Friday, March 31, 2017
The first time I pulled open the drawer it almost ended up with the contents on the flower. It has gotten easier to open the drawer.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
I have been taking the bus instead of walking lately because it has been raining. Now that is nicer, I need to walk more when I go out. I live on a steep hill and it is a good workout. I get very out of breathe if I keep up a good pace. I need to get up the hill and not be out of breathe. I just can't take the dogs.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
I am sure it will subside soon. Flares always do. The trick is to ride them out.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
It will be easier to reach for the items I need more often. I will no longer have to get up on my tippy toes to reach the sheets. It is much easier for me when I am sore and swollen.
These things make me so happy.
Monday, March 27, 2017
I made Lentil, Chard and Potato Soup. It is really hearty and tasty. It was really easy to make. I will have dinner for a few days. I love to make slow cooker soups. No stirring, no checking. Just put it in and let it go.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Well they loved her. This is all good news.
I spent the afternoon shopping for eye glass frames. My friend M went with me from store to store trying on frames. I must have tried on 50 frames. I found a few that I liked but none that I love. I feel that I need to love a pair of eye glass frames that I am going to wear every day for the next X number of years. Years ago I had someone convince me that a pair of frames looked good on me and I bought them. I have probably worn them for a total of one week in all these years. Mostly when my other glasses broke.
So the search continues.
Friday, March 24, 2017
I just hate changing my frames. My current frames are old and can't take the transition lens.
What kinds of frames will I get? I can't wait to see.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
He finished painting my door. It was a great day. The house is looking great. If it would only stop raining long enough he could fix the outside stuff.
While he was doing his work, I cleaned out the water cooler that the ants were under. I had laid it down to clean the bottom and I guess something kicked up some junk and I had to clean the whole thing out. I took all the parts apart and cleaned them all. No ants had gotten in the inside or even on the outside that I could tell. It just got junky inside when I laid it down. I am sure the compressor had to settle down once I sat it upright. It took about one hour but now the water is clear and cold again.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
When I was a kid I watched this made for TV movie about people stuck on an island that was overrun by a colony of ants. It is called Empire of the Ants. The ants killed almost everyone but the people who survived had to set the island on fire and jump in water with straws to breath through. This movie scarred me for life.
I am not afraid of most things. Ask anyone who knows me. I am the one who kills (or saves) the spiders, bugs. I have been the one who picks up the dead animals (mice, rats, etc.) and disposes of them. I watch CSI and medical shows while I eat. I am the person you want when you are in a hospital because I don't get queasy over this stuff. In college I was the one holding back girls hair in the bathroom. You get the drift. I don't fluster easily.
Except for ants. I hate ants. They creep me out. They give me nightmares. That darn movie! Over the past few days I have been seeing ants. I don't like using DEET to kill things because of the bad things in it. But ants will bring out the animal in me. I could not be a Buddhist.
I saw a few ants. I used the spray. Then I saw a few more and I tried vinegar and water. Then today I saw more ants by my water cooler. A lot more. I moved the water cooler and almost threw up. I grabbed that DEET and sprayed like a mad woman.
There was thousands of ants and millions of eggs. Oh my gosh it was gross. I just sprayed until the can was empty and then I grabbed another can. Ugh. Then I had to clean it all up. That was the worst. I was worried that I had not killed it all so I put all the dead ants and eggs in a sealed plastic ziplock and that in a plastic bag. Then I took a shower. I felt like I had ants all over me.
It was so awful. Just writing this creeps me out.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
I talked to her office about the mess about The-Insurance-Company-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named changing my primary care doctor and the staff tried to fix it. I got home and called The-Insurance-Company-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and miraculously my primary care physician's name was listed on their list of doctor's I can use. I don't know what someone did but it worked. Problem solved.
Monday, March 20, 2017
The top things they look at are six economic and social factors
- gross domestic product per capita
- healthy years of life expectancy
- social support (having someone to rely on during times of trouble)
- trust (a perceived absence of corruption in business or government)
- the perceived freedom to make life choices, and
- generosity (measured by donations)
Sunday, March 19, 2017
What a lazy day!
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Twenty minutes later the remote control doesn't work again. I contact the supervisor and tell him that the box doesn't work again. I tell him that Hulu is looking good at this moment. The supervisor says he will be right over with some new boxes.
