Friday, February 12, 2016

And Again With the Cheering Sunshine!

What a glorious day today! Although it is only -14C outside and feels much colder with the wind chill, I am thrilled to see the sunshine once again today.  The sunshine has been present since early this morning.  How it energizes me!  After telling my husband I wouldn't be cleaning house today after all, partly due to a sore hip and a short night's sleep combined with pure laziness of mind, the sunshine restored my motivation to work.  It is 1:30pm and all I have left to do is dust the last two upstairs bedrooms.  I cleaned all morning, took a break for lunch and some newcasts, then headed upstairs to begin again there.

I feel SO good, sore hip and all.  I think all the walking I did earlier this week on cement sidewalks, concrete mall concourses and paved parking lots added a dimension of "foot slamming" into my routine as I tend to walk rather heavily.  However, what is physio for if not to prepare me to return to real life's events, eventually without using the cane outside at all??!!?  

So, another break is coming to an end. I need to go finish up the dusting in those two rooms and then decide if I feel like braving the "cold" to go to the bank and pay a bill that could actually wait until next week.  The sunshine makes me feel like going out even though the car was not plugged in last night during the -20C middle hours and that will make for a very cold start up.  

Well, the decision will have to wait until the dusting is done!  Thank you sunshine for your motivating powers.

And from the little book of prayers, previously mentioned:

"Lord, the beauty of the earth reveals Your glory.  Thank You for the smile of a child, the touch of my beloved's hand, the warmth of our home.  I am grateful for the love of friends and meaningful work. Thank You for Your many blessings." 

(including the sunshine!)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Aaaaand....Three Short Hours Later.....

Wow, the sunshine really perks me up!

Grey Grey Grey

We are into our fourth day of grey skies and not a hint of sunshine.  I am becoming very tired of it.
Hello Sun!  Are you still up there??
I feel like asking God if the sun can come out to play today!!!

Technology, Technology, O What a Pain You Are To Me!

Yesterday was a comedy of errors around here!

I spent the morning waiting for my confirmation phone call from the office manager that I was still included in the day trip to Moose Jaw. No phone call was forthcoming by 10am and we were to leave at 11am, so I decided to give it another few minutes before I contacted her because she is incredibly busy at work and was probably just late calling.

While I was waiting, all dressed up with no confirmation of a place to go, I flipped on the tv to get some news. tv service.  Okay, there have been a few glitches since the fibre optic cable was put in last week, but no time to worry about it at the moment and it would likely come back on in awhile anyway.  I waited a few more minutes then decided I had better call the office manager to confirm my desire to go on the excursion.

Well, guess what? No phone service either.  Unsure of how long the services had been out, I picked up my new cell phone and managed to call the office manager, leave a message for her on her in 2 different locations at the office, in hopes she was still there to get them. Then I called my husband at the church to let him know what was going on. All was well with my phone. I finally figured out how to answer incoming calls without cutting the caller off prior to answering, so I thought pretty highly of myself!  

Pride doth go before a fall:  after I talked to my husband I placed a call to Sasktel to report our missing landline and tv services.  I managed to reach a technician.  However, although I could hear him, he could not hear me!!!  I yelled and hollered and he kept saying, "Hello, hello....okay, I can't hear you, but if you can hear me, hang up and try the call again."  I complied.  This time, wonderful Frieda from Saskatoon picked up.  She is the woman who spent an hour with us the day before trying to get our special long distance ring to work again. (no success whatsoever, we still have no long distance ring despite Frieda's and a service employee's best efforts and no one knows why, sigh...)
Anyway, Frieda couldn't hear me either.  Talk about frustration!!!!

After  I managed NOT to talk to Frieda I went into my cell phone settings and tried to figure out what had happened, but all I succeeded in doing was shutting off the ringer....apparently permanently, as I have tried everything under the sun to put it back on again to no avail.  My husband took a couple of swipes at it as well lat night but no luck.  This weekend I HAVE to get onto the website for instructions on how to make my new cell phone work.  Between being busy with other things and a case of Severe Procrastination, I just haven't done it yet.

