Pretty successful afternoon

I am sitting here with The Kratts brothers Wild Alaska Live on in the background.  Part of me is interested and some of it is waiting for the next load of laundry to finish.

I left here just around 1 chatted with Neighbor ChrisP before taking off for the cleaners to pick up some stuff I left there.  Then I went to the nursing home.  Maria was there doing some paperwork.  We chatted about the activities fo the day.  Reminded me to make sure everyone gets transported either to their room or to  the recreation room.

I had about 17 residents playing and of course some of them were chatting and one woman complained incessantly that I was going too fast.  I was really really wishing the hour would go by faster. Despite that the others enjoyed themselves.  I did have a chance to talk to Chef Phil and he told me what the “atmosphere” in the labor force there.  I didn’t leave there until about 3:30.

Once I left there I headed to my Sister and Brother in law’s.  They were entertaining children and grandchildren.  They were all just getting ready to go but the little ones were being a bit shy.

I was there for about an hour.  They fed me (cheeseburger and potato salad) Nelson took a nap and Liz and i chatted about a few things on FB and of course church which I was a bit late for.

By the time I got there the gospel was just being read.  Mind you it was Just 4:35.  The mass started at 4:30.  The parking didn’t seem full but by the time I got inside number of attendees it seemed pretty full (I don’t even know if there was anyone in Father Cronin hall).  Near the end the ushers were counting how many parishioners were actually there.  I suspect that if the  numbers aren’t good they will cut some masses.  Then again this is all supposition on my part.

On the way home I heard from Jim.  I was trying to pin him down to a specific time to expect him on Thursday.  In the last texts he says he will be here between 4-5 and we will go to dinner when I get home   (I have a session with Debra).

It looks like I will be attending the trivia game at Scribner’s restaurant stag.    Liz will be spending a few days in SC and it will be during the time of the trivia game.  She is really looking forward to it.

Well its time for me to say good night…For those of you in the middle of the wildfires please know i am thinking of you and praying for your safety.  Those in Drought conditions I pray you get the rain…

Good night…



Sunday objectives

As i was finishing up feeding the cats this morning I walked into the living room and found what looked like a hairball on the window sill that landed on the floor.  Ick  I don’t know why they have so many hairballs.  There is two more around the house.  Cleaned one up in the office upstairs the other day.

I let them downstairs already.  I actually am not sure if both went or just Sky.  I turned around after finishing cleaning up hairball number 2  and tiger was just sitting there.

My other objectives today would include laundry and church and of course bingo.  I know you are surprised about the church but it’s time I go back.

Nothing is wrong but this is proactive.  I feel that when I don’t go to church for a long time my whole center seems off balance and things go wrong.  I want to prevent that from happening.  Considering I am also on the Ladies guild Board now.  I best do it.

I talked with Mama Roberta Friday night for an hour.  She told me about her trip to Colorado and how she met the parents of Miriam’s Boyfriend.  It went very nice.  She also ended up with three spider bites on her body.

She also told me how the trip to her sister Marsha’s went and how they did with Debbie.   They all survived.  At least she didn’t have huge fights with her sister about things but got to meet Marsha’s only friend.

Mama Roberta also told me she found out that Miriam is coming home for her birthday in September.  It was supposed to be a surprise but when Papa found his SIL was planning a trip he had to quash it with the news about Miriam.



Moved Slowly

This is a definite slow day.  This morning did our regular routine for a Saturday.  The kitties have been fed, and have been let down into the cellar,  I cleaned out the litter boxes, and went back to sleep with the TV watching me…get the picture?

Peapod arrive just after 9:30.  I didn’t need to see them as Sky was running up the stairs.  The driver pulled into the neighbor’s (Hockey guy’s) driveway.  I asked her not to do it she explained it wouldn’t be for long and she figured it was mine.  I just shrugged my shoulders and resigned myself to the fact she will do it.   Please for the love of all that’s right next time listen to me.  BEsides there was plenty of room in front of the house!  I got every thing that I ordered and put it all away.  Another list is already started for next week.

The weather sites got it wrong again.  One of them said we were supposed to get rain this morning.  It was supposed to start sometime after 8:30.  Need I have to tell you it never came?  The sun finally poked out around 4:30. The strong winds died down around 4.

I spent part of the day trying to finish my letter to my Pen pal Debi in FL.  The laptop decided to do an upgrade so I did some surfing on the PC upstairs.   I am not sure I will finish it tonight either.

My stomach started to bother me so I showered got into a nightgown (heavy as it was still a bit chilly) and had a late lunch early supper and then fell asleep.  Late in the day I felt better even taking some tea.

