Happy May Day, y'all! See my article
SATURDAY, MAY DAY: TRIBUTE TO A FINE OFFICER (Published 5/8/2021,
Saturday, VE Day),” for May Day details. I doubt that many
Russians are celebrating May Day today. See my Sunday,
March 20, 2022, article. I still keep up with all the sad details
of the Russian invasion of the Ukraine.
I have a backlog of rough draft
articles and some articles that are in my mind only. This writer must
get some of the backlog published and out of my mind!
On Sunday, 4/3/2022, at 4:20 PM, as I
had begun to write, I had wondered why I didn't hike that weekend.
The weather had been right. My last hike was on House Mountain (hike
#178, #42 “bionic”), on 4/18/2021. See my
4/25/2021 article. I decided to take a hiking sabbatical, for
fall and winter 2021 - 2022 hiking. I could have hiked several times.
I chose to focus on my website articles instead. I haven't stopped
hiking – yet! My “bionic” body can still enjoy a good hike!
This article catches up on most of the
“life, such as it was,” in late March 2022 to 4/1/2022.
This is a long article. If you become bored, you are welcome to stop
reading. I almost didn't publish this article. I wanted to get this
into my journal, here, despite the passing of aunt Mona Beckner. (See
4/10/2022 article.) Life must move on – until we, who are
ready, join her, and so many others, at Home.
3/27, Sunday: Coat
Do you see the coat hanger, on the
right (southwest) window? I modified the coat hanger, of course.
That's the master's bedroom window, where Mrs. Appalachian Irishman
sleeps also. The view looks south, toward our “back 40.” I took
the photograph, on 3/27/2022, Sunday afternoon.
The plastic rod that adjusts the blinds
had broken many moons ago. I had been adjusting the blinds by hand.
Mrs. Appalachian Irishman, being vertically impaired, could not do
so. My coat hanger adjustment rod works just fine! It's how a country
boy uses his improvisation skills!
I thought that you would laugh!
Monday: China Test Kits for China Virus
On Monday, 3/28/2022, Mrs. Appalachian
Irishman granted me permission to write the details in this section.
1/23/2022 article on aunt Mona, to set the context. Mrs.
Appalachian Irishman felt sickly, on 1/23/2022, Sunday. She didn't
work the next day.
For historical context, my Dad (Earl
Ferrell, 9/17/1927 - 1/25/2008) left this world on January 25, 2008.
On 1/25/2022, my wife took a made in China home test, for the China
virus. She tested positive. She stayed home and off work the rest of
that week. My wife had the usual symptoms of a bad cold. She
consulted her PCP, by phone. She didn't need any prescriptions. She
took care of herself, at home, with some help from me. I worked at
home all that week, since I had been exposed to the China virus. I
On 1/29/2022, I bought a made in China
test kit, at the local CVS. That's the sales receipt, in the above
photograph. The other made in China test kits were “free,”
provided by the USSA government – via a family member. Of course,
the USSA government bought the “free” test kits from China –
since the kits are made in China.
On 1/30/2022, Sunday, Mrs. Appalachian
Irishman felt well enough. She took another made in China test. She
tested positive again. Her PCP had told her that she would test
positive for a few months. She went back to her work-a-day world the
On 2/1/2022, Tuesday, and again, on
2/21/2022, Monday, Presidents' Day, I tested negative twice, using
made in China tests, for the China virus. Aside from a mild case of
“the snots,” I felt fine. Either I have had the China virus, when
I didn't know it, or I am immune naturally.
Interestingly, Mrs. Appalachian
Irishman had the first (two-round) China virus immunization series
(2/24/21, 3/26/21). She had the booster immunization (12/28/21).
(Note: Mom, Betty Wood Ferrell, 11/24/1932 - 12/27/2000, became ill
on 12/28/1999.) My wife, despite the immunizations, still came down
with the China virus. I have never taken a China virus immunization.
I have not yet had the China virus – unless I did but treated it as
a minor cold.
I'd glad that you are recovered fully,
from a bad cold, dear! Thanks for allowing me to publish these
details! Love you! Mean it!
