Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas and beyond


Up at 5:30am some Cheerios, no coffee and we were on the road.  Time for the HamBone Express.  We picked up the girls and made our way downtown to the mission.  We knew our assignment and got set up to hand out T-Shirts to the volunteers.

This is our third year at the HamBone Express
There were several hundred volunteers, plus a lot of the Mission staff.  The meals were assembled and put into bags that local school children had decorated.  Then over 3700 meals were delivered by 134 delivery teams.  The first delivery team left shortly after 8am and the final one left around 11:30am.  Everyone worked together and I think it all went well.

Then we headed home and Elizabeth got the turkey, meatloaf, mac-n-cheese, and Rolls started.  Then we opened gifts.

Opening Gifts
We also watched the Polar Express, A Christmas Story, and talked to our family out in Alabama.  We FaceTimed and we got to see all the kids presents.  So we had a very nice afternoon.  Then it was finally time to eat.

Carved up the Turkey

Our non-traditional dinner
While our dinner was non-traditional it was what we all wanted and enjoyed.  I had to nap before writing this, boy it was good.  Alexus got a copy of Frozen for Christmas and we finished up the day by watching it.  We had a really good day and enjoyed our time together.

This is the back of the volunteer shirts.


The sun is out this morning and Bonnie has headed out on a quick trip to Hobby Lobby for the after Christmas sales.  They are just supposed to be gone a couple hours.

I cleaned up the cooking pans in the kitchen from the Christmas cooking and waited for Bonnie to get home.  Made a turkey sandwich for lunch.   I watched Good Morning Vietnam with Robin Williams and several episodes of Damages.

Bonnie got home after 7:00 finally.  We watched a couple of the Hallmark Christmas movies and called it a night.

Not much else happened today.


Sunny and warm again today.  We both slept in some, the generator test woke up Bonnie.

I did not do much today.  Bonnie did the wash.  Then we watched some more movies.  Its almost like we are retired.


Rain overnight and still wet this morning.  Getting ready to head to church.  Today in church we had a guest speaker.  A young 30 something Jewish missionary.  He was very good and spoke on what the Jewish nation and peoples role is in the world is and how it mirrors what is going on in the world and how the Bible talks about it.

We picked up some eggs on the way home and thats about all we did today.  We did eat, nap and watched the Bills win in New England.

I have decided to take a little time off from Blogging.  Its hard to write when not much is going on and we are not traveling.  I will be back when something interesting happens or we start to Wander around this Great Country of Ours.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve


Lots to do today.  We got up ate and then headed into East Aurora.  We both drove.  Bonnie left and I got some tools together and followed.  We put up quite a few shelves and mirrors for Bonnie's Mom today.  Then they left to go for a PET scan.  My assignment was to take a flat tire to see if it could be fixed.  I took it to their trusted tire man out in Strykersville and found out it was ruined.  Mom had driven a mile or so with it flat.  So we put a new tire on the rim and I headed home.  Today was to be the best day for a while and the SUN was out.  I changed the tools I had in the car for tire tools and loaded the jack into the car.  Boy was it heavy.  I do not remember it being that heavy when I bought it 10 years ago.

After grabbing a sandwich for lunch I headed back into the apartment and took the emergency spare tire off the car and put the new one on.  All went well, but that jack was even heavier when I put it back in the car.  I headed home, put the tools away and cleaned up.

All went well with the PET scan now to wait for the results.  Bonnie got home and we watched the news.  I am really beat and I am heading to bed nice and early.


Up early and we headed to downtown Buffalo to the Mission.  Last night I prepared the turkey breast by rubbing it down with mustard and Pappys rub.  It is sitting outside in the cool grill and tomorrow morning it will go into the smoker.

Soaking up the flavor of the rub
Traffic was light both this morning and coming home.  We spent the day helping to get ready for the Hambone Express.  Right now it looks like about 134 teams of volunteers will deliver over 3700 ham meals on Christmas morning.  We are tired but thankful that we can help.


I was up by 8 this morning had my breakfast and then put the turkey in the smoker.

