A Good Eating Day, Weekend Plans, and a Small Rant or Two

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Fall is arriving in little tiny waves. Flocks of birds migrating here and there. Ducks and geese being heard overhead and stopping by. Early mornings have a touch of cool. But today’s high – 74, roughly about 10 degrees cooler than yesterday.

Good news! The muscles worked better yesterday. Not as much of an effort of exertion to move my body. The tingling in my left fingers gradually went away. Have avoided the doc this time. These spells, I guess you can call it – come around when I’ve been stressed, overly busy, not enough sleep, too much on my mind, not getting enough nutrients. I haven’t been overly stressed, but I have had a lot of things on my mind I guess. We have managed to keep ourselves busy and I don’t think that will ever change as long as we can move. We are just list makers and go after what we want to get done. But sleep has been better, not perfect but at least better quality. I’ve doubled up the nutrients on the vitamins and so I think I’m getting back in the game of life now. There were two days this week that I really thought I’d have to go home. I had a couple of those days last week. So much better, but still the right arm that has been a pain, continues to be. It will come and go. Sugar and starches and bad oils in salad dressings etc, will cause it to inflame. I’ve had a lot of bread and rices and tortillas – and I’ll probably not be cutting out all of it either. But I do notice a trend. I know, a body should not be so sensitive to each day’s meal. But I’ve kinda paid attention to this vitamin/nutrient thing versus the muscle and pain thing and there’s definitely something to it. That said here was yesterday’s eating!

For lunch I went out with a coworker/boss for lunch. Great conversation and just a relaxed and fun and good tasting meal. There was so much flavor packed into these enchiladas. I think we may go back next week. My heavens how wonderful. The irony – I felt like I could run a marathon after eating it until the sedation kicked in of having a huge lunch. We laughed about 2:00 or so – how sleepy we were. Of course I had to have coffee to get through the rest of the day.

One can only laugh during the day trying to get their job done. If you need to upload, download, run a report, or do a multitude of things, we all lock each other out of the system. Do you know how many times a day I get this message? I don’t either but it’s more than not. It’s hard to get your work done. And others have the same issue when I’m in the system. We always have to call around the US and see who is in or just wait and try later to get your task done. It’s a wonder my eyeballs are not stuck in the back of my head like Momma suggested as a child. I roll my eyes all day long! lol. I’m sure I make all kinds of faces like these. LOL

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I just like to do what I want to do when I want to do it. Got that from Momma. It’s called determination.

Back to the Eating Day….

The rice wraps…has imitation crab meat, carrots, and a soft type of lettuce, like butter lettuce. With peanut sauce for dipping.

They are so pretty! We enjoy these so much! I think he put rice salad in one and chicken salad in some too. It’s all good! You can experiment.

But wait, that’s not all. That could have been dinner but look what else he brought out. Homemade chicken salad on whole grain along with a brown rice salad.

I usually only eat one piece of bread when I make a sandwich these days but this was so good I ate the whole thing. I mean woooooofed it!

So….today I am taking a half day of PTO. I don’t know why I should need to take PTO but I was afraid to just take off w/o asking for it. I’m thinking of all the extra hours worked here and there over the course of last year and this year, being salaried – but I’m asking off for the 4 hours as today we meet with our financial advisor. Everything bounced back from the Corona Virus dip – for the most part I think. But we’ll see today. We meet annually to go over the numbers, adjust, and plan. Retirement is getting closer. I think at my birthday in January it’ll be only 4 years away! I can hardly believe it. A year goes by so fast.

So it’s Friday! This is what a weekend kinda looks like at our house. Drinking coffee, computers, and musical instruments – acoustic that is – I hear a bit of ukelele and guitar as George passes by one and picks it up and plays.

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But I’m really looking forward to having the two days off to get things done. I’ve got a few things planned.

First of all TODAY is our anniversary. But we are celebrating tomorrow, even though we are eating out Mexican today after our meeting and doing another trip to Sam’s. But tomorrow the doggies get trimmed and get their spa day. Then we have a quick brewery run mid afternoon where we are going to do our Christmas planning/budgeting. And then we are going to our steak dinner reservations. Sunday is a free day one can hope anyway.

