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Old 03-16-2011, 12:40 PM   #7121
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:43 PM   #7122
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Yup and I even have green tips of crocus and daffodils poking up through the thawing ground
I saw a few daffodil leaf tops poking up right next to my house foundation. The crocus and tupil bed out front is still partially snow covered (below), but it won't be much longer.
Look closely...do you see the snow beast trying to devour the raised bed (red bricks) ?

Today is yet another lazy day in East Nowhere. It's cloudy with a slight drizzle falling. Par for the course this time of year.
I'm listening to Soundscapes (digital music channel) and surfing, doing some laundry, contemplating which indoor project I want to jump into. None are striking my fancy at this point.
Mr B is at a meeting for an upcoming county level Legion budget audit. Lucky him!
I keep telling him to be careful what he wishes for......but he's having fun and feeling useful.
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My portfolio has lost its year-to-date gain, and is back down to its value in last December.

How long before someone starts to post the "head banging" emoticon?
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Laundry and dishes and errands.
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Delightful Spring day -- the first one we've had here. Spent the morning filing taxes, then the rest of the afternoon cleaning gutters, pulling weeds, and neatening up flower beds. Fairly nasty jobs normally, but I enjoyed being outdoors so much it seemed like fun.

Took the cat to the vet to look at a growth on his chin that made him growl when it was touched. Turned out to be nothing but a scab on a zit, and otherwise he got a clean bill of health.

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I got two teeth pulled and get to live on ice cream for the next couple of days. Truly, I have arrived.
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Reminds me of when my Mum used to let me stay home from school because I was sick. I used to love those days.
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I went to my doctor's appointment this morning.

Once again he confirmed that I am still alive. Who woulda thunk it?
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I am leaving work early to day to meet the delivery guys. DW and I were wandering around a furniture store last weekend when we came upon "the kitchen table from heaven". Made of solid birch, two tone stain, NINE chairs, all wood, pedestal table. We are replacing a 30+ year old laminate top that is shot. We have been looking for 5 years.

Orginal retail was $4200. Manager's special was $1900. I talked to manager and told her I only needed 6 chairs, so what's it worth for me to take the other 3 off her hands? We dicker a little and I get it for $1600, including some 5-year warranty against scratching and gouging and stuff as a throw-in, plus I got free delivery out of the deal. I will post a pic when it gets set up. I tell you, the US craftsman still make some nice furniture..........

DW gave me the rarely-used puppy dog eyes look, and that was that..........
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Look closely...do you see the snow beast trying to devour the raised bed (red bricks) ?

The snow beast is about gone here. Just have the big banks along the fencerows and they will be gone soon. I am guessing Sunday.
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I am leaving work early to day to meet the delivery guys. DW and I were wandering around a furniture store last weekend when we came upon "the kitchen table from heaven". Made of solid birch, two tone stain, NINE chairs, all wood, pedestal table. We are replacing a 30+ year old laminate top that is shot. We have been looking for 5 years.

Orginal retail was $4200. Manager's special was $1900. I talked to manager and told her I only needed 6 chairs, so what's it worth for me to take the other 3 off her hands? We dicker a little and I get it for $1600, including some 5-year warranty against scratching and gouging and stuff as a throw-in, plus I got free delivery out of the deal. I will post a pic when it gets set up. I tell you, the US craftsman still make some nice furniture..........

DW gave me the rarely-used puppy dog eyes look, and that was that..........
Wonderful day! It isn't super when you delay gratification until the perfect 'thing' comes your way...the table sounds beautiful.
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I remembered why I don't really care for ice cream in anything but really small, infrequent quantities. I feel like a rabbit just nibbling with my front teeth on anything more solid, hopefully everything'll be more normal within the next week or less.

There isn't much new I can learn with 3D modeling in Google's Sketchup, so I started on some video tutorials for Blender. I'm really excited to see what all I can do with that.

Tonight before bed I'm relaxing and watching some Robotech, because 80s cartoons are awesome.
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Went grocery shopping (my least favorite activity), took car in for oil change and some warranty work, had lunch and a game of cards with some friends, went to Far Point electronics for some radio parts and visit with friends, took car home and walked to bar for corned beef and cabbage and a Guinness or three, wandered home and went to bed.
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DW went for a "girl's day" visit with her sister and seven other ladies. The weather was nice so I went for a long motorcycle ride out to Berkeley Springs, WV and Winchester, VA, scraping the floorboards on some of the hairpin turns. I can think of worse ways to spend a day!
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Found a Black & Decker Workmate200 collapsible workbench on Craigslist. I've had the 300 model for quite a while but it's big, heavy, & awkward needed some repairs that would require cutting/drilling/routing a new piece of plywood. Not impossible, just one of those chores that never gets done. Oh, and I'd need to find a router, too.

The seller dropped the price to $55 and threw in a "routermate" attachment. Both of them have been sitting in their boxes since he bought them at least a decade ago... another failed woodworker wannabe.

Of course now I'm that much closer to repairing my old Workmate and selling one of them on Craigslist for $30 or so. I haven't seen one in the stores for years but they're handy for setting up a temporary workbench to clamp a project.

Spouse got home a few minutes after I did. She'd been helping out at an evening open house honoring WWII vets with food & drink. I was ready to show off my acquisition when she happily brought out an entire leftover Costco double-stacked platter of those sliced turkey-sandwich wraps. We could never finish that much food before it spoiled, so we shared half with our neighbor.

Then we sat in the garage, munching on turkey wraps and contemplating our latest of many Craigslist acquisitions, and wondered how in the world we'd ever manage to spend $300K/year...
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Picked DW's car up from the shop today. A few days ago I noticed a ticking sound coming from the engine and it didn't sound right so I took it into the dealership since it's still under warranty for a few more months. Good thing too since they replaced the lifters and cylinder head. Would have been $4k outside of warranty!!!
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When she is mad, she makes Cujo look like a nice dog.........
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We took my faithful 92 Honda Accord for tire rotation and to check an odd sound (frequency change of a continuous humming sound) coming from the right front wheel at speeds greater than 50 mph. My bet was a wheel bearing starting to go, and Mr B bet on the tires just needed rotating.
Guess who was right on target?
BOTH of us. The right front wheel bearing is just starting to show wear at 142K miles. We were quoted $347 to fix only 1 front wheel bearing. I told the guy I didn't have my tax refund yet, so it would have to wait.
Not a fib.

Now anybody knows anything about cars knows that wheel bearings are a matched pair, and if one is going, the other is not far behind it. I called our friend the mechanic, who will get the car in next week to replace BOTH wheel bearings all in one shot. He and I chuckled at the concept of replacing only one and couldn't believe the price quoted for 1 replacement.
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