Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Springtime in DC

Mary's signs of spring in and around her house:

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Is it Spring where you are?

Melissa says it's spring in Texas and that means bluebonnets...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Happy Birthday to Teddy

Who is now one year old. Barb has had him with her for nine months now.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Spring must be coming...

Fran found these brave pansies:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Barbara's New Cat

She says:

We adopted a 9-month old kitten from the Humane Society a week ago and named him Sly. He hid for the first few days, but now purrs, plays, explores, and most importantly in a little apartment, uses the same litter box as the other cat.  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Got flowers today

This was an unexpected surprise... flowers from my client... and a nice gift on a very wintry day.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Made it Home...

...all in one piece, safe and sound. Marilyn met me and we whizzed through unpacking and the stack of mail. Now she's out doing errands and I'm loving being home. I called Ana to tell her I was home since she was getting my mail and she's always telling me to go out more and today she said, "Patricia, you stay home now" which is exactly my plan.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Almost Home

Am in a room in NJ for my last very short leg home...will be so glad to see Marilyn and be in charge of my own destiny again.

Monday, March 6, 2017

I'm officially a stupid senior citizen...

So I made it to Richmond (tomorrow NJ; Wed Home Sweet Home) and I've had so many burgers I couldn't face another. Sometimes I'm tempted to go to a restaurant and I would maybe if someone was with me, but I typically just want to get to my room and take my bra off.

So Red Roof Inn lists three places that deliver... a Pizza Hut (sick of pizza too) and two chinese places. I google the chinese places and both got great reviews... one is called China Garden and one is called Top's China... I decided that China Garden was too unoriginal so I go with Top's.  I study the menu, make my notes and call. The woman who answered was like Miss Interrogator. Typically it's enough to say that you're in the such and such hotel, but she needed an exact street address and I had to google it... then she needed the phone of the hotel.... then all this other stuff... so now it's time for my order... I say I want the butterfly shrimp and she says "we don't have that" so I made a quick switch to "roast pork lo mein" and she says "we don't have that; this is pizza hut"

I said "I am so sorry I wasted your time. Really" -- I hate to be "that person" who is an idiot... and it was totally my mistake, reading the wrong #... so I call Top's China and the call wouldn't go through and finally some operator (recorded) said "we can help you find a similar business" and I hung up and sure enough I checked the Internet some more and my place closed.

So then it was back to China Garden and I successfully (I hope) placed an order for sesame shrimp and wonton soup.I shouldn't have to work this hard for dinner.

More later.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

checking in from SC

I'll eventually get in all the long boring stories of my trip, but I had a successful departure from Disney and made it to SC... tomorrow to Richmond... tuesdaqy to NJ... and then Wed home to be met by Marilyn.

This has been the bad luck trip... but I am not complaining... could have had worse luck... but on Saturday I lost this purple cloth pouch (Barbara knows it) that had all my cash in it -- about $ was supposed to be in this canvas New Yorker magazine bag and it wasn't and I even emptied out the bag. I was willing to let go of the money but I definitely needed cash for tips when I checked out and i had seen an ATM in registration but that was a long way off. We had been assigned a volunteer in the media room and it was only him and me and i asked him to look under the (draped) table thinking maybe it fell out.  No luck... he said he'd go find an ATM for me and I said no, no, no that he wasn't here to do personal errands but he said he'd rather have something to do so I trusted him with my PIN and ATM card and he got $200... good guy and a pilot at a regional airline so I just put my trust in him.

Later got back to my room and looked and looked and finally gave up... I was taking stuff out of the canvas bag to do work and I had two spiral notebooks in there, and the friggin pouch (which laid flat) was in between the two notebooks. I had always taken both out together. Problem solved.
So then in the middle of the night, I'm wearing my c-pap machine as I have for two years and somehow I stuck my thumb through the hose making a hole where air can escape and did. I pathetically held it together with my hand and dozed back to sleeep

this morning I tried to get tape to fix it (temporarily --I have a new hose at home) and that was too big a request for the magical folks at Disney -- but the crummy Red Roof Inn sent this old Pakistani man to my room with two kinds of tape and he took the task personally and now it's fixed, not pretty, but fixed.

So tomorrow it's on to Richmond (I sound like a civil war general!)

Friday, March 3, 2017

just checkiing in

Everything is going well, busy and tired. More later.