I mention the stuff below because some
of my readers still have problem opening these pictures. I suspect
they have difficulty opening much of any pictures, not just mine.
This morning I had an e mail from Barbara Shepherd, a portion of
which I shall quote," On my own I took the plunge and signed on to
photo island, but using your password could not pull up the pics. I
have e-mailed the site for help, but so far have only a welcome
letter for joining.” Since Barbara was a previous AOL user, my
answer was, "The reason that you can not open my Photo Island site
is the same reason you cannot open my pictures. Something is
not enabled on your computer.”
I asked my experts, while they are here and
who straightened out my mess, this weekend for suggestions. Son,
George, asked "Does she have AOL?" I replied that she did but
got rid of it. He said her problem is probably caused by the
residual stuff that AOL leaves on the computer even though you
remove it; it changes programs and networks all through the system.
He told me that it might be necessary for her to have professional
computer help to straighten things out. Apparently, this is not
uncommon. Speaking with Asa Dickinson, the proprietor of Computer
Pals in Lehighton, he said many computers have to be re-worked to
clear that AOL stuff out of the system. This may be true for others
guess that putting it all in a better perspective I do realize that
my getting upset is stupid. Sometimes, in fact too may times, I take
myself far too seriously. To use the words of the late Vice
President John Nance Garner when he spoke of the Vice Presidency
that "It isn’t worth a pitcher of warm spit." Well neither is all
this. It is a hobby and I must keep that in mind.
This morning Butternut had a treat. We took him for a walk down
Columbia Ave and back. It is a bit of a problem doing so because of
the electronic fence system. All the exits are protected. They said
to have only one way if possible for him to go out with you.
Therefore, we go out the side door. I must unplug it the electric
fence or he would be zapped there also. Of course he doesn’t know
Upon our return Queen and I sat up on the new park bench, held hands
and just talked. It is a great place to be together. Butternut lay
stretched out in the sun pooped out.
The Delaware Ellistons left for home after lunch. They got there and
we got their ring. Last evening George and Andy took two old color
TVs up to the alley. We conjectured as to how long they world last
there. Well, five minutes after they left for Delaware, Queen said
they were gone. The vultures cleaned them up fast.
Monday, March 29, 2004 7:20 AM 34
deg at LVIA and 37.5 in the bus stop
Today the weight is 203 and the blood glucose, 141. The dog and I
were out this morning. It was a bit nippy but very comfortable in
Today is washday so Queen is busy with that. I shall go to the
Ironworks while she is busy at that job.
<Later> I have been down and back. Queen is making noises
about going to K-Mart and Super-Fresh this morning. Well, we did
that also. We got a few things at Super fresh and Queen wanted to
shop a bit at the Big K. She was doing her thing to help Martha with
her legal bills. Ha!!
afternoon I received an e-mail from Barbara Shepherd and with the
diligent help of her son, she is now able to view my pictures.
"Hallelujah! Shep spent four hours on the computer with me
today and we have lift off! I can see your pics and also gain
access to your photo file. There was indeed a way in, but before I
could get there, Shep put in 16 updates. The last one did it." That
is indeed good news. To all of you AOL victims out there is hope.
This just came to me at 10:52 PM from Barbara. “The updates on this
machine were Windows, and then, after the updates, we were able to
put in Vector Graphic Rendering. The people connection was able to
lead us into it. As of now, all is well. Apparently, this is the
file you need to open pictures.”
This is very important and very easy to do. Simply go to your start
at the lower left of your computer, look for Windows updates, have
it check for updates needed for your particular computer. Be sure to
have it check for all updates. Not just the critical updates but
anything that appears to be needed. Each update is described as to
what it is for. Add them and you will probably improve many things.
That is what they did.
Tuesday, March 30, 2004 7:22 AM 34
deg at LVIA and 36.3 in the bus stop
The blood glucose this morning is 138 and the weight 204.It is a
cloudy dreary looking, morning. As soon as the coffee is ready,
Butternut and I shall explore the matter further.
saw Lee Bollinger on his morning walk. He really is faithful to that
regime. I am sure that is a darn good thing for him as well. It was
somewhat raw out there. I went no further than the lower park bench.
It is supposed to be rainy and dreary for the next several days.
I got this from Bob Green this morning. Fortunately, he lets me
plagiarize his stuff freely. I really appreciate the messages I get
from readers. I get a lot of good stuff, some of which is funny as
all heck, but my censor would never permit me to use it. She
sometimes looks with askance at some of the stuff that does get by.
Subject: a child's way of thinking
A child's way of thinking...
Children have such a way of looking at things differently. Enjoy!
TEACHER: Why are you late? WEBSTER: Because of the sign. TEACHER:
What sign WEBSTER: The one that says, "School Ahead, Go Slow."
TEACHER: Cindy, why are you doing your math multiplication on the
CINDY: You told me to do it without using tables!
TEACHER: John, how do you spell "crocodile?" JOHN:
K-R-O-K-O-D-A-I-L" TEACHER: No, that's wrong JOHN: Maybe it's
wrong, but you asked me how I spell it!
