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Marcy-I’m glad you had a fun movie night! A once a month movie night sounds good. Matt went to poker night for the first time in a long time, and he had a great time. He has really missed chatting with some of his coworkers.

Snow? Nooo! It’s not time for that! I remember my MIL complaining about snow in September when they lived in Montana. But she complains about everything, so I didn’t take her all that seriously. I am dreading winter more than usual this year. All this daylight and being able to go to the park everyday has sure saved my mental state!

Your dinner sounds delicious. I’m going to have to check out Omaha Steaks. We had grilled chicken, fresh green beans and fresh corn on the cob for dinner the other night, and the fresh veggies were sooo good. Last night I made spaghetti with mom’s sauce recipe. I was really craving it for some reason.

We’re getting ready to head to mom’s as soon as the pulled pork I have in the oven gets done. It’s our last bbq of the summer. Wahhh! Matt installed the outside security cameras Friday afternoon. (I never thought we’d need something like that.) Last night at 10pm I got a motion alert, and 2 guys I have never seen walked down the hill, up the driveway and the sidewalk in front of the house and kept walking through the yard into the neighbors yard. I was working in my study, which faces the sidewalk. I thought I saw something go by, but nothing was there when I got up and looked. I didn’t pay attention to the motion alert because I’d been getting them all day. Matt needs to reposition one of the cameras so it doesn’t pick up cars driving by. Anyway, I think that it quite creepy, especially since I was sitting right there. All of our neighbors have security cameras too, so I’m sure somebody has a good view of them.

We’re off to mom’s. Have a great Labor Day!
 

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Deegee, movie night was fun. That's great Matt got to go out for a poker night too. I'm all for getting back to normal life.

Your MIL wasn't lying about snow in September. i have seen it snow every month of the year here. It is really windy and getting cold now. Snow hasn't arrive yet. Right now it says it feels like 41. Yesterday we were near 90. Snow totals vary - depending on the weather app I have seen 4 inches to 25 inches. Woah!

We buy from Omaha steaks quite a bit. I sign up for the rewards program so can get free things that way and always wait until they have something on sale with free shipping. We like them. Your dinners sound great; I remember how much your love your mom's spaghetti sauce. Sounds delicious.

Good idea to get outdoor security cameras installed and it's sad to say they are probably a necessity anymore. That would totally creep me out seeing those 2 guys walking up your sidewalk and cutting through your yard. Checking ours one night right before going to bed (and Marty was out of town) I saw someone right up by our front window. Scared the crap out of me and when I looked again nothing was there. It was the night view, black and white and I swear it was a face with a white hoodie - was it a glitch from a stray headlight or a person? I didn't sleep a wink that night.

I hope you had fun at your Mom's and the last BBQ of the season.

We had a nice day. My sister, BIL, nephew and his wife were here so Marty could go over with them how to do / maintain / whatever my sister's website for her doll clothes. My sister is not very computer literate and Marty doesn't think she got most of it but I am sure my nephew and niece will do fine. My nephew does the cads, building and repairs on Hu Hut so he brought his tools and tweaked our basement patio door that hardly opens anymore. Something has shifted but that door has always been hard to open and close since they installed it 6 summers ago. My BIL watched movies all day while everyone else had computer lessons. We went out for lunch and had brownies sundaes this afternoon. I did get a phone call about an hour ago to do an update for work. It was the problem I pointed out to my boss on Friday but he didn't fix it. So other than confirming the update matched what I did it didn't take much of my time.

Take care.
Marcy / Curby
 

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We have been getting snow all day but it mostly melts when it hits the ground. I would say we have several inches piled up on the grass and deck. Right now it feels like 15.

I did swap my days at home this week to today and tomorrow. I had no desire to venture out in the snow; it looked a bit icy out there - not to mention COLD!!! I got up in the middle of the night and turned on the furnace. We are warming up a bit again on Thursday.

I had a very busy day at work and ended up working late. Marty picked up food from Culver’s for lunch; I really like their pot roast sandwich; I throw out the bun and eat the roast beef. I made a bowl of soup for supper.

Take care.
Marcy
 

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I had a busy week at work and was back at it for 90 minutes this morning. In a few weeks we'll be SLOW again. My boss gave me an ultimatum to get cross training done between my 2 departments which will be challenging with rotating remote workers and not being able to set together at work. We will probably use Google meets.

