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February 14, 2004 7:24 AM 25 deg at LVIA and 25.6 in the bus stop
Valentine’s Day and it
certainly looks as though it will be a beautiful one. The Channel 16
weather girl this morning says sharply colder weather is on the way but
so far, no big storms.
This morning the
blood glucose was
better at 133 and the weight still 208. This is nothing to be happy
with, but a tad better.
and Jim Hill
came last week to install a new cabinet for Queen in the outer kitchen.
We desperately need the storage space. I know, it is the old story if
we have more space, we would
have more stuff.
I moved many
things out of the outer
kitchen for Queen and she is preparing things for their arrival. It was
necessary to move one of the pot hanging racks that hung from the
suspended ceiling which would be in the way had we left it alone. What
to do? Ha, we are using the extra heavy-duty plant rail over the west
picture window to accommodate some of it. That will mean fewer
is a previous issue
re-worked with Nvu
is the work crew in action
They did the job and gave it to Queen
for her birthday present coming
up March 8.
After Queen washed the old curtain that had been in the window and
sewed it, I re installed it behind the new cabinet. It all looks great
now. It is a first rate job.
This morning we want to go up to
Lehighton to a few stores. I hope
Queen has her car keys. He, He!!
dinner, we are eating out.
No, not at “The Terrace” as we planned, but at this new eatery
downtown. Queen and I got a gift certificate for Christmas, from a very
nice lady, with the admonition get” Queen out of the kitchen”!! The
place is called “Simply Something” and it is in the location of the old
Costenbader Hardware store, next to Judy and Lisa Schwartz’s day care
center. There will be further reports later.
<6:00 PM> We
are back. It
was an excellent meal. We both were forced to resort to doggie bags. It
was just too much. Queen had a chicken salad sandwich and I a
triple-decker turkey sandwich. They had a fruit salad side dish for
Queen and a pasta salad side dish for me. There was a special kind of
dark potato chip with a good dip. It was dark in color, but not salty
nor highly seasoned. They were very crisp and made an excellent
addition to the meal. The coffee was the best I have had in quite
awhile, better than what I make. She said it was a Columbian coffee.
All was all reasonably priced and we were impressed. She cannot serve
regular restaurant fare because she is not permitted to have a
restaurant type grill on those premises, so she is forced to serve
mostly cold sandwiches. However, they are both generous and good. That
is a real shame. She seems like a very personable and attractive young
lady. We wish her well. Queen said she looked tired. We are
sure that she puts in very long hours.
This evening after we got home, Queen
looked out the window and noticed
the sunset. I ran and got the camera with this result. It was darkening
fast and it didn’t last long, but it was spectacula
are the tulips Mary and Jim brought us.
at night sailors delight
February 15, 2004 7:24 AM 19 deg at LVIA and 20 deg in the bus stop
It is a
cold clear morning today. The dog has been out and I shall go out after
the coffee is ready. This morning my blood glucose was 136 and weight
As I sat
up on the park bench this morning, I am still amazed at the sunrise
it’s regularity and
phenomenon makes everything else possible in this
world. The sun is arriving every day just a bit earlier and a bit
farther to the east, as spring approaches. The pictures below were
taken this morning a few minutes before I too, was bathed in sunshine
at a much earlier 7:45 AM. I still find this fascinating. Oh well
perhaps I fascinate easily, but it is wonderful to have the luxury of
time to enjoy something as simple as a sunrise and a sunset. Life is
morning, about 11AM, I
decided to go for a walk. I went up to 1st , crossed at the hospital
and walked on down Columbia Avenue. I saw that Pattie’s car was parked
on 3rd Street hill. She must have been attending church services. In
addition, I noticed that George Ashman’s brother was not here today,
wrong week I presume.
I was intending to
go on our usual walk on down to
5th Street but the
wind was just too biting and cold, I decided to cut it short at 4th
Street and come on back, The brutal wind was just too uncomfortable to
mush along, Discretion being the better part of valor in this case. It
is funny those things would not have bothered me not that long ago!
