Saturday, November 20, 2010
Today was a lost day - I wound up spend almost the entire day getting the Kiwanis registration ready for the Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs. This is the part beyond converting our information into their format, and it wound up two pages longer than the standard form. There were not enough spaces for me to list all the officers and board members, so I just used two copies of the one page. The other extra page was for a list of how all our service money was spent. Then I crossed out all the n of 8 at the bottom of all the pages after page 2, and made it n of 10, and changed the 8 to 10 for the first two pages. All that's left to do now is get an affidavit notarized, another signature on the check, copy everything, and mail the whole mess off. I should be able to get that done before December without any trouble.
I don't remember if I mentioned it, but I also have the signature sheets for everyone who will handle money this year, so all that stuff is taken care of except for the IRS. They want a report by 1 January, but I should be able to do that without any real trouble (I hope).
Now that I recall, I did take the BW to JC Penny's this morning, then to Home Depot. Then I glued glides to the couch and footstool, all before 11:30, so I guess I only spent about five hours on the registration. Then I had to run to Sweetbay for medicine and groceries. We needed spaghetti pasta for supper.
Now I want to take an hour or two off and just read my book. I finished the second one of three last night and started the final one. When I looked at the library slip, I took six days for each book, which is two or three days longer than I usually spend with a book. I have been goofing off.
PS - I got 7 spark points for logging in today, but the pointer stopped next to a 1000 point cell. I normally would consider 7 pretty good, but I felt let down today.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Well, it's Friday, and the AC is running again. I noticed that it was 82 inside a few days ago and changed the thermostat from heat to AC, and we normally keep the inside temperature at 78 degrees. That may be the same as the outside temperature, but it always feels cooler inside because it's dry. We're having a cool front today, only 78 degrees predicted, but then it goes back into the 63 low, 82 high range again for as far as the eye can see. Also, no rain predicted forever. Apparently it was too cold last winter, too wet last summer, and predicted to be an especially dry winter - maybe another drought starting right after the last one ended.
I attended that Kiwanis meeting at Dockside Wednesday evening, cleared the garage and received the new dryer Thursday morning, and worked on getting the Kiwanis books and P&L statement clean and complete for several hours yesterday. Today I had a bunch of chores, including doing my laundry. Yesterday the BW pointed out a special buy dryer at Home Depot that was normally $400, now $250 - a Maytag stripper. When I looked at the details of what it does I think paying more for the one we have is definitely a good idea (at our point in life). We're past buying the basic stripper for normal appliances. If we aren't now, we never will be.
I got the three Service accounts to match the P&L and bank statements without any trouble, but had $63 too much in the P&L statement, but the check records, receipts, and bank records all matched. . In looking for the trouble I spent a few hours until I found two errors. I had taken the top number instead of the bottom one from the final 2010 P&L (our fiscal year starts 1 October) which accounted for exactly $23. Then Marty had recorded $40 as Mike's dues paid in 2011. I had recorded his $120 check in 2010 (September 28) so the P&L showed $40 too much for that. Between the two corrections, everything matches again.
Today I did a bunch of chores, including my laundry, and went to lunch with Jack, who has dropped out of Kiwanis and is now a volunteer - in other words, he will help with the service projects but not come to the meetings. I sympathize with him, because the meeting Wednesday night ran two hours without a board meeting added on. If they do that twice a month I am tempted to drop out myself.
Jack and I had two of the one dollar beers - and he had a hamburger and I had some french fries. We agreed that we need one or two more guys to make a good group. with five or six you get two conversations going at once and it's not as satisfying a meeting. I'm going to pick him up again next Friday.
Now I need to call the sister-in-law that we are going to meet next Thursday to agree on a time because the BW hasn't done it. We know the day and the place, but to eat out on Thanksgiving I think you need a reservation. I hope Betty made one.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Just as I got back from Walmart and was getting out of the car, the Salvation Army truck showed up, backing into our driveway. It gave me quite a start because I didn’t notice it coming my way when I came home, and the garage door was wide open. They took the love seat and ottoman, and I rearranged all the furniture into the old pattern again. Now there is plenty of room to walk between the recliner and couch, and we didn’t even have to move The BW’s antique writing desk to another room – just to the left a little bit. If we had spent about $50 more for a couch when we bought the original furniture we would have saved $800 this time.
Everything looks fine, the BW is happy, and it seemed creepy to have so much open floor space again. It was about the same feeling we had when we bought the third trailer with the 13 foot long super slide. The open floor is habit-forming.
After lunch I went to Sears and Apsco to look for a dryer. The BW was having a relapse, and told me to just go get a drier that works, so I looked first for the Kenmore “best buy” recommended by Consumer Reports. Most of the time the recommended model has been replaced by something else, and this was no exception. The Buying Guide had just come in the mail so I hoped for good luck (which we did have with the stove) but Kenmore just discontinued that line. There was a Whirlpool electric dryer that I liked the look of, but Sears charges you to deliver it and they you have to send in paperwork for a rebate. Before I rushed in I decided to check Apsco to see what they had on the floor.
