Wednesday Weirdness #287

Shopping for new sheets for the bed was a very frustrating experience for The Wife. She was unable to find any complete sets. Only separates. I’m not sure what their logic is. Yet one more reason not to shop at local stores. It’s almost like they don’t want our business by making it a nuisance to shop for department store basics in their misguided efforts to increase sales.

Monday Monologue #282

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • Earlier today we had nice spring like weather with temperatures near 60-degrees. Now, the temperature outside has already dropped into the 30s and snow is supposed to start falling in the next few hours. Not the best way to start off the week.
  • Of course, I used the good weather on Sunday to switch my outdoor power equipment back to lawn-care mode. So, I will be outside in the cold on Tuesday changing things back to the winter configuration.
  • Since it was looking more like spring, I ordered some new prescription glasses for outdoor activities on Friday. They won’t arrive for a week or so. Hopefully this is the last blast of winter and there will be plenty of sun to try them out.
  • Taxes are due in a month. Long past time to work on them. I just haven’t had the energy to start on such a depressing task whenever I happen to think about it. Hopefully next weekend.

Monday Monologue #277

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • Not happy that events that are marketed as being broadcast “live” are actually somewhat delayed. There have been a lot if spoilers with everything appearing almost instantly on social media.
  • It’s a bit creepy; but, we got a report from our smart thermostat showing that the heat ran 5 hours less last month than the January before. And that the average temperature set was 1-degree less. An interesting report; but, it does raise some privacy concerns.
  • It’s getting harder and harder to find the specialty incandescent bulbs that fit some of fixtures in our house. LED bulbs are available; but they are expensive. And, they don’t match, so you have to replace all the bulbs at once.
  • Now that we’ve got everything, it’s time to start working on our taxes. We always owe, so we approach tax season with even more dread than most people.

Wednesday Weirdness #271

I’ve been getting a lot of packages this week. Mostly because I picked ship “faster rather” than “fewer boxes” when I was doing my Christmas shopping since I was concerned about one item delaying everyone else’s Christmas presents. The shipping cost (to me) was the same either way. I expected a few more boxes. But, not nearly as many as I’ve received. Still, its great to be ready fore the holiday even if I have extra cardboard boxes to recycle.

Monday Monologue #271

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • I mostly finished my Christmas shopping this weekend. I think I got good gifts for everyone. I just need to get some more outdoor decorations and visit the local stores for a few small items.
  • It seemed weird going to work today. Its been many years since I worked the week before Christmas.
  • I washed my car on Saturday to get the road salt off. So, of course, it rained and there was still enough residue on the high way so that it doesn’t look like I washed it. Our SUV is the darkest color that we have ever had; but, really shows dirt.
  • We’ve almost reached the shortest day of the year. In not looking forward to the start of winter. But, I will be happy to see the days start getting longer.

Monday Monologue #270

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • I’ve somehow managed to NOT catch the flu from The Wife. But I do have a lingering cold. Not too bad. But, I’m not quite my normal self either.
  • I had to shovel snow on Sunday. I would have preferred to use the snow blower. But, we drove over the drive way a lot on Saturday and too much of it was packed down and needed scraping. Today is sunny; however, more snow is forecast for Tuesday.
  • For a variety of reasons, my “alternate” gym is now my “primary” gym. I don’t think I’ll be returning to my former main gym anytime soon. Especially since it was so inconvenient.
  • I still have lots of Christmas shopping to do. Hopefully, I can get it to it sometime this week. I’ve got ideas for everyone. I just haven’t sat down and done all of my shopping.

Monday Monologue #268

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • We had a great Thanksgiving holiday. It wasn’t long enough. But four-day weekends never are. We’re already looking forward to Christmas.
  • Someone scratched up the door of my SUV. Not bad enough to need to go to the shop. But bad enough to require touch up paint which I don’t have. So, the entire incident is doubly irritating.
  • It’s actually been warm enough the past few days that I’m debating whether or not to cut the grass one more time. I’ll probably leave it. I can think of much better things to do outside on a rare December weekend with warm temperatures.
  • I’ve ordered a few items online today. But nothing expensive. Unfortunately, most of the items we want/need were not on sale.

Wednesday Weirdness #265

I may be finished mowing the grass for the year even though it could use one more cutting. My next-door neighbor may not be happy; but, it’s been far too cold and wet to cut the grass. And, with the time change, there’s not enough daylight in the evening. So, it’s a weekend task if the weather cooperates. I haven’t switched over to snow-blowing mode; which will eliminate any possibility of mowing; but I likely will over Thanksgiving. I’m sure I will get a few comments.

Wednesday Weirdness #263

We closed the pool yesterday. We thought about getting in it one last time over the weekend. But the sun is so low on the sky we would have been in the shade most of the time. Having a heater is nice. But, it still can’t make up for a sun that barely seems to come over the horizon. So, we went for a row and did the homeowner thing instead. Spring seems a long time away.

Wednesday Weirdness #262

We just replaced our deskside shredder which broke over the weekend. It’s quieter even though it’s the same model which is probably why the old one broke. We didn’t realize the motor in the old one had gotten so loud. That’s the way of things; but I still don’t like unexpected surprises.