Security – I logged into my on-line tax software program. They have upgraded their security. It took me a while to get in. They asked questions that are hard to answer like the maiden name of my neanderthal grandmother from the BC era. Or the name of her first pet dinosaur. Or maybe it was a unicorn. Super great granny was one of a kind! I’m hoping that it gets faster. Maybe I should be grateful except every time security gets upgraded, so does hacking skills.
Flu or no flu – This is a bad winter for flu. There have been many deaths and it’s early. The winter is mild but then again, I don’t know what makes a bad flu season. I have a friend who calls everything the flu. The real flu isn’t sniffles or not feeling good for a day or two. The real one is debilitating. Down for the count. You can’t do anything debilitating. The kind where you put the undertaker on speed dial. My grandfather died from it and my dad had a heart attack right afterward (when he wasn’t fully recovered). You can go on-line to see the difference between the two. Don’t mistake them.
Speaking of death – I’ve lost two relatives in the past month. One was younger than me and the other was older. I wasn’t close to either one but it was still sad. The obituaries were a treasure chest full of family details that I didn’t remember and that sent me back down the rabbit hole into ancestry research. I was giddy (queue wicked witch rubbing her hands and cackling). I feel some guilt in the pleasure I get from obits. Seriously, I need a life!
As I was doing this — I received an email from a man who lives in the town in Europe where my grandmother came from. Out of the freaking blue! We are both members of an on-line group that’s researching the same area. He is doing a project on the people from the town who emigrated. I will be booked for the next few weeks seeking information and comparing pictures of old people I don’t know. Good thing I have my fitness watch to make me get up and walk.
Happy spring! – That’s what my neighbor said to me yesterday when the temperature was hovering in the mid-60s. That’s very uncharacteristic for our area. Usually a warm day won’t pop up until the end of February. Not complaining. I could go directly to spring! Happy dance anyone?
So how was your week?