Saturday, May 19, 2018

Post 3716 - Sorry

Hi. Sorry I haven't written much lately. It has been all I could do just to make it through the work day, falling asleep in front of Netflix more than a little bit.

I hope to improve in this area, my writing schedule, soon. I just though I'd let you know I'm still alive and out there. But my eyes are heavy and gritty, and I must sleep.

See you as soon as possible.

Miss you all.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Post 3715 - A Blog Post, Two Days In A Row?

I know. I just can't believe it.

I wrote a blog post last night. And, tonight, I am writing another one.

Holy mackerel.

Tonight I got home a bit late. Patricia tells me that Newbie was all over her, until I got home, at which point, he ignored her and pounced on me. The little guy likes his humans.

I brought home a couple slices of pizza this evening. They were from a joint in town that we really used to like a lot. But, lately, it has been like ingesting a salt lick. The pizza was so laced with sodium that my arteries are threatening to go on strike. Where can a fella grab a decent slice of pizza in the Halifax area, anyway?

Tomorrow is Thursday, already. I don't know where the week has gone, but there are only two days left in it before we are off for three days. We are firming up our plans already.

It has been a very long day, and I need some sleep before I can face tomorrow, so I will bid you adieu for the nonce.

See you tomorrow, my lovelies.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Post 3714 - Two Days Later...

Well, darn.

Sorry about that.

I had every intention to write a post last evening, but my body shut down around 8:30. I thought I might wake up in time to write something, but that just didn't happen. When I went to bed, I was down for the count.

Not sure what is hitting us. A case of the blah's. Something we ate. Too much hard work (hah!!). But staying up until even 10pm lately is a challenge. It is now 10:16, and I know I have to hit the hay soon in order to be functional in the morning. Am I getting old? Is that it?


Say, Sobeys has a free shopping bag replacement program. When I bought the used 19" monitor from a guy a few weeks ago, he placed it in a heavy plastic Sobey's shopping bag. It had a big rip in it. We were about to throw it out when we learned that Sobeys replaces such bags for free. We had to go there this evening, to the one one Windsor Street, and they cheerfully replaced the one I got for free, with another one, also gratis. It would have cost us 99 cents to buy it, so there you go. When this one eventually breaks (like, a week from Tuesday), they will replace it again, for free. Just thought you would like to know. You're welcome.

We have two three day weekends coming up. So excited!

I think I will turn in.

And I will try to write something tomorrow night, which will make two nights in a row here. We will have to have a party or something.

See you tomorrow.


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Post 3713 - Did You Miss Me?

Well, hello there, people!

I have been dealing with some stuff lately. Not feeling well. Logy. Et cetera. Many a night, I would go to bed very early. An example was Friday night, when I turned in early, but was up early, too. I was on call for work and had to hang around the phone all day. At the same time I was cleaning out the car so Patricia could take old bills and things to the Halifax Shopping Centre where they had a free shredder you could throw such things into. We got rid of two boxes' worth. Lastly, I had to get up early yesterday because I was getting one of those smart water meters installed in the house. I had three reasons to get up early yesterday.

We both turned in early last night.

Today we just lazed around the house. Patricia watched the first episodes of "Genius", about Pablo Picasso. I napped. Cooked salmon on the barbecue. Watched some tv. And decided I should write a blog post to say hello.

I am going to do my best to get this blog back on a regular schedule. I know all 4.7 of you like to know what is going on in my world. Most of the time, the answer is, not very much, as you well know by reading this crap.

Today is Mother's Day. It made me think of my mother, who died in January of 2015. I think of her a lot, maybe too much. She checked out very suddenly as the result of a form of influenza that swept through her nursing home, killing the woman in the very next room to hers, actually. I think of Mom, and I feel sad; but I think of the disrespect accorded to her by people who should have been close to her, and I become angry, so I try not to think about that too much.

My friend A.J. Thomas exhorted the parishioners at the church he runs, and his followers on Twitter, not to assume that Mother's Day is a happy day for everyone. Bless his little heart, because it no longer is for me. I am happy for those who have mothers, and those who are mothers; but we didn't want to go anywhere today because of the palpable reminders of what I have lost in recent years, and what effects they would have on my mental outlook. I will probably feel the same way next month when Father's Day rolls around. There is too much sadness about these two days for me  to enjoy them, even appreciate them, on any real level. Whether this is a function of my advancing years, or signs of a funk I may be in, I am not sure.

