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 Isagenix Auto Ship 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.

Pawhuska and Tulsa

Sounds like the world is turning sideways. We are trying to enjoy ourselves being removed from *some* of the panic. In the places we have been, we have been near calm people and not pandemonium.

Then we get in social media to connect with our peeps to find things going from bad to worse – mainly in panic. Once the schools and sports events cancelled then things started flying off shelves- most common mention being toilet paper.

Meanwhile in Pawhuska, OK ….

I am so glad if I’m away from home with the world going sideways I am at least with family and someone I love very much. I’m glad we didn’t cancel our trip, trusted God, and braved the world to get see each other for a bit!

We talk and calm each other.

She is awaiting to see if her school will close. It’s a small town in TX and they are interviewing teachers Monday about where/what they feel they were exposed to on spring break and will decide from there. Not sure what any of us have been exposed to with our airport travel. But we have washed hands and clorox wiped surfaces and hand sanitized after touching most anything.

I even offered our waitress a squirt of hand sanitizer after she took this picture of us with my cell phone. She accepted! lol She said it was out in her area. None to be found in Tulsa.

We did have fun day. It was gray but not raining but windy and 42 most of day and that was cold 42. Later it rose to mid 50’s.

Tulsa, OK

Then we headed to Osage County and onward to Pawhuska OK to see Pioneer Woman’s shop and to eat lunch there going through what felt like the old west.

The landscape was beautiful in this area especially on the way to her ranch.

Adding in Pawhuska we enjoyed the shopping and lunch and I spent some $ in here on a sweatshirt, earrings, lunchbox bag, and coffee.

I’ll share more pics from her shop in upcoming blog posts!

Chicken Noodle Soup, Mercantile, Pawhuska
Twice Baked Potato, Mercantile, Pawhuska

The food was Devine and my choices were perfect for a cold day. And the food was served the most hot I’ve ever been served in a restaurant. It was wonderful.

Tea was only 25 cents.

At the top of the pic you can see Katy’s pork lettuce wraps. Upstairs at the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile there is a bakery.

You can get the famous Spicy Cowgirl Coffee, which Katy bought.

We visited and I coveted the ice cream but didn’t partake. We shopped some cute boutiques in the area before heading out to Ree’s ranch area.

Downtown Pawhuska ,OK

Then we had to use directions from a paper to get to ranch. No GPS where we were going. Katy said “which way is west?” First time I ever used my iPhone compass. lol

The Landscape gorgeous and pics don’t do it justice. The land so vast with nothing but cows, pasture, and occasional pump jacks (oil) as far as you can see.

I can’t capture this in a photo.

But there’s a try from the ranch. only there are houses and structures there.

We walked around at the lodge area. I will share more pics in the coming days. Too much yesterday for me to get in all the pics!

Hurts Donut Co, Tulsa

We headed back to Tulsa and passed by this donut shop. Had to go in. Bought donuts for the hotel later (dessert). Then we went to a wine bar. Ordered a mini appetizer pizza which filled us up so we had to find salads for dinner!

Roosevelt’s, Tulsa

So despite the craziness we are reading about on our phones it’s nice to sit, toast to our girls trip and be thankful to be together. The salad and wine were great!

Roosevelt’s was great as the rain poured outside!

Then we headed back to the hotel to call our hubbies, do facial masks, and watch Keep Your Daydream on You Tube.

And sleep was good! Today we are shopping and looking for adventures in Tulsa! More tomorrow!

Be sane! How are things in your area? Out of TP? Lines in grocery?

Living on Tulsa Time

The plane ride to Dallas was smooth. I sat next to a talker. We had an empty middle seat between us. But midway we ran out of interesting things to talk about and broke off into our own worlds.

On the plane, during boarding, a big group who was settling in to their seats got up and grabbed their bags and left. They had to get luggage off for them underneath the plane and our flight was late to Dallas.

We arrived I was excited to get to see my girl! She had a table at a restaurant waiting!

We split a salad as it was pretty expensive.

It was perfect to get us through the next few hours!

Our ride to Tulsa was only 45 min in the air. No service. They claimed it was too bumpy but it really wasn’t. Often on short rides they claim that.

