Sunday, December 31, 2017

Year in Review and Happy New Year!

Well, it's been quite the hour and a half going through the blog to see what all we did last year.  I was tempted to blow it off.  It's time consuming and after all I have an agenda I'd like to do today.  But I'm so glad I did.  It made me appreciate family and friends a little bit more to realize that much of it was spent with people we love doing things we love.  We ate well, we found good cheer, and we traveled a lot.  I spent some of the year exploring myself and those around me in trying to understand why people do and say the things the do, and how my persona plays into that and I'll share below some of the things I've learned.  And being that I squawk about not having time ever - it's good to see where it all went.  

So here we go: 

  • We got an Alexa, which really has been a good thing and we have enjoyed it all year.
  • George's Mom's house was cleaned out and sold. 
  • I started a new blog with it's own domain.
  • We went to Amber's bridal shower at Lisa's who married our good friend Dillon
  • There were some family issues on my side of the family that really downplayed the year in a big way.
  • We saw The Temptations and went to eat at Chauhan's Ale and Masala House with George's sister and BIL. 
  • We went to an event at the Country Music Hall of fame.  Louis Scrugg's night to honor Traci Thomas. 
  • We did Valentine's at Fleming's Steakhouse
  • We met friends (Don and Lisa and family) at Black Abbey Brewing to celebrate a late Christmas together, went shopping at some Asian markets to buy cooking ingredients, and ate at Athens family Greek restaurant for dinner. 
  • We started watching the Sopranno's TV series
  • We went to Amber and Dillon's wedding and hung out with Don and Lisa afterward at their rented cabin in the woods nearby.  We made LOTS of pasta salad for the rehearsal dinner. 
  • I fixed Shepherd's pie - I count it as an event when I cook, lol!
  • We (Katy and Cody and George and I) went to the Factory in Franklin and shopped while George and Cody did the guitar show.
  • We went to a free on stage Jazz Event and ate out aftewards with Paul and Judy at the Diner where I had the leathery meatloaf - we still talk about it.  lol 
  • Our friend Richard's Mother passed away.  
  • I made Granny a spring wreath for her door. 
  • We went to Cheekwood with Katy and saw a lot of spring blooms - but went mainly b/c so many food trucks were there - this makes me laugh! 
  • We saw Baby Boss, b/c I wanted to see it.  
  • Tugie had a spell and went on heart meds
  • We went shopping at the Basement and got to try the Lobster food truck- you know why we went shopping at the Basement by now right?  Yep - the food truck. 
  • I traveled to Phoenix and Oklahoma for the benefit meetings. 
  • Katy met Ree Drummond
  • Katy and I went to the Southern Women's show and then met Susan (my SIL), Sarah (my niece), and Ellen (my nephews's wife) and we ate at the Diner afterward for lunch.  I did not get meatloaf.  lol
  • Took Mom to Mother's day at Famous Dave's
  • We explored Franklin on my Mother's Day celebration and ate at an Irish restaurant 
  • We enjoyed Derby Day with Don and Lisa and Don made Manhattan's.  I think that was my first one.
  • We saw Guardian's of the Galaxy
  • Katy had a sip and shop event and that introduced me to LulaRoe clothing which led to a series of LulaRoe purchases (but at least they were on sale) - my favorite is the Irma
  • We went to Tybee Island with our friends, Don and Lisa
  • Went to Amelia Island and Yulee FL to see Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken's new house
  • I worked a tropical puzzle that I have been wanting to work for SOME TIME now (years).  
  • Katy and I spent numerous Mother/Daughter pedi's and dinner's during the year.  Even though she lives 30-45 min away, she still works not too far away - so we could easily do that. 
  • We went to Roy's Backyard Bash with Ron and Naomi and to the Opry.  
  • We went to the Sound's Baseball game. 
  • We went to Yeast Nashville so George could get him some Texas Kolaches, then to Little Harpeth and Two Boots pizza for his Father's Day
  • Spent some time again with Don and Lisa at their pool
  • Traveled to Phoenix and Oklahoma City again for the Drug Program rollout. 
  • We took Mom out for her birthday at Homestead Manor
  • We went to a shower for Breezy (Katy's friend and SIL and Cody's brother's wife) - who we are quite fond of.  
  • I cracked a rib leaning over the steel arm of my chair at home to plug in the laptop.
  • We went to the Menonites farms for fresh veggies in Scottsville, KY
  • Katy and Cody went to Texas for a vacation visit and brought back Sterling the cat, and stirred their desires to go back to Texas some day.  And she shot a pig while hunting out there. 
  • I got a new and bigger iPad after having mine for 4 years and it fizzled out and got slow and wouldn't let me play my game and acted funny.  
  • We had an awesome July 4th meal here at the house with Katy and Cody.  
  • I enjoyed making meals all summer from the Mary Kay Andrews cookbook. 
  • Our offices moved
  • We got to experience the Total Eclipse - decked out with our fancy eclipse glasses.
  • George made some eclipse wine
  • Celebrated George's birthday with appetizers at Butchertown Hall, bought pasta at Lazzaroli's for later on in the week, and then went to Paul and Judy's cookout and pool time. 
  • Went to a grad party in Pleasantville - one of George's cousins and then after we went out to Bavarian Bierhaus with George's sister and her husband. 
  • Went to a baby shower for George's cousin
  • A tropical depression from a hurricane came through on a night we went to see another of George's cousin play in Big River
  • We took on a new dog and named her Maisy and she has become "my dog". ;-) 
  • Celebrated our 26th anniversary twice.  We had a Red Lobster card so we did that locally for our anniversary on the actual day.  Then on the weekend we went to Tansuo and enjoyed a pleasant meal, where I asked for new den furniture.  lol 
  • We went to a Titan's game and tailgated with Steve and Sheri
  • We began the Bucket Lists
  • I began doing Instagram Stories - at least watching them - and sometimes I post on them.
  • I made Irish Pork Stew - and it was yummy!
  • Katy and I went to Charleston for a girls trip and had a blast. 
  • I hurt my right arm - pulled a muscle or tear in the muscle - it's still not right but it is better
  • Went to Phoenix and Oklahoma again to roll out the Employee Handbook
  • Went through a lot of "stuff" that was unnecessary and had to "work through" that with myself. 
  • George and I had Thanksgiving at Mere Bulles and appetizers with the kids beforehand.  Our holidays have changed a bit. 
  • Cody got a deer and gave us some of the deer sausage. 
  • Went to dinner with Richard and Kathy and others to celebrate Richard's birthday.
  • Met with a retirement coach.  
  • We got our new den furniture. 
  • Katy got a deer and we bought them a freezer for Christmas so they had room!  They gave us some more meat too. 
  • Granny was moved to a special Alzheimer's Unit due to her wandering that began. 
  • Went to Paul and Judy's ornament party. 
  • Met with Aaron and Breezy, along with Katy and Cody and got to see their new baby. 
  • We had a big friend party for Christmas Eve and had a nice Christmas with family.
And across all the year, I was only able to read 6 books.  I'm shocked.  But now that I look back at what all we did, I can certainly see why.  I had very little time at home and what time I had - I was probably doing laundry.  We were not home much it seems.  And quite honestly some of these were audio books which I did during the commute.  Some of the books were read or finished on plane rides.

