Rain and slushPosted: January 28, 2013
I’m writing this during the early morning hours. It’s just starting to lighten up outside. Before I could see what was going on outdoors, the local weather folks on television informed me that the icy rain part of the weather front moving through had flown east of us and the precipitation had turned to plain old rain. Fog is rising from the snow cover. It’s going to be a slushy day.
The repairman never showed up on Friday. We received a robo-call on Thursday confirming the appointment, as well as a confirmation email. The dishwasher is a Sears Kenmore, a brand we bought because Sears had a reputation for good service. Up until Friday, that had always been our experience with them. M called them on Friday evening after their no-show. The call center must be outsourced to another country. After much waiting on hold, and the representative fumbling with excuses, M was finally told that they had overbooked the repairman.
Well. Someone could have made a courtesy call so that someone else wouldn’t have had to wait around for four hours. The person from Sears didn’t see it that way. No apologies were forthcoming. We got the phone call equivalent of a shrug.
Today I am waiting for a local company guy to come by and fix the dishwasher. Since the representative from Sears didn’t offer even a hint of an apology, we won’t be calling them again. It’s better this way. M and I prefer to use local companies when we can. It was silly of us to call Sears in the first place since there are no warranties involved.
As a general rule, a reputation is built on manner as much as on achievement.
~ Joseph Conrad
While I’m waiting for the local guy, I’ll share some of my weekend with you. We had a lovely snowfall on Saturday. The snow clouds moved in and out, the sun sometimes appearing at the same time as the snow. It was one of those quiet snows, the kind where the snowflakes gently drift straight down from the sky to the ground. Although heavy at times, there was a peacefulness to it. It would have been a great day to go cross-country skiing.
I didn’t get a chance to go skiing, but I did hike around the pond and into the woods, enjoying the serenity of Saturday’s snow. It was a little like being in a snow globe. Only better. Nobody was shaking the world around.
Yesterday was beautiful in a different way. The sun made an appearance and hung around for most of the day, sparkling on the snow cover. M and I went north where they had more snow and finally got in a good session of cross-country skiing at Chapin Forest Reservation. We stayed away from the ski lodge and the crowds, opting for the quiet woods where we saw very few other people. It was lovely.
I took my new camera along and came home with some images from our time in the forest, but haven’t had a chance to upload them yet. I’ve been busy with my clearing-out project.
I have bags and boxes loaded with books and DVD’s ready to go to the library. I’ve been pondering our collection of video tapes. Do you think anyone would want them? We still have a functioning VCR. I’m sure there must be others out there who do too.
This morning I started cleaning out dresser drawers. It’s amazing how much stuff accumulates over the years. I’ve found clothing I haven’t seen in years either because it doesn’t fit or I don’t like it. It’s time to let go.
The old and the worn will be thrown away or turned into rags (although it should be noted that I really don’t need anymore rags). The good stuff will be donated, and hopefully put to good use by someone else.
I think that’s about it from the Bogs for today. Thank you for dropping by. I hope you had a good weekend, filled with fun, play, rest, or whatever you needed to rejuvenate and get ready for a new week.
Wishing you a delightful day, night, evening… whenever and wherever you are on the spectrum of time. :)