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December 18th, 2016

11:25 am - Adirondack November
Just a picture to show I'm still around...I put all my energy into my job, and have none left for creativity. Some day.

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May 24th, 2016

02:07 pm - Notes from a tree hugger
Visited Muir Woods outside San Francisco. My first sight of one of the ancient trees brought me to tears of wonder.

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October 21st, 2012

11:22 am

I've been on vacation after nearly 16 months of working six days a week. It feels good, but strange, and I haven't been using my time as wisely as I hoped. I am grateful to have gotten in a camping trip to the Adirondacks, and seen some wonderful wild places, full of magic.

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August 31st, 2011

07:03 am - Irene

Only have a second before leaving for work....I got through Irene with only minor inconvenience, trees down, internet and cable out for a couple days, but the surrounding area got hit hard. A lot of sad stories.

This is Amsterdam, near where I worked for many years. This building from the 1700's couldn't hold up to the raging waters. A lot of history and property lost, very few lives, fortunately.

I'll write more later.

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August 28th, 2011

11:21 am - Rain and roses....and spiders
Gusty winds and spattering rain, we are getting a little fallout from hurricane Irene, but not too bad. Some of the creeks are overflowing and I lost my arbor of morning glories and my tall sunflowers, but that's to be expected. I'm just hoping not to lose power, communities all around are out, what a dull day it will be without the music and internet and lights to finish cleaning by! Not to mention no coffee or tea!!!

I went out this morning and rescued a couple Austin roses, they are trying to come back now that the Japanese beetles are lessening. I am so in love with the one on the right, I can't stop drinking it in. I've loved old roses all my life, and the Austin variety lets me have them most of the season. It's not easy to keep roses alive here in the northeast!

I wish I had one of those distressed borders to frame it with, but I can't be bothered to find one online right now. I'm taking a cleaning break. The room I've been using as a studio is predictably littered with odds and ends and excess furniture. I found a spider's nest as deep as Shelob's lair and a huge spider guarding it! Oh, I hated to suck it up in the vacuum, but I couldn't have spider babies in the house....and now I'm afraid to empty the vacuum bag! It makes my skin crawl to think of it in there, and I'm ashamed to admit that I rubber-banded a plastic bag over the end of the hose. I'm not usually afraid of spiders! Does anyone know if they can survive being sucked up in the vacuum cleaner, and for how long???

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August 14th, 2011

03:07 pm


Since I haven't felt much like sharing lately, here is a picture to get me started. My friend has two kayaks and we try to go off on adventures whenever we can, but it's not easy since we both are working hard, he just started a new job this summer and I, a new position.

This is a view from the Cedar River Flow, in the heart of the Adirondacks. I am in love with the place, and have more pictures on my Flickr if anyone is interested www.flickr.com/photos/96987549@N00/with/6042150325/ I'm too lazy to look up how to do a cool hidden link.

My job has been in transition. As you have heard, the postal service is in serious trouble. The office where I went to work at 3 am to run mail sorting machines lost it's work to Albany, because the mail volume is so low. I have been working long enough (23 years!) that I'm not in danger of losing my job, but I just can't stand to be around when there isn't enough work to go around, so I volunteered to go wherever I was needed, within reason. I was so lucky to get to fill in as postmaster of Cherry Valley NY, the cutest little town in the area, nestled in the hills and lost in time. When I catch up with myself I'll have to take some pictures. It has about 600 residents, and a nice artistic community.
After being there less than a week, with minimal training, I had a good problem thrown at me. Our front-end computers were developed in 1988 and were obsolete. My little office doesn't make enough money to rate new computers, so I have to do all transactions by hand, using a calculator and keeping track of what I sell on a pad of paper! Then at the end of the night I do the accounting on the office computer in the back. Well, math makes my brain angry, and for the last two weeks my head has felt like a nest of snakes writhing around making sense of all I had to figure out. Friday was the day of truth, and Saturday showed that all was well. What a sense of accomplishment! I LOVE working at my new position! Time will tell if I can have it permanently, unfortunately, with so many small offices closing, I could easily get bumped out by a displaced postmaster. I'm just going to hang on for as long as I can and enjoy it.

