I am happy to report that the next-door house problem is almost solved. The city building inspector sent someone out to inspect it, and the owner has been steadily working on it ever since then. By now, it looks MUCH improved. Additionally, an older man (late 60s/70) moved in as a renter, and is a very quiet neighbor. No kids running, screaming over there -- so that is indeed good. I don't want to move now, and will probably be satisfied staying here.
The gremlins have been at work here; several break-downs of various things. First our hot water heater started leaking, and we had to replace that, as well as a small section of the closet floor where it sits. Then my car almost quit on me, and turned out to need new spark plugs...and an air compressor. We got the spark plugs changed, but are holding off on the air compressor; it would cost over $500.00 and we're thinking of looking for a new car. The one I drive is a small Ford Escort, several years old, and I'd been thinking of getting a newer model soon. So we'll probably go look for a car tomorrow.
The answering machine stopped working, and I bought a new cordless phone with built-in answering system. And I finally, finally decided on a new laptop...bought a new Fujitsu A-1010 Lifebook, which is great. However, the adapter didn't work right, so I had to call support; they replaced it with a new one via overnight delivery, and now it's working fine. I had been looking at laptops for months, just wanted one to use when I feel like getting away from my desk. I'm very satisfied with the Lifebook, and think I'll get long years of use with it.
I cleaned/scrubbed the cat's sunporch today, and went on my bike ride. I'm on a severe diet, which I'm detailing in another blog called, CR Diet. I've lost six pounds so far, and weigh in at 109 now. My goal is to get below 100, and stay there. Quite a ways off yet. I also seem to have a back tooth bothering me, and hope I don't have to get a root canal; it is a crowned tooth, so that is a distinct possibility. Will go to the dentist next week, see what is wrong.
That's about it for today.