Visiting The Christmas Place Store and George’s Pizzette’s

Whenever I’m in a bad mood, I’ll just head over to the Christmas Store, where it’s happy and magical inside. It’s a bit like going through Disney. The spirit and magic of Christmas flows through you. The elves decorated the place up beautifully. I had to go around twice. The first time was for the vlog and blog as I took video and and photos. The second time I was able to take more of it in.

Did I buy something? Yes! I bought a little Roger ornament. It looked very much like him except we need to add a little pink tongue. lol. I’ll take a pic closer to Christmas when I get him back out again and hang him on the tree.

I’m pretty fond of this polar bear. And think it would be really fun to play Christmas-Opoly. I wish I had looked to see how much it was.

I know Mom was happy to get out of the house. The store was crowded though so she did a quick run through the store with mask on and back in the car. But she got some pictures and even a video.

Tis the Reason for the Season!

It really put us in the spirit yesterday. The day was cloudy and very cool with a high in the 50’s and a pretty good breeze at times. It was sweatshirt weather.

As per yesterday’s post, I guess you saw the next video was out.

I was pretty happy to have only a 2 week turnaround instead of 3. But we had a bit more downtime, less going on at home, plus I gave up some blog time.

Ok so real quick- look at the style on the left and the style on the right from those videos. I really like my style longer, without bangs, and more of a bob with long layers. And sadly, without the glasses. I almost considered going back to contacts but I think they will be hard to fit. My doctor discouraged it. So here was yesterday. No make up here and a little touch up or two, and hair not really styled and very much windblown from the day – but I chose not to get anything cut off the top. I did get the bottom cut and shaped as it will be most likely February before I’ll have time to get it cut again. I’m not even making an appointment until probably January, if then.

Mom keeps telling me my hair is not looking as good as it did. She saw me in a video earlier in the year and said my hair was grayer. And lighter and said it’s darker now and that I need to start using her shampoo to make the grey grayer (whiter) again. I guess she will just have to look at my darker hair. I hate it bothers her so as she has mentioned it several times. She’s also not hesitant to bring out flaws of anyone else she sees on TV that she does not like their looks, lol lol lol. I tried her blue shampoo and I was not fond of it. I like my shampoo set ups that I have and if it keeps me younger looking rather than a “white as snow older” look, then great! We’ll get there soon enough. Let’s not wish it there. I imagine that what she saw earlier had been cut away when I got it cut. Don’t worry, it’ll grow back and be more noticeable as it grows.

Yesterday we also went to Jason’s Deli and I had the chicken pot pie soup which was really good. I saw they had free ice cream for all – the soft serve in a mini cone. I had just had my 1 per week dessert of Key Lime Pie the day before with it’s 44 grams of sugar (yikes). But I could not turn down the free soft serve. It was more than two bites, lol. So I broke my rule. Who takes two bites out of a cone and throws the rest away? Not me. At least it was mini and I didn’t eat all of the cone. It wasn’t much.

We also went to the Dollar Tree yesterday and I bought a bunch of Christmas sacks. I did not hold back. I don’t know how much time I’m going to have to wrap this year, so I just went to town on the sacks. I bought some headbands to put my hair back with at home. They were loose and don’t grab onto my head so I can’t tell it’s there. I wore one last night running around the house.

Prayer Journaling

I was so happy yesterday and relieved to be done with quarter end. I don’t have that tension on my shoulders. I didn’t get to do my devo and prayer time and devo after my shower as we were about to head out so I did it when we got home. I had a glass of Grateful Red (making fun of the Grateful Dead, lol -a rock band) along with a shirt that says Gratitude.

Here was my entry yesterday in the prayer journal.

