Snow is expected

We are supposed to get a snow storm tomorrow the first official one of the season.  There have been reports on how to prepare what you need to know etc.  I went out  after work to get a few things at the store among them snow boots.

The storm is supposed to come early so I hoped that Angel Hair would call and cancel tomorrow’s appointment in preparation for the storm.  I ended up cancelling and rescheduling as I don’t  want to be out in the storm tomorrow.    However, I will be extremely upset if it doesn’t amount to much!  That being said this will allow me to catch up on cards and letters this weekend.

I will be meeting up with my friend Nancy and her family on Sunday to go over any last minute instructions for the menagerie.  This year I will be introduced to a hedgehog and I have no idea what to expect.  I know what I will be expecting from Preston and Vlad (at least for Vlad I think).

Work  has been okay.  Everyone seems to be nonchalant about the storm.    They don’t have huge plans  for tomorrow and plan to stick close to home.  Still having troubles with our courier service

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Thankful Thursday

  1.         I am thankful for my family warts and all.  EVeryone is doing okay.  I haven’t really talked much with the family this week until today.  Liz and her crew is fine.  Jim and his crew are fine.  I suspect Ethel and her crew is fine.  

 

  1.        I am thankful for my kitties.  They were pretty happy to see me up at 4 am a couple of times this week.  They thought there were going to get fed early.  They have their annual check ups in January which should be fun.

 

  1.         I am thankful for my job.  As I mentioned in my mid week review.  This week has been tough.  One of my co workers was let go and another lost her son tragically.  There is a collection going around for that.

 

  1.         I am thankful for the Medical profession that keeps me on the road to good health. I thought today would be the first day I wouldn’t feel sick but now that the stomach issues are done my cough has returned.  If it continues I am heading to the doctor.

 

  1.         I am thankful for my neighbors.  They are all getting ready for the Christmas holiday and working.  
  2.         I am thankful for my home.  It is providing me a great place to be protected and comfortable.  I am still working on getting it better organized. I see some projects ahead of me but they do need to wait.  I did get the shower handle fixed.

 

  1.         I am thankful for my friends.  

 

  1. 8.         I am thankful for the organizations I belong to.  Next week is our CHristmas party for the ladies guild.  Then we will be off for one month.  THen my work begins.

 

9          I am thankful for the weather.  Snow is expected sometime Saturday…time to get new boots.

 

  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.  

 

Errands and Letters

I made plans to run some errands this morning but (as usual) had a slow start to getting going. A few of the places weren’t opened until later on in the morning. Then the rest of the day was going to be letter writing and card writing for the holiday.
Instead I started the laundry mid-morning and decided to do the letter writing at the same time. I managed to get at least a couple of letters done as well as a couple of Christmas cards.
The sun rise was beautiful and I didn’t’ think it would last long as it was supposed to be cloudy and in the 30s and 40’s all day. It was still sunny out by lunch time. As they said when I did have the weather report on “winter is now here”.
My heart was in my throat when I saw email alerts about a fire in Shelton. You see my cousin Al and his family just moved back to Shelton from Texas this past week and I was afraid something happened. Gratefully it wasn’t them. Sadly a Man in a mobile home died.
Just as I am writing to Dr. T I received her latest holiday card with her latest news from Orlando. I definitely will be sending her an email later today.
I tried the Pizza from New Haven Pizza Truck Restaurant that opened a week ago over at the Adams market. It was $21. 34 for a large pizza that included onions and peppers. It was delicious.
After writing in my Pen Pal blog I decided to take a break. The kitties woke up around 2 or so and then dutifully followed me back to the room so I could finish the letter and update the pen pal blog but now I am tired.
I did take a look at seasonal stationary and I may get some and get it by Monday if possible. I would like to use it while writing letters.

 

