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Good morning Paul and all. Warm 43 and raining here. Temperature drops into the teens tonight.
With the rain and cold can't walk the dogs for three mornings. Belle is in some kind of pain, we took
her into emergency but they didn't find it, just prescribed some anti-inflammatory pain pills. Charged
$189. Enough for a week of groceries before the price rises with the virus. We should probably drive
up to Ithaca to the Colonial clinic if gets worse or continues. They cost even more but are also more
skilled. My daughter managed to get her dog into Cornell but follow up is months away. There was a
7 month waiting list when Brandy got the Cancer tumor.
Paul, don't think we had auto mechanics or electrical. I spent about two years in auto mechanics technical
schools while I was in the Army. I didn't stay in it that long after the service. Knew I needed some college
to support a family. Was taking a college prep course before I got out of the Army. Car dealers lie to their
employees as much as customers. One told me one wage but when got my first check it was less, and on
and on. wee have cashed in on my auto mechanics schooling over and over throughout the years. We
couldn't have taken our cars in for work all those years. Even if you change to wrong part once in a while,
it's still a worn part and the repair garages also change the wrong part sometimes. They just cover it up.
We did have art. I remember making pottery. I was lucky enough to have art class with my girlfriend.
Girlfriend kept our pottery for her hope chest.
We didn't get much rain yesterday but was gloomy all day. Above average temps are better than below average
like we get lots of times this time of year. I see it's forecast to stay above average until the 22nd now. I would be
more than happy to have a below average Winter if it would save California from the floods. Don't know if this is
climate change or not because that's an average over many years. I sure feel bad for them. I was up in Yosemite
National Park on my bike, where they got 4 or 5 feet of snow last I heard. Did freeze and ride through a snow storm
on my way down the eastern side of the mountains. Was wearing all the leather I took with me. Just hours earlier
I was wearing a t shirt and sweating walking through that tree trunk that was in our school books showing a car
driving through. A neighbor tells me the tree had fallen when he visited later. Strange with the tree being so old.
Enjoy the day all.
Meant to say Paul, bottom of my jean jacket caught the edge of my coffee cup when I was sitting down and dumped a full cup in my lap. Bad way to start the day. Never did that before. Just got this jacket 2022, still stiff.
Good morning, Ernie, Paul, Tina, Kitty and All,
A cold, but sunny, day here by the shore of Lake Erie. 27 degrees but feels like 15 with wind chill. Reminder to self to get bird seed today. The sparrows need strength to keep warm.
Paul, my eldest daughter Molly, SIL and two grands flew into NYC for the week-end. Each one has picked a certain venue they would like to see. Molly chose Central Park. It’s rather amazing to me how kids leave late on a Friday night and fly into the city for a brief two day week-end. Eldest granddaughter back to Kent University on Monday and Molly back teaching on Tuesday. Ah, to be young!
Ernie, Sorry to hear about Belle. Hope you see improvement. I must put Finn back on the Deramaxx against my better judgment. Having difficulty getting up (especially on the hard wood floors).
Tina, I didn’t realize you were so close to Buffalo. At the other end of the Lake….Cold there…..and so much snow.
Off to wake up the one who rules the house….Finn likes to sleep in.
Enjoy the week-end. ((Hugs)). Susan
One year ago today ~
I hope your family enjoys NYC, Susan.
Stay warm everyone.
Good morning Susan, Paul, and all. 17 here this morn. If a little warmer would take the dogs out
for our run. Belle has been better since early yesterday. Paul, I drove down to the Delaware Water
Gap on route 80 yesterday afternoon / eve to get some wheels and tires for my Baja (4). Awful close
to you. Lucky the guy drove an hour towards me and lowered the price from $220 to $200 and gave
me a new Baja water pump he also had left over when he sold his. When we were stationed at Fort Dix,
NJ in the 70s, we drove through there all the time. Tires the guy had are the same as the ones on the
front of the Baja now. Size, brand, model, everything. If it wasn't so late in the day, I would've drove to
Browns Mills, NJ, just outside of Fort Dix and looked at our old apartment building, a house converted to
apartments. Would've been dark when I got there. I can see on the street view on Zillow real estate that
it's in bad shape and most of it is boarded up, our apartment is boarded up. Looks like the main apartment
in the building is still being used.
I will be able to get my Baja going again today and get down to the farm to help a little soon. My sister just
was there on the 6th so no rush. Have so much into the Baja will be happy to get it back into use.
Susan, glad Finn is doing fairly well. Sad they get older so quick. Have never seen him but love him.
Put my card into a PA welcome Center candy machine where I couldn't see a price. Paid $5.00 for a little
pack of M & Ms. My contribution to PA I guess, on the PA NJ border. I knew PA was a thief of the poor
by their inheritance tax of 4% on children and 11% on anyone else, no matter how little the inheritance
is. So if someone is inheriting a farm that only has a 30k to 60k income could easily be lost because the
sibling or whatever couldn't afford the hugh inheritance tax.
Enjoy the day all.
One of my bikes at Yosemite National Park, Calif years ago.
The pictures so far have been Summit One Vanderbilt (a glass tower of some sorts, looks like glass floors and ceilings) and a storefront of Louis Vuitton. I asked the granddaughter if she purchased a purse and she said ‘no’.
