Tortilla Pizzas, Frozen Raspberries, Painting Kit for a Granite Countertop, and Boycotting Grocery Prices

Since going to Slim and Huskies a few weeks ago I suggested we try and make tortilla pizzas ourselves. Well it worked beautifully. You brush olive oil on the tortilla and then the sauce and cheese and decorate however you want it with your favorite toppings. Mine had pepperoni, chicken (from frozen grilled chicken tender slices), green bell pepper, and chives, and mozzarella cheese and I sprinkled parmesan on top. Last night we had them for a 2nd time as we still had the fixings to use up. George had a few other ingredients on his like jalapeño and banana peppers.

This makes the pizza seem a little less fattening. And there are all kinds of tortillas out there – some even healthy – so I guess you could try using various kinds. I wish we’d thought of this years ago. Our brains our funneled to think of tortillas as a Mexican dish and only for use in tacos and burritos. So dinner was fabulous the last two nights. Quick and easy fixes too. Quick and easy eats for those new puppy parents with their hands full.

Dexter, aka beagle/golden retriever mix, definitely has his spastic moments. We have to be on our toes to be able to redirect his energy with walks, tennis ball throws, and so forth. I need a little time to reorganize some things in the house but won’t get that time til tomorrow.

George and I have decided to “divide and conquer” life til this little guy is a little older, more trained, and more self contained. We have to work with him and spend time with him. But on the other hand we still have to work and take Mom places and the weekends are just as busy as the work week with little time at home. So we are going to take turns with Mom and store and put a lot of life on hold right now as we very importantly take care of the little guy and train him. He’s a project. So today I’m taking Mom to get her Fancy dog trimmed and groomed, out to eat, to Lowe’s and to Belk, to get Fancy and then take her back home again. George offered to take Mom to church tomorrow to give me a day at home so I can get our laundry done, get the house puppy proofed and organized more, and get sheets changed on both our beds, floors mopped, coffee ground up, meds and supplements in their daily dispenser, and reboot life! Perhaps some where in there I can put in some fun? Life is definitely not balanced but I’m taking him up on his offer and I will do my devo at home while I take care of things here tomorrow. Life is just too much right now. But I’m so glad we have Dexter (it’s like having a new born or a toddler all over again) in which we both take sigh of relief when he is “sleeping”.

Only he is ready to get up about 3:30 in the morning. Usually I can convince him to go back to sleep but the dang deliver guy delivered something at 3:50 as he had just about settled back down. So there is car lights and then soon after a flash light outside my window. The dog begins barking (hadn’t heard much of that until now), and I open my Nest app to see what it is. I easily see it is a delivery guy. Now that would have scared the bejeebies out of me if I had been taking the dog out this morning at that time and a car had pulled up and gotten out. Might have scared him too! lol So George got up to see what the barking was about. So I just fixed a pot of coffee as we were all up at this point. No sleeping late today. The coffee is good. My guess is that I will end up having to go to bed early to be able to get in enough sleep. I have been very sleepy this week on the drive home from work. Short by an hour or more every night and about 6 to 7 hours short for the week. So it’s another adjustment we will figure out.

A friend told me to grab one of these and try it. In the freezer at work. I thought it was yogurt but it’s frozen berries dipped in chocolate. It was so good. It did have about 12 or 13g of sugar. Added sugar mostly, so something to consider and not do very often. It was refreshing for a 90 degree day.

So, someone in the family was redoing some cabinets and in the feed someone talked about painting their countertops. I have known that you could do this on your own to give a granite look. But I wasn’t confident in my skills to pick the right colors and patiently mark off our kitchen for days while we did it, but I didn’t know they had kits! That takes the guess work and the color mix decisions out. And gives a more guided kit to work with – less chance of things to go wrong. I’ve never talked with anyone that has done this so there is research to be done, but this is an option I’m willing to go with when we redo our kitchen. When I say “redo” I’m not planning a huge redo but we will have to upgrade the stove top and plan to install a double oven. We may have to redo some of the cabinets but I am hoping we can find something that fits already. We will do new nobs for the cabinet doors and drawers (36 of them).

There’s really not much to tell ya’ll. Just working all week! Dealing with doggie in the evenings. I took Mom out to eat Wed night to Outback and we spent about $40 on steak each splurging and buying our own meal. It has really gone up. I won’t do that again for a while. We went to the store after. The next night while George went home to dog dog, I went and did more of our own grocery shopping so I had a few things for work and then things to fix the pizza with.

Also I’m starting to boycott grocery prices. It’s really the only way I can make a difference. I normally just go and buy the brands that I want not looking at the price. But with prices going up and gas going up and all, I’m starting to be picky. The one with the lowest price gets my vote and I’ll buy it – unless I’m wary of it being something that won’t taste good. But for most things I’m going with the cheaper option. This will force the other brands to consider lowering their price – if everyone begins doing the same. It’s just the only way I can make a difference as an individual. So I will be trying to do more things like make my own tea. (I like to have tea at work sometimes to sip on and have been buying the individual bottles of unsweet tea.) I’d like to try making our own bread but then there is a time problem with that. I do want to experiment though with a recipe I have had. Bread hasn’t been that expensive but that was just already on my list of things I wanted to do at home.

What are you doing to offset grocery costs, fuel costs, and the pinching of pennies? I’m a little concerned about having to spend so much money just to get to work each week. At some point is it going to be worth even working? lol. We may all have to get remote jobs we can do from home. Here’s a six second clip of me at the gas tank yesterday.

We have also face timed with our Little Roo. It is pandemonium at our house when we get home – feeding spastic dog, walking spastic dog, feeding cat, and trying to coordinate talks with River Roo at same time but we wouldn’t want to miss out on a thing! I feel like I’m not effective though at doing it all at once. My mind is on overdrive and I can’t seem to do a very good job of splitting my attention. Finally after dog walked and fed I could sit and enjoy talking to River Roo! He is walking and talking! And growing! And they are going to the beach. I’m so jealous! I guess it’ll be a living forever before I get to see a beach again with all we have going on here, but one day I will.

Ok so I have started the laundry for the weekend, but need to get in the shower and get ready to go get Mom and Fancy. I’ll be back Sun afternoon or Monday morning.

I have already cleaned the debris of the last video and have set in motion the clips and photos for the next video. The next one is our anniversary day out in Nashville and also of us going through our freezer to see what all is in it. So I’m looking forward to getting a few moments every other day to edit this. Hopefully it won’t take as long and I hope our internet speeds are better for the uploads. Taking 2 to 3 days to upload to YouTube is almost enough to deter my doing the videos, lol!

Ok over and out, but the goal of this weekend is to clean, organize, puppy proof, and get more efficient since we have Dexter Dog. There is stuff everywhere as we have piled things from the floor onto any horizontal space we could find. You might even find shoes on the kitchen counter at this point, lol. So we are out of our comfort zones right now with the house and having to redo it a bit. I don’t even know where to put his food! But we have to put things where we use them. We had dogs before but we have filled up the spaces and bins. So I will need to get a few more baskets I suppose.

Well need to go. Dog dog is getting into everything – currently chewing on my curtains. So gotta gooooooooo! I need to shower and get ready to go any way.

“No No Dexter………”

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!