Why You Might Like This Blog

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Good morning! Recently I updated my “About Me” Section to Include a bit of why anyone might like this blog. I feel the “About Me” section is one of the pages in which someone visiting your page decides they may stay or not, subscribe or not, or keep the link or not. So I made the following points about what my blog really has been about these last few years. While it DOES show and reveal my day to day life, I DO think that others can get ideas from the blog.

For whatever reason I was not able to copy and paste into the WordPress template, so I just snapped a pic. I think these ideas are pretty much what a reader would get from the blog. Perhaps you have more to add?

As readers, you have told me a few things that inspired you from the blog. Some read to see what Nashville is like, some read to see what all new things I’m doing or trying, some read just for the curiosity of reading about another person’s life, several have gotten to know me well and read because I’m a friend and they genuinely care. Some read because they are also fifty something and we are all in this aging thing together, we need to see what works, what doesn’t and share ideas. And of course some read to see if I will slip up and say things I shouldn’t. Now that I am not in HR that is less of a highlight. I never liked being on the gold throne of perfectness because I’m not and don’t want to be held to a higher standard. I just want to be ME! I want to tell it like it is, tell it as I saw it, tell it as I believe it. And if it exposes something that is wrong. Well, perhaps it (the blog) did what it should have. Some family read because they want to keep up with me as their family member and go behind the scenes. Other family read without me knowing it because they are curious. And some family never read because it makes them mad. And some of you have read the blog because you are just pure angels of encouragement and I feel God sent you my way! Whatever the reason, in most cases I’m glad you are here! And there are about 85 to 100 of you that visit daily. That may not be many to some, but it is impressive to me.

Update on Life These Days

Roger has made a mess by stepping in his dog dish (top of photo). A daily mishap. We have to put it in the middle of the floor so he will see it and think to eat. If not he will forget or not see it. Doggie Dementia! We’ll have to do something else when Mom arrives so she doesn’t trip over it. We do ourselves. I don’t know how many times I’ve stepped in his dish. Makes me mad every time. We need a different system.

His paw is recovering and he got to take the bandage off yesterday. But there is still a piece of tape we can’t get off as it hurts when we pull on it. We will keep trying. I fear Roger will get it off and get the tape stuck in his mouth or swallow it. Life is always a challenge.

Beef Brisket

George fixed a beef brisket last night for dinner! It was so good!

Weekend Plans

We are planning on moving a lot of Mom’s things via cargo van. Even any furniture that will fit. So it’s a big weekend. George is planning on getting a lot moved into storage. So while ya’ll are celebrating and kicking off summer we will be working our tails off.

Think of us!

Got a lot done on the video this week! The voiceovers are finished. Just need to edit down some more to cut down any minutes I can, add music and a few graphics and it’ll be done. I probably need another week!

Ya’ll have a fun weekend. I’ll try to pop in on Sunday! Not much else to report on. Looks like I get to drive in with the rain today. Running a bit late. It seems I need about 15 extra minutes these days. Maybe I should get up earlier!

Short Hair Cut, Paula Deen’s Nashville, and a Fever Side Effect

Ok so here’s the hair cut. I love it’s simplicity. And this is without a “filter”. I look better with a filter as I have on no make up here on my face. But I will show you the real me. I recently saw where a couple of people made fun of those who use filters and one of them was bragging about how she never had to use one because her natural beauty shone through. LOL.

My first thoughts were: “The fall is hard from a prideful haughty spirit” and the 2nd thought was “Beauty is sometimes only skin deep”. And the third thing I thought was “How unkind those words were to those like me that look better with a filter” as I had a lot of trouble with acne in my teen years. And the 4th thing I thought was “God seeks revenge on those that are unkind and make fun of others”. And my 5th thought was “Bless her heart!”. ha! And the 6th thought was “I’ll keep using filters if I wanna as it doesn’t matter what an ice queen thinks”! And my 7th thought was “I’m no better b/c I just called this person an Ice Queen” and then I had to repent.

The cut feels sooooo good. I should have done it sooner.

