Baby Showers, Good Meals, Christmas Prep, and New Years Thoughts

Oh they had the shower for Katy at her school yesterday. So sweet. Love the Christmas theme. I bought her that shirt, hoping with the open front she could wear it. It’s cute. Loving that belly right there. She has one more week of school and then she is out until after the baby is born.

It’s so awesome they can celebrate in this way. Our new normal at work is not celebrating anything, no sharing of food, nada. In remote places life seems a bit more normal. So I’m happy she could have a normal in person shower somewhere. I think the church one is today!

It’s getting closer! And closer!

Christmas Prep

I was able to get a lot of wrapping done, but still have some more to do today. Not much though. Now I’m moving into “stocking stuffer” mode for George. I’ve searched for hours on Amazon searching various ways. I did find a few things. I hope they fit in the stocking, lol. But some time this week after work I’ll go to the store for other things and then will pick up some things there that I know he will like.

We are also down to the final countdown list as far as liquor and beer run gifts, gift cards, and I will probably buy my two bosses something for putting up with my goofy eccentric self all year, lol. I love working with both of my immediate bosses in my department. They are good to me, nice to me, respect me, try to understand me, patient with me, laugh with me, talk to me, answer my questions, steer me correctly, look out for me, say good morning and good evening to me, generally seem to care. Who is not blessed to have this? They deserve something from me. We all hand papers back and forth all day so I think we’ve already shared germs – it’s like your work family you know. So yeah, I need to do a few things there. And I believe that will finish me up.

Then I’ll focus on the house and then Christmas will be here. Then we focus on getting our bag packed for Texas. And New Years which will mainly just be a good food eatin’ weekend, doing things in the house, watching shows, and getting ready for Texas, and hittin’ the reset button on goals and things.

New Year Reset Button

I love the New Year reset. It may vanish quickly for some, but for me, I DO tend to keep the things in mind I set to do. It seems like even though we may not always attain our New Year goals, we at least need that reset button to reflect where we have been and think about where we will go. IF nothing else, there is that. And I truly believe that our psyches move naturally in the way in which our internal directions (set by God or ourselves) have thought about or inquired. And as we know twists of fate, send us scattering in various off directions unplanned too (in my opinion as a Christian, these are God approved changes). So part God, part us, part fate, part universe – it all transpires somehow. And in 2021 much like 2020, I suspect that most plans will be changed unless you plan to not plan at all. lol But you know me and planning. I gotta give it a good try. That was a heavy loaded paragraph that did and could continue to go off in several directions.

Lunch Break

I fixed a pretty awesome spinach salad for lunch yesterday. It had a little goodness to it and a little badness to it. Spinach and carrots and peppers- oh yeah. But then Tyson fried chicken tenders, onion straws, and a dressing that probably was not the healthiest – was a mustard viniagrette but had some canola oil and sugar in it. :-O But I have been craving honey dijon dressing. I could not find it and didn’t really want to make it at home. But I ate this and watched a show or two.

Grief Update

I am getting behind on my YouTube shows. Part due to Christmas and part due to the fact that I was not in a place where I was in the mood to do so. My mind needed to grieve my Maisy girl. I just couldn’t watch happiness in a show. I needed to have that quiet time to release. It’s NOT ok that she is gone. But I guess each day gets easier in that I cry less, and feel a little less sad. I’m crying now b/c it’s still so raw just thinking about her not being here. Going to bed is easier but still hurts. At least I don’t have racking sobs, just a few tears or if tired just a sigh of sadness.

I have found that if I pick this little tiny dog up who has pretty eyes like Maisy, and rub it – strange as that seems – it mimics being able to talk to her. And it’s like she is in here with me. A far stretch from the real Maisy but yet it is comforting and a way to release my sadness. It’s much like my having the sloth that looked so much like Tugie – that sloth that pulled on my heart strings in Portland, Oregon – I passed it up and got home and realized I had to have it. Took me days to search it out and find it but I often pick it up and pet it or hug it when I need to be near Tugie, our deceased apricot poodle. See below middle right, my sloth, LOL.

We do what we have to do to feed and comfort our psyches.

