Weekend Happenings

Hello friends. Wow we have had three inches of rain today. This past week we had unseasonably high temps and then today was rainy and cool. I loved it!! How was your weekend?

My weekend extended into today. I have to work next weekend because it is Memorial weekend and it will be our first big weekend of the season. So I took today off.

I had a great weekend. I think everyone should have a three day weekend. It would be the perfect amount of time to get things done and get some rest and have fun!!!

I started my weekend with these blueberry muffins. Believe it or not the potassium in these are not that bad. I also do not believe in totally restricting myself from things I love. I think moderation is key in everything.

On Saturday I went with a friend to take photos. He likes taking pictures almost as much as I do. He had told me about some of the roads he traveled to work. Some of them are short cuts on the back farm roads with the most beautiful scenery. I have to say East Tennessee is beautiful. I say East Tennessee because Tennessee is divided into three grand divisions East which is Knoxville, Chattanooga, Gatlinburg area all the way into North Carolina. Middle Tennessee is Nashville, Murfreesboro area and West is Jackson and Memphis areas. Each area is so different it’s almost like a different state. That is why the state flag has three stars. One star for each division. Ok enough history.

This is the first photo I took on our trip and I love it. I love taking pictures of old barns. Especially the ones painted red.

So we took off early Saturday with our cameras and cell phones. I love taking pictures with my cell phone about as much as my big camera. Chuck had almost the same camera as me and he was able to show me a lot of new things I didn’t know. We took pictures for a few hours and then stopped in nearby Athens and had lunch and then walked downtown to get some shots of the old buildings in the downtown area. I am saving most of the shots I took for my Wordless Wednesday post so stay tuned for that.

Flags all around the courthouse. It was very windy and they were billowing and beautiful.
Isn’t the courthouse here beautiful. It is very old.

I picked up groceries on my way home. I took care of all the babies when I got home, we went on a long walk. I put the groceries away and started some laundry. It was a great day!!

This is our girl Sadie, she thinks she is a wild jungle cat.
Scruffy and Molly
Allie Cat, AKA Mama kitty. She is mama to all the kitties we had.
Sadie and Izzy. These babies love going on the walks with us. It is the funniest thing you have ever seen. They are all trailing behind me as I walk. I feel like we’re in a parade. HA!!!

Sunday was quiet. Mark and I were both off and we just hung out at the house. I did more laundry and worked on the temperature blanket. I had about a billion ends to weave in. That is the only bad part about switching colors so many times. I cooked dinner and caught up on Working Moms on Netflix.

Monday I had to get my hair done really early and then I planned to continue cleaning my Mother in Law’s house. We are planning to rent it so a lot has to be done. A sweet friend came to help me. We worked for about three hours and then got some lunch and went back to her house to eat it. I had to pick up some things for my MIL and take to her. She was In good spirits and wasn’t even upset about her upcoming doctor visit. I went home to feed and walk the babies and get ready for work tomorrow. It will be a long week because I have to work on Saturday.

My eating is going well this week I am down about nine pounds. I want it to go faster but I know realistically this is the best way. I also am now on a low potassium diet. I had blood work a couple of weeks ago and my potassium was higher than it should be so I had to drink a liquid potassium binder, which was pretty yucky, and have the test repeated. The results were better but not quite where the doctor wants them to be so I had another of the delicious binders and will get rechecked on Thursday. We will see after that. All other blood work was great so it is a bit of a mystery. I would be concerned with only having one kidney and that could be causing a problem but all kidney related blood work was great!!! I’m trying to remain calm and optimistic that we will get to the bottom of it. However potassium does play a big role in your body. It is very important to keep it balanced.

The inside kitties, Gus and Kitty Kitty are getting along better every day.

This was the first time I have seen both of them on the bed at the same time. Gus’ fur is starting to come back in and it looks so weird. The places where there is the least hair is where the hair was the most matted.
I love this look I think it says I am here and I am King!!!!
More daisies blooming. I love them. They are my favorite. do you remember picking the petals and saying “he loves me he loves me not”? You always had a special person in mind while you were picking the petals and you just always had to make it end the way you wanted.
I love these. Weeds or flowers either way I think they’re beautiful.

