Vlog Equipment, Night Out, Space Launch, Nashville Violence – What a Day!

Ahhh it was the most beautiful day yesterday – both inside and outside of the house. George opened the windows and the breeze came through all over the house. It was noticeably warm from about 2 to 4 but not too hot. And began cooling down after that.

It was also wonderful to be off and to have most of the day before us. I began with laundry as I usually do. I’m really happy with the new machine. I’ve noticed it does not take as long to do the laundry, they smell amazing, and I love the little tune it plays at the end.

This machine has a place to put the softener and I no longer have to use the “ball”, which didn’t work very well anyway. Just very happy with this LG Model.

Now if it would only do the ironing for me. I like to fold. And I like to iron if I have something good to listen to. But lately I really am starting to despise having to iron because I want to do something else instead. Like the to do list that is hard to get done.

So, I did knock some things off my list yesterday. I worked on the blog and was able to get a section added to add the video in the sidebar. I can add the latest video in there from YouTube. I also changed the Instagram one from my Personal one to the Blog one. I wish it was easy having two accounts on there. I have to log off and then relog in to go back and forth on my phone. But that’s ok. I rarely get on Instagram anyway. It will mostly stay on the Blog one. And I also switched Twitter accounts to the blog one. I deleted my old one I think. I am just not on it much anyway. But wanted to connect the blog and will share the posts there some.

I also ordered a selfie stick. I looked at gimbals and they were really more than I wanted to spend right now. But the selfie stick has the tripod, bluetooth capability (to turn on and off from a distance), will extend out to like 45 inches. I was careful to go with not the cheapest one and as a beginner was not wanting to go ALL OUT. I also picked one that would work with iphone (and future models as I still have the 8Plus), but also will allow camera and go pro cams. So at some point, would be able to use those if I get those cameras at some point.

Have you noticed with me that this is addictive? Much like any other hobby, it can come with a price tag. But it’s a wee investment.

I also bought a simple microphone. I just bought one that will enhance that had good ratings and it even had the little “muff” thing for curtailing the wind. I’ll have to try it out for comparison with and without the microphone.

Both of these items and a lightning cable for the right connector for the iphone/microphone and 2 spray bottles – only came to like $80 bucks. So as life goes on and I keep enjoying this journey, then we’ll improve as needed along the way.

I’m noticing that most doing these videos start with iphone and then morph to a Canon EOS M50. Or something like that. I’ve coveted a Canon for a long time. Oh gosh! But for what I’ve needed for blogging, the iphone has been fabulous. The iphone has just been my right arm for everything. I loved it from the very beginning when I was taunted to switch over from Droid to iPhone. It’s been wonderful. I know the Droids can take good photos too but they have both improved over the years. You can even do an imovie from your phone but the computer one has more bells and whistles. Anyway, these things will help with steadying the videos, helping the audio along, and will allow me to NOT have the camera in my face. And that will help with me being more comfortable in front of the camera and will not give such a close up! I’m also going to have to put lipstick in my purse for the Car Chat pieces. But the Car Chats have to improve with the angle. lol

Anyway, the Canon is about $599. And eventually people add the wide angle lens. It has to have the screen though where you can see yourself vlogging. I know nothing about these yet, but decided to set a goal and if I reach a certain amount of subscribers on YouTube I’ll reward myself with it. I could buy it now with stimulus money but I’d rather make myself wait for it so I appreciate it more. I have not decided what the goal is yet. I’ve only set one goal. That is 100 subscribers. I get my own URL from YouTube when I reach that instead of a number. As of now I have SEVEN! But it’s better than 4! Ha.

I think the subscribers will come as I improve and get it out there. There is some part of me that doesn’t really want it out there just yet anyway – while I learn and grow, develop content, and so forth and get a rhythm and routine and come into my niche some. I think that is usually the way it goes.

I have worked on my ideas some for future videos. I am using Evernote to capture my ideas.

I was trying to think of all the things I’m paying a subscription for – much of it to Blog and Vlog – but not all of it.

  1. I am paying WordPress for a domain and also for a Premium blog account so I have more design perks. I really like having my own domain.
  2. I’m paying for premium Evernote as I wanted more storage
  3. I’m paying for Epidemic Sound to have those good tunes you and I both love so much for the audio.
  4. I’m paying for the icloud to have more space to keep my photos and videos sync’d
  5. I’m paying for iTunes to be able to download any song I want – and to have the perks that come with that from iTunes. I love love love this.
  6. I’m paying audible.

