Obituary: Frances Ann Louise Howard has graduated

Posted By on January 17, 2017

My mother-in-law passed away last week … or as my good friend Pastor Keith Thomas ( said, "graduated." BrendaAndMomH2015The word choice is very fitting for Mom Howard considering she has been a lifelong Christian and loved studying and memorizing the Bible. She has been looking forward to "graduating" from this temporary life on earth to an eternal one with her Lord and Savior … and loved ones like her lifelong husband, "Freddy" for a long time.

As a family, we are thankful to have had her "faith, warmth and positive spirit" for so many years. She was an huge influence on her four children and ten grandchildren and guided them with Christian values as they grew into independent thinkers and adults. Most in the family would say their "grandmother/mom was one of a kind," but she left her unique imprinted on each one. Her many positive character traits (and perhaps to outsiders, a few of her peculiar ways) have been passed down to those close to her. I recognize her personality and way of doing things in Brenda and her sisters (and now even in-laws grandchildren!) From the quirkily to the very admirable attributes, she left a lasting impact on us all. I am very blessed to have been loved so much by MomH (and that is definitely the correct word). During the last 10 or so years, we’ve had the privilege of returning a little of that love and caring for her (and DadH) as they grew older. I could not have asked for a more loving mother and father-in-law and am thankful to have had them both in my life for so many years. We are happy for her that she is home.

Frances_Howard_Obit_PhotoFrances Ann Louise Howard, 87, of 2623 Black Hoof Trail, Milford, Ohio, passed away in her home at 12:35 PM on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Frances was born to Hildur (Johansen) and Fritz Emmanual Holmstrom on April 18, 1929 in Jamestown, NY and married her late husband Dr. Frederick A. Howard on July 23, 1949. They were life-long residents of Jamestown, New York.
Frances is survived by her three daughters, Christine (Jerry) Skinner of Milford, OH, Brenda (Rich) Corbett of Liberty Township, OH, Ann (Gary) Gerber of Alpharetta, GA and daughter-in-law Lynda Howard of Bemus Point, NY. She was preceded in death by her son Dr. Mark A. (Lynda) Howard, brother Dr. Fritz Holmstrom and sister Viola Boy. She loved her 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren: David (Rachel) Skinner parents of Nollie and Bruno, Benjamin (Emily) Skinner parents of Liev, Madison (Nathan) Kling, Dr. Justin (Katie) Howard parents of Madelyn and Evan, Dr. Aaron (Dr. Lauren) Howard, Jacquelyn (Ben) Wickerham, Dr. Katelyn (Dr. Drew) Oostra, Taylor Corbett, Jessica Gerber and Sarah Gerber.

The Elio Motors confusing reservation structure

Posted By on January 16, 2017

The Elio came up in a discussion and the question came up, "how much will it really cost?" That’s when I realized just how confusing the low price point could be. Gone is the much marketed $6800 car as the current reservation price is $7300 … at least for about 1000 more orders. There is a "full commitment" price of $7000 where the buyer is fully committed to the purchase (non-refundable deposit) … which for 85% of the reservation holders is acceptable. That the the much needed Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing  (ATVM) loan program requires Elio to demonstrate market acceptance … therefore "Lock In."



Of course this is "base price" … and perhaps a non-carpeted version is not exactly what you wanted? I joke about the carpeting since that will likely be one of the options … still it does look like the base model will come with a significant number of creature comforts. Hey … I’m "ALL-IN" so am sold on the Elio.

Aviation and sailing in one great Shot of the Week photo

Posted By on January 15, 2017


The quality of the photo isn’t the best, but the content is pretty impressive. The latest issue of the weekly Cruising Compass had this photo as the "Cruising Shot of the Week" … excellent!

This busy shot of Boston Harbor from July 2013, with the Navy Blue Angels flying over the USS Constitution (Old Iron Sides) and a U.S. Coast Guard training tall ship, was shared by John Carrigg. So much going on, it takes a while to take it all in!

TechFriday: Open Live Writer to WordPress plug-in problem

Posted By on January 13, 2017

Twice now I’ve found myself unable to post to my WordPress blog. Once a few years ago using the windows based Microsoft Live Writer (now defunct) and recently using the open-sourced Open Live Writer.


The “Invalid Server Response – The response to the blogger.getUsersBlogs method received from the blog server was invalid:” error pops up. When trying to decipher what had changed, I recalled that I recently updated WordPress and in the process cleaned out a few post revisions using an older plug-in called Revision Removal. It “has not been tested” with my current WordPress 4.7.1 and figured it “might” be the culprit — and it was. Deactivating this plug-in corrected the problem.


So … if you are having and issue posting to WordPress, first check your plug-ins to be sure they are not the problem … especially older plug-ins that aren’t being updated or maintained.

Tool Tips: Screwdriver hacks [video]

Posted By on January 13, 2017

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A few of these screwdriver hacks are not necessarily new, but could be helpful if you are ever caught shorthanded for the right tool. I’m particularly fond of using the wrench and screwdriver together (above left) as even with a full set of wrenched and sockets, there are a few oddities preventing wrenches from fitting as tightly as they should … and who doesn’t need help holding those teeny tiny screw when putting things back together?


CVS Generic Competitor to EpiPen for $109.99

Posted By on January 12, 2017

CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan’s EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to consumers.The drugstore chain says it will charge $109.99 for a two-pack of the authorized generic version of Adrenaclick, a lesser-known treatment compared to EpiPen, which can cost more than $600.

Source: CVS Generic Competitor to EpiPen, Sold at a Fraction of the Price

Painted and fitted the shelf storage in the laundry room

Posted By on January 11, 2017

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The long drawn out "laundry room upgrade" is finally finished as mentioned yesterday, but at least it improves and modernizes what we had. The old GE top-load washing machine was regularly being fixed and the dryer was long past it’s prime … but still working after the "bearing kit repair."

The newer graphite color (currently the in color along with stainless steel) on the LG front load stacked washer and dryer improves space use a bit … but only because of added mini stainless steel splash area next to the utility sink and shelving. I’ve added a hidden shelf and storage area to the right of the stacked machines which will fit 3 Clorox bleach jugs wide and quite a bit of bulky storage on a heavy duty shelf at "stacked" height overhead. It will be used for bulky kitchen items like roasters and storage Tuperwares of towels, placemats, etc. I’m sure my wife will have no problem finding bulky items to stack up top!  Under that shelf a new LED tube offers another 1000 lumens of light along with the normal 2 bulb by 4 foot florescent tubes overhead. It operates off of a motion detector and turn on when walking into the laundry room and off 5 minutes after no motion is detected. (I’m hoping to add the wall switch to also control that ceiling light … we will see if one motion detector can control a switch and plug at the same time?)

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.