Friday, October 22, 2021


 Lets end the week with a few questions or comments that were made throughout the past week.

Monday there were some questions regarding my daughter getting married. I guess I never mentioned it but yes, she's getting married the day after Thanksgiving. Just a small gathering of family.

Wednesday a few of you commented on talking to other players while playing games. The nice thing about the gin rummy that I play is that while you can talk to your opponent, you can only choose from a list of words and phrases what you want to say. That way like Ginny mentioned, you don't get people hitting on you when you are trying to play a game. I normally choose to just ignore the other person if they try and chat with me.

Andrea mentioned that sometimes she wonders if the people she's playing against are sometimes automated instead of real people. I've often wondered the same thing. It's possible that if they can't find a live player they just put you up against the computer.

Yesterday I talked about my new schedule and having to close a couple nights a week.

Ginny asked if I refused would they have fired me. Honestly, no, I do believe so. He has very few "good" employees and he told me recently that me and the deli manager are about the only two in the store he can count on.

Sandra asked what time does the store close. We are open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. so yes, closing would definitely mess with my sleep. I'm normally in bed sometime between 8:30 and 9:00.

Sandra also asked and Rose wondered too if I would go in late on the days I closed and if the days would change. Yes, I would go in late it would likely be a 1:00 to 9:00 shift and once the days were set it wouldn't change unless someone needed a day off.

Beside the Babbling brook asked if I really had to do this or if I was just being nice. I did tell the boss that I didn't want to do it but I would and that I wanted it to be temporary which he said it would be.

Well he handed me a schedule the other day and I wan not happy about it at all. This was just for next week while I did a couple nights with the manager who's retiring. I've closed before but things have changed so I need a refresher. 2 nights would have been enough. Any way I complained about how he had it and asked if I could edit it which he said he figured I would. I gave him my suggestions and he didn't say much. Wednesday I asked him if I was supposed to post the schedule the way it was and he said no. Yesterday he brought me a new schedule with my hours back to normal. Apparently he worked something out and now I won't have to do the nights. YIPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Just stuff

Tuesday morning when I left for work it was only 43 degrees and when I was on my way home it was 70. The nights are getting much colder and I actually broke down and turned the thermostat up in my house. I don't normally let the furnace run this early in the year but it was feeling extremely chilly. Monday on my day off I made sure to get all the storm windows put in to help keep the cold out.

Sunday at work I had another cake order to do. They wanted an orange border and light purple flowers

So we have a manager that works just 3 days a week. This was a job he started after he retired from working as a prison guard. Well he's decided that he is ready to retire completely and his last day will be Oct 26. Unfortunately for me, the boss wants me to take over closing the two nights a week that the other closing manager is off. I told him I don't want to but I'll do it. So there goes my schedule again getting all messed up. I told him this better be temporary because I hate doing this. We shall see.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

My opponent

One of my favorite games to play on my phone is gin rummy. You play against other people. Everyone creates their own character that they can add whatever skin, hair color they want and add different accessories.

The other day the person I was playing against a guy who's name was C.g. but it looked remarkably like Sandra's husband Bob if you ask me.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021


On a recent trip to Walmart I wondered down the Halloween isle and saw these witches. I thought of Anni right away.

Monday, October 18, 2021

something old

I got a text from my daughter Saturday saying "So I was wondering if you might have something for "borrowed" or "old" I have blue and new.

Well honestly jewelry was the first thing I thought of but I'm not a big jewelry person and most of what I have is junk. I dug into what I had though and found these three things. 
The ring I bought for myself when I was in high school.
The heart pin I think was my great grandmothers. It's missing a stone but has the letter A and my great grandmothers name was Anna
The brooch I'm not really sure who it belonged to but I'm pretty sure my mother gave it to me a long time ago.

Then I found this.

This belonged to my dad. It still has the picture of his parents on one side. Whatever he had on the other side is missing. I'm assuming it might have been a picture of an old girlfriend.

The back is engraved with his name and maybe his serial number from when he was enlisted.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

fall décor

Just a quick look at some of the fall décor I have sitting on top of my basement desk.

This may sounds weird but when I sit here at this desk, I can picture Wade when he used to sit here and play games or do whatever else it was he did when he was at his computer. I think he would be happy that I am using his space again.

So yesterday was dark and rainy all day long. It was the perfect day to sit in front of the computer for far too long, drinking way too much coffee. I did eventually get moving and got my laundry done and cleaned up a mess I had in the kitchen. Other than that it was a nice day to sit and read. 

