Me? Complain? Nah! 😂

Oh wow. Just wow. I seem to be in a heated discussion with a client over my 2018 rates. I went up on my weekly fee by $25 a week and hourly fee by $2 per hour. I didn’t put that I wanted an extra $100 a week for being a companion or $5 to $10 per hour for driving which is technically what I could charge for my services in this area (I never will because Uber is pretty cheap and they are my only real competition).

This is my first complaint about the new rates. This person wants to be “grandfathered” in because they are a friend. Sorry chickeeda! I can’t do that! I have to make money too! I understand you want to save $25 a week but look at it this way. I take care of all of your parent’s needs whether it be phone calls to doctors, fighting with insurance, or even dealing with the retirement homes.

Expenses have skyrocketed since I moved in with my mother. The Toyota I got from a client was never driven much for years and now everything is breaking, including the electrical system, since I drive it daily. My mother seems to think I’m made of money as well and doesn’t have to pay me back for all of the little things she asks me to “pick up while I’m out.” The list of things that have gone up in price goes on and on.

I had breakfast with Forgetful this morning. I took her breakfast from La Madeline and she was very happy. Her step daughter in law came too and that was fun, not! She screamed at her and told her she’s lying and doesn’t care, blah blah blah. Forgetful didn’t notice when I left either. Oh well. I’ll see her tomorrow.

The only other thing I have today is taking the couple to dinner unless someone calls me to take them somewhere. I guess once my food settles (I think I ate too much), I’ll go work out at the gym. Which is another expense! 😂

Last night I went outside to take trash out and the sky was clear in between heavy downpours so I took a picture of the creepy looking sky.

Weird, right?

What a day!

Starts out normal… go to see Forgetful and then leave after an hour a bit brain tired but fine. Then run by the store because we ran out of milk and eggs the day before a holiday so I HAD to go today. Take those home and then go sign my name to about 10 forms stating that I NO LONGER OWN A CONDO!!!! Yay!!! I’d probably be a bit more excited if I got all the money or if it was only my place but I am NOT complaining.

So I leave there feeling a bit elated and even without having the money yet, go to Discount Tire and get 4 brand new tires for my car. My front tires were 9 years old (probably the same ones from when the car was bought brand new) and my back tires were just cheap and you could tell when driving the car. So $500 on my credit card later, I have Michelin tires. I was there 2 hours though. Crazy! The sales guy told me I would have to wait an hour and 15 minutes. After that time, he comes up to me and says they can’t find the tires and would I mind having Perrelli’s. YES I mind! I actually walked away from him, got someone else, and he went out to the tires and found my tires for my car. WTH is wrong with some people? Do they just not want to work? The guy that helped me could have done the same damn thing, hell, the guys doing the work could have actually LOOKED for the tires! Stupid people. So yes, I am happy with my tires and now need wheels (rims) because I hate hubcaps!

I was also going to go get tint put on my car so I called the place I have always gone to and liked and my guy there is off today so I asked if I could come on Friday when he was back so that’s all set up now. I won’t talk to anyone else there, they always try to sell you stuff you don’t need and my guy has tinted the past 5 vehicles I’ve had so I only want him. No offense to the pesky sales guys, wouldn’t you prefer someone that knows you and knows what you like?

I then took my Dad’s watch to the jeweler to be fixed up. They will change the battery, the band, and see if it needs to be cleaned and do that. I am still so happy my Mom gave me my Dad’s watch! I’m not even a fan of gold but because it was my Dad’s, I will wear it every damn day until my son is old enough to want a nice watch.

Don’t mind the blurriness, I was in the car!

I tried to go change the title on the car too. It’s been paid off since June, I really should get that done, right? But the line! Oh my goodness! It was so long and NOT moving! I just couldn’t stay there. Too much else going on. This poor man in front of me in the line asked me if he was in the right line and when I told him yes, he looked like he wanted to cry! Yes, not kidding, it was THAT bad.

SO! I came home, got some chili and casserole in containers, then went to see Cranky. She’s been complaining that her cat doesn’t use his box or his water dish and that he can sleep on her bed and she will turn on the faucet for him, etc. I think I’ve covered that in some previous post but I’m not going to go searching for it. I walked in her bedroom and guess what??? He was IN his box! He peered out and I got a picture of him.

