Arkansas Bound

All packed and ready to go!

Great trip in to Arkansas. Maisy settles in but Roger was a bit stir crazy 😜 a lot of the way. Not able to find his comfort zone and trying to get in our snack bag. lol 😂 We stopped at a really nice Rest Area mid way between Jackson and Memphis!

The hotel here in Bryant, Arkansas is nice!

Mine and Maisy’s bed

I wiped everything down and sprayed Lysol! A storm was coming and I’m not sure it ever got here. I never saw it or heard it. It may have rained but I didn’t see any evidence of it when we took the dogs out.

George went next door and picked up our to go order from a Tex Mex place called Ta Molly’s . We ordered a steak and chicken fajita dish and also a chicken tamale dish. Of course we had chips and salsa and all the fajita fixin’s! We split it all and still have a few leftovers. There is no breakfast buffet anymore thanks to COVID-19 but we get a brown bag. If we are not too late going down to get it!

The ride was pretty as it was flat and green. Not as boring as Thanksgiving time when it’s all brown.

We enjoyed hanging out in the hotel room. I was a little annoyed at not having access to The Weather Channel- apparently a premium channel here. So we had to watch Accuweather so I pretty much ignored it as it gave no local data. None that caught my attention anyway.

The “kids” were soon sleeping. And slept good all night til Maisy woke at 6 barking and wanted to go out. We all slept good til then. It’s a hotel and the walls are a bit thin here. So we hurried out the door with both dogs. I had to go back and get mask. Who remembers at 6 am – I normally don’t wear a mask at home when I take the dogs out lol! So George took them on and I met up with them!

Is it me or is she smiling in her sleep?
Has monkey, well fed, had water, has his Daddy, and now will finally sleep!

Traveling with Roger today was like traveling with a toddler except he moans instead of cries. lol But we got thru!

Time for a shower and another cup of coffee. And we will hit the road again and onwards to Texas past Dallas and to the ranch!

Hoping for IN/OUT Burger 🍔 today as we get to Arlington on the West side of Dallas! Yeee Ha!

Battery Died, But I Had a Ride

There is no need to make the statement at how weird and odd this year is. I guess 2020 will go down in the books as the year everything tanked. Normally I’d be all over the weather channel, keeping tabs on Isaias. And even though no doubt it as impacted a lot of people, we have been focused on everything going haywire around us while attempting to get ready for vacay. But my heart goes to those that have been impacted and I am sorry I’ve not been able to watch the news on it. Prayers for all!

Yesterday morning, I was determined to get the video out. It’s out. Not sure anyone saw it, or cares, but a few did and I appreciated those that commented as it made my day. I worked hard on it. But I do realize the following:

  1. It’s not going to be my family and friends that will follow, subscribe, and watch. Sure there are a few of you.
  2. It’s not going to be noticeable on Facebook as it might have a few years ago. FB has probably moved certain video platforms to lower viewing status in their efforts to control what’s being said that is doesn’t fit their plans/model (or political status, lol). I say that b/c I can tell which types of posts I get comments on and which ones I do not.
  3. It’s not going to get a lot of recognition on YouTube itself as there is too much competition.
  4. I’m new at it. And don’t really have a lot of skill yet and have basically been doing iPhone videos.
  5. It’ll be a constant improvement – that was the plan all along.
  6. I’m not sure I want masses of people watching it right now anyway, LOL.
  7. And I realize that the vlog watchers are really not even going to be you all that are here. Some of you will, most won’t.
  8. And this is the biggest one: My camp of Vlogger people IS OUT THERE somewhere. I just have to tap into them. And I will. Just not today. I won’t let the stats get me down. For each video I did, I have less views. They are going down and not up, but I just have to find my “Vlogger People” – lol.

So yeah, that took some time getting the Thumbnail up and getting it published. Was determined. And it’s done.

And then I do the dishes b/c I wanted to as they had piled up. George was staying home but I didn’t want him to have to do them. So I rushed through that and barely had time to get down to the car and head out for work so I’d be there early. Burning the candle at the top of the morning to try to get in to work and get extra hours in so no one complains Thursday at our leaving early so we don’t have to be driving late at night.

So I go to start the car and it won’t work. It was the battery. Thank goodness George was working from home for the dishwasher repair guy. So he was able to go and buy a battery at lunch and get the old one out which took coca cola poured on it as the battery was in bad shape and hard to get loose. He got the new one in.

The dishwasher repair guy didn’t come til late in the afternoon. They refused to let George know when they would be there. The guy came and the dishwasher started right up. Apparently something had blocked the thing that spins that allows the water to flow, back when that last load wasn’t done. Geez. All this time we washed dishes by hand and nothing was really wrong with the dishwasher.

So anyway, I had to take this guy into work yesterday. I noticed that George did not offer for me to use his new ride. LOL Naw….I was given the keys to the old Flinstone Mobile.

And yes, I was in a hurry and went to work with it on E. This is after I got to work so it was above the E when I left. Then yesterday when I left work, I forgot to stop at the station near me but luckily made it to Donelson at the Shell. This car is not very good for the interstate. Sometimes you need to be able to go fast to get out of a situation and this car will not provide that service, lol. And it’s a little wobbly. Easy to go left or right. It’s like an old man out of balance. But thankfully it did get me there and back.

I got there and got the payroll done. It was kind of an interruptive and aggravating day yesterday for a payroll day but it finally got done.

By the time I got home I was just spent. But I was relieved that everything was back to normal. Well, as normal as anything can be this year.

I was glad to see my doggies.

