Thursday, December 31, 2009


Another year ends.....

Ten years ago we awaited the Y2K frenzy that never happened.  It's hard to believe that it's been that long ago!

Nothing special going on tonight...just home on the computer, watching TV with hubby and eating snack food (something that *is* going away starting next week).

But for the most part, everything is the same.

Monday, December 14, 2009



The one thing I hate about owning pets, is when they die.  That's what happened to my Megan today....


Sunday, December 13, 2009

It Was A Long Fun Day!!

Polt commented in my post yesterday:

I'm told that Kim and MJ are on a bus trip to NYC today as well. I wonder if you're all on the same bus???? Or if not, I wonder if you guys will run into each other! Wouldn't that be hiLARious!!!!

I need to make a correction to that - it wasn't Kim and MJ it was Kim and Patsy; and I don't know that because I was on the same bus or ran into to them in NYC (it was neither), but because Kim had told me the day before.

The day started VERY early at about 3:20 a.m. (it was a one day, on your own trip).  The drive to NYC was uneventful.  I sat with Kim   (not the Kim from Polt's post) and two of the teens from church (Kirk and Molly) sat in front of us.  I had numerous aunts and cousins on the trip that kept my mom occupied. 

They dropped us off by Rockefeller Center and advised they'd pick us up there as well.  Rockefeller Center was PACKED with people.  I did manage to get a photo of the tree:

When I say PACKED, I mean Wall-to-Wall people.  Eventually they barriered off the streets around it so people could walk in the street; this would cause a problem later when it was time to meet the bus - but at that time, we all were totally unaware of this.

It was extremely freezing cold in NYC yesterday meaning that any store or sightseeing activity was crowded due to people looking for heat!!  After some wandering, Mom and I headed to Times Square and ate lunch at the Olive Garden to heat up.  Some photos from the city:



I just LOVE this city and would so love to live there.  Mom and I went to see "Mamma Mia" and Kim, Kirk and Molly went to "Rock of Ages" which they said was fabulous.  "Mamma Mia" was very good and tons of fun:

If you ever have the opportunity to see this - DO!!  You won't be disappointed.

After the show, we headed back to Rockefeller Center (which was now MORE crowded) and ran into 2 of my aunts and 1 cousin in the NBC Studio Store.  It was outside of this particular store we were to meet the bus.  While they stood inside, I walked out to see if anyone else was around and it was then I noticed that no traffic was coming down the street.  Once we met up with more of the bus people, my cousin Ed (who had been smart enough to get the bus driver's cell phone number) called the bus driver.  It was decided the best place to pick-up was a straight walk, 2 blocks down.  This is where the nightmare begins.

Obviously not everyone was in the meeting place, we didn't want to just take off and have people show up and not know the new plan.  However, my mom, aunts and cousins (with the exception of Ed) decided to do just that without us knowing.  Within minutes they were gone.  We headed in that direction figuring we'd meet up with them.  We get to the new location and well, they're not there.  It was then, his cell phone rang and well you know, they're lost.  We're figuring they walked too far and needed to turn around.  Everytime the cell phone rang they were in worse shape then the time before and we eventually realized they weren't in front of us - THEY WERE BEHIND US!???????  How'd that happen?  Well, rather than follow the instruction of "Go straight down 2 blocks"; they went RIGHT (not straight) and down 2 blocks.  What a mess!!! 

Eventually we all got together, the bus came, and we loaded and did a head count.  Oops!!  We're still missing 3 people, and they weren't with anyone on the bus and no way of contacting them.  Just as someone was going to go back up to the original meeting place to look.....Molly's cell phone rang.  Apparently, though never being introduced, the teenage girl knew Molly from school or somewhere and her mother knew Molly's mother.  She made a phone call and got Molly's cell phone number.  They weren't at the actually meeting place, I think they were lost entirely....they were several blocks ahead though and were able to walk down and find us.  Hurray!!  Though an hour past our original leaving time, we were now able to leave - but it took another hour to get out of the city.

On the way home they made a stop at a Burger King in Hamburg, PA.  We were dying of thirst at this point, but wouldn't you know it.  Two buses were already there, one pulled in ahead of us and another was behind.  They were dealing with 5 buses!!  Deciding to beat the crowd, Kim, Kirk, Molly and I hurried in to order.  I got my order and heading out the door....

And now Polt this is where it gets hiLARious; I'm heading out the door and coming in the door is **KIM & PATSY **  fresh off one of the other buses!!!

I got home at 1:00 a.m.  Two hours shy of a full 24-hour day!!  

Oh, and some sights in NYC are just funny:


Saturday, December 12, 2009

New York City

As you are reading this, I am on a church bus trip to New York just for the day.  I haven't been there since Kevin Spacey (3 years as of May 2010) and I do love New York.

I got tickets for Mom & Me to see "Mamma Mia" and I'm very excited about that!

Pictures will be coming.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Nice Party!!

So the family party went very well and we had tons & tons of food:

And that is only a small portion....we had a table with just dessert and one with drinks & snacks as well.

Everyone seemed to have a good time:

And of course, Brenda, Ed and I are in charge from here on out!!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Day Begins

Today is my Christmas get-together with my aunts, uncles, cousins & such on my Mom's side of the family.  I was one of 3 in charge of this, well sort of........

When my grandmother was alive we spent Christmas Eve at her apartment.  All of us (and there's lots of us) smashed in there - but it was happy times.  After she was gone, a few years went by that we didn't do anything; then it was decided to rent a room and everyone get together.  My mother took charge of this as well as the Family Reunion.  She never did it without complaint though - "Why does everyone expect me to do anything?"  "No one else wants to pay."  "For once I'd like to just be someone that gets to show up."

It had gotten so bad with her, that last year she didn't do anything(Christmas or Reunion).  When she heard that some relatives had said how much they missed it, her response was "Well, nothings stopping them from renting a room."  In defense of my relatives - they didn't mean it in the way she took it.

Don't get me wrong, my Mom is a wonderful person and I love her dearly.  But she does tend to go overboard with things and be a little too sensitive at times.

