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Laundry day and boy do I have a hectic schedule

Greetings, readers. At 7:58 this morning I was in the laundry room getting the first load of clothes ready to start when that room opened at 8:00. Hours are between 8AM and 10PM daily. On days that I wash my clothes, I like to get in there early and get the job done.

Our business meeting with my accountant this week will once again be earlier than usual because I work today at 3PM. I like to have time to relax, visit with Traci and have plenty of time to get to my 2:15 bus. I won’t have tons of time, but I’ll have just enough to grab a snack, a cup or two of coffee and visit with my fianc√©e.

At eight o’clock this evening I’ll get off work and have two days off. ūüôā It will be a chance to rest my feet and get a few odds and ends done around the apartment. I need to do some vacuuming and some light dusting. The two big jobs I’m putting off are the hall closet and my bedroom. They’re next.

I’m getting some help with the hall closet in a couple of weeks. The bedroom I will tackle myself. I want to get the bedroom done as soon as possible so that I can once again enjoy my bed. The key is to do a little bit each day.

The hectic pace of my new life schedule so far has not taken a toll on me. Besides aching feet, I actually enjoy going out, working, and being a productive member of society. My writing career might be in the back seat right now, but it is definitely staying in the car. One of these days I’m going to write a play or screenplay about living here in Addison Court. Of course all names would be changed for privacy reasons.

Lastly, next week will be the fourteenth anniversary of the passing of my mom. I am going to do a remembrance blog in her honor and link it to Facebook, including the Bear Spring Camps page which is for the place she went and enjoyed herself for so many years.

Until tomorrow, take care, have a great day, and happy reading.

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More plans for this summer

Greetings, readers. Last week I blogged about my plans for a restful summer and those plans are still in place. However, a dose of reality set in and if I am going to get married next year I had better get myself a job, and perhaps further my education. I am currently looking at Southern New Hampshire University on-line. I have seen and heard some good things about it. The only bug-a-boo would be the overall cost.

I looked at Southern New Hampshire University about a year or so ago and it was not a good fit then. But I have found a major/course of study in creative writing with emphasis on script writing. Right up my alley. If the school experience doesn’t break my bank, I think this would be well worth it. Not only would it flex my muscles and get me writing things other than the blog, but it might very well prepare me to be able to work in the television industry. That would be awesome.

The other big news is that I got myself an application for a local eatery and I’m going for it. I was not going to get a job until after I got back from camp, but if I could get hired, I could begin earning money right away. Although the wedding reception will not be extravagant, it will not be cheap either. We need, “money, money, money¬†… money.”

It is sunny and warm in central Pennsylvania; something I’ve been¬†waiting a long time¬†for. I am definitely a late spring and summer person. Here in State College we¬†expect a high temperature¬†of 87-89 F. degrees. Three days ago we were struggling to break 55. What a difference. If I had my way, with Joe’s weather’s machine, I would have bright¬†sunny days with white puffy clouds, some showers at night to keep everything green and looking beautiful, and snow on the ground around the winter holiday time. Obviously, no such machine exists. Bah humbug.

Lastly, I’ve got a doctor’s appointment right after work tomorrow, but we should have time to put a blog entry up before I have to go. I’ve had pain in my head for almost two weeks now. It is not crippling, just damn annoying. Please wish me luck on finding out what this is.

Until tomorrow, take care, have a good day, and happy reading.

Here’s #600!!! :-)

Greetings, readers. Again we have hit another milestone. Blog entry #600. Incredible. When Rebecca and I began this blog in late 2011, I really didn’t think I could do it, and figured that the idea would be a flash in the pan. To my wonderful surprise, I’m gaining new readers each month, some on Facebook and others on the WordPress reader. Our work and accomplishments make me proud.

Rebecca has been a wonderful editor and has helped me get each and every entry as polished as could be. Sometimes we’ve had to dash out an entry in less than an hour. With Rebecca’s prowess, I can’t tell the difference from the ones¬†we¬†took more time with¬†when I go back and read them. Probably the real short ones are the ones we dashed off in a pinch.

What’s coming in the next twelve months?

I’m still very disgruntled at the Donald Trump victory but I am learning to live with it. I’m watching no news about him because I don’t want to see the mistakes he¬†makes. So if you are looking for anything political from me in the next twelve months, drop me a suggestion other than President Trump and we shall tackle it.

In the upcoming year, I plan on purchasing a used PS4 and I will begin to review games for that system. As some of you may have realized, I did not do a review on MLB baseball or Madden football last year. My system is too old.