We are back in the 70's today so winter is at bay for a while. Woo hoo!!!

Marty washed our cars today and power washed the garage.

We went out for lunch today and I did laundry. Such excitement - my thrill-o-meter doesn't register any activity.

Have a great weekend.

Marcy / Curby
 

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I had to work again for a few hours this morning. Phooey.

I got my lifting done and my last batch of laundry finished. Marty grilled steak and corn on the cob on the grill for lunch.

Is it really Sunday afternoon?

Take care.
Marcy / Curby
 

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Marcy-Last week got busy and got completely away from me! So have fun with the cross training. Matt’s work has had to hire several new people because they are slammed with projects. They have brought everyone back who had been laid off or on low earnings and still don’t have enough people. The person they hired to help Matt is a new chemical engineering grad fresh out of WVU. How crazy would it be to be a new hire working remotely from the get go?

Did you have the option of working from home on snowy days before Covid? We were not allowed to. If I ever do get back into the office, I will definitely be bringing my laptop home everyday and working from home in bad weather.

I spent another 3 hours at the dentist with my nightmare tooth last week. Would you believe I had to be numbed again, and for a tooth that has had a root canal? I am so done with this tooth! I am going to be so mad if this thing ends up having to be pulled.

My friend from Seattle was in last week with her new boyfriend, and we had to get together. We had a “distancing on the deck’” gathering on my deck. A few other friends who live less than a minute away but who I haven’t seen since March came too. It started raining after a few hours even though there was no rain in the forecast. We moved inside and chatted for hours. It’s good to see people!

I have a sneaking suspicion that our agency is being moved back to the Capitol Complex. I’m thinking they’re giving serious thought to reducing the office footprint, permanently having more remote workers, and “hoteling” work spaces. The Capitol Complex is nice. The grounds are well kept and there is security everywhere. Plus it would cut about half of my 17-minute commute out, and I wouldn’t have to get on the interstate at all.

I’m off to work a few hours before bed. I meant to work earlier, but I fell asleep hard on the couch. We went out for brunch and I may have had too many bloody Mary’s! We went to target and I came home and crashed. All better now. Have a great Monday.
 

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Deegee, that's great Matt is busy again and hired some new people. Marty's job is getting scary right now; their biggest client booted them out.

I have never had the option to work from home on snowy days; but since I can pick 2 days a week right now I will be checking the forecast to make my choices (hopefully wisely). My former boss was tolerant of it; but current boss isn't. Of course he lives about 30 miles north of town in the country so his commute si worse than mine but he has way better knees than I do. I hope they'll allow you to work from home in bad weather too. I have gotten so I hate walking on ice or through deep snow.

That really stinks about your tooth; is it still infected? Does it hurt? I sure hope they got it fixed this time.

The get together with your friends sounds fun. Nice to do something normal.

I hope they do move you to the Capitol Complex; sounds like a lot of pluses for you. My commute is about 17 minutes as well.

A bloody Mary sounds great.

My day off started with a request to log in and do a test of one of our applications since they loaded a software update last night. I sent a text to one of my employees already at work to do the test but she couldn’t get logged in. I logged in and took care of it. What would they do without me?

Our cleaning lady came today. After she left I ventured to the grocery store. Took my about 90 minutes in the store and I bought more than normal so I won’t have to go back as soon. Every time I saw an “X” or “stand here” I thought of the road runner meme and stood off to the side of it. Ha. They aren’t going to sucker me. Speaking of sucker me I sure got on someone’s spam list - I’ve been getting about 50 calls a day about some computer security I paid for that wants to give me a refund. The calls are from all over including Russia.

I ran a few errands this afternoon and have brewed up chocolate chip cookies.

Take care.
Marcy
 

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Work was okay for a change - no major updates I had to deal with. Sweet. I have been upgrading the operating systems on my phone and iPads. I hit the wrong button on my phone cutting me off access to our network but I was so proud I found it and fixed it. Marty would totally have been amused if I had to ask him how to fix it.

i just got done lifting. Marty uses a program that his clients get reminders of their workouts and you submit your "numbers" after you lift. I submitted very fictional numbers - 438 lbs, 482 lbs and 1008 lbs. I wonder how long it will take him to find it. Yes, I am easily amused.

