Tuesday, December 27, 2011


I wish I could just snuggle under the covers and stay there...for a few weeks. I'm not looking forward to work today. The nightmare has gotten worse and I have to try to make it better. Honestly, I'd rather just hide.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Week

A week from today is Christmas Day. I can't believe it. Am I prepared? Pretty much. All of the presents that needed to be shipped have been-although some aren't expected at their destination until the 23rd. The Christmas cards have all been mailed...well, all but one, which needs a letter. I'll write that today and mail it on the way home from work so it'll go out first thing Monday. The tree is up and decorated-although I didn't put many decorations on this year. The manger is also up and filled. So what else needs to be done? The Christmas boxes need to be put back in the attic, I have to finish a gift I'm crafting for a local friend, I need to wrap presents for my folks, local friend, and aunt and uncle, and clean the house. Plus keep up with the daily things. No holiday baking this year. I hope to do some, but it'll be winter baking. Good thing we have long winters, 'cause who knows when I'll get around to it?! Also everything must be completed by Friday, December 23 as, weather willing, I'll be celebrating Christmas Eve with my parents for the first time in 21 years! How about you? Are you ready for Christmas?

Thursday, December 1, 2011


I hate my job! They change the rules to suit their whims. There's no communication and it's the most punitive excuse for a facility I've ever witnessed. Can you tell I'm pissed? I should have gotten today off-but, even though we've run with 9 for the past few days and nothing has changed, suddenly we have to work with 10. I knew there was only a slight chance I'd get the day-but to lose it not because someone called in or the acuity was raised, but just because they decided to raise the staffing minimums?!?! Yea, I'm pissed.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Customer Service

I was excited, then furious, then mad, then pleased. It all started Black Friday. Amazon.com was having cyber lightning deals-you were able to get great bargains as long as you got them in your cart and checked out in time. They were nice enough to post what was on sale when-so I woke up Friday and got online to get the second season of The Vampire Diaries for only $9.99. I was also getting the final Redwall book to add to my total to get free shipping, but I needed another item. Then I saw the lightening deal for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Whoo hoo. I needed it, the price was great, and the timing would be close to get Vampire Diaries too-but it was doable. Got all the items in my cart and went to check out. Tried to combine to get free shipping...it wouldn't let me. I get a warning that time is running out on my deal. The site won't let me check out. "We're sorry" the new screen read. Sorry?!?!? I lost the deal, I lost both deals. I was furious. I looked at the forums and discovered that many people were having the same problem. All of us losing deals. I was praying the matter would be resolved by the time the True Blood deal was out (Season 2 for $9.99!) I was lucky-not only was I able to get True Blood-they resold the Vampire Diaries-so I was able to get that...but no Harry Potter. Plus I had to buy more to get the free shipping-the Potter price would have been a perfect sale. I was able to calm a bit, I was able to buy the 2 items I really wanted at fantastic prices...but I was still mad. Then I came home after work Sunday night and found an e-mail from Amazon. They heard I had difficulty on the site and lost my lightning deal of Harry Potter-if I wanted I could buy it now at the lightning price. I did. Now that's great customer service.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Christmastime is here. Thanksgiving is over, although since I just celebrated it yesterday I'm still enjoying leftovers. The car radio has been tuned to Christmas music. The outside lights go on at dusk and stay til dawn. Christmas cards have been selected, presents mostly bought. It's not quite December, but I feel the pressure already. I need to gather the presents that need to be mailed out (most of them), wrap them and prepare for shipping. Space needs to be made for the Christmas tree. The house needs to be cleaned and decorated. So much to do...but I have to go to work now.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for so many things. I'm thankful that although my Dad remains in rehab, he's making great progress and will, hopefully, be home for Christmas. I'm thankful that my mom remains strong and retains a sense of humour even having to deal with all the stress. I'm thankful for all of my animals: Sam, Seneca, Aleister, Calumet, Wallace, Harrison, Tyskie, Zywiec, Okocim, Grodziskie, and Harley. I'm thankful that Sam recovered through his surgery and is adjusting to only having 1 eye. I'm also thankful that he's dealing with his other health issues with a happy disposition. I'm thankful for my house. I'm thankful for my friends. I'm thankful that even though I hate my job, it allows me to to provide for myself and my family in a comfortable manner. I'm thankful that I'm me! Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Candied Ginger

Many stores have special products only available during the holidays. Last year I discovered Cranberry Joy at The Body Shop. I liked it, but surprisingly didn't adore it. This year they added Candied Ginger and I LOVE it! It has an incredible spicy, gingery scent which is just wonderful. I got the body scrub, body butter, and bubble bath. If you pass by The Body Shop, stop in and try it.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


I love deals and getting great shopping bargains. Last week I made a great deal. I bought a $20 Groupon for The Body Shop. Gotta love Groupon (and Living Social and Get My Perks)! So for $20 I could get $40 worth of stuff. Great deal already, right? But there's more. I went and bought a special bag for $5 (unfortunately all the cute Joy bags were already sold out-sigh). The special part of this bag was that everything that fit inside was an extra 30% off...and, since I'm a member there I got to add an additional 20% off. And there's more. Every week for 6 weeks I can go in and with no purchase necessary get a free gift. The first gift was a body butter duo worth $18! Yes, I love getting deals!

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Dogs are very intuitive. Even if something has never happened to them, they know it's coming...and run! Sam had to go back to the vet this morning. Skin issues he's had since I've gotten him haven't gone away. I won't go into the fancy names, but he's got a couple things going on. For the lumps on his feet-the doc injected them with steroids. Ouch! For the itchy back-a shampoo. I need to give Sam a bath with medicated shampoo twice a week for 2 weeks, then we go back to the vet. After the vet Sam accompanied me as I stopped at the feed store. I needed to get rat food as well as bag balm for Sam's nose. Sam got some treats from the owners and I took him home before running more errands. When I got back-it was time for Bath #1. I prepared the bathroom then encouraged Sam to come upstairs...which he did. He then saw me in the doorway of the bathroom, turned around and ran back downstairs. Keep in mind-I have never given Sam a bath in this house! I tried to get Sam back upstairs...no deal. I tried again, and he came up. I got him in the bathroom. Then I had to get him in the tub. These are the times I half wish I had a smaller dog as I tried to get 79 pounds of not quite willing dog into the tub. At my first attempt he went limp and lay down in the cat's water bowl. But then I got him in. Collar taken off and warm water started. According to the directions I had to put enough shampoo to get a good lather, then rinse and repeat. Here's the fun part, at the second application you had to let it stay on him 5-10 minutes before rinsing. Fortunately, Sam was a good boy and just stood there. He couldn't get out of the tub on his own anyway...I don't think. Anyway, I rinsed him off and helped him out. Of course, we were both fairly wet! Well, 1 bath down, 3 to go!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Photo Phriday - Sam & 1st Snow

