My Daily Blog


Tuesday April 24, 2018
I spent all of the morning and into the afternoon at a symposium at the Zion church for both the faith based community and human services of Clarion County. Jason, Tony, Gregg, and Coni were there as well. The main speaker talked about Toxic Charity. In the evening, we had an elders meeting. Barry Whitworth and David Ludwig came to speak to us. They are leaders in the state convention.

Monday April 23, 2018
Word came out today that Scott Schrecengost had been sent home from Shadyside to go on hospice. Scott, Pam, and their family, were members are our church before they moved to Kersey for employment reasons. Scott has been battling pancreatic cancer for 4 or 5 years. Keith Richardson is up from South Carolina, staying with his daughter near Kingsville. Keith called me and asked if I wanted to go up to see Scott. He had flown up and didn't have a car. I said I really wanted to see Scott and Pam; so we went up for a couple of hours in the early evening.​

Sunday April 22, 2018
I had the sermon today at church.
In the afternoon, I watched the Pirates lose their fourth in a row to the Phillies and the Penguins beat Philadelphia to win the first round of the playoffs 4 games to 2.

Saturday April 21, 2018
I spent most of the morning working on Sunday's sermon. 
A's lefty Sean Manaea tossed MLB's first no-hitter this season, and he did it vs. the red-hot Red Sox. 

Friday April 20, 2018
I got a load of mulch delivered today and I made a small beginning working on it.

I see we are to throw away all romaine lettuce. I will adhere to the advice but I have already been eating it for three days. They say it may take about four days after consumption to become sick, so I should know by Sunday if I am one of the romaine lettuce victims.

Gary, Karen, and I went to the Trails End for crab legs. 

Thursday April 19, 2018
Gary, Karen, and I went to Plylers for supper. Afterwards, I got gas at Sheetz since I had a gift card and there is no Sheetz in Clarion in which to use it.

Wednesday April 18, 2018
Jared, while on his trip to Alabama, got the same virus that Brody has and was sick. He had to find an early flight back home and he arrived back here a day before planned. 

I bought and installed a Chromecast device so I can project and stream  from my iPhone and laptop to the big TV downstairs.

Tuesday April 17, 2018
Brianna facetimed me in the morning so I got to wish her a happy birthday. She planned on going out to eat and shopping after school. It is hard to believe she is 11.

Jared left for three days in Alabama. Brody is sick now and will miss school on Wednesday. 

Monday April 16, 2018
Rick took Twila to Brookville to get her other eye done. Afterwards, I met the two of them down at Twila's for lunch.

The Schwans order came today and I ran BeeDee's order out. I was surprised to find Don there. We talked for about an hour. 

Sunday April 15, 2018
Rick was up in the evening. He is taking his mother to have other eye done on Monday. He came up here to work for a while so he could log onto the wifi. 

Bartolo Colón is pitching for Texas this season. He will turn 45 years during the year. Tonight, he took a perfect game into the 8th inning against the Astros.

Saturday April 14, 2018
David called and said that the girls got their reports and both Brianna and Megan got straight A's for the third nine weeks. 
We reached 80° today, the first time since October 4.

Friday April 13, 2018
Missy had an early appointment in Pittsburgh. I went over to get the kids on the bus. Hannah hadn't been to school for a couple of days and was going to try to get back today. However, just before the bus came, she thought she was nauseous and her stomach hurt, so she stayed home with me for the day. After Brody got back home, the three of us tried to learn how to play the game Rook.

Thursday April 12, 2018
Did you ever try Applebee's Carside to Go? I had a gift card for there and tried it. You browse the menu online, pay for it online (or when you pick up your order), and then pull into their designated spot and they run it out to you. It worked well.

Today was the warmest day since Feb. 20. So far, the highest temperature of 2018 on that day when we reached 73.5°.

Wednesday April 11, 2018
I went to physical therapy for the last time today. They sent a report over to Dr. Smith. After my therapy session, I had an appointment with him. He agreed that I made big gains in the PT sessions and that I would not need to return.

Hannah is sick again - most likely the flu. She told me she had thrown up 19 times. So it was just Brody and me who went out to eat and to church. He picked Subway. 

Tuesday April 10, 2018
The Pirates got back to playing today. They won 8-5 and are now 8-2; the first time since 1992 that they won 8 of their first 10 games. in the 8th inning, I ran upstairs for a few minutes. When I came back, Vázquez was pitching. I thought to myself, "who in the world is this new pitcher?" We don't have anyone on the team with that name. It turns out Rivero changed his name.  He wanted it to be the same as his sister's name. 

Rivero, now Vázquez "lives with his sister in Florida during the offseason, and she has advised him on a number of career decisions, including when he dropped Scott Boras as his agent this offseason. Vazquez says his sister was a primary negotiator for his new contract with the Pirates, which was signed in January and could keep him with Pittsburgh until 2023.

