Frustrations Build, Lost Files, and Technical Difficulties

We’ve been so busy I’ve not even had a chance to show my pretty plant that Katy gave me for Mother’s Day. Didn’t even get to blog yesterday!

Yesterday it was very odd to start a Saturday without doing laundry. It’s been almost a week with no washing machine and the clothes, sheets, and towels are starting to mount. As is my morale.

I cleaned the kitchen, fixed us some eggs, helped take care of doggies and the doggies have not actually been very good lately. Also not helping my morale. Maisy is having some episodes and Findlay, while having a good time, we are probably missing her queues to go out to do potty business. So we have been cleaning sections of carpet most all weekend long. ::sigh::

The new toilet quit working yesterday. Well it kept running. And running. And running. And George has to go to Lowe’s to buy a part for it. I mean really? All the toilets on the shelf and we buy the one with a faulty part and it doesn’t work a week before breaking?

I had a virtual shower to attend at 1 p.m. and got on that. My internet quit working momentarily and kicked me out of the room half way into the shower. Only the host could let me back in. Since the host was opening gifts – I had to text relatives to please have the host let me back in (give permission). I was about to give up and go do something else but finally I was allowed back in the group.

You see a theme here? Life is trying to beat me up this week. What did I do wrong? Simply Exist?

Yes I know, I know. You have to stop and smell the roses. Well, I don’t have any but I do have some pretty peonies.

After the shower, we went to Publix. I had to get my blood pressure meds refilled and we needed pet foods. We still left with a cart full. I needed freezer foods to take for lunches. I’m just so tired of frozen food for lunches. I’m tired of eating at my desk. Quite frankly I think I am a bit tired of everything – I’m still struggling here with time crunches, old or broken everything’s, and enough frustrations at every thing I try to touch not working appropriately – that I could just scream. But I’m trying to be calm and go on and just let it be. Go on to the next thing. I’ve done that so much I’m becoming ADD and running in circles all at once. Can’t finish AnYTHing!

But anyway at Publix I reached in for my mask and it’s in my work bag and not my purse. George also forgot his mask. Grrr. I felt naked and afraid, lol. But we did not go home. We just took our chances.

Oh yeah, I’m also way over this COVID bit too. I think if one more thing happens I will go over the edge. If I do I’ll send a post card. 😉

On the way to Publix we talked with my BIL and SIL and we are going to have them over – and also plan to eat dinner with them. Kevin (BIL) is going to look at our internet situation and see if he can help me. My iMac just turns off the internet after a while – it’s why I got cut out of the virtual shower yesterday. I have to reboot and then it connects again. It’s so annoying to be in the middle of something and then it won’t connect until reboot. And I’m supposed to host one of my own showers in June. I know that with all the technical difficulties that ALWAYS surround any piece of anything that I touch – I already know this will be an issue. The evil computer gremlins know they can knock me to me knees with these technical glitches – so they basically do.

In light of this, my SIL kindly suggested (she knows me well) that it worked really well for the person opening the gifts to stream from their location. Amazing idea. I am ok with paying for the premium zoom account and letting Ellen have the password and controls. She will have family on her end to help while she opens/shows the gifts. So likely we will try to do it that way. If I have connection issues at least it will only impact me and not everyone.

There is always a black cloud that follows me with things going wrong, going sideways, and basically attacking the world I try so hard to control and keep upright.

After we did our shopping, I was starving. I’d not had time to eat lunch. So I asked George if he would go to the new Slim Chickens place. Oh my – I am going to love this place. We went thru drive through of course as we had groceries in the car and it was 80 degrees out. Their menu looks amazing. I will be going here every chance I get. I will risk the COVID. They have outside seating also with a covered patio. I really wanted to study the menu but George is not a fan of the drive thru ordering for other people. (Once he backed into a Sonic backwards so I, the passenger, could place my own order, lol lol lol lol.). Anyway I just made it easy. It was almost 4 p.m. and dinner would be happening at some point, so I just said get the pepper ranch chicken sandwich – something like that after pulling them up online to get advance quick start to the menu. Oh my heavens it was lovely. It had those onion straws on there and the ranch sauce with just a slight bit of heat. And lots of pickles and I am not normally a pickle person but it all worked so well. I’m trying to like pickles as the vinegar is good for your gut! It just occurred to me that I like to eat so well because it seems to be the very ONE thing in life I possibly have any control over!

Oh yeah, I’ll be going back here. They had some salads that looked really good. And some sides. Yeah, this place is going to be a staple with me. I’ll be running extra errands just so I can go thru the drive thru. I wonder if they have breakfast? Probably not. I’ll have to try their tea. They have milk shakes, but I’ll be staying away from those.

I had so many notes of “to do’s” that I had to work in to my to do list yesterday. At least after putting the groceries up I was able to kind of regroup. Most of it is just geeky stuff to do with the blog or the movie clips or the creation of YouTube channels. I’ve managed to create quite a list. But some involve other things going on that eventually need to be done. Even some reading and watching. I put some things on here so I won’t forget about them, like the remaining gift card balances that need to be used up that have been in my purse for year.

Back to yesterday, I refilled the vitamins and supplements for the next week and peeked at the wardrobe to make sure I had enough pants to wear next week in case I didn’t get time to wash anything once the repair man (hopefully) fixes the washer. I’m afraid to hope that it will be fixed Monday. These days there is no guarantee that a said repair person will even show and if they do, can they get the part? What another week? I know I’m a bit pessimistic. I prefer to call it that life has taught me such and it’s realistic. So if it does take a week to get it fixed I can say “that is what I figured”. Otherwise I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

I’d really like to go to sleep, wake up and everything be fixed, working, and in order. But that would be boring right.

I also looked up how to get soap scum off the shower stalls. This has plagued me for years. I’ve got something I’m going to try before ordering a $23 bottle of something Mom suggested.

The bathroom curtain I bought it pretty, and it covers it up – but it’s just weird to have to cover the bathroom stall window up. It’s just flat weird. And that has also been really bothering me. As the floors/carpet/kitchen.