Also you will see a good number of top ten lists and several From Rebecca. Those are always very popular. I shall keep you up to date on what is going on in my apartment building, and of course with¬†kitty cat Keekee. I can’t believe she is eleven now. Yikes. Lastly, as something new to try out, I plan on taking a couple of road trips via Zipcar to local areas, with tape recorder in hand, and shall take notes about my experiences, then Rebecca and I will work them up into a series of¬†blog entries. I’m always looking to give my readers something new.

I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support and we can assure you that this blog is nowhere near done. I have no plans of shutting it down. I enjoy writing it very much. There will be one change, however, in the coming weeks. Although I love the current style¬†theme, Chateau,¬†very much, I think it is time for a change. I’ll have to choose one that is easy to read and easy to work with. Trust me, some aren’t. We’ll let you know when that change is about to take place.

I bid you all a wonderful weekend, know that I am thankful to each and every one of you, and continued happy reading.

An update on my goals from this past August

Greetings, readers. I came home from Maine last August all full of energy, expecting to have a job within weeks of my return. To my disappointment, that job offer fell through. I was so disappointed I kind of went into a shell and did not look elsewhere. That is about to change.

Although I¬†thoroughly enjoy writing the blog with Rebecca, a writing project must get underway immediately and¬†come to completion in an attempt to make money with it. I know money isn’t everything, but it sure helps pay the bills, and a job would give me a sense of pride and accomplishment. Next week I am going to start by going next door to the local library and ask if they are accepting volunteers. Once I get used to getting out of the apartment and keeping that regular schedule, I shall look for a job that pays. There is one draw back to this plan.

It is already February. As my regular readers know, my annual trek to Maine in August is very important to me. It is a family reunion.¬†If I were to start a job now, I might not have enough time in to request¬†a summer vacation. I would have to sacrifice Bear Spring Camps for the job. I’m not¬†a child anymore and I completely understand that a paying job would take precedence.

Hopefully I can volunteer or get a part-time job until camp time, and then when I return in late August I can reaffirm my plan to get that full-time job, and also be a writer. I know it is time for a life change when I feel guilty playing video games or watching too much television. The life of no responsibilities must end. As I get older, I do not wish to hit retirement age having hardly ever worked. To me that just seems too dumb.

Fear not, I know God put me on this Earth for a reason or reasons. I shall find all of them. Among my many appointments and apartment building obligations I will find time to be a productive member of society.

Okay, I’ve vented for today. I beg your pardon if I get a little repetitive now and then. Consider this a form of therapy for me.

Until next week, possibly earlier, have a fantastic weekend, take care and as always, happy reading.

Every time I see a writer

Greetings, readers. Many times when I go to Panera caf√© I see a gentleman who is a hard-core writer. His name is Steve, last name unknown. He has a ritual kind of like mine. He selects his favorite table, purchases his food, gets out his paper and pen, and starts to write. Whether he is taking notes, working on a story, or just doing a writing exercise, I have no idea. My point is that he writes. That’s the difference between Steve and I.

Here’s what I do. I select my favorite table, get my food, open my computer, check my emails, listen to music, chat on the phone, you get the idea. I do anything but write. At 51 years old, I’m almost ashamed to call myself a writer. Yes, I’ve written three books and a play, so¬†I suppose that qualifies me as an author. I so desperately want more. The problem is at the current moment my body and brain are not quite cooperating. I’m going to look into computer software that allows me to speak into a microphone and the program will type what I say. My laptop has a speech recognition program but it has many flaws. I have difficulty getting into any flow. A trip to Best Buy will be forthcoming.

On today’s schedule is this: After the blog entry is done, Rebecca and I will fill out paperwork for an upcoming foot doctor’s visit, then it is monthly office cleaning day. After Rebecca leaves, I might even run the vacuum, ha ha. This afternoon I have a bank run to make and I must stop at the pharmacy. This has the potential to be an expensive day; I must begin to pay off my deductible for the new insurance year. Finally, tonight I will call bingo. I missed my last turn so I promised the gang that I will call the next two Thursday evenings. We all have to do our share.

What I am going to do this weekend is concentrate – perhaps even writing it down – on making a daily schedule that always includes writing, even if that means taking out such things as flight simulation, Facebook chatting, or YouTube watching. I’ve said it before but every day the feeling gets worse. I must either be a serious writer soon, or pull the plug and get a full-time job somewhere.

On a sad note, a very special RIP to the legendary actress and dancer Mary Tyler Moore, 1936-2017, who passed away yesterday. She will be greatly missed.

Next week Rebecca and I will be back with you with two more exciting blog entries. So take care, have a great weekend, and as always, happy reading.

Last minute things to do before camp 2016

Greetings, readers. It is less than a day until I leave for Bear Spring Camps. How these last three weeks have flown. I always think I have tons of time to prepare and pack but before I know it is the eve of the trip. Yikes!

