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October 31, 2013

Dear Friends:

Oh its been a pretty  food filled afternoon.  I finished the daily stuff by 2 or so and started working on the rest of the re-address mail.  Unfortunately everything I ate was making me feel blah.:(.  I had the weird headache all day that I mentioned in my health blog.
My energy level took a huge dive so I spent the last half hour cleaning up and waiting for Ann and Mary.  We walked to the garage had a laugh or two and then took off for our destinations.  I was really glad to get home.
The Drive home was fine no real problems and the wait to get on to the street was minimal.  When I got home Mom was upstairs and we talked about dinner.  I reminded her we have been invited for dinner while at Liz’s.  We had to wait though because Mom was baking bread pudding.
We left before 5:30 and when we arrived the kids were there.  They went  to go out trick or Treating by 6 and then when they got back by quarter of 7 we ordered dinner.  We were there until 8 and got bac…

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Wow Happy Halloween?  I am sure you heard about the North Dakota Woman handing out letters to trick or treaters tonight right?  I mean its been all over the net and news.  My first reaction is she is out of line.  If you don’t want to give out candy to kids then don’t.   Find some other alternative.
I started to think about when people come to the door and the homeowners start to ask you a barrage of questions.  The first question is “where are you from” I know that some people drive their kids to different neighborhoods I am sure they did it when I was a kid.   Do you ask people where they are from?  
The only time I wouldn’t give candy to someone is if they are not in costume.  We had people do that one year and I can’t remember if Mom said no or gave it to them or not.  Would you do the same thing?
Finally tonight I don’t think we are giving out candy but going over to Liz and Nelson’s to see the neighborhood kids and perhaps our own in costume.  Then we …

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Dear Friends:
I just realized tonight is Mischief Night!  I have only been egged once going home but while at home nothing around the house has been the victim of pranks for years.  THere are not that many kids around anymore.  I don’t think the neighborhood kids are going to want to do anything really. Mom and I discussed this very idea when I called her this morning.
We also discussed getting a new outfit for the Women's Leadership breakfast next month.  We are not going to Catherine’s but to a store in Trumbull.  One of the stores there sells Casper line clothes.  
The rest of the day was pretty good.  The mail volume was rather light but because I had two meetings I didn’t finish it until a half hour before going home.  I managed to work the postage tallies for the last two days.  Again they were not heavy in volume.  I will have to pick up the lobby mail tomorrow because  I ran out of time.
I met with Debra…

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October 29, 2013



Dear Friends:

Well I am home and its after 5:30.  Mom is downstairs making spaghetti.  She spent a good part of the afternoon running errands and shopping.  We should be eating around 6.   She is still not feeling completely well.

She tells me that Jim and the kids may be coming up.  I am guessing its for Thanksgiving as she also invited M&T.  They will discuss it more another time when Jim has a better phone.

The sun will be setting in about 20 minutes.  Next week at this time it will be at 4:50.  Sigh.  Every time the clocks are turned back an hour I keep forgetting that it does get dark after 4:30.  Some keep saying it gets dark at 4.   I don’t think so (unless its raining or snow or cloudy).

I was able to get most of the daily stuff done except for the postage and more of the re-address mail.  I can do that in the morning before the lockbox comes to me.   My desk was a little messier than usual I usually straighten it lately but not today.

Well dinner is ready so I …

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October 29, 2013


Dear Friends:
Happy Tuesday!  It was windy and cold but no frost around at the 40 degree mark this morning.  That would explain why the top part of my knee is bothering me already.  I had a great sleep though.  I even got up early enough to start the day.  
While I was getting ready the NY, NJ, and CT stations were looking back at Super Storm Sandy that started this time last year.  You can read my experience here and in the heart of it.  We were lucky but many of my shoreline neighbors and friends were not.  I am thankful we don’t have that today.  I can’t say the same in a few days.  We are supposed to get rain on Halloween.
When I left this morning Mom seemed to be in good spirits but she hadn’t had her coffee yet.  Mom doesn’t have any meetings today so she will be doing “stuff”.  Anything she wants I guess.  THe house is cleaned for now so I don’t think she will be cleaning much do you? Seriously though I think she is still preparing for the future.  S…