I just want to wake up and everything be to my standards of living. I’ve been highly aggravated this week with all of it. It’s been building up for the last few months. At least George doesn’t have to fight with the plumbing. I know he is relieved to have his desires met. And I’ll probably enjoy the water filter, although I cannot say I can taste a big difference but maybe I’ve not had time to slow down and really notice. Mostly I’ve had coffee or Isagenix mixes but I did have a bit of straight water to drink in the overnight. Thinking back – I think it was less metallic, less chlorine tasting. It’s in the overnight when I usually drink the water unless I pour a glass after dinner. I think he paid a couple of thousand more to have that filter installed and then all faucets put out the fresh filtered water. So hopefully it is doing what they said it would. Normally at night when I get water from George’s bathroom sink – it DOES have that metallic taste and it wasn’t like that last night as I remember. So as I sit and ponder that – I think it is going to be a nice thing.

I got baby shower gift ordered for Ellen and Justin, the one we are doing the shower for. Katy and I went together to get it and it’s being sent via Amazon. George came in and helped me decide because he needed to be involved too. I didn’t want to be the only one deciding. I’m happy with our decision.

And I also gave Maisy a bit of a trim yesterday. (As well as myself.) She looks quite a bit better and was very patient. She looks a bit refreshed. I will try to work on Roger in an effort to hold on to our June appointment. If our groomer is still in business and working by then. I guess I should call but I’ve just not had time. I called once and no answer and left a message with no return call so I think they had been shut down and not worrying with the phone system til they got back. I need to check on it but I’ll wait til we are less busy.

Mom called yesterday through the House Party app so we could video each other and she had fallen and landed on her tailbone earlier in the day. She said for a long time she could not get up. She had her car keys in her hand and set her car alarm off so the neighbors would come out and look. Two neighbors did and they helped her get up. She was finally able to walk again and said she even cleaned off the porch but it was hurting her to sit.

So I ordered her a doughnut pillow. She didn’t think it was broken but just sore.

As I’ve been sitting here typing, my neck and shoulders have been tightening up and I think I slept funny. Starting to get a pain in my neck. Yes, I guess this week has literally been a pain in the neck with all that has gone wrong. A few things have gone right though so there’s that to hold on to.

I started working on the video/pics that I took over the last week to week and a half. What do I really want to do today? Work on that! But I at least got to geek out for a few minutes. In the few minutes that I worked on the project – probably an hour – I discovered that all of my iMovie audio library (the music and the sound effects that came with imovie on my iMac) is missing. Dammit. What is the deal? What have done?

Do I have time to deal with this? NO! I will finish this video and then I’ll save the project. I will use my Epidemic Sound music and sound effects. Then I guess I will do an uninstall and reinstall of iMovie (????). I don’t want to mess up what I currently have in there. I could just go to Movavi as I’d downloaded that too. It’s just that my learning curve is not as far along with that and I gave up trying it last week, getting frustrated.

I’m trying to be patient with life but right now – nothing is going according to plan. The things I even enjoy are going South. There is SUCH a big learning curve to the Mac life and jumping in and trying to do videos right off the bat, on top of it, is just crazy. I am trying to learn both at once. I think I got my files in order and learning how to do that. However the icloud thing confuses me. I’m not sure what to add to the icloud and what not to. Photos are in the cloud except I move them off the cloud b/c they show in my phone if they are in the cloud. I don’t want all of them on my phone. Anyway I’m not going down the file path here but it still is kindof a confused mess to me. I can at least find most files though which was more than I can say a month ago – and I will need to back them up if not in the cloud. But have I moved things around so much that I’ve deleted or moved the audio files for imovie? Perhaps so. I’m just in shock right now, having just discovered this. It literally makes me sick to my stomach. I’m not sure why everything has to be amiss and so complicated. That edge I was talking about? I think I’m there!

And me being one that won’t quit til I find an answer – this will irritate the entire fire out of me until I figure it out. And I don’t have time to figure it out this week.

So anyway, there will be a VLOG at some point. But I have to stop to do life. I can’t just full time figure all this out. Most things you can learn via YouTube. But it just takes time. Hey at least I cranked a couple of videos out. But I decided to just “start where I was” and try to capture a week of video and pics. I had more than I thought. I have to whittle down about 33 minutes of footage to 13 and I’m working on an intro. I’ll probably be doing a lot of voiceovers and have to get used to that. So it’ll be a week or two or three before the video is available and they will be few and far between at first til I get a handling on this iMovie thing. Geez. As if making the movie itself isn’t a learning curve, the files have to go missing from the program itself? Can I curse here? Ok I won’t. But I sure feel like it. lol

So I’ll be working on the house today and trying to get it in order. Maybe that will give me some calming down time away from the computer which is supposed to be my calm time.

And I need to begin working on the invitations.

And we get to see Katy and Cody today. Excited about that at least. They leave tomorrow.

And I am through griping for the day. At least on the blog.

George is not going to be a happy man when I tell him not much show watching this week. I’ll be doing my to do list. The invitations are up at the top of the list and they are not going to send themselves. ha.

Making the Tulsa iMovie, Maisy Update, and More

Maisy and I went to the vet yesterday. We sat in the car and waited to be called. I had to walk her to the foyer, hang her leash on a hook, leave my debit card in a tray, and head back to the car as they took her back to examine her, and wait for a call from the doc.

Turns out, they said they could not hear anything in her lungs but that it seemed she had an irritated throat from most likely allergies. They asked if I wanted an x-ray to be sure but suggested it was fine to just try the allergy meds and see if they helped her. They said that if that doesn’t solve the issue then we can bring her back and do an x-ray. The problem DOES come and go. The vet said if it was a heart problem it would not come and go but would be persistent. She said that she still does have the heart murmur but her lungs seemed fine.

So I guess that is good news. I figured we’d be starting heart meds from here out. The vet could be wrong without having the x-ray to be sure, so I guess we wait and see. Here’s what we were given. One has an antihistamine in it and the other is an anti inflammatory. They did not want to put her on steroids as that can enhance the heart murmur into a heart condition.

One is Hydroxyzine and the other is Rimadyl. We have to start the Rimadyl this afternoon – she said to wait a day before beginning it. The rimadyl is also for pain but mainly they wanted her to have it for inflammation. I will give it to her today if she is coughing but if the one med does the trick not sure we’ll need the other. Might do some research on the drugs. Can you tell I’m always picky about these things?

