Founded December 17,1912    Ceased Publication Thursday February 1, 1951

Book 1 Volume 9

 This is a previous issue re-worked with Nvu

Saturday, January 17, 2004  7:43 AM 16deg at LVIA and 12.8 in the bus stop
    Golly, we are practically in a heat wave this morning. It warmed all the way up to 12.8 inside the bus stop. Phooey!!
    This morning my weight is 206 and my blood glucose 125. I don’t think that cinnamon is doing any harm. We even had mac and cheese last night. It is a complex carbohydrate and I suppose that too helps.
    Butternut Fred has been out after I put his sweater on him. I am awaiting some sunshine before I go out.

Dr Leshok’s house                Butternut Fred                    park snow
    We were busy this morning. We had to make a trip up to Wal-Mart to enable me to get a new black ink cartridge for the one printer. There are always two copies of my web page that are printed out and sent to some nice folks who do not yet have computer abilities. So, last evening each letter was printed out and I went to produce the mailing envelope and I discovered that the addresses would not print. No black ink. The other printer is not configured to do the job. I ended up hand writing their names and address on the respective envelopes. I hope that they do not end in the dead latter office, Geez!!
    After we got back to town, I stopped in at Uncle Ed’s heart medicine state store. The man on duty was vociferously  informing me how lucky the public was to have him in attendance doing this very difficult and onerous job, for which he is woefully underpaid. I have informed him in the past that he is lucky that Pennsylvania is not adjacent to New Hampshire. Sheez!!!!!  All the stores were busy this morning.
    Then we parked on Delaware Avenue and walked to IGA, and got their food flier for the coming week. Queen hasn’t been for a walk for several days due to the cold weather
    I got this request from Betsy Burnhauser to any who receive these missives. I am glad to include it in these pages.
    “Do you think you could put something in one of them to the effect that if anyone has Palmerton pictures they would like to give away, or if they want to keep them but would be willing to make copies, the Historical Society is always looking for photos to add to our photo file. They should NOT, I repeat, should NOT send them by any other method than "snail mail.” Not electronically. They could be sent to George Ashman, 314 Columbia Ave. Palmerton, PA 18071. In fact, anything pertaining to Palmerton would be appreciated by the society. If any of them are not members but would be interested in becoming a member, thereby receiving our quarterly newsletter, they could contact Jane Borbe, 5743 Route 873, PO Box 68, Neffs, PA 18065. It's amazing how many people don't know about the society but are very interested once they find out - particularly out-of-towners.”
    I just got this from Don Denniston. His dad was the famous “Foxy,” Denniston, my High School principal. The name Foxy was not meant in disrespect, but his dad had a way of appearing at very inconvenient moments for those who were not exactly obeying the rules of the road. Ha!!!
“Subject: Texas Teacher Anyone who has ever dressed a child will love this one!
Did you hear about the Texas Teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his cowboy boots?  He asked for help and she could see why.
Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on.  Finally, when the second boot was on, she had worked up a sweat.
She almost cried when the little boy said, "Teacher, they're on the wrong feet."
She looked and sure enough, they were.  It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on.  She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on - this time on the right feet.
He then announced, "These aren't my boots."
She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, "Why didn't you say so?" like she wanted to.  And, once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet.  No sooner they got the boots off and he said, "They're my brother's boots.  My Mom made me wear'em."
Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry.  But, she mustered up the grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again.  Helping him into his coat, she asked, "Now, where are your mittens?"
He said, "I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots."
Her trial starts next month.”
    I got some really great pictures from grandson Andy. He and George are big railroad fans. Some of these are just unbelievably good, as well as old. I have never seen them before. I will occasionally insert one. They all come from a web site he recommended. I looked but didn’t see any restrictions on others using them, so I am taking the liberty of putting some of them in here. He sent me a pile of stuff that he found.

