Foggy Mornings, Big Brother Listening, and Necessary Blog Upgrades

Good morning here! Sipping coffee and finally getting some blog time. We find ourselves sitting on a Wednesday already. The week has been fast yet I do find myself asking if it’s Friday yet. It is so doggone hard to get anything done during the week. Just work, eat, sleep or try to sleep and get up rinse and repeat.

So the early mornings this week have been foggy and full of deer. The deer make me smile so long as they are not meeting my front bumper. Yesterday morning was almost a bit frightening as it was pretty dense in some places. It actually started to clear up some here.

Payroll went well. I am a bit worried about getting quarter end done without having to work weekends. I have to take Mom for her eye appointment today. So I’ll leave at mid day to go home and get her in Mount Juliet and then get her to Hendersonville. She also has another medical situation that has crept up and if not in control we’ll be going to an urgent care this evening or tomorrow. It is what it is. What can you do? But I’ll be glad when quarter end is done so I won’t have to worry about THAT anyway. I will probably work later in the next two weeks to try and avoid working on the weekend. I usually get the Transport information way late and that makes me have to rush during that last week, and/or have to work weekends. Or not and get in trouble later, lol. It depends. I may not have a choice if we have things going on with Mom. And there usually is. So….I have prayed about it and it will be what it will be and I will do what I can for the company and likely will put family first as it should be and what remains after that, simply does. I can’t worry about this every day. I’ll just do my best and it will be what it will be. But I’ll be honest. When I leave here at 7 and hardly leave my desk. I’m ready to leave at 4 and I usually don’t leave until 4:30. That is 9.5 hours and then 45 min commute which is 1.5 daily. The traffic is up and also I’m going the back way most days because the interstate is getting dangerous. People are even being shot at, as if these Nashville drivers were not bad enough. ::sigh:: My point is that any hours worked beyond 4:30 my brain is mush at that point.

They are Listening. But Who are They?

Define they. I’m not sure. Some Alexa or Apple employee or some third party ad partner gone astray and crossing boundaries? But take note of this:

So we are sitting at the dinner table and Mom says “hey you remember that guy that you gave a ride to, when a bunch of you went to see your friend in the hospital?” and she mentioned the guys name. Let’s call him David Longbutt, (That’s not his name but lol, might as well make it fun). So….Mom said the guys father (Mr. Longbutt, Sr) had called and blessed Mom and Dad out because I let his son ride with me and I was only 16 (at the time) and didn’t have his permission to ride with me.

First of all, I did not even remember giving him a ride to the hospital. I remember giving him a ride home from church once. And I had to laugh because I was thinking as Mom told me this – what a goofball, you don’t punish the other person who is being nice to give a ride, you punish your own child for not following your parenting directions – if directions were even given. I’m surprised I wasn’t arrested for kidnapping, the way Mom made it sound. Anyway, aside from all that and our discussion at the table, guess who I got a friend request from the next day?

You guessed it. “David Longbutt”. Now how the hell heck did that happen? What is the irony of that? I did not have my phone with me, but I had my Apple Watch on. Alexa may have been within ear shot but two rooms away, so not sure. The room could have been bugged by neighbors, employers, FBI, lol. As the sunroom’s back handle door was compromised once and put on backwards. We never figured that out although I have my suspicions. I seriously doubt that Mom or George would have created an alias and done it to mess with me but who knows? Anyone of these options are suspect. lol lol lol.

So the Facebook account appeared to be a cloned account of David Longbutt (not the real name) as the cloned account used pics of the real person’s account. Unless the real person created another account for himself suddenly just to befriend me, but is this not weird. He also sent friend requests to several of my friends, some of who accepted. I deleted before I thought to get their names to warn them. I thought Facebook would take care of it, but no they refused to delete the account. It’s up to them if they want to keep fake accounts, but I guess they did not do their research. But anyway, I deleted him. I also stayed up half the night last night from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. (awake anyway) to try and secure my Facebook account. Although I doubt the “hearing” of the person’s name that triggered said friendship request was a Facebook issue. I still decided to tighten my account. I got rid of friends (about 40 of them) that I thought really had no business being on my friend list. I’m ok with acquaintances that had been nice to me during periods of my life for a time, even people I’ve met on a whim that we hit it off and I could tell they were ok. But there are some that I just didn’t have that much of a bond with that I felt were there for spy purposes or for their own personal interest. Some I just didn’t know very well but we were part of the same wellness group and no longer interact and didn’t really ever remember interacting to tell you the truth. Those were deleted. I kept those that inspire me, challenge me, interact with me on some level though.

