Sweater Weather

Fall has arrived, unfortunately with rain, lots of rain.

That was fine with me on Friday because it was my Remicade infusion day.  I always sleep through my infusions, and I’m pretty well shot the rest of the day.  BTW, imagine my face the first time I saw the room I was going into for my Remicade:

Yes, it’s the chemotherapy room.  Apparently, Remicade is considered a chemo drug by the insurance company.  Who would have guessed?

Saturday weather was more of the same.  Not all-day rain, but cool and damp.    I slept ’til noon and didn’t feel like doing much of anything the rest of the day.  Good thing it’s a long weekend, with Monday (today) being Columbus Day.

Yesterday, the weather warmed up beautifully, and my energy level was back to normal.  After going to the wine store and the library, I took Teddy for a walk in Walton Woods Park, hoping to find some beautiful fall foliage.  Not to be.  The trees that weren’t still green were mostly just pale yellow and brown.  Teddy managed to find the one or two brighter ones:

Just hanging around.

And, of course, the usual ducks:

Ladies first.

The best food is near the shore.

I think they thought my camera was  bag of popcorn, or else they were just photography hams, because they came right up to the edge of the shore:

Duck Peek-A-Boo

There are always lots of people strolling through the park:

And it is well patrolled by the cops from the adjacent Amherst Police station, so I don’t worry overmuch if I go a wee bit off the regular route.  Yesterday, I found a less-traveled path I hadn’t walked before.  Imagine my pleasure when I spotted a beautiful red tree through a break in the woods.  I did my best to photograph it, but it seemed to be a bit camera shy:

There’s a stream running along that particular path, with several fallen logs across it.  I so wanted to take a picture of Teddy sitting on one of those logs, but the banks were too steep.  Maybe next time, if I’m more energetic and a little more agile.

Today being a holiday, I decided to just stay in and avoid the extra traffic.  I did manage to wash and wax the kitchen and bathroom floors.  That may not seem like much,  but it is.  The work itself isn’t all that hard – it’s getting back up off the floor that can be problematic.  I’m glad no one else was around to be entertained by my struggles.

Tomorrow it’s back to work, but for me it’s only a 3-day week.  I can handle that.

See you all again next weekend.


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Is It the Software or the Photographer?

There are so many different kinds of photography editing software, and I’ve been checking some out.

First, there’s the really old software that came with my little Olympus point-and-shoot camera – that’s always been my go-to software because it’s so very easy to use and has all the basic features – adjustments for color, saturation, contrast, etc., and tools for tilting and cropping.

One of the on-line photography websites I belong to has offered a 90-day free trial of Adobe PhotoShop, so I downloaded it.  But really, I don’t need all that extra crap since I’m not into adjusting each photo pixel by pixel, nor doing all that fancy creative stuff.  I just want photos that are presentable enough for this blog and good enough so other photographers won’t actually laugh at me.  After playing with PhotoShop for awhile, I decided it’s not right for me – too many confusing features, most of which I would never use anyway, and it’s costly.  (My camera software was free.)

The Nikon Coolpix B700 came with free software too, which I’ve never previously used.  Today I tried it.  While it’s not as complicated as PhotoShop, it still has much more stuff than I need and I find the editing process too difficult.  BTW, the Nikon Capture software can, in fact, be purchased on Amazon, and I’m glad I didn’t have to pay for it.

After taking one picture and editing it in all three programs, I’ve decided to simply stay with the old Olympus software.  It does what I need, and it’s supremely easy to us.  I don’t expect to ever win any photographic awards, and my WP readers seem to enjoy my photos even if they’re not always, well, picture-perfect.

I’ve also decided to use the newer Nikon Coolpix A1000 as my go-to camera.  Like the older Olympus, it has all the features I need, an extremely easy menu to negotiate, is easy to carry around in a purse or pocket, and takes photos plenty good enough for me.  The one feature it has that the Olympus does not, is the 35X zoom – and the A1000 seems to do a little better on cloudy days.

Please enjoy this week’s offerings, all taken with the Nikon Coolpix A1000 and all edited with the Olympus software:

White Petunia

Garden Flowers

End-of-Season Yellow Mum (looking a little sad)

Trapped! (Sure, flowers are pretty, but sometimes people go overboard.)


