New Video! Late Summer Adventures Near Nashville

Ok so, if you click “watch on YouTube” it gives you the best options for viewing, subscribing, and commenting.

In this video, George and I get out into the community and eat at restaurants surrounding Nashville, and see friends again and eat German food, and we head out to Fairvue Plantation and I took pics of the grounds. (I did not include the inside as it is a person’s home, but I took pics of the historical mansion and grounds). This was a fun video. My comfort with Final Cut Pro is showing, I think. It’s always a learning process as it will do so much. But I was able to do this one with ease, let’s just say.

If you would like to see more of these, please subscribe, give me a thumbs up, and comment on YouTube itself. It really helps the channel. And my encouragement.

There’s not a lot of “us” in this one, just spots here and there, but I do have some future videos coming up that I do have footage. I am always a work in progress. A lot of time we are just busy and I take whatever photos and footage I have for that time frame and try to make hay out of it, lol. But I’m trying to be mindful of taking more videos.

Well, I just got a text from Mom and Fancy is sick. I need to call and see what is going on. Always something.

Getting Ready for Travel, Mountains of Tax Reporting, and Next Video Coming Soon

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Good morning! Travel time! Tomorrow we head west! Well, not as far west as the picture, but we’ll be headed to see the grandson and Katy and Cody of course. This week has been busy getting prepared to go. Both at work and at home. The house sitter/cat feeder situation is all taken care of, Mom has been taken groceries, we’ve run some errands, and I’ve been trying to get a week’s worth of stuff done at work in three days (it won’t all happen, but I’m trying).

Work Life.

I drew my missing vase with some flowers in it on the board since my real vase is missing and I can’t bring flowers in to enjoy. Well I could but don’t want to lose another vase, lol. I also must add that someone’s glass mug was thrown in the trash (the person dug it out herself after finding it in the trash) and the same person’s food was taken out of the fridge and placed on her desk to spoil. Just bazaar stuff going on.

Oh you know how I told you I was going to count all my reports that I did at month end, quarter end, year end mark – just so it would give you an idea of how panicked I was to get through. I counted roughly 110. That is 110 times to log on to a state’s website and either pay tax, or do a return. It’s probably more than that as I’m not sure I multiplied the weekly x 4 weeks in the month. The break down was like this:

*Weekly I do: 2 fed tax payments and 4 state tax payments

*Bi-weekly: I have one state to pay taxes in that is twice a month

*Monthly: I have 11 states I pay taxes in monthly- some are file the return and pay.

*Quarterly: I have 7 that I pay taxes or do a return and pay.

*Quarterly: I have 23 withholding tax returns to do at quarter end

*Quarterly: I have 25 unemployment returns to do

*Quarterly: I do one fed return for one of our companies

*Year end I do approximately 32 states year end reporting along with also entering the w-2s for all those states.

*Oh and I pay FUTA payments quarterly and didn’t include those in my number.

So we have two companies that I do these for and so some of the state are the same.

Anyway this is why I was freaking out in January because every time I had to be away from work it was stressful. I needed all the time I could get and everything kept trying to keep me away and making it harder.

It’s soon going to be quarter end again and it’s always a struggle to get that in but certainly more feasible than January. Some of these reports or returns take some time. It’s like doing your taxes on line that many times. Well, it’s exactly like that, lol. Maybe not quite as complicated as you have all your data and ducks in a row but it still takes time to go into each website and do these reports – might I add ON TOP OF payroll which usurps about 3 and half days of the week if not more, depending on what is going on.

I’ve also been working on my recommendations for the next “year end” process which I intend on giving to my bosses but I’ll probably have to finish working on it after the next quarter ends.

It’s supposed to rain cats and dogs about the time I head for work today, sadly. But it is what it is I guess. I am going to have to wait til the sun comes up because I’ve discovered recently that I can’t drive at night in the rain as I can’t make out the lines in the road – it all looks the same. Kind of a scary discovery. But I will have to wait to leave til the sun comes up with rain coming. And also the sun has to be up anyway because of the pot holes on the road b/w here and there. They are entire craters from all the recent rain and snow. They can’t be seen to be avoided in the dark and I don’t want any tire problems. My tires are already bad enough. George says they are not but they are cracking. He says all tires do some of that. I really don’t need to be riding in the rain at all with them.

