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

Eye Doc, The Dark Side, and Friday Nite Fun

Had an eye appointment yesterday and I was ready to be checked over. I noticed in Texas that while driving I was having problems seeing the road signs. I had on my sunglasses at the time. I really didn’t think anything more of it other than my vision must have changed. My sunglasses and regular glasses are the same prescription.

So I was checked out. It occurred to me to have them to check my vision while wearing my sunglasses so they did. It stumped the doctor because I could see better with my regular glasses than my sunglasses. So he figured it was probably something about the progressive lenses with the glasses. And he was right. My bifocals go too far up into the distance part of the sunglasses. So he sent me over to the optical folks after my visit and they fixed me up. It’s been within a year and so they are replacing them free.

I was quizzed as to why I hadn’t noticed this in the 11 months or so – my answer was very simple. “I know where I’m going around here and don’t have to try to read the road signs down the road but in Texas where we just traveled, I was having some issues being able to make the signs out – I needed to see where I was going!” Otherwise, I’d probably not have noticed. I’m usually a passenger or know where I am going. So that is good to know. I told her I didn’t want to pay for it as I’d already paid once. But this fell under a 1 time “scratch” warranty or something within the first year. Oh he also said my sharp pain headaches were likely from dry eyes. He said that it would do that. So I have to keep eye drops available. Also he said cataracts were forming and that likely I’d have to have to have them earlier than most people do. I think that kinda runs in my family. But otherwise the eyes were good.

In the meantime I had to wear these much needed temporary sunglasses above as I had to leave those there for repair. My eyes had been dilated. While there I played around with the tissue they gave me to dab my eyes with. I was going for a teddy bear, lol.

George said he was scared that I was making a voo doo doll. Funny – I did wonder one time what would come up if you googled how to put a spell on someone. I would never do that because I don’t believe in witchcraft or voo doo and we pray for our enemies and don’t try to put spells on them. But I was listening to some story on audio that made me want to google it. I googled it and some weird message came up that scared me and I got rid of it real quick. I then felt bad for even wanting to look it up. The Spirit (of God) told me to stay away from reading such. So I did. I still wonder though, just for fun. Do they mix up a potion? Or have a doll and poke a pin in it? lol. Sometimes it is just intriguing to try to understand such a thing but then why would you? I guess b/c it’s so weird. I know I’m weird but I never even wanted to watch Harry Potter b/c it seemed dark and mysterious and “from the other side” where magic and potions and voo doo and such exist. I have not really ever talked or written about any of these things before. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t think of it. lol. I know Harry Potter is not really bad, but I never found that I wanted to be involved with any of that. I did allow myself the opportunity to watch the Twilight Series though, so there’s that. Edward was just cool. I’d have fallen for him myself. lol.

Geez the subjects, the alley ways, the rabbit holes, and the pot holes I find myself in – here on the blog. Gotta love it.

I headed to Chic Fil A for a breakfast burrito after my eye appointment. It wasn’t very good. I think it was the fried potatoes in there – perhaps the oil they had been fried in. I didn’t even know that fried potatoes would be in there. I need to NOT order that again. But I enjoyed the fruit later at my desk as I didn’t really get a lunch since I was late getting to work because of my appointment. And I really enjoyed the unsweet ice tea with lemon and the refill of the styrofoam cup afterwards with ice water. I also had a toasted peanut butter English Muffin late afternoon to hold me over til dinner. We have a toaster in the kitchen and I came back to my office and spread peanut butter on it. mmmm.

Home again last night it was time for me to cook spaghetti. I had failed at that the night before as I was so exhausted from not much sleep all week, but I was determined and got it done. I also felt better yesterday too. I had a lot of energy and could bounce up the stairs. Days before I was really having to just pull myself up the stairs. Now that I think of it maybe that’s why my muscles in my arms were hurting so bad. But I’ve had a couple of good night’s sleep now and feeling much more normal, muscles working better. I’ve doubled up on the Vit D as well.

We enjoyed our spaghetti. George opened a bottle of Rosso from Coppola and we watched some silly movie called Beach Bum. I can’t say that I would recommend it. It was very silly, had a lot of uncalled for sex scenes and just didn’t really make sense other than I guess that is what Beach Bums do. Nevertheless it still held our attention. lol. I was glad when it was over. I didn’t really like the way it ended. I’d have gone another direction with the movie and have made the story lines deeper, but what? I’m a payroll person and not a screen writer, director or producer, ha! But I am a movie viewer and I have expertise at what I like to see. This was a movie that George brought home from McKaye’s – from the cheap bin I suppose. However, I have picked some real Dud’s too over the years.

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Sleep was wonderful last night. There was a blip though. Roger decided he wanted to get up at 1:30 in the morning. He was headed to the bottom of the bed to jump off. I guess Maisy woke me up as she does. She alerts me when he gets near the edge. So I took him out and led him to the water. He was rather dazed and confused, as was I at that time of the morning. So dazed and confused that I wasn’t too scared of burglars creeping around. I did think about it, but thought more of wondering where Mr. Pepe LePew was (skunk).

