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It has been two weeks since I last wrote a Coffee Chat post.  As I studied my calendar and pondered the events of the last two weeks, everything hit me all over again.  The computer hack, the days without my laptop, and then, even worse, the banking issues that I thought were related to the hack…but were not.  Apparently some updates for my trust that I had completed with a bank official several weeks ago had not been reviewed at the other end…and those analysts were now holding everything up.  So…with a “frozen” bank account at just the time that I was expecting some direct deposits that were not going to make it into the account without aggressive action, I marched down to the bank this morning.  And stayed in the manager’s office until it was sorted.  I think it is…finally. 

  • Luckily, the books I have been reading were good ones that kept my mind distracted from all the chaos in my interior world.  I have read and reviewed two books so far this week:  Don’t Wake Up, by Liz Lawler; and On Turpentine Lane, by Elinor Lipman.
  • I am just starting The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides: “…A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy.”
  • This afternoon I took a long nap…since my anxieties kept me awake for several hours last night.
  • Now that February is ending, my two granddaughters have celebrated their 22nd birthdays…  I featured them (below) on my FB cover:  Aubrey and her dad, my #2 son, on the left; Fiona on the right.  My favorite VW from Snow Sparks is in the center.

  • Last weekend, I made lentil soup in my Crockpot, and I’ve been eating a lot of leftovers this week.

  • I did record the Oscars, and then proceeded to FF through a lot of it.  I had only seen one of those films nominated for Best Picture (A Star Is Born), but I had seen some movies with actors nominated for Best Actor. (Glenn Close, for The Wife; and Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me).
  • I may need to see a couple of the movie contenders, but I’m thinking I’ll wait until they come to Prime or Netflix.


So…after a week of total chaos, I am starting to find my feet.  And my normal routines.  What has your week looked like?



  1. Oh dear, bank issues are a big pain and having to go into it and demand it be fixed is stressful. I just read a post about The Green Book and now I understand the significance of the title. I think I’d like to see it now. It will be here I just need to look out for it.

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    1. Thanks, Kathryn, I’m discovering that, no matter how many years I live, some challenges are almost impossible to get through without a lot of stress.

      Shouldn’t these things get easy st some point?

      I am curious about Green Book. Enjoy!


    1. Thanks, Jaymi, happily I have my fixed computer and my bank accounts are now unblocked. I got my deposits…what a relief!

      Now all I need are the new bank cards! I can’t do everything with the temporary one. Maybe today!


  2. Gah!!! I read your review of Don’t Wake Up and immediately put a hold on the one and only ebook at the L.A. Public Library. I’m #3 in line.

    Ugh…anxiety is the worst!!!! And bank issues. I hear ya. I still need to call Wells Fargo and get my mom’s money out of whatever it is invested in that has been slowly losing money every single year to the tune of $10,000!!!!!

    What is that on top of the soup? Looks amazingly delicious.

    Hope you have a great day today!

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    1. Thanks, Jinjer, money and banking are issues that are always tense for me, so this past week (has it only been a week?) has been horrific for me.

      That is sour cream on the top of the soup. I loved it.

      Enjoy your weekend, and good luck dealing with your mom’s banking issues.


    1. Thanks, Patty, what really helped me was talking to my old friend from work (and also personal life)…who was so supportive and gave me good advice about going in to talk in person to one of the bank officials. When you’re right there, face to face, it is hard for them to dismiss you. You become a person. My friend reminded me that I should use the “age card.” It worked!


  3. Oh my gosh, I can see why you were stressed and didn’t sleep. I’m glad you got that mess straightened out.

    I’ve seen several Oscar movies but don’t like awards shows but I always check to see who won. lol

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Kathy, and now, looking back, I can’t believe that everything unfolded just a little over a week ago, but each day brought new anxieties…until finally my accounts were unblocked.

      I am still waiting for the new bank card, though; information I need to enter on my various online accounts. Sigh.

      I don’t like watching the show in real time…I have to FF through the boring parts, which is almost all of it. LOL

      I think just finding out who won would be enough for me.


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