ATM Blues

What’s a girl to do? On my way to meet the Babe at the VFW Post to do some office work, I stopped at JoAnn’s Fabric and Craft Store. Now I know how my mom feels. The whole store was rearranged. No, it really was. Nothing was where it was before. I walked through the whole store before I found crochet hooks. I needed an M hook, and an N hook. They’re huge. I want to make a new shawl, which has pockets. It’ll be perfect for sitting on the deck on a cool spring morning or night, sipping coffee with the Babe. Mission accomplished.

It was a little crazy looking at all the new yarns there are. I hadn’t been to the store for a long time. It was amazing at all the choices. It made me want to crochet something.

I love they had a box to receive Project Linus Blanket donations. It made me smile. We love Snoopy. I heard about Project Linus, who collects the blankets, labels them, and distributes them to sick children, to hospitals, police departments, anywhere where traumatized children may be needing comfort. Comfort is what Linus received from his blanket.

Feeling a bit out of touch, I went to the ATM nearby. My card resisted being put into the slot. The new reader said “Cannot read your card.” I couldn’t remove it. The card was impossible to remove. A lady pulled in behind me, and she was able to remove it. I was grateful she was a nice person, and not a thief! She went to a different machine. I also drove to a different one.

I went to another machine. Same thing. I was across the street from where the Babe was, and he came to pull the card out. I give up, First National Bank. Why would you change the hardware of your machines without making sure all existing cards would work in them? C’mon, inquiring minds want to know. A phone call reveals I need to go to a branch office, and have them issue me a new ATM card. Wow. Another item on the to do list. OK, it could be worse.

My spirit was down today. I suppose it has a lot to do with seeing Mom declining. I also am working to tie up loose ends around the house, format my kids book, and continue on my novel. Not enough hours in the day. People told us retirement goes too fast. I believe they are right! I have a Women in Publishing Conference this week, and I’m looking forward to it. There are several topics I hope are as good as they sound. There is a risk involved always. I’ll let you know if this is a real deal or not. It sounds like it’s legit, so we’ll see.

Thank you for reading tonight. It’s been a long day, but a wonderful weekend. Tomorrow begins not only a new week, but a new month. The month of springtime. Yes, it will be here sooner than later. Have a beautiful rest of the evening. Sleep well. Be Safe out there, too. Be Kind and Courteous. We’re all in this together. See you tomorrow. 

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