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From: Cocoa60


Good morning Diana.  We sometimes get our plans cancelled by our kids and grandkids.

I just closed our pool for the Fall but spread it across days since retired and getting used

to it.  Used the water I had to drain off to flush the basement drains out.  One corner

towards the back bank made certain the cover was flat and tight, then put potted plants,

concrete blocks, and laid the steps and a chair across it.  A frog has been living there and

trying to make sure he can't get under the cover into the pool where he would die, It's down

couple feet so he would never be able to get out and the water is shocked with chlorine for

couple days.  When I was working didn't really have the time to think and reflect while closing

but now it seems like sad time when another Summer is slipping away. 

Got a Cannon camera at the hamfest Saturday so have been learning how to use it.  Last couple

decades my digital cameras have been simple ones or just using a phone camera.

Glad you got out and did some things.  Living is much better than dying with the addiction.

Hope your free day was nice and have a good day today.



From: Cocoa60


Good morning Kitty.  We will be going to my wife's parents up north for their 65th wedding

anniversary so will be absent from this forum on Sunday morning and possibly Monday this

coming weekend.  Also, supposed to be getting my Monte Carlo SS back but haven't heard it's

finished yet though. 

I look forward to the Fall colors but Brandy dying put a damper on this year. 

Hope your ride was fun.  Saw the camera previous owners vacation in Yellowstone before I erased

the pictures.  We were there in 96, think it was. 

Good Brian is busy with Fall chores, same with everyone in the north.  Our morning glories around

the pool will be dying and will throw the dying vines over the fence. 

Have a nice day Kitty.



From: Kittyarnold


our morning glories are still gorgeous....hope you have a nice trip north waiting for some fall colors but they seem to be a bit late...maybe all the rain..sunshine and 77 degrees nice....but maybe holding things up....hope you day was wonderful. ours is great so far,........


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Kitty.  Turns out we have to pick the car up Friday so I will be gone on

Saturday morning.  I know some log on and post here from their phones but I don't

have an easy time of it.  I do manage to email pictures to my other email on my phone

so I can access them here on my pc. 

Think yesterday was our last day in the 70s here, soon we will be happy to get into the 60s.

The sun is dropping into the southern sky and leaves are starting to turn.  Have pointed some

of my little solar panels more down into the south so they catch more sun.  Took apart one 10

light string I have yesterday, that had stopped working, thought I had it fixed but didn't work

tonight.  It was mostly full of water, corroded, and had 2 wires broken away from the circuit board.

They don't cost much, if it doesn't light up tonight I will get a new one.  I have to go over to that

town to get out money for the car body repairs anyway.  We did have a branch down here at the

mall but the mall is about empty of shoppers these years, even without the virus so my bank and

one of our credit unions shut down.

I remember, in 2005, coming home from staying at the hospital with my daughter having a stroke,

and throwing the dead morning glories over the fence.  I only remember it because it was mixed

in with a tragic time.  She was only 24 and guess as she ages there is more of a chance of having

another.  So I know ahead of time that the morning glories will be going and the vines have to be

removed from the pool area.

Glad you are having a great Fall Kitty.  You and Brian enjoy today.


One of the last chipmunks at our bird feeder.  He / she gets to Winter here now.  I've moved 7 of them to a new area but to late in the season to move them now, so I've put my trap away.

Our main bird feeder, has spring loaded posts on each side so it will close if squirrels get on there but the smart ones learn how to get seeds without putting their weight on it.


From: Kittyarnold


love the bird feeder...we had tried many ways over the years to keep the squirrels away nothing worked so we gave up...of course now as I said it is about not attracting bears...we don't need them....


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Kitty.  Another chilly morning at 45, probably fall little more before daylight.

Guy across the road is selling his RV and the people are in and out during the night.  Think

it woke me up around 3.  Might go to the farm to work on the tractor today, not sure yet. 

I have all the parts to finish the getting the hydraulic pump hooked back up to the engine.

This bird feeder is spring loaded where the birds sit to eat so if to much weight is put on their

roosts, they go down and close off the holes where they can get at the food.  But smart squirrels

get around it sometimes.  All of our squirrels disappeared at the end of Spring.  Not sure why,

maybe so many small critters that the coyotes moved in.  They usually move into this area when

the rabbit population goes up.  We had them everywhere when the millennium gas pipeline to

NYC was being installed.  They dug creators 100s of feet wide and very deep.  Coyotes stayed

around for a couple years after they finished and buried the pipes.  I had to walk the dogs before

work back then, in the dark, so heard them teaching their pups to hunt and kill all the time.  They

came very close and weren't much scared of the m800 fire crackers I threw out.  I still carry them

and a lighter with me when I walk dogs.  Main enemies, on the road, are always people though,

coyotes will mind their own business almost all the time.  A couple of them once circled us breifly

once and Cocoa and I could hear them growl out in the woods sometimes, over 4 or 5 years.

