Ten Simple Things That Make Life Worth Living

Recently, I jotted down some simple things that brought glee to my life and I decided to share for a blog post. These are aside from the obvious such as family, God, and of course any money laying around to spend, lol! I have to admit that money can bring temporary happiness and I’ll explain more about that later. There’s so much more that can make me happy other than these things listed below but these were things first things that came out of my head when I thought of “simple things that bring me joy”. Your list may be quite different. I’d love to know what your list is. What’s your top 3?

  • Coffee. Just that warm brew that gets my day going and completes the wake up process. The heat of it, the earthiness of it. The thought of it even brings me joy. Around 1:30 to 3:30 another cup of it revives me for the remainder of the day. The second cup is not as joyful as the first, but can definitely give me a boost.
  • Wine. Growing up a Church of Christ gal, it was one of many forbidden fruits. However, having studied the Bible own my own for myself and figuring out my own salvation based on everything I’ve read, I’ve learned that wine is not necessarily inherently evil. Much like Eve picking the fruit from the wrong tree where the apple was not what was evil but the intent behind it. I love to have a glass of “wine down/wind down” every night to transition between work and evening. It’s my treasure for having worked all day. I don’t believe it is appropriate to get drunk. I do believe it binds people together in positive ways if the intent is appropriate. I think meeting for coffee is the same way, lol. The fact that there are so many kinds of wine and various tastes is exciting for me.
  • Streaming. YouTube, Netflix. Especially YouTube where I can travel with those that sail or RV and see what they see, or I can go to Svalbard at the North Pole and hear about the polar nights, see the cobalt blue days, or dancing northern lights. This thrills my soul and feeds my travel thirst.
  • Restaurants. There is some kind of thrill within me to try new restaurants. It is the thrill of the hunt to find new and different cuisine. And when we find it we recommend it or take friends or family back to it again and again. The pandemic and recent changes have kept us away from Nashville more and closer in to the Mount Juliet and Lebanon domains, but this is still one of my favorite things to do.
  • Travel/Nature. I’m putting these together because I really had eleven simple things and it seemed better to just have ten for the sake of rounding. Nature and travel, in my world often come together but not always. I think when we are traveling I notice nature more. I love the woods, the oceans, animals, trees, flowers, birds, the sky, space, mountains, fields, farmland, ranches, terrains of all kind. I love capturing nature in photography/videography as well as our travels. I love sharing what we see with others. This makes me happy.
  • Time. I think a chunk of my life, I was always afraid of being bored. So I always had a line up of things “to do someday”. As I have grown older, I’ve collected a lot of hobbies and lists of possible things to do. Time has become a precious element. It is one of my favorite things now and there is absolutely NO chance of boredom at this stage of my life anyway. The world tries to not only grab at your money, but if you have time or even if you don’t – the world wants a piece of you. I have had to protect my time. Others will fill it full if you let them. The working world would have you ignore your family and friends if given the chance for ownership of your week leaving you with barely a meal and a short night’s sleep for their cause. Support of vacation time is minimal as requirements for still getting it done are there even with you being gone. The world does not respect an individuals time and sanity in having some. I guard time with my life and if I don’t get some time to myself to re-energize, the world will absolutely know it. I fret with everyone until I get some time to reclaim my world, my space, my life. I am happy when I can find solitude and then recharge my introverted self. Oh the glee of getting up on a Saturday morning with a clean slate of what I can do for the day. It usually involves chores but a mixture of just “time to do whatever and in whatever order, and not having to go anywhere” brings ultimate joy to my soul. I can “nest in”!
  • Music. Sometimes music can move me. I am not a huge “go crazy gotta have music” kinda person but sometimes music can be consoling, invigorating, and mood altering”. So it is a go to for me when I need just a little something added to my environment. If I’m doing something tedious at work it adds a layer of interest to the moment, or while driving, or while cleaning, or even sleeping at times. It just adds a layer of contentment.
  • Books. Sometimes when the world is too much and I cannot make sense of it, or if I’m just tired and wanting to escape, is usually when I will read. Sometimes it is simply out of curiosity or the fact that I need to sit for a few minutes after being on my feet in the house. Books can really put me in a different place when I finally sit down to read or listen. It allows you to live another life, see or imagine different places, and go so far beyond your own world. You can go in so many directions. Fact or fiction. I like a little of both. Some of my best reading has been by the pool or on the beach or on a deck overlooking the beach, while sipping a beer or glass of wine, or at home with a cup of coffee – even popcorn, lol. The glee of just escaping and finding out what is happening next in the book gives me satisfaction.
  • Blogging/Vlogging. It’s an outlet. It allows my creativity to emerge, flow, and develop. It’s been the single most important contentment/therapy/solution that I have found. The ability to communicate my feelings, myself, convey my thoughts, concerns, fears and to be understood. To have an avenue to learn and grow and share with others.
  • Shopping. Although this is listed last, shopping is truly one of my favorite past times. I love clothes, shoes, socks, accessories, make up, bath stuff, household stuff, fake plants, pictures/prints, decor, pillows, throws, baskets, containers, quilts, organizing products. I love to come home and play with the clothes, change items up to redecorate in the house. I love going out and finding new things to bring in to the mix. I don’t spend a lot doing so. I usually stick with basics and find a few flairs to make things pop. Then you can change things around from time to time. I don’t have opportunity to get out as much and shop. I spend time on Amazon though and when I do go out to shop I get really excited. It’s the thrill of the hunt. I’ve always loved a good bargain. You go find what you need and sometimes you find things you didn’t know you wanted, lol! I’m so glad George likes to shop some too. Especially when traveling and at Christmas. He’s very patient.

