She is happy as a clam! We went Monday morning for the walk through, called “The Welcome Home” tour. It is bright and sunny. There were a few things still remaining that had not been completed or that we found needed to be worked on. Those are:

  • Sod needed to be put in
  • Garage pressure washed
  • A blue mark (electrician marking) needed to be removed near a ceiling light
  • Small hole (dime size) in the flooring in the kitchen
  • The two remotes to the garage were missing
  • Sliding Screen door to the patio door needed to be put in
  • They owe her the 2 keys to her mail box

There are several things we have to do on our own.

  • Grout needs to be sealed with backsplash
  • Granite needs to be sealed
  • The driveway is recommended to be sealed

We were worried we might have to go to her bank in Columbia to get the money situated, but she was able to get it done on the phone and money transferred to the closing agents. They verified it had been received. I have worried over this part that the money would go to the wrong place and we’d never see it again. It’s very scary. But when I got home yesterday she told me all was handled and the closing folks verified it came through. All she has to do is sign papers on Friday.

I took a few pics of the inside. The bedrooms were hard to take a pic of and the pictures make them look smaller. I’m not sure I even ended up with her bedroom. I’ll have to remember to take another picture. And of course as things settle and gets decorated I’ll take more pics.

You can see the front door there and the open kitchen.

Her bedroom is the door on the right. And you can see the sliding glass door to the patio – which is what sold her on the place!

They really should have taken more care to get the mud off the back porch for the welcome home walk through. Maybe they did and a construction worker messed it up – you know I’ll give my opinion, lol. Personally, I’d have had someone there an hour before to ensure these final things were done. But all is well.

I was in a hurry and being rushed and didn’t get to focus too much on the pictures. I did a quick walk through of a video also for an upcoming video. Didn’t really have time to do what I planned there either as the crew showed up as I was about to film an introduction. lol. So I’ll just do voiceovers like always. So, that said, the rest of the pics were hurried and the lighting is not good. Once everyone was was gone I thought I’d be able to focus on pics but then Mom rushed me out the door as she didn’t have anywhere to sit. I should have let her go in the car but I just snapped what I could and left. I had to get her home and get to work anyway. But here’s what I got.

The above pics are each side of master bedroom which then leads into a big walk in closet.

The guest bedroom is pretty darn small. But hopefully a bed and a small dresser will fit. Fingers crossed. A closet is the length of the wall behind behind me there. Guest bathroom there.

And I guess I just totally didn’t get a pic of her bedroom and the flex room in the middle which could be an office or sitting room. I just got hurried and didn’t get it. I was interrupted several times while trying to get pics as it was. Anyway, this is what I ended up with to share. It all just happened so fast and then it was over and being rushed out. I think they should have a place (folding chair/table) for people to sit to go over things as it was an hour and half that Mom had to stand. I felt bad for her and if I’d known I’d have brought her a camp chair from the garage. I guess I knew it would be an hour but didn’t really consider there would be no chair or seating for a long meeting. Didn’t even cross my mind really. I’m not used to having to look after another person. lol

After dropping Mom off, I realized I was going to miss lunch time. I had already taken Mom to get a sausage biscuit from Wendy’s before the meeting, so before heading in to work I went through a drive through and got the Slim’s Salad at Slim Chickens. Their food is so good. I sat in a nearby parking lot and ate it and then headed in to work.

Not a bad view.

I got all the necessary things done for payroll in a few short hours Monday. I had taken half day of PTO.

George fixed a hamburger pizza casserole for dinner. It had pillsbury crust on top. It was really good. We had mozzarella (the real kind) and pepperonis left over from the pizzettes he made on the weekend.

So this brings us to Tuesday. Yesterday was my early day. And for whatever reason, even though I had a really good and deep 8 hour sleep – I was just foggy and sleepy all day and just generally tired and did not feel good. I feel much better today and had another really good sleep last night. If I only wake up once and go back to sleep quickly I can call it a good night. I’ve been to bed pretty early the last two nights – early by 8:30 – which digs deep into my evenings not giving me much time after work.

So I left the house by 6 a.m. if not a little before, and then got home a little before 6 p.m. last night. Although I had a list of stuff I could have done, I grabbed a glass of wine and the remote and after Mom’s show she was watching was over (One Day at a Time), I asked for the remote to watch something. (She’d had the TV all day – it’s our turn when we get home, lol). But I did ask. Anyway, I watched some of my YouTube Shows. I’ve added one that I’m going back to the beginning to binge watch (well binge over time as time allows). I have been wanting to find some other interesting “vloggers” out there. This one lives in Svalbard on the North Pole. I think she said it was -8 right here. She has a couple of dogs too. The scenery is beautiful and I’m looking forward to watching to see what it is like living in Svalbard. It’ll be cold and sometimes no sun. That is for sure.

