I am sorry that that there have been so few blog posts lately.
1) I have been working at a new job. My monitor is exposed and people walk behind me all the time. I can’t goof off (as much) on this job as I have been accustomed to.
2) I have had some health issues that have preoccupied me. I am back to 100% now, but still I have lost some motivation to self-actualize. Some things seem trivial compared to a fight for your life.
3) I have not really had too much to say.
To catch up, here is some news.
My old friend from Central Nyack Noel Fenton died. Noel lived around the corner from me. We grew up together and played lots of basketball and other games. After high school Noel got married and divorced and lived in Suffern, about 10 miles away and I rarely saw him. I am saddened that I will never see him again and that I had not spoken with him in so long.
Another old friend Jeff Williams had a heart transplant. Jeff lived around another corner in Central Nyack and is a year or two younger than I am. I’ve known Jeff since he was a little kid. I have not heard anything about him, and I hope he is well. Jeff was very sick. Jeff, Larry and I went to see Johnny Winter and Edgar Winter last year, and Jeff had a bad episode and had to go to the hospital. He’s needed a new heart for a while
Another friend, Bob Rucker, had a heart transplant and he is doing great.
I moved some websites to DigitalOcean.com which is a whole new experience for me. You get a small virtual computer on the cloud and have to install all the software and configure it. I still can’t get everything to work right. I don’t know if I can keep it up, but I will keep trying. If it works, CThreePO.com will go next. I’ve already moved some small sites and WestNyackHoney.com. It is much cheaper than 1and1, but not so easy.
I opened the bee hives yesterday and two hives are dead and two are very strong. I have three packages of bees coming in the Spring, and if the two hives remain strong, I will buy queens and split them. There’s about 80 pounds of honey in the dead hives, which translates to about $600 if I bottle it. Some will be used to start the new bees coming at the end of March. The rest I’ll bottle.
It’s snowing like crazy and my office is empty, so I can blog without anyone taking notice. Looks like about 6 inches out there. I will be leaving soon.
My oven died and we have been eating Chinese Food. New oven comes Wednesday during an ice storm. I need to get Larry to help me load it up in the truck to take to the scrap yard. “White” goods go for about $25 which will pay for our lunch, even though it is more work than taking advantage of the free cart away service that the oven store offers.
My laptop computer has lost its mousing ability and is useless. I bought a replacement touch pad and will try to install it soon.
Justine changed jobs and says that she is sending her old computer to me. Her company is buying here a new one. I am looking forward to it – its easier than fixing my old one.
I changed the theme on a few websites. Blogseye.com now has a “responsive” web page layout based on the “BoilerPlate” framework, so that it displays nicely on web pages as well as mobile devices. I will switch over all my sites eventually. Soon you will be able to read this blog on your cell. I will be getting rid of the dark background, I think, and moving the left panel to the right. It takes hours to build and then check, but I am getting better at it. You should see it soon.
I have not been riding the bus, but it is because I have been taking too much time in the morning. It is hard to get going since my operation. I took the bus twice last week. I took the car today because I was late again, but I wanted to be able to leave early if the snow was still bad.
Walter, the rooster, is not doing well. I don’t think that he is long for this world. Egg production is down to about 6 a day. Erica ordered new chickens for this Spring, but she won’t let me eat the old ones. Once you name a chicken you can’t eat it. They can live 10 years or longer so we will have chickens that don’t lay eggs, as pets, long into our retirement.
We had a cord of wood delivered. It is Ash wood and very light. It burns faster than oak or maple, but keeps the house warm. It requires more trips to the wood pile and you have to fill the wood stove more often. I have lots of maple from the tree that fell in the back, but it is too big to split. A neighbor’s house is for sale and there is an old log splitter in their backyard that I’d like to buy. I keep forgetting to contact them and make on offer on the splitter, if it works.
That’s the stuff that I would have been blogging about, so now you know. I’ve save you the trouble of having to read all of those posts. 90% of you you will not have even made it this far.