Thursday, August 31, 2023
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Yesterday was odd. Many chores on the "to do" list were accomplished. Even a trek on the treadmill. Yet this morning when I checked out my blog I saw that I failed to respond to the comments. That's something I believe I've only done twice before in all the years I've been writing Riding On, so my apologies for being so lax.
We did have nice weather. We're supposed to get the same thing today, with the temps hanging around in the low 80s (F) with little to no humidity. Nice stuff for the end of August and early September. This Summer has been good for us here in Central PA. Perhaps it's because we're located in a valley between ranges of the Appalachian mountains.
I received an update yesterday from Findaway Books. The Body Under Ice is now available at the following audiobook retailers. This is probably going to stick out the side of the blog, but that happens sometimes. I am going to prep the first book in the series for audiobook since I should have started out with number 1, rather than number 6. That should be happening while The Body in Motion is being edited.
Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Tuesday, and my four day weekly weekend begins. I did miss this schedule. Not that I don't mind changing things up now and then, but I found working over 29 hours in one week disruptive after almost a year of 20 hour work weeks.
There's a good chance that the weather today will be drizzly and rainy. That's okay. The only place I'm planning on going to is my neighborhood Giant supermarket. I'm out of bananas. Lily and I share one everyday and that's a routine I like to keep.
I do believe the house next door has been sold. While the large Iron Valley real estate sign is still in the front yard, the small red "For Sale" sign is gone, replaced by one that give the name of the listing agent. I find this amusing since the owner bragged that he didn't need to go through an agent because he knew the right kind of people. Besides listing it with an agent, he had it professionally stage which no doubt cost him quite a bit with rental furniture.
I posted a little video about why I waited so long to put the audiobook The Body Under Ice on Audible... actually, it's not there yet. It also takes forever before it shows up in their store.
Monday, August 28, 2023
The weather yesterday was nice, comfortable temperatures, a light breeze and sun that was on and off. Today looks to be a replay of the same, though the chance of showers increases to 40%. Either way it will be nice.
I got the estimate for the electrical work and it's around what I was expecting. I must have become more astute to contractors and their pricing. I emailed Radle with 2 small changes. I also sent an email to Lindsey, the woman who drywalled the holes in my ceiling. I have work for her, some drywalling, the installation of cabinets and prepping for the new sink and dishwasher. Ibn fact, Lindsey just returned my email - we'll be talking this evening. For the sink, I'm going to go with a double sink work station. Nice, eh? Though mine will be a drop-in, not an undermount.
Sunday, August 27, 2023
Saturday, August 26, 2023
Well, the weekend has arrived and it's a bit muggy outside. The last time I checked, the temp was 73 (F) which might indicate this afternoon's temps might be in the mid 90s (F), however they're forecasted to be in the low to mid 80s (F). We shall see.
I do work today. Halloween displays should be dropping into the store on Monday, but they've already have boxed 6 foot skeletons in the main aisle.
So, I signed up for Hulu to watch Only Murders in the Building. The first season was okay. I figured out "who dunnit" the instant the character appeared. Logic, you know. Who is the most logical person to commit a murder, not the most suspicious, though I do like playing around with suspiciousness. Last evening I began Season 2 and got a really pleasant surprise: one of the guest starts turned out to be 89 year-old Shirley MacLaine. What a joy to see her still acting, and being funny!
The clam in the big tank isn't working for me. It doesn't open until it fills with air and then the top lifts and these large bubbles escape. I prefer the smaller bubbles of an air stone, so I will probably replace it with something I like. The 2nd statue is in place and the live plants are beginning to spread across the gravel, and yes, the statues are all Greek gods, and they're all naked.
Friday, August 25, 2023
Yesterday was sunny, the temps were comfortable, hovering in the low to mid 80s (F). Right now we have drizzles outside. Yep, it rained overnight. My dahlias needed it.
Also, the electrician showed up a bit early and we walked through some of the updates I want to have done in the house. One of them, moving and outlet and prepping for the installation of a new sink and dishwasher is going to be put on hold for at least 7 or 8 months. Instead of that expense, I'll have my drywaller remove and install new vinyl plank flooring. What have in the kitchen now is old, and it was very inexpensive. We don't install the product anymore because it's not waterproof, water can leak through the seams, and the wear layer was not intended for dogs.
