So yesterday I did errands with my friend (who treated me to Captain D's) watered the plants, transplanted the orchid, and laundered two weeks' worth of my clothes, having worked last weekend. Today I did his clothes, his bedclothes, and the dog blankets. I also did the dishes, took out the trash and recyclables, cleaned the litter boxes, cleaned the bathroom, swept the floors except the bedrooms, and mopped the tile. I made some oatmeal bread, played the Cthulhu game for about four hours, and despite some caffeine, I'm tired and my back seriously does not like me at the moment - I had to lie on the heating pad for awhile and take some ibuprofen. I am seriously thinking about breaking out the tizanidine, as it's not letting up and my back is in spasm. I'll give it just a little more time to see if I can get comfortable. But it was a good day, a good weekend, with plenty accomplished. There was some fun, too, such as watching the animated movie (rated R) of Justice League Dark, which was very good. It'll go back to Netflix this week; I should probably check and see what's in the queue. Anyway, I am very ready for bed, having helped put the bedding back together, including fighting to get a duvet cover back on. Whoever invented them obviously had a bevy of servants. Anyway, goodnight. Hope you had a good weekend, too
Sunday, February 25, 2018
I did reply, using Google Translate. I do understand some Spanish, but I've forgotten a lot of grammar in the 30-odd years since I took it in school, so I hope this makes a certain amount of sense.
Sí, Kentucky está inundado. Estamos cansados de la lluvia. Sin embargo, creo que los textos que enviaste fueron para otra persona. No conozco a nadie en Puerto Rico. Es posible que desee verificar el número al que está enviando mensajes de texto. Gracias.We'll see if there is a reply or whatever. :)
Friday, February 23, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
I was looking at my orchids, and this one has a stem sprouting! It's a yellow one I've featured here before, my most consistent bloomer. Apparently after doing well despite a lack of light for five months, a Change to a brighter room with a window nearby has been good for it.
On the way home I stopped at Kroger and got a sharps container. I was going to get some extra pen needles (I take seven injections per day. That means over the course of a month I use 210+ pen needles, and I have a prescription for a box of 100. Occasionally I get another box from Kroger to supplement what I get at my pharmacy.)
Except for today. Apparently, Kroger's policy is now that they will give you the third degree about having a prescription, make you sign a log, there must be a pharmacist on duty (there wasn't), etc., etc., to get a box of needles that, as far as I know, only work on insulin and related pens. As far as I know, no one has figured out how to prefill an insulin pen with heroin or similar illicit drugs, so the policy is kind of insane, and only punishes those of us who need it for actual, real, (and yes) prescribed medicine. This is why I don't normally use Kroger pharmacy for anything except a round of antibiotics--they make everything incredibly harder than it has to be and give me nowhere near the service of my small, independent pharmacy.
It's a stupid policy. Period. And while it was not the fault of the girl who was explaining it all, you could tell she was mindlessly quoting the rules and policy rather than actually engaging into the why of it. Sigh. I guess next time I go to my pharmacy I'll have to pick up an extra box. My prescriptions don't get run till the end of the month, though, so that means an extra trip across town, as I'll be out of them before then. Grrrr....
Monday, February 19, 2018
I went to the T-Mobile store on Richmond Road on Saturday and explained what I wanted to the associate. He reviewed my account and confirmed that if I dropped the mobile internet and switched to the newer One Unlimited (which, like my last plan, had data, voice, and text unlimited, but also has the taxes included and the hotspot is unlimited at 3G speeds rather than a cap of 5 GB at 4G). I wanted to make sure I could still get onto the internet via my phone on my laptop, but it's not as crucial now that I have WiFi at home. And the speeds aren't crucial, as I just browse on the hotspot, not stream or anything, and I've been judicious about using it since it wasn't unlimited. So I actually prefer the unlimited everything.
