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Friday, May 11, 2018

Soy candle making

During those Nor Easters this past Winter I noticed I have a few tealight candles to depend upon for light and warmth. But they are hard to light and do not stay lit- so I guess they are cheap and old!
So the other day I was at loose ends on how to entertain myself. I think it was shitty weather or I felt depressed, whatever, doing something helped me feel better and passed the time and accomplished something whooppee! I have a lovely essential oil scented candle that I burn on occasion but only in the kitchen sink- I am terrified of starting a fire with candles or incense.
These I have not lit yet but I trimmed the wicks and they are ready to use.
I have plenty more soy wax for more candles LOL and some wicks. Keeping the wicks standing and steady was a trick as the hot wax makes them limp LOL





 Went for a walk came back and they were "set".

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Free Bus Wednesdays

 May 23 2018

Oh boy- the last two trips may have been quick and dull- this one more than made up for that. Jeepers.
Left here a little after 10 am I hustled to the stop thinking I was late. The bus showed up at 10:25am. I was headed to Dollar General in Yarmouth. Funny how things appear so differently from a bus. And Yarmouth is totally different on foot!
They were deconstructing something on the bike path on my way. Not sure what they are doing but it takes 2-3 men and a huge piece of equipment to make a pile of dirt. Multiple pylon traffic cones in place to block the way. Most of us walked and biked there anyhow.


Harwich Port where a strip of stores used to be- two of which were Ike's Breakfast place and a yarn shop. It is huge! and 2 or 3 stories tall

Empty old Benny's building
Methodist Church steeple in South Yarmouth through bus window
Finally Dollar General. First time when they opened they were pumping the cesspool. Second attempt there were two ambulances outside.
It is almost overwhelming inside- aisle upon aisle of bargain shampoo,t shirts and food. I got a bandana, sunglasses, readers, a solar torch lamp small for one dollar so if it does not work fuck it. 2 packs of googly eyes 87 cents left over from the 20 dollar gift card- I gave that to the woman checking out next to me. Candy was the only alternative and no thanks LOL
Bandana is not 100% cotton of course and is 4 colors

 outside the store wind chimes etc. I guess my hands were full inside- no pix- trust me the place is full.
 My two favorite morning djs were across the street at Dunkin Donuts. That road is enough crossing once so a photo is all I have.
I was feeling faint from hunger so sat down on Mike's steak house picnic bench and had a pita pocket I packed.  Then re belted my jeans and walked rt 28 waiting for the bus. A lot of changes on rt 28

 changes to motels Ann & Frans or whatever they are called and where Leah Stauffer used to live or still does, oh and the business with the elephant out front.  A crazy storm sky- my interpretation of that wall of clouds.Then the bus showed up...







....  and I got on and there was non stop chatter from there to Harwich near the old BZs from a woman going on and on about whatnot. A woman with a motorized wheel chair got on at Patriot square. Now I know when you see the floor move by the door someone is getting on and if sitting in the restricted area for wheel chairs you have to move. Where did I have to move!? the very back of the bus near the windy vent and the chatterer! oh my! I was snapping photos of the process of the wheel chair and people and their shoes and she turns on me and accuses me of taking her photo. She had made the remark "Are you candid camera?" and I retorted "No. Do you want your photo taken?" She instructed me to delete and show her I deleted. My camera does NOT delete it is old- only way to get photos off the sd card is to load then and delete through the computer. But to humor her I handed her the camera and she "deleted". Funny thing is I was worried she deleted all my photos. I get back here and her face is there LOL. >snort<  Not sure which of us has bigger balls. Had to throw in a photo of Bass River from the bus.


 old "Victorian" style house redone  viewed from inside bus in West Dennis.

Breakaway grills and then me trying to capture the wheel chair process and then the woman accusing me of taking her photo LOL oops



that unnerved me a bit but carry on I did.
her foot too LOL

Old BZs new front
Loud mouth and her cohorts getting off the bus!
Lovely view of Ocean State Job Lot and Dollar Tree :D and the parking lot of Griswolds old Mobil station

Bishop's Terrace still standing
process of wheel chair getting off the bus. Gotta say she is mighty speedy with that thing- amazed she can't navigate from here to Hyannis- if she could a bike path. Not quickly though. CCRTA goes out of their way to accommodate all of us. I am very grateful for these free Wednesdays.