I went to see Oppenheimer last evening. This is truly one amazing film. There are two stories here, the first being the creation and detonation of the first nuclear weapon, which is in color. This is juxtaposed with the politics of the era with all of the hobgoblins of McCarthyism, and the cold war, which is is stunning black and white. Cillian Murphy is outstanding as a man glorying in the authority and power his creation gives him while coming to terms with the true horror of what he has helped to create. You sympathize with a man whose reality was fed by an ego that was fed by the popular press, someone who realizes too late that he wasn't always in charge of his life. If you get a chance, see it on a really big screen, and prepare yourselves, I cannot even begin to explain the emotional impact this film had on me.
Thursday, August 24, 2023
Yesterday was nice and sunny, and I did get some dumbbell work in - arms you know, I don't want to keep the strength in them as long as possible. Age will eventually take its toll, but I've already told it that ain't going to happen tomorrow.
I'd ordered a 2nd Greek statue for the big tank and it arrived. It looks great, but it's resin, not marble. I thought I was ordering it from the same Greek company because it was advertised on the same page, not so, this one was made in China, but sold by a Greek owned company in New Jersey. I'm going to be ordering one more. I will be certain that one, too, comes from Greece.
The electrician was here this morning taking notes to give me an estimate on a number of other jobs I need to have done, moving outlets in the kitchen, installing a light in the computer / gym. I've used him before. He's a bit pricey, but does good work. Still, this is going to set me back more than a couple of pennies. I've set up a low interest home equity loan to cover that expense and the rest of the drywalling and cabinet installation in the kitchen. I'm also thinking of having the old vinyl flooring removed and new flooring installed. The stuff that's in there now is crap that I bought when I was rather naïve about flooring.
I talk a lot about the big tank in the dinning room, but not so much about the smaller 30 gallon tank in the living room, so I thought I'd post a picture. This is looking in from the side. All the fish are types of Barbs, except for the little yellow guy looking at me from the top of the vase. He's an algae eater.
Wednesday, August 23, 2023
So, yesterday was quiet and nappy. The weather was nice, not hot, with a breeze and while I did get things done around the house, it was still a slow day. My Tuesdays are usually like that; a time for me to decompress, so to speak, after spending hours at the flooring desk. I may be part-time, but in the 3 consecutive days that I work I'm still putting in 20 + hours. Not that I'm complaining, those hours do pay for my fun time, as well as cover the expense of everything I purchase online.
We have a little over a week left in August, which means we are halfway through summer. All around Central PA the weather has been scorchingly hot, but not here. We have had lots of storms that produced buckets of rain, but there was very little in the way of wind damage, and so far my lawn has stayed green and mowable. This is the first time I can remember that happening.
Lily's birthday cake was finished off yesterday. I thought I might freeze the leftovers, but then decided against it. Of course, it showed up again when I stepped on the scale this morning. And I also baked a cauliflower and tomato quiche... or maybe you want to call it a torte, yesterday. It is quite tasty, in fact I warmed up a slice for breakfast, and still have half of a pie (?) to go.
Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Well, it's Tuesday and I'm glad. I've had 2 weeks of disruptive scheduling because other associates were on vacation. I worked 29 hours last week, and that's a lot for me. I'm used to my 3 days on and 4 days off schedule, which has finally started again.
The temps climbed up to 91 (F) yesterday and it was warm, or at least it felt warm. Being used to highs in the mid 80s (F), it's amazing how much hotter a few extra degrees can make it seem. Today we're back in the low to mid 80s (F), which is fine with me.
An offer has been made on the house next door. I don't know for how much, but when you go into Zillow it is now listed as "sale pending." There was a family with two teenage children looking at it last week, though I wouldn't think they'd be interested. They were driving an old Hyundai which might indicate the price might be out of their budget. I'm interested in how much it will actually sell for.
Yesterday morning I took this picture of some of my roses to post to Threads and because I'm still acquainting myself with how it works, I sent it everywhere except here. So, now I've fixed that.
