Spring Planting, Front Porch Decor, and a Steak Dinner

Happy Mother’s Day out there! What a fun weekend always. Yesterday we went to Needham’s Nursery to get plants for the porch and mail box planter. Also George got a pepper plant and a couple of other herbs.

I love the old dogs that laze around the place. Last year we didn’t visit Needham’s and I think it was the first year in many that we hadn’t. You can thank this past year’s situation for that one.

Such a friendly but sleepy little fella! His tail wagged just a little when I petted him.

We also went to Lowe’s to get some picture hanger hooks for a brick wall and a couple of planters for the front porch. While there we got to meet this cutie pie below, Sadie I think was her name. Anyway she is a “party yorkie” because of all her colors. Sweet doggie! Love, love, love the furry face!

We also went to a yard sale and I got some good cookbooks.

And we went to three grocery stores: Kroger, Aldi, and then Houston’s our butcher shop.

Once home, we were a little hungry and had a snack of smoked salmon on cream cheese with horseradish on toasted rye. George added capers to his.

That was a slice of heaven on toast!

We then set about to plant. George was so helpful. He drilled drainage holes in the planters I bought. I didn’t buy expensive ones. I bought plastic that look like terra cotta ones. He also put the dirt in there for me with a shovel so I didn’t have to haul the big bag up there. That was sweet of him to do for me.

So I could see Little Bit, the cat, eyeing this and thinking to himself, “hmmmm Momma’s making me a new bed”. So I put skewers in there to keep the cat out. I think once they get full I can pull them out. lol. I just wanted Mom to have some nice little hearty zincas to look at while on the porch.

George also used the brick holder and hung the “welcome to our HOME” sign. However, this morning it was banging in the wind against the brick so I had to bring it in so it wouldn’t blow down the street in today’s storms. LOL. So he is going to have to screw it into the brick the hard way. Oh well. It looks really good, but the third time is a charm I hope. The first time I leaned it against the wall and it doesn’t look good that way. Go figure. Everyone else bought the more expensive one and that is why theirs works. I bought the cheap one and we have to go to the worlds end to get it to work. I should have paid $25 dollars more and just bought the heavy one that leans against the wall and was easy. But in the end, honestly, I like the looks of this much better than the ones that lean! Once it’s hung permanently.

I also added the stool there for Mom to put her drink. Or me my wine! lol. George said he reserved the right to come borrow that stool as he uses it a lot. I was just trying to keep from buying a little table.

George also cut some rosemary for drying. There is so much of it.

The rhododendrons are blooming and so pretty. I rested for a few minutes after we got back and put groceries up and after planting the zinca. It was nice to sit there for a few minutes and rest and enjoy their beauty.

Somehow I managed a couple of loads of laundry. But the neighbor that just moved in next to us let us know he was finished with the boxes and was letting us have them to move Mom. He had bought some of them so we asked if we could pay him for it but he would not allow it. That was really kind. He also let us borrow two big tubs that he said they used to move cookware as it was sturdy. And we will give those back to them when we are finished.

Then Katy faced timed us and we got to talk to Little Roo. They were smoking some chicken wings outside and hanging out and had Little Roo at the edge of the garage to avoid the heat and wind. He’s a cutie pie.

George fixed us a great dinner last night. Steak, salad, and rice, and mushrooms. I don’t like mushrooms but I like the juice he cooks it in and I ate one!

And that’s A1 on the side. I either like A1 or Heinz 57.

And that’s it for yesterday’s activities. I’ve managed to get some laundry done but I still need to do some ironing. I have some more things to order on Amazon for some upcoming things but I did get my Vit B ordered and a swim suit. Life is just a little crazy right now. Just trying to keep my head above the water.

