BEAUTY OF NATURE

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Just a few of the flowers that I see while walking around with the camera.

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I usually have no clue what kind of flowers these are.

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There was a large plot of these.  This is just some of them.

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This is my ole’ play area when I was much younger.  It’s the Kerney where the Coal dirt was dumped many years ago from the river dredging.  It’s changing.  Found out that the Blue Mountain Wildlife Ass. is trying to make this into more of a Wildlife Sanctuary.   Getting rid of much Coal dirt as possible.  Don’t know much else about this, yet.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

OUT THERE!

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Life here is pretty much back to normal now.  Eileen’s knee is doing much better now.  No longer do I have to stay around the house to help her in moving around.  She walks, goes up & down steps, and is doing the normal things around the house that was done before.  Her incision has healed quite well.  Soon you won’t be able to tell that she had knee surgery at all!

Now, I can go and come much as I did before.  Getting “out there” with my camera gear is back to normal.  Above is the old Union Canal Towpath in High Definition.  Using my Pentax K10d, I took 5 different shot’s.  Each one was 2 f/stops lower, then 1 normal, then 2 f/stops higher.  They were then blended together, that is always done with HD.

Now, I’m not so sure if I really need 5 different images like that.  I’m thinking that I could just use 3.  Would it be better that way or not.

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During the Summer months, the old Union Canal Lock get’s so very over-grown with trees, weeds, & alge in the water that it’s hard to tell what was once there.  The Winter is a better time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

 

GETTING MORE TIME.

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Now, that the Wife’s knee is healing better, I’m able to get “out there” more & more.  No longer does she need constant help to walk or do things around the house.  The 7″ incision in her right knee is looking better all the time.  By the end of this month she should be back walking like nothing happened.

The is a bit of sacrafice to be made when you have surgery like she did.  She will never be able to just get up and run.  Nor will she be able to bend down using her legs.  It is much better than having the pain & discomfort like before.  She still has to sit with her leg elevated with ice cubes in a plastic bag to keep down the swelling, even though alot of the edema is gone.

If anyone out there is going to have this type of surgery, I give you fair warning.  It’s no fun the 1st 2 weeks!  There will be much discomfort, but pain med’s will help out.  Pain med’s are not the cure all.  They just keep what was done under control.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

SURGERY!

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Here I am.  The image was taken at the Grandaughters Graduation in West Virginia State University a few weeks ago.

Now, on to what’s been going on here.  On the morning of June 4th, my Wife had major knee surgery to replace her bad knee on her left leg.  She had been suffering from pain for just under a year.  Her joint was bone on bone.  Not good.  The surgery process went very good.  The Sergon did a great job.  He was so very pleasant & comforting to her.  After the surgery was done, she stayed in the Reading Hospital for 2 days after to recover.  The Nursing Staff had her up & walking not but an hour after surgery, if you can believe that!  She did very well.  However, that was because the drugs & medication did not quite wear off yet.  The painful time is yet to come.

Brought her Home here and had to help her in just about everything she tried to do.  The second day she was home, is a very painful time.  It was a very trying time for us both.  We were told that the 1st week will be nasty.  They were right.  Eileen had to take pain meds every 4 hours to keep the painful incision from hurting more than what it did.  Me, being her caregiver, had to help her keep ice on her knee to keep the swelling down.  Change the ice most every hour & a half.  It’s a lot of work.  She did not sleep well, nor did I for the 1st week.

The 2nd week started to get better.  Not quite as much pain, but it was still there.  She had to start some Rehab at Mountain Lake Rehab where certified people help her along the road to recovery.  Every other day, she had to go.  Her knee did get better & better, but it’s no picnic quite yet.  Learning to put weight on a leg & knee that had a major operation is no fun!  Learning to walk is another obstacle to overcome.

Now, into the 3rd week, it’s much, much better.  She can walk with a cane, but still needs attention so there is no falling!  Eileen can do much more now, and the incision is healing very nicely.  Very soon she will be up and walking just like she did before.  Like nothing happened.

It has been rough on us both.  I can’t really go anywhere for long periods of time.  About 2 hrs. is the max.  I’m more than sure that she does not want to go thru this again!  Me, either!

 

Thanks for reading.

Les

HISTORIC READING

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Since my Hometown of Reading, PA is a very Historic area they should have more of these placed around the City to show what once was there long ago.

There is a McDonalds Fast Food in it’s place off to the left of this Image.

Thanks for reading.

