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I've been semi busy.  Went back to work.  Did not want to, was enjoying retirement, but I also like paying bills and buying groceries.  So, Hi ho hi ho, it's back to work I went.  to the evil empire.  which is not, it turns out, such a bad place to land a job.  Especially if you're an older person.  They hire a lot of us grey haired types.  I am not only not the oldest person there, but I'm at least 15 years younger than the oldest person there.  Who knew?  Everyone seems to get along fairly well, So far.  I'm sure there are fellow employees and jobs to be done that I will not like but that's anywhere you go to work.  I do have to work on my feet all shift but it's only about 7 hours so not bad and I get to walk around a lot - if I'm lucky.  And with the holidays pretty much over, I don't have to be on the phones so much so I get to do other things, like process returns, clean aisles, and do a bit of restocking.  My major duty is .......... handling the phones.  I can not get away from phone duty.  And apparently they think I do it pretty well.  Handled one call and the shift manager was listening in.  She says "that was a good call.  How long do you think it lasted?"  Me "oh, maybe 20 or 25 seconds.  Too short?"  She says "you sure it was that short? The customer was pleased and you gave them what they wanted."  Me, "yes, it's that phone company training.  Get 'em on the line, romance 'em, and move 'em out.  They think they've been on a long call but it really hasn't been."

Been cleaning out the hovel.  I did the shed during the last warm streak.  I still have a few things to straighten up, things that belong to a few children that need to be boxed for disposal, one way or another.  I'm not too particularly interested in how they're disposed at this time, as long as they're gone.  I want to turn the shed into a work shop so I can work there during inclement weather.  I will be grilling in there tomorrow.  It's just a tad too windy to do so outside, and everything is set up inside so  yep, firing the barbie tomorrow.  Yay!!!  Got rid of a big stack of books that I'd finished reading but did not want to keep in my library.  #4 decided she wanted to take them.  John Grisham is always a good read.  Getting rid of the VHS tapes I have.  Don't have a player for them anyway so out of the house they go.  Next project is to rearrange the kitchen.  Need to figure a better way to store food and kitchen tools.  Maybe I can pick up a kitchen island thing to store the mixer and stuff in.  Would give me more counter space and free up the shelving units for food.  Maybe.  will have to check out Ikea and Target to see what they have.

Must finish my knitting and crochet projects I started before the holidays.  Have new ones to start.  Always.  Always new ones.  I got a new book on braiding that I want to try some techniques, and two new books for my rigid heddle loom.  I will figure it out.  Need to learn to spin.  Again.  Need to organize my stash and project queue.  Need to quit playing games and start doing stuff. Need to clean out and pare down and stick to the lines I've drawn.  I have convinced two that there's no more loans 'til everything is caught up and paid back.  #4 needs to realize that just because it's a day off, that I have nothing planned.  I frequently do, although nothing important.  Usually.  Still, they're my plans and I would like to follow through.  I would like for them to do what they've said they'd do as well.  I want my kitchen floor scrubbed.  I want the last of the planter boxes moved to the side yard.  I want laundry brought over and paid for on days that I have time to do them and not straggling in here and there.  The boy is pretty good about his laundry.  He does his during the work week and pretty much handles it by himself.  I may have to unload the washer and dryer but that's it.

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