In the interest of science and
health, <Hrmph -cough>I
got something new here at my workstation last week. The last time I
visited Dr. Nicholson, he reminded me to keep my legs up and stretched
out while working at the computer, because of water retention problems
in my legs. That is practically impossible with the workstation
configured, as it is so, with that in mind I got a wireless keyboard
and mouse and set it up. I am writing this with my feet up on a nearby
chair and the wireless keyboard on my lap with the mouse at hand, also.
I installed the software on all the computers. Now if I use Queen’s
machine, I will not have to endure that small keyboard and God-awful
system they use as a mouse.
Here I sit with my
legs straight out on
the small chair before me. It is very comfortable. I think, I am going
to like it very much.
Golly, but you
should have seen the two
stooges work party this afternoon. Queen got one of those vacuum bags
into which one puts, blankets, or whatever clothing one wishes to
store, attach a vacuum cleaner hose to it and suck out the excess air.
We put the bag up on an upper shelf of the closet, filled it with hats,
scarves, and gloves that we do not immediately want to use, and then
sucked the air out. It took a great big pile of the stuff and
compressed it into a compact bag that left enough extra space up there,
you wouldn’t believe was available. It really does work.
The funny part was
watching us do
it. I got up on a ladder and put the empty bag in place, and
then Queen got up on the ladder and put the stuff into the bag in what
order she chose from a box she had in front of the ladder. The box kept
falling on the floor and she was looking somewhat shaky and rickety up
there. Therefore, I held the box and with the other hand held onto her
hooking my hand in the waistband of her slacks. Of course there were a
few slightly risqué feels gong on at the same time somewhat
to her consternation. Dirty old man, Heh, Heh!!
Tonight for supper
Queen made a new
winner. Since she has been perusing the food sites on her computer, she
found quite a bit of new stuff and printing it out, she has
been trying, much to my delight. It was Chicken and Black bean Chili
and it was excellent. Here is the recipe.
Chicken and Black Bean Chili
1 to 1 ½ lbs chicken
tenderloins cut in ½ inch
1 cup chopped onion
1 can beans-pinto-white-or small
red drained [15 oz] [Wash well]
1 can black beans drained [15oz]
1 can stewed tomatoes. Mexican
style [15oz] [she used regular diced
2 tablespoons chili powder or
seasoning mix [she didn’t use this]
In large skillet sprayed with
non-stick cooking spray, brown chicken,
and onion over medium heat. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a
boil. Reduce to low heat; simmer for about 20 minuets
February 16, 2004 7:54 AM 9 deg at LVIA and 5.2 in the bus stop.
It is very cold
this morning, I haven’t
ventured out yet. Butternut took care of matters quickly this morning.
My blood glucose was 142 and the weight 208.
I had to take the
re-cyclables to the
alley and then I took my tush cushion and coffee and sat up on the
bench for awhile. It was cold, but there was no wind. Later I plan to
go to the “Iron works”. Queen is busy with the wash this morning.
Fortunately is not the big one with the sheets.
A note!! Last
night I sent out recipes
for this chicken black bean meal to many folks. I think it wise to
warn everyone that the beans should not only be drained, but also
RINSED and WASHED. The recipe did not call for it so Queen did not wash
them and I had a monumental case of gas and considerable discomfort
last night. I never have problems with any of her bean dishes IF she
drains and washes them. Bean juice is like dynamite for me!! Bad news,
so take heed. It was damn good though. It is funny though; It didn’t
bother Queen a bit. Sheez!!!
This morning I
went to the “Iron Works” and at 11:08
AM. I am back.
There were many folks there this morning that I knew. It was a good
session. Then I stopped in at the Times News office for a quick visit.
They all knew about my being locked out of the car last week. Joel gave
me an excellent idea. He keeps a spare key in his wallet. When I left,
I went directly to Shea’s and had a door and ignition key cut and now.
