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Last Day of August

August 31st, 2020 at 01:07 pm

Since it's the last day of the month, I would ordinarily do a monthly recap, but I might be spending today. I hope that I can get someone to come and look at my dishwasher -- and repair it!

The baseball double-header yesterday was lots of fun. The weather was just perfect. Our team lost both games, but GS1 was in good spirits anyway.

I did end up buying lunch -- $9. Variables are at 64%.

Sitting for so long in one place seemed to be hard on my body. I was very stiff and sore when I went to bed, and it was hard to get to sleep. And it was hard to stay asleep, too.

Looking forward to a new month! And to getting to see my BFF on Wednesday!

No-Spend Day

August 30th, 2020 at 01:13 pm

Yesterday was a no-spend day. I did a lot of reading, tooling around the house, and watched a few things on Netflix.

So far I have spent only $33 on groceries this month. I credit that to having a freezer full of leftovers, plus doing more eating out than I have done in long time. All of the eating out has been drive-through, with the exception of one lunch which I had at an outdoor table. The reasons for eating out -- relentless heat, going to out-of-town baseball games, and renovation at home. Today is another day that I will go to a double-header up in Wheeling. I plan to eat a late, big breakfast to try to avoid another restaurant bill.

Anyway, back to groceries -- there are, of course, many things on my list to buy, as I am running low on provisions, but I am planning to avoid the store until the month turns. Because a $33 grocery total is amazing!

Dishwasher Trouble

August 29th, 2020 at 02:24 pm

I started my dishwasher in the usual fashion this morning, but it sat there and did nothing. The control panel seems to be dead. I did all the troubleshooting things, checked the breakers, etc., but the machine is just not working. Of course, it's a Saturday!

I washed a sink full of dishes by hand, and I'll handwash until a repairman comes on Monday or Tuesday. I won't call till Monday.

I bought this dishwasher in 2015, and it was second-highest rated, after a very expensive Bosch, so I'm really disappointed.

Meanwhile, I'm spending another day inside, but I will do no cooking; will not do anything that generates a lot of dirty dishes. I'll probably use paper plates. I have tuna salad and spaghetti in the fridge, so I'm set, for today, at least.

It's cooler today. The windows are open, and I feel a breeze. Overall, life is good!

Indoor Friday

August 28th, 2020 at 01:56 pm

I'm planning a day inside. It's going to be hot, but we're going to get a break tomorrow. I will crank up the air and get things done around the house.

I'll be doing a load of laundry. I am NOT going to go out for lunch. I'm having a bagel and stewed apples for breakfast, and will have spaghetti for lunch, with green beans on the side. Not sure about dinner; I am so often not hungry at dinnertime.

I'm going to work on cleaning up in the kitchen. The dust drifted even there, the furthest point from the living room.

Yesterday I got my new ride-free card (for bus and train). It has been renewed for two years and I didn't even have to reapply, since the office that issues it is closed.

I went to the library and picked up a couple of books I had on hold. So far it is working out pretty well; the books become available about the time that I need them.

I learned that my cousin in NC, the one I used to live with, caught COVID-19 while in rehab after a fall. I am feeling so bad for her, and hoping hard that she doesn't get worse. At least she is already in a place that will provide care.

Peak Savings Day

August 27th, 2020 at 05:15 pm

It's another peak savings day, so I've turned off all the electricity, and will keep it off for the next four hours. After my hair dries, I'm going to go get some lunch. This is getting to be a bad habit, but I really don't want to heat up the kitchen.

Last night my son came over and hooked up the TV, etc., and helped me bring some furniture back into the living room. The couch and the ottomans are going to stay in the dining room, however, because.....

I ended up sending the rugs out for cleaning. It will be more expensive, and it will take more time, but I think it is the best thing to do. This way they will be cleaned clear through, and since I suffer from allergies, I think this will be a good thing. Scrubbing them with a carpet cleaner only gets the very top layer. And they really need cleaning.

It will be anywhere from a week and half to three weeks before I get them back, depending on how busy they are. But with much of my furniture now set up around the perimeter, I will be pretty comfortable. The heavy couch won't be moved back until the rug comes back all clean.

I've been working this morning, putting little things back, hanging pictures, etc. I'm so glad I've been freed from the claustrophobic bedroom. I didn't know how much that would bother me.

Before the repair, I packed up all the dishes and porcelain whatnots in my hutch. While putting them back this morning, I kept out some to go to Goodwill, some to sell, and some to store in other places. It looks so much better now, with the best pieces showcased. Gave me a lift!

