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Started 8/23/15 by ModDee; 1822809 views.

From: Cocoa60


Good morning Kitty and all.  Little rainy here, on and off.  But warm.  We are still seeing small

flocks of geese going over, very low.  Our puppies are seeing them for the first time this season.

They sound somewhat like barking and the pups sometimes bark back.  We have rain forecast

around 5 AM, then will be able to take them out for their one mile walk.  I've tested my glucose

after these short walks and doesn't really count as exercise for Diabetes.  I have to put in an hour

and half after we get back, on the elliptical.  Seems hard to keep the pups under control out on

the road but comes under keeping busy.  Many Diabetics think that's enough and usually is if you're

taking prescription meds.

We have moths flying around in front of the cameras that we use to watch the cars, they look like

pieces of white paper floating around.  Still Spring but pretty much Summer weather.

I did odds and ends yesterday.  I had a pipe driven in the bank behind the pool to pull a post in the

pool fence back straight but dug it up last year and straightened it.  Couldn't get the pipe out with a

jack so took the backhoe back there and pulled it up out.  Took the push mower out and finished the

trim mowing, battery seems to hold up better now that the blade's sharpened.  I pull the weeds on

part of the bank by the road, just to steep for me to handle the push mower on it but can mow most

of it.  Still have water and mud by the road and at the base of the pool bank also.

The parts for my audio amplifier are supposed to arrive today so can try them.  Hope, at least, the short

is gone and would be great if it started working.  Has been a couple years since I bought the mod kit and

started rebuilding it.  Around $400 for the mod kit but those amps are selling around that price with the

old parts in them from the 80s.  Four output amp at 440 watts so 110 watts for each speaker available. 

Two sets of matched transistors coming today.

I'm glad to not be smoking and enjoying the Summer weather.

Have a great day.


Kenwood M2A audio amp.


From: JavaNY


Good morning all. We had the same rain yesterday. More today, but I think it clears up tomorrow.

Enjoy the day and weekend.



From: Kittyarnold


good morning.....we are foggy here this morning.....the sun came out for a minute or two and now it is gone....our excitement for the morning is a large snapping turtle barely moving as is their nature.....and we still have one baby goose left.....other then that a quiet start to the day enjoy 


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Paul, Kitty, and all.  Cooler at 46 this morn.  I envy you some Paul, being able to go

jogging but I had my time.  My jogging was slow but still made you feel better much quicker than

walking does.  The foot doctor was mad I wasn't happy with walking 5 to 10 miles because most

of his patients would love to be able to walk like that, maybe give up an arm for the privilege.

We had a lot of sun afternoon yesterday.  Have another heat wave coming, hope it's not 100

degrees down south on the keys where Susan is.  Grandkids might make it over to swim in the pool.

Our pool is only 10 or 15 feet from the back door and is fenced so don't get any geese.  Did have that

stork one morning but he was gone in a flash. 

I can get up later on weekends because the traffic is lighter to walk the pups.  Nice not to have to rush.

I still have to be awake for a while before we head out so I'm more alert.

We used to see snapping turtles walking home from church when we were little when we walked past a

larger creek than there was on dad's farm.  Like many people these days, I stop and guard them or carry

them across the road when I see them crossing.  Brian is probably finding more projects now that the rock

walls are finished.

I did get the large amplifier transistors in the mail yesterday and soldered them into the little sub boards. 

Slow and tedious task.  The guy sent me a whole spare set.  Was nice of him but I have spent over $400 for

parts with him.  Still he didn't have to do it.  If these burn out I will get a second chance to correct another

cause if there is one.

Was right after Memorial Day weekend I started the last job of my career and the same day wife and I retired.

They didn't want to pay me for a holiday one day after I started so they did when I retired.  smile 

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend, guess Paul is the only one still working so enjoy the time off.


Dumping kitty litter boxes at the tree line on the farm. 


From: Kittyarnold


The farm picture is lovely......we are at 58 sunny degrees ... your big bird? was more likely an egret.....we get them here in Ct. in our pond....so upset about another school shooting....we need to do something....please.....have a good day.....


From: Kittyarnold


I had to come back to brag about my husband.....it isn't even 8:30 and I just finished my breakfast after getting up at 6 he has already started dinner in the crockpot....cleaned the kitchen, changed the sheets and washed them and dried and folded them....all I have to do is put them away....he is so special....and as I have said before he married me, divorced with 5 kids....and the oldest was just hitting his teens.....now he is outside working in the garden (vegetables)


From: Kittyarnold


and now there is a great Blue Heron in the pond....


From: JavaNY


Good morning, all.  I don't see much wildlife in NYC. There might be various birds of interest in Central Park, but I don't really notice. There are some raccoons, maybe the most exotic thing here. Occasionally a cougar or something comes down from upstate.

The rain cleared up and it should be two beautiful days. It's Fleet Week so I was talking to some sailors and marines last night. God Bless them all. Sadly a few were smoking. Most were in NYC for the first time. They said everyone they met treated them well. Glad to hear that.

Enjoy the day,



From: Cocoa60


Good morning Paul, Kitty, and all.  Hope Susan is enjoying her vacation but I wonder about the heat

and humidity in the keys.  Hot here on Memorial Day. 

I watched that "Band of Brothers" show, yesterday while exercising.  I knew my dad was in WW2 but

didn't know he fought in all these terrible battles until he was almost gone.  Him and my uncle came

back from the war.

Could be be an egret, wife got me a bird book but it's been about 15 years when that bird came here.

My granddaughter was little on that walk the night before.  She's starting college now.  Helped talk me

into this last attempt at stopping smoking 15 years ago.

The part of the farm in the foreground my brother still owns but the barn and 83 acres in the back is

sold.  Guess it's just a thing to trade for money to my brother.  To me it represents my parents struggles

when they were younger.  But it's gone and was sold at a low price with septic pipes run through there. 

Would be twice as much or close to half a million before they would think about selling it back.  They are

growing ethanol corn on it so thousands of gallons of weed killer are being sprayed on it every year.  I was

there once when the guy was spraying, his kids were playing around the tank where they fill the sprayer. 

Think his wife was there also, can't believe that but I get lots of people in PA that don't think about poisons.

Kitty,  Brian keeps busy, hard to remember what you wrote over the years.  I know he picked up that

job in Florida when you moved down there year round.  Managing a store or something like that, jobs were

probably scarce on the island.

Paul, we're starting to get bears taring up bird feeders all over the place.  Has been going on in PA for many

years, now spreading up here.  I've only seen one bear go through here and he passed through quickly in the

daytime.  Never heard of Fleet Week before so that's a new one on me.  Guess the Navy ships dock and soldiers

stay there for a while.  I only rode on a Navy ship once and we landed on Virginia Beach in it's smaller boats, ones

with tailgates that swing down into the water.  I didn't fire the blanks through my rifle.  I had learned by then it

takes all day to clean the burned powder out of it.  Supply won't take it back until they think it's clean, usually all

day or all night.  Can't turn in the rifle and go home until the rifle is accepted by supply. 

A hot day for all of us.  Maybe I'll swim in the pool for the first time this year.

Enjoy the day.


Florida Keys


From: Cocoa60


Hope everyone is doing well.  Today is the really hot day here.  Will be hot and humid tomorrow before the storm.

I had enough of cold and snow, this is good for now. 

It's so great we are smoke free and enjoying life.

Replaced some output power transistors in my Kenwood audio amp.  Found a shorted transistor in a IC also, but

still failing and going into protect mode at power on.  So continue troubleshooting.

I'm sure Brian is keeping busy, always has.


My mom and dad's rotary phone from 1957.  I'm fortunate to have it.