Bare Shelves, Computer Woes, Now Hiring Signs, Missing Workers, and TicToc Laughter

Good morning “pretties”! How ahhh yah?

We have been pretty much all work and no play for the last couple of days. Busy at work, busy at home. I did stop to get nails done Monday. My theory of doing “the dip” instead of the French nails is working out well. I can go an extra week and get away with it. And the cost evens out a bit. Plus I had spent enough over time that I got $10 off this time. Mom and I go get our pedi’s tonight after work and I’m excited AND READY.

For the nail color I went with this color which I thought was good for August, a month that leads us closer to fall. Pretty happy with the dip. Our salon seemed to add more colors and I’m glad because before, I was not seeing many that I was interested in. I have to get them done short so I can type. I like them longer by a bit, but short is easier for me with all the hours I am on computer both here and at work. Short is also more sanitary. Too long seems “common” as my grandmother would call it. But I won’t call it that. We’ll blame on someone else, LOL LOL.

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Had some problems at the first of the week from a technological standpoint. I could not access my files and had to map out a network drive. I had never done that. My computer keeps locking me out of the drive I need for some reason every time I reboot the thing. I finally was able to google how to map a drive and get myself access. I can’t believe I did it. lol Story of my life. I’m not sure why it keeps happening. So I try not to reboot but it gets slow slow if I don’t reboot. It’s almost like someone is on the screen at the same time and making it slower. Like I would type a word and it would show up a few seconds later. That kind of thing. I can’t imagine anyone else being on my screen with me though but in describing how slow it was, that is what it was like – like someone was dialing in remote on your screen. And it has that feeling of not wanting to do what you want it too and reacting slow. So I reboot when it gets slow like that and then it locks me out. Usually I get IT but they were out. My luck. But I was able to get it googled and figured out and get to my files so I could get to my weekly checklist screen. I guess since we are a smaller company we don’t have as good of a set up or something? Or things are just so complicated they are over our heads or something. I really have no idea. I’m not sure what the problem is but it’s happened 3 weeks in a row. lol. But I was able to get in temporarily –this time. I’m scared to reboot. But will eventually get to where I’ll have to when it gets slow like that. At least I was able to google it. Google is a dependable source. I use it several times a day. Nothing like going in early and not able to log on, lol.

Anyway, these earlier days bring a pretty sun rise in my rear view mirror. Hot scorching days though this week. And we have heat warnings.

I did it! I ate lasagna without getting it on my white shirt. We also had pasta last night too. I don’t even need to be eating pasta. Just call me Garfield I guess.

For Those that Could Use a Little Encouragement on People Relations

I think there might be some trolls (stalkers) out there that could find use for this. I created it JUST FOR YOU too, on Canva! Smile, it won’t hurt. I promise. What is that saying? “Kindess Never Killed Anyone”.

So…..Monday after I my nails were done, I ran in the Dollar Store to get a few things while I was there. I was shocked at how bare some of the shelves were. Now I did see some boxes laying around and maybe they just had a bad weekend but I kinda think it is because of the state of our situation here with the variants. People feel it coming. We went to Kroger and saw some of the same thing but not quite as bad.

I mean, there should be no reason that the craft supply shelf should be bare should there? lol. Geez. It could just be the store management not able to keep up with things. Or most probable – NO HELP to restock. It makes me want to dive in and help stock the shelves, lol. You know I love to organize things. LOL.

The HELP WANTED signs are everywhere. I’ve never seen anything like it. And everywhere we go we have to wait, wait, wait. Even at my own work – I mean – look, I fixed my own IT problem right? lol You can’t get help these days anywhere you go. We just have to be patient (which I don’t have a lot of). People have high expectations of me always and so I always have high expectations of everyone else too.

What I really don’t like is working hard to pay for the rest of the world to sit on their bottoms and watch Netflix. I don’t really understand why things are the way they are in our world. I think we should help people when they are down but I don’t think we fund their entire lifestyle while the rest of the world works. Where is everyone? Where are the nations workers? Did they fall in a hole? Are they scrolling endless videos on TicToc? <—-I have been doing this at night and just absolutely dying laughing. I had asked God for laughter. I needed it. Here’s a couple that made me chuckle. I shared them on my Instagram.

I would say that probably that is me and George…..lol

Meanwhile in Texas

Katy has started back to school. And having a bit of a hard time being away from this little cherub all week. She sent me this pic and said “count those arm rolls”. lol. He’s like the rest of his fam, we love to eat! He’s getting a bit of soft people food now.

