Monday, March 30, 2020

Lazy Sunday

Saturday night wasn't too bad, considering how some nights have been. I feel asleep on the couch at 8pm. got up at 9pm. Put some more ointment in and went to bed. Set my phone alarm for midnight to add more ointment. At like 10:40 I had an episode of pain, but it only lasted like 5 minutes before it subsided. It did this twice more during the night, but each time was only like 5 minutes. MUCH better than other nights, where it would be like an hour - each time. This morning my eye does feel much less irritated and not bothering me every time I blink. Still very blurry, but at least it's not so uncomfortable. I got up at 7:30 to let the dogs out and feed them. Went back to bed and got up at 9:30 when DH got up. Lots of sleep was good! I made my "view" larger so easier to ready while typing this and reading on computer, a little better.

I made us blueberry muffins for breakfast. DH is now outside replacing parts of the sod the curbing guys had to cut out and some of the leftovers are going into new areas (next to coop/shed). Our neighbor also had some extra sod where they had to cut his grass out some so I think he gave DH his extra.

I've just been watching Blacklist on Netflix on my ipad mini. I'm about halfway through season 3. I also started watching Cheers that is now on Netflix. 11 seasons on that should be something nice to fill in and watch on our tv sometimes, too. That was always a funny show. I miss reading!

yesterday afternoon I made brownies. For dinner was just some pot roast soup (canned) and some mashed potatoes. I use some of the soup broth as gravy. I made DH some strawberry shortcake for dessert.

Friday night DH talked with his buddy on the phone quite awhile. This is the guy that lives about half hour from us and as soon as we started building he just sort of disappeared and hardly contacted DH anymore. DH tried 2-3 times over the course of many months to contact and stay in touch with him. Anyhow, last year he had given dh the referral of the guy who does the lawn curbing, so Friday DH texted buddy and just said thanks for the referral, he did a good job. Buddy texted back a couple of times and then ended up calling DH (at dh's suggestion). They did talk quite awhile, so that was good. It also made DH realize it's not DH who is the problem. Buddy is just not happy with his life, always comparing himself to everyone else, and of course also drinks quite a bit. I'm sure most of his problem with DH is that he's jealous, though why I have no idea. But, at least DH finally seemed to realize it's not him with the problem.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Continued eye problem

While the contact lens over my eye was good and helpful Thursday day, night and half of Friday, by Friday afternoon it felt like I had a piece of fuzz in my eye. I kept putting drops in. Finally, it got a little better and then a couple hours later it was doing it again. I was able to get to sleep and it wasn't bad, but as soon as I got up this morning (to get ready to go see the eye dr) it was so bad.  DH had to drive me in and my eye just watered the whole 45 minute drive. I walked into his office and said you need to get this lens off my eye. He took off the lens and it felt so much better, and better of course because he put a numbing drop in (can he just give me those? LOL)

Anyhow, my eye will just not completely heal for some reason, so he is referring me to a specialist that he says is on call and to call first thing Monday morning and he thinks they should be able to get me in right away. So, for the weekend, I'm back to eye drops and eye ointment. But, honestly, I'd rather deal with the hour of pain during the night when it "sloughs off" the part healing and gives me pain for an hour that what I dealt with last evening and most especially this morning, with that lens in. So far, since I've been home it feel uncomfortable and like it's still scratched/abrasion, but nothing like when that lens was in the last 12 hours.

My mom said my son and his girlfriend went shopping for her this morning and got her milk, cereal, bread, some frozen dinners, etc. I guess she's been having the dining room bring her up soup for dinner but she said last night the soup was awful and too spicy so she called DS to see if he could take her to the store this morning (he lives in her area). I was hoping that he would just do the shopping for her, so she didn't have to leave/get exposure and that's what they did, so that is good. I also told her, I can't imagine her dining room is only serving soup every night! They have quite a menu, so I'd think there would at least be more she could have then soup. She said tonight she was just going to heat up one of the microwave dinners. I said next time she calls down to the dining room to ask them what's available for dinner besides soup! If she tells me it's soup again, I'm going to have to call the place and see what's up with the meals.

I'm not looking forward to another week of not really being able to work. I hope everyone is well and I keep praying for blogger T'Pols mother.

Friday, March 27, 2020

TGIF

Ahh. what a good nights sleep will do. But, getting another one tonight will help even more.  Though when I got up this morning it was a good hour before my eye felt like it didn't have something foreign in it every single time I blinked. I'm sure it's just the contact lens. It's finally feeling better now and so I'm hoping I can at least get most of the day in work wise.

One of our employees complimented our owners/managers in our general team chat on how great it is that they had invested in the technology a couple years ago to have everyone set up to work from home and with everyone having to be at home now, it was just really a seamless transition for us all. Even our receptionist can do the phone system we have from her home and everyone's cell phones are linked to it. We can even transfer calls to each other from our desktop. On Monday we are having a virtual company "town hall" meeting online.

Our shed got all roofed yesterday afternoon, so now it's all dried in. Dh will get started on the siding. Not sure now when the mason will get to come and do the stonework. Starting tomorrow our state is on a stay at home order, like many others. We also had some guys come yesterday (planned quite awhile back) to put some curbing in around parts of our lawn. It looks really nice, and today they are coming back to do our neighbors lawn, as they wanted this done, too.

Since I have to go into the eye dr again tomorrow morning, and since I'll be in  the city, I'm going to stop in to a store and try to get a few groceries. I don't want to stop in, but at some point soon we'll need a few more things. We are about out of milk and I'd like to try and get more eggs. Earlier this week I tried to order like 5 or 6 things from Walmart.com that supposedly were all in stock. They've only shipped one of the items. Everything else is still out of stock/order on hold.

Well, I've managed to work for a few hours, but I can tell my eye is straining and starting to feel again like I've got something in it. I'm going to take a break for an hour or so and hopefully that will help. 

I still  have things to do work wise and personal wise that need to get done. Our company is transitioning 401k companies and I need to register/sign in to the new one, which I haven't done yet because it's too much reading. I need to see if I can get my prescriptions refilled since I doubt I can even get into see the dr for my annual check up. I need to try to submit my eye doctor bills to my health insurance and see if they will cover them. I need to get the census done online, which apparently needs to be done by next Wed. But, right now I'm going to go take a nap.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Eye and shed

ARGHHH. My eye! After the eye dr took off the contact lens Tuesday morning and it was about 80% healed he thought it would heal up the rest on it's own, if I keep drops in all day long and the ointment at night. So, that's what I did Tuesday day and Tuesday night. Yesterday felt much better. I continued with the same treatment all day and at bedtime put in the ointment and set my alarm for 1am to get up and put some more in. At 12:45 my eyelid scraped off the healing part again and instant pain. Pain that lasted a good hour. When it finally calmed down and I could get back to sleep I had then set my alarm for 5am, to add ointment again. At 4:30am it did it all over again. I would have been crying from the pain if my eye hadn't already been pouring tears out of it.

I went back to eye dr again this morning. It actually has healed more than when he looked at it Tuesday. Now there are like 5 small spots still healing, rather than a large area, but my eye just apparently gets too dried out while sleeping, even with the ointment. He put a contact lens back on but felt now it could be left on for 48 hours and is hoping that the little left to heal with now be able to completely heal. Keeping fingers crossed. I am so tired of dealing with than and not getting any sleep.  I had to get payroll done today, so at least after the contact was on and I got back home I was able to do that.

DH did his best to try and smooth things over with woodworker guy, but no go. But not surprising. The guy isn't exactly really friendly anyway, is he? LOL. DH tried to text him Tues night.  Said sorry you are mad, but I really just don't need someone constantly telling me what to do. He had left a couple of his tools here, said he replied was going to have that guy we hired stop by and pick them up. DH said I can run them over to you. Maybe we can talk this out. Nope. Again, DH tried to be reasonable. Then he texted later yesterday morning he was going to come over and pick up his tools. Ok. No, he sends his ex-wife over to get them, LOL. She says he's just an old man, set it his ways. He was just here as a friend, to help. DH told her I'm an old man. I'm 55 years old. I don't need a boss. He wasn't here as a friend - he was here to try to run this project, down to what nail we used.

Like I told DH, that isn't a friend. A friend doesn't spend every minute criticizing everything and bossing you around. When he had asked DH about the shed build a week or two before DH told him - you aren't getting up on that roof. Neither am I. It's too dangerous. (not having a 74 yr old do that kind of work, nor would ever expect him to, friend or no friend). Well, Dh said he could tell that he was upset when Dh told him he was hiring the other guy to do the shed with DH. We are guessing that's part of why he was such a complete jerk to DH and the other guy the whole time he was here "just trying to be a friend and help"

I knew it was bad with this guy (that's why the past couple of months I had just started avoiding visiting with him when he stops by). But, dang - after DH told me all the stuff, the guy literally never let up criticizing and telling DH what and how to do EVERY thing. Here's some other examples of his crap DH was dealing with this "friend". DH is meticulous. His 1999 pick up truck is meticulous. Part of the reason he doesn't drive it  much is because if he does take it out then he feels like he has to wash it before putting it back in the shop. (it has a custom paint job) but with his muscles he doesn't always feel much like spending the time to wash a big F350 truck. One time, while in the shop with DH and criticizing him about it, he said well, there's dust on it and actually wiped his finger across the dust. If you are a show car person you know what that can do to paint......DH was like "hey! knock that shit off!" Who would do that on someone's nice paint job? Now, whenever he's in the shop with DH he pulls out his pocket knife and pretends he's going to gouge the paint. Ha ha. so funny....

