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From: Cocoa60


Good morning all.  45 here so not to bad.  Birds are pretty Susan.  I don't see a way to zoom in a picture

on this forum, used to try a long time ago.  I miss the birds out here but the squirrels, chipmunks, and

flocks of blackbirds eat all the food when Spring comes.  Bears start smashing feeders in the Spring


Sorry things got mixed up in your appointments Kitty.  None of us experienced at the process you're

going through, which is good.  We have a site called our portal that has all our medical stuff on it.  I

rarely check into it but just did to see my blood test results before the follow up appointment this morn.

It's good to know what's going on before the appt.  The outer office won't give me a hard copy until

after the follow up appt is over.

The 16 years seems like routine Paul.  There's no desire to smoke even in the most stressful times these


Wife is working hard transplanting flowers into large pots for around the pool.  Looks beautiful in the Summer.

Lots of work Susan.  Wife says she feels broken at the end of the day.

I only did lots of small tasks on Sunday.  Waiting for parts for lots of projects.  My Diabetes A1C is up a little so

not to great.  I see my TSH for thyroid is up so they will be adjusting the dose, couple extra trips there.  Don't know

why it keeps varying, it was just going down so they had to keep decreasing the mg.

Sad you have neighbor problems Carolyn.  We've had a bad neighbor since 1983, single guy moved in after the

tornado.  Used to swear at our dogs all the time.  Tried to fight with me when he thought one of my mower wheel

was on his side of the property line.  Just a pain to have around.  We've gotten used to having him around so

doesn't bother us anymore. 

Have a great day all, pretty good weather here in the northeast, sunny days in the 70s most days.



From: Susan1206


Dear Carolyn,

That’s a shame about your neighbor.  Do you think an invitation to sit down and discuss the entire situation would be helpful….or not?   I guess it’s difficult because we really don’t know what is going on inside someone’s life.   

I’ve worked outside for two days straight and now my back is saying….no more up and down for a while!  I will now address my containers.   Lilac bush is nearly finished.  I do love the Columbine beside it.

A lovely day.  Happy that Ray is a huge part of your life.  I will be seeing my daughter and granddaughter tonight.  Always makes me feel so happy.

As you can see, Finn is very “sugar faced”.  I guess that’s the term for Goldens who are aging.  Blessed to have had him for eleven plus year….. Not sure what I will do with myself when he passes……..

  • Edited May 22, 2023 3:54 pm  by  Susan1206

From: Susan1206


Hi Ernie,

The Canada warbler is difficult to see.  Beautiful markings on face and chest.  So many of the “real” birders are a hoot to watch…..They come in total birding gear with vests/pockets and super large telescopic cameras.  Some, have check lists that they mark each time a warbler is seen.  Most are very helpful in giving information on what they are looking at.  It’s fun just to walk through the marsh and hear their pronounced singing.

Yes, getting older is not for sissies…..You seem to have a lot of knowledge and a good fix on your diabetic issues.

A lovely day here.  Second day in a row of planting.  Be sure and send a picture of your wife’s plantings around the pool.   Our pool opens this week-end.  We are now given a type of fob to gain entrance.  A few years ago, it was codes and the teens would give the codes out to non-residents.

Carry on as we say….Another day of not smoking and poisoning our body!



From: Susan1206


Hi Kitty,

Thinking of you today ~ so sorry that the biopsy was not scheduled.   I am watching an oriole slurp up grape jelly at our oriole feeder.  Wish I could capture a picture, but they are skittish and if I pick up the laptop to take a picture, he will be gone.

Hope the weather is lovely.  I just bought a hibiscus.  I am sure you had many of these in Sanibel.  I tried to winter mine over which no success… LOL



From: Susan1206


Hi Paul,

Are you referring to the Canadian Geese?   Oh my, we have so many here in Ohio ~ they are actually quite a nuisance.    The only thing cute about them are the fuzzy ducklings that are always way to close to the roadways. 

It’s a perfect day here.  I love when the temperature allows all of the windows to be open.  Soon, the air conditioning units will be humming.

Enjoy the week.   Susan

Interestingly enough, the cardinals, robins and orioles all feed at the oriole feeder.  Thank heavens I purchase their grape jelly at Aldis or I would be broke!   At least a jar every week or two.


We await the arrival of the hummingbirds……. 


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Susan and all.  Great to see Finn doing well.  Our Chloe has diarrhea and wife has

them on rice / chicken diet with yogurt for treats.  Wife got them 3 shots each, mercury free at our

vet Dr.  Caused the sickness.  I usually only get them the Rabies shot and then because of the law. 

Dog people I know say the one rabies shot lasts their whole lives.  Wife says next time will only get

rabies shot.  Chloe is getting back to normal, the first day she acted sick also.

