Trees, trains, trials and tribulations

(Dec 18 2:06 p.m.)

Well.  I’ve been gone long enough that you may be wondering what happened to me.  What can I say?  I’ve been busy and distracted.  I’ve settled in the group home, and for months it’s been one change after the next, in staff, and loud laughter, and spontaneous clapping by a roommate who revolves around the living room TV, most often channel surfing music videos.  (It didn’t take long for him to wear out the batteries in the Roku remote.)

(Nov 22 12:07 p.m.)

And then you count the chores we’re all used to—e.g., doing dishes… but then cleaning up others’ messes, which is not something I signed up for.  And that includes staff leaving plates and utensils in the sink.  Sometimes people don’t learn to not put utensils in the garbage disposal sink; they fall in.  To top it off, some areas are never cleaned despite the obvious warning of mold and ants come summer unless I bother.  Can you sense my frustration?

(Dec 6 3:35 p.m.)

Oh, and now the staff knock on my bedroom door to “check up on me” at times, even if it means waking me.  And on program days, I’m awake anyway for the unpredictable Logisticare service that’s so awful one of its drivers, who was already late, pushed his hybrid car so hard it broke down on the highway, Friday, with fumes entering the car.  Other out-of-the-ordinary things have been happening in the last few days; I lost a receipt as if it disappeared out of thin air.

So I’ve been pushed and pulled around in many little different ways that add up, and it becomes not only frustrating but time-consuming on top of that day program I’ve been too timid to end.  (Still, what do I do if I end it?  Always out of the loop, I don’t have ideas.)

(Dec 5 8:13 p.m.)

One plus: I’ve learned to cook pasta pretty well.

Nevertheless, peace and quiet is harder to find.  And without good ideas and new ideas, or fulfilling relationships, I’m not satisfied enough to rest.  So after a share of social media and informative videos, I don’t get enough sleep and can’t find my voice or be bothered to write a string of words longer than a tweet or two.  But surely I could have posted here, right?

Cabela’s! (Dec 13 2:20 p.m.)

I blame Twitter.  Again.

It’s addictive or seemingly welcoming but to the point of being oversaturated, and in a way apathetic towards thoughtful blogging, even though the platform was intended for micro-blogging.  Today, you can find endless retweeting of one-offs that serve the warning that quality is not appreciated nearly as much as retweeting among tribes.  Like any social media, the more you stand out in the “wrong” way, the less you will be heard.  And it all happens in real-time, further manipulated by Twitter’s popularity algorithm.

(Nov 20 3:08 p.m.)

But I digress.

The rush of the holiday seasons was rather pronounced at the Goodwill in Biddeford.  Christmas trees and decorations were on sale over a week before Thanksgiving.

(Nov 20 3:06 p.m.)

I would imagine some other stores were selling Christmas items at the time.  But I don’t know as I’m not hooked on consumerism, and haven’t had much reason to venture out apart from groceries, walking, and seeing movies with my mother.

(Nov 20 1:31 p.m.)

The Downeaster Amtrak station has its own adorned tree.

(Nov 5 2:22 p.m.)

And earlier than that day, the Maine Mall had its own…

(Nov 5 2:23 p.m.)

…half-tree.  Split for a seat, and seated for Santa to situate himself where the lord split ya— er, sit.  And the silvery ornaments on the “half-tree” have LEDs that light and fade sequentially.

Home Depot. (Dec 18 1:37 p.m.)

Lit trees are everywhere now.

Target. (Dec 11 1:36 p.m.)
(Dec 13 2:00 p.m.)

Even at Cabela’s.

He knows what you did.

Walmart. (Dec 20 1:24 p.m.)

Lights are up  just about everywhere, strung up on properties public and private, even on old outdoor trees.

Barron Center. (Dec 7 4:06 p.m.)
(Dec 7 2:50 p.m.)
“Before” shot of lights put on a tree at Cinemagic. (Dec 6 6:49 p.m.)

Even at the movie theater.

(Dec 6 3:06 p.m.)

And so many lights at the Saco Museum.

(Dec 6 2:44 p.m.)

So, so many lights.

And too much to fit in one post, so I will pause here.  I’ll be back with more.  Until next time, have a good Winter solstice day. 🙂 And if you’re wondering where the trains are, here are some teasers for what’s to come:

Train set, Maine Mall. (Nov 26 3:37 p.m.)
Trolley museum, Kennebunkport.  And a trolley, I rode that day. (Dec 6 1:23 p.m.)

10 thoughts on “Trees, trains, trials and tribulations

  1. Yaay! I’ve missed your posts. Yaaay!!

    I came looking for your blog because I am using one of your lovely snowy winter pictures on a post I just posted, it’s one of several of your pictures that I have downloaded to my tablet to cheer me when I need cheering. And I wanted to belatedly ask you, do you mind me using your photo? If you do mind, I will delete it. If you don’t mind, how do you want me to attribute it?

    Thanks, Adam. I understand being too busy or simply not in the frame of mind to blog. It’s been happening to me, too.

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    1. It’s probably best to ask before posting lol 😁 But I don’t mind, just put “Photo credit: Adam P” under it.

      I would imagine a lot of people are busy this season—it’s a bit rushed this year. Stuff to do, packages to wrap, and hopefully time to rest.

      You’re welcome. 🙂

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  2. Adam, it’s so good to see you back! I just checked the map and it looks like my parent’s house in NH (where I’m currently visiting) is less than a 2 hours drive from where you live. I’d like to meet you in person some day, though I don’t think that is feasible during this trip, but maybe we could set something up at a different time?

    I realized the other day that we’ve known each other online for about 5 years! Woah. Anyway, sometimes anonymity is better 🙂

    Living in a group home sounds like it SUCKS. I hope it does provide some benefits over your previous arrangement. I love the snark that comes across in your posts. And the pictures, as usual. Lots and lots of Christmas lights. LOL

    Keep up the writing, when you can. And STAY OFF TWITTER (I know, I’m a hypocrite but do as I say not as I do, as the saying goes)

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    1. Alas, I keep going back to twitter…

      I’m sure the quality of a group home varies depending on who live in one. Getting out at any time in the day is a plus… if I know how to make it work, or have ideas. Lately, I realize I still need my mother to get some things done, like mailing an Christmas card. Seriously. Things aren’t very organized, and constant staff rotation doesn’t help.

      Wow, 5 years, yes. Some big breaks in between tho, since I haven’t been here that much this year. But thanks for valuing my content. 😀

      More lights to come!

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  3. Thanks for sharing Adam. About Twitter, yeah it is addictive. And I personally was becoming oversaturated. I think it is a lot to do with who I follow, but I usually find my Twitter feed very inspirational.
    For some reason one day it seemed that everything posted was on the toxic side. And it left me feeling very miserable. I needed to do my own writing, and Twitter was eating up valuable time, so decided to take a Twitter break. This will be day 39 off it. Will likely be back on in a week or so. Lot of amazing people I follow I want to catch up with. Nice to get away, but also will be nice to get back there.
    I volunteered in a group home a few years ago and can understand the frustrations Adam. It would not be easy, but would be tough to see the positives. Please do hang in there.

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