The Dog Days Of Summer

Life is limited these days by outside forces beyond my control. My financial circumstances force me to live in a tiny apartment surrounded by seniors in their tiny apartments. The vast majority of my neighbors might as well start digging their graves as they are practically dead already, dead in spirit. Should you try to live an active life here there are plenty of seniors staring out windows that are hell bent on ruining anybody’s activities. They make visits to the office to complain about anything. They don’t want you running power tools outside your unit. At first it was the time they complained about. Now it’s the use of the tools altogether. They complain about your ability to plant a successful garden in your 4 foot square patch of dirt just outside your front door. When your garden is successful and fresh ripe tomatoes are hanging from the vine there’s no shortage of seniors knocking on my door asking for tomatoes. Never mind that they’re still green. They want to get ahead of the pack that want something for nothing. They all have the same 4 square foot patch of dirt available to them.

As I have mentioned in previous posts the world would be a better place without people. I don’t see why God allows these beings to even exist. I think about our famous government’s proclamations about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Lots of luck with that one in government senior housing. All I want to do is live my retirement in peace without anyone banging on my door to complain. All I want to do is go to sleep at might and maybe be able to breathe without cigarette smoke hanging in the air. I’m the only non-smoker in my building of 4 units. The other 3 continue to smoke behind closed doors against the lease that we all signed. The second hand smoke travels through the heating system of ductwork even with a solid brick wall between units. These are old buildings.

We’re about to turn the page and enter August. The heat and humidity is nearly unbearable sometimes, even with air conditioning running around the clock. My two choices here in New England are high heat and humidity or blizzards every 3-4 days in the dead of Winter. Such a pleasant place I have to retire!

Still, the rent and utilities are cheap enough so I can exist on Social Security and a small pension from McDonnell Douglas/Boeing Aircraft. I’m never hungry, cold/hot and have great medical care from my Veteran’s Medical benefits. All this luxury allows me to sit next to my window and watch the old ladies walk their yippy rug rat dogs around the complex. All this makes me look forward to waking up each and every day for the rest of my life!

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Do New Clothes Make The Man?

I don’t know if a new wardrobe makes any difference in my life but I felt it was definitely time for a change. For the last 35 years my wardrobe has been dictated by my love of motorcycling. The need for more rugged, comfortable attire prompted me to move away from dress slacks and button down shirts to Wrangler jeans and T-shirts. At one point I had 44 T-shirts in my closet at the same time. I collected them at rallies and events wherever I rode. You know the old joke, “All I came home with is this stinking T-shirt”!

Well the bike has been gone for three years now and my T-shirt collection has ragged collars and faded prints. It’s time for a change. Unless you’re wealthy, buying a closet full of new clothes doesn’t happen overnight. I started with a couple of pair of Haggar Action Slacks made of soft, stretchy denim. Then I return to an old favorite with Van Heusen dress shirts. I love the fit, finish and pattern selection with this renowned maker of fine men’s clothing. None of these new clothes would be cheap but they won’t break the bank either. All you need to do is buy a couple of items each month until you replace the majority of your older clothing. It took me around 6 months doing it this way. I was careful to but neutral warm colors that mix and match easily. My Haggar soft denim jeans were a shade of blue so my new shirts are varying shades of blue and gray. I bought two more pair of Haggar dress slacks that are slate blue and gray so now I have about 6 different outfits that I can mix and match.

I’ve been blessed to have over $200 in Walmart gift cards to held defray the cost of most of my purchases to date. I believe I’ve only put about $40 out of my regular budget to date. I now have 2 pair of casual jeans and two pair of dress pants to go along with 6 new Van Heusen dress shirts. I’m looking pretty spiffy these days at 69 years old. I love the casual comfort I find myself in that doesn’t require the more rugged heavy denim. 🙂

New Clothes #1

New Blue Clothes

With my new Sketchers casual black dress shoes and my two pair of navy blue suspenders the wardrobe is just about complete. 🙂 I even got myself a fresh haircut from my new barber yesterday. Steve has been cutting my hair now for the past 3-4 visits. It’s a modern cut and short. Pictures will follow after laundry day.

