Voting, Texas Style Burrito, and Other Weekend Tales

Yay, the 50,000 hits were reached some time this week. I had posted that we were close. I wonder which one of you was the exact 50,000? Thanks again for visiting here these last few years. I’m enjoying the WordPress set up here.

Nothing will ever be like the AOL Journal set up we all had so many years ago. I think of that period of time often. I miss the AOL desktop world with it’s chat log on noises and the door shutting when someone would leave. Does anyone remember that?

I didn’t chat much on AOL as I was afraid of it, but it was fun that once you connected with people their Chat noise selection would come and go in the side bar and would echo out of your computer. Sometimes I’d forget and leave it on at night and you could hear people’s frogs, favorite song snippet, crickets, or whatever through the night. LOL Would drive George crazy if I forgot and left the computer on, lol. It was in the bedroom.

So Friday, I never found the $1700 some odd dollars and cents that are making the social security taxes off, but I did find two people whose last names had been changed to start with a P instead of what it was supposed to be. I did find that quite odd. When you are trying to find people alphabetically, it makes it harder to do because they are not there. Apparently they migrate to the “P” section. LOL. I tried to figure out how one would do that by accident, but if you go to enter one letter when you change someone’s name it empties the whole field so you can enter the whole name. So I will just say that is QUITE strange and leave it at that, but I hope there is no FOUL play going on. Weird things happen a bit. Things that make you go, hmmmmmmm. There are some people in the world that like to play with you a bit I’ve discovered. Alas, The day was not a bad one. It was a quiet one. But it would have been nice to see where the $1700 went. Maybe I should look in the “P’s” – buahahahahah! That is where the other losts things went.

At home, I made spaghetti. It felt good going home knowing there would be no time schedule for the next two days. AT this point in my life it really means so much. It always has but now it’s even more. I despise having to get up and leave something unfinished that I’m working on in the mornings. Again, always have. I have never liked to be interrupted. My focus is strong and it’s annoying. But being home felt good, with cooler air coming in and us being cozy on the inside. I made a couple of beds closer to the kitchen so the doggies would be close and not have to lay on the linoleum. It wasn’t cold inside or anything but they dogs, like people, like to have their perches! Beds, sofas, blankies!

Maisy picked her spot first. Then Roger, wanting to be where Maisy was began staring at her and then rooting at the bed. LOL LOL LOL

So then……

Maisy, has always been really good to Roger. She lets him have his way. They have really been very good to one another. Roger deserves the softer bed as he has more pain and likely a bit older. She was sweet to let him have it. She gave up on the whole area and just came and laid in the linoleum near by me.

Sleep was pretty good last night. Thankful for that. Got up at 1:30 for restroom break of course and have to have water, especially now with the heat on. And I have begun keeping a plastic cup by the bedside for the dogs too (the far reach so I don’t accidentally grab the wrong one, LOL). If they are awake and see me getting water, I figure they are thirsty too, and I give them a swig or at least put some on their lips/mouth. They love it. I get so thirsty sometimes it is hard to even swallow. So I figure they must be too. Roger was asleep so I only gave Maisy some at first. As I laid my head down Roger came over and put his mouth/tongue to my hand. Oh you want some too? OK.

At 4:00 a.m. Maisy was not having it, this laying in bed and not getting up like we do on the weekdays. I figured she must really need to go. So I took her. And of course she was wanting to eat after that. So I crawled in bed and then she came back and I put her up in the bed. You’d think I’d have been good and awake at that point. But no. I curled back up in bed with my Tugie blanket Katy gave me – it’s so warm and radiates back with heat. It is so comfy and warm and soft. Off to snooze land again. A tiny tongue hits my arm again. Momma I’m awake and want to go out and eat my breakfast too. Oh Roger! lol. I whispered, “Maisy must have told you she had her breakfast already”. They communicate. Those doggies. Maisy hovers nearby Roger breathing out with her hassles and Roger smells mmmmm that good fresh pet and he knows she’s eaten. Now he’s hungry.

George heard me whispering to Roger and said he would take him out. Bless him. So I fell back into a sweet snoozeland for another few minutes. However, Maisy cannot let her mother be. She wants me up and once I’m up she can snooze. LOL. What kind of a deal is that?

