I’M JUST CURIOUS: My latest lesson

by Debbie Walker

Yes, that’s right. I am going to pass along my latest lesson. I hope you will forgive me if it, in no way, is of use to you, but it goes like this: Last Thursday I was driving down a busy road and I heard a noise. It was my phone. Somehow my phone picked out and dialed a number. Fortunately, I saw the name on the screen before he answered so I didn’t look completely foolish, not knowing who “I” called.

The number belonged to my friend of many, many years. Truthfully, as near as I can figure, it’s about 46 years. George and his wife, at the time, were my daughter’s first teachers, pre-kindergarten.

Over these past 46 years we have always stayed in touch. We have traveled together, my family followed George and his family in moving to Florida, also.

We have been there for each other’s good times, especially for the worst times, when we really needed non-judgmental caring support.

What I didn’t explain was when I spoke to George that day he told me he was in the hospital thanks to Covid. We had stories we laughed about. Our conversation was just like so many we have had in the past. The only thing different was the Covid factor.

About 24 hours later I got one of the saddest calls ever. George had died. All that made him George was gone, left this world. His heart gave out. No one has a kinder, gentler heart than George. Now this world is missing that big, loving, caring heart that was there for 36 years of high school students.

There will be a celebration of life for him this weekend. Sadly, I have to opt out of going. I have tried to ignore this Covid mess, but I can’t attend. In my world there are three ladies, 81 years old, 87 years old and 90 years old. I spend a lot of time with them, and I don’t want to be responsible for causing them to worry.

One thing I didn’t expect was this has been an eye opener, the reality of life and in this case, death. In years past we would go home to Maine to visit and one year we lost a family member, a grandparent. Later it became aunts and uncles and parents, even a brother. And all the while daily life goes on, school, jobs, bills, etc.

Since George passed, I have wanted to gather all my friends and family to tell them how much I love them and even thought about begging not to ever leave. Short of that I guess all I can do is let them know I love them.

Before you have to say goodbye to someone be sure to tell them now. It will never seem enough but at least it will be said. Talk about real stuff, don’t text, meet in person whenever you can. I know we spoke of love often, George and my family.

Don’t get down in the dumps after reading this, just get busy. “I love you.” Just three important words, when you mean them, say them.

I’m just curious if you have found anything interesting in this column. If you want to share anything I am ready to read. Send your words to DebbieWalker@townline.org.

Thank you for reading. Have a great week.

I’M JUST CURIOUS: Babies bring memories

by Debbie Walker

That’s right. Since my granddaughter told us she was pregnant with a baby girl due in May 2020 the memories have taken over. I have experienced so many different memories. These memories include the little heart tugs and the laughs and there have been many.

I have to admit I was thrilled when they told us, “It’s going to be a girl!” While she was pregnant, I admit to having had a few giggles. When I was pregnant with her mother, my daughter, women were just “pregnant”, maybe morning sickness, and then the “birth”. That was it. No big discussions telling me the development stage of the baby. If I remember right, a nurse showed me how to bath her before we left our five-day visit in the hospital. That was it.

A co-worker and I had to deal with her sister, my daughter, And…….another co-worker, all pregnant at the same time. These women would go to the doctors and come back with papers to show the stage the baby was in and all the talking about morning sickness and something called a “mucus plug”. What in the heck is the mucus plug! I have lived this long without knowing what it is, I can live without knowing! We heard all the stages and details with all three of them.

Well now with Tristin it was all “mother’s” websites where you could learn all you ever could want to know. That is only the beginning of all we learned with her pregnancy.

Those are only the beginnings of the memories that have come out. So many differences. Some amazing things and some ridiculous ones. It is amazing to me that we can have video visits. The neatest thing is that the baby’s Momma can video those special moments that dad’s usually miss out on. So nice.

Think about it. It wasn’t that long ago if you lived out of their area you had to wait for pictures or possibly a video to arrive in the mail. Now you can video chat with them, in real time, as often as all agree.

There are times when Addi’s (Addison Grace) facial expressions remind me of her mother or grandmother, and I was even told she looked like me. The neat thing is how many times her features have changed. I love watching these changes every couple of weeks.

