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

Book 1 Volume 44

Original Volume 44 republished using KompoZer

Our Butternut
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.

First and foremost this thing makes absolutely no attempt to be a real newspaper. For that one must read the Times News at . I write this for my own enjoyment. I hope others will enjoy it also.

Below is the actual lead slug masthead of the Palmerton Press in its days of operation. It now resides with son George R. Elliston 2nd

Here it is shown reversed for all to read.

reversed slug

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. Sometimes the blue smoke emitting from my ears is not pretty. However, her love, support, and help have been indispensable.
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 can type the words, but they keep the press running! Ha!

Thank God, my mentors all suffer an old 77-year-old fool well. I wish to express my thanks to them all.

I also deeply appreciate the responses from my readers who seem to enjoy our view of life as well as the pictures of our town and home. I regret that some readers still have problems opening the pictures. However, at least these pages don’t have to stand on their literary merits alone, Thank God!

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 don’t know what the plans for today are as yet but during a lull in the rain I did take a cup of coffee and headed for the “tent” glider. Queen’s plastic cover for it was quite effective. I was able to pull it back and sit on a dry seat. I guess it has been mentioned that my wife considers me nuts for going out there but hey!!! At 8:46 AM it is still raining hard. I guess a walk is out for us this morning.

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.

creek1          creek2          creek3

I was very pleased at how the camera stopped the action of the water around the rocks as seen above

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.

creek5          creek6

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!

Sunday, September 19, 2004 7:20 AM 46 deg at LVIA and 46.2 in the bus stop

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>

sunrise1          sunrise2
It looks strange seeing a new house just up the street

Queen will be getting up soon and I presume a walk will be forthcoming.

<Later> We did go for our walk and have just had breakfast.
We sat there with our breakfast watching the birds busy at the feeders outside.
It sure looks like a battle royal for who gets first shots at the feeders. Some of the more feisty birds act just like people. Were life only so simple!!<Sigh>

This morning we thought it might be a good idea to go over to Redners’s in Northampton just to get out a bit. However when we got to Berlinsville,there was a fire so traffic was redirected to Walnutport. The rest of the trip was uneventful but I decided to come back over the mountain. At the summit I took some pictures. I got some pictures of the ”Devil’s potato patch”.

potato1        potato2

Then we went to the lodge at the Blue Mountain Ski Area and took some more pictures.
ski lodge          mountain1

I wonder what the what the white object is in the above right picture.  I think it might be the Pocono International Speedway.

mountain 3

<5:01 PM> We just got back from taking Butternut for a late afternoon walk. He seems to enjoy them a lot. As usual he had to water all the trees!!

This morning as we entered town from Aquashicola we noticed a traffic jam at the intersection with the Little Gap Highway and Forrest Inn Road so we went around and came in Sand Quarry Road. Speaking with Tommy on our walk he said Delaware Avenue from 7th Street at the ball field out to Aquashicola yesterday had been closed due to flooding of the highway. In fact Lynn Hearn’s Texaco station had his dumpster float away. It must have really been bad. Tommy said he had over 6” of rain in his rain gauge. Mine was full to the top but I hadn’t emptied it lately.

Tonight for supper Queen tried something new. She had two cubed steaks and a few mushrooms cooked in a pan with some onion soup mix. She had fresh green beans, and Aldi instant mashed potatoes. A fresh tomato and cottage cheese finished the meal. I had coffee and a raisin brownie for dessert. Queen had a couple of cookies. It was good but Queen has some ideas for improving it.


Monday, September 20, 2004 7:15 AM 46 deg at LVIA and 42 deg in the bus stop

The sun is not up yet however it looks as though it will be a nice day today. One of the first things I notice when I arise at my usual 7 AM is the lack of the sun in the sky.  I have gotten used to it all summer. <Sigh>

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.

  mountain7          mountain7

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.

canal lock

"Subject: Canal boat connections"
Dear Bob & Queen:

Thanks for the nice email with all the neat pictures from the old hometown.  It was almost as good as a visit.  I sure do get homesick for the old place and people now 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 boats from 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 New Anchor Dan Rather, the reporter of the original story, apologized.

       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."

Apologized my foot. I don’t know how he can look into the TV camera with a straight face.

This is from Lee Bollinger:
 Bill Clinton, John Kerry and George W. Bush died and found themselves standing on the other side of the Jordan River, looking across at the Promised Land.
 The Archangel Michael was standing on the other side and shouted over to the three Americans, "Contrary to what you have been taught, each of you will have to wade across the Jordan River."
 Michael saw their perplexed looks, and he reassured them by saying, "Don't worry. You will sink only proportionally according to your sins on earth. The more you have sinned, the more you will sink."
 The three American sages of political lore looked at one another trying to determine who shall be the first brave soul to cross the river.
 Finally George Bush volunteered to go first. Slowly he began to wade out into the river, and slowly the water began to get higher and higher, reaching almost to his waist.  George began to sweat thinking all of      his sins were coming back to haunt him.  He was beginning to wonder if he would ever see the other side.  Finally, after what seemed an eternity, he began to emerge on the river's bank.
 As he stood on the bank, he looked behind him to see which of the other brave souls was going next.  He was totally shocked to see John Kerry almost in the middle of the river with water only up to his knees.
 Bush turned to Michael and exclaimed, "I know John Kerry and he has sinned much more than that."
 Before the Archangel Michael could reply, John Kerry shouted back, "I'm standing on Clinton's shoulders."

This morning Queen got a phone call from Dr. Koleki’s office in Bethlehem. We have a standing appointment to see him tomorrow morning here at Doctor Manzella’s office complex in the 200 block of Delaware Avenue to which he comes every Tuesday. The nurse said the Doctor’s office here had been flooded on Saturday and it smelled like rotten eggs as well as damp and musty. So she is postponing it for a later date to which we will be informed.

The pictures in the Morning Call of Easton and Bethlehem’s flooding problems are very impressive. I also got a batch of them from Bob Green. I think we in Palmerton  were damn lucky.

stands1          stands2
I see that a few stands are still there at the park; it has changed a lot since last Sunday.

I just got this from Henry Schwartz:

We must stop this immediately!

Have you ever noticed that when you're of a certain age, everything seems uphill from where you are?  Stairs are steeper.  Groceries are heavier.  And, everything is farther away.  Yesterday I walked to the corner and I was dumbfounded to discover how long our street had become!

And, you know, people are less considerate now, especially the young ones.  They speak in whispers all the time!  If you ask them to speak up they just keep repeating themselves, endlessly mouthing the same silent message until they're red in the face!  What do they think I am, a lip reader?

I also think they are much younger than I was at the same age.  On the other hand, people my own age are so much older than I am.  I ran into an old friend the other day and she has aged so much that she didn't even recognize me.

I got to thinking about the poor dear while I was combing my hair this morning, and in doing so, I glanced at my own reflection........Well, REALLY NOW -- even mirrors are not made the way they used to be!

Another thing, everyone drives so fast today!  You're risking life and limb if you just happen to pull onto the freeway in front of them..  All I can say is, their brakes must wear out awfully fast, the way I see them screech and swerve in my rear view mirror.

Clothing manufacturers are less civilized these days .  Why else would they suddenly start labeling a size 10 or 12 dress as 18 or 20?  Do they think no one notices that these things no longer fit around the waist, hips, thighs, and bosom?

The people who make bathroom scales are pulling the same prank, but in reverse.  Do they think I actually "believe" the number I see on that dial?  HA!  I would never let myself weigh that much!  Just who do these people think they're fooling?! 

I'd like to call up someone in authority to report what's going on -- but the telephone company is in on the conspiracy too: they've printed the phone books in such small type that no one could ever find a number in there!

All I can do is pass along this warning: Maturity is under attack!  Unless something drastic happens, pretty soon "everyone" will have to suffer these awful indignities.


PS: I am sending this to you in a larger font size, because something has caused fonts to be smaller than they once were too!

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.

Since today was washday we dined in God’s restaurant tonight with Queen’s spaghetti. As usual it was top notch.  I have been trying to be a good boy and I saved half of mine for a lunch later.
I got this from Queen’s cousin Bob Greenawalt

Brain Cramps

Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?  Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever,"

--Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest.

 "Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry.  I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff." --Mariah Carey

"Smoking kills.  If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life," --Brooke Shields, during an interview to become Spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign. 

"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body,"--Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball forward. 

"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country," --Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC. 

"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers.  We are the president." --Hillary Clinton commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents. 

"That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it," --A congressional candidate in Texas. 

"Half this game is ninety percent mental." --Philadelphia Phillies manager, Danny Ozark

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment.  It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." --Al Gore, Vice President (DUH !)

 "I love California.  I practically grew up in Phoenix." --Dan Quayle

"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"--Lee Iacocca

"The word 'genius" isn't applicable in football.  A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." --Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback &sports analyst. 

"We don't necessarily discriminate.  We simply exclude certain types of people."--Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instrutor. 

"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure." --Bill Clinton, President

"We are ready for an unforeseen event that may or may not occur."--Al Gore, VP (damn he's smart)

 "Traditionally, most of Australia's imports come from overseas."--Keppel Enderbery

 "Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice that you passed away.  May God bless you.  You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances."

