Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Missed Rob's Monday Night's Interview on Into the Unknown Realm Radio?

Missed Rob's Monday Night's Interview ?   
Rob Gutro - Author/Ghost Hunter/Medium for joinied the Into The Unknown Realm radio show with Steve & Naomi! 
If you missed the show you can listen to it right here......

Steve and Naomi are from the paranormal group S.T.U.R.S., which stands for Seeking the Unknown Realm Society. Steve is the founder of S.T.U.R.S. and Naomi is an investigator. The group was started in October of 2010. STURS has investigated m

Rob's Sinus Surgery Day!

Today's the day I (Rob) get a "Septoplasty." What's that? It's to correct my nose's deviated septum.
     A "deviated septum" occurs when the septum is severely shifted away from the midline. The most common symptom from a badly deviated or crooked septum is difficulty breathing through the nose. - I haven't been able to breathe out of the right side of my nose since I was a teenager!
     In some cases the crooked septum can interfere with the drainage of the sinuses, resulting in repeated sinus infections, which I've had. Septoplasty is the preferred surgical treatment to correct a deviated septum.
   HOW DID IT HAPPEN? - Hockey. I think it was the last time I ever played hockey.

A hockey puck changed everything
I was about 15 years old when I was playing a hockey in my parents' driveway with my two brothers. My older brother hit a "slapshot" and the hockeypuck smacked me squarely on the nose. Of course I remember it bleeding all over the place.
  AFTER EFFECTS? - After the accident I lost most of my sense of smell and couldn't breathe out of the right side of my nose. That was 36 years ago! So Tom always asks if I can smell candles, pine trees, dog poots (farts) or anything, and for the most part, I can't - I usually get a faint whiff of something if at all. So, the doc said this should help correct that. Having this also made me prone to a lot of sinus infections, too.
  THE PROCEDURE - It's actual surgery, and they'll be using a laser, so I'm told- to cut holes in the cartilage that makes up your septum. They'll put me under for it, and I haven't had a surgery since I was about 5, when I had my tonsils out. Hey! Maybe they'll pull the skin on my face tight and remove my "smile lines!"

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

1 Month of Rain in 2 Days to Soak Philly, Baltimore, Washington, DC

BE PREPARED:  1 Month of Rain in 2 Days to Soak Philly, Baltimore, Washington, DC
     Between today and Thursday morning (May 1) from Philadelphia to the Baltimore/Washington D.C. region could receive what amounts to a month of rain in 2 1/2 days. The National Weather Service forecast for those cities and the area around them calls for as much as 5 inches of rain in just over 48 hours.
  Average monthly rainfall is about 4 inches and we may get more than that in 2 days, so expect FLOODING, and FLASH FLOODING.  Flash Flood Watches and Coastal Flood Advisories and Watches are already in effect.

Today - Rainy and breezy with easterly gusts to 25 mph. Cool.   High near 53.  (up to 1/4" poss.) 
Tonight - Showers and poss. thunderstorm (some heavy rain), breezy. Low 51. (Btwn 1-2 Inches)
Wednesday -   Showers and poss. thunderstorm (some heavy rain), breezy. 67. (Btwn 1-2 Inches)
Wednesday Night -   Showers and poss. thunderstorm (some heavy rain), breezy. Low 63. (Up to 1" poss.)
NOAA's GOES-East satellite image from this morning
 Thursday - Becoming Partly Sunny. 75

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?  A CUTOFF LOW PRESSURE AREA (one that is not being pushed) over the Central Plains today will drift northeastward toward the great lakes Wednesday. A frontal boundary associated with this system will remain stalled to the south of the area today and tonight before lifting northward as a warm front Wednesday. A cold front will move through the area Thursday.

Amazing Day at the Hope and Healing Conference!

Rob and Troy after a great workshop
On Saturday morning, Troy C. and I got to give a talk at the "Hope and Healing Conference in Annapolis, Md. It was a conference for parents who lost their children. We spoke about "How to Recognize Signs from Loved Ones Who Passed" based on my books.   
  We met a lot of wonderful people, and it was amazing. So many times when I would point out a way that spirit communicates through signs that they're around, people would raise their hand and tell me that's exactly what happened to them.

