View of Watertown New York from Thompson Park


Monday, December 21, 2009

Have had maybe the two best days in a row I’ve had in a long time. Yesterday spent the afternoon, with my kin. Best night sleep I’ve had in awhile. Took a couple of walks today, and got some things the pantry was short of. But I will go back time to tell.

As sis and her husband dropped me off last night I found a basket of fruit from a church, that while I’m still a member, I have not attended for a while.

Among other things were 3 lovely red pears. Well one of my missions today was find some nice blue cheese. The second walk netted me a nice Danish style blue. If you’ve never married a slice of raw pear, and abit of good blue cheese, well you should. As an alternative, a few slices of pear, a potion of good blue on top, oven or microwave, your choice. While that’s happening, reduce a bit of balsamic vinegar over a flame (in a pan of course), marry them together.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Okay, I understand, it’s been along time since I’ve posted. Well things are what they are. And I won’t explain the neglect.

In the process of selling my house, and have moved in to a 3 room postal stamp. But it suits me. I can both mop my kitchen and bathroom floor in less then a minute.

I made today the best pasta dish I’ve ever made

A small shallot, 2 small cloves of garlic, a bit of celery, a bit of red pepper, dry basil, dry oregano, and some dill seed, and of course some pepper and some sea salt. And of course some nice evoo, and did I forget a can of diced clams. Heated some pasta, used linguini.

But pick your fav pasta. Didn’t have a good Italian or French bread in the house but a garlic bread would add a touch. Sorry I forgot one ingredient…a splash of a very nice zinfandel wine.

If you ever expect me to give amount, forget about it. I just throw, taste and adjust.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

I was walking home from downtown after lunch and pasted by as I often do one of several “variety stores” that seem to have cropped up in town over the last few years. Basically the buyer and seller of used items. Well this one happens to have a large selection of used videotapes. Well if I didn’t find a copy of “La Femme Nikita”. Saw it a few years ago on one of the cable movie channels and really like it. The version I remember as subtitled and this one is dubbed…actually I prefer the subtitled…I’m a bit hard of hearing and miss some dialogue as a general rule. And it was only a buck.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

When I pulled the quote below something went a little haywire. It’s from A Midsummer’s-night Dream…found here

Did I mention I also like google. Well on one hand I guess I really have to…well that’s two hands…on one there is the fact that blogger is google and the let me write this slag heap for nodda…and on the second one my nephew works for google…but I digress…

I oft times will remember quotes but can remember the source…if you read below or will read below I mentioned the old quote “What fools these mortals be”, but couldn’t remember where it was from.

Puck. Captain of our fairy band, 116 Helena is here at hand, And the youth, mistook by me, Pleading for a lover’s fee. Shall we their fond pageant see? 120 Lord, what fools these mortals be!

Ah the joys of sharing your abode with a furball (AKA: cat). I mentioned the other night about Aggie and sitting on my lap while I was on the computer. Well tonight I had just starting playing a poker sim and it’s one of those things that I let her sit on my lap…so she wanted up so I picked her up and she settled right down. Well 45 minutes later…and one of those curious cat moves later…the get up…big yawn…do a 360 turn and lay back down right where she was before later…she got bored…and preceded to do another of the cat moves…she started gnawing on my thumb…not hard…gentle but with enough force to say “YOU HAVE IGNORED THE CAT LONG ENOUGH…PET ME OR YOUR LUNCH”. Very subtle these cats be.

(WARNING: the rant light just came on).

Don’t get me wrong. I love MSWORD…I really do…and particularly spell check. I must have been throwing spitballs in grade school at the time the teacher was explaining a crucial point about spelling. But sometimes when I feel like waxing poetic…or going archaic…spell check just doesn’t get it:

Spell check: “the correct form is ‘Very subtle these cats are’”.

The Trollie: “ yeah I know but I was thinking of the old line ‘what fools these mortals be’”

Thank GD that spell check can’t make me sit in the corner.

Actually a very nice day, sunny, no wind to speak of, so it was only about 30 some odd degrees on the old F scale but for this time of year a very nice day…

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My cat Aggie just doesn’t understand. But then from her point of view her understanding is not an issue. When she desires my attention, well demands really, she expects me to drop everything and fulfill her desires, or her water/food dish…even when not empty.

But her most insistent complain is why she can’t sit on my lap when she wants to. If I’m watching TV then that’s not a problem…except where noted below…but there are times when I’m on the computer when I won’t let her up because she gets in the way…like right now…(a brief pause while cat is placed gently on the floor).

But back to the TV deal…it seems latterly that she will jump up on my lap and make herself comfy 2 minutes before the end of the VCR tape…

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Now there is a first…I checked my sitemeter…I got a hit on this slag heap from Vietnam…dang I wish I had been a fly on the wall for that reaction…

There is a well-used phrase in old Watertown…if you don’t like the weather…wait 15 minutes and it will probably change…for the worst.

Thursday morning it was –27*F…by Saturday morning and today it’s been in the mid 40’s on the plus side of the thermometer…about a 70*F temperature swing in about 48 hours…it’s a wonder I don’t crack…okay but I was born with that one…oops two…I forgot the one in my head…

Monday, January 19, 2009

There was a song from the 60’s…War what is it good for…absolutely nothing…say it again…to paraphrase…Cats what are they good for…absolutely nothing…save that I am addicted to the little furballs…

You never own a cat…no one has ever owned a cat…they permit you to occupy the same space that they do…provided that you have an opposable thumb and are able to open cans and bags of food and keep water in their bowl…when you would like their attention forget about it…but when they require yours you might just as well give up what your doing and attend to them because they won’t really give you a choice…

Cats…an addiction

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Okay so the official count for snow was 21”…but that is at the weather station which is at the airport and 10 miles away…and in a lake effect storm that could be several inches difference…if all we got was 21 inches then I’m well under 5 foot tall…and I ain’t…

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The first forecast I heard for overnight for today was 5-9” of new snow…then it was updated to 12-18”…well we got somewhere between 30 and 36” of new snow in about 7 hours…what a mess…

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I think I’ve finally become that which as a teen/young adult always drove me nuts. I would be in the presence of older adults and the way they talked about the “good old days”…drove me nuts…(a pause in this as cat Aggie demands my attention)…

But the older I get…the less I understand the world as it is…(follows is a list in no particular order)

1-Piercing of the body other then in ears…(and I even question that)

२-Body art…tattoos…and in general the names of people you probably won’t be with for more then 3 weeks…and in particular what is common referred to as a “tramp stamp”.

3-People who don’t fully understand that the “right on red” law in NYS does not mean I’m fair game in a crosswalk if I get the walk icon…

4-People who are in a restaurant…okay fast food place…. (Note except for one I avoid them…prefer and enjoyed the local owned eateries better)…but think they have the right to:

A-talk at the top of their lungs

B-use whatever foul language they chose

C-comment on everyone else in the place…negatively of course…

(The rant light is off)

Oh happy days…I can finally write an entry without using a hammer on my keyboard. Had several keys that were either dead or dying…but picked up a new keyboard…and things are good again…

Very cold here…-20 something F…but not really a bad day…very little wind and sunny…

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

It’s been a very old fashion winter…lots of snow…lots of cold…lots of wind…reminds me of winters as a lad…global warming…at this point I don’t think so…

Monday, January 12, 2009

Been a strange 24…,got told a something I would never believe…except that peep told me…I trust…