Simply In Between

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Very rarely do I have a time when I sit at the computer on blog day with coffee and feel I have few words. But today I do. I normally have a least something interesting that has happened to me or some grand thought or theme I’ve buried myself in. Today is just the raw me I guess.

Work has been – enhhh – home has been – enhhhh – I’m in between audio books. Traffic has been scary. The dreaded illness is on the rise and has been. Not every day can be epic, even when we try to make it be. The average day is ok too. I could share some special subject blog entries with you – some ideas I have for a rainy day when there are no thoughts and nothing happening in my world but grey bleak days – but none of those really interest me today for sharing. My heart just not in it.

No I’m not depressed, I don’t think. I’m just in between. That perfectly describes me, my mood, my life, my presence. I’m simply just in between! In between events, in between moves, in between stages of life, in between changes on the work front, in between just about everything. Life either all happens at once or you are waiting for something. I’m simply just in between.

All that said though, tis not a bad thing. Every season in life has its time. We are blessed, somewhat content, and have made the best of what we have. On the days we choose to make life more interesting we can do so, but some days all you want to do though is come home, sit on the sofa and watch a show or play all your lives on Candy Crush. Some days the brain just needs to disconnect, unplug. Some times you have to put away the calendar book after all the appointments made (it never ends) and to do list captured (it doesn’t either), and just be a speck in a moment of time with no movement, no pressure, no striving, no thriving. Just sit and be. I follow this @Peacefulmindpeacefullife on Instagram and it’s so full of wonderful things. I’m not sure who else was following but I liked their sayings and began following them too. They help you realize things you didn’t realize before.

As I look back on this odd year, much like last year’s odd year, I realize it really is a SWEET SEASON of being in between and one we will never forget. While all of us have had our moments of scrambling, trying to make life better for the entire team as well as meet our own individual needs, we’ve had some joy, some peace, some good eats, some good memories.

I appreciate this time I’ve had in my little space of our home in my office. My little but comfy 6 inch foam mattress, having my special space, my journal chair, my office space, and even my little “fake dog” and sloth snuggle button “Snuggie” that is my non-living no-needs companion until we get the real thing. My little room- it has become my “escape to” room for my introvert self-my happy place, my dwelling place – where I find God, peace, comfort, reading, scrolling, gaming, blogging, journaling, planning, and peaceful resting. When I put this room together, I had no idea how special it would be for me or how God was making a special spot for what my psyche and soul needs for this period of time. I’m thankful for that. Each piece came together beautifully – the office section, the journaling/reading/insomnia chair, and the comfy bed that only God arranged to pull together at the last minute! Grateful!

I appreciate all we have done this year so far as I work on the photo and video files for upcoming videos and when I look back at these I appreciate life for what it is and for what it was. I realize how God has been with us and as long as we follow His will, He will continue to be.

What a time of rest he has given us this summer and as fall returns our schedules get more gnarly and our to do list thickens as we move Mom, get all our realty appointments in, doc appointments in, help her decorate and unpack, and begin upkeep of two households needs, and doing Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a birthday trip to see our Grandson, and doing quarter ends and year ends – I realize how busy we will become. We will have fun, we will be stressed, but we’ll make memories.

Upcoming Today and the Weekend

So it looks like our Labor Day weekend will be much more restful than the Memorial Day one! And yes! We are up for that. George and I will both be working on personal projects but no major plans or excursions. We have a fabulous meal coming together on Labor Day. I requested homemade burgers. Mom is making the potato salad. I’m making REAL barbecued beans – from scratch – you know soaking the beans and brown sugar and mustard and all that! 😉 I think one morning we will have a nice breakfast. One of my personal to do projects is to dust and decorate! Going ahead and getting ready for fall.

I found the fall totes downstairs. I was afraid it would be out of sight or covered up or hard to get to, but George placed things wisely of Mom’s so we can get to it. I’m looking forward to sleeping in, to resting, to decorating, to reading, to working on video clips and photo files and hopefully starting the next video. I need a catch up day.

Today Mom has her electrocardiogram. I don’t think we get the results until the doc appt where they will go over it with her but it’s not for a few weeks b/c the doc was only available on critical payroll dates or dates we already had other doc appts. But we finally found a date to work. I hate that but it’s a juggle to keep everyone happy.

I teased Katy that there was a Hurricane Kate out there. She said “don’t tell Cody”. He will tease her! lol

Meanwhile in Texas

“Grocery Cart Little River Roo”

Better go – we have an early appt this morning and then I have to go to work! Then we kick off our weekend.

Please tell me what you are up to this weekend?????

Five Quick Ways to Reduce Stress in Today’s World

Well here she is. The 2nd video on the Less Hustle More Coffee YouTube Channel. Maybe one day we will actually get out and go on some excursions. Til then we capture what is going on around the house!