So with the switch, dropping my voicemail to text feature (which frankly hasn't been working well lately--I'll just listen to them like most people) but keeping my insurance, my name ID, and my instalment plan for my device (of which I got a stupendous credit, so that's just something like $3.00 a month for the device, a screen protector, and a case), but without going on AutoPay (it would save me $5 a month, but I don't want it to come out for the time being, since I've been struggling to keep any money in my account), she gave me the quote. I asked if my work discount applied still, and it doesn't (it was about 12%), but she applied an Insider discount since I've officially been a T-Mobile customer since 2011 (I was a prepaid customer from about 2000), and that was 20%. All told I went from $107 a month to about $80.86. Not bad, even though at one point I got cut off in the transfer to her department and then also had to wait awhile due to her department getting a lot of calls. But still, it was worth it. The representatives at the store and on the phone I dealt with were very helpful, when I got cut off, I was immediately called back, and no one tried to convince me to do anything I didn't want to. I've always had great service with them, customer service and phone service. Usually, you would have to wait until the end of the billing cycle to change, too, but I'm only two days in so she was able to make it effective immediately. Yay! That was the main reason we didn't do it in the store the other day--the mobile internet drop had to be done over the phone, and he was afraid that if he switched the plans it would prorate so I was paying for both plans, or roughly a month and a half, in the first month.
Anyway, I'm happy. I've had a very good experience overall with T-Mobile. In the 18 years, that I've been on their service, I've experienced one very localised and short outage period. They've expanded their voice and data coverage immensely, of late. I really have no complaints. Compare that to a friend who tried to pay his husband's Verizon bill to save him a trip and was given the third degree, being asked questions even the husband didn't know the answers to, and he wasn't trying to access the stupid thing, just give them the money for it. All he should have had to do was give the mobile number and hand over payment. He doesn't have a cell phone himself, he was just trying to make things better for his spouse. It did not go well. I'm so glad T-Mobile isn't like that. Yes, to make changes to my account there's a PIN. But anyone, to my knowledge, could pay my bill without being hasseled. :)
Anyway, after the drive home, I came in, let the dogs out, found YKWIA stirring from a nap, which he promptly went back to, so I left him to it. He's been studying very hard as of late and probably needed it. I went ahead and prepared a medium-sized basic white loaf of bread and started the bread machine going. One of my co-workers who wasn't there today was at the grocery and told me she'd like to get me some flour so I'd make her bread. I told her the type to get, and she sent me a picture of it just to be sure. So I'll make some for her tomorrow.
All in all, it's been a pleasant day. It's a little while before time to feed the animals, although the cat does not believe that. He's sitting here staring and meowing at me. The bread will be ready about 7:45, probably, and the animals get fed around 7 pm. I think I may take a nap myself since I've got an hour to rest. Hope you had a good day, too.
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Today there wasn't a game, but I worked four hours. We'd signed up for some voluntary overtime, and the folks who worked on Saturday got all the grid shuffling done (we have new scheduling grids, so it's a means to put the displaced appointments back in where they go--it takes much less time than rescheduling every appointment). No one was certain how long it would take, so they had us working on it through the weekend and Monday [the medical centre is closed tomorrow for Presidents' Day]. It looked like I wouldn't be working after all, but my boss said I could come in today and get some things done. There's enough in a couple of queues for me to work all day so I will be coming in tomorrow. Today I reviewed some of the reschedules and mostly stuffed envelopes of letters going out for appointments that shifted more than 10 minutes in the process. I hand-addressed and licked every envelope. Apparently, our postal meter machine will seal the envelopes, but I wasn't sure about that, and by the time I found out otherwise, I was almost finished. :) It wasn't too bad, though.
The other night I sat down and did some financial stuff and really fell into a funk that spilt over into grief over my mother (the anniversary of her death is coming up) and general issues of sadness. I stayed in bed all evening and really felt emotionally hung over the next day. I cried a lot and there were bags under my eyes that covered half of my face the next day. I don't know, the financial stuff triggered it, but I don't know where all this anxiety and gloominess came from. I listened to a lot of Simon and Garfunkel, which made me feel better (their music always does, despite the tendency to sing about death, suicide, depression, and the like).
Yesterday, like I said, I felt hungover and achy, mostly a combination of emotional overwroughtness and then arthritis acting up, as it was an extremely rainy day. Today I felt much better, thankfully.
