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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Sunday Stealing-Random Questions

Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first - Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!



Stolen from Kwizgiver




1. What has been your favorite part of the year so far.
I don’t know that I have a favorite part. If I had to pick, it would be that my daughter is handling more of her personal business (doctor appointments, medication refills), and advocating for herself. So in a way she is growing up more (she’s 27, but because of her illness she’s been more like 14), but there are still some areas where she hasn’t matured. But I’m very happy she has made so much progress this year.

2. Have you started Christmas shopping?
I shop for Christmas whenever I see a deal on something a family member would really like.

3. Do you like your handwriting?
Yes. It’s always been very neat and I’ve always gotten left handed compliments. That is, I’m left handed and they can’t believe I have such neat handwriting. Weird. Also, I’ve noticed, particularly when I make lists, that my handwriting is looking a lot like my Mom’s. Even though she’s been gone 36 years, I still have her handwritten recipes and can see the resemblance.

4. Song you could hear over and over and over again.
I’m sure there are many. Especially since I have my SiriusXM radio tuned to 70’s-90’s and Pop 2k. I always skip over any new stuff, unless it’s something by an artist from the 70’s-90’s. Then I’ll have a listen.

5. A favorite quote.
I don’t know that I have one, or any for that matter.

6. Last dream you remember.
I haven’t had any dreams in a long time.

7. Most expensive object you want to buy right now.
It’s sad, but I’m seriously thinking about trading in my Pilot. It’s a 2006, and I’m about to have the power steering repaired for the 3rd time, and my wife barely drives it. We could be a 1 car family because neither of us work, however, that vehicle is my wife’s freedom. I get it. We have no public transportation out here, so a car is necessary and it can be maddening trying to coordinate appointments, errands, etc. 

8. Describe your eldest family member.
My father-in-law. (I don’t count anyone as family on my side, other than my younger sister. They are homophobic. They rebuffed my efforts to maintain contact before my gay wedding, then they didn’t attend, after I spent a lot to be at the family reunion where we were ignored when we weren’t being gawked at.) He beat cancer, but he’s having cognitive issues. The in-law’s that take him to his doctor appointments refuse to acknowledge it, and therefore refuse to address it with his doctors. It’s really wrong, because he could be receiving treatment that could help slow the progression. My wife acknowledges it, but can’t get the rest of her siblings to.

9. What has your weather been like?
It’s been perfect fall weather. About 45°-60°.

10. Do you enjoy your job?
I’m retired, basically. I’m ecstatic to no longer be working in a homophobic environment where I was screamed at and called disgusting on the daily. I kept to myself, so I don’t understand why I was treated so badly, other than the fact that they wanted me gone. Well I am gone from there now and they can KMA! I was treated poorly at other jobs, but nothing as soul crushing as that one.

11. What is your favorite everyday item?
Three way tie...My iPhone, my television, and the streaming services I use. 

12. Are you currently obsessed with any TV show?
My shows are either on hiatus due to the pandemic, they ended, or were canceled. Some of them I haven’t been able to determine their current fate. I loved Ozarks, and I thought there was to be 1 more season, but I’ve seen some articles say it’s been canceled. It was soooo good. Also, Schitt’s Creek. I think they ended. Which is sad since they had so many noms, and wins at the award shows this year. I think they were finally getting noticed.  

13. Book you’d like to read before the year ends.
I’ve got a gazillion books on my Kindle. I’ve been reading Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself “ memoir for a couple of years. I’ve finally gotten back to reading it. He’s a fascinating guy. 

14. Describe Kindness.
Does it need description? It’s treating people the way they should be treated regardless of their gender, orientation, age, profession, religion, income level, health, or politics. I could go on, but that’s a good list.

15. Describe your favorite candy in great detail.
I don’t know that I have a single favorite. There used to be a handmade toffee store in L town. I’m not sure it exists anymore. It was so buttery and delicious. Nothing compares to it.

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Day 225 of Sheltering In

Saturday. Laundry trip to my father-in-law’s got postponed until Monday. My wife wasn’t feeling well. (Not COVID-19.) My son and I went to Dollar Tree and Wally World to pick up Halloween Party food/supplies for my daughter’s group home. Last night I filled goody bags with craft stuff and candy. We bought pop, snacks, and 4 frozen deep dish pizzas. The staff member working (who I also made a treat bag for) had the nerve to complain that the pizzas took too long to cook. Really? If I bring food and treats over again, I will skip her treat bag. I don’t HAVE to do this. I’ve brought over tons of craft supplies, food for Labor Day BBQ (and my wife barbecued because that same staff member refused to do it). I’ve also done treat bags, a treat ball to play for turns to unwrap, board games. A lot of stuff. I’ve done more this year because of the pandemic. Sure, it’s mostly for my daughter and her housemates that are friendly to her, but I do for ALL of them. Even Nutjob, because I don’t feel right excluding any housemates. (Sometimes I include staff, sometimes not. It depends on my funds and how that staff member on duty is towards the clients.)