So, up and had coffee, started the laundry, got a shower, stripped the bed covers, bleached the bathroom, cut my bangs. Went out to vote. Then it was my turn to beg for food before we went to vote.

Me: Can we stop at Sonic and get a Breakfast Burrito? It’s on the way.

George: Or we can go vote first and then go eat.

Me: No it might take too long. The blood sugar can’t wait that long.

George: Well let’s go see how the line is.

Me: I’m not going to do well having to wait at all as I’m hungry now it’s on the way so just stop at Sonic.

George: Well we’ll drive around and see what it looks like and then will go back and get a burrito.

(pull around and get into the voting traffic and then see the line is moderate and out the building and down the sidewalk)

George: Not too bad

Me: Bad enough. I need to get some protein in my body.

George: Ok we are going to Sonic.

(At Sonic)

George: We’ll have two breakfast burritos and one coffee

Speaker at Sonic: Sir, I’m sorry, our grill is out. We can only do fried food today.

Me: (From the passenger seat). NEVER MIND, THANK YOU!

Speaker at Sonic: Sorry.

Me: IT’s OK! YALL have a good day!

Me: (To George). Just go to that new chicken place – maybe they have a chicken biscuit for breakfast.

George: Silent and pulling out of Sonic

Me: You know that chicken pl—-

George: Yes, honey I know what chicken place you are talking about.

Me: Can I please say something?

George: No, you may not.

Me: Ok then you will forever wonder what it was I was going to say!

George: I’m just kidding. Yes you can say something.

Me: That chicken place may not be open for breakfast but if it’s not there’s other places down that way.

George: I was about to say, I don’t think they are open for breakfast. (Pulls in, and no they are not open for breakfast and pulls out to the main road for another place.)

George: Let’s do Hardee’s.

Me: Sounds good to me.

(Arrives at Hardees, cars around the building and lined up on the road)

George: This is going to take forever!

Me: No just go somewhere else, Starbucks is down the road.

George: (Steps on gas and gets in left lane away fro Starbucks, lol)

Me: (Quiet. Not sure what is happening.)

George: I have an idea.

Me: This is gonna be good, I usually like his ideas.

George: The Mexican place

Me: (Still confused.)

George: We have found our Texas breakfast burrito.

Me: Wow and they have a drive thru! Cool! And no one knows about this place yet.

George: We’ll see. (We order a steak burrito, and a bacon burrito).

Out comes breakfast thru the window. Coffee the size of Texas itself. And the burritos the width of a boa constrictor and as long as your forearm! lol And the burritos so hot I can’t even open the bag. So we drive over to the voting place again and park.

I get the burritos out and begin eating as George starts to get out of the car.

Me: What are you doing?

George: Going to go eat in line to vote?

Me: I can’t eat this burrito in line? It’s too hard to eat while standing. I don’t want to eat in front of everybody.

George: This is going to take forever.

Me: Look you go vote then and I’ll come back later if you are in such a hurry. I’m not eating this burrito in line in front of everyone.

George finishes burrito, grease going everywhere.

George: Can you tear this last napkin in half?

Me: Yeah.

Me: (Half way thru burrito). Ok I’ve got enough in me I won’t get shaky. So we can go in.

George: (No argument from him, gets out of the car).

We go in and vote. It takes about 20 min if that long. The closer to the building the faster it goes. It was fine. It was touchless if you wanted it to be. I touched the screen and then used hand sanitizer. That was probably the only extra thing they could have done was to have hand sanitizer available for those that didn’t have any but it was fine. Now we wait. This election will be interesting.

Bird House at Charlie Daniels park, while standing in line to vote.

So we got all that done. I hate that it was so much trouble to get to a burrito and then a lot of trouble to have time to eat it. I guess that was not part of George’s agenda. But I thanked him afterward for letting me get food and then for giving me the chance to eat it. I started to say eat half of it, but that was my choice. lol. I chose to make it go quicker for him since I was obviously putting a kink on his morning.

So we are back now at the house. I’m not sure what the hurry was. We had no where to be. But yet we went, did that, and are back home now.