I think the Hydroxyzine helped yesterday. It was about a 2 hour ordeal at the vet. I vow to switch vets, to one that is not quite so busy. However, they seem to do a good job, they have a history of our pets, and are often open til 6 or 7, and they will allow the walk ins although it’s a very long wait to be worked in. I didn’t want to be out of the house for 2 hours yesterday on my vacation day but I love my Maisy so off I went to do it.

When we got through it was waaaaay past lunch and I had a distinct craving for Taco Bell. I almost turned right to go thru the drive thru and get something to take home. However, this big ugly dark cloud was coming and it looked scary. Having not paid a lot of attention to the weather, I decided it best just to go home, plus with Maisy in the car – she’d be wanting my taco, lol.

So home we went where the plumber was there working up a deal with George.

Turns out we are going to be replacing our plumbing pipes. We’ve had issues since we have been here. Most all of our neighbors have also had to redo part or all of theirs over the recent few years. In the last two weeks the issues in our house have worsened. Usually George has been able to remedy it. But we could let the plumber doctor it, and continue to have issues and have to call them or it could break and we really have a problem. I teasingly said I should wait for that to happen so then as the pipes busted I’d eventually get new flooring. I told George I was ok with the upgrade to the pipes to avoid damage issues as long as he agreed I could get my flooring and updates to the kitchen before long (flooring, counter top, stove upgrades). He said we had begun our home improvement season. This is a good thing. I’m even willing to forego our Christmas giving to one another (ok a few little things to open maybe). So we are getting the pipes pretty much a complete overhaul, complete with adding a filter to the tankless water heater which means all taps will have pure and clean water. And I get a new toilet out of the deal. lol I am getting rid of the old gold toilet. We will be going to Lowe’s to pick out the new one. I’m going white. And our water pressure will be better as well.

So the roofer will be here next week to fix the chimney – concreting over the chimney of the fireplace that is never used and probably unsafe to use at this point and will be fixing all around the fireplace so that the roof does not leak in the sunroom anymore.

Here is where I sat most of yesterday creating the next iMovie video of our girls trip to Tulsa. It is true what they say about these videos – that for every minute of video footage, it’s about an hour’s worth of work. The Tulsa video is, I believe, my longest creation to date and I think my best work so far as I’m coming around the learning curve. Of course I bought Movavi and still need to do some things with it. And as I am seeing other do will eventually move toward Final Cut Pro – but we’ll save that for much much later. It’s an iMovie on Steroids with many bells and whistles and for professional video. I want to do a professional video but I’m not a pro! It seems that our vacays have always been when it’s dark and dreary, so most of my footage is just dark and dim.

My goal with the Tulsa girls trip video was to show what we did but to show it with the feelings that we were feeling. I specifically chose music that depicted our anxiousness about the virus as it was unfolding, yet our excitement to be together, to shop, to eat and do the things we love to do together. I feel I did that.

I was better organized with creating this video. I organized my files first as I’ve been trained by these video creators on You Tube. The usual method is just to start dragging files in from my photos directly into the iMovie media file. NO – did NOT do that this time. I created a file on my computer first and then uploaded all of them at one time into my iMovie media folder.

I also picked out songs ahead of time that matched the various moods of the different scenes of the video. I’m loving the use of Epidemic Sound. George thinks it’s hilarious that I downloaded Epidemic Sound during the Pandemic. He actually thought I came across it because of COVID-19, lol. But no – a lot of the video creators are using this one. It has all kinds of music you can use by mood, or genre. And has sound effects too. It’s most awesome. I believe that I can download and use in my iTunes for personal use as well. Unlimited downloads for $15.99 month with a free trial period and the music sounds awesome.

So next I want to learn a few things about adding Text and Graphics and learn tips for simplifying the process. For example, I’m needing to learn all the Mac short cut keys. I’ve tried to avoid this but apparently it’s a good thing with the Mac as it really IS a short cut worth knowing. For example if you shorten all your photos to 3 seconds instead of the 4 that it auto drops into the iMovie, you can hit Control A or something like that – no I’ve not learned them all yet, and it will mimic all the pics to be like the current one you just changed. That saves a LOT of time.

So now that this video is done, I can focus on making some that are just about our week or whatever is going on with the Less Hustle More Coffee household, lol! So I guess I need to move on to getting around THOSE learning curves – and the big one of filming myself and being able to get through that, the confidence, the audio of it and sound quality, the lighting, and perfecting THAT process. These videos will be quite a bit different as they are capture more live video and less photos. And will need to tell a story of sorts as best I can piece it together. But I’m looking forward to trying. My fear of doing this is there will be nothing interesting to capture, especially during the Pandemic where outings are minimal except work and of course work is off the table. There will be no video at work. Even though that would probably the most interesting footage of all. lol lol lol Talk about watching THE OFFICE. lol Version 2! So no – nothing from there – the TROLLERS who TROLL and WATCH need not worry. Place your heart to rest. It’s all gonna be ok.

So it’s looking like tomorrow will be the day I’ll post the YouTube on here. It’ll be posted to YouTube itself in an hour and 24 minutes of which was a 3 hour upload. But I wanted good quality.

I will also have to figure out space as I get more of these under my belt. I guess they will have to be parked on another drive or another website somewhere. As I have found in doing this, one expense leads into another. lol

But like I said I’m easing up on my hair and nails expenses. And may stop my audio book subscription since I’m not getting much of them read. My trip into work is pretty quick these days. And there are always podcasts and I can always buy a book or two when I do have time to listen to them. So we’ll see.

Here’s what I did during our Netflix session of watching the new season of “Dead to Me” last night. I finally got the ends off of the “Dip” that was on my nails. My gosh it tears your nails all up. They are so tender and brittle. As mentioned I’m going to do my own for a while. And going to get some new polish colors too. So obviously “doing nails” is on the list. Hey this is a reality blog so you get the raw real me – well most of the time.

