Mid week I found it to be quite cold starting each day  but it got  warmer by the end of the day and then cooler by bed time.  I turned the furnace back up to 65 for the day and I could feel the difference.  I always wonder if that will affect the furnace in some way.  If the house blows up I will know then!

As I mentioned on Facebook there is no rain in the forecast until tuesday. Kept the thermostat at 65 so far.  You know it’s cold when both kitties get on the bed with you.  I actually brought tiger up and she stayed for a  couple of hours but she wasn’t pleased I made her.   She eventually settled down  Sky was beside me for just as long.

Today seemed a bit warmer.  It got up into the low 70’s and was beautiful.  I opened the windows when I got home and of course turned the heat down to 50.    If it gets colder during the night I will turn it up to 65.  I have heard so many different things about the weather today.  When it sounds like it’s going to be for connecticut it usually is the midwest or southern states.  I just looked and the weather forecast calls  for rain next weekend.

Speaking of the house while I was showering one day  the shower handle came off the wall.  I don’t mean out of the wall but how it gets connected.  I looked at it and I have no idea why other than the basket  that holds the shampoo wore it down.  NO one in the family can do it so I asked Chairman Phil to look at it and he was supposed to be here but never showed.  It’s okay I am not really up to getting it done tonight.

Work is going good.  Keeping busy with the scanning,   Learning more things to scan and the methods of it.  The mail is on going but seems to be arriving later and later every day.  Where it used to be most days I would get the mail done by the time I leave.  More and more I find I am finishing the next day.

We had an area committee meeting on Thursday as well as a rally.  It was a whole hour so it was good.  It was one of many solidarity marches across the country for all the Hotel union members who are in the middle of their contract negotiations.  I googled it earlier in the week and there were a few articles regarding the labor negotiations in Chicago and one other place.

The morale boosting sessions continue in the office.  There was a gratitude seminar, a massage sessions for those of us who signed up, and of course.  Sadly I did find out one of my colleagues resigned from her positions as it was getting too much for her to work.  Combined with home and personal issues it was decided she would leave.

Well I am happy to report that I will be getting the insurance  reimbursement for the 2002 honda by the beginning of next week.  I received an email from the adjuster and he confirmed that the check would be here in a couple of days.

The newer car is doing quite well.  I am learning more and more about it just by trial and error (who wants to sit there and read about it).  I just made my first payment on it today.  I received a welcome letter from the financial company and they included information for me to sign up for auto pay.  (Oh look at that I made a pun)

Well I was going to do a few more things before going to bed but I am having a hard time keeping my eyes open now.


Why do this?

I think I am going to stop sharing everything with people! I was telling a co-worker that (I tell a lot of things to) that I got my DIA.com order and she had never heard of it but when I told her how much it came to she said that was too much. I found myself justifying why I got it and she insisted it was too much. I told her I wasn’t discussing it with her. I am not sure what I was really expecting her to say probably. I was hoping she would be “supportive” if that applies here. I do admit I wasn’t expecting it to be that much money for five pieces but I should have considering the pair of pants I paid Liz for last week were $60.
I didn’t really sleep well last night. Between the coffee and the tea and a few online aggravations in some of the forums I am on I just couldn’t sleep. I nearly rolled over on Sky a couple of times too. I did stay up and write a letter to my pal Aatifa and while I was sitting there on the couch princess Tiger sat above my head. I don’t think she has done that for a while. Maybe sit next to me and let me pet her but not that (she didn’t appreciate me trying to take her upstairs though). Anyway, I don’t think I fell asleep until sometime after 2. It was nearly 20 of six before I got up. That’s when Sky came to get me.
So, we did our morning ritual and went and laid on the couch for a bit and when it was after 6 I got ready. I was all ready by 7. It gave me an opportunity to check for my phone and look for a few things before leaving.
I found everything I needed for the day. The blue carrying bag was in the car as I suspected but not confirmed until I got there this morning. I have the title to mail and then my id’s in the right places.
The rest of the morning I spent on finishing Friday’s mail and then did some scanning for about half hour. I had lunch then started on today’s stuff. I will have to finish it tomorrow but I have a lot to do tomorrow.
I went food shopping this evening. I must have gotten there about 5 and it took me an hour. There are a couple of things I didn’t get but can on the next shopping trip. I got roast beef that I am cooking now. I got stew meet to make stew later this week, and I got chicken wings to make in the oven. I found a recipe that I will use later. I also got a lot of herbal tea. I know I have some already but I wanted to try these.
I have a few more things to do so I will say good night.




