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I know, it’s been eons since I blogged. As much as I try to be better about posting more, I keep failing. I’m just so busy lately and never have enough time to sit down here and write.

Upstairs we finally got furniture moved back out into the main room, though we don’t have the paintings back up on the walls. We are waiting until the bathroom is done before really putting everything back. It got delayed because the tile John ordered is on backorder. It should be in any day now, but in reality who knows.

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Since the bathroom can’t be worked on they’ve been tackling the yard. My garden boxes are going to be finished tomorrow. Yay! I have several different tomato and pepper varieties I plan to grow this year. We also got a fence finally, so my dream of a fenced in backyard for the dogs is coming true. After the garden boxes are done the layout of that fence should begin shortly.

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This weekend I’m heading back down to Cape May with my friend Laurie for some paranormal fun, and just all around relaxation. I have yet to find the time to go through the evidence and recording from our last time there. Last time wasn’t as eventful as my first time there, where I had my bathroom nightlight constantly turning on during the night until I finally unplugged the damn thing. I also woke up to what appeared to be a child at the end of my bed, though that may have been the booze I drank the night before :) I’m hoping this time will be a little more eventful and more like my first trip there. Below are some full-spectrum photos I took in the bar and one of the guest rooms, but there’s nothing in them. They are just fun photos of the place.

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The Blizzard Of The Century.
 

So I love snow, I really do. Now I don’t live in an area that gets inundated with it every winter, which is why I likely love it. When I was a kid we got at least 2 or 3 good snows each winter, enough for great sledding. That’s what I remember about snow, the fun I had as a kid. Now as an adult I appreciate the quiet in brings, and seeing the dogs have fun in it. I won’t lie, if I had a hill near me, I’d so be sledding. However the last countless winters, with last year as the exception, we’ve gotten little to no snow. In some cases it was 65 in January. That’s crazy! So the lack of snow for so many years has also fueled my love of the white stuff. You can imagine my disappointment when the blizzard of the century, the historic storm they talked up and down we were supposed to get last week, turned out to be a dud for us. I was planning to be stuck inside for days, but nothing came of it. At this point I’m just hoping for one good snow before Spring is here.

In other news, construction on a second bathroom upstairs has begun. I actually felt we should wait till spring for this, but I was out-voted. Construction started during the blizzard that never happened, and it involved dormering out. While we didn’t get snow, it was still cold as hell with a large hole in our second floor. Fortunately construction has speed along and it’s not so bad upstairs anymore, except when it gets frigid outside and the wind whips up. The upstairs bathroom will have a shower stall, toilet and sink/vanity combo. It will mainly be for guests, and night time necessity. Once in the bathroom downstairs will get it’s much needed makeover. We are expanding it into one of the bedrooms downstairs which gets no use. It will still be a good space, enough for the small office I keep meaning to turn it into. Our new bathroom will have double sinks, a lot of cabinet space, a toilet obviously, and a nice big tub/shower combo. I’m still not sure as to how that one is going to work yet given the tub John wants to buy. It’s some sonic tub that sends your music through the water as sonic pulses and turns the whole tub into a speaker system. I keep telling him “and what happens when it inevitably breaks?”

The Book Of Face.
 

So it is true, I have returned to the book of face. I really had every intention of trying to stay off it for a whole year. However in this day and age it almost seems impossible to keep in touch with many people without it. In December I decided to send out Christmas cards, having skipped the year before. As much as I tried to save addresses from everyone, some got lost, and it was difficult to send them out to everyone. Damn I could have used Facebook! As our cruise ended I knew I would need the book of faces in order to keep in touch with people we met. Only one person didn’t have the book, that was because of his job being strict with what he could and couldn’t post on it. I totally get that. While I could have had our new friends just add John, and they did, he never uses it except for the months he’s off. So I went back . . .

Adding people back on Facebook has been a challenge. When I deleted my old one I neglected to back up my friends list. Oops! Also many people have their accounts set to only “friends of friends” can friend request them. While you can send them a message, it goes into their “other” mailbox which most people don’t know exists. I found it by accident and was shocked to see three years of messages in it from various people.

So if you would like to be friends again, here is a link to my new Facebook. Now I’m NOT going back to my old ways of posting anything and everything, I’m going to be very minimal on it as to not get sucked into the drama. My main use for using it is to stay in contact with people. I will continue to use my Instagram as my main platform for sharing photos, along with my various blogs for life updates.

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Mattel-hoverboard-Back-To-The-Future So it’s a new year, how time flies. While 2014 wasn’t the worst year in recent memory, it wasn’t the best. We lost Moo Kitty and Galahad last year, and Bunny Poo Poo needed an expensive operation. He’s at least okay now.

