Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Not much new to post. As you know, I keep most of my posts short - and on Facebook. New news includes the fact that the family is going to go to the New York Comic Con in October, going on vacation to the Poconos in August, and maintaining the status quo at least until next summer. We all seem to be doing okay so far. My knees are not great, but physical therapy seems to be helping. So, as  they say, so far, so good.

Monday, June 13, 2016

       It's been a long time since I last blogged. Not many people do it anymore. We tend to stick to Facebook or Twitter, keeping posts "manageable". My granddaughter went from being a bald headed baby to being a beautiful and sullen high school graduate aa week ago, so I thought I'd put a few thoughts here.

       Here she is - note the sullen part shows up here. She had pictures taken with her friends, in which she beamed, but not as a solo act.

I have been altered some this year, too. My hair had grown out over the last couple of years - from this
to this
to this

and back to this, which suits me better


        Haircuts were about the only change for me. I'm still part-time at the Verona Library, which is in the middle of change - we've had a couple of changes of directors, and several new additions- all of which have come from the West Caldwell Library, where they seemed to work together. It's old hen week sometimes... They've also coerced the township into redoing the Children's Room and the Reference Room. I'm not overly optimistic that those changes are going to go over well at first.
      Kathleen Ligon left, Rebecca Burkhart retired, then passed away, Roseann Harrison retired, Mr. Thomas retired, and Margaret Spinelli retired. All were replaced by women who had worked at West Caldwell. I'm feeling retirement in my bones as well.  Of course Bill Trafton hasn't left and continues to make me ill from his general attitude and stupidity.
       We haven't moved, although Jimi and Elysha have - multiple times. They want to move to Kentucky - or anywhere besides New Jersey. I'm ready to move, too. I've lived here half my life as of June 22. Been married to the current spouse, bless his heart, for nearly half my life, too. The latter is not so bad, but being trapped in N.J. is. We lost his father this year and his mother is getting on in years, as is mine.
She can't hear well, even with hearing aids, so when we went down for Kara's graduation, talking to her was difficult/next to impossible. But it's great that she's still doing fairly well.
       It's been a couple years, but maybe I'll get around to writing again soon.


Monday, October 06, 2014

Catchng up

Well, it was a short summer, but exciting....I'll put all my short post from FB here and put the whole shebang together.
June 2 I had a crown fitted at my dentist - here's a selfie from that.
Here for a crown.

In July, on the second, I dyed my hair and became more of a brunette again.
On July 23rd I flew in to in Kentucky, to be with my mother, my brother, Greg, my daughter Jenni, and my granddaughter Kara.

On July 24th I took  Jenni to get her blood tested. She'd been suffering from numbness in both her hands and her feet - which made life a bit harder than usual for her.
She had the tests at Floyd Memorial Hospital, which is where Kara was born - 16 years ago...
On July 26th
 we got Jenni's hair and my hair cut — at Fantastic Sams. Selfie of me with damp, trimmed hair.

We also went to Peddler's Mall, where we saw some weird stuff and weird people - that'd be one of them - Jenni.
Snack- waiting on Kara's turn at Uncle Bob's We also went for a snack at McDonald's on Eastern Blvd. in Clarksville, while we were waiting for an "artist" to open up at Uncle Bob's Tattoos, also on Eastern Blvd.Jenni Barstead's photo.This is the tattoo. It says "Instinct".

Mmmm. Good rolls. We had our "farewell dinner — at Logan's Roadhouse. I left two days later, but I need a day with just Mom and Greg after a few days with the girls... We're all a bit nuts and do too much which exhausts me.

In August, we finally took the "day trip" I won to Atlantic City. Here's a picture after lunch

Kathy at Haven Nightclub - during the day, of course. It was a nice casino, and the room was great. Popeye, the slot machine paid off for Steven - he hit the progressive and got $99.36. Good enough! I didn't win this time around, but the hotel was my prize one night, so I figure I did better. Got a little bit of a sunburn on my chest and shoulders, but forgot to bring sunblock... Sigh. Not bad though. It was a nice mini-vacation at Golden Nugget Atlantic City.
We also went to 6 Flags on the way home - Steven wanted to go on a ride that they had been pumping on TV all summer. Well, when we finally got there, we found a 6 Flags a lot different than before. We had passes to get into the park free (a day admission is $66.99 per person - not counting the parking fee - which was an astonishing $25.00), thank goodness. But it looked like everybody else in the tri-state area did, too. I went on two rides that I can remember. One was the Gotham City inside roller coaster and the other was Houdini's house. Anyway, after Steven rode the Nitro rollercoaster - which took him at least an hour in line, and the Houdini ride, we headed for home. That was the exciting part. We nearly got hit by a semi getting on the Garden State Parkway and once on it, we were going fine until someone slammed on their brakes in front of us. Steven missed hitting him by inches. The car in back of us swerved, but hit us. Steven waved him off and we got home okay from there. Turned out the car just clipped our back bumper - and left the bolts from his front license plate holder in the bumper...
On August 24th  we went  to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament to celebrate both Elysha and Jimi's birthdays. It was his first time there, so Elysha treated him to the dungeon/torture chamber....
We also had them "knighted"... But I can't find the picture of that... Sigh.

