Saturday, September 18, 2004 7:09 AM 63 deg at LVIA and 60.2 in the bus stop
It is a new week beginning for this web page. It is a rainy wet morning today. We had strong thundershowers and heavy rain with flash flood warnings up for this entire area. I suspect I will not be heading for the “park bench” tent this morning.
Last night for supper Queen had a pan tuna casserole for supper with fresh tomatoes and cottage cheese. Then she had a couple of pieces of my last year’s birthday cake that she found in the freezer. They had been vacuum-sealed and were still fresh and very good.
This morning my blood glucose was 128 and the weight 195.
I got some pictures from Bob Green that I am showing here. Any comments are welcomed.
Bob asks for any names, other than W.E. (Bill) Braucher. Is Willard Wilhelm one of them?
This is the class of 1932
I did get the car out and went to Rite-Aid for my prescription. I decided to take the camera along. On the way home I stopped at the park and took a few pictures. Hey it really rained. The pictures below are of the park run taken near the Episcopal Church.
I took some video as well but can’t show it here but they were impressive. I am trying to learn how to send it and I am experimenting with some victims hopefully they all have cable modems.
About 3:30PM we took Butternut Fred for a walk. We went up to 1st Street across and down to 4th Street and back. He must have peed on every tree on Columbia Avenue. By the time we were heading home from 4th Street his pee supply was getting mighty scarce. At least this should tire him out. As usual I took the camera. We must have had a Hell of a lot of rain. As we were going up Columbia Avenue in our block the neighbor next to Mrs. Dick Snyder was pumping out his basement.After we got back I went down and checked ours but it is nothing more than a little dampness which we always get from a hard rain. The basement seems much better since Tommy fixed the sidewalk coming down to the house.
The park run at Columbia Avenue was really moving right along as seen in these pictures.
Tonight for supper Queen had a repeat of last night’s meal with the tuna casserole, an ear of Mike’s superb corn, a fresh tomato, cottage cheese and a brownie with coffee for dessert. It was good and it was plenty.
I have been keeping an eye on my Prolog web space; as of 9/19 it is 7.65 MB. It is gradually getting to the place where I may be able to keep some more of these volumes on line.
I guess that I really ought to try to learn some HTML program writing but I admit I am too lazy to take the time. Besides this method is simple and does what I want it to do. As grandson Andy said, "This is basically a letter with pictures added." As long as I have my “experts” to bail me out of some of my “big” problems why bother? I am crazy enough as it is! Queen thinks the tail is wagging the dog now!
It is a beautiful day this morning. I will be heading for the “tent” with my 8 O’clock coffee in a moment. There is a nip in the air this morning. My blood sugar this morning is 127 and my weight 195.I had to dump the water off of the yellow plastic cover for the glider but it was nice sitting up there. I took some pictures to show the sun’s fall angle in the morning sky indicating my lament over summer’s immanent departure.<groan>
I wonder what the what the white object is in the above right picture. I think it might be the Pocono International Speedway.
Today is Queen’s dreaded sheet day and she has a big wash on hand. My blood glucose this morning is 129 and my weight is 194.
On our way back to town yesterday I saw how
the Blue Mountain here at Palmerton has recovered from the years of
pollution. I think those responsible for its cleanup can be justifiably
proud of their work.
I will have to go out to Blue Ridge Service center to see about making an appointment to have the Corsica inspected and serviced.
<Later> I was out and have an appointment for Wednesday morning. Once again I smacked the side mirror on the passenger side on the garage door and he will see if he can remedy it. <Dummy>
The Aquashicola creek is still high but it is not flooding now.
I just got this from our good friend Dave Horn. I like his description of his Dad’s learning to swim.
Dear Bob & Queen:
Thanks for the nice email with
all the neat pictures from the old hometown. It was almost
as a visit. I sure do get homesick for the old place and
and then. Your emails
(especially the pool pictures) gave me a vicarious visit anyway. I was struck by the neat picture of the canal boat.
