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Book 1 Volume 33

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Our Butternut

At this time I want to acknowledge the deep debt of gratitude to all those who have supported me in this endeavor. My wife, Queen is my inspiration and greatly augments my efforts. I realize that I sometimes must drive her nuts with my ravings and antics. Her support has been a lifesaver. My son George, grandsons; Andy and Jason have been instrumental in making these things appear at all. They all suffer an old fool well, my thanks to them all. I also deeply appreciate the responses from my readers. I regret that some still have problems opening the pictures. At least these pages don’t have to stand on their literary merit alone. HA!

Saturday, July 3, 2004
7:20 AM 63 deg at LVIA and 61.1 in the bus stop

Well, a new week for this web page is starting this Saturday morning. This morning the blood glucose is 130 and the weight 202.

I went up to the “park bench “ this morning to enjoy the beautiful day, as well as my coffee. Queen came up and picked a few raspberries that are on the bushes for our cereal at breakfast time. Then she suggested we go for our walk before eating. It is a grand day for it. Perhaps I can avail myself of my “barber shop” this morning and then go for a morning swim. First I must help run the plow downstairs. We are expecting George and family this morning. Hopefully my refurbished computer will be coming back home!!

I took some pictures of the flowers around the property yesterday. Here are some of them.

fence                                       bush                             hanging baskets
Hanging baskets                                                          Hydrangea Bush                                                     Pansies at the back door

My readers seem to like the pictures so I add what I see as the day wears on. It is a lot of fun.

I asked Queen about cutting my hair and although she is very busy she agreed to do it. She said I had better you look as though someone stuck a candle in your head! I think that is a great comment.  Ha!!!

I saw Fritz up there swimming when I entered the pool area. We got an e-mail informing us that he would be here to swim this morning. He stopped by and we all had lunch together.

<1:15 PM>George just phoned and they have arrived here in town for a stay. I got this from Tommy.

NUDITY I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5 year old shout from the back seat, "Mom! That lady isn't wearing a seat belt!"

MORE NUDITY A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, "What's the matter haven't you ever seen a little boy before?"

HONESTY My son Zachary, 4, came screaming out of the bathroom to tell me he'd dropped his toothbrush in the toilet. So I fished it out and threw it in the garbage. Zachary stood there thinking for a moment, then ran to my bathroom and came out with my toothbrush. He held it up and said with a charming little smile, "We better throw this one out too then, 'cause it fell in the toilet a few days ago.

OPINIONS On the first day of school, a first grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read, "The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents."

POLICE It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me. "Is that a dog you got back there?" he asked. "It sure is," I replied. Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said, "What'd he do?"

ELDERLY While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She as unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, "The tooth fairy will never believe this!"

DRESS-UP A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, "Daddy, you shouldn't wear that suit." "And why not, darling?" "You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning."

DEATH While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small
box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased. The minister's son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said: Glory be unto the Faaaather, and unto the Sonnn ......and into the hole he gooooes."

SCHOOL A little girl had just finished her first week of school. "I'm just wasting my time," she said to her mother. "I can't read, I can't write and they won't let me talk!"

BIBLE A little boy opened the big family bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. "Mama, look what I found", the boy called out." What have you got there, dear?" With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered, "I think it's Adam's underwear!"


Sunday, July 04, 2004 7:16 AM  66Deg at LVIA and 65.8 in the bus stop

It is a warm Sunday morning. The blood glucose is 139 and the weight 202 this morning.
Queen is up now and I assume we will be heading for a walk shortly.

I got this from Russ Howell in Texas.

WD-40, Good for more than just squeaks.  
The year is 1953. Rocket Chemical, a struggling company in San Diego, Calif., sets out to create a rust-preventive solvent that would be better than water for cleaning rocket parts. On the 40th attempt, the three scientists working on the project nailed it, creating WD-40. While the ingredients remain a well-guarded secret more than 50 years later (the company insists there's nothing in it to harm us), WD-40 has a myriad of uses beyond what it was intended to do. I never realized all of the possibilities until a reader recently enlightened me. Consider these applications (and, just in case you're wondering, I don't have any affiliation with the company; I'm just impressed by the product):

STICKY SITUATIONS: WD-40 removes stickers and adhesives from glass, plastic, countertops and containers. Use it to lubricate the tracks in sticking sliding windows to make them glide. Spray a little WD-40 to lubricate sticky drawers. It penetrates and loosens sticky knobs on adjustable chairs. Give your snow shovel a quick spray to combat sticky snow.