Anyway, that's why I hadn't been writing. I'd gotten onto Facebook in my funk for a bit but mostly stayed off the computer completely. But I am doing better. I did chores today, and I need to do my laundry tomorrow after work (I did the dog blankets and bath mat today, as I meant to do those last week, and there has been a prodigious amount of mud brought into the house over the last few days, with all the rain). Today was a little warmer and the sun actually came out, and it did a lot for my mood. Tomorrow it's supposed to be in the 70s. We've got rain coming back in the forecast, though.
Okay, I'm going to check off my Habitica checkboxes, scrub those pans, and probably go on to bed a little early. Good night.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
So, with the bread making, I swept the floor in the kitchen and mopped it. Of course, it's going to start raining soon, and it's supposed to rain for most of the week. On Thursday I think the high is supposed to be 62. In Lexington, we tend to have localised flooding, but up in the hilly areas to the east of us, schools have been closed and the flooding has been pretty bad. So I wish we had a drier forecast, for their sakes, and for the sake of the kitchen floor. But that's okay.
I am working this weekend for about four hours to help make up for the lost time, as well as Monday, which, as it is Presidents' Day, we are technically closed, but a few of us have permission to work on rescheduling the grids. That way I won't have to use my very low personal time off. My boss said she was able to use some of the extended illness bank for yesterday and part of Friday, so only part of Thursday wasn't covered. But working will help offset the loss of personal time off, anyway.
After work today, I took a co-worker somewhere and she gave me a little money for gas, which was great, because I was on my gas light, and this should get me through to payday.
Now I'm listening to some music. I may lie down on the heating pad for a little while. It was great being back at work, but I am a little tired and my back is still hurting. I think after that, I'll watch Netflix, maybe the next episode of 'Sherlock', because YKWIA is studying and reading tonight. I think he was very happy to have me at work today. :)
Monday, February 12, 2018
Okay, I'm going to get on that heating pad and listen to some music. I already feel a little fuzzy. These are not things I can take and drive, for example. Usually, I go straight to bed, and they don't make me groggy in the morning, really. I usually wake up before my alarm. But I stayed up once and it was a weird feeling, where I wasn't coordinated and slightly drunk. So I use them very sparingly.
Trim the cat's claws. Mend a blouse, including sewing on a button and fixing a ripped seam. Take out the trash. Clean the toilet and tub. Sweep.
- Mop the tile. *plus*
Run an errand with YKWIA. Run by the pharmacy. Help with dinner. Clean up after dinner.
I'm an 86th-level healer, the only one in the party. At 100 you can use an 'orb of rebirth' to become to go back to level 1 and at level 10, you can choose another class. I've been a mage, a warrior, and a healer, so the only one left is rogue. I'll do that. Then I'll have done all four. :)
It's fun, but it also helps me get things like floss, take out the trash, and most importantly, take my medicine as I should.
At least the first one isn't jumping up above the fence today.
The cat, meantime, is on my blanket on the bed, still unmade, mainly because I don't want to disturb him. It's very fluffy and he's very comfortable.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
chador--noun, a large piece of cloth that is wrapped around the head and upper body leaving only the face exposed, worn especially by Muslim women.Not bad for one chapter. Nine more and an epilogue to go. I like his writing, and it really puts me back when I was studying Classical languages and history.
atelier--noun, a workshop or studio, especially one used by an artist or designer.
- A Darker Shade of Magic--3 days left [to be renewed so YKWIA can finish it and I can read it afterwards]
- Caesar's Footprints--6 days left (new/14-day book) [to start with immediately]
- The Landmark Julius Caesar--6 days left (new/14-day book) [next]
- Anatomy of a Genocide--14 days left (new/14-day book)
- La Belle Sauvage--20 days left (fiction)
- The Oversight--26 days left (fiction)
- The Forgetting--26 days left (fiction)
I cuddled with the cat for a while earlier, although I really didn't sleep. He got right up on my pillow with his head up next to mine. Then I fed him and the dogs, and he seems to be keeping this food down, so he's happier.