Paula Deen’s / Nashville

So, Thursday, a coworker (my immediate boss) and I went to Paula Deen’s as it is in our area. We had never been. Normally this would be packed but in Covid times has left it a bit thin in numbers. Plus it is a bit pricey at $18.99 per plate, the least plate in the house. The menu is currently limited. The online version of the menu showed you could order by plate but that was not the case when we got there. All that said, the food was great. Of course it was no Buffett style like the one I went to years ago in Savannah. I’m sure the COVID times have squandered that. But they had Southern Family style serving which is to bring bowls and platters to the table for all to eat “family style”. Well ok. So that is what we did only we pretty much separated our food. There are no to go plates b/c of the fact that it is “all you can eat” of said items. So we wasted food and had to leave what we didn’t eat on the table to be thrown away. I really wish there was a system that if it’s your first and only serving you can take to go orders. But no.

So would we go back? You betcha. The catfish was awesome. I had the grilled chicken and that was awesome too. And you get a free dessert, but….even for that price the tea was not free and we had to pay for that. I got the unsweet peach tea and it was divine!

I made a mental note to go back and Christmas shop here as there were some nice things in the gift shop. We didn’t have a lot of time to peruse it as we were on the lunch hour but we did a little walk through.

Here was my view at lunch that day. Wide windows and a view of Opry Mills Mall in the distance. This Paula Deen Restaurant also sits beside the General Jackson Showboat, which gives you entertainment, dinner, cocktails as you wind the way down the Cumberland River. George and I did that several years ago on our anniversary.

The restaurant is a gorgeous place with lots of “chandelier” type lighting and big flower vases. We woofed our food down and I didn’t get pics, but I did get the bread. It was “out of this world”.

Normally, in cafeteria or “meat N 3” restaurants in the South, you do not see alcohol served. I was impressed that they included the local breweries. It was not on tap but in cans, etc. And the variety of teas was extra special. I can’t wait to take Mom and George here.

I saved my desert for later in the afternoon. It was just the right amount and they DID let us take the dessert to go. Thank goodness. I got the banana pudding, if you couldn’t tell.

We’ve had the sunroom open some this week. And I noticed just how pretty and green the yard is looking out the sunroom window. I took this photo b/c I like the colors, the spikey plant, the little rag doll, and the binoculars. This is just a cozy setting to me. I love it when I catch myself admiring a “spot” in the house that I have put together. There are so many eyesores it seems, so when you get good “chi” it’s always a good thing.

George brought in some lavender from outside. I’m not sure I know what to do with it. Make lavender bouquets? I’m not always very crafty in that way, nor do I have time, but we’ll see? Let me know any ideas you have.

So this little boy Roger, was just beside himself Thursday night as George had a guys night meet up with Ron and Jack that he used to work with at Ron’s house. He got home about 10:30 and I normally go to sleep at 9:00 or 9:30. Of course I couldn’t sleep til he got home and then Roger was howling b/c his Dad was not home yet. I would NOT put him in bed with me b/c I knew he would not stay there. I didn’t want him to break a leg.

Here is his howling in the video below. It’s at the beginning of the video so once he stops there’s nothing else on there. You can stop watching. I didn’t clip it. It’s such a sad howl. It was hard to capture as when I would video he would stop and I only barely got some of it. I felt sorry for him. Above you can see where he is looking for George but he is not finding him. At last they had a grand reunion once he did get home and then we could all sleep. When I do girls night, I’m home at 8:00 just saying! I did cook dinner for him though and it was waiting on him when he got home. Had I known it would have been soooo late, I’d have stopped and got something to eat for myself. Never dreamed he would be that late. But he said that they caught up, laughed, and had a big time.

My Reaction to the Shot

Well, I got my shot Thursday at 5:40 p.m. I was restless Thursday night overnight, with just random pains and aches in different spots. I didn’t sleep well at all.