The video is in my side bar here as well and will stay here until the next video, if you can see the side bar. Usually on a computer you can see the whole blog and side bar. If you are on a phone and maybe on an ipad have more limited vision of the blog but you can see the videos in my menu section.

When you open it up it will look like this:

And you will see “About Me” and “Videos”.

Once you click on “Videos” it takes you directly to my Less Hustle More Coffee You Tube Channel.

There you can click on a video to watch it, give me a thumbs up if you like the video and subscribe if you want to see more. I’m just getting started. My goal is 100 subscribers. I have NINE at the moment! Thanks to those that have. Once you click on a video you will see at the bottom of it a chance to like, subscribe, etc.

It was a fun Sunday getting it all finished and ignoring all my responsibilities. lol.

So Sunday night and Monday night – and even lunchtime on Monday I was doing errands, making phone calls, checking over lists, catching up on laundry, ironing, doing my nails, checking up on Mom, checking in with friends.

I’m trying to make sure all the plans are in place for this Saturday’s virtual baby shower. I’ve talked about it for two months I think. It’s finally here.

George and I have plans Sunday also for his fathers day. And we have friends that invited us to come over in the afternoon for a cookout and swim. We are looking forward to that. I’m really looking forward to that.

I was feeling a little blue yesterday. I think it’s just that I want everything to go back to the way it was before COVID and before our nation began …..doing what it’s doing. I want us ALL to enjoy living a peaceful, safe, and happy life. I look at the TV and all the stupidity I see. Not going to apologize for saying that either. Because there are ways to protest and trying to take over the Nashville Capital (this mornings news silliness) is not the answer. It makes me so mad that I have to turn off the news or I’ll spend my whole day angry. It just makes me mad on so many levels what these instigators are trying to do. I believe they are instigated by someone outside of our country along with political agendas inside the country. It used to be other countries that you would see such unrest. Whoever it is orchestrating all of this is trying to oversee the downfall of our government and you see they are trying to take down the power of our police force, the power of speech, and yes, there is someone trying to take over our country I do believe. They are trying to weaken it. And are succeeding unless the government steps in and just forces all this mess to stop. I don’t believe it is all about race. I think they have stirred up the race thing as they knew it is a weak point to bring America to her knees. But if our government doesn’t watch it, we will lose America. No one needs to be mistreated, but the people who are supposedly protesting these things are doing bad things too. So it doesn’t make sense but to think they are being puppeteers from others outside. I have a feeling we are going to end up in a huge civil war. And then it’ll really get ugly.

God, when He makes His judgment on some people, is going to be furious. I’d hate to be those folks. They have a lot worse coming their way. I mean they want to burn things down? I have a feeling they will be seeing a lot of that on a future date, for a very long time. But I’ll let God decide that.

I just got myself started there. If I’ve offended anyone, I guess I have to say I can’t apologize. All I want is peace, love, happiness, and people to get along and love one another. I want us to be protected citizens from those who are trying to burn and tear up things and harm each other. Everyone should have the ability to be treated respectfully, but they have gone too far. I don’t agree with this violence. And now more than ever I believe our police and even our Army will need to show force to stop it to bring the peace. But this group is trying to tear down our country’s power to do that.

Anyway, I have payroll to close today. And I have a few things to share, but it’ll have to wait til tomorrow’s blog post.

I hope you check out my video. I added bloopers at the end! ha.

We will keep count, but today is:

9 You Tube Subscribers!

I know it’s not many. But…it’s better than 4. I thank you for helping me to grow the channel. When I get to 100 I get a link with my title in it instead of a number! lol. So it’s a goal and when we hit that one I’ll find out what the next goal is. Still so much to learn.

I better go. More tomorrow.

The Last Two Days in Screen Shots

As seen on Instagram, LOL.

I thought I’d pop in and give an update. Just a busy week. Working most all week at work this week. I was asked to delay payroll and now our server is down. If I had been able to start on Monday I wouldn’t be having to worry about it – but there is one plant that is not done. Our server went down about 3. Everything we try to do these days takes about 25 to 50% longer to accomplish. It’s hard to get anything done. It’s hard going back and forth from work and home but I am managing it. I just have to make sure I have the right files, the computer, and everything I need. No ability to print or scan slows the process. I may have to work longer days at the office and shorter days at home to be more efficient. I have no idea. I’m just trying to make it work but I’m not getting time to work on taxes much and month end and quarter end because of the time everything else is taking. Something will have to give eventually.

