Rain and Storms, Shopping and Eating, and Life’s Updates

Rainy Week for Greater Nashville, TN Area

Wow, it’s true! I’m really sitting here getting to blog. I’ve wanted to do it for a couple of days but life has kept me truly busy.

Sunday. I was under the weather with something I ate and I did not feel like doing anything so ALL of Sunday’s plans ending up getting pushed off until every day after work and spread out across the week.

Monday. After work I went to Belk and Target, looking for capri jeans for me and casual jogger type pants for Mom in capri style or pant style. I found some crop pants that folded over above the ankle for me that were lightweight and good for hot weather. (I only have one pair that fits that is good for summer and I need 3 pair to get me through the week for Fri Sat and Sun). I will have to buy another pair in spring when they come out again. I did find a pair of jean shorts that fit me that came to the knees and that was nice and surprising. They looked good and that will be useful. I’ll try to get a pic of those two things (jeans and shorts) along with the two tops I bought. I have not even had time to take them out of the sack.

I found Mom two pairs of Men’s pants b/c the women’s all were slim fit type of leggings and such. So I’ll see if those will fit. I’d wear the mens if they fit. I thought they were kinda cute. But, sometimes they are cut different. I made sure they didn’t have the demoflitcher male opening section since she did not have any male parts to whip out of it on a whim. I giggled in the mens department while perusing various mens jogger pants picking them out for Mom. I thought she’d get me if I bought home some with “demoflitchers” in the front. I think I just made up a word.

After shopping, there was just enough time to call Mom, eat and go to bed. Dexter slept with me ALL night. 🙂

Items in my Target Haul.

While at Target I enjoyed a brief look around. I found these items (and bought them) in the little bins up front where they have the $1 to $5 items. I love to have decorative items to sit about on the mantle and a few other spots. And these will be great. Many of these items were $1, some $3 and the frame might have been $5. I plan to put Little Roo (grandson) in the frame and use another frame that Little Roo is in for Dexter’s pic. This one below looks a little too “angelic” for Dexter. Oh, and I looked up a pic of the Dexter in the movies or TV shows, and my Dexter’s eyes and smile looks like him. No wonder they named him Dexter. It’s the squared off smile that does it.

Being in the shops sort of put me in the mood for the holidays – fall, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. If you count the weekends til Christmas it’s not enough! lol We’ve got to start now!

Tuesday. I had my hair cut. I had her chop it pretty good. I’ve not been very good at styling it. And I need to be better at it. I protected my front with no bangs added and nothing cut above my ears in the front and she gave me soft layers in the back to ease the heaviness of the back. I did not let her texturize it since my hair is doing some weird curly q things lately. I will know what it really looks like tomorrow after I wash it. I’ll probably try to style it with my heating brush tomorrow. I see how she styled it to get it straight. George said it looked good.

When I got home I had to wrap George’s birthday presents as his Birthday is Friday. He mainly has plans to eat all weekend! LOL. I’ll let you know how it goes and what I got him for his birthday.

I also drove home in a pretty bad storm that got my heart rate up but I prayed and God whispered to just trust Him. So I did. But the wind got up and it hailed and very heavy downpours. I was in the middle of nowhere on this highway.

It was the Blue Dot below – that red cell blew up out of no where.

Tuesday I also decided to change my schedule – kindof on a whim. I have been blogging and vlogging in the mornings and only going in early on Tuesday’s (to make up for mom’s eye appt day once a month). Well with school starting back and people seemingly going back to work – my drive is starting to take almost an hour instead of the 35 min it used to be. It keeps getting worse and worse. I’ve been having to wait in long lines at stop lights, stop signs, and finally Tuesday morning I’d had enough. I don’t have the time to give. So I noticed on Tuesday mornings when I go in early the traffic is so light and it’s such an easier drive. So going in early I’ll also leave early and make the drive home easier. Well 30 min to work and 30 min home. Bam I have an hour back in each day. I’ll still have to work til my normal time on Tuesday’s though b/c of Mom’s doc appt. So this helps with everything! It helps with 1) My time for commute 2) Dexter left alone an hour less in the day. 3) It’ll help me with mom’s afternoon/evening appointments and getting to her after work on the evenings we have plans or places to be 4) Safety factor in traffic because it was kinda becoming unsafe with so many cars and everyone trying to pull out in front of you and so forth. There have been so many snafu’s in traffic lately. I’ve seen some bad things. This makes me happy. I still get my exercise time in though b/w feeding Dexter and shower time. Then I just get ready and go to work and blog/vlog when I get home.

