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Book 1 Volume 15

This is a reworked edition of Volume 15 that has been posted to the archives.

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Saturday, February 28, 20047:29 AM 28 deg at LVIA and 26.1 in the bus stop
It is a great day this morning even at 28 deg. I am about to take my coffee out and enjoy the lovely morning. I availed myself of the glider once again. I uncover just enough to facilitate its use. Gee whiz but it is nice sitting up there with my coffee and small table.

 I am ready for better weather.


    Dr. Nicholson beeped at me as he was on his way to the hospital this morning. He is a good man. The girl that drew my blood yesterday agreed with me, She said he is very compassionate.
Golly, but I am grateful for all those nice folks that send me stuff and allow me to freely plagiarize it here. Sheez!!
This from Henry Schwartz:

I got this also from Henry Schwartz:

‘How Many Dogs Does It Take to Change A Light Bulb?
1. Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our
whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid
burned out bulb?
2. Border Collie: Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not
up to code.
3. Dachshund: You know I can't reach that stupid lamp!
4. Rottweiler: Make me.
5. Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.
6. Lab: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I?
Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeze, please, please, please!
7. German Shepherd: I'll change it as soon as I've led these people from
the dark, check to make sure I haven't missed any, and make just one
more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of
the situation.
8. Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the
walls and furniture.
9. Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light
10. Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the
11. Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb.
12. Pointer: I see it, there it is, there it is, right there ...
13. Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares?
14. Sheltie: First, I'll put all the light bulbs in a little circle ...
15. Poodle: I'll just blow in the Border Collie's ear and he'll do it.
By the time he finishes re-wiring the house, my nails will be dry.
The Cat's Answer:
"Dogs do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. So,
the real question is: How long will it be before I can expect some
light, some dinner, and a massage?"
Reporters interviewing a 104 year-old woman:
"And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?" the reporter
She simply replied, "No peer pressure."
* *

”The nice thing about being senile is you can hide your own Easter eggs.
 * *
Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very
elderly widow and asked, "How old was your husband?"
"98," she replied. "Two years older than me."
"So you're 96," the undertaker commented.
She responded, "Hardly worth going home is it?"
I've sure gotten old. I've had 2 By-pass surgeries. A hip replacement,
new knees. Fought prostate cancer, and diabetes.
I'm half blind, can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40
different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to
Have bouts with dementia. Have poor circulation, hardly feel my hands
and feet anymore. Can't remember if I'm 85 or 92. Have lost all my
But.....I still have my Florida driver's license!
A 97 year old man goes into his doctor's office and says, "Doc, I want
my sex drive lowered."
"Sir", replied the doctor, "You're 97. Don't you think your sex drive is
all in your head?"
"You're right that it is!" replied the old man. "That's why I want it
I want senility to help me
To forget the people
I never liked anyway,
The good fortune
To run into the ones I do,
And the eyesight to tell the difference.
An elderly woman from Brooklyn decided to prepare her will and make her
final requests. She told her rabbi she had two final requests.
First, she wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes
scattered over Bloomingdales.
"Bloomingdales!" the rabbi exclaimed. "Why Bloomingdales?"
"Then I'll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week."


This afternoon after lunch, I went back out to our summer site for my cup of tea. It was green tea brewed with about four cinnamon sticks in it. That  helps to disguise the cat pee flavor. That stuff needs all the help it can get. I drink it because it is supposedly good for me, not because I enjoy it.

    As I sat there, neighbor Mike and his Mom, Jean were leaving on a shopping trip. Mike lamented that it was already too warm. I told him my weather is coming and I shall not hesitate to rub it in as he did with the cold. Ha!!

            Then I ran the mop over the kitchen floor for Queen. She got one of those spray and mop units. It really does a decent job and is a lot easier than getting down on one’s hands and knees. Geez, Oh I can do it. Hey, gravity will get you down, but getting up is something else.

