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.
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.
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.
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.
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