Pen and Ink...and maybe some paint

Friday, November 4, 2016

Thankful for a three day weekend!

Yup, it works out just right. I'm spending the day today heat treating all my clothing, bedding and anything else that seems "cloth-y". I spent 2 hours after work yesterday doing the really big stuff at the laundromat down the street. Now it's 2:40 and I'm almost finished doing the rest. I think I'll be donating some things when all is finished. I have way too many blankets/comforters/etc!

I got bedbug proof mattress protectors, as per the exterminator's orders. I'm wondering what they will say about the couch and recliner. Both cloth, so I'm not sure if they might be bedbug magnets. Anyway, I'll vacate the premises by 9 a.m. tomorrow and gypsy about all day. I'll take my laptop and some art supplies, plus a good book I'm reading.

The cheapest copy on Amazon is $8. I got it for 10 cents at the library book sale!! It's a fairly short book, full of illustrations and written in a very readable way. I'm loving it!
I can hang out at the library or at Micah's place. She and the kids may be gone, and Adam will be hunting, but it's a port in a storm! Maybe I'll go to a movie matinee. Wow. Haven't done that in a million bazillion years! (I can't believe spell check didn't underline "bazillion"!) Hopefully, I can be back home Saturday evening and spend Sunday moving all my stuff back in. Most of it is stashed in either my car or the basement laundry room. Whew!

Just to break up all of this text, this is a cute little shot of Audrey (on the right) and cousin Cali walking into school. All grown up!

I called my closest social security office in Bemidji, about 35 miles away, and set up an appointment to apply for widow's benefits. She said I could do a phone interview instead of driving all the way to Bemidji, so I said okay and set one up. Then she said I would have to mail in my birth certificate and marriage certificate ahead of time. The originals! Does that make anyone else nervous? If they should get lost in the mail that would be one fine mess. SO, I'll probably drive up anyway to hand-deliver them, or see if she can just change my phone interview into a person-to-person. I really don't trust the mail with something that irreplaceable.

Two more months left at the deli! I'm thinking about putting in an application at the school (see photo above, lol) to work in the kitchen. I think I might be able to get a part-time position, and once I'm in I can see what else might be available. A gal who lives downstairs in my apartment has as much as hired me to clean at a resort in the summer when I may need other options while school is out. I might also be able to get some part-time work at the local grocery store during their busy summer time. Anyway, it's a plan to try. :)

Micah said she may not see much of Adam this week while rifle hunting is going on. For the last three years he's been hired by the local grocer (same one mentioned above) to skin deer for them. I didn't even realize he did this! They process deer in their tiny meat department and he gets good pay to do the skinning for a few days. That young man has so many side jobs going on, in addition to his regular job as a stone mason. I'm really proud of his good work ethic. His hard work makes it possible for Micah to stay home with all those kids! :)

Well, enough of my jibber-jabbering! I've got one load of laundry to do and then I'll be done. I hope to do a little sitting and relaxing for the remainder of the evening!

You all have a great weekend! Shalom to everyone!


  1. You are very energetic as you get rid of the bad bed bugs! Good girl! I hope you find a lovely job with lovely people, Lisa.

  2. whew! I did wonder if it was bedbugs. so sorry. I hope you get ALL the answers you need about this!!! Glad for the quick action!! I know they can even travel via duffel bag (happened to a friend of ours, his son was visiting a friend and then the friend when with him to his house with his duffel bag and the bed bugs went into our friends home! But if you get professional treatment and answers, you will know what to do!!! My friends, another couple, not the one with the son, had them and the heat treatment did the trick!

  3. You're attacking the bug problem head-on so hopefully all this effort will deal with them. Then you will deserve a nice long rest.
    When we applied for our passports we also had the option of sending in original documents and chose not to. A funny story about that. I had glued our marriage certificate into a scrapbook and you can just imagine me hauling that 12X12 album into that office. Had to be a first for them.

  4. You can always get new "original" documents from the county in which you were born or married, but they aren't cheap!

  5. I hope you got the marriage certificate problem ironed out. I would hesitate to send originals even if you can eventually get duplicates from the state. Thanks for visiting my blog. I don't know why PPF is not online yet (12:38 a.m.).


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