Monday, June 24, 2019

Moving Soon We hope

Well, it looks like we will be moving soon,  We were looking at a Mobile Home in Castorland, NY and a House in Carthage and a House in Deferiet, NY,  Our offer on the House we really wanted was accepted, We were pre approved for a Mortgage through the VA/FHA, Wells Fargo and also Northern Federal Credit Union.  The house was offered to us and we put in a purchase offer lower than the what they were asking and the appraisal came in Great from Clayton Appraisals, Signed paperwork in Lowville at Lawyers Office, The required Home Inspection was done and now we have a tentative closing date of July 3rd !  Fastest I ever seen a house sell but everything fell into place.
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2 1/2 Bedrooms, 1 bath, 2 basements, deck, garage, garden shed, GENERAC Generator which will run the whole house during a power outage. paved driveway and quiet street.
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My Honey standing out by the clothes line and Garden shed and part of the garage, there is nothing in the back yard except woods and lots of birds, some deer and turkeys and an old paper mill ruins that shut down a few years ago but we cannot see it from our new house.
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On the back deck looking at the garage, electric door opener, addition on end of Garage makes it longer for a shop !
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I posted all of these pictures earlier but they disappeared somewhere !
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Overdid it today and almost ended up in the ER but squeaked by !
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Don't Forget, Remember our Vets ! 



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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Getting There !

Well, the Dehydration is getting better, drinking Tea, water, ginger ale as much as I can,  Blood Pressure is doing better !!!My weight is down now to 202.2,  neat, my birthday is 2/20, maybe better play the lottery !!!   It is better than the 275 I did weigh !
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NAVETS has notified me there is a reunion coming up in August for the Old Crew of the Frigate USS Samuel Eliot Morison, FFG-13, There were 17 Officers and 198 Enlisted, and I was 1 of 6 Master At Arms, MA1 WOOD,  she was decommissioned and sold to Greece,  She was decommissioned 11th April 2002 and sold to Greece and is now the GOKOVA TCG (F 496) of the Turkish Navy !   Best Part was she had 4 .50cal MGs and I had to qualify on the 50 cal !  
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Chief J. Weary in New Orleans (NOLA) at APG (Management School) NRFD School on ACDUTRA/SELRES for 4 weeks! In front of me are Williams and Genovese from Philadelphia Police Department and then PO3 Turner. 
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Some of the USS Morisons best, Some from the USS ORION AS 18, and not a bad crew to party with in New Orleans ! 
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Presentation of Most Qualified to Serve as MA of the Mess !  MA1 Gilbert from somewhere in Vermont !  I am 4th from the Port side  !
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Nice Place to Visit but not to be 'Dry Docked" at for any length of time !
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PO1 Lachusse handing me my completion of my APG Completion in NOLA !  One nice "Cajun Lady" !
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Roll it, Fold it, Stuff it, Pack it back into the Sea Bag and H-A to Norfolk !
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. I would have liked to have spent a couple deployments with this big Handsome Lug !!  Hey Jack !!!!!!!
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Don't forget, Remember our Vets !

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Hydration

Who would have ever thought that simply NOT drinking enough Fluids would get a Man into trouble,  It did me and I know better as a Heart Patient and a Stroke Survivor.
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I really don't know how it happened but it did, I thought that I was doing OK, My blood pressure dropped when I stood up to the point of passing out,  I went down to just over 100/58 with a Pulse of 93 which is a dangerous area for me !
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SO:  My Honey called my Cardioligist at home on his private number and explained what was going on,  The Dr. advised her to get me flat, get some fluids and stay in the recliner.  This was easier said than done.  we did Tea, Gatorade, Hot Tea, Lemon water, Too much plain water is not good for Hydration,  doing better today ! 
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Nice note from Salemslot9, Shipslog and NAVETS.   Waiting on VA/FHA on our Mortgage status, we are prequalified for up to $115K but have found a couple local banks that will come in less than that but want 20% down, ,  Interest rates are better on Veterans Loans compared with our local Banks except Wells Fargo is down to just above 5.1%.
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Graduation was last night, we went but I could not stay for the whole program, we watched our Grandson get his High school Diploma,  Yup, the tall dude !
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Brent Julius Cummins, he is named after his 2 Grandfathers is just over 6'-7" tall !
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Notice that the "Cool Dude" is taller than the door way and he has to duck to get thru !  We are proud of him, we didn't get any pictures of him and I as I had to get home and lay down and drink fluids,  (No Beer) to Hydrate ! 
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The Grandson Brent and the Great Grandson, Aiden !  I am a Blessed Man !
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Our weather is better, warmer and sunny !!!
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Hope all are doing well !
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Don't forget, Remember our Vets !

