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Thursday, October 03, 2013

Touching Base Briefly

Greetings!

I have had the yen to blog this week, but it's "Fall Housecleaning Week" here at Casa Chris so I have been "busy" (in as much as a chronically tired/exhausted person can be without melting down completely), and I've been bushed from all my cleaning. There is so very much more to do, and I don't know if I'm up to it. As it is, my dear dad did the vacuuming today, bless his heart.  Also,  I'm loopy from a tenacious head cold, so my communication skills have taken a beating. Do not be surprised at typos galore!

Allergy season isn't over yet! We've flirted with frost, but no hard freezes yet. It's been an abnormally warm fall (and the last month of summer was quiiiiiiiiiiite warm) for our part of the state of Wisconsin this time of year. HOWEVER, I hereby dictate to the meteorologists of this part of the country that such nonsense simply MUST cease and desist by this weekend, because...


... we are taking the window air conditioner units out of the windows and storing them on the garage on Friday morning. 

Yes, despite the fact that my dear little cat Maggie hasn't grown her extra, super, fuzzy fall-getting-ready-for-winter fur coat yet (she is uncanny at predicting cold weather by such means - the FMSA - Feline Meteorological Society of America is in awe of her weather forecasting prowess). 

I digress. 

Despite the fact that my cat hasn't yet grown her super fuzzy fall fur coat in anticipation of winter, we are going ahead and taking the air conditioners out to store in the garage. My dad's back and my back are not equal to carrying that weight ourselves, so a friend from church is being reallllllllllllly super nice and coming first thing Friday morning (his day off, no less, God bless him!) to do it for us. All we need to do is move furniture and clean windows.

I know, I know: Murphy's Wacky Weather Law Number 587 dictates that if we take our window unit ACs out now, there will be a heatwave hotter than Hades itself in the next couple of weeks. Heaven forbid! But I haven't forgotten that sometime in the past ten or so years, it was 80 degrees the week before Thanksgiving. (and then, mercifully, it turned very, very, VERY cold and snowy for the remainder of the winter.).

Speaking of hotness, we still didn't buy a countertop ice maker, but I think we're going to do so in the next week or so after reading more reviews. It would have to go in the basement. But good heavens! Even the smallest ice machine such as folks put in the RVs can make 26 pounds of ice in 24 hours! Oy vey! I really only need three pounds of ice a day for chronic sore throat/fever/hot flashes relief. A small Igloo brand ice machine is about the size of a bread machine, but is noisier. Sooo, it would have to go in the basement.

Considering that I spend over $20 per month on store bought ice, I could pay off an ice maker in five or six months and then not have to shell out $20 a month for ice ever again! Wheee! Not to mention the gas money my dear dad would save from his three to four sometimes extra trips to the store each week (even though it's only five minutes away but the shortest trips are the ones that burn up a lot of gas). I think I have myself convinced! We just have to calculate how much electricity a 160W ice machine would use, and then figure out the sum to our electric bill.

Speaking of interesting purchases, I was unimpressed with Dell's offerings for desktop computers this late summer/early fall, so I am holding off on shopping for the CPU. For the type of model I need, the reviews on Dell.com weren't very good.  However, I have found a nice Acer 23" widescreen LED monitor at Target that I want for Christmas, so that's what my dad is getting me this year. I do not need an expensive Dell monitor. 

So, I'm looking forward to a grrrrrrrrrrrrreat bigggggggggggggggg new monitor soon as the local Target store has them back in stock. Maybe this means I will spend more time at my computer doing photo editing and playing with graphics... maybe even doing a couple of crazy little things like email and blogging more often. *wink* Oh! I forgot to mention that the new computer monitor is supposed to make it easier on me migraine-wise. It seems that my current monitor sets off a lot of migraines in me. We shall see! Hope springs eternal.

Well, I need to get the freshly baked whole wheat bread out of the bread machine in a few minutes and then watch something interesting on Netflix or Acorn online. It's my night off from listening to music, because I need some good Vitamin L(aughter) to boost my immune system over this cold. And yes! I've been taking my zinc and drinking my orange juice like a good girl! *grin*

Please know that all of you are in my prayers. Really, I think you're better off with my prayers than with my silly little blog posts, but I like to check in and write occasionally anyway.

May the blessing of the Lord be upon each and every single one of you - those who once read the old Xanga blog, and the newcomers, too. Jesus knows who each one of you are, and He knows what you need, and what your heart is crying out for. May He pour grace upon grace and healing upon healing into each of your bodies, minds, and spirits. Remember, He is close to the brokenhearted. He IS near to you. Dare to hope and dream for good outcomes in each circumstance of your life that your heart cries out to Him about, because He is the One True, Infinitely Good, and Infinitely Faithful God. Just don't forget to ask Him for help in forgiving your enemies, 'k? And please pray for me to be able to do the same.

Much love in Jesus,

- Chris