Round Four

A Look At Our Week

We made big plans to enjoy our last “home day” together for awhile last Sunday. We went out on the town and of course ended up at our favorite grocery store. We are so easily entertained these days. It’s the Lowe’s Foods in Boone, N.C. that has a bar in the grocery store. This trip we lucked out and even scored a buggy with a cup holder! Their healthy food selection is pretty awesome too, so we both usually leave there happy.

Traveling Times

Monday afternoon I was off to Mom’s. We had a family dinner planned to celebrate her 74th birthday. My guy had choir rehearsal so he had to stay home and missed out on dinner and cake. We celebrated Mom on Monday and then had a family movie night on Tuesday night to watch A Star is Born. Mom and my niece had not seen the movie yet. Time with the family is always fun and memorable.

Wednesday morning we were off to the hospital for yet another foot surgery for mom. They are fusing the bones in her ankle again, this time adding in some bone grafting and a rod through her ankle. Hopefully this will help with her stability and ease the pain she has been dealing with. She stayed in the hospital Wednesday night and was ready to be released bright and early Thursday morning.

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She has done really well with her recovery so far. An improvement from her last surgeries. We’re almost a little nervous to say so far, so good. Things seem to change so quickly with these things. We have had some issues with her breathing and her oxygen level dropping below where it should be. Breathing treatments seem to be keeping that under control for now.

We have spent our time binge watching Andy Griffith, Wheel of Fortune & Jeopardy, playing Phase 10 and crafting!

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My guy is coming to visit today! I can’t wait to see him! Mom’s excited too, apparently he’s more exciting and entertaining than I am! I am not sure how long I will be here, still giving it time and hoping that mom continues doing well. Our next scheduled trip is March 8th to band camp.

Busy Hands & Minds

My crocheting skills are improving by the stitch! Sunday night after our grocery store excursion, I was determined to finish the hat I had been working on, and had taken apart many times. I did it! The hat was complete in time to wear it to mom’s. By no means is it perfect, and trust me, Mom picked up on my mistakes right away upon inspection! But it’s a hat, it’s wearable and I made it! Someone was a little jealous that he didn’t have a hat!

I’ve continued making hats throughout the week. I have made my guy one and my niece asked for one as well. I am now going back to my original pattern that I never could get and trying it out again. It is easier to understand now. I have also learned that lighting is very important, especially with my eyesight. A poncho is next on my to make list.

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What’s for Dinner? 

Saturday night we had Chinese for dinner. Sweet n sour chicken. It was a super easy frozen meal, but was very good!

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One of my lunches this week at Mom’s was egg sandwiches made with fresh farm eggs from my Aunt Marie’s farm. It was delicious!

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House Hunting News

This is how we house hunt when we are 170 miles apart!

 

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There was an Open House on a house we have considered looking at today and my guy checked it out. This house does not “check out boxes” in what we are really looking for in a house, but there is a possibility that the house we are currently renting may not be available much longer. We are keeping our eyes open for something else that might work as a temporary home. He Facetimed me today while he was checking things out.

Sappy Selfies

My guy just arrived so I must go! Have a great week! XOXO

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The Simple Life

A Look At Our Week

We have had a rather calm, non-eventful week around here. I leave Monday for an undetermined amount of time to help take care of Mom, so this week we focused on just being together. I’ve left the house twice all week, grocery store and a mid-week walk.

Hiking Adventures

No hiking with all the rain we have had. Since we have moved here it seems like it has rained non-stop. We asked a local a few months ago if the rain had been more than normal this year and we were delighted when they agreed that it most definitely has been.

One of my February goals was to walk or hike at least once a week. I figure even in the worst, coldest weather I would be able to find one day a week to get outside. Thursday was that day this week. We stuck to the Goose Creek Trail that goes through town due to the wet conditions on other trails. Even on this trail we ended up having to trek through a portion of thick, sinky mud. It was great to be outside though!

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What’s for Dinner?

I almost forgot to get pictures of our meals this week! My guy says it must be because I am getting more used to cooking now and it’s not such an “event”. I managed to snag the missing pics on leftover night. Beef stroganoff, Minestrone Soup and Heart Shaped Pizzas!

Puzzle Progress

We have slowed down a little with our puzzles. It is an expensive hobby! I am going to have to form some type of puzzle swap group to keep this going. We have a 2,000 piece waiting in case there’s another big snow, although that is unlikely. From what we hear from the locals the worst is over and January is usually when the snow comes. We did get one puzzle in this week.

