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Yesterday, just about the time I had amped myself up to call that yahoo in personnel at my last job, the doorbell rang.  Guess what.  Yep.  My last paycheck.  A mere pittance, as all of them were.  However, money is worth more in the hand than in the mail.  Still no income tax refund yet.    Still no word from the unemployment benefits people as to whether my claim has been accepted or not.

I put in some applications and got a couple of nibbles.  Time will tell.  Later I will submit a claim to the unemployment people, requesting benefits for the past two weeks.  They don’t pay you for the first week.

It’s windy today.  In fact, we’re under a wind advisory:  SOUTHWEST SUSTAINED WINDS FROM 25 TO 35 MPH (40-56 kph)  WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH (88 kph).  The sky is dirty with dust.  Right now, at 6:30 in the evening, it’s 70 F/21 C.  Supposed to be in the 70’s F/20’s C tomorrow and Thursday, too, and not so windy, but it looks like another front is blowing through on Friday dropping the temperature back to 60 F/16 C, with a high of 54 F/12 C predicted for Saturday.

Maybe next week the weather will permit me to get out in the yard some.  The beds need cleaning out.  The roses need the dead wood cut off, and they need to be cut back.  The honeysuckle needs cutting back severely and its trellises reset.   The trees need pruning and those stupid “tree of heaven” (Ailanthus altissima) seedlings need to be killed.  It’ll take poison to to get rid of them.  I plan to cut them off, drill a hole down into the heart wood and drip the herbicide into it. hopefully, that will do the trick.  I don’t think I’m going to have any irises bloom this year, mostly due to lack of water, naturally occuring and otherwise.

I washed my hair in the shower this morning.  I always let it dry in the air.  It will ringlet if left to its own devices, except for the “grey” hair, which is rather straight and coarser.  While in the shower I thought up two good scenes for a story I’m writing on.  Once I was done, I dried off, wrapped my hair in a towel, skittered across the hall, booted up my computer and got them down while they were still fresh in my mind.  I should have taken the robe that hangs on the back of my bedroom door, but I wasn’t thinking about what I wasn’t wearing.  Got a little chilly there toward the end, but I got them down.

Had the last of my chili casserole for lunch, with some ciabatta rolls buttered and toasted under the broiler, and raspberry yogurt for dessert.  I’ll have a bowl of Kashi shreaded wheat with almond milk for supper, and tomorrow I’ll make some tuna salad.

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