Storms, Floods, Matcha Drink, and Household Easter Decor

Well, Saturday was a rainy day and ended up being a stormy evening and also a stormy overnight. I only had 3 hours of solid sleep after 2 a.m. Sure I nodded off between 9:30 and 2:00 only to be woken up by the NOAA weather radio in conjunction with my phone, followed by a delayed notification on my iPad, LOL. All the same room. I decided that I was either going to stay up all night with the TV and phone. Or I would go to bed with the NOAA weather radio plugged in. That gave me the most comfort. But of course, there was just not much rest as when there was not a storm warning, there was a flood warning. I think I have it programed to also warn me the next county over coming from the west. It gives you more time to prepare, warn the family, get old dogs to the basement and so forth. Especially for George who is hard to wake up and get down there. He has to hem and haw and yawn and go peek outside, maybe watch the news and see for himself. And maybe he will finally mosey on down if he decides it looks and sounds threatening enough. So yeah- for him alone – we need extra notice. It gave me some peace of mind. I negotiated with myself though between fear and comfort. I would close my eyes and KNOW GOD was in control, drift off and REOR REOR REOR REOR – there it would go again. So about the time I would feel at peace there would be another reason to almost panic. I didn’t though. I was just ready to go to the basement should we need to. I felt it the responsible thing to do to keep tabs on the weather until the event was over. And that I did.

The power went out though. I had a battery ready to go that I found right before bed time. Was bad that I never put it in. I just laid it there in case I need it. Had I gone to sleep though when the power went out and a tornado came through it would have been bad. But I switched to cell power for my warnings. I NOW see what they mean about having battery back up and more than one way to get the warnings.

The big fear was the super cell development. My fears began to ease when I saw that there was a development of a line of storms. And while tornadoes can still embed the line – usually they are not the big long lasting tornadoes that keep going and going. We DID have a moment in a warned Severe Thunderstorm that got pretty rough. I went to the hallway and debated going to the basement. George doesn’t want to be awoken unless it is a tornado warning. About the time I got to the hallway it was calming down.

Despite my being awake and alert most of the night, I woke up about 5:30 and got up as my mind was racing with all I still needed to do today. I was also curious about the flooding. I knew we had a LOT of rain. It ended up being about 9 inches of rain in all and that is A LOT!

I took a screen shot of our Police Dept photo of the flooding in Mount Juliet. This is crazy. It looks like an ocean. The police department said merchandise from stores was floating down Mount Juliet Road.

Also a screen shot of Captain Chandler. I’m so proud of our police department. He was in mid sentence there, lol. But he and his department gives a weekly update. They keep us informed and safe. I’m loving their communication and their reach out to the public. This was long before election year by the way. They have always done Coffee with the Cop – pre-Covid, and they do random acts of kindness. I feel like we are lucky to be here. They are very informative. The Chamber of Commerce is the same way. They let us know what businesses are coming and going and so forth. It’s an active community and one I’m proud to be part of.

Spring Cleaning Clothes Reboot

I DID get quite a bit done yesterday before all the storms started hitting. It was mainly a RAIN event all day. Lots of household cleaning, laundry, and I decided to go through my clothes. I was going to wait until Mom left to do the winter/summer switcheroo of my clothes that are in tubs. But it seemed like it was the thing to do as I had so much of my clothes in piles in the room she’d be sleeping in. So I ended up going through each piece of clothing I own and making decisions and separating into piles or moving into the appropriate closet or container. I moved all the winter hanging clothes to my office closet where my off season clothes go. And I moved the spring/summer clothing to my current dressing closet. And I had ordered some storage bags for my clothes that are too small for me, sadly. But I’m not giving them away, I had just bought those clothes over the last two years. So I will store them. These storage bags ended up being not plastic but a breathable fabric. So I’m thinking I should put moth balls or cedar in them? Do you know? I’ll have to research. I didn’t know it wouldn’t be plastic (duh, I guess I didn’t read the description well enough on Amazon). But this will likely be stored in the basement so I don’t want any intrusions. What do you think????