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October 28, 2013


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Hey how are you all?I hope the last half of your weekend was great.Mine turned out okay but the morning and mid afternoon was a bit stressful.While at bingo I had to fill a delightful incident report out when I saw Bernie’s foot bleeding.
We had to use the second floor dining room yesterday because there was an event going on in the main dining room w/extra tables from the recreation room.It was hot, crowded and when Bernie was moving his chair his shoe came off.So I had to fill it out.The nurse there was giving me an attitude.
When I got I had lunch and then Mom and I got into it as the time approached to leave for the play at Parson’s.We snapped at each other (she thought I was mumbling under my breath and I was but not being nasty).It was tense on the way there but once we were with the others and saw the play it was fine.
What was the play you ask?It was Laurelton Hall’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar.Yes there were boys in the cast and they all did…

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October 27, 2013



Dear Friends

Good Morning it is a bright and sunny day outside.  I have no idea what the temperatures are yet.  Something is up with Weather.com I had to re  apply and it won’t for some reason connect with Facebook.  I may just go  with weather bug.com.  Anyway it looks like it will be sunny all day and its in 40’s now. 

I am going to have to get ready for my day shortly.  This morning I have bingo and church and then come back here and  meet up with Mom and then we will go to show.  I am really looking forward to this. 

I may even throw in some laundry while we are gone.  At least get that started and then finish it when I get back.

Okay have a great day

Dear Friends

October 26, 2013



Dear Friends:

Well as promised here is my post dinner check in.  We had a great time.  Mike & Roberta picked me up a little after 5 and we headed  to the North Haven Red Lobster on Universal Drive.  We had to wait a bit but that was fine.  We were seated and I feel waited on very well.

We started off with cheddar biscuits I think.  We ordered our salads and then our meals. I had Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp with broccoli and mashed potatoes.  Mike had stuffed scrod with baked potato and Roberta had breaded tilapia.  We didn’t have dessert there we went to Friendly’s for ice cream.

We had a good time as we laughed and talked about a lot of things including “politics”.  We didn’t get in deep but it was about who hired the website company for the affordable Healthcare site.  We also discussed local government stuff as well.  We then talked about Mike and Roberta’s future in CT.  Their plans to move to North Carolina are still in formulation plans but they have to wai…

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October 26, 2013



Dear Friends:

    Just taking sometime to check in while getting ready for the jaunt to Red Lobster.   I called Roberta to confirm the time of meeting and we agreed (or I chose) on 5 pm.  So I have been really multi tasking on things. 

I have been moving emails, writing my weekly emails to the kids in NJ/PA.  I had a hard time with Jamie’s.  It bounced back to me and I don’t understand why.  It is the new one he gave me.  Unless his account is full (which I doubt) because mine never is and I use Google mail as well.  I have still to write Emily but I can do it later.

I had the TV on a few times during the afternoon and noticed the heavy horror movies on this week.  I am sensing a theme here.  Yeah I know it’s the last weekend before Halloween.  I was talking to a few people today about a few things and we talked about celebrating Halloween.  One who is a teacher says they don’t actually celebrate in her school for fear of offending people.  I had asked if Southington has…

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October 25, 2013


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I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning.  I kept ignoring the alarm and the subsequent snooze button ringing.  When I finally did get up I managed to read some emails, watch TV and iron the clothes I wore to work..  I left before 7:30 and had little to no problem with traffic. except for the sun glare in the morning.
I spent the first part of the morning  doing re-address mail and when Lockbox came I worked on that. until the next round.  The volume seemed light to me and it was light yesterday but making sure I catch up on stuff is what made it seem a lot.
I heard from Nancy this morning.  She was hoping I could watch the dogs for the night as she and Patrick were invited to dinner out of town..  I explained to her I had previous commitment..  I felt bad for her.   I hope she got someone.
We had our wings and cake for Regina’s Birthday today.  Amongst their moving to new desks.  It apparently was a bit stressful as they also had to work I would imagine.

