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From: Susan1206


Good morning, Miss Kitty ~

Sitting on the patio with Finn on this picture perfect day.  Watching the birds at our feeders gives me great enjoyment.  Now, I truly know the meaning of "pecking order" and the blue jays are quite nasty!  Our orioles have left us.....migrating north for the summer.  Perhaps they will return in the Fall as they head south.  We have a robin who still enjoys the grape jelly at the oriole feeder and a few finch too.  Jim decided he wanted a finch feeder so now that has been added to the mix.

How have you been?  Are you still doing any painting?  I tell myself that I will go back to my seaglass jewelry making and then it all seems like such a huge effort.  I have enough seaglass accumulated for a lifetime.....the drilling is difficult and the wrapping too.  I cancelled an appt. with a Dr. for the swollen joints....because I am not sure they can do anything about the osteoarthritis in my hands.  One joint in particular is very hurtful.  Ah.....getting older is not or sissies.

Carry on....each in our own way....  Susan


From: Cocoa60


Good morning all.  Cool morning here at 55 before it drops to 53 or so.  Yesterday was our cool day

before it builds up to the heat wave at the end of the week.  I used it to work at the farm.  Got a ham

radio set up in brothers car.  Mainly I climbed up and cut branches down the were rubbing against

the roof of the two story garage.  Took about 50 pulls to get his chain saw started after sitting unused

for years, wore me down just doing that.  Didn't get back home in time to exercise so the branches

are it.  Was a nice bike ride down and back, bike ran better than last time but still stumbled a bit.  I went

across the road to the garage sale of the new owners of most of the farm.  Saw and put my hand on the

stack of glass blocks they got from tearing down the wall by dad's silow.  Separated the cow pasture

from the entrance to the silage.  Think I was about 5 years old when he built the glass wall.

I remember the cig chemicals.  399 put in by the tobacco companies ammonia and arsenic amoung

them.  Then they morph into 4000 chemicals when the cig fire hits them.

Hope you enjoy the bike rides Susan.  Warm evenings the rest of this week.  Glad the modification to

your bicycle worked. 

I stopped feeding the birds during the Summer because of the chipmunk families.  They multiply and

dig and chew through lots of places to hide and build their nests.  Eat lots too.  I miss the birds, will be

back in the Winter when I fill the feeders.

Dad's farm in the 50s

Dad's farm in the 80s.


From: Kittyarnold


Good morning all....totally fogged in this morning....99 degree humidity.....and only 68 degrees......I miss all of our friends and I'm not sure we are helping anyone...but we love you all....


From: JavaNY


Good morning. 

Listening to fellow quitters having similar experiences helps. The information on the forum helps. But everyone needs to want to quit.  Nobody else can do it for them.

Similar weather in NYC. Cool when I went for a walk at 7, but warmer when I returned.


From: JavaNY


GM Susan,

I follow the Giants but haven't been to a game in 20 years. I've always been a bigger baseball fan, the only sport I ever played in a league. I occasionally get tickets from our auditors and Yankee Stadium is a 35–40-minute train ride away. I never get Giants tickets and The Meadowlands (or whatever it is called now) is a pain to get to. Need a car and an awful mess to leave after the game. Best to have a post game tailgate until the traffic dies down.


Were the pictures of your Dad's farm taken from a plane?

Enjoy the day all.



From: Cocoa60


Good morning Paul, Kitty, and everyone.  Last cool morn before the heat at 58.  Yeah, someone with

a plane just has a camera running constantly and then tries to sell the photos to the property owners.

So most farmers love their farms and the flyers know that.  I have one picture from even earlier, think

there's a copy of it on this PC, before the big white silow was built.  The silow is still there.  There's a ladder

built on the outer side but I've never climbed it.  I have climbed up some on the ladder where the doors are

to unload the silage on the inner side towards the barn.  I'm very sad that part of the farm is lost.  I tried to

purchase it from my brother but I didn't find out about it until 3 days before the contract was to be signed

and the neighbors had been snowing my brother and his wife for years.  Told them lots of stories, likely most

untrue and shot a few deer for them.  So brother promised it to them couple years earlier long before the other

brother had died and they could sell it.  I couldn't offer more than the $167k selling price, already would have

messed up our insurance and finances for those three years after the sale.  But those 83 acres and the barn

were priceless to me.  I was 2 months old when we moved there in beginning 1955.  I might be able to rescue

the last 12 or 17  acres, two deeds on what's left.  Not certain yet and I might be to old to build it back up for

the next generations.

