Okay, just an update

Hi, again!

Sorry, it’s been almost two months again since I posted, and I know it, and I apologize!

But things have been somewhat hectic.

First of all – and you need to say this a la Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) from “The Incredibles” – we are now, officially, moved in!

Closing on the new house was the day after Thanksgiving, November 24th. We moved in piecemeal – first by emptying the Pod full of necessities like beds, dressers, sofas, chairs, etc., and then by making multiple, and I do mean multiple, trips to the two storage units we rented, and emptying those out. We emptied out the last of the storage units last week Sunday.

So, yes, we are now, officially, moved in!

Now we can take our time, unpacking, getting things set up as needed, and purging what we don’t need.

It is a bigger house than the one we were living in – 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an unfinished basement with lots of storage space, and an amazing backyard – but it’s going to be fine. It’s very sturdy, and it’s properly insulated, and everything works for the most part – we’re having some trouble with the dishwasher, as well as figuring out how the electrical wiring works. Because some switches control whole entire rooms. It’s pretty cool, though.

And, even though we’re living on a busier street than the one we used to live on, it’s actually very quiet. The noise of the traffic doesn’t even register with us….unless it’s an ambulance or police car or fire truck. You know.

Here’s what the exterior of the house looks like; photo courtesy of Youngest Brother:


So, yeah. We’re going to make wonderful memories in this house.

Second of all, my job.


When I initially moved back to Iowa in November 2016, I had hoped to be re-employed by the same company I’d been at when I left. I wasn’t at first. But then the temp agency got me back to the company.

The company has kept me on all this time. But what happened was I took on a different job within. It’s in the cash scanning office, and basically all I do all day is scan in checks and all their supporting documentation.

I started in the cash office in May. And it went swimmingly, though not without its share of frustrations, namely busy times. But I got into the swing of things, and it wasn’t a bother at all.

But then came October. The cash room supervisors met and came to the conclusion that the cash office workflow was declining. So they changed my hours.

And all hell has broken loose.

Long story short, I never thought I’d ever see the day where I would say I hate going to work.

Ta da! It’s happened!

And it’s a real shame, too, because this particular company is where I really wanted to be working at.

I called the temp agency I’ve been working with, and have asked them to find me a different job. I have yet to hear from them.

So. We’ll see.

I’m not a massage kind of girl. I just don’t like the idea of being touched by a stranger in such an intimate way, even though it’s meant to help. But I’d been having pain in my right shoulder for many months. And I would like to say it was because we were in the process of moving. But we had everything in storage and were just waiting for the real moving day, and that’s when the pain began. Certainly when we got to moving – namely loading my sister’s queen-sized mattress onto the Pod – that probably exacerbated the pain. I went to see the doctor about it, and the instant she touched my shoulder, she said, “You are so tight here!” So she ‘prescribed’ massage therapy. So I did that; Older Sister goes to a place that specializes in chiropractic healing as well as massage therapy, so I went there. It wasn’t unpleasant. I mean, I still wasn’t comfortable with the idea, but if the pain persists, sure, I would go back again. Just maybe not right away. Older Sister’s like “Convert!” No, I wouldn’t go that far.

As a family, we’ve seen our one movie for the year, and that was on Thanksgiving Day. We went to see “Coco.” It was awesome! Pixar just keeps making better and better movies. I thought it was a nice touch how, before the movie, some of the artists who worked on the movie explained what it took to make one of the more spectacular shots of the movie. And, for the record, I did not think the “Frozen” short film beforehand – “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” – was annoying or too long. I love all things “Frozen,” so I thought it was really cute and really sweet.

Younger Brother is here now, up from Georgia, visiting for Christmas. Dad will be here tomorrow, also to visit for Christmas. Just this past Thursday evening, Younger Brother, Older Sister, Older Sister’s friend Christina and Christina’s husband Cory, and I went to see the new “Star Wars” movie.


The only other thing I can say is….just wait until the next one.

On a sad note, Older Sister woke me up this morning with the awful news that my aunt Rose passed away early this morning from stage 4 lung cancer. I cried, because she was uncle Paul’s wife, and he loved her so much. I wish there was some way we could get out there to be there for uncle Paul (Paul lives in Utah), but unfortunately we can’t. So I sent him a message via Facebook saying how much we loved him, and that we were all here for him.

*SIGH* Life sucks sometimes, and cancer sucks big time.

I know Rose isn’t in any more pain, which is just a small comfort. I just feel so bad for uncle Paul, because he loved her so much.


Well, that’s what’s been going on in the world of Mouse.

If I don’t post beforehand, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I’ll try to do better next post.


