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Posted by tree68 on Monday, October 19, 2009 7:16 AM

Well, there.  The Vital Signs conference is over and I'm back at work.

It was a pretty good conference.  Came away with some good information and a few goodies from the display area.

For me the highlight was the Sunday keynote by Steve Berry, author of the "I'm not an Ambulance Driver" cartoon books.  Funny how a humorist, telling it like it is, can bring tears to your eyes (and not from laughing so hard, although that happened too).

On the way home I stopped in at the daughter's place for dinner and some time with my grandson.  He's about 5 months now but is already clearly looking forward to getting around on his own.  He likes to stand up (with assistance, of course) but has that look in his eye like "if I could just figure out this walking thing, I'd be gone!"  I've got a feeling that he'll be a handful for Mom and Dad when he does get mobile.

Kinda taught him a new game, too.  Draped his "burp" cloth over his head so it covered his face.  At first he was confused.  Then he figured out that he could pull it off himself, and - "peekaboo!"

Gotta love kids.

 

 

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Posted by mudchicken on Monday, October 19, 2009 10:18 AM

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Cannonball, the Belle is still afloat, but probably out of service for the rest of the season. After the "accident", they cancelled today's cruise, and said she'd probably stay docked until next May. There were several injuries, all seemed to be minor; now damage to the boat; gonna need Several New Boards on the Sternwheel, not known right now about any other damage. The only thing coming out right now in the preliminary reports is that there were gusts of wind up to about 30mph while she was trying to make the turn; now whether or not she was just too close..........?  The Belle's Captain was at the wheel, bunch of years experience with the boat, and on the river.

Sorry to hear that.I wonder if she is gonna make a short cruise to Jeffboat in Jeffersonville, IN and go into drydock. Hopefully the Belle/Idlewild/GarbageScow isn't hurt too bad. There needs to be a way to get her and the Delta Queen out in the river racing again, maybe with the Natchez too? (Spending tonite and tomorrow night on the Delta King, twin to the Delta Queen, whilst running around in the California State RR Museum.).............

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Posted by cherokee woman on Monday, October 19, 2009 11:42 AM

Mudchicken, from what I heard on the local news this morning, the Belle will remain at the wharf, as they have quite a few 'parties' scheduled, and they'll just be "sitting on the river for river dining".  There hasn't, to the best of my recollection, been any mention of putting her in dry dock over in Jeff.  But I do wonder what is going to happen to the Great Steamboat Race on the Wednesday before Derby Day.  That was the second thing that popped into my mind, when I heard about the accident Saturday night.

For lunch today, I thought we'd have the following: 

1.  leftover roast, taters, carrots, etc. from yesterday

2.  Steak (country fried and broiled) w/steak fries, green beans or broccoli w/cheese sauce, corn, mac & cheese, homemade apple sauce, homemade biscuits w/beef or milk gravy and garden salad or Caesar salad

And for dessert, homemade oatmeal/raisin cookies

Hope you all enjoy, have a good afternoon, and see you later this afternoon.

 

 

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Posted by Deggesty on Monday, October 19, 2009 11:46 AM

cherokee woman
Good Monday morning, everyone.  Well, I'm glad that three people were in here last night, at least the roast, etc., didn't go to waste and have to be thrown out this morning.

Don't throw it out, make cold roast beef sandwiches, and use the rest to make hash!

Johnny

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, October 19, 2009 2:20 PM

afternoon

a beautiful autum day here in nw ohio.took care of the yardwork.I also looked at the downspouts.Seems some hornets want to try to make a nest in one for winter so I took care of that.The leaves are by no means done falling yet but it was great to be outside.Will get back outside once Matt gets his homework finished.Cw thanks for supper.

stay safe

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Posted by Deggesty on Monday, October 19, 2009 2:51 PM

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(Spending tonite and tomorrow night on the Delta King, twin to the Delta Queen, whilst running around in the California State RR Museum.).............