The smoke is just starting
The turkey was done in just over 4.5 hours.  Sorry I did not take a picture of the finished product.   We were just about ready to load up to head to the family party.  Bonnie also made a big pan of chicken enchiladas to take along.

Must be 10lbs or more
We loaded up the car with food, presents for tonight and tomorrow and headed to the apartments.  Mom had reserved the activity room for the get together.

Bonnie's Dad Otis
I got to talk to all the brothers and sisters either in person, on the phone or by text.  We had a nice turn out.  Bonnie had gone through a lot of her Mom's pictures and sorted them and they were passed out to the families.

Checking out the old pictures

More picture gazing
We had a good time and were home around 9pm.  My son had facetimed us in the car and we called him once we got back in the house.  We had a nice long FaceTime chat with his family before deciding to call it a night.  Just as a hung up the wind picked up and we got a NWS warning for severe thunderstorms.

This Gum ball Tree makes it to a lot of family Christmases
The tree is a family tradition and I seem to remember it always being at the Christmas Eve get togethers.

Well I will post this as we are getting up early to head into the Mission for the HamBone Express.

Merry Christmas!  Enjoy the time you get to spend with your families.

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"Some people try to turn back their odometers, not me, I want people 
to know why I look this way, and some of the roads weren't paved"

Sunday, December 21, 2014

It's Winter


About 1.5 inches of new snow out there this morning.  Just enough to have to clean it up.  Bonnie has left for East Aurora to spend the day with her mother and take her to her Dr. appointment.  My assignment for the day is to mail a Christmas package at the Post Office.

I did clear off the deck and the apron in front of the garage.  It was raining when I finished that so I went down to the Post Office and mailed the package.  Then back home and worked on the computer and watched TV the rest of the afternoon while the towels washed and dried.

Bonnie called around 6, they were just leaving the Drs.  Lots of blood tests today for her Mom and a series of tests and scans that need to be completed in the next few weeks.  The good news is that they like the Dr.

Bonnie must be feeling good because she just called and said she was going to grocery shop on the way home.  I threw in another load of clothes so they will be done when she gets home.

Bonnie made it home and put the groceries away,  now time for a Hallmark Christmas Movie.


An icy morning today.  Looks like the drizzle should stop late this morning, be careful out there.  I don't think we have to go out anywhere today so thats good.  I did go out and scraped the top ice and snow mix off the driveway.  There is just a thin layer of ice left and its 22 out so it will stay another day.  We are to get up into the low 30s tomorrow possibly with some sun so maybe it will melt some.  The long range forecast shows 50 later in the week.  The weathermen are also saying Christmas Eve and Christmas day may be some nasty weather, time will tell.

Bonnie baked some more and I worked on the computer.  Some financial stuff and also worked on setting up a FB Group for the family.  Then we watched some Christmas movies and just relaxed.


Still below freezing today.  We did not hear the generator run for its weekly test.  It was still warm when I went out to check it, thats good.  While I was out I went out and got the Penny Saver papers and mail.  A couple more Christmas Cards with Friends news, we always enjoy the letters.

Bonnie is doing wash today and we are taking it easy and watching some more Christmas movies and TV.  No sun today so no melting of the ice and snow.

Alexus had her Christmas Party at Church last night and guess what.

Her team won the Gingerbread Creation Competition
This is Doug with a Make-A-Wish boy.  Doug works at the Mission and we usually have lunch with him when we are there.  He also opens the Buffalo Sabre's Home Game by singing the Anthems

Doug in the middle


First Day of Winter!  Also the shortest day (sunrise to sunset) of the year.
We were off a few minutes early for Church as Elizabeth was working in the baby nursery.  We had another good Worship service and the Pastor's sermon was over before I knew it, very interesting.

We headed to Tops to pick up a turkey breast to smoke for Christmas and then a quick stop at CVS to pick up a RX.  We dropped off the girls and headed home.

