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Note to Self: Get a Chaise Lounge

Here I sit, watching Berserk, Joan Crawford’s penultimate movie and wanting to make a blog post. I refrained from having Lame Post Friday, but I am afraid this will be Wrist-to-Forehead Sunday. I would like nothing better than to swoon on a handy chaise lounge, posed dramatically with the back of one wrist against my forehead.

There’s my Joan!

I don’t have a picture from Berserk in my Media Library, so I add one from I Saw What You Did. I find this one sufficiently dramatic for the occasion.

She looks pretty berserk here.

I add this shot from Straitjacket just for good measure. Who doesn’t love Joan Crawford with an axe?

I think it must be pretty clear that I am tired. In fact, if I did have a chaise lounge to swoon upon, I don’t know that I have the strength to get my wrist up to my forehead. I say there is no point in swooning if you cannot pose dramatically. But maybe I can find another picture to entertain.

The middle one is me headed for bed.

I swerve into non-sequitur territory with a picture of zombies. Joan Crawford never did a zombie movie. I expect I’ll be too tired to pop in Night of the Living Dead after Joan is done going Berserk. But perhaps I can summon enough energy to swoon properly.

Late Post from a Lush

So last night I was going to drink and type, only it didn’t work out for me.  So here is what I did last night. 

I don’t know any of these people.

This is my view from Cacciatore’s Ristiorante in Ilion, NY. I was there with my friend Kim, celebrating my birthday a day early.  We had wine and garlic pizza with sausage and extra cheese. Yum!

What a lush I look like!

The shirt arrived at my house via DHL.  I still don’t know who sent it.  And of course I wore my tiara in honor of the day.

My lovely friend Kim.

So here is my short, late Saturday Post.  Judge me if you are so inclined, but please have a pleasant Sunday. 

 

Thank You, Jamo’s!

Since it is Friday, I thought I would go to Happy Hour and write a blog post about it. This decision was not arrived at without a great deal of dithering. Had I earned such a treat? Was this the smartest move considering I am subsisting on unemployment benefits? What about my weight loss goals?

On the other hand, we need to support our local businesses during these uncertain times. Additionally, I could walk to and from my destination, thus getting much needed exercise. With these arguments floating around in my head, I set out for Jamo’s Restaurant and Bar in Herkimer, NY.

I have not been here in a while.

I arrived shortly before four, to find out they open at four. That suited me, because Happy Hour also started at four, so I sat down on the bench to wait. I took a picture of my view while I waited.

I thought the clouds looked cool.

At four I went in, sat at the bar, ordered a glass of wine, and perused the menu. Stupidly, I set my purse on the bar. I was startled by the crash when it fell over, breaking my wine glass.

I am embarrassed to admit, I burst into tears. I have been very emotional lately. The waitresses could not have been nicer. They got me a fresh place setting and a new glass of wine. What the hell, me? I am usually much better at rolling with the punches. When somebody breaks a wine glass at my house, I say, “Oh, that’s all right.” For some reason it is much worse when I do it.

This glass survived the evening.

I guess that picture turned out a little dark, but it will have to do. I ate some Boneless Wings with Everything Sauce and brought leftovers home. It was a pleasant interlude, and I still have time to watch a monster movie.

Jamo’s Restaurant and Bar is located at 123 Mohawk St., Herkimer, phone number 315-866-1746.

Monsters after Migraine

I look like one and feel like the other.

I am at the end (I hope) of a day long migraine but do not want to miss making a blog post. I thought I could manage a Throwback Thursday Post then thought it had been a while since I did monsters. How about Throwback Monsters? It! Could! Work! (That is a quote from Young Frankenstein, in case you didn’t know.)

“This is a good boy!”

I can tell I am getting old, because I can remember when Young Frankenstein was in theatres, and now it is an old movie. Perhaps we could substitute the term “vintage.”

“Who me? Old?”

Here is an even more vintage monster, my favorite, Nosferatu. He is scary, yes.

“Swimming, anyone?”

My post is becoming increasingly random as I just look for monsters and put them in. I say it is better than spending the entire post whining about my migraine. Is it? Discuss amongst yourselves.

I Walk, I Blog, I Interview

Winter returned to the Mohawk Valley, as regular readers may have noticed. I did not go for a run this morning, because I heard streets would probably be slippery. Additionally, I had a job interview. I walked to the job interview and multi-tasked to the extent of taking a few pictures for a blog post.

Isn’t he cute?

Full disclosure:. I did not intend to take any pictures till the snowman caught my eye. How could I resist?  I had left my house with plenty of time, so I paused to take a long shot down German Street.

You can’t see the snow on the trees as well as I’d like.

I confess to enjoying the winter wonderland.  I further confess to the fact that I was walking because I did not want to brush off and scrape my car.  I guess I am up to admiring but not actually dealing with.  So sue me.

Ooh, this one came out better than I thought.

I was early enough that I decided to walk around the block.  I had run down this street recently, and I soon encountered a vine I had almost run into.  Naturally I took a picture,  as you see above.

Black-eyed Susans!

I thought I was done taking pictures, but these remains of Black-eyed Susans tempted me.  I’ll have to get a shot of my own flower patch.

