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Started 8/23/15 by ModDee; 1942476 views.

From: Cocoa60


Good morning Susan, Paul, Jerthie, Kitty, and all.  37 here at 5 AM, not great but we have nights coming next

week much colder with a chance of snow.  Near 60 today and 70s for Sunday.  I will probably travel down to

the farm Sunday on my bike.  My sister just visited there to help so cleaning all the liter boxes probably won't

be to hard.  Might work on the hydraulic drive on the Alis Chalmers tractor that needs finished up.  Had to order

a bunch of parts from Wisconsin last Summer and had it all finished except for the gear alignment between the

engine and the pump.  Hope to pack a radio on my bike for music and leave it there for a while.  Last Summer I

was using a little handheld ham radio I carry to listen to music on the broadcast stations, it's very small and not


My amplifier still has a problem, the burned resistor was just a symptom, not the problem.  There's a short somewhere,

have to disconnect sections and find where it is.  Very carefully because it's a 2000 volt supply. 

My exercise is the minimum I can do to keep my Glucose in line.  None of the other Diabetics I know do much to control

their Glucose outside the doctor's meds.  Feel I have to, if I want to continue to function in this life.  It helps if I'm active

besides the exercise also.  One Diabetic I know says he tries to keep active but he and I know it just helps, doesn't cure

the problem.  I'm certain he measures his Glucose above 150 and sometimes over 200.  I've been there. 

I did go across the top of the lawn and up the dirt ramp I built on the north side of the house.  Collected up all the branches.

The guy across the road said to bring them all over there, he will burn the larger ones for heat and put the smaller ones

through his chipper for garden mulch.  That's a break because it would have been a lot to put up in the brush near the woods.

Was great I could sneak through with the tractor.  Still pulled branches quite a ways but saved myself many hours of work.

Got the oil changed in the generator and the garden tractor.  Drained the excess gasoline out of the generator and put it

away.  I still have to grease the mower deck on the tractor and sharpen the blades.  Our grass is already grown in some spots,

won't be to long before needs mowed, next week I think. 

My brother and his Diabetes damage keeps me inspired to exercise and diet so in a way I owe him too.  He's only 3 years older

than me.  There was a brother between us in years, died from a burst Aortic Aneurysm.  He quit smoking for a time but started

up again.  Smoking helps put plaque on artery walls and that weakens the walls.  They say on our stop smoking sites that it takes

10 to 15 years to clean up the plaque on our artery walls but the vascular Surgeon told me the plaque is there forever.  At any rate,

this last ultrasound they told me it's extremely rare but my Aorta is back to it's pre-aneurysm size.  Which is 3/4 of an inch for males.

It's a very large artery.   I attribute it to diet, exercise, and not smoking. 

I have a tree to cut down at the end of our driveway, it's been dead for a couple years.  Should get it done today while the neighbor

wants the wood.  I plan on weighting it towards the driveway with the backhoe, a concrete block, and a rope.  It's about 50 feet high,

I think.  Will have to use the ladder to get the rope high enough. 

Have a great day all.


Brandy, rear, and Cocoa, kept me sane in the last years of my career.  Some of the best beings I've known.


From: JavaNY


Good morning, everyone,

Your wishes must have worked Susan, as it will get to 60 today and the next few days. That or 70 is good enough for me. Once it hits 80 I start feeling to warm. 

Yes, Jerthie, I am still jogging. The distance depends on the day.  The combined jogging/walking is generally about 7 miles daily. 

You are right Ernie to emphasize diet and exercise over medication. My triglycerides and LDL cholesterol are occasionally high and my doctor's first reaction is to recommend some pill. I'd rather avoid that as long as possible. My sister is a dietician and she believes diet and exercise and cure anything. Sometimes that is not possible and you cannot force someone else to do it, but always preferable.

I volunteer for the Red Cross occasionally. Headed there today.