I am eating a bowl of strawberries that need a pancake, whip cream and powdered sugar to make them taste better but I'll be good and eat my bowl of fruit. I have a mini meatloaf baking and will heat up a bread stick I had in the freezer. My orders from Omaha Steaks and Kansas City Steaks showed up today so my freezer is over flowing. We only have the freezers in our 2 refrigerators.

Take care.
Marcy
 

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Hi Kids!

Work was slow this morning and crazy busy this afternoon. Marty brewed up tacos for us for lunch. I am heating up 2 pieces of pizza for supper then will top it off with 2 cookies and a mini B&J Cherry Garcia.

I did make myself a strawberry, whip cream pancake for breakfast. That made those strawberries taste way better.

Our Christmas lights showed up; they are heavier than what I looked at when I was browsing around Hobby Lobby. I'll be good and wait for Marty to come home to try them.

Take care.
Marcy
 

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Marcy-Good idea to doctor up your strawberries to taste better. I bought fruit tonight that I hope ends up being good. The nectarine tasted like a nectarine, so that’s a good start. What kind of Christmas lights did you get? I was so sick last December, we didn’t put anything up outside, and we bought a real 4ft tree for inside. That’s all I had the energy for. We need to go all out this year.

Did you see the meme somebody posted of a massive boulder in the road and authorities were looking for Mr. Wylie E. Coyote? That was on the way to my mom’s house. In the background you can see a blue bridge and a green bridge (they blur together in the pic). That’s going from Ohio to Ashland, Ky. I thought it was funny that it ended up a meme!

My mom had a freak out last week because her iPad was croaking. It wouldn’t stay charged, even plugged in. I had an iPad Pro 12.9in shipped to her and my niece stopped by to help her set it up. I think she’s loving it! She’s 82, and she keeps up with her sisters and friends on Facebook, plays all kinds of games with people, sends texts all day. She pays all her bills online, has her accounts set up for ordering medicine, and she has about a gazillion books saved. She nearly panicked at the thought of losing everything, but we got her all fixed up. I think she’s liking the larger screen too.

I have been working way too many hours. Somebody made a good point that I wouldn’t be staying in the office until midnight, so I shouldn’t be working until midnight at home either. Matt is working crazy long days too. The landscaper finally came by and I gave him the go ahead. He said he has been unbelievably busy this year, so who knows when he will get to my messy landscaping. We ran a few errands, picked up groceries and ate out tonight. I’m in the only county in WV that’s in the red, and we have some strict rules. Eating out is no fun. I bought some cheap long-sleeved t-shirts at Kohl’s for working at home. I’m guessing since we’re in a red county, Matt and I will be home for a while longer.

Have a wonderful Friday!
 

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Deegee, I hope your fruit was good. We are down to very little fruit left and the little cuties on the table are looking pretty bad. I just hate going shopping these days.

I ordered some commercial Christmas lights from christmasdesigners.com. They just came up in a lot of google searches. I hope you feel great for Christmas this year and go out all. Marty doesn't seem to like putting up lights outside anymore - but given our weather i can't say I blame him.

I did not see the meme about a boulder in the road; that doesn't sound fun. They have massive rock slides on I-70 west of Denver and you'll occasionally see one of those giant rocks fall. Pretty scary stuff.

That's great you got your mom the larger iPad and she loves it. I might get that size the next time I upgrade. It sounds like she uses her iPad a lot; that is awesome.

Sorry to hear both you and Matt are working so many hours. Our work load will plummet next week with all pro sports being in playoffs or finals. I am glad some college games are coming back but they are just one day a week - until college basketball starts anyway.

Sweet to get underway with a landscaper. When does he think he'll be done?

Oh no for being in a red county. Hopefully your local restrictions are relaxed soon. I sure don't understand why we still have so many restrictions here.

I worked from home today since I had to be in the office tomorrow but then the reason I was going in got cancelled so I'll work my second day at home tomorrow. Good timing my right knee isn't bending too well and it quite painful at times. We had execs coming from corporate tomorrow and they invited me and my senior manager to lunch with them for our weekend drill of updating all those NHL playoff games. Can't say I'm sorry they cancelled.

This weekend was pretty quiet. I worked on my article for the newspaper and kind of struggled with it so let it set for a few days and I'll finish it this week. Sometimes I have ideas for things i can't find many sources to review and pick out ideas to expand or summarize.