Here are the books I read: 

1.  The Motion of the Ocean by Janna Esarey
2.  Cruising Attitude by Heather Poole
3.  All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank
4.  Porch Lights, by Dorothea Benton Frank
5.  Life at Sea Level, by Stephen Pavlidis
6.  Rod, the Autobiography

So I'd like to do a little better this year.  If it means we are less on the go, I'm good with that. 

What a year.  Spent those we love doing things we love, mostly related to eating, and enjoying a cold brew or a glass of wine.  

As for me, I think I have grown some as a person.   I consider myself a person fairly easy to get along with.  I try hard not to offend anyone.  In life I think I've learned in the past how to handle it when you hear people have talked about you or judged you.  Those are lessons we learned long ago.  But until this year, I've not really had quite so many people's "perceptions" cause me so many issues.  And I will say that those perceptions for the most part were mis-read on their part causing themselves and others and me, a lot of unfounded problems, time spent analyzing, and unproductive time.  This year I've just had repeated accounts of others getting mad at me for things they thought I was thinking, things they thought I did, or thinking I had agendas I didn't have, or omitting to be on someone else's agenda on purpose.  I've not seen anything quite like it.  I've been on this earth for almost 55 years now.  And have never seen people's perceptions cause so many issues repeatedly through the year.  I am used to people getting mad at me for things I didn't do b/c we are human and I NEVER get done all the things I'd want or like to and much less of what everyone else thinks I should do.  There's not enough hours in the day and I got used to that a long time ago.  

