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Joseph Remembers His Battle With Lyme Disease Four Years Later

It has almost been four years since I first got Lyme Disease. Now, since we are dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic this year, I won’t talk about my battle with Lyme Disease in detail. I want to avoid doing that out of respect for the people who may be going through COVID-19 in a big way. Let’s just say my battle with Lyme Disease was a scary one. I’ve been doing well for the past four years now.

Stay safe, my friends!

I will give my computer a break from 7:00 this evening until 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 13th. I will thank more of my blog’s followers in two more of my blog posts next week … and I will give you a surprise blog post next week as well.

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My time at home is slowly coming to an end!

Since mid-March, I have been staying at home in order to keep myself safe during the Coronavirus Outbreak.  Now that some counties in Pennsylvania are about to move into the “green phase,” including Allegheny County, I will be able to leave my home safely for the first time in more than 2 1/2 months pretty soon.  I have two masks at home.  One is my white 3M mask and another one is my Pirates mask.  If I do have to go out, I will be wearing one of those masks … and I will be wearing a mask whenever I go back to work at T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods in Bridgeville on June 12th.  I can’t stay home forever … and I will have to leave my home again in just a matter of days.  Don’t be surprised if you see me out and about with my mask on before the Summer season begins.

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Joseph’s Top Blog Posts For June 2020

We are almost halfway through 2020 already … and, before you know it, Summer will officially be here.  I hope you guys have been staying safe during the Coronavirus Outbreak.  I know I have.  I will be giving my features a break in June, but I will bring them back in July.  I will be giving my computer a break from around 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 4th, until around 5 a.m. on Saturday, June 13th.  While I give my computer a break on those days, I will thank more of my blog’s followers in two of my blog posts … and I may give you a surprise blog post at some point during that week also.

Without further ado, let me tell you about some of the blog posts that I’ll be writing down in June.

One of my blog posts will be entitled “Thank you for following my blog for one to three years!”  In it, I will thank the people who have followed my blog for one to three years.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “Thank you for following my blog for less than one year!”  In the post, I will thank the people who have been following my blog for less than one year.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “I still have my Colussy Chevrolet shirt two years later!”  I will talk about the blue and white Colussy Chevrolet shirt in the blog post.  I have owned it for nearly two years now.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “Joseph Remembers His Battle With Lyme Disease Four Years Later.”  I will talk about my battle with Lyme Disease, which occurred in June of 2016.  Now, because of the COVID-19 Outbreak, I will try not to into a lot of details about my battle with Lyme Disease.

I hope you guys will check out at least one of my blog posts in June.  I may also give you some surprises along the way.  Enjoy your day, my friends!

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Joseph will soon be going back to work again

Since the afternoon of March 13th, I have not left my house … and, believe it or not, the last time I was not in my house, I was actually leaving my workplace, which is T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods in Bridgeville.  For about 2 1/2 months or so, I have stay in my house or very close to my house, but I have walked down to my mailbox a few times a week … and I walk in my half of the block, whenever I don’t see a lot of people outdoors.

Well, in just over 2 1/2 weeks or so, I will be able to go back to work at T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods in Bridgeville for the first time in almost three months.  Part of me is ready to go back and part of me isn’t ready to go back.    I have worked there for almost 13 years now.  I would love to work there forever, but I may not be working there forever, but who knows?  I will probably be there for a number of years.  I became a regular T.J. Maxx worker on June 11, 2007.

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Staying safe during the Coronavirus Outbreak

Now, for the past several days now, lots of people have been talking about the Coronavirus Outbreak that’s been sweeping through our country in one form or another … and they have been seen stories about it just about every day for the past few days or so.  Now, the Coronavirus is in Pennsylvania and it’s also in Allegheny County, so a lot of people, including myself, are doing whatever they can to stay safe during this Outbreak.  That means a lot of us will have to stay home as much as possible for the next few days or so … and many of us won’t be able to work for a while.

This past Friday, for the first time in quite some time, I was able to stay home for the entire day on a Friday.  I was not able to work at T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods in Bridgeville then since the store would be closed for the next few days.  I am doing everything I can to stay safe during this Coronavirus Outbreak … and I hope you guys are also.

Now, as you may have guessed, I write all of my blog posts at home on my computer, which, of course, is in my “computer room.”  I generally write four or five blog posts on my blog every week … and I will still write blog posts for you guys while I’m in my “computer room.”  I know you guys like my posts a lot … and I hope you guys will like the posts that I write down as we continue to deal with this Outbreak.

Enjoy your day … and stay safe as we continue to deal with this Coronavirus Outbreak.  We will try very hard to get through it.  Yes, I will continue to write my blog posts at home.

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This is Joseph’s Walking Schedule For 2020!

