I decided to take a walk with my phone (instead of my Tablet) for today’s Pedestrian Post. Yes, it is the second post in a week of me taking a walk and snapping pictures. That is why I am calling this a Non-Sequitur Thursday Post.
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Today was so beautiful I wanted to twirl around, arms outstretched, like Julie Andrews in that movie I don’t like but everybody else seems to. What a clumsy sentence, just because I can’t mention a movie without injecting my petty opinion. Never mind. I took a lot of pictures that I would like to share. On with the post!
I first wanted to go to a house on my street that seems to be unoccupied. Perhaps the residents are merely elusive. In any case, I took a picture of a bush on their front lawn and made bold to go up their driveway for a picture of some tulips I had noticed earlier.
I continued down Bellinger Street in search of a magnolia tree I had not checked on lately. I noticed a magnolia tree in full bloom on German Street during my run this morning so felt sure the other one would be photo ready.
I took two pictures and continued down Bellinger to St. Francis Church, where I had seen the Saint himself following Covid Protocol.
I also got a shot of the tulips in front of Francis.
I continued on through Meyers Park to take a picture of the statue of General Herkimer.
I walked down Prospect to Albany Street, where I saw a flowering tree.
I saw a person ahead so, with social distancing in mind, I ducked into the alley behind the stores. This was delightful to me, because it is not a route I have taken in recent memory. Imagine my surprise to see a Christmas decoration!
I continued on up Main Street and through the park by Basloe Library. At the beginning of quarantine, it was only when libraries closed that I said, “Shit just got real.” However, I was able to enjoy some perennials in the flower beds.
I got home without further photo ops, then proceeded to my back yard, where there are some different flowers under my rhododendron. Previously there have been forget me notes, but I do not know what these are.
I close with a shot of my one hyacinth, taken previously and inexplicably not used in a blog post yet.
I understand the weather is not expected to be as delightful in the coming week. However, I feel I can rejoice that I sufficiently appreciated today. Happy Sunday, all!
It was a perfectly beautiful day in the Mohawk Valley, sunny and warmer than it has been in a long time. I knew I would be happy if I got outside after work to enjoy it. I decided to take a walk with my Tablet and take pictures for a Pedestrian Post.
I did not really know what I hoped to get pictures of. The dirt-covered remains of snow piles? Brown grass at last uncovered? Bare tree branches? The last actually sounded good. I love to see bare branches against the sky. I have been admiring them against whit and grey skies lately. Today the sky was a lovely blue.
But could I get the shot? When I finally picked a tree to try, I found I could not clearly see the screen of my Tablet because of the sun. Oh dear. I clicked and hoped for the best.
That one didn’t turn out too bad. This is on the path over what used to be a hydraulic canal, a favorite place to walk or run. I took a shot of the path as well.
Next I decided to walk by my beloved Herkimer Historic Four Corners. I took pictures of all four corners, but I will only the best shots.
This was outside the Suiter House of the Herkimer County Historical Society, obviously one of my favorite places.
I continued down Main Street to Basloe Library. Naturally I wanted to give the library a shout-out.
It was a very pleasant walk. I am SO looking forward to spring!
I went to Basloe Library in Herkimer this morning, to get on the computer and to check on the status of their renovations. I brought my Tablet with me to get a few pictures. Now I am at home on my Tablet, typing in my blog post one letter at a time. Note to self: Next time you go to the library, plan ahead, so you can type in your blog post with all ten fingers, as God intended.
Where was I? Ah yes at the library, admiring the surroundings.
There were some comfortable chairs in the library before, but the last time I was in there, this space was occupied by the temporary information desk.
I especially like the big windows.
I like being able to look out a window when I’m writing, which is something I often go to the library to do. With that in mind, I was really happy to see a couple of well-placed tables.
I asked the nice young man if he minded being in the picture for my blog. I told him to keep doing what he was doing, so it would be like a candid.
I hope to write more about the library renovations, with more pictures. In the meantime, this makes a nice change from my usual Monstrous Monday. And I can share monster pictures later in the week.
I went for a walk with my Tablet and the specific intention of making a Pedestrian Post. The other reason was that I had not gone running this morning and thought exercise would be a good idea.
When I ran yesterday, I was struck by some overgrown bushes with overgrown grass opposite. It was not a problem to run through, but there would not have been room for two abreast. I reflected that when I was a kid, I would have pretended it was a tunnel.
I turned onto Church Street and walked towards my beloved Herkimer Historic Four Corners. First, however, I passed Temple Beth Joseph Synagogue and admired their rhododendron bush.
Next I noticed one of those garden balls I have always liked, in front of a nearby house. I read a great thriller in which one was figured prominently.
