When you hit middle age you really only have two choices: you can get fat and lazy until you roll over and die, or you can can get off your ass and do something, like maybe ride a bike.
Saturday, December 31, 2022
Round and Round she goes
Friday, December 30, 2022
The Seriously Red Sky
Well, it's Friday, the end of the work for those who don't work in retail, or law enforcement, or unless you're a bartender, or a waitress, or a sous chef. At this point in time, I would not be surprised if a decent majority of Americans work at least one day of the weekend. So much so, I do believe they should rewrite that old song, you know the song I'm talking about:
Everybody's working on the weekend
Everybody needs to pay the bills
I talked to HR yesterday. I like to work 20 hours a week and I was scheduled for 16 hours, two weeks in a row. We added 4 hours to each week. I'll be covering evening meals. That's fine. I'm a morning person. Everything around the house gets done before noon, so I don't mind heading into the store at 3 PM for a few hours.
There's a new trailer out for Picard, season 3. I honestly don't know if I'll watch it. Season 2 was horrifically terribly. The show took all of the lore that the franchise has spent decades building upon and crapped all over it. Season 3 looks to be nothing more than a Star Trek, The Next Generation redux. Damn!
We had a seriously red sky this morning. Bad weather must be coming.
|The view from my computer chair|
And what about Andy Tate? I had no idea who he was until Twitter erupted with Greta Thunberg clapped him back over some sort of crack he'd made about his cars and pollution. Now he and his brother Tristian are sitting in a Romanian prison charged with sex trafficking. Andy had been one of Tucker Carlson's special guests who complained about being persecuted because Tucker loves his misogynist underdogs.
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Run, Donald, Run
Hello Thursday. I don't know what the temps are like where you live, but here in Central PA they're supposed to climb into the mid 50s (F), which is toasty for late December. Wednesday of next week, we're supposed to top off at around 60 (F). I'm fine with warm weather, as long as it saves me money on my heating bill.
Yesterday was good. I rearranged some furniture, not doubt part of my DNA, did 2.6 miles on the treadmill, and worked on the book.
Re: the treadmill. I don't like running, but I don't mind walking very fast, my average speed being 3.6 - 3.9 mph, once I hit 4 mph I'm actually in a slow jog. To increase my heart rate, I make the incline steeper, so I'm walking fast up hill. The videos I watch are either Pro-Walk Tours (great for the stay at home tourist) or The Average Runner (he runs around New York City). I avoid content providers who are into wilderness trail running. When I try to explain what these videos are like, people say "interesting," but I can tell they don't really understand, so here's one from The Average Runner running down the entire west side of Manhattan.
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Good morning, afternoon, or evening. The good news for today is that the temps here in Central PA are supposed to top off in the mid to upper 40s (F). This is so much better than those Christmas days when the temps bottomed out down near 0 (F).
I've been thinking lately that some of Biggie's midnight bathroom breaks have more to do with getting a biscuit rather than the pressure of a full bladder, more of a bad habit than anything else. Last night I put my theory to the test. A little over an hour after he was on the bed, I felt the weight change (he weighs 116 lbs.) and the ker-thump of his paws hitting the floor. Instead of getting up, I just lay there. About 20 minutes later, he got back on the bed and slept through the rest of the night without any problems. I'm suspecting my theory is correct.
There are certain loud voices complaining about Babylon's failure at the box office, claiming that audiences are more interested in going to see a Marvel film rather than a good drama. While these people are somewhat right, they're missing the point entirely. It's very rare for audiences to flock to the movies to take in a good drama,. With all of the freaking drama around us, why would anyone spend money to expose themselves to even more. This has always been the case. If you don't believe me, spend some time looking over box office grosses for dramas for the past 30 years. Dramas are simply not popular.
And, speaking of movies, rather than waste time at Babylon, I went to see Avatar, The Way of the Water last evening. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The movie is filled with eye candy that's simply amazing at times. The story's good, there's even drama between two different fathers and their sons. There's even a bit of a Titanic moment. Three hours and 20 odd minutes went by very fast.