We have plans to go eat with friends tonight in a new place and we are just elated to get to see them.

It’s really our turn to have people over, but I’m honestly so embarrassed at my floors that I really hate to have company. I can’t wait til we get the floors done. Everyone else has such nice kitchens and flooring and updated houses and ours is just old and outdated and tacky. I can deal with tacky but not really wanting to share and expose tacky, LOL. Everything has to break before it can be replaced. Anyone for a sledgehammer Sunday to tear up a countertop? LOL. Breaking it might get me a new one? I started to do that the old TV not long ago. That Mother Earth of a behemoth elephant style of a big screen we liked to never got in our house in it’s beginning and liked to never got out – oh wait – we didn’t get it out – well we did for about 5 minutes – it went out the front door and then got parked into the basement where it will remain likely until we both die. LOL. OK I’ll quit complaining and try to feel blessed with what we have, which is much. I’m sorry. I just speak the truth. And that is I’m done with the floors and I do want an updated kitchen. We are getting there little by little. The fridge and dishwasher and microwave are finally stainless. By the time it all gets done it’ll be time for us to move out somewhere. We always seem to leave things nice for the next people. I want to enjoy it though before we move on if we are going to be paying for it. It’s easier to sell a house that looks nice and we end up having to spend it in the end anyway.

Ok I’ve gone down a rabbit hole I didn’t intend to go down. And that rabbit is not there anyway. It’s off kaddadling (new word) about in another arena.

So the main thing is…we voted. I got to eat. We made it home to tell about it. LOL

PTO Time, Helping Mom, Navy Uniform, and Vintage Market

Good morning! Found this in some old Facebook photos from Memories. It was on a daily calendar I had on my desk.

Apparently I am two days behind on blogging and it feels like an eternity. But we’ve had a big weekend.

Before I get into the weekend, I want to say thanks for the support on my Vacation/PTO worries/woes from the last blog post. I went in and deleted my entry. I don’t want to sound negative. I just want to try and get everything done and I want to have and enjoy my vacation too. And I don’t want any of it to be unreasonable. I want to do what a reasonable person would do in this situation. I make things harder on myself by trying to keep everyone happy including myself. George agreed and said to do what any other salaried person would do going on vacation so that is what I’ll do. Work a little over the week before and a little over the week after. It won’t all get done but it’ll the best you can do in a milestone moment and you do the best you can. I was thinking if I’d worked the entire hours and made them up I shouldn’t have to burn my PTO. While that sounds fair it’s not the way it works in an American salary situation. A company always wins as far as that goes. But George said just do what any other salaried person will do within reason and just do that. So that I will do. NO one said I had to work a certain amount of hours – I just know how many hours it takes to get the job done. But we agreed that I would do the best I can like a normal salary person and let that be that. Sounds fair to me – can’t argue with that. Still you know that I will try to get everything done. But reality speaking, it won’t be all done b/c being gone for a week – well you just are off enjoying your new grandchild. You will do the best you can, work over the weeks before and after and get it all done eventually. It might not make everyone’s time frame but you will have done what any other person would reasonably do in a situation. Sometimes I have to be coached back into reality as I will go to the grave trying to please everyone. And of course everyone is going to allow that. But all we want is for everything to be reasonable. That is all one can ask. And if that doesn’t work then the Lord places your Feet. So I’m trying not to worry. It’s just not an ideal situation and I like to be prepared with no surprises for anyone. That said, let’s dive into the weekend.

Friday night we went out to eat at Smiley Thai and the meal was so wonderful. We started out with Sushi. I had the California rolls so mine were done!

I always have to get the yellow curry dish. I’m going to have to branch out but it’s so hard to do. This is the best curry I’ve ever had.

So Saturday we woke up, had coffee and went to Mom’s in Columbia, TN, stopping at McDonald’s on the way for an Egg McMuffin. Our goal for the weekend was a working goal of getting the storage shed cleaned out and to get all of (and most of) the stuff out of the attic. We had one and a half car loads for Good Will. Mom wanted all the Christmas stuff down so she could go through it and put some of it in the storage for what she needs. Then we swept it out.

