Reading Time: 3 minutes
I don’t always tend to make phone calls to schedule things in a timely manner. It just so happened Friday that I did, and almost every single one of the places that I called, wanted to do their jobs on Monday. Naturally. So come Monday afternoon, there’s going to be a logging guy arriving to take down a dead ash tree behind our garage, the furnace people from the second opinion place will be arriving around 3:30p to do a CO test in order to determine if indeed we DO have a cracked heat exchanger (or any other potential problem with our furnace) and give us an estimate on how much (if anything) it will cost to get fixed. I did take it upon myself to purchase 2 new CO detectors to see if indeed they could detect anything that the old ones were missing. I set them up, placed them near the output registers and they’re not detecting anything amiss. Which could be one of two things. Either they’re not sensitive enough, or the fact that we have 2 windows slightly open is causing the CO buildup that was present before, not to be present now. Either way, it’s going to be resolved. At least for my pet’s peace of mind, if nothing else.
Finally, I had called a lawn maintenance person and asked for an estimate on having the large brush and lawn waste pile behind the garage removed. It has been sitting there for the last 3 years and needs to be gone. I’d contracted with someone to do it 2 years ago, but after having paid them, they never showed up. When I contacted them this year, I was informed that they were no longer in the business, and wouldn’t be able to either refund my money (no surprise, he didn’t remember me paying it, and doesn’t have the business records anymore regardless) or come by and do the work. With that, I chalked it up to me being lazy about getting him to do it, and let it be.
Last but not least, we have a week to finish getting the house in some semblance of shape for my mother’s visit on the 29th. She’s going to be coming here by bus, and spending Halloween week here. I warned her that we don’t do much in the way of celebrating the holiday, we just repair to the back of the house and let the kids pass the house by. She said she was ok with that. Nice to have a mother that’s easy to please!
At any rate, Tuesday should be a breeze compared to the day before.
Reading Time: 3 minutes
…about concentration and being able to do so under pressure. Case in point. Right now it’s 1:30 am and I have to be on the road in about 8 1/2 hours. For the most part yesterday I ran errands and did a fair number of things around the house that should have been done in the last couple of weeks, but being me, I always wait until the last minute. Sometimes the very last minute. But I managed to get most of them accomplished. Suffice it to say the hedges in front of the house are now trimmed back to a more aesthetically pleasing level, the lawn is mowed and trimmed in all the right places and finally, I got the marigolds and impatiens planted in the beds in the front of the house. Yes, I know they should have been planted about a month ago. Hush. This evening the wife and I had soup and sandwich for dinner because that was inherently easier than cooking anything else, and we’d already dropped a good amount of cash at the grocery store earlier in the day, and that basically was part of what we shopped for. The rest was frozen food for her to have while I’m away and some other bits and pieces of the puzzle so she can survive while I’m out of the local picture for the next few days. After that, a little chatting with my girl, then I headed upstairs to pack not only my clothing but more importantly my toybag. Just coincidentally, it was still packed from when I went to visit my girl back last November, so I needed to remove all that stuff, catalog what I had, list what I needed to bring this time, and pack that. Made a list of what I needed to have in other items, packed both my bags and set them aside for today. There are other things that I can pack in the morning, like my pillows, my CPAP machine and a few other odds and ends. Yes, the cookies too. A damn good thing I don’t like macadamia nuts or those 4 dozen cookies would be halfway gone.
While I was out and about this morning, I happened to spot a vintage automobile, and it just so happened to park at a place across from where I was getting my lunch. Fortunately, I had my phone with me and got a picture of it from the back. The funny thing about this area is, there’s a fair amount of people here that own Ford Edsels. Honestly, I’d never seen one in person before I moved here. I can’t really imagine why they never caught on when they originally were for sale. They’re a really handsome car when you think about it. At least I think so. Btw, that’s not an Edsel, I was just musing on the fact this place is lousy with them.