I'm not really sleepy. I just ate something extra because my blood sugar went low despite taking my insulin back 20 units each time for the long-acting insulin [so 60 units twice a day, which I think is going to have to go down to 50 or 55] and keeping the short-acting one at 34 units for all meals, not 34-42-42. I kept track of what I've eaten today. Even with four little meals, basically, I've stayed under the recommended amount for losing weight. I've been pretty full. Today I've had two bowls of cereal with milk, a banana, some homemade cream of mushroom soup, a piece of bread, two little applesauce cups, two peanut butter and honey sandwiches, and I think that's all. So I've had 1 serving of vegetables, 3 of dairy, 4 of fruit (there were raisins in the cereal), 2 protein, 6 servings of grain, and a bit of sweetener, for 1333 calories (an I've burned 2004 for the day) between my activity/steps and my metabolism. It's not exactly balanced, but it's not bad. If I eat anything else today, I'll make sure it's a vegetable choice. We've got a turnip-apple dish in the refrigerator, along with 'green rice', which is basically rice with spinach and onions. So those are possibilities. In the meantime, I'm making some more bread right now; we should have an extra-large loaf ready by 10:30 pm.
So the question is what to do now. I'm listening to the OneRepublic station on Pandora. I could read. I could watch another episode of 'Sherlock'. I just don't feel like doing either of those things. It's kind of annoying, actually, that I don't. I don't want to go to sleep or I won't sleep well tonight. Sigh. Maybe I'll try reading. I'm not up to Julius Caesar himself, but maybe the book on his legacy on the landscape (called Caesar's Footprints: a Cultural Excursion to Ancient France by Bijan Omrani). It might be good to read before tackling Caesar, as I'll have a better idea of the lay of the land for the Gallic War, anyway. Actually, I should go to the library's website and check to see when each book is due, then come up with a reading plan. I know the one YKWIA is reading is due on Valentine's Day, the next one that's due, but I think I should be able to renew that one. I just renewed The Forgetting and The Oversight. I just checked out Anatomy of a Genocide. So that leaves Caesar's Footprints, The Landmark Julius Caeser, and La Belle Sauvage to figure out. Okay, I guess I'll do that.
Momma is buried in Bellevue Cemetery in Danville. I checked the regulations, and it should be fine to bring some real cut flowers and lay them on her grave. I'm thinking about some nice tulips. She probably liked roses better, but tulips are a herald of spring. I always thought it was sad she didn't live to see the renewal of life in spring. She despised gladiolas, though--that I know. It reminded her of funerals.
Okay, I'm going to attend to a needy cat who wants love (and food, but it's not time yet).
Okay, time for more caffeine. Let's get these chores over. At least the grocery run is finished--I got a few things at Kroger and then had to go to Fresh Market for radicchio. Most things were for a salad--arugula, shallots, the radicchio, fennel, etc. Of course, there was milk, and I got more bread flour because I miscalculated how much would be left when we did the last run. I use between 3 and 5 cups of flour for each loaf of bread. I really should get YKWIA to find his ginger for me and make some whole wheat bread, because I have all the other ingredients for the bread, including the soy lecithin granules and ascorbic acid for the booster you put in the bread to help it rise. The ginger's part of that, along with cornstarch. And you have to put wheat gluten in, but that's a separate ingredient. It makes a lovely loaf. I have an entire bag of wheat flour. But I think YKWIA prefers the basic bread even to the oatmeal one I tend to prefer. The basic white bread just takes flour, sugar, salt, dry milk, butter, and yeast, along with water, of course, and it's cheapest to make. The oatmeal one has oatmeal, of course, but not the instant kind, but rather quick oats, and uses honey instead of sugar. Both make lovely loaves. I'll have to see about the wheat though so I can use that flour. I think you still use a cup or so of white flour in the wheat bread as well, so I can't just make it if I run out of white bread flour, but if it gets low, maybe. I get White Lily bread flour, which is made by a harder wheat than regular all-purpose flour, but I could use the latter in a pinch. Because I use the rapid bake, I use a jar of Fleischman's rapid-rise yeast. You use a little more yeast if using the recipes that came with the bread machine (the basic white and herb bread) or different amounts if I'm making the oatmeal bread, which is from the book Electric Bread, under 'Outrageously Oatmeal'. It has good recipes, some a little odd but intriguing, and recipes for spreads as well. It was a good find. I think that was from a book fair at work. :)
Okay, really, I'm going now. Have a great day.
