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Started 8/23/15 by ModDee; 1823598 views.

From: Kittyarnold


So good to see you here....miss all of our friends....,.it is such a weird year to be and I personally feel stressed to the max.....stay in touch honey


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Susan.  Glad Finn has made it to 10, Happy Birthday to him.  Sounds

like he had a great celebration.  Doing well here.  My wife is having trouble trying to

get cataract surgery before medicare, $12k to $14k.  Maybe she can wait but they're

pretty bad.

 I might have a birthday celebration today, week or so late in the wrong year now but

we have to wait until people can make it through their schedules. 

Looks like you had a great Christmas, us also.  Mostly seeing the kids having fun.

Don't be a stranger.  Enjoy the day.



From: Cocoa60


Good morning Kitty.  Susan is right, not much snow yet this season but 48 inches, inside 24 hours,

last December that caused damage all over.  I haven't missed the snow removal.  We have plenty

to do without it. 

I need to go pick up prescriptions today and need to do an inventory down in the basement to see

what I need to install an electrical outlet in the bathroom.  We only have one and need another on

the opposite wall.  Right now we have a small extension cord running around the corner from one

bedroom.  This is a good time of year for such a project.  I have many like that, just have to get to


I was late getting up this morning so will exercise soon and everything in the day will be shifted

later, glad I'm not leaving for work. 

Not riding my bike to PA farm anymore, taking the Baja.  Even with the Baja and it's all wheel

Subaru drive, I still get concerned about snow and ice.  Glad the Baja got a new lease on life,

so much has faded into the past.  Brandy, Cocoa, Cocoa's parents Princess and Buddy all rode

in the Baja.  Got the Baja 15 years ago when we all stopped smoking. 

Have a good day.


Granddaughter and I about 15 years ago, she's 18 now.


From: Susan1206


Love the picture with your granddaughter. My eldest, Sara, just turned 19. She is a freshman at Kent State University.

The snowplow has arrived in a guest parking space. Do they know something that I don’t know??

I need to be more faithful to the Forum!  Susan


From: Susan1206


Hi Miss Kitty,

I am sorry to read on your postings that you have been ill!  I hope they have discovered the reason for your discomfort.  

i have taken to becoming a recluse. I bought some yarn and will begin knitting a hat during January. I must repair a crocheted Afghan my Mother made in the 1950’s first…..

Take care. Sending hugs.   Susan


From: Susan1206


I am stressed too.  Jim is out and about with AA Meetings and people all of the time.

Because of an auto immune situation and my slightly damaged lungs, I am very very fearful of all of this. I had COVID once and it is no picnic in the park!!  

Take care. Winter months are long and difficult.  Susan


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Susan and Kitty.  23 here this morn and snowing, Winter.  In spite of the

Winter weather we will probably venture north Saturday to visit wife's parents mostly, and

Brandy's sister.  Wife's parents are in pain and older, don't know how much longer they will

be able to visit with her.  My parents are long gone but she was the oldest sibling and I was

the youngest.  A good match for us.  One of our grandsons stayed over to take this trip with


My granddaughter couldn't make it to our birthday party last eve and I missed her but will

see her next week, I'm so rich it's unbelievable.  She used to make it over a day early, mostly

to do the cake decorations.

I did get the supplies to put a new outlet in the bathroom, didn't get started on the project yet.

Picked up my prescriptions over there on the other side of the river where most everything is

now.  We have a huge mall down here in the valley but doesn't have much useful to us now.

I also took the tv box back to swap for the right one but they gave me another wrong one, this

time for a newer and more expensive system than we have.  We already pay $163 a month for

cable and internet.  I can remember when that was enough for a very good car payment and

cable was less than $10 a month.  I'm so old.  So I had to make another trip yesterday for a different

box.  It looks like it works, is a DVR, and isn't the later enhanced DVR so hope done with all of that.

Our last one lasted about 10 years I think.

Also got my replacement cable modem and wifi unit yesterday and it seems to have solved our problem

with the internet.  It sometimes took me 10 minutes to get on the internet.  Now it's back to almost instant.

