New Headphones, Party with Friends, Dead Body in Attic, and To Do List

New Headphones

The new headphones came in. No make up here! Warning! In relax mode! I decided to order these with an extra person coming in the house. I can listen to video clips and do editing at any time and don’t have to be quiet. I can listen to music and with these big honkers on my head people can see me working and know I’m getting in some “me” time. Nothing says “do not disturb” like some big honker headphones. One thing is for sure. I like my quiet time a couple of times a day. Some in the morning and some in the afternoon. An introvert requires it for sanity and rejuvenation.

Family has Flown Back Home

So no sooner than they got here, they are off again headed for their flight. Katy, Cody, and Little Roo flew home Saturday mid-day with a slightly delayed flight. Once in Dallas they had a two hour trip home, had to go pick up the dog Findlay and she said they all had to have a bath including the dog! lol. So they are glad to be home to relax some and since Katy is out of school she is happy to have nothing to do this week but unpack and enjoy being home.

Phone Wallpaper

Just playing around on Canva and made a b/g for my Home Screen. You are welcome to snag it if you want. Sometimes I like having multi designs on the Lock Screen. But it doesn’t really show up that much to tell you the truth. The background cannot be too busy or you can’t find your apps.

Summer Party with Friends. Christmas Gift Swap and a Pool Party!

We had a fine time at our friend Don and Lisa’s house. Above is their doggie Reese, named after Reese cup for his coloring. Such a sweet standard poodle. I was so incredibly tired though. I sat by the pool for a long while and just “vegged out”. I want to have our friends over for some fun too, but I’m not having anyone over til the floors are done. We are getting close folks! Very very close. Mom’s move #1 will be over with by the end of next weekend. ONE CAN ONLY HOPE! So I’ll be pushing for these floors. I’m at the end of the rope were the floors are concerned. The carpets have been abused way to long and now they are abusing us! lol. Flooring yes…. This has to happen!

Lisa had beautiful decor, as always! So pretty and inviting. I didn’t take pics of people for the blog. Not everyone likes to have their faces on display for the masses. I get it. Quite honestly, I enjoy taking pics of the decor and the food anyway!

Lisa had the most awesome watermelon salad. And I called it “salad fest”, with the hot temps outside in the 90’s, having the salads was so appetizing. I don’t have the names of all the salads, but they were all tasty.

George made an Orzo salad. This is it above. Loved it!

This was a coconut cream pie that George bought. It looked good to him. I bought some chocolate fudge iced brownies. Yummo.

As seen poolside. Love the birds on the cushions.

Lisa has beautiful landscaping and flowers. This was in the pool area. No pics of the pool area as people were all around. Trying to be respectful.

By the time it was time for us to get home to Roger dog, the sun was starting to go down. Snapped a pic of the sunset coming through Nashville. It was fiery through the clouds.

Video has gone live today. See previous entry.

If you didn’t see the previous entry, the video is now live. See the previous post for the link. These are a labor of love. I used to worry when not many watched them. I quickly got over that. It seems when you post it and walk away (after letting folks know it is out) it just happens that a few will go in a watch. My niche is out there somewhere. Working FT is hard to find time to put into finding my niche. The truth is I don’t have to be successful on YouTube, I don’t need it. I have enough money to retire before too long. But it is a goal to increase the subscriber load and to develop a following. When I sit down to try and realize where I want to go with this, and what my “success line” is with this, I realize I’m already reaching it within. The whole thing is a hobby and the fun is in the learning and in the sharing of our lives with you. I’m already doing all that. I’ve reached success already. If the things gets tossed around and grows and provides value to someone then that is good too. I just enjoy doing it, so I’m not letting myself get disappointed if the numbers are slow to grow. I was kinda the same way with the blog. The fewer that read it the less trolls you’d have, lol.

Trip to Mom’s for a few last loads…

Imagine George’s surprise at pulling what appeared to be a dead body from the attic. I’m sure you’ll see this clip again somewhere.

And the follow up….We concluded the dead body was “Mrs. White”. LOL. Mom used the mannequin when she used to sell Premiere Jewelry.

Meanwhile Little Roo was good at the airport and slept a lot too. I’m gonna miss our little man. I wish we could be near him often where we could babysit and play and spend time with him.

So what did we do today? Here was the line up!

We were on the road by 9:30 a.m. and then went to Mom’s and I packed up the remaining 1 last box of the guest bedroom items, taped and boxed some remaining kitchen items, hauled canned goods and pantry items to the car. Stayed at the bottom of the attic while George handed things down. Mom gave me the Lane cedar chest that was up there. And it’ll have to come back on the U-Haul truck.