 Lehigh and New England Bridge over the Lehigh River
    I am having difficulty getting my exact bearings in the above picture. At first glance, it appears as though it is taken from the Carbon County side of the river, but I can’t figure out what the apparent road is that is seen just above the railroad tracks. The sign is easily read so the negative is not backwards, so it must have been taken from the Lehigh County side.
    I got a phone call tonight from brother in-law, Walter Guyer, asking about his inability to open many if any of the pictures on this web page. With that in mind, I culled through all of my recipients who have AOL and sent them a note about the sites I found from Google about the inability to properly open pictures. I really don’t know what else I can do. I do not want to appear uncaring but the problem is not at this end. I am afraid they will all have to join the modern age.
    I know all the recipients who read this will understand Judy Schwartz’s e-mail: Just got done reading your newsletter.  Bill Danneberg, Bob Green, & Frank Vlossak are old classmates & friends.  If you e-mail them, tell them I asked about them & say” hi”.  Sorry I couldn't make the reunion this time.  I had surgery the day before --guess that says it all.
 Thanks Bob.  Guess what--------it's snowing once again.  Keep on exercising!
    Golly, but Judy is sure a busy girl! Between she and her daughter, Lisa Anthony, they are the founders and chief operators of the day care center on Delaware Avenue where Costenbader’s Drug Store once was in business. I would last about five minutes with all those screaming children running about me all day. Geez!!
    Speaking of exercise, I went to the “Iron works” three times this past week. It seems to be going all right. I have to admit it isn’t all that bad. The thing I like is that some of the equipment will exercise specific muscle groups that I think need the moist attention. Yes, I know the muscles that push me away from the table are badly in need of firming up!!  Ha!!
    <10:22 PM> Everything has a light coating of snow. I was just looking outside. It appears to be just a dusting so far in spite of the winter storm warnings I am receiving on the computer. Maybe tomorrow I will be able to use the new snowplow shovel Queen got me.
Hey, big news tonight. Queen just placed her first order on the Internet. She did the whole works. In addition, she printed a couple of recipes on the network printer. She is doing all right.
Sunday, January 18, 2004 7:33 AM 28 Deg at LVIA and 25.7 in the bus stop