Then Maisy was waiting at the door wanting a go of it. So I took her out. Once back in bed and everyone watered up we slept another 5 hours. I think I had about 9 total. Good deal!

Mr. Roger took to Maisy’s pink blanket, formerly Katy’s. He likes the softness and it makes for a great tongue holder while you sleep!

This morning I’ve done two loads of laundry, started the dishwasher, washed remaining dinner dishes as I was too tired and sleepy after the movie. I’ve swept the kitchen and now blogging before having to go drop my car off to have the a/c (freon) situation looked it. The a/c still works but only when it wants to. It’d significantly dropping in performance, especially on really hot afternoons. We have an appointment this morning and will be heading out soon.

I made this for breakfast with leftover noodles that I had no sauce for. I made a big batch and had 4 lunches out of it. But this morning I had noodles and bell peppers and tomatoes, with olive oil and balsamic glaze and lots of parmesan cheese.

This afternoon I have to work on addresses and the list for Katy’s shower in November. My SIL has offered to do one for her on line. So I will put that list together. Only a few to add from my side of the family.

George has to run some parts to his work today and so I plan to stay home and work on the next imovie.

I am so glad the weekend is here! Supposed to be a bit rainy this weekend too but I don’t think the temps dip into anything fall like for a week or two. I didn’t see 50’s yet for the evening temps. But the weather week next week will be interesting in the US with the hurricanes happening.

I also talked with someone at work at our Oregon plant yesterday and they said the smoke was horrible. They are outside of Portland. I saw a pic from one of our sales folks out there and the orange glow was in the distance and they were having to evacuate. So prayers for ALL having to go through all that, from losing homes to the breathing discomforts. May the Lord send rains and just dampen it all really good. Please join me in prayers for all those folks on the west coast and the ones in the path of these hurricanes coming in. Tis the approach of fall and the time of year for such.

Meanwhile around here we contemplate things like making White Chili, will there be a football season, and when can we try on things in the dressing room, and when can we get rid of these dang masks.

What are you doing this weekend? Are you in the path of any wild weather, fires, or storms? Take care my friends.

Store Run, Keeping in Touch, and To Do List

Well, I have wanted to blog most of the day but it’s been a bit busier than I thought. But that is ok. Much of my “to do” has gone out the window. It’s still been a fun and relaxed day – so that is ok. there’s always tomorrow right?

Here was yesterday’s confirmed COVID cases for our county which includes two cities: Lebanon and Mount Juliet. It’s a pretty big county. I’m sure today is a bit higher.

You can also get your COVID-19 report from The Weather Channel app.

George and I watched “Ringo at the Ryman” last night. It’s Ringo and the All-Star Band. The music was great. I think my favorite was Richard Page. I love his voice! He was in Mr. Mister. I’ll have to add in his music to my iPod now.

So I guess we have chosen Friday’s as “Concert Night”. We have several more to watch and need to pick it out so we can “think about it” all week.

In honor of the Seniors week for 2020 – everyone is posting on Facebook their Senior pic. Bless the hearts of those graduating. They do not get to experience it I guess. Here is my pic.

Sleep was grand last night and then this morning Maisy woke me up around…I’m not really sure what time it was – sometime around 5:30 or 6:00. I was really groggy. I was dreaming. So it took a while to wake up. Coffee was good and I played around on the iPad looking a Webcams and such. My favorites are either not there anymore or they are closed, lol. So no fun there.

Then after we had a cup or two of coffee, we decided we’d run on in for a quick store run at Publix and beat the later day crowd.

My masks came in a few days ago and I washed them in Dawn and let them dry overnight. So I was able to wear this in the store. I’m so glad they sent a cute turquoise design. That is perfect for me. They also sent another one that is off white and has watermelon or something on it. I really can’t remember. But I am so happy to have these. I also have two on my desk at work that I’ll bring home Monday and I will wash them as well.

I was shocked at how much we spent at the grocery. We keep going every weekend. I guess we are just eating more though and needing more. I was almost completely out of things to take to work. So of course my Target order came in last week and it had peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, and hand soap and laundry stuff. I was really thinking we wouldn’t go to the store much but….my RX meds were refilled for my blood pressure so I needed to run in and get that. And we were getting low on Fresh Pet. And we are completely out of fresh fruit and veggies. So we bought a few of those things.

George nudged me as they were ringing up the purchase. It was up in the 200’s – like high 200’s. We bought a few packs of chicken b/c we don’t have any in our freezer. We eat it up too quickly. We also bought some frozen beer battered fish and I’m looking forward to that as we put malt vinegar on it. We’ve not had that in a while. We bought a couple of frozen meals to have a few quick meals during the week. We like chicken cordon bleu, for example. It’s a frozen thing we get from time to time.

