Friday, May 31, 2019

Bless and Release, Sick Maisy, and Other Friday Morning Thoughts

The devo is working out beautifully.  Time in God's word daily.  It may not be deeep deeeep study but it is worthy and meaningful and adding to my day.  It's words wrapped around my heart and advice for the day.  

It is truly time to ask God to deal with a situation truly as HE will.  The last two times I've prayed this prayer fully, HE HAS acted.  I never pray to the detriment of another person but I have asked for Him to DEAL WITH another person on a few occasions because He sees what I don't.  I hate to pray THAT prayer b/c often it takes something big for the change to occur.  And that scares me.  But I think it is time to pray THAT prayer.  EVERY TIME I have prayed THAT PRAYER HE has taken care of the situation.  I tattle often, but RARELY PRAY THAT PRAYER.  I will say that every time I've prayed the prayer, it was a significant change for the person I prayed over, and not always in a good way. I mean it may have been a good thing for their spirit eventually, but God put them somewhere else in life and no longer circled within mine at all.  He truly deals! I think it's time to pray that prayer.  And God can DEAL as he may.  I will think about it some more before I do.  Thinking about Praying for those that Persecute You, is a daunting task.  First it's hard to want God to bless them but your heart has to be right. But often I've noticed that He will certainly deal with them and usually to their detriment at first.  But Good comes from Bad, sometimes, so perhaps long run He blesses their life if they respond to His will.  As I said, I tattle all the time, but there is one Prayer I can Pray that He means business when He goes to handle it so I'm really careful at what I pray for.  

Something is wrong with my Maisy.  She is coughing.  We are hoping it is just a cold and not her heart.  I was set to take her to the vet this morning but George has said we should wait.  So our vet is open til 7 I think tonight.  We may try to take her after work real quick.  I may leave a bit early today to get home in time to take them out, feed them and watch her and see how she is doing and then we'll have time to get in the car and head over.   My only concern is if it is her heart are we doing damage by waiting, but we wondered since it started so suddenly if it weren't just a cold.  Anyway none of us slept last night as she had several coughing spells in the night.  Bless her heart.  

One of our Isa Guru's fixed chic peas in an air fryer as a crunchy snack.  I'm thinking "oh my Gosh".  So I took a screen shot so I'd remember.  But first I need to check into the air fryer.  Has anyone ever had one?  What all do you fix in it?  I mean that might be a fun new gadget to play with in my healthy journey. 

George had to stay late to work on a report that he needed to have quiet time to "learn to do" yesterday.  So I had dog duty and fixed dinner.  I fixed beef stew (enough for two nights and then some).  Ironically we had all the ingredients.  It was fun to be able to come home and be the first one home.  I only left about 30 min earlier than normal and made a world of difference- both on the road and at home.  

We watched a comedy hour thing and read a bit when finished.  So I took a pic of "my pack".  lol

Roger was in a major food coma last night after eating.  And then about this time Maisy started her coughing.  

Hoping for better sleep tonight.  

Everything else I have to save for the other blog and there is no time today, but maybe sometime this weekend.  

Ya'll take care.  Loving the fact that Friday came so quickly.   It doesn't take long to get fizzled out for the week.  I heard another person in our building say yesterday to another, "I think everyone in this building is just so stressed right now".  I know we are.  People don't like having to wait for things I know that but they are having to.  There is so much going on I can't even keep up with it all.  So be it.  A lot of work and things I need to do just sits and rots on my desk.  I'm having to get off email and just shut if off for a few hours to get things done.  Otherwise I'm just answering questions from dawn til dusk. So the weekend is welcome.  Much to do this weekend at home.  Dog trims tomorrow and grocery shopping, laundry, and house cleaning, church on Sunday and it's our time to take food snacks for the Sunday School lobby.  Maybe get a little of my side hustle done.  

My mini vacay coming soon!  Get to see my girl in San Antonio.  Oops my blog time went way over.  I slept later b/c the dog kept us up and forgot and instead of hurrying was going on my own schedule like I normally do.  I would hurry but I've hurried so much of my life.  Have stayed over many days.  So be it, if I'm running behind, I am.  

 Bless and Release!  I still have to work on my heart and try not to be bitter at the mishandling of others in life.  This devo will make me pray for that too.  

Yes, thus the Bless and Release!  

Ya'll take care! 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Being Organized

It makes me chuckle sometimes getting my office set up for the day with all my needs handy.  Favorite pen, fob to get in and out of the office, cleansing wipe for glasses, vitamin pack, essential oils in case I need to de-stress the office, TrueLemon mix for my water, Ionix stress formula, my greens to mix with water, a little snack, a Yeti cup to fill with ice and water for sipping, a strawberry shake, an e+ shot for the late afternoon pick me up, my fat burning pill at lunch time (has cinnamon, pepper, and other natural ingredients), and my "product B" vitamin which is supposed to help with aging by repairing the telemores/DNA within, a little 5 minute journal/devo, my work calendar, and my personal calendar. 

I always keep my personal calendar at work with me b/c inevitably George or someone will give me a date for something that is going to happen and I need to write it down.  I also have a system of writing down things that I want to do in the evening when I get home, or things to check on or look up or follow up on.  I also have a section of my weekly calendar where I write down things I need to order.  

