Monday, August 3, 2015

Together Again !

You can't love what you wish to be until you love what is now. 
Wow, it’s like it’s my birthday month again ! Took Dearest Son with me to cherry-pick the great deals at the local grocers – new sale starts tomorrow – but decided on a whim to hit the pawn shop in the same strip. It’s the one with the $1. DVDs. They didn’t have anything we wanted on those shelves, and Dearest wanted to check the video game consoles. They had Wiis back in stock, so I asked if they were still the same price ($30.) that they were back over the holidays, the last time I asked. Yes, they were – but there was one, just the unit, no cables or Wiimotes, for $20., if I was interested. 

Hmmm. . . I still had $15. from my first-of-the-month funds, and we still had all the power cables, Wiimotes, games, and peripherals from our old one. That poor thing, we’ve had it since 2008, bought new for once, mostly because I wanted Wii Fit, which was sold out everywhere for months. It got dragged to countless weekends with Dearest’s grandparents, survived what seems like a dozen moves, got taken apart and cleaned at least that many times. It still works, actually, just won’t load older game discs completely and shrugs in confusion at the newer ones. Still works for Netflix and Amazon Prime viewing. But I’m gaining weight, so I decided to save up my monies for a new-to-me console a couple weeks ago, figuring I’d do it next month – wanted to order my Ghoulia wig this month, give it plenty of time to get here before Halloween – but here was a potential deal. GameStop wants $70. for a tested one, with cables and one remote.  

So, with my funds, it’d only cost a few bucks out of House Checking. . . I knew Beloved Hubby would approve. Snagged it ! And spent a draining two hours deleting the previous owners’ settings – Miis named ‘DA BOSS’ and “WII WOMAN 3”, on a router configuration coded ‘SLAUGHTER HOUSE’, gee, I wonder what demographic owned it before ! – and struggling to get it to recognize ours. Removed a copy of WiiSports Resort (surprise !) and loaded WiiFit . It works !! Awesome ! We didn’t own Sports Resort, either, so that was a nice bonus.

I don’t think the pawn shop checked it before selling it, or they would have at least pulled the game to sell separately in a blank box for an extra couple bucks. Ah, well, our gain, don’t complain, right ? (grin) Dearest is all excited about it, almost like it was brand new, and is eagerly looking up games. 

I can tell ya, it works. Wii Fit and the balance board work, too – it’s me that’s slow and waaay off balance in this equation ! I could only do 20 minutes by their reckoning (it took 45 min. on the clock), not counting the two runs I did ‘cause I couldn’t get the Wiimote to recognize my pathetic flailing around the first time. Did better on yoga than I thought I would. I missed it. Unfortunately, all the activities I’ve unlocked on my old version didn’t translate to the new. It’s OK, though – I need to build back up anyway, so it’s good I’m starting from scratch.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

August apologies . . .

Sorry, everyone. Looks like I took a two-week vacation without telling you first, and I’m sorry about that. I wasn’t even in the hospital this time, so I can’t use that as an excuse. It wasn’t that bad, I was just sort of . . . .disconnected for a while, and no matter what was going on, I just couldn’t make ‘washed dishes, made a decent supper’ interesting. I’ve written some, so I’ll post those soon. Just didn’t want you to worry about me, I’ll try to keep up now that I seem to be over whatever was holding me back so long.

Hope your life’s been easier and better !

Saturday, August 1, 2015

First Flea of August !

Decided to visit the Flea Market today, just ‘cause. I don’t normally like going two weeks in a row – when it’s being held that long – but I needed some ‘me’ time. Dearest Son decided he’d rather sleep in, and I had some first of the month errands to run, so I was up early to be home before the heat of the day weighed in. 

Bank wasn’t open as early as I thought, so I was at the Flea almost as soon as they opened, and I’d completely forgotten to get some cash. It was OK, there really wasn’t much new anyway. Was on my way out when I saw a vintage sewing box and another grab bag of sewing miscellany, but the ATM on-site charged $4. And I knew my bank would add another $2., at least. That was more than my stuff cost ! So I told the seller, who always seems to be happy to see me, that I’d have to catch him next time – and he told me to take the stuff anyway ! Turns out, they’ll be there next week, and I’ve been asked to take M & FIL to the Farmer’s Market, also on the Fairgrounds, next Saturday, so I told him I’d catch him up next week. He told me not to worry about it. How amazing is that ? 

So I now own two vintage iron-ons (a gingham puppy and an alphabet block), 13 spools of thread in various sizes and colors, several hand-sewing needles, another half-empty pack of snaps, two different sizes of lace, some gorgeous vintage trim thick enough to be a bracelet, some Kelly green bias tape (double fold), two cards of buttons and several loose ones, and several zippers, one new in package. The other, older zippers went back into the bag – gonna toss everything I don’t want from all three of the bags I’ve bought, and put ‘em back on his selling table. Maybe someone will want that stuff.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Floated away Friday.

Had a pretty nice time with M & FIL at lunch today – Beloved Hubby has barely stopped praising me for it. Mostly ‘cause he doesn’t have to deal with ‘em for a few more weeks, ‘cause I did.

But it was a nice day in other ways. Beloved was home early, and we got Chinese takeout for supper. I’ve already got sausages thawing for breakfast, if Beloved is home.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The hazards of answering the door. . .

Didn’t get any sleep – I’ve developed a bad habit of crashing at midnight, getting up at 5am with Beloved Hubby, then crashing again after he leaves for work ‘til about 9am – because it was one thing after another today. At 8am, M & FIL appeared on the doorstep, again having walked the two miles to get here. (sigh) How do they always know when I’ve bought m’self some ginger ale ? 

Ended up inviting them to my lunch date with Dearest Son tomorrow – Taco Bueno’s giving away a chip and dip platter with any purchase. They’re broke, so I told ‘em it’s on me. I’ve been feeling kinda bad for not being in contact with them much, but after two days in PreviousTown in less than a week last month, I needed some space ! I don’t think they really understand how I can be with people too much, and desperately need time alone, but it’s not like I bother them with my psychological issues too often. They’re too busy with their own !

Mostly they bragged all about their older son while not even asking about Beloved Hubby, which is Reason #2 I tend to avoid them. Dearest Son was still asleep, and they didn’t think to ask about him ‘til they were leaving. It’s like they came over to keep me up to date on BIL, who’s a nice enough guy, but I don’t really need to be that enmeshed in his life, since he sort of dumped them on us and lit out, never looking back. There’s more in the mix, but I think you get the gist of it.