“You are Here”: Update on Mom’s House Build and Move

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Monday morning brought the meeting on Zoom where Mom had to sign off on the plan review. A little glitch being that Mom could not get on zoom, but I don’t think she would have been able to see it anyway. I refused to do the meeting alone even though Mom said I could and the project manager asked me to. I demanded that we conference her in on audio and asked for the project manager’s patience and understanding. I didn’t want to be responsible if they left something out and I didn’t catch it. lol. I would never hear the end of it. I’ve also been in business too long not to cover my “assets” in anything in life. Just something life teaches ya I guess. Everyone always looking for someone to blame! So I made sure she was on the call. I mean this is a big deal signing off on a house being built the way you want it. I didn’t want to be the scapegoat if it all got screwed up!

It included changes she added during our Low Voltage and Design Studio meeting – in other words – extra outlets, media wall outlets, extra lighting, etc. I’m glad she was on it because there were a few things that they covered and had to let her know.

  1. We were not happy that due to a very slight grade on her property there will be a couple of stairs going down to get to the patio. Dismay and ::sigh:: – so much for completely flat and no stairs. The front will not have a grade and no stairs. But what can you do? She will be using the back more than the front but what can you do? It’s the land and the way it has to be built for some reason. So George will have to add a railing for her there too.
  2. They let her know where the A/C unit would be. It’s going to be far enough away from the patio that we hope it won’t be noisy while she sits on the patio. I think that will be ok.

Anyway they went over everything and so that meeting is done! We are really pleased overall with the Goodall Home process. It is very organized. I’m pleased to say that we are making our way through the stair steps and things will start to slow down on having to “be places” after the Pre-Drywall Meeting. That meeting will be in a few weeks. They will call us in a couple of weeks to set it up.

We have completed 1-6 steps here. We of course will do the Pre-Drywall Meeting in person. So I will have to take off work for that, go get Mom and bring her in.

They told us they will be breaking ground next week and starting on the house! That is awesome!

So once this Pre-Dry Wall meeting is done we will not have any more on site meetings til it’s built and then we will have several. And the final move in. BUT we will have weekly zoom calls or conference calls with the project manager. He informs us of what was completed that week and what would be completed the next week.

Also we will likely ride out there on our own some and view and take pics – but at least that we can do on evenings and weekends.

I’ll admit my tummy leaps every time they say “meeting” and “it has to be on a “Monday – Friday” during business hours. My head is spinning at the amount of time we are having to take off work. I saw in the beginning that any vacation trips would be out the window this year unless it is a weekend trip but where can you go for two days? lol. That’s stressful in itself. But it will be worth it to have the most disrupted year of our lives, to be able to get her up here. So worth it.

I’m very pleased that my work has been so incredibly nice to me over all this. They have let me off, let me make sudden trips, alter my hours a bit and so forth.

This morning I am going to sign off on the storage unit. I have to drive over to Lebanon – about 15 min away and sign the lease agreement. We are having to get two instead of the one big one. They chuckled when I asked to for the big one. They said they hardly ever have those. So it will be good to get that done. I took work home and did that last night since I’d be missing that this morning. And I’ll just eat lunch at my desk this afternoon. So I should hardly miss a beat of getting work done.

I got to sleep in this morning. George had to wake me up before he headed out so I didn’t sleep all day. I was unusually tired last night. And still tired this morning. I think it’s the shot. I remember getting tired after about a week of the 1st shot. I imagine I’ll do the same this week. Probably have not quite recouped from the illness brought on by the shot. No fever left but just have not bounced back and every now and then I have very sharp pains that roam still.

Upcoming Plans: Shopping at Target and a Pedi!

So GOOD things on the horizon though. I’m going to set that PEDI for tomorrow after work I think. Then Friday I have a fun visit planned for Target. Just imagine the pic below as their RED LOGO! I’m SO looking forward to it.

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I’m going to walk though slowwwwwwwwly and look at EVERYTHING! George is going to wonder what happened to me!

I’m going to buy a couple of more towels so we have enough – mine are getting old anyway. Gonna buy tea glasses as most of our glasses are low ball, beer glasses, wine glasses, juice glasses, or fine crystal, etc. We usually sip wine with dinner but I need to have some tea glasses for Mom and I as we will be drinking a lot more tea. I need some small little baskets for the counter tops in the bathroom for Mom’s make up supplies, and routine products used for easy reach and low clutter.

I need face wipes, a family calendar for the den so we can all be on the same page. (I will still have my planner though as I have to have it with me at all times).

And Mom needs 3 huge clothes tubs for her off season clothes to bring here. The seasons will just be changing when her house is built but we’ll probably have to do some clothes swap out before she moves. Also if the house is delayed it all we go into cold weather. So we will keep her extra clothes on site in the tubs like we do some of mine. This house has nice closets but no walk in closets so off season clothes don’t fit.

