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Old 05-20-2011, 07:57 PM   #7661
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I paid $680 for 7 trees to be felled and cut into 3' sections. The crew looked me up and down and decided to cut the trunks into 12" logs instead.

I'm dealing with the brush and keeping the wood. Fortunately, our neighbor's dad owns a 9" wood chipper and he'll be over next week. Wood chips will be going on the walkways between our raised bed gardens.
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Went to dentist & had new crown put in (last step of ~$2K & 2 months).
Hit grocery store.
Went to ACE & bought herbs & flowers.
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Dropped my neighbor off at her clinical trial appointment (she has MS) at 9:00 this morning for 6 hours of testing. It was only 15 miles (25 mins) from the apt but it would have been two buses and 2 hours each way.

Escorted my 90-year old neighbor to her dr's appointment and she treated me to lunch at the local French restaurant.

Took my mom shopping at Kohl's so she could spend her Kohl's Cash and stimulate the economy. At least she didn't buy anything requiring assembly. Saw a basket of dirty laundry in her apartment so took it and popped it in the washer in the apt laundry room.

Picked up my neighbor from her clinical trial appointment and brought her home so she wouldn't miss her ride to a baseball game this evening. DH finished up the laundry and delivered it back to mom but he was rewarded with hot brownies this evening.
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DH and our older son went to a Neil Inness concert in Cleveland. If you don't recognize the name he is a British musician from The Bonzo Doo-Dah Dog Band, The Rutles and other things - Neil Innes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia DH got his old Bonzo's double album LP signed.

I stayed at home and watched many episodes of House Hunters International on HGTV with our other son. We played the House Hunters drinking game where you take a drink every time they mention "stainless steel appliances" or "granite counter tops".
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After 3 days of not washing my hair (had cataract surgery and can't wet eye for a week), I finally went to the hair salon to have it washed clean. Feels wonderful. Then went for some shopping, came home to prepare dinner, watched a movie on TV and surfed the net. Usually I will be golfing on a Saturday but doctor said no golf or vigorous exercise for a month.
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I stayed at home and watched many episodes of House Hunters International on HGTV with our other son. We played the House Hunters drinking game where you take a drink every time they mention "stainless steel appliances" or "granite counter tops".
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Phase II of simplifying our yard chores...

I have a 1990s vintage weed whacker that is very heavy and is difficult to start. The vibration from the engine and the weight of it just kills my hands and upper body.
I researched and purchased a cordless weed whacker.
Amazon.com: Black & Decker NST2118 12-Inch 18-Volt Ni-Cd Cordless Electric GrassHog String Trimmer/Edger: Home & Garden

Mr B and I will have no trouble using this lightweight, automatic starting (by trigger) machine. No extension cords to drag around. No more mixing and storing excess fuel.
It is dual purpose as a trimmer and edger. I need to edge the driveway in preparation of getting it resealed on contract. It is way overdue for that.
I will get Mr B busy selling the older weedwhacker to one of his coffee buddies at the Legion. So much easier than advertising it on craigslist.
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DH and our older son went to a Neil Inness concert in Cleveland. If you don't recognize the name he is a British musician from The Bonzo Doo-Dah Dog Band, The Rutles and other things - Neil Innes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia DH got his old Bonzo's double album LP signed.
I'm rather envious of your DH and older son Sue. I think everyone could use a little of the Bonzo's in their life:

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I stayed at home and watched many episodes of House Hunters International on HGTV with our other son. We played the House Hunters drinking game where you take a drink every time they mention "stainless steel appliances" or "granite counter tops".
Now that's a dangerous game......hope you weren't too fuzzy-headed today
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Got Tdap vaccine at grocery pharmacy.
Put out clothesline for first time this year.
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Turned this:



Into this:



And now the front looks like this:



That pile stacked in the front is 7' tall at the high point and about 45' long. Neighbor's dad is coming over with his 9" chipper tomorrow afternoon so I need to get the rest up in the morning... there's still about two tree's worth of brush in the back (around on the right side of the yard... can't see it.

Total cost for the chipper and him running it.... a couple beers and some tomatoes from the garden. We're making dinner for everyone as well though. Will be awesome having a work crew (neighbors will be helping)
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After a week of rain every single day we finally got the grass cut. DW noticed a robin's nest under the deck with young'uns in it. As I write there is a camera on a tripod taking photos every 30 seconds.

I'll post a few if anything interesting comes of it.
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Some early photos:
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Wow, great pictures, Walt!
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Phase II of simplifying our yard chores...

I researched and purchased a cordless weed whacker.
Amazon.com: Black & Decker NST2118 12-Inch 18-Volt Ni-Cd Cordless Electric GrassHog String Trimmer/Edger: Home & Garden

Mr B and I will have no trouble using this lightweight, automatic starting (by trigger) machine. No extension cords to drag around. No more mixing and storing excess fuel.
DW got one of those a few years ago to use.

I' m philosophically opposed to manicuring lawns and such. She has never actually used the whacker, at times I found it useful for reducing some really unruly weeds. My gardening mostly consists of running the the mower and digging holes for plants in her designated spots. DW is more on the perfectionist side, and is a very good gardener. The system works well.

That whacker is very good, Changing reels is a less than a 2 minute affair, has good battery life, and a well designed charger.

Have at it.
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As mentioned here, I played at my next-door neighbor's 50th anniversary celebration, together with my other next-door neighbor and his wife.



It was at a great location right next to the Trinity river, and the weather was perfect.



It was a complete surprise to the couple, and a lot of fun.

For a complete slide show, click here.
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My DW and I went out for dinner last night to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.

Z's Fusion

Wonderful meal in a very nice atmosphere.
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Yesterday, I made a seafood chowder in the Crockpot for my SO and I, to celebrate the fact that she found a job. Shrimp, catfish, bacon, diced potatoes, tomato paste, canned diced tomatoes, ground pepper and cajun seasoning all went into the slow cooker with a little water and left for around 7 hours. Served with a garnish of chopped cilantro. I would have taken a picture but we were too eager to sit down and eat.

We ate it while watching "Law And Order UK" which is basically the same as the US version, but with a slightly different legal system, and funny accents.
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As mentioned here, I played at my next-door neighbor's 50th anniversary celebration, together with my other next-door neighbor and his wife.



It was at a great location right next to the Trinity river, and the weather was perfect.



It was a complete surprise to the couple, and a lot of fun.

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Looks like a very enjoyable afternoon was had by all - and the setting is beautiful.
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Preached the sermon at church today. (Technically, it was "delivering the message", since I'm not one of the ministers.) Expounding on St. Augustine's quote "He who sings once, prays twice", I spoke about the use of music in our church. It went well, I think. At least, people were kind enough to say they liked it. And I had fun doing it.


Last night, I helped chaperone the Junior Prom at the high school where the young wife teaches. A very interesting experience, although I did feel somewhat like an anthropologist observing one of the "uncontacted tribes".
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