Anyway during our many family funerals this past year (one right after the other), my cousins and I had said it would be nice to see each other outside a funeral home.  Outside the church at my aunt's funeral this discussion was going on and my mother said the issue was finding a room.  My cousin Ed picked up his cell phone and within minutes had us a very nice room owned by a friend of his (we've had this room before).  Good!!  That gave us a starting point.  And I told my mother not to worry about it - just show up - I'd handle it.

If only she'd just do that......

After the service I was approached by I don't know how many relatives wanting details on the party....apparently my mother told everyone to come see me.  WE JUST GOT THE ROOM - did they really think we had it all planned out already???  What had my mother done - texted all these people during the service???

For someone that just "wants to show up"; she certainly hasn't stayed out of anything.  She drove me nuts over getting invitations out (really?  everyone already knew); kept telling me she had left over money from previous years (which I haven't seen, but don't really need); and then advised me that I hadn't worded the invitation correctly.

Everyone always brings a gift and we use them as game prizes and such.  So I had put that on the invitation, along with a canned food for the food bank, and a 2-liter soda & covered dish to share.  My mother didn't hide her displeasure with the canned food addition very well - but she got over it.  She informed me last week, that I should have specifically stated the gifts were for prizes as my one Uncle was refusing to come if he had to bring a gift - well.....don't come.  Now really, did he think we were going to turn him away????  She's had calls about what kind of gift to bring; and why oh why hadn't I put MY phone number on the invitation???


Anyway, today is the party and hubby has cooked a ham to share; Ed's meeting me at the room at noon; Brenda's bringing turkey and taking care of games; and fortunately it snowed yesterday and not today!!
Later, I hope to have some HAPPY photos to share!!


New washer/dryer came yesterday.  As it turns out the one delivery person was the father of someone I work with (small world huh?).  Anyway, they are very nice and very quiet:

My house is older and lacks a laundry room and the only place for them is the cellar - so excuse the mess!!

Had Cooper at the Vet's on Thursday.  He had a high temperature and is now on antibiotics for 2 weeks.  He's doing much better now though - pretty much his old self.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Testing My Patience

It's been a very long and trying day.  Sometimes God really tests my patience.

Though completing NaBloPoMo, I once again only end up with the "I Did It" badge on the sidebar.  Every year I hope to win one of the many donated prizes (picked randomly), but never do.  Eventually I hope to get one of those Sock Zombies.

Hubby had some tests done at Johns Hopkins today and everything took longer than expected.  Appointment was at 9:45 but we had to be there by 8:45; we had to leave the house at 6:45.  The doctor got behind and well, it was about 11:00 until his started.  Then there's recovery and such.  When he finally comes out, we're to sit until the doctor comes out.  She does and talks to the appointment that was ahead of his.  She then returns to the back and opts to have lunch.  Comes back and well, starts her afternoon procedures.

Hubby needed to be back at the office by 5:00; we were really pushing it.  But finally they took his cell phone number and said the doctor would call (she hasn't). 

I had to drive home.  I hate driving on freeways - they just scare me and people drive like idiots and things can go to a sudden stop all at once.  Fortunately only 30 minutes of the drive consists of this...but I still hate it.  To make matters worse, it's pouring down rain and foggy.  Grrrr.......  I hate driving in the rain and now I have to do it on the freeway.

Obviously we got home okay.

Cooper is sick.  I noticed on Monday night when he and I went to bed, he remained where I plopped him on the bed rather than move to my side.  That's where he stayed.  The next morning he didn't get up with me (he faithfully does that and is constantly underfoot wanting attention).  When I got home last night, he was still in bed.  I picked him up and took him the bathroom while I took a bath.  He's loves the bathroom, but he just curled up on the floor - totally not normal.

I took him to bed with me.  This morning, he *did* get up; but then he laid down on the floor.  I brought him a bowl of water and he drank a little (he's normally a water hog).  I came back in 10 minutes later and he was gone.  I looked and then heard a cat in a litterbox in the basement.  I went down and he was there.  10 minutes later when I checked, I couldn't find him.  Eventually I found him curled up on a table in the basement.  I took him back to the bedroom and brought him food, which he did eat a little.  Course we had to go to Johns Hopkins.

When we got home, he was still in bed but he did get up.  I gave him water a few times this evening and he did drink a rather good amount (though still not the normal).  I'm going to call the Vet in the morning.

Monday, November 30, 2009

The End

Today is the last day of NaBloPoMo and I did it!!  A post a day for 30 days.  Whew!

I don't know if I'll continue with a post a day, but I am going to try to be more regular. 

And CC - you'll be proud of me.....I decorated my bathroom for Christmas!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

There Was A Brief Thanksgiving Incident.....

Thanksgiving went very well, but we had one issue.....

I opted to take Keyser to my parents for Thanksgiving and Hubby took Toby to his family's (we didn't spend the holiday together).  Toby has been to my parents house on a few occassions, but Keyser hadn't; but I wasn't too concerned.

Keyser actually did very well.  He loved the attention; loved the table scraps and loved running up and down the yard.  He liked playing with Caden & Maddie.


Caden arrived with his dog Brita.  I've been around Brita and she's always been very well behaved.  We were in the kitchen when my sister said "Oh no, they brought Brita."  At first I didn't understand her concern.  Keyser loves other dogs.  She explained that Brita tends to get out of control when she sees other animals.  I put Keyser on his leash and hoped for the best.  Dogs normally go through a very cautious sniffing of each other; I figured Brita would see Keyser was harmless and vice versa and well they could run in the yard together.......yeah, right.

Brita apparently smelled Keyser ahead of time, the door wasn't even completely opened when she just burst through it and jumped on Keyser, whose hair immediately stood up on ends all down his back (not a good sign).  There was growling and some yelping.  Since they live the closest, poor Brita had to go home.  I felt kind of bad and told them that I wouldn't bring he or Toby again without checking to see what they were doing first.  I told them they could have Christmas.