Friday morning, I was moving slow, had to drink coffee BEFORE I could even get in the shower. I debated about going to work as I really wanted to go back to bed, but I didn’t have a fever and I needed to go and get some things done for payroll related matters to prep for next week. I also need my PTO time. And I never like to wake up and just call in. On Friday’s I also have to sign checks and it really messes things up if the alternate is not there. I didn’t know her schedule so I pushed forward.

I began to feel worse and worse. I was trying to push through but after I got the most important things done I just made the decision that I had no choice. I was miserable and at that point could think of nothing else. Our thermometer at work usually registers me at 95 lol, so it wouldn’t know a fever if you lit a candle under it. I figured if it showed normal I probably had one. My eyes began to get dizzy – well you know that feeling that you get when you start to get a fever? If you move your head too fast you feel dizzy and fuzzy. I get that way when it hits 100.

So I went home and on the way there I thought I could not stand it until I could get in bed. I listed the things I had to do before I could get there. Pull in garage, pull myself upstairs, change Roger’s diaper and give him a snack, go potty, take my temp, change into jammies, text George and let him know, then crash.

Crash I did. I woke up two hours later with 102! It got up to 103 and I got scared and took acetaminophen. At that point my knee caps were about aching off. That was weird. It was like my knee cap was about to give birth. It hurt. I’ve never had a fever hurt so much. The acetaminophen knocked the pain out and took the fever down to 100.

So this morning, I feel more normal. My fever is down to 100 now even after it’s been several hours with no acetaminophen. The last one was at 4:00 a.m. I was so tired of the bed! I kinda feel like the fever is breaking as I woke up in a sweat.

Anyway, I had been warned this could happen. Some of my coworkers experienced this and others did not. I was hoping it would not bother me so bad. But I’m glad that is over and I hope the fever does not return today. At least I feel 10 times better. I can sit and do this blog entry where as yesterday I would not have been able to sit here and type anything worth reading.

My little buddy slept in his bed beside my bed yesterday. At 4:00 he began his howling because he knows his Daddy comes home. Funny how they just know – I guess by the sun. George came home and mowed. Roger howled the entire time, even when I showed him I was here. He knew it was time for his Dad to be inside. Finally he felt the vibration of the garage door when George shut it down for the night and his Dad came through the door. Happy dog to have him here the rest of the night.

It’s a God Thing!

Oh my gosh, I forgot to tell you! You know the cot I need for my office so I can sleep in here when Mom comes? I was going to order that Thursday night. Well Thursday during the day, we got an email that there were cot bases they were going to give away at work – due to a plant move. Can you believe it? The exact day! Heck yeah! So my boss let me go over and get one before they were gone. While there they gave me some foam that had been constructed that was not the right size and unusable and they said they were giving that away too if I wanted it, but it would have to be cut. George thinks he can cut it to fit the cot. So I saved $300 ish. I was so excited. What timing. This only can be a God thing! So I’ll be working on the office “again”. lol

Much to do this weekend as normal. I’ll post my to do list tomorrow. Did pretty good this week though. Although I’m moving kinda slow today, as long as the fever is below 100, I can function. So I think this is passing.

Did any of you do this on your 2nd shot? I think it’s worth it though. So we can begin to live somewhat of a normal life. I requested a lifting of the mask mandate at work because most have had their shots that are going to get it. The rest are basically saying “I don’t want it and will take my chances”. And so we should not have to continue to wear the masks at work if we are fully vaccinated and beyond 2 weeks as CDC recommends. And certainly not have to continue to wear masks just because others don’t want to get it. Let them wear the masks. Just sayin’. I’m done with the masks after two weeks of this vaccine. I’ve paid my dues. I’ve complied. Now Let me free! I can hear them now though, the one that wants to not wear masks is the one that left with a fever! ha. Can’t you just hear ’em now? But it was a side effect of the shot, but you know how people love to talk and make issue of things. I’m no fool. I know how it goes down. But again, I’m done with the masks now that I’m fully vaccinated.

Cleaning and Organizing the Kitchen

I used to follow a blog and website called “Fly Lady”. She gave you flying lessons on cleaning your house. She said for success and to get you motivated you “clean the kitchen sink”. She is right. I usually start with the laundry though because it seems an efficient use of time to go ahead and get the loads started while you are home. So I start there and move on into the kitchen.

