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Dear Friends

November 30, 2013


Dear Friends;

    Good Morning on this the last day of November 2013.  It was quite a busy month with work, the election, birthdays, volunteering, pie making, and the holidays.  Of course the whole event earlier this week was a bit much as well.  Now all that’s left is to prepare for the next holiday. 

    Jim and the kids left just after 9:30 for home.  The kids have the second of Thanksgiving dinners with their mother and their side of the family.  I know this because  James was kind enough to remind his father at Thanksgiving dinner.  Some times I get the impression they are doing this only out of obligation.  When they were not with their cousins they had their faces stuck on their  I-phones or the TV.

    I have resolved not to put up with Jim’s idiocy anymore.  I will one day turn around and tell him either he cuts the crap he has pulled here or he can go to a hotel.   He is far too critical of me these days and I an tired of it.

    For now I am going to do laundr…

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November 29, 2013



Dear Friends:

I wanted to start off with an apology for yesterday.  I was totally stressed out and aggravated by things that some were under my control and some not so much.   I think I rambled so much last night it was not making any sense.

The house started stirring around 9:30.  Mom was just getting her meds when I came down.  A short time later Jim came and he was his lovely self.  Made a comment about me being thrown together (still in my pajamas and bathrobe mind you).  He is really annoying me and I don’t like it. 

We had gotten a call from my cousins who wanted to come by for a visit.  I explained that they were all visiting in west haven with their brother Chris and his wife.

So we got ready and then Mom and Jim were talking about having breakfast. Jim got sharp and I said something and he did too.  I walked away.  I told him he has been obnoxious since he came in.  I came up here and cried and we got together when my cousins arrived.

I did apologize to Mo…

Dear Friends

November 28, 2013



Dear Friends:

It is Thanksgiving Morning.  The sun is shining and it is supposed to be 29 degrees.  I haven’t been outside yet but I am sure Mom has.  She has been up a while now and is about to prepare to cook the turkey.

I asked her if she did see the second or the two emails Sylvia sent and she said knew Sylvia was right.   She did ask me to print them out so I obliged.   I guess she had sent an email of apology to her last night.

Jim and the kids should be here by Noon today at least I have to find out from Mom.  We are not eating until 4 so that’s okay.  Mom says that Rich will be bring the Apple juice and we have Cranberry-Raspberry Juice.  I think I am going to stick with water.

Mom is beginning to get  agitated and agitating to me.  Yeah I know it’s a holiday and its all that but you don’t make others that way.  She is having me do things (like ironing the napkins) but to tell me she doesn’t want me on the computer or the TV is wrong.

Mike and Tessa came bearing gi…

Dear Friends

November 27., 2013

Dear Friends:
    Had a pretty good morning despite not getting out of bed until 6:40.  I managed to get showered and dressed and out the door before 7:30.  The ride in was great for a third day in a row. It was surprisingly warm for what was predicted.  
I talked with Mom early this morning.  She was reminding me about the bag of ice we need for tomorrow (thank goodness she did)..  She was also asking me for a bed roll.  I don’t have that in my room.  We didn’t stay on long as she hadn’t had her coffee yet.
Work went well.  I managed to get my run to the mailroom with no problems. I ran into some old friends I haven’t seen in awhile.  IT was fairly quiet for the day as many took today off.  We also said our final goodbye to Mary C who starts her retirement today.  I finished opening the mail from yesterday as well as today The second leg of the mail was not too bad either.  As the third and final one.  I was hoping to get a lot of the re-address mail done today but tha…

Dear Friends

November 27, 2013



Dear Friends:

    It is after midnight and I have been up for a short time.  I actually got some sleep  but I will be getting more shortly.  I have been reading some of my F-list Blogs such  as Mictoria’s.  I hadn’t had any updates for some reason but come to find out she has been a busy bee lately.