Then while they were working on the shed (the shed has our new sod around 3 sides of it) he starts spitting out nails with the nail gun onto the lawn, just for the fun of it, I guess. DH was like "hey, knock it off! I don't want to get a flat tire on my riding mower when I start mowing because of nails in the lawn". DH says you can't patch lawn mower tires, you just end up having to keep airing them up or just replace the tire. Guy thought he was being funny, I guess.  Also, when the sprinkler system guys put in the sprinkler system right before winter they left a whole bunch of little flags everywhere as markers. Some to mark where sprinkler heads are, some for other reasons, probably only known to them LOL. They will be coming back in spring to finish up and get it working. But, DH hasn't touched the little flags. Obviously they put them where they put them for a reason. There was one flag near the corner of the shed. Guy says to DH why is this flag here? there's no sprinkler head.  DH says maybe it got covered up with the sod and they marked it so they know to adjust the sod for it when they come back to finish. I don't know, but they put them there for a reason. Then guy grabs the flag out of the ground and throws it to the side! All because apparently he didn't want to have to walk around it and he didn't see a need for it there. DH walked back over to the flag, picked it up and put it back in the ground where it was and just didn't even respond to guy.

At one point early on the shed building start he says to DH "you're putting a metal roof on this, right?" DH says no.....and the guy goes off on how it needs to be a metal roof, etc. DH says I'm using shingles to match my house and shop. Not to mention I have boxes of shingles leftover that I've already paid for and need to get used up and out of my way. DH said he just would not let up on the metal roof

DH wanted Tyvek put on the wall sheeting, just as an extra layer of protection for the wood. DH also wanted a vapor barrier. Guy first argues with DH that he doesn't need Tyvek. Then he's adamant that the Tyek is also a vapor barrier. DH says no, it's not. Hired guy said no, it's not. Guy would just not be told he was wrong about this. (straight off Dupont's website: Tyvek is not a vapor barrier).



Of course now DH feels bad and is upset all this happened. I'm like why do you even care if you are friends with someone like this? This guy has been a complete jerk to you for quite awhile now. HE owes you an apology, you do not owe him one at all. Gosh, no wonder DH was completely exhausted after those 3-4 days. He just needs to be done with that "friendship". The guy is just a miserable person to be around. He can make nice wood crafts, but as far as personality goes he sucks.

The roofer guy actually showed up like he said he would today, so the roof is getting put on it now. He talked to the mason guy this morning and he will be able to come pretty, soon it sounds like. He's not too busy right now.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The shed part 2

Linda (Practical Parsimony blogger) asked me how DH got rid of woodworker guy. I totally thought I wrote that part out, but apparently not. I think one eye is also leading to half a brain, LOL.

So, when the hired guy (guy in his 30's) showed up on Monday afternoon he and DH got busy working. No woodworker guy and they were both relieved thinking yay, he's not coming today. Nope. He shows up, walks up to stand there watching what they were working on and starts telling them what/how to do it. DH said he turned around and made the time out sign with his hands. Said time out! I don't need 3 bosses on this job. I know what I am doing and I know how to do it. If I didn't have 3 bosses (though the hired guy wasn't acting like that, DH was just trying to refer to all 3 of them) I wouldn't have had to spend 3 hours today fixing that window that was the wrong size (which is pretty hard to do once it's framed in!). We don't need to be told what to do. (DH didn't blame him specifically for the window being wrong.) Woodworker guy turned around and left.  The hired guy was like "good, about time someone said something to him".

It started with the concrete floor to the shed. The concrete guys poured it too late that season and it froze and crumbled and cracked. To fix it, rather than tear it all out and do it over they poured another slab on top. Well, that took away the little 4" concrete "wall" around the perimeter dh wanted. He wanted that because he likes to spray off the concrete flooring with a hose (that's how our shop and house garage are done). Woodworker guy says what's up with this concrete? why'd you do it that way? Dh says I didn't do it that way, the concrete guys messed it up and ended up doing it that way. Then Dh explained what he wanted so he could spray it out to clean the floor. Woodworker then had to go on and on telling DH to just sweep the concrete, that's all he does. (if he couldn't tell by now that DH is a neat freak?.......)

When Dh was starting to move all the lumber needed for framing from inside the garage (he had to pull it out from front garage door and carry it around to the back of the garage, where the shed is being built) woodworker guy starts in on that. He didn't ask either of them to help him with that. Why don't you just lay them across your little garden trailer and haul it back there? So, dh has to explain all that to him. First off there wouldn't be enough room to get it back there between garage and shed with the lumber laying that way across the little trailer. Second off there is no where to turn it around. Third off it's still basically fresh sod (because it got layed right before winter and never got to root in yet) and the frost is still coming up and dh doesn't want to damage the sod with the quad and trailer loaded down with lumber. "Well, you're gonna drive your new lawn tractor over it! it's just as heavy!" Dh says and I won't be driving the lawn tractor over it until after the frost has come up out of the ground......He still wanted to argue with DH about it. DH says I can carry the boards myself. I'm not paying someone $25/hr to haul boards and I can use the exercise. Good grief.

Among the many things woodworker friend questions DH about, last week it was the new (used) lawn tractor. What do you need that for? I have 2 acres of lawn and I use a walk behind mower. Are ya lazy? Again, dh says, well, as I've explained, my muscles can't do a walk behind mower, I get too cramped up, especially for as much lawn as we will have and in summer I usually end up mowing twice a week. Then DH says to him that our whole piece of property is 2 acres and he doubts that woodworker guy has 2 acres of lawn, LOL. Even I can tell that there is no way he has 2 acres of lawn! He does have a fairly large yard, as well as his ex-wife's yard in front and side of her little house. but there is in no way 2 acres of grass there to mow. Maybe a half acre in total at most.

He feels he has to tell DH how to do every thing. Even last fall when we were seeding the part of the lawn we were putting in that wasn't sod. DH is like I know - I've put in many lawns over the years. DH had mentioned to him that someday he hopes to pave our driveway. Guy is like what do you need to do that for? just use this crushed recycled stuff I have in my driveway. DH knows all about that stuff and it's crap material, so dh was standing in the guys driveway trying to explain what this stuff eventually does because it won't bind together. Guy just keeps arguing with dh about. DH finally just says you know, I worked in road construction for 25 years, so I'm not going to use that in my driveway.

Hired guy showed up again yesterday afternoon and they got all done what DH needed him to do. Now we are waiting on roofer (tomorrow I think) and dh will do the siding himself.

That open-ish part on the other end is where the chicken coop part is and will be wired in and a door on the end. The bigger enclosed part is the lawn tractor/garden storage part. DH also has a bunch of tongue and grove boards leftover that he will use up in the soffit area - to match our house and shop.

DH loves to joke around, but rarely ever at anyone else's expense. He usually does it at his own expense. But, this guy just takes it too far. He's obviously mad at DH over this, but just as well. DH doesn't need someone like that as a friend. That's not a friend. That's a bully/control freak.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

It's just a chicken coop

I went back to the eye doctor this morning. He took off the contact lens and my eye is now about 80% healed, so that is good. Since I live so far away and to avoid yet another drive into the city, he thinks that with how far it's progressed, that if I just keep putting drops (he has me now on Thera tears preservative free drops) in every half hour today and then use the ointment tonight, it should be getting all healed in the next day or two. He feels this will be ok, rather than putting another contact lens back on it for another 24 hours. The part that needs to heal, though, is still right over my vision, so it's still somewhat blurry and hard to read, so I am just doing very minimal computer work again today.

DH started on the shed/chicken coop on Saturday. He hired a local guy to help him. This guy basically does construction type jobs on the side, I guess. DH did not want woodworker friend to help, for several reasons. But, somehow he found out DH was starting on it and came over to help anyway (and probably because he knows DH will pay him if he helps)

So, on top of my eye it's been a frustrating 3-4 days because DH is beyond frustrated with woodworker guy. First off he's like 73 years old so DH didn't want him here helping, thinking he needed to be up on roof of shed, etc. Second off, he's EXTREMELY annoying to work with and DH just doesn't have the energy or patience to deal with him right now.

I think the reason he knew Dh was going to be starting on it was that DH posted a picture on Facebook of the roof trusses after they got delivered last week. So, he shows up Friday afternoon and starts in badgering DH about every little thing. Part of it is just his personality - he thinks he's joking/teasing, apparently. He's standing there (nothing had been started yet) and it was a bombardment of "how are you doing this? why are you doing it that way? that's stupid. It's just a chicken coop. You could have had this done in 2 hours. On and on. He basically thinks he's in charge of it all and he's so not.

Saturday later morning the guy we hired to help shows up and he and DH get started but then woodworker guy shows up to help. "No, you need to do it this way!" all day long. They got the second wall built and were trying to get it set (very heavy and tall) and he almost pushed it over on the other guy. DH was yelling at him to STOP! just stop moving it (he was trying to shove it onto the bolts in the floor) or we're gonna get hurt!

Here's what DH is dealing with every minute he's here:
it's just a shed (or it's just a chicken coop) you don't need to use 2x6's.
DH: I have lots of leftover 2x6's from the house build. I'm going to use those up so they are out of my way.
why are you putting stone around the base of it? - it's just a chicken coop!
DH: because I want the outbuilding to match my house and shop and because I have 7 boxes of stone left over. I want to use it up and get it out of my way.
you don't need a vapor barrier 
DH: yes, I do. Not to mention that's how I want it built.


