Friday, July 14, 2017

Getting the house ready to sell . . .

255 S Wulff small… but not immediately.  We have to update the kitchen, stain some wood, a little paint here and there.  But the kitchen is the big one!  I don’t know what it’s going to cost me (new cabinets, new countertop, new sink, new floor), but it’s going to be a lot.  ■  Emailed a bit with my new 1st cousin. She would be on my father’s side of the equation.  I think I’ve got it nailed down to one of two people.  One passed away in 2001, but the other is alive.  ■  Holly’s hosting a bridal shower for our nephew’s wife-to-be.  I think he’s a nephew, but this whole uncle, aunt, nephew, cousin thing is somewhat confusing to me.  ■  Finished a drawing today.  Two more to do.  ■

Friday, June 23, 2017

Lots to cover …..

I logon to Ancestry. com at least once a day – just to see if I have more people related to me.  A couple of days ago a new person popped up and was a 1st or 2nd cousin.  Last night she contacted me through Ancestry!  This is exciting. ■  The lumps in my left leg don’t seem to be anything. That’s good news.  ■  TFB see ya.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Hello, again … .. … .. . .

052917_001Hi, there.  Haven’t been keeping up with the blog. Seems like I get to involved with everything else.  ■  Aaron’s over in Naples, Italy with the Navy, but just for a couple of weeks.  ■  Haven’t written, or sent a 2nd letter to my biological mother yet, and still no response from her.  ■  Need to get to Jewel-Osco today to pick up some meds. ■  I took back the job of webmaster for the Kalo Foundation.  I did their website for beginning in 2006 and ending in 2014.  Now I’m back doing it, but am using the WordPress platform.  It’s taking a lot of learning, but it’s fun.  I like stretching my brain.  You can see the website at:  ■  Need to get going.  More later.  ■

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Lumps in left leg . . . . .

I have two lumps in my left leg. Tumors, or just fatty lumps? Don’t know, but brought it up to the doctor at the VA in McHenry.  She sent me to get echo grams of them. Actually only one, cause I didn’t have the 2nd lump at that time.  Found the second one the night before the exam. I’ll find out results in the next day, or two, or at least what the echo gram showed.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Still no word from up North. . . .

It looks like a 2nd letter is needed.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Can’t believe it’s been this long .. . . . . .

It’s hard to believe that it’s been so many days since I last posted.  Too many.  ■  Still no word from North Dakota. Bummer, but maybe she goes to Florida, or someplace warm in FireShot Capture 4 - Kalo Foundation of Park Ridge – 255 N. Nort_ - http___www.kimrau.org_wordpress_the winter.  I’ll give it another couple of weeks.  ■  Working with WordPress.  It’s a lot of learning, making mistakes, and solving issues.  Fun to have to put the old thinking cap back on.  ■  I’ve been pretty much staying off of facebook.  That’s a real time-waster. I’ll check it every now-and-then.  ■  Holly’s back from Louisville.  Good to have her home.  ■  Aaron’s school is going well.  He’s on spring break right now, but still has homework and labs to do.  ■  Got the Kalo website well underway.  That’s a capture of it on the left.  A lot left to do.  ■  Time for bed. ‘Night.  ■

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Time flies . . … . ..

Yes, time goes by very fast. Faster as you get older, too.  ■  Lots of stuff on my plate – development of a new Kalo Foundation website.  I need to learn WordPress and all of it’s ins and outs.  So far I’ve installed in on two development websites. It was easy for the first domain, but took me a couple of days to get it installed correctly in/on the 2nd site. ■  Trying to control my blood sugar.  I’ve learned that bread is not good for me to eat.  It raises my blood sugar very quickly.  ■  And still no response from my letter. ■  It’s time for bed.  ‘night all.  ■

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This is what you get . . . .


. . . when your sit in your car waiting for a hour and a half for your wife’s flight to arrive. At least it’s colorful!  ■  Working on WordPress stuff. Getting test websites setup; browsing themes to see what might work best; reading and trying to absorb everything I can. I’m exhausted. ■  Still no letter. Checking every day’s mail.  One of our friend’s suggested that she might be in Florida for the winter. Could be. Maybe.  ■  My office is once again a mess. I can mess up my clean desk in 30 minutes – looks like I’ve never touched it. ■  Two doctor’s appointments this week. Both were ok. Increased the dosage on the med I take for headaches. We’ll see how that works out. It’ll probably leave me very tired the next day.  ■  Only one doctor’s appointment for next week. Hurrah!  ■  Back to WordPress stuff.  ■

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Warm February . …. . .. . ..

