Friday, May 28, 2010

I'M BACK: Computer Up & Running at Lake

My last blog was May 11, 2010. Warner had the cable installed a couple weeks ago at the families lake side retreat, where I live in the summer, but it took awhile to get this new computer on line. Julie has worked on it for two weekends but she has it on line at last.

Our good friends, Bill and Carla Ludwig, are computer illiterate but had two computer given to them years ago by their children. When they found out we were adding a computer at the lake they gifted both computers to us. Thanks friends!

Space here is at a premium, and that is putting it kindly. We have "stuff" everywhere, on the shelves and on the walls.

I have the computer in my Ethan Allen Secretary. It is a beautiful piece of furniture designed 50 years ago more for looks than for function. At the moment it is "make do" but we'll go shopping to add what is needed for blogging comfortably.

Julie is at the lake for a long weekend--we plan to hibernate and enjoy one another. Well, that was the stated plan. So far I don't think Julie has been quiet for more than five minutes except when we went out for dinner. Am I complaining? Are you kidding? Not only has she cleaned up after this old man "batching" but has also baked me a Bumbleberry Pie. Yum Yum!

After weeks of rain and cold, it has finally warmed up to the upper 80's but inside it is air conditioned to a comfortable 76 degrees. Sleeping at night with all the windows open is wonderful. Working hard, I sleep the sleep of the innocence. Umm! Well, I sleep well. HA

I am landscaping the lake side lawn. I used to think that "old" was between the ears but am finding that for every twenty minutes of work I need about the same amount of rest. In the last couple weeks I've removed about 40 x 4 foot of sod, added good garden soil and planted nine roses.

Normally, I would have planted Queen Elizabeth florabunda roses. I love the mass of pink. I decided to try something different, however, and planted Angle Face florabunda, a lavender/pink rose. In the middle of the planting, right in front of the front door, and across the drive way, I will install a beautiful trellis, which I bought several years ago. I'll plant climbing purple clematis to cover the trellis.

I'm reducing the 16' x 90' strip of lawn to an 8' x 50' between two trellis, which I'll build. The rose bed will be on one side of the lawn. On the other side, inside the fence, I'll plant two sour cherry and two peach trees, mulched and under planted with perennials.

I underplanted the front trellis area this week. I added one Perfume Delight Tea Rose for Julie to the left of where the bench will be in the trellis. I planted two rows of Dinner Plate Dalias, ten hollyhocks at either end of the planting and other assorted perennials, also given to me by friend Carla. I planted purple clematis for the trellis also.

I've got two sweet cherry trees to plant also.

I need to get my garden planted this weekend also, if I can. I'll start getting it ready to roto till tomorrow.

Fishing? I walk over to the lake most evenings to catch a few small bass on ultra light gear. I hope to do some serious cat fishing this summer.

Cookouts? Julie brought enough cookout material to last the summer I think.

Gunner? He thinks he has died and gone to heaven. I can't get that dog two feet from me. I enjoy the company, most of the time.

Donna, the nice lady who is into her second year of working for us, has been a great help. Her husband, Benny, has been laid off from a 27 year job for several months. I've hired him to also work weekends for me. They have been down the last two weekends. Donna is a jewel at any thing and Benny is going to do "grunt" work for me. Benny obeserved, while gulping down waffles and bacon after a dish of fresh fruit, that "this is the best food I've ever had". We eat well. HA

Not much of a blog. Sorry! More to come. Just wanted to say "I'm Back"!

God Bless

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

HEART WRENCHING: Story of A True Hero

No, I still do not have my computer up and running at the families lakeside retreat. I came home late last night so Julie could bathe my giant schnauzer, Gunner, in preparation for a 11AM grooming appointment.

I'm not certain that Julie is thrilled to have me home this morning.

No, she did not mind bathing Gunner. It is a breakfast thing. I get up at 5:30AM to get Julie's breakfast and share a bit of time with her before she goes to work. I did not notice when I set my alarm last night that my clock was an hour fast. Although I fixed her a favorite breakfast, she let me know that my clock was off an hour as she headed back to bed.

Oh, well! I'm awake so I'll get a blog out before I get the dog clipped and return to the lake. I'll be back home a week from Saturday for an evening with the "Out For Dinner" group.

I receive many stories from you readers. All are appreciated. This story needs to be told and retold. I appreciate this opportunity to do so.

You're a 19-year-old kid.

You're critically wounded and dying in the jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam.

It's November 11, 1967.

LZ (landing zone) X-ray. Your unit is out numbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense from 100 yards away that your CO (commanding officer) has ordered the MedEvac helicopter to stop coming in.

