Hot Temps, Frantic Hair Cut, and Dog’s Black Poop

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I thought maybe some of you could use a “cool down” out there. It has been a scorcher of a couple of days which is record breaking for some of us as we have reached near 100 degree temps already for June. Usually those types of numbers hit us in late July and August and even into the early days of September. Some of us are wishing for winter already, lol. Our winters here can be pretty mild. I love and enjoy warmer weather but it seems like in TN we go from cool to hot too quickly.

So what is going on? Well, it’s been a busy work week but all going well. I got my hair cut and it turned out different but ok. The lady that cut it, cut it so quickly and seemed so impersonal. I’m used to an hour long experience and it was 20 minutes. I guess I shouldn’t complain as she did a pretty good job but I felt like I was on a merry go round at 55 miles and hour and spit out on the other end in a hurry. The shampoo was nice but also quick. I guess she has learned to hurry so she gets more people in and gets more money. Her kids were also there and I think she might have been in a huge hurry. I made an appointment again though and we will see how the hairdo goes. I really enjoy the slow cutting and someone playing with my hair. Do you? But as much as I complain about not having time these days I guess I will still stay with her for a while. I like the salon itself. It’s not badly priced but I could do better. I’m still in decision mode. To change to a different person within the salon would not be something I would do. So we’ll see how the hair cut does. It seemed like an expensive cut but for a walk in experience. How would you feel? She hardly even wanted to talk and was not very friendly. She didn’t even greet me now that I think of it. Just called my name and took me to shampoo and didn’t really seem interested in how I wanted it cut. I don’t know, it was just so impersonal and I felt like a number. I may just do something different next time. Like I say if I love the cut I may stick with the schedule. The one that cut my hair last time was so good and she left the salon. Ok enough ranting. Here’s a clip I did on Instagram. I’m @lesshustlemorecoffee if you want to follow on IG. I do periodic stories if something is on my mind or something interesting is happening. I try to put a few things on there but it’s hard to do it all day long like some do. ;-O. Here’s is story 1 of 3. Just a few seconds of a clip.

So Dexter goes to the vet today and gets his next round of shots. He has done well in the last few days. Monday though, I got on to him and I think it scared him and he started barking at me. I think we were both confused. I thought he was trying to establish rank over me so the more he barked the louder and madder I got. And we ended up being mad at one another. We both had to apologize. I remember doing this with Maisy. And then we were big buds. So I held him and rubbed his tummy and said it’s ok and he rolled over and submitted and wanted me to pet his tummy. I think he was just scared and defending himself. But I have since learned you try to redirect them. That said it seems to set him off if I stare at him and point my finger. I just don’t want any aggression. Matter of fact I won’t have it in the household. But I think we are all just trying to get used to one another. I will say that he is learning the rules but he’s very much a puppy and will be for a while.

He came running through the house with a roll of toilet paper – twice! We have to remember to shut the door! He gets into the smaller trash cans and has been found chewing on cotton balls and make up wipes, laundry wipes, sticky note pad, bath mat, puppy pads, shoes, and so forth. He is learning “no no” and doing much better with that in recent days. He minds more and is understanding more. He knows “Daddy” and “Momma” now. He has done extremely well at night still.

He has learned to break through to the living room while we are gone so we have to try and reinforce that door. He doesn’t seem to bother cords and is leaving the furniture alone for the most part. He hasn’t tried to puppy bite me much. If he does I will yelp like a sibbling puppy would and he quits. He is more manageable this week than last week. Last week he was a hurricane at times or a very unpredictable problem, we needed to figure out. This week he is more like just a thunderstorm. I guess each week will get easier. George has been working with him training using a clicker. Once I know more I’ll let you know how that works. Right now I think he is mainly associating the clicker with treats. It’s progression training you take them through. He does pretty well with “sit” unless he is in hyper active mode. lol.

I was concerned going to bed last night as he had a very black poo. There was no question it was black. But this morning his poo was normal. So I will mention it to the vet today as we will be there anyway but the internet scared me to death – black poo is not good! So I hope it was just a fluke. Has your dogs every had black poo and then go back to normal?

I am doing my exercises in the mornings. And this morning I did a 20 minute walking and stretching video to the 50’s music – using Improved Health on YouTube. She does a style I really like. I have been doing mainly 10 to 15 minutes and am starting to do more 20 min ones. Thirty will be hard to do as it will cut into other times. I’ll have to get up earlier to do that. I’m already rushing to get this blog done today and fifteen minutes past my goal time.

