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From: JavaNY


Glad you enjoyed the dinner, Susan.

Cold and windy here, a 25 degree drop from yesterday. But warms up tomorrow, the first day of Spring. I'll be complaining about the heat soon :)


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Susan, Paul, and all.  21 here but wind chill below threshold for the pups.  No walk

but looks like this is the last morning in the 10 day this low.  Supposed to be near 50 and sunny

today so the remaining snow should disappear. 

Glad you are better Susan, now you have to watch Jim going through it, all over soon I hope.  I still

have a free meal out from veterans day, we should cash it in soon.  Also glad you enjoyed your eve


O-rings should arrive today so I can finish the dirt bike.  Cut the foam for the air filters yesterday,

oiled, and installed them.  Glad I got it right the first time, think I have enough foam I could do one

side a second time.  Has 3 grease fittings and greased them.  One carburetor was over flowing so

removed the float bowl and cleaned up with carb cleaner, seems to have stopped the float from

sticking.  Should be ready for it's maiden ride soon.  I should buy some used side covers that have

been missing but not this month.  Spent a lot on parts this month.  The resale value of this little

1972 Honda 350 is higher than any of my other bikes.  Getting rare, I guess.

I prefer to hot weather to to cold but Fall is my favorite season, just have to know Winter is close


Hope you all have the good weather today.


Cocoa and puppy Brandy years ago.


From: Susan1206


Happy first day of Spring. A bit of snow remains but sunny and getting warmer.  

Definitely a walk for Finn this afternoon, even if I am bundled up with a winter coat.


Years ago, I was given a pale pink #### Willow bush and forsythia grew in my garden.  


From: Susan1206


Hi Ernie,

Breezeway (internet service) spent most of the morning here trying to determine why the televisions and computers keep droning.  It’s all quite a complex problem to me.  Computers set on one range, television sets including Apple and Roku on the same.  Cell phones on another.  It seems like technology is progressing faster than our minds can comprehend.   We have three remotes now…. two for downstairs Roku and one upstairs for Apple TV.  Could they not make it any more difficult for seniors?

Lovely day.  Sunny and 44 degrees.  This is dreaded “tax week” ~ find out how much I owe the government!

And on we go…. Susan


From: Susan1206


Hi Paul,

Total agreement here ~ love Spring and temperate Summer and Fall.   Summer presents its problem with higher humidity but we are blessed a bit with being so close to Lake Erie.  And then, there’s always air conditioning.

Enjoy the first day of Spring.  Finn and I will be taking a nice leisurely walk soon.



From: Cocoa60


Good morning Susan and all.  Off to the farm this morn after 5 mile walk.  Bike is loaded in

Baja, just barely fit, but did.  Had to get help to load it so see how unloading will go.  Thinking

of risking leaving it there a month or so to ride a few times.  Thought I was going to transport

it back and forth but not so easy. 

We have willow branches in a vase here some place but none growing.  I think we still have traces

of snow mostly where it drifted or was plowed.  Will be gone today.

I guess you have separate services to save money.  At least we still have the old service but they

gave us a bunch of grief switching boxes 5 times and 3 the next time.  One girl tech said there was

a problem back at the office and it worked after that.  So that's a clue to me they messed us up on

purpose.  Can't believe they want older people to opt in to their newer higher priced service.  All the

companies are so friendly to us on public releases. 

We haven't paid in to income tax for a long time except for national health care.  Previous government

had us paying about $400 a month for a place holder insurance.  We had assistance from local health

care org and needed to have insurance to get it until wife was old enough for medicare.  I'm a little older.

I'm guessing it's because Jim still has earned income you are paying tax.  We would by now on our 401k

but leaving it alone until the DOW recovers.  Now the banks, so could be a while or a long while.

Will get a picture of dirt bike loaded into Baja sometime this morn. 

Hope you all enjoy this beautiful day.  So glad Winter is ending.  smiley



From: JavaNY


Yes, Susan, Spring & Fall are the best seasons. Summer in NYC can be brutal. The concrete takes in all the heat. Not too bad the last few years in part because I haven't needed to go into the office much. The heat is more tolerable when I'm in shorts and a t-shirt. Winter is generally not that cold here, but as pretty as the snow is falling, it turns grey/black very quickly. 