My grandmother had a ring that was mine from the first day she showed up with it. I must have been about seven or eight years old. I love that simple amethyst ring and as time went on, our relationship with that ring changes. Gram let everyone know that the ring was to be mine. About a year before she passed, I had a tiger eye ring that she liked, and we traded. Years of history there.

Addi and I seem to be bonding over my rings. She likes checking out the details on each one and I hope it continues. Since it was passed on to me from grandmother to granddaughter, I believe I will pass Gram’s ring down to my granddaughter, Addi’s mom.

I am sure we are in for many more choices and I will hopefully enjoy them all.

I am just curious what memories babies have brought to you over the years. Please pass on a few. You can contact me at DebbieWalker@townline.org with questions or comments. Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week.

I’M JUST CURIOUS: Some handy information

by Debbie Walker

Good Day! I have been leafing through some of the helpful hints I have collected over the past few years. I love this stuff, as you probably have noticed.

This one I have to try. This is our time of year for condensation on our windows and windshield of our vehicles. The people from a First magazine shared what works for them. Fill a sock with kitty litter, tie it up after you fill it; lay it across your dash for the night. The litter absorbs the moisture in the air. Let me know how it works for you. I have to buy or beg for kitty litter.

Another thing I have come across is to clean your interior windshield with shaving cream. I tried it with my bathroom mirror and the fogging disappeared.

To organize home office supplies you could try using a wine rack. Fill the rack with plastic glasses (Dollar Tree) and you have storage. Be creative. Most of all, have fun.

I love this one! I could have used this so many times over the past many painting projects. Today I received mail from Do-It-Yourself magazine, associated with Better Homes and Gardens. In it they included a small newsletter. The following is a small portion of the newsletter: Painting:

Have you ever wondered what finish would be best for what room? Gloss, Semi-gloss, Satin, Eggshell and Flat. The answers:

GLOSS adds shine – lots of it. It’s easier to clean than flat finishes but harder to apply. Best for trim and cabinets.

SEMI-GLOSS – again easier to clean. Walls in high traffic spaces such as a kitchen or mudroom.

SATIN is super popular and less shiny. Best for walls that aren’t pitch-perfect. It’s more forgiving than glossy finishes.

EGGSHELL ­– softer and less sheen than semigloss. Harder to clean so not great, though so not great for kitchens and baths. Best for less than perfect walls.

FLAT is less sheen so hard to clean. Not super resistant to stains. Best for ceilings which are often painted and flat.

I hope you find this as helpful as I do, especially with my renovation project. The following is more information from the same newsletter:

The RIGHT PAINTBRUSH: Width matters: 1 – 2 inch brush is for trim. 2-inch brush size for cutting in around doors and windows. 3 – 4 inch brush size is for flat surfaces.

LATEX = nylon or polyester bristles. OIL = Natural bristles.

Paint Rollers:

Nap is an important word: A larger nap means a less smooth surface of the roller. This works well on rough textured surfaces like brick. The longer fibers make it easier to get into all those nooks and crannies. At the other end of the spectrum, the smallest naps – about ¼ inch – after a super smooth finish for walls and other consistent surfaces.

Roller Frame: Smaller rollers are designed for small areas like trim and cabinet. A bigger frame makes quick work of walls and ceilings.

Best Roller Technique? Zigzag to overlap the lines, going from top to bottom. Once done, lightly roll again vertically from ceiling to floor.

Okay that’s all I have today. I’m just curious what some of your tips would be. Hope this was helpful. Contact me at DebbieWalker@townline.org Thanks for reading. Have a great week!

I’M JUST CURIOUS: A few experiences

by Debbie Walker

Hi! If this column seems to be a little disconnected, it probably is. I have been involved with my latest project that has involved renovating the 26-foot fifth wheel I live in. I had the bench seats at the table removed and the most uncomfortable sleep sofa ever made, removed. I have been told that it was noticed how happy I was that night. Yes, indeed I was and am still. It replaced the aggravated me. I was aggravated because I had to admit I was helpless in this process.

I believe I was just angry because I am finding I am useless on so many of the items on my fix or replace list. Anyway, the benches will be replaced with a small table and a couple of chairs (I can pick those out, move them home and put them in.) The replacement I am wanting for the miserable sleep sofa is a twin sized storage box being the base for my twin mattress to basically make a day bed in my livingroom. Yet another job I can’t do myself, however, I am pleased to hand the job over to someone with experience. I’ll let you know how the job turns out.

