Foster Dog

Maggie and I just had a house guest for 5 days, a min pin named Dixie. She is currently in Foster with a local rescue but they needed someone to “cover” for 5 days and contacted me. I was happy to do it and also helped out by getting her to and from a Vet appointment. Her and Maggie got along just fine and we returned her to her regular foster mom yesterday.

I have been asked to do another weekend foster in a few weeks and also signed up to foster with another agency.

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Squirrel Proof?

Lyn and I loved our little back yard and also loved feeding the birds. We typically had 4 feeders out (along with 3 Hummingbird Feeders). Each year is a constant battle against the Squirrel population.

Old Feeders

Above you see 2 of our feeders… I had filled all 4, and a few days later, the little rodents had emptied them. It was a bit before I refilled, and then I only did 3, filled them and put out on the 11th. In 2 1/2 Hours, they emptied all 3. I had enough… and started researching…

I had several suggestions and many suggested Brome… I also found some other brands with Rodent Resistant units, including Perky Pet which was the same brand I currently have. The big drawback to these units is the price, they are considerably more expensive!

I decided to go ahead and try a couple, choosing 1 each from Perky Pet and Brome. They arrived on the 14th, I got them all set and then put them out on the 15th.

So, what are the results…. THEY Appear to Work!! The Brome (smaller above seems to get the most bird activity and also appears to be constructed a bit better. It is now the 23rd and I had filled both maybe 1/2 and both have seed still after 8 days.. The Brome has definately much less seed now and seems to have more rodents trying.. but also has more bird activity.

Overall I am pleased and am going to buy a couple more units.

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Pressure Washer

I decided to pick up a small pressure washer. I really needed to try and clean the outdoor cushions. Spent some time sudsing and scrubbing and it was just too time consuming. I researched other methods to clean them and pressure washing was an option. I could also use it in the screen room and in the garage. (I had looked at replacing them but it costs more than than original furniture!)

After doing some research, I settled on a 2000psi electric model by Sun Joe. I ordered it from Amazon. It had quite a few good reviews and I also looked at some you tube reviews and operational videos.

The Unit – Ready for assembly

Assembly was pretty easy and the unit worked quite well. I used it to do the screen room and the cushions. The outside orange ones are really bad and sun-damaged. They are likely going to need to be replaced. The screen room furniture cam out acceptable. Next up will be teh garage and vehicles!!

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EMAG

You all are probably going .. “What is EMAG”
It stands for Emergency Management Association of Georgia. They have an Annual Conference in Savannah, this year it was April 17 – April 19th. I attended the conference this year, my admission paid for by Region J Hospital Association of GA.

I found it to be very good, there were several breakout sessions each day where you could pick from a selection of classs/lectures based on your interests. These were very informative for me.

Glad that I attended and hope that Region J will consider sending me next year!

Here are a few photos from the Event…

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4/16/2018

This is an Anniversary, but not of the good kind… A year ago today, my Bride of 41 years, Lyn McGhie went to heaven….

This was also the Chatham County Hurricane Conference… I was supposed to go, but when I went to register, I saw it was today so did not attend this year. I was also registered for the 3 Day EMAG Conference starting tomorrow and will still attend that…

So, what did we do today?? Maggie and I visited the cemetery and visited Lyn. I took a chair and sat and talked to her for quite a while. It was good! It was also beautiful day… when we left, I felt sad but good… I was OK!

The pictures below show the beautiful location along the Wilmington River and the beautiful day that Maggie and I shared with Lyn…

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Doctor Update

This month I had 2 Doctor visits and for those who do not like to read, the short version.. overall all is good. 🙂

On the 1st, I had an appointment with Dr Spellman (Heart Dr.) and he gave me an A+. I go back in 6 weeks and he will do an echo test to check the status of the leaky valve. I was pleased as was he.

On the 3rd, I stopped by Dr Ken (Primary) … I needed blood work for another Dr and also due for Cholesterol screening. Ken reviewed the orders , added a couple things he wanted and off I went!

He called me a couple days later and said all was good.. Iron a tad low but reserves was good so he wants me to stay on the iron pills. Hemoglobin was also a tad low but normal for me, in fact highest level in the last 2 years.

Yesterday (the 12th), I received the printed copy and after reading it was even more pleased. My A1C was 5.6 (actually in a normal range) and all my Cholesterol levels were also in the “Norm”. Give me a Gold Star~!

