Thursday, April 09, 2009
Not a Smooth Week
This morning I woke up to a cold. My first cold since I moved to Delaware in April of 2006. I’m blaming it on this crazy spring weather we’re having here in southern Delaware. One day is a glorious warm, brisk spring day. The next day the cold winds are relentless. No wonder I have a cold. People all around me have had colds. Bill just had one last week. The breakfast hostess at work was diagnosed with pneumonia. I'm surprised that I haven’t come down with a cold before now.
I’m still playing around with getting the rear window shield wiper fixed on my car. This is getting to be an all week process. A couple of weeks ago I took my 98 Subaru in for a major overhaul. I had just hit 111,000 miles and I decided that this car is going to go another 90,000 miles. I can’t afford a new car. This car has to last. My real window shield wiper wasn’t working so I decided to go for it and get that fixed too. First time out in the rain and the rear window shield wiper doesn’t work. So I call the garage where I had it fixed. Coincidentally the garage is called The Garage. This was on Friday. They tell me it will take more than a few minutes to check the motor. I worked at the Inn on Monday. I took the car in Tuesday. They check it and told me I would have to leave my car with them, which I did yesterday. Then they tell me they have to order a new motor. I picked up my car. Now I’m waiting for the new motor to come in so I can leave my car with them again. I can see where this is going. I’m wondering if they even put a new motor in my car. But how can you tell? I don’t need this stress. This is turning into another nightmare.
My spring bulbs are in glorious bloom. I love the change of seasons. This past winter seemed so long. Six months of cold, windy weather. We’ve had a lot of rain the past few weeks which has produced wonderful green grass all around. I hope we don’t have the dry parched summers of the past few years. I can’t wait until I can get outside and work on my flower beds that border the back acre of our lot. I’ve tried but the winds are so relentless. It’s no fun working in winds that gust up to 30 mph. It’s almost like working in a low grade hurricane. Not fun. It blows my hat off and musses my hair.
Bill and I are trying to arrange a time to visit our friend Big Bob. Bob is our longtime friend who is losing his mental capabilities. He’s not getting any better. I talked to him on the phone the other night. Another one sided conversation. I do all the talking. I ask him how he’s doing. He says “Okay.” I ask him what he’s been doing. He says “Nothing.” And that is about the extent of his input into the conversation. “Okay” “Nothing.” It’s sad. He seems to enjoy our in person visits even though he seems confused. Sometimes I wonder if this is all my imagination. Maybe it is and I’m the one who is losing it. At this point in my life, nothing surprises me. It's scary.
One thing I am really glad about this week is my decision not to continue with my Censes address canvasser job. I would have been wiped out if I was out traipsing through neighborhoods attempting to Map Spot Housing Units. Bless their hearts, those people who are out there doing this hard work of verifying addresses. It is an important job and I have all the respect in the world for those who are able to go out everyday with their Hand Held Computers (HHC) to verify addresses. I wish them only the best.
I’ve decided to clean up my blog site. I removed links which I never go to. I don’t have time to explore different blogs. The times I have gone on a search for blogs, they generally are overloaded with content. They’re confusing. I like to keep my blog simple. I have two blogs, a personal one and a genealogy blog. I removed links to those blogs which aren’t updated. I also temporarily removed a link to my friend’s blog who is having trouble with his blog address. In the past year he has had both his e-mail address and his blog address hijacked. I don’t know how or why that happened but I’m totally confused now as to what his address is. I consider blogs a reflection of the blogger’s personality. That is why my blog has a lot of music and a minimum of soap boxing and links. Some of my friends have complained about the music but there is always the option of turning the music off. But if my blog has a mish mash of content, then I get confused to say nothing of how it affects the reader of my blog. Thus, clean up time on the blog. No offense meant toany of my friends who links have been removed from my blog.
I want to thank my friend Ben for suggesting that I use Facebook for my social networking and another outlet for my expressions. I’m having a lot of fun with my Facebook account. I love it. As we go through life, every now and then we encounter caring people who unselfishly offer to help enrich our life. I have been very fortunate in my life that I have met many such people. Even though I haven’t had a smooth week, I know that I’m living the good life retired in Delaware. Now for some rest so I can be at my best tonight at the hotel.