==>> A delayed "publish" goof. Again. Some days (weeks, months, etc.) I don't seem to be able to do much of anything right.
Happy Monday or something like it.
This has been one of those days that was supposed to be pretty organized and structured, and ended up being anything but that.
Wife had a doctor appointment for this morning. Not one of those 08:15 appointments set for after we make a 49 mile round trip journey, necessitating an 05:45 alarm. No, this was for a bit later in the morning. So we got to "sleep in" until nearly 06:30. And then, in the midst of our morning routine, a call from the nurse. Suddenly, the doc wants to see the results of some "blood work". Fasting blood work at that. A request made 15 minutes after we finished breakfast. No good. So, arrangements made to go to a local hospital's outpatient lab on Wednesday (another 25 mile round trip) to do the "blood work" and then the rescheduled appointment for the Friday in following week. All for something that I strongly suspect is "defensive medicine" at work: docs and clinics going out of the way to avoid lawsuits, driving up costs and every other bad thing, adding zero value. We used to call it "CYA". Need I translate?
So .......... the plans got thrown aside. We'd set aside a time period extending until around 1:00 pm. for all of this. Set aside now. And I'd mentally figured that the funds we had on hand would probably be called upon to fill a prescription at the pharmacy. All set aside.
Wife felt lousy, so really wasn't much that could be done in lieu of our plans, so I set her on the recliner and let her pat cats. I spent some time removing some of the plastic film from our outside windows. Not all of it, but most. We have a few jalousie windows in the bathroom. They don't crank all the way closed, and only one of them has a real solid window. So, for the winter, I stuff them full of insulation, then put that plastic film on the indoor side of that, and seal it up as best I can. Prevents most drafts, but also prevents any light getting in. Of course, the heavy drapes we put in front of all the other windows does likewise, so we go through about half the year immured in a dark cave. Today, I undid a good bit of that, and opened some windows. Nice to air the place out a little bit, the odors of cooking and bodies and several cats pent up since October or so, add up. We got some cross ventilation going, which was nice. Being in the 70's, a bare week after a notable snowfall, was nice as well. We actually went outside some. She got to see the Great-Niece run around outside, which is precisely what she -- both of them -- needed.
All of which was nice, but not what I had hoped to accomplish. But it was nice.
But now she's talking about getting out the "summer" clothes and putting away the "winter" ones. We'd put a good bit of that up in those supposedly sealed "space bags". I'm not confident of the airtightness of them, based on past experience, indicating that I'm likely to be re-washing them before use. And that is an issue: we have enough laundry soap to -- just barely -- make it until the SS check hits, hopefully Tuesday/Wednesday. Doesn't leave any for the re-wash that may well be needed. So I'm hoping to defer this for a few days. Not the biggest problem in world history: I'm grateful to have a working washer and drier. Spent YEARS lugging baskets of dirty clothes to the laundromat, doing the loads, dragging it back home. Our first few married years, we were doing likewise, as she was before we married. So we are thankful for what we have. And not having to use a wringer washer as my mother did, and hang stuff on a clothes line, is nice as well.
Some of us know what it's like to not have most of the modern conveniences we often come to take for granted.
Tomorrow is the "watch the great-niece day" for her, so the alarm goes off at 05:45. Will be nice to have fresh air in the bedroom.
Our passage in the Old Testament is chapters 4, 5, and 6 of 1st Samuel.
Samuel is coming into his own, but the real story here is how the Israelites, pressed on all sides, decide to turn to the Lord. Well, sort of. What they really do, is to attempt to use the Ark of the Covenant as some sort of a magic charm to defeat their enemies. Doesn't work. Not even close. Leading to the death of many, including the rotten sons of Eli, and eventually to Eli himself. And the Ark is captured. And treated with disdain by the enemies, which leads to some bad consequences for them. Repeatedly.
There are those, even today, who think to use the Lord as some sort of a fairy godmother, or to use symbols associated with Christianity or Judaism as mocking jewelry. It bothers me to see some gangster thug drug runner with a six-inch tall crucifix hanging around his neck. Or a prostitute doing likewise. I don't think the Lord approves, which should count for something.
I Samuel 5
I Samuel 6
Our reading in the New Testament is verses 35-59 in chapter 12 of the Gospel of Luke.