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Old 08-07-2012, 10:45 AM   #10841
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DW and I went to hear Carillon Bells last night at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Old 08-07-2012, 01:05 PM   #10842
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We had an early lunch today and called it a day, since neither of us got much sleep last night. It is as dark as night out right now, gusty winds are ramping up, and it is just beginning to rain. Thunderstorms are poised to envelop us, but I am safe and cozy at home waiting for them.

The older I get, the less I mind stormy days. I would hate to think that I had experienced my last stormy day. I love the electricity in the air, the anticipatory feeling, the energy of the winds, and the cleansing rain.
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We had an early lunch today and called it a day, since neither of us got much sleep last night. It is as dark as night out right now, gusty winds are ramping up, and it is just beginning to rain. Thunderstorms are poised to envelop us, but I am safe and cozy at home waiting for them.

The older I get, the less I mind stormy days. I would hate to think that I had experienced my last stormy day. I love the electricity in the air, the anticipatory feeling, the energy of the winds, and the cleansing rain.
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I absolutely love a good big thunderstorm.
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Our daughter's back at college so we spent most of the day catching up on e-mail, blogging, and other bloggers. We also put the college laundry storage center guest bedroom back together and packed up a box of things to mail to her.

I also tried to replace two 23-year-old Price-Pfister shower handles with a generic equivalent. It worked, but they're crappy and I should probably start shopping for the real (expensive) replacement Price-Pfister handles.

Last night spouse saw a rat climbing our papaya tree to munch on our (still unripe) crop. I'll have to bait a cage trap tonight (peanut butter, not papaya) and practice a little catch & release. Between the rodents and the mejiros it's a wonder that we humans get a taste...

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As long as it's not inspired by a CAT5 hurricane, I'm good with a storm too!
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As long as it's not inspired by a CAT5 hurricane, I'm good with a storm too!
Oh, most definitely! Floods kind of ruin the moment, too... But just a nice, noisy thunderstorm is a lot of fun.

It kind of fizzled. Oh well. With my luck, probably it will occur tonight, just as I start to drift off to sleep.

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Yesterday would have been the day i would have reported back to work, so Sunday evening i was downright giddy with joy.

DH and i have been sleeping until 8AM every morning, which amazes me. I have gotten up between 5:30 and 6:00 AM for 30 years, even in the summers. My mind has somehow re-clocked itself.

We grocery shopped after coffee/breakfast (5% discount on Tuesdays for 55+ at Kroger) After putting groceries away, i picked up an ex-coworker whose DH was killed in an accident right after school let out in May. Her school was buzzing with administrators and teachers getting ready. The scene was most familiar, but i was not missing being part of it! We had lunch/visited and that was very nice.

Then, headed to the gym, did a little yard work (It is FINALLY in the 90's here instead of the 100's, though there is still a serious drought).

Puttered around the house, pretending to clean and straighten. At 5PM i attended a committee meeting for a downtown American Cancer Society fundraiser that takes place later this month. DH and i then met friends for beer and pizza (salad for me).

Retirement is great. Absolutely great.
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The older I get, the less I mind stormy days. I would hate to think that I had experienced my last stormy day. I love the electricity in the air, the anticipatory feeling, the energy of the winds, and the cleansing rain.
DW had one of the better ideas when we had the house in WV built, and that was the screened-in porch on the back. It's a great place to watch heavy rain and thunderstorms staying dry at the same time. Unless the winds are high of course.
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Yesterday I went to a shopping center (ugh). My grandson will soon be 1, and that is man enough for him to get his first Tonka truck. Looks like this will take some more effort, as Toys R US didn't have any. That is, none. Not even a section. They did have lots of people working there that were entirely unhelpful. The word clueless came to mind more than once.

Not a problem. There's no rush so I'll check out other retail outlets, such as Walmart and Target, and I know Amazon has lots so that will be my fallback. Local purchases are always my first option so I'll reconnoiter the area. This is important, I can't imagine early childhood or manly development without Tonka.
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Due to the ages of my children, I have not been inside a Toy-R-Us store in many years. If they no longer have Tonka trucks, I am willing to bet that they make up for it with rows and rows of electronic handheld games, video games, perhaps even false phones so that the youngsters can practice texting long before they get their real phones.

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Please get out of the new one
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For the times they are a-changin'.
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Toys are junk now n days. Boy I got a lot of little ones I like to spoil. All plastic crap.

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Due to the ages of my children, I have not been inside a Toy-R-Us store in many years. If they no longer have Tonka trucks, I am willing to bet that they make up for it with rows and rows of electronic handheld games, video games, perhaps even false phones so that the youngsters can practice texting long before they get their real phones.

Bod Dylan sings in "The Times They Are A Changin'":
All that and name brand crap stuff in little pieces made of plastic in China.

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That's what I was thinking, but I found the Tonka this afternoon and bought it.



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That is a GREAT Tonka truck!! I bought the exact same one for Christina when she was little, around 1980. I bought her toys for both sexes, thinking that was a very modern way to parent, but she pretty much only played with the dolls. She used the Tonka Truck to cart around her Barbie dolls. But anyway, it was incredibly durable and a really well made toy IMO made mostly of metal, not plastic.
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Hit probably over 100 golf balls and think I have my slice perfected. DW and I still doing our daily three mile walks every day in 85°F degree/85% humidity conditions.
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Our youngest daughter had never been to Chinatown or North Beach in San Francisco. I don't know how THAT happened. So, while she's on break between semesters and had the day free, we went for a little walk, hitting every goofy tourist trap on Grant Street, City Lights Books, then a late lunch, coal fired pizza at Tony's. We finished up with a walk over the Filbert St steps. Only one parrot today...
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Our youngest daughter had never been to Chinatown or North Beach in San Francisco. I don't know how THAT happened. So, while she's on break between semesters and had the day free, we went for a little walk, hitting every goofy tourist trap on Grant Street, City Lights Books, then a late lunch, coal fired pizza at Tony's. We finished up with a walk over the Filbert St steps. Only one parrot today...
My favorite tea shop is on Grant, right in the heart of Chinatown. One of the few non-goofy tourist traps along that stretch.



I had to accompany DW to a company function today. Ugh.
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That is a GREAT Tonka truck!! I bought the exact same one for Christina when she was little, around 1980. I bought her toys for both sexes, thinking that was a very modern way to parent, but she pretty much only played with the dolls. She used the Tonka Truck to cart around her Barbie dolls. But anyway, it was incredibly durable and a really well made toy IMO made mostly of metal, not plastic.
This one is half plastic and half metal, and the design is a bit different than the one my son used. He used to push around his sisters.
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Yesterday I went to a shopping center (ugh). My grandson will soon be 1, and that is man enough for him to get his first Tonka truck.
Glad to hear you got the truck. I can't imagine a guy growing up without at least a couple. Geez, he'd be scarred for life!

DW's sister (the intelligent one) is coming to stay here this afternoon/evening and then bright & early tomorrow we're all headed off to the eldercare attorney's office for a first meeting to find out what our options are for FIL. Hopefully there are options we don't know about.

A few more photography books arrived yesterday and the budget studio lighting set is due to arrive tomorrow.
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