Les

RETURN TO BETHELHEM STEEL

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I tend to enjoy going back to this very historic area just because so much has happened here from years gone bye.  Bethelhem Steel was once the largest Steel producers on the East Coast.  However, due to corporate greed over time and compitation from foreign steel producers, the place just did not keep up with the changing market.  Years ago, the once mighty steel producer, stopped it’s production never to make steel again.  Today, the place is a Historic reminder of what used to be.  The buildings that are still standing retain the color from the blast furnace’s that once roared here.  Some of the buildings have been torn down, but many still stand.

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Here looking down one of the area’s, are buildings that still remain.  On the right is what used to be Machine Shop #2 where gun barrels for battleships were turned on huge lathe’s that are no longer there.  These lathe’s were so big that the operator could sit on the carriage while turning the barrel.  Would have loved to see that.  On the left is the Blower Room that once supplied air to the Mill.  In the distance is the Crane Repair Building where huge Cranes lifted gun barrels onto waiting flat bed cars.

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A Plaque showing the ships that were made from the Steel Plant.

Thanks for reading.

Les

BAD WEEK!

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Ever had one of those weeks when things go wrong and get expensive?  Well, last week was one of them for us.  Was not good.

The first one was while washing some dishes, we noticed that the Water in the sink was not getting very hot.  Did not think much of it, until I went down into the laundry room and noticed the water heater leaking water on the floor!  Not good.  Should not do that.  Called a good friend of ours and told him about it.  Was told that the heater might be going bad!  Crap!  Just what we need.  More expense.  Called UGI to come out and take a look.  No good!  Thought that the Pilot Light might be out.  Nope, it’s dead!  Here we go.  He gave us a quote on a new one.  His price was rather expensive, I thought.  Called around for other prices and found some people that were much cheaper!  They could come out that same day and install one!  Great.  Do it.  2 guy’s came here and had a new Water Heater installed in 2.5 hrs.  They were very good.  Thanks to them for a great job.

Then about 2 day’s later, my Wife noticed that the Toilet was not flushing right.  Oh No!  What’s wrong now?  I took a look at it and she was right.  It was flushing very slow, with hardly any water coming out.  Now what?  Thought that the holes under the lip of the bowl might be clogged with calcium from hard water, so I poked around in them.  Got some calcium out, but not anywhere near enough.  Still was not flushing right.  Checked the “innards” of the tank.  That was ok.  Pleanty of water coming in.  Not that.  It must be those water holes under the bowl lip.  Called a friend of mine who is a Plumber.  He told me to get a new one.  This one has had it!  It’s been there for over 30 yrs.  Damm.  Here we go again.  Ordered another Toilet from a business that was recommended to us.  It was here in 3 day’s.  It’s one of those “low flush” toilet’s that are out on the market now.  Plastic seat and it sits up higher.  Now, I have to install it.  Oh Boy.  More fun!

I’ve installed toilets before, but I’m afraid of that darn “seal” that goes around the pipe to the sewer.  You get one chance to set the toilet down on the seal!  If it does not seal right you start all over again with a new seal!  I hate that.  Well, I took my time on lifting the toilet on to the wax seal and did it in one try!  Whew!  Connected everything up and it worked real good!

Now, this one was the bad one.  A day or so later I was here on the Laptop and was making a Post on Facebook when all of a sudden the screen shut off and the Laptop shut off!!  Oh.  What’s this?  Tried to re-start.  Nothing.  Tired again.  Nothing.  Oh my!  Now what’s wrong?  Did not know.  Thought I’d let it sit over-night and see what happens.  Next day, still dead.  Now, I don’t know what to do, so I called Micro Air Computers and asked them.  I was told to bring it up to them.  They will take a look and see what’s wrong.  Well, found out next day that it’s dead!!!  No power.  Some of the important componats went bad after more than 8 yrs. of use.  Not worth the repair.  What else is going to go wrong!!

Ok, so I knew I had to get another one, but which one?  I use this System for Photography editing and other stuff.  Shopped around for a bit and decided on this HP Envy Notebook e360.  Has a much faster system than I had before, but not as much memory.  My other one had 750GB.  This one has only 256GB.  Should be enough for what I use it for.  This one has a HD Screen.  Nice.  So, now I had to recover the Programs that I paid for over time.  LightroomCC, PaintShop Pro, Picasa, AururaHD, and Aurura2019 I had to re-download.  I lost most everything else.  All my Images that I wanted to keep are gone!  Should have made a Disk of them.  This System run’s on Windows 10.  Getting used to it.  It’s different than Windows 8.1

That’s how last week went!  Not good.  Don’t think we can handle much more.  To say the least, I was not a happy camper at all!  My nerves were done.  All I can say is I hope that was the last of it, but who knows.

Thanks for reading,

Les