Saturday, December 13, 2008


As kids over in East Elmhurst, Earl & I had always been such very good friends. I ended up moving to Lindenhurst a long time ago, & now live here. He moved to Puerto Rico decades ago & is still there. Yesterday I sent him an e mail on Facebook & now we're finally back together. I made sure I asked him to say hello to both his parents for me too. Today's weather is much nicer, so far, than yesterday's, though this morning the roads were very slippery & visibility absolutely stunk because of all the fog on my windows. Not much is on the weekend's schedule except that I have to lector at 5:00 Mass today. Christmas is now less than two weeks away. I got Carole & Bob's inevitable Christmas card yesterday. Carole was my very first supervisor when I worked at Citicorp. My arm is still in pain. It's driving me crazy but I'll just have to handle it somehow.

Friday, December 12, 2008


This morning, as I was about to leave, I couldn't help grumbling because of all the snow & bad visibility. As if that wasn't stupid enough, when I pulled away from the curb at the post office, my windshield wipers got tangled & I went straight home to fix them. My father reminded me that I should have broken the extra ice around them before I left. All it took was a little turn of a wrench to fix the trouble. Uncle Frankie came over for a while yesterday. This time, instead of candy, he showed up with a pie. Tomorrow I have to lector at 5:00 Mass. I most certainly hope the weather's much better by then. Because of all the ice, today's Friday dance shall have to be done very slowly. Lots of people are still busily getting things together on Facebook. Terry just uploaded some of her daughters' pictures. Other people are filling in profiles.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Lately all my kin have been going plum loco over Facebook, joining each other's friends' lists. I have very many pictures on other sites so I suppose I shall have to transfer a lot of them to this one. My father went to the V.A. for a doctor's appointment early this morning. The weather's been miserable with ice & rain so it must not have been a fun trip. Last night I watched "Everybody Loves Raymond" again. It's an interesting show. I never bothered with it when it was on originally but it's nice to see the reruns. They're as dysfunctional a bunch of characters as any I've ever seen. Believe it or not, this morning turned out to be one of those rare occasions when I ate breakfast. I ate scrambled eggs with ketchup. Since when, may I ask, are "embiggen" & "biggify" legitimate words? I keep noticing that on Facebook, those are their words for "enlarge".

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


When I got up this morning it was absolutely pouring out. That's most probably why I have such an annoying headache right now. My mother spoke to Fran on the phone last night. Fran seems to be feeling much better lately. Uncle Frankie hasn't shown up in the past couple of days. Nothing much is happening these days so far. I'd be afraid to go Christmas shopping in all this traffic. I just read a blog on Xanga that talks about organ donation. I've always specified on my driver's license that I want my organs donated when I die. I don't expect them to do me any good from then on. A lot of people, for some reason, object to this practice but I happen to think it's quite a really good idea. Yesterday I watched "Everybody Loves Raymond" again. I've been starting to get used to it by now. Interestingly, I just found out on the Adweek site that 67% of people in this country would rather see "Merry Christmas" in stores Christmas ads than the nauseatingly leftist "Happy Holidays", that only got 27% of the vote. This is yet more proof that liberals aren't even the least bit interested in what people really want, but only in cramming their agenda down our throats whether anybody likes it or not.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


The weather's still cold. Mary Anne called last night. Nothing seems to be new with them lately. My shoulder still hurts quite a whole lot. Combined with my seemingly perpetual itch, it's extremely annoying. As a general rule I absolutely can't stand Oprah Winfrey & avoid her show at all costs. Yesterday was different though. The surviving members of the cast of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" were on it. That was always one of the most interesting shows on TV when I was a kid. Those people are all as old as the hills now. Yesterday was Tina's birthday so we shall all have to wish quite a rousing happy birthday to her. Yesterday I got my latest issue of the Carmelite Digest. It's a quarterly journal. It's very cold today but at least it's not raining or snowing. That's what really gets me crazy. The librarian just pointed out a while ago that Christmas is now only sixteen days away.

Monday, December 08, 2008


November 29 was the seventh anniversary of George Harrison's death & today is the twenty eighth anniversary of John Lennon's. December 8, 1980 was also on a Monday. I can still most certainly remember that night quite well even now. Amazingly, I just read a cartoon in the Citizens Voice only two days ago that depicted John & Yoko at their 1969 Amsterdam Bed.In for Peace. It's quite amazing that to this very day, there are still a substantial number of people around who can be counted on both to recognize & even to appreciate the allusion. Lately the weather has been getting progressively colder & colder. There was snow in the morning but at least it didn't amount to anything significant. When I came home from the Latin Mass last evening my hands were virtually frostbitten. This morning, I should suppose because of the weather, my shoulder, which I broke in the early 1990's, has been in extreme pain. Uncle Frankie came over last night with his usual chocolate candy. I, of course, made sure I ate much of it. Unfortunately Fran is very ill with a virus.