Flooring is Scheduled, Doc Appts, Tests, and the Battle for Time

The BIG NEWs is that the flooring will be put down this Thursday and Friday. George said “yes” to the dates because he will be working from home Thursday and also Mom will be here Friday. I was shocked, I was planning to take off for whatever day they were coming but needed to be able to help set the timing. I had asked George not to schedule it for this week, but it is done and under control and I really don’t have to be involved. So it may be my turn when they come put the carpet in. The carpet was not in yet. But that is a good thing. We will be able to put stuff in the bedrooms then while they put the flooring down in other rooms.

I have spent ALL week after work moving glassware and breakable items from my two china cabinets into the sun room. I started Sunday night I think and then Monday night and then last night George was already moving all the wine bottles from our three wine racks. Yes we have three b/c George makes wine. Although he hasn’t made a batch in a while as our year has been so freaking busy. But he does have a batch going now and another one to do after that one. Summer is the best time of course because it is warm enough in the basement for it to ferment properly.

We moved a lot of stuff last night, even Mom tried to help but she is just not able to walk around and do much. It wears her out quickly and she has to sit. So tonight we’ll have a last night of moving stuff. And really there is not that much left. Another hour with George and I moving things we’ll have it ready to go where they can move the furniture. (We just move the stuff off of the furniture but there was a lot of that when you think of china cabinets, wine racks, liquor cabinet, plus all Mom’s 8 containers of food from her pantry sitting in our living room.)

You realize how dusty and nasty things become when you start moving things completely off shelves and out of the corners! Oh my gosh. I have just about quit dusting and vacuuming b/c it was a constant battle and time I didn’t have this year. I told Mom, “when you have poop on your floor, why dust?” She laughed. With an old dog and carpets – it just doesn’t mix. We will still have carpets in the bedrooms but usually that was not where we would have the issues and we can shut the bedroom doors easily when leaving or when we are home if we get a new puppy and need to.

I woke up at 1:30 a.m. and looked at vacuums on Amazon Monday night. That also made Mom laugh! It is kinda funny. Except that at 3:00 p.m. the next day you drink coffee and it still doesn’t work. lol

So Monday I took Mom to the heart doctor at Summit. That was an experience. Everyone was nice but whoever worked at the front desk didn’t come in and so the office wasn’t open. So much for trying to get an early appointment so it won’t impact work. What have they been saying about this next generation’s work ethic. That our world is in trouble. I believe you don’t have to say much. Don’t even have to give an opinion. Just look around and see who is working, who is showing up, who cares and who does not. Where are there openings? Everywhere! Actions speak louder than words. So there that doc office was with elderly people barely able to stand, all waiting in the hallway for the doors to open. Finally someone opened up the office and began checking people in. Even the doctor himself was up front for a while. I’ve NEVER seen that! What is it they say? “I’m so glad I work hard all day to pay taxes so you can stay home and watch Netflix?” Don’t get me started, they also say. I’ll stop here. Not everyone has a bad work ethic. My daughter is the next generation and she has an excellent work ethic so they are out there, but I’m just saying – this doc office was having an issue and it became our issue.

Finally got her in there and filled out her paperwork. She could not see to fill it out. And then they called me back to the back side of the office where they check out and make appointments. Mom had to have an Echocardiogram appointment and so they gave me the sheet to call to schedule that and then they scheduled a follow up in 2 months (only it’s more like 2.5 b/c we couldn’t get our schedules together) so they could go over the results. They said the most recent one looked like she had a leaky valve, where the valve was not closing properly. They may have to go back in and fix it (heart surgery). Mom says she is not having any surgery until after she moves in her house unless she just absolutely has an episode because she is not feeling any symptoms of it. They also have ordered two more prescriptions for her. I went and picked one up yesterday after work, after getting gas. I’m so glad I noticed I was almost on E (Empty).

So yesterday I made her Echo appt while on lunch break. I tried to get her primary care doctor set up but the one we picked is no longer taking Medicare patients and the one she wanted wasn’t taking on new patients anyway. That was the one close to our house which has been so nice for me and my own appointments. Of course Mom will be 15 min away so it won’t matter anyway – we’ll have to find her a doctor that takes her insurance and get an appointment. It’ll probably be the weekend at this point before I can get a chance to research it. Unless I can do it from work at lunch one day.

My schedule is unreal – there is almost no time for anything but work, make appointments, do home chores, do what everyone needs, eat, go to bed. I DID manage to watch two YouTube shows last night but had to stay up past my normal bedtime to do it.

