Water Heater, Bookshelf & A Walk Down Memory Lane

Posted by on November 20, 2013

Sunday was a nice, quiet day.  Other than doing a few loads of laundry we didn’t do much of anything.  We spent the majority of the day watching movies that we had stacked up on the DVR.  I tried another new recipe…this one for Crock Pot Asian Chicken.  It was ok but we both preferred the recipe for Honey Soy Chicken that I made the week before.

Hard to tell but this is the front entrance to the ranger station and the rain is coming down in sheets at this point

Hard to tell but this is the front entrance to the ranger station and the rain is coming down in sheets at this point

Monday it was back to work for me.  I’d been asked last week to cover the reception desk while the regular receptionist was out of the office.  I went in at 8:00 am and worked until 12:30 when someone else was able to take over and cover the rest of the day.  Going into work at 8:00 meant actually having to set an alarm…ugh…I absolutely hate being awoken by the obnoxious sound of an alarm!

While I was at the ranger station it started pouring and continued to rain for pretty much the rest of the day.

Shortly after I got home Michael and I headed into Lake City.  I needed to pick up some ingredients for a 7-Layer salad that I was making for a retirement luncheon on Tuesday.  We decided that since we were in town we’d have an early dinner and decided to stop at Olive Garden and partake of their Buy 1, Take 1 special again.  It’s really almost too good to pass up!

Conference room all decorated up for the party!

Conference room all decorated up for the party!

Tuesday there was a retirement party for one of the ladies at the ranger station.  She’s retiring with 27 years of federal service.  She and her daughter are moving to California at the end of the month to begin a new adventure.  The office provided a catered lunch of Chicken & Rice with green beans while others brought sides and desserts.  Other than attending the luncheon and decorating the conference room for the luncheon I didn’t do anything else work wise.

After all of the rain on Monday the slide awnings were filled with water & pine needles

After all of the rain on Monday the slide awnings were filled with water & pine needles

While I was at work on Tuesday Michael climbed up on the roof as we knew that it had to be pretty darn dirty with all the pine trees around.  He got the roof and all the slide awnings cleaned off and plans to wash the roof in the near future.

My newest project - yikes!

My newest project – yikes!

Today (Wednesday) was another fairly easy day at the office.  I helped Leslie (the receptionist) count the fee envelopes and then started on a new project that Debra assigned me.  There’s a large set of book shelves in the office that I share with two other people and it’s in quite a bit of disarray.  It just needs to be organized and outdated stuff tossed.  It’s something that I’ll work on when I am waiting for other work to come my way.

We received the replacement thermostat for the water heater today and Michael installed it right away, turned it over from the gas to electric, ran the hot water to rid what was already in the tank and then waited to see if it heated back up with the new electric thermostat installed.  It did!  Woohoo!   So thankful to have a handy husband!

The NEW thermostat

The NEW thermostat

I had a couple of knee arthroscopys several years back (15+ years ago) due to torn meniscus’ in each knee.

The OLD thermostat

The OLD thermostat

The right was worse than the left and over the years I’ve developed arthritis in that knee in particular.  It’s generally pretty good but with certain temperature changes it gives me some pain.

About 2 weeks ago I started being woken up in the very early morning hours with pain in that knee.  I kind of figured it was the arthritis acting up but not having ever experienced this sort of ‘episode’ I wasn’t 100% sure.  I took some Ibuprofen before I went to bed but it was no help whatsoever.

Since this is 78 years old it is considered archaeological material to the Forest Service.

Since this is 78 years old it is considered archaeological material to the Forest Service.

I take Celebrex for the issues with my knee and when we went to the doctor last week I mentioned the pain I’d been having and he suggested that I take the Celebrex before I went to bed rather than in the morning.  Thankfully, that seems to have done the trick…no more waking up in the middle of the night in pain.  However, it’s still stiff in the morning…but that I can live with!

One last thing….as I started the bookshelf project the first thing that caught my eye was the huge 6-inch thick book.  It happened to be a very old copy of Webster’s International Dictionary with a copyright date of 1936.   What a treasure!

I can remember when I was young we had one similar (not nearly as thick though!) and I used to love to peruse it because it contained SO much information – pictures of all the state flags, periodic tables, listings for all the worlds currencies, gifts for each milestone anniversary, birthstones, a listing of how to formally address certain dignitaries etc etc etc.  This one has all of that kind of information too!  Wow!  What a nice walk down memory lane!

 

 

 

 

 

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