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  • I'm off work today, at the very least, meaning I'm not required to go into the office, in honor of Martin Luther King. However, had to get the car in for inspection, tire rotation, and oil change, plus to check out the switch to the fan, as it only works on hi. Must be electrical. Would do the oil change myself, but always worried that it might affect my warranty in some negative way. Anyway, it ended up being a three hour wait in the waiting room. Anticipating the wait, I brought with me downloaded data, to complete my quarterly reporting, for the bureaucracy that provides the funding for the work I do. It's required, but I doubt that anyone will look at it. Called accountability. Admittedly, I need to fudge some figures. Not to cheat, but just because the work I do cannot always be easily divided neatly into the designated pigeon holes ie: core services. So I guesstimate. So much of what I do cannot be defined easily as one service--- advocacy, skills training, information and referral and peer mentoring overlap 90% of my time. This is the most hated task I have at work and takes a good 6-10 hours a month. Data entry is another . The data system I use is only as effective as I am in getting my 7 1/2 hours per day into the system and divided into the categories provided. I wear many different caps at work so this becomes tedious for me. The three hour wait served me well, in that I was able to finish my reporting---at least until next quarter.

    Before returning home, I drop donations off at the thrift store and did some browsing while there. Once home, I surveyed the yard, planning for the months to come and planting season--probably triggered by the appearance of seed catalogs in the mail and the bright sun today. Will be adding some new raised beds and some new fruit trees I hope. My dwarf apple has been good to me for the last 4o years, but not sure for how much longer. Had to cut some major limbs off this year. Want to explore, beekeeping and hope to take a course soon. A large hive manufacturer, Mann Lake, is nearby and offers the courses as well as supplies. I am just beginning to see the return of honeybees to my yard(smiles and hopes for their full return), and would love to contribute to the population, however, so many nearby farmers find that their hives die over the winter. As the crow flies, there is a nuclear power plant within 5 miles, hmmmmmmm????? I am fearful about starting (and investing in new hive and supplies on a small budget) something that may not flourish. Still uncertain what I will do at this point but will definitely pursue the course if my work schedule allows.

    Debating on weather to pull down the old outhouse, currently used for garden tools. It is in bad shape, but not so bad it could not be repaired. On the other hand, I have no clue what currently holds up my garage. The foundation fell in on one side and another will soon have the same demise. Hand built more than 70 years ago by the previous owner, I discovered there is no footer. I attempted to get a contractor to repair it. First one to give me an estimate, told me my 22' wide garage was 12', 2 others never showed up to give me an estimate, the fourth gave me a bid, but then never returned my calls to start the work. That was two years ago, now the garage leans a little more. The lumber of the garage is much too good to dispose of, yet I cannot find anyone to take it down in a way that I can salvage the lumber. They would rather bull doze it over and burn it. I will try again with my search for a contractor, this time rather than to repair it, to have the sides dismantled, jack it up, reinforce it, and turn it into a pavilion, a gathering place for friends and family. It was never really used as a garage since I've lived here so I will not miss it in that way. The lumber from the sides can be used for a smaller shed, to house the mower, my bike, kayak, etc. and possibly more raised beds. At least that is my plan. Time and total expense or mother nature will tell what the future holds for the garage. For now, it makes for a good back drop for pictures.

    Weekends usually result in some creative concoction of the leftovers from the frig, due to the extra day off that will happen today-later. It will be sauteed red peppers, mushrooms, and asparagus and noodles. But first I will finish a small table which I have begun to give a redo. That's a rap for today once I hit "publish". Must be on a roll here-3 stories in 3 days, or maybe it is the diffuser and essential oils having their way with me. Good night all.
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