The weekend has arrived

Another weekend has arrived and I can’t seem to get going. I had all these things planned for this weekend and all I want to do is sleep.
Yesterday was a huge success for me. I worked until 1 yesterday and then had my appointment with the Rheumatologist. Actually it was with the Nurse PR actioner. I was a little late but apparently so was Anita. Aside from the fluid in the ankles and the weight I am doing okay. Sadly Anita is retiring in December. She says they are looking for a replacement but they don’t know when. When I was leaving we promised to keep in touch. I have to get some lab work done. I might get it done today.
After that I headed to DMV and got the title to the car. I had to pay for it again this time it was $25. I had to sign an affidavit to say the loan was paid off. I was out of there in 45 minutes I think. I was home by 4. I called Davis W at the insurance company and I called Liz. I just want to get last minute advice from Davis before I mail it.
When I got home I had some chicken and then got ready to go to the tailor. It didn’t take long to get there and had a chat with Liz on the phone. Didn’t recognize the number at first. We talked about the whole situation including the fact I had to spend MORE money on this.
By ten I wasn’t moving all that fast still. I had put the sauce on around 9:30 and have the utensils in the dishpan. I will put them away later. I was debating whether or not I should go back to sleep. Decided that I would for a half hour.
I finally broke down and turned on the heat yesterday. Sigh. Its official fall is finally here. I just was too cold. At least the furnace didn’t stop like it did the last two years.
I really didn’t do much the rest of Saturday but made dinner and laundry.
I did get my Dia.com order and I love what I got. 1 pair of jeans, 1 black pair of slacks, 2 tops one cranberry and one light tan top and a lovely dress. It came to about $230. I will try them on later but I think I am keeping them all. I can’t take pictures yet because the phone isn’t cooperating.
Today is rainy and I am not feeling great either. I have been sleeping for most of the morning and I know I have things to do. I can do the grocery shopping later.

Thankful Thursdays

  1.         I am thankful for my family warts and all.  Everyone is good.  Liz and Nelson are doing an overnighter upstate CT for a lecture they are attending.  Jim is good fighting another cold I believe.
  2.         I am thankful for my kitties.  I am thankful they didn’t leave any delightful gifts for me this morning.  They did wake me up at a decent time (normal 5:30).  
  3.         I am thankful for my job-Still playing catch up and getting a lot done.  Going to a retirement party tonight for a dear co worker of mine.
  4.         I am thankful for the Medical profession that keeps me on the road to good health.  I see the Rheumatologist/LUpus NP tomorrow so we’ll see how it’s going.  Probably good.  Weight will probably be an issue.
  5.         I am thankful for my neighbors.  Some have returned from a trip safely.  Others are in town visiting for a short trip.
  6.         I am thankful for my home-Everything dried up nicely after my water works event yesterday.  Just have to straighten up.  I have some projects that I have to think about for next spring.  Painting, repairing.
  7.         I am thankful for my friends-I am really enjoying my friends both online and off.  I am still making plans to get together with Siduri.  We have to talk about what we want to do.
  8.         I am thankful for the organizations I belong to. The Ladies Guild Tea was lovely.  I would say a huge success.  DIdn’t attend the other fundraiser I was supposed to go to last night. I was far too tired.

9          I am thankful for the weather.  Despite or in spite of the warm temperatures I still liked it.  The rain we had last night came in handy as the comforter i had out there needed to washed again

  1.      I am thankful for the men and women who choose to protect and serve their country and their citizens even at the worst possible times.


This week has been catch up

The mail has been rather slow this week since Columbus Day.  At least that’s how I look at it.  So I have been able to catch up on what I call the re-address mail.  Mail that’s not really important but it is on some level.   I still say some of this should be sent to addressee’s home and not here.  I am hoping to get it all out of here by the week’s end.  Hopefully keep on top of it from now on.


The whole insurance/vehicle/dmv thing is still going on  I tried to call the other number I was told and went through an entire automated system.  All I want to do is to speak with a human being!  This is going to take some time.  I am hoping by some miracle that the actual copy of the title shows up in my mail.