The next video. Finally when I got home, the video had uploaded. Someone asked if maybe my internet is not proper. I think you are right. When I put my cell phone on internet, it often shows one bar now and we get messages when streaming that internet is off and then back on although it rarely impacts the streaming itself, so I suspect that we need a new router or at least need to call Comcast and see what they can do. I’ll be also seeing what George wants to do about our streaming and if we want to keep cable. It’s on the list for this year to address it. He may want to keep paying out the wazooooo but with all the prices going up – I kinda think we need to save a bunch a money here. I think there are ways to see live TV without paying for cable. What all do you all do? We really don’t watch much live TV but he’ll want to see his football, and we need to be able to get local channels for news and weather. Other than that we do mainly Netflix, Discovery Plus, and YouTube.

So the plan is to come home after work and put the video live ASAP and get the word out. I have a lot to do tonight to finish some laundry and packing but what is left to do with the video will not take long – just the thumbnail and prep and make it live. Then it takes about an hour to get it out on all the social media platforms: Here, Instagram and Facebook. You have to take a screen shot – usually have to fix it up on stories etc. Takes a minute to get all that done. That is the part that takes the longest, but if I run behind I can get the word out tomorrow. But tonight is the goal b/c the videos get more traction on YouTube if watched immediately when posted. I’m no where near suggested videos to watch in the SEO ratings for them anyway, but I try, lol. I need a lot more viewings, likes, subscriptions for that anyway.

Then when we get back from Hot Springs I can clear out Final Cut Pro and begin the next one. It’s always exciting to start the next one. I can tell that the next few are going to be more of what I normally do. The flooring one is a little different as all the footage was done at home. Not as fun but the ones after this will be more like my normal ones. I still think you will enjoy it.

Well I need to get ready and go as the sun is coming up – what little we will have today.

I will try to blog some on our trip but the main thing is enjoying family so – only if I get alone time. Sometimes I can blog going down the road on my app, so maybe I’ll be here tomorrow. We’ll see.

LOSING OUR PET: TRIBUTE TO ROGER, Mizithra Cheese Spaghetti, and Other Updates

Finally, the Roger tribute is done. It feels good. It’s taken me all month and then some with all that has been going on. I’d love it if you would watch on YouTube and give me a subscribe (it’s free, as few things are) and we have lots of content coming. I post about every 3 weeks in video. The YouTube channel is a few months behind our real life, but my goal is to close the gap some this year as my experience increases. I’m currently at ONLY 52 subscribers but that means the world to me that 52 of you care enough to follow along. George always brings the humor. And I’m honored that he will take part in my video adventures. Don’t miss a one and subscribe! We tried to make this tribute to Roger a happy one. And while tears flowed when putting it together, I was able to keep it from a sob fest. I specifically chose music not to be so sad. I spent a lot of time on the music and picking the right songs. I hope you enjoy my creation and our remembrance of our little Roger.

Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese

What is Mizithra Cheese?

Mizithra cheese is a Greek whey cheese from sheep or goats or both. It has a taste that I would say is similar to feta but has a stronger taste. It really doesn’t taste as strong as some of the goat cheese I’ve had. It has a milder taste. It is harder to find these days since the virus hit and inventories and choices have minimized.

I first learned about Mizithra from “The Spaghetti Factory” in Nashville. I used to order “The Manager’s Special” with it’s two types of spaghetti, half in half, one of which was included browned butter with mizithra and the other a basic marinara. The two together is divine.

So George fixed the noodles, and then basically just used a jar of marinara spaghetti sauce and had some brown butter sauce to pour over. I did not quiz him on the makings of the browned butter, but I assume he melted butter and knowing him probably added some seasonings of some sort. It really just adds a layer of flavor and you pour that over half the noodles and sprinkle the grated mizithra over it.

Where do you find Mizithra?

