Answering the Call

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Apparently, the Powers That Be don’t want me to miss a post this week.

It’s been stressful adjusting to the new job and schedule, and I’ve been so tired that all my story ideas simply dried up (hence, the photo – duh).

But then I received a notification from WordPress congratulating me on my three-year anniversary.

WP Achievement

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com! You registered on WordPress.com 3 years ago. Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

So I now had something with which to start a post!

But what to say?  And when would I find time to say it?

And – then I received a Facebook reminder of something I wrote three years ago right after I published my About page:

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August 24, 2013

Blog almost there. Just waiting for final input from my personal editor and personal artist. It so nice to have talented people in the family! Maybe I should also get my violinist/guitarist/singer to create a theme tune for me …

I love you girls!

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Now I knew I had to write something!  No matter how long a day I had, and no matter how tired I might be.

And the icing on the cake?  In today’s mail, I received my copy of Linda Bethea‘s book, Everything Smells Just Like Poke Salad Linda has asked me to read and review, and I can’t even express how honored I am that another blogger has asked for my opinion about anything!

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AVAILABLE ON AMAZON! CLICK ON PHOTO FOR LINK.

Also in today’s mail were my new Puppy Cody and Japanese Garden coffee mugs and my son-in-law’s new Teddy Rosalie baseball cap from Café Press (see sidebar, hint hint).

Looking forward to a weekend of fun reading – and fresh coffee in my new mugs!  I’ll let you know what I think of Linda’s book soon – I expect it’s going to be awesome like everything she writes on her blog (check that out, here!).

Ain’t blogging great?

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The Office

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THE NEW “OFFICE” – IF I HAVE EVEN ONE DONUT, I WON’T FIT INTO IT. PROBABLY JUST AS WELL.

Please don’t misunderstand – I’m extremely grateful to have a job, and a good job at that!

The people at the new firm are very easy to work with, the commute is short and usually uneventful, and thus far my duties have not been mind-boggling.  While I expect the work load to increase dramatically in the next couple of weeks (once I’ve acclimated to the new procedures and computer system), I don’t expect it will ever be as stressful as the place I just left.

I do, however, miss having a door I could shut, and a window (actually, lots of windows!)

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MY WINDOW IN MY OLD OFFICE

Once again, I find myself working in a converted large house.  My husband scoffed when I came home the first day and told him I believed my new work space used to be one of the linen closets (see photo at the head of this post).  But at least it’s my space, and it’s not a cubicle set with dozens of other cubicles into one large area.

I’ve been told that the firm will soon be expanding into adjacent space currently occupied by another attorney and his staff, who will be moving in a month or so.  Maybe at that point (if I’ve proved myself worthy), I can score a larger “office” – certainly something to look forward to.

Meanwhile, I’ll work my not-so-little butt off so that my much-admired new boss doesn’t regret having hired me.

And just so I won’t feel too claustrophobic, I created a “window” on that huge computer monitor, using this photo for the display:

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IT REALLY DOES MAKE THE COMPUTER MONITOR LOOK LIKE A WINDOW! I THINK I’LL BUY THE COFFEE MUG TO GO WITH IT (SEE SIDEBAR, HINT HINT).

The kinks will work themselves out in no time.  For now, I intend to enjoy some nice relaxing wine and an early bedtime.  ‘Night, all.

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Do I Really Have to Get Up at 6:15 AM Tomorrow?

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Tomorrow, I return to the 9-to-5 grind, with decidedly mixed feelings.

Of course, I’m happy to have a job.  Many older people have trouble finding new employment when jobs are lost, and I was very fortunate to have  a strong network to rely upon.  The new job, while very busy, promises to be less stressful than the old one, and I’m not quite ready to retire (well, I would if I could, but rolling loose change won’t get me there).

So, I will get up in the morning, don my work togs, and report to duty with a smile on my face.

But today was the last day of my enforced vacation, and I really hate giving up all that free time.  No more doing what I want, when I want, and how I want.  No more running to the store for ice cream, or wine, in the middle of the day.

Being as it was my last day of freedom, and being as it was too darn hot this week to even take Cody out for longer than 5 minutes at a time, and being as today it was only 82° F (and overcast!), hubby and I decided a nice drive and walk was in order.  We wanted somewhere with lawns and trees.  Most parks would be too crowded on a Sunday, and Cody doesn’t like crowds.

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State University of New York at Buffalo-Amherst

Finally, we decided on the State University of New York at Buffalo, Amherst campus (a/k/a UB-North).

When our kids were growing up, we often took them over to the UB-North campus for walks or to play Frisbee on those huge lawns.  When they became teenagers, we taught them to drive at UB-North.  School is currently not in session, and crowds would be nonexistent.

And so, we bundled Cody into my SUV and off we went.

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Cody loves riding in the car, but this was a longer ride than usual.  After a block or so, she realized we were not going to the track where we normally walk, nor we were on the way to the vet’s. Where could we be going?

The wide open lawns at the campus were certainly enticing, but we know better than to let Cody off-leash anywhere that bunnies and other critters might dwell.  Heaven forbid, she find herself nose-to-nose with a groundhog!

As soon as we parked the car, and took Cody out, we discovered a bunny on the lawn next to us.  Cody so wanted to chase that bunny – thank heavens for leashes.

Of course, having visited UB-North so many times, we knew a nice back route to the man-made lake.

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The Lake, State University of New York at Buffalo-Amherst

There are also lots of wooded areas around the lake.

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While Cody and hubby walked into the woods, I took the opportunity to snap a few photos.

The trail to the right in the above photo went directly into swamp land.

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And a little more swamp land.  Good thing it wasn’t buggy!

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Finally, it was time to head back home.

Time to relax before getting back to the weekday routine.

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A tired puppy is a good puppy!

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Teddy Rosalie Helps Out

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASeveral hours this morning were spent calculating the household budget inasmuch as my new job carries a salary significantly lower than my previous job.

While there won’t be any excess cash flying around, I should be able to meet all the monthly expenses (including the Remicade treatments – yay!), and keep the roof over our heads.

I might even be able to keep Puppy Cody in doggie treats.

But it won’t be easy.

Unbeknownst to me, while I was trying not to pull my hair out, Teddy Rosalie hijacked the tablet and went online to create her own little income stream.  I’m humbled that she wishes to help support our little family, and I’m especially proud that she decided to include Puppy Cody in the endeavor.

Teddy Rosalie, Puppy Cody and I are pleased to announce the opening of the Cordelia’s Mom Still Shop on Café Press – see the link on the right sidebar, or click here.

The shop is very much a work-in-progress.  Products will be added and deleted from time to time.  Teddy Rosalie decided not to include wearing apparel at the outset, but if anyone has a burning desire for a T-shirt, sweatshirt or hoodie, just let me know and the product will be added.

Once I (um, I mean, Teddy Rosalie) figures out how to do so, the products will be arranged into searchable categories, but that may take awhile, and I didn’t want to delay the launch.  For now, just scroll down the product page – think of it like strolling through the mall.

Even if you’re not able to purchase anything today, enjoy perusing the shop offerings.  Let me know your thoughts.

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