The last move

So, remember in the last post, I mentioned we were in the process of selling our house?

I honestly don’t know how long Mom and Older Sister were planning on doing so, but all of this started right after 4th of July. That’s when we listed our house on the market. And ever since then, we’ve seen at least two dozen houses, and as for our house, we’ve had well over 40 showings, and at least 5 open houses.

Yeah. That’s a lot.

We put in offers on three different houses, with a 24-hour contingency on each offer. What that means is, if the buyer(s) got a better offer than ours, then they would give us 24 hours notice, and that meant that we either had to have a buyer for our house (releasing us from the contingency) or else we had to walk away from the house we wanted to buy. And that happened three times. Three times, we were outbid.


Now, the particular house we have an offer on now is about five minutes from where we’re currently living, on one of the busier streets in the area, but still in the location we wanted, because we’re used to this location. I won’t get into the drama about the orangeburg piping on this house, because it is going to be fixed (but, boy, what a story; it’s illegal, too, what they did!).

I think in the last post, I had told you we had an offer on our house, and that offer was also contingent upon him selling his house.

So it was a vicious cycle – in order for us to get the new house, we had to sell our house first, and in order for the potential buyer to get our house, he had to sell his house first.

Well, last weekend, on Saturday, we had three more showings, all of which happened in the morning (yeah, so from 8:30 to 1:30, we were out of the house, and I won’t get into the drama involving our pets; again, what a story!).

And, last weekend, on Saturday, we got another offer on our house.

A better offer than the one we currently had. And – get this – absolutely no contingencies whatsoever.

So we had to give the first potential buyer 24 hours notice, as he had the 24-hour contingency in place.

Citing financial reasons (I believe for medical bills), he could not release the contingency. He wanted to make sure he had a buyer for his house in place.

So we accepted the other offer, and released our contingency for the house we have the offer on.

So, guess what?



My family and I are experts at moving – we did it a lot when I was younger. So there will be headaches and temper tantrums and quite possibly pulled muscles to come.

But this is our last move. Period.

Here’s the best part (sarcasm): the closing for our house (from us as sellers to the new buyer) is going to be on November 22nd.

The closing for the house we’re going to move in to is going to be on November 24th.

Yup. Thanksgiving breaks it up.

So that means all six of our pets will be boarded at the vet’s office. And that means my family and I will be spending Thanksgiving in a hotel.

Yeah. That’s never happened before.

*SIGH* Gonna be interesting.

But I shall miss our old house. Our 13 year anniversary in this house would have been in January. And we did a lot of updates to it in these past few months, to get it ready to sell.

Here you go – one last look at the soon-to-be old house:

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It was a good little house. It really was.

I’m back!

Hi, everyone!

I know, I know, it’s been months since I posted last.

Since Easter!!! Holy cow!

Well, let me see if I can give you a quick run-down of what’s happened since then.

The rest of April was fine, as far as I can remember. The job and the story were my big points of focus.

At the job – when last I left you, we had a May 1st deadline to get all the paperwork scanned in. Well, more of the ladies on the team joined me in my scanning efforts, so, between the six to eight of us, we got the job done by May 1st.

On May 8th, I started a new position within the company, as a scanner in the cash scanning office. And I’ve been there ever since. It’s frustrating at times, especially when things get really busy, but I really do like it. It keeps me busy.

Over Memorial Day weekend, Mom, Youngest Brother, and I went to visit family in IL. Where I was distraught to learn that, oh my god, they took down Mrs. Taylor’s old, long-standing wrought-iron fence! I was gutted! That fence was a landmark in town, and it was one of my and Gina’s more somber moments in our lives. I was so upset.

During that same weekend, the high school opened its doors one last time for one last tour before they were going to tear it down. My mom and all her siblings attended and graduated from that high school. But, right at this moment, the town has a brand new high school. But it was really amazing to see the old high school where my mom and aunts and uncles went to school. Mom knew most of the rooms, and even some of her old teachers were there to help with the tour. It was really cool.

June – I don’t remember much that happened during the month of June. It was just the start of summer.

July – I got a 4 tb external hard drive for my new laptop, and had a scare with it. For whatever reason, I could not access it anymore. I was freaking out, because I’d already transferred everything onto it – my music, my photos, my videos, my writing!! I was so depressed. But it turned out, all I needed to do was update my USB drivers.

In July, the world lost a great musician, Linkin Park’s lead singer Chester Bennington, to suicide. That one hurt more than losing Chris Cornell earlier in the year.

Also in late July, Younger Brother visited for a couple weeks from Georgia. It was great to see him again, and to hang out with him again. We went to a baseball game, and it was tons of fun.