I told you about seeing a bear run across my dad's farm earlier this year, first time saw one there

in all these years.  Thought it was a coyote or a black dog until he crossed the road, then could

see his legs were extra long. 

I put two bird feeders up at the farm but there are almost no birds there.  I saw one bird while working

all day.  Not sure why, either the smell of all the cats they have or the weed killer they spray on the

corn planted across the road.  It's used for ethanol in gasoline so the weed killer could be toxic.  No

birds are coming to the feeders at all.  Put them up about 3 or 4 weeks ago.

Beautiful Fall days, glad all of us are all enjoying them.

One of our nephews was on a road working piece of equipment and hit by a truck yesterday.  He's in

an induced comma.  They saw he's lost one eye, ear, and brain damage, along with a broken collar bone. 

I didn't know him well but sad.  Dylan is his name.


Diana (DianaSaigo)

From: Diana (DianaSaigo)


Afternoon Ernie

Aint much been going on in my neck of the woods...just the same ol same ol...paid the bills, went grocery shopping, did laundry, cleaned kitchen, vacuumed...LOL  

Enjoy learning all the new features on your camera!  I have a really nice one...that i bought about 15 years ago that is digital...just i never use it...i just use my phone.  

Tomorrow Orkin will be here to get rid of a yellow jacket nest that has buried itself in my wood overhang..been using cans of Hotshot to no avail....so hopefully they can get er done!  And the folks who we hired to fix what the previous painters did...will also start on the sanding and repairs..then paint it correctly!

I like that saying living is much better than dying with addiction!  Very true!  

Hope your week is going splendid!



From: Cocoa60


Good morning Diana.  Still hard to believe I got out of that addiction alive.  I'm so glad it's

no longer a part of my life if I would have one.  When you are in it you actually think something

so destructive is a part of you.  It's because of the nicotine cells going into the receptors in

our brains.  Our brains try to protect it's supply of easy cells even though it's poisoning us and

our brains along with the supply.  Those receptors are supposed to be receiving adrenaline cells

through natural actions and natural life.  Hard to believe, when my mom was young, media was

saying smoking was good for you.  My mom died at age 61 because of it.  One of the best people

in my life.

I got a number of the ground bees stinging me in one area of my leg this Summer, left a wound

that lasted a month.  That was at my daughter's.  Here at home our dog got stung by ground bees

and took me a while to stop them from coming inside the pool fence.  When it gets colder I will dig

out the nest from the dirt against the fence. 

This morning my PC speakers weren't working.  I brought the speakers from basement up to see if

that's the problem, so have music from youtube while I type.  I will see what's wrong later, power

supply is good so suspect the speakers have an internal problem.  Both sets plug into power so the

problem is probably in that amplifier.  Bose makes them almost impossible to disassemble them,

have to melt the plastic around the front to get it apart.

My new camera is same age as yours.  The camera and 2 sets of rechargeable batteries is $60 instead

of $2000 they want today.  Best I learn and see that I will use it before spending that much.  Mostly I

want to get close up shots from a distance with zoom that I don't have on my phone.  I used that

money this Summer to keep Brandy alive for couple months and less pain, then to fix my Monte Carlo SS.

It already had defects, then got 6 dents from the 48 inches snow we got in December, when the tent


Woke early again this morning, not as bad as yesterday but still to early. 

Have a good day.



From: Kittyarnold


Good morning Ernie......another sunny beautiful day....cold at 48 but know it will be colder soon....no frost as of yet so the flowers are still blooming....got our booster shots yesterday and so far just a little bit sore....hoping that is it....didn't have side effects from other two.....no agenda as of yet except to have breakfast......hope your day is a good one....


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Kitty.  44 here at 5 am.  Wife's parents anniversary party postponed because of

their grandchild being injured badly in that accident.  So I might go south to PA and work on the

tractor, try to finish it up.  Maybe try to finish up the field I was mowing in the Summer to test it.

Today I might try to install a second heat register in the living room, stays to cool in there during the Winter.

I installed the duct work for the whole house over 20 years ago when we got natural gas up here

on the mountain.  Repairs on the furnace will be more difficult now because the store that sold

general furnace parts shut down.  Store that opened up where they were only sells parts for the

furnace that they sell.  I will look for another store that sells parts for a wide range of furnaces but

might not find one, probably not very profitable to sell parts.  It's a pain to wait a week or so for a

furnace part ordered online.  Last year we had to get an igniter for it and was before our store went

out.  We do still have most of the original electric heat so better off than many homes that have no

back up.  Most people would call a contractor to fix their furnace anyway. 

Finally slept well tonight after two nights of not enough sleep. 

Have a good day Kitty.


Brandy last Summer

  • Edited October 1, 2021 5:57 am  by  Cocoa60