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Started 8/23/15 by ModDee; 2087034 views.

From: Cocoa60


Good morning Kitty, Susan, Paul, and everyone.  You are correct Susan, I'm having trouble with sleeping in

one block.  I do sleep some later on to try to make up for it.  If I'm having any trouble sleeping and make the

slightest noise, the dogs come pouring down the hallway, barking, growling, and their wagging tails hitting

the walls.  So that doesn't help getting back to sleep.  I don't blame them for celebrating everything in life, their

lives are so short, never even to reach 15 years.

I'm a little concerned about climate change for our grands and their kids.  Disasters in the northeast won't be in

my lifetime or our kids lifetimes, I don't think but will get here.  California is almost like a war zone, hope it settles

down for a while so the people can enjoy life.

Nice to see your granddaughter during the break Susan.  I have many good memories of days spent with my

granddaughter while she was growing up.  My granddaughter skipped this semester while she gets time in at a

company that has tuition reimbursement, guess she doesn't like me paying her tuition.  I was keeping track and

tried to pay tuition and books.  She's also wrapped up in her sick dog, work, and her marriage.  

Weddings are nice Paul.  I get many more funerals than weddings at my age.  Prefer weddings.  We got rain most

of the day and was cloudy and windy when it wasn't raining.  My mind is to active trying to figure out these relays

and other circuits and why I can't get everything working the way it's supposed to.  Guess eventually I will.  It doesn't

sound like we have the 35 mph winds they forecast for this morn so dogs and I will probably get our walk.

Hi Kitty, very happy to not be smoking.  So far into the past it's hard to imagine being in that world.  Coming up on 16

years since 2007.  Same age as my Subaru Baja.  Still remember doing battle every minute of every day when we first

got started down this path.  Glad it doesn't stay that difficult as time goes on.  Everything lined up that last time quit.  My

granddaughter reminding me, images of my mom suffering the effects of smoking and dying at 61 years old, this forum,

and my own symptoms of damage to my body.  Tried to quit many times previous to this one.

A nice weather day here today, mostly sunny and in the 50s.  Hope you all have a great day. 



From: JavaNY


Hello Susan, Ernie. The wedding was good. An older couple that has been together for 18 years. Food was good, the weather not so much. But it cleared up a bit by the time to leave. 

Have a good evening. 


From: Susan1206


Good morning, (afternoon) to All on this dreary, drizzly Monday morning……..

So far Finn and I have taken a soggy walk, swept the entire downstairs with three sweepers.  What I would give to have my old Hoover upright sweeper……the new ones just do not pick up like that one did.  I think the years we had it were 1969 to 1990.  A long time.   Of course, Finn’s copious amount of long golden dog hair does not help the cause!  So therefore, we have a Hoover Linx for quick pick ups, a Dyson for heavy duty sweeping and a hand sweeper for the steps!  It’s exhausting.  I had a girl come in for a short time ~ $50.00 an hour.  Two hours for her to do the downstairs.  She does a C- job.   I could justify $100.00 for the entire upstairs/downstairs.  So, every once in a while I get in the mood to do more than dusting and sweeping and today is the day.

Not a busy week-end.  Rounding the bend on March soon.



From: Cocoa60


Good morning Susan, Paul, and all.  33 here and a little rain or snow coming down. 

Woke in the middle of my night again.  Took some melatonin, will try to go back to

sleep in a few minutes.  Tempted to look at the schematics of the unit I'm working

on but not a good thing to make me sleepy.  Got the dogs out for a walk yesterday

but not sure about this morn.

Glad you got Finn out for a walk Susan.  Probably the highlight of his day.  We used a

Kirby for the house for many years but it's been retired to a basement vacuum.  Think

it's Oreck vacuums we use in the house now.  We only have one floor of living space but

I do spend lots of time in the basement but don't vacuum down there much.  Pretty good,

$50 an hour.  Guess you have to travel to each job though, along with transportation

problems, place to eat, other stuff.

Glad the wedding was nice Paul.  Like them much more than funerals.  We get to many

of the latter.  It's now been 50 years since I stopped at my mom's work and told her I

was moving near a city in a neighboring state to live nearer to my future wife.  I did marry

her the next year, was a great life decision.  Really miss my mom though.

Think our weather is fairly nice today after this morning rain / snow front.  Have a great day




From: Susan1206


Hi Paul,

Thought of  you today as (very early) I dropped the CRV off at a local Super Lube establishment.  I guess it’s time for the Honda to start needing repairs….new rotors and pads.  See how much $$$ you save by not having a vehicle.  It would be tough out here in the suburbs not to own a car.  I am hoping to get a few more years out of it…especially with Finn.