But other than that, it was a good day.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Some More Of This....And Some More Of That....

I can hardly believe that my vacation is almost over...and for the record, I didn't do a thing but lay around!!  But hey, it was so much fun!

Dreading going back to can imagine what the filing will look like and I'm going to be a total b*tch if files were pulled for scanning rather than the current stuff being filed!!!

Thanksgiving went well and I ate WAY TOO MUCH!!

Other than that, things are pretty much the same as always.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Another Sexy Man

Nanci says we must add Tim DeKay from the show "White Collar".  I was unfamiliar with this show, but she tells me it's on the USA network on Fridays.  She also said they'll be a marathon this afternoon. (Check your time zone for the correct time).  And after seeing this photo, well....that show may be worth watching:

Kind of in the same way "Smallville" was worth watching when Michael Rosenbaum was in it........

Any more????

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Have A Nice Holiday

Wishing Everyone A Very Safe & Happy Thanksgiving !!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This & That

CC asked for Barry Pepper to be added to the sexiest men:

Any others????

Today was another trip down the road to Johns Hopkins.  Just another follow up to July's surgery.  Things are well and he doesn't have to go back for 6 months.......well, for surgery follow-up.  Next week it's down the road for a colonoscopy and endoscopy.  Hubby was diagnosis ed locally with 3 stomach ulcers prior to the last surgery and they've caused some other problem that can become serious.  So he's opted for a Johns Hopkins doctor rather than a local one.  I have to agree; they are just so nice and professional there.  We are lucky to live so close.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

And They Finally Got It Right!!!

Well, you know, every year I give a list of the Sexiest Men Alive because People Magazine never seems to get it right.  But this year, I applaud them...because the sexiest man alive for 2009 is:


And I'll agree with this one, he is one sexy man!!  But as with, every year...I must give mention to the men I consider "sexy".......

Yeah, you already guessed, KEVIN SPACEY always tops my list!

And Alexander gets his good looks from his father:






Okay, time to get your votes in....comment and let me know who to add!!

I do have one complaint with People Magazine though.....Adam Lambert made their list??????  Yeah, I don't get it either!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Christmas, Already????

Now don't get me wrong, I like Christmas as much as everyone else.  But does it seem like the Christmas season starts earlier and earlier each year?  I was seeing Christmas things in stores at the end of August, and frankly, that's way too early.

I've always thought the weekend after Thanksgiving is too early also.  Not too early to start shopping and such, but for decorating and putting up a tree and such.  I would honestly be sick of all of it by Christmas.  I think 2 weeks prior is the best time.

But the stores seem to be in overkill.  Who am I kidding?  It isn't just the stores, it's everything.  Our little town did the square tree lighting LAST FRIDAY and followed it the next day with the Christmas Parade.  Couldn't they at least wait until after Thanksgiving?

I even have friends that decorated last weekend.  They tried to tell me it's because they are so busy and that was positively the only weekend they had free time to do it.  Really???  I mean, come on, if decorating is THAT important to you, certainly you can spare an evening (even if very late) after Thanksgiving to decorate.  And honestly people, it's no crime to not decorate the weekend after's not required to do then.  No arrests will be made.

Call me Scrooge, but I think this holiday has gotten way out of control and I see less & less joy in it.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Prayer Request

Prayers go out today to my friend & fellow co-worker Debbie, who's son was killed in an automobile accident last night.  Last week her husband (who's also a friend/co-worker) had a possible stroke (still waiting on test results for that).  Please add her to your prayer list; she really needs them at this time.

I wish I had a happier post for today - sorry!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Some Missed Dates

It's been a rather relaxing day or maybe a better word is a "lazy" one.

I realized I missed some "anniversaries" (if you want to call the that):

October 24th marked one year since Strat disappeared.

November 11th marked one year since hubby had his neck surgery.

It's hard to believe all that time has passed.

Today was the Christmas parade in Waynesboro....I didn't go; I cannot celebrate Christmas prior to Thanksgiving and I cannot understand why society insists on pushing Christmas on us earlier and earlier each year.  Someone please explain!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

I'm On Vacation.....I'm On Vacation.....

Vacation started today - hurray!!!

Lowe's apparently had us down for 2 washers and no dryer...anyway, they've corrected that mistake but we're still waiting for the stock to come in; so it may be another week yet.

Work's been ho-hum with no scanning happening.  See told ya - whole lot of talk for a whole lot of nothing.  But I'm glad, why can't people stay out of my file room????

"2012" - This movie was pretty good but lacked some common sense (spoilers may exist ahead).  For instance, how is it that one family can drive through collapsing buildings and the ground splitting apart without damage??  How is that the person who has had a few flying lessons can fly an airplane solo around falling buildings and huge boulders flying at you and then help co-pilot a huge plane??  Why is it that the divorced Mom & Dad have to end up together again for the ending to be happy??  Why is it that the nice guy scientist is surprised that the government would be selling tickets to the ships and not allowing just anyone on??  Was anyone else rooting that the John Cusack family just die?  Boy, I was - to save their selfish selves they put the lives of hundreds of others on the line.  Unfortunately, I didn't get that wish.  If you like lots of's the movie for you; but in my opinion the non-stop action plucked my nerves.

Night all!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009


It's been one of THOSE nights.  First my new washer & dryer were to arrive between 5:00 and 8:00 - it never showed.  This causes a problem for tomorrow as someone was coming for the old washer and dryer and they need to be up and out of the cellar for that....and well they're not.  I then noticed on the receipt that you could check the status of your purchase...when I did, it had the delivery date as NEXT FRIDAY!!!  Black Friday???  I think not.  We were specifically told tonight and that if anything changed we'd receive a phone call - no call has occurred.

The weather is crappy - it's pouring down rain.  I ran out to McDonald's to get our dinner.  We sit down to eat.  I get up to get a drink and tell hubby "Don't let the dogs at my food."  I'm not gone 10 seconds, when I walk back in the room, Keyser is on my chair eating my sandwich; hubby's eating fries and watching TV.  So I had a little fit.  Had to throw my dinner out and then hubby wanted to offer me one of his sandwiches, which I nastily refused - had I wanted that sandwich, I'd of ordered it!!!  Grrrrr.....