We has our first sticking snowfall last night and this morning some was still around. Here's Sam enjoying it!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Thanks God It's Thursday! You seem for me Thursday is Friday as it's the last day of my work week. (Sunday is my Monday.) Work has been stressful and I'm so glad that after today I'll be gone for 2 days. There's lots to do during those 2 days. I still can't believe that a week from today is Thanksgiving! I have the usual errands to run, plus a visit to the vet and then I want to clean and start getting the house ready for Christmas.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Art Expo

Last evening I went to the Animal Art Expo at the Seneca Park Zoo. This event is my favorite local event. The zoo keeps entry prices down, I'm sure so people will spend more money on art and raffle tickets! This event is for those 21 years of age and older and they have appetizers and a bar. The food is free with admission (only $3 in advance for Zoo members, $5 for everyone else) and there's a cash bar. The art work is actually created by the animals at the zoo! Some of the more prolific artists are Anna, the cougar, Aurora, the polar bear, and Admiral, the river otter. But pieces are done by many more critters as well. Some pieces are available to purchase immediately, then there is a silent auction, and many pieces are part of a raffle. They also had 2 spotlight auctions. These tickets are much more expensive, but the prizes are extra special. One was a painting by the 2 rhinos AND a meet and great with the artists themselves. The second was the one I tried to win (and lost). The prize was a yet unpainted picture by Aurora. The winner would be able to choose the colors Aurora would paint with and actually be there when she painted it! Not only that-she donated her chewed rubber toy! Talk about a conversation piece! I chose not to buy a piece right out, and I didn't win any of the raffle pieces. I got outbid in most of my silent auction pieces...but I refused to go home empty handed. I stayed by my final silent auction piece and won it! A small painting by Buffy, Xander, and Willow-the racoons!

Saturday, November 12, 2011


I've gotten so behind in so many things-then I realized that Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away! How is this possible?!? I finally got my offerings for a paper ornament exchange mailed out, now I have to come up with a concept and create my Thanksgiving cards. I better get inspired quickly-my international cards need to go out by Wednesday at the latest. Considering it's Saturday evening already...YIKES! I also need to get cracking on the Christmas presents I'm making. I got almost all of the outdoor Christmas lights up-Thank you Mother Nature for giving me beautiful days to do it! Now the inside of the house...YIKES! I need more time.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


One of my e-mail accounts has been hacked. I apologize to anyone that's gotten spam from me lately. My account is now frozen and I'm working to get it back. At least it's not a computer virus!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Photo Phriday - North Chili Rural Cemetery

Sam takes a drink as we explore the North Chili Rural Cemetery.

Sunday, October 30, 2011


January 15, 2010 - October 27, 2011

Marlin, one of my Cheektowaga rescues, died on Thursday. He hadn't been looking well and finally succumbed to respiratory illness. The night before he crossed The Rainbow Bridge he happily took a yogie from me. His remaining brother, Wallace, misses him terribly. We will all miss this good rat.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Photo Phriday - Chocolates

Salted Caramel Truffles and The Jazz Macabre collection of peanut butter and honey truffles from Hedonist Artisan Chocolates.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


It was a cold walk with Sam this morning. I got home and the computer said 39 degrees. There was a stiff wind, though, which made it seem even colder. There's a freeze warning tonight-so make sure those plants are protected and any pets are snug inside the house. Although there's a light rain here-at my mom's house-an hour to the west-she sees snowflakes! Winter's coming!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Frustrating Day

I truly relish my days off. There's always so much to do and the time just flies. I had to wake up early as Aleister had an early vet appointment. He's still dealing with his ears problems. Doc put more of the medicine in his ears and we go back on the first. After returning home, Sam and I went on a long walk. I checked my e-mails and then headed to Greece. A rescue organization was there today and they had some special toys I was to pick up. I got there-greeted by a sweet kissy girl (a lab mix, although she was quite small). However, they did not have my toys. One of the volunteers made a phone call-the woman wasn't sure I was coming, so she didn't send them. HELLO?!?!? I said I was coming. I made a comment on the post saying the rescue would be at that store today. I was...and am pissed. I wasted valuable time for no reason. Even if they weren't sure I was coming-why on earth not send the stuff anyway? Or why not e-mail me and verify. Now I have to waste time in 2 weeks to try again. After fuming away I grabbed a bite to eat, then picked up supplies at Walmart. A stop at the library, then I came home. The plan was to mow the lawn and put down the grub control-even before I went inside. That way I'd let Sam sleep-he doesn't like it when he's inside and I'm mowing the lawn. I mowed the part of the lawn near the neighbor, then started on the front. There were sticks down at the far edge of my property-so I stopped the lawn tractor and picked up sticks. I got back on the mower...and nothing. It wouldn't start. At the furthest most part of my property. I tried all kinds of things...nothing. It wasn't even trying to turn over. So....I pushed it all the way back to the garage. Ugh. I didn't want to delay on putting down the grub control-so I did that even without mowing. That used some muscles! Back inside I called Mom, finished my book (I highly recommend A Cast-Off Coven) then took a much needed nap. When I awoke I cleaned the Critter Nation. I hate that cage. I was sitting on the floor, cleaning the lower portion when I felt Harrison go in my robe pocket. I turned to see him backing out of my pocket carrying a tootsie roll! The little smartie found a treat. He was trying to open it, when I took it away. Never fear-I'm not that mean a momma-I opened it for him and gave him a portion of it. Harrison got his prize...well part of it! I still have lots to do, but I'm ready to quit and relax-we'll see what else I get accomplished today.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


How is it that times goes so quickly at home when a myriad of things need to get done? Time to get ready for work-and not much got done. Ugh.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Autumn is here bringing cooler temperatures and high winds. I haven't decorated yet-and Halloween is almost here, I did pick up a little pumpkin and some gourds-but that's it for now. I'm behind-yet the stores are ahead. I'm used to seeing Christmas decorations early at some stores...but I was still taken aback when I went to the grocery store and saw Christmas cards and decorations out! Really? Already? At the grocery store?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Blog Action Day - Food

Today is Blog Action Day, a day when bloggers worldwide post about a certain subject. This year's theme is food. Although I haven't been blogging as regularly as I should-I knew I needed to post today!

