Honeysuckle, Whole Foods, The Bottle Shop, Emergency Payroll, and an Approaching Storm!

What a great Valentine excursion! We started our day at Honeysuckle in Franklin, TN. I was pleased with this meal and would love to go back again sometime. It was a lovely experience.

If you look closely at the photo you will see my wise guy trying to shoot me a bird. He loves to foul fowl up my pics when he can just to mess with me. Always look closely and you will see “birds” or gaping shirt holes with belly buttons staring at you. Those are two of his favorites. My guess is he comes from a line of women who loved to take pics that probably got on his nerves. He might have mentioned that but I’ll never say it aloud. So now he’s married to one of those photo types. He’s never been one that liked to be bossed around by a woman, LOL. Bless his heart! And he’s had plenty and now he has me. I can boss the best of ’em with my sly ways, heh heh heh, birds, or belly buttons, ignores, or whatever tactics these men use these days to try and not be manipulated and bossed around by us women. God may have made us the weaker sex physically, but we all know who runs the show. How did I get off on that? Oh yeah, stray birds fowling up my photos.

Their bar area was pretty, but we were there for brunch. My first excitement came when I saw the juice list. I never order juice because of the sugar but I was going to. Here’s the juice list. You’ll see what I mean!

When I excitedly placed my order, I was told the juicer was broken! So that joy was nixed. On to the next joy. I had already had a lot of coffee so I got some type of juice with sparkling wine. I think it was grapefruit but not sure. It kinda tasted like a Paloma. It was light and just perfect. George got the Bloody Mary.

I don’t like Bloody Mary’s but I wish I did! Still I can judge them eh? My criteria for a good Bloody Mary is one that has bacon and shrimp! LOL. Speaking of bacon. I am in the mood for some good crispy bacon along with eggs, biscuits and molasses. We have all that! And one day this week when it snows, I shall fix it for breakfast.

So at Honeysuckle, George ordered the Oysters Vanderbilt. I let him have them. They were cooked. But there were only 4 I think and he loves them so and I don’t so much so I didn’t partake.

I had the eggs Benedict which was called the Southern Benedict. It was EGGselent! LOL

It was on top of biscuits which were homemade tasting so it was really good.

George got the breakfast burger.

Afterwards, I wanted to stop at Gabe’s as I’d never been there before. I think I’ve heard bloggers talk about shopping there.

They were actually having a sidewalk sale and it was 26 degrees at the time! I did not stick around long. But I did look.

Then we went to the most favorite wine shop! We love The Bottle Shop in Franklin, TN. It’s close to Whole Foods and so when we shop at one, we go to both.

Look at this bottle of vodka. I have no idea if it is good or not. No we didn’t buy it. But wouldn’t that make a nice Christmas present for someone that loves the sea? lol Look at the price though for a seemingly small amount. I notice there was only one there. Not a big inventory of them, but probably there for a gift item.

We love their Spanish and French wines there. We have had this one before and I had not seen it anywhere again. We either had it in a restaurant or we bought it from here. I had taken a pic and had it in my photos for a long time, in hopes to see it again. I decided I liked “gamay”!

From Wikipedia: Gamay is a purple-colored grape variety used to make red wines, most notably grown in Beaujolais and in the Loire Valley around Tours. Its full name is Gamay  …and it’s very similar to Pinot Noir which is a good sipping wine.

So we brought this one home!

Did not buy this one, but of course since it had to do with weather, I had to take a pic!

Cards seen in the gift shop part of the wine store, which is always fun to look through.

Then on to Whole Foods. We bought a few things and had a cooler – not that we needed it but since we had some frozen items we went ahead and iced it all down.

Didn’t buy this one but took the pic for you all! And we didn’t buy this red grouper, but we did buy swordfish filets. The grouper would have been good though, but the swordfish filets were already ready for cooking.

We grabbed a late afternoon beer at Drake’s. And shopped at TJ Maxx. I bought a few things. Pics later! And then headed on to our destination for dinner. We ate at the Wild Ginger! It doesn’t look impressive here, it looks like a doctor’s office or something, LOL. They need to liven up their curbside appeal from this angel anyway, but it’s a dark and dreary day anyway!

We exchanged our cards and had a fun time eating wonderful cuisine!

The scallops were amazing. They were on a bed of avocado slices. The roe on top was excellent and the greens were great! I’m not a big onion fan but I slipped those aside. This was our appetizer.

My salmon was excellent as well. The flavors were great with pineapple salsa on one side and a squash puree mixed with spinach I believe (not sure about that part), and bok choy which was really good! I love it!

George had a chicken dish which came with several sauces.

