Thursday, January 12, 2012

Why, yes...there are 24 hours in a day

Ask me how I know.  No sleep last night.  None.  Nada.  The few times I did drift off, the pain woke me up within a few minutes or the pets needed out for a wee. Professor went out 4 times last night, anticipating the snow storm, I'm guessing.  At any rate, he's sleeping on the bed and I'm still awake.  I might crash here in a bit but I think I'll cook up supper first and leave it in the oven for Zach to turn on.  Pizza Casserole sounds good.

The pain was bad again last night, maybe from the storm front moving in.  Pressure changes do affect me that way.  I did some knitting on the sock yarn sock.  I decided to do a bamboo pattern as it's easy to memorize and easy to see in my dark bedroom.  And I didn't get to the sweater at all because I was really tired.  Not sleepy, but tired.

Probably won't knit tonight though because we'll have to go out and shovel the driveway out so Tom can get the minivan back in.  I didn't want him to take the truck today because the roads aren't clear yet and the truck is absolute crap on the snow.I barely got the truck back in the driveway when we swapped the cars out and it's still snowing steadily.  We've already got about 3 inches but the driveway has about 5 due to the wind blowing it into the driveway like a wind tunnel.  I'll have to get a nap in before we got out at about midnight to shovel.  Maybe my neighbor with the snow blower will get the apron of the driveway at least.  I don't know, though.  He's peeved at us because of the pile of branches and pallets back in our thicket.  It's practically hidden from view but you know how neighbors can be.  He intimated to Tom last summer that he should clean it up.  Which Tom then told me to have Zach take care of.  Not having any place to put the wood aside from in our garden, out of sight of the neighbor's watchful eye, I decided the wood was fine where it was.  It's behind the apple tree and several bushes for pete's sake.  He really has to look hard to see it.

So I guess we'll be doing all the shoveling by ourselves.  The neighbor to the right is a young guy who barely shovels his own sidewalk so we can't expect that kind of neighborly trade off we enjoy with the other neighbors.  Tom made Zach shovel his sidewalk a couple of times last year but he didn't return the favor.  In fact, I can't seem to educate him on the propery line and he insists on mowing and shoveling well into our yarn, but as the property line is on an angle, we end up having to mow his yard in the back.

Next time we move, I want an apartment so I don't have to deal with yard work anymore.  If I want nature, I'll go for a walk or a hike.  All things considered we get less yard if we go by his reckoning.  I don't know why the realtor didn't tell him what his property line was.  You can see it on the town platt that the line is angled.

Yes, I'm cranky when I don't get any sleep.

I gave up on the front door.  The heater helps to a point and no further.  I can't afford to run that heater around the clock so I just opened up the curtains and am using the house temp instead.  I figure the air pouring in around the door won't cost us as much as running that space heater will.  We've been bombarded with all kinds of extra expenses this month that will dip into our minute surplus and I don't know if next month will be any better since Tom is going up north again for ice fishing.   Zach continues to put in applications.  He's put the library on hold because he heard that they don't give out references.  Nothing definite but a librarian from another state told him they don't do that in order to avoid tarnishing their reputations as city workers or something like that.  No sense spending the money to take him to volunteer if there is no return.  I know that sounds awful but it's hard to get a job without references and he needs a job.  We even briefly thought about going back to church to make those connections but just couldn't do it.  It seemed wrong.

Well, I think I will go fix supper and then crash for an hour or so.  I still have to clean house for my sister-in-law's visit.  Tom will want the house really clean but he won't get it spotless.  I'm just too tired and the house is too small to have a place to put everything.


Ashling said...

Envious of your snow, but sorry you've had a rough night & day. Wishing you better tomorrow.

Kathy said...

Thanks. The snow is really coming down so I'll be surprised if we get less than 5 inches, which means a lot of shoveling tomorrow. But maybe I'll sleep well after shoveling the driveway. Surely that will wear me out. LOL