I will work on the house some, and likely being working on the next video. I do want to learn a couple of things before I get started. I’m looking at revising the “intro” and need to work on the “outro” and want to include the “subscribe” floater button on the video itself to make it easier to subscribe. Anyway, I am going to get moving here and pack up a little veggie roll wrap and peanut sauce. My hunger will arrive before my getting off time so I’ll probably sit and munch at my desk while I wrap up the day. It will go buy fast.

Going to try the Ensure for breakfast this morning. Haven’t had it in a while. But always liked them before. Just needed something different besides “that nutrition company” I use. I’m just needing variety. Sorry I don’t mention their name anymore – they don’t get free advertising anymore since I lost my freedom of speech on my blog to be able to use their name and Covid in the same sentence. I was going to be “cast out” as a member if I didn’t remove it. I didn’t say anything about the shakes curing anything. All I said was I had my shakes to drink if we couldn’t get food otherwise if restaurants shut down.

I can’t believe the things that have shaken down this year (no pun intended, lol) and how we are told to shut up or we are shut up by post removals – so I shut up alright. I deleted anywhere in all my blog entries that mentioned their name. No more free advertisement here.

Oh that nutrition company…… If you want to tell me how to write my blog, then we’ll go all the way and remove any mention of you completely. Have it your way! Your loss. Not mine. And not only did you lose free advertisement but you pissed me off, a customer that has/had bought a LOT! Notice there’s a lot less sales now? Was it worth it? Hmmmm! Oh that nutrition company that starts with an I and has an X at the end. I think the CDC or some other agency was coming down hard on them. I’ve no doubt it was political. There has been too much of an effort to curb what people are saying about this virus. But we can talk freely about cancer and any other disease? Only money $$ can afford to pay so much attention to such a campaign so strongly that it guards anything and everything on every form of media across the globe where anyone says there is a cure for it or even suggests that shakes are available if the restaurants are closed?

Wow…..Let’s give some other things some attention too then. Why are we not worried about so many other things that people die from or are harmed from? Crime, hunger, wars, heart disease, cancers? Why doesn’t anyone curb speech and posts on those things? If I said that drinking water cured cancer – no one would tell me to take that down off my blog would they? Everything is so odd and weird around this whole virus thing.

Oh I’ve gotten myself started. And before anyone misunderstands. Yes I think the virus is real. I think it can kill those with immune systems that cannot ward it off. I think colds and flu and cancer and heart disease and diabetes are real too. But yes I think there has been way too much hype and political structure and hoopla going so far as to tell us what we can post and can’t. Yes I am glad we are taking precautions. I think we should do more of that during the flu season. A lot of people whose immune systems are compromised have pneumonia then too. We have given who knows what to our elderly in the past. We should wear masks every flu season?

I have too many questions and not enough answers and usually where there is smoke there is fire and we live in a money hungry corrupt globe where the big players want money and power and can’t ever get enough. And so odd all of this is going on as our nation ponders political change. Power and money. Money and power. And this time an election – it’s impacting the entire planet. I just don’t trust anyone anymore. I don’t believe anyone anymore. I just trust in God and believe Him. And He takes care of me.

Ok I’m calming down. Ya’ll have a good day. Yes the virus is real….yada yada. But I’m still gonna question everything because I’ve not heard any good answers yet.

Tornado Warning and Weekend Progress

Friday went by fairly fast at work. After going to the store, I was happy to have the lowfat milk and a banana. Cereal sounded good. And it was.

I am happy to say I’m caught up to where I should be now – well, at least the things I’m behind on now are easy to get done here and there and of little significance, like updating things, retyping instructions on things, boxing things, making labels for the future payrolls and things like that. I have very little free time but there is just enough to get those things done on the fly. And Friday did not have any “oh my goshes, we forgot to pay so in so their _______pay”. So that was nice to have a day free from back tracking and manual checks, which have to not only be added to payroll the following week, less the advance, but run through our A/P system as well – a couple of entries there – setting the employee up as a vendor and doing a pre-pay – because you are using one of our checks so it has to be recorded there and then offset by the advance deduction on PR the next run. It has been two weeks of that lately on top of getting the normal payroll done and trying to catch up from vacation, as well as get taxes paid.

