Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Whine or wine?

This just may go down in history as the worst vacation I have ever had. I have no energy, no ambition, and I haven't spoken to, seen or gotten a text from one single person in 3 entire days. Yesterday I was feeling bored, lonely and a bit sorry for myself and that's when the crying started.
I think I'm going to need another box of tissues.

Too bad I don't have any cheese to go with this whine.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Read, nap, repeat.

Yesterday was another lazy day. I read until I couldn't keep my eyes open, then I napped for a bit. When I woke up I would read again until I couldn't keep my eyes open again. I went back and forth between reading my kindle and reading blogs. You know, so I had a little more variety in my day. It was one of those kinds of days that was perfect for it. Sort of dark and dreary with a little bit of rain thrown in.

There was one other thing I did yesterday. I did a little playing around with a new picture of Gibbs.

This is the original.

I took out the white cord in the background then darkened and blurred it. I sharpened Gibbs and gave his eyes a little bit extra pop.

Then I thought I would try cropping it in closer.

Then I tried it in black and white.

He doesn't appear to be happy with any of them.

Monday, September 17, 2018

It's a good thing...

...I didn't make any plans for this vacation. So far I have done nothing. I'm feeling like such a slug because I have absolutely no energy or ambition to do anything.

At least I convinced myself to get a few more pictures ready for a blog post. Back to the parade.
There were old cars

Old tractors being driven by old men.

And of course there were marching bands.

There used to be several school bands that marched in this parade but the last couple years there have only been two. The one pictured isn't the local school band. This is from the next town over. The kids from the school here were wearing black shorts and shirts and these kids looked more like a band so they get to be on the blog.

I also heard that there was only one girl who ran for fair queen this year. I can't help but wonder if our little fair isn't losing it's appeal.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Day 1

Other than the parade, day one of my vacation was very uneventful.

There was no clowning around whatsoever. At least not by me.

Notice the sign on the side of this ones shoe shine box. She had a flashlight that she shined on your shoes and that was her super shoe shine.

If that doesn't get your goat maybe this will.

You can't tell by the picture but not only is this goat pink but it's a glittery pink.

The rest of the day was spent snacking and napping. A headache set in after the parade and I had no energy to do anything.

I have more pictures from the parade, maybe I'll show  you more tomorrow.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Oh what a feeling

Walking out of work at 2:00 yesterday was the highlight of my week. I had considered going to the fair last night but after I had my dinner I just didn't feel like doing much of anything. I did however take a walk down to the fair on Thursday. I made one trip around and then sat and listended to the band that was playing.

This morning will be the parade so I'll be sitting out in my front yard with my camera. After that who knows what I'll do.

Friday, September 14, 2018

I've been thinking

Yeah!!! It's Friday. The best part about this Friday is that at 2:00 I start my vacation. I've been thinking about what I want to do while I'm off. I'm not really making plans because that never seems to work for me. Instead I'm making a list of options that I can choose from each day.

Looking at Pinterest I found a couple things.

I could make these from clothespins and stover burner covers

I have some ground turkey in the freezer I could make this

I could also start painting some of the upstairs rooms that need it.
I could check out another park I heard about.
I could get some much needed cleaning done.

Any other suggestions for what I can put on my list?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Night shots

Today is day 3 of the fair and I've yet to go. I was too wiped out after mowing on Tuesday and last night by the time I got done working my back was killing me and I just wanted to veg on the couch. I'm thinking I'll probably skip it tonight too. Friday sounds like a good day to go and maybe another trip there on Saturday.

So the other day I was out on the deck shortly before I went to bed. I noticed there was a lot of lightning and so I grabbed my camera to see if I could catch any. I didn't do so good but at least I tried.
The first few pictures I took my timing was really off and this was all I got.

This was as good as I could get. Maybe if there wouldn't have been so many clouds I would have gotten actual lightning instead.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

No clever title

It's hard to come up with a good title when your post subject is rather boring. I need to start doing crafty things so I have more to blog about.
You know this is fair week so here is the cover of this years fair book.

Everything ever wanted to know about the Albion fair is right there in that book.

If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen my post yesterday. My lawn looked horrible and was way over due to be mowed. I can never get the rider started and the push mower is still broken. I can use it but it's a workout pushing that sucker. I bit the bullet and mowed when I got home from work. By the time I was done I was ready to drop. I skipped the front yard because it wasn't all that bad.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

How long has it been.

