Wednesday, December 30, 2009
But there is one thing I did, hardly without even thinking, that brought a smile to my face. I got a new picture of my three grandsons for Christmas. I walked past my dresser and saw it laying there and decided to put it in a frame. So I picked up a frame off the chest of drawers that had an older picture of the three boys and decided that picture should be replaced. I opened up the back of the frame, removed the cardboard and three pictures fell out. The two that were underneath, and not showing in the frame, are what grabbed my attention. The first one was a picture of Kevin as a baby, sitting up holding a big baseball glove and a baseball. The second one, with Kevin maybe a couple of years old, showed him sitting in front of the camera with a darling smile on his face. Was Kevin ever THAT small??? It is hard to imagine that far back. . . even back before Jake and Andrew came along. Kevin was born in 2000. Where does time go?
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
At the checkout, I made a mistake in the little machine where you swipe your Wegmans Shoppers card and then my debit card. I've never done that before and I was frustrated, so my attention was focused on getting it right. The attendent managed to get all my purchases in one re-usable bag. I had bought a cantalope, so the weight of the bag didn't tip me off that something was wrong.
It wasn't until I got home and was unpacking the bag of groceries that I realized there was no milk. I was dumbfounded. I ran to the car because I had left the cash register receipt on the front seat. There was no milk listed as a purchase!
Somewhere between putting the milk in my shopping cart at the dairy case and checking out, that gallon of milk grew legs and walked away.
I refuse to go back today. . . I'm not totally out of milk and I can survive until the weekend. The crowds were growing by the minute when I was leaving and I don't do crowds!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Then I couldn't decide if it would be best to wait till conditions cleared down there to mail it or not. Kevin's package came today. After work I quickly put the presents in a box, stuffed packing paper in the box so the presents wouldn't get knocked around inside and drove to the post office. Thankfully, they are open till 7:00 pm this week.
I still have Michael and Marisa's presents to wrap. But they are here in Rochester so there is no stress getting their presents out the door!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Midtown Plaza, the country's first indoor mall, was built in the 1960's. I moved to Rochester in 1974 and at that time downtown Rochester was a fun place to go - day or night.
Through the 70's and 80's, downtown Rochester thrived. Then, like a lot of other big cities, Rochester slowly became a place you didn't want to go to.
On the local news these days, they are talking about the tearing down of Midtown Plaza. It brings tears to my eyes. Yes, it has been closed for years now, and this day was inevitable. But still, it hurts.
I have a lot of memories of that place over the years. I remember evenings out to dinner with friends at the Top of the Plaza, a very nice restaurant at the top of the Midtown tower. When I was a suburban housewife in the 1970's and early 1980's, there were the Sibleys and McCurdy's department stores. . . THE place to shop for quality and variety of merchandise. The suburban Sibleys and McCurdy's just didn't have the extensive variety that the anchor stores downtown had.
There was the monorail and Magic Mountain with Santa at Midtown Plaza every Christmas. We took John and Michael when they were just little guys to ride the monorail. Thinking back, the two of them fit into one car. . . now looking at them, it is hard to imagine even one of them fitting inside one of those "tiny" cars!
In later years, when I was in real estate, many of my closings were at law offices in downtown Rochester. I always went to closings with my buyer clients and I loved showing my out of town clients downtown Rochester. . . showing them the Clock of Nations at Midtown and telling them all the fun things there were to do and see downtown.
You could find unique shops downtown that you couldn't find anywhere else. Nowadays there is a different class of people that hang out downtown. Most of the professional offices have moved out to the suburbs.
Back in those days, I could never imagine doing most of my shopping on the "internet"! Facebook, e-mail, online banking, and computer solitaire were unheard of in my life! I didn't even know what a personal computer was back then.
Times change. I sincerely hope that someday downtown Rochester can be the thriving, fun place to go AND SAFE place to go that it once was.
Friday, December 11, 2009
The last few hours I was at work, I watched the expressway outside my window. . . it was a parking lot. Cars, bumper to bumper, were moving at a crawl. At times, there were total white out conditions leaving the visibility to zero. I was a basket case by the time I got to the peace and comfort of my home.