I realized yesterday just how much of a Geek I am at trying to be organized with my life.  Always the one that has to have a "system", a "checklist", a "method", an "app", the right tools, the right calendar, and the right environment and the right look.  God created us all with certain talents and functionality.  I don't know that I've done well at using my gifts for the right places.  But I guess it's worked well enough.  

I really like setting and having a routine, but then again I'm all about doing things differently sometimes and breaking the routines for changes.  There are some things that I do not like to change and some preferences that I suppose I will always cling to and most of those are related to the morning routine and also those that stem around the totality of what is going to impact my time as a whole.  I have always panicked when I felt things were hugely going to choke my time.  I like to get the required things done and panick when I realize I won't have an opportunity.  That means having to ignore someone's need for a while, or be questioned about why something was not done timely and I don't have positive emotions built around those things.  I'm not sure what it is I'm afraid of.  I think that in the past maybe people have not handled that well with me, and then it made me become defensive.  I've tried very hard not to be defensive b/c then it makes you look guilty when you are not.  And then it makes me bitter and resentful and then mad and angry or all of that at once or in various orders, lol.  And then I have to work through THAT.  So it's best just be protective of your time.  Everyone has their opinions of you - good or bad - probably either way they are wrong, lol.  No one really knows but people have a tendency to think the worst of you if you DON'T get THEIR thing done first.  I probably do the same.  I mean what are you supposed to think if someone ignores your very existence?  It doesn't leave a very positive feeling, I can assure you.  So I try very hard to answer every email, every need, make every appointment timely, and so forth.  And it's a challenge.  

I had no idea I'd be talking about being organized and then protective of my time this morning.  That is what I love about blogging.  It just pushes up from the inside somewhere.  

But I have found this week, that I have been very content.  Why some weeks are better than others I'm not sure.  I have my ideas.  I don't want to list them b/c sometimes when I do it seems I jinx things or set myself up.  But there are a few things that will set me off like no other.  And I'm not settled until it is back to normal.  And I've had to learn to combat those types of things by learning boundary setting, unhooking (which is basically a way of not caring - that sounds harsh but it's telling yourself you can't control it so let go).  And then focusing on God, and Good Things, and getting exercise to burn the stress, or mindfulness to focus on one thing at a time, or meditation, or breathing.  It's a shame we live in such a tightly stress filled life that we even have to have these things present.  Sometimes it's just overwhelming to the point of frustration the responsibility you have just in work alone and then you get off of work and there are others that need you and expect from you and your just about spent by the time you arrive home at 6 ish pm. But yet you go - working on the household chores, time with spouse, personal goals, friends, family, pets, parents.  

Anyway, all these things - organization, being equipped for the day - either physically or mentally or emotionally - it takes time to get a balance, and time to make things right and fit.  Just when you think you have it figured out, you don't.  But we don't stop trying.  

And that is why I love my weekends so much.  I don't have to try so hard.  I can rest for a moment and build myself up for another week and catch up on things behind.  

So it's Thursday and tomorrow's Friday and as of right now life feels in control and I'm content.  It doesn't take much to topple the whole thing down though. lol 

So here's to being organized at everything in life, so that something - ANYTHING - has a chance of getting done! And Lord please give us patience with those who are just a feather in the wind that expect us to be responsible for them too.  And that is another blog entry entirely.  And one I definitely will not DO HERE. ;-) 

Take care! 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Weight Loss, Scales, Food Tracking Points APP

Well I just ordered a Renpho scale.  It has body weight and such and is bluetooth and has "an app for that".   I have some old fashioned scales.  But I ordered this on a whim on Sunday afternoon and it was here the next morning on the front porch from Amazon!  Wow.  Must have been in the warehouse nearby in Lebanon.  But I'm exited to use it.  I couldn't use it this morning b/c I decided to read the instructions first.  I downloaded the app but need to finish setting up the app.   I weighed on the old scales this morning and I've maintained even with the holiday eating and without the last two cleanse days (I think I might have actually made my goals had I had the last two cleanse days but was on antibiotics.).  I haven't quite missed the goal yet.  I still have several days - about five days to get to my goal.  So I will eat healthy and clean and see what happens.  Might even insert another cleanse day but I don't want to do anything that will make my muscle mass go backwards.  Everything has to be done in a healthy way and in eating protein so you build muscle and lose fat.  If you don't get enough protein and nutrients you can lose muscle - so starving yourself doesn't work.    If you know me at all I would never starve myself, but we are not supposed to do another cleanse until 7 days have passed.  But I might consider six, lol. We'll see.  It works well for me to do cleanse day on my zoom call day so that I don't mess up two nights of eating and movie watching with spouse.  Our evenings are a bit sacred from dinner on.  And I don't want to leave him out.  I could easily hole up in my office working though.  But choose to keep our time together as much as possible. 

All that said, I'm happy to have this scale which was very cheap - $27 ish.  And the app is just cool.  And I'm excited that I have not gained.  I am always fluctuating b/w 25 and 30 lbs weight loss.  I remember when I was fluctuating b/w 20 and 25.  So once you break it - you can usually keep it.  I have to cut down on the snacking in late afternoon.  My snack at 3 doesn't hold me until our dinner at 7:30 or 8.  So I may actually try doing a bar or shake late afternoon - something with more calories so I don't come in and eat cheese and crackers at 6.  Or tortilla chips and hummus or salsa.    So a few tweaks to help.  I can also insert a greens or fruits drink on the way home perhaps and that might carry me over as well.  I can definitely make some easy tweaks to continue to perfect so that I lose more fat.  And exercise a bit more. 