I just feel blech. I have a migraine, and have managed to get sciatica on the left and right, starting at my butt and down. I want to know how that happened because I purposely avoid anything that might trigger it. I also dropped an insulated tall tumbler (like a Yeti, but easier on the wallet). It was full of water and ice and came down on top of my right foot. It’s already bruised, swollen, and hurts like it just happened. It happened 5 hours ago, so it must have hit at just right the right angle. (Or wrong angle. Lol!)

I have started tapering off my reading of the news, and also Facebook. I still go on Facebook to check the activist group I belong to. They seem to have more accurate information on what’s really going on where I live and surrounding areas. The local groups seem to be full of nonsense, fear mongering, and...I’ll just say it...hate. I also look for funny stuff, cuz let’s face it, I think most of us could use some laughs.

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Friday, October 30, 2020

Day 224 of Sheltering In

Third times the charm, right? Twice I’ve navigated away from this app, when I returned, I lost everything I had typed. Grrr.

Friday. Looks like my wife’s friend has a buyer for an item we’ve had for sale and no longer need. Scratch that. Sale delayed, which probably means no sale. I jinxed it. My fault. Going to have to find other means to pay for tires and a battery for the Buick. I thought I had replaced the battery when the Pilot’s failed and Pep Boy’s sent a tow truck at no charge to pick it up and replace it at no charge. (Pep Boy’s battery warranty isn’t prorated. No matter how long you’ve had the battery during the warranty period, they replace it for free.) I had to replace the battery on the Odyssey before we sold it because it failed right before we sold it. Since the Buick is a 2016 built in 2015, the battery could fail at any time. (I had an oil change 2 weeks ago and had my mechanic check out the Buick top to bottom and he discovered that.) Since we are down to 1 car (the Pilot has power steering issues again and is waiting to get into the shop) I want to be proactive and as soon as possible replace the battery and tires before they fail. 

My wife has the holiday bug and is playing Suzie Homemaker today. She’s shopping by herself to pick up items for her Mom’s cheesecake recipe. (She NEVER grocery shops by herself!) Today she’s  making one for her brother to bring to work. I’m staying OUT of the kitchen! She rarely bakes and when she does, she’s like a whirling dervish and we need to stay out of the way.

My daughter is on pest control. That means she is pestering me, trying to convince (control) me to doing a home visit now. I’ve told her the holidays, period. Yet she brings it up constantly. I get it. 224 days is a long time, however, her room is not yet ready. She’s also on me about her check request from the group home agency. She requested a check over a month ago. There are things she needs, like an eye exam and new glasses. The agency isn’t scheduling eye exams during the pandemic. I had an optometrist exam in July. Very safe, all CDC protocols adhered to.

Time to make the Halloween treat bags for my daughter’s group home. Laterz!

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Days 220-223 of Sheltering In

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Monday I’m at the grocery store with my wife (she never goes, but I told her it would be like a date...the closest thing we’ve had to a date in awhile), my phone rings. It’s the new Director at the group home agency, calling to tell me he’s stepping down and taking a different position. Why the need to call all the parents? No one called last week when they announced his promotion to Director. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Since I had him on the phone...I ran through a bunch of questions. First, the Halloween parties. He told me they were canceled. (They were NOT, my daughter’s boyfriend won for best costume.) I asked about the apartments, do they have an anticipated opening date? No. Since he was moving out of the Director position, after being Asst Director, I asked if the incoming Director and Asst Director were aware that my daughter was promised one of the new apartments. The reply was yes. Looks like we may be moving her in January with the way it’s been delayed by the building dept and Covid-19. 

Tuesday, Wednesday. Wednesday my brother-in-law came over. He said last week he was done mowing for the year, yet he mowed the front lawn. I spent hours researching tire prices for the Buick. Wowser! Prices have gone up since 2018 for tires. No decision made, just researching online.

