On the Eve of Black Friday

How, exactly, did Thanksgiving Day merely become the “Day Before Black Friday” (otherwise known as “Black Friday Eve”)?

Some people will be out shopping before even starting their Thanksgiving dinner!  And, of course, there are those who have already done some pre-Black Friday shopping on-line (hangs head in shame).

Be that as it may.  It is COLD here today, and I intend to spend the day in my nice warm sweats, playing videogames (and writing posts), and eventually sharing a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal with my husband.  Our grown children all had other plans, so we decided to forego the whole turkey fiasco and enjoy a nice ravioli dinner instead.  Easy, less cleanup, and since we seldom make entire dinners of any kind and never have Italian, it will be a treat for us.

That’s probably #1 on my list of Things To Be Thankful For Today – the ability to do what I want without worrying about others judging me.  Here is a short list of other things I’m thankful for, in no particular order:

Drivers who use turn signals – You know who you are, and I truly appreciate your courtesy to the rest of us.  They are very, very few of you left.

Microwaves – Without them, I’d probably starve to death.  No way am I washing dozens of dishes, pots and pans every night.

Shopping carts that work – This got added yesterday after an entire grocery shopping trip spent fighting a cart with one stuck wheel.  We’ve all been there, done that, and I don’t know about anyone else, but on the occasions I get a cart that actually rolls, I definitely find myself giving thanks.

Winter days when it doesn’t snow – This is Buffalo, New York, people: snow is our life in winter.  Although I hear that Syracuse got more snow than we did over the last few days.  I hope it stays there.

My newly repaired camera – Gotta love that zoom lens!  And the “moon” setting!  (And the fact that the moon doesn’t move, unlike those pesky birds I’ve been trying to photograph.)

My favorite wine store – For making the holidays (well, actually, EVERY day) more cheerful.

Having turned into my mother – Yes, you read that right.  My mom was a great woman, who raised good kids who became responsible adults, and I’m proud to have followed in her footsteps.  Also, she taught me the love of wine – in moderation of course.

Socks – How else can you keep your feet warm?  I buy them extra large and thick, for cold winter nights.

Puppy Cody – Even when she eats my socks.

Probably, I could go on and on, but I know you all want to get to your Thanksgiving Day activities (and pre-Black Friday shopping!).

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

Stay safe and warm, wherever you are.

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Bumps and Humps

The first snow has arrived in Buffalo, New York. I am not ready for it.

Therefore, I am not going to write about it (ignore the fact that I just did, please), nor am I going to take any photos of it.  Winter needs to wait a bit – after all, between my camera problems and all the recent rain, I never even got a chance to take those wonderful fall pictures.

All I could manage in the last week or so were pictures of …


Yes, everyone’s favorite part of driving in northern climes.  I won’t say why I was driving around during a rainy lunch hour taking pothole photos, but I was.  Unfortunately, most of our potholes were “fixed” during the spring and early summer, and what remains are the “repairs”:

Lovely, isn’t it?  I drive that road every day and there’s no way to avoid that section.  Of course, on other days, I manage not to be standing on the edge of the road with a camera so that I can get drenched by passing motorists:

And of course, I somehow parked my car in the exact spot where I would have to step into several inches of water both getting out of and back into my vehicle:

Thankfully, my office is in a back corner of the building, and I was able to dry off some before having to face other people.

So, back to today.  Despite the snow (which I am not going to write about), I must venture out for my Remicade infusion – which is now every 6 weeks instead of every 8 weeks because the effects haven’t been lasting as long as they should.  At $4,000 a pop (pardon the pun), I was amazed that the insurance company approved the shorter treatment interval.

(And thank heavens for the 4-day work week so I don’t have to beg my employer for a day off every 6 weeks.)

Later this afternoon, I will be pretty much out of it so may or may not respond to all those comments you’ll be leaving.  Just be patient.  I will get to them.

What are your plans for the weekend?  If you’re single (or not, and simply oblivious to your partner’s feelings), you may decide to try “speed dating.”  That didn’t exist when I was young, and I’m inclined to think it’s a good way to meet a lot of prospective mates in a very short time.

However, I’m not overly fond of the newest trend:

But then that’s not for me to decide, is it?

Happy Friday, folks.  Stay safe.

I love to hear from my readers. You may comment on this post, comment on my Facebook or Twitter pages, or email me at cordeliasmom2012@yahoo.com
Images by Cordelia’s Mom

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Is It the Camera or the Photographer?

Or maybe it’s just timing.

I took this little gem with my really old Kyocera flip phone, through a car window on a rainy evening.  I call it “A Nation Weeps“.

Do you like?

(Yes, I know the period is supposed to go inside the quotes, but I like it better this way, and it’s my blog.)

What do you think of my new photographer’s moniker?  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my mom, and it just seems fitting.

Happy Friday, Everyone!

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Do not ‘firsake’ me !!!(゚ロ゚屮)屮

Being re-blogged or linked to is always an honor – but another blogger choosing one of my photos to use on her own site is priceless.

Happy Halloween, Everyone!

New Bloggy Cat (NBC)

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spooky head

Take a closer look at the photo.  Can you spot the spooky face? (((( BOO! ))))
[Special thanks to my dear friend, CM @ www.cordeliasmomstill.com for sharing this spooktacular shot]


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