So I've taken my medicine (my blood sugar was 102 today, which is really good). I've eaten. I've made my bed. I just need some caffeine to be ready for my day, and YKWIA said he'd get me some soda when I do a little grocery run later. Things to do:
Take those books back to the library after they open at 1:00 pm. Pick up the hold that is waiting for me there. Run to the grocery. Caffeinate. Clean the cat litter box.
- Trim the cat's claws.
Take outthe trash and recyclables.
- Clean the toilet and tub. [The mirror and sinks are fine; the others need a once-over, including the tub, to keep anything from building up like soap scum or, well, you know.]
- Mop the tile.
Run the dishwasher. Do laundry.
[I decided since it has been raining all weekend, and it is supposed to clear up tomorrow, and I'm off tomorrow, I would do the floors tomorrow. The trash wound up not being an issue; the recyclables were, and I took those out. So that leaves the cat's claws [and he threw up his food earlier and isn't feeling well, so I may wait till tomorrow on that too, rather than upset him and cause further distress] and the bathroom stuff. That I can do in just a few minutes. I think for now, though, I'll take a nap, because even though I didn't do a lot, I'm kind of tired. Must be this supposed infection I have, which might be sinus, as this morning I was blowing out goop that was a little yellow. Not that you really needed to know about that, I guess. I'll call my doctor's office tomorrow to make an appointment (they wanted me back in two weeks) and to see if I can get any more information. Then I can text my boss and let her know what's going on. But for now, I plan to be back on Tuesday morning.]
Saturday, February 10, 2018
- The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek Way of Growing Your Own Food Easily and Naturally by Jere Gettle
- Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens by Barbara Pleasant
- "A" is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
- Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders
I brought the "A" is for Alibi book with me today and read a few more chapters. I'm enjoying it; it's not a style I particularly care for, but it's nice to be reading again, and it's going pretty quickly. I did just realise I've left it out in the car, which, since it's raining and I have houseshoes on, means putting at least my sandals on to go briefly out into the wet. Oh, well. I think I'll do that in a bit. YKWIA did splurge a little by taking me out to Captain D's after we dropped the other person off, which was good because when I checked my blood sugar, it was 58. Remarkably, I didn't feel shaky. But I was finding it harder to think.
For now, I'm going to work on some things on the computer and maybe listen to some music. My laptop can play music through the speaker tower so I can stream some music through that. Later I may work on the game notes for a while. We're not playing the game tomorrow since I'm under doctor's orders to rest and apparently have some sort of infection, which I don't want to pass on to anyone, especially since the other player is about to take a trip to visit an elderly mother. So we decided to err on the side of caution. But if I get the notes finished this weekend, and then she's gone the next, I won't have to do them later when my memory's fuzzier about what we did. We're on the third leg of the book Ripples from Carcosa, set in the future this time (we've done ancient Rome and Norman England already). I am beginning to hate the Yellow Sign and the machinations of Hastur. I didn't really engage much last Sunday, as apparently not only was I tired, but coming down with the flu, but I did enjoy the story. Hopefully, by next time we play, I'll be more involved.
I watered all the plants before we left this morning. They're doing well. The ones in YKWIA's bedroom are really flourishing. I think they like him. They're in a window seat in a southerly exposure. The ones in my room are easterly to southeasterly, the couple of African violets in the bathroom (on the back of the toilet) get western light, and then there's his plant in the kitchen (a combination of Christmas cactus and some opportunistic wood sorrel that he likes), again, a western exposure. The living room gets very early morning light but is fairly dark the rest of the day, which is why I was surprised my plants survived in there on the bed and nightstands for so long.
