Monday, November 24, 2008


When I saw this skeletal hand and arm creeping out of the ground during my walk on Saturday morning, I just had to get a picture. I showed it to Jimbob and he couldn't see it. Am I the only one? Of course it's just a contorted root, but I thought it was interesting.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Turkey Fry

Today was our 9th annual turkey fry celebration in the office. We pretty much demolished 7 turkeys fried in a variety of spice mixes and all the fixings that go with them.
This was the carving committee. It takes a lot of people to carve seven turkeys.

And here we have the taste test committee. I'd already passed judgement as delicious, but obviously, more than one taster was needed.

In the end...this is what was left after I took several carcasses home to make soup.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Cold Front

Last Friday, I left work and made a few stops on the way home when I noticed this very unusual cloud formation. Since I carry my camera in my purse, I took the time to snap a few shots when I got out of the car. Apparently a lot of people were curious, because on the news that night, viewers had sent in their photos asking about them. I just thought they were really cool.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Black Wednesday

Well, I made it through today without any scars. There were a whole bunch of people who were either offered a retirement package or just let go. We have another meeting in about 45 minutes to recap the damages.

Of course there’s no promise that this is the end of it. It all depends on the economy for the next few months. Christmas is always a big season for us, so if that goes bad we’ll probably suffer more fatalities after the first of the year.

Monday, November 10, 2008


I’ve said every day for the past week that I’m going to take time to do a post…and of course I haven’t. Things have been really strange recently. A lot of people in other areas have already been laid off with the promise that there will be more.

With almost 35 years with the company, where does that leave me? Damned if I know. There’ve been a few rumors circulating that some older associates have been offered early retirement. I certainly qualify, but haven’t heard boo from anyone. So I suppose that means they’re going to keep me…or lay me off.

Call it denial or conceit if you want, but of the five people doing this job, I have the most experience. Next in line would be the stupid cow with 4 years experience, a nasty mouth and a worse attitude. She’s been a thorn in management’s side for years and if they’re smart, this would be the perfect opportunity to can her butt without “proof” of insubordination.

Do I wish being jobless on anyone? No, but if it’s me or them, you know who I’m looking out for. We’ve been told to make ourselves available this week for an announcement. That’s very definitive, don’t you know? Everyone is wandering around asking if you know anything. This is not a productive atmosphere.