Mom had a pot of Spaghetti Sauce on. I thought it was for our dinner but it was for lunch. It was so good. And it was a HUGE plate.

Growing up Spaghetti was my favorite food. I guess it is still up there in the top 5 or 10. I have eaten such good food over the course of my life and in my quest for excellent cuisine with George – that somehow it fades to the background. I’m convinced my favorite food is the one that is making me happy at the moment at this point. It’s hard to decide the favorites anymore. But ohhhhh this was heavenly spaghetti. Mom makes a good one.

It was a beautiful and perfect weekend to do what we needed to do at Mom’s. I picked this weekend as I was hoping the temps would not be too harsh. It was perfect weather. And it was nice on Mom’s porch.

When George and I took the items to Good Will, and while Mom took her afternoon nap we went out to play. He wanted to run by Upside Down Teds. The sign is upside down.

This pic with the sign, I took LAST time I was in Columbia but it was open Saturday and we enjoyed looking around. We went in a few shops around there including a baby store.

My favorite store down there is Bleu 32 Vintage Marketplace. I could have gone wild with the photos but I just snapped a few. I didn’t do any serious looking or shopping. Maybe I should have. I wasn’t really in the mood to buy. But it was fun to go through and look at everything. Honestly, it’s like a museum of the past.

It seems like all the women in the family had these pics on the wall. Does anyone know the story behind these?

There were 3 floors to this store going up creaky old stairs to each level and filled with Goodness! The top floor had a cafe! It was like a secret cafe.

I absolutely loved the tables by the window. What an awesome space.

Look! An old Dan Fogelberg album.

I think I might want one of these ladders for the den to put our throws on them. They were $40. I didn’t get it. But liked them. I use a throw or quilt almost every night. I have several collected.

Some Doggie shirts.

A print of the Emerald Coast. How cool is that?

Columbia, TN is “the mule” capital of the World. Fitting since that is where I came from eh?

And of course we had to stop in for a brewski at the Taps on Main. Here is a pic I took from across the street.

I got the C’Zann’s Southern Witt.

And on the way home as the sun was headed downward, we stopped and got Barbecue for dinner – not that any of us was particularly hungry. But we ate again. We stopped a place we saw called JJ’s.

So cute. And the BBQ was good too. We took it home to Mom’s of course but it would have been a lovely place to sit outside and eat.

On our way home we went by my old house where I grew up on Alpine Drive. Before you judge me, just know that it looked a lot different back then. It was a well groomed and nicely kept house and landscaped nicely with blooming bushes and so much has changed. The trees have grown. It looks so different. Just so odd. And disappointing.

That front bedroom was mine – well Mom, Dad and I switched rooms a few times. As a child I was afraid of the tree out front. A neighborhood boy told me it was going to get me. lol. And I had seen the trees in Snow White bending down and swooping around so they moved me to the back room which I remember being there with twin beds and eventually got a desk in 2nd grade and a small little TV. I was so excited and always loved having a desk/office in my room back then.

At some point they moved me back to the front room. I remember being in there in my late teen years. I spent hours at my desk there, as I do now at home. I guess it’s my life’s fate to spend all my time behind a desk either working, writing, planning, or “trying” to be creative in some way. LOL

After all we ate, Mom had fixed a homemade Lemon Icebox pie. Oh my! It was so good.

Yeah, the doggies went. Their Nana gave them a bed in the floor. Roger was crying while we were away. Stood at the door and cried. Happy again once we were back.

Ms. Maisy girl on the couch napping.

Are they not the most spoiled babies ever?

So Sunday was the Attic clean out day. We got down all the Christmas stuff from up there. Mom had fixed an excellent breakfast. Then around 1 or so we ate again! I told ya the eatin’ is always good. She made her BBQ Weini dish.

I took pics of my Grandfather Voss’s Navy uniform.

After lunch we headed back. George wanted to mow and I needed to do some laundry. I washed a couple of loads, fixed popcorn, a glass of wine and caught up on my YouTube shows. George ran to the store and got Fresh Pet and a few items for this week.

I’m very behind not having the weekend but it’s ok. We got Mom’s things settled a bit. She has a lot of boxes to go through and decide to keep or not. She said it would give her something to do.

