Ridiculous

Yes. This exercise watch is ridiculous. Okay, okay, it’s not the watch – but I’m frustrated with these steps yesterday!

I went out and did a 20 minute, 3.5 miles per hour walk last night and I didn’t even get near the 10,000 step mark??? I still needed 2,000 steps! And this is AFTER walking around all day while working and going out with my mom. I did stay outside walking to make sure I got my steps in.

I did get an award off my watch for doing 8 straight days of hitting all of my goals last night after I stayed out and made sure I got my steps in. I am really proud of that. I don’t think I have done this much work to better myself in forever! Literally! I’ve always been the one to work out a day, take a day off, work out a day or two, take more days off, take a cheat day on my diet plan, etc. Now I’ve gone 8 days straight.

There are 2 crackers left. Out of the 75 I made. Seriously. They are THAT tasty. I looked at what I had eaten in my log and realized my mother ate most of them. Okay Mom, I guess I shouldn’t have introduced you to those. They would have lasted me a week. That’s okay. That’s why I cook, so she will have something good to eat.

She and I had a serious talk yesterday (she was stuck riding around with me in my car for an hour) about what issues she has medically and what she’s been tested for at her doctors office. I want her to take the dementia test. Now she thinks that I think she’s crazy. Good lord mother. I just want to make sure you’re okay! I’m very glad I’ve been making diabetic friendly foods since she finally admitted to me that she’s diabetic and doesn’t check her blood sugar or control what she’s eating. She says if it’s her time, she’s fine to go be with my dad again. Umm, oookkkkaaaayyyy. I swear. If I could smack her upside the head I would. I’ll just keep cooking healthy stuff and she can keep thinking it’s normal food. I will cut out a lot of bread too (like not buying it, telling her the burger I made is steak (yeah right). This is making me nuts. She’s an adult though and I can’t make or force her to take better care of herself. All I can do is be here for her and cook healthy.

My son decided to go to school in shorts in our 40 degree weather yesterday too. And since it was raining, I picked him up to go home instead of the walking he usually does. All he had was a sweater too! It’s supposed to rain today as well but I’m picking him up early because he has a dentist appointment for a cleaning and then he will meet with the orthodontist about braces. I got a discount card that is supposed to save me $3,000 on his braces too so yay! It cost me $112 for both of us to be covered by it but since I need to go in and have my dentures checked anyway every 6 months, why not? This makes cleanings all free and discounts on everything else. It’s called My Smile Dental Plan. I used it when I got my dentures and saved almost $10,000 plus now with the savings on braces, I think it’s totally worth the money!

That’s it today. I will go see Forgetful and then pick my son up at school. He is going to the dentist to get told all about braces and what they will be doing plus a cleaning. Have a great day!

Last night was

Painful!

My right heel started to hurt as I was cooking. When I was done in the kitchen, I checked my steps and it said I still need 2,500 to hit my 10,000 for the day AND my watch said I still need 8 minutes of workout time to complete my day. Oh my god, really? So I talked to my mom and made sure she enjoyed dinner and then said “I am going out to walk to finish these steps”. I set out the door while turning on my outdoor walking timer and went off. I walked 15 minutes according to the timer so why did my exercise ring only show I went 5??? Why??? So I had to keep going until it said I was done. Then I had to walk back home so I ended up with a few extra minutes. I mean – come on! Each day it seems like the 30 minutes the watch says to do gets longer and longer!

And I am in pain all over now – I feel sore and stiff everywhere. I’m guessing it’s from the class on Sunday but I really don’t know for sure. Another reason I wish I could stay in bed today. I need to figure out how to exercise today too.

So I made cheese crackers and stuffed bell peppers for dinner. My mom had never had the crackers and I told her to try one as an appetizer since dinner wouldn’t be ready for an hour or so. She ate 7! The recipe makes 75 (it says 150 but they would be teeny tiny if I made them at that size!) so we have plenty left, I was just amazed she liked them! Recipes down below – both gotten off the Allrecipes app. The crackers are addicting and the stuffed peppers were pretty good. I was going to take some to Cranky (I made 8 stuffed peppers) so I asked her caregiver to ask her and she replied that Cranky said NO so she told me to bring them tomorrow (meaning today). 😂

All I have today is Forgetful to take her for tests in the medical center and it’s probably good because it is supposed to rain here all day! High of 51 and 100% chance of rain. I wish I didn’t have to go anywhere and could sit home all day and eat my crackers but oh well.

Y’all have a good day!

<ugs Hugs everyone!

I know you know

Today is not go as planned. Yep. The usual!

Supposed to go to the bank at 9 to get the notary stuff done. Well, her witnesses left town! So I had to get the title company to change the witness names and resend the paperwork after my Mom got new witnesses. So I went to the couple’s house at 9:30. Picked up the husband and he says, “Oh. I need to go to the bank, go by Trader Joe’s, and we need to get poinsettias too. And here I thought he just needed to go to the grocery store!