So yeah, lots to look forward to as the days pass.

That is all I know right now. Work, getting this move done, Mom here, and then her house built, and the other move done. But we have come a long way. Amazed that her house is already under contract and that we have moved a lot and packed a lot already. So much more to go. Still praying for strength and stamina! 😉

Better go get ready to head out the door. Ya’ll have a splendid day and I’ll be back to say “hey” on Friday.

I have been, as you may know, working on videos on alternate blog days. I began going through my iPhone photos and deleting unnecessary photos and videos and the next step with it is to drag over any video footage or photos that will be used in upcoming videos to it’s “assigned iMovie folder”. I have to do Feb 27 through current date. Anything before Feb 27 I’ve already moved over. Yes, there is a process! lol I make it a habit to go ahead and move over any Canon video as it is shot so I don’t forget!

Anyway, better gooooo!

Shopping Again, Easter Decor, and my Furry Friends

Just a quick pop in to say good morning before diving into the day. It’s a BUMPY little start to the day. Storms all around, mainly with lightning, but enough to get severe t’storm warnings.

Yesterday at work went pretty fast. Got a lot done there and went out for lunch at Logan’s for a salmon Caesar salad. It was heavenly. I like to get away for lunch as it gives me some thinking and planning time. Got my planning done for Mom’s visit with us on the Easter weekend. We are cooking part of the time and going out some too. I also made my list for the weekend of things I need to get done and wrote up my grocery list and all. That was productive. I hate going into a busy weekend knowing I have things to do but if I don’t have my list made I end up being a “feather in the wind”. BTW, I found a cute animated “feather in the wind” for the end of my videos. I don’t know if you noticed it in the last one. But I thought it was cute. I am often like a feather in the wind, but have to reign myself in! LOL.

It’s getting LOUD out there! And it is supposed to storm all day and all night, with some of the worst stuff this afternoon and in the overnight. I don’t like it when it storms at night. I don’t like anything messing with my sleep. LOL

Shopping at the Home Store

I got the idea at the end of the day, that I wanted to stop at the Dollar Store and also the Home Store to see if there were any inexpensive Easter decor I could set about. I HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME! Do you know how much I miss shopping and hopping about? Everyone else was out too.

Sometimes I take pics of things I like but didn’t buy. This vase would be cute to put flowers in.

I don’t have a need for any more beachy things but I LOVED THE SAYING! So often I’ve gone to the beach, left the world behind, and come back with a renewed spirit, and always always always wanting to do more of the same! How can I live at the beach? lol. How can I move here? And so forth. Love being around the water!

I came home and unpacked my goodies. I’m looking forward to setting them about today as I do some cleaning.

It’s not much but enough to set about to give a Spring and Eastery feel! Looking forward to setting it all out.

Personalized Coffee

The new coffee came in. It’s pretty good. It has the undertones listed. I think I can taste it sometimes but mostly it tastes just like really good dark bold coffee. There are no flavors as such. I was worried about that. I would not be a fan of flavored coffee as they call it. But the “undertones” have a hint of flavor. Think of it like wine. I love my wine but I can never identify the flavor notes, lol. We mostly just make fun of those that can by sticking our noses up in the air, sniffing, rolling it around and saying “mmmmm that tastes good”. LOL

Little Bit hung out with us this morning as the storms began rolling through. And it’s official. I’ve asked God to bring me another furry faced little lap dog to love me. I miss having a little follower. I know we probably really don’t need another one right now so I’ll try to hold off until after we get a few trips to see Grandson under our belt so we can fly. Either that or the next one we have to get used to boarding. I just can’t bare to break a little pets heart by boarding though. That is the problem.

I love my Saturday’s and immediately after my prayers for an animal to love me….I was joined by these two. I’m honored that Roger is seeking me out lately and that Little Bit does too.

Little Bit STANDS on the PROMISES of GOD!

And plants himself firmly in the Word!

Ok so that is all I have today. I am officially kicking in the BUSY time to get the following done:

Today’s Clean up:

  • Clean up bedroom
  • Surface clean (windexing, cleaning counters, dusting)
  • Vacuuming
  • Laundry
  • Iron/wardrobe for the Work week ready
  • Clean up my Office
  • Put out Easter Decor
  • Clean up Sunroom
  • Check for Grocery items (what we have/don’t have) of the recipes I’m making next weekend.

Hopefully I’ll be able to do some of my OTHER to do List too! We’ll see. I’ll try to share pics as fun things happen today. Yeah I know I’m cleaning. But I like to make things fun!

