On Friday, I went to the office and had a productive day. While taking a break from doing my regular projects-related work, I went through a few more items stored in the overhead bin and recycled another binder.
I also went through my planner for 2012 and recycled it. There were several appointments noted, staff meetings (we were still discussing layoffs on March 28, according to my notes), and there were numerous to do lists, including a note to give a list of current projects and their status to my supervisor (see, that is nothing new!). But very few personal notations, other than calling in to see if I needed to report for jury duty in June, a #29 in July to indicate I had completed 29 years of service, my mammogram appointment (oh, such a routine, mundane thing to do, back then!), doctors' appointments for daughter and myself, etc.
Nothing much worth noting, other than I was still identifying species in May - on May 15, I had written down the names of several plants - I've noted them below, more for my own information than anything else. In black is what I had written in the day planner; in blue is a description (new) of what the plants (I looked them up, again):
Labiatae or Lamiaceae (plants in the mint or deadnettle family to which mint, basil, rosemary, lavender, etc. belong)
Ornithogalum (a genus of plants grown from bulbs, with star shaped flowers, often known as "Star of Bethlehem")
brevistylum (one of the species of Ornithogalum)
umbellatum (another species of the same genus)
Acinos alpinus (Common name, rock thyme; one of the plants in the Lamiaceae family)
L. Moench (sorghum bicolor)
Hornimum pyrenaicum (another plant in the Lamiaceae family; it is a genus with a single species; common name is Dragon Mouth)
Butterwort (this is the common name for the family; the genus name is Pinguicula and it is a carnivorous plant that traps insects, etc.)
Then, there was this, written on July 19:
I've no idea what that was, but, hope it wasn't a record of my weight gain! LOL.
It was clear during the day, but it started to rain in the afternoon. Friend M had called around 4:00 p.m. to let me know that he would not be able to do my garden, as it was starting to rain and he'll make it up, another day. It was still dry on my drive home, but it started to drizzle almost as soon as I turned into my drive way and then, it rained steadily through the evening and into the night. I don't mind when it rains during the night, when I am safely home!
The drive home was notable only because I almost met with an accident during a lane change! I had my signal on, to indicate a switch to the left lane; a car in the left lane, decided to switch to the right lane, without a signal! Fortunately, I saw her in time and managed to swerve back to avoid hitting her. I think she saw her exit coming up, because she continued to switch lanes, still without any signals!
When I came home, I realized that my relatively new water heater was leaking. I had been noticing that there seems to be a a trickle of water coming out of the water heater, which is located outside and enclosed in a sheet metal structure. I saw it for the first time on Wednesday, I believe, but I wondered if it was excess rain water, so didn't pay it much attention. It was a bigger stream of water on Thursday, and I wondered if it was a leak. Then, on Friday, I realized that yes, it was definitely a leak and, not only that, I didn't have any hot water on tap! Which explained why the shower water never warmed up in the morning! LOL! It really was too cold to have a cold shower, too! I decided to call neighbor E, but by then, it was raining, so I knew I had to wait until Saturday to call.
In the evening, I chatted with daughter on the phone (as soon as I came home), replied to blog comments, etc., and wrote the Thursday update. Later, I video chatted with daughter. By then, around 11:30 p.m., I was starting to feel the effects of not enough sleep the last couple of nights and too much computer time, I suppose. I was having a slight headache, which was more of an eye ache than anything else. Also, my dinner (the leftover pork chops and sauted vegetables) gave me some indigestion in the form of gas pains! I took a couple of antacids and that helped.
I also wondered if the headache was due to the heater that I had running. I usually open the windows when I come home from work and air out the house before I turn the heater on; then it stays on all night and comes on whenever the thermostat kicks in. But, because it was starting to rain when I got home, on Friday, I didn't open the windows to air out the house, and since the heater is gas, I wondered if the carbon monoxide level in the house was going up (I don't have a monitor for that, although, I mentioned to my friend earlier, today, that I should probably get one and set it up). So, in the night, before I went to sleep (at a relatively early time of 12:30 a.m.!) I turned the heater off and bundled up with a sweater over my sweatshirt that I wore to sleep in! With fluffy socks and two quilts and two blankets on my bed, I managed to stay warm during the night!
On Friday, I was grateful for:
- A safe commute, especially on the way home
- More rain
- The fact that the rain held off until I was home
- Chatting with my daughter
- More oranges from my tree
How was your Friday? Do you have a carbon monoxide monitor in your home?