Monday, September 21, 2015


October is my favorite month and in just about two weeks we will be done with September.  The weather has been weird and hot, I read that this September is probably going to be the hottest on record.     I am overjoyed to hear that.  

Nothing going on in my life, I should find something exciting to do but what will that be?

I have been asking myself for a few years, or perhaps this is the best it gets.   I am starting to sound like I need to talk to a therapist.

I was looking at the pictures I had taken in Europe and Asia, when we lived in both places and much to my amazement most of then have faded.   They were taken in the mid 1970's and I notice a lot of them have done that, not only mine but pictures that other post.  Why did that happen?  I need to go and see if I can find someone to put them on a CD or DVD for me.   That will give me a lot to do.

On to the story of the Korean rats, just for Jon.   When we lived in Korea we were assigned a two bedroom apartment, it was luxurious standards for the time.  We also had a Wire Hair Fox Terrier, he did not like the denizens of that country.   He had to be in 10 days quarantine and we had given the dog holding place a large bag of dry dog food for them to feed him and when we got him back he had lost so much weight.   I think now they sold the food on the black market and starved the dog.  I think also some of the dogs told him they ate dogs there.

He would lay at the entry to the apartment and listen to everyone who would go up and down.   Sometimes he would growl and sometimes nothing at all.   It took me a while to figure it out but he did not bark or growl at the expats only the locals.  The locals would not come in the apartment unless the dog was secure behind the bathroom door, some of the people had their apartment broken into but not us....

One day I head noise next to the bathroom and it was scurrying and scratching, then I noticed the loud squeaking.   There were rodents running up and down the pipes in the walls and they were not small.    In a few days we were notified that rat poison had been baited, the idea was for them to go outside in search of water.   And in a few days they did.   They were the largest rats I have ever seen. They were a light gray and about two foot long, which included the tail.

When the dog first saw then he went crazy, pulling at the leash, snapping his jaws and growling. He had an instinctual hatred for the those varmints and I am sure he would have ripped one apart if he had gotten hold of it.   There was a mass extinction outside of the apartment building, it was rather gross.

Enough of the rats.

Sunday, August 9, 2015


I just happened to notice that I haven't posted in almost two months.  I guess my life is very mundane,or boring I have  to decide which.   I suppose my writing decreased with my retirement and I do not know because I supposedly have more time than ever.    I just have squeezed more things to do and do not have, or make time to write.

I guess I need to Google "how to get back my mojo for writing" or "How to motivate my myself to do a lot of thing I said I would do, including writing."    The latter sounds like a better description of it.
I guess I will contemplate that for a bit to see what develops.

The weather is still hot, and that is a relative term.   On the radio it call the temperatures in the mid to high 80's as warm.   To me this is not the truth, because I consider anytime I have to turn on the A/C to be hot.   The problem at my house is it is on an East-West orientation and we have trees trees on the East facing back of the house and the front faces directly West.   Which means that after about 2 PM it gets really hot in this house.   Since this is the first house we bought we had no idea that it would be so hot in the summer.  I have since learned not to do this again. If I sell this house it will be in the spring or fall, and I will check the orientation of the next one before I buy.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


This has been a very busy past two weeks.   We decided to buy a gazebo and put it on the deck; this worked fairly well.  The exception to that was the assembly of the structure.     The instruction said could be completed by four men in 3 to 5 hours.    We did not have the four men and it took us four days.  Working at the rate of 2-4 hours per afternoon.

It was made in China and it only had drawn pictures of what to do, something  was lost in translation. One would think that two college educated people would be able to do this, but that was not the case.  The most difficult part, after the pictograph instruction was the roof.   Enclosed was numerous metal bars for the roof constructions, you had so many letter on the bar and you had to get them together while working above your head, we both needed a five foot ladder but did not have two.

After get the support structure together the next step was to install the roof panels, starting with the top.  They slid into the above bars, of course that was another trial.  Some of them slid and some had to be tapped into place, and by the time we had a few in place they would slide out from some other area.  I felt like the damned thing was playing the Hokey Pokey.

On the fourth day we got it together but it was so hot outside we sat in the house to cool off.  Furniture is next but I am afraid that the selection is spartan because the summer season is over.  I suppose I will be seeing snow blowers soon for sale in the stores.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


This annoyed me greatly this morning.  I went to Home Goods to get the daughter a gift card for her birthday.   I pick out the card and gave the sales person five $20 bills.   She said she had to see my ID

What is up with that, since when do you need an ID when you are paying for cast.  I did ask her the question, she said she did not know but if it is over $100.00 they need ID.

I am thinking that I should have gotten one for $99.99,  I was angry and posted my query on their Facebook page.  I wonder if I will get an answer because that is one of the most stupid thing I have heard in a long time.

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.