I was able to get about half way through the month end withholding taxes that we pay monthly now that the last payroll of the month has come, but I have plenty of time to finish that next week.

We ended up having a tornado warning Friday and had to seek shelter. We were just on the outskirts of where it was heading. The skies got really gnarly. There was rotation in the clouds but never a tornado on the ground – at least not that I heard. Other rounds of rain and storms were set to come through so I left a bit after 4 Friday to get home so I didn’t get caught in one of those torrential downpours on the interstate around all the nutzoid drivers.

I opened a bottle of Clint’s Salsa from Texas and it was great. Had a new bag of tortilla chips to open.

George fixed me a Paloma (cocktail with Grapefruit Juice). I was cold from all the storms, where I had been taking the dogs out in the rain, and came back into the a/c. So I put on my long gym pants and a long sleeve shirt and had on my winter slippers, aka “scorpion shoes”, as given to me while in Texas. I sat in the sun room under a blanket for a bit as it was warm in there (closed off with no a/c). Finally warmed up.

George fixed BBQ, cornbread, slaw and beans for dinner. Here he’s propping it up for ya! lol We buy this at the store in the freezer section. It’s the best and tastes just like we have picked it up fresh. We keep it as a staple now just like we do burger meat so we have always have one.

Saturday morning, I woke up and made coffee after Maisy demanded to go outside at 5:30. I was awake and had a pretty good Friday night sleep. I wasn’t ready to be productive, so I sipped coffee and “woke up” by watching some of my favorite YouTube videos.

Once I was awake, I set off to get a lot of things done in the house. It really needed some attention. I actually did some videoing of my day. I was excited to use the new camera. However, I realized how awkward it was. I could not get it on the tripod that came with it. (I hate having to read instructions, but will have to do that eventually). But my camera fit on the other tripod. I used it in the beginning to do the videos and eventually switched to the iphone as it was easier. It is easy to video someone else, but awkward to video myself and switch back and forth. So I need to watch a video on using it for vlogging yourself. I know it will get easier and it has a much better picture, but yesterday I switched over just so I could do things more quickly. What made it difficult was that I was moving around a lot. So definitely a learning curve but I’ll get better once I know more of what I am doing. I love the camera though.

My Saturday was mainly this:

  • Laundry
  • Ironing
  • Reorganizing the back shelf of the laundry room -throwing out old shakes/products not used up
  • Opening up the Amazon deliveries (mainly vitamins, a Scentsy order, and something from the system that I use
  • Clean the kitchen – reboot dishwasher, wash a few dishes, clean counters
  • Swept the floor
  • Vacuumed the house
  • Changed the Sheets
  • Put up the laundry
  • Picked out my outfits for next week
  • Took care of doggies
  • Edited video for the next Vlog

Ordered these from Scentsy and called it a “Texas Souvenir”. Katy had the Johnny Appleseed cleaner for the kitchen and I loved the smell of apples after using it. I also ordered the bathroom cleaner version but Scentsy did not send a nozzle. Katy said she had an extra and would send. Apparently Scentsy has a problem getting the nozzles in. The one nozzle I had, I had a hard time getting it to go from OFF to ON. There were no instructions and I thought I would break it getting it to work. I finally got it in the spray position and that is where it will stay. I am all for child proof but what good is it if the adult can’t even get in it, LOL. I guess I could buy a container for the bathroom stuff, but I’ll wait and see if Katy can send her extra. Of course Scentsy loses their advertisement if I put it in a different container. The reason I bought it was that Katy had hers in the original container when I used it. If it had been in another container I wouldn’t have known what it is. Of course not many other people will be in my bathroom, but I did want to make that point.

We had a fantastic roast last night for dinner with potatoes, carrots, and left over cornbread. It was so good.