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Quicky Due To LONG Movie

Saw "2012" this evening - very long movie don't have time for a review.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Too Many Chiefs and Not Enough Indians....

Oh, y'all have heard the saying about Too Many Chiefs....

I get to work today and there's a computer issue going on.  No problem for me, I head to the file room.  Office Employee (OE) comes in a while later and decides since the computer is down she's going to scan.

No one has scanned in I don't know how a matter of fact, scanning normally causes a whole lot of hate and discontent, and well no one really has time to do it.  Since the scanning involves "the files" most everyone sees it as my job entirely and whine and complain if they have to help.  Scanning is like Filing - you just don't get help with it.

When a file hits a 7 year period, it can be scanned and then the hard copy destroyed.  Technically we should be scanning 2002 files now...but who am I kidding we've never finished 1999 files!!  Anyway, since people are constantly returning...a file can contain several different years in it.  Which basically means, you have to go through all the files to find the year you need.  Very big project. 

Since the files on the shelves outside of the filing system are 2003 and prior...I had decided that when I got the time to scan, I'd just pull the whole file down and do the whole thing.  Since we're almost in 2010 all these files can be scanned - no sense in going year by year.  Saves a step, no problem.

Anyway, OE1 decides she'll scan what's left of the 1999 files.  Unfortunately, though the scanned computer is to be separate from the regular network, whatever was going on was also affecting it.  So she got it in her head that she was going to pull the 2000 files out of the folders.  I explained to her that I had decided against it and to just do the whole file as they all can be scanned.  She said that made sense. 

Ten minutes later she returns and tells me she discussed it with the Boss (????!!!!) and he didn't really care how we did it but we all needed to agree how it was done.  She further went on to tell me she only went to him just so he'd know what was going on in case he needed to find a file (he NEVER gets a file, he asks me to get it for him).  She then pulls in OE 2 & 3 and begins to tell them how she's tearing down the files and apparently she and the Boss had decided to continue breaking it down by year.  This went over OE 2 & 3 heads, they only heard "scanning" and they immediately went in to rages of how they don't have time to scan, etc....   I just shook my head.

When we started this last time, I planned a system that no one was pleased with for some unknown reason and Boss took their wasn't until later when things were taking so long that he agreed my way had been the right then though, it was too late to organize. Course I'm not over concerned about this as regular duties will take over and I'll just do it my way anyway...but you get the picture.

Why is it that no one wants the file job, but everyone has an opinion of how to do it???

Monday, November 16, 2009

A Short One

Just a short post today as I've very tired and don't have too much to say.  Going to the movies with CC on Wednesday to see 2012.  And that's my life so far this week - lol!!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Darkness, Guinea Pigs and A Virus....

I hate that it gets dark so early....I always think it's later than it is.

Today I lost another guinea pig.  He was fine yesterday, happily taking his morning carrot.  Today...well, he was on the bottom of the cage stiff.  His cagemate just took both carrots without even thinking about it.  Can you believe that I'm now down to TWO guinea pigs????  I remember when I had 15!!!  It's sad to see them go, but it does free up time - I hate to say.  At one time it was my passion.  Anyone, I combined the last 2 into one cage and so far they seem to be doing okay.  I have a rather large spare cage on a stand with wheels if anyone is interested.

My niece called me in quite a panic this morning as she had opened a private message in her FaceBook that hijacked the computer and then sent the virus out to most of her FaceBook friends!!  Yikes!!  I've spent most of the afternoon cleaning the mess up.  The PM came from someone she knew (who apparently had opened it and thus sending it to all their friends).  Word of caution - even if it's from a friend, if it's anything about a video or movie, delete it.  Her's said something like "Is This You In This Video?"  Course, her laptop had no virus protection - I've since fixed that.  And if it does happen to you, change your FaceBook password right away and go to , they'll provide some helpful suggestions.

Until Tommorrow......

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Out With The Old, In With The New

Okay, so I went from this sofa:

Okay, technically it didn't sit in my house quite like that - I did have the hole covered.  And now the new one:

Can't do the washer and dryer yet - but it's coming.  Today my one sister and her boyfriend stopped by.  Her BF is an electrician and he came to hook up a plug for the new dryer.  Our old one is hard wired and the new one needs a plug.  That was like a 10 minute job for him.  Hubby was going to do it himself, but....I could see it taking the whole weekend along with lots of bad it was just easier this way!! 

When we bought the house it looked like this from the front:

Huge bushes blocking the front of the house; we now have it like this:

You can now see the house and hubby is building a little wall.  I think I want the railings gone as well and carpeting on the stoop.  Course, right now it's pretty barren, won't be landscaping until Spring!

Friday, November 13, 2009

A Washer & Dryer

Okay no I haven't picked up a washer & dryer through Freecycle (though that is possible)...but as hubby and I walked through Lowe's this evening we, as always, looked at the front loaders.  We then decided, WTF, let's do it!!  And so we did - we also decided that we wouldn't buy each other Christmas presents this year and just consider the washer & dryer Christmas.  They'll arrive next Thursday and they are RED!!!
I'm so excited!!

Last post I told you about the couch.  Our old couch is sitting on the side of the house, next to the alley.  When we got home tonight, hubby was turning around in the alley, the car lights shown on the side of the house and there was Cooper all curled up on the old couch!!  We both laughed.  Unfortunately, he jumped off before I could take a picture.

They've chosen to block FaceBook at work due to an employee using it in front of a supervisor, that just happened to be in a bad mood.  This has seriously upset one officer, who I would assume was an abuser of this (why else be so upset?).  Anyway, this discussion came up in the office today between myself, another office employee (OE) and the computer guy.  OE immediately stated that she did not have a FaceBook and was tired of the above stated officer insisting she did.  I assume she said this because the computer guy was sitting there as she actually DOES have a FaceBook account.  She may never use it, but I helped her set it up!!!  And she is listed with her first name, maiden name, and last name - it's her!!  She then continued with how only idiots use things like FaceBook, Twitter and MySpace; why would anyone be so stupid as to want to be in touch with people they knew years ago and haven't seen since, and how boring of a life can you have if after spending all day at work in front of a computer, you'd go home and sit in front of one; and that people are just not smart enough to realize the dangers of online socializing.