Monday, August 21, 2023
So, California is getting rain. A Navy buddy of mine posted pictures on Facebook this AM and I was polite. I didn't tell him that is what most rain storms look like here in Central PA because they don't have the amount of rain that we do. Two years ago there was a heavy drought in the southwest, today they're getting too much. This means I need to make a really bad joke: Isn't this how it usually is? When it rains, it pours?
Anyway, yesterday was oh, so boing at work. I did have customers show up who I'd sold blinds to last week. They got a phone call, the product they wanted was out of stock and there would be a 3 week delay until production could begin on their blinds. That does happen on occasion. What does irk me, however, is this belief by some customers that they can show up on Sunday and resolve the issue. While our store may be open, Bali blinds, Levelor blinds, and Venetia blinds are closed on the weekends. True, we can reach their customer service reps, but all they can do is look at notes on a customer's order, which is what I can do. The customers are coming back later this morning when we will be able to get some answers for them.
It seems as though I have Kamikaze snails. Here's one racing towards the edge of the clam shell.
Sunday, August 20, 2023
Yesterday was a slow day at work. Really slow. Schools open their doors this coming week and those parents who weren't on vacation with their families, were out shopping for school clothes and supplies. The same thing is going to happen today, possibly even more so since it's Sunday and the weather is supposed to be nice.
Speaking of the weather, it is nice. The temp this morning was a nice cool 58 (F), which makes for outstanding sleeping. This afternoon the temps might climb into the high 80s (F), and that to is fine. For those living in Central PA climate change has not been that bad, not so for the rest of the world. That doesn't mean we're not going to be getting those long hot summers that everyone around us seems to be getting.
Lily had a great birthday. Way too many snacks. Too much vanilla ice cream, as well as chocolate cake. Everyone says chocolate is bad for dogs, well it is in large amounts. I researched this a long time ago and it turns out dogs can have 1.5 oz of dark chocolate for every 10 lbs. of body weight, for milk chocolate it's 3.5 oz for ever 10 lbs. That little half cup of Hershey's cocoa I mixed in Lily's birthday cake was nothing more than tasty for her. Even the cream cheese lavender icing, while high in fat content, wasn't bad for her. This is her cake. Notice the tasty pearl sparkles.
And I saw this story about the problem Evangelicals are having with Donald (the Spawn of Satan) Trump. The problem is that so many of them were so terribly desperate to make this a socially conservative country they made themselves easy pickings for evil. What makes this even worse is that these losers can tell you exactly how evil works: it offers you that thing you most desperately want, all you have to do is help it to grow. So, here comes Donald J, a man known to be a scumbag, offering them what they want and instead of say, "oh, crap, this is how evil works," they searched and searched for some obscure evil person referenced in the Bible who God supposedly worked through and convinced themselves Trump was to be sent by God. In reality, they were looking at a way to force social conservatism on America and they took it. Now, Judgement is coming for their cult leader and the church is going to have to deal with a terrible rift, tearing the very fabric of their beliefs apart. Personally, I think we should all sit back and let them eat the cake they baked.
Saturday, August 19, 2023
We didn't have any rain yesterday... or last night. We've had enough for a while. Lawns have stayed green all summer, and mowing has been constant. Supposedly, according to the forecast at least, we're supposed to be rain free for the next couple of days. However, there's a little rain event happening out in southern California that will eventually move east and when it gets here, there is a distinct possibility it will travel up the east coast (prevailing winds coming in off the Atlantic make that happen). so we might get more rain next Friday, or Saturday.
I got a little present this morning from my electric company. My budget plan charge has dropped by $20 per month thanks to this mild summer we've been having.
And, of course, today is Lily's Big Day. She's 10 years old. She started this morning off with her normal morning snacks... and then a big pig ear. She also had some banana, she loves bananas, and right now she's taking a nap on the bed. Later, she'll be getting cake and ice cream. For her entire life, it's always been white cake and vanilla ice cream. This year, because she's 10 years old, she's getting chocolate fudge cake and vanilla ice cream. She had a sample last evening and thought it was the cat's meow... I'd give her one of those but all my neighbor's cats have seemed to disappear.
