Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Winters approach

It's starting to get to be winter, the 21st is the first day of winter, this is the 4th and it is coming.
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I am outside taking a picture of and checking the roof for "Hot Spots", No I am not crazy looking at the snow covered roof and trying to find a hot spot,  I found one,  Look at the roof, directly over the porch roof and about 3 feet back you will see a black area, about 2 feet long and 6 inches wide, this is an area where heat is escaping from the envelope of the house, in the spring I will go up into the crawl space and check this area to see why warmth is escaping !!!
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The rear roof and no black areas showing which is good,  There is no heat loss!  We got about 5 fresh inches of snow !!!
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My Honey shoveling the front walk and sidewalk, she is not crazy, she enjoys shoveling, she says it clears her mind, stretches her back muscles and helps her back !
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Our Street, Wilna Avenue. we walked down and are looking back towards our house which is due east !
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I am walking with My Honey, I have on long underware, pants, a sweat shirt, flannel shirt, insulated coat, a heated neck wrap, a fur skin hat and my hood up with heated gloves and a "Breathing Mask" for my lungs and Heart !  This picture below is where my mind thinks I am !!!LoL !
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Old picture of me on the beach in Ft. Myers, Florida !!
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Waiting for Lift off, holding on tight !!!!!!
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Don't forget, remember our Vets !

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Winter came back !

Up early, cold night, 9 degrees outside, Coffee Hot and House Warm,  Green Grass outside,  We left at 10AM for Church, set up for a "Moravian Lovefeast" for Communion today.
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My Honey made a sweetened coffee and a small roll we served to the Congregation for Communion, following the Blessing of the Elements while enjoying their drink and roll folks chatted, drank coffee and ate their roll,  went over rather well I think !
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After Church we headed Home, a 20 minute ride and it started Snowing rather hard, thankfully no wind, we were surprised as a 'Fisher" ran out into the road in front of us and an oncoming car, he made it across the road, Fishers are not seen often, their Hide to a trapper is worth from 50 to 70 dollars as now the Fur Market is way down at record level lows and not many Trappers now !
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This is a Fisher, a member of the Weasel Family, they are mean and nasty, not well like by Chicken Farmers or Mink Farms as they can destroy more than they can eat!  I saw one my Father trapped back in the early 60's that was skinned out, Beautiful long haired, soft to the touch.
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It is still snowing out at 6PM, we hired our Driveway and Walkway sno blowed and shoveled by a young Contractor for the winter, I am not supposed to shovel so the young man we have snowblows our place and is very reasonable as we pay him each time he sno blows, some people pay by the season.
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I sit here in my Recliner and can see down the road while I watch a live feed on the Computer from Key West and Key Largo Beaches!  Something to keep my mind off the Snow !!LoL !!
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My Honey and I went outside and she is standing in front of the Bird Feeder but you can see next to her the Lighted Christmas Tree in the back lawn.
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I took my Mask off long enough to take this picture outside tonight after dinner as we checked the "Snow Gauge"  and we got 5 inches of snow this afternoon !
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Don't Forget, Remember our Vets !

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Thanksgiving Blessings

Well, we did it, we had Thanksgiving dinner in our Old New House, We were worried it might be cramped but it worked out just right, could have even gotten in a half dozen more !!LoL !!
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 My Honey putting the last dish in the oven to Bake, the Green Bean Salad !!
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I am finishing up the Stuffing and ready for the Oven also !!! Working in this kitchen was easier than at the Old Apartment and both of us could be in here at the same time !
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1- 22 pound Shadowbrook Turkey, cooked, browned and ready to carve after resting for 1 hour !
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My Nephew Hunter, Sister in Law Cheryl and Brother in Law Matt !    Enjoying conversation, food and laughter and Blessings !
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Anna Mae and her Mother Irene enjoying some laughter and food, Irene is having her first Thanksgiving Dinner back in New York State after over 20 years living in Florida, she has moved back to New York !  She enjoyed her day !
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We passed the Camera so we got both ends of the Table, We had Turkey and all the trimmings !  We used a 6 foot folding table to seat us all for the meal ! 
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Group Hug and Photo in Living Room !   We had a Blessed Day of Family and Food !
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Meal, Dishes done, Family gone, time to relax with a full belly and many Blessings !  Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving !
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Hope all our Vets got a square meal and were warm !  









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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

THANKSGIVING EVE

Well tomorrow is the Feast !!!    Thanksgiving,  Is there anything I have to be "Thankful For" ?
YOU BET I DO !!!
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I am Thankful that I am in love with and married to this Beautiful God Fearing Woman !  She is my Rock, My Support, My comfort !  I am truly Blessed to have her by my side !
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My Daughter, Sarbina who gave me 2 Beautiful Grand Children that I love Dearly !
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My Son in Law, Edmund Cummins, a hard working Construction Safety Inspector, He works mostly at Fort Drum, New York and Fort Lee, Virginia !
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My Son, Jonathan Alan Wood, Decorated Army Veteran and Computer Guru who lives out in Portland, Oregon and is a Musician !
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Jonathan with his Girl Friend Keri Fujimoto, a sweet, wonderful, beautiful young lady !
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The 4 of us together before they went back to Portland several years ago !
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Jonathan and Sabrina, My 2 beautiful Children I am so thankful for !
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. Grampa and the Granddaughter, Shannon Marie pregnant for the Great Grand Baby !
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 The Grandboy, Brent Julius Cummins !   Brent has my middle name !
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The Grandson and my Ex-Wife Donna, on the right My daughter Sabrina !
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My Grandson in Law, Aaron Naklick, who married our Granddaughter Shannon !    Aaron in an administrator at a large Hospital !   Really great young man !
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Aaron and Shannon AND the Great Grandson !!!!!
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The Great Grandson, Aiden Andrew Naklick, age 1 year and 2 months old now.
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These are some of the things I am so thankful for, Family !
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I am also thankful for another thing !
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Friends,  Our dearest and longest friends for over 30 years, Marty and Penny Grau !!!
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Above is 4 Generations of the "Wood Family" !  I am Thankful I am still here by Gods Grace to be part of this !
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I am also thankful that I have been Blessed by God to be able  to enjoy each and every day !!
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Enjoy your Thanksgiving, Don't forget to remember our Vets ! 