In one of my forays outside I talked with Neighbor Don.  He tells me there is a bunny nursery in the garage. We should be seeing babies in a month or so.  If the Coyotes (haven’t seen them around lately), and foxes leave them alone.  We also had a chat about neighborhood news.

The kitties are just coming out of the PC room.  They were there since I started working on the letter.  The door slammed a few times while I was sleeping and all I could think of is they were too frightened to come out.

Checked in with siblings.  They are fine…

Now I am going to finish watching the marathon and sleep some more…


It’s happening again

The feeling I get when my schedule starts to get very busy and have so much to do.  The feeling of excitement and the anticipation of being busy to “OMG” I can’t do it.  As it there are a few things that I am going to have to miss like the Meet-up in North Haven that is a woman’s networking.  Well I will have to miss probably only one in September.  Then there will be the volunteering for campaigns and the union activities.

The weather has been lovely not too hot and not too cold.  Even though I did have to climb under the covers last night.  All though that’s supposed to change.  A Nor’easter that has changed course and whatever we were supposed to have is now going to be a light rain for the night.  Tomorrow is just clouds and back to sunshine on Sunday.  Next week will start off with rain and the sunshine.

Right now though I am heading to bed.  I got so tired and can’t keep my eyes open…



Thankful Thursday

  1.         I am thankful for my family warts and all-Everyone is doing pretty good.  Heard from the Alaskan branch this week.  Big Brother is coming up in early Aug ( really?) for a friend’s Funeral service.  Sis and I are going to a trivia contest in August here in town.  Should be fun.  She is planning and hoping to go to SC to visit Grands.  
  2.         I am thankful for my kitties-Kitties have been very cuddly again.  
  3.         I am thankful for my job-Things are going okay.  Everyone is settling into their new locations on the floor (or is it office).  We had a very nice training session on Interpersonal relationships in the office last week.  
  4.         I am thankful for the Medical profession that keeps me on the road to good health.  I see my Health Coach next week.  I see the Rheumy in about two weeks after a scheduling snafu (mine not theirs).  Others are in September.
  5.         I am thankful for my neighbors-It looks like my worst fears are coming to fruition with the new young neighbors in “Maria’s” place.  They left garbage out in the bins and too full where it was being blown all over.  They also haven’t been cleaning up after their dog (front yard is mine field of crap).  Another neighbor contacted the landlord.  Although not sure that’s going to go well.  I am a firm believer you can’t tell your neighbors what they can or can’t do in their home or yard really.
  6.         I am thankful for my home-Happy to report my bathtub is no longer clogged but will not let it go there again (putting kitty litter down the drain or even using draino).  The Furnace has its annual cleaning and ready for the upcoming heating season.  
  7.         I am thankful for my friends-I heard from Dr. T this week after sending her a newsy email.  She is still unpacking and getting ready for her new job that starts in a matter of days.  Heard from Mama Roberta as well.  She has returned to FL for a visit with friends and family. Not sure when she returns to NC.   

I am looking forward to my next adventure with Siduri in the fall.  We are making tentative plans for Mystic Village in Mystic CT.

  1.         I am thankful for the organizations I belong to.  The issue I had with the minutes will be resolved by the next meeting.  I did speak with Chairman Phil the night of the convention and he said he will speak on it.  We have quite a lot of work coming up.

I just received the schedule of activities for the Ladies Guild this week.  We have our first Board meeting at the end of August.  I was surprised we are starting so early when our next meeting is mid September.  I did notice some changes and in early november is our auction and then our holiday party is in mid December.

9          I am thankful for the weather.  The weather hasn’t been so humid for the last few days.  It did go from one extreme to the other quickly which I wasn’t thrilled with.  Been wearing sweatshirts around the house this week.

  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.  Enough said!

I felt like I should be sleeping

It was a rainy monday and I felt  I should be sleeping.  I almost fell back to sleep a few times before getting ready for work.  Thanks to my furry alarm clocks I was able to leave at a fairly decent time.  I was able to go back to sleep when I got home.  Man it was chilly! I had to get under a blanket on the couch.  I had already turned off the fans the day before.  I ended up going to bed early as I wasn’t feeling well.

Sunday turned out to be pretty good.  THe temperatures were cooler than in the last week.  My peapod came later than usual but found out that they called to inform me that the original driver got sick and the replacement driver was on his way.  I got everything I ordered and got it put away quickly.

