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Gosh What Happened?

When I first wrote this morning’s entry it was last night and scheduled to appear when it did.Well it didn’t go exactly what was written.
Pea pod came at 7:14 this morning while I was working on the computer and watching TV.I was finished in 45 minutes of when it arrived.
The rest of the morning I worked on Trish’s letter, had breakfast and then started getting ready for my coffee session with Dave.
I thought we were meeting at the Starbuck’s in Orange and that’s where I went then when I didn’t see him I sent him a message and he was at the one at the mall which I totally forgot about.So I got there a little after 11 and we spent nearly 3 hours talking.At times I didn’t think he really listened to me because he would ask questions on things I just told him and to me that’s really frustrating.
Before we left we discussed taking a day trip somewhere with the T&A travel place we used for the Canada trip.I told him I would take a look myself (just did) and there are some great places but …

Saturday Doings

I can’t believe today is the last day of April and that tomorrow will be May.This year definitely has flown by.
In nineteen days Mama and Papa R will be starting a new chapter in their lives as they go to NC.Mama promised to come up and visit and of course I will be down there in just two months.
This month will see year end activities begin for the woman’s club, the campaign activities gearing up for the DTC, and of course the continuing contract negotiations and activities for the unions and management at the University.
Right now I am waiting for Peapod deliveries to arrive so I can put the groceries away.I ordered them on Tuesday so I could have them by the weekend.I didn’t spend as much this time as I did last week but I know of things I already need for the next delivery.
After that I will start working on the bedroom before meeting DO at Starbuck’s for our catch up session. I will work on it when I came home as well.
I am not sure what I will do the rest of the time.

The last couple of days went by fast

The last two days went by fast. Yesterday I worked until 12:30 and then went for my Benlysta infusion and then ran some errands and came home by 4.I cancelled my session with Debra as it was going to be too much to drive back into the city and when I saw the traffic on my way home I knew it was a good choice.
Today I was on my own as far as doing the mail.Guardian Angel had today off and we had two mail pickups today.The mail volume allowed me to work on refund checks.
Next week depending on how much mail I get I may be helping out with the Scanning.Mama Joanie will be out for a while due to her health problems.Young Anthony and my Supervisor will be on vacation and so that will leave Janet and AC to do most of the work.I just have to get access to the scanning programs.It has been quite some time.
Liz called Lawyer Bob yesterday and told him of the window we want to replace and suggested we get the one with 6 over 1 (she suggested the 6 over 6) we even got Jim’s view on it as well. Anyw…

Thankful Thursday

1.            I am thankful for my family warts and all. 2.            I am thankful for my friends. 3.            I am thankful for my neighbors 4.            I am thankful for my job and co-workers who are my extended family 5.            I am thankful for the Medical profession who are taking care of my health. 6.            I am thankful for the organizations I am a part of that keep me busy. 7.            I am thankful for the weather 8.            I am thankful for my home. 9              I am thankful for my kitties. I had a great time despite the fact my sister didn’t believe me rearranging furniture in my house over the weekend.  Several times she threatened to beat with If I said It was fun.  It actually was tiring but now I have a new living room. My brother came up for an overnight and we had fun as well.  We managed to have lunch together and some moments for chatting.  He will be up in May for the scholarship. My friends Mama and Papa R are enjoying their vacation and will be retur…

Mid Week Reflection

It has been kind of hard for me to write this week.  There are times I try and write while at work but the last couple of days have been busy with my daily routine.  By the time I get home I am tired and by the time I get to bed I just don’t feel like writing.  As it is I should be getting ready for work.
The end of last week brought the 4th District to my house and it went well and lasted until 9:30.  We basically talked about things going on in town and the upcoming conventions starting in May.  None It looks like I am attending which is good because things look like they are going to be busy the first weeks of May anyway.
Friday my “new” furniture came by way of my sister and her friends.  According to them it was incredibly heavy and they moved my old stuff into the garage.  Saturday my sister and I cleaned the new stuff and rearranged it and it looks great.  It is very comfortable and the kitties seem to like.  They haven’t tried scratching it but I have also gotten some scratching…

It is Sunday again.

The kitties hid in the house either sleeping or something.My brother took in a meeting and then had brunch with another friend of his before leaving for his trip home to Allentown.
My brother told me this morning that he has been on a mission to connect or reconnect with old friends and family members and it worried me a little.I told him he has had some scary situations that makes people rethink or reevaluate their life (he also says because he is getting old too).It just gave me a moment to feel sad and scared of losing him.He tells me I am his rock when he is mine as well.
The tabby came by again this morning.This time it was back at back door.It was there long enough to get this.