Anyway, not sure what happened but yesterday I was thinking about banning Alexa, taking off my watch, hiding my phone – I mean sheesh. I guess I’ll do some study of how to protect ourselves more. And try to understand how to do that w/o being inconvenienced. I’m ok with them looking at my activity and sending me ads that apply to me. I’ve found that helpful actually. I’d rather see ads for things I’m interested in. But getting a friend request from a fake account from someone over 30 years ago I’ve not spoke of until last night, is just bizarre and apparent and obvious that either someone in that room (George or Mom) or either someone listening on some device, sent that request. Again, I am not accusing anyone, I’m just like the police and listing all the possibilities. And what would the goal be? And my friend list is hidden to only friends. So it would have to be someone that could see my friend list. Hmmmm.

Blog Upgrades Ahead

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on Pexels.com

I am highly dismayed that I’m at 96% media (photos and videos space) storage with WordPress. I have a personal premium account but my space is about to run out. It’s going to be around $200 to keep on blogging here and I’ll have to upgrade to a business account. Sure I get all kinds of perks with it. Not sure if I’ll use all of it but the storage vastly – I mean vastly increased. I’ll probably die before it runs out, but the cost is annual. I’m guessing around $300 to $400 annually. I suppose it’s worth it because it is something I love doing.

The other option is to start over with a new blog, and if I did that I’d probably have to start with a new VLOG too and YouTube. I don’t really want to do that. I also already have subscribers and it’s so hard to even get a few in these first few years of vlogging. I’m kinda fond of the Less Hustle More Coffee vibe. It’s so me. Let’s not rush here but sip and have coffee – has been my whole meaning of life. Well not really but it’s always there in the back of my mind as I rush off and try to meet everyone’s agenda including my own.

So as of now, I’ve made the decision I will do it when it’s time. I get credit for what I’ve spent already this year on this blog, that is why I’m not sure how much it will be when it renews. I will have to look at some other things though. My hobbies and online internet expenses are adding up. I’m paying some bucks for online services and storage and for digital graphics and animations, music that doesn’t violate copyright issues, etc.- also Apple iTunes, Audible, YouTube Buddy, Apple storage, and so it goes. I also pay for my domain to have the name on it’s own instead of a WordPress location.

Now maybe someday I can switch to another internet company like GoDaddy or some of the others, but I’m pretty happy with this set up for the most part. So I need to let George know that when the time comes (soon), I will have to pay or not blog and I know which one I’m choosing. I could delete media (photos) but what fun is that and when people read the past blogs, which is often as I get likes here and there as it gets attention on the internet some – according to title or subject. So I guess I will just keep going. There is a WordPress seminar in Nashville and I’d love to attend but I guess I’ll have to wait until I retire, lol.

I have it on my list for 2022 to sit and map out my goals with this blog and with the vlog. I want to redefine – or narrow down a few things before I try to grow it any further. I will determine what is in, and what is out, as far as my goals and what I want to accomplish. I think it’s something you have to look at every year. This year has been more of a “test” year of “can I do this?” and “what can I do” and now I think it’s more of “what do I want to do?”

So anyway, I’ve blogged on enough. Need to get going and get to work and get as much done as I can. I leave today to take Mom to the eye doc for her eye injection and then tomorrow will take her for the other appointment unless it is worse today. If so we’ll have to go after the eye appt.

And only two weeks away for seeing her house inside and also the closing 2.5 weeks away. The truck to move has been scheduled by George!

New Year, New Habits

The new chair is calling! Starting some new habits. I had decided to read the Bible backwards this year. Meaning that I will start with Revelations and work backwards. So the first thing each morning is setting in the chair, in my spa robe, after my shower, writing a prayer in my journal and reading a couple of chapters. Seems to set the direction proper for the day. Then from there I will do a blog if I have chosen it is to be a blog day.

