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Tuesday, May 5


11:10am. Today is chilly and rainy. Yesterday was a no school day and last Friday was as well. Now I just really don’t feel like doing these Zoom group lesson meetings today. Mostly only the good kids attend. The slackards generally don’t log on or do any of the alternate assignments we make available. I’m getting so frustrated and keep telling myself I’m doing my best and it doesn’t matter. I have 16 days left. Germ masks
Yesterday while surfing online I discovered that there is a job opening for Activity director at a community center here in town  so I filled out an application on zip recruiter and threw together some quick bullshit resume and attached it but at the end was a big long in-depth questionnaire. It took me forever. Anyway so now I’m officially “ hunting” for my next job / adventure. Mike has his tail in a twist over how much our income tax bill and property taxes are with his salary cut and my retirement. Next year our income tax will go up as I’m taking a lump sum from TRS rather than have higher yearly percentage Increases to my pension. I just figured I wouldn’t live long enough to recoup it so I want to make sure Mike has the house & car paid off and the remodeled kitchen but taking that lump will push us into a higher tax bracket. We’ll be eligible for the senior discount rate on property taxes in a couple years. Things will work out okay I’m confident. I’ll find another job. I’m not worried. 
Buddha fountain
For dinner tonight I’m making beef and chicken soft tacos with sautéed jalapeño, Serrano and poblano peppers, queso cheese and avocado and sour cream, yellow rice and black refried beans, salsa and chips.  I have margaritas in individual serving pouches in the freezer. We really love Mexican food. 
Mexican cookbook
Sarah said her dad has stage 4 colon cancer and has 8 nodules in his lungs, a blood clot in his leg and an aortic aneurysm . She said he has sallow skin tone, is weak and boney  and can’t eat. I have been crying off and on the past few hours. This will be so hard on the kids and grandkids. She doesn’t think he has too long. It’s really strange how life goes. 

Sunday, February 9

Sunday snow’s a-comin

I made some cinnamon rolls this morning and now I’m finishing my second cup of coffee. It’s supposed to start snowing soon up to three inches and then start raining. I just don’t like the sleet and ice so maybe the rain will just melt all the snow. My friend who lives in Denver just got slammed with a crazy amount of snow so this stuff won’t seems like much compared to that. 

Mike and I didn’t do too much yesterday. We took his car ( black Chevy Tahoe) to Fast Eddies here in Huntley for an exterior wash and interior cleaning. I took my Kia Sorrento there Friday afternoon but just got the exterior wash as it was full of my instruments and school stuff. After the car wash yesterday we went to a couple stores then came home and stayed home. Neither of us are feeling very good or frisky. We’re both tired.  

Mike’s mom had a lung biopsy Thursday of a spot that showed up on a CT scan and she should get the pathology report back tomorrow or Tuesday. It’s the left lung. She had breast cancer on the left about fifteen years ago and was treated with a simple lumpectomy and a little radiation. She’s been pretty depressed since her husband Jerry died three years ago. She’s stopped going to mass, bingo and doesn’t want to go anywhere or take a shower or get dressed. We’ve all tried and tried.      

At some Point we’re going to go away to somewhere warm and sunny during February. We both like the thought of the Florida keys. Neither of us like crowds or touristy bullshit places. We really love nature and water.

11:16 It’s snowing very heavily now - crazy heavy but it’s not supposed to last that long or accumulate to much.     We’re cleaning the house, doing laundry and preparing for the coming work week. I think we’ll run out briefly and drop a couple things off at Goodwill. Since our house is smaller than the old one we need to continually thin things down. I guess I’m now used to not having a basement but we need to redo the attic stairs so I can go up and down more easily and safely to store and retrieve things. The aluminum pull-down stairs are hard to pull down and just scary for me#seniorcitizen, #aginggracefully, #retire2020, #chicagowinters.

So after cooking a bunch this week we now have in the fridge vegetable beef soup, pulled pork, meatballs and cheesecake  I should put some in the freezer today.
cheesecake mix

2:30 It's STILL snowing! I just made chocolate chip cookies and will put a bunch of stuff in the freezer ( the squirrel in me!)

3:27   I did some school work in my little back office. After I retire I can get rid of a lot more stuff. I bought Milo a trombone and a different mouthpiece and a padded strap for his case and a beginner book to start. I’ll also give him a folding music stand to go with it.

I put the chocolate chip cookies and cinnamon rolls I baked today in smaller bags in the freezer. I don’t need them sitting out on the counter tempting me. Mike and I are going to go out and shovel before the sleet starts and it gets dark. We have a lawn maintenance company mow and trim all summer. I just tend my flowers. Lots of residents here in Sun City have snow removal service but we shovel our own. Both of Mike’s shoulders are starting to go bad. I’m sure he’ll get them fixed at some point. We’ll probably have the snow removal service at some point too.

5:19 I know today is an unusually long post for me. Sometimes I get on a roll. Also being stuck inside with the snow gave me ample time to blabber on more than usual.

We went out and shoveled then went to the store and ran a couple errands. It’s misting rain now. There’s probably 2-3 inches of snow on the ground but it’s pretty wet and melting and slides easily. Since I’m so congested I got about a third of the driveway cleared and had to stop for a huge hacking attack before I continued. I had a couple of those before we were finished. Got a lot of gunk out from all the hacking though.
We just got home from errands and the neighbor lady kitty corner across the street from us with the loud vicious dog who always barks it’s fucking head off was out shoveling ( and of course, you could hear her fucking dog barking inside the house) so Mike gave me the bags to bring inside and said he was going to go help her shovel. I would have gone to help too if it weren’t for her having that loud fucking dog barking ALL THE TIME. Uh no....

I’m making a little fettuccine after while. I got a new seed starter kit and some zinnia flower seeds!!! The snow plow just went by. We live on a corner lot. Every time the snowplow goes by they pile our driveway closed! Damn it! I think they do it on purpose.

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