Tuesday, October 22, 2019

I'm not sharing!

Someone in Indonesia hacked into my Netflix account during the night and changed the account email address and password. Good grief! I got online this morning with a Netflix chat agent. She changed my email for the account to a different one I use and then I reset with a new password. She also logged the account out of all devices. When I opened Netflix (I guess because I was already logged in) I could see the new email address the hacker had changed it to, but not the password. I tried a copy of the **** password, but of course that didn't work. I was concerned they could maybe get my credit card info off of there (I pay with gift card DD gives me, but still have my cc in there from when I did used to pay for it). It's also ***** and wasn't able to be copied, so I'm hoping the hacker couldn't get that info. I checked the card (it's a debit card with PayPal) and nothing has been charged to it. According to a USA Today article, Netflix "tokenizes" credit card info, so they can't steal that info. Makes you wonder how in the world they can even get into the account to change the login and password in the first place. Probably some data breach where they get a whole bunch of account logins and passwords. ANNOYING!!!!!

The good grapes were on sale at the town grocery store for $1.98/lb so I bought 2 bags, since we're going through them so quickly. We had another "non-dinner" last night. I think all the months of eating light dinners, we got used to and DH and I are ready to incorporate more of those back into our dinners. Plus, like DH said - it's cheaper, haha! I said yes, dinner fixings are where we spend a lot of our grocery dollars.

The guy that did our topsoil screening/placement wants to buy some of our leftovers, LOL. DH said yes, but not today. Not having them come in while it's raining and making a muddy mess. It's supposed to clear/warm up starting a little later today and the rest of this week. Now DH is stressing because he doesn't know how much to say price wise. I said just do a fair price, it's not that hard. Either he wants it or he doesn't. It's not like there is anywhere else to get topsoil in our county! LOL. Apparently they have come to an agreement for $500 for the 2 truck loads he needs. yay! I could tell it was killing DH to have to even discuss price (he'd rather just give it away then discuss money for it!) so he used me as his excuse, that his accountant wife needs to sell it, haha. Plus, they guy said it was for one of his customers (not his personal use) so of course he is making money off it, too.

DH has another small wood scrap burn pile just started burning in his fire pit area. We should be getting down the the last of it all.

I'm continuing with my MTurks quest for $100/week earnings. Sunday was $9 and yesterday was $19. Today is $7 so far, so I'm going to need some more this afternoon to make it to $20 for the day.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Monday mood

I'm trying to get into the Monday mood. I didn't sleep that great last night, compliments of a big dog, who normally doesn't sleep on our bed, LOL. Yesterday DH took the dogs over to a friends, to get some exercise. Well, exercise for the younger dog. The older dog has no intention of exercising, never has, LOL. Friend just got his 20 acre field mowed, so DH took the dogs and the "chuck it" and played fetch with the younger dog, while the older guy sniffed around. Wore out the younger guy and we're hoping this exercise we've been getting him the past week will result in some weight loss.

But, about the time I went to bed DH said the dog was "breathing weird" and he was concerned. I called him into the bedroom and he got up on the bed and snuggled with me and the "weird breathing" didn't last long. I'm guessing he was having reverse sneezing and I'm guessing a result of breathing in all the fresh mown pasture. He was fine after a few minutes, but then decided he's just stay in that spot......until 3am, when I finally made him go lay on the floor next to my bed, where he usually sleeps. Then I couldn't go back to sleep for awhile.

It will be interesting to see how the Canadian Prime minister election turns out today. My half sis lives in Canada. One of her daughters (same age as my dd) apparently isn't too fond of Trudeau, based on her Facebook posts. LOL. I commented on her last one "but, but...Obama endorsed him.." I really know nothing about Canadian politics. U.S. politics are ridiculous enough.

Had a relaxing day, overall, yesterday. Just did some daily chores in the morning. Watched some of the Nascar race with DH, mostly while reading a book. Then I took a short nap and he took the dogs for the exercise. We had a late afternoon snack of nacho's, so we ended up not really having dinner. Later DH had a sandwich and I had some scrambled eggs.

My lunch break today will be a trip into town for a few groceries. Out of milk, ice cream and lettuce. They've also had really good red grapes the last couple of times I've shopped there, so I want more of those, too.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Reading update and Saturday chores

I started reading the recommended Alex Cross series by James Patterson. I read the first, but the second wasn't available yet and then the 3rd one became available, so I read it. Now, I'm about to start the 2nd one, as it popped into my queue last night.

They are ok, but I'm not totally hooked on them. I think that there just isn't enough info about the supporting characters, that are a big part of the main character's life (and of course in every book). Other series books I've read the authors kind of make you feel like you also get to know the supporting characters a little bit better, too. I don't know, I just can't quite put my finger on what it is that I'm not loving this series/character as much as other series books I've read, in similar genres.

