Thursday, September 20, 2018

Oh For Pete Sake

Well, the tech from you-know-what-company left that morning and the internet was perfect the rest of the day and evening.  However the next day it went off and on every minute seriously, all day and night.  I called you-know-who again and reported that it wasn't fixed.

They sent another tech out and he found more bad cable going around the house and took that away and replaced it.  Now...the rest of the day yesterday and all day today...perfect.  I hope it stays that way.

Katie was hard to catch but didn't say anything.  She went through several indignities while at the Vet.  Nothing was found about her side.  Go figure.  She was sure almost snappish to ME while I combed her.  I am happy to see it was temporary!

AN organization is coming by on the 25th to pick up clothing and small appliances for donation.  I have 4 giant leaf and lawn bags filled.  About 50 hangers that are not needed and just the cheapest they will go to the dump.  But those 4 bags go out on the porch 9/25.  The house will be able to breathe better getting that bunch of stuff OUT.  I found still  hangered and still in the store bag woman's suit I bought back in like '95...Haberdasher Brand...expensive and well made.  Sadly out of style with wide lapels.   I just looked them up on line just this minute and all they have are shirts pants and hooded sweatshirts.  How the mighty fell! Back then, they were all about business clothing.  At the time I thought I was leaving uniform and starting a courier job back and forth to a large city that could use someone with my expertise.  Had three interviews, won the position...tried to resign from where I was doing what I did, and "they" said no, they needed me here.  Well, that shot my plans straight out of the water!  I had a lot of dress clothes for the job after accepting it.  I actually tried to get "them" to pay for the clothes I bought after getting the new position.  Never heard a peep.  Just never used them. Made me mad every time I saw them.  Nowadays they'd still get away with was not an everyday situation. they go, sadly out of date and someone else can possibly make use of a lot of it.

OK...whined and groused.  OH..forgot to tell you once I got started on all the closets, I cannot STOP! I feel topped off with energy and can't be still.  I never can but now, worse than ever.  I pop up off the chair and head straight for a door.  Open it and here we go again.

Coreopsis I took a pic of.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Another Day...Maybe a Dollar?

Well, I had C*m**s* out today (their people troll the net for a mention of their name and they've contacted me several times via my blog's mention of them).

I cut the cord a year ago. I have an antenna, along with another phone service to serve as a landline and the only thing that comes in by cable is my internet. Instead of $2256.00 a year, my bill from them is a fourth of that now. I do have their fastest net which cost $12.00 a month more than standard but...I stream from Netflix when I ever watch the TV and it pays for me to have the faster.  Oh, Katie watches her baby shows from PBS each day.  But that's free and available with my antenna. I get 26 channels.  I (and Katie) watch 2.  Anyway, my landline (yes, I still want one) costs for a year what C*m**s* charged for a month.  I'm waaaaaay ahead.

I did have to go from the usual phone driven burglar alarm to a wifi alarm system.  It reports even faster via wifi. The tech came out today as I do have the inside wiring added on to my bill.  I chose to have that feature regardless of it's $7.00 per month--- just in case.  Today was one of the times I needed it.  He found lots of loose connections and the ancient splitter I had out there had about had it completely.  That's why the cable was cutting on and off.  Now I should be up and running with none of the horrible interruptions I had every few minutes for months.  (it would stop doing that for a few weeks and then, start up again).

There was the thing today; and in two hours I have to take Katie to the Vet.  Her side is sensitive to touch.  I hope I can get her into the carrier.  The minute she sees the carrier with its door turned upward so as to lower her into it...she runs.  If I can't, then we go another day when I can.

No wonder it's hotter in here!  I went to the thermostat just now and I had it set to a much warmer temp because the tech was going in and out and left the front door open. Now it will cool off.

Looks like it will remain hot and raining as it has been for 7 months now  Maybe in January it will cool down.  Anymore, the bulbs are up and blooming in January!

What are you all doing?

Friday, September 7, 2018

Change is coming

Katie is asleep in the corner here is her room, on her other favorite blankie, the red one that her Auntie Karen knitted for her as a welcome to the family gift back when she was gotchad. She is snoring to beat the band!  At night when she heads into bed, she parks next to my head and slips her face into my ear.  All is well despite tickling from the whiskers; until the snoring starts.  Hers.

Anyway, I posted in Face Book that I went to the park this morning as there was a vestigial coolness to the lightest breeze up there as long as I was under the shadows of the trees.

You can see the shadows on the other side of the park as well.  I love Fall, and it is well on its way.  My Dogwood is losing a few yellowed leaves now and its berries are out in clusters.

I sweated as though I had swam (swum??)  the entire walk!  I haven't been up there hardly at all since the heat and humidity that stayed without a break (until today) was so horrible.  I joined a gym so as to use their treadmill instead.  At least, though you work up a sweat, you're not in the same shape as though you were outside under the sun.

Thought to take a chance this morning and got up there just about 9.  Plenty of shade so I started trotting.

Did I tell you that as a gift, I am being taken to Biltmore House for my birthday this month?  And over night as well.  The entire family are going as well.  This is a first.  The boys are renting a Van so we can all travel together.  They are paying my Hotel fee,  admissions to functions, meals, the trip-- and I have the pleasure of their company as well.  Riches to me, having them all together including grandchild and my daughter-in-law, whom I love.  We are also headed to Blue Ridge Parkway too for photography opportunities.  I can hardly wait!

You guys doing anything good today?  xx

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Going Hunting

For wildflowers.  It has been so hot and so humid that this summer I haven't been enthusiastic at all about going hunting as I call it, for wildflowers to take their portraits! They always sit so well for me.  They never complain or ask to get out of the assignment.  BUT they DO wriggle and bob about to my annoyance.  They are just kids so it's to be expected.