We have some Mother’s Day activities today. My gift from Katy arrives on Tuesday she said. So we’ll call it Mother’s Day week. 😉 The week ahead will be busy for sure: Mom’s offer deadline and decisions, a hair cut, my 2nd Covid shot, George visits with his friends Jack and Ron, and then probably a big weekend of packing/moving as long as there is a contract on the house because at that point we can start packing the things that are visible as the house will no longer be showing.

And now for rant time:

I have some pain aching above my right breast, almost to the side near my underarm- but I think it’s more like muscle pain, likely from all the lifting yesterday of the groceries. When I flex my arm as if I’m lifting it hurts, like a muscle does. So I don’t think it is heart issue. But I couldn’t find my acetaminophen. I keep buying it and it keeps disappearing! I know I have some at work but I’m at home. I thought we had two bottles of it and now neither are here. Things like this drive me bananas! Nothing stays put ever except what you want something to be moved – then there it sits for a lifetime decaying. :-O I took aspirin, it was the only thing I could find. I put Acetaminophen on the list for the 3rd time in about as many months. I rarely take it so I don’t know where it goes. I have one bottle at work. I thought I had one in my work bag – not there. For someone that is so organized when things go missing it drives me bananas. Also this morning we had to find a cook book I wanted and neither of us could find it. Finally George checked a shelf for the 5th time between us and there it was.

Anyway, off to get going with today and our plans. It’s supposed to storm today – yeee ha. I’m so blue in the face tired of the storms this season. We have had so many. I think we have paid our dues for all the good weather we have had already. I’ve asked God to please weaken them. Let us please enjoy Mother’s Day without being tossed about by the wind and rain! And Lord please help the pain go away! I don’t need this right now. Ok Rant over.

Thank You to my Readers and Supporters and Our Yard’s Spring Blooms

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Well, THANK YOU – each one of you that commented either here or my Facebook or Instagram. I appreciate you so much. I felt your support yesterday. We were all so tired. I think our nerves had built up over the past 2 weeks as we realized how possible and how quick the ball would start rolling. It was a lot to think about at once. Poor Mom’s head must be exhausted. She was praised for her fervor and inquisitiveness in our meetings. She is a sharp one and she thinks of a lot of things and wants to be prepared for everything and very careful. It’s kinda neat that we all have our “roles” we can play in this to make it happen. Each of our talents bouncing off each other as a team to “get her done”. And I appreciate your support. As I mentioned we have a long way to go before this actually happens, but it seems very probable and if something were to change there are options and minimal losses. But we are all rolling forward. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your support and comments after the contract was signed yesterday.

We have a little more energy today. A few more plans! I took Mom home mid day and made the trek back in. I have video’d some today from a spring aspect. Got me some “B Roll” activity. Bees and flowers! ;-). Here’s a shot of our blooms this weekend. We loved seeing the dogwoods!

George worked in the yard some while I took Mom home. I was supposed to start my weigh in numbers today but Mom was here and we were busy this morning. I reserve the right to do this any day of this week. Sunday was going to be my weigh in day. I’m too tired at days end now. So I’ll put it off. I’d rather relax and blog as the sun is low in the sky, George has fixed me a “sun downer” and my rest and planning mode is beginning.

I’ve much to do personally. I also have some other things to share on some things I’ve done research on as time allows.

I’ll probably not post again until Tues morning or Wed morning. George just said dinner was ready so I gotta run.

Southern Storms, Easter Planning, and Weekend Outlook

Well, yesterday it was a stormy little afternoon and evening as this low pressure line moved north into our area creating very unsettled weather and thunderstorm cells. As I got home yesterday I could see the weather moving up from the south and could see this red blob above moving toward us. We had other red blobs but for the most part all the red blobs missed us.

I gathered the cat and Roger and got them in the basement. I took wine, dog snacks, my phone, my purse and so forth down there. I had already had some chips and salsa when I got home, fed Roger and the cat and this storm was getting closer. I knew it was coming before the alarm ever went off. Roger immediately went to sleep so I didn’t have to worry about containing him. All I had to worry about at that point, was whether George would get home. But he left early too. While the garage is connected to the basement, we go to a concrete block area underneath the ground that is just under the front porch. I call it my “Hidey Hole”.