I think that is it. Other than having all the annual security protection through Sophos and any Microsoft annual fees we have to be able to use Word and Excel, but I don’t think we have renewed that unless George did for his computer. I have bought some premium apps that are a one time fee though but most came from an iTune card as a gift. And these are the reasons that I have decided with the $ I’m spending to do this new hobby, to forego as many hair cuts and manicures as I can. Of course I’m working right now and have blow money each month to spend but I didn’t want to increase our expenses.

I’d love to be able to monetize the blog, vlog, at some point at least by retirement. That is the goal. The doubts creep in, but I’ll sure do my best to make it happen. By then we can travel a bit more and I’ll be able to do some travel videos.

I do think that as I sleep on all this – the blog and vlog eventually comes down to these things – don’t you think?

*Food/cuisine

*Wine/Beer

*Organizing/Decor

*Relaxing

*Travel

*Nashville

*App Reviews

*Self-Help

*DeStress

* God’s love.

*Some music selections

*Nutrition/Wellness (Lord help me).

So I was pleased to find the term “lifestyle blog or vlog” because it is. But it’s hard to put in words. That term is already out there. And I’ll tap into that. But the above is what I usually write about. I should add these to the mix:

*Complaining/Perfectionism

*Diverticulitis

I am just kidding. The blog has been a place I have parked frustrations and health issues. I will likely continue to discuss that on a limited basis as it is part of my life and what I write may help others. But as far as the Videos go. I’ve decided that I’m going to leave out most of the complaining and health issues. No one will want to watch that, lol. I will allow the obvious frustrations such as being without a washer or stranded with a flat tire for example, but it won’t be a place to vent about things I would normally vent here. I have to go a different avenue with the videos.

So I am happy to have ordered the equipment. One of the items was going to come in today and I told Amazon to deliver it during the week. I am giving them a break, lol. George will be here to get it anyway and I knew if it came in today I’d be wanting to play with it. So it’ll be next weekend’s project.

Oh, I was thinking that I would have a “filming day” all in one day for the section of the videos that “add value”. It makes me laugh when I say that. As it’s saying my life does not in itself add value to another being unless it gives them info they are looking for. But I get it. lol Not many is going to want to watch just for the lovely reason to get to watch the likes of myself, lol lol lol. But if I do a filming day and do several of these “Value” segments- (I can change shirts b/w each one, lol) – then I can crank the videos out faster. I already have enough info to do another video (I think) once I get these value things put together.

So what is it you guys want to know? lol. I have about 13 topics already! All have to do with those lifestyle categories up there and mainly with being organized.

Oh and I may end up using CANVA as a premium service but trying not to. I really really would like having that background removal thing. But for now I do the free version and just use “remove.bg” for the background removal. It’s an annoying extra step but much like layering a graphic, you can layer your videos. That is exactly what you are doing. You are layering text, graphics, and sound onto each clip segment. I thought I enjoyed making the graphics. I like this about as much as it being on steroids about 10X. lol

I know you can’t tell. And combining photos and videos and then the styles of videos and the A roll and the B rolls. Just loving it.

So back to my day yesterday. You know I get a bit side tracked talking about the video stuff. I hope I don’t bore you. As little time as I get to work on it, I probably repeat myself a lot b/c I keep it in my head til I get “said thing done” and then I can go on.

This week I told George he could add a guitar to the beach room because it was pretty and “the color” of the room.

It’s also above his office desk area. He was thrilled! So he hung that up recently. I was a little shocked at how much it stuck out from the wall and that grabs my attention when you enter the room. It is one of those things that “would break up your chii in a feng shui”. I am not a feng shui person in anyway as it relates to a religion of sorts or should I say lack thereof. But I do like the positive and negative energy concepts. And this breaks my chii a bit but not in a huge way. I decided to get over it as it’s Hubby’s house too.

It just catches my attention. I think a big pendulum is going to come my way and knock me over! lol lol lol But I’m happy for him. It’s cool there otherwise. Why did I think it was going sit plush against the wall? I have no idea. I guess I’m just not used to getting the side views fo the guitar. But it’s a lot of trouble to hang so I won’t complain. It’s only a second of “what is that?” and then I remember oh the guitar!

