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It Is a Black and Grey Scarf

So I guess yesterday was a true Wuss-out Wednesday, since I declined to post at all. What, I wonder, is my problem? I actually wrote quite a bit before work and on breaks, blog and novel. Then I came home, hung out for a bit, went to dinner, came home, and knitted while watching Dateline. I finished another scarf. Anybody need a scarf?

Is this for Corn Hole?

We ate at The Tin Cup Tavern and Grille, just south of Little Falls, NY on Route 5. I am hoping to write about them for Mohawk Valley Living magazine. The deadline is today. Yikes!

Full disclosure: the article is mostly written; I just said Yikes to be dramatic. In fact, this was our third visit to the Tin Cup. I really did not feel like cooking.

My question now is: will I post again later so this is a late Wednesday post, or will I fail to post and call this Non-Sequitur Thursday? A little suspense adds interest to my day.

Not a Post

This just a note to let my readers know why I did not post yesterday and why I may not post for the next few days. Yesterday I lost a very dear friend. I felt and feel too sad to post.

Full disclosure: yesterday afternoon Steven and I did leave the house to meet another friend, and we had a very nice time. But now I don’t feel right posting about having fun.

No doubt I will feel differently in the future. For one reason, I want to continue to be a booster for the area, and I took some pictures at the fun business we were at. Perhaps it is selfish of me not to plug that business at this time, but self-recriminations help no one, so never mind that.

In the meantime, Please excuse me.

Another Fun Fratello’s Night

We went to Fratello’s Pizzeria in Frankfort, NY yesterday (Wednesday)for food and music. Full disclosure: I mostly wanted to order a salad so I would have leftovers for my lunch Thursday and Friday.


We grooved to the sounds of Matt Grainger. I love his guitar work. We sang along to most of the songs. Luckily not very loudly (neither of us has the best voice).

I got an Antipasto while Steven got a small garlic pizza. He nicely gave me a piece of it. Yum! He was a little concerned when he ordered that it would be too large. I pointed out that pizza leftovers are good too, for breakfast or lunch. A guy at the bar pointed out that leftover pizza is good hot or cold. In fact, I am enjoying a cold piece as I type this in early Thursday morning.

As usual, we got great service from our favorite bartender, Toni. I admired her pen.

The tail wiggled when she wrote.

I do enjoy these week night adventures, even when I don’t write about them right away

Thank You, Mona’s!

Thank God for Mona’s Diner! Last Saturday there was no food in my house. Oh, OK, I still had a dozen eggs. I could have made scrambled eggs or even an omelet (full disclosure: I had a little ham and cheese, too).

BUT my kitchen sink was clogged. It had happened the night before, when I was about half way through the dishes (yes, there were a lot of them for just me, don’t judge). I thought I had solved the problem with Liquid Plumber, a small plunger, and time. When I went to finish doing the dishes Saturday morning, I found I had done no such thing. I tried by best to finish the dishes anyways, with questionable success (don’t worry: I’ll rewash the questionable ones before I use them; I’m lazy, I’m not an animal).

I was disinclined to dirty more dishes. In fact, I was quite discouraged to find I had missed a glass (the previous afternoon’s iced coffee, which I had brought upstairs with me when I went to shower and change before going to visit Steven at the nursing home).

All this by long way of explaining why I treated myself to breakfast at Mona’s Diner in Mohawk, NY. The waitress carried a mug and the pot of coffee over to my table when I arrived, to save time when she asked would I like coffee. Oh yes! Even if I did have some earlier. Coffee is almost always welcome.

I ordered a wrap sandwich with bacon, egg and cheese. It was large and yummy! I felt well able to face the rest of my day.

Mona’s is located at 32 E. Main St., Mohawk, NY. You can follow her on Facebook for pictures of all the good food she has to offer.

More Pics from the Sunday Stroll

This is part two of my Sunday Stroll, to use the pictures I took with my Tablet, because waste not, want not. After mailing the card to my friend (the reason for the walk, for those of you just tuning in), I continued up Prospect Sreet, where I saw some lovely dark clouds.

I also tried to get the trees.
I like this one even better,

The sun was shining in the sky behind me, as you can tell by the brightness.

A better sky shot.
A good tree and sky shot.

I shared two of these pictures on the WKTV Facebook page. Jill Reale shared one on the morning news cast. That is always fun for me. Bill Kardas shared one on Facebook, saying the clouds were asperatus clouds, which look threatening but only bring scattered showers. So I feel recognized by the WKTV weather crew.

Reaching German Street, I walked past my street to Trinity Lutheran Church, so I could get a shot of their flowers, which I had noticed on my morning run.

Now those are some daffodils!
I wish I had zoomed in more.

I enjoyed my little walk, and I love seeing signs of spring!

A Toast to Siblings

Did you know it was National Siblings Day today? I did not, till I saw it on Facebook. What a source of information and entertainment. My sister Vicki shared a lovely picture of the five of us.