SPIRIT USING CELL PHONES:  I think there were about 5 people that raised their hands after I mentioned spirits will sometimes use  telephones or cell phones. They all proceeded to tell me that their late daughter or son called them !  They all said that their child's number came up on their phone when they knew that the phone number had been disconnected. Amazing what spirits can do!

BUTTERFLIES, BIRDS, ETC. - I talked about how butterflies and birds can be signs from loved ones, and several of the people acknowledged they started seeing certain ones after their child passed. One woman said that her grandmother always had goldfinches in her yard. The woman however, said she had never had one goldfinch in her yard until after her grandmother passed away. She immediately knew those goldfinches were sent over by her grandmother's spirit! 
After our talk we spotted this license plate

2 AMAZING CONFIRMATIONS - Before I arrived I received signs from a young man who said he died in a car accident after driving down a neighborhood street at night. I was also given names and car type (although I'm not good with identifying cars). A young woman came through so strongly and it turned out it was two young women - both of whom passed of bleeding on the brain. That's what I told the folks in the workshop, and it matched up with two people in the room, whose daughters passed that way. 

TROY THE HEALER -  Troy provided a lot of healing to a certain group of people in the audience, too. He gave them messages that suicide victims had crossed over, and helped one cross over in the room, who had been attached to her mother! Troy's dad is in the ministry and Troy called his dad the night before the conference and they blessed a "prayer cloth." It is intended to bring peace and healing. He handed them out to the 30 people we had in our 2 workshops.
- I think I can speak for Troy and say that we felt that we gave people comfort, hope and knowledge that their loved ones are still with them from time to time. We also taught them how to look for signs and what the signs were.
    Being at the conference was truly one of the best places that we could ever be to share comfort and provide hope to anyone that lost a loved one. It was also amazing to see how many people wanted to know more about pets in the afterlife, too. (I didn't have enough of those books with me!).
 We really feel as if we made a positive difference in the healing of hearts this weekend, and that's a good feeling! 

Monday, April 28, 2014

A Fun Pet Rescue Mystery: Hounds Abound

I (Rob) love mystery novels, and I love dogs and when the two come together as they do in a series
called "Pet Rescue Mysteries" by Linda O. Johnston, I can't lose. I happened to see the latest novel "Hounds Abound" in Barnes and Noble and bought it because it sounded like a good combination and had Dachshunds on the cover that resembled our Tyler and Franklin.
   The book was a fun read, and it's about a woman named Lauren who manages "HotRescues" a dog and cat rescue. In this book, Lauren tries to find out who murdered the ex-husband of another rescue's manager. It's full of great characters, and a fun read. I recommend it!
   BOOK SUMMARY: Saving animals and solving murders seem to go paw-in-paw for shelter manager and amateur sleuth Lauren Vancouver. But this time, mixed up in a murder that may close a much-needed new shelter. Lauren will have to keep herself and her critters safe from an unleashed killer.
  To buy it on  Hounds-Abound-Pet-Rescue-Mystery

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Science Blog: How do astronomers know the mass of Jupiter?

I (Rob) love science and I don't know that much about planetary sciences, and this is one question and answer that I've wondered about. put together this great, easy-to-understand explanation.
I think you'll find the answer interesting:
How do astronomers know the mass of Jupiter?

Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and boasts of more than twice the mass (heaviness) of all the other solar system planets, dwarf planets, moons and asteroids combined. But how do astronomers even begin to know Jupiter’s mass? If a planet has an observable moon (or moons), astronomers can figure out that planet’s mass. Jupiter has four major moons – Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto – that’ve been watched and studied with great intensity, ever since Galileo first discovered them through an early telescope in the year 1610. Follow the links below to learn more about finding the mass of Jupiter, using its moons.

How can an orbiting moon reveal its planet’s mass? The more massive the planet, the more swiftly its moons revolve around it. Because Jupiter’s moons move in orbit around Jupiter so very swiftly, astronomers know right off the bat that Jupiter is an exceedingly massive world. Jupiter’s moons – Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto – lie more distant from Jupiter than our moon does from Earth. Yet these moons orbit Jupiter in far less time than our moon orbits Earth.  If Earth were as massive as Jupiter, our moon’s orbital period would be some 1.5 days, instead of its present 27.322 days!
     By orbital period, we mean the period of time that it takes the moon to go full circle in front of the constellations of the Zodiac. This time period is known as the sidereal month.

