Thursday, December 31, 2020
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Okay, so I got an award yesterday... Specialist of the Month, not decided by anyone at my store, rather, someone on the regional level (I suppose) decided I was doing something right. Even though I had to laugh, it was very nice to receive the kudo.
Otherwise, yesterday was on the slow side. Today and tomorrow I'm off. I will be working on New Year's day, however, which is no bother. People like to celebrate the beginning of a New Year. Hell, celebrating the end of 2020 makes much more sense.
I figure I have about 3 more chapters to go before wrapping up the main draft of "The Body in the Loch," and believe me, I will be glad to move into the polishing phase. This one has a little less action and is more Christiesque. I have so many freaking notes, references and red herrings needing to be tied up... son of a bitch.
Yesterday, when I got home from work, I found the Clive Barker book "Sanctuary" wrapped in plastic and tucked into my mailbox, a gift I suspect. Not mailed, mind you, just taped up in a clear plastic bag. From who? I have no idea. Barker writes horror and I haven't read horror in a long time. One of my associates might like it, so I'll see if he wants it.
And I did hear a funny thing about the Idiot Jerk. His trying to push the $2000 stimulus check makes him look a lot like Bernie Sanders. Wrong. Every time he mentions it, he becomes more like Norman Bates blindly stabbing the GOP.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Yesterday was a good day for accomplishment. Many little chores were completed. I always feel good when that happens. I even took the dogs out for a walk since the temps were relatively warm. I have a sneaking suspicion this winter is going to turn out like last. For those who don't remember, December of 2019 was brittle and cold, and then we warmed up to comfortable fall temps for January and February. The arctic air stayed north. Even though I don't mind snow, I wouldn't mind another warm winter.
On our walks, the dogs and I pass what used to be a small Day Care Center which closed down over a year ago. Yesterday there were 2 vans in front, a plumber and a contractor... oh, and there was a sign that it is going to be the home of Hope Church. That made me pause because directly across the street is a very large Methodist Church. Then I realized that Methodists and Cracker Jack Crazy Evangelicals are basically 2 different groups trying to exist under the large umbrella of Christianity. I couldn't help but think about the best word of advice you can give to a fledgling business: Location, location, location. I'd say this was the equivalent of setting up a Mom & Pop convenience store next to a Target... or a Walmart. Ouch.
And I have myself set up to receive breaking news notifications. Truly, I was baffled yesterday to receive a notification yesterday that Lori Loughlin had been released from prison. I found it sad that a manipulating user like her deserved a headline, and even worse that some might even consider it important.
I heard whispers that the only reason the Idiot Jerk signed the relief package was because he received a call from a 'desperate Republican senatorial candidate from Georgia,' begging him to do so. I can not wait for this shithead to be flushed.
Yesterday I went for a run / jog somewhere in New Zealand. The scenery was nice... except for the steps. For some reason the decision was made to take a route that included many steps. Steps slow the runner with the camera down. That doesn't happen when you're on a treadmill. Anyway, since I didn't take a picture of the scenery, I decided to include one of how I ran / jogged. The colors are nice. You'll notice that the Blue is on top. I always new we blues were Tops.
Monday, December 28, 2020
Well, hello to a new week! I'm off today, sadly, I do have to work tomorrow, but then I'm off for 2 more days. Can't complain about that schedule. After that my days off are split... something I don't like, still, it's better than working 10 or 11 days in a row, and having a fixed shift is nice. For those who don't understand, ask your boss if one day you can start work at 0500, and the next day go in late but work until midnight, and so on. You will quickly understand.
Yesterday, I got pretty much accomplished, including a touch up of the pain in the hallway which suffered from some cardboard brush-burns from moving the treadmill up from the first floor. And speaking of the treadmill, I also continued my training for a 5k run. I think I might download some sitar music since I think running to that might be kind of nice.
|Yesterday I jogged from the California coast up into the hills|
And then yesterday afternoon I went for an 8 mile ride. I'd say that all in all, yesterday was a really good day for exercise, and I may repeat it again today.
