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Our Butternut

Book 1 Volume 49

Founded December 17,1912    Ceased Publication Thursday February 1, 1951
The masthead appearing above and below 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 http://www.tnonline.com/news/ . 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 it's days of operation.
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 It now resides with son George R. Elliston 2nd.Here it is shown reversed to read.
      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. She is my proofreader and censor and the one that attempts to keep me on the straight and narrow! Ha!  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.     
 If I have a request for old copies of these pages it would be best to get the person’s US Mail address, and burn a CD copy and mail it to them, which I am willing to do.
I am particularly interested in reaching not only current Palmertonians, but also former Palmerton residents, who may still find the old town a source of comfort and the remembrances of happy days.
        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!
    Don’t expect much in the way of earth shattering events to appear here. This is how Queen and I live. Oh an occasional “Bobby’s” ranting opinion will appear. This is run as an autocracy not a democracy. Hey there is always the delete key. I don't write this just to annoy folks. I simply enjoy writing about us, our lives. and our trials and tribulations.
    At least with the addition of pictures these pages don’t have to stand on their literary merits alone. I also thank God for my mentors. They all suffer a now 78-year-old fool, well. I wish to express my thanks to everyone.    
    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.       
      Grandson Andy says this is basically a letter with pictures. Actually it is more of a diary with pictures. This is an unvarnished view of how Queen and I live.  This is us!! What you see is what you get.
Saturday, October 23,2004 7:26 AM 33 degrees at Slatington E.S.and 36.6 in the bus stop
    Golly, but it is a foggy morning today.It is expected to clear as the day wears on. I was out but decided against sitting out there just now. It is too damp and cool. This morning's medical report isn't too bad. The blood glucose is 129 and the weight 196.
This is my second attempt to write a web page using this new software. I have been gratified with the response from readers. A few noticed no significant difference, but most have reported a vast improvement in downloading speed and picture clarity. It seems to be well worth the trouble.
    One of the big benefits of this program is that it writes much cleaner, more compact web pages that take up a lot less web space with Prolog.This means that I may be able to keep a few more of them available on line.For example checking with Prolog my current average disk usage for my web page this morning at 10:23 is now 12.05 MB, this shows me that what I am putting on line is more efficient and compact. At one time this month the size reached 16.8 MB.
[The content something else again <Sigh>]
    Son George is directly responsible for the appearance and actually putting it on line last night. He is trying to set this up with templates so it will be easy to start a new web page and have a neat and orderly appearance every time I start a new page. That way if I start out properly, it will maintain itself all through that particular page.
    I noticed that my two browsers MS Explorer, which is my default browser displayed last weeks text much larger than that which I intended. My other browser, Fire Fox,  which is based on the Mozella format, actually represents the page much more as I intended. It is a free browser.
http://www.spreadfirefox.com/  I think Netscape may also be Mozella based.
      After reviewing last weeks web page, I have decided that I have to make these pages more presentable. I was told to stay away from fancy colored wording and stick to a basic black. Color will be used for emphasis situations mostly. I think for the moment I will stay with Ariel black as the font. It looks quite well and most computers have it. If I use a more exotic font, it may look nice to me, but if that font is not on your computer, your computer will substitute something else.
     As I opened and read last week's web page with the large blue type in Explorer, I thought it looked like Hell!. Oh, I am basically happy with how everything looked last week. I ran around looking for a font size that fits  both venues. Nothing was satisfactory. Then the light bulb went on. Now, I am sending these pages so that it looks presentable in Explorer. Then when I went to Firefox and saw that it was too small. Solving that was easy. I went to Firefox's "view" at the top of the web page and simply asked for a larger print size, then it was perfect. Honest to God!! Bear this in mind when viewing any page in your browser. You have the power to change text size at your end!!!
    In speaking with son George, I told him how angry I get with myself for not knowing or remembering how to do something. Both he and Queen said don't be so hard on yourself. George tells me I know a whole lot more on how to operate my computer than many much younger folks than I.
Perhaps my standards are getting higher, I hope so!

    This morning we went to the open house at the new retirement center called, "The Village." It is beautiful place with a million dollar view.
  From there we went out looking for fall foliage pictures. I will be adding these  pictures of our morning trip all through this web page this week. I came home with 52 of them on the memory card. Not all are usable though.<sigh>
These pictures were taken from that 3rd floor balcony below. What a spectacular view!!
The facade is beautiful and was decorated for Halloween 

The entrance to the 2nd floor balcony as seen from the room below.

