Sunday, October 22, 2017

Busy Weekend. Not Rested. Not Ready for the Work Week.

Well it has been a nice weekend, but it has flown way too fast.  I've not really had a good chance to rest much, clean much, or do the things I've wanted and needed to do and that makes me sad and a bit anxious. 

However, I did get most of the laundry done.  I did NOT get to the ironing, which means I'll have to come home and do it for the next day for the pants that need to be ironed.   Oh well. 

The unpacking took a while too. It is amazing how long it takes to get everything back where it goes.  Cosmetics to the bathroom, dirty clothes sorted and started in the laundry, clean clothes hung back up.  And the fact that I always take the extra coffees, shampoos, soaps, etc. lol Have to put all that up.  Then all the cords and plugs and electronic devices.  Then all the paperwork for work that was in my suitcase.  The jewelry.  I'm too detailed I guess.  But all is unpacked.  Laundry done.  Well it's never truly done but - as good as it's gonna for the day!

 And I chose to work on a project and organize a few things.  I had to stop about 3:00 with everything to take a shower and get ready for a Bluegrass and BBQ Event that we had been invited to.  The above pic is one I snapped on the way to the event in Gallatin.  Driving out there yesterday let me know that fall is happening.  It's been pretty green around and of course I've been gone for two weeks.  So it was exciting to me to see the leaves turn. 

I think one reason I ran out of time is that I made our bucket list through Christmas time.  I had a list of things rolling around in my mind.  And was making a list and I remembered a friend that had a blog that did a bucket list for her kids mainly.  But I thought that it would be fun for George and I so that we could both put our ideas together and plan to do things that WE BOTH find important to us.  So I got his take on his things and we came up with this list.  The list is not finished.  I need to add birthdays in there.  

But I did decide to make a bucket list section of our kitchen.  And I'll make a Bucket List Sign out of this barn wood.  

I bought some clips today at JoAnne's and spray painted them a bronze color.  And I bought some other things and some wood glue to  decorate it up.  Also bought the letters in burlap material to spell out "Bucket List".  

We'll do one for each season.  This will help us to see our goals and it will include some projects, and fun things and we can easily be reminded in our old age what it is we need/want to be working on.  lol 

So I decided not to work on this today b/c I needed the clips to dry after spray painting them.  But I think this list came from my excitement to be home from the trips and on the "next leg" of our year.  I knew once the trips were over - we'd be planning things beyond it and OH WE HAVE.  

We will not do everything on that list -but there is always a chance to roll something over to the next one.  

But I was excited to get started on this project and pleased that George liked the idea and was supportive of it.

So that consumed a lot of yesterday.  And we went to our BBQ dinner.  We had a good time at that.  And a friend that George knew was playing in the band.  We sat at Lucky Table #13.  And we were one of the first ones to get to go eat through the buffet.  Oh it was all so good too.

George's sister and her husband was there too and we sat at the table together and caught up a bit. 

I was so "done" though by 9.  I have been incredibly tired and with low energy since I've been home.  My right arm has been hurting me as well as my right knee.  I can use them but both are very sore.  
Two weeks of pulling on and yanking stuffed and overfilled suitcases, and laptop bags, and heavy purses filled with cameras, ipods, ipads, iphone, umbrella -  I'm just spent.  So I've really pulled the muscle in my right arm.  I can use it but it's not happy.  It really feels like there is a knot in there.  If it doesn't improve soon I'm going to the doc.  It has bothered me for some time but it's not been a life altering thing.  But now it's really bugging me.

So today we went to church.  And then to Home Depot and then to JoAnne's and then to Staples and then to Pet Smart and then to Cori Dog's and then to Publix.  George also has a craft project he is working on so we were looking for things for our crafts.  And then groceries and got hungry in the process.  

We came home and put up groceries, took dogs out, rebooted laundry.  He went to get hair cut and see his Mom.  And then I went to bed for a nap.  I think it was about 1.5 hours.  I thought maybe it would make me feel better and I think it did.  I'm only able to stay up and do this  blog entry b/c I did this.  It cleared my head and gave my muscles a bit of relief.  

Getting up, rebooted more laundry and decided that I was not going to iron and I was done with housework.  Disappointed not to get any cleaning done at all but was happy to finish all but one chapter of Rod Stewart book.  

I was helping to fix our dinner tonight, so after George made relish out of peppers that a neighbor gave him from his garden, it was my turn to make spaghetti sauce and spaghetti.  George then finished it up to make his pepperoni spaghetti.  It was really good. You just bake the dish with pepperoni's and about 3 cheeses on top.  

So, I thought it would be so simple to come and do a blog entry and wanted to import pictures first.  Well no go.  My computer would not let me transfer pics from my phone.  I found a way to do it but it actually did all 300 photos (again).  So I finally figured out that Microsoft 365 had not been all the way reactivated and I think that when I renewed that, it allowed the program to do what it normally does with my photos.  I have no idea "what part" does it, but once I downloaded from my annual renewal - it began working again. 