I hope you enjoy the Delta King as much as Ricki and I did a year and a half ago. Our only problem was that the taxi could not take us right to the door, and we had to walk down and back, which was not easy for Ricki since she was using a cane to help her get around. Aside from that, we enjoyed our stay--eating in the dining saloon, and sleeping in the small quarters. Our room was on the river side, and we saw some sea lions in the morning. I understand that when the two boats were in overnight service between Sacarmento and San Francisco, the cabins were even smaller (probably no private facilities).

As to the museum, you and the Boss Hen were able to walk back and to? Ricki and I have both enjoyed the museum; she especially enjoyed the CN sleeper that rocks back and forth, giving the impression of moving on rails. We walked over from the nearby Holiday Inn six years ago and, again, from the nearby Vagabond Executive Inn (I fear that bedbugs found us our second night there) two years ago.

You did find that the Delta King is a fast boat (fast to the dock, that is)?Smile 

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, October 19, 2009 5:33 PM

Well, just got off the phone with the son.  After exchanging hellos with the granddaughter (I'm now "Papa," which comes through quite clearly), and a brief translation by the son that included 'baby', I find that my grandchild inventory will be increasing by 50% in June.  Too early to know much more, though that information may be available when I visit them for Thanksgiving.

Gonna keep Gramps busy, I guess.

 

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Posted by grampaw pettibone on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 12:31 AM

Congtatulations, Larry. Pretty soon, you will have a train crew plus dispatcher. Regards to the parents.

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Posted by cherokee woman on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 4:30 AM

tree68

Well, just got off the phone with the son.  After exchanging hellos with the granddaughter (I'm now "Papa," which comes through quite clearly), and a brief translation by the son that included 'baby', I find that my grandchild inventory will be increasing by 50% in June.  Too early to know much more, though that information may be available when I visit them for Thanksgiving.

Gonna keep Gramps busy, I guess.

 

Congratulations, Papa/Gramps!  That'll just be one more kiddo for you to spoil (by giving/showing them your love).  Also sending congrats to the proud parents-to-be.

Good Tuesday morning, everyone.  Well, for some reason, I woke up at 3:45 this morning, and couldn't go back to sleep.  (Didn't go to sleep that early last night, either).

Coffee, juices, hot chocolate, hot cider and hot water for hot tea are all ready to go, as well as milk, iced teas, lemonade, etc.

On the breakfast/warmer bar this morning:  bagels, bear claws, blueberry muffins, oatmeal, toast, cream of wheat, turkey bacon, pork sausage patties, scrambled eggs, biscuits & sausage gravy. 

Heads up to Randy,and anyone else driving along I-65:  They started working on the southbound lanes yesterday.  So you'll more than likely have some delays around the Metro area.

Think I'm going to fix me some breakfast, and enjoy it before I have to start getting ready for Tuesday Produce.  Everyone have a good morning, be safe and take care.

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Posted by grampaw pettibone on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 9:29 AM

Morning. Kinda sparse in here today.... 53 and cloudy in Carolina today. Paula, thanks for breakfast and everybody have a great day.

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Posted by Modelcar on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 1:09 PM

Oh, we're having a beautiful day here......Much warmer.  Now it's time to move outside and get some "outside" things done.  First mow.  Move some bagged gravel to where wife wants it.  We have it all around the house....No mud on brick when it rains.  Also, can put one wheel of tractor on gravel area and mow all the way around the house and no trimming required in that area.

So, must head out and get started.  To be warmer tomorrow too....

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Posted by bubbajustin on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 3:29 PM

Afternoon everyone.

School went well. It is a beautiful fall day here in Western Indiana. The farmers are in full attack mode when it comes to cutting beans. They haven’t been getting in till about 11:00PM. The DRYALL (grain dryer) caught fire last Saturday. The bearing got hot, and melted the fan belts in half. It then proceeded to fall down into the pan and catch fire. 4 other local VFD’s were on standby. And, us my local VFD got it put out in no time.

