A Look at Our Week
It’s been a little bit of a blah week around here. My guy has been in what we call a “Wah-Wah” mode. 10 days of rainy weather, no new house, and corona craziness appears to be the cause. Whenever one of us is in one of these moods it’s pretty easy for the other to fall in with the pity party. I haven’t done that this time, instead trying to focus on all of the positives that we have. He calls me his light, and I take that job very seriously! I have tried to show him the light this week and always make sure I point out when the sun does shine between the rainstorms. Hopefully everything will start looking up here pretty soon.
Speaking of Wah-Wah moods, I have been dealing with customer service issues for the past week. One issue is a pair of expensive shoes for my son that the design was so flawed that now the shoes are unable to be laced properly. I have been going back and forth with Nike and have finally been given a full refund for the shoes. Our preferred resolution would have been that the shoes were repaired since they were such a desired item and are not available any longer. Instead we have taken our refund money and purchased a pair from ebay. Problem solved.
Our other customer service issue is with the U.S. Postal Service. I signed up for Informed Delivery which sends you a picture of any mail that is on its way to you. I received a picture of a very important piece of mail we had been waiting for. Usually there is a two day maximum wait before the mail arrives in our box. Well, this mail never arrived. This has happened before but with junk mail that I never really even gave a second thought to. After waiting over a week I went to our local post office and was basically told that the Informed Delivery system was a waste of time and just causes people to come into the post office and ask where their mail is. I then came home and filed a missing mail claim with the USPS and complained about the lack of service at our local branch. Of course the claim was forwarded to the local branch so nothing will be done about any of it. (Insert eye roll) We have contacted the sender and had the mail rerouted and will think twice before assuming snail mail is the best choice next time.
What’s for Dinner?
My guy requested brats for dinner this week and I made it happen. We’ve also had delicious stuffed peppers, this time I stuffed them with a hot Italian sausage and it definitely gave them the zip we had been missing. We also had one of our favorite summer meals, tuna melts with tossed salads. We enjoyed dinner out on our back deck, another favorite activity. Pork tenderloin with corn on the cob was also on our menu this week.
Tuesday we visited Boone and went to one of my guy’s favorite bars for dinner. This little place thrives on home football games from App State and they are a little nervous with the state of things if they will survive the year without a football season. We are making it a point to visit as often as we can and hopefully every little bit will help them.
I have added a new feeder to my collection in the backyard. My guy and I were sitting on our back deck a few weeks ago and spotted a hummingbird flying around the tree. I have now added a hummingbird feeder to the tree. I started off with a mini feeder that I found at the local dollar store. I have now upgraded to a larger feeder and have placed the mini feeder in a window. I was determined to capture the hummingbird visitor on camera this week and I was finally successful. I also caught our friendly rabbit on camera as well. We are able to remain friends since he is no longer able to eat my garden.
Our philosophy is there is no better way to celebrate the 4th than with a hike! Our forecast finally cleared up and teased us with a little sunshine so we made a hiking plan and packed a picnic. A local restaurant had free bbq and a local bluegrass band playing and we added that to our agenda. Our landlord is in town and happened to come by not long before we had planned on leaving. We ended up visiting with her for a bit and got a much later start than originally planned.
The hike was going great until it started to pour about halfway through. I kept on going hoping for a quick shower. We finally decided the rain was here for awhile and turned around. We stood under a bridge for a little while until the rain eased up a bit and then continued on to the car. By the time we reached the car it was beautiful again. We were drenched but the sun was shining bright! We found our picnic spot and feasted on BLTs, pasta salad, cheese, pickles, chips and watermelon. The rain didn’t stop our fun day and just added to our adventure.
Busy Hands & Busy Mind
The sewing machine hasn’t stopped this week. I have created a Facebook page with the items Mom & I have made to share with local peeps that might be interested. I posted some keychain chapstick holders we had made this week on a local yard sale page and had lots of interest in them. I am trying to make up enough items to begin considering a local craft fair but it’s hard when they keep ordering items! This week I worked on making sunglass/glass cases and replenishing my keychain stock. I also finished working on my niece’s purse and a set of placemats as a gift. The purse was my most difficult project yet. I learned a lot in the process and am happy with the end result.
After “sewing time” is over each evening it is then “couch time”. Couch time includes binge watching Parks & Rec and crocheting. My guy is often compared to one of the main characters from the show (Ron Swanson) so we had to check it out. We definitely see the comparisons! We have now finished the series and I will seek out another binge-worthy show for us. For those that know my guy, it should come to no surprise that he rarely focuses his attention on the shows I watch. He listens to them in the background and will sometimes snicker or make a comment about what is happening. And there are some shows I have tried that he just can’t handle even with not focusing on them. Little House was one of these, I know save that to watch when I am alone or sometimes late at night in bed. The crocheting projects that I am working on are my afghan and I’ve also made several sets of the cat coasters this week and am starting on mug warmers/sweaters.
Have a great week! XOXO