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From: JavaNY


Hi Susan, Ernie, 

A good trip. 3 friends from college, one is from the NYC area, so I occasionally see, another maybe every 5-6 years, the third I haven't seen in 20 years.  One lost his wife around Christmas to COVID so that was part of the reason for the trip.

Humid last Thursday, but nice every other day. Played golf one day, I don't play much and am pretty bad, but it was a 'forgiving course'. The old courses are generally shorter and easier. Went to two Iowa Cubs minor league games. Everyone was pleasant. The capitol building is pretty, not that much else to see in Des Moines.  

All good except for the flight back. I was supposed to leave Chicago at 11:22 AM. Lightening in other places, so I sat in O'Hare for over 12 hours. Plane took off after midnight. Arrived in Newark after 4AM. Normally I take a train but grabbed a taxi. The Holland Tunnel was closed, and I didn't get home until 6:00. Fell asleep in 2 minutes, but it messed up my sleep schedule.




From: Cocoa60


Good morning Susan, Paul, and all.  Rainy morning here but 50.  Tomorrow in the 80s, then 90s

Saturday.  Grands are coming over to swim Saturday.  Sounds like a troublesome trip home Paul.

Hope things have turned around by now. 

  I had so many problems getting two tires mounted and

an inspection on my Baja it's way beyond funny.  I'm not going into all the details.  Just have one

wound, truck threw a stone into my windshield and dinged it.  Guess I will maybe try one of those

do it yourself kits to lessen the damage.  All the other problems of that experience will chalk up to

having a bad day after so many great ones.

Pool is coming along, gradually putting salt in until it comes up to around 3000 ppm, 5 bags so far.

With the ph minus and the cost of the chlorine cell along with it's controller it approaches the same

cost as using chlorine tabs, just don't have to handle the chlorine.  Over the last 33 years I've gotten

pretty good at maintaining the pool but don't look forward to trying to when I'm very old or leaving

it to my wife.  Wife says if I weren't here it would be filled in.  smile  The companies that come out to

maintain them are pretty bad, you need to know what you're doing just to hire one.

Wife got me a bird watching book for Christmas because of all the strange birds that come to our

feeder about 8 feet from our bay window, which is about the extent of my bird watching.  Latest is

bright orange underneath.  Once my granddaughter and I were at the game preserve about a mile

down the road and saw a stork or some huge bird with long legs and the next morning when I got up

it was standing on the other side of our pool. 

I'm glad we're all still not smoking.  

Have a great day all.



From: Susan1206


Hi Paul,

Happy to hear that you had a nice trip to DesMoines to see your friends.  I fly next Saturday to Miami and then on to the Keys ~ so I am hoping we do not have any long delays.  I'm a bit of a nervous flyer.  I like to board last and then up, up and away!  I decided to spring for the comfortable seats up front as I prefer more leg room and not to be crowded with the masses!

A very hot and muggy day here by the Lake.  78 degrees now and with 71% humidity~ that makes it quite uncomfortable.  Finn was doing a lot of panting last night so I turned on the air conditioning and it is much nicer now.

Take care.  Enjoy the week-end.  Hail and high winds expected!   Susan


From: Susan1206


Hi Ernie,

We drove to Oak Harbor, Ohio (about a 3 hour round trip drive) to visit McGee Marsh on Lake Erie.  This is where thousands of warblers rest before migrating north during the month of May.  Either we were a bit late on the calendar schedule or it was very windy.   We did see several warblers, an eagles nest and a turtle in the bog.   I was more impressed with the "older" people along the 1.2 mile boardwalk through the marsh.  These people are SERIOUS birders.  All decked out with high end cameras and telescopes, proper birding hats and clothing!  They were quite helpful along the way showing us where some of these small songbirds were!  

Very hot 78 degrees, 71% humidity.  I need to get to Costco to get Finn's food. .He's on Hills rx reduced diet (80.00 a bag at the Vets) and Costco Deramax (for osteoarthritis) at 61.00 for 30 day supply.  Love him to pieces and of course, will walk the walk with him.  

Enjoy the pool, your grands and the week-end.  Susan


From: Susan1206


Just checking up on you..... Haven't seen you post in ages!  

