Friday, September 15, 2017

Set Back

Well, after my last Heart Catherization I thought things were going OK, well, I ended up going over to the ER and the Doctor sent me back to St. Joe's in Syracuse.  I went by Ambulance in a Quick trip, got there and saw my old friend Dr. Caputo, he decided to go back in and check the heart pressures.
I was given more blood thinners, Hepburn and thought maybe they were going to cath me in the morning.   
I settled down and got my heart regulated and was resting when about 5PM in came the team and down I went for my Heart Cath !!
I was in the operating room form about an Hour!!!!
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Well, I am now home, resting and have to go for Cardiac Rehab 3 days a week starting the 22nd!       Hoping things progress smoothly.     
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Glad everything in Florida is calmed down and also Texas now if we can get the Fires under control !
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Remember our Veterans, all Past and Present !!
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Getting Back to Normal

Well, Hoping things get back to Normal, what ever normal will be,  this year was the "wettest" spring and summer on record with 29 inches of rain.  This is a picture of the heavy rains flowing out of the rocks on Humphrey Hill !
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This has hurt the Apple Trees and also hurt the Corn Crops.    
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We only have been out camping once and we spent a Month in Florida with My Honeys Mother.
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I ended up with Heart Issues and Hospital stay and another stent.
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I did get to join the Guys and we played at the Country Manor Nursing home for the residents which was a great time, The Nursing Home was just sold so don't know if the new owners will welcome us back next month ?

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Fall is not to far off,  Geese are flying over heading SOUTH in large swarms and we saw a lot of them today !!.
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The Leaves on the trees are turning the nice reds, yellow, orange and browns now.

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We were in Florida at Lake Okeechobee for a Month this July and August, Now there is a Hurricane bearing down on them, IRMA is heading in,  this picture above is of a place on the Lake called Nubbins Slough, I am pointing to a rather large Gator, the water from here is released and goes to Port St. Lucie and the Ocean, when we were there the water was flowing INTO Lake Okeechobee which is not good, Lake Level right now as 13.63 feet and they are trying to lower it !!! 
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. This is the Lock at Buck Head Ridge where we like to stay. Hopefully this will do all right as this is my fishing spot.

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We are Praying for Anna Mae's Family in Florida and everyone else that they all are safe and sound with the upcoming storm !!
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Don't Forget, Remember our Vets !!!
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Friday, September 1, 2017

Surprise !! Another Stent

Wow have we been busy after getting back from Florida,  We got Anna Mae's Mother back on her feet from Heart Problems and on Monday August 21st I went for my checkup, Doctor said I was doing good and then on Wednesday August 27th I was rushed to our local hospital for chest pain and then transferred to St. Josephs Cardiac Unit in Syracuse, they found a blockage and opened it up and placed another "Stent" to get blood flowing.  Was in Hospital for 4 days now home walking and trying to regain my strength.  
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The blockage was inside in the LAD, the first picture shows my heart while laying on the Table, I am awake and talking with the Doctor as they repair the blockage and where there was no blood flowing as it should.
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This second picture shows where the Stent has been placed and shows Blood flowing thru the LAD as it is supposed to.  as of now I have 9 Stents in the Heart and 1 stent in my neck !
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I am feeling better and am truly Blessed I am still going as there have been so many of my friends who have not made it this far!! 
Have not been able to drive, nor play the Guitar or Sing but soon as I am gaining !!!!!
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Tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 2nd we celebrate our 28th Anniversary, we were married on a Saturday, Sept. 2nd in 1989 .
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Happy Anniversary to the Love of my Life,    Anna Mae!!!!
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 Don't Forget, Remember our Vets !!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Homeward Bound

