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April 1, 2015
This past winter and spring have truly been the Seasons from Hell. Truly. We had a record cold February and then March didn't seem to realize it was time to wake up! Right now we are looking at a few decent warm days starting tomorrow...according to the weather peeps. We'll see. I have a few pictures of Patty who was recently in my lap and conveying exactly how we have all felt about this weather! My friend Mike said it best. He called it Patty's "depressed teenager 'Everything sucks!' sprawl"! Lol.
June 21, 1998 - March 25, 2015
All is not bad, though. My cereal smiled at me this morning! How often can a person say that? And no, this was not manufactured. It was like that as I put the spoon up to my mouth and since I was looking at my iPad and it was convenient to take a pic, I did!
Our old geezer cat, Stormy, passed away at the ripe old age of 16 on Wednesday. He would have been 17 in three months. Although he had hyperthyroidism for years and more recently, kidney issues, it was still devastating to lose him, as it is with all our pets. We did a lot for him and I know he had a good life. We really miss our little guy who always greeted us with his hello meow as we entered the garage. Rest is peace, Stormy. We loved you! <3
Watch Stormy in his prime seven years ago when he went snow shoeing with us!
March 27, 2015
April 7, 2015
July 26, 1926 - April 6, 2015
We haz a sad today. :( One of our favorite actors, James Best, passed away at age 88. A lot of people knew him as Sheriff Rosco on Dukes of Hazzard but we never watched that show. What we remember him from was his portrayal as Jim Lindsey in the Andy Griffith show; his many appearances on The Twilght Zone; and also a more recent role as Paddy Kerrigan in a made for TV movie called The Sweeter Side of Life. (A movie which was written, directed and produced by his son-in-law Michael Damian formerly of The Young and the Restless, the Snoopynut's favorite show!)
Rest in peace, Mr. Best. You will be missed!
May 17, 2015
Spring has sprung!
Holey moley, it has been 6 weeks since we updated. :| For shame! :P Spring is a busy time here, though. We opened up the carport; got some topsoil, flowers and mulch for the annual garden; fed the perennials and did a basic cleanup of the front garden. I mowed for the first time a few days ago! It seems like spring just popped up overnight after a few days in the upper 80s! The hummers are back in full force now, albeit a little late. We also managed to get a little trip in to Canada and had a beautiful day at Wellesley Island State Park up in the 1000 Islands.
We got a new small digital camera, a Sony Cybershot DSC-W830, and are amazed at all the functions and the quality of the pictures. Our last small digital camera was purchased ages ago and what leaps and bounds they have made since then. One new feature is a panoramic image so we did a little experimenting and came up with the first & second images, below. Rad, man! Hehe.
We had an exciting incident about a week ago. Anyone who has an autodrip coffee maker has probably experienced its sizzling and hissing as it is brewing. But last week, ours started to do that after the coffee had brewed and just kept going. So I got up to go look at it and saw that it was smoking! Our Mr. Coffee coffee maker was on fire, omagoonus! So we unplugged it and brought it outside. It is maybe 3 years old so I knew the warranty was passed and that they probably wouldn't do anything if I complained. But I thought I should at least let the company know what had happened. So I wrote a brief email stating what had happened and how much it scared us, the thought our house could have caught fire had we not been inside. What happened next was a complete and unexpected surprise.
They wrote back and apologized, asking for the model number and some other codes on the appliance, including a date code. I guess with that code, they can see when it was manufactured/purchased. We didn't have a receipt any more since we don't usually keep them after the warranty period. So I sent all the other information they asked for and then the next thing I knew there was an email with a receipt of confirmation for a brand new coffee maker, no charge. Wow, now that is service, something you don't see much of any more. Thank you, Mr. Coffee! P.S. We were asked to return the old one, using a prepaid label they sent us, so they could investigate what happened to the coffee maker.
May 18, 2015
Here are a few more pics of the garden from yesterday. I also uploaded a cute video of Sailor, Joey Bear and Patty with X-treeeme closeups...
(As usual, make sure to look at the captions underneath!)
May 25, 2015
Happy Memorial Day
& National Wine Day!
Who knew there was a National Wine Day? In honor of that, we thought we'd share what our favorite wines are! My very favorite is from the Knapp Winery in the Finger Lakes and is called Superstition. It is a sweet red wine with a purple label and coincidentally has a black cat on it which is what attracted me in the first place! The winery has several resident cats who've made it onto their label! I love any place that loves cats! >'.'<
Mr. Snoopynut's fave was one he first tried when dining at the Olive Garden. It is by Porta Vita - Rosato, a semi-sweet blush wine. We also recommend wines by our very own Thousand Islands Winery if you are in the area! They have several very tasty ones; for example Alexandria Bay Rosé, which we both love! Happy National Wine Day!
And now for a blast from the past. I thought I'd post some pictures from our Roadside America trip which we took about eight years ago. That was one of our favorite trips of all time and we had no idea at the time what it would lead to. One of the places to see on our list was Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, Maine. We liked it so much we are now considering it as a place to retire to! (Gray, Maine, not the wildlife park...although that might be kind of fun!) We have looked here in New York for a couple of years and have decided it will just be too expensive to live here on a fixed income. When we started looking in Maine, we were wowed by not only the affordability of the very nice homes but the taxes are quite a bit lower than NY. (Who knew? LOL!) So, onward and upward!
Enjoy the RA pics along with a few miscellaneous from this past week...