I do have to realize though - that I may be gaining muscle with the things I've been doing lately thus the scales - may help me realize what is going on.  Muscles are heavier. 

Also instead of counting calories, I heard on the Eat this, Not That podcast this past week, that John Hammond used an app one time where you counted + points for good things you ate and - points for bad things you ate.  This will help me I think.  I downloaded that app too.  It's called DQS.

 It's for runners and it's so you eat optimally to perfect your running performance.  However, anyone can use it.  So I downloaded that and will use that.  It's quicker and easier to use than tracking calories.  It will give you graphs and such and you can see if you are on the right trend.  It gives you ideas for what to eat too.  I was cleansing yesterday so didn't count anything then.  I mean that would be difficult since it's not falling into a category - "red berry cleansing drink?" might fall under fruits, but not sure. lol  Green tea infused chocolates with other healthy ingredients ought not be counted as a sweet - so not thinking I'll be able to do this on a cleanse day.

This is probably boring for anyone not interested in weight loss.  But if you are it might give you some ideas.

Anyway, yesterday was a busy one. And at home I did the Zoom call and learned a few more things and that was good.  I also worked for a bit on the home business and made some connections. 
So all is good. 

And today is Wednesday already.  Holy Halelujah in the truest sense.  The week is almost half over already, lol.  Then we will slide right down into another weekend.

Well, off to go finish getting ready and fix a shake for the drive in.  I'm shaking twice today to try and meet this goal! Taking Tuna for a snack and possible the imitation crab.  I'm in a fish mood.  lol

Ya'll have a grand and glorious day!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Memorial Day, Bucket List, Weight Loss

Well I had already had a meal replacement bar, but when an omelette is put in front of you, you don't pass it up.  So I skipped lunch instead.  I snacked on peanuts (from the shell) all day. I love to crack open peanuts.  

Did the first journal entry in my devotional journal.  

Drank a good amount of water yesterday while working in the house.  I have found I drink more when I add a straw.  Is than not weird?  Just sip sip sip all day.  The metal containers (like Yeti and Swig are better for this but this container works too.)  

On a Whim I decided to go ahead and do a Summer Bucket list.  Just so we keep our options and ideas "ready to go".  However until now, I've not done this - this year, b/c it stressed me out to have another to do list - even if it was fun.  I just needed some rest this year and too much going on.  One more thing on the list would have sent me out of the ball park.  I start to shut down when things are too much.

I tried to make it fun and added some art work to it. 

I finally tried Tai Chi.  I had bought a DVD from the book/media store we go to (McKayes) but this one was hard for me to do for some reason.  Another lady did it on YouTube and the way she explained it really helped.  My goal is to remember the moves so I don't have to watch a video so I can get the most out of it.  But I will do these same you tube videos over and over again til I learn them.  

This is the girl I watched on YouTube that was so good.

I fixed pasta salad yesterday and we made tacos with the small roast pork that George fixed.  

I got to read some yesterday, play Candy Crush, and did minor laundry and ironing.  It was really much of a play and rest day for me.  I was very thankful for that and thanked God many times over for the time to rest.  I didn't get a pic done of the new bedroom comforter yet.  I'm waiting on that last pillow to dry that I washed for the sham.  I needed one more pillow and had an extra one but it needed to be washed and so it is. 

Now it's the work week.  Only 4 days left though.  I have cleanse day today.  And I am looking forward to that.  I'm worried I'm not going to be making my goals.  I think I still have a few days left before this challenge is over.  I think I'm going to be a few lbs off target.  I have lost 25 to 30 (it always goes back and forth) and losing the next 25 to 30 will be tougher.  I AM making better decisions though.  And I AM slowly improving.  It's 3 steps forward and a step back. 

How is it I've changed? 

1.  I'm learning that last minute decision eating -you make bad choices.  So plan ahead.
2.  I've learned that if you remember the guilt you feel after you have made a poor choice, that you will make better choices - if you remember that YOU are choosing and YOU CAN break the pattern and be proud of yourself.  I want to be proud.  (I got this from the Mind and Body Program I took).
3.  I'm learning not to stress eat.  It is NOT ok. This is not perfected.
4. I've learned to have a couple of bites if you don't want to feel left out or not participate.
5.  I've learned to like liter calorie beer and be ok with it and almost prefer it.  I'm not as full after and imagine that I've done myself a favor and minimized the beer gut, lol. I really don't drink it that often anymore. I did like the craft beer and will still get one if we go to a craft brewery, but prefer the light now if possible.  So now, tap rooms are better for me so there is a choice.
6.  I've learned to give up my ranch dressing and other dressings b/c they are just filled with the wrong type of oils that make you fat b/c we can't process it.  This was the hardest of all.  I will go with the vinegar dressings and seasonings with olive oil if possible.  Vinegar is actually good for helping your body processes.
7.  Cutting the carbs but not entirely.  We do need carbs and healthy fats to function.
8.  Cutting the sugar.  But will allow an occasional dessert when we go out. 
9.  Walking more or dancing to music in the house - but not enough.
10.  Working on my muscles - I guess it's called resistance exercising on your muscles - have started doing more of this.
11.  Gave up any drinks with calories - but that one is an old one - nothing new for me on that one.
12.  Don't eat pizza as often.
13.  The pasta noodles have to be made of veggies, beans, rice and less enriched flour. 