Monday, June 17, 2019

Summer Coming

Well, it is warming up, we hit over 75 today,  seems nice to have it actually warm,  Went to Physical Therapy for my back and neck at 8AM then home to use the Heat Pak and Tylenol, some progress on the 3 damaged disc's but not much,  Surgery is out of the question due to Heart conditions !
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Have not heard from SalemsLot or Navyalltheway !  I sure miss Jimmy's Journal, I was surprised that he passed away so quickly !  Life is short!!!  Glad Shipslog is around !
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We have a group gathering tonight in the Champion Park at 6PM so get to Play.
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I will play the Mandolin tonight to help with the weight load, having some "Angina" issues right now !
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Well we have an offer in on a house, Never thought a house would sell for $115,000 but real estate around here is gone up in value!
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VA Loans are opening up as Veterans Applications are being handled faster than conventional !  VA is 6.1 which is High right now but FHA is 5.1% !
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Fathers day, yesterday was the 9th  anniversary of my Stroke, June 16th, 2010.  what a day that was, I am at 90% of my recovery and will probably never get back to 100% !!!   God has been good !
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Time to head out for a Gathering,  Will be a Beautiful Evening !
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Don't forget, Remember our Vets !

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A Bump in the Road !

Well, things were going pretty good,  watching the Birds, relaxing and bored and nothing unusual,  I work up not feeling good May 31st, we rode over to my Doctors Office, went in without an appointment, he was informed I was there and the nurse put me in a room,  Dr. Ashraf came in, looked at me and felt my pulse and told the nurse to get a wheelchair and take me to the Emergency Roof !  So off we went.
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Blood Tests, EKG, X Rays and CT Scans and I was admitted to the ICU unit, had several IV's put in, put on Nitro Tabs, an IV solution of Iron and Magnesium and Potassium and confined to bed.
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After 3 days of fluids, tests and inspections, detections, injections, and rejections I was allowed to have my feet hit the floor!   I had some Angina,   X-Rays showed that I have 3 (Depressed) Vertebrae between my shoulder blades and I have a lower bulged disc pressing on nerves ! 
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I suspect that I must have recently done something to them like falling or moving wrong,  They brought in a Bone Specialist and he examined me and said that my Spine due to my age had finally gave way, nothing I did, just the wear and tear he said, He asked me if I had ever fallen or injured my back.  
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Well yes, I explained I had fallen a few times when in the service.............
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I also explained that I had fallen and been kicked, punched and suffered a few bruises to my back as a Policeman !
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I explained I also had been out in the elements a lot in bitter cold weather !
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Taking a "Bite" from K9 dog FOX !

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I was on a BRAT Diet for several days, (5) and was starving.
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.Above Picture was my diet, Iron and Meds !
 Well, we changed some heart medications around,  there is not much they can give me for the spine except I am going to Physical Therapy who said there was not much they could do !
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Well after a week in the Hospital, some new medications, some reduction in Heart Medications I was allowed to eat !
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I was given a small steak, potato's, Milk and Coffee, it was delicious, I lost 7 pounds while in the Hospital !
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I am home, tonight I went to the Nursing Home and played for a while for the residents who enjoyed our time there !  
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I took it easy and didn't overdo !
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Don't forget, Remember our Vets and those far worse off than we are !

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Stormy Weather

Well, it is Rain and some heavy rain and wind !!!!     We have not done much but go to the Doctors, X-Rays- Blood Tests, Iron Level Tests,  we now have to go have a "Hide A Scan" on the Gall Bladder and then have a specialist look at my right and left rotator cuff tears !.
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Anna Mae throwing her hands up in the Air and saying we will just "keep plugging along" !
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I have severe pain in my back between my shoulder blades, I was at the Doctors Friday, then Monday and then in the Hospital ER Monday Night, then back to Doctor Tuesday, now 2 doctors appointments Friday *(Tomorrow).  I think it is My Gall Bladder and not Rotator Cuff Tears,  I have had a rotator cuff problem for years, probably from being knocked down so much when I was a Policeman!  lol !  I hope we can find out soon !
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We went to the Cemetery and Anna cleaned, weeded and scrubbed the Stones and planted flowers for Memorial Day at her family plot !
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As we close in on "Memorial Day" let us not forget those who "Gave their All" !

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Cold Again !

