Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Staying Healthy

Well, started today at 6:30AM in the Hospital, prepped for an Endoscopy in the Operating Room,  Nurses were great, My Honey was right there with me until they wheeled me into the operating room, they blocked me up with pillows, straps and pumped IV's into my arm, the Gas Passer who put me out is a nice fella, we had the pleasure of listening to him sing once at a Christian Gathering I was playing at.   
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Well, they knocked me out, went into my stomach,    took photos inside, checked things out and in 45  minutes I was back waking up with my sweetheart holding my hand.   We came home later and I have slept and relaxed, it is 9PM and my stomach is sore but that's to be expected.
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Have been busy back Playing some Gospel, Praise and Christian Music at different places and am working on getting the Mandolin down to where it is more comfortable to play.
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Guitar has 6 strings, Mandolin has 8 strings, tuned the same as a Fiddle,  just keeping at it !
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Good to see "Shipslog" posting !
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Right not at 9PM time for my nightly medications, I take 5 pills at night and 2 at noon and 8 in the morning !!
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Hope everyone is doing great.
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Don't forget, Remember our Vets !

Saturday, July 7, 2018

LIFE CHANGES

Well, we had to decide on some things as we have gotten older, mainly me getting older than my honey !!  I am 9 years older than Anna Mae,  last year, (2017) we camped and traveled very little due to Hospital stays,  same as (2016),  SO, we sold our sweet little camper,  I posted it on CRAIGSLIST and in 12 hours I had an offer, and in 24 hours I had a check and a very happy couple who were TENT Campers who wanted to get off the ground.  It was a 2014 Aliner Classic and top of the line in Brand New excellent condition and I did not think it would sell that fast but boy was I wrong !!!    These people have looked and looked for a used Aliner.   I liked it because I sold it to him after we dickered on the price with "A Handshake" !!    No written contracts, purchase offers or letters or legal mumbo jumbo.
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Anna Mae and I are waiting for the new owners to pick up the Camper, we had fun but it is harder and harder for me to set  it up and take it down even though it so easy to do and we like the couple buying it so they got a lot of "EXTRA" items like grills, pots and pans, lanterns, lights, bedding, pillows, blankets, dishes, microwave, Stereo !  I guess my dream of traveling to far off places with the Camper are best put to bed and move on to other things !
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We are pleased with our camping Life Style,  we enjoyed it, loved the camp fires, cooking, and quiet nights under the stars !
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From our first Camper we bought in 1987 to travel in, we ended up in Appling  Georgia stopping to see my old High School Friend and confidant I had not seen in 21 years,  good old Michael Hart !   He has passed away from Cancer.
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Above was our first house in Florida, I like Mobile Homes,   this was a 1955 Holiday, beautiful inside and easy to maintain,  1 bedroom with nice patio, we traded our Camper and gave the owner $500.00 for this place in 1988, we lived in Florida for 2 years than sold out and moved back to New York State,  I must have been Crazy !!!!
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Above is our Camper we had at Lake Bonaparte for 27 years,  we loved this place, quiet until Memorial Day thru Labor day then beautiful fishing, swimming and boating !!!!  My Buddy John died from Heart Attack and we sold it as I was starting to have health issues !
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This was our Place on Lake Okeechobee for 6 years,  when the business was sold the new owners raised our lot rent, we refused to pay that much money so we sold this place and left!!
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Well, are relaxing in some cooler temps !    it went from 104 degrees down to 78,  this morning it was 46 degrees which made sleeping great !!!!!!
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Time to go out and water the Gardens and take on the day!
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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Heat Wave continues

The Heat Index is at an all time high here and will continue !! it was 113 today and humidity was high !!!!!
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We are still heavy watering the garden as it is dry !!
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We are enjoying fresh lettuce, parsley and soon tomatoes from the garden !
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With this heat all the gardens are growing great !!!
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Don't forget our Veterans !
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

