..because I was confused I planned my day today without him. Ooops!

Now that I figured out this morning he was off – I told him he was welcome to be included in my day. But he was looking forward to another day at home. We are going out tonight to celebrate my birthday nearby at an Asian restaurant where they cook at the table. But this morning, I’m getting my nails done and then Mom and I are going to have lunch at Red Lobster and I will take her to a store to look at curtains or whatever she needs for the house. Then coming by and George will follow us over to Mom’s in her car. She wants her car to go to the mail box.

Surprise Snow

Well, it wasn’t supposed to snow as much. It was supposed to be a slight dusting, but somehow there was enough moisture that we got a couple of inches. Luckily it did not stick too badly on the roads. Some of the roads are bad though b/c some areas got more and so we were warned to be careful before heading out. Temps hover around freezing but the sun is out and I’m already hearing a bit of melting drip even at 29 degrees. The meteorologists are apologizing this morning and saying things like “I’m surprised too” and “wow this system blew apart my forecast”. Oh well. I am happy that it looks like we’ll be ok to get out. Now with the snow and Omicron on the rise – there may not be any servers, lol. And my Mom might even bail on me. But we’ll see.

I was able to get more of the Christmas stuff packed up yesterday, made us an awesome breakfast, and packed for Texas!

I was going to film a Roger segment this morning, thinking George would be leaving for work at 6:15 and I would get ready film and then head off for the day. But, he will be at home. I really need some self time to do this segment. So I think the next video may take a while as it will be a while before I can get some alone time to do it. Next week we are in TX all weekend. The next weekend we have company. But I film some one morning, quickly before heading in to work – after George leaves and then just heading in a bit later than I normally do. I’ll have to figure it out being that when we get back everyone will be biting at us for our time and attention – work, year end, quarter end, Mom, the house, and our lists will be calling.

And this is why I have no goals yet to list for the New Year. I’d not have time to do them if I even listed them. So I keep saying my New Year doesn’t start til February. My psyche wants to have goals, make lists, be better than ever, go for it, chase it, be it, plan it. But to do so right now would only exasperate me instead of making me look forward to it. So my goals and to do’s will be saved for another day when I can see some opening spaces in my schedule. For now we take each day as it comes, be content in it. My one goal so far is not have any —yet. And maybe a next one would be to not complain about not having time. But I know that I will always complain about that. Because my psyche always wants to do more than any time allows for. I’m also slower than most people because I get so detailed in all that I do. My sensory overload slows me down. You can see that I totally got confused on our schedule and that is totally as I’ve had so much on my mind and then with these two off days I complete shut it down and everything flew out the window. lol But I’ve needed these blessed days to relax and wind down. I think God made me sick this past week so that I WOULD not plan anything for the weekend.

We also need to plan brunch with our neighbors, a foodie fun day with the Irelands, and so much more. I’m looking forward to the New Year. Then there is the virus on the rampage and the thoughts of flights possibly being cancelled. Trying not to worry anymore, no negative thoughts, just take life as it comes. If we have to drive straight through instead of fly we shall do it and create some memories doing so. But prayers please that our flights are ok and saved so that our trip will be much easier. We also are worried about Little Bit while we are gone and the freezing temps. Not sure if anyone will be able to let him in the basement for us and get him back out while we are gone. He shies away from everyone else. So we are working on making him a really warm spot next to the house on the back porch just in case. Hopefully can put some down materials out there. We will do what we can and hope he survives. He is an outside cat but we try to let him in when the temps get so bad. We are not boarding him and don’t have time to get his shots updated and be able to handle that. He also would not handle that well. So also pray for him while we are gone. This is not an easy situation.

Not Planning Much Yet but the Planner is READY!

The year is going to be planned out, goals or no goals. So it may seem like an irony for someone who isn’t ready to list goals and plan, but I worked on the planner itself yesterday. I bought stickers and had George put them in my stocking, lol. I bought some “boss babe” stickers to remind me to still be me and do some things I want to do amidst the daily grind, but also some spiritual stickers to be reminded of The One who made me, saves me, and keeps me, and The One who sets my path. Here’s this week. See I’ve been so relaxed I’ve not even looked at the planner. If I had I would have seen that George was “off” today, lol. I also need to order my nieces birthday gift, I see. I have to remind myself to do everything. lol

Also, Tuesday (tomorrow) is my busiest craziest day of the week this week so I put the “like a boss, slay” lol. I have to do both Monday and Tuesday and parts of Wednesday. (Rolling eyes here on that. But it is what it is. Then next week I will double up on everything else. Then the two weeks after that I’ll have to work early, skip lunch, stay late to try and “slay” YE, QE. Then in February, maybe I can get my life back.

Here’s a little video of what I did to the planner. It made it quite a thick planner though, but it’s fine. It’ll be fun to turn the page and work with the sayings. I have been trying to use my phone though as my planner, but I keep coming back to this one as I often write my thoughts down, things to do in the evenings, grocery items, things I need for work (food, snacks, napkins, etc.).

I think the best thing is for me to try to use both. My to do list (ongoing) is on the iPhone’s “Reminders” but it’s not always easy to grab the phone and type things into it while at work. So I’ll lean over and write it on my calendar and then incorporate it into my phone list as I can. Here’s a little video of what I did during my relax time yesterday while working on my “planner”.

Ok I need to start getting ready for this Birthday Day of mine. Mom is on the phone now. So hang on.

Oh joy! Mom is not having a good day. Happy Birthday to me.