We also brought all of Dad’s many fiddles here on this load as we were coming straight home so they wouldn’t sit in the heat. And so we came home and unloaded everything for the basement and put the canned/pantry goods upstairs as Mom said we’d need to use some of that stuff up. She also wants us to use some of the freezer items when it arrives. I guess she pay rent with food, ha ha! We will tease her.

OK so…then I had to run to Target. I wanted to buy some more of the towels I had bought but apparently they were popular. On line they were outrageous. And they were gone in the store. So I had to buy plain white towels but they were made by the same company so I know they will wash well and hold up.

I would have bought more from Target but their store would not let me see my Alexa grocery list that was on line. So tough tooty Target, I went to Kroger then and bought the rest of what I needed because if you block internet service for your customers then….you lose some profit! Those that have lists on their phone can’t see what they need. That’s bad, really bad.

So yep, off to Kroger I went for the rest of my things. And happily so. Thank you Kroger for allowing me to see my Alexa grocery list! You rock! You get the sale!

The home to unload groceries. George had mowed and showered. He fixed us a cranberry and vodka and so I decided to do a blog entry while I drank it.

Week ahead?

Another busy one.

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Well, this is just another one of those busy crazy sink or swim kinda weeks with all of us. Including Mom, b/c so much needs to happen.

  • First of all we have to work Full Time this week all week.
  • My sunglasses broke so going in early Mon to take a long lunch to go get those fixed.
  • Arrange with the storage place to pay for the big storage unit coming open on the 19th and get the keys/lock Saturday morning. (Pray for us b/c if this doesn’t come open we are in trouble and have to figure something out).
  • Set up Fancy’s August trim (yes have to book that far in advance)
  • Mom has to get all her utilities set to change over to new people and cable and security and all that.
  • I need to find Mom a heart doc and a regular doc here in town or nearby
  • Mom needs to have her mail forwarded if not already via post office
  • I have a hair appt Wednesday
  • Go get Mom on Thursday evening – we get her, the last loads we can fit in two car loads. George is coming with me and he’s driving her car back.
  • Friday afternoon Mom has her first eye appointment (injection in the eye) in Hendersonville (I’ve been going in early on Tuesday’s to be able to get in extra hours for the month to take off for a Friday eye appointment once a month)
  • This weekend is the BIG U-HAUL move. It will HOPEFULLY be all over by the end of the weekend.
  • And try to get this house in order, iron, fold laundry change George’s sheets
  • And will be trying to adjust the house for Mom as she needs it with more fans, more lights, moving things where she won’t trip, etc. George has already been training her how to use the TV. lol
  • After this week, I’m looking forward to planning with Mom being here: Meal planning, excursion planning, shopping trip for me some pants, and maybe a top or two, flooring, planning Mom’s birthday, 4th of July, and George’s birthday. And maybe just maybe a little excursion away for a long weekend somewhere? Who knows.

Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel ya’ll! But it ain’t over quite yet. Prayers please for this final final leg, this last final week of moving!

Cargo Van Move, Day 1

Good morning! Happy Memorial Day weekend to everyone! Enjoy your three day weekend!

We began our Saturday morning with a trip to Enterprise for the Cargo Van and was told, “What? That is interesting as we don’t lease cargo vans here at this location!”. Oh geez, here we go. Luckily, the guy found us in the system. And it was at the Nashville location on Lebanon Road and not the Mount Juliet location on Lebanon Rd. Yes Lebanon Rd was a long road and so when George made the reservation he assumed it was the one near us. I mean, easy mistake to make. So this put a kink in our schedule and slowed us down a bit.

I went to drop George off in Nashville and he headed back home to Mount Juliet to load everything (more boxes, blankets, moving equipment) and headed to Mom’s. I went to Lebanon, the other direction from us, paid for our storage rental and set that up so we didn’t forget to pay it every month. I can see it now, we forget and Mom loses her stuff. ::sigh:: not gonna happen! It didn’t occur to me at all that maybe Mom wouldn’t want that until I saw her face and subsequent panic, when I set up auto deposit. I guess I’m so used to this kind of thing now, I don’t think twice about it. But Mom was agreeable and just said “ok”. It’s only for a few months. And really the best option.

Once I paid up, and checked the code on the gate, I headed to Columbia! I wanted to check the gate code so I could make sure it worked. They close at 1 p.m. on Saturday, but the storage unit we can get in 24/7. But it would sure snarl our plans if they hadn’t programmed our gate code in. I just try to think ahead and avoid all issues! Code worked and I had given George his set of keys to the two storage units the night before and the gate code and the unit numbers.

What is funny is that my mind is going from BLOG mode to VLOG mode these days – it’s a good thing though b/c it used to be I took more photos than videos. Now I end up taking more videos than pics. I’m trying to remember to do both but it takes time to do both and hard to catch life and live life at the same time. So I mainly took video of some things yesterday. So here is the Cargo van and George had it backed up to the front door. Listen to the church bells in the background.