But my computer was acting slow anyway, so I had to run the Webroot and do the analysis and reconfigure it a bit.  I hope it acts better tomorrow.  We'll see.  

But today it was not easy just getting this dang blog entry done. It should have been so simple.

Well, so - I'm going to bed now. 

The week is going to be busy and big and bad.  I'll give it all I can.  But I'm not feeling too good right now.  I hurt all over and my muscles are screaming.  

A busy weekend, and not a lot of rest.  But here we go.  

I will do my best to put on a smile and give it all I got.  Then come home and crash.  I'm still zonked.  

But looking at the weekend, we did a lot really.  And our November weekends are filling up.  Friends asked us to go away on a trip with them the 2nd weekend in Nov, but we had just made plans yesterday for that date.  

Well, yeah, it's a busy time but we'll have fun and in the mean time - I need a maid or a personal assistant at home I think.  ;-)

Ya'll be good.  More later. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Glad to Be Back Home

Well, I'm back now from ALL the trips.   It's been a whirlwind of a two weeks.  It was fun, for the most part.  I am glad to be home, to regroup, re-flourish my house, and give it some attention and love, and rest and rejuvy.  What is hard coming home from two weeks of traveling trip is that you are used to maid service and cleanness constantly and modern decor and pampering.  Coming home, you come home to dirty sheets (who knows what that was on my side of the bed after dogs slept there all week), non-vacuumed floors, and everything needs a fantastick, a dust, and of course the piles of everything everywhere.  And a "do it yourself" experience.  Except of course George nicely brings my bags up for me.  And George surprisingly did a load of towels - he never does that and he must have used a lot of towels this week - usually he is stubborn to use the same one for a while and I had all the laundry caught up when I left, including towels.  But at least he did them.  And the trash was all empty and everything.  So not everything was amiss.  But I do miss that spic and span, clean lines, clean modern decor, and being picked up after every day.  I'd have made a real good "royal".  ;-) 

All that said, I'm glad to be home and even glad not to be away any more until at least next April.  Looking forward to the holidays, even though they will be odd and different this year. 

George also ran some errands for us while I was gone - to the grocery and to the liquor store - finding some scallops for me that I like and also getting a good bottle of wine that I like.  Nice to be thought of!

He is gone to do yard sailing this morning again.  Apparently he went yesterday morning to one and found a "shadow box" type of thing that looked like it was just made for him.  I'll have to take a pic once we hang it in the music room down stairs - one half music and one half beachy on my end.  It had music icons in there and looked like all the things he loved.  The Beatles, Jazz, and even has the same guitar he has at home.  It had miniature books as he likes to read.  I am surprised it didn't have Star Wars too.  I was shocked that he found something that was so obviously perfect for him.  Of course it has an amateur look to it, but it's not bad. And he said it was priced cheaply - so WOW what a good find.

Yard Sale season is almost over.  I guess he'll have to find some other errands to run on Saturday morning.  ;-) We'll see what he comes home with today.

So  yes, home until next April!  Unless we all go somewhere as a family for a few days in the spring.  I'm game for that.

So yesterday was a quick day of sorts.  Mainly ate breakfast at the hotel, returned rental car, caught rental bus to airport, and then got on the plane and sat there for 3 hours, lol.  We had a little turbulence in two places, which I had already figured out we would.  One was over like the Albuquerque area and the other over Oklahoma.  It was not too bad, but we did shake and rattle a bit.  I finished a book on the plane.  And almost finished another. 

The lady beside me on the plane was nice but weird.  She put a scarf over her head the entire flight.  It looked so funny.  But I think it was fear based b/c she told me later that she cannot see out the window or it will make her sick.  So I think she was afraid to NOT put the scarf over her head. 

She did peak once though to see Nashville area view while landed but quickly had to turn away and look at the cabin ahead.  She was meeting a friend in Nashville who had texted that her flight was delayed.

Well, anyway, soon I will finish out my Charleston entries.  Sorry I didn't really share a lot about Oklahoma City and Phoenix.  I wasn't sure the current company would appreciate photos and me being "touristy" with my photos.  Normally I like to take pics of the restaurants and such.  But I declined to do that.  And by the time we got to Phoenix and the 2 hour time change, I think I was just whooped.  I woke up at 3 every morning b/c in Nashville it was 5.  I always enjoy it out there, but it's always so quick - these trips - aside from a restaurant you don't really get to enjoy it.  I really wish that I could have stayed and George come out and us go to Sedona.  But...that would have been another added cost after my own travel, but perhaps we can work on that happening at some point. I would love for George and I to spend some time in Phoenix and surrounding area. 