We only got a few inches of snow, but it was the blowing and drifting that was causing the problems. When I turned into my neighborhood, the streets hadn't been plowed yet and it was treacherous.
Today it is calm out. . . let's hope it stays that way till I get home tonight!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
As for me, I escaped all the ugliness, other than walking through slush to get to my car this afternoon. My drive to and from work was uneventful and I didn't lose electricity at home.
I came home to a crockpot full of chili. Hhhmmm. . . wish I had garlic bread to go with it, but it wasn't worth trudging out to the store to get a loaf.
Welcome to winter in New York!
Monday, December 7, 2009
I found mine underneath the driver's seat in my car.
This has been an unusually mild fall. That is just going to make this storm even more difficult to deal with! Ahh. . . in just three months I will be on my way South to meet up with my cousins again like we did last spring.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
This is one of my favorite ways to use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas. I've been making it for years and everyone loves it.
Here is the recipe:
2 cups cubed uncooked potatoes
1 10 oz. package lima beans
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
2 cups water
salt and pepper to taste
16 oz. can of tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked turkey
1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
In a large pot, combine potatoes, limas, onion, celery, and salt and pepper.
Blend water and soup and pour into vegetables. Cook, covered, for 35 to 45 minutes, until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
Stir in undrained tomatoes, turkey, poultry seasoning, and garlic salt. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
At serving, sprinkle cheddar over each bowl.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
It's no secret that I love football, in particular college football. While there are a lot of teams I follow, there is only one that I truly get excited about - the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. No, I did not attend the University of Alabama. I graduated from a women's college (or at least it was all women when I was there), Mississippi University for Women, in Columbus. I am old enough to remember watching the immortal, Paul Bear Bryant, coach the Crimson Tide.
Football is a strong attraction in the South, where I was born and raised. So it is no wonder I enjoy football so much. I think the Southeastern Conference of college football is the best in the nation.
Last night's game between Alabama and Auburn was supposed to be a yawn. That's not the way it turned out! Auburn, hard pressed to win a game this year, came out with a shocking 14 - 0 lead in the first quarter. Their onside kick after the first touchdown, in my opinion, was lame. You do trick plays like that in the waning minutes of a game to pull an upset, not in the first quarter.
The game came down to the final 10 seconds with Auburn threatening to score. With less than 10 seconds left, the Auburn quarterback threw a Hail Mary pass toward the end zone which was met by a wall of Alabama players, one of whom batted the ball away from the end zone. The game was over. Alabama won. I was having chest pains! Go ahead and laugh, but I told you, I take my football seriously!
Next week, undefeated Alabama plays undefeated Florida in the SEC Championship game. I can't wait!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The forecast for the next 5 days is for falling temperatures into the high 30's - rain with a possible snowflake here and there.
I have lived in Rochester for 35 years. During that time, we have had maybe three or four really severe winters. Yes, I will admit, the first major snowfall of the year is fun. . . and Molly gets excited when she sees snow for the first time. . . but when it gets so deep that I have to shovel a path in the backyard for her to go potty, well then it's no fun anymore. And when March comes and you are hit with a major snowstorm, that's when you start screaming!
Friday, November 20, 2009
He fully understands that if I get bored or don't feel I am allowed to work to my potential, I can become a problem child. I never made a secret of that. This week I took a course in Contribute, which is the software the University uses to produce and manage its many websites. Man! I was like a kid on Christmas morning. I loved learning how to do that. When I feel comfortable, I will take over the management and production of our division's website.