Just wanted to share with you. It’s hard to find people to follow on there. A lot of them are younger (she is too) or there are some doing makeovers or hair and things like that but I like the complete lifestyle vlogs similar to what I am doing (just vlogging about your life and lifestyle) and hope to find some that are my age or at least closer to it. But I guess I’m not searching in the right place. Surely I’m not the only almost senior vlogger out there. lol. It’s hard to build up a community. And I have had very little time to try – so there’s that. But just in a general search they way YouTube is set up, it’s been difficult to find what I’m looking for. But somehow this one popped up in once of my searches at 1 a.m in the morning. I want one that publishes regularly. I can’t wait til I personally can publish weekly myself. But I just can’t even set that as a goal right now. I’d have to give up my family lol. They would give me up as I’d always be in here editing and that won’t work. So three weeks is a best a commitment I can give and then sometimes it might be 4 if it’s a busy time like the upcoming time will be.

If I am the only almost senior vlogger out there then they say “being first, being really good, or being unique/different” you can be a success on there. Well I don’t know about good, but different aught to do it, lol lol and if there’s not many of us my age doing it – that should help if I market it right. ha!

Anyway I’ve blogged for too long and don’t have much time for hair and make up. It doesn’t look like much anyway when I style it these days. I’m not used to it being longer and I’m struggling to tame it and deal with it. This is what happens when I don’t cut it. Then I have a Mom who keeps saying I need to use her shampoo for gray hair making me think there is something wrong with it. I almost just came home and cut it all off on my own yesterday, if it looks that bad that people are telling me what I ought to do with it. lol

We are going to Lowe’s tonight to get a fridge (Mom’s) that is only on sale through tomorrow I think. We will go back Thursday in hopes that the washer and dryer she wants will be on sale. The sales guy said there was a chance but no guarantee so we’ll wait a couple of days to see. I will work on the next video in the morning and will be back on Friday morning for blog post, Lord willing! We close Friday! So we’ll see if I have time. If not I will post as I can! The week going by fast and lots to do at work. It’s month end (taxes due by the 15th) and I have a 4 day week this week and 3 day week next week, so again….another crunch time. May have to work some longer days. That is the thing with vacations now days. You don’t really get much of it. You work the hours before and after to make up for it. ::sigh:: Not what it’s all cracked up to be but at least I’ll be glad to have some time off to help Mom even if I have to work extra before and after. Be back when I can!

Anyway over and out!

Today’s the Day to See the New House Inside / Our Halloween Night Out

Today is the day! Excitement is in the air as Mom and I get to see her new house today. It’s not hers until closing on Friday though. I tried to relax this weekend and do what I wanted, knowing that the next few months are going to be probably the busiest holiday season of our lives.

I’m excited for Mom. I hope she gets to live here a while. I hope we can enjoy helping her piece it together instead of wearing all of us out. I am both excited and yet set with fear. Everyone will need to be patient as we cannot be there 24/7. It will not happen like a magic wand that one waves and it will all be furnished and set. Much has to be done. And it will require the patience from all of us.

I’m excited to help her and to see it all come together for her. At the same time I also worry about the time it takes to put together a new house (she can do very little of it) as it’s hard for her to even get up out of the recliner and walk across the floor without being winded. So I worry how we will work full time, do another move, set up another household, meet all of her needs and requirements, shop for everything needed, order everything needed, keep her personal needs met, do Thanksgiving, decorate for Christmas and family coming, get the Christmas shopping done, and wrapped, get things ready for company at our house and company at Mom’s house, clean here, clean there, grocery shop for here, grocery shop for there, do our December vacation mini trip (long weekend), do Christmas (can’t wait), and do doc appts, dog trims, New Years, a trip to Texas, and then back home to another quarter end and year end. My heart leaps with joy at the fun of it all, the craziness of it all, but yet I’m scared to death because of the time it takes, my wanting everything to be all in order and of course, Mom will want everything to be in order. But we have to be patient with ourselves and with one another and ALL of us have to realize it will not happen over night.

Photo by Brett Jordan on

The next couple of days will be busy. But I will try to come back and post as time allows. I kinda didn’t finish all my chores this weekend as I was trying to relax so I need to press some pants, go the store, change George’s sheets, buy some on line gifts, take Mom to buy appliances and get it set up for delivery. And yes, yes, I have to work. I have to go in today and do time sheets and go in early tomorrow (as I go in early on Tuesdays to cover the monthly eye appointment for the half day I have to take off there). And so our evenings will be busy as well as the days, plus I need to get some of these things done so I have clothes and George has a clean bed. I would have changed his sheets yesterday but he spread all his projects out over his bed like a desk ::sigh::. I was not moving all that. I told him he could let me know when he wanted his sheets changed and not have things all over his bed. lol

I’m about ready to have my fall clothes, as is Mom. Some of mine are in the coat closet. I had to move coats downstairs while Mom was here. Anyway it’s good the move is about to take place b/c we all need our warmer clothes. I also have Christmas gifts coming in and the sacks and boxes are starting to crowd me out in here in my office/bedroom.

