Weekend Turnround

Saturday night I soaked my foot in Epsom Salt. All day Saturday I had tried to either walk on my heel or the side of my foot which mainly resulting in me deciding just not to walk much at all. I had sat and watched my shows on YouTube most of the day.

Overnight, my right foot hit up against my left foot and it felt really sharp. I decided then to check more closely when I got up. George has a really good flash light. And when I took the flash light to it, I could see the glimmer and sparkle of a piece of that crystal glass. I knew my foot wouldn’t shine like that. So George brought me tweezers and asked for alcohol, cotton balls, and a towel and he brought me back Tito’s hand made vodka (to make me laugh, and it did, for a second). I cleaned the tweezers with the other alcohol and began trying to extract it. It hurt really bad. I was pulling at skin instead of the glass. George wanted to do it but I told him it was something I had to do myself. And I stopped trying as I said, “what am I doing? I need a cup of coffee first”.

I drank about a half of a cup to get my eyes open and George suggested I take acetaminophen to knock the edge off and try again in 30 min. This time I was able to focus and I just happened to get the tweezers in the exact spot, I had a good hold of the glass and pulled. Sorry for the graphic explanation. It was a hefty chunk left in there. I’m trying to figure out how to explain the size. It was not quite as big as a bacon bit, lol. But maybe a 1/3 of a bacon bit. This may be like a fish tale, it may grow every time the story is told? George bandaged me up proper with gauze and tape. Once that chunk of glass was out of my foot I could immediately apply my weight and walk normal. I was so excited. I had thought that I was going to be hobbling around all week. The morale boost that gave was enormous.

We sat in the sun room for a while and I finished my coffee and had some more. We have been noticing a red fox come through in the mornings. It’s pretty exciting to sit in the sun room and listen and watch nature. The birds new the fox was around, you could hear their warnings. Neighborhood dogs were also giving warning. And somewhere in a distance you can hear a rooster crow.

Oh – We took the dogs for their trim Saturday. And sad to find out our groomer has breast cancer. I know she is not going to want to keep up the Saturday schedule but knowing we work outside of Mount Juliet, she said she didn’t want to lose our business and kept us on a Saturday. But I fear we’ll end up having to find another eventually depending on how she feels. I’ll be praying for her and all goes well. She has been a good groomer for the doggies. But she really seems stressed a lot. Here are the doggies. I’m sure I’ll have better pics over the next week or so.

I was so happy to be walking, and began doing laundry yesterday. I picked out my clothes the week, and decided for some reason to come and work a bit on the iMovie. Well there went the day. ha. I was back in my bliss. A thousand things calling me and so many things I needed to be doing instead. But I kept saying to myself “let me just do this one thing.

And well, I kinda finished the whole thing up – this next iMovie. It’s ready to go! All done. I worked on what they call an “Outro” (opposite of an Intro), lol. I’m not sure I like the term but I’ll go with it. I did it all real quick and even my hair is a mess, but I was mainly doing a test and decided to go with it. So I’ll be uploading the video here in a day or so. It takes a while to upload into YouTube. I have to check the quality of it also and come up with my tags. And I will also post it here in a blog post as well as updating the side bar with the latest. I took a few moments to kind of outline the steps to making the imovie on my office board. This is my process anyway, and the process of clearing out and I include the deleting of photos on my phone, moving them out of the cloud, deleting the ones I don’t want and so forth. I also take a lot of pics to remind myself of things.

So it’s quite the list.

Did I get anything done I should have been working on? Not much. Before I knew it, it was time to go to Cracker Barrel.

We had a nice time just chatting and waiting and chatting and waiting. Many people were outside for pick up. The waitress kept apologizing. I noticed they also were seating people on the front porch. They really did have the business yesterday but could only serve half capacity of course.

They brought our bread first. I was starving as I forget to eat much when I’m working on these imovie things. I had quiche for breakfast – the kind you buy which was really good. But then only a bag of THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT CO I USE chips for lunch. They have plant protein and they kept me well.

