Storms Coming and Finishing Projects

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Ahhhhh! It is supposed to storm today! The news has been talking about it for days. Our area is in the smallest risk but Nashville is on the line of more risk. I’ve said my prayers this morning and asked God to weaken the storm. It’s His decision now. I asked that we not be afraid. I hope I don’t have to drive in bad storms. Since we had the bad tornado a year ago, it has a lot of folks really tense. We were a mile away from where it came through last year and tore our area up.

I’ve been doing good getting things done and checked off the list, including “Project Momma”. I have completed my information gathering for Mom for now. I talked with the Realtor Monday and she was kind to go video a place for us that she found that has a condo unit being built in September that is closer to Mom’s range with closing cost being paid, and you can choose one of several models, flat or townhouse styles. She left the brochure at our house yesterday which I will give to Mom at Easter. Of course, we really don’t even know what Mom’s range is. She will have to get hers appraised really before we can do anything else. I told her I’d help her with it if she wants me to. This is all her decision. I think she kinda feels pushed by my giving her of the information she’s asked for as she made a comment she would not be pushed. I took it as that is my signal to back off bucko. But I have provided information she asked for. I am willing to help her do ALL of this if she wants help and decides to do this. But I will not be making the decision for her. Nor do I want to. It’s a big decision.

When she gets here, if she wants to see that area and this community, I will take her. Til then, my job is done unless she wants more information or help. It’s between her and God now at this point. I can help her better if she is close to me. She mentioned that we could move down there. I told her that wasn’t going to happen. She is worried we’ll move to Texas. I told her I could not predict the future nor would I try. We don’t know what we will do after retirement. George Cox loves to plan but that one he just doesn’t discuss with me. And of course you know I’ll be wanting to RV some and travel and I do plan on doing some of that. I told Mom all I could tell her is that whatever decision we made at retirement she would be part of the consideration and if we moved we would offer to take her with us. That is all I can guarantee. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow. It’s pointless to make ANY plans further out than this month in today’s world. So much change happens in a day.

There will be less help from us if she remains down there simply because of distance. We can hire help and send groceries, and Uber doc appointments if I can’t get off work, as our options are limited if she is down there. We only have our weekends and can’t be there everyone one of them. But ultimately it’s big move. It is always expensive to move too. She is also worried about taxes but our property taxes here in Mount Juliet are pretty low, George says.

Anyway that is where we are and washing my hands of the matter until I’m needed! I’m just the information provider and doing what was asked of me at this point and I’ll go to work for her again if she decides for sure this is what she wants. I’m good at packing and moving. I actually enjoy the process! And I can help with all the details making this happen if she decides to do this and George is savvy on the real estate decisions and she can tap into him too. We will do all the work for her once she gives a green light. I’m weird I know! I love the packing and I love the setting up. I can’t lift anything but I can help pack and unpack when the time comes. It would be the coolest thing ever to have her close to us. I got excited about this property. It is a good opportunity if she wants it. So I’m not even going to think about it anymore. Not my decision. Over an out on this one. Project complete for now!

I’m truly looking forward to my PTO day Friday in which I get to work on MY OWN AGENDA! I get to be selfish for an entire day! Yay! I’ve been trying to pick out the music and plan how the Christmas video will work. It’s odd to do a Christmas video in March. I won’t be doing Christmas music. If I don’t want to hear Christmas music in March, then no one else does I’m sure. But I enjoy finding the proper music. I’m still deciding the flow and what the story is I’m wanting to tell with the footage I have. Finally will get to work on it Friday.

So prayers for our area today for the storms to dwindle down to just rain and thunder. No big winds! Well, I better go so I can bring in front porch cushions and get on into work. Hope everyone is safe out there. And some of you are digging out of 2 feet snow storms. How’s that going?

Take care ya’ll.

