Glenn’s Trees

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There is a right time and a right place for giant dead trees but not in my Hartford yard.  I like trees and I have planted quite a few in my lifetime on the farm and other places that I have lived.  The big existing trees at our current house are really in severe need of being made into firewood before they fall on someone mowing the lawn.  I made a short video that shows the tree situation and our underground wasp nest discovery.

Link to youTube video about my trees:  Trees everywhere except where they should be.

Dead Opossum on my Lawn

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There was a gigantic dead opossum on my lawn this morning.  I don’t have anything against them but I do wish they would die someplace else rather than near my house.  In fact I would prefer never to be near a live one even if they are good for the ecology.  My son suggested that it might just be playing possum and that I should be careful when I dispose of it.  My other son said we should have it tested for plague or other disease before we go near it.  I doubted that any problem of either nature existed so I got rid of the corpse in the most expeditious manner possible.



Glenn Health Update

Looks like my next cancer operation is going to be more involved than originally planned.  Surgery will be at St Luke’s instead of Grafton because it will be necessary to use some part of my belly tissue to fill in the area on my rear after the tumor is removed.  The radiation damage and size/location of the tumor will make the surgical wound too big to heal without added healthy tissue.  I will be having a meeting with my new surgeon to explain the exact details.

This next surgery will take place in a few weeks to allow radiation/chemo side effects to subside.  This will be followed by two types of chemotherapy.  One chemo will be using a portable 24/7 pump attached to my chest port.  The other chemo will be given using an infusion sitting in a chair. The extra chemo is intended to eliminate any potential lingering cancer cells that would enter the blood stream and lodge in another organ.

I am hoping all these procedures do their job and eliminate the cancer.  Purely by medical odds my chances of eliminating the cancer completely are fairly good.  I put my trust in Jesus who is capable of healing all diseases to guide the doctors in the correct actions as they do their job.

Trump Derangement Syndrome is Real

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Hatred of President Trump is extreme in some people.  Some unbalanced snowflakes would actually kill the President given the opportunity.  I find this mental condition to be frightening.  I don’t particularly like Trumps personal habits or some of his policies but he is not Adolf Hitler reincarnated.

Insane hatred of President Trump causes some people to become mentally unhinged and they may actually harm Trump supporters if they dare to say anything positive about Trump.  Fake news from the left in politics is absolutely real in my opinion and people that isolate their news media to left biased sources are bound to be disappointed.  I still remember the liberal reporters on election night crying when Hillary Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump. These reporters had created the Fake News polls that said Hillary would win.  Guess what?  Trump won the election fairly according to our laws and the United States Constitution in spite of all the Fake News from the left biased media.  The only right way to remove Trump is to beat him fairly in an election.

I am more afraid of irrational Trump haters than I am of the policies of President Trump.  Anyone that doesn’t allow free speech by threatening violence should be legally arrested and given psychiatric help.  I certainly don’t support everything that Trump does but even he can’t do everything wrong.  I dislike both political parties because their policies don’t match what I believe is the right thing to do.

People in both political parties have human weaknesses and we live in a corrupt world.  Politics will never be squeaky clean but we should at least try to treat each other with honesty and respect.  This will probably not be a successful way to achieve greatness in politics. Telling unsubstantiated hateful lies is the norm in our country because it allows you to be successful politically.


Dead Trees are Expensive in Hartford, WI

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Dead trees are very expensive when you live in Hartford, WI.  In fact the two gigantic dying trees on my front lawn may cause me to declare Bankruptcy.  A person from the City of Hartford telephoned me to tell me that someone had complained about the two big dead trees by the sidewalk on my lawn.  The guy from the city was just doing his job and he was very reasonable.  I’m not mad at the person who complained because the trees do eventually need to come down although I was trying to delay the inevitable due to the astronomic cost.  Some time ago I had a tree trimmer look at the worst tree and he said it would probably cost a few thousand because it was intertwined with the electrical lines, near buildings, was so extremely large and in decay due to ash borer disease.  He refused to do the job because it was so dangerous.

The City of Hartford does cut down ash borer infested trees for free if they are within 10 feet of the main electrical lines.  The tree must be located between the sidewalk and the street.  Unfortunately my ash tree is located slightly on the wrong side of the sidewalk so the City is reluctant to do it for free.  There may still be a slim possibility that they will do it for free because it is hazardous and located near electrical apparatus on Main street.  Apparently a big branch had fallen off this tree and destroyed a truck a few years before we moved to Hartford.  This was years before it was infested with the ash borer insect.  I am hoping that the people in city government will see it in their kind hearts to cut down this ash tree for free due to its precarious location.  I don’t think I can come up with the cash to cut even one of these two trees down.

I think the other complaint tree is a maple but it looks like it is still alive enough to survive with some mild trimming of dead wood.  The city is sending an arborist to inspect the trees and determine how dangerous they are to people and traffic.  I will have more of a major financial problem if he decides that the trees need to be cut down at once and that I need to pay for them.  The city may cut down the trees and put the bill on my taxes.  There may be some government programs that will help me pay for this debacle and I am investigating those potential options.  We are low on money because of moving expenses, house repairs and numerous severe medical conditions.

Even with these financial problems I still believe God will provide.  I may not be living in the Taj Mahal but we are not starving and things could be much worse.




Christianity at Work

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The Jerusalem Christian Center (JCC) is helping us fix some moderate basement flooding and remove an awesome ground wasp nest with multiple sites near our home.  A past homeowner had mistakenly put a lot of piled high mulch with a high border near our house.  The wasps really love this stuff judging from the size of the nests.  The mulch also collects water which eventually gets in the basement where I pump it out because our old house has no basement drain.  Mr. B and Mr. C from the JCC are good friends of ours for many years and they are doing some heavy work while dodging swarms of wasps.  I am connected to a portable Cancer Chemo pump with tubing and have a finicky  new ostomy so I am not much help with this difficult project.

One wasp nest was under some old leftover shingles so it could not be easily poisoned from above ground. I tried to soak them with poison from above without removing the shingles but this was a hopeless task.  At 2 AM I went outside with a ten foot hooked pole  and ripped off the old shingles from the wasp nest.  Guess what?  Plenty of wasps swarmed up to get me.  I did get one sting while retreating to the garage but now the nest was exposed.  After waiting for the wasps to calm down, I repeated soaking that nest with poison for a more successful result.  Unfortunately my good friends from the JCC discovered a second larger wasp nest in the bushes around our house while working on the endless mulch and Mr. C was stung once.

Looks like it’s time for another midnight wasp poisoning by Glenn.  I actually get some perverse enjoyment out of contending with a nest of wasps.  It kind of reminds me of going to some engineering classes at MSOE decades earlier.

KSI vs Logan fight

Watching the youtube boxing match between KSI and Logan with my son Tony.  I used to like boxing and MMA but I haven’t watched any matches in a long time.  One of my sons studied Judo and the other one studied Ju Jitsu so it is a good thing they don’t get into fights.  The preliminary youtube fights are hilarious because the fighters are so out of shape.

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