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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014



Pittsburgh Point

View from the hotel room.  This would be a great place to watch the 4th of July Fireworks, since at the confluence of the three rivers is where they are set launched.  But parking would be a problem since there is limited parking at the hotel and you would have to park in the city and walk to the hotel.

My daughter got ticket for last evenings Monday Night Football game.   Traveling in and out of the city is for someone with a lot of patience and nerves of steel.  

We decided to get a hotel room and drive in early, have dinner and walk to the stadium.  The stadium is located in the upper right hand side of the picture, you can identify it by the yellow seats in the distance.

The walk is about one mile and mostly flat, there is a walkway over the bridge and I was surprised to see all the restaurants that have opened in the area near the stadium. 

The game started out as a fiasco but the second quarter and beyond was great.   The attendance was 57,000 plus and there were a lot of people out walking about.  There is also a passenger train from the city to the stadium, I can imagine the wait for the train on game day.

A good time was had by all.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


I seem to be lacking in motivation for Blog writing.   I have yet to decide why, maybe it is because nothing happens or I have a mundane life.

Today is my birthday, and to celebrate we went to the Grand Concourse Buffet.  It is a unbelievable set up and with plenty to eat.   The view from our seats was the Monongahela River. Just about any where in Pittsburgh you are not too far from a river.

The weather is getting cooler and that is the way I like it.  But the trees have either not reached the colorful glory or have died and been blown away.   The color usually peak about the third week in October and I do not know why they are off.   In the city they are still green and hanging on, it is very weird.

Saturday, August 23, 2014


August is almost over.  I have noticed that some of the leaves are already beginning to change color.  This is rather early I think; usually the height of the color in Autumn is about the third week in October.   My sisters have been complaining that the nights have been too cool for the tomatoes to ripen, the past week and onward for the next ten days should be great for hastening the crop.

My sisters both do canning and we talked about it this week.   When I was a child my help was enlisted (not voluntarily I might add) to help with the process.  So, what do you let a nine year old kid do?   Anything that does not involve hot water or sharp knives.   I remember skinning the tomatoes and peaches placing them in the canning jars with cut sides down and my mom would pour the syrup (concoction of sugar and water) to cover them.   Then the lids and it would be secured with the metal rings, they must have a formal  name but it escapes me what it is called.

After that preparation they would go into a very large metal pan and the water would come to a boil.  I have not idea how long that process would take because it involved hot water.  Then they would come out and all evening you could hear the popping of the lids as they seal.

My sisters do all of that stuff now.  I have never canned a thing since I got married and left the house.   I think all the excitement of food preservation was worn out before I  moved.   I will Google how to do the procedure since I want to know what those rings are called and how long to boil in the water bath.

Monday, August 4, 2014


Today I went to the local mall, mainly to see what sort of fall clothes came in and to do a little walking.  Ninety five percent of the clothing stores are geared to the younger people, most of which are not employed, but probably have their parents credit card.  I must admit that the daughter would not have been permitted to exit the house wearing some of them.  Most of the clothes are barely legal and look like there is a possibly getting arrested for exposure, or freezing from exposure if you went outside in the winter.

One of my favorite clothing stores is CHRISTOPHER BANKS, they sell women's clothing and your kids would not be caught dead in and they don't look like grandmother duds.   I found a few things that would go with some items that I already have.   The woman, who appeared to be the manager told me that they would be moving to the other end of the Mall to the store vacated by Lane Bryant.   That store is about double if not triple the size.   I was quite excited to hear that and then she asked if I wanted a job...I was not looking for a job but it was nice to be asked.  The woman and I had talked about about fashions before, so we sort of know each other..

That was my surprise for the day.  Plus two shirts and a vest that were purchased.