Little Roo’s Sleep, Matcha Drink, Storm Chasing, Spiritual Journaling, and To Do List

The theme of yesterday was how to get Little Roo to sleep. My daughter is struggling for the perfect schedule. She is a good Momma. We (George and I) assure her that it is normal for babies to not have much of a schedule their first few weeks/months. And even when they get into one, sometimes it changes a bit. I told her that sleep and eating schedules were not perfectly timed so much until they begin eating cereal. For some reason about that time they start sleeping longer at night, and end up morphing into a morning nap and afternoon nap. He did not nap at all yesterday and it really bothered her. She is worried that he needs his sleep. He had slept almost all night though the night before. They bought him his “space suit” above. George and I told her last night “just relax”.

JUST LOOK at this adorable mischievous face. Here’s a post Katy put on Facebook last night. I just love that little smile!

Yesterday rocked! I got caught up at work. I’m all prepared for the next quarter end! That said, I’m considering a PTO day for next Friday just in an effort to have some down time and get some things done I’ve not been able to do. We’ll see how much progress I can make this weekend. But for a couple of weeks my work load will be light so it’s really a good time to take a day off. I think I might, even without consideration of what the rest of the year will look like. My soul is just screaming for extra time so I think it might be time to take it!

Matcha Match

Here’s a screen shot I took to remind me to tell you that I tried the Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink from Starbucks. I was unsure at first if I liked it, but now I’m finding that I’m kinda craving it. It was NOT a non-caloric drink but it wasn’t horrible in calories. I think I may do some research on making this at home and perhaps keeping Matcha available to make Matcha Tea or Matcha Whatever. I want to see the nutrition value. It’s green so it must be healthy, LOL! You should give it a go if you do Starbucks! I plan to use my card on another one this week! So it’s a matcha match! lol. I’ll take it. I love finding new things I like.

Storm Chasing via Live Stream

After work last night, I started a load of clothes as George fixed the dryer so I got into that. Katy called and we talked about Little Roo’s sleep patterns for a long while. And then I got interested in following the storm chasers in the “Pan Handle” of Texas near Lubbock. One in particular is Reed Timmer. I follow him on Facebook I think – and I get live notifications so when he goes live in his storm chases, I can follow. I did some screen shots!

It’s interesting to watch but I would not want to be there. The storm chasers have their own language. He kept talking about being in “the bear cage” and that means that the tornado is the bear and they risk being attacked by the tornado. So that was exciting. There WAS a tornado and I got to watch it form and be in the car with a storm chaser (via the internet, LOL). That is the ONLY way I’d do it. LOL LOL

Here’s a screen shot of the radar a little after the live stream as the storm pressed east. My daughter is about an hour from Abilene so you know I had my sights on this storm. The rough weather was north of her.

After we got off the phone with Katy we had dinner of salad and ravioli and watched a couple of GOOD GIRLS shows. We have officially finished 2 seasons and we have one more to go. WE have loved this show. It think it is better than Breaking Bad!

SLEEEEEEP was superb! And I slept until about 6:30 or so this morning.

Morning Spiritual Focus Time

I’ve not mentioned it in a while, but wanted you to know that I have kept with my morning routine of after my shower and grabbing my cup of coffee, I head to “my chair”. This has worked more than anything ever has – having a specific chair and set up for this focus time. And I must say that THIS GROUNDS ME!

I start with my morning journal, a prayer to God, and I thank him for yesterday’s blessings. And I pour my concerns to him, and make any needs or fears known and ask for his support. And I.LET.IT.GO! When you have the most powerful DEITY in charge of you, you need not worry of anything else.

So progress has been made in my efforts to read the Bible backwards, LOL! I mean ya gotta shake life up right? I’ve read TWO chapters a day and underlined in YELLOW key points. I must say there are a LOT of key points. Each time I read the Bible I discover something I missed the last time, or some new meaning is revealed to me. It’s the neatest thing. I’m in Ephesians now.

And so I have a day cut out for me. All these things on the list that never seem to go away on top of housework. But it is all fun and games when its Saturday because I like doing all of those things.

To Do List

Much of the same is still on it as the last time I posted. Let’s see how much I get done this weekend.

Do you know what? I’m also looking forward to fixing a big bowl of popcorn and watching some of my shows! 😉 So I’ll work hard and when I get tired this afternoon I’ll sit down and do that.

