Life Part Two

The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life

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Middle School Students making hands at Getty School in Easley

Bob, Reid and I went over yesterday afternoon to help the after school group at Getty School in Easley put together the two hands their teacher had printed on their two 3D printers.  There were about a dozen very excited mostly 6 graders there.   What we didn’t expect was the Principal, representative from the group that donated the printers, two tv stations, the assistant principal who is missing an arm and another young man who is missing an arm as well as the publicity person from the Pickens School District!   While Bob and Reid worked with the kids I met with all the other people.   A very exciting afternoon to say the least.   Here is a link to another TV story

I haven’t found the second story yet.  Maybe they are doing it today?   Our neighbors are calling us to send good wishes and we just got another request for a fourth middle school to be trained.   We will probably meet with the original other two schools ASAP.   This is so fun and rewarding.

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3D Printing hands and used in schools

I haven’t posted for awhile because much of what we are up too is on facebook but this is too long for face book.

Bob and his friends have been busy working on 3D printed hands and he was on tv again yesterday.   Check out .

They had a couple tough acts to follow.  Ali Henderson from Gaffney , a beautiful young singer who is on American Idol this year and after that they had a two month old German Shephard and collie mix puppie!

Big things are happening after the article in the Travelers Rest online newspaper and the Fox TV story a couple weeks ago.   If you missed that one here is the link .

Since that we have been involved with three middle schools in Pickens, Greenville and Spartanburg counties to teach them how to use their 3D printers to print hands and build a curriculum around the printing of the hands.   Pretty exciting stuff and moving extremely fast.   Bob is thrilled that he can work on some other brands of printers.   It is so wonderful to see how excited the schools are.  Their group of 4 people who have been meeting at our house is growing with three more people added on and they are learning how to build hands and hopefully go out to the schools when they are at that point.  We sure didn’t see this coming!  

The international group http://enablingthe , which is only about a year old, now has over 3000 volunteers, has built over 700 hands and is on five continents.  Can’t wait to see where this organization goes.   Every day there are so many interesting stories coming in.   Yesterday was a story about how someone in Columbia, SA built a hand for a young man specifically so he can play his guitar.  Check him out

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Not all theives are stupid

I sure learned some things with this article.


Some people left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car’s registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people’s home in Pebble Beach and robbed it. So I guess if we are going to leave the car in long-term parking, we should NOT leave the registration/insurance cards in it, nor your remote garage door opener. This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.

2.. GPS:
Someone had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents. Something to consider if you have a GPS – don’t put your home address in it… Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen ..

I never thought of this……. This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her cell phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. Twenty minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says, “I received your text asking about our Pin number and I’ve replied a little while ago.” When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text “hubby” in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

Moral of the lesson:
a.. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc….
b. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.
c. Also, when you’re being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don’t reach them, be very careful about going places to meet “family and friends” who text you.

A lady went grocery-shopping at a local mall and left her purse sitting in the children’s seat of the cart while she reached something off a shelf… wait till you read the WHOLE story! Her wallet was stolen, and she reported it to the store personnel. After returni ng home, she received a phone call from the Mall Security to say that they had her wallet and that although there was no money in it, it did still hold her personal papers. She immediately went to pick up her wallet, only to be told by Mall Security that they had not called her. By the time she returned home again, her house had been broken into and burglarized. The thieves knew that by calling and saying they were Mall Security, they could lure her out of her house long enough for them to burglarize it.

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Southern Weather

One big reason we left MN was because of the long and very harsh winters.   Toward the end, I couldn’t stand being cooped up from October through April, that’s 6-7 months.   I knew SC would be warmer in the summer and much nicer in the winter.  Pretty much there is no winter here, not by my standards.  Don’t get me wrong, ice storms can really mess things up because we could loose power for a week or so, not that this has happened since we are here and we have a back up generator.  Most of the time I just wait a couple days for the ice to melt.

The last three summers we were in drought, up until this summer and it was a challenge.   I told myself this summer I would not complain because 90 degree days are the trade off for no 0 degree days.   Until the last few weeks I have done pretty well.   I do have to admit that the last three weeks of mid 90 degree humid weather has made me irritable.  I’m usually pretty upbeat but find myself snapping at Bob, can’t concentrate and really want to go be outside for just a few moments in the morning or night.   Finally today the weather broke and it is in the mid 70’s, light breeze, all windows open, air conditioner off.   I am loving it.