I put the box there so he would have a sunny spot to hang out in. I think he likes it! I show Cranky the picture and she says, “Well, he’s never done that before.” Her caregiver tells me, “Every day Julie, he uses it every day.” 😂

I left to come home, eat, and relax finally. Cranky’s caregiver text me to tell me Cranky liked all the food and she said Thank You. Aww! That’s good because my mother said it was a little spicy for her but she liked it. Whatever! If Cranky actually likes it, it must taste good!

I finished The Punisher last night. Really good but I absolutely HATED the end scene. It just didn’t flow for me. Maybe the next season they do will end better! This was more like a “this is the only season we are ever doing” type ending. 😫

Now I’m going to look for something else to watch because my phone is at 7% so I need to stop typing soon. If you don’t stop by to read posts tomorrow, have a great holiday if you celebrate it!

Good morning everyone

I set my alarm for 7 but woke up at 6:30. Oh well, not too early! And here’s why I could sleep in.

I got a call, a text, and an email from my son’s school yesterday that said there is no school today because the Astros won the World Series and they are letting the kids have off to go to the parade and celebrate our teams first ever big win. Umm, ok? The information they sent said it was due to traffic concerns for the kids getting home. I then saw on the news that almost 1,000 employees in our district asked for today off so they just decided to close. Alrighty then! So all the parents that still have to work today, like me, what do we do with our children all day? I just checked the local news station app and no other school districts are doing this. My son is happy but I’m not.

So yes, I do have to work today. Today is the day to go actually meet the new client who, I’m told, is just like cranky. We shall see. That’s 11am to 4pm. So I have to go see Forgetful before that. That’s it but it’s still 6 working hours which I’m not complaining about!

When I woke up, I went to the restroom, and then came back in my room along with my dog and the girl cat. Well, I guess she wanted attention because she was all over me to pet her and was purring away. Very sweet. I am so glad I got this filter!!! Now my dog is asleep on the pillow next to me while I write this. Yesterday, the girl came in my room and started eating dog food. I had to pick it up but didn’t realize my dog was hungry! I finally had to pick up the cat, take her outside my room, come back in, and give my dog her food. Darn cats and poor chihuahua!

Cranky’s cat got his new pet dispenser yesterday too. It was delivered on the 25th but the building didn’t tell us and we just got it. He checked it out but prefers the box like most cats. From what I heard, you have to give him time to figure it out but he won’t let himself starve before he does.

Yesterday turned out totally different than expected too. I could not take the couple because cranky fell and busted her head open. The caregiver brought her and met me at the ER. She had to have 3 stitches and a ct scan but she’s fine. Since that was at 8 am, and I’m sure everyone reading this knows how long an ER can take, you know there was no way I was making it to the couples house for their appointment! I called the husband and he said it was no problem, they could reschedule theirs because it was an arthritis doctor and that wasn’t near as important as a trip to the emergency room.

Forgetful’s step daughter in law had the vets office come pick up the cat yesterday. Then when I arrived to see her at 2pm, she was on the phone with the vet who was telling her that the cat has back pain, is too big, etc etc. They are running tests on the cat and she will be able to go home today or tomorrow. Poor kitty! And she asked the vet twice how old the cat was and she’s 12. As soon as Forgetful hung up about a minute later, her caregiver (she got one again thankfully) asked her how old the cat is and Forgetful said, “Oh, about 9.” That’s pretty bad short term memory loss! I hope everything is okay with the kitty.

My man finally went to the hospital yesterday. This is what he told me about his trip to the ER, “Sending me home w a neuro specialist follow up in 3 days. Has to be past 48hrs for any other type of neck injury to subside before they truly know what is what. He is sending me home with, extremely surprisingly an opiate (shitty 30mg of codeine but hey it’s 15 codeine pills.”

So! I guess he’s doing okay. I haven’t heard back from him last night or this morning. He will probably do the follow up as recommended which would be a good thing! I do want him to be okay. He actually drove his own car to the hospital. It still runs but not well anymore!

