Taco Tuesday, Repairs Galore, and Could I Have Had Covid-19?

I can’t believe it is heading toward the midpoint of May already. A Pandemic sure does fly fast in my world. Mainly mine did not stop except for the weekends.

I am glad to be back on the premises for the most part. But being home for two days a week did have its perks and I miss that part.

I have been doing some video this week in preparation for VLOGGING. We will see how it goes. I told George you all wanted to see more of him and the cooking. He will always be photo bombing. You can count on that one. I have some ideas for the VLOG. I have a tendency to want to make something perfect before I start this as there is a lot to consider. YouTube has a lot of legal requirements and if for some reason my followership increased, I’d want to make sure the blog and vlog are in order. And I want a intro to the Vlog that will go in each video and and ending. But you know what? I have learned that sometimes to keep forward momentum you just “start where you are”. That is what I did when I began blogging. I didn’t have the blog all decorated. I just started typing. So this week – I just started videoing. lol. I’ll improve as I go. It will be quite a bit different from the trips videos. I will have to develop new habits and be of the mindset to capture more by video, but still get photos for the blog. I’m hoping these won’t take as long to do. And that I’ll be able to pump one out every week. But they will be behind the blog a week or two. But often I think that people either become VLOG followers or BLOG followers and very few will be both. But we will see. I’m exciting to give it a whirl.

I can see that on the weeknights, it will be fun to pick the music for each one. I enjoy listening to the tunes on Epidemic Sound. It takes a few samplings (kinda like iTunes as you can sample the song) to find one that is just right. Like for example this week has been harry and busy so I’m trying to find some “busy” music to match.

Wow, what a busy week though. I thought last night was going to be a hard one but George saved the day. He went ahead and baked the potatoes for our “potato skins” – which really still have most of the potato in them. I am fixing them like a restaurant that used to be in Nashville called “Darryl’s”. They had THE BEST potato skins. Only a little of the tater was scooped out and they put in sharp cheddar, REAL bacon crumbles, and chives and they would bring sour cream and BBQ sauce to dip them in. So we are having those tonight when Katy and Cody come in.

So I scooped out a bit of each of the potatoes after slicing them. And made some creamed potatoes with those. I’m taking that for lunch. 😉

I baked the meatballs last night and we’ll be crock potting those with BBQ Sauce and grape jelly. And then George has some little Corn Dog poppers he is fixing in the air fryer.

I told Katy that we were having appetizers and they were on the heavy side as opposed to the lighter side – not chips and salsa. So they will be filling. But they will be hungry after a days drive. We will have happy hour ready and waiting.

So we had Taco Tuesday last night. They were so good.

The avocado was a nice touch. It was so good. The shells were from Aldi and were not as fresh as I would have hoped but the insides made up for it.

George fixed the onion and red peppers – like fajita fillings. I had requested red pepper since the tomato seeds might bother me. I imagine one day I’ll eat tomatoes again soon. I’m kinda thinking that my situation might have been a little more than diverticulitis. I have weighed back and forth on this.

We finished off watching Frankie and Grace last night. And we have finished off Ozark this week so we are looking at other options. The Crown is done too. We have Dead to Me to watch and Outer Banks to finish and we will be picking up another show here or there. So last night was not as busy as I thought it would be.

I did vacuum before going to bed and set a 10 minute timer to just “pick up” the house. Well, quite frankly only the living room was picked up. That is about all I had time for. lol

So the washing machine died this week and George is calling another repair person as the one we use is not starting back until next week and he has a long line of folks waiting. So we have another place he is calling today.

Ok, so I’ve been seeing some articles on the COVID-19 and stomach distress. So I go back and read some of my blog posts since the first of the year. I began not feeling well- random aches, pains, tiredness. I remember having some headaches here and there that I usually didn’t have, I began having to clear my throat constantly and severely at times (gradually going away but nearly drove me crazy), I had blisters in my mouth, I have had random little chest pains here and there around Feb- nothing severe or pervasive but little pin pricks – almost nothing. Not even worth mentioning. I had a fever one weekend and then had the stomach issues. At first it was loose stools and then I had an infection in my stomach which I told my doc it was diverticulitis b/c my stomach was backed up like that. Only it was in infection making it happen. I remember thinking it was different than the last times I’d had it, as there had been warning but this just flared suddenly.

Then after I had the antibiotics – they helped but it wasn’t strong enough and it came back and I had a rash that broke out around on my skin right where the infection was. I’m really kinda wondering if it’s possible that I had a mild case of the COVID? They say some don’t even have many symptoms. And this time period of ailments this year has been so weird so it makes me wonder.

I remembering being really tired all around that time and dragging the weeks before the infection. I can’t remember having a sore throat but I may have as some time in the last few months I remember saying I had the makings of a cold but it felt better with coffee.

George also had a fever around that time and didn’t feel good. And had aches and pains a bit in his feet. I was complaining of aches and pains as well in my ankle and parts of my body here and there. One of my entries was called something like “Pains Here, Pains There”.

Anyway, I’m wondering. Is it possible I had the COVID and didn’t know it? I’m still struggling with my throat trying to get it cleared – it’s so annoying but getting better.

I wouldn’t have thought this though b/c so many have severe reactions. But is this possible???? I wish we could have that antibody test so we could know.

Found the doggies laying close together yesterday.

I love how they get along and will do this sometimes.

Maisy has been having some issues the last week with just peeing in the middle of the den floor. George said it started happening before we gave her the meds. He said he thought it was a behavioral thing.

The only thing I can figure is that I’m not home as much. She loved to be with me on Wed and Friday and I moved out the desk and took things back to work and I’m gone most of the day. I wondered if she was upset at the change. As I was home 4 days a week. However she often has done it even when I’ve been here, so I don’t think that is it. Sometimes you take her out to pee and she comes right in and pees immediately on the floor. It’s almost like she is marking territory. George has been here and there have not been any issues between her and Roger. But it’s driving us crazy. She did not do this yesterday though. She was a good girl. We’ve been getting on to her and having some serious talks about it. I even tried Tugie’s old diapers but they are too small and it’s hard to get her tail in them, lol. I wish I had video’d that! But it took two of us to try to get it on her. FAIL and it left her scurrying behind the sofa to get away from our “cruelty”. lol. She didn’t come back out until she smelled food. Since then though she has been a tad better.

So Katy and Cody arrive today. I’ve not had a text or anything to see if they are on the road yet. So please pray for their safe travels. I need to get to work. I plan on leaving at 4 today as that will put me there about the same time as they get there. Thank goodness George is here today to prep and heat up between emails since he is working from home.