Sunny but cold here. Mass in the morning and errands this afternoon. On we go into Martin Luther King Day tomorrow ~
Kudos on that beautiful picture. Are Lakes in that area really that blue? I am betting they are. Daughter wants us to go to Ireland or England….. I told her my bucket list consists of one venue and that is the Lake Louise/Banff area. Maybe we will plan that in a year or two.
So you visited the Delaware Gap area? My cousin lived in Mendham, New Jersey and I remember prices being so much higher than Ohio and that was years ago. He was a corporate attorney for A T & T and took a train to work in the city, I believe.
Happy to hear that Belle is doing better. Daughter’s kitty (15) very ill and will undergo a biopsy for pancreatic cancer. I rather went through my Motherly lecture about God having a Plan and the cost of chemotherapy for a pet. They are old enough to do as they and their funds allow. There is a season for all of us…..
On we go into a holiday tomorrow. Nothing special here……probably Monday washing. LOL
Good morning Susan and all. Only 13 here so no walk for us, elliptical for me. I did start
jogging 13 years before Diabetes but no evening session. That came about just a couple
years ago when I was on 3 meds and headed for insulin. It's working but someday I will
get to old to exercise and will be headed down that road again I fear.
I can't imagine the stores in NYC or the prices. We have troubles with the prices in our
little world here. Sounds like fun though. I only had a bus tour there in the dark. We did
stop and get out at the 911 site.
The Delaware Water Gap is only a couple hours from here. We didn't know much about the
Binghamton, NY area when we lived in NJ. Binghamton was just a large town we drove by on
our way back to Fort Dix after visiting wife's parents when they lived north of Syracuse. My
assistant motor sergeant hit the guard rails here in the snow after visiting his mom in Buffalo.
Tried to look him up over the years. Think he died in an accident in Georgia in 1981 near an
Army base there. Before he was 30 years old. Anyway, we aren't that far away from Fort Dix
here, just never occurred to us. Last time we visited there was in 1987 after a vacation at
the ocean in Ocean City, Maryland, I think. On the Delmarva Peninsula. Most of the friends
we had there were Army and we didn't know where the others were anymore.
Our granddaughter has a dog that's sick. She's already borrowed $1000. They definitely can't
afford it. Just got married and she's in college. They have that new Care Credit thing for medical
just about anyone can get. Belle is still doing good. Glad didn't turn out to be something critical
Nj prices weren't much of a thing to us. We were dirt poor in the Army, did pay $180, then $190
for our apartment and it was dumpy. Was paying $70 or $80 in Missouri just before that. We got
a used clothes washer down there and put it in our bathroom. In the day of cloth diapers. Was
just barely room to move in the bathroom with the washer hooked to the sink. Think I remember
the Army paid us $110 a month for a place to live, called BAQ.
I got the used wheels / tires on the Baja Sunday. Have to check the tire pressures yet. Dogs didn't
give me any time to spare. I'm glad to not be risking a fortune testing the rear suspension.
The Yosemite lake was a high altitude plateau lake so that probably has something to do with the
blue water. There was no plaque with the name of the lake or anything. Think that was May of 2005,
not sure. Somewhere around that year. Was really hot on the Pacific Ocean side, then going down the
East side, freezing and almost a blizzard. Then south through the desert was hot, then got very windy
through the desert for hundreds of miles, very windy, could just barely keep my bike in the lane. No
traffic though. Sad that hugh tree fell that you could walk through the hole in the trunk. Some of the
trees have been lost in the recent fires, after being thousands of years old.
Enjoy the day all. Supposed to be sunny 35 here but after that 4 days of rain and snow.
Good morning, all.
Normal January weather here, can't complain. I went to the Delaware River Gap once when I was down in Philly. It was peaceful. I never went to Yosemite though visited Sequoia. Yes, Ernie a shame what the fires are doing to thousand-year-old trees.
Susan, One Vanderbilt is a new 93 floor building. I have not been inside, it opened in 2021. Across from Grand Central Station which fortunately was not torn down.
Giants win, all is good in the world. Enjoy the day,
Good morning Paul and all. Yeah, even though above normal, still wintery. Most of the days in our
forecast have precipitation. Probably not feet of snow accumulating so thankful for that.
I stopped at the PA welcome center which seemed to be off Route 80, weird. So I don't think I went
into NJ. Grateful for the guy driving an hour towards me. Really needed the tires and can use the
wheels. I have the two that are more worn on the back of the Baja now for the test run. The other
two are 9/32 out of the new tread that measures 12/32. Now I have a real wheel for a spare instead
of the little temp tire that they usually gave you with a car. Don't think they even do that anymore.
Sometime I will come up with some sheet metal and mount the spare back underneath the truck bed,
for now just laying in the bed.
I was getting ready to go to the farm yesterday when I heard loud humming and buzzing. Turned the
stereo off because I thought the ground had come disconnected from a speaker but it was the furnace,
then it went into fault and shut down. I had just read a blog about local people being cheated badly
by repair companies doing HVAC. Our furnace is about 22 years old, same as the hot water heater. It
was the exhaust blower they have on high efficiency appliances. I took it apart and kept trying to get rid
of the obstruction behind the squirrel cage fins but couldn't so I put it on the floor and put my weight on
it and kept turning it. Finally spinning free. Got it all back together and it's running good. It's that beige
stuff that forms from natural gas combustion and accumulates over the years.
Warm enough for our walk this morning, finally after about 5 mornings of rain and cold.
Enjoy the day all.