It's Done!

August 26th, 2020 at 06:03 pm

I was told that the job would take three days -- that was back when I had the original meeting with the company owner. In fact, it only took them two days! They did a wonderful job. The ceiling looks fantastic. They even painted the crown molding, which wasn't part of the deal. They did a wonderful job of cleaning up, too.

However -- it is clear that I will keep finding plaster dust in odd places for a long time. Oh man, it went everywhere!

I have arranged for Stanley Steemer to come and clean the area rug and one of the runners. I will wait on the other runner, as I will need a way to get around while it dries. They are coming this afternoon.

I washed the drapes -- turns out they are machine washable and dryable! Who knew? They look great and I've got them hanging up again.

Yesterday I spent $18 on lunch. I just had to get out of the house, between the dust and and noise. I went to a local restaurant with a patio and had a burger and sweet potato fries. It was lovely, except for the yellow jackets who wanted their share.

I also wrote a check for $1375, the balance due on the repair.

The rug cleaning will cost $120. Not cheap, but it's worth it to me to get it professionally done. The technician will lay it for me, too. I tried to do it myself, but it was impossible on my own.

Once it is clean and dry, I can start moving back the furniture, and start feeling like life is normal again.

Speaking of normal again, I made plans with BFF to meet in the middle and have a socially-distanced lunch on some restaurant patio. We keep in touch regularly, but it's been some time since I've seen her. I may not have seen her since Christmas!

I'm feeling pretty good....

Day Two

August 25th, 2020 at 03:08 pm

The workers thoroughly stripped the plaster off the ceiling yesterday. Did I mention dust everywhere? Dust everywhere. And plaster dust is heavier and grittier than regular dust. But yesterday one of the men told me his wife would come and clean after they are done. It is part of the deal. Because, as he says, "It's a lot."

They are putting up the drywall today.

I called a local carpet cleaner yesterday to see if they could pick up my carpet. It turns out they didn't do that kind of service, and the ones who do specialize in orientals. And they are expensive. So I'm going to go back to my original plan and have someone come in and clean the carpet after the work is done. Which means more days spent in the bedroom, but what the hey.

I looked over the drapes yesterday. I was going to take them to the dry cleaner, but they look pretty rough. I'm going to machine wash them, and if they're ruined, I'll get new ones. But they might come out all right! I've heard of such things.

I spent $22 yesterday on gas, and $10 on lunch. While I was out, the guys blew a fuse. My fault, really. I forgot to tell them they can't run the air and power tools at the same time. So it's a good thing I'm hanging around. If I had gone away, they would have been stuck.

Iggy was terrified yesterday morning and stuck to me like Velcro. Then, by afternoon, he decided he wanted to help the guys out in any way he could, and I had to shut him up with me in the bedroom so he wouldn't be under their feet. Today he's sleeping peacefully through the noise -- the new normal.

Glad to be making progress....

Ceiling Repair is Imminent

August 24th, 2020 at 12:54 pm

I'm waiting for the workmen to arrive -- which should be in about 10 minutes. All the living room furniture is crammed into the dining room, and some in my bedroom. I will be living in very tight quarters for a few days. Iggy is freaked, but he finally fell asleep in his favorite corner.

Not sure what I'll be doing these few days. Probably a lot of reading, unless the noise is unbearable. I think I will go out to eat. The kitchen is free, but the workmen will be walking through to dispose of waste material.

This will not be fun, but it will be a good thing to get done!

Sore Hip

August 23rd, 2020 at 12:52 pm

I slept well last night, but woke up with hip and back pain from sleeping in the wrong position. I was also dreaming about sheltering from a tornado, so I guess it wasn't the most peaceful of nights.

I have two back-to-back games today, and before tomorrow I have to get all the living room furniture moved into the dining room (with my son's help.) So it's going to be a busy day.

Yesterday I washing Iggy's quilt and the shower curtain liner for $1.50. Variables remain at 54%.

Minor Financial News

August 22nd, 2020 at 12:12 pm

Not much financial news to share. My electric bill hit the bank -- it is $53 -- it is usually around $35, but it is reflecting AC usage now. My retirement account in TIAA is higher than it's ever been, thanks to the performance of the stock market. My net worth has inched higher than it has been in three years.

I am preparing for the ceiling repair on Monday by moving everything I can to the dining room. The big stuff I am leaving for my son to move tomorrow. Two big items -- a hutch and a file cabinet -- will stay. They will just be covered by the workers. It is already feeling empty and strange.

