Sunday, April 12, 2015



I was just thinking today that I have a plethora of small jam jars.  My collection comes from gifts of Jams and Preserves that friends and my sister give to me.  Since I eat jam on my English muffin every morning, or almost every morning it may be the way to go.

The thought occurred to me that perhaps I should make some of my own this summer.   The biggest expense would be the jars and a canning container.  I had a large pot but what did I do with it?  I should go to a flea market and see if I can find one there.  This is still in the thinking phase after that become the planning phase for by the execution of giving up phase.

I have just read a lot of pages of recipes and if I don’t find the pot perhaps freezer jams seems to be the way to go.   What amazed me is the amount of sugar that goes into the recipe, I will have to consult my sisters about that.  IS the sugar just needed for sweetness or is it necessary for the jam thickening process?  If I use pectin to thicken it can I decrease the amount of sugar?

A lot of technical question here…..I will think about this some more.

Friday, April 10, 2015



This has been a wet, gloom, sometimes dangerous, and rainy week.  I think the people in California would love to have this week.   At least it is not frozen, as the past three months have been.

It is warmer, in the 60’s and 70’s but very humid.  The forecast call for the rain to end and the sun (?????) to shine.   I would like to get my car washed but don’t want to because of the dirty water splash up from the grime of winter on the roads.

I have been reading about the drought out west, particularly in California.   What I do not understand is why it took four years to issue water restrictions, and what I also don’t understand is why some of the residents in California pay less for water than I do in this soggy state of Pennsylvania.    I don’t remember the town but it seems that they had unlimited usage and some people did not even have water meters. 

We have a basic water rate, very low allowance I must say, and then the sewage rate is doubled.   Even if you were washing every car in the neighbor hood and watering their plants you still have to pay the sewage rate.   You really do not have to water plants here with the exception of July and August.  This cost will usually be about $50 to $60 per month, I think that is a lot for two people.

Guess I will go and look at the rain now.

Thursday, March 19, 2015



This week I went to the grocery store a few times, as usual.    To my surprise, but not really surprised I noticed the usual 10 pounds of potatoes is now being hawked as 8 pounds ????

The next thing I noticed is the peanut butter has gone from ten ounces to eight and the half gallon of orange juice is now 59 ounces.   We are told by the great and powerful government that the price of food  is not going up.

I don’t know about anyone else, but to me to decrease the size and keep the price the same is a price increase. I read an article that said the reason was consumers did not want the larger packages ????

I wish I had saved the link for that story.   The people in business and the government think we are stupid, perhaps we are because I do not hear much about this size shrinkage of products we use everyday.

Monday, March 16, 2015


Today is really a relief from the mind and bone chilling cold, or rather bone freezing cold.   It is suppose to get up to 65F and I think there may be a chance that I will open the windows, so the cats can get a few good sniffs off the changes in the breeze of the last few wretched months.

Today I am disillusioned with the iPhone products.  It seems that everyone who has an iPhone is so enamored with it, but not me.   About a month or so ago the WiFi feature decided to stop working.   Every where I go, as well as at home, I connect to the WiFi because of the decrease in minutes that is coming with increasing costs.   I will not use my minutes when WiFi is available.

So a trip to Verizon Wireless and they did everything plus more to get it to work; no dice on that one. My salvation was to be a "refurbished" phone, I think they get them out of the junk pile, although the true origins of these escapes me, but I suspect that they are from the phones that are turned in when something New, Bright and Shiny has come along,   Or, someones phone develops a non solve able problem occurs, like no WiFi...

The iPhone #2 needs to be charged twice a day, really I heard that Apple products had a low battery life, but twice a day is ridiculous .  I plugged  the phone in at 10 PM and at 7 AM it was 75% full, now at 1:45 it is about 35% charged and I have not called a soul, or checked anything but the Weather Channel twice.  I am thinking that it needs a new battery but you can not change the battery, it is a good ploy for selling more phones I have to admit.

I am feeling like I am ready for an argument, and tomorrow looks good to be the day.   I refuse to get another iPhone because the value is not there for the performance I am getting.   I  perused the Windows phone but the apps I like are all not Evernote, for example.

So I guess it is going to be an Android products, they have my apps.  There is a super sonic, 15 minute charge one that has caught my eye and some that have more MP than the camera I am using, I am also interested in that one.  I will just have to do some more investigation and see what tomorrow brings.    I really do not want another refurbished phone and the impending problems that I can anticipate.

Well, tomorrow is another day...

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


This year has been rather mundane, and that is the way I liked it.   I am past the age of getting excited with minutia.    Everyone in the family is healthy, employed (if not retired) and no one is in jail; nor have they ever been.  That is all good.

There have been two weddings this year and another one scheduled for next fall.   I am glad that no one scheduled one in the winter.   Who knows what will happen this new year.  I feel like I need a bit of color today....

Friday, December 19, 2014


The daughter and I were planning on going to do a little shopping today.  Upon awakening I heard the doom and gloom of the weather forecast in the Northern parts of Allegheny County, which is where we were headed.

The forecast of trucks and cars overturned and roads closed was the impetus for me to reschedule.  My burning question is why do people feel the need to drive faster on icy roads?  The strange part, as said by the weather person is that none of this drizzling precipitation was showing on the radar.

Glad we called it off, I will sit and do something exciting like the laundry perhaps. The husband called from the driveway to tell me that it was now icy where we lived.  I told him a smart person would come back home, but you know how they are.

I  read an article that, well just read it.  MEN ARE IDIOTS,  I think they wasted a lot of money on this survey, you just had to ask a female.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014



Do you really have any idea how many things are connected to your home WIFI network; a lot I will tell you that.

A few months ago the WIFI would randomly disconnect; I called Comcast and they reset it for me.  Then it started to do that at least once a week.   I figured out how to reset it with a paperclip.

The past week it started on a daily basis and sometimes it would reset itself and sometimes it would not.  I called Comcast again and they set up an appointment for the tech guy to come out.   He arrived yesterday and checked the cables, we were set up for five TV’s; I never owned five TV’s at one time in my life. Then he installed a new modem.

  I then had the challenge to reset the network and passwords; I did two PC’’s, one iPad, one iPhone and thought I was finished.  This morning I went to print and my nice Epson printed did not print.   I had forgotten that it was connected to the network, where is the book—haven’t a clue there.   Then to check the Epson site and it told me to update the security information.

REALLY !!!!! I already knew that, but it did not tell me how.  Did a Google search and came back with an innumerable amount of hits.  The best one was a downloadable manual who informed me how to get into the bowels of the printer via the printer.  I did manage to resurrect the former useless to me printer into a machine with full functionality.   

My next problem is that some of the Capitals are not printing when I hit the Shift key.   I did a search on that one and it told me that the Caps Lock could be stuck.   I don’t think so, it is working well.   I have to do more research on that one, the computer is four years and my beloved windows 7 and I am shaking in my fuzzy slippers think I will have to get windows  8.1 or what ever it is called now.

When is the next Windows being released?  Right now I am hitting the Cap Lock button to make the damn CApS.   See, it missed the P.