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A Purely Personal Post

Since I always categorize this blog as Personal, I am going to make a purely personal post. Regular readers know I am very happily married to a lovely man named Steven. Well, Steven is not in the best of health. Last month, he went into the hospital and he is now in a nursing home, hopefully for only a short stay.

I will not go into details about what is going on, because, in addition to HIPAA considerations, I have always said that explanations are tiresome. Suffice it to say, I hope he is finally getting the help he has needed for a while.

I kept all this secret, even from my nearest and dearest until last week. Finally I told my parents, then made a Facebook post spreading the news far and wide. How’s that for all or nothing thinking? Either I don’t tell anybody or I tell EVERYBODY!

Obviously this is a stressful time, especially for someone who suffers from depression, as I do. The worst thing is spending all this time home without my hubby. What a waste of being unemployed! I can only hope I find a job soon, so I can take my mind off my troubles.

Of course things could be worse, and I must count my blessings. I saw a news story about a man who has not seen his wife since March. He was going to go up in a bucket truck for a window visit and hoped she would be having a good day. God bless him! What the hell am I complaining about?

So I must try to keep myself occupied, hopefully with things I can write interesting blog posts about. Thank you for tuning in, and I hope to see you again tomorrow.

BBQ at the Boneyard

I just parted company with my friend Kim. I said, “It is the movie watching portion of the day.”  She said, ” You have a blog post to make!” Of course she was right.  We had been at Boneyard BBQ in Utica, NY.

In the heart of Utica.

We had a little trouble finding Roosevelt Drive, but we got there eventually.  The place was small, but we easily found a table.  Kim got a White Zinfandel and after trying a sample I got a Goose Island IPA.  We admired the Halloween decor while we waited for our food and drinks.

The large skull was looking right over my shoulder.

We shared chili cheese fries for an appetizer.  Then I had Everything Wings while Kim had a Pulled Pork Sandwich with a Mac and Cheese side.  We had to wait a bit for our food, because the kitchen was also busy with a catering order, but it was delicious when it arrived.

Note the Utica Club logo on the wall.

We took a couple more pictures outside.

Gotta love the scary pumpkin!

 

And the front door.

Boneyard BBQ is located at 244 Roosevelt Dr., Utica, NY, phone number 315-733-0364.  They are open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

 

Stop Lollygagging and Make a Blog Post!

I had another busy day of doing things that were just not worth blogging about. Then again, it is Lame Post Friday. I’ll just blather on for a while and call it a post. Maybe a silly picture or two to pep things up.

I am usually silly, with or without wine.

I am enjoying a glass of wine as I type. In fact, I am wearing the same shirt, although I am not sporting the same silly grin.

This was my Facebook profile picture for a while.

I have been enjoying a lot of horror movies lately. The above is the inimitable Lionel Barrymore in Devil Doll. It’s a pretty fun movie.

And sometimes I am just piddle puttering.

As I scanned my Media Library, reflecting on what a foolish post this is, the above caught my eye. My sister Cheryl gave it to me. Many agree that it is just the sort of thing I would say.

I like trees.

The above is from March, but I have been noticing how bare trees are looking. Perhaps one day soon I will take a walk and snap a few shots (preview of coming attractions).

In the meantime, I am closing in on 200 words. Happy Friday, everyone!

Beer, Murder, Vote!

So I’m sitting here, idly scrolling down Facebook and half-listening to 20/20 on OWN, and I suddenly think, “Crap! I have to make my blog post!”  In my defense, I have had a lot on my mind today.  Oh, well, we all have our problems. I will sort mine out sooner or later, one way or another.   In the meantime, I think a Throwback Thursday Post will be nice.

Here’s a handsome dude!

This is my husband, Steven, at the Ommengang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY.   We were having some lovely adventures that day.  God willing, we will have more.

Not quite the usual suspects.

I have shared this memory before: A G.R.A.V.E. Murder, one of the interactive murder mysteries we put on to benefit the Herkimer County Historical Society.  I am supposed to be writing a virtual one, for these COVID times, but so far I am not meeting with success.

One of the first selfies I ever took!

This is from November 2018.  We always feel proud of ourselves for voting. This year Steven voted via absentee ballot, which I obtained and delivered for him, while I voted early (perhaps you read my blog post about it).

