Because I’m Bored

A Single Candle to Light the Night

Being “under the weather” on a weekend sucks, doesn’t it?

I had plans for today – shopping, maybe a little outside photography (despite the cold weather).  But I’m just not up to it today.  Perhaps I did too much that last couple of days, who knows?

In any event, my photography was limited to inside my own house.  Flickr’s theme of the week is “Flames” – thus, the photo at the top of this post.  Not what I intended to do – I had ambitiously thought I would put together something with ice cream and a candle (Fire and Ice[Cream)]), but didn’t know where my nice glass bowl is, didn’t have a white votive candle, and saw when I went onto Flickr that someone else had already beat me to a very similar shot, although they used snow instead of ice cream.  I think my idea is better.


Since I was fooling around with the editing software, I decided to see what black-and-white would do for the photo.  I think it came out quite well:

Kind of looks like the moon behind the flame in both photos, doesn’t it?  I’m not telling how I got that in there (mostly because I don’t know myself).

If anyone with more imagination than me wishes to use either photo as the basis for a story, feel free.  Just link back here so I get that special feeling we all enjoy.

Happy Sunday, Everyone.


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Another Use for a Good Fence

Everyone knows that good fences make good neighbors, and I sincerely hope the loony behind us is enjoying the 6-foot chain-link fence we constructed just for her.

Puppy Cody is enjoying her fenced in yard, both in summer and winter, and shows no inclination to try to jump the 4-foot chain link on the other sides of the yard.

I’ve discovered to my delight that the fence serves yet another purpose:  it gives me something to hold onto when negotiating the icy sidewalk between the car and the side door.  I’m so glad we opted to start the fence at the end of the porch:

Cody has no trouble, however, hopping down those steps and traversing the icy sidewalk:

Oh, and for those of you who noticed the slight gap between the fence and the edge of the porch, and worried about escaping pups, rest assured that Cody can’t quit fit through that gap:


Today was very sunny, so despite the cold (12 degrees Fahrenheit at 1:00 pm), I decided it might be a great day to stroll through Walton Woods Park when there would be few, if any, people there.

The two or three hardy souls I encountered seemed eager to complete their exercise, and no one was taking any breaks on the benches.

Damn, it was cold, and it was hard to see the trail:

Naturally, I was hoping for some wildlife, and I did see lots of tracks:

Looks like someone was having fun on that fallen tree, doesn’t it?  All the tracks were along the trunk of the tree, none on either side of it.

After about 20 minutes, my chin was frozen and I could no longer feel my lips.  The path was beginning to get icy, and I didn’t want to fall so I headed back towards my car.  A young lady was approaching, and I stepped to the side to let her pass.  She noticed  my camera and said, “Oh, I don’t know if you saw it, but there are four deer by the empty building.”

Say what?  I didn’t see any deer!  Well, heck, now I had to backtrack to try to find them.

Still no deer, but I kept my eyes peeled.

Omigod, is that a BEAR?

Now, anyone with any sense who sees a bear in the woods ahead of them would surely turn and go the other way.  But, of course, photographers (and photographer wannabees) have no sense.

So, slowly I approached, step by step …

Well, heck (again), I should have recognized that stump from the last time I took photos in that area!  I guess the snow confused me.

At that point, I could no longer feel my feet, so I called it a day.  The deer can wait for warmer weather to pose for me.  ‘Cause I know they want to.  Why else have they been making it so easy for me?

Hope you all had a good Friday.  Stay warm!


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Come to Buffalo! (and maybe meet Cordelia’s Mom)

Teddy Rosalie needs to grow a little taller to be a proper photography model.

Here’s your chance of a lifetime!  Oxford Pennant in Buffalo, NY is running the Warmest Cold City Contest, in which you can win an all-expense-paid trip to my hometown.

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I saw this contest on Facebook and then checked out the Oxford Pennant’s website.  It is a legitimate company and a legitimate contest.  Check it out (it takes a few seconds for the video to load, at least on my computer, just so you know).

So jump on in and enter!  If you win, Teddy Rosalie and I will make arrangements to meet with you during your stay.  That’s not noted in the contest information because apparently not everyone in the world (nor even everyone in Buffalo, darn it) has heard of Cordelia’s Mom.  Just consider it an extra perk if you win.

The Corridor at the Hotel Henry, Buffalo, NY

I can vouch for the Hotel Henry and its 100 Acres Restaurant, having dined there recently.  While I can’t attest to the quality of the guest rooms, I can state that the food in the restaurant was awesome and that the building’s architecture alone is worth a tour.  Heck, I may enter the contest just so I can go back for a nice staycation.

The Buffalo Zoo has bison!

There are so many places to see and things to do in Buffalo.  While Teddy Rosalie visited the History Museum and the Buffalo Zoo in summertime, they are open year ’round, and she and I would love to show them to you.

The only drawback to the contest, as I see it, is that the airfare is paid only from a city within the continental United States, which pretty much leaves out my international readers – unless, of course, you’re willing to pay your own way to the States.  I’m worth it, right?

Go for it, people!  When you win, let me know so we can start planning the party.

(Note the entry deadline is February 1, and that the trip must be taken between February 8 and March 10.  You all have a few vacation days available, right?)

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Musings of a Non-essential Federal Employee

I feel I owe an apology to furloughed federal employees for being an insensitive jerk with my last post, in which I bragged about my job. President Trump says the unpaid workers “will adjust, they always adjust.” In Trumpville, I believe that means that Melania might have to settle for a $40,000 dress instead of the one she really wanted. As noted in this post from Nowhere Tribune, “adjust” means something a little different to the people actually affected by the furlough.

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It is 8:31 on a Monday morning, and I should be at work. Not only should I be, but I want to be.

I am, though, on an extended holiday vacation, courtesy of the federal government officials who have failed to pass a budget. Or, should I say, who refuse to.

I do not blame a certain party; only politics–politics and the inability to compromise in order to accomplish one of the government’s most important and basic tasks.

In my spare time, I’ve served three terms on a city council. We begin working on a budget for the upcoming year in July, and we make sure that it is complete by the end of September. We may not agree, but we all know that the budget must be complete, no exceptions, before the current budget expires. Streets need repaired, and the water treatment plant…

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