We arrived in Tulsa and got the rental car. And drove to our hotel. Tulsa is dryer and less Green than Oklahoma City. The roads are in need of paving in some areas. But seems like a nice place so far.

We wiped down our hotel room as we had our plane seat area.

And changed clothes to get out of any germs. I will say that as close as you are at the airport and in planes- it would really be hard NOT to get something contagious. Especially while in a huddle trying to load when lining up. We took inside seats on the plane.

American Solera Brewing, Tulsa

We found a cute brewery- but we didn’t like their beer so much. We spent 48 dollars on two flights and an appetizer and tip. (Insert your favorite rolling eye emoji here.)

Katy said next time she would choose a brewery with normal brews instead of decor. lol Don’t get me wrong. We had a great time and good conversation and the beer – well – it’s great for those that like sours and the new flairs of brews. I’m still trying to like IPA lol – but it was fun regardless. We each have our own tastes.

So it was t our favorite but it might be yours! The place was adorable!

The evening was warm. 70’s!

We then went on to our dinner at the Irish restaurant. We were so excited to go in. A true Irish experience- not that we really know what that is! lol

Kilkenny’s, Tulsa, OK

I picked a nice Italian wine for dinner. and ordered this wonderful dish.

It was the Jenkinstown Cottage Pie. Not many peas and carrots I noticed but the dish tasted great!

After dinner we wanted to get Gelato at the place we saw down the street. We went in and I went to the restroom first. When I came out Katy Said “we have to leave”. I said “why?”

As we walked out Katy said that they were closing early because the employee had been exposed to someone being tested for the Corona virus. And yikes I just used their restroom.

So we went back to the hotel from there. Slept pretty good. Woke up a couple of times. I’ll stop there! We are on the way to Pioneer Woman!

Valentine’s Day, Mystery Solved, and Weird Dream

I was running a bit late yesterday due to sleeping late and blogging too but I just COULD NOT leave my flowers like this. I was so happy to have them and they looked lonely and sad all closed up. So….I arranged them before I left.

It was a VERY cold day yesterday but the sun was out and I believe that was a gift in itself for all Valentiner’s out there. I wore one of my favorite sweaters that I bought in Breckenridge, TX – at the Walmart of all things. (I was shocked Walmart could have cute sweaters. I love shopping in Texas b/c you can find things your size. It’s hard to find anything cute around here w/o paying out the HEE HAW for it. Too many people get to it first.) So yeah, got to wear a cute colorful sweater yesterday that was just right for the temperature. I often can’t wear sweaters because I get too hot.

I realized I was a colorful girl when I reached down to pet Roger – sweater and socks. The skies have been so gray until yesterday we needed color in our world so – Valentine’s flowers and my sweater rocked with color making the gray go away and the sun felt so good coming in the window at work.

Our receptionist laid the “adventurous” heart on my desk yesterday. She is a kind sweetheart. I wish I had a servant spirit like hers. I have an administrative spirit for some reason instead of a servant heart spirit. But I guess we all make the world go round in our own ways. However, I admire her zest for life and in her ability to make everyone else’s better. I do have an adventurous heart, even if it is in my own mind. I don’t swing from trees, bungee jump, or mountain climb – but travel is my adventure and watching and reading about others adventures. So that was fun to be realized for my love of adventure. And then she had a spread for all of us. And I DO MEAN a spread.

So at lunch I did a FB post for George with a whole lot of our couple shots from the past. One of my favorite was this one.

Here’s a few:

Fun times down memory lane.

We did actually work yesterday though. I finally finished entering 208 W-2’s for the state of Oklahoma manually – every stinking field of the W-2. (My company doesn’t have the software that the state requires to upload them. So I’ve spent HOURS entering these manually.) Social, name, address, and 8 fields of numbers and up to 12 fields for those that had insurance and 401k both. Anyway, at the end it all has to balance to the W-3 for that state so….if there was a transposing of a number or miskey – it throws you off. Its taken me two weeks of “spare time” to enter these and I finally finished yesterday but didn’t balance. I have been through the W-2’s FIVE TIMES and found a few of the errors but I’m still $40 off in one field. $6 off in another and $20,000 off in another one. lol lol lol. I finally gave up and went home – I didn’t get my PTO’s set up for Monday so I’ll have to do that. We have had system issues all week too where it keeps logging us out and I got logged out so it was a good time to work on these w-2’s. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to find it. I’ll have a bit of time Monday afternoon, and then it’ll have to wait til payroll is done and I can try again on Thurs and Friday if I can. I don’t get a lot of extra time in this job to spend on things like this so hopefully I can get it to balance Monday. I just can’t find the erroneous figures. I have other things I need to do in my “spare time” like boxing time sheets and sending the 2019 files to another a cabinet so the 2020 files can build up in the current cabinet in my office. Once I get these w-2’s for OK’s website to balance to our records I can move on in life. lol

