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Yay, Rock City Runners!

So I did one thing today. I volunteered for the Turkey Trot 5K sponsored by Rock City Runners of Little Falls, NY. My job was to (wo)man an intersection, keeping traffic at bay and runners on track. I was assigned an intersection above the hospital. It was a quiet zone.

I figured me cheering on runners was quiet enough.

I got there early and paced around waiting for the runners. They were to pass below me on Burwell, run by the ballfield, then by me and on. This will make sense to those familiar with Little Falls, but I imagine other readers will catch up. So to speak.

See the haze in the background?

This is looking down from where I stood. I could see the runners but distrusted my ability to photograph them.

I watched for runners from this direction.

When the runners went by me, I cheered them all on. I wished I was one of them but know that volunteers are important too.

My view most of the time.

It started to rain and pretty much did not stop, so I took a shot that showed my umbrella, for which I was grateful.

I must say it is more fun to run than volunteer, but I do not rule out doing it again. For one reason, I know I am contributing to a community event. This one raised funds for two local charities. Yay, Rock City Runners!

Good Sale, Good Cause!

Well, I’ll be damned! I thought it was a rummage sale, but it was an Indoor Yard Sale! Whatever you call it, it is a good sale for a good cause, the Dolgeville CAT Project Trap/Neuter/Return.

I never knew there was an old Dolgeville Library.

Last week I drove to Dolgeville to drop off a few donations to the sale. One of the ladies working today recognized me from when I dropped them off. Since I had gotten rid of a few things, I felt justified in purchasing a few more. Yes, I have too many things, that is why my house is such a mess, go ahead and judge me.

Ooh, what a nice Santa!

At least I kept myself from getting any more Christmas decorations! We have so many, we never bring them all down from the attic in any given year.

There was quite a wide selection.

I did not look much at the clothes, except for two pairs of sandals trimmed with rhinestones. However, I resisted them as something I would probably rarely wear. I picked out a few CDs with local music. How could Mohawk Valley Girl resist local music?

I didn’t get any toys, either.

I did find a set of stackable desktop trays. Just what I need to organize my coffee table! I also picked up a rectangle cake pan. I like cake. Then I grabbed a smallish cloth bag and a laptop bag.

After I had paid for my purchases, I put the CDs in the small bag and the cake pan in the laptop bag. One of the ladies working found a large cloth bag for the desk trays. I happily paid another dollar for the big bag. It is a nice bag!

The sale continues till 3 p.m. today, Nov. 13, and continues Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local readers, I encourage you to check it out!

Good Music at the Chowdown

I have been interested in the Herkimer Downtown Chowdown for a while but did not make my way down till tonight. I had a letter I wanted to mail, so that worked out: I go right through Meyer’s Park on my way to the post office. I brought my Tablet to take some pictures, and made sure I had a mask.

I could smell tantalizing aromas as I got to the park. I had my purse with me but knew it would be far more sensible to go home and heat up leftovers. I mailed the letter first, then went back through the park, Tablet on Camera mode.

Italian Ice! Yum!

I wanted to get a picture of all the trucks, but I purposely tried not to get any people. Sad to admit, but I did not feel like talking to anybody, asking permission, taking names, etc.

Said to be good for allergies. However, I am pretty set for local honey right now.

I think I’ve heard about Brewvey Bites being other places locally. In any case, I like the punny name.

A big draw for me was live music by local musician Max Scialdone. I have heard him before and liked him. I stood by a tree and listened to a few songs. I especially liked Margaritaville. He substituted Herkimer for one of the Margaritavilles, and his whistling was awesome.

The tiki torches were a nice touch.

I was wishing I had brought a lawn chair, as some people had. However it was a little chilly for the way I was dressed (I had been misled by a hot flash before I left home). I enjoyed what I heard.

I don’t know how long the Chowdown will go on. The Facebook event says they are the second and fourth Monday from July to September. I’m glad they went at least one Monday in October, so I got a blog post in. I’ll have to watch to see if it happens again. If not, I shall look forward to next year.

Here’s a Suspicious Bunch!

This is another Pre-Rehearsal Post.  The rehearsal is for Donate to Murder, which I believe I have mentioned before.

Here we are at the read-through.

