A Little Update Traveling From Asheville to Knoxville

Asheville, NC

Had a fabulous morning eating breakfast and shopping in Asheville.

We are on the way to Knoxville now. But are behind a crash and interstate not moving. I’m blogging from phone so not a proper post but wanted to post something today.

I have so much to share in the upcoming days as far as pics!

The French restaurant was a big hit! Wonderful flavors. I will share all of it.

Wherever we are is not giving a strong cell coverage. It took forever to get that photo of Asheville in.

Hoping this wreck clears soon. Prayers for all involved! Starting to get hungry again. We have Altoids. lol 😂 Crackers are in the trunk but if we open – traffic will start to move!

Waiting……

Stopped behind crash

Christmas Shopping and Eating: Sushi, Cajun, and Donuts in Mount Juliet

George and I ran errands Friday and basically got to enjoy a nice PTO day. We picked up the police report for my identity theft (finally) since we were off during the police headquarter business hours. And we headed over and bought my iPhone 13 Pro Max (ordered it) for part of my Christmas. We went to Belk and I bought 5 pair of pants (much needed for winter) and a Christmas gift there. We also went into the book store, Books a Million, in Mount Juliet and had a fun time looking through all the various books and toys for Little Roo. We laughed at a few things we saw. I mean Betty White in a children’s book made us cackle. And of course there is the Big Foot Research Kit that everyone must have.

There is the Do Not Disturb sign, “Probably” Working from Home which I happened to notice was sitting on top of an Inflatable Gumby.

And how about these Virtual Meeting Props? Can you imagine the laughter and sidekick humor in your “favorite” virtual meeting?

I personally like the Dammit Doll and might need to keep a set of those – one for work and one around the house. Why do I have a desire to put push pins in it (?) – is that a voo doo kinda of thang? lol!

I also wondered if I would like this author. Have any of you read hers? She has a best selling Novel “Nightingale” that is to become a motion picture. So I’m thinking it might try an audio book.

Most people have seen these. I know people that have this in their bathroom and it’s good smelling stuff. I would love to have some for our bathroom. If I get any for Christmas I won’t be offended. lol I told George to put some in my stocking. Not sure if he will remember. ha.

After our fun we went to eat sushi and a side trip to Tuesday Morning. George was thrilled to go to Mori Mori in Mount Juliet and we ordered a wonderful lunch of sushi and talked about the food and realigned and caught up on where we each were toward “Christmas Shopping” and updated my list book. I have a little spiral notebook Christmas shopping book going.

So….when we do sushi, I don’t eat the raw fish like George does. His plate was the first plate. I believe mine was a California roll. I also had a Ginger Salad and ate 1.5 spring rolls dipped in the sweet sauce (oh my gosh, so good). The Shrimp Tempura – also an “oh my gosh” experience over the shredded carrots there. It was quite yummy and also came with a sweet brown sauce. I enjoyed a Black Abbey Rose along with lunch – because I could and we were on vacation. 😉

So Tuesday Morning shop has a wonderful selection of modern rugs and the prices are not too bad. I mainly took this pic for Mom as with her new and shiny wood flooring she is considering a rug but we just have to be careful as not to get something she can trip on. Her furniture is likely to scratch it all to pieces. We have bought felt and felt pads to glue onto the braces. It seems everything has been so complicated with this move. The bed sizes and mattress issues come to mind, the not having to scratch the wood flooring (makes me grateful for my luxury vinyl flooring and the ease of care, or lack of care, I should say, in our busy world). I bought a few gift items and also some Christmas napkins from here.

So we went back to Mom’s new villa and worked a bit and then headed home and went back out for The Lost Cajun.

I love their catfish and fried okra and got the potato salad which was quite a stingy release of it and it’s more like creamed potatoes with more mayo and pickles than potatoes but it was of course good. lol We did not need fried food but honestly this was the only thing I really care for there. I like Gumbo and Red Beans and Rice sometimes but wasn’t really in the mood for it. I think I’ve had both there and prefer the catfish. So I ate catfish. And of course it was good. One thing I do not love about the Lost Cajun is the inability to change your order. I wanted other sides besides fries but NO it all comes with the fries and you can ADD other items if you want. So they “gotcha” because you want the side you want. I’m not sure I saw baked potato or hush puppies on the list. It comes with toast. But hush puppies are better! Anyway it is what it is. And that is my honest review. But I will say they were very friendly!

We had to laugh at George’s parking. He always parks so far away from the curb. And I never noticed it until Mom began riding with us. She really needs to hold on to the car and allow the car to help her attempt to get up the curb but George parks so far back she has to switch to holding on to my arm. And that is fine only the car is more stable and not moving. Here in the pic below it is not as noticeable as other times. I called it “curbophobea” (fear of the curb) making Mom laugh.

