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Rarely use the microwave – only for popcorn and I don’t like that cooked in the microwave either.
We have an Equinox – they should have been recalled for new engines – and not just replacements of the engines in them with same again – but Chevy has played games and the problem is not being resolved. Ours had started making “the noise” so it will be dying soon.
We have been looking for a replacement car. Even discounting that few cars are available to buy, we can’t find cars which meet our needs. We need a car large enough to fit 3 people (husband, my mom and me) and mom’s wheelchair, which has lower step in (for mom) and is not huge/expensive and will last.
Right now we never know when we go out if the car will make it home – a lot of fun when picking up mom in the next county and taking her to doctors.
Car is a 2012. Our 1994 Astro van is more reliable, but mom can’t get in and out of it.
We would be interested in a electric car, but lacking in info about recharging and how far they go as read all sorts of things. By our calculation if we were to go on one of our trips to Lancaster, PA we would have to stop for 3 hours to recharge on the way there and again as soon as we got there – at least once – and again when starting home and while coming home and would we would end up spending more time recharging than moving and would not have time to do anything.
We have a class B RV. This is a Chevy van converted to an RV – so the interior is something like 6ft across and at most 20 ft front to back. To say it is cozy is to be nice about the space. (Why do we have it? We had bed bugs and wanted an alternative to hotel rooms and now have a smaller space than a hotel room.) It does not get great mileage – maybe 15 mpg as it is rather heavier than it would be as a van (and even heavier when there is water in the tanks).
In 2019 we made only one weekend trip with it as it needed repairs most of the year. No trips in 2020 or 2021. But it cannot just sit. So periodically we get in on a Sunday afternoon and drive out to the east end of Long Island, turn around and come back. (Okay some trips we go into the big Walmart out there – the ones near us are much smaller.)
So this weekend we did this drive and then had to refill the tank at US$4.69 a gallon – and that because we stopped at BJs on the way home. Gas on the ground as he was filling it. Second time – last time it had been raining and most of what was on the ground was water – at least we thought so.
Going to mechanic later this week – oh boy.
Since 3 Federal elections ago I have been getting continuous spam mail for the “other” party. It started with asking me to vote for a candidate who was not in even any district I could vote for. I got constant spam emails now from the other party. Today I got one for a candidate in Texas – I am in NYS!
I get 2 texts monthly from the company I have my service with (to tell me they are going to charge me and then that they took the money and paid my account). The major use of my cell phone is when I cook dinner and text my husband “ok” so he knows to comes down for dinner and he texts “ok” back. My sister might send a text about a problem with mom once or twice in a month – most months nothing. So the spam is probably around 99% of the texts I get.
I telephone my 94yo mother at 7 pm on Sunday nights (only time we find that match being available to do so and I am cooking dinner while we talk.
We make all of our outgoing calls on my cell phone, unless to 800 numbers (as only phone with unlimited calls – his cell has very limited calls and we have no minutes on land line).
I figured out that between our two cell phone lines,husband’s Magic Jack line, and our home line it costs us around US$9 per phone call made (but that does not allocate any cost to the text messages).
And we updated the software to the new version – still not working as new version needs Imap accounts and mine are setup as POP accounts. Our next attempt to resolve it will be to delete the updated software and then do a clean install and add in each of my dozen or so email addresses as Imap accounts and hope that works.
Best of all is the browser crashes after every 2-3 email accounts I check directly online, so I have to check email account and then shut off browser, then turn on again, check next account, repeat.
And something like 90% of the accounts have no new emails at all, but still have to sign in and out to check. Some of them I am only checking once a week as they are least likely to have email and least likely to be email that has any meaning or purpose.
Yes – I have – husband is Italian and he would tell me stories about the goings on in their old neighborhood – where his grandmother still lived and we ate in “connected” restaurants many times.
But NEVER write down anything you do not want your spouse (or anyone else who lives or works with you) to know about!
Husband decided one night we should play a game of chess early in the pandemic. He could not find a set – I told him I could assemble together a set with things in the house, he said no. I went down to the same basement and found a small travel set.
We played. I played my hardest to lose – making the dumbest moves I could. (I used to play last board on high school team – which meant if someone on our team did not show up, I got to play as I was the worst player – by a lot.) I moved pieces at random. I left pieces open. Somehow I won anyway.
We have not played since.
Movies – we miss movies. We have not gone since the start of the pandemic (last movie – first Saturday night in March 2020). Movies on TV – even with the (small) big screen he bought – are not the same. Our first date was November 1973 and we went just about weekly until the pandemic (short of big snow storms or illness). Movies – especially old movies are what brought us together.