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AND…its gone

11 Feb

Last week the forecast was for another week of winter with several snow storms and intense cold for the next week. There was the usual response to bad weather. A run on the grocery stores for bread, milk, eggs, and for some strange reason, kale. The lines at the gas stations were long and frustrating. Everything was cancelled for the weekend.

Then this morning woke up with the sun shining, all the snow melted and a slight breeze in the air. Just checked the weather report for tomorrow because my child wants to stay up late because there shouldn’t be school tomorrow.

Most forecasts for snow have evaporated. The expected moisture is still headed this way, but the temperatures just aren’t going to cooperate. Just heavy rain for the week. There goes the last reasonably good chance for another snow day this year.

  • I’m grateful for the snow we did get, although I wish it was more. I’m grateful that I have a huge umbrella because I’m going to need it this week. I’m grateful the weatherdudes worked so hard this past week to help get us prepared for a storm, even if it fizzled in the end. I’d rather be too prepared than not at all.

Night all. LOVES

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Ranting today!

18 Jan

If you don’t want to read about my opinions and grumbling, you might as well leave now. You have been warned!

This whole government shutdown thing is SO stupid. Each side wants something that is so far from what the other is willing to give and they aren’t willing to budge an inch. Meanwhile, they aren’t the ones suffering from the fallout.

People aren’t getting paid. Maybe losing their housing or utilities. Most likely not eating. And what about car payments and credit card bills or any other assorted things people pay for regularly. And those are just the people who have jobs. Either still working without pay or the ones who are furloughed and have no clue when they will work. And if you’re furloughed, you aren’t going to get back pay.

Then there are those who depend on assistance. I don’t want to hear about “They should get jobs and get off welfare anyway!” either. Some are on disability or aren’t working for whatever reason. Telling them to go get a job won’t do them any good now. Think about it. No food stamps, no WIC, SSI/SSD and cash grants are questionable. How about subsidized housing? What about the working poor who get help with child care costs? There are so many people who are affected by what a few are arguing about.

If our government leaders had a stop payment put on THEIR income, I feel this whole debacle who be solved so quickly your head would spin! They need to quit acting like opposing bullies trying to take control of who plays where at the playground. Especially when I’m trying to figure out how to make my $25 in the bank pay all my bills in two weeks. And still keep milk and cereal in the house in the meantime.

  • I’m grateful that I got my benefits this month. I’m grateful that I have lots of practice making very little stretch really far. I’m grateful that my surgery means I don’t eat as much any more. My child WILL have food!

Night all. LOVES

So annoyed

6 Dec

My son gets disability payments. Part of the plan is that at least every 3 months I’m supposed to meet with someone from the county disability office about his goals. So far I’ve met his current caseworker exactly NEVER! He’s been the caseworker since my son was a sophomore. Some assistant did the paperwork meeting the last 2 years.

This year, someone from the county came to do a recertification and asked how we got along with the caseworker. She was VERY disturbed when I told her I have never met him.

A little less than a week after she was here, I get a phone call from the caseworker wanting to meet. I cleared and rearranged my schedule for him. The morning of the appointment, he calls to cancel. Some sort of medical thing. It’s a good thing we were to meet at my house because it was about 2 hours before the appointment. I would have already been on my way.

We rescheduled for this afternoon. About 45 minutes before our meeting he calls to cancel again. This time his child is sick. That family seems to be having a tough couple of months medically.

I think I probably wouldn’t be as annoyed as I am if I didn’t know he only trying to not get in trouble with his boss. I realize that things come up. I really understand! But at the moment, its a good thing he didn’t call back like he was supposed to. Just breathe! I’ll be less annoyed tomorrow.

  • I’m grateful this appointment was set at the house. If I had to go out in the cold and then have it cancelled I probably wouldn’t be as understanding as I am. I’m grateful that my house is clean enough for people to come by. I’m grateful I can work on letting it go. I’m nowhere near as angry now as I was earlier.

Night all. LOVES

Veterans Day

12 Nov

I am so grateful to all the veterans who at one time or another gave everything they had to fight for my freedom. Especially the ability to share my thoughts and feelings when something really annoys me.

