Errands, Brunch, Time at Home, and Learning Final Cut Pro

Wow! What a weekend! Just wow! We got Mom’s errands run Saturday and that left yesterday for getting our errands done. We went to the bank (2 of them as one of them wouldn’t take electronic deposits), had some leftover “Christmas Shopping” to do as we still have one more Christmas to go with friends and we had one more stop to make to complete that. We also went to Good Will to drop off some things from our own basement and some old clothes that Mom had not wanted. We went to the grocery to get some more things and to pick up my BP Meds. In the midst of all that we had brunch at Just Love Cafe in Mount Juliet. It was so good. I was bad though. I had coffee with frothy milk in it because I had already had a lot of coffee and I was afraid it would be too much. I think it was some kind of latte. It was good but I could only drink half b/c it was more milky than I wanted. (I had asked for some kind of coffee that had a “little”milk in it. But that’s ok. It was good, just not for me). I got an old fashioned BLT. They put their bread in the waffle maker. They also have waffle light fixtures. lol It was all really good. I could hardly taste the bacon though. One can never have too much bacon is the problem there. And the tomatoes – well it’s just not tomato season, but despite that was still good and the service is awesome. I really wanted waffles but I didn’t want to have the shakes as I can’t have that much sugar. I didn’t need the bread or the chips but I’m vowing to be better this week and that doesn’t give me the shakes.

We came home and I was dismayed that our morning had taken up so much time but I finished the laundry yesterday, got started with videos trying to learn Final Cut Pro, and managed to cut George’s hair, which is hilariously done in the driveway next to the yard and garage for all to see. He really went a weekend or two longer but we have just been so busy and it’s too dark still after work in the evenings. I forget what we did last weekend but we couldn’t get it worked in. Now it’s done. I vacuumed the house and also washed George’s sheets, picked out my clothes for the week, and a few to iron up for next week.

I also figured out where the picture from work will go. This is one I bought at a yard sale and hung in my office at work (George had to hang it). So when our office moved I decided that I was going to use it at home and not wag it to work and have him come out and hang it again. I decided to put it in my bathroom. When we moved in this house and painted, I didn’t really have anything to go on the walls and I made it my “nature bathroom”. I hung up some of the photos I’ve taken and also it has pics from Texas.

But this is perfect for my bathroom here. So George will hang it for me here and I’ll find homes for the other pics. Might take those to work, lol. I can easily hang those. Although I do have a chalkboard and bulletin board that needs to be hung and I am going to need a drill for that. Also George had to go buy a new drill as his died.

My lights in the bathroom had gone dim. I’m not sure why – maybe George changed them out or they were dying, but it was so annoying. I told him I had to have light to see to put make up on. It’s been dim for a while but I’ve not said anything until they just got dimmer and dimmer. Those lights are hard to change in there and very delicate lamps. He usually takes care of that. Maybe he gave me the dim bulbs hoping I wouldn’t notice. Anyway, he fixed those for me and my morale jumped up 40% immediately.

I mainly took this pic so you can see my big rollers though. I found what to do with them. I’ll stick them under the sink when company comes lol. But that works for me on a day to day basis when I’m getting ready.

I also put my mouse pad that Katy made me behind them there. I don’t use a mouse pad as for some reason it slows down my movements with the mouse and it gets in the way, but I found another use for my Nonni mouse pad. I will see it more often here anyway! I’ll get to see Little Roo every morning.

Ok, so, Final Cut Pro. Oh my gosh. I have been terrified in the last 24 hours. And it is good that they didn’t give me free trial as I might have said “no way”. We paid the $299 for it. I can’t say yet that it was worth it, but I hear it is. I will only know that as I start to use it more and see what I can do with it. I’ve not even been able to get into all it’s features, as I couldn’t even get the basics done. I mean I even had trouble dragging a pic into the time line. It wanted to drag only a piece of it and there is an extra step you have to do. In Final Cut, you use more of your short cut commands to do things which are primarily things a Mac person would do, except for me, lol. Even importing files was different and I got strange messages.

And the viewer was throwing me off most of all. Somehow mine was in portrait mode and it took about 8 hours of tutorial and I still had to figure that one out on my own. I bet I pressed and tweaked every button there was. I finally went to the top of the file menus and found an orientation selection that made it right. Once I found that, I was good. As I now know pretty much what icons are what after about 8 hours of instruction. I think I’m ready to do my NEW INTRO now to the videos. However, my confidence is low because I said that yesterday too. I at least have the pics I’m going to use and I will be working on that this week as time allows. I have way too many photos to use for this intro so I won’t use all of them but I could – and just make them snap by really quickly with my voice over.