Sunday, December 27, 2020
So, we're heading into a New Year. Four days and counting... 3 if you no longer count today. For the first time in 4 years, I'm excited.
Yesterday was odd at the store. Around 2:30 PM, all the customers started to go home. By 4:30 PM there were like... oh, maybe 8 in the store. Associates walked, and talked among themselves. Normally, we see this in January and February. Don't get me wrong, the people who were there spent a lot of Christmas money. Maybe, as the Covid cases continue to increase in Central PA, people are beginning to realize this is more than just a serious problem.
One thing I have noticed, the Idiot Jerk's Tweet storms are no longer being given the massive coverage they once were - this is what happens when you're a loser. That alone must be galling him for here to Hell and... well, I'd say back, but I'm fairly certain he's going to stay in Hell once he gets there. Yesterday, it seems he did rage a tiny inferno, dwarfed into nearly non-existence by the bombing in Nashville. I don't know where I saw it, perhaps the AP, but the Idiot Jerk seems to have call the Supreme Court "ignorant and incompetent," and they were not his only target. Not surprisingly, he didn't sign the relief bill... in case you didn't know, this is his way of saying "fuck you, America." This turd is getting flushed, even if we have to call Roto-Rooter to get him completely out of our plumbing.
And finally, a long, long time ago I graduated from Lebanon Valley College, a small liberal arts college, with a degree in English Literature. Lebanon Valley used to be one of the 10 best small liberal arts colleges in the northeast, so I got a fairly decent education. In my senior year all I did was read and discuss literature in every class. One of those classes was Women in Literature. That class stands out simply because of one book that I found so amazing - Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway." This morning an article about "Mrs. Dalloway" in the NYT. The book is about one day in the life of woman who's going to have a dinner party, and the consciousness of a war veteran named Septimius, whom she never meets while he's alive. I found the book fascinating.
Saturday, December 26, 2020
I hope everybody had a nice and quietly safe Christmas. I did. In the morning, I took a Christmas basket over to my movie friend Patty. She's recovering from Covid. She tested positive on Tuesday the 15th so her quarantine period is coming to a close. Keeping safe, I stood outside on the front of her porch and she stayed in the house. She told me she thought she had a sinus infection and went to First Care. They tested her because she also had a slight fever and a slight cough. She did experience some shortness of breath, but mostly she was continually exhausted. Oh, and she didn't eat. "It's a hell of a way to lose 10 pounds," she said.
As for myself and the dogs? Yesterday was quiet. They got their toys, which have already been forgotten for the most part. I began a 5K training program on the treadmill which, in 9 weeks, should have me ready to run a 5K race. We'll see. The only issue I had, while slowly jogging along to a video from New Zealand, was the music, some sort of 'new age' compilation of songs composed by people who spend way too much time smoking blunts before sitting down at the keyboard.
Dinner was: meatloaf and scalloped potatoes. And yes, I did wrap the meatloaf in bacon.
Friday, December 25, 2020
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Well, what can I say, today's the 24th of December and it is a very, very special day. Today is Biggie's birthday. He is six years old. Of course, he doesn't know that... he's a dog. The cake and ice cream are waiting for this afternoon. He will think of them as a most scrumptious treat. And tomorrow he's is going to get a rubber chicken. I can think of a better way to celebrate the winter solstice.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Biggie threw - up a white sock he'd eaten. Dogs will eat anything. Now I have one odd sock.
We got the treadmill up into the computer / workout room. Very heavy. Some touching up of the walls will be necessary. Assembly took about 3 hours, not because of difficulties, I just decided to take my time. There was a lot of crawling, and crouching, and kneeling in screwing together and screwing on plastic parts to prettify the angles and joints. I did a 5 minute walk / jog and started to learn what all of the buttons do, and and then I folded it up.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
So, yesterday was my day off and I had a few chores planned, mostly I wanted to work on painting the trim in the exercise room and the hallway. I was upstairs moving things around when the dogs began barking... loudly. They do that when someone walks past or a FedEx or UPS truck stops at a nearby house to make a delivery. And then my doorbell rang. Surprise! My treadmill had unexpectedly arrived. There was supposed to be an appointment... that never happened. The tall, skinny guy who delivered it said it weighed 300 lbs, I corrected him 232 lbs. Oh, and I had to help him get it up on the porch, and with his help, I pushed it into my living room.