I would love to really garden this year, now that I have a yard to play with, but neither of us has the money to invest in plants right now. Also, the best place for a vegetable garden would be out back behind the shed, and I found a really nice plan that would work, but there are the dogs to consider and whether they would damage the plants. Perhaps a raised bed near the fence would work. But that costs money to get landscaping materials like retaining wall products and mulch. We'll see. In the meantime, I've been looking through catalogues I found online (and one I requested from Burpee's) and have been dreaming of future gardens. I prefer heirlooms over hybrids, and several of the catalogues are full of those.
I do like my present job, but if I could find one in my field (librarianship) which paid more money, that would be great. I made more last year, due to the severance and contract work, than I had before, and I was pretty comfortable. But I've taken a $5/hour hit since October and have really struggled with paying my bills. I still am waiting for my 1099, so I can't file my taxes quite yet. I may wind up paying, although I hope the severance taxes (which was a whopping 41%) will offset no tax withholding for the time I was doing the contract work, as the car repairs back in October took the last of my savings. I'm going to have to have them prepared professionally this year, due to the severance, unemployment, and most importantly the 'self-employed' contract work. Hopefully, I will get a 1099 form soon. I talked to our chief financial officer yesterday and he said they had gone out but some of them were incorrect and they may need to be corrected, so that could be the holdup. But also, since I moved, it may be going through the forwarding process. He did say that he'd drop a line to headquarters about it. In the meantime, I'll give it till the end of the month and hope I get it soon. No sense in panicking until April. Still, I'd like to know if I owe anything. The first tax-related item I got this year was a form to be sent to the Fayette County school system for their share of the taxes. That's why I need an accounting/tax preparing firm, as there are different forms for that contract work, and while they would have them all, I would not.
We do have the prospect of some overtime coming up because we have to 'shuffle' all the appointments out there into new grids, and that should involve some weekend work. But the grids aren't ready yet, and I couldn't have worked this weekend anyway per doctor's orders.
Tomorrow I'm going to do some chores around the house, like laundry, sweeping, and the cat box--things I normally do before the game. But I'll try to make sure I get some rest, too. Monday I have no real plans. I guess I'll just relax. At some point, we have a small grocery run to make, just a few items. Other than that, I'll have some time to rest and recuperate. I'm taking my medicine as I should (I have to for nine more days). I wish I knew what the problem was--I know it's not a UTI, and I don't think he'd have prescribed an antibiotic if it were residual from the flu. It could be a sinus infection, as I have chronic ones, I guess, and I am having some sinus pain. I really was surprised he wanted me home for four days. And I'm a little concerned because I don't have enough PTO to cover last week. If they add the long-term sick time (which only kicks in after three days of personal time off), then I'll be about 3 hours short. Otherwise, it'll be more like 12 hours. That'll make for a small cheque. This Monday is covered because of a new pay period, but then we're off the Monday after that due to President's Day, and that's on the same cheque so I won't have enough to cover that. I get something like four weeks of vacation time a year, so it accrues quickly--but not that quickly. I actually was on track to have a week's worth of time built up before my birthday, but this has wiped out my hours completely. I asked the payroll clerk to just do what she could. I'm not sure I can touch the EIB because of the three-day rule. I worked Monday half a day, and Friday half a day, so I'm not sure how that works. I would think the PTO would kick in Monday, go through half of Thursday, and then the EIB would cover half of Thursday and part of the time I missed on Friday. But I have 21 hours of PTO and I need 24. I don't know if the EIB will kick in if I don't have enough PTO to cover those three days. Sigh.
It's depressing to think about. Oh, well.
YKWIA just came in and saw the TV set up. I'm not sure he was happy, but he said it was okay. I did set it all up while he was asleep in the hopes that he'd be less likely to say no, I have to admit, which I did freely to him. But it's out of the way of his treadmill (though next to it) and away from the books, so I think it'll be okay.
So far this morning I've also taken my meds (including the antibiotic), eaten some raisin bran with a banana, and now I'm in my room while he's watching 'Will & Grace', with the cat perched on my bed. It's raining outside, so the dogs weren't particularly happy, and they were just let in and are gated in the kitchen.