At Cracker Barrel I had the beef pot roast and it was excellent. It was so cold in there, that it was welcome. They finally had to turn the air down. I’m sure several complained.

So after that we went to Kroger for our Store run. And we got back it was probably about 7:30. By the time we unloaded and took dogs out it was quickly 8:00. I had about an hour to get a list of things done.

I had to get a check addressed and in the mail to cover the cost of the cake for the virtual shower next Saturday. The Momma to be is picking up her own cake as she is in another city from the rest of us. But I ordered it. I do have to check on it b/c they said they would send an email and I never got one. But I do have the confirmation. Anyway, got that addressed and George will mail or give me a stamp to mail.

I had to do my vitamins and BP meds for the week and get those loaded into their compartments for the week.

I needed to reboot the laundry. I needed to put the clean sheets on the bed. And I realized I’d not washed my masks out. So I got those set up for washing. I have a little bowl and Dawn that I soak them in usually overnight. I had to keep one out to wear today though as was not sure they would be dry.

And I never got to do my nails. I should have done that Saturday while I was wallowing in my pity party of not being able to walk. I just went on strike completely I think at that point, lol.

So this morning I have nails that need some attention but I’ll work on those tonight. I will be having to do a lot of my weekend list this week at night. Including making sure that everything is in order for the shower. That will be the first order of business.

Next weekend will be a busy one. We have a grad party, the virtual baby shower, and Sunday if the virus is not all blown up, George is doing his “Father’s Day Excursion”. I began talking about my Mother’s Day Excursion at Cracker Barrel. When am I getting my day? lol. We went to Mom’s on Mother’s Day but I didn’t get a day to go and do what I wanted to do which is eat at Slim Chickens and go shopping! 😉

I did enjoy looking thru the gift shop in Cracker Barrel.

And I must go as the time is dwindling. Sleep was really good last night. Pretty solid.

Oh I’ll leave you with this….a spaghetti sauce we saw in Kroger. We didn’t get it as we have a lot of sauce and pasta. I’m fixing some kind of pasta this week, but trying to eliminate having a lot of pasta as once I eat it I want more and more. But look at this sauce. This is hilarious.

I guess it starts crying when you put it in the pot?

Oh well, more tomorrow and hopefully a video as well. It may be Wednesday as you know Payroll is tomorrow, so we’ll see how things go!

Off for more coffee and hope you all have a good Monday. But you have no idea how glad I am the weekend turned around and I’m not hobbling hardly at all now that the glass is out. Over and Out.

My New Avatar, Solving Household Woes, and Eating Out Again

Here’s what it looks like to work on a video – the little bit I worked on last weekend. Everything is in the timeline I just have to tweak each pic and video, and add transitions, add in layers and text, and then the last thing is the audio. It’s quite the project. And it’s fun until things go wrong. It’s been good to get away from it the past day or two. I’m not sure I’m totally happy with the logo page. And I grabbed the wrong logo to remove the background from. So I had to fix that.

Did you know you can go to “remove.bg” in your browser and remove the background from a pic? So far it’s been free. Now my logo can work on more than a white background. But I’m learning how to do “picture within picture” and that is how I was able to layer on the logo. All that said, once invitations are done I can whittle away it.

I should have been videoing some this week already – like our adventures to buy the washing machine and our going out to eat again for the first time in weeks. But darnit, was just not in the mood and in a hurry I guess. I did at least get photos but I should have video’d a bit while picking out my new washer. I will get in a better habit of capturing our week. For the most part right now these videos are in “test mode”. I mean really other than everything breaking, we really haven’t had anything exciting or videoworthy to share. But I figure those of you that read the blog when there is nothing to share, will delight in our videos as well, lol! I’m really excited about it but I will say it pushes the edge a bit with still being in the learning curve with Mac and iMovie and trying to do big projects instead of itty bitty ones. I dive in always.