Yesterday morning I woke up to discover that the electricity was out. I wondered how long it had been since it was out and more importantly how long before it would come back on. I mean seriously, a girl needs her coffee when she get up in the morning. I think the power came back on around 7:30 and that first cup tasted heavenly.
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It was chilly and rainy all day so I spent the majority of the morning on the computer playing around or reading. When I was making my lunch it occured to me how disgusting my refrigerator was getting. When I got done eating I decided it was time to clean it out. II started on the inside then the outside and oh my stars when was the last time I bothered to clean off the top. Last but not least I moved it and cleaned the floor underneath.

Monday, September 10, 2018

The history of my job

I started working where I'm at now in 1997. I had unexpectedly quit my previous job and needed to find something. I started part time in the deli at night. Within a few weeks I had been trained as a cashier and a few months later the bakery manager position was offered to me. I gladly took it since that would mean going from part time to full time.

I'm throwing in a random picture to break things up. One picture 3 ways. Starting with the original and cropping in closer each time.

I don't recall how long I spent in the bakery before I was offered a store manager position. There were 3 of us at the time and I worked mainly nights. Although there were parts of the job I liked, for the most part it stressed me out too much.

When Wade and I got married in 2006 I told my boss I hated the job and wanted to go back to the bakery. That is where I've been ever since.

Last week during my 11 day stretch, the daytime manager was also on vacation which left the boss to take care of the office on top of all his other work. He handed me the keys to the office and said I could take care of it. Some of it I remembered and some I needed a slight refresher on. It certainly made the days go by quick since I was running most of the day. While doing my work in the bakery, I also had to run to the front of the store when they called for a manager.

This week is the dreaded fair week. Although I complain about it a lot, I've gotten quite organized with it over the years and it's really not as bad as it used to be. Mostly it's just a lot of extra work and a bit hectic. The bright side is that my reward for making it through the week is that I'm on vacation all next week.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

day off

You would think after working all those days in a row I would have wanted to lay around doing nothing yesterday. Truth is I had a full day. Something to do in the morning and a trip over the state line to go to a craft show in the afternoon. I decided that doing something fun was more necessary than laying around doing nothing.

No pictures of the craft show but it was in a park right on lake Erie and I did take a few cell phone pictures of the lake

The temperature was way cooler and it was pretty breezy on the lake but there were a couple kids out there who didn't see  to mind a bit.

Saturday, September 8, 2018


Hello, lets talk aloe.

I'm not very good with plants. They don't last very long under my care. With that being said, there have been a few over the years that have tolerated my neglect for quite some time before giving up.

A few years back a girl at work said she was thinning out her aloe plant and wanted to know if I wanted one. I figured I would try and keep it alive. This girl is no longer with us, she passed away shortly after Wade did after a battle with cancer. I hope if she's looking down she sees that not only have I not killed the plant she gave me but it's grown quite a bit as well.

Here's a close up.

Friday, September 7, 2018

A quick post

Making this quick today since yesterday I was short on time. I went to my daughters for dinner and by the time I got home, got a few things done, it was almost time for bed.

When I got the dinner invitation I was wondering if she was trying to butter me up for something.

I better show you the picture of her peach crisp too. If I don't and she reads this post I'll be in trouble.

So today is the final day of my 11-day stretch. I have Saturday off and then it's back to work on Sunday. Next week is fair week here and if you've been with me for a while, you know how I feel about fair week.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Batteries need recharged.

No, not mine. I'm still going strong. Perhaps on another post, I'll tell you a little bit about what's been going on this past week.

Wade was always keeping an eye on the weather and several years ago for his birthday, I bought him this weather station thing to put on his desk. Nothing fancy just something that told him what the temp was and a few other things. I looked at it to see what the temperature was and I'm pretty sure the little box that hangs in the tree out front to give the outside temperature is in need of some new batteries.

I believe that it's 84 degrees in the house but there's no way you can convince me that it's 69 degrees outside.

This little gadget he had long before we were married and it appears to still be quite accurate.

