We Saw Sasquatch and Change of Plans Due to Next Weather System

There’s been a Sasquatch sighting in the woods behind our house near the graveyard! One day George and I will go out there on a Sasquatch hunt and video it. 😉 Looks like he has plans for Mardi Gras! Our neighbors put this up and it is so funny. You can see him when you drive by the neighborhood as there is light shining on him. As a kid my grandfather took me to see Sasquatch at the movie theaters. My Mom and Nanny really didn’t want him to take me but he convinced them it was just a fun nature show. And it was. I always envisioned him being up above the Washington state area and up among Canada. But now, according to the gift shops in Western North Carolina – apparently he has been seen in that area as the gift shops are full of Sasquatch products there: T-shirts, mugs, investigative kits, lol.

This is amusing. Apparently we are either collecting “pi’s” or we came home with River’s electrical outlet cover. Yes, the latter is true. We plugged our cell phones up and I remember Katy saying “where is the outlet cover”. She found another one I think. I guess it got caught up in George’s things. lol. But now we know where it went.

Changes of Plans

So……we have this big snow storm coming now. It’s arriving Saturday evening and lasting for a day into Sunday evening. I plan then, to work at home Monday. Tuesday it should be in the 40’s and hopefully can go in and get payroll done.

Susan and Kevin have decided not to come this weekend as they were traveling from Knoxville. The meteorologists and weather service warnings are saying 4-8 or 3 – 7 respectively. Some models showing up to a foot where snow banding occurs. So….ummmm…I guess we are going to get some unexpected free time this weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I was looking forward to our guests coming and even invited them to get snowed in with us. But for obvious safety travel reasons they decided not to come this way. So our weekend has opened up. I can truly say I NEED an open weekend “stuck at home” to be able to get some things done around here. I think God is looking out for me. I prayed for some down time, where my brain can catch up with life, where I don’t have to go anywhere and can just ENJOY a DAMN DAY at HOME! AMEN! Sorry for the curse word but I’ve not had time around here to do anything. I need a rest day – a piddle around day (Sybil & Mary —Sybil laughs b/c to “piddle” in UK is to pee). It probably means that here too but people use it loosely in the US (possibly mostly in the south) meaning that to “piddle around” is to “do what we want around the house”. Sorry to curse and use the word “damn” but I mean that is how strongly I need a day at home. I’m trying to be patient with January.

What will I do with the time now that the weekend opened up?

  • Change our sheets
  • Put the Christmas Trees up
  • Dust
  • Vacuum
  • Fix breakfast
  • Watch a YouTube show
  • Put up some Christmas Gifts
  • Put back out the normal Nic Naks
  • Forget the outside world exists
  • Clean my office
  • Record Roger’s Video
  • Do a Target Order
  • Order some things on Amazon (spending birthday money, gift cards, and Amazon Reward dollars)
    • At the end of the year George and I split the Amazon point money and buy ourselves something, lol. 😉
  • Do the Winter into Spring Bucket List
  • Go through Mail
  • Empty Trash Cans in all the rooms (like my office etc.)
  • Cancel Isagenix Autoship
  • Order my next Audible book
  • Plan next week (find Mom a hair cut place after hours)
  • Dismantle the bed in the office
  • Put up the Christmas China back into the cabinet
  • I’m sure there are other things I’ve not thought of yet but on my list

Once I get those things done I can start the next wave of projects. But right now I look around and longingly want to do things, but have to stay on task to doing the most important things – like laundry, food for work, or getting ready for the next thing that is about to happen, or sleep, or trying to meet everyone’s needs.

Last night we watched a show while eating salad and soup. We are watching Imposter’s and it’s really good! Little Bit came and sat in my lap. But by end of show, I was starting to drift off.

Quarter end is coming along slowly. We are still trying to get it to balance. Most of the afternoon yesterday we worked on it. We found two issues. One where someone’s address was changed to their new state when they moved and the system didn’t have that state set up so the wages/taxes/insurance did not tabulate in the proper state and made the wages off. Typically they are supposed to wait til after there is no pay to change the address. I kinda new that would be an issue and even mentioned it, but people do what they want, so address was changed and it caused a problem. And the other is a coding or programming thing where insurance is making the gross number lower – but gross should just be gross. I think it’s programmed wrong. Bottom line, numbers didn’t match from one part of the system to another and it was the insurance amount. And there are still some things off balance but we ran out of day.

Today I will do my Friday things for payroll and then dive into QE. But I will also be packing a box of files and my calculator and taking a bunch of things home. It’s a haul to be able to work from home. I am in a lot of files and also I can’t print from home. So it’s a big mess to keep up with everything that needs to be printed when you go back. It’s not efficient. But technically I can’t afford to lose any more days from work. Next week is ALREADY shot down with a legal meeting and two days of doc appts back to back meaning I’ll have to leave at lunch both days. One day is already made up as I already go in early on Tuesday’s. And I’ve probably already made up the other day this month already by skipping lunch every day and staying 30 min to an hour later every day. But geez. Now this snow day for Monday. My life. Oh my gosh. But what can you do? Embrace it and go. lol

So I’m going to get off of here now and make sure I still have my keyboard, mouse, ethernet cord, and everything to hook up to the internet. Big sigh. But I’m plowing forward and trying to make the best of it. And I fully intend on embracing this suddenly free weekend and working on some things that have been howling out to me to do.