And of course we had the Creme Brûlée….

And I had to show you those special spoons! What a great dessert spoon!

Then we came home and as I was about to get up to go to bed I got a text from a coworker, asking if I would go in and do payroll tomorrow! Whew! Well, that was 8:38 last night. I guess someone finally realized the forecast and so my wish to go in and get it done was finally honored, but it was very close call. At 9 p.m. my phone shuts down on Do Not Disturb. It does not come back up until 5 a.m. I wouldn’t have seen it til this morning and I would have slept late and it would not have given me time to close – I’m still not certain as it is that I will have enough time as it takes two days to process or at least 10 to 12 hours.

So I’m glad he texted when he did. We had a conf call with an exec who blessed the early closing of payroll and so now I’m about to go in and try to get it closed. The only problem is that managers across the US have had to go in this morning and work on their time edits. I’ve got to try and get two days worth of processing into one. I’m leaving around 4 or 5 this afternoon to get home before the storm hits. I’ll be looking at radar. I will get as far as I can. But I’m not going to get stuck there. So it will be what it will be.

It would have been nice if my original request had been honored and we could have prepared ahead of time. As it stands right now it will be iffy if I can finish on time. So wish me luck. I really needed to be there around 6 or so this morning but if everyone is working on time edits it slows the process down. But the payroll needs to be accurate. So all I can do is try to get it done. But I’m not putting my life in danger, so I’ll get as far as I can and we’ll have to decide from there. Had we originally gone with my plan, we’d have been able to go in this morning and start closing from the get go as the edits would have been done by end of day Friday or Sat. But we were not allowed to prepare for it as my request to prep ahead was denied. So here we go not really knowing how the day will turn out.

I just do not like to procrastinate when things are important. I like to plan ahead and then it doesn’t create an emergency for all involved or put the whole payroll in danger. But not everyone shares my enthusiasm! ha. So we’ll see what happens! LOL

George lovingly tucked me in last night and said “I’m sorry you have to work tomorrow, and on our Valentine’s Day at that”. But at least we had our outing yesterday. We have a special meal of surf and turf tonight so I will be here for that! But he was so kind about it and genuinely concerned. I told him, “I have no words”, speaking of the situation which is a phrase often used when you are too ______ (fill in the blanks) to speak. We both busted out laughing as we both knew that not to be the case of me having no words, as I had plenty of words! And I said “OK I do have words!” At least the evening ended in humor, but yes as you may have imagined, I was a little miffed at 8:38 last night. But what we do for others. God says to love one another. I’m trying here! But I want our employees to get paid and that is the bottom line. I want to be the best Payroll Manager I can be. And next time this happens, I’ll have a different plan. That is all she wrote!

Ya’ll have a great Valentine’s I’m on the way out the door here! In sweat pants and a sweat shirt and no make up of course! Let’s go kick butt before the storm hits. I’ll let you know tomorrow how it went, Lord Willing!

Valentine’s, Winter Storms, and Mom

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Happy Valentine’s Weekend! I’m happy to say that today after 10 our advisory is lifted and so we are able to go out and enjoy the day and keep our dinner reservations. I doubt my world will be filled with flowers and gifts, but with quality time and lots of fun. It feels good to be able to get out and go on one of our excursions, much like we used to. Could things be starting to get back to normal? I’m seeing and hearing some things that lean toward “yes”. But we are NOT there yet. We are GETTING there.

Had a great day yesterday. Got a lot caught up at work. I brought a monitor home from work and appreciate IT for meeting that request so quickly. I asked to borrow one for a time, to keep a set up here with COVID, weather, or other emergencies so that really all I have to bring here are files and laptop. Much much easier to deal with.

Two Winter Ice and Snow Storms Coming

So the National Weather Service and also the Weather Channel have warned that we have not ONE but TWO major snow/ice makers coming to our area. Sadly, as mentioned yesterday, it falls right into payroll days. But as mentioned, I offered to go in early and get it done tomorrow (even on Valentine’s Day) but the request was declined.

I try not worry over things. I prefer to think of it as wise planning to get something done that needs to be done instead of worry. But I’m labeled as a worrier by most everyone. It’s true I let my responsibility get the best of me in trying to meet them when it’s important. So yes, call it worry if one must. I definitely stew over things that I see that need to be done, to make sure they are, so if “worry” is the label for trying to be responsible and be a planner, I will take it. I DO hate that word though. I think it’s an unfair label at times for those trying to just get things done. I think the label is more for those that I worry about it. LOL LOL LOL! I think that is what it really is. I worry others too much about things that are important to get done.

