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New kitten finally came out to play

Greetings, readers. Last Friday my new kitten arrived and for the first three days and nights all I did was hear her. She would come out in the cover of darkness, use her cat box, and eat a little something. This is the only way I knew she was okay and hadn’t died of shock from moving into her new home. On Monday, my friend Tasha from work, who gave me the kitten, came over to my place and bridged the gap between scared kitten and new owner. Once Princess Josie was placed on me, and I pet her and gave her the first little kiss on the head, all has been right with the world since.

Princess Josie has been very active, exploring her new world. Yes, she gets into a little mischief now and then, but the pink crate, which was also given to me by Tasha and her mother, is a perfect time-out penalty box. It has been most effective. (While I was taking a phone call just now, Rebecca was wrestling with P.J., trying to keep her off the work table and computer. P.J. in now sitting in said penalty box. Don’t worry, readers, I will not give the cat a complex.)

Here is a picture that Tasha took on her phone of me and the new kitten. I must say, she is very photogenic.

Joe and his new cat Princess Josie

Notice her pretty brown eyes. I believe she is Bengal or a Bengal mix. At only nine months old, I’m sure to have many great years with her, filled with love, affection, and cuteness.

On to other topics, I’ll be taking a personal day tomorrow, to try out my new summer writing schedule which goes into effect in about two weeks. I’ll be working my fast food job through the Penn State graduation weekend and I will go back right before the students return in mid to late August. Also … finally the warmer weather has arrived. Though not hot by any means, it is at least warm. I can dig it. When I can go to work in my hoodie and leave the down coat behind, I’m a happy camper.

Lastly, this is my therapy week, I’ll see my therapist later today as a matter of fact. I’m going to make certain to bring my computer with me to show off the picture of her royal highness, Princess Josie.

Before closing, I just have to end with a funny for the day. I was watching YouTube videos of funny fails and I saw a little two-year-old girl happy and smiling while her daddy was flipping the channels behind her. All of the sudden he stopped on the news channel with President Trump talking. The little girl turns around, looks at the President, starts to cry and says, “No, no, no.” I laughed so much.

Tomorrow Rebecca will either have a new entry or a re-post for you, and we will be back together next Wednesday. I hope you all have a great day, take care, and as always, happy reading.

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New chair has arrived

Greetings, readers. I will dictate this blog entry while my voice holds out. I’m still getting over whatever this cold/infection thing is. Although my sinuses are clearer today, my throat is scratchy and half an octave lower. Oh dear, oh dear. We are writers, so we carry on and write.

The big news of the day is that my new recliner arrived. Well, new for me. I got it at a used furniture store and it is in extremely good condition. To my surprise and joy, Keekee also seems to like it. It is very soft cloth material, blue in color, and is wider and longer than my other chair. It was a very good purchase, especially since I got it on sale. When the old chair was removed, I quickly had to run the vacuum and get all the little bits and pieces of the last eight years of snacking and tissues out from the space. It was a chore, especially at 8:15 in the morning, but I got it done.

The delivery men placed the chair down and plugged it in, and didn’t really wait for a tip. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to do that or not. Perhaps it is factored in to the delivery charge. Even with that extra charge, I still think I got a great bargain.

On a side note, it is a foggy morning here in State College, PA. It was quite cool last night, when I had to step outside at 3:30 in the morning to get fresh air for my ailing sinuses. As with most people, I don’t sleep well when I am sick; I keep waking up and that is extremely annoying.

Both Penn State University and State College Area High School have their homecoming games this week, which means two parades and plenty of people here for the weekend. I thought my cousin Eddie and his family might come in from New York, but I just spoke to him and he is going to choose another weekend. Eddie graduated from Penn State and loved every minute of it. He always attends at least one game a year.

Lastly, on the bus the other evening, there was a report of two people dressed in sinister clown outfits wielding weapons. The bus drivers, via telephone, were kept up to date on the whereabouts of these two clowns. They were hoping they would not board one of the buses. I asked my bus driver what the protocol was in case something like that happens. She said that if they weren’t carrying weapons in their hands, then they could get on the bus. They couldn’t if they were brandishing weapons. When I got off at my stop, there was no update, so I never did find out exactly what happened. I assume that all these clown sightings across this area and across the country are due to next year’s release of the remake of the movie It, which was based on Stephen King’s original novel. I think these people are sick to willingly want to scare people. Sure, on Halloween kids and teenagers dress up in costumes. Folks around the country expect it then; not now. All I know is, if I see one, I’m going to duck into the nearest establishment.