Monday, December 21, 2020
For those who missed it, the winter solstice happened this morning at 0902. From now until June, our days are going to be getting longer (hurrah!). Tonight, if the skies are clear enough, you should be able to see the brightest star (actually 2 planets) in the past 800 years. Some ding-a-lings have decided they're going to call this the Christmas Star (actually 2 planets) because religion feels the need to take ownership. Me? I think we should all call it The Big Bright Light in the Sky because (and certain groups hate this) a vast majority of the world's population does not celebrate Christmas.
Sunday, December 20, 2020
So today is Barbecue day! Day 5 of our 6 days of Christmas. And it's coming from?
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Well, what can I say? It's Candy Day!
Friday, December 18, 2020
Well, it's not quite the weekend before Christmas. The dogs are sleeping at my feet, Biggie using an orange squeaky toy as a pillow. If there was a cracking fireplace behind me, we could be Normal Rockwell painting.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Well, we aren't really super pink. That monster snow storm? The one where Central PA was the bullseye in the epicenter? That little pussy cat was anything but epic. Oh, sure, we did get a lot of snow, but no where near 24 inches. 20 inches? Nah. At best we ended up with around 10 inches of light, fluffy snow. And here I was planning on taking a personal day. Well, it looks like that's not going to happen. This is what it looks like from my front porch.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Being the ever vigilant person I am, the first thing I did this morning, after letting the dogs out and brewing a pot of coffee, was check the weather map. Here it comes, somewhere between 3 and 8 inches. That's during the day. Because weather forecasting is always a gamble, there is no precision. Tonight they're calling for an additional 10 to 18 inches. About the only thing they're fairly certain about is that our precipitation is going to be in the form of snow. No one has the temps topping 32 (F) My shovels are anticipating a decent workout when the snow finally arrives, sometime between 10 and noon.
I received a voicemail from Estes regarding the delivery of my treadmill. They said delivery was going to be delayed because of the snow. I sent them and email: how do you know it's going to be delayed when you haven't even set up a delivery date yet? Still waiting for a response.
And I saw that the residents of Palm Beach don't want the Idiot Jerk to make Mar A Lago his permanent home. Their attorneys (yes, they have attorneys) have said that since he turned it into a private club it can no longer be used as a residence. They listed a lot of complaints about his living there, though no mention of his stench. They don't understand all of his encroaching legal problems will most likely keep him abroad.
Everyone is wondering if there will be any rhyme or reason to his last 30 some days in residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Don't count on it. His dearest blow bro Vlad congratulated Biden. I'm betting that had the Idiot Jerk sobbing into his pillow, "he hates me! he hates me!" One thing you can count on, he will be disruptive and destructive, but then his intention was never to leave the country in the pink. Rather, he intended to dictate and dominate, and those plans have been thwarted. Now we have to work on eliminating the rest of the Republican swine from public office. Our work has just begun.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Yeah, I slept in this morning. I had a couple glasses of wine last night to celebrate the Electoral College vote cementing Joe Biden as our next president.
Billy Barr resigned, and while I didn't read it, I understand his resignation letter was 'fawning.' He does love his tinfoil dictator, so I suspect his refusal to spread the Idiot Jerk's lies about voter fraud had more to do with trying to keep his own ass clean for the history books.
I saw this morning where Moscow Mitch finally acknowledged Biden's win. While most don't understand, he was the one behind the horrendous spate of conservative judges rather then the Idiot Jerk in the White House. Mitch thought he was working on his own conservative legacy. Dumb shit. Stupid conservatives don't realize Covid is going to be their legacy. He's going to be remembered as the man who allowed hundreds of thousands of human beings die while only focusing on judges, and they will have to live knowing their conservative beliefs were deemed more important than human life.
Last evening Uncle Joe called the Idiot Jerk in the White House a lying sack of shit using words that were far too nice. I understand that the votes by the Electoral College, without one renegade voter, pretty much screwed over the Conservative Media, proving them to be total failures. Good.
