Tuesday, March 30, 2010


2:22 PM and my helper has not arrived. I've been working solo since 7:30 AM. Ed called about 9 o'clock to say he needed to take him mother to a doctor's appointment. He said he'd be here "after lunch." I don't want to sound like I'm complaining: It's difficult for me to understand why an unemployed, big, strong, young man has trouble showing up for a paying job.

I've moved boxes to the front door; I've packed more containers. I carried things out and placed them next to the POD. I did two loads of laundry so sheets, mattress pad, towels, curtains, etc., are clean as I pack them away.

I'm exhausted!! 2:35 PM and Ed just arrived.

4:30 PM and we haven't accomplished much; we spend too much time talking!! When I took pictures at 7:30 this morning, I anticipated that everything would be in the POD by this hour. I guess a lot of items will wait for Thursday?!?!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Recession ??

After days of packing--and loading the POD--I needed a "break" from the apartment (and all the work therein). I decided I'd take my aching, tired body out to dinner. I wasn't sure where I wanted to go so drove past a number of restaurants. My KIA turned in to Golden Corral. "OK, I'll do it." (But almost never go to a buffet restaurant.) Number One: The parking lot was full, available spaces were few and far between!! Number Two: The price for Sunday dinner is $5. higher than other days of the week "because we serve steak" according to the cashier. Well, I "bit the bullet" (metaphor) and paid the price. Number Three: I DON'T EAT STEAK!! I enjoyed asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, cornbread, fish (baked), green beans, okra, potatoes... and ended with warm old-fashioned bread pudding and a cup (actually half-a-cup) of decaf coffee. Number Four: I don't eat the million-calorie desserts I saw on display!!

I was in Golden Corral for over an hour slowly eating from the wide variety of food. The scene before me was better than a lot of TV programs! The restaurant was packed!! (I had trouble finding a place to sit.) The majority of the customers were NOT senior citizens so their dinner was over $13.00. Many families of four, five and six.... I actually kept saying over and over in my head: "Recession? What recession?" I asked my server if this was a customary crowd for a Sunday afternoon. He said: "This is 'dead'; we are usually busier." Furthermore, the same people come in every Sunday and sit at the same table(s). Frequently he gets a $40. tip from a table with seven or more. Think about this for a minute: This is not an upscale "sit down" restaurant where a waiter/waitress takes your order and then serves you. This is a "buffet" where we get our own food. And the "server" (water, iced tea, clears the plates, etc.) gets a large tip. Boy am I naive!! I've believed the media when they said Food Pantries were bare because the unemployed were stretching resources. If there, indeed, is major unemployment in Shelby, Cleveland County, North Carolina, I saw no inkling of that this afternoon.

I drove in light rain to Golden Corral. Later, I got soaked walking from... to the car. It was a torrential rain driving home and frequently lots of water running across the street. I've been home less than an hour and the rain has stopped and there was a hint of sunshine.

I packed all morning (while watching and listening to worship services on TV). Everything from the kitchen is in boxes. I washed dishes--and miscellaneous. I did hand-laundry. As much as possible, everything is being packed away clean. "The end" is in sight (but no time to work on my Income Taxes)!!

Back to the topic of Golden Corral: I saw so much food being wasted. People would push aside a plate of food and go back for something else. The server carried away lots of "garbage." In Haiti, people are begging for food. Likewise, hungry people in some African countries. Shame, shame on gluttonous Americans!!

Postscript, 6:30 PM: The local TV evening news is reporting a tornado touched-down in nearby Gaston County. A mobilehome was destroyed. The owner was taken to the hospital with a heart attack. "Nickel-size hail is some areas." More torrential rain here in Shelby, with lightening and thunder!! Cleveland County is now under a tornado warning. ~~ Wow! now some local areas are reporting golf-ball size hail. I'm so glad no hail here because I don't want my wonderful T@B to get riddled!!
Postscript, Monday, 3/29/2010: "At least eight tornadoes in North Carolina..." according to NBC Today Show.
Postscript, Wednesday, 3/31/2010: "Confirmed" six tornadoes touched down per local TV news.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

No wonder I'm all tired out!