Share Your World – July 23, 2018

Share Your World – July 23, 2018

In regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search, mazes, logic or numeric puzzles, something else, or nothing?

By far I enjoy jigsaw puzzles. Our Senior Center is now a big jigsaw puzzle place after we recruited free jigsaw puzzles from Zen Art & Design, a local wooden jigsaw puzzle manufacturer in Massachusetts. Their generous donations along with folks outside our Uxbridge Senior Center has made us a powerhouse for the hobby. We have had at least a half dozen seniors actively participating in ongoing puzzles.

List at least five favorite treats and it doesn’t necessarily have to be food.

  1. Unsweetened ice tea
  2. Ice cold watermelon
  3. Fresh local dark cherries
  4. Giant English Muffins from Lowell’s Restaurant in Mendon, MA
  5. Fresh ice cold crispy celery from Foppema’s Farmer’s Market in Whitinsville, MA

What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)

I love hotdogs with Catsup, sweet pickle relish and diced sweet onions, either Vidalia onions from South Carolina or Walla Walla sweet onions from Oregon.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? 

My president Trump for what he has done for the United States since taking office. He’s making America Great again regardless of what the media, Democrats or our so-called allies think. Go Trump!

Oh How Times Have Changed

Somehow I don’t think All In The Family’s Archie Bunker would be “socially acceptable” in today’s world. I also admit therefore that I must be a throwback to the cave man days. 🙂

Share Your World – July 16, 2018

Share Your World – July 16, 2018

Since we are approaching the hottest part of our summer in the northern hemisphere, what’s your favorite ice-cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet flavor?

Rocky Road

How often do you people watch?

Not nearly as often as I used to. As I get older I get more crotchety and dislike people in general. I’d make a good hermit.

If you had a choice which would be your preference salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, ocean cruise, hot tub, ski resort or desert?

Fresh water lakes

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

I really enjoyed the ice cream social after church last Sunday. I think it’s a great way to get people outside with a cordial way to chat and meet folks.

Doing The Math

If 40 pieces of gum cost you $4 and 100 pieces of the same gum costs you $4.29 in a bag what, if any, is the savings? Buy two bags at 100 pieces each and you’ve spent $8.58 and wind up with 200 pieces of gum. That same 200 pieces, if bought in a plastic box/container would be 5(40) piece boxes at $4 each or  200 pieces for $20. You therefore get the gum at less than 1/2 price buying it by the bag. Ta Da! Modern math strikes again!

I have saved at least 24 of those empty boxes for nails, screws, drill bits or small items I use around the house. I simply fill a few with the bagged gum for half the price and I’m good to go. I had to explain all this twice to the store clerk who sold me the bagged gum. It’s exactly the same brand gum by the way, just less than 1/2 the cost of those flip open plastic dispenser boxes.

Ice Cube Gum

Ice Cube Gum Bag

 

4th Of July Question

Here’s one that troubles me. We show news clips stating that one in five children in the United States is considered obese. The news shows plenty of people waddling down the boardwalk of a beach that are so fat it grosses me out. It’s said to be an epidemic. The very next news clip is showing the annual 4th of July world hot dog eating contest with folks cramming as many dogs in their mouth as they can in the shortest period of time. What are we trying to tell those obese kids we just talked about? DUH!

A Male Grey Headed House Sparrow

All birds are beautiful to me. The markings and coloration of the tiniest birds fascinate me. I should be a birder but never went that way in my photography. I simply love animals to much to dedicate the extra energy to become an expert. I’m NOT an expert!

The sharper I nail the focus on birds the more detail there is to enjoy. I nailed the focus on the shot seen below, fading out the background with my 55-200mm Fuji zoom set at F/8.0.

Male Grey Headed Sparrow 01