    This morning the weight continued to be 206 and the blood glucose was133. It looks white outside this morning. Well a bit whiter with a dusting of fresh snow. Butternut was out but I have not checked it for myself yet.
    Queen is downstairs in a robe starting the oatmeal. She wants to take a bath this morning while the bathroom is still toasty warm.
    You know every morning when I open my e- mail, I have IncrediMail first check what messages are on the server and then I “bounce back” all the viagra and weenie enhancing ads. In addition, I can remove any of them from my server without bouncing them. Upon opening my e mail in the regular manner only the good stuff is there. I like this new version of it very much.
    I was perusing the Internet this morning and I came across an interesting site for anyone who might be interested in on line foreign news radio available in whatever language one desires. I had a German station on that was indecipherable to me but I am sure both Christine and Fritz would enjoy it. It is at;
It seems to load a bit slowly but it was full of a lot stations one might enjoy.
    In case anyone has ever wondered about how these web pages are done, it really is done as sort of a system. Every morning when I come downstairs, the first things I do are start the coffee, turn on the computer, feed the dog, and take my medical readings. Then, I let Butternut out while I retrieve my e-mail and  music is turned on from the computer source and put on throughout the house.
 From the e-mail, I get the weather forecast, open my web page and start a new post for the day. After a few first remarks, the page sits at the bottom of the tray all day. Then, it is off to the park bench. When I think of something, I return to it and it is entered.
        I certainly can’t be accused of being a well-organized person but this is simply the easiest way for me to do it. Well, it is a system by my standards.
 One thing I have learned the hard way is to save what I write in several different places, at least one of them being off site. I previously used a floppy for storage, but with the addition of pictures, file size makes that impossible. Those USB flash storage sticks are ideal for this and can be moved easily from one computer to another.
     The system is so arranged that I can operate from any computer in the house, including Queen’s laptop, through the network retrieving whatever data I may require from the off site source, if need be. I don’t think I could operate without my network.
The signal tower at the west plant
    Golly, when I went  out to shovel off the sidewalks, they had already been done. I suspect by our nice neighbor from across the street, Gary Kovacs. It was done with a snow blower. We certainly do appreciate it.
I tried to use the new plow shovel Queen got and found it simply unsatisfactory. It hasn’t enough weight and heft so that it slides right over the snow. I took a steel shovel and it came off easily. There weren’t more than three inches of the stuff. I am afraid we shall have to return it to QVC.
Tonight for supper we had a turkey that we have had in the freezer for a while. Queen made gravy and I made mashed potatoes, green beans, and cranberry sauce completed the meal. For dessert, we had a cup of 8 o’clock fresh ground coffee. It was an outstanding meal. There is plenty of turkey left for another meal but also for sandwiches, etc.
Monday, January 19, 2004 7:45 AM 19 deg at LVIA and 16.7 in the bus stop
    This morning the blood glucose was 133 and the weight 206. This morning in my e mail I got a note from Bob Green. He sent this to me once before but with my recent comments about my love of my history classes in High School. I made mention of the fact that I could even stand the Problems of Democracy classes of D.L. Learn.  It discusses the Learn’s philanthropy. I had forgotten it but I find this URL quite informative.
    Since today is the big sheet day for Queen, I think I shall go to the “Iron Works” this morning about 10:30. There is no point going earlier because the place is packed and treadmills are at a premium. In addition, since today is a National Holiday, there will be no mail delivery. Unbelievably, I actually miss it.
    Earlier I had taken the recyclables to the alley and then sat with my coffee at the park bench. Is a beautiful day, but cold.
    Thank God, tonight should end all the blue smoke from Iowa. The candidates are doing a very good job of cutting each other to ribbons. After this, they will return to hating Bush. Geez!!!
    <11:15 AM> I am back from my stint at the equipment. Quite a few are folks that are also swimmers some of whom I did not recognize by name, but Marylyn Ord, LaRue Smith, Romaine Beige’s Mom, were there. In addition, our neighbor Nan Campton, was there and I met many and others whose names elude me as usual, I Ha!!
 I got the blood moving on the treadmill for 10 minutes, and then on to the triceps machine, the tummy tucker, the back strengthener, the leg extensions and the leg curls. By then, I have put in my 45 minutes and headed for home. That place seems like a generally good place for the geezers to exercise and chat. There is an apparent general feeling of good will toward all there. I suspect many of them go daily, as much for the social contact, as for the exercise.
     I saw this on Walter Mossberg’s column in the Wall St Journal to quote,
“Q: Last week, you said Juno users could manage their e-mail using Outlook or Outlook Express. But I found a statement on the Juno Web site saying this wasn't possible. What gives?
A: My answer applied to Juno members with the current version of Juno's software, version 6.0 and above. If you are using an earlier "legacy" version of the software, Juno says it doesn't recommend trying to use Outlook or Outlook Express. Juno says that its Web site detects the version of Juno software you are using and brings up different pages for each group of users. If you are using the newer software, the Web site displays pages explaining how to use Juno with Outlook or Outlook Express. But, if it detects that you are using the older, "legacy" software, it directs you to a page with a negative answer. However, Juno says that legacy users who want to use Outlook or Outlook Express can upgrade free to the current software.”
Write to Walter S. Mossberg at mossberg@wsj.com2
Queen has the wash pretty well under control now. I had to take a letter to the post box this morning and the west wind was brutal. Coming back down was great. I suspect there will be no walk for  today.