Yep, in less than 30 seconds she called me an idiot, stupid, boring and not smart.  The computer guy and I just looked at each other and smiled.  I guess running your daughter to school activities, movies and the mall is a little more exciting of a life...........NOT!!!!  People are so funny when they just don't understand.

Anyway, I *can* access FaceBook via my phone (Samsung Instinct) and if I take my laptop to work (which I often do for scheduled meetings) I can access it via my Virgin Mobile Pay As You Go USB device (thereby totally avoiding the work internet access) .  Come to think of it, I should take the laptop everyday and charge people to access their FaceBook accounts!!!  Hmmmm....... 

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Sofa

We had a huge sectional sofa at the old house.  It was old but comfortable.  When we bought our house we knew it would never fit, so we got rid of it via FreeCycle.

We were worried at first, as we didn't have a replacement.  Fortunately our house came with a sofa & chair...for some reason everyone assumed they sold at auction.  If they did, no one picked them up.  So they became our's.

Over that time period Keyser has chewed a rather large hole in the middle cushion.  I keep it covered, but there's practically no back if you're sitting in the middle.  A few weeks ago one of the back legs broke off.  So now we had a lop-sided sofa.

We just couldn't see investing in a brand new one with Keyser still chewing everything in sight, so I've been watching Free Cycle.  One eventually showed up and well now it's sitting in my living room (after 2 hours of shoving it in the door).  I'm going to clean it this weekend.  Though not perfect, it is suitable for company and well, it was free! Course now I need new curtains to go with it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Holiday!

Despite the fact that the weather was cold and crappy today; CC and I did have a nice day.  I bought a pair of snow boots, a few Christmas presents, some clearance Halloween decorations and some other odds and ends.  Pretty successful day.

The movie, however, was terrible.  We went to see "The Fourth Kind" which is explained at like this:

Modern-day, Alaska, where-mysteriously since the 1960s-a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered. Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented. The Fourth Kind exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their accounts of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film.

The movie does reenactments with the actual footage of Dr. Tyler's sessions with these individuals.  It's done documentary style.  Read no further if you plan on seeing this as spoilers are coming, but trust me - it's not worth paying for.

As it turns out Dr. Tyler herself is being abducted; her daughter disappears and Dr. Tyler claims that aliens took her - daughter has never been found.

My opinion????  Dr. Tyler went over the deep end after her husband's suicide (which she has convinced herself was murder via an intruder); she places "alien" thoughts into her patients minds via hypnosis.

I'm not trying to be skeptical - I'm a believer; but the whole thing just didn't add up enough to convince me of alien abduction.

But it gets better (CC you'll love this).  When I got home, I wanted to do further research on Dr. Tyler, her missing daughter and the Alaska area this has happened in.  I could find absolutely nothing, other than sites about the movie itself.  At first, I blamed this on the fact that they had said they had changed everyone's name - so I wasn't searching by the correct name.  But I couldn't believe I couldn't find some connection somewhere on the internet.  I did eventually....want the true story?  Here it is:

Is the real story behind The Fourth Kind just the latest in the docu-sci fi/horror genre that wants audiences to believe it’s true to up the scare factor?

It appears that the film studio’s attempt at creating a back story, based on the supposedly true events of psychiatrist Abagail Tyler in Nome, Alaska, a real person who interviewed sleep-deprived patients that claimed they were abducted by aliens – is only semi-based on any reality.

The Fourth Kind is said to have been recreated from “archival footage,” however, Nome residents have no knowledge of these events and the Anchorage Daily News reports that no psychiatrist even exists by that name.

The Alaska town did, however, have a high death and disappearance rate over the years, which the FBI investigated and attributed to the winter climage and alcoholism. But hey, the deaths/disappearances do serve the story well – if they’re mostly unexplained/unsolved cases, then why not alien abductions?

So, it appears that The Fourth Kind is not a real, true story… but rather a fake.

So there we have it - another "Blair Witch", another "Texas Chainshaw Massacre", another...oh well, you get the picture.  Apparently the "actual taped footage" is not really actual but rather actors as well.

At least if they're going to make this stuff up, they could do it WELL - instead of crappy!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Finally A Break!!

A holiday to break up the week and give a much needed rest.....well, sort of...

I am getting tomorrow away from work, however, CC and I are off to Chambersburg for shopping, lunch and (what else) a movie!!  Should be a fun day.

I really enjoyed "The Men Who Stare At Goats" though I'm hearing a lot of people didn't.  I see at least a movie a week, so I consider myself well versed when it comes to movies.  Yes, I know Kevin Spacey is in it, but what you may not know is that I don't always enjoy his movies, so my opinion has nothing to do with that.  It is true that the funniest parts are in the trailers that you see advertised, but the whole movie pulls all those together and makes it quite entertaining.  Keep in mind, regardless how much of a true story it is (or isn't) it is about "psychic soldiers" don't expect an Oscar winning movie - lol!!  Don't take it too seriously, just sit back and enjoy.  Movies are for entertainment anyway.

I'm really hating all the Christmas it that time of the year already?????

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Busy Day

Oh I know, y'all are sick of my "busy" days.  Can't help it - that's just how work has been.

Today I had a break from the commissary, but with a person out in the office I still had 2 jobs to do.  I ended up staying an hour and a half over.  Long day, lots of standing, a whole lot of filing.

Some more photos:

My great uncle use to have a place down by the Potomac River and we had picnics there almost every Sunday when I was little.  I picked this particular photo as the lady in the red shirt is my Aunt Carol.  She was one of my family members that died recently.

