Friday, March 20, 2020

The ever shrinking 'TO DO' list.....

7:55 am - Friday - March 20th - Wittmann, AZ - 46° F, 80% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the north.....clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 65° F.

I don't really watch the news anymore, and haven't for years, but I have been tuning in first thing in the morning to see the latest Chinese Virus stats for the U.S. and for the world. As of Thursday morning there were 10,755 U.S. cases confirmed, and 154 deaths......


.....world-wide there were 229,289 confirmed cases and 9,324 deaths........


.....in Arizona, where we are, there are 64 confirmed cases, and 0 deaths as of this morning, Friday.  TLE and I remain asymptomatic as of Friday morning, March 20, 2020.

First thing Thursday morning TLE and I redeployed the patio awning, which we had to stow quickly, in sort of a panic, in the midst of a micro burst wind storm (rain going sideways at the same time) about 7 pm Wednesday evening.

About mid morning I received a notification that the new Girard tankless water heater door I ordered off eBay had been delivered to the Wittmann P.O. by FedEx, instead of being delivered directly to the street address where were are staying.  This is kind of odd, as they, FedEx, make deliveries out here all the time.  At any rate I had to drive into the P.O. with Tom, our host, to retrieve it, and that is a whole 'nother story, as they say.  

They have a new Postmaster at the Wittmann P.O. and this person is a real piece of work.  They spent the first 10 minutes I was there trying to convince me they had returned my package to the sender, because they do not deliver, which I understand, mail to addresses.....pretty much everyone in Wittmann has a P.O. box to receive mail.  I kept showing this person the FedEx website, which shows they were told by the Wittmann P.O. that the package was being held for pickup, and that is what I was there to do.  This person finally called the postal worker on that route, who told this person that the package was, indeed, still at the P.O. in a special bin called the 'Pumpkin'.  The person finally went to check the 'Pumpkin' and, sure enough, there it was....what an ordeal!  It was all I could do to keep from losing my temper.

So, after returning from the P.O adventure I spent the rest of the day installing the Girard door, and then further modifying the existing door to fit around the Girard door.....


.....it came out pretty well......so, I was able to cross two more items off my 'TO DO' list: 1) The installation of the Girard door, and 2) The re-installation of the exterior original door which is painted to match the Newell color scheme......


.....oh, I almost forgot to mention that on our way home from the P.O. Tom and I stopped off at the local 'Dollar General' to see how they were doing, and found, not surprisingly, their TP, and paper towel shelves were stripped clean.  On the other hand, they are fully stocked with soda pop, and chips of all kinds.....I wonder if you ate Dorritos for every meal for a week if you could ever get the orange stain off your hands, and mouth......lol.

For dinner TLE had me grill the Santa Maria tri-tip she bought at TJ's the other day......it took about 23 minutes beginning to end, and it came out a perfect medium rare.....was it ever delicious!

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