Hope things are going well at the farm, Ernie.

Be well everyone. 


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Paul and all.  35 here, pretty good for March.  Good morning for the dogs and I

to walk.  Had to stop jogging again after 3-4 months, feet starting to hurt again.  Was nice while

it lasted.  Tried lots of things with elastic bandage, jogging socks, Brooks running and walking shoes.

Like the doc said, I'm lucky I can walk 5 miles, most of his patients can't. 

I can't imagine living in the city, maybe for a short time.  My eyes like to look out over the trees and

rolling hills. 

Farm was busy but 3 weeks between visits that time.  I had a list because of all the critical things I

needed to accomplish.  After unloading the bike only rode about 45 minutes but left it there for a

couple more days of riding.  Was more difficult to transport it than I thought it would be.  I had an

exhaust valve sticking and causing back firing out the exhaust, it broke free and the engine started

running smoothly so don't have to disassemble the engine head.  I put Marvel Mystery Oil in the gas

and the engine oil.  It was amazing to ride on dad's farm again.  My sister is coming back from wintering

with her son in Florida tomorrow so she will probably go up to farm and help sometimes now. 

Cleared the leaves and pine needles off the pool cover yesterday and pumped the water off it.  Was

starting to grow algae.  Also, started disassembling the amplifier that stopped working right in ham radio

station.  Think it's the main relay so just replacing that.  the 3000 volt transformer is very heavy, makes it

hard just to move it and get the cover off.

Have a great day all, Spring is springing.



From: Susan1206


Good morning, to everyone!

Here’s our weather report.  Partly cloudy (total gray sky) and 37 degrees.  A River Flood Warning in effect for tomorrow.  

Feel like I’ve been away from the Forum for a day or so…. Seems like everyone is o.k. after reading your posts and we are moving into April.

Sorry about your foot problems, Ernie.  You are blessed to have walked the distance that you do.  I need to put on my Fitbit and keep track of how many steps I do per day.  I was averaging over 5000 which probably isn’t all that great.

Blood work yesterday, all fine which is good to know.  That’s a yearly task prior to the physical.

Waking up now.  Soon, a walk for Finn.  Perhaps Stations of the Cross tonight.  No big plans for the weekend.     Susan


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Susan and all.  30 here now so pretty good and the snow, sleet, rain don't start until 6.

Dogs and I should be done with our walk and back in the house.  Will be great they can get exercise

before the storm.  I have the elliptical but don't have a substitute for them.  I'm glad we're moving into

Spring but really starting to think about climate change.  California is getting pounded, think it won't be

so long before it's much more than an inconvenience for us in the northeast.  Tornadoes in Cali, that's so

strange.  After all they've been through. 

I had one of those units that counts steps and we had a competition between teams at work.  Our team won.

They were going to do it every year but I was tired of it after one year.  Lot of corruption in our work place.  The

captain of our fitness team retired suddenly and moved south without a word, something happened there.  Usually

about a 90 day lead time, a retirement party, and such.  Was a very pretty lady, our captain.  At least you're getting

some steps in Susan, keeps away many aliments.  I can't remember what my counts were, was before retirement

and been almost 6 years since retirement.  I still have that step counter hanging down by my ham radio station. 

I get blood work every 6 months forever but this time I called in and postponed all my appointments, kept getting

notices I could move my appointments forward because of a cancellation, got tired of it.  Makes me think they're a

money making machine and not really concerned about anyone's health.  They stopped doing physicals, guess they

see me so much they expect me to say something about any problems. 

Working on radio frequency amplifier.  Found some problems with an interconnecting cable which is great news.  Much

easier to fix than an internal problem in the amp.  Very fine wiring in the cable connectors but still easier to repair.  Did

have to remove the amp from the station, get the cover off, and start troubleshooting before found the cable problem.

Our sister flying back from Florida today.  Hope her trip is pleasant. 

Have a great day all.