We had a spot of heavy wind yesterday afternoon. We didn't realize until last night one of our new patio lounge chairs blew away! DH realized it about 10pm when he took the dogs out the patio door. He went and got a flashlight and found it . It has some mud on the frame and I'll have to check out the rest and see if it got damaged any. I hope not.

I had my best ever day with MTurks yesterday - $38! A $112 week, plus whatever I can eek out of it today to end my "work week". I've been sitting at my desk for more than a half hour this morning and nothin'.

I need to do a bit of house cleaning today. Time to clean bathrooms and dust, at a minimum. And remember to taking something out of the freezer to thaw for dinner......I'm thinking hamburgers tonight. I bought buns, so need to use them before they go bad. I should clean my desk - it's a mess of papers piling up. Not a relaxing feeling at all!

DH has gotten back to making his little video's of the house build, so that's giving him something relaxed to do the past couple of days. He finally got one done of the mason stone work. Then he did a video of the topsoil screening project and then one of putting up the flag pole. His next one will be the sprinkler system, but I think he's waiting to work on that one when then sod gets put in, in about 10 more days. He just likes to do them for himself to watch and have a memory of, and shares with friends and family on his Facebook page.

Our thermostat is connected to the wi-fi and I have an app on my phone where I can adjust the temp in the 3 zones of the house. Only it doesn't seem to work half the time. I'll turn it all down a few degrees when I go to bed, as we like to sleep with it a bit cooler. It will show on my phone that I changed it, but sometimes it doesn't end up changing it at the main thermostat. So, we'll wake up in the middle of the night breathing in warm air and realizing the heat never went down. I need to figure out how to set it on a schedule and have it automatically turn down around 10pm.

I also need to figure out how to get our garage door openers connected to wi-fi and our phones. I tried once, when we were in the shop, but I couldn't figure it out. It can't be that hard to figure out.




Friday, October 18, 2019

Friday Yay

Friday is going good. Even with working on some MTurk stuff, I'm getting lots of regular work done. And I hit upon a $10 MTurk hit just as I was going to take a lunch break, so that was 45 minutes, but during lunch break, so that was good. I'm at $37 today, so I have surpassed my $100 week goal and still have a few hours left in the day to maybe do some more, plus tomorrow. I've been keeping track of my earning from Sun-Sat. Now I've still got 15 minutes of my break to do this blog post.

The weather has been bit all over the place today. Rain, cloudy, then it will turn blue sky, then cloudy again. And very windy off and on. Supposed to have snow again tomorrow.

We are getting a little grass growing, so maybe when spring comes the areas just seeded (that won't be sod) will fill in, I hope. Our neighbors have this little grove of walnut trees (not native to here) they planted a  year or so ago. They looked great all summer and were growing. After we had that snow a couple weeks ago the trees totally lost their leaves and look awful. Poor trees. Supposedly they do lose them in Fall, but neighbors aren't sure if they are ok or not, LOL.

Each morning I keep forgetting to take something out of the freezer for dinner that night. By the time I think of it again, it's afternoon, so I don't take anything out. I don't know why I'm having such a hard time taking something out in the morning! The last 2 nights we had soup and salad. I just took some steaks (thin cut) out and will just have to use the microwave to defrost them when we have dinner in a couple of hours.

DH's woodworker friend is here and DH is trying to help  him figure out an electrical problem friend is having with his truck.

DD's inlaws invited themselves again to stay at their house for a long weekend, starting last night! She wasn't too thrilled, LOL. She just kind of wants to unwind after a long work week and putter around the house, not go looking at properties with them and have to play host for 4 days. Plus they bring their 2 dogs, which just creates chaos with their 2 dogs.

I don't know what we're doing this weekend. Not much of anything I don't think....watch it snow? LOL





Thursday, October 17, 2019

work, work and more work

It's been a productive week, work wise. With all the payroll/HR company changes, all the meetings and trainings for almost 2 months, I've been getting behind on my normal day to day work. Way behind. I just now got June's financial reports done. And I just filed several quarters of city tax returns. Ugh. When we moved our HQ office to another city, our CPA didn't think we'd have to file anything in the old city. But, we still have a small office in that city, but we don't process any sales out of there. It's basically a spot where we have two support staff employees there FT, and it's used as a landing spot when sales people or customers need somewhere to stop and work a bit or pick up samples. There's really no way for me to determine what to report as our sales for that city. Between our CPA and the city, we determined we would use those 2 employees % of our total payroll as a % of our total sales and that's what I'd report. It only ends up to about $200 per quarter, so not much. The kicker is the annual business license for that city. $2400 a year! Just insane how much it keeps going up...it  used to be $190 a year a few years ago.  Anyhow, it felt good to get these to tasks off my to do list.

My boss is going to get some relief soon from some of her responsibilities. She also oversees our inside sales/cust. svc dept, which I know takes a lot of her daily time. They are now putting someone  as a dept manager for this department. I'm sure that will be a huge difference to my boss and her work load. I'm really happy to hear this news. If anyone needs a reduction in their work load, it's her.

