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Old 07-06-2012, 11:52 AM   #10661
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Forecast calls for over 100 degrees today. So I do what any irrational person would do on a day like today and go for a bicycle ride (only about 5 miles though). Yep, it feels like about 100 degrees ;-/
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:38 PM   #10662
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Closed on the sale of one of our rental houses today. Will have a nice chunk of change to invest in the market on Monday.

It sold in less that 30 days which was a big and happy surprise.
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:49 PM   #10663
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With more time on my hands now I've been working on our automobiles now and then. I replaced the transmission in our Jeep CJ-7 (a month ago... not today). Today I finished replacing the water pump on our tow vehicle (we have a travel trailer). In both cases, we saved hundreds of $ so we have more money for traveling. Plus, I enjoy doing the work myself - gives me something to do around the house.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:26 PM   #10664
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I'm off to make some sangria. DW invited some friends for dinner (we're grilling lamb, and it's >100 today) and we need something to cool the crowd. It's been 10 years since I last made any, as DD took over that chore when she reached proximity to legal drinking age.
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Spent the day at work contacting insurance, contractors, and service agencies for repair and help with damages from a bad storm last night. helped organize and set up a cooling center and getting the word out to people without electricity. Very busy day.
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Went for a run, went to the chiro, got the oil changed in my truck, bought two new router bits, installed a mulch kit and blades on the new mower, trimmed some brush and cut the grass, then went for a swim and boat ride. Now ready for a nap
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:23 PM   #10668
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How hot was it today, hot enough to stop by the roadhouse, on the way back from an all day shopping, and dining at the Bisbee Breakfast Club, for a cool cerveza.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:32 PM   #10669
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Emptied out our Goodwill closet. Half of it is filled with 1980s electronics that can finally be donated to an e-waste pickup next weekend. The other half is filled with the usual excess.

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(we're grilling lamb, and it's >100 today)
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:10 AM   #10670
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Replaced the two back porch screens only damaged in last week's storm, and built two more that were destroyed. Had to quit at 1:00 PM on DW's instructions when she said I was looking too overheated. One more to go later this morning and then that's all fixed.

Ordered a Nikon 85mm macro (close-up) lens for the camera so I'm looking forward to playing around with that.
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Got up at 5:00 AM before sunrise. Deadheaded my flower garden, set the water and turned it on, did the laundry, dusted, vacuumed, and went for a walk. It's going to be 99 today, and over 100 degrees by Wednesday - I guess it's our turn. I'm glad it is cooling off in the Midwest, East, & SE.
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Got up @ oh dark thirty to go kayaking before the scheduled 100F for SW PA arrives. Off the lake by 0900, now enjoying the great invention of AirConditioning. Outdoor thermometer reads 98 F.
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:19 PM   #10673
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Slept in late today...like most days.

Much of my time has been spent on my patio gazing at my back yard and watching the clouds float by. I have some plants in pots that are growing nicely. It won't be long before I'll have beautiful flowers from those plants. Someone very close to me gave me the seeds. It touches my heart each day to think just how fortunate I am to know someone so dear and dedicated to my happiness.

Life is good.
I finally stopped being so rootin' tootin' busy and logged on here.

Hi again everybody!!!

This lovely post reminds me of my gardening friends, who along with me are constantly giving each other samples of our ground covers, bulbs, seeds, and overflow of the different fresh veggies we all grow. When I look around my yard, the plants and trees remind me of the person who gave it to me or why it was planted.
This is a very special story...
Once upon a time, a flowering light pink crabapple in the front yard was blown over by a microburst (late 1990s or thereabouts), so my late husband and I went to a local big box store to find a replacement. We couldn't decide on one tree, so we ended up buying 2 fledgling saplings.
His tree is a creamy white flowering pear, and my tree is a brilliant reddish pink crabapple. We planted them right behind my back deck, so we could see them when in the kitchen. The berries they produce attract a lot of birds.
We used to welcome spring with "our trees", both blooming simultaneously. It was kinda romantic.

These days, I keep both very nicely topped so they don't get too tall, i.e. they are trimmed to spread horizontally. And year after year, they bloom together.
It was meant to be.
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Donated blood, bought some bird food, and then stayed inside; with A/C only managing 20F less than outdoor (104).
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Decided to put in a new garbage disposal. PVC pipe didn't fit new one. Two trips to Lowes later, happily grinding food.
One of the great benefits of early retirement to me is being able to "do it yourself" because of all the spare time.to actually get things done.
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Went to see the film "Moonrise Kingdom" yesterday. Very enjoyable.
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Finished and installed the last of the screens by 9:00 AM.

Stayed inside out of the heat at least until the electricity went off at 5:50 PM. It got uncomfortably hot inside within two hours (outside was 100 F) so we went out to dinner and power was back on by the time we got back.

Given the heat, the recent storm damage, and the resulting strain on the grid I kind of expected outages of a few hours as every weak spot failed.
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Went to see the film "Moonrise Kingdom" yesterday. Very enjoyable.
That's on my list of movies to see.
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We got back late last night from a one week trip to Parker, CO to see DH's family. Our flight out of Denver was delayed over an hour due to weather so we didn't get home until 2am and then didn't get to bed until about 3:30am. So today I'm taking it easy and getting caught up on all the internet I missed. And I need a serious trip to the grocery store.

We had a cat sitter come daily for food, water, scooping and play time. But our cat was up all night yowling. Either she is very glad we are home or she's majorly pissed off at us. Hard to tell. She keeps wanting to go outside on the deck since she's had no outside access for a week.

Our trip to Denver was just great. My MIL is 83 and doing well in her own home with DH's youngest sister (45) living 10 minutes away. Another sister (50) lives on a ranch in Elizabeth, CO with teenagers, horses, dogs, cats, motorbikes, etc. We had a great BBQ out at her house and took family pictures. It's rare that the whole family is together since a brother (55) and another sister (52) live in NJ and we are in OH.

We took a drive to the mountains west of Boulder to see a cousin of mine. I haven't seen her since our last trip to CO in 2004. The drive is spectacular and the view from her house is outstanding.

The best part of the trip was Friday night dinner. It was just take-out pizza but it was all of us around the table at Mom's, passing around random pictures, telling old stories and just laughing, talking and laughing some more. I married into a marvelous family.

Nice to be home.
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We got back late last night from a one week trip to Parker, CO to see DH's family.
My family moved there after I left for college (1978) and lived there for a decade. They worked with a developer to design & build their "dream house" from scratch on Ponderosa Parkway in the Pinery.

I was amazed that the local govt could get away wish scraping a bulldozer blade over a dirt path a couple times a year and use that justification to declare it a two-lane "road".
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