Another new habit is going to the grocery store on Monday nights for the weekly grocery needs and bringing Monday night’s dinner home. I told George last week when we went it was really nice to do it that way. We didn’t have to interrupt our weekend and we would meet at home and head out and get what we needed together and we would pick up rotisserie chicken, already cooked for our dinner that night, a salad kit, and some sort of quick side – maybe a microwavable veggie or a quick can a beans on the stove. Both Publix and Kroger have roasted chickens. Not sure about Walmart, but we will throw Walmart into our rotations. I look forward to the rotisserie chicken. It’s so tender and good for us.

The next new habit is our eating better and making healthier choices. Having George on board really makes a difference. It’s hard to eat healthy if your spouse is not interested. So when I was mentioning possible potato salad at the deli last night, he was silent except to say “you can get what you want”. Sometimes that is our way of saying no not for me but you get whatever. So I quickly realized my mistake and said we could eat something else healthier. So perhaps we can help each other make better decisions. Will I stay away from potato salad forever? No way, but healthy food can be just as appetizing if we find a meal we like and create new habits and apply an 80/20 rule of eating healthy versus splurging.

I also tried to pick dressings that were not filled with canola oil. I picked avacado oil types and we will try that. I’m not sure what the healthier dressings are other than olive oil ones homemade. What types do you buy that taste good? I bought a bottle for work and home. They are pricier but if it keeps you from gaining weight, it’s worth it.

I’m also back on the morning shakes again with the company I use. Just really trying to get back in the habit of that. Not only did they help me lose weight before, but they put the nutrients into my body. I’ve had quite a bit of inflammation and pain this week from weeks of overeating, eating bad things, eating fast food and being spotty with the vitamins as we have been so busy and off our routines. The impact of the shakes are pretty immediate. The thing is they are good. I just have a problem having a cold breakfast in the winter! But on those mornings I just have to have eggs I will have that. But everyday may not be good to have eggs due to the cholesterol factor. Peoples bodies are different.

Here’s one of my daily calendar pics this week. I think I do pretty good at creating my own paradise. lol Always looking for ways to “make my world better”.

Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Pain

This week I’ve had extreme heel and ankle pain. It started coming back from Texas. I think it’s also because I had over a week of not wearing my crocs. I have to have crocs when I’m running around the house on my feet. They support my plantar fasciitis. I had completely recovered wearing the crocs and have kept it up thru the years. But just a week of not wearing them has completely ruined that. In reading up on it, it can take 6 to 18 months to get it back right where it’s not hurting every time you get up in the morning or get up from sitting. This time the ache has been so bad that it radiates inward to the bone. So I’m having to make sure I have on my crocs and I guess it’s just going to hurt for a while. Then my right arm hurts too when we have to much sugar and I don’t get enough nutrients. It’s like a warning bell!

So I think the shake and eating right will help all that too.

I really want to start having some more tea. I may invest in a kettle again. Our microwave is well – just stupid. It doesn’t work appropriately. We need a new one. I suppose it would be silly to get a kettle though if we need a new microwave anyway. It only takes 1.5 to 2 minutes to heat up a cup of water to throw a tea bag in. Our microwave buttons don’t do what they are supposed to. You have to keep hitting random buttons to make it work. And it won’t quit beeping once it starts until you go over and hit random buttons. For now we are dealing with it. George bought it. Not sure if it has a warranty. Not sure he has the receipt or whatever. I’m sure it’s probably just expired. But I think it’s about time for another one. If not though, I’ll be getting a kettle for tea so I can avoid having to “fight” with the microwave when I need a cup of hot water. Yeah I could boil water on the stove, but the kettle would be cuter. lol. No worries. This is not important right now. But the thought of putting a kettle on brings a cozy thought.

Speaking of cozy. Roger was sleeping good. He sleeps good sometimes in the evenings when he realizes his pack is there. He really must miss us during the day if it is a day we are both gone.