Busy Morning

August 21st, 2020 at 02:21 pm

Well, it was a busy morning yesterday. I went to Kohl's and exchanged my bras. I couldn't do that curbside, but going in to customer service was fine -- the store was quite empty, and everyone was wearing masks. Then I went to the Goodwill drive-up and dropped off four bags of donations. Then went through a car wash. Then went to DSW and bought a pair of booties. The spending: $5 for the car wash and $29 for the booties. They were originally $68, but they were in the clearance section, where they were 40% off, and I had a $10 coupon and a $5 coupon.

Variables are at 54%, with 10 days to go.

I was tempted to go through a fast food drive-up, but the long lines discouraged me. I went home and had a meal of leftovers.

Today will be another indoor day of peace and relaxation.

The Ceiling!

August 20th, 2020 at 02:32 pm

I got a call from the ceiling contractor yesterday, and he sent over the painter to look over the situation. It sounds like they are going to schedule the repair for next week. I started to move the small things in the living room already.

When I tried on one of my new bras from Kohl's, I realized it was way too tight! Even though I ordered the same style and size of one that I am wearing. I guess it must be stretched out. So today I'm going to exchange them for a larger size. Since I will be out, I'm going to take advantage of a birthday coupon at DSW and try to find some booties for this winter. I tried to get them just before the pandemic, but, once again, online ordering didn't work out so well.

I was intrigued by Disney Steve's assessment of his spending this year. I took a look at mine, and my average spending total is almost exactly the same as last year. But it breaks down differently. I am spending more in house repairs (surprise!), car repair, medical and gifts/charity. I am spending less on furnishings, gas, clothing and travel. I am spending a bit more on groceries, but I intend to fix that!

Pay Day

August 19th, 2020 at 12:50 pm

Pay day is not usually exciting anymore, just routine -- but today I made the final payment on my car, so to speak. When I bought my car, I didn't have quite enough to pay cash outright, so I charged the balance. I charged it to a no-interest card. Today I paid it off, well before the time when interest would kick in. I already adjusted my budget to pay that amount to my mortgage next month, and from then on. That is exciting, too.

Yesterday BFF let me know that she had $116 for me from the time when I had an antiques booth in her town. She used to pick up my checks for me, since she lived there and I didn't. Yesterday she found a file folder labeled "BOOTH" and the cash inside.

At first I was delighted, and then I realized it was unlikely that it was my money. The store always paid by check -- why would she have cash? And I keep a close eye on my money, as you all know, so I would have known if she had not passed on a payment to me. So we talked about it. She decided that perhaps it belonged to her daughter-in-law, who had also had a booth at one time. Well, her DIL couldn't remember anything about it, and insisted the money must be mine. In the end, we decided to split it, since no one can seem to remember why the money was set aside and who it belongs to. BFF is going to send me a check for $58.

I picked up my new bras yesterday at Kohl's. Picking up curbside was an easy process.

Today is going to be one of those quiet days. I'm going to do some cleaning in my bedroom, another load of laundry, and a bit of menu planning.

We are having a spell of very comfortable weather, so my AC units are having a nice rest, as well as my electric bill.

Walgreens Spending

August 18th, 2020 at 02:31 pm

My son needed a ride from the auto shop yesterday. While I was out, I went to Walgreens and spent $21 -- $6 on groceries (nuts and candy), $12 on cosmetics (brow pencil), and $3 on a get-well card. Variables are at 49%. The candy was for a fund-raiser to support teachers.

My monthly total for groceries is $33. I'm really working that pantry and freezer!

Otherwise, everything is on autopilot. Tomorrow is pay day. The bill payments will flow out. All is well!

Hot Day in the Ball Park

August 17th, 2020 at 01:13 pm

Yesterday was the first baseball game organized by the baseball academy my grandson attends. It was held in a very professional-looking field -- however, there was not a bit of shade anywhere! Parents who were already in the know brought umbrellas and sunshade canopies. I roasted. Thank goodness, at least I wore my baseball cap and shaded my face a bit.

The boys lost badly. Altogether, not a good event.

I spent $8 for lunch. Later in the day, I spent $45 for two new bras, which I ordered from Kohl's. I'll pick them up curbside in a few days. Variables are at 47%.

I spent the rest of the day resting and recovering. Funny, it wasn't so hot at home. I didn't even have the air on. But on that field -- excruciating!

This morning I started a load of laundry, and I'll probably be doing that for several days.