Even Jim got to see it as well.Of course when I got home from my afternoon of activities I had been half looking for it to come to the front and or back door looking for the kitties but so far nothing.I am hoping it has gone back to its forever home.
I got a call from a fellow DTC member today.I was surprised…

Saturday Doings

Liz came over and helped with the rearranging and (I think) cleaning of the sofas/couches they picked up yesterday from Mama and Papa. I started to clean them last night with upholstery and rug cleaning stuff but that’s not working just yet. I have been slowly putting the cushions from the old furniture in the garage. Again I started last night but saw the neighbors and chatted with them.   So I tried to vacuum the cushions again. I can’t get to the back of them because it’s hard to move them and I can’t really reach with the attachments. Well I am going to try again soon.
I threw some windows opened last night and some I was surprised that did open. I left them open overnight so the house is pretty cool right now. The smells from the Couches were strong.
I found we have new neighbors in the flipped house. It had happened in the last couple of days. A young couple with a dog. You will never believe this but the young man is a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs minor league team. I found…

I booked my flight

Early this morning I booked my flight to North Carolina and I got a good deal on it (price is probably a better word for it) now all that is left is getting a limo ride up to Hartford.  I just would need someone to drop me off and pick me up from the limo locations.  I am trying to figure out what is the best and cheapest to go.  If I get the limo out of new haven it looks like it will be under $100 round trip if I take it out of Milford it would be $15 to $20 more.  I can make reservations a week before the flight.  When I do I will park the car in the garage and walk over to the hotel near my office.
The kittens were not happy with me this morning.  I lured them in to the upstairs bathroom with food and tried to shut the door before they could get out and nearly clobbered poor Tiger in the head.  I had to get her again and put her in the bathroom.  As I look back not so bad.  Sky on the other hand took me about 20 minutes to get him.  Finally from under the bed I got him (after nearl…

Thankful Thursday

1.            I am thankful for my family warts and all.
2.            I am thankful for my friends.
3.            I am thankful for my neighbors
4.            I am thankful for my job and co-workers who are my extended family
5.            I am thankful for the Medical profession who are taking care of my health.
6.            I am thankful for the organizations I am a part of that keep me busy.
7.            I am thankful for the weather
8.            I am thankful for my home.
9              I am thankful for my kitties.

I Love Thursdays!  It reminds me that I need to take stock of my life.  It’s been pretty good week this week if not busy.
My sister made arrangements for an exterminator to come today and get rid of the ugly critters (no not my babies) and I am hoping I won’t have to deal with them for the rest of the season.  I saw one last night by the back door and that’s it.   She is also arranging for friends to pick up Mama Roberta’s furniture now it may be Friday.  Fingers crossed f…

Going to bed now

I came home to a clean home (save for the creepy crawly ants-again) and welcoming kitties.  Who were more interested in going into the cellar then being with their Mama.  I will remember this.  Now they are starting to congregate on my bed.

I didn't do very much tonight.  I surfed the net, watched TV,  made dinner late of steak, and put the sheets in the wash and are now finishing up in the dryer.

It was a beautiful afternoon and I kept the heat down to 60 and the windows opened for a bit.  The in-house temperature said 67 and it felt cool to me.  Felt better when I turned it up to 70 and closed the windows.  Now the heat is turned down for the night I expect it to be very cold in the morning.

I was going to tell you my head is better but its not.  Every so often a slight turn or bending over or something pulls it and it hurts.  I really hope it goes away again soon.  It makes it hard to drive and to talk to people.

J stopped his complaining about the length of the awards once I told…

My head feels like

I think the arthritis is acting up in my neck to the head.  Anytime I move my head it feels like someone is whacking it with something.  I took some Tylenol but it hasn’t kicked in yet and it really isn’t helping at all.  It didn’t seem to be that bad near the end of the day but I tried not to turn my head much. Jim, Liz and I are still trying to get together for lunch (now) on Saturday but I warned him that we had some furniture moving activity going on.   That is until Liz mentioned there was a glitch in that.  I wish she had called me before I called Mama and Papa and told them it would be this Saturday.  Something had come up for the guy that really needs the big bucks so Liz is working to get that one arranged. 