I found a block or a “mound” of Mizithra at Kroger. I would say that perhaps any of your grocers that specialize in a variety or good assortment of cheeses may have it. Our smaller Kroger near us, did not, however the larger Kroger about three miles away that serves a heavier population – had it! I was so excited. Enough so that I may splurge and go back again and buy some more! ;-). I love it so. It’s a good winter meal too with the hot spaghetti sauce and warmed butter side by side over the hot pasta.

I thought about our dinner all day yesterday, looking forward to it while at work slaving over the last minute year end process. Oh my gosh, I’m going to get myself started here. Only a paragraph I promise! 😉

QE/YE Update

If you have been following me along, you know that Quarter End/Year End, aka January, aka “The Impossible” Month that we make Possible, has nearly been killing me, frustrating me, worrying me, stressing me, and just over all agonizing me. And all the while life itself still happens – family, caring for Mom, doc appts, birthdays, trips, flu, and all sorts of things. Anywho or Anywhy, the deadline is 1/31 in which everything “should be done” or is “supposed to be done”. I’ve worked late, skipped lunch, worked some on the weekends, worked while sick, and done everything I could in December and January to support the cause. I was given the w-2 reporting information for the year end returns and w-2 reporting that has to be done yesterday morning. So I have two business days (one of which is primarily targeted toward payroll processing) to do about 26 states worth of reports on line to each of their websites. (Insert your favorite horror face picture here). Needless to say I have brought a suit case of files home to attempt getting some of these done. However, I have a lot of things to do at home this weekend as well (laundry, and other responsibilities, and life balancing tasks, etc.) and even if I worked non-stop it’s not enough time to get it done, but I’ll work this weekend (dammit – sorry to curse but it’s better than the f-bomb which I might have dropped yesterday) to try and minimize our company impact. Yes I know the work week is already off balance, by NOT working the weekend and this just gives work more and more of your already off balanced life. But isn’t that the American Way? No time for family and friends? But I am taking a chunk of my weekend back and getting done things I need to do. I will work on it as much as I can, but it won’t be finished. If we want it to be finished, we have to find a different way to do things. As much as I want to be a hero, I’d like for there to be a possibility to be one and in this case, it’s just not feasible. lol Too much to do in one month and too much that waits til the last minute. Ok promised ONE paragraph. Technically in my head, it’s just all over already. I’ll do what I can in the few days that are left. So I’ll set it up this morning and do state w-2 reportings off and on all weekend rotating work and home duties and yes, even personal things I want to do. Like the video that was completed. Yay! I am a person and I deserve to have a life. At least a morsel of it. Tribe has spoken.

And George has also just informed me he wants a hair cut this weekend. Mom has some things she wants me to order for her. But I am looking forward to February. It’s so close I can smell it. I will blog about that tomorrow – all the things I’m looking forward to doing and accomplishing in February!

Cold Weather

Our temps have been dipping again. It snowed yesterday. Scared me a bit but it hit heavy on the way home. I’ve had to upgrade my wardrobe to include some warmer things. I ordered this wonderfully thick shirt/jacket from Amazon. I wear it both as a shirt and use it as a jacket if it matches what I have on enough, lol. I love it! Here was when the snow started on the way home.

Going over the lake was beautiful. The water had turned a very cold and angry looking green, and you could see snow coming in the distance. I think I would love living in a house overlooking a lake – as long as it wouldn’t flood, lol. It’s so intriguing to watch.

Overall, I’m very happy this morning. I may have work to do, which I’ll give some of my priority time, but I’m so happy it is the weekend and we are home. I have fixed a pot of coffee and I’m sipping it out of my Blue Lobster mug from Maine. It’s my favorite mug as I like the old timey coffee mug shape with it’s thickness and of course I love the logo, as well as the “lucky to be different” message. I can see February 1 coming ahead. I sense a smell of more freedom to be able to live my life. I’ve held off on so many things to focus on work, in January. Feb 1 is MY new year and I’m looking forward to it. Tomorrow I’ll be explaining why and what Feb will bring! Yessssss!

Ok off to try to conquer The Impossible. lol

What are YOU doing this weekend? And are you going to watch the Roger Tribute? We love him and miss him. I’m leaving you with a pic of our little buddy. We miss him so much. We miss the love of a dog. My tribute could not do justice to what he meant to us.