I not only pray to God in it but try to be detailed enough of my thoughts that some day when I’m gone, Katy or River can have it to remember me by. Not sure how long the blogs will stay on line when I’m older and decide not to pay for the separate domains anymore, so most of my online blogs will be toast at some point. Virtual space that will go POOF one day and will then belong to someone else for some other reason. So my daily journaling throughout the end of my life will be the only “blogs” left. It is a prayer journal but it houses my fears and hopes and problems. The main reason for keeping it is to reveal how God really does answer our prayers to those that believe in Him. At the end of each journal book I go back and list all the ways he answered the prayers for that book. Very powerful. He shows me so many things when I come to Him. He is a friend and a confidant and He loves to show me nature on the days we are the closest.

There were some really intense and low feeling days in the last year or so and I’ll never forget the bobcat that came and sat on my window. I mean we are in an office complex! He answered a lot of questions with that bobcat. To me it was a sign that I’m strong, that He is strong for me, and that I’m self-reliant, and that need to learn and listen more and speak less. It was also taken as a sign of change, or that change is coming. And it has and it continues to do so. Change never stops. We have to embrace what we have before us, as it will always be different as time passes.

George’s Pizzettes

He made the rosemary dough up a day ahead. And then we had our personal pizzas last night with whatever ingredients we wanted. He bought the real mozzarella!

I thought to get a pic after eating half of mine already – above is one of George’s before it was cooked, and below is half of my pepperoni one.

Yes it is as good as it looks. I also had a red wine, Rioja, with it, and it went very well together. I really liked that Rioja wine. It was dark, deep, pleasant, smooth, bold. I am not good at describing wine. I’m not a snob, lol. But it worked well!

We have a little “beggar” in the house. Miss Fancy Lou!

George was happy to comply by giving her some shredded cheese.

I noticed that Little Bit had circled every hour on the hour from about 3:30 to 8:30 so George let him in. We have to work on his winter box and get it on the porch so he has a warm bed again. He stayed in for a little while and then we put him out with treats. It was not supposed to get to cold last night.

Sleep was good last night. Not much time for housework either. The house will probably not get a good cleaning until after we move Mom and will probably be “on the go” or a bit at a time as needed – as it becomes urgent – lol. I will probably not dust again until the day after Thanksgiving. lol lol. When I’m redecorating for Christmas that day.

Today’s agenda includes the following:

Getting the blog done, laundry finished, ironing, changing George’s sheets, getting Halloween candy to take to work as I’ve been eating some fellow coworker’s Reese’s – just the “one or two bites” -lol. I have to restock a few things for the work week. We are going to look at fridge’s today with Mom. Although we don’t have measurements yet for the area so we can’t really buy anything yet til we know for sure. And then we are going for Cori Dogs if they are open. I may go in Penny’s for a second. And maybe bath and body works. I have a coupon for a free item with any purchase.

Ok, not sure if I will be here tomorrow or Wednesday. I go into work early on Tuesday so no blog then. If I have anything new to share I’ll be here tomorrow, if not probably Wednesday. Tomorrow we go see Mom’s new house, so I’ll be itching to share on Wednesday for sure! We are very excited. We have to take a “pluggable item” with us tomorrow so we know if the electrical outlets work. I’m going to video it and also take pics. And then also do a real walk through to test things without the camera in hand. Then I have to be at work by 12:30 to do time sheets and prep for Tuesday’s payroll. But I’m off on Friday which means I will have to bust butt during the week and it’s also month end. But I have til the 15th. Ye Ha. Busy times.

You have a good week too! Our fall leaves really just started turning good the last few days. So I’m hoping to get some photos soon, if I have time for mini photo shoot with the good camera. But that is not priority right now. More later. Let me know if you made it to the end. Long one today.

Mother’s Day Update, Contract on Mom’s House, and Upcoming Hair Cut

We had a nice Mom’s day. A few more errands to run and George had booked us a Mother’s Day Buffet at MoCara’s in Lebanon which used to be one of our favorite restaurants until they shut down in Covid. Now they do catering and events only. It’s an event venue now. Hoping the restaurant comes back, especially as we will be spending more time in Lebanon. We were already spending time in Lebanon anyway before Mom picked a house to be built there. We are on the edge of Mount Juliet and Mom is on the edge of Lebanon so we are going to be 15 min away once the house is built. I’ve grown to love that area more and more.