I turned down Main Street at the Four Corners and walked to Basloe Library. Some major construction is going on there, so I took a couple of pictures.
When the construction is completed, I will have to do a whole post about it. I was at Basloe yesterday (I should have made a post about that!), and it looks like great changes are in store.
My walk was not that long, but I enjoyed it. Tomorrow I hope to go for a run. A woman my age needs to keep up on her exercise! And her blog posts.
The heat wave continues in the Mohawk Valley, and I do not have air conditioning. However, libraries do! In the last two days, I went to two, so I thought I would give them a shout out instead of having my usual Tired Tuesday post.
Monday I went to Basloe Library in Herkimer, NY. I actually went so I could print out the script to Where’s the Cheesecake?, the play I am in during Little Falls Cheese Festival, July 14 (I’ll make tomorrow’s blog post about that, by the way) (preview of coming attractions). I still don’t have a printer, but I was just as happy to go to the library. As I paid for my printed pages, I remarked that it might be time to purchase a printer of my own.
“Then again, I’m not too unhappy to be here in the air conditioning,” I told the clerk. She agreed that this was a good place to be, especially since they also have books. With that in mind, I found a few books. Then I sat down and tried to write. That did not go so well, because I had a headache. As I left the library, I saw they had changed the sandwich board outside to say, “Come on in! It’s cool and we have books!” I only wish I had had my Tablet with me to take a picture.
Today I went to Weller Library in Mohawk. I was determined to write more. For one reason, I did not have a headache. For another reason, they have the most beautiful reading room. Once again, I ought to have had my Tablet with me. Next time!
Well, once again, the writing did not go so well, so I looked for books. I thought I found a couple of Agatha Christie’s I had not read, only to discover that they were novelizations based on, I don’t know, a movie or a play. I put them back on the shelf and found a couple of authentic Agatha Christie novels, one of which I actually have not read. Score!
I managed to get a little writing done: some on a novel that I fear is not going to go anyplace, and some on a murder mystery for the fall. I think the murder mystery is going to work out. I’ll write more on it tomorrow.
So, my advice to anybody who is tired of the head and doesn’t have air conditioning: go to the library! It’s cool, and they have books!
I wanted to have another Severed Head Sunday. I thought it would happen when Steven agreed to watch The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, one of my all-time favorite cheesy movies. From there we could have gone onto a number of other features, cheesy or otherwise: Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Straitjacket, Sleepy Hollow (or, as I like to call it, The Headless Everybody), even Jaws has a scene with a severed head (I believe Jaws was a feature of my first Severed Head Sunday).
Then we decided to go for a walk, because I finished a letter I wanted to mail. I brought along the Tablet and took some pictures, so why not do a Sunday Stroll post? While Steven was changing his shoes, I went into the backyard and got a picture of our Black-eyed Susans that I have been wanting.
I took two shots, thinking to use the best one, but I now I think I’ll use both.
I had just been remarking to Steven that our spearmint seems a little out of control, so I got a shot of that, too.
I was glad I had taken two pictures at home, because I did not find as much to shoot on our walk. However, I knew I wanted a picture of our post office, because I think it is kind of cool and historic looking.
As we walked up Main Street, I saw some flowers in front of Basloe Library which I had not taken a picture of, I don’t think. I think I only took a shot of the ones in the park next to the library.
I was glad to get back home, because it was hotter outside than I had thought. Also, I had not worn my sunglasses and the bright sunlight was bothering me. Just to piss and moan a little, so this is more of a Wrist to Forehead Sunday after all. However, my headline promised a Scattered Sunday and I began by talking about movies, so I will close with a photo I downloaded from one of my monster movie groups on Facebook.
It is a rare close up of Max Schrek in make-up as Nosferatu, who, as regular readers know, is one of my all-time favorite guys. Happy Sunday, everyone.
It’s that moment in an every day blogger’s life, when you’re waiting for the macaroni salad to chill and you want to get your blog post published and you realize your brain is working no better than it was earlier today (that is, not at all). I’ve done a few things, so perhaps I could manage a Scattered Saturday post. We’ll see.
We slept in till almost 6:30. It was a late night (for us), opening night of Steel Magnolias at Ilion Little Theatre. So we got a slow start. Eventually we made our way to Mona’s Diner in Mohawk, NY for breakfast. The last time we ate there it was called The Family Fun Center. It’s still a pretty good place to eat. We don’t get to eat breakfast out together as often as we used to, so we enjoyed it.
Next we went to Basloe Library in Herkimer. Ah, libraries, how they can save your life. I had the character sheets from He Laughed Himself to Death I wanted to print out. That is the murder mystery Ilion Little Theatre is putting on as a dinner theatre at Morning Star Methodist Church in Ilion on April 1. It may be a scramble to put it together, but I think it will be highly entertaining.