Technology Woes and Updates

Well this morning my email with AOL is not wanting to send. It says my “server” is not working. I’m getting mail but can’t send. I’m rolling my eyes right now. I hate it when things start to go wrong and you don’t have time to deal with it. I’ll have to fight that battle when I get home I guess. Maybe it’s just a faulty email address but that is not the message I’m getting. The first thing to do is REBOOT and then see!

I’m waiting til the next weekend to order my back up drive. Then when it comes in I’ll download Big Sur and then see what else I need to do. A little nervous about all that but it’s been enough time that I think most everything I use will work. But that remains to be seen!

Itching to work on the next movie but I want to get the back up drive and update first. Then I will need to order another one just to house my iMovie and iMovie files on so they won’t be on my iMac and slow it down. This is a process and one I’ve been meaning to do for a while. When I asked Santa for it, I thought I’d be getting it for Christmas. George thought it wasn’t an exciting gift I think. But I feel bad spending the $$ for it all. We did reason with ourselves last night though. We normally are very active, going to concerts, out to eat constantly, shopping and such and we mostly are at home now and so naturally we channel that energy and $$ toward whatever we are doing here. So I’ll go ahead and get these things accomplished and get it OFF my very long list! That all starts this weekend. Gotta love progress. I sure do.

The Big Sur update takes more space/memory so I think it’s important to go ahead and make these changes. And apple provides security updates so I want the most secure. So I’ll be working on all that soon!

Ya’ll have a big day! It’s payroll day for me. And taxes and year end processing will be on the back burner for about a day and a half until I get the payroll and after payroll stuff done. Then I’ll have half of Wed, and two very long days out of Thurs and Friday to focus on getting it done. If I have to I can work Saturday but honestly I don’t think I’ll have to. I mean if anything had to be paid in on a Saturday it would post late anyway as banks are not open. I will be mean cuss if I have to work Saturday. So lets all hope not! I don’t prefer to be a mean cuss, but if I don’t get my rest and rejuvy, get my laundry done, my house in order, and work on personal things I need to work on then we ALL have to deal with the consequences! And it ain’t perty to deal with me when I’m off my schedule! lol It is what it is. That is something about me that is likely not to change!

One Chip Challenge, Ipad Update, and Canva App

Good morning! It was a pretty one coming out of the neighborhood yesterday. The sun beginning to rise through the clouds. Friday was an alright day I suppose. I was able to eventually make progress on month end taxes due and quarter end as well. A few interruptions but was able to pull through. I learned a few things too when I had to do something I’d not done before. So that was a big win for me. The day passed pretty quickly. About 2:30 I was really mind weary but a cup of coffee and an e+shot got me to my 2nd wind.

At home George and I had a relaxing night, walking the dogs. I caught up on some YouTubers and George caught up on computer things. Then he fixed corn bread to go with the leftover white bean chili. It was so good. We went to watch Yellowstone and discovered that PEACOCK channel had tricked us. It had showed that the Yellowstone was FREE but after we watched one and got hooked, it then said we had to pay. It made me so mad that I’m likely going to delete PEACOCK. We are not paying for another subscription as we’ve not watched what we want to see on Netflix yet. And honestly I’m starting to think we need to just drop cable TV since we have a smart TV and mainly watch the apps anyway. I just want to be able to get the local channels for the news but I think now you can get that on line anyway. I guess we are old school and it is scary to let go of what we are used to. But truth be known we are paying for a triple play and I think we are not using two of the three items very much.

George sent me a pic of his new office set up in the Warehouse at the property he works with. I have never seen so many monitors.

He and a coworker painted it this week and moved in. He’s no longer in the offices but in the warehouse so he can work with the people he is mainly ordering the parts for in the mine. He works for a large world wide mining company of zinc.

So I had to tease him b/c the right screen on the laptop shows someone from the office saying “Come Back”. I told him “Wow 4 screens and one screen just for communications with his #1 fan club”. LOL

Paqui One Chip Challenge

So blog readers are asking about the Paqui One Chip Challenge. A chip so hot it comes in a coffin.

This one is on Ebay. Apparently people buy them from the company every year and resell them on ebay. George knows someone that bought and paid $75 for one tortilla chip. So now I think you can only buy ONE from the company. George and his friends each bought one. George’s hasn’t come in yet. It has Scorpion Chili Pepper in it.

