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I thought spring had sprung… and more

Greetings, readers. Here I thought spring had sprung, but Mother Nature had other plans. Today it was rainy, damp, and the high temperature was only 46°F. That’s not very warm for April 28th. I know that many years ago, we had snow in May. Yes, that can happen here in central Pennsylvania. In this college town however, when all the co-eds see the tree’s leaves turn green, they all run around half-naked. This is why half of them are sick during finals week.

That’s right, it’s finals week here at Penn State University. This Saturday and Sunday, the seniors will be graduating and moving on to their next phase of life. The undergrads get to go home for three months, before returning in late August to do it all over again. I can only imagine how loud Friday’s and Saturday’s parties are going to be.

From late morning until close, Panera Café is swarming with college kids either studying or hanging out sipping coffee. Between early May and mid-June, there is a wonderful lull in between the college students leaving, and public school children still having classes. After approximately June 10th, all hell breaks loose when the little ones are also set free for the summer.

Speaking of summer, the mid-July Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will be here before we know it. When I was younger, that was always the midpoint of summer. Yes I know that technically the summer season does not begin until June 21st, but it just seemed as though the second half of the summer went much faster than the first. Now that I’m older, I feel that way all the more. I love summer and hate winter, and my summer goes way too quickly for my liking.

Briefly, a spring cleaning update. My kitchen remains clean. Yay! I have begun work on the bathroom, which is the least dirtiest room in the apartment. All the towels were recently washed and put away, the shampoo bottle was placed on the rickety stand by the toilet, and such things as nail clippers and my comb were neatly placed at the back of the sink. Next up on the spring cleaning list of tasks is the dining room table/writing area. I am hoping that Rebecca does not think I want her to choose one phrase or the other here, because my computer lives on the dining room table. No, folks… I do not put my cereal bowl on top of my computer. That would just be asking for trouble.

Finally… and yet again… prayers go out to the families and victims of yet another senseless shooting, this time in a synagogue in San Diego, California. It’s time that state and national leaders step up to the plate and tried to put an end to this senseless violence. Maybe one day, my plea will be heard by someone who can do something about it. Before my malfunctioning computer goofs up again I’m going to close this entry, spell check it, and post it before my technology, and my patience, go splat!

Until Wednesday, have a great rest of your weekend, take care, love one another, and as always, happy reading.

Oops. sorry about that, and belated Happy Easter

Greetings, readers. I was completely embarrassed when Rebecca texted me informing me that I had forgotten to put up the weekend blog. I said a few minor expletives, apologized to her and asked if she could put up a short blog entry on Monday. She, of course, said sure. I just knew that one of these weekends it was going to slip my mind. If it was going to happen, it was logical that Easter weekend would be it. Sunday morning I went to church, came home, went out with friends for a buffet dinner, and after all that food and two desserts, I came home and slept like a log. My “nap” lasted until 10pm. Needless to say I didn’t sleep much the rest of the night. I hope your Easter was as good as mine, with many blessings and a wonderful day spent with family.

Topic number two. The apartment cleaning. Yes, April 22nd came and went and as promised to myself, I began work on the kitchen. Ready for your funny of the day? A person starts a major cleanup project with one new trash bag in the box and no disinfectant wipes. Sure, I’m prepared. Lol. I must say, it looks a lot better. Then I walk into the living room and I see just how much I have to do. Slow and steady wins the race.

I can’t believe that Bear Spring Camps opens in less than a month. I’m already getting into my camp routine. My TV cable has Music Choice, channels dedicated to playing different genres of music. I enjoy listening to their easy listening music station, and having about an hour or so of what I call wind down time right before bed, which may include listening to crickets, loons, or a thunderstorm on Spotify. Between Music Choice, Spotify, and YouTube, I can find almost any background “white noise” choice I desire. When I am actually at camp, and I’m by myself, I like to lock the screen door and have the wooden door open, turn off the lights, and sit on my sofa, while I watch the twilight disappear into darkness. The easy listening radio station in that area of Maine disappeared long ago. So I will either listen to nature or a cassette tape on low volume. Trust me, when you spend an entire day in the sun, the breeze, as well as eating three wonderful meals a day and expending energy, you are more than ready around 9pm to wind down and call it a day.

Finally, prayers go out to the injured and families of victims from the church bombings in Sri Lanka. I said it before and I will say it again, we need to stop the madness. People must learn to get along with one another and to treat others as you would wish to be treated.