I suppose there are lots of other ways I've changed recently but hard to think of them all right now.   But to knock those extra lbs off I will need to continue refining certain things and they are:

1.  Exercise more regularly - both kinds (cardio and muscles).
2.  Not have a 2nd glass of Wine
3.  Skip the dessert in nice restaurants
4.  Drink more water
5.  Don't forget my vitamins on the weekends
6.  Eat more veggies and fruits. 
7.  Eat more of the better peanut butter and less of the one with the bad oils (list from Eat this Not That - they did the research).
8.  Do two shakes a day when I can
9.  Eat less bread with enriched flour, but more whole grains - brown rice, quinoa etc.
10.  Don't have seconds on spaghetti night.  Oh this one will be the hardest one.
11.  Don't oversnack.  I get hungry and eat more snacks even though they are healthy. 
12.  Drink more greens/fruits from my program

And I need to get ready to go and get out the door.   We are back in the race.  Rat race that is.  Back to work we go.  Catching our spot on the interstate, and trying to please a cast of 350 plus some outsiders.  Ready set go - until my vacation time with Kate in June!  lol

Seriously the weekend was so nice.  Sad it is over but we'll make the most of it.  I also got to read in my Maine book "My Life in the Maine Woods".  It's really good. 

Well, see ya manana! 

Monday, May 27, 2019

Food, Wine, Fun, and Relaxation

Grandaddy!  Miss him.  Happy Memorial Day!

George and I went to church yesterday and then headed to the St. Jude Dream Home for a tour.  It was pretty and had a lot of nice features.  It had a LOT of black in it.  I loved the living room and kitchen areas.  And loved the overall model of the house.  It was huge on living space.  I'm a porch person though.  There was a patio out back and a direct view to and from the neighbors houses.  No privacy and neighbors close on each side.  It was an HOA and therefore had neighborhood pool, had a canoe access point (to what body of water, I'm not sure), and had pavilions and grills all through the neighborhood for area picnics.  That was a nice touch. 

So that I didn't have to download/upload a bunch of photos - I just did a video for you.  

After that, George and I went to Cousin's Maine Lobster to get 1) Lobster Roll and Clam Chowder for George 2) Lobster Tacos for me.  

It is Maine Lobster after all and a very expensive lunch, but......weren't we the ones that flew to Maine just to go eat Maine lobster?  So cheap considering.  lol

We try to hit them up every now and then when we know they are coming to town!

Then after our excursions yesterday, George took the carpet cleaner back to Lowe's and he bought some tomato plants and also put more mulch out back.  I changed the sheets on the bed and washed them and put the new comforter on the guest bedroom.  

And then we both relaxed a bit. I had to call Comcast though b/c our internet got to where it would not work. It gets spotty, then it gets to where it won't work for greater periods of time.  It ALWAYS has periods of "come and go-edness".  Usually brief and will come back but then over time it finally gets to where it is gone more than you have it.  Usually there is some ping/reset they can do to make it come back after you restart your router.  I'm thinking that we all are just struggling and fighting for the bandwith - and when we got back on good and strong did it knock someone else off?  I figure there is a big queue line up of us and whoever calls gets placed at the top of the throne and everyone else downgraded?  lol lol lol This is my version of the world is flat.  Because I have no idea!

  I had a couple of more shows from my YouTube to pop up.  And I watched Gone with the Wynn's.

Maisy Girl keeping her eyes on me always and wondering when we are going outside to pee again and when is dinner.  Once the dogs got to go out, Maisy wanted right back in - too hot for her.  Roger did NOT want to come back in and he wanted to explore.  I stayed out with him for 15 to 20 minutes and I wanted to come back in.

He missed the first round of going out b/c he was in one of his deep afternoon sleeps.

Later afternoon and pre-dinner time - as George prepped the steaks and dinner, I played with chrome casting and checked out some webcams.  Holidays are great times for viewing webcams.  I checked out Destin area as we have been down there so many times in May in previous years.  I was thinking how wonderful this is, if we turned on our fan for a breeze and brought in a palm tree and had sea gulls/beach playing on Alexa, we could *almost* think we were at the beach and on the patio.

A favorite is the St. Maarten beach area where the planes fly over.  I put the link in my side bar.  I did watch a plane fly in but think that there were more taking off than coming in, that time of day.

We decided to open the Quilt wine, which friend Lauren suggested. 

Without a doubt, I believe it is one of the most flavorful yet smooth wine I have ever had.  Can't get hooked on this for a habit though.  It's a $44 dollar bottle of wine here in town.  It was a holiday special occasion splurge and we have saved it for a few weeks.  This one, WILL make you become a wine snob. lol  Oh so worth sipping on this one. You will continue your experimentation in finer wines after having this one.  We try to find these kinds of wines from certain areas and on sale. But...this was excellent. 

And this morning we have some jazz like music playing on the Big TV as we go about the house getting a few things done this morning.  I watched another YouTube show first from Keep Your DayDream.  

