Watertown, NY, USA . "Public Square" (vintage, date unknown) but the monument is honoring veterans of the American Civil War so the date of the image is late 1800s

Sunday, September 27, 2020

 *[17:50 UTC-4]*[+81*F_sunny_winds:south@15*F_humidity:47%_barometer:29.76"\/_overnight lo:+65*F]*[Playing Tonight on MadTrollie*[VOCES8]*]*

   My back has been bothering me a little today I have a condition called Scoliosis which developed during a growth spurt when I was 11 or 12 years old..aka: a curved spins..my right shoulder is about 2 or 3 inched below my left when I stand normally..well it's normal for me..and I hardly ever notice it..but today whether it was the slightly heavier than normal weight in my sling bag..which once full I always sling behind me so it "rides" in the small of my back..or the fact that after the last couple of days with the barometric pressure above 30.00"..it's been falling for the last few hours..and it's been known to get my knees, feet & hips complaining..so take your pick or maybe a combination of factors..my age might have something to do with that as well..and earlier I had been sitting at the computer for awhile and when I got up my left hip decided to complain as well..ergo..I think I'll take it easy tonight and not take the stroll around the grounds I had been contemplating..../....a check of the weather forecast has changed a little..clear & warm tomorrow..then Tuesday thru Friday..cooler and rain all four days..but only AM showers on Wednesday & Thursday"..ergo..will still take my walk to Aldi tomorrow provided my joints and back are agreeable..and maybe the walk to Price Chopper/T J  Maxx in the afternoon of Wednesday or Thursday..../....did take the short walk to Aldi & Dollar General late morning..just a few of the usual fare..and that's before my joints and back started complaining..../....among other things have spent some of my time this afternoon defrosting 2 of my 3 small refrigerators..both long overdue..basically I usual wait until the door won't close or there is something I want to eat that's frozen solid to the freeze compartment..bad Trollie..no biscuit..it's frozen solid..oy vey..../....I am contemplating something I never though I'd do..the political/lawsuit/huckster ads on Youtube are starting to drive me nuts..and I'm actually considering paying a monthly fee to go ad free..I had a friend at work when I once said to him that the job was driving me crazy responded with "There's no reason to drive..all I'd have to do is take you by the hand and walk you across the street..you're that close"..../....just a few tasks to complete and I think my joints would thank me if I took a very hot shower..ergo..nite all....

Saturday, September 26, 2020

 *[17:24 UTC-4]*[80*F_sunny_winds:s/s/w@10 mph_humidity:44%_barometer:29.91"\/_overnight lo:+63]*[Tonight on MadTrollie*[Medieval]*]*

  Because I no longer drive..my night vision is substandard as well as in off weather and considering the simple fact that because of my essential tremors..if I were to have one in a critical situation while driving there is a strong possibility that I might be unable to control the car..and I won't put myself or anyone else at risk..ergo..it made sense to me to give up my licence to drive..besides I live where I'm a 15 minute radius walk from everything I need..including my doctor's office..but because I walk I keep a sharp eye on the extended forecast..so while checking this afternoon I discovered although tomorrow and Monday will be rain free..it's forecast to rain Tuesday thru Friday morning..ergo I will in all likelihood forego the walk to Price Chopper/T J Maxx I had penciled in for Monday and walk to Aldi instead..and then on the other hand with the total unpredictability of weather here in the Northcountry of New York State..when I check the weather tomorrow the forecast might be total different..I've mentioned before the adage up here.."If you don't like the weather..wait 15 minutes..it will probably change"..and my corollary to the adage is "probably for the worse"..../....Slept fairly well last night save for a couple of very weird dreams..and was up about my usual time..my online gaming to day was with mixed results,,but have had an enjoyable day..save for an afternoon stroll  round the grounds here and a trip to the lobby this morning for some breakfast items have spent the day in my rooms..../....on  my way back to my rooms this morning saw one of the other residents I've known for quite awhile out smoking..and stopped to say hello and there was a new kid on the block..I knew that someone had moved in a few doors down from me but had never see them..a nice lady in her early 40s..a health care worker..and we had a nice chat..have also watched a bit of one of the fast & furious movies..../....the end of the day draws near and still a few things to do before I take my rest..ergo..nite all....

