Where the Heck Am I?

Howdy from Greeley, Colorado! Bet you thought I ate some bad beef bar-b-que and have been down for the count, but for five months? Truth be told, I’ve been busy promoting my book, EVolution: Rose & Vera Save Mother Earth which was published in June.

It’s been fun and challenging, but ol’ Ermigal is just getting started!

The book project has morphed into an important cause that I’m passionate about–recycling. After I moved here from Central New York, I was surprised to learn Colorado has a pathetic rate of recycling: only 14%! Boy, have I been kvetching about that!

The good news is the law that was passed a few months ago, the Producer Responsibility Program, which “requires producers of packaging, paper products, and food service ware to fund a statewide recycling system to recycle those materials.” More on that soon; now, back to kvetching!

What the … ! “Exit Only” ?

May I share with you the challenges of navigating a new area after decades in Syracuse, NY? FYI, I get lost easily because I’m “geographically challenged,” always have been. After two years here, I can get to maybe four places without using my car navigation.

The other day I was headed to my credit union but navigation said to make a U-turn asap. Traffic was heavy and I was getting stressed, then I spotted a familiar place: Dutch Brothers.

(Never been there, and thought it was a paint store until recently, when I figured out the perpetual line of cars outside must be a coffee shop or something.) Got stuck in the line of cars, and when I tried to get out, almost had a major fender bender with a car coming out of the exit of Dutch Brothers.

Help! The only option was to go thru the line. That’s just great, Ermigal. Nice work.

After waiting for about 12 cars to get their calorie-laden, unhealthy beverages, I finally got to where I was going. Yeesh.

That’s enough kvetching for tonight.

Reminder, our editorial board is always looking for kvetches, big and small, from you, Dear Reader.

Kvetch a little, you’ll feel better!


  1. Mar Hafner says:

    Did you get a cup of joe and was it any good?
    Keep ‘‘em coming dear friend!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. erminerose says:

      Mar, it was after my usual coffee time, plus their drinks are loaded with fat and sugar (my 2 faves!) Take the Carmelizer Freeze: caramel sauce ribbons, chocolate milk and blended coffee (whatever that is) offers “an energy packed sweet treat–don’t forget to add whipped cream!” A large one has 990 calories, 32G Fat, 136G sugar. And the line of cars gets longer…we are doomed.
      Thanks for reading!


  2. Glad to hear you kvetching again, Ermine! I need your smile-making prose these days…


    1. erminerose says:

      Hi Jim,
      In all honesty, I had planned to kvetch about your persistent nagging to get me writing again on the Kvetch Korner but thought better of it. I guess it worked, right? Thanks for your comment!


  3. beckthewhiner says:

    Ermine, love the new book, thumbs up for helping Mother Earth!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. beckthewhiner says:

    Why did I call myself beckthewhiner??? Oy…


    1. erminerose says:

      Becky, whining is healthy and lowers our blood pressure, so don’t ever stop! Please share a kvetch (whine) on the next post of Ermigal’s Kvetch Korner. Thx!


  5. Karen says:

    I miss receiving Christmas cards, but probably more than those, postcards! The last trip I took (first one in 2 years due to you know what) I couldn’t find a decent postcard anywhere. Or the ones I found were of semi-naked women luringly saying, “Wish you were here”. Not even very good ones in the St. Pete Dalí Museum. I know, everyone sends text messages these days, but you can’t put those up on your refrigerator and be reminded of your loved ones’ travels!


  6. erminerose says:

    Good point, Karen–postcards are fun to get and see where people are traveling! I went to the Great Sand Dunes in CO, and if I’d known your wish, I would have sent one. So noted! Have a peaceful Christmas and New Year, dear friend!


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