Oh, and not waking up at 1:30 am is pretty sweet!

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July 7th, 2011

08:22 pm
Ah Livejournal, I love you so, but find it so hard to sit down and write a post.

here is a view of Snowy Mt, from Indian Lake, in the Adirondacks. We went kayaking there on the Fourth of July. We got there early, left my house at 6 am and arrived at 7:30, avoiding a lot of the crowds. Our spirits were so refreshed! The lake is very long and narrow, with many 'arms'. As I wrote during the winter, I have been listening to a cd of bird songs while commuting to work. My favorite was the song of the hermit thrush, beautiful and haunting. As we were paddling down one of these arms of the lake, almost like a river, we came to a quiet spot where rocky cliffs were on either side, and the trees turned to spruce. Hermit thrushes were singing there, the sound echoing between the cliffs. We stopped paddling and just drifted with the magical sound. It gave me chills and tears to my eyes, it was so beautiful. I could also recognize the song of a vireo in the background, and another bird I couldn't remember.
We got out further down and hiked a little, fed the mosquitoes and flies, and had a little picnic. We stopped at the empty campground pictured and had a swim, soothing the bug bites a little. By noon the power boats were filling up the lake and we were ready to head back to the valley.
Here is the sound of the hermit thrush...

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June 8th, 2011

06:49 pm - A little 'awww'

My daughter lives in the wilds of Quebec. One morning this little guy came in her yard...his leg was bending in the wrong place and he was frantic and hard to catch. She got a couple of wounds from him, and didn't think she could take on another cat, but how can you refuse?
She says he is both pathetic and amusing to see as he skitters around on three legs, dragging the cast.

(can you believe she was born in 1978?) If her hair was blonde, I would think she was a teenager again!

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April 21st, 2011

03:59 pm - tiffany-window-close-up

How strange, usually I get 5 to 10 views on my Flickr pictures, this one and a few others I took on my NYC trip got well over 100! Maybe it was because I put it on the map, I am a sucker for maps...
I loved seeing the Tiffany window in person, I remember reading how the glass was made in an exclusive process that got lost. Stunning!

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April 18th, 2011

07:29 pm - More NYC
I wrote a little post the other day about something that happened when I was filling in as a window clerk at the post office where I work, but it sounded petty even though I only meant it to be amusing. I try hard to be both efficient and good humored, I hate it mysef when a snippy salesclerk ruins my day, but some days it's not easy, especially when I have to get up at 1:30 am and work like a maniac before I fill in on the window....

Anyways...(links to pics scattered throughout)

Last weekend my friend and I took advantage of the empty apartment in Brooklyn and visited the city....

This time we
Drove through Times Square and downtown madly trying to avoid rush hour to get passes for the Met from his daughter at work...
Chilled at the apartment and had Indian food delivered to the door!  Fun!
Got up and had fresh made bagels with cream cheese and coffee...only $4.40 for two people
Rode the subway to the Met...I love riding the subway and people watching! I have never felt unsafe there. (Helps to have a big guy with you)
Wandered around the Met with no pressure, since we got in for free. Took pics of a wonderful Tiffany window and an Elizabethan doublet and swords, they appealed to my romantic-historical-novel side.
Ate pretzels and fed sparrows in Central Park...the daffodils were out
Walked down Fifth Ave and just enjoyed the sights, headed back for Brooklyn before rush hour started.
Walked around the neighborhood and enjoyed all the ethnic stores.
Ordered in Brooklyn thin crust margharita pizza! Yum!
Bagel place again...we love this place, even though it looks like such a dive, (I have a pic of it on Flickr) My friends' son-in-law sees one of the guys from the Sopranos in there a lot
Subway again to Macy's. M wanted a certain color tie, I had nothing I needed, so I had fun exploring the store. I love their rickety old wooden escalators, and rode them up all nine floors!
Art Brown pen store, where I splurged on a Sailor fountain pen and some graph paper pads.
He checked out Orvis for fishing flies.
Subway to Soho for fresh oysters...never had them before, but we had both read a great book called 'The Big Oyster' about NYC and had to have some. I liked them, they taste fresh, like the ocean!
Walking and window shopping all through the Village...one of my favorite parts of visiting NYC...

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