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Kittens, crabs and yarn

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. emoticon 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. emoticon

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

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IUHRYTR 11/13/2012 7:54PM

    Thanks for the laugh about the kitty. emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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NEWNAC304 11/11/2012 4:43PM

    Too funny! I hope you enjoyed your birthday dinner.

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CANDOK1260 11/11/2012 10:11AM

    emoticon happy belated birthday emoticon for sharing your storys

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HFAYE81 11/10/2012 12:21PM

    Too funny! Clever kittens are a handful but they're the best emoticon

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USMAWIFE 11/10/2012 11:46AM

    Love the cat.

Happy Early birthday to you I just celebrated mine yesterday very quietly

the other bad thing about flying is that you can't keep extra yarn in the car for knitting

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/10/2012 7:32AM

    What a funny cat with a perfect name!
I LOVE crab legs too. I hope you had a wonderful dinner.
Are you using the alpaca yarn for your hat and scarves?

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FLEMIDG 11/10/2012 12:24AM

    At least you had some fun during your day. That kitty sounds pretty mischievious.
Enjoy the crabs legs. I love them too.

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NILLAPEPSI 11/9/2012 5:13PM

    Haha! Smart kitty.

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FROSTY99 11/9/2012 3:47PM

    What a smart kitty-I bet he thought it was quite a game and you were willing to play it with him. Your crab legs sounds wonderful-I love them too. DH likes lobster better but we don't indulge in either very often. i can't remember the last time I had crab legs so hope you really enjoy them.

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LIVINGFREE19 11/9/2012 3:06PM

    I love the tory about the kitty at the animal shelter! Sounds like that one is a handful!

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Election Day, November 6th

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! emoticon

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.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/10/2012 7:26AM

    Great job making it through the day with your dedication to voting still strong! Sounds like you got a little ST in with the voting machines, lol. I hope you're recovered and rested!

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IUHRYTR 11/9/2012 3:05AM

    I commend you for being there to help voters. Without people like you, what would we do on election day? -- Lou

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FROSTY99 11/8/2012 10:16PM

    First, emoticon for being a willing volunteer. What a long day for both of you but it sounds like you did well. I am sure you burned up whatever extra calories you consumed.


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THINAGIN2 11/8/2012 5:22PM

    Wow! That was a really long day for you! Thank you so much for the wonderful job that you did at your polls. I do hope that you get rested!

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NEWNAC304 11/8/2012 10:14AM

    That sounds like a long day. I'm sure you burned extra calories with all that walking and being on your feet!

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FITWITHIN 11/8/2012 9:40AM

    emoticon for taking time out of your day for volunteering at the voting polls. I voted!

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CALIPIDGIOUS 11/8/2012 9:32AM

    It does sound tiring! I found myself wondering what I would have to do to work at the polls on voting day while I was waiting in line. I think I would enjoy it but not sure how to go about it in my town. Perhaps I will contact the town to find out the requirements for next time. emoticon

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SUSANS706 11/8/2012 9:25AM

    Thank you for volunteering to run the polls. I thanked every volunteer I came in contact with. Without you, the process would not work. emoticon

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GOLFGMA 11/8/2012 7:39AM

    Thank you for your contribution. I voted! It was good to see the number of people who turned out this year. I think it shows concern for our nation as it should with the way things have been going toward a socialized America.

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PURPLELVR7 11/8/2012 7:32AM

    I did vote, wish more people did

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JTREMBATH 11/8/2012 2:02AM

    That would have been a tiring day, I stand on my feet for the best part of 9 hours a day maybe that is why I can't get rid of the swelling in my legs.

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LIVINGFREE19 11/7/2012 7:00PM

    I voted!
Thank you for all the work with the voting machines, tallying, etc.
I hope you get some good rest here in the next couple of days!

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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. emoticon Serioiusly, I'll live just fine until I can get in for that.

Praise to the Lord!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 11/4/2012 10:15AM

    Glad you were safe. we survive it too! Praise G*D for small miracles, because it passed over us. and I believe it was due to G*ds mercy on us, for here many already were dealing with issues and poverty in our area. susana

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CALIPIDGIOUS 11/1/2012 8:17AM

    All went well here as well. Power did go out for about 22 hours but that's nothing! I remember the 11 days without heat/power/running water or a Xmas tree in 2008 because of the ice storm. Mid-December-freezing weather, school cancelled for 2 weeks. That was when I had a right to complain.

This time power went out, we went to bed. Woke up, went out to get coffee-thank you Dunkin's for being open, and then started the generator and worked all day. Power came back just when our work day was over. We were exceedingly lucky as was my Mom who lives in West Virginia. She missed all the snow they got, she was just far enough away.

Glad you and yours all fared well!