While I was eating cereal yesterday (for lunch) I watched the Italian Grandma make garlic/olive oil pasta.

Sidebar: I’ve been trying not to eat much in the mornings so I can get some hours between dinner and the next time I eat. I think it really helps my particular metabolism despite the fact that for years we’ve heard don’t skip breakfast. I lost my baby weight that way after I had Kate and so I’m trying it again. But I eat well at dinner time. So why not let that carry me over!

So back to the Italian Grandma on YouTube…she was precious.

I will have to try this and think that it would make an excellent side dish. I DO like my protein though.

I also set a “menu” of sorts to the chalk board in the kitchen. I put up there my preferences sometimes. George seems to like to hear what I’m in the mood for. On the right hand side are just some ideas of things based on what we have in the freezer. We have a lot of pork, beef, and some chicken and some fish.

While cleaning house I listened to these playlists/artists on the Epedemic Sound: Accoustic Channel. They have several Channels. I subscribed to all of them and I enjoy playing whatever I’m in the mood for. Love the Accoustic though. The below are videos within their channel.

I love Cody Francis’ songs. He is soothing but with a nice feel and a good beat to it. I’ve heard his songs and his sound on many of the travel videos I watch. His music is also on Spotify and Apple.

I like listening to him and he’s a good one to listen to when I am working. I usually pick something soft and instrumental if doing payroll as I don’t want anything distracting. But this one is a good one and I’m thrilled to be able to play it while cleaning the house. Look him up and give him a play.

I was thrilled to get to watch the launch.

Then my SIL and BIL came over. This is George’s sister and her husband. Kevin fixed my iMac where it will stay on and not go back and forth on and off the internet. It was only like once a day it would do it, but it was annoying. He fixed it. I think. Hasn’t happened today. He said it was a common problem with iMac’s since a few years back – like 2017 or so. So he fixed it and also told me what to do (kinda) if it starts back up again. I say kinda b/c I will probably forget what he said. That’s on me. lol

We had lovely conversation and George made some Sangria Margaritas for us all.

And as what you saw on the video if you watched it – his awesome Poutine:

He fixes this in the airfryer. Waffle fries, cheese curds, diced red pepper, chives and I believe beef gravy which he bought in container – not made from scratch. My word it is so good.

So then we went to eat at LongHorn. I was kinda surprised that a lot of others also had that idea. We were told a 40 minute wait and to wait outside social distancing or in our cars. So we went to a nearby bookstore that had opened. I’m shocked at the fact a bookstore opened, but of course thrilled. I hardly see how they will pay the rent, but we’ll see.

We had time to get through the bookstore but they called as George was checking out. We rushed over and acted like we had just walked out of the parking lot but they probably wondered where we were and what took so long. lol

The service was VERY long. I’m not sure what time we got the table, but it was after 8 when we left. I think maybe two hours or so. It was ok as we had good conversation but they were struggling to keep up with the crowd. Tables for the most part were apart enough but not in all situations. They also had paper menus which could not be wiped off. We used hand sanitizer.

It is what it is. As we start to open back up and live our lives, we will probably all eventually get it. I’m not getting the vaccine. I’m sorry. Just not. After that last flu shot I had – and THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS I USE, were trying to rid those chemicals out of my body – it really impacted me for about two months. I had to stop the cleanse days b/c it was doing it’s job!!! lol As time passed I got better. But geez. There are too many things going into our medicines and vaccines and we find out later it causes cancer. I just have no trust anymore. It’s all based on history and how things have turned out.

So then we were thinking we would come home and watch a show til we got sleepy. And then this happened:

Sorry, not a good photo, lol. But rioters were in downtown Nashville and set the capital on fire. They went to Broadway and broke in and looted. They spray painted grafiti and just started trying to tear up the town.

I do like my Twitter for immediate news information -so I allow the alerts to come through.

I thought Nashvillians had lost their ever loving mind, but it was orchestrated by a certain group that also caused the disturbances across many cities yesterday in America. Many of the ones arrested have been white and were from the group ANTIFA.

