The oldest grandson drops by at least once a week; if the TV isn't on, he'll grab the remote and start watching "The History Channel", which is one I had never checked out before; it didn't sound interesting to me. Bleck. History.
But after he'd been here and left, we'd turn on the TV later, still set to the History Channel, and often see something really fascinating. So now I've gotten in the habit of checking the programming every day, just in case. If I see something about guns or cars, I set it to record on the DVR, because I know Cliff will like it. He's also fascinated with how things are made, and the machinery it takes to make specific things.
So this morning I saw there was an all-day marathon about how American food developed over the years, and I made sure they'd be recorded. Cliff was ready for work a little early, so we started watching an episode about the history of potato chips; it's fascinating, really!
Of course, we're being very careful of what we eat at present, so the timing wasn't good. Even though I'm not hungry at all, I now find myself craving potato chips, onion dip, Fritos, Cheetos, and Sun Chips. Why? Because I saw how they're made, and I want them all!
As luck would have it, I'm in the boonies with no access to junk food, so I'm safe. But I really hate it when a seed is planted like that, because you never know when it's going to rear its head at some hungry moment.
On another note: I've mentioned this on Facebook a couple of times, but I have to share the fact that IT'S RAINING MONEY at our house. No, we haven't won the lottery; it isn't a flood, just scattered showers. But it seems as though the stars are aligned in the right moon, or whatever the astrologers say.
We always plan on getting a big tax refund, so that's no surprise; but we're getting back more than usual this year.
Then there was a loan to family members who have been paying us regularly each month; their ship came in, so they paid what they owed in full. Nice!
I put a couple of things on Craigslist today, and it looks like one item is already sold ($250); I'll know for sure in a couple of hours. If that person doesn't show, I have another who wants it.
So, I went to the mailbox a while ago and there was, lo and behold, a check for $500 from the holding company that owns the place where Cliff is employed. I knew he was still on his way to work, so I called his cell and asked, "Were you expecting a check from your company's owners?"
He was flabbergasted when I told him the amount. I started reading the scanty information on the stub, and saw this: "Unreimbursed Medical".
I remember we had a $500 co-pay four years ago when Cliff had his heart surgery, so maybe that's what its about.
All I know is, it's raining money, and I'm turning my umbrella upside down.