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!

House for Sale in Columbia, TN

Mom’s House Listing! It went live late last night.

If you would like to take a peek at Mom’s house or know someone interested in buying a home in Columbia, TN you can see the home here and get details on how to tour: MOM’s House for Sale

I will be back in the morning for a proper blog post, Lord Willing.

Busy times. Going into work a little early today to catch up to where I should be. You know when you take PTO you don’t really get all of the the time off – just a portion of it – it just gets squashed up into the other days to make it up, lol.

So back tomorrow. Let me know what you think of Mom’s house though! It’s been a great house for Mom and Dad. I’m sure it will be some work to paint it and remove wallpaper and such as folks will have their own decoration style but it has great bones and has been maintained and on a cul de sac – and THAT PORCH!

Easter Weekend, Looking at Homes for Mom, and Eating at Nadine’s Hermitage Haven

Went to get Mom after work yesterday. EVERYONE is traveling for the EASTER WEEKEND! lol. The interstate was packed. WAZE app took us the long way around just so we’d not be stuck in traffic. But Fancy dog did good and so did Mom!

We went to Slim Chickens and picked up Chicken fingers and wings to go. We got the “Crowd Pleaser” and it comes with 10 different sauces. Also with potato salad and slaw. They had other sides but that is what we picked. No beans though. They should add baked beans or some kind of beans to the menu! Anyway we had a fun night eating our quick, but late dinner. And sat around and talked and watched a show and then went to bed. I went about 30 minutes before everyone else did as my day started before anyone else. Sleep was good, George’s snores were tamed (breath right strip?) and Roger only got up once that I know of.

This morning I got up fixed coffee, started laundry (I needed jeans!) and got showered. Everyone else got up and began to get ready.

Nadine’s Hermitage Haven for Breakfast

We went out to a place called Nadeen’s Hermitage Haven in Hermitage, TN (very close to us). They have a grand reputation of having a great breakfast and also seemed to have a good lunch menu too. Even our new neighbor that has not hardly even moved in yet, told us about it. I had already had two others to tell me about it! It lived up to its reputation. It just restaurant in an old Pizza Hut building. The food was awesome. The inside had it’s charm.

George’s meal looked awesome. Hueavos Rancheros. We should make this at home!

I just ordered the plain breakfast of eggs, choice of meat and hash browns. They do have country ham too. But I love my bacon. I felt guilty over the biscuit, but not too guilty, lol. It’s Easter weekend.

The Butt Hut….LOL!

We had to laugh at the little BBQ shack next door to Nadine’s. Just a little hut. The Butt Hut. It had a little patio. Apparently it is primarily a biker spot and they often have live music (outdoors I think). I looked it up on Facebook. Looks like a band called Pretty Grim plays there. I never knew this existed and drove by it a thousand times. But…it’s not like I’m a biker and I never will be. Not much of a partier any more either. ha. But a fun spot.

Took Mom to look at a Model home today in our Area!

So we went to see the area Mom is interested in living in. The continue to build the homes and she would be able to pick her model. But she loves to sit outside and the back patio is just not very big and not very interesting to look at. Not much grass for the dog. There is the front yard grass though if the HOA allows dogs to go there. There is a dog park nearby but it may not be convenient to walk the dog over there a lot. Mom needs to be able to just let the dog go out while she watches. The main deal was the lack of a good patio area. This will likely be the case in many of the conjoined homes, I suspect. But the insides were beautiful in the open model we toured. They only had a town house model open and she would want a main floor.

The patio areas were kinda in back but there are brick walls you see in between, not an open area. But enough area to put a small patio table and chairs. You have to park in the back. There is a garage and drive way.

The entrance was pretty.

So I’m not sure this will work for Mom. But if she can figure out what the patio looks like on the model she wants and can get a cover over it, she would be happy I think as long as Fancy is happy. I know of another area that might work for her I told her we could drive by and see it. She’d have to wait til something came open though. Once she knows what her house is worth and gets hers sold we can look to buy. Most of the time you can’t do a contingency, but never say never I guess. She really just needs to talk to the realtor to have these conversations because I’m not familiar with the market. And Mom will not believe me anyway but she will be more likely to listen to the realtor. I mean come on, what do I know? Right.

So within the hour we will be getting our toes done. I’m also trying to work on laundry and do some of my weekend stuff as I can, aka blogging! 😉

Not much to tell though. We have a BBQ, white beans and corn bread tonight for dinner. A relaxing evening. Tomorrow we don’t have a lot to do and will be home most of the day. I may ride her around and look at some neighborhoods though. So she might have some ideas if some places come open.

I would love to have her up here. But again it’s a big scary decision and she may be too scared to make the move. Where there is a will there is a way. One thing though is that if Mom makes her mind up no one will stop her. So it really depends on whether she wants to do it or not. If she does she WILL find a way. We told her we’d help her with all of the processes – every bit of helping her through it and including the moving part – once she gives the green light. I’m not pushing though. It’s totally her decision. But it would be wonderful to have her up here where we can help more. We just can’t be down there as often as she is going to need help. Assisted living will come sooner if she stays down there. We can give her company and get things for her and help out more when up here, take to doc appointments and so forth and keep her going in a place up here for much longer.

I’ve prayed about it and it’s mainly b/w God and her. All I can do is offer the opportunity and help provide information as long she doesn’t retort that I’m being pushy. My information stops dead in the tracks and on the spot if that happens. I don’t want to get in the way, I’m just trying to help. That is all I can do.

Better go. We are headed out shortly. Maybe I can sneak in again at some point.

I hope you all are having a great Easter weekend!