The supervisor shows up with the technician from this morning. It takes them about one hour to figure out that last weekend when the technician accidentally turned off my cable box downstairs, he didn't set my cable account correctly. It would not matter what cable box was installed it would not work. My account was not set up to handle a cable box for more than 20 minutes. They fixed it and now the cable box works. Fingers crossed it will stay fixed this time!
Then my friend T called and we went out to lunch and to the park for ice pops. I watched Central Intelligence in the evening. It was a nice day.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Then we played Cards Against Humanity. It was interesting and fun. I ended up with three presidents and the pope as my answer cards.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Today I called my contact, the supervisor, at Comcast and he promised me they would bring a new box on Saturday. I am super busy tomorrow and can't wait around for Comcast. He can't believe both the boxes died in less than a week.
Maybe my Comcast is possessed?!
Today I wore a pair of my birthday socks. They are SO fun! They say Party Animal.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Anyway, I can't figure this out for nothing. I feel like I am back in high school taking one of those quizzes. "If the Amtrak train from Boston to NYC is going 80 miles per hour to the south and the wind is going 30 miles per hour to the east, which way is the smoke blowing?" Trick question: Amtrak trains on the NE corridor are electric!
I need a math wiz to help me.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
I had to call The-Insurance-Company-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named today. I got a letter stating my primary care physician had been changed to another doctor. I wanted to know why. I found out that once again The-Insurance-Company-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is fighting with the medical group. This happened a few years ago and the contract negotiations went down to the wire. It stressed me out thinking I would have to change insurance companies mid-year or I would lose my doctor's. Now it is happening again. I changed my primary care physician back to my doctor and crossed my fingers the negotiations would work themselves out.
I called my doctor about the pain in my hips. I have an appointment on Friday.
Monday, March 13, 2017
For months I have had pain in my elbow. My doctor says it is tennis elbow. Now I have been having pain in my hips. The pain is so severe that it wakes me out of a deep sleep. It started on my left side and now it is on both sides. Since I sleep on my side, it is quite painful to sleep. I think it is time to call the doctor and see what is up.
Oh, I think I can call my doctor. I got a letter from the insurance-company-who-can-not-be-named saying they changed my primary care doctor without my permission. Ergh. I guess tomorrow I need to call insurance-company-who-can-not-be-named and figure this out. Now that Comcast is fixed I have a new battle to fight.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Ten minutes after he left I checked the TV downstairs and all the channels that are pay channels didn't work. No MTV, no HBO, no LOGO. UGH! I called Comcast and told them what happened. Turned out the cable guy took out the cable box that didn't work from upstairs but he turned off the cable box from downstairs that did work. They tried to fix it over the phone but they could not. They had to schedule a tech to come out. One and half hours later I get my fourth phone call from Comcast from the tech that came that morning apologizing from turning off the wrong cable box. He already turned it back on. Everything was working. Yeah! Hopefully this is the end of my Comcast visits for a while.
Now do you see why I hesitate calling Comcast? It is never easy with them. It is always 3-4 visits. A week or two of Comcast. At least this time it was escalated to a supervisor quickly. I have clear and watchable cable again one year later. Yay!
Then I finished my tax preparation for my tax meeting tomorrow. What a day.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
When they arrived, they tested this and that. It turned out that the cable boxes are old and some part of them was "full" and not able to work correctly anymore. Really?? That was why I was having more and more issues. They checked all the wires and even brought in the cherrypicker to check the outside wires. New boxes were installed and checked. All the TVs were checked and they all worked. I was happy. After two hours they left.
I worked on my taxes for a few hours and then made dinner and sat down to watch some TV. The remote control launched the channel guide but the arrows would not work. I could not go up and down or left and right. I could not get the guide to turn off. I tried another remote control (I have a few with all the cable boxes I have had) and still no luck.
I finally went within inches of the cable box and I could change the channel. Something was wrong with the new cable box. UGH! I called the cable supervisor (he worked late on Saturdays) and he said he could not come by tonight but he would arrange someone to come by Sunday morning.
I checked the box downstairs and it worked great so I watched TV downstairs.
Friday, March 10, 2017
What is your most requested comfort food? Mine is probably ice cream. Then pizza. But back in my college days I used to love to come home from a night out and make Kraft macaroni and cheese at 2 am. Since I am lactose intolerant my days of eating mac and cheese are long over. Then I became vegan and there was no way I was going to eat Mac and cheese.
