Signs Of Life Among The Dead

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I think this is a redbud tree, or some other flowering tree just starting to spring to life. I took a walk around part of the Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse last weekend to get some exercise. It is huge, and has many hills. I tried to hike up one hill and slipped in the muddy road…I caught myself several times on the grassy bank next to me. I kept going up, instead of turning around and attempting a different route. It was not my smartest move. I ended up climbing over a downed tree’s branches so I could use those to steady myself to get to the next road. My boyfriend came to see if I needed help, I asked him to pick me up with the car further up the road. After he left, a concerned stranger came to see if I needed help. I should wear a sign, I must look like a crazy drunk person. It was hard to balance with my feet slipping in the mud, I have a hard enough time balancing to walk on a normal straight paved road. I am going to add hiking shoes to my list of must haves before I try that again.

I saw many awesome stone buildings, a pyramid shaped vault, and endless old gravestones and obelisks….there was also the sounds and sights of nature, squirrels, birds, bugs, and many interesting trees and plants. I will be posting a few more pics of there on here in the near future.


Slow Spring

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Either I am impatient or the trees are taking longer to green up. This pic was taken just a few days ago, while I was in the Adirondacks. There was still snow on the ground in some places!

After a few days visit with my Mom, children and two grandkids I came back to a phone call from my friend letting me know she moved back to this state/area. We went out (group of ladies) to dinner, then some of us went to karaoke. I am now back into my regular schedule.

Walk In The Woods

2017-04-17 16.37.22It looked pretty dead, lots of trees were down. The name of the state owned land was Stone Barn State Forest, so of course I wanted to find the stone barn. I made it over the first downed tree. Ashley made it over as well, her leash did not get caught up. I did not venture much further, in every direction was groups of trees, felled together, too high for me to climb over.

I looked this stone barn up online, I actually read about it before. I naturally forgot about it. I was glad I did actually see it  from the road while driving by. Here is a peek;

Easter for Atheists


Happy Easter….don’t try to bring any meaning into it. I am not religious, as interesting as all the stories are, I  believe in Science more.

I listed a few items on my Ebay store. My sweetie made some awesome barbeque and I just surfed the web to read all the good and bad going on in the world.

My Favorite Color Electric Blue


Actually sky blue is my favorite, I just wanted to be punny.  I finally took a long for me walk…meaning over a mile. Our winter has been mild. It has been above freezing often. It has been like a cool summer day or warm spring day in February. Now March has come in like a lamb as well. I fell down a few steps so I didn’t walk as much as I should have this winter. I put on a few more pounds. I am still saving up to buy a bike…so far I have saved $0….oh, well…I bought an unplanned farm share for this year, so I will call that an investment since I will get $50 more value for what I paid. I also had to buy 4  new tires and other car repairs. Now my car is much safer and rides much smoother. Otherwise I have been busy working on my Ebay, I went to the auction last week. I babysat my grandson Monday, so his dad could go to the dentist. I have been taking my youngest son out for driving lessons. I also spend time at my boyfriend’s.

In spite of all the fun and important stuff that I have to take up my time. (and trying to keep up with housecleaning) I have been busy on twitter, trying to stay informed on #theResistance. I can’t wait until dumpster is impeached, resigns, or expires. #resist

Link To My Ebay Store…if it works

I have been gone so long from WordPress, I feel like I need the 101 class again…..I have a new camera. I dropped my other one, too many times, it stopped working.  I will have new and exciting pictures soon…I hope.  I also am trying to step up the Ebay listings to 250…so far I have 44. If this works, here is the link:   sign up to follow my ebay store

Five Years Blogging


I am so sorry for really going missing in action this year. I have been going out of my mind, trying to get a handle on my anti-Trump facebook postings. I spend way too much time and energy trying to educate people of his many personality disorders that make him unfit to even be considered as a candidate. I have tried very hard to not let it bother me, but I would rather sacrifice my energy now making sure he does not get into office. If any of my followers truly think he is a great guy feel free to unfollow me. My own family might vote for him, and that might explain my deep seated life long mental issues.

So onto the positive things I have done the past few months! I am still with the same boyfriend I met through plenty of fish. I think he is perfect for me. I hope he always feels the same way about me. My two grandchildren are growing up fast. My granddaughter just got back from a family trip to Poland. My grandson is starting to walk around on his own. My granddog is almost a year and has calmed down a little bit, but he is so tall and lanky. He reminds me of Clifford the big red dog, only all black. I spent a weekend visiting my mom, and stopped at a few places on the way home. The pic above I believe was at Raquette Lake, NY. I also drove into Sagamore Camp, but I missed the last tour of the year by a couple hours. I drove down a narrow twisty road out of curiosity to see what the Buttermilk Falls sign was all about, but it could not be viewed from the road. It was raining, so I did not feel like walking down the trail alone. I was unprepared to do any walking as well.

Next month is my last car payment! It has been a long million years paying off a new car loan…lol. I will never do that again, live and learn. I had the car for one year before I had my stroke. Before my stroke, I had to take on a second job or work overtime to pay for the car payment. My plans for the following month are to seriously look at getting myself a bike. I hope it will be a two wheeler, that I can lift onto a car carrier by myself. I don’t mind if I need a special pedal attachment for my one foot to stay on. I am more confident that my affected hand and arm will not get in the way too much, but I will find out.