THEN we talked about our division's newsletter. Now, folks, I know newsletters! I have a lot of experience and training and I know how to use newsletters to showcase whatever it is you are doing, whether it be selling homes in real estate, promoting a chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club, or letting the world know the value of the Clinical Translational Science Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center! I bounced a few thoughts off him and he readily agreed with me. He allowed me to be editor as opposed to someone who just collects articles from people and plops them into a newsletter. That really made my day. I want the focus of the newsletter to be toward the lay person who, although intelligent, most likely does not have a technical background nor understand clinical research jargon, but who will understand when you tell them, "this is what this research is going to do for YOU." People know about cancer and heart research and they are willing to donate to those causes. But even many people that work at the Medical Center don't have a good understanding of how the CTSI can benefit them. I hope the newsletters that I produce will put the spotlight on the CTSI in the community.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
"Hi! I'm Sherry Bennett and I'm the new Storehouse Chair. Mind if I look around?" Dolly immediately dropped what she was doing and began showing me every nook and cranny of the Storehouse. I could sense the pride she had in that place. It was as if she was showing me her own cherished home. Dolly and three other women founded the Storehouse back in 1965 when it was nothing more than a large closet in another building on the church grounds. It has grown to its current state of serving over 5000 individuals a year who are in need. These are battered women, families whose home has been destroyed by fire, those who have lost their income, and others. She worked tirelessly until a few years ago when health problems prevented her from coming in.
She explained to me the four women who started the Storehouse wanted a place that was cheerful and where those who came would be served with dignity and respect.
During the three years I served as Chair, I developed a great deal of admiration for Dolly. Her Irish stubborness showed its true colors more than a few times. I started a Wednesday night session at the Storehouse. This allowed us to tap into more volunteers and serve those who had day jobs. I didn't want Dolly to be a part of the Wednesday night shift because I didn't think she should be driving late at night. But that didn't stop Dolly. One really brutal winter night, as we closed up shop after 9:00 pm, the driving conditions were just nasty. There was a heavy wet blinding snow whipping around. "Dolly, I will drive you home and bring you back tomorrow to pick up your car."
"Sherry, I am perfectly capable of driving myself home!" she let me know in that strong, independent tone of hers.
I realized this was one argument I was not going to win. "Okay, then I will follow you to make sure you get home safely."
As the years went by, Dolly became frail and her memory wasn't what it used to be. I think the last time I saw her was in church one Sunday morning about two years ago. She was sitting in the pew but didn't seem aware of her surroundings. I waved and smiled at her but I am not sure she knew who I was. How sad.
Friday, November 13, 2009
On Sunday afternoon I am having other friends, Robert and Nancy, over for dinner.
It is so easy to get caught in the trap of using the weekend to get things done around the house or run errands that I can't do on weekdays. There is always something that needs to be done. This weekend, short of the usual laundry, grocery shopping, and basic cleaning, I'm going to have fun.
I hope each of you will take time to have fun this weekend. Do something YOU want to do. You will be a better person for it.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Why am I so excited about a window? In my previous job, when we moved to the new cancer center building in May of 2008, I was in a cubicle jungle and could not see the outside from my work area. I would often eat my lunch in the second floor atrium with its massive wall of windows, just to get my "window time" for the day!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Granny, do you have Halloween in Australia or is that just an American thing?
I never know how much candy to buy. Some years I have had well over 100 kids come to the door, others maybe 20 or less. I think, a lot of parents, out of security concerns, plan Halloween parties for kids rather than letting them go door to door.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
In talking with my new boss yesterday, we discovered that we have a long time mutual friend in Robert Lauterbach - they used to work together at RG&E years ago and still stay in contact. Robert and Nancy and I go back a long way.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The last week has been a blur. I have tried to tie up loose ends in my current job, yesterday I began training my replacement, I was taken to lunch twice - it's nice to be appreciated!
I am leaving behind a lot of good co-workers, many of whom came by to give me a hug at the end of the day.
Now I look forward to getting to know the new people I will be working with. It's an energetic, friendly group. Onward!!!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
I took my big red dolly to work today to begin bringing home some of my personal items around my work area. Next Friday I begin my new job. . . yeah, I know. It's crazy to start a new job on a Friday! But our payroll department would not allow my transfer until the end of the pay period. As I was walking along the sidewalk with four big boxes strapped to the dolly, a woman looked at me and said, "I hope you aren't taking all that home to work over the weekend!" That made me laugh! "No", I answered, "just moving to a new job next week and it's gonna take awhile to bring all my things home." Even though I'm staying within the University where I have worked for six years, my new job is in another location. So it is not a matter of putting my belongings on a cart and carrying them down the hall.