Let’s see…Mom…I had an order I did for her and it was cancelled but today I think it will be delivered. The other one they Fed Ex driver said it was undeliverable. I guess there were too many construction vehicles and he couldn’t get by? There are a lot of homes being built near her. Anyway that was a pain. I had to call Amazon and ask what was going on.

I also had to call Publix as I am not getting my Rx alerts. But, got that sorted and my Rx is ready but I won’t have time to go get it until probably Friday night on the way home from work.

The next video is scheduled and will be live this Saturday at 7 a.m. on YouTube. The channel is the same name as the blog “Less Hustle More Coffee”. I will put an embed here Saturday after it goes live. It is the video of how we made it 30 years, our Anniversary evening, and also a pretty fun adventure and a bit of humor – going through our freezer and finding some surprises! George is a mess, lol. The upload was much less of a hassle with the upgrade to our internet recently. Yay! It was pretty easy and I didn’t have to come check on it multiple times.

Anyway, I need to finish getting ready and find something for this live wire of a dog to do! lol

PTO Day, Poop – There it IS, Old Dog, and Video Editing Day

Well, look how messy my office is. I even have major crumbs on the floor at my feet – popcorn, tortilla chips – ha! Isn’t that a creator type at work? What a messy little spot on the planet. I must clean today!

It gets worse than that. After George left, Roger decided to poop in the hallway and then he stepped in it and left a line of poop tracks up and down the hallway in which I had about 8 feet to scrub and clean. I had just woken up and had that to do before I could sit and enjoy my coffee. When I got through with that, I went to the kitchen to find the SAME, but at least it was on linoleum. Then he stepped in his food bowl and all that went everywhere. I finally got to sip some hot coffee about an hour after I’d been up.

I don’t normally do Poop shots on social media. But I’ll post it to soak up your sympathy, LOL LOL LOL.

He needs a bath and a trim again. Bless his little heart. I know some of you have said “it’s time”. But it is hard to let them go when they still peacefully enjoy life. He has no pain that we can tell, he just loves to eat, sleep, have his meals, eat his treats, and loves it when we are home with him. He loves to go outside some. He’s just content. Yes, it might be inconvenient but that is not a reason to “let them go”. He’s been such a source of joy. And he still is most days. But he’s a little more work these days as he needs a little more care. You can tell by looking at him we don’t bother him for a grooming much as he no longer cares for it and can’t stand for too long. I should probably work on his feet some though to get hair off his paws. We discovered that is why he slides on the linoleum as his hair is grown out on the foot pads. But I’m afraid to do his nails.

He’s never been the prettiest when he sleeps but that his part of Roger’s charm. He’ll get a bath this weekend and maybe we’ll get him trimmed next weekend or so. I’m not sure we have time this weekend. We have to do it ourselves and it’s usually while he is sitting or lying, which is very difficult.

No blog entry yesterday. I was trying to get housework done, laundry done, cleaning after Roger and then I had my video to edit and work on. This dishwasher had a back log and I didn’t want to have to wait for round two for a clean kitchen so I tossed them all in sudsy water and got those done. Some things also don’t go in the dishwasher. When we drink our fancy subscription coffee we use china cups! Also the crystal drink glasses have a gold rim and they don’t go in the dishwasher either.

I’m happy to say that most of the Christmas video is finished. I really just need to go through it again, check for sound issues, make sure I’m happy with it, add in a couple of overlay photos and then I think I can start on the Texas video, which to me is going to be my favorite I think. I have some good footage for that one. Most of the rest of the footage is just things here at home for Feb and March – us working on projects and things. So we need to plan some excursions so I can have some things more interesting to vlog about. But I always manage to throw a video together just on various things. I NOW KNOW I can make something from nothing. lol But our excursions are fun. I’m torn between time out and doing things and time in and learning and reading and watching and creating. Sometimes I wish there were two of me, but that would be a scary thought for some. Did you see that movie Multiplicity? LOL. If not you should see if you can find it and watch it. It was great and a funny movie too. A guy figured out how to clone himself. Each time he did a copy of a copy as the original one was busy so he always sent the most recent clone to go get cloned again. Life was so busy he needed 4 of himself. But something started going wrong as he did a clone of a clone – the 4th one was really goofy. LOL

Well, I don’t really have a lot of interesting things to add to today’s post. I was just happy to be off yesterday. Although yesterday morning while scrubbing pooped on carpeted floors, I did notice that working at my work job was definitely more fun. By afternoon though I was able to get my proper prayer and devo done and work on the movie. George had been emailing me all day about various things, but I DO NOT DO EMAIL on my days off. Matter of fact, I rarely do email EVER unless I’m at work! I have known people that didn’t ever even look at their work email (if they did they soon ignored it) so at least I DO look at MY work email! I have to make myself look at my personal email. If a person needs me, they best text me. I’ll likely see that. I get so many emails I don’t even turn on the alerts for them. It’s too annoying. So I missed his dinner questions.