HOT DAYS

The thermometer says 111 degrees, the heat index is at 104 and humidity is 84%.  We are unusually hat for July 4th weekend, These days remind me of summer as a youth and on the farm,  I remember working in the Hay Fields putting in Hay with Horses, their names were Jude and Joan, big old draft horses, they were driven by voice, " GIT-UP", GEE-GEE,  HAW-HAW- for left or right and WHOA" !.
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My Cousin Wayne on left and Brother Donnie on Right, both deceased now at too young an age on Gramp's Horses, Jude and Joan !!!  Notice he size of their feet.
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Above picture is my Grandfather sitting on the right side on a block of ice, on the wagon is my Dad, John Wood and driving the horses is Lynne Jones taking Ice to the Ice House on the farm out of Jones Pond which was owned by Lynne Jones.
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We also used Gramp's car which I believe was a 1900 something Buick, 4 door, 5 speed, with spark advance and wooden spoke wheels and a wooden steering wheel.
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Above is Gramp Silas Wood, Grandma Margaret Jones Wood and cousin Clyde Masterson.
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My Dad and my Grandpa Wood.
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My Grand Father on mothers side, Bower Whitford and Benjamin Brayton .
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Bower "Hump" Whitford!  My Grandfather !
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Well, it's time for a Nap so will quit for now !
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Don't forget, Remember out Vets !
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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Return of Fall

It is COLD out, Temps are in 60 with a 
wind and some light rain, cold enough for a 
Flannel Shirt and long pants,  worked on the 
Camper today, charged the battery and Monday 
headed for Adirondack Mountains and Cranberry Lake,
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Might be Summer but you better have 
Flannel Shirts or Sweat Shirts camping !!!
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A Nice hot wood fire is good, to warm up with 
and to cook with !!    We do a lot of 
aluminum foil meals when camping !
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These are being used instead of
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places and fire pits !  I would 
rather have the fire place !
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This is our view at sunset camping at Cranberry !
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Saturday, June 9, 2018

HIGH NOON LUNCH

The first Wednesday of the month we have a group of Retired Policemen that meet at the Crystal Restaurant in downtown Watertown for Lunch, we usually gather for about an Hour.  Discussions cover everything except POLITICS !!!    There are anywhere from 2 to 15 that gather for lunch !!
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Above is a luncheon from 2001 when we had quite a few retirees,   4 of these Officers passed away shortly after this picture was taken.
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The above picture is my Classmates,  Ray, Barry, Nick, Steve, John, Me, Dale and Jim.  Missing George. and Reid.   We were all hired at the same time and all went thru Basic and Street Survival and all graduated as the largest class ever held, we maintain that record of the biggest class, sadly we have lost Reid, Nick, Steve. 
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These 4 were Wednesdays HIGH NOON LUNCH crowd,  Me, Art, Leo and  Charlie,  good time !!!
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We do not get any retirees who we didn't work with, we invited them but they really do not want much to do with us, they are a different Breed and not very close to each other the way we were !
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The Department in 1960 before I joined !
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In Front row is Sgt Alfred Wood, a relative 
of mine in this 1900 photo !
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

We went Camping, I have had some medicine's changed to help with regulating my heart beat and Anna Mae is going to a specialist for her left foot for maybe more surgery.
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We have been back playing again,  We played in Watertown at Summit Village Nursing Home, a very luxury looking nursing home, we played in a large area with a nice hardwood stage and lighting, I played and sang to my sister who is a resident there.
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My Sister Janice is 85 and has Dementia,  She still knows me by sight,  she does not say my name,  she does sing along with some of the songs we play.  it is so sad!!!!
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My sister is sitting in front on the right side beside Anna Mae and Patsy !
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We visit her as much as we can, I have a Brother and Sister who are very Hateful and vengeful that Janice is in the Nursing Home, they think she should not be there, 
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Me, Janice and My Honey !