Wednesday. Well. So I began the new schedule today and Dexter was happy to see me. My boss said she didn’t blame me for making the switch. I’m basically working her schedule. I didn’t quite get out in time which is always the risk. But if I work any over the allotted time then I’ll just “bucket” the time to make sure doc appts are covered. My goal is to make sure work time is at least a full schedule. I’ve worked so many hours in the past on the HR job and sometimes in this job that no one really needs to count up the bucket hours – lol – there’s infinity amounts in there, but I figured in case anyone says anything I’ll have my records to prove.

Mom. Her foot is better. We haven’t had crises this week. I’m always thrown off in emergencies and don’t feel like I do a very good job juggling during them. I tend to panic at having to juggle so much. Since everything is on a tight schedule. But God whispered to just take things one day at a time. Because my payroll job has to be done and I worry about that and getting my time in. She had a couple of Amazon orders for me to do and of course trying to find her pants after work. I’ll try Walmart tomorrow after work to see what they have as far as loose fitting jogger type pants. I imagine next week I’ll have to return the Target ones. I’m not getting my hopes up that they will work.

Show’s. We are watching Virgin River’s new season, and also The Bear.

Video Update. Next one is done. I just need to finish the Thumbnail in Canva. And then get it scheduled for Saturday morning at 7:00. As always I’ll come back and give you the link. It’s already uploaded. I am doing all that tonight hopefully. I’ve started it but didn’t get finished. Story of my life. I can never finish anything before I have to be on to something else. The stress of that factor alone disgusts me, makes me mad, and also messes with my nerves b/c I am the type of person to push and push til I make whatever I want to happen, happen. I don’t give up until I am forced to. And I keep lists until forever is finished and until I get done what I need to get done and things have really been stacking up in my days. I just keep rolling over the todo’s and trying and trying again.

Hello Fresh. See for yourself. We did some “upgrades” this week and next for George’s birthday. I picked this week and he picked next week’s. We had Ramen one night and it was very filling with chicken and spinach and the onion crisps on top. I think that is very much worth the upgrade. Actually after so many meals you get some free upgrades anyway so we will take advantage of those.

Here was the steak with smothered onions and baked Brussel sprouts and potatoes with rosemary. This was also an upgrade. Of course steak is an upgrade. It was very good.

Reconstructing Less Hustle More Coffee’s Structure and Set-Up, Improving the Game, Learning Sessions. I’ve been pondering having a day off to work on some things – kind of like a seminar day or just a work zone day, but I’m afraid I’ll be sorry and need it later during the holiday time. But I’m considering having a day off to do all things Less Hustle More Coffee. If I did I would do the following:

  • Work on plans to take the Vlog to the next level – the intentional vlogging – not just about our lifestyle (what is in my photos and videos) but intentionally filmed content. I still want to include the other around it though, lol. It’s just people need to see helpful and meaningful content that will help them. I plan to start this in the 2023 year. But I have to be ready to go! And I want to catch up to more current time. I’m trying! And we are coming into the busy time of the year and it’s very hard.
  • Planning content and filming ideas and setting up a log plan.
  • Finally get the training done on YouTube and Tube Buddy. I have access to so much that I’m not utilizing. I love learning and growing and can’t wait to get to this. Right now it keeps sitting in my to do lists because I cannot get the time w/o a day off.
  • Working and redefining my “niche”. I know what I want to do but I don’t know what to call it. I don’t want to narrow down my niche. I like doing a lot of things but I just need to word my descriptions better and work on the branding of LHMC and how to deliver that to people in social media. People have no idea what I do and what LHMC is. lol
  • Updating photos and descriptions on all platforms for an updated fresher look along with the description: YouTube, Blog, Insta, FB, etc.
  • Work on the new intro including Dexter. I need to go ahead and be collecting the info for this: music, clips, et. I want a new song.
  • Need to carve out some specific schedule time for filming things each week. Maybe in the afternoons now.
  • Future plans.