So at the end of the blog, let me know some things that truly make you happy – just the little simple things that when life goes south, can bring you around? These are mine!

Real Time Update

So we are not sure if the weather is going to bring forth as much snow as originally intended. The original post called for 5-8 inches or more. Then it was 3 to 5, then 1-3, and now “about an inch”. It was a very complex system and I see why it was hard to predict. But I really wish I hadn’t bothered to pack that big box of stuff and bring it home. It’s all good. It bought me some extra time this weekend that my psyche needed.

So What all did we do yesterday?

We had brunch with our neighbors and had a fabulous time. They have helped us so much – with Mom’s move on Move #1 and also with Little Bit while gone to Asheville and Knoxville and then they checked on us while gone to TX. We wanted to thank them by buying brunch. It was so much fun hanging with them and talking to them. We want to get together more and they like wine tastings, so we will plan to check out some wineries sometime. Afterwards we walked to Houston’s a local butcher that has groceries as well. We bought potatoes and biscuits and carrots. We needed biscuits for this mornings breakfast (country sausage, grits, eggs) as George thought a “snow day” was fun day to cook ourselves some breakfast. Of course there is no snow yet. But here was my brunch plate yesterday for Catch22, not far from our house. Not many people know that it’s available for brunch. But on the weekends you can go at 10 a.m. an hour earlier than their sign says, or that their hours show on google or website, and you can get breakfast! They have a breakfast menu. A little known secret.

Little Bit has enjoyed our being home this weekend. He actually knocks on the door when he wants in.

He loves it at night after dinner when we are watching TV. He will find warmth and solace from my lap. I enjoy him too. As long as he doesn’t start “kneading” his sharp claws into my PJ’s. The flannels and a blanket help with that.

Back to Yesterday….

Our “piddling/tinkering” included:

  • Laundry as always but getting into sheets, bathroom rugs, robe, and all the things that are not every weekend
  • Got my sheets changed after 3 to 4 weeks. That was nice.
  • Gave George my Christmas/Birthday checks to cash
  • Picked out things on Amazon for my office to decorate with or items that I need or wanted to decorate with (small bookshelf, chalkboard, chalk, map of the world, fake plants)
  • My lamp that George ordered came in. It’s this one below in the picture. We found one on Amazon. It’s $27 ish. And has a place to charge phone built in. This is perfect for my desk in my office at work.
  • I dusted the living areas and put back out most of the Nic Nacs that I use year round. (Still have a few more items to work back in place but most of it done.)
  • Spent time in my office at home which had become a dumping ground for everything personal that I needed to do or projects. (Consolidated notes, put passwords in my password app, wrote important dates on the calendar, scheduled tasks to do in my phone, threw away trash, put things up, opened up some Christmas gifts, put people’s new addresses from Christmas cards in my address book, made lists, wrote down blog ideas, etc). Just a very good hour or two of doing things I have wanted to do for six weeks. It didn’t take long, I just needed the goof off time to get a little organization back in my office, planner, lists, and head! This was probably the most important thing I did for myself yesterday as this is my space, my zone! When it’s messy my life and my head is messy.
  • George and I filmed the Roger tribute and it came out so good. I loved it. I’m so glad he agreed to participate. I will be able to work on it soon over the next week or so and get that out. That made me so happy. I was stuck in time til we got that done.
  • I opened my Rode microphone and wind muff and added that to the camera with the help of George. Mom had given me a camera tripod she had at her house and it ended up being perfect for what I needed. It’s very sturdy and well made. I guess they made them better back then. lol Very happy with that. I almost told her I didn’t need it but I’m glad I took it.
  • Went through and bought things on Amazon with Christmas and Birthday money from Mom and my sister along with my half of the Amazon point money as we buy almost everything on our Amazon card. I bought all those things I mentioned above for my work office, plus some clothes – a big flannel shirt and some v-neck tee shirts, vases of various shapes/sizes to put little flower or plant stems in for decor, some huge hair rollers with clips (lol), a purse, some hair accessories since it’s growing out, and a spring PJ set.
  • I watched Less Junk More Journey – a couple of their RV shows that I was behind on.
  • We watched The Woman in the Window on Netflix while eating dinner. Kinda dark but it gets your attention. I had been reading the book as Judy gave it to me. I wasn’t through reading it but once I know what happens, I don’t really want to finish reading it. I’m that way with any book I see the movie for. So I’ll probably just start another.

I think that was about it for our day. Just really a day to putter around and piddle around (for Sybil and Mary, lol) and move things around, organize, and get myself together. It was very nice. So it is kinda showing rain, snow, ice and everything in the map below. I don’t think we will get much.

So over and out ya’ll. Have a splendid Sunday. I’ll be continuing to get things organized here on the home front so I can be a better person and be able to freely clear my mind and get things done at work and for Mom and everyone else that needs me. Thanking the Lord for this quiet weekend after the burst of such a busy quarter of the year in which we accomplished much. The Lord provides. Time. We needed some time to chill in our nest.

What things make your life worth living? And are you getting snow? What are you all up to this weekend? Love to hear.

Much Accomplished, Much Left to Do

Here’s a little Roger ornament! And a quick update! Did I post this already? Sorry if so!

Much accomplished Friday, getting out all the Christmas presents bought and assessing everything. Laundry done and some cleaning and cooking.

Saturday’s shopping excursion was successful and we pretty much finished up all but the gift card gifts that we will send.

We enjoyed dinner at Casa Vieja in Hendersonville after our shopping day.

Sleep came early at 7:30 Saturday and so I woke up early Sunday at 3:00 am! I went to work on laundry and ironing, cleaning, wrapping and we wrapped a lot! BIL and SIL came over for a bit while in town and a neighbor dropped by.

George fixed beans and rice for dinner with kielbasa. He worked on chopping the potion of tree that fell.

The Internet is still out due to the line being pulled down by tree.

The new dishwasher is not getting any water. So it’s not working and we have to call the install people back.

I’m still blogging by phone!

I slept 9 hours last night and fell asleep during a movie we tried to watch! I knew I would do that as I was up at 3 am. George says I’ve got to change my schedule! The Eastern time zone and tornado outbreak did me no favors. But hopefully tonight I’ll be able to get back on schedule since I slept the much needed 9 hours.

I’m glad to know George misses me while I’m asleep! Ha! Otherwise he would be like “sweet dreams” and secretly smiling. But he insists I need to work on my schedule! So he has a companion of sorts!

We have accomplished much in a couple of days. Oh and I gave George a haircut!

And Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken have arrived at Mom’s!

Katy and Cody arrive this weekend.

I start the new location on my job today so expecting that to be exciting getting hooked up and all. I’m excited for the change. Excited to set up a new office. But payroll is tomorrow so much needs to happen today. I’m anxious to see how the commute goes!

So…. This week will be interesting. So much going on! Much wrapping left to do. SIL coming over tonight for dinner, gotta make arrangements with Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken up from FL at Moms. Trying to arrange Cherokee Steakhouse on the lakeside for one night.

Anyway- will get off here and head to work. And will pop in mid week!

Little Bit says hi!

