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01-22-2020 03:33 PM
dealfinder500
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I'm glad you found the chair. The Bigs shouldn't complain if it helps you sort faster!
They did :-( They came around yesterday just after first break. Said get rid of the chair. Said if there was a medical reason then I'd need to go to the doctor.

Today was pretty rough. But I made it. I go to the foot doctor next week. But how long will they take to approve it, if they approve it at all? I don't remember if I mentioned it here, but when I went back to work from being out for my foot, the foot doctor tried to put me on 8 hour shifts (no overtime) for the rest of the year. It took them nearly 5 weeks to approve it, and then they only approved it for a mere 3 1/2 weeks. !!!???
01-18-2020 07:46 PM
Weedinhoe
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Had some nice developments at work. I mentioned the new position I got back in October. It was still hard on my feet, as I was standing the whole time, but now I didn't have a rate so I could go at my own pace.

At that point we were set up in the middle of the warehouse, with lots of traffic all day. One of the others (they had a bunch of people doing it, because they had put it off for so long and were way way way behind) suggested I get a chair if I wanted. I didn't, because I didn't know if it would be alright with the big wigs, and everyone else stood.

Back in November they set me and my partner (once we got caught up, there's really only two of us who do the position) with a station in one corner of the warehouse, one without much traffic and kind of out of sight.

When I had been putting things away on the different pick mods of the warehouse I saw a folding chair, and it obviously wasn't being used. So Thursday I took it for my station so I can sit down while I sort. Oh man! It was awesome! Thursday it was only half the day, but Friday I used it for the entire day. My feet felt great! I mean, they still hurt a bit, of course, and when I stood up those first few steps were AAAAAHHHH but the overall feeling was so much better! I went home, and I wasn't so sore that all I wanted to do was sit. It was great!

Here's hoping the big wigs don't mind. I don't think they'll care. Me and my partner (he made a chair out of totes) concluded that sitting down while we sort actually lets us sort faster. And... the table they have for us has a metal ledge underneath it. One of the benefits of being short is that it's the perfect height for a foot rest. They might not like him siting on totes, so we'll have to find him another folding chair. If they do have a problem with it, I'll see if the foot doctor will fill out a Reasonable Accommodation form for it. There's really no reason you can't sit while you do this part of my job. But wow did it make a huge difference for me!
I'm glad you found the chair. The Bigs shouldn't complain if it helps you sort faster!
01-18-2020 06:25 PM
dealfinder500 Had some nice developments at work. I mentioned the new position I got back in October. It was still hard on my feet, as I was standing the whole time, but now I didn't have a rate so I could go at my own pace.

At that point we were set up in the middle of the warehouse, with lots of traffic all day. One of the others (they had a bunch of people doing it, because they had put it off for so long and were way way way behind) suggested I get a chair if I wanted. I didn't, because I didn't know if it would be alright with the big wigs, and everyone else stood.

Back in November they set me and my partner (once we got caught up, there's really only two of us who do the position) with a station in one corner of the warehouse, one without much traffic and kind of out of sight.

When I had been putting things away on the different pick mods of the warehouse I saw a folding chair, and it obviously wasn't being used. So Thursday I took it for my station so I can sit down while I sort. Oh man! It was awesome! Thursday it was only half the day, but Friday I used it for the entire day. My feet felt great! I mean, they still hurt a bit, of course, and when I stood up those first few steps were AAAAAHHHH but the overall feeling was so much better! I went home, and I wasn't so sore that all I wanted to do was sit. It was great!

Here's hoping the big wigs don't mind. I don't think they'll care. Me and my partner (he made a chair out of totes) concluded that sitting down while we sort actually lets us sort faster. And... the table they have for us has a metal ledge underneath it. One of the benefits of being short is that it's the perfect height for a foot rest. They might not like him siting on totes, so we'll have to find him another folding chair. If they do have a problem with it, I'll see if the foot doctor will fill out a Reasonable Accommodation form for it. There's really no reason you can't sit while you do this part of my job. But wow did it make a huge difference for me!
12-25-2019 07:25 PM
Weedinhoe Merry Christmas, Dealie! I'm glad the new schedule worked out for you. We used to have the big family dinner at my grandparent's house on Christmas Eve. That left just us at home on Christmas Day to have the day to ourselves with no traveling. Nice and quiet.
12-25-2019 06:16 PM
dealfinder500 I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

My family has started to celebrate Christmas a little differently. Rather than getting together on Christmas Day, we get together Christmas Eve, so that each family can have Christmas Day for themselves.

It is nice making Christmas a little simpler. Instead of the normal Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve, we just got a sheet pizza and wings. So much easier on everyone - no huge meal to prepare, and then hardly any dishes to clean up after.