Oh yeah and the people came and laid the new water pipes from the street to our house. They do the rest today and the rest of the week. There is hay over the area now, but it looked like this earlier.

They will be installing the white toilet today. And hopefully we will have news on the washer repair man. If I can get an appointment time it’ll be great. That is half the battle. Til then we will begin to wear the old underwear – or buy more.

Also I had lost 5 lbs but I think I found them and maybe a few more with all we have eaten since I’ve been better. I think I’m going to have to go buy some big girl britches. I had sold them all or sent them away. I need to go up half a size as mine are getting uncomfortable this week all of a sudden.

I could try to lose it I guess and go back to cleansing. I’ve just not felt I could do it as I’ve not felt good this year. So not sure. I haven’t been up to the task of eating healthy the last month – it was more about what could I digest without pain. And I’ve been testing out various things and so far so good. The last couple of weeks have been good. Thank the Lord.

Anyway, got to run to work and get the day going. Ya’ll take care.

Mother’s Day Weekend

Well that 3 day weekend flew by fast. I did not get to do everything I thought I would but the trade off was fun as some of the fun things I wanted to do were done, like the video I posted yesterday. Thanks to those who commented here on FB or messages regarding it. It made me feel really good. I realize I have a lot to learn though but find myself correcting others videos in my head, lol. Like – why didn’t they clip that part out? It’s not meant from a critical standpoint though, just a notion of “if it were mine I would have done it this way”. So my point being that now when I watch videos on YouTube I look at it from a different standpoint simply because I’m learning what you can do and what the options are. But so much to learn.

One thing I did do this weekend was to wash the new masks that came in. I prefer to iron them as well. I don’t dare put them in the dryer. Who knew going into 2020 some of us would be looking for fashion masks, lol.

We did get to do something VERY important this weekend. And that was to go see Mom. Maisy rode in the back seat where she was most comfortable and happy. Bless her heart I guess the gift bag tissue was in her face most of the way.

And Roger, a seemingly happy little fellow was miserable most of the way. He wants his Daddy but he is uncomfortable now as he is old and wants to be comfy. And just could not find his comfort spot in a lap. On the way back I chauffered George and both dogs as they rode in the back seat. Maisy eventually came up to the passenger seat as she really wanted her Momma.

We stopped at KFC to get chicken and look at this long line. Thank goodness it didn’t take too long. We were getting the chicken. There was no question. Mom never asks for anything and she asked for KFC and KFC it would be. We all enjoyed it too.

We tried to sit outside, but with a high of 68 or so and the wind blowing, Mom found it too cool. But we set in on binge watching Outer Banks on Netflix. I think we did 3 or 4 shows. Mom told us to pick a show and that is what I picked. Normally she likes the Hallmark Channel but I think she has about watched it out.

This photo kinda describes our day. lol. Very restful. A nice little afternoon with our bellies full of fried chicken, slaw, green beans, mashed potatoes, and mac and cheese.

Here was my view. I love the poodle. I guess I didn’t get a pic of Fancy, Mom’s Dog this time. She is a cutie pie. She is 13 and gained a few pounds during the Pandemic. I hear she likes cheeseburgers like myself. lol

Mom’s back yard was pretty. Their area was hit hard with the storms too a week ago with many trees falling over, many with roots and all just pulled out of the ground. You could hear the sounds of chain saws and people were out hauling wood from here to there and yon. It was truly like a small hurricane came through on land. I’ve always liked Mom’s peaceful place there.

I shot a pic through the screen coming in from the outside. Oh if you look close you can see the back of Fancy under George’s foot. lol

I found another hat downstairs that I had used when we had a garden. So I brought it up and added it to the hat wall.

And that is about all she wrote for the weekend! Literally.

It’s a big week for us. Almost overwhelmingly so. While George is working from home we found it a good time for the plumber to come, the roofer to come, and of course Katy and Cody are coming as his brother is getting married.

And this is the week I will be making the decision about the baby shower – whether live and in person or all virtual. And then a week from now will be getting those invitations out.

Much to get ready for Wed night as we are having appetizers but you know our appetizers are going to be the good kind. lol. Findlay will be coming! Looking forward to seeing that girl.

Better get dressed and get to work!

Making the Tulsa iMovie, Maisy Update, and More

Maisy and I went to the vet yesterday. We sat in the car and waited to be called. I had to walk her to the foyer, hang her leash on a hook, leave my debit card in a tray, and head back to the car as they took her back to examine her, and wait for a call from the doc.

Turns out, they said they could not hear anything in her lungs but that it seemed she had an irritated throat from most likely allergies. They asked if I wanted an x-ray to be sure but suggested it was fine to just try the allergy meds and see if they helped her. They said that if that doesn’t solve the issue then we can bring her back and do an x-ray. The problem DOES come and go. The vet said if it was a heart problem it would not come and go but would be persistent. She said that she still does have the heart murmur but her lungs seemed fine.

So I guess that is good news. I figured we’d be starting heart meds from here out. The vet could be wrong without having the x-ray to be sure, so I guess we wait and see. Here’s what we were given. One has an antihistamine in it and the other is an anti inflammatory. They did not want to put her on steroids as that can enhance the heart murmur into a heart condition.

One is Hydroxyzine and the other is Rimadyl. We have to start the Rimadyl this afternoon – she said to wait a day before beginning it. The rimadyl is also for pain but mainly they wanted her to have it for inflammation. I will give it to her today if she is coughing but if the one med does the trick not sure we’ll need the other. Might do some research on the drugs. Can you tell I’m always picky about these things?

I think the Hydroxyzine helped yesterday. It was about a 2 hour ordeal at the vet. I vow to switch vets, to one that is not quite so busy. However, they seem to do a good job, they have a history of our pets, and are often open til 6 or 7, and they will allow the walk ins although it’s a very long wait to be worked in. I didn’t want to be out of the house for 2 hours yesterday on my vacation day but I love my Maisy so off I went to do it.

When we got through it was waaaaay past lunch and I had a distinct craving for Taco Bell. I almost turned right to go thru the drive thru and get something to take home. However, this big ugly dark cloud was coming and it looked scary. Having not paid a lot of attention to the weather, I decided it best just to go home, plus with Maisy in the car – she’d be wanting my taco, lol.

So home we went where the plumber was there working up a deal with George.