And that’s it folks. I’m already wishing I could go back to bed. I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday!

Already?

It’s November already? Halloween has passed already? Well doesn’t this just suck!

We had 2 kids ring the bell last night. 2! That’s it! You want to know why? It seems that Mother Nature decided to give us a rain storm ALL night. PLUS, there was an Astros game (Game 6 of the World Series) and a lot of people stayed at home to watch it, perfectly understandable! I know I watched as we were winning, then losing, and finally lost and now it’s game 7 tonight to find out who wins. Today is the last day of baseball season. I’ll be a bit more bored until April.

Yesterday I left here at 9:30. I went to Home Depot and bought 2 smoke detectors, a new doorbell, and bulbs for my bathroom. Come to find out, my parents had ONE smoke detector and it was in the attic with the battery taken out! Umm, you could have burned down and slept through it. Hello! So I’m installing those today. I put in the doorbell yesterday for any kids that might come by last night and it worked for the delivery guy and the 2 kids trick-or-treating. My son now has blackout curtains and I’m kind of jealous of how dark his room is at night now! I may have to order more of those and put some in my room! I ordered 72 inch curtains because I already knew his windows were 52 inches in height and wow, I’m so glad I did! They don’t reach the floor like mine do but if I had gotten the ones they recommend, they would barely cover the window!

I did go to Costco for hotdogs and buns. I also bought my son’s school lunch (yep, a hotdog!). So after Home Depot and Costco, I stopped for some juice and gas at Valero before going up to the school to have my son’s lunch for him. Then I rushed home, put the food away, and rushed off to my job. I got stuck there an extra half hour because now she doesn’t have the 24 hour care and someone had to help her get done with her meds! Forgetful also made herself a doctors appointment for today but since I can’t take her today, I had her son change it to next Monday when I am available. So that’s that.

Today is half price candy day. So! I’m going to see Forgetful. Then taking the couple to the grocery store where I will stock up on candy too. Then it’s Wednesday so I have Mr. 95 year old tonight. Oh! RC text me and told me she has coupons for me when I go to the club tonight! I have to say I have enjoyed making more young friends lately. Whether it be fellow bloggers or people I see each week, it’s fun! I did not dress for work yesterday. I wore an Astros shirt and shorts. I didn’t care. It was nice! 😂

My dog has been sneaking into my moms room and I finally caught her and found out why yesterday too. She and the male cat have bonded and are napping together in there. The cat ran off but I did catch a picture of her on the pillow.

You can see the space for the cat I’m sure. Crazy dog. She also peed in my mother’s closet which I had to clean up. She did that AFTER a 15 minute walk too! I swear. She looks like she’s upset the cat ran off. Too cute!

I’m walking more now since I have to take my dog out of the neighborhood to potty. I’m also climbing the stairs many times each day (usually because I forgot something). But it’s not showing on the scale. I’m not eating much junk. I prefer to eat peanuts for a snack because I can! Oh well. Maybe I’m destined to be fat, at least I’m not 400 pounds anymore and never will be again.

Speaking of food, I did cook the other day too. I made croissants for my son, pigs in a blanket for me and my mother, taco meat, and boudain. So I have food for a while now which is nice.

Have a great first day of November!

Happy Saturday although not really

Good morning! It’s finally cold here in Houston! It’s in the 40’s and will warm up into the 60’s today. That’s Fahrenheit too. 6 Celsius with a high of 16. Its great! My nipples feel like they will fall off because this the first actual cold day but that feeling will go away (next summer 😜).

Last night, I was able to watch the nail biter of the 3rd Astros/Dodgers game of the World Series. We won, again. 😃 I’m telling you guys, that uber driver may have had it right! If we win tonight, we will be ahead 3 games to one and could actually pull off a World Series win for the first time ever! It would be because our players are awesome and they are helping to coach each other. When friends help friends, things just seem to go better. The Astros know what they’re doing. Yay!