This year I've had to do Bible studies on disappointment (b/c of how it makes you feel when you have been treated bad, misjudged, etc.).  I've done studies on trying to be more compassionate, more serving, and more atune to what is going on around me.  I've done studies on how to lead when situations are in tough times.  And how to forgive when no one says their sorry, or make you try to feel bad for not carving out your day for their agenda.  

Having been a sensitive person - well I'm tough skinned but I have a sensitive side.  I ended up letting a couple of people really get to me that I shouldn't have.  People kept telling me to watch my back, and be careful.  I could see I had some Jekyl Hydes in my world.  But still I try to analyze, please, and have a desire to be liked, wanted, and want to enjoy the people around me so with my darned stubborn persona, would keep on keeping on and trying new methods to make it work.  

But it's all ok.  On the flip side of things - I think all of the above shook me so bad that I began questioning myself - was I a good person?  A bad person?  Am I that awful?  Are there things that others think is bad about me that I don't see?  Are people thinking odd things about me that are not true?  My world seemed to spin so much in the last quarter that I myself had my own perceptions of what was going wrong.  

Looking back - I see that much of it was not my issue at all.  It was the fact that I was not crossing off things to do on other's agendas and to do lists, therefore I was mush.  And to them perhaps I was. lol  I have had to learn that "it's ok to be mush to other people".  Just b/c they think you are mush doesn't mean you are!  

I've let go of a lot, and you know me - I worry, let go, worry, let go - but I REALLY was faced with that challenge in the last quarter.  God taught me that I have to lean on him.  I have to.  It seems when our world becomes too much and you DO trust in Him - you see you should have been doing it all along.  At some point you have to say "Jesus Take the Wheel". 

2017 was an awesome year overall.  So going into 2018 I go in with confidence.  Prayers have been answered.  Things are anew and aligned with the new year.  The year will bring many changes.  Some I'm aware of and some I am not.  And it will all be ok.  

Happy New Year to you!  And what does this New Year's Eve have you doing?  Any plans?  Any Resolutions?  I think this was mine last year.  I think I did most of them.  

Tonight we will be home.  I will be in my jammies.  I'm going to continue to take up the Christmas decor.  Started on it yesterday but we were gone the entire day.  

Took dogs for trim, went to Krogers grocery store, went to Aldi's to look for something, went home.  Did some laundry, went back to get dogs, went to see Granny Jan.  Came home and began putting up Christmas decor and cleaning up a few things and doing more laundry. I felt bad and took my temp and it was a 100 degree fever.  But I figured it was b/c I was tired (I do that).  Then out to go to the movies to see the Star Wars movie and then to LongHorn - a a 40 minute wait - but we had gift cards to use so we stayed.  Then home and to bed. My fever had subsided b/c my body considered the 2.5 hour movie, as "rest time" so it was normal when I got home.  Still my body was tired.  It was a ridiculously cold day and we were out in it all day.  Slept good last night and slept for a long time.  

I have to get in all my graphics: 

I hope you have a wonderful one.  And may your 2018 be the most awesome year yet!  

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Saturday Morning Me Time!

Gotta love a Saturday morning!  I've been up since 4:30, took dogs out, fixed a pot of coffee, and decided to decorate the blog.  And here I sit nearly 3 hours later.  Most of the time was "picking" my selections, photos etc.  A little mad at myself for spending so much valuable weekend time at it, but I enjoyed myself and Christmas is over and a lot needed to change.   As of this date, the blog topper above, is showing my house in the Jan 2016 snow.  So that was nearly 2 years ago, as I took the pic on a snowy day from the woods looking at our house.  I decided I'd keep the wintry theme going until sometime in Feb when I'll probably switch to a brief pink theme for Valentines. 

We had a nice evening last night - drinks at the Patterson House in Nashville.  Then we went on to Hattie B's.  Why we wait in the cold in 20 degree weather in a line of people wanting Nashville Hot Chicken, is beyond me, but it wasn't too bad and the food was great! 

And sleep was good last night but I could not sleep past 4 a.m.  Just the way it goes.  It's ok.  Got to play on the blog!

Today we'll be leaving shortly to take doggies for trim, probably will get groceries, and then pick them up a little later.  Also we are going to the movies today - and have the 3D version.  George got tickets for the Star Wars movie.  I'm hoping we can use our Long Horn Card afterward.  Or one of our cards.  We'll see. 