Friday, September 25, 2020

 *[18:07 UTC-4]*[+75*F_sunny_winds@w/s/w@8 mph..humidity:58%_barometer:30.02"\/_overnight lo:+60*F]*[Tonight on MadTrollie*["Away All Boats"]*]*

....Been a quiet but enjoyable day..got up right around 04:00..and after taking chip drops on all three of the free live games I play..checking in on the FB groups "The Farthest Side" where I'm a moderator..and then off to post yesterday's results form the sims & solitaire games I play..and then beginning my online game playing day....pretty much the same schedule I follow every day..../....just before 09:00 took the walk I had penciled  in yesterday to first Big Lots..I never actually or rarely anyways go there with something specific in mind..but always seems that there a at least a couple of items that insist on coming back to my rooms with me..a few months ago I found while there a box of White tea bags..made with Baihao Yinzhen [link]..it's a very nice light tea which I really enjoyed..problem was I've looked for it again and they never had any more..ergo..I've been very miserly with said tea and only drinking it from time to time..and to my great joy found that they had gotten more..so a box of that and an old fashion..black cherry soda found it's way in to my basket..[[notes]: the soda has already been consumed..and my dictionary here now recognizes "Baihao Yinzhen"]..off to Aldi just the usual..bananas..green onions..a quart of liquid egg-whites..three bottles of fruit flavored sparkling water..a round of smoked gouda..and another container of the cotija cheese..it's in the Aldi finds section so once it's gone..it might never be there again..and am still planning a walk to Price Chopper / T J Maxx..but might decide to wait until Monday..Saturday/Sunday are busy days both places anyways and with the added delays because of the CV-19 protocols the checkout lines move at a snail's pace..../....mid-afternoon I  took my usual walk by way to and from the lobby for my afternoon toffee coffee..besides my online activities have watch some of the episodes of "Bones" on TNT..have sometime before I have to deal with my end of day routine on my live games..haven't decided whether to watch more "Bones" or exercise my old bones with a walk around the grounds here..in either case..nite all....

Thursday, September 24, 2020

 *[17:56 UTC-4]*[+70*F_partly cloudy_winds:w/s/w@5 mph_humidity:59%_barometer:29.92"\/_overnight lo:56*F]*[Now Playing on MadTrollie*["The Mix"]*]*

   I awoke at a more normal for me this morning and logged on tho the net right @04:00..and had one of my better sessions on the free live poker game I play..was thinking of maybe taking a walk to Price Chopper & Aldi  but have some thought..decided that I really didn't need to today..but physically felt a little off this morning and since it was one of my longer walks..Price Chopper & T J Maxx and I could take that any day within the next three or four days..mostly just for pantry items decided to delay to another day..although I did take my walk to the lobby twice this afternoon..once by way of the parking lot for my afternoon coffee..on the way up..got to a spot where I could see the intersection and crosswalk I take when going to either Big Lots &/or Aldi..I had mentioned before that the walk lights had been out of order..and it's a dicey crossing even when they're operational..the left-hand turn arrow form the cross street is on at the same time ass the walk light and even though by state law the pedestrian has the right of way..it doesn't sometimes work out that way and I have had several close calls from drivers who either aren't paying attention..are distracted by smart phones..or are just in to of a hurry to care..so was relieved to see that the lights were in working order again..Aldi has been penciled in for tomorrow morning..when I got back to my rooms [yes I did remember my room-key-card today] I was checking my budget and as the end of the month is approaching decided to go back up to the lobby [by the hall this time] and pay my October rent..have spent the rest of the day as I always do..online..gaming..watch some of "Fast Five" on HBO..and parts of a couple of "Bones" episodes and will probably watch some episodes of "Beat Bobby Flay" on the Food Network..yup..by some standards a boring day..but not for me..I had very high stress job..and now that I'm retired I prefer a very orderly..perhaps over scheduled..very routine day..and because of my essential tremors the less stress the less the condition bothers me..../....Still just a few more tasks to accomplish so as/always..nite all....

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

 *[]*[+71*F_sunny_winds:w/s/w@13 mpg_humidity:59%_barometer:29..84"\/-overnight lo:=52*F]*[Now Playing on MadTrollie*[Lt. Ellis of Shado]*]*

