Ay, Caramba

Pretty Iris at DuCard Winery

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. I haven’t been absent for lack of things to chat about. I’ve been busy. (My friend, Carol, hates that particular “B” word.)

Work has been a bit nuts. My job requires lots of writing, thinking, and involves a good bit of math, too. All under deadline. Which can sometimes be mentally draining. Especially when multiple projects with many moving parts, all very important, are due at one time.

Shortly after Aunt Bertha left, my mother in law came to visit for a few days. It was lovely having her here. So I couldn’t very well spend evenings on my computer after spending long hours each day holed-up in my office.

Then there’s yard work. I had stuff that HAD to be done before our fabulous friend came to do clean-out of the planting beds and spread lots of mulch for us.

Then on Monday. day one of another very hectic week, something weird happened. My world was spinning, literally. And I couldn’t think. I’d read e-mails three times, but it still felt like I was reading Japanese. All of this with one pretty major work deadline looming, and a second, only slightly less important work project. Off to the doctor I went.

Icky Pollen

As it turns out, all the pollen I’ve been bitching about caused fluid to build up in both of my inner ears. And that caused vertigo, hence the spinning. After a couple of days on multiple prescription drugs and one OTC med, I’m feeling much better. And my world is once again on an even keel.

It freaked Hubby out a bit. He’s about to embark on a wee solo journey, which he’s been planning for MONTHS. I’ll tell you all about that tomorrow. I would’ve felt horrible if he’d been forced to postpone.

I’ve been working on a furniture project, too, which was halted due to a flawed, ad hoc design, which I hope to correct this weekend.

I have quite a to-do list, let me tell you. I’m not complaining, just sayin’.

Hmmm, what else?

There were the birds, too. A pair of Northern Cardinals unwisely built a nest in our yard. A yard occupied by two bird dogs, one of which spent a full week completely obsessed by said nest. Which used to be occupied by babies. Sadly, the babies are all dead, thanks to Special K, who I’ve newly renamed K-MOB (murderer of birds).

K-MOB in action.

I feel horrible that my boss had to step in on Monday, amid a frenzied day of her own, to keep my BIG project on track. I really, REALLY hate not being able to pull my own weight.

Lucky for me, a VERY unusual thing happened. One of my deadlines was pushed back. I can breathe a bit easier now, and give it the attention it deserves.

The bulk of the yard work is done, save for some tomato plants and coleus that need planting. And a few pots that remain to be filled.

The fresh mulch really makes my newest frog stand out, doesn’t it?

My newest frog is much more noticeable.

I’m glad this week is winding down. And there’s a three-day weekend coming up, which means my to-do list will become shorter, if all goes as planned.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s big announcement. For now, I leave you with this image, captured during a recent ride.

I like turtles.


Ta ta for now!

– – – – – – – – – – UPDATE – – – – – – – – – –

I completely forgot to mention something else. Big.

We sold the WV Place! 🙂

The deal is closed, and the check is en route. So I figured it was safe to report about it now. Although there was a bit of a scare yesterday. The title company’s e-mail was hacked, and the proceeds of the sale were almost wire-transferred to someone posing as us (using our name and a different account). How’s that for some post-closing excitement?

And this occurred after they’d already mailed us a check. Left us both scratching our heads a bit… I mean, they were told to mail a check to us. They mailed a check. But then they get this out-of-the-blue e-mail requesting a wire transfer. So, they stop payment on the check and transfer the money. Good thing someone on the receiving end was skeptical.


8 Replies to “Ay, Caramba”

  1. Congrats on the sale! I thought the location and aspects of the WV house were pretty interesting such as the concrete floor finish. It must be a relief to not have to worry about another house.

    1. Thanks.

      It’s a great location from a motorcycle riding perspective, but not from an economic perspective. Not much business and industry, so it’s a bit depressed economically, which is a shame. The concrete floors were my favorite feature. The sections that included radiant heat, anyway. Super easy to clean and maintain for sure. We will miss being able to visit occasionally, but will not miss the extra worry of maintaining a second residence that’s two hours each way.

  2. Toadmama, I’m turnin’ blue here from holding my breath for your big announcement!…

    Ha, for a moment I thought that the turtle might be an impressively realistic ceramic companion for your darling garden frog.

  3. Congrats on the WV home sale. Someone at the title company should have called you when they go that email. What happened to verifying?

    Glad your vertigo is better. My mom suffers from it and can bring on a bout just by turning around too quick. Will put her in bed for a few days until the meds kick in.

  4. Wow, was that an eventful week! Glad the vertigo thing was resolved…scary what that awful pollen can do.

    And a hack of your house sale proceeds, WOW! So glad that you sold it and that the hack crisis was averted.

    PS: how do I sign up for emails when you post and when new comment replies come in?

    1. Lynn, I’ll have to see if I can add an e-mail subscription widget.

      I did go for a little ride today, so the vertigo seems to be completely gone.

    2. Lynn, I haven’t forgotten you. I found a plug-in that’ll supposedly do the e-mail thing, but I haven’t figured out how to make it work. I’ll add you manually. If I should use a different e-mail address than the one you used here, let me know.

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