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Old 07-16-2011, 10:37 AM   #8101
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Went to the local park, camera in hand, with the sole objective of capturing the flow of water in a creek with a sufficiently long exposure (which turns out to be 5 seconds) to get that "silky" appearance to it.
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:58 PM   #8102
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I have had a very busy and exciting week at my new j*b. Lots of travel, patient care, engaging people, learning.....always "on" but very enjoyable. Today it was time to take a breather. I spent time organizing my billing system and my application for reimbursement of moving expenses, and tidying up a few w*rk related items. I know I shouldn't do that on weekends...but there is a thunderstorm going on and I will save the outside pursuits for tomorrow! Might as well do the laundry before making dinner.......
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Dawn patrol and evening bougainvillea pruning. The former was great. The latter... not so much.

Our papaya crop is coming in, and the excessive rain has really put it in overdrive. 30+ of them, most of them the size of two softballs together, and they'll probably all ripen at 10:16 AM next Thursday.
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It is blackberry season! Yesterday, DH picked 11 cups of fat, juicy blackberries, and we separated them into baggies - 5 cups per bag. Into the freezer they went. Later, we will have a canning party I am greedy. I want to can 50+ jars of jam this year - I'm a canning fool!

This season has been unseasonably cool and rainy. Here in No. Calif., it rained off and on 'til June. We have no peaches, but the berries, apples, pears, and olives have been especially bountiful. The tomatoes aren't even red yet.

It is weird for me. The rest of the country is sweltering, and we have been in the 70's for the past few days. But, next week we'll climb into the 80's. Normally, we are at least into the 90's or even 100's. It's as if we've traded weather.
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We just got back from the NYS American Legion convention in Binghamton NY. We were treated to a fabulous parade of all NY Districts, complete with color guard, several HS bands, and a traditional fife and drum group. It was very interesting to watch the reactions of young adults who happened to be walking along the route by coincidence. Some actually stopped and watched, a few clapped, others "marched" in step with the bands, others completely ignored the parade.
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Finally finished repurposing my grandmother's cedar chest. I originally made it for her as a high school wood shop project in 1970. She had it for 24 years until she passed away in 1994. It has since been stored in my basement. I decided to refinish it, so I manned it up a little with alder and wrought iron trim, and now it's my toy trunk.

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Old 07-17-2011, 01:56 PM   #8108
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Your cedar chest is very beautiful. The wrought iron trim finishes it perfectly. It gives me ideas to finish an old writing desk of my grandfather's.
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I really like the chest; what's inside, please?
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I really like the chest; what's inside, please?
Nothing yet. I mounted some slats on the sides on the inside so I can add a tray. I'm thinking of adding to my old highway map collection, and storing them in the chest.
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Your cedar chest is very beautiful. The wrought iron trim finishes it perfectly. It gives me ideas to finish an old writing desk of my grandfather's.
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I got the hinges from House of Antiques.com (through Amazon) and the rest of the iron from
Van Dykes Restorers. Maybe these places will have what you need to finish your grandfather's writing desk.
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Today I ran A/C for 9 hours.
Sorted through papers & started to get financial stuff arranged.
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High-stress home improvement.

We're planning a familyroom renovation that will extend through a common wall to the diningroom-- the wall where our 55-gallon aquarium sits atop a stand made from half-inch MDF. So we had to move the aquarium.

It went a lot better than I expected. Spouse drained all but a couple inches of water. (We have small fish.) That gave us enough leverage to slip furniture glides under the base and move the whole stand & aquarium 15 feet across the tile to a different wall. Much to my relief, nothing cracked or dropped or splashed. We pulled out the glides, cleaned the heck out of the tank (it's been a few months since our last water change), and refilled it. Much to my disgust, when I restarted the air pump I promptly flooded it out. Luckily we had a spare.

The wall where the aquarium sat for the last decade... well, it's a good thing it's being replaced. I'm still not sure what caused the scorch marks.

