End to a Busy Week, Quick Eats, and a Cleaning Manual

Above shows the notes and reminders from another fairly busy week in my planner. We have just rolled on from one day to the next doing what we can. We are definitely moving along at “target” I think as far as Mom’s move #1 goes and in trying to keep up with life itself. It’s about to get a little crazy and a little fun now as the move climaxes about the same time company comes. Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken will be arriving this weekend sometime at Mom’s and Cody and Katy and River will be flying in the next weekend. We are taking the weekend off that Katy and Cody and River are here. We have plans with them. And also plans to see some of our best friends that we have not seen in over a year since the virus.

I just noticed there is a coffee stain on there and it’s in the shape of a heart. lol. Well at least my messes are creative!

Last week was a struggle in a way as I didn’t have much fresh food for the week in my office. I was out of unsweet tea, cheese, nuts, bananas, or other fruit, peanut butter, crackers. It left me on the search for afternoon chocolate! I did finally take some crackers to work from home. I love these flatbread crackers. And they are gluten free.

Friday I drove a different way – mainly because I missed an exit. I went to my old work stomping grounds around Elm Hill Pike and found a Jack in the Box. It seemed like an eternal wait in the drive through. No Jack’s I have ever been to has been quick, so not sure why that is. But their salads have always been worth the wait – most of the time. The lettuce was fresh, unlike other fast food places that put the old lettuce on the bottom and the fresh on top. They used to serve this salad with Southwest Dressing and also with little tortilla crisps. But “times is hard” I guess, lol. An old Southern sayin’ we often jest about, even though it is a serious matter. Running out of condiments is getting serious.

Speaking of condiments, Mom had an excellent “picnic” of sorts for a lunch for us yesterday. She said she was fixing sandwiches and I requested beef bologna as I’ve been craving a bologna sandwich with mayo! I used to eat these growing up.

Mom had fried chicken also and macaroni salad. I put a few chips on my sandwich because I like the crunch! Growing up we would have had cold pork and beens from a can with the meal and I would dip my Lay’s potato chips in the beans! But I was happy with the macaroni salad. It was Food Lion’s brand and it was all so good.

Also Mom treated us with a surprise, KEY LIME PIE! And when Mom slices the pie you get two pieces! lol lol lol

Last week I broke a tea glass hitting it with a box and knocking it to the floor so I was sure to put my glass up high where I wouldn’t do that again as we kept packing.

I got an entire china cabinet packed. Except for some Christmas dishes that I brought in for Mom to pack this week. We had packed all that would fit in the car and we were anxious to get back to Roger and to get some errands done so that today (Sunday) we would have mainly home time. George has to run to Lowe’s through to get a few things for a mulching project.

In the afternoon we got to FaceTime with River as he tried bananas for the first time. How fun that Katy will do this for us! I noticed that River noticed us more on the phone. He seemed to like his bananas. And seemed like he wanted more and more and was a little impatient between bites. He opens his mouth for more but closes it too quickly. He’s still learning this spoon thing!

While we were out running errands we stopped to get more wine and got to do a wine tasting and also we saw this. We did not buy it!!! But they had a cicada wine – label only – one can hope!

George fixed us an omelet with bacon for dinner. It was so good. Breakfast just sounded good last night. And we ate and watched the last show of Designated Survivor. Too bad it had to end there. But the last season had gotten weird anyway. A lot of the good characters had left, the remaining characters had changed their characters it seemed and there were too many new characters and the morality of the show went south. It seemed like the show was entirely produced by someone different that last season. There was a lot of unnecessary stuff in it this last season.

I’m a Christian so I’m not in support of homosexuality because God clearly states in the Bible this behavior is not in his plan. If this hurts anyone’s feelings, I can’t be sorry. It’s not my plan for how man lives his life- it’s God’s – so you will have to take up my words here with him. I just pass along what I read in the scripture. I will not judge those that have chosen this path – I’ll let God do that when the time comes. I don’t want to see a man and women having sex on TV through and therefore, I also don’t want to see homosexuals having sex on TV. So it turned raunchy there at the end of this show.