There have been so many recalled food items lately-from pre-made salads, spinach, beef, and more. Is food no longer safe to eat? Many people are starting more and more to grow their own. The veggie garden is coming back in style. I've always grown a few herbs and have several fruit trees/vines/bushes. Now I'm considering expanding, even though I'm not adept at "putting my crops up" yet. But there's a lot of food I can't, and don't want, to grow/raise. An old, but seemingly new, concept is becoming quite popular-becoming a locavore. What is a locavore? A locavore is a person who eats locally whenever possible; food grown or raised generally within a 100 mile radius from where you live. In Western NY it's pretty easy. We even have local maple syrup, fantastic wines-even beers and distilled spirits! Of course, there are certain foods that can't be grown in this region...and I just bought some imported beer...all the way from Poland. I guess that's a little more than 100 miles away. Still, although I may not be a true locavore-I do try to eat locavorically quite often. So check out those farmer's markets, look up local wineries and breweries, chances are you have good food options close by-don't depend on food that had to travel for days to get to you.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Aleister's Ears

My cat, Aleister, has had ears problems for several years. At first it was thought they were polyps. Then it was thought they weren't...but the vet had no clue what they were. We finally decided to have a biopsy done and try to figure it out. As my vet was removing the growths in Aleister's ears they used a black goo and doc feared it was cancer. Fortunately he didn't share his fear (at that point) and he was wrong. He basically cauterized as many of the growths as he could..and removed 2 of Aleister's teeth. Poor Aleister. I had to give him pills twice a day for a week. Although he wouldn't sleep with me, he only hid a few times and I was able to give him all his medication. The pathology report came back-something doc, nor his associate, had ever heard of with no known cause. We went back to the vet to see how he was healing and doc put a silver cream in his ears-to aid the healing. Aleister finally decided to start sleeping with me again. We returned again-more cream. We returned again, Doc was pleased with the healing, and decided it was time to start treating the ear infection. Doc looked at me. "Aleister is a cat." Yes. "With ear infections you have to put drops in the ears twice a day. After 3 days cats decide to hide where they can not be found." So instead of giving me drops, he packed Aleister's ears with a time release compound which lasts for 10 days. We go back then for another recheck. Poor Aleister has never had to travel so much. Thank heaven's the vet is close by!

Saturday, October 8, 2011


I don't want to go to bed as I don't want the day to end. Tomorrow I have to return to work and I'd just rather not.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Raise Awareness Wednesday - Adopt a Shelter Dog

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. If you're looking for a new friend, check out local shelters. There are too many sweet animals looking for a good home. If you're unable to adopt, consider donating. If you don't have any money to spare-why not volunteer?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Prayers Needed

Please send lots of prayers and good, healing thoughts to my dad. He's in hospital and is not doing well at all. Thanks.

Monday, October 3, 2011


October is here-and so is fall weather. I had to turn the furnace on. I didn't want to, but it was 57 in the house! It was a gray, rainy day yesterday, but today is gorgeous-with the sun shining. It's a bit warmer to at 62 degrees. I think more rain is coming today-but I'll take it. I just wish I could stay home and enjoy snuggling up with the kids!

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Sorry, I've been MIA. Things are a bit hectic and I just have neglected to post. Aleister had a biopsy, which was more like surgery. He's recovering-but hiding. I hope to find him to give him his antibiotic! Dad was doing well, then had back spasms and had to go to the ER. He was home and in pain-but today he went back to the hospital with more problems. Work is a nightmare. Please send good thoughts our way!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Beautiful Early Fall Day

Today was a beautiful early fall day. I got up extra early as I wanted to be in Naples just after 10am for the Grape Festival. Sam and I had a quick early walk, then I gassed up the car, withdrew some cash from the ATM, and was on my way. The morning was overcast and cool-about 59 degrees, but as I headed south the skies cleared and it made for a very scenic drive. I parked in the official parking lot-what was once Widmer Winery. I noticed the new owners put their name on the building on the hill-the winery now belongs to Hazlitt. I did a lot of walking, scored some great purchases-some for gifts and some for me! I even got a kiss from a gorgeous blonde! OK, I paid for it...OK she was a Golden Retriever raising money for GRROWLS (Golden Retriever Rescue Operated With Love Statewide). I got my requisite grape pie (from Mo-Jo's). I had salt potatoes and homemade birch beer. I also made stops at The Violet Barn and Arbor Hill and a nursery in Bristol where I got some new mums. All in all a wonderful day!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Time Flies

I can't believe it's been so long since last I posted. I got mandated at work, the next day I tried to sleep. Time has gotten away from me! You should see my list of things to do. Sigh. Today I took Aleister to the vet for his annual checkup. We're not sure what's going on with his ears. What we thought were polyps-we don't think are. I'll take Aleister back on Tuesday. Doc will put him under and do a biopsy. I worry whenever anesthesia is involved-but this can't be comfortable for Aleister. Hopefully all will be well.

Monday, September 19, 2011


There's so much I need to do and so much I want to do, so how is it that almost nothing gets done?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Arrival of Autumn

Autumn has officially arrived. Not according to the calendar (the autumnal equinox is still a few days away), but according to Aleister. Aleister has begun cuddling up with me to sleep once again. He won't sleep on my bed when the weather is warm, but once the chill arrives-he stakes out his side of the bed and sleeps in! For the past 2 nights all the cats were on the bed. Calumet always sleeps on the human pillow next to me, Aleister cuddled up of the other side, and Seneca at the foot of the bed. Yup, fall is here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Raise Awareness Wenesday - Barktober Fest

Saturday, September 24, 2011 is Barktober Fest! People in the Rochester, NY area will gather for the 5-mile race, 1.5 mile nature walk and pet festival in an effort to raise $136,500 to support homeless and abused animals at Lollypop Farm. In addition to the race and walk, the day-long festival includes dog competitions, vendor booths, kids activities, food, demonstrations, and more.The event runs from 8:30am til 3:00pm so come early and prepare for a good time.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Lousy Night's Sleep

I had a lousy night's sleep last night. I woke up, thinking I heard my alarm go off (it's set to the radio) but it was dark out. I looked at the clock. I'd only been in bed an hour! This same thing happened repeatedly throughout the night. Then I dreamed about Vikings. Too much Eric Northman, I guess.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Photo Phriday - Golden Anniversary

Today is my parents' 50th wedding anniversary!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

So Much...

So much to do, so little to say. The day here is beautifully cool-autumn is definitely on the way-and I'm glad of that. I'm ready for warm scents, heavy clothing, changing leaves and cool days. How about you?

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day

It's Labor Day, a day to celebrate unions and fair working conditions as well as the end of summer. It was very hot the past few days, but a lovely cold front came in last night. It's now in the upper 60s...but it looks like it could rain at any time. It poured last night. I have to go to work-so for all those that get 3 day weekends-Enjoy! For those that have to work-hopefully you'll have a good day.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Hunt Is On

If I stay in my current job I can retire in 15 years. I earn a good salary and have good benefits. However, I don't think I can last 15 years. Administration is running the place to the ground and working there is miserable. It's a witch hunt. When you think of it-retiring in 15 years sounds great-and not a long time. But when I think I've already put in 10 years-I'd have to do that and half again. The way the economy is going it's scary, but I think I have to polish my resume, find an interview outfit, and start looking.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sam's Discovery

I got home around midnight and let Sam in the yard to do his business. He was around the corner of the house, so I went to make sure he wasn't getting into trouble. I saw him digging near the basement window, but it wasn't his big digging. I went to get a closer look and I saw something jumping around as he snuffled the ground. What?? I pulled Sam back and saw baby bunnies! Sam had discovered a baby bunny nest. There seem to be 3 babies, their eyes are still closed, but they have fur. I covered them back up and pulled Sam inside. This morning I let Sam out and after a quick pee he was right at those babies! I kept dragged him away again. When I let him out for his walk-instead of waiting impatiently for his leash-he went right to those babies. I got him leashed and off we went. I don't know where the parents are-but I hope those babies move soon. They picked a great spot for the nest-right next to the house, right under the dryer vent...but they didn't take into consideration the resident dog!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Good Cookie