Around one o’clock, I took a nap. I will have another late night tonight. As I type this, I am drinking coffee in anticipation. I do love coffee.
After getting up from the nap, I made a macaroni salad for dinner (remember, I mentioned that in the first paragraph?). I enjoyed the therapeutic benefits of chopping vegetables. I will enjoy even more eating the salad with the kielbasa we got to go with it. Yum!
Now all I have to do is wait to go to the theatre for tonight’s performance. I don’t feel as nervous as I did yesterday, but I am far from calm, cool and collected. That was to be expected. However, I am glad I have at least composed a blog post. I hope to see you all on Wrist to Forehead Sunday.
My house is back online, just in time for Wuss-out Wednesday. Instead of sitting at Basloe Library (a perfectly wonderful place to be, but I have to wear a bra and shoes ) I am lounged on my couch. But it is still Wuss-out Wednesday. My brain is dead. My body is not doing much better, but my purpose is not to complain but to blog, possibly to entertain. At least I may entertain myself. That’s something.
Steven is watching The Year Without a Santa Claus. Yay, Snow Miser and Heat Miser! Did anybody here Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s cover of their song? An awesome rendition. However, I have a few problems with this special. I guess I could do worse for a Wuss-out Wednesday post than mention them.
A friend pointed out that the whole plot is a little shaky. The two elves go in search of Christmas spirit so Santa will not take the day off. Then the mayor says if it will snow, he will get all the mayors together and give Santa… the day off! I gotta say what I say when confronted with a plot hole in a cheesy horror movie: Waaaaait a minute!
My first problem happens before the elves take off, though. Mrs. Claus has the wonderful song, “Anyone Can Be Santa Claus,” her first plan being to impersonate the fat man herself. I quite frankly thought (the first time I saw it, and I still think it) that this is a marvelous idea. Of course anyone can be Santa Claus! All you have to do is give somebody something! EVERYBODY should be Santa Claus! But, no, Mrs. Claus is shot down almost immediately. SHE can’t be Santa Claus. Only the REAL Santa Claus will do.
Now don’t tell me it would have been a shorter story if Mrs. Claus had just delivered the toys. They could have put in a lot of twists and turns if they had gone with that plot line. No, I’m not going to write it. If you can’t think of any twists and turns yourself, just take my word for it.
The biggest problem I have always had with this special is the same one I have with almost all the Christmas specials about Santa Claus. Christmas = presents. All I can hear in my head is Boris Karloff saying, “Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
Well I won’t wax philosophical about that tonight (regular readers know that half-baked philosophy belongs on Lame Post Friday). I’ll just enjoy the fun music and charming animation (so retro), while I ponder the Christmas spirit. I hope you are all having a lovely December so far.
I’m afraid it’s Middle-aged Musings Monday, or Mental Meanderings Monday (choose your alliteration). I’m sitting in Basloe Library in Herkimer, NY, with my usual Monday back-ache (and you were hoping I could get through a post without griping about my physical ills) (quite frankly, so was I), sipping coffee and typing on my laptop.
I will just mention that there is something vaguely comforting about my Monday back-ache. I won’t pretend to be so twisted that I enjoy having a back-ache, but at least it feels familiar. Does that make any sense? Does anything make any sense? How about that headline? Let’s talk about that.
After famously saying, “No more plays!” after Much Ado About Nothing (a truly grand theatrical experience, thank you, LiFT!), I am planning to go to Ilion Little Theatre tonight to audition for Steel Magnolias. Oh come on, did anybody seriously believe I wasn’t going to? Of course, there is no guarantee I will get a part. It actually might be kind of better if I don’t get one. I mean, I’m writing three or four murder mysteries. They are scheduled for February, March, April and TBD. More details to follow.
I’ll tell you what, this is not the best place to sit with a laptop. The florescent lights are reflected in my screen in a most annoying fashion. I just re-tilted in an attempt to minimize the effect.
Where was I? Ah yes, too busy to be in another play. Additionally, the deadline looms for Mohawk Valley Living magazine. My computer problems have delayed my getting my articles written and submitted. To be more exact, my dithery, ineffective attempts at dealing with my computer problems have had that effect. A more organized writer would have handily completed said articles. Here we come to the ugly truth about me.
On the other hand, I see it is 4:24 according to my computer. That is almost two hours before my ride will pick me up to go to auditions (it’s so much more comfortable to go to these things with a friend!). I can progress on my articles now! As Gene Wilder famously said in Young Frankenstein: “IT! COULD! WORK!”