This is a part of the third floor guest meeting area.Queen is having  punch.

This is the young lady at the entrance who took us on our tour           This is a part of #rd floor the dining area

One thing we did notice was how friendly and congenial the staff were. We met a lot of old acquaintances and folks we both knew very well but hadn't seen for quite awhile. We saw Mrs Green, [ I think that is her name?], who used to work for years at "Werley's " flower shop and store.
She also gets this web page. She said it is passed all around that facility and is forwarded to others in distant places. That is fine with me. Many of the folks are able to see the town though our eyes.

The rehab facility                                                    Another part of the dining area
After our nap, we took Butternut for a walk down Columbia Avenue. He made all the usual necessary stops and then walked nicely behind us back home. Of course, I took the camera along. Just at that time the sun is just right to bring out the vibrant colors of the leaves.

Some of the leaf pictures were spectacular.


Sunday, October 24, 2004 07:31 33.6 at Slatington E.S. and 38.1 in the bus stop
    I got several e-mails regarding the new web page. I want to thank all who have responded. One of them was from Barbara Shepherd in Florida, who replied not only in regard to the new format but a comment regarding my last week's saga on the stepladder.

  "  I Can appreciate how you felt on your ladder. The last time I climbed up on one was two years ago. I bought this house and we, Shep and I, were hard at it painting all the walls to have that done before having the rugs laid and the tile put down. All prior to moving. Well I was in a closet, on the ladder with a gallon of paint on that ledge they have. I reached too far,slipped and wrapped myself around the  ladder like a pretzel to prevent a fall and to keep the paint from tipping over.  Shep came in from the garage,took one look and said, "Mom, you're grounded!" I did continue to paint however. I did baseboards and crown moulding out in the garage. They were long strips laid out on wooden horses, and it was  then three more coats of high gloss enamel. Then more strips after they dried. I'm good at doors as well, but keep my feet firmly on the ground.
  I'm one of those people who forget they are on a ladder. I do some work and then have a tendency to step back to look at it.  I was painting the walls in the third floor attic that I turned into a study at my parent's home, just a few years before I brought my mother down here to live with me. There was a side section at the top of the stairs with a very narrow floor edge. I stepped back there and as I hurled through the air, wondered if I'd walk away from that gaff. I did, but I was limping and quite bruised."
   We are back from our walk and now we are running around looking  for  an earring that Queen lost. She is not sure where or when she lost it. Since it is a tiny gold setting with a small pearl in it, it is the proverbial needle in a haystack to find.
Now, Queen just walked over to me with her earring in her hand. She found it in the bathroom.That saves a whole lot of looking. <Sigh>

    This morning she wants to go to Walmart. We just returned from that trip. The store had it's usual Sunday shoppers but it was not really crowded.
    Today is a dull cloudy day. It is not particularly a cold day but no sunshine.We both commented on our good fortune in our choice of days to look for foliage pictures yesterday. Here are a few more of them.
    The pictures below were taken going out Hahn's Dairy Road, then up Spruce Valley road to Trachsville, with a few side trips.
I always liked pictures of cornfields!
This is the Trachsville cemetery with the old church in the distance  Then the boat launch area at preachers camp
I guess it is pretty obvious that I love the water!!
The fishermen were mostly just relaxing  and enjoying the scenery.

Monday, October 25, 2004 8:53 AM 45.2 at Slatington E.S. and 46.4 in the bus stop
  Its a cloudy day this morning but it is not cold. Before Queen started her wash we went for a walk. After our breakfast I got the car out and went over to Dr Nicholson's office to drop off last week's epistle and pick up a prescription. This morning at breakfast it was broadly hinted by the "Boss", that it might be a "nice time" to re-arrange some of the leaves. I got out the gas blower and filled the tank with what little gasoline we had left and I worked on the leaves down in front of our house. I blew them into the gutter starting with the "Societies", ours, Mike's and Bernice Kleintop's accumulation. Before I left I was asked to get out the electric blower and hook up the extension cord for Queen. She wanted to help me. All of this meant that after I worked down at the street I really had to get more fuel for the gas blower.
    Previously I had been in Shea's and got some 2 cycle oil to mix with the gasoline. When I got home Queen was busy out in the yard working with leaves. Needless to say we are both tired. A nap felt damn good this afternoon
    Since today was "Wash day" once again we dined at God's Restaurant with Queen's out of sight spaghetti. Ah, Wonderful!! She is the best cook in the world. Once again with great restraint, I only ate half of it. It will make a wonderful lunch another day!!

