Monday, June 25, 2018

Weekend of GTD (Getting things Done) and Dinner with New Friends

Good morning!  Well, I managed to get the Vision Board posted in the laundry room.  That is where I am a lot of the weekend.  And you can see my work in process too with the clothes drying and some had just come out of the dryer.  But was able to mark off "Vision Board" from my list.  I had not hung it for a while due to: 1) time and 2) wasn't sure how to hang it.  But I used command strips.

We had a very productive day around the house Saturday.  We have had steaks two nights in a row.  George had been to Houston's Butcher shop and come back with steaks when he went to get ham hocks for the freezer.  We watched the Godfather Saturday night.  I'd never seen it. 

I was watching some storms in TX fire up with ping pong size hail and sent Katy a text.  Out of curiosity sake, I started looking at both TX and TN when I use my "My Radar" app.  I snapped a pic and texted her - you have weather coming.  They have carport areas for their cars out there.  I told her that was good because with ping pong and baseball size hail in the storms (everything bigger in TX) they need it.

Katy said she could see the storms coming.  I think it went north of them and died out some with the sun.  But she got a pic of the sunset with a storm moving in.  

They have amazing sunsets out there.  

Sunday morning, Maisy woke me up at 5 and then again at 5:45.  I think I finally got up around 6 and I was so groggy that coffee didn't help much.  We discussed going to church and had been intent on going.  But decided to do our own devos and not rush around and head out.  I needed another leisurely day so that was good for me as well.  I listened to Bill Furler on his Church on the Beach series about faith - on You Tube.  

George knocked out the rest of weed eating which didn't take long and spent the day catching up on some personal things he's been wanting to do.  He also has started keeping up with my business expenses - which so far is not much.  I did work on getting him my receipts.  I kept trying to force my mind to work yesterday on my to do list.  I did manage some.  However, beyond laundry, ironing,  finishing my 90 day plan workbook, listening to my devos, cleaning up the kitchen, putting up the Target order, changing the sheets -  I found myself just wanting to watch some shows on You Tube.  So I watched the following: 

Gone with the Wynns
Keep Your Day Dream
Have Wind Will Travel

I also watch MJSailing but they are sometimes every two weeks getting a video out so I didn't see anything pop up yesterday.  

I love keeping up with these couples on their adventures.  I am going to add these in my side bar I think for you all some time this week.  I think you all will be happy to watch and subscribe to these shows.  Some of them have blogs too and are already in my sidebar under the blog roll.

And don't laugh but I remembered that I had been astounded that you could pull up marine traffic on and you could follow the ships.  The videos are a week or two behind - up to a couple of months behind on some.  But I found them on the map.  It's just cool to be able to do that.  I registered with marinetraffic website for free.  And set up "My fleet".  lol  I'm just like a kid with this kind of stuff.  So I literally have my own fleet of boats, lol lol lol.  You can see where they are out there.  It amazes me how many ships are out there at one time on this thing.  I'll put that link in the sidebar at some point when I get time this week.  I love to hear stories about sailing, love the ocean, and love the RVing as you know.  I may RV at some point but probably will not sail.  lol

So George did the Tarragon harvest yesterday.  It smells so good.   

By late afternoon we were on our way to meet one of George's friends that he met through work.  He and his wife were in town and they had a service dog.  Her name is Barbie.  Barbie has a blog too.  I'll also be adding that to the blog roll here.  I have a lot to add!

And below you can see her pretty pink toes.

When I said we had steak two nights in a row...

We went to Cherokee Steakhouse about 20 minutes away from us.  To my horror my gas tank was on E.  I called George and he said "no bother, there is a gas station near where we eat that I have enough to get there".  

Below is Bob and Elise with Barbie, who was getting steak bites from the table.  We enjoyed our dinner with them very much.

A storm was brewing up to our north and heading our way.  It had a very high cloud top and a shelf to it and what looked like the makings of a tornado to it or was that just my imagination?

Panorama of the steak place.

The gas station was no longer there! So we had to drive all the way back to the interstate on prayers and fumes.  Finally got the gas!  Our friends were following in case we had issues.  On the way back home, after finding the gas, George veered off from the route.  I was confused.  He took me down a lonely road (which is scary after watching the Soprano's and the Godfather, lol).  He took us toward our dreams.  

First of all the clouds were pretty.

Here was the road. 

He showed me a KOA.  lol

And the RV place.  He did it the safe way.  Taking me after they were closed.  lol  But we drove by and picked out the ones we liked.  They had a leisure van also that looked amazing.  We were curious about it.  