Mmmm. . . I can smell the chili. . . now I"m really hungry!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I met my new granddog, Bingo! Bingo joined the family two months ago. She was a rescue dog. Now I am not a fan of taking in a rescue dog, having witnessed many disasters with "shelter dogs" in my lifetime. But Bingo is an exception. She is well behaved and very loveable. She found a good home and I am happy for her and for my grandsons who pour lots of attention on her. I took a picture of the three boys with Bingo but once I got it on my computer screen, I decided I didn't like it. So I won't post it here. But trust me, Bingo is a cute little dog.
Saturday was a busy day. We had Jake's soccer game. . . he scored a goal and got a head ball! It was also Kevin's 9th birthday! How is possible my oldest grandchild is not a baby anymore???
The time flew by much too quickly.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Recipe? There is no recipe! But here is what I put in it:
6 or 8 cloves garlic, chopped
one large onion, chopped
Heat the oil in a large cast iron dutch oven. Then cook the garlic and onion for a few minutes.
Next add a pound of good quality ground beef (at least 95% lean)
When the meat is brown, add a large can of tomatoe sauce, medium size can of tomatoe paste, and a large can of tomatoes.
Stir to combine.
Now add basil, oregano, 4 bay leaves, salt, brown sugar, and a dash or two of ground cinnamon.
If I have red wine [today I don't], I will add about a half a cup of that.
The longer it simmers, the better the flavor.
A committee that I co-chair is having a pot luck dinner meeting in a few weeks. Several of the participants responded that they would come but due to time constraints, they would just stop at the grocery store and bring something. I certainly understand that and don't think less of them for doing it. [After all, not everyone shares my love of cooking and baking]. But, on the other hand, I think it is sad that our world has become so complex and busy that more and more people have turned away from a good homecooked meal.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
About a year or so back, the University was one of 12 in the country to receive a 40 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to form the CTSI. The work there involves bringing new research "from bench to bedside" as quickly as possible. Of course, it is much more involved than that, but that is the layman's term! Traditionally the UofR is among the top 10 funded research institutions in the country. Guess that means we are doing something right!!!
I found the interview process I went through for this job quite notable. I had been looking for a new challenge for some time. Many times I would submit a resume and never even be called for an interview. That hurt, even though I realize for every job opening there are often over 100 applicants. Then I would get interviews and things just didn't click and I knew this wasn't going anywhere. It seemed between the jobs I rejected and the ones that rejected me, I would never find the right match.
This one was different! I had two interviews with three different people. Both interviews went very well. I sensed a strong connection here. The interviews felt more like a conversation than an interview. I felt we were on the same page.
The next two weeks will be busy as I tie up loose ends in my current job and leave detailed instructions of what I do so that things can run smoothly there. It is amazing how many personal belongings I have around my work area, two framed family pictures, two potted plants, various dictionaries and reference books, even my compact refrigerator. . . the list seems endless. In the middle of all this, I'm taking a previously planned two-day vacation and have a class I have to attend. I won't have time to be bored!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The deer totally eliminated a holly bush I had by the front of the house one year - ate it right down to the ground. I also learned the hard way that I cannot plant red tulips in my front yard. Deer love the big red blooms.
Genesee Valley Park is not far from my house and there is a large deer population there that frequently wanders throughout my neighborhood, even in the middle of the day.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
black pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
4 cups corn
1 bunch scallions chopped
8 to 16 oz. mozarella, cubed
fresh basil to taste
avacados to taste, cubed
Combine the first four ingredients and set aside.
Mix together the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Pour olive oil mixture over and mix well. Chill.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
He installed a video security camera aimed at the putting green. Can you believe it? Every night a wolf was coming by and taking away the golf balls!
Monday, September 14, 2009
I think I was as shocked to hear this as she was to find I enjoy handguns.
I gave her time to get over her shock and then I went to her cubicle in a calm manner. I said, “Jane (not her real name), yes, I do own handguns and yes, I enjoy target shooting, and God forbid, the time ever comes, I am ready and willing and fully capable of defending myself with deadly force.” She was still a bit startled but she remained calm. I then told her that there are MANY people who are law abiding, mature individuals who carry a concealed weapon and these people are not radical trouble makers or hoodlums from the inner city. I also added that the overwhelming majority of responsible gun owners, prepared though they may be, will never be faced with defending themselves with a gun. It’s like having insurance. . . you may pay your premiums all your life and never need it.
