Bricks….

No, we are not throwing them….  they are placed in the ground Lyn’s cousin Trissy and her husband Randy spent some time visiting to see Lyn at Hospice. (They were here the day that she passed.  One of Lyn’s suggested donations was Hospice House and they saw a brochure where you could purchase a Memorial Brick.   They asked me and I said it was a great idea…

On the 9th of July, I got a letter from Hospice House stating that the brick was installed in the walkway area so I went down the next day and took a photo.   I sent that off to Randy and Trissy and again thanked them…

I posted a picture online the next day and Janice from Rolling Thunder asked about a brick in the Memorial Walk at the Vets Cemetery?   I told her PLEASE, I had forgotten all about that option and the President confirmed that they would make it happen…

Thanks Rolling Thunder NH

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Cooking Wars!

Well, they are not really wars, just me getting back into cooking better meals for me and my health.   This has involved the new toaster oven, Air Fryer and the slow cooker…    So far I have done good and overall pleased…

These are some of my stuff from the air fryer…  chicken, fries & fish & chips!

I have made a couple meals in the slow cooker…   a Pot Roast and a Pork loin wrapped in bacon..

I also got back into smoking meat…    Got the smoker all cleaned up and did a brisket, boston butt for pulled pork and and also through on a steak & 2 chicken breasts to complete the cook.   I must admit, I enjoyed this and so far the pork, steak and chicken have  been delicious.  Need to try the brisket next.

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4th of July

The 4th was tough at times for me this year.   Though we did not usually go to Fireworks, we were usually  home together with me cooking on the Grill…     First 4th of July with  me being without her…   (tears as I type this too).   To top that off, I received back the memory book from the funeral home on the 3rd.   Joe had it to handle the “Thank You’s” which I greatly appreciated …   It was an emotional moment when I opened that..

Maggie and I headed out early and visited Lyn at the cemetery..     it was a nice visit and I talked to her quite a bit…   then Maggie and I visited the dog park which is close by.

Later in the day, I went over to Scott and Morgan’s house for Low Country Boil Dinner along with her parents and her sisters family.   It was nice family time that I enjoyed.

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13 Colonies

Each year (10 years now) there is a radio event called “The 13 Colonies” Special Event.   Each of the Original 13 Colonies (NH, NY, CT, DE, NJ, NC, SC, MD, VA, GA, RI, MA, PA) has operators broadcasting throughout 4th of July Week.   This was my 3rd year of participating, in 2016 I got a “Clean Sweep”, all 13 along with 1 of the 2 bonus stations (Philly and England).   Last year, I again got all 13 for the “Clean Sweep” but this time got Both of the Bonus stations..

This year, I again got the “Clean Sweep” and both bonus stations.  It took me until the 3rd to get NC, it was the tough one for me.  Now I need to do the paperwork and send it in…

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My Photgraphy…

This month was way more productive than past months…   I took 230 pictures this month and less then 400 total the previous 5 months.   602 photos this year (1st 6 months) and only 460 last 6 months of 2017.

I have had several trips to the refuge, a boating trip, field day, some of the grand kids and some around the house.

 

I even entered a picture in the Weekly Nikon Challenge (Flower) and finished 1st with 70% of the votes!

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Reclaiming Real Estate

Well, that is what I call it anyway.   It refers to me getting organized, decluttered and re-arranging space so it is usable for me.   I was overwhelmed by all that needed to be done and just could not figure out how to get it all going at once.  Earlier this month, I set back and realized I needed to just focus on one thing at a time, and that seemed to allow me to focus.

1st areas, front bedroom closet…   I needed the space and needed to clean out paperwork and re-locate the safe.   2nd would be the medical supplies stashed in the bedroom, dining room and living room.  Lastly, we would recover the kitchen area, counter, cupboards and then the Pantry.

It actually went well once I had broken it down into chunks that I could handle.   The front closet went fairly quickly, took me longer to go through all the paperwork.   I followed that with the med supplies in the bedroom, throwing most of it out but keeping normal usage gauze, tape and wound ointments.   I put the keepers in a drawer.  Also cleaned off the dresser top and put all the Stuffed Bears back on display.

I did a couple other areas, sort of out of order, but only because I entered them.  Desk in Dining Room, had to pay some bills and went to look for checks…   decided to clean and organize!  DONE!   I was looking for something in a kitchen drawer, it was a mess..   Fixed!  DONE

I then got all the med stuff done, dining area done and ready for the kitchen.   One thing I realized, I needed to make things simple for me to cook..   so I decided to get a Toaster Oven, Air Fryer and a small griddle.  I had a large griddle that I gave to Scott, and gave the Ninja to Katie who helps with housecleaning.   I re-arranged completely the counters and the Bakers Rack.  All of the unused appliances can be on the Bakers rack, close by and easy to find plus frees up counter space.   I went through all the cookbooks and gave away most, only keeping what I felt I would use.   Lastly, I tackled the Pantry…   I threw out so much, moved stuff to cupboards that I freed up and re-organized it off.   The transition was complete on  June 24th.   I was actually very pleased with the transformation and have enjoyed working in the kitchen.