Once George sees the prices, my dream will be over.  lol  (Not really, no one can steal your dream.) But maybe one day it will all come to fruition.  I'm just ready to get started before I get any older.  lol

It's cheaper to have the truck and pull the RV trailer behind.  But maybe not after you buy both.  Anyway we'll see what happens one day.  

Well, ya'll be good.  Dreams have not arrived yet and there is work to be done, so off we go.  I slept late again.  Kept forgetting to set my alarm since I had turned it off at Mom's.  But as always, determined to get a blog post in and do my normal routine.  Especially since I did not blog yesterday. 

Did you all have a good weekend?  What did you do?  

See ya manana, it's cleanse day and I'm all packed for that.  Part of my weekend prep.  Not a busy week for me homewise, but it is for George.  Even though he is not at the guitar company anymore, a lot of people are inviting him to do things and a vendor friend sent him a ticket to the NAMM show.  Sweet.  He was really happy about that and will go and network and see all his connections.  Some are inviting him to dinners and such.  Sometimes I'm invited.  Sometimes not.  So far not.  lol That is ok - I'll hang out and get things done here.  

Be good and be sweet!  Til next time.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Saturday Morning Blabber with Coffee

Saturday here.  Not much to report this morning.  Back to work on Friday to a very busy morning of catching up on email and everyone's needss - some pretty big.  And the day went by fast - sort of - and then home again.  By the time I got home, my creative energy was spent - the best part of me and the best part of the day gone.  I forced myself to do laundry and clean up the kitchen, which wasn't too bad.  George was still working on carpets - bless him.

I realized I really just wanted to sit, sip some wine, and read.  My book "Overboard" was calling me b/c it was at the end.  I finished it.  The book to replace it is "Mississippi Solo:  A River Quest" by Eddy L. Harris.  I always have to have my travel & adventure book going.  My biography right now is one by Candy Spelling, called "Candy-Land".    I finally started it last night.  I have another one - it's a romance type.  I tend to want to read these the least these days.

So we had a little Mexican fare for dinner - from Trader Joe's.  Corn tamales, enchiladas, and spicy pinto beans.  We watched Below Deck, Mediterranean and by the end I believe I was comatose and sleeping, until I heard George saying to Maisy, "Momma's sleeping". 

So off to take dogs outside and then to bed - which felt amazing.

This morning at 5:00 a.m. Tugie was up and Maisy was trying to wake me up.  So I finally got up and took them out and fixed coffee.  George and Roger got up too and I fixed their breakfast and then went back to bed for a few minutes.  Didn't stay long.  My mind was already starting to waken.  I am still pretty groggy and only 1/2 way thru a cup of joe.

So today we have next to no plans other than to go see George's Mom.  I have my normal weekend line up to do of laundry, ironing anything for the next week, a bit of cleaning and trying to knock some things off my to do list.

I want to figure out how to hang "my vision" in the laundry room, finish my 90 day plan, and get to where I can begin working on my business and projects.  We have been so busy that it has taken a back seat.  There is already not much of my week left, but my theory is "Do what you can do" and "Start where you are" with whatever you are involved in.  I have a lot of things I do in the nooks and crannies of my day.  But today I am glad to have the whole day before me.  So we'll see what happens.  There is the bucket list, and the business list, and the household cleaning list, and the fun list.  And to me - it is ALL fun.  The fun is always in the journey.  And you know me, I'm always looking for a journey. lol

I also have about 6 CD's I need to import songs I like from - from Jimmy Buffet, Elton John's greatest hits, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Jim Croce, and Rod Stewart.  I missed my iPod yesterday when working on a spreadsheet I was setting up.  I like to listen when I'm doing something with numbers and spreadsheets.  But I'd laid my ipod on my desk to import these songs and hadn't been able to work on it.  So I didn't have it.  Usually I don't miss it and don't want it - but if I'm messing around with things that are tedious and trying - it relaxes me - and actually energizes me to get it done.  I don't despise spreadsheets.  I rather enjoy them but for some reason I just need some background music when I work on them.  I'm not sure why.  I guess it provides focus for me in an otherwise horribly busy day with stimuli coming from everywhere.

And so it's 7 a.m. and I'm ready to get started.  We will see where I get with this beloved day off!

What are you all doing today?

Friday, June 22, 2018

Day in Columbia with Mom and Afternoon with Friends

Wonderful Breakfast by Mom

Mom fixed an incredible breakfast yesterday.  We had a relaxing morning.  I loved not having the alarm to get me up.  And no dogs either to wake me up.  I did miss my Maisy though.  And was able to sleep a couple of hours later than the norm.  This morning I forgot to set my alarm back though and ended up sleeping 1/2 hour past.  But it's ok.  I'm making up the time.  

