Monday, July 31, 2017

Caricature App, A Day with Friends, and Avon Anew


Found an app to do a caricature of yourself; however, I don't think this one really looks so much like me.  But there were only so many choices.  It's close but not really.  Anyway - cheers -to morning coffee!  The app is called Moment Cam.  Pretty cool.  I liked the gifs, but it would only let me save 1 as a gif for some reason.  If an app frustrates me, I usually get rid of it.  I'm sure the next time I need some space on my phone, this one will go.  

We had a pleasant day yesterday with our friends.  I came in the door and Lisa had a beautiful and inviting place setting for our Thai Food event.  Loved it!  





Don made a pitcher of Mai Tai's.  
He had made some chips and salsa.  
We snacked and then headed outside to the pool. 
We got in and stayed in for a long time just hanging out on tubes.  

About 5 or so Don began the grill and brought appetizers out to the tables beside the pool.  He had bacon wrapped scallops, grilled squash, zucchini and eggplant.  Grilled veggies are so good.  Inside at the sit down meal, we had a wonderful soup that Lisa had made, and Don's grilled tuna, and more of the grilled veggies.  For dessert there were several things - but I had a coconut cookie with strawberries, shavings of Ben and Jerry's chocolate ice cream that wasn't really ice cream, with a hot dark chocolate sauce poured over.  It was amazing.  And coffee!


They have a standard poodle, Gigi, who is 14.  She is such a sweetie.  George bought the doggie ice cream cups and all the doggies got one.  lol  They seemed to enjoy it.  We've always seen those but had never bought them.  It's not really made of ice cream.  George read off the label but I can't remember.  

I wish I'd gotten a pic of the pool before the sun started going behind the house.  But I got a pic of George. 


I had an avon sun screen lotion that came in with a recent order.  And I'm finding that I liked it very much.  It gave my face a glow and it felt good on my face.  I think I'm going to order this and perhaps start going without makeup.  It really made me look better than the make up ever did.  I will still use concealer though.  It's sunscreen lotion though, I think.  So I'm not sure if it is meant for an every day use.  But I sure did like it.  It was like silk going on my face.  It was not greasy or oily - it was just right.  Very pleasant.  And it had a slight "glow" somehow.  



I like it better than Rodan and Fields and I like it better than the replacement I bought for the Rodan and Field's moisturizer.

Well, not a lot to tell.  Sleep was good.  I slapped the snooze several times as I wanted to sleep a bit more.

Tonight I'm fixing chili, just b/c I'm in the mood for it.  I'll have to reboot laundry and then also we will be doing our half hour downstairs going through stuff.  George says we may need to do two nights a week so we can finish by October. lol

We are having the yard sale the Saturday of my trip to Charleston in October, which means that we will have to probably have things marked before I go.  Don and Lisa are coming over that weekend too.  I have Friday off to get ready for all of it as we get back from Charleston on Thursday night.

Well, I better go do a few things and get ready for work.  School starts back this week at some point I think.  Ugh...the drive will begin to take 30 minutes longer.

I think I will start listening to my next audio book.  So that will help keep my mind off of things.

Oh I wish I was off today.  I would do two loads of laundry, iron a couple of pair of pants and two tops that I didn't get done.  I would make the chili and let it be cooking.  I would work on my projects some that I never get to in a normal weekend, and I would read - which I have had 4 books going for a long time and can only sneak about a chapter in a week, so you can tell how much progress is being made there.  It gets pretty frustrating to not be able to do things I want to do at home, but it's our fault for being gone so much.  We enjoy that too.  Always enjoyable to spend time with others that also enjoy your company.

Anyway, better get this Monday started.  Much to do at work as well.   Ya'll have a good one!


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Saturday Surprises and a Tangled UP Run-On-Sentence Type of Entry


Well, you know life is not only like a box of chocolates, but it's like a empty table in the room.  When there is nothing on it - it doesn't stay that way for long.  Things migrate to the empty table - first a cup, or a pen, maybe a lamp, then the mail, some keys, a book, bills, some cards, a to do list, or perhaps an invitation, or two.  

And that brings me to Saturday's Surprises.  We had a weekend.  A weekend with nothing to do.  Rare weekend.  Matter of fact our calendar has been so busy that it surprised us when we realized this weekend was open.  Nothing came up either and so yesterday George caught up in the yard.  I caught up in the house.  We enjoyed ourselves.  

