Ok, getting braced for the extreme cold. Our phones weather app says it's 0 this morning. Our outside temp weather system that displays in our house says its 15. DH had to do another round of plowing and shoveling after dinner last night and it pretty much snowed the whole time he was doing it. This morning he's out cleaning up what snowed after that, but we are not supposed to get any more snow for a couple days, just super cold. It's really windy out right now. Making me nervous we could lose power, aside from being cold, I'm more worried about not being able to work - as I have to do payroll tomorrow. I'm working on getting it all as ready to submit as I can right now. I've got my phone and tablet charging. We got the heat in the house turned back up a bit early this morning, just so at least it would get up to temperature (we usually do 69 or 70) and be a bit warmer for awhile, if we do lose power. Wind + heavy snow on trees does not make for a good combination with power lines.
Monday we got a nice gift basket, but no indication of who sent it. It was a really nice frozen basket of bacon, ham, pancake mix and maple syrup. It all looks so delicous! I figure it either has to be our Texas friends or our friend in Missouri. I messaged our Missouri friend first to ask if it was her. It was not, but in our chatting she told me she has met a guy she has started seeing last month. A friend of a friend. I am SO happy for her, with what she has gone through the past several years with her hubby of 30+ years cheating on her, leaving her and moving in with his 35 yr old girlfriend and never divorcing her. And then him dying last year. She's been through a lot. The gift was from Texas friends and will be enjoyed either Christmas eve morning or Christmas morning.
K made it back to work last evening and had another girl with her she was training. I'm kind of surprised she didn't have a face mask on, since she's been sick.....This morning C is back on duty, after being sick too, and she did have a face mask on. It was a good relief though last evening and this morning to not have to worry about making sure mom was taken care of meds and getting up and clean clothes on today (she wore the same thing the last 2 days with no one to help her out). Mom did ask me about Christmas the other day. I still think sometimes she thinks I live really far away. And most times she doesn't think dd lives far away, LOL.
I went ahead and submitted my side job payroll just now, so it's done and I don't have to worry about it. We are really just having to wait and see how it all is, if dd/sil should make the drive over here. Hopefully it will all work out ok.
I didn't realize until yesterday that doing my online grocery orders with Albertson's is earning me 2% cash back with Rakuten, plus I earn 2% on my credit card, so 4% total is a help with the high cost of groceries. I've earned some decent cash back with some of the Christmas gifts and am getting like $50 back on my next "big fat check" in February.
The cat has always liked to drink water out of the big dog water bowl we have in the laundry room, so we just keep using that for his water. But for some reason lately he keeps tipping it over and dumping the water out! So, this morning I just put the bowl up in the dog shower so if he tips it, it can go down the drain and not get water all over the floor and up to the cupboard and baseboards, from where it was sitting before. Dang cat.