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
The Hardy Boys
Hello Tuesday! Temps here are supposed to climb into the upper 30s (F). Tomorrow into the 40s (F). And by Thursday will be in the 50s (F). Now, how's that for a rebound from the Cyclone Bomb?
Plans were to go see Babylon this evening. They've changed. It opened poorly. That doesn't usually phase me, what does is that it has a 3 hour + running time. Another thing: the film was advertised more as a comedy with dramatic moments and that's wrong. It's an all out drama, little comedy, about the problems Hollywood dealt with in the switch from silent films to talkies. I'm thinking someone should have told Damian Chazelle there's already been a really super movie made about that time. It's a little thing called "Singin' in the Rain."
The NYT has a good list of people who died during 2022, that includes many you wouldn't know about. One of those mentioned was Tim Considine, who played Frank Hardy, of the Hardy Boys on Disney's Micky Mouse Club, a long, long, time ago. I was 6 years old at the time, and yes, I did love the Hardy Boys. Joe Hardy was played by Tommy Kirk, a Disney regular until they found out he was gay and kicked him out.
Monday, December 26, 2022
I hope everybody had a nice, relaxing Christmas, that everybody stayed safe and warm inside their homes as frigid cold from Canada bombed America. We did have single digit temps here on Saturday, the 24th, but no snow. Yesterday things began to warm up, temps climbed into the low 20s (F). Today they're predicted to reach 30 (F), and by Wednesday we should be a balmy 52 (F).
Here in Central Pa, Christmas day was quiet. There was ham, corn, and mashed potatoes... lots of ham, that will be eaten as sandwiches and turned into ham salad. Some will be frozen. The dogs will have the juicy fat served up to them with their dinners this evening.
Oh, and Biggie and Lilly got cake and ice cream. The dainty, lady Lily took her time, licking her ice cream the way you do an ice cream cone. Biggie, who's head is the size of a personal watermelon, swallows things whole. For him, it's not about the taste, it's about the consumption.
I watched Glass Onion, a Knives Out mystery on Netflix. It was only released into around 700 theaters back in November, and only for a week or so before Netflix pulled it. Reviews were middling. I didn't like it. Not one bit. This was more of a bomb than a hit. In Knives Out, Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) ask questions to solve the mystery, in Glass Onion rather than deduce, he makes statements; he tells the audience what they saw using different camera angles. By the time the ending comes along, he is no longer the star of the movie, that honor goes to Janelle Monae. I don't know about you, but I like it when my mysteries have a brain.
Sunday, December 25, 2022
May the Joy of the Holidays fill you with Happiness!
The ham is in the oven. Both Biggie and Lily are keeping guard, they know they'll be getting bones and hammy fat, and probably skin. This afternoon both will also get cake and ice cream. Biggie's 8 years old today.
Here's hoping your lives are as full of happiness and contentment as mine.
I'm also so glad I don't have to deal with this.
Saturday, December 24, 2022
The Joys of Christmas Eve
Friday, December 23, 2022
Hello happy day before Christmas Eve! I say that with good hearted jest. You see, the first thought that went through my head when I woke up this morning was: damn, I have to go to work this afternoon. Yep, I thought it was Christmas Eve. It wasn't until I sat down my computer that I saw today was actually Friday, the 23. I'm in really good spirits, now.
The Vet call last evening. Biggie is not going on meds. No hormone blockers. He does have Cushing's but his symptoms are not severe enough to require medication. Biggie, as if he had already known this, slept through the night without having to go potty outside. While I have no problem spending the $$$ for treatment, $400 + every 3 months for bloodwork was mice.
As for the snow we had yesterday morning? It's practically gone. We a total accumulation of 3 inches. I went out and shoveled because a delivery from Chewy was expected. Then, around 1:30 PM, the rain began, and it's been raining ever since. Had it been cold enough, this would have been one hellatious snow storm. The cold doesn't arrive until later this morning, carried in by high winds gusting to 50 + miles per hour. That's another reason why I'm glad I don't have to go to work this afternoon.
Yesterday there were quite a few individuals got reality checks. Can you hear me laughing at them?
Matty Gaetz was shooting off angry retorts because many, many people were outraged that he and Bimbo Boebert sat through Zelenskyy's speech. This is one of many images of the two sitting on their hands, or checking their phones. Did they think they were making some sort of bizarre statement?