MOM’S MOVE UPDATE

We had to be at Mom’s Saturday morning early for the Lowe’s delivery of the fridge so we stopped at the donut shop and got kolaches, breakfast sandwiches, apple fritters, and donuts. And guess what! Lowe’s had all of her appliances (washer and dryer also). Not just the fridge. I had prayed for nice surprises and we had some. We had been scheduled for the 12/1 delivery of the washer and dryer (a pleasant surprise but a little oopsie on their part for not communicating this). So we were ecstatic that they all came. However, George and I had many things staged in the utility room for unboxing/moving in – so we had to scramble at the last minute to move all that. It would have been nice to know. And sadly the washer had a dent in it. It was on the side and hardly noticeable so that was good. I showed Mom and asked what she wanted to do but told her it was hardly noticeable and I asked the guy if we could get a discount. He said “sure”. So they took a picture and told their “boss” and Lowe’s called back and gave her a really good deal. She was happy with that. It was quite a chunk off. And they will return that on her card. Good deal.

When we left yesterday the fridge had still not made ice but we’ll see. She bought the same fridge we have and I think I remember ours taking a while to begin cycling through. But we’ll see when we go over again what it is doing.

We FOUND THE WHITE DISHES. George did. It was in a section of boxes we couldn’t get into. We never found the router. But AT&T came out yesterday at 3:30 to install her internet. They had to set up and install everything into the nice “box” into the utility room that GoodAll has just for this. So I mean they had to have the lines run and everything and had to drill and they drilled into the wall and it went into her pantry. It was only a small hole and we can fix it as it we were left the materials from the building of her house (paint and spackling, etc.)

I worked on getting Mom’s plasticware washed and with its mates and into the cabinetry. I got out her coffee pot and her air fryer. And we went through a lot of boxes from her guest bathroom and we have about 3 yard sales boxes already. We have much of her kitchen set up but we have to wash and put up her pots and pans still. The box was too heavy for me to move. George will bring it in for us.

I also, on the next workday, will work on boxing up the clothes she doesn’t want for a yard sale. She has quite the pile and we’ll get that into boxes and set up for the spring yard sale.

It didn’t seem like we got a lot done yesterday, but a lot was accomplished considering the delivery of appliances and the setting up of her internet. They didn’t need her router after all because they had their own – a different kind built into the system of what they were installing. So the missing router is now not an issue. I guess all in all we emptied about 6 or 8 boxes.

So where we are with the move now? The Next Steps...

  • The truck for Nov 20th of the final big furniture (china cabinets and couches etc.) has been booked. He could not get one with a lift though. So he had to get a ramp.
  • We need to put felt tips on the bottoms of her recliner and sofa so it doesn’t scar the wood flooring
  • The mattress situation is a critical piece in which when resolved, she can go ahead and move in.
  • Security system can be scheduled
  • George can install her TV
  • George is working on getting the parts needed for installing a bar getting out of each shower and also a bar to hold onto going down her back stairs, and hanging things on the back porch (brick).
  • Mom and I can finish her pantry and wash her pots and pans and get those up and finish her clothes
  • She and I can work on setting up her bedroom dresser and drawers, we are lining with the paper that Lisa gave her (smells so good – like roses) and working on her bathroom area.
  • I think we can go ahead and pick out what she needs for bathrooms and shower stalls (bath mats, rugs, curtains, etc.)
  • It’s all coming together slowly.

More on the Mattress situation.

She will be calling mattress stores near by. I told her we could research that today and see if we can find a store to visit one night this week if they stay open past 6. She is wanting to talk with them first to see options for extending a reg bed into a queen size. *Note for those at work reading/snooping (lol) I know I could buy Mom’s mattresses cheaper from our company but it is not convenient to do so. 1) She has to try it out 2) The show room is in Antioch and we are not. 3) Even if I drover her down to Antioch I’d have to take off work to do so 4) Our company does not deliver so we would have to rent a truck (aaaaaagain) and take off work (aaaaaagain) to go down and pick it up. 5) If Momma is not happy – I will be the one having to deal with it. 6) There wouldn’t be a return unless there was a flaw of some sort.

I have been quizzed recently about this since I work for a mattress company and was told it was unfortunate (silly) not to get my discount and pay 50% more or whatever it was but —it was our business. Yes it is our business. And yes it is sad or silly (whatever term it was) to pay more but are ya gonna let me have the free time off, give Mom advice on the various kinds of mattresses and be her sales guy and answer her questions? Are you gonna pay George for his time off to drive the truck, pay for the truck, or move it for us, give your sweat equity and tears to set it up, and deal with Momma in the process? No I didn’t think so. So you see, ain’t no amount of money worth all that. So she will need to go somewhere close and be able to hear the sales pitches and ask her questions and try it and see and then have it delivered.