Ya'll have a good day!  Enjoy the weekend.  It sure is cold here and not really supposed to get much above freezing for a while.  I've not studied the forecast but remember Alexa's version of it being pretty darn cold.  :-O 

Friday, December 29, 2017

Today's Busy Day, Preview of the Weekend, and the New Year

Quick entry.  Tugie still doing fine.  All going well.  George and I had a nice evening again last night chillin'.  I read in several books and played a bit in my game too.  Went to bed and slept really good.  Our bedroom is the coldest in the house.  I guess it has less insulation and is North where the north wind comes thru.  It makes for some good sleeping though amidst the flannel sheets.  And it is hard to leave the warm bed to get up.  But today is a busy one both at work and home. 

A perfect storm of end of year, old assistant leaving, new assistant started, new computer with new software (yay finally) - I'm really running behind - but will do the best to get everyone taken care of and all in control.  The flight plan is ready to execute and we'll be flying soon, but right now we are grounded a bit while we patch some things in the engine and in the control panels - aka getting my PC set up and the new person trained. 

Then after work we are going to do Katy's birthday dinner out and get to cross something off the bucket list at the same time.

And the weekend is here.  That will mean dog trims, untrimming the tree, putting up decor, boxes and Christmas sacks, putting up Christmas gifts, doing laundry, ironing and all that stuff.  George wants to see Star Wars and I prompted that we go see it even though I have no idea what will be taking place.  I have come to enjoy all the space movies though for some reason - the adventure I guess - although never got into the Star Wars series.  We are going to try to get in 3D.  I told him that would make it more interesting to me.  lol

We have no plans for the 1st really.  We were invited out for NYE out in Nashville, but you know - I really just don't like to be out on NYE.  I really enjoy being home, resting, planning the new year. 

I always feel a tad bit of anxiety as midnight approaches and the New Year comes in.  It's a feeling of " time....time please....just quit moving forward".  Most people feel that for their birthdays.  I feel it more at the passing of one year to another.  The years they have gone so fast.  The last few seem like yesterday.

2006 when Dad died.
2008 when we moved here. 

Has it been that long really?

2012 when AECO/NEC (Envelope plant) closed down and my 15 years ended with the compay and I started my current position. 

Has it been that long?

Now my daughter is married and teaching!  When did that all happen, lol?

Now 2017 is slipping into 2018.  We are growing old and already planning for retirement - I mean seriously planning. 

When do I get my senior discount???????  lol

I will do my Year in Review on New Years Eve hopefully and it always surprises me what all we did in a year's time. 

But all in all a New Year is a new beginning, a start over.  And as a part of the reflection, you also look forward - in an attempt to make life better, be a better person, reach new goals, reach a little higher, get the life back on track and in line with where you have wanted your life to be.  That recognition of time passing is a jolt that makes you think, makes you plan, makes you want to move forward to reach the things you have been wanting to reach.  Whether it's reading that book on the shelf, or reaching a life time goal. 

How will you be celebrating the New Year?  I bet we have fondue! ha.  But maybe not - we have a ton of freezer food we need to eat.  A good problem to have.

The graphics today are Amish Winter themed, if you could not tell.  Enjoy your day.  Gotta get cranking here.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Cold Weather, Whistling Trees, Planning, and a Candlelight Dinner

Oh it is MUCH cold outside!  No Snow!  But should be with these temps.  lol  Not a lot to say.  Back to work yesterday. 

Back home I figured George would insist on leftovers.  He has done some damage to them and while he suggested that we have smoked salmon- mentioned that something hot would be good and threw out suggestions that included spaghetti - "say no more - let's have spaghetti" I said.  A win win for all.  We both get a hot meal, I always love it, and he didn't have to cook. He loves to cook though but I know he likes a break here and there and he has worked so hard to get Granny settled, make our Christmas happy, and entertain friends.  I know he wants some down time - even from things he likes to do.  So I fixed spaghetti and we ate by candle light.  (Ok it was not that we were lovey dovey - just that "have dinner by candle light" was on the bucket list.  lol  But it was very nice and relaxing and conducive to conversation.  We actually listed things for our Winter Bucket List, which is coming together nicely.  Only a very few things NOT done on the current Fall list.  Well - we are doing these by quarter I guess, but called by season. 