Had to look it up and Wikipedia says:

The antifa movement in the United States is a militant, left-wing, anti-fascist political activist movement which comprises autonomous activist groups that aim to achieve their political objectives through the use of direct action rather than through policy reform. Activists engage in varied protest tactics, including digital activism, property damage, physical violence and harassment against those whom they identify as fascist, racist or on the far-right.

Whoever they are, they are certainly not an intelligent sort. lol A bunch of bullies on steroids and obviously bored of having any kind of real life with any value. That is my definition. lol. They are not even worthy of the Southern sarcastic “bless their hearts”. They are led by the devil himself and meet the direct definition of the opposite of God and goodness and his divine purpose of love and peace. So that being said, at least we know where their eternity lies (God’s judgment relevation – not mine) and one day they will not be able to “touch this”! (Go ahead sing it -MC Hammer’s finest.) One thing I love about being Christian is the fact I get to shed this kind of thing out of my future. Can I hear a holy hallelujah and a Amen?

Today I will do a devo – maybe something online – not sure. I have to go to the store and do some ironing. Redo my supplements for the day in their daily packs, lol. And then I’ll come play in the office in the afternoon and work on the blog. I want to see if I can get the “menu” items going. Kinda skeered. lol I don’t want to mess up the blog. But I’ll get a glass of wine and put on some iTunes and play. Once I get that done, I’ll try to figure out my missing files on iMovie. I love doing all this and trying to figure it out. Trying to enjoy the learning and not be frustrated by the brick walls that pop up as create my own damage as I touch anything before I get around these learning curves. Two steps forward and Six going back! lol!

Sorry for the long blog. I get to blog longer on the weekends. And more happens. Quite the Eventful day yesterday even though we mainly stayed home. Oh – and Long Horn did not have my Prime Rib dangit! Oh but I brought steak home as I had ribs and a sirloin and as a combo and I couldn’t eat my steak. I think I’ll eat it here in a few. Might break my “no breakfast routine” for that.

So what a day or two huh? Beautiful day though over all! Minus the goofballs that tried to tear up our town.

Ok over and out! What you doing today?

Tornado on the Ground

We were woken up – thank goodness – by the phone’s emergency alert.

See where that Blue Dot is? That is where we were. Right in the path. About a mile south of us (and that blue dot) is where the devastation was.

I got up turned on Danielle Breezy on WKRN Channel 2 news and saw it was headed straight for us, I told George “tornado on the ground” and then Maisy and I went to the basement. George always has to decide if he is going or not. He finally came down with Roger. Maisy went behind the sofa upstairs and I couldn’t get her out until I opened the fridge and got out treats for her (sandwich meat) and she followed me downstairs. We hung out in the basement for 30 to 45 minutes in a concreted block area of our basement just under our porch. We could hear the chairs moving around on our porch and we could hear hail, and some thunder -but were not able to hear wind so much down there. I remembered the cat was on the front porch and I hoped for the best. I remember thinking this could be a bad thing and was embracing for the fact that our house could be hit. But everything I really needed was right there with me in the basement. We waited until the red blob moved away from us on the radar and emerged. As of now we don’t have damage and no debris in our neighborhood. I imagine at some point, we will determine if necessary to have roof checked out.

So there is this “debri ball” tracker which can detect where things are flying through the air. They switched to debri tracking often and could locate where the rotation was and used that to determine if it was on the ground. We stayed up to try to see if there was any damage, but reports were slow to come in. There was damage in Germantown area of Nashville and we heard that there was some in our area but didn’t know what as we finally went to bed.

When we got up we didn’t really hear much of anything other than there was damage and teams would be out at daylight to begin showing the damage. Usually a roof is off somewhere and a tree falling here and there and that is what I expected the damage to be. So as time went on we began seeing there was more extensive damage to certain areas where there were touchdowns. And more and more information came in. I could hear some things on the radio after I finally found a station that was covering it. It was late into my drive to work which took over 3 hours.

