Wednesday, February 3

Quotes + A Rant

Old age deprives the intelligent man only of qualities useless to wisdom.

Joseph Joubert, essayist (1754-1824)


We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.

Maya Angelou, poet (b. 1928)


We're still housebound, but not because we can't get out. I choose not to leave the neighborhood until I have to; the rental van needs to go back to the company in the same pristine condition they gave it to me. If I try to leave now and drive on barely melting ice and snow, I might have a problem - so I'm staying put. Our esteemed painter made it here Monday (along with his able helper) so the rear hallway and stairwell are getting closer to the finish. Of course now, it makes the bonus room at the top of the stairs look shabbier than ever. Isn't that always the case? I forgot to ask the painter to do the ceiling too, so that will have to be done before too long. I'm always forgetting

Update: I went out on Tuesday for a chiropractor's appointment and took my life and limbs in my hands trying to get from my garage to the van. The slush is melting slowly, but it is still very slick out there. There was a hefty amount of snow/slush/ice on top of the van, which was impossible to remove because it was stuck between the rims of the luggage carrier. On the way home, I stepped on the brake for a red light and all that snow and slush fell off the roof and onto the windshield. I immediately turned on the wipers to remove it and when the windshield was cleared, I saw a crack on the lower left side. It didn't go all the way through the glass; you can't feel it either on the outside or the inside - but I called the rental company to report it. They asked me to return that van on Wednesday and pick up a new one. The crack is oval shaped and if you measured the line from start to finish, it would be 8-9" long. Very odd. I don't know how long I will have to drive that new one until my van is ready, but there is a prediction for more bad weather here on Friday - so it's anybody's guess.


Our dentist will think we don't like her. The day after my accident, I had to cancel an appointment for cleaning, and Monday, mr. kenju had to cancel his cleaning. When the office manager finally got there Monday, she called to reschedule and there were no dates we could take, due to already scheduled chiropractor appointments. It may take weeks to get in there! I found out they are moving the office at the end of February. I've been going to the dentist in that same building for over 20 years, so it will seem odd to go somewhere else. Silver lining? They are moving closer to where we live - only a little over three miles away.


Gilly said...

Don't mention dentists - I've got to go in a couple of weeks for "a little work on some wear and tear" is how he described it. I'm not sitting in his chair until he tells me exactly what he is going to do for the exorbitant amount of money he is charging!

Quite understand why you don't want to take your new car out in this mucky weather. Ours is very icy today, I shall drive slowly, very slowly!

Pat said...

At this time of year with the weather you are having they must be well used to cancellations.
No point in asking you to stay put until its safe:)

Granny Annie said...

We are expecting more bad weather on Thursday and Friday. I'm about to stand on the roof and scream and shake my fist at the sky. The mud and guck this last one has left behind is treacherous.

We are gearing to get all of our doctors closer to home. Right now we drive 80 miles to Tulsa for most of our medical needs. Our Cardiologist is retiring in April so he is referring us to a heart doctor only 16 miles away that looks like a Japanese Doogie Houser.

Arkansas Patti said...

I hope they don't blame you for the crack in the windshield. That is weird.
They sure have kept your vehicle a long time. Hope you are back in your own soon.

Lynn said...

I don't like my dentist. :)

Ginnie said...

I've been under the weather and haven't read the blogs like I usually do. I just got caught up on yours, Judy, and see that you've had some mishaps and some nice stuff (newly painted rooms!). Good luck with all. The flies are a riot.

Bob-kat said...

I had a similar thing happen to me when we had snow. The whole roof of snow melted enough to slip down over my windscreen when I was actually driving round a roundabout. I hastily applied the wipers as I had traffic on both sides adn in front nad behind and I couldn't see! I hope you gte your van back soon.

Grannymar said...

I hope your weather and woes clear up soon. I thought our snow was gone, but today I woke to a very heavy ground frost, it thawed and now it is snowing! I am hibernating for the next month!

oklhdan said...

We've got another winter storm coming next week. I heard about a couple who had the ice on top of another car come flying off and into their windshield. Both people were cut up by broken glass. That stuff can be hazardous! Be careful on the slush/ice.

LL Cool Joe said...

I've actually got over my fear of the dentist, it's the doctor I can't cope with.

Unless you really need to drive in the snow, then you really shouldn't. What's the point in risking injury?

Loli said...

It´s too darn hot, Porter would sing, down here in the South. Now enjoying a light rain.
I totally agree with the words quoting diversity.
Warm regards from Argentina.

srp said...

Our neighbor girls came over on Monday and helped me shovel the driveway as I had to go get some prescriptions for my mom. The roads were ok but then you would hit a patch where there was more shade and it was slick as snot.... although never having driven on snot I wouldn't know if this expression is really true. Anyway... it got down into the teens on Monday night so all the slush froze... again. Today the temp finally stayed above freezing over night and with a little rain the snow is about to melt. On one of the angled roofs of the new addition, the roof does not get much sun and it drifted with the wind so I have a slab of snow and ice about 14 inches thick that is slowly sliding down and falling on to the deck. I hope it is gone by this evening.

rosemary said...

We have muck, ice, some snow and a lot of mush and water here. i am perfectly happy to just stay home. I see the dentist in early March....I hate going to the dentist.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Great quotes, Judy...I particularly like Maya Angelou's....!

How weird about the Windshield....It's always something, isn't it?

I hope it starts to warm up there soon, my dear....I know you all must be pretty tired of "winter" and "snow" & "ice".....!

Kay Dennison said...

This is weird. You have snow and I don't. Well I do but not enough to be a problem.

Hope your snow goes away soon and you get all this accident stuff out of the way, too.

Kay Dennison said...

This is weird. You have snow and I don't. Well I do but not enough to be a problem.

Hope your snow goes away soon and you get all this accident stuff out of the way, too.

jeanmac said...

Silver lining, indeed!

sage said...

its amazing that you're having worst weather than here!