So I go to the bank and then to the plant nursery that my Mom works at. I called and had her pull the 6 best poinsettias for him. He gave me cash and I went to dress them in the colored paper and checked out. The check out girl is one of my old neighbors! She had to tell me all about what’s going on there and how everybody is moving, blah, blah, blah. I don’t really care since I already sold it but I feigned interest for her sake. Then off to Trader Joe’s for their chocolate croissants! He loves those things. He had me buy 5 boxes!

Then, finally, an hour after we started, we went to store. He spent $250 on food, pie, donuts, and pharmacy type stuff. Then we took everything back to their house where their caregiver had already left for the day so I got to put everything away and then he let me print out my paperwork from my email. So that was 3 hours!

I then went to meet up with my Mother and her friends to sign the paperwork at a UPS because, for some reason, BofA wouldn’t help her with a notary. Do they not have one? Do they not help their customers? I don’t know what the issue was but that’s where we had to go. $6 for each time the girl had to sign her name so that cost me $30 which is almost what I made with the couple. Dammit!

Then off to see Forgetful. She was in a good mood and told me that she needed wine and snacks for company in case they came by. I told her step daughter in law and she is taking care of that tomorrow. I was only there an hour thankfully. She was going on and on about how the doctor said she may get to go home in 3 months. I guess I’m going to have to do that every time we go see him because according to him, she can never live at home again. At least it gives her something to look forward to. She got out of breath just walking from one room to another so I just hope she will be okay in 3 months!

Now I’m home and just cut up the onion before I started writing to make my next casserole. I got like 7 texts at once so I decided to answer those and write before I start cooking. I am doing the broccoli cheese casserole but I add a pound of ground meat to it so it has all 4 food groups in one little meal and it’s so tasty! Then I will make the meatloaf muffins and throw the chili stuff into the slow cooker. I have to cook today since I thawed out all the damn meat! I can’t refreeze it either so I will get it done.

Have a wonderful evening everyone!

Sunday plans

My moms Sunday plans are church and working.

My son’s Sunday plans are watching tv and playing at his friends house.

My plans are relaxing, grocery shopping, and cooking.

I woke up to my mom banging around at 7:30. Not really sleeping in dammit! So I’m awake and therefore she can ask me to climb up a ladder and put stuff on top of furniture for her. Ooohhhhkkkkaaaayyyy.

Then I come downstairs to walk the dog. My mom leaves for church. I bake biscuits, pumpkin brownies (from Hungry Girl 2 step recipes), and croissants plus croissants with beef links in them (we call them pigs in a blanket). Then I realize that to make what I want the rest of the day, I need groceries.

I went by my old place, got the mail (how there was so much mail when I don’t live there anymore I have no clue), and visited with an old neighbor. Then I went to Kroger with my list. Mostly I needed vegetables because I can’t make food without veggies hiding in them. My son would never eat any vegetables if I didn’t!

Cooking today (all recipes from AllRecipes):

All not too hard to make and will keep us in food until Thursday or the weekend.

Speaking of Thursday, Thanksgiving, my mom had me order the Luby’s cafeteria meal. It feeds 4-6 people and it’s only me and her! Eek! I told her this morning and she says, well, I will have plenty of leftovers! Yeah, you will. Hopefully she will eat it too. She tends to eat out WAY too much (every day at least once if not all 3) so I hope she eats it and it doesn’t just rot in the fridge. I know I will eat my cooking and a little of Luby’s on Thanksgiving.

That’s all I’m doing today. That will definitely keep me busy all day too! My tummy is rumbling so I guess I should eat lunch before I cook.

Getting closer!

I am moving in only 4 days. I am getting nervous about moving now. With 4 days to go! What if my allergies can’t take her cats? What if I start fighting with my mother like I did most of my teenage years? What if my son ends up hating it? What will I do then? What if, what if, what if!!! As I lay here in bed after waking up at 4:45am (I don’t usually wake up until 5:30 or 6), I am plagued with what ifs. I have a nice warm doggy against my back and it is actually a cool 55 degrees Fahrenheit outside. That is normally my favorite way to wake up!

Yesterday, I went to see Indecisive and reset her Google because it wasn’t working properly. She called me at 9pm last night saying none of the links she put on her desktop are going where they were supposed to, they are all going to google. That doesn’t sound right. Resetting google shouldn’t take away what you have saved to your desktop, right? I hope someone here can give me an idea so I can go back to her place today and fix it.

And OMG, I went to my lunch with Forgetful, another lady in the home, and my German neighbor. So my neighbor and I get there early and they did not reserve us a table. So I had to ask for that. Then, they didn’t want to accept cash for my meal, they wanted to charge it to my client. Umm, NO! Then I couldn’t find Forgetful anywhere! I had 3 people looking for her too! Someone finally told me that she was getting her hair done so I had to leave the other 2 ladies and go upstairs to get her and bring her down. So she was about 45 minutes late to the luncheon I had very carefully planned out! It ended up being okay. My neighbor likes the other German woman at the home and said she would go back to visit her on her own which was why I introduced them, they are both from Berlin. Forgetful ate and then went off with a caregiver to her next activity. I was a bit stressed though!

