I think that I have mentioned that a couple of months ago I started reading the “Hamish Macbeth” series written by MC Beaton; I have been doing so on my iPad. I am currently reading the seventh book in the series, having checked each out digitally from the Dekalb library system. Last night I dusted off the olde Kindle, plugged it in since the battery was spent, and started using it to read. I had forgotten what a great device a Kindle is for books which do not have accompanying pictures.

Things that I cannot locate in my house currently
– flat cheese grater
– ice pack holder
– pill box, you know the type in which you put a day’s worth of pills

I’m struggling with a choice. Do I continue to feed the Amazon beast by purchasing some books, the type which cannot be checked out of a library, or do I support the local bookseller? There are three puzzle books in the Murdle series, which if purchased from Amazon would cost me $35, and if purchased from the local bookseller would cost me $47. If I were earning my old salary I’d definitely throw the local shop a bone, but $12 is $12, and is nothing at which to sneeze when your income is $0.

It was my turn to provide food last night. Even though I have been doing a lot of cooking of late, I wasn’t in the mood yesterday so Betsy and I had Aldi pizza and salad.

Wordle: five, my starter was MAUVE
Connections: perfect, Yellow > Blue > Purple > Green

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64 Responses to 2024-01-11

  1. Steve says:

    Wordle in 3, Connections perfect.

    My other birthday gift to myself arrived yesterday- real NY bagels! A half dozen sesame for me and a half dozen cinnamon raisin for Debbie. After I got home, we each had one- oh so good!

    If Debbie can find another horse to ride, we may be heading north to Greensboro tomorrow. One she had her eyes on has already sold, so no trip for just one. I only have one meeting so it will be easy to slip away…

    Zwift had an Ineos-Grenadiers workout I rode last night- 45 minutes. Not a blood letting like the old Sufferfest rides, but still pretty good.

    And thanks, Nick Saban for all the wins. Wonder if he would still be retiring if he had won the national championship?


  2. Barb says:

    is reading on the Kindle that different from the iPad?

  3. Sally says:

    I have a hard time reading on an electronic device. I need the physical book.

    Wordle in 3 starting with OILER. Perfect Connections: yellow, blue, green, purple.

    I put a piece of cardboard under my car last night and it doesn’t appear it leaked any oil. So hopefully they fixed their mistake.

    Working all day today when it’s going to be so nice out.

  4. Barb says:

    didn’t do much yesterday –
    watched a Netflix 8 episodes & done show called Fool Me Once.
    The author (of the book) is Harlan Coben – and there are more adaptations of his books on Netflix, so I think I’ll be on a new kick for a few days. Good mystery, suspense type of show.

  5. David says:

    $12 and a kind word to a bartender will get you a beer these days.

    Steve, do you know about Emerald City Bagels in EAV? I like them just as much as the NY bagel that I had a couple of weeks ago. And good for you to treat yo’self.

    I caught up with my fellow parent friend Dave at Elsewhere last night for a beer. Our kids started at Montessori school together, and all go to Paideia. He was the WSB sports cameraman for 17 years so he has lots of great stories. I regaled him with stories from my 2023 travels. We’ll meet up again soon.

    Wordle in 4 starting with HAIRY. Clean Connections, solved purple second.

  6. Steve says:

    Not that I don’t like to support the local establishments, but EAV is juuuuust a little out of the way for me. The FedEx truck comes to the house!! (I will keep them in mind for weekend work events, thanks.)

  7. Barb says:

    Connections –
    Blue was so obvious I thought – there’s no way, I’m going to waste a guess
    Blue – Green – Yellow – Purple

    Wordle took me 5 –
    thought I had it in 3, then 4, then finally got the right letters in 5.

  8. Jenka says:

    Our house is completely cased in plastic. Finn’s school does not have a cafeteria which means we have to make a lunch for him every day. I had to gently pull up the plastic in the kitchen and duck underneath to assemble a sandwich and snacks for him to eat today. It was a challenge!

    We went to Pure and hung out there for like three hours so Kevin could watch the UNC game.

    Paulie, I am feeling your annoyance as in the past month ATL has put up a stop sign at every. Single. Intersection on McLendon and Euclid, which are the two streets I have to drive on to get anywhere. I am fucking frustrated.

    • Barb says:

      fun times Jenka – but – you are in the homestretch!!!

      • Jenka says:

        I am? Still so much to do. Half of the counters, all of the backsplash, the stove and downdraft. Don’t even get me started on the bathroom — they finished the tile but that’s all they’ve done. No vanity, toilet, shower. All of the ceiling fans and light fixtures. UGH.

        • Barb says:

          I thought they were further along -& the paint was some of the last parts. Sorry……….

          • Jenka says:

            Yeah, you would think the painting would be one of the last things. I don’t pretend to know why the contractor does the things he does.

    • I hear ya!I can’t tell if they are opening ATMs by doing this, or are trying new and annoying ways to stifle traffic.

      • Jenka says:

        The funny thing is that I am totally the reason why they put those stop signs up. I go down those roads at 40 miles an hour.

        • David says:

          A true menace to society. 😉

          • Jenka says:

            Totally got a ticket on Oakdale once going 40 a couple years ago. The cop was sitting in his car waiting for me and as I approached he got out of his car and pointed to the side of the road. Not kidding. LOl!

          • Steve says:

            Now THAT’s funny.

            I’ve had the local cops just flash his blue lights to get me to slow down a bit. Doesn’t need anything else. And I just may drive like an old man, but I ever in a rush. At least on the 2 lanes. Interstate is a whole other matter

    • David says:

      Straight outta Breaking Bad! 😉

  9. Jenka says:

    Wordle in 4 using OILER — I guessed the wrong first letter or I would’ve had it in 3.

    Connections perfect: yellow > green > blue > purple. Same as Barb, blue was so obvious I thought it was a red herring.

  10. I tried to solve today’s purple Connection first, but looked at it slightly askance; I was looking at it as “things that go up and down”. I thought blue was too easy, but once I eliminated yellow, blue had to be what it was.

  11. Sitting in the living room, basking in the sun as I “recover” from my massage. Woe is me! Soon I am going to ballistic on the ITP Estate, cleaning and declutterring.

  12. I may have just liberated two Christmas trees from the curbsides of some on street neighbors.

  13. David says:

    OMG, I feel drugged from my massage. I wish I could just lay down and take a nap, but I have to present at 2:00. I’m so glad I went in. I was kindly and gently scolded about slumping my shoulders, because doing so is jacking up my body. I’ll work on it, old habits die really hard. And I like the coffeeshop next door, that’s my second time in there. This was my first time at this location of Tiny Village Massage, I’ve always gone to the space inside the gym in EAV, which is good, but you have to live with periodic clanging from the weight machines. The Reynoldstown location is far better, and the hot chai latte I secured is spot on!

  14. Barb says:

    just a little but of FYI –
    (I love that they name everything nowadays)
    Winter Storm Gerri, which is forecast to move across the Midwest and eastern parts of the U.S. today and throughout the weekend.

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