I have been busy in the pen pal world.  I just recently wrote my California Pals to see if they are all safe.  I mailed one this morning two others will go out this afternoon.  Of course my computer decided to wig out on me.  I am still updating all files and revising documents and files and general organization.  If I am not over doing it tonight I want to send an email to AAtika.


I love my kitties.  One of them blessed my bed this morning (at 4:30) with a giant hairball). So there I was shoving a comforter into the washing machine and washing it.  Not realizing my glasses were in there as well.   The door was not shut all the way (or at least I thought) and I was expecting it to shoot out all over the floor.  When it was finished it was still soaking with water.  I managed to get it to the sink.  A trail of water behind me.  I ran upstairs and got the basket I bought weeks ago and dumped it in.  I got it outside and as i write this it is dangerously close to breaking the clothes line.  


When I came back into the kitchen the floor was still wet and down I went.  Scared the cats into the other room.  I finally got them to come down and fed and as I was  putting the food down Sky jumps down from the countertop right into the bowl of water.


I was supposed to go to a fundraiser tonight but I am not going.  I am too tired and need to pull it in for a bit.  I am not sure if I will do anything except put the garbage out and do laundry and sleep.


Thursday is the retirement dinner in NOrth Haven for Terry and I will go from here  that night.


Friday I see Anita D’ANgelo and then I am going to get the pants liz gave me tailored.


It’s supposed to be fall right?

It is October 10th and and at 6:15 in the morning according to the thermostat on the fan in my window it was  70 degrees out.   But when I got in the car it said 62.  IT was still warm.   It actually won’t be like this for much longer when I looked at one of the weather sites it said the temperatures will go to normal for this time of year.  


Last night was semi productive.  I rearranged some of my clothes and closets.  I have a rather large bag with clothes that are either stained or ripped or too big to wear.  I put my summer clothes in the spare room (my old bedroom) and rearranged the closets in my bedroom.


Right after that I sat down and signed in for Dia.com and it was fairly easy.  I was expecting a whole bunch of questions and I didn’t get them until this morning.  That also didn’t take long.  I hope I chose okay.  But as Ann says if I don’t like it then send it back.  They will let me know when they send it and all.  I have to say there were some pictures of women who chose stuff that just didn’t look good for them.  I just hope I don’t look crazy in these clothes.


This morning I finished yesterday’s mail and delivered and then spent the next hour and half working on scanning.  Spent the rest of the morning working on re-address mail until today’s mail arrived.  Post office mail is usually-I say usually light but with the postal holiday yesterday its anyone’s guess.


The committee meeting for our office was cancelled because of scheduling conflict with a wellness activity.  We have a mandatory Area Committee meeting next Thursday in a different location.


It was observed by a couple of people today that several management/supervisorial reps were dressed up more than usual.  It has peaked the interest of us and some of us a little nervous.


Tomorrow is Founders day here at the University.  There is a celebration at cross campus between 11:30 and 1:30 (not sure).  I know I can’t make it.  THere is the mail to finish from today (Health logic delivery didn’t come) and I expect it tomorrow.  I have lots of other things to do as well.  I hope it goes well for the coordinators.


I spoke to Mama Roberta on the way home from work tonight.  SHe has been really busy with her part time job and and so that’s why i didn’t get a hold of her last night.  We talked about my ongoing mess with the insurance/title and whatever.  We are going to talk tomorrow night as well.


When I got home the kitties were waiting for me.   I gave them their kibble and  cleaned out their litter box and then did their own thing.  I sat down for a while and read the mail and had the TV on.


I got a bill from the insurance company for $54 (i think that’s the increase for the new payment.  I set that up for payment (I hope it works this time) and hopefully the rest of the bill comes.


Well its time for the Ladies guild…cya later.

Columbus Day 2017

Today is the day we honor Christopher Columbus and all that he has done including the discovery of AMerica.  It seems there is new evidence or issues that are coming up.  Over the weekend a statue was vandalized in New Haven and the police are investigating it.

I like today because traffic was light and I got here in good time.  I even got here before my supervisor and was able to put the magnetic clips I bought on his desk.  He chuckled when he saw them (the one he had prior broke) and I don’t have a poker face so he knew I got them.