And have now set about blogging.   I feel so comfy in my office this morning.  Love to dream, plan, work, and blog here.  A dream come true in itself to even have an office.  So what if it has plastic drawers and such.  I love my make shift desk and having space of my own.

And Sluggie over in there who gets a big hug every now and then.  Always a smile on his/her face and happy to be there for me.  ;-)  I miss my Tugie!  

We watched the Julia Roberts movie, Ben is Back.  It keeps you interested, but is a bit dark.  It's kinda like Breaking Bad in a way.  It introduces all those elements of addiction that leads you into a very dark world, into the underground, with very dark and demanding people.  A very true film, I would imagine, as was breaking bad.  The mother gets to view this world first hand.  But is hell bent on saving her son.  A bit of an odd ending, but we have to live with that.  We had dreaded watching it, b/c it was dark.  But we dove in and did it.  It was entertaining and kept you glued.  George said "why do you pick these things?"  Why?  It was a Julia Roberts movie.  He picks just as bad of ones.  lol  Only this one wasn't bad, it was just dark.  I mean he picked Nurse Jackie but it at least had some comedy to it.

Well, I'm going to go.  The outlook for today?  More coffee, lol.  More laundry.  I'll take a pic of the new comforter.  Will do some work - not much.  Some planning.  Not much.  Might make some graphics.  Read some.  Make some pasta salad for the week.  Only I have cleanse day tomorrow.  So I'll have to eat more on Wednesday if there are leftovers.  Might redo the blog again.  We will see what the day brings.  It's been nice hanging at home and just doing a daily excursion out.  But I think home today all day but who knows.  I'm just thankful for the extra day.  I went to bed Thanking God for it and woke up thanking Him for it.  What a blessing!  

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Saturday Shopping Excursion, Gamay Wine, and Tacos with Irish Cheddar

One of the first things I do on the weekend before setting into laundry is getting my Isagenix set up for the next week.  Last week I began doing a baggie for each day.  I get to work and then end up digging in plastic, digging in plastic, digging in plastic.....for all the things I need.  I just decided that I would deal with whatever choice was in the bag for that day (flavors, snacks).  But when I set the bag up I put in different things.  I only have one snack per day that is Isagenix and the other snack is usually nuts or carrots or something.  

We had a nice morning at home.  We got up around 5:30 or 6 b/c the dogs were ready to go out.  And then George worked in the yard some.  I told him I really needed to unwind still and drink coffee and play candy crush.  He said go for it.  I didn't want to feel guilty, lol.  But soon enough I began doing laundry and ironing and cleaning the kitchen.   I got hungry and fixed a whole grain English Muffin with peanut butter on it.  George got hot and came in and took a shower and began working on the carpets.  

Then we went out on an excursion as we call it.  (Where you go out and have several stops - either to shop, eat, errands).  An excursion sounds much more fun right?  So we headed out to Tuesday Morning and I found a comforter for the guest bedroom.  I had set June as my month to do this, but I got a bit of a head start.  They have the best deals I've seen on comforters, and quilts.  I was really thinking more along the lines of a quilt as it's more easily washed.  But I found one that the colors were really inviting for this room.  So for $49.99 for comforter with shams - NOT BAD!  

Then we went to the Wine store to find Gamay wine b/c I liked it's gentle flavor similar to a Pinot Noir.  We learned something new.  We had been drinking Gamay all along.  The Beaujolais wine is made from that area of Beaujolais (it's not just a name, it's an area of France.)  

So we ended up buying a bottle of Beaujolais but a year or two older than the new shipments were.  We'll have it on a special occasion.  Sometimes a special occasion is when we are having a really good steak, lol.  (The beef we bought from KY from the cow that was slaughtered - the steaks were really too thin.)

And we went to Aldi and got a few things.  I bought some really good cheese imports that were at really good prices. 

And then we came back home and unloaded our treasures.  I took the dogs out for a little walk around the yard.  It was hot but very breezy.  A little humid.

Then we came back in.  The dogs apparently worn out from their morning, having us there and keeping them awake with the carpet cleaner, lol, and they took off into some deep sleeps.  I mean we had to make sure Roger hadn't kicked off.  Look at him!

George did more floors with the carpet cleaner and I began pre-prepping for the taco dinner.  Then we both set in to chopping and cooking it.  

George showed me how to properly cut an avacado.  Don't laugh.  I've always been intimidated with chopping things until finally got it down in my 30's, but the avacado has not been in my diet much until the last 6 or 8 years or so and usually fixed by someone else.  I have been slicking them and getting it out with a spoon, but he showed me how to nicely slice them.  The ceramic knife worked well for this. 

I grated up some Irish Cheddar Cheese for our tacos, and honestly I don't think I will want any other kind any more.  It was really really good and had a much better taste than what we buy at the store already grated.  I think I just spoiled myself b/c I'll have to have this from now on.

George doctored up a can of black beans with vidalia onion, tomatoes, and some spices.  They were really good too.

We had both crispy and soft tacos but the corn tortillas just tore apart.  I'm not sure what the trick is there.  So I was glad we had the crispy ones.  I'm wondering why we don't have tacos more often.  They are so darn good.  