Then again at 1:30 in the morning I woke up. I think my mind is just not getting time to process stuff so I wake up in the middle of the night so my mind can think. God pops stuff into it. Like we have a 30 year anniversary coming up! Or is it 29. Surely it’s not 30 yet I thought. But 30 it is! We’ve not planned anything special and likely won’t get to this year. I was thinking by year end, when I do the Year End Review, it is going to be unbelievable what all we have done this year. And I feel every bit of it whatever “it” is! lol

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So work….my other big concern was getting the quarter end returns all filed and was given the data to work on it- I think Friday afternoon about time to go home. I was hoping to have had it last Thurs or Friday to work on it on my lighter days as most of the week I do payroll related activities especially Mon – Thurs a.m. So now that it is the last week of the month I’m having to RUSH through payroll stuff, work longer hours and yadayada, which is fine, but I’m just hoping there is enough time to get it all done. So naturally worried about that. Sometimes those folks who don’t have a good work ethic – at least they must be worry free. I on the other hand fret over every little thing wanting to meet the goals of my department and company. Sometimes you have to take life as it gives it and do the best you can. I have just prayed this week and will do what it takes to get it done, despite not really having had a good opportunity (meaning “time”) to do it. But what else is it they say “it is what it is” — I actually hate that phrase as I’ve said it so much in my work career over things you can’t control.

But it’s all good. My life is just one crazy TARTFART – that is just what came out of my mouth. I don’t know why. It just sounds about right! LOL LOL LOL

I was thinking if you put your life into a pattern what would it look like? LOL Yes, I actually think of such things!!!!!

I want it to look like these:

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But my life is more like this:

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And I better get on with it and try to knock out a bunch of payroll stuff so I can get to the quarter end stuff and have half a chance. My challenges this week are finding time to make all these appointments, worried about work, worried about being off for all Mom’s appointments and finding time for mine, lol! And now getting the flooring but that is strawberries on the ice cream and we have about got that whooped until it’s time for the carpet. Just relieved they are not doing it all at once so we have places to put things from some of the rooms while they do the other rooms. TIME is just the biggest challenge. It always has been. I don’t mind helping Mom, don’t mind working, but I am looking forward to having some down time whenever we can figure out how to get that worked in. 🙂 Just genuinely concerned about getting it all on the calendar and having something – anything left!

So what are YOUR Challenges this week?

“Oh the Things You Will Write on a Piece of Scrap Paper”

Saturday morning here. Normally I’d wait til afternoon to post, or perhaps tomorrow, depending on the time. But yesterday one of my precious readers said “I wish you would post more!” What a compliment. It made my day – heck, it made my year.

I will do my best to stick an extra post in even if it’s short. I had been dividing my time b/w movie editing and blog posting. And if I’m going to get the videos done (I’m only in Feb’s now and it’s July, LOL LOL), I’ll have to keep focusing on that.

Not even sure enough has happened since my last blog post, but I always USED to blog EVERY morning. When you do that, you end up blogging more about your feelings I guess b/c there was not much else to write about in a day’s time.

It’s been the kind of year where you almost didn’t even have time for feelings. Have you ever been that busy? Often though I have thoughts in the car and I’ll grab a piece of scratch paper – whatever I can find once I arrive in the parking lot and scribble my thinking. Sometimes I have to turn off the audio book and just have silence so that I can let my thoughts meander. And sometimes something in an audio book gives me an idea or a thought and I run with it.

I thought I’d share some of those scribbles from some of those mornings where my thought lines were able to run free and not taken up by anyone else’s agenda or work day. I often like to ask myself questions and then spend time coming up with the answers. LOL. Yes, I guess I have internal conversations with myself, hahahahaha. Is that normal? Probably not, but I never claimed to be and a pyschology teacher once said “define normal?”

Once I remember asking myself when I was a little bit uncontent:


  1. Creative time – Time to write, make lists, think, invent, ponder, and do.
  2. Organizing time – Dividing and organizing my world – all of it in places where it should go – things and thoughts
  3. Planning time – Time to figure out when, where, what, who, how and getting it on the calendar
  4. Cleaning time – Nice, neat, clean lines – everything has a place and in it’s place
  5. Space – Room to do what I need to do
  6. Time to “do the things”
  7. Quiet Time – I guess to do the things above?

I discovered if I have all these things, I’m a happy and content woman! When I don’t I’m longing for them. Of course there are always other needs such as food and shelter, but after you get those basic needs taken care of and working on one’s life, it’s those above that make me a less than perfect human if I do NOT have them.

So it’s not always “oh the places you will go” sometimes it’s “oh things you will write on a scrap piece of paper”.


Now I can throw that scrap of paper in the trash. I answered my question and then wrote about it. Oh there’s more, trust me! Have a good day.

Finding Time, Taking Time, Girls Nite Out, and Hair Cut Decisions

I realized last night, as I lay my head on my pillow that somehow, I was finding time to do things I wanted to do even with the elevated levels of our new “busy” this year in 2021. While 2020 had its own “NEW NORMAL”, I am realizing that 2021 will begin yet another chapter of a “NEW NORMAL”. I’ve prayed for God to help me to have strength and endurance for the new levels of busy and responsibility.