So, once I saw that I-40 was opening up again, I began making my way toward it from the main road but due to damage near I-40 that was closed and I took another route as directed by Waze. Waze left me as there was no cell coverage so I couldn’t get road information as I was out there trying to get to work. Every access point to I-40 seemed to be shut down. But I was SO stuck in traffic in the middle of chaos in Hermitage (b/w Mount Juliet and Nashville). We inched forward, car by car, as one car fell out and went back home. None of us going anywhere unless someone fell out of the line and headed home. Two hours on Old Lebanon Dirt Road was all I needed to stay committed to my efforts at getting to work. I thought I may as well keep trying as it would probably take 2 hours to go back. Finally I turned a direction no one else was, which usually means it’s not a good option. But I found a way to get out of the construction zones once I went that way and obtained cell coverage again. Then I could use google maps and Waze to get to work. I needed to potty though after the 2.5 hours of being in the car with coffee and water. What was I thinking? Why was I drinking those things while stuck?

Anyway, finally found a McDonalds that was open. All things were closed near the impacted areas. But on the route to “get out” of the disaster area, I, along with everyone else, found a McDonalds open. I went to potty there. The first stall was closed. The 2nd was not. Yay! Then I headed to work rather quickly from there. My drive would not have been so long had I known not to get on Old Lebanon Dirt Rd.

Lessons learned during driving in disaster zones:

  1. Know your route before you leave if you can, because you cannot assume that cell service will be available for navigation.
  2. Keep bottled water in the car and some type of crackers or food for the drive in. A normal 30 min drive might turn into 3 or 4 hours.
  3. Keep a magazine or something entertaining. If you have to stop.
  4. Drink your coffee/water sparingly and slowly to delay bathroom stops, lol as there may not be any.
  5. Be patient and help out your fellow drivers – let people go
  6. Remember to treat all non working traffic lights as a 4 way stop when the power goes out.
  7. Let work or family know that you are about to leave if you can and that it might be a while and let them know when you arrived. You might not be able to text while you are on the road. Against the law in TN anyway but some of us have hands off ability to text. But often the texts won’t go through in a disaster zone area as cell service is hard to get.

We also texted to let people know we were ok, if they hadn’t already texted. I finally made it to work and began setting in for the payrolls and in a hurry. I got them all closed but stayed late to do it. Getting home was a breeze. No problem at all.

I had an awesome Greek lunch yesterday. But my heart rate was beating fast most all day yesterday. I figure my blood pressure was high from a combination of eating a lot of red meat lately, lots of creamy cheeses and sauces, including this below. And also from the stress from the tornado, lack of sleep, and the drive in.

The part I failed to mention was the sounds of emergency sirens during my drive in. So many vehicles trying to get past us on this curvy 2 lane road, with all of us trying to get over. The urgency of everything and the noise just sent tears spilling because I knew someone was needing help and here we were in the way. We all found a way to get over by pulling into driveways, and creating a middle lane for them somehow. In those moments stuck on this road, I realized how bad things were.

So Nashville, Mount Juliet, and Cookeville were hit hard. As of now twenty something have lost lives. Seventy seven missing in the Cookeville/Putnam County area.

Katy’s former high school was hit hard. Several schools in the area were.

Trump is coming to visit Friday, I think. And here is a YouTube of the some of the destruction. I didn’t get to watch TV or spend time on social media much b/c of payroll so family texted this to me so I could get a grasp of what was going on.

I feel like I’ve ignored my community by leaving and going to work, but I also felt it equally bad not to get payroll done for our 4 plants, so one does the most responsible thing they can. We will figure out a way to donate time or money or whatever needed in the coming days.

We were indeed lucky. No…God kept us safe! A very close call. I had a conversation with God about all this and why he allows these things to happen. He reminded me of the good that will ultimately come out of it which is hard to see right now or to explain to those that have lost loved ones. But it is true that people are showing love and compassion where it was missing before. Sad to take a twister to bring that out of folks. Here on this earth we face peril and death and there is really only one way to escape that, through Him. We all have our time, too. And while we all still do it, God says not to store up treasures for ourselves in this life but invest in the next one. So true.

Hope you all have a great rest of the week. I’ll pop in again as I can. Better try and get ready and get into work. I hope it doesn’t take as long. I don’t think it will.

Thanks to those who reached out to us yesterday to see if we were ok!