Saturday, October 16, 2021

There were supposed to be two

I had two cake orders to do at work yesterday but I forgot to take a picture of the second one I did. So instead I'll just show you two pictures of the first cake I did.

This was supposed to be scheduled to publish at 12:30 a.m. however this morning I come to my computer to find it still sitting here waiting for me to finish it off. I think my brain is on overload.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Disappointed and dicouraged

 First the disappointment. When I ordered the fire tablet I also ordered a Bluetooth keyboard case. That item shipped separate and was supposed to arrive yesterday. When it didn't I went to track the package to see where it was. 

First I see this

Well that was annoying so  I did further investigating and found this

So on Sunday it was in California and on Monday they sent it back to Amazon? But why? I suppose I'll wait to see if there is a credit on my card before I try and order anything else. That just really ticked me off.

Now for the discouraged part. 
When I first started tracking my weight after beginning the slim fast, the first two weeks I was perfectly satisfied with my progress. The third week was a struggle and this week I started off being up from Saturday then it was two days up one day down a bit and then back up again. I'm ready to give up. I don't do well when I don't see progress.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Are you hungry?

I've got lots to choose from.

You could make a sandwich on a fresh onion roll. These smell amazing when they come out of the oven.  
Maybe you want something sweet instead. I've danish in either raspberry, apple or lemon. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Men at work

 I'm heading home yesterday, I get to the stop sign and all I need to do is make a right and I'm the first house on the right. There is a road closed sign sitting there because they are working on resurfacing the road. The flag girl sees my turn signal and heads towards my car. I roll down my window and tell her that's my house right there. She says ok and lets me go through. 

After letting Gibbs out I went out front and took a couple videos because why not? It's blog material right?

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

sky high

I snapped a picture when I was leaving work one day lat week. Gas prices have gone up again. 
What is the price where you live?

Monday, October 11, 2021

just the facts

I thought I would tell you about the computer I got and what better way than to show you the box with all the facts

Sunday, October 10, 2021

I did a thing.

 Actually, I've done a couple things lately that have been all about ME. I decided that this year I would buy myself Christmas gifts, wrap them, and put them under the tree so Gibbs and I can open presents on Christmas morning. Silly yes but who cares. I already have a couple things ready. I purchased two things recently that I didn't really need so I decided I would save them to give myself for Christmas. I just realized as I was typing this that I'll have a post for after Christmas to show all the gifts I got myself.

Any way, yesterday I was on Amazon. I've been wanting a new fire tablet because my kindle is getting pretty old and my Samsung tablet bit the dust. I had gotten an email advertising a deal on the latest fire tablet so I went to check it out. With the deal they were offering, the cash back points I've earned using my Prime visa card and the $50 gift card I got from a sweet friend (thanks again) I made the purchase. I think I'll save this for a Christmas gift even though it's scheduled to arrive on Monday.

The other thing I did happened after I had that really BAD Friday at work. I've been wanting a computer for the room formerly known as the man cave. Wade's desk has sat empty and if I want to use my computer I have to go upstairs. Well, you guessed it. I purchased and all in one computer. I'm loving that room more and more all the time. 

Here's my cozy little corner for hanging out on my computer.

And here's a view from the steps looking down into the room.

You'll notice my faithful little companion is right there too.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

walk in my shoes

Go ahead. They're really quite cofortable. 

Friday, October 8, 2021


Yay it's Friday! I have two choices I can either skip logging again or I can post some stuff I found on Facebook. I'm going to do that

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Recent comments

 First off from the comments on my post about the most recent cake order I did at work.

Andrea said Oh how fun, Ann, and a very good suggestion. Our local mom 'n pop grocery store does character cakes all the time. I wonder if they're breaking the law?! Probably!

Actually, you can do character cakes under certain circumstances. I can purchase either an edible image or what's called a deco pac which contains various pieces to put on a cake. These are ok to use no matter what character it is. However, if I freehand draw a licensed character that is considered copyright infringement.

On my post regarding the shower fizzies a lot of you confessed to doing similar things. It's nice to know I'm not alone. 

On my post regarding my really bad day at work last Friday Catherine said Ann you need a 2 week vacation, some place restful but beautiful - away from both home and people. 

Well Catherine, I couldn't agree more. It would be wonderful to go lounge around somewhere having people wait on me and not having to worry about anything.

Well that's about all I've got for today. Maybe some time before this week is over I'll have something more to blog about.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021


 Yesterday morning it was dark and dreary. It was the perfect day for sitting around with a good book. Aside from a few small household chores, reading was pretty much all I did. I ended up getting drowsy and took a little nap. When I woke up around 2:00 the sun was finally shining. By 4:00 the dark clouds were forming again. All in all it was a good day off.

