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Good morning, Miss Kitty and Ernie and Paul and any who lurk here ~
December is fast upon us. I celebrated a birthday yesterday....rather low key as spouse has a cold. I have been busy decorating the condo.....mailing packages (the postal service is getting $$$) on our shipping fees, and gift buying. Every year I say that I will cut back with the budget.....and then Christmas comes and the spirit of giving takes over. I guess I can understand why some just give money and perhaps some day it will come to that...but for now it is mostly online shopping and a few select stores.
The weather is very dreary here. No sun for several days and today a cold, wet rain. The outside wreaths with their plaid bows look festive ~ just waiting for a bit of snow to look like Christmas.
I am not receiving any emails that there are postings. Any suggestions, Ernie. Guess I have to go in to my Settings.
Hope all is well. Sorry about the death of your friend, Kitty. Sorry, Ernie for your sister-in-law's move.
We have my late husband's family gathering back home this week-end. We have not gathered since COVID. I would like to say I look forward to it....but there are about 100 in attendance and I do worry about getting sick. On we go...............
Good to hear you have been able to jog painlessly, Ernie. The speed doesn't matter, I'm certainly not fast.
Harder to keep in touch with relatives who are not nearby. I have 10 1st cousins in Ulster, Dutchess, Columbia counties. Not that far away, but other than funerals I haven't spoken with them since I was a teenager. My sister sends them Christmas cards. I see my 2nd-3rd cousins that live in NYC.
Happy Birthday Susan!
Good morning Susan, Paul. warm 41 degrees here this morn. Hard to recalculate what clothes to wear
since changing from walking to jogging. Generates much more body heat. I'm very happy with no snow
and no salt. I have to try to determine if I can keep the dogs out of the salt then, sometimes the shoulder
is salt free. I'm grateful for fairly nice days Friday and Saturday since my upper control arm links are supposed
to arrive today. Sunny and 40 isn't to bad to work in. Much better than 20, wind, and snow. I will probably
do one side, then turn the car around so the other side is broadside to the south where the sun is.
Susan, you have to go to my account, then to My Preferences to turn on email notifications. I turned that off
way back in the day when I posted about 20 or 30 times a day when we were younger and freshly quit. Freshmen,
you might say. I'm still here every day so it's not necessary, just clutters my email.
I'm not sure what shopping I will do. We have our grandsons today while daughter goes shopping. Those were the
days, when we had children at home for Christmas, it comes and goes fast.
Yeah, sister in laws move probably swallowed up the farm. Even if they don't put liens on it that swallow it up, PA has
what they call Medicaid Recovery Act and they take your property, vehicles, possessions when you die. Worse than
when they have their inheritance tax on the poor and lower middle class, 4% on your kids, 11% on anyone else, even
grandkids or siblings. no lower limit. So a grandkid inheriting a farm would likely lose it.
Wow, 100 people, we don't get nearly that many even for a family funeral.
I'm very healthy and the problems I do have keep improving as I diet and exercise so not worried about the virus but
hope you don't get it if you attend.
I did go down and get some clothes at JC Penny with buy one get one 50% off and then 35% off purchase. Works out
to be 50% off total. Our Pennys owns their store in the mall so about the only large store left there. Lost Sears, Bradlees,
Montgomery Ward. Macys, Bonton, and others. I'm only doing small tasks lately except this repair on the Baja coming
up. I don't remember but hope I had both ends of those links off when I replaced the rear subframe last Fall. So I don't
have to fight with the bolts, get the torch out to heat them and all of that.
Happy birthday Susan. Aren't we overjoyed we can breathe so much better.
Like jogging again and my glucose is dropping for now. My body most likely will get used to it and work around it eventually.
That's how diabetes is, it looks at what you're doing to send it into remission and seems to figure out how to bypass your
efforts. Also, it's progressive so no matter where you are in it, it's going to get worse, eventually, but that can take years or
a decade depending on what treatment you are using, or steps you took to get into remission and to stay there.
Hope everyone is enjoying life.
A glass sculpture at Corning's Museum of Glass in Corning, NY.
Good morning Ernie, Paul and Kitty,
I am sitting here in front of my mood light enhancer that arrived yesterday. It’s much smaller in size than I had imagined for the cost. It does have a timer and bright light adjustment with hues so I would guess these features would add to the cost.
Although I would like snow on Christmas Eve thru New Year’s Day, I agree that I am perfectly happy with the 40 degree temperatures and drizzle…
I must make a trip to Costco today to purchase items for the gathering. Joe came from a large Catholic family with eight children…many of them had large families. Thus, we are many. I was an only child.
Enjoy the day. Susan
Thank you for the birthday wishes. I would like to believe that it is just a ‘number’. So, on we go….. doing our best to stay active and healthy. I believe that is the key to staying young.
I have two cousins, one in Highlands Ranch CO and one in Chattanooga. We were all only children, I am the youngest!
Enjoy the day ~ Susan
Good morning Susan. 30 here this morn, cool but much better than 18. My parts for
the Baja were scheduled to arrive yesterday and didn't but today would be ok. Won't
be very warm until after the mail comes anyway.
