I'm feeling mildly blue, and there have been a lot of changes in the past two weeks. Sometimes things change so fast in our circumstances, it makes my head swim.
I'm also wrestling with infernal writer's block, being overwhelmed over little things, and a kind of seasonal blah. Quite blue that my daughter is leaving home for the first time, though in many ways it may be that time.
I'm also stunned with how little privacy there is out there with accessing private information. I found out that a network provider has been charging my credit card, and recently MY BANK ACCOUNT, simply noted on my statement as "credit card purchase" or some such, for YEARS without my catching it. What's so frightening about that?
1. They will not provide me with any proof of my initial sign-up
2. I have to speak with some service person in India in order to even discuss the details, and they cannot tell me WHAT credit card they debited all those years "because of security reasons" (WHOSE security??)
3. I have an account with them I never remember opening in the first place
4. I have only had this card for 1 year. They indicated I have had this account and have been paying on it since 2004. My question...if they originally charged it to another credit card, and THIS year changed over to my bank account debit card, HOW DID THEY GET MY NEW CARD/BANK ACCOUNT INFO??? I never had it before this year!
5. To have this investigated for fraud, since I never caught the charge marked "credit card purchase" on my monthly statement for nearly an entire year(thinking it was for incidentals) the bank official advised I would probably not win, and would be assessed for an unnecessary complaint.
6. I had to deposit half of this week's grocery money to cover any possible overdraft charges that MIGHT happen since the company has now cancelled my service (WHAT SERVICE?? you know, the one I Never Had)but will still want October's "payment." Ugh. Yes, we are eating macaroni. AGAIN.
I did get a few things done, though.
1. Got a number of thank you notes out...still have some to go.
2. All meals were homemade this week...not a big deal for some, but for me, it is. ALL were homemade.
3. Researched the real estate market, did drive-bys, etc in the hopes of seeing what chances we have of selling any of Jack's remaining vacant lots. There is no movement, NONE. Nevertheless, we'll list them.
4. Haven't been using much in the way of heating/AC. In fact, no heat, and only the occasional AC to tone it down a bit after cooking in the kitchen.
5. The yarn came in. Do all yarns look so small? I wonder if one ball is going to be enough to knit an adult-sized cap?
6. Had everything ready for shabbat this week. Jack's knee was killing him and he couldnt go anywhere Friday night...he'd done a lot of work on the lot next door and had aggravated his leg.
7. Got some important mailings and letter writing done.
8. Weight loss is still at 6 lbs recently...total since first of year is 12 lbs.
9. Lots of talk with daughter. She recently bought a very nice Tanakh, and I gave her my favorite Friedman Torah w/commentary. Jack will be helping her look for a vehicle. She's for sure moving soon. I'm very sad about it.
10. Neighbor brought a half trailer load of horse manure, adding it to the trailer load he brought last weekend. Jack's been digging beds, relocating the dug-up hardpan to the side of the house that needs leveling for additional parking, and filling the beds with the manure. We're adding stuff to that and then will keep it moist to overwinter and rot down well. Not to concerned with things like weeds, just want it nice and fertile.
11. Went to the library's weekly gardening meeting, my first time. Not a lot going on there, except we're probably not going to try fooling with trying to graft our immature from-seed mango and avocado starts, and might just plant them out next door for the sake of not wasting them. Frustrating not being able to have something viable from a seed that really worked hard and grew so well. Brighter side -- snagged a handout from the University of Florida, Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide. Supposedly we have an ongoing planting season from now till January or February...I'm SO not used to that, being from TN :)
Boring...hope to be back with more inspiration at some point.