First snow – We got our first snow (that totally covered the grass). As always, the first one is the worst. Drivers forget how to drive in it. People needlessly stockpile bread and milk (seriously, I can’t remember the last time we were snowbound for more than a day). The first one is done. From now on, it will be easier.
Taxes, yikes! – Our gas tax went up January 1. It is now the highest gas tax in the ENTIRE country. (No, I don’t live in California!) Common sense dictated getting a fill up the day before. The cost was up 20 cents. I thought the gas station had already put up the tax a day early. The next day I saw it went up again. For me it’s not a big deal but for people who have a long drive to work, it is a big deal. The money is to fix our road and bridge infrastructure but I never have a good feeling that’s where it goes. There is a black hole out there with lots of tax money (along with seedy politicians).
That was uplifting! Not! – Our local hospital ran an ad on aging – the hearing loss, vision issues, lack of balance, etc. By the end of the one minute ad, I was ready to call the undertaker. Gosh, couldn’t they have been a little more upbeat about it? There are a lot of good things about aging although I can’t think of any right now.
Gift cards, a gift or a pain? – (This does not include Starbucks gift cards which I ALWAYS use!) I have two gift cards in my possession. Both have all sorts of conditions written in a point size I can’t read without the Hubble telescope. Last year a restaurant closed (unexpectedly) for which I had a gift card. Money lost. From what I hear, it happens often. A few years back I received a gift card for a department store I frequent. I couldn’t use the card to pay on my account nor could I use a coupon with it. I communicated back to the giver (my husband). Neither of us will ever give a gift card from that store. They are easy gifts but it’s important to match them up to the receiver. The granddaughters love either Amazon or Target gift cards. Neither of those cards hang around long. Do you like to get gift cards (except for Starbucks which you can send directly to me)?
Holy cow! – I’m planning a day trip for my birthday. I like museums and exhibits. My favorite was the dead plastic body one. If you get a chance, be sure to see it. No body fluids at all but you can see lots of bones, muscle and nerves and get a feel for how the body works. This year I was looking at a dinosaur exhibit or an art museum that I haven’t yet seen. I was stunned by the cost. It’s less than Hamilton (the play) but more than I expected. It is two hours of entertainment. Spa day or something educational? Costs are the same.
So how was your week?