Dinner Last Night – Chicken Rotel Spaghetti

So made this dish last night – as seen on my Instagram – give it a follow: @lesshustlemorecoffee

It was pretty good although for some reason it did not taste as good as Granny’s or Katy’s. Or as good as I’ve made in the past. But we still enjoyed it. George apologized when I arrived with my camera after he’d already sliced into it after it was done. I told him, “no worries – it’s perfect as you can see what is inside”. It’s making me hungry this morning. I haven’t had breakfast yet and it’s almost lunch time.

A New Shopping Website to Behold

Well, I have a new shop I like. It’s one of Katy’s favorites. I saw this while scrolling through instagram yesterday. Aren’t these tops cute? I could do without the reindeer though. But I like all the others. So cute. All of them. Yes one of each please and in big sizes so it’s roomy. I love baggy clothes!

Rogers Sleeping Issues

I’m running so behind this morning. But Mr. Roger has been something else the last two nights. He wakes up and is not happy and wants off the bed. He is continually waking us up and we have to watch and make sure he doesn’t jump off as he’s brave and he will hurt himself. Yesterday, I thought he was having a stroke -and he may have been. He was walking sideways, holding his paw up and losing his balance and his head seemed as if it was heavier on one side and making him lean if that makes sense at all. He is old, very old and not sure how long he will be holding out. I don’t think a trip to vet is worth it. I think we need to let him go naturally if we can until he is at a point where it’s just pitiful. I think we are almost there, but this is George’s dog. He will need to decide when Roger is not having quality of life anymore. It’s hard to let them go. So hard. But it’s hard to see them have a rough time.

Last night George had to put him in the kitchen and living room and shut the door – like we were gone for the day so we could get rest. At 2 or so this morning I got up and went in there. He was pacing back and forth from one room to the other. He finally got in his bed and snoozed after 30 min or so. I went back to bed after about an hour of being up. I slept in late. So my day started late.

My To Do List Today (Sortof):

I’m behind. But here is what is on today’s list – not necessarily in order:

  • Eat lunch and watch a show
  • Laundry
  • Pick wardrobe for next week
  • Iron
  • Finish wrapping
  • Do Vitamin refills
  • Update to do lists
  • Change bed linens
  • Look up a couple of addresses for Christmas cards (2 I didn’t have addresses for)
  • Clean my office
  • Pick up the house
  • Watch more shows (lol)
  • Work on iMovie stuff
  • Work on New Year stuff

I won’t get all that done and there’ll be stuff to pop up that I haven’t even remembered. lol.

Video Channel Update

Oh and future videos. I went to sleep thinking about how to handle the future videos, where I was wanting to go with the vlog and such. I really need to schedule some time to brainstorm a bit and map out all of the things I want to do. I’ve done some of it, but need to do some more. And make myself a schedule of sorts, in order for which to do and accomplish them and improve upon them, and continue learning how to vlog and video.

First things first, I’ve contemplated the absence of Maisy in them. I will need to address a real time update insertion into the next video segment. I will also need to be working on a new intro after the next couple of videos in which we catch up to real time. I need to do a better intro anyway. George and I need to be more up to date as I don’t color my hair anymore. And we don’t have Maisy. I think I’m not going to put Roger in it because I know he will likely not be with us much longer. I was thinking without our dogs and pets, we are just not very interesting. I know that is not true entirely, but I do need to vlog with more intention instead of just showing what I’ve taken pics of and such through the month. Yes those are things we’ve actually done and are part of it, but I DO need more intention and purpose with them and bring that value to others – this is the hard part – do I bring value to anyone through the videos – not a lot, lol. So MUCH improvement to make and I’m glad to pop back into this and see what we can come up with. It’s hard to work full time and do this though, as it takes a lot of time. But I’m enjoying all the process, even if no one else is. As said, eventually I’ll find “my camp” of people and will get better and will have more followers. But in recent days I just did not feel like doing any of these things with the loss of Maisy. It seemed to big of a task to redo the intro or how to even start to do videos without her. I still don’t think I can do a tribute video. It’s just too much for me right now. But these things are on my mind now that the wrapping is mostly behind us and this is coming up on my radar.

Photo by Anete Lusina on Pexels.com

The video life would be easier if I didn’t blog all the time. lol. Keeping all the hobbies going is tough sometimes. But in years like 2020 it’s made it easier except that there is little interesting to blog and video about. That is part of my thing for 2021 is to etch in some outdoor experiences and safe places to visit, video, and get pretty photos of. I don’t know, I wish we could go ahead and get a truck and pull behind RV so we could go out on the weekends or even the long weekends and get started with some adventures, but that is not to be. Wow if I could get these videos to be something worth watching and monetize them then that would help fund that project, lol.

