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PennGas

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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2005 7:04:52 PM

Let's say hello to my friend from Boston!!
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dickc49
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 12:03:17 PM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS::

Good morning AMC,

Too bad you missed the Moodies. Good listening! Great news you will get released soon. Going to a rehab? I bet you want a drink! Bet you also want a dip in that hot tub of yours too.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 10:16:56 PM

Evening Fire!

I'm missing out on seeing the Moody Blues tonight! My wife took a mutual friend to the concert, the friend she left work early and was picking my wife up. They were going out to dinner before the concert. Wish I was there now listening to them! Will have to find out tomorrow how good the concert was.

Sounds like I'll be here for a couple more days to a week, will know more tomorrow.

Wish I could have a cocktail.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 10:52:59 PM

Evening Fire!

dickc, yes I definitely am paying attention to the health professionals. They told me not to hurry back to work no matter how good you feel. I'm listening to them! Earliest I'm going back won't be until October 1. Thanks for the reminders!
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 11:38:29 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS::

Good morning AMC,

Swallowing can be a big challenge for water and other free flowing liquids. Good to hear you have a normal reflex there! My son did too. His room mate however had to have liquids the consistency of honey or it would get into his lungs. He could not react quickly enough to swallow. HEard the room mate had another stroke a year later and passed away. With how his room mate was so disabled by his stroke it was sadly most likely for the best.

You on the other hand sound like you are already halfway out of the place! You need to follow directions, and look for anything that decided to NOT work right. Sometimes recovery is training the brain to stop trying to do something a certain way if it is damaged, I really wish I did not know so darn much about recovering from things like this, but I've watch my Mom recover from a stroke, and my son recover from a severe brain injury. You have a very promising life left to live. Work hard, but remember to stop and smell the roses. (Watch out for the thorns!) :>)
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 10:58:42 PM

Evening Fire!

dickc, progress each day, have to continue working the hand to improve fine motor skills, will do hand exercises to aid with the recovery. Walking improves slowly daily, today uses a crutch under one arm to go up and down the stairs. Something new, learning like an infant for the first time. No problems swallowing. Eating soup, jello or vegetables gets interesting at times.
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 1:32:04 PM

Good afternoon Fire ::HUGS::

Good afternoon AMC,

Progress. As long as that is the key word of the day, you are doing well. Hope you soon begin to feel a bit more at home moving around the keyboard. Practice makes perfect! How goes walking and the like? Any issues hitting your mouth with the silverware and swallowing? Hoping those are negatives and its just a tad of fine motor control.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 10:41:00 PM

Evening Fire!

Continue to see progress daily. Still working on immproving speed with keying. Strength and coordination returning, little each day. Hard to believe two weeks have passed since the stroke.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 10:54:46 PM

Evening Fire..........again.

dickc, yeah I know I will see improvement after leaving the rehab facility. They told me the hands are the last to return since there are so many functioning parts the brain has to send a signal. As they told me it or anything will get better with repetitive use. I'm pushing myself, they tell me 5 pounds or do this 15x, or go this far, I do more.

Congratulations to your son and his new bride! I'll check out the photos!
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 10:45:16 PM

Evening Fire!

Will have to repost to key in the message, won't be able to enter it under the edit function.

[Edited by: amchornetx at 8/22/2014 10:47:06 PM EST]
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dickc49
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 3:30:10 PM

Good afternoon Fire ::HUGS::

Good afternoon AMC,

AMC, Keep plugging away there buddy! The first weeks and months see the best progress. It will slow up some, but it will keep coming even after they discharge you and tell you that you are probably as good as you will get. The brain is a wonderful organ.

Married off my # 3 child last night. Kind of a quickie wedding as they wanted a big one, but health insurance issues suddenly emerged. To get him on her GOOD health plan required a now wedding. Will have a celebration of marriage on the same date next year with everyone. I put a new album on my profile with some pictures. You need to be a buddy to see it. There is a buddy request out for you so If you want to look, just accept.
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 10:32:38 PM

Evening Fire!

First day of the Minnesota State Fair, lucked out overcast majority of the day so it never got 90 and sultry, so I heard.

More therapy today, continue to make slow progress, but it's progress just the same.

Tomorrow it's Friday already.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 10:50:12 PM

Evening Fire!

Another day of hard work in both PT and OT therapy, both sessions 90 mins. long, was able to get both completed in the a.m. right up until lunch. Losing 2 patients in therapy the last two days opened the therapy schedule, got a new a patient after lunch to add to the therapy schedule.