Belated Birthday Party

August 16th, 2020 at 01:25 pm

My belated birthday party at the park yesterday was fun, but I also got very tired. I don't know why since I was just sitting. I think maybe I was tensing up a lot when the conversation turned serious. (Nothing bad, but stressful.)

My kids gave me a set of sheets, and my ex gave me another check. This one was $271. He says this is what he does for other family members -- $200 plus age. It makes me a little uneasy, but I can't deny that I need the boost.

When I went to bed (early) my leg muscles hurt, and I couldn't settle down. I feel like I never fell fully asleep, but I did sleep because I had terrible nightmares -- fear-for-my-life kind of nightmares! I am recovering today. There is a baseball game in a few hours -- I hope I am feeling up to it. The ball park is 45 minutes away.

The lamp arrived, and it was easy to assemble. I'm including a picture. I also got the shower basket, which went up easily, and I'm hoping it will stayed affixed. I'm not supposed to use the shower for at least 12 hours, so I'll just take a sink bath this morning.

Pandemic Day

August 14th, 2020 at 02:54 pm

Yesterday was a day spent inside. Every time I do that, I feel I have done my part -- to keep myself and others safe.

Tomorrow I will meet my kids at the park for my birthday celebration. My ex and his wife may come, too -- that wasn't made clear. If they do, they're welcome.

The $98 payment from Allstate hit the bank. That was really more than I was expecting for using DriveWise. I haven't actually driven that much, times being what they are!

My lamp is supposed to arrive today. Can't wait to see if I got it right this time!

Lamp on the Way

August 13th, 2020 at 05:47 pm

I ordered the lamp yesterday -- $140 -- as well as the shower basket -- $21. Variables are at 40%. I'm supposed to get the lamp tomorrow.

Allstate notified me that it has sent my DriveWise refund to the bank -- hasn't hit yet -- but it will be $98.

Everything else is on autopilot. Pay day next week.

Low-Key Birthday

August 12th, 2020 at 01:49 pm

My birthday yesterday was very low-key. My son brought over some flowers and cake. We are going to have a birthday party on Saturday, because GS2 has the sniffles, and my birthday present hadn't arrived yet, anyway.

I talked to my other son and several friends. My Oregon grandchildren are working on something to send to me.

I am going to order my own birthday present later today. Another lamp -- this time, I hope, the right size. I'm also going to order a shower basket and maybe a new bra.

I have had hard water stains in my bathtub that I haven't been able to budge for a long time, despite a lot of scrubbing. Yesterday I got serious and looked up different methods. I chose the vinegar bath method. I soaked the bottom of the tub for four hours in a vinegar and water mixture. The stains mostly came up! There is still a little crustiness around the drain, but it is not noticeable. But I intend to keep working on it. And I swear I will wipe down the tub after every use, so this doesn't happen again!

Anyway, that's why I want to get a shower basket. Now that my tub looks so much better, I want to make it look completely better! I have been setting bottles on the edge of the tub, but I can see that they are leaving residue stains, even though I am careful to wipe them down. So I'm trying again with a basket that attaches to the tile wall with adhesives. The one I'm going to order has good reviews for stick-a-bility. And I won't put anything heavy in it. So maybe this one will work.


August 11th, 2020 at 12:56 pm

Yesterday I was filing papers and I realized I had to pay my wheel tax, and I had to do it in person in order to get my senior discount, which is 50%. It certainly seems like a very bad idea to require vulnerable seniors to show up in person during a pandemic. I don't understand why they can't get the discount to work on the online payment. Oh well.

The cost was $42.50. Since I was already out, I ran three more errands. I deposited my coins at the bank and "bought" another roll of quarters. I returned some library books to the outdoor bin. And I went to Aldi and picked up some staples: $27. That is my first expenditure in the grocery challenge. Variables are now at 19%.

We had a derecho yesterday! And possibly, a tornado. It happened around 4 in the afternoon. I got an emergency alert on my phone and the sirens went off. I went to the basement (with a chair, a book, and my phone) and waited it out. I was the only one there! I couldn't see anything but I heard a lot of racket. When the all-clear came I went back upstairs. There was no damage I could see in my neighborhood, but there was lots of damage nearby, according to the news. Not homes, but trees and cars. I always felt somewhat safe being so close to Lake Michigan, but apparently it hit very close to the lake, so that has been a false comfort!

I'll take a walk this morning and see what might have happened in my area.

My two-meals-a-day plan is going well. It is keeping me from grazing all day. It forces me to plan a meal, which encourages me to eat a more balanced meal. It seems to be better for my digestion. I do have a small snack in the evening when I take my medications.