January and February have both been unseasonably warm. We’ve been in the 60’s!  I’ve never been able to go outside in February in a t-shirt. Heck, my son is in a t-shirt and shorts. ■  Still been doing some research about WordPress and the platform (linux) that it runs best on. I’m planning on not only redoing the Kalo website in WordPress, but also my Pen & Ink drawing website. I’ve been researching hosting companies. I’m currently with GoDaddy and have been for probably 10+ years. No problems with them except in chatting with their sales/tech people I’m being pushed to a more expensive plan. Much more expensive. So, I’m looking around. Haven’t made my final decision, but will on Monday. ■  Still no word from up north. I’m anxious and yet at the same time I know it may never happen. ■ 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Working with WordPress …. . . ..

I agreed to take back the responsibility for the Kalo Foundation website. In doing so, I decided to switch to the WordPress platform. WordPress is widely known and supported and should be a relatively easy process to transfer from me to someone else when that time comes around. ■ I messed with WordPress eons ago to use for blogging, but things have changed since then – in some ways it appears to be much easier, but you do have to learn the basics of how WordPress works. I’m in that process now and it’s been slow, but I’m beginning to understand the platform more and more.  Wish me luck. ■ Our friends Pat and Deb hosted their annual Super Bowl party.  Great fun.  ■  Still no letter, or response to my letter. Patience. ■

Sunday, February 5, 2017

‍Still nothing, ….. but Super Bowl today!

We wait all year for the Bears to play in the Super Bow0200517_002l, but determine early in the season that they’re not going to make it. Bummer, but expected. ■  This afternoon we’ll attend our friend’s annual Super Bowl party.  It’s a nice chance to get to see everyone again. ■ . ‍  Still no response from my letter. She lives in Fargo, but may be in Florida for the winter. Maybe she just hasn’t seen the letter.  I’ll wait at least another week, or two before I follow-up on the letter. ■  Smoking salmon for the party. Started brining it last night and will let it brine for about 20 hours.  ■  Woke up at 3:00 am and the dogs wanted to go out (and eat). I’m awake and writing this post at 4:15 am. I’ve got to get back to bed. ■

Monday, January 30, 2017

No communication yet …. . .


I’m still waiting for some type of response. Thinking about sending a follow-up letter. We’ll see.  ■  Picture of me playing lap steel at open mic in Cary, IL.  I went to visit the store/boss where I used to work and he asked me to join the house band that he uses to back people up at the open mic. I was surprised but very honored to be asked.  Came out of the blue.  Thanks, Buddy. ■  I’ve got an appointment at the post office tomorrow to apply for a passport. My old one expired in 2010.  ■  Time for bed. ‘Night. ■

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Nothing yet. Still waiting…..

No response to my letter.  Might never get a response.  ■  Was asked to join a stage/house band by my old boss.  I said yes – and tonight was the first gig. I’m playing lap steel in this band. ■  Holly and I came home the other day and Fern had somehow gotten a hold of Aaron’s stocking cap and gloves.  She chewed a nice hole in his cap and one glove is missing.  We’ve searched everywhere and can’t find it anywhere.  The mystery of the missing glove.  ■  Started giving myself insulin injections.  Not as hard as I thought it might be.  ■ 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Still no response.

