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Thursday, December 31, 2015

another year gone.

Good morning.
A really short post today.  :-)
Managed to get all the Christmas decorations in the Salon down last Saturday during a couple of breaks in the day.
It was a very busy hectic day in the Salon yesterday, and I'm booked and working late today.
Looking forward to 2016.
Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Godzilla and a slot machine

Good morning.
Christmas is over, and New Year's is upon us.
A very busy week is ahead for me. Working 7:30 am Wed. till 6:30 pm. If I'd known ahead of time it was to be so busy, I would have worked today also. Oh well. Just happy to see it busy right now. I'm even working later than usual on new Year's Eve. But that's okay, I don't do anything on new year's anyway.  :-)
We had a freezing rain mess yesterday afternoon. But was inside nice and warm. And, I don't have to deal with clearing the driveway or sidewalks.  :-)
They were doing that this morning around 7am.  been doing some research on our upcoming Jan trip to Vegas. Craig wants to do the Slotzilla Zip Line.

It's this 12 story tower they built at the one end of Fremont St. Looks like a giant slot machine. Thus, Slotzilla.

 You can zip, or zoom from the tower down the length of the canopy covered street above the crowds.
Craig wants to do the higher zoom line. You 'fly' down the street superman style. It runs above the zip line and is a little longer in length.
Doesn't that look like fun?
Anyway, not much else going on, so I'm off to enjoy my last day off.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Good morning and Merry Christmas!
It was a busy day in the Salon yesterday, and today is another full busy day.
Tuesday, Craig went through envelopes and folders in the main safe. He keeps receipts for everything we buy and for our taxes, he wanted to do a profit/loss statement on our home we sold. It's nor real important since we won't remotely get near the $250,000.00 ceiling, but he wanted to do it nonetheless. While going through all that stuff, he ran across papers from our first house way back in '81'.  Don't need any of that! He also found papers from our apartment here in Plumtree before we bought our house 30 years ago. Don't need any of that either! He obviously hasn't gone through the safe in a while.   :-)
He also found a stack of pictures from that apartment. Unfortunately, we're not in any of them. They're just pics of all the furniture and stuff he saved for insurance claims if needed. But it was fun to see how we decorated that apartment  some 30  years ago.
And like I said, another busy day today, then a nice day off tomorrow, and back to work for a full day Saturday.
Now time to go.

Monday, December 21, 2015

our new routine

Good morning.
Well, it was a fairly busy week in the Salon.
Friday, Craig had to call Blue Cross. They billed him for the wrong Medi-gap policy. Fortunately, he got through pretty quick, and even got it straightened out.
We did our laundry Saturday at the Salon in between customers.
Sunday, I cleaned the Salon, and then the apt while Craig did his usual book work.
Saturday, for dinner, Craig made Mexican Pizza. 
Sunday, he made Turkey Rice Casserole with some of our leftover Turkey.
 We've settled in to our new apartment routine and are enjoying the free time we now have.  :-)
I'm not sure I'm going to like hauling laundry back and forth to the Salon this winter, but so far, we've had pretty mild weather. Hope it keeps up.  :-)
And now time for our Monday routine of banking, post office and grocery shopping.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

nothing to say

Good morning.
A quick post as I've got nothing much to say.  :-)
Went to Moms' on Sunday. Had a nice visit. Cut her hair, took her to lunch and the VFW and got her a few groceries.
Back at the apt. we had a nice non eventful weekend. Went walking at the Mall on the other side of town for a change. Other than that, a relaxing weekend.
And that's all I got!

Friday, December 11, 2015

slow but not as tired

Good morning.
It's been another slow week in the Salon. This seems to be the new normal.
But being the holiday season, at least the next 3 weeks are looking pretty good.
I guess one good thing about fewer customers.... I'm not exhausted at the end of the week.   :-)
They've added more lights to the apt complexes community center/leasing office....

I took this pic on the way to work yesterday morning.
And this weekend I head to Muskegon to see my Mom.
And with that, time to get to work.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

back to work.