I like the new room. I have a door I can shut so I have more privacy, so my music doesn't disturb him (or the TV for that matter). I can hear him on the computer when he's watching stuff because he plays it loudly (his hearing isn't what it used to be, but then neither is mine, I just can listen to things more softly), but I can take it down a notch or two by closing the door. I'm surrounded by books on three sides of the room, and I have taken over some of the built-in shelves, so I have more storage as far as the bed go. The water for my CPAP, for example, is in the footboard instead of next to the bed. I have the two nightstands, with two drawers each, the bookcase on the headboard, plus the top of that, the footboard with two sliding-door cabinets and two long drawers for underwear, socks, and nightclothes. He's let me use his cedar chest for pants and T-shirts. My normals blouses and sweaters, along with my laundry basket, lunch bags, a few random bags, and my robe are in the entryway closet. I also keep my two microfleece blankets there in the daytime. In the hall closet are my linens and two bags of purses. Also in the bedroom, in addition to the TV/DVD/cherry table, are two small trash cans and a Bluetooth speaker tower. My headboard has a small CD player/boom box, so I have all the music set up and now the video. He brought a stool in while I was sick to put my food on, and I've kept it, so I have the laptop on it right now and my chair from the kitchen. But those travel around, of course. So it's a nice, comfy environment, and I'm doing so much better in terms of anxiety and psychological peace since downsizing. Now granted, I am having to pay for storage, and most of that is the books that I didn't get rid of. But it's still much better than when I was in the apartment. We're doing pretty well in terms of getting along and giving each other space, although I'm a bit too chatty for him before his coffee, except that's usually just Saturdays and Sundays, and I can take a hint. I think having me home (especially after I ventured out of the bed after three days) was starting to get to him, having a little too much time with me). But otherwise, we're doing fine. I have certain chores and he does as well; we share a lot of the upkeep.
I have two windows in my room, good-sized, but separate as opposed to the two in the living room, which are together. There are two maple trees and a redbud outside in the front yard, and there is a squirrel who has been hopping between one and the roof above. The cat is having his Zen time on my bed, or I'm sure he'd be enjoying the view. We get lots of squirrels. Our neighbour has been putting out corn for them, and they nest in the maples. It's nice living in a house. It's got a little over 1200 square feet, has the large bedroom, which I gather was two rooms at one point, you can tell on the hardwood floor, the library, which was a study and a den at one point until they remodeled, the living room, a kitchen with utility room, and a bath. I do wish they'd kept the bath as one main one with the half bath off the master bedroom, but instead they knocked down a wall and made it a large bathroom with tub, a shower glassed in on three sides, a window, two sinks (that is nice) with a large mirror and three cabinets behind it, and a door going to the bedroom and to the hall. But sometimes we trip over each other trying to use it. Still, it's nice, and there's ceramic tile in the kitchen and bath, and hardwood throughout the rest of the house, the former having been part of their remodelling a few years ago. There's a nice-sized shed for storage and a privacy fence for the dogs, although one likes to jump up and peek over it, and can. She could technically clear it, I think, she just doesn't realise it. Still, I suspect she scares the neighbours when she does that, as she is a Labrador-pit bull mix with amazing jumping power. The other little dog is a border collie-terrier mix. The cat is black and slinky. They are all incredibly loving and good-natured. The older dog has mellowed over the years; she used to be much more anxious and weird. We found that a Thundershirt helped when she was outside, but the other dog was offended by it and would drag her around the yard by it until she tore it to pieces. She used to have to be sedated around the Fourth of July, but now she's a little deafer and it doesn't bother her. I love all the animals dearly, but I'm a little partial to the little dog, who sleeps in my room most nights.
There was just a mourning dove out on the tree a minute ago, spooked by a squirrel. But she walked along the branch with that funny gait and head bobbling thing they do. I think they are my favourite bird, not particularly showy, but I love them. They're usually on the ground in pairs when I see them. I love their call, as well, so eerie.
Okay, I guess I should go get hydrated and ready for the outing. I hope things are going pretty well for you all. Stay well (I had mild flu, really, but it still was bad enough). Have a great day.
