**Aside here: I have a galling tendency to be a grammar snob (although I often fall short of perfection myself - it's a failing). In my defense, besides being schooled in a different era, I spent my entire childhood-into-young-adulthood trapped at the dinner table with my father, the King of Grammar. We were given a "Word of the Day" and had to know how to spell it and use it in a sentence. Heaven help you if the grammar weren't purfickt. :-O **
The same day, I received a call from my chimney sweep who told me he will be in my area and thought I might be (over) due for a cleaning. I explained that I couldn't have the chimney cleaned, as it was now tilted at a slight angle and I wasn't sure if the seal (or whatever) had been compromised. He said that, as he was going to be in my area anyway, he would stop by and look at it and see if he could fix it. Gratis. Technically, it's not gratis, since once it's fixed he will clean it and that's not gratis. But, still...
Sighing heavily (something happening with much more regularity and heaviness since the March madness), I drudged into the office building this morning and met my building supervisor/friend. While we usually discuss dog rescue things, I think I must be spending too much time with my resident drama queen, because I solicited an "is everything alright?" inquiry. I tell you, it doesn't take much for me to pour my heart out to anyone these days. I am going to have to go home tonight and starch my upper lip. On the other hand, he is coming out a week from Sunday to have a look and write up a shopping list for parts needed to fix the roof. Once I have acquired them, he will come out and fix it. Gratis, truly and really. These dog rescue folks are amazing!
With a much lighter step, I proceeded up to my office where I attempted a mind-meld with the Universe in order to regain my "Rosie" (inside reference) attitude. It worked! Of course, the Universe wouldn't be the Universe without having a slightly ironic side... more on that later.
Apparently, I have a lot to say this week, having posted four out of five days. Sheesh.