So – I got ahead of myself. The washer repair guy showed and said “it’ll really be just as cheap to buy a new one with parts and labor”. George checked and it had been 5 years we had the washer. Warranty just expired. So we went to Lowe’s last night and bought another one. I got tickled yesterday that George told me “the repair man said to just buy a cheap one”. I figured he thought he needed some leverage so I would not go in and pick out the big charmer that sparkled and sang to me in the florescent essence of Lowe’s. I get it. I’ve always wanted those spaceship looking appliances that make you go “woah”. But they were always too big to fit the spaces we needed so he lucked out. I didn’t see many of those by the way. There was one set – the rest looked more normal. But I really liked the glass top. I did not pick the most expensive, but I did pick one that had a fairly good size tub so the comforter could be washed in it. I picked a mid range price. I didn’t get caught up in all the buttons. We purchased extended warranty this time. There once was a day when these things would last 15 to 20 years. Five? Really Whirlpool. It was a part that used to be metal and now is plastic and it broke. Whirlpool die hards would go buy another and Whirlpool gets better sales when they have quicker turnaround sales. But I didn’t play that game. Whirlpool let me down this time so I passed it over. I won’t forget it either. They are tarnished in my book.

So we’ll try the LG from Korea and see how it does. I wanted to buy American but there were only Whirlpool and Maytag and Maytag was the most expensive on the floor. And I wasn’t playing that game either. So they outpriced themselves. And I also passed over a China one I liked b/c frankly I’m just mad -rightly so or not- that there is so much “hype” over how they do things over there. No one can get the facts or the real scoop and they are secret and sneaky. Yet every product we touch was made from there. And I have developed a distrust over the years. I don’t have facts, just suspicions on nearly everything. So I kindly passed the Chinese washer by. “Bless it’s Heart.” lol

Oh and here is a good place to mention that the new toilet wasn’t working properly and kept running. And the downstairs repair work didn’t work right around the downstairs toilet and it leaked. They had to remove the carpet in that restroom. Why was carpet in there anyway? It needs to be something different. lol So plumbers were back yesterday and fixed the toilets, we think. The roofers on the other hand were rained out to fix the leak in the sunroom and to block off the chimney and concrete over and all that. Geez.

Katy and Cody came and got Findlay aka “Little Stink” as George calls her. She is a sweet baby and we will miss her. I was sleepy before coffee when they arrived and I realized later I forgot to hug Findlay bye. She still has so much energy but not nearly what she had.

Here’s a pic of Sunday with Katy working on something for the shower in June. Findlay loved sitting on the sofa in the sun room. We ate dinner in there Sun night. Dinner was Sushi and Chinese. (Yes I know, I’m fickle – I like my Chinese food – most of it was made in America though, lol).

Here’s my Facebook Avatar. I went with heavy set. You’d think I’d pick a skinny one, but I chose to do the plump version. lol. I don’t think it looks like me though. I did the best I could. My hair now is also going to kindof gray and really dark brown/blackish. The brown is almost out with the last cut I did this weekend. So eventually I’ll redo my Avatar. This will do for now.

A duck flew in to say “hi” yesterday at the office.

It was a dull gray day for much of the day. I tried to lighten it but when I did you saw the window reflection. I think I have a duck friend. lol

We had dinner at the Lost Cajun last night after Lowe’s. Our first sit down since the Corona mess in March. Much of what they have is fattening. So what appealed the most was the fried shrimp and catfish platter.

I wanted potato salad and red beans and rice instead of slaw and fries. The potato salad had one diced potato in it, the rest was just the sauce, lol lol lol. George gave me some fries and I cut it up and put it in there and called it a day. That was kinda weird. Otherwise it was all excellent. The red beans and rice was really kind of a main dish or a big bowl anyway and was an upcharge. They should have it has a side option as a cup of gumbo. Other than having a “side problem” the fish and shrimp were great, the service was excellent. The staff was happy to be there and serving and in a great mood. And they serve beer – not much – they could improve by offering local brews to support the community. Their choices were Bud products and Abita and something else. Not a lot of choice but we went with the Abita Amber. (I think). Yes you get honest reviews from me. I will even give pointers on how they can improve their business in case they read, which they won’t. Unless some skimmer program picks it up. If so “hello there”. lol

Speaking of people who read, I’d like to say hello to the following Countries that have visited the blog:

I know some bloggers/readers from Australia and UK and I know someone who is in Singapore but it doesn’t mean that is who is reading. Someone from Canada has been reading for a while. And India has been showing up for some time as well. Sometimes China will. We’ll see if they show up after this post today. They were reading as I posted and blogged about the pandemic, for sure. I thought that was interesting. I think France, Denmark and Uzbekistan were just mistakes? lol. Anyway, welcome to the blog!

