This Sucks

How hard is it, I ask you, to find a vacuum bag that fits your vacuum? Most people would say not very. My answer, however, would be different. My vacuum is a hand me down from my mom and it works awesome! It has great suction and seems to pick up everything! I’ve never had to change the bag before and I’m not even sure when the last time my mom had changed it. So here comes the problem. The bag is full, and I do mean full, and needs a new one. We went to almost every store we could think of to buy bags, and no matter what we couldn’t find the right one. I finally decided to try one that sort of fits and take my chances. We’ll see how it works. I tried it…not so good. Now I definetly need to find the proper ones.

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Missing You

Tuesday was a sad day for me. Thoughts were of my beloved client June ,who would have turned 70, she passed away from cancer in May. She was more than a client to me, she was a friend and surrogate grandmother/mother. I miss being able to call her and tell her about tedious things that are happening and getting her take on them. I miss hearing her family gossip even though I didn’t know the people she talked about. I miss seeing her husband Walter drive up to the front of my house to drop her off. I miss hearing her tell me about the people she helps at church and the things she makes for them. I miss her toes. Her funny sighs. The way she’d say a swear and justify it by saying she’s allowed cause she’s old. I hope that she’s now pain free and happy. I wish you the very happiest of happy birthdays June. I love you.

June

Friday 5

Here’s this weeks Friday 5…News

  1. Where do you get most of your information about current local events? On line or Steve
  2. Where do you get most of your information about current national and international events? From whoever is talking about it. Family or friends mostly
  3. Who in your family always is most likely to know what’s up with everyone else in your family? Melissa
  4. Who at work (or school) always seems to know what’s going on? Pat
  5. What other kinds of news do you try to keep up-to-date on and where do you get it? Family gossip. I get it from whoever tells it

Of Cars and Hot Water

We thought the worst had happened on Wednesday last week when we found out about our car and my job. Not so. Bad things alway happen in threes, I always say. Saturday our hot water tank went. I found out in the middle of my shower, which was slowly getting colder and colder. I called Trista to come help me start  the pilot light, with no success might I add. The owners came and couldn’t start it either. So Sunday and Monday I showered at Melissa’s, across the road, hoping in would be fixed on Monday at some point. No. It is now Wednesday and five days have gone by without hot water. My house is a mess and dishes are piled up on top of the ones in the dishwasher.  After being on the phone back and forth all day yesterday we finally found someone to fix it today! Hooray for hot water! Update – It’s fixed and we now have hot water!

About the car. We’ve been trying to figure out how we would like to go about getting a desperately needed new car. Yesterday Jeff came over and told us that our car started! Ugh! I didn’t want to hear that. I was sure that Steve wouldn’t want to deal with getting a new car if ours was running, (even though we painfully need a new one). He surprised me though by saying that he still wants to look and trade ours in! So now comes the looking and financing part of buying a car, and the many arguments to follow I’m sure. 😉

At least things are finally getting done.

Book Review

I just finished reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

In the world of the near future, who will control women’s bodies?

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now….

Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.

I really enjoyed this and couldn’t seem to put it down! It jumps back and forth from past to present, and is a little confusing at times but once you get used to it, it’s not so bad. There’s alot of unanswered questions and it really leaves you wondering what really happened. It’s nice to read a book that makes you think.

The Handmaid's Tale

Friday 5

Here’s this weeks Friday 5…Dairy

  1. What are your feelings about milk? It’s great for making things…not to drink though
  2. What are your feelings about cheese? Omg! I love cheese! Swiss and Brie are my favourite
  3. What are your feelings about yogurt? Love yogurt! Raspberry Silhouette is the best
  4. How do you feel about soy milk? Gross…
  5. How far are you from the nearest cow? Maybe 5 minutes?

Thanks for participating, and have a moooooooving weekend!