Monday, November 25, 2019

Well, the snow is almost gone, people have packed their cars and headed out for the Holidays !! The Turkey is Thawing in the fridge and we have purchased all the goodies for Turkey Day,  We have so much to be "Thankful For" as we have so many Blessings !
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I played the Music for the first Sunday in "Advent" and My Honey delivered the Sermon and Message as the Minister was gone, she did an awesome job on "Thanks & Blessings" !
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 Looking out the front window from the Bridge mostly left are the Snow Banks from the Plow !
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This was 1 of the 3 deer who came in the other morning to frolic around in the snow and feed, this is behind my Garden Shed.
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Same Garden Shed without the snow and deer,  I am putting up my Yard Stick and Ribbon, this way I monitor the amount of snow and the wind direction to see how close the Weather People are in their predictions !
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It might have been Sunny and clear but the Temperatures were only 27 degrees, thus I have to wear a mask to prevent any breathing issues with this COPD and other things !
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Jack and Sherry, *(Shipslog) are back in Florida where it is probably warmer that here !   Hopefully they can get outside and get to walking, My Honey walked Saturday for almost a mile to clear her head for Sundays Church Service in the cold !!    I watched her from the window !!!
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Sunday after Church we had a big "Turkey Meal" with all the trimmings !!!
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Don't forget our Veterans !!!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Memories, Watch Island

Today marks the 56 anniversary of the assassination of John F Kennedy.  I and almost anyone else alive remember where and what they were doing on that fateful day ! 
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About 12 years ago My wife and I flew out to Texas to visit a sick friend in the Hospital, he was dying from Pancreatic Cancer, he was in the last stages and we were rushing out to see him.  We flew out to Dallas, was picked up at the Airport by a Limo and we went like a Bat out of Hades rushing to the Hospital, we got to the Hospital, ran inside, took elevator to his floor BUT he passed away just a couple of minutes before my wife and I went thru his door and met his wife!!!  How sad but I guess that was the way it was supposed to be !  I went into the room and gave him the Blessings of the Departed of Saint Michael the Patron Saint of Police Officers !
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My Partner in Crime, Mark Fuhrken, (Fur can) who I worked with for years in the same Car, walked Beats with and we spent just about all our off duty time together, He went to school with my Honey !
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Mark on the left, me in the middle and Sgt Pastor on right with Pot, Pistols, cash and long guns confiscated in a raid on a house we completed while we were supposed to be talking to a neighbor, we smell Pot, knocked on the door and voice said come in so we did,  we pulled weapons after we realized there were 6 people in apartment all scrambling to their feet and we were the only way out ! We radioed in for Back Up ASAP,  Some force was used to subdue a fella who was holding the shotgun I am holding !  All in all we arrested 7,we found a guy hiding under a bed.
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The "Blizzard Of 1977", Mark and I in his Old Dodge Power Wagon pushing and Plowing out the entrance to my driveway,  look behind the Truck and you will see John Goslin my Neighbor shoveling 4 feet of snow off his roof !!!
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Mark and I at my house in Carthage, Mark flew in from Texas for Christmas Visit and we spent time enjoying ourselves !
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My Honey, Marie and Mark and me, we are on an "Watch Island" in the St. Lawrence, 1,000 Islands,  Marie is a retired CBS VP of Marketing from a Dallas Texas Television Station!  Big Island but great place to stay, we are having our Morning Coffee in the Staff Kitchen, The main Dining room is huge ! !
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The above is "Watch Island", Mark and Marie stayed here for 2 weeks, You can only access the Island by a boat !  fishing, cooking, relaxing ! Fishing, Eating, Fishingm cooking !  Did I mention we fished a lot here and had a lot of family visit  !   Nice Place !!! A little expensive but this was a last Hoorah for Mark as his cancer was progressing so fast his time on earth was limited. Sure miss him !
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Nice weather, 48 this morning and raining, Snow is almost gone except for the Snow Banks !
Don't forget, remember our Vets !

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Staying Busy

Well, we are staying Busy, today got up to 41 degrees so, we put up some Christmas Lights on the back deck, tomorrow will do the front porch and eves hangers for lights !
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We won't look like this but we are enjoying being back in our Old New House for the Holidays and are a bit excited !
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In the apartment we decorated the only window in the living room with lights, garland and my Honey put the Manger, animals and Shepard's up on the Book Case,  The Tree was done also !
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My Honey in 2015 as she was decorating our "Tree" over in Buck Head Ridge RV Park outside Okeechobee !
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Tree decorated and enjoying the warmth of Florida and the sunshine in 2015.
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And this was Christmas when we Didn't go to Florida and what we had outside for Christmas Morning,  I think we left for Myrtle Beach right after Christmas for a month !!
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Hoping it is a calmer winter this year !,, Right now it is time for Tea and Toast as I have to Play at the Nursing Home tonight at 6PM !

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Don't forget our Veterans, Past and Present !!!