Spent the afternoon in the "sunroom," reading, doing some physical therapy and working on crossword puzzles to improve fine motor skills. Still working on improving the hand motor skills, therapist said the hand will take the longest with all the intricate moving parts and different signals sent by the brain. Have to remember it's only been 12 days.

midnight and dickc, thanks for the encouragement.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 11:49:16 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS::

Good morning AMC,

AMC, you will get there. You are determined. That more than anything else will be your most valuable asset! That is one reason my son is home with us and doing well, not living in a nursing home somewhere like the docs originally thought he might! I am sure you can think of inventive strategies to exercise and regain movement. Would squeezing a rubber ball with each finger help re-train them? Can you, with eyes closed try to guide each finger to your nose or some other point. I'm sure there are many things you can do to re-train the brain and get things back in line. As you said, your thinking and logic centers are seemingly unaffected. That will serve you VERY well!

Went to Plymouth, Mass yesterday. I was investigating four different lines back to the original Mayflower passengers. Two of the lines appear valid so I will be applying to the society for membership based on one of those lines. The line in my wife's side showing her to the Mayflower did not pan out however. I did enjoy being down there. Really did not do the usual tourist things, instead spent most of my time in the library. Great view of the Mayflower II from there!
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 3:10:50 AM



amc,

Wishing you wellness and a rapid return to normalcy.
Pt works wonders!
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 10:03:08 PM

Evening Fire!

Hi dickc and midnight!

Another full day PT and OT therapy. They really challenged me today! On the phone today with couple friends, wife and son. Will be going back to my room in a little bit to call the younger daughter and talk.

Been humid here since Fri., going to continue into Sun. when a front is supposed to move thru and cool temps and humidity. State Fair begins on Thurs. with highs reaching 90's Fri. and Sat. Next week cool front supposed to come thru with high's only upper 60's/low 70's.

Keying still not fluid motion and by no means at the speed I was at before, just have to continue working at it!
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 8:16:10 AM

Hi Fire!
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 10:49:45 PM

Evening Fire!

Well, well, look at the support! Midnight back to post wishes! dickc, sorry to hear about your mom and son, glad to hear your mom recovered and your son continues to improve. Many friends extending support also, thank you both for your wishes and prayers, it means alot!

That is one of the points made by the doctors and staff both at the hospital, it will take some time but they believe I will make a full recovery based on the progress I've made just in one week. I'm reteaching myself how to do things like an infant. It will be interesting to see if I or my 8 month granddaughter will make progress first with some motor skills; my thought and analytical brain processes weren't affected! I'm approaching this with the right frame of mind.

Wrote to GB, very understanding as for restoring my consecutive daily posting total, received my lines and place back today. Wrote to thank them, will have to read their email when I get home, think I will be here to the weekend or two weeks until next Tues., either way I'm taking care of myself. They worked me hard today!
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dickc49
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 11:28:00 AM

Good morning AMC,

Boy, when it rains, it pours! Contact the mods, they WILL restore your consecutive days. They have a policy of giving two mulligans, however, be sure to give them the circumstances. They may not record this one as a mulligan as you have a really good reason, unlike some of us! I think they should restore you without counting it.

I do hope the rehab goes well. My Mother had a severe hemorrhagic stroke in the 80's. She was one sick lady! She recovered fully. While my son was in rehab from his car accident, I saw others in the rehab from strokes. Some doing well, other struggling. You sound like you have a really good start. Be patient. My son is still getting some of his abilities back 8 years post accident. He is very lucky to even be alive, let alone able to function at all. Give it HELL!
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 10:43:12 AM


 
                            SMiiiLE and have a great day!
 
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 2:30:41 AM



Very sad for you that you had a stroke. Hope the PT works rapidly and you are home asap. Prayers and best wishes.

Write to the mods. Tell 'em what happened.You will get your speedlines returned. All the best!
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2014 9:02:06 PM

Evening Fire!

Well dickc, I had a mild stroke last Fri., was in ICU before being moved out last Sat. p.m. to a step down unit and released from the hospital late Tues. to an acute inpatient rehab facility. I'll be here 9 day to 2 wks depending how well I respond to therapy.

It's been difficult posting because I have limited time and access. Yesterday had some extended time on their PC allowing me to contact GB to have my consecutive day total restored, it appears when I posted late on
Sat. Aug. 9th from ICU it didn't credit the posting for 1225 daily pts. I've posting consecutive for over 3K days...I think took it for granted since it was automatic since I always posted like the sun rising. I've been using the posting over the last week to help with my fine motor skills.