STUCK UP: Zipper stuck? Loosen it with WD-40. A quick shot will help untangle jewelry chains and unfreeze door hinges. Spray on glass objects that are stuck together to separate without breaking. Lubricate the stuck walking foot on your sewing machine. Use it to free stuck
bolts, lug nuts and hose ends that won't budge, to loosen tight Lego blocks and to make those window shades roll smoothly.

GRUNGY: Removes tar, doggie-doo and scuff marks from shoes. WD-40 cleans filthy guitar strings and removes the grime from the barbecue grill. You know that build-up on your favorite pair of scissors? Hit it with WD-40 to make them like new again. It removes the grime and scum from fiberglass showers like a dream. It removes the gunk from a plastic dish drainer and the sink's handheld spray nozzle, too. It cleans and protects brass and silver from tarnishing.

SQUEAKING BY: If it squeaks, WD-40's likely the solution. It keeps wicker chairs, kids' swings, rocking chairs, bedsprings and noisy hinges from squeaking. It will quiet your trash compactor, too. Use it to silence that squeaky weathervane, car strut mounts and windshield wipers.

PESTY: WD-40 keeps flies off cows and pigeons off balconies (they hate the smell). Spray WD-40 around flowerbeds to gently send cats away. Spray it along the bottom of chain-link fences that surround gardens to repel rabbits and rodents and on wire tomato plant cages to keep insects away. WD-40 removes dead insects from a car's front grill, radiator and windshield.

SCRATCH FEVER: WD-40 cleans, restores and camouflages scratches on ceramic and marble floors. It gives floors that "just-waxed" sheen without making them slippery. It hides small scratches on woodwork.

DRAIN THAT STAIN: WD-40 cleans piano keys, and removes Kool-Aid and tomato stains from carpets and fabrics. It takes lipstick from anything, makes those oil stains on the concrete  driveway disappear and removes hair dye from your towels.

RUST: WD-40 will keep your fishing reels, lures and flies rust- and gunk-free. WD-40 removes and prevents rust on anything made of metal. It removes and prevents rust from forming in washing machines, on showerheads and on garden tools. You know those rust stains on your tub and shower? Those terra-cotta pots that oxidize? You know the routine: WD-40!

I'm convinced. WD-40 is quite an amazing product. Available just about anywhere (even the grocery store!), I've moved my can of the stuff from the garage right into the house.

It is a warm day today but not too bad. This afternoon I went to the pool for my swim. Dr. Howard Cyr was there with George Ashman. Later Tommy arrived. It was very sparsely attended today. Folks must have been busy with other projects. I swam and came home to help Queen with the supper. George and Kathy were here for supper along with Tommy. It was excellent

Monday, July 05, 2004, 7:24 AM 66 Deg at LVIA and 72.5 in the bus stop
It is very warm and muggy this morning. I was up with my first cup of coffee and neighbor Mike came over with some more recipes for Queen. That corn he had got us the other day we used last evening and it was excellent. It was the first local corn we have had and it was very sweet and tender.
This morning the blood glucose was 126 and the weight 202. I don’t know if Queen is planning on washing today or not. The neighbors in back of us had quite a fireworks display last night. I had a hard time trying to get any pictures of them. It took a lot of doctoring to get these but this is the best I could do.

fw1          fw2          fw3          fw4
I had no idea where to look for the next shot!
fw5          fw6
Considering what I had to work with they turned out pretty good.
We went for a walk this morning but cut it short due to the humidity. We only walked as far down Columbia Ave. as George Ashman‘s place. It wasn’t bad walking up to First Street but that hill up from 4th Street up to our house, is just too much for Queen in this stuff. Since Queen is washing today that is enough walking for her. 