And here is another little video of Fancy who is a little trooper. She is curious about what is happening but sticks close to her Momma, (my Momma).

I was supposed to stop and get lunch for us on the way to Mom’s yesterday as it was lunch time. I had thought what on earth could I take? Mom was tired of sandwiches. I decided on Zaxby’s but I was not able to go through town as some parade was taking place. I think I heard Mom say it was “Mule Day” or something like that. It used to be in April. I don’t know what was going on but I couldn’t get to Zaxby’s and I could have backtracked but decided not to so I stopped hesitantly at Long John Silvers. Their stuff is usually greasy but I noticed no one was in the parking lot so I didn’t stop. That is not a good sign. So then I decided I’d go through and get tacos at a place near Mom. I needed a drive thru! I sat there for 15 minutes and the cars in front of me never moved. Geez folks it’s moving day here! So I pulled off, gave up and decided to just order through Grub Hub and have something delivered. Mom was thrilled they had “Catfish Campus” to deliver!

I got the catfish/chicken combo. I did not need the fried food. But it has been an eating weekend and it is hard to eat right when you eat out. Or have take in, in this case. You look at the salads and remember it has to travel with someone for a few minutes and it’s not always as fresh taken out as it is eating in a restaurant. I didn’t want to be working all day on a puny salad, especially if it had wilted or old lettuce. I’m not familiar with this place’s salads. So I ordered a good hearty meal. George refused to eat saying if he ate he would slow down. He ate one of my hush puppies and ate brisket later after his first drop off to the storage place and stopping to see and visit and feed Roger and change his diaper. Then on back to Columbia for load two.

While George did his drop off of load one, I stayed with Mom to “pack pack pack” he says. We didn’t get as much furniture out as he had hoped. Mom kept a bed he was expecting to move and then couldn’t get the dresser out. He had staged the loads in his mind as to what would go where and the bed was to hold some other things in place, but the bed has to stay because Mom has company and needs the other bed in case she sells her bed. So with company there he cannot move the beds, nor the sofa, and less of the furniture so he’s trying to move what he can and we may have to rent both the u-haul truck and the cargo van again since we won’t get the full use of the van on this trip.

It was 8:30 when we pulled into Mount Juliet. I decided it was much too late for either of us to go to the storage and try to unload that late. George wanted to go to Oscar’s Tacos. Our original hope was that we could try the new ML Rose but the timing did not work out. We got to Oscar’s and it was not open, as we thought. Somehow George had heard it was to open this weekend, but I guess they are delayed. So we ate nearby at PDK Southern kitchen or something like that. We had a clear view of the loaded van and my car so that was good.

They closed at 9:00 and of course at 8:30 p.m. no other fools were eating dinner. lol We both enjoyed a good cold Kolsch as we waited on dinner.

I was baaaaad again. Just nothing but salad on the menu for a lighter fare. I had eaten their salad before and it tasted like it had some kind of cleaner in it. I think it really did. WE got a free meal off THAT. But I was NOT gonna order that again, so I got the hamburger that had bacon, onion straws, aioli, cheese, and some kind of BBQ sauce. The most fattening hamburger a body could get. I ate some of the fries but not all. That’s a lot of fries!

We came home, took showers, and I massaged George’s neck and shoulders as he was having some pain issues with his left shoulder. He said he has to stoop to get into the van and while carrying things it kinda hurts him some. He took Advil before bed so he wouldn’t hurt this morning. I’m only a little sore from carrying and wagging and lifting about 6 suit cases full of clothes. And some loaded boxes here and there if I could lift them.

I felt all my eating sins at 2 a.m. when I had indigestion. I had to take a pill for it as I was so sick at my stomach. And did a quick check of the van and our camera to make sure all ok as we locked the van and had kept it loaded in the driveway. I slept til almost 6.

George kissed me good bye this morning and while he didn’t exactly tell me to “take my time”, he did say “spend some time with Roger”. I told him I’d take a shower, sip coffee, do my blog entry and head back to Mom’s and meet him there.

The coffee is so good this morning!

Meanwhile back in Texas….

Little Roo’s mom is out of school for the summer. And he has decided he is not a fan of green beans (baby food level 1) and squash hurts his tummy. But he loves bananas and sweet potatoes!

Is he not a ham in that hat? And oh my gosh, look at how big he is up against his Momma already! I couldn’t believe it. I see him but I guess next to her I see the scale when he’s all stretched out! What a cute little chubster! I get to see him in a week!