Turns out we are going to be replacing our plumbing pipes. We’ve had issues since we have been here. Most all of our neighbors have also had to redo part or all of theirs over the recent few years. In the last two weeks the issues in our house have worsened. Usually George has been able to remedy it. But we could let the plumber doctor it, and continue to have issues and have to call them or it could break and we really have a problem. I teasingly said I should wait for that to happen so then as the pipes busted I’d eventually get new flooring. I told George I was ok with the upgrade to the pipes to avoid damage issues as long as he agreed I could get my flooring and updates to the kitchen before long (flooring, counter top, stove upgrades). He said we had begun our home improvement season. This is a good thing. I’m even willing to forego our Christmas giving to one another (ok a few little things to open maybe). So we are getting the pipes pretty much a complete overhaul, complete with adding a filter to the tankless water heater which means all taps will have pure and clean water. And I get a new toilet out of the deal. lol I am getting rid of the old gold toilet. We will be going to Lowe’s to pick out the new one. I’m going white. And our water pressure will be better as well.

So the roofer will be here next week to fix the chimney – concreting over the chimney of the fireplace that is never used and probably unsafe to use at this point and will be fixing all around the fireplace so that the roof does not leak in the sunroom anymore.

Here is where I sat most of yesterday creating the next iMovie video of our girls trip to Tulsa. It is true what they say about these videos – that for every minute of video footage, it’s about an hour’s worth of work. The Tulsa video is, I believe, my longest creation to date and I think my best work so far as I’m coming around the learning curve. Of course I bought Movavi and still need to do some things with it. And as I am seeing other do will eventually move toward Final Cut Pro – but we’ll save that for much much later. It’s an iMovie on Steroids with many bells and whistles and for professional video. I want to do a professional video but I’m not a pro! It seems that our vacays have always been when it’s dark and dreary, so most of my footage is just dark and dim.

My goal with the Tulsa girls trip video was to show what we did but to show it with the feelings that we were feeling. I specifically chose music that depicted our anxiousness about the virus as it was unfolding, yet our excitement to be together, to shop, to eat and do the things we love to do together. I feel I did that.

I was better organized with creating this video. I organized my files first as I’ve been trained by these video creators on You Tube. The usual method is just to start dragging files in from my photos directly into the iMovie media file. NO – did NOT do that this time. I created a file on my computer first and then uploaded all of them at one time into my iMovie media folder.

I also picked out songs ahead of time that matched the various moods of the different scenes of the video. I’m loving the use of Epidemic Sound. George thinks it’s hilarious that I downloaded Epidemic Sound during the Pandemic. He actually thought I came across it because of COVID-19, lol. But no – a lot of the video creators are using this one. It has all kinds of music you can use by mood, or genre. And has sound effects too. It’s most awesome. I believe that I can download and use in my iTunes for personal use as well. Unlimited downloads for $15.99 month with a free trial period and the music sounds awesome.

So next I want to learn a few things about adding Text and Graphics and learn tips for simplifying the process. For example, I’m needing to learn all the Mac short cut keys. I’ve tried to avoid this but apparently it’s a good thing with the Mac as it really IS a short cut worth knowing. For example if you shorten all your photos to 3 seconds instead of the 4 that it auto drops into the iMovie, you can hit Control A or something like that – no I’ve not learned them all yet, and it will mimic all the pics to be like the current one you just changed. That saves a LOT of time.

So now that this video is done, I can focus on making some that are just about our week or whatever is going on with the Less Hustle More Coffee household, lol! So I guess I need to move on to getting around THOSE learning curves – and the big one of filming myself and being able to get through that, the confidence, the audio of it and sound quality, the lighting, and perfecting THAT process. These videos will be quite a bit different as they are capture more live video and less photos. And will need to tell a story of sorts as best I can piece it together. But I’m looking forward to trying. My fear of doing this is there will be nothing interesting to capture, especially during the Pandemic where outings are minimal except work and of course work is off the table. There will be no video at work. Even though that would probably the most interesting footage of all. lol lol lol Talk about watching THE OFFICE. lol Version 2! So no – nothing from there – the TROLLERS who TROLL and WATCH need not worry. Place your heart to rest. It’s all gonna be ok.

So it’s looking like tomorrow will be the day I’ll post the YouTube on here. It’ll be posted to YouTube itself in an hour and 24 minutes of which was a 3 hour upload. But I wanted good quality.

I will also have to figure out space as I get more of these under my belt. I guess they will have to be parked on another drive or another website somewhere. As I have found in doing this, one expense leads into another. lol

But like I said I’m easing up on my hair and nails expenses. And may stop my audio book subscription since I’m not getting much of them read. My trip into work is pretty quick these days. And there are always podcasts and I can always buy a book or two when I do have time to listen to them. So we’ll see.

Here’s what I did during our Netflix session of watching the new season of “Dead to Me” last night. I finally got the ends off of the “Dip” that was on my nails. My gosh it tears your nails all up. They are so tender and brittle. As mentioned I’m going to do my own for a while. And going to get some new polish colors too. So obviously “doing nails” is on the list. Hey this is a reality blog so you get the raw real me – well most of the time.

Well it’s 10 a.m. and I need to hop onto getting ready for the upcoming work week as we will be spending time with Mom tomorrow and of course I goofed off (geeked off) lol yesterday so I must get some things done. Here’s a list of to do’s. It doesn’t show everything in each section. I also don’t use the sections like they want you to. I use it like this:

Urgent – in Pink – is Urgent but “This week”

Not Urgent in Green- is really usually fairly Urgent but most likely not til the following week.

Not Important in Blue – is stuff that is important to me but not likely to get to until I have time to! Usually hobby related.

Grey area is stuff that will be postponed til later on in the year. It’s fun to kinda reshuffle this as one week morphs into the next. This is the “Focus Matrix App” and it’s the premium version so it’s on the iMac and my phone. And it syncs.

And I must really go and tackle life before I blink and today is gone too!

Ya’ll take care and hope your weekend is a fantastic one!

Maisy Going to the Vet, My Amazing Bedhead, and Vacation Day

Miss Maisy girl is going to the vet today. She has had an increase in her coughing spells. So I’m doing a “walk in” visit as I think it is time to put her on the heart meds – like Tugie had. They helped her out a lot and kept her with us longer. George said she had a tough time yesterday while I was at work. I had already on a whim scheduled myself for a vacay day and the bosses were ok with that. I normally plan them more in advance but it’s not been a good time to take any time but as quarter end is over, I just decided to take a day. I was dismayed to realize part of it would be sitting and waiting for who knows how long as I couldn’t get an appointment but I’m at least on the “call ahead” list which puts you before the true walk in’s without a call first. lol. I think I have to call and check in and wait in the car til they are ready for us. So no problem. I love my little Maisy girl so we will go get this done today. Better than on a Saturday where the wait has been as long as 2.5 hours.

George and I worked on the trees this week and got most of it to the road. The rest of it is heavier pieces that I cannot lift. He probably can.

