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"America's future is not written by our enemies... America's future is written by our heroes."
~9/11/2018 * Patriots' Day




Tomorrow is Yesterday's Today

As Scarlet in Gone With the Wind stated, I'll think about that tomorrow!  And the song lyrics, Oh Let's Forget About Tomorrow, for Tomorrow Never Comes....

It's been a stress filled week for me and Bud...

First, my nephew of 53 had a heart attack at work.  He's okay now, had a stent placed in one clogged artery.  That's way too young.  Then, I had an appointment with my cardiologist.  The staff always reminds me to get there 15 minutes early to check in, pay the co-pay and WAIT.  I got in the examining room and waited for the doctor, and waited and waited.  OVER two hours!!!  By the time I got home I had been gone for nearly 3 hours.  To ease my stress, I demanded my check at the cashier/reception desk, and told them "I may not work outside the home any more, but MY time is just as valuable as the doctor's time."  I left without seeing him, and I'm glad I did.  Thing is I am now debating whether to seek a new cardiologist?  More stress!!!!!

A Tension breaker?  Kinda Sorta.  Read on:


Remember the jigsaw puzzle of Alice in Wonderland's Tea Party we started working on a few weeks ago? Well, we had the outer pieces collected and finished the outline to begin working on the center pieces to complete it. Before the 2nd day was over, we threw it out!!! It was a mess. First off, the puzzle pieces were cut identically! Second, the puzzle cutter musta had the saw that was too big for the cardboard 'cause the pieces would NOT stay together...loose as a goose comes to mind. Each time we'd add a piece the puzzle frame would fall apart. We considered taping the outer rim, but just gave up.  Axing it was the best move. Then, while at the HEB super center [Texas-owned store], I bought another! A 21 inch by 21 inch Sugar Skull.  It helped release some heavy feelings during the time we worked on it.  It took us a week to finish and it's so artsy, I want to frame it and use it for our mantle during Halloween/Day of the Dead!




The artist, Theeanya McCardle, has many works plus some great whimsical [animals, birds, abstract, and more] adult coloring books. Check it out sometime with the link I provided.


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More Stress!


Our fence contractor and his hired help finally put the finishing 'touches' on our new 7 foot privacy fence...meaning the gate and hardware! This was a huge stress magnate! You see, we signed the work order in early September...knowing that nearly half of the city's residents lost their fences due to the hurricane in August, we'd be on a waiting list and we knew about the lumber shortage to boot. We were willing to wait our turn. By mid October, the men showed up and removed the old fencing and hauled only a PARTIAL load...leaving all the other debris sitting on our lawn [killing the grass by the day], and it was way too heavy for us to lift it up and get it all off the ground.  It was strewn everywhere.. Then, they came back, leaving the rest of the debris lying around, but put in all the fence posts. Of course, then there is a waiting time for the cement and posts to cure and dry. About a week later, they started putting on the wooden slats and surprisingly, quit after about an hour.



Three weeks later, still no more work was done until I called [after both Bud and I called and left dozens of messages].  My last call on Friday of last week, I voiced my intentions...with a threat of filing a formal complaint with the BBB, the Troubleshooters [a community consumer advocate] AND the state of Texas Attorney General. We gave them an ultimatum!! Either have the fence, gate, debris picked up and hauled away, and neighbors' fencing tie-ins complete by November 22nd, or the papers will be filed. They had it done within two days, and the entire job to finish took less than two hours!! But why, I ask?!!  Why not finish ONE job before moving and starting a new one?  They have incomplete work all over town.



On our set deadline for completion without getting written up and complaint filed...it took only two guys, but it's now DONE! Three days short of three months after hurricane Harvey! Now, OUR work is just beginning...we have to re-landscape a LOT!!! From turf, to plants and timbers and more bark mulch. Maybe by NEXT hurricane season, Bud and I will be done. For now, I'm glad it's done, and we once again have our back yard to ourselves; private!!  No neighborhood dogs pooping and digging in our flower beds and on the lawn; peace of mind with more security...etc.



Or, ironically, Anni[e] singing:
 "The sun'll come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow there'll be sun!

When you say to yourself, it can't get worse....hmmmm, think again..

24 comments :

  1. Sorry about your stress. I went to see the doctor one time and got in the exam room. And waited, and waited, and finally went out and nobody was there. They had all gone for lunch!! Wild.
    Contractors just kill me, deliver the moon, and then just piecemeal the work and disappear and then come back at odd times.
    Hope you get something to relax you.

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  2. Wow, you have had a stressful time.

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    1. ...and, thankfully, I don't have to go to work the next day. I'd be 6 feet under by now.

