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Bill's Eye Appointment

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This morning I took Bill to see his eye doctor.  This appointment was for an eye examination for a new eye prescription for Bill so he could get new glasses. For the past year Bill's eyesight has deteriorated significantly. Last year Bill had cataract surgery. That was quite an ordeal.  But after his cataract surgery Bill still had trouble seeing.  Like really a problem, he couldn't even make out the top big letter on the eye exam chart which is E.   Back to the eye doctor.  After several examinations it was determined that scar tissue had formed around Bill's replacement cataract lenses. That scar tissue had to be removed by more laser surgery. Then this I take Bill back for yet another eye examination.  Yes, dilation fluids, waiting in the waiting room, and all that.   Back to the eye chart.  Bill still can't see the top letter on the eye chart.  His doctor comes in, examines his eyes and discovers that Bill has macular degeneration.  Yes, Bill is slowly los

My Names

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"Ronnie" Inspired by a fellow blogger who recently posted about his many names, I decided to post about my many names. I was born Ronald Walter Tipton. My Mother named me after her favorite movie star, Ronald Coleman.  Now I realize most of you have no idea of who Ronald Coleman was.  He was an English actor with a sonorous voice who starred in "Prisoner of Zenda" and "Shangri-La".  Memory of Ronald Coleman is long gone now but during the Thirties and early Forties he was a popular leading man.  I was born in 1941, the height of Mr. Coleman's popularity.   Ronald Coleman - actor for whom I was named I am the oldest of three brothers. My father's name was Isaac.  My Mother did not like that name.  My father wanted to name me after himself but my Mother wouldn't have it.  She told him "I'm not naming any of my children that ugly name."  Ironically, when my second brother was born, he was named Isaac Walter Tipton, Jr.

Saturday Morning Sunshine

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Me with my newly assembled Bagatelle Arch Just got back from taking Bill for his daily ride. This sunny Saturday morning we took our daily ride to BJ's Wholesale store in Millsboro, Delaware.  That is an eighteen mile ride one way from our home to BJ's.  After torrential rains yesterday, it was a pleasure to have a breezy spring sunny morning greet us. I try to get Bill out of the house at least once every day. We usually make our trip to BJ's every two weeks. Always a nice ride. Yesterday, before the torrential rains arrived I took Bill with me when I went to Staples.  I had to purchase a shredding machine.  I also had to purchase more mailing labels. I'm selling my vintage jeans folks on Ebay.  I haven't sold them all but they are being sold.  I tried putting one on the auction to see how that worked out.  Not so good, I only had one bid, $4.65.  Of course I had to sell those jeans at that price. No more auctions for me.  I sold other jeans for $20 and $24.

Impeach Trump Now

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Folks, I'm going to give you a warning right up front. This blog posting is a political rant. These days I am growing increasingly concerned at where our country is headed.  I do not exaggerate when I say we are headed for a dictatorship.   Trump is ignoring Congress's Constitutional duty to provide oversight to the Administrative branch of our government.  Congress issues subpoenas and Trump ignores them. The Republican controlled Senate ignores this blatant disregard for the law by Trump. Trump has been getting away with breaking the law his whole life. Anybody who challenges him, he either threatens to sue or sues.  Even if Trump is impeached or loses the next election, he will not leave the White House. He will have to be taken out by U.S. Marshalls.  I am sure this is where this criminal will end, led out of the White House in handcuffs like Julian Assange was taken out of the Ecuadorian Embassy.  The Democratic leaders in the House are reluctant to beg

Reflections on Immortality

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Time again folks for one of my periodical reflections on life.   I was prompted to write this blog after reading a fellow blogger's post on his reflections on immortality. Will he be remembered after he is gone.   At one time I was concerned about how I would be thought about after I'm gone.  To be clear, after I die.   I was also concerned would everything in my life be all tidied up and in order when I make my Final Exit. Now, I am not concerned.  Of course I'll try to make it as easy as possible for my friend and former boss who I have named as the executor of my estate to clean up all the loose ends when I die.   When I was much younger than I am now I wasn't concerned with these things. But now as I approach my 79th year, having outlived most of my contemporaries, I think of these things.   "Things" I used to worry about was what will happen to all the photos (over 100,000) and videos I have accumulated?  Who will take care and appreciate th

Spring Flowers 2019

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This spring has been exceptional. A little chilly and we did have a mini tornado tear through our back yard last week but overall, a very nice spring.  Every fall, when I am faced with planting over one hundred spring bulbs I wonder, "Why did I order so many?"  But when spring rolls around after a long, cold, gray, bleak winter, I am thankful that I made the effort last fall to plant all those bulbs. Never too many I say! Tomorrow I take Bill back to the eye institute to have his left eye treated for removal of his scar tissue from cataract surgery.   Last week I had half of our house power washed. Looks good!  In fact our house looks brand new.   Last week I also employed some guys (English speaking, what a relief) to dig up two new herb plant beds for me and lay some mulch. I used to do all this work myself but at my age now I know my limits because my body tells me when I push myself.   Even though I fatigue easily doing manual labor I can still work at the hote

Bill's Cataract Correction Surgery

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Busy days here folks! Yesterday I had a mixup as to who was going to cut up my fallen river birch tree branch and dispose of same branch. That was quite a story which I am just too tired to relate tonight. Maybe my next blog post, with pictures and videos. Today was the day Pat and I were in the audience for "The Price is Right."  I taped the program and caught a little bit of it but couldn't see myself in the audience. I was wearing a red "Never Give Up!" T-shirt.  Unfortunately for me about half the audience had red T-shirts. I spotted Pat in his black top right away but me?  Blended in the audience.  I'll have to study that tape a bit more before I post any of it here on this blog. Yesterday, among all the activity around here about arranging cleanup for fallen trees and tree branches, I managed to get Bill down to the Delaware Eye Institute for cataract correction surgery. Bill had his cataracts removed last year.  Just his luck, scar tissue has f

Tornado!