Well it’s 10 a.m. and I need to hop onto getting ready for the upcoming work week as we will be spending time with Mom tomorrow and of course I goofed off (geeked off) lol yesterday so I must get some things done. Here’s a list of to do’s. It doesn’t show everything in each section. I also don’t use the sections like they want you to. I use it like this:

Urgent – in Pink – is Urgent but “This week”

Not Urgent in Green- is really usually fairly Urgent but most likely not til the following week.

Not Important in Blue – is stuff that is important to me but not likely to get to until I have time to! Usually hobby related.

Grey area is stuff that will be postponed til later on in the year. It’s fun to kinda reshuffle this as one week morphs into the next. This is the “Focus Matrix App” and it’s the premium version so it’s on the iMac and my phone. And it syncs.

And I must really go and tackle life before I blink and today is gone too!

Ya’ll take care and hope your weekend is a fantastic one!

Store Run, Keeping in Touch, and To Do List

Well, I have wanted to blog most of the day but it’s been a bit busier than I thought. But that is ok. Much of my “to do” has gone out the window. It’s still been a fun and relaxed day – so that is ok. there’s always tomorrow right?

Here was yesterday’s confirmed COVID cases for our county which includes two cities: Lebanon and Mount Juliet. It’s a pretty big county. I’m sure today is a bit higher.

You can also get your COVID-19 report from The Weather Channel app.

George and I watched “Ringo at the Ryman” last night. It’s Ringo and the All-Star Band. The music was great. I think my favorite was Richard Page. I love his voice! He was in Mr. Mister. I’ll have to add in his music to my iPod now.

So I guess we have chosen Friday’s as “Concert Night”. We have several more to watch and need to pick it out so we can “think about it” all week.

In honor of the Seniors week for 2020 – everyone is posting on Facebook their Senior pic. Bless the hearts of those graduating. They do not get to experience it I guess. Here is my pic.

Sleep was grand last night and then this morning Maisy woke me up around…I’m not really sure what time it was – sometime around 5:30 or 6:00. I was really groggy. I was dreaming. So it took a while to wake up. Coffee was good and I played around on the iPad looking a Webcams and such. My favorites are either not there anymore or they are closed, lol. So no fun there.

Then after we had a cup or two of coffee, we decided we’d run on in for a quick store run at Publix and beat the later day crowd.

My masks came in a few days ago and I washed them in Dawn and let them dry overnight. So I was able to wear this in the store. I’m so glad they sent a cute turquoise design. That is perfect for me. They also sent another one that is off white and has watermelon or something on it. I really can’t remember. But I am so happy to have these. I also have two on my desk at work that I’ll bring home Monday and I will wash them as well.

I was shocked at how much we spent at the grocery. We keep going every weekend. I guess we are just eating more though and needing more. I was almost completely out of things to take to work. So of course my Target order came in last week and it had peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, and hand soap and laundry stuff. I was really thinking we wouldn’t go to the store much but….my RX meds were refilled for my blood pressure so I needed to run in and get that. And we were getting low on Fresh Pet. And we are completely out of fresh fruit and veggies. So we bought a few of those things.

George nudged me as they were ringing up the purchase. It was up in the 200’s – like high 200’s. We bought a few packs of chicken b/c we don’t have any in our freezer. We eat it up too quickly. We also bought some frozen beer battered fish and I’m looking forward to that as we put malt vinegar on it. We’ve not had that in a while. We bought a couple of frozen meals to have a few quick meals during the week. We like chicken cordon bleu, for example. It’s a frozen thing we get from time to time.

I bought watermelon which I’m looking forward to, some fresh apples, and now that my peanut butter is in, that’ll be a great snack. I did get yogurt. We also bought a couple of Cornish hens and a big fryer chicken. I bought some canned soups. And we have decided that we like the LeSeur Carrots – so we bought 4 cans of those b/c they are healthy and we like them. Wow they are really good. I never thought I’d like canned carrots.

So yeah, surprisingly the store was good for morale and we can add some fresh things to our meals at night. Still no toilet paper. I mean good grief.

George updated the “chalk board” in the kitchen.

As you can see we have eaten well last week! Looking forward to this week.

So several in our family tried out ZOOM today for a shower in the family. There are two having babies. Susan is hosting one and I’m hosting the other. I’m thinking that mine will still be social distancing – it’s in June. Just not sure this is all going to be over. I’ll be glad to host it here as long as I know a month in advance which way it will be. And I bet we won’t know by mid May. I will need to be able to get invites out and also need to get the house ready. I can throw it together quickly I think. I need my “Kate” in times like these. I’m scared to death b/c I’ve not solely ever done a shower before. But I’m excited to do this for our “Ellen and Justin”. It’ll be fine. However we do it. But it was fun to get on Zoom with the family for a test run for Susan’s shower she is doing for Hope. I spent nearly the entire time though trying to get the iMac to cooperate. The “App Store” for the Mac did not have zoom available. However, I was able to download it from Zoom itself for the Mac, which I did. So I think we are good now. But I didn’t have it figured out for the Mac while we were on the call. I had to use my iPhone.

Then later, during this process, I discovered an app called “Houseparty”. I downloaded it and invited Mom, my Sister in Law Susan, and Katy. I chatted with Mom while sitting on the front porch and then also chatted with my SIL while sitting on the floor, as my phone charged up again. Katy said she would join eventually after she cleared some stuff off her phone to add a new app. You can also play games on there with it. So it’s kinda cool.

So this is kinda cool.

And I went for a walk mid day. I also have done laundry. I’ve swapped over the summer/winter clothes in the tubs. But I have a huge to do list for the weekend. At least it was part productive! So here’s what is on the list for tomorrow. There is no way I’ll actually get it all done.