We ate something for dinner and I should have been doing the many things I’d planned to do, but I just couldn’t. I hung out on the Mac and social media for some “time off”. And then after dinner I did a few things. The rest I have to do tonight. A lot more has to be done tonight. Tonight’s the final packing night. Tomorrow’s the day. After work. George is off though but I told him I needed to work a few hours. It’s not a vacay day for me but I will have worked my hours for the week and then some Mon thru Thurs morning.

So off of here to get going. I don’t know if I will be posting again tomorrow. Likely not. It may be while we are on the road. I can blog from my phone. But we’ll see. I may be the one driving.

Prayer requests for safe travels, a safe trip all the way around – no Corona virus, no wrecks, a fun time, no car issues. I kinda won’t believe that this vacation will happen until I see us actually arrive in Texas. Not many plans have made it this year. So I’m kindof expecting something will happen to destroy our trip. Yes I’m a realist. This year has show us that plans are useless, but yet we still try. God says always just say Lord Willing. So that is what I will say. We will soon be in Texas, Lord Willing.

It wasn’t just Maisy that crashed hard at bed time. I joined her, then Roger and George. The sleep was good and much needed.

Now off for another day. Wondering what it will bring. I’m scared to ask.

Sunday’s Sunset and Pet Pics

I know George must’ve been surprised at my sudden jump to go outside and catch the sunset. We were watching Bloodline and it was really good. But I saw the “glow” coming through the house and I knew it would be a nice one. Anytime the sun shines through with storm cloud remnants left behind it is always beautiful.

I had some company “Little Bit” who loved having me out there and he got some extra attention.

Sitting out there has been nice at sunset. Don’t do it every night, but here and there.

George came out and while I was watching the sunset, he saw there were deer on the other side. They almost want to come up to you but the dogs scare them away.

The sun scattered light about the sky and dispersed its light to the clouds opposite the sunset. The main show was not where the sun was going down but the reflection of light through the atmosphere.

Imagine how much better this would be with the new camera.

We had another good weekend day yesterday. However, the night before storms rolled through and I was awake. I think it’s a new fear that the big tall tree behind us will fall and it will fall on our bedroom if it comes that direction. With all the tree falls this year, it’s made me nervous. And a year like 2020 has been – you kinda start to think, “yeah that tree’ll fall this year”. I mean like someone said – “it wouldn’t surprise me if a volcano rose up in the back yard and started to blow lava” at this point. So point made, I decided to get up and see how bad the storm was. Maisy got up too so I took her out real quick before the main part got to us.

Turns out it was a slow mover. I grabbed a blanket and tried to just sleep on the sofa. I was awake though and it was hard to go back to sleep. About the time I did, the big part of the storm came through with loud thunder and a lot of lightning. Maisy was so scared. The wind was not bad and we didn’t have anything as a warning – other than Significant Weather warning. It wasn’t severe. But Maisy was snuggling with me and I put her under the blanket and hugged her. I secretly like those moments as she is not normally a lap dog – she wants to be with you but she likes her space. She gets hot really easy. So I hugged her and as the storm let up and scooted back over to her spot. Then we both fell into deeper sleep and George got up. He was not wanting to wake us up to start the coffee pot I guess and sat in the living room and read. I was in the den. I woke up a little before I was ready but I felt reseted enough and got up.

I started the coffee and rebooted the laundry and watched some of my shows on YouTube. George fixed us leftover porkchops along with some of Houston’s homemade biscuits. He ate his porkchops on the biscuits. I ate mine with a fork and put molasses and butter on my biscuits. MMMMMMM.

I knew better though than to keep sitting there. I’d watch YouTubers all day long. So I got up and began moving toward getting things done for the work week. I actually made a list on Evernote on my Mac so I can keep focused on the weekends. So I don’t “hobby” all weekend and actually get important things done. Here’s my reminders:

(Sorry it isn’t copying and pasting in list form and I don’t have time to put it that way but you get the idea)

___Ironing ___Clothes picked for next week ___Grocery Run ___Food for Next week for Work? ___Vitamins for Next Week ___”That Wellness Company” Orders __  Amazon Orders ___Target Orders ___Bless the House (Clean) ___Special Weekend Cleaning/Household Projects ___Looking Ahead on the Calendar ___Reorg To Do List ___Planning Time ___Special Personal Projects ___App Updates ___Check/Delete Emails ___Video Creations ___Delete Unused Photos & Set Favorites ___Watch my shows, read, create, have fun!

So I did a lot of those things yesterday (and the day before).

George fixed the most awesome roast for dinner. It was excellent – made in the Instant Pot.

oh and is it me or does the western US look like it’s complete on fire?

We enjoyed Bloodline. I think we are about half way through what is on Netflix. We are half way through season 2. We can hardly watch anything else because we are trying to see what is going to happen next.

One thing I’m seeing on this show is how one person can totally destroy a whole family. I know it’s fiction but I can see how it happens.

Before I knew it, our day was gone and it’s the work week again.

That loyal Maisy. She is just always there for me and by my side. I thank God for her every night. God knew I needed her and she needed me and He got us together. Same thing with Roger, for George.

I sing to Maisy almost every night in the sweetest voice tone I can manage.

“I love my Little Maisy Girl, I love my Little Maisy Girl”

“She’s a sweet little girl and I love her!”

“I love my Little Maisy Girl”.

Very simple, to the point and then we both fall asleep. She also knows the words “Let’s go Seepy”. And she scoots down to the end of the bed when I finish my song, give her a little hug and a kiss on the forehead and say “Let’s go seepy”.

Around here, the animals get better treatment than adults, lol!

And so the time has come for me to skidattle to work. Another work week is upon us.