There isn't a lot left where I am able to get to so I'm not expecting anything.  I did have a bonanza of flowers in the Spring.  Some of the places I traditionally went are flower-less and have been for several; years.  Not sure why.  But it's sad.

I could take pictures of standard flowers, roses, daisy s and the like.  I enjoy them but wild flowers are my favorite.  They have the best conversations with me. My Flickr friends know of those whispered convos through the years.  I ask the flowers first and they gave me permission to tell their story.

Here's an old picture from a few years ago.  Won't find these about today due to season and availability ...but I can enjoy them from several years ago.  I hope you do as well.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thankful Thursday

The cats have a blog hop called Thankful Thursday hosted by Brian From Brian's Home.  I love reading it anyway, but on Thursdays there are always many kitties who write of things they are grateful for.

Even though I am not linking as this is not a cat blog...Katie has one of those, I am very grateful today (and everyday, really) that my oldest son got another all clear so to speak after his last CT scan.  And the tiny tumor in his lung is gone now as well as a concerning area  elsewhere.  He has been going through aggressive chemo since March for this newest anomaly.  It came, after a five year remission.  But he is through this for now.

I didn't realize after the first shock of the reappearance, that I was physically affected by the terrible news.   But now, with the curtain lifted and safety surrounding him, I feel like a kitten again.  I have been un-stoppable these past three days.  I have more work done and happily with a smile, that I think I have done in many weeks.  I just felt like it.  A while ago, I completely cleaned and polished all the wooden kitchen and bottom.  I did the wood floor and it gleams.  I got the bathroom sparkling more than usual.  I have polished all the wood surfaces in the house and swept and vacuumed (I do all that anyway, but I just don't want to be still). If I could take off and fly, I swear I would.

 I am happy again.  It's been sad, and hard to deal with, as I walk every single step with him...shoulder to shoulder.   But now...we see sun again.

Just letting you know.  You have been very kind to me.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Turn the Page

Remember Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band singing that song..."Turn the Page"?  I listened to it a few minutes ago.  He was about my most favorite singer back then.  No one sang like he did.  I am magically transported back to '73 when I hear it.  Sure beats what I hear blaring and thumping out of car radios etc. nowadays.

 Glen Campbell was another favorite and no surprise..."Wichita Lineman" just spun me up.  Still does.  It was the perfect tune with the perfect lyrics.  Again, I feel transported back to "the day".

Dobie Gray with Drift Away.  Oh,  the memories.  "Give me the beat boys and free my soul...I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away". I can hear it playing in my mind.  Remember Cream?  Oh, man...loved their stuff.  I can see in my mind's eye what I was wearing mostly those days and I can hear the bands as though the music was playing right now.  (which it is).  The Doobie Brothers came along and became a fave.  Waylon Jennings later...Looking for Love".   "Who's Your Daddy" Toby Keith...Wish I had a Time Portal.

 Still have my 14oz (heavy) denim Wrangler bell bottom jeans from then.  I bought the men's as they were cut more to my liking.  Never was bottom heavy.  Took years for me to try to wear women's jeans. Manufacturers started using 12 oz. denim a few years later in '75-'78...then, it kept going to lighter and lighter weight fabric until it hit 6 oz. denim.  Like a dish towel in strength and weight. Not fit for jeans I thought.  So I grabbed the heavy denim ones while they were available.

That's when they started adding lycra... quelle Horreur!   (*that's a fave expression in my family..French for "how horrible"*) to women's trousers...whether you wanted it or not. The material became so light it was not able to do a more than passing job keeping the cold out during winter.

I sure skipped around in my story here.

The hots and humid are back with a vengeance.  We had three days off from the humidity.  Weather said first time in 3 months.

This poor thing was on top of the park's trash when I was walking this morning.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Funny How That Works

I love reading certain comic strips.  Three of them are  first, Zits and then Crankshaft and then, Sally Forth.  There are others but those three are especial favorites.

I was led to go to the website for one of them the other day to see if I could cut and paste a very telling cartoon the cartoonist had done on that day.

I was at the garage reading a newspaper they had laid out for the customers, and saw Sally Forth first off.  I will add I have not had a subscription to a newspaper in several years.  Won't start one in the foreseeable future, so I miss the best part each day, the comics.  Well, I admit to being a sports page fiend too.  Particularly so during collegiate football.

However back to my topic.  I looked up the website for that comic strip and scrolled back several days until I saw that particular strip.  I like it so much that I may go ahead and pay for a print.

FINALLY...the point.  I looked at the comments below the strips as I caught up with many I had not seen, and I was amazed at the sheer number/volume of comments written by trolls.  That was what was so amazing.  They, the trolls, knew the characters intimately which shows they read them every day.  Then, they sharpen their knives, get their vitriol and boiling oil ready in buckets...and go to town just eviscerating the cartoonist and his/her work.  What????  You hate it that much?  GO AWAY then.  Don't read it. Have you nothing else to do in each 24 hours than troll the comic strip sites and write as viciously as you are able?

The same went for Crankshaft only worse.  That strip addresses many important things sometimes, in a caring and oftentimes gripping way.  Especially when the writer addressed Alzheimer's.  I didn't know the mean spirit  could be worse.  But it was.  Trolls,  I wonder why are you reading these comics if you hate every frame and word?   So now, I will click "don't show comments" and go on.

Look what's going to happen in close to two weeks.  Poor old University of TN is going to try again to get out of the basement.  I'll be reading the sports and crying no doubt.  XO