I saw something the other day that really upset me. I was in the parking lot of our local grocery store. This poor woman was trying to park, she really needed to be able to back up but the man behind her kept blowing his horn and trying to crowd her out. He wanted that spot. She finally gave up and drove away. What was his urgent need to get into that spot? What did he get by bullying that woman? I was a bit shocked and became very disgusted. It won’t be very many years before that white headed man will be in the age bracket the lady was. What then, who will he bully? I sincerely hope when he gets to that age bracket, that he runs into people with the behavior such as his own.

Do you start picking out seeds for your gardens yet? I ask that because my neighbor and I are starting a little garden here in the campground. We are, what folks here call us, permanent. We live next camp site to each other so that gives us a little room. We decided to do a little garden. He is picking out vegetables that he enjoys. My wish is to grow some loofah. Did you know our loofah sponges are actually a plant? I was quite surprised. But…

Guess what my grandkids may get for Christmas. There is quite a process once the plant is ready to become a sponge. I believe early on the fresh picked ones can be eaten. Sorry, but after reading about making sponges I will pass. There is quite a process to clean them of their many seeds and crusty outside shell. My hope is to give them to my grandkids for Christmas. Won’t that be a hoot? The kids are used to me doing strange gifts and I don’t want to let then down!

Now I am just curious who will send me some comments about their week. Pick any week. I am looking forward to it. Contact me at DebbieWalker@townline.org. Have a great week!

I’M JUST CURIOUS: Opinions and columns

by Debbie Walker

My hope is as you read our columns that you sometimes find information of use in your daily life. Some of the columns are aimed at giving you a chuckle. Some columns are designed to give you information we have heard and you may not have yet, so we pass it along. Some are just as the title says, just our opinions.

Some weeks you may read an opinion and totally agree with it. You may in some way feel validated knowing someone else carries the same opinion you do. That same column may strike someone else completely different, they may absolutely disagree. And still others may read it and it gives them something to mull over as to how they feel about the subject.

Some weeks a column may give you something to laugh about. For at least a few minutes you forgot something weighing heavy on your mind and have a little chuckle and possibly something you feel was positive enough to share with others.

There are times we are very serious about subjects like politics of many levels. Again the information may be general or it may be quite detailed, all of which is presented for you to consider. (Very seldom do I tackle this subject. You would shortly find out I have a healthy disrespect for the subject!)

Sometimes we write about health issues as I did with “Ticks and Bumps“. I re-run it once a year because it is about a little known skin cancer, that’s the “bump”, little known and yet it is cancer. If you had seen mine you probably would have thought like I did, “It’s nothing”, however I was wrong.

Some writers give you a bit of history of the area. Local history is always interesting to me. When people are new to an area they often appreciate this info. If you have your own memories of the area it may be a trip down memory lane. If you know a local story of earlier years pass it on.

It’s my understanding that the biggest newspapers are slowly on their way out. A friend of mine, a long time newspaper man explained to me that we now have access to the subjects we are most interested in instantly with internet and hand-held devices.

Newspapers are becoming obsolete as we are driven more and more into the “tech” world. He believed the small local papers would continue for quite some time. Most people like to see local folks in their papers; local kid’s sports, celebrations, honors, obituaries, police beat; all things local, good and bad. And if anyone is like me I still prefer flipping paper pages.

I believe each of the writers for any paper hopes to please the readers with information of interest to the community. You can play a role in a local paper, as well, if you know something you think should be printed, give the paper a call! See what happens.

I’m just curious if you noticed that I have printed this article before.

Contact me with questions and comments to DebbieWalker@townline.org. I’ll be waiting.

I’M JUST CURIOUS: Those casual evenings

by Debbie Walker

This is a casual evening for me. It’s been raining all day so I am quite mellow at this point. I figured tonight would be casual and hit several subjects. I’m starting with:

40 Days – 40 Nights Items Challenge. It is about giving up something for Lent. I know nothing about Lent but I liked the concept presented in the passage that was sent by Instant Message to one of my friends and passed on to me.

Each day of Lent, remove one item from your home, something you don’t use or wear anymore and place it in a bag. At the end of Lent, donate these items to a charity shop or to a homeless shelter (and don’t forget our wandering veterans). It will all be appreciated.