Well, we have gotten Anna Mae's Mother somewhat back on her feet after some Heart Issues and surgery.  She was able to go out and celebrate her 84th Birthday with her 3 sons and 1 daughter.  Anna Mae was a little hard on her making her walk twice a day, being so hot, 102 in the shade Anna Mae would take her mother to Public, Tractor Supply, Winn Dixie, Walmart and walk all the isles in the Air Conditioning due it being to hot and muggy!  We were in Florida in Okeechobee almost a Month and are now home!!   Good Flights down annd back and I got a good del on our car rental thru the Veterans and American Legion with Enterprise Car Rental.  Great Company.
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Anna Mae and her Mom walking in Okeechobee !
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We went out about 7PM as the temperature was down to about 80 and not so muggy, I was having a problem breathing in all that heat !  Above is the dock in front of Anna Mas Mothers house.
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I did some fishing and got lucky with these beauties!!!!
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Above is Charlie, Vice President of a Manufacturing Company in Florida,  Anna Mae with her brother Libnan, seated beside Nickolas and Anna Maes Mother Irene.  84th Birthday Party!!.
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While celebrating Anna's Mothers 84th brthday, in the above Picture this group of ladies were celebrating the 96th birthday of the lady in the Pink Top, they stopped at the table and sang happy birthday to Irene, No Idea who they were but they were enjoying life !!!!!!
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Anna Mae and her Mother on her Birthday !!
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At Night we would go down to "Nubbins Slough" and count the Alligators at night, most we counted was one night we had 14 and got some nice video's and saw a couple of them fighting.
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The above Old Guy was about 14 feet long !!!  He chased the smaller ones out of the lock !
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Lock at Buck Head Ridge to get up into Lake Okeechobee so we could go get some Bass.
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Some of them !
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Tailgate of the Truck after unloading about 9:30 AM and was getting hot!  They were Delicious Bass !!!!!
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Earl Morning walk before heading up to Sanford Florida to take Plane Ride Home,   made it home in 2 hours and 45 minutes !!!!!
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Never Forget, Remember out Vets !

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Took Anna Mae's Mother to JFK Medical Center in West Palm Beach for check up on her surgery and Implant,  Great News as she can do more a little more by herself !!
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It is HOT, it was 96 in Okeechobee but news said it felt like 102, funny because back home in New York it is only 68 and my Brother is crying about how cold it is !!!!  He is wearing his coat!!!!!  
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Anna Mae's Mother lives   on a Canal that goes to "Taylor Creek and the Lock down there is closed.  Water is at 12.7 feet which is low!!   We got home and I took some free time and I WENT FISHING!!!!!!!
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Bang, first cast and I got a nice scrappy "Warmouth", they are a nice scrappy fish, Anna Mae was tired and said she would take a few pictures but she was heading for the recliner in the house and chat with her mother.
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Second cast and I got a "Whopper" as my Dad would say,  this thing put up an awesome fight but I did get it landed!!!
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 I finally got Anna Mae to quit laughing but she said she had to get a picture of this "Whopper" !!!
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Anna Mae tried to get a picture of the Coot and her babies but they would not cooperate!
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I caught about 2 dozen fish of assorted sizes and types, it was fun and my Honey finally came down and got me to come in before I got fried in the Sun or over tired!!!!
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A Beautiful Sunset!!!!!!
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Don't Forget, Remember our Vets, those past and present !






Monday, July 24, 2017

Hotter than Blue Blazes

We are still in Florida, Anna Mae is working with her Mother helping her get back on her feet, they did not walk outside today, it was 102 on the Thermometer, "Not in the Sin", so I really don't know how hot it is outside but my Grandfather Silas would say it's "Hotter then Blue Blazes" !!!!!!
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Took the rental car out for a ride, we took a break as Anna Maes Mother had some Doctor Appointments and we had some free time!!
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Saw this nice beautiful Caracara and were lucky to get a photo of him.
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We love to watch the Sand Hill Cranes !!
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We drove over past the Old Okeechobee Land Fill and they now have it fenced in and lots  and lots of cattle there!
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It was getting hotter so we headed back home as Anna Maes mother was due back from the Doctors office, Tomottow we have to take her to West Palm Beach to the Specialist that put in her Heart Monitor and Defib and Pacemaker..
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I for got just how hot it could get, I do remember being below deck on the USS Morrison, FFG-13 when we lost Ventilation once and Guys were getting sick and passing out, I kind of had that feeling today till I got back inside to Air Conditioning !!!
 Don't Forget, Honor our Vets !!
 


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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Florida Bound

Well, we have made a quick trip to Florida on Wednesday,  My Honeys Mother had Heart Surgery, a Pace Maker and Defibralator installed, she called and asked if we could come down and help her get back on her feet so here we are and man oh man is it ever Hot and Muggy !!!
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We left Odgensburg, New York and in 2 hours and 45 Minutes we were in Sanford Florida.
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Coming into Sanford Florida !
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We had a rough trip from Sanford Florida to Okeechobee to Raulerston Hospital to see My Honeys Mom !   Rain so hard ya had to stop !!!
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We got to Hospital and have spent the last 2 days sitting here !
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We took a break and visited the Lake, here we are in our Myrtle Beach T Shirts in the Park with the Lake in our background !
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Hopefully we can get her back up and on her feet in the next couple of weeks !!!
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Don't forget, Remember the Vet !!!!