As for the stenosis I'm experiencing some of those same issues, but one thing at a time. Good luck with your issues, maybe we can be a support for one another. Who knows maybe midnight will look in and return. Might even get lucky and have Fire glance in......this took a little longer to post than normal.
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2014 12:40:01 PM

Good afternoon Fire ::HUGS:: Well, I have three ruptured disks in a row, and I also have stenosis in the area leaving less room to deal with the disks. Fun, fun. Will head out Monday to see some PT people and see if I can talk briefly with them about how they would do PT. Need to pick one Its my back, I need to be comfortable with how they will approach it.
Been taking it real easy. My BIG work the last week was mowing the front yard. That was about the limit of what I could do too. Been spending some time picking and putting in my spare room, and also sorting out the pictures and negatives from the last 25-30 years. Lots to sort through there! Am a bit bored, and surely feeling restricted. Hoping you are feeling good and getting out and doing fun things.
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 11:41:20 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS:: Went to my Neurologist for my migraine checkup yesterday. They are well under control right now. My back is not so well under control. It has been showing me little signs for about two years that it is unhappy. The last two months have seen a large jump in signs. Going in for an MRI on Tuesday and will then find out what is going on at the follow up appointment. Am losing feeling in my feet, and ma losing strength in my legs, mostly the right. Not good signs. IT has been coming on much faster in the last two months like whatever it is its hit a critical point. Sure hope I can get it fixed before permanent damage is done.

AMC - Yup, I stop by every day, and post every few. Hope Fire does come back and let us know how she and the three kids are doing. Picked up a new bag of Turf Builder myself today. Time for another application. It will take me half the day to do 3,500 Sq Ft with my back like it is, but I like a nice green lawn! I have the weeds so well under control I go out with a spray bottle of Ortho Weed-Be-Gone to spray them individually. I only see about a half dozen every two to three weeks.

[Edited by: dickc49 at 8/8/2014 11:41:41 AM EST]
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amchornetx
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 11:08:47 AM

Morning Fire!

Soaked in the hot tub with coffee this a.m., 71 degrees but can feel the humidity in the air, up to 83 today.

Have yard work to do, going to fertilize the landscaping with Miracle Gro. Mow the lawn and fertilize the lawn with Scotts Turf Builder. Have other stuff outdoors to complete, will be busy today.

dickc, looks like it's only you and I posting here, too bad Midnight decided to leave, can understand. He's right, Fire's only posted once since last August.

[Edited by: amchornetx at 8/8/2014 11:12:35 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2014 10:01:48 AM

Morning Fire!

Just in from a soak in the hot tub with coffee. Refilled the bird bath with fresh water, do it daily for the flying creatures, they just love it!

Have a sprinkler out rains forecast by the weather terrorists never occurred. Monday was watching a newscast, meteorologist came on with his initial spot, explaining why the rains didn't materialize with no rain in the forecast. Next two times he appeared, his forecast changed each time trying to materialize rain in the area for Tuesday. These people are a FARCE!

Wife doing well after her hip replacement, minimally invasive procedure, I'm performing nursing duties 24/7.

Still have not heard from the younger daughter re: update on her stolen bike. Texted her yesterday telling her to check with the police to see if they've checked pawn shops in the area. Will text her again today telling to call them and forward info on her stolen bike should the thief bring it in for cash.

Have more work to do with my mom's accounts, still trying to clean them up and get them organized.
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2014 9:36:30 AM

Hi Fire!
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2014 11:35:28 AM

Morning Fire!

Much cooler this a.m., soaked in the hot tub earlier with coffee.

Put out a Hummingbird feeder yesterday evening, didn't take long for one to appear. Also an Oriole feeder filled both plastic cups with grape jelly and a couple slices of oranges on each end.

Didn't talk with our daughter yesterday, she had other calls, hoping we talk today.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2014 4:05:46 PM

Afternoon Fire!

Was overcast and 75, comfortable this a.m. It quickly turned hot and HUMID when clouds broke around noon. It is HOT!!!

Went out to do some errands and shopping. Went and purchased a lug of new Colorado peaches that have arrived in stores and for sale. Saw alot of customers purchasing peaches. Don't think our lug will last long, we both had a peach each. It was juicy and DELICIOUS!

Haven't heard anything more from our daughter in Billings, will probably call her and get an update.

Hope it's comfortable out East.
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2014 1:23:41 PM

Good afternoon Fire ::HUGS:: Well, the PC is put together except for two small parts I need. They come tomorrow. I do have it partly loaded with software. I just need to load one or two more things and I can swap it out with the one I currently use. Once I do that, I have to uninstall two software packages from the old one so I can install them on the new one. It will not properly register them otherwise. Then comes the fun of making sure all the peripherals work. Should be mostly settled in by Tuesday.
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2014 12:51:51 PM

Morning Fire!

Day after the Paul McCartney concert, haven't heard from our daughter and SIL how they enjoyed it.

It's HOT and MUGGY! Dew point has to be in the 70% range!

Received bad new from our younger daughter yesterday. We moved her to Billings, MT for her employment into a condo. She called to say someone had gone into her garage and stolen her bike sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning during the early morning hours. We were told by the management group and her neighbors it was a safe neighborhood, nothing like this had ever happened; per a couple of her neighbors a couple of late middle aged women.