Whine, Anyone?

August 10th, 2020 at 03:05 pm

I woke up this morning to a high-pitched whine. Both of my air conditioners seemed to be emitting this noise. I turned them off. I hope, when I turn them on later in the day, the whine will be gone.

My two meals today: breakfast will be blueberry pancakes and Apple Brown Betty (both leftovers). Dinner will be sloppy chicks on biscuits. I'll figure out something to go with them later. Perhaps just an apple.

Tomorrow is my birthday. I think I will buy myself the lamp that I want. I won't pull the trigger on the order until tomorrow. I want to make sure my Discover pay cycle closes first.

Hot Again

August 9th, 2020 at 10:41 pm

The heat has returned. I ran the air last night, then turned it off this morning. It stayed pretty nice most of the day. This old building has such thick walls, that once it gets cool inside, it stays that way for quite a while. I turned the air on again around 4 pm, when it started to feel sticky, and I'll keep it on through the night, so that I'll sleep well.

I didn't do much of anything today. Another load of laundry - $1.50. Iggy threw up on his quilt; otherwise I wouldn't have bothered. Mostly I read and watched TV, and caught up on family news. It was definitely a day of leisure!

It Came to an End

August 8th, 2020 at 07:25 pm

My grandson's baseball season, that is. They lost today to a team that, I have to say, was pretty amazing at both offense and defense. Our team played respectably, but the other team just blew them out of the water.

I thought that there would be no Fall Ball, and that is partly right -- the city league will not hold games -- but my grandson will be playing games for a baseball academy where he takes lessons, so there actually will be more games to come.

Despite the loss, it was a lovely day, sitting under a tree and enjoying the breezes. My other grandson had a great time operating his remote control Jeep, which was very entertaining to some little ones.

I ran a load of laundry yesterday afternoon - $1.50 -- and I bought a gift on Amazon for a friend - $14. Variables are at 9%.

Baseball and Grocery Challenge

August 7th, 2020 at 01:27 pm

Our team won again, and advanced in the tournament. The next game is on Saturday.

The park was crowded, which was concerning. Also, there were so many people not wearing masks, even though there was a big sign requiring it. Every time I go to a game, I just hope I have been careful enough, and lucky enough, not to pick up the virus.

Today will be a stay-at-home day. I'm planning two meals -- blueberry pancakes for brunch, and sloppy chicks for dinner, along with a side, probably corn. I cooked a chicken breast in the Instant Pot to make the sloppy chicks. After it was done, I shredded it and mixed it with some barbecue sauce and a little broth. It was delicious! There is quite a bit left over, and I have three mini French rolls to use up, so I'll be having sloppy chicks for the next three days. I am quite used to having the same meal several days in a row, so that is no big deal.

I am pretty well stocked, and I think I may be able to avoid the grocery store for quite a while! In the freezer I have the makings for spaghetti, a pizza, and several containers of leftovers. Also, there are two more good-sized chicken breasts. At some point I will have to buy produce.

It's a nice day, and I will get out for a walk. It is good for the spirit, as well as the body!

Another Win

August 6th, 2020 at 03:46 pm

It was another thrilling game last night. Our team did their signature come-from-behind moves for a victory in the last inning. There is another game tonight as they move forward in the tournament.

However, I feel so lousy today I'm not sure I'll be able to go. I couldn't sleep last night, and when I did, I had nightmares. I'm going to try to nap today, and not do any more than I have to. This insomnia/fatigue is a recurring problem for me, and I don't think this pandemic stress is making it any better.

I realized this morning that my Fitbit hasn't synced since July 26. I've gone through all the troubleshooting but I can't get it to sync. I think it has gotten too old. It is a Charge 2 device. The face is cracked. I don't think I'll replace it, since I really haven't paid much attention to it since I started sheltering at home in March. It was a gift, not something I ever thought I had to have.

Grocery challenge is going well! I haven't had the need yet to buy anything (other than the pet supplies, which I don't count in groceries). News reports say that grocery prices are shooting up; good time to cut back.

Spending, Etc.

August 5th, 2020 at 05:29 pm

My spending at PetSmart yesterday came to $54. In addition to cat food, I bought fish food, aquarium filters, and Nature's Miracle. Variables are at 7%.

I had four books ready for me at the library! I was only expecting one, so that was a nice surprise.