The above photo is me (in the front), my Mom and my one sister.  I'm assuming we were on a day trip to somewhere.  Back then we didn't do vacations, we took day trips here and there.  We also didn't stop and eat at fast food places and such...Mom packed a picnic and we ate at roadside tables. 

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Another Relaxing Day....

Today CC and I are headed to Chambersburg to see:

The Men Who Stare At Goats!!!  Being the Kevin Spacey fan that I am, naturally this is my top choice, and as always CC is appeasing me.  But the movie does look good doesn't it?  I don't think Kevin's part is a big one, but I'll take whatever I can get. 

Hopefully, later in the week we can go see The Fourth Kind.

Keeping with the old photos theme, here's some more:

The is me.  First photo is ready for church and the second is apparently after a New Year's hangover - lol!!  Even at age 2 (if the dates on the photos are correct), I was the partier!!

Above is my Mugsey.  Mugsey was my cat - he was extremely friendly and not afraid of anything.  He use to chase big dogs out of our yard.  Unfortunately, Mugsey was so friendly that someone took him, killed him and dumped him back in the yard.  It was a tragic ending for such a nice cat.

CC - I'll be at your house early, to see if I can solve the picture problem with your computer!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Very Lazy Day

I did absolutely nothing today, oh I did go to the grocery store but other than that, I laid on the couch and watched tv.  I think I needed that.

Some more old photos, not from the slides, but just some ones I scanned:

Below is my sisters and I on Halloween a VERY long time ago.  I'm the little one scrunched in the middle!

This is me in 1976 in Disney World:

And this is my Elliott, a guinea pig I owned YEARS ago that had personality.  He ate popcorn and Oreo cookies and loved Beatle music!

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Long Week Ends

Though I'm completely ready to crash, I just couldn't have another jump in, jump out blog posting.  That's just cheating in NaBloPoMo IMO.

It's been a long week.  Working the commissary really is tiring.  There's a lot to do there and well, I'm use to sitting at a desk!!  I didn't mind it though, but as usual, it puts me behind.  Hopefully some more overtime catch up coming my way.

Another old picture slide:


My Aunt Kate & Uncle Harry.  Everyone use to go to their house on Sundays.  They had an in ground pool.  CC and I had lots of fun there.  My Aunt Kate has been dead for almost 10 years.  I can remember the time length because it was several weeks before my wedding.  The week before my wedding was to be their 50th wedding anniversary party - unfortunately it never happened.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Quicky 2

Another long day....another short post. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Quicky

Just a quick post to keep up with NaBloPoMo....

Another long day at work, more over time.  A very long day tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Some Old Photos

I bought a device that allows me to scan picture slides onto the computer.  My dad has quite a lot of slides and I've started scanning them in.  Every once in while I come across a photo, that for some unknown reason, I really like.  For instance this one:

This is my one sister back when she was probably in middle school (she's a grandma now).  The photo is blurry and really isn't much of anything; guess my dad was testing out his camera or something.  But I really like this photo.

I like the above one (apparently another tester for dad) because we never get snow like that anymore and well you just got to love the old cars!!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Another Long Day

It was a long day. 

Three of us completed one day of the commissary.  Once we got a routine going, it went rather smoothly with minimal mistakes.
It did take a good portion of the day though, putting me behind in my own work.  I stayed a little later to catch some of that up.

Got home, walked the dogs, watched some tv, made dinner and am now in the bedroom to continue my college courses.  Doing psychology now; am rather behind in this as well.

Hopefully more tomorrow.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

This, That & Then Some...

Last night CC and I went on a girls night out.  We started with dinner at The House of Kobe.  We went early, so they weren't real busy.  I hadn't been there in years; but the food is still good and the atmosphere is nice; oh and their prices are still high!  Anyway, we ordered the same thing, so when the waitress showed up; CC ordered for both of us.  The food comes very fast and there is allot of it!  I brought over half of mine home.

The funny thing was that when we asked for "to go" boxes, the waitress brought them, handed CC her's and proceeded to help me get my food in the box.  We found this rather funny; like they were afraid I might make a mess or something.  It was funny and strange all at the same time.  Anyway, after we left...CC made the comment that maybe they thought SHE was the man of the relationship - it seemed to fit and we got a good laugh about it.  And thinking about it this morning, CC had ordered for both of us so maybe that's why they may of thought that....but we paid separate, so maybe not.

After dinner it was too early to go to the movie, so we went to Funkstown Tavern to have drinks and b*tch about work and such.

Then we went to the movie - Paranormal Activity.

We really love horror movies, we really want to go home and be afraid to go to sleep.  This movie promised this.  It failed so miserably.  First off - the movie was way too slow getting started - WAY TOO SLOW.  You would think they'd be building characters or something during this time, but they didn't.  You felt no connection to the characters what so ever.  You'd get bored with their day time chit-chat, and then at night, while they slept, when something did happen, it would happen and then it would be morning.  When the movie finally got interesting; it was over.  No one in our theatre moved to leave at first; I think they were as confused as we were!!
And as in Blair Witch fashion - the movie is not based on true events.

Early in the day, Colton came to visit.  He's growing like a weed; and now throws little fits when he's told "no".  We have to put Keyser in the pen, due to his jumping and since Toby is such a pain when Colton's there, we opted him to the pen as well - first time Toby's ever been in it.

Colton had fallen the day before, thus the bruise on his head.  He wouldn't smile until AFTER I took a picture!!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

I'm Back!!!!!

Oh, I know what you're thinking.....WTH have you been????  I'm still here alive and kicking!!

Things have been very busy; I missed almost a full week of work off sick with the flu...which meant all my work was backed up.  It took me a week to get that caught up (well the back load caught up, which in turn backed up the current stuff) and the first week back was tough as the flu left me totally whipped and I got tired so easily it was hard at work.  So the next week, I'm finally full force again and what happens???  The guy that runs the commissary at work has to take off for surgery...and now I have to handle those bank deposits and such.... AND starting on Monday, the Warden has assigned me and two officers to start running the commissary as normal.  No one but the commissary guy knows how to do this - should be interesting.  Oh, yeah and also - the three of us are expected to keep up our own work as well.  No one else has to crunch themselves to help us out.  I get stressed just thinking about it.