3/29, Tuesday, Includes
3/29/2022, Tuesday, needs four
sub-sections. Yes, it was a “rich, full” day.
The reading of my 8/26/2016 article,
STILL ALIVE – WHY? (Published 8/26/2016),” will set the
context. Over the last six years, I have mentioned “my bionic
life,” a few times.
At least I worked at home, on the sixth
anniversary of “my bionic life!” When I work at the office, I
pass, going and returning, “the kill spot,” where my '95 Nissan
pickup died and where I almost died, on 3/29/2016. That was a Tuesday
also. I remember.
Vietnam War Veterans Day
I had heard about Vietnam War Veterans
Day. I had forgotten about it, on 3/29/2022. The following are quotes
from the websites cited.
“National Vietnam War Veterans Day is
acknowledged on March 29 every year, honoring anyone who served
during its 20-year time.” “It was President Donald Trump who
signed the Act on March 29, calling for U.S. flags to be flown on
this day to honor everyone who served during this time, whether they
were in Vietnam or not.” “. . . it
was founded in 2017.” (Source:
Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 was signed into law by
45th U.S. President Donald J. Trump, designating every March 29 as
National Vietnam War Veterans Day.”(Source:
– Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 is available, in
full detail at
Welcome home, to all Vietnam War
Veterans. This once great nation honors you. I wish that this once
great nation would live in honor of your sacrifices.
Advance Knox Psychobabble
is some type of Knox County Tennessee government initiative, as far
as I can figure out. They want to do great stuff for the county, so
they claim. During my lunch, while working at home, on 3/29/2022, I
attended a “virtual” meeting on the Interweb.
The organizers asked us to enter our
points of view on various topics. I, as others, did. The meeting
appeared to be a way for those folks to gather demographic and
opinion research only. I asked that an organizer call our landline
later that day or soon. I wanted to talk to someone, by phone at
least. I was assured that I would be called.
On 4/4/22, I replied to the 4/4/22
email that I had received, from firstname.lastname@example.org.
I stated, as I had requested, in the 3/29/22 virtual meeting, that I
was still awaiting a phone call from those folks. I had and have
requested phone conversation with Advance Knox. As of this date,
Advance Knox has not called me. The crickets chirp only.
The bottom line is that Knox County
will not turn farm land, in our area, into “McMansion”
subdivisions! Various Interweb groups stand against it. I am a
“virtual” participant in Gibbs
Planning Advocates – GPA (via
We will see what these Advance Knox
taxpayer-funded bureaucrats do. Will they listen? Who knows, at this
I had wanted to place an advertisement,
for this website, in the 2022 Cherokee High School Yearbook. Cherokee
High School is in my hometown. I was too late, but I did
converse, by email and phone, with a fine instructor at the school,
This fine instructor emailed me her
painting of Devil's Nose and her poem titled “Devil's Nose.” I
have permission to share them, in a future website article. I plan to
do so. I have not had the time to do so yet.
4/1, Friday: National
April the first, annually, is called
“April Fools' Day. I prefer to call it National Atheists' Day.
“The fool hath said in his heart,
there is no God” (Psa. 14:1, 53:1, KJV). Atheism is a foolish
notion. I affirm my written words, in my Friday, 4/2/2021, article
DAY, GOOD FRIDAY, RESURRECTION SUNDAY.”
I have helped several atheists on their
journey to find salvation – especially in Russia. To any atheist
readers, you are welcome to contact me. I will debate – in an
effort to convert you – if you are interested.
On Good Friday, 4/15/2022, I had
written: Resurrection Sunday is coming! This temporal “life, such
as it is,” events – some good and some not good – will be
placed in the context of everlasting life – eventually.
“But thanks be to God, which giveth
us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved
brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of
the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the
Lord” (1 Cor. 15:57-58 KJV).
Read the entire 15th chapter, by the
inspired apostle Paul. At aunt Mona Beckner's funeral (4/13/2022) and
gravesite (4/14/2022), the godly minister read from that chapter.