Monday, April 15, 2019

What happened to Spring

WoW, It was nice, 68 degrees, sunny and we actually walked outside several times instead of walking in the Hallways !
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I went to the meat market and bought 2 nice Steaks, fixins for a tossed salad and I went outside and "Grilled" us a couple steaks for supper.
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I went from a T Shirt to a flannel shirt as it got cooler,  First cook out of the new season and they were delicious !!!!
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Now it is "Snowing out" it is 34 degrees, cold and there is patches of ice !!
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Hopefully it is going to warm up !
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Don't forget our Veterans !

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Sister

I have 2 sisters, Beverly and Janice,  Beverly lives in Arizona and Janice used to live in Philadelphia, NY,   Janice lost her Husband some years ago, then suddenly she lost her second oldest child, My Nephew Rod Brown to a Heart Attack at an early age.
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My Sister Janice was living in Senior Citizen Housing, she started a downward spiral and found to have Dementia !!!!
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My Niece, Her Daughter Gina took her home with her, it was very hard on both my sister Janice and her Daughter, My Niece Gina.  So the Oldest son KR could not take his Mother to live with him,  her son Rory who lives in Jupiter Florida could not take her with him, SO Gina took her mother home with her. 
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My 2 sisters, Bev and Janice a few years ago !
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Went to Hospital and the Nursing Home and visited for a while with my sister Janice,  , "How she gets confuses, I don't think she really knows who I am nor does she know Anna Mae !  When I talk to her I always state "How is my Sister Janice?" or I say; : you know your Brother Gary Loves You"!
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This was at Summit Village before Janice had to be Moved to a more secure residence.
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Janice is 85, I feel so bad for her BUT this s a horrible disease and we visit as often as possible. There are a couple family members mad that Janice is in a Nursing home but not mad enough to take her home with them because she needs 24/7 care.
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Oh Well,  God has it all in is control. We will just play it out the way God decides !
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Right now I have to find out what is going on as I just lost one of my 1st cousins. My Cousin Fran Damon passed away, she was 89 years old !
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ENJOY TODAY !!!!!!!!!
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Don't forget our Veterans !!!!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Birthday Celebrations

Time sure flies,  Hard to believe that it was 18 years ago when our Grandson came into this world,  I remember it all so well,  He was named after me and my Son In Laws Father, Brent Julias Cummins !
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Here is Brent, Edmund Julias Cummins and me.    RIP in Ed, we lost Ed to Cancer .
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Here is Brent and his Mother, Brent was in JROTC and had just turned 16 and was 6 feet 4 !
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Here is Brent and Gramp and Grandma at 17 years old !
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We celebrated his 18th Birthday at Olive Garden last night !   Missing was Son in Law Ed but newest addition is Aiden, the Great Grandson !
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Great Granny Anna Mae and Aiden Andrew Kaklick !!!!    Aiden has to wear the "Helmet" to correct proper shape and growth of his skull !  We used to just hold them and rub their head and stroke their heads years ago,  I could not tell there was an issue but he only has it on for 3 more months !
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. This is Brent our Grandson and Aiden our Great Grandson !.
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Our Son Jonathan and his Honey, Keri, They live out in Oregon, He I doubt will ever move back to New York State.
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My 4 Generations-  Aiden, Great Grandson, Shannon Granddaughter, Daughter Sabrina and me.
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It was a great Birthday Party !!!
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DON'T FORGET, HONOR OUR VETS !!!!!!


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Monday, April 8, 2019

Is Spring here

Got up this morning late, I slept in till 10AM,  Nice light rain, temp is 52 degrees, snow is slowly going away.   My Honey is at Church preparing 50 Easter Baskets for the children ager 3 to 5 at the Community Center who might not  get an Easter Basket an some of whom have never gotten an Easter Basket.
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Starting with empty Baskets and some Ladies to help !  United Community Church tries to find areas where we are useful !
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Putting together Eggs, chalk, crayons, Peeps, coloring books,  Teachers wanted Chalk and Crayons as these 3 to 5 year Olds could not print or do numbers or their ABC's.
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Baskets done, a new small stuffed toy, candy, and each child gets a small cross .
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Sunday I traveled up to Lowville Trinity Episcopal Church to do the Music for Sunday Service, I met retired Music Teacher Dan Mosher and we enjoyed playing the Music for the Children's Sunday Program ! 
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Bird Feeders are cleaned, suet is up and Birds are back, the last several days we had awful winds that removed all the seed from the feeders. 
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Wonder if Jack has found "Stormy D. and her Brood over at Shipslog" ?     http://shipslog-jack.blogspot.com/
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 Well, hoping the snow goes away with this rain and 55 degree temps this morning !    Have a Good Day !
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Don't Forget, Remember our Vets !
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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Warming up !

Today got all the ay up to 55 degrees and sunshine !!!   We are losing snow !!!!   Today I went outside and refilled the Bird Feeders, we had several days of high winds and rain and the feed got knocked out of the feeders .
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Yellow feeders full of Thistle and Sunflower seed, Ground Corn, mullet scattered on ground,  The suet feeders back by tree was re filled.  Had birds in about 10 minutes,   Juncos, Sparrows, Nut Hatches, Cardinals and Cow Birds and "Squirrels" !!!!.
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Right now it is 43 degrees, cool but still have  "Daylight in the Swamps" !
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Have to go tune Guitar and Mandolin and practice tomorrows songs, Playing up at an Episcopal Church in Lowville in the Morning !
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Don't forget, Remember our Vets !