And I appreciate not having to watch the time. I almost always have worked the day after Christmas, and since I get up very early, I was usually always the first one to leave. Doing it on Christmas Eve allows me not to have to watch the clock and enjoy myself.

Last year my parents came up on Christmas Day. This year I went down there for a bit, brought them Denny's. I was sure glad I had ordered it online for pick up... I just got us each 2 pancakes. Mom had wondered if we should just all go in and eat... I told her it would probably be busy, plus it's a whole lot cheaper. And boy was I right! It was PACKED! My pancakes were ready but they were telling people coming in that it would be about an hour on food. One older couple grumbled and walked out... What do they expect? It's the only sit down place opened in the area!
11-16-2019 07:43 AM
dealfinder500 Well, the cold weather has finally come. We got a few inches of snow earlier in the week. One of the nice things about going into work an hour later than I used to is that they've at least started to work on the roads!

Thanks to an amazing deal at Kohls, I was able to score a 3qt instant pot for $22. It came yesterday and I tried it out this morning. I made Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats, and they were delicious! Easy to make, too. Mix everything into the pot, set it for 15 minutes, then when it's done it sit for 10 minutes and then let it vent. I'm going to try out a baked bean recipe tonight. I saw another recipe for a family sized pancake - one giant pancake that you can cut into slices like a cake. I'm going to have to try that!

My feet are doing better. They still hurt a lot, and get sore. But it's much more manageable. Someone gave me the idea to switch out my shoes throughout the day, and I started doing that. That really helps! Then I got these silicone foot pads, and they are almost like walking on a cloud!

With my new position, I do and see a lot more with inventory management. I've heard stories of the waste, but it's another thing to see it all first hand. A lot of stuff they donate, but most things like candy and expired baby food is thrown out. Just this week I watched them throw out 2 entire pallets of baby formula. Since it was 1 month expired, the food pantry won't take it. There was probably $25,000 of formula on each pallet! What a waste!
11-01-2019 05:05 AM
dealfinder500 Well I think I'm finally starting to feel better. The low grade fever is gone. I'm tired, but that's because I got up way early (big windstorm all night, plus my cat Alex was like a furnace under the covers and roasted me up out of bed). Been up for almost 2 hours. Had a nice cup of coffee and did a bit of reading. Gonna head back to bed for an hour or two.

But I don't feel the exhausted tired that I had felt all week. Hopefully that's the end of that. My mom has a Dr. appointment today (we have the same Dr.) and last night she suggested I call to see if I can get in today, and if they didn't have any openings to see if they'd let me have her time, since hers was just for a routine follow up that could be rescheduled. I was hoping to avoid that, and I think I'll be able to.

That little kitty is so sweet. She's taken to climbing up my leg when I'm sitting, and perching on my shoulder. Just now she is trying to snuggle down between the back of my neck and my shirt. I cannot keep her, that's for certain. But oh it's hard. I've always had a thing for the runts. But she is still far too little to give away.
10-30-2019 04:16 PM
dealfinder500 Still sick :-( Grr! I'm mostly just exhausted. A very slight headache and a little nose congestion, and then getting chills and occasionally getting slightly dizzy.

But I don't have a fever. I guess it's a good thing I had this week off from work, though this wasn't how I wanted to spend it.

I did get all those leaves dumped out in the garden. Boy did that tire me right out. I spent the rest of the morning/early afternoon napping on the couch.

I haven't had much of an appetite. I made some soup last night but only had a little bit. Made cream of wheat for breakfast and only had a little. But this afternoon I was starting to get pretty hungry.

I saw an ad on Swagbucks for $30 cashback on your first DoorDash order. And then I was shocked to find they'd deliver to my house. So I gave it a shot. My net cost for a large Chicken Wing pizza and a cheese calzone was about $10 after tax and tip and their fee. Not bad at all. That will last me the rest of the week!

I don't think I'd do it again - there's an 18% fee that DoorDash adds on (not the tip), plus I guess next time there will be a $4.99 delivery fee that was waved for my first order. So my order would have another 50% added to it!

In the 10 years I've been here, that's the first time I've ever gotten food delivered.

I was planning on having my mom over this week and make her my fancy baked potato recipe I found - you take some potatoes, cut it kind of into slices, but don't cut all the way through so they are still connected (the video showed them putting wooden spoons on either side when you cut), rub in oil then bake at 450 for 30 minutes. Then put little slices of cheese between the potato slices (and ham, if you like that nasty stuff!), then cover with a bechamel sauce (which is fancy talk for a white sauce, flour, butter, milk... I just used Alfredo sauce). Sprinkle it with shredded cheese and put it back in there for another 20-30 minutes. These were delicious! I was really wanting to make them for her, but I guess that will have to wait - I don't want her getting something from me. Mom always seems to pick up something very quickly.

