Watching for the mail

Seeing as I’ve been on vacation for the past week, as usual I’ve had lofty goals for what I wanted to get accomplished. It’s now Thursday Friday (see what happened there?) and admittedly, while I’ve gotten a lot done in terms of laying on the couch, napping, and relaxing, I haven’t done a whole lot on the list of things I wanted to get accomplished.

A lot of that has been due to the weather we’ve been having, at the beginning of my vacation it was actually unseasonably warm, and I should have taken advantage of that, and I did to a certain extent. But not really enough to get my major project accomplished, ie getting the car into the garage for the winter. At present, the garage is still a bit of a mess, with things strewn here and there, and no organization to be found. Since the beginning of the week it’s been cold, windy and not very hospitable for a garage that has no insulation, and I’ve been biding my time for the temperature etc al to be more convenient.

My other issue has been watching the progress of a package that has been traveling from China since October 20. It made it to the US last week and everything went smoothly until it reached this side of the country. At that point, the hilarity ensued. The package arrived at the regional hub in Rochester, NY but it couldn’t seem to make it all the way to me. Over the last week it’s been to three different post offices in my vicinity and back to Rochester a further three times. Wednesday evening I decided to get involved, going to the USPS website and attempting to redirect it to me and give better instructions on where to leave it.

It didn’t work.

I tried again last night, and this morning it was back at one of the other post offices it had been to previously. I figured, before it traveled back to Rochester a fourth time, I’d call them and see if at worst I could come collect it.

The postmistress was very happy I called, though it was going to be unnecessary for me to travel. They are taking the contents of the box, putting it in a Priority box and overnighting it to my post office. Where it should arrive and be delivered tomorrow. In theory. Considering the amount its traveled in the last 5 days, anything could occur at this point. I’m just glad the items weren’t perishable.

Though in a way they were. I had hoped to receive my Biden/Harris stuff before the election, although Trump’s antics over the past 2 weeks hasn’t negated the need or desire to have them. At any rate, I’m sure the USPS in Rochester will be happy not to see that package returned.

On a side note, I managed to take advantage of the near 70° temperature today to both gather, collect and deposit my neighbor’s leaves on the curb. It feels good not to have to worry about them all winter.

Next job; the garage!

In for the Winter

Every winter that comes I have the same issue; when will it be that I get the garage situated so that the car doesn’t get snowed on?  This year the answer was December 1.  Like in many other years, with climate change occurring, the leaves seem to be coming off certain trees later and later in the season, so the ability to get them raked and off to the curb to be collected becomes both a challenge and a waiting game.  Wait too long, and we’re stuck with them for the winter and then finding a place to put them come the following spring.

Last year, the neighbor’s oak tree as well as one of the trees in the front yard waited until nearly December to both change and drop their leaves and with the prevailing winds, the leaves ended up piled not only next to the easterly side of my house, they also were piled in my driveway, impeding snow removal.  This year, pretty much the same thing happened, so I was forced to wait and hope that there was going to be time for one more lawn mowing to mulch up the majority and get the lawns around the house better prepared for the winter slumber.  Long story short, it didn’t happen.

Consequently, I had both the lawnmower and the roto-tiller parked in the garage at odd angles blocking my parking of the car.  Too, there are items in the garage that haven’t been moved since the day we moved into the house nearly 20 years ago.  In years past, since it’s only a 1-car garage, I’ve piled items in the corners, as well as on top of old furniture and whatever other debris just happened to be in the building, for the sake of getting the car in for the winter.  With the new Murano, it’s just a teensy bit longer than the Ford Edge was.  So getting it into the garage proved to be a little more of a chore.  Add in the fact it has multiple cameras, sensors, and sonar so it warns you (incessantly) if you get too close to one thing or another.

This past summer I was a little more interested in getting things situated, but of course, something occurred to keep me from getting it accomplished.  Knee pain!  Turned out to be arthritis, advanced according to the multiple doctors I saw, and I was on the shelf for a while and that impeded my progress.  Consequently, come late November, I had to contend with shoveling off the car of snow at least once before I got it back into its little house.

Where it is now and will stay for the next several months.  Then comes Spring.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  My plan for 2020 is to hoe out the garage completely and only put back what needs to be there.  Wish me luck, right?