    Since it gets so dark so early I decided to go in the morning and later in the afternoon to look at the neighborhood's Halloween decorations.

Halloween decorations across the street from our place
These were further down in the 400 block of Columbia Avenue.
This is from neighbor Mike. Questions that really need answers... 
1.  Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I think I'll squeeze these dangly things here, and drink whatever comes out?"

2.  Who was the first person to say, "See that chicken there?  I'm gonna eat the next thing that comes outta it's butt."
3.  Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?

4.  If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?

5.  Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane?

6.  Why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but don't point to their crotch when they ask where the bathroom is?

7.  Why does your OB-GYN leave the room when you get undressed if they are going to look up there anyway?

8.  Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours?  They're both dogs!

9.  If Wile E.  Coyote had enough money to buy all that Acme stuff, why didn't he just buy dinner?

10.  If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?

11.  If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from?

12.  If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

13 Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

14.  Stop singing and read on..........

15.  Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?

16.  Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

17.  Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster?

18.  Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

19.  Do you ever wonder why you gave me your email address in the first place?  LIVE WELL...LAUGH OFTEN Make It a Great Day !  !

Tuesday,October 26,2004 7:10 AM 49.4 at Slatington E.S and 45.3 in the bus stop
    My blood glucose this morning was 129 and my weight was 194. This afternoon we have our appointments with the cardiologist, Dr Richard Kolecki. Apparently he has moved his office digs from the Manzella offices up Delaware Avenue, to the Sportelli complex..
    We went for our full walk this morning. Of course I took the camera along. I was able to take these pictures.

There are a lot of Halloween scenes to be seen and photographed.

I saw that our neighbors, the Rodrigues, who have two little boys, have an inflatable pumpkin outdoors.

 I just got these from Henry Schwartz!!
Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?
Why is it that no matter what color of bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?
Is there ever a day when mattresses are NOT on sale?
Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with the hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?
On electric toasters, why do they engrave the message 'one slice'?
How many pieces of bread do they think people are really gonna try to stuff in that slot?
Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give their vacuum one more chance?
Why is it that no plastic garbage bag will open from the end you first try?
How do those dead bugs get into closed light fixtures?
Why do we wash BATH towels?  Aren't we clean when we use them?  If not then what was the purpose of the bath?
Considering all the lint you get in your dryer, if you kept drying your clothes would they eventually just disappear?

When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say' Its all right'?  It isn't all right, so why don't we say, 'That hurt, you stupid idiot'?

Why is it that when you're walking up the stairs and you get to the top you always think there's still one more step?

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

Is it true that the only difference between a yard sale and a trash pickup is how close to the road the stuff is placed?
In winter, why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?
Why do women always ask questions that have no right answers?
Why do old men wear their pants higher than younger men?   

his morning the car insurance bill arrived. So, before I forgot it, it wrote a check and we mailed it at the Post Office. Fortunately when we stopped at IGA for bananas, as we often do, we stopped at the Times News office and fell into the midst of a celebration that was taking place. There was a balloon at Linda Kohler's computer and cake was served. She had achieved full time status. At the same time, Sharon was promoted to an editorship. Sharon, of course, baked a cake!!
t certainly has been our experience that when we are in that office, the atmosphere is very congenial. In fact they are all very good friends. It is a feeling of mutual respect that we all share. They are all very professional.

 I got this great Beagle shot from Henry Schwartz.
I have to admit they are definitely are not rocket scientists, but for loving, they can't be beat!

I see the Historical Society had new cellar doors installed this afternoon. Bob Brozisia was busy out there most of the afternoon. It is a first class job.

This is the Society's new cellar door
This afternoon our trip to the cardiologist went very well.
    Since this is the beginning of the 6th year of Queen's congestive heart failure, I told the doctor that she passed another milestone in her favor. I told the doctor that the average lifespan of a patient may be 5 years but that average included the poor soul that drops dead in the Doctor;'s office and the patient who may live15 years. He laughed.
    He explained the results of my stress test in detail to both of us. Apparently I am not at death's door. Ha!! He said the abnormal EKG was probably a condition I was born with and if it hasn't caused me any problems by now in all likelihood it will not now. The "scarring" that worried me was probably an indication of a benign problem.The blood pressure was good and I lost 6 pounds since I saw him. He was happy with my numbers. Needless to say I am greatly relieved. 

