Eclipse!

Aug. 22nd, 2017 12:00 am
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Well first the scary certified letter turned ut to be nothing more than a copy of the notice I had near my door when I got home from vacation, saying that there's going to be an inspection by whoever is in charge of rent stablized apartments. So that was OK.

Anyway, after going to the post office I came back here and texted [personal profile] mashfanficchick that i had eclipse glasses and did she want to meet up to view the eclipse? And she did so we met up, and got something for lunch and settled in a park on Queens Blvd where we could see the sun. And we watched the eclipse, which was fascinating! Various other people came by trying to view it and we shared the glasses with them, which worked out very well.

So after the eclipse reached it's peak and was dwindling we went to her place and I helped her out wth a few things for which she offered to get me dinner.

The FWiB called and we talked. He watched the eclipse from the nursing home, someone had eclipse glasses and shared.

[personal profile] mashfanficchick's mother came back from New Jersey where she had been eclipse watching with Dani and family, and we went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner.

And that was my day, and a very successful one.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2. The FWiB.

3. Eclipse glasses.

4. Certified letter wasn't disastrous.

5. Cheesecake.

6. Bed soon.

No Visible Eclipse of the Sun

Aug. 21st, 2017 12:03 pm
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The eclipse was a bust here in San Rafael. It's a gray, foggy day in the first place, no sun visible, but it never got "dark as night" or even twilight. There was a short time where it seemed grayer but since I couldn't see the sun or the moon, nothing impressive. Ah, well.

I did witness something funny earlier. Demelza takes a shuttle to go to her special needs day program (independent life skills and volunteer jobs) so we went out to wait for it. Demelza noted that there were no cars parked on our side of the street. "It's street cleaning day," I said.

Sure enough, a short while later, here comes the street cleaner machine chugging along, its bristly brush whirring over the gutters. Two cars immediately pulled into the two driveways to our building and the machine developed a small tail of cars creeping behind. The moment the machine went by us, all four cars zoomed into the vacant parking spaces, including a fifth who swung in from the other side of the street. They are far more on the ball than I ever was when I used to park on the street in the '80s!

I currently have two hundred stories posted on Archive of Our Own in over ten fandoms. WOW! And one story in the Inspector Lewis fandom has 79 kudos which is far more than any Starsky and Hutch or Pros story has! I think I have approximately six stories not posted on AO3--two new ones, three from Invisible Man on another site and one--make that two--Starsky and Hutch on other sites.

So a longer post

Aug. 20th, 2017 10:10 pm
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So here's how my vacation went: Pretty good. Got picked up Sunday morning by [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother and went to the bus stop (Megabus, so not in the Port Authority like most buses.) The trip was uneventful, and I got there ahead of time. The Kid and SIL picked me up and we went to the famous Anchor bar, home of Buffalo wings. And we had wings which were indeed very good. And we went to the cottage, stopping to shop at Tops on the way.

Monday the contractor came to look things over, and things are not as bad as we had thought. He said the kitchen floor is fine, nothing wrong with it at all. But the porch roof is a big thing that needs fixing. And will be expensive. But we knew that really. We played Yatzee in the evening.

Tuesday we did wineries. Three of them, and we tried a fourth but they didn't open until later. Then went back to the cottage, the kids dropped me off and went out, and I waited with Aunt Helen and Mari S for cousins Diane and Bob to show up, and then had a nice talk with them and cousin Cliff who came by. Then we went out to eat at Gordie Harper's, a local place. The kids joined us there and had dessert with us.

Wednesday was Canada, Niagra-on-the-Lake, the Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory, and the falls. The butterflys were spectacular as always, and we had a very good time there. By the time we got to the falls, it was late. The kids planned on going to Toronto and leave me to get home on my own (which I wasn't thrilled about, but what can you do?) so rather than spend $22 on a parking lot space they found metered street parking, still expensive at $5 for half an hour. They walked with me part of the way to Table Rock and the brink of the falls, then had to leave to get back to the car. I continued on, ate there, and then walked back slowly to the pedestrian crossing on the Rainbow Bridge. Crossed to the American side, sat outside the Hard Rock Cafe and failed to get an Uber. So I had to take a cab, which was very expensive, never mind how much. Got home safely though.