Enjoy the day,



From: Kittyarnold


I wrote a big long post yesterday and went to post it and hit the wrong key....ooops...all gone....hope all is well ....still available to support newbies.....after 55 yrs of smoking and close to 14 yrs of being "clean".....might be able to help have a good day....


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Paul, Kitty, Susan, Jerthie, and all.  Today is the super day here, around 75 degrees.  Up

around 80 west of here where I'm headed, to the farm.  Will be strange on a bike, for this year. 

We had to take down the screen door off our Pella sliding door or the pups would have it destroyed.  So

now there's a fly flying around the kitchen this morning. 

I did get the tree down yesterday, all cut up and over by the chipper across the road, neighbor burns the

larger stuff for heat and makes mulch from the rest.  Was so glad I got the tree to fall where I needed it to

fall.  Not on the electric wires, neighbors new trees, or our older trees.  Was sad to see it go but have been

lucky it didn't come down in a wind storm especially since the neighbor's daughter got a car and parks it

near the tree.  Wife planted it 35 or 40 years ago so I hated to see it go.  I put the bucket up on the backhoe

and suspended two concrete blocks on a rope over it tied to the tree.  Also notched the tree to fall up the

driveway.  I removed a trunk from a tree we had to cut about 10 years ago while I was at it.  I wait for them

to get old rather than work for couple days trying to split up a fresh trunk in the ground.  I've seen people

do it, good for them.  I'll remove the trunk of this tree in 2032 if still here.  I cut the trunk down almost flush

with the ground and it's on the edge of the main drainage ditch here. 

Paul your exercise sounds great.  I jogged alone for a long time, then started taking Britney dog, then Cocoa

dog with me.  My feet wouldn't allow me to jog anymore and don't like walking without a dog anymore and

the elliptical is no impact.  Even walking a long distance I have to put a cream on my feet to kill the pain for

the weak impact you get walking.  I've grown tired of the elliptical but I will still do a session on it in the eve.

Our walks will start before daylight when the pups get old enough to focus.  They learn much faster than a

human baby but their lives go much faster too.  I measure my Glucose and weight just about every day so I

always know how I'm doing.  Finally got below 100 yesterday for the first time in couple weeks.  But I did eat

ice cream and cake on Easter which was also one of our daughter's birthdays.  Also ate a full meal which I

rarely ever do anymore. 

They want a Diabetics LDL cholesterol to be below 70, a year ago mine was above 100 which is great for non-diabetics.

The doctor wanted me to start on 40 to 60 mg of statins, so I started taking 10 mg every other day and got down

to 77 which satisfies me and it made the doc happy.  I already have that Aortic stent so I should be careful.  I've

gotten 77 LDL two blood tests, so a year. 

I like the Red Cross.  They put my family in a motel for 3 days after the tornado destroyed our home and got us some

furniture after we put in a modular back in 83.  We didn't get a mobile home for 9 years like some do in the wider spread

disasters though, but still they did help us.  I think was them stopping by out here and giving us sandwiches while we were

cleaning up also.  We had to talk to the newspaper to get the insurance company to pay their share of the loss.  So was a

couple months before we could start rebuilding and everyone had forgotten about the tornado.  We did get a disaster loan

but much less than they promised right after the tornado.  So we had some insurance money, a disaster loan, red cross, and

a personal loan at the credit union.  I was just finishing college and had worked full time most of the way through but not at the

end so we were broke.  I had to work 3rd shift while we were fighting for our insurance money so the insurance adjuster would

come out in the daytime to see something.  I was sleeping in a truck camper and my family had moved up north with my wife's

family.  Forgot a church helped us some also, even months after we had moved into our new home and the temp job I had gotten

had ended. 

Should be a great bike ride today, think close to 50 degrees by 8 AM.  Will be a little warm working on the farm but I'll live through it.

Hope to finish the regular clean up early today and try to finish up the hydraulic drive on the tractor I worked on last year.  I'm thankful

for the beautiful weather to take down that dead tree.  Was warm in just a shirt working.

Have a great day all and hope you all have good weather to enjoy.  Glad we aren't smoking.