I did some deep cleaning in the kitchen and it needed it too. I bleached the counters with Clorox Clean up – I have old counters and not granite. And I was so happy with the counters. I was able to make room for Mom’s toaster oven. lol. I have a hole where I think it will work as long as it does not stick out and take up too much counter space in width as we need that area for chopping. If so we’ll have to move it to the corner. I put a recipe book in it’s place for now. lol.

The recipe is a chicken salad that looks really good. I’ll have to try it. Once Mom gets here and gets settled we can have a good time fixing up some recipes. I also got down the cactus green tea pitcher I bought at Publix. So I would remember to keep tea made for Mom! I also rearranged the cookbooks along the ledges and changed some about for the summer months to provide inspiration. And I got rid of the farmhouse baskets and pulled out the cactus green fondue pots to put the potatoes and onions in.

At lunch I needed some inspiration and encouragement. I wanted a beer until I could find time and stop to eat. So I called it “beerunch”. It hit the spot. I kinda liked it in the wine glass! This lo cal IPA does NOT taste lo cal. I don’t drink beer much these days. We haven’t been to a brewery in a long while. And I usually have a glass a wine after work. But this hit the spot and gave me some inspiration and creative time.

I also moved the bread to the snack basket and found a cute square dish to put all the vinegars and oils in. When I first started keeping olive oil and vinegar on the counter there was just two containers. I think this has gotten out of hand, lol!

Meanwhile, George mowed, but I took liberty to attack all the things that was “bothering me”. I cannot stand when all the Tupperware bowls get thrown in without their tops and strewn every which way. So about every quarter I have to stop and fix it. I moved some big bowls up and moved some of the Tupperware to the 2nd shelf. Part of the problem was the third shelf was hard to reach. We really don’t need that many Tupperware bowls anyway! They are not really Tupperware – that is just the term I use. lol

We over do on everything I guess. We have a collection of onesie twosie glasses over the years. And I intend on buying a set of four tea glasses for us. I don’t really have tea glasses other than mason jars, lol. There are two glasses with those houses on it you see there. They are good for tea. But I probably need a set of casual tea glasses. I have formal ones in the china cabinet but they are too fine to use every day, we’d break them.

I think I need tea glasses and and a set of two more white towels from Target. I am putting that on next weekend’s agenda.

I ordered a Welcome sign for the front porch from Tractor supply and I’m also hoping to get some planters and plant some flowers for the front porch as well. Mainly for Mom to enjoy. We may or may not get that done. I also need some for the mail box area. But, in another month it’ll be too hot to sit out there and the sun faces the porch area but we’ll at least make it inviting. George also did some measuring for the front steps to add a railing. Honestly, I am getting to where I would enjoy that myself. Especially if I’m carrying something.

Meanwhile in TX…..

This little guy likes his little blanket animal we got him. It’s a lion. He can hold on to it. We got to face time him yesterday. He was playing and jogging. He really likes to jog in place. And his little legs are chunky. She had to go up a bottle size because he was not satisfied and wanting more. It’s almost time for cereal to be added. Look at those legs below. I like his duck outfit.

Roger is napping good while I cleaned yesterday. I played jazz in the background – a YouTube channel. It makes for good cleaning music and just a nice cozy atmosphere.

Thank you Terri for my Mother’s Day card that is so sweet. And for the Target card you sent to River (Little Roo). That was so kind! She’ll have to buy an outfit! He is gonna be growing out of this size if he keeps eating, lol.

It is raining heavily today on this Monday morning. A busy week this week. Haven’t had time to work on the video again but maybe this weekend I can finish it. Getting close!

So it may be late in the week when I get to post again. Payroll tomorrow and I have to go in early. Wednesday Mom and I go to her design studio. Thursday a long day for me and will have to go in early as well. Friday is looking good for a blog post update. Unless I can pop in other wise, I’ll be back Friday morning! Ya’ll be good!