Nashville, Fat Bottom Brewery, and Weekend Tales

This has been a superb and restful weekend, although still beset with errands and chores. The laundry is done, ironing done, vacuuming done and cleaning in this week’s “zones” are done (I’m not home enough to do the whole house at once). Yesterday, we did a Walmart run, something we hardly ever do since we mainly use Kroger, Publix, and Amazon now for our needs. But I had a Walmart gift card to use. And with Walmart, you go in thinking you will run in for a few and a huge buggy and $233 later – you come out on the other end – money and time gone – and you wonder what the hell happened. lol

Arriving home and putting up our purchases, we had just enough time to have some home popped pop corn and watch a show and then we set out for our evening on the town to meet Kevin and Susan, BIL and SIL, in celebration of Kevin’s birthday! I snapped a few pics of our night out. Several of you commented that you really enjoyed seeing pics of Nashville. Most of these taken from the car to the Fat Bottom Brewery where we had both “cheer” and dinner.

I took this one below mainly because the clouds were so pretty.

This woman below must think I’m trying to take a pic of her. I really wanted her out of the way of my pic. lol lol lol Or perhaps she is just admiring the sunset. lol.

The clouds seemed to be on fire as we entered the neighborhood of the brewery.

Fat Bottom Brewery with a noticeably unlit “B”.
Fat Bottom Brewery on a Cold Evening – normally a packed courtyard in summer.
A flight includes 4 small glasses, about the same as a one regular size beer but I like the tastings.
Fat Bottom Brewery

We had a lot of appetizers we split and a couple of main dishes. We waddled out and made another stop on the way home at the Cork Dorks – George’s favorite beer, wine, liquor store. He wanted to show Kevin and Susan the place. I picked a couple of red wines that were suggested for me. George picked a Scotch he’d been wanting.

So then the ride back home. Was hard to get any good shots as I was on the wrong side of the car for that!

Did not sleep too well last night. Roger itched and scratched and did not sleep and kept me awake for a couple of hours. Finally when I was sleeping good, he got up and went to the end of the bed with a moan and it woke me up. So I had to take him out and also Maisy. Then fixed their breakfast and so I was up since 5.

I was able to go back and get a nap – thank goodness – as I just didn’t want to do anything. I also know that we’ve had lack of sun for a chunk of the last couple of weeks and I’ve been spotty about taking vitamins and drinking shakes. So I know my D and B vitamins are down and I can feel it in my spirit and persona.

I’ve pushed myself to finish the housework I wanted to do but feel better after the nap. I will concentrate on getting the nutrients in this week as best as I can. I decided not to cleanse tomorrow. We are trying to eat up contents of the freezer and George has some really good meals planned. Plus last week when I cleansed, I was so hungry for two days after that, I ate just about anything in sight and was pretty “testy on Tuesday”. With a combination of lower vitamin D’s and B’s, on top of a testy Tuesday could spell out a really not so fun payroll day, especially on top of some other zesty things going on. So I think I’ll pass this week on the cleanse.

I had a scare about the freezer in our new fridge this morning. It made some really strange noises this morning – kind of like those hissing ice maker kind of noises. And then it stopped suddenly. I opened the freezer to check on it a few minutes later. The light was out on the freezer and it seemed wet on all the packages instead of frozen. I began wondering if it was thawing. That was about the time George got up. Of course I hit him with it as he was getting up and hadn’t even had time to open his eyes hardly. He acted like I had 3 heads and seemed to think it was fine. He fiddled with it and made it colder and it seemed to be working at that point. The light was on and began making the normal freezer sounds instead of just quietness when you opened it. So whatever happened is fixed. There is ice on everything now and no water droplets. He said maybe it was because he had it open for a while yesterday rearranging. I don’t know. I just don’t know what happened. But as long as it works – we are good. I know it was NOT my imagination as I know the difference b/w frozen food and melting food. I wondered if God (or the devil) was trying to tell us something.

Yesterday we wrote down all the things we currently have in the freezer (or ideas to make from what we have). This is BEFORE we get the pig and the 1/2 of a cow. But George made more room and we think we won’t have to buy an extra freezer now. All this has made me wonder why we are getting the pig and cow, as our freezers are still pretty full – but while we do have a few beef things left – we really don’t have a LOT of beef or pork in our freezer, so this will last for another year I suppose when the cow and pig come in. We will only need the sides and fresh ingredients for the most part. And it’s the good stuff.

