NAJOWRIMO — Day 8: January 8, 2016

I seem to be getting later and later in the day when it comes to writing. This morning we had an appointment at 9:00 a.m. to get the windshield replaced on the Honda. It has 218,000+ miles on her and the windshield was so pitted it looked like a prism whenever the sun shone on it. I thought it would take most of the day — I mentioned this to the other half, just offhandedly saying, “Shall we take both vehicles so we can just drop off the car?” His reply, “Oh no. It should only take them about half an hour. We’ll just wait for it.” Well, guess who had to drive all the way back home to retrieve the truck?? LOL Ah me… thus started the day with a number of miscellaneous errands to be taken care of.

We had a gift card for Denny’s and I had a 20% discount coupon, so off we went to Denny’s for breakfast after dropping off the car at Scott’s Auto Body. I met the secretary at Scott’s several years ago when she worked as Office Manager at the scrapbook store in town. I volunteered at the scrapbook shop, helping customers and teaching a few classes here and there. It was fun. She left the part-time job there at the scrapbook store for a full-time job at Scott’s and has been there ever since.

The rest of the day was spent here at home — I worked on the Panda quilt a bit and Robert sat in his chair and worked on another of Larry McMurtry’s novels. He’s been working on the Berrybender Narratives, a series of four books. He’s on the second book but I don’t have the fourth one so before he starts book number three, I’ll need to order the fourth one from the library. Speaking of which, I have no less than four books on order from the local library–one I can’t wait to read is the latest novel by Jean M. Auel, author of a series of historical novels: According to Wikipedia, the sequels of Clan of the Cave Bear (which was made into a movie starring Daryl Hannah) are: The Valley of Horses, continues Ayla’s story, which is further developed in other books of the Earth’s Children series, which include The Mammoth Hunters; The Plains of Passage; The Shelters of Stone; and the sixth and final installment in the series, The Land of Painted Caves. (Thank you, Wikipedia; I’m glad I donate to keep your site running.)

My Kindle has 878 books on it and over 1,000 total (some are archived). This afternoon I plugged it into my computer to charge it, then ejected it from my computer so I could continue reading while charging. I was surprised to receive a statement saying I didn’t have enough memory to display the book I was currently reading and would I please take some of my books off of my device? Hmmm… which ones to move… easy enough — cookbooks! LOL I moved a couple of them and was able to bring my book back up. A quick patch, indeed. It’s like the photos on my computer — I know I need to go in and ‘do the deed’ and organize them into a more logical order so when I need a photo I can find it in less than 2 hours. But geee… it’s like draining a Louisianna swamp. Do I really want to go there?? Nope. Not today. Maybe tomorrow.

When we went back to Scott’s to pick up the Honda this afternoon, I went in, paid the bill and chatted with Suzanne a bit. I noticed that while I was paying the bill, Robert walked over and inspected the windshield. He seemed satisfied with the work, so he returned to the truck to wait for me to finish paying the bill. After I finished my chat with Suzanne, I went out and told him I would see him at home. I’d agreed to run the other errands without him.  When I got in, I noticed that the top 4″ or so of the windshield with a deep blue in color and the rest of the windshield appeared to have a tint to it. Very nice… and then I noticed that our stickers were also gone. Aaack! We had stickers on the windshield that identified us as homeowners at our gated community in Arizona. Ah well, we’ll just have to go to the office when we get there and ask for a new one. No biggie.

We had a good day today and got a lot of small errands taken care of. Only one errand was missed and that was to set up trash pick up service with the local community services district office. I had thought they were closed on Fridays, and when we got there we discovered I was right. So that errand gets moved to Monday of next week. Again, no biggie.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Take life as it comes and allow it to flow without stress. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them. Each and every day… I caught this train this afternoon. Not sure who the blue locomotive belongs to — obviously, it’s a newly painted (or brand new) unit. Nice… we had one train coming up the valley as this one was heading down.

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About tehachap

The easiest way to define myself is as a very happily married woman with two sons and two grandsons. My hobbies include reading, writing, sewing, trains (watching, photographing and running them in G scale), and travel. My husband and I are retired and we spend our winters in Arizona. I used to own a secretarial and desktop publishing business, but closed it when my husband retired in 1999. We have truly enjoyed our retirement years, and have fulfilled one of our primary goals in life and that is to own a home overlooking train tracks so we can watch trains 24/7. We are sincerely blessed in this life.
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One Response to NAJOWRIMO — Day 8: January 8, 2016

  1. mageb says:

    You got so much done while I vegetate. Tomorrow will be better.


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