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Budgets–I’m pretty good at getting my money’s worth–maybe more, and I’ve been known to squeeze blood from a turnip–well, that’s what my family thinks.

I got an email tonight that said the state archives in Morrow will be closing Nov 1 of this year because of budget constraints. Ok. I didn’t know anything about this but I checked and sure enough it appears to be accurate.*** According to the email, this will be the only state archives in the nation that will not be open to the public. There have been some really bad decisions lately to come out of Atlanta and this is another one.

 

I don’t readily make my opinions known but lately I have done so a bit more often. No, I didn’t sign a petition or

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other such document. I decided to email the governor directly and let him know how I felt. Personally, I think he can reduce some of his personal spending out of his office to take care of this. I am nothing great but I do have ancestors who helped settle parts of the state and many of the ancestral lines have remained here—I’m one of them. I think this is a disgrace to the present and past citizens. I know genealogy and research of past history (redundant) is not everyone’s cup of tea but our history is important—all of our histories.

 

Well, I thought I’d get that off my chest. I feel better. I’m sure nothing will happen but you know, if I don’t say anything I don’t have a right to complain later.

 

May your gardens look beautiful all through the day! Happy Gardening! 😀

*** The archives will not be open to the public as it is now but will be taking appointments as time and staff allows but with the cut in staff, it does not sound that this will be promising.

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Newspapers…

I subscribe to receive the weekend edition of my newspaper. I used to receive the daily one for years on end, but problems with one of the carriers years ago prompted me to go to the weekend only-actually I tried to change to the Sunday edition but the paper threw in Friday and Saturday for the same price. Since it is Masters week, we are supposed to get a bonus paper every day through the end of the tournament and then the special edition on Monday with the winner of the green jacket. It is now Thursday and I have not received the first bonus paper from this new carrier though I keep calling to complain. I don’t like to complain. I like everything to go smoothly with as few bumps in the road as possible.

Back when I had to go out of state to take care of my grandma some years ago, a nice man from the paper came and put my newspaper box up. I thought everyone should get one if this was the case with the nice customer service and the fact that I didn’t have to pay anything extra. A few papers can fit nicely without being scattered on the lawn or having to call to stop the paper…that’s if you can the carrier to put the paper in the box. 😐

I have had some great carriers over the years but they are very few and very far between. It’s a tough job. I understand, but leaving the paper in the street is always a bad sign and that’s what we had a few years ago-could not get mine in the box, ever, and people had to dodge papers when driving down the street-the person could not get them on the driveway. I called and complained and complained to no end trying to get this changed. Finally the person moved on or got fired-can’t remember.

Well, my paper just came. The district manager just brought it out so my carrier still hasn’t brought a bonus paper. We’ll see what Monday brings. No paper means I have to call again and this time get angry. I do not like getting angry. But, sometimes being calm and civil doesn’t get me anywhere. I am amazed that the paper came today when they said I had to wait until tomorrow to get today’s paper. Perhaps it was when I said something about my subscription was up this month. Nah… That wouldn’t matter, would it?

Happy Gardening and may all of your readings be worth your while!

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It’s gripe day and I’m Fed-UP!

This is gripe day. Back in July, my daughter’s phone literally broke. She had problems with it for 2 years, had it replaced once, but it took a while for it to start messing up like buttons not working. Two weeks after she got the new one, it quit working and Verizon replaced it. Then my hubby’s phone was almost completely shot so he got one back in August; 4 weeks later it quit working – something about the antenna going out. They could not replace it from the store but had Fed-ex send a replacement – was supposed to be here in 2 days. Well, I waited and no delivery guy came so my hubby called Verizon only to find out that “yes, the driver attempted delivery but no one came to the door so he left a note.” That was NOT true! I had the door open most of the day and no one came up to the house. I kept a careful watch for him looking out the door about every 10-15 minutes and going out on the porch at least every 30 min, sometimes more. No delivery trucks even came down our street until later in the day (a UPS truck) as we live on a cul-de-sac. We can hear them when they drive by. They make a very distinct sound.

This whole thing ticks me off because Fed-ex said that the guy would call me to make another attempt to deliver the phone today – ANOTHER? You have to make one before you can make another one, right? Earlier in the year we had a delivery from Fed-ex w here the guy came up to the door and left a hanger thing but did not ring the doorbell or knock on the door. I happened to hear something on the porch and opened the door to check but the guy had just gone. Weird about that, the time of delivery that he put on the hanger had not yet passed. In other words, he was putting a future time on the hanger and then did not bother to try to get me to answer the door. Don’t know how that works since they have to key in the time they come to the door.

My hubby ended up having to go and pick up the package this evening. When he tried to give them a piece of his mind, they just shook it off and said that the driver made a mistake and went to the wrong door – no big deal. That’s funny since we have a sign on our mailbox that clearly displays our address. I know that this is a thankless job, but this was lousy service and the support people do not even act interested in solving problems or seeing to it that service improves. If I have a choice of shipping, I choose almost anything over Fed-ex. So, today is gripe day, and here’s to being FED UP WITH FED-EX!

We are half-way though the month of Sept. We are still having temps in the mid 90s and sometimes upper 90s. Summer is trying to hang on forever it seems. Hope your gardens are happy!

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