After that I finally got off my ass and found a plumber to get the bathtub clog cleared out.  I went on Home advisor and within minutes I got one to call back and we scheduled it for later in the afternoon.  I had asked them to come at 4 and just as I was finishing bingo i got a call that he came early.  So I explained to him the situation and he started to work on it.  First he explained what he would do and if he couldn’t get it out then we would have to get more indepth (like removing pipes).  He did the snake, he also used his wet vac.  He got it cleared out.  He also gave me some suggestions about what to do in the future.   Oh it came to about $300.

That night I attended a Drum Circle on the beach in town.  Liz had sent me a text and invited me so I hopped in the car and went over and enjoyed myself on the cool beach.  It was very energetic and barely knew anyone! 🙂  But met some new people.  I was back home by 9 and in bed a short time later.

Work is a little hectic.  The staff moving is continuing and will continue for the rest of the week.  I also just found out it AC is on vacation next week so I am going to have to split my time between the mail and the scanning and the refunds.  SuperBob has said we will do the best we can and not to stress..too late.

As I mentioned I wasn’t feeling well yesterday.  I was getting a headache and could feel what I would only call sinus pressure.  By the time I got home my entire left arm was stiff and sore.  I can only surmise that it was the sausage and pepper and onion sandwich I had for lunch (the arm).  I ate a light dinner (2 slices of cheese and toast with jam and butter) and called it an early night.  Today I feel a little better but the day is still young.

I haven’t done very much of the walking that Courtney and I discussed at the last session.  I am hoping I can do it on my afternoon break.

I received two emails yesterday regarding the minutes from thursday’s meeting.  One ws from KR regarding her report that she gave (she wanted revisions made to it) and from TM regarding revisions of electing three new members.  I had mentioned under new business the third woman was voted in.  I told TM that the information was on the second page.  The date and time of the next meeting was omitted.  I have been trying to locate rules that state committee members should not be emailing the secretary with changes.  It was touched on by robert’s rules of order that at the meeting it should be done.  At least that’s how I am understanding it.  Need to check with Chairman Phil about it but I can’t do it tonight (the municipal convention is going on).  I have made the revisions but I don’t believe they should be emailing me.



One thing I do and do it well is Procrastination.  I knew I had a meeting this past week at my house and I didn’t do anything about it until the night before.  I would do a few things here and there but not follow through.  I finished the minutes from last month just two days before the meeting luckily they were approved by the chairman and sent out with his permission the day of the meeting.  I promised myself I wouldn’t do it again.  As of right now I am waiting on the chairman to review for distribution the current report for the last meeting.


I had an issue with the tub in the upstairs bathroom for the last couple of days.  As I was trying to get the litter out of it I used the hose to wash it down the drain.  Needless to say it’s clogged.  I was hoping it would go down by itself.  It hasn’t…my next step is to get Draino and see if that works.  If it doesn’t the next call is the plumber.  My other concern is the kitties trying to get into the tub.


I haven’t finished writing other entries that i have on the side burners.  I am hoping that I will this afternoon after bingo.  



Balloon Festival

I recently went to the Balloon Festival in Goshen.  


The BAlloon Festival is held in Goshen every year on the Goshen fairgrounds.  THere is also a food truck festival and arts and crafts festival as well..  Tickets were $14.00 for adults and kids under 5 got in for free.  For those who are 55 or have Handicap ID’s got in for $8. It started on Friday at 2 and ran until ten or 11 first night but the hours for the rest of the weekend were 11 to 10 on Saturday and 11 to 8 on Sunday.  They had balloon rides and tethered rides as well (for those of us afraid to go flying).  WHen I told my sibs about it they both asked me if I was going to go up in one.  The only answer  I gave was not sure.  It depended on if the rides were extra or not.


I was under the impression Dave was out of town but I got a message from him saying I could meet them up there.  So when they left they called me (I had been ready since 10:30) I headed out the door to the bank and got money and headed to Goshen.  It was an hour long ride so we agreed to meet around 1 at the front gate..


It took me about an hour and half to get up there and it was a beautiful ride.  There were only two concerns I had…the direction in which to go when there an option to go to Danbury or to the right way.  The other was this huge hill right before Litchfield Green.  They have a stop sign and the traffic was heavy.  I was afraid that I would be rolling the car back down the hill..  


It was sometime after 1::30 and let them know I was there.   I was able to park in the handicapped parking lot for a lot less than I thought..   At least I didn’t have as much mud as my friends did.   We met at the agreed location and chatted and began our trek for some food..  


We looked at the various trucks offering a huge assortment of we stopped at one place that had italian food and I had a sausage and peppers panini and soda.  I think it came to about $7.00..  I was actually quite pleased that I didn’t go through the entire Food truck Festival like a tornado.  I did get apple cider donut for $1..00..  I got some water and another soda too.  The lines were pretty long but moving.  There was only one truck I recognized and that was Lenny and Joe’s fish truck from New Haven.