Sunday’s To Do List

  • Finish laundry
  • Give myself a pedicure
  • Study up on Virtual Baby Showers
  • Start working on the plans for it
  • Watch a dog trimming video (Can I do this?)
  • Maybe order a dog trimming set?
  • Dog baths
  • Look up next week’s weather
  • Get next week’s shirts picked out and ironed according to the weather.
  • Make gluten free bread for me. (This has been on every weekend’s list, lol)
  • Vacuum
  • Reset my Isagenix Auto Ship to an item I can use next.
  • Fill my little medicine box with Rx – blood pressure meds – yes I’m old enough to forget if I’ve taken it or not – “was that today or yesterday?”
  • Pick a recipe to fix
  • Pack my work bag for next week (vitamins for 3 days, peanut butter, oatmeal packets, crackers, etc.)
  • Get on my old laptop and make a signature on PSP – maybe some other graphics.
  • Check on a friend
  • Save photos from my iPhone to file and delete. I don’t always want to keep them on my phone together. So for the last month I need to save the ones I’ve saving to file and then delete from my phone which also deletes them from my iCloud photos. If I have drug the ones I want to save to my computer file, I’ll still have a copy.
  • Watch my shows. I did watch one today but would love to have time to watch some others. YouTube and Sister Wives.
  • Magazine Project
  • Audible books
  • Read some books – my gosh we just need to declare one night a reading night!
  • Do a crossword
  • Play candy crush
  • Order a set or two of PJ’s for summer. Mine are getting all crummy.
  • Might order a summer purse eventually.
  • Might order some more flip flops for summer.
  • And I’ll stop there. But notice how fun the things are at the end.

Enhhhh, it’s kind of a cheesy little list there but it feels good and “normal” to make lists. I reserve the right to skip ahead to fun stuff if I so choose. But by doing so, that means that tomorrow I have to make another list and make sure I do the important stuff first.

So, we have some severe weather coming in tomorrow afternoon and evening and possibly into the overnight. They have been talking about it for days. So I kinda dread tomorrow but at least we have a basement and we don’t have to be anywhere.

You can see my gray coming through in my hair now and I’m considering giving myself a hair cut to cut some of the brown out. I might let it grow a bit longer. Not really sure what to do. My hair cut is due the end of April but I’m sure it’ll be cancelled. I think I can survive 1 hair cut by moi! However, two, and it’ll look even more homey!

Well, I’m going to get off of here and treat myself to a show. I understand I have an hour and a half to goof off before dinner. ;-). I’m so glad George loves to cook. How did I score that? I like to cook too but not all the time. He loves it! He’s good at it!

So how are you coping these days? I’m hoping that you all are doing ok. You can do this. I’m hearing better things in the news. But…we just gotta get through it the best we can. A few weeks longer I think.

French Weekend with Friends

With doggies in tow, we took to the road and made our way into Franklin, TN to visit with friends for the overnight. And for our “French Cuisine” focused weekend.

It didn’t take long for us all to settle in, although I think Don and Lisa thought we might be moving in for a month or two! It looked like we were set for an expedition with our cooler, boxes of food, pans to cook fondue with, our overnight bags, the dog’s needs.

The wine began to flow. And this one above was my favorite.

Roger stuck close by in the kitchen – not sure if it was to be near his Daddy or to be close to the smelling good French cuisine, or because the mat was just comfy there.

We snarfed down some cheese fondue.

Ate French pastry filled with escargot and oysters. This was my first time to have escargot. They are on the same order of mushrooms and oysters – the texture and taste are not going to be my go to foods, for sure. lol

Maisy had the right idea and found her comfy spot on the sofa while everyone was in the kitchen.

With about 6 of us sipping wine, it didn’t take long for the 2nd bottle to be cracked.

When the humans fondue and feast, the doggies get the good seats. 😉

And then came the French Onion soup – oh so heavenly. George did a great job of it and the fondue.

Hours later, as it turned into evening, Don fixed us a French martini and then we did our Christmas!

And you know that was all just the beginning! Don and Lisa fixed an awesome dinner! A lamb roast, lima beans, and then I had made the potatoes – a French type of scalloped potatoes with Gruyere cheese.

Lisa had made a gluten free bread shown above, and I loved loved loved the taste of it. I want to make some.

Then we set into coffee, French roast of course! Caffeine could not keep me awake. It was not long after before I headed to bed and the doggies joined. Everyone else stayed up later. I’m always the first to go to bed with my early to rise and early to be routines.

We had a comfy bedroom suite with our own private bath and a back door to take the doggies out. While I did have to take the dogs out around 4 a.m., the did allow us to sleep in until about 8 I think. RARE! They were patient. Once we did get up Maisy began barking until she was fed. I was scrambling to get it done, trying to find their bowls, their food etc.

We sat around this morning talking about how full we were and drank two pots of coffee. One regular French roast and the other chicory flavor. And then guess what!

We ate again!

These above were quail eggs. We had regular eggs too. And some good bacon. mmmmm. And Lisa whisking up the eggs!

French loaf of bread – yes!

And I’m just a fan of some good looking decor! Fruit and chocolate and roses! Need to throw that in there! So pretty.

Lisa had slaved away the day before making some crepe’s. The strawberries and creme and chocolate was great drizzled on it.

The husbands were serious about their portion of the morning feast. (They would make someone a good wife, we teased.) lol

We were supposed to have the chocolate fondue after dinner the night before but we were too stuffed so we had it after breakfast.

Let’s just say the chocolate fondue was really good. A shot glass of chocolate had both Lisa and I heading for bucket fulls of water a few minutes later. The sugar and the caffeine – might have sent us a bit overboard.

The girls then did the hot tub after cleaning the kitchen and had a long talk out there with Lisa and Amber and me. We came in and I took a shower and made the bed. Maisy wouldn’t let me finish.

While the guys (Don, George, and Dillon) did their hot tubbing us girls went for a neighborhood walk as it was sunny and 66!

Yes, I was facing the sun, but it captured what I was seeing!

Not long after, we packed up and headed home. The doggies have been tapped out and resting.

Our time with Don and Lisa and Amber and Dillon goes by so fast. We had a lot of fun, shared a lot of laughs and said “oui oui” way too often. We are still pondering our next theme, but we are considering a 4th of July weekend extravaganza! 😉 The date pretty much set and while it was our turn to host the next one, Lisa said let them do it so we can swim in the pool since it’ll be summer, and then we’ll host the fall one.

It doesn’t really matter where we are, we’ll have a good time. As always!

I was pretty tired when we got home. George said “are you really tired from relaxing all weekend?” Yep, I am. lol.

So, as far as everything on the personal front – I’ve been trying to work on some projects as I get time. I have been working on getting my photos from the phone drug over into my iMac files which I’m doing by year.

