Halloween 2017

What a party! Over 45 seniors and guests enjoyed a rousing Halloween costume party at the Uxbridge, MA Senior Center. We had state representatives drawing winners for prize baskets as well as calling out a number of Bingo winners. All enjoyed finger sandwiches, a fresh salad and chips for lunch followed by a lovely cake. I think this was the happiest bunch of party goers I’ve seen in years. Everyone joined together to have a great time!

Costume Winner 01

Gail Donna Edith 01

Pete 02

Share Your World – October 30, 2017

Share Your World – October 30, 2017

Where do you eat breakfast?

When I’m not at home cooking breakfast I like eating out at Jube’s Restaurant in Whitinsville, MA. Their home cooked meals are prepared exactly as I order them and really inexpensive. Two eggs over easy with two big slices of ham, two pieces of white toast and seasoned home fry potatoes with unlimited coffee is just $5.35.

My 2nd breakfast choice is either Jumbo Donuts or Duncan Donuts. Duncan Donuts has a sale going the includes two bacon egg and cheese croissants for $5.

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want have a evening with?

My best friend, Warren, back in Portland, OR. I miss him terribly.

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

A plant, a giant redwood.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

I got my 90 day scheduled footsie at my VA podiatrist. The ability to walk with absolutely no pain is wonderful.


Builder Bob

Here we go – “Builder Bob”! It was a lot of gear to put on for a selfie but I suppose it was worth it. You can’t even see everything like the full tool belt or the Japanese double sided saw I forgot at home. Between all the stuff for the costume, all my camera gear, and all my computer gear I’m lucky I remembered the crucial pieces. The hard hat I was originally promised never made it due to a terrible storm that hit New England yesterday. Power is out all over the state and the Senior Center was closed due to the weather yesterday.

As a side note I thought I’d mention that I take my own portraits. Call me anal but with the camera gear I own and my 50 years as a photographer I don’t trust anyone else to do the job. I know the capabilities of my camera and chosen lens as well as 20 years of Photoshop experience. The shot below was taken with my Fuji X-E1 with a 27mm pancake lens on it. It was sitting on an empty milk crate on the table where I normally sit. I’m habitually early to the Senior Center so I had no issues setting it up, taking 4-5 frames and then breaking it all back down. I processed the chosen photo on my new 15″ Apple Macbook Pro laptop with Photoshop 2018 and a slew of filter software onboard.

Builder Bob 01

Anyway here’s me standing in my Hallow

A Slight Chance Of Rain…..

Since early morning this Sunday the rain in Uxbridge has been falling. It started at a steady pace and picked up toward sundown as as a torrential downpour. That’s where it’s stayed all night into Monday morning. It’s 2:00 a.m. Monday Morning now as I write this and I can still hear it pelting the roof of the government housing unit where I live. Good thing we have all new roofs above our heads!

Ot of curiosity I decided to check the radar graphics directly above Uxbridge, MA to see if there was relief anywhere in sight. Keep in mind Uxbridge is pictured dead center in this image. Green means heavy rain with yellow representing a downpour. From the image just captured below I’d say we’re in for a long, wet night!

Uxbridge Radar


2017 Squishing Of The Squash

This is an annual event around Halloween at the Oregon Zoo. The elephant love eating and smashing really big pumpkins provided by their caretakers. They know exactly what to do. Have fun watching this year’s event.

Life In the SLOW Lane


I had my “footsie” yesterday at my VA podiatrist. Got myself scolded for self treating my planter’s wart. At least that’s what I thought it was. I got corrected straight away from a doctor that’s been treating me for 9 months. Funny that he never bothered to tell me what the growth on the bottom of my left foot was. I’m not a mind reader so when I’m in pain I look for a way to alleviate it. So shoot me!

Today it’s back to some semblance of normalcy. It’s supposed to be dry and seasonably cool for a change. We had a week of heavy rain last week dumping about 5″ of the wet stuff on us. Now we get a two day break, Friday & Saturday before a bigger storm moves in Sunday evening into Monday. “Frankly my dear…..”. Last time I checked I won’t dissolve and it’s not quite cold enough for frozen precipitation yet. I’ll survive!

My favor of the week is going to happen today. I’m helping out one of my neighbors seal her front screen door to block wind leaks getting into her unit. Even though I live n an identical unit I don’t have such issues. I do want to make a wooden cross brace to prevent me from pushing on the bare screen. Seems the housing authority didn’t have sufficient money to include the slide in storm windows for all the new doors. Anyway back to that weatherizing job this morning. Joni bought a roll of heavy duty plastic sheeting like a drop cloth which will need to be cut to size and taped to the inside of the door. I have a spare roll of 3M blue painter’s tape I’ll donate to the cause. If asked I’d like Joni to replace it. This whole project probably won’t take me half an hour to finish. It’s only one screen. Chores like this keep me off the street while feeling useful. We’re all in this together.

That’s it from the town of Uxbridge, MA. Take care of each other out there!

Share Your World – October 23, 2017

Share Your World – October 23, 2017

Was school easy or difficult for you? How so?

School was very easy for me. I had a high IQ and the parochial schools I attended didn’t have any for of advanced classes so everything was toned down for the challenged kids. The Catholic schools provided a top not education but weren’t challenging enough for me. I loved school so I complete the next year’s books during Summer break.

List some of your favorite types of animals.

Anything in the cat family gets my attention including house cats. I also love Orangutans. They are so intelligent I always looked forward to interacting with them. Birds, as a group, are equally fascinating, especially hummingbirds.

What is your favorite large city you have been to? What is the one thing you remember most?

Tokyo, Japan was a hoot! I was in the Air Force heading for my first duty station in Misawa, Japan. We had a two day layover before proceeding to that base from Tachikawa, Japan. 3 of us, traveling together, decided to go on a “Big Adventure”, catching a train to Tokyo and exploring the sights. We visited the Sony building where we bumped into two locals that spoke English. They gave us a grand tour of Tokyo and took us out to dinner. It was great fun even though we didn’t speak the language.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

This past week I joined our seniors on a road trip to Salem Cross Inn. I enjoyed their company as well as the good food at this landmark site.

The Dinner Gang 28

The Plan

This coming Tuesday happens to be Halloween. My Senior Center is having a costume party with a prize for the best , most original costume. Now I didn’t think I had anything I could wear that would even remotely resemble a costume until the lightbulb in my brain turned on suddenly.

What about “Builder Bob”? I’ve got a long sleeve checkered flannel shirt, a black felt cowboy hat, blue jeans with genuine leather suspenders and a real toolbelt loaded with every imaginable tool. I have heavy duty safety goggles that fit over my glasses, a Darth Vader style black particle mask and a brand new pair of orange earplugs for hearing safety. I’ll make sure to carry my new Japanese double sided hand saw that comes with a clear safety sleeve so that I don’t accidentally slice anyone, especially me. I have a drill holster and a cordless drill that I could wear like a weapon on my suspenders as well. What a disguise!  I’ll make sure to get this garb all on and take a picture for you to see “Builder Bob” in all his glory. “I love it when a plan comes together”!

This, is going to be fun! LOL