Monday, March 10, 2014
Saturday night I had dinner with some really nice people, friends of Roger & Monica Gray's. They live in Redford in a wonderful house with a great view of Lyon Mountain. They have horses, chickens, a great blue heeler dog, and lots of cats. Their house looks out over the horse pasture--better than television! It was a very nice evening, I really enjoyed meeting the people.
Went to P&J's yesterday and heard very disturbing news from Boston. There's too much bad news these days. I'll worry about Mrs. N but will think good, positive thoughts and send her strength.
Not a whole lot going this week, but it looks as if I'll FINALLY get my car fixed tomorrow. YAY. Not happy with the way the insurance adjuster handled this whole thing, but I won't have to pay for tomorrow's work. I'll need to get a ride to & from work, but that shouldn't be a problem. They say it will take 5-6 hours to fix.
I'm supposed to go to the Wadhams library for a consultant visit on Weds. but that might be cancelled--they came here last week and I think we covered all we needed to.
My mother's birthday is Thursday (as is Mrs. N's)--she's turning double 8's. Did she ever think she'd be 88? No, she didn't. Amazing to think of. My father would be 102 this year, and Ken would have been 100 last week. We celebrated Ken's birthday yesterday with delicious donuts and yum-yums.
Lin reports the birth of a second lamb. They named the first one Gwenyth. Awwwww.
Dogs are behaving fairly well. They disappeared for 3 hours on Saturday, and the other night they ended up at P&J's on their own. THAT was not good. Treasure has been sick for a week or so but now seems better. She ate enough rice to feed a family of 4 for a year, but it seems to have cleared up whatever intestinal issues she was having. Tess is just great.
I don't much like the time change--it was nice and light in the morning when I got up, now it's pitch black. Do I like having an extra hour of daylight at the end of the day? Not particularly.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Monday, March 03, 2014
Taking my car to the dealer this afternoon. I've been grinding my brakes for at least a week so need to have that taken care of. Let's hope I haven't done any permanent damage by driving it, but I couldn't take it in last week. I'll ask about my harness/insurance claim while I'm there. Oh this poor car.
Staff meeting this morning. Staff training tomorrow morning (on violence in the workplace, attendance is mandatory). Big meeting with correctional facility librarians on Friday. I'm supposed to work with them on how to do readers advisory work. HAH! That won't be well received. You'd think, with a captive audience of inmates, they'd be interested in steering them into different directions, but they just request the same things over and over, from facility to facility. How do inmates hear about these books? I've no idea but the titles seldom change from year to year or facility to facility.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
We had book group tonight, very nice. We read Where'd you go, Bernadette, and had a nice and (for us) long discussion about the book. We liked it.
Yesterday I watched Dallas Buyers Club, which is an amazing film. I really liked it, it's very powerful and well done. Some amazing acting. Now I'm watching the Oscars. Well, they're on but I'm not really paying attention. The house is warm, the fire is hot, the dogs are snoring. All is right with the world.
Went to P&J's today, had a nice visit with Bill there. Came home, made brownies for book group, read a little of this & that, watched too much tv. Yesterday I went to the dump--took a huge bag of garbage, which was, as always, very satisfying. I'm getting good at filling those big contractor's garbage bags.
Not much else going on. Off to work tomorrow, beginning of what promises to be a busy week. Well, sort of busy. A couple of important meetings, lunch with a friend, more cleaning around my desk. I threw out 6 years worth of magazines last week and now just need to address the piles of books that I thought (at one point) worth keeping. Back to weeding the collection, I think. That will feel good.
Dogs are fine. Treasure had a huge lump on her chest but it's much smaller now. I think it was a hematoma after all, which is a relief. She's having some digestive issues with lots of vomiting, worrying me. I bought cheap dog biscuits and wonder if that's the problem. There's much fuss about poisonous dog food on the market lately so I'm thinking about that. I haven't changed their food but these are different biscuits. I'm rambling.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
NY man, 76, rescued from snowbound rural home
February 26, 2014
The Schoharie (skoh-HAYR'-ee) County Sheriff's Office tells The Daily Gazette of Schenectady (http://bit.ly/1fTf7QC ) that a concerned neighbor called the man Tuesday at his home in Summit, 40 miles east of Albany.