Take care.
Marcy
 

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I got up early today because my knee said "yo Marcy - get up and move me." I noticed it actually started feeling better after lifting this afternoon. It gets super stiff when it's straight and pops when I bend it. Putting my leg straight when I get in bed really gets my attention and then bending it or unbending it lets me know it's still there. Stupid knee. The best part about pain is when it stops.

I played cards online with a friend of mine over lunch today. I was hungry by 11 so made myself a cheeseburger using a piece of toast as my bun. Marty picked up a pot roast sandwich for me at Culvers so I had it for supper with a small baked potato. I did have one chocolate chip cookie and a magnum mini ice cream bar for dessert.

I got a batch of laundry done mostly because I needed my stash of masks washed before heading in to the office tomorrow.

I plan on proofing and tweaking my newspaper article toniight but seem too distracted to concentrate. I have been watching political podcasts on you tube and that has my mind pinging all over the place.

Take care.
Marcy
 

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Marcy-I admire that you write an article! I could never commit to something like that. I used to love to write, but years of writing crappity crap manager stuff and providing blah blah input on documents has left me with zero creativity.

I’m sorry your knee is bothering so bad. Is there treatment other than knee surgery? Mom has an appointment tomorrow for the first of three shots in her knee that hasn’t been replaced. I sure hope it helps her. I’m glad you were able to work another day from home.

I’m expecting the landscapers to drop off loads of mulch and top soil along with lots of new plants tomorrow. I’m super excited! We have neglected landscaping for too long. They are supposed to be finished by Friday. I am also having them clear the hill directly behind our house up to the forest. Matt isn’t super happy with me about that, but he hasn’t taken care of it the last few years and it is highly overgrown. Next up is picking out and ordering a front door.

I’ve already worked 37 hours this week and it’s only Wednesday. Man, I’m tired. We’ve been logging out to go to the park for a good walk each day, coming back and fixing dinner and then getting right back to work. Tonight I made sausage cabbage skillet, which is a weird meal that my sister learned to make in home-ec decades ago! It stuck with us and it is so tasty. I’m going to read for a little bit and head to bed. Have a wonderful Thursday!
 

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Marcy-here’s that meme. That boulder really damaged the road and took a few days to get cleared. That area is so prone to rock slides anyway. They’re in the process of cutting back the hillside to make the roadway a little safer. It’s a major roadway that runs through a whole lot of states...US 52. That pic is not an exaggeration!
 

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Hi Kids,

Deegee love that meme. Looks like the rock slides they get in the mountains west of Denver. Those rock slides are so scary and I sure don't want to be around when one happens.

Funny you mention writing manager stuff - I haven't mad any notes on my employees since COVID work from home started. I am usually good at keeping notes. I thought that would be short term and did not think it was fair to document any issues since our normal processes are harder to follow.

I hope those shots help your mom. I would be afraid of trying injections since I am allergic to the universe. That is the same reason I wouldn't rush in to replacing my knee. I continue to hope the lifting continues to help my knee and so far it is.

How did your landscaping turn out? I noticed one of our trees has shed enough leafs we should actually rake it up this year. We've been here 8 years in December.

Your sausage cabbage skilled dinner sounds good. I like those recipes that stick with us for years.

You are working too hard! Such dedication.

I actually only had to do a few things for work this weekend; nice for a change. I have my article for the newspaper done and will send it off once I proof it one more time. Since I was working on my article I decided to start on the October newsletter. We have a huge fire burning about 80 miles west of us so we’ve had heavy smoke and ash here. So awful; it’s an area where there are a lot of dead trees from beetle kill. They’ve been logging out the dead trees but of course most of the rocky mountain region got hit with that disease but all that kindling hasn’t been removed yet. I’ve heard this was human caused too. It’s usually a ignorant camper or hiker; I sure hope it wasn’t arson.

We only ventured out for lunch yesterday. I ordered groceries to pick up tomorrow and will have Marty pick it up in the morning.

I am working on laundry today and did my lifting this morning.

Off to finish my chores.

Take care.
Marcy
 

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Hi Kids!

Work was quite slow today; I had my morning tasks done by 9 am. Marty picked up groceries for us about then so I helped him carry stuff in and take care of things. I forgot a few things and ordered the wrong things so I might venture out morrow to pick up a few things. None of it is critical.

I've become a youtube junkie; watching videos. I can pull them up on Apple TV. Like I need a new lazy habit. I have a new Mitch Rapp book to read and haven't started it yet.

Take care.
Marcy
 
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