Not much else to report for today.  Except the Bills tried hard but fell short and have been eliminated from the Playoffs!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Community Meal


Cloudy again today and foggy.  The dampness cuts right through you.  I went out to do some errands. Went down to fill the gas can and CRV up, then to the post office to mail Christmas Cards.  Then picked up the mail on the way back into the house.  Bonnie worked on getting a Dr appointment for her Mom and I did a little computer work.  My RX refills came and so I needed to work on them.  Bonnie baked some today and made fudge.  Then I got a call that Alexus needed a ride from an after school program that she is trying to get a job at.  Elizabeth was collecting donations at the Sabre's game for the mission.

So I picked up Alexus and got her back home.  It was complicated because there was an accident just up the road from us and the road has been close for over 5 hours.  So I had to detour around that both ways.  Elizabeth lucked out as they had front row seats for them to use and enjoy the hockey game after they collected the donations, very nice.

Body Checks

Often leads to fights


We had a clear drive into Buffalo City Mission today.  Shortly after we got there the rain started.  Not sure how long it rained there but our rain gauge shows about 1/4 inch.  We had a busy and productive day.  The highlight of the day was the Community Christmas Dinner.  The Community is made up of the homeless in Buffalo.  They came in for a turkey or ham meal and were seated and served by the staff and volunteers at the mission.  There were lots of people willing to serve and we were able to sit down and share a meal with several woman.  It was nice and each of the men and woman were given a warm hat and gloves.

We were really tired at the end of the day and dropped off Elizabeth and came straight home.


Not much to add to the blog today.  I was really tired when I went to bed last night and slept really late 10am this morning.  It was dark out and it was snowing when I got up.  It snowed off and on all day but stayed just above freezing.  Now it is real nasty out and we have lots of wind.

Bonnie baked all day.  She cut her finger this morning.  It bled a lot but she got it stopped and kept on going.  Not wanting to get it wet she left the dishes for me to do.

Cleaned up in 20 minutes
I washed and Bonnie dried and put them away.

My highlight of the day was a trip to Praller's to get milk and a sub for lunch.

Fresh Tuna sub
Well thats about it for tonight so I will get this posted.  Stay warm and dry.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Snow removal and melting


We had another 6 inches of snow last night to add to the 3 that we got yesterday.  I had cleared the deck last night so I thats 3 inches I do not need to worry about.  Bonnie got up and made it out the driveway to go to her mothers to sort out pictures.

I went out abut 11 to blow snow.  It was not snowing so I thought it was a good time to start.

Ready Set Go
The new paint job on the chute helped a lot.  I only plugged up once.  After that I found the right speed and was able to keep going the rest of the day without another problem.  The driveway turned to ice and got very slippery.  Took me two hours to finish the driveway and the pavers between the house and the garage.  Time to warm up.

Bonnie got home after I finished lunch and then I went out and cleaned the deck again just as it started snowing again.  Then we finished and printed the Christmas letter.

We have our annual dinner with our financial advisor at Salvatore's tonight so off into the snow we go.

Made home safe and sound.  The roads were slick and we got behind a couple semi's on the way having to go down the hills at 10mph to keep control.  So we decided he head on the back roads to get there.  They were in pretty good shape and we made it with plenty of time to spare.  The food was good and the program was interesting.

A few minutes to relax now and then off to bed.  We had another inch of snow since this afternoon


Slept in a little this morning after our night out yesterday.  We had about an inch of snow on the driveway so I figured I would go out and clean it up.  We are to get above freezing the next few days so I am hopeful that it will all melt off.  Bonnie headed down to get a haircut and I finished up just as she left.  I made a bite to eat and finished looking at my email.

We were about to get ready to leave for the Christmas dinner for the logging company that I help with computer issues.  Then the phone rang.  Bonnies mom is having some issues and needs to go to the hospital.  Change of plans.  Bonnie will go with her to the hospital, I will go to the dinner and then stay home and keep the family apprised of whats going on.  Another sister will stay with her Dad.

Seems the hospital is very busy and as of midnight they were still waiting to be seen.  1am now and I am going to lay down.  Bonnie got home at 3am.  They also let her mom come home also.  Monday they will be making an appointment with an Oncology Dr.