And I need to go and get on the road. I’m missing a pair of capris. I have looked everywhere. Obviously NOT everywhere or I’d have found them. I’m behind on laundry but have done a load this morning. I don’t see them in the laundry. Oh well, if I don’t find them I’ll need to have another pair. I need two or three capri jeans for summer. As of right now apparently I only have ONE! So I have to wear hot jeans today instead, unless I wear leggings. I don’t really want to wear legging’s in case we end up eating out again. Not sure we’ll have time anyway.

Speaking of time. I need to head out! Should have already headed out but “I’ve spent time with Roger”. Kindof.

Ya’ll have a good HOL weekend. Probably will be Sunday when I post again. The every other day thing works out well. Hope that works for you guys as well. There’s probably less opinion going on when I do it that way, lol. Not as much to report on when you blog every day so you end up blurting out how you feel about life. Sometimes good and sometimes bad. But, the weekends I usually have more of a chance to do that, or if something just weighing heavy on my heart. I think doing the videos have been a good outlet for me creative wise and it makes me happy and gives me something to focus on besides “the state of being”. I don’t have to be left with analyzing my world around me and criticizing it to make it better. I can just ignore it and let it be its crazy self. This statement makes me laugh.

What you doing this weekend for fun? Enjoy it for us will ya?

Storage Units and Appointments Galore

Well, Wednesday I was able to get the storage space all set up for May 29th for the Cargo Van move. I was very pleased with the place. They had nice landscaping which was a nice touch. We were not able to get a big storage unit so we got two medium ones. We also have a little bit of room left in our basement.

Their office area was nice and clean and a nice lady helped to run the place.

And we have made this little girls next two trim appointments. She has one last one in Columbia and we have set one up here in Mount Juliet, first available in July on Saturday. It’s hard to get Saturday appointments!! In June I will call and set up the August one. When I got off the phone I thought, “man, I should have gone ahead and made the next one too”.

Mom also made her first two appointments up here in these parts for her Eye Appt. They are in Hendersonville, which was really about the closest. All of the places were about 45 min away so we chose that one as I can zip through some back streets and avoid interstates. Mom prefers no interstates and while she will have to endure some, at least I can avoid it for the eye appointments and take back roads. They are scheduled through July.

There is an eye injection one every month to keep her vision in the one good eye. The other eye is blind. I will be having to take off about 1:00 for them one day a month. She made them on Fridays as late as she could get them so as not to interfere much with my work. We figured if I took PTO for this time I’d lose 6 days of vacation a year. So we figured I could just make the hours up by working over an hour a week each week to make up for the 4 hours I’ll miss a month. I will pick the days to do this and keep up with the time I made it up so I can show it was done. As I told George, I should have enough hours in the bucket worked over through the years from the HR job alone to be off every Friday from here to kingdom come! And laughed. But I will “give my extra cloak” and work the time so there are no questions asked! My bosses are understanding though so I’m not that worried over it. More worried about what those think that don’t know what is going on, as people think “why does she get to leave early on Friday and not use a PTO day?” Well it’s because she worked the hours on another day! I will get my work done and time made up. Which should be all that really matters.

So I got a pedicure yesterday after work and it was fine! However, they went up on prices. These price increases are killing me! And making me rethink what I am willing to do. I will make up the difference by eliminating a certain number of pedi’s per year that equals the cost of the increase. Because I’m stubborn that way. I still want my pedis but I’m not paying extra. So I’ll figure the extra cost and eliminate that many pedis, mostly will be cut off in the winter months when it doesn’t matter as much and I have more time to do them. Also in 2022 I will likely NOT do my nails anymore. So they are cutting me out of their market niche by the dramatic price increase! I will replace it with periodic manicures a few times a year just to do the things I can’t do as well – like shaping and cuticles and such.

I had really allowed myself to get nails done temporarily anyway as it was supposed to be a tradeoff while we were so incredibly busy with Mom on the weekends and didn’t have much free time. So we’ll see, but those are my thoughts on that.

And as for the progress on next video: I have organized end of Feb through current time and have several folders set for the upcoming videos and their segments and photos assigned to each. I just have to delete the last movie media from iMovie and import the new so soon – very soon – I will begin editing the next video. I like being able to have a set time to work on the videos now. As I’ve said before it works well to alternate blog mornings with video editing mornings! I get more time to plug away at it. And now that I’m a little more seasoned with it I can walk away from it a little easier to go to work. But it’s still hard! When you get into your creative zone it is hard to tear away! In the beginning I would get into learning something and be right in the middle of trying to solve an issue with something and it’d be time to go and it was so irritating. I’m coming around the curve with it though.

All that said I need to head to work! I didn’t leave myself much time and George left me with Roger responsibilities this morning. Have to try to change his diaper while he is asleep. That should be fun.

But you know what? I’m going to Target after work today. I’m so looking forward to it! Moreso than the Pedi yesterday I think. That’s saying a lot.