And then I realized I still had most of my videos from our November vacation last year. And I temporarily (or permanently) got side tracked and began doing an iMovie video. Clearly I need more skill. And for the life of me I cannot remember to turn my phone sideways to video. So I need to finish dragging all the photos and videos over to my files and will need to watch some iMovie videos on YouTube to learn some more. I have done the iPhone version but the desktop one is quite different. I kinda have a goal to do some periodic “Vlogging” – and do our vacations and other than that do some videos seasonally as we have enough built up. I want to integrate that into the Blog and create a channel to go along with it, just for fun. I’m quite taken with the video creations I see and I love what I’m learning and I’m just evolving in that direction. I’ll also be able to put those on the blog itself as well.

So, it should be pretty fun and will likely end up being a new hobby. It takes HOURS to put these videos together. But I have enjoyed the ones I’ve done in the past and I’m looking forward to trying to learn how to do them where they look professional in quality.

So I’ll have to quit doing the iMovie work until I get these photos over to the iMac so I can delete a lot from my phone for my next trip – Why? So I can put more photos on the phone! The problem with doing the iMovies is that they will be put together as I have time and will be published much later – not as quick as the blog photos. But that is ok. I’ll be learning and doing them as I have time and I think it will be something I’ll enjoy but I have a LOT TO learn. And they won’t be perfect. I also have to find out where to get music from. Hopefully free at first. I don’t mind paying a little bit for a site to use loyalty free music (or rights to use it or whatever the term is) if it’s something I’m going to be doing ongoing.

I finally got my Isagenix 1099 downloaded for George. But I still have a lot of things I have had on the list that I’ve not done yet. George needs to get me my documents (they are locked up) for my updated drivers license. I need to send Mom Fancy’s ribbon for her hair since her hair dresser can’t find pink ribbon (I guess she doesn’t use Amazon). I need to make sure I still have my graphics files (tubes) and we need to start planning things for the Amelia Island trip. However, soon I will be meeting Katy in Tulsa – not this week but next week. And I have a lot of other projects around the house to do, and when I get back from Tulsa (Susan and I )- we need to plan the shower for June and I need to start getting the house in order also. So not really making a lot of progress on much. Slow and steady with these photos slowing me down. At least I’m almost to 2020!

I was so excited to have all my photos synced automatically. It’s great for when I blog! No downloading or uploading of photos. But, if you delete off your phone, it deletes off your photos on the iMac (on the cloud). So I’m having to drag over the ones I want to keep off the cloud so they permanently stay. I had a lot of things on my phone too. So there is quite the many photos to transfer. Then I get off on tangents as I said earlier of doing iMovies and such and – well, it was fun. I also have been known to get off task by playing video games as they are fun to me. I found one that mimics Sim City – the very old version I love it! So yeah, I get OFF task sometimes. Anyway, I love being able to do these kinds of things. I love being geeky. I love planning new things and working toward them. So the to do list still looks the same as it did last week, pretty much!

I’m thrilled that it is March! Spring will be popping soon! And I’m so glad to have my life back! No travels, no open enrollment time, I get to enjoy some time with my daughter soon and all this makes me happy. With warmer weather coming, I suppose that the Corona virus will rid of itself. I sure hope so. It’s a bit scary doing air travel in the next few days. That puts you in a higher risk zone for sure. But I’m not cancelling my life over it. I’ll take the risk to see my girl.

My food tracker journal arrived and I’ll be starting that up this week. I’ll take a pic and show you what it is like as the week progresses. But what a wonderful weekend we had. Now I need to do laundry and all that I normally do on the weekends during the week as best as I can. But tomorrow night I’m getting a pedi so I can wear sandals in the next week or so. And I’m so ready for a spring shopping spree. Might need some more sandals! 😉 Hope you all enjoy your first week of March and I’ll pop in for some short little blog posts this week!

Weekends go by too Fast for us Geeky Introverts

We had a wonderful game night with friends at Paul and Judy’s Saturday evening. I’m trying to enjoy it, our time with this group because Paul and Judy could be moving soon as they are already working on the progress of this process. It makes me sad for us but happy for them.

Judy made the most wonderful lasagna. One has to has to have seconds!

So good extra was made so Paul could have it while Judy goes out of town this week.

I made the Italian salad, which was quite simple but had a great taste, I thought.

I used the big shaved parmesan and it had pepperoni (chopped) in there. The dressing was a dijon vinaigrette that you pour over right before eating and then add the croutons.

And the bread was awesome. YUM!

And Mr. Albert is always awesome, the sweet baby! He’s getting older, but he’s a cutie. And the turtle caramel cream pie was divine after a couple of rounds of LCR.

No big gambling games here. We use quarters. I think we’ve all been passing around the same few quarters for about two years now. lol. Usually Joe and Cheryl end up with most of our quarters. They had to get bigger jars this year and they may have to go bigger next time, lol. You can play with pennies or even buttons if you choose, lol. The concept is fun. A true game of chance.

Came home, slept so good. And then could not believe that the dogs let us sleep until 7:30. I had to make sure they were alive. Had coffee, and a relaxing morning that flew faster than a Porche on an open road in California.

Before I knew it, it was past time for me to go and get my toes and nails done if I wanted to beat the crowds. Actually most of the crowds ended up getting there as they opened and then it all slowed down. There are some new places in town near by – plus it was a cold dreary day. So either no one was out or they are losing some business or both. I may try the new place myself sometime just to see what it’s like.

Kinda fun wearing flip flops when it’s in the 40’s outside, lol. I’m sure people at Subway and in the parking lot thought I was an idiot. But when you get your toes done, you have to wear them or they’ll smudge.

I did the dip with my nails. I decided to do something different. I like the way they feel better than the solar version. The dip is more expensive. So I may not do this always. But I can get more choices of colors. I took a pic and sent to George and let him know I was at Subway and then headed to the Home store b/c when you do both nails and toes you are in there forever. I like to get my toes done separate so I can sit there and be on my phone and do email and catch up on social media. But they put my nails in aluminum foil to soak to loosen the previous polish so I couldn’t move my hands. lol Oh well.

