Sunday Night

It is after 6:30.  I have been home from my afternoon activity for nearly two hours.  I had dinner from Adams (ribs and wings) and a bottle of Juicy Juice Tangerine and Orange something.    That bottle of juice is almost gone.   I have a feeling I will regret this in many ways.


I left here shortly after 1:30.  I said good bye to the kitties (they were basically sleeping when I left) and I got to the Nursing home ten minutes later.  Maria was worried I was not coming.  I helped bring the residents to the dining room and I then brought the bingo stuff in.  I learned that Patty one of our regulars had passed away in the last couple of weeks.  She was a multiple amputee and her husband frank was so very helpful.  He had been playing with us for months and then stopped coming (had other things to do but I suspect it had to do with the fact that guests/visitors could not win the pot) .  I have been trying to find her obituary but I can’t find it.  I will continue to look over the week.


I had 15 residents playing.  There were quite a few winners.  Some won multiple times.  My girl Ann wasn’t feeling well she wasn’t her peppy self today (at 90 plus years would any of us?)  Janet the second Bingo queen wanted to play full card.  Not happening.  She offered to call the numbers if I ever wanted to take a break.  I may think about it.  I was surprised that Max from FP didn’t come today.  I hope he is coming back.  I don’t know if he met his required hours for community service or not.  They don’t usually until Graduation time.


After Bingo I was hoping to visit Liz but she had company and had planned this visit for this visit since the middle of last week.  Liz called me back about 5 while I was watching PBS.  We talked for about half hour.  We talked about the final outcome of Thanksgiving plans for Jim and me.  What the expectation will be that day.  She also tried to get me to promise not to talk about the cats at all.  I promised her I would try not to talk about the cats unless someone asks me.  She resigned herself to that quasi promise.  We will get together after my appointment tomorrow.


The kitties came down from their spots and one at a time while I was eating.  They eventually went back to either sitting or sleeping.  Then for the last half hour Sky has been ambling around meowing as though he is looking for something.    He is quiet now.  Tiger went back to the bed.


The laptop adapter must be dying again.  The light keeps fading and I have had it plugged into the lap top and it didn’t look like its working.  I thought it might be the plugs.  It will cost $15. I don’t know why this isn’t lasting longer.  I can’t remember how long ago I bought this one I think it was at the beginning of the summer.


Oh and obviously I didn’t go grocery shopping.  Like I said I stopped at Adams for dinner and then went home and ate.    I definitely will have to do it soon.


Well I have a few things to take care of before getting ready for bed.  I may even stay awake long enough to watch NCIS LA.  It actually is starting at its normal time.



Election Day 2017

My intention was to be out of the house by 6.  It didn’t happen.  I got up at 20 of 6 and began my day.  After the kitties were fed and watered I had my coffee and got on line to check emails and read some message boards.  My hope was the lines would not be long or even slow.  I did get there just after 7 running into my fellow committee members and giving them hugs and stuff.  I chatted with them before and after I placed my ballot.  When I got back to the car I discovered I didn’t close my car door!  Head Slap!  Happily everything was where I left it


The weather started nice with sun and low temps but it got into the rainy evening.  I was glad i had the the rain gear but not so glad I  had to be out in the rain anyway.


When I got to work I found out that my friend Marlene lives very close to where there was an accident on I-84.  She indicated that she could walk right through her yard to that part of the highway.  She says she kept getting phone calls from all of her friends to lock her door and don’t go out.


The first couple of hours I spent scanning.  The rest of the day I spent on mail. Both the daily mail and the re-address mail.  Of course the piles are getting smaller for the re-address but more always comes in.  It made my desk cluttered.  I am always trying to look neat but it doesn’t work often.  At the end of some days I leave the desk looking cluttered.


We didn’t have a committee meeting today but will tomorrow.  Probably discuss the election and things that are coming up for the union.  I am glad we didn’t because I was able to get a little more done than usual.    