It just goes on and on. He would constantly interrupt the other guy (and DH) to tell them how to do stuff.(this other guy knows what he is doing, too!) Then he tells DH that his girlfriend (he's a 73 year old dating a 40 some year old who is already supposedly married) has extra laying hens. She'll just give me a few of hers. DH tells him he'll have to talk to me. The actual chickens are my department. I happened to go outside later Sunday so he tells me and I say "oh, thanks anyway but I already told my friend I'll will take the 3 extra chicks she has. She's been keeping them for me". Then he goes on and on about well, these are already grown, I won't have to wait 4-6 months to find out one or more of them is a rooster. I finally, said that's ok, I'm good, but thanks anyway and I walked back into the house. DH said all day long DH kept trying to "joke" with him and say "if you are going to be my boss on this job, you're gonna have to pay me more" Hoping he'd get the hint that DH is the one making the decisions on how this is built. At one point dh said he had to get kinda crappy with him and say "stop. I don't care how you did it in Kentucky....I'm building this my way".

The guy we hired to help can't come back until about 4pm Monday (yesterday) because he's working on another job. No problem. Dh goes out to work on what he can. Then he realizes they made the window opening too small. He was so mad. He's paying to have it built and then having to spend 3 hours of his day to re-do it! DH knows it was woodworker guy who messed this up. Hired guy shows up at 4 and no woodworker guy, so dh was like "whew, he's not coming today" and they get busy. The other guy was relieved he wasn't there, too. DH was trying to explain to him that, yes some of the materials are more than necessary, but we're trying to use the leftovers up and also trying to make a really nice outbuilding. DH pointed over to our neighbors million dollar house....."I'm not building a crappy shed and a normal chicken coop". I'm building a very nice garden shed/outbuilding that just happens to have a chicken coop included at the end of it, so it all blends in.

I told DH on Saturday (they only worked like 4 hours on Saturday) to just tell woodworker guy, hey, I love ya but I can't work with ya, so that's why I hired S to help. Nothing personal, I just only need one person helping me. But, no, DH couldn't do that so then he had to deal with all this crap and get himself all upset.

I told DH last night that honestly, the more I've gotten to know the guy the less I can stand to be around him very long. He spends his whole time we are around him putting DH down. Tries to joke, but it's not joking. Then if I'm there he then tries to put dh down and get me involved. "How do you live with this guy? where'd you find him? Why'd you let him do it that way? is he always like this?" He just never lets up. I told DH that's why lately, if he stops by, I just stay in the house or up in my office. I don't feel like listening to him anymore. I get it that he lives on $800 a month social security (plus whatever he earns with his woodworking, etc) but just because there is a way to shortcut everything, there is also a right way if you don't want to short cut. We don't. We want this outbuilding to still be standing strong and looking good 15-20 years from now, not drooping, leaning and rotting because we threw up a cheap shoddy shed. I don't make $800/mo - I make his $800 in 2 working days - I think we can afford to do this so it's strong and structural and looks really nice on our property/in our nice neighborhood.

And of course the whole thing is taking WAY more time to build than DH thought. He figured they'd have it up and ready to roof and stone in 2-3 days. (certainly was going to take more than a couple of hours). Dh decided to see if the guy who roofed our shop and house could swing by and roof it sometime soon. He says he'll come on Thursday and do it for $300.  I'm not sure when the mason/stone guy is coming. DH loves the mason guy. They still keep in touch all the time via text so it will be really good to see him again when he comes.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Ow!

Hey, I'm still here. Sorta sick....but nothing to do with the virus. Awhile back I apparently scratched my eye. It went back and forth a bit, but then felt better. But, it started bothering me again last week. On Thursday I decided to go see the eye doctor. The last time I went for an eye exam and new glasses I went to the optometrist in Costco. I don't have a Costco membership anymore and really didn't want to deal with going to Costco anyway, so I looked online for another eye dr in that area (none in our tiny town, of course). I got in to see one later Thursday morning. He said my eye was scratched and prescribed me a steroid drop to use 4x a day for 4 days.

Nights have been awful. After I've been asleep a few hours my eye dries out and my eyelid was basically rubbing against it and instant pain. After seeing the eye dr on Thursday, Thursday and Friday nights were just as bad, if not worse. I figured at a minimum I needed some type of ointment to put in my eye during the night. I remembered when I had looked them up on their website it said they were open Saturdays, too, so I called first thing Saturday. I was told that starting Monday they were closing for 2 weeks due to the virus and they had no doctor in today (Saturday). I asked if the doctor could at least follow up with me with a phone call? to address an existing condition? Nope!
Wow. I get that they are closing down from seeing patients, but can't even do a phone consult with an exiting patient problem? That's pretty bad.

So, I get online to see if there is some other place open on Saturday morning. I need something to help me. I then notice that the eye doctor I had seen before, for my exam and glasses at Costco, had a different address. He apparently moved out into his own office a few months ago and I didn't not realize this (or I would have called him to begin with). His website also said he's closed now to routine visits but will be seeing emergency care only for a couple hours each morning. I called and he said to come in Saturday morning and he'd see me.

He was so much better than this other doctor! He said that steroid drops were not going to do much for me at all. He did what I kind of figured would happen. Put me on an antibiotic drop (he didn't see an infection, but just wanted to be sure/safe), a day time lubricating drops and then an ointment for night time. Come back in Monday morning. He also took a picture of my eye so he could compare Saturday to Monday and see if it's healing. He also said he may end up putting a contact lens over it, to help it heal, but wanted to make sure I get some antibiotics in my eye a couple of days, first. I had to go to Walgreens and get the prescription and the drops and ointment were a special OTC kind called Muro 128, that apparently only Walgreens carries. They had the ointment, but were out of the drops. The dr. had given me his cell ph# in case I had any issues finding the stuff, so I called him. He said to just use the ointment also during the day as well as at night. He said the ointment was more important and helpful to me at this point, anyway.

Saturday night was a little better, but I still had a point where I guess the ointment dried out enough that it "sloughed off" (as he referred to it) again. Pain. But, at least the pain didn't last as long as the previous nights had. Sunday it felt a little better. And all this time since Thursday my right eye is totally blurry. Can't read anything with it. Last night I decided to set my phone alarm for about every 2 to 2 1/2 hours so I could get up and put some more ointment in it, hoping to avoid the pain if it sloughs off again. (the pain is awful) I made it until about 4:30am (my next alarm time was 5am) and it did it again. I got up, put some more ointment in it and this time the pain only lasted 5-10 minutes, at least. (instead of an hour or more)

I went in to see him again this morning and he compared it to the picture from Saturday and it's has definitely improved, but still needs more to get all the way healed. He put the contact lens on it, so that now should really help let it heal, without my eyelid rubbing on it. I do have to go back again tomorrow morning, so he can take off the contact and take a look at it again. I can already see a little better with the eye today, so that is good, too.

Hopefully it is now heading the the right direction with healing up. At least it feels much better, comfort wise and I am actually glad that other doctor wouldn't follow up with me because I think this doctor is so much better and thorough. I'm glad he's not through Costco anymore and I'll just continue to still see him as my eye doctor going forward.

I've been taking off work since Thursday. It's just too hard to sit at my computer for very long. I did this post in like 3 different sessions. Please excuse any typos (or any more than usual)

Next post..........the shed/chicken coop project.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The new normal

Not much new going on. That unexpected snow melted off quickly and it's sunny out again. DH had to go get a new battery for the riding mower (of course.....) but for a change our local auto parts store had what he needed in stock and he didn't have to go back and pick it up tomorrow. He's going to be a happy camper once he can start mowing. This tractor is like a step up bigger than the one he had at our old house.

I was kind of expecting MTurks to slow down during this crisis with everything closed up, since most of the hits I do are university surveys, but I'm not having any trouble finding hits and making my daily goal (when I attempt it). I'm going to keep taking advantage of earning what I can, while it's available.

I feel tired. Probably just the stress of life now and also worrying about my mom, though she has been much better the past 3 days.  Much less worrying and not asking me the same things every conversation. I keep checking the website of her county's health department every day. Six confirmed cases (out of like 300,000 people) so far, there.

DH and I decided to run into the city and do some shopping and see what we could get. First stop was Target. It was typical busy for mid day, but eerily quiet. It was like everyone was walking around and only talking in hushed tones. Mountain Dew was on sale $3/10.50 so DH got 12, stockup and stock up price. There was a worker in the aisle, so he asked if there was a limit on the soda and there was not. TP aisle completely empty. We stocked up on dog treats, ibuprofen (though that shelf was pretty empty), laundry detergent, chocolate, beef jerky, shaving cream, bar soap, dish soap and cereal.

Then we went over to the grocery store. Busy in there, too. DH took his cart over to the water aisle. It sounds like they had quite a bit and some of the water was stacked on the floor in the middle of the aisle (common). He said he looked all around to see if there was a sign with a limit and couldn't see one, so he took 3 cases of water. He got a few more bags of chips. I took my cart and got more bread (to put in freezer), cheese, lunch meat, chicken breasts, crackers and some fresh fruit and stuff to make strawberry shortcake.  There was no tomato soup in either store. We did find 2 boxes stuffed in the very back of the shelf left of the Crystal Light Tea on the go DH drinks all the time. Amazon did not have them to ship in my subscribe and save order this month. Target didn't have any of that tea flavor either. There were 3 bags of instant mashed potatoes left, so I got those to have on hand. As the cashier is ringing up our stuff, she rings up the 3 waters. A guy comes over to help bag and sees the 3 waters in our cart and says "only limit of 2" and pulls out the extra case, LOL. DH is like "was there a sign? I really looked". So, she had to remove that case of water from our total. Good grief.

We haven't had fast food in months and since it was lunch time and we were both hungry we went through Wendy's drive through. Each got a burger and shared a fries.

Amazon didn't ship 2 of my monthly subscribe and save items. DH's Crystal Light tea packets and my Carnation instant breakfast drink that I usually have for breakfast every morning, are out of stock. Ugh. I supposedly just found both online with Walmart, along with an 8 pack of tomato soup. We'll see. Says they won't get here until April 1st though.....including a case of TP......again, I doubt I'll see any/most of it.