    Dr. Kolecki says heredity is definitely on Queen's side!! He said we both were amazing.Queen is fine and he won't change anything. If it isn't busted, don't fix it. He is happy with both of us. We will sleep better tonight!!
For supper this evening, Queen had Landis chip steak sandwiches and sliced tomatoes. Queen was looking for something quick as well as easy It was an excellent meal.
Tonight we have to go the the Palmerton Memorial Park's annual meeting at 7 pm. They have to be sure enough members are present to have an official yearly annual meeting. George Ashman is looking for "warm bodies" to provide a legal Quorum.

    We are down and back.The annual PMPA meeting was interesting. As anyone might suspect revenues were down this year due to the cool rainy weather. Don Browne, one of their financial Gurus, suggested a new rate structure designed to keep the weather out of their financial   equation as much as possible.
    As with every thing else expenses have gone up, < i.e. my  car insurance bill today was a good example, it went UP> so, a rate increase will be necessary. Don would soften that with a hefty discount offered for the early purchase for season tickets, perhaps up to a 20% savings. That would make it attractive to join early.
    At the annual meeting, all members are allowed to vote, so the proposal passed. They were discussing the lousy attendance and they all laughed when I told them I would be there even if Hell froze over!!

These pictures were taken last week-end by a guest photographer, son George, when he was out with his camera.They are gorgeous ! !
The tree on the left is at 7th and Columbia. The other one is a wheelbarrow planter he saw down near their place on Princeton Avenue.
This is a picture of the church at the end of Columbia Avenue
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 7:30 AM 43 deg at Slatington E.S. and 41.9 in the bus stop  
 There was a beautiful sky this morning in the east. I have some pictures of it I put in below.

Gradually I am starting to get the hang of working with this new software.
    This morning we went for our walk. As usual, the walk goes up to 1st Street across and down to 5th Street and back. It takes us at least 20 minutes to walk it but it is good to be able to do it and we know we need the exercise. Both Drs.Kolecki,and Nicholson want us to keep active. We both know that neither of us alone would be nearly as dutiful in doing it.

I just got this from Henry Schwartz. I love it!
David received a parrot for his birthday. 
This parrot was fully grown with a bad attitude and worse vocabulary. Every other word was an expletive (curse word). Those that weren't expletives were, to say the least rude. 
David tried hard to change the bird's attitude and was constantly saying polite words, playing soft music, anything he could think of to try and set a good example. 
Nothing worked. 
He yelled at the bird and the bird got worse. He shook the bird and the bird got more angry and more rude. Finally, in a moment of desperation, David put the parrot in the freezer. 
For a few moments he heard the bird squawking, kicking, and screaming, then suddenly there was quiet. David was frightened that he might have hurt the bird and quickly opened the freezer door. 
The parrot calmly stepped out onto David's extended arm and said: "I'm sorry that I might have offended you with my language and action and I ask your forgiveness. I will endeavor to correct my behavior."
David was astonished at the bird's change in attitude and was about to ask what had made such a dramatic change when the parrot continued:
"May I ask what the chicken did?"

am very appreciative for so much of this good stuff my friends send me !!
This morning when I came down for breakfast Queen showed me that we finely caught our pesky mouse. Sometimes, we would not see any "evidence for a week or more, but then an occasional "visit"could be detected. Son George theorized it lived behind the washer and dryer and didn't come out often. Well Queen used Belva's bait, congealed bacon fat on the trap. That got him. He was passing up peanut butter as well as sharp cheese.   
I had been asked by George Ashman to speak with a young lady who works at Spillane's store about photographing an antique milk bottle she had in her possession. This morning she brought it to work with her and I went and took some pictures. I must say they are in no league with Joel Kern's photography. Joel is an ace photographer with the "Times News". I have been impressed with some of his work. It sure helps when one knows what they are doing.