Vazquez says he may also change his jersey number next season – if Prescilla wants him to."

Monday April 9, 2018
The Pirates were snowed out at Wrigley Field in Chicago today. It was to be the Cubs' home opener. It is pushed back to Tuesday. 

I went to Physical Therapy again today. I have an appointment after my session on Wednesday and then I may be done.

Sunday April 8, 2018
Patrick Reed hung on to win the Masters.

Shohei Ohtani had a remarkable game as a pitcher. He had an amazing game score of 90. He struck out 12 in 7 innings and had a perfect game going into the 7th inning. Previously, as a hitter, he homered in three straight games. Angel's Stadium was packed with almost 45,000 in attendance for today's game. 

For the Pirates, Taillon pitched a 1-hit shutout. His game score was an incredible 95.

Saturday April 7, 2018
I watched some of the Masters today. Tiger looked bad. Many were hoping he was going to play like the old Tiger but he barely made the cut on Friday; and he and didn't get any better today.  After three rounds, he is tied for 40th place, 18 shots behind the leader, Patrick Reed, who is at -14. 

Friday April 6, 2018
Deja vu, another day with the ground being covered with snow after we got another few inches. Of course, the way the Pirates are playing in the snow, maybe it would be best if it snowed all summer. They have started the season with 6 wins in their first 7 games after beating the Reds 14-3 tonight. The last time the Pirates won 6 of their first 7 games was 1976.

Thursday April 5, 2018
Winter continues. The ground is covered with snow and soon the first week of April will end. Baseball goes on playing in 30° to 40° snowy evenings. Everyone is wondering why the first two weeks of the season aren't played in Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami, and Milwaukee; cities whose teams play in domes or where the weather is warm in April. 

Wednesday April 4, 2018
DonDinniny stopped into the office today. He and Esther are back from Myrtle Beach where they spend the winter each year. If they thought they were coming back to spring, well then they would have been surprised. 
I had missed the past two Wednesday nights since I had been down south.

​Tonight, I resumed picking up the kids and taking them to Wednesday kids church while I led prayer meeting.

Tuesday April 3, 2018
I finished watching the movie Bullitt that starred Steve McQueen. It was released in 1968 when I was 15. I had seen it back then but forgot most of it except I had remembered the famous car chase through the streets of San Francisco. I recognized all the streets from my visit there last fall. The chase began at Fisherman's Wharf and then to the steep streets of Russian Hill before proceeding outside of the city. In 2007, Bullitt was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".​

Monday April 2, 2018
I knew that April Fool's day was the day before, so when I saw the ground covered with snow this morning, I knew that it was no joke. After almost three weeks without physical therapy, I resumed it today. Afterwards, I spend time working on cleaning pots and pans from Easter. The Pirates remain undefeated after four games. Though I didn't see it because it was too late for me, the team I picked to win it all, Villanova, won the national championship.  

Becky Brooks took Twila to have cataract surgery.

Sunday April 1, 2018
Today was Easter Sunday. It was only the second time in my life that Easter fell on the 1st of April. The first time was 1956 when I was three years old. I won't have to wait as long for the next  such occurrence because in 2029, Easter will be on the first again. Next year Easter is much later - April 21. I had a later dinner than usual (4:30 pm). I thought the ham turned out pretty good and we had lots of food. We had 14 for dinner: Gary, Karen, Jared, Missy, Hannah, Brody, Rick, Laura, Drew, Tari, Frank, Lue, Twila and me.  

Saturday March 31, 2018
Frank, Lue, and Danny started the drive home. They will finish it on Sunday. David, Janna, Brianna, and Megan were to fly home in the evening as both families' week in Florida came to an end. Frank will have been gone 18 days in all. 

I watched Chicago-Layola's surprised run come to an end against Michigan. I saw very little of the Villanova game but I did see where they cruised to a win over Kansas. So, it will be Villanova vs. Michigan Monday night for the championship.
The Pirates were rained out again. They will have to play a split doubleheader on Sunday. 

Friday March 30, 2018
I spent the morning working on my Sunday School lesson and getting caught up with paying bills and going through two weeks of mail. After I went to pick up the ham and the rolls for Sunday, I went downstairs to watch the Pirates' first game. The Pirates won but it took them 13 innings and the game lasted 5½ hours. 

Thursday March 29, 2018
The Pirates were to open today in Detroit but the weather was bad so the game was postponed until Friday. The Indians played late and lost their first game. 
We had Tenebrae at church in the evening. It was a nice service.