Since I wanted to participate too, I searched my Tablet for a shot. I did not have one. Instead, I shared a picture of a flight of draft beers from Heelpath Brewing in Frankfort, NY. I figured, I have four siblings, I would drink a beer to each of them.

Later that day, I got together with my friend Kim, and she suggested we go to Heelpath and perhaps sit outside. It was a drop dead gorgeous day, and we do like Heelpath. I decided to drink a flight for my siblings.

Yum, yum!

I took tasting notes but do not have them handy and am too lazy to look for them. Anyways, since they represent my siblings, it would be wrong to pick a favorite.

Heelpath Brewing Co. is located at 122 Marina Park Dr., Frankfort, NY, phone number 315-444-9005. They are open 2 to p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 2 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Late Post, Good Dinner

I had a different title in min but decided the above would emphasize the yummy meal we had last night while still acknowledging I am making my Friday blog post Saturday morning.

Yesterday I went straight from work to Salvatore’s Pizzeria and Restaurant in Herkimer, NY. My current place of employment is such handy walking distance from the place, I have been wanting to do that on a Friday since day one. Since I put in my two-week notice (long story, not very interesting), I thought we had better do it.

I spent the last half hour at work singing a song I made up as I went along. It was kind of a croony tune and prominently featured the word “Chardonnay.” I left work a few minutes late so called Steven on his cell so he could have the Chardonnay waiting for me.

Steven enjoyed a little Chardonnay himself.

All day I had been thinking about the broiled haddock served in a white wine lemon butter glaze with a side of pasta.

“Only I don’t want tomato sauce on the pasta. I want the sauce they put on the fish,” I said.

“I’ll let you order first and say I’ll have the same,” Steve said. We followed that plan and enjoyed a delicious meal.

I’m getting hungry again!

Salvatore’s Pizzeria and Restaurant is located at 650 1/2 German St., Herkimer, NY, phone number 315-866-2600. They are open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to p.m. Friday, closed Sunday. They also deliver!

Judge Me If You Are So Inclined

Let us be perfectly honest about the fact that I am doing my post despite the fact that my computer flatly refuses to put the obvious anticipatory words on my predictive text.

This was the paragraph I typed last night (as Truman Capote famously said, that’s not writing). Then I gave it up as a bad job. Steven and I had been to the 5th anniversary celebration of the End Zone Pub and Grub in Herkimer. Too much to drink? SAY IT AIN’T SO!!!

Actually, it was not so. For one reason, we drove to the pub so kept it under control. However, when we got home, we were so into watching movies and hanging out, my blog post just went by the wayside.

It is going by the wayside again this morning, because I want to go running. Will I make a better blog post later? I can only hope.

Apropos Snow on Tired Tuesday

I’m afraid all I can manage today is a Tired Tuesday Post. I had a rather heinous day at work, but this is not a work blog, so I will not go on about that. In fact, already I’ve said too much.

A little snow to cool us off.

I throw in a picture to pep things up. This was taken a while ago, but today was a snowy day, so I feel it is apropos.

Isn’t he cute?

I snapped the snowman in a neighborhood yard back in November. It feels like years ago. I would like to build a snowman. Perhaps if it is warm enough, but not too warm, this weekend. Then again, I won’t mind if it is too warm, because I am quite looking forward to spring.

Here’s a cheery trio!

Here is a picture taken in December that cheers me up. It is good to be cheered up on a Tuesday.

I think it is even bigger now.

And here is a shot of Frankentree from December 2019. We have roughly the same amount of snow currently. This is getting to be a meandering kind of post. If Tuesday counts as mid-week, I could call this Mid-week Mental Meanderings. I have not used that category in a while.

But is Tuesday really mid-week? That question might keep me up tonight. What a terrible situation on Tired Tuesday.

And I Am Too Sick to Think of a Title

Today is a Blogger’s Sick Day. Of all the rotten timing for ill health! How many weeks have I been furloughed and laid off, two weeks into a new job, and they send me home. Two days before Christmas!

It is, as usual, my own fault (I believe I have mentioned that most of my life can be summed up with the words “Operator Error”). I mentioned my symptoms. I work amongst nurses, in a setting where they must be very careful of infection. I protested, but they made me go home.

I suppose they were right, because I started to feel a little worse as I drove home. I took a nap. I ate some chicken soup. I will probably go to bed early. I am sure I will feel better. Without going into disgusting details, my symptoms are more indicative of gastroenteritis than COVID. Quite frankly, anything that is not gone tomorrow will suck.

One reason I feel so annoyed is that I had plans. I was going shopping and to the bank after work. I don’t want to deal with that shit on Christmas Eve! I had a vague thought of trying to use the order online, pick up curbside option, but I do not feel up to navigating the internet tonight.

I did not up to making a blog post, either, but here I am, over 200 words. Perhaps they are whiny words. These things happen. Let us all hope for better things tomorrow.