I have been a very spoiled boy, though. I got 2 more foot massagers for nearly free, in exchange for my honest review. I am using one of them right now. So including the one I bought a few months ago, that's three! Very spoiled!

But I learned I had been using them in the wrong position all this time. I put one in the bedroom. Now my bed is a bit shorter because it's just the box frame and the mattress. I'll sit down on the side of the bed, stick my feet in the massager, turn it on, and then lay down with my head propped up on 2 or 3 pillows. WOW!! I could stay like that forever!
10-29-2019 09:26 AM
dealfinder500 Well, the first day of staycation did not go as planned.

The only thing I "had" to do was to take the car down to the dealership at 10. It had a recall on it for some stupid electronic thing, but having the recall done got you a free oil change. Dropped it off at 10, and I figured it would take maybe an hour, 2 hours tops.

My mom came and picked me up and I went back to their house. I hadn't heard anything, so around 12:30 I called them, and the lady told me it's not done yet but should be around 1:30. Alright, a bit longer than I expected.

My parents and I hooked my dad's trailer up to his truck and we put all their bagged leaves in it, and took them up to my house. Got back down, took care of the trailer, and mom took me back up there. It was going on 2:30, and I saw my car right out in the parking lot, so it must have been ready. I told mom no need to wait.

I go in, and the lady (the same one who checked me in at 10 and the same one I talked to on the phone) asked me if someone had called me. I told her that she had told me about 1:30. She told me to go take a seat in the waiting lounge and she'd see what's going out. She comes out 10 minutes later and tells me that they car they were working on before mine took longer than they thought and it would be another 30 minutes (that's when it hit me that my car was parked in the same spot I had left it this morning). So they hadn't even touched it. It ended up being another 45 minutes before they came and got me. Grrr! What a waste of a day!

And it was BEAUTIFUL out! I could have done so much outside!

After that I stopped at ALDI to get a few treats for the week and went home. By then I was starting to feel a bit sick. Not sick to my stomach, just really tired and starting to get a headache. I thought it might have been because I was a bit dehydrated - I had only had some coffee at my mom's, but I hadn't planned on being down there all day and didn't have anything else.

I ended up just laying down for a bit before finally getting an ice compress for my head and just going to bed. I must have woke up 40 times during the night - too hot, then too cold, etc. I finally got out of bed about 8, far later than I intended. Feeling mostly better, just my head feels congested. Thankfully, I only have a very slight headache. Headaches are my Achilles's heel. I can put up with most other kinds of pain/discomfort well, but headaches do me in.

Today is looking to be a nice crisp and cool fall day. I'm hoping to get all those leaves dumped out in the garden, and maybe get some of those hay bales moved, too. Back in July, right before I got very sick and in the hospital, that guy had unexpectedly brought a ton of hay bales. I got a good amount of them put on the garden. But it was so far to go, and because of the ditches I had dug for drainage it was hard to cart them, plus hard to maneuver around the coop. But now that I'm working on the new area, that's much closer and the ground is even and I'll be able to pile them up on the garden cart without it toppling over every few feet!

I've got a little black kitten I found outside a few weeks ago. Not sure who the mom is. Two of my indoor cats have adopted her. She tries to feed (though I don't think she gets anything) and they just lay down and let her. But she also eats the dry food. She curled up right in my shoulder pocket last night. It was so sweet! But no, I can't keep another cat. Once she gets a little bigger I've got to find her a home. But I also wanted to wait until after Halloween, since she's all black. Maybe those are just rumors, but why risk it?
10-27-2019 06:45 PM
dealfinder500 Yesterday and today I was able to spend a little time outside extending the garden area. Yesterday I picked up a bunch of old junk that had gotten buried in the weeds, and got most of the weeds cleared and the 3 kitty pools dumped (I had used those to water the chickens). Today I had to stop at Dollar General after church for a bag of cat food, and I got a whole car load of cardboard, so I put those on top and then dumped a few bags of leaves on those.

I've still got a lot more of the area to do. I'm not entirely sure if it will be ready for next year, but if not, then the year after. Some of the ground is really nice black dirt but some of it is clay.

A buddy from work does want the coop, so that is awesome. Hopefully he'll be able to get it soon.

I've got this coming week off from work. I've been looking forward to that. Fall is my favorite time of the year! I've got some cleaning projects I'd like to do, some outside things to do, but mostly I just want to relax. I've got a bunch of good mysteries waiting for me!
10-13-2019 10:37 PM
LindaLou Glad it's all working out for you!
10-12-2019 06:31 AM
Weedinhoe This is super news! Congratulations!
10-11-2019 08:41 PM
dealfinder500 Well, I started the new position Monday. And I love it. It is boring as anything, but I don't mind that - I always have liked mind numbing work because it gives me plenty of time to think.