However, I think this is a wonderful “challenge” to put out to family or friends. You could challenge co-workers and the end of any challenges could be finished up in a yard sale, money could go to a charity.

Challenge your children. Let them go through their old toys and out-grown clothes. Donate or yard sale.

Just use your imagination, see what you come up with.

If you have been reading I’m Just Curious for the past year then you know I chose a 26-foot fifth wheel camper, in a campground, for my retirement home.

Twenty-six feet, even with the slide out, giving me about 4-feet x 10-feet more living area in the kitchen and living room, doesn’t give much room. But, then you decide to add a little renovating to the mix. I decided I wanted to take out the bench seat and the sleeper sofa. When you need to relocate things there is just no room to put everything.

I will let you know how it turns out.

I also have a new collection I am working on. No, I don’t have room to store it here but I am sure my daughter will give me a spot in her house.

A while ago I found a ladies hanky in Dollar General. I also have one that was my great-grandmothers. I decided to start collecting things that Addi (10-month old great-granddaughter) might never know had existed without this collection.

I will write some history for each item, explaining the history and my personal knowledge to help her feel the importance of each thing. I will write a little about why it was called a kercher or kerief. It was for wiping away wedding tears, runny noses, all during love and sorrows. In later years they have made beautiful squares for quilts.

The collection now has a donation of a Tea Towel. The Farmer’s Almanac yesterday had a little history of them. I don’t believe we ever had any in our house. These little towels of linen type material are still used in Europe, here, not so much. They were also know as “Glass towels”, crash towels, and damask”.

OK, I am running out of space so I would like to finish by asking if you are curious enough to send me more ideas I should use in the collection box. Contact me at DebbieWalker@townline.org. Have a wonderful week and thank you for reading.

I’M JUST CURIOUS: One more week of fun marital questions

by Debbie Walker

Last week you saw A Little Fun and the first part of the little test for couples. How did you do with the first one? The original came from a book titled Humor for a Woman’s Heart. The test was written by Bill and Pam Farrel. And here is the second part:

10. His idea of the perfect honeymoon is:

A. A week in the Poconos. B. A Mediterranean cruise. C. Anything under a hundred bucks.

11. The phrase “not in your lifetime” refers to:

A. Him cleaning the bathroom. B. Her cleaning the gutters. C. Either of you ever cleaning the stuff that grows under the vegetable crisper in the refrigerator.

12. When you think about the love letters you used to write when you were courting, you’re reminded:

A. Of a passion that burned like ancient Rome. B. Of a love that will last for an eternity. C. The writing corny love letters is not a crime.

13. Often men and women will show subtle signs of stress and strain in different ways. For each way listed below, choose the most appropriate gender.

A. Punch inanimate object, such as door or steering wheel. Male, Female, Either. B. Make sniffling noises and sigh heavily. Male , Female, Either. C. Blame clubs, bats, bowling balls, for poor athletic performance. Male, Female, Either. D. Clamp hands over face and weep. When questioned, keep saying, “Oh, nothing” over and over. Male, Female, Either.

14. When the both of you attend church together, it is best for the husband to wear:

A. A dark suit. B. A tuxedo. C. Whatever his wife picks out.

15. When the waiter asks what you’d like for a dessert, a wife’s most common response is:

A. “Chocolate mousse, please.” B. “I’ll try the cheesecake.” C. “Oh, nothing for me. I’ll just have a teensy bite of his.”

16. Your husband tries on his high school jacket and finds he can no longer snap it up.

A wife’s best response is: A. “Maybe it shrunk.” B. “I like you a little less skinny.” C.”That jacket would look dumb on a bald guy anyway.”

18. Your spouse is snoring. You should:

A. Accept it as a minor flaw in an otherwise perfect mate. B. Gently nudge him and say, “Roll over, dear.” C. Put a pair of sweatpants over his head and tighten the tie.

22. TRUE or FALSE: The husband often lets his wife answer the telephone because it’s usually for her anyway. FALSE: The husband often lets his wife answer the telephone because, if he doesn’t, he may end up talking to her mother.

23. The phrase most often heard when the two of you are alone in a quiet setting is:

A. “I love you.” B. “I need you.” C. “Zzzzzzzzz.”

27. (Wife question) To prove your love for your husband, you would gladly:

A. Climb the highest mountain. B. Swim the deepest ocean. c. Put gas in the car at one of those self-serve places where the risk of a broken fingernails a constant threat.