Wednesday March 28, 2018
Gary, Karen and I left Wytheville and drove to a hotel near the airport. That is where they had left their car before they flew down to Matt's. I was home by 3 pm. I unpacked and took it rather easy for the rest of the evening. I had been gone 14 days (13 nights) so it was good to get back home, however, I really enjoyed my trip. I am glad I saw and did everything I had done but I suppose my time in Savannah was the best part of the two weeks. The spring trainings games we attended were ok and I do not regret going to them but I don't know that I will go to anymore in the future. I concluded my favorite way to watch baseball is on my 60" TV. Speaking of that, today is the last day of the off-season for major league baseball.

Tuesday March 27, 2018

I left Savannah today and continued making my way back north. I went over to Matt Clark's home at Hilton Head where I picked up Gary and Karen who will ride home with me. They have been down here for about a week. Matt and Kate's home is amazing as is the neighborhood and the entire island. As we were leaving, we stopped by Matt's Physical Therapy facilities where Matt gave us a tour. We drove to Wytheville, Virginia where we spent the night.

Monday March 26,2018
I explored Savannah today. I bought a ticket for the Hop-on Hop-off trolley tours. I learned a lot about the city and saw a lot of it. After I made the 90 minute tour, I went back around and took some pictures at the places in which I was interested. I enjoyed seeing this old, historic city. I finished the day at Paula Deen's restaurant (The Lady and Sons).

Sunday March 25, 2018
I was about to leave my hotel in the morning and drive to Savannah. I thought before I left, I would get online to check out the hotel I had reserved 2 months ago in Savannah. When I loaded the hotel's website, I got a surprise. In big red letters it stated their hotel was closed indefinitely. I had booked the room through AARP so I called them. It seems my scheduled hotel had caught fire. It took a little while but AARP found me another room near where I had planned on staying. After I got to Savannah and checked in, I went down the street to a Buffalo Wild Wings where I ate dinner and watched the exciting Duke, Kansas game which Kansas won in overtime. When I was coming up I-95, it was 80° when I crossed the Florida, Georgia line. When I pulled into Savannah, the temperature was 57°. It seems cold after a week in the mid 80s.

Saturday March 24, 2018
Frank and I checked out of the resort we had been at for the past week. David, Janna, Brianna, and Megan landed by 9:30 am and they met Frank and I for lunch. Later in the afternoon, Lue, Danny, and Danny's friend pulled in. David and the girls were soon in the pool after the check-in. I was going to stay the night and leave in the morning but I decided to start up the road.  I drove to Deltona where I got in my room in time to see the amazing Layola-Chicago basketball team win another game to earn a spot in the final four.

Friday March 23,2018
We drove to Bradenton. We looked at the river walk and then drove to the beaches and took some picture of the Gulf. We went to the 1 o'clock game between the Pirates and the Phillies. If the Pirates don't play any better than what we saw, it is going to be a long season.

Thursday March 22,2018
Frank and I drove to Lake Wales, Dundee, and Winter Haven to look at the places we used to go to 43 years ago. The same motel that Lue, Dood, Bob, Babe and I stayed in the 1970s was still there - the Camilia.

Wednesday March 21, 2018
We drove the 2½ hours to West Palm Beach where we saw the Nationals play the Houston Astros. We saw Bryce Harper, Altuve, Correa, Springer and the other starters of the world champion's team. It is a beautiful new park and it was a perfectly sunny day. When the game ended, we drove back on roads that cut through cattle and cow country. We saw Lake Okeechobee.

Tuesday March 20, 2018
We went to Lakeland today to watch the Yankees play the Tigers. The forecast call for strong storms and tornados. We got one 2-minute shower in the middle of the game but we made it to the 8th inning before we left. We did not get to see Judge and Stanton play but we did see Neil Walker and Miguel Cabrera and some others. We hit the Olive Garden on the way back home.

Monday March 19, 2018
We took it easy today. I got up and worked out at the activity center. Later, we sat in the balcony above the cool and just rested. In the afternoon, on our way out to eat, we stopped over at Westgate, where Frank, Lue, David, Janna, and the kids will stay next week.It is about 7 miles away from where we are staying this week.  Frank got a couple of questions answered There are tornado warnings out for Tuesday.

Sunday March 18, 2018
Frank and I left Brunswick and drove to St. Augustine. We went out on A1A and drove along the coast for an hour or so. After that we drove on to Kissimmee and checked into our villa at the Fantasy World Resort. It is a nice place.

Saturday March 17, 2018
Frank and I went to the Boone Hall Plantation in the morning. It was north of Charleston. Around noon, we drove to harbor in Charleston and went on an hour and a half tour. We sailed by Fort Sumter. When we got back to the dock, we drove to Brunswick, Georgia where we spent the night.