The bad neighbor we have would see an effort to talk as weakness.  Not an understanding person.

Unfortunately he's retired also. 

Part came in for the pool so installed it instead of my temp patch.  Pools been running and already

shocked so shouldn't get any algae.  Salt installed and chloranator running.  Algaeside in also.  Pool

should hum along now.  Water temperature was 65 yesterday, numbing for me. 

Got Monte Carlo SS insured and registered yesterday.  Might drive it down to the farm later this week.

the battery went dead once so lost the programming for base timing, timing advance air:fuel ratios.  I

have notes and can adjust everything with the computer control inside the car on the way. 

Finished my blood test appointments.  Glucose is a little worse.  Maybe time to seek out one of those

diabetes specialists.  I can't seem to keep my level down around 100, I'm often in the 120s and sometimes

in the 130s.  I dieted down into the 140s in weight and didn't seem to help the numbers and very hard to

keep my weight down there.  It's a lifetime war with all these battles.  If I get a specialist that just pushes

meds, won't be going there. 

Have a great day all.  Good luck with the birds Susan. 

We have 2 nights forecast in the 30s so have to watch and see about covering the new plants.


Hi Susan and all,

I have tried talking with my neighbor but she gets irrational and argumentative.  I will stay away and hope for the best. 

I used the grill tonight to make dinner. It has been a long time. My son usually grills when the family comes, so I was a bit out of practice. I made chicken, aluminium pouches of potatoes and broccoli.  It turned out ok and I didn't have to wash my giant cast iron skillet. I use it to make just about everything, even giant chocolate chip cookies.

I went to my mother's today and filled her pill case. We have lunch and watch the game channel.  She watches the little boy across the street out the front window.  I'm still waiting to hear back from Meals on Wheels. I showed her pictures from my son and daughter in law's week in Mexico. 

Finn is looking good!  And so are the flowers 

Hi Ernie

It sounds like your bad neighbor sounds like my bad neighbor.  It's very hard to talk to her. She only wants to argue. 

My glucose numbers are also becoming problematic.  I'm at 140.  Not good at all.  I try to lose weight but its such a struggle. Don't know if that would even help.  Its always something I guess. 

Take it easy



From: Cocoa60


Good morning Carolyn and all.  51 here, nice.  Have 2 nights coming up in the 30s.  Just hope stays in the upper 30s.

Yeah, many of these people know they're in the wrong from the start but just want to give you a hard time.  Like bad

neighbors, I mean.  Some people could probably reason with them.  Bob Dylan or someone like that, Gandhi. 

I didn't have a pill case 16 years ago when I stopped the poison smoke.  Just Diabetes, trying to keep my glucose down

without synthetic meds for diabetes and trying to stay asleep, also came up with arthritis.  I was taking 3 diabetes meds

and on my way to insulin.  I have recently been in the lower 140s and my glucose readings are the same as being in the

lower 150s.  I'm hungry all the time in the lower 140s.  I don't understand, I should be down 4 glucose units for every pound

I lose.  It works to a point, went way down from the 180s to the 150s.  I probably need one of these doctors that specializes

in diabetes, instead of a family doctor. 

Try the meals on wheels yourself.  I've been told that it's bland because of the large group of people they feed that can't have

stuff like salt.  So some people that need to eat just about stop.  Just keep an eye on it.  What older people usually want is to

socialize, the meal is just a means to that end. 

Pool part arrived so the pool pump and filter are all together right.  Belts arrived for the mower deck and that's together, level,

and working.  In this case the cheaper belts look much cheaper than Sears Parts Direct belts.  So often get the same thing for

the higher price.  Still waiting for the little ribbon cable from Japan, for the ham transceiver, I ordered April 7th.  Waiting for the

turned crankshaft for the 1984 Monte Carlo Sport Coupe. 

Supposed to get some showers this afternoon but this is really great weather for a long time.  I hope the south isn't getting

terrible storms from the climate change, I don't keep up.  Seems constant.

Enjoy the day all.Ernie


From: Susan1206


Good morning, dear Sensational Senior friends ~

A sunny but chilly day here by the shore of Lake Erie ~ 53 degrees from the Weather Channel.  

The order of the day will be a quest to purchase a new bird feeder.  I believe our feeder was only three years old….repaired at least once.  One of the pesky starlings took it down a day ago.  The birds are distraught without the feeder and I’ve taken to a space on the ground to scatter their seed.  Chuck and Henrietta (our two duck friends) still visit and the Baltimore Orioles are plentiful.  We are now seeing our yellow Finch at Jim’s feeder but alas…..no hummingbirds!

So, my friends, I hope that you all have a wonderful smoke-free day.  I did see a neighbor who appears to walk miles each day with his wife who was using oxygen in the car.  Perhaps that is why he walks to ward off any repercussions of smoking……