Have a good evening.

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Posted by Limitedclear on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 4:02 PM

tree68

Pretty cool this morning - temperature-wise, that is.  I think a few people had a problem with some slippery roads, by the sound of the scanner.

I was a little concerned last night on my way home - as I drove up to Canton (NY) for a seminar I was in and out of some showers.  It was atually pretty neat - you could see the rain falling from various clouds all around.

That was at 6.  At 10, when I was headed home, the temperature had dropped below freezing, but the roads turned out to be OK.

The firefighters on the board may recognize the name Billy Goldfeder - that was who spoke at the college.  Excellent talk by an excellent speaker and worth the 2+ hours on the road to get there and home.  

Billy is the main man at http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com and also runs "The Secret List" which isn't really secret, but does keep us up to date on firefighter close calls and worse.  It's sad to say that I get several emails from the Secret List each week, noting the line-of-duty death of yet another firefighter.  Billy's crusade is to make that a rare occurance.

Now it's time for some work...

Tree -

Where are you fighting fires? Northland way someplace I guess? Haven't had any good ones down this way of late. Just some burnt toast and the usual EMS runs.

LC

 

 

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Posted by cherokee woman on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 4:10 PM

Good evening, one and all.  Tom, you're right:  it has been pretty quiet and sparsely populated in here today.  I finally got about two hours of good sleep, then woke up to a person down on the sidewalk in front of our house.  We had an ambulance, 1 fire apparatus, and two police cars out front.  Ambulance took the gentleman to the hospital to be checked out.  

Hi LC:  it's good to see you stop in for a few.  Good to see you, and hope to see you come in again real soon!  

Supper tonight:  Spaghetti and meat balls, with garlic bread and garden salad.  There's also plenty of oatmeal/raisin cookies and brownie w/chocolate icing and nuts  on them for dessert.

You all enjoy your supper, have a good evening and take care.

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 7:54 PM

Limitedclear
Where are you fighting fires?

Jefferson County.  I'd use the Q word, but that usually has predictable results and I like to get my beauty sleep...

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Posted by cherokee woman on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 6:41 AM

Good Wednesday morning everyone.  Well, it looks like another slow afternoon and evening in here last night. 

Coffee, juices and rest of morning beverages are fresh and ready to go.  And breakfast is now being served on the breakfast/warmer bar. 

You all have a good morning, and take care. 

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 7:03 AM

morning

sorry Cw thanks for the grub.busy day yesterday.need to play catch up on nappy time today.Nice day for today too.Farmers are out in full force.Rain coming in for tommorow.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by Mookie on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 7:07 AM

^? 

mmm....hammock vacant.  Lights on low.  Smell of coffee brewing....must be home!  Approve

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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 7:22 AM

Mookie
Smell of coffee brewing

Even though I've never liked coffee, I don't mind the smell of it brewing, and kinda like the smell of it being ground (which used to be a common thing at many grocery stores).

I've got my tea and bearclaw, and some cleaning to do before some visitors stop in this afternoon.

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Posted by grampaw pettibone on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 8:20 AM

Thanks for breakfast. 56 degrees and sunny in Carolina today with 78 degrees forecast. I too like the smell of brewing coffee, while actually hardly ever drinking any. Never have for some reason, whilst my father and brother drank it by the jugfull.

Everyone take care and stay warm

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Posted by Modelcar on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 10:35 AM

Must continue on a few more outside projects today....Beautiful day here....Will reach into the low 70's.  Bright sunshine and now our trees are showing the beautiful color, and the lawns are still so green.  I'm mowing about every 4 days still....

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Posted by cherokee woman on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 1:53 PM

Yes, Quentin, it's a beautiful day here in Louisville!  Temps are to get into the low to mid 70s, and there's plenty of warm sunshine.  Walt and I have been busy little beavers this morning, getting ready for some 'company' who were supposed to be here at 1:30; still haven't shown up yet.  