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  3. What a time you have had! The fencing men going back and forth...I wonder if they were trying to please everyone by going back and forth, and it backfired. That is really scary about your nephew! I am so glad he go help in time. I HATE those puzzles where all the pieces are the same shape! This new one...I was hoping you would show it...it is stunning and so colorful!

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    1. Personally, I think this fence company bit off more than can handle throughout the town. Oh me too, those identical cut pieces are the pits with jigsaws.

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  4. I am sorry to hear about all these troubles. Each of them is sure to give lots of stress and headache. What's wrong with that doctor's office? Did they give any reason? I can't believe it as it is so incredible. And, also the fence company. But, I hope now you are doing okay and your nephew is also doing okay.

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    1. This has happened before, and others have complained, but so far as I know, to no avail. It's just the way he is.

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  5. Oh, my goodness! How in the world have you survived all of this! With the fence, I mean. Others, including myself should take note of this, and remember the next time we have to have something done, to have everything spelled out in detail. If that can be done.

    Now to the puzzle, my daughters have bought me 3 from a 'big' name brand....and I have now come to hate the brand. The first one I complained about and sent them some pieces till they could see what I was talking about. It was almost like they had absorbed water and swelled and just would not lay flay and you could not hardly force two pieces together. The others were not quite like that but it was like the pieces were not cut clear through!

    My daughter lived in Indy...nice subdivision. She did not walk their dog without she took a poop bag. At that time Lorelei was small...and the young girls on one side came over to play, besides other little children. The woman on the other side would lead her dog over into daughter's yard to let it poop. She actually cleaned it up and disposed of it a time or two, then she started shoveling it back onto their yard.

    Then one day, she had shoveled a big bunch of it and was pouring it back in her yard when the lady came home...it stopped after that. (Otto always used the potty in his own back yard...) I was fit to be tied...who would do that to someone that has little children? I tried to get her to either let me go out the next time we see her and take a bag and stand there till her dog did its business, and hand her the bag and tell her to please clean it up. I still get stressed just thinking about it.

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    1. It's a downright shame how we all see such inconsiderate people any more these days. Not back in my youth...people respected people...even strangers.

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  6. First of all, I DO think a new cardiologist is in order! That was awful! Secondly, those fence contractors were so inconsiderate and just plain idiots! Glad you finally were able to get the new fence put in! Loved the Day of the Dead skull puzzle. All the added stress, with the weird puzzle, the fence and having to wait so long at the Dr. was so uncalled for!

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    1. I certainly don't wanna go back there to THAT cardiologist. This isn't the first time with such a long wait time.

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  7. I must say beforei comment, I have never ever never said, it can't get any worse. I always say if anything can happen it probably will. in other words it can and will always get worse before it gets better. now I know that makes you feel better. LOL
    I got stressed just reading about the fence and workers. here in FL we dread having anything done, from water heater installed to roofers, anything at all that requires workers to come to the house is STRESSFUL to the max. I must say the fence is really nice and I like it a lot. Irma blew down part of ours and THE MAN propped it up kinda sorta. he has the 3 sections to put there, but has had them for 9 weeks now. the next puff of wind will blow it down and then he will have to repair it.

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    1. Stress for YOU too. But, I wouldn't wanna live anywhere than here.

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  8. forgot to say, I think that puzzle would look great glued on a canvas or framed. I saw someone glued one on on a square of glass also.

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    1. Bud once mentioned a mirror.

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  9. Wow, it was stressful. So sorry. I do have a suggestion for doctor's offices that are chronically late for appointments. When the kids were little, I would call in advance and ask the receptionist, "Hi. I'm just about to leave the house with the kids. Is the doctor running on time today? If not, I'll wait awhile." Wow, did that make a difference! From then on I was seen on time.

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    1. This doctor & staff l, I think, had a rude awakening.

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  10. Sorry to hear of all your troubles...but hope at least you are having a pleasant holiday weekend.. Best wishes to you!!! :)

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    1. Kinda getting ready for decorating the house for Christmas. Thanks Ms. B

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  11. After reading your stress events I even started to feel stressed! You have had more than your share for sure. The time to make a change of cardiologists wouldn't have to be debated for me! Out! Out of the funk and onward to the Christmas season. The sugar skull begs to be framed.

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    1. I know...I agree, but thing is, do I want to have the hassle of trying to find another cardiologist? This one knows my history. It's a dilemma.

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  12. Oh my! Sounds like some frustrating times. It is interesting how these so often come close together. Hope the coming week is better for you.

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    1. Thanks Ruth, I hope everyone's week will be easy on the nerves and a happy week.

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