Adventure Goals

Something like this is what I’m thinking will be affordable for us.

Love something like this with the Off-Grid solar package, and eventually the Winter Package Add ons

I started to ask Santa for one. But, I think it’s a bit too early for George. ha. I did ask for a wide angle lens and pretty excited about that as it’s easier to vlog with. We need the cold weather package and the off grid package both to go to the pretty places off the beaten path. But I’d be ok to plug in to the whole schlimazel – I’m afraid it would be for us city folk getting used to not using water, filling up the tanks fast, cooking without every utensil and spice on hand, small refrigeration, finding our comfort levels in a small space. I get it. A lot to get used to. But we minimize and enjoy the experience and get to go out and see things and be near nature. And see me panic when a storm comes, LOL.

Well enough blogging today. I need to get busy as this day is getting away!

Texas Picture Frame, To Do List, and Maisy Update

Pic to Give You a Visual

I hung a little picture frame on the wall. I wasn’t sure what to put in there. There’s only three photo spots. So I decided to put in there the thing that made my heart glad when I look up from my desk, in this “travel themed” office.

Drumroll……………

You may or may not recognize the Texas theme here in the pic. I love this little spot on the earth on the ranch.

To Do List Almost Completed

  • Refilling the vitamins for the week
  • Hanging a picture
  • Decorating the big tree
  • Fixing pop corn (current craving)
  • Christmas cards
  • Christmas list checking/comparing with George at Beer Thirty and at the In-House Kitchen Pub Table (or in my NORMAL “LessHustleMoreCoffee” office which is currently Santa’s workshop area).
  • Christmas Wrapping. (Not all of it but what I planned to get done was done)
  • Continue to Monitor Maisy
  • Vacuum
  • Restock Bathrooms with Toilet Paper!!! HA!
  • Then after all that I think I can work on the next iMovie

After I did all that I was not in the mood for Christmas cards, pub brew catch-up on Christmas gifts, vacuuming, or putting creative energy toward the next iMovie. I was worried about my Maisy girl so much so that all I wanted was for the worry to end. I really just wanted to go to bed.

I shouldn’t call it “worry”. I don’t sit and fret over it and I know God is in control it is just more of an EVER PRESENT KNOWING that she is ill and an EVER PRESENT UNKNOWING of how and when all this will turn out. It’s just there in my mind as it would be any of you when a loved one is ill and possibly dying. You just don’t feel like doing much. I’m amazed I got done what I did, but I knew I only had so much time to get going on things.

I can’t believe I didn’t get the Christmas Cards done or any shopping that is left, which shouldn’t be much. Miss Maisy took a LOT of our 4 day weekend time. And giving the meds is never any fun, although we are all getting better including Maisy a little bit. She’s learning (I think) to just go ahead and swallow to avoid the repeat tries. George pries her mouth wide open and I stick the pills in as far to the back as I can and he rubs her throat and holds her mouth up til she does. I’m glad I have the easy part.

Maisy Update

This is as good a place as any to give you a Maisy update. I do have some good news. She ate like 12 bites of steak – probably about 1/2 of a human bite as her teeth are good enough to chew a large piece. But still – for once she ate. She did not turn her nose up at it.

This morning she did not want any more of it. It was a huge steak George fixed and I only ate half. So Maisy had a 1/4 of my steak and hoping sometime today she will eat the other 1/4.

At this point Fresh Pet is out. Neither of my dogs are wanting to eat it anymore. Not even Roger. So it’s making me wonder if we didn’t get into tainted food and Maisy’s body was just in worse shape to deal with it. Who knows. George said with Maisy it could have been in the making for a long time as she was on the street for a while. But I’m wondering of whatever they put in Fresh Pet to keep it fresh is what is messing with them. My guess is it’s ironically not so fresh.

So she ate this morning. The eating gave me some hope. And maybe God knew I needed something to hold on to with all this because as of yesterday I had her gone in my mind and was just waiting for when.

I’m no fool though. Even people eat sometimes when they are deathly ill to get a bit of strength or make hunger pangs resolve themselves. So when she ate, it gave me hope, but I realized this could just be part of a roller coaster ride. She is very ill.

She slept sooooo long yesterday. I was missing her horribly. I wanted her awake so I could hug and cuddle her and talk to her and spend time with her. She finally woke up and through all of this she seems to still love me so much and wants to be where I am when she is awake.

