The Night of the “Falling Lights”

Trying to be good but have eaten too many sweets lately. Had my oatmeal going but I can’t resist a cup cake (a little bundt carrot cake with cream cheese icing). I ate “good”. I just ate “bad” too. But it had carrots in it?

In an effort to post more often, I’m here this morning. I want to make a bit of time for the movie/video. Done with it but just need a few tweaks, graphics and maybe a sound effect or two. Still hoping for a Sun morning upload, Lord willing and I get some kind of down time on Saturday. But I’m making it a priority. After I get done with this video I’ll need to do a little organizing from files/photos since May 1. I need to delete old photos, transfer new files from my camera and so forth. I’m also going to have to begin “scheduling some time with myself” to be able to do my online Canon classes and to be able to do a few things that have been cemented on my to do list.

I was able to get Mom’s hair appointment made for next week. We celebrate her birthday on Tuesday after work and do hair on Wednesday after work. I’ll go in 30 min early and leave 30 min early. I have to leave at 4, pick her up real quick and get her there by 5. The hair salon owner will work late to accommodate us. She is so nice. It’s a small business, but she is incredibly sweet and very talented. I hope Mom likes her but what I like, Mom doesn’t always like so we’ll see. We have opposite taste in most everything. If not we’ll take her somewhere else next time. This is convenient as it is close. It’s also calm, and quiet and we’ll likely be the only ones there.

Mom got her lights up yesterday. She was so excited. There were three long bars of LED lighting cases that had a sticky strip that held a magnet. Then the light with a magnet on it would stick on the other magnet b/c you have to charge these lights. There is a remote that turns them on. I will admit it was very impressive light, as if the heavens had opened up and shone through. Is shone a word? It’s what I used anyway. lol I should say that even the most blindest of blind folk should be able to see anything in our kitchen now. I told Mom we have to keep the counter really clean as you can see EVERY CRUMB. This will drive me nuts and I will go bizurk trying to keep the counter spotless now.

So as George was fixing dinner ——-KERPLUNK ——-followed by a yell from the kitchen “the light fell”.

And a few minutes later——-KERPLUNK——–followed by another yell from the kitchen “another light fell”. Only one light held but we took it down because we didn’t want them to break when odds were good it would fall too. The lights are too heavy for the magnet. So, “FAIL” but we will go get the Velcro when we get time.

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The magnets are not going to hold. Mom wants to go to Lowe’s to get Velcro now. She says she has some in a black bag somewhere. But where the black bag is – could be downstairs in the basement or it could be in one of the storage areas. I’ll look for the black bag before we go to Lowe’s. But I told her we can’t go to Lowe’s today as we are going to meet the neighbors for trivia night. Mom is going to. I think she will be good at the trivia game. We’ll eat dinner there and talk with the neighbors.

But before I move on. I have to tell you that before the lights in the kitchen fell – mom’s light in the living room – a floor lamp fell and the bulb fell out on the floor —hot as hades itself. I picked it up afraid it would catch the carpet on fire. Or smolder. I think her blanket caught the pole and it came crashing down.

Anyway out of the blue, I told Mom that if she were Indian, I’d call her “FALLING LIGHTS” as her Indian Name.

There is never an end to the excitement. LOL I said there must be an evil spirit in the house knocking things around! I always blame things on evil spirits. Because……why not?

We did have a relaxing 45 minutes of watching Traveling Robert on YouTube as he adventured into the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Flagstaff. You get a really good feel for the area. I enjoyed that episode so much. He does a great job of “taking you with him” on the trip. It was nice to “get away” for a few minutes.

George mowed last night and I fixed chicken salad and he fixed a ramen soup and we called it all dinner! It was good.

And George successfully unclogged the washing machine area pipes and washed a couple of loads of clothes last night. It looks like he washed some of my capris so I should have jeans for tomorrow. If not I’ll have to wash a load tonight/and in the early a.m. dry them. But I think I saw them in the load he washed which is in the basket to be folded.

Life has been a bit challenging. I am ready for things to settle just a bit more. I am extremely tired. I had not slept well the night before. I think I went to bed at 8:15 last night though and slept great – so I feel better. It was still a bit light out as I turned the lights off in the bedroom.

However, it’s just been challenging especially with the plumbing, excitement of the flooring, and trying to keep Mom happy and her needs met. My stomach has been hurting the last couple of days too. So trying to work through that. I’ve just had about all the fun I can have this week, LOL LOL.