The laundry was pretty easy.  I do still need to iron today, but the kitchen clean up was not too bad.  The worst of the rooms was our den.  And much to my horror even my desk area.  My desk area houses way too much to do.  It's where the writing and blogging is done.  It is where the ordering and household inventory is done (for my part) and is my life's control center and where I keep balanced and informed. It had boxes and mail and to do notes and things to order and follow up on.  If I could ever get away from my desk - I"d get more done - but I'd be off center for sure!  It's where I keep organized.  So I spent a lot of time at my desk, Walmart orders done, new blog design, looked through the new LTD catalog, picked some stuff out to order for Christmas, opened all the mail and boxes - some Christmas presents came in from things I ordered last week. Walmart order (partial) came in from last week.  And it was nice to "sortof" get some things taken care of at my desk.  My desk gets pretty jammed sometimes as my way of remembering to reorder something is to set the "almost empty item" on my desk.  ha.  For example, I may have at my desk several items sitting on it to reorder, cat food, dog vitamins, eye makeup remover, toilet paper, dishwash liquid - and all those things will be sitting on my desk and so as I add them to the Walmart list they go to the bookshelf beside my desk and then they go back to their respective household homes.  So ALL that kinda of stuff was around my desk.  Once I spent a couple hours at my desk, it looked a LOT BETTER.  

The living room coffee table looks horrible after about three weeks of living in there every night.  So I dusted it off and put stuff up.  Vaccumed the whole house.  And with those FEW items done and the shining up of my bathroom - we looked like we had a NEW PLACE.

So then we needed a grocery run in a HUGE way and so we went to see George's Mom first.  George said that she has been confused.  She told the nurses that George had been on a huge trip with his sister.  He did not go see her while I was gone.   He said he had a lot to do.  So for whatever reason George didn't go see her for the days I was gone and she had been told that I was going on a trip and so she thought that b/c he didn't go see her that he "and his sister" (which I think she was calling me his sister, b/c she forget's who I am) were gone on a trip together.  So that was interesting.  She thought we had been to Florida.  

So then we went to the store and spent $200 some odd dollars b/c "we" had not been in a while. Well not true - I think George had been for himself, buying wine and steak for while I was gone (lol) and chicken livers to cook while I was gone.  I found chicken livers in the freezer though so I thought he didn't eat them while I was gone but he said he bought two containers and the one he ate was not very good.  I'm shocked he bought two of them though.  He knows that he cannot eat two containers of them, lol.  Yuk, now I have chicken livers in my freezer.  I guess he'll have to eat "those" on my next trip - ha!  Anyway, we were pretty much out of everything except rice.  We have enough rice to get us through the next 3 years. So we pretty much needed two buggies!

So at Granny's we started working this puzzle.  Granny is just not able to work the puzzles much any more.  We are doing them but it seems to give her some comfort having it there on the table.  She can put a few pieces in.  But she cannot sit and work them like she used to.  Her world is shrinking and her vocabulary is shrinking.  Here is the puzzle we were working. I will really enjoy helping to work it.  It is a little difficult.  But already I'm putting some pieces together.  We were not there long enough to do much.  I rather like this Ravensburger brand.




So heading out,  I was showing George this thing on Instagram. He had asked what I was doing that was making me laugh.  And when I went to show him, it did the same thing to him and made him a koala bear.  Made us both laugh.  I posted it on Instagram.


So - our SURPRISES for the day was that our neighbors called and asked if we wanted to come over and join them and some other friends for fajitas on the porch.  The weather has cooled and it's less humid and was very comfortable by 6 last night.  So we said "yeah we have no plans".  
We took Spanish rice.  George is the rice expert so he made it up.  After all we have rice galore and it would go with fajitas.  We also took Watermelon.  So they already had spanish rice but then we had plenty.  Oh well.  We had a wonderful time.  

On the way over, I took a pic of George's herbs.  I told him he could have my impatiens planter.  We really never hang out in the back.  If we are hanging out, it's usually bug free in the sun room with the screens open.  There is just not enough time of the day to enjoy all the aspects of this big house with just two people.  I love it but it is a lot of space.  I love the porches but George keeps equipment and stuff on the back porch too so for me to enjoy it - all that would have to go.  So I just go to the sunroom where I can keep it nice looking and cleaner.  So the first one here is Basil and the next one parsley.  I have a bread recipe to mix butter, parmesan cheese and parsley and spread on bread and bake it.  mmmmm.  I have a pasta dish I want to fix soon and we'll have that with it.  I did plan some upcoming meals yesterday in my desk time.  And tomorrow I fix a quick chili for dinner and it will simmer while we work in the basement on our "Monday night basement cleaning and getting ready for yard sale in the fall and doing this now so our kids won't have to cleaning". lol   So back on task.  This is such a rambling entry!  


