Thursday, November 22, 2012

THANKSGIVING

HELLO TO ALL,

     WELL, I JUST WANTED TO GIVE THANKS FOR ALL THE GOOD AND BAD THAT'S HAPPENED TO ME THIS YEAR.I MADE SOME NEW FRIENDS, LOST SOME OLD FRIENDS, ALMOST LOST A COUPLE OF OLD FRIENDS. WORKS BEEN GREAT, MADE A FINE LIVING, GOT SOME SPIRITUAL INTERVENTION GOING AGAIN, (ALWAYS A GOOD THING!!). BEEN HEALTHY FOR MOST OF THE YEAR. ALL IN ALL A LOT TO BE VERY THANKFUL FOR.

    PLEASE REMEMBER ALL THE HOMELESS, UNFORTUNATE PEOPLE WHO,BY THEIR OWN CHOICE OR NOT, DON'T HAVE WHAT WE HAVE. MAYBE NO FOOD, MAYBE NO PLACE TO SLEEP, MAYBE THEY'RE UNHEALTHY, WHATEVER, IF YOU CAN'T HELP IN ANY OTHER WAY, SEND THEM SOME LOVE IN A PRAYER. PLEASE ALSO REMEMBER OUR TROOPS, WE DON'T HAVE TO AGREE WITH WHAT'S GOING ON, BUT THEY'RE STILL THERE DEFENDING OUR RIGHT TO BE THANKFUL!

    ENJOY THIS HOLIDAY WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WE ALL HAVE A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR.

                                                           TALK TO YOU SOON,

                                                                         TVI

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

JUST ANOTHER WEEKEND HERE

HELLO TO ALL,

      JUST A FEW THINGS GOING ON HERE THIS WEEKEND. I HAVE BEEN DRIVING MY OWN CAR TO WORK FOR SEVERAL MONTHS NOW. FIRST TIME IN THIRTY YEARS! BECAUSE I AM A FIELD MECHANIC I DRIVE A FAIRLY LARGE TRUCK WITH A CRANE, WELDER, AIR COMPRESSOR, ETC., FOR THE COMPANY I WORK FOR, A FEW MONTHS AGO IN ORDER FOR THEM TO SAVE FUEL THEY ASKED IF THE TWO OR THREE GUYS WHO LIVE THE FARTHEST FROM THE SHOP WOULD DRIVE THEIR PERSONAL VEHICLES BACK AND FORTH AND THEY WOULD PAY US MILEAGE. I ACCEPTED THEIR OFFER AND HAVE BEEN DOING IT NOW SINCE JUNE. I NORMALLY CHANGE MY OWN OIL IN THE VEHICLES I DRIVE BUT HAVE NOT HAD TIME SINCE THIS STARTED. THE WIFE WORKS IN TOWN ACROSS THE STREET FROM A TIRE/GARAGE SHOP AND SHE HAS HER OIL CHANGED BY THEM, SO I'VE BEEN LETTING HER TAKE MY CAR OVER THERE. THEY CHANGED THE OIL EARLIER THIS WEEK AND TOLD HER THE BRAKES WERE BAD. SO I DROVE THE PICKUP TO WORK ON FRIDAY AND BROUGHT THE BIG TRUCK HOME TO DO THE BRAKES.

     WELL, I TOOK THE REAR TIRES OFF AND I DON'T SEE ANYTHING ALARMING, ROTORS ARE IN GOOD SHAPE, PLENTY OF PAD LEFT TO WEAR. LET IT DOWN JACKED UP THE FRONT AND CHECKED THE PADS AND ROTORS, THEY WERE PRETTY WORN. THE FRONT OF THE CAR HAD THE BIG DOUBLE SIDED ROTORS WITH THE VENTILATING RIBS SO I TOOK THEM DOWN TO NAPA AND HAD THEM TURNED DOWN AND BOUGHT NEW PADS. TOOK EVERYTHING HOME, REINSTALLED AND BLED THE BRAKES. NOW THE ESTIMATE FOR DOING THE BRAKES WAS $810, JOB DONE FOR $61. NOT BAD.