I was out in the garden with my camera and took these photographs of our flowers and fruits.

flower          yel tom       strawb
Our lilies                                      Yellow Tomato                                  Ripe Strawberry
geraniuma          flower2          flower3
Bedding Geraniums                     Bee Balm complete with Bee                      A shot of the lilies

This afternoon I went to PMPA for my afternoon swim. The water is gradually getting warmer but it is still comfortable swimming. Doc Cyr and George Ashman were there and Tommy arrived shortly thereafter. He had been working out in his yard most of the afternoon and went to the pool about noon for his regular swim. 

Tonight we had Tommy here for a spaghetti meal in God’s restaurant. As usual it was superb.


Tuesday, July 06, 20047:09 AM 55 Deg at LVIA and 65.6 in the bus stop

It is a much less humid day this morning with good sunshine and a much more comfortable air mass today. The weight is 202 and the blood glucose is 131 after our spaghetti meal last evening.

I was up in the ‘tent’ this morning admiring the marvelous day. My cup of 8 O’clock coffee tasted especially good this morning. Then I took a few more recyclables to the alley this morning and also got the car out. After that I took another cup of coffee and watered the plants. I often leave my cup on one of the fence posts and then wonder where I put it. Golly!!

Queen and I will be going on a walk soon.
<8:31 AM> We are back. It is a wonderful day to walk with your sweetheart.


This morning I am expecting a call from George. He is installing a new sink at his place on Lafayette Avenue and I suspect he will need a hand.

These pictures are from Tommy Davies. He tells me that his Mother told him that this was the first automobile in Palmerton. Tommy’s Mother was Alice Shiner, before she married his Dad, Alfred P. Davies. The pictures were taken at a relatives home that is just down the road towards Palmerton from the Country Club. To place it for everyone, it is reached by going up the road to the Country Club from the west end of Palmerton. It is also reached by going down the road at the club, to what used to be the Alliance Sand Company site. Going downhill it is on the right.

auto1             auto 2          auto3

The George Shiner Family


         This afternoon about 1 PM I went down to George’s place and helped him bring in the new sink and lift it into place. It really looks first class. Then about 3:30PM I went for a swim. Tonight I was cook. We ate out in the bus stop and it was very comfortable out there. The heat and humidity will return soon.

I got these from neighbor Mike

Two guys were discussing popular family trends on sex, marriage, and values. 

Stu said, "I didn't sleep with my wife before we got married, did you?"

Leroy replied, "I'm not sure, what was her maiden name?"


 A little boy went up to his father and asked: "Dad, where did all of my intelligence come from?"

The father replied.  "Well son, you must have got it from your mother, cause I still have mine"

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" Mr. Clark, I have reviewed this case very carefully,"  the Divorce Court Judge said, "And I've decided to give your wife $775 a week,"

"That's very fair, your honor," the husband said. 

"And every now and then I'll try to send her a few bucks myself,"


 A doctor examined a woman, took the husband aside, and said, "I don't like the looks of your wife at all."

"Me neither doc," said the husband. "But she's a great cook and really good with the kids."


An old man goes to the Wizard to ask him if he can remove a curse he has
been living with for the last 40 years. 

The Wizard says, "Maybe, but you will have to tell me the exact words that were used to put the curse on you. 

The old man says without hesitation, "I now pronounce you man and wife."

More Quickies...

Two Reasons Why It's So Hard To Solve A Redneck Murder

1.  All the DNA is the same.
2.  There are no dental records


 A blonde calls Delta Airlines and asks, "Can you tell me how long it'll take to fly from San Francisco to New York City?"
The agent replies,
"Just a minute..." 
"Thank you," the blonde says, and hangs up.


 Two Mexican detectives were investigating the murder of Juan Gonzalez.
"How was he killed?" asked one detective. 
"With a golf gun," the other
detective replied. 
"A golf gun?!  What is a golf gun?" 
"I don't know.
But it sure made a hole in Juan."


The investigation of Martha Stewart continues.  Her recipe for chicken
casserole is quite efficient.  First you boil the chicken in water.  And

then you dump the stock.


This guy has been sitting in a bar all night, staring at a blonde wearing the tightest pants he's ever seen. 
Finally his curiosity gets
the best of him, so he walks over and asks, "How do you get into those pants?" 
The young woman looks him over and replies, "Well, you could
start by buying me a drink."


 Moe: "My wife got me to believe in religion." 
Joe: "Really?" 
"Yeah.  Until I married her I didn't believe in hell."