At the neighbors, here is Malcolm at top.  He's so cute and sweet.  And then there is Harley below.  He would sit in my lap and let me pet him and just lay there for the longest time until he saw someone eating something and then he was down.  Harley was incredible eating watermelon!  It was as if he had not eaten in a long time.I took a video but for some reason I'm not able to show videos on this blog - unless something has changed.  


The neighbors fixed homemade tortillas - frying them in this big boiler over a fire.  They were really good.  I did eat a few.  There was salsa and guacamole and there was a chorizo cheese dip in the crock pot.  We had fajitas and rice.  And then there were smore bars, which had been refrigerated and was soooo good.  

After dinner we went and got our dogs.  It would have been too much until after dinner was done.  There was mass confusion for the first minute as the dogs got to "reunite" and settle.  They do this when meeting each other in the yard at times when everyone doing "business" - lol.  So once everyone sniffed and pooped and pee'd and sniffed again and sniffed everyone then life could go on and everyone could talk.  We were outside and everyone warned where the poop zone was - lol lol lol.  I went to get paper towels to pick it up and everyone said "no it's where they all go and we don't pick up our pets poop so you don't either".  Good!  lol  

So then it was actually a bit cool with the breezes coming in and so they built a little fire in the fire pit.  They guys played some frisbee game which George loved!  And we all had a nice little time.



So surprise number 2 of yesterday was that while we were at the store, I got a text from Lisa to see if we wanted to come over and eat and do pool time tomorrow (which is today) and we said "oh yes!"  So we will go and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with them and have a good meal.  I believe today's theme is "Thai".  Lisa said she had a lemongrass plant and wanting to use that.  So we are taking Sushi as that goes with it.  We will head that way here in a couple of hours.

So, the surprises continue.  I went to bed about 10 I guess or could have been a little later.  But I slept til 7.  No dog woke me up! I didn't wake up either.  I was shocked when sunlight was pouring through our window and all dogs were still.  Slept really good only waking up once in the night b/c my arm was asleep.  So that surprised me in a big way.

And now it's Sunday and b/c I slept til 7 and church was at 8:45 in another county - I decided not to go.  I was unsure anyway since we needed to be gone all the rest of the day and there are things I need to do today.  So here I sit blogging instead of doing those things.  However I guess it's all non urgent things, and I need to do a devo this morning.  I really like our church and I am hoping we can go next Sunday. However, I have to look at the calendar.  There is an event and I think it is a grad party and I believe that is the day we'll be going over and spending time in the Clarksville area.  So may be another devo Sunday then too.  We have a baby shower next weekend too.

George's family is rather big and we all rally around each other for our special life events.   My family is small and seemingly a bit broken at the moment as no one seems to bring each other any pleasure at all but simply finds fault with one another. It makes things very difficult and so family get togethers are pretty much null and void at this point.  We have to visit folks on an individual basis. So our friends end up being our family much of the time.  They are very accepting of us as who we are, place no judgments to others when we are not there (at least not that comes back around, lol) and we are invited often to go and visit.  So off we go today to visit what I call "family".

So like the empty table analogy, when found, things are placed on it - our empty weekend became full.  And ironically the desktop which was once full, became cleared in the wee bit of time on Saturday morning.  And you know what that means - it won't take long to fill that up again either.

I've enjoyed the posting time this morning brought to you from the Sun Room porch - it's been cool enough to have the windows open and as the morning wears on I've added the little fan.  It's certainly cooler than my office I would have to say.  Oh I smiled the other day as the crew coming into my office once I move said "oh we are going to have to do something about that heat in that office - it's way too hot in there".  I smiled.  They'll figure it out.

Alright - off to enjoy our day.  You all do the same.  Thanks for reading my tangled up, warbled,  run on sentence type of entry as my mind goes non stop - from sipping 3 cups of coffee with no food and plenty of sleep so that I think about everything at once!  ;-)


Saturday, July 29, 2017

My Eclipse Glasses, New Blog Look for the Summer Heat, and Traveling

Official Eclipse Glasses from Rainbow Symphony

Good morning!  Well Friday flew just like the other days.  Had really a line up of promises of things to get done for those with requests.  I think there were 5 projects I needed to work on and I managed 4 and numerous emails and handled calls and walk-in's and played HR information center and then before I knew it the day was over.  Had NO WHERE to be last night and that was wonderful.