So, are you going to be impacted by this next weather system coming through?

Relaxing over New Year Weekend, Birthday Plans, and Updating my Planner

The last two days have been very relaxing, although we have worked in the house some. We both still sound VERY nasally, although neither of us have fever or feel bad. So we’ve stayed in all weekend.

Silly me, I thought George worked today, on my birthday. I remember now our discussing it but somehow my mind confused today with the Christmas holidays. Sadly, I woke him up this morning thinking he had overslept. It is sad we get so conditioned by our robotic schedules that when the holidays arrive we remain in a state of confusion. But he’s off today and now I remember him telling me he was off and I remember saying “wow, how nice it is to get both NYE and NY holidays”. So…..because I was confused I planned my day today without him. Ooops!

Now that I figured out this morning he was off – I told him he was welcome to be included in my day. But he was looking forward to another day at home. We are going out tonight to celebrate my birthday nearby at an Asian restaurant where they cook at the table. But this morning, I’m getting my nails done and then Mom and I are going to have lunch at Red Lobster and I will take her to a store to look at curtains or whatever she needs for the house. Then coming by and George will follow us over to Mom’s in her car. She wants her car to go to the mail box.

Surprise Snow

Well, it wasn’t supposed to snow as much. It was supposed to be a slight dusting, but somehow there was enough moisture that we got a couple of inches. Luckily it did not stick too badly on the roads. Some of the roads are bad though b/c some areas got more and so we were warned to be careful before heading out. Temps hover around freezing but the sun is out and I’m already hearing a bit of melting drip even at 29 degrees. The meteorologists are apologizing this morning and saying things like “I’m surprised too” and “wow this system blew apart my forecast”. Oh well. I am happy that it looks like we’ll be ok to get out. Now with the snow and Omicron on the rise – there may not be any servers, lol. And my Mom might even bail on me. But we’ll see.

I was able to get more of the Christmas stuff packed up yesterday, made us an awesome breakfast, and packed for Texas!

I was going to film a Roger segment this morning, thinking George would be leaving for work at 6:15 and I would get ready film and then head off for the day. But, he will be at home. I really need some self time to do this segment. So I think the next video may take a while as it will be a while before I can get some alone time to do it. Next week we are in TX all weekend. The next weekend we have company. But I film some one morning, quickly before heading in to work – after George leaves and then just heading in a bit later than I normally do. I’ll have to figure it out being that when we get back everyone will be biting at us for our time and attention – work, year end, quarter end, Mom, the house, and our lists will be calling.

And this is why I have no goals yet to list for the New Year. I’d not have time to do them if I even listed them. So I keep saying my New Year doesn’t start til February. My psyche wants to have goals, make lists, be better than ever, go for it, chase it, be it, plan it. But to do so right now would only exasperate me instead of making me look forward to it. So my goals and to do’s will be saved for another day when I can see some opening spaces in my schedule. For now we take each day as it comes, be content in it. My one goal so far is not have any —yet. And maybe a next one would be to not complain about not having time. But I know that I will always complain about that. Because my psyche always wants to do more than any time allows for. I’m also slower than most people because I get so detailed in all that I do. My sensory overload slows me down. You can see that I totally got confused on our schedule and that is totally as I’ve had so much on my mind and then with these two off days I complete shut it down and everything flew out the window. lol But I’ve needed these blessed days to relax and wind down. I think God made me sick this past week so that I WOULD not plan anything for the weekend.

We also need to plan brunch with our neighbors, a foodie fun day with the Irelands, and so much more. I’m looking forward to the New Year. Then there is the virus on the rampage and the thoughts of flights possibly being cancelled. Trying not to worry anymore, no negative thoughts, just take life as it comes. If we have to drive straight through instead of fly we shall do it and create some memories doing so. But prayers please that our flights are ok and saved so that our trip will be much easier. We also are worried about Little Bit while we are gone and the freezing temps. Not sure if anyone will be able to let him in the basement for us and get him back out while we are gone. He shies away from everyone else. So we are working on making him a really warm spot next to the house on the back porch just in case. Hopefully can put some down materials out there. We will do what we can and hope he survives. He is an outside cat but we try to let him in when the temps get so bad. We are not boarding him and don’t have time to get his shots updated and be able to handle that. He also would not handle that well. So also pray for him while we are gone. This is not an easy situation.

Not Planning Much Yet but the Planner is READY!