A lovely SErvice

I left here a little late and by then stressed and annoyed with myself because I looked up the address and the name of the church 4 times today and still couldn’t remember either. Even though I drove by the church a gazillion times over the past year. I managed to get there 10 minutes before it started.
This woman gave a nasty look to me because I knocked over her walker that was folded up and leaning against the pew. I sat with my friends Mary D and her father Frank N. While most of Serena’s family and when Liz arrived with Nelson sat together. The music was lovely, and the readings and of course the Eulogy given by Serena and Warren’s two children was equally wonderful. The reception following was at Gabrielle’s. I sat with my cousin Serena (the same one I was concerned with being scrutinized by).
It was nearly 2:30 when I left. Liz had left for her retreat and Nelson headed home. I made my rounds of saying goodbye to my family and headed home. My original intention was to head to Milford and pick up the pants and go to the Service Dept. Instead I headed home and crashed.
I got changed and checked out the mail. I was quite surprised to see a reimbursement check from the auto insurance it was the last part of my last car. It couldn’t have come at a better time. Especially with the next insurance payment that’s coming up.
I also got a couple of wonderful Christmas cards from Chris and Jess and their kids and of course Cousins Don and Lorraine. I got their cards signed and will mail out tomorrow.
When I said I crashed I had been watching various shows all afternoon. Including the Willy Wonka Movie (again) and now I am tired. The kitties even slept on the couch with me. It was great.
Now I have Manheim Steam roller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra on YouTube. It’s great. I will listen to it for a little bit longer and then head up to bed.
Got laundry going and will finish it in the morning. I have all the other errands to run and then will do the letter writing and card writing for the rest of the day.

 

Quiet Time

I have some quiet time before going off to Serena’s Funeral. I have the TV on and I have been surfing the net.
Among some of the things I am thinking about was “was I okay at the wake. Did I say stupid things? I was somewhat nervous around my cousin Serena over the years (as though she is annoyed with me but she really wasn’t). Did I talk about the cats too much?
I will just have to take one moment at a time. I guess. Just don’t over analyze and just be me. I did do some straightening up as I went along before going to bed and when I got up. In case any of them come visit.
Tiger is sleeping beside me right now on the couch. Sky was above me but now is ambling around. I think he wants to go downstairs again but may be later. They both sat with me last night on the couch before going to bed. They both came to bed with me last night for several hours.
My plans for after the reception this afternoon will depend on when I leave there. My hope is to go to the tailors, car shop to reset the tire pressure and probably write some letters and get some cards written. Oh and go grocery shopping.
The sun is shining now. It looks a little breezy out not sure of the temperatures either.
Well I have some things to do before I get ready so I am going to go..Have a blessed Friday everyone.

Another Monday in the books

Another Monday has come and gone. I am sitting here with herbal tea and have Nat Geo Wild on in the background. I have been home since 5. I have had my dinner from Adams Market and just reflecting on my day.
When I left here this morning it was just 35 degrees and barely any frost on the car. I had been up a good couple of hours and did our daily routine. Except I didn’t go back to sleep. I managed to get ready for work and leave by 20 after 7.
The ride in was unexpectedly quiet. I am thinking all the holiday weekenders decided to call and book off. I managed to get to the office just before 8. After extending my morning greetings I hopped right on the mail that was waiting for me.
I also found a few announcements on my desk. A collection for Registration Kelly for her Mom’s passing last week. I have until Friday to contribute. We also got new instructions for our voicemail. I guess the old VM system is being retired. I don’t know when this new starts. Siduri do you know?
So today was mail day. Opening, sorting and not delivering it-yet. I had at least two to three days’ worth of Health logic to process (sort collate) and the US mail to open. In the end I have to finish it tomorrow. I also took care of readdress mail and made progress with that. I finished up the refunds that I couldn’t last week.
I have to revise some of the staff location lists and I so I made a file and so that I can have each individual list so that I don’t have to keep changing the only one I had.
For the Christmas season we had to write out Christmas cards with our favorite Christmas memory. The memories I had used are animal related. The year I got Holly and of course the numb nuts I have today.
I still have to get a Christmas sweater to wear next week. I may have to look on Amazon
I feel horrible. I forwarded a flashing light card to my pen pal Carol and she asked that I don’t send it again as it causes migraine and epilepsy seizures. I had no idea that happens to her. I apologized and told her I wouldn’t do that again.
Sky has been avoiding me tonight. I let him downstairs like he wanted and he somehow pulled the cord to the laptop out and so I snapped at him so now every time I go near him he runs. So I am giving him space. Tiger is keeping her distance as well. Not really caring tonight. I tried. I am just too tired to push myself.
I actually have to do some things to do before I go to bed…