Until this weekend … I hope … have a great few days, do take care, and as always, happy reading.

From Rebecca: It has been a while since I wrote a blog entry

Hi, Joe’s readers. Joe got caught up in Easter yesterday, and didn’t get to do his usual Sunday entry. He has begun spring cleaning today, as he wrote he would, and he asked if I would do an entry for him. I said yes, I’d be happy to put something up.

I’m not sure what to write about that isn’t the weather (really nice yesterday and today), politics (does anyone else think that the media/congress should be focusing more on the Russia interference with our elections and government, as well as what Trump and Co knew or did), or health (my knees are sore or painful a lot this last month.) Joe and I are trying to pick different topics for the blog, other than the same ones. That’s why for the last post he did a list of his blessings.

It is a reminder to me of my blessings. My husband, my mother-in-law, my sisters and their children, all my parents, my books, my library, my television shows/movies, my technology, and the health and mobility I do have. I have struggles and problems, but I am so lucky, too.

Joe and I will be back at work on Wednesday, and then he will dictate another blog entry for you. Until then, have a good week, may you be safe and comfortable at the end of your day, and happy reading.

My spring cleaning begins a week from tomorrow

Greetings, readers. Yes, I have set my date of April 22nd, to begin my spring cleaning. I’m going to take this week to do lots of writing on my two projects. Work begins promptly at 9 AM tomorrow. I’ll also spend this week tweaking my spring and summer schedule, which not only includes the aforementioned, but also making plans for my trip to Maine in August.

We’ll begin with the trip to Maine. I began going to Bear Spring Camps in 1970, and have only missed three years. Unfortunately, I’m afraid this year… perhaps next, will be my last. As my monetary means run dry, I’m saving up for one last extraordinary vacation. I want it to be a cruise, but recently I’ve seen some articles about cruise ships that are making me think twice. When the time feels right, and the right deal pops up, I’m certain that the dream vacation on the sea will be a go!

With the sunrise earlier and earlier, I think it’s time that I begin getting out of bed before 6 AM. I used to wake up at 3:45 every morning, but that got a bit taxing on my body. So, I pushed it up to six. With the construction people working next door, if I worked from 4:30 until they began working at six, I could have an hour and a half of quiet and solitude for writing. Even though the jack hammers aren’t making noise anymore, trucks and concrete mixers make their own bothersome sounds. When I used to type my material, I would listen to music from the Star Wars albums. Those were quite inspirational to me, but quite impractical when using the speech recognition program. I’m certain I’ll find that happy medium.

Now for the big task! As mentioned earlier, April 22nd, will be the big day that this swamp I call my apartment gets cleaned out. Will this task be completed in one day? No way! I’m looking at a two or three-week task. You see, I can’t clean eight hours a day. With my delicate system, I have to clean for perhaps only an hour at a time, before either taking a break or stopping for the day. First up… the kitchen. That’s not in bad shape at all. I expect I can get that done in an hour or so. When it comes time to go through the mounds of junk on my two broken recliners, a.k.a. dead red and dead blue, I’ll have to have plenty of trash bags and a dust mask. The two areas of the apartment I’m dreading most are the bedroom and the walk-in closet. The back-left corner of the bedroom is one ‘storage area’, while the walk-in closet houses a lifetime of videotapes and DVDs, as well as a plethora of miscellaneous junk. I’m going to need a hand with the closet. Fear not, I shall get it done.

There is today’s blog entry. Continued prayers go out to all who need it. I bid everyone a fantastic few days. Rebecca will be back on Wednesday, and will have a new entry up by 1 PM.

Until then, do take care, love one another, be safe, and as always, happy reading.

Spring Cleaning 2019

Greetings, readers. Along with the warmer temperatures and baseball season comes one of my annual chores which I dread. It’s called spring cleaning. One day in very early April when it is at least 55 or 60 degrees F, I shall open all the windows and get to work.

I’ll buy plenty of trash bags from Target and go through all my living room and bedroom junk, getting rid of things such as old papers, boxes, and empty pill bottles. Yes, Josie loves to play with those, maybe I’ll keep one or two bottles for her. I have two dead recliners in the living room, which are now being used as storage place. Oh, how ugly! Last year at this time, I think I was further along with keeping my apartment clean than I am now. I seem to have regressed. Shame on me.

