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I Can't Win...
Posted On 07/13/2020 23:03:24 by yourchoice


I have received some wonderful private messages from friends here on The Hill, and other sources. I thought I was giving everyone a “break”, because I’ve been known to be an adamant and frequent user of words, both in live conversations, text messages, emails, and blogs. However, the messages are checking to see if all is well at our patch of land, has our ‘isolation’ become a ‘seclusion’, or have I been distracted by more interesting activities. Well, here comes a ‘deluge’ of words that I’ve been saving up!

According to the media, public opinion, and assumed expert advice, my husband and I are in the most vulnerable age group, so we began our voluntary personal isolation in early March, and thankful that we are still able to enjoy rural living. My husband spends many hours each day in his shop… fixing, painting, sorting, rearranging, and sometimes, trashing long preserved items. One never knows when the saved items would be just what is needed, saving a trip to town. He also can have a short ‘uninterrupted’ nap in his favorite chair in his shop. Meanwhile, I am content in our warm home, doing a bit of cooking, a bit of cleaning, completing some items on my ‘to do’ list. I am thankful for my cell phone, my computer, the many albums and boxes of photographs in our library, and my favorite chair by the window that gives me a ‘bird’s eye view’ of our beautiful river valley. If you have visited my profile page here on The Hill, you may have seen the posted photos of the wild life that have stopped, some only long enough to have their picture taken, at our patio.

A long-time friend invited me to join a private group on another social media website, to help with a ‘craft’ that I enjoyed years ago. It sounded like fun, but I soon learned that I wasn’t as good at repairing and refurbishing vintage and damaged photographs as I once was, and my software needed to be upgraded. Learning new things has always grabbed my attention, but it seems to take a lot longer to get the information through my thick head. I’m fascinated with the tools available now, and I’ve been spending a lot of time on this ‘learning curve’!

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I’m posting this photo to end this blog. We know only one person who tested positive with the Covid-19 virus.  He was quarantined at home, but not admitted to the hospital. He is well now but needs to be retested before he can return to work. He has been told that he will not be retested for at least another six weeks, which is making the time move very slowly for him. He is a train engineer, and nearing retirement, but is still anxious to return to his job. He is one of only a few engineers who are still licensed to operate a steam engine.We no longer see any steam engines travel through our valley, but I thought I would post this photo that I took a few years ago. He was the engineer on that day, and told me that the steam cloud was to let me know that it was him at the controls that day. I love that photo; brings back memories of the numerous trips I have made on a similar train in my younger years. It was how I traveled to the city from my nursing job in a small town. I did get my driver’s license when I had my 16th birthday, but I couldn’t afford to own my own vehicle. Here is the car that my husband owned when we were married… and I got to drive it many times. It was often referred to as our pink ‘boat’!



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07/28/2020 16:26:20

My grandfoather was an engineer for the Pennsylvania Railroad and as children, we would go to the terminal, with our Dad, and watch Grandpa wave from the engineer's seat and then take him home to his home. It was so thrilling to see him! And seeing your car- many people in our city had large beautiful cars like yours- so elagent looking! Dad had a 1937 Graham Cavalier-4 door, heater by the front seat. It was the least expensive car he could get- since he had little pay as a minister and a family of 5  needed to eat more than have a beautiful car (the parishioners thought). I never saw another one in all my years and looked it up on the computer, recently, to learn about them. Your story is written so well - most interesting, so do sit down and write again, soon. 



07/17/2020 17:08:41


nightfall wrote:

Wonderful post. The Covid has changed our lives for sure. You said it best, thank goodness for our computers and having the ability to stay close with our friends and family even when we can't get too close to see them. Love the pictures. Not many steam engines left. I hope your friend recovers without any lasting effects and can get back to work and retire soon. Love the pink boat! Back when I learned to drive most all the cars were really big compared to today. My first car was a boat too. A 67 Impala.

Thanks for your comments... I hope you are adjusting well to this "new" reality. I figure that any complaints are a waste of time because they don't help! 
Those steam engines are such a site... and it seems that we only get to see them on TV now. Our friend is doing well, and seems to be acting like a 'burr under a saddle' with the "powers that be"! He wants to get back to work! 
There are a lot of memories with those big cars... lovingly referred to as 'boats'. My brother-in-law had a Chysler about the same time and the "gear shift" was actually push buttons on the dash. That was weird then, and now the 'knob' on the dash to change gears seems weird, as in our son's car. I wish I knew the make of it!
Enjoy your weekend!



07/17/2020 06:38:38

Wonderful post. The Covid has changed our lives for sure. You said it best, thank goodness for our computers and having the ability to stay close with our friends and family even when we can't get too close to see them. Love the pictures. Not many steam engines left. I hope your friend recovers without any lasting effects and can get back to work and retire soon. Love the pink boat! Back when I learned to drive most all the cars were really big compared to today. My first car was a boat too. A 67 Impala.



07/15/2020 21:22:45


texasjane wrote:

Thank you so much for sharing this with us.  Love both pictures.  I have traveled on a passenger train only once and will tell about it in story form in the future.  Your picture reminded me of it.  So glad to have you back in 'writing'.  You have been missed.  I missed your words on my blogs and knowing what was going on in your world.  Enjoyed the update.

Jane, thank you for your kind comment. We were hoping to have a train ride with our friend, but he doesn't run the passenger trains now; he's a long-hauler on freight trains. Now we enjoy virtual train tours on TV, and enjoy watching the Rocky Mountaineer train that travels across Canada, comes through our valley.

I must admit that I still enjoy writing, less with a pen but always with my computer. I'm hard to get rid of!!!!!



07/15/2020 21:03:51


RIDER wrote:

i'm really not much on writing a comment on blogs,in fact this the first...i love the train picture and the picture of your hubby standing by the boat...i remember when i did the 50's comments you sent me this picture,i still have and thank you...please be safe out there and have a blessed day my dear friend

Rider, I appreciate your comment. I'm sure every person who writes a blog likes to receive 'feed-back'. It can be the start of a conversation with words of appreciation, additional similar experiences, helpful hints, or a shared 'giggle'! It's much better than feeling that the writing has hit a "brick wall"! Stay tuned... there are is a variety of topics so it's hopefully not a boring visit!!!!!



07/15/2020 13:33:33

Thank you so much for sharing this with us.  Love both pictures.  I have traveled on a passenger train only once and will tell about it in story form in the future.  Your picture reminded me of it.  So glad to have you back in 'writing'.  You have been missed.  I missed your words on my blogs and knowing what was going on in your world.  Enjoyed the update.



07/14/2020 09:56:46

i'm really not much on writing a comment on blogs,in fact this the first...i love the train picture and the picture of your hubby standing by the boat...i remember when i did the 50's comments you sent me this picture,i still have and thank you...please be safe out there and have a blessed day my dear friend





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