You're lyng there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you're not getting out.

Your family is half way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.

Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter.

You look up and see a Huey coming in. But...it doesn't seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it.

CAPTAIN ED FREEMAN IS COMING IN FOR YOU!

He's not MedVac so it's not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway. Even after the MedVac's were ordered not to come.

He's coming anyway.

And, he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 3 of you at a time on board. Then, he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety.

And, he kept coming back, 13 more times until all the wounded were out!

No one knew until the mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm.

He took 29 of you and your buddies out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey.


MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT, Captain ED Freeman, United States Air Force, died two weeks ago at the age of 70, in Boise, Idaho.

May God Bless and Rest His Soul!

I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but one couldn't turn on the radio or television for months without hearing over and over again about Michael Jackson or Tiger Woods or what Michele Obama is wearing.

MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER CAPTAIN ED FREEMAN.

Shame on the American media!
And, keep in mind this picture of our President, who was never in the Armed Forces, dishonoring the American Flag at this Pledge of Allegiance.

One must ask, "just where does his allegiance lie? While he would not come to attention and place his hand over his heart for the American Flag, like Americans do, we see him pictured here bowing down before an Arab Prince?"

REMEMBER!

Please plan to vote in 2010 and 2012.

God Bless us everyone.

God have Mercy on each of our troops and airmen on their posts around the world and on each seaman as they patrol their lonely stations on and under the seas.

God Bless the USA.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

THE GOOD OLD SUMMER TIME: Life at the Lake

A dear friend in California emailed today to inquire if I was well. I haven't blogged for 12 days, she said, and the last time that happened I had some physical problems. I thanked her for caring enough to ask.

I am well although I still struggle with a hip problem. I have relocated to Knox Lake Camp, A Pierce Family Retreat for the summer.

I am home now to get a haircut, my toe nails cut--I can't do that anymore--and take care of my monthly business. Also, clean laundry time. Hmmm. No laundry facilities at the lake short of jumping in the lake.

Ours is a pretty basic camp, no television or phone. We do have a television there but have only used it to watch movies. I had my wife, Julie, call about getting Warner Cable installed but that hasn't happened yet. With the cable installation I'll be able to use my computer there for the first time. Then, I'll be able to continue blogging, which I enjoy.I was in the Dayton, Ohio area Saturday for the graduation of my grand daughter, Jillian Elizabeth Pierce, from the University of Cedarville. She was a psych major and graduated with high honors. Un huh! Smart like her grandpa--got his good looks, too!

Jillian is engaged to marry Mr. Tim Vincent on August 14th, upcoming. He is a Mechinical Engineer working for the Department of Defense at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. I got to meet Tim's parents and siblings. I also got to see Jill and Tim's new home on which they just closed the purchase.

Although my son, Mark, Jillian's Dad, drove down to Dayton and back, it was a tiring 14 hour ordeal for me. I AM GETTING OLD! Ummmmm. The last few hours of the trip was very stressful and I'll require a couple days of rest to get back to normal.

I think I'm still good for about a seven hour trip, like going to Myrtle Beach, where we stop and gawk a lot, a good night's rest and then another seven hours of stopping and gawking to the destination.

I recently spent about 20 continous hours supporting my son, Todd, and his wife, Amy, on a cross Ohio bike trip. It took me three days to get over that.

As a result of these two experiences, I've decided to cancel my plans to fly to Boston next week for the wedding of my grandson, David. I emailed him my regrets and he was very gracious and understanding. I also cancelled a planned trip to Cincinnatti tomorrow to have Todd work on my trike. Not up to that at all!

I look forward to a summer at the lake. I've been fishing a bit and catching a few. Nothing serious yet but hope to fish more this year than in recent years. Plan to landscape the lot and plant some more fruit trees and berries, as well as a grape arbor. And, of course, I plan a vegetable garden. May is planting time in Northeast Ohio. At heart I'm just a red-necked farmer, pick my banjo and listen to the beans a-growin. Yeah!

I hope to make a cruise next fall on my sail boat, the S/V Christy Anne. Haven't used her recently and the lady needs attention! Don't they all, especially pretty ones like she happens to be.

Donna, the nice young lady who works for us, has just completed her first year with us. She is married to Benny who has been unemployed for some time now. Benny is also going to start working weekends for me down at the lake. He is young and can handle the heavy lifting. HA

I'm not exactly certain when the next blog will be written, but it's coming. Be patient. I most sincerely appreciate all who see fit to read what I write.

Take time to smell the roses!

God Bless