Now this is an interesting development. I wrote in Sunday’s post of then necessity of returning the shovel Queen received from QVC. Ordinarily they permit returns with in 30 days of purchase, no questions asked, but when we tried to disassemble it, it would not come apart. Further reading of the instructions informed us that once assembled, it is not designed to come apart. They are correct in that it had a ratchet mechanism that snaps into place and nothing short of destructive measures will get it apart. In their reply to our e-mail they said if possible, try to get a larger box. This morning I wrote to them telling them that did they have any conception of how large a box that will require? I also told them that the price of returning a box that size probably would exceed the price of the shovel. Well to their credit, they are giving Queen a full credit for the full price and she is free to keep it. We both figured that we were not the only ones with this problem. It is much better for them to write it off than incur the wrath of customer’s like Queen. I am glad I wrote to them this morning explaining the problem.
Station at Lehigh Gap
    Tommy stopped in tonight with some news that is mind boggling! George Ashman has a new[er] car a virtually late model blue Saturn. We were all in shock. Tommy saw him at the gas station today and was astounded. Apparently, his brother, who seems to be his purchasing agent, procured a private sale agreement for him. I wonder what Howard Cyr will have to say about this turn of events?
Of course, Tommy defended himself against the slings and arrows of his hunting friend, Tommy Wentz,  on his discourse on Tom’s deer kill.
          Apparently, Fae, Tommy’s wife, has her own unsavory story on her deer kill. It seems that she virtually did have to bludgeon her animal. It was severely wounded and in her attempt at a merciful death for the animal, the flintlock would not fire. In the rain, those flintlock rifles are virtually useless. After many, many, attempts the weapon finally discharged. Oh, they all have a good time. The stories are endless and get both bigger and more elaborate with every telling.
I got this from Henry Schwartz. I love these “Darwin Awards”
“Yes, it's the one we've all been waiting for ... the Darwin Award 2003.
The candidates have finally been released! For those not familiar with the Darwin Award, It's an annual honor given to the person who provided the Universal human gene pool the biggest service by getting KILLED in the most extraordinarily stupid way. As always,
competition again this year has been keen.
* In September in Detroit, a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in two feet of water after squeezing head first through an18-inch-wide sewer grate to retrieve his car keys.
* In October, a 49-year-old San Francisco stockbroker, who "totally zonked when he ran," accidentally jogged off a 100-foot-high cliff on his daily run.
* Buxton, NC: A man died on a beach when an 8-foot-deep hole he had dug into the sand, caved in as he sat inside it. Beach-goers said Daniel Jones, 21, dug the hole for fun, or protection from the wind, and had been sitting in a beach chair at the bottom Thursday
afternoon when it collapsed, burying him beneath 5 feet of sand. People on the beach, on the outer banks, used their hands and shovels, trying to claw their way to Jones, a resident ofWoodbridge, VA. but could not reach him. It took rescue workers using heavy  equipment almost an hour to free him while about 200 people looked on. Jones was pronounced dead at a hospital.
* In February, Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed in Lompoc, CA, as he fell face-first through the ceiling of bicycle shop he was burglarizing.
Death was caused when the long flashlight he had placed in his mouth (to keep his hands free) rammed into the base of his skull as he hit the floor.
* According to police in Dahlonega, GA, ROTC cadet Nick Berrena, 20, was stabbed to death in January by fellow cadet Jeffrey Hoffman, 23, who was trying to prove that a knife could not penetrate the flak vest Berrena was wearing.
* Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed in February in Selbyville, Del, as he won a bet with friends who said he would not put a revolver loaded with four bullets into his mouth and pull the trigger.
* In February, according to police in Windsor, Ontario, Daniel Kolta,27, and Randy Taylor, 33, died in a head-on collision, thus earning a tie in the game of chicken they were playing with their snowmobiles.
* In Guthrie, Okla, in October, Jason Heck tried to kill a millipede with a shot from his 22 caliber rifle, but the bullet ricocheted off a rock near the hole and hit pal Antonio Martinez in the head, fracturing his skull.
* In Elyria, Ohio, in October, Martyn Eskins, attempting to clean out cobwebs in his basement, declined to use a broom in favor of a propane torch and caused a fire that burned the first and second floors of his house.
* Paul Stiller, 47, was hospitalized in Andover Township, NJ, and his wife Bonnie was also injured, when a quarter-stick of dynamite blew up in their car. While driving around at 2 AM, the bored couple lit the dynamite and tried to toss it out the window to see what would
happen, but apparently failed to notice the window was closed.
TACOMA, WA : Kerry Bingham had been drinking with several friends when one of them said they knew a person who had bungee-jumped from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the middle of traffic. The conversation grew more heated and at least 10 men trooped along the walkway of the bridge at 4:30 am. Upon arrival at the midpoint of the bridge, they discovered that no one had brought a bungee rope. Bingham, who had continued drinking, volunteered and pointed out that a coil of lineman's cable lay nearby. One end of the cable was secured around Bingham's leg and the other end was tied to the bridge. His fall lasted 40 feet before the cable tightened and tore his
foot off at the ankle. He miraculously survived his fall into the icy river water and was rescued by two nearby fishermen. "All I can say, " said Bingham, "is that God was watching out for me on that night." "There's just no other explanation for it." Bingham's foot was never located.
PADERBORN, GERMANY : Overzealous zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt fed his constipated elephant Stefan 22 doses of animal laxative and more than a bushel of berries, figs and prunes before the plugged-up pachyderm finally let it fly, and suffocated the keeper under 200 pounds of poop! Investigators say ill-fated Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give
the ailing elephant an olive oil enema when the relieved beast unloaded on him. "The sheer force of the elephant's unexpected defecation knocked Mr. Riesfeldt to the ground, where he struck his head on a rock and lay unconscious as the elephant continued to evacuate his bowels on top of him" said flabbergasted Paderborn police detective Erik Dern. 'with
no one there to help him, he lay under all that dung for at least an hour before a watchman came along, and during that time he suffocated. It seems to be just one of those freak accidents.....?? “