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  Janice pick's up her wallet and tries to answer it when her cell phone rings,  She thinks her Daughter Gina is her Mother !  She does not remember where she is.  It is sad !! 
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Have to clean, restring the Guitar, Dobro and Mandolin as I have stretched the strings playing so much !
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Anna Mae and I at another Funeral Service up in St. Lawrence County !!!!!
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Well, have to grab a bite to eat and head for a Nursing home, I have played a lot this month!!!!   Not a complaint,   God sends us where he needs up !!!!!
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

.Well, We packed up and got away for a few days,
 we went CAMPING !!!!
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Anna Mae standing in front of our New Sign
 a friend of ours made us for camping
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I am sweeping up area, we sprayed with 
"Yard Guard", I got bit by a Tic 2 weeks ago and
 was lucky we found it right away, I took antibiotics
 for the bite and have blood tests to make sure 
I do not get Lyme Disease!
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Breakfast was BACON, eggs and fresh baked bread
 over the fire made into toast and was delicious!
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Anna Mae is guarding the BACON !
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I brought the Dobro and Mandolin with us,
 I got it out and tuned it up and pretty soon
 we had people wandering over to listen to 
me play and sing.  
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Evening, relaxing by the Fire and enjoying 
each others company !
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Campsite all cleaned up after a great nights sleep, 
off on a walk and exploring the woods !
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We walked the Trails at Whetstone Gulf State Park !!!!
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We had a Great Time relaxing, talking, walking, 
singing and enjoying Mother Nature 
and her wonders !
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I cooked supper, we had Sweet Corn cooked 
in the husk wrapped in Aluminum Foil with Garlic
 and Butter,  also 2 nice fresh ground Serloin Burgers.
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Anna Mae cooked some Sweet Vadalia Onions
 in butterfor the burgers, supper was delicious !
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We enjoyed the Evening Fires, calm and quiet !
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Memorial Day has come and gone and with it
 many family and Friends who hve passed on, 
I was reading "The SHIPSLOG" and can relate to 
Jack talking about the loss of loved ones, near and far.
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I am doing a Funeral for my Cousin Wayne Whitford 
from North Carolina who passed away, I did his Eulogy 
and several Hymns, His Family is all gone and I am his 1st cousin. He had the American Legion for Honors 
and Flag Presentation, our closest Military Base 
if Fort Drum, they had no one available to send to do Honors.
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The above is another Funeral I did for a Vietnam Veteran
 who was Homeless and needed services so I did his Funeral and assisted with Military Honors with a Legion Post
 near where he was buried, this Cemetary was way out in the middle of nowhere in the woods.
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Well, Time to call it a night,  Don't forget, Remember the Vets !
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Well, my last Post was in March and we are heading into almost June.    Life is good,  Cold bitter Old Man Winter has left, We looked out at bare trees, and rain and suddenly there are leaves on the trees, grass is green and ready to be mowed, 
summer is coming.
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It has been rather sad here, I had to go Sunday and Play and sing at the Funeral for my 90 year old 1st Cousin Lois, then On Wednesday I had to do the Funeral Service for my 1st Cousin Wayne Whitford, Wayne was a Korean War Veteran, I did the Eulogy and Prayers and sand and played 2 songs and then we did the Military Service for him with help from the Gouverneur VFW ! .
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We went and got the Camper and brought it home, we drained the Antifreeze out of the water lines, charged the battery and filled the Propane Tanks and Water Tanks !

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Anna Mae hooking up the Camper to tow it 
back to the Complex..
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For excitement I took my savings and I purchased a LOAR Mv-600 Mandolin,  I now have Fender and Taylor 6 string Guitar, a Morgan Stanley Dobro, and Loar Mandolin.  Now if I could only Sing !!!!
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Mark Thomas and I playing at the 
Nursing Home to about 15 residents 
who really enjoy our bi-weekly visits!
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Well, hoping I stay Healthy, Gotta finish and go read "The SHIPSLOG"  and see 
what Jack is doing !!
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Don't Forget, Remember the Vet !



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