I checked in with friend Lisa, recently back from her trip to CA and guess what they were fixing?  Tacos!  lol  

Well, we have had a wonderful day yesterday.  We watched the final episode of Drunk History.  lol 
And this morning we are going to church.  We are going to try to hit a lobster truck for lunch and then go tour a dream home that was built in our area.  I'm wearing jeans to church but dressing it up.  I don't want to be in dress clothes all day.  So let everyone talk about me I guess.  I don't think many wear jeans to the church we go to.  But it shouldn't be about dress anyway.  We won't be coming home to change.  

I'm going for another cup of coffee here.  And then fixing a shake.  You all enjoy your day.  Soon our little holiday weekend will be half over.  Dang it.  

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend is ON!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Thank the Lord it is here!  We don't have elaborate plans, but they sound pretty elaborate to us.  We are hanging at home and doing projects, work, and things we want to do around here.  We do have some pretty elaborate meals planned. Well, "elaborate" all the way around is relevant I guess.  Tacos, steaks, a pasta salad that is different, and a roast.  Not all at once!  But over the next few days. 

I have the dogs scheduled for a trim next Saturday and then the next two times, in August and October, I am scheduled with a different group closer in.  My normal groomer didn't really seem to do much last time as far as trimming other than feet and face.  I'm not sure she expresses them as Tugie always had problems and the vet said she hadn't been.  I kinda feel bad but there have been a couple of times that we had appointments and she did not show and a few times she cancelled.  Not often and we forgave that but when they still look like they need trimming when you pick them up, I just couldn't get over it.  She was in a hurry that day.  So I'm switching after 17 years.  Mixed feelings, but I just felt taken advantage of.  I've felt the last few times they were not done well with chunks of hair missed and so forth.  So I think it's time.  Several new ones are popping up. 

I'm in the sun room right now as I started typing this before 6 a.m. The sun is just coming through the trees and as it rises I'll have to leave.  It is quite humid this morning and the room will heat up fast and we'll have to shut it off. Right now I'm enjoying hearing the birds sing and have the overhead fan going.

I am so excited to have time this weekend to read, plan, make graphics, play candy crush, clean, go do a few fun stuff in town and all around, and work on my business.  George and I will eat well and watch a few movies.  Sounds devine. 

I invited Mom to come up for the weekend but she was getting a cold and thought she'd do better there. 

I've been listening to the Eat this Not That podcast and they have excellent material.  The Grilling podcast was really good.  Things I didn't know.  But of course I never grill. 

The antibiotics did not help my finger any - with the blister or infection or whatever has popped up on it.  So I wasted the time not doing cleansing that I could have had.  But that is ok.  I'll go from here.  I DO think it is a wee bit better but not much.  It does best with triple antibiotic ointment on it that I had for my head after my surgery.  So I'll keep doing that.

The cookies and cream shake was everything I'd dreamed it would be.  It tastes similar to the birthday cake shake but with a slight more cookie taste.  Just diiiiiii vine!

 Roger and Maisy have joined me in the sun room.  Both have eaten breakfast and laying about enjoying the breeze from the fan.  For some reason now that the sun is coming up the birds are not as loud.  I did hear a rooster crow far away in the distance somehow!  One lady had a rooster in our neighborhood but neighbors forced her to get rid of it, lol!

Not sure what I'll do first today.  Probably laundry and cleaning.  Oh how nice not to have to be anywhere! 

What are you doing this Memorial Day Weekend?  I'd love to hear! 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Relaxing in Spain (Sort of) and Strange Tapping on the Windows

Well, we had a fine dinner of some leftover chicken and lima beans and George added potatoes and onions.  And we watched "Spain - On the Road Again" with Gwynneth Paltrow and Mario Batali.  It's fun to watch them eat and taste wine and cook meat and veggies and seafood on the grill.  It's perfect for an after work day - mindless show.  

And Maisy snoozes good...

Miraculously my computer's email began working again.  Isn't that odd?  Yet I heard across the building three others yelling across the cubes "what's going on with email?" lol  Must be a roaming problem.  Very interesting.  Who will it attack today?  I think there are evil spirits roaming within just to mess with someone.  lol

Speaking of evil spirits.  I was awoken by a tapping on the window by my bed last night.  I thought it was rain, but there was no rain.  And no wind.  We are two stories up on the back side so no one can just tap w/o being on a ladder or using a stick.  I looked from the bathroom window and no one out the window.  

Then I froze remembering that book I read about the Tennessee Spirit that knocked on the little girls window - this was the Bell Witch - probably an area about 30 to 40 miles from here.   Don't you love the fact that one's memory will recall such a thing at 3:33 a.m. in the morning?   

And then after coffee I realized that same tapping had happened about a month ago on my office window.  I had looked out and nothing there.  I never could figure out what it was.  But dinner was ready and I left the room and forgot about it.  I mean I guess I'm so used to weird noises and odd things happening now that I pay it no mind.  

Computer issues ALWAYS follow me.  Weird noises follow me.   I just give it no mind unless it's 3:33 a.m. and I remember the tale of the old witch and wished I hadn't.  lol 

It's Friday.  Finally.  Hoping to be left alone today to get some things done.  Usually Thursday and Friday are better but probably not today.  Have had meetings and conf calls and things taking me away from my normal things.  So everything collects in a big pile and sits.  Lots of problems and situations to work through.  I need to be doubled but not happening so therefore, people have to be patient and wait til I get to their thing.  Not enough HR to go around.  Pick number and wait here.  lol  "It is what it is".  