Thursday, December 22, 2022
The Big Stick, and how to use it
And... we... have... snow! Just flurries at present. We might get as much as 2 inches! The dogs will love that. Looking at the weather map, I doubt very much if we're going to be in the 'your screwed' region, and I didn't get to the liquor store yesterday, so I failed to take that advice. Honestly, the precipitation event doesn't seem to be entering into the picture. The temperature drop is. Our high on Christmas day is forecast to be a balmy 17 (F). That's the predicted high. I'll just crank up the heat a bit. According to UGI, I've used 19% less natural gas this year than I did last year. The temps have been about the same, so I that's interesting.
Speaking of UGI, one of their guys was next door yesterday for around a half hour. I suspect he was assessing the furnace, which is very old. I sent a text to my neighbor across the street who so desperately wants to rummage through the rubbish the previous owner left behind. She told me she saw a crockpot sitting on kitchen shelf and I asked to myself, why would you want a used crockpot? I do not understand this need some people have for acquiring things for free; that doesn't make it better. Free does not equal quality, durability, or long life. Having a lot of junk does not make you important.
|The snow's coming down much heavier now|
Only 88 of the 213 Republican members of the House were there for Zelenskyy's speech and 7 of those present refused to stand: Boebert, Gaetz, Jordan among them. The Republican party is worse than pathetic. The authoritarian government they dream of would lead to civil unrest and chaos. They will never understand until they are taught to respect Democracy. Taking the high road has only emboldened them. The time has come for us to speak softly, but use a big stick. This is the only way they will learn.
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
The Long and Short of it
Can I get a big 👍for the Winter Solstice? Shortest day of the year. For the next 180 days, give or take one, we're going to start stretching the sunlight until it covers more of the day. For some reason, back when I was a young whipper-snapper, I believed the shortest day of the year always arrived sometime in February. That was until I learned in elementary school that there such things as solstices, and the word has more to do with the long and the short, though they use fancier words, like declination and excursion. Doesn't one word sound like it might have something to do with sex, while the other? I don't know anyone who would willing want a medical excursion.
Biggie is back from his long, long blood test. He was happy to see me. Ate like a wolf when he got home. I made BLTs for lunch yesterday and saved the bacon drippings for both he and Lily's dinner.
I did watch the last 4 episodes of Wednesday on Netflix. I enjoyed the series, and am wondering if the Hyde is going to be a recurring character.
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Santa's on his way
Monday, December 19, 2022
Elon's Loss (corrected from this morning).
Monday - this is going to be an abbreviated work week; I'm scheduled for 2 days, Monday and Saturday. Today I'll rack up 8 hours, Saturday I work 5 hours. Today will be boring. The only departments that will do any business on Friday will be Garden (marked down Holiday decorations) and hardware (that last minute drill for dad). I did put in for 6 hours of vacation pay even though I've earned 4 hours of holiday pay. Biggie's expenses are approaching.
The actual new owner of the house next door showed up yesterday for about 10 minutes. He pulled his black Escalade in front, put on the four way flashers, and proceeded to follow his worker into the house. He's probably in his mid 30's, had a large gold chain that swung away from his chest when he walked, and I was not impressed. I suspect the new owner discovered just how much rubbish the previous owner left behind. Buying a house 'as is' means you're getting it as it is. It's not going to be cleaned out and ready for painting. 'As is' also means there was no way that house could pass a home inspection. If a deal is too good to be true, it's almost always too good to be true.
Our new store manager arrives today. In fact, she's probably already walking the aisles of the store. Some of our newly promoted assistant managers may have problems. They will have to go through a learning period. They may have a rough time of it. I have no problem with that.
A bit on Troll: it is the most popular non-English film in Netflix history, people have watched over 128 million hours as of last week. Could Mads have anything to do with that? Some people like it, others don't, but overwhelmingly people are sympathizing with the troll. Now, isn't that interesting?