We set out to Mom's doctor.  I dropped her at the front door and went back to Hardee's for coffee and water.  Mom said it might be a while before they were finished with her and I panic if I don't have my water near by, I've noticed.  Not really a panic - just a annoying inconvenience that I try hard to avoid.  lol  So I sat in the car and watched the rain drops slide down and videoed it and made it purple.  Did it in slo-mo and time lapse.  I realized I'm smitten for these video programs as I morph into learning how to learn various things within the software.  Then I realized I probably need to go in and wait for Mom.  So I sat in the lobby and read "Overboard".  What a really good book.  It's kept me on the edge of my seat.  The description makes you feel you are really there. 

Reading the best book in Mom's doc office

After Mom got out we headed to downtown Columbia to see if we could get a decent parking place to go to Puckett's on the square.  We were able to score a spot and we had our umbrellas so we were able to have a nice lunch there.  I had the best brisket taco salad.  And again, ate like there was no tomorrow and again had a chipotle ranch dressing - most likely a no no - but I have decided that when I'm tired of olive oil and vinegar and I'm out - I'll allow another dressing from time to time.  Then I'll go back to my vinegar and olive oil.  It's so hard to permanently switch.  So this was a treat and I've had it two days in a row - now I'll be good for a while.

Mom walks in the rain toward Puckett's, downtown Columbia, TN

Puckett's, Columbia, TN 
 After we ate, Mom wanted to sit in the car and encouraged me to go to the shop I'd wanted to go to nearby.  I actually enjoyed walking in the rain.  I did have someone come up behind me and say Hi and ask me for work.  I smiled and said "hello" and acted like I didn't hear the other part and went on ahead walking quickly and was going to dodge into a nearby store if he followed.  He went the other way - thank goodness.  I was thinking "yeah I've got a job for you - in Nashville - moving mattresses into the truck"  - lol.
Walking in the Rain, downtown, Columbia, TN
 Coming out of the store Bleu 32 Vintage- which I could have stayed in ALL day, the rain had subsided a bit.  I snapped a pic of the court house on the square.

There was a record shop that George would love to go into.  

Variety Records, Columbia, TN 

I guess albums are making a come back.
After that we came back to Mom's house and sat on the porch.  The sun came out for a long while with intermittent clouds.  I began playing with iMovie learning how to make videos. 

Mom's porch

Here is what I put together of Mom's backyard and porch.  Hold out for the deer footage. 

Before I knew it, it was time to go to Lisa's.  She had asked me to stop by for a swim.  I stopped at Publix and got a bottle of wine, some cheese, crackers, carrots and hummus.  

Afternoon at Lisa's pool, Franklin, TN

Lisa invited me to stay for dinner for the bean salad.  However, I was watching the weather.  I decided to head on back.  We had a good time floating in the water and talking.  It was Lisa, Juliana, and myself.  Juliana heads back to California next week.  It has been so good to see her.  I'm so happy Lisa invited me over for girl time.  

I headed back as I could see the storms and darker skies coming up behind me from the west as I traveled east.  

I got home and George was starting to do the carpet cleaning.  And I fixed a frozen Stauffer lasagna meal - family size.  Not a low cal option either.  lol  So this next week I need to be much better as I end my "challenge period" and start the next one.  I will get a lot of $$ back into my account to use for food.  

Bed and sleep felt great last night.  And the storms had slowed down and weren't even there yet.  If they came through I wasn't aware.  

Anyway, here we are on a Friday morning and I'm really feeling the need to be off today but back to work I go for the day.  At least it is Friday.  I have a lot to do.  I needed to get my Target order done this morning as we are almost out of a few things.  Maybe I'll squeeze it in.  So much I want to do this weekend since we were gone the last one.  Looking forward to it.  We do have a vendor/friend that is going to be in town and we'll go out with them on Sunday night for dinner - or they may come here.  We are unsure of exact plans.  I am thinking here for drinks and then dinner out nearby.  

So off to work I go.  I hope you all have a wonderful Friday.  

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Saying Hello from Mom’s!

Wondering if this one is missing me this morning. I’m at Moms. I left at 4 yesterday to get out of Nashville. Traffic still bad but not as bad as it could have been. 

Mom and I went out to eat at Ruby Tuesday’s. Got a little petite sirloin and salad bar. And mashed potatoes as the 2nd side. All was soooooo good. I probably ate so fast and with such vigor that it looked liked I had not eaten in two days. lol 

Sleep was good last night. Mom is fixing us breakfast this morning and I am going to grab a shower real quick. 

The coffee is brewing and smells so good.  This one is in my lap this morning. Mom’s dog Fancy. She is a sweet one. 

