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Pleasantries [Jul. 7th, 2015|10:41 pm]
Not only did the day cool off nicely when evening came, but the air conditioner was off by seven and there's a good chance I'll even be able to turn the fan off before morning. Additional good news is that the crickets have finally returned to my yard, and if I get to turn the fan off early enough I'll be able to sit and listen to them without interference from the drone of machinery.

There's even chance of some rain on Thursday. I was planning on doing some watering in the front yard tomorrow night, but now I think I'll wait and see if we get rain. If we do and there's a decent amount then I'll be able to put off any additional watering for several more days. The only problem is that the approaching storm could bring lightning, and I'd rather not have that due to the power outage risk.

This afternoon I even got fifteen minutes of extra cooling, as my chiropractor had his air conditioning on. I can't remember the last time I felt that cool. Lately even the stores have been conserving energy and have been pretty warm, so the few minutes in the doctor's office was a rare luxury. Additional good news is that not only is my Medicare deductible paid up for the year, but I had a 44 dollar credit with the chiropractor, so not only did I not have to pay anything today but I'll be co-pay free for the next four visits, and get about two bucks off the visit after that, which ought to be the last of the year.

The savings will do a bit more than cover the increase in my cable bill that begins this month. Not sure what I'll do with the rest, but if I were spending it at this moment I think I'd buy pie. For some reason I've been craving pie all evening, and though I have a frozen one it's the kind that has to thaw, not get baked, so the earliest I could eat any would be tomorrow. In the meantime I guess I could make do with some Greek yogurt— assuming it hasn't defaulted yet.

Now to go listen to those crickets for a while. I might even get to shiver, as it's going to drop below 70 degrees tonight. Yay for summer getting served, even if it's only for a couple of days.

[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2015-07-08 06:40 pm (UTC)
Greek yogurt! Oppa! (I hope they bail Greece out. Nice place.)

That's good news about your getting some appointments sans copays.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2015-07-08 08:53 pm (UTC)
I was never very fond of yogurt until the Greek style became available. I like that it isn't runny. Something I'd like to find is a cucmber-yogurt dressing that they put on thye gyros at a Greek coffee shop I used to patronize in Pasadena. The was really tasty stuff, but I can't find it in the supermarkets.

Northern Europeans (especially the Germans) have been incredibly stupid about Greece, first enticing them with extravagant loans and then, when things inevitably went sour, failing to do a proper fix (which would have involved the northern banks taking a good sized haircut on thier Greek assets) when the problem was still fairly easily manageable.

Fixing it now would be way more costly, but it should still be done. I doubt they'll do it, though. The Germans are a pretty thick-witted lot (which I know from personal experience, as I have a lot of German ancestors.)

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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2015-07-08 09:01 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, tzatziki! http://allrecipes.com/recipe/tzatziki-sauce/

I see that Angela Merkel is getting loooots of flak for her intransigence. Guess time will tell. Oh, I notice that the Chinese stock exchange is falling apart. Interesting times. :/
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2015-07-08 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, China has reached its moment of financial crisis. They avoided disaster for quite a while, while the west was in recession, so maybe they'll be smart enough to keep its effects brief. If not, at least the price of meat will probably come down for us (one reason it's gotten so expensive over the last few years is because the Chinese and Indians (the 200 million Muslims, of course, not the billion Hindus) and other prosperous Asians were importing so much of what we produced.)

During that time we've beefed up (no pun intended) our production, so if Asian pruchases decline because of a major recession in the region's powerhouse economy then American meat producers will have a surplus and we might get some real bargains for a while. They'll have to sell it somewhere.

Angela Merkel. Heh. I always thought that fondling thing W. Bush did to her several years ago was weird, but he was probably just trying to get her to relax. She seems to be very tightly wrapped, though, so it probably wouldn't have worked even if he'd asked before doing it.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2015-07-08 10:52 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that about meat prices! I'll keep my eye on specials at Fred Mayer. :)

Yes, photos of Ms. Merkel do show her to look mighty uptight! At the time, though, I was so embarrassed for W. He was probably used to Saudis, who held his hand and kissed him.
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