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Busy Hands, Busy Minds

Another of My February goals was to work on my sleeping schedule. I fell into the bad habit of entertaining myself with my phone once I came to bed. There were many nights that I would be up for hours before finally going to sleep.

My new routine is that I watch my can’t be missed soap opera every night on my phone when we first come to bed. After my show the phone is put away and I read until I am ready for sleep. I used to read all the time but then found a time when my brain wouldn’t allow me to become lost in a book anymore. I’ve missed my books. I’ve finished two and started a third since the beginning of February. I’ve still had a couple nights of not being able to sleep right away, but most nights I am out rather quickly.

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I have needed something else to fill my evenings with since snacking is no longer on the plan. It’s amazing how much eating one does out of boredom instead of actual need or hunger. I have started teaching myself to crochet again in the evenings. It’s fun to learn a new skill and experiment.

My guy and I often refer to the Green Acres theme song to describe our new life, “Goodbye City life!” It just so happens that Green Acres is on Amazon so we have been binge watching episodes in the evenings. I crochet while we watch, he usually naps. My sister asked me just how old I was the other night when she learned I was watching Green Acres & crocheting. I let her know she would surely be jealous of me when I was wearing my new hat!

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Sappy Selfies

Here’s a selfie from our walk this week. I sure will miss my guy while I am away! Hopefully he’ll come visit! Have a great week!! XOXO

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Road Trip to Bruckner

A Look At Our Week

It’s been a week of celebration in our house! My guy’s birthday was Tuesday! I planned a nice dinner out in Blowing Rock, N.C. to a restaurant we had never visited before. He only knew that we were going out, but no details. It was our first eating out experience in the new year since our new lifestyle. It was very good, a very nice restaurant with a great atmosphere. I also had my first Diet Coke and shared dessert of the new year!

The celebration was not over though! My guy will be the first to tell you that he does not like a big deal made over birthdays (or any holiday, for that matter).  It just so happened that a friend had told him about a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concert that just happened to be the weeeknd after his birthday. The concert was of his favorite composer and his favorite piece, Bruckner’s 8th Symphony.  I have heard about Anton Bruckner for 5 years. I was excited to finally get to hear his music played live, and even more excited to watch the excitement of my guy as he watched and listened. The concert was wonderful! Even though classical music is not really my thing, I have developed an appreciation for it and enjoy the experiences.

The Beard

As most of you know, my guy had the crazy idea that he would grow a beard this winter. He claimed it went with his new mountain man lifestyle. He has tried this before, usually when I pick him up after a couple of weeks at drum corps he has a nice scruffy beard growing. I’m not a fan. I will have to admit that this year it did grow on me a little, or it lasted so long that I just finally got used to it.

We did have several good stories around the beard. One was during a trip back from Ohio. We stopped at a Subway/gas station. I went in to order my sub while he pumped gas. When he came in he stopped at the door and looked my way and said, “Do you have any money?” I nodded and he went into the connected store. When I turned around the poor Subway employee had a terrified look on her face and said, “Do you know him? Is he with you?” I laughed, realizing that she must have thought he was some homeless man begging me for money. I claimed him and told her he was harmless.

It happened again when we stopped into the local school board office. My guy wanted to check on becoming a math tutor and was asking what the process involved. The poor women’s facial expressions said it all. They were not quite sure that this was the kind of man they wanted helping their local children. They wrote his name down and I’m sure he’ll be getting a call very soon!

It was a neat experiment just to see how differently you may be perceived just from initial appearance. But nonetheless, I am happy to say the experiment is over! My guy shaved for the Bruckner trip!

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Hiking Adventures

We took full advantage of the 60 degree days this week! We walked on the Goose Creek Trail that goes through town, Laurel Creek Trail that is just right outside of town and a small part of The Virginia Creeper Trail, a biking trail that goes from Abingdon, VA to the North Carolina border, southeast of Damascus, VA. It felt great to be outside again! Keep the warmer days coming!

No Water!

While getting ready for our night out Tuesday night our water began acting strange and eventually was completely gone. We have spring water and knew it had been too wet for the spring to have run dry. We alerted the landlord and were told they would check on it the next day. We tossed around the idea of staying in a hotel for the night but decided we would rough it and stay home.

The next morning our landlord’s brother came to check on the spring. My guy was involved in the whole repair process and was excited to learn how everything works. We learned that the cover had came off of the spring and the pipe needed to be blown out and a new cover installed. This was all complete within an hour. We still had to wait the rest of the day for everything to build back up before our house water returned. It was quite the learning adventure!

