Memes 11

Posted June 30, 2020 By Ruth

Twitter is up to date

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Memes 10

Posted June 19, 2020 By Ruth

FB has started noticing my memes, if you’re following me on FB for the memes and I disappear its because FB decided I’m posting to many bad things, I’ll continue to post them here and Twitter if that happens

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Lets see…

Posted June 14, 2020 By Ruth

NY is slowly opening up, or at least the Central and Upstate regions are.  There are many many more cars back on the roads than there have been in months, and parking lots are full again.  In fact they’re so packed that I’m betting that the restaurants are failing at keeping tables separated.

The change has been noticeable at my work too.  Online orders have slowed (though not back to pre-pandemic levels by any stretch), and instead people are coming into the store to do their shopping.  I’ve discovered that my definition of a “slow day” has changed drastically.

We’re still out of pressure treated lumber, and no date yet on when we’ll get a truck.  It’s going to take multiple trailer loads to fill back up just the one store, and the whole region looks like this (if not the whole country)!

We’re still sold out of firepits, and are selling out of grills.  We can’t keep riding lawn tractors in stock for more than a few days at a time.  Walk behind mowers aren’t much better.  Blades and basics to maintain them are also running short.  Certain models of weed-whackers are also running short to non-existent.  Hand garden tools are running out, I hope you don’t need a post hole digger any time soon.  Cleaning supplies are still short to non-existent, especially if you want something disinfecting.

Paper goods such as toilet paper or paper towels, might be recovering.  My work has managed to have some sort of both in stock on the shelves for a couple weeks now, and the local grocery stores have managed to have some on the shelves every time I’ve been in, though their shelves aren’t full by any stretch.

Meat and grocery prices are still going up.  Though my local grocery stores have managed to have flour on the shelves now for a couple weeks.

Picture from my work

Posted June 10, 2020 By Ruth

That’s the front half of the main lumber aisle. Our pressure treated lumber delivery is over 2 weeks late. We’ve got some 6×6 posts left, and some of the 12″ wide pressure treated lumber, which is located in the back half which I didn’t photograph, and some random odds and ends. But thats all thats left for pressure treated lumber. Were mostly ok on the non-pressure treated lumber, though there’s some gaps showing there too. Its not just Home Depot either, the local Lowes looks just the same, as do the smaller local places.

The cleaning supplies aisle is just as empty. We have managed to get in a SMALL selection of seed starting stuff, mostly because people are done with seed starting. We’re out of weed barrier, and weed barrier staples. Tomato cages have become a precious commodity. Garden/food seedlings are impossible to keep in stock. We have no fire pits left, and patio furniture is down to the dregs (and most of both of those aren’t available online to order either). Lawn mowers, both walk behind and riding, are gone except for a couple random models of walk behinds. Our paint delivery this past Monday was 17 pallets of paint.

Crowds have slowed down just a bit this week, but only in comparison to the last 2+ months. In comparison to normal weekday crowds for a normal June our parking lot still looks like we’re holding a Black Friday sale.

Memes 9

Posted June 7, 2020 By Ruth

It was easier to just start a new post at this point.  Twitter is up to date.

 

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Memes 8

Posted June 1, 2020 By Ruth

I’m off of work for 8 days straight.  Today is day 2, and I feel like I actually might have a brain!  Wow.

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Yah, I wasn’t exagerating

Posted May 29, 2020 By Ruth

On 3/19, back when this all started, I did a small order from our local wholesaler.  Now I usually get cases of eye of round for the beef portion of the dogs’ diet, its usually slightly more expensive than the top round, but its packaged in smaller chubs which  makes it easier for us to work with.  But at that time the top round was listed at $3.83/pound.

Wednesday this week I called the wholesaler about doing another order.  We don’t NEED anything yet, but I wanted to keep the freezers topped off.  The wholesaler can’t get ANY eye of round, they don’t know when they’ll be able to get it.  They have top round, and its $7.34/pound.

Depending on your grocery store you might not have seen the price increase, but its coming folks.  Hang onto your hats, cause yah, I expect it to only get worse from here.

Memorial Day

Posted May 24, 2020 By Ruth

People complain about the commercialization of Christmas.

No, ANYTHING that can be monetized on has been commercialized.

To the point where I have people screaming at me at work this week because Home Depot isn’t running their normal Memorial Day sales.

I don’t really care what your POV of the whole pandemic shut down is, right or wrong, doesn’t matter.

If you’re screaming at the girl (I sound about 14 on the phone) who had the bad luck to answer the phone at your local big box store, because she just informed you that they aren’t running the usual sale, on a holiday that’s supposed to be in memory of the soldiers who died to keep you free, you need to sit down and shut the fuck up.

 

 

What can you see from your window?
I can’t see anything from mine
Flags on the side of the highway
And scripture on grocery store signs
Maybe eighteen was too early
Maybe thirty or forty is too
Did you get your chance to make peace with the man
Before he sent down his angels for you?

Mamas and grandmamas love you
‘Cause that’s all they know how to do
You never planned on the bombs in the sand
Or sleeping in your dress blues

Your wife said this all would be funny
When you came back home in a week
You’d turn twenty-two and we’d celebrate you
In a bar or a tent by the creek
Your baby would just about be here
Your very last tour would be up
But you won’t be back. They’re all dressing in black
Drinking sweet tea in styrofoam cups

Mamas and grandmamas love you
American boys hate to lose
You never planned on the bombs in the sand
Or sleeping in your dress blues

Now the high school gymnasium’s ready
Full of flowers and old legionnaires
Nobody showed up to protest
They just sniffle and stare
But there’s red, white, and blue in the rafters
And there’s silent old men from the corps
What did they say when they shipped you away
To give all in some God awful war?

Nobody here could forget you
You showed us what we had to lose
You never planned on the bombs in the sand
Or sleeping in your dress blues

No, no you never planned on the bombs in the sand
Or sleeping in your dress blues
You never planned on the bombs in the sand
Or sleeping in your dress blues

 

or if you prefer:

 

Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone
Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone

When they come I will stand my ground
Stand my ground I’ll not be afraid

Thoughts of home take away my fear
Sweat and blood hide my veil of tears

Once a year say a prayer for me
Close your eyes and remember me

Never more shall I see the sun
For I fell to a Germans gun

Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone
Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone

Where before many more have gone

In memory of Sgt. Charles Stuart MacKenzie
Seaforth Highlanders
Who along with many others gave up his life so that we can live free. We will remember them

Birds nesting

Posted May 22, 2020 By Ruth

Its definitely spring out there, finally. Birds are nesting hard. We’ve got our usual complement of Robins, including the one who figured out how to build a nest on top of the bird spikes on the solar panel shut off:

I feel like this picture needs to be turned into one of those motivational posters about persistence.

We, briefly, had a little war going on between a Chickadee and a House Wren, both determined to nest in one of the BlueBird boxes. Or maybe the House Wren just wanted to stop the Chickadee from nesting there, as he finally successfully threw out the Chickadee’s nesting materials and then never nested in the box himself.

Both the Bluebirds and the Tree Swallows are building nests in boxes, and the House Wren is nesting in a woodpecker drilled cavity in a half dead tree in the middle of the yard.

Then, last weekend Husband came into the house to tell me that someone was nesting on top of one of the supports in the carport. So I trundle out with the camera and sure enough:

With a little bit of careful lurking I finally got a look at the bird building the nest:

Looks like we’re going to have Phoebe babies this year too!

Memes 7

Posted May 19, 2020 By Ruth

Yes I’m still collecting. Whatever it takes to stay sane.

updated 5/22/20

updated 5/24/20

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