Have a blast of a day yourself! What are you doing today on this fine Saturday? And pray for our storms to subside as it could get bad later. Risk for tornadoes. ::Sigh::

Shopping, Daydreams, To Do Lists, and Little Roo goes to Daycare

I noticed yesterday that Tube Buddy, a service I tapped into through YouTube, had given me a milestone award for reaching 800 views on my YouTube channel. That is really a drop in the sea, but for me it was a milestone at least. If you didn’t catch the latest video, the link is in the previous blog entry. I mainly do a real time update in the video but then have a segment of our Christmas included.

Have the next to do items set. This just keeps me focused as to what I want to accomplish next. I enjoy working on the list but honestly life gets in the way and I don’t get a lot of time to do “the next thing”.

This year is going by so fast. I thought I’d have more time for learning the camera and such but I have to remember how far I’ve come. I’ve basically been diving into doing video creation without having a lot of knowledge or experience and learning on the fly.

I put in some Amazon orders at lunch yesterday. Normally I do my shopping on the weekends. I had told George that the new Revlon hair dryer brush was just odd and really too big for my shortish hair. He said order another one. I feel like I can’t return the Revlon one as I think I threw the box away already. The first time I styled it I did ok. That was after watching a video. But the 2nd and 3rd times just didn’t turn out and I don’t have time to sit and beg my hair to do anything on a work day. I’m not going to be spending an hour doing my hair! I felt bad. But I have ordered another that has a brush size that will work with my hair. IN case you were wondering, the one I had that I loved began acting up. I guess I’ve had it for a year. The setting button was never perfect. It would be on high when it said low and so forth. But I could get it to adjust until one day I couldn’t. It would burn your hair on high. I set the smoke alarm off trying to use it. lol I decided it was unsafe. I had given Mom one and told her to be careful with hers. So, I’m excited to get this in and try the new one which has the same brush size as the old one. I’ll give the Revlon one to Katy if she needs it/wants it.

I also ordered this for Little Roo for his Tummy Time!

Guess Who Started Day Care?

Daycare sent pics to Katy and she also went over to see him at lunch. They are not far away from her at all. I know it’s a relief to get through the first day and to know it went well. It’s so wonderful now that they can send pics to the parents. He slept at first and then played.

Ok so this bottom pic looks like my Dad! My Dady’s smile and grin and eyes looked like that. They favor a bit. Katy said she has seen “Pappaw” in him before. The ears aren’t far off either.

The Importance of Day Dreaming

Here was yesterday’s calendar. I do believe dreaming is important. Day dreaming is a good thing! Whenever we have an idea formed in our heads, the natural state of our being moves toward that dream. We just naturally move in that direction, whether or not it actually comes to fruition.

I have a dream of RV’ing one day. Have no idea if it will come to pass as I’m married and have to have consideration of my spouse. I didn’t have that dream until AFTER I married. I didn’t even know it was something I would want to do. But as long as I’m able and can do it after retirement, I intend to. I’ve worked a long lot of years. It would be nice to do this and get out there and see things and do things, write about it, and video it. I hope it comes to pass. But as I dream of it, I watch others doing it and delight in their efforts, and see what they say and I’m so grateful to be able to “go with them”. It’s watching their videos that made me want to do my own videos even though we aren’t going anywhere! But I’m flexing that muscle so if I do I’ll be ready to document our trip. All I do seems to navigate toward doing this at some point in some way. I think it would be fun to be mobile for a while. But I’m good with a home base! I’m ok with not being full time. But I do want to take some long loops!

I also watch those that sail because of my love for being on or near the water! And that dream I can say with confidence will never come true. I have always been intrigued by sails across the world and the love/hate relationship of the sea with it’s hurricanes and tall waves and shark infested waters. I might be lucky enough to go for a day sail some day. But a passage, I don’t think I’d care for. I’m certainly not strong enough to sail. Nor brave enough but my love for this kind of thing, and my day dreams naturally take me to the water’s edge any time I can get there. It’s just a natural thing.

So, my fortune cookie yesterday. We had several from our Chinese meals over the weekend. The restaurant threw a lot of them in the bag. I said when I opened this yesterday, I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or clap. The blue linoleum came to mind. lol. RV’ing came to mind. ha.

I threw the sloth on the bedroom bed I’m sleeping on for cuteness. I’m pretty fond of him there. It makes me smile when I get in the bed. I remember sleeping with stuffed Snoopies when I was a kid. I thought here I am at my age with a stuffed animal on my bed! LOL The sloth was bought as he reminds me of Tugie, which is the poodle in Dad’s lap. It’s the hair and nose that did it. And so as I lay down and night and see the sloth, I’m reminded of Tugie. And it makes me feel like I have a dog in bed with me again. It’s a far reach, but at least it’s one that does not keep me up in the night. lol

This one, Roger, will keep you up at night! Bless his little heart.

That is about it. It’s payroll day and I need to try to figure out how to calm this hair before going into work and need to pack my lunch.

Ya’ll have a wonderful day. Be back soon.