I had a hard time getting up this morning b/c it's just so cold.  The windows popped some as we went to bed - like the cold on one side and the heat on the other side of the pain.  I wondered if it was going to crack.  And there is some whistling going on outside amidst the trees.  I've been hearing it a lot lately.  Like air blowing through wood making a whistle.  It was very loud last night.  And odd.  George doesn't hear it but was not listening for it, nor at the window where I was. 

We enjoyed our night in our chairs.  So comfy - and so much so that I end up falling asleep.  Tried to play my game and ended up sound asleep.  Wake up always to find George staring at me and laughing.  Why is it so funny to him that I fall asleep?  I get up so early.  The problem is I used to get sleepy at 9, now if I sit or recline at 8 - it's over.  lol  I did wake up and try to get some reading in.  Got in 3 chapters.  I was so proud.  Isn't that pitiful.  But usually it's hard to get in one.  That is why it takes me so long to read anything.  And I have like 5 books going. 

Nothing much else to say I guess.  We are planning our birthday dinner getaways.  Katy gets her dinner out (since her birthday is on Christmas Day and it's hard to celebrate birthday- she is cheated out of a night out, lol).  Then mine is a week away. 

Lots of things being discussed for the quarter ahead.  But I better get in the shower.  I hate to get out of my jammies.  I'm blogging first this morning - mainly b/c only one dog got up and I took her out (Maisy) and then I made coffee and the dogs breakfast.  Then Tugie got up and I took both dogs out this time as Maisy had eaten already and most likely needed to do big busines (and did) and then I had to feed Tugie but had to stay near b/c Maisy will get it if I don't watch.  Since coffee was ready I just went ahead and got some and began blogging. 

Well, ya'll take care.  Is it cold where you are?

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Tugie's Better, A Day on My Own Agenda, and Christmas Gifts

This is the vet we go to.  Seems to be a favorite in the community.  They get a lot of business. They stay open til 7 p.m. also to cater to the 8 to 5 crowd (which these days is more like the 6 to 6 crowd due to traffic and salaried expectations, lol).   So I took Tugie yesterday.  She had infection showing in her urine.  So they gave her antibiotics for 10 days.  If not better we go in to see what else is wrong. But hopefully that will do the trick.  She is at least not doing what she did on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  

Messing around while waiting for the vet.  We didn't have an appointment so you have to wait until everyone is seen that did have an appointment.  Even if you call in advance you can get in quicker.  But I was afraid if I called they would assign me to a spot later in the day and I wasn't doing that.  I told them it was more of an emergency b/c I knew she was uncomfortable and most likely hurting. They do accept walk ins but they always put you through the ringer and make you feel bad if you don't call.  

Anyway, we got through and I toyed with the idea of a burger or just trying to do with what we had a home.  I could gag at the thought of party food leftovers.  So I made the decision to just go get a burger - only I went to Burger King and they had the Original Chicken Sandwich.  Never as good as it used to be back in the day - but it was pretty good.  It was at least hot.  I waited to eat it, but I was bad and got french fries and Tugie and I ate them on the way home.  I tried to clean the salt off by rubbing them against a napkin.  lol  Neither Tugie nor I need the salt.  

So once home, I woofed down the chicken sandwich and of course all doggies got a bite.  Roger skeptical - what's this, he said with his eyes as he paused before taking it with his mouth.  He dropped it - like "ewww it has mayo on it".  I know my doggies well.  But he decided since it did have bread and chicken he'd tolerate the mayo.  lol 

I was so glad to then be home for the day.  And the day was mine.  No one's agenda but mine.  And I decided that my agenda was not going to be very long.  I really just wanted to sit in my chair and watch TV, play, or read.  

Well, not much was on.  I didn't want to plug in the Roku yet - waiting on George for that.  But I found Housewives of Beverly Hills and watched a show.  Then I got hooked and I guess watched just about an entire season, lol.  I also played Tropical Farmville, and read part of a chapter.  George came home just as I was reading.  I did manage to get in a couple of loads of laundry and some folding done.  

The house was already clean and the dishes were done already and so I thoroughly enjoyed my day of sitting and doing nothing.  A very much needed day.  One I had looked forward to all year. 

