Founded December 17,1912    Ceased Publication Thursday February 1, 1951

Book 1 Volume 40

Our Butternut
This is a previous issue re-worked with Nvu

The masthead appearing above is not an accident nor is it meant to be a gimmick. My dad, George R. Elliston was the owner, founder, editor, and publisher of the Palmerton Press. I am trying in my own way to keep that banner visible to the world.
     Below is the actual lead slug that was the masthead of the Palmerton Press in it’s days of operation. It is shown reversed for all to read. It now resides with son George R. Elliston 2nd.

    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. However, her support has been an indispensable lifesaver.
    My son George, grandsons; Andy, and Jason, have been instrumental in making these things appear at all. They supply the technical expertise to put and keep it on line..
    I am particularly interested in reaching former Palmerton residents who my still find the old town a source of comfort and the remembrances of happy days.
Don’t expect much in the way of earth shattering events to appear here. This is how WE live. Oh and occasional “Bobby’s” opinion will appear, but there is always the delete key. Ha!!
    Thank God, my mentors all suffer an old 77-year-old fool well. My thanks to them all. I also deeply appreciate the responses from my readers who seem to enjoy our view of life, dull as it may be, as well as the pictures of our town and home. I regret that some still have problems opening the pictures. At least, now these pages don’t have to stand on their literary merits alone, Thank God!!

Saturday, August 21, 2004 2:14 PM 73 deg at LVIA and 69.2 in the bus stop
 I got a late start today. I still don’t have last week’s web page resolved. My Delaware Experts are still working on it. Much later.<9:44 PM> 8-21-2004 All is well now.
There wasn’t any swim today due to the lousy weather. Tommy said we had 3” of rain overnight.

 We didn’t walk this morning because of the oppressive humidity. My blood glucose was 121 and my weight was 195.

This afternoon there was a ceremony over at the “Little White Church” about 1 pm. I went over and took a few pictures but didn’t stay. Joe Hlasney was speaking as I entered. The acoustics of the room are terrible. I tried using my hearing aid and I couldn’t understand a word. I didn’t stay around to see our State Representative, Keith McCall. Judge Webb was in attendance. I noticed that TV 13 was there also to photograph the event.




Betsy and her girls had that place spick and span this afternoon. It had to be held indoors due to the inclement weather.

Tonight we had Tommy over here for supper. We had a slice of ham, an ear of corn each, a potato for Tommy and I, fresh green beans and fresh tomatoes, courtesy of Henry Schwartz, and cottage cheese. We had ice cream and a new cookie Queen made today that she said was terrible, but Tommy and I thought was delicious. They were unconventionally made using Bisquick mix as an ingredient, peanut butter, and with a Hershey kiss on top. They are not too sweet and I thought she could gladly make them again!!

Sunday, August 22, 2004 7:07 AM 55 deg at LVIA and 49.6 in the bus stop
It is a gorgeous day this morning so much unlike yesterday’s muggy murky humid conditions.

This morning the following appeared in my mail box from ProLog:

Dear Valued Customer,
 This notice has been sent to you because your PenTeleData Personal Storage Space for this account has reached 90 percent of its allowable capacity.  What does this mean?  This account login name is near our complimentary 15 MB's for Personal Storage Space and you should remove as much data as possible from your Storage Space for this account.
 Beginning July 16th until August 25, 2004 PenTeleData is offering all customers a grace period to remove excess data stored in their accounts before we officially start to charge for storage that exceeds our complimentary 15 MB limit. As of August 25, 2004, our grace period will end. If you do not remove some of the material in your Personal Storage account and your data storage goes over the complimentary 15 MB's, you will be charged an additional $1 per MB each month.  This amount is calculated as an average of your total disk storage for all days throughout any given period. For example if for 2 weeks out of the month your storage is at 50 MB and you then erase the storage completely you may have 0 MB for the next 2 weeks but you will still have an average of 25 MB for the given billing cycle. Averages are re-calculated on a weekly basis so it may actually take a few weeks in extreme cases for your average to drop below the allotted amount of 15 MB. This is why it is important for you to act now during this grace period. This notice will be issued to you weekly until your monthly average disk usage falls below the 90% capacity limit for our complimentary 15 MB disk storage.
 Details on what disk space is and for recommendations on how to avoid this in the future can be found on our support site at .  To check your current disk usage go to PenTeleData's account management section at and click on the Account Management login located on the right-hand side of the page.
Therefore everything except last weeks has been removed. Hereafter, at least for a time only the current weeks page will appear. No back issues will be available for a time.
Sorry for any inconvenience.