Christmas was good and bad. It turned out the cold I couldn’t shake developed into pneumonia. Fun! While at the urgent care to get treated John picked up the flu virus. Thankfully we both got good drugs and are recovered just in time for our vacation. We are headed out on our cruise soon, so as usual watch my Instagram and my Tumblr blog for photo updates. We are going on the newest Royal Caribbean ship The Quantum of the Seas.

Finally some house renovations inside are going on. Work is starting on our bathroom renovations, even though I wanted to hold on that until it was a tad warmer. We are looking into finally possibly putting a small bathroom in upstairs and then later expanding our main floor bathroom. Yes we are moving on up, a two bathroom house! Mind you this house was constructed in 1914 when one bathroom was a bonus.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for some more fun updates!

Oh yeah . . . it’s 2015, so where’s my damn hoverboard?

Christmas, New Years, & Cruise!
 

So Jesus’ birthday is almost here! I’ve been swamped and stressed with work for the past month. I’m actually working three jobs right now. I’ll make another post about all those in the future, though a full-time job is looking good for the Fall of 2015 on. Fingers crossed! Right now as the holidays approach I’m in grading hell for my teaching gig. Ack! This is the first time I will not be getting my grades in before Xmas. I have till Jan 5th, and I will be close to that due date this year.

I’m in Virginia as usual this time of year. I’m typing this before sleeping pills kick in and I go to bed, as I have to get up early tomorrow to drive back to New Jersey to pick up John and bring him back down to Virginia. Six hours in the car with Christmas music on the radio, I’m hoping for minimal Mariah Carrey. I’ll try and do a follow up post with decoration photos soon, but as usual you can always hop over to my Instagram.

I just realized today that our cruise is fast approaching. We leave earlier than normal this year, right after the New Year. I hope the boat is still decorated for Christmas. We are going on Royal Caribbean’s newest ship Quantum of the Seas. I’m so excited! Again make you you check into my Instagram often. This is the first “smart ship” Royal has put out, so you know I’ll take advantage of that to post as many photos as I can.

Anyways, as I’ve not gone back Facebook still, I can’t torture my friends with Henrietta and Myra Neudorf this holiday season. Therefore I shall torture my blog readers. Go tell it!

Thanksgiving Past
 

So Thanksgiving has come and gone. It was fairly uneventful here. I cooked for myself, John and his brother. This year I didn’t go overboard so there wasn’t an insane amount of leftovers. In fact almost everything is gone by now. Normally I make a turkey breast-in-a-bag (Target’s is fool proof and so good!), however I am not a huge turkey fan and what isn’t eaten normally gets tossed. I do like meatloaf though, so I made a turkey meatloaf using a Rachel Ray recipe. It was amazing and is just about gone as I type this. Next year, assuming the house is finally in good shape, I am contemplating hosting a dinner since I have so many friends in the area now. Well not that many, but enough that we could have them over and it would remain low-maintenence, except for John’s brother of course.

Thanksgiving night John wanted to watch “Godzilla,” so I put it in. However I had to tune it out as his brother wouldn’t shut up as usual. He had to talk about why the rocks were wrong, how the fins on Godzilla’s back were not to aid in swimming but for balance, so on and so forth. The irony is when I saw the film in the theater I ended up with an older couple behind me who wouldn’t shut the hell up either. “Oh it’s Juliette Binoche, I love her!” “Well that part didn’t last long at all.” “Oh what’s the name of that flower, I adore those flowers.” “Is that Godzilla? It doesn’t look like Godzilla.” Ahhhhhhhh! I remember leaving the theater at one point to breath and calm down. While outside a woman was heading back in from the bathroom, saw me and said “I wanna kill them too.” Seriously, people need to STFU sometimes.

So to wrap this post up, I realized I forgot to celebrate Thanksgiving with “Turkey Lurkey Time.” Unfortunately I’m running out of options to share. I guess I need to motivate to learn the dance and make my own video. Until then, enjoy last year’s “Glee” mash-up of “Let’s Have A Kiki” and “Turkey Lurkey Time.”

Cold . . . So Cold!
 

So as usual, it seems we’ve almost entirely skipped Fall and headed straight into Winter. The cold weather and wind is here, and it sucks. I am however counting my lucky stars that we didn’t get the snow hitting north and west of us. Still, these are late December and January temps we have going on, not Mid-November! Brrrr! This winter is gunna suck. I should stock up on cocoa now.

Thankfully the work on outside of our house is almost all but finished. The only thing left is to re-seal our roof. But the new windows make it nice and toasty inside, and no wind is coming in through cracks anymore either. The garage is being revamped now. Unfortunately the back-yard fence hasn’t gone up because of issues that had to be tended to first out there. It likely won’t go up until the spring sadly. I really could have used that backyard on nights like these. I do like walking the dogs in the snow though, because they enjoy it so much.

