A Good Day For . . .

Deleting e-mail you fooled yourself into thinking, “I’ll read that later.” LOL. I had about 900 of those. On my author e-mail. I truly need to stop it. Or delete it once a month. If I don’t review it within 30 days, it needs to go. The same with physical personal mail that comes into the house. It’ll help straighten up the clutter we both have here and there.

It’s also a good day for updating calendars. Yes, I know a paper calendar is old-fashioned, but I keep one with my appointments, the Babe’s, and my mom’s. That way, if there are conflicts, I’ll know. It’s the easiest way for me to herd three people to doctors, dentists, and similar things. Since it works, I will not change it. Although, yesterday I discovered I didn’t have something entered yet – a haircut appointment for Mom and me on Tuesday. Sheesh! Update now on today’s to do list.

With taxes right around the corner, it’s probably a good time to find receipts spent on my writing. Software, memberships, classes, books, books, and more books. And printer paper, supplies, notepads, Post-It-Notes, along with a percentage of Internet connection, and all else that could apply. The idea of keeping track by month was appealing a year ago, but I didn’t follow through. Now it’ll take more time, but it’s ok. Add that to list, ok?

It’s also a good day to listen to some oldies – from high school. The Rascals, The Four Tops, The Drifters, all of it music with memories attached. Yes, I was quite introverted in high school. Any song about loving someone from a distance was about me. I had mad crushes on everyone who was never interested in me. Why was that? Something inside of me caused a tremendous feeling of inadequacy, and I believed those things. It helps from time to time to look back and realize how much you’ve learned and how you’ve grown. And it’s such a good thing to not be in that small space anymore. You need room if you’re going to grow. Room to try your wings. Room to see how you’ll land. And room to change your mind if you need. We do, sometimes.

Strong Women Are Made. Yes, We Are.

By reflecting on our achievements in life, we can plot a course for more achievements and/or growth. Life is all about growth. We can grow with each book we read and each class we take. As an adult, it took me 25 years to finish college. I married young and started community college in my 30s. Worked for employers who reimbursed tuition (never books, the biggest expense!), and earned several certificates along the way. If I can do it, anyone can. I believe the best thing single parents can do is learn skills in a trade or continue their education. It’s difficult, but doable.

As we continue to discover what this is a good day for, think about your progress in life. We can all improve in some area or another. I need to learn to just rest when I’m overwhelmed. It’s a curse on humanity. We get grumpy and make a lot of mistakes. Time to quit for a while. Writing is like that. The time off in December was great, and I’m digging back in to the tasks surrounding being an author. Setting goals, making plans. It’s going to be an exceptional year. I believe in it. I believe in what I’m doing. I believe in me.

Thank you for reading today. Be safe out there. And be kind. We all need it. It will make this world better. See you tomorrow.

Technology Wednesday.

The Babe asked me to help him. Since Cox Cable, the internet provider at the VFW Post made some changes last week, his e-mail up there has ceased to exist. In fact, if anyone has sent an e-mail to him in his capacity of Quartermaster, resend it. We (my favorite brother-in-law and I) have found a solution to omit Cox Cable in the grand scheme of things. It was quite a debacle on their part. They made some major changes with servers last week, and he lost e-mail. We have been on the phone with them to try and troubleshoot for at least 7 hours, probably 8 altogether. This is wrong! We are going to route his emails to a Gmail account, a change that will be transparent to our customers and members. It will only be different for the Babe.

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Needless to say, that put me behind the eight-ball for getting anything much done today. Volunteering is good, and I do it for the Veterans, (especially for the one I live with), so it’s ok. I must say, customer service was really strange with this two hour call today. The girl would sit for long periods of time, not saying anything, because her system was slow. She couldn’t get e-mail to open for her to test sending one. I opened things on my side to see if perhaps there was a setting for Junk mail or SPAM we overlooked. In her little controlled environment, if she sent an e-mail, it went through, she thought it was fixed and closing the ticket. NO!!! It is not resolved!

She repeated the same sentence over and over, about it working from her side. She didn’t get what I was saying. It was no test in her controlled environment. She kept blaming our website company. We already troubleshot this side. All fingers pointed to COX.

What can you do? Aside from being happy I don’t have to work with inept people who are probably ill-trained for that job, not a doggone thing. It’s a shame, really. I have really noticed if a young person is helping you in Best Buy or NFM in the laptop department, some treat an older person who is inquiring about a laptop or even a cell phone, they tend to talk very fast and act as if you are a moron. That’s so wrong of them. I maintained code probably before they were born. I know the hard way to do some things they probably never heard of. Yes, my way is gone, but I’ve read lots of articles where old programmers who know COBOL can earn a bucket of money. I’m busy enough right now. Plus, I cannot sit at a desk all day anymore.

Isn’t this lovely?

This meme above reminds me of what a wonderful lady our Grandma Jewell was. She was so humble, never boasted, was very spiritual, and loved all of us no matter what. She is my hero, the person I wish I could be 1/100th of. There could never be another. She would really be concerned about the world now. But I’m sure she could tell stories of what she’d seen in her life that would make this CORONAVIRUS pale in comparison.

Going to wrap it up now, have some things to accomplish. Be safe out there, ok? I appreciate you reading today and hope to see you back tomorrow. Peace out!