    With all the excitement of the gunman at the University this week I totally missed the sewer project activity going on here.  I am afraid I don’t have pictures to post but here goes.  Everything around the Pump station is cleared out.  The  pump station as I mentioned is all been updated to look like a house but the fence and equipment around has been taken away. 

The Trailer that has been at the end of the street since March has been taken away and the ground around it has been smoothed over.  The street as I mentioned earlier that had been dug up recently is almost back to normal. 

The asphalt paving should be done within the next two weeks so our street will be n…

Dear Friends

November 26, 2013


Dear Friends:
It is a cold and cloudy morning and it is supposed to get worse as the day goes on.  Rain is expected mid to late day and it is supposed to be heavy.  I am prepared to take home the boots that have been here since last winter.  (ewww).
I got up around 5 and started picking up stuff and straightening up and making the bed this morning before getting ready for work.  Olivia was supposed to come around 8 this morning.  She apparently did change the sheets on my bed.  I am not really happy with that because they were just changed Sunday and they were the fleece for warmth.  Oh Well its cleaned that’s all that’s important.
Work was busy had lots of lockbox still have to finish opening it tomorrow.  The second wind and the final round were light.  I managed to get it delivered late this afternoon.  I had the opportunity to serenade two people for their birthdays today.  The first one was to Susan and a belated one to Kent in Collections.  They were pleased.    I …

Dear Friends

November 25, 2013

Dear Friends:
Man was it cold this morning!   It was 17 degrees out and 22 in New Haven.  There was frost on the car and it took a real long time to get it off.  I couldn’t see anything getting off the street.  It was unsettling.    I actually have to get some more of that de-icer stuff.
The rest of the ride was uneventful there were no long delays (or that matter short ones).  When I got to my spot I saw Ann and asked her for help.  I had the two pies to deliver and I wasn’t coordinated enough. with the bags to get them safely to their destination.  Did I mention it was cold out?
Ann had gone to the Yale VS Harvard game on Saturday and was disappointed they lost-again.  They had to walk through the Tailgating section and was not happy.  People were too rowdy for her.  I told her that neighbor Dolan’s went to the tailgate game and had fun.  Personally I don’t see the point of going to the game and not watching it.  If I wanted to party and so forth I would do it in the c…

Dear Friends

November 24, 2013


Dear Friends:

    Our furnace stopped working late this afternoon.  Mom noticed how cold it got after I came home from going to the store for a few things.  We  didn’t think anything of it except find an electric heater for the back room.  We couldn’t find it.  Mom  decided to check the  furnace.  Happily the repairman is here to  repair it.  I can hear Mom talking to someone.  I guess the computer board on the furnace burned out. 

Apparently Mom told T M and she  made arrangements for another DTC member come over with a room heater.   He just arrived and probably just left.  It was really very nice of her to do this.  TM just called us to for an update. 

I am almost done with the laundry.  I really don’t want to do anymore right now but I won’t be  able to do any while the family is here.  I might finish it tomorrow night if at all possible.

I finished the letters to the kids and they have been sent out.  I have other letters I need to answer as well.  I don’t know if …

Dear Friends

November 24, 2013



Dear Friends:

Well it’s a beautiful windy Sunday.  Yeah I said beautiful even though its windy.  I am probably going to have to get my heavy coat out and wear it now.  Mardi wrote in her blog that they got snow late in the day around her place.  I found out at Bingo this morning we also had a light dusting of snow as well.     It will be a different story by mid-week.  We are supposed to get a bad storm for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Bingo went well.  I found out the Recreation staff all no longer can use Natalie’s office as their office.  They have been relegated to the storage closet and a shelf.  I think this about the most ridiculous situation ever.  I happen to like the Recreation Director but this is just too out there.

It was too late for me to go to church when I finished so I came home.  Mom was up in her office when I got here.  She says she is still very tired and she is having a hard time getting moving and has lots to do.  I told her I would help with anythin…

Dear Friends

November 23, 2013



Dear Friends:


Hi yesterday was  a long day for me.  I woke up sometime after midnight and didn’t get back to bed until it was time for me to get up for work.  So I was pretty tired by the end of the day.