Monday, April 1, 2019

April Fool

Mother Nature gave us an April Fool's Joke last night, she sent down a good 4 to 6 inches of snow,  We used to call it "Sugar Snow" as Maple Trees need warm days, freezing cold nights and some moisture on the tree to make the sap used to make syrup !
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The "Sugar Shanty" where the Maple Sap is boiled,  I remember this all too well, it is hard work!
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These were the Team of horses used to sugar, they were named "Jude and Joan" !   I was able to harness and use them from about 12 years old up !
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This would be about 1952,  Nice part was sitting down, smelling sap boil and Maple Syrup being made !
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This is my Grandmother Wood and Grandpa Wood with my Aunt Marion, and the Team of Horses and dog standing in front of the "Sugar Shanty" on the Wood Farm !
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"Jude and Joan" hitched up and ready !
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A lot of work when you boil down 8 to 10 gallons of "Sap" to make a gallon of Maple Syrup! 
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April is when usually our trees start to bud, when the trees start to bud that is the end of making Syrup, usually 1/2 way thru the month !
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This is how Mother Nature says, "APRIL FOOLS DAY" !    AND, Today is opening day of "TROUS SEASON" and we are NOT going fishing !!!!!!!
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Don't Forget our Vets !
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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Winner, Winner, Spaghetti Dinner

Nice Rainy Day !   Today is our local Carthage Area Hospital (Heart Walk Team) benefit fundraiser.  They have a Spaghetti Dinner and raffles and prizes.
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We went over and had a Nice Spaghetti Lunch at 1PM,  Talked with some friends who walk in the Heart Walk, we then bought some tickets on different prizes!  Walked around the Legion and visited with a few Brothers and Sisters !  Had a Ginger Ale and went home !
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About 4PM the phone rang, we WON some items !
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We went over to the American Legion, Bassett-Baxter Post 789 where I am a member and were given our prizes.
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My Honey is shown with RN Tina Hartley  with a nice fancy Chocolate and Wine Basket she won !
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Tina is giving me another Basket of Wine we won and I also won a Pampered Chef indoor/Outdoor Grill shown below, can use it inside or outside! I don't think we will use it inside our apartment and they are not allowed to be used !  As the "Fire Marshall" for this building I would have to give myself a "Ticket" !
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Nice as I understand "Pampered Chef " is a nice quality item !
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Shown above is Steve and Tina Hartley, We are close friends with Tina and also her Parents and Steve is also a Registered Nurse Practitioner who runs the Hospital as the Charge Nurse on nights.  I watched Steve grow up in my home Town of Edwards.
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We had a good afternoon and glad we could support the Heart Walk Team, I also am Thankful for Steve and Tina as they are usually on duty when I have ended up in the ER with Heart Problems and they give excellent care !
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NOW WE HAVE TO FIND SOMEONE TO GIVE ALL THE WINE TO, WE DON'T DRINK ALL THIS DIFFERENT KINDS OF WINE !
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Well, Stay Warm and Dry, and Don't forget our Veterans !

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Car Repairs

Well, Gotta take the car in to have it fixed !    Going down the road there is now a HUM !!!!    Took it to our local Tire Man where we buy tires and have for a long time he rotated the tires, Didn't fix the Problem!
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We have a 2015 KIA Sorrento, we tow and travel with it, it is our second one we have owned !
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This is the front end from GOOGLE picture of where we have to have it worked on !
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This is the Wheel Bearing, it cost just under $200 dollars !!!!   We have Thesier Equipment do all our repairs and Oil Changes and he has for the past 20+ years been fair Honest and friendly so this is where we will take it Wednesday !,  Total Charges, In between $400 to $600 dollars for the repair.  (OUCH) !!!!!   But we only have 1 vehicle and we need it !
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Hopefully this is all it needs to be repaired !
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Don't Forget our Veterans !
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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Winter Doldrums !!!!

Not a bad day,    Rough Night, up at 5AM, watched it turn daylight,  Saw a few Robins after the early Bird worms,  The temps last night were 37 degrees when I got up !
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Hopefully we will not get the 8 to 12 inches of snow, I am ready for Trout Fishing April 1st !
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 This is what I really need, some sand under my feet and not road salt !
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I look out now and this is the Bird Feeders !
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I am ready to look out and see this soon !!!
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This is what I am ready for, some "Fishing" !!!!!
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We are both ready for some out doors time, walks and talks !
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SPRING IS COMING !!!!!
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DON'T FORGET OUR VETERANS, PAST AND PRESENT !

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

1st Day of Spring

Well, today was the first day of spring,  52 degrees, sunny and snow melting and headed out to do the Lenten Luncheon,  Every Wednesday till Easter we have a Noon Lenten Service at a different Church in the area.
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Today we were at Trinity Episcopal Church, I assist in doing some of the Music, today  I played with the Carthage Central retired Music Teacher.  It is tough to Play with a Music Teacher but I held my own and we had fun !   Sermon was 20 minutes, we sang 3 songs and then had a nice luncheon after service. 
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WELL, Spring is here but "Old Man Winter"  is going to lift his ugly head and we might be getting between 8 to 12 inches of Snow, Rain, Sleet and wind,  I HOPE NOT !
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I have noticed that it takes more to impress me than it used to !    I saw this posted and liked it !
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Been a rough couple days, but got thru them,   this aging process is a learning curve for sure and takes some adjusting !!!!!
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I sometimes wonder if Moving in Here to Senior Citizen Housing was possibly a "Bad Move" !   Not much to do and lot of down time !
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Well, hope this storm is not a bad one,  Everyone stay warm !   Stay Busy and Healthy!
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Don't forget, remember our Vets !