So how was your weekend?

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!!

Weekly Happenings

I think that there is nothing that makes you realize your own mortality then the death of a sibling. I have lost three other siblings before my sister Pat passed away last month. But something about her death has hit me harder and made me take a long hard look at my own life and health. I guess it’s because I am older now. I have really been trying to clean up a lot of unhealthy habits in my life. With my weight being the main issue, as far as I know anyway, I have been working really hard on eating better and moving my body more. I am down about seven pounds so far and hope by this time next month it will be even more. I am not doing anything radical or taking diet pills or drinking shakes or anything like that. Just better eating and exercise that is what will have to do it for me. I have always been one to eat my feelings instead of feeling them. By numbing myself it is easier to avoid feeling bad. Well that is until all your clothes don’t fit and you can’t walk a short distance without being out of breath. There is a lot of life to live and I want to be the healthiest I can be to do it. I want to be better physically. I just felt the need to share all of that.

A busy weekend over here. On Saturday my sister and my nephew helped me clean out some things in my mother in law’s house. We know that realistically she will never be able to live at home again and the house has needed a good cleaning for several years. We worked for several hours and then I went to visit my mother in law at the assisted living village. Her short term memory is getting so bad and she asks me the same questions over and over or tells me the same story over and over. I just pretend it’s the first time I have heard it. She loves for me to show her pictures of the babies. I try to take several throughout the week so I will have plenty to show her. She has so many stories of when she was a young woman, newly married, riding a greyhound bus to Knoxville every day to business school. The trip was over an hour each way. She studied on the bus and the bus driver always flirted with her. She can still tell these stories like it was yesterday and I love to hear them. Sometimes I start asking her questions so she will tell me one of those. She has such a look on her face when she tells them like she is still seeing every memory and I am sure she is.

Look at this pollen. It’s been crazy!!!!

After our visit I bought groceries. I am amazed every week when I see the price of groceries. Of course having seven babies to buy for isn’t cheap. Scruffy and Molly have to have canned dog food because their teeth, or lack of them, makes it hard to chew hard food. Also dog food and cat food have become really hard to get. I know you have heard the horror stories about baby formula.

Sunday my sister had a cook-out at her house for my nephew Tyler, he graduated from college last week. I was lucky enough to get a ticket to go. He only got four tickets and his mom and dad of course went. My brother in law, his grandfather, couldn’t go so I was able to get his ticket. My sister and I went and sat on the bleachers in the gym for three hours. It was more than worth it. We all went out to eat afterwards and had a really good time.

I have been doing a lot of walks with the babies. It has been really hot here so we don’t go far. I have also been working on the temperature blanket. I am still a little behind but working on it when I can. I can’t wait to show you what I have.

I love daisies they are my favorite flower.

Work continues to be busy but manageable. I am trying to get my house de-cluttered, I think that is an ongoing process and that is o.k.

You knew I would have to sneak a kitty picture in somewhere.

That is what has been going on in my neck of the woods, how are you doing?

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!!!

Weekly Catch Up

Wow!! here it is Sunday again and back to work tomorrow. Do you or did you, if you are not working now, ever get the Sunday Scaries? Supposedly this happens on Sunday when people get anxious about returning to work the following day. It could be any day before you return to work from time off. It doesn’t have to be a Sunday. I do get the Sunday Scaries a lot. I love my job and I really don’t hate returning to it. I think it is just the fact that I like to be home doing the things I love without interruption and plenty of time to do them. Sunday Scaries is the total emotional opposite of Thank God It’s Friday. Oh well neither of those feelings last very long anyway. So how was your week? It was a very rainy week here with wind and cold and some local flooding. Monday of course was a holiday but I had to work. Being in tourism there are very few holidays that we get off because that is when everyone else is off from work and traveling.