I too, am prepared. Now, if I can only remember my wallet. Ha!!
I came across this
old picture of the Bittner House
Please note the trolley in the picture. I remember the trolley. The
tracks ran down through Schnecksville to Allentown and ended right
where you see the trolley. We passed it more than once when Mom drove
to Allentown on old RT 309, in the old Packard. If I remember
correctly, the building with the spire on top is still there. The
photographer must have had his back to the Lehigh Valley Railroad
tracks when they took the picture.
Tonight we dined
in God’s restaurant for
supper. Spaghetti was on the menu. Ah!! It is a never fail meal. Bobby
was trying to be a good boy tonight. I took a page out of Queen’s book
and deliberately didn’t eat the entire serving and will be having the
balance for a lunch sometime soon. I must work harder at this eating
thing. Unfortunately, unlike George Ashman, who eats to live, I live to
eat. One would never guess. Sheez!!
February 17, 2004 7:20 AM 18deg at LVIA and12.2 in the bus stop
This morning my
blood glucose is 138 and
my weight 207. It is a cloudy day this morning. Snow is predicted
tonight into tomorrow. However, at this time, the worst of it is to
stay to the south of us. At least I hope so.
This morning we
went downtown to Country
Harvest and over to Rite-Aid. I had to get an anniversary card for my
sweetie. Golly, On February 20 it will be 22 years.
They have been absolutely the best 22
years of my fife. Birthday cards
can be funny, but not my anniversary card. They are always mushy. I
always look for appropriate words that say as close as I can find to
what I really think of her.
Queen went to get a new
perm. I took her down to the hairdressers. I retrieved her about 4 PM.
She looks nice. We intended to go to K Mart afterwards, but she always
has always has problems with the chemical odors associated with a perm.
Today was no exception. She decided to forgo the trip because of the
nausea thus caused. She really does look nice.
Queen with new perm!!
She is feeling
better now. We had
Banquet potpies, spinach, and a tomato cottage cheese salad for supper.
We both had coffee and she had an ice cream bar. She
reserved the last bite for me. That was plenty. I
am trying to be a good kid. I get along pretty well with the Halo for a
while, then the food lover in me gooses me with the pitchfork, Ha!!!
February 18, 20047:28AM 21 deg at LVIA and 19.1 in the bus stop
The dog was out
and is waiting on the
landing for his boss, Queen. He is absolutely her dog and that is
I made the coffee and have been out.
At 7:41, I was in full sunshine up
on the park bench. The days are getting longer which I love to see. As
I sat there, Doctor Nicholson drove up the street in his red Suburban,
on his way to the hospital to make his rounds. He was well past me and
I heard his beep. He apparently keeps his eye open for me sitting out
there, so he must have seen me.
This morning my
weight was 206 and the
blood glucose 139. I feel pretty darn good this morning. Queen and I
both had a good night. This morning I plan to go to the “Iron Works”. I
will see if I can get Queen to go also.
I got an e-mail
from son George this
morning. Kathy. Andy and he will be arriving here Friday afternoon.
There will be a train show on Saturday, which is their excuse for
getting out of Wilmington. I certainly don’t blame them one bit. We
look forward to seeing them. So far, I don’t have any major problems
for them to solve with the computer. However, there will be something I
This morning Queen
got notice from the
Palmerton Hospital that her mammogram was normal. That is indeed good
This morning Queen
and I went to the
“Iron Works.” We both had a pretty darn good workout. Queen struck up
conversations with quite a few folks there. Marylyn Ord wants her
recipe for both the sausage soup and the chicken chili. I will print it
and take it along next time I go. We also met the Betty and Bob Hartman
as well as Alice McKinley. It was nice conversing with them.
Then Queen wanted
to go to K Mart where we shopped a
bit. On the way,
back home, I suggested we get a sandwich at the new eatery, “Simply
Something” and split it for lunch
We went in with
the intention of getting a chicken
salad sandwich like
Queen had on Valentine’s Day, but when we entered I could smell fresh
bacon cooking. That did it. We ordered a take out BLT.