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Viserion the dragon This morning at approximately 3:30 am I was awoken by a "train" roaring through our house. Then I heard a tremendous crack of thunder. My first though was "Game of Thrones", final episode.   Viserion was coming! After that racket died down I went back to sleep. When I got up this morning, as is my usual practice, I looked out my back bedroom window at the oval planter with three river birch trees and this is what I saw: Oh no!  A major branch of my river birch tree was down.  There goes my shade for the summer. We get the late afternoon hot sun during the summer and this tree was my respite from heating up my bedroom.  Oh well, thank goodness the whole tree didn't come down. After I had breakfast I asked Bill to take a short video of me inspecting the damage. Then that's when I discovered my neighbors suffered a lot more damage that I did thus proving the point it can always be worse.   Here are the pictures I took of

Ebay Update and Other Drama

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The silver dollar buckle I placed for sale on Ebay this morning = $25 asking price Hello folks, I'm back! Well, this past week has been very interesting. To update those of you who are interested in my Ebay postings, I made another sale, a pair of vintage jeans for $15.00.  I turned down an offer of $10.00.  I'm locked in to a bid of $4.65.  I took Ebay's suggestion and placed on of my Levi jeans up for bid at Ebay's suggested starting bid. They said "start low and Ebay's will bid it up."  Ha!  Didn't happen.  I'm locked in to that low bid.  I'm glad I only put one of my pairs of jeans on the bid function. All the others I set a price of $30.  I'm finding whatever I set the price, if I get a bid it's usually half what I set up the price. Some items I thought I could sell easily but I'm finding out that isn't so.  I have about sixty 45 RPM records, half of them never out of the bag I purchased them in.  I checked Ebay to

Daffodils Spring 2019

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Let us pause in the daily travails and enjoy this short video of my spring daffodils in full bloom. I love daffodils! They are the cheerful harbinger of spring. Spring, that time of year of rebirth. After a long cold winter, seeing the cheerful yellow daffodils heads dancing in the wind sooth my psyche on these stressful days. Every fall I plant more daffodils. Last night I placed an order with Brecks for even more daffodils to plant this fall.  Can never have enough daffodils! Looking at this video I am again reminded that this is my last move. I am totally happy here on our one acre of land in southern coastal Delaware. Of course I miss hills and mountains  and warm weather and the beat and throb of the city but here is where I will end my days. Of course punctuated with my quarterly excursions with Pat, my Canadian Travel Buddy. Living the dream folks!

Mayor Pete

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A largely unknown presidential candidate a few weeks ago, Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend Indiana has taken the 2000 presidential race to a new level that I never thought I would see in my lifetime.  I have more to write about Mayor Pete in subsequent posts but for now I would like you all to see this video of remarks mayor Pete made yesterday. I am so glad that in my lifetime I have a presidential candidate who is good, decent, intelligent and .......gay.  There, I said it. The unthinkable, a legitimate candidate for the presidency of the United States who is gay and who is not a stereotype gay but just a good and decent man who cares about this country and who isn't ashamed of being gay and offers no apologies. Not even to his fellow Indianian Mike Pence. 

EBay Progress Report

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Me posing with my biker leather jacket today to send this photo to my EBay inquiry as to whether or not my jacket is "shiny". Since I sent this I haven't heard from him. I guess it's to shiny enough for him. Me, yes that really is, back in the day (1971) when my biker leather jacket was new and shiny Update time folks. Today I posted more sale items on my EBay account. So far I have no bids on my antique Heidi doll.  Looks like one of my grand nieces is going to receive a very nice gift. However, I feel sorry for the Heidi doll. Little girls tend to be very rough on dainty antique dolls, dragging the doll around by her arm until it falls off. My Mother often told me the story about how her two older brothers tore the head off of her doll. My Mother with her favorite doll which her two older brothers (pictured) eventually tore the head off (1926)  may just keep Heidi here at Casa Tipton-Kelly. Get a nice display case and light her up. At least get her 

Have a Great Day!

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Busy times here folks!  I've been tardy in updating my blog (again). I spent the morning adding more items for sale on my eBay account.  Still no sales but I'm not giving up.  I hope to catch up this weekend.  Don't give up on me! I'll be back.

eBay Update

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Vintage Heidi Collector's doll for sale - no takers on eBay Monday I placed my second item up for sale on eBay. I placed the vintage Heidi collector's doll.  Not one nibble folks. Nada. Nothing. Zippo. Zero. Initially I placed it up for an auction with a beginning .99 cent bid.  Of course I felt a little uneasy about such a low beginning bid but that's what eBay suggested as the "best way" to get a bidding war started. Alas, there was no bidding war. There was nothing.  Nada. Nothing. Zippo. Zero. Not wanting to be trapped into selling my valuable Heidi collector's doll for less than a dollar, which I would have been obligated to if someone bid 99 cents, I changed the starting bid to $20.  That's a fair price. Now if I don't get a bid, one of my grand nieces or great grandnieces (I have two of them!) will soon receive a very nice gift from their Uncle Ronnie. Next item up for sale on eBay?  One of my fifty or so vintage jeans, Levi