     THE YOUNGEST SON WAS DRIVING THROUGH THE WOODS LIKE A MANIAC A FEW WEEKS AGO ON THE FOUR WHEELER PULLING THE LITTLE TRAILER AND HIT A TREE WITH ONE OF THE TRAILER TIRES. KNOCKED A BIG CHUNK OUT OF THE RIM AND BENT THE AXLE. SO HE AND I REMOVED THE WHEEL,(MADE HIM GO FIND THE MISSING PIECE IN THE WOODS!), TOOK THE WHEEL TO WORK AND HAD THE WELDER WELD THE PIECE BACK IN IT. GOT THE TUBE FIXED AND HEATED AND STRAIGHTENED OUT THE AXLE, PUT IT ALL BACK TOGETHER AND MOVING AGAIN.

     GOT UP ON SUNDAY AND WENT OUT IN THE WOODS AND KEPT CUTTING FIREWOOD, STARTING TO GET COMFORTABLE WITH THE AMOUNT, BUT STILL NOT THERE YET.

     THE PIG IS GOING TO THE BUTCHER ON THE 22ND OF OCTOBER OR ABOUT TWO WEEKS, THEN I'LL HAVE TO TAKE DOWN HIS PEN AND CLEAN UP IN THERE. DOESN'T THAT SOUND FUN!!!LOL I'M GETTING A FAIRLY LARGE COMPOST PILE BUILT UP FOR TURNING INTO THE GARDEN NEXT SPRING. WE HAD PRETTY GOOD LUCK WITH WHAT WE PLANTED THIS YEAR AND JUST THE OTHER DAY WE DISCOVERED A WHOLE BUNCH OF SWEET POTATOES HAD SURVIVED UNDER THE WATERMELON PLANTS. I WANT TO MAKE THE GARDEN A LITTLE BIGGER NEXT YEAR AGAIN, AND I'M THINKING I'M GOING TO MOVE THE MELON PLANTS OUTSIDE THE MAIN GARDEN.

     THINGS ARE PROGRESSING PRETTY WELL HEADING INTO THE WINTER. FIREWOOD IS ALWAYS ON MY LIST BUT I HOPE TO GET ENOUGH CUT NOT TO HAVE TO CUT IN THE WINTER. MY BROTHER HAS SEVERAL TREES DOWN IN HIS YARD, I HAVE SEVERAL HERE THAT NEED TO BE CUT DOWN AND THE NEIGHBOR HAS 5 OR 6 MORE HE WANTS DOWN. I HAVE A STANDING OFFER FROM A FRIEND OF MINE A COUPLE OF TOWNS NORTH OF ME TO COME AND GET WOOD ANYTIME. HE LOST ABOUT 40 TREES A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WHEN "SHOP TEACHER BOB'S" GARAGE BLEW DOWN. THEY'RE ALREADY ON THE GROUND AND LIMBED, SO IT'S JUST CUTTING CHUNKS AND SPLITTING.

     WELL THAT'S ALL I CAN THINK OF FOR RIGHT NOW SO,


                                                             I'LL TALK TO YOU SOON,

                                                                               TVI

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

SORRY, IT GOT AWAY FROM ME

HELLO TO ALL,

      TIME THAT IS, ALL OF A SUDDEN I REALIZED THAT I HADN'T PENNED A BLOG POST FOR A WHILE.

     I'VE BEEN BUSY TRYING TO GET CAUGHT UP AROUND THE FARM,(AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT I'M CALLING IT!). THE GARDEN DID FAIRLY WELL, THE PIG IS ALMOST READY HE'S ABOUT 200 LBS.I TALKED WITH THE GUY NEXT DOOR AND WE'RE GOING TO GET A FULL QUARTER OF BEEF FROM HIM   SO THE FREEZER WILL BE FULL.