My Asian lily is blooming. I love this hearty plant that never disappoints year after year. I should plant more of them. But they do not last for long.

Work went well this week. Things are picking up it sounds like, lots of employees are being hired, and people are starting to come back from furlough. I hung a command strip mask holder on my computer. Sometimes it is hard to remember the mask. I start to walk out of my office to go file something or or go do something totally immersed in thought with whatever I’m concentrating on and then realize “oops” and have to head back. I never get far, but it is a challenge to remember. So far we also have to take our temp as we arrive.

The quarter end is over and I’m so happy to have a vacay day Sad that our trips are cancelled for the real vacay but what can you do. I think George is still taking the time off. I’m not. I’d rather have a slew of Friday’s off than to take a whole week if we are not going anywhere. It has to be a good vacay to be worth all the extra hours of making it all up the next week when you are gone for a whole week. You definitely pay for it. But at least in this job of payroll I don’t have to work while I’m on vacation, like I did before in the other job. So I have waited a while to have this day as I really needed it here and there. But refused to take it during quarter end processing. I needed every minute of the month to get it all done.

One of my favorite web cams while hanging out sipping coffee while I wake up in the mornings, or wine during commercials in the evening. In the mornings in this “cafe” in Barcelona they have coffee going in the mornings and they have their bar going – late into the night apparently. They have been closed for weeks but I checked in and they are gearing up for an opening. The place looks like a mess. But they have been cleaning and prepping. Some of my other favorite webcams are no longer active. I miss checking on the family in the Vining Living Room. I always wondered if they all knew they were on camera. Or if one or the other spouse was taping the rest or the teen taping it. But they were there for anyone to see. And I would peek in to see them watching TV and loved to watch the 3 dogs they had and how the family loved them and cared for them. It was sweet. But they are no longer on line, lol. But here is the Barcelona Cafe cam. Anxious to see if the same waiters/waitresses come back.

I love the web cams! It’s so bizarre to me that you can be in your own living room and be watching the sunset on a beach across the world, or someone doing laundry or getting their hair cut, or shopping at the grocery store, lol lol. People watching can be fun. I also miss the Russian meat market. They must have got the COVID. No longer on line.

Look what awaited me yesterday when I got home. The door was open going to the basement and they were there at the top of the stairs with waggin’ tails. (Roger has no front teeth so if he is tired or just woken up from a nap his tongue hangs out. )

They are looking a little furry. I may have to see if I can trim them but…I think our groomer will be opening up soon if not already. We may wait until our June appointment as it’s hard to get a Saturday appointment.

We talked with Katy again this week and we’ll be getting to see them this next Wednesday night and again on the following Sunday night. We are so looking forward to seeing them.

We went to the store Wednesday night at Kroger. Again we spent well over $200 and normally a store run not that much. However, we normally go 2 to 3 times a week and do smaller runs. I’m doing less of my Isagenix as I’m the type that really needs to have a wide variety of flavor. The mornings have been chilly still and so the shakes are few and far between. Still doing the drinks though and the vitamins. And I no longer do many of the snacks because after two years I’m just needing varying flavors and quite frankly the high protein bars are just like putting lead to my stomach these days. Some have the nut pieces in them. I do miss those some, and may try them again. I can’t even give them away as we can’t share food at work. lol But anyway, I’m buying more at the store.

I’m also having some cravings, which I’ve not had much of for a while. I’m allowing my indulgences because quite frankly I’m just so glad and blessed that I can eat and digest again! So I had been craving Chili Flavored Fritos for about two weeks. I got them. I have had them for snack and then also had them for breakfast with coffee this morning when I just needed “a little something”. It was fabulous. lol My craving was bologna sandwiches last week or maybe it was the week before. It wasn’t Oscar Meyer beef so it wasn’t my favorite. I keep looking for it at the store.

I’ve lost 5 lbs during my challenge but it’s because I ate broth, jello, mashed potatoes, crackers, and a lot of liquids for many of those days. Less calories. I’m not going to be able to finish my challenge to get the $200 as I’ve said before b/c I didn’t spend 500 BV. I just haven’t bought as much as I’ve been stocked up and haven’t used as much of it. Ironically though I have received a $100 commission from them this week, and I’m not really sure how. But I’ll take it because I put a lot of hours and effort into the company on the front end of my doing this business. So if I reap some reward back from all that time when the rewards weren’t coming at all – I will take it. I will always want to be a customer but I don’t want to actively sell it. However, if anyone is interested I won’t turn them down. I need to remember to transfer the money to our account this weekend from the Pay Card.

I hardly have any twinges of pain at all. None in the last few days at all except for a tiny bit of more pressure than pain as that spot in my colon heals and it’s usually after having a big meal. Big meals are not good for me. But sometimes it is hard if George fixes something wonderful and we go back and have leftovers. I have to remember to drink a lot of water after.

The new probiotics and supplements are working great. I feel good these days. There was one day I was tired and I remembered I had not taken the vitamin pack, just the supplements. I was just focusing on payroll and totally forgot to pull out the vitamin pack. If I DO NOT have a shake every two or three days and forget the vitamin pack too, I can really feel the down surge of energy. But a shake puts me back where I need to be. I may have one here in a few minutes as my Chili Fritos are wearing off. I guess that was my serving of corn for the day, lol. I can’t eat corn normally so that tasted pretty good.

Praise be to God for helping me to feel better and be able to eat. He is the Great Physician and leads me to what I need to heal myself. I love to eat. I don’t like worrying about the tummy issues. It scares me. So I am hoping for a long period of wellness as far as that goes.

We have really been getting into Ozark at night. In the final stretches of finishing that one off. We can hardly contain ourselves to see what is next. We are totally into the characters. Every show has a surprising twist. I keep saying that. But it’s good!

I must be crazy for showing this, but I have been known to be comic relief on occasion. George took care of doggies and the coffee and feeding them and taking them outside while I slept in on my vacay day. Maisy however, just wants her Momma to get up. So I got up and stumbled in and got my coffee and passed myself in the mirror and had to go get my phone. I think I’ve had the most unusual BedHead this morning that I have ever had.

My mascara all over the place on this and look so bad w/o makeup I made it black and white. But you HAVE to see my hair!!!!!

Haaaaaaaa! It’s too funny NOT to share. I’m bold yes. And happy to have slept OH SO WELL last night!

Even Maisy laughed!