So I’ll be back with news of the house as soon as I can get back here with all that is going on.

We had kindof a dud of a Halloween. We did go eat Cori Dogs last night. And that was good. Fattening but good. We’d planned on that for two months, knowing Mom likes hot dogs. We’ve also learned after our Jason Deli experience that Mom has to see a menu BEFORE we get into a restaurant, otherwise I’m reading the entire menu to her and don’t have time to even pick my own off the menu, lol. So best when we go out to all know what we want. She can’t read the menu but if she pulls it up ahead of time on her tablet she can stretch it to 249 font (lol). I’m making that up – I guess she can see about 30 font. Menus are too long to sit and read the whole thing to a person. So we learned that this weekend.

But the dud part of the Halloween is that after we went to a few shops, Mom and I both were just done. I’m not sure why I was so tired. I guess I just really was in relax mode and wanted my PJ’s and so it was break from tradition and George was obviously not very happy about that. I guess he pictured us shopping more. Mom is not fond of sitting in a car after dark alone while we shop – can’t say I blame her. So I was in the middle really trying to please everyone and just decided to please myself. I was tired anyway and so I just stayed in the car after we had hit Lowe’s, Penny’s, and Best Buy. I was starting to get tired and cold at that point. George finally took us party poopers home. It was just a different Halloween. I suppose I’d have gone in more if Mom hadn’t been with us but I felt bad she didn’t want to go in so I just sat with her. Then George said “what a bum of a Halloween”. I guess he wanted to make me feel bad or guilty or manipulate me into action but I’m learning about all those tactics that all of us pull on one another and basically I did what I needed to do for me, and that was to rest. It’s going to be busy enough. All the shops were starting to close anyway as it was Sunday.

Our Halloween might have been a dud this year according to George, but…………it wasn’t for this monkey below.

Meanwhile in Texas

Zoo keeper, monkey, and the zoo visitor (Cody), lol.

Oh and you can’t miss the backsides.

It was not long after when Katy face timed me and Little Roo was completely naked going home in his car seat except for his diaper. He was hot and done with the outfit.

I’m worried about him as he constantly has allergies. The wind blows and brings in “whatever” and he struggles. So his coughing has begun again. So prayers for him please.

And I think I’m going to go fix me an egg this morning. Need some protein and less starch. We have eaten horribly lately and I need to go back to my Whole Foods approach! Too many creams and too much bread and pasta and pizza and hot dogs. Need better and nutritious food. It really makes me feel bad to eat too much starch. So the nutritional part of my challenge has been a bust this week. I’m also relaxed on my water intake. I think I’ve been in the 60’s instead of 70’s. And probably need to be in the 90’s. (Ounces). But it’s trying to improve and be aware, and I am. So I will keep trying.

Excitement builds. Excited for our day and our week. Will share pics ASAP!

Oh and thanks ya’ll for watching the video on YouTube (link in side bar, or bottom depending on device, and in About me Section tabs). I appreciate all the comments and views. I’m looking forward to a few changes in 2022. Maybe even before then. There are lots more coming. This one was boring compared to most but then how exciting is a move? lol. I’m already working on the next one. And getting some ideas for things I want to do in 2022 with the video channel. The plan is to grow it slowly towards retirement. I don’t think I could handle success with a YouTube Channel right now, unless it was so successful that I was able to quit my job, lol lol. I doubt that. But I want to grow it more so it’s able to be monetized more toward retirement. The thing is – I mainly have to continue to enjoy it. If I don’t enjoy it, it’s not worth doing b/c it’s a hobby. That is why I’m not worried about turning around a video a week. It’s not reasonable with working FT and taking care of all we do. But every 3 weeks is a sweet spot goal for now. Sometimes it is harder to get them out. It will be hard during the holidays for sure. I’m just so behind. I’ll be working summer soon. I’d like to be just about 4 weeks behind real life. Maybe in 2022 I can catch up! Does it bother you that my videos are so far behind? It does me but I’m at least organized and getting in a rhythm with it. I may do a video of what it’s been like to learn to vlog, the expense, what I’ve learned, what I like, dislike, what I would like to do etc. Is there anything you would like me to video about also?

Ok, better get going and get ready so we can go see this beautiful new place for the first time inside and we’ll see what they have done with the outside. I think we will be pleasantly surprised. I hope Mom will love it. If she is not happy we will all know it. And will never hear the end, so Lord please let this go well. 😉