Well, I better get ready and head to work. Tomorrow morning is video editing day so no blog. I should be back on Friday morning. We will be celebrating George’s birthday which is the 12th – for most of the rest of the week! That is how we roll. We are eating out a lot. And some excursions this weekend. So hopefully some good Nashville pics for you guys!

Friday I take Mom to the eye doc and so I have to leave work early.

ok, over and out ya’ll.

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. πŸ˜‰ 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. πŸ™‚

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.

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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?

Prices of Getting Nails Done, Moringa Supplement, and Packing Begins at Mom’s

Good morning! Several have wondered how I fared after the COVID vaccine. Everything was fine. I did have stomach pain but that could have been unrelated. I’ve had the diverticulitis type pain going on some this week. While the pain started off differently this time, it has settled into the same pain and same area as always. It seems to come and go these days as it pleases. I’m not even sure it’s diverticulitis that is happening. I need to get a colonoscopy but man this year is already filling up my PTO days so I keep putting it off. Likely I will need to stop and take time for this. I figure after Mom’s house sells and we get MOVE#1 done and get her in with us will be a good time to do it and before the MOVE#2 in late fall when her house is finished being built. Between moves is the best time. I’ve just had too much pain this year.

Nails for the Endurance

With the time situation we have been having, I made the decision to go for getting my nails done again with the pink/white French look. I did this Friday after work as a treat to myself. And with the higher blood pressure thing going on, it’s one thing to not stress about trying to fit in my home time schedule. I was not getting the time to do them once a week – usually need about an hours time – to get everything done. If we were going to be ultra busy the rest of the year, then that is not something I’ll have time to do well or often. This will give me two to three hours a month back to me. Because the nails don’t have to be retouched until 3 weeks. However, I had sticker shock when I went in.

It seems like we have New York prices now, lol. I know they are having to make up for last year and business lost, plus they are having to buy new pedicure chairs as they are wearing out. But it’s leaving me to have to go price some other salons. I may or may not be able to get better prices. I hate to leave my salon I’ve gone to for ages with my nails, but I may have too. So with the pink and white here’s my pricing:

The first time $55 to set up the pink and white.

Three weeks later I go for a refill on the pink as my nail grows out and they’ll trim the white down – $35.

Three weeks after that I got for a refill on the pink and a redo of the white – $45

And the cycle continues to the $35 and $45 alternatively

(Update: The cost used to be $45 initially, then $32, and $22. It was already high.)

About once every blue moon – maybe about every year or so – sometimes the thing has to be completely redone over – it’s usually if I’ve been really rough on them and have damaged them. Or just sometimes they need a complete take off and redo and that is $55 again.

If any of you get your nails done – what kind do you do and how much do you pay and how often? Geez.

Weekend Packing Has Started at Mom’s

So we got up yesterday, had coffee, and immediately set in to go to Mom’s. She was fixing breakfast and we called her as we were leaving Mount Juliet. It’s an hour and half time to get there. We had to stop a couple of places – three actually. I dropped off my Thred UP bag (consignment clothing app) at the post office and the shower gift I FINALLY got wrapped early yesterday morning. So glad to get those things done. We went to Walmart to get Mom some Potassium pills she wanted and then to Academy Sports for George to see if they have ammo for some guns he has. He has a hard time getting the ammo. It’s on our “bucket list” for me to shoot a gun. George is going to give me another gun safety class himself and then take me to the range place and teach me how. It scares me but in today’s world I’m going to have to learn I guess so I can protect myself. I need to get up on the gun laws but I know now we can carry w/o a permit – I think?

So we got to Mom’s and we WERE ALL SHOCKED that we were able to pack up things so quickly. George started in the office area and packed books. I started in the guest bathroom and brought things out to Mom which she placed in the boxes. It took next to NO TIME before we had the car loaded and we could not load any more. We threw some stuff away. So next weekend we will take two cars. And be able to do twice the loads. We are only packing up things that won’t impact people looking at the house. Next weekend though I think I’ll help clean some for the viewing. The house looks good but there are a few places that needed dusting and or little dust webs or corners that needed sweeping. These are mainly hard to reach places or things Mom can’t see too well.

By 12:30 we were saying our good byes to get back home.