When George came home I really didn’t want to STOP working on the movie though. I didn’t want the vacation day to end. As the sun went lower in the sky I wanted to reach out and push it back up! I needed more time. We didn’t have anything planned for dinner and I wasn’t going to give up my precious PTO time to cook dinner either during my specially chosen time to be creative. And I cleaned poop this morning, so I deserved a meal out? LOL LOL. Anyway George went out and got Chinese. We watched an IMAX movie about the ocean as narrated by Johnny Depp and someone else, I can’t remember, sorry. I don’t recommend it anyway. I was glad when it was over and I went back worked on the video again and pretty much finished it off. Now to work on the Title and Thumbnail and as mentioned, review it etc.

So today we are going to do an Aldi run. I’ve not been there in a while. Looks like it will be a pretty day today. We are also going to run by Lowe’s. We may go get a burger as I have a little left on a gift card. But the BIG NEWS is that we are going by Lowe’s to look at flooring options – not to buy yet – but we really want to look at the options, the pricing, and so forth. I asked George about how much of the house we should do and he said “the whole thing”. I’m not sure he meant downstairs though. I think just the upper. I was happy with that. It needs the upgrade. Right now our entire household is really starting to look outdated. George doesn’t like to upgrade anything unless it is broken. I’m the broken one here. It gets to where I want to move out when everything begins to look outdated. He doesn’t like it when we update something because he says I already start on the next thing. Well of course, I’m a person that takes improvement seriously. It’s who I am. I am woman and I like things to be neat and tidy and aesthetically pleasing! If that is a flaw, I’ll take it. It’s what we do as women. We plump our nests so that we want to stay there. Otherwise, we will enjoy looking at the nice fresh updated houses on the real estate market – or the latest RV’s where she can create her own space! Best keep you woman happy out there men! It’s expensive either way!

So excited there are still two days left of the weekend! I should have the video up on Sunday. And then I can begin to work on my to do list some more. Never have enough time to do all the things I really want to do! But I keep trying!

Poop Saves the Day, Buying Casual Clothes during Pandemic, and My To Do List

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I’ve kept calling this a roller coaster ride. I knew it would be. Life is like that. Forrest got it wrong. It’s not a box of chocolates. But I have good news and I don’t know what to say but just to say it outright. Maisy POOPED! Well, maybe life IS like a box of chocolates!

Since “THE MOMENT” she has been a bit more perky, walked more, felt like moving around, jumped on the sofa by herself. She has had more of an appetite. She has eaten more. We bought two rotisserie chickens – one for the dogs and one for us. They were 2 for $10. It will last a few days for them I think and likely this is even cheaper than the Fresh Pet. Roger doesn’t even want fresh pet anymore either, much like Maisy. I’m wondering if we had a tainted batch or if there is just such preservative or something in them that is impacting them. So I’m not buying any more of it. I have a feeling these two will be eating steak and chicken – sometimes from a can. That is way too salty but we’ll probably be keeping Kroger’s in business with rotisserie chickens.

So yeah, a turnaround. Also the meds are almost all finished except for the liver pill. We are cancelling tomorrow’s vet appointment as she is not “suffering” now. The simple act of a POOP can literally spare one’s life. That made all the difference. I think the perkiness is coming back because the meds are ceasing. However, she has yet to bark and the cough she had has ceased which is a good thing. When she barks and stands on her hind legs again, we’ll know she is a LOT better.

So for now, we are happy that we have her for a bit longer. Let’s hope she keeps up the eating and the poopin’ and that is her sustenance. My spirits are lifted. I rested a lot yesterday despite laundry, kitchen cleaning, refitting the bed with fresh sheets, and shopping online. I played a lot on that game, just dreading the inevitable.

