Monday, November 2, 2015

Monday Morning This and That

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

 Carl Sandburg 

Good morning all.  Another week beginning.  Hard to believe it's already November.  Time is passing so quickly.  Already started shopping for Thanksgiving dinner.  It's going to be another warm one today.  Personally, at this time of year I prefer it a little cooler. 

I cannot believe how busy I have been since Friday.  Ridiculously busy. On Friday I went to two banks in two different directions, Walgreens, subway station to put money on my card, 99 cent store for glasses, Pathmark for my medications and a few needed items, and after dropping everything off, I headed back out to the fruit stand.  

That was to be my last prescription pick up at Pathmark as the pharmacy is closing on the 6th. Not sure yet when the store itself is closing, but the shelves are pretty empty. So sad. That was my favorite store. There is nothing like it around here. I also was not happy when they told me where they were transferring my prescriptions. I'd been told they would transfer me to a Rite Aid close to my home so why in the world would they transfer me to a Rite Aid that I have to take a bus and then walk 9 blocks to reach. Doesn't make sense when I have a Rite Aid 3 blocks from my home. I will have to work on that one.

So how was your Halloween/Samhain? Mine was very quiet. I've not given candy out in over 20 years. Not that I don't want to. It's just that times have changed and children here in the city just don't go out anymore. And when they do it is only to the stores. 

When my apartment was in the back of a house, no one knew we were there. I loved the privacy, but regretted that no one rang my bell for candy. Then we moved and had windows and door facing the front. I was so excited. Decorated the windows, the door, bought tons of candy and came home from work and waited for the doorbell. No one came. Then I realized that kids no longer trick or treated at night, and they probably had already come while I was still working. That, and the fact that I lived in a predominantly Hasidic neighborhood. So Ralph and I slowly began working through the candy.

Now I am in the building. The first year I bought one bag of candy for children in the building. I thought maybe the parents might allow them to trick or treat their neighbors. Nothing. That was the last year I bought candy. Last night I said if anyone should come I have plenty of change on hand to give out. I still have plenty of change. Sad that children miss out on what was so much fun for us. 

As for me, I donned my witch hat and cooked us a nice meal.   Hobo stew.  One of those throw everything into the pot sort of meals So yummy.

After dark I lit some candles and took out my family album and spent time talking to my ancestors.  I especially reached out to my mom this year.  I hope she heard me.

Well, that's about it.  Have a great day.


  1. Forgive my ignorance but can't you choose where you get your prescriptions filled? We can. And it works well.
    It does indeed sound like a busy weekend. I think I would have been overwhelmed...
    I like the idea of talking to your ancestors - and don't believe it goes unheard.

  2. Yes, we can choose where we want and I had chosen Pathmark. Now the store is closing, and they had promised to transfer my RX to a Rite Aid close to my home. Now they transferred me to the one above, and I have to wait until the transfer goes through to arrange a transfer to the store of my choice. Just so much extra stuff to do when it could easily have been done in the first place if Pathmark had just asked me before starting all this in motion.