     I FINALLY GOT CAUGHT UP ENOUGH TO START CUTTING WOOD. I'M STILL PRETTY FAR BEHIND BUT AT LEAST I GOT STARTED. HAD TO FIX THE LOG SPLITTER, IT HAD WATER IN IT SO I GOT IT ALL CLEANED UP AND RUNNING WELL. HAD A LEAK ON THE SUCTION HOSE, AND MY CO-OWNER REPAIRED THAT. THE SAW I BOUGHT ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO TOOK A CRAP AND I HAD TO BUY A NEW SAW. IT STILL RUNS BUT YOU HAVE TO RUN IT AT HIGH IDLE ALL THE TIME, NOT EXACTLY SAFE. I FIGURED IF I CAN GET ENOUGH WOOD CUT TO MAKE IT THROUGH WINTER, SOMETIME THIS WINTER OR NEXT SPRING I CAN PULL THE HEAD OFF AND SEE IF THE CYLINDER IS SCORED. THE REPAIRMAN SAID THE COMPRESSION IS LOW, LIKE THE MIX FOR THE GAS WAS WRONG AT SOME TIME.

     THE BARN FINALLY GOT PAINTED, ALONG WITH THE WOOD SHED AND MY WIFE'S HERB GARDEN FENCE.  THE PLACE IS LOOKING PRETTY SPIFFY NOW, ALTHOUGH THE HOUSE NEEDS TO BE RESTAINED OR PAINTED. GOT SOMEONE LINED UP TO RESEAL AND PATCH THE DRIVEWAY AND THEN I SHOULD BE DONE FOR THE WINTER AS FAR AS HOUSE PROJECTS GO.

     I WAS TRYING TO PICK UP A LITTLE TAYLOR-DUNN YARD TRUCK BUT I DIDN'T GET IT. I WAS REALLY HOPING TO GET IT, PUT A DUMP BED ON IT, WOULD HAVE BEEN A BIG HELP AROUND HERE, BUT I GUESS I'LL JUST HAVE TO KEEP LOOKING. I HAVE A 70'S CUSHMAN GOLF CART THAT MY WIFE JUST LOVES. IT'S ELECTRIC, ONE OF THOSE THREE WHEELED ONES. IT'S PAINTED CAMOUFLAGE RIGHT AT THE MOMENT, I'M HOPING TO FIX IT UP A LITTLE THIS WINTER. POUND OUT SOME DENTS, ADD SOME LIGHTS, TAKE OUT THE THREE 12 VOLT BATTERIES AND INSTALL SIX 6 VOLT BATTERIES. JUST PRETTY IT UP FOR HER A LITTLE BIT. THEN MAYBE WORK ON THE BIKE A LITTLE BIT.

     I'M HOPING TO PUT IN THE SLIDING DOOR THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE PART OF THE HOUSE PROJECT WHEN WE BUILT THE PLACE, ONE OF THE PROBLEMS IN THE SHOP IS I CAN'T GET ANYTHING TOO BIG IN THERE. THE YOUNGEST SON IS GETTING READY TO DRIVE AND I'M GOING TO HAVE TO START LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO FIX UP WITH HIM A LITTLE BIT AND IT'S GOING TO HAVE TO GET IN THE SHOP AT SOME POINT. PLUS I WANT TO BE ABLE TO GET THE GOLF CART IN THERE TOO.

     WELL I THINK THAT'S ABOUT ALL THE NEWS FROM HERE AT THE MOMENT. I'LL TRY TO KEEP UP THE POSTING BUT I NEVER KNOW FOR SURE.

                                                                  TALK TO YOU SOON,


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P.S. HERE IS A PICTURE OF A 1970 CHEVELLE FROM CRUISE NIGHT. MY BUDDY BIKER BOB HAD ONE OF THESE WHEN WE WERE KIDS. HOPE YOPU ENJOY IT BOB!! BELOW THAT IS A PICTURE OF A 1970 NOVA, LIKE THE ONE I OWNED AT THE SAME TIME.