I don’t remember the exact script of our conversation. She seemed to understand and accept my point of view. I told her I have been around guns all my life. As a teenager, I enjoyed going to the clay pits in my hometown, stacking up tin cans and shooting at them with an old .32 caliber revolver. There is family land in rural Alabama that has been in my family for close to 150 years where my grandparents once raised cotton. For decades, we have gone there and enjoyed target shooting.
Then she said something that surprised me. She said, “You know, it is a cruel world out there and I have often thought about owning a gun for protection but I just don’t know anything about guns.” I told her if she wants to do that, that’s fine. . . I would even be a reference for her on her pistol permit. I also told her if that’s what she wants to do, she needs to learn as much as she can about guns and take a course or two in the safe handling and use of one, adding that there are plenty of venues for appropriate gun training here in Rochester.
This woman is not an ignorant, narrow minded person. She is educated and holds a very responsible job. Yet, all too often many people like her have been duped by the anti-gun radicals out there that think people that carry guns are bad and should have their guns confiscated. Someone else who I work very closely with – no names and don’t ask! – once said, in reference to yet another gun crime in Rochester, “We need to get all the guns confiscated. There are too many guns out there.”
New York State, where I live, has some of the toughest gun ownership laws in the country. And I fully support those laws. It is a lengthy, time-consuming process to even get a pistol permit in this state. And to purchase a gun is a real pain! Awhile ago, as I was purchasing a new gun, I was standing patiently in the gun shop as the owner completed the mass of paperwork involved in transferring ownership of the gun to me. I commented to him, “Here I am, going through legal channels to own this gun and a thug in the city can go out and get a gun in half an hour and kill someone with it in the time it takes me to get a gun.” The man said to me, “Not even half an hour.”
I have a collection of guns that I value greatly. They are locked up and inaccessible. It is my hope they will be passed on to my grandsons when I die, assuming they will take the time to learn the proper use and handling of them.
Why am I writing this? Those who follow my blog know that I don’t venture into controversial subjects here. Jane’s initial comments to me made me realize that too many people truly don’t understand the whole issue of guns. I want to help set the record straight. Yes, Jane, I am a tax paying, law abiding homeowner and grandmother who goes to church on Sunday, practices my religion on a daily basis, and goes to work everyday to support myself. From the day they were born till they were adults, I took the time and interest to raise my two sons to be outstanding citizens AND I like guns!
In the back yard, my hydrangea bushes still have large pink blooms on them that look healthy. They will last till the frost kills them.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
A Sturgeon is a rather ugly looking fish that dates back to the dinosaur era and was almost extinct. Through a collaborative program that includes the University of Rochester, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Seneca Park Zoo, efforts have been underway to increase the Sturgeon population.
It has been a difficult process for a number of reasons. Although a male Sturgeon can live up to 55 years and the female up to 150 years, they don't begin to spawn until they are 7 or 8 years old and then only about every two years.
A Sturgeon can get up to 10 ft long and 300 pounds. One picture in the presentation showed a large group of men holding up a big one with the caption, "It took 8 hours, 10 men, and 4 6-packs of beer to pull this one in!"
If you live in Rochester, the Seneca Park Zoo has a large exhibit on these efforts that appeals to both children and adults.
Now, more on the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK). The ADK is an organization with over 20 chapters and 20,000 members in the Northeast that promotes outdoor education, recreation, and conservation. I have been a member since the mid-1980s and have spent many enjoyable days participating in outdoor activities - hiking, backpacking, canoe camping, kayaking, and cross country skiing. Our local chapter meets the second Wednesday of every month from September through June and the meeting programs usually center around an outdoor topic. If this kind of thing interests you, check us out. Visitors are welcome at meetings and most activities. The website for the Rochester chapter is http://www.gvc-adk.org/
I am proud to be Co-Chair of the ADK Outdoor Expo Committee which presents the annual Expo every June in Rochester. Here you can learn about opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Rochester area. It gets bigger every year so come and join us on June 12, 2010. Come and try out a kayak or canoe, learn about bicycle repair, backpacking techniques, camp cooking, or take a hike through Mendon Ponds Park or any number of other activities.