I didn't get a picture, but on the way home, at the ranch down the road from us, it was great to see all the new baby calves with their momma's. At least some things are still normal - like spring time baby calves.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Forging, worrying and mowing

Had to forge my boss's signature on something. Not the first time, LOL. And hey, at least I tell her about it. HAHA.

My mom was a lot better yesterday in the worrying department. She and a few others did go to the store in the morning and she was able to get the items she wanted. She said she wore gloves while out shopping and has been washing her hands like crazy. I talked to her twice yesterday and she was doing well. I also talked to my uncle last night. He is doing well, though not being able to go do all his normal activities is hard for him. He likes to stay busy and active.

The roof trusses for the shed/coop got delivered yesterday. DH went into town to the lumber store to order the rest of what he needs. We like to give the business to our local small town when we can. DH did a double check of what's leftover and realized he has more sheets of osb or whatever it is than he thought and his off the top of his head estimate on what it would all cost at the lumber store was a lot more, so the bill wasn't as bad as I was anticipating. The guy that delivered the trusses (from building supply place in the city) says so far business has not slowed down for them, so that is good to hear. Thankfully DH has quite a bit of what he needs from house build leftovers and it will be good to get that used up and out of the way. Though I guess he never did hear from the guy who he was going to pay to help build it. Typical. DH will plug along with it as best he can I assume and most likely woodworker friend will come over to help once he knows DH is working on it. Though DH didn't really want to ask him to help - he's kinda know it all/bossy and DH isn't in the mood and wants to build it how he wants to build it - not how friend will badger him to do how he thinks it should be done. I think today the lumber will get delivered.

I didn't do any MTurks on Monday, but I did earn a $1 bonus paid Monday. I was just too busy with side job stuff in my spare minutes from regular job. But, Tuesday I managed to do almost double my daily goal, so that works, too.


That lawn tractor DH saw on Marketplace was still available, so he went and got it after dinner last night. He had to drive over an hour to get to it, but worth it. It was such a beautiful sunny day yesterday, so he had a nice drive there, but didn't enjoy the drive back in the dark as always there is deer or elk to watch for. And of course, get a lawn mower and now it's snowing like crazy this morning, LOL. It's sitting in the driveway all covered in snow, haha.  It's a bit older John Deere, but in good shape and comes with various accessories, some kind of good bagging system and also a snow plow attachment that was never used. DH will take good care of it all and it should last us a good long time. We had a used JD lawn tractor at our old house and I don't know why DH sold it with the house! He will have plenty to mow soon, well we hope so. There is still quite a bit of area that we seeded right at the end of fall, if you may recall, so we'll have to see if that ends up coming up and filling in. And the crappy part?! If we need more of the same seed? Nope. The little feed store in the next town over, that we got it from, just closed down last month. It was some proprietary blend they ordered, I guess. Ugh. That's where trying to support local small business's bites you in the butt, eh? Oh well, we'll just have mismatched lawn, I guess.

After he picked the lawn tractor up from the guy he stopped at Lowe's (at like 9pm) because he is really in need of a couple of taller ladders. He only has a 6ft one and that is not cutting it for a lot of stuff around here. Even to just get up to our gutters. So, since he had the trailer (borrowed from friend) behind him he stopped and got a 10 ft ladder and an 8 ft ladder.  Expensive things, but the 8 ft one was on sale, at least.

Our receptionist at work has some free time on her hands so my boss is going to have her help me out with some stuff. I can show her how to do the tasks by getting on the phone with her and sharing my screen via Microsoft Teams. We sure have gotten use out of that program, since we started using it. So handy.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Just in limbo all around

If DH and I didn't watch news, we'd probably be pretty clueless on all that's going on. That's how much we just stay home on a regular basis. Of course, that is until we tried to go shopping, I guess. One Facebook friend (not living in my area) reminded people they could make their own bread. Several of her friends told her their stores are wiped out of yeast, flour and sugar.

My mom has been watching the news, so of course the media has her convinced she'll probably get it. I keep reminding her that there are only 4 cases of it in her county of approx. 300,000 folks. We seem to have the same conversation every evening (because she's just been watching the news) where she asks me the same questions about it and makes the same comments about it. She says if she gets it at least it seems to be quick and she's lived a good long life at almost 80. I keep reminding her that there are only 4 cases of it in her county of approx. 300,000 folks. Then she'll mention she hopes that the place she is living at doesn't run out of food (since they supply all the meals), but they haven't said anything, so she guesses it's ok. But she hopes they will say something, if they do. Then she will comment she wonders if they will have to start bringing the meals to people's apartments. I said well, if someone comes down with it or exposed, then they might have to do that.  I said I'm sure they are monitoring it all very closely, since all the people that live there are elderly. I guess she is going to Safeway this morning with the shuttle bus. She said she's wearing gloves, going to try to get milk and things she can eat/make in her apartment, so she doesn't have to go downstairs and eat for awhile. I'm going to give her a call here in a little bit and see if she did go shopping and if she was able to get anything.

My side job boss lady (she's the owners wife and she does all the bill pay and banking stuff) said she will tell her husband he needs to review my pay and after 5 years she'd say it's time! She emailed me back this morning that she didn't want me to think she ignored my request, but is waiting for now to bring this up to her hubby, as he's been in a terrible mood now with all this upheaval in the world, so she said after 30 years of marriage she knows when is a good time to approach him and not. I said I understand and appreciated her keeping me updated. So, nothing happening with that any time soon, I am sure. Bummer.

One of my work programs froze up and now won't open, so I'm waiting on a call from IT....always something causing a headache.






Monday, March 16, 2020

The money edition

Since DH and I are pretty much home bodies, we don't come into contact with others much. Dh does have to go do a bank deposit in town today. He likes to go inside. I told him to use the drive thru window this time. His inheritance check came from his dad's will. It was more than expected, so that was a nice surprise. We have a few things we want to use it for. #1 being having the fence put up. We already have all the materials, just need to pay for the labor to put it up. The other item is a riding lawn mower/tractor. One that can double as a snow plow in winter. He's found one last week, used, on craigslist, so we are hoping it's still available. A huge savings compared to new. The fencing will sure help with the neighbor dogs, especially as now the weather is getting nicer and they will probably be let out of their kennel much more often.  And we won't have to worry about our dogs wandering over there, when we let them out. They don't usually go over there, unless one of them is outside, then of course they want to go say hello.

Speaking of neighbor - he's going to be doing the Census taking as another one of his side jobs. DH said he turned the corner into town going to the bank and neighbor was just getting out of his car at the little dog grooming place. DH had our dogs with him. DH stops and says "hey, you gotta count dogs, too?!" Neighbor says yep - what you got in the car? males or females? LOL. DH said he joked "I ain't telling the gov't how many dogs I have" and rolled up the window pulling away. Neighbor yelled as he was driving away...I'll find you. I know where you live! LOL

I'm waiting for a call from my side jobs lender they are working with on possibly purchasing a building, rather than renting their office. They need me to explain their accounts receivables, which no lender ever seems to understand the manufacturer's rep business model. I'm not looking forward to the call, but I told my boss lady (owners wife, who is technically their CFO, yet she has no background in accounting, so she doesn't know how to communicate the info to the lender) I'll do my best to explain it to him. Then I emailed my boss on my full time job, because I know she's had to explain this exact same thing to lenders over the years and I wanted some advice on how best it's explained. She basically told me all I was thinking to say anyway, so I guess I do kinda know what I'm doing, LOL. She also said that is why we have such a long/strong relationship with our personal banker, because then she doesn't have to explain it anymore because he's been with us so long now, he understands how it works. I'm also guessing lenders are pretty nervous now about lending......

DH's brother said he was grocery shopping in the city today (or maybe it was yesterday) said it's bad. Stuff cleared out of shelves. Joked with DH he's coming to get my supply of spaghetti noodles, LOL.

My mom cannot remember that her rent deposit and move in fee for her new apartment was paid with her credit card. Every 2-3 days she asks me about a large charge on her card (that she can see when she logs into her bank) and after I tell her she say "oh ya, that's right". And now worrying about Covid19 sure isn't helping her any. When I was talking to her yesterday she thought she was still getting free rent where she is. She did get like first 3 months free, but she's been paying since then. The last check she wrote was 2 weeks ago for about $3550, but she doesn't remember that now. I told her no, you've been paying rent the past few months and writing checks. So, that seems to be slipping from her now, too. I can't wait to get her over here and be done with all this stress. I know there will still be stress with her and her failing memory, but at least I'll be right by to deal with it.

Ok.........well I just pulled the trigger and sent my side job boss lady an email to ask for an increase in my monthly amount they pay me. It's been 2015 since I last had an increase from them. I didn't ask for a specific amount. We were talking salary in general in an email, so I figured this was a good time to bring it up. I guess the worse they can do is say no, right? They have me pretty dang cheap, so I hope they realize that. Now waiting....LOL

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Where's spring?

Yesterday I was outside with the dogs over on the next lot and was excited to see the buds of the wildflowers that will soon carpet the ground.
This morning it's all covered in snow, LOL. It's supposed to snow most of the day, but I don't think it will stick around long, as by mid week temps will be back up into the 50's.

We keep watching the bald eagles nest through the binoculars. I read that they usually lay a "clutch" of 2 eggs, but sometimes up to 4 and take 35-40 days to incubate.  I'm not sure how long it's been. We noticed her sitting there all the time now about a week or so ago. then the eaglets stay in the nest 10-12 weeks. Once they are hatched we probably won't be able to see them for awhile, because the nest is huge and deep, but we will probably know because momma eagle will finally get to get out of the nest more often.