I guess I'll show a few pics a day of my Christmas gifts since it's what I do each year.  Understand that George and I go shopping for ourselves in sprees.  Usually it is on vacation and at Christmas when we are out shopping anyway.  I will buy little things here and there for me during the year - as I am out to see them, or on line if needed - like I had a bit of a shoe crises this year with our work no longer allowing flip flops - not even the cute fancy ones.  Since that is most of what is out there for summer wear I had to shop mid year.  So things like that I will buy for myself.  And I needed more pajamas for the summer.  But mostly we don't shop a whole lot so Christmas time is when we buy a few things for each other to wrap.  So much so that we really only get a few more surprises for each other and we can call it done.  So it may look like a lot but it's our annual clothes shopping trip!

Also some of these things are from Katy too!  And my sister in law.   So this is not clothes I know, lol....But George bought me a case of wine.  He makes wine, but we like to try different ones.  Some of these are Spanish and some French.  I really don't even know.  One is Port for after dinner sipping.

This is one we will both enjoy.  We'll usually save the better ones for special dinners we fix.   Or just if we want to treat ourselves. 

I got my Wild Mountain Blueberry k-cups, some nuts (for work), and some bath and body shower wash. 

Calendars - for home and work.  I decided to take the Porch one to work.  And leave the beach one for home.  The Porch one is really cute and I will be looking at it often at work.

  I got some essential oils.  

Got some Lula Roes.  ;-)

I had picked these boots out.  

And these, which means I can wear that black skirt now. 

An audio book.

Clinique, in a make up travel kit. 

Also got an Echo Dot, not pictured b/c I already hooked it up. 

Pringles, of many flavors.  I love Pringles.

Chalk Markers.  And stress relief soap.

Found some summer sandals on sale.  They fit and will work with navy and black as well!


Wine Lover's Twelve Days of Christmas Towel, lol. 

I also got three of those wrap type of sweaters - not ponchos but just long shawl types of sweaters.  Love them!

And that purse that I fell in love with!

I haven't broken into anything yet but the Pringles, the nuts, and the Echo Dot - but I like looking at the gifts for a few days.  So much energy put into the shopping, the wrapping and the festivities - that it is fun to look at it for a while before putting it up.  

I looked up the website from the website.  I like what I see.  George says "oh no".  lol  I have decided the next time I need sandals to order a good leather pair from there.  They would last a long while for $125 versus having to buy some every year or two.  Might be worth a try sometime.  Their other shoes, and boots look very nice as well.  About the price of a good cowboy boot - however - may be less b/c some of those are upward to $600 to $1,000 or more.  But most of their women's short boots were $200's in price.  You'd have it the rest of your life most likely. Only the styles change a bit which would be the problem I guess. 

Well, I better get off and get to work.  Only a 3 day week for me. And a busy one at that.  Next week busy too and much to do as far as reporting and things come January 1.  Not to mention the rebooting of files for the new year.  Exciting times for sure. 

Ya'll have a great week.  Are you off work?  What all you have going on this week?  Love to hear from you. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Day, Freudian Slip, Changes Coming

George and I got up and did our stockings and drank coffee and had a relaxing morning as we awaited the "kids" as we call them, to come over.  ;-)  Well they will always be our children, you know.  Once they texted they were on the way, the food was placed about.

Yes, even popcorn from the Ryman!  lol  Our friend Ron from the party the night before brought it. 

Well, most of our day was filled with party food, much like the day before.  We also had prime rib, potatoes and green beans leftover which we heated, and quite honestly - that is about all I had and nibbled on that as I was just absolutely "party food-ed" out.  Maybe one day we can carve out a formal sit down meal on Christmas at our house with a full on hot meal with the family gathered round.  I would like that a lot.  It seems that it should be that way.   Like have something non traditional like Rotel chicken spaghetti, lasagna, or tacos and enchiladas, gumbo, lol. Something really good! 

I had asked Katy if she wanted birthday cake but she wanted little desserts from Publix, so George went and got the petit fors for Christmas day.  They are cute, but so very sweet.  I think most were there left over and not eaten with just the four of us. Just too much food. lol  I may freeze them. Or George can take them to work.  Hard to put a candle in those.  And I'm thinking that we didn't sing happy birthday to Katy before she opened her gifts as we didn't have a sit down meal, didn't have a cake, didn't have a candle.  So therefore, no one thought of the song.  Oh well. 