This morning on our walk we stopped by Tommy Davies home and I took some pictures of his flower garden.



It is really beautiful, however, the pictures do not do it justice. We continued on and I took a picture of the water flowing down the Park Run. With all the rain it is moving right along.

After breakfast I decided to cut the grass. It really needed it. It was such a beautiful day that I took full advantage of “this old Geezer’s time on my hands.” I worked and loafed. What a luxury to be able to take as long as one wants to do the job. I bet I broke it into 6 breaks. Just sit there and drink in ones surroundings and enjoy having the time to waste. It doesn’t pay anything in the coin of the realm, but it enriches the soul and it is free if we but do it. The person who said money isn’t everything had it right however we still need it.

This afternoon Belva and Fritz arrived for a visit and swim. I took some pictures of course. We went to PMPA for our swim.


Doctor Howard Cyr was conversing with George Ashman when we got there. We both thanked him personally for his help and counseling during Queen’s recent and ongoing problems. He is definitely a good man and much appreciated by all of us. In fact not only he but also Dr. Everett has worked with us in conjunction to solving her nighttime dry mouth problem. I think we are making progress.

Howard said that the part of the masonry job he was working on at the Carty residence in Harvard Court was damaged when a shackle broke on the crane unloading a large heavy, pre-cast top cap for the job that was being delivered and set up. It supposedly smashed part of his completed work. I shall have to look at it for myself.

At the end of my laps I spoke with Howard Witham’s daughters. They just returned from a trip to the New England states. They too have been added to the mailing list. I saw Joe Lach on my return from photographing the mushroom and we conversed a bit.


I took some pictures of the group before I swam my laps. I love the effect one gets from the water coming off the big red mushroom. The camera stops the drops in mid fall. Then I took some video of the kids playing under it as well as the falling water. I can send the video to any who may wish it now that I have that free Picasa picture program from Google, It should display them for you as well.
We all had supper here tonight. Queen, Belva, and I hurried home so that Queen could put the beef roast in the oven. We had an excellent meal consisting of roast beef, mashed potatoes for us men, baked potatoes for the girls, fresh lima beans that Belva brought along, a fresh salad they put together, and Belva’s strawberry muffins for dessert. All of this was followed by an evening of great conversation on the front porch. About 9PM they left for Harrisburg.

Monday, August 23, 20047:21 AM .   57 deg at LVIA and 53.9 in the bus stop
It looks like a nice, clear beautiful day on hand this morning.

This is from today’s Wall St Journal 8/23/04

August 23, 2004; Page A12
Since Bruce Springsteen is about to "Rock the Vote" for John Kerry, I'd be only too happy to start booking my motel rooms to hit the road for George W. Bush. With my brothers Steve and Rudy, my buddies the Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood, Mark Wills and any number of other country music artists who get their support from the Heartland, I'm going to find the time, come fall, to tell America that we're playing, and praying, for President Bush.
Musicians can be political, and when the right time comes -- and the right cause -- they will be. But while I respect Bruce Springsteen's artistry and even his opinions on the current political situation (as expressed not long back in the New York Times), I see the world differently. Here's my take.
The intel on Iraq that President Bush saw raised red flags to some analysts and doubt in others. Some said there was an imminent threat, some said there was not. I believe that if one of Mr. Springsteen's friends were to swear to him that his house was on fire and another that it was not, he, or anybody, would surely check it out.
Well, our house was on fire. President Bush and an army of "the good guys and the good gals" checked it out. Big Time. And as a result, the bad guys have not been able to set our house on fire again.
To say, as John Kerry has, that "If attacked I will respond decisively" is not enough in today's world. Good Lord, Senator Kerry -- Barney Fife would respond decisively if we were attacked again! President Bush had the strength of will and courage to preemptively take out those who would attack us. I say "Rock on, Mr. President" (you too, Bruce). Keep checking out the bad guys and let Barney keep peace in Mayberry (a little humor in the middle of a very serious situation).
My gratitude to the president isn't confined to his role in keeping us safe. His tax cuts have helped all Americans who pay federal income taxes and have jump-started an economy that was in recession through no fault of President Bush. Those who refuse to see that have their heads in the sand and a "Kerry for President" bumper sticker on their SUVs. (I'd say the former condition is pretty much a prerequisite for the latter.) I'm no economist, but I do know two things for sure: I never got a job from a poor man; and the more money people have in their pockets, the more jobs they create by spending that money.
President Bush's attempts at education reform have been thwarted at every turn for fear that vouchers might actually work. (Imagine that, Ted Kennedy!) His faith-based initiatives tried to help those who can't help themselves, only to be "shot down" for fear that someone might get well and that God might have something to do with it. I was lucky. I had the money for my little "28-day vacation in pajamas" 20 years ago. There are millions out there who are not so lucky. So they die in the back streets of America for want of help. God only knows how many. (But there's the rub -- we can't say God and government on the same page.)
In closing, I'd say this to Bruce Springsteen: We do have something in common -- we were both "Born in the USA." From the bottom of my heart I say, Thank God.
Mr. Gatlin is the lead singer for The Gatlin Brothers, the Grammy Award-winning country music group.
Koch's view
Calling himself a "liberal with sanity," former New York Mayor Ed Koch — a longtime Democrat — said he decided to support President Bush in the 2004 election because of Mr.  Bush's stance on Iraq.  "While I don't agree with Bush on any domestic matters, there's only one matter that's important in this race, and that relates to standing up to international terrorism, taking it on — and George Bush has established that he is willing to do that," Mr.  Koch said in an interview broadcast yesterday on the "News Forum" program on New York TV station WNBC.  Mr.  Koch crossed party lines earlier this year to endorse Mr.  Bush.  He said Mr.  Bush's unwavering opinions contrasted favorably with what he called the "hypocrisy" of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry

And some of you hoped I was going to shut up! Ha!!!
This morning after breakfast I burned a CD ROM of these epistles and took it over to Doc Cyr’s worksite out at Harvard Court where he is repairing the damage done when the crane dropped the 1500lb top piece for the entrance he is building at the Michael Carty residence at Harvard Court.

The top two pictures show his work when I last visited it. This morning he showed me what happened


The other cap went on just fine but when the shackle broke the heavy piece fell and took a chip out of the corner. In addition it did some other damage when it fell all of which he must now repair. He said it bounced about when it fell. He was guiding the crane operator and is lucky he wasn’t killed!!

The picture above shows how the other one on the right looks

He said a pair of lights would be installed on top of this facade. It hasn’t been determined if they will be electric or gas.

All in all it made a lot of extra work for him that wasn’t needed. Doc is a busy man with a lot of other jobs lined up for completion.
We spoke for quite a bit and I said it is obvious he is now doing something he always wanted to do but was dissuaded by his Dad to become a dentist. One can see he would have been a very successful masonry contractor. I personally must say that I am glad he became a dentist!!

In addition he told me that since he is involved part time in this legal arbitration work in Philadelphia through his son, the lawyer, he is going to have to take mandatory computer lessons which are now required for that job.

I think that is wonderful. This is not only my surmise but also my hope that he can see the potential for learning new things and new approaches to old topics. I am hoping the newfound computer expertise will kindle his thirst for new ventures and vistas. Howard is a very intelligent man and should learn enough of it to make computer navigation much easier and fun. It is not necessary to become expert but learn enough to be comfortable and get by. As with most folks working in a difficult complex new technology they are naturally intimidated by it and very wary.
It is all there if one looks! If he can see what an old geezer like me can do the sky is the limit. I told him that when he views the CD-ROM, he will readily see how this web page effort has matured as I gradually learned what works and how to make it work. I didn’t clean up any of the volumes except the first one to show how these things evolve and improve.  Hey if I can do it, anyone can do it!!

He is an interesting man with many interests and hobbies. I commented on my newfound hobby writing this stuff. He said “ Yes, he guesses we are both nuts”. He has that just about right!! However, mine is a lot easier on the back.

As I returned home Doc Nicholson beeped at me on his way to the hospital. They too must be home from vacation. Folks like that really need to get away and have a rest and change of pace.

The nice part about my retirement is that it is all one big vacation. I don’t know how I would find time to “work” anymore. Nor do I know anywhere special that I would even want to go. Hell the day isn’t long enough now!!

Later this afternoon I had to go to the pharmacy to get a prescription from our dentist, Dr. Everett, for Queen’s dry mouth problems. I got it at Shipman’s Pharmacy because Rite Aid does not compound prescriptions anymore. Apparently, the old mortar and pestle is a thing of the past for them.