I've been waiting until the weather warms up before I list my old tv stand/cabinet on marketplace. I figured the better the roads are the more chance more people will be interested in it. Guess, I'll be waiting a bit longer still.

All this Corona virus stuff and the effects it's been having sure are crazy. It's interesting to watch how some people behave. I see some friends and family (who are smack dab in the middle of the highest outbreak area in the US) just working from and staying home as much as possible. I see others are going out to eat, going to the mall, etc. DH's sis is going all out with being with groups of people. In fact one of her daughters, her boyfriend, and their new baby actually just flew to visit them. She, her dh and their other DD, who has 2 little ones, are all busy going out to eat and/or having a big dinner with lots of friends and family. Probably something I'd just avoid right now, better safe than sorry. But, this is the same sis of DH's who couldn't put her social life on hold a few weeks to just stay home and take care of their dad when he was very near the end. Going out to a high school basketball game (that she has zero family or friends playing in) was more important than just staying home and making sure he was fed dinner (she made him order his own pizza and he could barely breath) and being taken care of. DH was so mad when he talked to his dad that evening and he told him what she did (he died not long after). If we had had our house done and weren't living in the shop DH would have gotten in the car and drove the 6 1/2 hours to go get him and bring him here, right then.

Well, looks to be a quiet relaxing day ahead with just watching it snow. I now have a couple of ebooks to read and shows to watch, so I'll be good.

Friday, March 13, 2020

TGIF

Well, speak of the devil. DH's sis group texted the brothers yesterday afternoon and said she mailed out the inheritance payments. DH is such a dork - he actually thought it would come in today's mail. I guess because she ended her text to them with "Happy Friday" (on a Thursday) he thought that meant she sent them to arrive today. haha. I'm like there is no way she mailed them overnight and it might get here Saturday, but most likely Monday (I know how long it takes to mail stuff since I do it for work all the time). Sure enough, the USPS informed delivery shows Monday. Or she's dumb enough to think it only takes mail one day to get 2 states away. LOL.

I was reading a friend's Facebook post that they canceled their vacation to Hawaii they were supposed to go on in a few days. One of their friends says "oh no, why? what happened?". I'm thinking what - do you live under a rock?!!

In a matter of hours yesterday my company went from you can work from home if you like, to everyone is working from home now, at least through next week.  DD can't find her thermometer (pretty sure we got her one when she went to college) and said when she was at Target last night they were sold out. She tried online but Amazon wants like $75 (I think for ear thermometer type) and 2-3 weeks delivery. She's going to try RiteAid nearby her. I told her I have an extra digital oral thermometer I can mail her if she can't find one.

We are supposed to get 4-6 inches of snow starting an hour ago, but I see on the weather app it keeps getting pushed out an hour or two.

It's my half work Friday. I'm still working doing a bit for my side job.......but I feel a nap coming on this afternoon. In fact, with the cold and snow I see a lazy weekend ahead. When I was out with the dogs this morning I saw the buds of the wild yellow flower that bloom around here in the spring on the vacant lot next to us. Spring is trying to get here.  The momma bald eagle still sits in her nest all the time now. Yesterday afternoon I spotted pappa eagle sitting on a branch of their big nest just up above her. I wish I could get a good picture but it's too far away. I see they make telescopes you can attach your phone to and take pictures. I might have to get DH one of those some day....maybe as a birthday gift this summer.












Thursday, March 12, 2020

Thursday Update

Well, as expected, no TP with my Walmart pick up order. It's not like we are out, and I always have tried to keep ahead of the supply and usually pick up a case every other grocery trip or so.  It would appear we have plenty of tp....enough for months....but DH literally goes through almost a big roll A DAY. I have $12 on a Target gift card. I ordered a case online, along with some tissues, as I'm getting low. We'll see, but that will probably get back ordered, I'm guessing. Other stuff Walmart had to substitute was kitchen garbage bags and water. I usually get Walmart brand cases of water and they substituted Dasani. You'd think that people would be stocking up on milk, bread and eggs.

We also stopped at the building supply place and paid for our shed trusses that will be delivered next week. It was only $60 to deliver and being's it's 100 miles round dtrip for them to deliver, we thought that was pretty cheap and way easier then DH trying to figure out how to get them loaded and tied down on his flatbed car trailer. Then we stopped in at our HVAC guys office and picked up 2 furnace filters. DH had changed them last daylight savings clock change and put date of Nov 1 on it. Then he just went to replace and see's it's only been a little over 4 months. I guess DST isn't every 6 months.


My boss just sent out an email letting everyone know they can work from home, if they want/need to. DD's office has been working from home this week. DD's husbands job isn't the kind he can work from home and it's also just been reported that their company put on a hiring freeze and his job is to train new hires in a certain aspect of production. Hopefully he won't be laid off.

The colder winter weather has returned. It snowed a little bit last evening, but nothing stuck, though I just looked out my office window across to the higher mountains and see fresh snow up there now.  I just went out to the mailbox this morning and it's only like 23 degrees. They are predicting 4-6 inches of snow this weekend in our area and 8 degrees for a low on Saturday. This is exactly why I am waiting until the end of April to move my mom, because my luck I would have picked this weekend to be moving/traveling.

Even though I have told my mom several times since Friday, that I paid her new rent/one time move in fee on her credit card and how much, she called me yesterday because she didn't know what that large charge on her credit card was when she looked at her bank account online. At least she called me to check on it, rather than thinking it's fraud and trying to cancel, like she did with a charge last August. I also see while she was online yesterday evening, some spam must have slipped through during the rest of the day and she replied to some spam email to unsubscribe her so now her in box is filled with "mailer daemon" emails. Ugh. Of course, they will keep coming now for a while.

I took a break from M-Turks yesterday. That doesn't help me get to my goal, obviously, but some days I just can't do them, mentally. Plus, I was doing payroll in the morning, then took a long lunch to go to the city and then was busy working the rest of the afternoon. Plus I had a headache. I'll try to get back into it today. I'm at $16 so far, so I made up for yesterday. There was one HIT I was taking a survey about the Corona Virus and several times the survey said approximately 500 people in the US have died from it. At the end of many surveys are usually a place to type in any comments you may have about the survey. I never leave comments, as most are low paying enough that I'm not putting any more time into them to leave a comment. I just typed "there have not been 500 deaths in the US". I was kind of surprised to just get an email from the hit requestor saying they are apologizing for an error in their survey, they meant to say there have been <50 deaths.

DH is still waiting on the inheritance from his dad's will. His sister group texted him and his brothers like a good 10 days ago that the checks were being sent out last week or maybe early this week. Still nothing and like his brother said "is it that hard for her to keep them informed, like "hey, the checks got mailed today". Older brother had same thoughts as DH...the only way she is going to share even one bit of info is if she absolutely has to or if they ask, and then it's more likely she'd just ignore the question. He's like DH - not even bothering to ask her anything about it, at all. No one (but her of course) even knows how much there is being split between the 4 of them. (the other sister was left out of the will).

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Wednesday whining

NOPE. Couldn't do payroll yesterday. Gee........what a surprise.....This is the stupidest process I have ever dealt with. And this is a HUGE national payroll company. A half hour before the end of my work day yesterday I emailed my boss and said "I give up". I know a few weeks ago she had emailed the head person in charge of our account (not the payroll advisor I work with) that we really need to get this figured out how to get it to go smoother. I was cc'd but never saw a reply, if there was one. I guess my boss emailed her again about it yesterday and she finally replied she will look into it.

I was able to get it done this morning (it's a date glitch thing to do with our end of payroll cycle falling on a weekend). It's still a stupid and partially manual process. For example, if someone is coded in the system as a day off with out pay, it will not automatically adjust their pay for that day. i have to manually calculate how much the day without pay is and manually adjust it. If I had not gone through every single employee's "Timecard" (salary have them too, they just don't have to clock in and out) I would not have noticed the one person with the one day of "leave without pay". It's a time consuming process just to got through 57 employees timecards. I can't imagine having to do it if you have hundreds of employees. If I had not caught that, then she would have been paid her full salary, in error.  Not to mention I see this employee (besides the owners and managers) is the only one who has received a raise so far. Must be nice...........

I have a friend who is vegan...or a vegetarian....honestly, I don't really know the difference or really care, LOL. But, she likes crafts and recently posted a picture of some Easter egg decorating she did and in her post she said "these aren't real eggs, no chickens or chicks were harmed in the making of these eggs LOL". Good grief. Chickens lay eggs. What the heck are people supposed to do with eggs that chickens lay? Just do away with chickens then? I don't get it...........LOL

Last night DH said in his chats with his older brother that brother mentioned he'd like to get together with both of us someday to "discuss their sister". I laughed and told DH "I don't NEED to discuss their sister".  It's not that I don't WANT to discuss her........I have no NEED to discuss her. She is ancient history and irrelevant to me.  She and her DH can continue to pretend to be people they are not. Eventually, they will have to answer for what they did (and apparently we aren't the only ones they'll have to answer for) and they will be living with that for eternity. Works for me. In the meantime she can sit by her swimming pool surrounded by the literal junk yard her DH turned their property into, LOL.

I'm taking a long lunch break today and we are going to pick up my Walmart grocery order. Will there or won't there be toilet paper? LOL. We also have to make a quick stop into the Building Supply center and drop off a check for a few roof trusses DH is having them make for the shed/chicken coop.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Tuesday this and that

I'm trying to get a grocery order in for Walmart pick up tomorrow. It's been almost 3 weeks since my last trip and the cupboards are looking bare. I know last time I ordered a 15 oz tub of margarine. But it was not in my last order or on my receipt. I had to buy a different brand at our local grocery, as we of course ran out, as I expected. That's why I ordered it. I know I did. I make a list and I check the items off as I add them to the online cart.