So here is the chalkboard I bought and our list of things we already have. That way for a long while we will know what all is in our freezer. We forget and end up eating off the top of the freezer and forget to dig all the way down. The last time we did that we bent the ironing board as we put the meat on it as we dug down. The ironing board buckled and I had to buy another. lol So we did NOT use the ironing board this time. (The freezer is in the laundry room.)

So today George gave Roger a bath – it was really a shower. He can easily take him in the shower in his bathroom – it’s sort of a walk-in shower with a lot of room – nothing modern by any means before you get any visions, lol. WE thought this was soothe him. But quite the opposite. He was very upset and although waggin’ tail and excited, as pets often do after a bath, he was most agitated and uncomfortable. He began moaning and groaning and itching and scratching and the wetness and the shampoo which was some kind of natural shampoo George had, shouldn’t have irritated him, but he was miserable. So we gave him part of a Benadryl and blow dried his hair and George took him out for a romp outside. Then he had a long sleep and has been settled. Bless his heart. But the vet said they couldn’t find anything wrong when he did this before. Maybe the Benadryl will help him for a while. The vet had given us antibiotics and also pain meds when we took him before just as a precautionary deal – in case it was a tooth. I don’t think it’s a tooth as he was so clearly more agitated after the shower.

I’m so happy to have had such a good weekend. And to have time to rest and relax even though it seems we have been busy for a lot of it. I’m going to go on and continue to enjoy what is left of my Sunday. I will do my devo, which I’ve not done yet. And I will look some things up on the internet regarding my recipes, and watch some shows, and do some things on my to do list – won’t get all of that done but will do what I want, I suppose. George is fixing pork chops for dinner from a big pork roast. Giving us quite a bit of freezer space from that one thing. lol.

Oh and I’ve had way too much bread lately as he fixed sausage and biscuits this morning (also from the freezer). Bread is a huge weakness for me now that I know I shouldn’t have it. It seems I’m always saying “well ok during the holidays” or it’s ok to eat one if we go out, or “well it’s a corn muffin it’s got corn in it”. lol Cutting back is so hard. Now I need to exercise but I’m not in the mood b/c I want to do other stuff.

So I will.

Also there is someone sending ugly texts/links to me by creating an email address and sending to my phone number along with 20 other people. Each time I block the email address but they just create another one that is not locked. I deleted it and also have reported them as well. I never click on the link and it’s always easy (and kinda fun) to block them. It’s more amusing to me than it is annoying. It’s just a text. But I’m not sure what kick it brings to the person doing it. It’s a lot of work for them to have to do this and they get nothing for it. lol So I guess it’s better to keep that person entertained with doing that kind of thing so they don’t go off and do worse things? What a sad life though. I don’t have my number out there except I do have anyone as a close friend on FB can see it. It’s also on our phone list and distribution list at work and of course someone could have just randomly picked my number. It’s mainly sent to area codes in Indianapolis, Bowling Green, and Houston. Or someone could just think they are wanting to irritate me but I doubt that. If so it’s not working. It’s just amusing that someone would go to so much trouble. I mean maybe it’s a website that sells sex stuff or something so maybe it’s marketing for that and they make money off of it. I’m not going to find out as I don’t want to visit the link, or to give them the benefit of it. It could also be some kind of hack. But I probably will go in on FB and change who is considered a close friend. Nothing I can do about work. It’s just going to be out there for the masses in our internal system and then it is on my email signature at work. I’ve been lucky til now as people always talk about getting calls and stuff and junk messages a lot. I rarely get them. I think you can also set your phone to where you only allow your contacts to message you. I may do that if I have time. It doesn’t bother me but I’d rather not get them if I had an option not to. If not it only takes a second a hit delete and well – at least someone cared enough to text you. – lol. Bless their hearts.

Anyway, I guess I’ll go do something else on my list now that the blogging is done. The Titans are playing and since I am not a sports fan I’m not watching, but George seems to be happy they have scored some points. He keeps coming to tell me even though he knows I’m not a fan. I hate that I am not a companion in that way, as a spouse that loves sports too, but then again we each have our issues, lol. He is not a companion to me in other ways so….I won’t feel the slightest of guilt about that! At least he cooks for me and I do his laundry and we keep each other entertained and amused. ;-). “Amused” must be the word of the week. I’ve used it several times lately.

An old pic a few years ago. Trying on gardening hats!

Have a good week ahead!