Monday, June 30, 2014

Grumpy Gus, an original poem

What's up with me getting grumpy through the years?

-There was a time when I was the happiest kid I knew; but over the years the Gus I knew started seeing life in shades of blue.

-The pressures of adulthood began to mount; one kid, two kids, three kids, four - not to mention the time I divorced.

-The strain of a job, and growing demands, brought on a period of reprimand (that I'm not quite through), but with a growing faith, I'll be young Gus again by God's sweet grace.

-With my precious partner by my side, to encourage patience and to take things in stride. To appreciate my kids, and the foibles of youth, to be a loving father and witness of truth.

-A dad they'll remember as loving and kind, fond memories they'll carry as they go through time. An example, though human who tended his errs, because what matters most is they know that you care.

-This is the man that I want to be, and how I want them to remember me. Melissa, Amber, Chris, Cameron, Savannah and Ember, I love you all so much and am proud to be your (step) dad.

Dad (Gus)


by Gus Koerner, June 29, 2014, 1:50am
edited by E. Koerner

Your Plan, an original poem

1) What is your plan, oh Lord? Why have you put me here? What am I supposed to do now?
Sometimes I feel so lost, relationships have primarily been the cost of my searching for a better way.

2) What is your plan for me, oh Lord? What is my purpose, and what should I do now?
The closer I try to get to you, the harder you are to reach. I slip back into yesterday’s man, someone I don’t want to be.

3) Whatever your plan for me is, oh Lord, I’ll keep searching and seeking to follow your way. I’ll respond to the stranger as if they were my brother, showing compassion and care, putting discouragement and bias in your hands so they don’t interfere.

Help me know your plan, oh Lord, is my sincerest prayer.


by Gus Koerner, June 28, 2014, 12:59am
edited by E. Koerner

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

How To Clean Books

Once again I had too much stuff in storage that got neglected and damaged.  Books this time, some of them treasured books such as school yearbooks and beloved childhood books.  This happened to me once before when my basement flooded.  Since its an issue I had to deal with more than once, I'm posting an article here.

The basics of book cleaning include:
  • Wiping down with 10-20 percent bleach water for mildew stains.  Have a blow dryer handy to immediately dry the page. I'd like to try Clorox wipes.
  • High concentration (90+ %)  isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle will also sanitize.  Some people use baby-wipes.
  • Sealed with baking soda will remove odors.
  • Sealed and freezing will kill living, existing bugs and larve.
  • What if you placed the book in a zip locking bag with a moth ball, then in a baking soda bag? Leaving the books in each treatment for 1 week would probably work.  I'd use a sealed plastic tote box, so as to treat batches of books at one time.
  • Blowing through the book with compressed air or vacuuming will remove trace, unwanted remainders of dirt and bugs. 
A list of some of the resources I found: