|Thank You Gift from Neighbor|
Today, I didn't want to go to the office in the morning! I really, really wanted to call and ask if I could work from home, instead. But I made myself go in to the office. Partly because, after a brush fire in the neighboring city, yesterday, our air quality was bad - very hazy and smoky even though the fire was put out. I knew it would be better for me to be in the air conditioned office than at home. But it took me awhile to actually get dressed and go! I did call my supervisor before I left the house to let her know that I was coming in and when to expect me.
I went in a bit late, but, by doing so, I was able to skip a mandatory fire drill that took place this morning. I have participated in several fire and earthquake drills at the office and I know the routine - how to exit the building, where our designated meeting place is, and so forth. So missing it this time shouldn't be a problem.
In the afternoon, I took a break and went first to the pharmacy to get my antibiotics prescription filled and to visit with my friend who is the pharmacist. After that, I went to the bank, finally! Today, I chose not to go to the farmers' market and they were taking down the tents when I went on my break.
My daughter emailed me in the afternoon to ask my opinion whether she should choose to take compensated time (or "comptime") off or choose to receive payment for overtime worked. One would give her more time off, the other would give her more money. I suggested she chose time off because then, she could extend her Thanksgiving break and winter break (they have to take a mandatory week off between Christmas and New Year, using vacation or comptime, as the entire office is closed during that time). She told me she went with my suggestion (apparently, she needed to fill out payroll paperwork specifying how she wanted her overtime compensation, for the next fiscal year). I love the fact that she still asks me for my opinion about such things and is willing to be guided by my suggestions.
I had planned to do the dusting and vacuuming this evening, but the air quality was still bad enough that I could smell the smoke in the air. I decided that the dusting and the vacuuming could wait for another day or two until the air quality improved. I didn't want to risk getting an asthma attack. I also didn't go out to water the garden, for that reason.
Later in the evening, my neighbor called and told me to check outside my door, that there might be something there for me! I looked and I found the lovely planter I've pictured above, with an orchid in flower, a parlor palm, and a variegated pothos. It is from my neighbor and her daughter as a thank you gift! I'm not sure for what, exactly; the card attached read, "Thank you for everything!", but I suspect it was because I was able to help her out, last week, when she had a bit of a problem. I told her she really didn't have to, I didn't do anything out of the ordinary, but I love their gift. I placed it on the mantel only long enough to photograph it. After that, I placed it on top of the entertainment center in the family room, well out of reach of a certain kitty who likes to chew on plants. Orchids aren't poisonous to cats, according to what I've read, but pothos is (I've another pothos plant on top of that entertainment center, out of his reach).
Today, I am grateful for:
- A productive day at the office once I got there!
- Being able to visit with my pharmacist friend
- Friendly tellers at the bank
- A lovely gift from my neighbor
- A cooler day (only in the 80s)
Thursday's To Do List:
- Office - DONE
- Bank - DONE
- Pharmacy - DONE
- Dust and vacuum living room and dining area - NOT DONE!
- Water the front garden - NOT DONE!
Friday's To Do List:
- Note to gardener friend with a Garden To Do List
- Dust and vacuum (can do over the weekend, too)
- Water the garden
How was your Thursday? Are you ready for it to be Friday? Are you ready for June to end? Can you believe that the first half of this year is already just about over? (It is already June 30, when I am tying this!)