            This morning about 10:30 we both went to the “Iron Works.” Queen had some difficulty with some of the equipment. She didn’t call  to me for help,so I assumed she was doing all right. It wasn’t anything serious, but a bit uncomfortable for her. A couple of the machines needed adjustment for her.

 I found that things went very well for me. In fact, it turned into a good thing. I gradually got my heart rate up and then did as I was told, and cooled down. Then I went on to the upper body stuff.

We met Betsy Burnhauser there as well as Nan Campton. They are both steady customers of their services. On Saturday they close at noon.

Sunday, February 29, 2004 7:15 AM 27 deg at LVIA and 23.7 in the bus stop
 It is a beautiful day this morning. I have been sitting out on the glider hoping to see geese. So far, nothing doing.
This morning my blood sugar was as I expected, higher at 145 as it always is after salmon. The weight is still 205. After breakfast, Queen took her shower.
I have been waiting to use some pictures that I took last year. After Pattie Mihalik’s husband, Andy’s death, our daughter, and son in law Fritz Williams, from  Harrisburg, put on a lovely, quiet musicale at Pattie’s house after Pattie made a delicious dinner, all of which Queen and I attended.
It was a lovely varied selection of music. There was some folk music, classical, some reels, and I think even some Jewish klezmer music. The pair are amateur musicians who belong to the Cumberland Valley Harpers out in the Harrisburg area. They meet once a week in  different members homes and as Fritz says, “Jam together”. The Folk harp that Belva plays is very well supported by the many and varied instrument the Fritz plays. It creates a magnificent sound. They thoroughly enjoy making music together and are really first class musicians.


 Also we had a superb cook



  It was a memorable evening that we all enjoyed very much.

    As we were leaving I couldn’t help but take this picture of Pattie’s granddaughter Emmy. Unfortunately I forgot to use my Macro setting and the picture is not too sharp in focus.

This morning Queen and I went on our regular walk. Up to 1st Street and down to 5th and back. Golly but it was a wonderful time to walk with my very best girl. We both enjoyed it. Doc Nicholson hailed us on his way to make his rounds. It sure beats that stupid treadmill.

I was telling Queen how good I feel these days. I suspect the Doctor’s change in medication made a huge difference in everything. I am delighted. Tomorrow I probably will hear about last week’s EKG results.

Then about 4pm I went up and sat once again outdoors on the glider before closing it  for the night. Any day I can be outside like this on warm comfortable day like this one, is a good day. Life is short. As Tommy’s Dad, Alfie Davies, said,” Nobody is getting out of this one alive” So enjoy!!!!!

Tonight for supper Queen is having breaded chicken thighs in the oven, a vegetable melody, and a boil in a bag brown rice. It is another favorite of this old geezer. We eat well here. <Later> Golly, but it was good. There is nothing wrong with a beautiful wife that is also a damn good cook.

I have started cooking the ham hock I had out in the bus stop and am going to make probably the last ham and bean soup for the winter. I shall work on it after it cooks up and I will take it off the bones tomorrow. After it cooled, I took it out to the bus stop to keep cool and will work on it tomorrow.

