This, my friends, is why I prefer to stay home! This morning we had to go out. Vince needed bananas and, as  you might guess, that took five stops. Seriously, this is all true!

Stop #1: A burger chain (not McDonald’s or Burger King). I ordered Meal #1 which included a burger, fries and a drink. They brought the order to us . . no burger. I showed the lady my receipt. She went to get the burger, which took forever. The fries were cold-ish when they brought them out so I took those back and asked for them to bring hot fries with the burger. They brought the burger out – no mayo. Should be simple enough — take it back, add mayo. No, they had to re-make the burger. Before the burger ever came out, Vince was done eating. I cancelled the order, got a refund, asked to speak to the manager. In the meantime, another guy came up complaining that they had remade his burger and it was more wrong than before. The manager honestly said to us “We’re doing the best we can!” Really?? I have written a note to their home office. It’s at a place where, every time we go we say we’re not going back because of the poor service. I think this time was for real — I am not going back.

Stop #2: Tractor Supply – They had an outdoor cook stove kinda like the one I use for canning. They had one outside and one inside, assembled, on a shelf. I asked if they had a box. I needed to know how many BTUs so I could know if I could do canning on it. They didn’t have a box. The lady couldn’t find it on the stove anywhere and she looked at me and kinda huffy said “Why do you need to know that anyway?” Nevermind . . I don’t! I’m not getting it!

Stop #3: United – The yogurt I wanted had all expired on 8/12. We were there last Sunday and the same expired yogurt was in the cooler. Two items we bought on sale rang up full price. The lady bagging our groceries was about 2/3 done, had a bag of pears in her hand, was about to put  them in the bag but noticed something more pressing I suppose, put the bag of pears back down on the checkout counter and walked away. Vince and I looked at each other like .. is she coming back? Nope, we finished bagging our stuff and left. Not a big deal but kinda weird.

Stop #4: Kroger – several things that were on sale rang up wrong. I can understand (maybe) this happening on Wednesday, the first day things are on sale . . but this is Sunday! They had no brie.

Stop #5: Aldi – Vince wanted brie and Kroger was out, we forgot to look at United so we ran by Aldi. Their brie was expired. Vince had been in the week I was gone to get brie and it was expired. Same expiration date . . still sitting in the cooler.

It’s hard to believe that we only made 5 stops and all 5 stops, we left saying . . Really??

I don’t expect to never find something outdated; I don’t expect to always get great service but we seemed to be on a roll today.


A New Keyboard

I am thankful that Vince can work on computers and loves doing it. I don’t usually ruin things but I seem to be pretty rough on computers.

One thing that happens that isn’t my fault as far as I can tell is that my fingers wear the letters off the keyboard. I don’t look at the keys when I’m typing so it doesn’t bother me but on the rare occasions when Vince has to use my computer, he gets so frustrated that most of the letters are missing. It happens with every computer I use and it’s happened for years. I’m not sure if I just use the keyboard so much or if my skin is to acidic . . I have no idea.

Another thing that is my fault is that crumbs (and sometimes Dr. Pepper) get under the keys. A crumb that is so small you wouldn’t think it could cause any problems can completely stop a key from working. I’ve learned that when a key stops working or gets sluggish and I have to mash it really hard, I just get a kitchen knife, lift it up just enough to keep it from popping off and blow under it and it’s sadly surprising how much “stuff” comes flying out.

The other day Vince had to use my computer and he was flipping out because some of my keys were harder to press than others. I went and got my kitchen knife and was prepared to fix it when he said “NO! That is not how you fix a compute!” Works so well for me! 🙂



He said “I can order a new keyboard for $10.”  A nice, shiny keyboard with all the letters! It feels like a new computer, except it’s kinda lopsided and pieces are missing. You can see where I’ve rubbed the mouse pad bald.

Vince, who cannot take the old keyboard off and throw it away, had it out messing with it. He was so sure it was worn out and I tried to tell him . . no, there’s just too much “stuff” under the keys. He tapped it across his lap and crumbs, a stitch marker or two and no telling what else fell out. I think he believes me now . . too much stuff under the keys. He’s in there messing with it now and he said “You should see what’s under some of these keys!” I said “You might specifically want to look at the C, the M, and the R.”

Then I said . . why are you messing with it when you can buy a new one for $10 and he said “This is how I learn!” Good answer, Vince!

I would say I’m going to do better and keep the new keyboard clean but I know how I am.

An Old Friend

Back in the early 80’s I met Sandy. I wrote a blog post about her here when I made a quilt for her. 

I have not seen her in 30 years. Funny how all these 30 year things are surfacing on the blog — my Norman tape and now, Sandy.

She now lives just 2-1/2 hours from here and we’ve made plans several times to meet and something has always happened and we didn’t get to meet. I have never met her husband; she has never met Vince, Vince has never met her. She contacted me about a week ago and said they were going to be passing right near us and wanted to know if we could get together. She would meet Vince, I would meet Johnny. I said . . sure, y’all are welcome here any time. It turns out that they have a pretty long road trip Monday and will be here Monday evening so they’re going to have dinner with us, spend the night, spend the day Tuesday and leave early Tuesday evening to drive home.

I warned her . . my housekeeping hasn’t improved since you saw me 30 years ago but I’m still busy cleaning house, washing sheets, scrubbing down things that need scrubbing down. 

I am so looking forward to our visit! I think Vince is even looking forward to it. He’s taking off work Monday and Tuesday so it should be a great visit with the four of us!