I think that makes a nice variety of memories.  Maybe I can go about making some new ones tomorrow.  As always, I hope you’ll stay tuned.

 

Here I Am! I Hope!

I think I found a way to get back to Classic Editor.  I start a post, save it, get out of it, find it under “all posts,” and then I can click on “Classic Editor, ” and here I am!  I do not know if this will continue to work, but I will enjoy it for today at least.

My computer woes continue.  My laptop turns on, but I cannot get it out of Airplane mode.  I thought surely I would be able to, since I have done so before. But even after calling myself Shirley, I failed (get it?  Airplane? Surely/Shirley? Well, I thought I was funny).  Additionally, I can no longer get onto WordPress on my phone.  And there was a picture in it I wanted to use. Rats!

Here I am!

I remembered I had shared the picture to Facebook so downloaded it to my Tablet from there. Phew!  I may catch up with technology at last! 

This is a selfie taken after my run yesterday.  I know, I finished my challenge of 34 minutes for 34 days and then take a selfie (remember that?).  I did not even take selfies all 34 days.  I don’t like taking selfies.  But I felt like taking one yesterday. For one reason, it had snowed and I hoped some had stayed on my hat.  No such luck, but I snapped the pic anyways.

I thought I might crash and burn after my 34 days, but I have not quite done that.  My runs have been shorter and not every day, but I am still getting out there.  I may even make a Running Commentary Post again soon.

In the meantime,  I see I am over 250 words.  I think I will call this a Tired Tuesday Post and drive on.  Full disclosure: I actually got a lot done today, but it would probably make a dull post.  I’ll try for a good Mohawk Valley Adventure tomorrow.  As always, I hope you’ll stay tuned.

 

Bonita, Can You Help Me Now?

I tried to use this Monday as a New Start. That was because I saw it on a Facebook meme. Just kidding! The fact is, I am always making a new start, at any point in the week or year.

OK, something stupid just happened.  It was me. I am the stupid thing that happened.  I can’t find a good stylus, and I have a split or paper cut in my index finger, so one letter at a time typing is difficult.  I tried switching to the laptop, but I think I may have killed it.  It is poised on my dining room table, the slightest shift a danger.  And I was trying to find out where to stick the flash drive they gave me at Working Solutions.  I did not figure it out.  This could be a problem.

I believe I mentioned before that I was on furlough from my place of employment.  Did I further mention that it has been changed to a layoff?  I don’t mean to bring up my problems, but I just thought I would mention it.  Perhaps my job search gyrations would make an interesting blog post.

In the meantime, I am sitting here with my Tablet, typing with my middle finger, and wishing I had more cheerful things to type about. 

It’s Bonita!

I add a photo to pep things up.  Now that Halloween is over, it is time to change Bonita’s outfit.  I wonder if I could find a Pilgrim’s bonnet in her size.

 

Not Cinema Sunday?

Monday sneaking up on us?

I have never been able to get much done on a Sunday, and most Sundays I don’t even try. It’s a good day to watch movies and do a Sunday Cinema Post. Unfortunately, I have not watched many movies today. However, in the interests of making a blog post, I will share pictures from movies I might have seen.

The above, in case you didn’t know, is Nosferatu, the scariest movie ever. I am sure nobody expects me to stop watching scary movies just because Halloween is over.

I loves me some Bela Lugosi!

I just watched The Bowery at Midnight again recently. I have it on DVD but do not remember where or when I bought it.

Those crazy eyes!

I never thought of The Bad Seed as a Halloween movie, but TCM showed it last night. I did not watch it, though, as it is one we have on DVD and pop in on a regular basis.

It’s trippy.

The Terror is one I have on two separate horror collections. It is not one Steven cares for, so I try to watch it when he is not around. I wrote a blog post about it once.

I see I am just over 200 words. Score! I still have time to watch a movie!

And There Goes Halloween!

This is a Slacker Saturday Post, because I have waited a little too late in the day for any other kind of a post. This is also my Halloween post. I greeted a few trick or treaters, socially distanced, of course. I did not take any pictures, but here is one from last year.

The weather was better this year.

Earlier in the day, my friend Kim and I dressed up and went to Heelpath Brewing Company in Frankfort. They were having a drink special if you were in costume.