And I will work each night a little bit to get the house in order, a bit of cleaning, a bit of planning, a bit of ordering, and a grocery run for a few things I need to get. I guess we’ll see what the week brings. It was a short one. It seemed long if you look at what all we did, but it went by fast.

Oh and I should say that Maisy would not let us sleep. She wanted to go out several times. I made George go with me around one in the morning. Of course when I’m awake at that time it takes an hour or two to go back to sleep. And then she woke us up again to go out early morning around 5. I was dazed and half asleep but George got up and I could tell he was angry as he grabbed her from the bed quickly and swiftly in a manner that I usually do not see from him. He is normally very gentle. I was thinking “great, it’s going to be a gggreat day” of attic work with us on not much sleep. I ended up getting up because everyone was up at that point. We had to search for Mom’s coffee, LOL. And once the coffee settled in, we woke up a bit.

So…all that to say that I went to bed at 7 p.m. after changing the sheets and taking the polish off of my nails. I’d not had time to do them this weekend and wasn’t going to polish them only to be ruined during slumber. So off to bed I went at 7:00 p.m.

George came to bed at 10 p.m. and I woke up and indigestion from all we have been eating, I guess. I was up until after midnight playing candy crush and texting with my sister and then went to bed again. I was sleeping good when the alarm went off this morning.

That was a long blog entry for a work day. But there you have it. All caught up now. Today I’ll be getting ready for payroll closure and spending the rest of the time working on quarter end. It’s time for me to being working on my reconciliation spreadsheet. I’m further along in the month than normal.

So I’ll see ya’ll about mid week! Lord Willing.

Retirement Ahead, Anniversary Outings, and Today’s To Do’s

Ahhhh, it’s been two days of no blogging but it feels like a half of a century!

Friday we went to our financial meeting in Hendersonville. I always enjoy going to these as I learn so much and it’s interesting to me. Financial subjects have always intrigued me but also has intimidated me as the terms and the concepts can get away from you really fast. I always had an interest in everything financial – just like I do science, but both topics took a back seat to everything else in life. George began doing our finances as he asked to do so when we got to together. We have come a long way since then. And we are set to retire in just 4 years now, Lord willing.

The pic above is our coming back from our meeting, but after our dinner at Casa Vieja in Hendersonville. Was a really nice evening as a cool breeze and fall weather has begun, so we sat very comfortably out on their patio.

It was nice going home and realizing that we had 2 days off.

Saturday, The dogs had to be at their groomer at 8:00 a.m. And George and I dropped them off and went to the store for a few things for the crab boil we are having tonight. Fun to see fall coming together.

We went the back way to check out another store close to us and found something interesting and disgusting. I guess whatever was in the trash at the Thai restaurant was totally calling in the vultures. Interesting isn’t it?

There were SO many more than this. Like 3 times more. You should have seen them take flight when we came through. I’ve added a video here of the vultures but may come back and take it out because it doesn’t appear to be working too well. In case it doesn’t work and I forget……..If you see it – then we are lucky. If you don’t – you know that WordPress failed at being able to show it. This feature has been iffy in the past if you don’t put it on YouTube or Vimeo. Right now as I’m in draft mode, it looks black and says “loading”. So no guarantees.

When we got home yesterday from the store, I worked in the house some, fixed us egg sandwiches for breakfast, started laundry – mainly my normal routine. I did catch up watching a lot of the YouTubes I watch throughout the day here and there – mainly while eating – lol since I am sitting anyway.

We did a bit of meal planning for the week.

One of my favorite things is to dip food into Catalina Dressing. I tried to pick one that wasn’t too sugary and had the best oils in it. I’m sure it’s not the healthiest of dressing choices but it’s better than most. I enjoyed this snack and it made a perfect lunch yesterday.

We picked the dogs up from their trim. They came home and snoozed to recover from the excitement of getting baths and poked and prodded. We hear Roger is not fond of getting his paws done. With no teeth, when he tries to bite, he only gums you. lol. Bless him.

Miss Maisy
Mr. Roger

They look sharp after their trims. I really like Maisy with her butterfly ears but we get them trimmed back as they grow pretty fast. She looks like a boy til it grows back. But we know that she is our dainty little Maisy so no gender confusion there! lol

We have kept the sunroom open! Not many times in the year that can happen as no heat/no air makes for a very hot or cold room.

