Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas 2011

We are blessed, we (Phyllis and I) had a wonderful Christmas. All of our kids with spouses and grand kids were here all at once, including my parents. My Mom and Dad (94 and 93 arrived Saturday, they drove over from Illinois. Saturday night my Mother talked with Sants on the Ham radio. We went to Church on Sunday and came home for dinner. Monday our kids and spouses arrived with all the grand kids, what a blessing.

On Tuesday my grand daughter had her 5th birthday. Olive garden was her choice for lunch and cake and ice cream at their house.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Zoe is 5. 12/27/2011

Jess, Michael, Mom and Dad, Jim, Kristy and Jimmy, along with Phyllis and myself were all at
Olive Garden, Zoe's favorite restraint, I ask her how old she was and she said.........

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

11-29-11 New Ham Radio call W9ARS

I received a email from the FCC and the new vanity call sighn I applied for was granted. 50 years ago March of 62 I became WN9CWC, when I upgrated my license I became WA9CWC. I have been a ham radio operater for 50 years and it was time for a change. I am now W9ARS

Thursday, November 17, 2011

In Chicago 11-17-11

Jim and Kristy had a special day come up yesterday, Jim had to report to the Cook County court system and report for jury duty. He was selected to serve and I am here picking up Jimmy. Jim and I got Jimmy off to school, then I went to Home Depot and looked around for a 50 amp circuit breaker for the hot tub, they had nothing. So I went to Lowe's some 12 miles away, across Chicago, near Midway air port, ( thank goodness for GPS). Well I made it and Lowe's had what I wanted. I am back at the apartment now playing on the radio and computer. Rough day.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day 11-11-11, 11PM

Today marked the end of WW1 100 years ago, the 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month and the 11th year. Later in History the name was changed to Veterans Day to honer all Veterans. Phyllis went to work and I stayed home and finished the yard. Then I was there at the hospital to pick her up and take her to Applebee's for a Veterans Day Supper.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

This is a good day 10/4/11

This is a good day, I got news that Michael will have 124 college hours paid for by the Va because he is a Son of a disabled vet, that me

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Phyllis 9-29-11

As we sat around the breakfast table this morning, I ask the Lord to watch over Phyllis because she was going to work and who knows what can happen in a hospital. She called at 8:30 am and wanted me to come to work and take her home. She was helping a nurse with a patient and tripped and fell on the concrete floor and banged her head, bruising her left eye, bending her glassed out of whack, and her fingers are sore. Other than that she is OK See how the Lord watches over you, Thank you Jesus.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday 9-25-11

I had 1 person in my Sunday School Class today. She was a 4th grader. This is a picture of some of the kids during opening songs in Sunday School. This is the chicken song or making melidies in my heart.

This afternoon after church Michael and Zoe joined me for lunch at Olive Garden, I had my usual soup and salad. Then after lunch I helped Michael put up a new celling lamp in their dining room.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Kids came by tonight 9/23/11

Jim, Kristy and Jimmy came by for a short time tonight on the way to Indianapolis. Kristy is on vacation this week, and Jim most of the week. Our house is a nice place to stop for a bathroom break between Chicago and Indianapolis. Phyllis was able to be here also, so that made it real nice.

As a side note, the research satellite (uars) is going to re-enter earth atmosphere tonight. Its is now going to fall some where between Canada and South America. I hope it fall into the ocean somewhere. It should fall between midnight and 4 Am. I will be in bed and will hear about it in the morning.

Out for supper 9/22/11

I took my lovely bride of 32 years out for Red Lobster's Endless Shrimp last night, had a good time and did not stuff our selves. She has a long weekend, she has to work friday-Sunday. So the night out.

