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Home & Garden > The Pandemic, Cold Weather and Me.

The Pandemic, Cold Weather and Me.

We braved a wonderful family get together outside, wearing masks and distancing as much as possible with my sister and her family. My daughter and grand daughters were unable to go. Ashley had to be back on campus and Adrienne was in Wisconsin renting an apartment for when her new job begins in January. Linda is very strict about going anywhere so she declined the invitation. It is very cold...about 40 degrees and I turned on the heat this morning. This limits Jose and I on our walks. He has the Pomeranian fur but still gets cold and I am terribly cold when it is under fifty degrees. He has sweaters but he is so portly that only two fit him. Tina, my visiting angel was here on Wed and we mailed Christmas gifts to Tulsa. I have most of my Christmas shopping done because when I see something someone would love, I buy it and store it in my Christmas closet. I did not mail the complete collection of hot wheels or the comforter to Sara because they are so heavy. The packages were huge and it took both of us to carry them. the postage was pretty awful, thirty dollars, but not more than a trip to Tulsa would cost. We have the infamous Tulsa turnpike which will never ever be free like it was supposed to be. Laura will not be home for Christmas so I am trying to assemble a box that will cheer her up so far away in New York City. I am sending money but I want her to have some surprises as well. I miss her a lot. I am giving Sara all my Christmas decorations and my big flocked tree because I can't decorate any more since Bobby's death on Christmas Eve. It just isn't something I am able to do. We have a video chat this morning with the VA nurse and I hope that we can handle it. We failed the first one and are trying on a different device. Fingers crossed. We are trying to cross things off our list. We have a new roof and we solved the ant problem in the back yard. I had my blood test for the month at St Anthony's hospital. We also had direct tv cancelled and had an antenna put on the house so we get about sixty channels free. These were things that were stressing us out. Now we have to have the holly trimmed and the leaves raked and get through with the VA. I don't miss direct tv at all, we never used many of the channels. I helped my frail neighbor out with grocery shopping and with obtaining her registration to vote. She is being naughty and needs a cork screw for her collection of wine. She told me her daughter is furious about the wine but when you are very old, I feel you are entitled to wine and chocolate so I aid and abet her in those forbidden pleasures. Be well, my friends.

posted on Oct 16, 2020 5:22 AM ()


Apparently Laura has fallen in love with New York. Can't blame her. Didn't she go to get into the fashion industry? Has she succeeded in that? My friend, the fashion exec is stil a good contact, if she's interested.
comment by tealstar on Oct 22, 2020 10:28 AM ()
I told Ed about Laura's rental and he said $28,000 a year is cheap. Going rate for a studio, $6,000 a month. Just think, my first year in New York, 1957, I got an apartment in Little Italy for $17 a month and gave it up to marry Jay and move in with him. Our 2,000 sq, ft, loft in lower Manhattan, started at $125 a month in 1959, crept up to $700 and they were stopped there because improvements were mandatory if they wanted to raise the rent.
Florida is nowhere near as good to its seniors as New York City. By the time new owners took over, they wouldn't give me a lease. They couldn't raise the rent unless they made costly improvements and they couldn't evict me. I was protected, grandfathered in. In Florida, developers bought land with trailers - evicted everyone. Those with new trailers were able to relocate. Those with older trailers were homeless. That would never happen in NYC. They had to abandon their project when they learned they would have to install an entire sewer system. But the poor who were evicted were still homeless.
comment by tealstar on Oct 21, 2020 10:42 AM ()
Since Laura has said she is never leaving NYC, she is stuck with high rent. An equal apartment here would cost about l2,000 a year which is less than half the price and she wouldn't have to have a room mate. I love Laura dearly but she is hard to get along with and room mates never last long. A Studio apartment would have been her best option since she feels obligated to tell everyone how to live their life.
reply by elderjane on Oct 22, 2020 3:24 AM ()
You won't be sorry you adopted the dog I think he would have been put down if no one took him. Yes, $28,000 is a lot. Just think, my very first 6th floor walk up in Little Italy in 1957, was $17 a month. And I gave it up because, a month after meeting Jay, we got married and I moved in with him.
comment by tealstar on Oct 21, 2020 10:18 AM ()
When I lived in New York City, cold was 18 and lower. 40 was easy. I remember my face freezing over one sub zero day as I walked north on Broadway. Adopt the dog already. Jose needs company and Ted will be cheered.
comment by tealstar on Oct 17, 2020 9:24 PM ()
Laura and her room mate are paying 28 thousand dollars for a years rent on their apartment. Linda and I are in a state of shock. We have decided to adopt the dog whose name is Teddy if no one adopted him on Saturday. His fur just flies not unlike the way Rex's did and he is a potential heart breaker because he is seven and very arthritic. He and Jose like each other which is a plus.
reply by elderjane on Oct 18, 2020 2:58 AM ()
Wine is supposed to be healthy for some reason. But no matter, it's fruit so it can't be bad. The New York State throughway was supposed to be like your road when it was paid off. Nope, not a chance! Politicians can bare to give up income that they already have. Much like the rest of us! I can't believe you call 40 cold. We've been there since most of September although it hit 70 a few times this week. Leaves are all over the place but as long as it's seasonably pleasant outside that's where I prefer to be during the day!
People are becoming complacent about Covid and if Donna didn't keep me in line I'd be the same way Chris Christy survived six days in ICU and has learned his lesson. Too bat t'rumpers don't respect him enough to follow his lead.
comment by jjoohhnn on Oct 16, 2020 9:18 AM ()
On the good side, we still have 78 degree days and I have to hustle and get the car washed. We survived the virtual visit with the nurse. She asked tough questions but we had to have Adrienne's help to get to their web site so we considered a win just to be able to have a virtual interview,
reply by elderjane on Oct 17, 2020 4:41 AM ()
Definitely entitled to wine and chocolate!!!!
Sorry it’s so cold there, I’m completely enjoying the fall weather, it’s my fave when the bugs die!
comment by kristilyn3 on Oct 16, 2020 8:52 AM ()
Autumn is my favorite season too and I want to be out of doors when it is about 65. The older I get, the colder I get. We are sad. My friend Julia who fosters dogs has a lovely, older blue heeler who has not been adopted. Ted wants him so badly but knows his fur just flies everywhere and our yard is too small for a big dog. He is seven and already arthritic.
reply by elderjane on Oct 17, 2020 4:46 AM ()

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