She did call the police, I told her to report it to the management group, her neighbors (see if they saw or heard anything and make them aware). When we were there, we did observe people walking thru the parking lot and property yard as short cuts. There are a couple signs private property to stay out. Believe it's someone local that saw the bike, told her to keep her eyes open may see it it the neighborhood. Might also be someone in adjoining condos/apartments. Also told her to be observant as she goes outside or drives in/out from her home.

Told her when she's sitting outside pay attention who's in the area. Told her she should know her neighbors in the area, if she sees someone she doesn't recognize, call the police, give a discription/direction they're walking, have them check them out. That's their job and will discourage any possible incidents.

Really unfortunate she had to experience this after only 3 weeks. Based on her neighbors, didn't think this would be an issue.
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2014 9:26:53 PM

Evening Fire!

Had some heavy showers late this afternoon/early evening. Now calm with clouds and some sun. Having a libation, going to make something to eat in a little bit.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2014 11:06:30 PM

Evening Fire!

Paul McCartney plays tomorrow night at Target Field. Oldest daughter and SIL are going! Should be a great concert. Wish I had tickets!
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2014 10:55:42 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS:: All the parts for my newest PC came yesterday. Yup, I build my own! I build pretty high performance systems and run them hard. It will take me a day or so to build and test to make sure all the hardware is running right. Then comes the part where I load the Windows 8.1 operating system and start loading all the software and then loading all the drivers for my varied hardware devices. IT will take a few days to load it all as I will check on the web for updated drivers and software. I really do enjoy this part of a new computer. Buying a preloaded system just introduces headaches for me as the manufacturers load crap into new systems that I do not want. This way I get a completely clean system with only the things I want on it.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2014 3:36:53 AM


Last post for me

Seen you once since last August

L.C. Goodbye my good friend
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2014 2:55:39 AM

Good morning Fire!

Watched a fascinating movie on the Portland, Oregon Mavericks. The owner was Kurt Russell's dad, Bing Russell. He was best known as Deputy Sheriff Clem on "Bonanza" for many years and on many western movies. Bing created the only independent baseball team in America in 1973, the legendary Portland Mavericks.

He placed ads in the sports magazine hoping 30-40 would show for tryouts. 300+ arrived for the tryouts. He paid the players out of his own pockets. Bing operated without a Major League affiliation while playing in a city that was considered a wasteland for professional baseball.

Bing's Mavericks generated unprecedented success: they shattered attendance records, signed Kurt Russell — Bing's son — as a player and team Vice President, produced the most successful batboy in baseball (filmmaker Todd Field), re-launched the controversial career of Jim Bouton, hired the first female general manager in Baseball, and inspired one of America's beloved bubblegums — the Big League Chew.

The team was as much about the independent spirit as it was about baseball. The Mavericks' in your face attitude was contagious to fans, and during their reign (1973-1978), they — and Bing Russell — said to MLB we're playing this game on our terms, not yours.

They were the real life Bad News Bears. Their sell out crowds broke all the records for an A Team. The name of the documentary is "The B@ttered B@stards of B@seball," 73 min It debuted at the July 11, 2014 Sundance Film Festival in the Netherlands.

Produced for and is exclusive on Netflix. First month is Free! Loved the movie as much as baseball is loved. A 6 out of 5 stars. Don't make the error of assuming one must be a baseball fan to enjoy this. It works just as well as a story of the little guy sticking it to the man. The man in this case is the court-protected giant known as Major League Baseball.

Went out and weeded to my hearts content late morning. The back support is the finest $14 investment ever made. Got evey weed wanted removed, added some Preen (It is organic!) until it ran out.

Peeled some of the other town's newsprint that stuck to the soil when some of the wildflower seeds were sown. Then started digging at the 2' x 4' riprap on either end. After 30 minutes of work w/o progress, the answer arrived.

Picked up all the smaller rocks, throw them in the hole, then filled the hole w/composted manure and my excellent homemade compost. Left the boulders on the opposite ends and planted the annuals bought earlier this month in the filled in area. Job completed.

Civil twilight is 4:58 AM EDT. Night is 8:46 PM.

Sunrise: 5:31 AM. Set: 8:12 PM.

Length of day: 14h 40m. Length of visible light: 15h 47m. Tomorrow will be 2m 21s shorter.

The temp is 54° (12°C) with the high to be 70° (21°C). Chance of rain 50%. 70% chance this afternoon w/t-storms.

Off to the market for some light shopping.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2014 4:47:34 AM

Good morning Fire!

Watched an intense episode of "The Greatest Tank Battles in History". In October of 1973 Syria launched a sneak attack on Israel in the Golan Heights.

A few outnumbered tanks manage to hold off an invasion of overwhelming size in one of the greatest tank battles ever waged. On streaming Netflix. 5/5 stars.

Got to read the May issue of Outdoor Photography that has the annual Landscape Special. Lots of action shots in sports, travel, wildlife and scenery.

Went out at 10 AM to perform lots of garden maintenance. The rain we had, 1.43 inches in 24 hours and 5.88 for the month grew the lawn veggies flowers and the weeds.

