Hello Monday

Hello friends, How was your weekend? it was back to work for me today. After those first few initial hours back I am fine but man where did my week go? And how did it pass by so fast?

I spent the day today catching up on email and getting some things done that had come up while I was off. I also spent some time on several frustrating phone calls with our vet, The UT Veterinary hospital and then finally getting Scruffy an appointment with the vet my niece works with. I am so worried about him I can’t think straight about anything. I am just afraid that something is being missed. I want to do whatever I can for him. I think we need a second opinion.

As you may know from my previous posts we did a staycation last week. Scruffy is not doing well and I just didn’t feel right leaving him behind with anyone and taking him with us was not an option.

It was a fun week. A lot of chilling out and not doing much mixed with some work outside in the shrubs. We also got our gate painted, finally. We still have some landscaping to do around the gate so it is not completely finished. We removed some dead bushes and cleaned up a large area in front of the house.

Miss Izzy is being a proper lady.

I had lunch with my sister, my niece and a friend on Tuesday. We also took flowers to my sister Pat’s grave. I visited my MIL a few times while we were off. She is doing pretty well, she is still getting therapy at the full facility nursing home.

On Thursday I went to Knoxville with my sister and we did a little shopping. So many of the stores don’t have a lot of merchandise. A cashier at TJ Maxx told us that they were hardly getting any orders in.

On Friday hubs and I went to a nearby town that we rarely visit. Mark wanted to visit a shop there. It was a beautiful drive. We also stopped for lunch at a small restaurant. They specialized in barbecue and we had the brisket. It looked amazing but the taste was not there. We didn’t eat half of it which is a good thing I guess because the portions were huge.

The view was totally worth the drive.
The food looked amazing but it was not. The French fries were the best part of the meal.

On Saturday I did a grocery pickup and drove to Sweetwater to deliver some bread I had baked to my nephew. He has been asking for my bread for a long time. I finally got some bread made and delivered. It was a beautiful but foggy morning.

I stopped by my MIL’s house on Saturday and just look at these spider webs.

We also celebrated our sweet Scruffy on National Dog Day. I have an appointment tomorrow to get a second opinion on the congestive heart failure. He is having some other issues now and I’m just not sure that is all that is going on. Prayers for my sweet Scruffy.

Have a wonderful week

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!

Friday Favorites

Hello friends and happy Friday. I guess I am happy it’s Friday. My vacation is winding down. It has been a fun week. We didn’t do our beach vacation but we did get some much needed things done around the house and had fun just hanging out together. My sister and I had a shopping trip yesterday and lunch and that was a lot of fun. We also got together with my niece and a friend earlier in the week.

I have some favorites of mine I would like to share with you. You may have tried some of these or are using them. Let me know if you have or do and what you think.

First of all is my new reading glasses that I got at the Dollar Tree. They weren’t a dollar they were actually a dollar and twenty five cents. But aren’t they cute!!! I have a pair in every room of the house now. HA!!!!

I got this Glyconic Acid Toner at T.J. Maxx. My sister and I did some shopping yesterday. I like to try new things from T.J. Maxx because they are relatively inexpensive and it is a good way to test products without spending a fortune. I have only used this twice but it really made my skin feel so fresh. It also has a fresh clean smell.

I always thought that L.A. Colors was a cheap no good makeup brand. I never really bothered looking at their products but I have to say I have been impressed by this eye makeup. You can buy this at Walmart and again not a huge investment to try out some new colors. I couldn’t believe how well this shadow lasted all day. Compared to some I have used and spent much more money on I am very happy with it.

Yummy Sea Salt caramels. I love Carmels. I got these at T.J. Maxx yesterday. You know how they have all those impulse items when you are waiting in the check out line. I saw these and just had to have them. A good size bag for only $4.99. I am very impulsive.

I have seen these slides all over social media. There are several different brands I loved the look and they come in so many different colors. I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend $25.00 on a pair. So I saw these at Walmart a couple of weeks ago for $11.99. They were on clearance. I looked at them but I knew I didn’t really need them. Last week I was in Walmart and they were marked down to $9.00 and such a variety of colors. Of course what do I choose but black. But I do have a reason for this. I plan to wear them when it gets cooler with some of my colorful socks I have knitted. Yep I am that person. I do plan on returning to Walmart, where they may have been reduced even more, and grab a blue and a pink or yellow pair. They are so comfy.

Have you tried this Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix. I used it several years ago and then sort of forgot about it. I bought a box last week at the grocery store and made them last Sunday for dinner. A couple of things I had forgotten from last time. Use twice the amount of Cheddar cheese and add a little more water. They are so yummy.

I love using this sponge for my foundation makeup. If you don’t use a sponge it may take a little getting used to but once you do you will love it. I always use this type of sponge. I think it makes your makeup application so much smoother.

