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Good morning Susan and Paul. Woke early, hope to get back to sleep for a while. Looks like 59 and
sunny for us here today so not bad. Each day warmer until starts getting colder again.
Insurance paying half so $6k plus the $700 deductible for us. Cost extra to get laser surgery and vivid
lenses. I might not get cataracts but seems most do eventually. Her insurance before medicare wasn't
accepted and wouldn't have paid much if it was. So we would've had to pay 12k or 13k. She's seeing
better and better but blurry and she's using the eye drops. We had had lazic done to one eye years ago
so one eye could see distant and one close up but only worked a number of years before the cataracts
started. Now the enhanced lenses are close up and distant in both eyes. She drove today.
Can't get current satellite images of Sanibel, just past ones.
Composure treats not calming the pups or maybe very little. They're cute though.
Maybe get busy today, haven't been getting involved in much with wife's surgery and the cold temps.
Looking at medicare advantage plans to keep mine or switch to another. Paid for my jean jacket yesterday.
Haven't had one since the late 60s, when my dad always told me to take it off to eat. That's the reason I
remember having one.
Have a great day all.
Using hay hook to pull bales up onto the wagon.
Hopefully, the Yankees will turn it around when they return home!
Guess I now turn to my OH IO football game tomorrow at noon. I bleed scarlet and gray!
Nicer weather coming today and this weekend. I will huff and puff and blow it your way!
Growing older is not for sissies! As I recall, I was 65 and all cataract removal covered. Our country is so pathetic with senior medical coverage. A shame that you had to cover so much!
Obviously, a satellite image prior to the hurricane. Can you get a current one? Can’t imagine being a property owner and going back and starting over! Many home owners may decide not to rebuild.
Carry on. Finn and I to meet a golden friend for a walk about!
Good morning Susan and all. 36 here this morn so a little warmer than the last few mornings. I will
be taking the Monte Carlo SS down to the farm today so I can take my rope, 2 chain saws, and wedges
to drive in if a saw gets stuck. Will have my brothers saw also but a very large trunk and can's leave
this job half done. Hugh tree is only 8 or 10 feet from the house and basement. Was a hugh mistake
they made. That north side of the house has moss all over the roof. Unfortunately, the sun is in the
southern sky now so even when the shade is removed won't be a lot of sun for a while, to kill the moss.
There is so much to do there I'm always a step behind. Can't stay there because it stinks so badly from
the cats. Brother once said he was going to rehome them but when I brought it up later would think it
was my idea and very bad one. They had almost 100 cats in their home until it was destroyed. I'm sure
it's to late to save the shingles of the roof.
Will be the largest live tree I've ever cut down so will be careful with every step. Thing has got to weigh tons.
Has branches 20 or 30 inches circumference rubbing against the roof. I have now way of trimming branches
that big. Strange I still am learning by doing things for the first time. But good for my life. I plan on having the Allis
Chalmers tractor pulling on it away from the house after cutting the wedge in it on the fall side. With the stick
clutch disengaged so it's not pulling at full force. Using the 8200 pound rope I just got. We have two dead trees
here at home I have to cut but much lighter.
Probably last trip for the Monte this year, comes off the road in a few weeks, will try to enjoy the ride. Has a 383
cubic inch stroker engine with a lock up torque converter transmission, that I have set to manual activation inside.
A warm day for this date but still a cool day. I will probably go north on my bike to walk Brandy's sister on one of
the cloudier days. Guess this is probably our Indian Summer, about 2 weeks early but doubt we will get another
the way Fall came crashing down.
I know the laser surgery and enhanced lenses are costing a lot but can't find much bad reviews for the Dr. or his
clinic. We only know one person that used him for cataract surgery and she's very happy with the results. Wife
has several eye problems and all are taken care of at once. So this might be our last run in with cataracts, so
might as well get all the problems solved at once with laser and enhanced lenses.
I only got the pups up into the woods for one walk yesterday, wife and grandson got them out for another around
the lawn later. I scooped all the leaves and pine needles off the pool cover. Pushed the red algae off the cover
with the net and pumped the water off the cover. Will be so cold I don't think algae will form again.
Glad Finn is doing well.
Enjoy the nice weather.
Sounds like you have it well planned for the tree, Ernie, but do be careful.
I'm up early for a Red Cross shift. Midtown in the city is really disgusting at this hour. Garbage out for the sanitation crews and rats all about. I guess 100 cats might scare them some.
Enjoy the day everyone.
Good morning Paul. Woke in the middle of my night because of having caffeine coffee all day.
Better than falling asleep and going off the road. No wife along to wake me in such a case. It
smells so bad wife doesn't go down to the farm because of all the cats.
Did get the tree down. Was heaviest over the roof of the house was the only thing I hadn't counted
on. Tree was already being held away from the house with the tractor but pinched the saw when
I tried to cut on the opposite side of the wedge. Had to go put pressure on with the tractor, then
engage the clutch fully and shut the tractor off. Tractor is a large diesel so much more power than
my little backhoe. New experience for me to cut down such a large live tree. People that burn wood
do it often. Tree was only about 6 feet from the basement wall, must have just grown there and
nobody thought it would get so large. Or could have been thought of as special because of who or
when it was planted.
I can't imagine the rats, used to see lots in neighbors grainary when I was young, large bin of grain
upstairs in cow barn with a shoot to get it downstairs. Was one in a trailer we rented on a farm back
in the 70s, caught it with a fox trap. I must have seen movies with them out on the streets. I know
I've seen them in animated TV shows, but they were friendly and could talk. Charlotte's Web.
Monte Carlo SS worked well for the trip. The radio in there wouldn't tune so got to listen to the engine
Have a great day all.
Not a great picture, rest are videos.
I hope all is well......I do think of our many friends here with affection for all the support when we quit smoking....I still can't believe it has been 15 yrs for me....
Good morning Kitty and all. Also glad we are all quit of the poison smoke. Chilly mornings for a while.
31 here now, warming to around 60 in the afternoon.
Went up north yesterday to walk Brandy's sister, Dixie, and her friend Charlotte. Decided to take the
Monte Carlo SS at the last minute because of the north winds and clouds. Had planned on riding bike.
Twice as much fuel to take the SS. Dogs were great. We did have a few lose dogs come out but none
mean. One I had to go back and knock on the door so they could keep her from following us home, Lilly,
I know from before, very friendly dog. My radio came out of it's clip and got run over before I got back to it,
so it's gone. Costly transceiver but I've had it for over 20 years so at least wasn't new. Listened to music on it
sometimes and it was added security to have my phone and the radio along, two different transmitters.
SS worked flawlessly and was fun to drive, will be coming off the road for the Winter soon.
Getting some nice Fall days to enjoy.
It sure gets dark early. Around 6PM. Enjoy the weekend everyone.
Good morning Paul and everyone. 29 here this morn, gets warm during the day but cold mornings.
Will get dark at 5 PM soon and dawn at 7 AM or after.
Used my new rope to take down a pine tree in our lawn that died years ago. Was nervous but I got
it to fall right where I wanted it to. Had been dead for a while so our backhoe was heavy enough to
handle it. Doesn't really have to outweigh it, just has to weigh enough to pull it in a given direction.
Just gives me more confidence if the machine outweighs the tree.
Your skylight picture is beautiful Paul. I took a picture of the windmills spinning up in Morrisville, NY
on the horizon but can't expand photos on here and even at 4x zoom on my phone they were tiny in
the photo. Can't even see them without expanding the photo.
Glad you are still quit of the poison smoke Paul, keep up the good work.