Monday Musings

It was another beautiful morning around here.The sun was shining and the temperatures were comfortable.It is in the mid to upper 60’s and felt wonderful.I see we might be getting showers from Thursday until the weekend.That I am not happy about but what can you do.
Work was fine had lots to do especially when I had a short day today.I went and saw the pulmonist and he says I am doing well I will see him in August.The only thing I didn’t like was having to pay for parking.Propark charges $3 for the first two hours.It just started two weeks ago and the tenants, visitors, patients you name it are not happy.I think they want to start a petition to present to the Landlords which I believe is the University.
I am so looking forward to the pest control guy coming to take care of the ants.They are showing up everywhere.Sky is trying to play squash with them and nearly wrecked a few things last night chasing a moth.He was supposed to come Thursday but now it may be Friday.
Liz was able to get peo…

What a Gorgeous Day!

The sun is shining and the temperatures are comfortable (read: have no idea but) and the windows are open.  This morning I wanted to stay in bed but again my diligent alarm clock wanted me up.  Sky and Tiger were hungry I am guessing.

So I got up did our regular constitution and managed to get the babes fed.  I gave them both half a can of the new food.  Friskies this time.  the 5.5 oz can.  It was shredded something or else.  They seem to both eat it.  I gave them one can of tuna yesterday (since they had run out of food) and they both ate it.  There hasn't been any reprecusions on that front and they haven't left me massive piles of fertilizer either.  I had to clean the spot more when I discovered the last bunch.  It may be time for the rug cleaning again.

I laid on the couch for a short time than got ready for church.  I went to the 8:30 mass and I was glad I did.  It puts life back into perspective for me when I need it.  After the services I went to the K of C communion br…

Got some sleep

After Mama and Papa R left I decided to have a late lunch of a steak.  I thought I cooked it in the time required but it was still red in some parts of it.  I am not sure but I think that's why I wasn't feeling well this afternoon (that and eating up the nut mixture I just got this morning) and that led to me having a long nap and missing out on most of the HTLJ and the LOTR trilogy.  My neck has been hurting for at least a day and half now and I suspect its the arthritis.  I will take more Tylenol and the prednisone and head to bed in about an hour.
I had a phone conversation with Liz tonight.  She hadn't asked anyone about helping with the furniture move if I was able to.  I could have sworn she said she would look into it.  However she did manage to get the pest control guy scheduled for Thursday.  The same day I have my 4th District meeting (well its at night).  This should prove interesting.
She did invite me to a church breakfast tomorrow at 9:30.  That will be aweso…

Saturday Doings

It is a beautiful morning here in Casa Kitty land.  The sun is shining but I don't know the temperature outside in here its 65 and chilly not uncomfortable though.  I was woken up by the furry alarm clock and did my daily constitutional.  I was a tad paranoid as to what i would find in the back room or for that matter anywhere and they did their constitution where they should have.  After I fed them I went back and laid down for about an hour and half.  The kitties settled down on the couches Tiger on my lap and Sky on the love seat.  Now I think they are out in the back room sunning themselves.

I am waiting for the Peapod to arrive.  I scheduled it between 8 and 10 am and I haven't had a notification they are on their way yet.  I had a terrible thought that maybe they didn't use the debit card visa I added and they used the other ones? So I checked it out and everything is fine.

I am expecting Mama Roberta and Papa Mike to be here some time today so we can measure the furni…

What a wonderful way to end a day

I come in the door and the cats were upstairs I look on the counter and see two carpenter ants doing who knows what.  I cleaned that up and proceeded to open the windows in the kitchen and in the back hall  when what do my wandering eyes find?  a Huge pile of kittie poop on a pillow on the floor.  I am not sure how long it was there or who of the two did it (they both could have done it) but that prompted my to chastise the culprits and immediately cleaned out the litterbox in the bathroom.  It didn't take long and I managed to get some bleach splattered on my gray pants (Bad Advertising Clorox!  Your bleach does splatter).  After I was done with it I made peace with Tiger.  I am pretty sure it was her.  To be clear?  I clean out the kittie poo from the boxes daily.  I will clean out the other litterbox in the upstairs bathroom tomorrow.