Thanksgiving Aftermath: Christmas Decor, Winter Clothes, and Even Some Rest

Good morning here! Sipping coffee! I am partially decorated – mostly decorated. Not all of our white lights worked on the pre-lit tree and Walmart didn’t have any of the white lights that were not LED, so we bought the colored lights and just did not plug the tree in, but the lights themselves. I ran out of the colored lights (::sigh::) but George was running an errand with Mom and just stopped at Walmart again and bought more. I had him buy extra in case we run into the lighting situation with the den tree – odds are good since things don’t want to work around here it seems.

Speaking of that. We had to go to Lowe’s to talk to them about the dishwasher. The lady that helped us that night failed to flag it for the install and so they never called (or came) but we fixed that. The installer is flagged to pick it up now and George has the installer number and will call and set a time if they have not called George by noon today. Nothing is ever simple in this world we live in, but at least we don’t have to wait months for the dishwasher. I picked an average Joe of a model – well George did – just because we were told to pick one with the most reviews and not an expensive model because they make parts for the main ones. So we did that.

As for the tree, all the lights are on and the trim – we just have to add the ornaments but the hard part is done. I still have to put up the den tree. And I have a few more things to set about but mostly the Christmas decor is done.

I finally found a tub to put the remaining fall things in, once I emptied out my winter pajamas and scarves and purses, from storage downstairs. So I made that switcheroo. Now the scarves are available and warmer PJ’s for hanging out in.

George finally had fresh laundried sheets. He had to go an extra week or so. But I got that done. And I got everything packed but cosmetics and jewelry and last minute items for our trip.

I added a scarf to the chair in the bedroom since it was the same colors as my bedroom, lol. I won’t sit there much as it’s not a comfy chair, but it it looked cute I thought for now.

I’ll take a pic of all the Christmas decor and the trees once they are finished. We will leisurely enjoy our evenings finishing everything up this week.

George made up pot pies with the remaining turkey. Those are in the freezer and will be eaten later. I finished up the laundry, washed dishes – which we do about two to three times a day to keep up with it when we are here, til dishwasher arrives. I swapped over the seasonal clothes back to my office closet and out of the coat closet and slowly will start to bring the coats back up from the downstairs closet and back into the coat closet (good timing now that the cooler weather is here).

We took George’s car to get the brakes fixed and new tires put on his Honda. So there’s that. We did that yesterday. It’s ready for the trip and the safest car to take.

I had periods of rest when I ate, or sometimes when my back hurt from standing and I would check messages on my phone etc. You can see some of River’s Christmas loot there. Sorry if it spoils any surprises. But he won’t know. lol I found a doggie stocking we could use for him this year. Might have one made with his name on it at some point.

I watched YouTube shows when I had breakfast and again when I had a snack later. And then George and I finished off Lilyhammer the last two nights watching two shows each while eating dinner. Our routine back to normal of eating dinner in the living room. Lilyhammer was a little rough for Mom b/c it was a bit rough for me.

I also took some time away from Christmas decor and giving my back a break to do a few voice overs on the next video. Not much left to edit on this one just need another hour or two and it’ll be ready to go.

I’m just so glad this transition weekend went well. Not really much was completely finished, but having my bedroom back has been a big morale booster for me. My bedroom is pretty much all set, but my office is a wreck, lol. It’ll come together as I tear down the bed there and we bring the filing cabinet up that Mom gave me and I rearrange the room a bit. I might wait though and use the bed as a wrapping station, lol.

We will continue putting up the Christmas ornaments and decorating this week and also will be getting anything for Mom for what she may need for the weekend while we are gone. She said she would come stay here while we wait for the dishwasher repair guy to come.

So anyway, I need to get ready and head to work. My goals there are to get time sheets done today and work on month end. I also have boxes in the car to bring some more personal things home. Trying to do that little by little. I have a fridge there which I don’t know how I’m getting to the new place. I also have art work on the walls that need to come home, and also a little plastic set of drawers that I kept food in – like oatmeal, tea bags, nuts, wellness shakes, and snacks. Some fake plants and other stuff sitting around.

And that’s it! I will be back on Wednesday for a mid week update. Tomorrow is my early day unless I have to go get Mom and bring her to the house for the dishwasher guy – she offered to do this for us and that was really nice because I know she has a ton of stuff to do at her house.

Oh and Wednesday morning, she and I have our mammograms. So there is not any shortage of anything going on. lol

Many of you were decorating this past weekend! Did you get it done? OK over and out!