No sooner than I got everything down there and George got home, it blew over and it would be a couple of hours more before more storms came through. Eventually as the low lifted and the front came through it morphed into more of a line.

I had to watch one coming toward Mom. I had told her to be alert already but texted her that storms were on their way. She called me from the shower stall in her bathroom where she and Fancy were. We talked until we saw the storm was kindof splitting into. It calmed itself but I could see it shifting it’s energy more north. I was happy with my ability to read the radar and make predictions. I called tornado warnings twice before they did! If I had a life to live over I’d probably go into meteorology, but not on camera I don’t think. I’m too goofy for that!

Anyway, I was glad that was over and that we did not have to worry about the storms coming through at night and being asleep (or staying up all night). So I slept good after the storms all went past, close to 9:00 p.m.

I am so glad it is Friday. But I will say it has been a very fast week. I’m shocked that it’s Friday. But I’ll take it.

Little Roo a Social Ham!

I think Little Roo is thinking he is going to miss going to day care this weekend. He’s turning into a social butterfly – enh, maybe we ought not say that. He’s just a little social ham! lol. Look at those chunky monkey legs! I love it. I love his little porcupines.

I don’t have a lot to share. It’s been busy. Nothing really interesting happening. It is month end and also Quarter End at work. I believe all of my month end is finished already but I began working on Quarter End printing of reports, and getting everything ready to work on. I have to pay Quarter End taxes and then I will work on some of the spreadsheets for QE reconciliation and doing QE withholding returns. And after all that I’ll do the unemployment returns. There are a couple of other federal returns too. It’ll be a busy month of April.

Prepping for Easter Weekend

Next week is a 4 day week as we have Good Friday off. I’m going to get Momma on Thursday and she will be spending the weekend with us. We are going to drive by and look at that community place she is thinking about moving to while she is here. We have some plans in place for meals in and a couple of meals out. I need to firm all that up this weekend, determine ingredients, make a list and get what I can this weekend, and then we’ll have to do a fresh ingredient run mid week I guess. I’ll need to make a schedule for myself so I remember what I’m cooking when. Our big easter meal will be on Saturday. I’ll be taking Mom home Easter Sunday. Have to work on Monday.

So this weekend I’ll prep some and also will get her room ready. I’ll be back to my old bed, sleeping with George and Roger while she is here. If sleep can be had, lol.

To Do List Hasn’t Changed Much

Also this weekend, I’ll try to get some things done on this list. Of course I’ll be doing all the cleaning and laundry and getting ready for the next work week. But this is like my personal list. I put “dust” on there so I’d do that first! I like to dust when the sun is bright and I can see it lol! I’ll do some spring cleaning too. May spruce up the sun room if it’s pretty so we can enjoy it when Mom is here. But this is my “extra and personal” to do list. And it doesn’t usually change much as I hardly get time to work on it. The Lula Roe blouse is “on its way”. lol. It’s not the “Morgan” blouse but another one.

So I might use the Cracker Barrel card today and finish that off for lunch. I asked George if he wanted to go out to eat tonight and he said he didn’t really want to but would if it was a big deal to me. It’s NOT a big deal to me. I can eat home just fine. But I will go for lunch then! I’m ready for a salad!

And I will have to work on my weight loss program and be a little more intentional. I did some stress eating this week. I need to figure a few things out. I’ve even considered going back on my program full force, but I’m weighing my options.

Spring Blooms

And Spring has Sprung! Blooms are really getting pretty around here. I believe I’ll be planting a few things too come April 15th and the freezes are over. When May gets here it’ll start getting warm and by mid June we won’t be wanting to be outside much anymore during the day.

Ok off to get ready and go to work. Sooner I get there the sooner I can get off!

What ya’ll doing this weekend? I love to hear from you!