Once home I was hungry and ready to “Valentines”! However, when I got home George was wandering around in the garage with a frown on his face, looking confused. I thought “oh no, we’ve been broken into”. But he had laid his phone down and could not remember where it was. He thought it was in his coat pocket. He had gone to work and it was not there. Came home and it wasn’t where he thought he might have left it. So we both looked around the house. We tried calling it – no answer – but he said it was probably on silent anyway. He said it might have fallen out when he went to pay the power bill but he thought he would have heard it (my heart sunk b/c he doesn’t hear me often when I say anything to him). Then he remembered he got out of the car to go back and feed the cat on the back porch. So I looked around on the porch and didn’t see it. Then he remembered that he had picked the cat up in the yard to pet him and take him to the food and he went to that spot and lo and behold – the phone was upside down on the ground and had been there all day! Thank goodness we have not had the big rains we have had nearly every day this week. He says he’ll stop putting it in his pocket. I’m so glad he found it. And glad it was ok. Glad a deer didn’t step on it, lol.

So off to celebrate Valentine’s – first at Catch 22 – a neighborhood tap room. And then on to Smiley Thai and Sushi.

My incredible date that I enjoyed my time with. We had good conversation. The food was a little slow but the place was new and trying and doing a very good job of getting people in and fed. Our food came out at different times – George was almost through eating before mine came out. I was starving! But George ordered an appetizer for dinner so you can’t blame the restaurant. They brought it as an appetizer. I had spring roll, but I forgot that we had ordered Larb Gai and so when it came out, it was so late, I thought it was my dinner. lol. (I don’t know my Thai food I guess.). I grabbed a fork and had a bite and told George “oh no, I can’t eat that”. I didn’t like it. He thinks it’s fish sauce I don’t like. I don’t know what it is but tasted and smelled dead. He said I normally liked Larb Gai anyway, whatever. I finally realized that wasn’t my dinner – I was about to order something else. And then my real dinner arrived. And I absolutely loved it. I ordered something like Panang Curry. I could be wrong. But it was along those lines and had asparagus and green peppers and beef. I will have to go back and get this again. LOVED IT!

And I had to have the Green Tea Creme Brûlée. It was not as good as regular Creme Brûlée but I believe it was a healthier version so I’ll take it. ;-). It was a great place and we’ll want to take people there. We will be back.

This morning, the sun room was filled with “Jack Frost” on the windows.

So I coughed a bit last night. I’m not sure what that is all about. I had the slightest of a sore throat this morning but it is gone with coffee.

HOLD ON – I gotta go for a refill on the coffee.

OK I’m back.

Since Maisy let me sleep in this morning, I was able to wake up and remember my dreams. Kind of a weird one. There was a knock at the door in my dream and an older woman with several suitcases came in the door and said “I’m here!” I was confused as anyone would be, and George said “oh she answered our ad to rent the extra bedroom”. In my dream I remembered saying “yes” we can rent out the extra bedroom. But I also thought we’d have time to prepare it. I remember being panicked but trying to make the best of the situation. The room was not prepared. The sheets needed changing, the clothes needed to be removed from the closets and the drawers. Then I realized she didn’t have a car. Family had dropped her off and she was our elderly person to care for and cater to – for the rest of her days. It wasn’t just a simple “rent the room” deal. However, I found that I was ok with that. A chance to help someone that needed help. We would make it work. But I felt bad we are not prepared and had not provided a “welcome spread”. So then as dreams do – we ended up with new carpet in the room all of a sudden on that same day – lol. Wow, some kinda new carpet it was. It was ugly with all kinds of designs and it was “heated carpet”. After it was installed, it caught fire. I saw it rip through the wires throughout the carpet but when George looked in, it had quit. I had to convince him we had a problem. Somehow he realized the carpet had burned through. (Men have to see for themselves as opposed to believing a word a woman says sometimes, lol – good grief, even in my dream.). So we called the carpet people back and I woke up just when I realized that we now didn’t even have a room for this poor lady to sleep as the carpet had been on fire (who dreams this?). But despite our lack of a proper welcome, and a proper room, the lady seemed just happy to be there and could care less and I found her digging into the leftovers in the kitchen to find something to eat. Oh my gosh, I thought, we forgot to even offer her a proper dinner? lol. I woke up and was glad that we were there alone without all these issues going on. Geez.