    

Saturday, July 7, 2012

DAMN IT'S HOT!!!!!

HELLO TO ALL,

     MAN IT'S BEEN 100 PLUS DEGREES HERE FOR ABOUT A WEEK. THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE RAIN ON THE WAY AND A COOL DOWN ALONG WITH IT, I SURE HOPE SO WE REALLY NEED THE RAIN.

     WELL I GOT UP THIS MORNING AND FIXED THE A/C ON MY PICK UP, WELL I CHARGED IT AND FOUND THE LEAK, TOOK THE TRUCK TO TOWN AND PICKED UP MY MOM'S CAR AND FIXED THE A/C ON IT TOO. DID A FEW OTHER ODDS AND ENDS AND THEN CALLED IT QUITS FOR THE DAY.

     THE TOWN IS HAVING IT'S ANNUAL CRUISE NIGHT TONIGHT AND THEN A FRIEND OF THE OLDEST BOY'S IS HAVING HIS ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY PARTY.  I KNOW IT'S A LITTLE LATE BUT IT'S USUALLY AROUND THE FOURTH.

     WELL, I GUESS THAT'S IT FOR NOW, I'LL TRY TO POST SOME PICTURES FROM CRUISE NIGHT IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.


                                                                        TALK TO YOU SOON,

                                                                                         TVI

Monday, July 2, 2012

WENT TO THE DRAG RACES

HELLO TO ALL,

     WENT TO THE RACES IN JOLIET SATURDAY WITH THE YOUNGEST SON. ALL THE BIG BOYS WERE THERE, FORCE,  BERNSTEIN, PEDRAGON, HIGHT, ANDERSON, BROWN. LOTS OF FAST CARS, HAD A BALL. HERE'S SOME VIDEO!!!
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     ALSO,(FOR SHOP TEASCHER BOB) I SAW THIS LITTLE BOBBER AT A GAS STATION IN ILLINOIS LAST WEEK. IT'S A 650 SUZUKI SINGLE LUNGER! JUST THOUGHT IT WAS KINDA COOL!!!

      WELL, THAT'S ALL FOR NOW.
           



                                                         TALK TO YOU SOON,

                                                                         TVI

Saturday, May 26, 2012

CUZZIN JOHNNY

HELLO TO ALL,

       IT'S BEEN A BIT OF A ROUGH MONTH HERE. THIS PAST SATURDAY MORNING MY COUSIN JOHNNY LOST HIS FIGHT WITH CANCER. IT WAS A TERRIFYINGLY SHORT FIGHT, JUST ABOUT THREE MONTHS.
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     JOHNNY WAS JUST A FEW WEEKS YOUNGER THAN ME, SO WE KIND OF GREW UP TOGETHER. AS KIDS WE SPENT ALOT OF TIME DOING KID THINGS, YA KNOW BASKETBALL, SHOOTIN' GUNS, HANGIN' OUT AT HIS PARENTS FARM, ETC.. AS TEENAGERS WE CHASED GIRLS, PARTIED TOGETHER, GOT IN A LITTLE TROUBLE, NOTHING BIG, RODE MOTORCYCLES TOGETHER, PARTIED A LITTLE MORE, SPENT A LOT OF TIME TOGETHER.

      WHEN JOHNNY GOT MARRIED AND WENT INTO THE SERVICE WE KIND OF DRIFTED APART. HE CAME BACK FROM THE SERVICE AND MOVED TO SOUTHERN INDIANA, I HAD GOTTEN MARRIED AND LIVED IN THE TOWN HE GREW UP IN. HE BECAME AN EMERGENCY ROOM NURSE, WROTE A BLOG WHERE HE COULD VENT ON POLITICS AND THE LIKE, AND STARTED GARDENING ETC.. WHEN I STARTED GARDENING AT THE NEW PLACE OUR PATHS KIND OF CROSSED AGAIN. WE'VE BEEN WRITING AND TALKING BACK AND FORTH FOR THE LAST FEW  YEARS AND WE WERE LIKE OLD FRIENDS AGAIN.