My garden went neglected once the temps were more than I could bear and the rain barrel went dry from lack of rain. I also saw a large snake…lol. Next year, I will have my container veggies closer to the rain barrel/house and just have my flowers/perennials out where I had my garden. I neglected my whole yard with proper care. My lengths to avoid direct sunlight were met with the arrival of the evening mosquitoes. I did manage to make it all year without a letter from the town telling me my grass was too long. I wonder if that person who complained died or moved away? Anyway, it is ironic to me, since in my opinion my yard has looked the worse condition ever this year…lol. Fuck them, I am the one that has to suffer knowing I own it.  Maybe next year will be my dream of the yard being covered in stones and gardens.

The Legend Of Lainey Series

I am going to write from time to time about an animal advocacy group, Lainey’s Army. Today this frail little girl was rushed to the vet by the founder of the group, Kimberly Strong. These are her words and thoughts I have copy and pasted below.:

“When Brandy walked in my door tonight…

The tears flowed…I drove as fast as possible to the vet. I got there to walk in a waiting room full of people with happy fat dogs…and cats…

People who were laughing.. there with their families..

I sat there holding this sick emaciated…weak body……feeling her every bone…

And the emotions started …how very alone she must feel……with all those happy people with their well cared for pets….

I think about what this girl has gone through over the last 3-4 months…what her life has been…now she is sitting with a stranger in a strange place…not having any idea what is coming…if I am going to hurt her…feed her…yell at her…or just hold her and sob…

She has no idea…I will make damn sure no one hurts her again…

My heart breaksfor this gentle soul…for this baby …who has had no friend…no one to love her hold her….as I drive away and leave her at vet…the tears come with a vengeance…the pain of these animals is unreal sometimes…

And I race..because mine at home need me…so I fly there in out in out feed…then go to the kennel where they are all fed…most walked…some getting a little porky.,.and as I touch each one for sugar time..and walks…I look into their eyes…for all the pain…they feel…I see the fear…I see the wonder at each new stranger who approaches…

I see the hunger they have felt…the fear…the pain…and my heart breaks one more time…

I sit with my hugger Baxter… and just hold him…give him his reassurance…that he will be okay…

I remember the days Missy was like that…Sampson and Elmo too….

I think about Bentley and dusty….and my little bella….

I think about juno coming in trying to snag my hand..

George completely shut down until I sang George of the jungle to him…

And sooo many more…

I think about Lainey…and all we have lost and all we have saved…and the battles…and the wars….and the fights…

I give him a final squeeze…and move on to the next
…praying I have the strength to fight another day….and for many years to come…I have the strength to inspire people to stand tall and strong against these… atrocities….

And as they are settled all down in their beds…

I close the door saying goodnight to go home to the other crew…

I walk in the door they are silent…but ready to go out and play…the energy is not there…for me.tonight…brandy has zapped my strength and energy…and taken a chip out of my heart…

Then Missy gives me her whoo whoo whooo.saykng suck it up. Buttercup …it ain’t our fault…time to shake that booty with us outside…

And the balls fly…the toys get thrown…and the coffee pot is a brewing….because….

There is no other choice…

That is the answer….as I question where the hell I am going to find the strength to fight for the brandies….of the world….the Bentleys the logans…

The answer is …..there simply is no other choice….

So we hug a little tighter…squeeze a little harder…cry them tears….and continue to put one foot in front of the other….

This isn’t for anyone else but me really……because hopefully in a year.when this memory pops up….

..the need for this will have diminished…

Hopefully we find a way to get better…

Hopefully …….”Justice for Lainey Brandy

She is being taken care of at Lawton Animal Hospital, 315-829-4266, they take payments over the phone by credit card…just tell them it is for Kim Strong Justice for Lainey Account…..or simply paypal

The group started a few years ago, when a full grown dog was discovered starved in a cage. A man had been intentionally walking past it each day ignoring her as she was left in the elements and ate rocks and grass trying to stay alive. She was finally found and rescued but died a few days later at an animal shelter. Kim Strong was the one who held her as she passed, and vowed Lainey would not Stand Alone and she would get “Justice for Lainey”. Since then a facebook group has formed of thousands of members. They attend court hearings of local animal abuse cases. They have walked to Albany to try to bring awareness of the animal crimes bill, to get it moved out of the Ag. and Market and make it a felony. Animal abusers usually do not just abuse animals, they are usually people (people are animals), and are involved in other serious crimes as well. This needs to be addressed and stopped.

Lily O Lily


My cell phone pictures suck, this was much more awesome in real life.

I survived another kayaking adventure. It was a few weeks ago. I have not  been able to get my pictures from my phone to my computer until now.

I attempted to get out of the kayak all on my own. That was a very stupid decision. To make a long story short, I ended up with my legs wedged into the front of the boat. I then became paralyzed from laughing, embarrassment, fear of not getting unstuck (ha ha), and I really hate feeling weak and helpless.  After I recovered enough to skooch myself back into sitting in the seat, I discovered the best way for me to get out is to have John steady the boat while I try to stand up and step out on my own. Maybe next time I will be a pro about it.

So I donated a carload of stuff to a charity garage sale. I spent most of Friday helping out as cashier at the sale. It reminded me of why I hated garage sales….they are so not worth all the work. This one for charity did make a profit, since there were many people who donated….I even collected some things from my boyfriend. People were also just stopping by to donate cash to our cause or stopped by the sale since it was on a busy road.

Saturday night I went to listen to some live music at the NY Blues Fest in Syracuse, NY. We got rained on, followed by a rainbow and more pleasant weather.

Sunday I went to my nieces baby shower. I sat at the table with empty chairs and one other person. (whom I did not know) I would guess the empty chairs should have been filled by my relatives. I did get to chat with my niece as she made her rounds and stopped at our table. I also talked to her mother for a few moments.