Tomorrow morning beckons. Another work week awaits me. I think I will go and take on the day.

See you tomorrow.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Post 3712 - Monday Monday

I will be having an early night tonight. I am showered and shaven and ready to hit the hay.

Newbie has been all over me again this evening. I am not sure if he is depressed or if he thinks I am and is trying to console me. Hard to say.

Patricia has already conked out for the evening. She fell asleep during "Inner Space".

I think I will go join her.

See you tomorrow.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Post 3711 - Casting Pods

I am back home from Jordan Bonaparte's place.

We recorded two upcoming episodes of The Nighttime Podcast. They are discussions of two cases I have written about for Frank. I think they turned out fine, and more importantly, so does Jordan. I look forward to their release so you can let me know what you thought of them.

After we work out a few kinks, of my own mostly, we hope to record three or even four such podcasts in one sitting, to maximize our time.

I'm pretty excited about this. It is extra advertising for my work in Frank, Frank itself, and keeps these stories alive in another medium. And those of you who have complained that my writing is behind a paywall will rejoice in the knowledge that the podcasts can be listened to for free, and can be part of a shared experience where you listen to one of my appearances and then discuss our findings with each other. This is all good. It is a win-win-win situation for everyone.

Other than that, my day was average. Slept in. Patricia had a wood working thing all afternoon, so I took that time to do some cleaning up around here and make us a nice steak dinner on the barbecue. The angus beef was really really good, but we have probably both consumed too much beef lately. After we plow through the hamburger in the fridge, we will take a break from it. Maybe we will start barbecuing asparagus or something. Yeah. Asparagus.

It is back to the grindstone on the morrow. Weekends go by too quickly, as I have noted here far too many times.

See you tomorrow.


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Post 3710 - Saturday Night Musings

Hello, handsome.

Today was a fairly pleasant day, punctuated by plenty of sleep. Late this morning we went to the semi-annual book sale at the Halifax Forum. It is to raise funds for some music program. Books are quite inexpensive. I got a couple Michael Connelly Harry Bosch novels. I have about two dozen Connelly books now. I really must read one, sometime.

Also got a Stephen Kimber book about life in Halifax during World War II. I already had it, but this one was in paperback and only a dollar. I could not resist. Also got a book called "Bully Pulpit", about Theodore Roosevelt and Howard Taft" and their relationship.

People misunderstand the term bully pulpit, but it was not at all a bad thing one hundred years ago to have one. Today's perception of the term just speaks to how the language has changed, and continues to change.

I got six pretty good books for less than twenty dollars.

From there we went to a craft store on Hunter Street. We taste tested kimchi. It was more edible than the vile crap Patricia bought in Wolfville recently, so she got it. She also bought me a sampler of ten different razor blades to use in my razor. As you may recall, I only use safety razors now. No more Mach 3 or anything like that. I get perfectly excellent shaves from safety razors. This sampler pack will have subtly different blades in it I can use to decide which I should buy on a go forward basis. The vendor also sold razors to house these blades. I was tempted to get one, as the one I got is a Lord razor I got on Amazon for about 13 dollars. Similar to the one my father had when I was growing up, and which I wish I still had.

Then we went to the local Sobeys and got a few things. We returned home in time to meet our new neighbours. The place next door was on the market for maybe two weeks. Just a few days ago the previous owner, who had used it as rental property for a long time, told me that place had been inspected and the new owners would be moving in "soon". I took "soon" to mean a few weeks. This was a really, really quick sale experience for everyone.

The place next to them was also sold recently. The present owners will be moving "soon" to who knows where. They're the ones who gave me my first computer desk, which I still have here in this home office/library.

Anyway, after I put the food away, I ended up taking a two and a half hour nap. I was beat for some reason. Got up in time to barbecue some dinner. The barbecue's starter is working just fine today. Tonight we watched the rest of "Kill Bill part two" and some other stuff on Netflix. We started to watch "iZombie" until we both realized we did not care about the show any more. We erased the recording and canceled future recordings. We will not miss the show. Will likely do the same thing with "Lucifer" in the near future.

Tomorrow, Patricia has a thing downtown. I will hang back, ostensibly to do some work around the house, but more than likely take a nap. Hell's wrong with me, anyway?

You guys take care of each other. See you tomorrow.