Above are the Eclipse glasses I ordered - the 2nd batch that is.  And then my SIL told me "remember I ordered you all a pair" but time was getting close and we had not received them and I did not want to ask her (I hate to mooch off anyone), so I ordered some thru Amazon knowing that there were some unofficial ones being sold. I was careful to pic ones that had the logo and info as NASA suggested.  They turned out to be different than pictured and did not have the manufacturer on them that NASA said that they should have.  They were supposed to be from the TN manufacturer and then when they came in had chinese written on the label - ummm no.  Not as pictured and they were not the glasses they were supposed to be so back they go.  Then these above are the ones I reordered.  After placing this order my SIL tells me she has some coming for me, but I can't win for losing I guess. I didn't want to get to the day and us not have any glasses!  I have learned all my life that you plan to take care of yourself as sometimes other's promises don't always come to fruition - even with the best of intentions -so I was afraid to trust and hadn't heard so took the bull by the horns and ordered us some.   And now we have a plethora of eclipse glasses!  lol

I have paid nearly $30 for these above b/c the only ones left had posters with them and I think there are 10 glasses and 10 posters.  But it is a cool poster.  At least we have extra if someone needs them.    Of course the falsely advertised ones are going back - but ONLY after I have some official ones in hand.  I'm sure the others are probably ok from China - but it's the fact that they claim to be one thing and are not.  And then there are those that say the Chinese are trying to kill us and our pets - by putting lead in things and poison in the pet food and so forth - so there is that thought of how the film could be not the right film and then we all go blind. lol.... But of course that is my family inherited "fear of everything that could go wrong" coming out in me. lol

Well, I really don't have a lot to tell this morning.  It was nice sleeping.  Then I tried to sleep 8 hours but it was only 7.5 I think with probably the half sitting there thinking about whether to get up or not.  Tugie was being accommodating.  So I finally just got up, took Tugie out, started a pot of coffee, rebooted the laundry, started the dishwasher, and then started trying to find a blog theme idea.

I decided that I wanted my blog to be a retreat from the summer sun.  So the mountains and a mountain cabin, and a dark greenery shady feel was what I was going for.  I think I pulled it off.  I searched my photos and graphics and graphics tubes high and low and nothing seemed to fit my vision.   But then I finally decided to just go back to last years photos and pull up something and I remembered our cabin trip last May.  So these pics (as of this day and time) in the blog topper above were taken in May of 2016.  Might have been June, but I think it was May.  Anyway I think the blog is now a much "cooler" place to hang out with the decor change.  It has been way too hot lately.  Normally I am protected from the heat a bit.  But even my office has been 80 degrees.  Luckily I've been able to deal with it.  This is the first year it's been so hot in there.  I complained and was given a fan.  Well good that cools it down from 82.  lol  So anyway, I've dealt with it and we'll be moving soon to a new office and then we'll be too cold right?  lol But I can at least take a sweater.  It's all good.  But it's just been sooo hot, that this scene just seemed right to me and I hope you like it too.

I'm so glad to be back from the trip.  I always enjoy the trips and try to make the most of it.  It's always just go go go and not much time in each place but we do get a couple of good meals so that is nice.  And it is fun to see the scenery and see a new place and to see my coworkers face to face on occasion.  I kinda wish I could spend more time in each location though to be able to talk more and plan more and help more.  But it comes at a cost to the company to pay for my hotel and meals, so it really needs to be an important reason and accomplishment to warrant that.  I enjoy the travel and then I'm always glad to come back home.

The flights play with my sinuses some - and Mom said it could have been the varying elevations and terrain and humidity differences etc.  I really think it's the sinuses from the pressure changes in flying and all the various altitudes.  I would say that I probably would NOT be able to dive.  I bet my sinuses would play havoc with me.  Lucky for me, I'll never be one to try it.  Not swimming with sharks.  lol

Well, I think I need to get up and start cleaning today.  My house really needs some TLC!  I'm so glad we are home today.  We are out of anything quick to eat except for eggs.  lol I think I'll fix an egg soon.