I picked up a new cookie at the grocery store. It was on sale and sounded good, so I figured I'd get it. Well, these cookies are pretty darn wonderful. Not homemade, but when you just want to reach for a package-you can't go far wrong. So, what are these new treats? Keebler Fudge Shoppe Cheesecake Middles. Yumm!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Stupidity of the State

I just heard that the government is going to start furloughing state workers. CSEA union members at the hospital are starting first and I believe PEF members will also have to do this. At this point in time my union, NYSCOPBA, has not agreed. What this means is that these workers have 9 days where they don't get paid, they don't come to work either. This is supposed to save the state money. The reality is that there is a certain number of direct care staff needed to work the units each day and we are short staffed anyway. So the state, in its infinite wisdom will force workers to stay home, unpaid, but have to pay overtime to others to cover the units. Is it any wonder the state is in a financial bind? Idiots!

Monday, August 29, 2011


I don't care for coconut. I don't care for the taste or the scent. A little light coconut flavor may be OK-but I'd prefer it without. Scents-I pass on. Until now. I got a free coconut shimmer body butter from The Body Shop. I was debating giving it away as a gift, but I tried a sample at the store...and it's not bad. It reminds me of summer. Then I got a free set of Coconut Passionfruit items-body spray, lotion, and body wash-from Bath & Body Works. I like it! Then I tried a Coconut Lime Breeze lotion. I really liked that one...although I really smelled the limes and not any coconut. Are my tastes changing? Or are these just great versions of the scent? I still wouldn't pick coconut as a top choice, but I won't be so quick to dismiss it now.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


How is it that time always goes so quickly on your days off? I accomplished a bunch of stuff-but nowhere near the amount of stuff I wanted to get done. I did discover a great restaurant nearby and had a wonderful dinner there with my friends. I think I'm going to try for an early night...after a few more snacks and wine. Tomorrow I'll clean and hopefully find time to craft and write!

Friday, August 26, 2011


January 15, 2010 -August 25, 2011

Sadly, Napoleon crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday. He was always a happy boy...almost too happy. It took me too long to discover her had malocclusion. He was still eating and taking treats from my had. The poor boy had even developed an abscess in his mouth. He got his teeth trimmed and some medicine and seemed to be fine. His latest trick was to jump out of his cage to start exploring as I was giving everyone their supper. When I got home from work yesterday, I found his body. I'm not sure what happened, but he was a sweet boy who will be missed.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Raise Awareness Wednesday - Don't Shop-Adopt

When looking for a new family member-don't shop, adopt! Local shelters have wonderful animals of all ages, sizes, breeds, and species! Some shelters and rescues specialize in certain animals, others have a great variety. It's not just dogs and cats either. Many shelters and rescues can help you find your next rat, horse, rabbit, bird, snake, and more! You can find ferrets, iguanas, goats, donkeys, chickens, and more! Help these wonderful animals find a new life. Don't shop-Adopt!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


I went to the grocery store after work the other day. I enjoy going at that time (around midnight) as not too many people are around. The only problem is that the deli counter is closed along with the food bars and such. Still, it's a nice time to go to pick up a few things and browse in peace. I wanted to get a few things to take to work for lunches this week. I looked at the prepackaged food they have. Now it's normally a bit pricey-but oh so convenient, and tasty. I could pick up a pack of chicken tenders (already breaded and cooked) for $6. But when I looked-the price was now $7! I put the package down and looked again. All the items that were normally $6 were now $7! I'll pass on that. Then I went to get some milk. I usually just buy a quart and it costs around 78 cents. Nope-a quart of milk is now $1.03! What the heck?!? All around I saw huge price jumps on many things. I mentioned it to the cashier and she said she saw it too. I mentioned it to co-workers who noticed the same thing. What happened recently to cause this big jump? Or are the stores finally giving in to the high price of gas and other costs. Whatever the reason, it stinks and I'm going to have to be much more careful when I shop for groceries!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Postive Thoughts

Please send positive, healing thoughts for my dad. He's coming into town and tomorrow will have his heart shocked in the hopes it will start beating properly. Thanks!

Sunday, August 21, 2011


There are some benefits to having a dog that's pretty much deaf and sleeps hard. I woke up this morning before my alarm, needing to use the bathroom. I had about an hour left to sleep. It's one thing if you wake in the middle of the night having to go-you get up and it doesn't matter who you wake up-they know it's the middle of the night and go back to sleep. However, being so close to wake up time-if the dog wakes up now-it's good odds he'll get up and want to go outside. Here's where the stealth comes in. I got out of bed. Sam was sound asleep in the hall, next to the bathroom. I tiptoed by him, used the bathroom, then walked back over him to get back to bed. He never moved. Yes, one more hour of sleep!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Last Day

Today is the last day of my vacation. I'm trying to savor every last moment and NOT think about work. I had a relaxing break of a vacation. I drove to Dunkirk, NY for America's Grape Country Wine Festival, went to the Brockport Art Festival, a German Festival, a tour of the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo, and Wedgestock. I took long walks with Sam and worked with Harley. I also spent time with the cats and rats. I watched the second season of True Blood. I did some basic work around the house-but not some of the in depth stuff I wanted to do. I also didn't do any of the crafts I wanted to do. One week is simply not enough, especially since the administration is blocking our time off. Who knows when I'll have a break other than my regular weekends? I've had dinner and am sipping wine in comfy clothes. I decided not to attend my 25th high school reunion-which is going on right now. I'm happy with that decision-sorry guys. I'll be working on a photo contest for a RAT group and just chilling this evening. If only my vacation could go on forever...while still being paid my current salary, of course!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Halloween in August?

I'll give you Christmas in July, but Halloween in August? At the beginning of the month (yes, first week of August) I went to the Bath & Body Works. (Yes, I know I'm addicted-but I had a coupon for free lotion!) As I walked in they had a big display of soaps which were on sale. Looking at the varieties I was a bit taken aback by a big purple bottle. No, it wasn't grape. It was Sour Drop...and there was a haunted house on the label. Next to it was a green bottle with a skeleton-Green Apple Candy. Yes, the Halloween stuff was already out. At the back of the store (at least it was in the back) the display of fall scents was starting to emerge: Sweet Cinnamon Apple, Caramel Apple, Pumpkin Patch and more. Now I adore fall and I probably love fall scents the most. But it's 84 degrees outside. I need to be using Sugar Lemon Fizz (which I am, actually, it's delightful) or Summer Escape! It's too early for Orchard Leaves and Cranapple Crisp, isn't it?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

In Absentia

I'm sorry I haven't been around. You'd think I'd have more time since I'm on vacation-but that hasn't been the case. I actually do have things to write about, but then I get involved in other things and before you know it-I'm logged off for the night. I'm in the midst of another computer project now. Hopefully I'll come up with a fantastic post tomorrow!