I received a communication from Dave Engler about the Franklin School that I had in last week’s epistle I am putting it in here. Thanks, Dave 
    Bob:  Following is a small portion of an article that was put together by students of the Palmerton Area High School several years ago.  I had come across it when they still had an Alumni Page on their website - before all of their recent belt-tightening.  At the time, I obtained permission to abstract and use portions of it in our (class of 1939) 63rd year reunion booklet as it mentioned the father of one of our (deceased) classmates - Betty Jane Rosenberry.  The second paragraph makes reference to the Franklin School, a picture of which you have in your latest missive.  Since the H. S. was on the "second floor" of same, I guess we can assume that the first floor was an elementary school during that period - 1912 to 1925.  I suppose that information will serve to give you some perspective on the age of the building, since you remarked that "It must be darn old."        Sincerely,  - Dave Engler.
PALMERTON  HIGH  SCHOOL  HISTORY(Abstract from comprehensive article in current Palmerton Area High School Web Site – Zinc City 2000)
Opening in 1901, the first high school was on the second floor of what is now the Pencor building that is located near Third Street and Franklin Avenue. Originally it was a two-year high school with only one teacher. The first graduating class had four students. 
From 1912 to 1925 the high school was located on the second floor of  the Franklin School (today it is the Franklin Apartment Complex). From 1912 until 1917, this school offered an education through eleventh grade. Those students who wanted to go to high school for their twelfth grade year had to go to Slatington High School. In 1917, it became a four-year high school. 
A high dropout rate between eighth grade and high school existed since employment at the New Jersey Zinc Company in Palmerton was easily attained. As a result, this high school offered few social or athletic activities. 
In 1921, Palmerton became an independent school district and named B. Frank Rosenberry as its first superintendent of schools. Mr. Rosenberry later resigned to attend medical school and returned to Palmerton as a physician.
    During the nineteen-twenties the population of the high school grew and it was decided to build a new high school. Directors of the New Jersey Zinc Company contributed a $150,000 gift toward the construction of a new high school in 1923. Their only request was that the new building would be named after Stephen S. Palmer, one of the founders of the New Jersey Zinc Company and the person for whom this community is named. William H. Lee of Philadelphia was the architect. Voters approved an initial $150,000 bond issue and a second bond issue for $75,000 to complete the construction. The total cost of this new high school was approximately $403,000. 
    The Stephen S. Palmer Junior-Senior High School was opened on April 14, 1925, and was dedicated in May 1925. The original building, which held grades seven through twelve, as well as an ungraded high class, was in the shape of a horseshoe. It featured a 718-person auditorium and a 44-by-64 foot gymnasium with seating capacity of 500. An annex was later added to the South side of the complex in 1929.”

As I have been working on this letter  I wanted to ask Pattie’s permission to use these pictures seen above in my web page. So, I e-mailed that portion of it to her. I forgot that she has a Mac and can’t open my word documents. I finally resolved it by temporally putting it on my web site using a special name, sent her an e-mail to look there and then after her approval, removed it from the web site. That certainly was the easiest way to do it. I got her OK.

Monday, March 01, 2004 7:14 AM 32 deg at LVIA and 29 deg in the bus stop
It is a great looking day out there this morning. As soon as the coffee is ready, Mutt and I will be going out.
My blood glucose this morning was 143 but the weight is 203. At least I am happier with that reading.
Golly, just as Butternut and I went out the back door, I heard a lot of squawking. I knew geese were close by, so I got the camera and tried to get a shot of geese flying directly overhead. However, I missed the best shots before the camera warmed up. <Sigh>

   This morning I think Queen will go with me to the Iron Works. The wash can wait!! Ha. We went downtown and I stopped at the Dr’s office to get the results of my EKG I was told I have to go back this Friday for another. They need a second one for comparison purposes. That is no problem.
    We stopped at the “Iron Works” only to find the place was packed with people. So we called it off.  Later this afternoon we went for our regular walk. On the way back home, we saw another gaggle of geese. I discovered that we do have another problem. We have moles in the yard. Big, long, tunnels about the upper part of the yard. This is one of many.

      I took a series of these pictures to show to Bernie Shea and he made the diagnosis. He suggested a poison to get rid if them but with beagle Butternut’s very excellent nose, that often gets him in trouble, and penchant for eating anything. We are reluctant to use methods like that. I understand that there are traps that are effective. This will take some more research.