I know we still have a few more 90 days but now I can look forward to my favorite very long season FALL!   Have a couple fun adventures planned, including a trip to the Carolina Renaissance Festival  which looks to be the same size as the MN Festival.  Going to make it a couple nights at a bed and breakfast on Lake Norman, take a boat trip on the lake, visit some wineries and of course the Festival.



After several months of 80-95 degree weather and living barefoot or in sandlas, shorts and tank tops, when it is 75 I now have on socks, long pants and a shirt with sleeves. Soon I will need a blanket too!



Great trip back to MN

Returned last night from a 12 day trip back to MN.   I spent the first few days at the Silent Witness board meeting.  Great group of board members a lots of good discussion and planning.   bob spent the day at Como Park while I was in one of the meetings.   Saw about 40 people over the long week and slept in 5 different beds so it was a very busy time but so great to see friends and family.   Got unpacked last night and did laundry and grocery shopping today so ready to have a great week.   Bob and I agree we don’t want to go anywhere, see anyone or eat out anytime soon.   Lots of  wonderful people but Bob and I aren’t used to that.  Pictures to follow when I get them off the camera.

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For the birds, Les Miserales and Civil Rights in Greenville

Bob saw this idea in one of his magazines so we tried it and it works. The idea is you fill the cap with water, this is a cap from a gatoraide bottle, and the ants won’t crawl over it and into your bird feeder. Works like a charm.
Keep ant's out of humminbird feeder

Sunday, yesterday, we went to the Upcountry History Museum and saw the exhibit “Protests, Prays and Progress”,  Greenville’s   Civil Rights Movement.   Not a pretty picture but not nearly as bad as some other areas in the South.   Pretty much peaceful protests but plenty of arrests.   Wish I could say it is all behind us but it’s not.   Being raised in the north gave us quite another picture of civil rights, or lack of rights.

They also had a small exhibit on the writing of the Star Spangled Banner music and the war of 1812, which I admit I don’t know about.

After that next door to see Greenville Little Theater LES MISERABLESBob and I were both kind of reluctant to see it but we had season tickets.  We saw it years ago in MN and loved it and not too long ago tried to watch the new movie and after three tries I gave up.   I just couldn’t get into it.

I’m so glad we went.   It was wonderful.   Who knew little Greenville has such talent!  I had forgotten what a powerful story it is, on many levels.

Had my first Chinese cooking class, stir fry tofu and fried rice.   Pretty good.

We drove to New Orleans for a week of vacation a couple weeks ago so will tell you all about that great trip soon.   What a city!   Nice to visit but I sure wouldn’t want to live there.

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Dynamic Aging and more

OLLI Furman classes are done for the regular school year.

My Dynamic Aging class was pretty interesting.   This is a new concept on aging.  The current ideas most people seem to have on retired people and aging is this is a time to relax, play golf, paint basically have a good time and there is nothing wrong with that.

This theory says there is more to this last third of our life than kicking back.    Science has now shown that we can make new neural/brain pathways and the way we do that is when we continue to learn and challenge our self and be open to change because there is certainly going to be a lot of change in our future.  Also, be open to new ideas, more than at any other time in our life.   We need to “live on the edge” of what makes us comfortable.

We talked about these concepts, what is our meaning and purpose in life and how that is different from happiness, how to learn more about our self and our reaction to things.

He is going to continue the class in much more depth next year.   I have awhile to decide if I want to make the time and emotional commitment.

My Characters in History ended featuring Al Capp, the cartoonist, and part two of General McArthur.  My far McArthur was the biggest character.   My grasp of World War Two is pretty limited so I learned a lot.


I sort of flunked out of my core conditioning class.   It was really hard.   I wasn’t the only one, out of about 25 people in the class only 10 finished it.   Disappointed in myself but I was afraid I was going to hurt myself and certainly didn’t want that.

Three classes was too much to take.   I won’t do that again.

Toured the new Greenville Hospital Medical School.  I was blown away with how they are teaching students now.  Very modern, very high tech.  Using the concept of flip learning where you do your reading or assignments at home and then come to school to discuss them and do your homework.

The last Friday class I went to was a speaker that talked about Social Security.   Sure learned some things there.

I will be taking a four week Chinese cooking class in June and am really looking forward to that.


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