    Although the weather was very nice all day it was my original intention to stay in my rooms all day..save for a quick trip to the lobby this morning for a few things from the breakfast buffet..but the day got off to a rather late start..went to bed about my normal time between 20:00 & 20:30 and generally get up one side or the other of 04:00..well I saw the clock about 02:30..and the next time I looked it was near 05:00..so my walk to the lobby normally around 07:00 was closer to 08:00..now at some point before the start of November..I will probably try to switch to a 05:00 to 21:00 schedule because at 02:00 on November first we will go off "Daylight Savings Time" and my current 04:00 will become 03:00..and maybe I try to start sliding my times now to accommodate..so the day got off to a slow start but was caught up by just after 14:00 so decided to work on my budget..realized that today was the day for  getting my "10 day walking around money"..and a I had been early last week so rather than get the usual amount..decided to just get a few dollars..decided to go up to the ATM..got out the door and realized in my hurry had forgotten my wallet and therefore my room-key-card..up to the lobby for a new one..some days I'd forget my head if it wasn't attached..oy vey..then up to the ATM..got my cash..looked at my balance and decided while I was there it was time to buy another CD..[certificate of deposit]..for a better interest rate..so into the bank and a visit with  the assistant manager..and while I was there deposited 20$ in my savings..New York State has a law that if an account is dormant for 2 years the state can claim the funds..so at least once a year I deposit a small amount so that  won't occur..kind of a pain in the tuckus..but better than dealing with the state..../....have watched bits and pieces of a couple of NCIS episodes..and may watch a little of "Wonder Woman" this evening..just a couple of the/usual end of the day's tasks to complete..ergo..nite all....

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

 *[18:05 UTC-4]*[+64*F_sunny_winds:w/s/w@8 mph_humidity:54%_barometer:30.02"\/_overnight Lo:+49*F]*[Now Playing on MadTrollie*[Chant]*]*

   Been an interesting day..got a decent night's sleep last night for a change..in fact overslept..never got logged on to the internet until just past 04:30..look In feel admit that my typical schedule might seem a little unconventional..okay maybe a little more  than a little..but it works for me..I have lived my life unconventionally..I'm a "dyed in the wool" nonconformist..and have been so since I was maybe 8 or 9 years old..so if it works for me..then that is what I do..../....but because of the late start I've been running behind most of the day..of course it didn't help matter's that I took an hour off from my normal routine to watch at episode of NCIS@08:00 and later a walk to Ollie's..was out of extra virgin olive oil..and have spent the last hour watching the first half of "Justice League"..decided to take a break from that and write this now and then catch the last  part of it before starting my /usual "Day's End" routine on my live games..besides it not like I haven't watch that flix at least a half dozen times..../....also the usual Tuesday interruption by the housekeeping staff..actually one of the many reasons I've chose to live in a hotel is there are things I really I'm unwilling or unable to do at my age..cleaning my rooms is one of them..../....My first year in college I had an evening job at a public library is the city where the college I attended was..one of my many tasks was to clean both the men's & ladies' restrooms..now I was a country raised 19 year old in the mid '60s..and thru experience knew quite well what to expect the conditions of the men's room would be..including what was written on the stalls..but from my innocents & naivete I was unprepared for the horror I discovered in the ladies' room..I thought the guys' room would be a mess but the ladies' was far worse..and some of the things I found written on the stall walls..and left laying around..oy gavalt..in any case I made a vow then & there never to do janitorial work ever again..and have keep that vow for lo these many years..../....the last half of "Justice League" awaits me..as does my "Day's End" routine..ergo..nite all....

Monday, September 21, 2020

 *[17:54 UTC-4]*[+63*F_sunny_winds:w/n/w@6 mph_humidity:36%_barometer:30.45"\/_overnight Lo:+39*F]*[Now Playing on MadTrollie*[Bach]*]*

   It was my original intention save for the short trip to the lobby just after 07:00 this morning to get a few items from the breakfast display..but then I got to thinking about it and decided that although I haven't received my Medicare card as of yet I do have the number..and I did owe a doctor's bill and since it's a very short walk from my lodgings decided to take the walk..pay my bill & give them the new card number..so when I have my appointment in about a month all will be as it should be..for those readers not from the USA,,Medicare is health insurance for those of us who are retired and receive Social Security benefits which come from a federally mandated retirement fund..when you are working a certain amount is deducted every week from your check that goes into that fund..and when you retire you are eligible for a month check based on your salary over the last 5 years of your employment..../....other then that short walk I have spent my day in my rooms..mostly online but I have watched in part a couple of episodes of "Rizzoli & Isles"..which today switch back to the beginning episodes of the series..which I much prefer over the later episodes..not only on this series but most..after many episodes the writers/produces start running out of decent plots and the shows become in my not so humble opinion..strange and convoluted..and at times just flat bizarre..[puts down his TV critic hat]..../....Haven't decided when but someday this week I think I'll take a walk to Price Chopper & T J Maxx & may even take a stop at The Dollar Tree..a couple of items I need at Price Chopper to replace items I use that are running low..the other two places just to see if something jumps off the shelf and demands to go home with me..../....the online day has been much as/usual..had some great games..some decent ones..some average one..and a couple of duds..but by-in-large it has been a quiet and uneventful day..just the way I like it..../....but still things to do..ergo..nite all....