I was relieved to get a call from Debra asking for us to have a phone session instead of meeting today.  She is on call and it’s been busy.  So I was able to have a little more time home before going to the Board meeting.


It was raining when I left the city.  I took the side roads and avoided the highway.  I drove along the shoreline in West Haven and what did I see?  A house already decorated for Christmas!!!!  REALLY?? It’s not even freaking Thanksgiving yet.  I thought my neighbors the A’s were bad.  


I had steak and peas for dinner and watched TV and fed the kitties.  They were ambling around for a bit before I left for the meeting.


I stopped for gas before going to the meeting and I am here to ask how hard can it be to keep up on repairs for your gas pumps?  Every time I go to the Shell station by the highway you have to go inside to get a receipt!  That is not convenient and it nor is it right.  I told the guy customers shouldn’t have to come in and get a receipt.  I will not be going there again.  If you can’t afford the upkeep on your equipment get of the gas station business!  I still have to update the gas log at home but tonight is not the night for that.


From there I went to Dunkin donuts.  I got a large decaf hazelnut for the meeting.  It was delicious and kept me awake.  I got to the meeting shortly before 7 and did a little business with the woman who called me the other day.  The meeting went quickly we were done by quarter of 8.  I will be helping out the morning of the auction.  I need to update my minutes from all the minutes and put them in a binder.


After the meeting I rushed home to watch NCIS.  As I expected I missed the first act if you will.  I liked it.  I was afraid that Gibbs and Fornell’s relationship was over and that this would be the end of Agent fornell.  I guess I was wrong.


The kitties were waiting for me when I came home.  They either sat near me or with me and as soon as i go back to bed they were there with me too.   I am surprised they haven’t come to the door to come in.  I have come to the realization if I need to do some writing of any kind I need to do it during their long naps.   


It is still raining and will be until 2 am tomorrow.  The northern part of the state got snow flurries.  We may get that on Friday.  Winter has arrived.


I don’t know the results of the election in Milford.  It’s a given that our current Mayor has been re-elected but I am not sure of the other races.  


I can’t sleep..

Halloween 2017

To all those who love Halloween may the spirits protect and guide you tonight. After the God awful attack in NY this afternoon I really mean it.  God I had to turn off the news because it was too sad.   I won’t be handing out candy considering we haven’t had large groups come to our street in years.    I have a feeling two of our newest neighbors will be highly disappointed that it’s been quiet tonight.  As i said earlier this week Liz and Nel went to FAirfield to be with the grandkids.

I sent Halloween cards to Jim and his kids and to Liz.  DId talk with Jim. He told me they had TorT in his town last friday.  I can understand a little better how it possibly could be here if legislators make a statue to have Halloween on the last weekend.

Work was busy and we had some fun today.  Many participated in the call to dress up.  Around 2 we had treats provided by our admin team.  I participated in that a lot.  It is also second day of month end.

The committee meeting for the union was brief.  We talked about tomorrow’s meeting and where we will gather before the meeting.  The discussion of why no comes.  I told them…Wednesday’s are not good for my people and several of us after the meeting feel that these people are grown ass adults if they want to know what is going on they need to show up.  We can’t keep twisting their arms.  The rally this Saturday is around 9 am.  I hope it isn’t a long one.

The ride home seemed to take a long time but I was talking with a co-worker about the whole older teenagers trick or treating and groups of people from other neighborhoods or parts of the city.  That’s going been going on for years.  I don’t believe teenagers older than 15 should be trick or treating.  Not sure I am making any sense.

When I got home talked with Neighbor Sean who was going to do some work before calling it a night.  He wasn’t expecting anyone at his door and he is hoping that we don’t get a lot of people from the condos.  No friends of residents parking and coming over on to the street.  I pointed out that if we get “No parking” then we can’t park on the street.  He countered and said get resident stickers that allows us to park her.    I really couldn’t argue with that.

