Justice Will Be Served (Finally)


Just off the presses this week – the crooked owner of Classic Fence Company has plead guilty to deliberately bilking his customers and may be going to jail (read story, here).

I didn’t realize when we signed up with Classic Fence in August 2017 that Fred DeNormand had been stiffing his clients since 2016.  I had found no negative reports in my on-line research, and he sounded so pleasant the couple of times I spoke with him on the phone.  Perfect con man!

I still wonder what made me use the credit card for that down payment.  At that time, it was a badge of honor for me to pay cash for everything – but something (or someone up there) whispered in my ear that perhaps on this one occasion, I should use the credit card “in case anything happens.”  I got my money back through the credit card company, but I suspect all those Classic Fence customers who wrote checks or paid cash will be waiting a long time for repayment.  After all, if the guy didn’t have money to pay his employees or his business taxes (I checked), how is he suddenly going to cough up nearly $140,000 to refund all those down payments?  There are judgments on record against him since 2017 – good luck collecting on those!

Meanwhile, Puppy Cody and I are enjoying our nice fenced-in yard, as you all know.  A couple of runs the full length of the yard while chasing bunnies, and Cody is ready to nap the rest of the day.

Happy Friday the 13th, Everyone!

May your day be prank-free.


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Just Flitting Around

The Fourth of July is over, folks!  You can stop with the fireworks, already.

After all the boom-booms before, on, and after the 4th of July, Puppy Cody was seriously traumatized.  While she would (reluctantly) still go out in our own backyard, taking her for walks to the local high school became more hassle than any of us needed.  It seemed that the minute we would park and she would think about jumping out, someone would blow off a cherry bomb somewhere, and it was all over.

So, we decided to take have a few no-walk days to allow Cody time to recuperate.  We didn’t want her to associate loud scary noises with the school.

At the same time, hubby decided he really needed to get away from the house, if only for a few hours.  He’s been working on household projects pretty much every weekend since we moved in last year, and just wanted one weekend off.  I was ok with that.

So, on Saturday we packed cold drinks into the car and headed up the Niagara River towards Niagara Falls.  Our intention had been to drive to the Falls, but we left late due to having to coax Cody into the yard, and due to various household tasks that still needed to be accomplished.  Plus, the fact that I am somewhat limited as to how much I can walk didn’t bode well for climbing the path at Devil’s Hole or anywhere near the brink of the Falls.

Not too far from home are several lesser parks where you can get right to the edge of the river.  We chose one on River Road in North Tonawanda – I don’t know the name of that particular area since there’s no sign.  Basically it consists of a path along the river, with lots of benches facing the water, and a small boat launch.  It’s not one of the more popular riverside parks.  Very few people – perfect for me.

Not a lot to see on this particular trip – just the butterflies and the usual ducks.  While the butterfly accommodated the photo shoot (see photo at head of post), the bumblebee I tried to photograph simply wouldn’t cooperate.  I felt it best to let him/her go on his/her way.  The ducks and gulls, as usual, love to sit and pose:

I decided to try the zoom lens on my camera.  The Niagara Falls skyline, which was extremely hard to see with the naked eye, came into focus beautifully with the zoom:

View from North Tonawanda, New York side of Niagara River – moderate zoom

High zoom view of Niagara Falls skyline from North Tonawanda side of river

Now, if only I can learn to hold that camera stead while I shoot!  I really don’t want to invest in a tripod.

After a short walk and a even shorter sit on the benches, we went for a quick dinner and then headed back home.  Not an extended day off, but relaxing nonetheless.

Come Sunday, hubby decided Cody really should get a walk – somewhere.  The school is iffy, we were afraid people might still have a few fireworks left and didn’t want Cody to refuse to ever walk at the school again.

So, we packed ourselves and Cody into the car and headed off to Walton Woods Park in Amherst.  A bit of a drive at about 20 minutes, but Cody seemed to enjoy the ride.

At the park entrance, Cody heard people talking, and balked.  It took a fair amount of encouragement to get her headed into the park instead of back to the car – and believe me, that dog is strong and stubborn!

But eventually, she began moving again.  Once along the lake, she suddenly realized there were sounds and smells she never experienced before and started trotting along quite nicely.  We tried as much as possible to keep her on the grass instead of the asphalt pathway to avoid burning her paws.

I thought sure she would jump at her first hearing of a bullfrog call – but she seemed more curious than scared.  There are lots of bullfrogs in that lake.  It sounded like one of them was right below where I was standing and I got as close to the water as possible, hoping to catch that award-winding photo.

Alas, I nearly fell in and had to abandon that plan.  Retreating to the pathway, I decided to simply take another photograph of the lake:

Fortunately, Cody became comfortable enough in her walk to do her business.  Yay!  And, there are trash cans placed strategically around the lake to dispose of that business.  Double-yay!

Even better, there are benches placed strategically around the lake for those of us who need to rest often.  Triple-yay!  And a huge thanks to the Town of Amherst or Walton Woods Homeowner Association, whichever one is responsible for those strategic placements.

I love that little park.  I especially love that you pretty much have to already know where it is in order to find it – there are no Walton Woods signs at the entrance (unless the locals removed them to maintain privacy, which is very possible).  I don’t even remember how we found it.  I think we just happened at some point to see people walking into the woods between the library and the policy station and wondered where that path went … and decided to find out.

I’m glad we did.  It’s my little go-to park.

All-in-all, a nice relaxing weekend.  Hope yours was, too!