Until today! A new product came out. Daiya Vegan Mac and cheese. I bought it a few weeks ago but I have been too suspicious to try it. I tried vegan items before and have been very disappointed.
Not this time. The Daiya macaroni and cheese is delicious! I haven't had Mac and cheese in 30 years and it tastes SO good. I want to eat the whole box like in my college days. It is so creamy and cheesy. It has that yellow-orange look. I ate it with vegan hot dogs. Now I am going to have one of my homemade vegan "Reese's" peanut butter cups. What a great dinner.
I have a new favorite comfort food. Yum!!
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
It was also Lucky's birthday! She is probably 8 or 9 years old. She still acts like a puppy. To celebrate we all went to the doctor's office. Lucky needed her nails cut and her anal glands cleaned out. She was in a much better mood after that. I guess that would put me in a bad mood too.
Happy had her nails cut and her shots.
Then the Comcast guy came. Visit #2. He installed the part. It didn't change the flickering picture. We moved cable boxes around. It didn't change the flickering picture. I keep telling them it is the outside. They won't believe me.
In the evening I had my neighborhood watch. It was a smashing success. We had a guest speaker and for about 2 hours there was a scare that he was not going to show up. I had made this arrangement 1.5 months ago and I was a little angry that he was blowing us off. But he showed up and was a great speaker. The group wants another meeting in a few months.
The day was so great. I have other positive news but I want to keep that to myself right now. More on it tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
A friend gave me this for my birthday, isn't it cool?
CATWOMAN!! I am putting it on the same shelf as my Hermione wand and Hedwig the owl. Just a little geek out.
As you probably have figured out I have been checking things to do off my list. Today I finally called Amazon about my Amazon Echo remote. When I changed passwords and wifi in my home, my Amazon Echo didn't work. I finally got that to work and then the remote didn't work. I tried for days to "pair" them to no avail. Giving up each time. The reason I need the remote is with my 1920 walls, Alexa can't hear me increase or decrease the volume when the phone rings so I have to get up to turn her on or off. Thus defeating the purpose of having Alexa. The remote is great. I keep it with me when I am working and I can talk into it and turn Alexa on and off, mute her or even ask her questions. When Alexa stopped working I stopped using the Echo very much. Today I called Amazon to see if I was doing something wrong. The remote was broken. It just died. Sob. Amazon is so great even though it is not under warranty, they credited me a new remote. It arrives on Thursday! I feel I will be more productive with my Alexa working again.
Monday, March 6, 2017
Oh, and it hailed last night. I got up to take one of the dogs out at 1:30am and the deck was covered with hail. It is SO cold here. I heard the hills have been snow covered for the last two nights. That is very rare.
Today the plumber came to fix the garbage disposal. Turns out it was dying. I also found out that it was a makeshift install and a part was missing. I had the plumber install a new one. It is SO quiet now. And not smelly! He also checked my sewer line and it was good.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
It was so funny to see her reaction. I wish I could take her to a snowy area to see her reaction to snow.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Logan was excellent. It did not disappoint. I don't want to spoil it for you. It was action, action, action! It is rated R and is not for the faint of heart.
Friday, March 3, 2017
Then I went on vacation, got sick with meningitis, the flu, and got back to work. Then I started the adoption process. I never could come up with the time to get the cable fixed. I know it is going to be a long process. Last year it was three appointments and they could not fix it. Who knows how many appointments it will take to fix this time.
The problem has gotten worse and now I can't watch a show most times without having the picture flicker. It is annoying. The guy came and didn't have the part he needed. He is coming back Wednesday. Appointment 1 done.
Then the gardener came and cleared out the backyard. It looks great.
Then the handyman came and did a few things.
I went to see Table19 at the movies. I thought it was a comedy but it is more of a romcom. It was funny but a little sappy for me. I liked it.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Then the electrician came to fix a light and that made me real happy. I have not had a light in my kitchen for about 2 months. I can see when I cook again.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
I followed the crowd like a lemur inching along for about 1/4 mile. It took about 40 minutes. Then I finally figured out how to get back on the freeway.
The whole time I was happy I had the top down on my convertible since it was one of the first sunny days in months. It was a bit chilly but sunny. I was worried that my GPS was in the trunk and I had no idea where I was. I was hoping that if I followed the line of cars they would take me back to the freeway. They did!
It took me 1.5 hours to get home when it normally takes 40 minutes.