Underwear News

This post might not be very exciting to some but for me it’s good news. I recently received a $40 WalMart gift card for my voluntary participation in a medical study. I have been receiving these cards periodically and using them to build a new wardrobe for myself. The last 4 such cards have been applied to the purchase of 4 pair of Haggar dress slacks & jeans as well as 5 Van Heusen dress shirts.

With the arrival of another $40 card I think I have more than enough nice new clothes to replace my aging, threadbare Wrangler jeans and T-shirts that are all frayed on the collar. So with this latest card I changed direction and ordered $40 worth of Fruit of the Loom and Hanes boxer shorts, underwear. 9 pair arrived altogether in a wide range of colors and patterns, all tagless. I can finally throw away most of my older version of these undergarments that all have worn out elastic waistbands. Hooray!

Folks at my senior center have noticed my change in clothing in the past 6 months, complimenting me on my “new look”. When they discover that everything was totally free they are curious how I managed that. I told them the truth about the medical study I joined and their periodic rewards for participation. Some want to know if they can be a participant and receive these gift cards. I explained that they don’t have the qualifications. They then become huffy and want to know why I qualified and they can’t. Simple, I told them, all it takes is to get committed to the mental ward of a psychiatric hospital and then be approached by one of the mental health students involved in this study. The room got very quiet as there were suddenly no further questions. LOL

This is a true story. I am being treated for suicidal depression and psychoanalyzed by a mental health doctor. I’m now also on antidepressants, Sertraline, to help control my drastic mood swings. This is one time where it paid to be crazy! ๐Ÿ™‚

New Shorts



I was counting on having my new Veritas small plow plane in my hands by Friday night. At least that’s what the UPS tracking site promised. Unfortunately UPS routed my package through Shrewsbury, MA, the place where packages go to die. The service out of that UPS Service Center is terrible. I’ve completely lost two Amazon packages that went through that center. They are always late, sometimes dropping packages on my doorstep after dark. Since shipping is free with my Amazon Prime account I can’t complain as much as if I was paying for shipping. Now my Plow Plane has been pushed back until Monday for delivery. It still might not make it to me until Monday night. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Veritas Small Plow Plane

Hand Tool Gem

I love woodworking! I’ve been involved with wood my entire life. My dad built houses from the ground up with his own two hands. When I was old enough to pick up a hammer I first had to discover the difference between being right hand or left handed. I had my first tool belt when I was three.

As a result of this close connection to all things wood I have sawdust in my veins. I love tools of any kind but shy from all thing mechanical and lean toward the woodworking hand tools. I’ve been building my collection carefully for years.

Since moving to New England three years ago October 03 I have built a nice collection of premium hand tools that includes saws, chisels and bench planes. Without a steady job I must save for each precious purchase. Gone are the days at Intel Corporation with my $1500 paychecks that allowed me an instant indulgence every few weeks. Now it takes months of saving for nice tools.

I do plenty of research before each purchase. There are some premium tool makers located very close to me here in New England. Lie-Nielsen Toolworks is in Warren, ME and Veritas is right across the border in Canada. Both make top notch hand tools. After checking with Lie-Nielsen about plow planes I was forced to switch allegiance to Veritas who is the only maker of a premium small plow plane.

A plow plane basically cuts grooves along the grain of a board. Grooves are used everywhere in woodworking. From picture frames to drawer bottoms the need for grooves is critical. A plow plane cuts these in a few minutes without sawdust or any noise. You provide the power. A skate or fence allows an edge guide for the correct placement of the groove with an adjustable depth limited that stops the cutting action when reached. An assortment of replaceable blades of various widths is available. I look forward to this purchase less than two days from now.

Veritas Small Plow Plane

No More Share Your World

Although I will certainly miss Cee’s “Share Your World” challenges I can understand her desire to move on to other challenges that life has brought her way. We all need change in our life and I’ve gone through some fairly radical one recently. Now in psychiatric therapy for my years of depression sure has me scrambling to meet all the appointments. I’ve been on antidepressants for nearly a month now and feel no different than before starting them. I see my VA medical health pharmacist on Sept. 11 to see what’s next.

I wish Cee, her cute doggie and her companion all the best life can give. I’ll always love your photography Cee.

Looking Forward To Sunday

Even though I’ve been retired now since 2010 I still look forward to getting up Sunday mornings, putting on my finest clothes and attending church. Keep in mind my finest clothes are a pair of Haggar dress slacks and a Van Heusen dress shirt it’s still my best. I don’t own a suit or sport jacket and certainly there are no ties in my closet.