But why did I dream that? I think I’ve been worried about Mom and when to start bringing her to our area, when to get her in assisted living, or to an apartment – or if something happens medically and we can’t get it done quickly and she needs help she’ll need to be with us here for a while and adjustments we would make. I think all that is rolling around in my head. She insists it is not time yet for these changes. But the woman in my dream did not in any way resemble or even make me think of Mom in the situation so I’m not sure it’s that – other than – I do remember thinking in my dream that if this elderly woman is here, what if Mom needs to come here too- what will we do then? lol. I’d give up my office if we had two elderly folks here lol. Maybe we’d let them have the house and we’d move out. lol lol lol No seriously what a weird dream. Maybe it’s because we rented the vacation house and want family to fill the extra rooms if they want to stay there too. I remember saying I specifically didn’t get a house with carpet in the common rooms b/c of the dogs. We were talking about that last night how we could all have a few days together there in the VRBO house as it had enough bedrooms. But all in all, It was mainly a dream about not being prepared. About being surprised. But we handled it and everyone was accommodated and happy regardless. I was the only one stressing – in normal fashion b/c I don’t like surprises, I do like to be prepared, and I do want people to feel welcome.

Anyway, I’m glad it’s Saturday morning and our carpet is not on fire and I don’t have to redo a bedroom today!

The things on my to do list are piddly – even fun. I will spruce up the house some, do some laundry, work on my piddly to do list. And go from there.

We have some fun plans today with BIL and SIL, Kevin and Susan. And I’ll share more about that tomorrow.

What you all planning to do today?

Nashville, Fat Bottom Brewery, and Weekend Tales

This has been a superb and restful weekend, although still beset with errands and chores. The laundry is done, ironing done, vacuuming done and cleaning in this week’s “zones” are done (I’m not home enough to do the whole house at once). Yesterday, we did a Walmart run, something we hardly ever do since we mainly use Kroger, Publix, and Amazon now for our needs. But I had a Walmart gift card to use. And with Walmart, you go in thinking you will run in for a few and a huge buggy and $233 later – you come out on the other end – money and time gone – and you wonder what the hell happened. lol

Arriving home and putting up our purchases, we had just enough time to have some home popped pop corn and watch a show and then we set out for our evening on the town to meet Kevin and Susan, BIL and SIL, in celebration of Kevin’s birthday! I snapped a few pics of our night out. Several of you commented that you really enjoyed seeing pics of Nashville. Most of these taken from the car to the Fat Bottom Brewery where we had both “cheer” and dinner.

I took this one below mainly because the clouds were so pretty.

This woman below must think I’m trying to take a pic of her. I really wanted her out of the way of my pic. lol lol lol Or perhaps she is just admiring the sunset. lol.

The clouds seemed to be on fire as we entered the neighborhood of the brewery.

Fat Bottom Brewery with a noticeably unlit “B”.
Fat Bottom Brewery on a Cold Evening – normally a packed courtyard in summer.
A flight includes 4 small glasses, about the same as a one regular size beer but I like the tastings.
Fat Bottom Brewery

We had a lot of appetizers we split and a couple of main dishes. We waddled out and made another stop on the way home at the Cork Dorks – George’s favorite beer, wine, liquor store. He wanted to show Kevin and Susan the place. I picked a couple of red wines that were suggested for me. George picked a Scotch he’d been wanting.

So then the ride back home. Was hard to get any good shots as I was on the wrong side of the car for that!

Did not sleep too well last night. Roger itched and scratched and did not sleep and kept me awake for a couple of hours. Finally when I was sleeping good, he got up and went to the end of the bed with a moan and it woke me up. So I had to take him out and also Maisy. Then fixed their breakfast and so I was up since 5.

