December 17, 1912 Ceased Publication Thursday February 1, 1951
Book 1 Volume 34
Volume 34 republished using KompoZer
this time I want to
acknowledge the deep debt of gratitude to all those who have supported
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
antics. Her support has been a lifesaver.
My son George,
grandsons; Andy and Jason have been instrumental in making these things
at all. They all suffer an old fool well, my thanks to them all. I also
appreciate the responses from my readers who seem to enjoy the
regret that some still have problems opening the pictures. At least
don’t have to stand on their literary merit alone. Ha!!
July 10, 2004 7:28 AM 59 Deg at LVIA and 59.2 outside
Here a new week is
these epistles. It looks like a nice day today. My blood glucose was
the weight 201. Golly but what I time we have had. Yesterday just
went to dinner at George’s house Queen discovered the refrigerator was
defrosting and everything in the freezer part was beginning to get
meant a lot of scurrying about moving things to the fridge and freezer
basement. George took some of the perishables and put them in their
on Lafayette Ave.
This meant an
emergency trip to the store for ice for the cooler chests as well the
refrigerator to use as a cooler. This morning the man came with the
The compressor is shot. The good news is that it is under warranty. We
have it next Thursday. <Sigh>
AM> I am back from my swim. The water was wonderful. Fritz was there
as several other swimmers. I saw Betty Steigerwalt up there. She too
her health problems but she is still plugging along. She told me our
friend Helen Wisocky has great problems walking now and is afraid she
fall if she tries to walk down to the pool. That is a real shame. She
wonderful person and she loves that place so much.
here for lunch. I had to go down to Lafayette Avenue to get the cold
lunch. Later George and Kathy stopped by on there way back to Delaware.
to the pool for a quick dip and to take a few pictures. I tried
This camera is capable of taking video. So I took a few shots of some
same kids in action. It would be nice if there were a way to display
some of my
better efforts on these pages. We shall see.
Then I returned to help with supper.
The kids are having a ball
Keith Billig and Tommy at the pool today
invite that near
famous Indian artifact archaeologist or scavenger Thomas P. Davies to
Afterwards we had a great time sitting on the front porch talking.
Queen and I
always enjoy the fine company.
Sunday, July 11, 2004
7:10 AM 64 deg at LVIA and 61.5 in
the bus stop
is a sunny warm day this morning. It is neither too hot nor
yet. The blood glucose was 145 and the weight 200.
morning Queen wants to go to Walmart. <11:37> We are back. It was
trip coming back because the sun heated the inside of the car. By the
air conditioning became effective we were in Bowmanstown. The store was
I saw our
neighbor Dee Miller there. She had to quit her job to take care of an
relative. She says she misses it a lot. Hey you do what you have to
boy, now I really understand the old tale of not missing the water
well runs dry. We really miss a fully functional refrigerator-freezer
kitchen. As of now we have a glorified Maytag icebox. This morning on
home from our shopping trip I had to stop at IGA for another large bag
Oh it keeps the produce cool and other non-critical items but things
luncheon meat and other perishables must be retrieved from the basement
I remember as a kid we had a Frigidare refrigerator with
the compressor in the basement. It used ammonia as the refrigerant.
it sprang a leak. Whew!! we evacuated the house fast! But we
also kept the old icebox we had on the east side back porch. Mom used
it in a
pinch. I well recall as a kid chasing after the iceman who came by
with big chunks of ice. We kids would beg for a sliver of cold ice. He
take a large chunk to a customer’s house using large ice tongs. We were
beneath using his ice pick and help ourselves. Sometimes, he would
shaft us by
taking the ice pick with him. Boy on a hot summer day that was great
Monday, July 12, 2004 7:15 AM 70 deg
at LVIA and 67.8 in
the bus stop
raining heavily with a strong thundershower this morning. It is
as well that Queen isn’t up yet because I am sure she would have
sanity by my taking an umbrella and my trusty cup of 8 O'clock coffee up
tent, in the pouring rain. Man it was raining pitchforks and hammer
Yes I got wet but it was worth it. I loved it! Hey sometimes things in
that are free are worth it even if they are nuts I still do them. I
listen to the rain on the tent. I went up there in spite of the rain
and it was
well worth the discomfort.
morning the blood glucose is 128 and the weight 201.
<4:00 PM> What a day this has been!!!!
This morning my blank checks arrived and I had to pay
some bills. One of which is for my cable internet. That one is absolutely
essential to me. Ha!!
went to Super-Fresh for 8 O’clock coffee that was on sale. Upon
discovered that I had forgotten to get more ice so I had to get the
again and it was down to IGA for ice. Then also stopping at George’s
retrieve the rest of our food from their fridge. I shut it off
and let it set with the doors ajar.
Since it was pouring
rain about as hard as it
could I figured an umbrella to be virtually useless to me. So I wore
yellow poncho like slicker. That enabled me to move about in the rain
arms full of stuff. It was hot and sweaty. By this time my feet were
wet as they could get! Nonetheless going into George’s house in a
rain I caught the heel of my shoe on the screen door and on the poncho
well and promptly walked right out of one of the shoes! By now I had
feeling that things were not going too well. When I got home I told
and she asked me if I swore? I said no not very much. I think I referred
“parentage” of the sneaker; but by now I had reached a level of
that not even swearing helped. After a temper outburst she often asks
that help”? My inevitable answer is
always your damn right!! I got everything home and Queen and I found a
for it all.
addition to putting up with my ravings was doing a big wash. Yes today
dreaded sheet day so the beds had to be made also. We are both dead
was almost supper time before she finished the last of the wash.
morning I also I called the bathroom people to find out when we are
for that job. Instead of a couple of weeks as the man said it might be
end of July or early August. <Sigh>
that Ada Webb died. She had a massive stroke last week. She was 96. The
“pollution” finally got her. Golly she was cut down in her prime!! Tonight
for supper due to the problems of the day instead of spaghetti, Queen
tuna noodle casserole. Boy it was good!