If I can just get a day to do all this without actually working on a video – I could accomplish so much.

Work. It’s just been crazy busy. On top of already being busy. I’ve not had much time to work on Month End this week but here’s to hoping that tomorrow and Friday are good days to finish it up. If not there is Monday but I don’t like being that close. I will have to ignore everything else until I finish at this point. We’ve just been having to pull a lot of records and print records until we are blue in the face and just have just about not been able to do our regular jobs, lol. So that will have to stop for a couple of days until I finish. Tribe has spoken. lol

Here’s looking out of the parking lot from work as the rain clouds moved in. We had some big rains today.

Little Roo called me today. I miss him so much it hurts. He’s talking up a storm but won’t talk too much when we are on the phone. He gets shy. But he did all the animal noises for me. He is starting to make brief short sentences she says. But you can’t understand him too well.

Upcoming. Well, we have George’s birthday weekend and will be eating out a lot. We also will take Fancy to get her shots. And then Mom wants to take George out for lunch and then I think she wants to go to Aldi. We’ll have to see what she wants to do as she said she can only do one thing at a time. With all her wants and needs and desires, it’ll take us the rest of the year to accomplish them one at a time. Or not. We just can’t go out and do things every day to get them done like I have this week. It’s driven me crazy not having any time the last couple of weeks as I’ve had so much to do after work. But like I said I panic and just need to take one day at a time.

Shingles Shot. I think I’ve decided to get one. I’m afraid my nerves are going to send me into having these and then also I read an article that the shot could help offset Alzheimer’s as it blocks the proteins that create the problems in the brain. At least they think it is. So I’m going to get scheduled for this in our already busy fall schedule. What about you? Did you get the shot series? It’s a series of two.

Well sorry for the long post but if I don’t blog daily anymore it takes longer to catch up and post. I’ll try to post again Friday afternoon. I’m switching my time to blog to the afternoon’s instead of mornings because of the schedule change.

Ya’ll take care and have a great rest of the week.

Relaxing Three Day Weekends Should be the Norm, Negative Thoughts vs Positive Ones

Well, as much as we were off (3 days) I spent very little time at the computer desk. I did do a blog entry and delete the debris from the last video and started the file for the next video with pics and videos – no editing. I really just took a huge break from it all for the most part. The goal was to make it a nice 4th meal for Mom and George (and me too), to work on our house some, to enjoy Dexter, and to relax. Of course there was a lot of housework done – vacuuming, dusting, and laundry – which seemed to have exploded. But going back to work I thought What a Relaxing Weekend. If life were even almost fair, we’d all have 3 day weekends every week. Work would still get 4 so we need to split it to 3.5 days a week right?

He’s been good to get in my lap and snooze. When he did, it made me relax too. It releases joy hormones to be able to hold a pet in your lap and to get snuggles and kisses.

We face-timed with Little Roo. And that made us happy too!

I went to get Mom and here she is meeting Dexter for the first time. It didn’t take long til this happened below.

Dexter is eyeing the bowl. lol. I just noticed that.

We had a nice meal.

Caprese Pasta Salad
Dressed Eggs
My 4th of July Plate :-O

I didn’t eat the hot dog. Well… I had to save it for later.

Mom and I tried to watch a Lily Tomlin movie, Grandma, but it was so filthy with language at every other word, I finally said “no way“. So we switched to HGTV where there was no filthy language.