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Monday, July 3, 2017

Checking on Old Family



We went on an excursion, loaded up the car and headed out to go "Back Home" !   We went up to where I grew up, about an hour and a half from here to a Place called "Pond Settlement", you will not find it on a map nor will you find "Shawville" on the Map.   
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. The first stop was to check in with my Father and Mother,  John and Ethel Wood, they are resting in Gates Cemetery just about a mile from the house I was born and raised in, this is a Cemetery that is for the residents of Pond Settlement and Shawville who lived there and there is not fee charged for the Family Plots. Outsiders pay $250.00 for a "Plot" !    My 2 brothers John and Donnie, are here and 2 of my Nephews, all passed away in the past few years.
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Next to the stone marker is a Rose Brush, it was purchased back in 1937 when my sister was born, he bought about 10 of them off a truck from a group of Italians that were peddling roses, flowers, apple trees from the Utica Area.     We have off shoots of them scattered around different places we lived, some places they grow big and other places they grow smaller, they are "Tea Roses".   Also buried here are my Mothers Parents and Grand Parents and Great Grandparents, the Whitford Family, also my cousins.
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. We went from Gates over about 3 miles to Shawville, here is another Family Cemetery, I am standing at the resting place of my Grandfather and Grandmother, Silas and Margaret Wood,  he was a Farmer and I grew up on his Farm !
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Next we visited with my Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother, not far from his Son, Silas Wood.
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. In the same Cemetery is my Great-Great Grandfather, Silas and Laura Wood.  Silas was a Civil War Veteran, enlisted 2 times and was discharged at age 44, he came home, was cutting trees and a tree fell and hit him in the head, killing him, he fought in some terrible battles in the south, survived 2 enlistments in the 60th Infantry Regiment of the New York State Vols, in Company B under Capt. Thomas..
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These are his 2 discharge papers .
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There are many many relatives buried in Gates and Shawville Cemetery.  They contain both My Fathers family and also my Mothers Family, the Whitfords.
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Most of these stones belong to my Family !!!

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Never forget, Remember the Vet !

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Gone Camping !

Well, we went over to the Storage Unit and grabbed onto our Aliner Camper, loaded her up and headed out for a few days of camping, we both felt good, so we left for the "Tug  Hill Plateau" !
We went up to the Sugar River area and spent some time, really nice, Hot during the day up to 80 and cool nights.
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I am pleased I have lost 50 pounds and have been able to keep it off!!!!! 
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We hiked down to the Sugar River Falls in Talcottville, pretty good hike of about a mile but rough coming back UP !!!!
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We found an old Cemetary, there were lots of old broken down stones, Civil War and Revolutionary War Stones, this is the first time I saw a repaired stone using pieces of aluminium and lag screws.  Pretty neat.
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We wandered back of the Fence and this little filly came charging towards us and momma was right behind, Horse flies were terrible !!!!!
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We went over to Whetstone Gulf and camped there for couple of days and it was nice.
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My favorite part of camping is cooking, really like cooking over a wood fire !!!
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Better than cooking is eating, fresh hot biscuits cooked in the fire, eggs, pork sausage, and NAVY COFFEE !!!!!!!!
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After Breakfast time for a hiike as we both felt good, so off we went hiking the North Rim of "Whetstone Gulf" !!! 
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The picture above is the fresh gully dug out by spring run off from the Heavy rains we had for about 3 weeks !
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Lots of foot bridges to get over areas of water and also walkways thru paths of Poison Ivy and Poison Oak.
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We were blessed as we found a large area of "Jack-In-The-Pulpits",  Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit, bog onion, brown dragon, Indian turnip, American wake robin, or wild turnip)  (12–26 in) in height with three-parted leaves and flowers contained in a spadix that is covered by a hood.  A preparation of the root is used as a treatment for sore eyes. Preparations can also be made to treat rheumatism, bronchitis,the Plant was at one time protected on the endangered list, we just checked them over and left them.  
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Above is the Purple Jack, the liquid in the cup is poison.
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We sat around the wood fire and enjoyed ourselves and we ate good and it was quiet sleeping except we were awoken in middle of night by growls, screams and brush rattles.
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Sitting around the Fire relaxing with morning Coffee !!!
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Up early in morning and scouted out where the screaming and Growling and thrshing came from, looks like a Bear tangled with possible a Bobcat from the looks of things !
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Supper was Aspragus cooked over the wood fire and cheeseburgers with a tossed salad, delicious.
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I brought the "Dobro" and did several songs I am going to Play for Church Services on Sunday at the Nursing Home,  it was nice, very few people, and I learned a couple of new licks on the Dobro.I
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Well, this is where we sat and Talked, Prayed, did some thinking and relaxing.   Headed home to plug back in and see whats going on in the world.
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DON'T FORGET, REMEMBER OUR VETS !!!