What’s for Dinner?

With our birthday dinner and road trip there wasn’t much time for cooking. We did fit in another fish dinner, a Parmesan broiled talipia that was very good. Also, we had hamburger patties smothered  with peppers, onions and mushrooms and sweet potatoes. Chicken soft tacos with Spanish rice and chips was on the menu as well!

Puzzle Progress

As I have said before, I use my puzzle working to keep my mind and hands busy so that I am not mindlessly snacking and eating. My guy took a break from the puzzle working this week and I did one all by myself. Proud puzzle moment!

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He helped with the next one!

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Traveling Times

Our weekend trip to Cincinnati was very nice. We stayed at a hotel overlooking an outdoor ice rink and I enjoyed watching the skaters. Good visit with good friends and a great concert! Lots of great food too, but no trip to Ohio is complete for my guy without a stop at Skyline Chilli!

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Next travel plans are going to my mom’s next week to celebrate her birthday and then preparing for yet another surgery. I will spend a couple of weeks there as she recovers.

Sappy Selfies

So happy to have my clean shaven guy back! Have a great week! XOXO

 

Hello, February!

A Look at Our Week 

We did manage to get out a little more this week. We had about 1-2 inches of snow to fall Tuesday morning and of course with the cold temperatures it has not gone anywhere!

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I absolutely love looking outside and seeing this view. During one of our many new house showings this past year, when telling the realtor that we wanted a house with a view, we were told that eventually the view wouldn’t matter, that we wouldn’t even notice it anymore after a few years. I cannot imagine not noticing this beauty every single day. And I honestly hope I never get to the point that I’m not able to stop for just a second and take it all in. This is truly a beautiful place to live.

My lifestyle change with my diet has been going great! January was a great month. I have had no sweets or soda since January 1st! I have new goals in place for February and I’m ready to knock them out! It feels great to finally be back on track and learning how to stay this way.

Traveling Times

I had to make a quick trip to Danville, VA last Monday to pass out W-2s. I took advantage of the opportunity and visited our storage unit. Each trip I bring back a little more stuff. This time since I was alone, I brought back one box of my guy’s stuff for him to go through. I figure maybe I can Marie Kondo him a little at a time. (So far, the box is still sitting where I put it when I got home!)

I also met up with Cutler for lunch and to catch up on his recent trip to Atlanta. Yep, my boy drove all the way to Atlanta by himself. Proud of how he is growing up, but it still makes a Mom’s heart a little sad! (And makes her a nervous wreck.)

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Our next trip is to Cincinnati, OH next weekend for a Bruckner concert to celebrate my guy’s birthday.

What’s for Dinner?

This week we had smothered pork chops with corn on the cob, somehow I didn’t get a picture of that meal. They were delicious though! My guy said they were the best pork chops he has ever had!

Just as I was finishing up cooking dinner, we lost power. It seems to be a common occurrence around here in the winter. Luckily, dinner was done so we ate by flashlight!

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We we decided to wait 2 hours with no power before we made the decision to go to a hotel. Besides no heat, we also lose our phone service whenever we lose power. At 8:00 we still had no power. We packed up all of our fridge and freezer food into coolers and packed our overnight bags. The car was warming up and we were double checking that everything had been turned off before we left when the power came back on. We’ve lost power a couple times since then but for much shorter periods. We are ready now, at least with the phone situation. We now have battery back-ups for our internet so we can at least have phone service.

I had decided that since this was a stay home week that I would finally try out the brisket I have been wanting to cook. Well, I’ve done a lot of research on this, I thought. I have learned that they carry brisket at Sam’s, so while I was in Danville Monday I went looking. The smallest brisket they had was just over 11 pounds. That’s a lot of meat!! It was huge, I could just picture myself dragging this slab of beef all the way back to TN. I decided to go with the much smaller beef filets that they had. So, the brisket experiment is still on hold!

We had Parmesan asparagus with the beef and it was delicious!!

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Puzzle Progress

We have been working puzzles like crazy this year! It is a great way to challenge your brain a little and also keeps me busy so that I am not constantly snacking! We finished our 2 new puzzles this week and made a  trip to the store to stock up on a new batch!

A perfect way way to spend a cold evening,  hot cocoa, a good puzzle and my sweet guy! I am so lucky to have this life!

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Sappy Selfies

We did manage to get a selfie this week! (Walmart Selfies count!!) Yeah, I’m not crazy about the beard look either, but I will humor him until Spring comes! Have a great week!! XOXO

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