Cold front..

We have finally arrived at the Memorial Day weekend here in the US. This is a three-day weekend for many of us. My DW and I are off from work until Tuesday. DS1 has to work tomorrow and then he has two days off. DS2 has to work tomorrow and yes, DS3 starts his summer job tomorrow at 7 am. Bright and early, as it were. By 7 am tomorrow everyone except for us old people should be at work. I think I like that.

This morning the temperatures were in the mid 60’s and humid. Around noon time today a cold front brought rain and wind to the Jersey shore. The temperature right now 8:45 pm is 46 degrees. I am concerned about some of our plant and the cold weather.

Dinner was pizza and shrimp cocktail. We stayed home this Friday night. We did sign up for a free month of Netflix today. We got a new smart tv last weekend.  We never had Netflix before so we will see if the service is worth the 7.99 a month.

Short and sweet tonight. A picture seals the deal. Enjoy!


A turtle on the Hillsbrough River - Feburary 22, 2013

A turtle on the Hillsbrough River – Feburary 22, 2013

Not 24 anymore..

My age, not the show. But then, neither is anymore!  Both have been relegated to memories and DVD’s.  Yesterday we got a letter from the Code Enforcement Officer in town. That’s a first for us. We have lived in the same house since 1987. We were formally given notice of a “violation” on our property. The part of the form letter that was highlighted was dead and dying tress and dead branches.  Hmm, maybe they got the address wrong. Our neighbor across the street and up two houses had a tree come down during Sandy in their front yard. Nothing has been done with that in the last month.

I called the office Friday afternoon to try to find out what the problem is. You can easily guess that there was no answer and the message left was not returned.  The letter mentions a 10 day window to resolve the problem from the date the letter is received.  Or, you can/will be required to go to court. Fun, fun. Some tin hat dictator has my life in his vise.  I went out Saturday morning to walk the property so see if I could figure out what “might” be the problem.

During Sandy the top of a pine tree (not my pine tree) fell into my back yard along the property line landing on my neighbors old fence damaging it.  How would the code office know about that? You can not see that part of my backyard from the street.  Unless, the neighbor called the town.  Who knows, I will hopefully find out on Monday.  Since there was a mess in the back, I rented a chainsaw and cut up and cleaned up the fallen tree top. I also removed another tree that fell in their yard and put the fence back together. I spoke with the 80-year-old women that lives in the house. She made no mention of calling the town.  She thanked me for cutting up the trees and fixing her fence.

My back and shoulders are sore from running a chainsaw for a few hours and dragging the branches and trees out of the woods behind the house.  DS1 showed up for the last hour of work. It was nice to have someone hold the trees while I was cutting them up.

Other than that, the only other excitement (besides driving around town today and almost getting hit walking in a cross walk) was making a Forrest Gump meal for dinner. We had shrimp cooked five different ways. The shrimp scampi and the beer battered shrimp were the top choices.

Here are a few pictures from yesterday and today.  Enjoy!



Day 264, Happy St. Joseph’s Day..

I just got back from Monday night lacrosse. I had a decent night playing attack. I guess on the plus side is that I got to play for the entire hour, I had six shots on goal, I did not get hurt and my reward is a Heineken to replenish my carbs. On the down side is that I missed the goal on each shot. Some with help (from the defense), some I missed all by myself. I missed the first four or five passes thrown at me. I certainly have to thank my teammates for continuing to throw the ball at me after I missed the first passes. We don’t keep score, so it’s not like one team won or lost. The idea is to get some exercise and hopefully become better lacrosse players. Given that premise, tonight was a success.

Work for me was slow. I found enough to do to keep busy. Tomorrow should be a busier day. My DW worked a full day. The day started off with a few cases and then the tide of add-on cases swamped her department. DS1 had his class this morning. Then he had a job interview in Philadelphia. The job turned out to be a scam, a Ponzi scheme. He will keep looking. DS2 texted that they had turkey, stuffing and the Thanksgiving fixin’s today for dinner. Interesting Monday choice. Maybe that meal was in honor of the Feast of St. Joseph. In his honor we had Zatarain’s Dirty Rice with ground beef and sausage.  We also had shrimp cocktail. The rice and meat will make good leftovers later in the week. DS3, I did not hear from him at all today. I guess he had enough bonding time last week when he was home on spring break.

I did get out and walk my three miles at lunch today. The temperatures were in the low 70’s and sunny. The forecast (this morning) looked to be decent all week. Thursday they are forecasting a day time high in the mid 80’s for Scranton. That is a good way to king off the Spring season.

Tonight’s picture comes from September 2001. Here we are before the Jimmy Buffett concert started in Camden, NJ. This was the last show before 9/11 happened. This is one of my favorite family pictures. A copy hangs on the wall in our home with a ticket from that show. Enjoy!


The family, 2001