Well, I think I will work on my videos some today. See if I can do this Tulsa Video. Then I’ll go back and work on Texas. Maybe even Christmas of 2019. Just really needing some practice before I set in to try to do some of our week. I have no idea what that would look like. But if I can BLOG, I can VLOG. I will be doing some practice runs at some point. I look forward to this. Are you up for it? It would be connecting the blog to YouTube I guess. I have lots of ideas in my head. I figure that I would do it as a Reality Vlog but honestly things are not that interesting around here. But as things pick up we’ll talk about things we get out and do, things I organize around the house, apps I use, the dogs. I look forward to learning more about making videos, doing the B rolls, telling a story with the camera, and giving you all some “feel good” stuff or some funny stuff in a world of crazy. But I’m a little bit nervous. All I can do it practice and try and practice and try. I can just see it evolving over time. A new hobby emerges, but it’s a time suck. So….they may be few and far between. Creating content and then putting it together. It’s a fun hobby til you get frustrated. But I’m trying to realize that it’ll be worth the frustration and I’ll have a new skill.

So yeah, that is what I’ll be working on some today. Working on videos is the only time in my life where I have actually forgotten to eat and not wanted to stop to eat. So I try to make sure I have plenty to drink. But that should tell you how much I love the video editing. And learning about it. And watching others videos and seeing how they do things. I’m eating it up.

I felt guilty about paying for the monthly fee for the free music downloads for the videos, but I’ve decided to save money by doing my own nails and by doing my own hair for a while to offset it. Plus we are not going on vacay and spending money – so I’m not going to worry about it. I am going to go get a pedicure though. The cost not bad where I go and it’s easier to let them do your feet and make the soft again. I can’t do all that. But I may just do it during the summer or every two months in the winter. I’m definitely cutting back on the hair and nails money. Already saving on no color. So I’m no longer feeling guilty about that. Because now I’ve cut out way more than I’m spending. Plus my Isagenix money that just shows up everynow and then as I’m still active as a consultant even though I’m not selling actively.

Well, leaving you today with a pic of Roger and George. A front is coming through. And it’s rainy and chilly today and will be having a rare freeze tonight. So glad I didn’t plant flowers. I’m sure I will eventually. I may need to put that on the list for the next week or so. It’ll be too hot later.

I’ll share my list of to do’s tomorrow. I need to redo it, rearrange it and add some things to it. I’m managing to keep busy during this Pandemic. I never get bored of my hobbies, my learning, and trying to figure life out.

Ya’ll have a good weekend. What are YOU doing this weekend?

Trump Visit, $4,000 Bra, Leaky Roof, and My Thoughts on Corona Virus

Yesterday’s day off was a piece of bliss sliced off from heaven. I must have needed the unstructured time. That is exactly it. Unstructured time, which there is very little of. We are little robots that fit into segments of the week with little to no “free time” – it’s all filled with work and responsibilities, and moments of snuck in time here and there to get personal things taken care of.

And yesterday flew by. I sit here and try to recall where it went. As I recall, I got up around the time George did and took Maisy out, fixed coffee, and fed the doggies, watched the news, started the laundry, folded laundry, and subsequently washed several more loads. I planned dinner, with a quick search on Pinterest and started a “Air Fryer Recipe Board” where I placed “air fried chicken thighs”, a recipe with the skin ON.

I cleaned the kitchen by emptying the dishwasher, rebooting it, and washing any leftover dishes. Cleaned and dusted the pub table in the kitchen. I fixed boiled eggs (steamed eggs) in the egg steamer.

I began gathering things for my trip next week and made the decision how to get to the airport Thursday – I’m driving myself and parking in long term parking.

I watched some of the breaking news stories from our area. Where Trump visited.

He boarded helicopters which took him to the tornado impacted areas. His helicopters flew directly over our neighborhood. They were fairly low to the ground as we had cloud cover around that time and I could hear them coming and looked out the window for them. I texted George and within 20 minutes or so, George said they were seeing/hearing them there in Gordonsville. There was also damage there as well, which hasn’t really made much of the news.

I began shopping on line as my intentions were to place a hurried Target order so I could get my makeup in before my trip. However, Target did not have my shade in stock – well – they DID – but I’d have to go pick it up – they wouldn’t ship it. So nehhhh, not going past the tornado zones to get makeup in a two hour segment of time. So I ended up with “old faithful” (Amazon) who had it in stock and would bring it today if I wanted. Or tomorrow. But I chose “fewest packages” on Sunday for delivery. And it was free with Amazon Prime. I also decided to search for tunics (some comfy transitional types versatile for the weather we tend to have in spring, winter, fall). I found two on sale and reasonable.

I also began searching for bras. Having been a bit too cheap on some former purchases and ended up throwing one in the trash and “dealing with” the other (hurtful straps – not a good fit), I decided to pay more and buy better ones. So I started with the most expensive. I still could not fathom paying $60 or more for a bra and personally think that you can find excellent ones for $29.99 and up if you look for a deal and watch what you buy. I was going for $40’s though to buy a good one, if a deal couldn’t be found. But when I sorted by price, I was shocked to find that there was one for $4,000. I laughed and said “wow, it must do the dishes too”.

Needless to say, I did not purchase this one, but I was entertained by it. Surely it’s a joke or a mistype of some kind. I should have read the 13 views to see what it said, but didn’t. I quickly got rid of that one.

While I spent time shopping on line the doggies were happy and curled up nearby and that made me happy.

Then I spent some time creating an Instagram Story of the doggies. Why? Because I had time and I love doing Instagram stories. I just seem to not ever have the time or focus anymore because so many things distract me in so many ways. Or too much going on or too much to do.

Spring is trying to pop.

Our house needs some TLC, both inside and out. In big ways too. I found a leak yesterday in the house up above the TV. I think we had hail damage to the roof. George says he is getting up there today on the roof to see and to also inspect the sunroom area that is prone to leaking as it leaked horribly in there by the fireplace in the sunroom. There is an area that it leaks where the sunroom was built up next to the bricks/fireplace and it does not sit perfectly together and allows water in. We’ve had to keep a pan by the fireplace to keep the occasional drips in, but it was a huge leak now and the pan spilled over – not good. They epoxy it around the roof but has to be done about every two years. I’m sure it’s been about 4.