Monday, September 7, 2009
www.classicmoviekids.com: This one is all about child movie stars from the past and what they are doing today.
www.ehow.com: A how-to site with loads of good information
www.maxlucado.com: An inspirational site from Max Lucado
www.wa-wd.com: Who is Alive and Who is Dead. Have you ever wondered, "I haven't heard about _______ in awhile. I wonder if he/she is still around?" This site lists famous people by categories.
www.nobodyhere.com/toren.hier: A really cute game. It begins with a pyramid of teddy bears. As you move your mouse across the pyramid, the teddy bears topple down and then spring back in place. The sound effects are humorous. A good no-brainer for a rainy day!
www.die.net/earth: This is a satellite view of the earth showing daylight and darkness.
www.eatwild.com: A reliable source of information on grass fed beef and where to find farms that raise and sell it.
How did we ever live without the internet and all it offers???
Sunday, September 6, 2009
As I grew older I began to feel the excitement of the game. I was in the stands once when the legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant was coaching the University of Alabama. He wore a light blue pullover sweater that day with his trademark houndstooth hat. That was back in the days when it was still easy to get a ticket to a college game!
When I was in grade school, my father took me to see the Rose Bowl Stadium on a vacation to California. There wasn't a game that day and the stadium was empty and quiet. To this day, everytime I watch a game on TV from the Rose Bowl, I recall that day my father and I were standing at the gates. I sensed the obvious pride he had in showing me the Rose Bowl.
My favorite college team is the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. I think the Southeastern Conference (SEC) is among the very best football conferences in the country. Why? Because every Southern boy grows up wanting to play football for an SEC team! I think it's something in the water down there. Whatever it is, there are many exceptional football players born and raised in the South.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I also enjoy following dozens of blogs on any number of subjects. There is granny in Australia, Going Country in upstate New York. . . the list goes on and on. There are a lot of interesting blogs out there where I find recipes and ideas for all kinds of things. The ones on my blog list here (to the right of your screen) are only the tip of the iceberg of what I read regularly. A few years ago I had never heard of blogs. Now I can't live without them!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
There is no particular reason for this other than I need to be "inspired" to write. I could never be a professional writer with a deadline. I can only write what I feel.
Just a quick update on what's been going on in my life since my last entry over a week ago. . . not much! I did enjoy a very nice evening out with my friends, Robert and Nancy, last week. We first went to an Irish Pub just down the street from their home. This pub had the look and feel of the pubs in Ireland. Maybe that is because the young man who owns and operates the pub is the son of Irish immigrants. I enjoyed talking with him about Ireland, a country I have visited twice and really love.
From there, we walked a short distance down the street to a rather unique place called Mise en Place. It is a small grocery store but in one corner, and on the sidewalk in front, they serve meals. The food was delicious.
These two places that we visited are in an area of the city of Rochester called the South Wedge. There are efforts here to revitalize this area and make it into a thriving destination with small boutiques and coffee shops. I hope they succeed.
I have been trying to make the most of the final days of summer, getting outside as much as possible. . . even if only to mow the lawn or pull weeds!
Monday, August 17, 2009
I left work about 10:30 to come back to their house, found the key and let Casey out to go potty before hurrying back to work. I was too upset to eat my lunch until later in the afternoon and found it very difficult to concentrate today at work.
After work, I again searched my house. This time the panic wasn't there because at least I had a way of getting into their house now. I took their spare key and had two copies made. The new keys both worked beautifully.
I took the sheets out of the dryer that I had washed and dried before I went to work this morning. Now, why, you are thinking, amd I telling you THAT? Well, I laid the sheets on my bed to begin folding them. . . and guess what happened? I heard a slight tinkling sound. I couldn't believe my eyes! The lost key was in the sheets that had gone through the washer and dryer this morning!
