Saturday, February 28, 2015

I'm Sad

I moved into my house nearly 27 years ago. That first spring I began chatting with a neighbor a few doors down. Doris would often sit on her steps, reading the paper, waiting for family or just getting some air. She was always very pleasant. And interesting to talk with. Up until a month ago she could be found most days having lunch (and sometimes dinner too) at the bar on the corner Yesterday, she passed away. Doris was full of kindness and wisdom and had a truly beautiful soul. I will miss her. Without her the whole tone of my block will change.It simply won't be the same without her presence.

Friday, February 27, 2015

I Know

You don't believe this but Spring really is on the way.  And once Spring arrives fresh veggie season won't be far behind.  Here's something you might want to keep in mind.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

SO Over It!!!

The post office that is.  I have been fighting with them since the start of the year.  The mail delivery at work went from 10:00 to non-existent.  Not acceptable!
The new carriers explained that they had their start time pushed back, that routes were reset and written in blood and they would be struck down by lightning should they attempt to deviate in order for the business I work for to get the mail in a timely manner.
Naturally, I have been calling.  Every. Day.  Sometimes, they answer.  More often they do not.  I emailed.  Hahahaha!  You can imagine the response I got to that.  It was almost polite but translated to tough luck.
I have been waiting for a box containing supplies to arrive.  Today, a week late, I got one of those orange slips, dated yesterday, saying I could come pick up my package.  Otherwise it would be returned on 2/23/15.  Weird, I actually got the mail yesterday.  A lot.  A full tub plus other packages balanced on top.  But okay, off to the post office I went, armed with not only my slip but two more for others at the same location.  Why all of us go out in the cold, right?
Mistake!!! It was a disaster, to say the least.  At one point I was wondering who I might call to bail me out after they called to have me forcibly removed.  Yeah, it nearly came to that.
After searching twice the moderately unpleasant woman at the counter did manage to find one of the packages.  The others?  This is what I was told.
a. I already picked up the packages. (One had my name on it.  I am positive I did not go get it previously.)
b. Someone named Jeff Whatsit told them to send them back (He was not there to speak with) even though the slips I had in my hand stated they will be returned on 2/23/15 if not picked up before then.
c. The secretary at that address keeps refusing all packages.  (No, I AM the secretary and I definitely have not rejected any packages this entire year.)
d. They were with the carrier yesterday and we weren't here to receive them. (See above - I got a bin full of mail with all sorts of things, including other packages)
e. They will be delivered today. (Today's mail was already delivered, that's where I found the slips. Other packages, not the ones associated with the slips.)
f. Wait until tomorrow, maybe we'll get them then.  (Not holding my breath on that one.)
I suspect I am now banned from the post office.  Oh hell yes, I kept asking to speak to someone higher up.  Didn’t work.  I went from counter person to extremely hateful woman who shlumped out of the back when paged.  Nope, didn’t give her name.  Didn’t give a damn either.  She said in our location the mail should be dropped off between 5 and 6.  The fact that it is a business that closes by 5 did not interest her in the least.
Yep, I am SO over them.  And they wonder why people are seeking alternate shipping methods.  Sheesh.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I Have a Roku

Big deal, right?  I told you that months ago.  But you don’t get it.  I have a Roku!  Which means I can watch movies.  So?  So!  I can watch any movie that pops into my head, thanks to Amazon.  (Nope, don’t have Prime but renting the occasional movie is in my budget and yes, I am accepting gift cards toward getting Prime if you’d like to send one.)

Anyway, as I was saying, I have a Roku which is linked to Amazon video!  Today’s feature?  I should make you guess but I doubt you ever would.  So I’ll just tell you, shall I?  I shall!

Life Stinks.  Mel Brooks and Lesley Ann Warren.  Haven’t seen it in years and I love it!  It popped into my head yesterday but there was no time last night.  Today I have the rare afternoon off so here I am, a nice cup of Tiger Spice chai and my Roku all queued up, ready to go.  Ha!

If you’re not doing anything, go find it and we’ll watch it together.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Playing with Pics



Wednesday, December 31, 2014


For the past almost year I've been posting a Word of the Day on facebook.  Some come from the dictionary sites.  Some I choose myself.  Today's is very fitting for the day.  If you have no other plans, or if you need an idea for a party you are going to, this one is for you.