So, the office manager got the message and showed up at our previously appointed time to pick me up.  We met up with the other two women in our group and had a great drive to Moose Jaw.  Half way there we ran into some freezing sleet, but our driver is very experienced on winter highways and knows how to actually slow down for poor weather conditions.  We arrived safely, checked out a facility there that may be a possiblity for reasonable rental costs for small retreat groups, then headed downtown to Yvette Moore Gallery for lunch.

The lunch, as always, was delicious, filling while not being overly ambitious in portion size.  Two of us ordered the almond and chicken salad sandwich with cranberry spinach salad.  There is a good amount of filling between those two slices of cracked wheat bread and just enough salad.  Since the cranberries are sprinkled on top and I am not supposed to eat many of them, they were easy for me to remove and put to the side of my plate.  The other two ladies had soup.  The soups were hearty, creamy stews and came with whole wheat baking powder biscuits stuffed with yummy bits of diced vegetables.  Fortunately for me, no one was interested in dessert because I could have been tempted to sneak a piece of my favourite gingerbread cake and lemon sauce.  I was a good girl and had water with my meal instead of the sweetened saskatoon berry lemonade.  So, my lunch was not only delicious, but relatively healthy and low carb.

What fun we had visiting together, the four of us.  It was good to spend time once again with people I don't know very well and get a chance to learn more about them.  We laughed a lot, shared some deep thoughts and life experiences, shopped until we dropped in the Gallery.  Oooh, there were some lovely pieces of pottery BUT I managed to restrain myself!!  Two of my favourite local potters had some pieces for sale at reasonable prices, but the exact size and type of serving bowl I am looking for was not among them, so I purchased absolutely nothing.  My husband was so proud of me, after he got over the shock that I had stood so close to beautiful pottery and not come home with any of it!

Well, when I arrived home I discovered more technological frustration!  Sometime after I left for Moose Jaw the television and phone service had been restored, even though I had not been able to get through to the technicians, BUT the internet was down....completely wired or wireless service whatsoever.  Sigh.....GRRRRRRR.....sigh......

My husband was home from the office in the evening only long enough to bolt down his dinner and grab his cassock and alb before racing to the church for the Ash Wednesday service. I didn't have the heart to mention the latest glitch in our system.  I did tell him the other two services were running again and figured that was enough for the time being.

When he got home at 9pm I told him what was going on with the internet.  He groaned and rubbed his forehead...really hard!!!  That is the closest he usually gets to expressing the frustration he feels.  He decided it could be possible that when the tv and phone services came back on the router and/or modem had not reset properly.  So, he disconnected both of those and then reconnected them to see if the system would reset itself.  Yippee and hallelujah, so it did!!!  This morning it appears that all systems are least so far.

I am going to brave the present snowfall and drop in temperature to go and purchase some books for myself as my supply is running low and I am tired of depending on the church book resale table for "new" ones.  There hasn't been much coming in there of interest in recent weeks.  When I get home I will be testing all three technology services to see if they are  up and running today.  The most upsetting of all is losing that special ring for our incoming long distance calls and the fact that the system's own techs can't seem to get it up and running again.  O well, it is a small issue we can live with. 

Getting my new phone up and running will be a wonderful thing.  I need to get going with that, really I do...... but for now, it is off to Chapters to indulge my reading tastes.  Say, do you  suppose that since I didn't spend any money on pottery yesterday, I could take what I was prepared to spend for that bowl I hoped to find and spend it on books?  Good idea, right???  Of course right!!  

Off to shop!!


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Big Blessings!

Despite continued warm winter weather, today could have been depressing due to a third day in a row of overcast skies, but it has been like a jolly holiday instead. Yay!

The morning was spent successfully completing communications with an insurance company and getting a glitch repaired with our phone. My husband decided we had spent enough time at home, so off we went for a light lunch at Ripplinger's...less than spectacular, but tasty and low calorie with big salads.

After lunch we had a lot of fun at Bulk Barn seeking out cholesterol free crispy snacks for my husband, shopping for new jeans and purses, doing some banking, buying bedding at Jysk and chatting, chatting, chatting. We always have such fun together on his days off.

We arrived home to an invitation for me to go to Moose Jaw tomorrow with some of the Synod office gals. They have some business to do there and we are going out for lunch. My job is to pick the restaurant. That will be fun for me.