All that said, I will be nice to someone that is homosexual just as I would be nice to someone that I knew was having an affair. There is no reason not to be nice to someone. Their sexual business is between themselves and God. So don’t shoot the messenger here. It won’t do you any good, it’s all a God thing. And you’ll have to take up his plan with Him.

I do believe in God and his son and the spirt and His plan and His kingdom. I believe we are all sinners too so it’s not fair for me to judge another and call them a sinner when I myself am a sinner. But I do believe and have been baptized with full water covering my body in the spirit to simulate a full burial of my old self and sin and to rise as a new person with a new life that has promise of eternal life because of my belief in him and has promised the Spirit as our help and comforter. His love is like a windshield wiper to continually wipe away and forgive the sin we have. We sin everyday somehow. But one must choose to turn back on sin and repent of it, as the Bible teaches.

Ok, I’m off my box there but just watching that last show made me go on that tangent.

Cleaning Book came In

Ok so one of you and I can’t remember who it was, told me about @gocleanco on Instagram. I started following them as you get some really good ideas for cleaning your house in their stories. I went to their website and ordered their “Cleaning Army Handbook”.

I don’t want to be giving away their secrets or plagiarizing here, but I will “tease you” with their pages so you can order your own.

They give you what tools you need, cleaning supplies, and even has a checklist for each room.

The book also is made with a plastic overlay so you can use an dry erase pen with it.

I’m so excited over this. I have often used the FlyLady’s techniques through the years, but found it to be overwhelming. I could never keep up because I worked FT and I don’t have time to keep up with them in their routines. I would have loved to have had the Fly Lady’s “list” though in a book like this. Maybe she has one too by now. I still use a lot of her concepts.

But I love the new concepts here. I like their theory of vacuum everything first to get the dirt out. Not just on carpet but everything. Brooms not allowed. They start with cleaning a room from left to right and top to bottom. And use powdered tide and water on a lot of things.

I had to wait about 3 weeks for this book to arrive as it came from Canada and had to go through customs I guess. I think it was about $21 or so maybe more with shipping. It’s only a little book, but I could just hug it right now I’m so thrilled!

Do I have time to clean though? Naw! But I can at least go at my own pace with this checklist!

New Porch Railing / Home Improvement

A big box sits in our living room as does a porch railing. George picked out a pretty one. There will only be a railing on one side. I wondered if that would be weird, but I remember Mom only having one on one side I think. George has to install it and I think he has to buy some special tools to do it with.

Also waiting for him to drill in my sign on the front porch as the wind kept trying to knock it off. Nothing is ever easy right? Also waiting for him to cut my foam for my bed. I might be able to do it myself but probably not. Trying to be patient as I wait for these projects. I’m also still waiting on flooring – just saying!

So I’ll get off of here. That is all I have for today. I will be doing laundry, cleaning, getting ready for the work week with my wardrobe and vitamin refills. Need to order some vitamins over Amazon. And I will work on wrapping those finals gifts that came in as we do Birthday and Christmas was our friends soon. I hear Roger will get a bath and we’ll trim him today. I will work on moving my clothes over today in anticipation of giving Mom the bedroom closet when she arrives. Have to also clear out shelf space and drawer space. I also ordered some baskets for the bathroom counter today so the bathroom we’ll share can have stuff on the counter without it looking bad when Mom arrives. Organized chaos! lol —OH! And I went to Target Friday night and bought a couple of more white towels and some tea glasses and a few other things! More organizing baskets to go under my “bed” in the office for storage and some poster board to a bucket list with. I had a great time shopping!

And happy to say that I’m now beginning to edit our Winter in Texas video when we went to see River. Excited about that and plan to get an hour or two into that today. Ya’ll be good! What are you doing this weekend?