So George and I had Chinese food last night.  It was soooooo good and we watched Below Deck.  I was just useless as a person though.  Just glad to be home and practically lifeless.  I stayed awake mostly for the show - ok I did fall asleep once.  lol  Then went to bed and then could not go to sleep.  I had to go get a quilt and wrap up in it like a cocoon.  And dogs would not settle.  Maisy wanted to be with me, but then George, but with me, but then George.  lol  But she is following me around - even accompanying me to the bathroom.  She has to be in the same room.  lol  George says they sleep later when I'm gone.  But when I'm home they expect to get up early.  I think it's b/c we are a bit crowded now with all of us.  I was tossing and turning anyway this morning.  So we were up at 5. 

I asked Alexa to put something on the grocery list this morning and she said she couldn't find the list.  lol What?  I asked George what he did to Alexa while I was gone.  lol  I am not sure what happened.  She finally created a grocery list but then the items were not there.  It would not show a list.  I deleted the Alexa app on my phone and reinstalled and there it was.  So a glitch I guess. 

Oh I miss having a breakfast buffet every morning of eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns, but I could feel my cholesterol and BP rising - lol.  If you could feel such a thing.  I will have to go back to eating oat meal and yogurt and fruit this week.  However, I AM getting bacon this week.  I've had cravings for bacon.  I had ordered an egg omellete at the breakfast yesterday off the menu instead of buffet and the main thing I wanted was bacon.  I asked the waiter if he could remember it b/c he was not writing it down. He said he could.  But he forgot the bacon.  We had a flight to catch so I just politely went over to the breakfast bar and got some bacon and broke it up and put it on my omelette.  More than one way to skin a cat I guess.  I was stubborn and was going to have my bacon!

But I'm still craving bacon.  So I shall have it.  It's on the list! 

Unpacking this morning and will do laundry, and get all the work stuff organized to take back on Monday.  I feel the need to clean and refresh my house and re-air it out.  I'm going to put some good smelling essential oils in the diffuser.  And I'm going to reorg and make the place like I want it.  And I'm going to pick a date with George for us to go look at the new sofa and chairs.  I just am DONE with the current set.  I'm ok with us doing it for a Christmas thing for each other - as long as we have it by Christmas.  I'm ready for it now.  lol I'm DONE with itchy and scratchy (sofa and chair nick names). 

Now that I am home, fall can happen, Christmas shopping can happen, and the holidays can happen.  We can plan our fun fall/winter meals, go to a hockey game (friends have asked), and do some fun stuff. 

I have a few ideas, sparked by a person I follow on Instagram to do a seasonal "Bucket List".  I have a roll of Tyvek to do it with too.  ;-)  If I do it, I will take a pic.  Might work on that list today and then write it up tomorrow. 

Well the windows are open here and it got down to 49 I think.'s was quite the chill this morning.  Nothing a soft jogging jacket hasn't fixed along with coffee.  So glad to have my coffee this morning instead of the hotel coffee. 

Better get things going in the house - like I like it. Oh and I'm going to light a candle too.  Why did I not think of that already! 

Oh also my shoulder and right arm is not to happy with me from pulling on that luggage all week.  On my next physical, I do need to discuss my right arm and shoulder with him.  There seems to be something out of joint or not exactly right sometimes.  My range of motion is dwindling.  And I seem to have a knot of some sort that hurts amidst that area.  I have to look and see when all my physicals are.  But right now my right arm "ain't happy".

Ya'll have a great day.  I'm going to enjoy mine.  We are going to go to a BBQ "thing" later with music and food. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Tired From Phoenix But Flying Home Today

Well, I've been pretty tired out here - trying to be on a schedule that is 2 hours later than normal but with a body wanting to be the 2 hours earlier.  Waking up at 2 or 3 instead of 4 or 5 and then trying to have a later day but falling asleep by 8:30 or 9:00 here.  So, feel a little zombie like.  Drank coffee a lot yesterday to be chipper to get through training.  But was very relieved to be done with all the training at both plants.  Still have Nashville plant and Corporate office next week and a WHOLE lot of work to do at my desk and follow ups on nearly everything.

But it's Friday and today is a flying day.  George is leaving early to pick me up at the airport.  And we are heading home to our weekend. 

I'm so happy to be going home.  It's not that I don't enjoy the travel as I do.  Love getting to see the folks at all the locations.  Love getting to share meals with them and love getting to try cuisine. 
But I'm glad to go home and get in a routine again.  And get caught up.  We will be needing to dive into Christmas.  And we are going to a BBQ dinner tomorrow night.  That has been planned for a while. 

I've been up since 3:30 - but woke up several times last night and had some very real but crazy dreams catnapping around each of them since about midnight. I'm amazed I can even do a blog entry this morning, lol.  It could be some kind of Hitchcock blog entry if I wrote about my dreams.  Maybe it was the red wine and spaghetti.  lol

My business travel partner found an Italian restaurant as I've had steak and chicken and mexican and burgers and I really wanted some spaghetti.  So he found a restaurant called North Italia.