Tuesday, January 20, 2004 08:18 19 deg at LVIA and 16.9 in the bus stop
    Today my weight was 205 but the blood glucose was 141. <sigh> It was chilly up on the park bench this morning. The wind is quite a factor today.
    We were both scurrying around this morning because we thought that today was our day to go to the dentist. Instead it is tomorrow morning for our semiannual cleaning. Queen at 9:30 and I an hour later. All that hurrying was for nothing. Gee, Whiz!!
    About 11:15 this morning Queen wanted to go to K- Mart to return some merchandise and then we stopped at Super-Fresh for a bit of shopping. Atlantic salmon was on sale along with some English muffins and Birdseye mixed veggies.
Train on LNE Bridge at Lehigh Gap
      Later this afternoon, we went for a walk. We went up to 1st street across at the hospital and down to 4th street and back. The walking was not the greatest with all the ice patches, Queen had to hang on to my arm the whole trip, but it was great being able to walk with my sweetie. It sure beats the treadmill.
Early this evening neighbor Mike brought over a container of his Mom’s chicken soup. It is always first class stuff.
    I have been experimenting with my picture programs. Here is my first attempt at something that has a lot of potential. It isn’t very good but it is a start. There was an upright support 2x4 in Andy’s face.

  Before                                   After    
    I removed the picture behind Andy, took some of George’s chin, and copied it over on Andy’s face. The 2x4 I removed, copied, and pasted some of the dark shirt on that spot. One of the biggest problems is my trying to use the mouse as a drawing tool. It is  too difficult to control and manipulate with any precision. There must be a way, but that is for later. You can’t really trust anything you see to actually be as it seems. Ha!!
Tonight we watched the President’s state of the union speech. We thought it was damn good. He covered many points very well. We were amused to see the cutaways to Teddy Kennedy and Hillary Clinton. At least, she didn’t seem as somber and negative as that great pillar of moral authority, Teddy. I was disappointed not to see the senior senator from West Virginia Mr. Byrd. Perhaps he was napping.
          I thought Mr. Bush acquitted himself very well, in spite of the fact that the Democrats hate his guts.
         I well recognize and admit that my dislike for Mr. Clinton was not so much just  a policy dislike but a man who I thought had absolutely no moral principles and no scruples. He was willing to do whatever he thought appropriate. Policy wise, I cut him a lot of slack until he stood up before the television cameras and boldfaced lied in his teeth. That was too much for me. To this day, I have no respect for the man. The presidency yes, the man no. From then on, it became a very personal dislike.
Wednesday, January 21, 2004 7:36 AM 17 Deg at LVIA and 12.1 in the bus stop
    Today my blood glucose was 127 and my weight 205.This morning we DO go to the dentist. We had the wrong day yesterday. I will take her up and after she is back, I go back in an hour.
 After I get back I would like to get in a shot at the” Iron Works” this morning.
    I am waiting for some sunshine before going out with my coffee. I got the following message from my server Prolog, in my e mail both last night and this morning. It is important!!
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    Apparently, someone has been doing some dirty work. I updated my anti virus last evening and then let it scan the entire machine while I went to bed. This morning it found nothing, but a bogus notice like they described above will fool many people, so beware!
    I took Queen up to Dr Everett’s office this morning and then I went there a bit later. I was late because I started to write a check when I got home with Queen and it took longer than I figured. Darlene was very gracious in spite of with my tardiness. I asked her for her dad Johnny Banko’s e-mail address.
    After I got home I proceeded to go to the “Iron Works” for a short session on the equipment.
    Later this afternoon we went down town to the bank, Rite-Aid, the Sunoco gas station and home. On the way back up Delaware we noticed that Pattie’s car was still at the TN office, so we stopped by for a moment. We hadn’t seen her for a while.
    You know Pattie has many qualities much like Queen. She too is true blue and like Queen tries to do whatever is necessary in whatever situation that may arise. “You do what you have to do.”
Well, her step dad, for whom she has great love and admiration, recently fell and broke his hip. He is in a nursing facility some where out of town. I suspect in or about the Shamokin area or a coal town in that general area. Apparently, his Medicare coverage is ending and there is no place to keep him. Well, she is bringing him here to her house and she will care for him here. What a girl!! No wonder we both like her so much!! If she has declared herself a member of the Elliston clan, she certainly is a good addition.
The Nesquehoning coal breaker