Depending on how you have your comments set up, I might not be able to comment today. It seems that anyone with a pop up comment box comes back with an error message if I try to leave a comment. I am reading though.

Monday, October 4, 2021

The latest cake order

 I had a girl order a cake for her daughters birthday. She wanted something with Dora the Explorer but I didn't have anything. I told her I couldn't copy anything because that would be a copyright infringement. I suggested doing a cake that looked like a beach with palm trees and she could add her own Dora figures.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

This should make you laugh

I am by no means a genius, however, I do consider myself to be a relatively intelligent person. With that being said, the story I'm about to tell you may make you question that statement.
A while back, on a whim, I purchased some shower fizzies at Dollar Tree.
 I envisioned a steamy shower with the scent of eucalyptus and spearmint filling my senses. I open the package and put one of the tablets in the corner like the directions said. Then nothing. No scent, no fizz the darn thing didn't even melt. My initial reaction was oh well it was only a dollar. I should have picked it up and put it in the garbage right then and there but I left it lay there. A couple weeks later the thing is still sitting there. I decided I better throw it away. And that, is when I realized my stupidity. When I picked it up I discovered that the tablet was tightly wrapped in plastic. Had I taken that plastic off I'm sure it would have worked just splendidly

Saturday, October 2, 2021

I'm glad that's over.

 Yesterday started out good. Then I got to work and it was all down hill from there.  One thing after another annoyed me and then people were involved and it only got worse. When I left work I made a quick stop to pick things up so that I didn't have to go anywhere today. I waited in line forever because Walmart will only open 2 registers with a live cashier. Then when it's finally my turn, my credit card says "can not process request." I tried it three times before it finally worked. The final straw was the jerk who was tailgating me on the way home.

Today is going to be a no people day. I doubt that one people free day will be enough to refresh me but it'll have to do.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Facebook Friday

WOW, it's October 1st already. Before you know it we'll be moving into a new year. 

Anyway, I went to Facebook to help with todays post

Thursday, September 30, 2021

A new spin on things

Recently I made a new card.

So what's so new and different from any other card I've made? Well just look for yourself.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

And so it begins

I had to run to Walmart yesterday for a couple things and surprise surprise guess what I saw I'm not one for seeing Christmas decoration show up this early in the stores but it's a bit like a train wreck you don't want to see it but you can't help looking

Monday, September 27, 2021

A repeat

Years ago, I took pictures of all the cakes I made and created a book for people to look at when ordering cakes. It gave them some ideas for what they could have on a cake and they got to see roughly how their cake would look. Some cakes I've done numerous times. This is one that I've done at least three times that I can think of. 

Sunday, September 26, 2021

A weighty matter again

 After a day off for sleeping on the couch after work, I finally got around to reading the comments from my post the other day. I thought I would use those for todays post.

Some of you asked if I remembered something called Metrecal. No, can't say that I have.

On the subject of packing up and saving off sized clothes. I wish I would have. I ended up feeling so depressed about my weight that I just knew I would never get back in to some of them and I had to get rid of them all.

How I do this. I substitute 2 meals for shakes. I have a shake for breakfast and one for lunch. Then I have 3 100 calorie snacks per day. I've found a variety of things I can have for snacks such as 100 calorie cereal bars, pudding or fruit cups, yogurt, and even single serve tuna packets. As for the laxative effect, it doesn't bother me too much but I've read that if you didn't have much fiber in your diet prior to using SlimFast that it could give you problems.

Amount of loss? I think the amount of pounds I lost was misrepresented in my last post. It looked like it said twenty two pounds but in fact it actually said two point two pounds. I wish it had been 22 but I'll take anything as long as it's going in the right direction. The actual total is probably higher but from September 1 to September 18 I didn't have a scale to weigh myself. 

Friday, September 24, 2021

A weighty matter

I have been unhappy with my weight for quite some time now. I tried over and over to change my eating habits and have failed each time. In the past I was successful using Slim-Fast so I thought I would give it a try again I started September 1st and although I don't know exactly how much weight I've lost, I do know that I have lost some. When I first started up I went to weigh myself but the battery in my scale was too low. It took me until this past Saturday to finally get a new scale. I've been weighing myself every morning to check my progress and each morning my weight has been just a tiny bit less. So far this week I have lost 2.2 pounds.  Since I started with the Slim-Fast I've been able to give up the sweet treats that I was eating way too much of. It also works well to curb my cravings.

The only bad thing about this is that a few months back I was feeling rather depressed about my weight and cleaned out all the clothes that didn't fit me any more and donated them. If I lose enough weight I won't have any clothes that fit me.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

My lucky day.