Here was a pic I took inside MoCara’s. There were people all around but there was this one spot I felt comfortable taking a pic of.

In true Tennessee fashion, we had a build up of storms that came across in 3 waves across the day. Our radar has been lit up like this off an on all spring. I’ve mentioned before that I’m just “over it”. We have paid our dues! We managed to avoid having to drive in the big storms but here was a snapshot at the radar Sunday evening. Gotta love the Macy’s underwear ad at the bottom, LOL. Go figure.

Spring Storms Continued on Mother’s Day

My gift from Katy came in yesterday. A coffee “tea towel” and a shower spritzer tablet which I used this morning and it made my shower smell so good.

Are You Ready for the News? Contract on Mom’s House!

Mom got 6, maybe 7 offers on the house – I think one came in at the last minute. All or most of them I believe were over asking price. And two of them were SIGNIFICANTLY OVER the asking price, one was cash and one was not – one was with home inspection and one was not. Mom decided which she would take. It was a different choice than George and I would have taken, but she had to pick as it was her decision and she has a good argument for the one she picked. So we were all pleased.

I had tears in my eyes when I saw the offers. The Lord answered our prayers. He is taking care of Mom and seeing that she has what she needs to make this move and to be able to meet her needs. I shed a few tears at the numbers and that God was seeing Mom through. I also shed tears as I know it was a hard day for Mom. While she keeps saying she knows she has to do this and it was her choice, it’s still the place she shared with Dad and had many memories. So a bitter sweet day for sure.

So we are ON to the next steps of planning as we have an idea of closing date and date to be out of the house. We will be reserving a cargo van – if we can get one to increase our load capacity. The packing can now get serious as the house doesn’t have to show anymore so long as this contract sticks. And we can schedule the storage unit now. And begin to see how big of a U-Haul we will need.

We also have to schedule the “Plan Review” on Mom’s new house. We think it will be Monday and this one can be on Zoom. I’ve told them any time and we’ll just let that be our lunch hour. I’ll have to see what time they give us but it needs to be Monday or Tuesday and Tuesday is my payroll closing day so that is not good for me. I mean I could stay later by an hour or come in early – I could make it work if I had to, but it makes it harder of a day as Monday is so much better. I just don’t want the headache of having to deal with it Tuesday. It’s best to just focus on payrolls on Tuesday.

Misc Updates

I bought this sign – the “home sweet home” sign. It comes with 4 different messages. The slip in and out of the side. I was so happy with this find at Tractor Supply for $16.99. I used the ship to store method and didn’t have to pay shipping on it. I wanted it to make Mom feel more special as she stays with us while waiting for her house to be built. I want her to feel welcome here for the time she is here with us and I want it to be a special time for her. I want us to have fun, eat well, laugh often, and be worry free, anxiety free, and we get to enjoy having another dog in the house. Fancy is up there in years. But not in as bad of shape as Roger.

Roger has intensely been sleeping a lot more lately. For two days he has hardly walked, but slept. 😦

He had a little bit of energy when we got home last night. He ate and then crawled back in the bed. I need to wash his blankets again and refresh them for him. I will focus on that tonight.

George fixed little pizzas last night using Naan bread crusts. Oh my gosh they were so incredibly good. They were pepperoni and green pepper.

We have continued to watch “Designated Survivor” and will continue until it is finished. Just a few more shows. Then we will find another to get caught up in. What do you like watching on Netflix?

I get my hair cut tomorrow after work. I’m going shorter! Significantly shorter. I just don’t have the styling time and I need a cut I can just blow dry and go. I’m having to put mine in barrettes and it doesn’t work well. It’s so thick in the back. I’ve taken several screen shots of the ones I like but I’m thinking something like this:

Or like this

I just want to do away with the bob for now and then let it grow back again. I always enjoy the growing out stage from a cut like above to the bob again. And I will schedule the follow up cut for 12 weeks. lol. It seems that it does better when letting it grow out some and cutting it again rather than continuing to keep it shaped. I don’t know why. My only explanation I can think of is that it just gets too choppy with too many layers and as it grows it thickens and just looks better.

