Monday, April 21, 2014


Our bags are packed (again)
We’re ready to go (again)
Standing there beside the door (again)
It’s been a long day, but we’ve really accomplished a lot. Swimming and coffee, of course. I had a just-before-we-leave mani/pedi this morning, and went straight from there to bridge (no lunch for me today). I had terrible cards, with one or two opening hands. Most of them had 3-6 points, and if my partner bid, I’d have a singleton - really awful.

We came straight home to meet with various workmen. The H/VAC guy came by to talk to John about getting our new system, what to buy and when to install it. They came to an agreement, and that’ll be done between the time we get home and when I have surgery. The concrete guy came by, too, to pick up a check for the wrought iron railing. All the fabricator’s work is custom-made, so has to be paid for in advance. He’ll be ready to put the sidewalk in as soon as we get home.

We’re leaving on the 5 a.m. shuttle to Atlanta, heading for LAX. We fly to Kaui on Thursday. I’ll have my iPad, and there is wifi in the apartments, so will still be in touch - just not so much. Stay safe.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Today is really Sunday.

Today is really Sunday, but the only way to tell around here was the big paper with colored comics, and laundry was done.

Tina called and asked if we'd like to have bagels and lox for lunch.  Definitely something different.  And it was incredibly good!  Einstein Brothers Bagels is something relatively new in town.  We might have to do something like that again sometime.  Thanks, Tina!

Tomorrow will be in full get-ready-to-travel mode.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

It felt like Sunday all day today.

We were at home all day today. This morning, we continued visiting with Jean. She scavenged some day lilies, columbine, ivy, etc., for her yard. And then she (and Leroy) headed back to Nashville about noon. It surely was nice having her here for a couple of days.

The concrete guy came by again to talk more, and to formally start processing our order. He’s coming back tomorrow to take working measurements, and then will talk to the handrail fabricator on Monday. We’ll get everything lined up, and then he’ll be ready to go as soon as we get home.

Happy Passover and Happy Easter to all.

Friday, April 18, 2014

We got a lot done today.

We got a lot done today.

John rowed, took boxes and glass to the Recycle Center, and took a box of books to McKay’s Used Books.

I went to the Y, and we all made it to coffee with the group. Jean and I picked up the quilt I had made from Allan’s rowing t-shirts, picked up the t-shirts I had made into jackets with ribbon trim, tried to early-vote (the office was closed because of Good Friday), went by the knit shop to look for needlepoint stuff for Jean, and went to Michael’s for some embroidery floss for her needlepoint.

And that was all by 1 p.m.

We capped off the day by meeting Tina, Carol and Stephen for dinner at Old Saigon, and some wine and talking back here afterwards.

We’ve all earned our sleep tonight.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Good day

Jean plus music at
Hunter Museum, eating
Mexican! Yum! Yum!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


We got the name of a contractor who does concrete stuff from a friend. We want to have the cracked sidewalk from the driveway to the front porch replaced, and to have it slope to the level of the porch, so there is no step.

The concrete guy came by this evening and we got an idea of what he can/will do, with some good input from him. We’re going to have him put in a handrail. We have to decide whether we want decorative/functional or just functional. The decorative railing will be about 3X cost of a pipe handicapped one, but would probably be worth it in the long run, since it’s on the front of the house.

We’ve looked at examples at the web site of the wrought iron fabricator and have picked out one we like. In either case, it’ll be set into the concrete, and about an additional foot into the ground below the concrete.

He has given us an estimate, and we’ll talk again about details and timing. We’ll aim for right after we get back from Hawaii.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


The redbud has bloomed.  The flowering crab is in bloom.  The pollen count is in the stratosphere.  The dogwoods are glorious!  Today John saw our spring visitors - the rose-breasted grosbeaks.

And yet the high today was in the mid-40s.  The low tonight is supposed to be 30 degrees or lower.