New Video Uploaded: Accepting Change, Being Flexible, and Letting Go

Here is the New Video and a Video Dedication and Tribute to our Maisy Girl. Link below:

Less Hustle More Coffee VLOG on YouTube

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Happy New Year everyone! Back tomorrow for a blog update!

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!

Video UP: Crab Boil for Two, Fall Decor, and an Anniversary Weekend

The next video is up! Other than the very first video I did, I think I struggled with this one the most. Improvements are needed and will happen over time once I get time to learn how to video myself and get comfortable with it. Just need time to do the lessons. But, I also had over 2 hours worth of footage and had to get it down to 18 minutes. Was shooting for 17 but by the time you add the ending it went into 18. So it’s a little choppy as I cut nearly every breath and pause that I took out of it. All in all though, I think I did an ok job with the effects and music to try and make it presentable. I have laboured over this one for HOURS! I pushed it to finish yesterday, ignoring my household responsibilities.

So if you want to give me some love and support, go to Youtube and subscribe and give it a like. You do have to sign up but it’s free. They will ask you to do the paid one and just ignore that and do the free one. I have 31 subscribers and hoping for 100. I never dreamed how hard it would be to get to 100 subscribers. It really messed with your psyche. But in doing my research, I see that it is never easy to get the first 100 and it gets easier after that. But I have highs and lows after I publish a video. I get excited and then deflated. This time I’m not as excited. I’ve kinda detached my feelings from this one. Well sort of. Let’s just say I’m not getting my hopes up and then maybe I’ll be surprised.

I’ve been in a funk the last few days. Probably several reasons for it. But I’m working my way out of it. Lots to be thankful for, lots to trust God with, and a restful 4 day Thanksgiving weekend ahead that we are looking forward to. The Bible study above was great and it’s finished now. So I’ll be looking for another one of his. I needed a break from the normal study ones that I do. Which is usually Beth Moore.

Yesterday was spent mainly on the video. George gave Roger a bath as he has the walk in shower. I dried him off and gave him a trim. I was surprised that he let me do it. He was very patient for a very long time. I think he knew what I was doing and trusted me. He looks a bit choppy as I don’t have the proper tools and my scissors need sharpening. But this is the way we are going to have to do it. He struggles with his balance. I even had to watch him after the shower as he does his nose and side body along the floor but he runs himself under the bed and gets stuck, nearly knocks over guitars on the guitar stand, and he’s just not safe. Regardless of me being the trimmer, he seemed happy, much cleaner, and looked better. He snoozed.

Grandson News

Katy called us and sent us pics and videos of River’s 3D ultrasound. You can see his face. He’s a cute one. They caught a pout when they kept poking him to move around some. lol. His little cheeks are cute. He looks like a combination of both of them but I can’t tell about whose features are whose. I had decided he had Katy’s cheeks. He looks a lot like Cody but still a lot like Katy. Of course it is hard to tell with the 3D images.

I’m not sure what I can post and can’t. I was told not to post their faces and home in video but I think I can probably post the nursery on my blog. There shouldn’t be any reason that would be a problem. Plus I want to brag on my girl! Look how pretty. She has done a great job with it. And the floor is open for play time!

That dresser was mine growing up and then eventually Katy’s.

I got on line and ordered some vitamins I needed and a few more Christmas items. We blew it out of the water for Christmas shopping already. Our Amazon bill was incredible. There was more than Christmas on there too I think. So we’ll be shrinking back a bit on the things we do. And with COVID rearing it’s ugly head again, we have another reason to hang low. It’s ok. While I’m sad that we can’t have the hustle and bustle, there is a part of me that is totally ok with less hustle. I mean really is that not what the blog is all about? LOL And of course I just went and filled my coffee up again.

Thanksgiving Update

We downgraded our menu for Thanksgiving since Mom is not coming. We are not going to have the broccoli salad, not going to have dessert, having plain cranberry instead of the gussied up cranberry salad, and no longer having rolls – we are eating those this morning for breakfast with the leftover ham. George is buying stovetop stuffing instead of making the real thing. I’m considering making dressed eggs though. Mom was going to bring those, but I think I may make those now. So we’ll have turkey, dressing, pea and asparagus casserole, dressed eggs and we’ll have the special Japanese sweet potatoes that George got from Demeter’s Common.

So today’s goals?

  • Iron, finish laundry.
  • Pick my wardrobe out for tomorrow
  • Take care of doggies
  • Watch for the rain coming
  • Look at the forecast for this week
  • Clean my office
  • Vacuum
  • Clean the tub
  • Fan blades clean in the kitchen
  • Clear out the imovie and start the next one
  • Read a chapter in my book
  • Do a devo
  • Look at some cookbooks for things to fix to help George out

It has the potential to be a lovely day, despite the grey outside. I’m ok with a grey day.

I have plans to film our day on Thanksgiving from start to finish. We’ll see how that goes. My learning curve with the camera is not coming along too well as I don’t have time to sit and do the lessons. I keep doing videos on a whim w/o taking time to learn. Why? Because life doesn’t stop. However it seems like it is slowing down so I will take advantage of it and I plan to do that some next weekend – maybe I can sneak in a lesson today before Thursday when I’m supposed to video some. Much of the video I shot in the latest video in the house was out of focus. It didn’t look out of focus in the view finder. Anyway, I will make the most of the time we have and try to learn something. The lighting in the house is horrible also. I have not invested in the lighting equipment yet. That will have to come later. But it’ll be a big help when I am “learned” (lol) with the camera itself.

I’ve been working on my list of things to work on in 2021 and I’m very excited about that. Mainly has to do with the video and vlogging journey.

And with that I think I’ll end. I’ve not taken a lot of photos lately. Not much going on and it’s kinda been a tough week for me for a LOT of reasons. I will admit it has been a struggle. But I will not park all my feelings here. To do so will just wallow in it and make it worse than it is. I’m choosing to rise above it, LET GOD do HIS thing, and then I’ll do my things in peace.

Likely I will not be posting much this week unless I get some time from somewhere. I have 3 very long and busy days of trying to cram 5 days into 3 for payroll and taxes. It won’t get all done and I’ll play catch up the following week in a month end situation. But I will work longer hours to get the critical things done. And then we will have 4 blessed days off. And we are looking forward to that. We’ll also start decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. I’ll film some of that too. ha.

I better get cranking with all the footage I already have! Bless its heart. We’ll see! And I may do a private blog entry to just get a few things off my chest.