February Begins….

January 30, 2013. 

As stated, there was no internet connection Sunday night.  …Or Monday.  …Or most of Tuesday.  Indeed, what there was on Tuesday was an occasional instant-like grab so fast that not even the anti-virus connected.  Repeated poking is what got the messages posted.  No verification was presented on the computer.  It had to be checked on the cell phone.  And, it was very tiring.  Important U. S. mail got done like six this morning.  The scooter only got a partial re-charge (which is supposedly not a good idea) as homemaker aide service was due today.  For a change it went well.  A call to their office yesterday was anything but pleasant. 

January 31, 2013. 

A whole month is gone from the year 2013.  Email said a new homemaker aide would be coming Wednesday.  Once again time will be spent in explanations.  Meanwhile, hoped for email, like from a possible distant relative that might cast light on family history, has not arrived.  Of course, that’s rather as expected.  All ten fingers are still bandaged up.  The scooter still hasn’t been fully re-charged.  The food truck is due tomorrow.  The new man is not like the previous one.  At least there is internet connection for the moment, so the world is not limited to a big building full of people wondering if they will live another day. 

February 1, 2013. 

A new month has started.  The world is into 2013.  The rent is paid, which in this case includes utilities apart from telephone, stuff like property taxes and general maintenance costs.  If wise, one could walk out the door in a couple of days.  It’s not a solidly grounded existence (owning a house is much more substantial), but in today’s world it’s a toss up as to which is the better.  An empty, boarded up house next door has been experienced.  So has one next door burned beyond repair and other things not conducive to peaceful living.  A wealth of flowers in the backyard is an enlivening thing, but sometimes life had best be curtailed.   

February 2, 2013. 

The new microwave broke today.  So, how to heat things easily?  One possibility is to put a plastic oven-safe bowl in the oven of the stove (range) and let it sit.  Then, there’s always warm water coffee.  The stuff dissolves if it just sits long enough.  The real thing to be doing is finding out how the new social security payment system works.  It will be in place in March.  It’s no time to be without microwave capabilities.  The scooter is presently in re-charge mode.  There’s a problem with that.  The re-charger doesn’t ever show a full charge, and it was cut off at about three hours last time.  Maybe it’s silly to expect things to be okay.   

February 3, 2013. 

Well, the scooter evidently has a problem developing.  The little arrow-like indicator that gives some idea of how low the batteries are quit working for a while this morning.  So, there’s no microwave, a precarious scooter and a computer that works in an “adjusted” fashion, like the right arrow on the keyboard doesn’t work, but the calculator side works.  The cigarettes are going fast these days.  It could all just be the season.  Fearful of doing more damage with the microwave, there was a trip to the basement for a breakfast roll from the machine.  It wouldn’t take the dollar bill offered. 

February 4, 2013. 

Life without a microwave oven continues.  It’s been quite a number of years since there was life without a microwave.  The fact is, there isn’t a cooking pot in the place.  Something can be spread out on aluminum foil and put in the regular oven, but that’s about it.  Water is being heated for coffee in a borrowed drip coffee maker.  There are things like cold cuts, cheese and peanut butter around.  Even if there were a cooking pot in the place, cooking would be rather beyond the current capabilities of the designated cook.  At least the stove does work.  And, on a different note, it snowed today in Covington.  

They say tomorrow’s another day.

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