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.


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.


Still putting the cooking off

Well it is after 7:30 and I am looking at the other stew recipe that I want to try and I don’t have to do it until later (and actually I still need one item). I have to marinate the meat and vegetables overnight and then start cooking in the morning. They want it turned on high for an hour. I could do it while I am getting ready for work and then adjust it before I leave. It should be ready by the time I get home.
I finally got to sleep sometime after midnight. The kitty’s stayed in the other room for a little while longer. I don’t know if Sky came in last night or not but I went ot check in him earlier this morning and brought him into the bed for about 20 seconds before he took off for greener pastures. This allowed me to sleep until 6.
When I got up I did our routine and made some coffee and then laid down for about 20 minutes not before I closed the window. The ones that didn’t have the fans in them. I so want to turn on the heat.
I think I will work on the pen pal stuff until its time to go to Bingo. I haven’t been there in two weeks.
So what’s ahead of me this week? Well there is work. I am expecting one or both of my admins to ask about the bin of readdress mail. I am hoping they won’t though. That’s probably why my stomach is giving me some trouble. Tuesday is the Long Term Service breakfast. I have the weekly committee meeting and nothing else that I am aware of.
The Ladies Guild board meeting I believe is this week on Tuesday. I know we got some emails last week regarding submissions to the newspaper promoting the upcoming Tea party (that’s at night) I am hoping that’s the following week. It will be final details. Actually just before lunch time an email reminder came out so yes I was right.
I have Courtney the Health coach Wednesday to review how I did at the breakfast. She wants me to text her a picture of what we are having so she can “walk me through it”. Other than I don’t have any Medical appointments to go to. Hopefully I will hear from Jim about his CT that he had Friday.
On Thursday I see Debra. If we haven’t had a phone session tonight then we will have two weeks’ worth of subjects to talk about. The big one will be Jim’s revelation about the lump.
I am hoping that the Title to the old car comes this week I really want to resolve that whole thing and it’s going to take some time. The waiting is killing me.
I am very excited that I heard from Loretta this morning. She gave me family updates, and work situation and about her favorite shows. I will try and write her before the night is through.
The afternoon went pretty well I left around 12:30 and went to the post office and dropped off the letters to Linda and CC in Texas. From there I went to Wal*Mart, where I ran into an old HS classmate, and then off to Bingo.
I can’t believe I went to Wal*Marts again. After talking to neighbor Chris about the best place to purchase Kitty Litter he said it depends on who has it on sale. Well I really don’t want to run all over town either. So I went go the kitty litter (2 30 lb. boxes of it). I also got batteries, and tea and I am trying to remember what else. I also got some tea pods.
Bingo was a little crazy. I don’t like getting there too early but I did. The hour seemed to drag and I really wanted to get home.
I headed home afterwards and stopped for some stewed tomatoes and I got chips and dip. That was my dinner.
Since I have been home I surfed the net, watched TV, and did the preparing for the stew tomorrow. The rest that has to be done tomorrow and then cooks for six or eight hours.
I do have to get to bed though..I want to be up and out of here before 7:30.


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I really encourage all to visit this lovely lady.


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I am trying something brand new. I have a website called Haphazard Creative – Constant Creation. This new site is designed to bring creative content and will not resemble a journal as does Chronicles.

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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.  



Trying to play catch up

I feel as though I am playing catch  up with stuff at work (the readdress mail basically) and my blogging at home.  Most nights I have been tired and  not in the mood to do a whole lot except surfing the web.  I did the grocery shopping last night.

This past weekend was the balloon festival in Goshen CT.  Part of the Litchfield County and Hills.  Very beautiful at anytime of the year.  It was enjoyable until the brief rain storm came through.  I decided to go home when it hit but my friends stayed until after the storm passed and it took them five hours just to get out of the field.

The weather has been hot and humid and cloudy and a few times storming.  Not long but enough to make it even more humid.

FOR LUNCH I HAD CHARRED VEGGIE DELUXE …zucchini, squash, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, peppers, melted mozzarella, basil pesto on an Asiago foccacia…with French fries and ketchup AND ICE TEA AND ONE ECLAIR.

A number of things occurred this week at work that I had forgotten about.  All of that will be discussed at our staff meeting on Friday.  The entire thing will last no more than 30 minutes.  Spent the afternoon working on refunds.  Will finish them first tomorrow before scanning.

My session with the health coach went well.  216 lbs.  Goals for the upcoming week walking three times a week.  Next week will M, W, F.

I almost killed a Turkey on the highway on the way home from New Haven tonight.  It was walking around the exit ramp in Milford.  I wouldn’t be surprised to think it got its giblets cooked.