That said, I better get started and go for it!

Dog Trims, A Day Off, and Slow Snow Thaws

As I was cleaning up the house yesterday, I kept noticing the sun and the snow and how pretty it is. But oh what problems it can cause. Temps got up close to 40 – it may have even reached it – and there was some melting. A salt truck came by mid day. But I cannot see any result from it. Our roads are horrible. I hear the main roads are fine so it’s just doing navigation on pure ice where it’s melted some and frozen back.

I took this pic because the ice on the road behind us, kept shimmering in my eyes. The sun was hitting the ice and it reflected up. You can see how icy the roads are by the center of this photo below.

You can see my foot prints from a couple of days ago where I went out to take some photos. And George called my attention to some icicles at his bathroom window.

I can’t tell you how wonderful yesterday was, being off, and knowing you were on your own time. I had much to do and to catch up on. I always do laundry and cleaned the kitchen deeply. While we were home I noticed in the foyer that I still had the manger scene in there! I laughed! We’ve been so busy doing xy and z and the manger is scene is natural colors and so is the foyer, that I totally missed it as a Christmas decoration. I was thinking in my heart we should leave the scene around all year as it was a precious scene and one in which our Lord was on his way to saving our souls and giving us hope for eternity. Something we absolutely should consider every hour. But I know it in my heart, so I wrapped all the breakable pieces, found a storage bag and put the hay in it, and a copier box was found and it all fit in it and I labeled it. I need to go through my Christmas boxes this next year and get rid of things not used but each year it seems we end up buying another storage box. lol.

So I tidied up things and packed up my work office and watched a YouTube about trimming dogs. George bought a trimmer to trim Roger with. I’ve been afraid to do it, but had considered it before and decided against it. But he needs it sooooo bad. And it takes a month usually to get an appointment as not enough groomers work the weekends and demand is high for those that work during the week. So he came home with this and I thought he said he bought it for me to do. I must have grimaced because I’m so afraid I’ll hurt him. Anyway, much to my surprise, as we sat down to do it, George grabbed the trimmer and began shearing! I used the scissors to do his ears and some of his paws. We are not finished yet. I want to work on his feet with the scissors. And we need to get his little toenails trimmed but we are afraid to do that.

So, you are supposed to do this on a table, but, we decided a different technique for this old dog and for his comfort. We allowed him to lay there and would trim what we could and turned him over and such. He looks so much better. He’s only a little “choppy” looking, lol. But at this point it’s about keeping him clean and having a functional cut, not so much for impressing others, ha! The part we needed to do, we didn’t get to do so much so there will be a “round three”. Yes we did this in two rounds yesterday. But I think he can only tolerate so much at a time. I do realize we have to “show him who is in control” but he’s just old so we gave him a break!

Looking at this, I’d say we’d found some success at it!

This is not Roger above, of course, but my Instagram pic with the graphic yesterday. Roger does not have enough teeth for this. But he snapped his gums at us a few times. He does not like his feet being done and of course he has concerns about his underbelly near his “parts”. That is where we need to get the most as he wears diapers. So that will be the 3rd attempt and we will have to do it without him laying in a pillow. I think one will have to hold him while the other trims.

Looking over at my guys last night, I felt a sense of contentment. We did it. Well George did it. Most of it. Even Roger felt better. He ran around the house like doggies do after a bath. I have to watch him though. He loses his balance and falls over and I’m afraid he’ll run into something and break it – a lamp, a guitar, or who knows what. He also has been known to get tangled up in cords – computer cords, vacuum cords, lol. He’s like a toddler for sure. Here he is worn out from the day. You can see how sleepy he is. He used up a lot of energy and it really probably wore him out to be messed with but he felt better I’m sure and looks better.

This Part Might Bore You….

