Friday, November 09, 2012
Yesterday was my morning to clean the kitten room at the no-kill animal shelter. I went in, greeted all the kitties I still have (another was adopted over the weekend) and set about my work. After washing the dishes, I cleaned the two large cages they use, then started on the 5 litter boxes. As I was scooping the first one, the lights suddenly went out. When I turned to look at the switch, I saw a black and grey tiger stretched out and jumping up to touch the switch. Since I once had an intelligent cat who used to do things like that, I wasn't annoyed; I just turned the light on again and moved the 'offender' to another spot in the room hoping he'd forget about the switch.
Fat chance. He and I played flip-the-switch a few more times until I went to the front desk and got some scotch tape. I taped the switch in the on position and went back to work. Pretty soon I heard 'scratch, scratch' and knew what was happening. All of a sudden the lights went off again. The little bugger had torn the tape and was able to flip the switch again. At least it wasn't really dark in the room, so I got a little more work done, then turned the light on again to finish things. Kitty left it alone.
For those of you who are old enough, and watched tv several years ago, you'll appreciate the fact that the kitten's name is MacGiver.
My birthday is in a few days, but we have commitments all that day, so tonight we're going out to eat to celebrate. I've already planned/tracked my eating for today, except for the last little bit for tonight. I have already added the snow crab that I'm planning to eat. Will have to add the veggies later. I REALLY love crab legs.
I was able to get some variegated yarn in my DH's alma mater's colors, and am almost through knitting a scarf for him. I have some more to make a hat for me (he doesn't like knitted hats) and a scarf to match. We'll wear them after the first of the year when we go out West to watch several basketball games at the University. Going to fly this time. We usually drive. Nuts! That sure cuts back on how much I can pack. LOL
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Election Day was a test of endurance. DH and I worked the polls, getting up at 5 a.m. so we could be at the location by 6 to set up. DH was Election Judge, and I was in charge of the voting machines. Promptly at 7 a.m. the doors opened to the (orderly) crowd that already stretched around the building.
A couple of hours later we got a slight breather after assisting everyone to vote. So I went home (about a ½ mi from the fire station/polling place) and let the dog out to potty. Then I hurried back to work.
People trickled in for about an hour then we got another rush of folks. After a few more hours, almost all of them had voted, so I pulled out a chair and sat down. That didn’t last long. We workers all took turns eating (in spite of my best plans, it wasn’t the healthiest food day).
Around 2:30 we got the next crowd which didn’t let up until nearly 7 p.m. Whew! I was reduced to holding people outdoors (and folks, it was in the low 40’s) because we had so many people indoors. As soon as I could, I let people indoors and got them into the correct lines for registration.
Let’s see, we’re up to 7 p.m…..I went home again for the dog’s sake, fed her dinner, brought in the mail, and turned a light on for Darby (the dog). People trickled in for the next hour until the doors were locked at 8 p.m. and the polls were officially closed. THEN THE REAL WORK STARTED.
Three people helped me tally votes, run reports, and take down (fold up) the voting machines. And let me tell you, those suckers are HEAVY!
When we finished our work, we helped the others with what they were doing. DH and I left just after 10 p.m. and drove to York to the Election Board to drop everything off, getting home just before 11 p.m.
If you read between the lines, you realize I was on my feet almost every minute from 5 a.m. to around 10 p.m. Now you know why I’m STILLTIRED! LOL
Lest you think I’m complaining, understand that I’m delighted at the turnout (ALMOST 75% of registered voters in our district). It is both a privilege and a responsibility to vote.
Thank you to all (in the USA) who voted. Shame on anyone who found excuses to not vote. The latter ones of you have no right to complain.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The storm was aptly nick-named, although Franenstein was the doctor, not the monster. You get the idea. Many people suffered much loss and heartache due to Hurricane Sandy. I praise and thank the Lord for sparing us any real problem.....no loss of power, so we had heat (it was COLD outside) and the sump pump kept the basement dry. The reason why it was so bad, was not just the hurricane, but that over our heads it met up with a seriously cold front from Canada plus a wet, warm front from down south. Whew! At least it didn't snow on us.
Whatever I can tell you about the storm around us, there are a million stories of how MUCH worse things were for others, so please, keep people in prayer.
Two of our adult children (and 2 grands) live near us, and they are all ok, too. Again, the mighty hand of God.
Schools are still closed today, but I think they may reopen tomorrow. The USPS (Postal Service) did a fantastic job of delivering mail yesterday in the midst of the storm, and (of course) again today.
We've had to reschedule a couple of appts, but that's no big deal.....they weren't life-threatening things. Well, except my hair appt. Serioiusly, I'll live just fine until I can get in for that.
Praise to the Lord!
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Yesterday (Sat. the 20th) I left the house around 6 a.m. to get to the site of the craft fair. DH drove the (covered) pickup and I drove a car, and we met the three women I worked with that day. After DH unloaded the truck, he took off in the car to help our SIL prepare the baseball field for play. It had rained cats, dogs, mice, horses, cows, and..….the night before, so the field was in terrible shape. They worked for hours, and finally the two teams that were to play called it off because of the field condition.