So it is Sunday and today’s plan looks something like this:

  • Bible study/devo
  • Iron pants that have now hung dry so I have some for the work week.
  • Tape the video segment(s) that need to be taped.
  • Clean my office
  • Clean my bathroom
  • Restock up the vitamin pack for the week.
  • Amazon orders
  • Go to Aldi with George
  • Do some meal planning
  • Do my nails

The rest of day remains open. But I really feel the need to:

  • Work on photos/storage on the Mac and my iphone as I’m starting to max out on iphone memory
  • Watch a video on Vlogging with my Camera or lessons on Camera use in general
  • Figuring out the back/up and storage of my imovies and all that. I need to get a handle on that. It’s been on the list for a while.
  • Hopefully finish up the video

Regardless, much of my day will be spent in the office at home today now that the house is fairly clean. For the Amazon orders, mainly need to order some more blue pants. I have some but they are on the tight side, lol. I get in them, but I am b/w sizes right now. I may order some more masks. I need to order my Clinique eye liner too. And I need to order a bigger camera bag for all the new camera tools, lens filters etc. The one that came with it only holds the camera itself and no room for the other stuff and it is sitting around my office. But I might ask for the wide angle lens for Christmas – although I’m supposed to be getting flooring – lol. So I guess that means ask for my birthday? Or maybe just buy with Christmas money.

So I better get started on the day. I’m always disappointed at how fast the weekend goes and I want to get a lot done. I’m tired of having a to do list I can never get accomplished. And I know that more things replace the things done as I create more things for myself to accomplish once things are complete. But I’m ready to accomplish a lot! I want to get around some learning curves, eat better, and make progress to my goals. Sometimes I wish I could have a hundred lifetimes to do everything in.

What are you accomplishing, or NOT accomplishing this weekend?

Sunday’s Sentiments and First Pics with the Canon

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Happy Sunday. Sipping coffee here and hoping for an ultra productive day. The plans? Finish laundry, clean up the kitchen and try to stay on top of that since the dishwasher broke. Will be packing the bags for next week’s work week, replenishing things to eat for the week, the vitamins, drinks for the fridge. Vacuuming and getting the house in shape – it’s not too bad but could use some love.

Yesterday was able to get a few things accomplished despite the Pandemic obstacles, and some things were not accomplished due to the Pandemic.

First of all we took the the babies for their trims at 8 a.m. Then we were on to Kroger for a few things and dropped those few things off at the house. Then we went to Lowe’s to rent the carpet cleaner. But NO. Lowe’s are not renting out the carpet cleaners during COVID. Great. So empty handed we went back home. We have a carpet cleaner but with pets, they just don’t work as well. Often when we use the thing the carpets look worse to tell the truth. It’s not a big huge issue as we’ll get it professionally cleaned. And often they run deals and I’ve seen ads they are doing it during the Pandemic. So we’ll watch for an ad, or coupon in our neighborhood booklet, or Groupon or something. Was disappointed but we’ll get it done after Texas I guess.

So I came home and washed the MANY dishes that were in the dishwasher (dirty) with the dishwasher not working now and the ones in the sink and counter. Starting to get truly backed up. I was at it for over an hour. I didn’t mind. I really never minded actually washing the dishes. I always hated drying them though. It was my job to dry dishes and put them up and to vacuum growing up, so I kinda hate doing that now. LOL. But I love washing them. Don’t tell George or he won’t get the dishwasher fixed. HA! Truth be known he ends up doing the dishes as he is in the kitchen already. I try to pitch in with kitchen help on the weekends or even during the week if it’s needed. Mostly I do our laundry, keep up with household supplies and inventory, do our ordering, and keep the house clean – or NOT. I used to be one of those wanting it all perfect but got tired of keeping it all that way! It was all I was spending my spare time doing. George taught me to play and relax at life! I bet he wish I hadn’t b/c I took him up on the offer to go have fun and dove into blogging, reading, graphics, gaming, vlogging. And lately I think I’ve become a professional shopper. I have shopping time every weekend! 😉 I try to be reasonable with it, and practical, and cost effective. I’m convinced Amazon is building the distribution here due to me!

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I spent a lot of time, I repeat, a lot of time getting the Canon software, and getting the new camera to talk to my Mac. The actual “doing” of it was not so hard. It was finding out what to do. It went something like this.