Dexter was a charming little boy all weekend long. He is really good when we are home all day.

Since we went back to work yesterday and came home last night and again this morning……he has been just short of a terror, lol. He has been into everything and doing everything he knows not to do – my guess is 1) Not enough entertainment during the day 2) Missing us 3) Frustration Management – lol. He’s been a wild man, not letting us eat, chewing on everything, and getting into as much trouble as he can. Any strides he made toward us opening up doors, have now shrunk back. He will learn. Once he gets the shots we may consider doggie daycare some. It comes with some perks. But it’ll come with some down sides too – as he’ll pick up what others have. So I don’t know for sure what we will do.

Our vet appt for the last of the shot series was to be today after work but the vet called and they lost a vet recently and had to move us to next Monday after work. That is fine. This is a busy week anyway.

I watched fireworks from my bedroom window Monday night. I had to be at work early for payroll (and Mom’s eye doc make up hour for those Fri afternoons that I am off once a month). I went to bed happy knowing what a great weekend it had been.

Gift from a friend

A friend at work gave me this. It’s so sweet. It has choc chip cookies in it. I will enjoy those. Perfect for when you want a little something. I have decided that chocolate chip cookies mean a lot to me, lol. Someone had brought some to work not long ago and I really enjoyed having them with my coffee.

I’ve been trying to eat fruit here and there. I had a plum over the weekend. Of course I had a banana too. But yesterday I had a peach and it was so good. I try not to buy too much of anything. For me I just buy one of something so it doesn’t get thrown away.

The recipe book came in from Amazon yesterday and I immediately put in all of my Hello Fresh recipes. It has the plastic insert. (Katy, if you are reading this and I’m gone one day, just know that the Amish Pork Chop Recipe, BBQ meatloaf recipe, as of this date anyway, is in this book along with the Hello Fresh. So don’t toss it til you look thru it. It also has that easy bread recipe that the waitress gave us at Carrara’s on a napkin that day. I finally made it and it was good and easy! Gonna make it again soon with cinnamon.)

I’m pleased. I only wish they had included “Beef” and “Pork” tabs instead of just Meat. They had a chicken and a fish tab, and a vegetarian tab, lol. But I can make more dividers I guess. I just put everything else under “meat”.

We had this one last night. It was Ginger Chili Pork Noodles. Great flavor!

So what’s going on this week? Well, quarter end will need to be worked on this week, although it’s a short week with the loss of one day’s work so it’ll be hard to have much time, but I will do what I can. Next week and after will really have to get after it.

Yesterday while doing payroll – the last half anyway – I listed to Candy Music Room on YouTube. I think it might be by Epidemic Sound. Anyway this particular one yesterday played jazz while a slight hum of air plane noise is back ground. Was perfect for doing payroll by. I get bored doing the last two payroll plants. We have four that I do and by the time I am through with two of them, I’ve over it already. So it helps to add music to the last two.

I can’t believe it is July already. That means that half the year is gone.

Photo by Vie Studio on Pexels.com

If I were going to allow negative thoughts to intrude, they would be the following:

*Why are the blog stats down for everyone on WordPress? What happened? Is it being yanked from the SEO somehow after the news that WordPress is shrinking? I mean a lot of us are down 25 to 40%. That is a lot. Most of my regulars are here so that is good.

*The thought of a nuclear war just makes me want to give up, panic, cry – and scares the bejeezie out of me

*I’m still wanting a bit more time to do some of my goals – mainly things like learning the camera and practicing, working on my 2022 goal list, doing some research, working on the basement clean up, spending more time at home, working on vlog and blog growth, more videos on a more regular schedule, 20 min exercise instead of 10, jewelry project, time to style my hair in the mornings, spending more time with Dexter, and so forth.

*I worry about Mom

*Our heat is at extremely high levels. 110 to 115 and the extreme warnings are out. Very dangerous.

*Why am I so tired lately?