I was thinking the difference b/w her and Tugie and my attachment to them is that Tugie distanced herself from me over time as she aged. She wanted to be alone and she still had moments of happiness eating and going out and seeing us and being with us, but she became distant and to herself. I mainly think that came with her loss of hearing. It disconnected us and she became “in her own world”. So even though it hurt to lose Tugie, I was sort of used to our distance. With Maisy I have been so touched that she loves me so much. She’s truly a gift from God and one I never expected. No human even loves me that much! lol. So we are very attached to one another and that makes this so very difficult.

So in a way I’m relieved to go back to work today to get my mind somewhat off of things. George will be here at home the whole week. And we’ll see how it goes.

I will be working from home this Wed and Friday. So that is good. I have to realign my work tasks as I cannot print or scan from home.

Time Moving On

I cannot believe it is the end of November with tomorrow being Dec 1. Soon it will be January and time to go to Texas. It’s also month end and time for me to work on the WithHolding Taxes that I pay monthly.

It’s also time for me to get ready and go to work!

I’m leaving you with our den Christmas tree. This was Granny Jan’s that was in her assisted living apartment. She loved it so much she kept it up year round. At that point time didn’t matter as she didn’t really know or care what day it was. It was a day to look at a pretty tree.

So we are going to enjoy having a pretty tree in our den to give us some holiday cheer! I have some decor I’m taking to work today. I’ll try to remember to catch a pic to share.

Ya’ll have a great week ahead. I hope your Thanksgiving was lovely. I don’t think mine will be a favorite but I did enjoy having 4 days in the house. I don’t think I went ANYWHERE. George ran a couple of errands. But it was was obviously weird times with not a lot of joy with my Maisy being sick and not getting to spend any family time with any one. Quite an odd Thanksgiving in deed. I hope Christmas is better. I’m not getting my hopes up. I am afraid to plan and hope. Matter of fact we are planning two scenario Christmases. Plan A and Plan B. Family is supposed to come but things with COVID are bad so I’m not sure how things will play out. We need everyone to be safe even if it makes us sad not to be together.

Maybe we can all have BIG CELEBRATIONS of EVERYTHING when this COVID mess clears out. Love and Hugs.

Tornado Warning and Weekend Progress

Friday went by fairly fast at work. After going to the store, I was happy to have the lowfat milk and a banana. Cereal sounded good. And it was.

I am happy to say I’m caught up to where I should be now – well, at least the things I’m behind on now are easy to get done here and there and of little significance, like updating things, retyping instructions on things, boxing things, making labels for the future payrolls and things like that. I have very little free time but there is just enough to get those things done on the fly. And Friday did not have any “oh my goshes, we forgot to pay so in so their _______pay”. So that was nice to have a day free from back tracking and manual checks, which have to not only be added to payroll the following week, less the advance, but run through our A/P system as well – a couple of entries there – setting the employee up as a vendor and doing a pre-pay – because you are using one of our checks so it has to be recorded there and then offset by the advance deduction on PR the next run. It has been two weeks of that lately on top of getting the normal payroll done and trying to catch up from vacation, as well as get taxes paid.

I was able to get about half way through the month end withholding taxes that we pay monthly now that the last payroll of the month has come, but I have plenty of time to finish that next week.

We ended up having a tornado warning Friday and had to seek shelter. We were just on the outskirts of where it was heading. The skies got really gnarly. There was rotation in the clouds but never a tornado on the ground – at least not that I heard. Other rounds of rain and storms were set to come through so I left a bit after 4 Friday to get home so I didn’t get caught in one of those torrential downpours on the interstate around all the nutzoid drivers.

I opened a bottle of Clint’s Salsa from Texas and it was great. Had a new bag of tortilla chips to open.

George fixed me a Paloma (cocktail with Grapefruit Juice). I was cold from all the storms, where I had been taking the dogs out in the rain, and came back into the a/c. So I put on my long gym pants and a long sleeve shirt and had on my winter slippers, aka “scorpion shoes”, as given to me while in Texas. I sat in the sun room under a blanket for a bit as it was warm in there (closed off with no a/c). Finally warmed up.

George fixed BBQ, cornbread, slaw and beans for dinner. Here he’s propping it up for ya! lol We buy this at the store in the freezer section. It’s the best and tastes just like we have picked it up fresh. We keep it as a staple now just like we do burger meat so we have always have one.