Before the read-through, I took a few mug shots of the suspects.

She appears to be a loving Flower Child, but appearances can be decieving!

 

He looks so friendly, you’d never know he was such a stinker. Did I say that in my out loud voice?

 

He looks suspicious! Or is he looking suspiciously at me?

 

WAY too handsome to be a murderer! (Yes, that’s my husband, why do you ask?)

Our friend Kim was late, so I did not take her picture.  I bet I have one in my Media Library.

Maybe they’re in it together! Say it ain’t so!

So the only suspect I haven’t shown today is me.  Oh, all right, I’ll find a picture of me!

Clearly this woman is not to be trusted.

I will not look like this in my costume, although I may have such a silly grin on my face.  I can’t always help the doofy faces I make (although sometimes I do it on purpose).

I guess I haven’t said much about the mystery itself.  Right now I will just say Donate to Murder is Friday, March 27 at the Travelodge in Little Falls.  For more information, contact the Herkimer County Historical Society at 315-866-6413.

 

Winning Prizes to Help the Cats

So on Friday I declared I would be posting every day.  It only took me till Sunday to make a liar out of myself.  Now here it is early Monday morning and I will attempt to finish what I started last night (I am going to give myself credit for at least starting it on Sunday).

I walked from my house to the VFW  in Herkimer for the H.A.LO. Chinese Auction.  HALO is the Helping Animals Live Organiziation. It is a no cage, no kill cat rescue organization in the Mohawk Valley. Their annual Chinese Auction is huge and hugely popular.  I donated an afghan.

Tables and tables of fabulous prizes!

I had a fun time putting in my numbers for various prizes.  I put in for a print, jewelry, baskets of different things, gift certificates, and more. I ate a hot dog.  My friend Kim joined me, and I helpfully tore her tickets while she made her selections.  It was getting close to time to draw winners!  We also put in for the 50/50 and Baskets of Cheer, which included Tylenol, much to our amusement.

We got a glass  of wine and walked around again, pointing out to each other what we did and didn’t try for.  Then we went and chatted up the bartender.  We liked him.

Mark Sommer and Kim Darling.

It took a long time for the HALO people to draw all those prizes.  We all looked at our tickets and hoped! I won a tote bag donated by Weisser’s Jewelers.  Score!

Everybody hoped to be a winner, and a lot of us were!

We had a great time for an excellent cause.  Now we can look forward to the HALO Hoedown in September!

 

Dull Post, But I’m Going to be Bald!

So I thought I had enough time to make Tuesday’s post on Wednesday morning before leaving for work, especially since I can get on the laptop and type with all ten fingers.  Well, it turns out not so much.  For one reason, I have a metal splinter in my right index finger (occupational hazard) and it hurts to type all those letters.  Perhaps the stylus would be better, but who has time for these things?  Not me.

Anyways, never mind why I did not publish this yesterday.  Explanations are so tiresome, and my complaints are usually even more so.  Instead, I will use this brief post to remind my gentle readers (and the tough ones too) that I am getting my head shaved to raise money for cancer on March 14.  Here is the link for donations:

https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/1043508/2020

I got one online donation so far, and some bucks from generous co-workers.  I hope to thus justify my bald pate.

Oh, crap, I have to get ready to go to work.  I knew I should have gotten up at four.

 

I Almost Forgot, I’m Gonna Be Bald!

Long time readers may remember that I have previously participated in St. Baldrick’s Day events.  That is, I got my head shaved to help raise funds for cancer research.  Thanks to the generosity of my family, friends and co-workers,  I raised enough money to not feel foolish in front of the other bald people.  Oh, I know, every little bit helps, and as long as I bring something, I have nothing to be ashamed of.  I still don’t want to look like I’m just cadging a cheap haircut.

Look how cute I’m going to look! Or do I flatter myself?

This is a picture of me after the last time I got my head shaved,  in 2016.  I think it looks better once it starts to grow back some, but bald is just so striking.

The problem I have is that I hate asking people to donate.  There are just so many people raising money for so many causes, most of them very worthy (I can’t bring myself to say they are ALL worthy, but I will not go so far as to name any I found less than worthy) (I’m sure it wasn’t yours) (oh dear,  I can get myself into trouble this way).