I finally got Halloween down on the outside of the house. However I’ve left it up inside and I really don’t care! It’s the “Nightmare Before Christmas” village, and it can just stay up until I get Christmas out as far as I’m concerned. Thanksgiving is around the corner and I have no idea what our plans are yet. I need to find out if I have to cook. We have been invited to my friends, so we may just do that.

I’ve done a few more paranormal investigations, but haven’t really had a chance to go over anything yet. I hope to do a few more before years end as well. So expect some posts about those soon.

In other news, someone on the web host I’m on did some bad things, and a lot of major email servers have blacklisted mail coming from my server. I’m working to fix that, but that has resulted in the blog subscriptions bouncing back since around June for many. Oopsie! Yeah I just logged into that email and saw them all. After this post goes live I will have a new subscription service in place. So you can re-subscribe below under the comment form or from the link on the front page. I’m going to also port over the old subscriptions when I get a chance.

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I am getting old. So old. But not as old as some of these peeps :) Most still rock.

Stacy Q . . . She’s so rad! That’s a “Full House” quote for the youngsters. Us old folks remember when she appeared on “Facts of Life.”

Shit, Shannon is still awesome, she probably should have not worn that. God bless she can still sing.

I only added this cause that’s Miss Bo Brady on lead vocals.

Lisa Lisa . . . luvs

This was minutes from me and two weeks ago. I didn’t know. I’m crying!

Someone who always comes so close, and I never have seen, but one day it shall happen!

Facebook Is No More
 

So after a year of my love-hate relationship with Facebook, I finally did it and just got rid of it all together. I had actually deleted all my status from past years, photos and videos awhile ago. Let me tell you that is not an easy thing to do going back to 2007. I would then periodically clean my wall of recent stuff. I don’t know why I started doing this honestly. I think it was my version of slowly trying to get myself off Facebook.

Lately though Facebook has been less fun for me and often would make me angry, upset and raise my blood pressure. I actually had deactivated the account last weekend and survived a week without it. My initial thoughts were to eventually go back and purge my friends list of all but close people that I knew and liked. However when I tried to do that, I found myself unable to. I felt bad about unfriending people, and the there was the issue “if I unfriend this one, but not that one, they are mutual friends and the first will know and wonder why I ditched them…” It just became too much, and I ended up deleting a whopping ten people and still had 305 friends, many I knew I should just get rid of but again couldn’t seem to be mean enough to do.

So I the end I decided the easiest thing was to get rid of it. Now Facebook does not make this easy at all. You have to google to find the real way to delete, not deactivate your Facebook. They also don’t immediately delete it, you have to not log in for 14 whole days and then they remove it. It unfortunately becomes really easy to end up changing your mind and saving it from permanent deletion. I know! There is also the “connected apps” that can accidentally revive your Facebook. So I resorted to drastic measures. I went and unfriended all 305 people. That way there wasn’t much to bring me back. Then I made a random email on my server I would never remember, made that my default Facebook email, set the account to permanently delete … then deleted the random email I made so I again couldn’t retrieve it! Yeah, that was way too much work to get rid of Facebook!

Now I actually have to let what I did sink in and get used to not being on it. I do wish I had saved a few contacts that I now realize I didn’t have in my phone. However if someone really wonders where I went to and really wants to find me, it’s not hard to do that for me with Google. I imagine this blog may be getting a few more hits over this week from people doing just that. Who knows, maybe now I’ll actually blog more, because what I would normally share on Facebook I can post here. I think I am gunna need a new blog category for “John’s Brother Stories.”

Spring . . . It
 

photo So we are experiencing lovely “Spring-Like” temps right now, but it won’t last. This coming Thursday . . . snow is possible. Then next Monday and Tuesday . . . more possible snow. I don’t think Spring is EVER coming! Now I love snow, but I’m at my limits. I want the yard done so I can start planting grass and working in my garden areas.

On an up note, the nice weather we have been having has allowed our contractor to get a lot of work done outside. The front porch is ALMOST done. We also have the final new window in the attic/crawl space, as well as the boards sanded down up there. It still needs some paint. Now all that will be left is final coats and of course all the window trims.

My old garden area by the garage is getting a facelift. They are tearing down the fence there, which really makes the yard look bigger. With a large tree gone out back, and more smaller ones to be taken down, we are now getting a lot more sun. I may be able to move my garden elsewhere this year. Oh and the best part yet, they filled in all the groundhog holes! I’m not sure that will last though.

Soon they will be working on a French drain on the side of the house to stop basement water issues. The back porch area is now being disputed. The built in grill is out, we couldn’t seem to agree on anything (we being John and myself, he was being ornery about what kind of grill . . . as if he would even use it), and I got fed up and just nixed it all. I have my small charcoal grill I like, and I may get a small gas grill I’ve had my eye on since last summer. I have now suggested a smaller porch area and a large fenced in area at the back door and side of the house for the dogs to be outside and safely unsupervised. Being able to let the dogs out and have them hang out outside as long as they want seems to be a better deal anyways.