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Started 8/23/15 by ModDee; 2149763 views.

From: Cocoa60


Good morning Susan, Paul, and all.  Snowing and windy here this morn.  Not sure weather to walk the dogs

or not.  Tomorrow is 55 and some rain, then rain most days this week but warmer.  Will be better to walk in

the warmer temps.  Won't need my heated gloves so much.  Think I might need the same surgery wife's mother

got some day.  Stents in the arteries that go out to my arms.  I've had a terrible time keeping my hands warm

for couple decades.  Especially if I'm in the cold and not exercising.  Her arms were actually in pain but that might

be coming for me.

I like the hot air balloons but don't think I will ever go up in one, not a fan of heights.  We have a balloon and speedie

rally here.  Speedie's are just chunks of meat they make sandwiches out of usually.  Somehow it's supposed to be a

big deal for our area.

Sorry you have a death in your lives now Susan.  Comes up to often.  If we ever get to traveling again, I would prefer

to drive since we're retired and not in a hurry.  Have thought about getting a RV and a truck to tow it.  Really no reason

for us to be in the north first 3.5 months of the year. 

Paul, my feet got to hurting and had to quit jogging again but was fun for the 3-4 months.  I feel fortunate I was able

to jog again for a time.  I can still walk fast so I don't get the impact on my feet, almost the same thing.  Just about the

same speed, it's just less exercise.  The dogs don't care one way or the other.  Are you in another planned run today?

I didn't have the speed to be in those.  Think it's a great thing to get exercise and usually raise money for a good cause.

Briefly got involved with our granddaughter but not much anymore.  

Just looking over schematics of current repair job yesterday, upstairs at the dining room table with a mag glass.  Looking

for the commands to enter the board I'm working on.  Received the relays so might put a new one in soon. 

Brother is in the hospital for his legs.  Says his cats will run out of food today so guess I will head down tomorrow.  He planned

on showing them his leg after his eye shots so should have dumped out a lot of cat food before he left.  Guess some older people

stop thinking and planning.  I have to try to put out enough food and water to last them a week.  Not traveling down there every

couple days.  To costly in time and money.  Supposed to have liter boxes cleaned every day or so but they never do.

Cost of flights has gone up lots, don't think we ever will again.  Don't enjoy it anyway.  Airlines are always in the news for one problem

or another.

Glad we're all smoke free, glad we didn't continue on feeding the addition.  So easy to let years pass in it.  The flower girl from our

wedding probably died from smoking.  So wrong to see your flower girl die.  My mom was gone at 61 from smoking.

Have a great day and stay warm all.  Look forward to Easter dinner.



From: JavaNY


Yes, Ernie, it was another planned run. My running probably not much faster than my fast waking, but I didn't hurt myself so that is all that matters. It was very windy before the race so cold waiting there. Great when moving, and the sun came out later. 

I had never heard of the charity, but it was for lung cancer. Chase sponsors it to honor a former chairman who died of lung cancer. He never smoked. I read 15-20% of lung cancer victims never smoked. I wonder if most had some other type of exposure.

Peaceful evening,



From: Cocoa60


Good morning Paul.  Glad your run went well.  Going down to the farm this morn after I walk the dogs

and get ready.  Replaced the relay in that unit yesterday, didn't think it would fix it and it didn't so continue

looking for the problem.

Fairly good weather until rain this evening.  If it weren't so cold this morn I would consider riding my bike.

Only 27 right now and around 33 at 9 AM. 

Enjoy the day, if 60 here. probably close to 70 there. 



From: Kittyarnold


Good morning....April 5 already.....it might get up to 60 today.....in Connecticut....very cloudy tho......have a wonderful smoke free day


From: Susan1206


Good morning to Ernie, Paul and Kitty ,

A beautiful morning here in Avon Lake.  Signs of Spring everywhere and oh my, the grass is so green!  I’m looking out our kitchen window into the front perennial flower bed.  I need to bring out my knee pad and get to work on all of the leaves that have gathered over the winter.  This is a “must do” because I do not trust the workers  from  lawn care to rake over everything (including the tender young shoots that are buried).

