Monday, November 5, 2018


J-Land and Blogger lost one of the best yesterday.  My friend, Donna Diggins passed away after a long battle with bladder cancer.
She was always so upbeat and friendly.  I went and visited her a few years ago and had such a nice time.
She was famous for her beautiful personalized tags that she made.  She loved hockey and her family.  I'm going to miss you, Donna.

Monday, October 29, 2018


My old girl had to cross the Rainbow Bridge last night.  She developed an abscess on the right side of her face.  I brought her to the vet and he recommended an xray to see if it was soft tissue or cancer.  It was cancer.  She was very old, about 17 or 18, so it was time.  She passed peacefully in my arms, purring until the last.  
I'm upset by the amount of money the vet's office charged me.  No discount on anything, full price for the xrays (3), an examination charge, plus the euthanasia.  Unbelievable.  $500.  I'm disgusted.  
I am not going to get any more pets.  I still have Sasha and the outdoor cat, but I am going to try to find a home for the outdoor cat before winter.  
This is the last picture of Brownie, she is just passed.  I have a patch of her fur and her paw prints.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

It's still October!

Yeah me!  Two posts in a month!  I have been a slug the last two weeks.  I went to the second grape harvest next door and went up to the Penfield museum, but that was basically it.  I skipped going to Calvary Day at the UVMH.  I wish I hadn't because I understand that Oak performed magnificently.  I would have enjoyed basking a little in his glory. 
So I have been staying home and staring out the window feeling guilty as hell for not enjoying these last few days of fall weather.  My "should" has been out in full force.  I "should" have done this, or that.  My last counselor, Carol, was fond of reminding me of that word.  
I've compromised on my ceiling.  I purchased two rolls of reflective insulation barrier to put up.  I'm hoping it will help hold the heat in with the new insulation put up.  I bought a new Arrow staple gun.  It is no easier than my last one was.  That tool is not meant for mortals to use.  One must have the strength of a God to use it!  

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


It would appear that I missed an entry for September.  That is ok.  I bought season passes to the Great Escape for Sarah and I.  I've gone twice.  I can go all next year as well.  
I have been continuing to go to Dead Creek to work with the horses.  I've been putting in time with Tex.  He is an easily startled horse and needs a lot of work.  I was able to mount him once, but I think it was a fluke.  I went with Chris on Saturday up to the Penfield museum in Ironville, NY.  We took Oak up to demonstrate the Morgan horse.  I was pretty upset because Oak head bumped me, no problem, but then head bumped Chris who promptly hauled off and hit him hard in the face, right in front of spectators.  He did it again just a couple minutes later.  He said he was being the "herd boss".  There are ways to establish yourself as leader without hitting an animal, especially in the face.  I fear for him and Oak.  I have a bad feeling that despite the fact Oaky is a gentle stallion, he will kill or badly injure Chris one day.  Chris seems to have no sense of horse handling in some respects.  When we were getting ready to leave, he was up in the trailer trying to yank Oaky in.  Oaky wasn't going in.  I was watching the dog out of sight.  I went around to the back and Oaky was looking at me,  I just said, "Go on, get up in there", and he did.  LOL  I felt like a boss just then!  Chris strikes me as the type who needs to appear like the expert and in charge.  He seemed disappointed that he couldn't ride Oaky at the event.  He tried, but Oaky wasn't having it.  He couldn't even mount him.  He should have lunged him instead of left him tied to a trailer for 3 hours first.  Oaky however was a perfect gentleman around the visitors.  Small children were able to pet and groom him.  

Wednesday, August 22, 2018


Yesterday I celebrated the beginning of my 52nd year on earth.  I worked and made the mistake of volunteering to work an extra four hours caring for one of my clients, A.  
A has advanced Alzheimer's and is very anxious and forgetful.  She worries about everything, but then forgets what we have told her and the cycle repeats.  Her memory span is mere seconds.  By the end of the night last night, I was in pain and near tears.  I was trying so hard to keep under control and not yell at A after she got out of bed for the 10th time wanting me to pick up her obese cat and put him back on the bed.  I never imagined a 90 year old woman could wear me out.  She has me jumping and fetching constantly.  The only saving grace was the fact that we were up at the lake house with a beautiful view.

I have also started helping out at a "ranch" near Fort Edward.  The owner, Christian, owns several Morgan horses.  One is a stallion who he rides in military reenactments.  I've been up there a few times already and have yet to ride or get any kind of reward for helping except for the privilege of getting to work with these horses.  I don't even think he has said thank you yet.  He strikes me as an elitist.  He is a retired Army officer, so that explains a lot.

He has a show Labor Day weekend, so I will probably go up and help out with that.  Be an assistant.  We will be at the UVMH farm. He got bucked off the other day.  Horse flies were biting.  Anyway, it's almost September!  Travis' birthday is this Friday.

Monday, July 30, 2018

July 2018

I almost missed blogging for this month!  I started a new job with Home Instead and I like it.  No more weekends or overnights if I don't want them!  I have three regular clients that I see and I can pick up extra shifts to fill in the gaps.  I'm aiming for around 20 hours a week.
I went to Rochester last weekend with Sarah to visit my friend, Tim and to attend Roc Pride with him.  It was a fun weekend.  The parade was fantastic.  On the way out, Sarah and I stopped at the Harriet Tubman home and then her grave.  It was amazing to be walking in her footsteps.

Here is a pic of my friend, Tim and I.
On the way back, Sarah and I stopped at the zoo in Syracuse.  It is a nice zoo, but not much has changed except they had animatronic dinosaurs!  
Yesterday, I took a geocaching trip out to Fort Hunter and Schoharie Crossing state park.  They have geocaches which are part of the yearly summer state park challenge.  I only managed to get 2 of them.  I'll have to go back out, now that I know where I have to go to get the others!

I also went out to Stewart's pond with Lindsay and her fam.  I had fun playing with the kids in the water and teaching the boys how to kayak.  This is me and Izzabelle.
It had been a good month.  I have today off, but I really need to get some yard work done before I go out and play!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Busy little bee!

I have been very busy the last few weeks.  Going out to different events and taking lots of flower pictures.  I met a guy who lived in Schaghticoke, but I'm not holding my breath.  He doesn't really seem to have time for me.  We might go to the ocean next week and he has expressed interest in going with Sarah and I, so who knows.  
On Saturday, I went with the Peer to peer group to Mountain Adventure to go on the obstacle and zip line course.  It was a lot of fun.  I've been taking horsemanship classes as well on Fridays at Knipper Knolls.  Tonight, I went to PJ's BBQUSA for biker night and helped staff the table for Peer to peer.  Got a free chicken dinner!  That is one thing I love about this group, lots of fun free things and food!
I'm considering moving on from Gateway.  It is a great place, but I am having increasing difficulty with the noises.  It is affecting my work and I'm loosing hours.  I can't afford that.
I'm continuing to have mice giving birth!  I am going to have to attempt my first "gas chamber" this week.  I just have to find a suitable container to do it in.  I might just run a tube between two coffee canisters.  Finding a piece of tube is the hard part!