Concentrated getting the weeds out. Also one of my beef steak tomato plants keeled over due to the extra weigh if rain. Needed to push the 5' wire cage in the soil deeper and prop out the sides w/wood.

Mowed the last half of the lawn. The soil was so saturated that at times my steps squeezed out water. The wheels sank nearly 1" in those areas as well. It was fun to cut it in temps of just 61° (16°). Truly a no sweat experience.

Finished the lawn just in time for the Recycle Center to open at its noon to 5 PM time on Tuesdays. Brought the glass, tin cans, mags, paper and a collapsed metal chair to the transfer station.

Returned home instead of going to town and spending money. Watched the pilot show of the first Star Trek from 1966. Did not know Majel Barrett, the voice of all the computers in the 4 separate series, Lwaxana Troi in The Next Generation and the wife of series creator Gene Roddenberry in real life and Leonard Nimoy were the only two of the original cast in episode 1. Am a Trekker, all of them, from Day 1.

Civil twilight is 4:57 AM EDT. Night is 8:47 PM.

Sunrise: 5:30 AM. Set: 8:13 PM.

Length of day: 14h 43m. Length of visible light: 15h 50m. Tomorrow will be 2m 19s shorter.

The temp is 49° (9°C) with the high to be 73° (23°C) in beautiful clear skies.

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 10:26:39 PM

Evening Fire!

Long day at work, setting up for even a longer week. Been dry around here, have hoses/sprinklers out to put moisture in, will have to finish on Friday, we have odd/even sprinkling.
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 2:45:10 AM

Good morning Fire!

Had very light, yet steady rain in the wee hours yesterday morning. At 8:15 AM the moderate rain arrived. Soon after the t-boomers started. Closed up and saved my work, shut the computer down, then unplugged the electricity to the pc and the modem. Also disconnected the phone line from the modem.

Decided to head back to Whitefield. Wanted to see if all my medical records were send from the former clinic. Had asked two weeks ago for some previous years lab results. They were waiting for me at the reception desk.

Stopped at that town's Subway for a breaky combo. $3 for a white egg, bacon (or ham) cheese and all the veggies. A 16 oz coffee is included. While inside the sky opened up and quarter dollar sized rain drops bounced off the pavement.

A wave of water poured down the paved road nearby. Could see a brook two inches deep flowing. Vehicles slowed down. Think the drivers all were worried about slipped down that road.

Visited my pal the meat mgr.When he came out of the meat cutting room He was asked by me, "How's your osmolarity?" He looked, squinted, and said How's my what?

Explained osmolarity is used to determine certain medical conditions, like the dissolved particles in urine. Read that on my newly rec'd Lab results and wanted to have fun.

Bought another pkg of the three fish cakes with potato as a filler. Liked it and it was also fully cooked in the cold case.The price was exceptionally low.

This store has fabulous low meat and fish prices, in general. Compared to our high priced Shaw's.

It rained steady mostly moderate from 8:15 until 2 PM. Then it rained lightly, finally stopping at 2:30. We rec'd 1.72 yesterday and so far 4.54" for the month. The sky became bright, saw blue patches, then the sun returned. Mostly cloudy this morning, then becoming partly sunny.

Civil twilight is 4:56 AM EDT. Night is 8:48 PM.

Sunrise: 5:29 AM. Set: 8:15 PM.

Length of day: 14h 45m. Length of visible light: 15h 52m. Tomorrow will be 2m 16s shorter.

The temp is 57° (14°C) with the high to be 70° (21°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 10:53:46 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS:: Well, that was quite storm that came through! Had a tornado warning with it. It appears Revere got hit by it. Storm pass3ed over us, but nothing was seen except lots of rain in a short time. Some roads closed from flooding including a portion of route one. Sun is out now. Good old New England. If you don't like the weather, wait a few minutes!
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 9:57:57 AM

Morning Fire!

Overcast here this a.m., out earlier in the hot tub with coffee. Have all sorts of errands today. Will it ever end?

Still have to return and catch up on the postings. Have a good day.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 3:31:30 AM

Good morning Fire!

Went out early yesterday morning to harvest strawberries and some blueberries. Have enough for about two meals. Probably will be the fruit in 1% milk and with cereal. Got the berries before the birds did.

Checked out all the plants, flowers and the wildflower areas. All is growing well w/o slugs or rabbits having a free buffet. Covered the 1 lb cottage cheese containers the ammonia and my scent is in.

This is working well. The third day w/o the annual flowers being eaten by rabbits. Also read a 3 ft piece of a used garden hose as a fake snake is another good rabbit deterrent. Hope to find a used hose at the transfer station sometime soon.

Drove to visit my pal the meat mgr at Mac's Market in Whitefield. Haven't seen him in a few weeks. Bought some Shooner 2.5" fish cakes made of three types of fish and potato as a filler. No MSG on the label and a swell $1.99 a pound.

