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Where did 2016 go?

25 Nov

Nothing posted since last January… can you believe it?  I can. Here’s a brief overview of 2016, so far.

I had heart attack #3 at the end of February. No pain, as usual. Just enough discomfort to let me know something was not right. I spent two days in the new Palomar Hospital. That is one up-to-date facility. Very quiet – remember how you could never get much sleep at night because of the constant noise and bright lights? That’s gone now — it’s quiet and actually quite comfortable.

One stent was placed in the vein graft and I now have three stents. It had been fifteen years since the bypass and veins are not designed to be arteries. So, that vein has a new stent. I guess I’m OK for now. I wonder how many more heart attacks I can have?

Pauline and Nicole arrived in August for a four-week stay. It’s always nice to have them here. Nicole’s eight now — smart as a whip. Then when they left Steve and Marci moved into the back room. The plan is for them to spend a year here at low-rent so they can save for a house.

Sylvia did all the traveling this year. I stayed put.  She’s currently in Maryland visiting with Angela and family. This is her third trip to Maryland this year (she was there in April and June). Then in March she went to Solvang for a long weekend to do a 100-mile bike ride. In July she went on a one-week camping trip in Yosemite with friends and relatives. And, there’s more traveling ahead. In January she’ll be going to Cancún for a wedding and then in March to London for three weeks to visit with Pauline and family.

I really don’t like to travel much anymore. As my Dad used to say in his later years, “I’m all traveled out.” But, I might go back to New York and Maryland in the spring… depends on a few things.

This coming April will mark our 35th year living at 650 Overlook Street. And, on the 20th I’ll be 77. Pushin’ 80 now… pretty dang old. As long as my arteries hold up I’ll be doin’ stuff. Currently, I’m in the process of assembling photographic art which I hope to sell… somehow.  But, with 40 years experience in business I’ll find a way. See photos below:

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32 Ford Roadster

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41 Chevy

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31 Packard

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Reflection on Plymouth

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These photos were all taken at the Escondido Cruisin’ Grand event during this past summer. Every Friday afternoon between April and September old cars show up on Grand Avenue along with a lot of people. I’ve been taking some photos and then I take them into Photoshop and make some changes. Then I print them out with our 30″ digital printer and then mount on 6mm black PVC plastic with offset pieces mounted on the back. Photo is ready to hang.

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Roland 30″ digital printer

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Heinzie has left the building. Originally adopted from son John in New York we have been taking care of him for about three years. He’s a toy fox terrier and that means non-stop activity, barking at the mailman, doing his business all over the back yard (and he expected me to clean up after him) and generally doing things to raise my blood pressure, which I don’t need, of course. He developed a significant skin problem that would have been too expensive to fix, so we took him to the humane society for a cure and then to the adoption process.  So, we’re down to one cat and peace and quiet. I’m not a dog person so I was happy for him that he was moving on to a new deal with a new family. 

Today is Thanksgiving Day. Marci’s Mom Sandy (from El Cajon) came up to put the meal together. Also, her husband Richard, her youngest daughter Natalie plus her sons Rocky and Jeff plus his family all showed up. So, we’ll have a nice meal and relax for a while. Sylvia is in Maryland this year. She’ll be back next week.

Nancy and I went to Starbucks at noon for a cuppa java and some conversation. After living in Hawaii for fifteen years she and Patrick sold there and bought here in Escondido. They arrived in October of 2013 and then three months later Patrick died of a heart attack.  He was 64.  Why is that?  They arrive in this paradise (of sorts) to spend the rest of their time together in this excellent area. And then three months later he dies. I don’t get it.

I’ve been doing some woodworking lately — my favorite hobby. I learned how to do basic woodworking in the middle 50s from my Dad’s carpenter at the sign shop. Since those days I’ve always had access to a table saw, either at his shop or at our house (I got my first table saw when we moved to Escondido in 1977). So, I build easy stuff – shelves, tables and anything that doesn’t require special tools. Here’s a Murphy bed I built for John and Mai:

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Murphy bed for John & Mai – daytime position

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bed ready for sack time

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Recent developments… a little over a month ago Johnny got his commercial flying license. He’s been flying for a few years and wanted to get a commercial license so he would have the option to become a teacher. About once a month he and his daughter fly into the Baltimore area and spend a weekend with Angela and family. They live in Ellicott City, a small town near Baltimore. In this photo below you’ll see that my Dad was also a pilot in the late 20s.

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Speaking of Johnny and flying – last year we were in Ellicott City for our 50th wedding anniversary (June the 12th) and Johnny flew in for the occasion. So, we posed in front of his plane for a 50th anniversary photo:

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June 12, 2015 – married 50 years today

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While we were visiting Angela’s last year Sylvia joined the Cina’s for their quick trip to Niagara Falls. Quite a site…

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So… there you go. Some of the Bresnik happenings over the last year or so.

all for now

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