I was able to go back and get a nap – thank goodness – as I just didn’t want to do anything. I also know that we’ve had lack of sun for a chunk of the last couple of weeks and I’ve been spotty about taking vitamins and drinking shakes. So I know my D and B vitamins are down and I can feel it in my spirit and persona.

I’ve pushed myself to finish the housework I wanted to do but feel better after the nap. I will concentrate on getting the nutrients in this week as best as I can. I decided not to cleanse tomorrow. We are trying to eat up contents of the freezer and George has some really good meals planned. Plus last week when I cleansed, I was so hungry for two days after that, I ate just about anything in sight and was pretty “testy on Tuesday”. With a combination of lower vitamin D’s and B’s, on top of a testy Tuesday could spell out a really not so fun payroll day, especially on top of some other zesty things going on. So I think I’ll pass this week on the cleanse.

I had a scare about the freezer in our new fridge this morning. It made some really strange noises this morning – kind of like those hissing ice maker kind of noises. And then it stopped suddenly. I opened the freezer to check on it a few minutes later. The light was out on the freezer and it seemed wet on all the packages instead of frozen. I began wondering if it was thawing. That was about the time George got up. Of course I hit him with it as he was getting up and hadn’t even had time to open his eyes hardly. He acted like I had 3 heads and seemed to think it was fine. He fiddled with it and made it colder and it seemed to be working at that point. The light was on and began making the normal freezer sounds instead of just quietness when you opened it. So whatever happened is fixed. There is ice on everything now and no water droplets. He said maybe it was because he had it open for a while yesterday rearranging. I don’t know. I just don’t know what happened. But as long as it works – we are good. I know it was NOT my imagination as I know the difference b/w frozen food and melting food. I wondered if God (or the devil) was trying to tell us something.

Yesterday we wrote down all the things we currently have in the freezer (or ideas to make from what we have). This is BEFORE we get the pig and the 1/2 of a cow. But George made more room and we think we won’t have to buy an extra freezer now. All this has made me wonder why we are getting the pig and cow, as our freezers are still pretty full – but while we do have a few beef things left – we really don’t have a LOT of beef or pork in our freezer, so this will last for another year I suppose when the cow and pig come in. We will only need the sides and fresh ingredients for the most part. And it’s the good stuff.

So here is the chalkboard I bought and our list of things we already have. That way for a long while we will know what all is in our freezer. We forget and end up eating off the top of the freezer and forget to dig all the way down. The last time we did that we bent the ironing board as we put the meat on it as we dug down. The ironing board buckled and I had to buy another. lol So we did NOT use the ironing board this time. (The freezer is in the laundry room.)

So today George gave Roger a bath – it was really a shower. He can easily take him in the shower in his bathroom – it’s sort of a walk-in shower with a lot of room – nothing modern by any means before you get any visions, lol. WE thought this was soothe him. But quite the opposite. He was very upset and although waggin’ tail and excited, as pets often do after a bath, he was most agitated and uncomfortable. He began moaning and groaning and itching and scratching and the wetness and the shampoo which was some kind of natural shampoo George had, shouldn’t have irritated him, but he was miserable. So we gave him part of a Benadryl and blow dried his hair and George took him out for a romp outside. Then he had a long sleep and has been settled. Bless his heart. But the vet said they couldn’t find anything wrong when he did this before. Maybe the Benadryl will help him for a while. The vet had given us antibiotics and also pain meds when we took him before just as a precautionary deal – in case it was a tooth. I don’t think it’s a tooth as he was so clearly more agitated after the shower.

I’m so happy to have had such a good weekend. And to have time to rest and relax even though it seems we have been busy for a lot of it. I’m going to go on and continue to enjoy what is left of my Sunday. I will do my devo, which I’ve not done yet. And I will look some things up on the internet regarding my recipes, and watch some shows, and do some things on my to do list – won’t get all of that done but will do what I want, I suppose. George is fixing pork chops for dinner from a big pork roast. Giving us quite a bit of freezer space from that one thing. lol.