Somedays I just want to stay in bed and sleep for 3 weeks and then get up and work on videos until the end of time. Or just someone send me an RV and I will head west into the sunset like Traveling Robert and explore! lol

Anyway fun to dream. I will embrace the life I have and try to make it the best I can for me and those around me and God centered as well. I’m working on it. And we’ll pretend we have a bright future ahead. Because we do, even if it is in our own minds. It’s a mindset. And we have to try to love and embrace each day – even if we are not happy with it or we would have it a different way. Or in a different place and time. Also once we have Velcro the future will be even brighter!

I’m not going to have time to work on this movie am I? I have blogged too long, lol.

Anyway, ya’ll have a fun day. I’ll be working and then attempting to have fun at trivia tonight. I hope I am friend worthy. I just really want to go back to bed and sleep for 3 days. So I’m praying for a clear mind and maybe some fun will do me some good. Yeahhhhh – I think we might be heading into a depression of some kind. I am working really hard to pull out of it. I am my own therapist and usually do pretty good. I just have to have something fun to look forward to, usually. I’m trying! It’ll get better.

I think the entire problem is just trying to fit EVERYTHING INTO ONE DAY and or in ONE WEEKEND and it’s just not working anymore. I had a pretty well oiled machine and now there is to much trying to go into the machine and it’s all getting jammed. I mean it’s even fleshing out into the plumbing, LOL LOL LOL. Oh my gosh. We are just all stopped up or leaking – one or the other! Ya’ll have a good day. I’m outta here!

New Headphones, Party with Friends, Dead Body in Attic, and To Do List

New Headphones

The new headphones came in. No make up here! Warning! In relax mode! I decided to order these with an extra person coming in the house. I can listen to video clips and do editing at any time and don’t have to be quiet. I can listen to music and with these big honkers on my head people can see me working and know I’m getting in some “me” time. Nothing says “do not disturb” like some big honker headphones. One thing is for sure. I like my quiet time a couple of times a day. Some in the morning and some in the afternoon. An introvert requires it for sanity and rejuvenation.

Family has Flown Back Home

So no sooner than they got here, they are off again headed for their flight. Katy, Cody, and Little Roo flew home Saturday mid-day with a slightly delayed flight. Once in Dallas they had a two hour trip home, had to go pick up the dog Findlay and she said they all had to have a bath including the dog! lol. So they are glad to be home to relax some and since Katy is out of school she is happy to have nothing to do this week but unpack and enjoy being home.

Phone Wallpaper

Just playing around on Canva and made a b/g for my Home Screen. You are welcome to snag it if you want. Sometimes I like having multi designs on the Lock Screen. But it doesn’t really show up that much to tell you the truth. The background cannot be too busy or you can’t find your apps.

Summer Party with Friends. Christmas Gift Swap and a Pool Party!

We had a fine time at our friend Don and Lisa’s house. Above is their doggie Reese, named after Reese cup for his coloring. Such a sweet standard poodle. I was so incredibly tired though. I sat by the pool for a long while and just “vegged out”. I want to have our friends over for some fun too, but I’m not having anyone over til the floors are done. We are getting close folks! Very very close. Mom’s move #1 will be over with by the end of next weekend. ONE CAN ONLY HOPE! So I’ll be pushing for these floors. I’m at the end of the rope were the floors are concerned. The carpets have been abused way to long and now they are abusing us! lol. Flooring yes…. This has to happen!

Lisa had beautiful decor, as always! So pretty and inviting. I didn’t take pics of people for the blog. Not everyone likes to have their faces on display for the masses. I get it. Quite honestly, I enjoy taking pics of the decor and the food anyway!

Lisa had the most awesome watermelon salad. And I called it “salad fest”, with the hot temps outside in the 90’s, having the salads was so appetizing. I don’t have the names of all the salads, but they were all tasty.

George made an Orzo salad. This is it above. Loved it!

This was a coconut cream pie that George bought. It looked good to him. I bought some chocolate fudge iced brownies. Yummo.

As seen poolside. Love the birds on the cushions.

Lisa has beautiful landscaping and flowers. This was in the pool area. No pics of the pool area as people were all around. Trying to be respectful.

By the time it was time for us to get home to Roger dog, the sun was starting to go down. Snapped a pic of the sunset coming through Nashville. It was fiery through the clouds.

Video has gone live today. See previous entry.