Then I went to the pool for my swim. It was wonderful swimming today. When I got home Queen was preparing supper. Yep Monday was washday the dreaded sheet day. That means we dined in God’s restaurant tonight with her homemade spaghetti. Ah wonderful!!

My evening shower is now a thing of real joy .The new facilities are wonderful and a pleasure to use. It remembers the setting from the last use and is very easy to use.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004 7:14 AM 63 deg at LVIA and 62.9 in the bus stop
 It is a sort of fogy morning. Not cold, but not very warm either. This morning my blood glucose is 130 and my weight 195.

This morning in my e-mail was this picture from Bob Green taken from inside the borough park facing north with the Episcopal Church in the background.

    It is obviously a postal card
I don’t know where he gets them but they are always welcome additions to these pages.

Now the sun is out and it looks like it will be a nice day today. We went up to the Lehighton stores this morning for a few items. She was able to get some chewing gum for dry mouth here at Rite-Aide. We got back about 11:30.

Queen took a nap this afternoon. I too rested and then went to the pool for my swim. The water was just right.

Here is the obituary of an old classmate of mine in the PHS Class of 1944 from the Morning Call.

Wilson,N.Serfass Jr.
Wilson N.  Serfass Jr.  went to live with our Lord, Jesus Christ, on Monday, Aug.  23, 2004.  He was the husband of M.  Jane (Mellinger) Serfass.  In September, they would have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary.  Born in Bowmanstown on July 1, 1926, he was a son of the late Wilson N.  Sr.  and Margaret (Grosser) Serfass.  After serving in the Navy during World War II and with the 318th Tank Battalion during the Korean War, he returned to Pennsylvania to attend Albright College.  Upon graduating from Albright in 1952 and earning a masters degree in business administration from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, in 1954, he chose the Lehigh Valley to pursue his career and raise his family.  He dedicated his life to serving others, first as an assistant professor of accounting at Lehigh University, 1956-58, and then as a full professor and department head for Muhlenberg College, 1959-82, where he earned the Lindbach Award for excellence in teaching and retired as professor emeritus.  In addition to his teaching, in 1956 he established W.  N.  Serfass & Co., a certified public accounting practice, where he served as a trusted advisor providing comfort and security to numerous clients through his sound advice.  He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem.  Survivors: Wife; son, David Wilson Serfass and wife his wife, Maria, of Bethlehem; daughters, Holly Peterson, wife of Rehn Peterson, of Austin, Texas, Diana Dee Serfass of Bethlehem; brother, Richard Serfass of Bowmanstown; sister, Jeanette Parsons of Palmerton; grandsons, Rehn III and Brad Wilson Peterson; granddaughters, Jaclyn and Nicole Serfass.  He was predeceased by a brother, Edward.  Services: memorial, celebrating Wilsons life will be held at 10:30 a.m.  Friday, Aug.  27, 2004 in the church, 2344 Center Street, Bethlehem.  Contributions: In lieu of flowers, Lehigh Valley Hospice, 2166 S.  12th St., Allentown 18103, for the loving care and support they provided to Wilson and his family.  Published in the Morning Call on 8/24/2004.

 I remember him from High School. Apparently he became a very respected and successful educator and businessman.
I saw the URL seen below with the thought of you who are on the road a lot might find useful.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004 7:12 AM 68 deg at LVIA and 67.2 in the bus stop
It is cloudy this morning. The glucose level is 140 and the weight 195<Sigh>.

It was comfortable up in the park bench tent this morning. Queen and I shall go for a walk.

I know Queen is reluctant to have me write about her personal problems but I told her that perhaps this might be of some aid and comfort to others who may experience a similar problem.   

She is still struggling with this nighttime dry mouth problem. Last night she didn’t have a great night but it was better than some. We are doing as our dentists tell us to try things to make her more comfortable. In my conversation with Dr. Cyr, he informed me that this is mostly a problem of elderly women. He tells us that many folks biggest fear is some kind of cancer. He said it is NOT.  He suspects it may be hormone related because old men do not ordinarily have the problem. Since we both basically eat the same foods that should not be an issue. 
As Queen and I walked she mentioned how very caring and helpful our doctors have been during this time. Howard assured me that this is not a life threatening illness and it is not psychosomatic. The burning tongue and associated dry mouth is real and very uncomfortable. He told me the best thing that I can do is to be as supportive as possible as we try of alleviate the symptoms. Hey it is in my lifetime contract. She has standing orders to wake me if she is in trouble. I do check on her on my nightly visits to “Aunt Fanny. I saw no signs of overt problems last night so I assumed the best. If she has a good night, so do I.”