Sunday at work I had two different customers give me a tip. The first came from a customer that I did a donut order for. The second was from a customer who had over $400 worth of groceries and I bagged them and helped take them to their car. I'm not a frequent lottery player but every now and then I will plug a few dollars into the machine just for fun. Since The $7 I received from the customers was simply extra cash I decided to buy a couple tickets.When I got home from work I scratched my tickets to see if I had won anything. What a surprised to discover that one of the tickets was a $100 winner. After receiving my winnings I pocketed $80 and put 20 more dollars back into the ticket machine only to win $10 more. I put that $10 back in and won $25. That sure was a lucky $7.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

High anxiety

Last Friday I got home from work tired and just ready to end the day. I grabbed the mail as I walked into the house. There was a letter from the Erie County Courthouse

I opened it up and started reading. SAY WHAT?

I immediately went in to panic mode. My house is being sold for back taxes from 2019 and prior? How can that be. The bank who held my mortgage was supposed to be paying those taxes and why was this the first I was hearing about this.

$4,285.80 in back taxes. I just didn't understand how this could be possible. My heart was racing, I was crying and getting near hysterics. I called the number on the letter and the woman asked me if the address for the property in question was different than my own. That's when I noticed it. The address was on Wayne Street in Erie. She explained that when they send out these letters in an attempt to reach the property owner they send them to any name that is even close to the property owners. 

I breathed a huge sigh of relief and was able to enjoy the rest of the evening. Had I not been so tired I may have noticed the property address on the letter. It sure had me scared there for a few minutes though.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

While I was out

I was out running errands yesterday and came across this truck. I had to stop and get a picture of it

Monday, September 20, 2021

Q&A from yesterday

 There were several questions in the comments yesterday so today I'll answer those.

Sandra asked if this was the fair parade. Yes it was. Even if I don't visit the fair at all, I sit out in my front yard to watch the fair parade on Saturday. I love that it goes right by my house.

Ginny said "I be you didn't even get paid extra. Well I did work overtime so there was OT pay but the first 40 hours were regular pay. I did tell my boss that I should get a bonus. He told me to hold on, walked out and came back with a choice of either a roll of painters tape, a can of flex all or some calking. If nothing else my boss does have a sense of humor.

Ginny also asked about the candy being thrown. Yes, just about every organization that marches in the parade has candy that they throw out to kids. 

Anni said she'd rather have a beer while watching the parade. Since I can't even stand the smell of beer I stuck with coffee. She also asked about my having to make sure all orders were ready and out the door. Some were bakery orders others were not. There are two different organizations that order from us for the fair. The Lions Club has a chicken dinner and they order Italian bread from the bakery and they also get pints of milk that they sell as one of their beverage options. The other organization that has a food tent order just about all their stuff from us. They get milk, grocery items, hot dogs, water and a lot of other things too numerous to mention. I also baked pies for them this year.

Now that you've sat through all those answers, here's a short video of the horses that were in the parade.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

I survived

I survived another fair week at work. I am so thankful that it's finally over. Not only did I have all the extra bakery work but one of the managers took the week off for vacation so I was covering office and making sure that fair orders were out the door when people came to pick them up. It was a pretty exhausting week and if I didn't fall asleep when I got home I had little energy left for anything but vegetating on the couch. 

Yesterday morning I had a wonderful slow start to the day. I read blogs and drank coffee until it was time to go out front and watch the parade go by.

I can tell you that very little candy is thrown at an old woman sitting alone watching the parade A little boy that were marching in the parade was sweet enough to toss me some.

Other than that I spent the day reading, watching tv and doing laundry. Unfortunately it's back to work today but at least I know there won't be quite as much work. Or at least I hope there won't be.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Here's two

Today just a couple of cakes I've done at work recently that haven't made it to the blog yet.

This first one they asked for fall colors.

I don't know why they wanted this one frosted green but I thought it looked rather ugly.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Something to avoid

I can't be positive about the ID on these but I took a picture using google lens and it identified them as Bittersweet.

This dead tree sits just off of my property line. The property belongs to the doctors office behind me. The people who mow for them mow around all the branches that have fallen off of this tree and the weeds are getting quite high around this tree. There are lots of these red berries around the tree so I went out to take a picture of them.

I could complain about this but a couple years ago I mentioned it to someone at the borough office and they told me to contact the doctors office. I even went as far as contacting the doctors office and they said they would look into it. The tree still stands, the weeds still grow. I'm done with it.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

So true.

I may have down days like I did the other day but when it comes right down to it...
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