Friday, August 18, 2023
We did have rain last night. The grass is wet, so I don't know if I'll get a chance to mow it this afternoon. According to the forecast there's little chance for additional rain today, tomorrow, and Sunday. Actually, it's looking pretty dry for us... hopefully, unlike southern California and Nevada where Hillary is supposed to be dropping substantial rain. Of course, you do know a vast majority of those living in the desert have no idea how much damage that much rain is going to cause. Serious flooding is something they've never had to contend with.
I got four measures at work yesterday, that took up maybe around 30 minutes. Towards the end of my shift I cut 15 feet of carpet. Otherwise it was so slow and boring. The full time associate who was supposed to be there never showed up, supposedly he was helping his daughter with something. Whenever an associate pulls something like this, I automatically think of job interview. This gent is unhappy about so many things and is not the sort of person who should really be working in retail.
This morning and this afternoon I'm going to be prepping for tomorrow. What's tomorrow, you ask? Lily turns 10 and that little old lady is going to be treated to homemade ice cream and cake. Talk about being spoiled. I work tomorrow afternoon but there will be plenty of time to celebrate before I head over to the store.
Thursday, August 17, 2023
The rain stayed away yesterday. We had sunshine and low humidity, the temps never broke above 90 (F) and in case anyone is wondering, these temps are saving me a bunch of $$$ on my electric bill. Today is supposed to be more of the same - that's fine by me. Tomorrow, on the the other hand is iffy, there's a 40% chance of rain. Hopefully it will hold off until I get my lawn mowed.
I did almost 2 miles on the treadmill yesterday, that's the first time I've done anything physical since I did that little twitchy thing to my back with the kettlebell. By Monday I should be back on my regular regime. It's all part of my goal to live to be 100. I told a friend that and he said if I live that long I'll be decrepit, so now I have 2 goals. He's younger than me, so not only am I going to live to be that old, but I'm going to prove him wrong by still being fit. Oh, and I'm still going to be doing the kettlebell exercises, however I've learned to do with with a little less oomph.
So, Barbie's grossed over $1.2 billion at the box office and I suppose that overly patriarchal conservatives are on the verge of going in conniptions. Remember, their 1950s based egos are rather fragile. Anyway, I got a bit laugh this morning when I read in the Washington Post that Ryan Gosling's song "I'm Just Ken" is a surprise hit. In spite of all the A List musicians who contributed songs to the film, I wouldn't be surprised if this is the one that gets the Oscar nod. I can easily picture it being performed, live on Oscar night.
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Yesterday was almost a day without rain... almost. We did get sprinkles around 7 last evening, though they didn't last long. The sidewalks were dry this morning when I left Lily out. I do see another mowing of the lawn ahead though, possibly on Friday. Today, supposedly, there is a 0% chance for precipitation... we shall see.
Both tanks were cleaned yesterday. Each one now has an algae eater, but only one tank has snails, too. The smaller tank in the living room is the home for several species of Barb (Golden, Cherry, and Tiger) and they, unfortunately eat snails, in fact they will eat just about anything they see as being weaker. They were very nosey about the algae eater at first, until he tried sucking algae from their bodies; they didn't like that so now they leave him alone.
I do get to work tomorrow for a full eight hours, so dinner tonight is going to be Swedish Meatballs, enough so I can use the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
The process has been initiated for The Body Under Ice audiobook to be distributed on Audible. It will take about 45 days, and, being that they're cheap scuds, will only pay a royalty of 25% of every sale. Findaway, the publisher will get a 10% cut of that so in the end, I should get about $1.35. Other distributors pay 70% to 80%, to give you an idea of how chintzy they are.
If anyone is interested, I am on Instagram: drsnyderwriter. You get to see pictures of what I cook, the dogs, and the current work in progress.
There's a new video on my YouTube channel. Actually, it's posted in a number of places. Here's the blog version.
Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Yesterday was nice, sunny, not so humid and an enjoyable day. That didn't mean we didn't get our daily dose of rain, that happened overnight... and it's going to happen again today. Weather patterns are so difficult to predict, especially since we're in the beginning stages of Global Warming. We have no idea how fast or how extreme things will change. One thing that does seem to be certain is that here in the United States our southern states are going to get very hot.
