Friday, June 15, 2018

Ants? Really??

I knew to expect this when we decided to build on a slab instead of a basement. I just didn’t expect it to happen so soon!

Ants. We have ants.

They started showing up in the sunroom. Then they migrated to the great room. I noticed what looked like a crack in the sunroom floor, right about where those suckers were showing up. So I called the builder.

The crack is there (which will be fixed…eventually), but it’s not the source of the ants. Even though the house isn’t insured against insects, he still did us a favor and bought a gallon container of some pesticide that’s also good on the inside. He sprayed all around the house yesterday and left the remainder on the porch. I sprayed inside after I found ants in my trash can.

Have I told you how much I hate ants?

Our builder swears by this stuff, though. Said he had a pretty bad infestation at his home and it took care of it. Keeping my fingers crossed that I’ve seen the last of them. At least until we get grass.

Yesterday the builder graded the back yard (although I have no idea when to expect our patio, driveway, and sidewalks to be poured; nothing has been formed yet). There was a killdeer nest out in the “yard,” but I’m guessing it’s not there anymore. I don’t see the bird or any sign of the eggs. I thought for sure the eggs would have hatched before the sod was laid (seeing as we need the concrete poured first). I just wasn’t counting on the yard getting graded before then. Oh well. Sorry birdie!

Yesterday I took a break from the old house. Of course that didn’t mean I didn’t work. I just put some of the stuff away, or at least moved the boxes to their correct room. Baby steps!

We had planned on having the house-warming party on the 30th. But since it looks like we won’t get our driveway and patio until after that day, we pushed it to August 11. Just as well. I wasn’t so sure I would be ready by the 30th!

So… how much do you hate ants? So annoying, aren’t they?

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday Reads and I'm Pooped

Moving is for young people. Not old fogies like Hubby and me. I NEVER want to move again. NEVER.

And if everything goes according to our plan, I won’t have to.

Still working on getting our stuff over to the new house. Not everything is coming over, either. And that’s the part we don’t know what to do with. If I were the garage sale type, I’d set one up. But I’m not. That’s just too much work for me. I just hope Goodwill will want the bulk of the stuff.

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #20

Dates read: May 25 – June 11
Title: The White Lily
Year of publication: 2017
Author: Juliette Cross
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: Vampire Blood #3
# of Pages: 271
Paper or plastic: Nook e-book
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Goodreads: To the north of the Varis empire, a mysterious faction spreads propaganda against the vampire monarchy. Friedrich Volya, the Duke of Winter Hill, seeks to discover who they are before his uncle finds them first. King Dominik will punish the traitors with brutal force.
    Local schoolteacher, the raven-haired Brennalyn, is on her own mission—to spy on the duke and discover what she can for the Black Lily. She longs to help the commonwealth and bring justice to the many orphans left behind from the ravages of the blood madness, like the children she lovingly keeps in her care. What she doesn’t plan for is the heart-pounding attraction she feels for the duke, enemy to the Black Lily.
    But when Brennalyn’s secret puts her life and the life of her children in danger, Friedrich steps in as her protector, she finds out there’s more to the duke than she thought. 
My thoughts: It’s hard reading in the midst of a move, but at least during the few breaks I had, I had something enjoyable to read. I bought book #4 so I can finish the series.

Sunday was the first time I’d turned on my laptop since shutting it down for the move. I was just too pooped to turn it on. Yesterday I wrote for the first time since June 1st. What a nice feeling that was. I look forward to continuing my writing even though I still have to drive back and forth each day to empty that house. Son is bringing over his truck this evening to help with the remaining bookcases and the two rugs we have. I’m starting to see the end in sight, but man, it can’t come quick enough.

So… Need any junk? I’ve got plenty. You only have to come over and pick it up!

Happy Reading!


Monday, June 4, 2018

On A Brief Hiatus

With the move happening tomorrow (yay!), I doubt I feel like blogging. Heck, I’ve been packing and moving stuff for the last couple of days and I don’t feel like doing ANYTHING!

I can’t even sleep because no A/C. At least I’ll have A/C tomorrow!!!

Keep your fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly for us during the move. With the way things have been going lately, we need all the good mojo we can get!

Happy Monday! See you next week.

Friday, June 1, 2018

I Got My Number Transferred…FINALLY

The last two days have been soooooo frustrating.

Last week I put in an order with Spectrum to move our service (tv, internet, phone). That’s when I found out we couldn’t keep our phone number (since we are moving into a different county). I was not happy about this.

Hubby called AT&T. We can transfer our number to them as a cell phone and still be able to use our wireless phones by plugging the base into some kind of hub. So, basically, have that number be like a land line (with several handsets around the house), except it’s a cell. I was so relieved to hear this.

So, on Tuesday I headed into the AT&T store. Bought the base unit and got the process started to transfer our phone number.

Later that day, Hubby got an e-mail from AT&T. The number couldn’t be transferred because it wasn’t active.