Well with my voice almost totally gone, I will end this blog entry here, and tell you that next Wednesday I will have a top ten list for you. Take care, have a good weekend, and happy reading.

UPDATE: 10/19/16 I have a photo of the new chair now to share with you.

My new [used] recliner. Arrived at my place on October 6, 2016.
My new [used] recliner. Arrived at my place on October 6, 2016.

About the book signing

Greetings, readers. Last Friday evening I had my very first ever official book signing. Elaine Meder-Wilgus of Webster’s Bookstore and Café, helped set it up along with her crew and the display looked marvelous. The event was on her website for at least a couple of weeks, if not three, and I was expecting a modest turn-out. Well, we had a few internet-ers, a couple of people I invited, the staff, and a whole lot of crickets. Rebecca and I, along with her husband, sat there sipping our refreshments for ninety minutes. I did have a couple of sales and some sporadic mingling went on. Over all, I consider the event successful. It was a good learning experience.

We read from the books, Rebecca and I, and I’m not so sure that was a good thing. That is what is generally known as standard procedure at Websters for a book signing. To me, it gave people the opportunity to pack up and leave. But I seriously doubt that the college kids that were studying there were there because of my book signing.

Pictures from this event are in my gallery section. Here is one of them. Checking our media section, we only have two uploaded from one of our phones. If and when more pictures are loaded, we will add them to the gallery.

Shaking my friend’s hand after signing his books. (His right hand was in a cast.)

To close, since I see we are running out of time today, I’m going to ask Rebecca to do Wednesday’s blog post for us and I am certain she will have a good topic in mind. Until then, have a good weekend, take care, and happy reading.

Technology … Grrr 3

Greetings, readers. OMG! It took Rebecca and I about an hour to download one photo from my cell phone to my computer so that it could be sent via email to my dear Godmother. This technological task probably would have taken a ten year-old two minutes. After several trials and errors, we were able to successfully complete the task.

For my dear Godmother’s birthday

This prompted today’s blog entry. Today, technology did not win but it came damn close. I was literally five seconds away from throwing phone and computer against the office wall. Do I need anger management??? Perhaps just a deep breath.

After the photo was sent and the cord was unplugged from the computer, my phone began talking to me as it does so often when I hit a button by accident. This slim-line Verizon has buttons on three sides which makes it difficult for someone with bad dexterity to avoid hitting a button at the wrong time. My contract, I do believe, will be over either this August or next for this particular phone. When it is time for an upgrade, I will definitely get a more Joe-friendly model.

On a lighter note, but also dealing with today’s topic, last week I went to take a cute picture of Keekee the kitty cat, but hit the button too early and took a picture of my shoe. Ok, ok, that actually gave me a chuckle. Now that I have vented a few paragraphs, I feel better.

As a p.s., not relating to this topic, I do hope that more readers will chime in from time to time with comments and questions about past blog posts. Rebecca and I will do our best to reply. Until next time, take care and happy reading.

Spring cleaning has begun

Greetings, readers. As mentioned several weeks ago, the task of spring cleaning was soon to be at hand. Well, that hand has grabbed me and said it’s time. So today, I got out my lightweight shirts and pajamas and have begun the first of many loads of laundry.

Here’s a little information about me on a personal level. I’m a bachelor and live in an apartment that has two small rooms. If I have mentioned this before, please bear with me for it bears repeating. My family owned a big house and with parents gone and house sold, naturally I wanted to keep as many belongings as I could. Well, I kept too much. Now, things have to be sorted through and either gotten rid of, donated to my apartment building’s community room swap table, or have a new home in my apartment found for them.

Also, kitty cat Keekee is shedding tremendously, as her spring coat comes in. This means that extra vacuuming and dusting has to be done. Somehow there is hair where I don’t think hair should be, such as on my jackets, which are hanging on my coat tree by the window. Readers, does anybody have a suggestion for me how to efficiently get cat hair off things? I have tried products such as sticky-tape lint rollers, which are full in three seconds; non-sticky lint brushes, which don’t do a thing; and rolled up tape, which just seems to pull at the fabric. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

On the subject of Keekee, my friend Rebecca and I have finally figuree out how to get pictures from my cell phone camera to my computer. So, cross your fingers. Here she is:

Lastly, YAY, it’s baseball season! Even though I was unable to watch the first game of the year yesterday, I did see in today’s paper that the newly named Miami Marlins lost their first game in their brand new stadium. If Marlins Park looks anything like it is portrayed on MLB 12 The Show, OMG.

I hope to have one more new blog post before the end of our work week. So until soon, enjoy and take care. Keekee says hi.