I had a pop up job yesterday helping out my cousin. She had to go out of town (about 40 miles away) and needed someone to check in on her husband. So I did. He’s 89 and not in good health but I love that old man. He was always good to me growing up even though he was a very busy surgeon. I also took Forgetful to Carrabba’s for lunch which she enjoyed until we went back and her caregiver was waiting for her. The lunch had taken a bit too long and I had to leave to get back to my cousin so I called her. Forgetful said, “Why are you here? Can’t I come back from a nice lunch without someone to follow me back?” Oops! But I really had no choice. I told her I would see her today and she said okay.

Today is going to be BUSY!!!

First, stinky. I may have to come up with a new name because after getting her new shoes and having her wear socks, she doesn’t really stink much anymore which is a great thing! I am still not thrilled about getting up early on a Saturday to take her to get her hair done though.

Second, lunch with Forgetful. Her step daughter in law wanted me to go daily at lunchtime so that’s what I’ve been doing. It actually helps me because normally, I have nothing around lunch (although I will this Monday). She’s always happy to see me now so I like going. She does complain quite often about her situation and asks why is she there, but she’s always happy to see me!

Third, I have a new client. Her son tells me she hates everybody, no matter what race or religion they are. He’s tried them all (his words) and she’s just rude to everyone. That will be a 4 hour job.

Last, I have Mr. 95 year old and Miss Priss. They want to go to some restaurant halfway to our downtown stadiums where we not only have the Astros playing tonight but so are the Rockets (basketball)! Traffic might be a nightmare but I still gotta do it.

So yes, today is busy. Thank goodness I am OFF tomorrow!!! I would like to sleep in.I was going to wake up at 7am today to leave at 8:30 but guess what. My alarm went off at 6! I didn’t go to sleep until 11 because the game was that long too. So on top of everything else, I’m a bit overly tired too. Thank goodness I haven’t quit drinking energy drinks yet!

Speaking of my bad habits. I didn’t smoke much yesterday because I was mostly at my cousins house or with Forgetful. I would have last night when I got home but my mother was downstairs reading and watching tv and you can only walk your dog so much before she gets suspicious (I know I’m 44 but I just don’t want to hear it). So I maybe had 7 or 8 yesterday. Today will probably be a repeat of that since I’m so busy. It’s a good thing but you know you’re addicted to nicotine when it’s 40 degrees outside and you put on 4 layers (bra, shirt, sweater, jacket) to go out there and smoke. Yep. I did that this morning!

So that’s it today. I will try and be more entertaining tomorrow when I am not having to work. I can tell you that I was getting dressed and heard this scratching noise at my door. I used my phone light to check because I knew my dog was asleep in my bed. Wouldn’t you know, there was a tiny white paw under the door! Those 2 are ready to play this early in the morning! Crazy 6 month old cats.

It’s early here

I say here because I know I have Reader’s from all over the world. It’s 5:30am. I woke up at 3 and again at 5. I’m not sure if it’s allergies, I’m sick (and will never admit it), or my body just said I’ve had enough sleep. I feel like poo poo. I have 3 jobs today too, of course. Right after I woke up, I heard the back gate closing. Not sure what that was about! The back door is locked, and we are all here and nobody is in the house. Maybe the wind? Scary though and I’m not used to that.

I did not finish the kitchen yesterday but I did do a lot. I had to stop to go to work and then didn’t come home for hours so I’ll get back to it when I’m not working. I’m sure my mother isn’t happy how I left it! 😂

I get to go on a mini shopping spree with a clients credit card to buy stuff for a cat. Cranky’s cat has started biting and chasing the caregivers around the house. I called the vet and she said to 1. Buy a collar with a bell so we know where he is at all times and he can’t sneak up on us. 2. But a tall cat condo so he has a perch to get away from everyone. 3. A cat diffuser to help calm him (one for each room). 4. A cat food puzzle to make him work for food. The vet said if this doesn’t work after 2 weeks, I will have to bring him in for blood work and a urine test to find out what’s wrong with him. Cranky’s son is okay with this because the vet didn’t just say, “We have to put the cat down.” I agree and don’t want Cranky to lose her cat but I swear, that cat is MEAN! The vet wanted me to get a bird feeder but I have to find out if her high rise allows that first.