TEACHER: What is the chemical formula for water? SARAH: H I J K L
M N O!! TEACHER: What are you talking about? SARAH: Yesterday you
said it's H to O!
TEACHER: George, go to the map and find North America. GEORGE:
Here it is! TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America?
TEACHER: Willie, name one important thing we have today that we
didn't have ten years ago. WILLIE: Me!
TEACHER: Tommy, why do you always get so dirty? TOMMY: Well, I'm a
lot closer to the ground than you are.
TEACHER: Ellen, give me a sentence starting with "I." ELLEN: I
is... TEACHER: No, Ellen..... Always say, "I am." ELLEN: All
right... "I am the ninth letter of the alphabet."
TEACHER: "Can anybody give an example of COINCIDENCE?" JOHNNY:
"Sir, my Mother and Father got married on the same day, same
TEACHER: "George Washington not only chopped down his father's
cherry tree, but also admitted doing it. Now do you know why his
father didn't punish him?" JOHNNY: "Because George still had the
ax in his hand."
TEACHER: Now, Sam, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before
eating? SAM: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.
TEACHER: Desmond, your composition on "My Dog" is exactly the same
as your brother's. Did you copy his? DESMOND: No, teacher, it's
the same dog!
TEACHER: What do you call a person who keeps on talking when
people are no longer interested? PUPIL: A teacher
Hey, many grandparents have refrigerator art from their
grandchildren, but we are very fortunate to have fridge art from our
great grandchildren. This morning we got a very welcome letter from
our granddaughter Julie Williams Mintz. It is wonderful to get her
very informative and newsy letters. They are informative and well
written. Today’s letter included some refrigerator art from their
daughters Maria and Kaila. Well here are their masterpieces.
Maria’s great picture
The final result
It has been an unimpressive day
today. We made another quick trip to K-Mart to return some
merchandise and then home.
This afternoon Queen cut my hair. I looked like pictures of
Albert Einstein, but without the smarts. Ha!!
I have an appointment to be interviewed tomorrow afternoon here
by Pattie. She was asked by her Editor to get a story
about my activities writing these things. They must really be
desperate for something to fill space. Geez!!
Tonight for supper, Queen had a main course consisting of a
package of pork in gravy that is in a microwaveable tray that
cooks in about 8 minutes. She also had brown rice, fresh green
beans, a lettuce tomato, mushroom and onion salad, and in
addition a side dish of low fat cottage cheese. We got it at
Aldis in the chill case but it was not frozen. In addition, they
had a beef pot roast, chicken, and a meatloaf entree. It is no
way as good as hers, but I thought it made a very presentable
meal, I bet a person like Tommy would like it. Add a baked
potato, a salad and you have a quick delicious meal in less than
30 minutes when one nukes everything. It was damn good!!
Wednesday, March 31, 2004 7:17
AM 41 deg at LVIA and 39.9 in the bus stop
This murky morning the weight is 204 and the blood sugar says
110 but I don’t believe it. I suspect I didn’t get quite enough
blood for the sample. This playing vampire every morning is a
pain in the pattotie!!
It is raw and chilly looking out there. I plan to go out in a
moment, but I want to start my epistle.
<Later> It wasn’t a pristine day out there but it wasn’t
too bad sitting there either.
Queen said she would go with me to the Ironworks this morning.
That will be great. We both know that the exercise is good for
The other day I spoke to Connie and Bob Reinhart about some
pictures that I could add to these pages. He sent two excellent
ones. They are panoramic views overlooking Palmerton. The first
one was taken about 1915 the second is a modern picture taken
from just about the same place in color in 2004. I think they
are great. Obviously, I had to greatly reduce them in size for
this page, but the originals are amazingly well detailed taken
with a high resolution. In fact, the old 1915 one he sent had a
file size of 5.1 MB. The poor computer almost choked on
processing that one. However, I got it down to a usable size. I
had no problem downloading it; however, it was uploading it into
my picture program where I am able to modify my stuff. When I
kept getting warnings of out of virtual memory, I shut stuff
down and had to wait for it to upload into my ACDSee picture
program. It did it. Then it was easy to reduce the file size I
wanted to use.
Here are two pictures I got from Bob Reinhart. Both are
panoramic views of Palmerton.
one directly below was taken in about 1915.
picture is a modern picture taken from very close to the
same spot in 2004.
These pictures don’t do justice
to his full panoramic view. They are impressive. Thanks a
Well Queen and I are down and back. I have my computer area
all cleaned up in expectation of my visit by Pattie this
After we got back Queen asked me to scan a few of her
recipes. I did so and with her permission, here is one of
She has some pretty darn good stuff
there. It is a whole lot easier scanning them than copying them
Well my interview is over now. Pattie said it would appear
later. That is fine with me.
Hey how about this weather
forecast that just came in by Email:
A SLOW MOVING UPPER LEVEL LOW
PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL BRING PERIODS OF
SNOW TO THE AREA. FROM AROUND MIDNIGHT TONIGHT THROUGH
THURSDAY TWO TO FOUR INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED ACROSS
AREA WITH ISOLATED SPOTS RECEIVING FIVE INCHES.
