Well, the retirement check hit the bank over night. We are grateful and needy.
Off to the pharmacy in a bit, Dear Wife has some meds, well, prescriptions for meds, that she is OUT of. Like the one the gets blood flow to her extremities, particularly her toes. Not A Good Thing to have reduced peripheral circulation, especially in winter weather. Too much risk of losing those toes, which doesn't help mobility one bit. So we'll see about that one. And a few others as well.
We'll try to pick up some foodstuffs, things like that. Pay some bills. Perhaps stop at the cell phone joint to see if they can address some issues we've been having. My phone is a rather old one, 3-1/2 years or so, and has developed some things. We're pretty knowledgeable in most techy things, but every so often one comes along that has us stumped. We've got one, at least. Been living with it for a few months, but perhaps today will be The Day we have it remedied.
Dear Wife has an appointment with the rheumatologist tomorrow afternoon. This is in the southern edge of the county south of us, a good haul by any measure. He used to have his office about 20 minutes away, on the far northern tip, practically on the county line, of that same county. But the turmoil in the medical field, largely due to the abomination of Obamacare (spit, spit) caused him to decamp. Can't blame him, but it's a pain for us. But we'll manage, somehow. And he has been a great doctor in a very VERY difficult field of practice. We've experienced some of the other sort.
Had a call from a "headhunter", one of those "executive recruiters", Monday afternoon. Wanted me to consider a fairly high position with a company well outside this area. Wish I could. Can't. Of course, I'd sent him several e-mails, the first going back more than a year, informing of my inability to relocate while expressing an interest in employment in this area. Obviously, he doesn't read some of them.
Yes, I'd like to go back to work, at least some. Need the money for one thing. But I also need the sense of purpose that it gives, something that's been really lacking.
I came across something in another blog site that I maintain, irregularly, but still there. It made mention of an article by Orson Scott Card. He's a pretty savvy writer, rarely off by too much, and thus a lot of his product can be downright depressing. Can be, if you let it.
This was entitled How Our Civilization Can Fall
Long, but worth the read. What makes it even more depressing is that it dates back to 2006, was downright prescient, and nobody paid much attention, particularly among the "professional politicians". And they wonder why some of us are so angry with them.
Now, back to things.
The Old Testament reading for today is chapters 42 and 43 of the Genesis.
Joseph is running things in Egypt. A horrid famine is on the land. Not just in Egypt, but across that whole part of the world. Egypt, an empire with a solid agricultural base -- due in large part to the Nile -- had food. Some. For sale. Where Jacob and the family were, didn't. They were herdsmen, on the move looking for areas to let the flock graze, and having trouble finding it. So, in the course of things, Jacob sends a bunch to Egypt to buy food. And now matters are starting to play out. This will get interesting.
The reading from the New Testament is verses 33-58 in the 13th chapter in the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus is teaching with parables.