Included were a potato salad, tomato slice, and a bag of those
excellent blue chips.
after my “nap,” I ran the
bulldozer down here in the family room and the kitchen. In addition, I
watered the plants in the east window, and threw out several that were
Tonight for supper
Queen decided to have
a new Progresso chicken soup that we recently acquired but had not
tried yet. It wasn’t cheap, but it was good. Not like Queen or Jean’s
homemade soups, but it was OK.
February 19, 2004 7:19 AM 34 deg at LVIA and 28.4 in the bus stop
Hey, good news on
the medical front this
morning. The blood glucose was 133, and the weight was 204. Maybe the
scales are broken!! Ha!!
Today in Walter
Mossberg’s computer page
in the on line edition of the Wall St Journal is an interesting e-mail
account for blocking “Spam.” It is
was big and it was both plenty and delicious
It looks interesting with a free
version as well as two paid versions. It might be worthwhile to look at
it more closely.
Also, look at this from Henry Schwartz. It is cute.
Watch the bears and move your mouse around them.
I got this also
from Henry Schwartz this
morning. It is good stuff!!
1. The best way to get even is
2. Feed your faith and your
doubts will starve to death...
3. God wants spiritual fruit,
not religious nuts...
4. Some folks wear their halos
much too tight...
5. Some marriages are made in
heaven, but they ALL have
to be maintained on earth...
6. Unless you can create the
WHOLE universe in 5 days,
perhaps giving "advice" to God,
isn't such a good idea!
7. Sorrow looks back, worry
looks around, and faith looks up...
8. Standing in the middle of the
road is dangerous. You will
get knocked down by the traffic
from both ways.
9. Words are windows to the
10. A skeptic is a person who
when he sees the handwriting
on the wall, claims it's a
11. It isn't difficult to make a
mountain out of a molehill,
just add a little dirt.
12. A successful marriage isn't
finding the right person; it's
being the right person.
13. The mighty oak tree was once
a little nut that held its ground.
14. Too many people offer God
prayers with claw marks all
15. The tongue must be heavy,
indeed, because so few people
can hold it.
16. To forgive is to set the
prisoner free and then discover the
prisoner was you.
17. You have to wonder about
humans, they think God is dead
and Elvis is alive!
18. It's all right to sit on
your pity pot every now and again.
Just be sure to flush when you
19. You'll notice that a turtle
only makes progress when it sticks
out its neck...
20. If the grass is greener on
the other side of the fence, you can
bet the water bill is higher.
You are richer today if you have
laughed, given, or
This morning we
did our shopping. It was not
crowded at any
of the stores. We got a couple of boxes of strawberries at
Aldi this morning along with the usual quantity of regular
stuff. Then we went to Wal-Mart and I spoke to the pharmacist
about my new heart medicine, Verelan PM. The switchover from
Covera has been difficult for me with acute discomfort when I take it
just before bedtime. Dr. Nicholson suggested when I change
that after a few days, to take it at
supper as I did with the old one. They both have the same
active ingredient, but the new stuff works in the stomach while Covera,
works in the intestine. That is far more
comfortable for me. I asked the pharmacist if Covera was
available yet and was told no, but it is not de listed yet. I
have been unable to find much out about why there is a shortage. The
Pfizer web site has been useless for help.She suggested a Prilosec
that Queen already takes. I tried one and it did help a lot.
Then we went out
to the Farmer’s market and over to
Giant. We really
didn’t get too much. Then it was home.
Tonight for supper Queen made a
skillet casserole with tuna and I am
not sure what else. She had a salad, cottage cheese, and homemade
applesauce that she made this afternoon. It was excellent and plenty.
No dessert except coffee was needed. I took my blood pressure pill at
suppertime in order to forestall later problems.
Here is another
winner Queen had last night. It made
enough for two
meals and it was excellent.