Then our phone rang with another wonderful message for us both: if we sign another one year lease the management company will reduce our rent by one hundred dollars a month for the next twelve months. Talk about a huge relief. It will be a big help.

I am grateful for the regular two days off per week for my husband. His energy level has gone up again. His memory is improving and he is happy again. Our times of visiting are more relaxed and when we go out for errands or events we are both more prepared to just enjoy whatever is going on.

Thank you Lord for our many, many blessings...even the simple blessing of being able to live a more normal/usual life after decades of topsy turvy craziness.

Monday, February 8, 2016

I Love Mondays!

My husband did well for taking his day off today.  He only allowed one work related phone call to take place.  The rest of the day was spent writing up some articles he is publishing, getting some notes down for use at General Synod in July and generally writing, writing and writing some more.  We had good discussions in regard to his subject matter, we added in some discussion about how some of his thoughts apply to some issues I am currently struggling with.  We got out of the house long enough to get some errands accomplished.  We ate good, low cholesterol meals.  All in all a good day.

Unfortunately the exercises I am supposed to receive from my physiotherapist did not arrive.  I can only imagine how intensely busy this man is at his job each day.  They will come eventually and in the meantime I am plenty busy still with the first set of exercises.

We have a call in to the rental managment company about possibly renewing our lease for a second year, so hope to hear back from them this week.   I can't help hoping they will make some sort of concession, no matter how small, in terms of how much rent we are paying in order to keep our suite "full" in the midst off too many vacancies.

We were able to get to an SGI agency today to change over my husband's drivers license to our no longer new address.  When we had them changed at our last place of residence, my updated license arrived in the mail here but his never came and eventually we just forgot about it. According to the records SGI checked today, his new license was mailed out the same day as mine last year, but it never arrived, so it only cost him ten dollars for a new, properly addressed copy.

Tomorrow morning we face the dreaded task of trying AGAIN to get one of our insurance companies to change our address...another change that was supposedly completed a year ago and yet...magically their most recent statement went to our former address just last week before it arrived here.  This company is a real pain to deal with and my poor husband will probably spend at least an hour on hold until one of their operators is free to go over all this info with him for the second attempt.  Next year is technically retirement time for my husband according to their policies and the teensy weensy amount of money in that account will be released to us shortly after his 65th birthday.  The slight growth over the past 30 years, of what was a miniscule amount of investment by a former employer who locked it in until retirement age, is absolutely laughable.  We would have almost more money if we had stuffed the investment under our mattress than we are going to end up with after all these years of investment: BIG losses and itty bitty gains. hahaha   

Our son called us this evening. It is Family Day in B.C. so he is celebrating by calling all his relatives.  Nice for us!!  We will return the favour next week when it is Family Day here in Saskatchewan.

Having a quiet evening, enjoying just being together watching inane tv shows and playing video games.  

I love Mondays.

A Fun Evening Out!

Yesterday I was given a free ticket to attend the Halcyon Singers production last night of  "The Armed Man; a Mass for Peace", by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins.  (check out the British National Youth Choir performance of it on YouTube)

I thoroughly enjoyed it. The young singers did a fine job of the music and when the Regina Philharmonic instrumentalists were not drowning them out, their lyrics were clear and understandable.  What a thrill that was as so many choirs with similarly lovely sounds are completely and unfortunately unintelligible.

The weather was conducive to being out and about, the venue of Knox Metropolitan United Church was just the right space for this performance and it was nice to see our own choir's director at his best.

Thank you Annie and Hart for the ticket to attend.  Sitting with other members from Amici Choir added to the fun.  I had a great time and I suspect my husband enjoyed an evening at home on his own for a change. He spent the afternoon with a good friend having theological discussions and tea, once he completed his hospital visits.

After a long period of stress it was good to spend some time having some recreation the past few days.  

Today my husband is off work and of course he is in the middle of a work related phone call because he forgot he should not answer his cell phone today. hahaha  Once he is done with this call I am confiscating the phone until he returns to work on Wednesday morning!!  We are blessed in that there are so few people in the diocese who do not respect the days off of the office staff.