After cleaning up himself, DH went to church to help with preparations for the light supper married couples were having.
Meanwhile, back at the craft fair – we ladies set up our booth: a tent, several tables, and tons and tons of knitted and crocheted items. Our group of about 8-10 people makes and donates items to various local shelters, (needy) school children, a pregnancy center, a local hospital, and other places. It’s our joy to do it. Once a year, we have a booth at the craft fair to earn more $$ to better afford the yarn to make our charitable work. We also take donations.
The end of the selling day came at 4 p.m., so we reversed all our work and loaded everything leftover into my pickup and their big van. (whew!) We had a lot of fun during the day, made some money, and got plenty of exercise setting things up and taking everything down. It only got to about 60 degrees as predicted, after a Friday night low of the mid-40’s, but the breeze they were predicting wasn’t too bad, and we didn’t even notice it until after lunchtime. So, it could have been worse. : )
I drove to church, arriving in time for the supper and talk. I was able to come home about 30 minutes before DH and when I got home Darby (our dog) was SOOOOO happy to see me. She’d been alone so much of the day, and besides, Darby loves me bestest. LOL
One event that occurred right outside our booth was that a man came along with a HUMONGEOUS animal on a lease, with a wrap around its middle and the man was holding onto both the lease and the handle of the wrap. That handle was right up against the animal. They stopped right in front of me, and I was ‘hemmed’ in on all sides. Someone else asked what kind of dog it is. “Oh,” he said, “It’s not a dog. It’s a cross between a Malamute (dog, ok) and a WOLF.” I about fainted. He claimed that the beast is a registered therapy animal. Huh-uh! No therapy for me, thank you very much!
So that was yesterday.
Today, we had the guest speaker, and man, is he long-winded. Not a bad speaker; pretty good in fact, but he took a full hour all by himself. Today was DH and my assigned day to count the offering, and naturally there was a ‘love gift’ (money) portion that had to be counted separately. Then our financial secretary showed up and kept making comments, all of which slowed us down more……isn’t that always the way it goes when you have somewhere else to be?
Finally we finished and DH and I came home to change clothes before we dashed off to Josh’s ball game. They had one at 9:30 this morning, then the second one started around 1:15 this afternoon. Since Josh’s team lost both games, they’re through…..this was tournament weekend.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
My grandson Josh is 12, going to be 13 in Feb. He's on a 13 and under team (13U). Unfortunately, due to circumstances I have yet to understand, they don't have another 13U team to play with??? So they're playing 15U (age 15 and under) teams. Yeah, waaaaay lopsided. But it's good for the boys, really, as it gives them visuals and experience on how to play better. Still, I feel bad for them. This is just Fall ball. Having explained all that, they've lost all the games they've played so far (this month).
Tyler's game yesterdaty was it's usual 'interesting'. I'll be glad when he gets a bit older and they all play better. Right now, it can be frustrating, so mostly I just giggle. : ) I love both those boys!
Computer. Well, DH had zero trouble going WiFi for two days, even when he was up here in my room (I call it 'my' room because it's where I stash my crafts, have my sewing machine, and my computer). Since HE had no WiFi trouble it 'must be Nancy's computer.' I spoke to Mark (my s-i-l) yesterday at Tyler's game and he's supposed to come over tomorrow (has the day off) and bring the router he recently replaced at his house. Mark is a computer genius, and he says his old router (nothing wrong with it - he just bought a fancier one) is better than what we have. After Mark walked off, DH said 'it's not the router.' I bit my tongue. MEN! Personally, I hope it IS the router. Because if it isn't and Mark can't figure out what is wrong, then I'm going to have to bite the bullet and contact the Geek Squad and that'll be a princely sum. sigh.
My day: after church, DH and I counted the offering (we do it every so often), dropped by MacDonalds for lunch (I know, not a good choice), home to change clothes then off to the ball field. Josh had two games. We were a little late for the first, and only got to stay for 2 innings of the second. We dashed home again, grabbed the garden pasta salad I'd made yesterday and went off for small group. It's a small group of us from church, who meet every couple of weeks to study things from a Biblical perspective. We had taken off for the summer and tonight was a pot luck dinner and lots and lots of talk....some of it even centered around what we'll be doing over next several months. Had a wonderful time.
Since we can't leave Darby (our dog) outdoors when we're not home (we have an invisible fence and are afraid someone will snatch her), she was alone in the house a lot today. But between the 2 ball games, DH came home and picked up a Nectarine for me and brought Darby back with him. She loves people and several gave her lots of attention.
My cold SEEMS to be getting under control (I hate to speak too soon and cause it to flare up LOL). I plan to resume some light exercise tomorrow. I do still have stuff in my chest, but not a lot. Gotta love Cold Eeze, lots of extra Vit C, lots of water, rest when I can, etc. : ) Plus my nebulizer.
Well, that's probably more than you were interested in reading, but there you go.
Have a wonderful week, everyone
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