Walking in I could smell the "Italian" smells and it sure smelled good.  We had a very nice dinner and I had spaghetti bolognese.  I tried to stay awake after getting back to my room.  I read a lot into my Rod Stewart book.  Really wanted to finish it.  Fell asleep trying.  lol 

So I am almost finished with two of my books.  I'll probably finish Rod at home this weekend if I stop long enough to read.  And I should finish one of my books on the plane ride home.  Wish I could take both books on the plane but...the Rod book is a hardback and kinda big. 

I have to say though - about Rod Stewart.  I want to like him.  I want to understand him.  But I think after reading, I not quite as much of a fan.  I'm not sure what I expected.  I mean drugs, sex, and rock and roll - what else could it have been about.  lol  He also has an air of arrogance about him.  And he will admit it.  He will also admit his mistakes - so I do like that.  But I think many of them he repeated.  Anyway, it has been interesting reading some about his life.  I've just been really slow reading this year. 

Well, I'm trying to keep myself busy as we meet for breakfast at 7.  Then have to return the rental car and ride the rental car bus to the airport. I'll be glad to get the bag checked.  It's very heavy. 

I've lugged around a very heavy laptop case and purse and suitcase all week.  I'm ready not to have to do that anymore.  I am using my small suit case also.  It's busting at the seems.  lol

I may close my eyes and just listen to music on the plane also and check out.  I'm pretty zapped after 2 weeks of travel.  I have enjoyed it - well most of it, but just a bit zapped and ready for the weekend. 

Ya'll have a great day too.  Happy Friday.  Please pray for our safe travels.  I think we have to go over a couple of rough patches, but maybe it won't be bad b/c I don't think the midwest storms have fired yet. But the energy is getting in place.   Yes I'm watching the Weather Channel.  Just hoping for smooth flights. 

Well signing off.  Til later.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Quick Entry.

Good morning. Not much time to blog. Jet lagging I guess. Just popping in to say hi. Have a training class and handbook rollout today. And all  will be translated.

Yesterday was fine. Flight was great. All going well. Just pretty tired. Sorry not much info. I’m at breakfast.

Y’all have a great day.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Looking for Positive Energy

Good Morning!

Still in Oklahoma City this morning.  Presentations and training have gone well and late afternoon we fly out to Phoenix to do a round there.

A little bit home sick on this trip.  Since I was gone last week.  It is hard being out of the office for two weeks in a row.  It just makes it difficult.  And I miss home.  But doing the best I can and next week is really going to be busy with everything that I need to do.

I feel a bit down today.  So I am hoping for a day of positive energy.

Here's how to have a positive day:
Here is a list of 10 habits that can turn a gloomy outlook into an effortlessly optimistic attitude.
  1. Think of things you are thankful for ...
  2. Redirect your challenges. ...don't let others turn your joy into mud puddles if you can't control what they think or do anyway
  3. Get good at being rejected- at rejecting negativity that follows.  You can feel the pain but let it go and look for what went well and what to do different next time.
  4. Use positive words to describe your life. ...then your mind will believe it
  5. Replace have with get. ...I "get" to do this tomorrow instead of I "have" to.
  6. Don't let yourself get dragged into other people's complaints or drama. 
  7. Breathe.  And go on.
  8. Notice the good things around you
  9. Try to Make things better
  10. Make someone else smile or do something for someone else and it makes you and someone else feel good and spreads much needed positive energy

So, today I will hopefully get to work on a few things I've been trying to work on but haven't been able to.

And hopefully I will be saying good morning to you tomorrow from Phoenix.

Ya'll have a good day.  It's Wednesday right?  OTH day.  Over the hump.   Off to the private blog.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Good Morning from Oklahoma City

Well, what a day.  Got up around 4:30 and got ready and was out the door by 6:30.  The goal for me was to disturb George's morning as little as possible since he had to get up earlier than normal.  He had suggested to leave at 6:30 and I said that should work.  I normally prefer to get there 2 hours in advance but I usually have some time left to wait, so I said 6:30 should work. Well there was a wreck and we inched all the way to the airport.  I should have been there by 6:50 or 6:55 but it was about 7:15 or 7:20.  I think.  Anyway, I had to get my boarding pass, check luggage, get through security, go to the bathroom, get my chicken biscuit, get my water.  Then I'm ready.  Two things helped me to be on time.  1)  I was lucky enough to get TSA Pre Check.  That meant I didn't have to take shoes off  or take my laptop out of the case.  2)  Our flight was delayed by 10 minutes.

So off we go.  My boarding pass, nor my flight information had indicated a connecting flight.  I had thought that was odd as usually you can't get to OKC from TN, lol.  And sure enough when I got to the gate, I realized we would be going to St. Louis first.

Some crazy woman with a cat got on in St. Louis and was in front of me.  Then someone that looked like Lee Ann Womack and her husband (it could have been but I think this couple was younger) sat next to this woman.  The woman with the cat was high maintenance from the start.