And the even better part... my feet are doing great! I went back to the full hours this week (and we did 10's every day). I was telling myself as I left work that I think this is the best my feet have felt after a days work this year. In fact, they felt better now, after a 10 hour shift, than they felt at the beginning of work before!

It is such a praise! For a while there I thought I was never going to get any better.
10-03-2019 07:27 PM
LindaLou Congratulations, df500. Best of luck!
10-01-2019 07:03 PM
dealfinder500 Good news at work today!

I had applied for another position and today they let me know I got it! It won't be as physically exhausting, though it's a little tedious. But I won't have a rate to worry about. I'm not entirely sure, but I think it gets a tad bit more an hour, too!

I've actually been helping with it the last two weeks. They often throw me into that kind of work, and I like it. I never new they actually created two "official" positions for it - that must have happened while I was out for my feet.

So it worked out perfectly that one of the people is leaving soon.

I'm very happy about this!
09-29-2019 07:23 PM
dealfinder500 Fall is here. My favorite season of the year!

I've been getting a bunch of giant tomatoes from the garden! So delicious!

Since I've gotten rid of the chickens, I intend to make most of the main chicken area into garden. This area is separated from the main garden by the coop. I'm hoping to be able to get rid of the coop. It's got a few major problems with it - two of the walls have separated on the bottom by a few inches, and I think I've mentioned the problem before with the floor. It would need quite a bit of work to be safe for chickens again. But I don't really want to have chickens there anyway - it is too far away from the house, plus I don't need the means to have 75+ birds again!

It's still got a lot that would be salvageable. Hopefully I can find someone interested in taking it. I'd like to get it out of the way and then the two garden areas would be connected.

I think that will also make it much easier to take care of in regards to mowing/weed whacking, not to mention I can now have a path going directly to the garden, instead of around the coop, which thanks to the chickens and the hill was always very muddy.

So I am looking forward to that.
09-21-2019 05:24 PM
IceFire It kind of sounds like virulent Newcastle Disease. I know it's been making the rounds. They've had a LOT of problems with it in California. A lot of people's birds picked it up at chicken shows, then ended up bringing it home and infecting the rest of their flocks.

We've been keeping an eye out here, and practicing biosecurity measures, to keep it away from our birds.
09-19-2019 06:48 PM
dealfinder500 The guy messaged me today that the birds will have to be put down. I feel awful for him. The way he spoke about them before, they were all his little pets. Poor guy.

He didn't say what it was, and I didn't ask (yet). This is going to be a very hard lesson for him.

Update: it was Chronic Respiratory Disease.
09-14-2019 12:25 PM
two bits
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On a more positive note... guess what I am enjoying right now?

A delicious sandwich of lettuce and my very first successfully grown Brandywine tomato.

These things are enormous! I don't usually do the big heirlooms because not only do I have a somewhat short growing season, but usually the bugs (or chickens!) get them before they are ripe. 6 or 7 years ago I did a ton of them. I had these enormous Hawaiian Pineapple tomatoes... beautiful, pink and yellow marbled. And slugs got most of them! I think I got maybe 3 or 4.

The sandwich was delicious! I don't know why I put the knife in the sink because I think I'm going to have another!
Glad you like the Brandywine tomato. Been raising them a long time. Just a suggestion. Grow a few of Amana Orange next year.
09-14-2019 11:45 AM
dealfinder500 I guess they took some samples and he's awaiting the results. Not sure how long that takes.

Work finally approved me for no overtime... for all of 3.5 weeks haha. But I can tell the difference, and my rate has improved. Hopefully the 3.5 weeks will be enough. I also got a new kind of insert - Superfeet Orange. I ordered 4 different kinds from Amazon (it was a try before you buy thing). The first three were iffy. But when I tried on the last one - oh man! I could feel the difference immediately. Much better than anything else I've tried, even the one from before that I thought was a winner.

Fall is finally here. It's starting to get colder, the leaves are starting to change. It's my favorite time of the year. What makes it even better is that there are 3 libraries in the area that have their annual book sales now - and the last day is the bag sale, where it is $3-$5 for as many books as you can shove in a bag.

Today was one of them. I was good and only got 2 bags. Sometimes in the past I have gotten 10+ bags :-) I love nature and reference and history and how-to books. Of course I don't have as much space as I'd like, so I have to reign myself in a bit.

All total I got 30 books at 20 a book - you can't beat that. I scored a nice How to Survive in the Woods book, and in excellent condition. I already have a copy, and I really enjoy it. I'll probably give this one to my nephew. I found a few animal/nature handbooks, a guide to the weather, an excellent coffee table type book on cats that I'll give to my sister, two study Bibles in almost pristine condition that I'll give away, and a few good mysteries to keep me busy this winter.
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