When I took my shower yesterday and went to get dressed, I wanted to wear sweats and a warm but comfy tunic of some sort – all in the laundry which I was in the middle of doing. We are just home so much now I’m needing more clothes for “home”. All of my pants are cropped for summer wear around the house. I guess I’ve always just stayed in jammies until I shower and we go out somewhere – but now I’m wanting to hang in the day time with sweats and a long comfy shirt. I couldn’t find anything in my closet to meet the criteria. We had a couple of places where some $$ came our way recently so I decided “what the heck” – order something for once to wear around the house. Here’s what I ended up with.

Who doesn’t need some GOOD VIBES?

I debated about “was I getting too much grey?” And decided “yeah I probably was”. I went back to change colors and ended up with the grey again. I just liked the grey better. It goes good with jeans or black legging/gym pants, or the grey sweats I ordered. And it matches my persona which is mostly just boring and working on to do items, or pondering some mission, or using up my energy with grey matter. It’s the color of rain. It blends in. How perfect. And the 2nd two on a cold day with my dress pants I could likely add a necklace and call it work clothes too. Other colors would have certainly spelled out “sweatshirt”. So I went with my first pick in the colors. Now to see if they fit.

I’m hoping these work ok in size. I will disappointed if they do not. But they seem perfect for the house and to grocery shop in. I normally didn’t wear sweats to the store or gym pants – but guess what, I do now!

Yesterday I decided I was not going to dress up much for the world anymore. I mean I don’t really have a job that I see people anymore but those around me. I’ll honor our dress code, but I have already been changing my wardrobe this past year. So this is not a new thing. I have starting ordering more casual and picking out things to wear that are more casual. Those dressier items – unless they are uber comfy – they are going into the office closet where I keep my off season clothes. I don’t want to completely strip of them. You never know when you might need them. Of course in the COVID world – we can’t even go to a funeral without a huge risk.

Speaking of risks. We have a party we are invited to next Saturday. I’m not sure we should go. I’m not even sure what the rules are for parties. I’ve not heard that it is cancelled. And it makes me sad to think of it, but I’m wondering if we should go. We have really been laying low other than groceries since about Thanksgiving – maybe even a week or two before that. I had hoped the virus would be less cases by now but the numbers of someone having the virus at a gathering is a much higher percent than it ever was. This makes me sad. I’m so ready to see people. I heard there was a no gathering rule of 8 or more but not sure whether it was Nashville proper, or Nashville’s county (Davidson) or a Tennessee rule itself. I wasn’t paying much attention. But we’ll have to decide that in the next week and how much risk we are willing to take. And the decision may come for us if the host cancels. These things just make me sad b/c I’m ready to see people and enjoy the holiday festivities. But so many events have become virtual or none at all. We certainly don’t want the virus for Christmas and we want to be able to go see our newborn grandson in January or sooner if he comes early.

We’ve all slept good even though we had a overnight outing to “do pp business” with Roger and Maisy, we were able to sleep in this morning. And so far this morning I’ve used up my games energy and have probably just finished up Christmas online.

So today’s agenda?

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I need to go to the dollar tree or the dollar store and get some more Christmas cards. I was sure I had enough and was trying to be frugal, but I’m about five short. What happened to sending a few? lol I worked on them yesterday and realized I’m running out. So I’ll dash out for that.

I need to sort through all the Amazon boxes and start the wrapping process. We need to prep a shipment to Katy and Cody. I can pick out my new Audio book as the month has turned again. That one is not urgent as I have plenty.

I need to change my autoship in the system I use to include Strawberry shake. I was trying not to order more shakes til I finished the canisters but I have an aversion to the canister shakes now. I think too much air gets in them and tarnishes the flavor over time. I’ve held on to the ones that have not expired to soothe my guilt. I bought every flavor when it came out and just didn’t finish them fast enough. I will not ever do that again. But back then I was making some money off the business and getting a lot of product free. But I miss my strawberry flavor so I’ll add that into the next auto ship.

And if I get through with all that or get tired of wrapping, lol, I will take some pics of the Christmas decor. I’ve not done that yet. I also need to video a segment of it. I think I’ll wait til closer til Christmas. But I could also work on the next video some since I’m ready to do that. And we will see where that leads.

My mood is so much better today with Maisy’s turn around. Her ability to poop had become crucial. So let’s hope her digestive system continues to work. Thank you for your prayers and comments everyone. I could feel your support. I knew you could feel my sadness and hurt. That means so much to know that people connect even through web pages. To be honest I could feel people’s support that never even said a word. I appreciate those “thoughts” too.

So off be with the day and it will fun to see what all I get done. Right now, I’m gonna go eat! I’m on the 3rd cup of coffee but it’s kindof a little cup so that is ok. 😉

What are you doing today?