Sunday, May 31, 2009
Tomorrow is the last day of my staycation before I head back to the hell hole. Wonder what my desk looks like. I really don't have to wonder. I know what it looks like. It looks like every other time I go on vacation. My boss will swear that it was sooo busy. Correction, he was sooo busy. I know I should be nice. He was busy telling people to just put the paperwork on my desk and she'll take care of it when she gets back on Tuesday. Oh the bitterness.
Today is the fifth year of my moms passing. It doesn't seems like five years. It was Memorial Day 2004. She basically gave up after my brother died in 2001. She just sat in her chair and lost all muscle tone in her legs. She then fell and ended up in the rehab center. She ended up liking rehab center. She was surrounded by people and made many friends. I think because she liked it so much, she didn't put the effort into the rehab portion.
Many months passed and she still couldn't walk on her own. Many fights happened over this. Then on Valentine's Day in 2004, my Aunt Mae, my moms best friend, was hit and killed instantly by a drunk driver while vacationing in Maine. This sent my mom into a depressive state. Then the health issues started. She once spent 30 days in ICU. There were many hospital stays after that. She finally gave up the fight on May 31 at 10:30 PM.
Anyone who has lost someone knows all the paperwork that happens next. My favorite story was when I stopped at the Social Security Office to inform them of her passing. They informed me that she was not entitled to the check for the month of May. I asked them why? They told me 'because she wasn't alive the entire month.' You have to be kidding me. She was alive all but an hour and a half of the month and she's not entitled to that check. Yup. Unbelievable.
So now I am an orphan of sorts. I have no immediate family. I do have good friends that I cherish. What I have learned through all of this is this. Get mad a family and friends, but never stop talking to them. You never know when they will be gone. Live every moment to the fullest. You never know when that moment will be gone forever. Live is too short. Make the most of it.
We are experiencing a small thunder shower. My baby and Ralphy are almost huddled together. Neither one was afraid of thunder before. I don't understand why they are now. My 17 pound big boy is a wimp. He is crying and shaking with fear. I have tried to comfort him, but he is really freaked out.
Anyway, I don't know why the mood. I think it's time for me to go and live my wise words.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Even further down was a lonely picnic table.
Later in the day, the sky cleared to a beautiful sunny day. Until evening. We had a couple thunder storms roll through. Not as bad as some we've had, but interesting. I love thunder storms. My cats don't. My baby hid behind the sofa and Ralphy came running inside with his tail between his legs. What a big strong male he is.
Friday, May 29, 2009
I did not get these at the plant sale. These came from my favorite garden center.
It was very wet in the morning.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I seen something moving across the pond and zoomed in as far as the camera would let me.
Walking a little further, this little one was just too cute.
There was this call up ahead. I slowed down and walked as quietly as I could, (the best part about vacation for me, no socks and shoes. Just flip-flops.) So anyway, walking as quietly as I could in flip-flops, spotted this guy/girl.
Hearing a familiar call, I looked to the sky. The one shorebird that I do know.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Papa on a near by post.
Mama looking at me as if to say, 'Back off. You're too close.'
How's that for a profile.
They are a very beautiful bird.
I did get a couple of pictures of papa in flight, fighting the wind, but they weren't very good.
I'm hoping that the weather forecasters are wrong about tomorrow. I am itching to go to a couple new places for pictures.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Again in bed. Again not making the bed.
Monday, May 25, 2009
So my baby fed I went out to feed the kittens and get the paper. Ralphy has now made a habit to come in after he eats. Sometimes he pests to be petted. Sometimes he is just content enough to lay down on his bed in the laundry room.
All cat owners out there know that cats are just like kids. The quieter they are, the more trouble they are getting into. Well it is pretty hard for Ralphy to get into trouble. He is such a good cat, but he has become very comfortable.
When I went to check on him, he wasn't on his bed. He decided my bed was more comfortable.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
My neighbor came home and was on crutches. Asked her what happened. Last Sunday she fell down the front steps and broke her leg. I feel bad because she said she was yelling for her daughter, and I didn't even hear her. Anyway she's in a cast for the next seven weeks.
Because it was a beautiful day with a breeze, I was going to weed wack and mow. I had came inside for a drink of water and noticed a message. My friend down the street left a message for me to call back. I called and was invited for a drink. Telling them I was going to weed wack and mow was not going to work. So I figured I would go down for a drink. Stay for an hour and leave. Didn't happen. Ended up leaving around 8:30. I'm going back today for hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, but not before I get the yard done. The weather forecast is for some rain and possible thunder storm today and rain tomorrow.
A good time was had at my friends house. And I except another good time will happen today.
Enjoy your weekend.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
This was taken this afternoon of Ralphy & Yipper. (click to enlarge)
Now remember that they are brother and sister.
And as Bobbie pointed out to me on the phone, it looks like a heart between the two of them.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Don't forget that tonight is the season finale of Survivor. I'm rooting for J.T.
I received a letter from the State saying I owe taxes for cigarettes that I purchased outside the State. The letter references an invoice number, but the letter does not tell me how much I owe. It gives you a website to go to. Then fill out the worksheet with the date, number of cartons and amount paid from 2002. Be for real. I don't have this information. I contacted the place I purchased the cigarettes. The girl was very nice, but told me that she couldn't tell me anything. She said that they were waiting for a manager to tell them what they could and could not say. She told me I could call back and ask for a manager and several would be available to speak with. I called the next day and spoke with another girl who told me that a manager wouldn't be available until afternoon. Nicely but firmly I insisted and guess what, a manager was available. He told me that they sent names, address and order information to the State. The order information had the date, number of cartons and amount paid. He is going to send me a print out. Turns out I started ordering from them in 2005. Three years after what the State is requesting.
I am going to send the State a letter requesting the amount of taxes I owe. After all, they don't hesitate to send a nasty letter saying you owe 'x' amount in taxes. What's different this time?
I called about jury duty Friday. My service to them is complete. My next time of service is 2012.
I went food shopping this morning. They had advertised a six pack of lemons. They weren't marked with the sale price, so I asked a guy who works in the department. He said they were the one's on sale. After I checked out, I looked at the receipt. Sure enough, they didn't charge me the sale price. I went to the customer service desk with receipt and circular. The girl was very nice. I don't know if this is store policy, but she gave me my money for the entire cost of the lemons. I questioned her, but she said, 'we overcharged you for the item, so I am giving you a full refund for them.' No argument here. I thanked her very much and left.
I have bored you enough with nothing but a bunch of ramblings. So I leave you with some pretty pansy pictures.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Mr. Hummer came out to feed and guard his feeder from the others.
Sunset was beautiful.