And for those of you who don't know, I am sitting in the bullseye of a winter storm warning. Yepper, the predicted estimates are between 14 and 22 inches of snow. I'm am scheduled off tomorrow, when the storm is supposed to start and will take off Thursday if the predictions come true.
Monday, December 14, 2020
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Yesterday was fairly slow at work. Covid is beginning to rage and Christmas is coming, so most are putting flooring purchases on the back burner for now, except for those who do not celebrate Christmas and they seem to be growing more concerned about the Virus.
Snow is in the forecast for Central PA; about 3 inches are expected during the day tomorrow. After tomorrow, I'm not scheduled to work until Thursday - on Wednesday they're predicting over 8 inches. We shall have to wait and see.
Rather than have a Holiday Party this year, our store is doing the 6 days of Christmas. Starting on 12/19 associates are going to be treated to food and small gifts, one of which is going to be a succulent. That's nice. I do love my succulents.
A new ornament arrived yesterday for the winter theme of my all season tree.
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Friday, December 11, 2020
So, have everybody been working for the weekend? If not, maybe a rather homoerotic video from a poufy hairband might get your gears going.
|Has anybody seen Ted Cruz?|
Thursday, December 10, 2020
My weekend is over. That's right, I get to go back to work... today. If I didn't like getting my paychecks so much, I'd go part-time, but let's be honest here, that deposit into my accounts every 2 weeks is really rather nice.
One of the unfortunate things I'm going to need to do this morning is do my daily Health Check. You'd think that by now going on line and filling out a very short survey should have become part of my routine. It hasn't. Even though there is a post-it note hung from the bottom of my monitor, I sometimes forget. There must be some sort of Freudian slip happening.
I received an email yesterday stating that my treadmill had reached its 'destination city,' which is apparently Middletown, which is about 17 miles away. According to the information they gave me, Estes should be calling to set up a delivery date. Will this new piece of equipment be here before Christmas? That would be nice. I'm off on the 24th and 25th, which would give me time to get it assembled.
And for those with an interest, here's a pic of my winter tree. I have a set of miniature skis coming tomorrow, and next to be ordered: a hockey puck and a 2 different sets of ice skates. What really stands out right now are the snow flakes and the big balls... oh, and the fact that I haven't decided what I want to use as a tree skirt.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
We had a dusting of snow this morning... if you want to call it that, not enough to even get a second look. The temps are cold, but not Cold.
I got my Red Hot calendar yesterday and I share some of the months but this is a PG - 13 blog, language at times but no nudity. If you want to see what I'm looking at, you can always purchase one, I understand a % of the revenue goes towards testicular cancer.
My car is going to be paid off very soon, so yesterday I splurged and ordered a T303 treadmill to use in conjunction with the cycling. It does not have a lot of bells and whistles, and is non-interactive, meaning you don't have to sign up for Ifit or some other online, subscription training program. I actually had to purchase it from Horizon rather than on Amazon, which is fine.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
My plan was to sleep in this morning, since Tuesday and Wednesday are my weekend, of course the dogs, with their little bladders which filled over night, decided an override was necessary. As a result, I'm sitting here with a cup of coffee typing this at the usual time.
Because today is Tuesday, it's also Ab day. I really do need to begin burning off the calories I've been saving up for winter.. since it's here, or will be in 2 weeks. And a nice ride on the bike as well, is planned. Tis the season for slumping, if you know what I mean. There's something about the shorter days which seems to compel one to do less. If I'm not careful, I'll turn into a bear.
One thing that is nice, is my not having to do is take my temp and do my Health Check. The UK started vaccinating, which I'm hoping is a good thing. There was an interesting article in the NYT on how these vaccines need to be seen as firehoses, pointing out that they work better with smaller fires. The Covid fire in the US is raging, because of Republicans, and it's going to take some time before those flames are doused.
And the newly conservative Supreme Court handed social conservatives a 'bite in the ass' loss yesterday. They let stand a decision which permits transgender children to use the bathroom of their current gender, rather then force them into restrooms of their birth gender. Ouchy! Ouchy! This is not what those Cracker Jack Crazies have been praying for, and for them you can can bet their dismay is unraveling.