But we’ll try to be more positive and think on the things below.

*God has this. And us. As far as the future. He promised.

*Live and let live. The numbers will be what they will be with what I have time to do as far as stats go. I like to push myself some to prove I can do things. No one likes to go backwards, but somethings like SEO and changes in algorithms you just have to tangle with and overcome if you can. I guess we are no longer showing up in feeds. I have my own domain but I guess that doesn’t matter as it still goes through WordPress. Still need time for more research.

*God says to take care of today and tomorrow will take care of itself as today has its own worries. Isn’t that the truth?

*I will simply enjoy the time I have to do what I can do.

I’ll get to work on the video tomorrow. I don’t think I can pull off a video for this Saturday since I didn’t get much done on it already. So no video this week – maybe the following week.

*I had extra subscribers to my YouTube this week, despite the fact that I did some car chronicles which some found not their favorite – but during this time period, it was the best I could do to document how busy and stressed we were. It was important to me to do that. But I heard you loudly and I will try to pick up the video more and show actual clips versus me talking.

*Someone said nice words to me yesterday and it made my eyes sting with tears. People don’t give compliments and thank you’s and kind words much anymore. And they take you so far when you get a praise from someone. I can live without it – I’m not saying I require it – but I’m saying it was nice to hear nice words. It’s very confirming when you try so hard to have someone notice or say “thank you”.

This blog entry is sponsored by Dexter who has done the following whilst I try to type, think, and come up with some form of a readable post: ate part of his pee pad, tried to chew on the carpet, tried to chew on a book, stole George’s sock while he was trying to get ready and had to be chased, got a q-tip from the bathroom trash and had to be chased down, did about 6 zoomies around the room and the hall, had to be stopped from chewing on the hallway doorframe. He knows it is a work day by our routine and my guess is that he is not happy and wanting me to play instead of blog.

So, I’ll be back soon. Probably Friday with an update. As long as I know people are reading. Ya’ll have a fantastic day. I’m going for more coffee. I’m relaxing and letting the mind be free to do and think what it wants. Except for the fact that I must get ready and get myself to work. Busy days head.

Hope you all are doing well! Let me hear from you. It warms my heart and lets me know people are out there somewhere.

Thoughts Going on in my Head the Week of Christmas

Greetings friends:

You don’t notice it when we are in the room so much, but the lights are not working too well in the middle of the pre-lit tree. I always have a light problem. lol. But let’s ignore it and go on. Forgive if I’ve posted this already. I think I posted on Instagram and Facebook but not here yet. When you are over 50 you forget what went where.

Yesterday came and went. I left here at 5:30 a.m. for work in the dark, and left work there at 5:30 p.m. in the dark. Bam! Already my hours for being off a few hours to take Mom to the doc last week made up! But wait, I’d already made them up last week by working longer across the other 4 days. HA. Give two cloaks instead of one. Give two hours instead of one. Bam! Done. And no PTO used as I need it for January and had already worked the day I took off anyway.

Payroll closed yesterday but as per above you see I hurriedly crammed two days into one – well 1.5 as I worked a long day yesterday. Most of the plants were prepared for the earlier payroll, one caused a long delay, making my day even longer but it’s done now.

I think the full moon must be happening before long? I get the most calls and the most issues in a the weeks that are the shortest. Give me a long week, and it’s fairly quiet. Fact is one can do what they can and the rest rolls into the next day. At some point you have to call it. At 5:30 yesterday, I called it. I’ll have another busy day today. Tomorrow will also be very busy but hopefully not as long.

So we are turning the corner into Christmas now and plans are still in place as of right now. Tonight we go and get the fixing’s for our Christmas Dinner and Christmas day. Tomorrow night I fix Sausage balls and Christmas Eve morning I’ll get the Christmas Day brunch casserole made. I’m looking forward to Christmas. I’m also looking forward to the 4 days off. And hopefully more sleep on the weekends.