The wrap at Subway was really good and I’ll get that instead of the bread again. But I was really disappointed they did not have ice tea made. They were cleaning it and letting it soak. It was the only reason I got the combo and then all they had were drinks with either sugar or fake sugar. I got the Vitamin Water as it was the least sweet. I could be wrong there, but I made the best decision I could. I DID let the guy know I wouldn’t have gotten the combo if I had known they didn’t have ice tea. They need to do their cleaning/soaking after hours and not on customer time. This was the Mount Juliet location at Walmart if any Subway bots are reading, lol.

I went to the home store looking for something to put in the kitchen on the wall where there is a blank spot next to the new bulletin board. Nothing I was enthralled with so I didn’t settle. But I did come home with this plant for my office. I wasn’t sure where it would go at the time but this is where it landed.

Notice picture of Mom beside it.

When I got home George had made three meat pies for our Sun night dinner- well, They were made with mixture of deer meat, pork, and beef. Very good. We recently had meat pies that were bought from somewhere from a fundraiser and we really enjoyed them. Just plain meat pies. You can add veggies along side to go with. Makes a really good meal. Yes, we have leftovers.

I spent the afternoon in my office working on organizing my life. I spent more time organizing it than doing it. lol. Because I’m geeky like that. No really, I do think I get a lot done. If I didn’t do this on the weekends though I’d be in such a tailspin.

I finished our Winter Bucketlist finally now that one of the three months are gone. Oh well. The aftermath of the holidays and the business of the last quarter, took all month to recover.

Here was the fall Bucketlist for starters to revisit. We did pretty good.

There are more things that are sure than death and taxes. Apparently I keep eating good food and don’t meet my weight loss goals. lol. But I’ll keep tweaking at that. At least I am not gaining the 5 lbs every year like I was after the holidays. Amazingly I only gained 1 lb through the holidays but I had gained about 5-7 before the holidays began beginning in August when we celebrated George’s birthday and began a big long stretch of eating bad (good) things. But I keep this on the list and I will keep trying to tweak and get better. My system helps!

And here’s the Winter Bucket List. George threw a lot of restaurants on there. I think we won’t go to all the Asian restaurants but I think we will be going out on Friday nights a lot as we will hit several of them. Usually they are pretty reasonable at the Asian restaurants. I should throw Mexican on there but didn’t. I’ll put it on the summer list, I guess. I really love my Mexican meals – I can get fajitas and it won’t be too bad.

I like doing this b/c it keeps us focused when we “do” our weekends.

So I have really been having to do and redo my long list every weekend, refusing to put it in excel (I don’t have excel anyway on the iMac) but I found an app that does a listing system exactly the way I do it. And I paid for the option to have it on my iMac and my phone – crazy but you had to pay for EACH app to sync to the cloud version. And that was worth it to me. Also it downloads to PDF and I can print. I’m in heaven! Now I don’t have to do all that writing by hand on the weekends and can have a paper copy to mark off and add to and then on the weekends I just add it to the iMac and reshuffle some. But it even has a due date and reminder feature (and notes) so it’ll actually move itself into the urgent column as the timing nears. I LOVE THIS! WHERE HAS IT BEEN ALL MY LIFE? It’s called the Focus Matrix app.

Ha! You can see the beginning of my Isagenix Essay as my Evernote app is open in the background. lol I gained 1 lb from the beginning of my Isabody Challenge (enter pics, weight, essay and get $200 in free product). But I don’t do the Isagenix as I should – otherwise I’d be continuing to lose. It’s the struggle b/w being an ALL OUT FOODIE and married to one, and having my cake (literally) and eating it too. Somehow though doing really well at maintaining considering all we eat so there’s that. Also have to work at getting exercise in on the schedule.

One thing I love about the Mac is having the ability to multitask and having a lot of things open at once. Had never really thought about that when we got it but it’s very helpful.

I put an orange sticky over the camera b/c I came in one day to see the FaceTime app up and viewing myself on it. Weird. So now if it was really somewhere there, they only see orange. lol I did stick my tongue out at them. But I think it was just a glitch. But certainly weird as I’d not had that app open. They didn’t see much during that time if it was someone as I wasn’t in here.

Well, I better go. I don’t have a lot of time before I have to leave. It will be a busy week this week. I have payroll of course and then was finally given Friday the things I needed to do the unemployment filings all due by the 31st. Of course I have to stop and do payroll so…it didn’t really give me a chance to get much of these done so we’ll be riding the line. Then I have all those year end reports to do. It’ll be a miracle if in on time. I will do my best, but really wasn’t given much of an opportunity to work on them. I needed to have been working on them all last week too but didn’t have the data. OH well. It will be what it will be. I will get done what I can with the time I have and that is all one can do.

Ya’ll have a great week. I will try to pop in about mid week. I think we will be going to get the cow this weekend in KY and we have our neighbor’s memorial at 1:00. I really do not see how we will have time to do both. The cow and pig is slaughtered and being smoked so we will have to go pick it up I think. But it’s a round trip of 5 hours. He said we’d have to get up early Saturday morning. Oh dear.

Ya’ll have a good one! What you up to this week? Anything on your to do list? I just wish I had another day. I have more I wanted to do this weekend.

Blogging my Saturday Away!

It’s here! Wonderful Saturday. One of two days of getting to do one’s own agenda. At least I love what I do on the other days now. But there is nothing like doing what you want!

The past couple of weeks I have not felt good at times. I think mostly it is not getting enough sleep and rest, and not getting the right nutrition. The days have been gloomy in January for the most part and no doubt my B’s and D’s are down as well. In January I’ve been poor at getting the vitamins in, too cold to drink shakes – but I did better this week and started to improve some. On the flip side, I ate a half pint of Jeni’s Savanah Butternut ice cream Thursday night and had lots of breads and pastas this week. On Friday I could hardly move. I had random pains throughout the day. It started with my right ankle. I limped into work – took vitamins, drank shake, and the hurt went away. But moved into my arm and into my wrist. Geez. I wanted to take something but didn’t. I wanted to sleep but couldn’t.

So I decided to go eat lunch. I was waiting on someone else to be able to do my part of the filings for the month (Kinda nervous about the timing as I don’t have much time to do it in now). So since nothing was ready I decided it was another good day to go out for lunch. They are so few and far between and this was two days in a row! I feel like a normal person now, lol.