While we ate our lunch we sat and listened to characters from disney shows perform various songs from the movies and sing-a-long. Early on Dave and I  managed to get a picture with Ella from Frozen..  We also listened to a local country band Jay Southerland for awhile until we decided to explore the arts and crafts area..


During our walk we saw many different vendors for curb appeal, inside decorative and house management.  We also met up with the owner of Circle K Animal Farm from East Hampton CT.. We had a lovely chat about the varied sheep, and goats..  I even cooed over another couple’s fur babies.


As the afternoon grew to end the weather had definitely changed.  It had been very breezy and we came to the conclusion the balloons wouldn’t be going up anytime soon.  It became definite (at least for me)  when the skies turned dark.  The clouds come from what I am assuming is the lower berkshires and NY.  I decided then I would be leaving for home.  Dave was hoping I would stay longer in case they did have the balloons go up.  I am glad I didn’t.


It started to pour as I was leaving and the traffic from the Fairgrounds was long and occasionally tiresome..  What would normally take 8 minutes to drive down 63 took me a freaking hour!  It was just about then I called mardi and chatted with her so I wouldn’t go ballistic.  It was also just about then that the rain storm was subsiding into sprinkles and occasional sun beams.  


I still had another hour and half to go once i made it to Litchfield Green.  I also had to go to the bathroom really bad too.  I was really glad to be home by 8. I was ready to go to bed by then.


Before going to bed though I had gotten a few more text message from the guys.  I had sent them warnings of traffic and visibility and such.  In the end they stayed until the storm passed and were able to see the balloons go up.  The downside of waiting was being stuck in a field of mud for five hours as was anyone else that parked there.  A greedy tow truck Driver was charging $100 to get people out of the mud..


Overall I would go again and maybe wait a little bit longer for the balloons to go up.  For $8 I was expecting to see the hot air balloons setting up at least and be there throughout the day..  I was relieved though to be in bed at 1 am instead of on the road at that hour..

Messy and chilly Friday

it was raining and in the low 60’s for most of the day.   I really needed  to clean out the car before the weekend started.  This is one of those moments in which you think to yourself should have done this when the good weather was around (ie last  Sunday).

Work was mostly working on mailing out refunds.  We had our staff meeting, and our luncheon.  Pizza Fresh spinach, roasted peppers, ricotta. The other was Peppers, onions, mushrooms, olives and eggplant. (  and salad.  It’s was really quiet for a Friday.  It looks like all of us will have a class or two coming up in the next couple of months.  Four hours!!!  It is an Orientation of the New Brand that’s been in effect for a while…

On the way home tonight I stopped for gas or I would have been walking home.  THe drive home was slow.  I was starting to get a headache and just headed home.

I ended up making steak and potato for dinner.  I even had more fo the strawberry jam.  I had some last night but I was hungry tonight.

I got the cat food I ordered a couple of days ago for the kids. IT was the chicken variety of the fish stuff I have been giving them.  They seemed to like it.  It looked like Tiger ate a good portion of hers as well as Sky’s.  Usually if she doesn’t eat the wet she will go to the dry.  They have been running around at the moment.  They were downstairs as well.  They actually are quiet right now.

The rest of the night is going to be quiet….with letters and stuff.



Thankful Thursday

1.            I am thankful for my family warts and all
2.            I am thankful for my kitties
3.            I am thankful for my job
4.            I am thankful for the Medical profession that keeps me on the road to good health
5.            I am thankful for my neighbors
6.            I am thankful for my home
7.            I am thankful for my friends
8.            I am thankful for the organizations I belong to.
9             I am thankful for the weather.
10.         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.
I was surprised yesterday by a beautiful potted plant I found on my front porch yesterday.  I have a suspicion it was my neighbor Kim whom I just spent a few minutes chatting with and when I discovered it I sent a quick email that when i looked at it later looked ungracious.  When I posted it I have had many “likes”.

I saw the health coach yesterday and I am back to 216 again…according to her records I lost only a couple of pounds.  We discussed ways for exercise so my goals are to start walking at least three times a day.

Lots of activities coming up for work.  We have a luncheon tomorrow to celebrate a successful FY 2017.  Next week we will be having  a training session on accountability.  Not sure what that’s about.  It is mandatory.

Lunch and breakfast today consisted of of Carnation Breakfast, and coffee, and farina.  Tonight’s dinner included the pasta salad and cheese and yogurt (2)

THe weather was crazy today.  It was very stormy all evening.