You see, my father
(Raymond E. Horn) at age 16 drove mules pulling the canal
Mauch Chunk to Easton.
He said they took coal to Easton and fresh fruit back north. You PMPA die hards will find humor in the way he learned how to swim. He told me they tied a rope around his chest
and suspended him next to one of those canal boats in the picture and told him to start swimming. No further instruction was provide like the Red Cross program.
No wonder he was such a strong advocate of the PMPA program from the get-go. He said your choice of the "rope-holder" was one not to be taken lightly.
He also said the night trips were a little on the scary side. One can only imagine.
Anyway thanks for the memories and for keeping me on your very special list.
dave (alias "tooter")”
I always enjoy Dave’s e-mails.
As I sit here I read the papers while watching the computer for political news I am struck by the absurdity of Mr. Kerry’s premise of this being the wrong war at the wrong time. Bring the troops home.
On October eighth next month I shall be 78 years old. As a kid in the 1930’s well before the Second World War I recall my Dad who was an avid newshound listening to the radio. When he went to bed he had short wave on the radio. My bedroom was just across the hall and I could hear it also.
He listened to Radio Berlin, and the Vatican, but his favorite was the BBC. I well remember the wail of air raid sirens and the ponderous sound of Big Ben which they still use.
I recall his anger and foreboding when Neville Chamberlain returned from the Munich Conference for his “peace in our times” talk with Hitler. ”Why don’t they stand up to him? They will have to do it sometime”. He lamented what he called the useless League of Nations and their lack of backbone. Winston Churchill saw it coming. He was one of the few who took their heads out of the sand. It turned out that he was the right man at the right time! Somehow all this has a vaguely familiar tone today. I am sorry but many the Bush haters or doubters still lament but where is Bush leading us? Into another quagmire? Into war? Hell we are at war if we bother to take our heads out of the sand. The opposition can’t or won’t bother to look. On 9/11 we were attacked much as were we at Pearl Harbor. They killed thousands of ordinary working Americans not armed solders and sailors who though surprised at least had a chance to shoot back! This is not going to go away. He who does not take heed of history is doomed to repeat it!!
It is neither Bin Laden nor the Mullahs in Iran who are responsible. They are a small part of an obvious overall strategy by Muslim extremists not to conquer us but to destroy us. We are a complete antithesis to their society. They really fear our social values and ways.
This country has not really perceived the true nature of what is going on. This is not going to go away anytime soon! When someone tells me that they are going to kill me or destroy me I am willing to accept that at face value until proven otherwise. As to the Bush National guard story,
CBS News claimed a source had misled the network on the documents' origins. The network pledged "an independent review of the process by which the report was prepared and broadcast to help determine what actions need to be taken."
I am afraid it is true!!
Tonight’s Times News had a lot of stories about the storm. I copied this picture taken by Sharon Minnich of the flood. Apparently Delaware and Lehigh Avenues got nailed badly again.
A whole lot of people had a very difficult time from Ivan. We were very lucky in this one.
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 7:06 AM 52 deg at LVIA and 42 deg in the bus stop
This morning I sat up on the glider with my morning cup of coffee. It was 7:25 before the sun appeared over the porch roof. Tomorrow is the first day of fall. <Phooey>
I took my medical readings this morning and my glucose level was 119 and my weight 195.
After Queen got up we went for a walk. This time we walked up to First Street, crossed the street and then all the way east to Fifth Street and back home. That is easily a mile. Since the swimming has stopped I must maintain my exercise. I had the bonus of having Queen walk with me.
George Ashman called this morning to tell me his “Expert”, Brenda Wentz, was there to help him with his computer and possibly enabling him to receive the pictures in my web page. I went down and gave him a program of mine that helped a whole lot. He couldn’t receive them all but Brenda and I both suspect that his free Juno program causes much of his problem. I almost have him convinced to get the low cost Prolog program. She was able to open my web page and after she saw it she asked to be placed on my mailing list. I am glad to have her. She is very knowledgeable on the subject of computers. I can use all the knowledge sources I can find. Ha!!
