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Amazing what a visit did for him

We had company the other day. Friends of mine stopped by to deliver a basket from Pennwriters.

The Curmudgeon had never met them but he visibly brightened when they came in the house. He very much enjoyed the conversation.

Thanks Jack and Bonnie. You truly brighten his day.

I’m sure he gets tired of my company.

What a visit does for him:

  1. brightens his spirits
  2. helps him forget his pain for a bit
  3. stimulates his brain
  4. makes him feel less isolated
  5. Makes him easier to live with for a few days

Otherwise he sits in his chair and watches TV and drives me crazy talking about TV.


Will somebody please play with me?


A new experience at the Weight Management Center…

A new experience at the Weight Management Center today. They had me step on the TANITA body composition analyzer.

In addition to weighing you, this sucker measures your % of body fat, fat mass, fat free mass, muscle mass, total body water, bone mass, basal metabolic rate metabolic age, visceral fat rating, BMI, and physique rating.

It gives you a print out–looks like a store receipt. LOL

Then the nutritionist explains it all to you. Mine wasn’t too bad. However, there is room for improvement for sure.

Now I am considering buying a new scale, one that does some of this.

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How bad is it when…

How bad is it when you’d rather be having a mammogram than be at home?

Yep, that was me today.

Am I crazy?

Close, he is driving me ’round the bend.


Rumblings of thunder…

Yep, you got it in one.

More effing rain.

This time with sound effects and a light show.

It would be easier…

There are days where I know it would be easier to be alone.

It’s exhausting living with him.

Constantly cleaning up after him.

Startled awake by him falling–sounding like he’s coming through the ceiling.

He’s had a few bad falls but most are more a hit to his dignity than any injury. They all scare me to death.

To be alone…on a beach…eight hours of sleep each night…Sigh.




How can any sane person who can read and is educated possibly go along with what the Republican party and #45 are doing to this country?

Shame on all of them for looting our treasury, raping our natural resources, ripping away all our hard-won freedoms and laws of protection and then gloating about it!

The idiocy vomited forth by so many of them grows more ludicrous by the minute. If they are the result of a public school education then we need to drastically improve all our schools. We need to remove the “constant mass testing” and make true education a greater concern. If from private schooling, OMG! For that sort of money they should be geniuses not total morons.

For Pete’s sake have the teachers teach not pound test scores into our children.

Educate them with real science, history, geography, math, civics, art, and music which is important for a developing brain.

Bring back a form of home economics that teaches things like cooking, banking, how to get a mortgage, and how to manage credit.

Teach a smart sex education class that has them wear pregnancy bellies (both boys and girls.) One that has them care for a realistic baby doll for several weeks. one that teaches birth control methods (I’ll get letters over this one) but better they know how to prevent an unwanted pregnancy than have another child fall victim to what is out there since legal abortions are becoming harder to come by.

Bring back shop classes to teach trades to those who have no desire to go to college. We need carpenters, auto mechanics, electricians, masons and more!

Look to countries who have brilliant education systems and emulate them.

Make us a proud, well-educated, country again. Not this cesspool created by #45 and his backers.

And still it rains…


The weeds and grass are almost waist high in some places–this is what happens when it rains for days and days.

Get control…

More children died, more teachers died protecting them as best they could.

Another domestic terrorist described as a disturbed, young, white teenager.

Our Republican congress bows to their god $$$$$$ and does nothing.

Thoughts and prayers are as useless as tits on a boar.

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Another dreary day…

So this time, since it was a day the farmers market was opened, G and I made a quick trip over there.

So many lovely things to choose from too.

I made a stop at the Mediterranean stand and got some more of their tasty arugula and thinly sliced pear salad with spiced pecans and a special dressing. Yum! I also got a container of cyber salad (cucumber, tomato, onion, balsamic vinegar, oregano, and olive oil.

You can check out their website at www.mediterraneanfoodpa.com

Next stop was the New York Pickle stand. I picked up a small container of horseradish dills. http://www.allentownfarmersmarket.com/new-york-pickle/

Next stop I picked out three huge peppers 1 red, 1 yellow, and 1 orange to slice up into strips and freeze. Many uses for them.

Finally I went to the stand where I get The Curmudgeon his raspberry cookies (similar to fig newtons but much much better.)

So many shops to drool over, so many samples to try,  no wonder we love to go each week.


One of these days I’ll indulge in something from Eight Oaks Craft Distillers.


If you are ever in town on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday stop by the farmers market you won’t regret it.

If it wasn’t so darned rainy…

I’d get my weed eater out and get the yard trimmed around and in the former pond area. I’d also try to get my weeding and trimming done.

Then there’s going out to The Curmudgeon’s truck to get the odometer reading so I can get his truck registration done. They’re starting a 2 year registration. That sure would save me some time. I will definitely do it with my van. Sort of debating doing it for the truck since I’m not sure how much longer he’ll be doing any driving.

I’d also be going for walks in the park if it were dry. Then there’s fishing…I’d be doing that when I could too.

Rain, rain go away…

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Wow, that was quite a storm!

I had a 3:00 p.m. dentist appointment. The room where my dental hygienist cleans my teeth is located on a second floor and has big windows with a nice view.

When I arrived the sky was still a bit blue with a few gathering clouds.

When she was finished and my periodontist ended his exam, the sky was very gray to black and the wind had kicked up…a lot.

By the time I’d paid my bill and made it to the parking lot the wind was even stronger. Fallen petals from the decorative cherry trees swirled in the air like a pink blizzard.

Thank goodness my house is only 21 blocks away.

I made it home before the rain began, before the thunder and lightning scared the beejeezis out of Lucy so I was able to take her out so she could pee.

When it hit it hit with a vengeance. Thunder crashed and lightning lit the sky.

Thank goodness I’d ordered a pizza to be delivered at 5. However, he called from the car to let us know he there but planned to sit a few minutes to see if we got a lull in the heavy rain. We did.