Friday, December 9, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Boy, was I wrong!
The crowd was just building when I ran out.
I actually turned the lights out and went into Scrooge mode.
The number of kids goes up and down from year to year and this was really an up year.
It is really fun.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
There is very little money involved but the little bit I do get is nice too.
Today and yesterday are examples of the feeling of rejection involved at times though. I have been saving the count of survey email invitations and completions.
For yesterday and today the count so far is 38 received and the count that I have qualified for and completed is 2. Yes, just two. Not exactly a great income producer.
Oh well. It is Sunday morning so there is plenty of time for improvement.
Friday, October 7, 2011
I have not noticed any criticisms of Columbus this year. It seems to bring all the rights pushers out of the woodwork when tributes to Columbus are planned but they are not as obvious so far.
So the Vikings were here before him and maybe even some Chinese from way, way back. It was with Columbus and the other explorers of his era who are responsible for the settlement of this hemisphere.
I have a huge tote the village gave me a couple of years ago and did manage to get it half full. I also have a good sized plastic container for things like newspapers and plastic bottles that can be recycled. If I say so myself, I am pretty conscientious about this stuff.
There is a clear sky with about 2/3 of the moon shining down. I even took a little extra time to prune a couple of low hanging branches from the tree in front of the house. I did restrain myself from getting too enthusiastic because I was concerned about what the neighbors would think about this strange person doing gardening at night.
All-in-all though a very successful garbage night.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
About ten or fifteen minutes before the battery is going to die you get a special tone, like a chime. This is meant to give you enough time to change the battery. It doesn't always work that way because sometimes it goes off when you are driving or otherwise occupied. You do know as sure as anything though that you are soon to be much more deficient in the hearing department.
Thinking about it though, it is quite a capability to be able to go for a week or so and then be capable of measuring the output of the battery so you know within a few minutes when it will stop being capable of operating the hearing aid. This is my idea of one of the wonders of modern technology. It really is repeatable.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I have a very good one that saves the data for a couple of weeks if you want. Then you can, at your convenience, download the data to the computer. Great system because you do not have to type in anything or do anything else that may be difficult or time consuming.
Unfortunately though the weakness in the system has finally gotten me down - the batteries. Wanting to download about two weeks data I was greeted by a blank screen. The battery ran out and all the data was lost. Plus, if you install new batteries in this condition you have to enter the entire setup routine.
If this was the only time this happened I would just pass it off as a bad experience. Unfortunately though it has happened several times in the past.
My hearing aid has a distinctive tone that it sounds off with about 15 minutes before going dead but the pedometer does not have any battery warning indication. Maybe some day I will get something like this built into another pedometer but for now the frustration is a little too great.
Monday, October 3, 2011
I am actually feeling pretty good right at the moment although from things I have gone through I still have sympathy for those in discomfort. May everyone's problems vanish for even a little while.
October is an interesting month in that it often is a mixture of the whole year's weather: very wet, very dry, very hot, very cold and a burst of growth from the lawn and hedges before the snows of November.
We are currently saturated from all the rain and the lawn needs mowing due to the growth spurt. So what's to do. Right hand for the mower and the left hand for the umbrella? As long as we do not have to shovel off the white stuff to mow the grass underneath. It is October and anything is possible weatherwise.
The heat is on again. The Halloween decorations are up or going up all over.
Food tastes great in the cooler weather and the sleeping is at its best.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
I was taking a boat ride!
Monday, July 18, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
This is a look down river using my cheapest model low resolution cell phone camera. The water is moving sort of fast around here.
This is a look straight across the river toward Ft.Erie Ontario. The ferryboat back in the good old days of long ago used to run from here to the buildings you see on the other side of the river.
This is the Peace Bridge upriver. Behind it is Lake Erie, the source of the cooling breezes I was enjoying.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
The Britannica article above shows he probably lived much longer than was believed.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I am quite wise in the ways of these things so am taking advantage of my isolation by doing all sorts of things I should have done long ago.
I have had setbacks though. One involves the laundry and my use of the nifty new washer and dryer.
Since my heart surgery back in 2000 I have been carrying nitroglycerin pills in case of angina. Fine, never used the things but carry them faithfully. Paramedic said to take one in December for a pain in my chest just as a precaution but that turned out to be pneumonia.
I threw a load of laundry in this morning and proceeded to do other things. Some time or other I reached for my keys and noticed the pill container was missing. Sure enough it was in the pocket of the pants that had gone through the washer.
This medication does concern me somewhat because it really is THAT nitroglycerin that makes explosives. I suppose it is so diluted down that it is relatively harmless but I still could picture a small bomb going off in the dryer.
That washer really gets into everything. Even though the cover was on tight the pills were ruined. Swelled right up to fill the bottle. Oh well. The pharmacy has fast delivery.
Isn't it interesting the things that can happen to brighten a dreary day?
Friday, April 22, 2011
The Brown's version has generally been called 'Little Jimmy Brown' and was No 1 for a while.
I think it is a beautiful story of life. I particularly like this plain version by the Browns.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Every once in a while though I forget myself and have a little bit too much to eat before I go to bed. Cereal is my downfall of choice - with lots of milk. Throw in a few cookies that I did not want to see get stale along with even more milk and you may see a possibility of a couple trips in the middle of the night.
To say I will never do it again somehow does not ring true. To say I like being up at 1am does not ring true either.
Maybe I can save someone else from my fate by giving them a firm warning about the dangers of late night eating. Do as I say, not as I do!
Friday, February 4, 2011
Not here though.
Just this week - Tuesday night - we (north Buffalo and the Tonawandas) were supposed to get 8 to 14 inches. Everybody else did. Not us though. Just some freezing rain and about 5 inches of snow. Same for the other storms.
Probably will not last much longer though. We usually do get more than our share.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
I live alone so my first thought was that this may present a problem. I couldn't imagine what happened. Could it be something fell off of a shelf just as I walked in?
So I gathered up my courage and I walked in and as I approached the kitchen something went flying past me into the living room. Whoops! This is not right! It was a pretty good sized bird.
I went back in the living room and the bird went back in the kitchen. Again I went into the kitchen and bird went into to the dining room this time. I took a few seconds to think this over and decided to open the side door so the bird could get out. No luck, the bird would not go downstairs. There was a snow shovel by the side door that I grabbed thinking maybe I could scare the bird out the door. Poor thing was so panic stricken by this jerk running into his living room with a snow shovel that it would not listen to reason.
I did open the front door and locked the storm door open. I then headed into the kitchen again with my trusty shovel.
The bird headed back into the living room and spotted the open front door. It never slowed down as it flew in a straight line away from the house.
It looked sort of like a starling or even a small crow but it could have been a soot covered anything.
I had my chimney repaired a couple of years ago but forgot to get a screen to cover it. The bird may have become dizzy and fallen into the chimney and gotten into the heat ducts somehow. There was a loose register grating it could have gone through to get into the house. I am just guessing but this seems to make sense.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
The old man is snoring.
Bumped his head
And he went to bed
And he couldn't get up in the morning.
Rain, rain, go away;
Come again another day;
Little Johnny wants to play.
Old, probably English nursery rhymes of uncertain authorship. Really seem to fit the weather today.