Wednesday I had to take our last kitty baby Sadie to get spayed. The last time she was scheduled to go with Izzy and it didn’t happen. That was just after Christmas. That particular morning we were in the garage trying to get Izzy and Sadie into the kitty crate. We got Izzy easily enough but Sadie is still scared and skittish and she darted away from us every time we got close. We finally took Izzy in by herself and rescheduled Sadie. We had to reschedule Sadie again so that I could take my sister to the doctor so it was just this past Wednesday that we finally got Sadie back in with the vet.

I was worried sick about trying to catch Sadie. I was on my own this time because Mark had to leave for work even earlier than I did. I went out early Wednesday morning and she and all the other kitties were waiting by the back step of the garage, I had closed the garage door the night before to help make it easier, and I just reached down and plucked her up. I put her in the crate until I got the kitty carrier and transferred her over. I couldn’t believe how easy it was. She however was very unhappy and let me know about it all the way to the vet. She did fine and I picked her up that afternoon on my way home from work. WHEW!!! I am so glad to have all five of the new kitties spayed and neutered.

We have had so much rain that schools have been closed, buses couldn’t get through a lot of the back roads. I have seen some of the fields near our house flooded like I have never seen before. It’s crazy!!

We have a little car that belongs to my mother in law. It is literally the car that the little lady only drove to church and back. When she moved into the assisted living center and could no longer drive we kept the car for awhile. But we really didn’t need it and she needed the money from the sale of the car so we decided to sell it. It sold really fast and we were supposed to sign the car over on Friday. I called a local car cleaning service and they came on Thursday and picked the car up while I was at work. They washed and waxed the car and shampooed the interior and brought it back to me. It looked fabulous. I had had the oil changed on Tuesday morning. Mark delivered the car on Friday and now it is no longer sitting in my driveway taking up space. I do love that.

We still haven’t gotten the new gate painted. It does look much better. If you missed the story on our new gate you can check it out here: The Gate Story. I was very unhappy about it to start with but after some tweaking and taking away some of the board work It looks much better. I think it will look great when it is painted and shrubs are put around it.

Friday was a long day. I had lunch with my friend Lorie, we were craving Mexican and it was so good. But the best part was just catching up with each other. We realized we had not seen each other since just before Christmas!!! That is crazy and we will definitely have to work on that. I stayed late at work so that I could be in town for a funeral that night. I took some extra clothes with me to work and changed into those. Usually my work clothes are pretty casual and I can wear a sweatshirt or hoodie with our attractions’ name on it. I do this especially in the winter when the crowds are down. I didn’t get home until about 8:00 so that made for a long and tiring day. I think I was in bed by 9:00. I have been watching Ozark and I watched one episode of that before getting into bed.

Saturday was grocery day so I bought groceries and did a few things around the house. I bought another Orchid. I may be slightly obsessed with them. I have been wanting a yellow one and I found one that I loved. I brought it home and introduced it to the two others. I can neither confirm nor deny that I have named all three of them. I KNOW!!!! Mark and I went to visit his mother and take her some groceries. We got take out from our favorite Chinese restaurant in Sweetwater and headed home to feed and walk all the babies. I watched a couple of episodes of Ozark and worked on the temperature blanket I am crocheting. I can’t wait to show you what it looks like so far. I am only two months in and you do a row a day with the color depending on the temperature.

Sunday, today, it was cold and rainy a good day to just stay in and read, knit, or crochet since I am working on the temperature blanket, watch Ozark and chill with the family. I made blueberry muffins. I forgot to drain the blueberries before dumping them in the batter so I wasn’t sure how they would turn out but they were sooooo good. I will have plenty for the rest of the week. We had cheeseburgers for dinner with sweet potato fries, easy and yummy. How was your week?

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!

A New Week, A New Gate

Hello and happy Sunday, how was your week? Another crazy week here at the old Casa.

