Mother’s Day Update, Contract on Mom’s House, and Upcoming Hair Cut

We had a nice Mom’s day. A few more errands to run and George had booked us a Mother’s Day Buffet at MoCara’s in Lebanon which used to be one of our favorite restaurants until they shut down in Covid. Now they do catering and events only. It’s an event venue now. Hoping the restaurant comes back, especially as we will be spending more time in Lebanon. We were already spending time in Lebanon anyway before Mom picked a house to be built there. We are on the edge of Mount Juliet and Mom is on the edge of Lebanon so we are going to be 15 min away once the house is built. I’ve grown to love that area more and more.

Here was a pic I took inside MoCara’s. There were people all around but there was this one spot I felt comfortable taking a pic of.

In true Tennessee fashion, we had a build up of storms that came across in 3 waves across the day. Our radar has been lit up like this off an on all spring. I’ve mentioned before that I’m just “over it”. We have paid our dues! We managed to avoid having to drive in the big storms but here was a snapshot at the radar Sunday evening. Gotta love the Macy’s underwear ad at the bottom, LOL. Go figure.

Spring Storms Continued on Mother’s Day

My gift from Katy came in yesterday. A coffee “tea towel” and a shower spritzer tablet which I used this morning and it made my shower smell so good.

Are You Ready for the News? Contract on Mom’s House!

Mom got 6, maybe 7 offers on the house – I think one came in at the last minute. All or most of them I believe were over asking price. And two of them were SIGNIFICANTLY OVER the asking price, one was cash and one was not – one was with home inspection and one was not. Mom decided which she would take. It was a different choice than George and I would have taken, but she had to pick as it was her decision and she has a good argument for the one she picked. So we were all pleased.

I had tears in my eyes when I saw the offers. The Lord answered our prayers. He is taking care of Mom and seeing that she has what she needs to make this move and to be able to meet her needs. I shed a few tears at the numbers and that God was seeing Mom through. I also shed tears as I know it was a hard day for Mom. While she keeps saying she knows she has to do this and it was her choice, it’s still the place she shared with Dad and had many memories. So a bitter sweet day for sure.

So we are ON to the next steps of planning as we have an idea of closing date and date to be out of the house. We will be reserving a cargo van – if we can get one to increase our load capacity. The packing can now get serious as the house doesn’t have to show anymore so long as this contract sticks. And we can schedule the storage unit now. And begin to see how big of a U-Haul we will need.

We also have to schedule the “Plan Review” on Mom’s new house. We think it will be Monday and this one can be on Zoom. I’ve told them any time and we’ll just let that be our lunch hour. I’ll have to see what time they give us but it needs to be Monday or Tuesday and Tuesday is my payroll closing day so that is not good for me. I mean I could stay later by an hour or come in early – I could make it work if I had to, but it makes it harder of a day as Monday is so much better. I just don’t want the headache of having to deal with it Tuesday. It’s best to just focus on payrolls on Tuesday.

Misc Updates

I bought this sign – the “home sweet home” sign. It comes with 4 different messages. The slip in and out of the side. I was so happy with this find at Tractor Supply for $16.99. I used the ship to store method and didn’t have to pay shipping on it. I wanted it to make Mom feel more special as she stays with us while waiting for her house to be built. I want her to feel welcome here for the time she is here with us and I want it to be a special time for her. I want us to have fun, eat well, laugh often, and be worry free, anxiety free, and we get to enjoy having another dog in the house. Fancy is up there in years. But not in as bad of shape as Roger.

Roger has intensely been sleeping a lot more lately. For two days he has hardly walked, but slept. 😦

He had a little bit of energy when we got home last night. He ate and then crawled back in the bed. I need to wash his blankets again and refresh them for him. I will focus on that tonight.

George fixed little pizzas last night using Naan bread crusts. Oh my gosh they were so incredibly good. They were pepperoni and green pepper.

We have continued to watch “Designated Survivor” and will continue until it is finished. Just a few more shows. Then we will find another to get caught up in. What do you like watching on Netflix?

