Marty's Bus

Re: It's not good.

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:22 pm

They keep getting better--Damn-who-da-thunk ;)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
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Re: It's not good.

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:24 pm

Sounds Like Home To Me !
Hambden Bob
 
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Re: It's not good.

PostBy: J F Graham On: Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:34 pm

Fred & Marty, Our prayers and thoughts are with the both of you.
J F Graham
 


Re: It's not good.

PostBy: Ctyankee On: Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:23 pm

Just a suggestion...
The movie "Heaven Is for Real" opens on 4/16. Many people have found the book it is based on comforting, I know I have. The movie's web site is below and the movie trailer can be viewed there.

http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/heavenisforreal/

And like everyone else, your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Ctyankee
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 503 insert
Coal Size/Type: nut and pea

Re: It's not good.

PostBy: gaw On: Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:12 pm

Freddy, sorry to hear about Marty. After reading this thread I see a lot of nice folks with a lot of nice things to say. What more can I say that hasn’t been said.

I don’t know what your belief is but when thinking about our own mortality I think this song says it well. Is there something on the other side? I don’t know, but it will be nice if there is.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYHT-TF4KO4
gaw
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice from Schuylkill County

Re: It's not good.

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:40 am

"Heaven is for real" sounds good, but I'm not so sure how well it will do at the box office.... it's one of those odd things.... those that trust in God won't need to see it....those that don't, won't want to. Add those thoughts to the idea that the name of the movie tells the whole story... I dunno! It sounds like a good story, but Sony may or may not make a million bucks. We humans are the oddest species. Brad Paisley's song... that's a keeper!

Marty & I do believe in God, and we believe heaven awaits. It doesn't mean we are anxious to go anytime soon! But, we will all travel the path of leaving this Earth at some point. What happens when we cross over will always be up for debate. Some religions seem to teach "fear religion", that is, you believe in THIS religion, or you are doomed. Other religions seem to teach "love religion", that is, for those that love and respect their fellow man, heaven waits for all.

Maybe I've said this before: I believe there is only ONE God. Each religion chooses to see God through different windows, but they all look to the same God. Just my personal belief. As for doomsday type religions... "become one of us or you are doomed". Well.... it's not a humans place to decide who is or who is not doomed. That's God's job. For me, I think God is kind. If you do not believe in God, but are a good and caring human, you'll have a good surprise waiting. If the non believers are right, well, I guess it just won't matter. Uh, oh, I'm rambling again...

Marty had an interesting offer...one we might take up if she has the strength when flowers start to bloom. She is offered a personal private tour of Martha Stewart's estate on Mt Desert Island. If we do take the trip my sister Dotti will be all: "On MY! You're so lucky!". Time will tell.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Marty's Bus

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:20 am

Ya covered that one real nicely Fred, I listened to that BP song, maybe real careful for the 1st time, & it got this old guy teared up a little:)That covers it in my world! That's gonna be a real nice trip to Mt. Desert Island :) OUTSTANDING topic name change ;)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Marty's Bus

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:51 am

Uh,Yeah.....! I second Freetown Fred's Opinion! Great Thread Name Change! It sure covers the Path that the Two Of You are Travelling. You're not rambling Freddy. You're giving us the Gift Of Your Thoughts during a time when others may not feel like speaking! It's a Gift for us,and I'm hoping it's Cathartic for you. I know it's helping me to be a better Man. I enjoy your Words about "The Old Man Upstairs". Fuel stop's up ahead. Got to keep The Bus Rolling,'Ya Know!
Hambden Bob
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni !

Re: Marty's Bus

PostBy: chester On: Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:33 am

Freddy. Don't know what to say that hasn't already been said, Your wife's sense of humor is awesome and I can only wish I would be that strong in the same situation. Just sending my prayers out to you and Marty (If I may call her by her first name) seem little in this situation. So if there is anything in Central new york that you and your wife would like to try" we cant beat crabcakes" just let me know and it will be on its way!
chester
 
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Stove/Furnace Make: hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 50-93

Re: Marty's Bus

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:06 pm

chester wrote:Just sending my prayers out to you and Marty (If I may call her by her first name)


Try calling her "Marleena" & see how fast you get a noogie. LOL Even I don't call her by her proper name. :) That was saved for her mother only, when she was in childhood trouble. ;) Thanks for the prayers.

Today was busy.... three sets of friends & neighbors in & out, followed by a boiled ham dinner. Marty may not be eating well, but she's eating well, if you know what I mean.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Marty's Bus

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:00 pm

Damn I get busy 1 day and don't check all the threads and come to find out CK does another wonderful deed. Good going Terry. You sir are a gentleman of the highest caliber.

I got to say something here:

For some it has been years since we did a google search for help on burning coal and get directed to this site. For others it is more recent. We post a question and the answers come flooding back. Some times the responses are almost instantaneous. Its almost like we each want to be the first one to offer assistance. New members introduce themselves and we embrace their presence. We stress safety as paramount because we all care about the newbies not having a bad experience. We offer suggestions to improve their coal burning experience. We share our successes and failures. Some stay a short time and others never seem to leave. We have heard from spouses when their loved ones have departed if they now need our help or just to let us know that they have passed.

