That gave me enough time to have a cup of tea before I took the car to a nearby service garage to have the tires checked. They checked the tire pressure and added some much needed air!
After that, I went to the Armenian grocery store and did some grocery shopping. I bought:
-1 lb. beef shoulder steaks @$2.99/lb = $3.23
2 lb. ground beef @ $1.99/lb = $4.09
1 cabbage @ 3lb/$1.00 = $.53
2 zucchini @$.39/lb = $.28
Okra @$1.49/lb = $.34
Serrano chilies @$.79/lb = $.09
White potatoes @ $.39/lb = $.37
3 Oranges @$.49/lb = $.84
3 Nectarines @ $.79/lb = $.75
Grapes @ $.99/lb = $1.27
Total = $11.79
My September grocery budget will be $75, even though my daughter will be coming home this weekend.
September grocery budget = $75
Spent to date = $11.79
Balance left in budget = $75 - $11.79 = $63.21
A very friendly lady chatted to me while we both selected zucchini. She started out telling me to choose the smaller ones as they were better and asked me where I was from. Then, when I told her, she told me that she has just returned from a trip around the world because she met me! LOL! Apparently, she's a musician, plays piano, guitar, and mandolin, but, all by ear because she can't read music. I enjoyed talking with her.
When I came home and collected the mail, I found three pieces of mail from the Auto Club. One was a questionnaire for additional information prior to renewal of my home insurance, asking if I had made any changes, etc., which is a routine thing; I filled it out, right away, and have it ready to be mailed, tomorrow. One was a confirmation of the changes I made to the car insurance policy, last Tuesday (August 27) and expected; I had received a computer print out of the changes I made at the time, but, I was told that the official confirmation would come in the mail.
The third piece of mail, however, was a "Notice of Non-renewal and Termination of Insurance", dated August 30! Say WHAT?!!! According to the letter, they were not going to renew my car insurance after the current policy expires because I had not submitted the changes that were required! Excuse me? I made the changes in person at the branch of the Auto Club near me on the 27th of August, three days before the date on the letter, and I have just received the official confirmation letter, in today's mail, in addition to the computer print out! I had also, at the time of making the changes, asked the agent helping me if the information could be sent to the agent who had contacted me, earlier, about it, and I had been assured that a notification will be sent to her! Oh, I was so upset! I called the number of the agent listed on the letter (I've spoken with her at least twice before about this), and left her a message detailing all what I've done. She called me back within the hour, stating that she had not been aware that I had filled out the forms and made the changes and to disregard the non-renewal/termination letter, she will be mailing me the renewal papers, and they should reach me by the end of the week or early next week. Well, they had better! If not, I shall be calling the Vice President of Member Services, who had signed the policy changes confirmation, and asking if this is how they treat a member of 32 years standing! I've half a mind to say, "Forget it!" and go with another insurance company! Except, I don't like change.
I ate a nectarine while I was waiting for the insurance agent to call me back as I hadn't had any breakfast, but wasn't hungry for lunch. Then, after she called back and the matter was settled, I got very hungry! LOL! I quickly cooked the beef steaks I had bought, fried up some of the potatoes, boiled some frozen corn and had lunch!
Later in the evening, after a cup of tea, and an early dinner of more of the steak and potatoes I made earlier, I went for my walk. I walked for 30 minutes, this time. On the way back, just two houses away from my house, I got bitten by that neighbor's dog!
|Outside on the Wrist|
There were two small dogs, actually. I was on the sidewalk, just approaching their house; the gentleman of the house and a family member were standing by the open front door and the gate was open. The dogs saw me walking and ran out! Both jumped on me and one bit my hand! I have slight scratch marks on both legs (fortunately, my skirt protected my legs) and the bite marks on my right hand. The lady of the house came rushing out and insisted that I came inside where she wiped the bites with disinfectant and applied some antibiotic ointment and bandaids. She felt very badly about it, telling me she didn't know how the dogs got out. Well, they got out because her husband and son-in-law had the front door and gate open! She asked me if I needed to go to the doctor and I said no. The two bite marks on the outside of the wrist aren't deep, but the one inside is a puncture wound and it hurts a bit. I put another bandaid on it after I came home as the one she applied came off (probably due to the ointment we applied). I told her that it was a good thing that it was me and not someone else, because anyone else might have made a fuss. I am very grateful it wasn't anything worse!
Much later, when I was video chatting with my daughter, she said something that upset me. Usually, she texts me in the morning to wish me a good morning. Today, I texted her about rescheduling my doctor's appointment, before she texted me, and I sent about three short texts instead of one long one. Apparently she was sleeping and the sound of my texts arriving on her phone disturbed her and annoyed her. That upset me. Not only did I get bitten by a dog, today, I annoyed my daughter, too. Sigh. Maybe I didn't start off the month on the right foot, after all.
Today, I am grateful for:
- The doctor's appointment was rescheduled without any difficulty
- The dog bites weren't worse than they are
- The car insurance will be renewed, after all
- Friendly people at the grocery store
- I was able to get the car tires checked
I think I'll take it easy, tomorrow.
Earlier, I posted a photo of a mystery grocery item. Eileen guessed correctly!