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?