Monday, December 28, 2020

Moving on...

~ It's Monday, therefore laundry day. I started a little earlier than allowed because I was up and what the hell I say. Monday is a 2-load day which includes sheets and towels as well as clothes. I left the sheets in the dryer too long and they were wrinkle city when I took them out - that's what happens with 100% cotton sheets, the price I pay for comfort. 

~ I deleted all references to Christmas from my FB page as well as here - not that there was a lot of holiday type postings, then again I don't post much on FB - basically I have it to keep track of Lisa and Jennifer...I've got nothing much to say (and I suppose if you read this blog you already know that - that I don't have much to say.)

~ One more 'holiday' to go, more generic 'happy' greetings - I keep wondering why people buy into all this, perhaps it makes them feel better, it just exacerbates my natural cynicism. Or perhaps I should say my acquired cynicism, I'm not too sure cynicism is an innate trait. 

~ It's been cold here the past week, and I suppose 'cold' is a relative term - 40's during the day is cold to me, tho I don't know why it should matter since I don't go out - I'm sitting here trying to remember the last time I was actually outside the building and, checking my calendar, it was last Monday, the 21st, when I went out to the parking lot with Frankie for the mobile vet visit. My next trip outside the building will be Wednesday to go to the grocery store, haven't been there in 2 weeks. 

~ Being the 28th of the month I will pay a bunch of bills today - my 2 credit cards, the Comcast bill and the condo fees. They will all clear before the end of the month. 

I do like online banking. I remember years ago when I was working for a small consulting firm, they had a bookkeeper come in once a month to pay bills and do taxes and payroll. We were always getting hit with late fees on a lot of the accounts. I gained access to the company's bank accounts and saw that online banking was available. I mentioned this to one of the principals and said I could easily pay the bills on time using that service. She was shocked and surprised - didn't know such a thing existed. I had been using online banking personally and assured her that it was secure.  Unfortunately I didn't take over ALL the bookkeeping which proved troublesome because the bookkeeper they had was a total flake, anyway that's another long story.

~ That's my Monday. At 9:30am, I still have to shower and dress; put the laundry away (it's already folded), make lunch, clean the kitchen and then late in the afternoon, after everyone has had their naps, fluff the bed. That leaves a good part of the day without chores, the kitchen will get another clean-up around 6:30pm - more coffee cups, more cat dishes, the coffee pot for the umpteenth time...Still not a lot, there's only the two of us plus the cat - 

I suspect those of you with children and jobs will have a much (much!) busier day. And yet, I yearn for just one day with NO chores and I hesitate to even say that out loud because - well, you folks with children and jobs...I bet that is high on your list of wishes - one day with no chores or expectations, despite loving your families, just one day to yourself - Ahhh!

9 comments:

  1. Yes it was cold here. 22 upon walking my dog at 6a on Xmas day. Then we lost heat until 9pm. That was fun. One day to myself would only make me want 5 more. I'm not sure that would help me or hurt me. :-)

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    1. It just occurred to me - Isn't that what vacations are for? Doing nothing; no cooking or cleaning - just hanging about doing whatever you want? I haven't been on a vacation in 14 years - some say being retired is being on vacation but it's not, each day is still filled with duties and obligations - I'm so weary of duties and obligations...

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    2. Your vacations sound great, mine always included cooking or at least obtaining and preparing food. The years of vacationing in a camper or the cabin where even worse since the food prep was done in much more primitive kitchens. Yup, all those regular chores are still there in retirement, I want a vacation with no laundry, cleaning or cooking. :)

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    3. I do believe it was Joan Rivers who said "My idea of roughing it is staying in a hotel with no room service" - I agree with her wholeheartedly and that's what most of my vacation have been - Upgrade to the penthouse? Yes, thank you, I'll take it. (it wasn't that great to tell you the truth) Tho I did a lot of vacations in long-term hotel like apartments - I suppose like what AirBNB is like now. Of course I didn't cook - big cities mean lots of delivery and take out...including breakfast. I loved my winter vacations in Negril Jamaica - sit a few feet away from the ocean under a palm tree, pretending to read a book, a few feet away from the outdoor bar - oh, yeah!

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  2. That was a lot before 9:30am! I didn't do any Christmas posts but I did put my two Christmas decorations away yesterday. Christmas this year was just like any other day except my dad wanted to zoom which I think is mainly to see Lexi. I need to pay bills and do some more contributions this week too. The end of the year came so fast after what felt like months lasting years. I long for a vacation away from demanding cats and a needy dog. I can't imagine what it's like to have kids to take care of since the pets are enough as it is!

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    1. Imagine the stress of families where both parents are working from home, one or more kids are doing at home remote schooling AND there are pets and all the usual housework etc AND no outside help in most cases - now that's a lot! We've got it easy...

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  3. Online banking is a wonderful thing. A friend of mine is a bit of a dinosaur, and only (reluctantly) started online banking a couple of years ago. Strangeness.

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    1. I started using online banking in the early 2000's. I think it was around 2007 when I started working for that consulting firm, it's a real boon for small business. I later set up the owners personal banking for online use too. It's especially useful these days because the mail is all backed up. But would you believe, in this day and age, there are still banks that don't have it? My husband has a credit card from a small credit union in Vermont that doesn't have an online presence, they still mail the bill every month, such a PITA even tho I pay it via my online bank.

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    2. Oh that's just bizarre.

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