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October 24, 2013


Dear Friends:
The last two days have been cold and I have been putting off getting the heavier coats out and that’s what I did today.  I got out one of my fleece coats.  The one Brother Bob got me years ago.  We turned the heat way up in the last two days.  
Its been hectic workwise.  I have had a lot to do in the last two days and happily got it all done but it seemed to take for ever.  I was able to work on re-address mail a lot today.   There is staff being moved around tomorrow.  I am not sure what is behind the move but I am not sure its good.  There is a labor problem going on in another department.  The sleep clinics are all closing and letting union people go  and then re-opening them under the Hospital and hiring others.  A petition went around yesterday and I am pretty sure many signed it.
Getting to the Dentist was a bit stressful.  I should know better than to go near the Truck Stop by Woodmont Road.  It was horrible.  I was late getting there and of course la…

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October 22, 2013



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Well I managed to get out of the house on time and get some exercise in at the same time.  I got up and did what I had to get ready and napped for a few minutes.  I finished my nap on the bus until I got off the bus.  

I ran into a couple of Co-workers and waked with Denise to get coffee and we went up to the office together.  She was telling me latest on the preparations for her Mom’s retirement party at the end of the week and she had realized she had forgotten to include her mother in the head count.

I spent most of the day working on the high volume of the mail.  I wasn’t able to finish all of the lockbox because that was the heaviest.   I did manage to get some re-address mail done but that is about it.

At one point the weather got really dark and we thought it was going to pour.  My ankle started to hurt and I was limping for most of it.  My ankles and hands hurt a little as i write this.  I am not taking the plaquenil tonight because I want to show the…

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October 21, 2013



Dear Friends:

I really need to get to bed.  I am getting tired but can’t sleep (I am thinking it was the root beer tonight).  I have to be up early (at least that’s what I think) to make sure I get ready for the bus I am taking to work.    I probably could take the bus to the train station and then from there go into New Haven.  I just don’t know.

I am currently having some caffeine free peppermint tea.  I hope it allows me to sleep.  I doubt it but I am still hoping it will.

Mom is in bed already.  She went just before 11.  I asked her if she was doing anything tomorrow and she doesn’t think so.  I hope it will be a fairly quiet day for her after all that she did today.  For most of us working on a report all day and getting ready for an emotionally charged annual meeting is not bad  then may be it is.

Well good night everyone…

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October 21, 2013

Dear Friends:

Happy Monday!  Today was a busy day.  After work I had some running around to do.  I dropped the car off at the garage to get service tomorrow and then I drove Mom to the Yacht Club for the meeting and then I went to the Pizza Party.  
I had a headache most of the day.  I took the Tylenol late in the day and it was gone by the time I got home.  I haven’t noticed it returning yet.  
Mama Terry brought in Neopolitan Oreo Cookies today and oh are they good.  I didn’t know they have been around since early 2011.  I don’t think even Roberta knows about them...:) I must look into where I can get it.  So far Walmart’s and Amazon.
I left a few minutes before 4 and was on my way to the garage by 4:30 and home 5 minutes later.  Mom was getting ready and she looked beautiful.  We left shortly after 5.  The drive there was precarious for both of us because the sun setting and glaring off the window.  When we got there I was introduced to the incoming Chairwoman.  AFter t…

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October 20, 2013



Dear Friends:

Well it is after 9:30 and I am heading to bed.  I haven’t been all that productive tonight.    I spent the time watching TV, eating a dish of ice cream and folding clothes from the dryer.  I saw the Downton Abby Special on PBS tonight as recapping and  then previews for the 4th Season.  I am sure We will be watching it when it airs in January .