Tuesday, March 02, 2004 7:11 AM 41 deg. At LVIA and 39.7 in the bus stop
There is great news on the medical front this morning. My weight was for the first time in what seems like 100 years,  below 200. It is 199 to be exact, with my blood sugar at 136. That makes the old geezer happy. I am well aware that it will not stay at that level, but it is the first time in a long, long, time that it has dipped below 200.
 It is a damp day today. It must have rained overnight and everything is wet outdoors. It looks as though it is clearing and I shall be heading out to see for myself.
 This morning Queen and I went to the “Ironworks.” Today there was no crowd at all. We had our choice of machines. Queen worked out the “arm and leg” machine, treadmill, and stationary bike. This time I made sure all of her machines were set properly.
I worked on the treadmill to get my heart rate up, then cooled down, and finally went to all my favorite upper body machines.

We had a good session. Our neighbor, Joanne Takas, was there as well. In fact, Queen had a great time talking with many folks she didn’t even know. I met an old former Good Shepherd “Ironworks” user, Mrs. Miller, that I used to meet  at the Franklin Avenue Ironworks. She is from the Trachsville area. Then I paid some bills and we headed home.
After we got home, the sun was out and while it is cloudy, it is warm. I uncovered the glider after lunch and sat there, drinking my cat pee. I got this from Henry Schwartz. It is damn good:

The next time you hear a politician use the words "billion" casually,
think about whether you want that politician spending your tax money. A
billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one
advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into
perspective in one of its releases:
A billion seconds ago, it was 1959.
A billion minutes ago, Jesus was alive.
A billion hours ago, our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate
Washington spends it.

This afternoon I finished making the ham and bean soup. Yes, I thoroughly washed the beans. They are simmering now and after it cools, I shall store it down in the basement fridge. I can no longer trust the bus stop to be cold enough.
Tonight for supper, Queen made a new recipe using the rest of the thawed but uncooked chicken. It was a sort of a casserole with peas and carrots, cream of chicken soup, and a layer of a Bisquick mixture that formed a very light crust on top. She baked it in the oven. Then she had fresh spinach, cottage cheese, and a special treat of a small dish of ice cream with cherries on it. Then of course, Fresh coffee. I don’t expect to weigh less than 200 lbs tomorrow morning. Ha!!

Wednesday, March 03, 2004 7:22 AM 41 deg at LVIA and 35.6 in the bus stop
           It looks like a beautiful day this morning. As soon as I start this mornings post Butternut and I will be heading  out to see for our selves. The blood glucose was 138 and the weight was 203.

This morning’s geese picture.

  There was only one gaggle of them this morning while I was out there. But it was a magnificent sight. Once again I missed the best shot when they flew directly overhead with the sight of the sun glistening on their white feathers contrasting with the black on their bodies. They were low enough to really look magnificent.
            We were downtown and back. Queen wanted to mail a package ands get some stamps. Then we went for a walk. We shopped at Country Harvest and got some pretzels and salad mix. It still beats the treadmill by a long shot.
      In this morning’s e mail is the same item about dogs changing a light bulb, from Barbara Shepherd. I do appreciate all the stuff folks send me.
            Golly, I just discovered a big help in the preparation of my Income tax. I am getting everything ready to take to my preparer. In the process, I needed to know exactly how much I am credited with the state of Pennsylvania.  I used Google, asked for Pa Department  of Revenue, and then set up an electronic account. That was easily established and soon had a copy of all my credited payments that I printed up to place with the rest of the papers she will need. It was one of the user-friendliest sites I have ever seen, particularly for a government entity. Sheez!!
            Golly, I almost forgot. One day this week, we got a letter from Dr. Howard Cyr in Florida. In it he is up to his usual form. Apparently, his southern branch of the Cyr construction business has more than it can handle before its season ends in April. In it he said they had the Reverend Doris Bray as a guest who stopped by for a short visit. He had, as usual, much good advise for George Ashman’s financial well being. <Hrmph>
            This evening we had to go out to take my tax information to my tax preparer. She is located above the area of the former Aquashicola dump. This afforded a magnificent view of the ski area.  Unfortunately, this camera is not good enough for really good night pictures. Nonetheless, I gave it a try. It is not too good in spite of holding the camera on top of the car roof. I did try it, but it just wasn’t good enough to use. Oh, well!!