First of all she wanted to put the cat under the middle seat but sit by the window.  The flight attendant told her "no you cannot do that it has to be under the seat in front of you.  And it would barely fit but it did.  They made her put her purse up above in the overhead bin, and she was not happy about that.  Then she made the couple get up while everyone was trying to board and went and got the flight attendant and requested that the gentleman be reassigned next to her b/c he said he was allergic to cats.  The gentleman and the lady with him, both laughed and was trying not to.  And told the flight attendant "no I am not allergic to cats and that he didn't say that".  And so the flight attendant said she was not reassigning him then.

During the drink service, she was not happy with the mixed drink offerings and they didn't have what she wanted so she ordered something and was not happy with it, then wanted something else.  They brought it and she was not happy with it and wanted hot chocolate.  The flight attendant said he was going to get everyone else served their first time and then come back to her.  She finally got her hot chocolate and had drinks everywhere.  The flight attendant said "Mam can I take something away for you so you don't spill anything?"  Well during that process she spilled something all over the guy next to her.  So the flight attendant had to go get mega paper towels and called the supervisor personnel at the airport we were heading to to talk to the guy.  I am sure they were going to offer him some perk - drink coupons or a flight discount or something.  When we landed, the supervisor was waiting for him but the guy went on past and didn't see the supervisor.  lol  I think he just wanted to be on his way.

Anyway, that woman!  And I think she had to stay on the flight and it was going to Panama City next.  Wow.  They had to deal with her for another round.

So we got to Oklahoma City, ate lunch (at my request).  I have to eat about every 5 hours or I will get shaky b/c of the sugar thing.  I thought I was going to have to Uber back out to get food, lol.  But he was nice to stop and we actually went in to Arby's to get something. I usually go to Charleston's and get a chicken salad, but this parmesan chicken sandwich was really good.  I had baked lays with it.

Well, then we got to the plant.  And I Prepped for my supervisor training and did that and then studied for the Handbook presentation today.  So pray that it goes well.   I will be doing that around 10 a.m. today.

I have some things I need to work on today as well.  So after this presentation, I will be done with everything for the OKC plant as far as training and presentations, anyway, and can get some work done.  Having been out a week, there are a few things that need doing.

It was hard to leave home yesterday b/c I had JUST gotten back Thursday from vacation and was not really ready to head back out.  But it's ok.  It needs to be done and I do like to travel.

I  talked with George last night and took a shower and read for a bit.  Also read on the plane yesterday.  So I'm nearing the end of two books.  Been a long time coming.  I've not read much this year.

Slept good last night.  Well until about 2 and then it was cat napping.  I got up at 4.  So at least I had 6 hours of solid sleep.  Another night here in OKC and then I'll be on the Phoenix.

I need to pack up here with my laptop and head downstairs to eat.  Need to be downstairs at 6:30 for breakfast and then we leave at 7.  I'll look at my presentation again this morning and I see a couple of changes I need to make.  So I'll have more time to practice.

I also reviewed it again last night before bed.  So I should be ok.  I've been asked not to go into depth as it will take forever so I'm trying to be general but informative.  Not a lot has changed - however there are some key things that are more clearly defined and spelled out.

Anyway excited this day has FINALLY come after 4 years of wanting it to happen.  ;-)  We have a handbook.

Ya'll have a superb day.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Charleston Day 3: You Won't Believe ALL WE DID!

Waterfront Marriott, Charleston, SC

It seemed unreal to me to look out each morning and see boats out on the marina.  Hello, am I really here?  So beautiful.  

We started our day out each morning and ended our day with such views. 

We took the elevator down to the "cul de sac" or roundabout and waited for our Uber ride to Folly Beach.  It was about 30 minutes away and was about $17 bucks or so.  We did not have breakfast b/c we were going to have brunch.  I picked out a cute place on the internet called "The Lost Dog".    This one was a success.  A shame we only could have one meal here.  I was really ready for just a plain eggs, bacon and OJ meal with grits.  We had dropped some bucks already.  And I knew we wanted to eat a snack again later before leaving Folly.  So even though we wanted the awesome eggs benedict or aka "the best international eggs benedict", we just couldn't go it.  It was: 

the best international eggs benedict* canadian bacon, fried green tomatoes and two poached eggs over an english muffin and topped with buttery hollandaise served with fresh fruit ............................................................................ 14.00
I just could NOT do it.  So we both stuck to plain and "cheaper".  I think my "Loyal Companion" breakfast was $6.50 (eggs, bacon, grits).  Can't beat that.  It was excellent and filled me happy!  And of course there was that ONE splurge we had - our $3 Mason Jar Mimosa's.  We had the one with a "peach twist".  And we had more coffee.  The hotel room coffee is ok, but just kinda gets you out the door, lol. 

Peach flavored Mimosa and Coffee at The Lost Dog, Folly Beach, SC

The Mimosa's weren't too strong, they were mostly just good morale boosters for us being on vacay and at the beach.

