Tuesday, November 21, 2017

And then there is Dick

So I don't go out and say anything I might regret, this post is EXTRA for today because Dick is pushing buttons. I need to vent.

The man is crazy.

I know our street is a public street. People can park anywhere they want. For the almost 10 years, we have lived here, everyone parks in the garage or in their own driveway.

Today Dick wants to push buttons and parks his car smack dab in front of our house. His driveway is free. The front of his house is free. Yeah, between you and me - I know what he is doing. But I will NOT let him drag us down. We will ignore it.

What a major Dick he is.


I do it every year and every year, I vow NEVER to do it again. I always set out with these lofty plans or things to do, before a holiday. Then I get lazy and keep pushing it off.

I was supposed to take the turkey out of the freezer, yesterday. I did it today. That's actually better than what I usually do - the Last couple of years, I've had to soak my frozen turkey on Wednesday evening. What a hassle.

We don't have much of an "entryway" in our home. So I wanted to nail up, a big board made from recycled wood - and put coat hooks on them. We wanted this completed by Thanksgiving so our guests can hang up their jackets. So, last week the husband and I made the purchase. Then we got lazy. Just this morning, he finally sawed the cut, marked the studs and then took a nap. He'll finish the rest tomorrow.

I wanted to get the leaf on the table already but it hasn't been done yet. Sounds simple enough, but it's really hard to pull out the table. I end up having to sit on one end, while the husband pulls the other. It will stay on the table until New Years.

I haven't decorated. Seems silly and a waste of time now,  when Friday I plan to put up my Christmas Tree. Oh, I have a couple little things out. No biggie. There is always next year.

I have a bookcase in my entry way that I am always staring at from the sofa. I need to patch stain a part of it that has been bugging me. I should do it tonight. I hope I do it tonight but I don't have much confidence in myself to actually accomplish that. We'll see.

All of the above with the exception of the table leaf doesn't "have to" get done. It's all the fluff, we impose on ourselves. Procrastination wouldn't be such a big deal if we just kept things simple. That's my dream. To have a minimalistic life. My procrastination is from years, trying to please other people (and myself except when I have to take it all down) I'm burned out!

One thing I am mighty pleased with myself for: My Christmas shopping is done except for my husband's gift and my secret Santa person.  That will alleviate a lot of stress.

Do you set yourself up to procrastinate? Are you "on top" of it all?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Sold a car today

Today we sold my step-daughters car. It was an old car that she bought for $800 about 4 years ago. However, she put close to $3000 in it. She still insisted it wasn't "right" and that it stalled all the time. She was always able to wait a minute and it would start right up but it freaked her out. Char is developmentally disabled and she also has mild aphasia. It's hard for her to communicate where we can understand.

My husband had the car, drove it around and it never stalled. The paperwork from the mechanics, also put down that they drove it around, stop and go, on the freeway for an hour, and it never stalled.
We let the girl who bought it today know all of that. It had 188,000 miles, built like a cop car. Maybe because cops used to use Ford Crown Victorias as their cop car of choice. It really did drive nice (like a tank)  if you like that kind of car. I don't.

So now she has to let her money people who handle all of that - know about the sale, so that they can let HUD know and they will be the ones who can advise her, on how much she can purchase.

If I were her, I wouldn't have a car.  She lives downtown. She gets a free bus pass and the bus stops just a few doors down where she lives. She also has this door-to-door service that will pick her up and take her to Doctor appointments for free. If she needs to go grocery shopping, they will take her for $1. each way or we can take her. She is very independent in some ways. (more like stubborn)

I get nervous driving with her because she drives like a robot. Sits straight in the seat, and looks straight ahead and when she turns her head to merge on the freeway, she swerves a little. When the light turns yellow, she stops and when she drives through a green light, she is worried it will turn yellow on her. She drives like a little old lady - that's the best way to describe it.

Legally she can drive. She passed and can drive. Maybe she needs more driving time and experience but I am not comfortable in the passenger seat with her.

We're just happy it's sold and no more having to answer people and show it.

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