I couldn’t resist that last shot – they look like little solders, don’t they?  Maybe they’re in charge of guarding that poor bison.

Happy Weekend, Everyone.


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Me and 23

God, I hope I don’t get sued for that title!


Having run out of ideas for posts, I was very happy when I came across Laura’s (Riddle from the Middle) post, “23 random facts about yours truly” which she created after reading “25 Random ‘Carol’ Things” by Carol at Wanderings of an Elusive Mind, “About 25 Random ‘Mel’ Facts” by Mel at sparksfromacombustiblemind and “Fun Random Facts” by teleportingweena.  Every one of them is worth reading.

While I have not been formally invited to participate in the challenge, I’ve decided to do so anyway, blog-crasher that I am.  So, here are the standard 23  (let’s learn to count, people!) questions and my answers, for your Friday entertainment:

Do you make your bed every morning?  I do, but it’s simply a matter of pulling up the sheet and comforter.  Easy peasy.

What was your first car?  My first new car was an infamous 1985 “K” car – it was a piece of crap which croaked out in heavy rain, but I could afford to buy it new, and it was mine, all mine!

What two grocery items do you never run out of?  We never run out of anything.  Between hubby and me, we keep everything well stocked.  Hey, we live in Buffalo, NY, where a freak blizzard can occur any day, any time, any season.

Why is doing laundry always such a battle?

At what age did you start doing your laundry?  I don’t recall exactly, but I do remember helping Mom put the clothes through the old wringer washer (“Keep your fingers away from that wringer!”) and then hanging them outside to dry (or up in the attic, if it was winter).

If you could, would you go back to high school?  Only if I could go back as one of the popular girls.

Can you parallel park in under three moves?  Sure, so long as the spaces in front and behind are both empty.

A job you had which people would be shocked to know you once had?  Can’t tell you.  Really, I can’t tell you.  We were sworn to secrecy.

Do you think aliens are real?  Of course they’re real – and an inordinate proportion of them have always managed to live in homes bordering mine, and seem to always take the same driving routes I do.  Maybe I’m just an alien magnet.

Can you drive a stick shift?  I can, but not voluntarily.  Who needs all that extra work, especially in city traffic?

Guilty TV pleasure?  I’m guilty of never watching TV.  There’s nothing there that appeals to me.

Tattoos?  You’re joking, right?  I’m 67 years old – in my day, the only people who had tattoos were drug addicts and felons.  I’ve never gotten beyond that bias.

May the angels watch over each and every one of us.

If the world ends do you want to be one of survivors?  Yes.  Just think what I could do if I had the entire world all to myself!  Hopefully, Puppy Cody will be with me.  (Of course, if the world actually did end, there would be no survivors, but I’ll take the question as is.)

Sweet or salty?  Sweet or salty what?  Oh, food!  (I thought someone had slipped in a dirty question, which I wouldn’t care to answer.)  At  my age, I need to limit salt somewhat, but I’m not diabetic or pre-diabetic (yet), so definitely sweet.

Do you enjoy soaking in a nice hot bath?  This is a sore topic for me.  I would love to take a nice hot bath (with bubbles) in my new bathtub, which has a nice wide ledge that just begs for candles and a wine glass.  But once I got into the tub, I’d probably never be able to get out, despite the old-lady grab-bar.  It would be so embarrassing to have to wait for those cute ambulance guys to come and pull me out.

Puppy Cody always wins tug-o’-war.

Do you consider yourself a strong person?  Emotionally, I’m one of the strongest people I know.  Academically, I did ok, and I haven’t become stupid yet.  Physically?  I think Puppy Cody is stronger than me; in fact, I know she is.

Something people do that drives you nuts?  Pretty much everything. I am definitely not a people-person.  But top of the list would have to be the “other drivers” – really, can’t we just get all the “other drivers” off the road?

Do you have any birthmarks?   Why would anyone in his or her right mind answer that question on a public forum?  Especially someone who hasn’t even released her real name so far?  Let’s move on, people.

Favorite childhood game?  Ah, so many to choose from!  I guess I would have to go with Scrabble because I was so good at it.  I used to enjoy chess, until I joined the Chess Club in high school and quite literally got laughed back out, even though one of the nerds tried his best (bless his kind little heart) to lose to me – and failed.

Teddy Rosalie might have better luck if she turned the cards the other way.