I get my hair cut tomorrow after work. I’m going shorter! Significantly shorter. I just don’t have the styling time and I need a cut I can just blow dry and go. I’m having to put mine in barrettes and it doesn’t work well. It’s so thick in the back. I’ve taken several screen shots of the ones I like but I’m thinking something like this:

Or like this

I just want to do away with the bob for now and then let it grow back again. I always enjoy the growing out stage from a cut like above to the bob again. And I will schedule the follow up cut for 12 weeks. lol. It seems that it does better when letting it grow out some and cutting it again rather than continuing to keep it shaped. I don’t know why. My only explanation I can think of is that it just gets too choppy with too many layers and as it grows it thickens and just looks better.

This one is nice too but not sure my hair will do exactly that. And honestly not sure I want that much stacking going on in the back. So I won’t show my hair stylist this one so she doesn’t get confused. But I like the sides and top. The stacking thing does not style as well on the sides when it grows out. So I nix this one but I do like body this has below. I’m ok with going back to 90’s hair styles. lol. I just want one that works. I don’t want a “birds nest” though and I don’t really want curls either. Nor frizz. But a cute short cut seems to be back in style some. I’ve been seeing people get them as they come out of Covid.

Here’s a pic of me as I grew out of a shorter cut but before it went into the bob stage.

Makes me want to color my hair again! But I likely will not.

Whatever cut I get, I figure it’ll end up being like the above. I always end up with a Laura Bush cut as that is just how my hair does. lol

Video update? Yep, it’s almost finished. I just have to go through it one more time and check audio levels and lighting levels, do the thumbnail and post. I think I’ll have it up and loaded by the weekend. Yippee Yay. Warning though. It’s about 22 minutes. That is about all I could cut for the video to make sense. So get your popcorn ready and your patience, lol.

Then I’ll need to go through and set up some more video files. I have lots of videos to do, but my iPhone photo/video file is getting full and I need to drag them over and get some off my phone!

Ya’ll have a good Tuesday. Be back in a couple of days. It works well to share video/blog time in the mornings – every other day. That way I get my video fix in.

Take care. Thanks for reading my updates!

Design Studio, Cinco De Mayo, Mom’s Day, and a Wedding Shower

Good morning! So Tuesday night I spent the night in Columbia with Mom, just beating the rain. I ordered us Uber Eats from O Charlies. We ended up getting it free due to a mix up on their end. The next morning we took off early for Nashville. Traffic was not as bad as we thought it would be. The red bird greeted us at the Goodall entrance on Wednesday for Mom’s Design Studio appointment. If you have followed my blog for long, you know that red birds to me are a sign “that everything will be alright”. It’s just a thing b/w me and God I guess. These are not ordinary red birds. I had two redbirds fly between me and Mom’s back door on the patio the day we arrived to pack. I was four or five feet from the door. It was a very close “fly by”. lol. And there that little bird was in an area of concrete with few trees around. “There’s your sign!”

The Design Studio was very organized and a nice lady was assigned to us and did a great job and was very helpful and cheerful. Here’s Mom’s colors:

The neat thing about the colors is that it is toned kindof in between beige and grey groups so her decor should be able to sway either way. We laughed at how Mom liked the beiges and I liked the grays. She eventually quit asking what I thought, b/c we were usually polar opposite in color choice. But usually in the end she decided on “the middle” color as the girl helping us would also offer her opinion, show pics and examples, and if Mom was making a mistake into a busy pattern she would say “you know this looks different on the floor – it’s very busy” and would show a pic and Mom would pic a different one. So it all worked and went very well. The pricing was not horrible for the upgrades and Mom left a happy woman! She got everything she wanted and then some. She was able to get the craftsman upgrades to her window and doors making them look extra special!

Afterwards we went to a tea room Mom was excited to go to in Brentwood called The Puffy Muffin.

I got a plate with tuna salad, chicken salad, and pimento salad, the cranberry salad, and poppy cake.