It’s just responsible to plan and prepare in my opinion instead of react later, which I guess is how my education and past experience has shaped me to be. But it’s out of my hands now and we will take each day as it comes next week and do the best we can. I don’t feel comfortable being on unsafe roads in snow/ice and don’t want to get stranded from home either. So at least I can do some things from home and set up the office here. But how to do payroll from here. I have no idea w/o print capability. Let’s hope the forecasts ARE WRONG! But…I’ve tried to circumvent to no avail! What can you do but sit tight and hope for the best. That’s all my little worrier self can do at this point. I. HAVE. TRIED. God has it now. Nothing else I can offer but dealing with the hands that are dealt and decided.

We had a pleasant little evening last night. Sleep was ok. I woke up about 3 times on my own but at least did not get woken up by Roger or George snores on TOP of that.

Roger hung out with me last night while George was fixing a taco dinner for us. I was so tickled he wanted to be with me. He knows who leaves him treats to eat all day. We have dog beds almost in every room. HA. I put little treat bites on every bed across the house before I leave for work in the mornings. He finds them throughout the day. I don’t know if he goes on his “Easter egg hunting” all at once or if he just discovers them throughout the day. lol.

So I’ve ordered the other three storage containers from Amazon for my pantry. I ordered the OXO brand to see if I like them. I’m glad I saw them on Amazon because the ones I was going to order were not as big. But these will hold a lot of sugar or flour. I think up to a 5 lb bag and that is what I need. It comes with a scoop too. Kind of expensive but considering they are airtight I’m ok with that. I will use them for a long long time.

So tomorrow I’m also looking forward to as I’ll get some time to work on the iMac files along with the Lacie storage device. Then I can finally work on the videos again. Have been pondering the new version of the Intro! And also soon will hopefully get to work on some vlogging training videos with the camera. Always a list of things to do.

Mom, Thinking about Moving this Way

I talked with Mom last night and she is open to moving up here into a place of her own where we can take care of her, spend more time with her, get her to doc appointments and such. It will be a process. She is not quite ready to take the leap but wants us to start looking for places for seniors that might be a possibility up here near us. So we’ll do that. I told her what was in her favor was that I loved to pack and unpack, and set up! I can’t lift much but we can hire that out. You know I love a good project like moving. Most people dread it. Sometimes I think I want an RV just so I can “set it up”, LOL. Not really, though, as I love the travel and the blog/vlogging report out of it, and creating the memories, and the excitement of the “next stop”. But yeah, setting up of an RV would be a fun part of it for me. You see how often I’ve worked on my office!

Oh wow, I need to go get a shower so we can leave when expected. The advisory has been extended til Noon but George thinks we will be ok as the main roads are probably good. Some of the bridges and overpasses (likely residential areas) are icy this morning. So I hope he is right.

Have a great Valentine weekend! What are you doing for Valentines?

Saturday Morning Coffee Talk: Valentine Planning, Free Hearing Tests, and the Best TV Series

Saturday Morning Coffee Talk

Good Saturday Morning to you! At least it is here. Only one cup is poured as George is still snoring away. How great it is to be sitting here typing away on a Saturday morning with the day before me to work on all the things I want to work on and “doing my thing” whatever that is.

This morning at 7:32 a.m. I can hear the Nashville Star coming through. It’s blowing its horn as if to say “hello and good morning”. I think it is probably a mile and a half or two away as a bird flies. From the road system probably 3 to 4. Usually it does not “bellow out” its horn, as a result of controversy within the community in a debate of quiet versus safety, and a safer intersection built to replace the need for the horn. But truth be, I like hearing it. I’m not living next to the railroad tracks though. But the morning train goes along good with the gourmet coffee in a china cup! Today’s version much better than yesterday’s. I added a few too many beans to it and it was along the bitter strong side. I’m talking probably about 10 to 12 beans less today and it’s made it perfect. So I know how to measure it now. The tasting kit before was already measured, but now that I have a whole bag, I had to experiment. Ahhhhh, it’s good. It’s enjoyed today on this wonderful start to a whole weekend off.

Boring Blog Talk

I realize the blog has either been boring or not one at all this week. Nothing fun happened much. It was all work and very little play. When I say “little play” for me that means “little creativity time, little personal time”. I have been fairly content through it, but just boring, uninteresting, and nothing to tell about, and my days have been a bit robotish. I was thinking how awesome you guys are to come on here and read of me saying the same things over and over. Pretty much this:

*iMovie Talk

*Work Load Talk

*What I’m ordering this week

*What I’m “gonna order” next week

*Dog Talk/Some Cat Talk

*My Office Haven


*Now my Grandson

*Some camera talk

*What all my goals and intentions are


*Restaurant Reviews

At least some of the places change but in a COVID world it’s few and far between! And I appreciate you all coming in and hanging out, especially during the robotish weeks when I feel zapped from work and all I can find time to do is show you my banana and peanut butter sandwich for breakfast and my salad for lunch, lol!

