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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Clocks,Canine,Chevrolet,Chaos &Cash Crop

This week has been a mixture of numerous events for us and the weather. Everything from warm sunshine to blustery rain -- but with all that going on, for the first time in many years the TIME CHANGE has surprised me with it's appearance . . .


It seems like we have about this many clocks -- all needing to be changed tonight -- I do have a couple of satellite controlled clocks, but the rest have to be manually changed 1-hour back . . . this doesn't even include the numerous digital clocks associated with various appliances that often display simultaneous displays almost demanding to be set to the identical minute -- not always easy.

It will be nice to have the extra hour -- but if you have animals that rely on a schedule the'll let you know the real time until you can little by little make the adjustment for them.

Speaking of animals, we had to say "good-bye" to Janie, the Guide Dog for the Blind 4 month old puppy we have had for the last 10 days. Her "regular" puppy-raiser is back from her business trip (to Indianapolis) and wanted her back -- the nerve. But in this program we can expect frequent "good-byes". So we look forward to the next puppy to come into our lives. Janie was so well mannered -- she is well on her way to being successful as a guide dog.


It is amazing how one small dog can impact our daily routine. Above are a few candid shots of a really nice dog. If you click to enlarge the collage you can see  Janie's affectionate tongue . . .


But "Hello" to a New-Found Cousin


Just this week I received an email from a young man requesting a log on to the HILES website. After he explored a bit he found people in his HILES branch that he had not known of before. We have communicated back and forth several times. So a welcome goes out to Dustin Hiles who lives in Logan, Ohio. I hope that we can keep trading information so that it is available to all who are researching in our tree.

Dustin is a 4th Cousin, once removed, to me. In the coming weeks I'll be adding more information about his branch and line -- but so far his line is:   Dustin, David Patrick Hiles, Edward Leon Hiles, Lewis Delmar Hiles, Francis Marion Hiles, Edward Hiles and finally to our closest common relative John Hiles Jr.


A Big 100th Happy Birthday!


It hardly seems possible but Chevrolet is celebrating it's 100th birthday. That auto has meant various things to many of us -- I have owned several different models and have drooled over several others of the Chevrolet line over the years.


Click on the above to get a better peek at some of the reasons that "Chevy" has been so popular. Though it is not pictured above, my next door neighbor fires up his cherry 1955 model every couple of days and the reverberating exhaust pipes bring me right back to high school days . . .


Chaos . . .


All week the local and I know the nationwide news has been reporting on the various "Occupy" demonstrations. The largest one closest to us (about an hour or so away) is of course Oakland. When I see the pictures I can hardly believe that this is America . . .



Where will this end -- it seems so much like the 60s again . . .


Cash Crop


Gail and I have made several trips to the "other" house. Just today we did some picking of the huge amount of persimmons that hang heavily from the branches of the one persimmons tree in that yard. Now on our visit to "Whole Foods Store" today -- their persimmons look just like ours AND they are priced at $4.99 per pound -- I weighed two persimmons and they weighed close to a pound, so how many persimmons do we have on that tree . . .

the number times about $2 each . . . the only problem -- we have never been able to "cash-in" on the bonanza. I have no history with persimmons, we never once had them as kids. But I do know of people that really love them -- but how can we get them together . . .


And Lastly . . .


As of this day, Gail and I have been married 97.39 Kardashians.  So what is a "Kardashian" you ask -- well it is a unit of measure -- 72 days. Just a way to put things in perspective with what is happening in the world of show-biz this week:


The above is where I found this (and you can too).What will they think of next, a "Robin Givens" calculator?


And so goes our week -- in a few minutes it will be slider time. See you in a few, have a good week!

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