I hope that this is going to be a good relationship – b/w me and Final Cut. I think it will but it’s definitely something to get used to and learn all the bells and whistles. I was so freaked out about it at first. I had been looking forward to it for so long and then it was akin to trying to learn a new language. It was all Greek or Arabic. But I made a lot of progress in 2 days. And now I’ll try again to get this intro done. I think I know how to do it. But the videos may be worse before they get better ya’ll b/c this is like me trying to figure out how to fly without a pilot license. So look out! lol

Ok so here is the immediate to do list. Just ignore the Sister Wives to do, lol. I have to remind myself to watch it. I like watching it but I forget about it since it’s not on YouTube, so I stick a reminder in there. I think I have one or two more to go to be caught up. But that is not important. I need to make our doc appts for me and for Mom and get sympathy cards done. I put a reminder up for Little Bit b/c when he is outside and now that we don’t have dogs, I’m afraid I’m going to forget to stick food out. Usually George does it but I always want to make sure that we feed him twice a day. Anyway the to do’s are dwindling down *some* and life is starting to get into more of a routine, and more organized, and flowing better. I just really need time to recharge and it was good to get some things done at home.

I’m thinking about doing a new challenge. I don’t want it to be anything complex but it will be multi layered. Oh, I’m sure I’ll make it complex, what am I talking about? But just a push really toward healthier habits again, moving more, less bread, maybe even no bread, more greens. I’m doing pretty good with the fruit. I’ve not been as good with my water. I need to move more. So I’ll fix something up that helps me push toward getting those habits back in a routine. I’m just going for a shorter period of time though and not 55 days. A 30 push or even a 14 day push as it takes 14 days to set a habit (I’ve heard). I’m able to throw it around in my head now that our “impossible” days are over. Things are becoming at least doable now and we can breathe more!

Ok so, off to work I go, and I have mega amounts of stuff to get into the building! Suitcase full of work, my backpack, stocking up for the work week, gotta fix lunch and maybe some snacks up, and get all that in the car and then have to make probably two trips to get into the work building and I’m on 2nd floor (but I take the elevator when I have stuff with me like that).

So on with the week. I’ll probably not post tomorrow but go on in early for payroll. Mom is fixing dinner for us tomorrow night, a roast. That sounds so heavenly too. So we are meeting at her house and I’m stopping to get ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, and nutty buddies and milk for her that we didn’t get Saturday.

Meanwhile in Texas……….

Norm’s Amish Market and Snow White Drive In / Mount Juliet and Lebanon, TN Area

Our day was mighty fine yesterday. It did ALL of our souls good to get out and do a few things other than work and home, chores, and to do lists. Our first order of business was to stop at Norm’s, a local roadside market with mostly Amish goods from Scottsville, KY. We used to go every year but it’s a little far for us now. So it’s nice to see this place, although pricier since its the middle man. I loved the photo opportunity and these Mum’s will be in full bloom soon.

Don’t pick up the peaches! See the sign?

You know how we love to go in and “pick our produce”, smell it, feel it, inspect it, thump it – lol, well we live in a different world with the “dreaded illness” out there so….you have to approach your roadside stand with a bit of mystery. So far there were no rotten veggies in the bottom of the basket, but we’d never know til we got home. Ha! I did touch a zucchini and George quickly scaled me and pointed me to this sign below.

Of course I laughed imagining me asking the clerk, “hey could you lift this to my nose please?” My guess is they would answer your questions and sell it to you. And we spent some money in there buying jams, pies (Mom) and squash, and zucchini, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.

There was something about these boxes that made me want to take a pic. I suppose it’s because it strikes a memory of seeing them out on the Amish farms and in the little stores there in Scottsville, KY. There were 8 or 9 stops on the Amish market routes and we would visit each one. I remember trying not to go wild at each market b/c we wanted to buy something from each one. Soon we had come to learn which markets had which veggies that were the best of the best! While they all had a bit of everything usually, one had more pumpkins, one had more baked goods, one had the best variety of beans and jams, one had better tomatoes and so forth. I treasure these memories now. It was a Saturday we all looked forward to. But we have different excursions now, although less frequent these days, and I am ok with our excursions.

An Old Fashioned Drive in Diner at Snow White Drive In

Oh we really enjoyed ourselves here. What I unfortunately did not get a pic of as too many people would have been in the photo, was to get a pic of the picnic tables outside under the awnings on the let side of the building. There were some in front too and I didn’t see if there were any on the other side. But you could also eat in your car. We were lucky and got a picnic table away from others and in the back side where there was a field and a nice breeze coming through. At low 80’s in the shade and breeze, not much humidity, it was perfect!

They have been known to have excellent BBQ but they had all sorts of things that you would expect an old fashioned diner to have. All kinds of sandwiches, burgers, fries and onion rings, salads, ice cream, and even breakfast!

We also headed out to see Mom’s house and to go to a few shops in Lebanon. We didn’t want to tire Mom out too much. George and I would have parked and shopped all day in Lebanon, lol. We just hit about 3 or 4 and then headed back home. We stopped at Aldi on the way also.