Very warm here in Ohio with strong thunderstorms expected.  Give us a shoutout to say "hi" and that you are okay.   Susan


From: Cocoa60


Good morning Susan.  62 here this morn, very warm for this early.  Daughter got sick so we didn't get

to see our grands.  Was my wife's cousin that had cancer, not niece.   She died Friday night.  She was

a flower girl at our wedding in 74.  Feel bad for her husband, had a heart attack few weeks back.

Forgot to turn my radios off last night but my wife sortta figured it out and got it done.  I managed to

talk to my brother through the thick leaves for an hour yesterday.  I increased my transmit power from

160 watts to 650 watts with the larger amplifier I bought and got working this year.  I use a directional

10 element beam antenna I aim towards the repeater down in PA.  Few days I need to head back down

to the farm to help with stuff.  Glad my brother is mowing lawn this season.  I knew he could do it and

there's many other harder jobs I can do there both physically and mentally. 

I don't use my Cannon camera enough.  Found out I can get some really good cameras used when people

upgrade but don't make myself grab it and use it.  There's a younger Robin living on the ground underneath

our feeders, mom is still feeding it.  Would be tough to get a feeding photo, lot of patience.

Think the last time I flew was for work training in Kansas City in 2012.  My wife hasn't flown since we were in

the Army in 75, also to Missouri.  They lost her luggage for a couple days, really tough since she was flying with

our newborn daughter.  They lost my luggage for about 24 hours in 2005, needed all my luggage to ride a bike

back from near San Francisco.   All I know about the keys is the song.  Key largo, Mont-ego.  Something like that. 

I'm sure you guys will have fun, maybe hot but plenty of places to cool down.

I'm paying in the 60s for Merrick puppy food.  Look to my experienced canine friends for advise on healthy foods.

It was Foster and Smith for many years but Express Scripts bought them out to get the pet prescription business.

The dog food there was a very good deal so naturally they discontinued that part of the business.  I think the food

was healthier than most on the market today and charged about half as much.  There are two puppies growing fast

so they eat a lot of food.  I buy a case of canned food to mix with it every 4 weeks and 3 bags of treats.

I see the neighbors motion light is on so he's outside smoking.  Some doctor told him he's to old to worry about quitting,

though I think he's younger than me.  The addicted brain will grasp at anything it can to keep feeding the addiction, we

all know that.

Sounds like you're enjoying your retirement.  Enjoy today also.


Bluebirds and barn swallows were competing for one of our bird houses, looks like the bluebirds won.

Usually when I think one of the chipmunks is back, there's 10 of them.


From: JavaNY


Enjoy the day Susan & Ernie. 

It was 91 yesterday. There was a halve marathon. A runner died from the heat, 32 y/o man.  More than a dozen hospitalized. You think you are doing something healthy, but need to be wary of the heat and humidity.

About the same today, then it will cool off. 



From: Cocoa60


Good morning Paul.  49 here this morn, cooled down.  I spent lot of the time

in the basement working on a 2 or 3 year old project.  Upstairs has ac though.

Feel bad for the man that died so young.  My wife's cousin died of cancer Friday

night, she was 55.  Even that seems young to me now.

I did find a couple bad components in our Kenwood stereo amplifier.  Have to order

the parts and wait now.  Our last electronics store closed down last year.  These

specialized parts would have to be ordered there anyway, if they had a source. 

Groceries today and have to plan a day for the farm again in the next few days.

My brother wants to rent a lift to put up a wire ham radio antenna.  Very extravagant.

Should see if I can get my compound bow on the bike somewhere.  I have a fishing

arrow that allows me to shoot a string up over the trees and pull a wire up over them.

Bikes corner hard, leave and stop fast.  Everything on it has to be secured very well.

I'm guessing you weren't in the marathon, so you aren't hurt.

Enjoy the day, cooled now.


Image result for wire ham radio antenna imageWire ham radio antenna.


From: Kittyarnold


good morning all....hoping all of you are staying healthy....got my  shingles shot yesterday......a little late but at least it is done....staying pretty much isolated except for our family....keep yourself smoke free....and enjoy life.....


From: JavaNY


Good morning Ernie,

Sad to hear about your wife's cousin. Yes, 55 is young especially nowadays.

It cooled down here also. Yes, any race over 4-5 miles would not include me.

Interesting diagram. Once the wires are up, would the antenna need to be anchored to the roof?

Enjoy the day everyone.