Bob Hope once said, "Today my heart beat 103,369 times; my blood traveled 168 million miles. I breathed 438 cubic feet of air, I ate three pounds of food. I drank 2.9 pounds of liquid, I perspired 1.43 pints. I generated 450 tons of energy. I spoke 4,800 words. I moved 750 major muscles, and I exercised 7 million brain cells. No wonder I'm all tired out!"

I found that quote a few minutes ago (on a single page torn from a magazine) as I shifted, sorted, discarded and/or packed. My strong helper ("Ed") will be back on Tuesday to put the finishing touches on loading the last minute items (bed, rocker, table, computer chair, etc.). Most of the boxes have been stacked in the POD and--wonders of wonders--there is still ample space for the remaining items. I had some anxiety that I had more "stuff" than available cubic feet in the POD!!!!!!!! ~~ I have three days to finalize the packing and, time permitting, do my Income Taxes.

Now I'm beginning to rely on the clothes, bath towels, kitchen utensils, etc., destined for extended travel in the T@B. Everything else (kitchen, clothes, etc.) is being packed. I did another small load of laundry so those things can be packed away.

I want to run away from my apartment this afternoon!! I want to visit Panera, or some favorite food establishment, and forget the clutter, cleaning, sorting, packing, etc., etc. But I'll stay and dutifully plug away at the project. In a week I'll have time for leisure.

Repeating Bob Hope: "No wonder I'm all tired out!"

Friday, March 26, 2010

Oh, what a beautiful morning; Oh, what a wonderful day!!

Oh, what a beautiful morning; Oh, what a wonderful day!! It is warm and sunny!! We're making great progress getting boxes moved from the apartment to the POD.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Rain, rain, go away!! Come again another day!!

I'm so tired, I'm numb!! I've been moving boxes to the POD since early morning. My big strong helper did not arrive until 11:15 and left at 12:45. I can't be upset with him because he promised to drive his mother to a doctor appointment. I'm envious of his care and concern for a parent!!

I moved smaller light weight boxes with my small hand-truck. Ed moved the larger, heavier boxes with a man-size hand-truck. He stacked boxes to the roof--an impossible task for me.

So much more to do but it started to rain. Yesterday was so beautiful; I anticipated another nice day. The weatherman said we'll have "yucky" weather through the weekend but I hoped he erred.

Last night I took a long, hot, soaking bath and went to bed at 8 o'clock. I may do likewise this evening to relax tired aching muscles. Last week I took a very bad fall and I'm still recovering from that incident. I was at a Christian health conference in Thomaston, Georgia, and immediately had four people taking care of me (including a paramedic and a nurse). "Don't move" they cautioned me. Slowly they checked me out and helped me to my feet a few minutes later. Later they confessed they were sure I broke my hip, or leg. No broken bones, praise the Lord!! A hole in my slacks and two nasty abrasions. I'm having a lot of pain in my left rib cage so suspect I may have a cracked rib. Can't do anything about it; it will eventually heal!! ~~ I'm not complaining!! I think this is a testimony to my healthy diet and positive attitude. This 75 year old lady must be doing something right!!

I was carrying my laptop computer while walking the rocky, dirt road in the campground (headed for a WiFi site). The computer flew into the air and landed with a thud nearby. I was amazed that it booted-up and (as you can see) is working just fine!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

PODS was delivered; one step closer to my move!!

I'm one step closer to my move. The PODS unit was delivered this afternoon. A young man is coming tomorrow to help me load my possessions. Lord willing, I should be able to vacate the apartment by the end of the month.

Nice weather the last couple of days!! Yesterday--with the apartment front door wide open--I sprayed cleaner in the oven. Today I cleaned the oven, and refrigerator. Today, and yesterday, I did a load of laundry. Still a lot of things to do but as we get things loaded tomorrow (and the next day?) I'll have a better image of what awaits my time and energy.

Below: Before and after pictures.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Disaster in my apartment !!