It had the temperature at 82 with the humidity at 88 %

I'm so ready for some cooler weather. According to the weather app on my phone starting today the temperatures are supposed to be cooler. The next 4 days has the highest temp at 77.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Hump day

I'm holding up pretty good but I've got nothing for a post so I'm digging in the archives.

It's a Gibbs by the pool picture. I really do not miss the pool being there at all. I do wish I could get the deck and yard fixed but all in good time.

I will say, however, that with the heat and humidity we've been having it would be nice to dive in and cool off a bit.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

8 of 11

Today is day 8 of my 11-day stretch. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Short but sweet today. A picture of Gibbs

I'm typing this post on Monday evening and scheduling it to publish on Tuesday morning. As I sit here typing next to the open window, I swear I can smell hot dogs. It reminded me of something I saw on Facebook.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Happy Labor Day

Today in the U.S. we celebrate the American worker. I'll be celebrating by laboring away at work. Don't worry, it won't be too rough. It should only be about half a day and it's time and a half.

What will you be doing today?

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Before and after

I caught Gibbs by surprise the other day and got what I thought was a good picture of him.
 It's a little on the dark side and the background isn't so hot.  He was looking right at the camera though and he didn't look grumpy like he usually does.

A little playing around with the picture could make it better. I'll crop in closer, blur the background, lighten it all up, sharpen and give his eyes an extra little sparkle. Looks a bit grainy to me but I like the happy looking face.
 So today is day6 of my 11-day haul. Only 5 more days to go before I get a day off. 

Saturday, September 1, 2018


Welcome to September. I'm going to start the month out being a bit random.

The other morning while I was waiting for it to be time to leave for work, I was putting my phone in my purse when I accidentally brought up the google assistant. Since I wasn't in a hurry I asked it "Google, why do I have to go to work?" She answered, "Whatever you decide, I'm with you." I said "That wasn't very helpful" she replied, "I'll do better".  That's a true story and it gave me the first good laugh of the day.

A shot of the dirt spot in the yard where the pool used to be. I was playing with the manual setting on my camera. I haven't done that in a long time.

I went to a pet shop and asked the salesman if I could buy a goldfish. He asked me if I wanted an aquarium. I told him I didn't care what star sign it is.

I have a coffee table that is really old and really beat up. I want to get rid of it but for now, it sits. I never really paid much attention to some of the hardware on it until the other day when I had my camera out.

I liked the above picture in black and white too.

I stayed up all night trying to figure out where the sun was. Then it dawned on me.

Have a happy Saturday everyone.

Friday, August 31, 2018


When the weather is nice, I go sit in my vehicle at lunchtime. I prefer to get out of the building if I can and have a quiet place to sit where no one is going to bother me.
A couple weeks ago as I was walking back in I noticed a butterfly on the side of the building just above the ground. It wasn't moving at all so I pulled out my phone to snap a picture. At first, I wondered if it might be dead.

After I took the picture it fluttered it's wings ever so slightly as if it was waving to me.

The butterfly counts not months but moments and has time enough. -Rabindranath Tagore

 Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine. -Jeffrey Glassberg

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Me and Presley

Ok, I got over the fact that I hate the way I look in these pictures. Besides, it's all about baby Presley anyway.
 These are right off Amanda's phone, I didn't bother with trying to fix them at all. I wish I would have fixed my hair before the picture was taken though. It was too hot to really care.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A family dinner

Before I get to the subject of today's post, I want to mention that this is day 1 of 11 straight days I'll be working. We are short staffed and there's someone on vacation so I'll be working without my regular days off. I'll still post but may not respond to comment or comment on your blogs until I get back to my normal schedule.

So, my family dinner on Sunday went well. This picture is kind of on the dark side but I got everyone sitting at the table.

The cutest of the bunch was this little peanut.

She has 3 big dogs at home so she was thrilled with Gibbs and would smile and giggle whenever he was in sight. She even got a little puppy smooch from him.

Gibbs actually didn't pay much attention to her. I suppose once she's chasing after him he'll take more notice of her presence.

I have a whole bunch of pictures of me and Presley that Amanda took with her cell phone but I'm holding off on those until I can get over the fact that I look horrible and fat in the pictures.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Happy Birthday in heaven

Today would have been Wade's 60th birthday.

It looks like he might be holding a phone in the picture. This is actually signature Wade pose. He's giving me the finger only more discreetly than usual.
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