And finally two books I finished last week. The first one, 28 Summers, by Elin Hilderbrand. I think I could read anything by this woman and love it. I have read everything by her except The Hotel Nantucket which will be my next one. This book 28 Summers was so good I could’t stop reading it. I found myself picking it up every time I had a spare moment. One thing I loved about it at the beginning of each summer there would be recap of what was going on in the world at that time. That brought back a lot of memories.

The Forever Summer was an audio book. I just finished it a couple of days ago. It was very good. A little slow in places but I would still recommend it.

These are some of my favorites this week. But my most favorite of course is my little Scruffy. Today is National Dog Day and I have to share him with you. He is doing as well as can be expected with his heart issues. It breaks my heart to see the changes in him. We will love him as long as we can and cherish every moment with him.

My sweet Scruffy

I hope you enjoyed this list of things and may find some of them useful to you.

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!!

Hello Monday, It’s Vacation Time!!!

I was supposed to be waking up at the beach this morning for my first full day of vacation. But you know how plans are, sometimes they’re just not meant to be.

We decided to stay home and not do our beach vacation this year. With everything that is going on with Scruffy I just didn’t feel like going away and leaving him. He is on several different meds for the congestive heart failure and he is doing really well. But because he is still not feeling the best I just didn’t want to leave him. Taking him with us really wasn’t an option .He is having some diarrhea and a ten hour car ride for him, and us, would have been miserable. My sister in law usually keeps him for us but I just didn’t feel right asking her to handle all of that. The meds and cleaning up after him right now is a lot. I didn’t want to board him because it is just so stressful on him. Changing the dates was not a problem for me but Mark’s work has been so crazy this was the week he needed to take.

So here we are. I guess we are having a “staycation” I am not really upset about the vacation and to be honest I think Mark is sort of happy to spend a week at home doing nothing. I guess this is not the time to tell him my big plans for the week like cleaning out the garage, cleaning the driveway, painting our gate that never got painted and planting shrubs around the new gate. Yeah I will let him enjoy his coffee first. Realistically I know I won’t get those things done either but it is fun to dream.

But first I have to tell you about our great family day we had last Sunday. It was my Sister in Law’s Birthday. My niece and her daughter came in from California and we had lots of other family we hadn’t seen in years. It was a great time. I volunteered to bake the cake. I was a little nervous because I hadn’t made a really large cake in a long time. But it turned out great. Nothing fancy just colorful and it was yummy. The Birthday was held at The Fort Loudoun State Historic Area. There is lots of room to play and fish and hike and just have fun. We love this place.

My sister-in-law, Pat and her daughter
Spending time with family is just the best. I love these guys!!!
Fort Loudoun State Historic Area.

I actually started my vacation on Friday. I was scrolling through Facebook on Friday morning and saw that there was a Trade Fair at The Living Heritage Museum in nearby Athens. So I jumped up, got ready and got to the museum around noon.

There were several artist set up demonstrating their art. Such talent and great ideas. I enjoyed it so much. I think it was the perfect start of my vacation.

Some beautiful art work.
The spinning and quilt making were my favorites.
I am fascinated by bee keeping. My dad had bees when I was growing up. I would love to have them now but Mark is allergic and is terrified of having them here.
This lady was demonstrating Calligraphy
Lots of people were trying to weave.

I stopped in and saw my MIL at the nursing home. We had a great visit. She is still having therapy so that she can get stronger and move back to the Assisted Living Village where she was living.

Got groceries and went home and chilled. I don’t take Scruffy on long walks anymore. He is just not interested and the vet said to do what he feels like doing.

On Saturday I did some house cleaning so that I could enjoy the week off. I also read on one of my online books I have through the Libby App. I go to the app and I reserve books that I want and it seems like they all become Available at the same time. You do have the option of putting them off for a week and still stay in the rotation. I have had to do that a few times.

On Sunday I was very lazy. I worked on my Halloween cross stitch and took Scruffy for a couple of short walks. I decided to make meatloaf for dinner. I like having the leftovers for lunch during the week.

So it should be a very quiet vacation week. I did work in my flower beds today and got a lot of old and dead plants cleaned out. Mark’s grandmother had some large concrete planters on her front porch. No one has lived in the house for years. I wanted the planters and was afraid that someone would steal them before we had a chance to get the. Mark brought them home last week and I can’t wait to get them cleaned up and some flowers planted in them.

I can’t wait to use these. They are very old.

We finished up the day going into town and getting dinner and bringing it back home. I got a yummy chicken Cesar salad.

My precious Izzy

So how is your week going so far? I plan to have a lot of fun on my “staycation”. Sometimes those can be just what you need.

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!