Only once in my life have I ever cleaned my room from top to bottom in one shot. My mother almost fainted. When I get motivated, I can do it. My strong point in such cleaning matters is to do one area at a time and get it done. Then I must be careful that when I move on I simply don’t shift things and re-clutter the area I just did.

I’ll go from table to recliners, to the window area, making everything spotless. I might even rent a Rug Doctor. Then it will be the kitchen’s turn to be scrubbed within an inch of its life. The two areas I am dreading are the bedroom and my walk-in closet which doubles as a storage unit. This project must be done before next inspection.

I’ve been putting this chore off until spring time, but what do you know, spring arrives at 10:00 tonight. I’ve never been one to keep a tidy house/apartment, so even after I clean, the chore of keeping it such will be the main undertaking. One of these Wednesdays I might even ask Rebecca to help me out by holding the trash bag. She always seems to help me get motivated as she is excellent in her organizational skills. That’s what I need in this apartment … organization.

Prayers for everyone in New Zealand who was affected by the mosque shootings. So sad, so terribly sad. I wish people would take the advice of Ellen DeGeneres and just be kind to one another. I would like to take it one step further and end all wars for seven days; just try to get along with everyone, it might actually work. I don’t think that is going to happen, but wouldn’t it be nice. Hope springs eternal.

Until Sunday, I shall leave you with this. I am going to practice what I preached, and be kind to everyone I see today. I invite you to do the same. That’s it, from Pastor Joe.

Until Sunday, have a great few days, love one another, and as always, happy reading.

It’s a multi-topic day!

Greetings, readers. Last week I wrote that my ex-wife asked me to look into two events scheduled for September 11th in Washington D.C. After research on the internet in the past few days, hunting for information dealing with the 2 Million Bikers ride and the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) march, we found not much of anything to report. apparently, the bike ride through the city went off without incident, even though they were denied a permit by the Park Service to ride through the city without stopping for red lights. As far as the Muslim march, originally called “The Million Muslim March” and later renamed the “Million American March Against Fear,” led by Rabbi Alam, apparently only roughly a dozen people showed up for it, according to a friend of mine who saw it on the news. I’m not certain if that was due to lack of planning on their part, or if people who would have shown up stayed away instead because it was a day of mourning. Trust me when I tell you, readers, Rebecca and I spent almost an hour looking up resources on the internet today and I was expecting to find lots of articles to use for facts. When facts were extremely hard to find we realized that these stories were barely a blimp on the radar and have passed into history.

Now, on to a progress report on how my personal days went. As will always happen with me, my progress was slower than I anticipated but a lot did get accomplished. One of the main objectives that I’m trying to fix is my hoarding problem. I’m having to go through personal items such as things that were my mom and dad’s, as well as other odds and ends, that I want to make a final decision on; keep them or finally get rid of them. One big task is what do to with my father’s classical record collection. My friend across the hall has shown definite interest. Once problem solved.

What was going to be a rather leisurely experience has been kicked into a higher gear, by the fact that there is going to be apartment maintenance done to change the sprinkler heads. They are everywhere in my apartment, including my walk in closet doubling as my storage space. Between now and Monday morning, I somehow have to get this place presentable for the staff to inspect it. This should not be an issue but I’m not going to kill myself either. It will be what it is.

Lastly, after the thunderstorms that passed by several days ago, State College Pennsylvania has experienced glorious weather with cloudless warm days and clear cool nights. I sure could go for that. But as the joke goes, in State Cloudy, PA, good weather is the exception rather than the rule.

Until Friday, when Rebecca and I will have another interesting topic to write about, take care and happy reading.

Work coming nicely, and problem solved

Greetings, readers. Just a quick hello today, for early spring cleaning is still in full swing. Rebecca was kind enough to assist me and her help is greatly appreciated. While cleaning out the credenza, a cupboard-type piece of furniture, portable speakers were found which will make my video game and movie watching much more enjoyable. For me better sound is a better experience. Without these external speakers, my small TV sounds like a 70s tape recorder!

Well, back to room cleaning. We’ll be back with you again ASAP. Take care, have a good weekend, and happy reading.

Spring cleaning has begun

Greetings, readers. As mentioned several weeks ago, the task of spring cleaning was soon to be at hand. Well, that hand has grabbed me and said it’s time. So today, I got out my lightweight shirts and pajamas and have begun the first of many loads of laundry.