Can see the Alis Chalmers tractor I'm working on in the background.  Has a brush hog on the back I use to keep the field cut behind the house.


From: Kittyarnold


Good morning all...hope your day is wonderful


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Kitty and all.  Hope you and Brian had a nice day Kitty.  I had a great bike ride in a T-shirt

on the way back.  Left Wellsboro, PA around 6:30 PM.  Did finish the tractor hydraulic drive and went out

to test it, looks good.  Just have to install some shields I had to remove last year.  Worked on getting parts

and the mechanics of the problem for months last year, great to have it completed.  We can mow the field

around the farm house so animals can't come near the house undetected and no grass fires.  Weeds must

have been 5 feet high last year when I mowed.

Did get the liter boxes cleaned and cleaned up the trash but my sister is going there sometimes now so not

as bad of a mess these days.  I mowed the grass in the front lawn because won't make it back for couple

weeks.  Sis came back from her Winter in Florida. 

Hope you all are enjoying the great weather. 


Mowing field on Alis Chalmers tractor last year.


From: Kittyarnold


our weather is OK....not much sun but mild....Brian is spreading top soil in the 5 acres that needs to be filled in....low spots....should be perfect when he is finished...almost time to garden and that is what I am waiting for....lots of veggies to consume....healthy without smoke also....we should not forget that good  option.....so grateful we accomplished that....


From: Jerthie123


Hello everyone!

Ernie and Paul... You both do more exercise than me!  I do some light weight training 3 times a week.  Diet is also very important.  That being said, I do eat pastry every day!  I am baking a blueberry loaf as I write.  Ernie... You should write a book.  You seem to have a passion for telling stories in detail.  Have you ever considered becoming an author?

I am enjoying my new job in Cosmetics very much!  Weather is warm today but expecting snow on Wednesday.  Til next time, take care all.  Busy day for me so cannot chat too long.  Be well everyone!


From: JavaNY


Hello everyone

Ernie, yes, the Red Cross does a lot of good. Like any large organization it can be very bureaucratic.  Same as government, businesses, churches, and most associations I can think of.  I'm in a group that responds to disasters. NYC rarely has storms or flooding. Fortunately, we don't have tornados, twisters, earthquakes, or anything like that. In NYC it is home fires.  On average about 10 a day. I don't know if that's more or less per household than other places. There's a great deal of old and poorly maintained apartment buildings. Sometimes there are none in an 8-hour shift, but sometimes several. 

I went to one last Saturday. There was a fatality. The fire marshal told me it started because the deceased was smoking in bed.  What a shame. Her roommate was shellshocked. We receive training on how to comfort people, but she was in another place. RC has counselors on call, so I left her with one of them.  

Jerthie, we didn't have a car growing up (Mom was scared of cars) so I've become accustomed to walking a great deal. On Saturday my phone app said I did 67 flights of stairs, not sure how accurate that is, but lots of walking up and down the building. By the time we show up, the buildings are generally drenched with water.

I could not have been a fireman. I think lots of them are 2nd, 3rd generation in FDNY. So maybe walking into a burning building is more normal for them. God bless them. 

Have a good evening all



From: Cocoa60


Good morning Kitty.  I woke early and couldn't get back to sleep.  Brian's work sounds great.  A level 5

acres is something.  We have less than an acre but we were young and poor when we moved here.  I

helped my daughter and her family plant a garden many years ago but daughter branched off into raised

boxes and growing herbs.  I was more cow manure to fertilize corn, peas, tomatoes, etc...  The large

rototiller we got back then doesn't get much use.  Mostly she has a green house now.  I rebuilt it when it

caved in after that 48 inches of snow we got December 2020 think it was.  I used the frame from a previous

tent we had. 

This is the 15 year anniversary for our "April's Ashbustin' Army".  Only 3 of us to show up this year, was 50

or so at the beginning i think.  IS great that we made it to 15 years when we didn't know how to make it not

smoking for 15 minutes at one time. 

Have a great day.