Thursday, March 04, 2004 7:52 AM 41 deg at LVIA and 41.9 in the bus stop
It is a rainy damp day this morning. This morning my blood glucose is 148 but my weight is 200. At least one of the readings is good. <sigh>
This morning we plan to do our shopping. It isn’t raining hard, but it isn’t exactly a beautiful day in which I would wish to sit out. Anyone interested in checking on the latest government product recalls go to
Bob Green sent me this picture with this question,” Anyone's guess as to whom this is.”
I remember that bridge very well.
    I get a lot of good stuff that I like to share with all and sundry. Bob also sent me this one. It is too good to pass up.

Businessman Pardoned by Clinton Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion
The Associated Press
Published: Mar 2, 2004

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A businessman once pardoned by President Clinton pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal tax evasion charges.

Almon Glenn Braswell admitted his Marina del Rey-based mail-order vitamin business did not pay $4.5 million in federal income taxes. He agreed to pay the full amount to the Internal Revenue Service within three weeks. Braswell also must pay about $6 million in penalties and interest.

Braswell faces 18 months in federal prison under his plea agreement. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 13.

Braswell, 60, has been jailed without bail since his January 2003 arrest in Miami.

Clinton granted 177 pardons and clemencies just before leaving office in 2001. Braswell was pardoned of convictions for fraud and other crimes stemming from false claims in 1983 about a baldness treatment.

His pardon became one of the most criticized after it was learned that the president's brother-in-law, Hugh Rodham, had been paid $200,000 to work on the case. Rodham later returned the money.

  Gee, he seemed to have had pretty good connections. Funny the press doesn’t say much about this!! Ha!!
Last evening Tommy stopped by for a quick visit. He is doing very well with his computer. He learns fast. He keeps voluminous notes on paper about computer processes to which he frequently refers. I showed him how to create a file and keep it in his desktop for easy reference. I also have one on my desktop, as does Queen.
He now admits that he is getting increasingly like his Dad, Alfie. He catches himself yelling at the TV when he disagrees with something he sees on it. Ha!! He also made mention of something I have known for a long time, getting older is learning to make concessions. Amen to that!!! He said I might just as well let the moles alone. Since we don’t have a perfectly manicured lawn, forget it. The moles are beneficial in that they eat a lot of grubs and other undesirables, so I will leave them alone.
We are back from our shopping trip. In fact, it went very well. The stores were not at all crowded this morning. Aldi was not too well stocked today but we were able to acquire what we wanted. No Wal-Mart today. However, we did go to Big Lots. That place is amazing. I went in for batteries and came out with a lot of other stuff that was completely unplanned. From there, we went to Giant. There the grazing was excellent today. Finally, we finished at IGA here in town.
            This morning after we got back I found a very pleasant surprise in my e-mail. It is from an old friend. She worked here in town at the Acme when they were here. She lives in the slate belt area not far from here. She was always a joy to deal with. We called her Donna Happy and she refers to us as, Sun & Shine! We have kept in E Mail contact now for many years. She is a very intelligent young lady whom I  both respect and admire. I am including a portion of her letter. She is an avid gardener, as well as active in educational activities in her area. She is a good kid. We come from different political backgrounds but we both respect each other’s opinions.

“Hi Sun & Shine!