August – not much happened in August. Same old, same old.

September – Over Labor Day weekend, the whole family (myself, Mom, Dad, Older Sister, Younger Brother, and Youngest Brother) all met up and went up to Chicago to watch a Chicago Cubs game. It was AMAZING! We were seated along the third base line. Rene Rivera hit a grand slam, and Gary Sinise led everyone in singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the 7th inning stretch.

Mid-month, my tendonitis flared up again. This was the worst it’s ever felt. All my wrist braces were in storage (more on this in a bit), so I had to go out and buy another one, which helped immensely. After about two and a half weeks, the pain went away. So I’m brace-less now, but I think perhaps today, it flared up a little bit, so I’ll probably have to wear the brace again at least for tomorrow.

October – I’ve been to Las Vegas. I’ve visited the Mandalay Bay Hotel. So the massacre in Las Vegas really hit me hard, too. And Keith Olbermann had a chilling factoid in a video he put out about it – the Las Vegas massacre was the 272nd mass shooting in the US in 274 days. That’s almost one mass shooting a day all year! The shooter was a domestic terrorist. He was! Call it like it is!

I just….I don’t know.

*quiet for a long time*

But the biggest thing that’s happened since Easter was….we’ve been trying to sell our house.


At present, we have put an offer on a house about five minutes from our current house, and the offer was accepted. And we have an offer on our current house, which has been accepted.

Here’s where it gets all haywire.

The house we might be moving into has orangeburg piping. And the current homeowners knew that, but put ‘no’ on the disclosure form when asked if there was any orangeburg. Plus, they had gotten a letter from the city back in August 2016 saying that they had orangeburg piping, and that it needed to be remedied before any repairs could be done on the street outside the house. So. The current homeowners are on the hook to get the orangeburg fixed before we move inn.

If we move in.

Here’s the other rub – the prospective buyers of our house put a contingency in place that they had to sell their house first before they would be fully committed to buying our house. But their house is half the size of our house – only about 645 square feet; it’s a two bedroom, one bathroom house. And they are asking about $100,000 for it. Whereas we are only asking about $120,000 for our house.


So, the prospective buyers have until October 31st to sell their house. If they do not sell their house, they either have to remove the contingency from their offer, or else we’re walking away. From everything. We will not be buying the house we have an offer on, the prospective buyers will lose our house, and we will be taking our house off the market and will not be moving, period.

Reality has sunk in pretty quick that, most likely, we will not be moving.

So. Ta da! Most likely, we’re staying in this house!

So that’s what’s been going on with life in general.

Story-wise, there’s been a lot going on. More songs to the soundtrack, more scene ideas, more characters. And there is going to be a sequel. Yes, you heard that right – there is going to be a sequel!

So. There you go.

I will try to keep up with blog posts from now on; not leave you hanging for so long.

I’ll try to do better next post!

Happy Easter!

“He has risen from the dead, and he is Lord….”

Happy Easter to all!

I thought I’d post a cartoon, to celebrate. Might make this a yearly tradition now as well.

This is Tom and Jerry, featuring the little duckling known as Yakky Doodle. The cartoon is called “Happy-Go-Ducky.”

You’ll have to click the link below to watch the cartoon.

Tom and Jerry – Happy-Go-Ducky

Have a wonderful Easter Sunday, all!


April start, and stuff

First of all, Happy April Fools’ Day.

What better way to celebrate than with a song? A song by the greatest trickster of them all – Maui!

Yes, I’ve finally seen “Moana.” It’s a great movie, with a great message, and great music. I love Moana; Auli’i Cravalho does a fantastic job with her. And who knew Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could sing?!? Certainly I didn’t! But he’s good at it!

Today should start the spring warm-up in Iowa. At least, I certainly hope our cold snaps are over. The warm-up would make me feel so much better; I’ve still got a lingering cough and cold from being sick this past week.

At least it’s sunny out today here in Iowa. We literally haven’t seen the sun for weeks. What was it Older Sister said the weatherman said? Out of the past 200+ hours of the past week or so, only one hour of those 200+ hours was sunlight. One hour of sunlight!

So, thank you, Lord, for the sunshine!

I got back to work on Wednesday, and had to use the sit-down scanner in order to scan the work that needs to be done. Now, that was nice, because, well, duh, I got to sit down.

But, in all honesty, I prefer the stand-up scanner.

The sit-down scanner, I’ve found, has a bad habit of shutting itself down whenever it damn well feels like it. And when that happens, I have to restart my entire system to get the scanner to run normally again. I can’t just exit out of the scanning program and get back into it. No. Doesn’t work that way. I have to restart EVERYTHING.