And I want to finish putting the snowflakes on my all season tree today. At first I just had them hanging there, and then I realized they were multi-layered paper and by pulling them apart I could make them 3 dimensional. Wowy! Of course, that means I need to sit down and unfold them in order to make them really pop.
Yesterday, as the dogs and I were returning from our morning walk, I saw something amazing. One of my rose bushes had put out a winter bud. The temps are too cold for it to survive, still, it is a rather nice sign about the good things to come.
Monday, December 7, 2020
Well, the work week begins... again, but only for a day. I'm scheduled off on Tuesday and Wednesday. That's nice. I do like my time off. Temps are supposed to be cold. That's fine, too. I have heat, as well as two thermal canine units warming the bed at night.
The decorating of the 'all season' tree continues. Right now I'm putting on white and silver snow flakes. Winter, you know? I've kept one of my Chewy boxes and have designated it Winter. I have other ornaments that I'm holding onto because they're old, from when I was a kid... and that means they're very old.
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Sunday. Yesterday was busier than I thought it was going to be and as a result went by fast. I am definitely not opposed to fast days at work. I did have some customers who were moving into a new house (for them) before Christmas and wanted new carpeting put in. Sorry, that dance card is already filled. Right now we're looking at installs sometime in the first week of January.
Rather than have a Holiday Party, we're going to be celebrating the '6 Days of Christmas.' Lots of food on the near horizon, so I had to check out the calendar - I only work 4 of the 6 days. I'm going to be their for the Mission Bar-B-Cue day, but will miss out on the sub and sandwich day. Oh, and I'm going to be getting a little basket. Believe me, I'd rather have a bigger basket than a smaller one, but when it comes to baskets beggars can't be choosers.
And I took a picture of myself while taking my temp at work. Because the scanner didn't like my camera in front of my face, you can't see I was a scorching 96.7 (F). Yeah, now you know. I'm cold. Been that way all of my life.
Saturday, December 5, 2020
So, I'm back to work for 3 days. Oh, and it's the 5th of December. Pre Covid 19 a Kids Workshop would have been scheduled today at the store. Now there are no sounds of little hammers pounding away 50 feet from the Flooring Desk. No longer are there tiny smears of paint all over the restrooms. This is almost peace and quiet. Interestingly enough, sales have not declined. Parents can still stop by the Service Desk and pick up a cute little project for their children to build in the Covid free environment of their home. They don't get the little aprons, though, and quite often I believed that was the biggest draw, getting a teeny weeny Home Depot apron. And in case you're wondering, mostly it was the parents that built the project. Still, I do feel sorry that they have to miss this because of bad decisions made by the biggest loser in the world.
Friday, December 4, 2020
Another cool morning outside and we have precipitation moving onto the weather map, probably a mixture of flurries and drizzle, with maybe some rain later in the day. We have much colder weather in the forecast. Nightly temps are supposed to drop into the 20's (F). For those who don't remember, this is somewhat similar to the weather patterns we had last year, a cold December. If this is a repeat, our winter will be more or less a continuation of our autumn.
My friend Betsy called last evening. She received a $125 gift card from her company as a Christmas Bonus. She was rather unhappy since she doesn't shop at Amazon. After going through some serious financial trouble, she monitors her every penny and that means no laptop... no internet. She uses the computers at work when she needs one. Solution? She's going to send them to me and I'll send her a check. One of these days she's going to have to bite the bullet and invest.
I removed Grace's web this morning, it was bigger than I had thought.
One of my fellow associates came to work yesterday. He closes the department. I guess the Idiot Jerk's niece, Mary, was on the The View yesterday. Evidently she said he would never resign so Pence could pardon him, that would mean admitting he was defeated. She also said he was dangerous for this same reason. This I can believe. And the Republican Party, the ones who enabled both him and his base are discovering he is not the Blessing they thought he was. You see, they thought he was going to win the election. Now they're stuck with a whining sack of shit who's beginning to hate America. And there's a runoff election coming up in Georgia. Many of his base believe his baseless lies about voter fraud and as a result are threatening to boycott the election. This party is in a world of shit. Good for them. Being the true, loyal American I am, I hope many do boycott the election... or better yet, vote for the Democrats.
