Did anybody out there hear me screaming today??? I was checking the food ads earlier and putting together a grocery shopping list when I found a Proctor & Gamble product on sale that I wanted, so I went to their site to see if I could find any coupons for it! As I expected, there were coupons! Clicked to print one and got a message that I didn't have Java! I HAVE Java! Everything else I need Java for works--including printing coupons on other sites! Went back to Go several times to see if I could get it to work--and it didn't! Still wanted the coupon so I clicked on the link on their site to install "their" version of Java!!!??!!! It started to download and I got a message that my coupon was printing! No, nothing was printing! Then I got a message asking me to "give it permission" to use my printer! The download was still In Progress, and I had not "installed" ANYTHING at that point! I gave it permission to "use" my printer, and as soon as I did I got a message that I "had already printed the coupon and I couldn't do it again!!!" I stopped the "download" which still hadn't finished!
I tried it all over on a couple other coupons on their site, and the same thing happened! A couple times in the last few months I had gone to the same site, tried to print coupons, and the SAME THING had happened. I figured by now they'd have the problem fixed, and since "my" Java works for everything else I don't see how it could be my computer!
Went to GetHuman and found an 800 number for them! Called and kept pressing "0" until I got a Human Being! Explained what all had gone wrong and how it had happened repeatedly in the past! AFTER telling her all about it she told me I had the wrong person--and she'd transfer me! Got another person and explained the whole thing again. Was told she'd send me some coupons, so, after verifying that they wouldn't use my address for "anything else," I gave her my address! She said: You live in the United States??? I said: COLORADO! Yeah, the United States! She said: I only handle things for Canada!!!
Got the third person and started ALL OVER again! Her response: I'm sorry! I'd send you "a" coupon, but we don't have any right now!!! HUH! So they have coupons online--that you can't print, and they have coupons for the people in Canada, but they don't have, and don't have any way to generate, "a" coupon for somebody in the U.S.!!! Apparently their printer doesn't work for them either! I, uhh, informed her that I would never again buy the product I was trying to get a coupon for, and I hung up on her! THIS is what passes for Customer Service these days! Before I x'ed out of the P & G site I checked the list of things they make so I can do my very best to not buy ANY of them anymore!
What on earth does this have to do with gardening???
I SO needed something to get me back to a Warm and Fuzzy place after all of that! I took my tray and scissors and sittin'-on blanket and spent a good hour out in the backyard cleaning up and petting my perennials! Ohhhmmmm! The sun's out so it was way plenty warm in the sun! It's on the breezy side today, so it was a little bit chilly in the shade, but not too bad! I finally got my Blue Fescue, which never got cut down at all last year, cut down so it'll be all Cute Lookin' again this year! Got the dead leaves cleaned up on some other things and a few others "neatened up" before they start growing again--which should be soon! Added a couple big trays of goodies to the compost pile! Took a slow walk all the way around the yard and checked for anymore bulbs starting to come up--and found a couple, including my recently planted Ipheion 'Rolf Fiedler' which absolutely delighted me!
Back inside--and the world is a good place to be again!
I'm wondering if anybody else around here uses their yard/garden for a Soft Place to Land when the sky is falling! I can't think of anything else that would have, could have helped to "amend" my state of mind so effectively! Life is good again! (But I'm still not gonna be buying P & G products anymore!)
Does anybody else here on RMG intentionally head out to the Therapy Room in search of sanity?