            Your epistle is always a source of joy.  I find it very interesting when you mention the old days.  I also enjoy the present day discussions.  I'm not with you politically but that's ok too.  I must say that I snicker when you get your little political digs in but I love you anyway.  As I have told you many times you are chronicling the times of a little town and (to quote Martha Stewart) that's a good thing.  You have the distinction of bridging the times past and present.  Not everyone can do that. As we get older we dislike the aches and pains but we sure learn a lot as we age don't we?  Your skill with the computer amazes me.  Your photos are wonderful.  I especially enjoyed your snow scenes.  I'm a winter lover.  The old photos are interesting too even if the scenes are not familiar to me.  More young folks should read about the activities of you and Ruth.  You are both more active than people half your age. “

        I have been thinking about her remarks about our activities. I know several people my age that are far more active in Palmerton’s affairs and much of it’s day to day activities than I. George  Ashman and Howard Cry come readily to mind. I suppose it is a matter of how each of us handles it. All my working days I had to pay attention to the needs of others, paid for though they were, nonetheless I was not free to use my time as I may have wished. Now I am doing it as the Frank Sinatra’s song, goes,” Do it my way” and  I have loved every minute of it. Yes, even with all the manifest frustrations, blue smoke, issuing from my ears, and all! I really do love computers.          

  I always look forward to reading the comments of my readers. They are a source of great joy. One thing for sure I don’t have any problem filling out a day. I watch damn little television. I guess I am amazed that they actually pay folks to do this. Geez!!!
 I agree with Tommy. He says he watches about four channels. So much of the rest is junk. We must watch the pap they shove at us. Not me!!
         Oh, I realize that there is a lot of junk here on line also, but I can choose my junk. I have never in my life found a better medium of education, that is both fun and so very instructive. all at the same time. Most people who fear computers are fearful because it intimidates them. However, it is like any other learning experience, the more you do, the more you can do.  This is why I admire the grit of my Queen at soon to be 87, as well as brother in-law Walter Guyer who is almost 90. I tip my hat to both them . Believe me, whatever level of expertise I may possess, all came the hard way. I am a slow learner but once learned, it is not soon forgotten.

Friday, March 05, 2004 7:17 AM 46 deg. At LVIA and 44.6 in the bus stop
This morning the blood glucose was 138 and the weight 202.The lower blood sugar surprises me with the salmon we had last night. I belong to a diabetes support group with whom I often go to for answers about the disease. Generally, they are very helpful. The person who responded to my query about salmon raising my blood sugar admonished me to not eat too much of it because of the contamination of the fish. I responded debunking the statement as junk science and quoted the same article I had in this letter several weeks ago about the fallacy of all that bunk. She was happy to hear that news and wanted further documentation of it. I replied with the full article. I am always wary of scare information from any group with any of the words scientific peoples studies in their name. Usually they have a big ax to grind; of course, the press picks it up right away as gospel. Always check. If you wonder just enter their name into Google and ask about it. You will often be damn surprised.
 It is a cloudy day so far this morning. I must go to the hospital for my follow up EKG this morning.

<7:54 AM> Well, I am back. That doesn’t take long. This morning I hope to go to the “Ironworks” Queen said she will go with me to the Iron Works this morning too. That will be good to have her along.  
Here is a picture of our nice neighbors, Connie and Bob Reinhardt, when they were chronicling and photographing all the graves in the cemetery in near our back yard last year.
It certainly isn’t a beautiful day, today. I didn’t even bother to try to sit out on the park bench this morning.

<Later>11:00 AM> We are back from out trip downtown. I had to stop at Uncle Ed’s heart medicine store and Queen had to mail a package at the Post Office. Then we went to the “Ironworks” for our exercise. It went very well. Queen decided to cut back a bit from last time. She had overdone it a bit. The problem is that it is a delayed reaction and by the time you realize you have overdone, it is too late.  I take Fritz’s advice and use lower settings but do more reputations. Anyone watching me swim knows that it is like watching paint dry. I am slow, but once on to my rhythm of it, can go for quite awhile. Oh not like the old days, but I can still do it, so far. I love the water and being “chubby” [a tubbo], it is no penalty in the water. Unless you swim competitively, the water is your friend.

I think it is time to end this. All 5,402 words

Please love one another Mom and Bob [Queen and Bobby]

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter."
-Mark Twain

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up."
-Mark Twain

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Mark Twain

Imagination is more important than knowledge...

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