Asked he how Shaws can sell Split boneless chicken breast and bone in pork sirloin cutlets for $1.49 a lb for both this week. He said his cost is $1.60.

Then Shaw's is truly selling both as a loss leader, hoping other products are bought while its customers are in the store. Stopped in Shaws to buy a pkg of of the split chicken breasts.

Looking forward to cooking them in the crock pot soon w/lots of veggies. Stopped at the Main St field where the Civil War re enactment soldiers spent the night in their tents. Will have photos to share in a day or so.

Had a nice big healthy spinach, green leaf lettuce salad, along w/many different veggies w/chunks of ham and cheese along w/ two of the fish patties. They are about the thickness and size of a wide mouth Nalgene bottle. No chemicals in them that made me want to eat more.

Had two hours of rain late morning. Forecast is for scattered thunderstorms during the night into late morning. Nothing arrived as this was typed.

Listened to the home team play the Seattle Mariners w/the windows and doors open in a fabulous 71° (21°C) w/a 3-12 mph (4-19 kmph) breeze. Nice to avoid the other half of the lawn that needs to be mowed due to it being soaked.

Civil twilight is 4:54 AM EDT. Night is 8:49 PM.

Sunrise: 5:28 AM. Set: 8:16 PM.

Length of day: 14h 47m. Length of visible light: 15h 55m. Tomorrow will be 2m 14s shorter.

The temp is 59° (15°C) with the high to be 72° (22°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Have a pleasant day!

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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 3:55:01 AM

Good morning Fire!

Completed the last of the forms from TIAA CREF. Am thinking the paperwork is finally completed, ending of this book, the final page is completed.

Went out to see a rabbit running away from my tomato plants. Rabbits are not fond on tomatoes, yet if they are hungry they will eat anything green. Or at least taste test it.

The containers of ammonia and my scent around the annuals, perennials, and wildflowers are working great. No nibbing or plant loss is seen. Like this method, except in rainy weather. Read mothballs work also and the rain does not dissolve them.

Watered all the plants, flowers, new lawn and wildflowers. Saw the newest wildflower seeds are germinating fabulously. At 10AM jumped into the Dart and took a drive to downtown Lancaster.

Mailed the letter to TIAA CREF, then saw the downtown Street Fair was beginning. Parked in the motel lot beside the P.O. Took my camera and saw the field across the St on US Rt3 had 100's of people.

It was a Civil War reenactment of 2 dozen men w/genuine uniforms, muskets, and cannons. Tents of the era were set up as well as the style of cooking pots and pans on several fires.

The drums beat, the lieutenant shouted, "Fire!" Muskets filled the air with smoke. The order "Fire at will," was commanded. There were two 3" (76.2 mm) cannons. None were fired.

The Main St was jammed with vehicles, in fact it was the first time seeing stop and go traffic. Vendors lined both sides with their merchandise along with booths selling fried dough to lobster rolls.

Our visitor's Center held the antique, muscle, and classic car show. 100's, if not a thousand folks were enjoying the fabulous 73° (23°C) sunshine in nearly clear skies.

One fellow had a giant pure black and shiny Newfoundlander that was handsome. There was a civilian owned Army store that sold equipment, rations, and supplies that would follow the troops.

A pair of leather Army boots just below the knee were $15 in those days. A private in 1860 was paid $13 a month. It was raised in June 1864, when soldiers rec'd $16 a month.Civil twilight is 4:53 AM EDT. Night is 8:51 PM.

Sunrise: 5:27 AM. Set: 8:17 PM.

Length of day: 14h 49m. Length of visible light: 15h 57m. Tomorrow will be 2m 12s shorter.

The temp is 59° (15°C) with the high to be 74° (23°C) in partly cloudy skies. Rain/t-storms are expected later.

Have a splendid day!

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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 12:53:04 PM

Good Morning Fire!

Overcast here, clear skies earlier, was in the hot tub with coffee earlier this a.m. Forecast is for sunny and 89 today. Invited by friends to come over this afternoon to soak in their tub. Checked the weather map and big storm coming from the southwest headed for the TC's, in the Sioux Falls, SD area now, but no mention of it hitting us. I don't know? Sure looks like it'll be here, unless it's moving REAL SLOW.

We returned from Billings, MT were there for 9 days, took a Jefferson coach to Williston, then on Amtrak on a sleeper which included meals. It was a comfortable trip back to the TC's!

Hope all is well. Will return to catch up on the posts.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 4:25:39 AM

Good morning Fire!

Saw the extremely powerful movie "Mississippi Burning" (1988) 128 min. A crime, drama, mystery, and deep southern Civil Rights issues of the '60's in fictional rural Jessup County, Mississippi.