Thursday since the kids weren't there I spent watching hummingbirds and reading. I brought my Nook along and read stuff I had on that. The kids got back quite late.

Friday we all sat around and did nothing. Aunt Helen came by and we invited her to dinner, The Kid grilled. She had to leave before we really sat down to eat but she got something. Then cousin Sue came by and hung out for awhile and talked. And there was more Yatzee that night.

Saturday was getting ready to go day, but first The kid made pancakes. They took me into Newfane to do the cottage laundry. They caulked the living room roof flashing like the contractor told them t do, with silicone caulking, and started packing up. We finally were ready to leave by 4:30 I think. They drove me to Rochester and I got a bus from there. [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother picked me up at the Port Authority, and we went out to a diner, and then brought me back here.

And that was my trip.

Today I slept quite late, then didn't really do anything but unpack, and get something to eat at Dunkin' Donuts The FWiB called, which was lovely. What wasn't o lovely was what I found in my mailbox, a notice of the certified letter waiting at the post office for me. I am very worried about that as good news rarely if ever comes by certified mail. But I can't think what it could be. I will have to pick it up tomorrow.

And now I'm caught up to date with everything.

Gratitude List:

1. The cats and turtle weree OK while i was gone.

2. The FWiB.

3. The Kid and SIL.

4. Family.

5. The cottage wasn't in such bad shape as we feared.

6. Still a week off from work.

I am home!

Aug. 20th, 2017 04:23 pm
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Did you miss me? Anyway, I got in at 4:30 am and went right to bed. Will write a catch-up post tonight at the usual time.
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a la Eric Idle in Life of Brian.

So, no taste buds to speak of (due to the radiation treatments) means no appetite, and voila, the weight just falls right off. I now weigh what I did in high school when I wrongly thought I was a bit on the chubby side. I wasn't. I've never lost weight before the last five months--I was always the person who gained just about a pound every year or so. I have to say, I kind of like this slender physique but with my addiction to chocolate, I doubt it will last once I get taste buds back. In the last couple days, I imagine changes on my tongue...not quite sure yet, but I think bitter might be on its way back. I'm waiting for sweet!

Got most of my energy back and now feeling rather bored to be home all day. Did call work and hope that I will be back feeding babies and hanging IV lines on September first. Yay!

In the mean time--binge watching Shetland. I had tried to watch it about a year ago, but kept falling asleep because it was on after ten pm. Doing much better now and have followed DI Jimmy Perez through several investigations. I have an idea for a crossover fic I know I will never write, but it's too good and someone should! DI Alec Hardy from Broadchurch is called to the Shetlands because a girl from Broadchurch is found dead there. For some reason, he brings his daughter Daisy along, so while Scottish brogue Hardy meets Scottish brogue Perez, Cassie Perez (is that her last name?) and Daisy can hang out and talk about having cops for dads.

Orphan Black is finished. WAAAHH. Goodbye to Sarah, Cosima, Allison, Helena, Rachel and all the other Ledas. You were fantastic, Tatiana Maslany!

And in its wake--Netflix is starting a new series on Friday featuring Naomi Rapace as a set of Septuplets named after the days of the week in What happened to Monday? I think I will take a look.

Last day of work before vacation

Aug. 12th, 2017 09:39 pm
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We were short staffed, so it was busy, but not too bad. The worst thing was that the air conditioning was, for the first time in quite awhile, far too strong and it was freezing. I had a bad moment when i bcame convinced that I had gotten my bus ticket for the wrong day, but I checked and I didn't.

But I got through it, and got home. The FWiB called, and we talked. We e-mailed too, yay! I will miss talking to him on vacation but the phone reception up there is so bad that the best we can manage will be occasional e-mails.

Did a little more packing, I am now confident that I have everything that doesn't need to be packed just before leaving. Tomorrow I put those last things in, and set up the cats, and then [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother are going to pick me up and take me to the bus stop. I love them!

I feel I should say something about Charlottesville. I don't want to. I feel sick and scared about it. I blame that thing that was elected president. I don't want to say anything more.

So anyway, this is goodbye for a week, unless I take my laptop to town and hook up to the wifi in the Village Shops, which I have done in the past on occasion. Be good everyone, and if you can't be good, be careful. ;-)

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother.