 A man is recovering from surgery when a nurse asks him how he is feeling?
"I'm O.K. but I didn't like the four-letter-word the doctor
used in surgery," he answered. 
"What did he say," asked the nurse.


 While shopping for vacation clothes, my husband and I passed a display of bathing suits. 
It had been at least ten years and twenty pound s
ince I had even considered buying a bathing suit, so I sought my husband's advice. 
"What do you think?" I asked.  "Should I get a bikini
or an all-in-one?" 
"Better get a bikini," he replied.  "You'd never get
it all in one."


Grandpa was driving with his 9 year old granddaughter and beeped the horn by mistake.
She turned and looked at him for an explanation.  He
said, "Did that by accident."
She replied, "I know that, Grandpa."
replied, "How did you know?"
She said, "Because you didn't say "asshole"afterwards!


Wednesday, July 07, 2004 7:21 AM 61 deg at LVIA and 62.4 in the bus stop.
This morning’s blood glucose is 125 and the weight 202. It is a bright clear cool day so far. The humidity is expected to return as the day progresses. Golly but it was wonderful sitting up in the “tent” park bench this morning. It was cool and comfortable with the coffee tasting just great. We just got back from our walk. We were forced to detour across the street because they are digging up the street nearby in order to install new water and sewer lines.


Queen and I just finished watering the plants. Queen is still trimming overgrown weeds around the front of the house.

I have been having problems with a pop up program and can’t seem to get rid of it.


I was a bit perturbed and sent them the following E-mail.

“You people should be ashamed of yourselves. The very program that is supposed to eliminate this problem keeps popping up on my computer and I can't get rid of it. It is spy ware of the most scurrilous kind. I hope you all defecate in bed and roll in it .You b*s*t***s!!!”

I went to the swimming pool early. It was a wise move because it just began to thunder as I went back to my towel. Larry cleared the pool and we headed home. Now it appears to be getting louder.

Supper is over and it didn’t really amount to much of anything so far. We were able to eat in the bus stop and then enjoy dessert in the tent with no problems.

I think I may have rid myself of the above nuisance program. It was suggested by the support group at Computerwise Web Page that I get the newest version of the Lavasoft program. So I un-installed the old one and downloaded the new one ran it, and so far I have not been plagued by it’s return. We shall see!!


Thursday, July 08, 2004 9:24 AM 72 Deg at LVIA and 73.7 in the bus stop
I am posting late today. I weigh 201 but I forgot to take the blood glucose reading this morning. <Sigh>
We left before 7 AM to go out to Apple Jack’s berry farm to pick blueberries. We just returned and have not had breakfast and even worse no coffee. That is being remedied now
The berries are wet from the rainstorm last night so we put them on the dining room table on newspapers and turned on the paddle fan overhead to dry them out. Then they will have to be put in boxes and stored in the downstairs fridge. The picking was great. They were big and plentiful. We saw Fran Carazo and Judy Gorsica out there as well as many other Palmerton folks. We both took a bath and checked ourselves for ticks. Now Queen is finishing preparing breakfast.

picking1          picking2       pickin3
Apple Jack’s Berry Farm                                 Folks picking                                       Queen picking
Believe me not all of the best ones made it into the pail <Grin>
This is from friend Russ Howell in Texas. I don’t know there he gets them but he sure gets good stuff!!
A man was driving through Wyoming one spring evening, the road was deserted and he had not seen a soul for what seemed like hours.   Suddenly his car started to cough and splutter and the engine slowly died away leaving him sitting by the road in total silence.  He popped the hood and went to see if there was anything that he could do to get it going again. Unfortunately, he had a limited knowledge of cars, so all he could do was look at the engine, feeling despondent.  As he peered by the gradually fading light of his flashlight, he cursed that he had not put in new batteries, like he had promised. Suddenly, through the inky shadows, came a deep voice, "It's your fuel pump."  The man jumped up quickly striking his head on the underside of the hood. "Who said that?" he demanded. There were two horses standing in the field alongside and the man was amazed when the nearest of the two horses repeated, "It's your fuel pump, tap it with your flashlight, and try it again." Confused, the man tapped the fuel pump with his flashlight, turned the key and sure enough, the engine roared into life.  He muttered a short thanks to the horse and screeched away. When he reached the next town, he ran into the local bar. "Large whiskey, please!" he said. A rancher sitting at the bar looked at the man's ashen face and asked, "What's the problem, young man?  You look like you've seen a ghost!" "It's just unbelievable," the man said and recalled the whole tale to the rancher. The rancher took a sip of his beer and looked thoughtful. "A horse you say...... was it by any chance a white horse?" The man replied to the affirmative. "Yes it was!  Am I crazy?" "No, you ain't crazy.  In fact, you're lucky," said the rancher "because the black horse don't know shit about cars!"
picking 4       picking5          picking6
Queen                                                                   A pail of our berries                                         They are big and juicy