I have a few things I am going to do right now as I relax.  I have Star Trek:The Next Gen on in the background and shortly will have Hercules on a…


It was funny I was trying to think of a title for this and when I was about to give it the same title came up from last year for the exact same day.  So obviously I needed to change it for this one.  Anyway very glad it’s Friday. This week was good but busy.  Yesterday I made it to my former neighbor’s wake and got to see his children, grandchildren and great grandchild.  I also got to see a very dear friend who was the advisor of the Police Explorer post we belonged to.  It had been years since I last saw him and I asked him how he survived the two hurricanes and he lost his house both times.  He was telling me about his wife’s health (stable for now).  I was there for about 15 minutes and had promises from both Ron and John they would stop by the house sometime.  Hopefully they will take me up on the invitation. I was home a short time later and relaxed and ate some fruit cup and then got ready for the girls night out.  I picked Roberta up just before 5:15 and we headed to the restau…

Thankful Thursday

1.            I am thankful for my family warts and all. 2.            I am thankful for my friends. 3.            I am thankful for my neighbors 4.            I am thankful for my job and co-workers who are my extended family 5.            I am thankful for the Medical profession who are taking care of my health. 6.            I am thankful for the organizations I am a part of that keep me busy. 7.            I am thankful for the weather 8.            I am thankful my brother in law continues to recover from a very long and painful summer. 9.            I am thankful for my home. 10.          I am thankful for my kitties.
This week has been pretty good as far as weather is concerned.  It rained at the beginning of the week but the rest of the week has and will be beautiful.  Work has been revving up for the contract negotiations and there is a meeting or two regarding the current budget crisis and of course the bargaining units.  I am certain we have the right people to get what we want as lon…

Mid-Week Reflection

It has been a pretty busy week so far and will continue to be so for the rest of it. 
The end of last week brought a DTC annual event and a weekend full of activity.
Saturday I spent the day with a fellow University employee in New Haven and explored places I don’t normally get to see and places I don’t usually see.  The conversations were enlightening and I enjoyed myself.  I was tired by the time I got home.  The weather held nicely as well. Sunday was my friend’s wedding and it was lovely.  It was my first time in a Synagogue.  I can’t say it was my first Jewish wedding as my friend Roberta’s Daughter got married and it was mixed wedding.  Again the weather was lovely.
Work is okay.  Been busy but things are starting to heat up with the labor negotiations.  We got word from the Administration the Med School has budget cuts throughout the school and they can affect many things.  The union is countering our campaign as part of the negotiations.  There is an area lunch meeting tomorrow.…

Monday Musings

It is a bit of shower day.  It wasn't too cold that I needed the heavy coat but it was chilly enough that you needed something.  It was much nicer when I left and when I got home I opened some windows.  The rain started around 6 and hasn't stopped.

I was so proud that I was all ready for work by 7.  I got up my regular time and did the my shtick.  Once the cats were fed and watered I laid down until 6:30.  It took me 7 minutes to do a shower and dress.  I sat with the kitties for a bit and the TV and then got my things together and went out the door.  I didn't realize until I was getting out of the car I had forgotten my book bag with the appointment book and check register in it. Luckily I have no checks to write out.

Work was kind of low key.  I spent most of the morning doing the refund checks.  Sometimes i think Monday's are low key and then now and then its Boom heavy volume.  My Guardian Angel was out today so I had to make the rounds to finance and get the mail …

What a lovely day

My Friend Debbie and Stan got married today.  It was at their synagogue in Meriden and it was a lovely yet small.  The reception was held in the hall next door.  The food was simple and delicious.  Poached Salmon, macaroni and cheese, and a dish I can best describe as couscous, and broccoli.  For Dessert there was fruit salad, cookie assortment and coffee and tea.  The reception was over by 3 or 4 and we took Stan's daughter to the Ferry in Bridgeport.  On the way home from there we stopped at Christmas Tree Shop.  It was nearly 5 when I got home.

The weather was absolutely beautiful.  Sunny and in the mid to upper 40's.  It was a complete surprise considering the weather forecast called for rain and snow.  This entire weekend has been great weather wise.

Since I have been home I took a nap, did some laundry, started the dishwasher and should be done in about 10 minutes.  I am really tired now and so I am getting on the CPAP machine.

Saturday Doings

It was a beautiful morning nothing at all what I was expecting. This turned out to be a good thing because today I met up with  siduri for our Museum adventure.I have been looking forward to this ever since we decided to meet.  As previously arranged we met in front of Pitaziki and then walked up Chapel to check out the various stores that were preparing to open for the day.  Our first stop was at this Bath and Body store (I can't remember the name of it but the sales person who was a lovely young lady gave us a history of the store.  It as one of those Natural stores. We had coffee at Starbucks and waited outside the gallery for awhile until it opened.  We had a great discussions.  I learned a lot about the city.  We also took a walk further down Chapel street and saw some really interesting stores.  I really enjoyed it because it felt like a different world then what I am used to.

