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We got my good friend of over 50 years moved into an alzheimer's unit last Thursday. He has gone from a friend who you could talk with about times long ago the end of last year to someone that now makes very little sense at all. He was diagnosed over 10 years ago. Sadly, they had not planned for this day. His wife is really struggling with placing him in the nursing home and with the finances. I think it will all work out, but it will be a struggle getting there. A lot of 4 hr round trips for me as we go through the Medicade application process over the next week or so.
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Old 02-24-2020, 03:51 PM   #322
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I feel your pain. I curse the guy who thought piping running water inside a house (under pressure!) was a good idea...
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I feel your pain. I curse the guy who thought piping running water inside a house (under pressure!) was a good idea...
Yeah, it was so much better with the pitcher pump in the sink.
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I worked all day in my shop doing what I most enjoy. I like being tired at night. I am retired from the workforce but will never stop doing something. I didn't like being bored which I was on most days of retirement. Its just not for me.
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Dug the jumper cables out from an inconvenient compartment in the truck while holding up the stuff that was on top of it. Twist, strain, pull.

My back did not like that, and I'm being vewy, vewy careful with it now. No back muscle disasters since 2011, and I want to keep it that way.
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Flew a dozen or so flights with an R/C airplane in the back yard. The weather was perfect for it, with a high overcast (keeps the sun out of my eyes) and a very light steady wind perfectly aligned for a nice landing approach. The only problem was that one tree branch tried to grab the airplane but I got it away. Later on a pole saw took care of THAT tree branch!

Called up A.O. Smith (one of the companies that make water heaters) with some questions about changing the anode rod. Turns out that using an impact wrench is fine to loosen it, they even recommend it, but don't spin it out since if the old one is mostly gone it can sort of "whip around" in the tank and damage the lining, flue, (ours is natural gas) or even the relief valve. So once loosened, just use an ordinary wrench to finish removing it and install the new one. Our last water heater only lasted six years so clearly I needed to do a better job on maintenance so now I have a schedule posted on the tank.
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Made roast rack of lamb;

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Did you marinate lamb overnight? And was this considered "spring Lamb"? Chefs around here always suggest to get a spring lamb so it isn't as "wild". Other suggest marinating overnight to get the right flavor. We buy local grown beef and pork on the hoof, but I want to try lamb, after having very favorable lamb dishes in California wine country. I've tried lamb from the supermarket, but it tastes like lamb poop. Or what I imagined what lamp poop tastes like.
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Did you marinate lamb overnight? And was this considered "spring Lamb"? Chefs around here always suggest to get a spring lamb so it isn't as "wild". Other suggest marinating overnight to get the right flavor. We buy local grown beef and pork on the hoof, but I want to try lamb, after having very favorable lamb dishes in California wine country. I've tried lamb from the supermarket, but it tastes like lamb poop. Or what I imagined what lamp poop tastes like.
We've decided never to get lamb chops—too much sinew.

Roast leg of lamb is one of our favorites, with lots of garlic pieces inserted into the meat.
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We planted 3 Eastern Redbud saplings this AM that we got at a USFS Arbor Day event this past weekend. We also transplanted a Serviceberry sapling and a Blackjack Oak sapling from one part of the property to to a more open area. We sort of fancy the idea of having our own mini-arboretum. Got it done just before the rain started (again....).

I'm going to try a new recipe for a Brazilian fish stew this evening, so I will start to work on that after a shower and perhaps a quick nap.
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Podiatrist appt yesterday. Bunion afflicted toe has been painful recently. Got a cortisone shot in the toe and scheduled surgery for early April.

Took DW's car in for service. Took her to exercise class. Plowed the driveway. Got a blood test to make sure I'm ok for foot medicine. Took my truck for oil change/ pre road trip checkup. Went for a walk. Picked up prescription. Took MIL shopping. Did some woodworking.
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For the first time I flew the R/C Gee Bee R2 model racing airplane, and like it's full-size counterpart it is a handful to fly. I'd bought it about a year ago but put off flying it. The full-size airplane was famous in the 1930's for

A. Being very fast and winning races and
B. Killing pilots

Not surprisingly scale model airplanes tend to have flying characteristics similar to the full-size one they're modeled after and the Gee Bee is no exception. After all, they are airplanes and all the same rules of aerodynamics apply. Being short-coupled it is twitchy on the controls. Power off it has a glide ratio only slightly better than a brick.

So I flew the other airplane that I just bought a few days ago for a while. Much more relaxing.

DW wanted to go out to lunch for a steak, which happens from time to time. While waiting for the order to arrive I got one of "those questions" - you know, of of those "you'd dang well better know the answer or else" type questions. The question was "do you remember what day this is?"

Uh oh. I had absolutely no idea. And I was pretty sure the right response was not "trash day" even though that would technically be correct.

Grasping at straws I said "Today is the day I proposed to you" figuring that even if I was mistaken I might get away with that wrong answer since it would indicate I was thinking about her and not trash. But today is my lucky day and that was it!

So 32 years ago today I proposed to DW.
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awwwww...that is some fast thinking. Congrats
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DW wanted to go out to lunch for a steak, which happens from time to time. While waiting for the order to arrive I got one of "those questions" - you know, of of those "you'd dang well better know the answer or else" type questions. The question was "do you remember what day this is?"

Uh oh. I had absolutely no idea. And I was pretty sure the right response was not "trash day" even though that would technically be correct.

I usually just fake seizure in those situations. Work a couple times anyway. DW is a nurse.....
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opened up checking account to reconcile and lo and behold there it was being a little bit fatter than it was the day before. Had not only deposit of SS but also FED and state tax refund! Then a little bit later DW said "something is wrong with my phone"! So I spent some time with Verizon trying to get an upgrade for one of the great deals that they offer to new customers or by adding a line. I don't need a new line just a good deal on a new phone. I am going to go to the local AT&T store today and see if we can get one of their deals.
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For the first time I flew the R/C Gee Bee R2 model racing airplane, and like it's full-size counterpart it is a handful to fly. I'd bought it about a year ago but put off flying it. The full-size airplane was famous in the 1930's for

A. Being very fast and winning races and
B. Killing pilots

Not surprisingly scale model airplanes tend to have flying characteristics similar to the full-size one they're modeled after and the Gee Bee is no exception. After all, they are airplanes and all the same rules of aerodynamics apply. Being short-coupled it is twitchy on the controls. Power off it has a glide ratio only slightly better than a brick.

So I flew the other airplane that I just bought a few days ago for a while. Much more relaxing.

DW wanted to go out to lunch for a steak, which happens from time to time. While waiting for the order to arrive I got one of "those questions" - you know, of of those "you'd dang well better know the answer or else" type questions. The question was "do you remember what day this is?"

Uh oh. I had absolutely no idea. And I was pretty sure the right response was not "trash day" even though that would technically be correct.

Grasping at straws I said "Today is the day I proposed to you" figuring that even if I was mistaken I might get away with that wrong answer since it would indicate I was thinking about her and not trash. But today is my lucky day and that was it!

So 32 years ago today I proposed to DW.
I assume you're sure she doesn't check this forum.
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