Computing Jupiter’s mass with Jupiter’s moon Callisto. Yes, we can compute Jupiter’s mass, relative to the mass of Earth, with Jupiter’s moon Callisto. All we need to know is Callisto’s mean distance from Jupiter, or semi-major axis, in Lunar Distances (LD), and Callisto’s orbital period relative to the moon’s orbital period (sidereal month).
 Left to right: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto
One Lunar Distance (LD) = 384,400 kilometers (238,855 miles)
Moon’s orbital period = 27.322 days.
Callisto’s mean distance from Jupiter is 1,882,700 kilometers (1,169,856 miles) and its orbital period is 16.689 days. Converting Callisto’s mean distance and orbital period into lunar figures:
a = Callisto’s mean distance = 4.898 lunar
p = Callisto’s orbital period = 0.611 lunar
We plug these numbers into the equation below. Voila! We have Jupiter’s mass in Earth masses.
Mass of Jupiter = a3/p2
Mass of Jupiter = a x a x a/p x p
Mass of Jupiter = 4.898 x 4.898 x 4.898/0.611 x 0.611
Mass of Jupiter = 314.756 Earth-masses


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Video short: Henry Cavill discussing the process of becoming Superman

In preparation for the UK television debut of "Man of Steel", Sky Movies has posted the following exclusive interview with Henry Cavill discussing the process of becoming Superman.If you didn't see "MAN OF STEEL" you should. We're big fans of Henry Cavill from the Tudors, and he bulked up for the role of Superman (and he's hot). This is a great short interview.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Finally! Great Dog Walking Weather

Tom asking Franklin which way he wants to walk...
We've had winter-time temperatures here in the Mid-Atlantic since the beginning of November,
and finally over the weekend of April 19-20 we had consistently near normal temperatures (although we did get more overnight temps near freezing).
Rob stops with Franklin, Tyler and Dolly
   It was a nice long 1 hour walk around a local science park.That's the best place to take our kids because Tyler goes nuts whenever there's another dog coming, and Dolly tries to "defend" him -so despite training for 1 1/2 years, and a special, expensive personal trainer, Tyler remains a terror to other dogs being walked... so, whenever we see another dog, we turn around. Hopefully he'll mellow as he ages. He's only 4 years old now!
Tyler's tag should say "terror"

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Home Project: Installing a new toilet

Dolly tells Rob to cut the straps on the box holding the tank
 Tom loves home projects, and when his mom asked him if he could install a new toilet in her second floor bathroom, Tom was all over it.
I (Rob), however, am not so talented, but I can help lift it up the stairs (it was very heavy), take stuff out of a box, and read directions...
Franklin ensuring that Tom is putting the wax ring on right
  Our kids, Dolly the Weimaraner, and Franklin and Tyler the two Dachshunds, came along to help. Tom's folks were out of the house, however, so we were done before they arrived home.
The new toilet in position!
Tom instructing Franklin how he can help!
  ALWAYS TAKES LONGER - One rule that we have for home projects is that "it always takes longer than it should." That pans out 99 percent of the time, and this was no exception. The water line from the bathroom floor to the toilet was too small, so we had to stop and make a trip to Home Depot to get the proper pipe. Of course, the kids loved the break and the ride.
Tyler and Dolly
   TURN OFF THE WATER - To replace the water line, we had to turn off the water coming into the house, so we had to go into the basement and search for the main valve. Fortunately, it was pretty easy to find, but that's an important thing to remember!
Rob and Tyler finishing up
  FINISHED! It took about 2 hours to remove the old toilet (and put it in the box that held the new one and take it outside) and install the new toilet.

 By the end of the event, we were all feeling a little "Flush" so we stopped at Dunkin' Donuts for refreshment! 
Franklin, Tyler and Dolly give the "OK"

Tyler waiting for Tom at Home Depot

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next