The neighbor was talking to him when the line was disconnected. Unable to reach him again, the neighbor called police.
Officials say deputies found him inside his home suffering from hypothermia, frostbite and dehydration. The home's entrance was blocked by mounds of snow. Two storms earlier this month dumped more than two feet of snow on the area.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Things are going well for me, as usual. I have my regular visits with Jim & Pat, got the see the Holts twice over the weekend, and had a special visit to Potsdam to see Jenica and THE BABY yesterday. That was great fun. The baby is very, very cute. Gwyneth is her name, and when my friend Ralph heard that he named the newborn lamb in the barn Gwyneth. Pretty cute. Which is cuter? I don't know, newborn lambs are incredibly precious.
We had a 4-day weekend last week--President's Day on Monday and a snow day on Friday. That was very exciting--I was thrilled to have 4 days to do whatever I wanted to. I got some chores done, did some visiting, talked to my mother a lot but mostly just felt lucky.
I went to Burlington last week, to the dermatologist. I had something strange on my forehead, which she was fascinated by and removed. Probably a small cyst, not really very interesting.
Friday I left work early and drove to Canada (which is only 20 minutes north of Plattsburgh) to buy some extra-special whiskey that's sold at the Duty Free Shop at the border. It's flavored with maple syrup and is a big hit in Hawkeye. I was entertained by my border crossings (but then, I'm easily entertained). No problems either way but a half hour wait coming home. Why were so many people coming to the US? Who knows. They were checking each car pretty carefully but when I got to the booth he pretty much waved me through. Being a local has its perks.
Dogs are OK but I found something disturbing on Treasure's chest last night, a large lump. I don't know if it's a hematoma, a fatty tumor, or something else. I'll wait a couple of days to see if it shrinks, which would mean it's just a hematoma and nothing to worry about. Of course I discovered it during the night so thought the worst of it. The vet will be available Weds. night if I need to take her in.
Tomorrow I'm visiting a dear friend who's just been diagnosed with lymphoma. Oh this is distressing. She's got a great attitude and is taking the whole thing really well. She's done her best at keeping healthy--exercise, activities, diet--so feels confident this will help. Me? I've decided the best anti-cancer diet includes gallons of diet soda weekly.
The Big Burn. Every winter there's a ceremonial burning of the huge brush pile that people contribute to in warmer weather. A little kerosene, a good strong wind and BINGO you have a nice fire. Joe comes up from Georgia, Bill comes with the PINS, Rush & Annie joined in, and I brought the maple-flavored whiskey and brownies. It was a beautiful day for a burn.
Stopped in Saranac Lake yesterday, hoping to see the ice palace in all it's glory. Warm weather and rain have not been kind to it. You can't go in it anymore.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Cold morning and cold day but there's some sun. We had good sunshine yesterday as well. Sunday was a gorgeous sunny clear February day. I went to the movies, saw The Monuments Men and enjoyed it. I didn't get much else done on the weekend, didn't make it to the dump and only saw 1 person on Sat. It's supposed to be well below zero tonight. This morning it was -1, which is totally doable.
Friday night was Jim's birthday party and there were a lot of people at P&Js to celebrate. Very nice time, with good Michigans (sauce by Jim). Fred & Bill put in appearances, though F spent most of his time sleeping in the recliner. He's working too hard.
Car goes back the body shop on Thursday for one more round. The insurance adjuster doesn't want Honda to fix it, and the body shop can't fix it (it has to be a dealer fix). I'll just get a ride to work and leave it to them to figure out. I'm pretty sick of the whole thing and have been thinking about buying something else. Well hell I'm ALWAYS thinking about buying something else.
Dogs are ok but Tess has a mobility problem in her neck. She won't/can't turn her head to the left and whines when she tries. Tail still wags a lot, and she hasn't lost her appetite so I'm not too worried. I've been pumping her full of aspirin which seems to help (marginally). I think she overdid it on Sunday night when she & Treasure took a long walk without me.
We're supposed to have a big storm on Thursday. Well, maybe. Or maybe not. It's too early to tell. Do I really care? There's nothing to be done about it, let's just let it happen.