Our neighbors are really having trouble with this new dog (3 yr old lab) they got. He's peeing in the house, on the 2 girl dogs, tearing up things in the house. Then he got in a fight with their male dog last week and they had to take him to the vet and he's now wearing a cone. Neighbor told DH he and wife are having a hard time agreeing about this new dog (ie arguing). At least he's not much of a barker. Hopefully, he'll settle in with them soon.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Just another day

The sprinkler system is in, but guy said he can't get the sod for 2 more weeks. This would have been a perfect day to do sod. It's going to be 70 degrees. Our luck, in 2 weeks the ground will be covered in snow. The guy has a big crew and they worked until like 5:30 and got the sprinkler system all in. It's a big cost, but DH can't be trying to drag hoses and sprinklers around all this yard every summer, especially as he gets older. He's done that on our last 2 yards. Our last yard was a tiny yard and it was still a chore.

Towards the end of the day I saw one of the workers standing on our back patio taking a picture of the river :)  Kind of disappointing we aren't going to be able to see instant green areas today.

I've been struggling with MTurks compared to the previous couple of weeks where I was averaging $20 a day. This past week has been about $10-$15. I think Lucy at A Dime at a Time has all the work now! LOL! I still should be happy with what I'm getting, as it's way more than I was doing before.

My DD is so funny. Last time she was here I gave her a set of "fine china" dishes that were still packed in a bin. I think I've used them like 3 times in 20 years. They belonged to my step dad's mom, who apparently had several different sets. It's a huge set. DD was finally unpacking it the other night, as she now has a nice big hutch to put them in. She messages me "who needs 18 teacups?" "I don't even like 18 people!". LOL. I said I don't know why such a big set - I've never even met anyone who had a dining table that could seat that many people!

DH is having stomach/bathroom issues again this morning. When he had it last Friday evening, we had had spaghetti two nights before. Last night we had lasagna. He's now convinced it's related to "pasta or pasta sauce". I'm thinking to myself...ya, cuz it doesn't have anything to do with the bags of candy and chocolate you've been eating since Friday.....(when he bought them at Target).

And he's completely cranky today, also because the sprinkler systems guys didn't do exactly what he told them to do, so now it's created manual labor work for him, related to a drain pipe from our heat pump/condensor. He told them he needed to extend it out, but was waiting on them because he wasn't sure exactly where their lines were going. They said what they were doing wouldn't be in the way, but it is, so now he's having to dig up the whole drain pipe by hand and re-do it. Rather than just saying to them yesterday "DO it the way I SAY", he just lets them do whatever they want and then I have to listen to him complain about it. I really do not get why he can't be more assertive with these contractors. I assumed because he was self employed all those many years, he had that aspect down, but I was never really involved when we was out working/on job sites, etc, so I never saw how he interacted with others. I'm guessing that's why he sucked at being self employed and was never a success, LOL.

At least it's a warm sunny day and he's not having to dig it up out in the rain or cold.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Travel time

I booked my flight to go see my mom. Ugh. Wish I would have realized that one day I was seeing those cheap flights that it was a one day only sale. Now I gotta pay $419 RT. Oh well, I figured it out so I don't need to rent a car or get a motel.

I'm flying in Thursday 10/31 afternoon arrive at 4:30pm. DD can pick me up at the airport after work (she gets off at 2:30 and it's probably at least a 90 minute drive for her to airport) and we can go back to her house. She's going to take Friday off, so Friday morning we will go down to my mom's. She can spend the day with us, too. Then she will drive back to her in-laws (halfway between my mom and her house) where they planned to spend the weekend anyway, as it will be her MIL's birthday. Sunday she'll come back down to my mom's and pick me up and take me back to the airport.

And I'm flying over again mid December. For a work year end meeting/lunch. That one my company is paying for, but I'll get to combine it with a weekend visit with DD and my mom, again. I had emailed my boss the requested dates off for this first trip. She says send me the flight info and she'll book it for me on the company! I said NO, the company is not paying for this (and I already had just booked it)!! I'm not even going to get a minute to stop in and see her, so she's not paying for it, but I'd like to come over for the company meeting/lunch on Dec 13, if they want to pay for that. So, done deal on that, too.  She will pick me up at the airport (like 10 minutes from the office) at 7am. The meeting is at 1pm to 4pm and then DD can pick me up there (not convenient for her to drive, but oh well, LOL).

The yard guys are here today, getting started on the sprinkler system and sod. Yard looks like a big mess again! He says it will take 2 days. He's got quite a big crew. There must be at least 6 guys working here. A bit noisy with the little machine that digs the little ditches for the sprinkler system.

High 60's today, 70 degrees tomorrow - and snow on Saturday. HA!