We had a fun time.
This is the closest I have to a picture of myself in costume.

Now I have to think about taking my Halloween decorations down and putting my Christmas ones up. Thanksgiving, you say? Don’t worry: when it comes to holidays, I can multi-year!

See, Santa is waiting his turn!

Short Shout-Out on Lame Post Friday

I love this!

Happy Halloween Eve, everyone! Today I took a walk to a new shopping venue in Herkimer, NY, The Emporium. I took a bunch of pictures, because I hope to write an article for Mohawk Valley Living magazine. For today’s Lame Post Friday blog post, however, I will merely say a few words and share the most seasonal pictures I took.

I especially like the glass that says, “Drink up,Witch.”

I love fall.

The Emporium is a vendor market featuring a wide variety of stuff. Antiques, crafts, handmade goods and more. I intend to return and check out the merchandise more thoroughly soon.

They are located at 402 Mohawk St., Herkimer, NY, and are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday.

Oh, Deer!

Subtitled: Interrupted Run. This morning I started to run at least 34 minutes, to fulfill the penultimate day of my 34 day challenge for diabetes awareness. It did not go well.

I started out in the dark, as I like to do, wearing my road guard vest, along with leggings, long sleeves, and gloves. Things were fine for the first three or four minutes, then I saw a young deer in a yard up ahead of me.

“Hello, deer,” I said but stupidly did not stop. Of course the deer ran way across the road.

And there were cars coming in both directions! One was far enough away, but the other had to slam on his brakes, which he (or she) fortunately did. I saw the deer make it up into another yard and away. The car paused for a minute or two, no doubt making sure of the same thing.

You would think I would be relieved the poor deer had escaped death, but apparently that is how my mind works. I was traumatized by the thought of what might have happened and the knowledge that it would have been my fault. In my defense, I am having a very emotional time these days, for various reasons with which I will not burden you at this time. Additionally, I have long suffered from depression and anxiety.

Be all that as it may, I started having the worst attack of vocal chord dysfunction (VCD) that I have had in a long time. VCD, in case you did not know, is a breathing problem in which muscles in one’s throat tighten in a most uncomfortable fashion. It sounds like an asthma attack, and it feels pretty awful.

So there I stood on the sidewalk, gasping for breath and making the most hideous noises. How I longed for somebody to stop and say, “Are you all right?” Then they would have said something like, “Calm down, it’s all right. Everything is fine.” I kept saying that to myself, but I didn’t believe me. For heavens’ sake, the deer did NOT get hit! What the hell, me?

Eventually I got my breathing under control, but I still wanted to cry. I tried to start running again, but my body did not want to, even less did my mind. Finally I started to walk back home, feeling really stupid but trying to be gentle with myself.

Then I saw the skunk.

This is the second time I have encountered a skunk while walking in the early morning. The first time, the animal was in a stance, legs spread out, hunkered down, looking like he meant business (although it was dark, so perhaps I exaggerate his air of intimidation). This one was just standing there. I sprinted across the street, and he moseyed on in the other direction.

So that was pretty funny. I walked back to my house, took off my road guard vest and put on my sweatshirt, picked up my water bottle, and proceeded to continue my walk till the desired 34 minutes was accomplished.

Diabetes is a serious problem for many. And exercise is a good idea for everybody! I am not nominating anybody, but I am encouraging all my friends and family to challenge themselves! Even if you don’t do the full 34 minutes or days, do some exercise and make a post about it! Let’s all encourage each other to be a little healthier!

34 Days, 34 Minutes of physical activity for the 34 MILLION diagnosed with Diabetes in the USA.Let’s bring awareness to this issue that plagues our nation.According to the CDC, more than 34 million Americans have diabetes and of those, 90-95% have been diagnosed as type2. “You May be able to manage diabetes with healthy eating and being physically active.”

RULES:*Once nominated, your 34 days begin the following day.*Post a “selfie” of your post workout sweat everyday for 34 days*please nominate a friend you think will FOLLOW THROUGH with this challenge. WE ARE COUNTING ON YOU TO HELP SPREAD THE AWARENESS.*HAVE FUN, work on you for the next 34 days for 34 minutes!!!! BE CREATIVE!!!