Thursday, January 22, 2004 7:34 AM 18 deg at LVIA and 17.3 in the bus stop
    Today the blood glucose was 145 and the weight 206. For some reason, salmon always raises it. Geez!!
    It is supposed to be cloudy with snow squalls today hard ones the afternoon. If we plan to go shopping, we had best do it early. After these snow squalls the temperatures are supposed to go down like a shot. <Grr>
    This morning in my e- mail is an interesting web page that you all may find interesting. It is: One can discover what happened on the day of your birth, or any time you choose. Below is mine
Friday, October 08, 1926
Top News Headlines This Week:
Oct 9 - Dutch Queen Wilhelmina opens Royal Colonial Institution   Oct 9 - NBC (National Broadcasting Corporation) forms   Oct 10 - S Belyavskij discovers asteroid #1984 Fedynskij   Oct 10 - St Louis Cards beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 3 in 23rd World Series   Oct 14 - Alan Alexander Milne's book "Winnie-the-Pooh" released   Oct 14 - Walter Johnson retires, signs 2-year contract to manage Newark   
Top Songs for 1926
Play Gypsy by Harry B. Smith         Because I Love You by Irving Berlin     
Desert Song by Otto Harbach         When Day Is Done by B.G. DeSylva     
Animal Crackers by Fred Rich         Bye Bye Blackbird by Mort Dixon     
Cross Your Heart by B.G. DeSylva         Say It Again by Harry Richman     
1926 Prices    US President
Bread:     $0.09/loaf    Calvin Coolidge
Milk:     $0.56/gal    US Vice President
Eggs:     $0.45/doz    Charles G. Dawes
Car:     $275      
Gas:     $0.23/gal      
House:     $7,748    
Stamp:     $0.02/ea    
Avg Income:     $1,427/yr    
DOW Avg:       157    
People born on October 8
1943 - Chevy Chase NYC, comedian/actor (SNL, Vacation, Fletch, Caddyshack)
1941 - Jesse Jackson (D) clergyman/presidential candidate
1949 - Sigourney [Susan Alexandra] Weaver LA, actress (Alien, Working Girl)

Top Books in 1926
Religion and the Rise of Capitalism by R. H. Tawney         The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway     
Autobiographies by W. B. Yeats         Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman     
copyright 1997-2004 dMarie Direct Inc

    We did our shopping this morning. We left about 10:15 AM and I had the car back in the garage before noon. I suspect it may have been an all time record for us. That included stops at Aldi, Wal-Mart, and Giant. Even the grazing at Giant this morning was excellent. The stores were not at all crowded. None of them were busy.
    After we got back, I crawled into the front basement oil tank room to check the fuel tank levels and discovered that they were 3/8 full. We figure we had about 166 gallons left. I then called DeSousa oil and had the balance of the prepaid oil delivered. They came a while ago and added an additional 254 gallons. Now we should make it through the rest of the winter easily.
Train passing through Lehigh Gap LNE Trestle shown partially dismantled