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FROSTY99 10/31/2012 12:51PM

    Happy you had no major damage and didn't lose your power and your children fared well also. Thanks be to The Man Upstairs for prayers answered!
All we got down south as it passed us was heavy rain on the coast (nothing for us) and lots of wind. We are having colder than normal temps which didn't come at a good time since DH would like it warmer instead of trying to bundle up so much with an ice machine on him!
Take care.


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NEWNAC304 10/31/2012 6:27AM

    Happy to hear that your and your family are safe.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/30/2012 8:11PM

    Prayers indeed.
Get that Frankenhair taken care of soon;-)
Thanks for the update. I'm glad you had power during th e cold.

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MARJORIEWRIGHT 10/30/2012 3:29PM

    Glad to hear you are doing well. I know how bad a hurricane can be. I've lived through a few myself and probably will face more in the future, but haven't had everything that has happened to the northeast. I pray for all those affected by this storm but we must remember that we are not given anything we can't handle. It just means that sometimes we need to rely on others to help us through. Good luck to you as you begin to clean up.

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LIVINGFREE19 10/30/2012 3:28PM

    I was surprised we had mail delivery yesterday too! I thought that would have been put off for a day or two because of the storms, but it wasn't.
We fared really well too. I am so glad you did also, my friend!

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Saturday the 20th (Craft Fair) and Sun. the 21st

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.

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FROSTY99 10/23/2012 6:46PM

    Sounds like a busy, busy weekend but that you enjoyed yourself. Those are the best kind. I commend you ladies for your charitable work. I am sure it makes you feel really good to do this. I used to make cancer caps but our group disbanded so have not done that in several years. When we traveled, I used to pick up material at thrift stores to use in making the caps. We always had a good time doing it and usually made 150-200 every winter season.
I imagine the wolf-dog had to be certified and was not dangerous if it was a service dog. I am wondering if it was really a service dog or a therapy dog-there is a difference.

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IUHRYTR 10/21/2012 8:08PM

    Busy weekend. Thank you for caring about and helping your community. -- Lou

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SLENDERELLA61 10/21/2012 7:33PM

    Oh, your crafts activities, fair, charitable work all sound positively wonderful. I know you contribute a great deal. Glad the wolf didn't get you!! Hope that Josh is okay with his baseball season. Can't win them all, huh? Sometimes it's really hard to see your kids disappointed. Hope he's okay and that you are, too. Take care.

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NEWNAC304 10/21/2012 7:29PM

    What a busy weekend! I hope the craft sale was a huge success!

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LIVINGFREE19 10/21/2012 5:54PM

    Craft fairs are so fun! I'm glad you had a great time!
Have a great evening!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/21/2012 5:13PM

    That's a very active and busy weekend. I'm thrilled to hear that you had fun at the fair and the weather wasn't horrible. You're very kind for donating so much of your time and earnings.
I've never heard of a "service wolf dog". I don't blame you for not getting any closer. My goodness, it sounds like half of a large horse!
Sorry to hear that Josh's team lost. Maybe he'll be glad if it rains more various wild and domesticated animals, lol!
Have a restful evening.


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Sunday and other stuff 9/23

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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POETLKNG2LOSE 9/25/2012 10:37AM

    I hope you are feeling better today. Sounds like you had a fun and busy day yesterday. I hope you get your computer fixed soon, and that it does not cost you alot of money. A guy from our church fixed our computers for free. Pray for our church as some of the people need to repent and be renewed in their faith We need revival in our church; I feel some have grown cold towards God.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 9/25/2012 10:36AM

    I am glad I have a computer whiz son in the family/ He corrects my problems. Hes wanting to upgrade me and wish he had the time now to do it, but settling is all I can do! so I know the frustrations of computer problems! Wishing to get a laptop but still, I am not sure how it would improve my frustrations! lol Just more to learn, and I am NOT wanting to change!
Sorry to hear about the grandsons frustrations! But sometimes they learn to cope better by having such problems and frustrations at a younger age. Just tell him hes a winner to you and at what ever he does (when your with him) and it should be good as long as hes always a winner in your book! susana

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LIVINGFREE19 9/25/2012 8:42AM

    I really don't like computer problems, and I never know how to fix them! LOL!
I hope you feel better soon!

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FROSTY99 9/24/2012 9:41AM

    What a busy but wonderful day-you got to worship the Lord, have fun watching the games, visit with friends of like mind, and eat good food. Doesn't get much better does it. Hope your s-i-l can get things going with your computer. I agree if you dear DH is so sure it isn't the router, then what is his diagnosis???
Have a blessed week.


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NEWNAC304 9/24/2012 5:31AM

    Sounds likes good way to spend the day. Good luck with the computer.

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IUHRYTR 9/23/2012 10:40PM

    If your husband is so confident the router is not the problem, why doesn't he know what the problem is? Hope you get it figured out soon. -- Lou

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FLEMIDG 9/23/2012 10:33PM

    Sounds like a busy but good day. I hope you feel better soon.

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