Is your mood light lightening your mood? I turn one or two lights on when it's a cloudy
and dark day even though I can see fine without them. Especially when it goes on day
We are supposed to get some snow Sunday, few inches I think. Don't think it would
survive until Christmas if we get it. I could hold off anyway. Will be plenty of weeks
with snow cover. I fixed my boom box for snow shoveling. If only a few inches I don't
use the backhoe, shovel makes less of a mess and I can use the exercise. Think our
driveway is about 150 feet long with space for two cars for about half of it.
We had a large family. My mom says most of us wouldn't have been born if they had
birth control pills in the 50s. So I just barely made it here. I was the youngest so
our family is fading fast. I have a brother further north in NY that is still working at 80
years old. Didn't manage to get a pension from the places he worked.
Birthdays, for a while we have the option to restart ourselves in our lives but these times
will fade. I'm sure doing a lot better while fighting diabetes but if not for this war I wouldn't
be doing it. It consumes a good part of my life. Many do everything healthy without these
battles though. Many would look for someone to pay to replace these control arms on the
Baja but to me I would be paying someone to live my life for me.
Still doing small tasks these days waiting for my parts to get here. We did have the grandsons
yesterday but only about 5 hours. They had pizza but I bowed out of my usual one piece. I ate
enough without one. We decorated the tree. I got out an angel that lights but think I will need to
put some LEDs in it. Not getting the lights to stay on.
Enjoy the day all, some sunshine forecast here.
I am using the light as I type. Decently sure that it will take longer than a day or so to make up for the lack of sunshine. The sun is shining today…but it is chilly.
I saw a birthday cake in one of your pictures. Do you also have a December birthday? Interesting comment your Mom made, but so true of the time. The 1960’s ushered in the pill and so many options.
You are very resourceful in dealing with it all! Kudos to you! We need to conserve our funds as we age.
On we go. Enjoy the weekend!
Good morning, all. My company had our holiday dinner last night, so happy for the mild temperature. Saw some colleagues I have not seen in 3 years.
Enjoy the day.
Good morning all. Chilly 23 degrees here. Supposed to be another fairly decent sunny day here.
Think it only made it to 39 yesterday but I got warm outside working on the Baja. Did the south
side towards the sun, then turned the car around so the other side was in the sun. Finished it
in one afternoon, didn't think I would.
Keep us informed on the mood light. Nice to feel Summer in the Winter. I haven't been in Winter
sports since I was a kid. Yes, the pups and I both have December birthdays, had Cocoa's name with
mine on the cake, now Chloe and Belle. Ironic, wife talked about doing another Snoopy cake this
year. That one was years ago.
My mom went to work in the 60s. Probably $1.10 an hour then I think. She was a cook. She had
a hugh strawberry patch on the farm before that. They were very good, she kept it going while working
into the 70s.
I hope that fixed the rear of the Baja. Probably shouldn't have a second car retired but don't like taking
our primary car out right after a snow storm. Plus I'm still going down to the farm for a day every two or
three weeks. Can carry things in the Baja that won't fit in a SUV, not often we need that but sometimes.
Now I need to try to find some used tires or bargain new ones in case the camber is still out and wears the
outer tread first again. I only keep liability insurance on it for the past 13 years or so, $96 every 6 months.
Paul, we only had a department dinner and our manager had to spring for it. Think the last few years, it
disappeared, the Christmas dinner that is. Last manager we had was very rude, not a good human at all.
Nice you got to see lost colleagues, 3 years goes by quickly, didn't seem like it when it was our complete
tour in the Army. Wife hadn't gotten her drivers license yet so made it tough at home sometimes, especially
when I went on a field trip or went on alert. In my career, the first part, was in defense electronics, fighter
jets and bombers. F15 Eagle, B1B bomber, Stealth, Black Hawk, and others. Then worked on RTUs in the utility
company here in central NY, control boards. When I tested going into college the advisor said I should think
about going into social service. I think he was right but my family was all about technicians and hands on, so
I seemed to have a one track mind towards that. My brother in northern NY is still an electronics technician at
80 but because he didn't manage to get a pension for retirement. He analyzes things like video games, juke boxes,
etc... and repairs. He was in Kodak for a while but they had layoffs all the time. I sometimes see ex coworkers but
from IBM Federal Systems I don't recognize some and some are gone. Bought out by Lockheed Martin.
Was glad to get the parts and finish the work on the Baja. Saw in tracking the one part got to Binghamton Friday morning
and still had to make it to my little town, other made it to Syracuse Friday morning, both made it here before noon. Got
oxy acetylene torch out to heat a nut on one side. I was very lucky to get good weather for that job. Think I kept better
track of our vehicle when we were younger and that's all we had.
Susan, so many try to trick you or outright cheat you when working on your stuff. I guess many learn early in their business
from customers that want something for nothing and tough to survive in a small business. Our vehicles and appliances, smaller
stuff break down constantly. Right off I remember our freezer / refrigerator losing a relay and few years later the whole contol
board burned up. Rear bearing on the dryer, year or two earlier had to replace that and the plastic holder they use in the front
with it's felt strip I guess is a front bearing. Goes on and on, washer we got this time is a Speed Queen, $850 and later $900 but
isn't breaking down. Has an agitator and it's timer is mechanical so doesn't have to be reset all the time the way our GE did.
Glad everyone is doing well. More sun today.
My ham radio station in the mid 70s. our daughter way back then, Army days.