Later on we headed over to HomeGrown Tap Room. Wow it’s been a long time. Hardly anyone there. Everyone wearing masks when moving around, waitresses and waiters wearing masks, and hand sanitizer on every table. I wasn’t as impressed with the beer selections. None of my favorites were there but they did have an IPA I liked.

We didn’t really NEED food, but we had bacon pop corn. NOT your healthy pop corn here. We sure knocked it down.

We discussed Christmas plans a little bit. That is always fun. We used to budget as we had a lot to buy for. There is not as many to buy for these days so we nixed the budgeting.

Later we headed over to our dinner reservations at Hermitage Steakhouse. We were unsure how they would handle the salad bar, or if there would even be one. No one was allowed to do their own. There was one lady, wearing a mask that completed all the salad bar entries. Their salad bar keeps people coming. Well as does their steaks. I don’t think I’ve EVER had a better steak!

We swapped our anniversary cards at the table. A side perk to this is that every time, we end up getting a free dessert. It’s always fun to see if we do each year. This year was an excellent one.

I am not sure how this menu turned out so pink. I guess it was the glow of the light through the wine bottle. But look at these choices of desserts. I mean how could one decide?

It’s torture to pick from those as ALL were my favorites. George, not a big dessert person, usually lets me pick. I picked…..drum rolllllllllll……………….

Our waitress was cute and sweet. She was learning. She had never uncorked a wine bottle and George showed her how. She blocked her managers view so she wouldn’t be thought less of I guess. And when we ordered dessert, she was really pushing the chocolate cake. I ordered Bananas foster and she said “I’ve only made this once”. So I know she had hoped we ordered something else, but she did great. I wasn’t going to take a pic as I didn’t want her to feel “watched”. But George encouraged it. I missed the big flambay though by the time I actually hit the button to take the pic. You can see a little of it.

The restaurant is so nice and elegant with white table cloths. And a log cabin interior. I took pics after the people in the seats next to us left.

So you can imagine how stuffed we were? I realized later while looking at other tables, they had forgotten to bring us bread, but I was so glad they did. After all we ate yesterday and also this meal of salad, and loaded baked potato, a steak and then bananas foster which had an entire banana and 3 scoops of ice cream as well as sugar and other ingredients. Oh my gosh! But we left nada! NOTHING!

We were absolutely miserable by the time we left the restaurant and remained so through the night. We were going to watch a show but for me a food coma had set in. I went to bed. I had to eat a Rolaid at 1:30 a.m. and drink water. Wow, it was so good though. Every bit of it.

We are trying not to eat anything today until our crab boil. I think I may mix up one of my cleanse drinks. LOL

So today’s agenda:

  • Devo
  • Laundry
  • Change sheets
  • Iron
  • Work in my office which includes below
  • Carpet places research
  • Cleaning the office
  • Prepping for next Video
  • Uploading footage I did yesterday
  • Working on some projects
  • Planning
  • Telling Alexa the grocery items needed for my upcoming dishes.

So, I am cooking a couple of times next week. White chicken chili and BBQ meatloaf. So I may need a few things. I’ll have to make sure we have what I need.

I am excited to get on with our day. Hoping to get started on the next video, but I have to do a few things. One I already figured out. I figured out the subscribe button. It now displays all the way thru my videos at the bottom right hand corner. So now you can easily do this while on YouTube. But you do have to have an account. It is FREE.

The other thing is I have to redo the Intro and Outro. The audio in my current intro is not working. So I’ll have to silence the video on the intro where I introduce myself and George and the fur babes – as the audio is on the video itself. I will silent the video and then add a voice over. That will solve that. But I also want to add a quick little branding start up – I’m not even sure what you call it. They call it an intro but it’s just part of an intro. I can’t explain it but hoping I get to work on that today as well.

I better get started if I want to accomplish everything today. At least I feel great other than being overly stuffed and very WHALE like! lol

What on earth are YOU doing today? I love to hear your stories! Leave me a mini blog post in the comments below, ha! Love it.