And I'm really in the mood for chili.  I think I may fix some for lunches.  George already has plans for dinners in the next couple of days - so I'm thinking I'll fix some chili for freezing for lunches.  I think we have most everything to make a batch.  I think I'll get started on that now!

Ya'll have a good day!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Pics from Phoenix, TGIF, and Eclipse Glasses


Well I got these pictures posted in Phoenix, but then just ran out of time to actually go in and type around them.  And then yesterday I slept in and so I'm running behind on blogging.  Actually running behind and trying to catch up on everything. Here is the courtyard at the hotel in Phoenix.  They had some construction going on but the hotel is always really nice there with it's courtyard and palm trees.  
All the meetings went fine with the plant and then back to the airport we had a little time so we killed an hour by driving up the side of a mountain and going to the overlook and getting some pictures.  












So it was a little scary going up there.  I was thinking "why aren't there more people around".  There was NO ONE.  But we made it up and back in one piece.  lol 

The flight coming home was long. And George and the doggies picked me up and we went to see his Mom.  I didn't have the heart to tell him I didn't want to go.  I was beyond exhausted.   But I went and got her next puzzle set up for her by working the edges.  

When we got home I had that 100 degree fever I get when I'm tired.  And I had a headache that would come and go.  I realized my sinuses were giving me issues.  My head would hurt every time I coughed.  Bed felt so good.  

I didn't set the alarm Wednesday night b/c I felt so bad and was achy and all so I thought I was coming down with the flu or something.  I was going to sleep until I woke up b/c I knew I needed to knock this off quickly.  I slept another full 8 hours and was surprised that I felt pretty good again so I made it to work on time, but no blogging.  

So after work yesterday, which I stayed later than normal, I came home to do laundry and I opened our eclipse glasses and inspected them and found that there was chinese printing on the label.  And the manufacturer was not listed on the arm of the product as it was shown on Amazon.  It showed on Amazon that the company in TN made them (as recommended by NASA).  It even had people saying that it did in the question and answer section.  However, it did not.  I tried to leave a review and Amazon did not accept it.  That was weird also.  I said it was not as advertised and that I was not going to accept that.  It said my review was unacceptable.  lol I think it finally took one that just said "not as advertised" but it wouldn't let me get specific.  I was surprised, b/c I wanted to warn others. My guess is that they thought b/c I was saying it had Chinese letters on it, that I was being discriminatory but that is not the case.  I just want to get what I ordered.  I ordered it b/c it said it was manufactured in America and had it on the product.  But I guess we don't really have a democracy type of situation in our country anymore.  And the customer service or consumer opinion doesn't have a say it seems.  Well my billfold will have a say b/c I'm returning the others back.  But I'm going to make sure the ones I order come in first.  I don't want to be stuck with NO eclipse glasses at all.  I'm just afraid to trust these Chinese ones.  Sorry, but why should I trust them, when they come in not as the picture showed.  This has left me skeptical b/c NASA and the media have warned about the unsafe glasses that are floating out there on Amazon.  And so.....what am I to believe when these don't come in as pictured.  Yeah I know!  Made me mad too. 

Anyway I got the new set of glasses ordered this morning from Rainbow Symphony.  It seems the Tennessee company in Bartlett - no longer has their website section for eclipse glasses.  So I guess they are done.  Rainbow Symphony was about sold out.  I had to order one with a poster.  And I had to order 10.  So we get glasses and a poster for each person.  It makes me mad that I didn't just go ahead and get these but I was hoping for free shipping on Amazon.  And I found some that had the same manufacturer so I thought I'd really done well.  Til I realized I'd been had and the glasses were different than the picture showed and manufacturer not on the product - which is one of the requirements NASA said to ensure you have a safe pair of glasses.  

So that was exciting.  

Now it's Friday and I'm so happy.  The house needs attention this weekend and we are home (I hope) with no plans.  Although I'm sure George will think up some for us while he works today and will email the schedule.  However, I really want my feet planted at home!  Life has been busy lately and I'd like to catch up.  

So....more tomorrow!  Ya'll have a good Friday.













Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tuesday - ON to Phoenix!

Watching Sun Rise in Oklahoma City


Actually I have had better breakfasts, even at this same hotel.  But when you are hungry, it's not bad.  But there was no bacon.  Terrorizing!  

Skies over somewhere....Oklahoma heading toward Phoenix

Meetings went well.  Had a quick lunch at Charleston's again, b/c my partner cohort really liked it the day before.  I had a burger b/c it seemed like a good thing to hold me as it would be a while before we ate dinner.

