Good Day to Be Sick

Hubby was sick a couple of weeks ago.  Guess who’s sick now?

Had to leave work early yesterday; woke up today with a worse sore throat, chest pains, achy joints, sinus congestion, etc., so no way I was going in.  Driving home yesterday wasn’t fun; today would have been downright dangerous.  At least the fever hasn’t spiked; I can manage everything with Tyelnol, Sudafed, fluids and soup.

Just as well.  We got our first snowfall of the season.  Just a dusting, but it’s cold and damp out there.


Puppy Cody had to go out, of course, so I took the opportunity to snap a few shots in the back yard while waiting for her to realize that the bunny really isn’t going to come over to play.  Silly bunny likes to lie right against the fence, nose to nose, knowing Cody can’t get to the other side.


Of course, as soon as I get close enough to the fence to photograph that bunny, the silly thing scampers off, ruining my shot.  Uncooperative little beast.


Now I’m going back to bed.  After which I’ll have some soup.  And then go back to  bed again.  I hear rest is the best thing when you’re sick.  Who am I to argue with that?

Probably won’t post tomorrow, maybe not for rest of the weekend.

Stay healthy, everyone.


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Let there be warm things…

In my post about preparing for winter, I failed to mention the need for warm clothes! And hats! Who knows winterwear better than our friends up North? Hand knitted hats and shawls are so much better than factory made, and these are adorable. Get yours before the snow arrives!

Ryl's Rostrum

So I have talked about my knitting… and lately I am working on stuff that I have available for sale.
Finding a decent venue to sell it is another challenge.  I am lucky if I sell one or two items at any sale, fair, festival or bazzar and I usually end up paying as much or more than I sold to attend these events.  Frustrating and disheartening…

In that light, I would like to show off some of the stuff I have available here… just to put it out there in case anyone is looking for a gift idea for themselves or a loved one.  If not, just a place to showcase what I have done wouldn’t hurt either *wink*

Brand new, hand knit beanie hats made out of 100% merino wool yarn.
Basic and slouched styles currently available. ($15 CND each if you are interested)

~ Black slouched style

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Winter Is Coming

Some areas of the U.S. already have significant snow.  Even some of our Buffalo, New York suburbs had a dusting of snow this morning.

Will it be a harsh winter?  There’s no way to tell, but here in Western New York, we know how to prepare.  Everyone keeps a snowbrush, shovel, blanket, snacks and water in their vehicles during the winter months, lest they find themselves stuck in a snowbank on the side of the road.  Everyone has cell phones, and keeps them charged.

Getting out of the house and onto the road in the first place can be tricky.  A few years ago, some suburbs had 7 to 8 feet of snow – even the hardiest of snowblowers won’t clear that!  But most snowfalls are moderate, say 2 to 3 feet.  Hubby and I are prepared.  We have 3 snowblowers – a large gas-powered one, a smaller gas-powered one, and a small electric one.  Of course, if the power goes out, the electric one will be useless.  But we also have a number of sturdy shovels.  Wouldn’t that be a wonderful way to die – having a heart attack in minus 0-F weather while shoveling the heavy piles left at the end of the driveway by the snowplow?  If I fell down out there while it was still snowing, my body might not be found until spring.

That’s why if the weather’s really bad, I usually opt to stay home.  It’s kind of neat to sit in a nice warm house watching the snow fall, while drinking a cup of tea and playing videogames on the computer.  Eventually the snowfall stops, and the snow melts down to manageable levels.

Of course, if the power goes out, there will be no videogames.  But there are plenty of books, and we have candles and flashlights.  Probably, there will be hot tea as we have 2 generators ready to go.  They should provide enough power for a couple of space heaters, the sump pump, a couple of lights, and (hopefully) the microwave – if we don’t plug everything in at once.  Unfortunately, there won’t be enough power for the electric stove, although we maybe could keep the refrigerator cold enough if we plugged it in a couple of times a day.  Heck, if there’s several feet of snow outside, we can put the frozen food into large bins and put those out in the snow!

We considered a whole-house generator, but there’s just not enough money in the budget for one of those.   We’ve lived through week-long power outages before; we can do it again.  Hopefully, we won’t have to.

And, of course, being Western New Yorkers, we keep the kitchen stocked with non-perishable foods:  soup, pasta, sauce, bottled water, etc., and we always have crackers and cookies (and dog food – and treats – for Puppy Cody, can’t forget those!).  The wine cellar is well-stocked (gotta have priorities).  We have plenty of non-food essentials like toilet paper and paper towels.

Half the battle is being prepared; the other half is making an adventure out of it.  My girls still remember playing Scrabble by candlelight and toasting marshmallows over candles.  Making it fun makes the storm much easier to tolerate, and much less scary.  Perhaps we’re all pioneers at heart.

We’re as ready as we can be.  May winter begin.

Supplies for a Good Dog


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The Watcher

Jessica was basically content with her life, but lately she had been getting vibes as if someone were watching her every move at work.  Why?  She wondered.  No one was looking over her shoulder – she had her own office with a door she could close and her very own window, and she had little contact with her workmates.   Assignments were delivered via an in/out box on her boss’ desk, and the boss was seldom in.   Although there was a phone on her desk, she never had to use it as calls were answered by a receptionist.

So, why this feeling of vulnerability?

Glancing out her “very own” window, she realized how creepy the building across the way appeared.  Surely those were just windows?  Surely that one on the left didn’t just wink at her?  Must’ve been a trick of the light, right?

Surely, it was just boredom playing games with her mind?

As she was packing up to leave, the always-silent phone rang. and when she reluctantly picked up the handset, no one was there – just static.  Annoying as hell, but probably just a joker – after all, it was Halloween night.

Jessica was eager to get home to hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters.  Her car was parked between the office building and the creepy building behind, and hers was the only vehicle left that evening.  Jessica would need to lock up and set the alarm.

The next morning, Jessica’s vehicle was discovered in the lot, but Jessica was not in her office, nor could she be found anywhere in the building.  Since the building was, in fact, locked, and the alarm set, it was assumed Jessica had left as usual on October 31.  Perhaps her car had broken down and she caught an Uber home?  Or took a bus?  Phone calls to her cell went unanswered.  When Jessica failed to show up at all, a coworker went to her house to check on her, and no one answered the door. Emails were not returned. Jessica had no current posts on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media.

No one thought to check the creepy vine-covered building.

Was Jessica there?  Who knows.  But one of Jessica’s coworkers noticed sometime later that the vines on the creepy building had formed not only “eyes”, but now there appeared to be a smile.



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