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Old 05-20-2010, 07:27 PM   #4361
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Old 05-20-2010, 08:26 PM   #4362
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Last night was the last night of my four-week Photoshop Elements class for editing photographs. Pretty cool software.

I went for a bike ride this morning for a couple of hours while DW got herself in gear prepared to go out. Then we went to a restaurant for lunch, then walked around historic Harper's Ferry for a while. DW bought a couple of nice ceramic thingies - a bowl and a ring holder. Came back home and I mowed the grass, and as I write, marinated chicken is cooking on the grille. The weather was perfect.
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made an offer on a house buried in the dirt. may become a cave dweller.

in other news, had a panicked call from a tenant with a mystery buzzing noise from the light in her bathroom. got my immediate attention, VERY strange noise that I couldn't locate for a while, till I finally found it buzzing away on the top metal shelf inside her medicine cabinet. cordless toothbrush. much better than wiring sizzling away....
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Didn't sleep much last night as DH is gone, but got up early. After a while, I got the sleepies and went back to bed. Not long after, I woke up to the sound of thunder.

Watched the rain in my jammies and finally got dressed around 4. Nodded off and on in the recliner with a cat in my lap.

At 9 tonight, I baked a chocolate cake. I'm not gonna touch it...

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Painted ceilings - about 1/3 of my house. Tomorrow I can do the walls. I'm getting quite an arm & shoulder workout with all this plus the added bonus of new decorative spots on me!
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...............finally found it buzzing away on the top metal shelf inside her medicine cabinet. cordless toothbrush. much better than wiring sizzling away....
At least it wasn't a vibrator.
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Ut-oh Gotta start some serious apartment/condo looking. Our landlords sold their house, so we will probably have to vacate our little garage apartment.

Seems like the Austin housing market is alive and well. By the second day on the market they had two offers on the house, one full price ($1,150,000), cash.
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We've had a run of gorgeous weather here, so Miss Freebird is out in the sun and having fun!
Let's call this a fair weather induced sabbatical.
I will be checking in here and there.
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Had a very efficient day of garage sale-ing and errand running. Got two things that I've been after for a while (a physician's scale ($5) and a Dremel tool ($10)).

My iPod's Garage sale application did its job, the Reqall shopping list app worked well, and I got all my tasks completed. I even read a book on the iPod while waiting for lunch.

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Cruised the farmer's market, bought tomato & basil plants, bought coffee, met up with my friend, strolled downtown, shopped the shoe store, ate some gelato, returned to the farmer's market to get some chicken tamales for tonight's dinner, took the dog for a walk, finished a watercolor painting, did some web surfing, quiet evening at home. LOVELY DAY!
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We've had a run of gorgeous weather here, so Miss Freebird is out in the sun and having fun!
Let's call this a fair weather induced sabbatical.
I will be checking in here and there.
Ditto! I've been spending almost all of my time outdoors, enjoying the nice weather, and getting a bunch of gardening and planting done! I've only been getting online long enough to check email, facebook, ebay, and read the local newspapers.....then it's either back outside or off to bed depending on what time it is. Now it's about 11pm, so now it's off-line and off to the pillows!
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Same here - also doing a little "gardening". Making a clearing for the new location of my mulch pile

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Went to my mom's today for lunch. We had bbq pork, potato salad, black eyed peas and green beans. Oh yes, with tea and corn bread. I'm a southern boy you know.

Took the mutt out in the country today for some practice with my new Nikon camera. I'm sure your tired of mutt pictures, but it's the best subject I have right now. Maybe some wild life pics in the future. Damn it was hot out there.



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church- caught up on three days of newpapers while sitting by pool, Rays-Astros game on TV, golf on TIVO tonight.
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Had a quiet morning disturbed by the piercing sound of an alarm going off somewhere in the house. Sounded like a smoke alarm only somewhat muted. Finally traced it to a water alarm I had placed in the water heater drip pan. Yep, it is leaking, time for another replacement - this one, like the first, lasted only six years (I think I see a pattern developing...). Our well water is very tough on pipes and fixtures, and murder on water heaters.

We went to lunch and then swung by HD to pick up a replacement. I'm draining the old one but there is obviously so much gunk in it the water will only trickle out very slowly. It will have to drain overnight before I can remove it.

We'll probably have to fire up the motor home for a shower in the morning. Nice to have an alternative.

EDIT: As I was posting the above the old wh started draining much faster. It is now two hours later and the old wh is out and the new one installed and heating water. DW is a happy(ier) camper.
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I spent the week-end at my aunt's on the other side of Pittsburgh. I knew I had to get out to her place before Memorial Day to prune and plant at the cemetery otherwise I would have had a major guilt trip at the thought of my 99 pound 93 year old aunt taking on this duty. And she would have, too, as I could tell she was chomping at the bit to have everything done. I went to church with her this morning...nice long two hour service for Pentecost, then out to lunch. I never drink at lunch but felt the occasion called for a martini.
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Frank and I had lunch and spent the afternoon together, blissfullly talking about everything under the sun as people do. When he dropped me off at my house at 6 PM, I thought that by this time of day it must be cool enough for me to head for the grocery store. Wrong!! I wondered why nobody was there, when it isn't even a weekday. I think it was too hot for most people. Supposedly it was only 90 outside at 6 PM but the humidity is high and it is hot, hot, hot. No, a little hotter than that. I was glad that I didn't have to carry my groceries up any stairs. I am so lucky because it is relatively easy to unload the Venza since the height of the cargo bin is just right for me (plus I can open and close the rear door/opening remotely, from inside my air conditioned home, minimizing the trips outside into the inferno). By now my groceries are put away and I am relaxing with a cup of nice cold ice cream in the air conditioning.

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New Orleans today: High of 90F, Dew point of 72F.

Phoenix today: High of 83F, Dew point of 21F.

Been outside working most of today, building some trellis or more appropriately called pergola to shade the side of the house.
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Went to my mom's today for lunch. We had bbq pork, potato salad, black eyed peas and green beans. Oh yes, with tea and corn bread. I'm a southern boy you know.

Took the mutt out in the country today for some practice with my new Nikon camera. I'm sure your tired of mutt pictures, but it's the best subject I have right now. Maybe some wild life pics in the future. Damn it was hot out there.
I never tire of seeing your canine buddy. Great pics!
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Ditto! I've been spending almost all of my time outdoors, enjoying the nice weather, and getting a bunch of gardening and planting done! I've only been getting online long enough to check email, facebook, ebay, and read the local newspapers.....then it's either back outside or off to bed depending on what time it is. Now it's about 11pm, so now it's off-line and off to the pillows!
I have a long good weather list...boat transport for dewinterizing, garden cleanup (running a little late there ), boat pickup, shipshaping and outfitting for launch in late May, lawn mowing, cleaning windows, taking down winter plexiglas panels on screened porch, etc etc.
How on earth did I do all this when I was w*rking?
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