Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Daily Report

Fiorella spent most of the morning in her lawyer's office putting together her will. Then she spent most of the afternoon at home, putting together the information he needed to finish things up--the names, addresses, etc., of her kids, etc. Then she drove back into town to and driving down to deliver the information to his paralegal and pay her $900 bill. Now, she is taking a break before she starts searching for her flight information, which she knows she had last night....
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After a couple of hours of sorting through piles of papers and cooking up an early supper for Sonia and herself (salmon, of course), Fio finally found her boarding instructions. PANIC--reading the back of the page, Fiorella discovered that she is supposed to check in on Southwest.com, which she's not sure she can do, or use the Southwest Mobile App, which, of course, Fiorella doesn't have. Also, she is supposed to use her mobile device and receive a mobile boarding pass. WILL YOUR TECHNOLOGICALLY-CHALLENGED FIO BE LEFT STANDING ON THE TARMAC? Stay tuned.
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The day had been hot as blazes so, in the evening, Fiorella turned on the sprinkler system, then filled a big watering can to give succor to her drooping caladiums in urns next to the porch. The cicadas, of course, were in full bloom, chattering so loudly that she couldn't hear herself think. How can an insect that she can't even see be so noisy?
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Yay! Today is Blood and Treasure, that throwback TV show that takes two gorgeous people and puts them through adventure after adventure. Lots of villains, lots of people getting killed (no blood, of course), lots of suggestive scenes between the hero and heroine, who keep rejecting the fact that they are made for each other. Just what Fiorella needs for a good night's sleep.
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If Blood and Treasure is pre-empted, there's always Colbert. His monologues make Fiorella laugh, which is a wonderful aphrodesiac. If Colbert is on vacation or it's a weekend, Fio watches zoo specials, which are equally soothing. How did people ever get off to a good night's sleep before TV?

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Birthday Aftermath, Politics

The maternal cousin didn't get contacted yesterday because so many other things were going on. Fio received birthday greetings from far and near, and she loved it, but now she has to tend to her immediate responsibilities and prepare for the trip to Nashville. The first thing on her list is to visit her lawyer to prepare a will in case her plane doesn't make it to Tennessee. Warning: the appointment may not turn out well. Fio has a feeling he's going to try to complicate her case rather than simplify it, in which case, she'll walk out.
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Can't figure out if Pence is as cold-blooded as he appears to be or if it's just botox. Fio can forgive the latter, which she's indulged in herself, but not the former, which she is not.
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Glad to hear that the much bally-hooed ICE raids petered out. Wondering if they were nothing but a publicity stunt to take headlines off of The Children. If so, they back-fired. Good people all over the nation banded together to protect immigrants and provide sanctuary.  Hmm...when good people band together for one cause, they tend to stay together for other causes. Wondering if we'll end up with a knock-down, drag-out war between lovers and haters.
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Hey, have you noticed how strident Trump has gotten lately? Fiorella thinks he's nervous about the upcoming sexual assault charges because it looks like a lot of big names with big bank accounts are going down. Fio has a theory about pedophiles--that men of a certain personality type who've broken all the societal rules in climbing to the tops of their greasy ladders, get a kick out of breaking the moral rules too.
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If Corporal Bone Spurs were half as smart as he thinks he is, he'd keep his mouth shut because every time he opens it, idiocies fall out. Comedians have never had it so good.
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Monday, July 15, 2019

Happiness Lives Here

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO FIORELLA!

And it's been a happy day indeed so far. Fio had good dreams last night--that she had written a murder mystery and a book from Doggie's point of view, and has sent them off to publishers. And, on awakening and reaching under the couch for her computer, she read a nice birthday message from a banker she had talked to about ways to reduce the interest on her mortgage. And, looking out the window as she lies abed, computer balanced on her stomach, she sees that it looks like a nice day.
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What are you planning to do today, Fiorells? Normal things, like register Baby Car with the county, water the yard, and pay bills, and some extras like taking flowers to her favorite guy at Mazda to celebrate his engagement. And, now that it looks like she'll have some spare time, she'll be able to work on some of her projects, like pulling all her short stories together into one packet. Hmm...maybe she could also start writing a murder mystery or a book from Sonia's point of view.
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When it rains happiness, it pours--friend Paula just called Fiorella with birthday wishes, which warmed Fio's heart. Paula and Fio met when they were teaching at UT, and they've been fast friends ever since. 🧡🧡🧡
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Fiorella is so brimming over with happiness that she wants to spread it around and is considering calling Ohio to catch up on her only remaining cousin on her mother's side.
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And just maybe Fio's happiness will extend across the nation and across the world. That's the way Fiorella hopes everyone can live--on a cushion of hope, happiness, and love 😙
 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Nostalgia, Birthday, Big Mouth