I was able to do all my laundry yesterday and the¬†suitcase has been cleaned out. I am going with my friend David and family this year, instead of renting a vehicle to drive myself,¬†so I will have to be inventive while packing. I won’t be able to take quite as much stuff. No problem. My radio is put aside, as are the fishing rod and bait box, not to mention Mom’s binoculars. I think if I concentrate, I can get all my errands done and get packed before the evening gets too late. I want to get a good night’s sleep, so I am well rested for the trip. Maine, here we come. ūüôā

On a sadder note, today is my friend Terry’s funeral. With work hours and last-minute packing, I will not be able to attend to pay my final respects. Although this troubles me, there is not much I can do about it. I’ll say a prayer and my good-byes from here at the apartment. I’m sure his family will understand.

As usual, Rebecca will take over for the next week and a half, putting up at least three blog entries, perhaps more. I am always appreciative when Rebecca takes over the blog and keeps it going. We never seem to skip a beat. Whoo-hoot to Rebecca.

After work hours today, I’ll make a bank run, a drug store run, visit Traci, come home and I’ll be here the rest of the day. I’ll finish my packing, and last but not least – maybe even tomorrow morning – I will do the cat litter box. That is not my favorite chore but it must be done.

Until Rebecca picks it up next time, enjoy, take care, and I’ll see you in about twelve days. And, oh yes, as always, happy reading.

I leave for Bear Spring Camps a week from tomorrow

Greetings, readers. A week from tomorrow I shall be on my way to Maine. How this year flew. In my mind I already have the list of things to take, which is going to include the Yahtzee game and other small items¬†such a the binoculars and a camera. Obviously I can’t take everything in my apartment, the rental car’s trunk is only so big.

I’ll be taking my computer and music, as always, as well as headphones. It seems that no matter where I go, I need to have my tunes with me. It has been a hot humid summer in Maine, as well as here in Pennsylvania, so I’ll be sure to pack my swim trunks; it looks very much like I am going to be literally jumping in the lake. It is very refreshing when it is 85 or 90 degrees. Now that I am older, it has to be that hot for me to go into the water. I remember David and I as teenagers would be out there frolicking in the water trying to clobber each other with rafts in temperatures in the upper 60s. We were young, wet and having fun. We didn’t care about feeling cold.

I’m definitely going to miss Traci while I’m gone, and she is going to miss me. She has already informed me that she wants to go next year. I’ll have to try to get us a different cabin with a ramp for smoother entry in to the front door.

I expect to catch big fish this year, as well net many for David. We have a pontoon boat for the week, so it will be easier for me to get on and off, and will have plenty of places to sit. The older I get the more I can’t handle the small fishing boats. Another added bonus is that the 50 horse-power engine can get us where we are going twice as fast.

Camp evenings are blocked off for three very important things. My alone time for taking notes for possible new book stories, or just meditating. Yahtzee nights with friends and family. And there will be at least one evening with singing and storytelling with the younger kids.

As for the rest of this week and next, I’ll be filling out a job application on-line tomorrow, we will have a blog post on Friday, and as for next Wednesday I will probably be packing. We will see if I can squeeze one more blog entry in from me¬†before I leave. Fear not though, for while I am gone Rebecca will put new material up every few days. Oh, yes, another year of blogging is not only upcoming but highly anticipated.

Until Friday, I bid you a good couple of days, watch yourselves in this heat wave, take care, and happy reading.

Resolutions for a New Year

Greetings, readers. With 2016 right around the corner, it’s time for me to make a few New Year’s resolutions. At first I had an idea to make this entry a top ten list, but I’m not going to, just in case I can’t come up with 10 resolutions.

Things I want to continue working on: I want to continue to keep my bathroom and kitchen in the apartment in good shape. My friend Cathy is a tremendous help. I need to do more. The living room fluctuates between passable and messy, and currently needs attention. Once I clear off the old, dead chair, I’ll be able to figure out how much room I have in here for new furniture. I will certainly want to keep the new stuff clear and usable. Just think, I’ll be able to have house guests. Another thing I want to continue on is the blog. Rebecca and I are 460 entries strong and I have no plans at this moment to shut it down. It is completely enjoyable and right now is my only means of creativity.

Things I want to begin working on: I’m going to borrow a bulldozer and clean out my bedroom. I’m going to sell my father’s single bed with hopes of putting a double bed in there. I’ve always had that size of mattress, it is what I am used to and what I like. I always feel like I am going to roll off of Pop’s bed, and that is not a good feeling. Also, I want to volunteer or get a part-time job. I do fully understand that if I get a job now, in late December or January, I might not be able to go to camp in August. I don’t know what the procedure is for people with part-time jobs to get time off. Full-timers have to work one year before getting a vacation week.