So how did you do? You probably noticed I skipped a few numbers, but I wanted to finish this week. I am just curious how you did. Contact me at DebbieWalker@townline.org I will be waiting. Want to share? Have a happy, healthy week. Thanks for reading!

I’M JUST CURIOUS: A little fun with marital questions

by Debbie Walker

Yes, it’s another book I read this week! The title is Humor for a Woman’s Heart, and has 6-plus authors. When I read this one section, titled Fun Questions for Married Couples, I hoped you would enjoy it. This one section is authored by Bill and Pam Farrel. Enjoy the little quiz:

1. The recreational activity you most often do together is:

A. Bicycling; B. Bowling; C. Hunting for his keys

2. Choose a vacation spot! Which qualifications for a prime vacation spot would appeal to the husband, and which would appeal to the wife?

A. Quaint little shops; B. Golf, golf, golf ; C. Nice Restaurants; D. Big servings; E. Valet parking; F. Free parking; G. Room with a view; H. Room with a TV set; I. Elegant sunken tub; J. Reading matter in the bathroom.

3. TRUE OR FALSE: A vacuum cleaner makes an excellent anniversary gift?

TRUE: Provided you want this to be your last anniversary

4. STORY PROBLEM: John and Becky must leave their home by 6 p.m. in order to be on time for a dinner party. John starts to get ready at 5:55 p.m., so he can leave at 6 p.m. What time does Betty need to start getting ready in order to leave by 6 p.m.?

ANSWER: It makes no difference when Betty starts to get ready. She could start at 5 p.m., 4 p.m. or even 3 p.m… It doesn’t matter. She’s still going to be at least 20 minutes late.

5. (Husband Question): When your wife says, “Let’s not get each other Christmas presents this year,” it indicates:

A. Her desire to share with the less fortunate. B. Her thoughtful and realistic interest in the household budget. C. A test to see if you “love her enough” to forget the suggestion and “surprise” her with something you’ll be paying off until Columbus Day.

6. When a husband dons his almost-like-new coveralls and announces, “I’m going to work on the car,” you can almost bet that:

A. Soon, it will purr like a kitten. B. Soon, it will stop on a dime. C. Soon it will be towed to a nearby garage.

7. (Husband question): FILL IN THE BLANK: You can’t make an omelet without…:

A. Breaking some eggs. B. Reading a recipe. C. Hearing a lecture from your wife on the dangers of cholesterol.

8. Who is more likely to utter the following:

A. “What’s for supper?” Him or Her; B. “Have you seen my socks?” Him or Her; C. When are we leaving for church?” Him or Her; D. “Do you think I’ve gained weight?” Him or Her; E. “Where’s the television schedule?” Him or Her.

9. Before answering the question, “How do you like my new hairstyle?” what should a husband always remember?

A. His wife’s feelings are the most important thing. B. She may have spent hours in a salon to get it to look this way. C. The couch is lumpy, and when you sleep on it a spring pokes you in the back.

There are more questions, but I have run out of word space for this column.

I’m just curious if you would like to see the rest of the quiz. Let me know at DebbieWalker@townline.org . Hope this made you smile. Have a great, healthy week and thanks for reading.

P.S. Please take care of your outside animals. They can’t turn up the heat or put on a coat and gloves. They need you.

I’M JUST CURIOUS: Time to think

by Debbie Walker

I believe I had just a few too many minutes to think today. That happens sometimes. All I had was a little bit of driving time today but that is all I needed. I hope you will once again, bear with my opinions. Remember please, these are my opinions, not those of The Town Line.

Most everyone has heard all they want about COVID-19. I admit I am also tired of it. And now I can’t believe the frustration of trying to get an appointment for the vaccine ritual. I was here at home two different mornings, on-line, waiting for a chance to register for my friend. That is two mornings that I waited over two hours only to get the message saying they “gave out all available appointments, try again.” Oh yeah, she would have no knowledge of how to do the computer thing for the appointment, how many more folks are in the same place she is with that issue?

My friend qualifies. She is 89 years old (lives in her own home still) and has a severe problem with asthma. Her doctors have approved of her getting these shots.