3. Vacation!

4. The Kid.

5. Got my bus ticket right!

6. Oldest Brother will come in and check on the cats.

Free Friday

Aug. 11th, 2017 10:11 pm
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Started off with therapy this morning, which was good. Then took the bus into Whitestone to the vet's to get Bjorn's special food, so there would be enough to put out for while I'm on vacation.

Came home, still nothing on the door about another plumber visit, so I don't know what's going to happen with that. Spent most of the day puttering around, found the charger for my camera, so I can take that on vacation.

Got e-mail back from Lynn S, we may be able to get together Friday while we're there, which would be nice.

Got an invitation to dinner from [personal profile] mashfanficchick but I was already on my way to my meeting, which I wanted to go to anyway since I won't be going to any next week, so I said no, which I think is the first time I've ever turned down one of her invitations. Ate dinner at Boston market as usual, the FWiB called an we talked before the meeting.

The meeting was good, and then I came home and that's about all.

Oh, I charged my Nook, and will probably bring that with me too.

Oh and the Vorkosigian books by Lois McMaster Bujold won the Hugo award for best series. Yay!

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. My meetings and the people there.

3. Therapy.

4. My Nook.

5. The rain that started while I was waiting for the bus home had stopped by the time I got home.

6. Friends.

Frustrating day

Aug. 10th, 2017 10:17 pm
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The plumbers never showed up today! I waited until 2:00 and then gave up and went to work. I left a note on the door with my phone number but they never called, and when I got home tonight the note was untouched. So I assume they never came at all.

What was left of work went OK, and after I left at 7 the FWiB called. Had a nice talk. I called The Kid but just got her voicemail. Wanted to talk to her before she left for the cottage which will be either tomorrow or Saturday. Oh well. E-mailed Lynn S to see if he is interested in dropping by for a visit next week.

Finally got off my duff and found my passport, not that it was missing, I knew where it was, I just needed to dig it out. So now we can go to Canada while we're there. And did the advance packing of my suitcase, everything that I wont need before I leave. Except my shoes, I forgot to put them in so I have to do that. Bjorn kept trying to pack himself in the suitcase.

The one thing I did do this morning while I was fruitlessly waiting for the plumbers was read Penric's Fox. As always with Bujold, a very good read. I miss new Vorkosigian books, but I love her Five Gods stories too.

And that's about all there is to say.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Found passport.

3. Understanding boss.

4. The plumbers didn't come whole I wasn't here.

5. Lovely weather.

6. Wonderful reading.

A nice day

Aug. 9th, 2017 11:30 pm
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Work was OK, nothing much going on.

After work, the FWiB called, he had chemo today but is feeling OK. I also got a facebook message from my old friend Karen B from college, she's bought a retirement home (!) only an hour away from the cottage, and we are looking forward to seeing each other once she retires in a few years.

Went out with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother to dinner at Fridays, then we went to Carvel. Very nice time.

And that's about all there is to the day.

Tomorrow I have the plumbers coming again to look at the gas valve.

Last night before bed I downloaded the new Lois McMaster Bujold novella, Pentic's Fox, and started reading it. I'll read a bit more tonight.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends, old and newer.

2. The FWiB.

3. Lovely weather.

4. My cats.

5. Good books.

6. Bed soon.

So two things today

Aug. 8th, 2017 10:42 pm
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First, we got our new Children's person. She's young and seems nice, and lives in College Point, of all places! (Where I lived for years until the marriage broke up and I had to move). We had a small celebration to welcome her, some yummy stuff. I brought orange juice.

The other thing is I had my end of summer celebration today. Oh stop that, I know it's not the end of summer yet! But that's when we do it. So I had a graffiti art program, and gave out goody bags, and all was well though to be honest it was mostly younger kids not teens.

I got a text from [profile] mashfanfichick asking did I want to meet them for coffee at Starbucks after work before my meeting, and I said yes. So when i got out of work, the FWiB called and we talked while i waited for the bus and got to 20th ave. They met me there and we went to Starbucks, and had a good time, and then they took me to my meeting.

The meeting was small but good, and then I came home, and that's about all.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Friends.

3. My meetings and the people there.

4. My celebration is over and went well.

5. New person seems nice.

6. Vacation almost here.
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