Talked with Katy yesterday. They got their Direct TV in. Their internet is not good on the ranch and they are having to get their own service. 

Blogging on the go here on a mobile app. So a bit hard to type a lot. Y’all have a good day. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Musicians Hall of Fame Museum, Nashville, TN

Sharing pics from the Musicians Museum

One of George's favorites, Jimi Hendrix

You may recognize this outfit....Paul Shaffer's...from the Tonight Show.  

Glen Campbell

George stands by the Les Paul section.

Sun Records Replican

Part of this museum was interactive.  You got to play on some instruments.  At least there were headphones so no one could really hear your playing.  lol  

Well I believe that is all of my pics from the weekend.  

Last night we went to see Ocean's 8.  It was fantastic.  We enjoyed it.  

Before that we went to a new burger place in town.   I was bad and had a mix of fries and sweet potato fries.   They did not have any "good" sides that I saw anyway -so I went for it.  Oh well.  I make good decisions most of the time now.  And took off huge chunks of my bun.  Here were the choices of burgers.

They were actually sliders so you get two to fill up. I got the Merguez and the Lamb.  The toppings were listed by "styles".  I got the California style on my lamb burger as it had avacado.  Classic style on the Merguez- which was kind of a curry burger. 

George of course had to run in Kroger.  I don't think we can park near a store and not go in for something.  I like to plan ahead and just go once a week.  I guess we didn't get our normal grocerying in this weekend though - just in and out as we were out and about.  We did go to Trader Joe's and get a few frozen things we were wanting but not our normal shopping so I guess I can understand that.  But the movie was 9:45 or later letting out.  So it was 10:30 before I went to bed. 

I laid bags out to pack this morning.  After work I'm heading to C town to see Mom, eat dinner, spend the night, and take her to the doctor tomorrow.  And then eat lunch.  Then I'm heading back and stopping at Don and Lisa's for afternoon sippy and a dip in the pool and some girl time to catch up.  And then on home to our house.   

So yeah taking a vacay day Thursday to get Mom to the doc for the monthly shot in the eye. 

And then we will be looking at Friday.  

I need to get in early today as I will most likely leave a bit early today to get past the traffic.  

So ya'll have a great day.  I'm going to try to do a blog entry on the go since I paid for the software to do so - at least I'll try.  

Take care!  Travel prayer requests please!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Rolling Stones Exhibit

Well, today's blog is going to be very boring compared to yesterday's and the day before.  Our exciting weekend is over and the work week is underway. 

I decided to go ahead and share the Rolling Stones pics from the exhibit here in Nashville.   So enjoy!

So they have a replica of how they lived - dirty nasty filthy apartment.  

Studio time.....

I liked the interactive features.  You could select a song to mix.  I discovered that I REALLY LIKED mixing.  George said he did too.  

Stage replicas

Set lists....

Back Stage...

George really wanted to see the tiny drumset that was used in recording Street Fighting Man (Charlie Watts).  In a review that George read it was listed as being part of the exhibit tour.  However, it was not there.  

We also had a 3 D concert experience which was really cool.  The woman next to me seemed to be enthralled with my tapping foot.  She kept looking down at it like it was getting on her nerves.  lol I let it keep tapping - I mean that's mild for a Stone's concert, eh? lol

It was a great little exhibit and then we went on to the Musician's Museum next - two for the price of one.  This is all in the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.

So yesterday was cleanse day and I always do well with it.  But generally it comes with cravings.  I think that is a good thing though.  They are only a hint.  Not a strong craving. Last week it was bologna sandwich and yesterday it was Captain D's fish and chicken platter.  lol

And as I type I'm having a chocolate mocha shake made with coffee, ice, and the chocolate nutrition powder in the blender.  It's great!  And it makes you feel good after.  I love it with ice.  These shakes are like you have been to starbucks and asked for a Frappucino.

I did laundry when I got home and the ironing.  George mowed.  I then watched Keep Your Daydream on the YouTube as they went rafting down the Colorado river near Moab for 3 days - the guides actually have your meals and snacks prepared.   You should google this stuff and check it out.  I did.  I think I'll stay in the RV that day.  lol  The hummer tour looked cool til I saw the gradient of the hill it was trying to climb.  Ummm no!  I might could be convinced to do the rafting tour - and a 1 night camp out - maybe 2.  Four days seems a bit much.  Anyway that was a nice watch on the screen.  Enjoying the adventure w/o being in the boat!  ;-)

Well I seem to be running more behind this morning.  Better go.  Ya'll have a splendid day.  George and I are going to see Ocean's 8 tonight!  Gonna be a late night!