The year is going to be planned out, goals or no goals. So it may seem like an irony for someone who isn’t ready to list goals and plan, but I worked on the planner itself yesterday. I bought stickers and had George put them in my stocking, lol. I bought some “boss babe” stickers to remind me to still be me and do some things I want to do amidst the daily grind, but also some spiritual stickers to be reminded of The One who made me, saves me, and keeps me, and The One who sets my path. Here’s this week. See I’ve been so relaxed I’ve not even looked at the planner. If I had I would have seen that George was “off” today, lol. I also need to order my nieces birthday gift, I see. I have to remind myself to do everything. lol

Also, Tuesday (tomorrow) is my busiest craziest day of the week this week so I put the “like a boss, slay” lol. I have to do both Monday and Tuesday and parts of Wednesday. (Rolling eyes here on that. But it is what it is. Then next week I will double up on everything else. Then the two weeks after that I’ll have to work early, skip lunch, stay late to try and “slay” YE, QE. Then in February, maybe I can get my life back.

Here’s a little video of what I did to the planner. It made it quite a thick planner though, but it’s fine. It’ll be fun to turn the page and work with the sayings. I have been trying to use my phone though as my planner, but I keep coming back to this one as I often write my thoughts down, things to do in the evenings, grocery items, things I need for work (food, snacks, napkins, etc.).

I think the best thing is for me to try to use both. My to do list (ongoing) is on the iPhone’s “Reminders” but it’s not always easy to grab the phone and type things into it while at work. So I’ll lean over and write it on my calendar and then incorporate it into my phone list as I can. Here’s a little video of what I did during my relax time yesterday while working on my “planner”.

Ok I need to start getting ready for this Birthday Day of mine. Mom is on the phone now. So hang on.

Oh joy! Mom is not having a good day. Happy Birthday to me.

Tornado Warnings, Wind Event, Pulling Christmas Together

While Friday was a much needed day off, we had storms blow through around 3 am. It blew all our furniture off the porch.

We were in the basement. George was slow to get there after I woke him up but finally came down to join me. We could hear the wind knocking things around. We were directly under the porch. Little Bits house was destroyed and we have to make another. We were lucky though! This tree took down our Internet wire. And Comcast has made it extremely difficult to report. I’m still unsure if we are in queue to be fixed! And cell phone coverage is not very strong! If you look you can see the wire. I will try again Monday to get a person.

So Saturday we tried to snooze some after the event but it was hard. We had to be in Sumner County at 11 and get showers and leave by 10. So really had little time to do much at home Saturday.

I did get a lot done Friday but it’s never enough. I did some filming for vlog as no one was here. Trying to capture “behind the scenes” at our house what it’s like getting ready for Christmas. And I made us a chicken dinner with green beans and butter beans, and also made creamed garlic potatoes with caramelized onions. It was good!

I got out all the presents for wrapping! And we tested stockings. I vacuumed the house and cleaned. Our dinner was great.

Then Saturday, We went to friends’ house in Gallatin on the lake! The winds from behind the front were kicking through and you could see white caps on the lake!

We met with friends at a beautiful reception for their daughter who is back in town from being out of the country for a few years. A lovely time! And then we went shopping to finish up what we needed to buy in Hendersonville. We also found a discount grocery we had not been to and found some deals and some new items.

And we also made decisions on the Christmas Eve meal. We plan to have Turkey and some favorite family salads and casseroles instead of our traditional prime rib. The prices of prime rib and the fact that there are too many varied ways people like it- (rare versus well done) – makes it a difficult dish to please everyone. Last year there was a line at the microwave to finish off their steak. Microwaved steaks sucks! And George is not going to fix it well done. So we will scrap that and do Turkey, knowing Mom is fixing a ham at her house for Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken while here. We figure they’ll want something other than that at our house! We almost had Italian night but the meal wasn’t coming together. When we decided on Turkey with holiday favorite casseroles and salads we were immediately satisfied that we were on the road to holiday success! It won’t be a Thanksgiving meal but a little different so we make it Christmas-y!

Little Bit has been getting some quality time in! Now that Fancy is gone. They didn’t get along too good.

So….. last night I went to bed at 7:15 or so! Just worn out and sleepy after our day and the previous scary sleepless night! I slept great! Now was up at 2:30 awake to start the day lol 😂! So I’ll get some things done and George will be irritated with me when I go to bed at 8 tonight!

Much to do today! Ironing, dishes, mop floor, wrap gifts, cut George’s hair. See if I can get a person at Comcast for Internet coverage! George is going to grocery for a few things. And I start the new location tomorrow so that should be interesting! Must make headway wrapping today!

I miss our Internet but at least I have cell phone so I can still blog. And lucky I had the video scheduled for 7:00 am live! It’s up!

Thanks to those who watched – see yesterday’s post for the VLOG version of Less Hustle More Coffee if you want to see it! Subscribe to the You Tube channel if you haven’t already!

Ok over and out! Will post when I can! Crazy times here! But surely I can sneak in a post!

How’s your weekend going? Christmas coming together?