Sunday, December 18, 2022
Mike Lee's Quality Jail Time
It's a bright sunny Sunday outside. Cold, the temps are not supposed to climb out of the 30s (F). This morning, when downstairs to let out the dogs and start the brew the temp in the writing room was 69 (F) just before the heat kicked on. Christmas is supposed to be bitterly cold, with highs in the mid 20s (F), so I'll probably kick the heat up a notch or two.
I don't doubt that this year it will be more expensive to heat my house since no one is living next door, and at this point, I don't imagine the new owner doing any work to get it ready for rental. In fact, as far as I know, it is still overflowing with all of the crap the previous owner left behind. Workers were stopped by yesterday to drop of boxes of vinyl plank flooring bought from my store. The associate who sold it to them said the guy who bought it was a slum lord. How well he manages the property will have a direct bearing on how many $$$ I put into my property.
We have a new store manager starting tomorrow. This will be fun. You see, 14.25 years ago, when she was only a supervisor, she offered me a part-time job as a cashier. Then, when I moved into an HR position, I worked with her for 4 years at the Carlisle store. I don't doubt for an instant she will be managing my store when I go into full retirement. This is how circles work.
So, and what about Mike Lee? Here he is cozying up to the Orange Anus.
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Just 7 more Shopping Days until Christmas
Well, we are a week out from Christmas. This should be a busy day for shoppers, so there's a very good possibility the store will be full of customers. At least that's one possibility. We have not been heavily shopped so far this year. Holiday decorations? Yes, and there is that occasional individual looking for a saber saw, but mostly our sales have been flat. We had 2 good years during the pandemic when people used their government dollars to upgrade their homes. Many took advantage of that. Lower sales volume is the price we pay for that.
Speaking of pricing, and costs, my water bill dropped $6 dollars. I'm suspecting it's the new front load washer, which only takes around 12 gallons (45 liters) per load, as to my old washer which required at least 50 gallons (189 liters) for both wash and rinse cyclers per load. Can we talk about a washer actually paying for itself? I did buy this to take care of the monthly cleaning.
For the 2nd night in a row, Biggie did not have to go potty outside. This is a very good thing. Wednesday he goes for his 8 hour test and by Friday I should know what dosage his new med will be. From what I understand, it will slowly destroy the cells that are producing his extra cortisol.
Evidently every one of the Orange Anus trading cards sold. He made something like $4.5 million. How's that for a money laundering venture? I wonder how he's going to lie about that income on his taxes.
Elon reinstated the journalists he didn't like, the ones he claimed were doxing him when in reality all they were doing was reporting on his own actions. The damage is already done. Many of these journalists have now set up other accounts on other platforms and they are letting their supporters know.
The January 6 committee is recommending that the DOJ charge the OA with 3 crimes relating to the insurrection. I suspect he's not going to be having a jolly holiday with Mary.
As for Ronnie DeSantis? He continues to tact farther and farther to the right. His heart yearns heavily for his future of being an authoritarian dictator. He needs to understand that polls showing him more popular with Trump and Conservatives have absolutely nothing to do with the American people.
Friday, December 16, 2022
Can I get a happy hello to Friday?
The rain, sleet, slushy snow is predicted to end this morning. The temps are supposed to climb to 44 (F), but then the their supposed to tank, meaning drop, not explode like the round aquarium in Berlin. I feel so bad for those 1500 fish, dying because of stupidity.
Yesterday was so slow at work. I talked to 2 customers. A husband and wife. They were disappointed that the mosaic tile they were looking at on her phone didn't look like the mosaic we carried in the store. I explained to them about color accuracy, and how back lit colors are never true. They also didn't like the fact that they were looking at a natural stone mosaic which meant each mosaic was going to be different, that there was no way to guarantee uniformity. He shook his head, "well, that's sad."
I did stop off on my way home and picked up a small bottle of merlot and watched "Troll." I liked it, but then I've always been a sucker for monster movies. Not all fairy tales are about fairies. At some point, I will watch it again.
Thursday, December 15, 2022
From the Teat of Republican Hatred
Thursday. Outside the temp is 31 (F) and we have freezing rain. Supposedly, this is not going to amount to much. A glaze, perhaps. Looking out onto the veranda, there's a lot of shine, but it seems more wet than slick. I'm not about to go out to see how slippery things are. I am scheduled to work today. If around10 ish the roads seem slick, I'll take a personal day.