This one is nice too but not sure my hair will do exactly that. And honestly not sure I want that much stacking going on in the back. So I won’t show my hair stylist this one so she doesn’t get confused. But I like the sides and top. The stacking thing does not style as well on the sides when it grows out. So I nix this one but I do like body this has below. I’m ok with going back to 90’s hair styles. lol. I just want one that works. I don’t want a “birds nest” though and I don’t really want curls either. Nor frizz. But a cute short cut seems to be back in style some. I’ve been seeing people get them as they come out of Covid.

Here’s a pic of me as I grew out of a shorter cut but before it went into the bob stage.

Makes me want to color my hair again! But I likely will not.

Whatever cut I get, I figure it’ll end up being like the above. I always end up with a Laura Bush cut as that is just how my hair does. lol

Video update? Yep, it’s almost finished. I just have to go through it one more time and check audio levels and lighting levels, do the thumbnail and post. I think I’ll have it up and loaded by the weekend. Yippee Yay. Warning though. It’s about 22 minutes. That is about all I could cut for the video to make sense. So get your popcorn ready and your patience, lol.

Then I’ll need to go through and set up some more video files. I have lots of videos to do, but my iPhone photo/video file is getting full and I need to drag them over and get some off my phone!

Ya’ll have a good Tuesday. Be back in a couple of days. It works well to share video/blog time in the mornings – every other day. That way I get my video fix in.

Take care. Thanks for reading my updates!

Fast Food, Sick Dog, a Homemade Pizza, and Minimizing in 2021

I succumbed yesterday to fast food. Having not eaten a burger in a while, it sounded good. I’d been craving one for a while. I even had fries and a coke just to see how it was. When I eat McDonald’s fries though, I always remember the taste is not worth the calories. They are stiff and cardboard like. I like crinkle fries and home fries I guess. Much rather have a baked potato but those are hard to come by in fast food. McDonald’s is the only one near me but I can drive 15 to 20 minutes to get to others and usually don’t want to drive that far. The quarter pounder (double) was excellent though. And was exactly what I wanted.

Work was busy with me trying to catch up from working from home the day before. First there is rehooking up the computer and getting the one monitor to work with my laptop screen. Never was able to get that going where it would extend so gave up and used the one monitor solo. Unpacked my boxes. I cut a manual check and did my garnishment check run and then I couldn’t do anything else til I put up all the files from the box. But I had to print the tax receipts from what I’d paid in taxes the day before at home b/c I can’t print from home so I have to save it as a PDF and email myself. I printed all those off and matched it up to the tax info for each state I filed in. Then I had to run a mock payroll to get a net amount for a couple of checks we had to cut early. I had to load a PNC bank card with funds for that and will have to run all that less an advance through payroll for the w-2 and payroll records to balance out. Then finally I worked through all the stack from yesterday and paid the things I couldn’t pay from home as I didn’t have all the info yet – it was turned in the day I was home but had to wait til I got to work to get it. Anyway, what a mess. You get so behind even on one day trying to work from home.

My boss told me to just work in the office that we had too much to do in December/January to be working from home. We need to get ahead and not behind. So I sent a email to HR letting them know I’d be in the office. It truly was a waste of time. I think it’s about a 2.5 to 3 hour loss of productivity if not more for each day worked at home. Not on my end but just having to stage the packing, match the papers up and print everything the next day and so forth. The biggest single factor is the inability to print and scan. The other factor is having all the files you need. You either need to be set up in one place or the other.

