Monday, November 22, 2010
After I got up, cleaned up, fed the dogs, read the paper, etc., I visited my local bank to cash a check and get an affidavit notarized. I called Papuga on his cell phone, but it turns out he is in Atlanta, so we agreed to meet on Sunday, when he gets back here.
Then I goofed off doing little chores for a while.
We went down to COSTCO in the late morning. The BW had a doctor's appointment at 3:45 and she was trying to get my hearing aid batteries for the little reading light she has and we were running out of egg beaters and my decaf coffee. She also felt like scanning their supplies to see what struck her toiletry needs. It was an OK trip for shopping, but not so good for the free lunch. Usually, if you get there around 1:30 or 2:00 they have a couple dozen free sample people working the crowd, and you can have a free lunch. One lady was setting up for something that I wouldn't touch anyway, but the only goodie I got were some kettle chips. About a tablespoonful.
The good part of the trip was that we were driving around with the windows open and no air conditioning. The sun was shining, and we took the scenic route home, across the peninsula from Tampa Bay to the Gulf, then up along the Gulf all the way home, through Clearwater, Dunedin, and Palm Harbor to Pennsylvania, then west to our house.
After I unpacked everything and put new hearing aid batteries in the light, the BW wanted to know when I was going to cook the frozen Publix turkey, which is in the freezer, and I put her off. Then I went out and bought another from Sweetbay (for the same 59 cents per pound) and filled one of the sinks with cold water. I have been changing the water every 30 or 40 minutes since 2:15, and the water isn't so terribly cold at 7:30, so I think I can put it in the fridge overnight, then roast it tomorrow. I bought 10 pounds of potatoes and some smoked turkey drumsticks while I was at the grocery, and wished that I had bought 10 pounds of onions at COSTCO for $5.00.
I spent the rest of the day here, and she went to see one of her doctors. Then it turned out that I was supposed to make tuna salad for supper, so I knuckled down and used two cans of albacore to make enough for both of us which she toasted bread to make sandwiches.
Tomorrow I'm going to roast a 16 pound turkey, which out to give us five pounds of meat, and go back to get the onions and carrots to make some super turkey stock. I can eat turkey at home and something else at the Cracker Barrel if necessary.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Today was sort of a day off. We read the Sunday paper, washed the dogs, cleaned house to get rid of the mess washing them made, went out to Honeymoon Island State Park and watched the sun set over the gulf, bought a sub and some ice cream at Publix for supper, and decided to just sit around and read for the rest of the day. I did have an accidental nap just before lunch.
I'll call Papuga tomorrow and see if I can get the solicitation registration in the mail. Later on I might have an ice cream cone.
I hope everyone else had a lazy day too.
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.
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