Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Old Drugs

I read that the Wilton police station had a drug drop off box. In this box, you place prescription drugs that have expired or are no longer needed. The drugs are incinerated and kept out of  a landfill or water supply.

While at my Mom's house, I found several expired prescriptions. I stopped at the police station and disposed of the medications.

What a great idea! I am sure that there are many people who will take advantage of this service.

Monday, November 28, 2011


At 6:30 am on Sunday, I heard ducks quacking on the pond. Otis jumped off the bed, raced to the window and began to whine. Otis ran to the different windows, wanting to get to the ducks.

Luckily, Cooper was exhausted from the previous day's activities and did not get up. At 7:00, it was obvious that Otis was not going to go back to sleep.

When we took Coop & Otis out, the ducks swam to the edge of the pond. For a moment, I wondered if this might be Maddy and Paddy. As we walked the dogs, we reminisced about how Danny loved to stalk our previous mallards.

Later in the morning, Jeff was outside and the ducks again swam towards him.We threw out some corn and bread. The ducks came over to eat. I am not sure where these ducks are from or why they chose to stop at our home for breakfast, but it was fun to see them.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I Smell You

I was walking Otis on the long lead in our backyard. Although the deck lights were on, the woods were engulfed in darkness. Otis was walking slowly with his nose to the ground. Otis stopped and lifted his head. I listened but heard only silence.

Otis suddenly raced forward, 5 feet of leash unwound, and my arm jerked as I began to be pulled forward. It was then that I heard hoof beats and saw the white tail of a deer racing away from Otis. Otis tried to follow the deer, but I was the anchor that weighed him down.

2 days later, I could barely lift my arm. Proving once again, that Otis is in much better shape than I am.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Turkey for dessert

This all white meat turkey was a sweet way to end Thanksgiving dinner.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

We wish all our family and friends a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Although we will not be sharing dinner at the same table, you are in our thoughts and our hearts.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Week

If all the Black Friday ads did not enforce that Thanksgiving is this week, a Sunday morning trip to the grocery store quickly reminded me. I headed to Stop & Shop at 8:00 am, expecting to see an empty parking lot.

When I arrived, the parking lot was more than half full and there were few grocery carts available. I checked my watch again and yes, it really was 8:00! I think that most people were shopping early to try and avoid the crowds.

I can't imagine what the grocery store would be like at noon.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Redirection of Christmas

While attending mass at St Luke's we heard about the Redirection of Christmas. Redirection is where you purchase Christmas gifts for a needy family.

We will be providing gifts for a family of four. We were given their wish list and will be shopping and wrapping their presents. All gifts are returned to St Luke's for distribution.

I am excited to be spreading Xmas cheer. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

No More Finlandia

I went to the deli counter at Stop & Shop and ordered Finlandia  Swiss cheese. Finlandia is my favorite type of Swiss.

The deli clerk told me, "We don't sell Finlandia any more. You can buy it prepackaged in the cheese aisle." I was silent, but thought to myself that prepackaged is not nearly as good as fresh sliced.

I asked what type of Swiss was available. The clerk said Boars Head or Stop & Shop. I ordered the Boars Head Swiss. It was ok, but not in the same league as Finlandia..

I am wondering why Finlandia was dropped by Stop & Shop. Maybe I need to start a write in campaign to bring it back

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


The leaves were falling like confetti. Cooper stepped into my Mom's yard and his jaw dropped. His whole body began to quiver. I could see Coop wondering do I chase the leaves on the right or the left ?

Eventually Coop tired himself out and  stretched out in the sun, watching the leaves float down to earth. The thump, thump, thump of Coop's tail revealed his complete happiness.

Otis is much more relaxed. Oti wanted to be where ever Jeff was.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Still Waiting

There are still 16,000 people without electricity in CT. Some towns have 20% of the residents without power.

I don't think that I could last 9 days without lights or heat.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Favorite Things

Cooper loves to soak up the sun and chase shadows.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Still Waiting

There are still 160,000 people in Connecticut without power.

It has been one week since the snow storm struck. I know that CL&P workers are doing their best, but it seems that the electrical repairs are taking an incredibly long time. There are many angry and frustrated people currently in the dark.

I realize just how lucky we were to not have lost power.

Thursday, November 03, 2011


Sometimes I forget how beautiful Otis is.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011


There are still 670,000 people in CT without power. When I go to sleep at night with my electric blanket warming the bed, I am thankful that we still have electricity.