Those that do stick around become part of this family. Thanks to Richard for putting together this site and expanding it for the off coal burning topics. We get the chance to "know" one another. Even if only through the typed word or the occasional picture posted. We send messages back and forth via PM's. The longer we are here, the more personal the topics become. We vent, we grieve, we boast, everything a family does.

And finally when one of our family needs help, comfort, or advice, we rush to help, console, or offer assistance.

Didn't want to get all sappy here, but I for one, am DAMN PROUD of this group !!!!!! Seeing Freddy post about the unexpected gift he received from Terry, well that says it all.

Sorry I got to go, I think a bug flew into my eyes........


Keep this bus rolling. There is a diesel fuel stop ahead. The fuel is prepaid.




Rick
Rick 386
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA 260 heating both sides of twin farmhouse
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Hyfire II w/ coaltrol in garage
Coal Size/Type: Pea in AA 260, Rice in LL Hyfire II
Other Heating: Gas fired infared at work

Re: Marty's Bus

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:27 am

I think this is turnin' into one of them foodie trips... ;)
I like the name change...
Reflects the positive energy here...
So if random food boxes start showin' up...
I take it you can handle seafood...
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: Marty's Bus

PostBy: coalkirk On: Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:54 am

Rick 386 wrote:Damn I get busy 1 day and don't check all the threads and come to find out CK does another wonderful deed. Good going Terry. You sir are a gentleman of the highest caliber.

I got to say something here:

For some it has been years since we did a google search for help on burning coal and get directed to this site. For others it is more recent. We post a question and the answers come flooding back. Some times the responses are almost instantaneous. Its almost like we each want to be the first one to offer assistance. New members introduce themselves and we embrace their presence. We stress safety as paramount because we all care about the newbies not having a bad experience. We offer suggestions to improve their coal burning experience. We share our successes and failures. Some stay a short time and others never seem to leave. We have heard from spouses when their loved ones have departed if they now need our help or just to let us know that they have passed.

Those that do stick around become part of this family. Thanks to Richard for putting together this site and expanding it for the off coal burning topics. We get the chance to "know" one another. Even if only through the typed word or the occasional picture posted. We send messages back and forth via PM's. The longer we are here, the more personal the topics become. We vent, we grieve, we boast, everything a family does.

And finally when one of our family needs help, comfort, or advice, we rush to help, console, or offer assistance.

Didn't want to get all sappy here, but I for one, am DAMN PROUD of this group !!!!!! Seeing Freddy post about the unexpected gift he received from Terry, well that says it all.

Sorry I got to go, I think a bug flew into my eyes........


Keep this bus rolling. There is a diesel fuel stop ahead. The fuel is prepaid.




Rick


Rick, I feel the same way about this forum that you do, like family. Thanks for the atta boys but all I did was pay back the good will and good thoughts that picked me up when I needed it a few weeks ago. And to be able to share what I believe to be the best crab cakes in the world (and I've had plenty) with Freddy and Marty was my honor and privledge.

Although I've never been lucky enough to meet Freddy, I've had a few business transactions with him He made me an ash pan for my Jotul and a banner for my sons wedding reception party, both made and shipped before my check ever reached him. I'm in a business where I meet lots of people and I pride myself in being able to size people up and judge their character. I don't believe there is a finer gentleman on this forum than Freddy. He hosts the most popular thread on the forum for regulars every Saturday moring. Just a genuine nice guy. If there is anything in the world we as a group can do to make this bus trip easier and nicer, we should do it. "Now is the time for all good men (and women) to come to the aid of the country, err family."
coalkirk
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

Re: Marty's Bus

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:33 am

This forum is the REAL America - not the one the media wants you to believe it is. 8-)


Freddy's pan has saved my ass a few times already .... when 3 days go by and I realize I haven't dumped the ash pan in a while ... :shock: :o A couple pokes with the poker, and all the ash fits right in there, and slides out the ash door no problem. Built like a tank, AND he gave me a KILLER deal on it and a hopper lid too. :punk:

Thanks Freddy! Wish I could return the favor somehow. If I win the lottery, you'll be the first to know. :cheers:
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Marty's Bus

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:44 am

I've just now become aware of Marty's and Freddy's situation.

I have to say, reading these five pages has been a 'two towel' read. If I used Kleenex, it would have been half a box. !

Freddy, I've sent a message, I won't repeat it all here. But for this: Thoughts and Prayer's for you and Marty.

I remember all those you have taken care of, Mom, Uncle Bill, and others. That caring and love for those in your life, since it was shared with us on 'the forum' is coming back to you. Many times over. I pray you take comfort from it.

Thank you for sharing, I hope sharing is not a burden. If you are absent for a few days, we will understand. Sometimes a diversion from the 'real world' into the 'cyber world' is helpful and we hope you feel that way.

Enough said for now..

Terry: what a gentleman you are !! I just wish I knew how to 'double up' on your kind act. I'm not sure Marty and Fred would appreciate a frozen beet, or other Midwestern 'crop'. I'll have to think on it.

Maybe I can find a nice old tour bus, from the '30's to take over the lead position in the triple. Smitty, can you drive an old, underpowered, flathead road-tractor? With two in tow?

Hugs all around.. I need another towel.

Greg L.
LsFarm
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland