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.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Rainy Monday

Rain, cool. No eclipse
Here. Supper, leftovers made
New. Cards were so-so.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy Birthday, Pink!

We had a yard man come by to do the yard yesterday, and it looks great! It hasn’t looked this good in ages. He’s going to just come by and mow when it looks like it needs it, and then we’ll pay him. That’ll make things much easier.

Duplicate was okay last night. There were three tables. I don’t know how we did overall. My bidding was pretty bad, even though we’d talked about it before we went. The hands I played, I played very well (if I do say so myself). We were probably in the middle somewhere.
13 April is always a special day. This is Pink’s birthday. 

Lydia Russell Wheeler (4-13-1908 - 8-20-1983)

Sunday Stealing

: Bonus Questions

What’s your favorite frozen treat on a stick?
        Currently, a chocolate-covered sprinkled with butter brickle ice cream from Weight-Watchers.
What’s your favorite lollipop?
       I haven’t had one in years, but I used to like the red ones.
When you passed notes during class in high school, who was mostly often the recipient?
       Probably Anne.
Who among your high school friends was the first to get his or her own car?
       Molly, who let me ride to school with her.
Who’s the black sheep in your family?
       I don’t think we had one - at least that I know of.
Who’s the family historian?
       I’m about the only one left, and unfortunately, I don’t know much of it.
What was the last thing you sprayed from a spray bottle?
      Probably water, at my painting class.
What was the last thing you sprayed from an aerosol can?
Canola oil on the skillet for our Friday breakfast.
When did you last make reservations for something?
       A few months ago for our trip to LA.
What’s your next upcoming appointment?
       An overdue massage, on Tuesday
What store’s departure from your preferred shopping mall most saddened you?
What’s good to eat at your preferred shopping mall?
What services (as opposed to goods) do you pay for at your preferred shopping mall?
What’s a store you’ve never been inside at your preferred shopping mall?
What kind of store would you most welcome in your preferred shopping mall?
           I haven’t been in a shopping mall in at least five years, so I have no way to answer the above questions.
What did you most recently purchase at an office supply store?
       I got something at Staples, but can’t remember what it was.
What did you most recently purchase at a book store?
      An e-book from Amazon
What did you most recently purchase at a drugstore?
      A prescription.
What did you most recently purchase at a convenience store?
       I don’t go to convenience stores.
What did you most recently purchase at a thrift shop?
      Mostly I take things to thrift shops, don’t buy stuff.