Okay, let’s say the day comes that my friend finally gets her two shots. Will that give her any freedom? I don’t believe it will. She has been isolated since way back last spring. She doesn’t leave the house unless absolutely necessary. I don’t believe there will be more freedom for her and many others. She hasn’t had the shots yet and already there are “new strains” of this mess. Will these shots help toward the new strains? Do they (whoever “they” are) have any idea? We aren’t really sure of the affects of these first two.

Will my friend ever be able to go out to eat again? Will she ever feel protected enough to have visitors? In her case, as with many others, this is truly life or death. So, we protect her as well as we can and hope for the day we can offer her a bit more of life.

There are so many lives affected by these and I am sure I can’t cover them all with this writing, wish I could but here are a few I have reason to know about:

One man discovers he has cancer and for some reason the first doctor who spoke to him, spoke a little too soon. The man was told he had a truly short time left. I don’t think he heard anything past being told he would be in the hospital. His fear was not of dying, but of dying alone because there were no visitors allowed in the hospital. He was really afraid for a couple of months. He did finally get a doctor who has been able to assure him he is not going anywhere that soon, in fact they believe they have it beaten.

How many people have seen their family member or friend go to the hospital, never to see them again? It has happened to several people I know. To me that is just true torture for patient and family or friends.

There are more people and families behind in payments for everything. How long will it take for them to get back on their feet? Businesses lost. Education of our children is lacking. Depression is at an all-time high; I’m not even listing anything else.

I’m just curious what you have been curious about. Contact me with question or comments at DebbieWalker@townline.org. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful healthy week.

I’M JUST CURIOUS: A collection of tidbits

by Debbie Walker

Well, I’ve been reading again. That, of course, means I have some tidbits to share with you tonight. These are all coming from the 2021 Farmer’s Almanac. I love those little books! They are loaded with ideas and information, not just the weather or gardening. So much more.

I’ll share these with you:

• One kind word can warm three winter months.
• You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream, and that’s sort of the same thing.
• Peel and freeze bananas for use in smoothies. Toss into blender, no need for ice.
• Have you ever bought baguettes and the next day they are too hard to break off apiece? Sprinkle the crust with water, wrap in foil and bake in toaster oven for five minutes.
• Broken a glass? Get a slice of bread and wipe up the glass pieces.
• Freeze lemons – not something I ever thought of. Slice a lemon and freeze the slices for use in your water. First pat them with a paper towel and place in single layer on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once frozen, then you can bag them up.
• Oranges – save and dry the orange peels. They work well as fire starters.
• A pants hanger makes an effective recipe holder. Hang from cabinet door and use the clips to hold the recipe card or pages for smaller cookbooks.
• Place a binder clip on the head of razors to protect them and your fingers when traveling. (It works!)
• Wish I knew this one when I was working with first and second grade kids! When shoelaces won’t stay tied, wet the shoelace, and then tie it. It will stay tied.
• Gum in your pet’s hair? Saturate the gum with olive oil, shampoo the dog as you normally would.
• As counterintuitive as it sounds, foods that are hot – in temperature and spice – may be better at cooling you off than ice cream.
• If seagulls fly over the sea, do bagels fly over the bay?
• If the plural of tooth is teeth, shouldn’t the plural of booth be beeth?
• If the plural of goose is geese, shouldn’t the plural of moose be meese?
• If tomato is fruit, is ketchup a smoothie?
• If pro and con are opposite, is congress the opposite of progress?

Can Birds Predict the Weather?

If the rooster crows on going to bed,
You may rise with a watery head.

Or – If a rooster crows at night,
There will be rain by morning.

People have observed that an approaching storm makes birds restless. And it was believed when a rooster can’t rest , he tends to crow more.

If birds fly low, expect rain and a blow.
Or if birds fly low, then rain we shall know.

A drop in air pressure causes air to become “heavier”, making it difficult for birds to fly at higher altitudes.
Birds on a telephone wire predict the coming rain.

There’s no real evidence that birds just resting on a wire indicate any sort of weather approaching.

I’m just curious about the one ‘when cows are laying down it means rain.’ They didn’t mention that one. I hope all this gave you a smile. Please remember these all came from the 2021 Farmer’s Almanac. Any questions or comments can be sent to DebbieWalker@townline.org. Have a safe, healthy week. Thanks for reading!