So George and his buddies want to get together and do this. I’ve told him we can do it at our house which is kindof in the middle if he wants to invite everyone here. So whether it happens or not, who knows. George wants me to video it if we do.

There are numerous One Chip Challenges on You Tube. The Redneck one is pretty funny, and one with a news anchor – but the Redneck had too much cursing so I wouldn’t repost it. This one was pretty funny. Apparently it is about 6 minutes of hell in which you finally feel like you are going to die. I don’t really see why anyone would want to put themselves through such agony but I guess they want to see who reacts the least? And that makes for the toughest male? Oops I forgot there is one woman doing the challenge.

My chest and stomach is burning from just watching it!

On my end, the challenge is about how many subscribers can I get, LOL LOL LOL! So hopefully I’ll get to share.

Home Screen: IOS 14 Update to iPad

Here’s my Home Screen after doing my little update and decor. Here’s my thoughts, some are repeating from an earlier post.

  1. You can’t move the widgets around on your ipad, other than that left area of your screen. That needs to be improved!
  2. You have to use the area to the left (swiping right) and put in jiggle mode and hit “keep as home screen” and then hit the “+” sign and it will allow you add widgets
  3. I downloaded “Colorwidget app” and “WidgetSmith” apps.
  4. You can’t use your “Larger Icons” mode and be able to use the widget area as your home screen. I had to switch that mode to the regular size apps before it would let me. I discovered this early on quite by accident.
  5. If you group apps together it’s quite small. I wish they would allow groupings and it be bigger on the ipad.
  6. So because of #5 I had to take all my apps out of the group as it was hard to see them and find them since they were not in large mode.
  7. It was a good time to delete all the apps I don’t use.
  8. I intend on setting up just a “game page” with all the B games I don’t play much. The A game, Candy Crush is on the first page, LOL.

I reset it so all my favorite apps are on the front page. The next page has all the others and there is a third page. But hopefully a future update will provide more for us. It makes me wonder why. Perhaps there is something greater and different coming for the iPad in a future rollout?

Free Background / Canva App

Here is a background I used if you want to use it for your iPhone or iPad. I downloaded it from Canva. I encourage you to download Canva app if you haven’t already. You can do Canva for free. Either an app or on line. There are a lot of free photos. Yes it can be aggravating though b/c you’ll see one you really want and it’ll be premium only! Ha! I had Canva free for like two years before I finally said enough and paid the premium. The ability to lose the background sent me over the edge and I had to have that function. I have enough reason now with so many different uses for it. (Blog, Vlog, phone decor, and more.). It’s one of the things I gave up doing my nails professionally for. I always felt guilty paying a subscription for something. But I wanted this app so badly. Now I use it several times a week and sometimes every day!

I had mentioned before that you can make your own backgrounds easily with your phone camera. Just start noticing textures, patterns, and start taking pics. Get creative. Canva also has all sorts of designs to add to your photos and you can layer them on and create graphics as well.

Weekend Outlook

So anyway on to today. Sleep was excellent last night – a full 8 hours sleep with only one wake up. It was great and I feel great. If only I could sleep those additional hours from 4 to 6 every day. I really need those hours daily now but can’t have them.

Much to do today. House cleaning – surfaces, floors, linens changed, clothes washing, giving George a hair cut, returning Amazon purchase, sending a get well card to someone, checking on Mom, emptying trash cans, taking care of doggies, and hopefully working on getting some things accomplished for the next video. I’m itching to do this!

We are going out to eat tonight. We are going to stop at the Hermitage Steak House and check on our tip we left. They did not charge us the tip we left. He also left an additional cash tip that was small as he decided to up it in addition to what we left on the card. Our waitress was new but was so good and was so nice and trying so hard. We want to go buy and make sure we settle the tip for her. We are going early so if they have a table, we are going to eat there again b/c it was so good! We decided to leave it up to chance. If they don’t have a table then we will go somewhere else and we have a whole list in that area that we decided we’d be happy to go too. I suggested that we try to go out to eat about every Friday night or every other so we can begin getting around to all the places we have missed.

So I’m going to get off of here and get another cup of coffee and then get started on my Saturday.

What are your plans for the day?