After I got home we started a second onslaught at the leaves. Queen used the electric blower and I the gas blower. Many of them were up at the end of the property from the last session. It wasn't bad corralling the others in the yard. Then I took Queen's advise and placed a tarp on the swale at the end of the property and blew and raked most of them onto that. Then I went down below and pulled the tarp down to the street. Then we raked and blew them into the gutter for tomorrow's pick up. We  worked at it hard and really gave it a good shot for over an hour. 
Then I told Queen that is it. My boiler is rapidly losing stream. She wanted to do more but I said no. When I quit we both will stop!!  This is just the second installment. The big maple tree in the cemetery is just starting to turn yellow.<Gee >

One thing we both have come to learn. If we don't go for our walks and do any hard  physical labor in the morning, we won't be able to do it later! As she tells me, "just be glad we can do what we can do". She has the most wonderful positive attitude!!!!
This evening some of the trick or treat kids were out. Here are a few of them.


Wednesday, October 28, 2004 7:20 AM 39.1 deg at Slatington E.S. and 41.0 in the bus stop

It looks like a nice day on hand this morning. I sat on a plastic chair up at the glider area. It was cool but not cold.I want to arrange some different method of sitting in that area. We went for our walk, of course with my camera, and here are a few of those pictures


The other day we went for our morning walk and saw Frank Johannes and he told us our neighbor in this house
will be the retired Postman George Grohotolski. He sold his house at 7th and Columbia and moved elsewhere in town. Then according to Frank they moved to Schnecksville, Pa. Frank said he missed Palmerton so is he will be moving into this house. At least, that is the latest rumor!!

    We did our shopping this morning and it wasn't at all crowded. We got some salmon at Giant and some other stuff on sale. Then back to town to Country Harvest and finally IGA. We got home about 12:30.
 These are the maples in the cemetery.
    This afternoon we took Butternut for his afternoon walk down Columbia Avenue to 4th street and back. He seems much improved in his obedience with his walking. On the way down he sniffs and pees on every tree he sees. But on the way back for the most part he follows along beside me at my heel.
In the neighborhood many of the trees have already lost their leaves. Now the maple trees are beginning to turn mostly yellows. They are just beautiful although they are not quite at their peak.
Tonight for supper Queen had a skillet tuna casserole. That is always a hit here. Along with some sliced tomatoes and cottage cheese it was superb. She saved half of it for another meal. Coffee and cookies finished the meal.

Friday, October 29, 2004 7:32 AM 44.5 at Slatington E.S. and 46.2 in the bus stop
    I went up to the "park bench" this morning. I have to sit on a plastic garden chair until I come up with a better method. One of the reasons I like that place so much is that a whole lot of ideas come to me from that vantage point. It was nice sitting under the maple tree. It  is starting to turn yellow but is virtually still in full leaf. Life is full of beauty if we but look for it.
This morning my blood glucose is 138 and my weight 195. I feel excellent this morning. We went for our walk this morning and although it is not a sunny day it was quite comfortable walking with my Queen


As you all know by now I have my own opinion about the forthcoming election. The dynamics of this one have taken on a whole new definition of nasty.
    All of a sudden Mr. Kerry can clearly see that the president is negligent and derelict in not guarding many tons of explosives that Saddam had stashed over the years and are now suddenly declared missing. As one follows the story it is beginning to look like The New York Times and CBS news are attempting another
"Dan Rather" on the president, using information months old, reported long ago and its veracity questioned even by the Times farther down in the story. Their headlines not withstanding..
    60 minutes was going to do a "Gotcha" story on Sunday night also. What a coincidence!! 
Has anyone bothered to wonder why the networks of CNN, ABC, and CBS are being beaten so badly by the new kid on the block, Fox? Viewers have consistently been silently voting with their channel knobs. Those other networks consider themselves the only people who know the truth. They know what is best for us, at least, as they see it. If that is so, why are there so few viewers of their stuff? Some of the Nielson polls say that on many news programs, Fox outperformed all the others combined?
 It is apparent that In the quiet of one's own living room, folks obviously don't believe them. Nielson ratings mean big bucks to those people. It is their lifeblood. Somehow, the other networks stories are simply not believed. It is not simply media bias but outright chicanery. As with the  Rather episode with manufactured evidence, nothing is beneath  them.
All Mr.Kerry seems to be able to do is to tell us how bad George W is doing and that he can do it better.
HOW? Nothing concrete is offered just platitudes and fluffery which is all B.S. It appears now that his assertion concerning the missing munitions is a last desperate attempt to demean the President!! Mr. Kerry is about as hollow as a cheap chocolate Easter  egg!! To quote Mr Chaney's remark at a Washington, Pa. rally."No matter how much lipstick you put on a pig, it is still a pig!!" 

Well it is time to end this week's page.

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


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