View From My Window

Sunday, July 17, 2022 — The flooring company owner came out to check out our floor and he said he didn’t see anything wrong until I pointed it out to him. The floor had smoothed out quite a bit by then, so it wasn’t as bad as it was originally. Today, all I have to do is fight ants. LOL Ah me… if it isn’t one thing, it’s another. BUT, our new microwave works really, really well! LOL

As for our ant invasion status: Robert said he thought all of the ants were gone. I told him, “No. They’re just taking a break, stepping back so they can regroup. They never give up!” I told him about the freeway of ants that had made it across the living room floor to the kitchen counter early this morning. One after the other, like a packed freeway at rush time. I had to toss a new box of apple fritters because the ants had got into the box. I went outside onto the deck to see if I could see where they were coming in and there were no signs of ants. I groaned because that means they’re in the walls. Ugh… I think we’ll have to set off bombs to get rid of them. I even considered calling an extermination company. Will have to give that some thought given that we’ve had so much appliance repair expense this month.

Wishing those thunderheads had a promise of some rain in them…

On a more personal topic, as most of you know, our eldest son works for Union Pacific Ry. He sent me a message the other day that showed a newspaper clipping stating that “Railroad union members vote 99.5% to authorize a July 18 nationwide strike”. I asked him what they were striking for and he said railroads across the U.S. had been working without a contract for the past 3 years. This means no COLA pay raises for anyone.

On July 15, 2022, President Biden issued an “Executive Order on Establishing an Emergency Board to Investigate Disputes Between Certain Railroads This effectively canceled the strike. People talk about the container ships that were stacked up in ports on the east and west coast, but if the railroads were to strike, this country would stop dead in its tracks. We see on average 30-40 freight trains per day and that’s just one section of railroad and one state.

Sunday morning, July 17, 2022

I’m glad the strike was averted. It would mean a real hardship for thousands of railroad workers and their families. Coupled with the COVID pandemic, it would be a catastrophic situation and totally unfair to the people of this country.

I will close with one noteworthy bit of information. We received a letter from our health insurance yesterday, approving the request for Home Hospice service. Interesting that the insurance company approved it when the visiting hospice nurse felt it was too soon for hospice care. I plan on calling the dr. tomorrow to say that we’re going to sit back and wait a while before we call in hospice. The primary reason is that when Robert is placed on Hospice, he wouldn’t be able to go to the ER nor be seen by his primary or specialist doctors. At this time, that would be an unwise move on our part. So, we wait and take things one day at a time.

Nothing else going on. My world is still a beautiful place to be. Please remain safe, your life and the life of those you love could be at risk. The COVID virus has mutated again and it’s even more virulent than previous versions. Know that you are loved in this life and please remember to tell those you love that you love them.

About tehachap

Happily married and retired, my hobbies are quilting, reading and anything to do with trains (watching, photographing and running them in our G scale garden railroad). My husband and I have truly enjoyed our retirement, 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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6 Responses to View From My Window

  1. Joanne Noragon says:

    You know I love railroads! Nevertheless, I’m glad a strike is averted. I hope President Biden’s appointee(s) put in the long overdue COLA’s and the rest of what the unions would strike for.

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    • tehachap says:

      Me too — they so deserve to be paid a living wage with benefits. Their jobs are dangerous and strenuous so they should be treated like the asset they are to the railroads.


  2. 67andgood says:

    Hope all goes well with the ants. An exterminator probably would be the easiest and have a guarantee too.

    Liked by 1 person

    • tehachap says:

      So far, so good. They love the Terro, so I’ve been setting it out for them. I have granular Terro that I will spread around the base of the house tomorrow. I honestly think they’re in the walls, but will deal with them as they come. I really don’t mind them outside the house, but inside is a definite no-no. LOL


  3. bronsonbitsandpieces says:

    I love how calming your words are as you address events and experiences that would have some people on the floor in a flood of tears and depression. But more than that I appreciate your example to all of us that none of our worlds are perfect, nor are the people in those worlds.

    Each of us will have struggles in life. Each of us will have something to overcome. It’s only our attitude with those struggles that make or break us. To me, you refresh my belief that even through the struggles there’s hope and people who have answers or provide assistance. I’m so happy to know you. 🥰


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