I went to the dentist yesterday morning to have a filling replace; it was old and had started to leak around the edge making the tooth sensitive to hot and cold. Well, that's fixed now, however, he wants to put a crown on the tooth. Well, that's not going to happen. He didn't like the fact that I'm switching to Blue Cross dental insurance, "they don't pay so we dropped them," he said, "and I'd hate to see you go to another dentist." Maybe if he didn't charge so much that people need to rely on insurance, there might be no problem. A really bad fiscal policy is to charge as much as insurance companies will pay.
I found this nifty! The sound of a wind devil on Mars. This is what it looked like. Someday we will be walking on this planet.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Short entry today because I have a dental appointment in an hour. There's some leakage around a back filling making it sensitive to cold and hot... mostly cold.
Speaking of cold, the temp outside is a cold 24 (F). Things are frozen. Tomorrow we're supposed to get a combo of sleet and snow, maybe up to 3 inches. If it's crappy when I get up, I might call off work. Though, since I'm not scheduled until 1 PM, the roads will most likely be fine.
Here's a pic of the new laundry room with the bar cart in place. You'll notice it's on wheels. I'm still going to be using the shelves for storage. I'm going to be getting an area rug for in front of the washer / dryer. That vinyl floor may look nice, but static electricity makes it a dust magnet. I'm always wiping it up.
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
The very petty Elon Musk
Around here, Tuesday is garbage day. This is also the day I put out my recycling. All of those Chewy boxes are put out on the curb. Because I live alone, I put my garbage and recycling out every 2 - 3 weeks. Sadly, that does not drop my quarterly garbage and sewage bill. When I moved here, that bill was $65 ever 3 months, now it 3 times that amount. Families who line the curb with 3 or 4 garbage cans weekly are supposed to pay more.
The replacement part for my bar cart arrived yesterday. Assembly will be completed this morning. That means the laundry room will be one step closer to being completed. I'm going to hold of installing the 2 folding doors until after Biggie's test expenses have been paid off. I'm also going to be buying an area rug to put in front of the washer and dryer. The vinyl click / lock floor I put down is nice, but static electricity on the surface has turned it into a horrendous dust magnate.
Nine days until the shortest day of the year. I cannot wait until the winter solstice has passed.
For those who are interested, I am on Twitter, mostly because I find it amusing.
Monday, December 12, 2022
The Body Under Ice
A new Monday and a new week. As usual, I'm scheduled to work today, but only for 6 hours: 12 - 6. I can do that, especially since I'm off for the next 2 days. That's so nice.
I was down in York yesterday for lunch with my friend Betsy. One of the gifts I got for my 70th was a $50 gift card to Outback Steakhouse. While I don't mind a decent steak on occasion, I'm more of a poultry, pork, or seafood kind of guy. And Outback is okay for a sit down meal of fast food. If you want fine dining, you go to a restaurant. I thought the food was overpriced, and their desert menu had 7 items, 2 of which were variations on the ever popular carrot cake. I ordered a chicken sandwich which came with one slice of swiss cheese and one strip of bacon, I know, I looked under the bun. I will admit, however, that for a free meal it was quite tasty.
Otherwise, yesterday was quiet. When I got home, I finished the last chapter of The Body Under Ice. 78,000 words, right now. That will increase as I start to polish the manuscript. As you can see, I have lots of notes. Are there any secrets in the post-it notes? Hhhmm, I don't think so.
Sunday, December 11, 2022
So far Sunday's sort of foggy, sort of frosty, overcast and gray. We do have snow on the ground, but our current precipitation is mixed, with snow and drizzle. There is snow on the ground, but not on the sidewalks or roadways; no slush at all. Temps more than a bit above freezing so salting is unnecessary.
I've a load of sweatpants in the washer.. I have been regularly checking the KW hours I use, and they are decidedly lower than in the past; thank you new dryer. This month is still going to be pricey, mostly because P.P. & L. raised their rates. According to the info they provide, the average family uses around 1000 KW hours per month. Me? I'm between 475 and 500. I think my bill is expensive. I can't imagine paying $1200 to $1400 a year for electricity, yet that's what the average family here in Central PA has to pay.
