Showing posts from January, 2022

A fact of modern life

If you do an internet search for an item, you're liable to start seeing ads pop up on your social media for that item.  

The mess

It got too dark to take pictures last night.  Yesterday 7 AM 7:00 AM 1/29/2022 Today 7 AM 7:00 AM 1/30/2022 The sky is much brighter today, the snow is fairly deep. The pic doesn't give it justice.   Apparently, there is 12.5 inches, but it was blowing around so there are 3 foot snow drifts, and the snowbank from the plow is high.  It's also still cold enough to freeze the nuts off a steel bridge.   So, I will drink a coffee, smoke a bowl, and go out and clean up the mess.

Nor'easter - Snowmageddon 2022

Good Morning! Today is January 29th.  It is 7 AM.  We are supposed to get a Nor'easter today.  If God wills that the power should stay on, I will update this post throughout the day. 7:00 AM The snowflakes have just started falling, the wind is picking up.  We are supposed to get anywhere from 12 to 18 inches.  It could be worse, but they usually overstate these things.  We won't know til tomorrow morning. 8:00 AM I hope power stays on.  If it doesn't, we'll be fucked as no power means no heat.  I use Natural Gas to heat my home, the furnace requires a power supply to know when to kick on.   9:00 AM It is supposed to really pick up this afternoon, but it's coming down pretty good now.  It's light and fluffy and blowing around.  Woo Hoo!!! 10:00 AM It's coming!   11:00 AM It's coming!! 12 Noon It's coming!!! 1:00 PM 2:00 PM 3:00 PM 4:00 PM

Reorganization progress report...

One of my New Year's goals was to Purge and Reorganize the house, although I had no idea where to go with it or what I was actually going to do with any of it. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I went to Ocean State Job Lot, and found these heavy-duty, plastic, industrial style shelves that turned out to be the best $50 dollars I ever spent.  They are 36 inches wide, 18 inches deep and stand six feet tall with five shelves.   It was an impulse buy.  One of those things that I didn't plan on but couldn't resist.   It helped me to solve a clutter problem that has been growing over the last year and blew up on Christmas, that magical time of year when my mother and aunt tend to go all out on my kids.   I bought two.  One for my daughter's room, and the other for my back hallway, which is where I store my tools and shit.. When I got home, I set up the first one in my daughter's room.  And now I suddenly have a place to put her billion-and-a-half-piece art supply collection.

Happy Birthday to my dog

Today is my dog Merlin's birthday.   According to his adoption papers, he was born on January 26, 2021.  He is a rescue dog from Mississippi and has turned out to be the best dog ever.  We adopted him on April 15th of last year from the Animal Refuge League in Portland .   He is friendly.  He is pretty chill and doesn't bark much.  I don't think I could have gotten a better dog.  He has brought us nothing but love and joy, unlike the cat who is evil and will attack your feet as you walk by.  The Dark / Light thing is reversed in these two and is only external.    

I got hit on... Uh no!

This past week, I got hit on.   A friend called me up because her husband got pissed off at her and left.  Their marriage has been falling apart for a while, I guess.  I don't know if this is it for them or not because I hadn't talked to her in a while.  She thinks it is.  She doesn't know what she's going to do.  She can't pay the rent by herself because she can't or won't work.  She has cats to take care of; bills to pay; she hates to be alone; and on and on and on.   So why, of all people, did she call me?  She was really a friend of my ex-wife.  She is one of those people persons.  She has lots of friends, just none who are single dads, good looking, who have their shit together, their own places, who are ready to start dating again, ready to make that next move to see what life can bring with the right person... like me.   She asked me why I'm not interested in her and I was then forced into that position where I have to try to nicely explain why it

My Political Prediction for the 2022 Midterm Election

Good morning. Occasionally I may talk politics.  But before I do, I will state officially that it is my belief that the two biggest problems in the country (politically speaking that is, and this is in no particular order) are... The Republicans The Democrats They all suck.  You don't win either way.  Our country is going to hell in a handbasket.  Neither side knows what to do to make it better or to make it work for all Americans.  Each has their ideologies, and I personally think it's a scam excuse for why little gets done. That said, there has been a lot of talk in the Mainstream Media (MSM) about the upcoming 2022 midterm election.  The Republicans are talking a lot about what they will do if they retake Congress.  The Democrats are trying to come to terms with the failures of the Biden administration and how to turn it around so that they can try to keep control, but with inflation at a 40-year high and the Coronavirus spiking once again with record numbers of people in th