My visit to That Fish / Pet Place yielded some blue mollies and plants, the main reason for my trek to Landisville. Later today I'm going to be ordering the last of the naked Greek statues for the big tank. They're made of marble and safe for the tank. Some of the plants I put in the living room tank and the fish rooted them up over night, so they'll go in the bigger tank where the fish are not so aggressive.
Yesterday, as I was driving back from Lancaster, I had an odd feeling right after I turned on to 283 West. It wasn't good, or bad, just that something had changed. Anyway, when I got home I put the bag of fish in the big tank to adapt to the new water temperature and went upstairs to check my email and found I'd gotten a response from Findaway Book distributors. The Body Under Ice is now available for purchase at any one of these distributors. Now, isn't this nice? I set up promotions on Spotify and Barnes & Noble, though I don't know when they will kick in. It's also available on Google Books, as well, but not on Audible. Audible requires you only sell through Audible and royalties are only 30% of the selling price.
Monday, August 14, 2023
We did not get any rain yesterday. The temperature peaked at 90 (F), and to hear people coming up to the paint desk, you'd think it was well over 100 (F). I so much wanted to tell them that 90 (F) is warm, not hot, but I did the professional thing and simply nodded my head and said, "is it?"
Yesterday, he real estate agent handling the house next door had an open house. I have no idea how busy many people stopped by to actually view the property. So far 626 people have looked at the property on Zillow and 48 of them have saved it, which is probably a good sign. However, seeing it up close and personal is a lot different than looking at rooms professionally staged. The temps were in the high 80s (F) during the open house so they would have needed to have the ceiling fans going. There is no ceiling fan in the attic, so temps up there would have been scorching.
I'll be going down to that Fish Place in Lancaster in about an hour. I've got a 30% off coupon. That's good. I need to get more plants. The one I put into the big tank is thriving, so it's time to add more, as well as the naked marble statues.
Sunday, August 13, 2023
Well, yesterday was another day passing and last evening another thunderstorm; the weather's like clockwork. We're going to have a replay today... and tomorrow, though tomorrow the temps aren't going to hit 90 (F). The highest temp yesterday was 91 (F) and I asked several customers "what's it like outside?" The response was always the same. HOT. I'm sorry, 91 (F) is not hot. 100 (F) is hot.
Business was on and off. I'm well over my sales plan and I've hit my measure goal. Today will only be adding more to that if any sales go through, or I get another measure or two. This has been a long week, over 29 hours. The one good spot is that I'll be getting a really nice paycheck because we all know how I love to spend money.
There's an open house next door between 12 PM and 2 PM. I'm so glad I will be at work. According to Zillow, 330 people have looked at the house and 23 have saved it for future reference. There are 26 pictures and I have to admit that whoever staged it knows their stuff. If you're a vanilla person who is desperately trying to live a life of pure neutrality, this is the house for you. Here are a couple of pics.. We first start off with the bland living / dining room. Ceiling fans are essential because there is no Central A/C.
|The living room and dining room|
Then we have the kitchen. I do like the tile work. That, and the marble counter top are selling points. However, the brown you see under the cabinets is unfinished plywood because the were a cabinet kit and those pieces remain unfinished. And, of course, the gray continues.
|At one time this was an eat-in kitchen, not any more|
|Because of the slope of the roof, headroom is limited|
Saturday, August 12, 2023
Well, the weekend has arrived. There's a slight drizzle, but that's supposed to pass. Temps today are predicted to climb up into the low 90s (F). Humidity is thick, though not clingy, like a wetsuit, and as the day gets warmer that may change.
Since it is Saturday, I will be working an almost full 7 hours and it'll be just me. The 2 full time associates don't get back from vacation until Monday, and after tomorrow I'll be off until Thursday. I'm quite interested in talking to one of them since this past Wednesday he was up in New York. He went to see Josh Groban in Sweeney Todd. I saw the original production oh, so many years ago with Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury.
My big accomplishment yesterday was cleaning, dusting and vacuuming. Meh. If I lived in a much larger house, I probably hire someone to come in and do that for me, but for what the number of rooms I have, it wouldn't be a good waste of money.