Well it’s payroll day and I need to get a move on. I am happy knowing that the washer is on the way.

I am worried about getting the invitations done and having time to do that while working FT. I want to mail them over the weekend or at least by first of next week.

I have to put two inserts with it – it’s why I made sure to get an envelope type. Anyway I plan to work on this some tonight, but I’m taking Friday off too. I just need a long weekend to try to get some things done, get laundry done, do some home projects and geeky projects and have a great long holiday weekend. One step at a time.

I joined the premium Zoom for the shower and now I need to see if I can add Ellen as a user and host – if not I’ll let her have the account and I’ll sign on as a guest. I think. I also need to go and shop for a few shower gifts and decor, in coordination with what Katy is doing. So we can get that in the mail. But one thing at a time. Invitations first.

So I’m glad to be taking a PTO day Friday.

It’s payroll day so once again…I keep typing, but I need to go! I am in a much better mood knowing the washer will be delivered Thursday. And it did much for my morale to go out to eat last night.

Roger says Hello. Bless him. He’s getting old now and his feet and legs are so wobbly. See you in a day or two or three as life happens.

Ya’ll have a GREAT couple of days!

Living on Tulsa Time

The plane ride to Dallas was smooth. I sat next to a talker. We had an empty middle seat between us. But midway we ran out of interesting things to talk about and broke off into our own worlds.

On the plane, during boarding, a big group who was settling in to their seats got up and grabbed their bags and left. They had to get luggage off for them underneath the plane and our flight was late to Dallas.

We arrived I was excited to get to see my girl! She had a table at a restaurant waiting!

We split a salad as it was pretty expensive.

It was perfect to get us through the next few hours!

Our ride to Tulsa was only 45 min in the air. No service. They claimed it was too bumpy but it really wasn’t. Often on short rides they claim that.

We arrived in Tulsa and got the rental car. And drove to our hotel. Tulsa is dryer and less Green than Oklahoma City. The roads are in need of paving in some areas. But seems like a nice place so far.

We wiped down our hotel room as we had our plane seat area.

And changed clothes to get out of any germs. I will say that as close as you are at the airport and in planes- it would really be hard NOT to get something contagious. Especially while in a huddle trying to load when lining up. We took inside seats on the plane.

American Solera Brewing, Tulsa

We found a cute brewery- but we didn’t like their beer so much. We spent 48 dollars on two flights and an appetizer and tip. (Insert your favorite rolling eye emoji here.)

Katy said next time she would choose a brewery with normal brews instead of decor. lol Don’t get me wrong. We had a great time and good conversation and the beer – well – it’s great for those that like sours and the new flairs of brews. I’m still trying to like IPA lol – but it was fun regardless. We each have our own tastes.

So it was t our favorite but it might be yours! The place was adorable!

The evening was warm. 70’s!

We then went on to our dinner at the Irish restaurant. We were so excited to go in. A true Irish experience- not that we really know what that is! lol

Kilkenny’s, Tulsa, OK

I picked a nice Italian wine for dinner. and ordered this wonderful dish.

It was the Jenkinstown Cottage Pie. Not many peas and carrots I noticed but the dish tasted great!

After dinner we wanted to get Gelato at the place we saw down the street. We went in and I went to the restroom first. When I came out Katy Said “we have to leave”. I said “why?”

As we walked out Katy said that they were closing early because the employee had been exposed to someone being tested for the Corona virus. And yikes I just used their restroom.

So we went back to the hotel from there. Slept pretty good. Woke up a couple of times. I’ll stop there! We are on the way to Pioneer Woman!