The story of my life

I am just a poor lost soul.   That means that I'm always trying to find my way.   I'm always trying to figure out my next move.  Always trying to come to terms with the present moment.  Always trying to fix something or solve some problem.  Always trying to find the place where I can fit in.  Always asking the questions; Why am I here?  What am I supposed to do?  Why should I even bother? I would like my life to be a certain way.  Different than what it is now.  I have a vision of what it would be like ideally.  My perfect reality.  It involves something that I don't have now, something that I did have and lost.  Something that I haven't had in a very long time.  It's a peaceful life with love and happiness.  Someone to do it with.   That said, it's not all that bad.  I have a roof over my head.  Nobody is going hungry.  I have a dog who loves me.  I got daughters who love and need me.  And I have a God who loves me too.   I guess this is just how it was meant t

One of those days

Yesterday was one of those days.  I felt a little overwhelmed.   It was cold, like 2 degrees with 30 mph winds, and walking my dog was almost painful.  I had a clash first thing with my youngest daughter.  She was being difficult.  She refused to cooperate.  She waited until the absolute last minute to finally get up and get dressed for school.  Then she was mad at me because she had to go to school.   From there, I just felt kind of depressed.  It was my day off.  My stress levels were up.  I had something on my mind I wanted to write about, but I couldn't get the words down.  I tried to play my Ukulele for a little while, but just couldn't get into it.  I wasn't motivated enough to accomplish anything around the house, so I sat at my computer looking at the headlines, which are always depressing.  I was just off. Then I had one of those experiences which totally changed my perspective on things.  I decided to go to the daily mass at the church.  I got there I prayed about

A Snow Day

It is 7:30 AM. Now is the time I would normally be getting my daughter, a 4th grader, up for school but today is a snow day.  School is canceled. I got the call at 5:05 AM through the school notification system.  That is about 4 hours before she would have to be there.  She starts at 9 AM.  I usually get up between 6 and 6:30, giving me an hour to have a coffee before I have to get things going.  Now I have about 5 hours.  Whatever will I do? I remember when I was a kid, this was always a joyous occasion.  My parents didn't get a phone call notifying us of anything.  We always had to watch the morning news or listen to the radio hoping our town would be read off the list of school closings.  We would wait and listen with anticipation and jump for joy when we heard it. Then it would be out to play in the snow.  Woo Hoo!   I am more than a little irritated about the 5:05 AM phone call.  I'm sure it works for some people, but I could have slept in for an hour or two but no!  I'

Happy Insurrection Day

Today is the one-year anniversary of the attack on the Capital Building in Washington DC.  We all know what happened.  We all have our beliefs about what happened.  We may or may not agree.  I don't care if we do or don't. The media is going to milk it for what it's worth so if you want to avoid it, then it's best to just turn off your TV and stay off the internet as much as possible today.   I might suggest taking a walk with your dog, watching Netflix or doing something with your kids as a positive alternative to the anxiety feeding news media.

A simple life is a happy life

I quit my job as a tech at Staples last Tuesday.  I am 54 years old, and this was the first time in my life where I ever said, "Fuck this," and just walked out of a job out without giving a notice or without a plan to move forward.   It was my 2nd stint there.  I worked there for 13 years and left a few years ago.  I went back this past August.  It wasn't the same as it was back in the day.   The Toxicity of Staples as a Workplace Leaving a job like Staples is like being pulled out of a tar pit.  I'm sure that is true of pretty much any retail job, but Staples is in a class all by itself.   I get that their focus on customer service is important to them.  In fact, working with the customers was the best part of the job.  Still, the best way to achieve good customer service is with a happy and knowledgeable work force.  That simply wasn't the case at the store I worked at. While I have nothing bad to say about any of the people I worked with, it was simply a toxic

I may occasionally blog about it.

I was on the fence about blogging about my faith.  I am not sure what people would think.  I've always avoided it on other blogs I've done.  I was worried it might turn readers off.  I don't talk about it on Facebook or any of my social media really.  I don't want people to think that I'm just some kind of religious nut.  Or perhaps I was sucked into the "trying not to offend by shoving my religion down your throat," mentality.  Or maybe I was just worried about what you would think because I have been ridiculed by non-believers in the past. As I get older, however; As I try to figure out why I'm still here, in light of the life I have lived and all that I have been through, I find that I simply can't deny how God has worked in my life.  He helped me to get out of an abusive situation.  He helped me through my divorce.  He helped me with problems I had with my middle child.  He most recently helped me to leave a job that is really a toxic environme

Day 2 - No Hot Water

Well, the new year is certainly starting off wonderfully.  Day 2 and I have no hot water.    The water to the house was supposed to be shut off for an hour yesterday while they worked on the bathroom downstairs.  But they apparently mistakenly forgot to turn it back on going to my water heater.  The problem should be resolved today so I'll survive, but it would be nice to be able to take a shower in the morning. I'm smart and can usually figure things out.  I went down and looked, but I don't do gas water heaters, so I have no clue what to do.  It's probably just a matter of turning on a valve so the water will flow.  I don't know.   Update: This was fixed by 11 AM.  The guy just forgot to turn a valve.