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90 cents/gal off my gas!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I was all comfy doing this and that in the house, happy in the fact that I did not have to open the door since the humidity is again, 92%. Sudden jolt of clarity: We have to use the Kroger loyalty fuel rewards today or lose it. I earned 90 cents off a gallon for this month and knew we had to go out in the hot steamy air...arghhhh

We filled my tank and the gas cans for $2.74/gal and got 33.7 gallons.. Great savings,,PLUS I used my My Points visa and got 94 points on that. The gas will last us all month plus some.. we use more since DD mows two huge lawns at least once a week.

I try not to use my inhaler much, but today, just standing , breathing and holding the gas nozzle, I was rasping and gasping for air.. I am so blessed to have central A/C in my house... I never take any of my luxuries for granted,, like appliances, water, electricity,etc. One moment can take them away..

We got such a huge downpour last night just before dusk, I could not see the plants at my back fence forty feet away! It lasted about a half hour, scarily just like a giant bucket of water on our house..
The weather in our state in the past year has changed drastically. I can count three days that it was not so humid that we could not go outdoors, unless it was either raining or snowing. THREE DAYS! Two days in June and one in July. I am glad we left won in August to go up north where it is usually cooler. IT rained up there too, it never rains where we go, in August, never.. usually it is a park ranger drought warning on the Smokey Bear signs.

Anybody else notice a drastic difference in their home place?

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/1/2014 2:49AM

    We haven't had that many days over 100 degrees like we normally do. Plus we are seeing signs of Fall already. Coopers Hawk has showed up, and we usually don't see the Hawk until late Sept/early Oct. Some trees are turning color already. It has been a odd year. I noticed Mexico getting more storms then usual, which can affect us. We didn't get rain with the last storm, but our humidity is 34%. High for here, the dry desert lol. Hang in there. It will be cool before you know it.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 8/31/2014 6:11PM

    Today started off pretty good here, and then this afternoon it started to cloud over and bam it down poured. So not walking in that. will weight and see if it clears off later.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/31/2014 5:12PM

    That's darn cheep gas!

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SINGINGLADY47 8/31/2014 4:56PM

    You know, sometimes, I am happy that I don't drive anymore. No car note, no gas, no insurance and it is a good thing. Times are tough enough right now. But I live just down the street from Kroger and the friend who goes to the grocery for me gets the benefit of the points I would get. Good price on that gas. Have a great Labor Day. In Christ, Judy

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CATTUTT 8/31/2014 4:54PM

    It's crazy humid here today too, although not terribly hot. It's definitely steamy out there though, and gross to be outside.

I'm with you on being thankful for my air conditioning. Our AC usually goes out once or twice a summer, which is enough to remind me how blessed I am to have it most of the time.

I haven't noticed much change in the weather in Columbus, other than it being so bitter cold last winter. The weather here is always weird anyway, though, so I"m not sure what it would take to make it noticeably weirder.

Hope you're having a good evening!

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GABY1948 8/31/2014 4:25PM

    Yes, though I'm right near you....but I agree just the same...I don't do well in humidity....that's when I arrrrrgggghhhhhhh! And September 1 is tomorrow...ugh what do you suppose winter will be like this year?

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NELLIEH1 8/31/2014 4:01PM

    yes...we've been very damp this summer...and August is much cooler than normal.

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Stormy Saturday

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I took a half tramadol last night, so slept fitfully but pain-free for a few hours.. Then in the chair later.
Up to grocery shop and home to run dishwasher, start laundry, fold laundry, toss junk mail and start to organize bills. DD got a free AARP membership from Walgreen for me when she got three Rx's filled a couple days ago.. I love it when hey give it to you on the cash register receipt. I have not paid for a membership in years. I registered my AARP card at Walgreen for double savings and that saved me $16 for one year membership again.

Had to get some birthday cards in the mail, start to clean fridge interior too.
Of all things, I need to vacuum my OVEN. Yes, oven. When I cleaned it, there were a pile of ashes on the bottom, so need to get those out before using it tomorrow ..

I am roasting a half turkey for dinner tomorrow..

I just finished hauling in groceries this morning when the very black sky opened up and we got a deluge!! It sounded like the train was rushing through behind the house, but was the rain!!

I ponder today the reason for the holiday this weekend.. The labor riots to gain today's modern rights and safety measures in our workplace. I treasure the sacrifices and pain the people went through for the future generations.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/31/2014 1:40AM

    We had a very heavy rain today as well.

What do you use your AARP card fo? Does it come in handy for your vacation rental?

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GABY1948 8/30/2014 6:13PM

    Glad you got some sleep and relief from the pain for a bit. DD is such a blessing to you and vice versa! That is great!