Oh and I’ve had way too much bread lately as he fixed sausage and biscuits this morning (also from the freezer). Bread is a huge weakness for me now that I know I shouldn’t have it. It seems I’m always saying “well ok during the holidays” or it’s ok to eat one if we go out, or “well it’s a corn muffin it’s got corn in it”. lol Cutting back is so hard. Now I need to exercise but I’m not in the mood b/c I want to do other stuff.

So I will.

Also there is someone sending ugly texts/links to me by creating an email address and sending to my phone number along with 20 other people. Each time I block the email address but they just create another one that is not locked. I deleted it and also have reported them as well. I never click on the link and it’s always easy (and kinda fun) to block them. It’s more amusing to me than it is annoying. It’s just a text. But I’m not sure what kick it brings to the person doing it. It’s a lot of work for them to have to do this and they get nothing for it. lol So I guess it’s better to keep that person entertained with doing that kind of thing so they don’t go off and do worse things? What a sad life though. I don’t have my number out there except I do have anyone as a close friend on FB can see it. It’s also on our phone list and distribution list at work and of course someone could have just randomly picked my number. It’s mainly sent to area codes in Indianapolis, Bowling Green, and Houston. Or someone could just think they are wanting to irritate me but I doubt that. If so it’s not working. It’s just amusing that someone would go to so much trouble. I mean maybe it’s a website that sells sex stuff or something so maybe it’s marketing for that and they make money off of it. I’m not going to find out as I don’t want to visit the link, or to give them the benefit of it. It could also be some kind of hack. But I probably will go in on FB and change who is considered a close friend. Nothing I can do about work. It’s just going to be out there for the masses in our internal system and then it is on my email signature at work. I’ve been lucky til now as people always talk about getting calls and stuff and junk messages a lot. I rarely get them. I think you can also set your phone to where you only allow your contacts to message you. I may do that if I have time. It doesn’t bother me but I’d rather not get them if I had an option not to. If not it only takes a second a hit delete and well – at least someone cared enough to text you. – lol. Bless their hearts.

Anyway, I guess I’ll go do something else on my list now that the blogging is done. The Titans are playing and since I am not a sports fan I’m not watching, but George seems to be happy they have scored some points. He keeps coming to tell me even though he knows I’m not a fan. I hate that I am not a companion in that way, as a spouse that loves sports too, but then again we each have our issues, lol. He is not a companion to me in other ways so….I won’t feel the slightest of guilt about that! At least he cooks for me and I do his laundry and we keep each other entertained and amused. ;-). “Amused” must be the word of the week. I’ve used it several times lately.

An old pic a few years ago. Trying on gardening hats!

Have a good week ahead!

Haircut Woes and Birthday Joys

Hey there! I realized since I did my Year in Review post, I had not posted about our dinner at Aunt Gwen’s who we lovingly call “OAG”, for Old Aunt Gwen, when George taught Katy to call her that for fun when she was tiny. It stuck. We had a nice time at Gwen’s. Her house beautifully decorated, conversation always fun, and her lasagna makes me long for the recipe. We did this on the 30th of Dec.

Our November and December has been such a whirl that I don’t know which way is up. It’s been fun, exciting, but I’m worn out. My next goal in life is to get caught up on sleep and rid myself of the dark circles and puffiness under my eyes where I’ve had so much on every to do list that it has hampered my ability to sleep. I think the brain has to have “think time”. And when you don’t get it – you wake in the night doing it. In the couple of days I’ve tried to use my drive time as think time so that my mind can just ramble through what it needs to. I’ve also ignored my to do list since the 1st b/c every moment has had something planned this week so no free time to try and knock anything out.

Why is time always a problem and why do we always try to fill our time up? Are we afraid we are going to be bored?

Mom and Dad

Mom posted a pic this week on Facebook of her and Dad back about when they were first married. I didn’t have that pic. I do now! 😉

George’s ham pot pie

I don’t think I have posted this here. Forgive me if I have. I think I only posted to Facebook but George made this with the leftover ham. It was really good.

Roger and Little Bit’s “Stare Down”

Roger and Little Bit had a “Stare Down” this week. Roger won. The stare down lasted for two or three minutes it seemed. Maybe it was just one or two but it seemed forever. George kept telling Roger to stop it but he can’t hear. I really didn’t think it was a big deal, but I guess George knew what was going to happen. One of them finally moved and the cat ran out and Roger chased him – both going at lightning speed. It was pretty funny. Especially since Roger is so timid and laid back and friendly and often scared of Little Bit in Little Bit’s turf (outside on the porch). Inside, Roger had the lead and confidence and ran him out of the room.