It was  quiet in the office today as I mentioned over the weekend people took off today to have a long weekend.  It’s nice.  As I expected not a lot of mail coming in and what has come in were part of the redirecting mail that I am doing and small amount from weekend.  Spent most of the morning on readdressing and then I did  work on some  refund mailing. Which if I stuck through it would have taken me an hour but as I said the weekend mail came.  Both SR and I were quite surprised to get our daily Healthlogic delivery.  We thought because of the holiday we wouldn’t get until tomorrow.

SR was kind enough to pass out choc chip cookies for appreciation day.  It is most likely for morale around here.  It is all part of the “share something nice” campaign.  I do not say no to cookies.  As the case yesterday.  The second package of the sugar cookies I bought was put in the kitchen near my office with a big sign says “help yourself”.  Happily people have obliged.

I spoke to the insurance adjuster and he says we will need to do a couple of things.  Well I will.  First call the DMV to confirm the time frame of the official title delivery  (what is in my possession is now  a copy of the request/confirmation).  If it does take the amount we need to contact the Sovereign bank for confirmation document of payment of loan.  I don’t have anything in my possession (that I know off) that indicates it is paid off (i just know it is) and the reason I don’t have it is I tossed it years ago.  The Adjuster seemed like he was reassuring me he was working with me and that he understood and that the state could be the roadblock.  I really don’t want to have to go to the DMV to pick it up.  NOr do I want or should have to contact Sovereign.

I was going to stop at the post office on the way home but because traffic was a little slow I decided to just go home.  It nearly five when I got home.   Sky greeted me and I was so impressed that Tiger came when i called.  So I gave them kibble since it was empty.  They ate some and headed down to the cellar.  While they did that i had some steak and channel surfed.

I have some things to do before the night gets to late.  EMpty dishwasher and do laundry.  I don’t want to leave it til the end of the week (hanging clothes and such)

A Gloomy Sunday

I woke up to a headache today. I think I was on the pillow that causes that I must be allergic to (sleeping directly on it without the pillow case). I took some Tylenol with coffee so I am hoping it will go away. Either that I will be making jaunt to the bathroom soon.
It looks like we will be getting the effects of Tropical Storm Nate for the next couple of days. It’s a good thing I wasn’t planning on going out and attempting the weeding today. It’s been obviously windy but not gale force. It was in the mid 70’s according to the thermostat on the fan in the window. I will be surprised if it gets any worse. At least I can test the car’s ability in the rain. I stand corrected it’s raining now. It smells nice.
I showed Liz the documents (via text) I got from the DMV yesterday and she said it does say Title but it’s not like the one she remembers. She recommended I show it to the adjuster and I told her I already did (at least I hope it went). I am relieved it came when it did I was thinking it would take longer. I have a nagging feeling that it still will be December before I see the insurance check.
We are in the final hour of the 22 hour slow cook Roast beef. I really hope I didn’t dry it out. Now I understand the looks and questions I got when I told my friends I was cooking it for 22 hours. In the past I never understood why people would cook Turkey’s or main meals like that for so long. I think that’s the impatience in me. I have to admit I am getting a little excited knowing I can cook this stuff. If I apply myself. I know it sounds a little odd but Mom did a lot of the cooking until she got sick. I did make a few meals over the years but she was not sure of my abilities. I think at least I hope she is looking down and is proud of what I have been able to do. Oh God I am starting to cry here.
I am doing laundry as I write this. I didn’t have much to do this weekend as far as that goes. I did find the other dresses I was looking for. They were hanging inside the door to the small pantry closet. I am going to have to put them away I think.
I may have to break down and sign up with Dia.com. Many of my clothes I don’t wear often and in all likelihood don’t fit. I am just not excited about answering the questions they have to figure out what I need and want.
The kitties are being themselves. Sky is on the top of the sofa cushion above my head sleeping and Tiger is being vocal. I did hold her for a mere 30 seconds and now she is sitting on the stairs.
I talked with Jim this morning. He was just getting his day started. We talked about cooking and the roast beef. The last one he cooked (if you saw his kitchen you would ask how) he ruined. If he ever knew I wrote that I would probably be on his shit list.
I may have to take off earlier than normal for bingo. I need to go to the post office and drop some letters to Carol and Claudia off (they are pen pals). I also have to stop at Dr. T’s house here in town to drop off some bank statements Dr V needs to bring down with him next week.
Well that’s the news for now. I am going to get ready for the debut of my roast beef. Watch for it on FB


