Teddy Rosalie Gets Summa Dat Dere Culture (Re-Blog)

Electrical work is being done at my house this morning, so no time to blog.  Please enjoy this re-post.

(Teddy Rosalie says she needs some attention as I’ve been ignoring her recently.)

 

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TEDDY ROSALIE NEEDS TO GROW TALLER SO SHE’D BE EASIER TO PHOTOGRAPH!

I’m bored!

Just like any other dependent, Teddy Rosalie hates chilling out at home on a nice summer day, but today was too hot (90° F) for me to go to a park.

I considered taking her to the Albright Knox Art Gallery, but Teddy Rosalie thought it would be foolish to waste admission cost and parking on artists inferior to me.

Teddy Rosalie is my biggest, albeit somewhat misguided, supporter.

Also, the Albright Knox does not allow photography by visitors inside the building, and we all know what a ham Teddy Rosalie is.

Right next to Albright Knox is the Buffalo History Museum – lower admission (especially if you’re old like me!), free parking, photos allowed so long as you don’t use a flash – and after driving past it twice a day for the last 17-1/2 years, I figured it was time to visit.

What a great choice!

Teddy Rosalie loves to climb on things.

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TEDDY ROSALIE WANTED ME TO CLIMB UP AND PUT HER ON THE BACK OF THAT STATUE, BUT I SAID NO WAY

And Teddy Rosalie loves sliding down staircase railings.

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Some of the exhibits made her just a bit nervous, I don’t know why.

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WHY DOES THIS MAKE ME THINK OF NOT CM?

But then we found the model train exhibit – everyone loves that!

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MODEL TRAIN EXHIBIT OPERATED BY ED KOWAL, OF PARKSIDE SCALE MODELS, BUFFALO, NY

The operator of the model train exhibit, Ed Kowal (see credit under photo), was kind enough to stop the train so Teddy Rosalie could get a really good look (and I could get a better photo).  Thank you, Ed!

By now, Teddy Rosalie was running out of steam and wanting a nap.  Good thing I was able to stop her from climbing into the traveling trunk exhibit.

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My favorite exhibit, however, was the wall where visitors left notes saying why they had come.  I was tempted to leave a note with the URL for this website, but thought the museum management might object to free advertising.  There were two notes, however, which I found especially interesting:

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I BELIEVE SHE MOVED IN NEXT TO ME

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I SURE HOPE THEY FOUND EACH OTHER

Before heading back to the car, Teddy Rosalie and I found a nice bench outside next to the Japanese garden.  Just what we both needed to relax for a few minutes.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this little view into one of Buffalo, New York’s best kept secrets.  If you’re ever in town, I’ll be glad to take you there.

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Home Repair

Own a home? Do you own repairs? Need a laugh today?
Here you go —

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Chasing Unicorns

You can do anything with one of these. Most home repair jobs can be handled without hiring professional help. All it requires is a certain attitude. First you have to believe in your ability to accomplish a somewhat complex task. You must also be willing to risk making a problem worse rather than better, because that will occasionally happen. Though it’s rare. And you must maintain a level head, so that you can assess the repair situation, and any contingencies that may arise, in a logical, common sense manner.

For example, our bathroom had a minor plumbing issue. Water would leak out the faucet handles of the shower whenever the faucets were opened. No big deal, but after a while I got tired of it and decided to fix this problem.

I logically and correctly assessed that the compression washers and valve seats in the faucet valve stems required replacement…

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Come On! Really?

Ya just gotta know that when things seem to be going along smoothly, something has to happen to change that.

Anyone (at least in my state) who’s ever mortgaged a home and escrowed the taxes and insurance, is familiar with the annual escrow analysis review.  If you’re lucky, your monthly mortgage payment then either goes down or doesn’t change, but for most of us the payment goes up a wee bit because the taxes and/or insurance always manage to go up.  Usually, it’s not a huge problem.

I just got my annual escrow review statement, and my mortgage payment is going up by $171 per month!  I don’t know about anyone else, but for me that’s a chunk of change I wasn’t anticipating.

