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Saturday July 10, 2021

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Good morning!

BC, sorry there are remnants of the drama of the former tenants.  Can't understand that mentality.  But that's a theme in my life as I can't understand the mentality of a huge majority of people and wonder how they function in the world.

J22, I started thinking and I can't remember when we stopped screening for TB here.  Maybe the rates are so low they found it a wasted effort.  I really never heard of anyone converting but for the Filipinos because of prior exposures in their home country.  Every blue moon, and it's been years, we get called because of an exposure.  I can't even remember the last time I got one of those letters, probably a decade or longer.

I like dark chocolate and always have some on hand.  I like the darkest of the dark, the 85% to 90% cocoa because just a little goes a long way and I don't eat the whole bar, but a few pieces.

I did four loads of laundry yesterday including the sheets.  How I let so much pile up as a single person I'll never know.  

I was fortunate enough to pay cash and pay off my upcoming trip.  Got a discount for using a check instead of a credit card, although I used the electronic check option rather than sending them an actual check.  Still it took a bite and was happy to see my payday pending on my bank account for Monday which included the overtime shift I worked a couple of weeks ago.  

I guess I'm at that place where I really do complain and sometimes hate my job, but have the attitude "I don't have much time left there, so I'll deal with it, and get mine."  Every time I work overtime 15% still goes into my retirement fund, not something I really like because I want the money when I work overtime, but when I think about all I've done over the years, it's probably added up to a decent chunk of change in my retirement funds.  I always have to look at my retirement and remember "none of that money is taxed, so take 1/3 off of it and that's what you really have".  What I've done since last October when we got bought and and switched is go to an Roth IRA 403B which taxes the money first and then puts it away, so the next few years before I retire will have those taxes paid.

Even though I took out $1200 for my dental crown,  thanks to employer matching contributions my Health Savings Account has $6200 in it, which is comforting to know I might not go broke with health care expenses.  

Can't believe I'm thinking of such stuff such as retirement and impending health care expenses.  Ugh.......

A good friend asked me why I do overtime when I seem to be comfortable and don't really need to and that it stresses me out so much, that I should enjoy this age in my life and slow down.  I said that part of my mindset is that 20 year old kid that ran out of money days ahead of payday and struggled to make ends meet.  Plus being raised by a frugal German mother and depression era parents doesn't help.  But I'm not cheap, I sometimes think I'm a spendthrift.  Like do I really need more records or books or organic purple sweet potatoes and shiitake mushrooms that are so expensive?  I once spent $17 on a bottle of premium Japanese soy sauce. 

Working today and tomorrow.  My work "wife" texted me that she had a terrible day with a rapid response at shift change. I swear this is the fourth rapid she's had at shift change.  She seems to have one of those every week.

 

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Tweety it's understandable why you'd be cautious with money, given that experience.  I'm cautious too, given that I've struggled in the past and tend to be anxious about money

BC sounds like selling the place might prove the better option

NJ22 that sounds like a productive garden

Stars hope you and your dh can find some relief, glad that prayer is proving helpful

Yesterday was good at work, got all the calls made and the calls I had planned to do over the weekend too.  Glad to have the weekend free

Went out to dinner with J at our usual place.  Relaxing end to the day

Today will go out for coffee then stop at the farmer's market.   Then off to the arboretum, haven't been there is a while.  Hoping my luck with birdwatching continues.

Have a hair cut scheduled, then will exercise and watch Stooges and Svengoolie.  Svengoolie has "I Saw What You Did", which is a bit dull but has Joan Crawford overacting, which is kind of entertaining

Weather continues in the 70s, thankfully the rain predicted for this morning will hold off until the afternoon

 

 

 

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Hi, did a 5 mile run this morning, with just a little soreness on the side of my knee so I think the new shoes are helping. Plus I have been massaging and stretching more. I found out that my medical insurance doesn't require a doctor's order, because the PT acts as a provide and devises a plan of care. So, I may look into that if the soreness continues. I got another facial this morning. I think I have 2 more in the pre-paid package. I can't say that my skin looks any different for the money I paid, but it is relaxing. 

I wish there was a closer arboretum here. There is a beautiful one in Vancouver, BC, but the border is still closed. And Seattle traffic is ugh. Maybe I can talk dh into dinner near the beach, where we can watch the shore birds. 

There are no fireflies in this area. I saw one once in the Dominican Republic and that was fascinating. I am glad you didn't swallow it, Stars. I have inhaled/swallowed way to many gnats whilst jogging and biking. Ick.

Ted, I suppose you won't get the opportunity for many call-offs, so maybe fewer hours is the trade-off. Wishing a speedy recovery to Sedona. 