Unbelievable. I should sleep well tonight. My brain is exhausted from anxiety.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
This morning I had my new garage door opener installed. Next Saturday the oven repair guy will be here. When I baked zucchini bread and on another occasion, peach cobbler, I knew something was wrong. The zucchini bread (two loaves) fell in the middle and the peach cobbler never got brown, even though I left it in longer than called for. After buying an oven thermometer, I discovered my oven is 70 degrees off. I'm told it is a simple repair - hope that translates to "not expensive"!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
For the next week and a half, I will be dog and cat sitting. My friends, Nancy and Robert, will be down at Keuka Lake for a week so I will stop in every other day to take care of their cats. One of their cats, Lily, is friendly and likes attention - the other one I keep my distance from!
Then beginning next Saturday, into Wednesday of the following week, I will be taking care of Casey, my neighbors' dog, while they are visiting colleges with their oldest son.
I've had my new dishwasher for a week now, have used it three times, and I'm really glad to be free of hand washing dishes!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup rottini pasta, cooked according to package directions
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 can tomatoe sauce
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
In a skillet, cook the zucchini, onion, and bell pepper for 4 or 5 minutes. Add the tomatoe sauce, cover and let simmer for a few minutes. Add the kidney beans and pasta and heat through.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
I always thought I was immune to it. I have spent a lot of time in the woods in my lifetime and never got it.
Through my doctor and the pharmacist, I learned a lot about poison ivy. First, you can become allergic to it over time. You can also contract it from touching a dog who has come in contact with it, or by handling wood or other objects that poison ivy has touched.
There is a product called Ivy Block, available through your pharmacist, that you can use if you think you may be in an area where there is poison ivy. This coats your skin and covers the pores to keep out the infection. It has to be washed off, though, after several hours as it isn't safe to leave on long term.
Another over the counter product, Sarna Lotion, is a good temporary relief solution for the itching.
In my case, they gave me a package of pills to take for six days. Even though the itching stopped soon after I began taking the pills, I still had to finish all of the supply. I was fortunate that I didn't experience any of the possible side effects of these pills.
The other thing I didn't know is that the appearance of poison ivy changes with the seasons. It goes from green to dark red from spring through fall. I always thought of it as a green three pointed leaf with jagged edges.
The next time you are in the woods, remember, "Leaves of three, leave it be!"
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I got another Maytag. I learned that Whirlpool bought out Maytag. However, the Maytag dishwashers are still built the same way they were when Maytag owned the company. All other Maytag appliances are now built by Whirlpool.
In thinking back, I think I paid about the same for this new one as I paid for the Maytag I bought over 12 years ago.
Okay, now I'm off to catch up for lost time this morning!
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
We all need a dog in our life. Dogs are all about unconditional love and acceptance. When you come home and the world has treated you like dirt, a dog is there to let you know, "I'm glad you're home!"
Kids grow up and move away and don't need you anymore. But a dog needs you always.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The class was very receptive to the presentation, not only being complimentary of my presentation skills but also asking questions and making comments on the topic. They liked it!
Some of the comments I got on my evaluations from the class members:
- Very calm and deliberate, like you were sharing a secret
- Able to answer questions appropriately. I learned a lot in your 5 minutes of fame!
- Very good presentation, made you want to learn more
- Interesting material
At the end of the class as I was walking out the door, one man came up to me and said, "You know, your presentation could have been much improved if you had cooked a meal and served us!!!"
Definitely made carrying a heavy cast iron dutch oven and tools around this large medical center campus very worthwhile! Even my smallest dutch oven isn't lightweight.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Well, anyway, it has already provided a few laughs. I merely stated on my page that I still preferred my blog, began typing in the link to here and SHAZAAM, the link to my blog and my blog profile shows up out of no where.
Then it started "suggesting" friends - many I have known for years and others I never heard of.
How simple life was when we only had three TV channels to choose from, the word, "computer" didn't exist. . . well, I would tell you I can remember living in a home without TV, but then you would really think I am ancient. Notice I didn't tell you in yesterday's entry how old my boys are! But wait! I'm not old enough to sign up for Medicare. . . doesn't that count for something???