Sky was at the door when I came in tonight.  I have to say this is becoming a new trend with him.  I came in and gave extra kibble and then relaxed with some hot apple cider and the news.  GAve them some treats and allowed him to go downstairs.  Tiger came down for a short time and they both were upstairs on the bed the last time I checked.  I bet when I get up there Tiger is going to leave for a while.

I had chicken for dinner and then made a pork roast.  This time I pretty much followed directions.  When it was done I had a couple of slices and now I have stuff for lunch tomorrow and the rest of the week.  I put the stew meat in the freezer. I can’t do it it takes too much to do.

.i got a letter from DEbi in Florida.  She was telling me about her life in Florida and what her kids are up to and she sounds good.

It is now time for me to hit the sack…



We Did Okay

Well it is the day after the storm and we did okay.  There was a power blip that i would say happened just before 10 (I was watching weatherman Sam Kantrow report from Anchor Beach) and warning people to stay home and be safe..Um good advice but don’t  you think you should heed your own advice?  I mean I could hear the wind and I made sure the windows were locked.  Most of them locked with no problems except for height.   The kitties seemed a little agitated so you know who really cuddled with me.  Although he did venture to the rest of the house a couple of times.  Tiger finally came up around 11 I think.   The winds subsided by 1 and we finally fell back to sleep.


I had gotten up a couple of times last night.  First to take tums (the sauce was a little spicy)  and the second to have the sleepytime tea.  I have to get some more for that one.  I went back to bed feeling okay but this morning not so much.  After feeding the kids I laid on the couch until 6:30.  


The ride in wasn’t bad and I made it on time.  I even got my regular parking spot.  That means it’s going to be a good day. Let’s hope that by the end of the day it will be the same.  I have to be back in town to get blood work done.  


I spent the morning doing some refunds, scanning and late morning back to the mail.  THe rest of the afternoon was mail and I was hoping to get back to scanning but I knew it wasn’t going to happen.  MS came back from her two week vacation to Florida.  It was great to see her.


I was surprised to see DK in because her SIL did pass away before the weekend began.  From what she told me it was just the way the SIL wanted.  THey will have a  celebration of life later on in the spring.


I had learned that parts of Milford had trees down and no power.  I called Sis and Nel to see how they did and they were fine.  I am grateful they got rid of a huge tree earlier in the summer because it could have come down right on their home.  She did tell me that my Niece and her husband lost the pine trees lining their driveway and they had no power.


After I get the blood work done it should be a fairly quiet night.  I have to do some things around the house (hang clothes, finish the laundry) then I will have to call it a night.


Well it’s time for me to get back to work.

Can’t find my original entry

I had a really great entry started this morning but never finished it. Annoying but not a huge tragedy. IT has happened before and probably will happen again.
Anyway it was a beautiful morning but it got warmer as the day went on. It was in the 80’s until night fall. I have the fans on in almost every room again. Not sure how long this will last but I like it. AT one point found myself wondering if in years past we still had the windows opened in September. I tried to read some entries but I don’t think I mentioned last year.
I spent the day finishing laundry, working on reorganizing my pen pal files and updating and writing some letters. I also managed to straighten up my old bedroom. I still have to organize stuff in there but at least it’s not all over the floor.
Finally got the storage bin that I had in the old car cleaned out and put into the trunk of “Blue”. I put a few things in there and will put some towels at later time.
I had a dull headache so I stayed home from the rest of the world. I also have to call the dentist there is something seriously wrong with the teeth.
I took some Melatonin for the second night in a row. Not sure if it is affective or not. I do feel tired but not so sure if that is the reason.