Since I've added the snails and algae eater to the big tank and moved the fish that east snails to the tank in the living room, my algae problems have disappeared, for the most part. Slowly, tank decorations are being added. Yesterday it was a clam shell, that works with a bubbler. Of course, one of the snails had to investigate. I snapped a picture just before he fell off the edge.
Friday, August 11, 2023
Well, we come to the end of the work week and I am off, but then that's normal, I never work on Fridays. I will work the weekend. There's nothing new about that, but I'll be by myself most of the time. As I've mentioned, the 2 full time associates are on vacation this week. So's Jon, the PT whom I bounce ideas off about the next book.
I bought a new desk light. It's a blue glass Tiffany style. There's a nightlight in the base and it doesn't work, so I had to email the company for directions on how to replace the bulb. It's an irritation.
When I pulled into my driveway yesterday, I saw something that surprised me: a For Sale sign in front of the house next door. The guy who'd bought it said he wasn't going to go through a realtor to sell it. "Commission is lost $$$" he told me, "and if you know the right people a real estate agent is unnecessary. Evidently he doesn't know the right people, or that first showing he had was a big wake-up call. I've checked, and so far it hasn't been listed on the realtor's website.
Thursday, August 10, 2023
Thursday is arriving with a thump. Rain is in the air. Buckets will be arriving in the form of showers, drizzling on and off. I mowed my lawn yesterday so I'm not concerned. This does mean that most likely I'll be mowing it again next Tuesday or Wednesday.
So, the house next door is off the market. Most of yesterday there were two women there, one driving a Mercedes and the some sort of boxy, orange car. I'm fairly certain that they are staging the house to make it more attractive to buyers. While I was mowing, I saw one of them carrying in 2 snake plants and while I was making dinner I heard them talking out back next to the windows on my enclosed porch. I glanced at them as one of them pointed up. I'm hoping they convince the guy running the show to put in a section of privacy fence between our 2 properties; that would save me the expense.
My back is still recovering from my kettlebell experience. A lesson is learned. I can do the exercises, but not with a 15 lb kettlebell, at least not to start. I have some individual 5 lb weights, so I think those will be substituting until those lower back muscles build up some strength.
And, of course, the voters in Ohio spoke out and rather loudly told Conservatives to shut up!
Wednesday, August 9, 2023
So, it's Wednesday. The weather is supposed to be nice, which means I'm going to have to mow my lawn. We're heading into the middle of August, the time of summer when lawn mowers sit idly by while spiders spin webs from the handles down to the tires. Lawns are never lush and green at this time of the year, except for this year.
I'm paying my taxes later this morning. Yippee.
I made an appointment with the electrician to come buy and give me an estimate on some work that needs to be done. He won't be here until the 24th. I'm betting he's going to sock me for another $1500 to move 3 wall sockets, do 2 light repairs, and install a hood range over my stove. Once that work is done I can bring Lyndsey, the drywaller back in to finish most of the kitchen redo. I will be repainting the cabinets. Yippee.
The house next door got another showing last evening. Two women. They were there for about 40 minutes. The owner spent most of the time outside talking on his phone. If they're interested, I'm sure they'll make a counter-offer that's much lower than he's expecting. This is most fascinating. Update. I just checked and it is off the market. I don't know if that means they've made him an offer or whether he's going to put some more work into it.
Popped another video up into my YouTube channel yesterday.
Tuesday, August 8, 2023
For those who missed the news, we had bad thunderstorms and torrential downpours yesterday afternoon. In DC, the Federal Government said it was fine for people to leave work early. That didn't happen for us. Then again we weren't in DC. We had a few minutes of gusty wind, a bit of thunder, and then steady rain for about an hour and a half. Everything was done by the time I got home from work.
I did 14 sets of Kettlebell exercises yesterday and my L1 - L5 rather impolitely reminded me that they're slowly fusing together. Naproxen does wonders. So does a heating pad. This means I will have to work the exercises in slowly, possibly into other workouts. Maybe a set or two when I do arms, and a set or two when I do chest.
Twenty-four hours after the house next door was listed, there was a price drop from $185,000 to $179,900. This was after one showing, so obviously it didn't go as well as the owner thought it was going to go. I've talked to him several times, he thinks he's a shrewd businessman and that all potential buyers are stupid. They aren't. Not with the prices of homes today. They do their research.