MORNING: Fiorella spent an hour or so searching through the past couple of years of her blogs to find the one she had written listing her past addresses, but it seems to have disappeared from sight--or, at least, HER sight. If you spot it, please let Fio know what date she posted it on so she can take her children on a  nostalgic trip to to see each one of the places in which she and Husband lived.
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 Hey, hey! Fio's birthday has been moved back to mid-August, after the construction on I-35 is complete, so she can drive into Austin on a weekend without getting caught in bad traffic. Two southbound lanes are being closed down while fly-overs are being manipulated into place, and that means traffic will be backed up for miles.
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Daughter is concerned that Fiorella's outspokenness will get her in trouble, which it may at some point, but, on the other hand, Fio doesn't drink, smoke, use drugs, lie, or steal. Instead, she tries to make the world a better place and be a good mother, aunt, neighbor, and citizen. Hmm...do you think she should go out and buy herself a gun?
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NOON: Fio was feeling down so she loaded Sonia Dog in the Queen Mary and they drove into town for (1) two of Starbucks' chocolate chip cookies (for Fiorella) and (2) a baguette from Panera (to be shared). On the way back home, Fio stopped in to talk to friends Mike and Diana, who live up the street, and by the time she got home, her world was running as it should be again.
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EVENING: Your girl is at peace now. she's boxed about thirty plastic pill bottles to send to Matthew 25 Ministries, which passes them on to underdeveloped countries.  It's good to know there are still good people in the world. If you're interested, their address is Matthew 25 Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45242. If you need further information, call 513-793-6256 or consult the organization's website at M25M. ORG.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Happiness Reigns Supreme

Fiorella is very happy because friend Richard, who takes care of Fiorella's Miata like it was his own baby car, has found a lovely girl who appreciates him and they are getting married in September. Fio's also happy because because Dr. George, her local physician, suggested a good way for Fiorella to manage her multiple pills while she's at her upcoming reunion. Another thing that made your girl happy was dropping by Click Computer Repair and handing over three bags of nuts for guys in the back room to chomp on. Finally receiving a bill from Pedernales Electric Coop also made Fiorella happy-- even though it was in the form of a past-due notice. She is also happy about the way her Facebook friends backed her up in her run-in with the president to the neighborhood's HOA. (And, as always, she derives happines from Sonia Dog's unquestioning love and loyalty.)
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On the other hand, the HOA prez's snippiness still irritates her, and she's spent far too much time while she was driving from place to place in the 100-degree heat thinking of stinging replies to huis note. Let it go, Fio. You have too many other fish to fry.
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Changing the subject, Fiorella has to start thinking of what to what to wear on her trip to the family reunion. Slacks, of course, and maybe shorts, depending on the weather. A lot of pink and white--and her brand new white Keds.
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Fiorella still hasn't heard a word of follow-up from the County Commissioners, even though her scathing letter about the way she was lied to and her land was savaged got published as written in the local newspaper. What sort of pressure will it take to get those wood chips moved to her yard and the logs split for firewood? (Interestingly enough, Fiorella tried to get the HOA board to distribute copies of the letter to everyone in the neighborhood, but they declined. Wonder why? 🤣
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Oh, another reason Fio is happy is that when she called her credit card company and asked them to cash in all her travel points, she learned her take-home would pay her air fare to the reunion. 😁

Friday, July 12, 2019

Hello, Depression, Once Again

Fiorella doesn't like being angry all the time, but it's better to be angry then depressed, which Fio is now. She's even thinking about talking to some kind of grief counselor--not about grief, actually, but about what might be called survivor burn-out. She has yet to make a new will, finish probate, and figure out her 2018 taxes. And then there's still the house to clean up and clean out.  When will her life ever be her own again?
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Fio will admit that she's also a little lonely. Her neighbors and friends have been great, but they have their own lives to live and she doesn't want to be a nuisance. Part of the problem, of course, is that she lives thirty-five miles away from her old friends and several acres away from her new ones.
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Fio's upcoming family reunion has also put pressure on her. She wants to get the new will written  before she heads off to the family reunion because she's nervous about flying.
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She's also worrying about Sonia Dog, who's never been in a kennel before. Will Doggie think she's been abandoned? What if the attendants don't like her or, because she barks a lot, think she is vicious? Will they understand she's a sweetie who needs to love and be loved?
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As Fio was writing this blog, a friend called and told her she'd been discussed at the HOA board meeting. The lyrics of "What can we do about Maria" ran through Fio's head, of course, but then she got mad again, always her best defense. Obviously, these guys don't have enough to do.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Anger, HOA, Villain, President, Friend

Fiorella is angry. Why does she have to be the one who races around trying to save the world, who has to tackle the house, funeral homes, insurers, investment firms, lawyers, county commissioners, taxes, and whatever else comes down the line when all she wants to do is get her own stuff together and learn languages, paint pictures, write songs, poems, and sleazy romances? Is it any wonder she wants to go out into the back yard and scream?
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And now Fio is angry about the prissy note she received from the president of her HOA lecturing her about her driving. She is not the world's best driver, but she's usually one of the most conscientious ones, although a couple of times lately, she's had to put the pedal to the metal to seek out emergency help. (Fio should add that she and her neighbors live on acreage and there are never children in the road.)
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Fiorella can't let go of that note. Did Prez ever think about talking around to find out if Fiorella was having some problems the HOA could help with? Did he know her husband died in January, and she's been rowing the boat herself ever since? Did he know that the County had screwed her over? Did he know she writes books and often takes characters from real life? HELLO, NEXT VILLAIN!
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More on Prez. This is the guy who wants our wilderness HOA to supervise lawn mowing, fencing, decorative "aesthetics," etc. Thankfully, the membership rejected his power play. Hey, should Fiorella send him back a note informing him that she is actually DR. PLUM, rather than the "MRS. PLUM" he addressed his note to?
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Friend Paula, who couldn't meet with Fio in Austin today, called Fio earlier in the morning and they had a nice chat, which Fiorella appreciated because she is quite isolated out here in the boondocks. 🧡Thirty-seven years of friendship count for a lot.🧡