Sunday, July 03, 2011

My mother-in-law-is selling her home in Cedar Falls. In fact it just sold and her children are trying to empty the house of 50 years of accumulation. That includes receipt for most everything purchased in the past 40 year. Gasoline, repairs to everything,utilities, taxes etc. A mountain of paper that I had to get rid of. Too much.
It's tome for all of us to start pitching! DO NOT SAVE EVERY PIECE OF PAPER. Someone, someday will need to plow through it

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Visitng family
-December 2009 --A trip to Maine to see Laura and the twins
-January 2010 ----A trip to Iowa for Anna's 92nd birthday
-MAy 2010 -------A trip to Iowa to do chores for Anna

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Link to WCORCC

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Trip to Cedar Falls
On 5/7 visited Mary's family in Iowa. Most of her siblings were there for Mothers Day and to do the spring gardening and landscaping. There is always a lot to do. They are all good, close friends in addition to being siblings.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Cleanup

We are cleaning out Dorothy's house from decades of stuff. Last October 2008 we lost Dorothy, my first wifes mother-in-law. After 9 months in the hospital and rehab she had a deadly stroke. Before the stroke she had improved so much we were planning a homecoming that was not to be.

Since she was 90% blind and 70% deaf she needed much help over the past dozen years. My three children did an excellent job of caring for her. I'm very proud of them

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Friday, November 09, 2007

My Hospital Visits - Fall 2007

Spent most of from 9/18 to 10/30 in Barnes West county and Barnes on Kingshighway. A simple 7 day surgery stay turned into 40 days due to a bad infection. No fun at all but at least I don't remember much of it. On the mend now....slowly.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Childhood Memories of World War II

The following was dictated into my PC and then edited. It has been published to the KETC War Stories website.(search Alaska)
WW II helped form most of my childhood memories. I was six when the U.S. went to war. It entered our home through the radio. Mom, Dad & I were in the kitchen that Sunday. We were listening to the radio waiting for the Jack Benny show, but instead heard about Pearl Harbor. My parents knew difficult times were our future.

Dad devoted one half of our backyard to planting vegetables and the other half to raising chickens and rabbits. He built a henhouse for the chickens and a rooster and a hutch for the rabbit. The vegetable gardens and animals were now a part of my city life.

Every day war headlines splattered across our newspaper with important meetings, battles, victory and defeat. With the Atomic Bomb came VJ day. The war headlines ended as quickly as they came. I wondered what the newspaper headlines would be without the war?
The war required metal. My friends and I loaded our red wagons with scrap metal for Scrap Metal Drives. We dumped the contents of the wagons on the school playground where a hill of metal would form. There were wheels, cans, barrels etc. destined to become jeeps, tanks, guns, and more.
Tires and gasoline were strictly rationed. Carpooling was a necessity.
Daily, news broadcasters brought the war into our home. I vividly remember Walter Winchell with his machine gun like delivery starting each show with “Good evening Mr. and Mrs. North and South America and all the ships at sea. Let's go to press." The war came to my weekly movies. I saw “To Be or Not to Be” with Jack Benny in a Hitler parody and “Mrs. Miniver” starring Greer Garson. Seeing the bombing of London made the war a reality.

The war affected every day life. Candy and gum were scarce. I chewed the same piece of bubble gum for days. Nightly planting it carefully on wax paper in the icebox. After a week the gum was tasteless! Dad rolled his own cigarettes due to supply shortages. Savings Stamps were sold at school. I licked them to paste in a book. Eventually they were converted to a U.S. War Bond. A war poster read “Help Stamp Them Out”.
My cousin was in the Army Air Force, stationed on Attu, the furthermost Aleutian island of Alaska. As an aerial photographer he came home with exciting tales. He brought a bear rug home that soon found its place on his mother’s living room floor and became my favorite place to listen to his stories. His brother was a flight engineer on B-29's in the Pacific. For years he kept his flight engineer’s circular slide rule close by. Their sister worked for Delta Airlines testing instruments. Sometimes workers were required to fly the planes on which they worked. Could that be true? We were given plane-spotting cards so we could identify enemy planes overhead. Was it is a Messerschmitt, a Stuka, or a Japanese Zero? Fortunately, no planes came close to the lower 48. However Attu was attacked and occupied briefly by the Japanese in 1942. American planes were also included so we could be assured they were not a threat. I can still identify a Flying Fortress and a Liberator plane.