So long story short when asked to be there today to sign checks, YES – YES I will be there. I probably would have been there anyway. As much as I’d treasure working from home. I really would, I’m responsible enough to realize it just won’t work if you don’t have what you need and the waggin back and forth of a filing system is not feasible.

So yeah there is THAT. I tried. It wasn’t working. So NIXED that real quick. I’m taking my monitor back to my office today. Also – I’m keeping the keyboard, mouse and ethernet cord and desk in place for a while because should I get COVID or someone around us get it – we may have no choice and at least I’ll be ready for hookups. It would be better to get some work done than none for sure.

Maisy Update

I wish I had good news. While we did seem to turn a corner and she will eat a bit a couple of times a day, her appetite is not normal. She eats about 3 to 10 bites. Very small small bites. She likes the chicken juice/broth. But she won’t eat much and even though she has eaten since Monday she has not pooped. I will be calling the vet today. And will be making our follow-up appointment. I want to George and I to be together for this. Because if the x-rays are not good and the prognosis is not good, we will have to make some tough decisions. She is no longer having a quality life and I’d say at this point suffering, and yes, she is not eating enough so I’d say starving herself. If she can’t get any better…..it will be time to let her go. My heart breaks. I knew this could be a roller coaster ride. I had hopes when she started eating. I thought God was going to heal her. But I also know He is in control. It’s not that I don’t believe He will heal her. It’s whether He wants to. I know that He is going to do whatever He thinks best for us. It might be that He thought we needed more time together so he has sustained her for a bit longer. But her appetite is still waning and it’s not getting stronger. She still wants to be near me. I’m thankful for that. We snuggled again last night. But I can’t stand to see her waste away. You can see how little her body is versus her head. She is just hanging on and hanging on. So unless God provides a miracle, things are just slowly going backward. If she would poop it’d give me a bit more hope. I’m just a complete soppin’ mess right now. I get it when people say they don’t want another one after losing one. Their lives are so short and it hurts so damn much. But I love her enough to let her go if she is going to suffer and waste away. She hates taking those pills too that we have to force down her. Yet she doesn’t get mad at us for it.

Our New Quick Pizza Go To

George has always fixed pizzettes – little pizza’s but he made the bread crust homemade the day before. This time he used Naan Bread. He bought pasta sauce and the fixin’s. Forgive my messy table below. It’s a catch all for George and sometimes me. But our personal pizza was better than any we could have had delivered.

Mine had pepperoni, bacon, cheddar cheese (that is what we had), parmesan cheese, hamburger (he had made some for Maisy). He drizzled balsamic glaze on it. It was soooooo good. I think we’ll have to fix this again sometime. He fixed two for me so I have the 2nd one for lunch today!

I began working on Christmas cards last night. Even though I did about 8 of them already with personal little messages in side, I am still on the C’s. Well, you know there are a lot of family members with C. lol I’m not sending out a whole lot but sending out a few to bring a bit of cheer and joy here and there.

So, I need to go finish getting ready. It’s a rainy day here today. But it’s jeans and sweatshirt day. I have a new pink sweatshirt. I think I got it in Texas. Or may have been a deal on line. I have had to wait for the right weather to wear it.

Minimizing as a Goal for 2021

I’ve not mentioned this before on the blog but it’s been weighing on my mind to minimize my wardrobe. And frankly to minimize a lot of things. It’s funny how we spend so much time gathering things but it’s time to minimize a bit. I don’t know why that has come over me to do so. It’s just something that has occurred to me. Like when I do laundry. There’s always the same pieces that come through. Why do we hold on to the rest? Someone else that likes that style could be wearing it, etc.

When I go through our basement I see such a mess of things not used. It’s fine to keep the things you use or even might use on occasion. But I want to tackle a few things down there as well. We really need a trip to the dump too! ha.

I have several goals for 2021. It’s just a good time to “rethink” things as they are, stretch for new things, and give up some old. Maybe a weird year for it, but the goals I have in mind are perfect for a Pandemic that goes into the next year. I may have rolled my eyes a bit when I typed that.