The instructions with the camera sent you on line to the Canon website for WiFi connection. I entered that and found a lot of videos – all informative but none explaining this – well it could have been deep into one of the videos and I just missed it. Who has time to watch an entire video series to just get the pics from your phone to your computer? So I looked up in the manual. It sent me to my camera settings. I was looking in the viewfinder and was pulling my hair out – it was so little. Later I figured out the same screen viewing is in the larger touch screen panel, if you pull that out and open it, lol. That made things easier. I still didn’t know at that point what software to download to make it pair. So I ended up googling for help. Someone had recorded a YouTube on the exact thing. I was able to follow along pausing it at each step. The first time it didn’t work. The second time it didn’t work. There was like two parts to the download. It was weird. I still don’t know what happened. The second part of the download never triggered until I did it the 3rd time. The charm doesn’t show up til then I’ve heard. So camera settings adjusted for wifi ready – software on the Mac and then BAM – it paired. And photos were on my Mac!

First Pics with the Canon EOS M50

Here’s some of my first pics taken at Mom’s. This is the statue from the Garden of Good and Evil. The rest are little things sitting around Mom’s porch.

I think I really like what it does! The manual settings are great, but it’s fun to play with the other settings too.

Here’s a pic indoors at Moms.

George, and Fancy in Mom’s Lap
BedTime at Mom’s
Gone With the Wind at Bed Time

So yesterday…. We picked up the dogs from the groomers and came back and I worked on the next video. I have enough to do one. So I am hoping to get it finished and uploaded before we go to Texas.

So the lighting could have been better on the bottom one. I can fix that with other software, but I’m happy with the quality of the pictures. I know I will enjoy this camera. The camera itself will lead me to some awesome experiences. It’s going to Texas first of all. Texas and Time. We’ll have time to go explore – even if it’s just on the ranch! Or pics of the Little Texas towns. Park and take pics! I’m in! Can’t wait. And we will have a Gender Reveal party to capture! 😉

I’m going to miss my Mac – when traveling is the only time I will miss having a laptop. I have the windows laptop. My guess is that I will take it for easy access to blog. Why not. It still works. I will wait to transfer pics from the Canon over though. I guess. I guess I need more memory cards? I might ought to order more today. I’m not sure how much they hold. So much to learn. I don’t want to be out of room for pics at the Gender reveal, lol.

So backing up a bit – here is THE VERY FIRST pic. I wasn’t really focusing or trying to take a perfect pic – I just pointed and hit the button pretty much straight out of the box, lol. Not bad really. I had video’d opening up the box and shot a pic of myself – kinda by accident.

Well I need to get George’s birthday gifts wrapped today. I’m giving it to him before we go to Texas. He’ll open them next weekend. But I want him to stare at the gifts for a week, lol! We are having a special meal next Saturday night here just he and I. We’ll celebrate in Texas and then also with my SIL and BIL when we get back from Texas at some point.

We’ve been trying to lay low with little contact or outings before our trip – however, we decided to have dinner here at the house with my SIL and BIL tonight, on a whim decision. I mean really all you can do is pray thru this thing. It is hard to just never see people. So hopefully all will be ok and none of us have anything. Don’t want to take anything to our pregnant Mom’s and the babies.

So I should get off here and get on with my day. Much to do in the house and to prep for the week ahead. I’m pleased though with the progress this weekend. The past couple of weeks, I’ve taken a break from working on videoing – just enjoying sunsets, talking to George over a cocktail, watching movies together, playing with doggies, and keeping up with all the little details and needs of daily life. The week and a half ahead requires a bit of a push. As now I will need to both be creative, prep packing, working (extra), and trying to get this video done. You actually have to live life in order to be able to record living it too ha!

You know what? I actually heard a fun song from the past called Bertha Butt Boogie – just made me laugh in the car the other day. I just downloaded it on iTunes recently b/c anything that makes you laugh needs to be had! It just came on right now as I type this. I hope to play it as we go down the interstate and see what George’s reaction is, lol. I have no idea what all it says, I hope it’s not a bad song. I just like the chorus. lol

OK off to go get things done!