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CATTUTT 8/30/2014 5:19PM

    I'm glad you got some pain free sleep.

Sounds like you had tons to do today, such a busy lady!

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MOM2ACAT 8/30/2014 4:02PM

    I'm glad you had at least a few hours of pain-free sleep; wishing you even better sleep tonight!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 8/30/2014 2:17PM

    What a great idea, about vacuuming the oven. There always are those little ashes is the corner and I know that a rag leaves some of them in there jus t to get burnt on again. Glad you got a good nights sleep, min started out great, then at 2:30 woke up and couldn't get back to sleep so got up and read for a couple hours then back to bed. Seems like I go thru this a couple times a week. It was so blah here yesterday that I took a nap in the afternoon and I know that is why I had a bad night. That is why I don't na; very often.

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ACRAIG921 8/30/2014 1:46PM

    I've never thought about vacuuming the ashes out after cleaning the oven. I'll have to try that.

I'm glad you were able to at least sleep pain free. It sounds like you are having a busy day today.

The rain hasn't hit us down here yet, I think it's going to later. It's so humid today, I already can't breathe and it's not making it any better! We put the air on.

I hope you have a great weekend. emoticon

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Tip one to a departed friend!

Friday, August 29, 2014

One of the people I work with begged me to go out and toast our dear departed friend, Gil. Gil worked with us and I knew him before he started working with me. HE was this older Mexican man who when he was 65, acted 35. Very handsome, married to # 2 and very devoted to his family, loved a great joke and helped me feel good about myself while going through my divorce. He died last February and Beth and I vowed to tip one for good 'ol Gil ASAP.

That is all she talked about for the past five days, so today when I kept saying I could not wait until four o'clock, she never said a word.. I called her a few minutes before we were to meet(we both live about a three minute drive from the place we were to meet),, left voice mail..

I waited at the grille where we were to meet,, for over 40 minutes , then ordered my drink and meal.
Meal was sub-par, bartender would have shorted me $20 if I had not called him on it.. did not come around to ask if I needed anything,, they were not busy,,he chit-chatted with lottery players across the room, without a care in the world.

One thing I have learned from the insect/animal word: patience is power, is its' own reward.
About 99.9/10% of service people look at me as on old, fat lady to be nice to for tips. What most of them never realize, until I talk to the owner or manager, is expressing your like or dislike with your wallet or keyboard is SO powerful.. I happen to be the top contributor in my state on Trip Advisor, and receive pins, cards, decals, magnets, etc for business owners to display for positive influence on customers and other business owners. I only give them out when I get service I would give if in their place.. I still have the pins...

I will be on Trip Advisor tonight to review this joint.. yet another lesson to learn: do not judge any book by its' cover..

MY lesson learned today: Never rely on Beth again..

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INBRAZILFORNOW 8/30/2014 10:05AM

    Oh gosh.... I am sorry to hear about this. I love trip advisor and appreciate toes who share their experiences. Happy Saturday!

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GABY1948 8/30/2014 9:24AM

    Sorry about Gil....and your experience. We also tip like you do....believe in it....and I taught my kids the same. Tip for good service....but don't let bad service go. It's called integrity and is one of my BIGGIES in today's world. There is so little integrity left in the world!

Have a great weekend, Lin!

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WILSONWR 8/30/2014 9:01AM

    I'm sorry for your loss. I'm glad you didn't let the terrible service ruin the tribute.

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FLEMIDG 8/30/2014 12:55AM

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. Good for you for not letting people take advantage of you.

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CATTUTT 8/29/2014 7:26PM

    Sorry to hear about the loss of a friend, and the standing up by another friend. That's really lousy of her.

And lousy service to boot. That's no good. I like that you speak out about it with your keyboard on Trip Adviser though. Bad service shouldn't be tolerated. Ugh.

Hope your night is good!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 8/29/2014 6:38PM

    Sorry for your lose of a friend.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

I was in so much pain when I arrived home from work today that I immediately showered and had DD apply Minagin to my entire back.

I usually don't start my job until 6 lately, but today i did start at five a.m., then worked past one p.m...

This body is getting too old for this job at this age. Maybe I may need to take more time off whether I like it or not.. will see when I finally get insurance and can ask the doc..

My back is pain free now, since I just woke up from a three and half hour nap in the chair.. but I could go to bed for the night right now, I ma that beat..it is 5 p.m....

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GABY1948 8/29/2014 12:11PM

    Hope today is much better for you today! Cannot wait for you to get insurance to finally see a doc!

Have a great weekend, Lin!

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NELLIEH1 8/29/2014 8:32AM

    Hope your back does better today at work!