The FBI sends a couple of mismatched agents in to search for three civil rights activists. One agent (Gene Hackman) is 'old school', sly, and knows his enemies a little too well. The other (Willem Dafoe) is a naive Kennedy fire-eater, ready to bring the full force of the FBI and military down upon this small town's head.

These FBI agents investigate the murders of civil rights workers during the early 1960s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Mississippi town where segregation divides black and white... and the KKK rules.

Well-acted, compelling, great script. Fantastic message. 5/5 stars.

Returned to Big Papas Produce Mkt Bought two big red bell peppers for $1.25. Also bought two pineapples for $1.50 ea. Had them cored for a mere 50¢ more.

The owner had to return to the Boston Produce Center Late Thursday night. He nearly sold out of everything. This privately owned market continually gives all supermarkets a fabulous run for their money w/the freshest fruit, prices and low prices.

Bought Bone In pork sirloin chops during the start of Shaws weekly sale.

Not many can beat the $1.49 a lb in this area. Also bought a 1.5 lb container of fat free cottage cheese for $2 a lb. It goes great w/cold sliced pineapple.

Returned home to water all plants,flowers and newsprint covered the new seed. Used the small1 lb containers to fill up w/my scent around the wildflowers and the annuals to repellent the rabbits. Read that mothballs and cayenne pepper also work well.

Took a 90 minute nap over sitting in the sun. Had been up for over 11 hours and felt sleepy. Always feels super after a good sound nap. Will sit in the sun after this post.

Civil twilight is 4:52 AM EDT. Night is 8:52 PM.

Sunrise: 5:26 AM. Set: 8:18 PM.

Length of day: 14h 51m. Length of visible light: 16h 00m. Tomorrow will be 2m 10s shorter.

The temp is 52° (11°C) with the high to be 79° (26°C) in clear skies.

Have a tremendous day!

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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 10:17:03 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS:: Hope you are having better work days, especially today being Friday! How long before you have your 30 years in? Glad we have a cooler much less humid day today. Dew point is down to 52. Wish it would stay that low all summer. Going to go out and work in the yard today as a result. Will see what my back lets me get done. Its been bothering me more lately. Going to the docs Aug 6 and will ask why.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 4:00:45 AM

Good morning Fire!

Loved the low of 59° (15°C) Wednesday night. Had the windows open all night and the front door open part way. A ceiling fan in my bdrm cranked in the cool air from outdoors. Temp indoors dropping to 64° (18°C), perfect for my house plants.

Left early and took the fireroad the last half of the journey to Littleton. Bought were lemons 2/$1, limes 4/$1, giant heads of green lettuce $1.18 ea, avocados 98¢ ea, green bean $1.38 a lb, bing cherries $2.49 a lb, 40 cukes ¢ ea, and baby bella 10 oz for $2.25

Passed on grapes at $2.38 a lb. Mainly as lots are left over from last week. The bags are big at 2.5-3 lbs. Will only buy 1-1.5 lbs in the future.

Returned home to put the produce away. Then checked all the plants for damage from the t-storm the early evening before. No plants or even the flowers were damaged.

Mowed the lawn in the most pleasant conditions. Finished half of the 1.5 acres. Humidity was 48% w/the dew point a gentle 52° (11°C). In fact it was a superb day w/the high a pleasing 73° (23°C) and the wind 4-8 mph (6.5-13 kph).

Drove to the P.O.for the first time this week. In the mail was the requested Zio Heart Monitor results and a letter from my PCP dated 4 days ago. My heart randomly goes fast for brief intervals with a condition know as Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). Will talk to the doc about it during my appointment in 1 week. Not worried at all.

The oral surgery was cancelled as the anesthesiologist can not work next week. It was scheduled for Wedhe 30th at 8 AM. This will also delay my hip surgery for another month. Am disappointed in the continuing delay.

Civil twilight is 4:51 AM EDT. Night is 8:53 PM.

Sunrise: 5:25 AM. Set: 8:19 PM.

Length of day: 14h 54m. Length of visible light: 16h 02m. Tomorrow will be 2m 02s shorter.

The temp is 49° (9°C) with the high to be 78° (24°C) in clear skies.

Have a delightful day!

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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 6:47:05 PM

Afternoon Fire!

Been away haven't had an opportunity to stop and visit, I'm sure have alot to catch up on, looks like two weeks ago I visited.
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 4:27:43 AM

Good morning Fire!

Went outdoors at 7:45 AM to dig up the final bare section where the former wild blackberries grew. Naturally with removing all roots, rocks and soil never loosened before, it was a job that took longer than expected.

The pitchfork did the heavy work, then the steel rake did the fine turning. Hand broadcast the wildflower seed, added some composted dry manure over the seed, then used the back side of the yard rake to wiggle soil over the seed.

Added some water to soak that area, newsprint was laid over, then the newspaper was drenched. Added some small roots to hold the print down. Saw the seed planted beside this area 2-3 days ago is germinating wonderfully. Went to the bare spot the grouse dug in the first wildflower area.