This Weekend Talk

I’m looking forward to putting “my table” together and “my floor lamp” for the office – also the extra floor lamp is lighting that can be moved from room to room for filming. Well, let me rephrase that. I’m looking forward to having those things set up. I’m hoping George will do it for me but it’s good for me I guess to try to do those things so that I can show myself that I can. I’m not much of one for constructing things – even with instructions. But I think that is really a “mind set”. Someone who owned a boat once said “you can do anything if you have a good instruction manual”. See I do learn something from watching the sailing shows. I learn I can do things and am not restricted by lack of knowledge. You just have to find the knowledge and use it.

So this weekend?

  • Yay! I can finally order that backup drive I’ve talked about
  • Clean and Bless the house
  • Do Laundry
  • Cooking a Pork Stew
  • Putting the table and lamp together
  • Working on the Food storage container set/pantry (if I have time)
  • A little bit of filming here and there
  • Putting back out all the normal nic nacs I took down for Christmas (a tub full)
  • A Canon lesson
  • Finishing getting my email done (from 1400 down to 471)
  • Eating popcorn and watching my shows
  • Working on the Spring Bucket List
  • Planning some vlogging ideas
  • Planning some excursions
  • Doing some reading

Ahhhhh so glad it is the weekend! Then NEXT weekend will be a big one as I will download BIG SUR on the Mac – well after doing the back up and switching my imovie files to the External drive.

Planning a Valentine Excursion

George and I are planning a Valentine Excursion. It’s not very far. We’ll be going to the Cool Springs, Franklin area and spending the day. It won’t be ON the 14th. Probably will be the 13th instead, but we are in the deciding mode and plan to make a day of it. So far we know we’ll be doing lunch somewhere and then we will be doing dinner somewhere. We will be shopping and doing things in between. In between definitely includes a favorite wine shop we like, Whole Foods (we’ll take a cooler), and the rest we have to figure out. We are hoping to steal away some time with a couple of friends but not sure they are ready to emerge in this COVID ladened world yet.

Free AARP Hearing Test

I realize that many people don’t like AARP b/c of their political/controversial beliefs or associations (honestly I don’t really know why or what it is) but I joined them for the articles and benefits. And if you ARE an AARP member you can do a free hearing test. It’s a number you call. I had slight hearing loss in both ears and it suggested I get a check up. I probably will not right away though. Maybe in a year or so or if I start feeling like I have difficulties. Sometimes I do have to ask people to say things twice. But sometimes it’s because they mumble or can’t enunciate properly where you can understand them. So I don’t take the credit for that. LOL

I really do need to start taking advantage of the benefits as that is what I signed up for. But we aren’t doing a whole lot anyway right now.

Here is the website information if you want to get a free online hearing test. No Cost and Don’t have to leave your chair except maybe to get your phone. ha.


Netflix Shows

We have been watching some shows recently. We picked up another one.



We also have been watching YELLOWSTONE and we are on Season 3. But George bought the DVD for it. We enjoy it so much we savor it and so we are watching all these other shows in between. lol

Well, I need to go and get started on all these “to do’s”. LOL

Have I said how much I’m glad it’s SATURDAY and the weekend is here? I did NOT get through with the Year End W-2 reporting. I still have 66 more actual w-2’s to enter online for Oregon, manually – yes the entire w-2. I have done 20 people already. It takes a few minutes to enter and check each one. I go to the trouble to check it over b/c if you do not it’s hard to find the errors later. So I think it takes about an hour to do about 20 – actually maybe less than that. I takes about an hour to do 20 with some interruption – sips of water, answer an email, answer someone’s question, etc. So we are looking at about a day’s worth of entering left with some interruptions. If I have help with time entry I will finish Monday. If not we’ll just be late with that one. Then I have a couple of states that are not due until end of Feb. And I’ll work on those next. I’m so ready to be through with Year End stuff though. Pretty good though considering I had a vacation week in January. But I had help on Monday’s and Friday’s as someone helped with time edits, stuffing checks, and coding PTO forms with info needed for payroll run day. About 5 or 6 hours of help I’d say a week and that really saved the day.

So yeah. Let’s get on with the weekend! What are YOU doing this weekend? Enjoy the sipping and the slurping and the projects and the downtime! May you all have a bliss filled weekend!

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