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My [Paperclip] Cup Runneth Over

While it certainly was annoying to get to the office and discover the air conditioning had died and the interior temperature was 88° F – just two days after the AC had originally died and been “fixed” – it was really nice when the boss arrived an hour later and told everyone they could leave. My first inkling of that was when I read his email to the building management indicating that due to the high temperature in the office, “no clients can come in, and staff has been encouraged to go home.”

Don’t gotta tell me twice!

It was an added plus that I would not have to spend a good part of my day digitally archiving files and then sending the physical files for shredding, as we attempt to weed out really old files and save storage space.

When we first started the shredding project, I thought all paperclips and clasps had to be removed from the files.  Several hundred clips had been accumulated before someone thought to call the shredding company and learned that we could send the files in toto – clips were not a problem.


Looking at the pile of accumulated metal brought to mind my “household items” posts (remember?  cotton balls? toilet paper?).

What can you do with paper clips, other than the obvious?

Well ….

As a young woman sharing my first apartment with several other young women, none of whom had any money for decorations, paper clips were used to make a divider between the living room and the dining area.  They actually were quite attractive, especially during parties when they caught the candle light.  Perhaps not quite so attractive towards the end of the parties when those people who had imbibed a bit too much found it difficult to negotiate an untangled path through that divider.  Also, not so attractive when the landlord found that decoration and freaked out because 1) paper clip chains are HEAVY, and 2) we had attached those chains to the ceiling using cup hooks, leaving holes which would have to be repaired.

Lucky for us, our respective employers never found out we were smuggling those clips home in our purses!

Ah well, young, poor, and stupid.

At least, we never tried to make jewelry out of paperclips, although I’m sure it could be (and probably has been) done.

As an aficionado of mindless vidoegames, I’ve learned that paperclips come in handy when locked out of a house:

Or locked into a room (especially a Victorian room):

Those games have also taught me that if a zipper breaks on any article of clothing or carryall, the simplest repair is a paperclip:

Fortunately, I don’t play any violent videogames.  Otherwise, I might be forced during gameplay to use an unwound paperclip as a weapon (through the eye or up the nose, into the brain).

Of course, no “household items” post is complete without the requisite internet search.  Click here for a history of paperclips – which apparently have been around since the late 1880s (I would have thought longer, but then what do I know?).  That article also points out another paperclip use which I had forgotten – as a “long, thin object” to reset a button on a Smartphone or other device, or to eject an SIM card.

So much for today’s decorating and history lesson.  I must go untangle those chains I put together for the photo shoot.  Teddy Rosalie wasn’t thrilled to sit behind the “curtain” – but Puppy Cody refused to sit still at all.

Another week down, folks.  Enjoy your weekend.


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Bouncing Baby Bunnies and Blogger Recognition

Just one week after I posted the photo of the nest of baby bunnies, those bunnies have all matured and hopped away to new adventures – well, except for one straggler.  Every family has one:

A little timid, but she hopped away as soon as I took the photo.

Wouldn’t it be great if human babies grew so quickly?  Just imagine – no terrible twos, no teenage years.  You’d pop them out and four weeks later, they’d be off on their own!

But, of course, then you would miss that first step, the first day of kindergarten, the family holidays, and the high school graduation.  Maybe humans have it right, after all.


Now that I’m no longer distracted by baby bunnies and new fences, I can catch up with my blogging friends.

A few weeks back, Wendi of Simply Chronically Ill nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award, which I am happy to accept.

The rules are simple, and few (which appeals to lazy people like me):

  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  • Nominate 6-12 bloggers who you believe deserve to be recognized. Comment on their blogs, to let the nominees know they have been nominated.

The first two have been accomplished by means of this post.

I started my blog with the help of my oldest daughter, who already had a blog of her own (Cordelia Calls It Quits).  Knowing I had dreams of writing, she encouraged me to guest post for her.  I remember lying awake the entire night before that first guest post was published – would anyone read it, would they like it, would they just think I’m a silly old lady?  I cried when I received my very first comment from a non-family member, and the second comment soon thereafter launched me on my blogging career.  After a series of guest posts for Cordelia, I decided to spin off my own blog.

And the rest is history.

My best advice to new bloggers would be this:

  1. Don’t stress over statistics.  I can’t emphasize this enough.  No matter how good you are, no matter how long you blog, there will always be other bloggers with larger followings and more comments – and there will always be other bloggers with newer sites and less followers.  It doesn’t matter.  Whether you have thousands of followers or none (other than your mother, who feels obligated), so long as you enjoy blogging, that is enough.  Maybe you’re blogging to show off your writing or artistic skills, maybe you’re blogging to vent your frustrations  – whatever the reason, do it for you.
  2. Following close on the heels of the first advice – don’t let your readers define you.  Write or post what you want, when you want.  There will always be those who think you should write something else or who think you’re writing too little or too much.  Again, just do it for you.

As for nominations, there are just too many good blogs for me to choose from.  I’ve found the following sites fairly recently, and I only follow blogs that appeal to me, sometimes because of the writing and sometimes because of the photography or art work.  If you don’t know these blogs yet, hop on over (sorry for the bunny reference) and check them out:

Basic AF

Not That You Asked


Chasing Unicorns


Inspiring Images

Robby Robin’s Journey

Another happy Friday, folks!  Very hot here in Buffalo, New York, so Puppy Cody and I are staying in (no more baby bunnies for her to eat, anyway, thank heavens).


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