So we took her back this morning. It was hard, but they were really nice and not at all surprised. They knew she had issues. Shelter director said they knew someone with an indoor/outdoor facility they could place her at. She is not a good people cat, and I think she will thrive with being able to be outside and run around. Going to miss her, though, but I need my eyes. Oh, well. Did a lot of swearing. 🙂


I have decided to take her back to the shelter. She keeps slapping me for no reason I can determine, and has just missed my eye four times. Tonight was the fourth, and she caught me hard on the side of my nose just below my eye. It hurt, and bled a lot. I do not want to lose an eye, and since I can’t figure out what her problem is, I have to look out for myself. This is very hard, because I’m really attached to her, she is so cute and affectionate most of the time, but I want to keep both my eyes. Life sucks sometimes. What will happen to her? She is dangerous and unpredictable. Who would take her, knowing that, and I will impress the dangerous factor on them at the shelter. Rats.

Snowstorm Not

Got some snow, most didn’t even stick.  Pretty cold and windy, though.  Saw the dentist, he filled the tooth instead of removing it.  Yay.  I was soooo tired all day, too.  Had to have blood drawn at my doctor’s after the dentist.  Then to the store for soft food and yogurt.  Came home, ate and took pain meds, changed, read email, clunked on the couch. Was in so much all over pain and so exhausted, I could barely walk.  Kept falling alseep off and on the rest of the day, then slept pretty well last night.  Better today.  I think part of it was the infection, the getting up at 7:30 am, and the going down to 2mg prednisone.  This is the lowest I’ve been on in years.  Hope my body kicks in and does what it’s supposed to when you’re NOT on prednisone.  I plan to stay on 2mg for a month, then 1mg for a month, then I have a couple of halves to finish off with.  I want to be done with this.  The things it does to your body are not good.  On the good side of it all, the lower the dose, the more weight I am losing.  Hooray.

I’m puzzled.  How do you ask for help when everyone else has their own issues to deal with, and not wanting to be too needy.  I was dumped by a friend once for being ‘too needy’ when the situation that caused this was brought on by the friend, not me, so I am very wary of asking for anything from anybody.  My wonderful friend Tess, who drives me everywhere, thinks this is silly, but I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop.  For her to get sick of having to be the giver all the time.  I can’t and would not ever ask her to do more than she already does, anyway.  So what do you do when you can’t manage things and there is no one to help.  Hire people?  Do I look like Ms Gotrocks?  My bedroom is unusable, because thinks have been dumped in there by me and various homemakers, and everything is out of the closet because of the water heater, and I do not have energy to organize it.  I need help with that, and there is no one to help.  So what do you do?  Any ideas?  Anyone?  Please?

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I have decided to call the cat CeeCee, for Crazy Cat, since she so is that.  Poor thing.  Her shelter name is Luna, which I just could not wrap my head around calling her that.  So it was’ Lunatic’, and ‘Gertrude, I mean Luna’, and then just ‘Gertrude’.  But she’s NOT Gertrude.  I still miss Gertrude.  She was so sweet.  CeeCee I can do, so hope she isn’t too confused.  She still slaps me now and then, but hasn’t really bitten or scratched me in a while.  She does grab my ankle as I walk by sometimes, and I finally realized that she want to play when she does that.  She loves the laser light thingy, and gallops around after it, sounding like an elephant. She is so darn cute.

Oh, well,  Tired again.  Hoping to Get Something Done today, but we’ll see how that goes.  Gave all the veggies I was going to use in soup, etc., to Tess, because cooking is just not on right now.  There are some pretty good frozen dinner things in the stores, much better than the tv dinners of old.  Yesterday I had butternut squash and sage ravioli, organic, and very, very tasty.  That’s enough for today, I think. 

Another Storm

tomorrow.  Sunny early, clouded up in prep for tomorrow.  Not sure how bad it’s going to be this time.   I have the dentist at NINE. A. M.  9am.  I don’t get to sleep til 4 or 5am.  It was the only opening they had, though.  Have to take the cracked tooth out,  maybe surgically.  Good thing I am not afraid of the dentist, and this guy is really great.  I had the dentist from hell when I was a small child, and nothing else has ever been that bad.  So no fear.

Saw an article about a new service where they condense non-fiction books so they can be read in fifteen minutes.  Apparently, the pleasures of reading are losing to our need to be constantly on the go.  Also, being on line greatly reduces your attention span anyway.

Here’s Crazy Cat earlier.  Who needs expensive toys, right?


Was looking for something in it. Didn’t find it, but lots of other good stuff. And this:
I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.
— Flannery O’Connor
Only I would have to say I talk because I don’t know what I think until I say it. Discovered this in therapy. Would say something, then ‘Whoa. Didn’t know that was in there.’ Interesting.