I’ve asked to have a professional person come in and do this. I just don’t think George needs to be climbing up there on the roof. He wants me to hold the latter which tilts at an angle where he has to place it to get up. The last time this happened I was not strong enough to hold him up. He says he wants me to lean my body against it and not use my arms. I’ve told him I’m not doing this again. I’m older now and I realize what it was like last time. He’s always thought I was stronger than I am when moving things. I’ve had to say numerous times “no” to moving or picking things up b/c I know my limits. My back hurts if I pick up 4 – 2 liters of cokes (I remember that from having to carry drinks back and forth at work for events). I had to start carrying 2 at a time instead of 4. So NO, I will not be holding the ladder. I told him I would call a neighbor. He didn’t want me to schedule that b/c he didn’t know what time he wanted to do it. So – I would say “whatever time the neighbor has”. I’ve drawn the line and I am not holding the ladder because I want someone to hold it that can actually have the strength to do it so he is safe. He swears he will get up alone and do it. If he does that will be his own stubbornness to not ask for proper help. It’s not going to be on me. I’ve offered to call for help. He should let the professionals do it as they are the ones that need to be climbing up there anyway and will have to inspect it. I am shaking as I type this b/c this just all makes me nervous. But he has to do it his way or no way. You all know what that is like. No man likes to take ideas or advice from a woman. Or be told what to do by a woman. I guess they think it is a sign of weakness. The strongest men I know appreciate the help and ideas from women and use their talents.

Little Bit enjoyed coming in and hanging out with us for an hour or two.

I rebooted and folded laundry through the day.

Katy called and we discussed our trip. She was excited to be out for spring break.

I also began working on a iMovie of the night the storm hit. I had totally forgot to look at the video to see if you could see anything, or how bad it got in our area. That took a lot of time watching that and also took some time editing the video and clipping the uninteresting parts out. I left most of the lightning in where there were big flashes and as the storm approached, hail, sirens, and finally the wind. Then it was suddenly gone and just rain, which I did not include. I am posting the video below. Keep in mind that this is from Nest cam segments so it records Noise, Motion, and people. There was an orb in there before the storm came and I think it was edited out. I should have kept it in there. Anyway – Here was the night of the tornado. You can’t see any funnels but you can tell the skies are angry. It’s eerie watching it because you know in these moments lives are being lost and people’s worlds are literally being ripped. We were in the basement, having been woken up by the weather alarm on our iPhones.

And after this, I realized WOW, my afternoon is gone. I began to prepare for dinner and wanted to set the mood for George coming home from work to start his weekend. He called on the way home and said traffic was bad and wanted to see if I needed anything from the store. But I needed nothing. He made it home quicker than I thought. I lit a candle, put some “energy/wellness” essential oils in the diffuser of sweet orange, clove, and frankincense. A someone pleasant aroma, yet cleansing of the air.

I clipped this photo out from a video so it’s not perfect, lol. But this was the mood setting.

Once he got home and saw the leak, we had the “roof/ladder discussion” so I’m not sure any of it was really mood lifting, lol. But at least he was home for the weekend and kicking it off. He’s doing taxes and wanting to do yard work today and look at the roof thing. You can see the leak below next to where the roof meets the wall. Yes we have ugly popcorn ceilings. You think I’ll get to do anything about that ever? lol NOPE. I still have blue linoleum remember? (Grr). Maybe one day.

I’m going to be working on the house today and working on my to do list. I have mega ironing to do as well. I’d really like to finish up some things on my list which I have mostly ignored as it’s been crazy and with up to 3 hour commutes and alternate schedules- there is no time to do anything during the week.

Well, I am glad we have no plans this weekend. I’m just glad to be home for three days. We were not here much all of last weekend and so there is a lot to do.

Oh our chicken dinner was good! I will fix it again.

Please pray for us and the roof situation – both with George’s determination to get up on the shaky ladder and roof and that someone can/will help him as it needs to be someone that can actually do something if he starts to fall. I cannot hold his weight. It’s unsafe for both of us for him to assume that I can. It scares me and I don’t even want to be watching.

Anyway, I’ll pop in tomorrow hopefully and report out what all we did today. Hopefully it’ll be fruitful.

Oh I should mention something about the Corona virus. It’s kinda taken a back seat in our community with all the tornado relief efforts. However, cases are popping up everywhere. Right before Katy and I are to take our flights to Tulsa. I just don’t even know what to think but as of right now we are still going. I’m not sure what to do or if we should consider cancelling. I try not to let the media scare me. I’ve spent most of my life scared of something. It’s hard to know what to believe. So yeah if the “flu” got the attention would we be doing that with that? What if it is just this year’s flu? Were the Chinese conspiracy theories really true? Were they reporting real numbers? Is it any more of a threat that normal flu? The hype of it is really going to mess us all up. It’s like when snow is announced and you can’t find milk and bread in the stores. I made a list of things that I thought we might need to store up on, but with our week we’ve had, I have not had a chance to get anything but bleach and toilet paper – we needed them anyways.

I noticed how bad the virus was and getting all the media reportings and then the stocks started to crash and then I noticed everyone starting to play it down – but is that for real or just everyone wants the stocks to come back up so they are calming fears? I don’t know what to believe and there is really no way to know for sure.

However, here’s my plan. I do think that we were given the talents to be prepared, but not over do it. It’s wise to be ready and someone responsible to have supplies on hand for any type of emergency. Much like deer fed from humans, we become used to our current habitat and immediate conveniences and we become accustomed to that. For generations before us, our predecessors learned to handle crises and adapt from whatever crises were at hand. Yes many of our problems and situations are different than they were in the past but we still have God and we still have the ability to cope and to figure things out as humans. We are resilient and very creative and build upon one another’s ideas. Where one is weak another is strong. To panic would not be the thing to do. To plan is prudent. To be prepared is prudent. Like anything you do in life. If you are afraid of something, have a plan for how you will handle it and follow that plan. If it happens you know what to do, if it doesn’t then great!

In this life we all kinda just go from one change, an event, or situation – to the next one. There are fears of many kinds, sadness, anxieties, and while we want every day to be happy and perfect it’s just not. Still we all strive for it and are there for each other to make it as good as we can make it be. Pray, seek God, deal with today before you can deal with tomorrow, but do the best you can. One day there will be no more sickness or pain or strife or stress or death for those that BELIEVE.

May God be with us all in the coming days/weeks/months/year/forever! Amen.

French Weekend with Friends

With doggies in tow, we took to the road and made our way into Franklin, TN to visit with friends for the overnight. And for our “French Cuisine” focused weekend.

It didn’t take long for us all to settle in, although I think Don and Lisa thought we might be moving in for a month or two! It looked like we were set for an expedition with our cooler, boxes of food, pans to cook fondue with, our overnight bags, the dog’s needs.

The wine began to flow. And this one above was my favorite.

Roger stuck close by in the kitchen – not sure if it was to be near his Daddy or to be close to the smelling good French cuisine, or because the mat was just comfy there.

We snarfed down some cheese fondue.

Ate French pastry filled with escargot and oysters. This was my first time to have escargot. They are on the same order of mushrooms and oysters – the texture and taste are not going to be my go to foods, for sure. lol

Maisy had the right idea and found her comfy spot on the sofa while everyone was in the kitchen.