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Maggies Haircut

Maggie was way overdue… worse than me!! I called Petsmart where we usually take her and it was out 3 weeks to get an appointment. I called around to 3 others, one was 3 weeks and another did not call back until a day later. The 3rd called back in a few hours and I could get her in on Monday (called on Friday) so I took the appointment. It was close, right in Pooler and they did decent….

BEFORE

AFTER
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Hitchin the New Radio

Last month I reported on my new (to me) Icom 7100 radio. I needed a couple items for the install and ordered them, they came in on the 4th. In the meantime, I started putting everything else together on the 2nd. It went well all fit well in the desk after I re-arranged a couple items.

I was pleased with how it all came together and all tested out well.

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My Haircut…

Boy was I overdue… cleaned up half decent with a cut and a shave..

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New Stuff!

Yes, we finished the month with new “stuff”. On Monday the 25th, my new heating and cooling system was installed. I really like how it works along with the new programmable Thermostat. One of the best things is the added duct I had installed into the computer room. Hoping that will relieve some of the heat buildup from all the electronics running.

Tuesday the 26th…. New Whirlpool Washer and Dryer… I am very pleased, have not used them yet but they should be much improved over what I was dealing with. Reading the books today to learn about them.

I also received my New To Me Ham radio… I bought an Icom IC 7100 with an Automatic Tuner.

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Houseguests #2

This was a people visit this time. My sister Linda and Paul stopped by on Saturday the 23rd of March. They were on there were to a week in Florida. It was really great to see them and get to spend some time together. We went into town to Myabi’s Japanese Steakhouse for dinner. Drove around a bit as we were early for our reservation and showed them a bit of the area.

Dinner was great and the Chef was very entertaining at our table. We all enjoyed the evening!

After arriving back home we took a short drive around the neighborhood before turning in. In the morning, we grabbed breakfast at a local favorite of mine (Metro Diner) before they headed back on their Journey.

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Grandparents Day

Friday March 22nd was Grandparents Day at the JEA for Claire. They had a presentation in the auditorium and then we all adjourned to the class room for snacks and crafts.

Morgan showed up with all the kids so I got to see them all, they left when we adjourned to the classroom. These types of things are always fun and Lyn loved going to them… I still feel a bit empty when I go without her ….

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Houseguests #1

Well, I guess it was actually 2, but the First Occasion! On the 16th, I picked up Scott’s dogs Finley and Russell and brought them here to stay with me and Maggie. They were going camping for a few days so I stopped and grabbed the furbabies after breakfast.

Now, Finley has been here before… but this was Russell’s 1st visit. You need to understand that Russell is a pup and likes to chew and play. It was fun having them but a lot of work! Now Maggie could have done without him!! 🙂

He was forever trying to get her to play … and when she growled and snapped, he took it as play and kept going even more! He managed to eat 3 toys and 1 planter. I put away the toys that Maggie really liked so they would not be lost.

Overall, they got along good and I look forward to Maggie and I hosting them again… Scott picked them up on Wed the 20th!

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Investment Time

No, not a financial investment per se, but an investment in the home. On the 12th, Canady’s (my HVAC people) were here for my annual maintenance/service. They have been servicing me for 4 years and this time we had an issue, the coil of the air handler was beginning to leak and the refrigerant of this 13 old unit will become obsolete next year. I determined that I did not want to invest money in a unit that old that would be obsolete in a year. I had them quote a similar sized unit but more efficient than I currently have and added an improved thermostat. I also had an extra vent added to the ham shack as it gets warmer with all the electronics. This is scheduled for installation on Monday March 25th.

My dryer has been acting up for a while and I have had 2 repair calls over the past 18 months. Talking to Scott & Morgan and some friends, I decided to visit the local store Living Goods to look at and price appliances. After 2 visits, I ordered a new Whirlpool washer and dryer. These are in stock and they will be installed the day after the HVAC system (March 26th, Tuesday). A friend has a neighbor that lost his washer among other things in a hurricane and is still trying to get on his feet. The washer still works good so I am donating that to them. My friend will pick it up and deliver it.

Last item is my Sprinkler system. I had issues last year at the end of the season and shut it down. I am going to start looking for a contractor now to come in and quote me the repairs that I need so I can get it operational before the heat arrives!! Wish me luck!

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Back to Church

It has been a while coming, I have been thinking about this for quite a while and in recent months, decided I wanted to get back in to a Church environment.

In the past couple months, in addition to doing some bible reading, I have also been looking at local churches and visited several. A few weeks ago I began attending regular at Living Faith Church in Guyton GA.

I have been inspired to travel back to my Christian Roots..

Thanks to James, Kim, Aaron, Bobby, Kyle, Gary and Russ…..

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