They also had a Whirlpool of the same series as Sears for $460, and a Frigidaire for $399, and they delivered free, no rebate of anything. The Whirlpool had a 7 cubic foot drum and five drying temperatures, and the Frigidaire a 4.7 cubic foot drum and four drying temperatures. The Whirlpool had a five per cent failure rate in four years and the Frigidaire a six per cent failure rate in four years. When I had a hard time, the salesman said he could sell the Whirlpool for $430. I don’t know if they have a sale coming or if just asking did the trick, but I took the $430. With a new cord and tax it came to $472.89, which I figure is a bargain compared to having the house burn down. Also, the washer we bought at Apsco is an Estate, which is made by Whirlpool, so they will look pretty much alike, unlike the old avocado Kenmore with the white Estate.
The new dryer will be here Thursday morning – we get a call before 8 telling us the estimated time. I’ll put one of the cars on the tree lawn before they get here so they have plenty of room to bring it in without scratching either the cars or the dryer.
Monday, November 15, 2010
About a week ago, when I did my laundry, I waited a very long time for the dryer to finish my first load. I normally run it with the humidity sensor on the low heat setting, and I get a lot less lint than the BW does. Finally, I realized that it had been going for about two hours, the clothes were hot and dry, and it had not advanced. I put the second load in on timed dry and set the stove timer for the same time as the timed dry. When the timer went off, I went out and found the dryer running at the end of the cool down period and the clothes cool and dry.
As a result of my experience I told the BW that the dryer was broken and we needed a new one. We bought this house seven years ago on the second or third of February next year, and it came with a new dishwasher, OK stove, and old washer, dryer, and refrigerator. Within the first year the refrigerator failed, and it was going to cost a fortune to get it fixed, so we had a new refrigerator. Then, the second year the dryer quit working, and we had it repaired. Then the washer quit, and we bought a new washing machine. Then, last year the stove quit and a repair would cost half as much as a new stove, so we got a new stove. Then the dryer quit again, and the repair man said he got luck to find the bad component, and recommended that, if it fails, we not repair it again.
I told her about the dead humidity functions and that she had to use the timed drying if we didn’t want to get a new dryer. She said fine.
Then, a couple of days later I realized that the dryer had been running for at least three hours on the humidity sensing setting, on high heat (her favorite). I reminded her again that it doesn’t work that way.
The night before last I woke up at 4:00 for a potty break, and heard something running through the wall to the garage, where the laundry stuff happens. As near as I could figure out, it had been running for 5 ½ hours, so yesterday morning I told her again we were going to buy a new dryer. She put me off, and put a sign on the dryer to use the timed dry only.
Today I went out into the garage, and the dryer was running, and the clothes were cool, so I opened the door to stop the action. Then she told me that the automatic shut-off doesn’t work – that the timer went down into the air-only mode. When I checked it out, I found out that the timer stops the drum if you turn it until you hear a relay click. You hear one click when it moves from heat to cool-down and another click when the drum stops. However, if I start it with a few minutes of cool-down left, the timer stops rotating before the second click, so the drum runs indefinitely. Now I told her that she has to set the dryer to run and the stove timer for the same number of minutes. I’m pretty sure that isn’t going to work very well, but she still doesn’t want to buy a new dryer. We have the money (just about) and the only way I know to fix the problem is to spend it on a dryer.
Tomorrow, after the Salvation Army leaves with the love seat and ottoman, I’m going to try to get her to shop.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I couldn’t take it, so I put the footstool together last night. Getting the cover on the lid was a trip – the whole reason for a new one is to store “stuff” inside it. I’m not sure what stuff that will be, because the lid is fairly heavy and just lifts off.
Today I cut up all the cardboard (corrugated board for those of you in the industry) that packed the couch, couch cover, and footstool. I used a box cutter and changed the blade to finish the job. The squares were small enough to fit inside the 95 gallon garbage can that the trash company provides, and it filled the thing a little more than half way, with all of the slabs lying even, just stacked on top of each other. I would have taken it down to Dunedin for recycling, but I’m sure I would have burned more gas than the material would save. If Pinellas county gets a single collection service with recycling it will make me feel a lot getter – we mostly recycle just paper because there is a collections station just 1.4 miles away.
I walked the dogs down to the post office and collected a notice that the Kiwanis need to apply for a new solicitation license from Florida by January 13th or the fines start, so I spent about four hours transferring the information from our Profit and Loss statement to their format, and making that everything balanced correctly. I printed out two copies of the Administrative sheet and another two copies of the Service sheet. I was able to do the whole job with one copy of each last year, but I forgot to cross out a couple of things in both areas and had to do the job twice to get everything once and nothing twice. Hurrying always slows me up.
Now it’s supper time and I don’t know what we are going to have. Maybe the BW will want to go out. Wish me luck.
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