Happy Halloween to everyone. 

Trick or Treat was this past Thursday in our town (always the last Thursday of October); I didn't hand any candy out though - never have.  But the neighborhood was actually quiet.  Some year I'm going to dress up and hand out candy though.

Thinking of Halloween, it amazes me the people that find this fun holiday, evil.  I mean really, do you think all the little kiddies dressed up and out getting candy are secretly worshiping the devil???  Really????  I had someone say Christians cannot observe what was once a Pagan holiday.  Now I'm sure all these "Christians" celebrated Halloween when they were little but all of a sudden, though nothing has really changed, it's a bad thing.  Do all these Halloween haters know that Christmas is celebrated at a time when a Pagan holiday was celebrated??  And that that is why Christmas was placed at that time, it made the conversion easier to place Christian holidays, where holidays already were.  Do a web search you'll see.

Anyway, I must reshare one of my favorite Halloween moments, which occurred at CC's house.  She has one of those big blow up yard ornaments that is 3 ghosts.  I was at her house last year and this is what I saw:


It had been windy that day and the ghost that "should be" in the middle had gotten twisted and was getting busy with the ghost in the back:


They do say a picture is worth a thousands words!!!

So how am I celebrating Halloween this year??  Well I'm avoiding the big parade held every year in Hagerstown, MD; cause if you've seen that once, you've seen it a million times (and trust me I *have* as I use to live along the route).  So CC and I are heading to The House of Kobe for dinner and then off to the movies to see Paranormal Activity .  Halloween, good food, horror flick - how else would you want to spend Halloween???

Anyway.....tomorrow not only starts November, but it's also the start of National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) - a post a day; and as in previous years I'm participating!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

It Was A Long Week

Last week was a long week.  On Monday I ended up leaving work early as I was getting sick.  I didn't get back to work until Friday and even then I only went back because I didn't want to get a doctor's excuse to return.  When I got home Friday, I went to bed and then get out until about noon on Saturday.  Was it H1N1?  Well, I didn't go to a doctor, so I don't know - I just know, that though I'm feeling better, it doesn't take much to wipe me completely out.  It gets better each day, but I'm still really tired when I get home.  And of course, the filing is all backed up at work.

Friday evening, prior to getting home, hubby stopped to drop an order off in our old neighborhood; so we drove by the old house to look for Mickey.  We haven't seen Mickey since June, but there he was sitting on the side porch.  We stopped, I picked him up and we took him home.  Mickey was extremely clean and healthy looking, so I'm sure someone has been taking care of him - probably even allowing him inside their home.  The thought that I may see a lost & found ad in the paper for him crossed my mind.  Mickey hid under the dining room table, when I tried to pet him, he backed away.  He hissed at all the other animals in the house.  Sebastian and he used to be such buddies.  Saturday afternoon, in all the rain, wind and cold...Mickey left again.  I asked God to see him safely back to the old neighborhood.  I don't think we'll see Mickey anymore.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Animals, Animals, Animals....

Cooper seems happy to be home and up to his usual antics:

I'm glad he's home too!

A few posts back, I spoke of my great-nephews birthday present of a dog, which unfortunately became quite ill with a rare disease and had to be returned to the rescue.  He had the dog less than 24 hours.  I'm happy to say, that he finally got a dog, named Brita from Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter , which is the same place that Cooper came from.

She's very sweet and well mannered.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Cool, Crisp Autumn Morning

Keyser had me up at 6:00 this morning needing to go out.  So I got up, put him on the leash and opened the back door - "Jingle, Jingle, Whooosh!"  Nearly knocking us over - Cooper came in the door!  I was so relieved.

He's actually in pretty good shape, is clean, still has his collar.  It kind of makes me wonder if someone had him in their house?  I mean, I certainly wouldn't take in a cat that has a collar on it as that's so obvious a sign that it belongs to someone.  But some people are just stupid.

I think micro chipping is a good thing.  I've been reading stories where dogs and cats have been missing for YEARS and have been reunited; but the scanning of that chip is only going to occur if the animal makes it to a Shelter or a Vet as a stray.  If someone just takes your pet, removes the collar and never mentions it to the Vet that they "found" them (if they bother to take it to a Vet), who's going to know to scan it?  And what if they only use clinics for shots? Animal would never be scanned.  Fortunately Labs will scan and check for tattoos when animals are brought to them.  But what about the animals that someone just chooses to take as a pet?

This worries me.....


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Cooper's Gone


I'm really beginning to hate owning animals.  My Cooper has disappeared.  He was out Thursday night but didn't show back up in the morning - which isn't the norm, but has happened before.  But when I got home from work and he still wasn't around, well I began to worry.  He often hangs out in bushes down the alley and when you walk down and call him, he pops out.  But he's not there.  I've searched the neighborhood, asked neighbors, placed the newspaper ad and just got back from the Humane Society.  Now all I can do is wait.

While at the Humane Society I opted to go look at cats to just check to see if Strat was there.  On our way back the lady asked what he looked like, I told her, she said "Good Luck" and motioned me to the cat room.  She wasn't kidding, with the exception of maybe 3 cats - all the other cats (and there were dozens) were Strat look-a-likes.  It was very sad.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pets Are So Funny

About a week ago, Keyser and I went for a long walk.  As we're walking through the neighborhood, we come around a corner and this black cat comes running across the street to greet us.  Keyser just loves cats, so he's very excited - the cat didn't seem to mind Keyser at all and was quite happy until Keyser decided it was time to wrestle(which he does with Cooper and use to do with Strat), then the cat wondered off.

We walk down the block and around the next comes a gray cat.  Doesn't seem to mind Keyser at all either, until Keyser decided it was time to wrestle......   Another block and out of no where comes an orange cat!  Same scenerio - greets us, loves us, doesn't want to wrestle.  It was quite funny.