Vacuumed the pool yesterday and will change the DE in the filter today.  I've caught 2 of the visiting bull frogs

and transplanted them to a pond a mile away.  They drive our pups nuts, they bark like crazy and never stop.

Pool is fenced in and that's where we let the dogs out to go to the bathroom , then we clean it up.  So they're

out there often. 

Good work not smoking Paul, a terrible part of my life that I'm glad is in the past.  At least most of it, still most

likely carrying some damage from it.

Have a great day all, stay cool.


Farm earlier in the 50s.  The field behind the house isn't bulldozed yet.  The white silow isn't built yet.  Looks like someone in the garden on the left. 


From: Kittyarnold


Love the  view of the farm hope all is well......thinking about how I quit smoking and part of me still finds it hard to believe that I could do it  after 55 yrs......thanks for all the support from our group...stay well and smoke free....


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Kitty and all.  Warmer at 66 here this morn.  Had couple hours of rain yesterday,

was pretty dry here. 

Picked blueberries again on Wednesday before the pool vacuum and got the Henry amplifier fan

replaced with a muffin fan Thursday.  The squirrel cage fan was noisy before it quit and they have

been out of production for many years.  The muffin fans are plentiful and less expensive.  I might

look for a spacer / shroud the directs the air flow better than the one I made.  There are people

making them with 3d printers.

I'm glad to be out of the smoking world also.  About 38 years over a 40 year span for me.  I still have

this Aortic stent to keep track of and Diabetes, some of which might be from smoking and some

hereditary.  I'm also grateful for the help I got here on the forum.  Was About.com before moving

over here, if I remember right.  Miss those people especially the ones that are gone from our world like

Barb and John Quincy Adams IV. 

I loved the farm.  It's what I wrote about for my college admittance exam.  I remember getting lost briefly

in that field behind the house before it was cleared.  Was probably 3 or 4 years old.  Was sad to see the glass

blocks from the silo wall my dad built when I was little, int the garage sale last time I was down on the farm

to help.  Put my hand on the stack of blocks but not sure if I want to buy some of them.  They've been in their

sale for a couple years, maybe I should buy them and build a wall somewhere else. 

Hope you all have a great day, must be very warm in the city of concrete for Paul.  Very warm in the west also.


Monte Carlo SS in front of dad's barn couple years ago.


From: JavaNY


Yes, Ernie it is very humid here. I go into my office on Thursday and generally walk home. It was unbearable yesterday; my shirt was soaked. Not as bad today. I think some rain is on the way.

Enjoy the evening everyone.



From: Cocoa60


Good morning Paul and all.  65 here this morn and 95 % humidity.  I can only imagine

all the heat stored in the concrete city.  Can probably feel the radiation.  I was out for

a few hours yesterday lowering my ham radio Mosley beam antenna to the ground for

repairs and to be moved away from the tree that was only a couple feet high when I put

the antenna there, now it's getting higher than I had the antenna.  Antenna is about 20

feet by 20 feet and heavy so had to set up a pulley with a rope tied to a tree and the backhoe,

to lower it to the ground.  I was getting very hot towards the end of the job.

Gotta do repair on the Subaru Baja exhaust, it's rusted and come completely apart in one

place.  Would like to patch it for the Winter and probably buy new pipe and muffler after the

Winter's salt has washed away.

Spent hours yesterday looking for a shroud / spacer and gaskets for the amp fan, finally found

the best one I thought I was going to get and ordered it from Amazon. 

Hope everyone has a great day and stays cool. 


My dad in WW2.  Lost him 12 years ago today.