     I'M NOT A "ORGANIZED RELIGION" KIND OF GUY, BUT I KNOW IN MY HEART THAT EVERY TIME I THINK OF OLD"GRUMPY UNK" HE'LL BE AROUND WHERE I CAN TALK TO HIM, LEAN ON HIM IF I HAVE TO, AND JUST BE THERE FOR ME. MEMORIES ARE WHAT KEEP OUR DEPARTED FRIENDS NEAR, THEY'RE JUST A THOUGHT AWAY. I THINK OF MY DAD OFTEN AND WHEN I DO I KNOW HE'S LOOKIN' OVER MY SHOULDER THINKING" JUST KEEP YOUR ENDGATE UP KIDDO", A FAVORITE SAYING OF HIS.

     A FRIEND OF JOHNNY'S AND MINE DIED A FEW YEARS AGO, AND ON MY WAY DOWN TO SEE JOHNNY ON SATURDAY I WAS THINKING OF TH0SE TWO KNUCKLEHEADS RIDING MOTORCYCLES ON ALL THE BEST ROADS THERE ARE TO RIDE ON, AND I WAS A LITTLE JEALOUS. SWEEPING INTO SOME BIG TURNS INTO THE MOUNTAINS, SOME LONG STRETCHES OF STRAIGHT ROADS IN THE DESERTS, OR ALONG THE COAST HIGHWAY IN CALIFORNIA. MAN THEY GET TO RIDE THEM ALL.

     I'M GOING TO MISS JOHNNY, FOR ALL THE REASONS YOU MISS SOMEBODY WHEN THEY PASS, BUT I'M GOING TO MISS HIM MOST BECAUSE HE WAS MY FRIEND.

     YOU AND STEVE SAVE SOME RIDES FOR ME, AND YOUR BROTHER, AND SURLY, AND  "KEEP YOUR END GATE UP".  LOVE YA JOHNNY!

                                                                   TALK TO YOU ALL SOON,

                                                                                          TVI

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I'VE BEEN THINKING AGAIN.....

HELLO TO ALL,

      FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS OR SO, THE FOOD INDUSTRY AND MEDICAL ILLNESSES HAVE BEEN FLOATING AROUND IN MY HEAD. OR AT LEAST THOUGHTS ON THESE SUBJECTS HAVE BEEN.

     I DON'T MEAN TO SOUND LIKE A CONSPIRACY THEORIST OR THE LIKE BUT, I BELIEVE THAT THESE PROBLEMS ARE ROOTED IN THE DEATH OF THE SMALL FARM. WHEN PEOPLE STARTED MOVING AWAY FROM THE FARM AND INTO CITIES AND TOWNS THE FOOD SUPPLY BECAME THE RESPONSIBILITY OF FOOD GROWING CORPORATIONS. WHILE I CAN UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO SUPPLY AN EVER INCREASING POPULATION, AND I CAN UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO GROW IT FASTER AND CHEAPER, I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO POISON US WITH GROWTH HORMONES AND LAYER UPON LAYER OF ANTIBIOTICS. IF YOU WATCH THE NEWS THE HEALTH COMMUNITY IS CONSTANTLY TELLING US THAT ANTIBIOTICS ARE NOT WORKING ANYMORE. I BELIEVE THAT IS BECAUSE, AT LEAST IN PART,  DUE TO THE INCREASES OF THEM IN OUR FOOD SUPPLY. I'M NOT SURE THAT THE FOOD INDUSTRY EVEN KNOWS WHAT GROWTH HORMONES IN THE FOOD WE EAT CAN DUE TO US OVER A GENERATION OR TWO.

