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Good morning Paul, Susan, and all. Warm morning at 61 here on the mountain. I don't
know if ground bees pollinate, know most bees go from flower to flower but not all. My
arm still burning and itching today, think ground bees only sting that lasts so long.
We picked blueberries yesterday, 16 pounds think it was. Gave some to our granddaughter,
she didn't make it but showed up later. 18 year olds with busy lives. Gave a container
to the old lady down the road, her husband helped us some after the tornado back 83-84.
I put aside some to take with me to the farm this morning to my brother and his wife. My sister
is there part of today, will be the first time I see her this year. She isn't live in caretaker there
anymore and haven't happened to be there at the same time yet this year.
I couldn't get the bike windshield straightened out in time so I swapped with the other GS1100GK
Suzuki. Might get it right later or might have to look for a used one. Can't even come close to getting
a new one for 1982 bikes. Just got that installed last eve to ride today. Very expensive to drive the
Monte Carlo SS with it's 383 stroker engine. Had to inject 14% more fuel than the base program calls
for to keep it from spark knocking. Engine damage would be much more expensive than gas prices.
Takes premium and would like racing fuel. I ran racing fuel back in the 80s in late model stock car
racing. Stayed in first gear up to 100 mph on the circle track.
Glad you're getting out again Susan, I remember the convertible. We had a 67 Camaro convertible
back in the 70s.
Must be hot in the city Paul with all the concrete absorbing the heat. I got in the pool last eve after
installing the windshield after picking blueberries. Just have to make sure I keep a hat on so not get
too much sun on my head.
Take care everyone.
Good morning, all.
Enjoy your trip, Susan.
Yes, Ernie the concrete serves as a receptor for the heat. I go into the office on Thursdays, and it was stifling out yesterday. But it's summer so I can't complain.
Good morning hope all have a wonderful day....from smoke free for 15 years....Kitty
Congrats on 15 years Kitty! An accomplishment. The forum back then seems a world apart from now.
Nice Summer days. Only 2 minutes before the alarm I woke this morn.
Getting oil spots beneath my Baja in the driveway. Tightened the oil filter and drain plug, hope the plug.
Had an oil drop on it. I put a new ring gasket on it every time I change the oil so shouldn't leak but hope
that was it.
Went to Wegmans yesterday to get the ingredients to make a blueberry pie from some of the berries we
picked. Stopped in to Penny's salon, wife wanted her hair trimmed. I wandered around the mall. Saw
a Chevy pick up with a snow plow at $54,995. Price increase I guess. Think lots of things will have to come
back down some if they want to get the sales volume they look for. We haven't used any of our savings since
retirement and won't be taking any out until the market recovers. Can make do with what we have.
We got the two tractors down to the lower place at my dad's farm and I used the brush hog to clear the area.
Brother got confused about the markers to bury his cats so he gave up and we didn't get that done. The basement
was flooded in about 4 inches of water so good bet the water pump is running constantly. I pulled the main
fuses out on the pole and tried to find stuff to step on to get across the basement to the beaker box. Shut off
the 3 double 220 volt breakers and one single that went off the pump room. Also went around and pulled the
plugs on freezers and frig, except the one they have the cats stored in. Checked the light on that freezer after
putting the fuses back in on the pole. So the cost and the danger should be taken care of. I doubt the cats will
be taken care of as long as brother and his wife are alive. Never thought I would be involved in a mess like that.
Gotta go walk the pups. Have a great day all and congrats again Kitty, so glad you made it to 15!
Good luck with the flood and your brother's mess, Ernie. I guess it gets challenging over the years.
Have a great day everyone.
Good morning Paul and all. No rain this morn so should be able to walk the pups. Saw a
morning with a chance of rain, Monday or Tuesday. We're supposed to get an inch or two
of rain tomorrow.
Paul, you might not have been here when I started helping brother and his wife. They
destroyed their residence having about 90 cats living with them. They got most of them
rehomed after that but still have 16 or so. So now have damaged dad and mom's old farm
house and the trailer beside it with these cats. Brother didn't take care of his Diabetes for years
so he has a hard time walking and his sight isn't great. His wife is almost unable to get out of bed.
When trying to get the power off saw someone has broken in and dumped his totes and knocked
over a shelf unit, rest of the place is so bad don't think they even ventured into it. Don't think there
was anything left worth taking but they might have found something.
Brother sold the barn side of the road, 83 acres. I didn't find out until 3 days before the contract and
he wouldn't sell it to me because he had promised it to them couple years earlier without telling anyone.
So better part of my parents farm is gone.
About 17 acres left from the farm. Had hoped to change it into a small horse farm and maybe purchase
30 acres or so behind the farm where they haven't run a septic system through. They ran a septic
system through parent's farm before he sold it so it's worth about twice what brother sold it for and the
neighbor that bought it isn't dumb, not selling it for what they bought it for. Daughter was going to move
and build a house there and I was going to rebuild the two upper residences but probably would be to far
into the future. I will be to old to do all of that. Would have to build a horse barn also. The lower residence
brother and his wife ruined is to far gone to rebuild. I hate to do anything there.
