Monday, September 30, 2013

Busy times make days keeps ticking away - embrace what life throws at you!

The Putnamaniac is back after a few week hiatus due to some busy times and no computer!

Since I started and do this Putnamania blog to find something precious, positive and good in the world, and to appreciate every day, don't be fooled into thinking that I had forgotten to do that in my blogging absence.

In the past few weeks I have had so many things to be grateful for:
*Selling my condo
*Buying a house
*Doing an amazing amount of rehab and remodel on the new home in a short amount of time (can you say satisfying?)
*Starting a new job for Habitat for Humanity of Eastern CT
*Getting married!

In all this hectic helter skelter life lately, I have missed out on my normal routine, though, and that includes having a bit of time to visit with friends and family (and some days to even have time to eat or tinkle)!

However, I love a good challenge, and I love to reach goals that I set for myself. So although my routine (which I love) has been no where to be seen lately, I have been enjoying these new and grand scale challenges.

I will be happy to share some of the many things these past few weeks have given me reasons to be thankful for in some upcoming blogs.

In the meantime, love life!

I am a Putnamaniac that loves a good challenge - Challenge yourself as often as possible - It is rewarding!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Do not move it yourself - hire RF Clemens for an easy and delightful transition!

Over the years I have moved - a LOT!

I kinda like to move.., it is exciting and always a new challenge.

Years ago, I would move the way lots of people do it.

I'd enlist friends, family, anyone with a truck and a muscle.

It was stressful.... people complained.... sofas bounced out of trucks into the road... and finally your little brother tells you in a most dramatic fashion "That is it - I'm not helping you move ever again"!

On my move back from PA to CT, I hired a big named moving company. They were very pricey.

The driver showed up with a big truck - and no one else. Apparently he could not get anyone to help him that day since it was a bit drizzly out. Generally a trusting soul, my thoughts couldn't help but wonder if perhaps he thought he'd make more if it were just him and no one else to share the pay with.

So, he and I loaded the big named moving company's truck. I was knocking on the door of age 50, but luckily I was in good shape.

When the truck arrived in CT, here was this same driver - alone.

So again, he and I unloaded the big named moving company's truck. Bear in mind, I PAID FOR A MOVER AND WAS DOING HALF THE WORK. The driver was happy to tell me that since we made such a good team loading in PA that we would certainly be able to team up again to unload.

I learned my lesson and so when I moved again, I called the highly recommended and local Northeast CT guys at RF Clemens (860-928-6024).

Clemens moved me on a day of absolute down pouring rain! They were prompt, neat, polite, careful, efficient, swift, very reasonably priced and showed attention to detail. They asked if they were not sure of something... All in all they were GREAT.

As life would have it, I am moving again.... this will be the last time... no, really, it will be!

Of course, I called Clemens again.

Once again, they were great! I can't say enough about them. They make a move stress free and the are so affordable! If you are moving personally or for your business, RF Clemens are the guys to call. 860-928-6024.

I am a Putnamaniac that is so impressed by the great local movers at RF Clemens in Putnam!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September's First Friday is here!!!

As the title says, September's First Friday is here!

Well... almost!

This Friday, September 6, 2013, downtown Putnam will host another First Friday.

If you have not heard of or even been to one of our fantastically fun and friendly First Fridays, come on down.

Putnam Business Association puts this blast together, and this is what their site has to say about it in a nutshell:
The First Friday events celebrate all that Putnam has to offer….Visual Arts, Fine Culinary, Quaint Shopping, Performing Arts, World Class Antiques. 

Visit Downtown Putnam on the first Friday of every month and enjoy a stroll through an art gallery, or pick up a rare find in one of the antique shops. The variety of restaurants will be sure to delight and the performing arts will captivate any audience. 

First Fridays will take place in downtown Putnam with live entertainment, specials on shopping and dining, and don’t forget about the ‘Art Attacks!’

During First Fridays, you can enjoy some great live performances by the talented folks at The Complex Performing Arts Centre, grab some yummy dinner at one of the plethora of downtown eateries, check out what is coming up at The Bradley Playhouse, visit with old and new friends, and shop, shop, shop ~ either window shopping or finding the just perfect something for that just perfect someone!

See you Friday night! I will be there as always, volunteering at The Last Green Valley info table, making some FREE crafts with the kids!

I am a Putnamaniac that just LOVES our First Fridays!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Calls for the last River Fire of the season in Rotary Park, Putnam!

To all you fun loving folks, this is just a reminder that this Saturday, September 7, 2013 is the last River Fire of the season.

This is a shot I took of a River Fire earlier this year...sweet!

As always, the fire pots will be lit in the Quinebaug River, as it runs along side Rotary Park.

Just previous to the River Fires being lit, there will be a family fun day in the Park, too, from 4 - 8:30 pm.

This information is provided by WINY Radio's upcoming events site:

It is a great community event! Bring your lawn chairs and your smiles!

See you there.

I am a Putnamaniac that will most definitely be at the last River Fire of the season, wearing my smile from ear to ear!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Tri-State Marker was a tri-umphant visit!

The CT/MA/RI Tri-State Marker is an actual marker and not that far from where we live...

But.... lots of folks, we don't always take time to enjoy what is right in our own backyard.

Heck, the Wizard of Oz was based on that whole premise!

With the opportunity of a Monday holiday, we took off on a quest to find the Tri-State Marker, and succeeded!

It was a bit of an uphill jaunt to get to it, but not ever as bad as you think it will be... and then voila, all of a sudden, there it was before our eyes! The Tri-State Marker!

Coolest thing ever!

Remember to check out all the coolest of things right in your own community. I am sure you will find a'plenty!

I am a Putnamaniac that loves to discover the simplest of things right in my own back yard!