Roger was doing better at sleeping, but last night was not a good night. I didn’t sleep much beyond 1:30 a.m. other than brief snoozes between about 3:15 and 4:00 when my alarm started going off. I laid there until 4:45 just to get the rest, but I was awake. On the weekends we can at least sleep later in the morning and recoup some of our missed sleep. He has no problem snoozing during the day usually. Makes us want to wake him up, lol. But no we don’t.

My mind has been on the videos (and lack of). This time of year there is just not a chunk of time to invest in it. So much time is passing that the more time that passes the harder it is to do. I have some material (videos, pics) of things we have done in the past couple of months. And then Maisy passed. I have some video of her in a lot of them. So I am going to try to piece another one together, that summarizes our past couple of months and that has a focus on Maisy and in it I will announce her passing. I also have to redo the intro AFTER that video and so my wheels are turning. I liked that intro but I need some more up to date footage of us. And I’m probably not going to include Roger in the intro as he is probably not going to be around very long. I could be wrong. Anyway, the longer I go without doing the next video, the harder it is. I’m itching to work on it, but honestly not very motivated as it seems too much right now with Christmas. And then after Christmas we will begin packing for Texas, and awaiting the word.

Katy is in her final month. She is due January 19th. But after Christmas we feel like we need to be somewhat prepared. The hospitals won’t let us in, so I think we’ll have the ability to drive part of the way and stay somewhere overnight. It’s such a long drive. If we have Roger it’s going to be even longer. He will be unsettled during the drive. I dread it having to fight with him all the way. It’s like having a toddler that won’t sit still, lol.

I pulled up the fireplace on YouTube – they are ALL over YouTube – just pick one. This one was nice. If George is cooking, he’s listening to music, so I put the TV on fireplace mode, lol.

Anyway, those are the thoughts on my mind… I have not been very good about taking the multiple vitamin pack as it’s been so busy. I’ve done good to get the blood pressure meds in and to get the extra supplements in like Vit D once or twice. But the pack of Daily Essentials, just keeps getting pushed aside “later, too busy”. I have made myself try to drink more water as that is how I get into trouble not getting my water in. I forget to drink up. So I’m trying to sneak in greens and hydrate. But I can tell when I don’t take my multivitamin pack. I start to slide into a darker place. Winter doldrums. SAD. Seasonal Disorder. Usually starts after my birthday (Jan 3rd) when all the holiday and birthday excitement is over, I’m tired, and the sun is at a minimum. Perhaps it will be refueled with our trip to Texas, a bit further South, although totally apt to getting ice storms on occasion. I cannot allow myself to worry about that one. There is so much to worry about over this trip but I gave it up to God months ago and still having to do it. We have no idea where to stay or what will be going on. No reservations of course. We are just going and hoping for the best. Then there is the virus that could bring us to our knees and ruin any plans, so I’m trying to let go and let God. And honestly I don’t believe any plans will come to fruition anymore until I see them happen.

I’m learning to be flexible, by not allowing myself to get excited about anything. Kinda sad really. But I think that is the only way I can cope. I think I’m doing well considering my loss of Maisy. I don’t bawl every day. It’s only every few days now when I long to see her, hold her, talk to her, and have her at my feet.

I’m sad, but content at least and that is at least the state of being God has asked us to be in, in our circumstances. I have go to’s that bring me temporary joy. Like that quarter pounder I had for lunch yesterday. The glass of wine I had with my ribs last night. The game I’m playing. Patting Roger on the head. Planning my videos and thinking about things we’ll do in 2021. And of course, the joy it brings knowing my grandson is due soon. And looking forward to Christmas, seeing family and watching everyone open their gifts – and getting some gifts too. Wonder what they will be?

On that note, I shall rise and make my way to the Work Zone! So HOW are YOU ALL doing this Christmas? Are you seeing extended family? Are you feeling ok? How are you coping with our new world? I suppose it helps if you are introverted, which I am. But I still miss our active lifestyle sometimes.