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Winner Winner

Ben won a gift certificate from Wayfair

Getting paperwork notarized

There was a bit of paperwork that had to be notarized and shipped back and forth but we managed to do it. Then we spent considerable time ‘shopping’. It would have been nice to have had this 18 months ago when we needed more things. We didn’t really need anything but decided to upgrade and then donate the old.

Old on left, new on right

So we got a new electric tea pot. We have also ordered a new toaster to replace the small one in the back right corner but it hasn’t come yet.

We moved over a service for 4 of stainless flatware which we had ‘bought’ using loyalty points from Esselunga (do miss Esselunga). I am really glad we moved it. It is a nice heavy set and would have cost a good bit to have replaced it. But it was a European set, meaning no teaspoons and only for 4 folks. So we have been augmenting it with Ben’s collection from

Ben’s collection

you guessed it, assorted airlines. From his days of being and international business man and flying business class all over. So we added another set.

It is not as heavy as I would have liked but you knew I couldn’t resist it. And of course we upgraded something for Guppy

Considering her new bed

A new bed. Her old one got moved to the small amount of floor space in front of the TV and she seems to still be using it. Since our floors are so cold I am not surprised. I am not sure I will be able to get it away from her to donate.

Thanks Wayfair!

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And we try again

I think I missed a step on FB so let’s see if this works now

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let’s see what happens

It used to be that when I posted something to my blog, a short summary would also appear on my Face Book feed. Face Book changed something and that stopped. So I have just gotten around to trying the fix that will get my posts back on Face Book. I miss seeing a lot of folks so maybe this will help. Here goes

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I was a house guest

Guest Post by Guppy, the Lucky Dog 3

For New Years Eve Ben and She were invited to their friends Jim and BK’s place at Lake Gaston. And I got to go too! We have been up there before but never spent the night. This time we spent the night.

It’s a long ride. And I was nervous all day, before we even left. Since I wasn’t really sure what was going on. But anyway, this time I only threw up in the car one time instead of twice. And then only a little bit. Probably because I hadn’t eaten anything all day, on account of being nervous and all. And it was rainin…. it seems to rain a lot here.

We finally got there and She had a nice glass of wine and I had somethin to eat. Since it was rainin we didn’t miss the sunset. I made small talk with our host Jim before dinner.

Look! He laughed at my joke…

So they ate dinner. After dinner I showed Jim and BK what I would do with all those squirrels that they have living up there in their yard. Sheweee, the place was just full of squirrels! Jim and BK were tuckered out so they went to bed before the big celebration. I stayed up with my Ben and She.

I was gonna tell Jim a story but he was already tucked in bed with his book

I had a whole nice couch to sleep on. I slept a long time. In the morning, all the doors have big windows to look out of so I didn’t have to wake anyone up to watch early morning squirrel TV. That was about the only program that was on. You know I like to watch early Morning Dogs and in the afternoon, 5 O’Clock Dogs, when dogs are out walkin with their people. But I guess you can only watch that in the city.

Anyway, I had a big time. She said I was a good guest. I hope we get to do that again.

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Changes

The best…..Wegmans

Wegmans Rising

We found out before we moved back from Italy that Wegmans would be expanding in to North Carolina. I was so excited then and even more excited now that I see it rising from the ground.

The Post Office in Cameron Village is closing. HORRORS!!!! We heard about this last fall and thought that closing was supposed to happen after the first of the year. I asked the other day and it seems that a loophole was found in the contract and the post office can remain until another location in the nearby area can be found. This was the post office where, a number of years ago, a postal employee was fired for talking like Donald Duck. Of course, I thought this was wonderful and always chatted with him in Daisy Duck’s voice. I am sure he was warned before he was let go. And he did not use that voice all the time. I guess it was one time too many. I think his dismissal made the paper. Still, I was crushed.

In recent years, a number of buildings in the Cameron Village have been torn down and replaced with a larger, taller buildings. But the plan is for the building to be renovated inside while the 1960s facade will be updated but essentialy remain the same. A medical facility will go in there.

Post Office on Oberlin Road

I think I have written about the Baskin-Robbins in Cameron Village becoming a ‘Kale Me Crazy’. I don’t know what to say about that.

And as sad as the Post Office closing is, Little Art Gallery is closing. I have been going to the Little Art Gallery since I moved to the area in 1971. I have numerous pieces from there. The founder, Ruth Green, was a beautiful, elegant, knowledgable woman who knew her art, what the public wanted and how to run a business. I always admired her. And I admire her daughter, Roseanne, for becoming a part of the business. While I am so sad to see it close, I am happy for Roseanne to be able to retire. Good for her!

Otherwise, our building is getting a new roof and larger gutters. We finally got all of the old, ill-fitting wooden windows replaced in our unit and I have gotten fancy made to order shades. So we are a little warmer. The mistake we made in renovating was to not put in under floor heating. The cold rises from the floor. I might still go back and insulate under the floor. Such terrible problems we have…. just kidding. I know they are very ‘first world’ problems and I am privigled to have them.

Lastly I apologize for my mis-spellings. I am using a new ‘editor’ program to write these posts. I can’t find spell check…..

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