 

 

I have been pleased with the new appliances also…  especially the Air Fryer…

 

I have made pancakes on the griddle, fish & chips, chicken legs, fries, chili dogs, steaks and fish sticks in the air fryer.   Toast, baked chicken in the toaster oven

 

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Field Day

Every year, the last full weekend of June, The ARRL sponsors Radio Field Day.  It is the chance to go out, set up stations and broadcast for 24 hours attempting to make ham radio contacts.

For the 3rd year in a row, we utilized a piece of property owned by Savannah Airport to conduct our field day.  I was there most of Saturday and took Maggie along for about half of it.   She really loved the dinner!!

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Boat Trip

I had a nice day out on a friend’s boat today.  Paul called me last week and invited me out.  He has a 16 Carolina Skiff.  We put in on the Wilmington River, headed to the Savannah River, followed it past Fort Pulaski to Tybee and the Atlantic. We then came back up to the downtown Savannah Riverfront before returning to Wilmington.

It was a beautiful day and I enjoyed it very much…

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Father’s Day

Had a very nice Fathers day… it was my 1st without Lyn and I was a little down about that. Scott called early and invited me to lunch at the Crab Shack down to Tybee. I went early, scouted out the meeting place for my meet up with a friend for a boat trip. Also stopped and visited Lyn at the grave site. That was emotional (as expected) but it was good for me… I spent a bit of time just talking to her…. My Daughter Sharon called me while I was driving and we had a nice phone visit! Thanks Sharon McGhie Kwolek!

On to the Crab Shack for lunch where I was joined by Scott, Morgan and the kids along with Morgan’s parents David and Lynn. We had a really nice meal and some great company. Nice to spend some time with David and Lynn. This really made my Father’s Day good… I was glad I did not have to spend it alone.

As we were leaving, Scott gave me my Fathers Day gift… a nice Air Fryer. Thank you Scott McGhie & Morgan Reeves McGhie. I got home, checked it out and later made fish & chips from frozen “stuff”. Easy and came out good!!

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Cemetery Monument

On May 15th, I settled on Depue Monument Company.  I had visited previously, met with the designer, they are local and right outside the cemetery.   I stopped by and met with Matt and discussed the design with him.   A short time later, he sent the 1st proof and we went back and forth a couple times.   On June 13th, I received what I considered the final layout.

I sent a copy to the kids and also to Lyn’s siblings for final look see and on June 15th, I sent Matt the formal approval.  We are now 4 weeks into the process and I would home we can get it done in the next month or so..

I hope that you all will think it is proper….

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MATF – Atlanta

MATF = Mutual Aid Task Force

This is a quarterly meeting of all the representatives involved in the various Hospital Regions in GA.   I am affiliated with Region J which includes Memorial Hospital in Savannah, which is where I operate from.   I recently attended a Region J meeting and also participated in the Region J Simulated Emergency Exercise.

This meeting meeting includes seminars throughout the day and is attended by people from the Regions, the State EMA, the GHA (GA Hospital Assoc) and many emergency management personnel.

I left home “early” in the morning, met Steve (EC Chatham Co.) my superior in the Hospital and ARES Radio group, in the town of Dublin.   We then drove to Forsyth, just outside Atlanta.  The even was held at the GA Public Safety Training Center.   It was educational, informative and I felt worth attending.  We adjourned at 2:30 and I then drove home.   A long day start to end but I enjoyed it.

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Dance Recital

No, Not Mine!!!   Harper had her annual Dance Recital at the Arts Center and Savannah Country Day.   Each year it is amazing how much she progresses, I can still remember the 1st one that we attended.  She was in 3 separate routines and did well in all of them.  I enjoyed the event and seeing everyone that day.  It was a little emotional without Lyn for me.  She loved these and this was the 1st time I attended without her by my side.  Afterwards, we all went out for Frozen Yogurt.

Here are  a few photos….

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Flower!!???

The Theme for the weekly challenge on the Nikon Forum (starting 5/30 was “Flower”  Each person is allowed one entry and based on “likes”, the top entries go to a final.

This was my entry….

I was fortunate enough to make the finals and in the vote for the winner, I collected 70% of the votes for the Win!  During this process, a fellow photographer told me he liked it very much.  He also showed me a modification he did (cleaning up some of the distractions.  It looked really nice so I tried to duplicate it myself and was pleased with my results.

It also got me thinking about a process I developed to make a photo look a bit like and oil painting.   It has been well over a year so I thought I would try that again…    Here are 3 samples..

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Region J Exercise

Yesterday I participated in the Region J GA Hospital Coalition Simulated Emergency Exercise.   The event was a Hurricane coming from the Gulf so the effects hit the center of the State and Patient evacuation would be towards on near the coast.

I was working out of Memorial Hospital in Savannah, which is the Region Coordinating Hospital.  We actually had a team of 5 working the event with us and we logged in other Hospital check ins and passed messages back & forth.  in a couple cases, where a Hospital could not reach us we had to work via Relay.

It went well, we learned a lot…   and we were highly commended for our professionalism and ability to get communications in and out…     Later in the month I will be attending a statewide seminar in Atlanta.

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Photography Update

Well, I am attempting to get a little more active with the camera.  One of the tests is pure volume…

Jan 12, Feb 94 (a lot were 3D prints), Mar 24, Apr 87 and this month up to 167.  I have made trips to the refuge and also started participating in the Nikon Challenge Events.   It fills good to get more active and hopefully the trend will continue.   It is something I enjoy and especially wildlife, find it relaxing.

Here are some examples from this month….

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