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

Thursday, November 15, 2018

(18:15 UTC-5)
(+30*F....mostly cloudy....feels like +25*F)
(Now Playing: "My Mix" (link))
   I guess I'm starting to get my "winter legs".....actually today was a pleasant day for walk....and 3 stops to make and I'm starting to adjust back into my winter in the northcountry mode....except for the years I was in college, I've spent my whole life in lake effect snow zones....first in the lee of Lake Erie....and now in the lee of Lake Ontario....plus up here if the wind is out of the north or north west we get our weather off Hudson Bay.....sometimes temperature can drop to -25*F and even cold....and a wind chill of -40*F is not uncommon....but it takes a few cold days for my body to remember how to deal with it....we're predicted to have snow overnight, maybe 3 to 5 inches....but changing to rain tomorrow so it won't stay very long....
   Actually sat down an watched a movie this afternoon....normally I just half watch, half listen while surfing the net or playing games online....but the film "Contact" is one of my favorites....I don't agree with the premise but it's well done, and does give one pause.... 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

(16:51 UTC-5)
(+25*F....sunny....feels like: 15*F)
(Now Playing: "My Mix" off Youtube (link))
   "My Mix" ls literally just that, a mix selected by Youtube from the various styles of music that I listen to on Youtube....
   I did walk again today....but today it was all the weather and of course the fact that I really didn't need any thing right then and there....besides it's the warmest right now that it has been all day....most of the day it's been in the mid-teens with a feels like temperature in the single digits Fahrenheit....with winds between 15 and 20 mph....now if I needed something right then....I would have walked....I not only know how to dress for the cold and much colder than it was, but I also have the proper clothing for those extremes....besides tomorrow the temperature in the afternoon will be in the low to mid-30's F.....and the feels like in the high 20's....and just a gentile breeze....
   I wrote yesterday about the fact that AMC was airing the movie "Contact" tonight late....isn't going to be over until after 02:00 local time....way past my bedtime....but in checking the TV listings for tomorrow.....it's on again at 14:00 local time....perfect....

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

(17:08 UTC-5)
(+30*F....cloudy)
(Now Playing:"Hellfighters"(link))
   I hadn't been out all day and hadn't opened the drapes in my rooms today, and didn't realize until I checked the weather for temperature and conditions outside to post as I always do that it had snowed....just a dusting....but snow none the less....awoke this morning a tad groggily and have felt a little out of sorts all day....and hadn't planned to walk today anyways so really  hadn't checked the weather earlier as I usually do....only interruption in what has been a very quiet day, came this morning....it's Tuesday....that means that housekeeping comes in to change linen and clean....fist time they've been into the new rooms....
  I'm caught between a rock and a hard place, or in this case my normal bedtime and one of my favorite movies....about this time at night I always check the TV listings for the next day....I have all the channels I usually watch bookmarked and placed in a folder so all I have to do is right click and select all, and there they are....but after 10 PM tomorrow local time AMC is showing "Contact" and it runs until just after 2 AM....rats....haven't decided what I'll do yet....but an afternoon nap is a real possibility....just depends and how I feel tomorrow....  

Monday, November 12, 2018

(16:53 UTC-5)
(+41*F....cloudy)
(Now Playing: "NCIS" re-runs on USA network)
   Been a mostly quiet day until I realized I had forgotten to pickup one of the items on my shopping list....which I actually took shopping with me yesterday, usually I leave it on my desk, of course it really doesn't do you any good if you take the list, put in your pocket, and never look at it....anyways would have waited until tomorrow....but once I looked at tomorrows weather....rain all day so I took the short walk to Aldi to pick up that and the rest of the things I was going to by tomorrow....
   Have gotten pretty well settled down in my new rooms....still one or two things I might add....my sis said she had a recliner I could have but the problem is getting it here....and since she's away until after Thanksgiving....that will have to wait....but thinking of getting a personal ice maker....but other than that....I'm pretty well set....but just in general although my desktop is running fine, I been thinking about getting another laptop....just to have a backup....but we'll have to see....

Sunday, November 11, 2018

(14:38 UTC-5)
(+35*F.....cloudy)
(Now Playing: "Bills vs. Jets" on CBS)
   I don't believe what I'm seeing....Bills are up 31 to 3 at the half....
   When I walked this morning the temperature was in the mid-20's with a "feels like" of +17*F....but was a very comfortable walk....just a little breeze unlike yesterday when it was real quite windy....despite the forecast all we got here in the city was a dusting of snow....however one of the housekeepers here lives in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains to thee east of here, and they got about 6" of snow....but that is the nature of lake effect snow....very narrow bands of snow....
   With the addition of the second small frig....I have more freezer space....so on my list today I had "frozen food"....on the list....basically just wanted what ever struck my fancy....ended up with some fully cooked wings, a calzone, a pint of ice cream, and some pulled pork....made a sandwich with the pulled pork....very nice....  