I've fixed some sandwiches for the rest of the day:

1.  open-face roast beef sandwiches w/mashed taters and beef gravy

2.  open-face turkey sandwiches w/mashed taters and turkey gravy

Veggies to go along with both above selections:  green beans, broccoli w/cheese sauce, corn, cole slaw, garden salad, macaroni & cheese, pork n beans

 

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Posted by bubbajustin on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 3:21 PM

A beautiful fall day here in W Indiana. The leaves are in a fiery transition from green, to orange, red, and yellow. Farmers still cuttin' beans. After supper I'm going to my grandma's house to help put up Halloween decorations.

.....Headphones..... is that a advertisement with the soundtrack of Jingle Bells...? I thought I just helped my family carve pumpkins?Confused

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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 3:43 PM

bubbajustin

.....Headphones..... is that a advertisement with the soundtrack of Jingle Bells...? I thought I just helped my family carve pumpkins?Confused

That muffled "whoosh" you hear the evening of October 31 isn't all of the ghosts, witches, and hobgoblins leaving - it's the sound of the Halloween decorations being replaced by Christmas decorations in stores and malls across the land....

Which reminds me - don't forget to put batteries for all of your smoke detectors on your shopping lists this week!  Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery!

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Posted by Mookie on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 6:31 PM

We bought batteries on Thursday and driver installed all of them on Friday.

Hope I remember to change the clocks....and all their batteries....

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 10:38 PM

tree68

bubbajustin

.....Headphones..... is that a advertisement with the soundtrack of Jingle Bells...? I thought I just helped my family carve pumpkins?Confused

That muffled "whoosh" you hear the evening of October 31 isn't all of the ghosts, witches, and hobgoblins leaving - it's the sound of the Halloween decorations being replaced by Christmas decorations in stores and malls across the land....

     What? The stores here have had their Christmas junk out for more than 2 weeks already.Disapprove

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Posted by cherokee woman on Thursday, October 22, 2009 5:21 AM

Good Thursday morning, everyone.  Christmas?  I'm definitely not ready for that yet.  Trying to get started on thinking about someone's birthday in a couple of weeks, and thinking about Thanksgiving!

Coffee, hot tea, juices, hot chocolate, hot cider are all ready. 

On the breakfast/warmer bar this morning:  bagels, bear claws, turkey bacon, pork sausage, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, toast, and homemade buttermilk biscuits w/sausage gravy.  Everything's ready and waiting for you all.

Still nice and warm this morning, with a current temp if the 50s.  High today somewhere in the mid to upper 60s, with rain coming in later this evening.  They're saying a 100% chance of rain for tomorrow.

Everyone enjoy your breakfast, and have a very good morning.  If anyone has any requests for today's other two menus, please let me know, and you all take care.

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Posted by grampaw pettibone on Thursday, October 22, 2009 8:13 AM

Good morning Miss Paula and everybody. 58 degrees and partly cloudy this morning. Lot's of sirens out on the hiway, think they are volunteer fire by the way they sound. The state has elected to repave the hiway and everything is rough driving, so anything is possible. For whatever reason, they are doing it at night, which would seem to me to be difficult and chancey. Ah well, everybody have a safe and warm day.

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, October 22, 2009 9:41 AM

grampaw pettibone
For whatever reason, they are doing it at night, which would seem to me to be difficult and chancey.

It's actually becoming a common practice - especially in places where daytime traffic is heavy. 

The state replaced a bridge over the interstate here.  The road over the bridge is the main route between a mall and other shopping centers and the alternative routes wouldn't have handled the strain.  They replaced half the bridge at a time and did 99% of the work between 7PM and 7AM. 

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Posted by Modelcar on Thursday, October 22, 2009 10:03 AM

I've seen roads paved overnight down in Florida....One in perticular circumstance even had the white lines painted on it by the next morning.  The location that I witnessed that was near Tavares, on rt. 441.

Quentin

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