Yes, I know yesterday was technically Veterans Day. But some government officials decided ALL holidays should fall on Mondays. I’m waiting for them to get enough umph behind The Fourth of July, Christmas, and Thanksgiving to change THEM too.

Some other enterprising people decided that since nobody is at work on holidays, they should be shopping. So they have HUGE sales on everything. Maybe even their mother & their children?

So now we have holidays that aren’t really holidays and sales that make ME want to stay as far away from stores as possible. I wish my local grocery store was open in the middle of the night so I don’t have to have people everywhere while I’m in the store.

So on this day where we should be honoring those who live and die for our country, people are deciding if the blue or pink sweatshirt would go better with those purple pants.

  • I’m grateful to those in all branches of the military who are always on the front lines at home and abroad to make this country the land of the free and the home of the brave. I’m grateful to live in this country. I’m grateful for firefighters and other first responders who spend long, hard hours protecting our homes and people.

Night all. LOVES

Phone scammers

24 Oct

I’m getting so tired of scammers calling me all the time. The last couple of weeks, I qualified for an all expenses paid trip to a Windom resort if I only paid a shipping and handling fee for the tickets plus all applicable taxes. I’ve found if you press 2 as soon as the computer voice starts talking, they default you to the “we are sorry to bother you and your number will be removed from our list in 3 business days” line. And then they continue to call you repeatedly for the next 3 days.

Today, someone called me from my credit card company saying I was going to get an extra payment next month, they just needed to verify my identity and card information. She knew way more stuff than I was comfortable with her having and I told her I would call her back to verify any more. Then she said that I would have to start all over with a new agent so I might as well stay with her. Funny how my cellphone started having problems and dropped the call. I called the company back and that card is now cancelled.

You know if these people would spend as much time and energy in something legal and worthwhile instead of trying to scam someone, they would be rich.

  • I’m grateful the phone call came this afternoon. If it would have been this morning when I’m just waking up, I probably would have given them everything. I’m not very coherent in the morning lately. I’m grateful the woman at the card company I talked to when I called them was very understanding and helpful. I guess this is a new scam. I’m grateful I listened to that voice inside that told me to hang up. Probably saved me tons of money.

Night all. LOVES

Midnight venting extra

1 Oct

I’m venting tonight. I’m about done with resting and letting people take care of me. I really just want to be able to go to sleep and not be woken up to take my sleeping medication. I want to be able to walk across the room without dragging George the pole with me. I want to be able to sit and not worry about whether the hoses and wires are tying themselves in knots just because I looked at them funny. And I just untangled them 2 minutes ago. I’m tired of the call light, the pen,the cup, the tissue, the whatever falling to the floor every time I move. I’m done with asking permission if I can get up. Go to the bathroom. Walk the halls. I’m really getting dome with being a pin cushion and being poked and prodded every hour or so. What is your pain on a scale of 1-10? Well it was a 3 until you started touching my incisions and bruises, now its about 100! I just want to be in my messy room, in my bed, sleeping or not, when I want.

  • I’m extremely grateful for everything that has gone right over this long weekend. I’m grateful to be healing. And I’m grateful for packaged chicken broth mix at midnight. Somethings are just like home.

Night all. LOVES

Stupid, smartphones

31 Aug

I was in the first computer class offered in my high school way back in the early 80’s.  I took many computer classes in business school and one time classes through community colleges. I used to set the clocks and settings on my mom’s clocks, tv’s, microwaves and other such electric devices. I’m not stupid by any means. So why do smartphones make me so flustered all the time? Its like I forget how to make it work.

I have spent the last 24 hours trying to get pictures from one phone to another phone so that the first phone can be given to my son to use. We need to save the pictures because when we take it to get it turned on, they wipe the phone clean and all data will be lost. Most photos are irreplaceable.

It has been an unhappy task for me. I’m annoyed by my inability to figure out an easier way. And how to tell if I’ve gotten every single picture. My son is annoyed because he can’t use the phone until its done. All because I couldn’t find a spare SD card and I’m too broke to buy one. Yes, I’m whining today.

  • I’m grateful for the phone because all the headaches saves me almost $200 for a new phone. I’m grateful that as I’m verifying the transfer I get to see pictures of my kids and grandkids that I’ve never seen before. I’m grateful for first world problems. There could be so much else to be worried about.

Night all. LOVES