I have a transducer that I could have measured the AC current at their old place but would have taken all
day. Would have to be in the flooded basement with the power on, just impossible and dangerous. Brother
isn't capable of making decisions and thinking logically.
I can't imagine living in NY City. I've only been a brief visitor there though. A coworker many years ago was
Christmas shopping there and someone broke his car trunk open and took all the gifts. Also, a different
time someone on the street wanted his camera at knife point. He gave it to them and they stabbed him
anyway. Don't remember what part of the city, was decades ago he told me about that stuff. Think he had
a relative there. I know from tv shows that some parts of the city are worse than others.
Oh, almost forgot. Today would've been my parent's anniversary from 1946. My dad met my mom in 1945
the day he got home from ww2. He was searching for his brother that also just got back from the war. I hadn't
known what tough lives they had. Pieced it all together later on.
Have a great day all, great weather.
Double wedding, mom and dad on right, his brother and wife on left. 1946.
Sad to hear that story, Ernie. As the old saying goes, you can choose your friends but not your family.
My great-grandfather bought 86 acres in Ulster Country, NY around 1905. He built a stone cabin on it. They lived in Brooklyn and his children went upstate every summer. Same with his grandchildren. When my grandfather died, my father's cousin bought it. Lived there for 60 years. Some family members are buried on the land, and she tended to their graves. She died a few years ago at 97. She didn't want it sold to anyone outside the family so willed it to all of my great-grandfather's descendants. There are 47 of us, what a pain to figure out what to do with it. My first cousins are up there, so they have more of an attachment to the land. More distant cousins are in California & Texas, and they don't care, prefer we sell it. It's not a farm, just trees and deer.
NYC safety and cleanliness was probably at a low point in the 1970s and early 80s. We had 3 good mayors from '77 to '13 and things got much better. It's declined since then. Still NYC is safer than most large US cities. And as you say, it depends on the neighborhood.
There was a miniseries on ESPN 15 years ago 'The Bronx is Burning'. The main story was the Yankees '77 season, but it was about the '77 mayoral race, the 'Son of Sam' serial killer, a power blackout and lootings that followed. It's a pretty good perspective of what NYC was like back then. If it's on TV or streaming, I recommend it to everyone. Though maybe being from here made more of an impression on me.
Best in the new week everyone,
Morning Paul and everyone. Started raining before I got up so no walk for the pups, supposed to rain
lots today. inch or two, guess we do have a deficit. Looks like a real hot week coming, 90 or above. Your
cousin was smart to my way of thinking, our farm is gone the second generation, less than 10 years after
my dad died. Someone convinced dad to change his will and that the two that lived on the property would
care for it the best. Turns out those two were the ones that never separated themselves from parents and
ventured out on their own, which is necessary. Now the prettiest part of the farm is gone to people good
at talking my brother and his wife up and shooting them a few deer. A huge profit, around 200k for their
effort. To me, they got a priceless piece of property, if I had more than 3 days I might have convinced brother
not to let it go. To me, all that's necessary is for some of your relatives to live there and pay the tax on it.
I can't walk on dad's farm without getting permission from the enemy, don't think they would let me. They
never had garage sales at their farm down the road but do all the time at dad's. Also, told brother and his
wife they were going to raise beef cattle there but instead it's used to grow corn for ethanol for gasoline so
thousand gallons of weed killer is sprayed on it every year. I was there once when they were spraying and they
had wife and kids around the tank where they went back to refill the sprayer, couldn't believe it.
I couldn't bid higher than the outer party, payments would already be $950 a month and would've had to start
taking money from our savings to make that.
I guess the mayor is like the governor to the people in the city. I don't think much of mayors because I don't live
in town. Sounds like they don't stay in office long. I grew up on dad's farm so feel some attachment to it still. Did
have to separate ourselves from the farm for decades because of relatives that were not good elements to have
around a family, so that didn't help.
I barely remember that blackout. We had a smaller one somewhere around 2000, caused by the power authorities
or something like that. I had started working for a utility company so heard about it for a while. was widespread.
Getting small tasks done here last few days. Had bought an air filter cartridge for the Subaru last year and changed
it yesterday. See some ground lug terminals under the filter had corroded so sprayed them and coated them. Baja
doesn't get that many miles since we retired so stuff like that doesn't go bad as quick.
No real plans for today either. Have some projects waiting and some unfinished ones so could get busy on one.
Enjoy the day.
Subaru Baja bought 15 years ago when some of us stopped smoking.
I just want to know how to post a message to this senior group? I am brand new. I see a reply button but no button for a new message. Can you help me, please. Thank you. Anthony
Welcome to the forum.
I'm happy to help. If you want to post a new message that isn't a reply, just click the Reply button, when the window opens to type your message look at the top of the message box, you'll see it reads To and has a space with the person's name already provided that you're replying too, simply change that name to ALL and your message will no longer post as a reply but as a new message. If I can help with anything else please let me know.
Have you already quit or have you set a quit date? We're happy to have you joining us on the forum and I look forward to hearing from you again soon.
Have a great day.