Thursday my brother-in-law was over again. This time to supervise my son on a project. He didn’t do, so I had to do it and made too many trips on the stairs which aggravated my sciatica. Fabulous! Then he took me to Lowe’s so I could buy a board and have it cut for the twin bed for when my daughter visits. I had my wife measure the wood on my son’s bed. (Not doing that again. How could she come up with L 63”, when a twin mattress is L 75”?) When I had the wood cut I had them cut another piece to extend the wood to 75”. I guess if 75” is correct, I’ll have to get creative with Duck Tape and maybe some hardware to attach the 2 pieces. When I went to checkout the wood scanned the wrong price. I took a photo of the price because this had happened to me before there. I had to throw a fit at the checkout and my brother-in-law kept telling the cashier to get a manager. Manager flew by, told her to adjust the price, and off he went. It shouldn’t take 2 hours in Lowe’s to get a sheet of plywood, get it cut and checkout, but it did. The wood has joined the washer and dryer in the garage because my son is nowhere near done with his project. Sunday my brother-in-law was supposed to come over with a friend to remove the old appliances. Now that’s not happening because “someone” didn’t do the prep that needs to be done first. (Don’t ask.) I’m not a happy camper. I’m going to have to go to the laundromat next week. We have been doing laundry at my father-in-law’s every Saturday. His wife’s washer and dryer are not the same capacity (not even close), so it takes forever to dry the clothes. I have winter bedding to wash, so that can’t be done there. One blanket would have to be washed separately and would take half the day to dry. So...trip to the laundromat next week. It’s going to have to be Monday. Tuesday I see the orthopedic doctor and find out if she’ll authorize more PT for my R shoulder and R knee. I bet they cancel. They’ve been canceling quite a few of my appointments. Hopefully I’m wrong.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Day 216-219 of Sheltering In

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Found out there are supposed to be 2 Halloween parties at the day program. Talent show and party. (Ugh!) Two houses combine Thursday, and two others on Friday. I also found out that there are only a couple day programs doing partial weeks, yet the Friday updates for the program leads you to believe that there are no day programs holding sessions. The Halloween parties...
”someone” reported them to the state. How can they have parties mixing houses when the Governor is dialing back to Phase 3 because of very high rate of COVID-19 infections? 

Thursday we decided last minute to bring dinner to my younger sister-in-law and my ex-friend. It was my ex-friend’s birthday and she’s been having a hard time accepting her younger brother’s opioid overdose death. She was very close to him. My younger sister-in-law has been complaining that she needs to get over it already. Seriously? Everyone grieves at their own speed. It’s like a freakin soap opera! We had a nice evening, even though we dared to talk politics for awhile.

Saturday we went to Indiana to pick up the washer and dryer. They are Maytag. The dryer is gas. Yay! After much heated discussion they were brought back to my house to be stored temporarily in the garage. For some reason my wife made arrangements with her Dad to store them in his garage. Why? His wife is a Nutjob and she has a couple relatives who are over all the time stealing things. Not that they’d steal them, but they could damage them. After waiting so long for them I don’t want to take a chance. Besides, I have plenty of room in the garage. Before we left, I directed my son to rearrange the snow blower, 2 walk behind lawnmowers, and my brother-in-law’s walk behind mower that he suddenly wants to store in my garage. No doubt because he doesn’t trust those people either. There was plenty of room. 

Why did they go in the garage? Because the broken appliances haven’t been removed yet. Supposedly they will be removed November 1st, which is a Sunday, so we’ll have to keep my father-in-law’s truck until Monday, the 2nd, so they can be taken to the scrapyard. In the meantime we need to either repair the bar sink sump pump we use for the washer, or buy a new one. I need to research that.

Last night was ridiculous! My sister-in-law was texting my wife for hours, ranting and raving about the Governor’s order. She was planning a MLM/Craft/
Book event at the restaurant my wife used to work at. She was angry because the order prevented the event from happening and she can’t afford to lose the approximately $300 she thinks she’d earn. Maybe if she’d get a job, instead of living in this dream world of book sales (very little), and sales from the several MLM’s she really doesn’t even work (outside of this planned event). She has not sold many books, as evidenced by the tiny number of reviews, and the bookseller constantly lowering the price. When she wasn’t complaining about the Governor’s order, she was calling the whole pandemic a hoax and how the order to wear a mask at stores infringes on her freedoms. 🤦🏻 She believes “her” God will protect her. How lucky is she? She orders her groceries and has them delivered. (Yes, on her budget.) Could it be that she’s actually afraid of COVID-19? I dunno. All I know is she had no right to get my wife all upset by texting her for hours.

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