I may have unwittingly committed suicide?!?! I've been so diligent in my project of packing for a move!! (and diligent in my recovery from acute ozone poisoning). So many things have been packed--and boxes labeled. I was full of energy and progressing full-speed this morning. Then I bumped the floor lamp and it crashed to the floor. All three energy-saving bulbs broke and shattered all over the living room floor. I was cautious (so I thought) but cut my thumb. (Sure is difficult to type when I can't use my thumb to press the space bar!!). I knew I should use gloves but they are packed and I don't know where they are!! I picked up the shards with a piece of tissue and then came to the Internet to check regarding a hazard. (In the back of my mind I had heard there was a danger from broken energy-saving bulbs.) For your information, it was over half an hour before I read the following article. It was over half an hour before I opened the front door to air the apartment.It's snowing but I have the front door open!! Only time will tell whether I have subjected myself to long-term health problems.

An energy saving bulb has gone - evacuate the room now!
Last updated at 06 January 2008

Danger: The new eco-friendly bulbs contain toxic mercury (picture posed by model). Energy-saving light bulbs are so dangerous that everyone must leave the room for at least 15 minutes if one falls to the floor and breaks, a Government department warned yesterday.

The startling alert came as health experts also warned that toxic mercury inside the bulbs can aggravate a range of problems including migraines and dizziness. And a leading dermatologist said tens of thousands of people with skin complaints will find it hard to tolerate being near the bulbs as they cause conditions such as eczema to flare up.

The Department for Environment warned shards of glass from broken bulbs should not be vacuumed up but instead swept away by someone wearing rubber gloves to protect them from the bulb's mercury content. In addition, it said care should be taken not to inhale any dust and the broken pieces should be put in a sealed plastic bag for disposal at a council dump ? not a normal household bin.

None of this advice, however, is printed on the packaging the new-style bulbs are sold in. There are also worries over how the bulbs will be disposed of.

Under new regulations for hazardous waste, councils are obliged to recycle them. At present, they should be placed in special bins also used for batteries at a council dump. But in future, councils will have to provide a collection service or install special recycling banks for the bulbs.

There are fears that without a proper disposal system, the mercury content could contaminate water supplies.

But disposing of one municipal recycling bin full of bulbs costs about £650 each time, adding to fears of higher council tax bills.

The warnings cast a shadow over Government plans to begin phasing out traditional tungsten lights this month.

Ministers hope that using the more environmentally friendly bulbs will save at least five million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year.

The bulbs are due to become compulsory in homes in four years. Campaigners are calling for an opt-out so that people with health problems can still use old-style bulbs.

Others are thinking of hoarding the familiar pear-shaped bulbs so that they can keep on using them even after they have disappeared from the shops.

Independent environmental scientist Dr David Spurgeon warned yesterday: "Because these light bulbs contain small amounts of mercury, they could cause a problem if disposed of in a normal bin. "It is possible that the mercury could be released into the air or from land-fill when they are released into the wider environment. That is a concern, because mercury is a well-known toxic substance."

And dermatologist Dr John Hawk, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that some people already find it difficult to tolerate the fluorescent-strip lighting that is widely used in schools and offices, which works in the same way as the eco-friendly bulbs. He said: "Fluorescent lights seem to have some sort of ionising characteristic where they affect the air around them.

"This does affect a certain number of people, probably tens of thousands, in Britain, whose ailments flare up just by being close to them.

"Certain forms of eczema ? some of which are very common ? do flare up badly anywhere near fluorescent lights, so these people have to just be around incandescent (old-style) lighting."

Read more:
Energy-Saving Light Bulbs Could Present Danger

Are Energy-Saving Bulbs Dangerous?

Consumers in dark over risks of new light bulb.

Postscript, 3 o'clock 3/02/2010: I did not vacuum the carpet. I used dozens of strips of packaging tape (wrapped around my hand, individually) and picked up every little speck of glistening glass, lint, tracked-in blades of grass, etc., etc. I've certainly been side-tracked from my intended projects today!!

4:50 PM: Still snowing!! Oh! how I look forward to Spring and the opportunity to start traveling!! Winter weather has been very unusual for North Carolina!! I've been "apartment-bound" for three months!! Sometimes seven to ten days between trips to the market. Meanwhile, fortunately, I've eaten from a well-stocked pantry (and ideally reduced the amount of things to pack).

Back to the subject of this message: I "chickened out" after an hour and had to close the door. If the weather had been fifty degrees or warmer (customary for this time of year) I would have had the door--and windows--open for hours.