Biggie got up 3 times last night. Twice he had to go potty outside. When he's on his meds, that should stop. Right now, he's sleeping on the sofa downstairs with a T-Rex, like a 2 year old with one of his toys.
Our dusting of snow is already beginning to melt. This may just be a foreshadowing of what's coming our way on Thursday and Friday. The Big storm moving across the country will be overhead by then. I'm scheduled to work on Thursday, however if the roads are crappy I'll stay home. Here's what the back yard looks like now.
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Bibi's good, Sinema's bad
Hello Saturday! We're having another sunny day that's going to be on the coolish side. Temps are predicted to rise into the low to mid 40s (F), which is fine with me. I do get to work today. 1 PM to 7 PM. This is the shift I worked during the pandemic and I liked it. Being a morning person, everything is pretty much done before noon, so being paid very well to sit at a flooring desk for 6 hours is not bad.
Biggie's appointment has been made for his BIG blood test. He's scheduled for December 20, and will be there for a full 8 hours. The last time he was at the Vet that long was when he had his little man jewels removed. The cost to definitely prove he has Cushing's Disease is $469. How's that for a bite out of the pocketbook? Not only will the test give him an idea of which glands have the little tumors, but also indicate what his med dosage will be. That dog's going to be on more meds than me.
I had chosen a ride through Arcadia, Maine, for my treadmill jaunt yesterday. It looked like it might be relaxing. Well, 3.5 minutes into it YouTube popped in commercials that I skipped, and then 4 minutes later there were more commercials I needed to skip through, and again, 3.5 minutes after that there were more commercials. I shut down the video after 16 minutes because by then there had been 4 sets of commercial breaks. The problem is some content providers want to monetize their videos and so they allow commercials, and Youtube wants you to pay for a subscription to get out of commercials. Sorry, but I'm not on Youtube long enough to justify a monthly payment, and there are plenty of content providers who aren't really interested making a pittance from their videos.
This being said, there are a number of people I do follow on YouTube, content providers whose originality stands out, like Dylan Bibi. He's French, speaks very fast, tends to drink a lot of beer, and is both funny and original.
Friday, December 9, 2022
That self-serving Bitch
We've got a sunny Friday outside. Again, the temps are forecast to rise into the low 50s (F), which is not bad for this time of the year. Predictions are that we're supposed to stay this warm until the middle of next week, then temps just might drop. That's okay.
I talked to the Vet last night about Biggie. I nixed the idea of doing an ultra-sound on his belly. There is only a 15% chance this little tumor he has is located on his adrenal glands. Instead, I'm opting for the low-dose dexamethasone test, which has good results at locating the location. Two days after the bloodwork is completed, he should be on meds.
Cori, my cover artist, informed me yesterday that the cover for The Body Under Ice should be ready next week. I'm finishing up the last chapter. Then there will be a revision; I have notes on some changes that need to be done before it goes through the editor. As in the past, I'll be looking for 2 blog readers who want to provide input before the final draft gets published. As payment, these readers get an autographed paperback copy. They are on a schedule though, meaning it's not something you can take your time to leisurely read through. Interested people should contact me through the email address I have listed in my profile.
And now, about this self-serving Bitch.
Thursday, December 8, 2022
So, wouldn't you know it? I'm off for 2 days and the weather is crap, misty, drizzly, and the occasional heavy downpour. We had fog warnings letting us know the fog was dense with poor visibility. Today, I have to work, and the sun is out. The temps are supposed to climb into the low 50s (F). Not that I was planning a lot of yard work, other than the regular poop patrol, but I do tend to get more done on sunny days.
I did manage to bake 2 loaves of rye bread yesterday. Tasty. And I baked them the old fashioned way, kneading by hand, letting them rise, and baking them in the oven. The bread machine is nice, but I'm sure the electric heating element suck down the KW. Natural gas is cheaper for me than electricity and using the oven rather than the machine saved me almost 3/4 KW. Now, that doesn't sound like much, but that adds up when you look at how much bread I bake.