That was as far as I got last night, before my fatigue overtook me and I cravenly went to bed.  Now it is Wednesday morning, and I shall finish my Tuesday post with a link to my St. Baldrick’s Day Fundraising page.  You might like to take a look, if only to see the silly “before” picture I used.  If you would like to make a small donation to cancer research, I shall be extremely grateful.

https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/1043508/2020

 

Run, Shop, Drink, It’s Scattered Saturday!

I have had a WONDERFUL day, and I will now attempt to make a Scattered Saturday post about it.  I have a number of pictures to share, so if my words are less than wonderful, I am certain my readers will forgive me.

This picture courtesy of Steve.

This is me finishing the Reindeer Run 5K in Little Falls, about a step behind Santa Claus. I think I may have been able to pour it on a little more and beaten the kid, but I did not try.  Perhaps if I had tried I would have failed.  But it was a fun run.

Love those alpacas!

The Reindeer Run was part of Christmas in Little Falls.  After I had showered at the YMCA and had a good breakfast at Il Caffe, we did some shopping.  My favorite stop was at Paca Gardens.

My photos here came out a little blurry.

After shopping, we were fortunate enough to catch a performance of a puppet play of “A Christmas Carol.”  It was awesome! We loved it!

A zombie nutcracker?

Later on we went to a wine tasting at Valley Wine and Liquor in Herkimer,  NY.  I took a few pictures of their holiday decorations,  which I hope to share in a later post.

Steven was the only one who deigned to smile.

After the tasting, we went for a couple of drinks at Heelpath Brewing Company at the Frankfort Marina.  It was fun!

I have not gone onto depth on any of our activities today, but perhaps future blog posts can fill in the gaps.  In the meantime,  Happy Saturday,  everyone!

 

Love Those Googly Eyes!

One of the Mohawk Valley Adventures Steve, Kim and I had on Saturday was to go to the Basket Raffle at Mohawk Reformed Church.  We love basket raffles!

Kim and some people I don’t know browsing.

We each got ten tickets for $5 and walked around five tables of baskets.  So hard to decide which ones to try for!  I considered getting more tickets, but I was trying to be frugal.

The drawing was not till Sunday.  As the afternoon wore on, I sadly accepted that we hadn’t won anything.  Then the phone rang!  I had won the Now That’s Crafty basket.

“The one with the googly eyes?”  I asked.  Yes!

I went to the church after work to get it.  I told the ladies I was very excited about the googly eyes.

“And there’s a $10 Michael’s gift card,” one of the ladies said.

“I forgot about that,” I said.

“You can buy even more googly eyes,” she said.

I just might!

See the googly eyes?

Now I can get all kinds of crafty for Christmas.  I’ll be sure to write blog posts about it when I do.

 

They Say I’m a Character

Don’t we look awesome?

In lieu of my usual Lame Post Friday,  I thought I would share some cool pictures from the RCIL Character Brunch, which I participated in last Saturday.  It was a blast!  I stole the above picture from the RCIL Facebook page.  I also took a few with my Tablet.

Snow White turned her back, because she had a mouthful of donut.

Unfortunately I could only take pictures in the room where we hung out before the event.  During the event, I was busy dancing, signing autographs (really!), and generally being a character once the event started. But I think my backstage pictures are fun. In the above shot, the foreground features Alice of Alice in Wonderland with one of the Queen of Hearts’ minions (I know you think a minion is a goofy yellow guy in a Facebook meme, but it is also a generic term for an underling).  The Beast from Beauty and is in the background, without his head.

Here’s Snow White, and Beast again.

 

And Cinderella!

 

A kind of artsy shot (or do I flatter myself?) shot of Elsa getting ready.

What I really enjoyed was the eclectic quality of the gathering.  I think at the time I used the word “eclecticness” which may or may not actually be a word (surely you don’t expect me to look it up on Lame Post Friday) (and I will call you Shirley if I feel like it).

Royalty present included Princess Leia and Prince Charming.

 

A Jedi knight and Sponge Bob.

 

I wish I had gotten some better shots of these folks.

Some time when I’m feeling less lame, I’d like to write more about RCIL and the brunch.  For now, I leave these pictures and a wish for a Happy Friday for all.