The weather does crazy shit to people

It was raining when I left here and it was chilly. It prompted me to go to DD (no not the same one where the car rolled back on its owner) I got fall related refreshments such as Pumpkin Macchiato coffee and Apple spice doughnut They were all out of the pumpkin donuts. I ended up wearing the apple spice all over my clothes by the time I got to the nursing home.
To be honest I hate being there at 1:30. I wasn’t doing much until it got closer to bingo but I had to stop a potential argument between residents (Julia kept rolling into Vera) and I tried to help them get through it. One of the kitchen staff got smart with me. I just looked at it her. I didn’t think she was funny. Apparently another patient did.
I had 22 to 23 residents at bingo. They all seemed restless and loud. If they were not yelling at each other or me for one thing or another. One resident couldn’t believe I had a lot of patience (while I was thinking it’s time to take another long break). I let Bob M know how it went. He gave me some advice (Laugh it off) and then he told me about his trip to Alaska. He didn’t like the cruise part but everything else he loved.
During Bingo I noticed it started to pour hard and the trees blowing side to side hard. Ten minutes later the sun came out! The sun stayed out for about two or three hours until the sunset. Everything dried up almost by dusk.
When I came home kitties roamed around and then I let them downstairs, fed them kibble, and I did some emailing, TV watching and dinner making.
I didn’t finish the laundry but did send dishwashers through.
Played some solitaire and did pretty well.
Now though going to bed.


I had been playing solitaire online on a new free website called World of Solitaire and I got a message around 9:15 from Peapod letting me know they would be arriving soon. The driver did an excellent job. Even without reading the instructions. He parked out front and had everything. WE talked about the driveways.
I sent an email to Debra to let her know how the weekend was going. I also wanted to let her know the payment for Friday’s session should be arriving to her by the end of the week. I also had let her know that I have an appointment at 5 the same day of our session.
Well I signed up for two swaps…they are due by September 30th. Kasi explained the partners haven’t been assigned and not enough people signed up yet.
After a several week absence from the neighborhood I saw Mr. Fox. I had been talking to Don and Kim and her daughter and we looked over towards the sewer station property he was just standing there staring at us. HE eventually moved on to the marsh.
I managed to do most of my to-do list. I didn’t go to the bank but I can do it tomorrow. I didn’t get the batteries because I didn’t want to be on route 1 any longer than I have to. It getting over cast for me to do the flower beds (but I do have the gloves, and the mini flashlights). I am still doing the laundry but I may not be able to finish it tonight. I am getting tired. I did take a nap.
I managed to get two letters printed up and one mailed and one waiting to be mailed (that is going to be tomorrow). I didn’t get any happy mail today but I got mostly junk except for some TIAA Cref stuff.
Chairman Phil sent out announcement that we have a new P&Z candidate and he will be getting his material in soon. Now we have a full slate for the campaign. We also have been asked to help the rest of the slate with calls and envelope stuffing. I will call tomorrow.
Now I am going to have some tea and go to bed…

I am wondering

All day has been pretty windy. More than once I have heard the wind whistling through the house and slamming the doors to bedrooms I had open. I look out and the flag is blowing but the trees are not blowing as hard. It makes me wonder if we are getting Hurricane Irma. The Governor has asked residents to make preparations “just in case”. In either case I haven’t seen any updates for the state…
I learned today that a bar in New Haven had caught on fire and it turned out to be the one where Rich (my Nephew) is Bartender/bouncer for. I just sent him an email and he says everyone is fine. Thanked me for checking in with him. I don’t know if he was working there today or not really.
There was also a freak accident over at the DD about three miles from here. Apparently a man dropped change on the ground and he got out and the car rolled back on him. I have not been there in quite some time but I think Liz goes there from time to time as well.
Then a little while ago I discovered that actor Richard Anderson (Oscar Goldman on The Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman series of the 70’s) died on my birthday. He was 91 years old. He had a long list of accomplishments and he was on a number of shows I liked. I liked him by association with Lee Majors and Lindsay Wagner.
I am still working on the laundry and picking up here and there. I decided not to do the weeding because I am not ready to do it. IF the weather is nice tomorrow I will work on it.
I decided to order a pizza for dinner. It should be here shortly. I wanted a small with onions, mushrooms, peppers. I also ordered some soda.