Last Monday was Valentine’s Day. I don’t know how much you celebrate but me and the hubs are pretty low key on it these days. I ask if he was getting me something and he said yes. I said have you bought it? he said no. I said I would love to have yarn. He said that was fine with him and off I went to buy for Valentine’s Day. That is how we roll around here. I like flowers but they are so expensive and do not last. I like candy but definitely don’t need it and I do love yarn and I can never get enough of it so it was a win win. Very romantic I know heee heee!!!

I actually spent Valentine’s Day with my Sister. She had to have a procedure done in Knoxville and I took her. We had to be in Knoxville at 7:00 AM. I had to leave my house at 5:30 AM to get to her house by 6:00 so we could make the almost one hour drive to Knoxville. The hubs also had to work that morning so he was up and helped take care of all the babies’ feeding and outside time. The procedure went very well and I was back home by 2:00 so I took a short nap since I had gotten up at 3:30.

It was a busy week a lot of different things going on, My sister and her procedure, I had to take Molly for an allergy shot, Sister lunch and work of course but I guess the thing that stands out the most is The Gate. Let me explain.

My husband and I have been married for more than thirty years. We have been through a lot together, a kidney transplant, with me being the donor for him, job changes, we have built two houses together, one house to live in and one house to sell. So you see those are things that can be challenging for a couple. Especially the building of the houses. But nothing and I repeat nothing has ever caused us to disagree more than the gate we decided to have installed at the top of our driveway.

Our driveway is very long, a lot of people drive down our driveway not realizing that it is a private drive. Now that we have all the kitties and they are out on the driveway someone could come down the drive and run over one of them. I can’t even think about that. So we decided to install a gate at the top to prevent anyone from coming in. Plus a gate would add extra security. When they say that Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, were they ever right, whoever they may be. I totally thought my husband knew what I wanted in a gate and he thought I knew what he wanted and it was supposed to be somewhat the same thing. Wrong!!!

On Monday when I came home from taking my sister to Knoxville the men who were putting in the gate were at the top of our driveway. They have done lots of work for us. They built our deck on the back of the house a few years ago. We know and love them. None of the happenings in this story was totally their fault. I waved as I went through and went on in to take that nap I mentioned. On Monday all they did was set some poles so nothing too exciting with the gate.

On Tuesday hubs called and said they were working on the gate and it was almost finished. He was so happy and excited. I couldn’t wait to see it.

When I pulled into the driveway that afternoon all I could see was this huge wooden fortress looking thing with a metal gate in the middle. The wood on either side of the gate was not even. It was so uneven that it actually hurt your eyes to look at it. Because of the property line, so I am told, one side of the wooden fortress was much shorter than the other. Also the gate almost looked like it was off its hinge the way it was hanging. I drove on down to the house in shock. Hubs came bounding out of the house all excited. “Do you love it”? he asked. Lord I just couldn’t help it I was so ugly about that gate. NO!!!! I said. “I hate it”. It’s not what I expected at all. I thought it was going to have one post on each side. It looks like a fortress. A jacked up fortress!!! Who do I look like? freaking Rapunzel?? I knew I was terribly over reacting about the gate but I was so disappointed. He said they had been in a bit of a hurry and would be back the next day to straighten out anything we didn’t like. I suggested they remove it. This didn’t go over too well. We live in a very rural area and certainly don’t need anything fancy but it wasn’t what I had in mind. Lots of heated words were exchanged that night. We called a wary truce and called it a night.

After much deliberation on the gate we decided to extend the other side to make it more even. I know!!! even more fortressy looking. But at this point I was unsure what would help. When they returned a couple of days later we, me and hubs, both met with them at the house. I told them we had had some miscommunication with each other. Me and hubs, not them. Because we were close to the property line we were not going to be able to add more wood to the other side of the fortress. They suggested we shorten the longer side and make the two sides even. Well yeah!!!! That is what I had in mind in the first place. So they took half of it out, they rehung the gate and redid the wood slats. We still have a lot of work to do. We have to paint the wood and we bought those cute little solar end caps to go on the posts. We will also plant shrubs around it. I will definitely show before and after pictures when it is all done. And I guess for now the divorce is on hold. Rapunzel has spoken.

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!