The big news for me, is that it had been bothering me that I’ve not had time to set up my rugged Lacie files to move my iMovies and their working files over to it. But guess what? At around 4 ish, I grabbed a cup of coffee and watched videos. I somehow knew (since I have a Mac) that there was going to be “a catch”. So I have found that doing anything with a Mac it’s best to watch a YouTube video before you attack the project. And I’m so glad I did. The other Lacie drive I used as a back up drive and it backs up daily maybe several times a day, I cannot remember. But this one is just to be used as a storage drive. And so you set them up differently. The big thing was that the disc had to be formatted through disc utility and that made it Mac usable.

While I was YouTubing, some other videos caught my attention about how to set up your files on the Mac (or any computer). So I decided to title each one by year and then by month and date and the title of the video. So there is a file for each video. Something like this:

2020.5.2 Headed to Texas

This put all of my videos in chronological order. When I moved the files, It actually copied them, but that was pointless as the point was to get them off of my Mac. And also get any out of iCloud if they were still there. So I nervously sent them to trash after I had confirmed my videos were there on the new Lacie Drive! Yay! Both Lacies were called “Lacie” when they loaded so I had to rename one the Lacie Backup and the other Lacie1. As I hope there will be Lacie2 and Lacie3 as needed. If I ever get monetized on YouTube I’ll have to take additional steps. Because the external storage drive – if it ever dies – they are gone. I’m not too concerned though at this point, b/c all of that data is 1) already on YouTube so it’s not totally gone 2) Most of the photos are still in my photos which is on the back up drive. I’d say when I’m moving them over to the working file, it’s really only copying them over. So there is likely another copy in my photos on my hard drive. So far I’m not worried about that yet. I don’t keep many video footage and it’s mostly photos. I think the main thing is getting the big movie space suckers off the Mac.

I’m not through though. I have a lot of “working files” for each video. I will also be sending those files into each of the named video folders. That way I can go back and get “just a video clip” if I want to refer to something. It will all be organized and I’ll be able to find it. But I won’t be keeping many videos on my Mac itself from my “photo bank”.

So once I move ALL those working files over from each of those completed videos (I already have it pretty much organized and anything that is not organized already, I’m not spending a lot of time to go back and do. But will in the future make sure it IS!)

Then I’m still NOT through. I want to set up “working files” for all of the future videos. So I can break them up and organize it into folders. Now these I’ve decided will be OK to remain on the Mac until I finish it. That way they are being backed up until I get them into a movie. I’m so excited to have started the project. And working to set up the “future movie” files, I’ll be able to see all the photos and video clips that I have and can start to form ideas. This is going to help me so much! And once this is through I can focus on my new Intro and then I can get back into my routine.

I was really starting to get antsy b/c I miss doing the videos. I have continued videoing things we do, almost every weekend, I’m videoing something. So I have several to make! Now that some organization is coming together I can begin to get in a rhythm and can do more planning and creating for each thing in advance.

I do have to stop and take care of important things though, like trying to find a place for Mom, doing some mending, and a few household projects. When spring gets here I’ll be making some appointments and we’ll be doing our research and getting the flooring. Oh that will be a good video! lol

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Anyway, I keep typing as I’m waiting for things to thaw. I was wanting to leave at 7-ish for work, but decided 8ish, and now I may need to wait til 9. The sun is up but it’s 25. The temps are coming up pretty quick I guess as the sun shines bright. I’m trying to wait til it is above freezing, so perhaps I can find some traction and melting on these side roads. They are as slick as glass, I’m sure.

Wish me luck and say prayers. George has to get me out of the driveway, and then I have to navigate to the main roads. I’m scared to death as I thought it would be thawed by now. But we are going up to 50’s so if I have to wait til lunch time I can I guess. That would help. But I want to get as many hours in as I can today as there is a lot to do. I never thought I’d be so happy to go into work! ha. I just don’t like having important things pending and I don’t like being behind. But I’m not willing to risk my life though. I guess the good news is that we usually don’t have 18 wheelers driving in our neighborhood, so the worst that could happen is I’d slide off into a mail box or ditch. But, I don’t want to damage my car either. This is the most stubborn snow I think I’ve ever seen!

Are you thawing out where you are? Are you ready for Spring?