We did not get much sleep last night and so got up late this morning.  Bonnie wants to do some baking today and I think the girls are coming out to bake, sew, and help this afternoon it will be nice to have them here.

Lots of baking and cooking going on here this afternoon.  Elizabeth is sewing and it seems everyone is busy.  We had a nice pork roast for supper and then topped of the evening by watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  And we had some fresh bread and jam to nibble on.

Alexus made a Snow Man

Sunday morning.  We have not seen the sun for quite a few days now but it has not snowed either so thats good.  The temperature has hovered right around freezing so the fallen snow is gradually melting.  Time to get ready to head for church.

Church was very good again and it was good to be there.  On the way home we filled up the car for $2.99 a gallon.

Lowest its been in NY for a long time.
It is almost 40 degrees and when we got home I got some tools together and went out to work on the generator.  We had lost power yesterday and the generator did not start.  It had an OverCrank Alarm again, the choke was stuck again.  So I attempted to adjust the coke rod again.

Had to bend this so it was a bit longer
One it was longer I put it back in and we will see how it works.  I have had this problem before and there are lots of complaints on the internet doing exactly like mine is.  So I will keep an eye on it.

Ready to go again
Lots of snow melting today so maybe it will all be gone before it turns cold again.  We have a Celebrate Christmas program at church tonight and we will soon be heading for that and meeting some of Bonnie's Family there.

The program was great we all really enjoyed it and it was nice to have lots of family there with us.

Ready for the program to start.
Great news from our family in Alabama also.  We are so proud of our DIL who graduated today as a Nurse Practitioner, and even better she passed the state exams on Tuesday.

Congratulations Ashley
Plus this weekend Navy won and the Bills won.  Thats it for this week.

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to know why I look this way, and some of the roads weren't paved"

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cloudy / Snow


Well the Sun is hiding behind the clouds.  Looking at the forecast we have either cloudy or snow for the next 6 days.  The good news is that my back is feeling much better this morning.

Bonnie was busy all day in the kitchen and cleaning some plus she did the wash.  I still took it easy and kept heat on my back all day.  I only made two trips out of the house.  First to go out and get the mail after lunch.  Then after dark I went out to take the trash out for tomorrow night.

Well the NWS has issued a Winter Storm Watch starting tomorrow afternoon.  6-12 inches possible  over a couple days.  So it should be nothing like the other one.  We have enjoyed watching a few of the Christmas specials and this afternoon had time for a movie.  We Legends of the Fall, I thought it was pretty good.  Tonight I was enjoying a few Jelly Beans, when I was young I did not like the black ones but my mother always said save them for her, she enjoyed them.  As an adult I really enjoy the black jelly beans.  Tonight I saved them for last and am enjoying them one at a time as my Mom did.


We are up at zero dark thirty, that means very early in Navy talk.  Getting ready to head in for a day at the Mission.

Elizabeth had running around to do during the day so we took the CRV all the way downtown.  The new GPS worked perfectly so looks like all my concerns are taken care of.  I finally got caught up on the statistics and Bonnie spent the day taking reservations for the HamBone Express.  The storm watch has been upgraded to a weather advisory but no rain or snow here yet.  We had a big lunch at the mission today so just had sandwiches for supper.

Bonnie went out to get dessert and I dozed off.  I had my Pumpkin Dump Cake a little later.  Then we watched a little TV before bed.  Wonder how much snow we will have in the morning.


The snow overnight amounted to about 1/2 inch, good news.  So far this morning it has stayed to the east.  FedEx and UPS were both here by 10:30 this morning and brought some things for Christmas.

Been snowing lightly for a few houses, does not seem to be piling up much.  Maybe I won't have to clean the driveway until tomorrow.  Bonnie decided to go shopping so has made a trip into East Aurora and returned safely.  The roads were clear but a bit slippery here and there.  So now she is all set to do some baking.  But not today.