The Lost Dog, Folly Beach, SC

The place was decorated with doggies all over.  This place, once a Folly laundrymat, offers an excellent place to meet, eat, and greet.  And it was our starting point for the day.  Too bad they are so far away, but if you go, you must Do the Lost Dog and go for lunch and let us know how it was, b/c we didn't get to do anything but breakfast.

Lost Dog, Folly Beach, SC

And one of the nice things about Folly is that dogs are allowed on the beach at certain times of the year when it's not the busy season.  I think that is a fair compromise and I'm proud of them for allowing dog owners to have an opportunity to be with their dogs on the beach. 

"The Loyal Companion" Breakfast, Lost Dog, Folly Beach, SC

Can you say mmmmmmmm?  I buttered my toast and smeared Strawberry Preserves all over it and was in heaven.  And I had missed my bacon.  I'm going to get some bacon at the grocery when I get back from traveling!  I'm still craving it.  As you can see there wasn't much bacon there.  But what was there was good. 

After eating we went in the Folly Beach shops.  And it didn't take very long.  I bought a couple of t-shirts.  

Then we walked out to the Folly Beach Pier.  

Folly Beach Pier, Folly Beach, SC

I loved this.  Once we were on the beach front, there was a breeze and it felt really good.

Folly Beach, SC

It was a beautiful beach day.  Katy had not brought her bathing suit and we had thought it would be pretty miserable anyway having to Uber back from a beach - instead of just walking back to your condo for a shower.  So we had already agreed that we would just walk on the beach and see the shops and eat.  What we didn't realize was that this was going to be quick.  I had thought we'd be hanging out there all day.  

Folly is a special place though.  We enjoyed it.  I loved walking on the beach and getting to see the ocean - as always.  I realized it was a record year for me as I'd seen 3 beaches in one year for the first time ever.  I saw Tybee Island, Amelia Island, and Folly Beach.  Only one in a swimsuit, but that's ok.  

Folly Beach, SC

Folly Beach, SC

Folly Beach Pier, Folly Beach, SC

Looking off Folly Beach pier, Folly Beach, SC

This is one of my favorite photos that I took there.  The bird never moved, just posed for my pic.

Folly Beach Pier, Folly Beach, SC

Just a nice area.  Volley Ball and they are trying to maintain natural plant growth around the beach.  

Folly Beach, SC

Folly Beach, SC

Katy, my daughter, Folly Beach, SC Oct 2017

Isn't Katy pretty looking out at the ocean in her Lula Roe dress and her beach hat with the bow in the back?  

And here is me...quite the happy girl, in my hat, happy to be beachside. 

Yours Truly, Happy to be at Folly Beach, SC  Oct 2017

And yes I'm wearing one of my Lula Roe tops, lol!  What can I say - they are just the most comfortable fitting clothes and form fitting.  Or should I say, "form accommodating" lol 

The beach was dotted with shells.  Can you believe that?  I mean hardly anyone was there to pick them up.  Once I used to collect them.  But now I let them be. 

Shells and Footprints, Folly Beach, SC

After our beach walk and hanging out and doing some gift shops off of the pier, we decided to see if they had some peel and eat shrimp.

Here is a pano of Pier 101, Folly Beach on the Pier.

Pier 101, Folly Beach Pier, Folly Beach, SC

My view...

Pier 101, Folly Beach, SC

Peel N Eat Shrimp, Pier 101, Folly Beach, SC

So Katy had been wanting peel and eat shrimp and finally we found some.  The shrimp were great.  
We had a corona with lime (as it's light) and pondered our next moves and thought about what we should do for our last day (the next day) right before we had to fly home.  Thoughts of Plantations ran through our minds, but we still were not sure of the logistics with luggage.  

Before leaving Folly, we decided to find the island grocery to see what that was like, in an effort to find some souvenirs for George.  
So Bert's Market, it was.  It has most of what you would need to throw a meal together I suppose.  A very small place, but emergency needs available, and immediate beach needs.  Kinda with a rock and roll theme and attitude.  A few surfer types around.  And if tripping it here, I'd be sure to stop at the Harris Teeter on the way in, just so you have everything on your list covered and use Bert's to supplement.  

So we called an Uber, having done what we needed to do on Folly.  Our next stop was a selfish one - yes we Ubered over to a rooftop bar so we could get a view of Charleston, a more interesting "girls trip" afternoon cocktail, and decide our NEXT moves.  We had about done everything that took "short quick moments of time".  What we needed was another whole day to do the Plantation.  Drats!  But that's all ok.  I'll go back again some day and do that.  

We had our cocktails and chips and salsa.  

Rooftop Bar, Vendue Hotel, Charleston, SC

We were the first ones there for the afternoon, but soon others followed. 