So, last night I'm adding my things. I added margarine. This morning I'm adding a few more things and checking off my list, again. No margarine, again. What in the world. Well, it appears that I click on add to cart and for a second it adds it, then the message changes to "sorry, something went wrong". So, this time I ordered the big tub of it. That'll last a long time, LOL.  We have plenty of toilet paper, but DH said try to get some anyway (who knows how much more the media will incite the panic). Supposedly, they have the kind we use is in stock. I won't be surprised to get my email tomorrow, saying the order is ready and they are out of stock with it. I'm not going nuts, just one case/package, LOL. (usually I will buy 2 at a time)

Today is payroll processing day. Keeping my fingers crossed it will go well again, like the last one finally did. I'm just waiting on my boss to reply to an email to clarify a couple of people who show their PTO days as "pending" and not approved yet, though one's date is last week, so obviously not pending, LOL. It's always something though, holding me up from getting it done. This time it appears my boss isn't in the office yet, or if she is, she's in a meeting and not available to answer my email.

I'm in one of my lull's with no books to read. I hate that. I have like like 8 ebooks on hold, waiting my turn. And every time someone, who reads my blog, kindly gives me a book suggestion (like the one recently about Alzheimer's), I look it up and it's not available from my library. Frustrating. But, I just remembered about my Amazon Prime First Reads of one free book per month from a choice of several. I hadn't gotten one yet this month. I just finished last month's choice, which was pretty good.  This one I just picked is a science fiction one. Something to read, at least.

I  had a good MTurks earning day yesterday at over $16, so double my goal for the day.

So, when DH went to help woodworker friend with the 2 log beds he made he went with him to deliver them. It's to a nearby couple who just bought a place, basically straight across the river from us, but about halfway up the mountain on the other side. House with LOTS of acres, like they own most of that mountain. He said they seemed pretty nice and were about our age. And get this......that dang cell phone tower that had/has DH so mad...well, it sounds like that guy is even madder than my DH, if that is possible. Where they are up higher they also have a direct line sight to it....red blinking light all night long. He has gone so far as to complain to every one he can think to about it - even the FAA - he wants them to put up some kind shield or something to help block out the blinking light from certain angles (like at same level or lower like we can see). The lights are there for the planes. I wonder if he'll have any luck with that. But, DH said it was just good to know he's not the only one who's really mad over it. These people just bought their place in December and said literally a week after they closed on the place, that cell tower went up. He said he wouldn't have bought it if he knew it was going to be there.

I'm tired. It always takes me several days to adjust to the spring time change and really getting up an hour earlier now than the clock says it now is. Even the dogs weren't ready to get up these past 2  mornings. DH didn't even realize until halfway through Sunday the clocks even got changed, LOL.

Dinner last night was some more leftovers. I have some more of that "taco soup" left in the freezer. I don't have any sour cream to drop on top, but that's ok. I'm also made some corn bread to go with it. We still had shredded cheese to put on it and Frito scoops to eat it with, too.

I ended up talking to my mom a couple of times yesterday. She wanted to verify the dates I'm coming over when we move her and what nights she needed to see if her place has the guest apartment available to rent. They do and then she called me back to tell me. Twice yesterday she again asked me about her health insurance. I think I must have answered this 100 times in the past couple of months. I even wrote down a list of things/answers to things she keeps forgetting/asking me about. I emailed it to DD, she printed it out and took it to my mom when she visited. I had hoped having this list sitting on her desk or table might help her when she's wondering about this stuff. But, I guess not, LOL


Monday, March 9, 2020

Monday mood

DD was able to help my mom with quite a bit yesterday. She got there at 10am and she was up and ready. DD had brought a few empty boxes for her. They also went through some of her linens and DD said got 2 big bags full to go to Goodwill. She also got some dishes she doesn't use put in a box to get rid of. Her stamps were right in her desk drawer, LOL. The document to have her investment account change the phone numbers got signed and in the mail.

Her meds are still a struggle. She's apparently not using the pill box anymore (even though every weekend when I ask her if she got her pill box filled up for the week, she either says yes, or I'm about to do that) as she says she remembers to take them because she has a note in her kitchen. So, I will have to talk to her AGAIN about that today. I'm going to tell her she has to use it. That is the only way we know if she's remembering to take (or not accidentally take twice because she forgot) and if she's not I'm going to have to hire someone to come in and do it for her. DD got her box filled up and her refill of one medication that needs to be split in half all split up.  I'm sure she is remembering most days, but.......Six more weeks and it won't be an issue anymore.......

They had lunch and a little after DD said she could tell she was getting tired (so more forgetting) so she took the stuff for Goodwill for her. I talked to her just after dinner time and while she sounded good I could tell she was a bit tired from the busy day and she asked me if she needed to send me a check for her new apartment and I had to tell her again that it was done on Friday and put on her credit card, so she doesn't need to mail a check. I'm having a hard time explaining to her that the lease is actually starting on 3/31, so she's paying a few weeks extra, but it's actually saving her money because if she started her lease in March, she will save $200/mo and save $2250 in the one time move in fee. That is more savings than the cost of the extra 3 weeks of rent for April. I keep trying to just leave it as basic of explanation as possible, but I'm a detail person so it's hard for me to do that sometimes! I'm sure she'll be much better today, she usually is after a nights sleep. Between the rent/lease on new apartment getting taken care of and getting rid of that extra stuff she's been worrying about the past few weeks, maybe she can have a bit less to worry about the next few weeks.

DH got up at a reasonable hour this morning, finally. He's been getting to bed later and later (and the sleeping in later and later), spending half the night messaging with his brother or sharing old pictures, etc. But, woodworker friend needed some help moving/loading some log beds he made for someone. It's good for him to get out of the house and do something, too. He needs to get his mind off his brother for half a minute. I'm am sick to death of hearing about DH's older brother. Who cares that he has pictures (most likely given to him by their mom, who was a scatterbrained mess) that were DH's pictures he took as a teenager (of cars, of course, LOL). DH is also the type of person who has to analyze everything someone says or does. It can get exhausting to listen to. I'm am sick to death of hearing about DH's older brother. Who cares that he has pictures (most likely given to him by their mom, who was a scatterbrained mess) that were DH's pictures he took as a teenager (of cars, of course, LOL). When DH visited him a few weeks ago he gave DH a couple of old photo albums to look through, but to be returned to brother. DH was messaging him some old photos he has and brother was asking how he got them on computer and DH said with a scanner. Brother said he wished he had one to do that with his old photos. DH offered to scan these old photos from the photo albums before he returns it. So, I hooked up our old printer/scanner on  his desk. It's old. It's slow. I warned DH it wouldn't be a fun process with that many photos, LOL. He did a bunch, but decided he wasn't doing any more. The pictures are so old and so stuck in the photo album he's worried he'll damage them and some already have torn edges. He told brother if they want to remove them from the albums he will scan them but he doesn't want to be responsible for possibly damaging any of their photos.

It's a pretty day out. I've probably mentioned this before but we have a bald eagles nest with a pair of eagles across the river and down a bit. We can see it from one of our windows. It's far away but enough that with our naked eye we can tell if one or both is in the nest with the white head. Usually they are not even in the nest. We see them more often just flying around. But, the female must have an egg(s) as she's been sitting in her nest all day for days now. We have a pair of binoculars but they are old and crappy so they really don't help much to see the nest better. Plus, when I try to look through them I can never seem to keep them stable, haha. We need to get a telescope that sits on a stand ;)

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Lazy Sunday

Yesterday was a typical Saturday. I spent the morning doing house cleaning chores. Sat down with a cup of tea and my mom called. She sounded better than most of the days this past week. She told me DD was visiting her and she remembered what time. DD is also bringing a few boxes with her, so that will give mom something to do with getting some things packed into them. I also told DD to take a look at her printer and see if she can get it working. I told her not to spend too much time on it, but if it's just something as simple as it needs to be connected to her computer, LOL.

The guy who was supposed to help (for pay) DH get started on the shed/chicken coop this weekend was a no show and no call. I knew he would do that. He's never been very reliable, as all the workers around here. It's a great weekend weather wise for doing some outside work. Frustrating. So, DH did absolutely nothing yesterday. I'm probably going to have to tell my friend, who has the few extra chicks, that she'll have to find another home for them. And just as I typed this she texted me about the chicks, LOL.

Another thing I did was research how often we should be flushing out our gas tankless water heaters. The plumber told us twice a year. The propane/gas guy said once a year. So, DH tells me to do some online research (like he doesn't have enough time on his hands to do it?? rolling eyes). So, it was kind of 60/40 in what I found. The mfg website said once a year, unless you have hard water (we do). Two plumber guy websites said once a year is ok with hard water. One of the guys said he has hard water and a big family using it and he does it once a year. He said if you have hard water and only one or two people using it, then could go every 2 years. So, instead of doing it every 6 months, DH decided he'll do it annually. It's just flushing them with vinegar, but I'm sure once a year is fine. The one heater is out in the shop and hardly gets used much now. The other is in the house and only serves our master bathroom/shower.

I think I'm going to buy one of those water testing kits to see how "good" our well water is for drinking, or if we should be having a filter. I think it's probably fine. I think the house does actually have a filter on it, where the shop didn't. When we lived in the shop the water quickly leaves the toilet and urinal some yellow/orange residue on it. I was always having to clean. I also noticed, when I used to have to wash our dishes in the shop, it almost had a tiny bit of a slimy feel to it. We haven't had that issue in the house at all, thank God. I would have found that extremely annoying.

In the afternoon I made a yellow cake with chocolate frosting. They really need to make the frosting containers just a bit bigger. I had another container but I didn't want to open it for just a little bit more and then end up wasting the rest, so I spread it thin as possible to make it fit. Most of the time I just use two, but it's such a waste. I should just find a recipe and make my own frosting, I suppose.