I spoke with Forgetful’s step daughter in law and she asked that I go at a meal time each day to make sure she has company and is making friends. I went at lunchtime yesterday and we sat with a group of ladies that told me they didn’t like her because she is not cheery and happy. I tried to explain that I know she isn’t their old friend that passed away (she was always sweet and smiling) but that Forgetful just didn’t understand that this is her life now and we are trying to make her comfortable and make friends. So maybe because I was there or they are willing to give her a chance, we sat with these ladies and had a good lunch. I always try to include everyone in any conversation so it went pretty well. I had my moving stories to tell so I even got a few laughs. So I’ll go again at lunch today and see what happens.

The couple called me last night and asked if I was all moved in. I thought I would hear from them soon, it’s been about a week. So I’m taking him to the grocery store his afternoon. I need to plan on taking him the day after Halloween because I know he loves half off prices on candy!

Speaking of candy, I have no clue if kids come here anymore trick or treating. I bought a few bags of candy that my son likes just in case. That way, if there are no kids, my son gets the candy. It will probably last him a year but it will be here if he has friends over or just gets an inkling for something sweet.

The Godfather is coming by this morning too. He is going to fix my shower head, put up my son’s curtains, and he was going to put my tv on the wall but I don’t need that. Plus I’ll be in a rush to go shopping when he gets here so at least I won’t have to pay much for the help! He only charges me $20 an hour for handyman type stuff but after moving, I’m a bit busted.

That’s it! I cut back on smoking because I’m having so many allergy issues that I can’t breathe anyway but still smoking when I’m not at home. Going up and down these stairs must be giving my legs a good workout daily too. I’m definitely not used to that!

Moving Day

Good morning fellow bloggers and readers! I am awake, hurting, tired, but ready!

I went to my moms last night with another car load of stuff (will it ever end?) and saw she hasn’t taken all of her stuff out of my room. She was downstairs, fresh from a nap, watching a Law and Order rerun on tv. So I asked and she says, “It will get done. Calm down. I have 18 hours.” Okay, minus 8-9 more hours sleep, 1 hour eating, probably 1 hour in the bathroom, etc etc. And no, I didn’t reply with that, I just said Ok mother.

So I guess she tried to put my son to work last night too because he called me from his friends house saying he was going to spend the night over there. Umm, ok? I just told him to make sure he goes back home to walk the dog since I’m not there and we all know my mother won’t do it! I took my son’s tv and all of the add ons over yesterday. I hooked everything up and last night he was really complaining that he couldn’t make anything work. Hmm. I gave him the WiFi password and he said that wasn’t working. He tried to watch a video and the dvd wasn’t working. He couldn’t get the WiFi for his wii either so I really think that’s why he went to his friends house. Silly kid. God I hope she’s done cleaning out my room already. I don’t have time to go check before the movers get here.

I have stinky this morning to go get her hair done. I even called her hair salon and asked if somebody can wash my hair while she’s having hers done. Does that tell you how tired I am? So I’m getting that done, yay. Then of course go check on Forgetful. I hope she’s doing better today. I tried to have a talk with her about why she’s in the home because her step daughter wants to be more direct with her and it backfired on me. This is why I just listen dammit!

All that’s left in the condo for me to move:

Clothes that were in our dressers (5 drawers in mine and 2 in his)

Dishes (pots and pans and bowls)

Refrigerator foods

Bedding (mine)

Bathroom stuff I left here in case I needed it

2 Wind chimes

Astros Door mat

Dirty clothes

3 small and one large Trash cans

That’s it! Whew! One or 2 more car loads. My mom had this great idea. Since I don’t want to mount my tv again on a wall and the tv stand is too big for my dresser, she will take my dresser and give me her lower and longer one so my tv will fit. So I had to take everything out of the bookcase in my room and move that against a different wall. I moved my mini fridge to the corner of the room. So now I will have my bed and a dresser fighting for space. That’s it. Not too bad!

I got a pic from my man last night. He’s still in Arkansas healing. Such a sweet gay man! He doesn’t know any sports though and was confused on what I was saying about the Astros. I guess I’ll have to teach him!

Anyway, it’s already 6:30 and I have to leave by 8 to get to work so I need to get moving! Have a wonderful Saturday!