On we go…..at least the sun is shining.  Susan


From: Susan1206


Hi Ernie,

I love the picture.  Do you ever look at these and wonder where the years have gone?   I do!  And, how did we look so young!

I told Paul that I dropped the Honda off early (8:30 a.m. for me) at our local Super Lube.  This would be the second opinion and they judge that I need rotors and pads on the front.   I will have that necessary work done.

My, you were up early.  Hope you were able to get some rest.  A sunny day here but cold.  The ground is super soggy.  More rain coming every other day this week.   Susan


From: JavaNY


Yes, Susan, apart from the car maintenance itself, insurance and parking would be a killer in the city.

Stopped by a friend's house after the wedding. They got a dog during COVID.  Friendly German Shepherd probably 2 1/2 - 3 years now. They have her sleep in an indoor tent. Otherwise, she goes wild, as Ernie describes, if someone wakes early. Their cat on the other hand, ignores them. 

Have a peaceful night, 



From: Cocoa60


Good morning Susan, Paul, and everyone.  28 here so not to bad for March.  Have a snow squall coming through

tonight around 8 PM but should melt off soon the next day.  I did get back to sleep yesterday so was to late to take

the dogs out on the road but we will get out this morn.  I don't blame them for celebrating everything in life, their

lives are so short.  They don't have time to waste. 

I've had to rebuild the brakes over and over on the Baja.  Not as good of a system as your Honda Susan.  Many people

have had lots more problems than us with engine, transmission, electrical, etc...  We get a break because I went to auto

repair schools for years and worked in it also back in the 70s.  Not a good career choice but I wanted to race cars back

then, very difficult without being born into a racing family and wanting a family of my own.  I would suppose they will tell

you the brakes are going.  Wife's car has rear brakes failing much sooner at 21k and only 3 years old.  I have the parts in

the basement waiting to be installed.  Also' front pads are worn out.  This surprises me, Toyota went cheap on these parts.

It's not like either of us rides the brakes while we're driving.  3 year warranty on the new parts and I expect just after 3 years

these parts will be shot.  Will be anxious to hear about the Honda.  I believe we are very fortunate to have vehicles to get around

in, so many don't or they're broke down.  I have a sister in law that lost the transmission in her car years ago and only goes

somewhere when her sister comes and picks her up.  Her husband works on roofing lots and rarely goes back out after work

and his vehicles aren't usually much good.  They live 100 miles from us. 

Took care of everyone's garbage yesterday and got one of our daughter's garden tractors running, will have to change the oil,

sharpen blades on that soon.  Already started on ours.  Lawn mowing will be here in less than two months along with pool opening

here.  Then put thread lock on her porch door's lock set screws, keep coming lose for me to tighten.

Didn't get anything done on the radio that's down yesterday.  Wire came lose in a cable connector and burned out a relay, I think.  I

have two of the relays already on the way so can replace them quick if it's the defective part.  It's an expensive transceiver so need to

take my time in troubleshooting.  I have a backup so it's not like I'm off the air during the repairs anyway. 

Lot's of years are gone but we lived them well, mostly anyway.  Hard to define, any person's opinion is going to be different than the

next.  Human nature to question the past. 

The pups came out rowdy to greet me this morn.  They're so precious.  Hope Finn is doing well today.

Hope you all enjoy this day.  We are so lucky to have our lives and smoke free even.



From: Susan1206


Hi Paul,

The sun is shining through the windows and even though there is ice on the puddles, it makes it seem warm!

Too cute of a story about the puppy sleeping in a tent.  What we pet owners do to keep our fur kids happy and we stay sane.   Finn has always been a sleeper and I am thankful for that.  Perhaps they adapt to their owner’s schedule ~ 

Have a great smoke free day.  I believe today is our first day of baseball for our home team….the Cleveland Indians (no longer pc) but the Cleveland Guardians.  It’s an away game which is a bit odd.



From: Susan1206


Hi Ernie,

Yes, new front rotors and pads and I have no clue about these kinds of parts…I do know I bought the Honda brand new and have adhered to all service requirements.  I have spent very little money except four new tires about six years ago and now this.  I will address the tire issue this Fall…And so, that is where this retiree’s $$$ is spent.

We may be flying to North Carolina soon as my best friend’s husband is in critical condition.  

On we go…….Susan