I also filled up a complete THRED UP bag (a consignment place I mail my clothes to free of charge and then get pretty much yard sale prices for them – but it’s better than having my own yard sale I guess ) Anyway, I had enough items to fill up the bag of stuff I just don’t like or wear. A year or two not worn – is kinda my queue that it needs to go. I’ve prayed about this some, and God agrees, let someone else enjoy it instead of sitting unworn in your closet. Someone else can enjoy it at a discount price. I’m also thinking along the lines of “less stuff overall” and “more stuff I wear all the time and love”. My clothes last forever usually as I’m careful as to what I buy and I also take care of them. I hang dry a lot of my things. It does mean more pressing or ironing but they last forever when I do that. I spent a LOT of time on this yesterday. I also have some things for Goodwill too. The consignment place will not take certain things, that Goodwill will take.

Easter Decor

I did manage to get my Easter decor out. It’s not much but I added a few touches here and there for Mom’s sake. Found this little green bunny which seemed appropriate for the bathroom.

This little plant seemed “springy”. A little $3.99 purchase at the Home Store. And here’s the whole mantle area.

I had bought a couple of dogwood flowers thinking it would be pretty on the mantle. But after all, just decided to plunk it down in this vase with the ones that were already there to make it fuller. I think it would have been a bit overkill on the mantle. Might pluck one out for the dining room table though, lol. We’ll see. I didn’t get a chance to work on the table yet. George’s things are all over it still plus I didn’t have time anyway.

I didn’t get done with everything I wanted. I never do. I have more pics to show as well of a few pics I took this weekend. But will have to put those in the blog later. Running out of time. All of these above of the decor were taken with the camera.

I’ve Met my Matcha

We went out yesterday to Starbucks (drive through so I could get my Matcha drink using Starbucks cards Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken gave us). Being that my cards will run out soon, I did some research on Matcha and found some recipes and have ordered some Matcha from Amazon as well as the little emersion blender – well it’s a frother actually. One with a stand I can keep on the counter. I figure I will make it on the way to work and instead of drinking an extra cup of coffee, I’ll fix my iced matcha tea drink. It makes me feel so good for like two hours after. You just feeeeeeel good. Like refreshed, relaxed, and it’s hard to explain. It is supposed to be good for you and it can help you lose weight and helps your metabolism and can help with blood pressure and I believe blood sugar but I’d have to check on that last one. I looked up recipes that were similar to the Starbuck’s recipe. So I will be using the little cans of pineapple juice, unsweetened coconut milk and the matcha puree, and will add honey as a sweetener if needed. I considered agave but after doing some research discovered that may not be the best option as a sweetener. I don’t like really sweet drinks anyway so if I add any, it’ll be just a little honey. It’ll be an experiment really to see how I like mine. I’ll start with their recipe and tweak from there. I’m very excited about it. Maybe I’ll film it, lol! It doesn’t look appealing, but I’m craving it now!

Little Roo Cuteness

Here he is with his Daddy as they all did a little fishing yesterday.

Love my little cuddle buttons and I cannot wait to get my hands on him! I just want to hug and squeeze him and tell him I love him.

So several things I’m working on and thinking about. But the house is in good shape for Mom’s visit. I worked on the sun room and dusted some. There are a few more areas that need dusting most likely if I looked real hard but if I can’t see it, Mom probably can’t LOL. I can’t clean every inch but it’s presentable anyway. I’ll change sheets Wed night. I think we have to go to the store also Wed night, or George may go on Thurs while I’m bringing her back. I also would like to have the table set for Easter as well this week if George will clean off his mess on the table, LOL.

I have a couple of blog entries I’m working on. One is a personal one – well my weight loss plans (my own version of what I plan to do) and the other one is really just a fun one. There is just never enough time to do all I want to do. The weekend is over and we are here on Monday and I’m left to take all my “undone” projects and list them all to be done another time. Some scattered across the week and then probably after Easter weekend. Probably won’t get to work on the Texas video any until after Easter.