Really? I was still using it. So I called AT&T on Wednesday. The transfer order I placed with Spectrum actually put a cancel order on the phone. So I called Spectrum and cancelled the order. I then called AT&T back and was THEN informed I have to wait 24 hours.

Sure, fine, whatever. I do that.

When I called AT&T yesterday, the kind lady there even called Spectrum to make sure the phone was active. There was no order to cancel the phone. Everything  looked good. Yay! AT&T started the process again.

Later that day, Hubby got another e-mail. The number couldn’t be transferred because it wasn’t active.


I called AT&T back. A nice man there called Spectrum to find out what’s going on. Seemed just because the order was cancelled didn’t clear the phone altogether. Something got stuck. Spectrum said the phone would be clear in 15 minutes. AT&T said to call back then so they could start the process.

Sure, fine, whatever. I do that.

I got some guy at AT&T that I couldn’t understand. He won’t read the notes the other two people left in my file and says the number wasn’t working. I couldn’t deal with this guy any more (I might have yelled at him at this point) so I said I’d call after dinner. Since this was the fifth time I had called AT&T and the fifth person I talked to, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t get him again.

I didn’t. Whew. The sixth person was able to start the process again (after calling Spectrum—again—and finding out the number was good to go).

This morning I went on line and punched in our number to see what the process of our phone is (since e-mails go to Hubby and he wasn’t awake).

The transfer went through!!!

Finally!!!!! It won’t be complete until the 6th (after we move) and I can’t transfer Spectrum until the phone finishes porting over to AT&T, but we’ll be able to keep our number.

Maybe this day won’t be so bad after all. Even though it’ll be hot and we don’t have A/C in the old house. That has to be replaced and we’re in the process of getting quotes. Don’t need to spend a fortune on getting a new A/C. But at least I have one LESS thing to worry about—our phone number.

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

No Wednesday Reads, the New House is Ours, and No A/C

Our trip to Cleveland/Put-In-Bay during Memorial Day weekend was really nice. It had been years since I’ve been to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, so it felt all new to me (in a way). I’ve never been to Put-In-Bay and had no idea what to expect there. Most of the mode of transportation on that island is by golf carts. And a funny thing there, too. They have a 9-hole golf course. It’s the ONLY place the golf cart isn’t allowed!

Oh, you can take your car to the island, but good luck in finding a place to park (and they can’t guarantee you can take it off the same day). Best way is to leave it behind, take the ferry, and rent a cart (or take the bus into town, where you can walk to almost anyplace).

Hubby and I felt like we were on one of our cruising excursions! Everyone seemed to have fun, too. Yay!

Since the weekend was so busy, I didn’t write anything and read very little (I was usually too tired to do anything when I got back to the room). I do have a proof-reading job (via Hubby’s business), so I read something this past week, just nothing I can post here…yet (although I will later, once the book is released or shows up in Goodreads). So…no Wednesday Reads today.

Tuesday we closed on the new house! It’s all ours! Just wish the closing went more smoothly. Our 10am appointment got moved to 11am and then when we were on our way, moved again to noon. What a pain! But it’s over and done with and we have the keys. Yay!

Let the moving begin…

And none too soon. Our A/C in the old house is on the fritz. Doesn’t that just figure when the temps are approaching 90 outside? The unit wasn’t cooling very well and started making strange banging noises outside, that we finally just shut it down. Thank goodness this house has fans.

Last year the unit wasn’t cooling, but the technician couldn’t find the leak so he put in die and said to call when it stops working (which I did last week). I sure hope it’s fixable. I can’t imagine how much one would cost… like we need that kind of expense right now.

And when it rains… I think I reached the tipping point this week with my computer software. I thought I could get used to LibreOffice, but I’m starting to see that I cannot (too many key strokes to do what I can do in Excel in ONE), so I might have to actually use Excel 2010 (or 2007—whatever one we have in the house). Which means I’ll have to change Word, too. UGH!! I am not a happy camper about that, but it’s starting to distract me way too much from my writing and I can’t have that.

Of course, I’ll just complain about the newer version of Excel (and Word), too. I wish they’d just leave the software ALONE! If I had wanted a newer version earlier, I would have gotten it.

Sort of like how Goodreads is trying to get the Mobile and Desktop to be the same. WHY??? If I want the mobile version, I’d get it on my phone. But the mobile version SUCKS, so I use the desktop. Now they’re making the desktop suck, too. How is that any better? Software developers drive me NUTS!

Oh, and if I don’t have enough stuff going on this week, I think my washer is leaking. Or, maybe just the hose. I hope it’s just the hose. All I know is that I keep finding water inside the machine (not all the time, just every now and then, which is weird!), so it’s got to be coming from somewhere (because it drains everything after the load). Maybe if we buy new hoses for the new house it’ll fix the problem. **fingers crossed**

I have a feeling I won’t be getting much written this week (or next). Busy, busy, busy!

So… What’s making you want to rant this week? Hopefully, nothing (and I’ll envy you, too!).

Happy Reading!