George’s company is off Friday for Good Friday. I’m not sure why our company is not, being that so many of them are Christians and so were the original founders, and most manufacturing DO have the day. However, it is not a holiday for us so every year I have to decide if I’m working or taking off. I’d love to claim that Saturday back that I did payroll back a couple of weeks ago and have the day off. But being that I am behind in the month, I feel like I shouldn’t take the day. I’ll be home though and I suppose I’ll work on the tax returns. So, I believe I will not take off. That usually has happened where I feel guilty not to take off. And seems to happen always around any holiday where most people take vacation time. It ends up being hard to take. But it needs to be taken sometime and I’ll have to figure it out I suppose.

A minister I listened to Sunday had pointed out this in scripture in John 16. Depending on the version you use you may or may not see the word “Home”. This was in a sermon about finding and having Peace to go along with your faith. It meant a great deal to me to kind of “heal” me from the last couple of stressful weeks where I was kinda traumatized having let someone’s anger and rudeness hurt my soul and my psyche. Being that I analyze everything and try to figure out what it was I did wrong. It makes me cringe every day – feeling like I need to look at everything from every angle and walk on egg shells as not to cause anyone to stir over something I didn’t do, didn’t know to do, didn’t think about, didn’t know about. I’ve finally just turned it over to God of course and said you handle it, and started the forgiveness process as God says to do. And not to judge one another so, this message about “Peace” is not only about this COVID mess we are in but as a follow up to remember that if God is with you no one can be against you. And we always say, “Don’t let anyone rob you of your Joy”. Well, don’t let them rob you of your “Peace”.

As if my daughter reads my mind (most likely my blog, lol) she sent me this from her devo. I laid down last night and pondered it. It does make for peaceful sleep when you can talk out your feelings to God and take use of the messages He sends you during the day, whether it be directly from His word, or thru someone else. I appreciated my daughter looking out for me and the sending of scripture in a text was a “great gift” to me – like a little golden nugget and treasure and it gave me great joy as I went to sleep.

I hope you read that in it’s completion and not just the underlines. The words “Seek my Face” during turbulent times – really resinated with me. How beautiful is that? My daughter knows I have a “high will of my own”. And most days “my will” gets tangled up with someone elses sand sometimes against God’s I’m sure. And probably in the way that I get busy doing other things and not what He would prefer. So when things go sideways which in this world is nearly every 5 minutes, I will try to remember that He says to “Seek His face” for what is happening and where to go from here.

I went for a walk on Sunday and it was really nice. The weekend was truly beautiful and peaceful for us and joyous and happy. It’s been a while since I truly kicked back and relaxed w/o so much anxiety. And even with the diverticulitis thing going on (mild case) I was good. Here’s some pic from my walk in our neighborhood.

The grass is “spring green” and the leaves are popping out on the trees, things are blooming. And there is my house right there in the curve (garage open as George was working).

Some blooms at the house. George has done a great job making the winter yard transition into a beautifully groomed “spring yard”.

And looking back to the woods behind us. Love seeing the leaves come back!

And LOOK ya’ll the Corona Virus is dying out! I found lots of COVID-19 dead viruses in the back yard.

Want to see some interesting shots from the Nashville Web Cams. No one on the streets over the weekend. However, there has been a lot of traffic in the last couple of days. I’m thinking that lots more folks are going to work or finding other work or something. But I did a snapshot of these over the weekend on my camera. I didn’t crop so it’s got the black bars.

Mount Juliet webcam
Broadway web cam

And we have over a 100 cases in our county now. Here are the details. It really jumped up. By the way, this is on the Weather Channel app. They have a Corona update map for your area.

The graph really tells a story there.

And I was happy to see the queen’s message this week. It’s interesting having watched “The Crown”. We are on the last season now on Netflix. Oh my gosh it is so good. We are also watching Ozark. And it’s like Breaking Bad – maybe even better.

And I ave a screen shot of my daughter’s dog looking at the Long Horn cows. Cody and Katy took a drive out on the ranch. I hope she doesn’t mind my screen shots. I miss Fin Fin.

And here’s a little goody for you. It might need tweaking a bit. But George made this dip for us since I’m out of my hummus. I found some black beans in the cabinet. I like a good bean dip or hummus dip. I had a snack of this with some crackers (don’t have tortilla chips). Really good.

And I’ll leave you with a pic from our office complex at work. Love the tulips! And I’m off to try to get this last payroll closed. My boss says it’ll be interesting but he has a way he thinks we can get it done through a hot spot. Nothing is ever easy! Full moon, COVID-19, server down, and severe storms on the way! I suppose we should be looking for alligators and tigers in the parking lot and earthquakes and fires and what else? I guess we’ll see what happens. I am not quite sure any of us was be surprised at this point. I heard one guy say that he wouldn’t be surprised if a rhinoceros bursted out from the tree line back behind him. He believes anything now. lol True that!