The date was Thursday November 28, 1940. I hadn’t met Aldine yet but I would soon, very soon. It was Thanks Giving day and Aldine was enjoying the day with her husband Robert or “RC” as most people knew him. Times were hard but they had turkey and all the trimmings and were trying to relax after a hard week. It seemed like everyday was hard now. Not like the fun filled days of only eight months ago. But things were about to change and they would never be the same after they met me.
On the way to pick up a news paper this morning, Feb 2, 2014, we saw a number of eagles. I think in about ten block right in Le Claire we saw about 18 or 20 eagles. I went back and took photos of the ones that were along a stretch of road where I could stop. The tree with 6 eagles in it was at 452 Cody Road which is one block from the bank. This is right in town. There were 7 eagles in that tree but one flew just as I got back to them.
I read that there are about 1,200 eagles on the upper Mississippi River this time of year.
Here are the photos and a couple of quick videos. Please forgive the quality. The videos were with my cell phone and this is the first time I tried that. The photos are with my cell phone and my “car camera” which just bounces around on the floorboards until I need it.
While I’m at it I thought you might like a link to the
Eaglecam at Alcoa’s Bettenforf, Iowa plant.
I hope you enjoy seeing the photos.
Click on any photo to see a full size.
Through the years one of the problems with using the Internet was not being able to synchronize my Bookmarks and Favorites between my different Internet Browsers. Once I started using more than one computer this got to be even more of a problem. The ideal would be to have the Bookmarks and Favorites on all my browsers and computers change at once whenever I made a change on one of them. If I could get this and also have an easy way to organize favorites and bookmarks it would be great. It would make things much easier when changing from one computer or browser to the other. Since we are wishing for things, let’s also put bookmark backup on the list and add FREE to the list.
All the things on this wish list are now available. FREE favorites and bookmarks backup, FREE organize favorites and bookmarks and Free synchronize favorites and bookmarks between computers and browsers. This it is all available in one package.
Xmarks Does It All
I have been using Xmarks since the very early days when it was called Foxmarks and was only available for the Mozilla Firefox web browser. It was available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux at that time. Later they started supporting the Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows and they changed their name to Xmarks. Now they also provide a version for Google Chrome and Safari. At this time the Safari version is only available for the Mac OS X. I use all the versions of Xmarks except for the Safari version. I use both Windows and Linux so I have tested it with Firefox in both Windows and Ubuntu Linux. There is a slight difference between the Firefox and MS Internet Explorer versions. The Firefox version will also store and synchronize your passwords and the MSIE version won’t. Hopefully at some time in the future they will add it to the MSIE version.
I was looking over some of my medical documents and it came to mind that some of you may think that because you have no symptoms you don’t have to worry about a heart attack. If you do think you are safe this if for you.
In late mid June 2006 I went to my family doctor for a routine physical. I hadn’t had one for a number or years. When I found out that I could get a free physical because I had just gone on Medicare I couldn’t pass it up. A FREE physical sounded great. That physical probably saved my life.
I Found Out I Had A Heart Problem
In June 2006 I was overweight but other than that I was in pretty good shape. A little short of breath going up stairs but is probably normal for a 65 year old that weighs about 280 pounds. Other than that I had no symptoms of any kind that would make me think I was a bomb waiting to go off. During the physical my doctor didn’t like what he saw in the EKG so he sent me to a cardiologist.
My cardiologist appointment was in early April. He did an EKG and didn’t like it either. He quickly scheduled me for a stress test for two days later. The stress test showed I had a problem. He must have felt it was urgent because two days later I was in the hospital.
I Had Two Serious Blockages
Remember, I had NO SYMPTOMS. They performed an angiogram and found I had five partial blockages in my heart. Three weren’t serious enough to worry about now but two were. The report after the procedure was done stated “Stenosis of 70% in the proximal right coronary artery and 80 – 85% in the mid right coronary artery .” Yes, I had two serious blockages. One was 70% blocked and the other about 80 to 85% blocked.
The two blockages were close enough together to place one stent that took care of both of them. After the stent was inserted the final result revealed “0% stenosis”. The blockages were completely opened up. I should be good to go now.
A few years ago I received a beautiful Christmas Present from my Son-In-Law, Pete Benavidez. It is one of my all time favorite Christmas presents and I just have to share it with you. Pete is an outstanding craftsman and artist in his chosen media. Pete works with deer antler, bone, brass and so very much more. I have always been a BIG FAN of his work and have a number of items that he has made. Until recently his “feather” earrings, which are made out of very small pieces of deer antler, were my favorites. That is until I saw his outstanding work with knives.
Knives by Pete Benavidez
I guess I must have made it very obvious that I like his knives, with a hint or two, and I am now the VERY LUCKY and PROUD owner of one. These are not your everyday buy it at the sporting goods store knives. Pete purchases some of the finest blades readymade. Then he applies his magic. With nothing but the blade, a piece of brass and a deer antler he designs some of the most beautiful knives you will find anywhere. He cuts, shapes and polishes the brass. Shapes and polishes the antler. Puts it all together with what in my humble opinion is the love and care of a “Master Craftsman” and produces true works of art. But he doesn’t stop there. He then applies his considerable talent to produce beautiful and always different display stands.
The first knife that I saw in one of his displays was a beautiful letter opener he made for his wife, my Beautiful and Usually Charming Daughter, Sonja. He first produced a truly great letter opener and then proceeded to “play” with a large piece of crystal. I don’t know one rock from another but I think this was quartz. I could be wrong but I am sure it was a beautiful rock. Pete applied his magic and created a truly one of a kind display stand for the letter opener. I have never seen a letter opener that came even close to the one my daughter now has.
Today I think I want to talk about one of my pet peeves, People that send out my email address to everyone when they forward an email or send one to a group of people. I don’t know about you but I don’t want everyone in the world to have my email address. Especially the one I use for family and friends. I use a different email address for different purposes. I have one for family and friends, one for websites that make me leave an email address, another for my geocaching, etc. This way I limit the amount of junk mail I get coming into my commonly used email.
Here is a case in point. Just imagine how upset every one of these people would be if I posted their email address in this Blog. I won’t and I never would. Nor would I forward their email address to people they don’t know, who would then forward it on to other people. Here is an example from an email I got from one of my contacts. The first person found something titled “What is a Grandparent?”. Let’s call him Phil. Now let’s keep count so we know how many people get Phil’s email address and the address of everyone Phil sent it to. This all happens because people don’t know how to send email, people don’t care, or they are just plain to lazy. Phil sent it to 15 people. Every one of them had the address of everyone that Phil sent it to. One of them was Jim. Jim sent it to 7 people. Every one of them now has all of the original peoples address as well as everyone that Jim sent it to. That means the original addresses are now available to 22 people. One of the people that Jim sent it to was Carl. Carl sent it on to 13 people. That brings the total up to 35. The next person in line is Bill. Bill sent it on to 15 more people so the total is now up to 50. One of the people that Bill sent it to was Bob (no not me). Bob at least knew how to use the “BCC” function in his email program. However, he dropped the ball and left everyone’s address on it so that didn’t really help the situation as much as it could. At least he protected the addresses of the people he sent it to. Next in line is Mary. Mary sent it to 12 people so that brings the count to 62. Dianne is next. She sent it to 8 people (yes at last I get it) which brings the total count to 70 people.