Once in Phoenix (2 hour and 15 minute flight) we got the rental car - a four door, darn cute, little truck.  And then headed on to the hotel.  I'm the navigator.  And I had a list of all of our addresses ready for the trip on my typed up agenda.  

Once checked in at the hotel, I fixed coffee.  Glad to see the Keurig coffee.  Checked in with George and headed back out at 6:30 in the evening Arizona time which is 8:30 Nashville time.  Whew!

What a good cup of coffee!

We set off to eat at a favorite steakhouse that I like, called T-Bones.  And beautiful sunsets there behind the cacti and a beautiful setting of the lights of Phoenix after the sun goes down.  The food is good too!  Never really crowded.  It's a 30 minute drive but worth it.  


This cactus is not very welcoming is it.  lol

Just love this!

Oh my!

I wasn't going to get dessert but everyone wanted it - so.....we had it.  NO I did not eat this all myself. 

Well it's time for me to be at breakfast.  Gotta go! 

Sorry such a quick entry.  No time.  Sleep was good last night too.  

Flight back home today at 12:30!  ;-)





Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Monday in Oklahoma City


Monday came quickly after a busy rush of a weekend.  But I was thankful to have enough time to get everything done that I needed.  And George dropped me off at the airport.  It was a little earlier than he normally goes in, but he was going to get off early.  

The flight was a little bumpy going over the front on the way to St. Louis where we caught the next flight.  However, it was not too bad.  The 2nd flight when we landed in Oklahoma City, there was a crosswind or something and I wondered if we were going to land decently as the plane was all over the place.  But luckily once the wheel hit the ground - we were good.  

Grabbed luggage, took bus to rent a car place.  My cohort got a burgandy impala. As we drove off there was the realization that the windows were greasy.  lol  So we got a free tank of gas and they cleaned that. You could hardly see out of it.  I have no idea what was on the windshield but that was weird.  

Then off to eat.  We ate at a place called Charleston's, which is one of my favorite places.  I got a fried chicken salad.  I think I usually get that - or chicken tenders, but I like my salads.  

Then we dropped off luggage at the hotel and headed out to the plant to do our two drug awareness meetings.  Then we went out with the person that manages that facility to a really nice restaurant by a man made lake.  

Below is the orange water that was so good and refreshing coming into the hotel yesterday. 


The place we had dinner is called Heffner Grill.  
My view at the table.  The windows had screens on them.  And that was a good thing b/c the sun was bright and HOT yesterday.


My meal was extremely good.  It was fried though.  And I only ate half.  


Afterwards we went out to take pics before going to the car.  



It was just a wide expanse of water.  Such a cool place.  It shocks me that we went from hayfields, to industry, to city, to what looks like an ocean all in the same area.  lol 


There were ducks.  And duck poop too, I might add.  lol


I like getting pics of the sail boats.  We saw a few out on the water yesterday.  Just seems too hot.  This is a water reservoir, so they cannot swim in it. 



Then on back to the hotel.  I had to take pics of the pretty landscaping.  




Very pretty walking from the parking lot, through the little garden to the hotel entrance.

And then I came in and called George and he was having a good afternoon - and getting ready for his big steak.  He said he spent 30 minutes downstairs as our normal Monday night is to spend 30 minutes going through things and pulling out stuff for the yard sale.

After we got off the phone, my eyes grew heavy.  I was so sleepy it was hard to take a shower but I just felt like I needed to get the grunge off after flying and being in airports.  Plus it had been hot all day.  We were not out in it a lot - but enough.  And the a/c does not kick in too good when it's this hot.
All went well yesterday.  We have two meetings this morning and then a rush to the airport for a flight to Phoenix.

I'm enjoying my new ipad and played a game where you search for items.  My Farmville game is just boring to me right now.  It takes so long to get anywhere.  So it feels like you play all the time and have nothing to show for it.  It's just not challenging anymore.

Anyway, the flight attendant wanted to know what game I was playing as far as the hidden items search - as he wanted to download the app.  lol  It is called Mystery Society.

I slept good last night.  In bed about 8 and slept til about 4 this morning.  I woke up about 3 times and rolled over.  I still cannot sleep on my right side - even though my rib that was bruised/or fractured is on my left.  It pulls it somehow and makes it ache.  I tried again last night and it hurt too much.  Can't wait til I can sleep on my right side again.

