Week in Review

Whenever I look back on my week the first thing that I see is a dozen appointments. Then I see accomplishments. This week we missed two therapy sessions, the first my driver was sick. The second one we missed was out Thursday afternoon appointment. The therapist is rather considerate of other people’s safety and called to tell us she would see us on Friday because the weather was supposed to be bad. (When I got the message I was debating on whether or not to go pick my child up from school. I also wondering if our therapist would have to leave to get her child before the storms hit because she lives in Florida)

When I woke up Thursday morning, the prediction was still for evening storms, after 7 p.m. A short time later they changed it to 4 p.m. I put the little one on the bus to clear blue skies and friendly white fluffy clouds. A short time later dark clouds rolled in to mix with them leaving a few blue streaks of sky peeking out of them. Then the sky went completely dark, when I turned the t.v. on the bottom half of my screen showed eight Alabama and nine Florida counties under a tornado watch. The storms moved faster than they thought and the announcements of school closings began.

This caused me to have a bus driver laying on the horn so I could go get my child off the bus because I miscalculated and forgot that the preschool bus gets the regular school system children as well. My child was home before 11 a.m. so they could go get the older children at 11:30 from the city and county schools.

I am happy to say that the storms weakened and I only got rain at my house. (Made me wish I had those outdoor rain barrels with screens and hoses that I’ve wanted for so long.) There was none of the cloud to ground lightening and that is what I’m most thankful for. We did get some winds but as long as the wind isn’t rotating and lifting me off the ground I’m happy.

My light bill was a pleasant surprise even though I still have to pay $245 for it due the middle of February. I discovered that I was $108 under the budget amount for the light bill this month alone. That brought my total to over $250 toward the month the settle up is due, at this rate I’ll have at least one month without a light bill which is always a good thing. I can use that money to make sure little bit has what she needs and tuck a little bit of it away. I can also fill the gas tank and keep some money to stop allowing it to drop below a quarter of a tank, my gas mileage is horrible after that point.

The duct work will be fixed by the end of next week. I hope. It requires crawling under the house and a few measurements being taken. I plan to search online for the piece then drive to the store to pick it up. It’s quicker than searching aisles with little bit, she gets upset easily in some stores. (Yes, I know children do that but it causes her a lot of distress and she has years to be forced into things she doesn’t want to do.)

There is a piece that needs capping off and that should be done next weekend so the central unit can be turned back on. The fact that I would need emergency heat and cooling back up plans on hand is clearer than ever. Last time I had trouble with the unit the entire thing had to be replaced, it was leaking coolant. That’s a very bad thing. Then it was just after the cold snaps and right before the extreme heat of summer.

That is one more thing to add to the long list. I have to get my eye exam and new glasses this year, never mind how over do that is but I can’t put it off any longer. I have no choice but to make time and come up with the money for it. Then there is the well tank that takes top priority.

Well, I’m off to work because if I don’t then none of it will get done until tax returns come back and I have other plans for that. I’d like to put some of it up for a rainy day.

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Thursday was almost productive

Thursday was spent cleaning house, it was time to get rid of things that were broken or no longer wanted. I have to do some repairs and the first place I think I’ll start is the wall by the dryer. It hasn’t worked in a while, needs an element…..I think. Anyway since it’s not working anyway I’m pulling it out and seeing what needs fixing around it. Figure it’s easier to start in areas that are being emptied anyway. I think I’ll find someone that wants the thing since it’s annoying the daylights out of me sitting there and taking up space.

I won’t however be doing anything that requires cutting boards just yet. It would seem someone that isn’t very bright sold MY skill saw. Well, apparently I handled that news better than I thought because I did not get a set of metal bracelets. This is good, the problems is now instead of focusing on the materials I need versus the materials I have on hand I have to hunt down a saw. I would have just needed the work table thingy with the clamps to hold the boards in place, now I start over. I think I’ll take the manual labor route and get a hand saw to go through them. No one will bother with that since no one does manual labor anymore. UGGH.

The light bill will be ready to view the 25th and I’ll know how using space heaters instead of the central unit have affected the bill. I know that the old return needs ripping out but I can’t put anything down where the big gap in the floor will be without the ability to cut boards. I’m thinking boarding it over and then covering that with flooring will do nicely. The water heater is beside it and my bedroom closet on the other side so I would have a small closet in my kitchen. A closet that my last husband was supposed to make when he replaced the original unit and built a new return for it; good thing I didn’t hold my breath.

I did get a look at it though and the duct work that was feeding it fell off so taking care of that so it’s sealed and not feeding it or blowing out underneath should help the air function better. I’ll continue to throw out things that are broken or no longer useful. Once I put them by the road someone will get them. Someone with more patience than I have for fixing them will put them to use.

Well, I have a lot to do so I’ll be going. I need someone to wave a magic wand and find siding for idiots; then there is one rotten spot that I have no idea how to fix, the location makes it a bit difficult to tend to but I’ll figure it out if I have to board it up and brick it over. Ok so it won’t match the rest of the place but I don’t’ really care at this point, I just want it fixed, the cosmetic part can come when I get patience for something other than taking care of the short blond kid.

Wednesday

I managed to finish my project last night after all. I’m rather happy about that, I never thought I would. It wasn’t difficult to do just not what I’m used to doing. Oh well, now I have a little bit of time to do things I want to do for me while the client looks over the articles to ensure that she doesn’t require any edits to be done.

While they take a look at the articles to determine if they are correct and I wait for funds to be released I am in the yard working. That is when the weather allows. There are still boards to have hauled off from the porch being rebuilt. Actually I need something to put them on to get them to the road; the man that built my porch died before he got to cleanup. I think I can handle that part myself.

We didn’t have OT today; little bit went to every other week. Funny thing is the child she was supposed to be rotating the day with didn’t show up. The therapist thought about the fact we were there anyway after the fact and realized that she could have seen her since they didn’t show up. Oh well, instead of a half hour OT little bit got a half hour to play during which time she discovered the joys of pine straw, read books and hugged a strange child. No the child was not strange only a stranger to her.

While we were gone the first half of the payment for the project I just did were released. That is a good thing, I starting to run low on pull-ups and this obscenely priced gasoline to get the kid to therapy.