They seemed to be dry so we packed them in boxes and put them downstairs. We got about 12 quarts at $.75 per pound. That sure beats any store.

I got this from Lee Bollinger, probably with Marlene's help.

1st, 2nd, 3rd baby
** This is funnier for those of us with more than 1 child-and for those of you with none-this is way too real**

Your Clothes:
1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your pregnancy.
2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.

3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.

Preparing for the Birth:

1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.

2nd baby: You don't bother practicing because you remember that last time, breathing didn't do a thing.

3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your eighth month.
The Layette:

1st baby: You pre-wash newborn's clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby's little bureau.

2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean & discard only the ones with the darkest stains.
3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can't they?
1st baby: At the first sign of distress--a whimper, a frown--you pick up the baby.

2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.
3rd baby: You teach your three-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing.

1st baby: If the pacifier falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash and boil it.

2nd baby: When the pacifier falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby's bottle.

3rd baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.


1st baby: You change your baby's diapers every hour, whether they need it or not.
2nd baby: You change their diaper every two to three hours, if needed.

3rd baby: You try to change their diaper before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees.


1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour.

2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.

3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.
Going Out:

1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home five times.

2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.
3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.

At Home:

1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.

2nd baby: You spend a bit of everyday watching to be sure your older child isn't squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.

3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.

Swallowing Coins (a favorite):

1st child: when first child swallows a coin, you rush the child to the hospital and demand x-rays.

2nd child: when second child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for coin to pass.
3rd child: when third child swallows a coin you deduct it from his allowance!!
**Pass this on to everyone you know who has children...or everyone who KNOWS someone who has had children...(the older the mother, the funnier this is!)

This afternoon I went swimming at PMPA. I only swam 10 laps. The water was just too warm at 77 degrees for comfortable lap swimming. Beside I was tired out from my early hours and was ready to take it easy. They were having a swim meet but not even the smooth water created by the lane markers was enough to get me to do more.

Friday, July 09, 2004 7:06 AM 63 deg at LVIA and 60 in the bus stop.
My blood glucose was 131 and the weight 200.
I went up to the park bench with my coffee and realized that on such a magnificent morning I was never going to find a better time to cut the grass. With that in mind I started and worked at it between cups of coffee and rests. By 8 AM I was done.
This morning we plan to do our shopping.

I just got this from neighbor Mike!!

Chalk one up for the Old Guys!

A white haired man walked into a jeweler's shop late one Friday,with a beautiful young lady at his side. "I'm looking for a special ring for my girlfriend" he said.

The jeweler looked through his stock, and took out a lovely ring priced at $5,000.

"I don't think you understand, I want something very unique" he said. At that, the jeweler went to get his special stock from the safe.

"Here's a stunning ring at just $40,000."

The girls' eyes sparkled, and the man said that he would take it.

"How are you paying?"

"I'll pay by check, but of course you will want to make sure everything is in order at the bank, so I'll write the check and you can phone the bank tomorrow.  I'll pick up the ring on Monday."

Monday morning a very teed-off jeweler phoned the man.  " You old fart, you lied... there's no money in that account."

"I know, but can you imagine what a fantastic weekend I had!"

picking7           picking8
Scenes from yesterday's picking.

This morning we plan to do our shopping.
< Much later>. Our trip went very well and we were back by 11AM. Now I plan to go to PMPA for my afternoon swim and then we are invited to the Lafayette Ave. Elliston’s for dinner so I had best bring this to a conclusion.

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

“Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately, it kills all its pupils.”

Hector Berlioz

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