Monday, September 19, 2011

9-17-11 Apple Popcorn Festival

The Apple Popcorn festival in Brookston my grand kids enjoyed the horses. Dee, Janene and Jess had a yard sale on my from yard. They had real good sucsess.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sunday School opening 8-28-11

This was the opening songs for Sunday School. Zoe was one of the kids leading the singing

Monday, August 29, 2011

On the range

I went out the other day and fired my Mossburg ATR 100 rifle. Its a 30-06 with a scope one it. I am retired army and shot expert. Well after 15 rounds it was frustrating not to even hit the paper. I was discouraged and was leaving. You see I had never fired a rifle with a scope on it. Well there was another shooter firing on a Augustan range and he had a spotter scope. I hooked up with him and with in 5 rounds I had the scope zeroed and every thing was in the black This is a picture of my rifle, mine is brown.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Chicago 4th day

Every one is up and running. Jimmy is at school, Kristy is at school, Jim is at work in his office here at home, Phyllis is up and sewing, and I am retired He he he he he he ha ha ha ha. I have made a Dr appointment today is Lafayette, so will be driving back to Lafayette to meet that appointment. Phyllis and I have had a good time here in Chicago.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Chicago day 3

This is the third day I am taking care of Jimmy. Jim will come home tonight, and we will have a birthday for Kristy and a belated one for Jim ( better late than never) I had breakfast of omlets toast, milk , coffie and etc. I had it all ready by the time they all came to the table. Well Kristy is off to school, Phyllis is taking a nap, Jimmy is in his own worl, he is playing with his toy jet and had it ower his head and then in his towes and slowley lowered it to his eyes.

this morning Phyllis and I took him to dupage Il childrens museum and closed the place down at 4. We came home and had supper and gave Jim and Krisry their birthday presents. What a day. Phyllis and I will be leaving tomorrow morning I have to go see a Dr back in Lafayette

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Chicago 2nd day

Today is 8/10 @ 8:58 AM. I have Jimmy off to school, breakfast was egg in a hole. I got a part at Home Depot so will install it and see if it works. Kristy showed me Pandora on my iphone and boy I like it, 4 part southern gospel is all it plays, that great.
I have a Yaesu FT 817 running 2.5 watts SSB on 40 mtr, I am using a base loaded 10 foot whip and have made contacts in Hibbing MN and Iron River Mi, thats 400 miles from Chicago. Will try 20 Mtr now. Just made a contack in Md on 20 mtr SSB

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


I am doing my Pepaw thing this week in Chicago. Jim has a 3 day meeting at his company HQ. I give Jimmy his breakfast, pick him up after school, supper, bath and play time and the rest of the time is mine. Wow, that's Pepaw time. I play on the computer, Ham radio, etc.

Mom and Dad's 68 wedding anniversary

picture taken at Codys Road House, Mattoon Illinois 8/6/2011. Actual anniversary is 8/8 (Dad says it the 7th or the 9th He can't remember)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

HOME AGAIN 3-22-11

After 8 days at Mom and Dads I am back home. Dad is felling much better, drives his car all over, helps with house work, etc, and had a good report at the Dr. office today. Mom had a bi-opcy of the left breast today, Dr said looked like just faty tisue, but will know moor in a few days. Its good to be in your own home after so long a time.

Friday, March 18, 2011

49 years as a Ham

49 years ago yesterday 3-17-11 I received my ham radio license, oh happy St Patrick's day also.

Dad is home

My Dad had a small heart attack Monday and came home today 3-18-11 PTL. No complacations, just change of some of his meds

Monday, March 14, 2011

Jimmy and Zoe in Chicago 3-12-13-11

Phyllis and I took Zoe to visit with us this time to Chicago. We had her all week end, this was a treat.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sears Tower( Willace Tower) Chicago 3-1-11 @ night

Standing on the glass floor 1036 feet above the street
Looking North West from 1036 feet up

Looking South East towards Gary Indiana

looking West

Early signs of Spring 2011

playing in the sand
Dancing for spring

playing in the sand

swinging after all that snow

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Phyllis and I are in Chicago, its our memaw and pepaw time with Jimmy. Arnt we lucky. Phyllis had another acupuncher today, she is felling better

Ham Radio

The antennas I have at the home QTH are working. Since the first of the year I have worked 8,836 miles to the south east into Johanaburg South Aferica and 8,200 miles to the south west into New Zealand. Just using wire hung from trees.