Word of the Day, Wednesday, December 31, 2014

flapdragon \FLAP-drag-uhn\
1. an old game in which the players snatch raisins, plums, etc., out of burning brandy, and eat them.

Because what else would you do with potentially charred fruit...

Happy New Year All!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Today's Cutenss

Go watch this!  I need to get Beau a cat statue!  Or perhaps not.  He'd probably hurt me...

Saturday, December 27, 2014

My Challege

To myself.

If you think about it, this really shouldn't be all that hard to do.  I'm going to give it a try and then, if I succeed, at the end of the year I can buy myself a present.  Hmm.  Perhaps a plane ticket or two to visit friends?  Or it could go into my "Escape from Reading" fund?  I don't know.  If I manage it I will come up with something.

Who's with me?

Friday, December 26, 2014

In Case You Ever Wondered...

The history of the word “Xmas” is actually more respectable — and fascinating — than you might suspect. First of all, the abbreviation predates by centuries its use in gaudy advertisements. It was first used in the mid 1500s. X is the Greek letter “chi,” the initial letter in the word Χριστός. And here’s the kicker: Χριστός means “Christ.” X has been an acceptable representation of the word “Christ” for hundreds of years. This device is known as a Christogram. The mas in Xmas is the Old English word for “mass.” In the same vein, the dignified terms Xpian and Xtian have been used in place of the word “Christian.”

So there you have it.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Catching Up

First, I have some book news.  Karma, book 4 in my Cosmic Connections series, has been accepted for publication!  Details to follow.  How cool is that!

I've been working.  A lot.  I'm tired as you might expect.  But one good thing about the second job is that it gives me time for some knitting.  Here's my latest project, made for a friend's about-to-arrive great granddaughter.  I'm on to cozy socks now.

The other night my phone rang at 2:45.  Of course I'd just fallen asleep.  No, I wasn't doing something fun.  Beau had been playing with his squeaky mouse under the bed.  Kind of hard to sleep through that.  Anyway, the phone call.  I didn't recognize the number so I didn't answer.  There was a message.  From the gas company.  Apparently my neighbors called in a gas leak on my meter out front.  The same meter I thought was leaking the day after it was installed.  The meter I questioned the workmen who had moved on down the block about.  The meter I was assured was perfectly fine.  Good thing I didn't blow up.  I would have had to find them and do some serious haunting.

The Penguins are winning lately.  One good thing I've discovered about my new phone.  I can listen to hockey at will.  So maybe we'll become friends after all.  Maybe.  Did I tell you it was dead beyond resuscitation?  If not, I sort of dropped it on it's head and it slowly bled to death internally.  Fortunately it was only a few weeks old so the nice tech people confirmed its demise and shipped off a new one.  Yes, I traded in my nifty Dr. Who case on a heavy duty Otter Box. 

My freezer is stocked up with oodles of varieties of homemade soups which means I've been having super nummy lunches.  I also share it with an older couple I help watch out for.  He's not doing so well so send out some comfort vibes please.

It's full moon so the kitties are extra cuddly.  Good thing since it's cold outside.  We all pile up in a lump and keep each other warm.  Yes, another reason for all the soup.  Warmth from inside out.

I got a new wigwag in the mail.  What's a wigwag you ask?  That's the gizmo that makes the washer switch gears so it spins.  Mine stopped doing that a few weeks ago.  A very nice repair dude came and actually knew what was wrong.  I was surprised since it is about 40 years old.  He's the one that arranged for the wigwag to show up.  Now all I have to do is wait til my next day off so he can come back and fix it.  In the meantime I've been doing the laundromat thing before dawn on Sunday mornings.  I even found a buddy to keep me company while I'm there.  He tells me he turns 81 soon.  Has to take his mom to the eye doctor next week.  She's having some trouble seeing and isn't really safe to drive at the moment.  Hmm.  Maybe it's just me but I don't think her driving even with her eyesight improved that her driving is the best idea.  Remember, he's almost 81.  I'm not certain but I suspect that makes her almost 100.  Yeah.

Thanks to a friend I now have a current TV so I got me one of those Roku gizmos.  Have you seen them?  All you do is plug it into the TV and you can get all sorts of channels. Yep, I've joined the 21st century and gotten myself Netflix.  I've even watched a few current shows like Blacklist and Once Upon a Time.  I know, I know.  Hard for me to believe too.

What have you been up to?