I had some leftover cheesy bacon hashbrown casserole in the fridge. We already had leftovers of it the second night, but DH noticed some still in the fridge, so he asked for it again last night. That was a great use of that one meal! 3 dinners. He rarely eats leftovers, but for some reason these shredded hashbrowns I got at Walmart were really good. Kind of a thicker shred.

I don't know what I'm doing today. Trying to work on some MTurks while I'm sitting here at my computer. $6.70 so far. I just realized I didn't charge up my phone and it's almost dead. Better get it charged because I'm sure once DD gets to grandma's she's going to call or text with a question on something to do with Grandma.

I was just outside walking around with the dogs this morning. Still cold at 36 degrees, but sunny and I could hear birds chirping, so they are coming back now. I am ready for spring.



Saturday, March 7, 2020

Checking off the to do list

The new senior living place is making life easy on me (and therefore my mom) on getting this all taken care of. First off, since I have DPOA I can sign everything. I just signed and emailed back a background check authorization. She quickly ran that and then a little later emailed me the rental agreement via Docusign. She also said I can pay this first months rent, move in fee, and $50 background check fee with a credit card, so I will do that with my mom's card. That will make it much easier than trying to explain numerous times to my mom that I need her to write out a check and mail it to me. I'm sure she would have asked me several times how much it needs to be for before she actually got it in the mail. Then she'd be asking me if she sent it or not. Plus, they require renters insurance and will add it on for $11/mo, unless you want to get your own policy. My mom actually just told me her own policy she has now is $150/year so I am just going to have them add the $11/mo to her rent and be done with it. One less thing for me to do/get taken care of.

I was messaging DD that I didn't realize it was clock change weekend. She said that is one of the reasons she decided to go see Grandma on Sunday....so she could change her digital clock/calendar. I said "ohhhhh....so smart you are!"  DD totally understands that overwhelming Grandma makes her more forgetful, while I'm sure my uncle doesn't quite get this causes it. I know every time my SB tried to "help" her he actually made things harder for her in most instances. I think her BF had that effect a lot, too. Especially because from what I saw I don't think he was very patient with her, which probably made her more forgetful and confused. Then his answer was just to have SB take over for her, and he just added to it.

It's an almost spring day here. Sunny and 55 degrees.

Okie dokie - I got mom's rent agreement signed and got her initial payment put on her credit card. Yay! Nice to get things checked off and done. Mom seemed better yesterday when I called her. She was going to go down to "Happy Hour" in the pub downstairs and have hors d'oeuvres and mingle, so that is good. She also had the idea herself that I could possibly stay in the guest apartment her place now has to rent out for resident's guests, so she is going to see if it's available. That was a good idea. A little cheaper than the nearby hotel and more convenient. 

I'm still waiting for DH to "get over" the older brother communications. I can see it starting to have problems already, so it's only a matter of time, I'm sure. DH is one of those types of people who gets all gung ho over a new friendship but then quickly has his rose colored glasses removed. Older brother will bring up childhood/family stuff and give his opinion, but if DH tries to give his opinion brother brushes him off (or at least that's how DH takes it). Both like cars, classic cars, etc, so if they aren't talking family crap they are talking cars....which has been extremely annoying to me because now that's about all DH thinks about and how he would like this car or that old truck. Blah blah blah blah blah. And when DH gets it in his mindset he thinks he wants/needs/deserves something that's all I'm going to hear about for quite awhile now. Mostly I just half listen and tune him out, haha.

Friday, March 6, 2020

I'm ready for this week to be over

This morning's continued computer problems fun is my scanner won't scan. I have one of these nifty little "ScanSnap" devices. The past several times I have used it, it has been having a hard time scanning the paper through. I set the paper in the feed and push the button and nothing happens until I've taken the paper in and out and tried several times and then suddenly it will work.

Now it's plugged into my new computer and I go to use it this morning and same thing, only still nothing after several tries. Wouldn't you know it - when I need to scan something with my signature and get it emailed off.

My mom is really having a hard time remembering and I'm sure it's just because she's got way too much on her mind with this move and then of course it didn't help with me trying to get tax forms and then trying to get her to print out something. And of course I'm also wondering if she is remembering to take all her meds every day. I've been having to remind her over and over that things she keeps bringing up have already been taken care of or I have figured out what to do when the time comes. Her health insurance change for example. She asks me about that every few days. Then she knew she didn't have enough left in her checking to send this new rent and move in fee and that she will have to transfer from savings and asks me if she can do that over the phone. I told her I can just do it online with her bank account for her.


And she keeps worrying about a few extra dishes she has realized she doesn't use now that she is living in this type of place and doesn't cook or eat many meals at her apartment. She wants to give them away so she doesn't have to move them. I keep telling her just set them aside and DD will take them to Goodwill for her or when I come a couple days before her move, I will run them over to Goodwill. I'm sure she's just overloading her brain thinking (and forgetting) about all these things and not being able to remember whats what. Having DD see her on Sunday will be very helpful at this time. Especially to make sure her meds are being taken and in her pill box. I'm also hoping maybe she can do a quick look through some of her desk papers and just file away those that she doesn't need to keep wondering about. It must be awful to not be able to remember what's going on. The hard part is she will ask me a legitimate question (like when do I need to send a check over for the first months rent and move in fee) and I have to tell her I'm working the details out with the place and I'll let her know when she needs to send it. But, then the next time she talks to me she can't remember I told her that, so she asks again.

My uncle keeps calling DD. I think because she and her DH will be hauling her stuff over here. DD told him we're just going to hire some help to move the heavy items. Last night he tells her not to hire anyone, he'll be there that day to help load up. Ya...not counting on that at all. Like DD says we'll rely on him and then be stuck there trying to do it ourselves because he always has an excuse and changes his mind. Just like when I and DD last visited her for that weekend in December. He knew for a month we were going to see her and kept saying he was going to come up that Saturday and see her (he still has not even been to her new place) and have lunch with us. Then 2 days before it changed to "hey, do you just want to meet me for breakfast half way?" Ok, sure. Then as I'm literally driving to where we were to meet he calls and says his truck is acting funny - can we drive 30 miles farther and meet him (by then we were practically to his place!). I am not counting on him being there to help on moving day.  I want to say how about instead you just go visit her a couple of times before she moves?  He also keeps bringing up to me that he wants to make sure I have some way to make sure her money accounts don't get scammed. I said I am monitoring them all the time. Then he brings up to DD last night same thing but says that my mom keeps mentioning to him that she's worried her money will get scammed (he talks to her like every couple of days). She has never once brought that up to me as a concern. Weird. Her checking usually doesn't have more than $5k in it. Her savings with same bank has a bit more. The rest is in her investment accounts: her retirement portfilio and also a savings account with the proceeds from her house sale (which she will transfer to her checking/savings as needed). I can't even get the phone number contact changed to me on those accounts without jumping through hoops. I don't think anyone is getting to that money. That's about all I can do. Though I know it will be much easier to watch and know what she is buying/paying once she's close by and I'm seeing her regularly.

Well, while I was typing this I got my scanner working by loading the driver and updating it on my new computer and yay, it works now.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

As expected

Well, trying to print out the letter on my mom's printer was a bust. I knew that me trying to tell her over the phone how to open the document attached in her email and chose the print option would be awful, so I logged into her computer remotely (use Team Viewer). I opened her email where I sent the document to and opened the document. She had her printer turned on and paper in it, but it would not print. She was able to take a piece of mail on her desk and put it in her printers scanner and copy that and print it, but for some reason it will not print from her computer. It probably didn't even get plugged into her computer when she moved and SB set it up for her. Who knows. She was so confused by me remotely taking over her computer screen, LOL. She kept trying to tell me what she was seeing on her computer and I kept saying I know, it's me doing that! LOL. I was just going to now mail her the document to sign and include a stamped addressed envelope with it, so she can sign and mail to her investment broker.

Then DD said she could print it out and take it with her when she visits on Sunday, so we are going to do that. I can't mail it until tomorrow, so maybe she would get it Saturday or Monday, but with DD doing it I'll know for sure it got signed and sent off. I'm not even going to tell mom I'm not mailing it and DD is bringing. First off, she will just forget and keep asking me and secondly, DD was waiting until Friday or Saturday to even tell her she's coming to see her, because otherwise Grandma will just call her every evening with did you say you were coming over? or when did you say you were coming?

And right after we hung up about the printer deal, mom called me back and said "did I get my tax documents you needed mailed to you?". AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! LOL

Figuring stuff out

I'm slowing working out the new computer "bugs". One annoying thing is while I am logged into work it keeps freezing up every so often for like 30 seconds or so. Often. It never used to do that before, so if it continues I will have to contact IT.  This morning I am trying to reconcile the bank statement and can't find yet what I am off. Usually, if I just take a break from looking at it for a little bit, I come back and find it right away.

I realized the day before yesterday that my mom's online access to her retirement account got updated with my email address added (and SB's removed) but they didn't update the contact phone numbers to remove his and add mine (I had emailed her investment manager an email about updating both the email and phone contacts and a copy of the new DPOA awhile back). So, I emailed again. Apparently his assistant called my mom yesterday afternoon to say she needs that done in writing with my mom's signature. Good grief. They can change the email, but not a phone number? And can't do it with her verbal authorization? Of course the call confused my mom, because when she gets caught off guard with something she wasn't expecting, she gets flustered now. The assistant told my mom she needs to "type it out, sign it and mail it in". My mom says to her "well, I don't have a typewriter to do that". LOL. I guess she told her she'd call me about it. I explained to my mom I can type it out for her on my computer and email it to her and we'll see if she can print it out on her printer. Then mom can sign and mail it in. I'm not having high hopes this will be an easy process!