Sunday, August 14, 2011


I'm on vacation and am making the most of it! Friday Sam and I went on an extra long walk. I also both lunged and rode Harley. Stops at the liquor store, Target, and the grocery store rounded out my day. I relaxed in the evening by starting to watch Season 2 of True Blood. Saturday was my big day. I drove to Dunkirk, NY to attend America's Grape Country Wine Festival. I had a wonderful time. I really do love this event. You can sample wines from all over the state! They also have food products (with samples!) and you can find food and drink and live music to entertain you. They also offer fun seminars. I'm happy to make this a yearly event! Today was the Brockport Art Festival. I was so excited. This has always been my favorite festival. I planned on getting all kinds of Christmas shopping done. I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I was. I walked the entire thing in 15 minutes...in fact I walked it twice. Vendors I'd been hoping to see weren't there. I didn't even wait for the wine tent to open. Sadly, I don't think any more festivals are planned-so much for the gifts I was planning to buy. Sigh. I stopped at my nursery and talked to my landscape guy for a while. My lilacs...and all the lilacs in the neighborhood are suffering from powdery mildew. The good news is that it rarely kills the plant. And I know what to do to deal with it. He also gave me some freshly picked radishes and cucumbers from his garden. Talk about fresh, he picked as we talked! Then I stopped in at the German Festival in Spencerport. Good food, German beer, and an Oompah Band. Now I"m relaxing and planning to watch more True Blood (I got season 2 from the library-so I have to watch it all in a week!) and the finale of The Next Food Network Star! So far my vacation is off to a great start!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lone Goose

Lots of Canadian Geese hang out in my neighborhood. There are several ponds which the geese and some ducks enjoy. The geese always travel in packs. It's fun to watch parent geese and their goslings. When they walk, one parent will lead the way while the other brings up the rear-making sure all the kids are following properly. Sometimes I've seen a third, older goose, flanking the middle as well-making sure everyone stays together. The thing is-geese go in groups. They fly, walk, and swim, in groups. On our walk today Sam and I heard a goose honking. We saw him on land, near one of the ponds. He was alone. I couldn't see any geese nearby, in other ponds, anywhere. The lone goose walked to the pond and got in, honking every few seconds. As he swam, he continued to honk. Poor guy got separated from his pack. When we walked back, we didn't see him anymore-hopefully he returned to his family.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

True Blood

I had heard wonderful things about the HBO TV series True Blood. A few years ago I read the first Sookie Stackhouse novel, Dead Until Dark, by Charlaine Harris, the series upon which the TV show is based. I thought it was OK and never read any more. Last Christmas I happened upon a wonderful deal from Amazon.com and bought the 1st season of True Blood for $12. At that price, how could I resist? It took me a few months-but I finally watched it...and got hooked. A co-worker who adores the series keeps telling me to catch up so that we can talk about the show. I've been waiting for the second season to go on sale. I saw it at Amazon for $30 and was about to buy it, but I didn't. The next day the price was up to $32. Hmmm. I still intended to get it, but didn't get around to it. Last night I went on Amazon and the price was up to $36. OK, not buying it. I decided to check the library. I had looked before and although the county had many copies, they were all either checked out or on hold. Tonight, however, I saw that my library actually had it available. I ran down this morning, hoping it would still be there. I looked on the shelves-it wasn't there. Augh. Then I saw the cart that had recently returned DVDs. Wasn't on one side, grr, but I found it on the other side. Hooray! So now I have a week to watch season 2-thank goodness I'm going on vacation!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


A friend of mine posted some good life rules as a recent blog entry. On stated, "If you don't like your job, quit". If only it was that easy.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Reed Diffusers

I love to find different ways to pleasantly scent the house. I love the idea of reed diffusers: small sticks that suck up essential oil and scent the room. I just got the latest catalog of Yankee Candle and found the neatest Halloween Reed Diffuser Scene. It's a purple bottle with black sticks in a graveyard with scented stones and such. The problem is that reed diffusers don't work. I've received a few as gifts and they just don't scent the room. Have you had any luck with reed diffusers? What do you think about them?

Sunday, August 7, 2011


When I got my mail the other day, one letter was smooched to the back of the mailbox. The other stuff all came out together, but I had to reach in to get this business sized envelope. It was from Canada. However, it wasn't postmarked; it was like one of those pre-printed envelopes that charities use. Inside was a letter from Consumer Research and Marketing, INC in New York City. However, the phone number had a 647 area code while the fax had 206. The letter goes on to say that I was a sweepstakes held in London, England. I apparently won a prize with a lump sum payout of $52,500. They enclosed a check in the amount of $3,997 to "help cover the Government Service Tax and processing charges"-which is only $2,987.32. BUT I have to call (a 315 area code) to activate my claim before I cash my check, "this is very important".  Yea...right...I won a Sweepstakes in the UK, I get a letter from Canada, it's from a company in NY, and there are 3 different area codes-one of which starts about 40 miles east of me and the check is from a bank in Maryland.. But the check does look real. I think I'll take it to the bank and see what they say about it. I may also file a federal fraud charge, somehow, after all, this did arrive in my mailbox!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Lucy!

Today would have been Lucille Ball's 100th birthday. I wore my Lucy t-shirt and watched several episodes of I Love Lucy. Check out Amelia's blog-she spent some time in Jamestown, NY, Lucy's hometown. Did you celebrate Lucille Ball?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Raise Awareness Wednesday - Frog Pond Farm

I discovered Frog Pond Farm through jockey Mike Smith. Frog Pond Farm is a non-profit charitable organization in Ohio whose mission is to Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Rehome draft horses. This rescue is having a  fundraiser by having people sponsor days in their 2012 calendar. You can buy a day for $10 and submit a picture of your pet, or you, which will be on the calendar. How cool is that? Mike took Kentucky Derby Day (with a picture of him kissing the trophy when he won it in 2005) and Breeders Cup Day. You'll see a picture of my rat Harrison on my birthday! In addition to their website, you can find Frog Pond Farm on Facebook (you can find Mike there too). That's the easiest way to get your day. You can ask if your day is available and upload a picture right there. There are lots of days still available-so go on and support them. It's a unique way to commemorate a special day for you.

Monday, August 1, 2011

10 Years

Today is my 10 year anniversary at my job. This is the longest I've worked at any one place. I wish I could say that I loved it...but I current;y can't stand it. But it is a "good job" with a decent salary and good benefits. And now I'm vested. It would be nice if I got a cake, but I'll be lucky if I just got through the evening hassle free.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Another interesting Night of Dreams

The dream started with old college friends and reading poetry. It then morphed into an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was a good plot too. I wasn't thinking of this show-so I'm not sure why it popped in my unconscious. I know that Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy) is in a new show...but I haven't seen it. And I think Buddy TV had a Facebook post about Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), but I didn't click the link to read more. But Giles played a big part in the dream. He was quite funny. He kept finding the dead bodies; Faith doing her evil thing. Then Willow was dead-but she came back to life, scaring everyone. She was a faerie. And this started by being a high school reunion. Weird, but quite interesting. I'd watch it as a TV show.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

To Blog?

