Storm – We are hunkered down waiting for an impending ice storm that should have started already. I hustled out to Starbucks to get my fix early. There is nothing like an addiction to help overcome my fear of driving. Nothing gets between me and my morning mocha! (At least if I can help it!)
It’s getting weird again – I am midway between two Starbucks. My favorite is a hilly drive. The other doesn’t have hills but has more stop lights. I opted for no hills today just in case it started icing up while I was in route. There was a big sign on the door. They will only be open from Thursdays to Sundays for a while. Some of the stores have been closing earlier. That’s not surprising as their biggest business is early morning through afternoon. Closing for three days will lose the morning business. I hate to see this. Not so much that it’s Starbucks but I hate to see any business cutting back hours. By the time this covid business is in the rear view mirror the landscape will be different. We are losing the small businesses that can’t survive. We have a few favorite restaurants that we are hoping will persist. We give them take out business but we are only two people so that would not be enough.
Kitchen update – Appliances and countertops came in this week. It’s looking good and even I am surprised that I wasn’t immediately wowed by the difference. I’ve got that wonky gene that sees the “shuddas” instead of the progress. I shudda got black appliances instead of stainless steel. I’ve never liked stainless. It’s like putting big pieces of dull silver gray metal in a kitchen. I will get used to it as one does because the appliances aren’t going anywhere and this crop may outlive me. We pulled up the protection they had on the flooring in the adjacent dining area and it looked a lot better. Dirty pieces of plywood don’t help the visual either. Later today we will roll out the carpet and put the table in the eating area. I may be doing the snoopy dance then. The plumber comes tomorrow to finish the hookups. Then it’s all about the window replacement that is vacationing in the Bahamas at a tiki bar. After that it’s backsplash and a huge round of snoopy dance! Pictures are coming.
Happy birthday to me! – My birthday is this week. I will turn one of those milestone numbers and am not happy about it. (The beloved husband pointed out that it’s better than the alternative!) I will be the age that my mom was when she died. I’ve often thought about how much easier my life is. She was a wonderful woman and deserved far more than she got. She died in January two weeks after my birthday. That year I sent her a card and flowers to celebrate her birthing me. I caught her by surprise and that was hard to do. She had eyes in the back of her head and no matter how hard of hearing she was, she always caught the important stuff.
Electronics – I have a love-hate relationship with all electronics. My Fitbit smart watch is dying. It’s two years old and that’s about the lifespan of the cheaper models. I bought this one to track steps. I never thought I needed a smart watch (and technically I don’t) but it came in handy with the kitchen renovation. Instant texts on my wrist were very helpful. Especially when a worker was on that way (and I was at Starbucks getting my fix).
So how was your week?