I guess I'm still adjusting to our changes of how we do the Christmas thing.  I just really miss the sit down meal.  It just feels like a big hole is there - like something is missing.  Oh well.  Next year, I want a formal sit down meal for Christmas.  I even tried to have it with friends Christmas Eve but it turned into a party food event and the real meal took backstage as George wanted it to be more of a party event and not a special evening meal as I had planned.  He didn't want us gathering around the table to eat but wanted it to be more of a party. And as a result - of course of trying to hold my plate in my lap while sitting on the fireplace  three inches off the floor, eating what I could of my prime rib, potatoes and green beans (after eating all the party food) and amidst 3 dogs who were hungry for prime rib and milling all around me for some, spilled my plate on the floor.  George ended up getting the carpet cleaner out and doing carpets while guests watched.  Another reason to like eating at the table.  Imagine that - it holds your plate for you. What a concept! I'm NOT coordinated at all so of course I spilled my plate.  

It occurred to me later that dropping of the plate could have been a Freudian Slip  - oh gosh how funny.  Even I am smiling at the thought of this as I look back.  It's only too fitting that I dropped my plate and that realizing how I wanted a sit down meal, it of course was a Freudian slip that I did so.

George's mustard trey below in the flower plate.

Here is Katy and Cody opening up their stockings. 

I think I was a good girl this year.  Here's my stack.  

And a box of Pringles in various flavors.  

Here is Maisy amidst the Christmas paper and boxes! 

Birthdayin' in the den!  

After the kids left we went to finish moving Granny out of her apartment in assisted living.  We took two cars.  George got the tables out and I packed the rest up in some sacks and made a few loads.  We threw some trash away and turned in the key.  Tears stung my eyes as we left after turning in the key.  Just another door closed and literally another opening next door.  It's just so sad to see chapters ending and new ones beginning.  I guess that refers back to why the meals are good to come gather round, b/c you know at some point there won't be a meal or a table to gather around.  But, George's Mom is more secure now in the place next door that is locked down for wandering Alzheimer patients.  She will be safe and cannot walk out.  The facility is very nice.  The people seem nice. 

We had her to open her gifts.  She was a little confused.  She has trouble making complete sentences of one thought or idea.  And cannot think of words she wants to use and will insert any word she can think of in its place.  She seems happier here than the other place for some reason.  She seemed rested and content.  Her place is smaller but it is much nicer than I had expected.  Not like a nursing home.  The bathroom was much nicer than the other facility I thought.   

She loves having the tree - so much so that last year she would NOT let us take it down.  She wanted to look at it all year.  I can see why.  It adds beauty to a small room and when you can't get out in the world anymore to view and see pretty things, she needs something pretty to look at.  She likes to leave her room open too and seems to be entertained by watching the people coming and going.  Her room opens up to a big lobby and dining area - it's much like a hotel I guess.  I was impressed.  It's sad of course too with many who are near the end of their life.  But I did look into each face I saw.  Most smiled easily and the others were at least content and not in pain.  What more could you ask?

There is a code to enter and leave the facility and a sign that says for you to watch behind you so that no one leaves that shouldn't be.  As we exited the main section, and left the door with the code, there is an entrance lobby with a pretty tree.  The tree was made to look like it had ice on it.  I loved it and had to snap a pic.

George and I went home.  I am not sure what time it was.  But we at least had time to enjoy an hour and half of down time.  Each of us on the ipads, just relaxing in our new furniture.  Finally a moment to just sit.  It was nice.  

The Christmas rush is ending, although the birthday meals linger on with Katy's this week and mine next week.  We will morph into 2018 which for all of us could be a year of many changes.  The signs of this are already apparent as we close 2017.  While  the darkness of fear hovers over in the corner, faith lights up the room and shows us that IT WILL ALL BE OK, b/c WE ARE NOT IN CHARGE, but WE KNOW WHO IS!  

So the last two days, Tugie has had problems with her kidneys apparently.  I will be taking her to the vet today.  During the height of all of our friends being here and while during Christmas opening - she continually had to pee.  Lessons learned from the night before where accidents were cleaned - we were proactive Christmas Day and she would go to the door when she wanted out  - a practice she did not start until yesterday.  So we alternated taking her out.  Cody helped also.  It was annoying but better than having to clean carpets.  I'm talking about every 5 minutes there for a while.  Ridiculously so.  She finally calmed and slept for a long while, giving us some relief too.  She's not had problems like that for 20 hours or so but I'm still taking her b/c I have to work the rest of the week and of course it'll get worse if I don't take her on my vac day right?  Isn't that how life works?  So may as well go do it this morning and get it done.  Then get on with my day.  She needs to be seen to.  Love her and at 16, I'm understanding that we probably don't have a lot of time with her.  I hope they don't tell us this today.  But we already know it.  She is a tough old girl.  So perhaps they can fix her up. 