My Birthday

My Birthday is drawing to an end. It was quite lovely. I have been receiving many birthday greetings on FB and at work. I also received a few at tonight’s DTC meeting.
I haven’t been really in the mood to celebrate. I have been really angry this past week. On Sunday Liz and I had gotten into it about my housecleaning. She had been here earlier that day to put the new sheets and mattress cover on it with us and a friend. She wasn’t happy. When I called her later that day she started in on me about how the cleaning woman wouldn’t be able to move there was things in every corner of the bedroom. Under my breath I told her to shut the fuck up and she says to me “you call me a fucking asshole we are done” So she hung up on me. I almost sent her an email but stopped myself completely and called Debra.
Liz sent me an email the day after she apologized for upsetting me she acknowledges she should not be judging and criticizing me (the same shit she says to me every time the subject of the housekeeping comes up. She went on to say that I need to deal with the consequences of living like this. She has said she won’t be coming over anymore because her health cannot deal with this. But that I am more than welcomed to come over to her free of judgement, criticisms. She thought she was doing something nice for me. No she wanted to do this to feel good about herself.
I haven’t responded to her email. She wants space? I do too. I am sick and tired of the constant criticism of the way I keep house, dress, eat and anything else. It’s like I am dealing with my mother all over again.
Since the cleaning lady has been here I have been trying to keep things up. Something I try every time. There are things that still need work. I still have laundry in the dining room that has to be put away, things that need to be done but it’s not like I have dirt on the floor. I keep up with the litterboxes and let Livia clean the rest of the house.
Work has been good. I was busy with the mail, and refunds, and scanning. WE are caught up with current stuff now (as of today). We said good bye to TMJ a woman I worked with all of my 25 years in OPS. She was my buffer at times with Mom (when Mom was working with us). We are having a dinner in October for her.
School started up this week in town with little or no problems. The reaction I got was it has been exhausting.
A couple has been arrested earlier this week for breaking into vehicles a half mile away. So I have been locking doors left and right these days.
The days are getting shorter now. It’s been getting darker earlier every night. It’s still dark in the morning which allows me to sleep a little longer before going to work. I have seen deer in the usual place.
The Ladies Guild board meeting was this past week and went well. I have offered to get pasta for the pot luck dinner next month. We have a number of things going on in the next few month. One of them is to tread lightly with the ST Agnes LG. We don’t want them to feel they are being taken over but we want to include them in the activities. Not going to be easy.
I better get going. I have a lot planned for tomorrow (including finish laundry, and gardening) and the rest of the weekend.



Somethings I forgot to mention

I have been sitting here and realized a few things I hadn’t mentioned. They probably aren’t important in the grand scheme of things but I seem to forget things.

For example yesterday I noticed there was clearly progress made on the condos as outer walls were started and worked on this morning. Becoming more and more a reality. Concerns from the neighbors is we will have unsavory people exploring our neighborhood and abusing the parking. They don’t get it that people can park on the streets. Although there are times I can see their point. I want to be able to park in front of my house sometimes (and I have) if I have to go out or don’t want to park in the driveway.

DTC Secretary CC came by with the by-laws and we chatted and she could tell I was looking for something and I explained my rationale and she was wondering if it happened again and I said no but I was doing something pre-emptive. She understood where I was coming from on my views. After she left I took a quick perusal and the answers to Liz’s questions were there.

I am seriously considering dropping out of the FB page “You know you lived in Milford when”…there is far too much bs going on. From what I was told it was to be a memory lane and to share memories but it’s turned into more of the “Next door social media sites and of course people reducing the threads to fights and bullying. Whether or not it is bad mouthing or criticizing companies that were negligent in their responsibilities (a dog died last week getting lose from a kennel) or about the kids on their bikes rudely riding around (every town seems to have a bunch of kids that do this). It’s getting old.

Kitties are doing pretty well. They seem to like the kibble I gave them. They are both downstairs and have been sleeping downstairs at night. I was getting nervous when I call sky and he wouldn’t come down or come to me. Wild things keep going through my head.

Well its late and I need to get to bed….