I also had to explain to mom why they needed this, in as easy an explanation as possible (and knowing she won't remember it 15 minutes later). I explained that SB's phone numbers are on her account and so he could technically log in and see her investment info if he's still on her account. She understood and said "oh, of course. I don't want that".

I'm thinking when I call her this morning I'm going to (hopefully) get on her computer with the remote program I set up on her computer (you know...the one SB deleted last summer because he thought it was spam). Open the letter (I don't even know if she has a word document type of program on her computer). Send it to her printer and then we should be good. Worse comes to worse, DD can just do it for me on Sunday, when she visits or I can just print it out, mail it to her with an already addressed and stamped envelope included and she can sign and mail in.

We've been using DD's YouTube TV family sharing the past few months. But, it only works for like 3 months and then if I don't (can't is more like it) sign in my youtubetv/google account from her wi-fi then it deactivates. That's what happened last year and then when I visited her a few months ago we set me up again. It's due to expire on 3/8 unless I sign in from her home again. I think I figured out a way to keep it. I guess I'll know for sure on 3/8, haha. But, the message that I was getting warning me it was about to expire went away. It's been a good live tv source for us, I just don't want to pay $50 a month for it, LOL. I can also watch some live shows and channels through my mom's Xfinity account, but that will be going away when she moves over here. I'm keeping my fingers crossed this little trick DD and I tried works. We don't watch a ton of tv, but it is nice to have when there is something we'd like to watch.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Getting adjusted

I'm still working on adjusting to a new computer. While all my Firefox stuff transferred over by signing in with sync, I'm finding I have to reenter some of my user names and passwords. And some sites don't seem to want to save my password, so that I don't have to reenter it each time. Like one of my banks. The user name saved, but the password won't. I have to keep reentering it each time and the screen doesn't pop up asking me if I want to save this. Even though in my Firefox settings it's set up that way. Frustrating. While I could log into MTurks, I found I had to reset all my settings. Another weird thing happening is with my remote desktop connection. The IT checked the box for using 2 screens (as I've always had it set up) but it won't save the setting, so each time I log into my work desktop I have to log back out and set it again in remote desktop and then log in again. Something I will have to ask IT about, but I'm kind of waiting to see if other issues pop up so I can ask all at once. I also couldn't figure out how to set up the VPN/Remote Desktop for my side job, so their IT guy just called me and got that set up in about 10 minutes. He seemed like a really nice guy and easy to talk to. Our main IT guy at my f/t job is a bit more stereotypical of computer geeks, LOL.

My mom seems to be doing better the past few days, compared to last week. I see she got her rent payment in and that check has cleared. On Sunday a friend of hers (from the retirees lunches she and BF used to go to) came and had lunch with her, so that was good for her.  DD just messaged me that she is going to go see her on Sunday, so that is really good. But, she's not telling grandma until like Friday, otherwise DD said she will call her like every day asking "when did you say you are coming? or "did you say you are coming?" LOL. But, I'm glad she's going for a visit and can see if her pill box is filled up for the week etc. I just called my mom to say hi and she answers "hi, I'll have to call you back later, I'm just heading downstairs to go grocery shopping with the group". Haha! Good to hear she is getting out and doing something. She mentioned last week she went down and after lunch one day they had some jazz musicians that she really enjoyed.  I was logged into her retirement account recently and realized that while her advisor guy got the secondary email contact changed to my email, I didn't realize he didn't change the online log in phone number contacts from SB's to mine, so I emailed him again. Geez, it can't be that hard to read a short email that says please change to this email address and this phone number.

DH can be an unhappy person at times, but dang, his 2 brothers seem to be way worse. Not that he's heard from his younger brother in awhile now, but all's he did was complain about when they were kids. His older brother does, too. DH just doesn't have the same memories of such a bad childhood as these 2 seem to have. I find it interesting. Like DH (and I) say, what's the point of spending your time griping and complaining about stuff from 50 years ago?!! LOL. And the irony of this older brother complaining that their parents hardly did/gave him anything is like the pot calling the kettle black, when he didn't even do that much for his 3 kids! I keep hoping this reunion with the older brother will fizzle it's way out, but no luck yet.

My friend in town needs a bigger bin or 2 to move her growing 2 dozen chicks into, so I'm going to run her over a couple of the big bins we have leftover from moving. They are a little bigger than what she has and she can put half in one and half in another.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Frustrations abound today

First off, I'm typing this from my iPad mini. Because the new computer our IT group sent me isn't set up like all my previous home computers. The computer at my desk at home has always been my "personal computer". (Even though the last 2 were purchased by my employer. The desktop on this home computer has all my personal crap. Documents pictures. Email. Internet. It was set up with a VPN and remote connection to log into another computer at the office. This computer at the office is my work "desktop" and has every thing I need on it to do my job.  On this home computer I also have another separate VPN/remote setting to log into my side job (same type of set up, I'm logging into a computer at that office that has my work desktop)

But this computer they just sent me got set up also as a work computer that is connected directly to their server, if that makes sense. I have work email and our teams program access from it but still need to remote into my computer at the office to have my full desktop and work programs.  I can't use this new computer as a personal computer (ie no personal privacy if it's linked to the server). That's just dumb for my set up.  Obviously I need a personal computer. But with this set up I'd need 2 different computers sitting here on my home desk. My boss agrees this is dumb and doesn't know why they set it up that way.

Ok, now I'm back to typing on a regular keyboard looking at my regular monitors. My boss had them get right on this. She also understands that I use my personal desktop to vpn into my side job and don't want to be logging into my side job from her company's server. That would not be good.

But, I can't figure out how to set up the VPN log in for my side job. I tried, but I'm obviously missing a step or have a setting wrong. I have an email into their IT group to help me. I use Firefox for my browser and copying the "profile" from my old computer to this one didn't work, so I tried the "sync" log in and that seems to have worked. All my saved tabs, bookmarks, logins and passwords are there, so at least there is that working, too. I still need to copy over pictures and documents I want on this new computer, but I can do that another day.

In good news, DH's sister finally texted him and his 2 brothers that their dad's will is finally getting closed and paid out and money being sent in about a week or so. DH's older brother, in their messaging, said to DH "I've never been told approx how much it might be". DH said neither have I, apparently it's a big secret to their sister, I guess.

DD and her husband just got their salary increase notifications today. She got 3.8% and her DH got 2.85%. Me....nothing still :(


Sunday, March 1, 2020

More real estate and more memory

Speaking of local real estate there is a house a little over a mile down the road from us that has been for sale for 2 years. They're asking almost a million dollars. Supposedly they use(d) it for a bed and breakfast, but I've never seen it advertised anywhere. It has a view of the river (low bank) but the house sits across the main road from the river part of the property. In some ways, it's a bit like ours in that it's all windows facing the river, except it's like 6 bedrooms. It's ok inside - but not for a million dollars! That house I posted about in my previous post is nicer inside. It's just decorated weird. Like you walk in the front door basically into a game room/bar type great room. There's a pool table in the middle, seating in a few different areas (it's a huge room) and a bar type kitchen room in the corner. Just strange to me. And with some of the pictures in the listing - unless they are selling the furniture with it, I'm not sure why they would include those pics. Who needs to see a close up of a side table or a headboard up close? LOL. Plus, the colors inside are a bit much. The lady that owns it is a house painter, so I suppose that is why. We had actually got a painting quote from her, since she's local and we were trying to use local contractors when we could, but just to do our shop (easy) she wanted over double what our contractor was paying his painter lady. (who by the way apparently isn't working for him anymore, after many years of doing the painting for his jobs. It sounds like she's gone a bit off the deep end....)

Most houses in this area are either super nice and expensive or they are very old and crappy. That little nice 8 year old house we had in town was not the norm for this area. So, the kinds like we had in town get snapped up quick, because they are nice and in most peoples price range. Houses in the upper end market take a long time to find a buyer and usually they are buyers from out of the area. There are only a little over 4000 people in this whole county, so it's a small market to be sure.  I just found it very interesting that that house I posted about yesterday actually increased their price by $300,000. LOL.

My mom has really been forgetful this week. Ugh. Finally, on Friday she seemed to have gotten the tax forms off her mind. Then she calls me yesterday afternoon and says she was looking at her emails (which she only seems to do maybe once a week, or unless I've specifically told her I emailed her) and there is one where I sent her pictures of the 2 tax forms (Social security and Credit union interest 1099's) which she opened and looked at the day I sent them earlier last week....did I still need her tax forms, is there something she needs to send me? Dang...I should have thought to delete that from her emails! So, I went over it all again and had to keep explaining to her those were just pictures of her previous year forms that I sent to her so that she would know what to look for in her papers on her desk, to find this years. Also, in her old emails were two from early January where I sent her links to the 4 retirement living places near me. She says something like if you think that one place will be ok you don't have to go look at the others. It sounded like she really didn't remember that I already visited the one (10 days ago) we are interested in and really liked it and had sent her more pictures of the inside of an apartment. And most importantly, she didn't seem to remember yesterday that this is the one we had decided to go with at the end of April. We even talked more about the actual moving process on Friday. I hope it's only that she's just a bit overwhelmed with thinking about all this too much. Today, I really need to make sure she has her pill box filled up. If she's been so forgetful last week, it wouldn't surprise me if she also is forgetting to take them again. I also reminded her it's the end of the month and that her rent check is due, if she hadn't already done it.

And winter returned last night and left a little blanket of snow again. DH is still in lots of texts/messaging with his older brother, though DH always tries to read more into what people are saying, so he's spending half of it trying to figure out what brother really means by certain comments or things he will talk about regarding their family/growing up type of stuff.

Today I'm going to see baby chicks :)