Archive for the ‘what I am thinking about’ Category
When one person writes an email inviting 30 or 40 people to provide feedback, it would be entirely acceptable for those people to provide the feedback directly to the author by hitting “reply” and let the author decide if they want to compile the responses and share them with the original group.
It is entirely unnecessary for each of those people to use “Reply All” to say something like
“I would reword the second sentence of the 14th paragraph to eliminate the word “and””
thus clogging up the in-boxes of everyone concerned.
You would be amazed at how many of my coworkers do this.
I do not need to know if they will be at a certain meeting or if they have submitted all their receipts for the month to Finance.
It’s just thoughtless in my mind. Nine times out of ten, it is unneeded. And thus, that tenth time, I am likely to miss the important thing that is being shared with the group.
Done venting. Thanks for listening.
I took this photo this morning, and of course, posted over on Instagram immediately.
Isn’t it interesting?
It’s the pool.
The beloved swimming pool.
I reached in and pulled a leaf off the surface, and found this great outline of it left behind.
Hard to believe that in a couple of months I will be in the pool scooping leaves out of it.
Or that a month or so after that, I will be swimming in it for fun.
Right now it is a 20 foot diameter, 3 foot deep block of ice.
Hard to believe.
But isn’t it pretty?
Up until this point we have had a fairly quiet winter. Our storms were of the warmer variety, which I don’t like- more icy nonsense than snow.
All of that changed this week. No more warm days between storms melting everything.
Starting Thursday I had three days of taxes scheduled. Volunteers lined up. Appointments filled.
Thursday the weather prediction was for a big snow, more snow the farther east we were. But not starting until 11 or so.
Sure enough, at 11 the first flakes fell, and the boss gave us an early dismissal, which was great, but meant canceling a slew of appointments and rescheduling them for next month.
We got about 6 inches at our house, but the location of the Friday tax clinic got 18 inches! So, we cancelled all the morning appointments and got there at noon. It was a crazy day, the schedule got all out of whack as people came late or early depending on their drivway situation. Instead of getting out at 4 as planned, it was closer to 5, followed by a long drive home.
Saturday was predicted to be light snow, 1 – 3 inches. I trucked up to Bangor for Super Saturday tax clinic. It’s held in an empty storefront in a small mall, and we worked hard all day, but did notice our numbers were down. Found out why when we left at 4. Way more than 3 inches – it had been snowing steadily all day! I went to the grocery store right there and headed home through some heavy snow on messy roads, so it took forever. Got home to find the driveway unplowed, and that’s when I realized how much snow we had. My mighty Prius plowed up the hill no problem, shooting snow everywhere! A had cleared out my parking space, which made me so happy as I just had sneakers on. 😀 We had 8 -9 inches and it kept snowing a few more hours.
So I got through the busy week, in the end made far less busy but no shorter by the snow.
Today is a combo day – pajamas and snow pants. We have to get out and clear vents and decks and driveways (plow guy came last night, yea!) this morning, then we will totally chill. Because this afternoon, guess what?
We are forecast to get 18-26 inches (depending which channel one watches) in 24 hours, starting late this afternoon. Strong, sustained winds as well. I fully expect to get the call canceling work tomorrow – that will be my napping spinning knitting day. Of course there will be intermittent shoveling as well to keep ahead of it.
And I hold out the tiniest bit of hope for at least a delay on Tuesday morning. 😝
So I should have finishes to share soon, and pretty snow pictures.
Oh, and our forecast after Tuesday? Storm expected on Thursday which they won’t talk about yet. But significant something.
Guess winter is hitting us full force this month!
The boss called. No work today!!!
Bring on the fiber crafts!
and try not to worry about A traveling the length of the state today. She has studded tires, roads will be sanded, and it should be rain on the coast. She will be fine. My mantra.