Funny story about Biggie at the Vet: I'm sitting alone in the examination room waiting for them to bring him back from his blood draw, when hear the assistant say, "oh, he just farted," followed by her making a disagreeable sound. When she brought him back into the room, she told me he farted. My response: "that's why I burn candles." As my sister says, whether he wants to or not, Biggie has no problems clearing a room.
I'm wearing one of my paint shirts today. Can anybody guess what I leaned against?
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Cushing's Disease (syndrome)
Well, it's Wednesday and more rain is expected today. Buckets, perhaps. Yesterday was dismally gray, with drizzles and mist. Sitting at my PC and looking out the window, it's foggy and I can hear the rain upon the roof. The temps are predicted to climb into the mid 50s (F), which is good. It's nice not having the furnace running constantly to heat the house.
With the new washer and drying connected to LG, I can track the power usage. I'm can use that to compare the usage PP & L is recording to see how much I'm saving. Three loads of laundry yesterday = 2.06 KW less than the 3 loads using the old washer / dryer. That's a nice saving every month.
Results are back from Biggies bloodwork. They are fairly certain he has Cushing's Disease. Boxers are one of the 5 species of dogs in which it is prevalent, and usually it shows up when they are 8 years old, or older. Biggie will be 8 on Christmas day. There is an 85% chance that he has a tiny tumor on either his pituitary or one of his adrenal glands which is pumping out cortisol at a high rate. With treatment, he should be around 2 - 2.5 more years. The average boxer lives to be twelve years old, but Biggie is twice the size of your average boxer, so I always figured he be around for 10 years. The Vet told me the treatment is about equal to one of my social security checks. Since all I'm doing is banking them now, I'm opting for the treatment.
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Monday, December 5, 2022
The Cross that Trump Built
Monday, and I work. 8 hours. Though my shift begins at 0930, meaning I should be home by 6:15 PM.
More was accomplished yesterday than I had expected, including a 2.59 mile trek through Dana Point, CA, on the treadmill. I did not do any laundry. I did cook red beans and rice for dinner. Leftovers will be lunch today.
Four solar lights I'd ordered also arrived yesterday. They will light up the path from my driveway to my house on those winter evenings I work past sunset.
I got an email this morning from the company I bought the bar cart from: they will be sending a replacement part within the next day or two. That's rather pleasing. It is Asian, and my bias tends to expect their customer service might not be up to par. This is a complex problem I have since I deal regularly with a number of Asians at work and most of them are very nice people. It could, in fact, be an online order bias since so many companies selling online are foreign. Example: I bought a cuckoo clock and the time mechanism was made in Germany, however the pine cones were made in Hungary, and the wooden housing in China. Speaking of China, does everyone know they have space station? They are launching 3 astronauts up to it tomorrow.
I know a lot of people are anxious for the indictments to fall. Everybody knows it's just a matter of time. The Georgia runoff election is tomorrow, results should be released probably tomorrow evening at the earliest. By Wednesday morning, America should know who won. The DOJ doesn't like to make political indictments preceding elections, since losing parties (especially Republican) will look to place blame on any and everybody but themselves. The real question is if they will start to arrive prior to the Holiday and ruin Christmas for all those MAGAs?
Sunday, December 4, 2022
Well, if today hasn't started out lazy. Sunshine is pouring in through the windows. The temps are supposed to climb into the mid 40s (F). A nice, quiet day is in store. I had made plans to drive down to York to have lunch with my friend Betsy, but we've postponed that until next Sunday. That leaves today open for me and, shock of shocks, there are no loads of laundry waiting to be washed!
The company that manufactured the bar cart I'm using in my laundry room sent me an email. They said they would replace the part that split and asked for a photo of the split and the part number. Honestly, their response seem on the up and up, however, looking at their reviews, fulfillment doesn't seem to be a priority. In the mean time, I've done a search on how to fix the 'split,' and may take the matter into my own hands.
Yesterday was slow at work, at least in Flooring. Garden was busy; lotsa people were buying trees, real and artificial. And Christmas decorations were being sold, secular lawn ornaments were flying out of the store. We don't sell a lot creches. You can have your choice of either a black or white audio animatronic Santas., but just try and fine even one of the Three Wise Men. So tell me, how's this for crass commercialism?