Saturday morning, I woke up and made coffee after Maisy demanded to go outside at 5:30. I was awake and had a pretty good Friday night sleep. I wasn’t ready to be productive, so I sipped coffee and “woke up” by watching some of my favorite YouTube videos.

Once I was awake, I set off to get a lot of things done in the house. It really needed some attention. I actually did some videoing of my day. I was excited to use the new camera. However, I realized how awkward it was. I could not get it on the tripod that came with it. (I hate having to read instructions, but will have to do that eventually). But my camera fit on the other tripod. I used it in the beginning to do the videos and eventually switched to the iphone as it was easier. It is easy to video someone else, but awkward to video myself and switch back and forth. So I need to watch a video on using it for vlogging yourself. I know it will get easier and it has a much better picture, but yesterday I switched over just so I could do things more quickly. What made it difficult was that I was moving around a lot. So definitely a learning curve but I’ll get better once I know more of what I am doing. I love the camera though.

My Saturday was mainly this:

  • Laundry
  • Ironing
  • Reorganizing the back shelf of the laundry room -throwing out old shakes/products not used up
  • Opening up the Amazon deliveries (mainly vitamins, a Scentsy order, and something from the system that I use
  • Clean the kitchen – reboot dishwasher, wash a few dishes, clean counters
  • Swept the floor
  • Vacuumed the house
  • Changed the Sheets
  • Put up the laundry
  • Picked out my outfits for next week
  • Took care of doggies
  • Edited video for the next Vlog

Ordered these from Scentsy and called it a “Texas Souvenir”. Katy had the Johnny Appleseed cleaner for the kitchen and I loved the smell of apples after using it. I also ordered the bathroom cleaner version but Scentsy did not send a nozzle. Katy said she had an extra and would send. Apparently Scentsy has a problem getting the nozzles in. The one nozzle I had, I had a hard time getting it to go from OFF to ON. There were no instructions and I thought I would break it getting it to work. I finally got it in the spray position and that is where it will stay. I am all for child proof but what good is it if the adult can’t even get in it, LOL. I guess I could buy a container for the bathroom stuff, but I’ll wait and see if Katy can send her extra. Of course Scentsy loses their advertisement if I put it in a different container. The reason I bought it was that Katy had hers in the original container when I used it. If it had been in another container I wouldn’t have known what it is. Of course not many other people will be in my bathroom, but I did want to make that point.

We had a fantastic roast last night for dinner with potatoes, carrots, and left over cornbread. It was so good.

So it is Sunday and today’s plan looks something like this:

  • Bible study/devo
  • Iron pants that have now hung dry so I have some for the work week.
  • Tape the video segment(s) that need to be taped.
  • Clean my office
  • Clean my bathroom
  • Restock up the vitamin pack for the week.
  • Amazon orders
  • Go to Aldi with George
  • Do some meal planning
  • Do my nails

The rest of day remains open. But I really feel the need to:

  • Work on photos/storage on the Mac and my iphone as I’m starting to max out on iphone memory
  • Watch a video on Vlogging with my Camera or lessons on Camera use in general
  • Figuring out the back/up and storage of my imovies and all that. I need to get a handle on that. It’s been on the list for a while.
  • Hopefully finish up the video

Regardless, much of my day will be spent in the office at home today now that the house is fairly clean. For the Amazon orders, mainly need to order some more blue pants. I have some but they are on the tight side, lol. I get in them, but I am b/w sizes right now. I may order some more masks. I need to order my Clinique eye liner too. And I need to order a bigger camera bag for all the new camera tools, lens filters etc. The one that came with it only holds the camera itself and no room for the other stuff and it is sitting around my office. But I might ask for the wide angle lens for Christmas – although I’m supposed to be getting flooring – lol. So I guess that means ask for my birthday? Or maybe just buy with Christmas money.

So I better get started on the day. I’m always disappointed at how fast the weekend goes and I want to get a lot done. I’m tired of having a to do list I can never get accomplished. And I know that more things replace the things done as I create more things for myself to accomplish once things are complete. But I’m ready to accomplish a lot! I want to get around some learning curves, eat better, and make progress to my goals. Sometimes I wish I could have a hundred lifetimes to do everything in.

What are you accomplishing, or NOT accomplishing this weekend?