With about 6 of us sipping wine, it didn’t take long for the 2nd bottle to be cracked.

When the humans fondue and feast, the doggies get the good seats. 😉

And then came the French Onion soup – oh so heavenly. George did a great job of it and the fondue.

Hours later, as it turned into evening, Don fixed us a French martini and then we did our Christmas!

And you know that was all just the beginning! Don and Lisa fixed an awesome dinner! A lamb roast, lima beans, and then I had made the potatoes – a French type of scalloped potatoes with Gruyere cheese.

Lisa had made a gluten free bread shown above, and I loved loved loved the taste of it. I want to make some.

Then we set into coffee, French roast of course! Caffeine could not keep me awake. It was not long after before I headed to bed and the doggies joined. Everyone else stayed up later. I’m always the first to go to bed with my early to rise and early to be routines.

We had a comfy bedroom suite with our own private bath and a back door to take the doggies out. While I did have to take the dogs out around 4 a.m., the did allow us to sleep in until about 8 I think. RARE! They were patient. Once we did get up Maisy began barking until she was fed. I was scrambling to get it done, trying to find their bowls, their food etc.

We sat around this morning talking about how full we were and drank two pots of coffee. One regular French roast and the other chicory flavor. And then guess what!

We ate again!

These above were quail eggs. We had regular eggs too. And some good bacon. mmmmm. And Lisa whisking up the eggs!

French loaf of bread – yes!

And I’m just a fan of some good looking decor! Fruit and chocolate and roses! Need to throw that in there! So pretty.

Lisa had slaved away the day before making some crepe’s. The strawberries and creme and chocolate was great drizzled on it.

The husbands were serious about their portion of the morning feast. (They would make someone a good wife, we teased.) lol

We were supposed to have the chocolate fondue after dinner the night before but we were too stuffed so we had it after breakfast.

Let’s just say the chocolate fondue was really good. A shot glass of chocolate had both Lisa and I heading for bucket fulls of water a few minutes later. The sugar and the caffeine – might have sent us a bit overboard.

The girls then did the hot tub after cleaning the kitchen and had a long talk out there with Lisa and Amber and me. We came in and I took a shower and made the bed. Maisy wouldn’t let me finish.

While the guys (Don, George, and Dillon) did their hot tubbing us girls went for a neighborhood walk as it was sunny and 66!

Yes, I was facing the sun, but it captured what I was seeing!

Not long after, we packed up and headed home. The doggies have been tapped out and resting.

Our time with Don and Lisa and Amber and Dillon goes by so fast. We had a lot of fun, shared a lot of laughs and said “oui oui” way too often. We are still pondering our next theme, but we are considering a 4th of July weekend extravaganza! 😉 The date pretty much set and while it was our turn to host the next one, Lisa said let them do it so we can swim in the pool since it’ll be summer, and then we’ll host the fall one.

It doesn’t really matter where we are, we’ll have a good time. As always!

I was pretty tired when we got home. George said “are you really tired from relaxing all weekend?” Yep, I am. lol.

So, as far as everything on the personal front – I’ve been trying to work on some projects as I get time. I have been working on getting my photos from the phone drug over into my iMac files which I’m doing by year.

And then I realized I still had most of my videos from our November vacation last year. And I temporarily (or permanently) got side tracked and began doing an iMovie video. Clearly I need more skill. And for the life of me I cannot remember to turn my phone sideways to video. So I need to finish dragging all the photos and videos over to my files and will need to watch some iMovie videos on YouTube to learn some more. I have done the iPhone version but the desktop one is quite different. I kinda have a goal to do some periodic “Vlogging” – and do our vacations and other than that do some videos seasonally as we have enough built up. I want to integrate that into the Blog and create a channel to go along with it, just for fun. I’m quite taken with the video creations I see and I love what I’m learning and I’m just evolving in that direction. I’ll also be able to put those on the blog itself as well.

So, it should be pretty fun and will likely end up being a new hobby. It takes HOURS to put these videos together. But I have enjoyed the ones I’ve done in the past and I’m looking forward to trying to learn how to do them where they look professional in quality.

So I’ll have to quit doing the iMovie work until I get these photos over to the iMac so I can delete a lot from my phone for my next trip – Why? So I can put more photos on the phone! The problem with doing the iMovies is that they will be put together as I have time and will be published much later – not as quick as the blog photos. But that is ok. I’ll be learning and doing them as I have time and I think it will be something I’ll enjoy but I have a LOT TO learn. And they won’t be perfect. I also have to find out where to get music from. Hopefully free at first. I don’t mind paying a little bit for a site to use loyalty free music (or rights to use it or whatever the term is) if it’s something I’m going to be doing ongoing.

I finally got my Isagenix 1099 downloaded for George. But I still have a lot of things I have had on the list that I’ve not done yet. George needs to get me my documents (they are locked up) for my updated drivers license. I need to send Mom Fancy’s ribbon for her hair since her hair dresser can’t find pink ribbon (I guess she doesn’t use Amazon). I need to make sure I still have my graphics files (tubes) and we need to start planning things for the Amelia Island trip. However, soon I will be meeting Katy in Tulsa – not this week but next week. And I have a lot of other projects around the house to do, and when I get back from Tulsa (Susan and I )- we need to plan the shower for June and I need to start getting the house in order also. So not really making a lot of progress on much. Slow and steady with these photos slowing me down. At least I’m almost to 2020!

I was so excited to have all my photos synced automatically. It’s great for when I blog! No downloading or uploading of photos. But, if you delete off your phone, it deletes off your photos on the iMac (on the cloud). So I’m having to drag over the ones I want to keep off the cloud so they permanently stay. I had a lot of things on my phone too. So there is quite the many photos to transfer. Then I get off on tangents as I said earlier of doing iMovies and such and – well, it was fun. I also have been known to get off task by playing video games as they are fun to me. I found one that mimics Sim City – the very old version I love it! So yeah, I get OFF task sometimes. Anyway, I love being able to do these kinds of things. I love being geeky. I love planning new things and working toward them. So the to do list still looks the same as it did last week, pretty much!

I’m thrilled that it is March! Spring will be popping soon! And I’m so glad to have my life back! No travels, no open enrollment time, I get to enjoy some time with my daughter soon and all this makes me happy. With warmer weather coming, I suppose that the Corona virus will rid of itself. I sure hope so. It’s a bit scary doing air travel in the next few days. That puts you in a higher risk zone for sure. But I’m not cancelling my life over it. I’ll take the risk to see my girl.