This afternoon we decided to take Butternut on his afternoon walk. We have been regularly walking him and he attempts to keep all the trees moisture levels up. Ha!! Butternut seems to enjoy it a lot. He is getting better on a leash.
Golly as we were nearing the park run
on Columbia Avenue a Chrysler Cruiser pulled over to the curb. It was
George Gilbert. It was good to see him again. He is looking well. It is
always nice to speak with a reader of these pages. His input is welcome.
This morning the blood glucose was 128 and the weight 195.
For lunch today I had the rest of Monday’s spaghetti that I had the good sense to save for a later lunch. It was just as good as the first time we had it.I got this from Sharon forwarded by Joel Kern:
I love stuff like this.
I just got the car back and got some gasoline. They did an excellent job of straightening the side mirror that “Dummy” banged. Now we should be in good shape for a while!
got an e-mail from son George and they will be arriving here for a week
<Later> Queen said he called and they had arrived about 3:30 pm.
We took Butternut for his afternoon walk and were almost back to 3rd Street when a brown truck pulled up next to us and someone called to me, “Hey, how crazy are you?” It was Larry and he asked me if I wanted to give a swim a try. Golly I said I would be there. So we hurried up with Butternut. I had to dig out my swim trunks and towel and off I went. He mentioned that the water temperature was 70 degrees. Well that is open to question. However when I finished he was in the pool with a thermometer and it for the main part was 70 degrees. But boy there were some spots that definitely were not. I decided to swim 10 laps and call it quits. It was strange seeing the red mushroom standing dry with no water pouring from it. He had turned off the pumps and I don’t know if he actually had started to drain the pool but the water level was down about 6 to 8 inches.
I expressed my deep appreciation and told him that this was it for me for me for this year at PMPA. It was a totally unexpected bonus for me. It has been a wonderful season but nothing lasts forever even winter.
The folks were here for a visit and now at 9:29 PM they just went home.
This morning the blood glucose is 119 and the weight 195.
Thursday, September 23, 2004 7:18 AM 59Deg at LVIA and 55.5 in the bus stop
Today is daughter Belva William’s birthday. We called to sing “Happy Birthday” to her but got the answering machine. We shall call back later.
As of today 9/23/2004 I have my Prolog Web Page space about as low as I will be able to get it. It is now 5.92MB.
We did our shopping this morning. We got back a bit after noon. Queen pointed out to me that the cider that Aldi is carrying is in season again. So I got a gallon for less than $2.00. It is good stuff. We stopped at Walmart, Giant, and finally went to Country Harvest.
This afternoon after our naps we took Butternut for another walk. He is behaving much better on the leash now that he is getting out more. I am sure it is helping us as well.
It is funny but we both notice that after a shopping trip like today’s we are both tired hence an afternoon nap is definitely needed.
Just before we started supper we called Belva back and were able to sing “ Happy Birthday” to her. They were in Baltimore all day today.
Tonight for supper Queen had salmon, a baked potato each, broccoli for her, cauliflower for me, a fresh tomato, cottage cheese and some onion rings that we were able to get at Aldi today. A cup of coffee and a raisin brownie finished a delicious meal.
Friday, September 24, 2004 7:20 AM 57 deg at LVIA and 59.5 in the bus stop
It looks like a foggy start this morning. I am heading out with my 8 O’clock coffee and the dog to see for myself.
We just got back from our mile walk. On the way back we were greeted by Judge Webb who ran his car window down as he was passing and admonished us to pick up the pace a bit. Queen rightly responded with wait until you become 87. As we both said we might do better but if we don’t go for our walk now by later in the day there isn’t enough steam in the boiler to accomplish a walk of that length. We do feel good with the exercise we are getting walking. I know at some point in time I shall probably have to return to the damn “Ironworks” routine but I hate it!
Great news for the old geezer in the mail!The blood glucose was 121 and the weight 194.