New Year’s Day was nice. It was just a total forget the world, forget the to do list, forget everything day. I did what I wanted – didn’t even do laundry and usually I want to do that. I played on the new iMac – still kinda setting up some things and figuring it out. I will be for a while. I also watched some YouTube shows on the iMac, having brought a comfy chair in and setting up a make shift foot stool. George laughed. I think he was laughing as I was using it as a TV. I mostly think he’s happy I’m enjoying my gift. I also took a nap and then it was dinner time. And I believe we watched Below Deck. On New Year’s Eve we watched a Julia Roberts movie (directed by Tom Hanks and also he was one of the main characters.) I’d never heard of “Larry Crowne”, which I enjoyed even though the ratings reportedly were not as good as hoped.

On the 2nd, it was hair cut day. If this were a conversation I’d say “don’t get me started”. I’ve grown my hair out for many months now to get out of the “feathered” stage and have long layers, so that I could get a different type of cut than what I usually get.

Me, on Ugly Sweater Day at Christmas time.

So I have increasingly had a problem styling the back as it grew, but I liked it long on the top. So I picked out these hair styles below to give to my hair stylist as an example, of keeping it long on the top and short in the back.

Me, after Hair Cut
Ya’ll don’t get a big pic of this – I look horrible in this pic!

However, I ended up with a feathered hair cut again like always. I was so upset. I cried when I got home. It took so long to grow the top out of the feathers I had before. I guess I will google what makes your hair grow (in foods) and eat that for two months. lol I would never want to hurt her feelings but I think the stylist knew I wasn’t happy. She left it long in front of my ears like a bob at first but since the top was so short I didn’t like that and had to get her to cut that off. I cut more of it off when I got home. And I’ve never been one that liked the style of longer hairs in the front hanging down like fangs or wings. The long part was supposed to be on top. Anyway, you can’t glue on cut hair so it is what it is.

I wasn’t sure how it was going to look but I did not like the style, so I came home and stuck my head under the bathroom faucet and poured water on it and restyled it. It looked better styled with a round brush to give it body and make it look longer. But it was ruined already. The tears just poured. I think I look horrible with the cut. It makes my nose and cheeks look big. The longer layers distract from that. I had wanted to keep it longer on top like the pictures showed and just have the back shorter at the nape of my neck. I had been so excited for weeks about this cut.

George, knowing he had a crises on his hands the day before my birthday, tried to cheer me up by giving me a birthday card to open that had come in the mail that day. The timing was impeccable.

I don’t “still got it” but at least the message made me laugh. And with descriptives using my middle initials. How sweet. I DO wish I could have that dogs head of hair and start over.

Anyway I look like an old woman that I am I guess – birthday at 57 and short butchy hair cut feathered all over. I’ve a good mind to go ask Rod Stuart how to just spike it up all over and do that til it grows out. I’m at such a loss. But, I’ve got to do something different. But what? Nothing? I guess it just has to grow and I’ll just have to get over it. I have some research to do I guess to try and find someone that thinks they can do this cut. I really didn’t think it was that difficult of a cut. I just don’t want heavily feathered hair like a bird. I want long soft layers.

OK anyway, it is what it is and it will grown and I will get over it, but I cannot control my feelings and I’m very disappointed. I think it’ll take about six months to get the layers on top back down to a reasonable size. I will probably like the cut better in a couple of weeks. Right now it is just so tight against my head that it’s hard to even get any body in it. So looking on the bright side: Getting ready in the mornings sure will be quick. lol And I don’t want to hurt the stylist’s feelings. She is a good person and I can’t account for what went wrong. I just can only account for my disappointment. It was evident by my reaction. I also have decided not to color it again due to where I had that surgery. So I’m afraid it might be seeping in. It seeps in the pores anyway and I just don’t want the chemicals in my body anymore. So I will begin to look old soon. If not already by this cut. I must go back on the shakes in a serious way to get rid of those fat cheeks!