Took it easy this weekend

I decided to take it easy this weekend. The last few days were exhausting and fun. Thanksgiving dinner at my niece and nephew’s home was wonderful. It was a lovely day. The kids were funny and the best part is Olivia my great niece gravitated towards me a lot. She willingly sat on my lap more than a few times. I am lucky if I get a hello from her. I was there until about 4:30 or so and then we came home. A short time later we back in Milford. After that I came home and scrambled to get the bed made for when my friend Karen came.
Karen is my HS classmate and friend. We shared quite an adventure with another friend and it was a tough those years. More for her then me. We also worked together back in the late 80s and our relationship faded again. We reconnected a few more times after that and most recently on FB.
We spent most of thanksgiving night catching up on life. For some reason she was a little more interested in my love life. I didn’t have much of one. She even asked why I never got married to Dave. I had to call it a night around 11:30. Even the cats were coming to get me.
Friday was a really slow day. Karen didn’t get up until one so I spent the time between surfing the net and working on one letter that I finished (check out my Pen pal blog). We went to lunch around 2 to Jimmy’s of West Haven. We each had soup, and birch beer, Karen had fried clam strips and fries while I had fries and a Lobster Roll (I would end up regretting later on). While we were there we ran into my Admin Sally T, and RIA Anita, and Sally’s family. I had only seen Anita from my seat imagine my surprise when I saw Sally. WE had a lovey chat about the holiday and work. I may have talked myself into working over recess in December. Soon we took off for our trip down memory lane.
After we had our lunch we headed to part of Milford Where Karen spent most of her formal years. She showed me where some of our classmates we both knew lived and where who were her on newspaper route. We even stopped at our high school to show her the changes made over the years.
It was nearly four when we got home. We decided that after a nap that Karen would head home. We both needed it because it was just about then when I started to feel chilled. I didn’t have a fever but I was cold. We woke up and then it was nearly 5. Karen got a call from her Mom and they chatted and then she checked the traffic. She left by 6. The next time I heard from her was two hours later. She had no problems traffic wise. We made promise to keep in touch and make plans to come see her soon.
When she left I did some odds and ends and headed up to bed. I slept for several hours into Saturday morning and that’s when I got sick. The cats scattered when I jumped out of bed and ran to the bathroom. I knew then I should have had something else from Jimmy’s. It happened two more times before I fell asleep.
Saturday was definitely pajama day. I spent most of it sleeping and watching TV and started a letter. I had two visitors that day. The first was Neighbor Sean returning chairs they borrowed Thursday morning. He wondered why I was still in my Pajamas and I told him I wasn’t feeling well. About an hour later Dave came.
I don’t know how long he stayed but it was a distressing visit. He would ask me questions and then talk over me and not listen to me. I asked him to let me finish. It really aggravated me and I told Liz about and she gave me advice and reminded me of our long friendship. As did Debra when I spoke to both of them Sunday.
Even though I wasn’t feeling great I did end up having steak and cereal throughout the day. It didn’t have an adverse effect on me.
Sunday two of my computers decided to go wonky on me. Actually Saturday night the laptop started and then by mid Sunday morning the PC in my old bedroom wouldn’t let me access the internet. I finally got on my Mother’s and managed to get to the internet. It was frustrating and aggravating. I clearly can’t write on the lap top and send it to the pc. By Sunday night the laptop is working not sure about the Bedroom pc.
Sunday afternoon went to the nursing home and did bingo. Actually I let Cole the HS Volunteer call the numbers while I sat with one of the residents and helped her. There were a few restless residents. I had to speak to them. After that I went home.
When I got home the kitties were still under the bed in my old room. I sat down and watched Nat Geo channel (first time I have done that in a while). I finished off the salsa sauce and chips. I had soda and relaxed.
As I mentioned I spoke to Liz Sunday. The first time was to tell me that our dear family friend we considered an Aunt had passed away Saturday. The second was to let our brother know (I had by the time she called me again). We talked about the visit from Dave and the relationship.
Debra and I had our phone session and we talked about the holiday, and this weekend and of course my visit with Dave.
I also did some laundry and set the dishwasher going. Both are done and the dishes are cooling. I will empty it tomorrow.
Now that the weekend is over its time to look forward to the upcoming week. As I looked over the week with Debra it looked pretty quiet but I know I forgot something for the calendars and I need to look it over.

 

Didn’t Stay up as late

I ended up going to bed my normal 10 pm time.  The kitties came with me for a few hours.  I did write some on the computer but not long.  I had warm milk and needed to get to bed.  I hung up the clothes in the laundry area and will put them away tonight when I get home.  The reason I decided to forgo the all nighter is I would be unable to function today in any capacity.

I was supposed to be here early so that MS and I could steam the very heavy winter coat I have been wearing.  IT didn’t happen.  I got here just before 8.  But we did do it at break time and it looks great.  MS has to leave early today.