The visit to the Art Gallery had many interesting and beautiful exhibits.  I admitted my Art History…

Thankful Thursday

It’s that time again.  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 I got the taxes done 10.I am thankful for the weather.
I talked with Liz yesterday w discussed the results of my tax preparation.  She had asked if I got frustrated and just went on ahead instead of going back to HR Block.   I thought about this after we got off the phone and I found myself getting annoyed because she seems hell bent on pointing out when I get frustrated or angry at things.  It is the same kind of “game” Mom played.  They don’t want to see me react and dismiss whatever I am getting annoyed at as being ‘No big deal’.  They are my emotions and I have a right to them.  (This would be the “warts” part.)
My brother se…

Mid Week Reflection

The Biggest thing this week has been the weather.  It went through the gambit of sun, rain, snow, sleet and for some it made driving and traveling a challenge.  I survived though.  The rest of the week promises to continue that challenge.
Last week brought the infusion, volunteering, and family time. It was fun, and some level made me feel good to bring some enjoyment to the seniors that we did the fashion show for.  We had the DTC meeting on Thursday and the seating of the new committee.
This week brings lots of work related things and two excellent activities this weekend.  On Saturday I meet Siduri for the first time in person we are planning on going to a museum and have lunch.  I have been following Siduri’s Blog now for quite some time and I am really looking forward.
On Sunday is my friend Debbie and Stan’s wedding in Meriden.  It starts at 12:30 so Mama and Papa R will be picking me up around 11:30.  It will be my first time in a Synagogue.  It should be a lot of fun.

I am starti…

Enough Cold weather!

Man it was cold for the last two days.  Icy as well.  I am like everyone else I want it to be warmer than what it is now.  At least the sun is out.  I do have to admit the ice on the trees and bushes reminded me of some story or movie that talks about an Ice world.  In other words it was pretty.

Work went well busy with mail, some readdress mail, and did some more refund checks.  There is going to be a slight change in mail direction for the NEMG correspondence.  It is in the process of being hammered out now.  The is a collection going around for a team lead as she lost her father earlier this week.  We have until Friday to contribute or donate. 

More discussion on this whole getting Yale to pay taxes continues.  It was in several different publications and it was being joked about by my co-workers.  I have yet to read the publications but from the headlines themselves it sounds like that they don't believe it will ever happen.  It also looks like the CT Governor isn't going…

Monday musings

It's after midnight and still awake. I am not really that surprised considering I had a lot of coffee and hot chocolate yesterday.
Just waiting for the snow to start. Not really sure when it's going to start but is it is supposed to make things Messi.Didn't hear from Deborah last night so I expect to meet with her I don't know what time on Wednesday. We have a lot to catch up on over the last couple of weeks. It will be good to see you as usual.Talked with my brother this weekend via text.  He did one of those 5 k races and did very well. Got a t shirt for his effort.

crazy weather

That's what we say when we have weather that is a little unusual for a specific time of year or it changes radically within a few hours.  Residents of the Nutmeg state were told we would be having snow squalls, heavy winds, and perhaps a rainy weekend.  Well we got that and a little more.  Last night sometime around 10 it started to hail. It didn't last long either but it continued to rain for awhile.  i woke up around 5 and found snow.  Then it melted and the sun came out for a short time and then wouldn't you know it? It was snowing again.  It stopped and is starting to melt and of course the sun is out but I can hear the wind and see it blowing through the trees.  Others still have lots of snow.

I should be doing laundry and paperwork but I just am being lazy.  Around lunch time I am going to get ready for bingo and then see Liz.  i wanted to show her the new stuff I got and go over some stuff on line.  It won't be long as I am sure she has stuff to do.

This week is …

Saturday Doings

Today is pretty much like it was yesterday messy and raining.  Last night's thunderstorms came through around 8 and were gone in a matter of minutes.  Thats the first time it has happened like that in quite some time.  I thought for sure it would last half the night.  We are supposed to get much colder and snowier.

This morning I did some banking and shopping.  I got the ledger I was looking at yesterday and should be useful to keep better records.  The coin wrappers will come in handy when I wrap the rest of the coins in the coin jar.  I went grocery shopping and had to enroll to use the scanner at Stop and Shop (the hand held scanner).  Once I did that and got on my way it wasn't hard to figure out.  You can't hold the items in your hand to scan you have to have it IN the cart.  I did spend a little more than last week in groceries but I got a few things I didn't have on the original list (like canned fruit) but I did manage to save about $5.00.  I also liked the fact…