Friday, July 27, 2007

July 27

What a week! Where to start? How about Thursday the 19Th
Thursday morning-Went to the eye Dr for a check up and found out that the contacts that I have been wearing are NOT supposed to be extended wear like I had thought! They are supposed to be taken out every night. She checked and there was a little swelling in my eye but nothing overly dramatic, did a glaucoma test and found it was "higher than normal" for what they are comfortable with so she will re test when I go in to pick up my new prescription.
Friday-called to try and get my "yearly" Dr. apt, the earliest they had open was Sept 13!!! Guess I need to call in April or May if I want one while I still have time to pay the bills that come in 2 months after the apt. Then tried to set up a mammogram, they will call back. My GP's office never did call back
Monday-Dr's called back with mammogram apt, October 3! I do NOT have insurance so anytime would have been fine since I have to pay for it. Hopefully I will be able to get the results before I have to go back to that foreign country again!
Still Monday-sit down with a list of calls to make and my phone book. Called my insurance co. about renewing my house insurance-secretary said she was on another line and would call back-never got the call back.
Called 3 places about getting my chimney/fireplace cleaned and inspected-1 place the phone rang and rang, no answer. Place #2-Answering machine said they were on vacation. Place #3 got another answering machine and just hung up.
Called my heating company to come check out my downstairs heating unit since NO ONE called me back in Sept after 3 repeated service calls. This actually went well, they came out in the afternoon and checked it out, it lit and heat came out. He said I need to have general service call for routine yearly maintenance so they can check the heaters (I use propane to heat). OK. He leaves and I go to clean my downstairs bathroom.
I find drips on the floor so I run my hand behind the toilet, a huge bolt falls out in my hand thus gushing water all over the floor. Got the water turned off and called a plumber. She took my message and said someone would call. No one called back so I called at 4PM. It was already AFTER HOURS for them!!! It would cost me $200 for an after hours service call plus $150 for each out after that. If it was not still gushing water, call back in the morning. The service manager finally calls me back in reference to my 2PM call so I tell my story again. I need a new toilet plus whatever fixings go with it. OK, they can't get here until Thursday!!! Damn good thing I am the only one in the house!
Tuesday-more calls, finally got hold of my house insurance company and got that settled. Calling my car insurance company to see if I was still insured since I got a notice from that said one part of the company could no longer carry us because of our son's driving record (won't EVEN go into that!)Our insurance went up $1500 a year! If we put him on a separate policy ours will go down. Took down information.
Called 2 more chimney companies, got 2 more answering machines but left a message finally!
Called and got an apt for a mold test and inspection of the house. $100 plus to get that done, but if that is why the house stinks and I cough so bad, then maybe house insurance will cover repairs.

Thursday - the new toilet comes, the man (who looks like he belongs back in 10Th grade)installs it. $350. Then he says while he was working on the toilet, the well pump/tank kept running and it shouldn't. Yep, we need a new well tank now. He made notes and said to call the office back. The service manager called back, a new well tank will cost about $300 plus parts & labor but they can't get out here until Wednesday the 1st but try not to use too much water!!!!
Get a bill for $67 for my heating call.
ok, I need to go to the store, check oil in the car, it's low so I put it in but the car still doesn't sound right or feel right. Guess I need to make a service appt with the Jeep dealer!

It's been warm and very humid the past few days but at least my son put in my tiny a/c unit. It cools the room to barely above somewhat comfortable so I guess it's better than nothing.

I did finally get an ornament finished last night, to replace one that was lost in the mail on it's way TO THE NEXT STATE OVER~!. I can mail stuff from 1/2 way around the world but it gets lost going to the next state over!

My daughter and grandson will be back for another week on Saturday, I hope we get to do some of the things we planned on in between all these service/repair calls! My son in law is supposed to come up too to do some yard work for me. Hopefully he won't be too miserable and will check my car for me since he's a professional mechanic.

If you got this far, CONGRATULATIONS, I just needed to vent someplace and i don't really like to whine on the message boards I visit.

Monday, July 23, 2007

July 23

It's been awhile since I posted again and the house is quiet again.