Finally South Chatham I get off the bus as two get on. I was tired and hungry. Work stopped  on the bike path for lunch. The cut through a most welcome sight no matter where I have been and I come back here to my brother snoozing after lunch and his two workers napping in their cars LOL




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May 16 2018
well I was undecided of whether to head to Dollar General and try to spend  a gift card in Yarmouth or do Chatham. Decided on Chatham.
Seems I forgot to fill out the form in January for mail in ballots. And none showed up for town elections this week.
So this morning I was girding my loins for that ride. Wore sneakers this morning- it is May after all should be warm enough- but nope got feet cold and that triggers IBS- so it was touch & go so to speak for 2 hours before I headed out of here at 10:11am. .Took twelve minutes to walk to the stop and then I paced up and down waiting for the bus which showed up at 10:38. Got to the rotary in Chatham where I got off along with 4 others. Walked briskly to the town offices. I had to be back at the rotary by 11:04! Well hustle I did and filled out the form  then she handed me a ballot that I did not fill out correctly. ugh. Should have brought my glasses but I was trying to travel light for a change. So got that done grabbed a form for filling out next January 2019 for mail in ballots .
Then I really hustled my ass to the rotary. JUST as I was crossing to get to the bus stop at Cumberland Farms the bus approached. I waved my arm wildly and he saw me. Oh so thankful he was observant. I was the only passenger back to rt 137.Phew.
Walked the long way back and saw a dead black cap chickadee in my path :( they are so adorable. So sad. Equals the cuteness of the baby bunny rabbit in the garden this morning. But bunny was alive.







oh also this morning while I was filing the bird bath a car approached and stopped and said "Hey Cynthia, it's me Dan". Dan the paper boy who I have not seen in 10 years! wow. He recognized me by my ass. LOL Just kidding. oh and also on my way to the bus someone in a newish dark Toyota truck beeped at me. It was hauling a cute little sailboat. No clue who that was.

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Well May 9 2018
second free bus Wednesday >yawn<
Left here 10:05am waaaaaaaaaaaaay ahead of time for when the bus showed up on rt 28  for Orleans. Usually after 10:26  I think it was either 10:42 or 10:50 I really forget it was such a dreary ride! No characters. LOL
I think Mrs Stello got on the bus at the Anchorage and was dropped off at the Congregational Church in Chatham. At least it looked like her. We smiled at each other quickly - too noisy to say anything.
Orleans was detours galore. Had the bus drop me at CVS and I walked to Earth House. I wanted to take photos but the light in there is so dark also with daylight coming in the windows. Got 3 packets of incense, one punk like, sandalwood and the others the usual rolled sticks I like cedarwood and amber. Then they had Auric Blends, perfume oils that roll on. I haven't bought them in almost 20 years so I figured okay! Got Aphrodesia and Golden Honeysuckle <<< that one smells like bathroom cleaner LOL well maybe once it dries on my skin it won't. New clerk, I feared I would miss my bus. But little did I know it would be 30 minutes later than the schedule and road construction up the yin yang. There were places by the Mobil station I did not dare stand near. They were flushing manholes and we all know how cautious those workers are. not.

so I have one more errand to wrap up with these free Wednesdays and then try to plan a stop that is picturesque scenery or structures that are interesting and I can pack a snack and be near a rest room. These first two trips were no fun involved.

oh well.

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Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority has free day passes each year for Senior citizens. This year is Wednesday.
Took my first free bus of 2018 on May 2, 2018

A few days before, I went to the "bus stops" on route 28 to time them. They were where I would hop on for either Chatham Orleans direction or Hyannis direction. That day both buses were 10 minutes off their schedule. Yesterday the one headed into Chatham from Hyannis directions was almost 20 minutes late. I kept pacing/waiting or my back would give out. Not complaining- just glad it was not January! The driver was the one who people complain about her being late. Not sure how she is late- she races! LOL So I had her drop me at the old Friendly's building now another restaurant . Crossed the street into the Great Yarn shop browsed a bit and bought 6 skeins of lovely yarn- still have 5 bucks left on gift certificate. Got outside and looked like I had a 10 minute wait for the 11:09 bus back to Chatham LOL but I looked to my left and the bus was headed toward me. wow good thing I did not have to pee! Got back to the apartment in time for lunch so all was good and free! I do have to address the issue of my eyeglasses giving me a migraine. 2 pairs the lenses fall out. The pair I wore remained intact but a prism rainbow reflected from the rims and gave me a beaut. wish I could afford contacts.


yarn shop












yarn I got!






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Next Free Wednesday destination up in the air. I have plenty of things to do and see on rt 28 LOL