I consider gathering with like minded people as we worship God together as a form of recharging my life battery. We share what all God has done for us recently, testifying to each other how good and great God is. We sing and praise our Creator as we lift our prayers and praise toward Him. We have gathered together as a body of believers to invite Him to join us in remembering His sacrifice for our sins.

Worshiping in this manner reminds us of our sinful nature and how blessed we truly are to be in His presence. We lift our prayers together as a congregation knowing the power of answered prayer. I go home after the service refreshed and renewed, ready to face another week knowing God has my back.

Taking A Stand

With the upcoming midterm elections right around the corner the onslaught of political ads have begun. Women candidates are flooding the airwaves with commercials attacking incumbent politicians who don’t support gay marriages or who vote against abortions. In a way I’m grateful to these candidates for taking sides and advertising their intentions. That makes it easy for me to choose who I will or won’t vote for.

I am 100% against abortion for any reason. I believe those who abort an unborn child should be tried for manslaughter. The unborn need an advocate and therefore I will vote against anyone who advocates the taking of an innocent child’s life. God chooses when kids will be born, not women.

In addition I will vote against gay rights. Homosexuality is forbidden by every bible I’ve ever read. That sin is mentioned many times throughout the bible as an abominable act by depraved individuals. I will not support the gay lifestyle or practices in any way. Period!

My vote will counter one liberal vote in the upcoming election. It’s all any one person can hope for regarding voting.

Share Your World โ€“ August 27, 2018

Share Your World – August 27, 2018

Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts?

In general I like nuts but with the recent loss of my only molar for chewing food I must eat nuts in moderation. I’ve turned into a giant gerbil! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

I sleep with them open just because I’m too lazy to close them. I have sliding doors.

Are you usually late, early, or right on time?

I am ridiculously early all the time. The exception is when I rely on medical appointment delivery as my driver is a right on time kind of person. ๐Ÿ™‚


Control: Dealing With Life’s Curveballs

“The best laid plans of men & mice sometimes go astray”! Murphy’s law is always in affect. You can only count on yourself. Sound familiar? It’s life baby, deal with it!

I catch myself getting upset when a fly shows up in the ointment. Things happen out of our control that force us to go to “Plan B”. If at first you don’t succeed, try try again! You’ve heard them all, all the little favorite saying and quotes that are supposed to cheer us onward when plans must deviate from their original form.

I am a veteran using veterans medical benefits. I am eternally grateful for this medical coverage as I probably would be dead without it. I’ve recently had double cataract surgery restoring my eyesight to the best it’s been since birth. My diabetes is cared for with loads of expensive insulin and pill medications. My heart condition combined with hypertension are all being treated with prescription drugs. I’m wearing custom medical shoes from my VA Podiatrist to help a growth that I’ve had for 10 years to heal. All this as a thank you for my service in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. I’m grateful!

Unfortunately, trying to coordinate VA medical appointments in two states, two VA hospitals and 4-5 VA clinics can be a challenge sometimes. An online website makes most of it manageable but there’s still the civilian component that has to be considered. Transportation to appointments can be conflicting, even when you give the drivers lots of lead time. Training days for the drivers can conflict with appointments made at VA facilities in good faith. I sometime wonder if it wouldn’t just be easier to put the transportation team on the phone with the appointment folks at the VA. That sounds easy but when folks at my Senior Center only work a half day new roadblocks enter the picture. Panic attacks and depression must be fought off at times as I try my best to “deal with it”! In the end, with multiple phone calls to the conflicting parties, I’ll get to where I need to be when I need to be there. ๐Ÿ™‚

Share Your World โ€“ August 20, 2018

Share Your World – August 20, 2018

Which tastes better: black or green olives?

IMHO I believe green olives have better taste.

Whatโ€™s your favorite room in your home?

My bedroom is my favorite room as I have my main computer setup there. I basically live in a one room apartment although I have a room divider between my sleeping area and livingroom. My world is only 10’x20′ but it’s big enough for me.

What fictional family would you be a member of?

Theย Clampett clan from the Beverly Hillbillies. ๐Ÿ™‚

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

I appreciate the folks that run the Uxbridge Senior Center. These hard working volunteers and staff have a calling for taking care of the elderly. I have befriended a number of them over the past 3 years.