Tuesday, March 3, 2015


It was warm (by comparison) on Monday morning. I heard on the news that some folk in my area were still without power, so I felt lucky!

Sidebar: It’s not often that I wake up in the morning feeling lucky, so I took it! It’s the little things…

I went to the Newburgh Grille for lunch and got the beef vegetable soup and a patty melt for lunch. Then I walked down to CVS and finished another undone Saturday errand. It was sunny and above freezing at the time.

I drove across Joy Road to the gas station and filled up the truck (another undone errand from Saturday).

We had our staff meeting and I learned that the rumors I had heard were true.

Later on, our new VP came in to talk with my boss, and then stayed for a while to catch up on his emails. While he was sitting there, he changed my meeting with him from Tuesday to Friday. He called over and apologized. He said he really wanted to meet with me, (I am the last of his employees he hasn’t talked to), but he just got a meeting at Building 50 he couldn’t get out of.

I said not to worry, I figured he’d just saved the best for last. He said, “That’s right! I worked my way through the domestic wines and now I’m ready to try the top shelf!”

Oh, he’s good!

Sidebar: I appreciated the reference to “top shelf.” He could have just as easily went with “well-aged!”

I had printed off two sheets of paper in large, red font at work (I don’t have a color printer) that said, “Please throw away.” So, when I got home, I slipped them into some sheet protectors (I bought them when we first moved in and hung them in the attic with signs designating storage areas, such as “camping gear,” “Jake’s stuff,” “Christmas,” etc. They are still up there, but no longer relevant).

Anyway, I duct taped them to the busted-up trashcan and took it out to the road. 

I left the actual trash in the garage. If you remember, there was a lot of smelly food in there and I didn’t want to tempt any domestic or wild animals to rip up the garbage bags.

We are under a Winter Weather Watch for tomorrow (mixed bag of snow, freezing rain and then all rain) so I went out back and refilled the feeders while I still could.

I watched the news until I was hungry. I didn’t feel like leftovers yet, so I made some tuna and peas and served it over buttered wide egg noodles.

I checked the TV and saw one cable channel was showing “The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring” without commercials. So, I watched that from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. and then went to bed.

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