Tuesday’s Tidbits. #2

Good morning to everyone! How are you all doing today? It is a very mild day here with a temperature of 25F (-4C) and cloudy once more. Plus there was ice fog again overnight, so the trees have a new layer of frost on them this morning. Much of the former frost had disappeared finally from the previous ice fog that we experienced last week.

The chickadees have been here this morning, along with the nuthatches and at least 2 blue jays. I have not seen, or heard, any other birds this morning. It is quiet outside right now, I do not see any birds around at all. No squirrels either. My little squirrel that had been coming seems to have gone away now too. Very strange. Oh, I just saw a chickadee. He flew away though. Sigh.

Red-breasted Nuthatch having her breakfast.

The other day I had to phone the government about something. I needed a letter from the government so that I could send this letter to the government to prove that I had done something that I was told to do. It did not really make much sense to me, but I phoned. I was put on hold. 15 minutes passed. 25 minutes passed. One hour passed. If this was not so important I would have hung up. But I needed that letter, and soon. One hour and 15 minutes.

I must have listened to that same musical arrangement at least 550 times now. One hour and a half. Still waiting. Another 5 minutes and an agent answered the phone. Steve does little happy dance. I explained that I needed a letter from her. She had never heard of such a thing. She asked what it was for. I had just told her, but I told her again. She did not understand why I needed this letter, or what kind of letter I needed. Sigh. I explained it a third time.

Female Common Redpoll on the feeder.

She was very nice about it all, she had just never heard of needing a letter for this thing and did not know what to write in the letter. She had been working there for several years and had never come across such a request. Naturally. This is me we are talking about. I explained it a fourth time. She asked what needed to be in the letter. Now, I am not quite sure, but it seemed to me I had mentioned that 4 times already. Sigh. I explained it again, making sure I gave her the particulars of what needed to be in the letter, just like I did the other 4 times.

I spoke slower this time. People often say I talk too fast. Others say I do not talk enough. Some say I talk too quietly. Others can hear me 20 feet away even when I am talking in the same tone of voice as normal. What can I do? Sigh. She said again that she had never heard of needing such a letter. I had been told by the government that this was a normal thing and that the government would know what I am talking about when I ask for this letter. Sigh.

Male Common Redpoll enjoying a sunflower seed.

One part of the government has no idea what the other part of the government is doing. And I am in the middle. I have no idea what is going on either. She put me on hold again. For another 15 minutes. Listening to this same musical arrangement, which has been swirling around in my brain ever since. Very annoying really. I would like to forget it. But it remains. Sigh.

Finally she comes back and assures me that a letter will be sent out that day, which means I should have it by Friday. Finally, success. I hope, anyway. I figure she put me on hold so she could talk with her supervisor, or whatever that person is called. I just hope it is the right letter. The chickadees are back. There are two young deer in the yard. Time for more coffee, how about you? I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2023 Steve McLeod.

32 Comments on “Tuesday’s Tidbits. #2

  1. I knew it, you are that secret government agent disguised and living in Ontario Canada and waiting for that secret code from the government so that you can proceed on your next mission. Right πŸ‘οΈπŸ€”βœ‹? Or I’m absolutely wrong. 😜πŸ€ͺπŸ€£πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚. Hope u get the right letter from the government. I must appreciate your patience, waiting for 1.5 hours ,πŸ‘»πŸ‘€ u r a legend πŸ‘ Muffin should appreciate your patience waiting for. Have a great day. Tme to sleep, I think.good n8.

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    • Oh no! Someone gave away my identity!πŸ₯ΈπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚️ Now I will have to ask for a new assignment and track down the leak that gave me away. I hear it came from India. Just wait until I get my hands on that guy!πŸ€”πŸ€¨ Well, I needed that letter, so had to wait, and wait, and wait, and wait, and wait…! Hmm, Muffin just yawned when I told her.πŸ˜ΉπŸ˜ΉπŸ˜‚ Have a good night Simon!πŸ˜ƒπŸŒ›πŸ₯±πŸ˜΄ Or maybe it’s day now.πŸ€” In that case, Have a good day Simon! πŸ˜ƒβ˜•β˜•πŸŒ›

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      • Good Morning Uncle Steve βœ¨πŸ€— so u found that guy who leaked it ? And he is from India, quiet shocking πŸ‘€so now u have to wait and wait.. let me yawn 😦I want to sleep, but here I go, get back to work again. Good Night Uncle Steve βœ¨πŸ€—

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      • Good night Simon! Have a good day at work, whahahaha!πŸ˜† Oops, just clearing my throat.πŸ™„ Must get after that guy from India whose name begins with S. Hmm…🀨πŸ₯Έ

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      • I see does it ends with N? I’m glad it’s not Simon πŸ€ͺI’m officially declaring a name change to you it’s Simo πŸ€ͺ😜🀣🀣🀣

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      • I see🧐, no i didn’t 🀯see because πŸ™ u told 🀠me u r in disguise πŸ₯Έ πŸ€“πŸ€‘πŸ‘»πŸ‘½

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      • Oh good, you didn’t see me, that fake moustache worked good!πŸ₯ΈπŸ™„πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈπŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ή

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      • A statue? Hmm, maybe that’s why that one guy kept trying to light his match on my cheek!πŸ€”πŸ₯ΈπŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ή

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      • Light his match on your cheek 🀣🀣🀣🀣LOL… Check before applying shaving cream he must have shaved half your beard already πŸ˜œπŸ˜…

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      • Yeah, and there is all these red streaks on my cheek too. But then I helped him by lighting his match, then dropping it down his shirt.πŸ”₯ Wow, did he do a lot of dancing!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ή

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  2. Steve, you showed great patience. It sounds like about 2 hours on the phone. You should have the letter as a badge of honor for waiting so long. Congratulations!

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  3. I know how you feel ! πŸ˜³πŸ™„ … For different reasons than yours I do not like being β€œ on hold β€œ… πŸ™„ ! Well ,your patience is way better than mine 😴! Love the pics shown ! Have a great sleep tonight both of you ! 😴

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    • I would never have made it, except I really had no choice. Oh well, at least that part is over, I hope,πŸ™„ and hopefully I will get the right letter that I need. Sleep well and enjoy your evening!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜»πŸŒ›πŸ₯±πŸ˜΄πŸ˜΄

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  4. When you need something from the government, good luck! Their work is to drive you crazy basically πŸ˜… I hope in the end you’ll receive the letter though πŸ˜† Wish you both a wonderful day ahead β˜•οΈπŸ˜»

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