I was still early for my interview, which seemed to go very well.  Of course that doesn’t mean I got the job, but at least it was a pleasant experience.  So I continue to count my blessings,  and I’ll keep you posted.

 

Yummy Lunch

Today I drove to Ilion, NY (which is very close to Herkimer, where I live, in case you didn’t know) to actually apply for a job in person. After getting frustrated filling out online applications, it was almost a pleasure to sit and fill in the blanks. I even got to keep the pen, so score!

Of course, it is not truly a pleasure to have to look for a job, so I decided to treat myself to lunch at Sorrento’s Pizzeria and Restaurant. For another reason, I feel I need to support our local businesses. Are these mere rationalizations to have a yummy lunch? Go ahead and think that if you like, Judgy McJudgerson!

I wore my mask till I was seated at a socially distanced table. I ordered Greens Francesca, which were on special. Yum! I overheard another patron ask the waitress if they could pretend it was Monday so he could order the Monday special. She said no, because she worked open to close on Monday and did not want to do that again.

At one point the lights flickered. I said it meant the place was haunted. The waitress said, no, it was because it was the wrong bulb for the fixture. I liked my explanation better.

I enjoyed my lunch and took leftovers home. Maybe I can find a recipe for greens and make some myself at home. Maybe I can find a locally owned place to purchase the greens. That will be worth another blog post!

Sorrento’s Pizzeria and Restaurant is located at 86 Central Ave, Ilion, NY, phone number 315-894-9991. They are open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

 

Not Much of a Walk

I walked to the post office twice today.  On the second trip, I thought I would take a few pictures for a Pedestrian Post.  It turned out to be not such a pleasant stroll, but I did take a couple of pictures, so I’ll see if I can manage a few words.

I don’t know why that entire paragraph is indented.  I’m on the Classic Editor, dammit!  I tried to fix it but cannot.  Never mind, on with the post.

For the first walk I wore a sweatshirt under a rain jacket.  It was a comfortable combination at the time.  Unfortunately,  I was having a hot flash when I left the second time.  This rain jacket is too hot!  Take it off!  So I did.  A block away from my house I wished I had not but continued my walk, hoping for another hot flash.

 

This is a good one!

I always admire snowball bushes after the season.  They turn brown so nicely! I paused to take a picture of one I particularly liked.

The wind picked up, and I began to really regret leaving the rain jacket home.  What the hell was I thinking?  Why do I do these stupid things?  Thus I rendered my walk even less enjoyable.

Smaller but still nice.

I paused to take a picture of another bush, then got myself home as quickly as I could without giving myself shin splints (which is just the sort of stupid thing I am likely to do).

As you may guess, I am not having the best of days today.  Of course it is my own fault.  Operator Error, the story of my life!  No matter.  We can only do the best we can and hope for a better day tomorrow. 

 

It’s Not COVID!

Although that would make me relevant to current headlines, wouldn’t it? See, you can find an upside to anything. My upside right now is, it is just a cold, it will be over soon. My downside is, this will be another not very good blog post. But as regular readers know, I like to post every day, so let’s see what I can come up with.

I haven’t reached mine yet, but stay tuned.

I have been spending most of the weekend watching Snapped on Oxygen. Today is the Greed Marathon. Earlier this week was the Ex-Best Friends Marathon. They probably had a different marathon every day, because they were working up to some landmark episode, but alas, I did not make a note of them.

“You’re sick? Get back!”

 

I have long bought into the mentality that when you’re sick, you have to just keep going as best you can.  Of course, there have been times when I said, no, dammit, I need to take a day to nurse myself!  But I never thought too much about keeping my germs to myself.  In my defense, my bosses were not too worried about it either.  “Get yourself in here! You have to work!”  is what a distressing number of them said.

But the times they are a-changing, as the song goes.  I feel sick?  I am doing the right thing to stay home alone and watch Snapped!  However, as my headline says, it is not COVID.  I took my temperature, and I don’t have most of the symptoms. This is good news for me.  I should feel fine in another day or so.  Then I will be out of the house,  on job seeking and bloggable adventures!   As always, I hope you’ll stay tuned.

 

Yes, I Took the Damn Day Off

Today is a true blogger’s sick day. I got up with high hopes of getting things done. I took a run, I wrote post cards, I walked to the post office with said cards.

As I walked home from the post office, I started to feel kind of crappy. I thought, just get through today. Tomorrow you can take the day to lounge around and rest. As the morning wore on, I decided, No. Today will be my day off.

I messaged my friend Kim, who I had plans with. She was most understanding. If my day off has had the desired effect, we may get together tomorrow.

However, if not, I will damn well stay home and keep my germs to myself. Some of us buy into the mentality that we must drag ourselves along as best we can, being as productive as we can manage. However, in these COVID enhanced times, we are beginning to appreciate the value of staying the hell home.

No, I do not think I have COVID. I believe it is a common or garden cold, or perhaps just my body’s need to relax for just a short time. In any case, here is my long winded excuse for no blog post today. I will try to come up with something better for tomorrow. As always, I hope you’ll stay tuned.

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!