ASHE NC-BLAND VA-GRAYSON VA-MERCER WV-SMYTH VA-SUMMERS WV-
TAZEWELL VA-WATAUGA NC-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS.TAZEWELL.BLUEFIELD &
312 PM EST WED MAR 31 2004
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 12 AM TO 12
TWO TO FOUR INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED TONIGHT INTO
HIGHEST TERRAIN ON WEST FACING SLOPES MAY RECEIVE UP TO
MOST OF THE ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL FALL BETWEEN MIDNIGHT
This is where son Jack’s widow, lives. Gee whiz!!
Tonight for supper Queen had stuffed peppers, cauliflower,
green beans, applesauce, and cottage cheese. She even made a
Super Fresh pound cake this afternoon. That went well with a
cup of fresh ground 8 O’clock coffee.
Thursday, April 01, 2004
7:17 AM 343 deg at LVIA and 43.8 in the bus stop
Well it is April Fools day today. The old man woke up
to a weight of 207<groan> and a blood glucose of 146.
It is a damp chilly day this morning. Today we plan on food
I often put in these pages information handouts from Betsey
Burnhauser for items of community or the Historical
Society’s concern, but I tend to shy away from other public
I haven’t been outdoors this morning but it doesn’t
look promising today. I was out with Butternut but didn’t
stay long with all the dampness and chilly wind.
<Much Later> We did our shopping this morning and
since we didn’t stop at Walmart, we were back home a bit
after 11 am. It rained a bit off and on but it hasn’t been
an awe-inspiring day today.
This afternoon we took a drive up to Country Junction to
look for a bird feeder but we couldn’t find the Alfie Davies
unbeatable combination, cheap and good. The sun actually
came out for quite awhile.
Tonight for supper we had a boneless salmon steak each, a
small baked red potato each, broccoli for Queen, Brussels
Sprouts for me, Queen’s home made coleslaw, and cottage
cheese. Coffee was dessert. We were too full for more. Look
out for the blood glucose tomorrow. <Sheez> Now at
7:58 PM we are having a thunderstorm.
I got this from Steve Jensen tonight.
This postcard from E-bay says
"Lehigh Gap, Slatington, PA".
However, without the L&NE trestle, it must be really
early. I'm trying to figure out if the Slatington
reference means it's the view from Slatington.
It looks like a view
from the south side of the Lehigh Gap looking north at
the chain link bridge in the distance. I am trying to
figure the perspective and the photographer may have
been on the Walnutport side of the riverbank when they
took it. Comments welcome if you wish!!
Friday, April 02,
20047:14 AM 43 deg at LVIA and 42.8 in the bus stop
Gee whiz, the readings this morning were amazing to me.
In spite of the salmon meal the blood glucose was 138
and the weight 204.
This morning I go to Dr Nicholson’s office for my tire
kick and out check by the nurse. Then Queen wants to go
In my Email this morning is this from West Virginia,
STRONG NW FLOW BEHIND A
STAGNANT UPPER LEVEL LOW WILL COMBINE
WITH A DISTURBANCE DROPPING SO. THROUGH THE REGION TO
PERIODS OF SNOW THIS MORNING.
GREENBRIER WV-MERCER WV-MONROE WV-SUMMERS WV-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS.LEWISBURG &
329 AM EST FRI APR 2 2004
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL
10 AM EST THIS
SNOW & SNOW SHOWERS WILL PERSIST THIS
MORNING. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF
BETWEEN 1 & 5 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED WITH LOCALLY
HIGHER TOTALS ON
WEST FACING SLOPES ABOVE 3000 FEET.
Queen is starting breakfast. As I sat out on the lower
bench this morning, I could see a lot of outdoor work to
be done. Two pressing things will be the old cable reel
I use as a potting table,and the other my satellite
dish. Once the maple tree starts to grow leaves that
will be the end of the signals from space. Queen and I
measured its connecting cable's length and it will be
more than long enough to move it to a new proposed spot.
Since the removal of that large pine tree in front of
the house, it opens up a completely new area I think
will be suitable for it. I shall have to contact my “ACE
rigger and Satellite expert”, Mr. T. Pierce Davies for
his expert services once we get into daylight savings
I soon will be leaving for the doctor’s office.
<Later> I am back. I did see the Doctor
today. I had forgotten it was to be a visit with him. He
seemed to think everything was doing all right. I had
lost a pound since my last visit. He too thought I was
doing the right thing by having the stress test. I told
him that I hadn’t given up on his using the computer
that they have at home. I hope so.
From there Queen and I went to Walmart and to the
Mahoning Farmer’s Market and then home.
Well I had best get this over to the proofreader so I
can put it on line. Please love one another,
Mom and Bob [Queen and Bobby]
Not everything that can
be counted counts, and not everything that counts can
Albert Einstein (1879-1955), sign hanging in
Albert Einstein's office at Princeton.
with Blue Griffon