Saturday, November 10, 2018

(20:46 UTC-5)
(+30*F....mostly cloudy....feels like +20*F)
(Now Playing: "The Hunt for Red October" on BBC America)
   Well the 3 to 5 inches of snow predicted in the Lake Effect Snow warning amount to barely a dusting where I live....but given the nature of the narrow bands of lake effect snow....there are some areas that did get some more snow then we did here....I would be surprised if a little east and south of where I'm at....up on the Tug Hill Plateau.... that they got more then we did....
   But it was cold and quite windy here but I walked twice....needed to go in two different directions and decided to do it in two trips....one to the plaza and one to the ATM, the convenience store and Aldi....but the wind gusts were over 30 mph....and I decided to cut the walk short and just went to ATM....the other two stops....could wait until tomorrow or even the Monday for that matter....I bought a flashlight and some spare batteries for it....and another surge protector....I'm thinking of getting a laptop and intend to use it in my sitting area....on the other side of the rooms....  

Friday, November 9, 2018

(11:50 UTC-5)
(+38*F....rain shower)
(Now Playing: "Lt Ellis of Shado" (link))
   We got light rain falling as I write this....and according to the predictions sometime over night or early tomorrow morning we will experience some lake effect snow according to a weather warning from the National Weather Service....predicted snowfall 3 to 5 inches....which for this area is just a tad more than a dusting....I've seen it snow a foot an hour for 4 or 5 hours....but the lake and air temperatures are still too high for a real heavy snow fall.....but up here it's not the predictions that count....it's measuring it after the fact....but the lake effect snow comes in very tight "bands" of snow....I've seen it snow a foot of snow on one side of the small city I live in....and just a trace on the other side....you can never tell....

Thursday, November 8, 2018

(19:26 UTC-5)
(+40*F....cloudy)
(Now Playing: a mix off Youtube (link))
   According to the forecast it will start raining right after noon tomorrow and at some point overnight it will turn to snow....maybe only and inch or so....but with winds that may be as high as 40 mph....even a little snowfall can make a mess....particularly if you're driving in it....visibility could be pretty bad....
   So accordingly and walked today to pickup a few things....was not a bad day....mid-40s when I walked but not as windy as it has been....
   I got the third mini-frig for my rooms....and turned the small of the 3 all the way to as cold as it can be....the one issue I've had not enough room for frozen foods....which has become and issue....especially with Winter right around the corner....also the extra frig gives me more room to stock up on fresh veggies, which over the last several months has become a more important part of my diet....and my health is the best it's been in many years....still need to hit a good canned goods sale....during the Winter months there are times when I really can't get out....with walking everywhere and my reduced mobility....and my balance issues....ice and snow are not my friends....but I've always lived in areas where Winter, and some years rough Winters are a fact of life....and I've become used to them....

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

(14:04 UTC-5)
(+48*F....cloudy.....wind 19 mph)
(Now Playing: "My Mix" off Youtube (link)
(Just a note: Youtube gives me 5 different mixes each time I log on....4 of them are usually  composed of a particular style of music I listen to....but the "My Mix" is a a very eclectic mix of the varying styles I enjoy....from Gregorian chant....to "Meatloaf".....with several stops in between....and don't forget the bagpipes) 
   A cool very blustery day here in the Northcountry....but had some errands to run so decided to walk twice....First walk to the Doc's....bill for last months checkup had arrived over the weekend and with the weather Monday, and the move yesterday....today was the first chance I had to take care of it....why write a check and mail it....when his office is maybe a 5 minute walk from my lodgings....made a stop on the way back to pickup some veggies and cheese at Aldi....okay so you were looking.... and a 4 pack of apple fritters....
   Kicked around the rooms for awhile....had a egg white scramble....w/ potatoes, chorizo, the greens from green onions, a nice sharp cheddar....and some salt, pepper, adobo, and of course liquid egg whites....on of my fav combinations....and kicked around online for awhile....but....
   In my old rooms I had my desktop plugged in to a power strip with a surge protector....but with the layout of the new rooms....the only reasonable place to put the computer desk had an outlet without a surge protector....and I had to leave the power strip....so took a walk to Ollie's....different direction from my earlier walk....they didn't have what I wanted but had a 3 outlet plug-in with a surge protector....but as always happens with me ended up getting another kitchen knife that I didn't known until I saw it that I needed it....on the way back stopped at the thrift store and found some drink coasters and a pepper shake....again I didn't know I needed them....and a stop at Dollar General to say hi to the manager, and dang if a bag of cheddar popcorn and some pecan candies didn't demand that they accompany me  back  to my rooms....This happens to me all the time, but at least this time I did get what I had walked out to get....or at least a reasonable facsimile....