What is everyone’s Easter plans?   We will go to Mass at a German Catholic Parish in the city.  An old church that I am fond of for holidays.  Then, the youngest daughter and family will go to a nearby restaurant for brunch.  

Lovely this morning, 70 degrees but strong storms are predicted for later.  Have a blessed day everyone.  Susan


From: Susan1206


Congrats on a successful run.  So happy that you are smoke free and able to participate in such events.  Yes, I had a close friend who passed from lung cancer but her husband was a chain smoker, so possibly exposure.

It truly is such an insidious habit.  I can’t believe that I was so stupid to smoke for all of those years.  But, what is in the past must stay there and I am so grateful that I found the Forum and was able to quit.

Finn not up yet (9:32 a..m.).  A walk for sure this morning.



From: Susan1206


Dear Miss Kitty,

Wonderful signs of Spring here…my treasured forget-me-nots have multiplied.  I just love the blue flowers.  Wish they lasted all summer long.

I must gather up the leaves and debris from winter soon.  Rain coming.

What are your Easter plans?



From: Susan1206


Dear Ernie,

I will send some of our warm temperature your way…supposed to get to 70 degrees today, but strong storms predicted. 

We had a nice visit over to my friend’s home and we walked our Goldens.  Kayla is going to be 12 and is slowing down ~ she will no longer jump up into my friend’s SUV, so we visit over at her house rather than going to a park.  Such is life.  They are content just to be together, as they previously would romp and play.

Enjoy the day.  Hope you were able to walk the pups.  Susan


From: JavaNY


Thanks, Susan. 

Yes, if I had a time machine, I'd do lots of things differently. Assuming I had my current knowledge otherwise, I'd probably make the same bad choices, wink

I'll go to my sister's probably Saturday morning. I'll go to a Good Friday service at the church my grandparents went to. 157 years old. Probably won't go Easter, unless one of my nieces wants to go. 

Good evening, everyone,



From: Cocoa60


Good morning all.  In the 40s last two mornings, nice to not have my hands so cold, even with heated gloves.

54 this morn but dropping temps throughout the day.  We have 3 nights in a row back in the 20s but at least

above our threshold so we will be out for a walk mornings.  The dogs still rush out into a lane of traffic if there's

an animal alive or dead.  Kayla and Finn are getting older, it's a pain but something we have to live with if we want

the love.  Wife says my solar lights look like a runway up in our dog cemetery.  Miss them all so much.

I see my wife's flowers coming up.  Don't know what they are but they will be pretty.  Then we have all the pool

flowers coming up soon.  Only a little over a month and it will be pool opening time.  Muck nicer to open than to

close.  smiley 

We're having the family Easter ham dinner here, same as every year.  Will love having our family together.  Daughter's

haven't taken over hosting the dinner yet.  We still haven't put up Easter decorations yet but some Spring stuff and

St. Patricks is down. 

You probably remember we lost our flower girl last year, I think from smoking lung cancer.  Isn't talked about much

because 4 of my wife's brothers still smoke even with weak lungs and vascular problems.  I came very close to dying

with my Aortic aneurysm 9 years after I stopped smoking, probably caused by plaque on artery walls, the vascular

surgeon said.  The surgeon said plaque never goes away.  One of wife's brothers has had surgery's on the arteries

that go down legs just below the Aorta.  Wife changed over to vape but hasn't been able to let that go yet.  She did

step own to a 3 of nicotine from 6.  It's strange having your flower girl gone. 

Was 67 here this afternoon, we had house windows open again.  2nd time.  I've been putting plastic bags over our

car mirrors and windshield covers on with straps out to the edge of the mirrors.  Trying to stop the Robins from

pooping on our mirrors and down the sides of the cars.  Hasn't solved it but reduced it a great deal.  Had the same

thing last year, think it's for a couple months of Spring. 

I'm still trouble shooting the control problems in the ham transceiver, will get it some time.  Keeping track of brother

in hospital.  I will probably have to go back down Saturday to take care of his cats if he's still in then.  Has infections

in one leg that are improving with antibiotics and has a blood clot in the other leg they're trying to cure with blood

thinners.  Leg with infections is starting to look better, he says.

Have a great day all.