I had to make a decision on Monday that I did not want to make. I am now without my little Patty-Cakes. She never recuperated from whatever her medical issues were, and by Monday she was so much worse. She was unable to walk, she was wobbly on her feet, and she had nystagmus and other eye symptoms of neurological issues. It is still a very raw thing for me to talk about, so I will not say anything more.
On some good news, I am hiring some goats to come out and eat away at the honeysuckle jungle on the west side of my property. Since I bought the house I have been looking for some goats. I finally found some. It is going to be expensive, but not nearly as expensive as hiring people to clear it out. Not only is there honeysuckle, but there is poison ivy, briars, and blackberry brambles. Among all that is more trash that the previous owner threw out there. I will get to clean that up eventually.
Every day I have been trying to do some art project. I am ashamed that I cannot paint or even draw as I once did. I have tried many times, and I get frustrated at myself. So I decided that every day I will dedicate some time to do something. Last week with Patty's illness, I photocopied a mandala that a friend had sent me for New Moon, and I colored with my colored pencils. I enjoyed that. It seems that coloring is a good thing to do.
Last night I was thinking I wanted to do some sun printing on fabric. So I hunted for my supplies and my instructions. I realized why I haven't done it in a long, long while. I needed some foam board to pin the fabric to. So tomorrow I will do the printing while it is cooler.
I had to go into town to question my bill for my recycling. I live in a small town that is working really hard to prevent the big cities from swallowing it up. I pay the local utility company $4.06/month for recycling. My trash pickup is free as long as I purchase the yellow bags. The yellow bags are HUGE, so I put the trash out every three-four weeks. I recycle weekly.
As happens in small business worlds, it has just been found out that an employee of the utility company embezzled a lot of money. She was ciphering the cash paid some way. I don't know how to do it, so I don't try to figure it out. Of course, I paid my $4.06 in cash-why write a check? So now they will only take checks. If I use a credit card or debit card, they charge a fee because they are charged a fee. Remember small business. I refuse to pay a fee that is almost as much as the bill.
So in May I wrote a check for multiple months instead of the one month. Simple math-x amount of months times $4.06. Ten days ago I went in to purchase yellow bags, and wrote a check and got my receipt. Then I get a bill the other day for $4.69. I couldn't fathom where this came from.
The two ladies in the office today could not figure out why I got the bill, and they found a credit on my account in the computer. So they are going to check out the whole thing and get it straight.
So while I am out and about, I drove to our local farm store. They did not have the foam board I was looking for. So reluctantly I had to go to Lowes. I got my board, I got some other things, and I left.
The wind kept trying to blow the foam board out of my hands. Suddenly this nice man got out of his truck and offered to help me. When I got the car opened , he told me the board would not fit in the car. I told him I was going to get a knife out of the car and cut it smaller. He got his pocket knife out and cut it for me. After loading it up, he said, "Have a good day, Ma'am." He got in his truck and drove off.
So that left me feeling pretty good about the world today. None of those other men in their trucks tried to help. Here was this man who wore bib overalls, had a long white beard, and longish white hair. He got out of his truck and helped me. Bless him for being so nice.
Now that I am rested, it is time to tackle vacuuming my bedroom. I want to shampoo it today and get it freshened. I got my spinning room shampooed the other day and it feels good to be clean. I did battle with a spider this morning. I opened the cabinet to put cups away. As I pulled the door open, a big black house spider plopped onto the counter and scurried away. I peered into the cabinet looking for others. Somehow I looked up and there was her nest. It was stuck to the upper part of the cabinet frame and the door. I got her sucked off the counter with the vacuum, and I got the nest cleared out. I hate to mean. If she had chosen some location that I don't use regularly, I would have left her alone.
So I am really going to get up now and go do some work. Ugh. I just don't feel like cleaning, but it feels good when it is done.
Happy weekend everyone!