November 18th, 2015


Control of my Farm ATNANO

Control of my Farm

Drove up to Chariton to sign some papers for the lawyer Monday.  The Sheriff’s office supplied a document that referred to me as Sandra HuGAS (internal caps mine), HuGAS STrustee… four words, only one of which is correctly spelled.  Brett is suspected to be living with Courtney Love and child, at an unknown (or maybe more aptly stated, undisclosed) location in the Des Moines area.  So, publish three times in the Times Republican (Corydon’s paper) and I am one step closer to regaining control of my farm land.

At any rate, the lawyer promised to call if I had to show up on the 20th for the scheduled court hearing.  It really should be cancelled, as Brett did not receive notice four days in advance.  The lawyer can request, but not guarantee, that result.  Since the TR is a weekly paper, if we wait for due process before proceeding with the farm work, I’ll have my first cutting in September, for the second year running.

Larry Warren the electrician’s wife Patty recommended a farmer she thought of as someone who’d do a good job haying for me one day back in May when we hugged in front of the old Promise City Post Office building after I told her of my payment woes with Brett.  He’s called to check on my getting the land back under my control, and I promised to keep him posted, then misplaced his number BEFORE entering it in my rolodex or computer address books.  After looking over the land, he reported that there were still 10 or eleven big bales out in the field (although one might be engaged in erosion control) and that  the front field showed NO evidence of having been fertilized (the rationalization for the three year duration of the farm lease instead of the expected one year deals common in this area.  that I take a before and after shot of each bale.  (That would establish proof that 1) they were still in the field as of Aug. 15th and 2) there was damage caused to the hay field as a result of Brett’s mismanagement of my crop ground.)  The new guy will store them in the bale pen.  I’m unsure at this point who actually owns them.  I may also ask for a “moving them in and reseeding” bill to establish a document record.

Mark sort of mowed the old house yard with a tractor that had too high a turn radius to make tight enough corners to be a thorough job.  Since the horse weeds are over head height at present, I doubt I’ll get a close trim down there this season.   At least he acknowledged that it was grounds for insurance cancellation.  It is threatening to rain again here.  We’ve actually been five days without, so farmers got to cut their hay, at least.  The air is so humid it is not drying well, however.  The heat is horrendous.

Auto correct is going crazy on me.  Heat got changed to peel… and others not so stunning.  I did NOT accidentally type a p.  I accidentally typed two ee’s instead of an ea.  Weird, because heel is also a word, but maybe not one in the email’s dictionary.


Safety While Gassing Up ATNANO

To those who have kids in the car with them while pumping gas.  If this were to happen, they may not be able to get the children out in time.

Mobile phones can ignite fuel or fumes.

Here are some reasons why companies don't allow cell phones in operating areas, propylene oxide handling and storage area, propane, gas and diesel refueling areas...

The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (cell      phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations.

In the first case, the phone was placed on the car's trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump.

In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to the face when fumes ignited as a call was answered while refueling the car!

And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in a pocket, rang while the car was being fueled.

Mobile phones can ignite fuel or fumes.

Mobile phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for ignition.

Mobile phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boat, etc.

Mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off, around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust, (I.E., solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust,  etc...)

To sum it up, here are the Four Rules for Safe


1) Turn off engine.

2) Don't smoke.

3) Don't use a cell phone - leave it inside the vehicle or turn it off.

4) Don't re-enter the vehicle during fueling.

Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try to make people aware of fires as a result of 'static electricity' at gas pumps. His company has researched 150 cases of these fires.

His results were very surprising:

1) Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were women.

2) Almost all cases involved the person getting back in their vehicle while the nozzle was still pumping gas. When finished, they went back to pull the nozzle out and the fire started, as a result of a static spark from their bodies from sliding out of the vehicle.

3) Most had on rubber-soled shoes.

4) Most men never get back in their vehicle until completely finished. This is why they are seldom involved in these types of fires.

Don't ever use cell phones when pumping gas.

The vapors that come out of the gas can cause a fire, when connected with static charges.

Twenty-nine fires resulted when people re-entered the vehicle and afterward touched the nozzle during refueling from a variety of makes and models.  Some resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer.

Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap was removed and before fueling began.

Mr. Renkes stresses people should NEVER get back into the vehicle while filling it with gas.  If someone absolutely HAS to get into the vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure to get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before pulling the nozzle out.  This way, the static from the person’s body will be discharged before the nozzle is removed.

The Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with several other companies now, are really trying to make the public aware of this danger.

Please send this information to ALL family and friends, especially those who have kids who might be in the car with them while pumping gas.  If this were to happen to them, they may not be able to get the children out in time.

"Treasure today—Tomorrow might be too late."

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Travel With Friends ATNANO

I had a good time on the train.  It was the first time I've ridden a train in over 30 years.  I decided to try the train because the trip was 1,200 miles and an estimated 21 hours . I can't sit in a car for more than about 6 or 7 hours at a time or I can barely move when I go to get out.  That means it would have been a three day trip by car.  Round trip on the train (in coach) was only $309.  I couldn't drive for that given the cost of 4 nights in a hotel and the gas out and back.  I confess I ended up spending a lot more than that though as I decided I wanted to try a roomette since one leg of the trip both out and back was overnight.  I'm glad I opted for the roomette as I was able to sleep more comfortably, had my own potty, meals were included in the cost (and meals on trains are EXPENSIVE), and I was able to relax and read or nap all I wanted.  The roomettes are SMALL though.  Though they are said to accommodate 2 people it would have to be two small people who like each other REALLY well :-).  The potty is like a camp potty and is right in the room instead of in a separated space.  When the lower seats are converted to a bed there is about 4 sq. ft. of floor space.  I'd never be able to climb into the upper bed with my bad knees.  The beds are really narrow too.  There were a couple to times when the train started really rocking from side to side that I thought I might be tossed from the bed!  It didn't happen though.  There are some larger bedroom accommodations but they are, of course, more expensive and not necessary for someone traveling alone.

The train wouldn't be for everyone.  First of all you have to be very relaxed about your schedule and never plan a trip where you have a close time when you have to arrive.  My trip didn't start off very promising.  The train was almost 4 hours late getting into KC.  I only had a 2 1/2 hour layover in Chicago before my train east left.  Well, it left without me!  Of course Amtrak already knew that was going to happen to me and about 20 others.  At least they have contingency plans.  They took us off the train in Galesburg, IL and chartered a bus for us to Indianapolis where we were able to meet the train again.  The bus was small enough that it didn't have a bathroom but big enough to accommodate all 20 people without anyone having to sit next to anyone else.  The bus driver was great and had planned potty breaks at rest areas plus stopping for all of us to get a bite to eat since we'd missed dinner on the train.  We got into Indianapolis about 2 hours before the train did.  I was over an hour late getting into Newark, NJ, my final destination.  There was one lady that was doing a lot of bitchin' but I just looked at it as an adventure.  It was fun to just visit with the other passengers while we awaited the train.   The trip home was totally uneventful.  We even pulled into KC 10 minutes ahead of schedule.  Just for grins I called Amtrak to see about compensation for the missed hours on the train when I should have been in a comfortable roomette instead of sitting on a bus and in the train station and the missed meal.  They offered me a $250 voucher!  Guess now I get to plan another trip somewhere :-)

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