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Well, actually, it wasn’t me writing today. It was robin hobb. But the fingers get stiff and the elbow gets ‘mousers burn’ and I need to walk away from the keyboard for how to get rid of sugar ants in the house a time. So I took myself for a walk outside and the how to get rid of sugar ants in the house dogs came with me. The spring rains have washed a lot more junk to how to get rid of sugar ants in the house the surface. This was my find today. I couldn’t pull it all the way out of the dirt, but I stood it up so I won’t hit it with the tractor. I spent a good part of yesterday on the garage how to get rid of sugar ants in the house floor, trying to unwrap wire from the garden tractor’s blade. This old mattress now looks like some sort of odd how to get rid of sugar ants in the house wire sculpture.

This was my next find. A big nest of red-headed ants in the middle of a tangle of japanese how to get rid of sugar ants in the house knotweed and himalayan blackberry that I need to clear out how to get rid of sugar ants in the house of the pasture. Both of those plants are invasive species in washington state. I do battle constantly with the blackberries. This is my first skirmish with knotweed.

And on across the pasture, where I found this. I don’t know how many dollars worth of little tiles these how to get rid of sugar ants in the house are. The previous owners must have decided to salvage them. But whatever container they were in gave way, and I’ve no idea why they were stored out in the how to get rid of sugar ants in the house pasture.

In this part of the forest, I am a small life form and not essential to how to get rid of sugar ants in the house any part of it. If I fell flat and died here, I’d be useful. But I’m not needed here. This system functions perfectly without humanity, and that’s a thought that I find comforting. I am a guest here and should mind my manners how to get rid of sugar ants in the house accordingly.

I worked as a waitress in seattle at a restaurant how to get rid of sugar ants in the house called sambo’s pancake house. Yes. Later, they changed the name to seasons after a bankruptcy, I believe, but it still foundered and went out of business. I worked there in the early 80’s, a tough time in the seattle area.

At that time, it was perfectly legal for a restaurant to pay their how to get rid of sugar ants in the house wait staff less than minimum wage. The assumption was that the tips we earned made up how to get rid of sugar ants in the house the difference, and so we were actually getting the minimum wage. The restaurant demanded that we report enough tips to show how to get rid of sugar ants in the house that we were getting minimum wage, and they looked aside from the fact that some of how to get rid of sugar ants in the house us made more than that.

I worked hard for those tips. At night, I emptied out the coffee cup I kept under the how to get rid of sugar ants in the house counter and took all my change home. Dollars were pretty rare and very welcome. My kids helped me roll the coins into coin holders, and we took them to albertsons and bought our groceries how to get rid of sugar ants in the house with my tips. Shortly before I left seasons, the restaurant inaugurated a new rule. Wait staff were expected to share tips with the new how to get rid of sugar ants in the house hostess they had hired and with the dish washer who how to get rid of sugar ants in the house sometimes doubled as a bus boy. It didn’t strike me as fair at the time. They were not putting up with the rude remarks nor how to get rid of sugar ants in the house doing all the little extra service perks that earned a how to get rid of sugar ants in the house good tip. Nonetheless, I shared.

Recently washington state voted to increase the minimum wage, in increments, to $15 an hour from $9.67 an hour. Currently it has risen to $10 or $11, depending on how many employees the business has. That’s a leap upward and restaurants said they might be how to get rid of sugar ants in the house hard pressed to keep up with that and still keep how to get rid of sugar ants in the house menu prices low.

Who gets that 20%? The restaurants. And they redistribute it so that all employees now make how to get rid of sugar ants in the house the new state minimum wage. Unsurprisingly, some wait staff are now taking home less money than how to get rid of sugar ants in the house they used to. And with it, I imagine (if I were working there, frankly) goes the incentive to do all those extra little services how to get rid of sugar ants in the house to earn a good tip.

I strongly favor a living wage. But it should be paid by the employers rather than how to get rid of sugar ants in the house by the other employees. I think this is an extremely poor way to raise how to get rid of sugar ants in the house the minimum wage and redistribute income so that the dishwashers how to get rid of sugar ants in the house are paid on a par. It feels dishonest to me. And I do wonder how the patrons will react when how to get rid of sugar ants in the house the option of tipping for excellent service becomes a requirement how to get rid of sugar ants in the house to be served at all.

So. Well. I’m facing another new year with robin hobb hogging the how to get rid of sugar ants in the house keyboard and the writing time. I do hope I’ll find a bit of space for at least a how to get rid of sugar ants in the house few short stories and novellas in 2016. There’s a character and a setting that trapped in my how to get rid of sugar ants in the house brain, and neither one of us will be happy until she how to get rid of sugar ants in the house gets out.

In the mean time, I am dealing with the aging process. Not gracefully, I admit, but dealing with it. It’s more than looking at christmas snapshots of my siblings how to get rid of sugar ants in the house and wondering how they suddenly got so old! And gray! And then checking my own silvering locks in the mirror.

It’s more than declining night vision, which is far more annoying and inconvenient than you might how to get rid of sugar ants in the house think. Friends in town and an invitation to dinner. Oh, sorry, can’t. Have to be home before nightfall if I’m driving. Parties at a local convention. No, no, I’m afraid that sundown is at 4:20, so I’d best be on the road by 3 PM. Or drag along someone who is willing to pick me how to get rid of sugar ants in the house up in the morning, stay all day and then drive me all the way how to get rid of sugar ants in the house home that night.

But the worst is the grinding realization that some parts how to get rid of sugar ants in the house of me are just wearing out. Not only my eyes. Hips and knees. Degenerative arthritis they call it, or as dr. Attig explained it to me, ‘ordinary wear and tear on your body.’ meaning that I’ve just worn out some of the bendy parts. Hips and knees, well, those can be replaced, though I’m thankful I’m not near that yet.

Ah but the typity finger thingys? The fingers that have been relentlessly pressing down keys for how to get rid of sugar ants in the house well over forty years now on a daily basis? I haven’t heard of finger joint replacements. And that, if you’ll pardon the pun, is where the rub is. It’s bad enough that I have to call chase, the new assistant, into the office kitchens to peel the foil off the how to get rid of sugar ants in the house top of the coffee creamer for me. Bad enough that I have to request pill bottles that how to get rid of sugar ants in the house don’t have child proof caps. I can no longer grip tight enough to tug open how to get rid of sugar ants in the house a bag of chips. I have to use a tool to weed my garden how to get rid of sugar ants in the house now. And hand snippers for pruning the trees are painful to how to get rid of sugar ants in the house use. But the worst, the very worst, is my space bar thumbs. ‘E’ may be the most common letter in the english language, but there is a space between every two words. And my long ago training as a typist means that how to get rid of sugar ants in the house I reflexively still hit the space bar twice at the how to get rid of sugar ants in the house end of every sentence. Like that. Thud, thud.

Years ago, I tried speech to text software. It was pretty good. Great for email. But I couldn’t write with it. It wasn’t even that I tend to ‘do the voices’ if I read aloud. It is something about the wiring in my brain, I think. Story comes from my brain and out my fingers. It does not divert to my mouth. I sit and ‘um’ and ‘er’ and the software faithfully records each sound. Halting words come out of my mouth, but it’s not my story telling voice. And as I doggedly pushed on, my fingers would creep toward the keyboard. Just to fix that little mistake. Just to insert that comma. Maybe to change that word. And soon I was typing away again.

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