Prayer Request

Well, please say a BIG prayer for me. I began having pain in my left abdomen last night. It feels kinda like the diverticulitis issue I have from time to time. So I’m having to go on a liquid diet today until I know for sure. I have prayed that God will spare me this. It’s Easter, and a time to celebrate with Mom and to eat good meals. I have been looking forward to this and I don’t want to be eating jello when the time comes. So I request your prayers. I want to lose weight but not like this. I’ve asked the Lord please not to make me lose weight like this! Anytime I ask for weight loss, this happens, lol. Not this time Lord! I’ve taken Acetaminophen (I don’t take Ibuprofen due to my BP meds). Sometimes Acetaminophen and a day or two of liquid or soft foods will kill the problem. If I can have success doing this, I will be able to squeak through. If not I’ll have to call the doc and be seen and get antibiotics and go through his week long regimen back to normal food again. I also will have to have another colonoscopy again. Ugh. I absolutely have been avoiding it. I wish I knew my triggers. I didn’t have popcorn but have had some tomatoes. I’m not sure what the deal is. I’ve not been able to pinpoint any one thing. So I quit trying to identify the cause. It’s so hard to tell. Stress? Maybe as I was stressed over the storms and loss some sleep. I forgot my Probiotic pill one day. Surely that wouldn’t do it. I was on my feet all weekend. That shouldn’t do it. I eat the same stuff all the time so nothing really changed. But about once every 2 to 3 years I’ll have a flair up. Dang it. I wonder if it is the same time of year? I kinda think it is. I’m just not sure. Like I said, it’ll drive you crazy trying to figure it out. So I just focus on getting better!

It’s taken me two days to get this blog entry done! Happy Monday!

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!

St. Patrick’s Day, Spring, Storms, and Little Roo

Kind of a strange little day yesterday. I wanted it to be a good day. I mean it was St Patrick’s day after all and we had a great meal planned and even bought special beer for the evening. However, the weather was a threat, all day long. Not just rain but possibility of storms and severe storms at that. This was a messy little system. But I know there were tornadoes to our south.

I even had a small window of time to walk to the mail box to take our overnight package in the office complex. I always look forward to this little walk outside, even if it is a little one. The skies let up for a pretty minute so I can run the envelopes out and I took the camera because the Bradford Pears are blooming. I think that is what these are. They are most beautiful on a sunny day against a blue sky and green grass. But this will have to do.

The blooms don’t last long. It’s always around March 17th and you can see from the pic below that the leaves come out quickly and replace the blooms. I love this time of year when the blooms come out. It’s always so beautiful when the rains come and warmer temps arrive, and the blooms follow, and the grass turns a beautiful green. As green as our St Patty’s day wear!

God answered our prayers here to limiting it to mainly a rain event. I really did not see any high winds. There was lightning but the storms were calmed and he answered our prayers. There was not an overnight event here, just rain and flash flood warnings. We live in a hilly little area over here and are higher ground at our house and the water runs down. But I was able to sleep all night.

We face timed with our friends, Don and Lisa, at happy hour. It was a fun time and we caught up a bit.

How ’bout some cuteness that has been showing up in our social media! Little Roo! There is nothing in the world that melts my heart like that smile. Oh it makes me break out into a big smile!

The lighting here makes him look yellow, but he is not yellow! Here is his little St Patty’s outfit.

Can’t you just see him kicking and so forth? Do you know HOW BADLY I want to hold this little fellow and hug and squeeze him and talk to him and make him smile. He needs to smile at his Nonni!

Here was dinner….our corned beef and cabbage and carrots and turnips. It was so good! It’s so funny. I cleaned the counter up for the shot so no crumbs will be in the background and then George picked up flakes of red pepper and “flew” it over our plates and there was pepper flakes landing all over the counter, messing up my pretty shot. Oh well. We always counter each other’s productivity! lol

So today is my Friday! I’m off tomorrow. I have a lot I need to get done today if I can. It will make Monday easier. I think I may eat out today. Not sure. But I’m kinda ready to do something other than eat on the fly in the break room. Eww that sounded bad.

Anyway, top of the morning to ya! Be back soon – when have something to tell! lol.