I have decided to wait and share more of the pictures during the week as it gives me something to post. So you can look forward to seeing a few things from the shops in Lebanon, TN this week.

But I do want to say again how much it helped all of us yesterday to just get out there some and see what all we could get into. We sort of had a few plans but the Amish market was a surprise stop and one of the best. So GET OUT and just GO and see what all you can get into when life just feels like it needs a splash of something different.

George and I are doing a filming video today of what all is in our freezer! We’ve been talking about it for weeks. So I need to try and do something with my hair and makeup and lighting. I ordered that RING LIGHT finally, to give more lighting. We are going to film it from two angles – using my iPhone and the camera. This should be interesting. Because we keep adding things to the top of the freezer but we have not been to the bottom in ages.

So I need to go stage this and myself! I’ve not even opened the Amazon box the RING LIGHT came in. It might be something else entirely, lol.

Later today we are going out with BIL and SIL to a brewery, out to eat, and to see their new place. Excited to spend time with them.

Meanwhile in Texas

We faced time with Little Roo yesterday. He’s so “almost there” with the crawling. But not yet. He is just turning circles on the carpet. He’s loving to eat too. We watched him eat on FaceTime too. We have spent some good time on face time and I’m so appreciative of my daughter doing this for us. It’s almost like we are there, not quite but better than nothing. Special times. We just stop what we are doing and watch. The best thing is when he looks at the phone and smiles at us. Nothing makes us SMILE so big as to when he sees us and smiles. What a joy!

What are you up to this fine Sunday?

Exquisite Frozen Food, Nail Dip Colors, Flooring Decisions, Oscar’s Tacos, Plumbing Issues, Too Much to Do, and Little Roo! Whew!

Good morning – at least it is morning for me as I sip coffee. I made a discovery this week. This lean cuisine above is amazing and tastes like something I had in a very expensive Italian Restaurant once. Ummmm, let me just say I’ll be filling the freezer with this one! Had to share!

Got my nails done Monday after work. I had the coral one removed and got a softer flesh tone color. I have to keep them short because I’m on the computer all day. I like the color though – subdued a bit. The thing I’m enjoying about the dip is getting to choose the color. Whereas when I had the French nails it was always pink/white and they were very thick nails. This is better for your nails my salon person said.

You can see the prior color I had on here in the picture. Honestly I think I can go a little longer than 3 weeks and get away with it, as it’s $45 each time you get them done and you can change colors. With the French I had fill ins every other time and if you went to long you had to pay the full price to get both the white and pink unless you kept your nails really long. I get mine cut short so it would cut the white off – if I let it go longer than 3 weeks. So I think that is how I can stretch the price some. 😉 Go longer than 3 weeks!

They had a pretty white color that was called “blushing bride”. It was a soft white with a tiny bit of sparkle. And they another in this brand that was a little more pink. I forgot what it was called. They have so many colors. So I will enjoy this. But I do think it takes a little longer to do the dip. The lighter color is non exciting I realize but I was ready for a lighter color and I’ll hop back and forth! I figure the lighter colors I can wear longer w/o anyone noticing they have grown out some in that 4th week. :-O

The weather has been weird for July, but you know what? I’ll take it. Cloudy means less of a beating sun. I thought the sky looked unique from my office window a day or two ago. The clouds were interesting and the sun barely shining through. And the airplane streaks were dark instead of their little white trails. We have had periods of brief moderate rains, little blips of thunder showers, and mostly just clouds. But the sky has been entertaining for sure.

Update on the flooring. Here and on Facebook and myself, all voted to remove the marble and have the wood laminate flooring extended in it’s spot in the foyer. However, as figured, it’s too expensive to do that. Even the carpet people said it. My guess is really it’s also “too much trouble”. No one wants to spend the money and likely no one wants to do the work. I heard my spouse and my Mom gloating with glee through the Nest cam at how “they got their way”. ::sigh:: So I will buy a big huge rug and cover the damn thing up so it matches instead of clashes. 🙂

Because…everyone loves a BIG EYE SORE…NOT!!!!!

Not sure how much damage we have done cost wise as the estimates are not back yet. But they came yesterday to get the specs. So we’ll get the cost in a few days and then we will set the dates. I hope they do Saturday’s. If not one or both of us will have to take off work so we can move all the little stuff around and keep an eye on our things while workers are in the house. :-O But I’m excited as we are close to getting this on the schedule. Have waited so long to get rid of the blue floor in the kitchen. It’s gonna look so good with the grey flooring throughout. We have a lot of browns in the house. I am glad I’m getting the grey floors. A lot of people would gasp, but I think it brings a great relief.