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RHOOK20047 8/29/2014 8:25AM

    Sorry for your pain. I know what it is like to go through life with constant pain. Once my wife has her knee replacement, I will have mine and hope that my quality of life will improve. Sometimes our bodies tell us when we have done too much!

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SANDICANE 8/29/2014 5:02AM

    I hope your pain goes away. Yikes, it's no fun at all....

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KIM22211 8/29/2014 1:30AM

    I know what you mean! ugh! The pain! The week is finally almost over!

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CATTUTT 8/28/2014 9:37PM

    Aw I'm so sorry to hear about you being in so much pain. Thank goodness for the Minagin and some rest to make it feel better. I hope the doctor agrees you need some time off. In my humble, uneducated opinion, I think you need it, and definitely deserve it.

I hope tomorrow is a much better, much less painful day!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 8/28/2014 6:17PM

    Maybe you need a vacation from the vacation, all that extra work getting ready to go and then all the work when you get home.

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KRYSSCOTT 8/28/2014 5:41PM

    Wow, i'm sorry that you were in so much pain today, but I am greatful you found Minagin and that it was able to provide you with relief. I hope you don't mind me asking, but being rather new around here I don't know what type of work you do.

I was reading an article two days ago about sleep and it said that taking anything more than a 20 minute nap during the day could leave you feeling groggy and lethargic and also impact your sleep at night. Maybe that's why you feel like your already ready for bed? I know that the people who write these articles are smarter than I am about this stuff, but I think listening to your body is a good decision, if it was telling you to sleep there was probably a good reason.

Feel better.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It seems like onloy yesterday we were on teh beach, absorbing lots of Vitamin D. BEen five days...

time to go back up north.. I am really, seriously considering taking two separate vacations next summer.. one in June or July and the week-long one in August. If I can swing it financially, I will do my best.
This year the highest cost was lodging, as we cook our own meals 98% of the time. Free gas and food cards , a few incidentals on the side.. am going to go for it.One week was not enough at me age... I need more time off to rest and relax..
maybe even a week off , DARE I SAY IT? AT HOME?????????????
I have always worked since age 10,,(almost 52 years) cannot imagine just being at home and others doing my job!! Maybe if I do take more time off, it will make the following four years I have to work before retiring, easier..

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CATTUTT 8/27/2014 9:21PM

    I think you definitely deserve some extra vacation time. You work hard enough for 3 people. If you can swing it, go for it and enjoy it!

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KRYSSCOTT 8/27/2014 7:46PM

    I like a good staycation. The trick is to make plans for yourself just like you would on a vacation. Set your goals, plan to walk the beach, stroll around the park, plop yourself outside in a lawn chair and read a book, window shop, visit the library or any manner of thing you never have time to do but want to. Staycations are not a time for cleaning, nor are they a time to sit and watch mind numbing tv. Your home town probably has a lot to offer that you haven't investigated yet and the best thing about staycations you never forget to pack anything and you get to sleep in your own comfy bed every night.


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IMUSTLOSEIT1 8/27/2014 7:36PM

    Sound like a good plan to me. Take as many vacations as you can, and a at home vacation is great.

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NELLIEH1 8/27/2014 7:01PM

    sounds like a plan!!

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MTN_KITTEN 8/27/2014 6:24PM

    We took STAYvacation many years when we needed to recharge our batteries. It was a time away from work to do whatever we wanted to do.

Which for me ... was NOTHING.

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GABY1948 8/27/2014 5:14PM

    It will definitely make it easier! I got excited reading this!!! Of course you need to take more time off...

Dare I ask? Anything on your insurance yet?

Have a blessed night, Lin....you are already into the year that it takes to get to vacation again! emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 8/27/2014 5:06PM

    I too as one said would get sucked right into the vacuum ........ (ugh--housework!!) .......... I am at retirement age but won't .......... But I did get to cut down 25% less; to me that is having the best of both worlds ........ But we each have to do what works .......... (since I do not take vacations, this works ........... every other week 4 days off!

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JLHODKINSON 8/27/2014 4:31PM

    Ugh if I stayed at home I'd get sucked into working-at my house! Laundry, cleaning, projects...the list goes on. Having two vacations does sound very nice!

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MOM2ACAT 8/27/2014 3:55PM

    When I was still working, most of my vacations were "staycations" at home, but then, I've always been a homebody. I worked in retail, so by the time vacation time rolled around, all I wanted was peace and quiet.

I had to retire early because of my health issues; it was a big adjustment. Even though it was a good thing for me, it was a whole new "normal" to get to use to. I think it took me a good 6 months to get use to the routine of not working.

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