Steve came by this morning and wanted to see the phone that I was going to return tomorrow if I could find a way to the post office. Within a few minutes he had it working. I don't know what he did that I didn't, or how I missed what I should have done, but in case I forget how wonderful it is to be young and in my 40's, this was a reminder. Then I could do just about anything and rarely needed instructions how to do it!
To be truthful, I have gone without having an accessible phone for a week and I really didn't miss it much. If something had happened to my computer however, I would have missed the phone. All in all I'm glad to have a working phone and feel much safer when I go to sleep at night.
I need to start making lists of everything in my house and marking what I can get rid of. This is going to be a whole lot of work, but I'd rather do it myself than for my kids to have to do it all when I'm gone. I recently heard from a cousin who wrote me about genealogy, which she is evidently starting to get in to. She maybe expects a few emails, but little does she know she is going to get a shipment of 3 ring binders with info and documentation, by family!
Steve fixed a couple of other things for me, and told me about the mom of a friend of his who might be interested in my house. She is 70 and still working because she still has to make a mortgage payment. I hope we can make a deal somehow - I have no idea what I might expect to get if I go through a real estate agent, but it no doubt all washes out in the end. If I could just do a quick sale it would be worth the peace of mind to me. There are still several things I need to do before I could sell to anyone, and having a dog underfoot doesn't help matters.
Jeannie and Autumn took me to Costco yesterday and we were gone approximately 2 hours. When I returned the house was trashed worse than I'd ever seen it before. Rocky really did a number, so from now on he will be in the crate with the door closed and locked whenever I have to leave him. I normally leave a few papers or something where he can reach them so he doesn't damage more important things. I also don't have much of anything low enough to be in his reach. But when he stands up on his back legs he can reach just about everything.
I was so frustrated I did a google search on how long labrador puppies chew everything in sight. I didn't expect the answer - 2 to 4 years! The reason is something that makes perfect sense, and has to do with their breeding and training to retrieve things in their mouths. They are very much prompted to "mouth" everything and everyone they see, as that is their instinct when retrieving birds and it's in their breeding. The only thing I don't understand is why he is so intent on destroying things. I don't care much what he carries in his mouth but I don't like him ruining everything. I let him get by with a lot, but I raised my kids the same way and they turned out great! They sure put me through some trying times though. So here I am again with a pre-adolescent who wants to constantly test my authority.
I wish everyone a good week ahead.