Do you talk to yourself?  Never.  When alone, I have lengthy conversations with my alter-ego (Not CM), with Teddy Rosalie, and with Puppy Cody.  Sometimes Not CM and Teddy Rosalie talk back, but Puppy Cody only barks.

Do you like doing jigsaw puzzles?  I love jigsaw puzzles.  I  have a whole closet full of puzzles I have put together and taken apart, just waiting for me to get the itch and find the time to enjoy them again.  One of my secret dreams is to submit a photo to a puzzle company and have it used for a jigsaw puzzle.  Wouldn’t that be cool?

Tea or coffee?  Either, although I must limit coffee because I recently figured out I’m probably allergic to the beans.  I don’t think it’s the caffeine, because I can drink tea and cola.  So, I only allow myself to enjoy coffee a couple of times a week – and only when I’m near a bathroom (probably more info than you wanted, right?).

First thing you remember wanting to be when you grew up?  A nurse.  That dream ended when I volunteered as a Candy Striper.  I was ok with the gore and all that, but I couldn’t handle the suffering, and I absolutely refused to work in the pediatric department.  I think I lasted about a week at that hospital.  God bless anyone who does, in fact, become a nurse.  It takes a strong, compassionate person.

Favorite game now?  Other than messing with other people’s minds through my blog?  (Oh wait, that was the mirror blog, which is now inactive.)  These days, I love to play computer videogames, especially hidden object type games.  Mindless and entertaining,  Perfect for a work-day evening.


That was fun!  Anyone else want to get on the train?  Just link back if you do.


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I wanna go, too! Pleeeese, Mommy?


But Teddy Rosalie was within her rights.  She’s been cooped up way too much for way too long, and it was a nice autumn day – cool enough that someone who insists on wearing a sweater 24/7 wouldn’t pass out from the heat.

So, off we went to Walton Woods Park so Teddy Rosalie (hereafter called, TR) could see if for herself.

Unfortunately, like so many kids, TR could not resist climbing on that big rock just inside the entrance:

It’s a really big rock, and a really small teddy bear!

Nor on the smaller rocks just a small way down the path. Those rocks made me nervous because they’re so close to the water:

Smaller rocks for small teddy bear.

Finally I managed to get her off the rocks and onto the path, and as soon as we rounded the corner, TR found this fallen log:

No, Teddy – don’t touch those mushrooms!

A little ways further on, there were 6 deer – 3 on each side of the path!  TR had never seen deer and got scared.  Good thing ’cause it kept her quiet so I could get some shots of this very tame fawn.  I was so glad I had turned off the sounds to my camera, including the shutter click, so as not to startle any wildlife.  Didn’t matter, that fawn came right up to the path where we were standing, munching happily on mushrooms and leaves.

The fawn and its mom and sibling finally took off into the woods when a gentleman on a bike came past.  I don’t know why that startled them as other bikers had previously gone past; maybe, the deer were simply done with their lunch.

Once that “danger” (in TR’s mind) was over, TR got back to her mischievous ways.   She now discovered tree-climbing:

Teddy was having fun until she got stuck.

A ways further on, we took a narrow unpaved path to the water’s edge (unwise, I know, considering my companion).  TR so wanted to climb into the bushes to see the water better:

No, Teddy! That tree’s too close to the water!

As usual, Teddy didn’t listen, but I caught her before she got too high up the tree.

At that point, I’d had enough and we turned back.  I’m so glad TR didn’t see this really tall tree:

I would gladly have paid someone $20 to climb up and put Teddy into one of the high branches, but there weren’t any takers.

You’d think by now TR would be worn out, right?  But she still had plenty of energy to run ahead:

Teddy, stop! There are dogs on this path!

By the time we got back to the little footbridge, TR was tired enough to sit awhile, looking for fish and frogs:

What I saw, and she didn’t, was the silver-dollar sized turtle sunning itself on a log:

I love the reflection in the water.

And then jumping off that log and swimming away:

I love my new camera with its 35X zoom lens and totally silent functioning.  That turtle stayed just long enough for my purposes.

I carried TR the rest of the way.  Good thing ‘ cause she didn’t see the chipmunk:

She would have chased it, I know.

Our little outing complete, we headed home.  TR is now resting on her shelf, and I am done for the day.

TGIF, Everyone.


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