Mom got a creamy chicken casserole of some sort along with the cranberry salad and a roll.

I then took her back to Columbia, packed my stuff up and got out some cleaning supplies and began cleaning a bit on the house. It was not perfect but it was good enough I guess. Just a few more things needed dusting, cobweb removal, crumb removal and a few bathroom tinges, and swipes around toilet bases. All the usual things we miss when we clean the first time. But the biggest thing was making her sink sparkle white in the kitchen!

Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com

Then I headed back to Nashville and Tractor Supply to pick up a couple of picture frames I ordered. I got a sign for the front porch. I wanted one to lean against the house but this one was cheaper and not exactly what I wanted and will have to be hung. I will show a pic when it is ready. I’m on a mission to “up the game” on the front porch. Since Mom likes it out there and we’ll probably be hanging out there more, I decided to spruce it up. It’s been on the back of my mind to do anyway. But it’s not been as important but now it is!

Then headed home and was ready to be back. George made us a wonderful cinco de mayo meal of tacos, refried beans, and tamales. This was NOT our meal, we devoured ours and I didn’t even think about a picture so I’m having to use the Pexels pic. lol

Photo by Los Muertos Crew on Pexels.com

He fixed us some Palomas for our cocktail. It was great. We overate. I will tell ya that right now!

Then yesterday back at work, I went in early so I could do a check run with no issues and finish folding checks for our TN plant. Turns out I’d not have had to come in early after all as the person taking the checks went later in the day, lol. But that is ok. It was done on time and I had given myself plenty of time to get it done by the normal time.

I hit a big wall about 3 since I’d come in earlier. I was so tired and ready to be home but we had a wedding shower after work at 4:45 for a coworker. I think everyone was “done” with work and just sitting around waiting for shower time and a storm was coming so someone suggested we start early.

It was a short and sweet shower. They did a great job putting it together. Work won’t let us “gather” yet unless it’s outside even though restaurants and venues are pretty much back in business all over. So the elements were braved, and we flirted with the storm. It wrapped up just before the storm hit. I made it east to my house with the storm following me. But when I left work in the Opryland area, there was a confused duck in the middle of the road.

When I got in the house Roger had “lost” his diaper and I had carpet spots to clean in two rooms. ::sigh:: But then I fed him and called Mom. She had 9 people tour the house yesterday and has several today. She spent the day with her friend Pauleen so she’d be away from the house. It’s going to be a few hard days of having to stay away and keep the house clean. They expect multiple offers. Someone said to Mom that Monday was the deadline for offers, but I don’t know how that works. That’s different from how it used to be. I imagine she will have offers before then. But we wait and see what happens. Prayers that she gets robust offers in this market.

I sat out on the front porch with Little Bit for a minute to get some video of the storm clouds rolling in. Wait for Little Bit on here. You can hear the neighbors yelling back at one another about what side of the road to leave the trash can on. We have a new neighbor. The low hanging clouds came through and some rain and then it was over quickly. The bark was worse than the bite. At least for my area but I think there were some folks without power in the county I came from that I work in.

Sleep was pretty good last night and now I need to get off of here to go to work! Today is Friday. A fast week. I get my nails done today and then we have a nice weekend planned. We have a LOT we want to do this weekend. And it’s Mom’s day weekend. My own Mom said she did not want to do anything this weekend with the house stuff going on and she was tired out. The Puffy Muffin was Mom’s meal as I bought her lunch and gave her a card and then her gift is getting her toes done again when she gets up here. That way no gift to have to pack! lol.

So we have our “lists” going of things to do this weekend. And George made a Mom’s Day reservation for me – a brunch event put on by some of our favorite caterers. And we are going to run some errands and get things done here. Just a busy but yet probably laid back weekend at home. One can only hope! For now, we get a slow and steady weekend until we have to rush! We need to collect some boxes and stuff to wrap glassware in! Yikes.

More later! Ya’ll have a wonderful weekend!