Thursday, August 16, 2018

Good Stuff

This week has been extremely busy, but a lot of good things have happened around our place.

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Monday night I came home from a meeting and noticed that the main level of the house seemed hot. Hubby Tony verified my suspicions when he walked in an hour later. I checked the thermostat, and the room temperature was five degrees hotter than it should be. About that time I noticed there was a buzzing noise coming from the south wall of the family room. When I walked outside to investigate I discovered that the one of the air conditioning units was very noisy. Because it was going to be relatively cool overnight we turned off both units and opened up the windows.

I called the HVAC company as soon as they opened at eight o'clock on Tuesday morning and explained that we needed someone to come take a look at the unit. Because we have a service contract with them we go to the top of the list, and the technician was knocking on my door 45 minutes later. Fifteen minutes after that he told me our issue was a faulty capacitor. The failed part had been replaced at the last service and was still under warranty. Our cost for continued house coolness was only $70 for the service call.

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On Wednesday morning Hubby Tony called me to say he had noticed some car issues as he left the house. He stopped at the repair shop and described the symptoms. They said they could work him in, and the shuttle service gave him a ride to work. Some time later they called to tell him he just needed a new battery. The car was ready at lunchtime, but I picked Tony up at the end of the work day and dropped him off at the repair shop to pick the car up.

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After Tony got home we got ready for the next adventure. Jackson and Pepper, our 16-year old cats, had an appointment at the vet for their annual physical and rabies shots. For many years I did the job by myself because Tony's schedule wasn't flexible, but it's really nice to have help wrangling two uncooperative cats into carriers, getting them into the car, and then from the car into the office.  In the examination room they were weighed, poked, prodded, and stuck with needles.  The vet proclaimed each of them healthy and said she hoped she didn't see us until next August.

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I'm part of a group planning a dinner at church tomorrow night.  My job is to quarterback setting up the room, including some simple centerpieces for eight round tables. (And I only have a tiny budget.) Tonight I went to the nearest big box hardware stores to look for plants that might be on clearance.  Everything on the sale table was too big, bloomed out, or just decrepit looking. I went up to the cashier to ask her about the chances of a new group of plants being marked down tomorrow. She told me she had some flexibility in the price, and suggested I pick something out and bring it up to the cash register. She would see what she could do.  

I found some nice looking Sempervivum. The  4 inch pots were marked $3.48, but the cashier gave me ten of them for a dollar each.  I may or may not cover the pots, then will set each on a cloth napkin (from my personal stash) in the center of of each table.

Five years ago today: A Perfect Friday Afternoon

11 comments:

  1. You have been accomplishing a lot!

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    1. Yes, a lot is being crossed off the to-do list. However, more is being added at the bottom!

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  2. A technician visiting you in 45 minutes? If that were to happen in the UK I'd ring the Vatican and announce a miracle. The last time I rang for a plumber he said he'd be able to come round in March 21st 2019. But only in the afternoon, because he had a dental appointment in the morning. You have to wait at least nine months to get an appointment at the Pregnancy Clinic. When I rang for an urgent doctor's appointment for my MIL the receptionist suggested the first available date was 11 September. I told her she might be dead by then. The receptionist asked us to ring again and cancel the appointment.

    It's interesting comparing prices. At the garden centre yesterday the Sempervivum was £3.50

    God bless.

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    1. I was shocked at the quick service myself, expecting to set aside the whole day to wait for them.

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  3. How nice to get the plants at a reduced rate. I buy fresh flowers at Whole Foods for the funeral lunches we do, and occasionally I'm able to get them at a reduced rate, Of course, I have to pick out a lot of dying greenery on those lower cost bunches.

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    1. Whole Foods has beautiful flowers.

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  4. You did have an eventful week but you're also very lucky. Considering what the a/c could have cost (and we had to replace ours last year so I know) and what the car could have cost and even the plants, I'd say you actually had a pretty successful week.

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    1. Yes, our bank account breathed a sigh of relief, too.

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