And, for the grand finale. I left early for work on August 30th. I got out of the car and fell just before the steps at the library. I think I caught my sandal on the Belgian Block and it pitched me forward. I had to haul myself up, go up the small set of steps from the parking lot, down the walkway to the front and up 13 steps to the font door.  I went to wash my hands after I dropped my bags behind the desk and the director, Cheryl Ashley asked me if I was all right. I said, "No, I don't think so." She had me sit down and asked what hurt and I told her I couldn't feel my left arm. Then the gals called an ambulance for me. There were 3 policemen, 4 or 5 EMTs, and assorted bystanders. They took me to Mountainside Hospital where I had to have surgery-tore 2 ligaments and broke the radial head on the elbow. My orthopedic surgeon (Dr. Gary Rombough - I always slip and think of him as Rambo) said it was the Terrible Triad...

 This is it splinted up before the surgery, or after - looked about the same. Probably after...
This is after I got home - see how big the elbow is? Yep, it was that big.

And  the two above are what it looked like when it was fresh out of the cast/splint.

Flowers from co-workers and friends were nice - although the flowers on the bottom, from my friends in California were not what they had ordered, so the next day the florist came and picked them up and delivered the correct order -- a teddy bear and chocolates! The arrangement from my friends at work also had chocolates, so I almost gained back all the weight I lost when I was one-handed.

So, I went to see Dr. Rombough on September 23rd and he said I was doing pretty good - a bit ahead of schedule, considering my surgery was 4 weeks ago. I was getting better with my left arm and walked a bit to try and get my fear of falling under control. It was a nice day that day- really warm and sunny. I would start physical therapy as soon as I could find one. They gave me three of the ones in Montclair to consider. Kessler also has orthopedic physical therapy, but it is in Clifton... The others are not that far - two in Montclair and one in Cedar Grove. I picked one of the ones in Montclair and found that it was not covered by Workmen's Compensation, which will cover physical therapy because I fell in relation to work (mostly because I think someone is afraid of my family's lawyers...). So I went to one in Verona- just down the Avenue from the library. So I started PT there on October 1st and have to go three times a week for the rest of the month. I see Rambo again on November 3rd. I think I can expect more PT in November because the arm is good, but not great. It still hurts, so I'm not good about exercising it at home... But that probably went without saying.
So I'll try to keep up here. I guess Summer wasn't so short after all. I'm hoping Fall doesn't mean more falls.... I'm trying to do what I tell people when they leave the library - "be careful out there".....


Saturday, October 04, 2014


I'm entering a contest that wants me to link it to my blog .So here I am after a long absence. More latter, but now, here's the link : 0

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April 2013

I don't write here much anymore. I seem to have limited myself to 140 characters or less. I wrote a long list of genealogical stuff to a second or third cousin in Colorado recently, but other than a letter to my mother, because I keep forgetting then putting off calling to talk to her, I haven't really written much at all lately.
The spouse and I went to a resort inn in the Poconos. It wasn't the one we had gone to over the past 15 or 20 years - that one, the Pocmont, has been sold and is now Bushkill Inn & Conference Center. I won two nights, plus breakfast and a $100 credit at a place called the Inn at Pocono Manor from a contest on Facebook. It was a nice getaway, even though it rained persistently until the day we left. 
postcard from the Inn
Outside the terrace - the "playground" area.
a very big ceramic bird in the lobby
The bear  in the gift shop
 outside Mt. Airy Casino.
Batman slots - he had  to play it...
And he won - on a Godzilla penny slot machine - $129!
Gloating in the room.
Dinner at The Exchange dining room courtesy of Godzilla.
The pool - Steven exiting...
The Fireplace near the pool area.
The "Library" - some of the books there are as old as the place, established in 1902.
It was interesting, although somewhat different from our usual stay in the Poconos.
Work has been sort of tense, since we got a new director, but we're all getting used to it. This week a fellow from the Stamp Club that meets in the basement brought us some of the flowers from his garden! They are the most spectacularly colored jonquils and daffodils that I have ever seen! The yellows are just stunning in person. A few of the plain daffodils and the pale yellow parrot daffodils are from my garden, but his were so mind-boggling that mine were barely noticeable next to his.
I would show you one of my flowers, but I can't seem to upload anymore at the moment...