If you didn’t see the previous entry, the video is now live. See the previous post for the link. These are a labor of love. I used to worry when not many watched them. I quickly got over that. It seems when you post it and walk away (after letting folks know it is out) it just happens that a few will go in a watch. My niche is out there somewhere. Working FT is hard to find time to put into finding my niche. The truth is I don’t have to be successful on YouTube, I don’t need it. I have enough money to retire before too long. But it is a goal to increase the subscriber load and to develop a following. When I sit down to try and realize where I want to go with this, and what my “success line” is with this, I realize I’m already reaching it within. The whole thing is a hobby and the fun is in the learning and in the sharing of our lives with you. I’m already doing all that. I’ve reached success already. If the things gets tossed around and grows and provides value to someone then that is good too. I just enjoy doing it, so I’m not letting myself get disappointed if the numbers are slow to grow. I was kinda the same way with the blog. The fewer that read it the less trolls you’d have, lol.

Trip to Mom’s for a few last loads…

Imagine George’s surprise at pulling what appeared to be a dead body from the attic. I’m sure you’ll see this clip again somewhere.

And the follow up….We concluded the dead body was “Mrs. White”. LOL. Mom used the mannequin when she used to sell Premiere Jewelry.

Meanwhile Little Roo was good at the airport and slept a lot too. I’m gonna miss our little man. I wish we could be near him often where we could babysit and play and spend time with him.

So what did we do today? Here was the line up!

We were on the road by 9:30 a.m. and then went to Mom’s and I packed up the remaining 1 last box of the guest bedroom items, taped and boxed some remaining kitchen items, hauled canned goods and pantry items to the car. Stayed at the bottom of the attic while George handed things down. Mom gave me the Lane cedar chest that was up there. And it’ll have to come back on the U-Haul truck.

We also brought all of Dad’s many fiddles here on this load as we were coming straight home so they wouldn’t sit in the heat. And so we came home and unloaded everything for the basement and put the canned/pantry goods upstairs as Mom said we’d need to use some of that stuff up. She also wants us to use some of the freezer items when it arrives. I guess she pay rent with food, ha ha! We will tease her.

OK so…then I had to run to Target. I wanted to buy some more of the towels I had bought but apparently they were popular. On line they were outrageous. And they were gone in the store. So I had to buy plain white towels but they were made by the same company so I know they will wash well and hold up.

I would have bought more from Target but their store would not let me see my Alexa grocery list that was on line. So tough tooty Target, I went to Kroger then and bought the rest of what I needed because if you block internet service for your customers then….you lose some profit! Those that have lists on their phone can’t see what they need. That’s bad, really bad.

So yep, off to Kroger I went for the rest of my things. And happily so. Thank you Kroger for allowing me to see my Alexa grocery list! You rock! You get the sale!

The home to unload groceries. George had mowed and showered. He fixed us a cranberry and vodka and so I decided to do a blog entry while I drank it.

Week ahead?

Another busy one.

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Well, this is just another one of those busy crazy sink or swim kinda weeks with all of us. Including Mom, b/c so much needs to happen.

  • First of all we have to work Full Time this week all week.
  • My sunglasses broke so going in early Mon to take a long lunch to go get those fixed.
  • Arrange with the storage place to pay for the big storage unit coming open on the 19th and get the keys/lock Saturday morning. (Pray for us b/c if this doesn’t come open we are in trouble and have to figure something out).
  • Set up Fancy’s August trim (yes have to book that far in advance)
  • Mom has to get all her utilities set to change over to new people and cable and security and all that.
  • I need to find Mom a heart doc and a regular doc here in town or nearby
  • Mom needs to have her mail forwarded if not already via post office
  • I have a hair appt Wednesday
  • Go get Mom on Thursday evening – we get her, the last loads we can fit in two car loads. George is coming with me and he’s driving her car back.
  • Friday afternoon Mom has her first eye appointment (injection in the eye) in Hendersonville (I’ve been going in early on Tuesday’s to be able to get in extra hours for the month to take off for a Friday eye appointment once a month)
  • This weekend is the BIG U-HAUL move. It will HOPEFULLY be all over by the end of the weekend.
  • And try to get this house in order, iron, fold laundry change George’s sheets
  • And will be trying to adjust the house for Mom as she needs it with more fans, more lights, moving things where she won’t trip, etc. George has already been training her how to use the TV. lol
  • After this week, I’m looking forward to planning with Mom being here: Meal planning, excursion planning, shopping trip for me some pants, and maybe a top or two, flooring, planning Mom’s birthday, 4th of July, and George’s birthday. And maybe just maybe a little excursion away for a long weekend somewhere? Who knows.

Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel ya’ll! But it ain’t over quite yet. Prayers please for this final final leg, this last final week of moving!