The pace of the snowfall has picked up so I may go out later and do a rough clean up.  Bonnie made pizza for supper.  Time to get this posted, stay safe and take your time shoveling the snow.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

More seasonal weather


The sky cleared last night and the moon lit up the yard.  This morning it is still pretty clear and it is nice to see the sun.  Its right below freezing so not much melting yet, but it is to get into the upper 30s today and the next few days.  Bonnie is heading over to see her parents and I am still nursing a sore lower back.

Bonnie had put some new sheets in the wash before she left.  Once they were done I put them in the dryer and started to watch a movie.  When I checked on them they were dry but all the lint had plugged up the lint screen.  Wow lots of lint.  We clean the lint out after every load.  I got out the vacuum cleaner and took part of the dryer apart and cleaned out as much as I could.  I have done this before but never saw it this bad.

This is where the lint screen fits
 Dryer fires are a real thing so clean out your dryer a couple times a year.
This is what I got out of the front part of the dryer.

Quite a big ball of lint
Bonnie made a great supper when she got home meatloaf, green beans, and baked potato.  New refurbished GPS came today so I ran the updates on it and copied my waypoints to it.  Then I realized the traffic receiver was missing from it.  So guess I will have to give them a call tomorrow.  We watched Peter Pan Live for 3 hours tonight but I could not really get into it.  Off to bed now its a clear night and already down to 21.


Well we were a few degrees warmer today but not much.  Bonnie and I headed over to Elma today to meet with our financial advisor.  We had a good visit and count him as a friend as well as an advisor.  All seems well and no changes needed.  Elma is one of the areas that got lots of snow and the piles are still quite big and melting slowly

Bonnie put the turkey in the oven soon after we got home.  I am still nursing the sore back.  She tried a new thing today.  The turkey went in the oven breast side down for an hour and then I helped her flip it over.  It smelled so good cooking all day.

I chatted off and on all afternoon with GPSCITY support.  I am not sure the traffic function in working on my new GPS.  It looks like I will have to wait until we drive downtown and get in range of some of the digital radio stations.

No traffic yet

Well the turkey tasted great.  The girls came for supper and we watched Still Mine a nice movie on Netflix.

We got a good start on it
The girls headed home after the movie.  I think they enjoyed the turkey as one of them had two plates.  Looks like the freezing rain will actually stay south of us tonight so that will be nice.


We have different weather again today.  When a got up during the night and looked out I thought it might be snowing.  No snow when I got up we have heavy fog, we are living in the clouds.  Its rights at freezing and some of the moisture in the fog is freezing on trees and decks.

It warmed up and the fog lifted around 1:00.  My back is still very sore so I took it easy.  I did google my GPS problem and found the answer to my issues.  I ventured outside to go out and get the Penny Savers and mail.  While I was out I hooked up the GPS in the car and verified that my traffic receiver is built in.  It does look like we do not nave the HD radio coverage out here near the house so will have to wait until we go into Buffalo to see if it actually works.

Thats about all for today.  Off to bed


Brilliant Sunshine this morning, looking forward to a Great Day!

We picked up Alexus for Church, Elizabeth was not feeling well.  When we got there we had a nice surprise, Bonnie's sister was there with Jackson her grandson, our grand nephew.  They sat in the row in front of us so he had a better view.

All eyes on the kids up front
The program was a new telling of the Christmas story, based on a pageant at a church where the wrong costumes are delivered for the play.  Imagine the shepherds dressed as pirates, the wisemen as cowboys, and the angels as cheer leaders.  Well it was really good and the message was the same.

Well done and the church was full
Then we stopped at the house to drop off Alexus I went in to pick up a corn bag Elizabeth had made me, pop in the micro wave and then it becomes a hot pack for my sore back.  She also gave me some essential oil to try on my back.  The Christmas tree was on the floor and I said oh you found the stand.  They said no, I said there it is in the bag with the tree.  So Alexus went and got Bonnie from the car and they sat the tree up.

Picking out some ornaments
Then we headed home.

I fired up the grill and we put some sausage on for lunch.

These will be good in about 15 minutes
We had a relaxing afternoon and now its time to get this posted.  Hope you are enjoying this time of the year.

PS:  The new GPS worked perfectly today and locked on to the traffic stations.

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