I guess we were back home by 2:00 or 2:30 and we unloaded Mom’s stuff. I have identified on the boxes with sharpies on florescent stickers as to what is in each box. And it is going into our basement. As we were working in the basement I reloaded the car with stuff to go to Good Will. I had some clothes, baskets, and decor that I was no longer going to use. That cleared out almost a car load of our own stuff from the basement to make room for Mom’s.

I showed George the prices for the storage areas and how many there were in our area. And the prices were not too bad. That is where Mom’s furniture will go til her house is ready. Mom keeps asking about availability. I didn’t call yet on that b/c we were not ready for it and don’t know exactly when. If it’s available today it’s not going to matter. What will matter is if it is available when we need it. We will be needing it soon though (late May, June, July) depending on house sale. So once the house goes up for sale I will do a Pre-check on general availability so we’ll know what we are dealing with. Are they usually full, hard to get? Or plentiful? Then when we get a contract and I know the terms and approximate dates we can think about going ahead and renting the space if it is hard to get any. I know they are more popular in the summer months.

I worked on more laundry and ironing after cleaning on the basement a bit. Worked on the house some picking up things.

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Blood Pressure Update

So I’m sure my blood pressure is probably up and that my machine is somewhat accurate, but I’m thinking it is not entirely accurate. For example I get readings that are twenty points off with in the same 5 minutes. It seems to do best against my arm with no clothing. I get a lower reading. But once it kept tightening and tightening and I had to stop it – it was going up to 265 when I stopped it and was squeezing my arm so hard it was hurting. Your machine is supposed to take your BP not cause the BP to go higher! lol

So I do feel a little bit better knowing that *maybe* some of my readings were not accurate.

Moringa for Lowering Blood Pressure- A Wonder Pill

So I ordered Moringa <—-click on the link to open a new tab to read about it. It seems safe as long as you don’t take more than the recommended amounts and it seems to cure all! So I’m thinking of dropping some of my other supplements. It says it’ll take about a month. I’d rather try and lower BP on my own naturally than to up the meds. So before calling the doc, I’m going to try this. I will still be monitoring my BP. I may have to order a more reliable BP machine though if this one keeps acting up.

It does say to be careful taking it with your current BP in case it gets it too low. Well if it is that good – all right! WE have found an alternative to modern medicine! If mine is high I don’t think it’ll bring it down too low. But I am going to experiment with this. I never order any thing that says it has known side effects. My research has shown this to be safe. It’s a natural thing so I’m going to take it.

It takes about a month to work. I will hold off on calling the doc. I will monitor and if it goes up and spikes though I’ll call the doc. But I’d like to give this a chance.

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My Overall Plan for Health/Wellness and Reducing Blood Pressure

  • Trusting God
  • Breathing Exercises
  • Mindfulness Practices of Staying in the Moment
  • Exercising 20 minutes – gotta start somewhere
  • Eating Better – Nutritious Choices
  • “Findy Happy”
  • Looking into my Grandson’s face
  • Planning without worrying
  • Enjoying my friends
  • Looking forward to my next dog which will make things RIGHT!
  • Pretending I get to go RVing – even if I won’t.
  • Looking forward to the new flooring – even if I still have to wait
  • Living today – even if I’m gone tomorrow

I have been a bit depressed and scared the last couple of days, just shocked over the blood pressure thing. I do this after every medical report too. Til I get my mind on something else. But I can’t stop living and enjoying life. I just have to try and resolve this. And I’d like to do it naturally if I can.

Today’s Agenda

Well, because I needed to “find some happy” today, I started working on the next video! I was thinking Texas was next but there’s one in between. I’ve added the video and photos in the timeline and it’s over an hour’s worth of footage. So I have my editing to do. I was considering giving up the videos because I was fretting so over not having time to work on them. I prayed about it and lo and behold I had time this morning. It makes me happy. So I think it’s better to keep doing them as I have time than to fret over not getting to do them. There is no time pressure. I just have no consistent way of creating a time schedule for myself while working and two pending “moves”. I mean even if I get a year behind – it’s still in chronological order and I’m recording our life and having fun. So what? I’ve not been videoing much lately so I’ll probably catch up a bit. Not a lot has really happened worthy of video. And I’ve not have enough time to create topics, which is something I’d like to do if given the time, aka retirement.

So the agenda today:

  1. Start the Video (Check)
  2. Cut George’s hair
  3. Good Will Run
  4. Oil Change
  5. Grocery Run
  6. Change George’s Sheets

Any time left is good gravy!