Maintenance came and glued down the cracked bit of kitchen flooring and pulled up the rug in the closet. No mold. I was worried, because it was saturated after the water heater debacle. Have had a fan blowing into it ever since. Peter the Maintenance 🙂 said I could probably turn it off now, as the rug is dry, dry, dry. I like Peter, but he is so overworked it is not funny.

Very windy, very cold, mostly gray, and has been so for days on end.  not spring

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Actually, I’m thinking of the song from White Christmas.  ‘Snow, snow, snow snow, snoooow.’  You know the one.  I love that movie. 

Here’s a headline from CNET.
“Alexa lives in this light switch….”
Am I the only one that finds listening devices in everything in your home just a bit creepy?

Here’s some pics I just took a bit ago, and also with a neat filter from Photo on Win10. If you click on one, it enlarges, I hope. LOL


Another one

Seems we may be having our third Nor’easter.  Lots of people are still without power from the first one, says the online news.  It is March, Mother Nature.  Springtime and all that.  Weather people have now started posting maps with highest/lowest amounts expected, so we can either have 8-12 inches of snow, or none at all.  Forecasting at it’s best, folks.

Illness related, if any cares.  Pain, pain, pain, and then more pain.  I don’t know what I’ve done wrong, but I have gone from doing pretty well to barely functional.  Can’t sleep. Well, sleep half an hour, pain wakes me up, awake for however long, doze a bit, more pain wakening.  Only half awake most of the time, and pain.  Fun, fun, fun.  Am getting a lot of reading done, however, so there’s a good side there.  b19cd0_853775cbc887421c9d271861f2b09e34

Another Nor’easter

I love New England. Started out just a rainy day, but snowing like crazy now. So far no big wind, but that might come later. Winter has moved to March.

Saw doctor today. Boy, they do not do physicals like they used to. Did not even need to take off any clothes. Ins won’t pay for anything more than cursory exam unless you already have an illness you are being treated for. I have said they want us all to die off so they can keep everything that exists for themselves. Rich old white men. NOT a good thing.

Talked mostly. About meds and things. She wanted me to try gabapentin for the fibro, and get a pneumonia shot. Had to get the shot at the drugstore, because ins pays for it there, but not if you get it at the doctor’s office. America. You might want to stay away, because we have gone completely bonkers here. Greed does that to you, it seems.

So at the drugstore, got the shot while discussing gabapentin with pharmacist. Opted not to take it, because the side-effects are ridiculous. May or may not get any, some, all if them, but I’m the ‘one in a million’ who got hallucinations from Tramadol, so I am cautious. Pharmacist kind of agreed with my choice, because I live alone, and double-vision, loss of coordination, tremors, among other things are just no. And if you get any of them, they do not go away as long as you are taking the med. Always ask the pharmacist. It’s their business to know these things.

Oh, and there are other meds, but ins won’t pay for them until you’ve tried the gabapentin and it didn’t work.

So still with the pain, fatigue, and insomnia. But at least I’m used to that. Trying melatonin. We’ll see how that goes. Fun times, people. Fun times.


We had the most glorious Nor’Easter yesterday.  I can say it was glorious, because I live on the second floor in a brick building with foot-thick walls, in an area which has, to my knowledge anyway, never flooded.  Many were not as fortunate, however.  My friend Tess, who lives maybe a mile from me, lost power for 9 1/2 hours.  Got pretty chill in her house, she says.  Am adding some  links to view.  My new homemaker slogged his way through to get to me and did the laundry across the street AND went to the grocery store.  He did say his car was buffeted severely as he was driving.  I’ve driven in storms like that.  Fun times.  The wind blew the rain so hard, it came in in puddles between one window and the ledge it sits on.  Needs a bit of caulking, I think.  When the wind is right, it slams into my north-facing windows.  Later, after dark, the wind changed and it snowed some, blowing the opposite direction from the earlier rain.  I love weather.  It wound down around 8pm, but didn’t stop until sometime in the night. The wind is still on, but not as fierce, and we have some sun here and there.  I was thinking, OMG if this was snow, and there’s an article on that subject as well.  We have had blizzards since I’ve lived here, but they kind of stopped several years ago.  The climate really is changing, people.  I can see it from my windows.

Here’s a picture from a Globe video.

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The wave is going over the top of the house.  You can see it in the video.  Neat.

Here’s a picture of my downtown taken by Bob McKeon, as was the one I posted in August 2017. He posts a lot of his pictures and town memorabilia on the ‘You Know You’re From North, If…’ facebook page.  Check it out.  Small town New England.

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The links I promised: (Edit:  I must be tired than I thought, cause I messed up the links.  Sorry.  The live blog is better with the sound off.  Trust me.)

If It Was Snow?

Live Blog of Storm