Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday's Productivity

Went in for my immune booster injection, again, this morning.

After I came home, I worked on office-related work.  I had sent an email, last night, requesting additional information pertaining to my assignment and one of my colleagues had sent it to me this morning.  There was another email inquiring about the status of Project A and I had to email them back explaining that I had been pulled off Project A to work on Project B, which is higher priority and is the project I'm currently working on.  I copied my immediate supervisor on the email, so she's aware of all communications.  I have finished about 80% of this week's assignment - should have it completed by tomorrow.  I will send the completed assignment back to the office before I go for my next chemo treatment on Friday.

In between, I started tidying my kitchen.  I went through some of the upper cabinets, took things out and wiped the shelves and put things back.  I also washed four of the upper cabinet doors and the stove vent hood.   Some of the other cabinets are tidy and don't need going through.  But I still have to sort out the large, floor to ceiling cabinet.  Once the cabinets are tidied, I can clear the counters.  I am doing this in baby steps, 15 minutes at a time.  I am hoping to get the kitchen done tomorrow.

I also sewed a little on the hexagon quilt.  I had hoped to have finished it, last summer, but I didn't.  I am hoping to have it completed by the end of this summer.  But, it will be OK even if it takes longer.  I find the hand-sewing to be very meditative and soothing.

Today, I paid two bills - the cable/internet bill ($130) and the natural gas (heating, cooking, etc.) bill, which came to a whopping $349.00!  That is the highest it has ever been!  We used the heater a lot in December, for one reason or another.  I allocate $100/month for the gas bill throughout the year - in the summer, my bills is usually less than $20, as I don't use the heater then.  The extra money goes towards the higher winter bills.

 I also received the utilities (combined water, electricity, trash collection and sewer service) bill for the two months period between mid-November to mid-January in today's mail: $295.37.  It breaks down to $109.28 for 678 kilo Watt hours of electricity (I am allowed up to 1,000 kWh at the lower Tier 1 rate), $45.88 for 10 hundred cubic feet of water (I am allowed 24 hcf at the lower Tier 1 rate), $63.79 for sewer service charges (based on the amount of water used), and $76.42 for Solid Waste (trash, yard waste, recycling) collection.  I allocate $150/month (= $300 per billing cycle) in the budget for the utilities bill, and I came just under the budgeted amount.  I don't like the amounts of either the gas bill or the utilities bill, but they are what they are.

Today, I am grateful for:

- A safe drive to the clinic and back
- A sunny day
- Being able to pay my bills
- Being able to work from home
- Time to sew

How was your Wednesday?


  1. I had a good day.. Did laundry, mopped floors ,etc. Happy to get it done.
    Sorry your utility bills were up.. Mine was up too.. I guess we had colder days?? but , as you said, Proud we were able to pay them..
    Have a great day.

    1. Glad you were able to get the laundry and mopping, etc. done. It does feel good to get those things done and out of the way, doesn't it. I guess it's only natural that the bills would go up when daughter is home. Plus, rates keep increasing all the time. So the bill amount goes up, even when we are using the same amount of electricity or gas. It can't be helped.


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