I have now figured out my walking schedule for 2020.  I am no longer taking my evening walks around National Hill.  Now, on weekdays, I will try to walk at various times between 8:15 in the morning and 2:30 in the afternoon.  Now, after 2:30, I will be inside of my home … and I will spend most of that time in my “computer room.”  I will be giving myself some “me time” during the 6:00 hour on weekday evenings.  Later this month, I will ask you guys what I should do in my “computer room” at 6:00 on weekday evenings, since I am not taking my evening walks anymore.

Now, on weekends, I will try to walk at different times between 8:00 in the morning and 5:00 in the afternoon.

Now, I will not be walking every day.  Sometimes, the weather might be bad … or I may just be too busy to walk outdoors in the first place.  If I am unable to walk outdoors on any given day, you will know why.

Of course, I will continue to walk to my mailbox on the days that we get mail.  I am not giving up my walks completely.  I’m just walking at different times of the day, that’s all.

Please enjoy the rest of your day, my friends!

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Joseph’s Flashback: I remember going to the pool in Scott Park years ago!

If you ride along Lindsay Road in Scott Township, you may come across a place called Scott Township Park.  I have been to that park several times over the years … and, whenever I was younger, I went to the pool that’s in Scott Park.  Now, that swimming pool is fantastic … and the water slide is fantastic.  I rode on it many times while I was the pool in Scott Township Park.  You would go up one flight of its stairs and wait before the lifeguard tells you to walk up the next flight of stairs.  Then, when he or she says, “go,” you would go down the water slide.  Then, when you get to the bottom of the water slide, you may briefly go underwater for a couple or seconds or so.  It’s happened to me maybe once or twice over the years.  I don’t like to go under the water, though.

While I was there, I remember seeing them doing “water breaks” near the end of every hour.  They lasted for 10 to 15 minutes every hour … and they were announced by a man named Ronald Ellis.  He worked at Scott Township Pool for many years … and, in 2018, he passed away at the age of 79.  Now, during the “water breaks,” the kids would leave the pool … and the adults would remain in the pool.  I thought that was kind of neat.  Mr. Ellis always did a fantastic job in telling us when the “water breaks” would start and end … and he also told us to “give the adults a few more minutes.”

I like the pool in Scott Township Park a lot … and, while I don’t really go there anymore, I may be able to see it while I ride along Greentree Road as I go towards Route 50 in Heidelberg.  It’s a fantastic pool!

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Remembering Piglet Five Years Later

Five years ago today, my bulldog, Piglet, passed away at the age of 12.  Not a day goes by where I don’t think about her.  I liked Piglet a lot … and I would like to end this blog post by showing you photos of Piglet.

So, as we mark the fifth anniversary of Piglet’s passing today, please consider taking a moment to honor Piglet with a “moment of silence.”  I may do that at some point this evening.  She will always be a fantastic dog.

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Joseph’s 1,300th Blog Post

Today, I’m writing my 1,300th blog post … and I will tell about the time that I had a cold while I was on my vacation.  Now, I was on vacation a few days ago … and, while I was off from work and while I was giving my computer a break, I just happened to have a little cold.  I was coughing, sneezing and feeling tired.  I had a slight fever … and I had a slight headache and, possibly, a little sore throat.  So, I guess I couldn’t have gotten sick at a rather unusual time.

Now, next time, I will talk about the fifth anniversary of the death of my bulldog, Piglet.

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Joseph’s Top Blog Posts For February 2020

I am back on my computer again.  I started using it at 5:00 this morning … and, today, I’m gonna tell you about the blog posts that I will be writing down in February.

One of my blog posts will be entitled “I have owned my new Hewlett-Packard computer for one year!”  I will talk about my new Hewlett-Packard computer, which has been in my house for nearly one year, in a blog post this month.  It seems like I just bought it yesterday.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “Remembering Piglet Five Years Later.”  In the blog post, I will talk about the five-year anniversary of the death of my bulldog, Piglet.  Piglet, who was my bulldog, died nearly five years ago at the age of 12.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “Joseph is still ‘super’ three years later!”  I will talk about my grey Superman T-shirt in the blog post.  I have owned it for nearly three years.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “7,500 Views And Counting.”  My blog will hit the 7,500-views mark … and, if it does hit the 7,500-views mark this week, I will talk about it in a blog post before this week is over.  Of course, it is possible that it may have hit the 7,500-views mark while I gave my computer a break this past week, so I may have to say that it has been seen at least 7,500 times in the blog post this month.

I will also write my 1,300th blog post this month.  It could be about a person, a place or a thing.  What do you think it will be about?

I will also use my blog’s features in February.  Let me tell you how I’ll be using them this month …
Joseph’s Flashback-I remember going to the pool in Scott Park years ago!
Joseph Has A Question For You-Should I listen to WESA on my clock radio?
Joseph’s Moment Of Peace-I need some “me time” in my “computer room” at 6:00 on weekday evenings!
Let’s Talk About A Past Blog Post-Joseph’s new green lacrosse pullover top

I hope you will check out at least one of my blog posts this month.  You may like at least one of my posts in February.  Enjoy your day!