Note to self and everyone else: Once we get this move done on the 20th we are officially resigning from moving furniture at that point, lol. I think if we move ourselves we’ll have to have someone else handle it. So….

The Tribe Has Spoken.

So, at 7:00 last night, I’m asking myself, is it NOT bed time yet. I think this has been the hardest time change ever. A week in and I’m ready for sleep by 7! I know the stress of the move and all the excitement exacerbates the issue. But last night we had soup and I went to bed and Mom went to bed. I’m sure George enjoyed some quiet time to himself. I had enjoyed more of the “Polar Girl”, which I’ve endearingly named the girl that lives near the North Pole in Svalbard. Again for like the 3rd night in a row, I’ve watched about 3 YouTube shows while snuggled under a blanket. Watching the snow makes you really cold.

Our Next Plans Today and Forward

So it’s Saturday and I got up at 3:30 as I was awake of course from going to bed so early. Today’s plan is to get laundry done and critical things here at the house and ready for the work week. We may possibly head over with a load of stuff left over in our basement, more of her food, and so forth. And do a bit of work over there this afternoon. George wants to watch the ball game.

George and I are excited that things will be moving toward a new normal. We are looking forward to 1) Eating lamb 2) Watching Netflix shows while we eat dinner 3) I’m looking forward to getting my bedroom back, having room to move my fall clothes upstairs and do the switcheroo (it’s getting cold) 4) Me getting my office back as an office/Santa’s workshop. 5) Looking forward to having my shoe rack back. 6) Looking forward to having my bathroom space back. So as we move and set up we are also looking at the next “to do” list for the house.

Yes, a lot going on.

So IF YOU made it this far, you have to let me know. I really love hearing from you. I will likely not be back here until Wednesday. Tomorrow morning I’m working on the next video and then Tuesday is my early day but hopefully back on Wednesday for a midweek update post.

Visiting The Christmas Place Store and George’s Pizzette’s

Whenever I’m in a bad mood, I’ll just head over to the Christmas Store, where it’s happy and magical inside. It’s a bit like going through Disney. The spirit and magic of Christmas flows through you. The elves decorated the place up beautifully. I had to go around twice. The first time was for the vlog and blog as I took video and and photos. The second time I was able to take more of it in.

Did I buy something? Yes! I bought a little Roger ornament. It looked very much like him except we need to add a little pink tongue. lol. I’ll take a pic closer to Christmas when I get him back out again and hang him on the tree.

I’m pretty fond of this polar bear. And think it would be really fun to play Christmas-Opoly. I wish I had looked to see how much it was.

I know Mom was happy to get out of the house. The store was crowded though so she did a quick run through the store with mask on and back in the car. But she got some pictures and even a video.

Tis the Reason for the Season!

It really put us in the spirit yesterday. The day was cloudy and very cool with a high in the 50’s and a pretty good breeze at times. It was sweatshirt weather.

As per yesterday’s post, I guess you saw the next video was out.

I was pretty happy to have only a 2 week turnaround instead of 3. But we had a bit more downtime, less going on at home, plus I gave up some blog time.

Ok so real quick- look at the style on the left and the style on the right from those videos. I really like my style longer, without bangs, and more of a bob with long layers. And sadly, without the glasses. I almost considered going back to contacts but I think they will be hard to fit. My doctor discouraged it. So here was yesterday. No make up here and a little touch up or two, and hair not really styled and very much windblown from the day – but I chose not to get anything cut off the top. I did get the bottom cut and shaped as it will be most likely February before I’ll have time to get it cut again. I’m not even making an appointment until probably January, if then.

Mom keeps telling me my hair is not looking as good as it did. She saw me in a video earlier in the year and said my hair was grayer. And lighter and said it’s darker now and that I need to start using her shampoo to make the grey grayer (whiter) again. I guess she will just have to look at my darker hair. I hate it bothers her so as she has mentioned it several times. She’s also not hesitant to bring out flaws of anyone else she sees on TV that she does not like their looks, lol lol lol. I tried her blue shampoo and I was not fond of it. I like my shampoo set ups that I have and if it keeps me younger looking rather than a “white as snow older” look, then great! We’ll get there soon enough. Let’s not wish it there. I imagine that what she saw earlier had been cut away when I got it cut. Don’t worry, it’ll grow back and be more noticeable as it grows.