Remember my cutting back my peach tree? Well, this is what it looks like today, not at all like the nectarine tree which is pretty much dead to the world.
Monday, August 7, 2023
Yesterday was nice and sunny. The temps were just right. Then last evening the clouds rolled in and we had rain. More is in the forecast for today. Then, things are going to dry out.
I also work today, but only for 6 hours and I don't need to be there until 12. This is fine. I've put together some Kettlebell exercises which I'll do after Lily's walk.
The house next door is finally on the market. He's asking $185,000. He had his first showing yesterday. My neighbor from across the street asked if it was a couple or a single person, since I went down to York to visit my friend Betsy, I don't know. She'd sent me the link to Zillow, but I'd already looked. So many bad things here, like finishing the attic, but there's no heat and probably no insulation in the walls, for one. Here are some pictures, and yes, as you can see, it's all grey.
|Living Room / Dining Room|
|Not a singe wall outlet to be found in the attic|
And will there be another indictment tomorrow? Hhhmm, could be. Even though the Orange Anus seems to think these charges will help him in his desperate attempt to gain the nomination, and the presidency, in order to avoid jail time, he's wrong. Conservatives have always been wrong. They've always assumed the country to be conservative at its heart, it isn't. America is Centrist. And while polls at this time of year are misleading as far as who's going to vote for who, this one just looks at what America thinks. Yes, a majority of Americans think these indictments are probably politically motivated, and yes, a majority of Americans have no problem with that. In spite of what Republicans have been telling themselves for years, that they know America, and America would love to have a socially conservative, authoritarian government, Americans would rather have a Democracy. That's more than a kick in the shin to the GOP. They didn't just stub their toe when they decided to become MAGA cultists, they shot of both of their feet and now it's almost impossible for them to run. You see, they've convinced themselves that everything was black and white, well, it isn't America is filled with grey tones.
Sunday, August 6, 2023
Saturday, August 5, 2023
The weekend has arrived, a time for rest and relaxation for those of you still enslaved to the working world. Today's temps are predicted to be the same as yesterdays, as well as tomorrow's. The chance of thunderstorms is declining, though we did have a whopper yesterday afternoon; buckets of rain fell with a dusting of thunder and lightening.
Yesterday was, for the most part slow and boring. I did ride for 16 miles in Corsica. I do like that ride; there are a number of medium sized hills that are somewhat challenging. The entire ride is 58 miles long. To complete that would be an accomplishment.
I'm working more hours this coming week then I've worked in quite some time. Two of the Specialists are going on vacation, as a result I've been scheduled to work for 29 hours. Wowza! I'm not really excited about it, in case you're wondering.
I bought a smoked herring to use as a prop in an upcoming video for my channel. It's bigger than I thought it was going to be. Also, for some reason I thought it was going to be dried. It's really more like a big sardine in mustard sauce... a very big sardine. I can't wait to find out how tasty it is.
I also signed up for French TV. If you don't use it, you lose it, and that means listening to it being spoken as well. The "learn French" will probably be an instant fail for most people since it provides subtitles. Believe, subtitles in do way reflect what is actually being spoken, so I've turned them off as they would only be a distraction.
Friday, August 4, 2023
There was no rain yesterday, at least not around here, but then the temp never got above 81 (F) and most of the storms we've been getting are heat and humidity based. Today is supposed to be different, much more humidity and the temps are suppose to climb into the upper 80s (F).
Retail was slow, at least as far a measures were concerned. I did have to cut carpet as well as blinds, which helps to take up time. I did have this one tile customer who was looking to tile her shower.
After some time, she picked a brown porcelain tile for the walls most likely because it was cheap. For the floor, however, she wanted a mosaic and we didn't have a color or pattern that suited her, so she decided to look for that elsewhere. When I recommended that she buy one of the wall tiles in order to coordinate the color she told me, "Oh, I don't need to do that. When it comes to color I have a photostatic memory." There are times when I do really need to bite my tongue.
Look! I've got a new toy! Now all I need to do is make sure it doesn't go flying and break something.