I just wrote on another blog about posting and not posting. I had a bunch of ideas for todays' post, and now, with just over a half hour left in the day and I still haven't posted anything. I guess I'll skip today and try again tomorrow. I did post on Amelia's blog-I'm trying to catch up on all of Cabot's fun. Go check out Ratkins Deux the World.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


I just got back from having an MRI for my back. This is the third one I've had, second for my back, so I knew what to expect...but it's still not fun. It may not hurt you-but, boy does it toy with your mind. They gave me earplugs since it's so loud and I requested a blindfold. Believe me, you really don't want to see those tight quarters-even if you're not claustrophobic! On the board I went, and in the tube. It wasn't bad for the first set...then the second...then I started getting anxious. I started going through the alphabet naming different foods for each letter. Then my back started hurting-lying on it without moving does that. Then I started getting thirsty...and then had difficulty swallowing...Another test done-about 15 minutes to go. Ugh. Then I felt it might be hard to breathe. The coolness when I entered the machine was long gone. Then I started with the alphabet again-naming cities this go around while trying to swallow and breathe. Finally it was over. Thank God! Unfortunately, my back had seized up and I had difficulty raising my legs so the technician could remove the pillow from under them. I finally was able to get off the darn thing and had a drink of water. I wanted another MRI-but God I hate having them done! Now I'm home and ready for a stiff drink!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Back

I'm having back issues again. Sigh. One wrong turn and leg weakness, inability to fully bend and turn, and periodic shooting pain are back. Hopefully insurance will cover the new MRI and we can see what's changed or what hasn't. I still don't want surgery. Hopefully, I'll get back to where I was soon!

Monday, July 25, 2011

I Want...

Do you have room in your heart and home to add a feline family member?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Cover Girl Natureluxe

I discovered a new foundation makeup that I really like-Cover Girl Natureluxe. It covers well, but is really light. It also smells great-it may be the cucumber water. I hate having to find a good foundation-so I hope they keep making this! The only issue I have is that it only has SPF 10. Still, 10's better than nothing. If you're up for a new foundation give this one a try!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sick Lilacs?

I'm worried about my lilac bushes. It started with one of the old ones near the house. In parts of it, the leaves seem to have fallen away and it looks sparse. It bloomed though. Now, the bush next to it is started to look the same way-horrible. I don't see leaves on the ground-but it seems as if they're dropping off. The next lilac in line looks fine-but is it only a matter of time? What's wrong? I need to contact my nursery guy and my gardening guru.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I heard about a horrific accident which happened yesterday afternoon. When I learned more about it I became even more disgusted-and a little heartsick as well. The countryside around here is beautiful and filled with many farms. The roads are generally 2 lanes and, although the speed limit is often 55 mph you have to be careful as there are often curves and slow moving farm vehicles. Consequently, there are many places where no passing is allowed. Yesterday, about 12:45 in the afternoon, a group of Amish farmers were on a farm excursion sponsored by Cornell. While not allowed to drive, the Amish are allowed to ride as passengers. These farmers were learning about new techniques in raising poultry and using greenhouses and going to several local farms. They were driving along and a large tractor with spray equipment was coming from the opposite direction. Behind the tractor was another vehicle. The driver, Steven Eldridge, (yes, I'm using his real name) decided to pass the slow moving tractor-even though it was a no passing zone on a curve. His vehicle hit the van head on, then sent the van careening UNDER the spreader where it became embedded! Five of the Amish farmers were dead on the scene, which, according to the sheriff was the worst he's ever seen in 40 years.  Ten others were injured, including the van and tractor driver, some critically. Steven Eldridge, the cause of the devastation, was uninjured. He's sitting in jail charged with 5 counts of criminally negligent homicide, various traffic violations, and driving while intoxicated. At 12:45 PM. I am truly disgusted.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mystery Lovers' Kitchen

I love reading mysteries. There are several series I follow and new ones I want to read keep popping up. A continuing trend, at least in a lot of the cozy mysteries I read, is the addition of recipes to the book. In some instances the heroine is involved in the food industry in some manner (perhaps she owns a tea shop, a cheese shop, a restaurant, an ice cream shop...) so it makes sense that recipes are included. But even those who aren't in food service eat...and they share wonderful recipes too! I recently discovered a wonderful website where a great group of mystery authors blog and share...what else...recipes! It's a wonderful site: Mystery Lovers' Kitchen. The writing is deft, and often times funny, and the recipes are divine. Please, check it out-you'll be glad you did!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Tommy's New Job - Come Fly With Me - BBC One

I just saw this show for the first time. I died laughing. Mockumentaries are great. As with most sketch shows there are some misses, along with the hits. But the hits are super!

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Last night I should have stopped at the grocery store...but I just didn't want to go. I just needed to get some peanut butter and pumpkin for Sam and luncheon meat for lunches for work. I decided I'd go this morning, before I went to work. Since I just needed a couple items, I figured it'd be easy. I got up early enough, took Sam for his walk, then headed off to Wegman's. I knew I was in trouble when I pulled into the parking lot. It was full! I had to park a long ways away. What they heck-why is everyone here? Then it dawned on me. Although it was my Monday-my first day back at work-it was really Sunday. Uh oh. I walked in and went to the deli-where people were lined up waiting. I got my number-90-and immediately a worker called 90. I got my stuff and continued dodging people. It was so crowded I could barely get my cart through. But thankfully, Wegman's is run exceedingly well. I got in line with only one person ahead of me and was out of the crowded store lickity split. Thank you Wegman's -it could have been a long drawn out nightmare-but you made it a smooth trip.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


This year is the year of my 25th High School Reunion. I've never been to a reunion, and I've never had the desire to go. I still don't. I always thought it would be neat to see what people were up to, but that's what Facebook is for, right? I really don't "go out" and the thought of driving an hour away for a dinner isn't particularly appealing. But then I had a face to face meeting with an old high school friend with whom I've reconnected on Facebook. She's also part of the planning committee for the reunion. I told her I'd go...there is a witness. But I still didn't really want to go...and I still haven't RSVPd. Then last night another old high school friend said I needed to go, Ugh. Peer pressure. I need to get an outfit...it's going to be hot (the reunion's in August). I should just suck it up, commit to going and send in my money...but I don't really want to do it. What about you? Have you gone to any of your reunions?

Monday, July 11, 2011


It's currently 91 and feels like 94. It's humid and walking outside feels like walking into an oven. Still, it's cooler than the places a lot of my friends live. All I can say is thank God for Central Air!