Yesterday we also went to Jason’s Deli and I had the chicken pot pie soup which was really good. I saw they had free ice cream for all – the soft serve in a mini cone. I had just had my 1 per week dessert of Key Lime Pie the day before with it’s 44 grams of sugar (yikes). But I could not turn down the free soft serve. It was more than two bites, lol. So I broke my rule. Who takes two bites out of a cone and throws the rest away? Not me. At least it was mini and I didn’t eat all of the cone. It wasn’t much.

We also went to the Dollar Tree yesterday and I bought a bunch of Christmas sacks. I did not hold back. I don’t know how much time I’m going to have to wrap this year, so I just went to town on the sacks. I bought some headbands to put my hair back with at home. They were loose and don’t grab onto my head so I can’t tell it’s there. I wore one last night running around the house.

Prayer Journaling

I was so happy yesterday and relieved to be done with quarter end. I don’t have that tension on my shoulders. I didn’t get to do my devo and prayer time and devo after my shower as we were about to head out so I did it when we got home. I had a glass of Grateful Red (making fun of the Grateful Dead, lol -a rock band) along with a shirt that says Gratitude.

Here was my entry yesterday in the prayer journal.

I not only pray to God in it but try to be detailed enough of my thoughts that some day when I’m gone, Katy or River can have it to remember me by. Not sure how long the blogs will stay on line when I’m older and decide not to pay for the separate domains anymore, so most of my online blogs will be toast at some point. Virtual space that will go POOF one day and will then belong to someone else for some other reason. So my daily journaling throughout the end of my life will be the only “blogs” left. It is a prayer journal but it houses my fears and hopes and problems. The main reason for keeping it is to reveal how God really does answer our prayers to those that believe in Him. At the end of each journal book I go back and list all the ways he answered the prayers for that book. Very powerful. He shows me so many things when I come to Him. He is a friend and a confidant and He loves to show me nature on the days we are the closest.

There were some really intense and low feeling days in the last year or so and I’ll never forget the bobcat that came and sat on my window. I mean we are in an office complex! He answered a lot of questions with that bobcat. To me it was a sign that I’m strong, that He is strong for me, and that I’m self-reliant, and that need to learn and listen more and speak less. It was also taken as a sign of change, or that change is coming. And it has and it continues to do so. Change never stops. We have to embrace what we have before us, as it will always be different as time passes.

George’s Pizzettes

He made the rosemary dough up a day ahead. And then we had our personal pizzas last night with whatever ingredients we wanted. He bought the real mozzarella!

I thought to get a pic after eating half of mine already – above is one of George’s before it was cooked, and below is half of my pepperoni one.

Yes it is as good as it looks. I also had a red wine, Rioja, with it, and it went very well together. I really liked that Rioja wine. It was dark, deep, pleasant, smooth, bold. I am not good at describing wine. I’m not a snob, lol. But it worked well!

We have a little “beggar” in the house. Miss Fancy Lou!

George was happy to comply by giving her some shredded cheese.

I noticed that Little Bit had circled every hour on the hour from about 3:30 to 8:30 so George let him in. We have to work on his winter box and get it on the porch so he has a warm bed again. He stayed in for a little while and then we put him out with treats. It was not supposed to get to cold last night.

Sleep was good last night. Not much time for housework either. The house will probably not get a good cleaning until after we move Mom and will probably be “on the go” or a bit at a time as needed – as it becomes urgent – lol. I will probably not dust again until the day after Thanksgiving. lol lol. When I’m redecorating for Christmas that day.

Today’s agenda includes the following:

Getting the blog done, laundry finished, ironing, changing George’s sheets, getting Halloween candy to take to work as I’ve been eating some fellow coworker’s Reese’s – just the “one or two bites” -lol. I have to restock a few things for the work week. We are going to look at fridge’s today with Mom. Although we don’t have measurements yet for the area so we can’t really buy anything yet til we know for sure. And then we are going for Cori Dogs if they are open. I may go in Penny’s for a second. And maybe bath and body works. I have a coupon for a free item with any purchase.

Ok, not sure if I will be here tomorrow or Wednesday. I go into work early on Tuesday so no blog then. If I have anything new to share I’ll be here tomorrow, if not probably Wednesday. Tomorrow we go see Mom’s new house, so I’ll be itching to share on Wednesday for sure! We are very excited. We have to take a “pluggable item” with us tomorrow so we know if the electrical outlets work. I’m going to video it and also take pics. And then also do a real walk through to test things without the camera in hand. Then I have to be at work by 12:30 to do time sheets and prep for Tuesday’s payroll. But I’m off on Friday which means I will have to bust butt during the week and it’s also month end. But I have til the 15th. Ye Ha. Busy times.

You have a good week too! Our fall leaves really just started turning good the last few days. So I’m hoping to get some photos soon, if I have time for mini photo shoot with the good camera. But that is not priority right now. More later. Let me know if you made it to the end. Long one today.