NORTH NORWAY — Did you see the photo of the wasp nest high, high up in the tree. If we are going to have that much snow it is time to head out. Our forecast calls for snow flurries next Thursday in the mountains. The day you receive this paper. We shall see. We still have beautiful red and gold leaves in back of the garage and the robins have been very busy eating all the berries that ripen back there. There was a cedar waxwing out front in the crabapple tree. Every living thing is preparing for winter. Time to drag out some heavier clothes as summer weight doesn’t do it any more.
We attended the Marine Corps luncheon in Portland. Our numbers are down as many are ailing or worse. We all talk of Veterans Homes or nursing care or the difficulty in finding home care. Our old enemy Alzheimer's seems to run rampant among our age group. It’s sad but what can one do but pull up your panties and smile, smile, smile.
We went to the Business Showcase Saturday and were surprised to find it, what I would say, poorly attended. Talking with folks afterwards, we discovered that it was poorly advertised as several stated they were sorry to have missed it but didn’t know it was going on. So it was a matter of poor communication which I am sure will be rectified next year.
Mary has been nursing Frank back to health after his hernia operation. He hasn’t needed much care, just reminders not to overdo. They used to call this light duty only.
Charlie Verrill has been bucking wood. Mike Suomela pulled the trees, that were downed during this summer's mining operation, out where Charlie could get at them and he is cutting them up and splitting the wood. This will be used for Deven’s maple syrup operation next spring.
Our monthly AARP meeting was last Monday and we had a delicious meal, then an entertaining speaker about getting rid of your “stuff.” Much of what she said pertained to me but I haven’t found time to do it yet. I am motivated though. But first I must do this and then that before I can get started. Our next AARP meeting will be on Nov. 4 as the regular date is not available because the wreath makers take over the meeting place. Don’t forget to bring your donation to Christmas for Kids as well as a donation of canned goods for the food bank.
We went to Portland Wednesday. Pat Verill had an Ombudsman clinic to attend and Dell, Charlie and I went out and about. I had been wanting to see what Target had to offer and compare prices so I rode one of those motorized shopping carts all about. Dell usually complains that I am too slow but he had to hike along to keep up with me and I covered a good part of the store.
We also went into Penney’s which is not handicap friendly as they do not even have shopping carts as far as I could see. But Dell’s wardrobe needed replenishing so we visited the men’s department where a nice young man helped us to find the correct sizes. We suffered sticker shock as clothes have really increased in price. But what is one to do. Lucky Dell is not hard on clothes in his retirement. I need some winter slacks but was too pooped to hunt any down. Mail order will have to do and I do miss the old days of Sears and Penney’s catalogues. We receive a lot of catalogues but they do not carry clothes suitable for an old lady. Or they are out of my price range.
Dell had an appointment to have his hearing aids cleaned and adjusted. They scolded him for not wearing them all the time. I do the same thing with the same result. They are nearly invisible so I never know whether to shout at him or speak normally. Keeps me on my toes anyway.
Paula Perham drove Mary, Pat and me to Rolandeau’s for lunch for a belated birthday lunch for me. We like to explore new places and we had a nice luncheon. White tablecloths and all the nice touches. Afraid the four of us rather befuddled the waiter but he manfully got us all sorted out and served us well. Paula was driving her Avalon which rides like a dream so we felt really pampered. Dana and Paula are all done up country and now are doing a job in Lewiston and then will have one in Portland. Dana seems to be bidding jobs all over so who knows where next.
Must get this off as we have an appointment at the vets for the cat. Wish Obama would get insurance for pets. Our Rajah seems to have trouble eating so we fear it is a tooth. Hope it does not require a root canal. Going online I was surprised to see they do such things. I cannot picture it but in this day and age nothing is impossible. If money is no object.
My final thought today: Genius does what it must, talent does what it can, and you had best do what you are told.