Dad was an air raid warden. He wore an armband and maybe a helmet when performing his duties. When the sirens roared there was a blackout. He was responsible for assuring that all homes on his watch were dark.
The war home front was much different then, different than it is with our war today. But the killing and suffering haven’t changed.

Monday, August 13, 2007

I didn't realize.......................
China,supplies 75 percent of its energy with coal as it hurtles toward industrialization. Due to mining of its vast coal fields, fires are spreading. Estimates vary, but some scientists believe that anywhere from 20 million to 200 million tons burn there each year, producing as much carbon dioxide as about 1 percent of the total carbon dioxide from fossil fuels burned on earth.

from the Smithsonian Magazine

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Hospitals and Surgery
Surgery booked for 9-28 and a weeks stay in hospital. That's 6 months since the March hospitalization that included two surguries and a three week stay for a colon obstruction. Add to that peritonitis and pnuemonia. and I 'm lucky to be here.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Books I've read in 2006& 7. Favorites are BOLD

No ordinary time
The American axis
Never have your dog stuffed
Davinci code
Meaning of everyt hing
Laws of Invisible
Little Children
Hole in the Earth
boyhood-wyoming ?
Swimming to Anarctica
Know it All
Lydon Johnson
You can be happy
Personal history - Graham autobio
The worst time ever
Lite only by the fire
Luckiest Man
Team of Rivals
Defining Moment
stumbbling on happiness
Night Watch
the Road
Cod, a biography

a world on fire - lavosier
give me a break
e=mc2 - einstein
Galileos Daughter
Hard Drive - microsoft
the God Delusion
Knife Man
Naked Economics
Ride of our lives
Finding my voice

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Monday, March 12, 2007

50 Years Ago - 1957 –

I made my first trip to NY to interview for an Engineering job at IBM in Poughkeepsie. But visiting the famous Birdland Jazz club in NYC was what it was really all about.

(Ended up with strep throat and almost hospitalized in Manhattan)

Graduated from St. Louis U.

Entered the Army and took basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in July-August. hot,hot, hot!

In the fall the Asian Flu swept the country. At Ft. Leonard Wood many switchboard operators were out with the flu so I volunteered for switchboard duty. "Post Exchange?"

Eisenhower ordered the 101 Airborne to prevent violence at a high school being desegregated in Arkansas.

The Dodgers moved to L.A.

The Soviet Union launched Sputnik

AND .....the Edsel arrived and flopped

p.s. 2007
The Post Disptach reported that there are over 70 million Blogs. They suggested we use "conversation" instead. But the opposite is happening. Facebook is a social networking web site which was launched in 2004 and has become very popular. You see faces as well as text and get to associate with your friends and friends of your friends.

Thursday, October 02, 2003

For the West County Older Residents Computer Club (WCORCC)

this is a blog !

Monday, September 29, 2003

An old friend

Had lunch with an old Maritz employee. Her husband, Chris changed professions and is now into landscaping and gardening. Loves it. Was a PC Training manager.

Our Chimney

-The tuckpointer I hired is a sole proprietor, just him.

-The tuckpointer, with my OK, decided to replace our chimney rather than repair it.

- When the old chimney was down the tuckpointer informed me his permit allows him to repair

but not replace an entire chimney
-The tuckpointer has not been seen for a few days because......
-The tuckpointer broke his arm.

-The tuckpointer brought a buddy to finish the job!

- Next time I'll try Angie's List

Sunday, September 28, 2003

You can do simple word processing functions like BOLD and ITALICS
and enter links

There is a BLOG SPOT PLUS about $5 per month that has no ads and allows pictures

Friday, September 26, 2003

Yesterday I had my 11th tooth implant in the past 5 years. Actually a tooth abutment or socket placed into the bone via much drilling, hammering too. $$$$$$$$$

Enough $ to buy a new car...a very good one. Now I wait for the healing. It takes at least 3 months before a"tooth" can be added to the abutment put in yesterday. Time to start prep for class next week.

Thursday, September 25, 2003

So my friend Norm a fellow PC teacher says, "you need to cover BLOGS" in your internet class. WOuld these "senior" folks be interested, I replied (they are my age). "Sure" he said. "Lots of fun. I d o it"
Well I better try it first so I know what's it all about.