This is from Bob Green

North and South
The North has coffee houses, The South has Waffle Houses
The North has dating services, The South has family reunions. 
The North has switchblade knives, The South has Lee Press-on Nails. 
The North has double last names, The South has double first names. 
The North has Ted Kennedy, The South has Jesse Helms. 
The North has Indy car races, The South has stock car races. 
The North has Cream of Wheat, chain will be along shortly.  Don't try to help them, just stay out of their way.  This is what they live for. 
Don't be surprised to find movie rentals and bait in the same store .do not buy food at this store. 
Remember, "y'all" is singular, "all y'all" is plural, and "all y'all's" is plural possessive. 
Get used to hearing "You ain't from round here, air ya?"
Save all manner of bacon grease.  You will be instructed later on how to use it. 
Don't be worried at not understanding what people are saying.  They can't understand you either. 
The first Southern statement to creep into a transplanted Northerner's vocabulary is the adjective "big'ol," truck or big'ol" boy.  Most Northerners begin their Southern-influenced dialect this way.  All of them are in denial about it. 
The proper pronunciation you learned in school is no longer proper. 
Be advised that "He needed killin" is a valid defense here. 
If you hear a Southerner exclaim, "Hey, y'all, watch this," you should stay out of the way.  These are likely to be the last words he'll ever say. 
If there is the prediction of the slightest chance of even the smallest accumulation of snow, your presence is required at the local grocery store.  It doesn't matter whether you need anything or not.  You just have to go there. 
Do not be surprised to find that 10-year-olds own their own shotguns, they are proficient marksmen, and their mammas taught them how to aim. 
In the South, we have found that the best way to grow a lush green lawn is to pour gravel on it and call it a driveway. 
If you do settle in the South and bear children, don't think we will accept them as Southerners.  After all, if the cat had kittens in the oven, we wouldn't call 'em biscuits. 
Have a good day!  Send this to four people that ain't related to you, and I reckon your life will turn into a country music song 'fore you know it The South has grits. 
The North has green salads, The South has collard greens
The North has lobsters, The South has crawdads.   
The North has the rust belt, The South has the Bible Belt.. 
In the South: If you run your car into a ditch, don't panic.  Four men in a four-wheel drive pickup truck with a tow

This is from Queen’s cousin Bob Greenawalt.

Subject: strength training
This is for older people. Younger people try it at their own risk.
 This is working well for me.   For those of us getting along in years,
 here is a little secret for building your arm and shoulder muscles.
 You might want to adopt this regimen. Three days a week works well.
 Begin by standing straight, with a 5-LB. potato sack
 in each hand. Extend your arms straight out from your sides
 and hold them there as long as you can-try to reach a full minute.
 Relax.  After a few weeks, move up to 10-LB. potato sacks, and
 then 50-LB. potato sacks, and eventually try to get to where you can lift
 a 100-LB. potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight out for
 more than a full minute. After you feel confident at that level, start putting
 a couple of potatoes in each of the sacks, but be careful not to overdo it...
We made a quick trip to the pharmacy this morning for a few items. Then Queen pointed out to me this new flower starting to open in our upper flowerbed. Mary and Jim gave us the plants and were told they would grow large and beautiful. I haven’t a clue as to what it might be.


Since today is opening day at school the pool will not open until 3 pm so I shall be leaving soon.

I returned from the pool and conversed with a bunch of folks. Rev Doris Bray, Evelyn Plicavy, Gail Nonamaker, Jean Fritzinger, the Browne’s, and of course George Ashman.

I spoke to Howard Witham’s daughter. She is leaving early tomorrow for a 14-hour drive back home to Georgia. Golly better she than I.

The swim was wonderful as it usually is these days.

I just got this from Fran Carazo. I like it

Subject: eye test
A Polish immigrant goes to the DMV to apply for a driver's license. He has to take an eyesight test. The optician shows him a card with the following letters:
“Can you read this?" the optician asks. "Read it?" the Polish guy replies, "I know the guy."

Since today is opening day at school the pool will not open until 3 PM so I shall be leaving soon.
Tonight for supper Queen had steak sandwiches with mushrooms and onion. Boy they were good. That with a fresh tomato was great.

Thursday, August 26, 2004 7:07 AM 66 deg at LVIA and 63.6 in the bus stop
The glucose level is 130 and the weight 195. It is cloudy this morning but not threatening.