Rooftop of Vendue Hotel, Charleston, SC

Rooftop Bar, Vendue Hotel, Charleston, SC

Strawberry Basil Lemonade and "In Too Deep" cocktails at Vendue Hotel Rooftop Bar, Charleston, SC

The "In Too Deep" was a popular one.  But I really liked the 

Strawberry Basil Lemonade.  I wanted to try the Pimm's Cup, but my gosh, even though we were Ubered around, I didn't want to be tipsy, but there is always another time, or there is always Bartender George on the homefront.  lol 

It's fun to try specialty cocktails with your girlfriends, and in this case one of my best girlfriends is my daughter.  We enjoyed our afternoon tasting.  The waiter was kind and encouraging.   So afterwards we set out to find "Rainbow Row".  On the way there, we went through the Waterfront Park.    Nice stroll and a nice breeze under a canopy of trees.  Nice fountains.  And beautiful waterfront condos and houses.  Makes one jealous.  (Until hurricane season.)

Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC

Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC

And if you walk over behind the fountain, this is your view.  Beautiful. 

Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC

I'm sorry that I don't know the history of this house.  But oh it must be one of the original ones.  I just snapped as we were walking.  About this time I decided I had "to go"!  lol  And we had to walk and figure out where a restroom was b/c we weren't near anything that looked conducive to being able to accommodate that need.  Finally a historical museum told us where to go find one (City Hall) but the museum would not let you in for that purpose unless you paid for the exhibit. They were at least nice about it.  And gave us two options (the nicer bathrooms or the closer, not as nice bathrooms).  We opted for the nicer City Hall bathrooms and NICE they were.  And oh what a relief.  The restrooms are there, but the trick is asking someone who knows where to duck in for them.  Usually not a problem as we were always at or near a restaurant or somewhere, but at this particular point, we were not at any obvious places and it was a bit scary.  But all was well.  And snapped this photo below while on THAT adventure. 

Charleston has endured fires, earthquake, hurricane, war, and it's built upon sandy ground and so the houses, after time are a bit uneven.  Walls and doors and windows tilt.  You can kinda see that here below. 

We decided to go through the Markets again and see if anything was there we missed.  Oh ok, who am I kidding.  We were so hot from the mid to upper 80's and humidity we were looking for that center section of the market that had the a/c!  lol 

We needed to check in for our flights.  So....Katy saw a sign that said $4 wine at happy hour. lol  Another drink?  Well ok.  We had well worn off any of the others.  So we ducked in, had some great a/c, more sitting, and waited til 5:55 to check in.  The waitress tried to help us with our dilemma for the "to do" list for tomorrow and the plantation.  But I realized I'd forgotten to call the plantation to see if they would keep our luggage for us.  Oh well.  I told Katy to pray about it b/c I wasn't sure what to do on our last day.  We made that one glass of red wine last an hour so we could check in for the flight.  They were not very busy so we didn't worry.  I actually told our waitress we were checking in for flight and planning tomorrow.  And she was helpful. 

So, we needed to kill some time and didn't want to go back to the hotel and back out again, to save money.  So....we decided to ride the green trolley to the point at which the orange trolley picked up and then we could go and see the College of Charleston, sit in the a/c of the trolley bus and SIT for a spell.  We figured out where we wanted to eat dinner and would connect back up with the Green Trolley to get there.  This is actually fun for us folks that have cars - and enjoyed having fun with the trolley lines.  However, we learned that the schedules are not accurate and the wait time is longer than it says.  Why?  Most likely because of the fact that drivers take breaks, there IS traffic, and sometimes people are the problem (asking questions, on the wrong bus, not sure where they are or where to get off, lol).

The trolley/bus service is free and you can read about it here:  

Just don't be confused like we were.  We were looking for an actual trolley, but it's a bus!  Thanks to a vision store near a trolley stop that we went into and asked.  They found out b/c people were always asking.  Every one was friendly in Charleston and we enjoyed the Uber driver's and hearing their stories and everyone was helpful and nice to the tourists.  Folks in the shops, and waiters and waitresses, and bus drivers, and even the tourists.  It was just a nice experience.

By the time we had our trolley bus excursions, we had worked up another appetite.  We wanted to go to Pearlz Oyster Bar.   So we finally made it there from a short walk from the bus stop and the sun was down.  I was glad that Katy was the trolley stop guru and had the map pulled up for our dinner spot.  We often took turns deciding things, planning things, paying for things, and finding places to eat.  We were truly tired.  Can you imagine?

We got here.  And Katy ordered coffee and I think I ordered iced tea.  We needed some pick me up at this point. And we were hungry but not too awfully hungry.  We ordered an appetizer of Oysters Rockefeller which we were surprised only had 5 oysters making a "split a little more complicated".  Since I was the one wanting the order, Katy said I could have it.  I took her up on it.  They were really good.

Here was Pearlz.  A nice little Oyster Shop.

Pearlz Oyster Bar, Charleston, SC

The bar, at Pearlz. 

Pearlz Oyster Bar, Charleston, SC

My view of the wall.  Cute. 

Pearlz Oyster Bar, Charleston, SC

Oysters Rockefeller, Pearlz Oyster Bar, Charleston, SC

Well I ordered Fish and Chips and I think Katy did as well.  It was truly fish and chips.  And it was DEVINE!  We devoured it up.  It was all soooo good.