Requirements about TB screening and testing have evolved quite a bit. There are two local nursing schools that require yearly testing for clinicals, and I get an occasional call from prospective foster parents needing testing. Health care facilities do their own, but they only have to it on newly hired staff and new admits. Staff are supposed to do a yearly health screening for signs of active disease. But I get tested every 6 months because I am in contact with active patients on a regular basis. That being said, TB is tougher to catch than say, COVID. And much more treatable. Most of our active cases are foreign born, but we have had some US born residents develop it, usually after travel.

The weather remains mild, a little breezy. Things are pretty parched though, and wildfire risk is high. That is the new normal. 

 

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Good Saturday Afternoon~

Joe, I know what you mean about Joan Crawford's overacting being kind of entertaining. I know when she was very young she was a beautiful girl, but in her later years she looked so severe! Last night I watched a bit of a 1970's movie with Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis Jr....I can't remember the name of it, something to do with one of them was white and one of them was black. I'm not sure if it was a detective film, or WHAT!!! It was corny and sexist and racist, all done in the vein of "humor". But nowadays it would be torn apart for how AWFUL it was in those ways. I'm sure they thought they were hip and amusing. The acting was meh-to-bad, and a lot of times with that kind of 'stinker' movie I can look at the background, the cars, the clothing styles, etc., and be satisfied enough to keep watching, but I found this movie to be, well, appalling is a good word, and after about 15-20 minutes I turned it off and went up to bed to read.

Tweety, I never have been a 'good' money manager. I remember my mother saying "I can't believe you are handling the finances" when hubby and I first got married. I couldn't believe it either, but hubby, well, I think he would be worse. I do remember before I was married, calling my mother on the phone plenty of times, crying and wringing my hands over finances. // The latest fubar was over the amt in my debit acct. Apparently I forgot a few times to keep a running tab by NOT entering a transaction IMMEDIATELY. I thought we had $130 or so, but when it was declined at a restaurant, I got in touch with the bank and they said I had $20.78!!! It wasn't all my fault, because hubby forgot to get a receipt several times when he picked up some takeout, and when I asked him later, he quoted some amounts to me that were pretty far off from what was actually spent. I said from now on, the first thing he needs to say is, "I need the receipt!" It just discourages me so much when I have bungled acct amounts. I think I said that recently I tracked back two months in my checking log to see if my math was bad or something. (I need an accountant!!!) // My horoscope for yesterday (which I read either at the end of the day or the day following, lest I take any of it seriously) said "You know it's time for you to have a vacation or a raise, so GO FOR IT!" Yeh, uh-huh, right-o, okay then, sure! I'll just grab my wallet, buy a ticket, rent a cabin, and then just GO! Hahahahahaha!

Well, j22, I am posting here now....can I expect to see your post pop up when I hit the 'Submit Reply" button? I dunno, but it'd be funny if there you were again. 

Braves won last night 2-0. There's a game this afternoon, and I have already been asked 3x by Nannie and 2x by hubby if there's a game today, and if so, what time will it be. Get's so if one of them says, "Is there..." or "When is..." I automatically, even before they finish the question, reply, "Yes, 3:30 pregame and 4:10 first pitch."

Speaking of which it is nearly 3:30 and Nannie just did her 'just-in-case' trip to the bathroom so she won't miss one minute of the pregame show.

Toodles! Be back later, I'm sure....

Back in a brief edit to say ...j22~ There you are again!!!! This is so funny!

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stars - why not post some kind of memo/alert board that announces the time of upcoming events? I just find her focus on Braves' games very interesting.

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1 hour ago, amoLucia said:

stars - why not post some kind of memo/alert board that announces the time of upcoming events? I just find her focus on Braves' games very interesting.

She does not 'see' notes or reminders even if you attach it to her wrist or it's hanging off the edge of her chair-side lampshade or stuck to the back of her recliner on her head rest. She can't track a list, either, or read the score on the TV screen, nor can she really remember the players, or which uniform they're wearing during any particular game. Except today....today the Marlins are wearing red shirts with pale blue stripes, and a sky-blue ball-cap with a red 'beak' as she calls it. She says it's ugly. 

She and her deceased husband were very big Braves fans and have watched Braves games for YEARS and YEARS. 

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amoLu-

Yeah, I know. I get a lot of those things, too: IDEAS! Have had so many of them that just do NOT work with Nannie ... like I once made her a family-tree type list to help her remember who is who... it was very simply done. She studied it intently, and then asked questions that made me realize she still could not understand what it was telling her. Like her two sons, their wives and the grandchildren. She said she was thrilled with it and thanked me, then put it somewhere, but we have no idea where! // Notes were attached to tubes and little bottles so she wouldn't put Neosporin or hand lotion in her hair as "a little dab'll do ya!" cream-----or use spray deodorant for hairspray. Well, Nannie is in her own little universe, is all I can say. Things that make sense elude her.

Edited by No Stars In My Eyes
many of these things mentioned have been removed from her bathroom, and yet she keeps coming up with little bottles and tubes of old used products!

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