Archive for November, 2012

…and this is the song and the artist that always puts me right into the mood for Christmas.

Recorded by a fan on Nov. 27, 2012, during the Lakeland FL  show (” The Joyful Noise Tour.”)

Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day sung by Clay Aiken.



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For Anne on her 50th birthday

Happy 50th Birthday, Annie-babe!


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My Stupid Human Trick

Through my own carelessness, I had a bad fall tonight. I got up off the couch a little too quickly, tripped over something, and fell hard on the floor. Had I not had both knees replaced, I think I would have broken my right kneecap, which took the brunt of the fall. It’s swollen and very bruised and sore, but nothing’s broken. When I fell I pressed my panic button (worn around my neck) but could not tell if I had reached help or not. My iPhone was on me, so I phoned the front desk, and soon the night nurse and her aide arrived and lifted me off the floor. The nurse took my vitals and pronounced me “just fine” and shortly thereafter, they left me. I rested quietly for about 30 minutes and then decided ML had given me good advice. Seemed like a good time to calm down with a shot of scotch.This was all about 3 hours ago. Right now, I have a very unhappy knee, and will take some tylenol soon. This was definitely a warning to me to slow down, and be more careful–especially in my own digs.

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Scenes at The Beach

A beautiful November afternoon in The Beach. Lake Ontario in the background.

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Fire alarm in the night

Last night I’d been soundly asleep when I was rudely awakened at 3 a.m. by the fire alarm going off. It was really loud, and it was long-lasting. It took ages for it to be turned off. Certainly our residence was not testing the alarm in the middle of the night. I dragged myself out of bed, and comforted Spike, who has always been frightened by the alarm. (How does  any dog decode a fire alarm?)  I poked my head out into the hall, and seeing and smelling nothing, crawled back into bed and soon went back to sleep. I heard today that one of the residents went down the stairs from the 7th floor to the street (She did exactly the wrong  thing, and should have waited in her suite for the ‘all clear’ or other message over the PA system.)

By mid-morning today I had heard that 5 fire trucks had roared up to our front door – at great expense to us. The fire department is now charging for false alarms, and the charge to our house for last night’s event was $1000.
Tonight at dinner I learned the cause of last night’s alarm. One of our residents burned her toast at 3 a.m. and thereby set off the alarm in her suite – with the result that she woke up the whole house. Tonight she is apologetic, and the rest of us are shaking our heads, mildly amused, and sort of thinking, “There but for the grace of God go I.” I’m just glad it was not the real thing. I hope she thinks twice before ever again making toast in the middle of the night!

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Nature in November

This determined rosebush had not given up as of two days ago.

However, a low temperature last night might have finished off the blooms at last.

The woodpeckers will stay all winter. They love the suet I put out for them. The chickadees love the bird seed, and so do the squirrels, who eat vast amounts of it!  I watch the feeders each day while I am eating lunch. The squirrels are the acrobats of the back yard, usually hanging upside down at the feeders while gorging themselves.

Thanks for the lunch!

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