I've had a fairly exciting week ever since the great adventure known as Taking Mother to the Optometrist In A Hail Storm. You may read this entire post and snicker uncontrollably at what qualifies as "exciting" in my world, but that's okay. Glad to entertain you. Of course, my life as a stay-at-home-caretaker and part-time work-from-home writer is very very quiet by most folks' standards and I'm fine with that.
Here are a few other news items for your amusement and/or gratification:
I had to buy a new printer because my old one wasn't printing properly. So my friend Paul told me to buy the Brother brand of printers, since he thinks they are a good brand. So I ordered a Brother printer. Paul has to come fix Mother's computer and he takes the time to set up my new printer. I thought it would take 10 minutes. It took 2 hours, plus I had to endure a lecture from Paul about how I should have bought a laser printer instead of an ink jet.
My kitchen sink was leaking horribly from the faucet area on Tuesday and I called a new plumber that was recommended on Tucker Town Talk [a Facebook site for folks living in or around Tucker]. He came out the next morning and replaced the faucet and replaced the house water pressure regulator, and fixed a leak around the hot water heater. No more leaky faucet. No more issues with the water heater. Super nice guy. The prior plumber, confronted with the same issue, just replaced the faucet without looking for the root cause of the issue - cheap fix, yes, but it didn't last.
There's a new book coming out called Showdown at Rickwood. Here's an article that explains more about it. The book is about the Birmingham Barons, a minor league baseball team my grandfather played on for three years. As soon as the website is working well and it's easy to purchase a book I will post more about this. I was excited to hear from the book's author, who has been an emailing "pen pal" of mine for several years now.
My mother gave me an Alison Krauss CD called Windy City for Easter and I finally got around to listening to it the other day. I had not received a music CD in a long time - years. I love this CD! Lots of great songs.
I have a cousin who lives out in Washington State and unfortunately I rarely got to visit with him or his lovely wife, but I was thrilled on Friday to hear their first grandchild had finally been born. Mother has some psychic powers sometimes that are quite remarkable, and she felt strongly on Thursday night that Bill's daughter was laboring to deliver that baby, so Mother started praying. She is up and down a lot at night anyway, but she felt called to pray for Bill's daughter. Turns out she was right. At the same time she was praying, the midwife was struggling to get the baby born, and it ended up with an ambulance trip to the hospital and a C-section birth. Thankfully, mama and baby are fine and we are delighted by the photos of that big (9 lbs. 8 oz.) guy. Mom's older brother Don is now a great-grandaddy! Very relieved and blessed, and happy for the new parents/grandparents/great-grandparents.
We've had a lot of rain this week, and I noticed a volunteer tomato plant coming up in my garden, which thrills me. It's like a little gift from Mother Nature, a reward for composting.
My son is working in a restaurant and one big bonus is he gets a meal every time he works. Mother and I get a kick out of all the foods he eats -- we make him recite what he eats when he comes to visit. It's a cafeteria but the menu is huge and so Michael has enjoyed trying lots of different things I don't cook. Here is a list: broccoli salad, cucumber salad, sweet potato souffle, fried chicken livers, liver and onions, blackened trout, chess pie, coconut pie. There are more dishes but those are the ones I can remember offhand.
Finally, I scanned in an old photo of me from when I was a senior in high school. I hated anyone taking my photo when I was in high school but this one wasn't too bad.