I was getting the computer up long before I needed it.  I use the internet every day for things like this forum

and ordering parts to maintain everything here, at daughter's, and down on the farm.  Also, sometimes need

to know what goes wrong with different machines, electronics, appliances, etc...  and sometimes hints on

repairs.   The rear drum bearing just broke on our dryer, $12 for the bearing instead of $600 or so for a new


My granddaughter was the one helped convince me to try quitting the smoke for the last time, and it stuck,

unlike many times before that.  Back when she was 3 years old.  Unfortunately we only got my wife to convert

over to vaping and she still does today, but at least no carbon monoxide and hope fewer poisons mixed in to

enhance the addiction.  You must be so proud of your granddaughter at Kent State. 

Hoe your days go well and you get out once in a while. 



From: Susan1206


Dear Ernie,

Such a sweet picture of your granddaughter. Oh how fun it is when they are young!  
 I have a similar photo of dear Sara when she was young in the garden of my forever home back in North Canton.  Oh how I miss the home we built. Life goes on, but never quite the same when we move away from our home and gold friends.

I do hope from time to time, you may tell your wife my story. Joe was a smoker and had four aneurysms before the last one took him.  I know little about vaping but I’m sure there are ramifications to your lungs. Could she try The chewing gum alternative? 

Snow here. Quite pretty but cold. Must take CRV to have tires rotated. I’ll have to ask you about engine oil leaks another time!  2012 Honda CRV with 77,000 miles..,,

Enjoy the weekend.  Susan 


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Susan, no Kitty again.  We miss you Kitty.  I didn't know I had that picture, have so many.

I will have to have that made into an 8x10 and frame it.  Think my wife is a little worried about my 8x10s

and 16x20s.  Latest is a 16x20 of Brandy with her Valentines gift in 2020, hung in the living room. 

Brandy, Feb 14th, 2020.

I've forgotten why you moved up north.  Oh, think it was the Cleveland clinic for you husband's health.  I

remember you letting your husband's Jeep go.  I told you to keep it, you can go into 4 wheel and out

while moving now.  Not like the old days when you had to stop and get out and take the front wheels

hubs out of 4 wheel, just before I was a teen so many years ago.  That must have been 2012 when you

got your Honda.  I have over 140k miles on my Subaru Baja I got beginning of 2007 when we stopped smoking.

  I've never had a Honda car but many motorcycles.  In fact, I have a Honda street bike, 750 cc, and a dirt bike,

350 cc, in the basement now.  The dirt bike has a minor problem with the carburetors, but the street bike has

an engine problem.   I've been stuck on my Suzuki GS1100GKs bikes for many years.

Yosmite National Park, California.

I will tell my wife your story, so sorry you lost your husband.  I can't even think about trying to live without my

wife.  I'm just the support for her life.  The world needs kind and understanding people like her, us technicians

are quite normal.  Though I run into many men who don't function well outside of their jobs.  It more than doubles

our income to keep things running, also to analyze and repair them after they break down.  

I rotate my Subaru Baja tires when I change the engine oil.  I have the bike and Monte Carlo SS to run during the

Spring, Summer, and Fall so I run Cooper Blizack tires on the Baja now, for snow.  Subaru have been all wheel

drive from way back before all the others. 

We are headed north for a couple days to visit my wife's family, also, Brandy's sister, Dixie, and her friend Charlotte.

That's how I keep my exercise up while we are north.  Dixie can only walk about one mile with her hips, then walk

Charlotte another 9 miles because she is solid muscle.  So I will be missing from the forum couple days.

Dixie and Charlotte.

You enjoy your weekend also Susan, you too Kitty.



From: Kittyarnold


Good morning....I always check this site daily...my tummy is better...diverticulitis is not fun...so haven't done much....we have about 5 inches  of snow and the sun is shining but only 10 degrees so far....no agenda...too cold to go out for me.....hope all the car work will make a difference I know you enjoy it.....