That being said, I'll need to go and get ready and get it done. 

Now that Christmas is over, I will be focusing on the new year, a new bucket list, and while I don't really do resolutions so much, I do use the New Year as a time to reflect and renew.  Feeling really strongly this year about the things left over in life that I want to do.   

Ya'll have a good day!  

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve Celebration at Our House with Friends

Trying to catch up on pictures.  Totally forgot about them yesterday.  But yesterday was really busy and had to have a quick entry.  I have a bit more time as it's noon before Katy and Cody will get here.  House already clean, food already cooked.  

The above was taken outside the Southern Tres restaurant in Columbia, TN. 

My sister's tree is always pretty with the big red ribbons.  Soon they will be breaking ground on their new house which is in the same neighborhood.  

My sister's dog, Sheba.  

Mom, Kadon, George, and Don
Ella, who is growing up on us!  

Desserts and present swap at my sister's. 

My French Silk Pie (Ree Drummond recipe)
Mom's coconut cake
My sister brought the lemon meringue pie. 
Brought these for the kids.  
Our mantle withe the photos of family ad stocking.

Tugie, yesterday, before our party.  She had followed me around a lot so I knew she was not feeling good.  Turns out I think she has some type of infection or kidney issues.  Which is a bad sign being that she is 16 or so.  So last night as guests were on the way, after being outside several times, she peed.  And continued to do this off and on through the evening.  We just explained the problem that she is having this issue and we apologize.  We gave her some yogurt, of which she normally likes but did not want any part of last night.  So if not better I guess we'll have to take to the vet.  I may have to get diapers for her til we get through this.  I just feel like that her kidneys could be failing.  I hope not.  Bless her.  Love her.  We'll see how today goes.  

George playing some music til guests arrive. 

Our tree....

Dogs gathered roun' as their daddy strums on the guitar....

The dinner menu - but you should have seen the appetizers.  Sorry I didn't get a pic b/c everyone arrived - but we had appetizers galore!

My beautiful Maisy, always the poser!  My little Messpot!  My little Echo that follows me wher e'er I go!  She is at my feet as I type, always.

The singing mice need some battery action.  They wouldn't sing or dance this year!  You press their foot and they sing and dance - each doing a different song.

Saint George, with halo over his head!  ;-)

Maisy was good last night.  She loved getting attention but was good to leave people alone once they were ready to move on.

Was hoping no one would notice that my Italian Cream cake was a bit leaning to one side after trying to correct one of the layer's "issues" -  but the first thing one of my guests said was "hey look it's the leaning tower of Pisa". lol - Doesn't matter to me - it was leaning a bit.  They all ate it!  

We had a great night feeding our friends.  We sat around and watched Elf and when everyone left we cleaned up and washed dishes and went to bed.  Sleep was good.  I was tired.  We worked very hard to get everything done yesterday, up on our feet most all day.  

This morning, we are using our Christmas cups, "Winter Greetings" by Lenox is my pattern.  Coffee tastes better out of it.  I'm not sure why we waited til Christmas morning to begin drinking out of them.

My stocking(s)....

Mr. Herschel, the monkey, holding my Christmas coffee for me this morning as he does every Christmas morning. 

And now we await for Katy and Cody to come so we can have our gift opening.  Lots of presents under our tree - from each other, to them, and from his sister and we hear there are more coming. ;-)
Plus Katy and Cody coming with their gifts also.  I'm sorry but I'm still a big kid and love opening the Christmas gifts.  And I can hardly wait even though I know what some of them are. 

Well, I'm going to go get ready.  And we'll get the spread ready for the kids.  So much food!  Blessed.  

Merry Christmas to you all!  Let me hear from you?  Anything special you are hoping you get for Christmas?  I'd love to get a smart TV but I know I won't get one as we just bought all that furniture.  But it's ok to wish right? lol  I did get the Roku and we will figure that out.  I did get an Echo Dot (extension of Alexa) in my stocking and excited to be able to get ready in the mornings with makeup and hear the news and weather or music or whatever!  Love it. 

More tomorrow.  I'm off tomorrow.  The 26th - tis my day to relax after all the going and doing and - just enjoy doing what I want.  Tomorrow it's just me - as George has to work so I will truly get to do what I want!  No doubt!  

Til tomorrow....have a wonderful day!