Friday, February 09, 2018
Did I mention that I weighed myself before and after I was ill, and I've lost about 10 lbs this week? I'm sure some of that will come back, but at the moment I'm thirty-two pounds down from my highest weight. It's all of this home-cooked, wonderful food. Yay!
I love that I can finally get onto the Internet without using my phone. That means I can actually stream something if I want, like music or video. Also, YKWIA doesn't know it yet, but I've had my TV in the trunk of the car for a few days, awaiting the return of WiFi. I'll have to unload it tomorrow, but I'm hoping he doesn't mind it being in there. The question is where to put it out of the way of my stuff and his books, but I think I have a place. I have a little cherry end table I can put it on temporarily. I also found my DVD player the other day while digging for the AC adapter for the router. And the TV antenna's in the trunk as well, along with the remotes for both TV and DVD player.
I have several books out from the library. He accuses me (rightly) of hoarding books from there without reading them, sometimes for several checkouts, because I always mean to read the books. I have the following out right now:
- "A" is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
- The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher
- Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders
- The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
- Caesar's Footprints by Bijan Omrani
- La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, book 1) by Philip Pullman
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab [which YKWIA has borrowed since I obviously wasn't going to read it in a timely manner]
- The Landmark Julius Caesar: The Complete Works (Gallic War, Civil War, Alexandrian War, African War, Spanish War) edited by Kurt A. Raaflaub
- The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: The Essential Guide to Planting and Pruning Techniques by Tracy DiSabato-Aust
- Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy
- Native Plants of the Southeast by Larry Mellichamp
- Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens by Barbara Pleasant [which I have actually read from cover to cover but am holding onto to make copies of one of the plans]
I also have a thirteenth book on hold that has arrived: Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz by Omer Bartov. I'll check it out tomorrow.
So here is my conundrum. I would like to read them all. I actually have time now to get some reading done. I think I'll start with Sue Grafton's book because I have fifteen days left on that loan and it's very unlikely I can renew it, as I'm sure others put it on hold after her death. I also want to knock out the gardening books, the language book (which is just a small illustrated description book), and Caesar's Footprints. That leaves the actual Julius Caesar text, the one on hold, and the fiction books, all of which I have some time on. If I can read these, I'll be doing very well. And maybe, just maybe, YKWIA will stop taunting me for my lack of reading. I will make progress on my 'To Be Read' pile! To that end, I'm going to take Sue Grafton's book and go into the study and read, while YKWIA naps. :) Oh, and where I pulled the books off my bookcase headboard to look at the titles and authors, the cat is now in the pile's space and is looking quite pleased with himself.
PS I got a notice from the Lexington Public Library that they had decided not to fill the position that was advertised, and for which I applied, which was Branch Manager of the Village Branch. I do wish employers wouldn't advertise positions they are not going to fill anytime soon. I was excited by the possibility of getting or at least interviewing for that one. Oh, well.
Went to work today feeling pretty well and my doctor's office called and told me to stay off till Tuesday, that I have an elevated white count and need to take an antibiotic. So for the second time this week I've been sent home. But other than feeling just a bit tired, I'm doing fine. Frustrated, but fine.
Thursday, February 08, 2018
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Monday, February 05, 2018
One of the great things about living with someone who cares about you but has an outside perspective is that they have candid talks with you about how tired you are all the time. My blood sugar has been great. My sleep apnea is well-treated. I don't feel overwhelmed or retreat to bed due to my psychology anymore. I blame work, or lack of caffeine, or arthritis pain, but the fact is I'm getting good sleep and barely have any energy. I think it's time to call my doctor, just to be sure. And on that note, I'm headed for bed.
Sunday, February 04, 2018
I'm a T-Mobile customer. I don't care about football. I don't watch the Superbowl, as I couldn't care less about it. So I only learned of the ad with the babies afterwards. So why is equality, tolerance, and inclusivity suddenly 'political'? And why not use the airtime to remind us that we're all human, rather than just to sell a product? Maybe, just maybe, we need that more than we need some new gadget or drink. Kudos to T-Mobile. If you're offended by the ad, you're part of the problem.