Queen didn’t have a perfect night but she seems to be trying to cope with it better. She said her tongue feels better today.

We went for our usual walk this morning, up to 1st street across and down to 4th street and home.

We went downtown to the bank and then I took Queen up to Harvard Court to Howard’s worksite to show her the job he has done this far on the entrance way.

She was pulling weeds and trimming some of the bushes this morning. When we got back I helped her finish as much as she planned to do today.

The Hibiscus is outdoing itself right now with profuse large blossoms and lot on buds.


 I just got this from Henry Schwartz, I can’t swear as to authenticity on these.
1. Money isn't made out of paper; it's made out of cotton.
2. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the varieties of pickles the
company once had.
3. Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks - otherwise
it will digest itself.
4. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
5. The dot over the letter 'i' is called a "tittle".
6. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down
continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
7. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller
8. A duck's quack doesn't echo .. no one knows why.
9. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
10. Every person has a unique tongue print.
11. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
12. The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was
13. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
14. During the chariot scene in 'Ben Hur' a small red car can be seen in
the distance.
15. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
16. Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces will
kill a small sized dog.
17. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the
shark'sstomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
18. Most lipstick contains fish scales.
19. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear
20. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
21. Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because in
the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the
upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored
the smaller, 'lower case' letters.
22. Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at
the same time.
23. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II
were made of wood.
24. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
25. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan, there was never a
recorded Wendy before!
26. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple
and silver!
27. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to
paint Mona Lisa's lips.
28. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and
sting itself to death.
29. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was a
Captain Kirk mask painted white.
30. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have
$1.19 You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able
to make change for a dollar.
31. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in
quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless).
32. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law, which
stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
33. American Airlines saved $40,000 in '87 by eliminating one olive from
each salad served in first class.
34. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for
automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was the
Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
35. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of
celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It's the same with apples!
36. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!
37. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
38. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often
stolen from Public Libraries.
39. Back in the mid to late 80's, an IBM compatible computer wasn't
considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's
Flight Simulator game..
40. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space
because passing wind in a space suit damages them

This afternoon I went to the pool. The crowd was mighty thin. I spoke with Romaine Beige another water lover. Harry Brown was there as usual. George and I conversed as usual this afternoon. The water was a very comfortable temperature for swimming. However it was hard work today. Yesterday they went smooth as glass.
Earlier this morning into early afternoon Queen was busy making some peanut butter fingers. It is a recipe she saw the other day in the newspaper. I took some up to Jean and Mike our great neighbors and delivered a plate of them to the woman who was so helpful to us yesterday in the insurance office at Pencor services. She went out of her way to help and it was appreciated. They all have been good to both of us.          

Tonight for supper Queen made a skillet tuna casserole. We had some fresh green beans, sliced tomatoes, cottage cheese, and a cantaloupe slice for dessert. It was an excellent meal. Since I have been consuming the yogurt and bran I seem to have the feeling of being full without adding too many calories to my diet. She strictly rationed my quantities tonight and it was fine. The “plumbing” is doing much better after my disaster with the blueberries! <Geez!!>

Friday, August 27, 2004 7:24 AM 72 deg at LVIA and 69.8 in the bus stop
This morning my blood glucose is 133 and my weight is 195.

It appears to be a nice day this morning abet more humid. We plan to go food shopping today.

We went for a shortened walk this morning up to 1st Street and only down to 3rd Street and back home. The humidity is getting bad.

 I am glad that Queen is handling her new health problem so well. She is still searching for relief but she had made up her mind that this is apparently a phenomenon that she must learn to deal with. She realizes it is not life threatening and is doing as our dentists say to try to find localized relief. All of this is to her credit. She is an amazing girl and certainly an inspiration to me.

We were able to do our shopping this morning. It is good we went when we did because it is getting increasingly uncomfortable for Queen. We went to the Farmer’s Market and got a basket of canning tomatoes, some green beans, and a few peaches. We had to stop at Walmart also to get some vacuum sealing bags. We plan to process them and freeze them instead of packing them in cans.  We got back about 12noon. As usual it was a grand unloading.

I soon will be off to the pool for my swim. In the meantime things are popping around here. The house for the “Duris” lot has arrived. Unfortunately I don’t have the space or the time for it this week. These preliminary shots are all I was able top put together in the available time before going on line. As the soap operas’ say stay tuned for next weeks web page. Ha!!

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

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