I stopped to the Post office on the way home but there was nothing there since my last visit earlier in the week.  I found coupon books and junk mail waiting for me  at the house when I got home tonight.

I picked up some pasta salad and seafood salad for dinner tonight.  It was good.  I ate all of the  1 lb seafood and half of the pasta salad.  Been drinking cran apple juice and its delicious.

I spent time chatting with neighbors and when i came back I found this on my front porch

Secret Admirer 7122017

Right now though waiting on the machines to finish so i can move the laundry around a little then I will go to bed.



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 love my neighbors.  I had sent them an email yesterday afternoon letting them know my cousin’s boat would be in the driveway.   THey apparently didn’t see them until I got home.  I explained what happened and they were joking that I decided to get a new boat.  THey seemed okay with it.  As long as the boat was out of here by the weekend.    It is supposed to according to my cousin.  You also may heard of Floyd.  Joe is phenomenal artist and is really a great guy.

I will be seeing Joe on Saturday when we gather to celebrate Rah’s life.  I will in hope get to see the rest of my cousins that are around the country.  I know I will meet up with Sis and if my brother comes in at a decent hour I will be riding up with him Saturday.

The weather here has been either raining, or sunny.  Temperatures are nice during the day and cooler in the evening and early morning.  Watching the news last night was horrifying.  The fires, the tornadoes in other places…scary.

The house is beautiful.  It was the week the cleaning lady came and that was earlier this week.  My hope is to keep it decent.  There are some things that still need working on but I can do it.

Well I have to go now and get ready for work….

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.

  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.


Thursday was my last day at the office for the week.  THat means no opening mail, no sorting and redirecting, no refunds, and no scanning.  I am starting to get excited and anxious in so many ways.  Do I know who will be filling in for me?  No but i can assume it will be guardian angel.   I wish her luck


I have new neighbors on the next street.  I may have told you there was a new house being built and it looks beautiful  it has a blue roof and it looks almost like a Spanish style home.  Any way  the new residents were passing out invitations to an open house this weekend.  I don’t even know when they moved in but they are getting settled in.  I might stop by but I don’t know what to bring.


Thursday night was the official end to the Woman’s club that i have been a member of for 20 years.  The president announced to the small contingent that she had been looking for people to take over but couldn’t.  She explained the reasons that she was moving and looking for a job in FL.  The girls were stunned by the news except for one who found out a week earlier.  So for now the funds we currently have for the Langner scholarship will be active for a while.  THe rest will be split among suggestions to organizations throughout the city.


I had to miss the Ladies guild this past week because of the scholarship presentation on the same night at the HS.  I can’t miss the installation on the 22nd.  It will be held at the Yacht club here in town.




The DTC is still recuperating from the annual Awards night and probably post activities wrap up.  They still send out updates of activities and events happening around town and our next big fundraiser will be the Oyster fest in August.  Then we start preparations for the campaign season.  Our next meetings will be the end of the month.  We may be having a convention or something soon for new members.


I had a phone session with the health coach yesterday and we talked about what I could do during my vacation this coming week.  Not be too strict have some things that I shouldn’t normally and to check the menus before going out when we have dinners.


The weather reports are calling for some rain today and even thunder showers.   THe sky is starting to to cloud up but for later this weekend and even next week it is supposed become heatwave.

My Sister’s Birthday

All week long I have been mixing up the days.  I have to keep reminding myself I still have the infusion later today and I have meetings tomorrow then I have Friday off for any last minute preparations and cleaning before I leave Sunday.  


Today is my Sister’s Birthday and I sent her a birthday e card.  It is the kitty talking and then singing a birthday wish.  It was cute even if you couldn’t understand the first part of it.  It was part of the comments on the e-card server.  I will catch up with her after my infusion and before she goes out to dinner with her family.  I am giving her the necklace I got at the auction on Friday.  I am also giving her the program for the night to show her the picture of Mom.


THe winter like temperatures are going to be going today.  It is going to take some time but it will happen.  The day started out with clouds but but by the end of the day they were gone..  I am so afraid I will be sick by the time I get to Florida.  


I spent the morning doing a little mail and the refunds.  I Have to finish them both tomorrow before I spend the day scanning.  Today was definitely more refund day then anything else.


I went to my infusion and was a few minutes late due to road work.  They really pick the dumbest times to do it.  So we talked about being pet parents and it was a great discussion. My next infusion is July 5.


As i started for home I had gotten text with an invite for dinner.  They were going to Brazi’s to celebrate birthdays and wedding anniversaries.   So I responded and then headed home to relax and then get ready to go.  I Have not been home long.


The kitties were waiting for me to feed them when I got home.  They are quiet now and I suspect waiting for me to go to bed.  Everything else is going to have to wait..I am falling asleep.