Well, we had a nice 70+ degree day, shorts and t shirts and enjoyed the out doors,  today is windy, 47 degrees and ya need long pants and a Jacket for outside !
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At 2PM it is cloudy, we have had a lot of winds and on the East End of Lake Ontario they have gotten some wind driven "Flooding" of their properties and buildings on the shores of the Lake !    They have brought in thousands of sand bags to help but does not help much,    If the wind drives it in to the shore line it goes back out !!!!!
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.Bird Feeders are Busy,  Gross Beaks, Orioles, Cardinals, Nut Hatches, Woodpeckers, Sparrows, Chick a Dees, Blu Jays and now and then a "Hawk" to thin out the Pigeons or Morning Doves.
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We did have a long nite,  at 10:30PM Anna Mae took me over to the Emergency Room at the Hospital, Chest Pain, Back Pain and we were there till 5AM but I am home, adjusting the Heart Medications and resting !!
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Wow, came across this picture that my brother in law sent up from Florida, this was when I first retired from The Police Dept. and we moved to a nice small Mobile Home on the Peace River outside Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda !!  I had hair !!!!

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You need a "Coat" to go outside so I 
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Well with the approach of "Memorial Day" let of never forget those who "Gave their All"
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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Test Flights

Well, I am being challenged by this Christmas Present,  I am trying to fly a "Drone",  An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, as an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), and also referred by several other names, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard.
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We live minutes from Ft. Drum, a large Military Base and they have many, many Drones over there which we will see now and then,  I can fly my Drone up to 400 feet as long as it does not weigh over 5 pounds.
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Above is one of the smaller drones that they fly on Military Bases,   They also have Drrones that are able to fly for Miles and Miles !!!
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The above is a Video of me working on my skills !
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The above is where I almost "LOST" my drone, the wind was slight when I took off, as I gained elevation and got above the trees the wind shifted and blew me off track, Had some luck as I got it back over me and throttled it down to within walking distance to go get it !
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We took a ride up to the Park for a walk, today we actually had temps that were 75 degrees !!!  It was a "Heat Wave" and we enjoyed it!
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Sitting around now watching the "Sunset" !  Doctors check up tomorrow !
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Well it is coming upon Memorial Day, Least we forget !

Saturday, May 18, 2019

SUNSHINE an Warm

It has quit raining, AND we are actually getting some "Sunshine" !  It has been raining off and on and cold it seems for mid may.  well, today is warm so outside !
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I used to "Fly High" with McGraw in this little Single Piston Engine Cessna, we would fly to Police Union meetings, I was District Rep for 8 Northern New York Counties,  and went to our Capitol once a Month as President of our PBA Union !  I could take off and land this baby like "Slick Willie" !
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I got a Drone for Christmas, I figured it would be a simple take off, land, adjust the trim and have fun !
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Lift off was OK,  Trim adjusted and speed Level 2, Indicator was a 4 Knot wind from the west, so up we went.  only to get to tree top level and hit a stronger wind and turmoil !
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I was headed North but winds changed direction to east towards housing,  I tried to lower altitude and correct to a North heading towards the Buildings !
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Corrected with lower height and proceeded to gain altitude !  Thought it would be a "Piece of Cake" to fly one of these little jobbers but I guess not !!!!
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Got back up to about 30 feet and hit winds again !!!  YUP you tell !!!!

Monday, May 13, 2019

OUR HOUSE

Some have asked how we like living in senior Citizen housing and what it is like !    Well, We moved here 11 years ago !  This is the nicest ones we found and there was a Vacancy, we moved in right after I was Healthy enough to move.  Due to Heart Problems, a Stroke and COPD we moved into Senior Citizen Housing, we moved into West Side Terrace which is a HUD based Section 8 Housing , West Side is OK, Just boring,  and full of "Old People" like ME !!!!!
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Front door to 104 is our entrance.
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This is inside our entrance door a little short hallway !
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Just past the short hallway is our Pantry and storage area beside my Music Area .
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Inside the Pantry is where I play Music, sing and keep guitars, mandolins, music, books, amplifiers and microphones which is nice as there are only 2 apartments that have this additional room because we are on the end of a hallway!
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This is the small kitchen which is suitable for one, we don't fight for it as we share the cooking !
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Kitchen has a pass through which looks into the Dining area and living room and the front window.
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The back of the kitchen with the Microwave and storage underneath !
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This is our "Dining Area",  The Round Table and the 4 chairs on Rollers we had shipped up from Florida as they were Anna Mae's Uncle and Aunts that he made!
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The Living room and our "Thrones" and my window to the World.
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Other side of Living room and TV !
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Inside the bedroom looking out towards the hallway and kitchen and closets !.
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Looking into the Bedroom and the Bedroom window !
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This is our Castle,  we find we are spending more and more time inside now that we have sold the Campers,  The big day for us is Sunday and Church, and Tuesday when I travel out to entertain .
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This is my Window to the World,  Birds, Deer, Skunks, fox, and the weather!
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The B-B-Q grill is an awesome way to get outside here !!
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Coming soon, Our Garden if it will warm up and quit raining !   We have had lots of rain !
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Well, that's our little world we live in that some of you have asked about as to where we live and what is living in Senior Citizen housing like!.
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Remember our Veterans !