As for taking my coins to the bank, I learned that they did not have a counting machine, but they gave me wrappers. I came home and wrapped up $9 worth, which I will deposit next time I go. It was mostly pennies. I was able to "buy" 2 rolls of quarters -- that was the limit. I still have a partial roll, so I have enough to get me through more than a month of laundry.

Nothing is going on today except that there will be a tournament game tonight. If the boys lose, that will be the last game for the season, and there will be no fall season. For baseball, that is -- there will still be a fall! Smile

Errands Today

August 4th, 2020 at 02:22 pm

In a few minutes I'll be heading out to run some errands. My first stop will be to pick up books at the library, then I will take coins to the bank, and, hopefully, take away some quarters. Then I'm going to PetSmart to buy cat food.

I tried to give myself beach waves yesterday, following some online directions to twist strands and then twist two together. I secured them with clothespins and let my hair dry naturally. Well, it turned out to be something, but not beach waves. It looked pretty crazy yesterday, but it looks better today.

My home exercises are making me sore. Maybe I'm not supposed to do them every day. The website I'm using doesn't say. I am at the beginner level and doing the least amount of reps, so I don't think I'm overdoing it.

Our cool weather continues and I am loving it!

No Spending

August 3rd, 2020 at 02:31 pm

Thanks for your comments on haircuts! I have decided to let my hair go for a while after all. I'm just not ready for an interaction that close. A haircut isn't an emergency; it's something I can definitely put off.

I stayed in all day yesterday and I will do so today, too. So there won't be any spending.

I signed up this morning to take part in a study of COVID-19 run by my healthcare provider. I will check in on an app every morning, reporting how I am feeling, possible symptoms, whether I am following guidelines, etc. It does not provide any direct benefit to me; it is rather a tool for healthcare professionals to learn more about the transmission and spread of the disease.

Plans for today: vacuuming soft furniture, making smoothies (plural, because I will freeze some), cooking chicken for future recipes, doing my exercises, reading, and more episodes of Breaking Bad! Very hooked on that show, though it's mostly sad.

Tomorrow I have an appointment to pick up books at the library, so I will also do my other outings -- the bank and PetSmart. Big day!


August 2nd, 2020 at 06:00 pm

I'm wavering on the haircut thing. I had decided that I was just going to let my hair grow, because of COVID, and for a change, but I find myself looking at haircuts online. One night I was looking at shaggy pixies, and last night I was looking at the messy French bob. Right now my haircut is a long bob, slightly shorter in back. It's in between chin length and and shoulder length. I'm finding it kind of hard to manage, because my hair is wavy, but not in a very attractive way. But I am able to pull it back now, so that is a plus. Sigh. I guess I'll wait. It's money-saving after all.

I was much more vigilant yesterday about sitting up for at least a half hour after eating and taking medicine, instead of my usual lounging around. And I had a much better day. I guess I need to learn new habits. I also have to be better about not eating when I'm not hungry. Duh! There are better ways to treat myself!

Since my birthday is coming up, I picked out a set of sheets on Amazon and put it on my wish list. I looked for a table lamp, but the ones I liked were more than I would ask anyone else to pay. So I'll handle that myself.

I decided not to order the pet supplies I need. I have a $10 in-store coupon for PetSmart, and I have a gift card to use up. So I'll be making a trip there in the near future.

I got a notice that another book on hold is ready for pickup. I made an appointment to pick it up -- first available time was on Tuesday! The website said that they will be stopping pickup in the underground garage on Wednesday. I wonder what the new system will be. Maybe the library is opening up more and patrons will come inside to get their holds.

I placed four more books on hold. I seem to be reading faster than I am getting books.

I spent nothing yesterday except $1.50 for laundry. I hope to make this a low-spend month.

No-Spend Day

August 1st, 2020 at 02:42 pm

I didn't spend anything yesterday, so my July recap holds.

It was a great game last night -- GS1 hit a double at a crucial moment, and the team won by three points after being behind for most of the game.

I was very uncomfortable last night with indigestion. I have no idea what food is bothering me -- it seems to be any food. I thought I was having a heart attack until I sat up and the pain went away. I am very short on sleep today. I was bothered not only by that, but also by a sharp nerve pain in my foot. Then I woke up with a headache, but Tylenol helped with that.

I'm going to take it easy today. I do have a game tonight, but if I'm feeling bad, I won't go.

Now that it's a new month, I'm going to order some cat food and probiotics.

I found a tear in a pillowcase yesterday, so a new set of sheets is back on the list again. The piecemeal set which is my backup is falling apart. I'll look around online today to see if I can find any bargains.