     THINGS LIKE GMO'S AND THE LIKE HAVEN'T BEEN AROUND LONG ENOUGH JUST YET TO REAR THEIR UGLY HEADS IN SOME TYPE OF ILLNESSES, BUT THE DAY WILL SURELY COME WHEN THEY DO. I JUST READ AN ARTICLE ON AUTISM AND IT'S STRIKING INCREASE IN JUST THE LAST FEW YEARS. SOME WELL KNOWN DOCTORS ARE STARTING TO PUT TWO AND TWO TOGETHER AND DISCOVERING THAT NOT ONLY COULD IT BE THE VACCINES THEY'RE GIVING OUR CHILDREN BUT THE FOOD SUPPLY COULD BE ADDING TO THE DISEASE. THERE ARE QUITE A FEW DOCTORS AND RESEARCHERS WHO ARE STARTING TO COME UP WITH WELL DOCUMENTED RESEARCH THAT  THE FOOD WE ARE INGESTING COULD INDEED BE KILLING US.

     I'VE THOUGHT FOR QUITE SOME TIME THAT THE ROUNDUP AND THE FERTILIZERS THAT THE BIG FARMERS ARE USING ON THEIR CROPS IS CAUSING US GRIEF, BUT ADD IN GENETIC ENGINEERING AND THE PROCESSING THAT GOES ON IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE, AND YOU CAN START TO SEE WHAT I'M SAYING. THE MORE I READ AND LISTEN TO THESE ISSUES THE MORE SCARED I BECOME FOR US AND OUR CHILDREN AND OUR CHILDRENS' CHILDREN. I'M TRYING TO GROW MORE AND MORE FOOD AT MY HOUSE. WE'RE TRYING SOME PIGS THAT WE HOPE TO RAISE ORGANICALLY, AND THE GARDEN IS GOING TO GET BIGGER THIS YEAR. MY HOPE IS TO RAISE ALMOST EVERYTING WE EAT AT OUR HOUSE. AT LEAST WE'LL KNOW WHATS IN IT.

     THE GUY NEXT DOOR TO ME RAISES GRASS FED BEEF, NO GROWTH HORMONES, NO ANTIBIOTICS. WE BOUGHT MEAT FROM HIM FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS AND I THINK IT TASTES BETTER ON TOP OF IT'S HEALTHIER. HE'S GOING TO GET OUT OF THE BUSINESS IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS, SO I'M HOPING TO PICK UP A COUPLE OF HIS CALVES THIS FALL. WE'RE NOT LARGE MEAT EATERS, BUT WE DO INCLUDE SOME IN OUR DIET. MY WIFE HAS BEEN EATING MOSTLY VEGAN FOR A FEW YEARS AND I JUST CAN'T BRING MYSELF TO GO THAT WAY COMPLETELY, BUT I'M MOVING IN THAT DIRECTION.

     MY LITTLE BOUT WITH THE INFECTION LAST FALL AND WINTER HAD ME LOOKING AT OPTIONS THAT I NORMALLY WOULD NOT HAVE INVESTIGATED. THE FOOD WE EAT WAS HIGH OIN THE LIST OF THINGS THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN GIVING ME THE PROBLEM, AND WHILE I'VE RESORTED BACK TO MY OLD WAYS THERE ARE SOME THINGS I'VE MANAGED TO STAY AWAY FROM.

     THERE ARE SO MANY ARTICLES AND GOOD BOOKS TO READ ON THIS SUBJECT THAT I WOULD RECCOMEND YOU DO SOME OF YOUR OWN INVESTIGATING. YOU COULD START WITH THE DOCUMENTART "FOOD, INC.". IT'S QUITE DISTURBING, BUT VERY INTERESTING.

     WELL THAT'S IT FOR NOW, I'LL LET YOU KNOW HOW THE GARDEN GROWS AND THE PIGS DO. THANKS FOR LETTING ME VENT!


                                               TALK TO YOU SOON,

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