My food tracker journal arrived and I’ll be starting that up this week. I’ll take a pic and show you what it is like as the week progresses. But what a wonderful weekend we had. Now I need to do laundry and all that I normally do on the weekends during the week as best as I can. But tomorrow night I’m getting a pedi so I can wear sandals in the next week or so. And I’m so ready for a spring shopping spree. Might need some more sandals! 😉 Hope you all enjoy your first week of March and I’ll pop in for some short little blog posts this week!

Egg Maker, Office Modifications, and more Geeky Apps

Had a pretty productive day yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed feeling good and getting out. The first thing on my agenda yesterday was to get the “condo” booked for our Amelia Island trip. I ended up getting an entire house for 8 days! It’s blocks from the beach – so not on the beach. We found at Tybee, that we could deal with that. While I love my ocean view, we end up getting a lot more space, comfort, and ease with the dogs. Our goal is not to hang on the beach anyway but to get out and explore and see my family there, eat seafood, and for me….take lots of pics and create some memories. We booked through VRBO and I couldn’t be more excited. My Aunt and Uncle drove by the place to check it out. And honestly the King size bed and having a yard for the dogs kinda won me over. The decor had to look nice and inviting and there is a back porch area. All the condo units had stairs both inside and out – a lot of concrete, very little grass, and so this just appealed to me. So now we can begin to plan our trip and what all to do while there.

It’s also getting close to my trip with Katy to Tulsa. Only about a 5 weeks away! We talked yesterday.

George and I dropped the babies off for their trims yesterday. Roger just shakes so. It makes him nervous as sometimes there are cages involved and he is scared of them. Rightly so as it’s how he lost his teeth, we think.

Then we went to Chic Filet and I had a breakfast bowl. I wasn’t really planning on having tater tots but it came with and I am coming out of my illness and devoured them. But at least they were soft. I think next time I go I will order scrambled eggs and fruit and coffee and let that be it. Maybe a double order of scrambled eggs. lol I am thrilled to know you can just order an order of scrambled eggs – it doesn’t have to be on a biscuit. I wish they had grilled chicken bites for breakfast though. But on mornings when I need a quick hot meal, I will remember this. Fruit is not hot but I’ll eat the eggs and then I’ll be good with the fruit either to finish off breakfast or for snack.

Then we ran some errands and hit up Target to get household needs and what groceries we could get there. George is getting the fresh stuff when he goes and gets his oil change today.

At Target I found this egg steamer that boils eggs (steams them to boiled), makes omelettes, and also poaches them. I am so incredibly thrilled with it. I can set it up and not have to stand there and watch it. It makes a cute little jingle and turns itself off when it’s done. I can do this in the mornings when getting ready for work when I want a hot meal. It was only $16.95. I can also make up to 7 boiled eggs and we can toss them in the fridge and eat them as snacks or on salads or toss in tuna or whatever. So yeahhhhh! Win Win Win. I stared at it at Target, thinking – I don’t need this b/c we have a pan and a stove. But yeah, I needed it. It’s a gadget, but I’ve needed this for a long time. George looked at me questionably at Target but refused to comment as he knew I’d do what I wanted. So I bought it and love it and wish I’d had it a long time ago.

It was nothing to peel the eggs either. They said to put it directly in cold water or ice water and let them cool for a bit and it would help keep them from cooking longer and would help them peel and it worked. I had dressed/deviled eggs in no time. And in true fashion, they are all gone this morning! 😉

We came home and I did laundry and worked on the kitchen some and before long it was time to go get the doggies.

Roger was sleeping and I did not get a pic of him yet. But Maisy was playing around on the sofa and I snapped her pic. She was glad to be home. And her ears look so big. I like it when the hair grows back a bit and it spreads out like a butterfly. She looks so pretty though. Good for another 8 weeks. We take them back in April. Here’s a close up.

So I worked in my (home) office yesterday afternoon as it’s been driving me crazy to work in an unorganized office. (Work meaning play mainly – blogging, bible study, Isagenix orders, email, facebooking, weather checking, To Do List updating, and so forth.)

So I moved my Bulletin board to a different locale and put new decor up. I went shopping downstairs in the basement. Since we are not using the finished basement for anything but storage, I decided to use the “travel” pics up in my office area. Works for me. I still have one wall to put something on and I want to put a big sign or something up in writing for that space. It’ll come but I’m not in a hurry to find or fix that spot.

Here’s what I ended up with:

The chair above is in here now so I can watch “TV” on my Mac. Mainly You Tube and Xfinity shows (sister wives).

I had to adjust the rug also as it was driving me bananas. My chair would not scoot back when the rug was in the center of the room and my chair would scoot back and kick the rug up and I’d get up and trip over it. lol

So I got George to help me and while he lifted the table up I scooted the rug underneath the chair and table and now the edge of the rug is no longer in the way. I was about to buy a new rug and didn’t want to spend the money. I loved that rug as it really makes the room come alive. But I’m glad this worked. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before.

I love being organized. And once I was organized I did a devo.

This morning, I’m trying out a new app called BeFocused. You list your to do list you want to do for the day and the app gives you 25 min to work on it. Then it goes to the next item. And so I guess the purpose is to not get distracted as you are being timed and need to get it done before the timer goes off. Well I’m big with games like that. So I thought I’d try it. At first I was like….I don’t need that…I’m focused enough. Then I thought of all the things that catch my attention and all the side trails I go down…so yeah we’ll see if it works. I set two segments for blogging, b/c there is no way to get a blog done in 25 min. I am doing this on my iPad. And my iPad keeps closing up on me and I have to reopen it. So I’m not sure how this is going to work. It’s a test. I wish the iPad would remain open so it can do it’s thing. I have a lot of things listed. According to that it’ll be a productive little day. lol

Maybe the bathroom will actually be cleaned today after my shower. Wonder if I’ll have any day left to watch shows. lol I’ll let you know how it goes. Kinda excited to try this though.

That is really all I have and all I know today. And just like that the first item is done. I do have a whole list of “to do’s” and things I want to remember that I update weekly using my “Focus Matrix” (a different app from above). This one is perfect for me to capture various things I’m trying to do and remember. It helps me remember what all I want to do and prioritize it. I work on this all week long. You can also download to PDF and print it out, sync across devices and update as you go along from home or wherever. Between this, and the app above “Be Focused”, my daily calendar planner, and my Evernote app where I can capture recipes, thoughts, links, etc —–I’ve got it down! I’m such a geek.

Have a great Sunday! What all you all doing? I’m loving just being here today. Sunshine and 60 – but like 2 weeks worth of rain coming our way. Yuk. So tired of all the rain and gloom. But let’s think positive. Soon we will see buttercups (daffodils) and will see some spring? Take care!