Sunday, July 10, 2011


How do they do that? I'm constantly amazed by technology. I've been watching True Blood and am now hooked. I just have season 1 (and I have 2 more episodes to go) so no spoilers, please. Anyway I "liked" the show on Facebook and was able to make a video. It's so cool. I allowed access to my page and then I was able to see my name, along with some of my friends, in the True Blood opening credits-well a portion of the credits. They showed a newspaper-with a missing friend (with picture). Eric called on me! Names and pictures of friends appeared throughout. How cool is that?!? I don't know how they do it, but it sure is neat! Want to check out my video?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Photo Phriday - Geographical Bookmarks Received

I recently wrote about an art exchange I did. These are the wonderful Geographical Bookmarks I received. Thank you so much Cathy, Gott Art, Eve, and Vicki.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


Today would have been my Grandpa's 96th birthday. The past few days would have been party time a few decades ago, now they're just regular days. Still, I have the wonderful memories. Those were the days.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Why is it I can awake in the middle of the night and feel rested, then wake up again, before the alarm and feel good to go, but since it's too early I go back to sleep, but when the alarm goes off, I can barely drag myself out of bed. I got a late start again today so I didn't mow the lawn...again. Tomorrow is another day.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence Day!

Happy July 4th! I think back to all the wonderful holidays in my youth. The 4th of July was a biggie as my Grandpa's birthday was the 7th. The celebration would start the weekend before the 4th and continue through the weekend after the 7th. What fun we had. Today...not so much. I have to go to work today. So no parades, picnics, or parties for me. But even if I wasn't working-it would just be another day. Those of you that have the day off and are able to spend it celebrating with loved ones-have fun. Treasure these moments-enjoy them while you are able.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


Last night I made a snack I found in the frozen food section of the grocery store: Hot Pockets Snackers Loaded Potato Skin Bites with bacon, cheddar cheese, potatoes, and green onion inside a golden potato crust. As I was preheating the oven I looked at the bag. Under the description I saw an asterisk and the following proclamation" Not a low fat food". You think?!?! At any rate, I only made a couple (even though it said cook the whole bag) and they were absolutely delicious. If you see them, give them a try...but not if you're looking for a low fat treat!

Thursday, June 30, 2011


I feel lousy and so wish I didn't have to go into work. At least today is my Friday.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Raise Awareness Wednesday - Free Kibble

Want an easy way to help shelter animals without spending money...and learning trivia besides? Check out Freekibble.com. There are actually two trivia sites-one for cats and one for dogs. Click on an answer and 10 pieces of kibble will be donated to animal shelters-and they'll donate it whether you get the answer right or wrong! If you look to the right of this blog you'll see a logo-so you can easily get to the site after reading my blog. Click everyday!

Monday, June 27, 2011

My Cherries?!?!?!

Last fall I planted 2 cherry trees-one sweet and one sour. They are little trees, my dad called them twigs, but this spring they were awash in blossoms. Hmm. I may get a bunch of cherries my first year. Yea. Sure enough I saw lots of cherries growing. When I looked a few days ago, there weren't as many cherries-but the sweet had about 5-10 and the sour had a couple. They looked close to being ripe-but not quite. This morning, after my walk with Sam, I led him to the cherry trees-only to find...NO CHERRIES! I looked again and found 2 shriveled ones on the sweet and 2 that look OK on the sour. What happened?!?! I guess I'll be buying cherries again this year. Sigh.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Intresting Dreams

I had more interesting dreams last night-better than TV! One had me and a romantic interest going to Sausalito. Don't ask me where Sausalito came from. In another I was a witch who had been in France among other places called in by some major witch who questioned me along with 2 others, one of whom was a friend from college. Then the old witch captured me along with the 2 others-but Christopher Reeve was there and he was going to free us. Told you, interesting. Another dream was all work-with 2 co-workers complaining about a third. All true things too. What did you dream about?

Saturday, June 25, 2011


How can my weekend be over? I slept later than I wanted my first day off-but managed to get some stuff accomplished. Today I was up early and did a lot. But I still didn't get everything I wanted done. And now it's time to get back to work. Well, time for bath and bed and when I get up it's a work day; but still. Ugh.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011


This morning I went to the dentist for my regular 6 month cleaning. No new problems. Yea! I had been having periodic toothaches-sore, then gone. The problem seems to be something we already know about. While I don't have a receding hairline, I do have receding gums. This means the root is close to the outside and can be exposed. When that happens-ache and sensitivity. There's a drastic solution-but we all agree it's not that bad-so no fillings all around. Yuck. She told me to switch to Sensodyne toothpaste and see how that works. I got some samples-so we'll see.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Raise Awareness Wednesday

I neglected to post yesterday-but happy belated Litha! Now that summer is officially here I want to remind everyone-Don't leave animals in cars on warm days. Notice I said warm. Warm becomes hot too quickly in a car. Leave the kids at home if you can't take them out of the car. Already 2 people in Buffalo have been charged by the SPCA for leaving dogs in hot vehicles. The poor dogs were showing signs of heatstroke. Don't leave your kids and if you see an animal in such a situation call 911!

Monday, June 20, 2011


I need to get organized. I'm wasting so much time looking for stuff....that I still can't find. I need to just make the time and do it-unfortunately, that's easier said than done. My list of things to do just gets longer and longer. It's hard keeping up with the basics, let alone trying to start new projects that don't "need" to get done right away. Sigh.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, whether your kids be human, furred, finned, feathered, or scaled. Thanks for all you do for us everyday. We may not say it-but we appreciate it. This picture was taken many, many years ago-that's me, my dad, and my grandpa on "Grandpa's Island" in Salamanca, NY. Thanks for all the great times and super adventures that bring such wonderful memories.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Photo Phriday - Truffle

A Rosemary Pink Peppercorn Goat Cheese Chocolate Truffle from Hedonist Artisan Chocolates. Photo Phriday Phenomenal!

Thursday, June 16, 2011


I took Sam to the vet this morning after finding a lump. I didn't think it was anything to worry about...but his age combined with the tumors Barrett suffered through...and the rats...made me a bit worried. I thought, "Cancer". When the tech came to check him out, she thought it was just a fatty lump...which is kind of what I thought as well. Fortunately, when the vet came in, she too agreed-just a fatty deposit, nothing to worry about. Thank goodness. So, I'll keep an eye on it-but everything should be fine.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Raise Awareness Wednesday - Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program

The thrill of the race, the bets, the big hats, the money. The thoroughbred race horse brings excitement to the track. These athletes are amazing...but what happens to these animals when they can no longer race, or they can no longer win? Horses are generally quite young when they race-and when they retire. What happens then? The disgusting truth is that some are slaughtered for meat. In fact, the great horse Ferdinand who won the Kentucky Derby, Breeders Cup Classic and was Horse of the Year in 1987 was killed in a slaughterhouse in Japan. Is that any way to treat the animals that give their all for our enjoyment? No. Fortunately, there are many groups that work to find new homes for retired racehorses. Most of these horses, although no longer fit to race are perfect for other equine sports. Many a retired racehorse have gone on to winning second careers in eventing, dressage, polo, and more! There are several organizations that work to provide new homes for these athletes. The Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program is the first such group that actually exists on the grounds of a race track. It costs a LOT of money to provide for these horses, so please, consider donating to help these athletes. As their motto says-give horses a second chance to be winners!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Back to Work

It's time to go back to work. I need another week...at least!