Monday, November 12, 2012

Not posted much...

Although much has occurred lately, I haven't posted much. I tend to go online just to distract myself as much from reality as I can. In the last couple of weeks, we had Hurricane Sandy, which swept the coast and shut our power down for nearly a week. We didn't get hit too bad. A few trees and some power lines down around here, but that's nothing compared to what Staten Island and a lot of New York City got. Then we got snow - the day Elysha and her fiancĂ© decided to get married at City Hall. We went there in a blizzard. Not terribly cold, but enough to get us a bit damp and chilled. Enough that we didn't do dinner after the brief "ceremony", too Everybody got home safe and that's what counts.
Outside the house
Pre-wedding picture.
The honorable Robert Paparazzo presiding

Kiss the bride.

It's been a long couple of weeks. The kids are moving in a week or so and we're going 
to my sister-in-law's in Monmouth County (where they got hit pretty hard, being near "The Shore") for Thanksgiving and to celebrate Elysha and Jimi's "wedding". The end of the month should be equally interesting - hopefully without a lot of literal storms and few figurative ones. 

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Theft in Verona

Today I was off. Pearlman took the Yaris to work, comes home and tells me that last night I didn't lock the car when I took it back to work at 5. Looks like somebody took $20 out of the center thing in between the seats - they didn't mess around with his ratty briefcase (good thing, as stupidhead left lots of important stuff in it), just looked in the middle thing, saw the quarters, took it and got out... I hope I'm wrong, but I looked all over the car and can't find it and looked in the house and can't find it. A little kid who's been accused (not to his face) of doing just what we think happened was spotted by one of the librarians at 5 - when I came in.  If he didn't take it, this is one of those St. Anthony, St. Anthony lost things. Just another damned thing to add to the lousy attitude around here.

Saturday, August 18, 2012


↑Lounge outside the Bungalow Hotel

Game inside the lobby of the hotel↑
                           Le Club↑

Pool Table in lobby of the hotel↑
Public restroom at the hotel in Long Branch..

                                                   ↑Side entrance where the poster and the furry light below were

At Le Club with smuggled in Coke Zero

Clam Face-Sucker Monster in Long Branch. This sculpture, made of cement and clams, looks like it could lean over and eat you. ..

Foosball machine at hotel

Candelabra in our room - no candles...

Fireplace and TV in our room

Steven on bed- soft pillows!

Fridge and sink in our room

Lounge outside the lobby

With the Clam Face-Sucker Monster

With the Clam Face-Sucker Monster again...

We went away last week to a fancy little boutique hotel "down the shore" in Long Branch, New Jersey.  All of the above shots are from the hotel and the beach at Long Branch. The pictures from the beach are from Le Club - which cost us $50 to use for the day. The pool atop the building in the fourth picture was supposed to be included, but it was closed to the paying public for a "private" party. Which pissed me off, but the beach wasn't too bad, once I got the hang of jumping the waves. Definitely not an ocean experience I'd like to do again - I definitely prefer the Caribbean and the lagoons and bays there...
We also went to Asbury Park, which just about broke Steven's heart since it's changed so much from when he was a teenager. We went to a pinball museum and played some of the machines there. We also had hot dogs in their little café. It was fun.
Batmobile from Batman Returns. Shrunk, huh?

Elvis was here - who knew he played Asbury Park?

We love hotdogs!
Paramount theater Asbury Park
Batmobile again...

 This was an odd thing to find in Asbury Park - Cruzan Rum from St. Croix. Deja vu all over again...

The Stone Pony is always a "must" picture as is the picture of "Tilly" over the Wonder Bar.

This is the former Carousel House at Asbury Park. It must've been beautiful when it had a carousel and lots of people!
It would've been more fun if it hadn't been one of those hot, sunny, then stormy days. But we had a fairly good time. At least somebody else (Daily Worth gave me a $1000 gift certificate to, which had this hotel as the only one in NJ at the time we could go- the total for the hotel with taxes and fees was $930 for three nights.) paid for some of it. It's a nice place, if you can afford it.