And that is all she wrote on this fine Friday.  Going to enjoy the weekend ahead.  George and I have some plans tonight and plans to eat, rest, work, play on the weekend.  Take care! 

Now I'm going to go try that Cookies and Cream shake that arrived yesterday.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Lack of Trust in News, Science, and Studies and other Thursday Topics

I'm so glad I got my Cookies and Cream order in before they sold out.  I ordered 2 canisters.  I'll get 14 shakes out of each cannister.  It sold out in like a day. 

Roger was cute last night with his little tongue out.  He was watching to see if dinner was ready.  And keeping an eye on the kitchen.  I went to the store last night to get our dinner as I had to get chicken salad for our meal tomorrow at work.  It's "salad" day.  So I got the rotisserie chicken and also bought some frozen lima beans and sushi for appetizer while that cooked.  We had to wait on the limas but I really wanted limas.  They were good!  

My Rite Aid order came in.  Out of the blue, I decided to order from Rite Aid b/c they had what I was looking for that Target and Walmart didn't have.  Once I thought Rite Aid was really expensive, but wow - their prices beat out Target and Walmart - at least for what I was ordering.  They had nearly everything I was looking for.  I get tired of finding a new product I like and then not being able to find it again.  So I ordered double to have two of some things.  I believe they used "targeted ads" to get my attention.  So when I searched for an item, they had it and it showed me an ad on the web page and I clicked on it said "well ok if you have all these other items I need too, then I will buy from you".  They did.  And my next thing was that it had to have free shipping.  And with the $35 purchase it did.  It came shipped in a sturdy box with sturdy taping and make up was wrapped heavily and carefully many times over in bubble pack.  Targets boxes are often halfway ripped apart when the box comes and one time the contents of fabric softener had leaked everywhere and I had to return it to the store.  Walmart does a pretty good job on theirs but sometimes their taping doesn't hold either.  

My Devotional Journal came in.  This was also a targeted ad through facebook, lol.  I've decided I don't mind targeted ads b/c it lets me know of things that are out there that I would like that I didn't know about.  It was only $13 or so which I thought was a pretty good price, but was about $21 with tax and shipping.  That is what I would have paid in a store for it.  I think it's nice to be able to journal.  I thought it might help me to pen my thoughts and frustrations there instead of bottling them up inside.  Yesterday I thought I'd blow a gasket.  There have been many days like that lately.  I'm coming out of the gasket blowing ever so slightly.  But.  Some.  Days. .....

I can't wait for it.  I mean some folks ordered 20 cannisters!  Can you imagine?  lol  That is 280 meals.  But then some folks, their whole family drinks the shakes.  George wouldn't drink a shake if you offered to pay him.  He likes doing the opposite of what I do I think.  He says he doesn't "do" shakes.  He likes his eggs in the morning and that is not a bad choice either.  I don't know about the cholesterol though.  At one time "studies showed" that it caused high cholesterol.   It's funny how the studies had shown to be wrong so many times before.  I think now days people my age are done with the news, and done with believing a lot of the studies, done with believing the weather man/woman and even done with science at times b/c I mean ---- look at planet Pluto.  Isn't it a star now or something?  I feel like I've been pranked all my life.  Coffee was bad, now it's good.  Alcohol bad, now it's good within limits.  Fat was bad, now it's good. Carbs were out, now they are important.   I realize some of it is a learning curve and sure has been b/c it's taken us for a ride for sure.  My Mom always says "Oh they don't know".  lol  I'm not saying I don't appreciate science and studies.  I think it IS very important to keep learning and discovering.  I'm just saying it's hard to believe anything anymore as truth.  I think we are all skeptics now and have a hard time discerning.  

All I do know is that I am feeling better and doing well on this system.  I may develop a third nose or something tomorrow.  However, 25 to 30 lbs down (it fluctuates the 5 lbs always at whatever interval you are).  And I've been able to keep it down, while still splurging some.  So I am looking forward to this shake coming in that tastes like oreos, I hear.

It's Thursday, Friday's sister.  And I'm happy about that.  George and I are ready for the weekend!  We are hanging around here, have some fun meals planned and doing the carpets.  It's going to be a hot weekend I think.  In the 90's today.  I nearly froze to death yesterday in the office.  So will probably be seen in my grey wool cloak, lol.

Don't really have much more to share.  The work weeks are pretty boring.  We used to do more concerts and stuff during the week but honestly I'm happy just coming home.  I like being here.  Always so much to do here than I enjoy.  I love to have time to bless it too.  But I tell you I am ready for a rehaul in the kitchen.  Getting to upgrade is a slow process in our world.  Always has been.  We need new counters, new flooring in kitchen, den, hall, main entrance to bathroom.  We need a new double oven.  And none of that is inexpensive which is why it hasn't happened yet.  But I feel these things are becoming a big red thumb when I walk in the house.  I'm soooo ready for these things to be upgraded.  But we are still paying 12 mos same as cash for a/c unit, den furniture, and fridge.  I think the big TV is paid for.  George also needs a new car.  So are happening.  We are in a better position for it to happen.