Not conducive to the work that needs to be done. There are over 275 boxes of paper files still left to scan. Currently, I am the only one doing the scanning of the paper files. There is a deadline of May 1st to get this project done.

On a good day, I can get eight boxes scanned – that’s a box an hour. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, I was lucky, LUCKY if I got five boxes done each day, at the sit-down scanner. And, because I was out sick Monday and Tuesday, and I am the only one scanning, scanning got backed up – I have at least twenty boxes sitting there, waiting for me for next week already. And there are still plenty of boxes coming.

We’re not going to meet the May 1st deadline if I have to continue to use the sit-down scanner.

By contrast, using the stand-up scanner, I had no problems with it whatsoever. I could feed ream after ream of paper into it, no problem. It never jammed, it never shut itself off, it never gave me any trouble. That’s how I was able to crank out eight boxes a day. The only thing I had to do with the stand-up scanner was to make sure to calibrate it at least once a day.

Another team was using the stand-up scanner all week this past week. But it really irritated me, that they were doing so, because they would maybe scan for ten, fifteen minutes a pop, and then disappear for two hours, then come back and scan for another ten, fifteen minutes, and then disappear for another two hours. All the while, they remained logged in on the stand-up scanner, so I couldn’t log them out to use the stand-up scanner. So I was stuck with the sit-down scanner.

So I e-mailed younger Michelle, along with Carla (the supervisor), and asked them if there was any way I could have exclusive access to the stand-up scanner in order to complete this project. Didn’t hear back from either one of them yet.


But, you know, whatcha gonna do?

So I guess I’ll just have to suck it up, and make do.

Plus, somebody took my cart. In order to put the scanned boxes back in the warehouse on the pallets, I need a cart to transport them. Well, somebody took my cart, which would hold about ten boxes at a time. So now I’m back to using a cart that only transports four boxes at a time. I was so mad.

Anyway. Work is fine, aside from that.

And that’s about it. I don’t have much else to say at present.

I’ll try to do better next post.

For the man I love, and a trio of Tunes for Tuesday

So, at the start of this video, I say that I was ‘under the weather.’

That was an understatement.

This was a week in the making. Last week, I started having trouble yawning, as in I couldn’t catch a deep enough breath to properly yawn. So I was feeling pressure on my lungs, and that felt awful. By Thursday last week, I started to develop a cold and cough. By Saturday, I began to get splitting headaches and body aches. By Sunday, which is when I put together the speaking portions of this video, I was feeling all of that and was somewhat dizzy at the same time. Monday morning, I started throwing up. So Mom immediately took me to the doctor. I tested negative for influenza (well, I did get a flu shot last fall). Best the doctor could diagnose was both a respiratory bug and a stomach bug.


I’m still home from work today. I’m going to see how I feel in the morning, as to whether or not I go to work tomorrow. Hopefully I can, but we’ll see.


This is that video I’ve been going on about, for the man I love.

And I think I’ll just let it speak for itself.

The three songs herein are: “Last Solstice of the 70s” by Miranda Lee Richards; “Mount Washington” by Beth Orton; and “Searching to Live” by Lennon Murphy.




Happy listening.

Friday Monty Python Funny

So, this is another example of my sense of humor.

My dad was and remains a huge, HUGE fan of Monty Python. So growing up, we kids watched it all the time. Certainly we didn’t get most of the jokes as kids, but whenever we watch episodes now, we’re rolling. (And while I’m on the subject of British comedies, “Absolutely Fabulous” is another great, great one, sweetie darling! I have yet to get that on DVD; it’s waiting in my cart on Amazon.)

I have practically the entire Python collection on DVD, to wit: the 16-ton megaset (which is the entire TV series, plus extras), “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Life of Brian,” and “The Meaning of Life.” I used to have “Almost the Truth: The Lawyer’s Cut” on DVD, but I don’t anymore. Maybe I should get that again.

But, anyway, in my humble opinion, it doesn’t get any better than the following episode. (I believe this video has German subtitles, but they really don’t detract from the video at all, so just watch it and enjoy.)

This episode features an odd “Face the Press” segment, the “New Gas Cooker” sketch, the “Ministry of Silly Walks” sketch, and the ever-popular “Ethel the Frog” examination of the violent reign of the notorious Piranha brothers, Doug and Dinsdale.

Don’t forget about Spiny Norman….

“Dinsdale? …. Dinsdale? ….”

For the record – Graham Chapman was always my favorite of all the Pythons. Don’t know why. He just was.

“Dinsdale? …. Dinsdale? ….”

Enjoy! And Happy Friday!