Friday, January 23, 2004 7:25 AM 9deg at LVIA and 8.6 in the bus stop
    Golly, we are off to a cold day today. Butternut Fred has been fed, his suit on, and he has been out. I think I shall await the sunshine this morning before going out myself with coffee and tush cushion.
    I keep getting weather warnings for the Hinton WV, where Linda, son Jack’s widow lives. That area is in for bitterly cold weather. Sometimes they get much worse stuff than we, up here in Pennsylvania.
    This morning I plan to take down the rest of the Christmas decorations, namely the wreath in the kitchen, front porch, and the others outdoors. Then, I must reinstall the bird feeder that the tree men took down when they removed the pine tree.
I would also like to go to the “Iron Works” this morning. We really don’t have anything big planned today. Queen probably will run the plow downstairs. She cleaned the upstairs the other day.
I did go up to the park bench and while it was cold, it I was not at all, uncomfortable sitting there.
Well. Christmas is officially over here. I took down all the indoor and out door decorations. Even the fiber optic tree has been disassembled and stored with the rest of the Holiday stuff. Well, one thing does remain. We are keeping that for a while. It is the fresh Maine balsam wreath that Mary and Jim send us every year. I figure this will last quite a while longer. It is still beautiful.

    The aforementioned chores have been done. I ran the vacuum cleaner and watered the plants while Queen was busy dusting and straightening things up. Man, I make a lousy homemaker!! We want to get rid of a whole pile of jigsaw puzzles so Queen asked me to stop in the T.N. office ands ask if they know who might enjoy them
    I suspect that there will be no walk for Queen today. In fact, my walk will be confined to the treadmill today. The wind is brutal.
    I went to the “works” and returned about 11:30. Betsy Burnhauser was there also exercising.
    I did go and ask about the puzzles and Pattie got me a phone number but Sharon called the Adult day care center at 2nd and Franklin Avenues and they said they would be happy to receive them there. So, when I got home we bundled them all together and I took them. There must have been 30 or more of them. That used to be my winter hobby before I got into computers. I really enjoyed them. Now, I just don’t have time. Ha!! I did keep out a few of my  favorites.
An old Palmerton picture, notice the WW2 Service memorial, and the Palm Theater

     Also, notice downstairs adjacent to the Palm, was Ralph Snyder’s green grocery. He lived upstairs. When he became tax collector, the Palmerton Printing Co. printed the tax bills and guess who had to deliver them? You got it!! I remember all those steps very well.
They had a peanut roasting machine in front which when it was operating drove everybody nuts with the wonderful smell. My Aunt Gulia, {Guga}, who worked in the Palmerton Printing Co. office, often bought a big bag of them and when Dick and Ruth’s kids were small, she would take them over to the park and they would feed the squirrels. Wonderful memories! Now the steps don’t seem too bad. Ha!!
Next to the memorial, was the Messersmith building that I recall as having the Post Office in the main lobby.
I remember very well that one day, a bottle of Hydrogen Sulfide consigned to the Zinc Company broke in back of the Post Office. WOW!!!!
Chubby Moore was one of the clerks along with Mike Konsko, Bill Klotz and others. Whenever I approached the window, I was greeted with “what’s yours”. Mike was no diplomat.
Caleb Snyder had his insurance business on the second floor and later Dr Williams had his office up there also.
I just received this from Barbara Shepherd. I have seen variations of this before, but it still is good.
Subject: Wisdom from Dave Barry...
by Dave Barry (a comedian who turned 50 recently)
1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative
on the same night.
2. If you had to identify, in a single word, the reason why the human  race
has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would
be "meetings."
3. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want
you to share yours with them.
5. You should not confuse your career with your life.
6. Nobody cares if you can't dance well.  Just get up and dance.
7. Never lick a steak knife.
8. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
9. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling
reason why we observe daylight savings time.
10. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely
suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual
baby emerging from her at that moment.
11. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to
make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.
12. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age,
gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep
down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.
13. A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter, is not a nice
person. (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)
14. Your friends love you anyway.
15. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built
the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.
16. Final thought for the day: Men are like fine wine.. They start out
as grapes, and it's up to the women to stomp the crap out of them
until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
Ellen Willis-Conger
Eldercare Advocacy & Management

   Don't look back - something might be gaining on you.
    Satchel Paige
    Don't look back - something is gaining on you.
    Bob Elliston    

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