The gray cat has become a regular on our walks now.  I swear he must sit under a bush and wait for us to come out of the house.  He's very friendly, doesn't mind dogs (unless they want to wrestle) and will walk with us while he aggrevates Keyser the entire walk.
Sometimes he'll run ahead and hide and pounce out of bushes on top of Keyser!

When I got home the other day, I walked Keyser along with that gray cat, whom I now refer to as "Pita" (Pain In The A**) and it was a normal aggrevated walk.  I got Keyser back to the house; and then walked Toby. 

Toby also likes cats, well let me rephrase that...Toby likes cats he KNOWS (Cooper, Spunky, Sebastian).  However, we're not a 1/2 block from the house when Pita decides to join us.  Toby does get excited and they touch noses; but then he notices as we walk that this cat is right behind us; and it somewhat has him worried.  At some point Pita got bored and crossed the street; Toby calms down and decides to "do his business" but of course, is also watching what the cat is doing.  Pita in turn decides this looks interesting and comes back.  Now Toby is in a panic; he's still "going" but at the same time doesn't want the cat near him, so he starts walking while in his squatting position to move away from the cat!  I almost fell over, it was so hysterically funny!!!

Okay, maybe it was a "you had to of been there" moment!!!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Another Day

I know I've been really bad about updating this blog - just plain old laziness....

Yesterday there was a festival in the downtown, so I walked down to check it out.  There was some music and lots of vendors.  Some vendors were businesses, some arts & crafts, food stands, vegetables & fruit and then a few yard sale type ones.  I didn't buy anything but did pick up a BBQ chicken meal from the fire department that was very good.  I keep forgetting that I now live on a the walk to the fest was very easy; the walk back was uphill - tiring but good exercise.

I've actually mapped out a mile walk in the neighborhood.  I had one mapped out in the old neighborhood, but the one here is a little more challenging as it's a hilly route.  Now I just need to get my eating habits back in order.  I've opted not to follow a specific diet but just make some better choices in what I'm eating.  Diets, I find, put your whole focus on what you're trying to avoid "food" - how can you focus elsewhere when you're always weighing, measuring and preparing menus?  There's better things to focus on.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Keep The Prayers Coming

Apparently the prayers are working.  After days of worrying over what has happened to Gizmo (the dog from my last post), I finally emailed the rescue and got this response:

"Gizmo came home from the vet's yesterday.  He was transferred to Long Meadow on Monday.  He was doing better and then took another turn for the worse on Tuesday and needed a blood transfusion.  That seemed to jump start him and he improved a lot and is still holding his own.  He will go back to the vet for a recheck on Saturday.


It has been a real roller coaster with him.  We are all so attached to him that it has been very emotional.  We found out he has something called Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia.  They don't know really what causes it - in some cases they believe it is just hereditary.  About a third of the dogs recover completely, about a third recover, but have one or more relapses, and about a third don't recover from the first episode. "
So apparently the chewing of wire wasn't the issue.  I had never heard of this condition, so I looked it up and found this:
In immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (IMT), the reduction happens because there is increased destruction of platelets by the body's own immune system, at a rate faster than they are produced in the bone marrow. IMT may be secondary to some other process (such as an infection, tumor, or drug reaction) or it may be primary, meaning that no other causative factor can be found. It is more common in certain breeds, suggesting there is an inherited component. IMT may occur by itself or with other conditions.  The main problem for dogs affected by IMT is increased bleeding. Your dog may have nosebleeds, bruising on the gums or skin, and/or blood in the stool or urine (seen as a darker than normal color).  Your dog may also appear weak or lethargic.

So there we have it.  Gizmo is suffering from this condition but fortunately is responding to treatment.  Please continue to say a prayer for him.

Monday, September 21, 2009

So Depressing

As you've read here, my niece was in the process of getting a dog for her son.  They settled on the one I had found at a local rescue and planned to surprise him for his birthday.  Party was set for Sunday, and the people fostering the dog brought the dog to them on Saturday night.

When I got to my Mom's on Sunday, my sister told me that the dog was very ugly.  I in turn pulled out the photos from the internet of the dog - she insisted that a stand in must of been used.  She said the dog doesn't move, holds it's head up constantly.  I advised that she had no idea what the dog has been through and it was probably scared and needed an adjustment period.

When we got to my niece's the dog was laying on a blanket.  He had dried blood around his mouth.  My niece said that the people had told them that they discovered he had been chewing on some fencing and had cut it's mouth.  They had advised that if a problem occurred to take it to a Vet and they would pay for the cost. 

My sister wasn't kidding, the dog didn't move much and was constantly holding it's head up.  It did take a liking to my other niece and go to her.  Everyone that came, said the dog just needed to go through an adjustment period.

Later that night, when I was home my sister called and told me that the dog was dying.  I asked what had happened.  She said that the dog had started bleeding at the mouth.  They called the rescue and were told they'd be there in the morning to take it to a Vet.  My sister checked the dog's mouth and noticed it's tongue all cut up.  The poor dog than began to puke up blood.  It was decided to go to the emergency clinic.

The Vet informed them the dog wouldn't of lived through the night.  His gums were white indicating internal bleeding.  He also said the dog was probably holding his head up because that was the most comfortable position.  The Vet called the rescue and the people came in.

The cost for diagnosis would be $1000.000 with close to $5000.00 in treatment.  Technically, the rescue would be responsible for this, but figuring the rescue wouldn't be able to afford the cost, my niece reluctantly chose to sign the dog back over to the rescue.  Last she knew the rescue was paying for the disagnosis tests.

We don't know if the dog is going through treatment or if they chose to put it down.  I don't believe anyone intentionally did anything wrong to the dog.  I think, he was chewing wire and more than likely swallowed it - cutting up his throat and who knows what else in the process, the rescue probably didn't notice until he started bleeding at the mouth.

Anyway, it wasn't a Happy Birthday for an 8 year old that wanted a dog.  Whether Gizmo is on his way to recovery or in a much better place - please say a prayer for him.  I believe he would of been a very good dog.


And please, PLEASE - watch what your dogs eat and chew on!!!!