I took another trip to Central NY the weekend of the 14th for my nieces wedding. My daughter, son, son's girlfriend and my 2 grandsons went with me. It was good to have the family all together again even if it was only for a few days.
My niece had a very nice wedding and they are both very happy. It rained in the morning so she had pictures taken before the wedding at the train station in Utica. It's a very old train station that has been refurbished and brought back to life and the pictures turned out VERY nice. We also got to watch LIVE Yankees games on the YES network while we were there which was great for my son and I.

My daughter and grandson spent the rest of the week with me after we got back. We did a little bit of shopping but no stitching. It was just a relaxing vacation for my daughter.

My son put my small window a/c unit in after we got back from NY since it was supposed to be hot and humid last week but since he put it in, it's rained and been cool, so maybe that was a good thing. It's supposed to be warm and humid this week too if it doesn't rain. It doens't get really hot very often here but when it does, the house is just unbearably hot and doesn't cool down quickly.

I still haven't stitched much either.

My DH made his vacation reservations and will be HOME on Sept 13! YAY YAY, I can't wait. I know we will be busy when he gets home, so much to do around the house. So now I need to get to really cleaning out this dump.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

July 22

I don't know what I answered wrong but I am 100% Libra since my birthday is Oct. 21

You are 47% Libra

Monday, July 9, 2007

It was a sad day in my family on Saturday. My uncle died, he was my mother's only living sibling. He was a diabetic with kidney problems and heart problems. He died peacefully in the hospital with his family by his side. He leaves my Aunt, 3 cousins and 1 grown grandson, 2 step grandchildren. His funeral is Wednesday but unfortunately I can't make it. There isn't a hotel or motel room available in the area, I would have to rent a car, drive to NY, find a place to stay, drive back on Thursday, turn the rental car in, pick up another rental car for the family trip back to NY on Saturday for my niece's wedding, then drive back home on Tuesday. I just can't do it. My cousin told me he will be buried in his fireman's uniform and there will be a fire truck from his dept in the funeral cortage. That just sent goose bumps all through me. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and my mother.

Sunday was my sweet husband's 50th birthday but I couldn't be there with him to celebrate so I'll have to make him a cake. I did call him and sang Happy Birthday.

It's been raining off and on every day for almost a week now. It's a good thing though since I live in the mountains surrounded by woods. Need to keep the woods and trees wet so they don't catch fire when it gets hot and dry.

I still haven't done any stitching but I did get my stash all organized and entered into a data base on my computer so now I know what I have and what flosses and fabric to order for what projects.

Friday, July 6, 2007

July 6

I haven't posted in over a month, since I've been HOME. I'm not on the internet much, too many things going on. It's SO GOOD to be HOME, I can go where I want, when I want, dressed however I am at the moment. It rained the first 5 days I was home and I was so sick for almost a week after getting home. My allergies were acting up so much because of the pollen and the FRESH mountain air. Its so good to have peace and quiet, no miserable brats screaming, no wailing hour blaring and no brats playing with the phone at all hours.

It's so wonderful to hug & kiss my kids and grandsons and to cook for them again. My little grandson comes up to visit every weekend with his mommy & daddy.

My daughter and 7 year old grandson were here for the 4th of July so I got to do a 4th of July cook out. I was excited that I actually cooked something on the gas grill which I have never done for myself before. (I know a piddly little thing to some, but a great step for me)
I drove to Central NY to visit my family and surprise my sister for her 60th birthday which was so much fun.

I've made a trip to Yankee Cross Stitch to meet an online stitching friend, made 2 trips to ABC Stitch Therapy, been to Hunters' Needle work, Keepsake Needlearts & the quilt shop and I loved it all.

I haven't finished any stitching projects except my bookmark exchange. I've hardly stitched at all. I need to get busy and stitch a project for my nieces wedding on the 15th. So much for the Summer Stitchery Exchange at Cross Stitch Crazy, no one bothered to set it up. I asked about it but no one bothered to reply. Oh well at least I get to keep the piece I stitched.

I mostly spend my time watching the tv shows and channels I don't get to watch overseas. Plus I get to watch the Yankees baseball games at normal times. They are doing so miserable this year, but I guess all the teams have good years and bad.

Ah yes, the rumble of thunder through the sky, we're in for another day of FRESH, CLEAN rain.