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.

Honeysuckle, Whole Foods, The Bottle Shop, Emergency Payroll, and an Approaching Storm!

What a great Valentine excursion! We started our day at Honeysuckle in Franklin, TN. I was pleased with this meal and would love to go back again sometime. It was a lovely experience.

If you look closely at the photo you will see my wise guy trying to shoot me a bird. He loves to foul fowl up my pics when he can just to mess with me. Always look closely and you will see “birds” or gaping shirt holes with belly buttons staring at you. Those are two of his favorites. My guess is he comes from a line of women who loved to take pics that probably got on his nerves. He might have mentioned that but I’ll never say it aloud. So now he’s married to one of those photo types. He’s never been one that liked to be bossed around by a woman, LOL. Bless his heart! And he’s had plenty and now he has me. I can boss the best of ’em with my sly ways, heh heh heh, birds, or belly buttons, ignores, or whatever tactics these men use these days to try and not be manipulated and bossed around by us women. God may have made us the weaker sex physically, but we all know who runs the show. How did I get off on that? Oh yeah, stray birds fowling up my photos.

Their bar area was pretty, but we were there for brunch. My first excitement came when I saw the juice list. I never order juice because of the sugar but I was going to. Here’s the juice list. You’ll see what I mean!

When I excitedly placed my order, I was told the juicer was broken! So that joy was nixed. On to the next joy. I had already had a lot of coffee so I got some type of juice with sparkling wine. I think it was grapefruit but not sure. It kinda tasted like a Paloma. It was light and just perfect. George got the Bloody Mary.

I don’t like Bloody Mary’s but I wish I did! Still I can judge them eh? My criteria for a good Bloody Mary is one that has bacon and shrimp! LOL. Speaking of bacon. I am in the mood for some good crispy bacon along with eggs, biscuits and molasses. We have all that! And one day this week when it snows, I shall fix it for breakfast.

So at Honeysuckle, George ordered the Oysters Vanderbilt. I let him have them. They were cooked. But there were only 4 I think and he loves them so and I don’t so much so I didn’t partake.

I had the eggs Benedict which was called the Southern Benedict. It was EGGselent! LOL

It was on top of biscuits which were homemade tasting so it was really good.

George got the breakfast burger.

Afterwards, I wanted to stop at Gabe’s as I’d never been there before. I think I’ve heard bloggers talk about shopping there.

They were actually having a sidewalk sale and it was 26 degrees at the time! I did not stick around long. But I did look.

Then we went to the most favorite wine shop! We love The Bottle Shop in Franklin, TN. It’s close to Whole Foods and so when we shop at one, we go to both.

Look at this bottle of vodka. I have no idea if it is good or not. No we didn’t buy it. But wouldn’t that make a nice Christmas present for someone that loves the sea? lol Look at the price though for a seemingly small amount. I notice there was only one there. Not a big inventory of them, but probably there for a gift item.

We love their Spanish and French wines there. We have had this one before and I had not seen it anywhere again. We either had it in a restaurant or we bought it from here. I had taken a pic and had it in my photos for a long time, in hopes to see it again. I decided I liked “gamay”!

From Wikipedia: Gamay is a purple-colored grape variety used to make red wines, most notably grown in Beaujolais and in the Loire Valley around Tours. Its full name is Gamay  …and it’s very similar to Pinot Noir which is a good sipping wine.

So we brought this one home!

Did not buy this one, but of course since it had to do with weather, I had to take a pic!

Cards seen in the gift shop part of the wine store, which is always fun to look through.

Then on to Whole Foods. We bought a few things and had a cooler – not that we needed it but since we had some frozen items we went ahead and iced it all down.

Didn’t buy this one but took the pic for you all! And we didn’t buy this red grouper, but we did buy swordfish filets. The grouper would have been good though, but the swordfish filets were already ready for cooking.

We grabbed a late afternoon beer at Drake’s. And shopped at TJ Maxx. I bought a few things. Pics later! And then headed on to our destination for dinner. We ate at the Wild Ginger! It doesn’t look impressive here, it looks like a doctor’s office or something, LOL. They need to liven up their curbside appeal from this angel anyway, but it’s a dark and dreary day anyway!

We exchanged our cards and had a fun time eating wonderful cuisine!

The scallops were amazing. They were on a bed of avocado slices. The roe on top was excellent and the greens were great! I’m not a big onion fan but I slipped those aside. This was our appetizer.

My salmon was excellent as well. The flavors were great with pineapple salsa on one side and a squash puree mixed with spinach I believe (not sure about that part), and bok choy which was really good! I love it!

George had a chicken dish which came with several sauces.

And of course we had the Creme Brûlée….

And I had to show you those special spoons! What a great dessert spoon!

Then we came home and as I was about to get up to go to bed I got a text from a coworker, asking if I would go in and do payroll tomorrow! Whew! Well, that was 8:38 last night. I guess someone finally realized the forecast and so my wish to go in and get it done was finally honored, but it was very close call. At 9 p.m. my phone shuts down on Do Not Disturb. It does not come back up until 5 a.m. I wouldn’t have seen it til this morning and I would have slept late and it would not have given me time to close – I’m still not certain as it is that I will have enough time as it takes two days to process or at least 10 to 12 hours.

So I’m glad he texted when he did. We had a conf call with an exec who blessed the early closing of payroll and so now I’m about to go in and try to get it closed. The only problem is that managers across the US have had to go in this morning and work on their time edits. I’ve got to try and get two days worth of processing into one. I’m leaving around 4 or 5 this afternoon to get home before the storm hits. I’ll be looking at radar. I will get as far as I can. But I’m not going to get stuck there. So it will be what it will be.

It would have been nice if my original request had been honored and we could have prepared ahead of time. As it stands right now it will be iffy if I can finish on time. So wish me luck. I really needed to be there around 6 or so this morning but if everyone is working on time edits it slows the process down. But the payroll needs to be accurate. So all I can do is try to get it done. But I’m not putting my life in danger, so I’ll get as far as I can and we’ll have to decide from there. Had we originally gone with my plan, we’d have been able to go in this morning and start closing from the get go as the edits would have been done by end of day Friday or Sat. But we were not allowed to prepare for it as my request to prep ahead was denied. So here we go not really knowing how the day will turn out.

I just do not like to procrastinate when things are important. I like to plan ahead and then it doesn’t create an emergency for all involved or put the whole payroll in danger. But not everyone shares my enthusiasm! ha. So we’ll see what happens! LOL

George lovingly tucked me in last night and said “I’m sorry you have to work tomorrow, and on our Valentine’s Day at that”. But at least we had our outing yesterday. We have a special meal of surf and turf tonight so I will be here for that! But he was so kind about it and genuinely concerned. I told him, “I have no words”, speaking of the situation which is a phrase often used when you are too ______ (fill in the blanks) to speak. We both busted out laughing as we both knew that not to be the case of me having no words, as I had plenty of words! And I said “OK I do have words!” At least the evening ended in humor, but yes as you may have imagined, I was a little miffed at 8:38 last night. But what we do for others. God says to love one another. I’m trying here! But I want our employees to get paid and that is the bottom line. I want to be the best Payroll Manager I can be. And next time this happens, I’ll have a different plan. That is all she wrote!

Ya’ll have a great Valentine’s I’m on the way out the door here! In sweat pants and a sweat shirt and no make up of course! Let’s go kick butt before the storm hits. I’ll let you know tomorrow how it went, Lord Willing!