On the work front, my laptop at work - the email system keeps crashing and everytime it gets fixed it crashes again.  When I type anything in the "To field" when I go to send an email, it will shut down.  I have been w/o my laptop several hours Tues and again on Wed morning.  I just couldn't give it back yesterday - so I could get work done and just use webmail.  At one point I really just wanted to turn around and go back home b/c there is only so much I can do without the computer.  But finally got it back for it to be crashed again.  ::sigh::  So they are going to take it home for the weekend and do a complete reinstall.  I guess I'll loose everything, but not sure.

I have some things rolling around in my head that I'm trying to figure out too.  Not sure what the answers are.  I keep coming around to the same answers on a few things.

My blood pressure is continuing to come down on the new meds.  It was in the mid 120's yesterday and that is good despite the aggravations I have experienced during the day!  Yay!  It has been quieter, thank the Good Lord, b/c in the month before I'd not had a moment to have my own thought process.

I'm looking forward to my trip to San Antonio with Katy.  She is going to Tybee before that.  And so she is focused on that first, as she should be.

I hear a really loud bird outside that is really pretty.  I wish I could be home, and in the sun room for the rest of the morning, but got to finish getting ready for work and out the door we go.  I hate the fact that work takes 11 to 12 hours out of the day.  Then sleep takes 7 and that leaves very few hours to figure out the rest of life's needs.  Life is never balanced - and that has always bothered me.

Anyway, I always say I have to go and keep typing! lol

Have a good Thursday.  Time to wind down the week.  Tomorrow is Friday and everyone is already off in their heads, lol lol. In one way or another, ha!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Fur Babes and Facebook Memories

I put Tugie's bed in my office again and Roger loves my office.  The room is warm, bright, and cheerful.  He's been hanging with me some!  And the other night I caught him on the freshly washed blanket and bed in the den where Tugie stayed a lot, with his head on his monkey - like Tugie used to do.  

Monday night George let me pick what to watch.  Bless him.  I had been itching to watch Gone With the Wynn's.  He read while I watched and would look up now and then. 

Do you know how much I love watching these real life episode shows on YouTube?  They give me nothing but pure joy and it's like I'm right there with them since the screen is big.  For their links see my side bar.  I also have some of their blogs in the blog rolls as well.   

Maisy is getting her a good nap.  She was so comfy and out of it.  Her eyes even opened while she was asleep - kinda like Roger does sometimes.

Saw this on the break room Marlin screen.  It's so true in just about everything.  It's amazing when you think of the seeds you plant.  We don't even realize it sometimes.  I can talk with people 4 to 5 times and then suddenly they will reach out to me asking for our system or more information.  Also that way by giving people snippets of God's word.

Sometimes it is hard to see the progress we try so hard to reach.  Sometimes it feels like the goals are just hard to reach, but we are inching forward.  If we have our minds set with our goals then we naturally go toward them.  

I loved getting to see this pic yesterday.  Findlay, my daughter's Yorkie Poo got to go to school yesterday!  ;-)

I left work about 5:15 yesterday and didn't get home until about 6:40 or so.  (It says 6:20 below, but the time kept changing.) Yuk.  The entrance to the interstate was shut down and I had no choice but to take the opposite interstate.  Nothing like having to go in the wrong direction in heavy traffic.  I had to trust WAZE to get me back home and had to cut my call with Mom short.  Still I had to wait to get off the interstate and turned back around to get back on it - in a huge line of traffic.  It took 25 minutes just to get off that one exit and get turned around.  There were 3 other wrecks I saw yesterday.  So we were just gridlocked. 

My happy girl Maisy again, up from her nap.  She always looks like she wants to talk and she often nods her head yes when you ask her if she wants something.  I promise - she does!  

Ran across a few memories on facebook last night.  I forgot about these waters I posted.  Will need to try these out sometime on a weekend probably. 

Here was the first year we moved in the house.  I guess 2008.  

Now the sun has faded the cushions.  It's on the list to get more cushions at the Home Place store when it opens.  I want some fade resistant ones this time.  Til then using blankets to cover it up. 

It's GRAD season.  And I'm remembering fondly Katy's graduation from High School.   I had made a graphic to post. 

I will never forget the tornado that killed all those precious children when the basement flooded in Oklahoma City (Moore OK, I think actually).  That was in 2013 but feels like yesterday.  I think of those parents every year in tornado season. 

Then this is the week we would be in Tybee Island.  I miss a beach vacation.  Here is a pic from 2014 at Tybee - Katy and Cody looking into the sunset on the back side of the island.  It's such a special place. 

And going to Florida to take Mom to see Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken and back to Tybee in 2017 when we met Don and Lisa.   We had a car full of dogs and I posted on the way as we stopped in Chattanooga.

And then our first night on Tybee with Don and Lisa.  

Then had to laugh as I'd shared Camilla's hat from one of the royal weddings.  Bless her.  

And remembering this.  Do  you see Laurel or Yannef?  lol    Which do you see?

George opened this bottle of wine last night.  I had a little glass and hope he left me some for tonight b/c I'm finding that Gamay is really good and different. 

And that is about all I have.  Need to get to work.   But I was pleased to get a power hour done last night and connect with a few folks and get some calls placed.  Was nice to get something DONE!  Getting organized on the weekend helped. 

Take care.