Friday March 16, 2018
Frank and I had a good time visiting Mayberry (Mt. Airy). We went to the Mayberry Courthouse, Wally's gas station, Floyd's barbershop, and then we went to Snappy's Lunch. We had the pork chop sandwich. I thought it was very good. In the afternoon, we drove to Charleston, SC.

Thursday March 15, 2018
Frank and I left Strattanville just after 7 am and drove to Mt. Airy, North Carolina. We looked around the town for a few minutes and stopped at the visitor center where we got a map to use for Friday's morning exploration of Mayberry.

Wednesday March 14, 2018
After PT, I packed. On the way to church, Hannah, Brody and I went to Eat-n-Park for dinner. Again, Brody makes the point that it really should be called park and eat. 
While I am gone, I will be updating this website as I can but it may not be everyday.

Tuesday March 13, 2018
I got a letter from Bob Larson saying that at the end of the month he is handing his garbage business over to his son Brad. He also said they are getting a new truck. 

Monday March 12, 2018
I spent a little time getting organized for the upcoming trip. I also went to PT in the morning. The Phillies got Jake Arrieta and the Yankees got a one year deal with Neil Walker. 

Sunday March 11, 2018
I spent time cleaning up the house after Saturday's dinner. I watched the golf match off and on because Tiger was in it to the end but I think he tied for second place. I filled out my March Madness Brackets. American Idol has been revived and began tonight. I watched the first twenty minutes before I fell asleep. 

Saturday March 10, 2018
I made ribs and spaghetti to celebrate March birthdays: Jared, Gary, and David (though David wasn't able to come). After dinner, Gary and Karen showed us about fifteen minutes of pictures they took in Australia and New Zealand. 

Friday March 9, 2018
I had another session of PT in the morning. After that, I took my mower over to Tom's Sales to get it ready for this spring. Next, I went across the street to O'Neil's to order the ham for Easter. I had thought about going to watch some basketball in the evening. There were games at both the high school and at Tippin. However, I decided stay home and finish the DVD set I have on the 1979 World Series. I was delighted to see the Bucs won it again. It is hard to believe that is going on 39 years since they last won a World Series.

Thursday March 8, 2018
I taught the Thursday morning Bible study this morning. Every other week, they all take a covered dish for lunch. It was a very good lunch. I took three of the large sweet rolls from County Seat. 

Wednesday March 7, 2018
We were suppose to get an inch of snow or maybe 2" at the most. When I got back from the Y at 6 am, it had started to snow some. I got a shower and went up to the church early. When I opened the garage door to leave the house, I was very surprised to see I had about 5 inches of snow on the driveway (in about 90 minutes). That is perhaps the most snow I have ever seen fall in such a short period of time. There were car accidents all around the area. The schools were caught off guard. They had already started the bus runs. C-L put out an all-call saying the elementary students could stay home if they wanted. Hannah and Brody were already on their bus when Missy got that call. Brody said that of the 18 in his class, only 9 were in school.

Tuesday March 6, 2018
I started physical therapy today for my shoulder. I have to go three times this week and three next. 

Monday March 5, 2018
Changes, changes. I like most things to stay the same but things are always changing. Today, I got a new Schwan's delivery man. Then I hear that this Friday will be the last day for Sheetz until the new one opens at the end of the summer or early in the fall. 

Sunday March 4, 2018
I watched the end of the golf tournament (Mexico Championship) and I was glad to see Phil Mickelson get a win. It has been almost five years since he last won, however, it was his fourth consecutive top-10 finish. Most thought he might never get another PGA win since he is 47 years old. 

Jared left for a week of whirlwind traveling. He will be in multiple cities and many states between Sunday and Friday.

Saturday March 3, 2018
Frank and I went to Tippin Gym for the day to watch four district 9 basketball championship games. On the way, we stopped at County Seat to eat. It was really busy and we ended up there for about an hour and a half. We bumped into Don and Martha Haggerty  and invited them to sit at our table. We had a good talk about a number of things but mostly about cruises. 
Later in the day, Jared and Brody came. I expected the North Clarion girls to win another title and they did. However, each of the other three games did not turn out how I had predicted. Johnsonburg beat the Elk County Catholic boys. The Kane girls went down to a very hot shooting Coudersport team. And, in the nightcap, the Coudersport boys handed Ridgway their first loss of the season. The Coudy boys looked very good. We were at Tippin for a little over 8 hours but we enjoyed the games and the day. 

Friday March 2, 2018
Lue said that that there were trees down on electric lines out past their house and may have been the main reason school was delayed for C-L today.

Thursday March 1, 2018
This was a crazy weather day. We started out with spring weather, then it rained long and hard. Next, strong winds came. I wonder if any trees or branches fell during the night. Finally, it switched over to snow and we probably got at least 2-3 inches. After what was probably the wettest February in recorded history, we began March with 1.89" of rain on the very first day.​