I had a good day at work I got a lot  accomplished.  I did find out that Gayle has officially announced she had retired and will be joining us (we hope) for our holiday party in December. 

I started getting achy when I got home.  I did some email moving around and had to write some emails.  I Had to mend some quick fences with pen pals.  I am writing about that in my pen pal blog. 

We had spaghetti last night for dinner.  After that Mom did some preparing  for thanksgiving desserts. 

Even though I tried to get to bed early I managed to stay up until Midnight.   I don’t remember what time I fell asleep but no sooner did that happen that it was 7 in the morning. 

When I got up I spent time on line and then I got ready for the day.  What a long day it was.  I got my…

Dear Friends

November 22, 2013


Dear Friends:

    Can you believe one week from tonight is Thanksgiving night?  The time has really flown.  It doesn’t help that most of the retail stores and advertisers have been pushing the season hard back in what was it? September? 

    As of this writing Jim, Emily, James, Liz, Nelson, Rich, Ethel, Diane, Rogier, and Ethel’s Boarder will be joining us Thanksgiving Day.  It certainly will be a tight squeeze in the dining room but we have done it before and will do it until we can’t.  Mom has been working on the menu for the last several weeks and always comes out great.

    Today was quite hectic.  I got to the office a little late but I managed to get some extra stuff done.  Today was the day I have to pick up the paychecks and I also sotpped and got Mama Joanie’s new ID along with mine.  At lunch time I walked Joanie down to the Parking authority so she could sign up for a new parking space as the one she currently has will be gone by December 9.    She will be i…

Dear Friends

November 20, 2013

Dear Friends:
Yesterday turned out to be a really long day for me. Work got busy and I volunteered to pick up Mama Joanie’s ID when I pick up the checks.  AC and I made arrangements to pay any fees and buy my lunch.
After work I went to the meeting.  Several of us went together. I was really tired and achy but stayed quiet. It was windy.  While we waited we were given snacks.  We had pictures taken and then we had the meeting.  What I got out of the meeting is we are going to have a fight on our hands.  
After the meeting Ann, Mary, and I walked back to the garage and went home.  I stopped and got my jackets and then headed home.  
When I got home Mom was watching TV and I came upstairs and hung the jackets and did my own thing.  I got online, watched TV, cried, and slept.
Oh?  Cried? why?  The aches and the stiffness really were getting to me last night.  It seems like every night I get stiff or achy.  I ended up taking Tylenol last night to get to sleep.  Admittedly I f…

Dear Friends

November 19, 2013


Dear Friends:
    It was an early morning at the Casa De Kate. I was up by 5:30 but awake earlier.  I guess it was in anticipation of getting Mom early enough for the rug cleaning guy..  I woke her up at 6:00 and she asked to be awoken at 6:30  This allowed me to get to ironing and work on some stuff on the computer.  I finally got her up at 6:30 and I was showered and dressed by 7:15.   As I left Mom was on the computer and drinking coffee.
I was able to stop at D&D on the highway and got a croissant egg, cheese and sausage and caramel coffee.  All of it was delicious and I am already semi hyper..  I am drinking water to wash out the salt from the sausage that I expect to give me a hard time by the days end.  
When I got here I saw Mama Joanie and the poor thing was in tears.  Her daughter hurt her back while in the shower over the weekend and is out of work until further notice.  Joanie feels so helpless because of her own limitations.    Hopefully I was able to ea…