So as I fell asleep I recalled how I was able to work FT and get my work done, go pack up Mom, eat with friends, read a book, listen to a book, listen to music, download new music, grocery shop, clean on the house, run errands with George, exercise every day including a YouTube Work out, iron, sign up for a new dentist, cancelled an old one, do some shopping, paid for a foot massage, and even got to start working on the next video. A grand mix of work and fun and exercising and resting. All in the last four days. NOT BAD.

It’s all been broken up in little bits of time. I’ve discovered on the videos that if I blog every other day, I can get some video editing done on the alternate days.

Healthy Breakfast

Getting in Some Spring Walks While the Weather is Good

Breakfast was good yesterday. It certainly held me til lunch time. And I’ve been walking at lunch while it’s pretty. Instead of pushing the 30 minute rule, I’ve decided to be ok with 20 so I can have time to eat. I just bring the microwaved food back to my desk and eat.

As you can see, it’s been beautiful lately. Soon these flowers (pansies, I believe) will be replaced with a more summer hearty variety. These are cold weather flowers above/below. They can endure a lot of the cold air and near freezing temps. As the summer approaches they will replace them with flowers that can endure the heat.

Time with a Friend/Neighbor

So I was able to go walk with a friend after work yesterday. We did a 20 minute walk and then went to Oushi for a hibachi style dinner. It was great. George and I go a lot of times but we usually just do the restaurant part. I like both ways. I think the restaurant part is better for conversation and the Hibachi style is more for entertainment while you eat. I love the food and the meal you get for Hibachi style though.

Then, my friend Christy said we should go for a foot massage. I was thinking she meant along with a pedicure. lol. I didn’t realize you could go and just get a foot massage. I’d never done that. There is a massage place near Publix and near the Oishi place we ate at. We stopped in as their sign said OPEN. We got a foot soak and then a 30 minute foot/leg massage. I am going back in a month or so and getting the back massage. It’s the kind you sit in a chair and they massage your neck and shoulders. I think I may do this quarterly after quarter end! My shoulders and back always need it then. I’m excited to find this place. I have always thought you had to take your clothes off and wrap in a towel or sheet and I was never wanting to do that. It was so relaxing.

I did feel bad about spending a lot of money in one night though. But then again when you consider we didn’t get to do a whole lot last year, lol, I didn’t worry about it long. ha! Plus, the girls night outs are few and far between. But that was great! It so fun to get out.

Thinking of a New HairStyle – Well, an Old One Really

I want my hair to be shorter. I really kinda wanted that last time but it ended up being a little longer somehow.

I really just want the old Meg Ryan cut. But starting a bit shorter. (I remember this day above. I was at work and didn’t really want to be. I was trying to take a pic and smile but I just didn’t want to be there that day and all I could do was smirk, lol). But this above, is kinda what I want to go back to for the summer.

When the girl cut mine last time I ended up with this.

But the stylist couldn’t come to my house to style it like that every morning so it ended up like this the rest of the time and I’ve not been happy with it. So I guess I have to just go shorter all over? I was trying to stick with longer layers, but it is not working. I think I just don’t know what to ask for. I can only show them.

Dumpy Frumpy look must go!

I guess the main thing I want is to be able to style it quickly, have it have some body and a little bit of height, and look good as it grows out. Usually I’m happy as it grows in the various stages but this hair cut I’ve had, I liked for two days and then I was over it. It’s not meshed together as it has grown and I can’t deal with it. I’ve not been able to make it do it’s thing. I wonder if I need to go back to my other stylist or try a new one, but I’ll give this one another chance, because I’ve seen the work she does on others, it’s just this hair style didn’t work well with me and my life style. So we’ll try again. I think it’s 2 or 3 weeks away. I did go ahead and chop on it a week ago but it’s hard for me to get the back, so I’ll just let her do a good chopping on it. I guess I’ll go back to having it somewhat feathered! I don’t like a feathered look but maybe it’s just what I’m used to working with. My hair is thick in the back and thinning on the top, so it’s kinda weird to work with these days.

And ONCE WE CAN GET RID OF THESE DARN MASKS I WILL BEGIN TO WEAR MAKE UP AGAIN! BUT NOT ONE IOTA OF MAKE UP GOING ON MY FACE UNTIL THAT ENDS. Thankfully our mandate is OVER in Wilson Co. Some businesses are still requiring it upon entry but most places I’ve been lately have taken their mask requirement signs down. The restaurant last night no longer required it. The foot massage place did. I’m happy to see the signs come down. Supposedly 50% of Americans are vaccinated. The virus is still around but it seems to be spreading less. It’s not overtaking us anyway.

Meanwhile in Texas….

Dear Daughter and Little Roo!