but apparently I had that wrong. I have finally finished the uploads, 4 hours and 15 minutes later, a new record. I am so glad there isn't a phone company repair person within shouting distance! I am convinced that one of the keys to being Christlike is to control our reaction to whatever comes. I just might lose control if there were a phone company employee anywhere around.
To make it all that much better, I got a recorded phone call from the phone company telling me my problem is fixed. I used to use a word that would have been the perfect response. However, it is not of any value to respond to a recorded phone call and b***s**t is not part of my vocabulary anymore (I hope).
To add to my joy, my only functional space heater is no longer functioning. I do not want to increase the thermostat and pump more hot air throughout the house. But, I'm telling you, it's chilly in here. I am wearing jeans today and I can feel the cold through the jeans. I just may have to give up and get that radiant heat thing from Costco afterall. I saw it again last trip and I wanted to get it then, but I held off, knowing I was going to be spending extra on dog food and had not been there in almost two months so I was in need of a LOT of stuff. Now I regret not grabbing it! It was optional then; I don't think it's optional any more.........
I checked it on line and it's $9 more than it is in the local store. I checked at Amazon.com and it's $6 more than the online price at Costco. I guess the way for me to get it would be to go to the store. But, since BofA has not given my money back, I guess that's out. Maybe I'll just have to wrap up in a blanket or something........
And my wireless mouse is still acting like a piece of garbage. Copying and pasting is a lost art. It won't highlight what I want to highlight, so I can't even get to the "copy" function. I'm trying to copy two paragraphs and it highlights a single "t". Big help! The phone guy who was here yesterday mumbled something about "wireless" with reference to the modem. I honestly think that is what's wrong with my mouse. I think the signal from the modem is interfering with my wireless mouse........ So, maybe now I need to go buy a mouse with a wire? What a pain in the patootey.
Oh, I also got a low ink warning for the printer. Holy toledo, does it ever stop? Now I need to order and pay for ink?
I did manage to make a bit of progress in this room while the uploads were ongoing. This is the only room in which I'll work during uploads because I really feel I need to keep my eye on the computer while that's going on. However, I stood in front of my credenza and analyzed what was on there. Tried to decide what was on the surface to which I REALLY needed daily access. That pared things down substantially. If I had anything "decorative", I actually have a place to put it now. I ended up moving some things to the shelves on the other credenza on the other side of the room and a few things to a set of shelves on top of the filing cabinets closer to where I sit.
I mucked around on Lowe's internet site a bit, looking at spray paint. I decided that was pointless. I no longer have a painting box (I used to, but Joe trashed it--he had no idea what a painting box was and had no idea why we'd want to keep a box that had all sorts of painting overspray in it) so I can't paint anywhere but in the back yard. It is too darned cold and too darned windy to try that trick right now! Mostly, I just wanted to get a look at the variety of colors and formulae available. I think I can find something that will work, even if I have to prime everything first. Where there's a will........
Oh, my "reconditioned" sander arrived. The way things have been going the last couple of days, I'm kinda afraid to try it to see if it works! I think before I try it, I need to get some finer grit sandpaper. The first thing I am sanding is that area where the dog clawed through the paint on the frame of the bathroom door. I don't think I need heavy grade sandpaper for that!
So, what do I do with the rest of my day now that the morning and the early afternoon are totally shot? Well, I need to work on cleaning the desk some more. At least half an hour's worth. If I pulled everything together that needs attention/sorting/filing/trashing/paying, I'd say I have about a foot of stuff still to go through. That may sound like a lot, and it is, but so much less than where I started. However, I'm still thinking I just might not make my self-imposed January 31 deadline. I can't work on deleting e-mail because I can't even OPEN an e-mail. I can see 'em but I can't read 'em. I'm having to try to do e-mail, both incoming and outgoing, through aol.com. And, of course, that works only when the internet works; besides, deleting an e-mail from aol.com doesn't delete it from regular aol e-mail.
I need to advertise my new kit but that involves battling for functional internet. I may need to spike my coffee with my last little bit of REAL Bailey's Irish Cream before I do that--particularly with pictures and all........ I can do backups without going near the internet and I can unzip and organize files without going near the internet.
I thought about going after baseboards. I abandoned that idea when I realized I'm wearing light beige jeans. Yes, I vacuum often and yes, I wash hard surface floors often, but I am still concerned what the knees of these jeans would look like after crawling around trying to clean baseboards on what's left of a 30 year old carpet. I think I will wait and work on that some day when I'm wearing darker pants. For the same reason, I'm not particularly enthusiastic about cleaning the carpet one squarefoot at a time today.....
I have had "bad" thoughts recently. Joe did a bankruptcy just a few months before his death, and, thank God he did. But, we were advised to go out and buy whatever we wanted before the bankruptcy, using his credit cards with gay abandon. Of course, we thought that was dishonest and we absolutely did not do it. But, lately, I've thought how much better off I'd be if we had...... Of course, I'd probably be a whole lot worse off spiritually!
I'll think of something I should do. Maybe I'll continue staring at surfaces to see what can be stored/put away somewhere other than where it happens to be at the moment.
Well, that's all I have for now......... YOU be BLESSED today. I figure so much is whacko in my life right now there must be some sort of BIG blessing on its way. I'm ready, Lord; lay it on me!