I was relieved when the committee meeting was cancelled today.  Mostly because of the holiday (  people were going to leave early etc).  We do have a membership meeting on the 16th (again).

I emailed Liz this morning to find out the details for Thanksgiving.  It looks like the munchies are being served by 1 and dinner is 2.  That gives me a couple of hours to sit and relax and eat and then head home.  I am debating whether or not I will drive up myself or hitch a ride with Liz (but I am leaning to driving up myself as Liz now has bronchitis-again).

David Cassidy has gotten worse. There has already been a couple of fake news reports of his death and a former coworker believed it.  Of course the headline is misleading it goes into more detail but I still posted they should check more reliable sources as there hasn’t been anything more. All though it wouldn’t surprise me if by the end of the night he does pass.  Of course I will be sad he was a part of my childhood.  I will be sending prayers to him and his family.

Tonight is NCIS.  It should be good.  I have a feeling that will be it for first run episodes until after the holiday.  Then it will only be a few weeks until the winter Olympics.  I seem to remember reading that CBS wasn’t going to air new episodes during the olympics.

I can’t believe that more and more prominent men are now being accused of sexual misconduct.  The latest is Charlie Rose who was fired from CBS and his shows on PBS are taken off and also Jeffrey Tambor from Transparent.  It seems like they just popped up.  I respected Charlie Rose for his interviews now..not so much.

I got home just before 5 and the kitties didn’t come down right away.  I had to call for them.  I was making a bowl of cereal when I felt this soft and furry body walk in between my legs.  A short time later Princess Tiger was already out back

Since i Have been home I moved the laundry ahead and still have a little more to go.  I took a shower in between and now just waiting for NCIS.

It’s Monday Again

Sorry I disappeared after Saturday afternoon.  I had a visit with Liz and then came home and relaxed and rested before the Auction that night.  We got the rain that was predicted just about 5 and it lasted until I got home i think.

 

The whole event was great.  I would say over a hundred people came and there were a lot of nice things at auction and I even made some bids.  I managed to even bid on a theme basket and it’s going to Chris and Jenn.   The food was good (as always).  It was buffet food (chicken, fish, beef (pork), pasta).  I sat with Janet at her table and chatted with a few people.  I stayed until 9 and was home a short time  later.  I did a few things and then went to bed.

 

I spent most of Sunday morning sleeping.  I just wasn’t feeling great.  I called LIz and told her about the Auction and how fun it was.  I sent a message to Suzanne and told her I had a great time.  

 

In the afternoon I went to bingo and then did Grocery shopping.  I forgot a few things and will have to go back tonight.  You really can’t do laundry with little to no laundry detergent.

 

Early this morning I heard the news about Charles Manson dying.  I didn’t hear anything about it on the radio and I had to look it up on google.  Only a news outlets says anything.  Fox (of course) did an interview with SHaron Tate’s Sister.  I remember the movies and subsequent interviews with him over the years.  I am guessing no one really cares.  Over the years there were 9-13 movies made that were inspired by Manson and his cult.  Now that he is dead I am betting there will be more.

 

This week will be a very short week work wise.  Thursday and friday is our holiday and recess day.  I will get to leave early  on Wednesday for my infusion.  I will have to go to Hamden for that one.  I am hoping the week will go quickly and I am pretty sure it will (today has so far)

 

I am really looking forward to dinner at JR and Lisa’s on thursday.  I sent an email letting Liz know what I will be wearing.  She doesn’t know what time dinner is though.  I will meet them at their house and we will drive up.  On Wednesday I will pick up some floral arrangement to bring with me.

 

Friday will be a day of rest (mostly).  I will do letters for sure and then start Christmas cards.  Since I have actual cards I want to get them used up.  Then maybe do e-cards for the rest of the list.    At least for those whose address I don’t have.

 

Well it’s time for me to get to the mail…Have a great day.

What was I thinking?

I woke up this morning realizing I picked the worst weekend to do grocery shopping! The weekend before Thanksgiving! What the hell was I thinking? I am afraid it will be so jam packed and hectic I won’t like it. I will in all likely get flustered and aggravated. I will have to go tomorrow as it might be too busy at lunch time.
This morning we are finishing up the set up for Auction tonight. I have to be over Janet’s house by quarter of ten. Then to the school auditorium set up. It shouldn’t take long. I hope.
The rest of the day I will probably write some letters and take a nap before getting ready for the auction.