4/20/15

Job Update

4/20/15 -  All I can say is 3 am is pretty
early to get up.  I am working towards
making my get up time 3:30 by being
more prepared the night before.  I do not,
however, like having to go to bed early --
10 pm to get 5 hours of sleep assuming I go
to sleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.
That doesn't happen by the way.  I may have
to dig out my old hypnosis tape.  That worked
for me when I was employed on 3rd shift.

To the right is my new pair of shoes called
Sloggers.  I am watering plants for 8 hours
a day with lots of water puddles.  I have worn
these for a couple days but still manage to get
my pant legs and feet wet.  I can only hope it
feels good this summer when the temperature
is soaring.  Of course, my curly hair is a
complete mess in the outside windy, damp
conditions.  Good news is that garden employees can wear a hat.  Hopefully mine will be here
any day.  That will also cut some hair combing time off my morning getting-dressed routine! Yeah!!

Running the cash register is getting a little easier, too.  There are a few procedures I have not mastered, i.e. WIC, gift cards, ad matching, opening Wal-Mart charge, warranty applications, etc.  Even some of the coupons give me a problem.  I will just carry on!   I am constantly busy with the watering so I see nothing but the plants in my area.  I am therefore unable to tell customers where to find the fertilizer, fake owls, batteries and lawn furniture.  I guess I could go in on my day off and look over the area, or during lunch break.   That's pretty much the update.  I don't mind the work.  It is good exercise and boy can I feel it!  I hope I make it through the summer.  I did hire in as a "seasonal worker". 

4/7/15

I am cookin' today............

4/7/15 - Tuesday:  It is one of those damp Spring mornings.  I think some vegetable soup would be a good thing, so I will be off early for ingredients.  I should know how to make soup without a recipe by now; however, I always bring out the "Betty Crocker's New Dinner for Two" cook book for reference.  I received this book as a wedding gift back in 1965.  I use a lot of the recipes to this day, i.e. Snickerdoodles, meat loaf, stuffed green peppers, penuche icing to name a few.  The fact that the covers are off, pages are soiled, torn, and loose from the binding are clear indications the book has been well-used.

To the left is the recipe I will use today.  I do add lots of other ingredients and love shredded cabbage strips in the soup over noodles. I guess the addition of marjoram, parsley and thyme is one of the flavor keys.

Speaking of key ingredients,  the addition of juice from one lemon added to bean soup makes a big difference I think.  I've been told that Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, said if he could only have one seasoning, it would be black pepper. It might be a good idea to start adding a little more to my cooking.

4/6/15

Water is not my friend.................

4/6/15 - I am hoping the mailman brings the replacement part I need for my bathroom faucet.  This will be the 3rd time I have had to make this repair.  It has something to do with the anti-scald valve.  After use, it becomes so clogged, hot water will no longer come out of the faucet  The old valve is shown in the picture.  The Pfister company sends a free replacement but the inconvenience of having to replace it is annoying.  Not to mention that I am not the best plumber and I am always concerned that I will break something,

Then, the water heater at the garage apartment has not received much use this winter.  I had to use it yesterday since I do not have hot water in my bathroom shower/tub area.  Just look what one shower did to my silver ring..............I guess it is the sulfur in the water.  This is the same ring I photographed a couple of days ago - my last post on Lapis Lazuli and Cobalt Blue. Now the ring looks almost copper.  It will clean up but it takes some rubbing.   Ahhhhhh!  Country living! 

4/1/15

Lapis Lazuli my current stone and Cobalt Blue


4/1/15 - A stone that has been popping up and calling for my attention is the Lapis Lazuli.  Lapis Lazuli is a stone of manifestation, communication, protection.  It helps with organization, dream recall and contact with guardian spirits.  My attraction to the stone started last year.  I found a Lapis ring that fit perfectly at a yard sale.  Then,  a Lapis Lazuli bracelet caught my eye in the gift shop at the casino.   I had earned several $$$ worth of points the past couple of years.  I don't like most of the gift shop items because they are glitzy, sequiny, leopard printy, Bobby Shandra labeled, resort-wear-style clothes and everything waaaay overpriced.   However, I decided to spend my points on the Lapis piece.....actually quite a few points = to $170.  There is also a ring that matches the bracelet in the gift shop priced at $140.

 My original strategy was to not waste my points by turning them into gambling credits.  I was going to use them to get a sure thing.  After buying the bracelet with my points,  I checked Ebay and found some nice Lapis rings, including shipping under $10!  I may take a new strategy and use my points to gamble with the hope of hitting something.  Even if I only make $10 it will be enough to get a ring!  ........................  In the photo with the bracelet and ring are a couple other Lapis pieces that I have had for years but never wore until this recent attraction to the stone.  Now, for the properties of this stone  There is a nice article on the stone and its properties available here.

Another blue item has popped up in my life.  This Wal-Mart associate vest.  I was hired 3/28/15 to work in the Lawn and Garden area.  I actually am looking forward to tending all the little plant allies.  Perhaps this is the event the Tower was forewarning.  A total upset in the routine of my life status which was "retired" for oooohhhh, say 10 years.