DEar Friends

November 18, 2013


Dear Friends:
Despite have a restless night of sleeping I seem to be in good spirits.  I did stay in bed longer than I had planned but I figured I would be able to get stuff done just the same.  I was able to get a few things done and was a little late for work.  The traffic in the normal place was backed up.
Why did I have a restless night?  I couldn’t get into a comfortable position.  Every time I moved my legs or arms would hurt a little.  I also think the Alka Seltzer wore off some time during the night.
I heard from Mary in Australia.  She is so interesting.  I am looking forward to a great relationship with her.  I will be writing more in my Pen Pal Blog at a later  time.
IT must have rained a lot during the night because there were more leaves down.  It was also muddy and wet all over the place.  We are supposed have rain during the morning hours and cold tonight.  Its supposed to be in the high 40’s and low 50’s for the next five days.    There were tornados in th…

Dear Friends

November 17, 2013


Dear Friends:

I hope you have had a great Sunday afternoon.  Mine has been lovely.  After I closed out the last entry I managed to take my time about leaving the house.   I had some coffee and waited for Mom to get up. 

Normally Mom is up by 7 most Sunday’s and most time I am up before her but this was a little unusual.  I could tell she wasn’t feeling well as she hasn’t slept well in two days.  She says that for two nights she has had some really bad cramps.  I don’t know if they were like the ones I had as a child but I bet they hurt like hell.  I do get cramps now and then and it feels like someone is twisting my muscles into a mean knot.

It was well after nine when I left.  I could hear Simon and Sawyer down the street so I went to see them.  They were saying hello to the newspaper delivery perosn.  I spent some time chatting and then I took off. 

It was some time after 9:30 when I got to the nursing home.  Bob M was there serving coffee to a few of the residents.  …

Dear Friends

November 17, 2013



Dear Friends:


It is early Sunday Morning,  Sunday Morning Baroque is playing on the computer radio.  The sun isn’t expected to come out at all today and the weather forecast is calling for rain showers tonight.

After helping with dinner dishes I came upstairs and surfed the net.  I did my weekly clearing out of emails including ones for LH and Endicott.  I had forgotten I had gotten quarterly Fund requests and reports.  They are constantly looking for Money and as much as I would like to help them out I can’t but it is fun to see what they do with the money.   For example both LH and Endicott have new buildings for their students and administration  and provide an education with.  I would love to visit both campuses and see for myself the changes.  got so tired last night that I just plopped into bed without saying good night to Mom. 

Today should be pretty much the same as yesterday.  Washing laundry  and finish changing over seasonal wardrobes.

Well I am going to get…

Dear Friends

November 16, 2013


Dear Friends:

Another Saturday is almost gone.  I slept late because of taking the Alka-Seltzer Cold med last night.  I went to check on the  cat and fed it and stayed with it for a short time.  I might go back this afternoon if they haven’t come home yet.

I made amends with Mom although she is still piss-assed mad at me. She is getting ready for a wedding this afternoon it is at 4.  I offered to give her a ride but she declined.  She says it will be light still.  I also pointed out that if it goes later it will be dark.  I still say she is taking too many risks.

The rest of my work day went well.  I got much done and got home and got ready for the dinner.  It was great.  My meal came out late but I ate most of it and shared it with Evette.  I was pretty full by then.  I got to see some old friends that I worked with and they looked great.

It was nearly 9 when I got home and Mom was in bed.  My entire body was achy because of the foods I had through out the day.  My feet …

Dear Friends

November 15, 2013



Dear Friends:

    It’s Friday and I feel like crap.  I think I am beginning to get a cold.  I have been sniffling and getting a runny nose.  It started a few days ago.  I will start taking the Alka Seltzer stuff again.  
Last night was kind of quiet.  Mom made dinner for me but had dinner with her friend Martha.  She got home sometime around 8 or so.  Needless to say she is still being obnoxious.  I really don’t care either.  She spent the rest of the time in her office and fell asleep there until she went to bed.  
I spent the evening doing laundry until maybe about 10.  While waiting for laundry to finish I watched the USA shows and got online.  I did pay my Registration application and mailed it this morning..  
This morning I got up fairly early and got the clothes out of the dryer and started to fold them.  I have more to do but it will have to be after I get home from the dinner.  I did manage to write my weekly email to Emily.  I will do the others d…