I bought watermelon which I’m looking forward to, some fresh apples, and now that my peanut butter is in, that’ll be a great snack. I did get yogurt. We also bought a couple of Cornish hens and a big fryer chicken. I bought some canned soups. And we have decided that we like the LeSeur Carrots – so we bought 4 cans of those b/c they are healthy and we like them. Wow they are really good. I never thought I’d like canned carrots.

So yeah, surprisingly the store was good for morale and we can add some fresh things to our meals at night. Still no toilet paper. I mean good grief.

George updated the “chalk board” in the kitchen.

As you can see we have eaten well last week! Looking forward to this week.

So several in our family tried out ZOOM today for a shower in the family. There are two having babies. Susan is hosting one and I’m hosting the other. I’m thinking that mine will still be social distancing – it’s in June. Just not sure this is all going to be over. I’ll be glad to host it here as long as I know a month in advance which way it will be. And I bet we won’t know by mid May. I will need to be able to get invites out and also need to get the house ready. I can throw it together quickly I think. I need my “Kate” in times like these. I’m scared to death b/c I’ve not solely ever done a shower before. But I’m excited to do this for our “Ellen and Justin”. It’ll be fine. However we do it. But it was fun to get on Zoom with the family for a test run for Susan’s shower she is doing for Hope. I spent nearly the entire time though trying to get the iMac to cooperate. The “App Store” for the Mac did not have zoom available. However, I was able to download it from Zoom itself for the Mac, which I did. So I think we are good now. But I didn’t have it figured out for the Mac while we were on the call. I had to use my iPhone.

Then later, during this process, I discovered an app called “Houseparty”. I downloaded it and invited Mom, my Sister in Law Susan, and Katy. I chatted with Mom while sitting on the front porch and then also chatted with my SIL while sitting on the floor, as my phone charged up again. Katy said she would join eventually after she cleared some stuff off her phone to add a new app. You can also play games on there with it. So it’s kinda cool.

So this is kinda cool.

And I went for a walk mid day. I also have done laundry. I’ve swapped over the summer/winter clothes in the tubs. But I have a huge to do list for the weekend. At least it was part productive! So here’s what is on the list for tomorrow. There is no way I’ll actually get it all done.

Sunday’s To Do List

  • Finish laundry
  • Give myself a pedicure
  • Study up on Virtual Baby Showers
  • Start working on the plans for it
  • Watch a dog trimming video (Can I do this?)
  • Maybe order a dog trimming set?
  • Dog baths
  • Look up next week’s weather
  • Get next week’s shirts picked out and ironed according to the weather.
  • Make gluten free bread for me. (This has been on every weekend’s list, lol)
  • Vacuum
  • Reset my THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY THAT I DO’s AutoShip to an item I can use next.
  • Fill my little medicine box with Rx – blood pressure meds – yes I’m old enough to forget if I’ve taken it or not – “was that today or yesterday?”
  • Pick a recipe to fix
  • Pack my work bag for next week (vitamins for 3 days, peanut butter, oatmeal packets, crackers, etc.)
  • Get on my old laptop and make a signature on PSP – maybe some other graphics.
  • Check on a friend
  • Save photos from my iPhone to file and delete. I don’t always want to keep them on my phone together. So for the last month I need to save the ones I’ve saving to file and then delete from my phone which also deletes them from my iCloud photos. If I have drug the ones I want to save to my computer file, I’ll still have a copy.
  • Watch my shows. I did watch one today but would love to have time to watch some others. YouTube and Sister Wives.
  • Magazine Project
  • Audible books
  • Read some books – my gosh we just need to declare one night a reading night!
  • Do a crossword
  • Play candy crush
  • Order a set or two of PJ’s for summer. Mine are getting all crummy.
  • Might order a summer purse eventually.
  • Might order some more flip flops for summer.
  • And I’ll stop there. But notice how fun the things are at the end.

Enhhhh, it’s kind of a cheesy little list there but it feels good and “normal” to make lists. I reserve the right to skip ahead to fun stuff if I so choose. But by doing so, that means that tomorrow I have to make another list and make sure I do the important stuff first.

So, we have some severe weather coming in tomorrow afternoon and evening and possibly into the overnight. They have been talking about it for days. So I kinda dread tomorrow but at least we have a basement and we don’t have to be anywhere.

You can see my gray coming through in my hair now and I’m considering giving myself a hair cut to cut some of the brown out. I might let it grow a bit longer. Not really sure what to do. My hair cut is due the end of April but I’m sure it’ll be cancelled. I think I can survive 1 hair cut by moi! However, two, and it’ll look even more homey!

Well, I’m going to get off of here and treat myself to a show. I understand I have an hour and a half to goof off before dinner. ;-). I’m so glad George loves to cook. How did I score that? I like to cook too but not all the time. He loves it! He’s good at it!

So how are you coping these days? I’m hoping that you all are doing ok. You can do this. I’m hearing better things in the news. But…we just gotta get through it the best we can. A few weeks longer I think.