Monday, June 29, 2020

Self Isolating At Our Home In Delaware June 2020

Good morning folks! I'm still here, self isolating in Delaware.  

Bill and I are doing fine. No virus detected here....yet.  I still take Bill out for his daily ride but he stays in our car while I go into the store or garden center for my regular outings to stimulate the economy.

I'm back on my regular work schedule at the hotel, Mondays and Thursdays, second shift. Hotel occupancy is picking up but nowhere near that it was last year during this peak summer tourist season.  I wear a mask at work and am behind plexiglass. Not comfortable with the mask (hard to breath) but wearing a mask is necessary.  Also necessary is wiping down all surfaces when I begin my shift, but I've been doing that for years now anyway, probably why I've avoided getting a bad cold or flu the past several years.  

I've already missed my spring trip to Philadelphia with Pat and visiting our friend Don. Normally at the end of summer I visit Pat at his home in Hamilton, Ontario. I've already cancelled that flight.  Hopefully we can meet up in Philadelphia in November, right after my birthday and when Trump is defeated.  Oh how I remember that awful birthday I had four years ago when Trump was elected to the presidency with Russia's help. Ain't going to happen this time folks. Going to be interesting how they remove Trump from the White House when his fat ass is beaten in November, because you know he's going to claim the election was "rigged" and will not leave on his own accord.  Interesting times folks. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

On Hiatus

Hello folks. Not to worry, I'm still here. I'm just taking a bit of a hiatus. All is well here. Just caught up in daily living and yard work and playing on line Scrabble. Need to relax in this time of the horrific last months of the Trump debacle and pandemic.

Also trying to figure out the new Blogger "update" site. I'm getting too old for these updates. Now to figure out how to post this post.

Monday, June 08, 2020


Well, I just figured out how to post a new blog. Yes, Blogger had a new update that for the life of me, I can't see how it improves my use of Blogger.  Before when I wanted to post a new blog, I went to the message that said "New Post".  Now I have to look for a big red plus at the bottom of my screen. Wow.  

I don't know about you but with almost all of the updates whether it be my IOS system on my Apple toys (iMac, Macbook, iPad and iPone), I don't see how my experience has improved. 

My latest frustration with this the Scrabble game on Facebook. For five years now I've been playing online Scrabble with Pat. He have eight games going at a time, usually updating them three or four times a day.  Then Facebook informed all who were playing the Scrabble game they were starting a new Scrabble game. "New and improved."  Ha! I resisted but finally gave in and began playing this new video game version of Scrabble. I think of all the old ladies in assisted living facilities who play have been playing online Scrabble for years and are now faced with the "new and improved" Scrabble games. I complained as did many others online to Facebook. You know how much those complains effective. Nada. They're going to do what they're going to do. I'm playing the new bells and whistles Scrabble. I'm getting "rewards" I know not for what. I suspect somewhere down the line they're going to ask me for money for the privilege of playing Scrabble online. I was paying for playing the classic Scrabble but I'm not paying for this new version. But I am playing, under protest.

Monday, June 01, 2020

Ron and Mom On Overnight Train June 4 2001

Nineteen years ago my Mother and I fulfilled a lifetime dream, that was to take a private room overnight train. We had both seen these glamorous train trips in old movies and when the opportunity came up to actually take one of these train trips, we took advantage of the opportunity.

My youngest brother John had invited us down to his home in Greenville, South Carolina to visit with him and his wife Barbara and daughter Nancy.  We could have taken a flight down, which my Mother had done previously by herself but this time we thought we would be more adventurous. Interestingly, the plane trip would have cost less.

The entire trip took about twelve hours. We boarded at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia about 5 o'clock after taking a train from Downingtown to Philadelphia. We arrived in Greenville about 7:30 AM the following morning, where my brother John was at the train station to meet us with his car to take us to his home for our stay.

The trip was a delight as you can tell from this one minute video compilation.  We also ate in the dining car which was very nice, just like in the movies. White linen table cloth and all.  

Looking at this video tape I am reminded of the easy camaraderie that I had with my Mother. I was her first born and her favorite (according to my brothers, I never noticed).  

This video was taken June 4th, 2001. Several years later as my Mother's health declined, we (my two brothers, the other of which she was living with in our old family home in Downingtown) moved her permanently to live with John at his home in Greenville, South Carolina. She didn't want to move there permanently but we promised her that we wouldn't put her in a nursing home and John had a mother-in-law apartment at his home which was perfectly suited for her. 

The last time I saw her was in 2010, several months before her death. She was mad at me because my brother Isaac and I had tricked her into going to John's place permanently. She was all packed and ready to go back to Pennsylvania with me and Bill. But we couldn't, she needed more care than Isaac could provide for her or that Bill and I could provide for her. My brother John was/is a care pastor and his mother-in-law lived with them for twenty-nine years. Yes, John is a saint. 

John is very ill now and his daughter is taking care of him at his home. I am sending him this video to remind him of happier times when both Mom and I could laugh. 

Mom is in a better place now.  Thank God she didn't have to go through this pandemic and Trump, although she would have been one of those Trumpers. She was addicted to Fox News.

Looking at this video brings me comfort and happiness at this stressful time in my life.

Bill is failing. I'm failing. Our country is failing.

I'll look at this video many times before I pass on. 

And for those of you who disdain photos and videos, this is why I take them folks. Sure, I believe in living in the moment but I also believe in reliving the moment and for that belief, I will never apologize.  

Every one makes choices in life. I'm glad I made this choice. My Mother gave me my first camera (a Kodak brownie) for Christmas when I was eleven years old. I've been taking pictures and now videos ever since. Thank you Mom. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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