Star Wars and Cooking

Today was a fairly quiet day between watching the Star Wars marathon (original and prequels), cooking, and pen pal hobby organization. It is supposed to be a rainy day and what better way to spend it?
I have to admit I didn’t sleep well last night. I think it was the amount of coffee I had yesterday and the loud (ahem) noises through out the night. Among the noises was someone on a motorcycle running its engine and racing back and forth on New Haven Avenue.
The noise startled Sky. Not sure how it affected Tiger but when I came to check on her I found her under the reading table and chair in the dining room. I tried to get her to come upstairs but she wouldn’t have it. This morning they seem alright they ate and did their routine. Tiger is out back, and I imagine Sky is in the computer room.
I know I mentioned rainy day but at the moment it is overcast and 70 degrees. Even though I can feel the cool air. It’s been in the 70’s all morning. I can’t remember if it was like this last year. Actually I think it was. Well last year on this date it was definitely 71 degrees in town. I checked Wikipedia and they said it is usually 68/70 this time of year.
The roast beef is cooking or at least starting to and now I will have some cereal. I don’t want anything heavy or protein.
I am taking a break from the star wars marathon. It’s now the PBS station for a while. The new season of TOH starts tonight. The first half of the year will be a place in Newton (a place they have been before) and focusing on “next generation” levels. The second half of the season have in the south I believe.
I got the DMV document that’s supposed to be a copy of the Title and it doesn’t look anything like the copy that’s supposed to be in my possession. I just called the insurance adjuster and told him what happened. I think I will be getting the call come Monday. Sent email to Liz too. She had me send her a picture of it and she says it does say title but looks different then what she remembers. I did send a copy to the adjuster.
The rest of the afternoon I worked on some letters and updated files. I also had cereal, stew, and chips all afternoon. I think I did pretty well today.
Tomorrow I need to drop stuff off over at Telka’s house. Her husband is going down next week to Florida and he needs to bring down the bank statements. I will do that after Bingo.


A slow Day

I got to work just about 8 yesterday and jumped right into the scanning session and was finished by 10.  Since I started this morning a few more (according to AC) came in and so AC will wait until MOnday to do them.  We discussed the need for scanners but we are  going through a lull right now it seems.  The same for the refunds .  The stuff that is coming in is already done (by AC) and JT.  AC says not to worry if I jump into the scanning (this is also for the future).

I spent the rest of the morning making up the labels for  the re address mail. It is always time consuming as I  have to look up the addresses in the directory and other places if I can’t find it.  I continued to do it well into the afternoon after the mail was done.

The mail was done by mid afternoon and someone questioned me as to why i did the mail when i should have been scanning.  I explained we were caught up.  Too bad.  I think we are falling back into dangerous habits again.

The slow pace also allowed me to work on my budget for 2018.  I have no idea if will work but at this point it can’t hurt.  I basically filled in the constant amounts and what i think might be.  If the amounts aren’t the exact that I Have i can change them.

I did the weekly grocery shopping after work.  I went to the Stop and Shop in West Haven by the old Armstrong Rubber company.  I ran into an old classmate of mine from HS who also worked at Yale (I have no idea where he is now) but we talked about classmates and an old friend of mine named Toby.  He was under the impression that Toby had died in the same crash as my friend Tim.  i explained to him he didn’t.  I tried to look for it on the net but couldn’t find it.

I was at Stop and shop for an hour and got everything on the list and even a few extra things.  It took me an hour. I guess that is a good thing because I don’t understand how grocery shopping can be longer than that.

I got home around 6 and relaxed.  Sky was getting impatient and wanted to have some kibble.  I made myself some dinner.  I had one of the steaks that i just bought and some of the fresher yogurts.  I ended up having three of those before the night was out.

I didn’t spend a lot of time online nor did I spend a lot of time watching TV last night.  I ended up very tired and got ready for bed.  Sent the dryer, and the dishwasher going and will empty them between letters and movies.
I have decided that I will get the roast beef started around noon and it should be ready (as liz said to me) by dinner time Sunday.  It doesn’t have a lot of ingredients and it seems simple.

Well I need to go to bed  .