Mom made stew for dinner tonight.  It was slightly delayed because we got a call from a cousin of ours.  He lives in Ansonia I think.  He lost his Mom and brother within a few years of each other. 

Mom is still working on her report/speech for tomorrow.  As I suspected I will be taking her to the meeting.  I will then come back here and get ready for a “pizza party at Democratic Headquarters where we will be with Congresswoman DeLauro.   She is very special.

Well I am going to get going and crash.  Have a great Sunday….

Kate

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October 20, 2013



Dear Friends:

Happy Sunday!  I Hope you are all well.  I am just taking a few minutes before I start my afternoon “chores” and projects. 

I had a great time last night at the Mexican Train Game despite some of the discussions were not to my taste.   Partially I don’t know enough of the politics to debate (and personally do not like debates).   But I don’t like the dissing of the President.  We had a birthday party for the newest member of the team and there certainly was a lot of fun. 

We ordered from Oregano Joe’s in Milford for our dinner.  It was good.  We all had something different.  We then had cake for the birthday girl.

We were finished by 9 and by 10 I was home.  Mom had been sleeping in the back.  She did a lot of house cleaning while I was out.

This afternoon I am doing laundry working on the minutes and getting ready for the week ahead.  I do have a little headache but will do something for that shortly.

Mom is working on her speech for the Bridge’s Meeting tom…

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October 19, 2013



Dear Friends:

    I had some time before going off to the Mexican Train game and thought I would check in and let you know how it went at the bank this morning.

It went really well and seemed to take no time at all.  We went inside the area with one of he managers he got the cards and such and got the box and Mom and I looked through it and kept was there in it.  Then we had to fill out some paperwork and then we were done.  I had to make sure Mom heard stuff so it went really well.  We  all have to be there to add Jim’s and Liz’s name to as well.

Our next stop was my own bank for money for the week.  After that we went to our friend Susan Shaw’s Bookstore Collected Stories to buy some books for Jason and Audrey.  Susan wasn’t there but on the campaign trail around the 4th District but her husband was and he suggested we come back Monday.  We made one more stop after that.

Before coming home we stopped at Treats Farm. We picked up some fresh vegetables and Mom had to …

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October  19, 2013



Dear Friends;

Well here it is  Saturday Morning and I here I sit trying to empty out my email boxes.  Mom is downstairs reading the paper that apparently came later then usual.  I actually got up after her. 

My letter to James has not gone yet and I am a bit peeved.  I have sent it three times but it just isn’t leaving the outbox.  He is going to have it three times.  I guess I tried the “don’t send it before “ option and it didn’t work for some reason.  It worked last week!

It is amazing I have had computers for years and should understand them but I don’t.  I always panic when things go wrong or it dies.  That’s when I call up my Guru next door.  One day he won’t be there anymore.   Maybe its time I go to computer classes or something.  It s also the reason I try and have a computer blog because then I can see what is going on and if something does go wrong I can have access it to it.

Well enough of that for now.  Mom and I are getting ready to go to the bank and I hav…

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October 18, 2013


Dear Friends:
Well It’s Friday!  I hope yours was everything you desired.  I had a pretty good day.  I slept an extra half hour but managed to get out of the house a little after 7:30.  Traffic was “the new normal”.
Work was ok.  We had AC on when we arrived.  Everyone was busy with their work and the atmosphere was much more relaxed and quiet. The United way Campaign kickoff is this week and there are signs all over the floors inviting us to contribute to UA and have the chance to wear Jeans three days next month.  We have a birthday luncheon coming up next week too.
Sadly a co-worker lost her father and there is now a collection going around until next week.  It made me cry.  I think this person lost her mother only a short time ago.
I talked with Mom this morning she told me she was taking back the new toaster she had bought yesterday.  It is too big for the space we will have it in so she is probably going to find a smaller one as well.  The rest of her day she has odd…