Vacation went quickly, but this week is going even faster. Next week is all tax training, so this week is prepping for that, and trying to get all my “regular” work done. Yikes! I’ll take the computer and everything home today in case the “BIG NOR’EASTER” actually is as advertised, a big nor’easter.
This weekend will be a strange combo of finishing up the tax training prep (including passing the test!) and knitting. Saturday is Whorls and Purls at the Purple Fleece, and then Sunday I am going to go off knitting with a new neighbor and some other “ravellers” whom I have never met in person – should be interesting. I SHOULD have some finished objects to share with you after all of that!
Mom gave me some spinning books for Christmas, and I am slowly absorbing them. Haven’t spun in a few days – the merino/nylon blend that I want to make into three ply sock yarn was giving me trouble – or the wheel was or something, so I am taking a couple of days off from spinning to see if I can sort that out. I did a lot of spinning last week, and maybe I just was trying too hard. I’ll come back to it this weekend, maybe Saturday morning if I get up early. That is my best spinning time.
Because of the impending winter weather doom and my having knitting commitments this weekend, A made one of her famous deals. If I would do the grocery shopping before the storm, she would do all the other errands and laundry this weekend. She knows I hate grocery shopping, so she always makes a really sweet deal to get me to do it. I took her up on that deal and did the grocery shopping last night. And I cleaned the bathroom this morning, so technically my chores are done! Of course, there is still Christmas clutter to clear up, and a few other chores around the house that I might throw in to be a good doobie. But then again…. I really want to finish my sweater before the end of the year…
The other thing I want to do before the end of the year is lose about 3.5 pounds. If I can do that, I will have lost 30 pounds since October 3 when I started following the Whole 30 plan. It seemed like a good goal until I ate what I wanted on vacation. Now it will be a stretch. But I think I can do it if I am REALLY good. Hold me accountable, please. 🙂
So as you might gather, life is chugging along as usual, everything simple and mundane, things are getting done. No photos today, no drama, just living a quiet life, and so grateful that it is so. It seems 2016 was a really horrible year if you happened to be a celebrity (my heart does ache for the Reynolds/Fisher clan) and for big world events, there is some strange juju going on, but here in my little world, all is calm, all is bright. As it should be this time of year.
We won’t even talk about wind chill forecasts for the weekend.
And can someone please tell me why, if we have to endure such cold temps, we can’t get the storm at the same time so that it is all snow??? What is with warming up enough for wintry mix Saturday night?
That is really too much.
This week we have lots to do, but a family rule say we won’t make a list or a plan.
This is very unlike us, I know. But making lists and plans for our November vacation is bad juju.
In 2011 we had big plans. Many projects to do, getting things done on the house and getting ready for the holidays.
Then we got locked out on our bedroom deck, and A broke her ankle saving us. (The deck is now referred to as Lovers Leap, thanks to my witty step dad!) We spent that vacation in the hospital, then home caring for her while she slowly got better.
2012, ankle healed, we revisited the list and added to it. This time my brother was hosting the feast, so we could really get things done! Until my dad called on Sunday to tell me my grandmother was near the end so I raced to Connecticut to be there with them. She passed away on Thanksgiving morning.
2013 we made the rule- no more lists. We can’t risk losing anyone else.
But even without lists, things are getting done. A is winning the battle with large sheets of plexiglass, and we hope to have the screen porch closed in by spring, lol. Yesterday was frustrating for her, but she got one window done and thinks she knows how to do it more easily for the other 9.
My puttering has resulted in 2 clean bathrooms, some spinning, lots of secret knitting, many errands done, and some basic rubble clearing done in the living room.
Today we have to go to Ellsworth to get snow tires on one car, and do more errands, then come home and finish the cleaning.
Tomorrow I have to get organized for Christmas card making with my niece, which will be fun. It would be more fun if I was completely sure what the cards look like, but I’ll pack up everything I think we might need and see what happens.
Then Thursday is all about cooking, eating and dishes.
So no lists but lots to do!
Then back to work for three weeks until our next vacation!