The biggest thing I want to try to do in the next 6 months and beyond is choose one writing project, either with Rebecca or on my own, and work on it every day. I need to flex those creative muscles and even if the work never gets sold, it is practice. And it will have a purpose. In the last week or so I’ve come up with 2 or 3 great ideas. I always do my best thinking at 2 in the morning when the lights are off. I have jotted down some notes and I’ll be ready to go after the holidays are over.

A very long-term resolution is to make it to September 24th to celebrate the one-year anniversary with my girlfriend, Traci. It has been a long time since I celebrated an anniversary.

If you would like to leave your New Year’s resolutions on my Facebook page or here in the comments section, please do. We’ll compare notes.

There will be a blog entry tomorrow and just like last week Rebecca and I will be off on Friday. So until then, take care, have a great day, and happy reading.

I’m way behind in my Christmas preparations

Greetings, readers. By this time last year, I had my lights and other Christmas trinkets up and on display. This year, so far, on December 4th, I only have one Christmas poinsettia which I didn’t even purchase; it was given to me by Meals on Wheels. Thank you to them. Either today or tomorrow, I’m going to get out the manger set that I got from Mom – I do know where it is – and set it up either on the credenza or on the window sill by the heater with something under it. In my small apartment I don’t have a whole lot of room to spread things out or have displays.

I was going to hang lights, and still might, but visiting my girlfriend everyday as I do, I can enjoy her light display and that just might be enough. I do have little things, such as miniature Christmas houses, and snow globes that light up. Those will be put up soon. I say soon, because if I don’t do it in a timely fashion, the season will be over. I wait all year for the holiday season and it seems to go quicker and quicker as the years go by.

I do have a couple of holiday traditions lined up, such as my Christmas Eve light ride, which will take place unless bad weather hits. I’ve invited Traci to go with me and she happily agreed.

Getting back to decorating the place, I long for the space to have a full-sized Christmas tree. It just isn’t gonna happen. The small quarters and a kitty cat that would climb on it makes having that full size tree not even an option. So I improvise. I hang light strands on picture frames, and one year I cleared off my coat rack to turn it into an impromptu Christmas tree. I will find ways to get ‘er done, as Larry the Cable Guy would say. Pictures of the lights and coat rack will be up in the picture gallery later today.¬†It was easier for us to simply add a link to a previous blog entry from November of 2012 that has the pictures in it.

Before I forget, I can tell you I have plans for Christmas day. Traci and I are going to see her friends and family, and I’m definitely looking forward to that.

I’m going to save my New Year’s resolutions for a blog entry closer to that day.

Next week should be a normal week as far as I know with at least two blog entries. Please continue to enjoy your holiday season, have some eggnog from me, take care, and happy reading.

The last month and a half of Mr. Gotrocks

Greetings, readers. I was telling my accountant today how sick and tired I am of constantly being low on cash and stressed about my monthly finances. I told him I was going to come up with a plan by January 1st to rectify this problem. He told me that he has heard this story many, many times. Well, I have said it before. Times have changed, however, and it is a whole new ballgame.

I’m constantly talking to my therapist about how stressed out and depressed I am about my monthly budget. She and I talked about the idea of getting through the rest of this year and having a brand new self-imposed budget ready for the new year. I thought that was an excellent idea. I didn’t tell her, but I was already thinking about that idea myself.

After I get back from my mini-Thanksgiving trip with my girlfriend, Traci, Mr. Updagraff has given me the okay to have Meals on Wheels delivered 5 days a week instead of 3 days. This will take care of my weekday needs. Traci and I are going to have to just realize that any eating out we do will have to be done on the weekends and as cheaply as possible.

If I can get this plan to work, I think my stress level will be significantly lower and I will be much more of a happy camper.

Along with my new budget, I hope to have in place, by the New Year or soon thereafter, a new daily schedule to keep to. It will incorporate the early get-up time, which quite frankly I have become accustomed to. It is having the hours to write part and the going to bed earlier part that will need the most work. I’ve noticed one thing about myself over the years and it is this: I might take longer to get things done, but once I’ve ‘had it’ I do whatever I need to do and I don’t look back.

I asked my accountant to bear with me until the end of December, in case I need extra cash for the upcoming trip, Christmas presents for friends, and maybe a little something for me. Then Mr. Gotrocks dies. I will no longer be able to live outside my means and I no longer wish to. I think it would help my self-esteem if I got on a serious budget and stuck to it. I shall let you know the outcome. ūüôā

Until Friday, when I’ll have a top ten list for you, take care, have a good couple of days, and happy reading.

P.S. Prayers go out to the families of the victims from the horrible terrorist attack in France. My heart goes out to you.