We're moving furniture out of the familyroom every week, and it should be empty in a couple weeks. The draftsman is finishing the plans for the new familyroom ceiling/roof, and hopefully the construction starts next month.
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We were up late last night visiting friends. The wife's brother passed a few days ago. She needed some company very badly. I gave her lots of hugs and did a lot of listening, the only things that really help in these situations. I encouraged her to tell me a few family stories, and that actually got a few laughs out of her.
I got to bed around 1 AM. I was awakened in the wee hours by a thunderclap that shook the windows and a huge downpour. I rolled over and fell back asleep, off and on. I finally motivated out of bed at 11 AM.
Mr B is very closely watching what is going on with my HK stock. There was a recent merger deal, and I may be receiving a check in the near term. My average cost basis is $21.45.
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This morning I filed the rest of what needed to be filed. The longer I have my new desk and file cabinet, the more organized things get. It's SO nice to know that I can put my fingertips on anything I might need nearly immediately, rather than having to shuffle through piles of miscellany.

Last night F.'s power went out, but mine didn't. So, we talked on the phone for a while until it came back on. Online I found a house on his street that just came on the market and is very affordable, so if I wanted I could buy it, move within walking distance of his house

and sell my present house at my leisure. The only problem is that apparently it is in very bad condition. That part of his street flooded badly due to Katrina so I'm not sure I want to deal with the problems that may have caused. Actually, I'm sure I don't want to deal with it. I'll wait. Maybe something else will become available. Something at least as close and in better condition, that is. If not, I'm pretty happy with my present house.

What else? Not much. Just enjoying retirement and life in general. Today we will go to the gym, as we always do on MWF, and then have lunch and spend the afternoon and early evening together as we do every day.
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This morning I filed the rest of what needed to be filed. The longer I have my new desk and file cabinet, the more organized things get. It's SO nice to know that I can put my fingertips on anything I might need nearly immediately, rather than having to shuffle through piles of miscellany.

Last night F.'s power went out, but mine didn't. So, we talked on the phone for a while until it came back on. Online I found a house on his street that just came on the market and is very affordable, so if I wanted I could buy it, move within walking distance of his house

and sell my present house at my leisure. The only problem is that apparently it is in very bad condition. That part of his street flooded badly due to Katrina so I'm not sure I want to deal with the problems that may have caused. Actually, I'm sure I don't want to deal with it. I'll wait. Maybe something else will become available. Something at least as close and in better condition, that is. If not, I'm pretty happy with my present house.

What else? Not much. Just enjoying retirement and life in general. Today we will go to the gym, as we always do on MWF, and then have lunch and spend the afternoon and early evening together as we do every day.
Are you saying that every day, like 7 days/week, you guys have lunch and stay together until early evening?

Pretty impressive togetherness.

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I was able to brush my teeth today! I still can't get near the boo boo area for another week, but my mouth feels clean.

(all this excitement might cause me to take another pain pill)
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Are you saying that every day, like 7 days/week, you guys have lunch and stay together until early evening?

Pretty impressive togetherness.

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Every day so far that I recall, except when doing the colonoscopy prep. And on those days, he called and we talked on the phone. Oh, and a couple of times when he didn't get a good night's sleep, he brought me home around 4 PM so that he could go nap. But basically, yes.

We never intended to get into a rut/routine after retirement, but somehow it has happened and we like it. We spend more time together than some married folks, but we also try not to smother one another. Part of our original agreement was that we would only be together when both of us wanted that.

When I post here in the afternoon and early evening, it is from his house. He has about 4 or 5 older computers set up and on a wireless network there, just for fun, so we often get online and read to one another from whatever we are accessing on the internet (and I sneak a post in now and then while we are doing that).
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This sounds like a nice, loving way to live. Congrats to you both,

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This sounds like a nice, loving way to live. Congrats to you both,

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Thanks!

We are enjoying our 12th year of unwedded bliss. We have so much in common, and have been through so much together, that we are unusually close by now. It's hard not to be happy with our arrangement, and it works for us.
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