Fish and Chips, Pearlz Oyster Bar, Charleston, SC
Were we through yet?  Oh heck no.  We had been told about a Dessert Bar that we had to try.  So off we go.  Were we hungry.  Nawww.  

But we Ubered Over.  It was dark and the trolleys were slow and about to end.  So we just Ubered to Kaminsky's Dessert Bar.   And we got a Brandy Alexander. 

Brandy Alexander, Kaminsky's Dessert Bar, Charleston, SC
So then as we Ubered in, we Ubered out and back to our hotel.  And you know what.  Once we showered and pajama'd and called our spouses, we crashed and I think we slept until about 8 the next day.  What a day.  And we went to bed having no clue as to what to do the next day and too tired to rationally make decisions.  But one thing for certain was, we were sleeping in and there would be no plantation. Bitter Sweet, but fact. 

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz.  Sleep was as sweet as that Brandy Alexander. 

Back to present day.  We went to church today.  I'm somewhat packed for this next week of travel.  I've worked some this afternoon, doing emails and going over some things with my boss on the handbook.  He's been busy too.  But thankful he's trying to work me in to wrap up some details before the week gets off being that I'm doing handbook presentations at all the plants this week as well as some supervisor training.  

So all the laundry and ironing done.  And all is left to pack is jewelry, books, electronic items, and cosmetics.  

I feel sortof a bitter sweet on traveling this week.  I will miss my family and doggies since I've only been home the weekend.  But you all know how much I love to travel.  So I will enjoy it as I always do.  I like getting to see the other folks in person at the plant.  And will enjoy working with them this week.  

A lady at church gave me a book today, signed by her and written by her.  It's Iniquitous Connections:  The Dark by J.D. Langston.  She is in my Sunday School class.  I was honored that she gave it to me.  And she said it was hard to read, perhaps Dark as it sounds.  But I'll read it.  And we are getting to know each other better in Sunday School.  As people share their hurts, their sorrows, their fears, and so forth and God's intentions for us.  I am not too comfortable sharing yet, but I see that others are and I'm grateful for that.  These things bring a bond.   And I'm glad we are plugged in - the church is big but the class is small.  Really like it.  

Well, I haven't talked to Mom in a week.  We were busy and I didn't call on vacation.  I collapsed into bed calling George and that was it.  I called Mom yesterday but think she was out with her girlfriends.  I've been a frenzy trying to get everything turned around and repacked and to get these blog entries done before I forgot everything.  The longer you wait the harder it is to give it the honor.  

I've still not posted all on facebook yet.  The blog is the exclusive.  Facebook only gets snippets now.  But I will post ALL the pics in a Charleston album for "safe keeping" and people can see it.  But it'll have to be when I get back from this Arizona and Oklahoma trip. 

When I get back from this trip we will start our focus on the Christmas shopping.  I want to take Mom to pick out her tablet.  I'm excited for her to have a new tablet and glad that we can give her something that she will use daily.  She says it is holding on to it's last leg.  I told her she can have it before Christmas if needed.  But I want her to pick it out so we'll go get her and take her to look at it when I get back.  We'll pick our weekend.  

And George and I have decided to go eat Thai on Halloween as our Halloween event, lol.  

We will also pick a date to go look at furniture.  I told him we don't have to buy anything right now b/c of the expense of my trip last week.  He doesn't seem to be too worried about it.  He is glad we lived it up and had a great time.  Bless him.  

Well we loaded up yard sale stuff that didn't sell and George took to a donation center today.  We still have another van full to go.  

It is raining here and cooler.  The temps feel so good.  The temps in OKC will be nice but in AZ it will be summer again and upper 80's but lower humidity.  So I have a sweater and a bit warmer choice of clothes for OKC and summer stuff for AZ.  

Well, I've not had a chance to read any.  Much to my sadness, but I keep waggin' my books around across country hoping to read.  I've been playing Candy Crush which relaxes me and eases the stress or anxiety.  I'm not sure what I am anxious about but - life itself I guess.  I have a love-hate relationship with flying.  And life's uncertainty is always bearing on you. to be relaxed with my doggies by my side and a few quick games of Candy Crush jsut seem to be what I need.  Knocking candies against one another and hearing someone go "sweet", "delicious", "tasty", "divine"....after your moves.  But I'm missing my books.  I've had a bad reading year.  And I'm in the middle of some really good books too.  So I do need to change my focus.  I have so many books to read.  

Well, better go.  Please say prayers for travel blessings.  I'm traveling with a different group than usual.  Not sure if I'll get to eat out or be stuck in hotel room.  Hey there is always Uber right? lol  Well, if I get stuck in a hotel room, I guess there is always room service or the hotel restaurant and I can read, work, or watch TV.  I'm game for any of the above, but I DO LOVE to go out to eat.  

Y'all have a good week.  What are you doing this week?  I love hearing from you too.