Here’s the options if you missed that post. I think the grey have a tint of beige in them enough to blend in areas where I have darker wood in the room (cabinets are oaky in color) and a lot of the door frames are painted dark. I wanted to paint all the trim white because I think it is fresh, but all of our closets have these darker wooden doors that open up and would be expensive to replace and hard to paint with their shutter like designs. (Insert eye roll here!) lol lol

So we wait for a price and a date – or it may take two days.

Oscar’s Taco Shop, Mount Juliet, TN
Oscar’s Taco Shop, Mount Juliet, TN

We have been wanting to go to Oscar’s Tacos here in the Mount Juliet area since we saw there would be one! Finally got to go last night for “Taco Tuesday”. I decided to get a plate of enchilada and taco’s with rice and beans. The enchilada looked so good. I dove into it first.

To their credit, I’m sure they use fresh ingredients and home made and all that. But I had bones in my enchilada. I was not expecting that. I’m sure they wouldn’t have either. I should have reported it but it was a fast food type of restaurant and they were usually pretty busy, and I was on the inside of the booth – just wasn’t convenient. I let it go. I might file an online complaint, and maybe get a free taco. It kinda ruined my meal last night because it made me question the rest of the food. But after thinking about it, if they use fresh ingredients and boil up a chicken I can see where this could have happened by accident. They were not big bones just small ones. Anyway, if I get an enchilada again – I just won’t get the chicken!!!! The Tacos and the beans were great. The rice was of course just rice. But I’ll go back again and get something different and give them the benefit of the doubt. I was greatly disappointed though as it kinda ruined my dinner to be honest. It was not a pleasant thing to find chicken bones in your enchilada. Their tea though? Awww, it was incredible. Tasted like a good brewed southern tea should with good flavor.

No worries, we’ll try it again sometime.

Photo by Oleg Magni on

So….this is not my pic by the way – sometimes if I don’t have one I’ll use the free Pexel service that comes with the blog. But we had a clog in the sink a couple of days ago (Monday). George got that fixed. Then the pipes with the washer backed up and began leaking when Mom was trying to do her laundry. So he has tried to fix it yesterday/last night. And I’m not sure what the verdict is. I suspect we will be calling the plumber.

I hate it when these things happen because pretty much LIFE STOPS when you can’t do dishes, run dishwasher, and do laundry.

Oh a week or two ago – it was my car – was leaking oil and we got the seal fixed on that $700 ish dollars.

I’ve pretty much concluded that everything either leaks, poops, or stops up. I mean try eating pizza for a whole weekend! Gotta have some fiber! Good thing we like our veggies lately. lol

So – yeah – life is a constant battle of either unclogging or trying to stop it up. Always!

And so that really about does it for today’s blog update.

Other Stuff…..

I guess really now that payroll is over, I can try to sneak in a call or text to make Mom’s hair appointment. She mentioned it Sunday but I had a couple of busy days and didn’t get it done yet. She asked me about it again last night. I hate it but I am probably not going to be able to react as quickly on things as she wants. We still don’t have those lights up yet. But there is not many free moments in my day. I’m trying to get used to taking care of an extra person. But I’m not perfect at it yet or as quick on it as some like. And she is needing a few things from the downstairs storage and wants me to walk her down around back to the basement. Maybe we can do that tonight.

George is wanting me to help decide what meals we will have the next few days. He was asking after dinner last night when I was trying to have a moment of relaxation after we got back from dinner. I could not think about food planning and told him so. I think he was irritated. But that’s on him. I can’t be everything everyone needs all the time. I’m more apt to meal planning while sipping wine before dinner than after eating an enchilada that had a bone in it. Just sayin’.

We are almost finished with the Ravensburger puzzle. I was going to order another but George wanted me to wait and see if he could find one at yard sales this weekend. He says he sees them nearly every time he goes. I’ve decided I will keep them and work them over and over again through the years. I’m spoiled to them now. There may be other brands just as good but less expensive. I think he did not want me to pay $19.99 for puzzles. It is high, but when you think about it – if you keep them and work them through the years many times – it’s not that big of a deal. I mean look what we spend on consumable food? We will order anything and everything on a menu. ::sigh:: So I’ll wait…… for a few days. lol. We have enjoyed working the puzzle. But Mom is unhappy with the chairs and says it’s uncomfortable. I don’t think we want to spend money on puzzle chairs. I think we will end the puzzling before we do that. I don’t think I can make my house perfect for her needs so I am about to give up on that. However, when she has her house she can order a plush puzzle chair. I can’t fix everything! I just can’t.

Then at some point this week maybe I will get some time to finish the next video and maybe do something on my list. We shall see. Fancy has her trim Saturday. We have church on Sunday so after laundry and cleaning (if we have a workable water system in the house) then maybe I can sneak in something from my list of to do’s. Who knows?

But that is where we are!

Meanwhile in Texas….

Off to work I go! What on earth is going on in YOUR world this week?