I’m ‘This’ Close…

I’ve enjoyed the past couple of days getting things done around the house, didn’t think to sit down at the computer and post anything until now. Just got home from visiting my chiropractor and made the mistake of picking up ‘a few things’ at the local Walmart. In person.

It’s official. I’m so close to turning into a recluse. Seriously. I. Hate. Shopping. The Walmart Neighborhood Market I planned on stopping at didn’t have a single empty parking space. It’s a smaller store, not like the Super-centers, but half the parking is taken up with huge metal storage containers that would fit on a semi trailer. Apparently they are ‘remodeling’ that store as well as the Sherman Super-center. And the Denison Super-center.

I drove thru the parking lot, gave up, and drove back to Denison to shop. It wasn’t too much trouble to find a spot to park, but when I walked inside it was plain to see that they’ve gotten creative and rearranged stuff. Again. I finally found what I needed with one exception and headed for the check-out. There were no check-out lanes with someone there to check out your groceries, or if there were I didn’t see them.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind doing my own check-out. It went pretty quickly, but. Dang! It’s like from one week to the next the whole bloomin’ store is changed! Same thing with the Sherman Super-center, but I kinda knew they were working on that, just hadn’t been in until they were through with the remodel. What I do like is that all the tile flooring is gone in both Super-center stores and they’ve cleaned and sealed the concrete floors and it looks great.

I don’t know what they’re doing in the Sherman Neighborhood Market store because it never had tile on the floor, just sealed, polished concrete. I like that store. I can usually get in and out in a matter of a few minutes when I don’t have enough on my list to put in an online order. I would have stopped at the Denison Albertson’s store but half the time lately they are out of the brands and selections of staples that we need so I didn’t stop there.

And traffic is unbelievable lately. I purposely stayed off of Hwy 75. Brad had too many near misses yesterday while he was in town, both on 75, downtown Denison, and at a major intersection under Hwy 75. It’s nuts! He said both lanes, in both directions on 75 were nearly bumper to bumper, everyone was driving over the speed limit, too many people were making unsafe lane changes and darting in and out of traffic. And good luck to anyone trying to merge onto 75 from the service road. In either direction! He’s never seen it that congested or that many people driving like demons. And he was a cop for a long time and worked traffic in both towns and drove 75 daily.

Sheesh! I have a package to pick up at the Post Office in town but there was no way I was going to stop today! I’m done. Stick a fork in me and turn me over, I’m done.

Good news is that we are down to one open bank account at Simmons bank now and just waiting to see when a couple of monthly deductions are made from the new bank so we can close the joint checking at Simmons. I will be so glad when we are finally through with that lousy bank. It’s a shame, didn’t have to be that way. It’s totally down to poor management and running off good employees. They literally didn’t have enough employees left at that one branch to keep it open! You had to call! And make an appointment! A local attorney tried for days last year to get in the bank and access his deposit box and bank accounts and finally ended up going to a judge who ordered the bank to open for him!

Also on the good news front, I managed to renew my driver’s license. It expires in a couple of weeks and I’ve had the paperwork sitting on my desk. Brad and I went online and tried to get it done, but the format they’re using for verifying your credit card account won’t recognize that we have a PO Box for our mailing address. We gave up and the next morning I called the number listed on the form. In less than five minutes I was done! It was no trouble at all renewing my LTC online. That took less than ten minutes. So, I’m waiting for my new ID/Drivers License and License To Carry to arrive in the mail.

It’s another nice day, just not nice enough to open the house and enjoy the fresh air. It’s 85° but it feels warmer so the humidity must be up a bit. I tried having the roof on the SUV open but gave up with that and stuck to the A/C. And it was actually pretty cool around 8 am this morning, just warmed up kinda fast today. And that’s OK too because I’m ready for a day in the ‘cave’ so to speak. Shut out the traffic, dog barking from next door and so on, including whomever that is in the small plane disrupting our peace and quiet in the afternoons. I saw on the news last night that Southeastern Oklahoma State Univ in Durant, OK, just across Red River from us, is hosting a collegiate flying competition later this month. I guess they are practicing their flying lately.

Groceries are put away, I’ve had a snack, it’s time to find something constructive to do for the rest of the afternoon. Have a blessed Tuesday, ya’ll.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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