Thursday, December 3, 2020
It's a bit chilly willy this morning, with the temp sitting around 28 (F). There's some form of precipitation heading into the area tomorrow, which is a day off for me. I'm not anticipating a lot of lawn work being done.
Yesterday was rather slow at work, this is normal. Slowdown time. Are installers are evidently booked through Christmas, so anyone trying to impress those friends and relatives foolish enough to visit over the holidays are out of luck... maybe in more ways then one.
Covid is breaking records all over the place... as predicted by the men of science. Record infections, record hospitalizations, record deaths. The White House Task Force released a statement saying we were in a dire time. Okay, can someone tell me who exactly is running the White House Task Force? Wasn't it supposed to be Mike Pence? He's been awfully quiet here of late. He must be sitting in some back room planning his 2024 campaign. I know both Birx and Fauci have been talking to what Republicans call the Lame Stream media, but I suspect their orbits are too far outside that of the Idiot Jerk in the White House to hold any weight with his crumbling government.
And I guess the Idiot Jerk in the White House released some sort of 46 minute lie-a-thon video yesterday which I'm sure many of his base will cherish. There's concern about his upcoming visit to Georgia. Can anybody hear shades of Charlie Daniels? People are worried it might incite violence. Do you really think he'd care if people get hurt? Nope. Everyone, everything is expendable in his craven need to maintain his grip on power. You see, in Russia this would work. Not here. Americans actually like their Democracy.
Oh, and Ivanka Danka was deposed yesterday. I wonder how much of the money supposedly spent on the Idiot Jerk's inauguration ended up in her bank account.
And finally, something to brighten your day. A picture of my Christmas Cactus in full bloom taken this morning with the sunlight shinning brightly through the front window.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Oh my gosh! I slept late today, perhaps because I had a busy day yesterday, that included a bike ride in Flanders. There was laundry, too, and a walk with the dogs, and some time with the aquarium. The later entailed a quick trip to my local PetSmart. While changing the filter, I discovered my inline heater had stopped working. After adjusting the temperature a few times, and uttering a few salty son-of-bitches, I realized I needed a replacement. Rather then purchase another inline heater as that involved water issues, I chose a standard in-tank model. Now the fish are warm and happy.
We had snow last night.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
For those of you who haven't realized it yet, in 3 weeks the days are going to begin getting longer... again. That's a very good reason to look forward to the winter equinox.
Ending in less time, on December 7, also known as Pearl Harbor Day, will be the enrollment period for Medicare supplemental plans. For those of you under 65, or who don't live in the US, this is the time of year when us older people get continually harassed by Cigna, and Aetna, and Mutual of Omaha, and United Healthcare, and the list goes on and on ad nauseum. This has little to do with providing seniors with better health coverage, rather this onslaught has more to do with these companies hitting their forecasted 5% annual growth. It's all about the money.
Surprisingly, I got 4 measures yesterday. This time of year installs normally begin to slow down - no one wants their doors opening and closing constantly during the cold times. Heat can be expensive. Yet, even in this time of Covid people are willing to open up their houses to strangers. Have I told you I live in a Conservative area where many, while wearing masks, still believe this pandemic is not nearly as bad as the media claims.
I saw where the Idiot Jerk in the White House has raise about $170 million for his 'stop the steal' campaign. Republicans refuse to accept the evil nature of his attempt to undermine our Democracy, but they they have leaned towards a socially conservative dictatorship for some time now. They need to be in charge. It's a conservative issue. And they lie... a lot, about everything they don't like. This is why they fit the Idiot Jerk like a glove. They don't realize that after this thing is over the money they're raising will find it's way into his pockets, and Ivanka Danka's pockets, and Donny Jr's pockets, and even Eric the Dumb will get some. They don't understand there is no way they can stop the steal. This is who he is, and hard lessons will need to be learned and I doubt very much if they will ever learn the error of their ways.