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!