Anyway, I think I may actually try to sneak in another hour of snooze.  Breakfast is at or 8:30 and I'll take a shower at 6:30 and pack everything up.  So another chance to sleep a bit.  Yay.

Ya'll have a good day!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Homestead Manor, Celebrating Mom's Birthday!

I was really pink yesterday!  
So we had a great time going to Mom's.  We were late b/c George wanted to finish mowing.  Even the best laid plans can be changed by someone elses agenda.  But what can you do.  He says "oh it'll just take an hour to get there".  We've been making this trek for how many years now?  I remind him "No dear it's always taken about an hour and twenty minutes".  "Naw it won't take that long, you will see".  "Well remind me to text Momma at 12 b/c she will be wondering where we are".  "You won't need to text her." "Why, you gonna speed to try to make in an hour now?"  We were to be there at Noon.  At 12:15 I get a text from Momma, "where are ya'll at?"  lol  
lol lol  And we pulled in Mom's drive not long after.  Total trip time, ONE HOUR and TWENTY MINUTES, just like it always has taken...... Men.  

Roger, being Roger and just hanging out!
So Mom said she was going to fix a "snack" to hold us over til our 5:00 reservations at the homestead.  She fixed barbecue, baked beans, and broccoli salad.  Oh my.  What a "snack"!

Mom fixed a "snack" for our lunch and our arrival. 

My view at the table, of the Broccoli Salad! 
As I sat in my seat, I noticed a blackberry pie in the oven.  Oh no, really?  Oh....yesss, or make that yasssss!  And ice cream on top!  

Love! 
George hung Mom's curtains.  I think I fell asleep in the chair while I did that.  
Eventually it was time for us to leave for our dinner.  However, none of us were hungry, lol.  
So our reservations were at Homestead Manor in Thompson's Station near Franklin.  My Dad was actually born near this area.  And he certainly hung out in this area in his teen years as he played bluegrass a lot with friends and he had fiddle he played.  He talks about not having a case for it and he carried it in a paper bag.  lol  So when I think of Thompson's Station I think of Dad.  The area is growing quite a bit.  I really like that area.  

Homestead Manor for Mom's Birthday Celebration
It was just a gorgeous place.  I loved it immediately. 


It's just beautiful!  The grounds and the house.   Can I live here? 

Huge beautiful old trees.  Lots of Magnolias!

George and Mom
Although temps were around 100, according to our car thermometer, we still enjoyed the porch for a few minutes.   

Mom waits as we tour the place.



Up the Stairs we Go....Oh boy if the walls could talk. 

Tennessee State Flag

Look at the piano keys!
Each room was decorated for a different "era" of time.  That was neat. 

George liked this room!

The upstairs porch.  


Made of cigar boxes.


The window by our table. 


My salad.

My Chicken and my Squash Casserole, mmmmm!


So Katy and Cody met us.  I don't have their pic though.  Anyway, we had a nice dinner and then we had dessert and tore into that so no pics!  lol 

Then we took Mom back to Columbia and then got the doggies and headed back home.  There were storms around but we did not hit any rain at all until we had made it to our home town and were off the interstate.  

I finished packing and then hit the bed.  Tugie couldn't wait for the alarm went off so she and I were up at 3:30 again.  This is getting a little annoying.  I love her, but man I am missing my sleep.  I don't get enough as it is.  And No I don't sleep on the planes.  

Going to be a long day today.  My flight leaves at 8:30 and headed for Oklahoma City.  We have a couple of meetings this afternoon at the OKC plant and then dinner and then tomorrow another couple of meetings there and then we are off to Phoenix.  

The trip should go quickly.  I'll be back Wednesday night.  I think George is looking forward to his big steak tonight and chicken livers (he says) tomorrow night although I don't think he's bought them yet so maybe he has other plans. 

Anyway, the rib is getting better every day.  The breaths hurt less when I breathe, I can bend over now with little pain and can pretty much sleep better.  So this is all good.  I guess it was either bruised or just a little crack?  I don't know but you can bet I pay attention now when leaning over the arm of my chair to plug in the laptop now! 

Well, please pray for my trip.  For smooth flights and safety throughout.  The whole trip is in the name of safety in the Drug Awareness arena.  This video is very informative.  And the policy that goes with it  - so we are rolling that out. 

We leave in an hour so I need to get the make up on and get computer packed up.  I'm taking my own b/c it is more updated (by many years, lol) and easier to use.  

Well ya'll have a good day!