My stats are steady!
Even though I’ve taken a break from WordPress, and pretty much from all social media, my views are every bit as good as they were when I was posting on a regular basis. Good to know, I suppose – at least I haven’t been forgotten already.
The last couple of months have been hectic. One family member sold a house and bought a new one, another family member got divorced, and yet another eloped. Busy, busy, busy!
In addition, hubby and I completed the refinancing of our own home, which lowered the monthly payments and thus allowed me to pay off the balance of a small home improvement loan – in total, I’m saving $218 a month. Which sounds great, except that we then got the school tax bill, and the taxes increased by $300 a year – meaning the monthly mortgage payment will go back up by about $25 a month. I can hardly wait for the newly-assessed County bills to come out …
On top of that, my cell phone carrier informed me that they’re upgrading their network and my old [really old] phone would no longer work, not even for voice calls and text, so I was forced to obtain a 5G smartphone. And of course, if I lease that phone, there will be an additional monthly payment. Haven’t decided yet whether to just buy the phone outright or continue to lease it. I really hate those monthly payments. But does it make sense to purchase a phone that will likely be obsolete in a few years? Feel free to weigh in on that.
In any case, I am now the proud owner (or lessee) of a Samsung Z Flip 3. For the time being, I’m having fun with it, never having owned a smartphone before. I love the fact that it folds in half to fit nicely in a pocket (and to protect the screen), but opens fully for ease of viewing. I don’t like the way the battery runs down rapidly when applications are used. So far, I haven’t had to charge it more than once a day, but just in case, I purchased an extra charger to keep at my office. Probably if I only use the phone for talk and text, the battery life will be just fine, but hey, it’s a smartphone – I can now surf the web, play games, watch movies & TV on a device that can easily be hidden when the boss walks into my office. (Don’t judge unless you personally have never sneaked a web search in while at work.)
The nice young man at the carrier’s store even synced the phone to my car. I promise not to play Candy Crush while driving.
By the way, did you know that many cell phones no longer come with chargers? People like me, going from older technology, don’t have a bunch of chargers lying around the house, so I had to go to Best Buy to purchase them before I could get the phone activated. Minor annoyance, but these days it doesn’t take much to irritate me.
Another annoyance is the fact that we were informed that my husband’s older i-Phone also needs to be upgraded in order to be usable on the new network. More money! But at least he’ll pay for his own – and he already has a compatible charger.
Meanwhile, Puppy Cody tolerates the humans in the house as best she can. She spends a large portion of her day looking for the last remaining spot of sunshine:
Happy Weekend, Everyone!
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