Good morning.
Just a quickie this morning. Didn't do much this weekend, Re-watched the Big Ten Championship game and just relaxed and played on our puters.   :-)
We also did a test drive to East Lansing. Our next trip to Vegas is out of Detroit. Couldn't get a decent fare out of Lansing for that date. And we decided to take the Michigan Flyer. It's a luxury coach that goes from Lansing to the Detroit airport. It leaves from the Marriott Hotel in East Lansing. That way we won't have to worry about driving there in Michigan winter.weather. So we wanted to see about how long it takes from our apt to the bus stop.
Craig also  made some tasty meals this weekend including this.....

Ham stir-fry over angel hair pasta. Very good!
Weather has been nice and mild.  :-)
But now, time for work.

Monday, December 07, 2015

I got a little bug

Good morning.
Here's a few pics of our Salon all decked out for Christmas....




And here's our office/clubhouse across the street from our apartment....
Very Festive!
I cleaned the Salon yesterday and while Craig did his paperwork, I cleaned the apt. The rest of the afternoon, we took it easy and played on our puters.
And speaking of puters, I'm doing this post on my laptop, as my puter has a little bug. I tried to open my blog, but an ad kept popping up. So, I'm running several scanning apps to get rid of the little bugger.   ;-)
That will take a couple of hours so it's nice I still have my old laptop.
Craig also has to call Watertown Township as we received a sewer bill for our old house. He had already called them when we sold, but obviously, it didn't get changed.
 I also downloaded the Big Ten Championship game between Michigan State and Iowa, so we can watch it. Craig won't watch the Spartans live as he's convinced  they will lose. As proof, several weeks ago, I got out of work early and met a friend over at Reno's for a late lunch. The game against Purdue was on and the Spartans were wining. Craig came over when he got done, and they promptly started losing. He decided to leave before the end, and they came back and won. Last Saturday, he decided to watch the game and ended up going to bed with them down 13 - 9. They ended up winning again. So, he's decided to play it safe and not watch any more games.   :-)
And today is our usual running around. so time to get going.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Mid week update

Good morning.
It's been a slow week in the Salon, but it's let me get some other things done. I'm ordering supplies and stocking up on things for the Salon before next week. Craig likes any charges I make in December to be near the beginning of the month, so he'll be able to prepay them before the end of the year. Something to do with his bookkeeping. So I need to try and estimate how much of everything we might use this month. I also don't want a lot of excess at the end of the year, or we get double taxed on it. So a fine balancing act for me.   :-)
 And in other news.....
I filled up my car on Tuesday for.....wait for it.......$1.55!
For some strange unknown reason, we had the lowest prices of the country.

Usually we're about the same as the northeast. Not that I'm complaining. And as of yesterday, we're back up to $1.86, so our 1 minute of fame was fleeting.
And a rare occurrence has happened in our Vegas community. A home was broken in to. I get alerts from our neighborhood watch and last Saturday, while a couple was out shopping. Someone broke into their car and stole their garage door opener and registration. Well, with the address on the registration, they then went over to the house, opened the garage, and entered the house through the unlocked garage door, and stole their laptop and her jewelry. They even left a phony garage door opener in the car and the owners didn't even know what happened until they arrived back home.
Crooks are always thinking huh?
Well, time to get to work.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

another weekend over

Good morning.
We had a nice weekend, but now, back to work.
Craig went to the Secretary of State office to renew his driver's license. He couldn't do it online this year. Well, I went online to find the hours and they have a new procedure in place at one of the offices called......

MI Time line and it works great! You can go online or call. Craig went online and was able to reserve a time. The day of his 'appointment' he periodically received text messages of his status. He got to the office about 5 minutes before his 'appointment.'  The place was packed with probably 100 people. But he was called right on time and was out in less than 10 minutes. Why wouldn't everyone do that? Of course, you need to have a smart phone, but doesn't almost everyone have one by now?
So he was a happy camper getting in and out so quickly.   :-)
Now there's only one office in the area that has this. It wasn't the closest one to our apt. but not too far. Hopefully they'll get the rest like this too.
 And speaking of smart phones, there really is no reason not to have one. I've said this numerous times before, but the cheapest smart phone plan out there has to be Tracfone.
You buy the phone. As little as $20. Then you add minutes. I always add a one year amount. Costs $108 and gives me 1200 minutes each of  talk, data and text And that's the only expense for the entire year. There's no monthly fee. If you don't use a phone a lot, this is the way to go.
 Anyway, we didn't do much else this weekend. A little walking, a little driving.
Now time to get ready for work.