012317_001↓Still no response from the letter I sent. I was hoping to get something late last week, but no go. We continue to wait.  ■  This January is the warmest one I’ve ever lived through.  As you can see from the weather on the left, we’re still going to be warm. Historically the last 2 weeks in January and the 1st week in February are the coldest weeks of the year.  We’re not getting much below freezing.   ■  I’ve been looking at software/platform to redo the website.  I had handled that job since the foundation was formed in 2006. A  couple of years ago I passed the website upkeep back to the foundation. I let them know in December that I’d start doing it again. ■  I see I forgot to publish this last night. The weather in the first row is for Sunday. Hmmm . . . ■

Thursday, January 19, 2017


I’m going back to being the webmaster for the Kalo Foundation. I’ve been away from it for a couple of years. But I have to decide on software to build the system with.  I’ve done some looking over the past couple of days. The simple website builders that a lot of hosting services use are too simple. They’re not made for larger projects and they kind of force you to use their themes so a lot of website look much the same.  That’s not me. I think I’ve narrowed my choices to WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.  All good products – some are easier than others. I need to do a little testing.  ■  Still no response to my letter.  I don’t know if I’ll ever get a response.  ■  Got to get the dogs out one last time and then it’s bedtime for me. ■  ‘night.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Two posts on the same day!

Yes, a 2nd post. ■  I had a request from the senior housing where my mother used to reside outside of Richmond, VA.  They wanted a brandermill woods_scan_small_001pen and ink of their new clubhouse. I asked for pictures, but they emailed me an artist’s rendering of the building as it’s not done.  I had to respectively decline to copy another artist’s work. I imagine it’s part of copyright infringement.  I did do a pencil sketch of it that you can see here.  ■  Tomorrow Holly and I have to apply for passports. Mine has expired and hers is about to.  ■

What a rainy, muddy day in January!

January is supposed to be cold. We’re above freezing, no snow left except the small piles in the shade. It’s raining and everything is turning to mud. It’s a great time to have dogs. ■  Picked up one of the meds that wasn’t covered by insurance last year. At the drug store I usually go to the price was $193 for 30 pills. I used GoodRx and got the meds at Walgreens for $75. Now insurance covers it and it’s $39. Anyone else use GoodRx?  ■  Aaron starts back in school this week. Already had one day off for Martin Luther King Day.  ■  Holly’s cooking up some red beans and rice for dinner.  That always tastes great. ■  Still no response from my letter, although that could take awhile. But I’m anxiously waiting. ■

Friday, January 13, 2017

Letter delivered .. . . . .


The letter was delivered today. Now all I can do is wait…..

Deboning a chicken & genealogy search….

Let’s see --- right now at almost 3:00am I’m updating my Radeon graphics driver. Fun stuff. ■  Tonight I deboned a chicken.  Looked at a couple of youtube videos to see how it was done.  It didn’t look too hard, but that bird and I wrestled  for quite 011317_001_deboning a chickenawhile.  In the end I think the bird won. It was a heck of a match, but I did get all of the bones out. What I had left was basically one large connected piece and several/many smaller pieces that had been hacked off in trying to get as much of the meat as I could.  I then seasoned the remains of the bird with some adobo and black pepper, and I cut up some onions to go on top.  It then went into our handy grill basket, put on the grill and baked/smoked it for probably an hour. It tasted good, but I’ve got some ideas for the next one. ■  I continue the search for my birth mother. The clues lead you all over.  One of the problems that continues to drive one nuts is simply finding dates. A lot of the time the year of birth might not be the same in all of the records you’re looking at.  And trying to find dates for marriages is very difficult. ■  A letter, along with some pictures, has been sent this week. I’m now in a waiting state. ■  And it is time to go back to bed.  ‘Night. ■

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

So, family is getting closer .. . ….

I’ve widened and narrowed the search for my relatives. I have some clues, but can’t exactly figure out where they fit.  I’m missing some branches. It’s a big detective puzzle trying to see how people fit. And I can’t believe that it’s so hard to find marriages. Marriage info would help immensely. ■  Snowed just a tiny bit tonight – about 1/4 inch and Cary’s got their plows out. Someone’s going for overtime.  ■  Saw our old friends Pat and Tim.  Tim was our dentist for years and years, but retired a few years ago.  They intended to retire to Las Vegas as the housing was inexpensive at that time, but went up rapidly just before they were ready to buy. So instead of Las Vegas they moved to a small town south of Guadalajara called San Juan Cosala. Their monthly costs run around $1200 – $1500. That’s food, gas, insurance, housekeeper, lawn care, etc. Sounds very inviting.  We’re planning on taking a trip to see them and check out the area. ■ Well, it’s time for bed. ‘Night!