Today are the same people plus I have to meet the exterminator at my Mom’s to respray for fleas (just in case) and ask him to spray all the ants in the patio and carport. So I thought I would do my day like this:

8-9 breakfast with Forgetful and her niece

Go by the house to grab stuff to take to my moms.

10-11 or 12 Exterminator

Make another trip of stuff to my moms

1-2 Indecisive to fix computer

After 2 – Sell my freezer that I just got a couple months ago (because I won’t need it at my moms) on Facebook marketplace (the only reason I still keep my account – once I have completely moved, I’ll probably cancel it)

Go pick up my son

Cook

Rest

Sound like a plan?

Smoking: yeah right, I haven’t quit yet although I am still only smoking about half a pack a day

Exercising: Nope! Too busy but I will get back to it. I think lifting and hauling things up the stairs at my moms is enough for now

Quitting soda: Not yet!

Son’s grades: He got 5 A’s and 3 B’s – am I a bad mom for telling him that’s great but he needs to study more and make all A’s?

So yeah. I guess I’m a bit stressed but everything will go back to normal soon. Right? Please tell me it will!!!

More work?!?

Today: Take Mr. 95 year old to work at 7:30. Then drive back and pick up Miss Priss at 9:30 and take her to run errands. After that, go see original cranky client to check on her after she started therapy, ho pick up Mr. 95 year old at work and bring him home, and then go see Ms. Forgetful (my new name for Ms. S!). So another day of crazy busy and putting a lot of miles on my car.

Tomorrow will be busy too. Then Sunday no jobs but tons of work at my Mom’s. The movers are set for the 14th. I have to get our rooms ready for the movers so I have to work hard this Sunday. I don’t have nearly as many jobs set up for next week but that could change in a second!

Speaking of the movers. I’m only paying them to move furniture. They charge $100 an hour so I want things to go quick. I talked to my friends and she said it shouldn’t cost more than $300 since it’s just furniture and it’s only a mile away. I need to move everything else still though. I think I will have to do that this week but if it’s crazy busy like this week ended up being, I don’t know when! Plus, I can’t move too early or I won’t be able to cook. I can’t eat out daily. That’s not good for anyone! Any suggestions? Here’s my list for the movers. Not much, right?

Queen temperpedic Bed

Dresser (no drawers)

2 side tables

Recliner

5 cubic foot Freezer

Large Japanese screen

Dog stairs

Tool box

55 inch tv that’s on the wall right now

Coffee table

Desk

I talked to my man last night in Arkansas. He had his foot surgery and he’s now stuck there for 6 weeks since he cannot put ANY pressure on his foot during that time. He’s staying with his sister so they will take good care of him I’m sure. I bet he’s going to get bored though!

So I’m trying to quit smoking. Yesterday was really good for a first day of cutting back to quit. The question is, can I keep it up? I figure I have no choice once I move since my mom would have a conniption fit. After I posted last night, I realized I smoked 10 yesterday. BUT that’s HALF of what I normally smoke, on day one!!! The reason I’m blogging about it is because on here, I have like 110 people reading going – don’t smoke 🚭 or way to go! It holds me accountable and I might trick myself into believing people care. Something anyway!

So I know I haven’t been posting recipes I’m making or dieting or even exercise but you guys understand why, right? Once everything has settled down, I’ll go right back to my plan. Plus, one thing at a time! 😀 Have a great day!

Labor Day

Small business owners, retail workers, even some city workers do not get today off. Yes, it’s Labor Day! I will be working for 4 hours. I’m going to do laundry and bake a cake while I’m over there. It keeps me from going insane just sitting there.

Woke up to realize that I am out of energy drinks. Since I’m broke, I will not be buying any either. I’m having a Pepsi instead. SO not the same though!!! I prefer Full Throttle. It tastes like Mountain Dew and works well. Everyone gets on me telling me that I shouldn’t drink them. I’m sure those people will be happy now! So I have my Pepsi, I ate flavored rice with cheese for breakfast (yes, I know that’s not a normal breakfast), and now getting moving to go over there.

I looked at my calendar for this week and I have one job a day. That’s one more a day than I had the past week and a half so I’m okay with that! My man needs to come over and fix the commode. He thinks it is leaking due to a broken ring. I think it’s just a cheap toilet (only 2 months old) that only cost $80 and it’s broken somewhere underneath that we can’t see. I guess we will find out!

My son has another week off school. He is now supposed to go back on September 11th. I see irony in that. Let’s change that date into a good thing. Yay for school starting!!! His school district here has flooding at different schools and therefore will have to crowd the other schools so they can start. The state gave us 4 days and we will have to make up 6. My son is worried that it will cut into his next summer vacation. 😂

He had a friend over yesterday. They watched videos, ate, and seems like they had a good time. I hope the kid wants to come back. My son, with his aspergers, loses friends at times. The kids Mom said thanks for having her son. I think that’s a good sign!

Harvey victims are still cleaning up here. We are having other cities come in with garbage trucks to help get rid of all the water damaged property people are cleaning out of their homes. We as a city thank all others for everything they did to help. Y’all have a good day and I hope you’re off!