Deer in the back yard upon arrival home

Yesterday – my Birthday was fun. The first thing I thought of when I was drinking coffee is that I would order myself some Cracker Barrel on line and pick it up 45 minutes later on the way to work. Cracker Barrel is 2 min away from my office. I got there in record time but had to wait like 30 minutes. I would have had time to get seated and eat almost. I did have some time to shop and bought a plant. They had some great deals and I needed to get out of there before I bought lots of clothes.

I did buy the plant. Of course it wasn’t on sale. But it was my birthday and I had blow money left. lol

It meant so much to me that Lauren brought over a little gift. Also had conversations with friends Tracy and Mia and others who went out of their way to say Happy Birthday. Of course there were lots of messages from family, nice little messages and texts from church buddies. We have not been in a while since I usually just worship on the go – in the car or office as church takes a 1/2 of a day, and with my psyche, I just need down time. But nice to hear from them. I really didn’t think they had missed us. lol Anyway Facebook was fun. That Story thing was new where people add a birthday message to your story. That was nice. I liked that.

After work I got my nails done and they needed it desperately. They tried to charge me too much though but it was a misunderstanding they said. No problem I let them know it was wrong, lol.

Then we went out to eat Mexican last night at Margarita House. What a crowd. It was good though. Once inside someone dropped a big huge trey of dishes in the hallway. Scared all of us to death as it was really loud. I guess everyone was turning to look at my hair cut and they had a mishap. lol. JK

Anyway, we came home and I watched some of my shows on the big TV. I just needed to zone out for a bit. Had been a long hectic day of looking up over a 100 people’s PTO’s – coding them and having to figure their PTO’s using last week’s report and subtracting out this week’s report which had the last week’s PTO used on it – so I didn’t allow PTO to go through that wasn’t used while our PTO system is “under construction” for the adjustments that take place end of year. Thank goodness next week it should be back to normal. If not I’ll be looking at three reports to get totals, lol. Also keeping a tracking list of the hundred folks that took PTO on the 30th or 31st or both so those can be tracked out of their 2020 totals. So a time consuming day and the more forms I did the more forms that were sent. I thought I’d never get through. Biggest PTO week ever since I’ve been in PR. Didn’t have time to work on tax stuff for monthly, quarterly, or year end stuff. The next few weeks I will have to come in early, stay as late as I feel comfortable doing without people being there. And probably will not have much lunch time just to get through. It will be a busy month work wise. The busiest ever I think. The last two weeks were holiday weeks and they were pretty nutty.

So here we are to the current day of Jan 4th. George and I are going to do some birthdaying at some point and I’ll let you know how that goes. We also do Christmas and birthdaying with my SIL and BIL tomorrow. So much fun ahead. But today I need to go so I can get laundry done and work on the house some. I’ve not had time to do laundry all week – well I could have done it on New Year’s Day but didn’t.

Oh, George gave me $85 in credits for Amazon to order what I wanted. And that along with the $50 Mom gave me, I have ordered some new tennis shoes (two pair), some lipstick (2 colors), and some body wash lotion for winter, and also some cute kitchen dish rags. George took the other $85 for him on Amazon. We split our money back from ordering things on Amazon. I think that is so cool. I bet Target and Walmart wished they had been more successful with their online shopping. I just got tired of them not having what I wanted and they changed to that Shipt program where you have to pay the service. So it began to not be worth it to me anymore. I just buy at the grocery now since I go to buy fresh foods anyway and pet food. I know that Amazon has their own Prime Pantry or whatever, but I’ve still been able to find what I need through Amazon almost perfectly even food at times. I’m not paying for additional services through shopping unless it’s a major thing for me. Amazon is enough. The rest I’ll just go buy in person.

Maisy girl Ready to go to Bed!

She was waiting for me to go to bed last night. And for her “meat treat” from George. She knows the routine. I get up, grab my phone, get water for bedside table, and take her out and they get a meat treat while I brush teeth and wash my face, and then she comes to the bedroom about the time I get in the bed so she can join me. We talk and play a bit and I rub her tummy and she licks my hand for more. Finally when I say “let’s go seepy” She will move over onto George’s side and we snooze.

Snoozin’ was good last night but I did have weird dreams when sleeping in this morning. Anyway better go get that laundry started. Hope I don’t get this long hair caught in anything! LOL