--Department of Social Services, Greenville, South Carolina

"If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night.  And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record." --Mark S.  Fowler, FCC Chairman

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.

I just got these from Bob Green. I think they are great!

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three          four


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.

Tonight for supper Queen had a chicken thigh each, an ear of Mike’s corn, a small baked potato [nuked in the microwave], fresh string beans, tomatoes, and cottage cheese. I had some raisin brownies and a cup of coffee. We eat damn well here.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004 7:14 AM 54 deg at LVIA and 48.5 in the bus stop

I must take the car out to Blue Ridge Service center shortly.

<8:08 AM> I am back. As I drove out toward Aquashicola I could see furniture and all kinds of other water soaked refuse sitting for the garbage men to pick up. The man who brought me home said it was a lake out there during the storm’s aftermath. The loose propane tanks at Lynn Hearn’s floated away. It was a real mess. He said the water was up to the flower boxes at the “Subway” store at 6th and Delaware Avenues. They could see the water pouring down the storm drains. Had they been blocked with leaves there really would have been a much worse problem.

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:

1.  WILL THE REAL DUMMY PLEASE STAND UP?  AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked intellectual leadership.  He received a $26 million severance package.  Perhaps it's not Walter who's lacking intelligence.

2.  WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS: Police in Oakland, CA spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home.  After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them in the police line, shouting, "Please come out and give yourself up."

3.  WHAT WAS PLAN B???  An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines, wherein the kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts. 

4.  THE GETAWAY!  A man walked into a Topeka, Kansas Kwik Stop and asked for all the money in the cash drawer.  Apparently, the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him.

5.  DID I SAY THAT???  Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn't control himself during a lineup.  When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words: "Give me all your money or I'll shoot", the man shouted, "that's not what I said!".

6.  ARE WE COMMUNICATING???  A man spoke frantically into the phone: "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart".  "Is this her first child?" the doctor asked.  "No!" the man shouted, "This is her husband!"

7.  NOT THE SHARPEST TOOL IN THE SHED!  In Modesto, CA, Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon.  King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun.  Unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket.  (hellooooooo)!

8.  THE GRAND FINALE!!!  Last summer, down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert, an hour east of Bakersfield, CA, some folks, new to boating, were having a problem.  No matter how hard they tried, they couldn't get their brand new 22 foot boat going.  It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver, no matter how much power they applied.  After about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted into a nearby marina, thinking someone there may be able to tell them what was wrong.  A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition.  The engine ran fine, the out-drive went up and down, and the propeller was the correct size and pitch.  So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath.  He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard.  NOW REMEMBER...THIS IS TRUE.  Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer!

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!

We got an e-mail from son George and they will be arriving here for a week sometime today.

<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.

Thursday, September 23, 2004 7:18 AM 59Deg at LVIA and 55.5 in the bus stop

This morning the blood glucose is 119 and the weight 195.

I just received this picture from Bob Green.
del ave
I notice the Stemler Motor Company Buick dealership on the left and the weigh yourself scale outside at Hawk’s Sweet Shop. Across the street is an awning. I wonder if that isn’t a part of the building that held Diehl’s Bakery. The picture looks as though it was taken in the 1920’s or early 1930s.

We just got back from our 1 mile walk. It was a grand morning to be walking with my best girl.

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.

I got my blood report from the Miller Blood center regarding my cholesterol level and liver function. The cholesterol level is 166 and the liver function enzyme test is 30. The last time the cholesterol level was just a tickle below 200. I strongly suspect the Fiber One in my diet has made a substantial 30 point improvement.

I see that Jim Burhauser and his pal Max were out here cutting the grass in the cemetery and the societies property in general. It looks good as it always does after he cuts it.

I told him about my
cholesterol level. He said he has a hereditary problem with it. He said Dr Nicholson has him on a medication now for it. I suggested that he discuss it with the doctor to see if the fiber would help him. Dr Nicholson has told me often that all drugs have side effects and my theory is if one can lower it naturally it might be worth a talk with the doctor. One thing about the bran regime one can’t just start taking the stuff. One must slowly work their way into it. I found that out. I started using it because of my "blueberry" problems last summer and it worked. However as son Jack used to say "I’m me and you are you." Everyone is different!!

Jim1          Jim2
Jim’s Collie dog Max is his faithful friend
Max and Jim
All Jim had to say was "Where is the bunny?"
Max1       Max2

Queen is busy out in the kitchen while I work on this thing. I think it is about time to bring this to an end for this week.

When I went downtown this morning I saw that this. It has now been removed.

This afternoon after lunch Larry Arner phoned again and I got another swim this afternoon.

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

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