Saturday, June 11, 2011


I'm now 43 years old. Doesn't seem quite right. I'm closer to 40 than I am to 50...still in my early 40's even. I own my own home (well, I have a mortgage), have a job that pays decently and has benefits. I share my life with 12 (at the moment) kids...all with 4 legs and tails. I'm pretty much a homebody. I don't go out often, and am always most pleased when I return home. Does this make me a grown up?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Photo Phriday - My Birthday

Mock Orange-always fragrantly in bloom for my birthday.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Geographical Bookmarks

You asked...OK one person asked...but here's a picture of the bookmarks I made for a challenge. I didn't like my Rochester one-so I made 2 Buffalo. I'm not thrilled with the NY state one either, but...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Too Hot, Too Crowded, Too Worried

After 2 days of my car getting fixed I was ready to take Sam to Buffalo. We were going to visit my folks and then Mom and I, and Sam, were going to the Wine & Wags event to benefit the Erie County SPCA. I was soooo looking forward to the event. Sadly, I couldn't enjoy it. It was hot...too hot. We're talking 90's hot. There was a good variety of food, but I couldn't eat. It was also crowded...too crowded. We got there just as the event was to start and there was no parking. There were cars EVERYWHERE. There has to have been over 1,000 people there. And lots of dogs too. In addition to that, I was worried...too worried. On the way there the check gauge light came on and the temperature gauge soared to the orange. This was the issue that was supposedly just fixed. Now I was worried about getting home...on the throughway...with my dog. I was also worried about Sam. Was he too hot? Was he having fun? We only stayed about an hour. I'm so disappointed that I couldn't enjoy the event. I missed out on a lot of good food, wine, and beer. But Sam and I got home safely. The car is back waiting for the mechanic...again.

Monday, June 6, 2011


I'm on vacation! Yea. Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling well over the weekend-so couldn't really do much. Then today I was sans car-I worked around the house-of course there's still tons to do. I want to do so much. But, I guess sitting back and doing nothing is what vacation is really about. I think I'm going to take a quick nap, then stop at the liquor store and pick up something to eat. I have to drop the car back off tonight-but my mechanic should be done by 10 AM-I think tomorrow's the day for a trip to Marjim Manor and an Amish bakery.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Dimensional Rift

There is a dimensional rift in my house. Last night I was working in the craft room. I used my new blue stain. After using the purple I decided I wanted to redo the piece with the blue...but the blue stain was gone. It was on the table...then it was gone. I searched and searched. It shouldn't have left the room, heck, it shouldn't have left it's spot on the table. It was gone. After my bath I looked again. I found it...on the floor...on the opposite side of the table. Now some forks are missing...a lot of forks...I tell you, there's a dimensional rift in my house!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Artistic Frustration

I recently entered a challenge. I need to make 4 bookmarks with a travel theme. Easy, right? I thought it was. I had some concepts. Well, I'm not happy with my results. They're OK-but not fabulous. I want fabulous. After all, people will be receiving these and I want them happy. I'm fairly happy with one, and another one will work-I need to do it over, but I think it'll work. The other two... I'm artistically frustrated. Ugh.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Lupines make me laugh. I just read my garden guru's latest blog, which is about lupines. I've always loved lupines...but mainly because of a certain Monty Python sketch. This winter I'll have to try Kevin's tips so I can finally have lupines in my own garden. "Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore..."

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Raise Awareness Wednesday

Happy June. Did you know that June is Adopt a Cat Month? If you want to add a fuzzy feline (or not so fuzzy) to your home now is the perfect time.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Last Day of May

I honestly cannot believe that today is the last day of May. Where has the time gone? Summer is almost here-sure feels that way with the temperature at 85. The AC will go on soon! It's been so wet that I haven't been able to do much in the yard-and I wanted to do extra stuff too! Oh well-summer's not over-I can still hope to get stuff done. In the meantime-3 more evenings of work then a little vacation! Yea!!! Are you ready for summer?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day take time to remember those who have passed. While we should remember especially those in the military and police force who gave their lives so that we may live in relative freedom and safety, also take time to remember the loved ones we have lost. My dad and I reminisced about the good times at his parents house when we all celebrated this holiday. So to Grandma Gertie and Grandpa Lou, Aunt Bert, Uncle Mike and Aunt Sid-cheers to you-and everyone else who celebrated with us, but is now gone-I'm thinking of you today. For all the animals that have spent their time with me-you're never far from my thoughts. Special thoughts go to Barrett and Brioche, Baron, Dylan, and Aquinas the three who died too young, Bandit, and all the other critters whose lives graced mine. Thank you all-I'm thinking of you today.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom

I'm not a mom in the traditional sense, so I generally don't read blogs focusing on Motherhood-cat/rat/dog/horse mom-yes, human-no. A friend recommended a blog which is up for votes in the 25 Faith Blogs By Moms. The first line describing this group of blogs states "Faith is all around us, and it comes in many different forms." Yet this blog, Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom, is being persecuted by some "mothers of faith". I ask that you check this blog out (I like it, by the way) and, if you think it's a good blog-vote for it. Faith comes in many forms, and all faiths should be respected.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Raise Awareness Wednesday

Save the date-if you're in WNY. June 8, 2011 the SPCA serving Erie County, NY is hosting their 6th annual Wine and Wags event. The event is for those 21 years and older-and their dogs. Sam and I just got our ticket. There will be wine and beer tastings as well as food samples from local restaurants for me and Sam will get a goodie bag as well as a chance to run an agility course, meet a pet psychic, play in a wading pool, and more!  All proceeds go to benefit the shelter. If you're in the area, stop in. Maybe I'll see you there.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Weird Weather

All around the world we're experiencing weird weather. It's been wet and rainy here in WNY. This morning was gorgeous-but now, although there's only a 10% chance of rain, I see dark clouds. Friends in Ohio mentioned a freak severe storm including hail last night. We had rain along with a little thunder and lightning. I've heard from people all over about how wet this Spring has been. Should we build an ark? Who knows what's going to happen. I think Mother Nature is mad.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


September 10, 2009 - May 22, 2011

Aquinas has joined his brother Dylan over the Rainbow Bridge. He appeared to have suffered a stroke, like his brother, but it looked different. Medication helped. In fact there was great improvement in his left side-his whiskers seemed to be back to normal and even his eye wasn't as droopy. He was getting around fine-even getting up and into the hammock to snooze with his brother, Harrison. I was cautiously optimistic. Although he was improving I was concerned as he seemed to be losing weight. Yesterday evening I went in and gave all the rats a rib bone. Aquinas grabbed his and ran off with it. I'm so glad that he really enjoyed it. When I went back to check on them just after midnight I found him lying on the floor and I knew that that was it. I picked him up, he was barely alive-he soon died in my arms. Aquinas died too young. The only comfort is that I can picture him running off with that bone just hours before he died. Give Dylan a scritch from me-Harrison and I will miss you.