Sure, I knew that buying a property owned by an old lady who then died would result in the loss of the senior exemption, and I knew that loss would be recaptured on the next year’s tax bills, so I was aware my payment likely would go up at some point – but I thought it would be by no more than $50 or $60 a month.

Sigh.

Yes, I can meet the new payment, but it means that repayment of those home improvement loans will take a little longer.   I had been taking any excess cash each month and applying it to those loans, but now I’ll have to apply it to the new mortgage payment instead.

But at least we’re in a nice, safe neighborhood, with good neighbors – right?

Could someone, or something, jump that 4-foot chain-link fence? Probably.

At 5:00 am this morning, I was in The Important Room doing a little reading and waiting, when all of a sudden I heard men yelling – and it sounded like it was right outside my house!  I jumped up and looked through the blinds into the back yard, at which point I saw someone switch on one of those really bright flashlights the police carry – and it was only then that I noticed the flashing police lights on the street behind us.  As near as hubby and I can figure, the gas station on the corner must have been robbed, and the robber then took off on foot through the parking lot of the church across the street from the station, which church property happens to abut my back yard.

Hubby’s immediate response to all the commotion was to tell me not to go out there for awhile (D-u-h!)

Puppy Cody did her job from inside the house. When she heard the yelling outside, she began barking excitedly to make sure ALL her people GOT UP DAMMIT!  There was STRANGER DANGER!  She wanted to go OUT and DEAL WITH IT! (We made her wait, of course.)

I don’t think anyone actually jumped the fence into the yard, and once it was light enough out, Puppy Cody, hubby and I all searched for anything that might have been thrown over the fence into the yard, and found nothing.

Needless to say, hubby and I are both a little more tired than usual today.

Darn, CM, can’t you ever have any good news?

Well, yes, actually I can.  When the mail came today, it included a check from New York State for the annual rebate on school taxes, and since I’m over 65, I get the enhanced rebate.  My check was enough to cover the entire escrow shortage on my mortgage!

That check is already in the bank.  I was afraid if I left it in the house over the weekend something bad would happen to it – either it would get lost, inadvertently shredded, or burned up in a freak house fire.

Now I don’t have to worry about any of that and can enjoy the rest of my weekend.

And to round out the week, hubby and I are getting free chicken dinners today.  The church pastor (who lives next door) came over the other day and gave us two tickets to their chicken barbecue.  He said “The Church wants to buy you dinner.”  I don’t know why the Church wants to buy us dinner – and I do love our new neighbors – so I’m sure not going to refuse!

HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY YOUR WEEKENDS.  TGIF!

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If It Ain’t One Thing, It’s Another

It’s always so much fun at the office!

FIRST, it was failed air conditioning (during the hottest week of the summer), which drove the interior temperature high enough that the boss decided to send everyone home.  That happened twice.

THEN, it was rats in the parking lot.  The rats seem to be gone now.  Either they’re all lying in a pile after suffering death by poisoned peanut butter, or they decided to try their luck at a more amicable building site.  I never did get a decent picture of the little beasts.

NEXT, it was a seriously flooded basement in the office building.  Fortunately, none of our files were damaged, but when I went downstairs to assess the damage, I could see water marks in the other rooms – some marks as high as two feet!  Workers were down there for a week or more removing damaged items, tearing out walls, and doing whatever else was required.  The noise got pretty bad at times, and I had to shut my office door in order to think.

By the end of that week, I figured the work would probably finish up on Friday, my day off.  I went home on Thursday and enjoyed my weekend.

AND THEN –

Come Monday morning, I was first to arrive at the office, and found this in the driveway:

Since there was no accompanying police tape, there had been no news stories of a murder or other death near my office, and the drawing seemed just a bit too short to be the outline of an actual person, I assumed it was a practical joke by one of the basement workers.  But I admit, the first sight of that drawing was a little jarring – and the feeling was further borne out when my boss arrived, followed soon thereafter by a client.  My boss took it in stride, but the client seemed to view it a little more seriously than anyone else.  I’m not sure our reassurances sufficed.

It rained again yesterday, and the drawing is gone. I kind of miss it.

Although personally, I think it would have been funnier had the prankster drawn a giant dead rat instead.

Happy Friday, Folks!

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