Here’s a little information about me on a personal level. I’m a bachelor and live in an apartment that has two small rooms. If I have mentioned this before, please bear with me for it bears repeating. My family owned a big house and with parents gone and house sold, naturally I wanted to keep as many belongings as I could. Well, I kept too much. Now, things have to be sorted through and either gotten rid of, donated to my apartment building’s community room swap table, or have a new home in my apartment found for them.

Also, kitty cat Keekee is shedding tremendously, as her spring coat comes in. This means that extra vacuuming and dusting has to be done. Somehow there is hair where I don’t think hair should be, such as on my jackets, which are hanging on my coat tree by the window. Readers, does anybody have a suggestion for me how to efficiently get cat hair off things? I have tried products such as sticky-tape lint rollers, which are full in three seconds; non-sticky lint brushes, which don’t do a thing; and rolled up tape, which just seems to pull at the fabric. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

On the subject of Keekee, my friend Rebecca and I have finally figuree out how to get pictures from my cell phone camera to my computer. So, cross your fingers. Here she is:

Lastly, YAY, it’s baseball season! Even though I was unable to watch the first game of the year yesterday, I did see in today’s paper that the newly named Miami Marlins lost their first game in their brand new stadium. If Marlins Park looks anything like it is portrayed on MLB 12 The Show, OMG.

I hope to have one more new blog post before the end of our work week. So until soon, enjoy and take care. Keekee says hi.

Time for spring cleaning is almost here

Here in State College, Pennsylvania, it is mid February and the winter is half over. I have always been a spring and summer person, but along with the warmer temperatures comes an annual event; spring cleaning. I live in an apartment and everything I own is crammed into two small rooms and a walk-in closet. This means that it usually doesn’t take much to make the place look like a cyclone has hit it.

In about two weeks I am going to undertake this late winter chore. This means that quite a bit of stuff is going to be thrown away. I do not part with my treasured belongings easily, but it is necessary for me to weed out all unused items and clothes. The dining room/living room area is not that bad, and has already been partially worked on. It’s the bedroom that is the disaster area. Most of my time will be spent in there trying to determine which clothes still fit, which boxes can have their contents combined and what records can be given away.

My apartment building has a community room where tenants can put their unwanted items on a table for swap. Already I have parted with my cherished baritone horn, also known as a mini-tuba. My mother got that for me when I was in grade school and I had kept it all these years. Simply, it was taking up too much space; it just didn’t make the cut this year. Also, an old record player was taken down there and was snatched up within an hour.

I think most people here in the apartment building do this spring cleaning chore because the rooms are so small. One has to keep up with the amount of crap brought in throughout the year. For me, it is a whole different set of circumstances. Since 2003, I have lived in four different dwellings, including my current apartment. I have accumulated possessions not only from my two previous apartments, but also from my parents’ big house.

What will not make the cut? Old Playstation games. If I’ve not used them in more than a year, they will be put on the swap table. Also, old record albums I’ve not listened to in 20 years will be placed there for others to enjoy. Blankets, old coats, and my toaster I’ve never used can probably be parted with as well. The biggest thing is garbage, such as old medicine bottles that somehow I think I just have to keep around. Heck, I have the phone number for the pharmacy in my speed dial. I don’t have to read it off the label.

Now, what will make the cut? Mostly treasured items from my parents’ house. Paintings, lamps, an old TV, my mother’s credenza. Also, some of my father’s classical music albums I will never part with; they have sentimental meaning to me.

When all is said and done and everything is spic and span, I can have maintenance come in and make some small repairs that have been waiting for a few months, such as the bedroom closet door not being on its hinge. Also, Keekee, my kitty cat, thinks that the door frame is her personal scratch post. That shall have to be repaired and/or painted.

About my writing, fear not, for even though I will be engrossed in this laborious task of apartment cleaning, writing shall continue. Blog posts will be upcoming and my writing assistant and I shall also be editing my second book, which I hope to have published no later than this coming September. Please feel free to drop a comment or a question and if it is something I can reply to, I shall make every effort to do so.

My next blog entry will be about my father, Professor Joseph John Kockelmans. It should be up on my blog page within a few days. I’m going to need some time to write a first draft because I want it to be just so. Until then, my readers, take care and have a good day.