Things I’m loving this week

american dirt

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. A friend that shares my taste in books recommended this one, so I checked the library which, surprisingly, had a copy available. When they say it hooks you right from the start. Yes, yes, it does. Immediately. I can’t give a full review because I’m only a few chapters in, but it’s one of those books you can’t wait to get back to.

El canelo

El Canelo. It’s been a long time since we’ve been to our favorite local Mexican restaurant and it was worth the wait (and weight). And, big news, for the first time ever, Lauren actually ordered Mexican food (shrimp fajitas) instead of chicken fingers and fries from the children’s menu.

moms day

Mother’s Day. Kelly not only made me chocolate covered strawberries, but she took care of feeding all the pets that morning and she ordered me a heated throw blanket (yay!). Lauren gave me Romolo’s sponge candy AND chocolate covered pretzels (which she ran to Giant Eagle and bought at 6:30 a.m. when she remember it was Mother’s Day, but…hey…that’s Lauren. Planning ahead isn’t really her thing.).

rhubarb and lilacs

Rhubarb and lilacs. Birds get all the credit for being harbingers of spring, but the two things that have always signaled spring for me are lilacs and rhubarb. We already made two pies and there’s plenty more coming. I wish my lilac bushes were producing as well, but we can’t have it all, right?

Things I’m not loving this week

The minimum wage/can’t find workers debate. I’m so tired of hearing people say laziness is the reason there are so many low-paying jobs available and nobody to take them. To hear nearly everyone tell it, it’s all about the “extra” unemployment income that makes it better for people to stay home than work. Well….duh. Would you do any job for $7.75 an hour? How would you pay your babysitter?  And, also…these low-paying jobs are the worst jobs — the ones dealing with the public or cleaning up after or serving others. They are almost always without benefits and perpetually short handed because people don’t want to be treated like crap for $7.75 an hour.  The bottom line is this: If businesses want workers, they’re going to have to pay them more. And, yes, that means you’re going to have to pay more for your burgers, your manicures, your nursing home care…. I don’t know what to tell you. $7.75 (hell $10 and hour) is not a living wage. It’s not. You try to live on it.  The reason these workers are poorly paid is because the ones at the top of that company are making 500 times what the people who actually DO the work at their company make — there’s your villains, folks.

Home Depot. Buckle up…this is a long story and I feel like bitching. Last year, we tried to buy a pergola/gazebo for our pool area to set over the gas fireplace the thought being then I could invest in some nice comfy outdoor furniture (because then it would sheltered from the elements). It was June and we had, apparently, waited too long. They were sold out everywhere. Rather than buy something I didn’t want, I decided to wait till spring 2021. When that stimulus money hit the account, I was ready to buy. We shopped all over and eventually settled on one from Home Depot for $1,300. Ordered it in March and picked it up at the end of the month. It all came in one box that looked awful small to me, but….OK. This week, the husband opens the box to start putting it together and the first thing they realize is that there are no legs…you know the big long ones that hold the whole thing up? The husband calls Home Depot, they have him call the manufacturer. She says, yes, there should’ve been a second shipment of just the posts. Looks like they were never delivered. No problem. We can refund your money and we’ll send someone to pick that box up — don’t even worry about packing it all back in; they can pick it up as is. Fine. So….when can we expect a replacement? Oh, you’ll have to go online and order a new one. FFS. Well, what do you think are the chances there will be any available now? So, now the husband and brothers/family members are just going to build it themselves…though….i don’t know where that project now falls in the grand scheme of things that need done as the garage still has a dirt floor, needs plumbed, has a porch roof that is unfinished and is not sided. Yeah, so….. whatever.