I love to get away when I can and have a meal at Logan’s. Even if I am by myself. I get to sit and think and just take a few minutes. It’s a lot like meditation only you get to eat while you do it – MY KIND of MEDITATION! lol

Let me tell you, this MEDITATION of salmon was as good as it looks. That was only half of it. I was going to half it (and did) to save half for later. But I devoured the entire thing as if I’d not eaten in 3 weeks. And rightly so. When you look at the nutrition in your frozen lunches or canned soups, what all do you see? Yeah that is right. Not much in there. I can’t do shakes for lunch. But may have to go back to doing tuna or something just to get something good in me at lunch. I loved my salmon, broccoli and since I’d not felt good I really really wanted a baked potato with just butter. And yes I scooped all that big chunk of butter out as it was too much. But I enjoyed this little treat out yesterday and when I got back the information I’d been waiting on was there, as was a huge stack of checks to sign. I immediately began to feel better but it took about an hour or so for the arm and wrist to quit hurting. I also added our BEA energy drink with it’s naturalness and tons of vitamins and nutrition – and then despite all the writing and computer work – the aches and pains were gone. I don’t know what I’d do without my nutrition system. It comes to the rescue every time. That and helping me find my way to healthier food options for the knife and fork meals.

Speaking of…we have some new products out that are available today and I will be placing my order! 😉

There is a new BEA drink, more harvest thins which I hear taste like croutons, and those peanut butter bites – oh heavens yes! And a new chocolate. And somehow when I placed an order last week, I got free chocolates. I think it was a mistake, but I’ll keep it! 😉

So yeah, last week was hard on the health front – a few aches and pains reminding me that when I eat bad I pay for it. And I’ve allowed sugar to enter my world also and I can get away with a little but I’ve had way too much sugar, bread, enriched flour – and that is not good for my body. It did my Dad the same way. He realized he had to eat healthier too. At least I had my nutrition. I bet my Dad would have loved my nutrition program. He was pretty good at enjoying network marketing too. We could have teamed up. But anyway, this is now and he’s not here anymore. I have to resist wanting to share and sell it again b/c it’s just wonderful stuff. But people think it’s a gimmick and it is expensive but it’s my meds and it’s hard to get good nutritionally packed food when you are on the go so much. When I eat that I spend less at the store. lol So it evens out. Except that George and I eat very well at home so we end up spending $ on good meals in the evening. (Cow, pig, seafood, chicken, turkey etc. with all the sides).

Despite not being on my best game this week, with side tracks from my nutrition and the subsequent pain from it, I have marked a few things off my to do list. And I’ve added quite a few more on it.

The jewelry was polished with the silver polish which has to be done every couple of years or so. I love sterling jewelry and some is better than others. But my favorites are nice and shiny now. I also looked up a few recipes to try for the upcoming weeks, and got a few plans made with dates on the calendar with friends.

I really like my to do lists now made with a cross. So that I put in the first column the immediate to do lists and the rest of the three sections go out in time. It keeps things on the horizon so I don’t forget but doesn’t crowd out the first section. So yeah about once a week I redo the to do list and reprioritize and add and take away. I probably should have it on excel so I don’t have to write so much, and could just move it over, but I really kind of like the handwritten approach.

And my to do list today is quite busy. So much so that I should not be sitting here at this almost 10 a.m. hour. But as always I have to have my blog time and I’ve spent about three hours blogging now b/w this blog and my private one. Sometimes I have to purge but since folks can’t handle truth in black and white very well, I have to use the private one. Things people say every day to one another can’t be used in writing b/c it makes you suddenly evil if you do. The truth has to be hidden so no one else sees it, lol. (Rolling eyes here so big they almost got stuck.) The to do lists are becoming a little more fun and less harried/hurried. I like that.

Today or this weekend?

  • Make an Italian salad for tonight’s dinner with friends
  • Post my “Book Challenge” on FB (Books that impacted me)
  • Write out the Winter Bucketlist
  • Take photos for the Isabody Challenge so I can get my $200 free product and tee shirt
  • Write the little mini essay that goes with it.
  • Do my Isagenix order
  • Look up that Orzo Recipe
  • Print out the Lasagna recipe I found
  • Order Reverse Osmosis Water for my eye glasses
  • Buy rest of Christmas gifts for our friend time in Feb
  • Still need to get George to go with me to neighbors to schedule time to take them to dinner or take their dinner to them one night. We have failed at this effort.
  • Get my nails/toes done at the salon tomorrow.
  • Clean house
  • Do laundry
  • Wrap a baby gift as the shower is next week

Stuff that is still on the list for some other rainy day:

  • Order kitchen wall decor for my empty spot or use the pic frame I have with Texas pics in them (I think I will go with this).
  • Fix the office decor at home (bulletin board in the wrong spot) – and I’ll have a blank wall to fill.
  • Plan Amelia Island trip
  • Update Netflix list
  • Drivers Lic update
  • Plan dinner with Richard and Kathy
  • Fill my calendar with 2020 birthday reminders (a month ahead)
  • Plan date to start back to church now that holidays are over, job has been learned, and hibernation month is over.
  • Add ELO to my iPod/Play on iTunes for fun
  • Get my car’s dent fixed
  • Go to the Home Store and shop for decor for the house (looking for good deals)
  • Magazine project
  • Have neighbors over (all of them for a meal sometime)
  • Do a Bible Study
  • Figure out how to save files/photos on my iMac w/o it being in the cloud.
  • Figure out how to make graphics or if I’ll use Parallel. Prob gonna use parallel.
  • Get some time with Mom in on the calendar for Feb, March, and also in April.
  • Let everyone know the dates in May for the trip – got busy and hadn’t done that yet.
  • Check out a book someone recommended
  • Check into a fall trip – cabin in the mountains getaway near Asheville NC
  • Find the AT trail journals to read that a friend recommended.

Much of that is stuff you have seen but I do that for me as much as anything! I like it when less critical things are showing up. Life is hard enough as it is w/o having too much to do in spare time.

I do want to focus on what I need to be focusing on – following God’s will too and still being able to enjoy some down time.

And I’m going to get started on this late day already by diving in.

What all is on your to do list?