VERY brief, because it is VERY early. Leaving very soon.
I had to make a 40-mile round trip last evening to take Dear Wife for a follow-up "sleep study". First one revealed a bunch of sleep apnea, which is not what she needs right now, or ever. So I had to have her there by 9 p.m,, drive home over snow-covered and slippery roads, sleep a very little, then get back up and I'm supposed to pick her up around 06:00, so I'm leaving very soon. Another 40-mile round trip. Let her come home, shower off all the "goo" from the electrodes, etc., and set off on another 40-mile (or so) round trip to take her to the Primary Care doctor, follow up from the kidney infection issue of two weeks ago, do a retest on the urine sample for check of kidney function, and who knows what. That appointment is at 11:00, too great a separation in time for us to spend 80 minutes at a donut shop like we did last time, and it's in a separate town anyway.
Then home, possibly stopping at a hardware store. We had an outlet go bad in the kitchen. I hope so anyway, and not something more difficult to trace down. The outlet is on a circuit that went. One of those outlets powered the refrigerator. Another outlet a few feet away powered the coffee maker. Another, on the other side of the sink, powered a night light and occasionally a slow cooker or waffle iron or burger grill. None worked. She is sure that this particular outlet box is the source of the problem, being the home of the GFI for the circuit, so we'll pick one up. Or that's the plan at least. Some very kind person had donated a $10 bill last weekend, which should largely cover it. For which we give thanks. Right now we have the refrigerator and coffee maker plugged into a power strip which is plugged into an outlet on a separate circuit with its own GFI. Workable for the moment, but definitely not good practice.
So that will be a stop, or that's the plan. Unless doctor finds another issue that requires another trip to the pharmacy. Been known to happen. We have gas enough in the car to handle things, I think. Local grocery we patronize also owns a nearby gas station, and the "loyalty card" points build up some per-gallon savings on gas. So I dumped some bucks into the gas tank yesterday, saving 45¢ per gallon, which was a well-timed blessing, and we're now showing nearly 3/4 tank. Should last until the SS check on Tuesday/Wednesday.
Then we plan to come home. She'll probably want something to eat, and to take a nap. Sensible. And then, Lord willing, she can take the Humira she's been skipping for more than a month. During which her arthritis has had her in misery, every minute of every day, and worsening. With swelling. And ulcerative colitis, meaning horrid diarrhea and pain. The injection should have a good effect, it always does, but after over a month break in the action, more actually, it may take a week or two of them to provide relief.
Tuesday is St. Valentine's Day. I'll get her something, somehow. She is my One True Love, always has been, always will be. We've leaned on each other for nearly 30 years now Been some bumps in the road, but there always are. God is good.
The reading in the Old Testament: chapters 10. 11, and 12 of Leviticus.
Someone who should have known better decided to "do their own thing". Didn't turn out well.
The New Testament reading is verses 1-19 of chapter 26 in the Gospel of Matthew.