My liquid scent the day before did a fabulous job of keep it from returning. Scraped up that 18" circular area with the yard rake, seeded it, then also eased the soil over the seed. Watered, covered it, watered the print, then added some stones to prevent the wind from moving it.

Watered the remaining plants and new spots in the lawn. Sweat soaked my t-shirt and rolled down my back and head. Worked 2.5 hours in the gardens. By 10:15 the temp had climbed to 81°, the humidity was 69%, with the dew point a nasty 68°. The high of the day was 87° (31C).

By 1 PM heavy rain and t-storms let loose some miles north of me. Lots of yellow and plenty of red on the radar map indicated a very severe storm. Cold air arrived north of me. Temp dropped 20° (32C to 20C) in an hour.

The clouds made the sky very dark. Then the wind arrived. Had 2 hours of thunderstorms, no hail, with large raindrops the size of quarters late afternoon into the evening. No power outages in my area.

Civil twilight is 4:50 AM EDT. Night is 8:54 PM.

Sunrise: 5:24 AM. Set: 8:20 PM.

Length of day: 14h 55m. Length of visible light: 16h 04m. Tomorrow will be 2m 3s shorter.

The temp is 62° (17°C) with the high to be 76° (24°C) in partly cloudy skies.

Off to the market to find deals and for some light shopping.

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 10:52:06 AM

Good morning Fire ::HUGS:: Hope you like the hot and humid, we sure have it today. I will be INSIDE as much as possible! Wife has a sweater on, I am comfortable. Par for the course. Got a nice paper based package of Ancestry data on my soon to be son in law from his mother. Took a few days, but I now have his (and my grandsons) tree built back to the early 1800's. Will be inside most all of today. Its too hot to be outside today!
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 3:41:41 AM

Good morning Fire!

Went out at 8 AM yesterday to water all the plants, enjoy the sun rising over the forest, and the splendid new day. Near the road the smaller of the two patches of wildflowers had a 16" circle bared to the ground.

A grouse feather remained as evidence of what dug into the already soft hand tilled soil and spent the night.

Added some repellent to the area, reseeded it, watered the brushed in soil, covered it w/newsprint, and watered the soil. Will see if the deer and rabbit repellent along w/a human smell added to the ground will keep the pesky critter off my wildflowers.

Got ready for my 11 AM diabetes orientation visit and left right away north of Lancaster to the lovely Town Of Groveton. The Medical Center was real easy to find as it is two doors down from the Fire Station.

Was taken into the office minutes after may arrival, escorted to an exam room by a nurse which took my vitals. This day my pulse was 74 w/my BP at 139 over 78.

My weight was an entire 1 pound down from two weeks earlier. Now down 5 lbs since March. The Doc came in and introduced herself w/a smile. Again by her first name. Really like the friendliness.

Did let her talk for some minutes. When she began to explain the basics of carbs calories and sugar intake, she was stopped. Let her know the basic when well known and to get right into the nitty gritty of our meet.

She explained my pancreas is producing plenty of insulin yet my cells, all of the were rejecting this. Elaborated how my hip cartilage wore down to the bone and hiking, 40 miles (64 km) each week w/10-15,000 ft (3000- 4,800 km) of elevation each week had to stop.

Further explained my new thirst and desire for apple, blueberry, egg custard pie w/ice cream, and lemonade (sugar) along with my habit of bread, pasta, rice, and pizza (carbs).

She did a meal by meal in depth analysis of my typical meals for a week. She calculated that of the target of 200 grams of carbs ea day, my highest is 195 w/my lowest being 180 grams. That is how my weight has dropped nice and slow at 1 lb per month.

She was thrilled that my snacks are mainly avocados and grapes and my use of cinnamon (Decreases Blood Sugar, lowers LDL cholesterol) is substantial. The 10 benefits of cinnamon (a quick read list) has been known for over two thousand years.

In the summary of yesterday's visit the doc wrote: "Patient is quite knowledgeable in nutrition, had given up a lot of carbs, and sugar which is reflected in his 5 lb weight loss."

Know by lowering carbs and all sugar intake my weight will continue to see pounds lost. She gave a goal of losing 11 more lbs. In this manner no meds will be needed to control the borderlin diabeties. Happy to be healthy.

Civil twilight is 4:48 AM EDT. Night is 8:55 PM.

Sunrise: 5:23 AM. Set: 8:21 PM.

Length of day: 14h 58m. Length of visible light: 16h 07m. Tomorrow will be 2m 2s shorter.

The temp is 63° (17°C) with the high to be 86° (30°C). Rain is in the forecast for this afternoon along w/a t-banger.

"Thunderstorms may be severe with damaging winds...large hail...heavy rainfall and frequent lightning." -wunderground.com. Just like a real storm.

Have a fabulous day!

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