Tuna and pasta Cheddar melt
Preparation and cook time 20 min.
3 cups uncooked corkscrew pasta
1 can Campbell's® Condensed
1 soup can water
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Campbell's®
Cream of Mushroom OR 98% Fat
Free Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup milk
1 can (about 6 oz.) tuna, drained
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 tbsp. Italian-seasoned dry bread
2 tsp. butter OR margarine, melted
Directions: COOK pasta in broth
and water in skillet until just tender.
Do not drain. ADD soup, milk and tuna. Top with cheese. Mix bread
crumbs and butter. Sprinkle on top. Heat through. Serves 4.
February 20, 2004 7:30 AM 27 Deg at LVIA and 27.2 in the bus
It is a damp,
chilly, cloudy day this
morning. I was down to George’s house to turn up the heat and start the
fridge before their arrival.
As I was
leaving, two nice
young women with a dog hailed me. It was Marline Bollinger and Gail
Nonnemaker with her German Shepherd. We conversed quite awhile. They
also are recipients of this missive. When I got home, I took my coffee
and sat out on the lower park bench. Sure enough, it wasn’t long before
they came by on their way back to Gail’s house. I had my trusty camera
and got their pictures.
They, too think
Queen is quite a
remarkable woman. Gail said she told her elderly Mom that her neighbor,
Queen, had gotten and was using a laptop computer. They both agree that
our trips to the “Iron Works” are good for us both. Not just for the
exercise but for the camaraderie that is available there. I heartily
agree. Queen and I like people and soon strike up a conversation
whenever possible. Too many elderly live inside their heads far too
much. That is a poor place to hang out.
This morning my
blood glucose was 140
but the weight 205. I am sure the pasta didn’t help the blood sugar a
bit, but it was very good.
We have both been
to the “Iron Works”
and are back home. It was a good session for both of us. It wasn’t very
crowded this morning so treadmills were readily available. However,
Queen never did get to use the arm leg machine. I don’t recall its name
but one sits in it and pushes with both arms and legs. They were all
tied up. She used the bike as well as the treadmill. Tonight, we are
going to the Terrace Restaurant for our dinner. More later.
We went to eat at
the Terrace restaurant. We availed
ourselves of the
free meal that Queen won last year. Without any fear or hesitation I
must say that had to be one of the very best restaurant meals, I have
ever had in my life.
Queen had a
veal cutlet, cut corn, and green
beans. I had a
seafood platter consisting of scallops, shrimp, tuna steak, a crab
cake, fresh green beans, and French fries. We both visited the salad
bar and had a Manhattan each. A cup of coffee was all we could handle
for dessert. It was absolutely first class.
Today is our 22nd
Golly, we have been through a lot together. Perhaps I was not there for
her as her husband during the birth of any of her children, but we both
the illness and death of one. That was hard, damn hard.
supply something that
the other desperately needs. Her value isn’t just as
a housekeeper and cook, but a real mate to which we both
relate very well. I have no illusions about how great a guy I am, but
there are some things that only I can supply. For one thing, on a night
when she can’t get her breath and is scared, she has someone to hold
her, cuddle her, and calm her down. Oh, there are other that things
that simply only a loving man can supply. For one thing, we love each
other as well as knowing that our kids love us both. I am a firm
believer in telling your wife that you love her, it costs nothing, but
is of inestimable value to each another. I get as much out of it as she
does. Hers is a quiet type of love, not the licking puppy dog as I am,
but a quiet reserved love that I know is there and is both deep and
sincere. Of course, I appreciate the puppy dog love occasionally, also.
very best day of my life 22 years ago
Well I had best end this and send it
to the proofreader and then it
will go on line.
Please try to love one another, Mom
and Bob [Queen and Bobby]
It’s hard to be nostalgic when you can’t remember anything.
The cardiologist’s diet: If it tastes good ... spit it out.
Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.
~Herbert Henry Asquith